Deccan Herald : India (68)

It is opportunism, treachery with people's mandate: Cong on Nitish

The Congress today described Nitish Kumars joining hands with BJP to remain in power as "rank opportunism and treachery with peoples mandate" and said it was "a black day" for Indian democracy.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Kumar had pledged never to join hands with the BJP ...

HC asks Maha govt how Dutt's good conduct was judged by jail officials in 2mnths

The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government how actor Sanjay Dutt was granted parole and furlough in quick succession and within two months of surrendering to serve his five-year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.The high court also sought to know how is the good ...

'Musharraf mulled using nukes against India after 2001 attack'

Pakistans former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf says he mulled the use of nuclear weapons against India amid tensions following the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, but decided against doing so out of fear of retaliation, according to a media report.Musharraf, 73, also recalled ...

JNU students should take oath to protect nationalism:BJP MP

The students of JNU must take an oath of protecting the shine of Indias pride and nationality, a BJP MP said today while supporting a demand by the Vice Chancellor to install a battle tank inside the campus.Meenakshi Lekhi, raising the issue during zero hour in the Lok Sabha, also criticised ...

Verbal clash between ruling, oppn sides in LS

The Lok Sabha today saw a verbal clash between the ruling side and the opposition, with the Congress demanding immediate debate on the lynching issue while the BJP sought apology from the Congress members suspended for throwing papers towards the Speaker.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, ...

Stalin stopped enroute to Salem, held on "law and order" grounds

DMK leader M K Stalin was today arrested near here on grounds of "law and order," when he attempted to proceed to Salem to oversee the desilting work of a lake, over which his party men and AIADMK workers had clashed.Police intercepted Stalins convoy of vehicles and detained him at a check post in ...

Nitish's frequent change of stand doesn't show him in good light: Virbhadra

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said the frequent change of stand by Nitish Kumar does not show him in good light.Singh was in the national capital to attend the court proceedings in a disproportionate assets case against him, his wife Pratibha Singh and others.Bihar Chief ...

Nitish move to do more harm than good: JDU MP

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kunars decision to walk out of Grand Alliance and form a government with BJP has surprised JD leaders. Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar Ansari says the decision will do more harm to the party. Ansari spoke to DHs Shemin Joy in Parliament House.Q: How do you see this ...

Will support BJP in both houses of Parliament: JD

The JD today announced that it will support the BJP-led NDA government in both the houses of Parliament, shortly after Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihars chief minister.JDs national spokesperson K C Tyagi also hit out at the Congress saying it does not have any credibility and accused it of not ...

Nitish govt to seek trust vote tomorrow

The new Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar will seek trust vote in the state assembly tommorow."A one-day special session of the Bihar Assembly has been convened tomorrow in which the new government will seek trust vote," Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination Department, Brajesh Mehrotra ...

'Vendetta against me', says Tejashwi; slams JD, BJP

Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav today slammed the BJP and former ally JD alleging they pursued a "vendetta politics" against him."My performance perturbed our ally and BJP. Vendetta against me exposes their viciousness", Tejashwi said in a tweet after the JD returned to the NDA ...

Govt not giving up search for 39 Indians abducted in Iraq: Swaraj

The sources who gave the government confidence of not abandoning the search for 39 Indians abducted in Iraq include a "head of state and a foreign minister of another country," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha today.She, however, refused to disclose the identity of the ...

HC asks Kejriwal not to put scandalous questions to Jaitley

The Delhi High Court today directed Arvind Kejriwal not to put "scandalous" questions to Union Minister Arun Jaitley during his cross-examination in a defamation suit filed against the chief minister and five other AAP leaders.Justice Manmohan further said the chief minister should conduct ...

Oppn seeks clarity on whether govt plans to scrap Rs 2K notes

The Opposition in Rajya Sabha today asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to clarify whether the government has decided to scrap the newly launched Rs 2,000 note and introduce a Rs 1,000 coin.However, Jaitley who was present in the House, did not respond even as the Opposition members insisted for ...

Portion of under-construction bridge collapses in Odisha

A portion of a vital under-construction bridge near Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri district has collapsed due to incessant rains in the region.Three girders of the Gurupriya bridge between columns 10 and 11 caved in due to heavy rains yesterday, works secretary N K Pradhan said.Though the incident ...

Actress abduction case: Dileep's wife questioned

Arrested Malayalam actor Dileeps wife Kavya Madhavan was questioned here in connection with the abduction and assault case of a south Indian actress, police said today.Additional Director General of Police B Sandhya-led special investigation team, which is probing the case, quizzed Madhavan at her ...

Centre to issue coin on MGR, says Panneerselvam

The Centre has decided to issue a commemorative coin on AIADMK founder and late Tamil Nadu chief minister M G Ramachandran coinciding with his birth centenary based on a request made by him in January when he was heading the government, rebel leader O Panneerselvam said today.Panneerselvam said he, ...

Mobile phone use in LS: Thakur expresses regret; Mahajan warns

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today sent out a stern warning to members against using mobile phones inside the House after BJP member Anurag Thakur expressed regret for allegedly shooting opposition protests in the Well using his mobile two days ago.Some opposition members had complained about ...

Documentary film maker Divya Bharathi arrested,let off on bail

Social activist and documentary film maker Divya Bharathi was today arrested and released on bail in connection with a case registered against her eight years ago, police said.Divya was arrested for participating in an agitation seeking compensation for a dalit student who allegedly died after being ...

PM to carry out aerial survey of flood-hit North Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will carry out an aerial survey of the flood-hit Banaskantha district later in the day. Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said this in Gandhinagar, adding that the visit would depend on suitable weather. The North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and ...

Renowned Indian Scientist Yash Pal passes away

Throughout his illustrious career as a scientist, administrator and science communicator, Yash Pal was known for his indomitable spirit, the first signs of which were visible when he was barely a 9 year kid.He was born at Jhang in November 1926 and spent his early childhood in Quetta in Balochistan ...

357 babus, 24 IAS officers punished: DoPT tells PM

Perform or perish. This is one of the mantras of good governance being followed by the Modi government to make its workforce accountable, a senior personnel ministry official has said.The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services ...

Kovind's swearing-in a significant milestone: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Ram Nath Kovinds swearing-in as the next president is a "significant milestone" in the journey started by BJPs ideologue Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.Modi made these remarks, according to party sources, at the BJP parliamentary party meeting held before Kovind was ...

Opposition creates ruckus in LS over cow vigilantes and lynching

The Opposition on Tuesday created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over cow vigilantes and incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection, prompting the Speaker to adjourn the House."So, you dont want the House to function. It is Okay. I am adjourning the House to allow members and ministers participate ...

'Vande Mataram' must in TN schools, govt offices: Madras HC

In a significant development, the Madras High Court on Tuesday said that "Vande Mataram" should be played or sung in schools, colleges, government offices and even in private organisation in Tamil Nadu. However, the court also issued order that the national song should be sung at least once a week ...

TRS govt made Telangana a 'den of drug peddling,' alleges BJP

The TRS Government has turned Telangana into a "den of drug abuse and peddling" by adopting an "open-gate" excise policy, the BJP has alleged.Accusing IT minister K T Rama Rao of promoting western culture, a BJP leader charged the government with making the state "Udta Telangana", alluding to the ...

India expresses concern over growing trade deficit with China

Amid continuing India-China military stand-off in Bhutan, New Delhi on Monday expressed its concerns over yet another irritant in its bilateral relations with the neighbouring communist country - the burgeoning trade deficit."Trade deficit with China is a matter of concern," Minister of State for ...

Ahead of SIT questioning Actress Charmee files petition in High Court

Actress Charmee Kaur, who was summoned by the Special Investigation Team in connection with the ongoing probe on Drug racket, has filed a writ petition in the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad on Monday seeking protection from the alleged coercive interrogation methods adopted by the SIT. ...

Cong accuses Venkaiah Naidu of grabbing land meant for the poor

Congress on Monday targeted NDA Vice Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu, accusing him of grabbing land meant for poor and his son and daughter getting preferential treatment because of him.Releasing four questions to Naidu, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said those holding the highest ...

Six Cong MPs suspended from LS for 5 days for creating ruckus

Six Congress members were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today on the ground of "highly unbecoming" conduct during their protests over the lynching issue that "undermined the Chairs dignity".Mahajan announced her order as soon as the House met at 2.00 PM ...

Custodial violence won't be tolerated, says Delhi HC

Custodial violence will not be tolerated, the Delhi High Court today said while directing Tihar Jail authorities to ensure that accused in the Election Commission bribery case Sukesh Chandrashekar is not tortured in custody.Justice Ashutosh Kumar also issued notice to the AAP government and the DG ...

FM introduces bill to replace Banking Regulation Ordinance

A bill to authorise the RBI to direct banking companies to resolve the problem of stressed assets was today introduced in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Banking Regulation Bill, 2017, seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and replace the Banking Regulation Ordinance, ...

WB, TN students got different NEET question papers: MPs in RS

Members of the TMC and AIADMK in the Rajya Sabha today expressed grave concern over the issue of different questions papers being given to students attempting the common medical entrance examination in regional languages in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Derek ...

Govt launches 'SHe-box' portal for sexual harassment complaints

The Women and Child Development ministry today launched an online platform to enable women employees of the central government to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace."We are also going to soon conduct a national survey to assess the nature and magnitude of sexual harassment ...

Mumbai women biker tries to avoid pothole, gets crushed by truck

The death of a 35-year-old biker, Jagruti Hogale, at the Jawhar-Dahanu highway in Palghar district, nearly 130 kms from downtown Mumbai, has raised the issues of safety on roads during monsoon as potholes crop up often and remain unattended. Jagruti, a resident of Kalanagar in Bandra-East, is ...

PM Modi sends out individual wishes to women's cricket team

"Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur?" asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he sent out individual wishes to each and every member of the Indian womens World Cup squad ahead of their final against England.In a series of tweets from his personal handle, Modi dedicated a tweet each to the squad, ...

Army foils infiltration bid along LoC, one militant killed

An unidentified militant was killed in an ongoing encounter along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of north Kashmirs Kupwara district on Sunday as the army foiled yet another infiltration bid.Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that an infiltration bid was foiled in Machhil sector in which ...

India Inc pay gap: CEOs earn up to 1,200-times of avg staff

A huge pay gap between CEOs and other employees at Indian companies has come to the fore, with the biggest listed blue-chip firms doling out to their top executives salary packages of up to 1,200-times of their median employee remunerations.An analysis of remuneration disclosures made by top listed ...

TN Opp parties will leave Kamal Haasan in lurch: AIADMK

The ruling AIADMK today hit out at actor Kamal Haasan saying he does not understand that his utterances against the government will "affect" him later and opposition parties which support him now will "leave him in a lurch" in due course of time.AIADMKs mouthpiece Namadhu Dr MGR today said the ...

Vaghela's Cong exit to alter politics in poll-bound Guj

The sudden move by Shankarsinh Vaghela to quit the Congress has the potential to alter political equations in Gujarat, where he is likely to pitch himself as a third alternative ahead of the Assembly polls, according to political observers.While the former chief minister has not yet revealed his ...

IRCTC to install 1,100 water vending machines at stations

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation plans to install 1,100 water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-2018 as part of its efforts to ensure clean drinking water at low cost in rail premises across the country.A glass of 300 ml water dispensed through these machines will cost just ...

Labourer's son, porter's daughter from slums bag seats in DU

Getting a seat in a Delhi University college is a dream come true, but for those who beat poverty and the hardships of an urban slum to secure a spot amid the sky-high cut-offs, the feat becomes all the more remarkable.Among the thousands who walked into the varsitys 60-odd under-graduate institutes ...

Make home science mandatory for boys in school: Govt proposal

Boys may have to compulsorily study home science at schools if a draft proposal prepared by the Women and Child Development Ministry is approved by the Union Cabinet.The draft National Policy for Women, 2017, approved recently by a group of ministers has been sent to the Cabinet, according to a ...

Leaving the Rashtrapati Bhawan on a plume of nostalgia

The late Indira Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee shared an unspoken bond - not just metaphorically but literally.The story goes that it was difficult, rather impossible, for any outsider to extract any information he did not want to reveal."Even Mrs Gandhi would say, No matter how hard one tries, they ...

Make law to ensure at least 100 days of House sittings: CPM

Expressing concern over the dwindling number of working days in Parliament, CPI general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for enacting a law to ensure there is at least 100 days of active presence of members in the House.This will make sure that the government of the day is held accountable for ...

Sanjay Gandhi's 'daughter' moves HC seeking stay on 'Indu Sarkar'

A woman claiming to be the biological daughter of Sanjay Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has approached the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkars upcoming film Indu Sarkar.Priya Paul filed a petition in the high court yesterday seeking a direction to ...

Bureaucratic reshuffle: 35 secys, addl secys in govt depts

Thirty-five senior bureaucrats have been appointed as secretaries and additional secretaries in various central government departments as part of a major reshuffle.All of these officers, were either working as joint or additional secretaries, have been promoted either in the same departments or ...

Soldier injured in firing by Pak army along LoC in Rajouri

An Army jawan was injured when the Pakistan Army fired at Indian posts along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, a senior Army officer said today."The Pakistan Army initiated small arms firing at the Indian Army posts in the Naushera sector at around 22:35 hours ...

RGV questions authorities for selective targeting of Tollywood actors

Deploring the way cine artists were projected as part drug mafia, the maverick film maker Ram Gopal Verma finally put an end to his silence and questioned the investigating authorities' the reason for selectively targeting Tollywood while the drug menace spread its tentacles on all walks of life.In ...

Armymen thrash policemen, Omar demands action

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today demanded action against the army personnel for allegedly thrashing and injuring seven policemen in central Kashmirs Ganderbal district."Why would the army beat up J&K police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate ...