GNLF demands Mamata’s apology for naming party chief on GTA

The Gorkha National Liberation Front on Wednesday demanded an “unconditional apology” from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for naming its party President Mann Ghising among board of administrators to run the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) without his consent. “We demand an unconditional apology from Banerjee for tarnishing the good name of our party and …

GNLF demands Mamata’s apology for naming party chief on GTA

The Gorkha National Liberation Front on Wednesday demanded an “unconditional apology” from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for naming its party President Mann Ghising among board of administrators to run the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) without his consent. “We demand an unconditional apology from Banerjee for tarnishing the good name of our party and …

African asylum-seeker held for attempted rape

Police in Bergamo on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old migrant from Sierra Leone on suspicion of trying to rape a cultural mediator at an asylum centre in the northern Italian city. The asylum-seeker allegedly pushed the 26-year-old woman into a bathroom at the shelter on Wednesday and attacked her, according to police.

Sushma met Brazilian, Saudi Arabian counterparts at UNGA

Continuing with her hectic diplomatic engagements, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday held bilateral meetings with her counterparts from three countries, including Brazil and Saudi Arabia, on the sidleines of the UN General Assembly Session here. “Strengthening strategic partnership between India Brazil, Sushma Swaraj meets Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson …

Government schemes should reach every section: Naidu

Stressing that the country will develop only with the uplift of the most downtrodden sections, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu here on Wednesday said government schemes like Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Clean India should reach everyone. “When the most downtrodden and most undernourished sections of the society are uplifted, only then will …

Educate the young to stay relevant amid change: Kovind

As one of the youngest nations, it was imperative that the Indian youths’ energy was harnessed for national development and education could be used to that effect, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday. “India is in the midst of multiple transformations. We are an old civilisation but have a young population. In the first …

Political party maligning welfare board: Delhi government

The Delhi government on Wednesday said a political party was levelling “misleading and malicious” allegations to malign the Construction Workers Welfare Board. Earlier during the day, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party President Manoj Tiwari said there was a “Rs 100 crore scam of misappropriation of the board funds” by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government. Tiwari was …

‘Surgical strike was to send across strong message’ (Lead)

The cross-LoC surgical strike last year was carried out by Indian troops to send across a “strong message” to Pakistan, which could not have been conveyed through other means, former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army’s Northern Command Lt. General D.S. Hooda (retd) has said. Hooda, who oversaw the September 2016 attack across the Line …

‘Surgical strike was to send across strong message’ (Lead)

The cross-LoC surgical strike last year was carried out by Indian troops to send across a “strong message” to Pakistan, which could not have been conveyed through other means, former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army’s Northern Command Lt. General D.S. Hooda (retd) has said. Hooda, who oversaw the September 2016 attack across the Line …

PIL challenges execution of death sentence by hanging

A PIL filed in the Supreme Court challenges the execution of death sentence by hanging, as the petitioner describes it as barbaric, inhuman and cruel as well as violative of Article 21 of the Constitution. PIL petitioner advocate Rishi Malhotra has challenged the validity of the Section 354(5) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which …

PIL challenges execution of death sentence by hanging

A PIL filed in the Supreme Court challenges the execution of death sentence by hanging, as the petitioner describes it as barbaric, inhuman and cruel as well as violative of Article 21 of the Constitution. PIL petitioner advocate Rishi Malhotra has challenged the validity of the Section 354(5) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which …

Fan sales down 10% in first quarter mainly due to GST: Manufacturers

Fan manufacturers on Wednesday said their sales declined by 10 per cent in the April-June quarter due to destocking by dealers and postponement of purchase decision before the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1. “There had been a decline of fan sales by 10 per cent in the first quarter …

Fan sales down 10% in first quarter mainly due to GST: Manufacturers

Fan manufacturers on Wednesday said their sales declined by 10 per cent in the April-June quarter due to destocking by dealers and postponement of purchase decision before the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1. “There had been a decline of fan sales by 10 per cent in the first quarter …

Except for demonetisation, Modi government has no original move: Congress (Lead)

Alleging that the Modi government has rehashed, repackaged and renamed 23 schemes which were launched by previous governments led by the Congress, the party on Wednesday said “they (BJP) were trying to mislead the nation”. The party also said that except for the demonetisation move, there was no original move by the Modi government. “Recently, …

Nasscom offers Rs 10-lakh grant for social innovations

Nasscom Foundation of the Indian IT industry apex body on Wednesday announced a Rs 10-lakh grant each for mentoring technology-based social innovations in five thematic areas. “The Nasscom Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) will award grants of Rs 10 lakh each to winners of innovations in five areas of financial inclusion, healthcare, environment, education and accessibility,” …

India, Kazakhstan to expand oil, gas, nuclear ties

India and Kazakhstan on Wednesday discussed expanding cooperation in hydrocarbons and nuclear energy sectors, as well as expanding the International North-South Transport Corridor by linking it to the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link, an official statement said here on Wednesday. These and other issues figured at the two-day meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) with Kazakhstan, co-chaired …

CBI books retired Orissa HC judge for graft

The CBI has filed a corruption case against a retired Orissa High Court Judge I.M. Quddusi for helping an Uttar Pradesh-based educational trust, barred by the government from admitting medical students, in settling the legal matter, an official said on Wednesday. Besides Quddusi, Bhawana Pandey, a Delhi-based conduit, B.P. Yadav, Palash Yadav, Sudhir Giri, Biswanath …

SC tells Unitech to pay litigation cost to home buyers (Lead)

In a first of its kind order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Unitech to pay the litigation cost to home buyers who had succeeded before the grievance redressal commission in their lawsuit against the real estate major but later opted for the return of their principal amount with interest instead of flats. A bench …