India, UAE sign five MoUs as Modi makes second visit (Roundup)

India and the UAE on Saturday signed five MoUs, including in the areas of energy and railways, following delegation-level talks headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here. An MoU was signed between Indian Consortium …

Man United, Celtic mourn former player Liam Miller

Manchester United and Celtic on Saturday offered condolences after their former midfielder Liam Miller passed away at age 36, following a battle with cancer. The Irishman, who died Friday night, began his football career at Celtic before joining Manchester United, where he stayed between 2004 and 2006, reported Efe. “Celtic football club was deeply saddened …

Arrest warrant issued against former Bengal IPS officer Bharati Ghosh

The West Bengal CID issued an arrest warrant against former West Midnapore district police chief Bharati Ghosh on the charges of alleged extortion and criminal conspiracy, a senior CID official said. “An arrest warrant has been issued against Ghosh and her former security personnel Sujit Mondal in relation to cases of extortion and criminal conspiracy,” …

Will chase away tourists who don’t respect Goan culture: Tourism Minister

A day after Goa Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai called the 6.5 million domestic tourists arriving in Goa as “scum of the earth”, on Saturday a video surfaced that shows Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar threatening to chase away tourists who do not regard Goan culture. Ajgaonkar is seen speaking at the inauguration of the Goa Food …

Physicians may be co-located for better patient care: Minister

Jitendra Singh, the Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), on Saturday said that physicians of any system of medicine may be co-located for addressing patients’ requirements better. Inaugurating a two-day international conference on Unani Medicine, he emphasised on all-round development of indigenous systems of medicine with special focus on holistic management of diseases. …

I-League: East Bengal want foreign referee for Minerva match

East Bengal on Saturday wrote to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) seeking foreign referees and a panel of match observers for their potential title-deciding clash against Minerva Punjab on February 13. “The match will possibly decide the eventual winners of the I-League 2017-18. However there are certain serious concerns for all East Bengal supporters, …

Alaves hand Villarreal second straight loss in La Liga

Deportivo Alaves stunned Villarreal 2-1 on Saturday, infilcting second successive loss on the latter in the La Liga football championship. Alaves defender Rodrigo Ely gave his side a 1-0 lead 39 minutes into the match, while his teammate Ibai Gomez doubled the score in the 71st minute, reported Efe. With 13 minutes to go, Villarreal …

Modi’s return to power will result in ‘President’s rule’: Hardik

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said there would be “President’s rule” if Modi comes back to power after the 2019 General Elections. He also called for a unity of non-BJP parties to fight against the Modigovernment which was “trying to divide the country”. “If …

No water in Delhi’s community toilets, Kejriwal asks official to pay visits (Lead)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday directed a senior official to visit five community toilets every day at 6 a.m. from February 11-17, following complaints of shortage of water and electricity in city’s community toilets. The Chief Minister also asked IAS officer Shurbir Singh, CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), to submit …

Haryana’s first AMRIT pharmacy inaugurated

Aiming to strengthen generic medicine availability, Union Health Minister J.P Nadda on Saturday inaugurated Haryana’s first AMRIT pharmacy here. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) Retail Pharmacy is a scheme through which the government has been attempting to provide medicines for various critical diseases at an affordable rates. The inauguration was part of …

Rajasthan sits over 11.82 crore tonne gold deposits: Experts

Nearly 11.48 crore tonnes of gold deposits have been confirmed by scientists and geologists in Rajasthan, with experts claiming that the deposits are mostly located in the cities of Banswara and Udaipur. Speaking to the media, N. Kutumba Rao, Director General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), said the deposits were expected to be …

Interference in personal law unacceptable: AIMPLB chief

AIMPLB President Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi on Saturday made it clear that no interference in Muslim Personal Law will be accepted as the community enjoys the Constitutional right to follow and practice Islamic Shariat. Adressing the plenary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is discussing among other issues a bill currently …

BJP suggests Andhra leaders focus on development, dismisses their charges (Lead)

The BJP on Saturday described as “propaganda” the charges made by Andhra Pradesh MPs from the TDP, YSRCP and Congress in Parliament of ignoring the state’s demand for special category status and urged these leaders to focus on development rather than politicising the issue. Addressing reporters here with Andhra Pradesh BJP President K. Hari Babu, …

ITC CEO meets Adityanath, proposed Rs 1,100 cr investment

Diversified conglomerate ITC’s CEO Sanjeev Puri met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday and gave to him proposals worth Rs 1,100 crore in consumer food items, green energy and for setting up of a logistics hub in Ghaziabad, an official said. He also lauded the policies of the state government for promoting investment …

ISL: Delhi play for pride as Chennai look to consolidate (Preview)

Bottom placed Delhi Dynamos FC will have nothing but professional pride to play for when they take on Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Sunday. With just seven points from 12 matches, even a victory may not change Delhi’s fortunes, but it could certainly affect the visitors’ chances in the …

I-League: Arrows ride Sarkar’s heroics against Churchill

Indian Arrows launched an extraordinary fight-back to win 2-1 against Churchill Brothers FC in their Hero I-League encounter at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here on Saturday. The Arrows were trailing 0-1 till the 90th minute after an 11th-minute strike from Dawda Ceesay and were staring at another defeat until substitute Abhijit Sarkar scored two injury …

Essential services not be denied for the want of Aadhaar: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Saturday asked central and state government departments not to deny essential services for the want of an Aadhaar number. In a statement the Aadhaar implementing agency said that “genuine beneficiary” should not be denied essential services like “medical help, hospitalisation, school admission or ration through PDS” for …

Congress chief connects with people in north Karnataka

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday connected with the people in Bellary district of Karnataka after receiving a rousing reception on his four-day visit to the poll-bound state. On his maiden visit to the southern state after taking over as the party chief in December, Rahul Gandhi kicked off the party poll campaign on Saturday …

Two soldiers killed as terrorist storm J&K army camp, three assailants shot dead (Night Lead)

Two soldiers, including a junior army officer, were killed and and nine others, including women and children, injured when a group of heavily-armed JeM militants dressed in army fatigues stormed a military camp here in a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, hurling grenades and spraying automatic gunfire as they entered the family quarters when everyone was …

Bihar MLA Sarfaraz quits JD-U, joins RJD; to contest Araria LS bypoll (Lead)

In a move seen as a setback to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ahead of the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll next month, ruling JD-U MLA Sarfaraz Alam on Saturday resigned from the party and the membership of Bihar Legislative Assembly to join the RJD. Alam was a Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator from Jokihat in Araria district …

J&K CM reviews security, Army Commander briefs her

A high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was held here on Saturday to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of terror attack on Sunjuwan Army camp. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, apprised the Chief Minister on the attack and the operation to …