India, UAE condemn state sponsorship of terrorism

India and the UAE on Sunday condemned terrorism in all its forms and efforts by states to use religion to justify sponsoring of terrorism, said a joint statement issued following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the Gulf nation. Sunday’s joint statement comes after Saturday’s delegation-level talks between Modi and Crown Prince of …

Fire on board Air India Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight, no casualties

Fire was detected aboard an Air India Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight just as it was preparing for takeoff, official sources said here on Sunday. There are no immediate reports of any casualtiest. According to the sources, the incident happened around 9.21 pm when the Airbus A-321 flight AI 091, with 182 passengers, was getting ready for takeoff. …

Modi promotes Modicare among Indian diaspora in Oman

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promoted the new National Health Protection Scheme called Ayushman Bharat announced in this year’s Union Budget in an address to the Indian diaspora in Oman. “In our Budget this year, we did something that drew the world’s attention,” Modi said to thousands of cheering expatriate Indians at the …

Nagaland BJP condemns fake news report about Ram Madhav

BJP’s Nagaland unit on Sunday denounced a “fictitious” news report about the party’s North East in-charge Ram Madhav being circulated in the social media, which, it said, could “spark communal tension”. The report by media portal “Newsjoint “sought to tarnish Madhav’s “good image and integrity”, it said, that the portal seemed to be a fake …

650 suffer from diarrhoea in Kolkata, civic body takes measures

As many as 650 people in six municipal wards were suffering from diarrhoea caused by an alleged contamination of drinking water and 28 of them were admitted in a city hospital since Saturday night, an official said on Sunday. Kolkata Municipal Corporation collected samples from different places to detect the cause of the outbreak. “Overall …

Rahul asks ‘pro-rich Modi’ to waive farmer loans

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive loans of farmers than working only for the rich, businessmen and industrialists. “Though the Modi government works for the rich, businessmen and industrialists, I urge the Prime Minister to waive loans of farmers who are the backbone of the country,” Gandhi said …

Odisha minor tribal girl’s gang rape case reaches Supreme Court

The gang rape and subsequent suicide of a minor tribal girl in Odisha’s Koraput district has reached the Supreme Court which the victim’s brother has moved for a CBI probe. The brother sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe saying that he has no faith in the state police. “I have no faith in …

AAP’s healthcare, education reforms model for others, Sisodia tells Harvard gathering

The Aam Aadmi Party government’s innovations in education and healthcare in Delhi are a model for the rest of India, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. In his address at the India Conference in Harvard University, he said that the ‘Delhi model’ focuses on raising the quality of human resources through access to high quality …

Vandana hat-trick fires RSPB to women’s hockey A Division title

The Railway Sports Promotion Board outplayed Hockey Madhya Pradesh 4-0 in the final of the 8th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2018 (A Division) at the Astro Turf Hockey Stadium here on Sunday. India international forward Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick in the final as the RSPB remained unbeaten throughout the championship. In the …

A week ahead of February 18 Tripura polls, CPI-M candidate dies

A week ahead of the February 18 Assembly elections, a sitting CPI-M MLA and candidate in Charilam in western Tripura died on Sunday evening due to cardiac arrest, an official said here. “The sitting MLA and Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate for Charilam (Scheduled Tribe) seat, Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, died at the Gobinda Ballav Panth …

Thousands of Indians in Oman travel to watch Modi

Thousands of Indian expats in Oman travelled from different parts of the Gulf kingdom to listen to visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over 20,000 Indian nationals were expected to attend Modi’s speech at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Bausher on Sunday, Times Of Oman reported. Indian Social Club (ISC) Sohar Executive Committee Member and General …

Maharashtra hailstorm kills 2, damages standing crops

Two persons were killed and two others injured as unseasonal rains, accompanied by hailstorm, lashed parts of Maharashtra’s Marathwada and Vidarbha region, razing huge tracts of standing crops on Sunday, officials said. The hailstorm, which hit Jalna, Beed, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim, Akola and surroundings, flattened the standing crops of wheat, grapes and chickpea besides hitting …

MoEF warms up to establishing cold stores around Taj Mahal

The Environment Ministry has approved the setting up of new cold stores in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ), saying these don’t the pollute air that causes yellowing of the Taj Mahal. According to Ministry officials, based on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) findings, there was no improvement in the area’s air quality after cold …