HC directs police to strictly implement helmet rule

Madurai: A Division Bench of the Madras High Court Friday ordered police to strictly implement the rule which made wearing of helmet mandatory for two-wheeler riders and pillion riders and deal with the violators as per law. Justice R Sudhakar and Justice V M Velumani directed police officials to submit a fresh report on April […]

GoI hikes DA to 100% for 80 lakh employees & pensioners

New Delhi: The Indian government on Friday raised dearness allowance to 100 per cent, from 90 per cent, benefiting its 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners. The decision to hike DA for its employees, and to provide dearness relief for pensioners, by 10 per cent to 100 per cent was taken by the Union […]

North’s Weird Winter and Climate Change

BY FRED PEARCE Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter – from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain – is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as […]

Origins of Militancy

BY KHURRAM HUSAIN THE strong demands for military action against the TTP have put one party and its position regarding militancy in a tight spot. The PTI of Imran Khan, which made a large platform out of opposing action and promoting talks as the only way to deal with the terrorists, is now searching for […]

Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50p

Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50p

NEW DELHI: Petrol price was Friday hiked by 60 paise a litre, the second increase this year, and diesel by 50 paise per litre, the 14th hike since January 2013. The hikes, effective from Friday midnight, are excluding local sales tax or VAT and actual increase will be higher and will vary from city to […]

Misbah urges batsmen to buck up ahead of clash against India

Fatullah: Gearing up for the marquee clash against India, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his batsmen to learn quickly from the mistakes they made against minnows Afghanistan in their Asia Cup preliminary clash here. Pakistan won the match by 72 runs but some of their batting frailties were laid bare by a resolute Afghan bowling attack […]

Subrata Roy sent to police custody till March 4

LUCKNOW: Over seven hours after he was arrested, Sahara Chief Subrata Roy was produced in a court here on Friday, which directed the UP police to keep him in custody till March 4 when he will be produced before Supreme Court. Chief Judicial Magistrate Anand Kumar Yadav directed the UP police to keep Roy in […]

Indian economy in Q3 expands by 4.7%, 10 bp down from Q2 growth

NEW DELHI: India’s Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) grew at 4.7 percent for the third quarter of the current financial year, 10 basis points (bp) down as against 4.8 percent in the second quarter. The agricultural sector grew at only 3.6% versus 4.6% quarter-on-quarter. The manufacturing growth came in at (-) 1.9% versus 1% quarter-on-quarter. […]

HMT employees to get revised wages; retirement age raised to 60

NEW DELHI: The government of India Friday approved implementation of the 1997 pay scale along with increase in the retirement age from 58 to 60 for the employees of HMT Machine Tools Limited. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). “The implementation of 1997 pay revision will […]