Pre-poll alliance with BJP would be very negative: NPF chief

Nagaland’s ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) chief, Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Tuesday revealed that the party could not agree to seat-sharing with the Bharatiya Janata Party since it knew the consequences would be very negative. However, he said that the newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) came forward offering the BJP 30 seats in the 60 …

Rahul sees RSS hand in NDA government’s policies

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday charged the RSS was behind the policies and programmes of the NDA government, especially demonetisation. “With an RSS functionary posted as an officer on special duty in every central ministry, the BJP’s parent organisation is guiding the NDA government in framing policies and programmes for the country,” Gandhi said …

DLF’s Q3 consolidated profit rises to Rs 4,111.95 cr

Real estate major DLF on Tuesday reported an exponential rise in its consolidated net profit for the third quarter of 2017-18 to Rs 4,111.95 crore. According to the company, its consolidated net profit increased on the back of “one-time, exceptional pre-tax gain of Rs 8,569 crore due to restatement of DLF’s investment in DCCDL”. COnsequently, …

Diarrhoea outbreak spreads in Kolkata, over 1,100 affected

With reports of more symptoms of diarrhoea from adjoining areas of affected wards of Kolkata Mucipal Corporation, over 1,100 people were so far affected due to the outbreak, official said on Tuesday. As many as 10 wards of the corporation in the southern and eastern parts of the city have been affected. “About 1,150 persons …

‘Continuously monitoring’ A320neos powered by PW1100G-JM engines: DGCA

India’s civil aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday said that it is “continuously monitoring” the operations of Airbus A320neos (new engine option) aircraft powered by “PW1100G-JM” engines. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it is “continuously monitoring these operations to ensure that safety is not compromised at any stage and A320neo aircraft in the …

Justice needs to be proper, swift: Vice President

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said there should be proper and fast administration of justice which should also send the message that wrong-doers will be punished. “The administration of justice needs to be competent, swift, objective and efficient,” said Naidu after releasing book “Trials of Truth” authored by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand …

Italian, Tukish Foreign Ministers meet as blockade of Italian ship on

Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano held talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu here on Tuesday amid efforts to end the blockade by Turkish military vessels of a drill ship belonging to the Italian oil and gas firm Eni in waters off Cyprus. “The minister agreed on the need to take into account their …

Why silence on sacrifice of Muslim soldiers in J&K attack: Owaisi (Lead)

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday referred to the religion of soldiers killed in Sunjuwan Army camp terror attack and questioned the “silence” of those raising questions about the patriotism of Indian Muslims. “Five of the seven killed in the attack (on Saturday) were Kashmiri Muslims. Now, everybody is silent on their sacrifice,” Owaisi said, …

No reduction in inflows for mutual funds after LTCG, says AMFI (Lead)

The mutual funds industry does not see any reduction in the inflows of funds after the proposal of long term capital gains tax (LTCG) and dividend distribution tax (DDT), an industry official said here on Tuesday. The industry also expects there would be no level playing field between mutual funds and unit linked insurance plan …

Delhi government failed to ensure women security in three years: Swaraj India

In the wake of sexual harassment of a Delhi University student in a bus, Swaraj India on Tuesday accused the AAP government of “failure” to ensure security for women in three years of its rule in Delhi. “The sexual harassment of a female student in a cluster bus shows that the Delhi government’s promise of …

Mhadei dispute: Goa withdraws contempt petition against Karnataka

The Goa government has withdrawn the contempt petition filed before the Mhadei River Water Disputes Tribunal, following an assurance by Karnataka government, that it would not carry out any construction work to divert water till the dispute is resolved, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday. “Based on the assurance, our lawyer informed the Tribunal, …

Will government spell stand on Mehbooba’s call for talks with Pakistan, asks Congress

Attacking the Narendra Modi government over lack of policy towards Pakistan, the Congress on Tuesday asked it to spell out its response to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that India should be talking to the neighbouring country. It also asked the government when would it act against terror. “The NDA-BJP government has come …

Students to qualify NEET to study medicine abroad

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday extended the rule to qualify common national entrance examination NEET for students wanting to study medical course within India to include those who aspire to pursue MBBS in a foreign country. “It is now mandatory to qualify NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) to pursue foreign medical course,” said …

Do citizens have choice of identity or will state impose one, Bengal asks SC

The West Bengal government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the fundamental question in Aadhaar is whether citizens have a choice of identity or state will impose one s it argued that Aadhaar violated several fundamental rights including right to life and privacy. Contending that Aadhaar overrides the some of the fundamental rights guaranteed …

Bar owner accuses CPI-M of not fulfilling promises, Chandy cries conspiracy (Lead)

Whistle-blower bar owner Biju Ramesh, whose charges of corruption led to the voting out of Congress-led UDF in Kerala over the ‘bar scam’, on Tuesday accused the ruling CPI-M of cheating and not fulfilling the promise to reopen closed bars once it came to power. Ramesh, who owned nine bars when the scam came to …

F1 to remain glamorous without grid girls, vows CEO Carey

FIA Formula One World Championship will still “be a glamorous” sports event even without the so-called grid girls at the start of each Grand Prix, F1 Chief Executive Chase Carey said on Tuesday. In late January, the management of Formula One announced its decision to shelve the tradition of models lining up on the starting …

Winter Olympics: Klaebo crowned in cross-country skiing men’s sprint classic

Norwegian Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo bagged the gold in cross-country skiing men’s sprint classic at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games here on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Klaebo finished the race in three minutes and 5.75 seconds to become the youngest Olympic champion in cross country skiing, reports Xinhua news agency. Klaebo was also the third Olympic champion …

Mohun Bagan complain AIFF about ‘sub-standard refereeing’

City football giants Mohun Bagan once again wrote to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) alleging they were not given a penalty in their I-League game against laggards Gokulam FC which they lost 1-2 on Monday. The defeat meant the 2015 champions are virtually out of the title race and with arch-rivals East Bengal winning …

Russia to open fan-ID issuance centers ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia will open 130 centers for issuing fan-IDs, which are required along with tickets for attending matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, Irina Grigoryeva, an official with the Russian Sports Ministry, said on Tuesday. “Within the frames of preparations for the 2018 World Cup we are planning to open 30 …

B.V. Rama Gopal appointed IndianOil’s Director, Refineries

Energy major Indian Oil Corp. On Tuesday said that B.V. Rama Gopal has taken over as Director (Refineries) on its Board with effect from February 12, 2018. “Earlier, he was Executive Director (in-charge) of the company’s Panipat Refinery and Petrochemicals Complex,” the company said in a statement. The IndianOil Group owns and operates 11 of …

India’s excess power capacity an aberration, should export: Minister

The excess power capacity in India is an aberration in a situation where large parts of the country are yet to get electricity, Power Minister R.K Singh said on Tuesday. Adressing the Indian Power Stations conference here, he also said that India can explore export of power to neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, …

‘Management Committee’ to oversee Fortis Healthcare, results on Feb 28

Fortis Healthcare on Tuesday said that it has accepted the resignations of its promoters and as an interim measure constituted a “Management Committee” to oversee its functioning. According to a BSE filing, the company’s Board of Directors “today accepted the resignations of Mr Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Chairman and Dr Shivinder Mohan Singh Non-Executive Vice …

Government proposes allowing premature closure of PPF account

The government on Tuesday proposed to allow premature closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts and permit opening of small savings accounts in the name of minors, according to a Finance Ministry statement here. These changes are part of the proposed merger of the separate acts on small savings, PPF and government savings banks. “The …

Erdogan warns offensive in Syria could affect US troops

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned that his country’s military offensive into northern Syria against Kurdish militias could affect the US troops deployed in the area to support the Kurds against the Islamic State terror organization. Erdogan was referring to the possible expansion of fighting against Kurdish YPG militias, which have been armed …

Five dead in Cochin Shipyard tanker blast, probe ordered (Second Lead)

Five persons died and several others were injured in a blast inside the water ballast of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) tanker ship Sagar Bhushan at the Cochin Shipyard here in Kerala on Tuesday. The Cochin Shipyard management announced a probe by an internal committee. The blast occurred at around 9.45 a.m. Nine …