‘Indians should know more about Dara Shikoh’

The FACT foundation, started by French journalist Francois Gautier, on Friday inaugurated its two-day long exhibition on Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh, contending Indians “should know more” about him. ‘Aurangzeb & Dara Shukoh: A tale of two brothers’ was originally scheduled to be launched by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, but he was unable owing to …

SpiceJet waives-off cancellation charges for travel to and from Male

Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday waived-off cancellation, other charges for travel to and from Male between February 8-14. “For travel period between 8-14 February to and from Male, passengers opting to cancel their tickets will be offered full refund and cancellation charges will be waived off,” the company said in a statement. “For all change …

SpiceJet waives-off cancellation charges for travel to and from Male

Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday waived-off cancellation, other charges for travel to and from Male between February 8-14. “For travel period between 8-14 February to and from Male, passengers opting to cancel their tickets will be offered full refund and cancellation charges will be waived off,” the company said in a statement. “For all change …

India’s Forex reserves rise by over $4 bn

India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves rose by $4.12 billion as on February 2, official data showed on Friday. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement showed that the overall Forex reserves rose to $421.91 billion from $417.78 billion reported for the week ended January 26. India’s Forex reserves comprise of foreign currency assets …

Two Bengal Police officers arrested in Daspur extortion case

The West Bengal CID on Friday arrested two state police officers including an inspector, for their alleged involvement in an extortion case in West Midnapore district’s Daspur, a senior CID official said on Friday. The officers were arrested after large amount of unaccounted cash were recovered from their residences during a search operation. The sleuths …

Two Bengal Police officers arrested in Daspur extortion case

The West Bengal CID on Friday arrested two state police officers including an inspector, for their alleged involvement in an extortion case in West Midnapore district’s Daspur, a senior CID official said on Friday. The officers were arrested after large amount of unaccounted cash were recovered from their residences during a search operation. The sleuths …

BJP has been for justice to Andhra, commitments being fulfilled gradually: Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that his BJP has always been for justice to Andhra Pradesh ever since its bifurcation and the central government is gradually fulfilling commitments made to Andra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation while new demands are being looked into. He said that many works related to the state’s development …

UN agriculture fund to invest over $30m in Tajikistan

The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development signed a $39.3 million dollar accord with Tajikistan on Friday for a six-year project to cut poverty and propel economic growth in poor rural communities in the Central Asian nation. Under the agreement, IFAD will make a $15.3 million loan and a $15.3 million dollar grant. The …

India seeks details of journalist’s arrest in Maldives

Following reports of two journalists, including an Indian national, being arrested in the Maldives amid a raging political crisis, India on Friday said that it has sought details of the case. “We have received information about an Indian national, Money Sharma, working as a journalist, who has been detained by the Maldivian authorities,” External Affairs …

India wants all countries to play constructive role in Maldives

India on Friday, reacting to reports that China hoped that the Maldives government can resolve the raging internal political crisis on its own, said that all countries can play a constructive role in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. “We note that China has said that Maldives government has the ability to protect the security of …

Remove ‘political glasses’ to see development: Rajasthan CM to opposition

Rajasthan stands tops in execution of many projects, but the opposition will be able to see these developments only if they remove their glasses stuck in “political frames”, said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia on Friday. Replying to a discussion on thanksgiving proposal after Governor’s address in the assembly, she said that Rajasthan led the …

Rahul accuses Jaitley of lying, seeks to know Rafale’s purchase price (Lead)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of speaking a “lie” about UPA Defence Ministers not having disclosed cost of defence purchases, and demanded the government disclose the price of each Rafale fighter plane. Gandhi, in a tweet in which he addressed Jaitley as “Jaitlie”, posted three written answers given …

Rajnath Singh reviews counter-terrorism strategy

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reviewed measures for countering terrorism and curb Fake Indian Currency Notes at a meeting here, an official release said. The minister gave directions for an assessment of capabilities of state special forces as they are the first responders in any terror-related incident, it said. The meeting also identified …

First part of Budget session ends, Parliament to reconvene on March 5

The first part of Parliaments Budget session concluded on Friday with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley having presented the Union Budget 2018-19 and having replied to the general discussion on the Budget in both Houses. Parliament was adjourned on Friday till March 5 when it would be reconvened to carry out a detailed discussion on …

Media mainly responsible for young generation’s ignorance about classical art: Sonal Mansingh

Acclaimed classical dance exponent Sonal Mansingh on Friday said she feels saddened by the young generation’s lack of knowledge about the country’s classical arts and the iconic artistes it has produced over the years and held the popular media responsible for not highlighting India’s cultural ethos. “I feel bad that the younger generation of today’s …

Hardik meets Mamata, says asked to join Trinamool

Gujarat’s firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Friday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said he was asked to join her Trinamool Congress. “She openly offered me to join Trinamool Congress,” Patel said after meeting Banerjee at the state Secretariat on Friday evening. Banerjee however, said that she advised him to join politics …

Seven candidates withdraw from Nagaland poll fray

Seven candidates, including Congress nominee Aimong Lam, on Friday withdrew their candidature for the February 27 assembly elections, an election official said. Lam withdrew his candidature from Noklak assembly constituency, while the six others are Independent candidates. Following the withdrawal of the seven candidates, 219 candidates remained in the fray, the official said. The last …

India Art Fair 2018 begins; major platform, say neighbouring countries

From the master strokes of prominent artists to the contemporary installations, the India Art Fair (IAF), which began here on Friday, offers a heaven for art connoisseurs, exhibitors and art lovers not only from the country but from its neighbours too. Taking place annually at the NSIC ground here, the fair is a reflection of …

Opposition MPs meet President, demand probe into Judge Loya’s death (Lead)

Leaders of the Congress and 14 other opposition parties on Friday sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention for a Supreme Court-monitored investigation by an independent agency into the “suspicious” death of Judge B.H. Loya. The leaders also submitted a memorandum to the President, saying that a FIR had not been registered on some earlier statements …

How Pakistani cyber jihadis honeytrapped IAF officer for classified information

It was a group of 300 ISI cyber ‘jihadis’ led by the Rana brothers of Karachi who honeytrapped and blackmailed Group Captain Arun Marwaha to extract Indian defence secrets from the IAF officer who once trained intelligence officers and naval commandos, police said on Friday. A Delhi Police officer, part of the team investigating the …