India wants peace with Pak, China: Parrikar

India wants peace with Pak, China: Parrikar

Bengaluru:  Welcoming the calm on the India-Pakistan border, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said New Delhi desired good ties with Islamabad and Beijing. Asked about the border situation, the minister said, “Can any country have a problem if there is peace in the neighbourhood? Keeping calm does not mean you should not be […]

Audience need not stand when Anthem played in films: SC

Audience need not stand when Anthem played in films: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that the audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi made this clear after one of the petitioners said that the apex court should […]

Modi changes rules to help married officers work at one place

Modi changes rules to help married officers work at one place

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed service rules to allow married IAS and IPS officers to get same cadre state. At present, there is no provision in the existing guidelines for the cases where either of the officers of all India services–Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service […]

Hindu American Foundation slams USCIRF over anti-India report

Hindu American Foundation slams USCIRF over anti-India report

Washington: The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom has put its credibility at stake by publishing a report critical of religious freedom in India by a Pakistan-origin author known for his anti-India stand and support to separatists, a top Hindu-American body has said. The Hindu American Foundation said by coming out with the report […]

‘Hindu population reducing in India, minorities flourishing’

‘Hindu population reducing in India, minorities flourishing’

New Delhi: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju Monday said Hindu population was reducing in India as they “never convert people”, while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries, in remarks that can stoke a controversy. “Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic),” […]

Demonetisation ‘biggest scam of 2016’: Chidambaram

Demonetisation ‘biggest scam of 2016’: Chidambaram

Mumbai: Terming demonetisation as the “biggest scam of 2016”, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said the country is likely to grow by 6-6.5 per cent in 2016-17, much lower than what have been predicted by the CSO and RBI, due to the impact of note ban. Notably, the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) has predicted […]

EC pitches for ‘electoral literacy’ course in schools

EC pitches for ‘electoral literacy’ course in schools

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission wants students to learn from the secondary school level how to become responsible voters. In a bid to educate 15 to 17-year-old ‘future voters’, who would enroll as voters when they turn 18, the Election Commission has asked the Union HRD Ministry to introduce ‘electoral literacy’ in the curriculum at […]

Modi asks ministers to give details of tours of 3 months

Modi asks ministers to give details of tours of 3 months

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministerial colleagues to give details of tours, if any, undertaken by them during the last three months, an exercise aimed at ascertaining whether they promoted demonetisation and other initiatives, sources said. The Prime Minister is learnt to have given the directive at a recent Cabinet meeting, […]

UP Polls: 64 pc turnout in phase-1 amid stray incidents of violence

UP Polls: 64 pc turnout in phase-1 amid stray incidents of violence

Lucknow: An estimated 64 per cent voter turnout was witnessed today in the first of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh polls which passed off peacefully in 73 Assembly constituencies, barring some stray incidents of violence. Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said at some places, there were reports of election slips being snatched, leading to pelting of […]

Mulayam addresses first rally, seeks votes for Shivpal

Mulayam addresses first rally, seeks votes for Shivpal

Etawah (UP): After staying away from campaigning till now, SP patriarch Mualyam Singh Yadav today addressed his first rally where he sought votes for brother Shivpal, saying the election is important for both of them. Mulayam, who was removed as party president with his son Akhilesh Yadav taking over the reins just before the polls […]