MUMBAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to have its first chief ministers in Haryana and Maharashtra. The party won a majority in Haryana, and in Maharashtra, it has emerged as the single largest party. Continue reading
MELBOURNE: After collecting Rs 500 crore at the Indian box office, Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Dhoom 3’ has now become the highest grossing foreign film of 2013 in Australia and emerged as the first Bollywood film to win the award. Continue reading
“India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and much more needs to be done… We should focus on research, particularly on case history. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: With the Modi government facing the arduous task of fulfilling its promise of getting back black money stashed abroad, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday said all amounts deposited in foreign banks by Indian citizens can’t be termed as black money and that it is not a crime to open such accounts. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: In a big relief to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered her release on bail in the Rs. 66.65 crores disproportionate assets case in which she was sentenced to undergo four years’ simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 100 crores. Continue reading
CHANDIPUR:Proving a host of technologies and bridging the critical gap in the country’s arsenal, India’s first long range subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, in Orissa, for a distance of about 1,000 km on Friday. Continue reading
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh government is airlifting 12,000 metric tonnes of potatoes and onions from New Delhi to Visakhapatnam. Vegetables are also being procured from Kurnool in Rayalaseema, and Maharashtra. Continue reading
At 15, Malala Yousafzai, who had openly objected to the Taliban’s policy of destroying girls’ schools, was shot in the head at close range by a Taliban terrorist. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Suspecting violation of its transparency guidelines, the Election Commission is probing an instance of cash seizure of Rs 50 lakh in Mumbai recently from a vehicle belonging to a candidate of a major political party. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: After assuming charge as Prime Minister this May, Narendra Modi has launched many online initiatives to make governance more participatory. Continue reading
I wrote this piece not to comment on the masses or the problems of communalism in India and its villages, but because this is an issue that concerns my friends and their families.
It wasn’t peacefully accepted by anyone, initially, when my parents wanted to marry. Continue reading
MUMBAI: With the end of campaigning on Monday, Maharashtra is bracing itself for an epic poll battle. With a riveting and unprecedented five-way contest, even Mumbai’s bookies are hedging their bets. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: For restoration and beautification of the Yamuna, the city administration has set up a Unified Centre for Rejuvenation of River Yamuna, which is a nodal agency to implement an ambitious project aimed at getting rid of river pollutants, stopping discharge of effluents into it and to make its riverfront beautiful. Continue reading
COMMENT: The Prime Minister’s call for cleanliness is necessary and deserves support. But if it is to be effective, cleaning must again be integrated into the daily routine. Spurts of showmanship can soon run out of steam. Continue reading
COMMENT: History teaches us that minorities can sustain unjust equilibriums for many years. But it also teaches us that discrete events create fertile mental possibilities that combine with one big event and change history. Continue reading
VISAKHAPATNAM: As cyclone Hudhud weakened moving north-westwards, Andhra Pradesh was on Monday grappling with its aftermath following extensive damage to infrastructure and many losing their houses in the three worst affected districts which were facing shortage of essential commodities. Continue reading
On the other hand, this mistrust is ideologically deployed for all kinds of surveillance, from biometric attendance to GPS tracking of politicians. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a two-day visit to New Delhi, launched the global Internet project called internet.org in the country. Continue reading
INDORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said US$100 billion worth of foreign investments is knocking at the doors of India and it is up to the states to lap up as much as they can. Continue reading
Delhi and the State capitals now govern India, but not quite in a way that allows people to participate in decision-making. Continue reading
COMMENT: Sixty-seven years after independence, the Indian state of Kashmir still struggles with such archaic ideas of nationalism. It is thus hard to imagine that the recent referendum for Scottish independence could ever see a similar call to some sort of partial self-rule in Kashmir. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Positioning itself as a “player in the race for power in Tamil Nadu,” the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said it was closely watching the situation after former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s bail plea was rejected by the Karnataka High Court. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The first 1,000 days of life, between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, are recognised by child development professionals as the critical window of time for influencing lifelong health and intellectual development. Continue reading
MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to blunt the talk by rivals that the BJP will divide Maharashtra if voted to power in the state, declared that “no power” can split Maharashtra while asserting that his party will secure an absolute majority in the Assembly polls. Continue reading
BENGALURU: In a major setback to AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka high court Tuesday rejected her petition seeking bail and suspension of sentence. Continue reading
AHMEDABAD: At a public meeting in Ahmedabad scheduled to mark inauguration and foundation laying ceremony of development projects worth Rs 208 crore, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel mostly spoke about then Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent foreign visits along with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Liyuan. Continue reading
Accusing the Congress-NCP regime of “looting” the state, Modi said both will be equally punished.
“The era of alliances has ended. If you want Maharashtra to progress, then give us full majority,” Modi said, addressing an election campaign rally here.
Modi cited examples of adjoining Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where voters had given the BJP a full majority.
“Maharashtra could be the number one state in the country,” he said.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar chose the Rajya Sabha route for himself but made Praful Patel a scapegoat and fielded him for Lok Sabha polls, Modi said.
“The Maharashtra Assembly polls will decide the fate of Maharashtra,” he said.
Drop in inflation
Modi observed that the inflation rate has come down for the first time in five years and cited reduction in petrol and diesel prices as important work done by his government.
“Both Congress and NCP have destroyed Maharashtra. Both are equally to blame and both will be equally punished,” he said.
“The maximum number of terror acts occur in Maharashtra. After Uttar Pradesh, the maximum communal riots occur in Maharashtra,” he said.
Appealing to the Maoists to shun violence and return to the mainstream, Modi said, “Put down guns from your shoulders and put ploughs on your shoulder. You will get relief.”
“Return to the mainstream. Stop the bloodshed. Be a partner in the country’s progress. Nobody has succeeded through violence,” he said.
“To political pundits, I wish to say, look around you and feel the atmosphere. We are going to get a clear majority (in Maharashtra),” he said.
“Sharad Pawar was agriculture minister, but in Maharashtra, 3,700 farmers committed suicide per year. However, Congress and NCP government did not shed tears for them. Such a cruel government never existed anywhere,” Modi said.
“Here, we had a chief minister (Prithviraj Chavan) who declined to share the stage with me. How can we work together if such governments are there in Maharashtra,” he said.
Modi described LBT as “looto baato tax.” “BJP will free you from LBT after being voted to power in Maharashtra,” he said.
“Congress people ask me to give them an account of work done by our government. First give me an account of your 60 years of work. After that, ask me the account of my 60 days in office. I am accountable to the people,” Modi said.
“Had I been allowed to complete the work of raising the height of the Narmada dam, Maharashtra would have got free electricity worth Rs 400 crore per year,” he said.
“Now, I can assure you that the work will be completed in one or two years,” he said.
“Their (Congress and NCP) only job was to fill their pockets. They are shameless people. If you want Maharashtra to progress, give the BJP full majority,” Modi said. - From the Indian Express
Modi was welcomed by Obama who greeted him in Gujarati, “Kem Cho?” (How are you?), the mother tongue of the Prime Minister. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court had in July 2013 struck down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which protected convicted MPs and MLAs from disqualification if they appeal before a higher court within three months. Continue reading
MUMBAI: The total wealth of the 35 Mumbai MLAs who are seeking re-election increased by 137% since 2009, according to affidavits submitted by them along with their nomination papers. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: As India celebrated becoming the first Asian nation to reach Mars, S.M. Vaidya, head of business at conglomerate Godrej’s aerospace division that made the spacecraft’s engine and thruster components, sounded surprisingly downbeat. Continue reading
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was refused a visa to America in 2005 over Gujarat riots, had a red-carpet welcome on Friday alongside a lawsuit which revived past grievances. Continue reading
NEW YORK: Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the U.N.’s war crimes probe into the country’s human rights record during its brutal civil war. Continue reading
BANGALORE: The Special Court in Bangalore on Saturday convicted and sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years in prison and a fine of 100 crores, in the disproportionate assets case. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India had a chance to rise once again as a global economic power and suggested that, with his “clear road map” to channelise entrepreneurial capabilities of the country’s 1.25 billion people, it could match China. Continue reading
KABUL: Afghanistan’s election commission declared former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the war-ravaged country’s president-elect on Sunday after an acrimonious dispute over ballot fraud, but did not give the final vote tally after a U.N.-monitored audit. Continue reading
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), led by President Mahinda Rajpaksa, won Saturday’s provincial polls in the Sinhala-majority Uva Province by a narrow margin, signalling an apparent setback to the ruling alliance despite the victory.
The alliance secured 19 seats, including two bonus seats, six less compared to the 25 it held in its last term. Continue reading
The comments came on a day when Chinese President XiJinping held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi even as Chinese and Indian armies are in a standoff at Chumarvillage, located more than 300 kms Northeast of Leh and bordering Himachal Pradesh, along the Line of Actual Control. Continue reading
ASSAM: A day after Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in India in his first-ever tour of India, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of construction of dams on the Brahmaputra river by China with the visiting dignitary. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Amid reports of incidents along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the border issue took centrestage at the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.
Significantly, as Modi sought clear “clarification” on the LAC, Xi assured that Beijing has the “determination” to work with New Delhi through “friendly consultation” to settle the dispute at an early date. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: Usually attributed to Lenin, the term “useful idiot” refers to an individual or political activist who has been used to provide propaganda ammunition for a cause he does not entirely understand.
Given the street tumult in Islamabad, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Imran Khan, Pakistan’s most iconic cricket captain, has now become its most iconic useful idiot. Continue reading
KASHMIR: Emergency workers battled on Monday to prevent waterborne diseases from spreading, as fetid water swilled around the Kashmir valley more than a week after the region’s worst flooding in more than a century.
More than 75,000 people were still stuck in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with sewage, wreckage and dead livestock. Continue reading
RAIPUR: In a veiled threat to bar Sai Baba devotees from Hindu fold, Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has said embracing the presiding deity of the Shiridi temple as god by them would be treated as religious conversion. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Hinduism is losing its traditional tolerance because some Hindus have started believing that it is their faith that has brought them political power — and because this belief is not being challenged by “those at the top”, Fali S Nariman, one of India’s most celebrated jurists, said on Friday.
Nariman said he agreed that the “majority government at the Centre” had done nothing to stop the recent repeated tirades by individuals or groups against members of minority communities. Continue reading
Bihar’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) grew 10.73% during 2012-13 — the only State that clocked a double-digit growth rate during the year. The growth rate was 10.29% in 2011-12 and 15.03% in 2010-11. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 60 years and the subsequent devastation are due to a combination of unprecedented and intense rain, mismanagement, unplanned urbanisation and a lack of preparedness, Sunita Narain, director-general, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said on Wednesday.
A CSE analysis showed the floods were a manifestation of an extreme weather event linked to climate change. Narain said the changing rainfall pattern in India was part of extreme events which followed a trend. She called for a national action plan to forecast floods. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: In a precarious position over its stand on the LGBT community, the NDA government has moved the Supreme Court, raising several objections against the historic April 15 judgment that granted constitutional recognition to transgenders as a third gender and gave them the right to have a family.
The Narendra Modi government has sought clarifications, besides questioning the “political” and “practical” ramifications of the judgment, which put personal autonomy and right of choice on par with human dignity. Continue reading
BHOPAL: Though she occasionally rides an old Kawasaki bike and always sports a kataar (dagger) gifted by the family members of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh more than two decades ago, BJP legislator from Indore Usha Thakur rarely comes across as a fierce nationalist.
‘Didi’ to all her supporters, the 48-year-old BJP leader has caught the nation’s eye with her prescription to control ‘love jihad’ by keeping Muslim men off garba venues. Continue reading