Satisfied at polio-free India, but can't be complacent: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, July 27 : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says that he is happy about India being polio-free for three years and receiving WHO certification, but warned against becoming complacent and neglecting steps to save the country from getting re-infected by the polio virus.


Mother, son found dead at Delhi home

New Delhi, July 27 : The decomposed bodies of a 30-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son were found from their house here Sunday, police said.


DU student says raped by friend

New Delhi, July 27 : A 25-year-old Delhi University student has filed a complaint against one of her friends, saying he raped her in a flat in Ghaziabad near the capital, police said Sunday.


Event held to raise funds for malnourished children

New Delhi, July 27 : In a bid to provide better nutrition and education for economically deprived children across the country, an NGO organised "Cook for a Smile" programme here to help raise needed funds.


Congress leader Rashid Alvi sharpens attack on BJP, calls Saharanpur violence 'unfortunate'

New Delhi, July 27 : Congress leader Rashid Alvi, on Sunday described the violence in Saharanpur as unfortunate, and also sharpened his attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pushing the state into a vicious cycle of hatred.


Saharanpur still tense, curfew on

Lucknow, July 27 : Authorities Sunday deployed drone cameras in curfew-bound Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, a day after three people were killed and over a dozen critically injured in communal violence.


'Modi government has done commendable work in two months'

Hyderabad, July 27 : Asserting that the Narendra Modi government has done commendable work since it assumed office two months ago, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said it was trying to put the country's economy back on rails.


Sushma meets UML leaders, ends Nepal visit

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, July 27 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Sunday averted a diplomatic disaster by meeting leaders of the ruling CPN-UML just before returning to India after a three-day visit which she said was "productive" and "successful".


Sharif committed to improving India-Pakistan ties: Envoy

New Delhi, July 27 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to normalisation of relations with India on the basis of mutual interest and respect, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has said.


Eradicate dengue, says NDMC chief

New Delhi, July 27 : The head of NDMC Sunday called for a concerted campaign against dengue after the civic agency detected dengue larva in key buildings including hospitals here.


Rise of the fringes: Modi government faces acid test

By Anando Bhakto, New Delhi, July 27 : Are the fringes pulling at the centre from many directions? Is the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi facing its first major political challenge, not from a depleted opposition, but from its own ranks? Or is it just a political ploy of the Hindu right, led by the RSS, to push its nationalist agenda through a government it considers its own?


No proposal to cut short parliament session: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad, July 27 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said there was no proposal to cut short the ongoing parliament session, and added the government has enough business.


Winds of change in offices: Minister saab is watching

By Ranjana Narayan, New Delhi, July 27 : Most officials are reporting for work on the dot at 9 a.m. and, those who get delayed, especially those coming from outside Delhi, have to perforce take the day off as "minister saab", Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, is personally keeping a strict tab on the punctuality of his ministry staff.


President condoles IAF chopper crash deaths

New Delhi, July 27 : President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday condoled the death of seven people in Friday's Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crash in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district.


India tops in South Asia's human trafficking: UN official

By Rajnish Singh, New Delhi, July 27 : India has emerged as the top destination for human trafficking in South Asia, a top UN official has said.


Congress in crisis: Leadership challenged

By Prashant Sood & Sreeparna Chakrabarty, New Delhi, July 27 : It has not been an easy time for the Congress since it went down to its lowest tally in the Lok Sabha elections two months back. While the party is witnessing internecine battles in many states, it is also facing competition from some regional parties to hog the opposition space in the Lok Sabha.


'Crimes against children: Time to break conspiracy of silence'

New Delhi, July 27 : A three-year-old boy was kicked and assaulted by her tutor in Kolkata, a six-year-old girl was raped by her skating teacher in Bangalore, blind children were caned in Hyderabad while from Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, there have been many reports of child molestation, rape and murder .


Kaptan Singh Solanki sworn-in as Haryana governor

Chandigarh, July 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kaptan Singh Solanki was Sunday sworn-in as the governor of Haryana.


To improve nation's health, first improve ours: Government docs

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 27 : Doctors in the government health sector want the country's health facilities to improve. To achieve this, they want their own working conditions to improve first.


Benevolent 'Raja Saab' always game for charity - but some take advantage

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, July 27 : The circuitous road meandering its way to the Jakhu Hills of Shimla, once the summer capital of British India, touches a long-standing bucolic tea stall where something more than the beverage brews.


Paneer jalebi, Shahi tukda..feasting on traditional sweets this Eid (Foodie Trail)

By Prerna Gagerna, New Delhi, July 27 : From succulent dates to popular sheer kurma, from delicious shahi tukda to mouth-watering paneer jalebi - these traditional sweets attract people from all walks to the walled city in the Indian capital during the holy month of Ramadan.


Gondi language: A bridge to Maoist heartland?

By Shilpa Raina, New Delhi, July 27 : Conventional wisdom has it that economic development can overcome the Maoist challenge. Now there's another powerfull and emotive method - through the Gondi language spoken by the tribals in much of the Maoist corridor that runs across the country. What if all stakeholders involved in dealing with the rebels could speak and understand the Gondi language?


Let not competitive politics get constitutional sanctity (Column: Legal Ease)

By Parmod Kumar : Sikh politics is on the boil in Punjab and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is insisting that Haryana roll back the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 2014, creating a separate body to manage the gurdwaras in the state.


Power plan: India, Nepal to work big on electricity

Kathmandu, July 27 : India and Nepal will work fast on the implementation of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project to boost hydropower generation between the South Asian neighbours, a joint communique issued after a meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission at the foreign minister-level stated Saturday.


PM meets infrastructure departments secretaries

New Delhi, July 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday met secretaries of key infrastructure ministries like power and road and highways to review individual sectors' development targets that need to be achieved by the current fiscal end.


Sharad Yadav appeals to UPSC to take back admit cards

New Delhi, July 26 : Janata Dal (United) Party (JDP) leader Sharad Yadav on Saturday expressed his anger and disappointment with regard to the UPSC's act of issuing online admit cards to their candidates.


Kaptan Singh Solanki to be sworn in as Haryana governor Sunday

Chandigarh, July 26 : Former college professor and BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh Kaptan Singh Solanki will be sworn in as Haryana governor Sunday, officials said here Saturday.


President appoints Kaptan Singh Solanki as Governor of Haryana

New Delhi, July 26 : President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Kaptan Singh Solanki as the next Governor of Haryana. Solanki replaces Jagannath Pahadia, who completes his tenure in office today.


Modi, Jaitley pay tribute to martyrs on Kargil Vijay Divas

New Delhi, July 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today paid tributes to the martyrs of the Kargil war at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India gate.


"Christian-Hindu" comment is heresy: NCP

Panaji, July 26 : The NCP Saturday charged Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza with "heresy" and demanded that the Goa church seek an explanation from him about his claim of being a "Christian Hindu".


New war memorial soon: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 26 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the government would soon finalise a site for construction of a national war memorial.


President pays homage to Kargil war martyrs

New Delhi, July 26 : President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday paid homage to the Kargil war martyrs on the occasion of the 15th Vijay Diwas (Victory Day).


More rain in north India soon: IMD

New Delhi, July 26 : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Saturday forecast more rain across several northern states in the coming few days.


Two dead in Saharanpur clashes

Lucknow, July 26 : Two people were killed as violent clashes broke out Saturday in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh over a land dispute, police said.


Rahul 'saddened' by Saharanpur communal violence

New Delhi, July 26 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said he was "saddened" to hear about communal clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, in which at least two people were killed.


Attempts to build Rahul, destroy Manmohan finished UPA-II: Baru

Panaji, July 26 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi could have spelled doom for the UPA-II government by her attempts to "engineer" a transition of leadership from then prime minister Manmohan Singh to her son Rahul Gandhi, former media advisor to the PMO Sanjaya Baru said Saturday.


Sushma Swaraj meets Nepali leaders as joint commission meet starts

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, July 26 : The third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission at the foreign minstry-level started here Saturday after a hiatus of 23 years.


President congratulates CWG medal winners

New Delhi, July 26 : President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday congratulated the Indian medal winners at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.


Indian culture flying high at Glasgow (CWG Diary)

Glasgow, July 26 : Along with sporting glory, India's rich culture and heritage is also the toast of the 20th Commonwealth Games with an exhibition celebrating Glasgow's role in the Closing Ceremony of the Games in Delhi four years ago.


PM launches portal for people's participation in governance

New Delhi, July 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday launched an interactive online platform that allows people to share ideas and suggestions and participate in the country's governance.


Congress' plight: Dynasty is to blame

By Amulya Ganguli : The imprecations directed at Rahul Gandhi - "joker" - and at his advisers - "rootless wonders and spineless creepers" - by sections of Congressmen and the recent signs of organizational disarray in several states suggest that it is still a far cry for the Congress where recovery is concerned.


New Delhi is northeasterners' favourite job destination

By Natalia Ningthoujam, New Delhi, July 26 : Abhijit K. Borah moved here from Guwahati in search of a better future. He says Delhi has a lot to offer and he has no plans to leave the capital, despite it being tagged as the country's "most racist city".


PM salutes Kargil War heroes

New Delhi, July 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday remembered the "indomitable courage" of the Kargil war martyrs on the 15th Vijay Diwas (Victory Day).


'Ministers dreaming of Hindu nation have no place in India'

Panaji, July 26 : Ministers dreaming about a "Hindu nation" should be taken to task by the government and have no place in India, according to Fr. Maverick Fernandes, head of the Goa Church's charitable wing.


Kaptan Singh Solanki new Haryana governor

New Delhi, July 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday appointed senior BJP leader Kaptan Singh Solanki as the next governor of Haryana, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said here.


Book release, Kathak recital liven up Darbar Hall

New Delhi, July 25 : The high marbled dome of the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan reverberated with music and some scintillating Kathak dance - watched by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other invited guests at a special book release event.


SC notice to EC on PIL seeking candidates photos on EVMs

New Delhi, July 25 : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government and the Election Commission on a PIL seeking to address the problem of namesakes eating into votes of main candidates by inclusion of photograph of the contesting candidates on the EVMs' balloting unit.


Received guidance from President Mukherjee: Modi

New Delhi, July 25 : The warmth and guidance he has received from President Pranab Mukherjee in the two months since he formed his government has been akin to that of a family, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.


Afghan doctors seeking advanced medical training in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

By Neelapu Shanti, New Delhi, July 25 : Delhi-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has been providing Medical training to Afghan doctors.


Congress not entitled to leader of opposition post: AG

New Delhi, July 25 : In a setback to the Congress's desire to have its leader in the Lok Sabha given the leader of opposition status, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has held that the party cannot get the recognition as its numbers are less than one-tenth of the total strength of parliament's lower house.


Seven die in IAF chopper crash in UP

Lucknow/New Delhi, July 25 : An Advanced Light Helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district Friday, killing all seven people on board, officials said


'Government alone can't fulfil health needs'

Greater Noida, July 25 : Admitting that the government alone cannot fulfil the health requirements of the people, a Uttar Pradesh minister Friday emphasised the need to have more specialised private hospitals in the country.


India records highest social networking growth: Study

Bangalore, July 25 : More Indians are logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, as evident from a record growth of 37 percent in social networking during 2013, according to a study by eMarketer.


States callous in dealing with silicosis: NHRC

New Delhi, July 25 : National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan Friday expressed concern over the callousness of the states in dealing with the problems of people affected with silicosis.


Congress not entitled to leader of opposition post: AG

New Delhi, July 25 : In a setback to Congress' desire to have its leader in the Lok Sabha being given the leader of opposition status, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has held the party cannot get the recognition as its numbers are less than one tenth of the total strength of parliament's lower house.


Coal block scam: Special public prosecutor, judge appointed

New Delhi, July 25 : On the lines of the 2G scam case, the Supreme Court Friday appointed senior counsel R.S. Cheema as the special public prosecutor in the case relating to alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks before a special CBI judge.


Om Prakash Chautalas' bail extended till Aug 1

New Delhi, July 25 : The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Aug 1, the interim bail of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the teachers recruitment scam.


Centre to promote medical tourism

New Delhi, July 25 : The union tourism ministry has finalised fresh guidelines to promote the "untapped" market in medical tourism, an official said here Friday.


Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu, says Nepal high priority

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, July 25 : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawarj arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening on a three-day official visit during which she will co-chair the third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission.


India's two Gazas: One in parliament, another at UN

By Saeed Naqvi : Sushma Swaraj's statement on Palestine in the Rajya Sabha so pleased Jerusalem that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanked her that evening over the telephone. But the goodwill thus generated was fading by Wednesday when New Delhi, having changed its mind, voted with the resolution at the UN "condemning Israel for disproportionate use of force in Gaza".