Italian populist leader calls for snap elections in June

Italian grassroots Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio urged Matteo Salvini, leader of the country’s far-right League party, to join his call for early elections in June amid ongoing political stalemate since last month’s inconclusive vote. “At this point for me there is no other solution. We have to go back to the polls as …

Parliamentary panel to visit border areas in Sikkim, Arunachal

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs will visit areas in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh bordering China next month to look at the situation amid concerns that China had ramped up its military infrastructure in the Doklam region. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is a member of the panel, would be among those visiting the …

Unesco urges probe in Palestinian journalist’s killing

United Nations cultural organisation Unesco on Monday urged an investigation of the killing of Palestinian radio reporter Ahmed Abu Hussein, who died last week from gunshot wounds he received in Gaza on April 13. “I condemn the killing of Ahmed Abu Hussein. “I trust that the authorities will investigate this crime. Journalists must not fear …

Unemployment to be main issue in 2019 polls: Chidambaram (Lead)

Questioning the competence of the Modi government to create jobs, senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday that “unemployment” will be the biggest issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “There will be many issues, but the biggest of them in the 2019 elections will be unemployment. The government …

Unemployment to be main issue in 2019 polls: Chidambaram (Lead)

Questioning the competence of the Modi government to create jobs, senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday that “unemployment” will be the biggest issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “There will be many issues, but the biggest of them in the 2019 elections will be unemployment. The government …

Rahul, Chidambaram call Modi’s electrification claim ‘jumla’

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader P. Chidambaram on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claim that all villages in India have been provided electricity under his rule, and called it “another lie” and “complete jumla”. “#EkAurJhoot (another lie),” Gandhi tweeted attaching a news report that says Modi claims all Indian …

Ranveer Singh inaugurates ‘Ranveer on Tour’ train in Switzerland

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh on Monday inaugurated a ‘Ranveer on Tour’ train, which is in honour of his contribution to the increasing popularity of Switzerland as a preferred destination for Indian tourists. The train is on the Golden Pass Line, and has been launched by Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Travel System. Ranveer is thrilled. …

Ranveer Singh inaugurates ‘Ranveer on Tour’ train in Switzerland

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh on Monday inaugurated a ‘Ranveer on Tour’ train, which is in honour of his contribution to the increasing popularity of Switzerland as a preferred destination for Indian tourists. The train is on the Golden Pass Line, and has been launched by Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Travel System. Ranveer is thrilled. …

RBI silent on banks’ customer-unfriendly practices: Bank union

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as the regulator of the banking sector has not taken the banks to task for their customer-unfriendly practices and remained silent, states a Memorandum signed by All India Bank Employees’ Association along with NGOs. “The RBI as the banking regulator has been proactive in improving the customer service rendered …

TDP plays Modi’s videos at public meeting to expose ‘betrayal’ (Lead)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday screened, before people, videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “expose” what he called his betrayal to the state on granting special category status. Addressing a massive public meeting in this temple town, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President alleged that Modi failed to fulfil the …

41 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombings (Night Lead)

At least 30 people, including nine journalists, were killed as two suicide bombers blew themselves up in quick succession in the Afghan capital on Monday. Hours later, another suicide bomber struck in Kandahar province killing 11 madrassa students. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the Kabul bombings where French news agency AFP’s chief …

ED summons Chidambaram’s wife Nalini in Saradha chit fund

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday summoned former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram in a multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, an official said. The agency asked Nalini Chidambaram, a senior lawyer, to appear before its Kolkata-based office on May 7 to record her statement in connection with the case. ED’s move comes a …

Like master, like pupil: Congress takes dig at Modi, Biplab

The Congress on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb after the latter advised the unemployed youth to sell “paan” (betel leaves) instead of “running after political parties for government jobs”. “Like guru, like pupil,” Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted as he raked up Modi’s “pakoda” …

Like master, like pupil: Congress takes dig at Modi, Biplab

The Congress on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb after the latter advised the unemployed youth to sell “paan” (betel leaves) instead of “running after political parties for government jobs”. “Like guru, like pupil,” Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted as he raked up Modi’s “pakoda” …

Goa Governor issues memo on extension to ministerial panel

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha formally issued an office memo on Monday to extend till May-end the term of a three-member ministerial panel to govern the state in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, hinting he may not return from abroad as claimed earlier by the BJP. Parrikar is undergoing advanced treatment for pancreatic cancer …

Goa Governor issues memo on extension to ministerial panel

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha formally issued an office memo on Monday to extend till May-end the term of a three-member ministerial panel to govern the state in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, hinting he may not return from abroad as claimed earlier by the BJP. Parrikar is undergoing advanced treatment for pancreatic cancer …

Centre launches scheme for procuring 2,500 MW aggregate power

The Centre will invite bids during this week for the procurement of aggregate power amounting to 2,500 MW on a competitive basis for three years from generators with commissioned projects but without power purchase agreements (PPA), under a scheme the pilot for which was launched on Monday. A Power Ministry statement here said under the …

Village electrification definition has lost relevance: Centre

A day after the Centre announced that all villages in India have been connected with power, the government on Monday said the definition of village electrification – of connecting at least 10 per cent households in it – had lost relevance in view of the actual levels of electrification achieved. A Union Power Ministry release …

Congress flays J&K Deputy CM’s comment on Kathua rape

The Congress on Monday criticised Jammu and Kashmir’s Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta’s statement that the Kathua rape-murder case was a “minor issue” and said that the party’s slogan of “Beti Bachao” (save girl child) was a in fact a warning. “BJP leader and newly appointed Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister is making a …

Real Madrid coach Zidane says focus on scoring early against Bayern

Real Madrid chief coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday said his team’s focus is on scoring early against Bayern Munich and winning the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. The French coach explained that his side was not going to rest after winning the first leg 2-1 in Germany on April 25, reports Efe. “We’ve …