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Now Five-day week for Rajasthan government employees
Bikaner: The Rajasthan government announced several sops which included five-day week for the state government employees and increasing the retirement age of the staff of autonomous bodies from 58 to 60.

Addressing the 62nd Independence day function here, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also announced a 6 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance for the state government employees.

She also announced formation of Nagar parishads in Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu and Kishangarh and formation of nagarpalikas in Loonkaransar, Khajuwala and Napasar.

In her speech Raje announced increasing of pension of freedom fighter from Rs 2,600 to Rs 6,000 per month, running of a royal Rajasthan train for boosting tourism, establishment of sainik kalyan board in seven districts and gift of Rs 15,000 to widows on their marriage.

Raje said posts of 400 veterinary doctors lying vacant would be filled up soon and about 700 new places would be created.

She also announced appointment of 6,000 nurses and regularising the services of ayurvedic employees.

High Court asks Raj Thackeray to surrender
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today set aside bail granted to MNS supremo Raj Thackeray by a lower court and asked him to surrender before the Railway court in Kalyan on June 29.

During a Hearing of the state government's. . .
Jaitley Quits as BJP Gen Secretary
New Delhi: BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley has stepped down from his party post. Arun Jaitley has also reportedly written to BJP Party President Rajnath Singh to be exempted from attending the National Executive meeting.
Srikant Jena likely to get Water Resources Ministry
New Delhi: Srikant Jena may get an elevation as cabinet minister or at least a junior minister with independent charge. As per sources tell Congress is keen on installing Meira Kumar in the Speaker’s chair and her ministry of Wate. . .more
Centre extends CRPF deployment in Kandhamal for 1 month
Bhubaneswar: The Centre today decided to retain five out of 10 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed in the State.

The Centre reconsidered Naveen Patnaik's demand for retaining the force after he wrote . . .
Can Congress stop Naveen making hat-trick?
The wind of change is blowing across the state politics. As widely speculated, the state Congress has gone for a major reshuffling before the electoral war. Undoubtedly, the change of guard is aimed at strengthening the grand old . . .more
Chidambaram reviews Capital security
New Delhi: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today visited the Delhi Police headquarters to review its preparedness to combat terrorism against the backdrop of number of terror strikes in India last year.
Chidambaram. . .
Gunbattle on between terrorists-Army continues in Poonch
Poonch: A fierce gunbattle between security forces and militants continued to rage for the fifth day on Monday in Poonch district in which seven people - four militants and three soldiers - have been killed already.

Army ch. . .
Stalin caught on tape 'bribing' voters in Tirumangalam
Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has suffered a big hit with the heir apparent, M K Stalin caught on tap 'bribing' voters in Tirumangalam.

Election Commission officials said they are looking into the allegatio. . .
13 die after drinking spurious liquor
Kolkata: At least thirteen persons were killed and several others taken ill after drinking spurious liquor in Kidderpore area of Kolakata, police said on Sunday.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) P Chatterjee sa. . .
Omar to be sworn in as J&K CM on Monday
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has invited National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to form the next government in the state after he stakes claim, officials said.

The New coalition government in Jammu and Kash. . .
Gun battle in Poonch continues
Jammu: The fierce gunbattle between security forces and militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir entered the fourth day today and has already left three security force personnel and four ult. . .more
Panel to probe Mumbai attacks
Mumbai: Maharasthra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday announced that former governor of Arunachal Pradesh R.D. Pradhan will head a two-member panel to probe the Nov 26 terror attacks in Mumbai.

Former IPS officer V Bha. . .
No alliance with BJP: Chiranjeevi
Hyderabad: Prajarajyam party Chief  Chiranjeevi on Monday said his party would not have an alliance with the BJP.

He met the Election Commission seeking a common symbol for his party.

The Telugu superstar submit. . .
Yeddyurappa files case against Kumaraswamy
Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa today  filed a criminal and civil suit against former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, for levelling bribery charges against him.

The case was filed before the Principa. . .
Qasab shifted to Arthur Road jail for identification parade
Mumbai: Captured terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir, alias Kasab, was shifted to the Arthur Road Jail in south Mumbai for an identification parade in connection with the Nov 26 terror attacks, a police official said.

Police have. . .
Tuberculosis claims 36 lives
Lucknow: According to a report Tuberculosis (TB) has claimed around 36 lives in Uttar Pradesh.

All 36 died were of Kushinagar, which is an economically backward district and most of the villagers depend upon agriculture to . . .
Purohit's ex-colleague to be witness in Malegaon case
Mumbai: An ex-colleague, who had served with Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit in Military Intelligence wing , is likely to be made a prosecution witness in the Malegaon blast case as the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) inquiring into . . .more
Tiwari remanded in judicial custody
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Shekhar Tiwari arrested in connection for murder of an Uttar Pradesh PWD engineer Manoj Gupta was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a court today.

The order rem. . .
62 per cent voting in J&K
Jammu: 62 per cent was the overall turnout for all seven phases in J&K compared with 44 per cent last time.

The voter turnout in Srinagar was 20 per cent. It was the highest in 18 years. It was just 5 per cent in 2002more
BSP MLA booked for engineer's murder
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his supporters have been booked for murder after a Public Works engineer, Manoj Gupta, was beaten to death.

According to sources the engineer had repo. . .
Centre keeping tab on Orissa
Bhubaneswar: Home Minister P Chidambaram spoke to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today and assured him necessary assistance for protecting lives and property of the people.

He said that the Centre has provided a large number. . .
Delhi blast accused in judcial custody
Nagpur: SIMI activist Mohammad Talah from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who was arrested on Sunday night at Nagpur railway station for his alleged involvement in Delhi bomb blasts, was remanded to police custody till January 3.
Interpol team visits Mumbai
New Delhi: A five-member team of the Interpol met Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria today and sought details of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during Mumbai blast on Nov. 26.

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Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and chennai to get new NSG hubs
Mumbai: Director General of National Security Guards J K Dutt today said Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai are the four places that have been identified to establish the new NSG hubs. These hubs will be manned by the existing. . .more
J'khand to implement 6th pay commision
Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Monday assured that the recommendation of sixth pay commission would be implemented in this fiscal.

Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi said a fitment committee was already forme. . .
Sheila Dikshit sworn-in as CM for third time
New Delhi: Veteran congress leader Sheila Dikshit was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive term.

She retained five out of six ministers, including three who rebelled against the Chief Minister last . . .
Orissa bans poultry import following bird flu outbreak
Bhubaneswar: Orissa has imposed a ban on the inflow of poultry from neighbouring states following the confirmation of the presence of H5N1 bird flu virus in West Bengal, an official said.
Bird flu hits West Bengal
Kolkata: Birdflu returned to West Bengal with samples of dead chicken from Malda district testing positive for the disease.

District Magistrate Sreedhar Ghosh told reporters on Monday that a notification about the disease w. . .
Amar Singh, Ahmed Patel get clean chit in Cash-for-vote scam
New Delhi: The Enquiry Committee investigating Cash-for-vote scam today gave a clean chit to SP’s Amar Singh and Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

The Committee said there is no case against Patel and no clinching evidence again. . .
Shun the path of violence; PM's message Kashmiri militants
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked Kashmiri militants to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream.

"I want to tell my young friends who have adopted the path of extremism to shun the path of viol. . .
Raman Singh takes over as CM
Raipur: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Raman Singh today sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh state for a second consecutive term.

Raman Singh, first sworn in as Chief Minister on Dec 7, 2003 to head the . . .
Shivraj sworn in as MP CM
Bhopal: Veteran BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan today sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister for a second term.

Chouhan, who replaced Babulal Gaur as Chief Minister in November 2005, took oath at Jamboree Maidan, Bhopal. . .
Gehlot will be new Rajasthan CM
Jaipur: Veteran congress leader Ashok Gehlot, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Rajasthan, was on Thursday chosen to be the new Chief Minister of the state, ending three days of intense jockeying for power by various factio. . .more
Raman Singh chosen as CM
Raipur: Raman Singh on Wednesday chosen the chief minister to head the BJP government in Chhattisgarh. His clean image ensured the return of his party for a second term in office. He will be sworn in for the second term on Friday.. . .more
Cong set to form govt with 8 Independents in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Congress camp in Rajasthan is ready to elect a Chief Minister after winning 96 of the 200 Assembly seats. While former CM Ashok Gehlot has emerged front runner, Girija Vyas, chairperson of the National Commission for Women. . .more
Congress all set to form Govt; Raje resigns
Jaipur The Congress party has won 96 seats while BJP got 78 in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly. Others, including the BSP and Independents, won 20 seats. Congress wrested power from BJP  after a gap of five years.

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BJP wins 143 seats, Congress 68 in Madhya Pradesh poll
Bhopal: The BJP has managed to retain power in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP won 143 seats while Congress won 68 seats in 230 member Assembly.

Factors like anti-incumbency, intra-party rivalry and challenge posed by former party . . .
Dhoni to get Z category security
Ranchi: Team India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would get enhanced security cover as Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren has asked the police chief to tighten the security cover of the crickete. . .more
AIADMK, CPI (M) join hands for Lok Sabha elections
Chennai:  The main Opposition in Tamil Nadu AIADMK got a shot in the arm when the CPI(M) announced its decision to resume their electoral ties after a gap of seven years ahead of the Lok Sa. . .more
3 Kolkata SIM cards used in Mumbai attacks
Kolkata: Three of at least 37 SIM cards procured from Kolkata and nearby areas and sent to Pakistan were used in Mumbai terror attacks, highly-placed sources said here.

The cards were pr. . .more
Polling ends in Rajasthan with 68 pc voter turnout
Jaipur: Nearly 68 per cent of the 3.62 crore-strong electorate today turned out to vote in Rajasthan Assembly election. Polling to elect a new 200-seat Rajasthan legislative assembly ended at 1700 hours on Thursday amid enthusiast. . .more
Five killed, 34 injured in Assam passenger train blast
Diispur: A blast on a passenger train in Assam's Karbi Anglong district has left five dead and about 34 people injured.

The passenger train runs between Guwahati and Tinsukhia in Upper Assam. The blast took place at Diphu . . .
Bird flu havoc: 40,000 poultry culled in Assam
Guwahati :Authorities in Assam have culled some 40,000 poultry of an estimated 60,000 birds ordered to be killed after an outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus in the region, officials said on M. . .more
Railway plans high-tech security gadgets in Orissa
Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway authorities have decided to install high-tech security gadgets at leading stations of Orissa in view of the recent terror attacks in different places of Mumbai, a. . .more
Mumbai back to normalcy
Mumbai: The three-day confrontation with terror still loomed large but it was business as usual Monday morning with students packing into schools and colleges and people heading to work, four da. . .more
Can BJP capture Delhi?
Just few hours remain before Delhi goes to poll. Veteran BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra is leading the BJP campaign against Sheila Dixit who has been Chief Minister twice.

But the questi. . .more
60 per cent turnout in MP polls
Bhopal: The Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh concluded on Thursday with about 60 percent of the over 36 million voters turning up to exercise their franchise.

The elections were held . . .more
Former PM V.P. Singh passes away
New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh died at Delhi’s Apollo Hospital on Thursday.

Singh, who breathed his last at the Indraprastha Hospital at 2.45 p.m., was suffering from multiple myeloma and chronic r. . .
Sonia slams Rajasthan govt
Behror:  Attacking the BJP government in Rajasthan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi charged it with not implementing centrally-sponsored schemes and indulging in corruption.

"I regret that the benefits of central gov. . .
Shiv Sena calls Maharashtra bandh on Dec. 1
Mumbai : Stepping up its offensive on Malegaon blast probe issue, Shiv Sena called a 'Maharashtra bandh' on December 1 accusing the UPA government of hatching a 'conspiracy to malign Hindus'. . .more
Winter sets in Delhi
New Delhi: Delhiites experienced another chilly morning with the snowfall in hilly regions of northern India keeping the mercury below 10° C in the city for the fourth day on Wednesday.

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Lalu sidelining Maharashtrians in railway jobs: Shiv Sena
Mumbai: Holding Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav responsible for sidelining Maharashtrians in railway jobs, Shiv Sena on Monday said this was
happening because he has a "serpent's grip" . . .more
Prohibitory orders imposed in Kandhamal
Bhubaneswar:  Authorities in Orissa have imposed prohibitory orders in parts of the troubled Kandhamal district on Monday to thwart a rally planned by tribals.
The Kui Kalyan S. . .more
TN government denies Centre directive on return of Lankan refugees
 Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government said the Centre has not issued any directive asking the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to return to the island nation following expiry of the permitted durati. . .more
Raj Thackeray meets Bal Thackeray
 Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday met his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for the first time since they parted ways over two years ago, sparking speculation about a possibl. . .more
No compromise with Maoists: Buddhadeb
Baruipur: Dubbing Maoists operating from neighboring Jharkhand as 'cowards', West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that his government would not compromise with them as they . . .more
Congress ousts seven party rebels
New Delhi: Taking strict action for indulging in anti-party activities, the Congress has expelled seven of its party workers, including three former MLAs and two councillors, for six years.
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Legendary Tamil film villain M N Nambiar passes away
Chennai: MN Nambiar, the original villain of Tamil cinema, died on Wednesday at his residence in Chennai following a heart attack.
The 89-years-old actor who breathed his last at 1230 hrs IST. . .more
Maharashtra most favoured investment destination
Mumbai: Maharashtra is the most favourable investment destination in India, the state government has said, quoting the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index Report.

The report says India is th. . .more
Orissa demands long term plan to solve Kandhamal problem
Bhubaneswar: Orissa government has asked the Centre to adopt a long term plan for Kandhamal, prone to ethno-communal violence instead of seeking any quick solution, official sources said.
Seven killed in Maoists attack in Bihar
Patna: At least seven people have been killed by suspected Maoist guerrillas in two separate incidents in Bihar, police said Monday. A group of armed Maoists shot dead four members of a family l. . .more
Another Andhra student shot at in US
New Delhi: Barely a fortnight after the murder of an IT professional from Andhra Pradesh in the United States, another student from the same region was shot at today by unidentified persons in the southern American state of Tennes. . .more
IAF chopper shot at in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Naxalites on Friday fired at an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter ferrying sealed Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), killing a flight engineer.
Mumbai: A video clip showing MNS chief Raj Thackeray cutting a cake with inscription 'Bhaiyya', has landed Raj in fresh trouble.
Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrated across Punjab
Amritsar:  Early morning . . .more
Chhattisgarh gears up for assembly elections

Raipur: Chhattisgarh is all set for first of the two-phase elections on Friday . . .more

J & K elections: EC appoints four poll Observers for Baramulla
Srinagar: Four observers have been appointed by the Election Commission fo. . .more
Cong accuses Modi of receiving kickbacks in Nano deal
Ahmedabad:  State Congress leaders accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of receiving “kickbacks”. . .more
Submarine-launched ballistic missile test-fired in Orissa
Balasore: India test-fired from a defence base in
Orissa its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) K-15 from a land-based launcher, defence sources said, marking a fir. . .
3 die as building collapses in south Mumbai
Mumbai: At least three persons were killed and two others injured when a portion of a building in south Mumbai collapsed this morning, civic authorities said.

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10: A c. . .more

ATS to interrogate UP leader in connection with Malegaon blasts

 Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad obtained permission from a Nashik court to inte. . .more

Lalu criticizes Nitish for breaching resolution on MNS issue

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MDMK leaders released from custody
Chennai: MDMK leaders Vaiko and M. Kannappan, . . .more
BJD leader Poonam Azad resigns
New Delhi: Poonam Azad has quit BJP after she was denied a ticket for t. . .more
Tension prevails in Orissa’s Kandhamal dist.
Bhubaneswar: It seems that peace is elusive in Orissa’s strife-torn Kandhamal district, where communa. . .more
Assam blasts: SIT interrogates two suspects
Guwahati: The Special Investigating Team (SIT) has interrogated two persons here, who resemble with the sketch of suspect in the October 30 serial blasts..

The SIT has zeroed in on. . .more

Sadhvi Pragya to undergo narco test
Nashik: Pragya Singh Thakur, the sadhvi arrested in connection with Malegaon bomb blasts, will undergo polygraph, brain mapping and narco tests, a government lawyer said on Monday. A local court gave the Anti-Terrorist Squad p. . .more
Orissa to recruit tribals to fight Naxals
Bhubaneswar: Taking a strong step to deter Naxalite activities in the state, Orissa government has decided to appoint tribal youths in the police force. The government issued a notification for recruiting 2,000 Adivasi youths . . .more
No security lapse during Rahul’s visit, claims UP govt.
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has asserted that there was no security lapse during Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the state. The UP government declined the allegation that there was any lapse on its part in providing security. . .more
Curfew re-imposed in Kandhamal
Day and night curfew was re-imposed in nine towns of Orissa's Kandhamal district on Wednesday following the burning of several houses and the death of a woman in clashes between Christians and Hindus, police said. "We have r. . .more
Liberhan Commission's term extended
New Delhi: The Liberhan Commission of Inquiry, probing the demolition of disputed structure in Ayodhya was given another extension for six months. The Commission's term was about to expire today, has been extended several time. . .more
Woman producer shot dead in Delhi
New Delhi: A 26-year-old television journalist was shot dead in Tuesday at a posh area of south-west Delhi while she was on her way back from work. Soumya Viswanathan, who worked as a producer with Headlines Today, was found de. . .more
Bihar flood situation improves, toll rises to 245
Patna: The toll in the recent spell of floods in Bihar rose to 245 even as the overall situation improved with the Kosi receding and other major rivers flowing below the danger mark. State Disaster Management sources said 18 mo. . .more
NCM submits report on Karnataka violence
New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) today submitted its report to the Prime Minister's Office. It Strongly criticisized the BJP government in Karnataka for its failure to control communal violence. Holding . . .more
Orissa Govt seeks additional force
Bhubaneswar: The Orissa Government and asked the Centre to send 10 more companies of para-military forces. The Orissa government today sought 10 additional companies of paramilitary forces to curb the communal violence in Kandh. . .more
Bihar officials visits Tamil Nadu to study tsunami relief work
Patna: A team of Bihar officials, led by the development commissioner, is currently on a visit to tsunami-affected Tamil Nadu for studying the rehabilitation schemes and prepare a plan for the flood-hit victims. Development Com. . .more
Modi to address Gujaratis in Canada
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address Gujaratis in Canada from his Gandhinagar residence via satellite video conferencing on Saturday. The function has been organised by the Canadian Friends of Gujarat (CFG) group w. . .more
Madras HC reserves orders on Nalini`s petition
Chennai: The Madras High Court reserved orders on the petition filed by Nalini, life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking an early release. Justice S Nagamuthu reserved the orders without fixing any date aft. . .more
Flood situation grim in Orissa
Bhubaneswar: Flood situation continues to remain grim in Orissa and Gujarat with the later issuing a high alert on Friday in four coastal districts. Thousands have been evacuated as incessant rain coupled with a low pressure area . . .more
Maharasthra farmer files case against Sonia
Mumbai: Maharasthrian farmer Dilip Ghatole has registered a case against 15 people including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar. The farmer has alleged that the policies formulated by them fo. . .more
Flash floods in Orissa kill five, affect millions
Bhubaneswar: At least three people were killed and millions affected in rain-related incidents as heavy downpour pounded coastal Orissa today. The rains are due to a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal. The government today an. . .more
Bihar MLA, five others get life for kidnapping
Patna: The Patna Civil Court sentenced Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Piro, Sunil Pandey, and five others for life in connection with Dr Ramesh Chandra abduction case. The court also imposed . . .more
Curfew lifted; Kashmir moves towards normalcy
Jammu: Government offices, shops, banks, hotels and business establishments opened for work and traffic was back on the road today as curfew was lifted in the Kashmir Valley. "Curfew has been lifted from throughout the valley. . .more
Nitish asks for more relief from Centre
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today sought more central assistance for providing relief and rescue operations to the victims of devastating flood in the state. Kumar, said the state government has formed a high level. . .more
Bihar floods: 5 Lakh evacuated
Patna: The flood situation in Bihar today showed signs of improvement with the water level receding in five north-eastern districts following reduction in discharge in the Kosi river. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said over five . . .more
Curfew imposed in Kashmir
Jammu: Curfew continued across the Kashmir valley today as the Hurriyat calling for peaceful protests. Ten districts in Kashmir remained under curfew for the ninth day. Authorities are on alert following the deal to set aside 4. . .more
Third Front will definitely emerge against Cong and BJP: Gowda
New Delhi: Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Deve Gowda today said no one can prevent the emergence of a political "force" against Congress and BJP. He said he is closely watching the situation in the country and political compu. . .more
TC dharna enters 9th day: Mamata ready for talks
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee now says she's ready for talks, but insists that the dharna will continue at the Nano factory gate. However, work continued to be stalled at the Tata Motors small car plant. . .more
Ban Bajrang Dal, CPI demands
New Delhi: CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta demanded a ban on the Bajrang Dal in the wake of communal violence in Orissa. "The incidents had tarnished the secular image of the country," he said and demanded a judicial probe into the . . .more
Curfew imposed in Jammu
Jammu: Curfew has been imposed in the city and army called out to stop people from participating in the Vijay rally being organised by Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti (SAYSS) to celebrate its victory after a 61-day long agitat. . .more
Soren wins trust vote
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren today won the trust vote in the assembly with a margin of eight votes. A Lok Sabha member, Soren secured 42 votes in his favour against 34 after a day long debate on the trust vote m. . .more
Shatrughan praises PM for Bihar flood relief
Patna : Showering praise on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his response to the crisis in Bihar, filmstar-turned BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha appealed to leaders to keep away from politics over the "national calamity" and work . . .more
Buddhadeb seeks apology for bandh comments
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has bowed to his party. Sources in the CPM say he has accepted that he was wrong in coming out publicly against bandhs. Earlier, CPI(M) Polit Bureau in New Delhi justi. . .more
Indefinite curfew continues in J&K
Jammu: Indefinite curfew continued in Srinagar and other major towns of the Kashmir Valley today for the sixth day without any relaxation. Curfew was relaxed for two hours in over a dozen police station areas in Srinagar and sever. . .more
Bihar gets Rs 1000 cr as flood relief
Patna: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced an immediate assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to the state for rescue and relief operations and 1.25 lakh tonnes of foodgrains to tide over the situation. After undertaking an aerial . . .more
Jammu: Hostage drama ends
Jammu: Three men among 10 captives were killed by militants during the 19-hour-long hostage drama that ended after Army's special forces shot dead the three terrorists believed to be from LeT. Those killed by the militants wer. . .more
Rangasamy resigns as Puducherry CM
Pondicherry: Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangsamy resigned bringing an end to the month-long political uncertainty following a revolt by his cabinet colleagues against his leadership. Rangasamy tendered his resignation to Lt . . .more
Bihar seeks Rs 1000 cr aid for flood-hit
New Delhi: With flood situation in Bihar turning grim, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore and one lakh tonnes of foodgrain immediately for the affect. . .more
Vatican condemns anti-Christian violence in Orissa
The Vatican has condemned the burning to death of a Christian orphanage worker in eastern India by Hindu extremists. The murder of the 21-year-old woman was part of a wave of anti-Christian rioting that has now claimed at least 11. . .more
4 killed in firing; Separatists call for Valley shutdown
Jammu: Four protestors were killed and 70 injured today as police fired to quell violent protesters in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley where several separatists leaders were arrested to thwart a planned rally The separatists today. . .more
Supreme Court extends ban on SIMI by 6 weeks
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today extended the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) by another six weeks. “We are extending the stay on the tribunal’s order by another six weeks,” said a bench headed by Chief J. . .more
Jaipur blasts suspect held in Lucknow
Lucknow: Rajasthan Police today arrested the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) kingpin, believed to have masterminded the Jaipur blasts, from Lucknow. In a joint operation, the Anti-Terrosist Squad (ATS) of Uttar. . .more
Nun burnt alive in Orissa
Bhubaneswar: A Christian girl was burnt alive and a pastor was injured when unidentified men attacked an orphanage in Bargarh district of Orissa today as Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists observed a bandh in protest against the kill. . .more
Karat meets Mayawati
New Delhi: Efforts to give a final shape to a national alternative to Congress and BJP continued today with CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat meeting BSP chief Mayawati here. Karat drove to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. . .more
Hyderabad to get metropolitan status
Hyderabad: Hyderabad will now have metropolitan status with the launch of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) here. With its official launch by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, the HMDA will replace the 33. . .more
CRPF opens fire in Kashmir, 1 killed
The CRPF opened fire at protesters in Dal gate who violated curfew orders killing one and injured and injuring two others. Meanwhile, the situation in the Kashmir Valley is that volatile curfew has been clamped on all 10 distri. . .more
Madhu Koda resigns as Jharkhand CM
New Delhi : Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on Saturday resigned, capping a week of political turmoil in the wake of withdrawal of support by Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). Koda met Governor Syed Sibte Razi o. . .more
Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, 4 others shot dead in Kandhamal
Bhubaneswar: In a sensational incident Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his close aids have been killed in a grenade attack by the suspected Maoists at Jalaspotta Ashram, in Tumudi Bandh area in the tribal dominated distri. . .more
Dawood aide Karimullah arrested
Karimullah Khan, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim has been arrested by crime branch. He was one accused in the 1993 serial Mumbai blasts case. He told the police that India's most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, was living in Pakist. . .more
Soren confident of Koda Govt's defeat
JMM chief Shibu Soren's hopes of becoming Jharkhand chief minister just got stronger on Thursday when he met Congress party President Sonia Gandhi where he was reportedly assured of the Congress' party support in the show of str. . .more
Tatas must return 400 acres to farmers: Mamta
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee today said she doesn't want Tatas to abandon their 'Nano' car plant in Singur. She remained firm on her demand that the West Bengal government has to return to farmers the 400-acre exce. . .more
Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service to resume from Aug . 21
The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service which was suspended last week due to violent protests over the Amarnath land row in Kashmir valley, will resume on August 21. Regional Passport Officer B L Manavalan said the fortnightly b. . .more
Koda to face trust vote on Aug 25
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda would seek the trust vote in the Assembly on August 25 and try to mend fences with JMM supremo Shibu Soren whose party explored the possibilities of forming an alternative government. . . .more
JMM to withdraw support
Ranchi: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) today said it would withdraw support to the Madhu Koda government on Sunday if the chief minister did not resign on Saturday. The party has also been granted a meeting with Governor Syed Si. . .more
ULFA explodes bombs to disturb Assam’s I –Day celebration
New Delhi: Suspected ULFA militants exploded three bombs targetting Independence Day parade grounds at lower Assam's Dhubri and Chirang district Friday injuring one person. One bomb went off at Dharamshala in Dhubri district a. . .more
Rizwanur verdict stayed for two weeks
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today stayed the verdict in the high profile “forced suicide case of Rizwanur Rahman” for two weeks. The court has also asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a chargesheet against. . .more
Jaya supports Maya as PM
Chennai: AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha Wednesday said her party would seriously consider Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as a prime ministerial candidate after the next general elections. In a party statement released here. . .more
12 dead in Mangalore school bus accident
Mangalore: A school bus carrying around 30 children suffered high casualties on Thursday after the bus fell into the Palguni River near Mangalore. At least 12 bodies have been recovered so far and the rescue efforts are still on f. . .more
Dialogue can solve J&K problem: Patil
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of escalating violence in Jammu and Kashmir over Amarnath land row, President Pratibha Patil on Thursday appealed for calm and said differences could be addressed through "dialogue and reconciliati. . .more
Nationalist vs separatist fight in J&K: BJP
The Bhartiya Janata Party seems to have hardened its stand. Senior BJP leader LK Advani wrote to the Prime Minister on Thursday demanding that the land be given to the Amarnath Shrine. Advani accused the United Progressive Alli. . .more
Building collapse claims 20 lives in South Mumbai
Mumbai : At least 20 people, including eight children, were killed and 21 others were injured when a portion of a four-storey building in south Mumbai collapsed. The dead included eight children, same number of women and four. . .more
Ensure peaceful I Day: Centre to states
New Delhi: Keeping terrorist threats in mind, the Centre has asked to all states to take adequate security measures in order to ensure peaceful celebrations of Independence Day. The centre insisted the states to increase surve. . .more
Fact Finding Committee set up to look into Naina Devi disaster
Shimla: The state congress unit has set up a three-member fact finding committee consisting of Mukesh Agnihotri, Rajesh Dharmani and Kuldeep Singh Pathania to find out the causes that led to the stampede at Naina Devi temple in wh. . .more
Congress to support Soren as Jharkhand CM
Congree party today announced its support to JMM chief Shibu Soren for Chief Ministership of Jharkhand. AICC in-charge of Jharkhand Ajay Maken said "Congress will support him (Soren) if he forms the government". In the 81-me. . .more
BJP faces crisis in Uttarakhand
New Delhi: BJP faced political crisis in Uttarakhand as 24 MLAs, including three ministers, landed in the Capital to press for the removal of chief minister B C Khanduri. Their numbers swelled to 26 as two more legislators are. . .more
Heavy rains continue lash Andhra Pradesh; toll rises to 61
The floods in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh continued to be precarious with continuous rains resulting in the death of 61 people. Heavy rains and floods since last week have thrown life out of gear in Hyderabad, cap. . .more
Mayawati wants to become PM
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati made clear her ambitions of becoming the prime minister after the next Lok Sabha elections. Suspended Congress leader K Natwar Singh and Samajwadi Party leaders Shahid Siddiqui and S. . .more
Samiti may not attend all party meet
The Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), the group spearheading the protests over the Amarnath land transfer row today threatened to boycott the all party team on Saturday objecting to the presence of Kashmiri leaders and announc. . .more
An all-party delegation to visit Jammu on Saturday
An all-party delegation will visit Jammu on Saturday to find ways to resolve the dispute over transfer of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board. However, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Shivraj Patil, wi. . .more
Violence in Nandigram: CPI (M) leader shot dead
Kolkata: A Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader, Niranjan Mondal was shot dead Wednesday afternoon, allegedly by members of Bhoomi Uchhed Protirodh Committee (BUPC), at Nandigram in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district. . .more
Amarnath row: One killed in Army firing
Jammu : Violence in the Jammu region over the Amarnath transfer row escalated on Wednesday with protestors targeting an Army convoy prompting the security forces to open fire in which one person was killed while the office of a Te. . .more
Six held for assaulting dalit woman in Orissa
Six persons were arrested for allegedly assaulting a dalit woman and forcing her to eat human excreta at Polenbasa village, about 120 km from Nuapada, police said. The woman, identified as Uma Bhagat who cooked mid-day meal at. . .more
Akal Takht head quits
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, resigned from the post giving no reason for his sudden move. Joginder Singh Vedanti submitted his resignation to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (. . .more
Heavy rain claims 12 lives in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad: Normal life was thrown out of gear in several districts as heavy rains continued to lash coastal belt and Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. The heavy rains claimed 12 lives in . . .more
150 dead in HP temple stampede
Police officials today said that at least 150 devotees have died and 200 injured in a stampede at the famous Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur district. According to media reports at least 30 children are among tho. . .more
Curfew imposed in Jammu
Curfew was imposed in two more towns of Jammu today to prevent a flare up in communal tension as the agitation for the return of land to the Amarnath shrine entered its eleventh day. Army conducted flag marches in Udhampur and . . .more
45 labourers die as truck falls into river in Bihar
At least 45 farm labourers were killed and several others injured today when an overcrowded truck carrying them fell off a culvert and plunged into a river at Ghongsa village in Bihar's Lakhisarai district. The police said the. . .more
Fire in Gouthami Express, 32 dead
Warangal : At least 32 passengers were charred to death, most of them in sleep, and eight injured when the speeding Secunderabad-Kakinada Gouthami Express train caught fire in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours o. . .more
Kolkata on high alert after terror e-mail
Kolkata: The city police were placed on high alert after two TV news channels received an e-mail on Tuesday evening, threatening serial bombings in the metropolis at 10 pm, on Tuesday. According to a channel office here, the e. . .more
Modi announces reward of Rs 51 lakh for info on blasts
Surat: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced a reward of Rs 51 lakh for information leading to the terrorist network behind Ahmedabad serial blasts and the planting of bombs in Surat. He also announced rewards of Rs 21. . .more
Fresh violence injures 20 in Jammu
Life remained paralysed in Jammu due to a shutdown for the seventh consecutive day in protest against the Amarnath land transfer order revocation. A youth today allegedly attempted suicide over the land transfer row triggering a f. . .more
Live bombs found in Surat
Surat: Three live bombs were found in crowded residential areas of Surat triggering panic even as Ahmedabad police claimed that they got "some leads" in the serial blasts cases and were working on them. While one bomb, left . . .more
Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand
Hazaribag : At least three Maoist rebels, including a top commander, were killed and several injured in an overnight encounter with security forces in India's eastern Jharkhand state. The clash broke out late Monday when a poli. . .more
UP police arrests Congress leaders
Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested key congress leaders, Digvijay Singh, Sachin Pilot and Rita Bahuguna Joshi when they were going towards Chief Minister Mayawati's village to protest against the "coercive" acquisitio. . .more
Apex court dismisses Raj Thackrey’s petition
The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray challenging the criminal cases registered against him by Jharkhand government in connection with his alleged inflammatory . . .more
MP on high alert
Bhopal: Security was beefed up in Bhopal and certain key cities in Madhya Pradesh as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked police to keep a strict vigil following the bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Chouhan reviewe. . .more
Governor Vohra calls for talks on Amarnath issue
Governor N N Vohra has renewed his appeal to the people of Jammu to solve the Amarnath issue amicably through a dialogue process. He said I sincerely feel that there is no issue which cannot be resolved amicably through a proc. . .more
Curfew clamped in Jammu; Fresh clashes leave 12 injured
At least 12 people, including three policemen, were injured as fresh clashes broke out between police and protestors demanding restoration of forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board at Muthi and the Parade Ground area. Curfew . . .more
Curfew imposed in Jammu after suicide
Jammu:An indefinite curfew was imposed in Jammu on Thursday to prevent violence a day after a man committed suicide to protest the cancellation of land transfer to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), police said. Divisional . . .more
11 more fodder convicts sentenced
Ranchi : A Special CBI court here sentenced 11 fodder convicts to prison term ranging from three to seven years in connection with the fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 39 crore from Chaibasa treasury. . . .more
Karnataka in grip of major power crisis
Bangalore: Faced with a grim power scenario, Karnataka the government imposed a 20 per cent load-shedding for the rest of the current month and a 25 per cent power cut for the next month. Minister for Energy K S Eshwarappa told . . .more
Five killed, 20 feared drowned in Bihar boat capsize
Purnia: Five people were killed and 20 others feared drowned on Wednesday after an overcrowded country boat capsized in swollen river Kosi near Kanpghat village in Bihar's Purnia district. Sub-divisional Officer of Dhamdaha R . . .more
Grenade attack kills two in Kashmir
Two people were killed and five were wounded after militants hurled a grenade at a resort town of Gulmarg even as the Amarnath Yatra route was closed for pilgrims after guerrillas attacked security forces. The latest violence c. . .more
Jharkhand Cabinet approves R&R policy
The Jharkhand Cabinet has approved the much-hyped new Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) policy 2008 to lure investors in Jharkhand. Talking about the unique features of the new R&R Policy, Chief Minister Madhu Koda said as. . .more
Orissa CM announces compensation for dead policemen
Bhubaneswar: the families of the dead police officials would get Rs 10 lakh as assistance each. Another amount of Rs 4 lakh each would be given, as ex-gratia and a relative of each policeman would get a job, announced Orissa Chief. . .more
Rajasthan Assembly gives 5% quota to Gujjars
Jaipur: Not surprisingly, the Rajasthan Assembly has passed by voice vote the bill providing five percent quota to Gujjars under the "special backward class" and 14 percent to poor among the "Economically Backwards" (EBC). . . .more
TRS to vote against UPA
Telengana Rashtra Samiti, (TRS) has decided in a meeting to vote against the UPA government on the Indo-US nuclear deal. The numbers seem to be shrinking for the government. After Akali Dal chief Prakash Badal made it clear that h. . .more
POSCO threats Orissa Government!
The South Korea steel giant-Posco has threatened Orissa government over the delay in fulfilling its promise regarding the allotment of land in the state. It had sought 4,004 acre land for its 12 mtpa greenfield steel unit from the. . .more
Aarushi case is closed: CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday said that the Aarushi case is closed and the killers have been caught. According to sources the CBI would look into the allegation that Noida police has destroyed evidence while . . .more
Left, BSP join hands to fight against UPA govt
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat today met BSP supremo Mayawati in an apparent move to defeat the UPA government during the trust vote in Lok Sabha on July 22. The Left is preparing to add on the strength of the opposition benc. . .more
Mayawati accuses Centre of targeting her
UP Chief Minister Mayawati today criticized the Centre for acting at the behest of her political bete noire Samajwadi Party after it got into a \"deal with the Congress\". But she refused to divulge her strategy in the crucial. . .more
Sufficient evidence against Mayavati : CBI
The CBI today ld the Supreme Court that there was "sufficient" evidence to prosecute Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case registered against her five years ago. The CBI, which had registered. . .more
Nuclear deal not anti-Muslim: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the pact was not "anti-Muslim" and was in the national interest. He said "BSP president Mayawati is creating a demon out of the deal by portraying it as anti-Muslim.". . .more
JK CM Azad meets Governor Vohra
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is seeking a vote of confidence in the state assembly today, met state Governor N N. Vohra. Azad was accompanied by state PCC President and Union Minister Saif-ud-din Soz. . . .more
Former Shiv Sena MLA, two others convicted for Mumbai riots
A special court here today found a Shiv Sena leader and former parliamentarian and two of his colleagues guilty of inciting violence during riots between Hindus and Muslims in the city in 1992. All three members of the Shiv Sena w. . .more
Prachanda wins Nepal's top peace award
Maoist supremo Prachanda, poised to become the next prime minister of Nepal, has won the country's top peace award. Maoist supremo Prachanda, poised to become the next prime minister of Nepal, has won the country's top peace aw. . .more
Gujjars to hold more talks with Raje govt
The Gujjar leadership on Sunday decided to hold further talks with the Rajasthan Government. The Gujjar leadership on Sunday decided to hold further talks with the Rajasthan Government. . . .more
Gorkhas call for indefinite bandh
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has declared an indefinite shutdown from 6 pm on Monday, however, the bandh may not affect Siliguri. The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has declared an indefinite shutdown from 6 pm on Monday, however, the . . .more