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Threat to seek China's help lands Himachal duo in trouble

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Sep 2 : The simmering discontentment over the absence of basic amenities in the area along the border with China prompted two men in Himachal Pradesh to do the unthinkable - seek help from across the frontier for economic prosperity. It's landed them in jail, facing sedition charges.


India Inc lauds Modi's Japan visit

New Delhi, Sep 2 : India Inc Tuesday applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing Japan tour, from where he has announced major initiatives like turning the bilateral strategic partnership into a "special" partnership and a fast-track channel for Japanese investors.


Apex court holds Kingfisher plea infructuous

New Delhi, Sep 2 : The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Kingfisher Airlines's plea that the United Bank of India should not have declared it a wilful defaulter without hearing its case.


INS Sumitra to be commissioned Sep 4

Chennai, Sep 2 : The naval offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra will be commissioned here Sep 4, according to a government statement.


Indian-born researcher at Stanford wins major award

Bangalore, Sep 2 : Himanshu Asnani, 27, an Indian-born mathematics researcher at Stanford University Electrical Engineering School in the US, is the winner of the Marconi Society Paul Baran young scholar award for 2014.


Man held on Bangladesh border with Rs.30 lakh-worth gold

Kolkata, Sep 2 : An Indian national entering India from Bangladesh was arrested Tuesday in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district with unaccounted gold worth Rs.30 lakh, an official said.


India, Japan working as strategic partners: Modi

Tokyo, Sep 2 : India and Japan are now working as "special strategic and global" partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.


Return as India's envoys, Modi to India-bound Japanese youth

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday kicked-off a new initiative on training for Japanese youth started by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at its various facilities in India, asking them to return to Japan as India's ambassadors.


President prays at Vaishno Devi temple

Katra (Jammu and Kashmir), Sep 2 : President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday prayed at the Mata Vaishno Devi temple here.


Apex court holds Kingfisher plea infructuous

New Delhi, Sep 2 : The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Kingfisher Airlines's plea that the United Bank of India should not have declared it a wilful defaulter without hearing its case.


NDA politicizing education: Congress

New Delhi, Sep 2 : The Congress Tuesday accused the government of politicizing the educational system in the country and of trying to alter the federal system of governance.


AIIMS, US varsity tie-up on India's first regenerative medicine centre

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Sep 2 : India's top public healthcare establishment, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, is in talks with the Ohio State University (OSU) to set up the country's first comprehensive regenerative medicine centre that will open up avenues in research and development and introduce revolutionary techniques.


Radhastami celebrations in full swing

Barsana (Uttar Pradesh) Sep 2 : The birthday celebrations of Radha, consort of Lord Krishna, began here early Wednesday with special "darshans" and musical performances being conducted at the picturesque hill-top temple of Radha.


Arun Jaitley undergoes surgery

New Delhi, Sep 2 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday underwent a successful laparoscopic procedure at a hospital here.


President Mukherjee to pay obeisance at Vaishno Devi shrine

Jammu, Sep 2 : President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday arrived in Jammu region's Katra town to pay obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.


Congress youth wing protests outside Rajnath's residence

New Delhi, Sep 2 : Around 50 members of the Congress' youth wing NSUI staged a protest outside Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence Tuesday demanding that he fulfil the BJP's poll promise of bringing back black money within 100 days of assuming office.


Indian-born researcher at Stanford wins prestigious award

By Fakir Balaji, Bangalore, Sep 2 : Himanshu Asnani, 27, an Indian-born mathematics researcher at Stanford University Electrical Engineering School in the US, is the winner of the Marconi Society Paul Baran young scholar award for 2014.


India offers red carpet, not red tape: Modi

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Telling Japanese investors that there was no better place than India to set up their overseas enterprises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said: "I've come to assure you there is no red tape but only red carpet that awaits you in India."


Look at India, Modi tells Japan

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday hoped Japan will follow "Look at India" policy.


No improvement in Jaswant Singh's condition

New Delhi, Sep 2 : There has been no improvement in the health of former union minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh and he continues to remain in coma, a doctor at a Delhi hospital said Tuesday.


Rape accused's sister gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Sep 2 : A rape accused's sister was kidnapped and gang-raped by five men in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said Tuesday.


Korean pop music finds growing following in India

By Natalia Ningthoujam, New Delhi, Sep 2 : After having regaled Indian fans with a first-of-its-kind performance in the capital, members of South Korean band N-Sonic hope more artists from their homeland get to perform K-POP in the country.


Return as India's envoys, Modi to India-bound Japanese youth

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday kicked-off a new initiative on training for Japanese youth started by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at its various facilities in India, asking them to return to Japan as India's ambassadors.


Thousands stuck as snag hits Delhi Metro

New Delhi, Sep 2 : Delhi Metro commuters faced a harrowing time Tuesday when train services on one of its lines were affected for over an hour, an official said.


India committed to peace: Modi

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that India is committed to peace and this commitment has "significance far above any international treaties or processes".


Death row convict may be heard in open court: SC

New Delhi, Sep 2 : The Supreme Court Tuesday held that in the cases where the death sentence has been upheld by the apex court, the death convict will have a right that his petition seeking review of the verdict upholding death sentence will be heard by the three judges bench in an open court and he will be accorded half an hour hearing.


Modi stresses on women empowerment, education

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday stressed on the need for women's empowerment in the present-day world.


Country with knowledge will lead world: Modi

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that 21st century is the century of knowledge and the country with "knowledge and information will lead the world".


'Retaliate to Pakistani constraints, counter China vis-a-vis Japan'

New Delhi, Sep 2 : India should deploy counter-constraint policies against Pakistan since historic reconciliation is not a "credible possibility", eminent diplomat Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary and chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, has said.


Modi focuses on women's empowerment, education

Tokyo, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday stressed on the need for women's empowerment in the present-day world as he began the fourth day of his visit to Japan.


President calls upon Universities to create the right environment for promoting entrepreneurship

New Delhi, Sep. 1 : President Pranab Mukherjee attended the 14th Convocation of University of Jammu today and said that universities to create the right environment for promoting entrepreneurship.


India welcomes Japanese initiative to establish food value chain through Public-Private Partnership

New Delhi, Sep. 1 : Recognizing the importance of agricultural development and establishing food-related infrastructure in India, both the countries welcomed Japanese initiative to establish food value chain through Public-Private Partnership by introducing advanced irrigation systems and farming machines, and supporting the food industrial parks and cold chains development projects implemented by Indian government.


NDA Govt. is a failure, says Sonia Gandhi

Rae Bareli, Sep. 1 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday criticized the NDA government's 100 days in office, saying it has been a failure.


Harsh Vardhan emphasizes on creating awareness about organ donation

New Delhi, Sept. 1 : Union Minister for Health Dr.Harsh Vardhan on Monday the awareness of organ donation as the need of the hour, adding that a centralized system will soon take shape, which will enable every citizen of the country to have access to the developments taking place for organ donation.


Situation in Pak is cause for grave concern, says Uday Bhaskar

New Delhi, Sep.1 : Security and strategic analyst C Uday Bhaskar on Monday said that the current situation in Pakistan is a cause for grave concern.


Road Traffic Act to replace 1988 Motor Vehicles Act, says Gadkari

New Delhi, Sept. 1 : Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that a new Road Traffic Act will be tabled for approval during the Winter Session of Parliament, which will be at par with international acts in the road sector.


India Center announces India-Japan conclave: "Two Nations, One Goal"

New Delhi, Sept. 1: The India Center announced the India-Japan conclave: "Two Nations, One Goal" here on Monday.


Pak Army attempting to destabilize Sharif Govt.: Expert

New Delhi, Sep.1 : Counter-terrorism expert Ajai Sahni on Monday said the ongoing crisis in Islamabad is an orchestrated one and is backed by the Pakistani Army.


India should not be despondent if nuclear deal does not go through with Japan: Diplomat

New Delhi, Sep.1 : Former diplomat Rajiv Dogra on Monday said that India should not be overly despondent if the nuclear deal does not go through because Japan has a unique and most unfortunate experience of having been the victim of two nuclear bombs and has certain reservations in nuclear matters.


Attorney General proposes SC exemption of 46 functional coal blocks

New Delhi, Sept.1 : Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has today proposed to the Supreme Court to exempt 46 coal blocks from cancellation, as they are in absolute readiness of production.


Waiel Awwad calls Imran Khan's move irresponsible

New Delhi, Sept.1 : Declaring Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan's move as irresponsible, Bureau Chief of Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) Dr Waiel Awwad said here on Monday that Pakistan at this stage needs stability and security.


'Guru Utsav 2014' has nothing to do with renaming 'Teachers Day' : Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Sep. 1 : Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Monday rubbished reports about the government planning to celebrate 'Teachers Day' as 'Guru Utsav', saying a deliberate attempt is being made to distort certain facts.


Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre to be in Gujarat

Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Sept. 1 : Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre will soon be opened in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar.


Diesel under-recovery decreased to Rs 0.08 per litre for fortnight commencing Sept. 1

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Diesel under-recovery has been decreased to Rs. 0.08 per litre for a fortnight commencing from today.


Meet the challenge of ceasefire violations with an integrated, multi-pronged approach

By Jaibans Singh, New Delhi, Sept.1 : Ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) with Pakistan are a cause of concern; they are increasing tensions and blocking forward movement in relations between the two countries; they are causing avoidable loss of life and property to already deprived people living in border areas; most alarming is the fact that they can become a catalyst for conflict escalation.


SC notice on leprosy treatment

New Delhi, Sep 1 : The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central and state governments on a petition seeking availability of drugs for pregnant women suffering from leprosy and ending discrimination against children from the disease-affected families in educational institutions.


No need for probe into tie-up with Saradha group firm: Railways

Kolkata, Sep 1 : Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha Monday ruled out conducting an inquiry into reports that the IRCTC had entered into an agreement with a company of the chit fund funded Saradha Group in 2010 in connection with a tourism project.


Key areas of cooperation between India and Japan

Tokyo, Sep 1 : Infrastructure, railways, civil aviation and energy are the key areas among others in which Indian and Japan seek to enhance cooperation between them, an official statement said Monday.


Listening to Modi's Teachers' Day address voluntary, says Irani

New Delhi, Sep 1 : With some political parties questioning the timing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed address to students on Teachers' Day Sep 5, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Monday clarified that listening to the address was "completely voluntary".


Tatra truck case: Tejinder Singh taken into custody, moves HC

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh was Monday taken into custody after a court rejected his bail plea over allegations that he offered bribe to then army chief Gen. V.K. Singh for clearing "sub-standard" Tatra trucks for the army.


Tatra case: Tejinder Singh moves HC seeking bail

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh Monday moved the Delhi High Court after a trial court rejected his bail plea and ordered his arrest in the Tatra truck case.


India-Canada to sign personnel management agreement

New Delhi, Sep 1 : India and Canada will sign an agreement on sharing of experiences in personnel management through information technology and data collection.


Government ready to auction coal blocks, seeks exceptions

New Delhi, Sep 1 : The government Monday told the Supreme Court that they stood by its verdict holding allocation of coal blocks since 1993 as illegal, and was ready to auction these blocks if they are cancelled but sought exceptions for some mines which were operational.


Youth kills father over electricity bill payment

New Delhi, Sep 1 : A heated argument over the payment of the electricity bill led a 19-year-old to stab his father to death and attack his mother who tried to intervene, police said Monday.


Rescued elephants turn painter!

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Phoolkali, a rescued elephant, is unaware that she is securing her future as the artworks created by her are selling well.


Indian in UAE unable to pay hospital bills

Abu Dhabi, Sep 1 : An uninsured Indian man in the UAE has run up more than $160,000 in medical bills after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent about six months in an Abu Dhabi hospital, a media report said.


Current account deficit narrows to 1.7 percent of GDP in Q1

New Delhi, Sep 1 : India's current account deficit (CAD) for the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal narrowed to 1.7 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) compared to 4.8 percent during the same quarter last fiscal (2013-14).


Campaign launched to improve road safety

New Delhi, Sep 1 : A campaign to train police officers in traffic management to improve road safety and enforcement against drunken driving was launched here Monday.


Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe pledge to realise full potential of India-Japan ties

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Monday pledged to realise the full potential of the India-Japan strategic and global partnership for continuing progress and prosperity for their people, according to the Tokyo declaration issued after their meeting.


Uttar Pradesh sugar mills reject state government aid and conditions

New Delhi, Sep 1 : Beleaguered private sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh Monday rejected the assistance of Rs.6 per quintal of cane announced by the state government as inadequate, saying they are unable to meet the aid conditions.


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