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Indian roads deadlier than all wars it has fought: Gadkari

New Delhi, Jan 11: More people have died in road accidents than in all the wars India has fought, Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. In an interview to NDTV, Gadkari said the traffic system in the country needs an overhaul because over the years the volume of vehicles has increased and the road infrastructure has not expanded as much as needed. “We have...

Dalai Lama hails liquor prohibition in Bihar

Patna, Jan 11: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is in Bodh Gaya for the 34th Kalchakra puja, termed the liquor prohibition in Bihar as a good decision.

“Prohibition in Bihar is a good step,” he said on Wednesday while addressing thousands of devotees gathered here from across the world for the ongoing Buddhist spiritual event, about 110 km from capital Patna. The...

Some forces plotting to split party, won’t allow that: Mulayam

Lucknow, Jan 11: Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made a passionate pitch to his supporters and party workers here on Wednesday and said that while some forces were out to split the party, he was doing everything to ensure that did not happen. “This party has emerged out of a lot of labour, hard work and struggle of party workers and its founding leaders, I will neither allo...

‘BJP believes in ideology of fear’

New Delhi, Jan 11: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the BJP, accusing it of spreading “fear” wherever it is in power in the country. “Policies introduced by the Congress have helped the people of this country to be fearless,” Gandhi said speaking at the Jan Vedna party convention held here to highlight the “sufferings of people” post...

‘Didn’t name any religion or community’

New Delhi, Jan 11: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, who was summoned by the Election Commission for his controversial statements on population, said on Wednesday that his remarks were made at a meeting called by religious leaders and he had not taken the name of any religion. He also demanded a Uniform Civil Code on population control.

“Whatever I said was not at a public meeting or an elec...

Shoe hurled at Badal; protestor taken into custody

Chandigarh, Jan 11: A shoe was hurled at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, hitting him on the spectacles on Wednesday. The incident took place in Rattakhera village, around 250 km from here, in the 89-year-old Chief Minister’s constituency Lambi while he was addressing a gathering. The man, Gurbachan Singh, was nabbed by Badal’s security personnel and handed over to police for...

Manmohan, Chidambaram hit out at Modi over demonetisation

New Delhi, Jan 11: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, saying that the country will suffer a loss of Rs 1.5 lakh crore from the note ban and the “worse” was yet to come. “Demonetisation has hurt the country hard. Things have gone bad in the last two months, but wors...

India-Kenya to focus on defence, security cooperation: PM

New Delhi, Jan 11: India and Kenya on Wednesday held high-level discussions on common issues and agreed to focus on operationalisation of bilateral defence cooperation. Speaking to media after the talks at Hyderabad House here between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister Modi said: “We are also partnering to strengthen our security coop...

‘India, Europe are both victims of terror’

New Delhi, Jan 11: France’s Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday said India and Europe are both victims of terror and can meet the challenge by cooperating. Delivering the 7th RK Mishra Memorial Lecture, organised by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here, he said: “India and Europe are both victims of terrorism. “We can meet the ...

Jung calls Kejriwal a ‘young man in hurry’

New Delhi, Jan 11: Former Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “nepotism and gross favouritism” in making appointments but gave “benefit of doubt” to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whom he called a “young man in hurry”. Jung, in a wide-ranging interview with India Today news channel, said the Kejriwal-led government ha...

Unrest deaths disrupt Kashmir assembly

Jammu, Jan 11: The opposition walked out of the assembly on Wednesday in protest against the civilian killings during the 2016 unrest in the Kashmir Valley and asked the government for judicial probe into the deaths. The opposition members, including those from the Congress and National Conference, stood on their seats immediately after the Speaker Kavinder Gupta took the chair to begin the day&rs...

Chief Minister will be from Punjab: Kejriwal

Patiala, Jan 11:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that the next Chief Minister of Punjab will be from the state itself if the AAP wins the assembly election. The clarification from Kejriwal came at a rally here, 80 km from Chandigarh, following a political storm over the issue on Tuesday after Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that people should vote for A...

Trinamool approaches President against Modi’s ‘super emergency’

New Delhi, Jan 11: Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modis demonetisation move has brought in a “super emergency” in the country, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Wednesday approached President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention. At the conclusion of its three-day nationwide anti-demonetisation stir, Trinamool Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members staged a march ...

Indian enterprises not able to respond to cyber threats

New Delhi, Jan 11: While India Inc is spending more on cyber security each year, organisations are still not confident of their ability to sense, resist and respond to cyber threats, a survey by global professional services organisation EY said on Wednesday. Sixty nine per cent of the Indian respondents reported an increase in their cyber security budgets over the last 12 months and almost thre...

Metro Blue Line commuters suffer crowded trains due to snag

New Delhi, Jan 11: Commuters on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line had a harrowing time travelling during the peak hours on Wednesday after a snag compelled DMRC to run trains at less frequency, an official said.

“Train service on Line 3 (Dwarka Sector-21 to Vaishali and Noida City Centre) had minor bunching effect from 9 a.m. to noon today due to signalling issue (Track Circuit droppi...

J&K employees to get massive salary hikes from 2018: Government

Jammu, Jan 11: Jammu and Kashmir will implement the recommendations of the 7th pay commission from April 2018 to give a massive 23.5 per cent hike to lakhs of government employees and pensioners in the state, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said on Wednesday, presenting his third consecutive budget.

Drabu in his budget speech to the state assembly said the hike in salaries and post-retire...

Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera ‘La Bohème’ to be revisited

Mumbai, Jan 11: For the first time in India, Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) will revisit Giacomo Puccinis beloved opera “La Bohème” in the Spring 2017 Season of the latter’s concert, scheduled to take place between January 30 and February 11 at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre here.

Giacomo Puccini was o...

Haryana to set up cells for NRIs

Gurugram, Jan 11: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said the government will set up two dedicated cells for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the state. The cell would be headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Chief Minister was speaking at the second day’s session of the Pravasi Haryana Divas-2017 organised by the Haryana government with the Confederation of ...

Mythological tales with a twist of imagination

New Delhi, Jan 11: Paintings that are recognizable as they depict mythological tales with a twist of imagination and are similar to thoughts of mankind and nature await every art connoisseur at an ongoing exhibition here. The show titled, “Magic Melody, Song of Love” by artist Kishore Roy is on for view at Lalit Kala Akademi till January 19. These paintings embrace history, illustratio...

Musical event to revive the ‘Baithak’ culture

New Delhi, Jan 11: To recreate the long-forgotten format of baithaks, a musical event will be held here at India Habitat Centre on January 14, 2017. Titled ‘Baithak’, the event will be graced by legendary artist Ustad Aashish Khan playing Sarod along with Kathak performance by Pt. Sandeep Mahavir. The Legends of India — an organisation nurturing Indian art forms — will be o...

An ‘Upanishad’ on Greek mythology

Book Review

Title: Olympus - An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths; Author: Devdutt Pattanaik;

By Vikas Datta

The Ancient Greeks’ enduring contributions to the world are the idea and practice of democracy, a system of philosophy but, above all, a colourful mythology whose influence, and reinterpretation, still permeates art, language and popular cu...

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