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On day One, Yogi tells bureaucrats to perform

Lucknow, March 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed senior officials of the state to prepare a roadmap for “good governance and transparency” for all departments. Presiding over a meeting of the officials, Yogi handed them the Bharatiya Janata Party’s vision document — Sankalp Patra — for the 2017 state assembly elections, and asked t...

BJP-led coalition will crumble soon: Shiv Sena

Panaji, March 20: The BJP-led government in Goa will crumble soon, Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said on Monday, while calling the ruling alliance of the BJP, two regional parties and two Independents a “corrupt nexus”.

“Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows he is not on firm footing and his...

NC, PDP candidates file nominations for Srinagar

Srinagar, March 20: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan on Monday filed nominations for the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election. Farooq Abdullah filed his nomination at the office of Srinagar District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Lone, the returning officer for the constituency.

He was accompanied by his ...

Kashmir’s battle of ballot bigger challenge for security forces

Srinagar, March 20: Fighting elections in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy began in the early 1990s has been a challenge to politicians, but not as big as it has been for security forces to secure the process. Amid poll boycott appeals by separatist leaders and grave threats from militants, sticking one’s neck out to vote has become a risky task for the common Kashmiri.

The by-el...

Parrikar retains Home, Finance; others get a ministry each

Panaji, March 20: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday retained the key portfolios of Home and Finance, and allotted one ministry each to nine other cabinet ministers. While two BJP ministers Francis D’Souza and Pandurang Madkaikar have been given the Urban Development and Power, three Goa Forward Party legislators Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Paliencar and Jayesh Salgaocar have been given ...

CBI initiates preliminary enquiry into Narada case

New Delhi, March 20:  The CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry into the Narada News sting operation case in which prominent leaders of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress were purportedly seen taking money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company, an official said on Monday.

The agency’s move came following the Calcutta High Court’s March 17 order ask...

BJP disrupts Bihar assembly over JD-U MLA’s arrest

Patna, March 20:  The opposition BJP disrupted proceedings in the Bihar assembly on Monday demanding the arrest of ruling Janata Dal-United’s suspended legislator Mewalal Choudhary for alleged irregularities in the appointment of staff members in the Bihar Agriculture University. Choudhary has been accused of “gross irregularities” in the appointment of 162 staff members ...

Save cow to save India: BJP MP

New Delhi, March 20: “India will survive only if cow survives,” BJP MP Shankarbhai N. Vegad said on Monday. The Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat was taking part in a discussion on the 2017-18 budget. Vegad said: “Gai bachegi to Hindustan bachega”. He claimed that cow urine can cure cancer “if used in a proper way”. He said households which ...

‘Poll panel should clear doubts over EVM’

New Delhi, March 20: Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Monday said that the Election Commission should clear doubts over electronic voting machines (EVMs). “We are not casting aspersions over the commission’s intentions. But the poll panel must satisfactorily address the doubts raised by several quarters,” Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, said outside Parliament. On the newly...

Pakistan summons India envoy

New Delhi, March 20: Pakistan on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to protest the alleged ceasefire violation on the Line of Control, an official said. “Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan J.P. Singh was summoned today (Monday) by the Pakistan Foreign Office to protest over the alleged ceasefire violation by the Indian forces on the Line of Control,” an offici...

Clerics back from Pakistan, deny reports of detention

New Delhi, March 20: Two Indian clerics who reportedly went missing in Pakistan returned to Delhi on Monday, rubbishing Pakistani media reports that they were detained there on spying charges. Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, landed at the airport on Monday morning and went home.  Nazim Ali Nizami said they left f...

Clerics involved in anti-India activity: Swamy

New Delhi, March 20: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said the two Indian clerics who returned to Delhi after reportedly going missing in Pakistan were involved in anti-India activities. Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, flew back to the Indian capital.

While Nazim Ali has trashed Pakistani media claims that ...

NIA issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik

New Delhi, March 20: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday issued fresh notice to televangelist Zakir Naik to appear before it in a case where he stands accused of promoting enmity between groups on religious and racial grounds. Through the notice, the agency has asked the 51-year-old Islamic preacher to appear at NIA headquarters in the national capital on March 30.

The ag...

Rajya Sabha passes Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016

New Delhi, March 20: The Rajya Sabha on Monday approved the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016. The bill that seeks to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks from the present 12 weeks was earlier passed by the Rajya Sabha on August 11, last year.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien observed that the measure was already passed by both the houses and there was only a “technical amendment...

Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal surrenders after SC refuses to grant more time

New Delhi, March 20: Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal surrendered before the Tihar jail authorities here on Monday evening hours after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time.

Earlier in the day, the apex court had declined to grant him more time to surrender and asked him to undergo his rest of the jail term.

He will now have to spend one year in jail in connection wit...

India first to get weather alert technology sans internet

Bengaluru, March 20: In a bid to connect people in areas with lower connectivity and data availability, IBM and The Weather Company, owned by IBM Business, on Monday launched the country’s first mobile alerting platform that will deliver weather alerts without internet. The technology uses peer-to-peer connections on a “mesh network” to send critical weather alerts to people i...

One more person surrenders in court

Coimbatore, March 20:  A man, Saddam Hussein, surrendered on Monday in a Coimbatore court, four days after a 31-year old atheist was murdered in cold blood by a gang in the city. Another man, Ansad, had surrendered yesterday. Police have said they’re changing the investigation angle from ‘personal enmity’ to murder by a ‘religious prejudice group’. Four specia...

Varsity teachers’ vacancies a serious issue, says Javadekar

New Delhi, March 20: Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday admitted that vacancies of teachers in universities was a “serious issue” but assured the Centre was taking appropriate steps to fill up the posts. “Vacancies (of teachers) in universities is a serious issue and there are so many reasons for it. There are 41 central universities an...

4,000 Maharashtra resident doctors go on mass leave

Mumbai, March 20: Medical services in 17 government hospitals were disrupted on Monday when over 4,000 resident doctors went on a mass Casual Leave to protest growing incidents of attacks by patients’ relatives. There have been at least five attacks on resident doctors in one week, including two in the past 24 hours, said Indian Medical Association (Youth) state President Sagar Mundada. &...

Smoking causes glaucoma, other eye diseases: Doctors

New Delhi, March 20: As cases of glaucoma show a rising trend in India, opthalmologists blame smoking as one of the major reasons behind it. Besides glaucoma, several other eye diseases, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD), can also be caused or aggravated due to smoking, but only 10-20 per cent people are aware of these facts, they said. Stating that lifestyle matters a lot for eye-...

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Hizbul commander killed in J&K shootout
Hyderabad police foil protest over 'dharna chowk'
Indians regard nature as mother: Rajnath
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'Pakistan's ties with China not a zero-sum game'
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Ex-Servicemen rally organized by Army
KSA seeks early solution to Assam-Meghalaya border dispute 
Stress laid on improving tea industry, role of small tea growers lauded
ATASU to organize Mukoli Bihu
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