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The rupee closed at 58.52 levels against the US dollar -

NEW DELHI: With a gain of about 5.3 per cent since the start of this year, rupee has sprinted ahead of its other Asia-Pacific peers, including Indonesia's rupiah and New Zealand dollar, in terms of year-to-date rise, shows an analysis of various currencies vis-a-vis the Greenback. The rupee, which closed at 58.52 levels against the US dollar on the last trading day on Friday, has incidentally seen a lion's share of 5.3 per cent gain in the past one month.

Time to wind down the "boundless global war on terror " Obama -

President Obama delivered a speech at the National Defense University in Washington in which he made the case that it was time to wind down the "boundless global war on terror " and "perpetual wartime footing" that has been a feature of American life since 9/11. Indeed, the CIA drone program in Pakistan has stopped completely since the beginning of this year. This is a noteworthy development given the fact that there have been 370 drone strikes in Pakistan over the past decade that have...

Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel -

Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a "peace initiative," as he called for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict. The pontiff's remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East. "In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with...

Jaswant Singh expelled from BJP -

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday night expelled its veteran leader Jaswant Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll as an Independent in Rajasthan's Barmer constituency against the party's official nominee, after he refused to withdraw his candidature on the last day of withdrawal of nominations. The decision to expel Singh, 76, for six years was taken by BJP President Rajnath Singh, a party statement said. The party expelled another rebel leader Subhash...

LPG from tanker overturned in Kozhikode shifted -

Thirty per cent of the LPG from the tanker that overturned on Saturday killing an autorickshaw driver was shifted to another tanker on Sunday, thus avoiding the danger of an explosion. A combined task force of police, fire fighters and experts from Indian Oil Corporation had successfully contained the leakage of LPG from the tanker on Saturday night, after trying for fiver hours. The officials are now planning to lift the tanker using a crane before shifting rest of the...

Intl criminal Fayas bought VS’ silence: CP John -

CMP state secretary CP John on Sunday unleashed fresh attack on Opposition leader and CPM veteran VS Achuthanandan over his change of stands in the TP murder case. Rapping the senior leader, CP John alleged that international criminal Fayas has bought VS' silence after he wrote letter to the Kerala Chief Minister to investigate Fayas' role in the killing of RSP leader TP Chandrashekharan. John added that Fayas must have used his 'good offices' to influence VS, which...

People won’t tolerate poor governance: Mukherjee -

With Lok Sabha election less than 10 days away, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said people will no longer accept non-transparent and unresponsive administration. pranab Mukherjee stressed for “urgency” in decision-making and transforming public administration into a dynamic and “result oriented entity”. “The people are demanding better and more efficient administration. They would no longer tolerate non-transparent and unresponsive...

Rajnath Singh flays Congress for lack of development in Northeast India -

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday, March 30, charged the Congress with not doing anything to develop the northeast region. "It is the Congress party which was in power for most of the time at the centre after Independence. In Assam also, it is the Congress government that has ruled most of the time. But still there are problems of road network, electricity, irrigating farmlands, poor not getting rations and no job opportunities for youth," Rajnath Singh said while...

AK Antony seeks CPM help at Centre, but wants them thrashed at home -

Indian Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday sought Communist Party's help to fight religious fundamentalists from coming to power at the Centre, but lashed out at the state arm of the party while attending an election rally here. People of Kerala will give their verdict against the 'politics of murder' in the coming Lok Sabha election, he said. Even today CPM is still hesitant to say that political killings are wrong, he said and added that the UDF will enjoy a...

No plans for 2015 wedding, says Katrina -

Actress Katrina Kaif has denied next year marriage rumours with actor Ranbir Kapoor. There was buzz that Katrina, 30, and Ranbir, 31, were likely to tie the knot in 2015. However Katrina dismissed such reports saying there were no such plans as of now. "I don't know about this, it has come in media today. It is news to me as I got to know when someone sent me a message about this, till then I was not aware about it," Katrina told PTI. "But there is no such...

Antony to lead UDF campaign in Kerala -

Defence Minister A K Antony has started his campaign in Kerala and he would lead the UDF campaigns in the state. He is expected to visit all the 20 constituencies in the coming 11 days to back UDF candidates in the fray.  He is also expected to attend a vehicle rally in Thiruvananthapuram on April 8. Talking to the media, the minister said that people have already taken a decision in favour of the UDF. This election is to be contested on the basis of ideas, not individuals, he...

Land scam: Govt failed to do the needful -

The government has made the assessment that its response to the Salim Raj-involved land scam was inadequate. Analysts believe that a CBI probe should have been initiated by the government itself, which would have prevented censure from the High Court. The government is also of the opinion that the legal department had not advised the government in this matter correctly. The office of the Chief Minister said that the non response of the government was a strategic miscalculation. The...

One killed as gas tanker overturns at West Hill -

One person was killed after a gas tanker overturned at Chungam near West Hill, here, on Saturday. The tanker fell on an autorickshaw after losing control and the autodriver Ravi, hailing from Kunduparambu, was the causality. Leakage of gas has caused tension in the area. The District Collector has ordered to evict those living within 500 metre radius of the accident spot and power supply has been cut off. The Police and Fire Force are awaiting the arrival of the Indian...

BJP annuls Sabir Ali's membership post dissent -

Amid growing dissidence over Sabir Ali's induction into its ranks, the BJP on Saturday cancelled the membership of the expelled JD(U) leader. Addressing a press conference, BJP's deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said that party president Rajnath Singh has decided to annul Ali's one-day-old membership. He also announced passing a resolution that directs BJP members to discuss matters related to induction in internal forums only. Senior BJP leaders...

Narendra Modi's comment unpatriotic, says Defence Minister A K Antony -

 Hitting back at Narendra Modi for his remarks against him, Defence Minister A K Antony today said no patriot would make such comments which would demoralise the defence forces and help the enemy. "I am sorry not because of personalised attack. But, this kind of utterances can demoralise armed forces and help enemy.I do not think any true patriot will accept such remarks made for cheap popularity," Antony told a meet-the-press here. Targeting Antony, Modi had called...

’Will end political career if involvement in IPL scam is proved’ - Shashi Tharoor -

United Democratic Front's candidate in the capital, Shashi Tharoor has made it clear that he will end his political career if his alleged involvement in the IPL scam is proved. Tharoor spoke about the IPL scam and the row over the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar during Manorama News' 'Kodippada' poll programme. Tharoor said that he had met Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar just twice and he had cleared Sunanda's misunderstanding about the relationship between...

Has not given approval for Aranmula airport project: Civil Aviation Ministry -

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has clarified that it has not given approval for the Aranmula airport project. The affidavit submitted by the Ministry before the Kerala High Court states that only permission for land survey subject to stringent measures was given in 2011. This was done following a review petition by the KGS Group, promoters of the project. Since hills have to be levelled and trees have to be uprooted for the airport, it was also instructed that the approval of the...

Mani is party Chairman: Kerala Congress -

The Kerala Congress clarified on Tuesday that K M Mani is indeed the Chairman of the party. The party issued the clarification in the wake of the complaint raised by Jose K Mani's rival candidates in Kottayam constituency that his nomination ought to be rejected since Mani signed under the column of party chairman in the nomination paper instead of C F Thomas. The Kerala Congress party leadership made it clear that valid documents regarding this were handed over to the Election...

Indian Mujahideen boss who plotted Narendra Modi rally blasts arrested -

Tehseen Akhtar, the alleged mastermind of several terror attacks including the blasts targeting Narendra Modi's rally in October, was arrested on Tuesday. The 23-year-old expert bomb-maker's arrest has allegedly left the terror group, Indian Mujahideen, without a head in India. Tehseen had allegedly taken over as its chief after the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal in August. Tehseen had given investigators the slip several times in recent months. Police said the Indian Mujahideen...

Modi to visit Vaishno Devi shrine Wednesday -

Before launching his party's election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will pay obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine Wednesday. Special security teams comprising personnel from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir police Monday carried out a security drill at the hilltop shrine in Reasi district of Jammu region. Sources in the state security told IANS Tuesday Modi would arrive in a special private plane at the Udhampur airfield of...

Hunt for Malaysian airliner at recovery, probe phase -

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said the search operation for the missing Malaysian airliner has now moved to the recovery and investigative phase. The Malaysian authorities had announced Monday that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean with no chance of any survivors. "I have today been in further contact with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia to offer him Australia's continuing help, support and cooperation in what has now moved from a search...

India reach 87-1 chasing 407 on a dramatic third day -

Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara guided India to 87 for one to leave the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park delicately poised at the end of a tumultuous third day after their bowlers had given them a faint sniff of victory. India had been bowled out for 202 before lunch, but not asked to follow-on before their bowlers dismissed New Zealand for 105 in their second innings in Saturday's final session, giving India's batsmen a victory target of 407. Tim Southee...

Congress slams AAP for comment against governor -

 The Congress Friday attacked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after one of its leaders accused Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of working as a Congress agent. Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said the AAP leaders and ministers have no right to defame people who hold constitutional posts. "By questioning those holding constitutional posts, the AAP is showing its mentality. Today you have criticised the lt. governor, tomorrow you'll attack the president. This has...

Telangana bill could make it through Parliament with BJP support -

Prospects of the Telangana bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, looked brighter with an influential section of BJP veering around to the view that it might be smart politics to facilitate passage of the legislation. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill incorporates a concession to Seemandhra with 130 villages in Bhadrachalam district being set aside for the construction of a separate Polavaram irrigation project. The lengthy Cabinet meeting saw ministers from Seemandhra...

CPM PB does not agree with VS’ letter -

The CPM Politburo has distanced itself from the letter that V S Achuthanandan wrote to Ommen Chandy backing a demand for CBI inquiry into the conspiracy behind the murder of TP Chandrasekharan. Following a meeting, the politburo said that the move by the opposition leader in Kerala was a wrong one and added that it does not agree with the stance of the party. The party also rejected VS' demand for a high-level probe into the matter. The CPM's official stance is that a CBI...

ICC board passes controversial reform plans -

The ICC today approved its radical reform plans aimed at bringing about improved governance, a move that will give India significant control over revenue and power structure of the world’s governing body. Despite strong resentment from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, the controversial proposals related to the restructuring of the ICC was passed at the Executive Board meeting after gaining the support of eight of the ICC’s 10 full members with Sri Lanka and Pakistan...

Both factions of Malankara church observe protest day -

The two warring factions of Malankara church-- Jacobites and Orthodox today observed protest day in their respective parishes. The Orthodox faction read out pastoral letters in their parishes today, protesting against government's 'inaction' in taking proper steps in preventing the Jacobite faction from entering the disputed Thrikkunnathu church yesterday and offering worship. Yesterday, Catholicos Baselious Thomas I of the Jacobite faction had along with five...

After Walmart, Amazon lobbies in US for Indian FDI -

After supermarket giant Walmart, it is online retail major Amazon which has begun lobbying with the US lawmakers to seek their support for facilitating its "foreign direct investment in India".   According to lobby disclosure reports filed with the US Senate, Amazon.com and its group entities including Amazon Corporate LLC have been lobbying on various issues since at least year 2000. However, it was only in the last quarter, ended December 31, 2013, when its...

TP murder: Rema to begin hunger strike -

K K Rema, wife of late T P Chandrashekharan, will begin her hunger strike on Monday in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) has announced that the strike would continue until  the state government order CBI probe in TP murder case. RMP said that opposition leader V S Achuthanandan is likely to pay a visit. K K Rema said that V S Achuthanandan should have joined the strike. K K Madhavan, Rema's father, and RMP leaders...

TP murder case: Decision on CBI probe after reviewing legal advice -

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that the govt has received legal advise for a CBI probe into the conspiracy angle into the TP murder case. He told media here Sunday that the government will decide only after reviewing the advice given by the Director General of Prosecutions. The home minister had earlier said a final decision would be taken only after getting the legal advise. It is learnt that the prosecution director general has given the go ahead and has stated there would...