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No organised drug gangs in Goa: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said there were no "organised gangs" that distribute drugs in the state.


'Singham Returns' crosses Rs.100 crore mark

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The combo of Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn has once again hit the jackpot - their latest offering "Singham Returns" has earned over Rs.100 crore within five days of its release.


South Australia keen on 'Clean Ganga' project

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Clean Ganga' project received a shot-in-the-arm with the South Australia government showing its interest in cleaning up the river, which is considered sacred by many Indians.


Rijiju to visit Assam, Nagaland over border row

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said Wednesday that he will meet the chief ministers of Assam and Nagaland and other senior officials over a violent border row on the Assam-Nagaland border in Golaghat district.


NHRC notice to Himachal Pradesh over declining sex ratio

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh government over the declining sex ratio in the state.


Congress committed to women's reservation bill: Sonia

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said her party was committed to the women's reservation bill that seeks to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and the state legislatures.


IFC launches $2.5 bn rupee-bonds to fund Indian infra projects

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private-sector arm, Wednesday launched rupee-denominated bonds worth $2.5 billion to fund infrastructure investments in India.


Rahul calls for 'tsunami of women members' in Congress

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday called for a "tsunami of women members in the Congress" and said his party will field women candidates in the upcoming assembly elections wherever possible.


2015-16 to be observed as water conservation year

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The year 2015-16 will be observed as water conservation year and a public movement will be launched during the year to conserve the precious resource, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti said Wednesday.


Rs.16 tn needed to achieve housing for all by 2022: Study

Mumbai, Aug 20 : Over Rs.16 trillion ($260 billion) will be needed as investment every year if the central government's goal of 'housing for all by 2022' is to be achieved, a report by the KPMG-National Real Estate Development Council says.


Amit Shah inaugurates 'mini PMO' in Varanasi

Varanasi, Aug 20 : The BJP's national president Amit Shah Wednesday inaugurated the public relations office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.


USGBC names ex-secretary as advisor for green building hub

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Wednesday that M. Ramachandran has joined as a senior adviser to its LEED customer service hub for green buildings in India.


TRAI to soon release paper on broadband service roll-out

New Delhi, Aug 20 : The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected to come out with a paper on the nation-wide roll-out of broadband services by the end of the next month, its chairman Rahul Khullar said here Wednesday.


'Pakistan committed to dialogue with India'

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Pakistan is committed to dialogue with India and would not allow the "process" to be "distracted" in any way, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Wednesday.


Delhi to impose fine for public urinating, littering

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day call for the launch of a 'Clean India' mission, local authorities in the capital began a sanitation drive that will include fining people for urinating in public or littering the streets, much like in other countries.


Australia-India youth dialogue in January

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Fifteen young Indians will visit Australia next year to participate in the fourth Australia-India youth conference, a statement said Wednesday.


Iyengar spread India's ancient knowledge worldwide: President

New Delhi, Aug 20 : President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of globally renowned yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar Wednesday.


India should stay ahead of world in technology: PM

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Calling technology a "key driving force", Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India needs to stay ahead in this sphere to become a world leader.


Goa's travel industry makes a killing from weekend rush

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, Aug 20 : Goa's travel and tourism industry stakeholders made the most of the Aug 15-18 long weekend as hoteliers, restaurateurs and tour operators made a killing on the weekend rush, a rare sight in the monsoon, which is traditionally considered offseason in the beach state's tourism itinerary.


Missing soldier's body sent home after 18 years

Srinagar, Aug 20 : The body of an Inddian Army soldier, which was found 18 years after he went missing from the Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, was sent to his home in Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, police said.


IM planned to send poisoned letters to kill targets: Delhi Police

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives had planned to send letters soaked with poison to kill its targets, says a Delhi Police chargesheet filed in a case relating to an illegal arms factory operated by the terror group.


Congress committed to women's reservation bill: Sonia

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said her party was committed to the women's reservation bill that seeks to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and the state legislatures.


Profitable biz model, a must for e-commerce firms: PwC Director

By Aparajita Gupta, New Delhi, Aug 20 : The blooming e-commerce companies in India need to focus more on a business model that will be profitable in the short to long term for better survival, a senior functionary of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has said.


B.K.S. Iyengar who took yoga to world is dead

Pune (Maharashtra), Aug 20 : World renowned Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who founded the 'Iyengar Yoga' died at a private hospital here early Wednesday, an aide said. He was 96.


Technology becoming the key driving force: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said technology is becoming the "key driving force" as the world and the parameters of war and defence are fast changing.


'Manmohan Singh sought a soft job, but Indira Gandhi did not agree'

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Manmohan Singh, who steered the UPA government for 10 years as prime minister, was looking for a 'soft' job in his 50s but was told by then prime minister Indira Gandhi to become the governor of the Reserve Bank of India as he was "too young to do a soft job", a new book by his daughter has revealed.


Indian health portal is 'match maker' for doctors abroad

Washington, Aug 20 : A newly launched Indian health portal www.swaasthindia.gov.in serves as a "match maker" between public & private medical institutions in India and from around the globe.


PM condoles death of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday condoled the death of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyenger and said he will be remembered as a fine guru and scholar.


Pakistan Army violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 20 : The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said Wednesday.


Manmohan Singh immune as PM, not as FM: US court

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Aug 20 : A US court here has ruled that former India prime minister Manmohan Singh had "head of state immunity" from claims that he supported violence against Sikhs, but it did not cover his tenure as finance minister.


Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar dead

Pune (Maharashtra), Aug 20 : Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who founded the 'Iyengar Yoga', died at a private hospital here early Wednesday, an aide said. He was 96.


US looks forward to welcoming Modi

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Aug 20 : The US has reiterated that it looks forward to welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite an online petition seeking cancellation of his visit.


Talks off but Pakistani envoy meets Kashmiri separatists

New Delhi, Aug 20 : Pakistan continued its hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists as its envoy Tuesday met hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and then moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a day after India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue.


Constitutionality of judges appointment panel challenged

New Delhi, Aug 19 : A plea was moved in the Supreme Court Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the amendment paving the way for the judicial appointment panel in place of existing collegium system for the appointment of judges to the apex court and the high courts.


Justify Ramasundaram's appointment to CBI post, SC tells government

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to relax its order restraining IPS officer Archana Ramasundram from discharging her duties as additional director of the CBI, saying the government has yet to rebut impression that her appointment was flawed and illegal.


Speaker rejects Congress demand for leader of opposition post

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahahan has rejected the Congress demand that its leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge be accorded the status of leader of opposition (LoP), informed sources said Tuesday.


SC notice on plea seeking Hindi's use in higher judiciary

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking amendment to the constitution's article 348 to provide that proceedings in the Supreme Court and in the high courts as well should be in Hindi instead of English.


Blind civil service aspirants to get more time in exam

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted 20 minutes additional time per hour to blind candidates to answer questions in both preliminary and main examinations for civil services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).


Coal scam: Fresh charge sheet to be filed against Darda

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The CBI Tuesday told a special court hearing the coal block allocation case against Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda that it will file a supplementary charge sheet in the case as its probe is almost complete.


Speaker rejects Congress demand for LoP

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahahan Tuesday rejected the Congress demand that its leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge be accorded the status of Leader of Opposition (LoP), official sources said.


Constitutionality of judges appointment panel challenged

New Delhi, Aug 19 : A plea was moved in the Supreme Court Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the amendment paving the way for the judicial appointment panel in place of existing collegium system for the appointment of judges to the apex court and the high courts.


Over Rs.1.5 crore compensation to road accident victim's kin

New Delhi, Aug 19 : A court here has awarded over Rs.1.5 crore as compensation to family members of a computer professional, who died in a road accident.


Strive hard to make country a better nation: Dr.Najma Heptulla

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, felicitated minority candidates clearing Civil Services Exam-2013 here today.


President condoles passing away of CPI-M leader Amitava Nandy

New Delhi, Aug 19 : President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of veteran Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) leader Amitava Nandy.


India - Czech Republic sign MoU on technical co-operation in Railways

New Delhi, Aug 19 : A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here today at the Rail Bhawan, between the Railway Ministry and Czech Railways, of the Czech Republic and Association of Czech Railway Industry (ACRI) on technical cooperation in the field of railway sector.


CII-DGR MoU is correct and historic step, says Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Union Finance and Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley said that the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) - Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a significant partnership to build Corporate-Ex Servicemen (ESM) relationship while speaking at the Inaugural Session of DGR National Corporate Conclave here.


Harsh Vardhan calls for every child to be vaccinated

New Delhi, Aug.19, : Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan called for the vaccination of every child in the country.


Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews the flood situation

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the flood situation in affected states with the officials of Ministry of Home Affairs here today.


BSF: ceasefire violations by Pak to infiltrate border

New Delhi, Aug.19, : Border Security Force (BSF) Director General DK Pathak stated that the ceasefire along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir were frequently being broken by Pakistan to infiltrate India.


India and Singapore pledge to enhance defence relationship

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Defence Minister of Singapore, Dr Ng Eng Hen, who is on an official visit to India, met Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, at South Block, here today.


Government taking a hard line on Kashmir issue: Yasin Malik

New Delhi, Aug.19, : Separatist leader Yasin Malik today said India has taken a hard line on the Kashmir issue and added that the government is not interested in having a dialogue with Pakistan.


Pak envoy continues meeting with Kashmir separatist leaders

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit continued to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders here on Tuesday, in an apparent and open defiance of an Indian Government directive to desist from doing so.


Aga Khan Foundation - India extends humanitarian support to Afghanistan.

By Neelapu Shanti, New Delhi, Aug19 : The Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network (AGDN) have been working in Afghanistan for nearly two decades now.


Naidu for action plan to regularize unauthorized colonies

New Delhi, Aug.19 : Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today reviewed various issues relating to urbanization and development of the National Capital Region of Delhi.


Manipur sessions court orders Irom Sharmila Chanu's release

New Delhi, Aug. 19 : A sessions court in Manipur has ordered the release of activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for over a decade and is currently under house arrest.


Traffic rules have to be amended: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Aug.19, : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said today that traffic rules in the country must be amended.


India has taken a definitive position by calling off talks with Pak: Uday Bhaskar

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Defence analyst Commodore Uday Bhaskar said today that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a definitive position on relations with Pakistan by cancelling the upcoming foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries.


Indo-Pak talks are important to solve the Kashmir issue: Shabir Shah

New Delhi, Aug. 19 : Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah today expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks.


Service sector lifts India's sagging tax revenues

New Delhi, Aug 19 : Despite a drop in customs and excise collections, India's mop up of indirect taxes touched nearly 25 percent of the annual budgeted target in the first four months of this fiscal.


'Government aims to immunise every child against fatal diseases'

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The government aims to immunise every child in the country against fatal diseases, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said here Tuesday.


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