Modi won’t confer awards at Vishwa Bharti varsity convocation, Mamata ‘shocked’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not confer Visva Bharati University’s highest award Deshikottam during its convocation on Friday, the university announced on Thursday, triggering an angry reaction from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who said she was “shocked and very unhappy”. Acting Vice Chancellor of the university — founded by first Asian Nobel laureate …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals (Second Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore in Twitter turned political after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the gauntlet thrown by cricketer Virat Kohli, with the opposition parties daring him to reduce the spiralling prices. Soon after Rathore appealed to the people to get fit and fitter and posted photos and …

DU to translate, publish world classics in Hindi

Delhi University on Thursday announced that it will translate ‘world classics’ in Hindi language to bolster cultural ties with foreign nations and educate Indians about other cultures. “The University of Delhi has embarked on a novel initiative of translating and publishing the world classics (hitherto unpublished) of foreign countries in Hindi language,” it said in …

Three dreaded Maoists surrender in Maharashtra

A month after the country’s biggest security operations that saw 40 Maoists killed, three dreaded rebels, including a woman, with a collective reward of Rs 800,000 on their head, surrendered before the Maharashtra Police here on Thursday, an official said. Those who surrendered are: Rajita alias Siroti Madhuram Kurchami, 26, Jitendra alias Pardeshi Bajirao Pada, …

‘Assault’ on Delhi CS: Sisodia to be questioned on Friday

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will be questioned on Friday in connection with an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, police said on Thursday. Last Friday, Kejriwal was questioned at his residence by Delhi Police personnel for about three hours on …

Russian military missile brought down MH17, say investigators

The missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board, belonged to the Russian military, Dutch investigators said on Thursday. For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia, the BBC reported. All people …

UP reels under heat wave

A major portion of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under an intense heat wave on Thursday, weather officials said. Dry winds blowing across the state capital and many other regions forced people to stay indoors. The heat wave is particularly high in the state’s central region and Bundelkhand. Mahoba was the highest with 47.5 degrees …

CRPF trooper killed, another injured in Chhattisgarh (Lead)

A CRPF trooper was killed and another injured when Maoists triggered a powerful blast when they targeted security personnel in a forested part of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, officials said. Sub-Inspector Rajesh Kumar Bind was killed when the improvised explosive device (IED) exploded around 7.45 a.m. between Pushwada and Tamilwada when the 206 Cobra Battalion of …

The secretive whistleblower: Why FBI’s No 2 became Watergate’s Deep Throat (Book Review)

Title: Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House; Author: Mark Felt (with John O’Connor); Publisher: Ebury Press; Pages: 368; Price: Rs 499 An American President is elected in a divisive election, in which a section of his supporters used purported criminal means – including stealing or trying to steal the opposition party’s confidential …

Former ISI chief denied VISA to attend his book launch

Former Director General of Pakistan’s ISI Asad Durrani was denied VISA to attend the launch of a book that charts a series of dialogues between him and former RAW chief A.S. Dulat. In his absence, the book “Spy Chronicles” was released jointly by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Union …

Raveena Tandon’s wildlife photography to be exhibited

Actress Raveena Tandon will showcase her wildlife photographs alongside the works of 75 wildlife photographers for a cause. Raveena, in support of Sarita Subramaniam and PV Subramaniam, is joining the Earth Brigade Foundation’s effort to help avert water crisis in wildlife sanctuaries. The actress said in a statement: “Wildlife is my passion and capturing moments …

NYT scribe recounts being trolled with hatred for slaughter house story

A senior New York Times journalist on Wednesday said he had to face anger and hatred and was called “Hinduphobic” and “racist” after he did a story on how closure of slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh may have been the reason for dogs attacks humans in the state. At a panel discussion on “Journalistic Challenges …

Rahul drags RSS into Thoothukudi incident, BJP hits back

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that 12 people were murdered in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu because they refused to bow to the philosophy of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Gandhi, saying he was trying to derive political mileage out of a sad situation. “Tamils have been …

Ordinance okayed for India’s first sports varsity in Manipur

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved an ordinance to set up the country’s first National Sports University in Manipur. The proposed university will be spread over 325 acres in Imphal West district and cost Rs 524 crore. “The decision to set up the Sports University through an ordinance was …

Polish writer wins Man Booker International Prize (Roundup)

Olga Tokarczuk, a 56-year-old bestselling author from Poland, has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her novel “Flights,” which deals with travels in the 21st century and human anatomy. A counterpart to the prestigious Man Booker Prize, the 50,000 British Pounds award goes to the best work of translated fiction from around the …

Kamal Haasan visits Thoothukudi firing victims

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday met people injured in police firing on protestors marching against the Sterlite Copper Smelting plant here and demanded to know who ordered the firing. “We must know who ordered this firing. It is not me but the victims who are demanding this. Merely announcing compensation isn’t a solution. This industry …

GDPR law will herald a new era in consumer trust: Microsoft India (Lead)

With the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR coming into effect on Friday, Microsoft India has said that the law will herald a new era in consumer trust. Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari on Wednesday said the company vows to extend the core rights guaranteed under the new regulations to all of …

Cross desecrated in Goa

A cross was found desecrated in a South Goa district village, 40 km south of the state capital, following which police registered a case against unidentified persons on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told the media that the case was registered under Section 295 (defiling place of worship) of the Indian Penal …