BJP alleges ruling MLAs assaulted Delhi bureaucrat, AAP denies

A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the AAP and the BJP over an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by Aam Aadmi party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, alleged Kejriwal …

Genome sequencing to help prevent inbreeding among tigers

Scientists are sequencing the genome of Ranthambore’s tigers, the most isolated feline and one that, it is feared, could be wiped out due to possible inbreeding. Scientists at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, are also sequencing the genome of the tigers of Sundarbans to …

I always look beyond the frame: Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee

National Award winning cinematographer, whose talent has added value to Hindi films like “Chak De! India”, “Dhoom 3”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Kaabil” and the latest “Padmaavat”, says as a visual storyteller, he always tries to look beyond the frame to capture the larger sight of the story. Whether it is the angry hockey coach Kabir Khan, …

Digital economy cannot be forced on people: Former minister Pallam Raju (IANS Interview)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has “twisted” some of the things in the digital revolution, such as “forcing digital transactions” on people and insisting on linking Aadhaar with everything, says M.M. Pallam Raju, a minister in the earlier Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He contends that the genesis of India’s electronics and information …

SC to hear actress Priya’s plea seeking quashing of FIR

The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a plea by Malayalam actress Priya Warrier seeking quashing of a spate of complaints and an FIR registered against her and another for allegedly hurting the sentiments of a minority community. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud agreed on Tuesday …

Politics not my cup of tea: Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon

Politics is a field best suited for “great people with extraordinary skills and human qualities”, says veteran Malayalam filmmaker Balachandra Menon, even as southern film industry bigwigs Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan take the political plunge. “Politics is not my cup of tea. I was invited in 1984 by Congress leader and former Chief Minister K. …

India test fires Agni II missile off Odisha coast

India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district at about 8.38 a.m., said a Defence Ministry official. The trial was conducted by …

Smart Cities Mission a starter to India’s urban transformation: Minister Hardeep Puri

The Smart Cities Mission of the government is just a starter to India’s urban transformation and the plan won’t be limited to just 99 designated areas, says Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. “Transforming entire existing cities has never been done in the history of the world,” says Puri. “You …

Mentors to check learning outcomes in Delhi schools (Lead)

Under new education scheme “Mission Buniyaad”, mentors will be appointed to check the learning outcomes of schools run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday. One mentor will take care of five schools and will train their teachers on enhancing readability of children …

Murder convict flees from police custody in ‘chili attack’

A murder onvict escaped from police custody on Monday after his accomplices threw chilli powder on police personnel escorting him to a hospital here for a checkup, police said. “The prisoner was coming out from Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences along with the police guard when his associates threw chilli powder on the police …

Elephant tusk seized in Bengal’s Siliguri, two arrested

Three pieces of an elephant tusk were seized in West Bengal’s Siliguri by DRI officials and two persons arrested, an official said on Monday. The elephant tusk was carried from Assam to Siliguri for smuggling out to Nepal, said the official of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). “Based on specific intelligence input that an elephant …

Report on killing of NCP nominee sent to EC: Meghalaya CEO

Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor on Monday said he had sent a detail report to the Election Commission on the killing of NCP candidate from the Williamnagar assembly constituency in an IED blast. In the report, the state election panel sought another 10 additional companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to be …

Quality control lab for marine products in Odisha to address export concerns

A state of the art quality control laboratory to check traces of antibiotics in shrimps and other marine products was inaugurated here on Monday. It would address concerns of USA, Japan and the European Union (EU) for stringent quality controls over exports of seafood from India. Set up by the Marine Products Export Development Authority …

Congress approaches EC over voters list ‘discrepancies’ in MP

The Congress on Monday approached the Election Commission to complain of “massive discrepancies” in the voters list ahead of the two assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, accusing the state’s BJP government of “conspiring to murder democracy”. The party delegation, which included party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, Mohan Prakash, R.P.N Singh and others, said that the …

Modi unveils railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka

Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Monday unveiled a slew of railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka and flagged off a weekly Humsafar Express train (Palace Queen) to Rajasthan’s Udaipur. “Modi dedicated to the nation the 140 km electrified double track between Mysuru and Bengaluru and flagged off the weekly express between Mysuru and Udaipur,” said Railway …

Meghalaya’s UDP promises free education till graduation to poor children

Meghalaya’s main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on Monday promised to provide free education to children hailing from Below Poverty Line families up to graduate level, if voted to power in the February 27 assembly elections. It also promised to replicate cable cars like those on the Blue Mountain in Australia’s Sydney and cable bogies …

Karnataka needs government with ‘mission’, not for ‘commission’: Modi (Lead)

Attacking the Congress government in Karnataka as a “commission” government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the welfare of the people was never its priority and the state needs a government with “mission” under the BJP to ensure all-round development. Addressing a public rally in the city, the Prime Minister said as long as …

Reports on Parrikar’s shifting to US baseless: Goa BJP MP

Contrary to Goa Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo’s statement that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar could be shifted to the US for treatment if required, South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar said on Monday that news on his treatment abroad were “false and baseless”. “Parrikar is admitted at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and is responding …

Who facilitated Mehul Choksi’s escape, Congress asks PM

The Congress on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on as to who facilitated the escape aboard of Punjab National Bank fraud accused Mehul Choksi, who was purportedly declared a proclaimed offender by a Chandigarh court. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “In this ‘Chhota Modi-Mehul Choksi’ tango, which is continuing to play itself out, there …