No casualties from 7.0-magnitude quake in east Russia

Moscow, Jan 30 (AFP) A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Russia’s Far East today, US and Russian authorities said, although there were no reports of any casualties. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 0325 GMT at a depth of 160 kilometres, in the mountainous Kamchatka Krai region on Russia’s eastern coast. The […]

Human trafficking: 26 rescued, 2 held in UP

Lucknow: At least 26 people were today rescued by GRP personnel at Mughalsarai railway station while being “illegally” taken to Delhi from Jharkhand. “25 girls and a boy being illegally taken to New Delhi by Ranchi Sampark Kranti Express were rescued by a team of GRP, Mughalsarai, led by Inspector Tripurari Pandey,” a home department […]

UGC seeks details of activities of EOCs in varsities

New Delhi: In the backdrop of outrage over the suicide by a Dalit scholar in Hyderabad University, the UGC has sought details of activities undertaken by Equal Opportunities Centres (EOCs) set up by the institutions for the welfare of “disadvantaged” sections. UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu in a letter to the VCs of all varsities […]

PDP toughens stand in J&K, wants concrete assurances from BJP

Srinagar:  PDP, which is keeping everyone guessing over the government formation, today toughened its position, saying the ally BJP should hand out concrete assurances for implementation of the coalition’s common agenda since it is in power at the Centre. PDP particularly flagged issues like relations with Pakistan, revocation of the controversial AFSPA and return of […]

NGT notice to Defence Min on firing range in J&K

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal today sought the response from the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir government and others on an environment activist’s plea seeking removal of unexploded and used shells from a firing range in the state and restore the area. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Defence […]

Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir

New Delhi: An avalanche warning for Jammu and Kashmir has been issued by the Centre and people in several districts of the state have been asked not to venture out tonight and tomorrow. The avalanche warning has been issued for 24 hours beginning 1700 hours of January 29 to 1700 hours of January 30, a Home […]

Pak shuts 230 edu institutions due to inadequate security

Islamabad: Amidst Taliban threats, over 230 educational institutions, most of them government-run, in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been shut, with authorities asking them to step up security by Sunday or face action. The institutions, 138 of them run by government, in Punjab’s Rawalpindi division have been asked by authorities to boost their security. As many […]

Zika virus can spread to countries having Aedes mosquito: WHO

Geneva: The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and can infect upto four million people, the WHO warned today as it issued a warning to all countries, including India, who have the vector of Aedes mosquito that also causes Dengue and Chikungunya. The Zika virus is caused by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquito […]

Youth’s arrest again shows Pak’s hatred for India: Sena

Mumbai, Jan 29 (PTI) Lashing out at Pakistan, Shiv Sena today said that by arresting a fan of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli for hoisting Indian tricolour atop his home while terrorists are “roaming free” on its soil, the neighbouring country has once again displayed its hatred for India The ruling coalition partner also sought to […]