Bengal to send another proposal to Centre over renaming state

The West Bengal government will send another proposal to the Central government seeking to change the name of the state to Bangla in all three languages – Bengali, Hindi and English. A year ago, the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution proposing the name of the state be changed to ‘Bangla’ in Bengali, ‘Bengal’ in …

Kerala Minister says denied permission to visit China, CM writes to Modi (Lead)

Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Friday said he has been denied the permission to visit China to participate in a UNWTO meeting by the Central government. Subsequently, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday night wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to reconsider their earlier decision of deciding not …

DMK and allies will bring down the TN government: Stalin (Lead, changing dateline)

Sounding out the battle cry against Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government on Friday, DMK Working President M.K.Stalin said steps are being taken to bring down the government to protect the people. He also said the opposition parties will hold protest against the government in all the districts on September 13. Stalin was speaking at a public …

Karnataka health workers call off agitation (Lead)

Over 15,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) from across Karnataka, who had been protesting since Thursday, called off their agitation late on Friday evening after the state government agreed to meet their demand for higher wages. “We have called off our protest as the state’s Health Minister (K.R. Ramesh Kumar) has agreed to give each …

Military action against Pyongyang not inevitable: Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that military action against North Korea was not inevitable. “Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable’ Nothing is inevitable,” said Trump here during his joint press conference with visiting Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Trump also warned that while he would prefer “not …

Broadband connectivity in 1 lakh gram panchayats by year end: Union Minister

The central government is expecting to provide broadband services to one lakh gram panchayats by end of this year, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said here on Friday. The government has planned the BharatNet project to provide 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to approximately 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country. “Under first phase of the project, …

Armed criminals attack Haryana Police team, free murder accused

Armed criminals attacked a police party outside a court complex in Haryana’s Mahendergarh town on Friday, injuring four police officials as they freed a murder accused from custody and fled, officials said. The assailants escaped with murder accused Vikram, said to be a hardcore criminal, who had been brought by police to the court for …

Digital air traveller initiative in few weeks: Minister

The government is likely to issue the requirements for its digital air travel initiative very soon, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Friday. According to Sinha, the proposal under the initiative mandates that a unique digital identification number be generated at the time of booking a flight ticket. “We are working …

Govt activates online system to resolve foreign trade issues

The government has activated an online system for resolution of foreign trade related issues. “Contact@DGFT system has been activated at the DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) website as a single point contact for resolving all foreign trade related issues,” a DGFT trade notice issued on September 6 has said. “Exporters/Importers are requested to use …

Congress to raise textile traders’ concerns in GST Council meeting

The Congress on Friday said it will raise the issue of small manufacturers and traders in the textile sector at the GST Council meeting on Saturday and added that they are the hardest hit by “distorted duty structure of GST”. The party said it was committed to raise the issue of livelihood, employment, trade and …

Pope denounces violence against women, sexism

Pope Francis on Friday deplored violence and “patriarchal and sexist’ attitudes towards women. “Pschological, verbal and physical violence towards women is evident,” said the Pope, who is currently visiting Colombia as he celebrated mass before an estimated 700,000 people including indigenous Colombians in the South American nation’s central city of Villavicencio. “In a society where …

Tunisian IS suspect deported from Italy

Italian authorities expelled a 44-year-old Tunisian accused of proselytising for the Islamic State jihadist group – the 73rd Islamist extremist to be deported this year, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. The suspect, an illegal immigrant who was living in the northern city of Milan, was radicalising young people, including Italians, and promising them they …

‘Cancelling booking for Amit Shah’s Kolkata event violation of democracy’

Union Minister Manoj Sinha on Friday strongly criticised the cancellation of booking of BJP President Amit Shah’s event at a West Bengalgovernment-owned indoor stadium, terming it as “a violation of democracy”. Claiming that his strength in Bengal is increasing, the BJP leader said such incidents would not be able to stop its rise in the …

Police probed in Italy’s Florence after rape claims

Prosecutors in Florence on Friday opened an investigation into claims made by two female American college students that they were raped in the central Italian city by two Carabinieri officers who offered to drive them home from a nightclub in a police car. Prosecutors said they launched the probe after video cameras, forensic evidence and …

Wrong to equate migration with terrorism, says Italian Minister

It is “misleading” to directly link immigration with terrorism, while terrorism is “closely connected” to a failure to integrate migants in host societies, Italyian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said on Friday. “While no direct relationship exists between immigration and terrorism, there a close connection between terrorism and a failure to integrate,” Minniti said in an …

Kohli, Sanjiv Goenka launch RP-SG Indian sports awards

India cricket skipper Virat Kohli and Chairman of RP-SG Group Sanjiv Goenka on Friday launched the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Indian Sports Honours, which is dedicated to reward excellence in the field of sports. These sports awards will also help identify and support athletes with potential and award them scholarships, organisers said. Kohli and Goenka have jointly …

Not interested in talks unless independence on agenda, Ulfa faction tells Sri Sri

The Ulfa’s anti-talk faction, led by its commander in chief Paresh Baruah, on Friday reacted strongly to the peace initiative made by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, saying they are interested in participating in any forms of peace talks unless the central government is ready to discuss ‘Independence of Assam’. “You (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) have …

Chess: Harikrishna ousted from FIDE World Cup (Second Lead)

Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna suffered a defeat at the hands of compatriot S.P. Sethuraman in the tie-breaker games of the second round and exited the FIDE World Cup here on Friday. The 20th seeded Harikrishna, playing with black pieces in the first rapid game, started off neck and neck against his compatriot and the tie-breaker …

China reaffirms support to Pakistan as ally in war against terror (Lead)

China on Friday said that it would continue to support Pakistan as an important ally in the fight against terror, despite recent accusations by the US President that Islamabad harbours terrorist groups within its borders, including the Taliban. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a press conference following a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja …

BSNL to spend Rs 6,000 cr on expansion; Nokia, ZTE to get contracts (Lead)

Public telecom operator BSNL will invest Rs 6,000 crore for installing 40,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in the next two years to expand its mobile network and is in the process of awarding contracts to equipment vendors, an official said on Friday. According to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava, …

Valderrama enthralls Mohun Bagan crowd, signs No.10 jersey (Lead)

His familiar frizzy blonde hairdo intact, Colombia football legend Carlos Valderrama on Friday enthralled the crowds at the Mohun Bagan club ground wearing their hallowed green and maroon jersey and also signing a No.10 shirt specially designed for him. In the city to promote Diego Maradona’s ‘Match for Unity’ involving former India cricket captain Sourav …