Rajasthan budget geared for polls, says Congress; BJP terms it inclusive

Congress declared the Rajasthan Budget for 2018-19 presented on Monday as an “election budget” while the ruling BJP’s state unit chief Ashok Parnami termed it as inclusive as it cares for all sections of society. State Congress chief Sachin Pilot said that the budget could be seen carrying an impact of recent defeat the Bharatiya …

11 of 31 CMs charged with crimes, 25 are crorepatis: Report

As many as 11 out of a total number of 31 Chief Ministers of various states and union territories (UTs) in India have crminal cases against them while 25 of them are crorepatis, an analysis of their self-sworn affidavits furnished during the assembly elections has revelaed. The analysis, by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and …

Mobile app for unreserved train tickets unveiled in Bengaluru

The Bengaluru division of the South Western Railway (SWR) on Monday unveiled a dedicated mobile application for purchasing unreserved tickets on mobile by commuters and passengers travelling daily or at short notice. “The mobile application eliminates the need for one to visit a counter for unreserved tickets and also helps in moving towards a digitised …

Oxfam official quits over Haiti, Chad sex scandals

The Haiti and Chad sex scandals involving aid workers from the British charity Oxfam claimed its first high-profile casualty on Monday when the charity’s deputy CEO resigned. “As Programme Director at the time Oxfam workers were in Chad and later in Haiti after its 2010 earthquake, I take full responsibility,” said Penny Lawrence, reported Xinhua. …

Former Nagaland CM Rio elected unopposed to assembly

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate Neiphiu Rio was declared uncontested to the 60-member Nagaland assembly after his lone rival of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate Chupfuo Angami withdrew his nomination on Monday. For Rio, who is currently Nagaland’s lone Lok Sabha member, it is the second time that he has won …

Present situation not apt for dialogue with Pakistan: Congress

As Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday called for India-Pakistan talks, the Congress said the “present context of bloodshed” is not a suitable time, while rapping the Central and state governments’ “failure” to stop attacks. “Present context of bloodshed is hardly an apposite ambiance for dialogue. Neither state nor Central government has …

No plans to ground A320neo fleet powered by ‘PW1100G-JM’ engines, says DGCA

Indias’ civil aviation regulator, DGCA has no plans to ground the fleet of A320neo (new engine option) aircraft powered by “PW1100G-JM” engines due to the recurring problems with the engine type. Asked about the possible grounding of the A320neo aircraft powered by the particular engine type, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief B.S. Bhullar …

Passenger car sales marginally lower in January: SIAM (Lead)

Sales of domestic passenger cars inched down in January 2018, industry data showed on Monday. As per the data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), 184,264 passenger cars were sold in January, down from 186,596 in the corresponding month of 2017. However, the off-take of other sub-segments of passenger vehicle category such as …

Will take action on civilian structures near military installations: Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday assured of action regarding civilian buildings situated very close to peripheral walls of defence installations in the country, adding that Rs 1,487 crore have been allocated to enhance security at these installations. Sitharaman, who addressed the media after a visit to Sunjuwan Army camp that was attacked by …

Bengal parties flay Bhagwat for comments on army, BJP tries to defend

West Bengals’ political parties on Monday flayed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his controversial comments on the Indian Army’s preparedness for a war and asked him to join the army if possible. Terming Bhagwat’s comment as “anti-national and demeaning”, CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty demanded his arrest. “This is an anti-national comment. He has demeaned the …

Mohun Bagan demand 3 points for alleged refereeing errors

City football giants Mohun Bagan on Monday shot off a mail to All India Football Federation (AIFF) demanding three points for alleged refereeing gaffes during their recent I-League game against Chennai City FC. The match, played in Coimbatore on February 7, had ended in a goalless draw. A day after the AIFF disciplinary committee revoked …

Bulk LPG tankers go on strike in east, south India, may affect supply

LPG supply may be “partially” affected if the strike, called by the bulk LPG transport tankers from Monday in the eastern and southern Indian states, continues. “We have commenced the strike from today (Monday) in the eastern and southern region. North and western regions are also likely to join the strike soon,” said Bulk LPG …

AAP stages protest against North Delhi Mayor over graft allegations

Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Monday staged protest outside the residence of North Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggarwal, who is facing allegations of large-scale corruption and undergoing a vigilance inquiry. Aggarwal, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been accused of charging a 10 per cent cut in clearing tenders worth crores. On December 28 last …

Parliamentary panel for removing ‘no detention’ policy, common guidelines for states

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development has backed the governments proposal to abolish the ‘no detention policy in schools. In its 300th report on the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 tabled in both Houses of Parliament, the panel has recommended allowing states their discretion in …

Indian team were little below par on the field, admits fielding coach

Conceding lapses on the field during the five-wicket loss in the rain-affected fourth ODI against South Africa, India’s fielding coach R.Sridhar on Monday said such challenges will only help the team prepare better if it encounters such tough situations in the 2019 ICC World Cup. “Yes, we were a little below par on the field …

Alfano to attend anti-IS coalition summit in Kuwait

Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that he will on Tuesday attend a meeting of the global coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group. “I will keep stressing the need to stem IS’s financial flows and those of all other terrorist organisations,” Alfano told a meeting in Rome of Italian tax agents working …

S.Africa’s ruling party likely to seek President’s resignation

With allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma stirring “discord” in the governing African National Congress (ANC) party, its leaders, which met on Monday to decide his fate, are likely to ask him to quit, reports said. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask the South African President to step down, a BBC …

Central team in Arunachal to assess losses from natural disasters

A seven-member inter-ministerial Central government team on disaster management headed by Joint Secretary, Home, Shri Prakash arrived in Arunachal Pradesh to assess the losses caused by natural disasters. The team also called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who said the state is incurring heavy losses due to natural calamities and with limited resources of its …

South Africa spinner Tahir racially abused during fourth ODI (Lead)

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir was subjected to racial abuse during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against India here, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Monday. “Cricket South Africa has noted and is aware of the circulation of video footage featuring Imran Tahir on social media and Whatsapp groups,” CSA said in a release. “Imran …