Akali Dal to protest at Punjab assembly at budget session opening

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will ‘gherao’ (lay siege) to the Punjab assembly on the opening day of the budget session next month to protest against the Congress government’s “betrayal of the people of Punjab and the non-fulfillment of Aany of its poll promises, especially hitting farmers, farm labour and the poorer sections of society”. …

Bengaluru Metro line gets 3 more coaches (Lead)

After an inordinate delay and cost escalation, Bengaluru Metro on Wednesday got three additional coaches from the state-run Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) for its east-west corridor service, with one coach reserved for women. “The three additional coaches will be added to the three-coach trains, allowing more commuters to travel by Metro,” BEML Chairman Deepak …

Private sector must chip in to achieve health outcomes: Vice President

Days after India launched a mega healthcare scheme covering 40 per cent of its population, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the health outcomes cannot be achieved by the government alone and the private sector has to chip in. “While the government is taking all measures to develop healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the …

Private sector must chip in to achieve health outcomes: Vice President

Days after India launched a mega healthcare scheme covering 40 per cent of its population, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the health outcomes cannot be achieved by the government alone and the private sector has to chip in. “While the government is taking all measures to develop healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the …

Snap of Rajasthan minister urinating on Jaipur walls goes viral

In embarrassment for the BJP government in Rajasthan, a picture of state Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating on the walls of the Pink City has gone viral. He however shrugged it off, saying it was “not a big issue”. The picture comes as the Jaipur Municipal Corporation is working hard to bring the city on …

Private sector must chip in to achieve health outcomes: Vice President

Days after India launched a mega healthcare scheme covering 40 per cent of its population, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the health outcomes cannot be achieved by the government alone and the private sector has to chip in. “While the government is taking all measures to develop healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the …

Calcutta HC sets aside Centre’s decision on BCPL’s strategic sale

The Calcutta High Court has set aside the Central government’s decision on strategic sale of the Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BCPL) and the company will inform the government about it this week so it decide the next step, an official said on Wednesday. BCPL’s Managing Director and Director (Finance) P.M. Chandriah said: “We will …

Two undertrials, Goa jail guard hospitalised after drinking ‘bhang’-laced milk

Two undertrials lodged in a jail here and a jail guard were hospitalised on Wednesday after consuming what police suspect was “bhang” (hemp)-laced milk, late on Tuesday night, officials said. An FIR has been filed at the Mapusa Police Station under Section 328 of the Indian Penal Code (causing hurt by poisoning) against another undertrial …

Juve’s Higuain defends himself after Champions League tie

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday dismissed criticism from fans after he missed a crucial penalty in his team’s Champions League pre-quarter-final first leg at home against London fotball club Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Higuain started out strong, putting two goals past Tottenham in the first nine minutes of the match …

All existing protections retained while consolidating PPF Act: Finance Ministry

The central government on Wednesday said that “all existing protections” have been retained while consolidating the Public Provident Fund (PPF) Act under the proposed Government Savings Promotion Act. The development comes a day after the central government proposed to merger separate acts on small savings, PPF and government savings banks. “All existing protections have been …

Despite arrest warrant, Haryana Police let Dera chief aide go after questioning

The Haryana Police on Wednesday questioned a close aide of jailed rape convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh but let her go despite a standing arrest warrant against her from a Panchkula court. Vipassana, the chairperson of the sect headquarters near Sirsa town in Haryana and a close aide of the …

Siddaramaiah to present record 13th state budget on Friday

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Finance portfolio, would set a record of sorts on Friday by presenting his 13th state budget and 6th in a row, an official said on Wednesday. Siddaramaiah will present the budget for 2018-19 on Friday though it will not be a full-fledged budget but a vote-on-account budget …

Hindu Samhati chief arrested for attacking journalists in Kolkata (Lead)

Thr chief of Hindu Samhati, a hardliner Hindu outfit in West Bengal, and three of its activists were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly attacking journalists at an event on occasion of the organisation’s 10th foundation day here, a senior police officer said. “Hindu Samhati chief Tapan Ghosh and three other activists have been arrested in …

An ode to Lord Shiva through music, dance

Paying an ode to Lord Shiva through music and dance, eminent classical artists rendered a soulful evening on Tuesday through their mesmerising performances at ‘Maha Shivaratri’ organised at ‘Raja Radha Rangmanch in the national capital. Organised at Natya Tarangini, this annual festival saw artists like folk singer Malini Awasthi, carnatic vocalist OS Arun, aced Kuchipudi …

Farmers across India need different solutions, says President

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said farmers in different parts of the country need different solutions and that the quality of farm products should be of international standards. “In a country as vast as India, problems of farmers in different regions are different. We will have to find solutions according to their needs,” he …

Some 25,000 Mexican football fans expected in Russia for World Cup

Some 25,000 football fans from Mexico are expected to come to Russia this summer for matches of the FIFA World Cup, Mexican Ambassador to Russia Norma Bertha Pensado Moreno said on Wednesday. “A number of people interested in football is on the rise in Mexico. At the same time we should mention that Russia gains …

DCW to spread ‘RapeRoko’ campaign through ‘Nukkad Nataks’

The ‘RapeRoko’ campaign launched by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal will now be taken to the streets of national capital through Nukkad Nataks (street plays), an official statement on Wednesday said. Maliwal on Tuesday launched the campaign at Delhi University as a mark of protest against the sexual harassment of a …

On V-Day, Maharashtra’s jailed women inmates ‘express’ love for their kids

In a unique initiative, hundreds of women jail inmates in prisons across the state celebrated the Valentine’s Day on Wednesday by “expressing” love for their children, top officials said. For the first time, the Maharashtra Prisons Department embarked on this venture when minor children of women prisoners — convicts or undertrials — were allowed to …

Congress will form government in Meghalaya on its own: Pala

Former Union Minister Vincent H. Pala today exuded confidence that Meghalaya’s ruling Congress will come to power on its own after the February 27 assembly elections. “We (Congress) are contesting in all the 60 assembly constituencies alone. In the past, Congress has worked with like-minded parties but this time, the party alone will form the …