US wants to jointly build India’s indigenous defence eco-system: Envoy

Stating that defence-related sales from the US to India have increased from zero to $15 billion in the last 10 years, US Consul General in Kolkata Craig L. Hall on Tuesday said the US looks forward to jointly develop India’s defence infrastructure to further strengthen the ties between the two nations. “The defence sales have …

Congress’ Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy CM (Lead)

The Congress’ Karnataka President G. Parameshwara would be the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government, a party leader said on Tuesday. “Party President Rahul Gandhi has approved the name of Parameshwara for the Deputy Chief Minister post in the coalition government,” Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal told reporters here. Parameshwara will …

Police assault BJP councillor’s son, kin; 3 suspended

An Assistant Sub-Inspector and two Constables were suspended on Tuesday for assaulting the son and relatives of a BJP Councillor at the Krishna Nagar Police Station in East Delhi, police said. Departmental action has also been started against Assistant Sub-Inspector Subhash and Constables Monu and Amit, a senior officer confirmed. Ronak Maheshwari, a relative of …

Unable to send daughter abroad, debt-ridden Gujarat man kills family

A debt-ridden businessman in Ahmedabad shot dead his wife and two daughters on Tuesday after an argument over sending the elder daughter to Australia for higher studies, police said. Dharmesh Shah, 50, owns a construction business and lived with his wife and daughters at an upmarket area of the city, according to police. Shah was …

Maharashtra Maoists massacre: 8 innocent villagers killed, allege kin

Residents of a village in this Maoist-affected Maharashtra district on Tuesday alleged that at least innocent eight youth, including five girls, may have been felled by police bullets in the country’s biggest anti-Maoist operation here last month. The villagers of Gattepalli have demanded a judicial probe into the April 22-23 operation and action against the …

Lessons from Karnataka: Bank on social issues, leverage traditional and modern media platforms (Column: Active Voice)

The drama revolving around the Karnataka state elections refuses to fade away. The assembly election results were not able to provide a clear mandate to any party. The BJP emerged as the single largest party but popular rivals Congress and JD-S forged an alliance within hours of the announcement of the result after realising that …

Where Kudankulam’s nuclear island is created bit by bit

The steam generator for the third unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu is three months away from completion at the Atomenergomash factory around three hours drive from here, according to its Director, Maksim Jidkov. Leading a party of Indian journalists on a tour of the facilities of this manufacturing arm …

Air India Goa flight makes emergency landing in Mumbai

An Air India flight from Goa made an emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here on Monday following a hydraulic failure, official sources said. The flight AI-662 managed to land safely at 9.18 p.m. on the main runway which was closed for all other operations. All flight operations were diverted to the …

Women sailors proved youngsters can achieve tough goals: Sitharaman

The completion of the arduous ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, a global circumnavigation expedition undertaken by six women sailors of the Indian Navy, has shown that youngsters can complete any difficult task if they put their minds to it, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday. She was speaking after flagging in Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi and …

Russia, India oppose bid to politicize OPCW’s work: Lavrov

Moscow and New Delhi will strongly oppose attempts to politicize the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday following talks between President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “There was a discussion about various areas of our specific cooperation at the …

Three held for burglaries in Connaught Place showrooms

Three persons have been arrested on charges of committing burglaries in showrooms in Connaught place in the heart of Delhi, police said on Monday. Raju Panneerselvam, 57, Sanjeev Kumar, 48, and Nandu Rawat, 32, were arrested on Sunday. The burglaries were reported from four showrooms selling branded wares in the inner circle between May 4 …

ASI to upgrade Purana Qila, set up museum gallery

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up several important conservation, restoration and upgradation works at the Purana Qila here and are setting up a modern gallery which will display artefacts and pottery from ancient India, an official statement said on Sunday. The ASI has taken up conservation and upgradation of Central Antiquity Collection …

Yeddyurappa steps down as Karnataka CM before trust vote (Lead)

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa resigned on Saturday before facing a crucial trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly with numbers stacked against the BJP in the newly elected House, bringing an end to a political thriller that began after May 12 elections threw up a hung verdict. In an emotional speech in the Assembly, Yeddyurappa said …

Time for misguided youth to shun violence, return home: Modi (Second Lead)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to those Kashmiri youth who have joined violence to return to their homes and live a life of dignity and peace. Addressing an official function at Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar where he inaugurated the 330mw Kishenganga Hydel Project and also laid foundation of Srinagar Ring …

Unfortunate Pakistan didn’t respond to Modi’s ceasefire gesture: Mehbooba

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the dais at a function here, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday took a dig at Pakistan for not responding positively to India’s “goodwill gesture” of Ramadan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. “It takes a large heart and a position of strength to declare the Ramadan ceasefire. You have …