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  • Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO brinkmanship Yesterday

    New Delhi: With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to...
  • India blocks WTO deal on customs rules as deadline nears 6 days ago

    Geneva: India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically. At a meeting in Geneva, diplomats from the 160 WTO member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on "trade...
  • Maoists getting support from organisations in Europe: MHA July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday told Parliament that Maoists were getting support from organisation in Europe including Germany, France, Holland and Italy. Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju said that the matter is being taken up with the European countries. Rijiju added that the Maoists have...
  • PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for PSLV C-23 launch, asks scientists to develop a SAARC satellite June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday witnessed the PSLV C-23 launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. A thrilled Modi congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation scientists and thanked them for giving him the opportunity to witness the launch in person. Speaking after the launch of the five foreign satellites,...
  • Global endorsement of India's space capability: Modi June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: This is a "global endorsement of India's space capability", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the successful launch of an Indian rocket that carried five foreign satellites. Modi said: "Congratulations to everybody." "I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person," said Modi who clapped as the Polar Satellite Launch...
  • ISRO launches PSLV-C23 from Sriharikota with 5 foreign satellites June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C23 rocket at 9:52 am with five foreign satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore. A few minutes after the launch PSLV-C23 rocket placed all five satellites on intended orbit around Earth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived...
  • ISRO to launch PSLV C-23 with 5 foreign satellites today June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: It is a big day for the Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday as last minute preparations are in full swing for the launch of the PSLV C-23 rocket at 9:52 am. The PSLV-C23 rocket will be carrying satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore. Among the audience will...
  • TN: Office of organisation named after Narendra Modi ransacked June 17, 2014

    Erode (Tamil Nadu): The office of a newly formed organisation named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, against which the BJP had lodged a police complaint while accusing it of misusing the party's symbol and the PM's photograph, was ransacked by some unidentified miscreants. Police said the miscreants entered the office of...
  • PM Modi scraps 4 Cabinet Committees including that on UIDAI Aadhaar June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Sending out yet another loud and clear signal of his intent for "more governance, less government", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday scrapped four Standing Committees of Cabinet. The Committees were on Management of Natural Calamities, Prices, World Trade Organisation Matters and UIDAI Aadhaar. Aadhaar was one of the...
  • Chhattisgarh seeks special status at pre-budget meet June 10, 2014

    Chhattisgarh on Monday reiterated its demand for a 'special category' status for the state at a pre-budget meeting of state finance ministers with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. Chhattisgarh Commerce and Tax minister Amar Agrawal, who read the state finance minister's speech, said the Planning Commission in its...
  • MP registers record agri growth at 24.99% in 2013-14 June 1, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh registered a record growth at 24.99 per cent in FY 2013-14 in the agriculture sector, including animal husbandry. The agriculture growth rate was 20.16 per cent in 2012-13 and 19.85 per cent in 2011-12 in the state, according to an official release issued on Sunday. "Madhya Pradesh has created...
  • 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution May 8, 2014

    Geneva: India's national capital Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, says a study released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. The 2014 report of the Ambient Air Pollution (AAP) database contains the results of outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 1,600 cities in 91 countries....
  • Hiranandani Brothers among Singapore's richest property tycoons May 7, 2014

    Singapore: Indian origin property magnate Raj Kumar Hiranandani and Asok Kumar Hiranandani have been named among Singapore's top ten richest property tycoons and the two have a collective net worth of $2.6 billion, says a Wealth-X report. Raj Kumar Hiranandani, owner of the Royal Holdings Organisation was placed in the second...
  • Muslim body asks SC to take suo motu notice of hate speeches and intervene April 22, 2014

    An umbrella body of Muslim organisations has urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the recent cases of alleged hate speeches by some Sangh Parivar leaders. "The SC should step in," All India Muslim Majlis-e- Mushawarat President Zafarul Islam Khan said alleging that "a dangerous polarisation of society...
  • India's Mars mission covers half the distance to red planet April 9, 2014

    Chennai: Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars today crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to Mars,...
  • Indian rocket carrying navigation satellite blasts off April 4, 2014

    An Indian rocket carrying the country's second navigation satellite - IRNSS-1B - on Friday blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota  in Andhra Pradesh. Exactly at 5.14 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C24 (PSLV-C24) standing around 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes - tore into...
  • Bombay High Court rejects bail plea of ailing Sadhvi in Malegaon blast case April 4, 2014

    The Bombay High Court refused to grant bail on medical grounds on Friday, to 2008 Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who has been in custody for five and a half years in connection with her role as a conspirator in the crime. A division bench dismissed an appeal...
  • Sinful to discriminate against leprosy patients: Dalai Lama March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Even though India has achieved the World Health Organisation's (WHO) elimination level for leprosy, the social stigma associated with the disease is still prevalent, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said. "This is a physical condition like any other and people should not look down upon others. All human...
  • Negative image of US in Islamic world has been toned down: Rashad Hussain March 12, 2014

    The 'negative' image of US in the Islamic world has been substantially 'toned down' during the tenure of President Barack Obama, US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain said on Wednesday. "President Obama had from the very beginning of his tenure tried to put in place...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group March 8, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. The US-allied kingdom has also designated as terrorist the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • Army Chief Bikram Singh to attend ex-servicemen's rally in Rajasthan March 3, 2014

    Army Chief General Bikram Singh will attend an ex-servicemen's rally in Nagaur district of Rajasthan on March 8. The rally, organised by Ranbankura Division of Army's South Western Command, will be held at the Nagaur Sports Stadium to address issues related to ex-servicemen and 'veer naris' (war widows). General Singh will be...
  • NASA to launch satellite in collaboration with ISRO February 26, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA on Tuesday said it would launch a water-related satellite in collaboration with India's ISRO. The NASA-Indian Space Research Organisation Synthetic Aperture Radar mission is a part of its plan to launch in the next seven years a series of satellite related to water and draught,...
  • Hindu organisation demands apology from Rajasthan Minister for remarks against Brahmins February 18, 2014

    A Hindu organisation on Tuesday demanded an apology from a Rajasthan government minister for his alleged remarks against Brahmins. Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha in Jaipur demanded an apology within 24 hours from Tribal Area Development Minister Nand Lal Meena for his alleged remarks as the Brahmins were responsible for the backwardness of Meena...
  • Will complete road restoration in Uttarakhand by April end: BRO February 9, 2014

    The Border Roads Organisation has said that it will ensure complete restoration of the roads damaged in the Uttarakhand flash floods by April 30 to enable a smooth and trouble-free 'char dham' pilgrimage this season. An assurance to the effect was given by BRO DG, Lt Gen AT Parnaik, to Chief...
  • PM outlines science R and D projects with an outlay of Rs 9K crore February 3, 2014

    Jammu: In major boost to scientific research and development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced projects including a National Mission on High Performance Computing and a Neutrino-based Observatory in Tamil Nadu with an outlay of about Rs. 9,000 crore. Asserting that government has invested in several areas to ensure that...
  • AIIMS launches unique study into vascular, cognitive disorders January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: AIIMS on Thursday launched a research project called 'cohort study' in collaboration with a Dutch organisation to investigate the various factors which may accelerate vascular and cognitive disorders like stroke and Alzheimer's disease. "Stroke mortality in India is 25 times more than that from malaria. Research has shown that...
  • Police arrest Jalpaiguri blast mastermind January 29, 2014

    Siliguri: The police on Wednesday arrested three Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) ultras including the mastermind of the December 26 blast in Jalpaiguri that left six persons dead. Three KLO persons, two senior leaders and a courier were arrested from Adhikari near the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district, IG (North...
  • India-born scientist honoured in Australia January 27, 2014

    An India-born scientist has been recognised by the Australian government for his “distinguished service to science, particularly in the field of sustainable productivity and management of forests”. Sadanandan Nambiar, a researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia's capital Canberra was recognised with the Medal of the...
  • I also faced molestation, says Olympic medal-winning boxer Mary Kom January 17, 2014

    Olympic medal-winning boxer MC Mary Kom on Thursday said she had also faced a sex attack when she was 18, but managed to overpower the assaulter. The boxer expressed concern over women's safety in India and urged them to go for physical training to fend off attackers. "I would urge them to...
  • Uproar in Andhra Pradesh Assembly for second continous day over bifurcation January 6, 2014

    Hyderabad: Stalemate continued for the second continous day today in Andhra Pradesh Assembly where legislators from Telangana joined their Seemandhra colleagues in stalling proceedings of the House over the state bifurcation issue. MLAs supporting united Andhra Pradesh created ruckus in the House which met to discuss the AP Re-organisation Bill....