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India warns against unilateral interventions such as in Libya and Syria -

Warning against direct or indirect unilateral interventions such as in Libya and Syria, India asserted the need to strengthen processes of multilateral consultation to manage conflicts and reduce regional tensions. "Unilateral (sometimes covert) interventions, as in Libya or Syria, have led to unexpected and dangerous outcomes," said National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon while addressing the Munich Security Conference on Global Power and Regional Stability here...

SC refuses to stay spectrum auction -

The Supreme Court on Sunday refused to interfere with the order of telecom tribunal dismissing the pleas of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Loop and Idea for a stay on spectrum auction which is starting Monday and extension of their licenses by another 10 years. However, in an extraordinary urgent hearing on Sunday, a bench comprising justices A.R. Dave and S.A. Bobde admitted the appeals filed by Airtel and Vodafone challenging the January 31 order of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and...

'Jai Ho' box office collections at Rs 60.68 crore -

Salman Khan starrer 'Jai Ho' could manage only Rs 17.55 crore in the opening day box office collections, making it the no 11 among of the top opening day grossers. On the opening weekend front, Jai ho's Saturday box office collections was Rs 16.68 crore, while the Sunday figure was estimated to be better Rs 26.25 crore, taking the figure to Rs 60.68 crore for the first three days. According to industry expert Taran Adarsh, “No one can read the audience's mind. What...

Focus on developing 'rural-urban' clusters: Jairam Ramesh -

Recognising that the creation of infrastructure in emerging 'rural-urban' clusters remains a “major challenge”, the Rural Development Ministry is hoping that its revamped project for developing amenities in such areas will yield results soon, similar to the flagship scheme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Currently, there are around 3,900 such clusters in the country which do not fall either in rural or urban category. Union Minister...

AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny ends hunger strike on Anna Hazare's suggestion -

New Delhi: Barely hours after sitting on a hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar, expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Vinod Kumar Binny called off the protest on Monday giving 'more time' to Kejriwal government in Delhi to fulfill its promises. A deadline of 10 days was given by the rebel AAP MLA to the Kejriwal government reportedly on the suggestion of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. Binny told PTI that Anna Hazare and Lt Guv Najeeb Jung suggested that "some days...

Flies in Ranbaxy's sample storage room in Punjab plant, says FDA report -

US health regulator Food and Drug Administration has found as many as eight lapses in Ranbaxy's Toansa plant in Punjab which was recently banned by the US drug inspectors from making products for the American market. "Our inspection of QC Analytical and Microbiological laboratories found the facility to be in significant disrepair. Laboratories windows within the instrumentation (eg: HPCL) rooms were found to be un-closeable," a report released by the FDA inspection teams...

Strong India, Japan can do wonders, says Japanese PM Shinzo Abe -

Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations and marvel at India's military might showcased at the event. A regular consultation between the national security secretariat of Japan and India's national security advisor was the big announcement of the two-day visit. "A strong India and a strong Japan can come together and I think we can do wonders," Mr Abe said. Though no major defence deals were...

Tata Motors' Managing Director Karl Slym dies in Bangkok -

Tata Motors' Managing Director Karl Slym today died in Bangkok where he had gone to attend a board meeting of the company's Thailand arm. "The company shares the grief of Karl Slym's wife and family at their irreparable loss," Tata Motors said in a statement. Slym, 51, joined Tata Motors in 2012, and was providing leadership to the company through a challenging market environment. According to the company spokesperson, Slym seems to have fallen from a...

India showcases military might, cultural diversity at 65th Republic Day parade -

India's military might, its multi-hued cultural heritage and the nation's achievements in various fields were on display today at Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard in the heart of Delhi, as the nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security. (See pics) Marching down from Raisina Hills in central Delhi to the historic Mughal monument of Red Fort, the parade showcased India's 'unity in diversity' and defence capabilities as thousands of spectators cheered...

65th Republic Day celebrations -

Colourful images of India’s cultural heritage, manoeuvres by fighter aircraft,  military prowess and march past by armed forces were on majestic display at Rajpath on Sunday as the nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security. Marching down from the seat of power at Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased India’s ‘unity in diversity’ and defence capability Here are the highlights of the Republic Day parade at Rajpath: 11.40...

Somnath Bharti accuses Delhi commission for Women of being politically motivated -

As the furore over Delhi Law Minister's alleged role in midnight raid refuses to die down, the Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Singh will today meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung seeking a First Information Report (FIR) against the minister. Barkha Singh said yesterday that she had written to the Lieutenant Governor regarding the same. Barkha Singh's expected visit to the Lieutenant Governor's office today follows a chaotic day of confrontation between...

Jaya replaces AIADMK candidate for RS polls; expels him -

AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today replaced one of her party candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls and even expelled him from the party for "anti-party activities and going against its principles." Jayalalithaa replaced N Chinnadurai with A K Selvaraj, who is the party's organising secretary.In a statement, Jayalalithaa announced the expulsion of Chinnadurai for "indulging in anti-party activities and going against its principles bringing...

Padma awards for 6 Keralites -

Poet Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri, scientist Madhavan Chandradhanan, gynecologist Dr Subhadra Nayar, danseuse Kalamandalam Sathyabhama, actor Vidya Balan and squash player Deepika Pallikkal are the Keralites honoured with the Padma awards. The President has given his approval for the list. The Home Ministry would be taking the final call on this, which would be announced soon. Actor Kamal Hassan would be honoured with Padmabhushan. He has previously been awarded with the...

A budget of hope and concern -

Finance Minister K M Mani’s record 12th budget stands apart for two reasons: Its emphasis on the agricultural sector and the boost for entrepreneurial aspirations of the youth. The budget, which has included many projects, offered freebies and a hike in welfare pension programme with an eye on Lok Sabha polls, also doesn’t turn a blind eye towards the State’s alarming financial position. The last budget’s estimated revenue increase hasn’t happened and the...

India-New Zealand third ODI ends in tie -

India kept the five-match ODI series alive after a dramatic tie in the third game against New Zealand at the Eden Park here on Saturday. New Zealand, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead, were once again poised to win, but late heroics from Ravindra Jadeja (66 not out off 45 balls) saved India's blushes and gave them a chance to tie the series. India, who once again opted to field, saw New Zealand making 314 all out with Martin Guptill top scoring (111). India, who needed 18...

Kejriwal says Constitution does not stop CM from protesting -

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faced flak for his protest in the heart of the capital, today said the Constitution does not prevent the chief minister from holding a dharna. "I read the Constitution, couldn't find anywhere that a chief minister cannot hold 'dharna'," he said on criticism to his two-day dharna outside Rail Bhavan. He also charged that "the media was aligned with one party or the other and was doing negative stories on...

US military releases new instructions to Sikhs on religious garb -

Washington: In a major decision that might have a far reaching impact on Sikhs joining the US military, the Pentagon has issued new instructions relaxing norms to allow troops to wear jewellery and apparel to comply with their religious requirements. However, given the new instructions still stresses on wearing protective equipment like helmets, the relaxations in the norms might still not be enough for letting the Sikhs community to join the American armed forces in large numbers, a...

Will consider PM's post if party MPs select me after polls: Rahul -

AMETHI: Amidst clamour among congress workers that he should be named theprime ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he would definitely consider it if the party comes to power and the elected representatives select him for the post. "In Congress, elected MPs select the PM. After elections if our party comes to power and the MPs select me then I will definitely consider it," Rahul told reporters on the second and last day of his two-day tour to his parliamentary...

Not returning to Samajwadi Party, says Amar Singh -

Former Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh has dismissed speculations about his return to the party fold. Pointing out that he will never "again fall in the Samajwadi trap", the leader also announced late Wednesday that he would be distributing blankets to the riot victims at relief camps in Muzaffarnagar on his birthday Jan 27.     Taking on the SP leadership, which he...

Shah Rukh Khan injured, rushed to Nanavati Hospital -

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Thursday suffered a "minor" injury on the sets of a movie and received the required medical aid, said an official statement. He was rushed to the Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital here. "Shah Rukh Khan had a minor accident on the sets while shooting. He has a minor injury and has got the necessary medical aid. He is absolutely fine now," read the official statement from the actor-filmmaker's office. A source at the...

Congress wants action against Somnath Bharti -

The Congress Thursday demanded "strict action" against Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for his campaign against a "sex-and-drug ring" that four Ugandan women say caused them misery. Delhi Congress unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely made the demand when he led a party delegation to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. Lovely told the media that Jung had assured them that a fair probe would be conducted into the issue. "The people of Delhi are wondering...

India prepared to face Fed tapering, to grow 5%: Chidambaram -

Assuring global investors that India is prepared to face the impact of U.S. Fed tapering, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the country is poised to clock 5 per cent growth in the current fiscal and over 6 per cent a year after.The Indian economy, he said while addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, has “stabilised and it is poised to return to high growth path and step by step we will go back to 8 per cent growth rate“.In the current...

12 found guilty in Chandrasekharan murder -

Special Additional Sessions Court has found 12 accused, including three cpm local leaders  guilty in the case related to the murder of T P Chandrasekharan, who was killed on May 4, 2012 at Vallikkad near Vadakara.Those found guilty include the seven-member gang that assaulted Chandrasekharan and CPM Panur area committee member P K Kunhananadan. The Judge R Narayana Pisharady, however, acquitted CPM district secretariat member P Mohanan, who was accused of criminal conspiracy and K...

MHA asked to examine guidelines for conduct of govt servants in public -

Nearly two months after CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s controversial ‘rape’ analogy, the Ministry of Home Affairs was today directed by the Delhi High Court to examine framing of guidelines with respect to government servants’ “conduct” outside “office area” or in public. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana gave the direction while disposing of a PIL filed by Sudha Sundaraman of All India Democratic Women’s Association and the...

chopper scam: CBI seeks permission to quiz West Bengal, Goa governors, say sources -

The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI has reportedly asked the Law Ministry if it can question West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan and Goa Governor BV Wanchoo in its investigation into alleged kickbacks in the Rs. 3600-crore VVIP helicopter deal. The government had earlier this month terminated the deal for 12 helicopters alleging that AgustaWestland, the British subsidiary of an Italian company contracted to supply the helicopters for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs...

Shinde calls Delhi CM Kejriwal a 'mad chief minister' -

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal a ‘mad chief minister’, saying he had to cancel the leave of several policemen because of Kejriwal, TV channels reported.Speaking at an event in Maharshtra, the home minister said, "When I was in Kherwadi (as a policeman), my leave was cancelled right after my wedding because there were riots. Now because of a 'veda mukhyamantri' (Marathi for 'mad chief...

Reasons behind Sunanda Pushkar's death -

 An autopsy report on January 18 has revealed Sunanda Pushkar died a "sudden unnatural death" and her body bore several injury marks, deepening the mystery surrounding the death of Union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife, against the backdrop of an alleged marital discord.   Pushkar, 52, was found dead in a hotel in South Delhi on Friday, a day after her Twitter spat with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor. However, Pushkar and...

Sunanda Pushkar`s autopsy report today; drug overdose cause of death? -

The post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar is expected to come today as the doctors at All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) ruled out the presence of alcohol in her body, reports said. However, the doctors haven't ruled out detection of anti-depressant drug Alprazolam, an overdose of which might have led to her death, reports said. Also, an empty strip of Alprax (a tranquilizer) was recovered from her room on the day she died, said investigators. The autopsy was...

Reshmi murder case: Sessions Court postponed the judgment -

The District Principal Sessions Court on Monday postponed the judgment in the murder case of Reshmi, the first wife of solar scam accused Biju Radhakrishnan, to Thursday. The High Court, which accepted a bail plea filed by Biju, had instructed the Sessions Court to pronounce the verdict on the case in a five months time. Biju is the main accused and his mother Rajammal is a co-accused in the case. Reshmi was found dead on February 3, 2006 in the bathroom. Biju's...

Kerala team for Santosh Trophy announced -

Gean Christian will lead Kerala in the South Zone qualifying round of the 68th Santosh Trophy National Football Championship, starting in Chennai from January 26. The 20-member squad has eight new faces, Kerala Football Association general secretary P Anil Kumar told reporters on Monday. The South Zone qualifying matches of the Santosh Trophy will be held in Chennai from January 26 to February 3. The final round of the tournament will be held at Siliguri, West Bengal from February...