UN chief ‘baffled’ by S Korea presidency speculation

Seoul: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied on Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated. Ban arrived in his home country last week for a six-day visit that has been dominated by speculation over a possible run […]

Hyderabad beat Bangalore by 8 runs to win thrilling IPL finale

Bengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers put up an incredible performance to ruin Virat Kohli’s fairytale season beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in a high-octane summit clash walking away with their maiden Indian Premier League trophy, here on Sunday. In a battle between IPL’s best batting and bowling line-ups, the Orange Army came up trumps […]

Two killed in road mishap in Reasi

Jammu: Two persons were killed and as many injured when the vehicle carrying them skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. The accident occurred near Garuddhar area in the district when a Tata pick-up vehicle carrying four persons skidded off the road, Senior […]

IMD to start making state-wise monsoon forecast from next year

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will start giving state-specific monsoon forecast from next year. “IMD will start making state-wise monsoon forecast from 2017 apart from zone-wise prediction,” Union Minister for Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan told PTI. Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan said from 2018-19 it will be extended to […]

Transportation fares same as last year for Amarnath yatra

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has kept unchanged the fares of various transportation services for this year’s edition of the annual Amarnath Yatra. “According to the Transport Commissioner, J&K Srinagar, the fares chargeable during Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2016 shall remain same as were applicable during the last year,” an official spokesman said today. The spokesman said […]

‘Restore old scale of providing 11 kg of ration’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) on Sunday alleged that the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) has led to food crisis in the state and asked the ruling PDP-BJP dispensation to restore the old scale of providing 11 kg of ration per person. “There are protests across all three regions of the […]

Iran not to send Mecca pilgrims, blames Saudi: state TV

Tehran: Iranians will not take part in this year’s Mecca pilgrimage because of “obstacles” raised by Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati said on Sunday. In the latest dispute between the two regional rivals, “after two series of negotiations without any results because of obstacles raised by the Saudis, […]

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi ‘blocking path to Allah’

Tehran: Iran said on Sunday its pilgrims will miss the pilgrimage this year because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, was raising obstacles and “blocking the path to Allah” for its faithful. The Iranian Hajj Organisation said: “Saudi Arabia is opposing the absolute right of Iranians to go on the hajj and is blocking […]