India fighting atrocities on women, religious fundamentalism: Venkaiah

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said India is fighting the problems of poverty, illiteracy, atrocities on women and weaker sections, and religious fundamentalism, despite massive growth. “India has made rapid strides in various fields since attaining Independence. Yet the country is grappling with problems like poverty, illiteracy, atrocities on women and weaker sections, …

‘Tarini’ women now eye solo sailing

After successfully spending 194 days at sea and becoming the first all-women naval crew to have circumnavigated the globe, the six-member crew of the Indian Navy’s sailing vessel “Tarini” are now looking forward to solo sails. On Thursday, naval officers Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. Commander Swathi Patarpalli, Lt. Aishwarya Bodapatti, …

Congress to observe Modi government anniversary as ‘Vishwasghat Divas’ (Lead)

The Congress across the country would observe as “Vishwasghat Divas” the 4th anniversary of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government on Saturday to highlight the failure of pre-poll promises and miss-governance, a party leader said here on Thursday. “The Congress would observe the 4th anniversary of Modi government as ‘Vishwasghat Divas’ (betrayal day) all over the …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals on poll promises (Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on 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 …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals on poll promises (Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on 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 …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals on poll promises (Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on 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 …

TN CM blames parties, anti-socials for Thoothukudi violence (Lead)

Thoothukudi remained tense for the third day as the death toll in police firing climbed to 13 while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswamy on Thursday accused political parties and anti-social elements of “deliberately instigating and misleading” innocent people leading to violence and loss of lives. Selvasekar (43), who suffered serious injuries in police lathicharge …

Modi accepting fitness challenge invokes attack by rivals on poll promises (Lead)

The fitness challenge by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore on 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 …

Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra, who is on a field visit here, has been meeting women and children at the Rohingya refugee camps. Their stories remind her of the dichotomy of life, and she pondered upon how women find their ‘house of peace’ in the harsh conditions. During the …

Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe

The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife was rife across Europe, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans, bears, polar bear skins, live reptiles and birds, a new investigation has revealed. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on 100 online marketplaces in four countries, the UK, Germany, France …

NGT asks about steps taken to protect Hastinapur sanctuary

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday sent a notice to the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government on the steps taken to protect the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking cognizance of a petition filed by environmentalist and advocate Gaurav Bansal, a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim asked the Union Environment Ministry and the state …

India, US leaders discuss strategic partnership, ministerial dialogue

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries at their meeting in Buenos Aires on Monday. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said: “The two leaders affirmed the strong US-India strategic partnership and India’s status as a Major Defence …

Jaya Jaitly upset with Priyanka’s ‘British aristocrat’ dress at royal wedding (Lead)

Former Samata Party president and textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly was disappointed to see that Indian actor Priyanka Chopra opted to dress up like a “British aristocrat” at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She says she could have opted for a “beautiful” sari as independent India has so much to show …

US temporarily suspends tariffs on Chinese products (Lead)

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US was temporarily suspending tariffs on Chinese goods after an agreement was reached to reduce the bilateral trade deficit. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Mnuchin said on Sunday in a “Fox News Sunday” television interview. “Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs …

BJP loses Karnataka as CM Yeddy quits before trust vote (Roundup)

In an anti-climax to the hectic political developments since the split verdict in May 12 Karanataka Assembly polls, the BJP lost power in Karnataka as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa resigned on Saturday before the trust vote, as he did not have the numbers to prove his majority. His resignation paved the way for formation of …

Invited to form government, oath-taking on Monday: Kumaraswamy

JD-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday said that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has invited him to form a government in the state, following the resignation of B.S.Yeddyurappa-led BJP regime ahead of its trust vote. “The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday,” Kumaraswamy told media after meeting Vala and staking claim.

Yeddyurappa’s resignation victory of democracy: Mamata (Lead)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister and JD-S chief H.D. Deve Gowda, his son H.D. Kumaraswamy and the Congress after B.S. Yeddyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister before facing a crucial trust vote in the state Assembly, and called the development a “victory of democracy”. “Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. …

Why Facebook is suddenly bullish on Indian smartphone consumers (Tech Trend)

When we talk about advertising potential on Facebook, the fact is that 2.2 billion global users — almost a quarter of the world’s population — constitute the largest marketplace on Earth that can be explored better with intelligent communication and targeted, age-specific outreach. Facebook India has done its homework and has real, contemporary data based …

Warring parties go into tailspin as SC orders Karnataka floor test on Saturday (Roundup)

The Supreme Court directive on Friday to hold floor test in the Karnataka Assembly on Saturday led to heightened political activity in the state, with the Congress-JD-S post-poll alliance sure of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa losing the battle and the BJP sounding confident to sail through. The Supreme Court had in its Thursday morning order …