Heavy rain alert in Uttarakhand, five dead in landslide

Lucknow/Dehradun, July 28 : Ten days after heavy rains pounded Uttarakhand, the meteorological department Monday warned of another round of incessant heavy rains in the state in 48-hours while five people were found dead due to landslide.

Police clueless in Badrinath priest murder case

Dehradun, July 28 : A day after the murder of a Badrinath shrine priest who was found dead in his residence late Saturday, the police remained clueless about the perpetrators.

Lalu, Sharad Yadav at Sonia's iftar party

New Delhi, July 27 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday threw an iftar party, attended by a host of political leaders, including Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav, whose party was earlier in the National Democratic Alliance.

Guerrilla hideout busted in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 27 : A guerrilla hideout was busted in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district and a large cache of arms and ammunition seized, defence officials said.

Normalcy returning in Saharnpur, says District Magistrate

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), July 27 : Saharanpur's District Magistrate (DM) Sandhya Tiwari today assured that normalcy is returning in the city.

Six dead as electricity wire falls on passenger bus

Auraiya (Uttar Pradesh): Six people lost their life after a high tension electricity wire fell on a passenger bus in Erwakatra area of Uttar Pradesh's (UP's) Auraiya district.

Mohanlalganj rape case: victim's family goes on hunger strike

Lucknow, July 27 : The family members of Mohanlalganj rape victim went on hunger strike here on Sunday and they demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the case.

President conveys his condolences over death of seven persons in crash of an Advanced Light Helicopter of IAF

New Delhi, July 27 : President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed condolences over death of seven persons in a tragic crash of an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Indian Air Force near Sitapur of Lucknow area on July 25 this year.

Sikh protesters term Saharanpur violence as conspiracy against minorities

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), July 27 : Condemning violence, Sikh protesters today took to streets here, terming the clashes in Saharanpur as a conspiracy against the minorities.

Chinese incursion will continue unless there is clear demarcation: Uday Bhaskar

New Delhi, July 27 : Defence Expert Uday Bhaskar on Sunday said that incidents of Chinese incursion into India territory will continue unless there is a clear demarcation of border between India and China.

Bihar's next CM will be from BJP, says Shahnawaz Hussain

Patna, July 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain said here on Sunday that the next Chief Minister (CM) of Bihar will be from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Army recovers war like stores from militant hideout in Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir

Baramullah (Jammu and Kashmir), July 27 : The 46 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army along with special group of Jammu and Kashmir police, recovered war like stores from a militant hideout from the forests here in the state today.

Saharanpur violence: SP leader Gaurav Bhatia warns BJP, alleges its behaviour is irresponsible

Lucknow, July 27 : Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Gaurav Bhatia, on Sunday attacked the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for what he alleged ' behaving irresponsibly' in Uttar Pradesh and gave a veiled warning about the state government getting tough to deal with those leaders who incite violence.

Launching web portals would not solve anything: Atul Anjan

New Delhi, July 27 : Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Sunday said that launching web portals or tweeting is not going to bring any change in governance.

UPSC aspirants go on fast, threaten to hold semi nude protest

New Delhi, July 27 : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants today staged a protest at Mukherjee Nagar area of New Delhi.

Kaptan Singh Solanki takes oath as Haryana governor

New Delhi, July 27 : Kaptan Singh Solanki was today sworn-in as the new Governor of Haryana. Solanki was administered the oath here in Chanddigarh.

Crime rate increased after SP coming to power in UP: Sudhanshu Trivedi

New Delhi, July 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Trivedi today said that crime rate has increased in Uttar Pradesh since the time Samajwadi Party has come to power in the state.

Venkaiah Nadu denies accusations that BJP is trying to influence Speaker

Hyderabad, July 27 : Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu today has denied Congress leader Kamal Nath's accusation that the Speaker's decisions are influenced by the ruling party.

JD-U chief indicates alliance with RJD, Congress to continue even after Bihar Assembly by-polls

New Delhi, July 27 : Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav, today indicated that his party will maintain its alliance, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, not just for the Assembly by-polls to be held next month, but will continue in future as well.

Uttar Pradesh Govt: No untoward incident since past 18 hours in Saharanpur

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), July 27 : Bhuvnesh Kumar, Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, today claimed that no untoward incidents have occurred over the past 18 hours since violent clashes erupted between two communities here yesterday.

Fire officials rescue 28 people stranded due to floods in Vadodara

Vadodara (Gujarat), July 27 : Fire officials here have rescued 28 people, who were stranded near a flood-hit area along the banks of Vishwamitri River.

Guilty will be punished: Rajendra Chaudhary on Mohanlalganj rape case

Lucknow, July 27 : Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary on Sunday reiterated that the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government would ensure that whoever is found guilty in the Mohanlalganj rape case will be punished.

Puri sand artist appeals for peace in Gaza through sand art

Puri (Odisha), July 27 : World famous sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sand sculpture at Puri beach in Odisha, urging Israel and Gaza to end the conflict and appealing for peace.

Saharanpur clashes: Security forces say focus is to control the situation

Saharanpur, July 27 : The IG Meerut zone and DIG, Anti Terror Squad have said that the immediate priority in Saharanpur is to bring the situation under control.

JDU-RJD-Congress alliance result of BJP's divisive politics: Manoj Jha

New Delhi, July 27 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha on Sunday said that the coalition between the Janata Dal United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress for the upcoming Bihar bypolls is a result of the divisive politics of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Man jumps onto Delhi Metro track, injured

New Delhi, July 27 : A 35-year-old man was injured Sunday evening when he jumped onto a Delhi Metro rail track here in an attempt to commit suicide, police said.

Man dies in scuffle over parking

New Delhi, July 27 : A 57-year-old man man died Sunday morning in a clash with four neighbours over a parking issue, police here said.

Trinamool makes its presence felt at Bengal cricket's AGM

Kolkata, July 27 : The rising influence of Trinamool Congress in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was evident Sunday during its 83rd annual general meeting where a number of ruling party leaders and state ministers made their presence felt.

JD-U, RJD to fight four seats each in Bihar by-polls

Patna, July 27 : Bihar's ruling JD-U and Lalu Prasad's RJD would contest from four assembly seats each, while the Congress would contest from two in by-elections to 10 assembly constituencies in the state, party leaders announced Sunday.

BJP leader Naqvi accuses UP Govt. of inciting people instead of pacifying

New Delhi, July 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the Uttar Pradesh Government is not making any effort to pacify the people in the state but instead is inciting them.

Encephalitis claims three more lives in West Bengal within 24 hours

Siliguri, July 27 : Three more people died within the past 24 hours at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) near Siliguri in West Bengal (WB) due to the encephalitis syndrome.

Kashmir prepares to lure tourists with unexplored destinations

Anantnag, July 27 : In its efforts to develop and promote new tourist places in the state, the J-K government has constructed a new public park in Dandipora village in district Anantnag.

Akhilesh's govt. weak on every front: Shahnawaz Hussain

New Delhi, July 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain today said that the Akhilesh Yadav led Uttar Pradesh Government is a failed one and that it has developed a habit of blaming the BJP for everything.

Security tightened in Saharanpur after yesterday's clashes

Saharanpur, July 27 : With security tightened all around after yesterday's clashes in Saharanpur, Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Senior Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur stated that the situation in Saharanpur is now under control.

Saharanpur violence: District Magistrate claims situation under control

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), July 27 : District Magistrate of Saharanpur, Sandhya Tiwari, today indicated that the situation in the area was returning towards normalcy and claimed that no new instances of violence have occurred since it all started yesterday.

Jammu Kashmir government organises horse auction in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 27 : For the benefit of pony walas in the city, government of Jammu and Kashmir is organising a horse auction in Srinagar.

BJP lashes out over the police atrocities on students, over ILP movement

Imphal, July 27 : Strongly condemning the police action of thrashing and kicking of students, who tried to storm the State Legislative Assembly, BJP Manipur Pradesh president Th Choaba termed the incident as an instance of human rights violation and break down of law and order.

Warm Sunday in Delhi, Monday cloudy

New Delhi, July 27 : It was a warm Sunday here in the national capital. The Met office has forecast a cloudy Monday with chances of light rain in some parts of the city.

Collegium system satisfactory despite shortcomings: Ex-judge

Shimla, July 27 : The collegium system of appointment of judges has so far worked satisfactorily, and though some discrepancies have come to the fore lately, the alternative may be worse, a former apex court judge said Sunday.

Minor girl abducted from shelter home

Gurgaon, July 27 : A teenaged girl from West Bengal, who was rescued from traffickers last week, has been kidnapped from a shelter home here, police said Sunday.

No listening device in my house, says Gadkari

New Delhi, July 27 : Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari Sunday denied media reports that a "listening device" was found inside his residence here.

Haryana gets new governor but Hooda swears-in new commissioners

Chandigarh, July 27 : On a day Haryana got a new governor in Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda went ahead and administered the oath of office to new commissioners of the state information commission and the Right to Service commission.

Woman jumps from flyover, critical

New Delhi, July 27 : A 38-year-old woman was in critical condition Sunday after she jumped from a flyover here in an attempt to commit suicide, police said.

Maintain status quo on Haryana gurdwaras: Akal Takht

Chandigarh, July 27 : Expressing satisfaction over opposing groups calling off their conventions over the issue of Haryana creating a new board for Sikh shrines, the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism, Sunday directed status quo be maintained in management of gurdwaras in Haryana till the matter gets resolved.

Ugandan foreign minister to begin India trip Sunday

New Delhi, July 27 : India-Uganda relations are expected to receive a fresh impetus with the visit of the east African nation's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa who arrives here later Sunday, an official said.

Goa Youth Congress chief alleges harassment by party

Panaji, July 27 : Goa Youth Congress president Valanka Alemao, suspended for indiscipline Saturday, Sunday accused top party officials of harassment and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh of coercing her to quit the post.

'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.

Goa Youth Congress chief accuses harassment to her

Panaji, July 27 : Goa Youth Congress president Valanka Alemao, suspended for indiscipline Saturday, Sunday accused top party officials of harassment and AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh of coercing her to quit the post.

Delhi wants to scrap 9,000 flats for the poor

By Gaurav Sharma, New Delhi, July 27 : Here's another lofty project that's crumbling: Realising that it could not meet the deadline set by the Narendra Modi dispensation of building houses for the poor, the Delhi government wants to drop the construction of 9,000 flats.

Saharanpur tense, drone cameras deployed

Lucknow, July 27 : Authorities Sunday deployed drone cameras to keep peace in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district where communal violence claimed three lives and left over a dozen critically injured.

Maoists kill tribal man in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 27 : Maoist guerrillas have killed a tribal man in Odisha by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer, an official said Sunday.

On Eid eve, sellers dictate prices in Srinagar

By Sheikh Qayoom, Srinagar, July 27 : Despite appeals for austerity by religious and social groups, frenzied Eid shopping started Sunday here two days ahead of the festival, with sellers dictating the prices.

One dies after eating mushroom dish in Jammu

Jammu, July 27 : One person died Sunday and two others are battling for life in a Jammu and Kashmir village after eating a mushroom dish Saturday evening.

Himachal researcher's work on Newton's law gets appreciation

Shimla, July 27 : A researcher from Himachal Pradesh has received appreciations from an international society of scientists for picking holes in Newton's law of motion.

Early reading skills make kids sharper

London, July 27 : If you wish to see your kids emerge as intelligent adults, start now to mind their reading skills. Researchers have found that early reading skills might positively affect later intellectual abilities.

'Akhilesh playing politics of vendetta against BJP'

By Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, July 27 : He is possibly the only one from the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh to have the ears of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Accredited with the groundwork for the party's unprecedented success in the Lok Sabha elections where it won 71 of the state's 80 seats, Laxmikant Bajpayi is an angry old man. He now charges the state's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) with engaging in the politics of vendetta against BJP workers.

Serbian's art to dot Bengal suburb

Kolkata, July 27 : Inspired by India's tropical forests and gardens, a Serbian artist visiting West Bengal is working on art installations that will deck up a suburban area, about 25 km from here.

Goa school's stand-off on HIV students drags

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, July 27 : The media circus has moved on from South Goa's Fatima High School, but the standoff between the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the school management over the status of 23 students, all of them orphans and suspected by the parents of being HIV+ve, continues.

Cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, July 27 : It was a cloudy Sunday morning here with a minimum temperature of 28.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast light rainfall later in the day.

Wherever I may roam: Travelling in the subcontinent (Column: Bookends)

By Vikas Datta : What drives people to leave the comforts of their home and familiar surroundings to explore other lands near and far? Can we ascribe it to the human fascination to visit new places, see how other people live, or obtain fresh experiences? Or are they simply echoing life, which itself is a journey in time and space?