Over 59% voting in Ludhiana municipal poll (Lead)

Over 59 percent of the 10.5 eligible voters exercised their franchise in the election for 95 wards of the cash-rich Ludhiana Municipal Corporation on Saturday amid reports of clashes, alleged booth capturing, rigging and firing during the day-long voting process. Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal; and Aam Aadmi Party leaders accused the ruling Congress of malpractices …

Vehicle that killed 9 children in Bihar belongs to BJP leader (Lead)

Opposition RJD on Saturday said the speeding vehicle that killed nine school students in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district belongs to a ruling BJP leader and demanded stern against those responsible for the death of innocent children. According to district police officials, speeding vehicle, a Bolero that hit and killed nine school children, belongs to Manoj Baitha, …

TN got more funds and projects under NDA rule: Modi (Lead)

Wooing the people of Tamil Nadu particularly women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the state got higher funds allocations and projects with huge investments under his National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. However in his about 15 minute speech, he avoided any reference to the strong demand from state parties for setting up of …

Andhra signs Rs 31,546 cr MoUs on first day of Partnership Summit

The Andhra Pradesh government signed MoUs worth Rs.31,546 crore investment with various companies on the first day of CII Partnership Summit here on Saturday, officials said. A total of 77 MoUs were signed which were expected to generate employment for 98,291 people. The MoUs include Rs 4,000 crore investment planned by Adani Ports and SEZ …

Hailstorm hits Chandigarh, region remains warm (Lead)

Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were hit by a hailstorm on Saturday evening. While the rainfall brought some relief to the rising day temperature, the hailstorm led to tree branches falling at some places, leaves strewn over most places and electricity wires snapping. Strong winds blew over the area. Chandigarh and parts of Punjab and …

NRC demanded in Bengal to stop infiltration from Bangladesh

Stating that continuous infiltration from Bangladesh is adversely changing the demographic pattern and increasingly posing a threat to the Hindu population in the bordering districts of West Bengal, an forum on Saturday demanded the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state on the lines of Assam. Criticising the current Trinamool Congress government …

Goa Congress wants woman constable’s suicide probed

The women’s wing of the Congress party in Goa on Saturday staged a protest march demanding a probe into the suicide of a newly-recruited woman police constable, who committed suicide earlier this month. The constable committed suicide after a police officer she was in a relationship with allegedly refused to marry her. Speaking to reporters …

Saudi Aramco considers buying stake in Indian refineries

Saudi state-run oil giant Aramco is looking to buy stake in existing Indian refineries and in their capacity expansion, as well as in the proposed petrochemicals refinery on India’s west coast, Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid bin Abdulaziz al-Falih said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters here during his ongoing official visit to India, Al-Falih said …

No party offered any ‘money or sops’: Meghalaya Church

The Baptist Church in Meghalaya on Saturday said that no political party has offered it any “money or sops” ahead of February 27 assembly polls to influence its members. The statement comes a day after Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons rubbished the contention of Congress President Rahul Gandhi that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was …

After ‘Bhagwad Gita’, Haryana school kids to recite ‘Gayatri Mantra’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana is all set to make students in government schools of Haryana recite the “Gayatri Mantra” during morning prayers. Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Saturday that the state government is going to make recitation of Gayatri Mantra mandatory in morning prayers in schools. “Haryana is …

Congress promises to create three lakh new jobs in Meghalaya

Meghalaya’s ruling Congress has promised that it would create three lakh new jobs, besides promising to enhance Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover announced by the Central government, if it returns to power in the state. “It shall be our endeavour to create three lakh new jobs, and provide one job or livelihood per youth …

India, China agree sound bilateral ties to help global stability

India and China, during Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s two-day Beijing visit, have stressed that “sound development of relations” between them will help in bringing stability to today’s world, the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. The visit comes amid a host of diplomatic issues the two countries are having to contend with, including the …

Pranab stresses on education, skills and employability

With India set to become home to the world’s largest working population by 2022 and a global supplier of workforce, education, skill development and enhancing employability are the most urgent needs, former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday. If India harbours the hope of reaping demographic dividends, it must make sure its people are educated …

Pakistan army uses loudspeakers to ask LoC residents to move away

Panic gripped residents of border villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday when Pakistan army made loudspeaker announcements asking people living near the Line of Control (LoC) to move to safer areas. The announcements were made by Pakistan army using public address systems when heavy shelling and firing was going on in the …

Andhra CM woos investors with promise to reduce energy cost

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday invited investors to invest in the sunrise state, promising to bring down the energy cost and assuring them that he is only a call away to address any problem. At the inaugural session of CII Partnership Summit, he told the investors that water, land and electricity …

Bijepur bypoll in Odisha records 72% voter turnout

Around 72 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the bypoll to Bijepur Assembly seat in Odisha’s Bargarh district on Saturday, an Election Commission official said. The voting process largely remained peaceful as heavy deployment of security personnel was made across the constituency. The voters have locked the fate of 13 candidates even, …

Congress gave clean administration in Karnataka, says Rahul

Invoking the teachings of 12th century social reformer Basavanna, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday claimed that his party’s government in Karnataka gave a clean administration in the last five years. “Following the teachings of Basavanna, our party has given a clean administration over the last five years in Karnataka. We have developed rapidly and …

Czech Ledecka wins snowboarding parallel giant slalom gold, makes history

The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka on Saturday won gold at the snowboarding parallel giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, making her the first woman to ever get gold medals for two different sports in the same Winter Games. After defeating Germany’s Selina Jorg, the 22-year-old said it had taken her some time to get …

CAS confirms positive dope test for Russia’s Sergeeva

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Saturday that Russia’s Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a drug test. Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics underway in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county, tested for trimetazidine, a heart drug that is on the anti-doping list. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation announced Friday on …

Vodafone retrospective tax decision was erroneous: Jaitley

The decision taken by the previous UPA government to tax British telecom multinational Vodafone Group retrospectively was an “erroneous” one, the likes of which the ruling NDA would be loath to repeat, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. He was responding to a question from the audience here on the issue at the ET …

Attack on Odisha Minister’s brother: Injured driver dies

One of the four persons who received injuries in the attack on Odisha Labour Minister Sushant Singh’s brother has died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Cuttack, police said on Saturday. The deceased, Dileswar Sahu, was the driver of Subrat Singh, the elder brother of the Labour Minister. He succumbed to his injuries at …

Modi ‘most expensive watchman’ in the world, says Congress (Lead)

The Congress on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on major banking scams unearthed in the country over the last few days and termed him the “most expensive chowkidar” in the world. Demanding a probe by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) into the alleged Rs 11,300 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, the …

Boxers Vikas, Amit enter Strandja Memorial finals

Indian boxers Vikas Krishnan and Amit Phangal entered the finals of their respective weight categories at the Strandja Memorial Tournament here on Saturday. Vikas had a fairly easy outing against Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan of China as he breezed to a comfortable win in the middleweight (75 kilogram) category. The Asian Games gold medalist showered his combinations …

Slovenia seeks Indian JVs, investments in tourism, automotive

Slovenia on Saturday sought Indian investment and joint ventures, particularly in the areas of tourism, hospitality, automotive and medicaments. Participating in an interactive session organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Eastern European country’s Ambassador in India Jozef Drofenik said that a skilled and qualified labour force, low labour cost, excellent infrastructure …