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Jul 08, 2015 3:03 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Axis Bank's mobile transactions double in June

Third-largest private sector lender Axis Bank today reported doubling of its number of mobile transactions for June, with the total value touching the Rs 2,400 crore mark.

3:02 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Army to hold online recruitment rally in Guj in Sept-Oct

The Army will hold an 'online recruitment rally' in Gujarat from September 29 to October 16, said colonel P Saha, commanding officer, Army Recruitment Office, Ahmedabad, here today.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Wildlife census in STR in 2016

The wildlife census at Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve would be conducted next year.

12:59 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab to promote organic basmati

Punjab government today said it will now start promoting cultivation of organic basmati rice in the state.

12:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

UK honours Indian-origin victims of July 7 terror attack

Two Indian-origin women were among the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings honoured at a memorial ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the London bombings here today.

12:10 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Dip in borrowing cost to boost house purchases in 2015: Survey

Declining borrowing costs, improving employment outlook and availability of affordable housing projects are encouraging prospective home buyers to purchase new properties in 2015, a survey has said.

Jul 07, 2015 11:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #Governance   

Centre orders special audit of mobile networks to check call drops

Expressing "serious concern" over the problem of frequent call drops, government today ordered a special audit of mobile networks and said regulator TRAI has been asked to formulate a system of "incentives and disincentives" for their service quality.

11:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra FM seeks report on purchases in last 10 years

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said he has sought a report on all purchases made under the rate contract system in the last 10 years from government departments, a move which comes in the backdrop of allegations of corruption in procurement of items by Women and Child Development minister Pankaja Munde.

11:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

NMDC to set up 3 MT per year steel plant in Karnataka

Public sector mining giant NMDC will establish three million tonnes per annum steel plant in Karnataka in collaboration with the state government at an estimated investment of Rs 18,000 crore, Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said here today.

11:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Government hikes minimum wage to Rs 160 a day

After a gap of two years, the government today hiked the minimum wage for workers by Rs 23 to Rs 160 a day.

10:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Narendra Modi seeks stronger security ties with Central Asia to combat terror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined the common Islamic heritage of both India and Central Asia which has always rejected the forces of extremism and strongly pitched for enhanced defence and security cooperation between the two to combat terrorism.

10:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh attracts investment in Food Processing sector

Ruling out threat perception from Maoists in Chhatisgarh, State minister Amar Agarwal today said the problem was confined in some pockets in the outer districts and industries are not affected by it.

10:20 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Telangana, ICRISAT ink MoU to promote IT-based information for farmers

The Telangana government and the city-based ICRISAT today joined hands to implement Information and Communication Technology-based knowledge sharing platforms and other agricultural innovation initiatives to improve productivity and profitability of small-holder farmers.

10:17 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra Pradesh takes its disputes with Telangana to President

A delegation of Andhra Pradesh ministers today met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in resolving a host of disputes with Telangana, whose Government they alleged, has adopted unhelpful attitude with regard to affairs of the common capital of Hyderabad.

10:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Assam govt to provide coaching to central govt job aspirants

The Assam state government will provide coaching facilities to aspirants of civil services, defence services, IIT, IIIT entrance and other examinations.

9:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh - Over 3500 centres opened to give IT-enabled services

Over 3,500 general service centres have been opened in rural areas of Chhattisgarh to render online services like Aadhaar card registration and printing, voter-id printing, PAN card, and other bank services, a senior IT and Electronics Department official said today.

9:34 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Lokayukta SIT visits illegal mining areas

Inspector General of Lokayukta Special Investigation Team (SIT) Charan Reddy, who is probing illegal mining, today visited mining areas in the district.

9:30 pm   #NitiPTI   
9:14 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Free wi-fi for tourists in Kurukshetra soon

Free wi-fi facility will be soon available to tourists at prominent places in Kurukshetra district of Haryana.

9:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Amit Shah: Trained workforce will defeat Mamata Banerjee

BJP National President Amit Shah today said the party's trained workforce will win the 2016 assembly polls in West Bengal and its road to victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be through Kolkata.

8:54 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Centre lauds Punjab for implementing Food Act in its true spirit

The Centre today lauded Punjab for implementing the Food Security Act in its true spirit and said the state had the potential to be a torchbearer for other states in effective and systematic implementation of the law.

8:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

ICICI Bank aims to double m-banking userbase to 1 cr by March

ICICI Bank is looking to double its active mobile banking users to one crore in the next nine months, a move that will help the country's largest private sector lender lower cost of rendering services.

8:33 pm   #NitiPTI   

Health Ministry seeks report from hospitals over newborn's death

The Union Health Ministry has sought a report from two hospitals here for denying treatment to a newborn baby having respiratory problems, resulting in its death.

8:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Amit Shah's two-day Maharashtra visit begin tomorrow

BJP President Amit Shah will be on a two-day tour of Maharashtra from tomorrow to take stock of the party's 'Maha Sampark Abhiyan', launched to strengthen the organisation.

8:29 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Dalai Lama celebrates 80th birthday with California summit

It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in southern California.

8:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

TDP candidates win in Legislative Council elections

In a morale-booster for the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh, its candidates today won two seats in the Legislative Council under the local bodies quota.

8:16 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

Kazakhistan - PM Modi addresses Indo-Kazakh business forum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Kazakhstan on the second-leg of his eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and Russia.

8:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana govt approves draft for Saha development

The State level Committee (SLC) which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today approved a draft development plan for Saha area in Ambala district to build a township at the site.

8:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

'Kumbh Mela': Sadhus meet to discuss lodging facility

Scores of sadhus, mahants who have come in the city from different parts of the country for the upcoming Kumbh Mela, today met to discuss issues related to their lodging in the 'Sadhu Gram'.

7:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Arunachal Assembly - Four important govt bills introduced

Four important government bills were introduced in the first day of the 15-day Budget session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today.

7:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

HC restrains AAP from taking coercive steps against 3 tobacco

The Delhi High Court today restrained till July 16 the city government from taking any coercive action against three tobacco manufacturing firms which have joined several such companies that have challenged the ban on sale of chewable tobacco here from March 30 this year.

7:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Wi-fi hotspots in Tamil Nadu identified

As part of Digital India initiative, BSNL is going to provide Wi-fi Hotspots in Thanjavur big temple and Sims park in Coonoor in NIlgiris district, in Tamil Nadu, a top official in Coimbatore Telecom, said today.

7:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

India made notable progress towards Millennium Development Goals: UN

India has made notable progress towards realising the Millennium Development Goals, including of reducing poverty by half and securing gender parity, but the achievements across the goals vary, a major UN report has revealed.

6:50 pm   #NitiPTI   

National conference on labour issues in New Delhi on July 20

A national conference to discuss minimum wages and other important labour issues will be held in New Delhi on July 20, Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said today.

6:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

BSNL to ask govt to allow MNP in North East

BSNL will pursue the Telecom Ministry to allow Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in the north eastern region, a senior company official today said.

6:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Karnataka - Pay hike for government doctors

Karnataka government today announced pay hike in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 35,000 to its doctors, with an intention to attract more doctors for government service.

6:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab CM: Orientation programme for govt teachers

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) to jointly run an orientation programme for government school teachers.

5:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

IDBI signs refinance agreement with Mudra Bank

State-run IDBI Bank today said it has signed an agreement with Mudra Bank for refinancing of loans given to small enterprises.

5:40 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Army foils infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir

Army today foiled an infiltration attempt by three armed militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Sunderbani sector in the Jammu region a Defence spokesman said.

5:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Japanese PM assures help in developing 'Amaravati'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today assured Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that his country would extend all technical and possible financial assistance in developing the state capital.

5:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mizoram Assembly pays tribute to departed leaders

Mizoram Assembly on the first day of the three-day monsoon session today paid rich tributes to former state chief minister Brig.

5:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nigeria bomb attack - 20 killed in Zaria

At least 20 people were killed in a bomb blast in the city of Zaria, northern Nigeria today, a regional governor said.

5:10 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Jawan injured in Pak firing along LOC

Pakistani troops today violated the ceasefire again by firing on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, leaving a jawan injured.

5:00 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

Modi Selfie-Stick in Xi Cartoon sets the tone for BRICS Summit

PM Modi will fly to Ufa tomorrow to attend the BRICS Summit. Team Niti took a deep dive on all the BRICS analysis and commentary in India and across the globe.

4:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Centre asks states to boost foodgrain supply

Concerned over price rise in pulses and other commodities, the Centre today asked state governments to take stringent action against hoarders and boost supply in "vulnerable areas" prone to shortages.

4:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Emergency landing by Turkish Airlines flight after bomb scare

An Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok with 148 passengers onboard landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here under full emergency conditions due to a bomb scare.

4:50 pm   #NitiCommentary   #NitiExclusives   #Analysis   #Governance   

David Friedman on government's role in Foreign Policy and Defence

Talking to Niti Central, David D Friedman explains if there should be any role for the government in foreign policy and Defence.

4:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

India, Pakistan membership in SCO to be finalised in 2016: Russia

India and Pakistan will have to wait till next year to get full membership of the security and economic grouping the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a top Russian official today said, ahead of the six-nation bloc's leaders' summit here this week.

4:28 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Cash-for-vote: TDP MLA Veeraiah sent in judicial custody

Telangana TDP MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, arrested by ACB in connection with the cash-for-vote case, was today remanded in judicial custody till July 21 by a local court.

4:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

BJP President Amit Shah to visit Kanpur on July 11

BJP national president Amit Shah will visit the city on July 11 to hold a meeting with senior leaders and MLAs to discuss about the 2017 assembly elections in the state on the sidelines of 'Mahasampark Abhiyan'.

3:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala seeks NIA probe in the case of foreign fishing dhow

Kerala government today asked the Centre to order a probe by NIA into the case relating to interception of a suspicious foreign fishing dhow with 12 crew members off Kerala coast, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here today.

3:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajasthan Governor calls for making education 'cheating free'

Governor of Rajasthan and Chancellor Kalyan Singh today called upon universities to make examination process free of copying and cheating practices to improve the standard and values of degrees that the students obtain.

3:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Shivraj Chouhan to request HC to order a CBI probe into Vyapam case

Bowing to public outcry, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said he will request the high court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam case, including the large number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the scam.

3:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Karnataka - BJP demands debate on cheque bouncing case against minister

Opposition BJP in Karnataka Assembly today demanded discussion on the alleged cheque bounce case against Minister for Textiles Baburao Chinchansur, saying he was "not fit" to be in office and was threatening the complainant.

3:19 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Arunachal intensifies patrolling in inter-state boundary areas

Arunachal Pradesh government has intensified patrolling in the inter-state boundary areas following the June 5 incident at Behali in neighbouring Assam, where a group of armed miscreants burnt a vehicle from the state besides inflicting burn injuries on two persons, the Assembly was informed today.

3:11 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bihar Legislative Council polls - 44 per cent voters turned out during first four hours

Forty-four per cent voters turned out during the first four hours of the ongoing polls to 24 Legislative Council seats in Bihar, billed as a virtual semi-final ahead of the crucial Assembly polls later this year.

2:34 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

NaMo to arrive in Russia tomorrow to attend BRICS, SCO summits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit to attend the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits, on the sidelines of which he is likely to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

2:24 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Devendra Fadnavis back home after US tour

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today returned after a week-long official tour of the US, to which he led a delegation to attract investments in the state.

2:16 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Opinions   #Culture   

Dalai Lama - Three Commitments

The 3 choices made by the Dalai Lama during his life in exile will help Tibet to become a truly modern nation in the future. Not surprisingly, these choices are not acceptable to China.

2:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Amit Shah begins BJP's 'Mahasampark Abiyan' in Eastern Zone

BJP national president Amit Shah today kicked off the 'Mahasampark Abhiyan' of BJP's Eastern Zone in Howrah district and stressed the need to reach out to the masses and spread the achievements of the one-year-old NDA government at the Centre.

2:01 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Centre to import 5,000 tonnes of urad to contain prices

The government today said it is considering importing 5,000 tonnes of urad dal to improve domestic availability and check price rise.

1:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

2006 Mumbai train blasts victim passes away

A 36-year-old man, who was injured in the July 11, 2006 blasts here passed away at a local hospital after being in coma.

1:36 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

China, India played central role in global poverty reduction: UN

More than a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990 with China and India playing a central role in global poverty reduction, a major UN report has said.

1:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Budget session of Arunachal Pradesh begins

The 15-day long budget session of Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly began today with speaker Nabam Rebia leading the house in paying tributes to former legislators of the state who passed away this year.

1:33 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

NaMo addresses Indian community in Tashkent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in Uzbekistan yesterday on the first-leg of his eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and Russia, today interacted with indologists and Indian community in Tashkent.

1:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Amarnath yatra - Seventh batch of 2,614 pilgrims leave from Jammu

The seventh batch comprising 2,614 pilgrims today left from Bhagwati Nagarbase camp here to the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas, a police official said.

12:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

TDP wins Prakasam MLC poll

Telugu Desam Party candidate Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy today won the Prakasam district's MLC election under local bodies quota.

12:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Indian scientist helps find breakthrough malaria cure

An Indian scientist, who suffered from malaria as a child, is among a group of top international scientists which has identified a key protein that if targeted stops the disease, paving the way for new treatments.

12:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

BCCI keen to push Sri Lanka tour by one week

The BCCI is planning to advance India's cricket tour of Sri Lanka next month for a three-Test series by at least a week.

12:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

UP - Woman set ablaze at police station dies, inquiry ordered

The mother of a journalist, who had accused police officials of setting her ablaze at a police station after she refused to give bribe to free her husband, today succumbed to injuries following which a magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident.

11:11 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Francois Hollande: 'Door open to discussions' on Greece

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make "serious" proposals.

8:38 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   

Tutuki Mandal's Untold Story - Wakeup Call for Mamata's Bengal

Tutuki Mandal, resident of Magrahat block who was appearing for Class Xth exams was allegedly kidnapped by local goons and despite constant plea of her father with the local police and administration, her fate remains unknown.

7:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab - 3 more schools to come up

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved the setting up of three more schools at Sangrur, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur districts for meritorious students.

6:35 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Uber to invest $50mn in Hyderabad; set up biggest global office

Taxi-hailing app Uber will invest USD 50 million in Hyderabad over the next five years to establish a facility that will house hundreds of its employees and would be its biggest international office.

6:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bengal - BJP delegation meets Sattor torture victim at Suri jail

A BJP delegation, led by actress Rupa Ganguly, met Hitunnesha Bibi who was sent to 12 days' judicial custody by a Birbhum court under several non-bailable cases.

5:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

NDA to release Rs 1,950 crore for sugar mills

The Centre will soon release a package of Rs 1,950 crore for the cooperative sugar mills in Maharashtra according to state Cooperation minister Chandrakant Patil.

5:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra govt plans revamp of Gorewada Zoo

Aiming to make it one-of-its-kind zoo in the country, the Maharashtra government today said it is planning a massive revamp of the Gorewada zoo in Nagpur.

4:45 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

The Dalai Lama's life in pictures

A collection of 80 photos that chronicle the significant life history of the Dalai Lama is currently on show here as part of celebrations of the spiritual leader's 80th birthday celebrations.

4:00 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Farthest Field: Story of forgotten Indians in World War II

Growing up in his grandmother's home in Chennai, the faded silver framed photographs of three unknown men hanging on the wall never really piqued journalist Raghu Karnad's interest.

3:25 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

R K Laxman's cartoons to be exhibited in Kerala Lalithakala Akademi

Cartoon buffs in Kerala now have a rare chance to peep through the legendary creations of iconic cartoonist late R K Laxman.

3:18 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

NaMo holds talks with Uzbek President - Key highlights

India and Uzbekistan today decided to boost ties in key areas of atomic energy, defence and trade during "productive" talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Islam Karimov as they also shared concerns over rise in terrorism in their "extended neighbourhood".

3:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Saudi Arabia opens new airport in Medina ahead of Hajj

Weeks before the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia has opened a new international airport built at a cost of USD 1.2 billion and a passenger capacity of eight million a year in Medina, the second holiest city of Islam.

2:39 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

JNU professor awarded for contribution to Mongolian studies

A professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University has been awarded by the Government of Mongolia for his contribution to Mongolian Studies and development of relations between the two countries.

2:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Suresh Prabhu unveils LHB Unit at Integral Coach Factory

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today launched the LHB unit at the Integral Coach Factory here, set up at a cost of Rs 252 crore.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

IMF 'ready to assist Greece if requested': Lagarde

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said today that the global crisis lender would assist Greece if asked, a day after Greek voters rejected a prior bailout plan.

12:59 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nobel laureates to UN: Loosen purse strings for children

14 Nobel laureates from across the world, led by India's Kailash Satyarthi, today appealed to the United Nations and the international community at large to "loosen the purse strings" and invest in education to protect children from exploitation and violence.

12:30 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Heat-related deaths will double in urban India by 2080: IIM

Heat-related mortalities will witness a two-fold increase in urban areas of India by 2080, a study done by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) predicts.

12:04 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Stephen's row: unavailability of ICC members hampering probe

The Internal Complaints Committee probe into St Stephen's College's molestation row is moving at a slow pace "due to unavailability" of all the panel members at a given point of time, a UGC official who visited the campus was informed today.

Jul 06, 2015 11:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nashik civic body razes illegal structures ahead of Kumbh

Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) today razed illegal structures in a major anti-encroachment drive undertaken ahead of the Kumbh Mela beginning next week.

11:24 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

JKNPP accuses embezzlement of funds, ration by CA&PD department

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party today alleged that 80 per cent of ration and funds meant for below poverty line (BPL) consumers was being embezzled by a nexus of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) department and ration dealers in J&K's Udhampur district.

11:04 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Prakash Javadekar to hold meeting on Western Ghats tomorrow

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will hold a meeting tomorrow to review the progress of physical demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) in Western Ghats region and will also discuss further course of action for its protection and conservation.

10:48 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Lalit Modi gets ED summons in money-laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi in connection with an alleged money-laundering case registered against him here.

10:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

NDA may cap premature PF withdrawals at 75%

The government is looking to cap premature provident fund withdrawals at 75 per cent for EPFO subscribers at any given time till the age of 58.

10:31 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

NaMo's gift to President of Uzbekistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented President Islam Karimov a specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau by the great 13th century sufi poet Amir Khusrau who was born in Uttar Pradesh and whose father hailed from Uzbekistan.

10:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

MP govt will take action once Vyapam probe is over: Jaju

BJP national vice president Shyam Jaju today said Madhya Pradesh government was conducting a probe in the Vyapam scam with sincerity, which was why at least 38 persons had been arrested in the case so far.

10:24 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Airstrike hits market north of Yemen's Aden, over 45 killed

A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels hit a local marketplace in Yemen, killing over 45 civilians today, security officials and eyewitnesses said.

10:04 pm   #NitiPTI   

FTII to get nearly 40 crore plan, non-plan expenditure this fiscal

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will get around Rs 40 crore of plan and non plan expenditure this financial year.

10:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

UP shocker: Journalist's mother 'set ablaze' by 2 policemen

The mother of a journalist was set ablaze today at Kothi police station here allegedly by two policemen after she refused to "bribe" them to free her husband, prompting authorities to suspend the two officials and register a case against them.

9:59 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

NaMo in Uzbekistan - Speaks at the banquet hosted by President Karimov

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on an eight-day visit to five Central Asian countries and Russia, today arrived in Uzbekistan marking the start of his visit.

9:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #Governance   
9:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Vyapam scam - No injuries on TV journalist's body, according to autopsy report

No internal or external injuries were found on the body of TV journalist Akshay Singh, who suddenly took ill and died last weekend while covering the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh, according to the post-mortem report.

9:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bihar Legislative Council polls to be held tomorrow: EC

The Election Commission (EC) today said polls to the 24 seats of Bihar Legislative Council will be held tomorrow as scheduled in the light of the Supreme Court refusing to stay the polls and accepting EC's suggestion that tenure of the elected members be decided by draw of lots.

9:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Cash-for-vote: ACB arrests 2nd TDP MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah

Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), probing the cash-for-vote case allegedly involving TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy, today arrested a second party legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah after interrogating him in connection with the case.

9:17 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajnath Singh to chair NE CMs meeting on July 11 in Guwahati

The Centre has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of Northeastern states at Guwahati to discuss various issues, including strategy to deal with insurgents based in Myanmar.

8:57 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Pakistan parliamentary panel fails to approve Hindu marriage law

The minority Hindu community in Pakistan will have to wait more before they can register their marriages as the lawmakers today deferred till July 13 the final approval of the Islamic country's first Hindu marriage law.

8:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

India to renew contract with Kazakhstan for uranium supply

To fulfill the requirement of nuclear power reactors, India will sign a contract with Kazakhstan to procure 5,000 metric tonnes of uranium, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Central Asian nation tomorrow.

7:17 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   

Vyapam Mystery Deaths - Fallacy of Numbers or Confirmation Bias ?

The Vyapam Scam is a systemic scandal of a scale unlike any in India. With over 2000 arrests, the Court monitored Investigation nailing the high and mighty it is silly for Delhi Media to wake up belatedly and look for a conspiracy angle in every random death in Madhya Pradesh.

6:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Former Maharashtra Minister Pratapsinh Mohite Patil passes away

Former Maharashtra Minister Pratapsinh Mohite-Patil today passed away at a private hospital here after a brief illness.

6:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Kerala CM terms MLA's action as 'cheap political stunt'

Kerala Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes over the alleged attack by CPI woman MLA E S Bijimol on Additional District Magistrate of Idukki district last week as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy termed the her action as a "cheap political stunt".

6:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

BJP alleges discrimination against its MPs by UP govt

Alleging discrimination, BJP in Uttar Pradesh today claimed that "none" of the proposals submitted by the BJP MPs has been cleared by the SP government.

6:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab sanctions Rs 43 cr for sewerage treatment plants along Ghaggar river

Punjab Chief Minister Paraksh Singh Badal today sanctioned Rs 43 crore for the timely completion of ongoing construction of Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) along river Ghaggar in the state.

6:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Former AP minister Bhattam Srirama Murthy no more

Freedom fighter and former Andhra Pradesh minister Bhattam Srirama Murhty today died at a hospital in the district following a prolonged illness, his family said.

6:02 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Greece referendum gets a thumbs up from CPI(M)

CPI(M) today congratulated people of Greece for giving a "resounding no" to austerity measures sought to be imposed by international creditors in exchange of a bailout of its bankrupt economy.

6:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Syama Prasad Mookerjee a great leader and profound thinker: NaMo

Rich tributes were paid to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan leading the commemorations.

5:48 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nagpur, Wardha reaping benefits of water conservation scheme

`Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan', the ambitious water conservation initiative of Maharashtra government, has started to bear fruits in the Nagpur and Wardha districts, officials claim.

5:13 pm   #NitiPTI   

NDA forms panel to examine UNICEF's child survey report

Under fire for holding back state- wise findings of UNICEF's Rapid Survey on Children, the Women and Child Development Ministry has constituted a committee to examine the report following differences of opinion over the survey methodology.

4:59 pm   #NitiPTI   #Digital   

Union Bank takes digital initiatives with M-passbook and more

Taking a step towards digitalisation, state-run Union Bank of India today launched a slew of initiatives such as IMPS at branches and M-passbooks for its customers.

4:56 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajasthan govt bans new admissions in Jodhpur National University over fake degrees

Rajasthan government today issued an order banning new admissions in the Jodhpur National University (JNU), which awarded more than 25,000 fake degrees to students, with immediate effect for the academic session 2015-16.

4:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Cash-for-vote: ACB grills TDP MLA Veeraiah

The Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is probing the cash-for-vote case involving TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy, today began grilling another legislator of the party, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, in connection with the case.

4:27 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Puducherry - Tributes paid to Jagjivan Ram

Speaker of Puducherry Assembly V Sabapathy paid floral tributes at the statue of the freedom fighter and former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram on the occasion of his 29th death anniversary today.

4:17 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Pakistan desperate to disrupt Amarnath Yatra in J&K: Nirmal Singh

Asserting that the recent incidents of ceasefire violations were aimed at facilitating infiltration from across the border, J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said that Pakistan was desperately trying to disrupt the annual Amarnath Yatra in the state.

4:06 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Vyapam scam - Congress more eager to play politics over deceased

The BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh today accused the Congress of "playing politics over the deceased" and asserted that Jabalpur Medical College Dean Arun Sharma's death was not related to the case.

3:59 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana- 7,200 police personnel to be recruited

As many as 7,200 police personnel, including 1,000 women, will soon be recruited in the state, Haryana Director General of Police Y S Singhal said today.

3:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra rights panel brings 'Justice at the Door'

In a bid to provide justice to aggrieved people of the state, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) is conducting a three-day programme for hearing of cases at divisional level only instead of calling them here.

3:41 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Amarnath yatra - 6th batch of 2,128 pilgrims leaves from Jammu

The sixth batch comprising 2,128 pilgrims today left from the base camp here for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security.

3:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Stephen's molestation row: Thampu offers to resign

Facing criticism over handling of the research scholar molestation case, St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu today said he would resign if it was proved that "he was a cause of embarrassment to the institution".

3:21 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K CM congratulates candidates who cracked civil services

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed congratulated the candidates from the state who qualified the UPSC civil services examinations, saying they will become role models for many aspiring students.

3:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala asks Railways to implement Sabari rail

The Kerala government today requested the Railways to implement the ambitious Sabari railway line project without insisting that the state bear half the cost.

3:05 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Culture   

Krishna Gopal to Doordarshan on Ambedkar, Modi and more

In an interview to DD news, Sahasarakaryavah of RSS Dr. Krishna Gopal spoke on Ambedkar while also sharing his views on a wide range of current issues

2:46 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

India, Bangladesh launch survey in enclaves over nationality

India and Bangladesh today launched a joint survey to record the "choice of nationality" of 51,584 people in 162 enclaves in each other's territories ahead of the July 31 integration of the land with the respective mainland under the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA).

2:06 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Greece crisis may have indirect impact on India: Finance Secretary

With Greek voters rejecting the European bailout proposals heightened the risk of Greece's exit for the Eurozone, the government today said it is closely monitoring the situation as India may be indirectly impacted from the fallout.

2:01 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mizoram rejects talks offer of HPC(D)

Mizoram government has rejected the offer for conditional tripartite talks from Manipur-based militant outfit Hmar People's Convention (Democrats), state Home Minister R Lalzirliana said here today.

1:41 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Stephen's molestation row: Students, teachers hold protest

Scores of students, teachers and women rights activists today took to the streets protesting against the alleged molestation of a research scholar at St Stephen's College and the principal's attempts to hush up the issue.

1:39 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

NaMo leaves on six-nation visit, to attend BRICS, SCO Summits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left on an eight-day visit to five Central Asian countries as also Russia, aiming to enhance strategic, economic and energy ties besides attending Summits of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

1:37 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Madhya Pradesh - Now every death in the state to be linked to Vyapam scam?

A 25-year-old woman trainee sub-inspector, who got into the police force through an exam conducted by Vyapam, was today found dead in a lake here.

1:21 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha- Director of chitfund organisation arrested

A director of a chit fund organisation, which had allegedly duped investors of crores of rupees in Odisha's Ganjam district, has been arrested, police said today.

12:57 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

JBT scam: SC judge recuses from hearing OP Chautala's plea

Supreme Court judge U U Lalit today recused himself from hearing a petition of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, who along with his son Ajay Singh Chautala and three others, is serving a 10-year jail term in the teachers' recruitment scam case.

12:55 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nigeria blast- 44 killed, 67 injured

An emergency agency official says 44 people were killed by two bombs that exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria's central city of Jos.

12:07 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

Narendra Modi goes to Central Asia - Global Media Roundup

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi's takes off to Tashkent, Team Niti rounds up all the buzz in the media (global and domestic) on the issues dominating his Central Asia agenda.

12:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

NaMo, Nawaz Sharif to meet on sidelines of SCO Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif will meet on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Russia on July 10.

11:43 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Darjeeling landslides- NIDM expert blames shoddy road work in hilly areas

l-planned roads and neglect of indigenous erosion-control measures coupled with haphazard construction in hilly areas triggered the massive landslide in Darjeeling last week, an expert said today.

11:22 am   #NitiPTI   

City-level forum for each of 100 smart cities

The Centre's ambitious smart cities project, apart from a state-level high-powered steering committee (HPSC), will have a city-level advisory forum for each of the 100 smart cities to enable people to actively participate in governance and reforms.

11:16 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

BJP-PDP coalition will not compromise with integrity of J&K: Ram Madhav

On the birth anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the BJP today said the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir will not compromise with his ideology of an integrated state and will never support separatist forces.

9:57 am   #NitiPTI   #World   
8:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

Draft National Medical Device Policy: A Review

The Government of India has recently made public a draft of National Medical Device Policy. Here's an analysis of the draft which says that while it is a commendable effort towards promoting Make in India for medical devices, the pricing control is a concern.

6:30 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Black money compliance window: Declaration of overseas stash

According to the scheme under the window, such a declaration can be filed online by an individual or entity and mandatorily will have to carry a "digital signature" to validate it.