Defence Ministry refers Army Chief appointment matter to election commission

New Delhi: Amid strong opposition by BJP to appointment of next Army Chief, Government on Friday said the matter has been referred to the Election Commission and any decision will be taken only after getting its nod. “The matter is before the Election Commission. We want to strictly follow all the procedures before taking any […]

Muzaffarnagar rape case reopened on SC order

Muzaffarnagar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the Muzaffarnagar riot cases, has reopened a gang-rape case of Phugana village in the district, following a directive by the Supreme Court. Appearing before a woman magistrate on Thursday, the gang-rape victim recorded her statement and admitted of being gang-raped by five men in Phugana village. According to […]

India struggles to protect minority communities: Report

WASHINGTON: A US Congressional panel on religious freedom, which was instrumental in the visa ban on Narendra Modi, has said that despite its status as a pluralistic and secular democracy, India has struggled to protect minority communities or provide justice to them. In its latest annual report, the US commission for international religious freedom has […]

Over 350 passengers stranded in Jeddah after AI plane develops snag

NEW DELHI: Over 350 passengers, including IUML MP E T Mohammed Basheer, were stranded at Jeddah airport after a Boeing 747 of Air India suffered a technical problem on Wednesday. The airline dispatched two aircraft from Mumbai and Delhi to bring them back today. The passengers of the Jeddah-Kozhikode flight AI-962 spent several hours at […]

‘70% Indians discontented, looking for change in leadership’

New Delhi: Stung by the rising levels of dissatisfaction over the country’s economic and political situation, a majority of Indians are looking for a change in political leadership in the upcoming polls, according to a report by a US-based think tank. “Nearly 70 per cent of the Indians surveyed have expressed dissatisfaction with the way […]

Mers outbreak: Saudi urges old, diseased to postpone Haj

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia is launching a strong drive to persuade the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases to postpone Haj this year in a bid to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus during the pilgrimage season. Acting Health Minister Adel Faqih on Tuesday said that the Foreign Ministry […]

‘Kashmir resolution as pre-condition for talks will not work anymore’

Mumbai: Maintaining that wars between the two countries have fetched no returns, Pakistan Wednesday said it wants a sustained and comprehensive dialogue process with India and asserted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was keen on peace with New Delhi for growth and prosperity of his country. “Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is very clear about his […]

Mend your ways: BJP to Pak after attack on Modi

New Delhi: BJP today slammed Pakistan for attacking Narendra Modi and asked it to ”mend” its ways, saying the ”manner” in which they have been functioning with India ”will not work”. The opposition party, which is projected to be ahead in the possibility of forming the next government, said Pakistan should not interfere in India’s […]

Woman admits to killing husband on TV, held

Chennai: A woman and her paramour were arrested here today after she admitted to killing her husband some four years ago alongwith her lover in a Tamil television reality show, police said. Narrating the murder during the show, Babykala said she and her lover Gowrisankar covered the face of her husband Radhakrishnan, with a plastic […]

Modi not a good PM candidate: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen

Bolpur: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen came out against Narendra Modi today saying that he did not think he is a good prime ministerial candidate. “My reaction on Modi is fairly well known. I don’t think he is a good prime ministerial candidate. Obviously he is very popular in some sections. He is very popular among […]