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 …

Centre to invite objections from public on Delhi Master Plan: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied the Centre’s plea seeking modification of its earlier order in which the government was asked to invite suggestions for 15 days from the public before amending the Master Plan of Delhi-2021, saying authorities must appreciate that the “people of Delhi come first”. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur …

India, Netherlands agree to boost trade, cooperate across multiple sectors (Roundup)

India and The Netherlands on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and technology, following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Jointly addressing the media with Rutte after attending an India-Netherlands …

New Twitter tool to mark real candidates in US midterm poll

In line with its efforts to help users identify original sources and authentic information on Twitter, the microblogging site plans to add new labels to the campaign accounts of political candidates, starting with those running in the 2018 US midterm general election. The legitimate accounts of the candidates will be clearly identifiable with a small …

Two Russian pimps arrested, three women rescued in Goa

Three Russians women were rescued from a prostitution centre on Wednesday in North Goa, while two pimps — also Russian nationals — were arrested, a police official said on Wednesday. Inspector in-charge of Anjuna Police Station, Chetan Patil, told reporters that Aleksandrovic Morozli, 36, and Vasiliy Karavaev, 44, were arrested during a raid with the …

Modi congratulates Kumaraswamy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Janata Dal-Secular leader H. D. Kumaraswamy and Congress leader G. Parameshwara on taking charge of Karnataka as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively. “I congratulate H. D. Kumaraswamy Ji and Parameshwara Ji on taking oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. My best wishes …

Hindu College hasn’t applied for autonomy, says Principal

Facing with protests from students and teachers, Delhi University’s Hindu College on Tuesday clarified that it has not applied for autonomy. “No, we have not applied (for autonomy),” college Principal Anju Srivastava told IANS in an sms. A group of Leftist students earlier in the morning had picketed the college, alleging it had reached out …

Heart transplant patient stable, progressing well: Hospital

A man, who underwent a heart transplant said to be the first such human-to-human surgery in eastern India, is stable, the hospital said on Tuesday. Dilchand Singh, 39, has been taken off assisted ventilation, said a medical bulletin. “Our transplant recipient is stable and continues to progress well,” Fortis Hospital Medical Superintendent Arafat Faisal said …

Government not to sell Air India, if bids are below minimum floor price: Official

The central government might not sell its stake in the ongoing divestment process of the national passenger carrier Air India, if bids do not meet a minimum threshold value or floor price estimated for the airline. Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said that the government had hired asset and enterprise valuers, who have estimated …

Punjab government patronising environmental massacre: Sukhbir

In the wake of death of a large number of fish in the Beas river, Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday accused the Punjab government of “patronising an environmental massacre by turning a blind eye to massive and manmade ecological disaster” caused by industries. In a letter to Union Minister for Environment, …

Any peace overture from Pakistan is taken seriously: India

India takes seriously any comment that calls for peace with it, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday, days after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa favoured talks to resolve all disputes, including Kashmir, between the two countries. “Any comment on wanting peace will definitely be taken seriously,” Sitharaman said in reply to a …

Himachal CM prefers public transport for commuting

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his cabinet colleagues on Monday opted for public transport vehicles for commuting to attend functions here related to President Ram Nath Kovind’s events. This initiative helped ease road congestion owing to the movement of many vehicles in his motorcade. Thakur has taken the initiative of using tempo …

UK to pledge millions to AI research for early cancer diagnosis: Report

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday is likely to announce plans to invest millions of pounds to fund an artificial intelligence (AI) research to improve early diagnosis of cancer and chronic disease, the media reported. It could lead to at least 50,000 people being diagnosed at an early stage of prostate, ovarian, lung or …

Cut excise duty, bring automobile fuels under GST, chambers urge government (Lead)

With transport fuel prices in Delhi touching an all-time high, industry chambers, Ficci and Assocham, on Monday called for the government to urgently reduce fuel excise duties. It also urged the government to bring automobile fuels under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The price of petrol per litre in Delhi on Monday …

Oil price to raise import bill by upto $50 bn, no excise cut likely

The Finance Ministry on Friday said the rising oil prices may inflate India’s import bill by around $25 billion to $50 billion even as it virtually ruled out reducing excise duty on petrol and diesel in the near future. Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said that any increase in crude oil prices has significant …

‘Bengal violence fallout of economic clashes and ruling party aggression’ (News Analysis)

Dearth of effective employment, aggressive political campaigns and a common tendency of the ruling parties to throttle the voice of the opposition are the major factors in the culture of political violence in West Bengal, say experts and politicians. Despite being largely free from caste conflicts and sectarian strife, the state has for decades topped …

We’re conditioned to park women into stereotypes: Singer Sona Mohapatra

From constant celebration of independent live music over Bollywood playback singing to bringing back some of the old traditional songs like “Piya se naina” and “Rangabati” or the recent “Tori Surat”, singer Sona Mohapatra has won appreciation from music connoisseurs and criticism from the traditionalists for her body of work. Without sounding like a gender …

Manipur to soon launch air ambulance service: Minister

Manipur will soon launch an air ambulance service to reach out to the hill and rural areas that are difficult to access by roads, Health Minister L. Jayentakumar said on Wednesday. Governor Najma Heptulla said that she had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an air ambulance service for far-off villages with poor road connectivity, …

Cabinet approves multi-modal logistics hub in Haryana (Lead)

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved the setting up of an integrated multi-modal logistics hub on 886.78 acres in Nangal Chaudhary area in Mahendragarh district of Haryana. The hub will be a part of the 1,504-km High-Capacity Western Dedicated Freight Corridor between Delhi and Mumbai, Law and Information and Technology Minister …

I-T department quizzes Venugopal Dhoot in ICICI loan case

The Income Tax (I-T) Department in Mumbai has quizzed Videocon Group Chairman-cum-Managing Director Venugopal Dhoot in connection with its ongoing investigations into the ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case, official sources said here. Dhoot was responding to summons issued by the I-T Department recently and was questioned by officials at its south Mumbai office for around four …