Steel ministry focuses on converting thermal coal into coking

Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Monday said the ministry was focusing on converting thermal coal into coking coal which is considered to be an important ingredient of steel making. “Some sort of innovation showed thermal coal can be used as coking coal. For that, we wanted private sector to put up their washeries at …

Dawood’s brother being quizzed in extortion case

Police in Maharashtra’s Thane have detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, brother of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, for questioning in an extortion case, official sources said late on Monday. Kaskar was picked up from his south Mumbai residence by a team of Thane Anti-Extortion Cell headed by former ‘encounter specialist’ Pradeep Sharma. The action follows …

TN Speaker, Governor’s action liable to be questioned: Congress

The Congress on Monday said that the delay in action by the Tamil Nadu Governor and Speaker is something “which is seriously liable to be questioned in court” adding that the Speaker’s decision to disqualify rebel AIADMK lawmakers is also “liable to be challenged”. “Certainly every party in the country is monitoring, it is not …

Rohingya crisis both humanitarian and security issue: Bangladesh minister

Terming the Rohinhya issue as humanitarian, a Bangladesh minister on Monday said the presence of the refugees in his country also had a security angle because of which the administration has started their registration. Condemning the attacks on the Myanamar security forces allegedly launched by the Rohingya community, Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs …

Sushma meets Bhutanese PM, Tunisian counterpart

On a day of hectic diplomatic engagements, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session here. “#EAM@UNGA Stregthening (sic) traditionally unique bilateral relations. EAM@SushmaSwaraj meets with Bhutanese PM @tsheringtobgay in New York,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson …

Sarees’ distribution begins in Telangana, creates controversy

The Telangana government on Monday began distribution of free sarees as a Bathukamma flower festival gift but it created a controversy over their alleged poor quality after women threw them away or set them on fire at some places in the state. While the government held the opposition parties responsible for the burning of sarees, …

Sarees’ distribution begins in Telangana, creates controversy

The Telangana government on Monday began distribution of free sarees as a Bathukamma flower festival gift but it created a controversy over their alleged poor quality after women threw them away or set them on fire at some places in the state. While the government held the opposition parties responsible for the burning of sarees, …

TRAI issues consultation paper on local manufacturing of telecom equipment

In order to give the necessary boost to local manufacturing of telecom equipment, the Indian telecom regulator on Monday issued a consultation paper. The main objective of the paper is to identify the policy measures required to boost innovation and productivity of local telecom manufacturing in India and examine the existing patent laws in the …

Eden wicket to be slow if rain persists: East Zone curator (Lead)

With heavy rain lashing the eastern metropolis on Monday afternoon, East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick said the ball would come on to the bat slowly if such weather persists leading up to Thursday’s India-Australia One-day International (ODI) here. The Eden Gardens ground staff was forced to keep the 22-yard strip under covers the entire evening …

Yesudas granted permission to pray at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

Legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas has been given permission to pray at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here on the occasion of Vijayadashami, a member of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family said on Monday. As per the tradition of the temple anyone who believes in Hinduism is given permission to pray. Yesudas, born to a …

Eden wicket to be sporting for second India-Australia ODI

When India and Australia lock horns in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday, the wicket is expected to be sporting, pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee said on Monday. “The wicket will help both batsmen and bowlers. We are ready and conditions are ideal for one day cricket,” Mukherjee said. Chances …

Revenue from Kolkata bridge hit as Bengal economy grew slowly: Company

The low count of vehicles plying on the six-lane Sister Nivedita Bridge between the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah across the Hooghly river has impacted the revenue of the bridge operator — the Second Vivekananda Bridge Tollway Company (SVBTC), the company said on Monday. According to the company, the number of vehicles using the …

Cross-ministry committee to review safety norms in schools

A six-member committee formed with secretaries from various ministries will review the norms with respect to safety and their implementation in schools, the Women and Child Development (WCD) and Human Resource Development (HRD) ministries decided here on Monday. The decision was taken in the wake of the gruesome murder of a seven-year old student, Praduman …

Pakistan PM backs FM’s ‘in-house cleaning’ remarks

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that the Foreign Minister’s remarks regarding “in-house cleaning” are completely true and he agrees with the point of view that “our own house needs to be cleaned first”. Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had criticised Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s remarks in which he said …

Guterres, Trump call for change in UN bureaucracy

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US President Donald Trump on Monday called for a change of bureaucracy in the United Nations. Guterres and Trump made their statement at a high-level UN reform meeting in New York, Xinhua reported. Guterres said efforts were needed to change “fragmented structures” and “byzantine procedures” in the UN, making it …

Selby, Junhui enjoy good start at Snooker World Open

World No.1 Mark Selby and Ding Junhui both enjoyed victories in the qualification round at the Snooker World Open held here on Monday. The first four frames were shared between Mark Selby and Thai Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn. After the mid-session interval, the world No. 1 dominated the rest of the match by winning three consecutive frames …

Xi, Trump discuss upcoming China visit, Korean Peninsula situation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump discussed Trump’s visit to China later this year and the Korean Peninsula situation over the phone on Monday. Xi said China and the US share extensive common interests and have seen sound momentum of exchanges and cooperation in various areas, Xinhua news agency reported. Xi …

Pakistan Peoples Party appeals against Bhutto assassination acquittals

The Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday lodged three appeals against an Anti-Terror Court verdict that absolved five suspects of conspiring to assassinate the nation’s first woman Prime Minister in 2007. PPP lawyer Latfi Khosa called on the court to issue death sentences to the five suspects who allegedly belonged to the Pakistani Taliban and on …

Government considers financial stimulus to economy

The Union government is said to be considering to provide some financial stimulus to the economy in wake of slowing growth post demonetisation, transition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and tepid private investment, according to reports by television channels. Pulled down by sluggish manufacturing, growth in the Indian economy during the first quarter …

India calls for examining N Korea’s nuclear linkages (Second Lead)

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has brought the issue of North Korea’s nuclear linkages to an international forum and called for examining them, although she did not name Pakistan which has traded nuclear technology for missile know-how. During a trilateral meeting here on Monday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign …

‘Free Balochistan’ campaign in Switzerland irks Pakistan (Lead)

Pakistan on Monday summoned Switzerlands envoy designate Thomas Kolly over a “free Balochistan” campaign being run in Geneva by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). Pakistan registered a strong protest over the smear campaign, and conveyed to the envoy that the use of Switzerland’s soil for such subversive activities was a violation of international laws, …

Nepal to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Nepal will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said here on Monday. Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is in-charge of foreign affairs, will ink the treaty on behalf of Nepal, MoFA spokesperson …

Carvajal extends contract with Real Madrid until 2022

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has extended his contract to stay with La Liga’s defending champions until 2022, the Spanish football club announced on Monday. Real Madrid said in a statement released on its official website that the Spain defender signed the extension in the Santiago Bernabeu boardroom alongside club president Florentino Perez, reports Efe …