Chess: Sengupta, Rozum share joint lead after fourth round

Grandmasters Deep Sengupta of Kolkata and Ivan Rozum of Russia shot into joint lead with four points from as many rounds in the Kolkata International Open Chess Tournament at the Newtown School here on Thursday. In a battle between two of the acclaimed prodigies of the country, Aravindh Chithambaram lost tragically to young D. Gukesh …

Ministers of 5 states meet President for changes to terms of Finance Commission (Lead)

The Finance Ministers of Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and the Chief Minister of Puducherry met President Ram Nath Kovind here on Thursday and submitted a memorandum urging amendments to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission. The ministers said that the ToR in present form would destroy the financial …

RJD, Congress to stake claim to power in Bihar, Goa (Second Lead)

The Congress in Goa and the RJD in Bihar on Thursday said they would ask the Governors of their respective states to give them a chance to form governments the same way that BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was given in Karnataka as leader of the single-largest party. The Congress central leadership backed the move, saying …

India to be fastest growing economy: UN raises growth rate to 7.6%

India remains the world’s fastest growing major economy in the UN’s latest survey of the global economy which on Thursday raised India’s growth rate prospects to 7.5 per cent for this year and 7.6 per cent for the next year because of “robust private consumption”, supportive fiscal policies and benefits from past reforms. The update …

Government notifies creation of DGTR

The Centre on Thursday notified the creation of a “Directorate General of Trade Remedies” (DGTR) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. “DGTR will be the apex national authority for administering all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures,” the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement. “The DGTR will …

Goyal blames UPA for banking crisis, assures support to banks (Lead)

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday laid the blame for the banking sector crisis on the previous UPA government and said the Narendra Modi government would not repeat the same mistakes. He said that the Centre will provide every possible support to public sector banks and bring them back on track as quickly as …

Judges being intimidated, as happens in Pakistan: Rahul (Second Lead)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Narendra Modi government, saying the Supreme Court judges had to go to people with their complaints — a phenomenon that happened only in Pakistan and some African countries — and now for the first time in India. Gandhi, who was addressing “Jan Swaraj Sammelan” as …

Europe’s eyes on hitherto ‘credible partner’: Gentiloni

European Union leaders are watching Italy – until now a solid partner on the international stage which must play an ever-greater role in Europe post-Brexit, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday. “The attention of Europe’s leaders is focused on Italy,” Gentiloni said at an EU-Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Italian fiscal …

IPL: De Villiers, Moeen 50s propel RCB to 218/6 vs Sunrisers

Ab de Villiers and Moeen Ali smacked breezy half centuries to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) overcome a shaky start and post a mammoth 218/6 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday. De Villiers (69 from 39 balls; 4×12, 6×1) and Moeen (65 …

Ship for carrying fuel to INS Vikramaditya launched in Kolkata

A 1,000-tonne barge, specially designed for carrying fuel mid-sea to the Indian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, was launched here on Thursday. The ship, manufactured by city-based Titagarh Wagons, will depart for Mumbai dockyard of the Indian Navy for delivery, soon after various trials including machinery and speed trials. The vessel will be formally …

Lord Ram’s birthplace can’t be shifted, deity’s counsel tells SC (Lead, correcting year in Para 7)

There is no particular religious significance or importance attributable to the Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya, while ‘janmasthan’ (birthplace) of Lord Ram is a particular place of religious significance for the Hindus, so it can’t be shifted, the deity’s counsel told the Supreme Court on Thursday. Senior Advocate K. Parasaran, appearing for deity Ram Lalla …

PM’s remarks on Bengal poll violence unexpected: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the violence in the state’s rural bodies’ polls as “unexpected” and claimed the statements were made without proper checking of facts. Congratulating her party for edging towards a resounding victory in all three tiers of the Panchayati Raj Institutions, the …

RIL’s used “PET bottle” reverse vending machine inaugurated in Mumbai

Reliance Industries (RIL) on Thursday said that Shiv Sena Leader Aaditya Thackeray has inaugurated its “post-consumer (used) PET bottle Reverse Vending Machine” (RVM) in Mumbai. According to the company, the machine is located at Sahakari Bhandar store, Prabhadevi, near Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. “RIL, one of the largest recycler of used PET bottles in India, …

Punjab jail superintendent arrested for corruption

The Punjab State Vigilance Bureau on Thursday arrested the Mansa district Jail Superintendent Davinder Singh Bajwa in a corruption case from the jail premises. “The accused jailer, in connivance with jail officers Gurjeet Singh Brar, Sikander Singh Mann and prisoner Pawan Kumar, were collecting money from prisoners to the tune of Rs 10,000 to Rs …

All-round fear in country; Judges, media scared: Rahul

Hitting out at the BJP-led central government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said an atmosphere of all-round fear prevailed in the country and even the Supreme Court Judges and the media are panicky. Addressing panchayat representatives at Jan Swaraj Sammelan in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said: “Even Bharatiya …

IHH extends validity of its “Enhanced Revised offer” for Fortis

Fortis Healthcare (FHL) on Thursday said that Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Berhad has extended the validity of its “Enhanced Revised Offer” to invest in the company. As per a BSE filing, FHL said that its Board has received a letter from IHH for extending the acceptance period for its offer to May 29 from the earlier …

Kontaveit stuns Venus again, advances to Italian Open quarters

For the second week in a row, Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit on Thursday defeated the United States’ Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3) to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Open, a WTA clay court tournament held in Rome. Kontaveit needed one hour and 19 minutes to earn her second consecutive win over the seven-time …

Hundreds of fish found dead in Punjab’s Beas river

Hundreds of fish were found dead floating in the Beas river in Amritsar district, officials said on Thursday. District officials said the fish could have died after molasses leaked from a sugar factory into the river near Beas town, 40 km from Amritsar. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, experts from the Punjab Pollution Control …

India gives judges’ names to Pakistan for panel’s revival

Following External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s suggestion last year, India on Thursday communicated to Pakistan the names of four judges to revive the mechanism of the Joint Judicial Committee which looks into humanitarian issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other’s custody. The names recommended from the Indian side are Justice (Retd.) Jaspal Singh, former …

SC allows woman to live with her parents instead of husband

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a 20-year-old woman, who allegedly converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, to live with her parents. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud after interacting with the woman, who wished to go with her parents instead of her alleged husband …