Need to revive patriotism of Subhas Chandra Bose: Bengal Governor

Claiming that there have been constant attempts to divide Indians’ patriotism, West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi on Wednesday said there is a need to bring back the feeling of patriotism that was once shared by leaders of India’s freedom struggle like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. “Sometimes from outside and sometimes from inside the country, …

Unified subcontinent key to realising India’s long-term vision: Shyam Saran

A unified Indian subcontinent was not only in India’s interest but also crucial for realising its long-term vision, former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion of release of his book “How India Sees the World” by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Saran said Indian diplomacy needed to find ways to …

Rana Daggubati appointed brand ambassador of Telugu Tigers

“Baahubali” star Rana Daggubati on Wednesday was appointed the brand ambassador of Telugu Tigers team in the second edition of Premiere Futsal which kicks-off in Mumbai on September 15. In a statement, it was also announced that Rana is the co-owner of the team. Deco, the former Barcelona and Chelsea star, has been named as …

Gauri Lankesh’s activism earned her enemies, say former colleagues

Senior Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified assailants, was a “fearless” journalist but her “activism won enemies for her”, said senior journalists and acquaintances who had worked with her for years. She was “highly opinionated” and a woman of “strong conviction”, according to the people who …

Small reshuffle in Bengal government

West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee government on Wednesday carried out a small reshuffle, replacing Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu with Asish Banerjee. Basu will now be in charge of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development Departments, a state government notification said. These were held by Ashima Patra, who will take over the Planning, Statistics and Programme Monitoring …

Have set up an Expert Committee on data protection, Centre tells SC

The Central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it has set up a Committee of Experts headed by former apex court judge B.N. Srikrishna to study various aspects of data protection in India and to suggest a draft data protection bill. A five judge constition bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.K. …

Bangladeshi hawkers found living in squalor in Italian town

Police on Wednesday in Italy’s southern city of Cosenza found 15 Bangladeshi street-sellers who were paying 100 euros a month to sleep in a filthy, rubbish-strewn building with no bathrooms, beds or floors. Police inspectors said the sprawling 700 square metre building was full of garbage and its rooms were filthy and had no furniture. …

USAID, GIZ launch conference on grid integration of renewable energy

The US Agency for International Development and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), under bilateral cooperation with the Ministry of Power (MOP) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), jointly hosted on Wednesday an international conference on ‘Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy’ here. More than 300 representatives and energy experts from 28 …

India needs indigenous tools for cyber security: Report

Creation of indigenous tools along with building human capacity with relevant capabilities is imperative for India’s cyber security, a report by business consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in collaboration with industry chamber Assocham said on Wednesday. According to the report titled “Securing the Nations Cyberspace,” businesses should not limit their efforts towards cyber resilience merely for …

MakeMyTrip co-founder and President Ashish Kashyap resigns

Online travel company MakeMyTrip on Wednesday announced the resignation of its co-founder and President Ashish Kashyap with effect from September 30, 2017. “The MakeMyTrip Board has accepted the resignation… MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt Limited and Ibibo Group Private Limited have entered into a separation agreement with Kashyap,” the company said in a statement. “This agreement provides …

Mamata participates in candlelight vigil to condemn Lankesh’s murder

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday participated in a protest rally organised by Kolkata Press Club to condemn the killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh. Hundreds of journalists joined the rally with posters banners and holding candles condemning the murder of the Bengaluru-based journalist and social activist. “Participated in a candle vigil …

PM offers prayers at ancient temple in Myanmar (Lead)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered prayers the Ananda temple in this ancient city in Myanmar. Built around 1105 AD by King Kyanzittha, this Buddhist temple derives its name from the Venerable Ananda, Buddha’s first cousin and personal secretary. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is involved in restoration work in this temple …

India, Myanmar condemn terrorism in all its forms

India and Myanmar on Wednesday condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations following bilateral discussions led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi here. “The two leaders discussed the security situation prevailing along their borders and expressed concern at various incidents of terrorism and extremist-inspired violence that have …

Munaweera, Priyanjan guide Sri Lanka to 170/7 in T20I vs India

Sri Lanka rode on Dilshan Munaweera’s 29-ball brisk half century to post 170/7 against India in the solitary T20 International at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday. Put in to bat after a rain-delayed start, the hosts lost the opening duo of skipper Upul Tharanga (5) and Niroshan Dickwella (17) within the first five …

Toxic plume looms over northern Italian city as waste plant burns

A massive fire broke out at a special and hazardous waste facility near Pavia in northern Italy Wednesday, causing a black plume of smoke that has sparked fears cancer-inducing dioxins and other toxic chemical substances could be in the air. “Everything is burning, probably rubber and plastic too. The danger is that dioxins are being …

Toxic plume looms over northern Italian city as waste plant burns

A massive fire broke out at a special and hazardous waste facility near Pavia in northern Italy Wednesday, causing a black plume of smoke that has sparked fears cancer-inducing dioxins and other toxic chemical substances could be in the air. “Everything is burning, probably rubber and plastic too. The danger is that dioxins are being …

Arrest warrant issued against eight GJM leaders

In yet another blow to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership, a district court in West Bengal on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against eight of its leaders including party chief Bimal Gurung. Other than Gurung, the warrants were issued against his wife Asha Gurung, GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri, party’s youth wing head Prakash Gurung and …