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Sep 05, 2015 4:30 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Home, Defence ministries to provide modern weapons to police

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said Home and Defence Ministries would work together to provide modern weapons and equipments to the police force to strengthen the internal security of the country.

4:21 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

#Janmashthami - A new musical presentation by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra

A new dance-drama captures Krishna's transgression from a mischievous child into a flirtatious adolescent until his final liberation after the Kurukshetra carnage.

4:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Bank of India launches fraud risk management solution

Bank of India (BoI) has come out with a fraud risk management solution for all its card-related businesses which will provide security of financial transactions to its customers.

3:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

India among few bright spots in global economy, says IMF

The IMF today said India is among the few bright spots in the global economy as G20 Finance Ministers began their two-day meeting here against the backdrop of concerns over Chinese economic slowdown looming large on world markets.

3:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

HDFC Bank to add 100 branches in east by FY16

Private sector lender HDFC Bank is planning to add 100 branches in the eastern region, taking its total tally to 600 branches by the end of ongoing financial year.

2:10 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Grammy musicians to play with Rajasthani musicians at Jodhpur Riff

Blending diverse forms of music from across the world along with Rajasthani folk songs, the annual Jodhpur Riff Festival is scheduled to begin on October 23 at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur this year.

2:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Culture   

Tulsi Gabbard has a Janmashtami message

On the occasion of Janmashtami today, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has wished Happy Janmashtami to all. In a video message, the first Hindu member of the United States Congress explains the significance of the festival.

1:06 am   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Jhumpa Lahiri to be presented with National Humanities Medal

Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal which would be presented to her by US President Barack Obama next week.

12:02 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

ONGC buys 15% stake in Russia's Vankor oil field for $1.35 bl

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has bought a 15 per cent stake in Russia's second- largest oil field from Rosneft for about USD 1.35 billion.

12:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #World   

Kalburgi in California - anti-Modi American Academics make a mockery of Murder

The desperation to seek attention by a motley group of Left-Lib Academics in America has plumbed a new low as they sought to drag the Kalburgi Murder Case into their protests against PM Modi's upcoming California visit.

7:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

HC tells Maharashtra to take a stand on 40-year-old law on casinos

The Bombay High Court today asked Maharashtra government to file an affidavit within four weeks in reply to a PIL demanding that a four-decade-old law, which makes it legal to run casinos in the state, be brought into force.

7:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra Governor and his wife visit Trimbakeshwar

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and his wife Vinoda Rao arrived on a day's visit here today, a district administration official said.

7:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Sreedharan told to finish phase-I of Vijayawada Metro by 2018

The Andhra Pradesh government today asked Delhi Metro Rail Chief E Sreedharan to complete the first phase of Vijayawada Metro Rail Project by August 2018 and Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project by December 2018.

6:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

RBI: Low investments a problem; don't be scared of volatility

Amid concerns in India and other global markets about uncertainty over a rate hike in the US, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today sought to play down fears saying markets should not be scared of volatility as it would be transient in nature.

6:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Tamil Nadu veggie safe, govt dismisses Kerala claims of toxicity

Asserting that vegetables and fruits grown in the State are absolutely safe, Tamil Nadu government dismissed Kerala's claim of presence of excessive pesticide in greens, citing test results.

6:13 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mizoram annual budget likely in October

The regular annual budget of Mizoram for the current fiscal is likely to be presented when the next state Assembly session begins on October 6.

5:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Western Ghats: Chandy meets Prakash Javadekar

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today met Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and urged the Centre to accept the revised Eco Sensitive Areas (ESA) in the State.

5:46 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Manohar Parrikar condoles death of former Goa CM Wilfred De Souza

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today condoled the demise of former Goa Chief Minister Wilfred De Souza who passed away here this morning.

5:29 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Foxconn shut down echoes in TN Assembly

Six months after Taiwanese company Foxconn shut down its operations here, the issue echoed in theTamil Nadu Assembly today with CPI(M) alleging that companies do not give employees' their rights like forming a trade union after getting state concessions to start their businesses.

5:23 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   

Omar Abdullah desperate for attention ?

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who rarely loses an opportunity on social media to draw attention to himself, took to twitter once again accusing the PDP-BJP coalition government of "brazenly" spying on him.

5:09 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sri Lanka's rival party members part of new consensus Cabinet

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka's first ever national unity government led by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in today with ministers included from the country's two main rival parties.

4:49 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Arunachal Pradesh Governor, CM extend Teachers' Day greetings

Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today greeted every member of the teaching community of the state on the occasion of Teachers' Day, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, tomorrow.

4:29 pm   #NitiPTI   

President Pranab Mukherjee praises NGO, civil societies

Civil society and NGOs today came in for praise by President Pranab Mukherjee, who described them as the fourth important pillar of democracy.

4:27 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

IS blows up tower tombs at Syria's Palmyra

Jihadists of the Islamic State group have blown up three of the famed tower tombs of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities chief said today.

4:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Coalscam: CBI asks accused' stand on whether to summon ex-PM

CBI today told a Special court that all the 15 accused in a coal scam case, in which ex- Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda has sought summoning of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as accused, should clarify whether they support or oppose his plea.

4:19 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

'Janata Parivar' - Post break-up moments

RJD chief Lalu Prasad today left for Delhi to placate Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party stormed out of the nascent anti-BJP grand alliance for Bihar assembly elections yesterday.

3:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Puducherry CM highlights role of teachers in Teacher's Day message

Chief Minister N Rangasamy today lauded the role of teachers in shaping the future generation of the country and in imbibing in them good qualities of life.

3:48 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   #Politics   

AAP's student union faces music over Kejriwal's stunt

It didn't take Kejriwal long enough to turn India's premier institution Delhi University into his political battleground. Now, his party's student wing CYSS may face action for allegedly using "money power' in campaigning.

3:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra govt aims to nearly triple contribution of fisheries to GSDP this year

Andhra Pradesh government aims to increase the contribution of the fisheries sector to the GSDP from the present 11 per cent to 30 per cent this year.

3:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Pakistan's U-turn on Hurriyat leaders' release in 2000 surprised US

Pakistan's ruler Pervez Musharraf and his top diplomats made a U-turn on talks with India after the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee released Hurriyat leaders in early 2000 as part of his peace initiatives on Kashmir, according to a declassified US cable.

3:37 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Tamil Nadu Governor, Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi extend Teachers' Day greetings

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, DMK President M Karunanidhi and leaders of various political parties today greeted the teaching fraternity on the eve of Teachers' Day.

3:18 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala govt mulls de-addiction institute

Kerala government is mulling setting up a de-addiction institute as part of its new liquor policy, with the aim of strengthening anti-alcohol drives and meeting its ambitious target of total prohibition in the next 10 years.

3:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

Mathura gears up for Krishna Janmashtami celebrations

Ahead of the joyful Krishna Janmashtami festivities starting tomorrow, security has been beefed-up in and around Mathura with intensified frisking at bus and railway station.

2:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala govt orders probe into boat tragedy

Kerala government today ordered a comprehensive probe into the recent boat tragedy in Kochi which claimed 11 lives.

2:38 pm   #NitiPTI   

Anand Kumar urges policy makers to refocus on teachers

Mathematician Anand Kumar today stressed that time has come for the country to refocus on teachers to ensure quality education to students.

2:20 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

When President Pranab Mukherjee turned Teacher

On the eve of Teacher's Day today, President Pranab Mukherjee became a teacher for the day at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Delhi. He taught political history of India to the students during his one hour class.

2:18 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Santosh Yadav elected Dy Speaker of Haryana Assembly

BJP MLA Santosh Yadav was today elected Deputy Speaker of Haryana Assembly here.

1:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Dubai's financial freezone aims to host 100 Indian firms

Dubai's financial freezone plans a five-fold increase in the number of Indian firms to over 100 in the next 10 years to build a sustained, long-lasting partnerships with the emerging markets of India.

1:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

India to utilise PMJDY a/c to extend pension, credit facilities

India aims to utilise bank accounts created under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana to extend insurance, pension and credit facilities to those excluded from these benefits, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, as the country joined a UN initiative to enable nations transition to electronic payments.

1:38 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

India's GVK group wins court fight over Australian coal mine

India's GVK group and Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart today won a court battle against a conservation group which had sought cancellation of environmental approval of their 10 billion dollars joint coal mine project in the Galilee Basin in Queensland province.

1:18 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

#PaperTigers slams media hype in Sheena murder case

Hitting out at media for "ignoring" significant events while choosing to focus on Sheena Bora murder case, Shiv Sena today wondered whether media has justified its role as fourth pillar of democracy and if it is a true reflection of people's thoughts.

1:11 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh - CRPF commandant injured in naxal attack

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer was today injured when naxals attacked him at a weekly market in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said.

1:08 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chennai-Mangalore Express derails - Railways orders inquiry

The Railways today ordered an inquiry into the derailment of the Chennai-Mangalore Express and said action would be taken against those responsible.

1:04 pm   #NitiPTI   

NaMo for 24-hour power supply in every village by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said every household should have round-the-clock power supply by 2022.

12:40 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chhattisgarh - 'Jan adalat' is new game plan of Naxals

After a brief lull, Chhattisgarh is witnessing an upsurge in Maoist-organised 'Jan Adalat' (people's court or Kangaroo court) where persons suspected to be loyal to the state are murdered in full public view.

11:57 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

School Children quiz NaMo - Nation listens with rapt attention

NaMo to School Children - "Be a good listener to become a good orator. You just not need to keep your ears open. You need to see, observe, understand and then talk"

11:57 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

2008 Malegaon blasts case: SC judge recuses from hearing plea

A Supreme Court judge today recused from hearing a plea against removal of Special Public Prosecutor by NIA in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, saying that he had represented certain accused in the matter.

11:55 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Former Goa Chief Minister Wilfred De Souza passes away

Former Goa Chief Minister Wilfred De Souza, who held the post three times, passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 88.

11:52 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Raghuram Rajan completes second year, pressure mounts to cut rates

As Governor Raghuram Rajan, known for his hawkish approach to inflation, completes tumultuous two years at RBI today, calls for rate cuts have become shriller with the Finance Ministry raising alarm bells over a possible deflation demon gobbling up the economy.

11:34 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chennai-Mangalore Express derails - 39 injured

39 passengers of Chennai-Mangalore Express were injured after four bogies derailed near Cuddalore in the wee hours today.

11:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM keen on Kashmiri pandits returning to home state

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister said here yesterday that seven separate townships have been created to ensure security of Kashmiri pandits, if they decide to return to their home state.

10:50 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra Pradesh seeks reports to declare drought in rain-deficit areas

With all four districts in Rayalaseema region and another 256 mandals receiving deficit rainfall this year, Andhra Pradesh Government has sought reports from respective Collectors for declaration of drought as per norms, the Assembly was informed yesterday.

10:30 am   #NitiPTI   

Vijay Sampla launches free insurance cover for girl students

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla yesterday launched the programme of free insurance cover of Rs two lakh each for 350 girl students of Phagwara and Begowal educational institutions.

10:15 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Leadership change in Punjab Congress likely

A leadership change in Punjab unit of Congress appears to be on the cards and the decision is likely, sources said.

10:00 am   #NitiPTI   

Kudankulam Unit-I maintenance work to be completed this month

Loading of fuel in the first unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, shut down since June 24 for maintenance, was being delayed 'for some reasons' and would be completed by this month end, a top official said yesterday.

9:55 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Delhi Power Secretary moves into Shakuntala Gamlin's office

Delhi Power Secretary Sukesh Kumar Jain has reportedly moved into the office of Principal Secretary (Power) Shakuntala Gamlin, who has been on a long leave after a power tussle between the AAP government and Lt Governor over her appointment as the acting chief secretary.

9:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Madras High Court slams regularisation of unauthorised constructions

Decrying the procedures adopted by authorities for regularisation of unauthorised constructions, Madras High Court yesterday observed that the time has come for the state to review the statutory provisions in view of the rampant misus

9:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

16 teachers to get "state award" on Teachers' Day in Himachal Pradesh

Sixteen teachers from government schools across Himachal Pradesh would be awarded by the state government on Teachers' Day.

9:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kolkata Airport planning to generate own solar power

Authorities at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport here are planning to generate their own power through solar energy, a senior AAI official said yesterday.

9:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bengal government plans to unlock land from closed units

The West Bengal government in an attempt to unlock land from some 300 closed industrial units will test the water with a unit in North 24 Parganas.

8:15 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

JKSRTC announces Srinagar to Rajouri bus service via Mughal road

Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) yesterday announced maiden bus service from Srinagar to Rajouri via Mughal road - an alternate road connecting Kashmir with Jammu region.

8:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   

Nitish is angry - Bihar Media ground reports explain why

Little wonder that Nitish has been losing his temper in public meetings what with the crowds thinning at this rallies and allies like Mulayam deserting his maha-gatbandhan.

8:00 am   #NitiPTI   

100 smart cities: Think tanks to converge for IIT-B initiative

IIT Bombay Alumni Association is looking to collaborate with the government to assist in providing solutions for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship programme of creating 100 smart cities.

7:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Delhi government proposes collection of entertainment tax after events

To ease procurement of license for entertainment events, the Delhi government has proposed not to collect entertainment tax before any function from the organisers and has given permanent licenses to 23 auditoriums.

7:25 am   #NitiPTI   

India tourism potential remains untapped: Amitabh Kant

Architect of the government's successful Incredible India campaign, Amitabh Kant yesterday said the potential of the country's tourism still remains untapped and asked the states to take lessons from Kerala on how the industry can play a crucial role in creating large number of jobs.

7:15 am   #NitiPTI   

Centre to soon build major port in southern India

The Centre would soon build a major port at Colachel in the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of Rs 21,000 crore, envisaged to emerge as a southern gateway of transshipment in the country.

7:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Government-appointed panel suggests ways to address agrarian crisis

A Maharashtra government-appointed task force to suggest ways to prevent farmer suicides has advised the government a slew of measures like restoration of farm credit, insurance to farmers and restructuring rural financial institutions, among others to resolve the agrarian crisis.

6:45 am   #NitiPTI   

Indira Gandhi Agricultural University inks pact with BARC to develop new rice varieties

Indira Gandhi Agricultural University (IGAU) here has signed a MoU with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, to develop new varieties of rice from the available types of fragrant rice in Chhattisgarh.

6:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajasthan to amend RTE, evaluate students based on performance

Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to make amendments to the Right To Education (RTE) Act 2009 to improve the standard of education by removing the provision of not failing students till Class 8 and evaluating them based on performance.

6:10 am   #NitiPTI   

Government promises total confidentiality on blackmoney declarations

With fears apparently continuing to nag potential declarants, the government once again yesterday promised total confidentiality of information furnished under the one-time compliance window for unearthing blackmoney stashed abroad.

6:00 am   #NitiPTI   

UAE pledges investment step-up, eyes smart cities, infrastructure sector

Committing to a step-up in investments in India, the UAE yesterday said it is keen to tap opportunities in smart cities and the infrastructure sector.

5:30 am   #NitiPTI   

Government cancels Greenpeace's licence under FCRA

In a fresh crackdown on Greenpeace, government today cancelled its registration under Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for allegedly working against the country's economic progress but the NGO said it will not be deterred by the attempt to "silence" its campaign.

5:05 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Telangana govt postpones T-Hub inauguration

Telangana government today said the launch of T-Hub, an initiative to promote startups and innovators, has been postponed from September 7 due to the non-availability of Ratan Tata.

4:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Reliance Cement forays into online selling

Reliance Cement Company Pvt, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, today announced its foray into the online space to sell crucial binding material.

4:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

NSE seals pact with Stock Exchange of Mauritius for synergy

NSE today announced that it has formalised a memorandum of understanding with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) to facilitate co-operation between the two exchanges.

3:30 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

ICICI Lombard in bancassurance tie-up with CSB

ICICI Lombard General Insurance has tied up with Catholic Syrian Bank(CSB) for sale of its products through 431 branches of the bank.

3:05 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

IITs start virtual centre on biofuel technology

Five IITs have come together to set up a virtual centre spread across their campuses to develop advanced technologies in the area of biofuels.

2:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Goa students to be sensitised against cruelty to animals

Children in Goa will be sensitised to be kind to animals, with the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) asking the schools to teach a program on 'compassionate citizen'.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

China announces 3 lakh troop cut

The 2.3 million-strong Chinese military which is the world's largest will see a 300,000 troop reduction, President Xi Jinping announced today, the fourth military downsizing by the communist giant since 1980s.

1:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Goa miners grapple with high taxation, lower ore prices

The mining industry, which is all set to resume operations in Goa, finds itself in a tight spot as it faces the twin problem of a huge tax load and softer iron ore prices in the global market.

12:59 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Australian education fair held in the city

IDP Education India, a leading student placement service provider, today organized the Australian education fair here today for the benefit of students aspiring to pursue higher education in that country.

12:44 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mild tremor shakes Rajasthan

A medium-intensity earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale hit Rajasthan late tonight.

12:10 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Mythology is basis of all science fiction: French author

Post a third world war while Europe is devastated by chemical, nuclear and genetic pollution, nomadic tribes emerge taking charge of the exploitation of a specific element.

12:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Culture   

"Adi Shankara versus Mandana Mishra" no topic for Aurangzeb-obsessed Lutyens Media

What have the politically correct Historians and Lutyens Public Intellectuals done to preserve the memory of the debate between Shankara and Mishra ?

Sep 03, 2015 11:59 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Telangana sanctions Rs 2cr for hiring chartered flight for K Chandrasekhar Rao's tour

Telangana government has issued an order giving administrative sanction for hiring a chartered flight at a cost of over Rs 2 crore for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's proposed visit to China and other countries from September 8 to 16.

11:57 pm   #NitiPTI   

Won't be deterred by attempts to silence campaigns: Greenpeace

Terming the cancellation of its FCRA registration as an attempt to "silence" its campaign, Greenpeace India tonight said that it will not be deterred by such moves and will launch a new campaign to highlight nationwide crackdown on civil liberties.

11:51 pm   #NitiPTI   

Meeting discusses measures to turn Karol Bagh trader friendly destination

Delhi Government today held a multi-agency meeting to discuss ways to turn Karol Bagh into a "world class" tourist and trader-friendly destination.

11:49 pm   #NitiPTI   

Kamani Oil first Indian edible oil firm to get FDA licence

Kamani Oil Industries today said it has become the first Indian edible oil firm to get Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licence for manufacturing pharmaceutical grade oils and fats.

11:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

LGNajeeb Jung 'shielding' real culprits in CNG fitness scam: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party today accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of trying to "shield" real culprits by allegedly "forcing" the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) to file a "half-baked chargesheet" in the multi-crore CNG fitness scam.

11:40 pm   #NitiPTI   

Cancelled FCRA registration of Greenpeace: MHA to High Court

The Union Home Ministry today told the Delhi High Court that it cancelled foreign contribution registration of Greenpeace India as it was continuing to use its FCRA accounts despite suspension of the same.

11:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes Special Courts Bill; opposition walks out

The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly today passed several bills, including Andhra Pradesh Special Courts Bill, that seeks to expeditiously conduct trial in cases of ill-gotten wealth even as the opposition walked out amid uproarious scenes.

11:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha asks IDCO to finetune masterplan for Dhamra port

The Odisha government today asked port authorities and Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) to prepare a Master Plan for comprehensive development of industrial park, fishing harbor and the port at Dhamra in Bhadrak district.

11:15 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Government making every effort to help drought-hit farmers: Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said his government was making every effort to help the distressed farmers, and his tour of drought-hit Marathwada was aimed at understanding their plight and taking appropriate action.

11:00 pm   #NitiPTI   

SPG takes stock of security measures at PM Modi's rally venue

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Sector 12 here on this Sunday, a team of SPG personnel today visited the area and took stock of security arrangements.

11:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Jammu & Kashmir official suspended by minister for dereliction of duty

An area inspector of Legal Metrology department was today suspended for alleged dereliction of duty during a surprise visit by a state minister.

10:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana taking strides towards implementation of e-governance programme

Haryana is taking strides towards the implementation of e-governance and IT-related programmes in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said.

10:40 pm   #NitiPTI   

Patels' stir can be turned into farmers' agitation: Sharad Joshi,

Noted farmers' leader, economist and former MP from Maharashtra Sharad Joshi, who had aggressively taken up the agriculturists' cause in the 80's, today said he saw a potential of converting the reservation agitation of the Patel community in Gujarat into a farmers' agitation.

10:31 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

21 rehabilitation centers coming up in Punjab

Punjab government yesterday said that 21 rehabilitation centers would be coming up in the state, which is facing drug menace, to bring drug addicts back to the mainstream of society.

10:25 pm   #NitiPTI   

IAF has transformed into multi-spectrum strategic force: Chief Marshal Arup Raha

Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Arup Raha today said the IAF has transformed into a multi-spectrum strategic force and is aligned with India's growth.

10:10 pm   #NitiPTI   

SIT recommends steps to curb money laundering

The Supreme Court-appointed SIT on black money has come out with a slew of recommendations to curb various ways of money laundering, including misuse of exemption on long-term capital gains tax, Participatory Notes and creation of shell companies.

9:52 pm   #NitiPTI   

India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to taking the ties to new heights as he received former President Chandrika Kumaratunga here.

9:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K - 'Recommendations called for best workable model on solid waste management'

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today directed the Housing and Urban Development officials to submit recommendations within one month for choosing the best workable model for solid waste management.

9:32 pm   #NitiPTI   

'Skill Connect 2015' to reward engineering students

Networkz Systems, a pioneer in the field of IT training, today announced a competition for engineering students to find skilled Information Technology students and reward them.

9:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

NHRC issues notice to Bengal govt over 'police assault' on women

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued a notice to the West Bengal government over alleged police assault on women protesters at a rally organised by the Left front last week.

8:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Uttarakhand Governor: Major changes required in higher education sector

With the youth population in India being the largest in the world, sweeping changes are required in the higher education sector so that the vast reserves of young energy at the country's disposal is utilised to the maximum in the task of nation building, Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul today said.

8:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

J&K Minister asks Jammu school to start 'curative classes'

In a first of its kind, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar today directed a school here to start "curative classes" for academically weaker students to make their academic journey hassle-free.

8:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Varun Gandhi visits Kheri, meets affected farmers

BJP MP from Sultanpur Varun Gandhi today visited Kheri and met the farmers, hit by inclement weather, and assured them all possible help.

7:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Pakistan ready for short or long war

Pakistan is ready for a short or long conflict and will inflict heavy losses on India in case "war hysteria" overcomes Indian leadership, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said.

7:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Manipur - Students urged to attend classes

The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) movement today appealed to the students of schools, colleges and universities to attend classes from tomorrow in Manipur.

7:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Jayalalithaa announces slew of schemes aimed at rural development

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today made a slew of announcements aimed at ensuring rural development, including in the areas of infrastructure, all running into several crores of Rupees.

6:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha unveils IPR 2015, to attract Rs 1,73,000 crore investment

Aiming to step up growth by boosting manufacturing sector, Odisha Government today unveiled a new industrial policy with plans to attract fresh investments of Rs 1,73,000 crore in over four years.

6:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Nasscom says euro fall may hit revenue from Europe

Software industry body Nasscom today said the currency volatility will impact companies deriving revenue from Europe, but is unlikely to directly impact its 12-14 per cent revenue growth forecast for the fiscal.

6:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha to implement Food Security Act from November 1

With about 20 lakh people yet to be struck down from the list of beneficiaries, Odisha government today said it would implement the National Food Security Act from November 1 instead of October 1.

5:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra police release second sketch of 'needle psycho'

A second sketch of the psychopath, who triggered panic by allegedly attacking 11 women with an injection, has been released by police in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district.

5:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Kerala focused on implementing 2 Light Metro projects

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the state government is focussed on implementing two Light Metro projects worth Rs 6,278 crore in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in a time-bound manner and there are no ambiguities in executing them.

5:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab govt to build 'nature conservation park' in Amritsar

Punjab government has decided to develop 40 acres of vacant land in the heart of Amritsar city as a 'nature conservation park', an official spokesperson said today.

4:59 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Bangladeshi blogger murder - Suspect confesses to killing

A Bangladeshi student accused of killing prominent secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das has confessed to the crime, police said as they arrested one more person in connection with the brutal murder.

4:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

Duronto trains to make commercial stoppage at technical halts

The Railways will provide commercial stoppages to the non-stop Duronto Express at places where presently there are technical halts.

4:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

US holds talks with India on trade matters ahead of PM Modi's visit

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US later this month, US Ambassador Richard Verma met Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to know about various measures taken by the government in view of Modi's push for 'ease of doing business'.

4:33 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Australia calls for deeper counter-terrorism cooperation with India

Asserting that no country should export militancy, Australia today called for deeper counter- terrorism cooperation with India, including intelligence sharing to fight the growing threat of online radicalism, as it sought to ramp up bilateral defence ties.

4:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

"No change in triple talaq system"

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today said there was no scope of change in the triple talaq system and rejected the suggestion by some community outfits for building a consensus on making a three-month period mandatory before finalisation of divorce.

4:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Samajwadi Party MP demands nationwide ban on cow slaughter

Rajya Sabha MP Munavvar Saleem has demanded a nationwide ban on cow slaughter.

4:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Russia does not see compromise over new permanent UNSC members

Russia has said it does not foresee "a historic compromise" being reached in the near future on admitting new permanent members in the UN Security Council, an assessment that does not bode well for India's bid for a permanent seat in a reformed Council.

3:57 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sheikh Hasina criticises Pak, US over coup convicts' repatriation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused Pakistan, the US and Canada of non-cooperation in repatriating the fugitive convicted killers of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

3:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Piyush Goyal inaugurates Multi-Skill Development Centre in Odisha

Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today inaugurated a multi-skill development centre in the premises of NTPC's power plant at Kanhia.

3:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Uddhav Thackeray asks Sena ministers to gear up, visit Marathwada

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has pulled up his party ministers for "not doing enough to help" people affected by water crisis in Marathwada region and asked them to "gear up" by visiting the drought-hit areas.

3:49 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Pakistan told US in 2000 it would not push Kashmir in UNSC: US Cable

In May 2000, the then Pervez Musharraf regime in Pakistan told the US that it would not push for UN Security Council resolution on Kashmir, acknowledging that it would not be helpful in resolving the decade-old Kashmir issue with India, according to a US cable.

3:46 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

RJD leader Raghunath Jha quits party, to join SP

In a jolt to RJD ahead of the Bihar polls, senior leader Raghunath Jha today resigned from his post and primary membership of the party, accusing party president Lalu Prasad of ignoring senior leaders and putting entire focus on his family.

3:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nepalese cops cross border to take shelter in SSB posts during protests

In an unprecedented incident, over three dozen armed Nepalese police personnel crossed the border and took shelter in frontier posts of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) when Nepal witnessed sporadic incidents of violence and attacks on the men in uniform recently.

3:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha - 154 infants die in 4 months in Kandhamal hospitals

As many as 154 infants died in different hospitals in Kandhamal between April and July, reflecting the abysmal state of infant and child health care in the tribal-dominated district, which did not have even one paediatrician till last month.

3:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

BJP to contest all 26 seats of Ladakh Council

The BJP today said it will, for the first time, contest on all 26 seats in the upcoming elections for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC).

2:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

US to Pak: Adopt aggressive approach against terror safe havens

The US has pushed top Pakistani leadership to adopt "an aggressive approach" against terrorist safe havens inside the country and warned that continuation of the current policy would adversely affect its ties with India and Afghanistan, a top Obama administration official has said.

2:47 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch

After a lull of few days, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing along the Line of Control in the frontier district of Poonch, prompting the Indian army to retaliate.

2:41 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

China shows unprecedented military might to mark WWII victory

China today displayed its military might by showcasing more than a dozen long-range missiles billed by state media as "aircraft carrier-killers" during an unprecedented massive military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory against Japan in the World War II.

2:32 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

National Nutrition Week being observed in West Bengal

To enhance community-based initiatives in educating mothers and caregivers on nutrition issues, the West Bengal government is observing National Nutrition Week till next Monday.

2:22 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

RLD to contest UP Assembly election alone

Appealing his party workers to start preparations, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh announced that the party will contest the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls alone.

2:17 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party gets Opposition status in Parliament

Sri Lanka's largest Tamil party TNA was today declared the main Opposition in the parliament with its chief R Sampanthan becoming the leader of the Opposition, the first lawmaker from the minority community to hold the position in 32 years.

2:11 pm   #NitiPTI   

57 per cent students not prepared for employment: Survey    

More than half of Indian students do not possess the skills required for employment even as they are educated, a recent survey has revealed.

2:06 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bribery case: NBW likely against ex-Louis Berger official

The Goa Police is likely to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against former Louis Berger official James McClung, who had revealed that bribe was paid to win a consultancy contract in Goa.

1:51 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

NCSC chief assures fair probe into Dalit youth's death

National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman P L Punia today assured that it would conduct an inquiry into the death of a Dalit youth in police custody in Dewa Kotwali area.

1:30 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha govt asks 10 district collectors to workout details on 'godmen'

Odisha government today asked collectors of 10 coastal districts to gather information on landholding by different religious ashrams.

1:22 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #States   #Politics   

Mulayam reads the riot act to Lalu-Nitish - Janata Parivar divorced

Even before their honeymoon could get over in November, Janata Parivar is divorced. Mulayam Singh has pulled out of Bihar alliance and will fight the State Assembly elections alone.

12:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nikki Haley: Will consider vice presidential ticket next year

Indian American Nikki Haley has said she will consider a vice presidential ticket next year if given a chance but is currently focused on her job as Governor of the US state of South Carolina.

11:55 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Yemen - 28 die in bombing of Shiite mosque claimed by IS

A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital today, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

11:48 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Culture   

Buddha as a bridge for Global Spiritual Connectivity - Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness in New Delhi.

11:33 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

India strongly rejects Pak's call for plebiscite in J&K

Strongly rejecting Pakistan's call for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, India has asserted that the state is an integral part of the country and its citizens have chosen a democratically-elected state government as it lambasted Islamabad for raising the issue at the UN.

11:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Xi Jinping announces 3 lakh troop cut for Chinese military

Chinese President Xi Jinping today announced that the 2.3 million strong People's Liberation Army, the world's largest, will be cut by three lakh troops.

10:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Telangana to have more districts: CM

Telangana cabinet today decided to create some more districts in the State, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said here.

10:15 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Air Asia to connect 4 more cities with Kuala Lumpur: CEO

Low-cost carrier Air Asia today said it will connect four more Indian cities with its hub in Kuala Lumpur to take the number of destinations linked to the Malaysian capital to 12. Its Executive Director and CEO Aireen Omar announced here that four more Indian cities will be connected with the Malaysian capital.

10:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana officials take stock of preparation for PM Modi's Faridabad visit

Haryana Education minister Ram Bilas Sharma visited the city to take stock of the preparations for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

9:45 am   #NitiPTI   

NaMo, President to give pep talk to students on eve of Teachers' Day

Students from across the country will get to listen to both the Prime Minister and the President back-to-back giving a pep talk on the eve of Teacher's Day, in what is being described as a first of its kind initiative by the government.

9:30 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Meghalaya now has a much more effective Lokayukta bill: Sangma

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said the state has come up with a much more effective Lokayukta bill and the Selection Committee for Lokayukta has been constituted.

9:25 am   #NitiExclusives   #Analysis   #Culture   

Narendra Modi on The Buddha

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to address the Samvad a Global Buddhist Conference here is a look at his own personal spirituality.

9:15 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Goa may rope in local temples to take care of stray cattle

To curb the nuisance created by growing number of stray cattle, the Goa government has decided to involve local temples to take care of them.

9:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

DCW wants DU colleges to upload details of sexual harassment committees

The Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal today met Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh and urged him that colleges under DU should upload the details of their respective sexual harassment committees on their websites.

8:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Australia seeks deeper defence ties with India

Australia today sought deeper defence ties with India that encompasses cooperation in all spheres including in the field of defence technology and identified New Delhi as a key strategic partner.

8:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Opinions   #States   

NDA seat sharing in Bihar - BJP lessons from Maharashtra

BJP under Modi-Shah Jodi is pretty aggressive and won't accede to the arm twisting tactics of Bihar allies. Paswan, Kushwaha and Manjhi are aware of this.

8:00 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra govt plans five incubators with Rs 750 crore investment

The Andhra Pradesh government today said it plans to create five "world-class" incubators with Rs 750 crore investment over the next four years.

7:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Digital   

PMO Mobile App Finalists - Women from Chennai to Students from Delhi

Crowdsourcing platform MyGov yesterday announced the selection of the top 5 teams, who will now compete to build an app for the Prime Minister's Office.

6:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Nepal's billionaire honoured with doctorate by Indian varsity

Binod Chaudhary, a Nepali billionaire of Indian-origin, has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree by a university in India for his outstanding contribution in philanthropy.

6:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

Smriti Irani ups NTSE Scholarships to 2000

At the 55th Foundation Day celebration of NCERT in New Delhi, HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced that the number of scholarships under National Talent Search Scheme (NTSE) would now be 2000 instead of 1000 scholarships awarded currently.

6:00 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Tackling Naxalism - High-level meeting discusses new measures

Close coordination between Central and state forces fighting Naxals, construction of rural infrastructure in Maoist-hit areas are among the host of issues discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting held here today.

5:30 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

India tells Australia: Neighbours sponsoring terrorism

In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India today conveyed to Australia that some neighbouring countries were sponsoring terrorism and favoured global efforts to curb terror financing.