No plans to ban ads of ‘high fat, sugar and salt foods’: Government

The government has no plans to impose a ban on advertisements of “high fat, sugar and salt foods” (HFSS), Parliament was informed on Thursday. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said industry bodies like Food and Beverage Alliance of India have “already decided” to voluntarily restrict food and beverage advertisements concerning children. “Nine major Food …

Special package for Andhra Pradesh to be finalised soon: Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the entre was sympathetically working on all issues concerning Andhra Pradesh and a decision on a special package would be finalised over next few days. Jaitley, who was replying to the debate on the general budget for 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha, told agitating members from …

Auto Expo: Government plans for new policy, companies launch new products (Roundup)

The Central government on Thursday said that it plans to frame a new “Automobile Policy” keeping in mind the industry’s concerns and growth needs and also urged companies to shift towards lower emissions on the second pre-open day of the 14th edition of the Auto Expo. In his address at the inauguration of the Auto …

Gehlot, his party shouldn’t act arrogant over by-poll victory: BJP

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot and his party should not act arrogant after winning just three seats in Rajasthan by-polls, said state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Ashok Parnami on Thursday. Parnami was talking to the media on the sidelines of an organisational meeting called by the Rajasthan BJP to chalk out an strategy for the …

All Prime Ministers contributed in promoting science, technology: Pranab

Former PresidentPranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that almost all the Prime Ministers have had their contribution in promoting science and technology in the country. He particularly highlighted the roles of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in particular in advancing penetration of technology in the common people’s lives. “From the very beginning …

Relative held as teenager doused with petrol suffers burns from stove

A man was held in Kapurthala town on charge of throwing petrol on a 16-year-old girl relative, who suffered burns due to resultant fire in the kitchen of her house, police said. Komal Preet, a resident of Thakur Nagar locality in Kapurthala which is around 175 km from here, suffered burns on her face and …

JNU Student Union calls for complete ‘lock-down’ on Friday

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) on Thursday called for a complete “lock-down” of the campus on Friday in wake of a varsity notice stipulating withdrawal of hostel service and cancellation of fellowship/scholarship in case of non-compliance with the minimum attendance criterion. “University will not function tomorrow (Friday). No classes or exams will happen. …

History shouldn’t be tampered with: Pratibha Patil

Former President Pratibha Patil on Thursday said there should not have been any tampering with the history of queen Padmavati, as she represented the honour of the entire women’s community. Speaking to the media here during her visit to the city, Patil said historical facts should never be tampered with while making films. Patil’s comments …

Punjab school head, teacher held for raping Dalit student a year ago

A government school principal and a teacher have been arrested on the charge of raping a 16-year-old Dalit girl student in Jagraon sub-division of Punjab, police said on Thursday. Both have been booked under the POCSO Act, apart from other relevant provisions of the law. The crime was allegedly committed a year ago but came …

S. Korean curling team earn 1st win at Winter Olympics

The South Korean mixed doubles curling team of Jang Hye-ji and Lee Ki-jeong picked up their first victory of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Thursday. Jang and Lee defeated the Finnish team of Oona Kauste and Tomi Rantamaeki 9-4 at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, reports Yonhap news agency. Mixed doubles curling is being contested …

Congress demands Modi’s apology over remarks concerning Renuka

The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “lowering the dignity of his office” with his remarks in Parliament regarding party MP Renuka Chowdhury and demanded his apology. Talking to reporters here, Congress leader Anand Sharma said Modi had distorted history to mislead the people and used a language no Prime Minister had …

Russian athletes to hold Olympic flag during PyeongChang opening ceremony

Russian athletes are to march under the Olympic banner instead of their national flag in the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Games, the head of the Russian delegation said. Stanislav Pozdnyakov told members of the press that efforts were being made to have their country’s flag present at the closing ceremony February 25, reports …

English players excellent at faking falls: Arsenal coach

Arsenal’s head coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday criticised the practice of faking falls, known as “diving,” adding that English football players had become experts in these acts. While not naming which players he was referring to, Wenger’s remarks came just four days after Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Dele Alli were accused of diving during …

Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Festival of Letters’ from Feb 12

With the theme ’70 Years of Indian Independence’, the Sahitya Akademi will be celebrating, from February 12, its annual ‘Festival of Letters’ which contributes to enhancing prestige and attractiveness of the country’s language diversity. The six-day-long festival will witness participation of more than 250 writers and scholars from different parts of the country representing various …

Bengal to refund share in GST on entertainment sector amid GSTN glitches

With the delay in getting GST refunds due to glitches in GSTN, West Bengal government decided to refund the state’s share of the indirect tax on the entertainment industry, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra told the assembly on Thursday. Based on the estimation, the state has decided to give refund though people are finding difficulties …

Auto Expo: Maruti Suzuki launches new Swift hatchback (Second Lead)

Automobile major Maruti Suzuki on Thursday launched the third generation of its iconic brand — Swift — hatchback at the second pre-open day of the 14th Auto Expo. According to the company, the new Swift is priced at between Rs 4.99 lakh and Rs 6.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the petrol variant. The diesel powered …

North Korean orchestra holds historic concert in S. Korea amid protests

A North Korean orchestra on Thursday gave a historic first concert in South Korea amid tight security and protests against the North’s regime. One day before the start of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, the Samjiyon orchestra performed under the direction of Hyon Song-wol, thought to be a former girlfriend of North Korea’s leader, Kim …

Atletico’s Player of the Month Diego Costa thanks fans for their vote

Spain forward Diego Costa on Thursday expressed his gratitude to Atletico Madrid’s fans for voting him Player of the Month for January, after beginning his second spell at the La Liga club. The 29-year-old has played six matches since he was registered as an Atleti player on January 1, scoring three goals and assisting on …

Will start research fellowship scheme from this year: Javadekar

The HRD Ministry on Thursday said the Prime Minister Research Fellowship scheme will be implemented from the coming academic session, under which 1,000 meritorious B.Tech students will get monthly scholarships of Rs 70,000 and a one-time research grant of Rs 2 lakh. The scheme — allocated Rs 1,650 crore for the first seven years — …

AAP demands NDMC Mayor’s resignation over graft allegations

The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday demanded the resignation of NDMC Mayor Preeti Aggarwal, who is facing allegations of large-scale corruption and a vigilance inquiry. The inquiry was initiated after a complaint was lodged with the offices of President Ram Nath Kovind and Lt Governor Anil Baijal. AAP leader Dilip Pandey told the media that …

Why Sitharaman changed stance on disclosing Rafale price: Rahul

Continuing to attack the Modi government on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked why did Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman change her stance and said she will not reveal the price of the fighter aircraft. Gandhi posed the question in a tweet and followed it with choices. “Why did the Raksha Mantri …

Cabinet approves auction of 60 more small oil, gas fields

The government has approved inviting bids to develop 60 more discovered oil and gas fields under the second round of the Discovered Small Fields (DSF) auction this year, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Thursday. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the auction to be held under the DSF second round in order to speedily into …