Drug mafia threat is Minister’s perception: Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday sought to make light of Fisheries Minister Vinod Palienkar’s remarks about threat to him from the drug mafia, claiming the supposed threat was only his “perception”. “The threat is his perception. Police has to ensure there is no threat. Basically, there is a Special Branch and a Special …

350,000 euros of property seized from mafia boss’ wife

Italian tax police on Wednesday impounded real estate worth 350,000 euros form the wife of an alleged Calabrian mafia boss Vincenzo Comberiati. The assets seized from Paola Ceraudo, included a luxury villa and 17 plots of land in Petilia Policastro and Mesoraca in the province of Crotone, police said. The property seizures were carried out …

Left Front organises march to Kolkata police HQs, submits deputation

Protesting against a bouquet of issues in West Bengal including corruption, communalism, price rise and attack on women, 18 Left Front organisations on Wednesday organised a march to city police headquarters at Lalbazar but were stopped midway by police. A six-member delegation of the Left Front leaders later went inside, where they submitted the deputation …

Population explosion hampering sustainable development: Naqvi (Lead)

Growing world population was the biggest hurdle in sustainable development, and leaders and social activists need to join hands to create awareness on the issue, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday. “There is need for large-scale awareness on the population issue. Increasing population has created several problems vis-a-vis development, employment opportunities, …

Wipro to contribute $250,000 towards rebuild Texas fund

IT major Wipro on Wednesday announced that it will partner with “Rebuild Texas Fund” to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which left a trail of destruction across the US state. According to the company, in order to support affected communities, it will contribute $250,000 towards the fund which has been …

Missing Italian teen’s body found after boyfriend admits to murder

Search teams in Italy’s southern Puglia region on Wednesday found the corpse of missing 16-year-old Noemi Durini after her 17-year-old boyfriend confessed to murdering her. Durini’s body was found under rocks along a highway in the town of Castrignano del Capo, some 16 km south of her hometown of Specchia, from where she vanished early …

Iran rules out IAEA access to classified information

The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would by no means have access to Iran’s classified information, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday. Based on the Additional Protocol, the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the framework of cooperation between Iran and the …

Haryana allows liquor vends near highways in municipal areas

The Haryana cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment in the Haryana Excise Policy 2017-18 to allow establishment of liquor vends or sub vends at locations alongside National Highways or State Highways in municipal areas on payment of additional fee. The cabinet took the decision at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar …

Congress calls Modi governmment ‘economic terrorist’

Using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own words to hit back at him for “continuous increase” in prices of petrol and diesel, the Congress on Wednesday called his government an “economic terrorist”. Stating that Modi government was ripping the common man apart, the party also demanded that the prices of diesel and petrol brought down to …

Bengal CPI-M recommends expulsion of party MP (Lead)

The CPI-M’s West Bengal State Secretariat on Wednesday recommended summary expulsion of party MP Ritabrata Banerjee on charge of serious breach of party discipline, sources said. The recommendation, however, was not publicly announced as it has to be ratified by the party Central Committee, the sources said. Communist Party of India-Marxist State Secretary Surjya Kant …

Chandigarh Police re-investigating rape case after DNA sample mismatch

In a bind after a latest forensic report showed the DNA of ae child delivered by a minor rape victim recently did not match with that of the accused, the Chandigarh Police are re-investigating the matter of the rape of a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle repeatedly. The report from the Central Forensic …

IndiGo to issue shares to qualified institutional buyers on Friday

InterGlobe Aviation which operates budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Wednesday said it will issue shares to “qualified institutional buyers” on September 15, Friday, in a price band of Rs 1,125 to Rs 1,175 per equity share. According to a BSE filing, the company said the decision was taken by its “Securities Committee of the Board …

Registrations declared open for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

Registration for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, to be held on November 19, was declared open here on Wednesday. With a total prize money of $275,000, this year’s edition is expected to witness over 34,000 participants, pound the wide long stretches of the capital on the third Sunday of November. The registrations for the half …

Congress slams government over ‘unprecdented’ UNHRC criticism

The Congress on Wednesday slammed Narendra Modi government for the “absolutely unprecedented” criticism India drew from United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees, saying the country did not face “such ignominy and international humiliation ever”. “The kind of criticism India has been subjected to by the UNHRC is absolutely …

Goa to host 36th National Games, says minister

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday formally awarded to Goa the rights to host the 36th National Games, the coastal state’s Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said. Ajgaonkar said that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday, had formally conferred the rights to the state to host …

Centre seeks Delhi’s cooperation for decongesting national capital

The Central government on Wednesday sought cooperation from the Delhi government to decongest the roads of the national capital which regularly witnesses long traffic jams. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari held a coordination meeting with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Transport and PWD Minister Satyendar Jain where he promised his cooperation …

Al Qaeda urges ‘punishment’ for Myanmar over Rohingyas’ fate

Al Qaeda has called on Islamists to rise up and “punish” Buddhist Myanmar for its deadly security crackdown against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, US-based terrorist tracking group SITE Intelligence reported on Wednesday. “The savage treatment meted out to our Muslim brothers … shall not pass without punishment,” the jihadist terror network said in a …

Duleep Trophy: Indrajith’s unbeaten 120 lifts India Red to 291/9

Baba Indrajith’s 120 not out propped up India Red to 291 for nine on the first day of their Duleep Trophy cricket match against India Blue at the Green Park here on Wednesday. The Tamil Nadu right-hander, who scored his fifth first-class hundred, saved the day for Red. Red, despite being given a decent start …

Rahul stated fact, says Congress on his PM candidature remark

The Congress on Wednesday said its Vice President Rahul Gandhi stated the fact about taking up the post of party President and be the prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 General Elections, adding “it will happen in a democratic manner”. “This is a fact, and he has stated it. The party’s organisational polls are going …

Karnataka sops for electric vehicles on anvil: Minister

Karnataka would soon have a new policy with incentives for making and using electric vehicles in a bid to reduce air pollution in cities and towns across the state, state Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra said on Wednesday. “The state cabinet has approved a new policy with incentives to encourage manufacturing and greater …

Sonia, Rahul condole death of senior advocate P. P. Rao

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed their condolences on death of senior advocate and constitutional law expert P.P. Rao. Rao, 84, died here on Wednesday following a heart attack. In her message, Sonia Gandhi described Rao a legal luminary and conveyed her condolences to Rao’s family. “As a constitution …

CBI summons Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis deal

The CBI summoned Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, on Thursday as part of its investigation into the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006. The junior Chidambaram was asked to appear before the investigators at its headquarters in CGO complex in south Delhi’s Lodi …