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  • Maharashtra government sanctions Rs 113crore grant for Ambedkar Centre September 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned a grant of Rs 113.74 crore for the Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Centre project at Nagpur. The state government had already sanctioned Rs 22 crore for the Centre, being built as part of the Vidarbha development programme, an official said after the cabinet meeting. State Chief...
  • Nalanda University hopes to attract students from across the world September 2, 2014

    The world's oldest university has reopened after 800 years as 15 national and international students enroll for classes at the Nalanda University in Bihar. Even though it is a far cry from the granduer of the past, the institution is taking baby steps to reestablish itself. ...
  • Poor roads lead to traffic jams, force a Patna school to close for three days July 3, 2014

    A school in Patna was forced to shut down for three days after students failed to reach the school due to regular, long hours of traffic jams, officials said on Thursday. Authorities of St Joseph Convent High School in Jethuli on the outskirts of Patna decided to close the school till...
  • Train journey from Delhi to Agra in just 90 minutes March 28, 2014

    Tired of nearly three-hour train journey to Agra? Now you can look forward to reaching the city of the Taj Mahal in just 90 minutes as the railways is set to increase the speed of the Shatabdi Express. Train journey between Delhi and Agra will be cut short to 90 minutes...
  • Devyani Khobragade's claim of immunity challenged by US prosecutors February 1, 2014

    New York: Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute, holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday. Khobragade was arrested on December 12 on charges that she lied...
  • The Mountain of Light: Treading pathways between history and fiction January 30, 2014

    The Mountain of Light is the newest novel by acclaimed author, Indu Sundaresan. The writer of the famed Taj Trilogy, she has gained considerable repute over the years due to her beautiful narration of historical events, and her unique blend of history and fiction. She is also the author of...
  • Rahul Gandhi holds party meet without local leaders and workers in Bangalore January 11, 2014

    Bangalore: The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi held a brainstorming session with some party leaders and young sympathizers of the party in Bangalore on Saturday. The Congress leader held a long interactive session at the Palace grounds. The access was restricted to the event and even the media was denied...
  • Devyani faces arrest in US, says Indian government will speak for her January 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after returning from the United States of America, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade thanked the people for the support in the case but refused to say much about further action that will be taken in the case. "I would not comment. My government and my lawyer will...
  • Devyani fallout: US regrets India's move to expel American diplomat January 11, 2014

    Washington: The United States on Friday "deeply regretted" that India felt it necessary to expel an American diplomat after senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade was asked to leave the country following her indictment in a visa fraud case. "We deeply regret that the Indian government felt it was necessary to expel...
  • Crisis created by US, says Devyani's father as she leaves for India January 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Reiterating his stand that her daughter and Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has been framed on false charges, Uttam Khobragade said that the crisis revolving around his daughter had been created by the United States of America. His statements come at a time when Devyani has left for India...
  • Devyani case: US launches 'interagency review' December 30, 2013

    Washington: India's tough stand against the arrest of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade has forced the United States of America to initiate an ""interagency review" to look into lapses. The department being reviewed include National Security Council of the White House, the State Department and the Justice Department. In a tacit...
  • Devyani case: US had sought Indian inquiry into maid's allegations December 20, 2013

    Washington: Admitting to differences in interpretation of law, the US on Friday said India had not acceded to demands for providing details of the inquiry into allegations made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade's domestic maid or make her available for discussing charges. It also said that the two governments have been...
  • Devyani case: BJP demands apology from US, Khurshid says talks on December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reiterated its demand for an apology from the United States of America and said entire case is cooked up. "The foreign policy of US is being determined by its state department, the over zealous Preet Bharara who have own agenda and ambition. The...
  • Devyani case: US must apologise, action unacceptable, says Kamal Nath December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Maintaining a tough stand against the United States of America over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that they must apologise as the action taken against her is totally unacceptable. "India will not accept anything less than an apology. America should drop...
  • Kerry was aware of Khobragade's arrest: US State Department December 19, 2013

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Wednesday expressed regret over the arrest and stripsearch of Devyani Khobragade, was aware of the senior Indian diplomat's arrest. Khobragade, the 39yearold Deputy Indian Consul General, was subjected to a humiliating strip search, was swabbed for DNA and was kept in...
  • US actions against Devyani unwarranted, excessive: IFS Association December 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian Foreign Service Association on Wednesday backed Indian Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade and voiced its strongest condemnation and outrage at the arrest and shameful treatment meted out by the US authorities to her. The association was firmly of the view that the conduct of the US authorities violated...
  • Maintaining diplomatic relations a twoway traffic: Shashi Tharoor December 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor has backed the slew of steps that the government has taken in support of India's Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade who was publicly arrested in New York on Thursday. Tharoor said that maintaining diplomatic relations is a twoway process and...
  • India acts tough against US, withdraws diplomatic privileges December 17, 2013

    The Indian government has hit out at the US diplomats based in India announcing a slew of measures against them until the US apologises or rethinks its decision to arrest and humiliate Indian diplomat Deeyani Khobragade. ...
  • Devyani Khobragade A doctor turned diplomat December 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Devyani Khobragade, who is caught in the line of fire, is the daughter of a retired IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre Uttam Khobragade. Born and brought up in Mumbai, she went to Mount Carmel school. Later she did MBBS from Seth GS medical college and KEM hospital in...
  • Indian diplomat Devyani eligible for immunity, claims lawyer December 15, 2013

    New Delhi/Vadodara: There seems to be no end to the standoff over diplomatic immunity of India's deputy consul Devyani Khobragade with her lawyer claiming that his client does enjoy diplomatic immunity. "We believe and we have said in court that Ms Khobargade is entitled to immunity by virtue of her...
  • Indian Consular's father claims allegations against her 'uncalled for' December 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Father of Indian Consular Devyani Khobragade has denied allegations of visa fraud and illtreatment of domestic help, calling it simply bullying and harassment. In a major diplomatic embarrassment to India, 39yearold Devyani, a 1999batch IFS officer, was taken into custody on Thursday as she was dropping her daughter to...
  • Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade does not enjoy immunity: US December 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The US State Department has made it clear that Indian Deputy Counsel General Devyani Khobragade does not enjoy immunity from US laws. A state department spokesperson has said that the Vienna convention allows for immunity only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions. The...
  • Magadh Mahila college protests: Nitish flays BJP for instigating students December 10, 2013

    Teachers and students of a reputed women college in Patna on Monday staged protest against blockage of college entrance path due to construction of a convention centre on the line of Delhi's "Vigyan bhawan", but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar charged BJP with engineering protests by feeding wrong information. Women teachers and...
  • Vietnam appreciates India's role in South China Sea November 18, 2013

    Vietnam, on Monday, appreciated India's "constructive role" in the disputed South China Sea region notwithstanding China's objections to Indian involvement in that area. General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, who will arrive in New Delhi on a fourday trip on Tuesday, also stressed the need for a...
  • JDU leader Shivanand Tiwari praises Modi, attacks Nitish October 29, 2013

    Patna: Janata Dal United leader Shivanand Tiwari embarrassed his party by openly praising Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at the party's convention in Rajgir on Tuesday. He then went on to attack party leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "JDU's alliance with the BJP was working fine....
  • Lalu's jail term same as Nelson Mandela's, says RJD October 27, 2013

    Drawing a parallel between Lalu Prasad and antiapartheid activist Nelson Mandela, Jharkhand minister Annapurna Devi, on Sunday, said the jailed leader would be a "future challenger" for the post of prime minister. "Nelson Mandela had been jailed for 27 years following his protest against the apartheid regime. When he came out...
  • Kids India 2013: The Toy Fair starts in Mumbai October 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Kids India 2013, the Indian edition of the world's biggest trade fair in the toy industry started on Friday with a grandeur opening at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The exhibition will see a representation of more than 100 companies showcasing latest products and technologies till the...
  • India welcomes Syria's decision to join Chemical Weapons Convention September 13, 2013

    India, on Friday, welcomed Syria's decision of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention, a move that may make international strikes against the Middle Eastern nation appear less imminent. "India welcomes Syria's accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention," Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry tweeted on the 'Twitter'. Meanwhile, a statement issued by...
  • News briefs: Woman gives birth to quadruplets in Bhopal August 11, 2013

    A 30yearold woman, Janaki Prajapati, resident of Gadarwara town gave birth to quadruplets on Thursday night at Sultania Hospital. Out of the four infants, two are girls. However, the condition of two of the newborns is stated to be critical. As the delivery was premature, all the infants are underweight....
  • Nations line up to sign United Nations arms trade treaty June 4, 2013

    United Nations: Delegates from dozens of countries gathered in New York on Monday and signed the first treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, but the United States was not among them. On April 2, the 193nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the UN Arms Trade Treaty that...