Stop buying Israeli military equipment: CPI-M

New Delhi, July 24 : India must stop buying Israeli military equipment in protest against the killing of civilians in Gaza by Israel, the CPI-M said Thursday.


Classical singer Sushilarani Patel dead

Mumbai, July 24 : Renowned classical singer Sushilarani Patel died following a heart attack at her home here Thursday afternoon, a close disciple said. She was 96.


New initiatives needed against water-borne diseases: Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi, July 24 : Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar Thursday called for eradication of water-borne diseases and said that Indian research institutions should come up with new initiatives against the mortality among children due to such diseases.


End-September deadline for announcing new gas price

New Delhi, July 24 : Domestically produced gas would continue to be priced at the rate prevailing on March 31 last pending a comprehensive review of the gas pricing guidelines notified by the previous government, parliament was informed Thursday.


Indian captives in Iraq safe: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, July 24 : The 39 Indian workers held captive in Iraq are safe and getting proper food and water, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.


Congress asks why government is not taking up pending bills

New Delhi, July 24 : Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi Thursday questioned why the government is not taking up legislative business even though so many bills are pending.


Political parties condemn BJP leader's remark on Sania

New Delhi, July 24 : Political parties Thursday condemned a Telangana BJP leader for criticising the appointment of tennis star Sania Mirza as the state's brand ambassador, saying it was "unfortunate" and "bizarre."


Cabinet okays 49 percent FDI in insurance

New Delhi, July 24 : The union cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector to 49 percent from the current 26 percent.


PM condoles death of students in Telangana accident

New Delhi, July 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the students who lost their lives when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana.


Monsoon's casual style tricks

New Delhi, July 24 : With the sun playing hide and seek and the rain gods surprising you with showers, it's best to be prepared for the season by dressing up right. Take out your rolled sleeve tees and shorts and dance in the rain.


Government to speak Friday on Shiv Sena MP row

New Delhi, July 24 : The government Thursday told the Rajya Sabha it will inform the house Friday about facts of the incident in which a Shiv Sena MP tried to force food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan Muslim staffer who was observing Ramadan fast.


India should not see Ukraine as 'enemy of my friend': Ukrainian ambassador

By Anando Bhakto, New Delhi, July 24 : Expressing disappointment at India's failure to condem Russia, a hostile neighbour whom Ukraine accuses of escalating tension in its eastern region, Ukrainian Ambassador to India Oleksandr Shevchenko has urged the NDA government to "find out ways" to support his country's endeavour for justice.


Misuse of pharmaceutical drugs rising in India: UN official

By Rajnish Singh, New Delhi, July 24 : After cannabis and heroin, the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is rising among subcontinental drug users because of their easy availability at cheap rates and this is a cause for concern, a top UN official has said.


Army chief to pay tribute to Kargil war martyrs

Jammu, July 24 : Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh will Friday pay tribute to the martyrs of 1999 Kargil war in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region.


India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

New Delhi, July 24 : India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit.


Dressing up PM Narendra Modi tops wish-list of Indian designers

By: Rachna Kapoor, New Delhi, July 18 : After making a style statement during the recently held BRICS Summit in Brazil with his sartorial dress sense, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tops the wish-list of fashion designers wanting to style him ahead of his upcoming September visit to the United States.


Political parties condemn Shiv Sena MPs for 'forcing' Muslim staffer to break fast

New Delhi, July 23 : Leaders of various political outfits cut across party lines on Wednesday to condemn Shiv Sena MPs for allegedly abusing and forcing a Muslim catering supervisor at the Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapatti.


Shiv Sena MP forces Muslim man to break fast, raises political storm

New Delhi, July 23 : A Shiv Sena MP, who was seen in a video clip trying to force food into the mouth of a Muslim staffer of Maharashtra Sadan who was observing the Ramadan fast, kicked off a political storm Wednesday, with parliament witnessing an uproar.


India, Myanmar hold talks

New Delhi, July 23 : India and Myanmar Wednesday held the 14th round of foreign office consultations here, and discussed a host of issues including trade, investment and infrastructure.


Congress moves SC over foreign funding

New Delhi, July 23 : The Congress Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court verdict that held it and the BJP guilty of receiving funds from the subsidiaries of Britain-based Vedanta Resources, flouting norms of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).


Include 'third gender' children in schools, states advised

New Delhi, July 23 : States and union territories have been advised to take steps for admitting socially and educationally backward "third gender" children in educational institutions, parliament was told Wednesday.


Nitish practising politics of opportunism: Kushwaha

New Delhi, July 23 : A union minister Wednesday accused former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of opportunism, saying the JD-U and RJD tie-up for the bypolls shows he does not practise politics of principle.


Government assures of steps to improve roads

New Delhi, July 23 : The government Wednesday assured that steps will be taken to improve the country's road sector.


Government working on smart city contours: M. Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, July 23 : Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday said the government was working on the contours of building 100 smart cities.


PM offers floral tributes to Bal Gangadhar Tilak

New Delhi, July 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered floral tributes to noted freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, on his 158th birth anniversary in the Central Hall of Parliament.


Railway Minister Gowda to seek Bihar CM's help for patrolling of railway tracks in Aurangabad

New Delhi, July : Railways Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Wednesday that he will be contacting Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to seek more help in the patrolling of railway tracks in that state's Aurangabad District, where Maoists blew up the Delhi-Howrah railway track late on Tuesday night.


'Gujarat model may help India jump 50 spots in ease of doing business'

New Delhi, July 23 : India, which is current placed 134th in the World Bank's ease of doing business report, would jump 50 spots by implementing the Gujarat model of reforms, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said Wednesday.


India raises Israel-Palestine issue at UNSC, Human Rights Council

New Delhi, July 23 : India Wednesday expressed concern at the UN Security Council and at the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council over the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine.


597 defence personnel committed suicide in last five years: Govt

New Delhi, July 23 : The armed forces lost 597 personnel to suicide in the last five years, while 1,349 officers quit the army during the same period.


World Bank to provide $18 bn aid to India in three years

New Delhi, July 23 : The World Bank Wednesday said it will provide financial support of $15-18 billion to India over the next three years to help accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty.


Aircel-Maxis deal big scam, impeaches national security: BJP

New Delhi, July 23 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday described the Aircel-Maxis deal, involving Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran, as a very big scam and said that it impeaches on national security of the country.


India, Nepal to revive joint panel during Sushma visit

New Delhi, July 23 : India and Nepal will resurrect a bilateral joint commission after 23 years during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day visit to Nepal beginning July 25.


Modi urges speedy implementation of World Bank projects

New Delhi, July 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday tweeted that he had urged the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in a meeting here that speedy implementation was required for projects in India backed by the global lender.


Whenever in problem, government looks at the judges: Supreme Court

New Delhi, July 23 : Criticising the government for substituting judges with subject experts without legal background in tribunals under its control, the Supreme Court said that whenever it is confronted with contentious issues it knocks at the doors of the court for their resolution.


Kanimozhi seeks early hearing of plea in 2G case

New Delhi, July 23 : DMK leader Kanimozhi has moved the Supreme Court seeking an early hearing of her plea seeking the quashing of charges framed against her in the 2G case being exclusively heard by a special CBI court.


India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq

New Delhi, July 23 : Days after rescuing 46 nurses who were in the control of Sunni jihadists in Tikrit, India has rescued 58 more nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, an official said Wednesday.


Efforts on to monitor Himalayan glaciers

New Delhi, July 23 : Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said Wednesday.


Government says no gas from KG-D6 going to Bangladesh

New Delhi, July 23 : No gas from Reliance Industries (RIL) consortium's KG-D6 block in the eastern offshore is being supplied to Bangladesh, the government said Wednesday.


India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet Aug 25

New Delhi, July 23 : Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are to meet in Islamabad Aug 25, in a major forward movement in reviving stalled peace talks two months after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.


Development bank, security highlights of Modi's BRICS participation: Sushma

New Delhi, July 23 : Establishing a new development bank and security discussions were the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's participation at the BRICS summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.


Katju allegations echo in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, July 23 : The Rajya Sabha was disrupted Wednesday following an uproar by AIADMK members over Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju's allegations of corruption in the judiciary. Clarifications were also sought from former prime minister Manmohan Singh.


Modi releases Sardar Patel's biography in Braille

New Delhi, July 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday released a biography of independent India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille, an official statement said.


Need to promote values through text books: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, July 23 : There is a need to promote values and culture through text books to bring about a "perceptional change" in society, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Wednesday.


Speak on Katju allegations, AIADMK to Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 23 : The AIADMK Wednesday raised the issue of corruption in the judiciary in the Rajya Sabha and sought an explanation from former prime minister Manmohan Singh.


Is Shimla still a 'pedestrian city', asks high court

Shimla, July 23 : The Himachal Pradesh High Court has asked the state government whether Shimla still retains the tag of a pedestrian city where the walkers have the right to walk freely.


Indian scientists craft portable blood-disorder detection kit

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, July 23 : Harnessing the technology that powers new-age mobile phones, Indian scientists are set to develop a portable and affordable kit - a lab-on-a-chip - detection system for sickle cell anemia, a common inherited blood disorder in the tribal belts of India's central and southern parts.


PM urged to secure fishermen's release from Sri Lanka

Chennai, July 23 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure the release of Indian fishermen and their fishing boats from Sri Lankan custoday.


Hindu mythology-based card game captures gamers' attention

By Biswajit Choudhury, New Delhi, July 23 : A strategy card game, unique for being based on Hindu mythology, has recently hit the market, capturing the attention of a sizable number of gamers.


Manmohan Singh not answerable for appointment of judges: M Veerappa Moily

New Delhi, July 22 : Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said that the Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not answerable for the appointment of judges.


Musicologist Mohan Nadkarni dies in New Zealand

Mumbai, July 23 : Mohan Nadkarni, a renowned Indian musicologist, died in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday following a brief illness, his son Dev said. He was 91.


India, Latin America set to tango

By Saroj Mohanty, New Delhi, July 23 : An India-Latin America Forum to forge a new paradigm of cooperation leading to a "strategic partnership" could be in the offing in the near future.


I am from northeast... but I am not Mowgli!

By Prantick Majumder : "Does the Rajdhani Express go to Assam?" I thought I had heard something wrong. When the question was repeated, I knew I heard it right. My blood came to a boil. But my conscience got the better of me as I realised that the person may genuinely not know much about Assam.


Tribunals with judicial functions must have judicial officers only: SC

New Delhi, July 22 : The Supreme Court Tuesday said tribunals were discharging judicial functions which were in the domain of the high courts, thus they should be manned by judicial officers only and function under an independent supervisory body and not the government.


Government blames UPA in judge row, Katju questions Lahoti

New Delhi, July 22 : The NDAS government Tuesday pointed to role of the previous UPA regime in the controversial extension to a Madras High Court judge and pitched for "improving" the system of judges' appointment as the issue rocked parliament for the second day and PCI chairman Markandey Katju, who had raised the allegations, posed questions to former CJI R.C. Lahoti on the matter.


Australian minister, Rajnath discuss illegal migration

New Delhi, July 22 : Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss issues relating to illegal migration.


Government for better judges appointment system, Katju questions Lahoti

New Delhi, July 22 : The government Tuesday pitched for "improving" the system of judges' appointment as the controversy over corruption in the judiciary rocked parliament for the second day and Press Council chairman Markandey Katju, who had raised the allegations, posed questions to former CJI R.C. Lahoti on the issue.


India a global player, says US diplomat

New Delhi, July 22 : India is not just a regional but an international player and there should be an effort to connect to its young people, US Charge d'Affaires Kathleen Stephens said Tuesday.


South Korean president calls Modi, hopes to expand ties

New Delhi, July 22 : South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Tuesday spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hoped that the strategic partnership between the two countries will expand under his leadership.


Opposition stalls parliament over allegations made by Katju

New Delhi, July 22 : Both houses of parliament today witnessed an uproar over former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju's allegation of corruption existing in the judiciary.


Manipuri man's killing reverberates in parliament

New Delhi, July 22 : The killing of a Manipuri man reverberated in parliament Tuesday with members in both houses expressing concern over violence against people from the northeast. The government assured that efforts were on to arrest all the accused.