May, 2013


17 militants killed in northeast tribal region of Pakistan

Islamabad: At least 17 suspected militants were killed when army jets pounded their hideouts in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, media reports said. Identities of those killed have not been determined yet. Earlier this month, the Pakistan Army declared Parachamkani, comprising 29 villages, as a conflict zone when militants took hold of a large part of the region, and displaced nearly 12,000 families to neighbouring Kohat and Hangu districts. An armed offensive launched on May 8 has left over 100 militants dead. In retaliatory attacks, militants have killed at least fiveRead More

Sandwich hurled at Australian Prime Minister

Melbourne: A white bread sandwich was hurled at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a visit to a high school in Canberra, an incident she laughed off by saying the thrower “must have thought I was hungry.” Gillard was walking in a packed foyer of the Lyneham High School when the sandwich was thrown at her, according to media reports. While she was making an announcement a salami sandwich was thrown by an unknown person. “It was lobbed from behind, over the top of her head, and landed at herRead More

Hamid Karzai favours security agreement with US

Kabul: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says he favours a security agreement with America allowing some of its troops to remain after the end of 2014 but wants unspecified “guarantees.” Karzai says the US should pay for the agreement, a reference to a demand for rent to lease up to nine bases in Afghanistan. He didn’t say how much money Afghanistan wants, but it’s thought to be over USD 6 billion. The US has said it’s not seeking permanent bases in Afghanistan. The agreement is expected by year’s end.

BJP to decide Party’s PM candidate soon: Rajnath

New Delhi: party will ‘soon’ decide its prime ministerial candidate, BJP President Rajnath Singh said. Asked if Modi could be the party’s choice for the Prime Minister’s post ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha battle, he refused to make a comment but said Modi’s popularity cannot be denied. “There is no question mark on the popularity of Modi,” he said. “We will get good number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, our target is 35 to 40,” he added. Asked about the 2009 Lok Sabha poll debacle, Rajnath Singh said theRead More

Spot fixing accused Ankit Chavan gets bail for Marrige

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan, arrested in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, was on Thursday granted interim bail by a Delhi court to get married on June 2. Chavan was earlier denied relief by a magisterial court which said stigma could not be a ground to give him any concession. Chavan and his teammates S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in matches for payments up to Rs 60 lakh for giving away pre-determined numberRead More

PM Manmohan Singh re-elected to Rajya Sabha

Guwahati: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected to Rajya Sabha for the fifth consecutive term on Thursday from Assam. Singh got 49 first preference votes, while the second Congress candidate bagged 45 votes in the 126-member state Assembly, its Principal Secretary and Returning Officer GP Das said. Opposition Asom Gana Parishad and BJP, who have nine and five MLAs respectively, had earlier decided to abstain from voting. The Congress now has five members out of seven in Assam to the Rajya Sabha. Polling was held from 9 am to 4Read More

Gaon ki Beti, Pratibha Kiran, Vikramaditya and conveyance facility included in global budget

Bhopal: From financial year 2013-14, the Higher Education Department has included Gaon ki Beti, Pratibha Kiran, Vikramaditya free education scheme and conveyance facility for girl students in global budget. Now, a centralised budget system has been evolved for these schemes. A sum of Rs. 3425 lakh has been provisioned for these schemes in budget for current fiscal. Rs. 2500 lakh has been provisioned for Gaon ki Beti scheme, Rs. 200 lakh for Pratibha Kiran Yojana, Rs. 75 lakh for Vikramaditya free education scheme for weaker sections and Rs. 650 lakhRead More

First contingent under ‘Maa Tujhe Pranam’ scheme to depart on June 10

Bhopal: The first contingent under “Maa Tujhe Pranam” scheme of Sports & Youth Welfare Department will depart from Bhopal on June 10. The scheme has been launched to instill patriotism among youths, create awareness about security of country’s borders and give exposure to them about activities of the army on international borders. Under the scheme, 10 youths (5 boys and girls each) from 15 to 35 years of age have been selected from every district of the state. In the first phase, men’s contingent will leave for Kargil, Leh, WagahRead More

Work in right earnest to improve public service delivery system and help people get its benefits

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed the government staff to work in right earnest to improve public service delivery system for good governance and help people get its benefit. Strict action should be taken without hesitation on detection of irregularities. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan held discussions with divisional commissioners, inspectors general of police, collectors and SPs through video-conferencing here today. Chief Secretary Shri R. Parasuram and DGP Shri Nandan Dube were also present. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that direct dialogue between government/administration with people is vitalRead More

UK Police make 10th arrest in soldier’s murder case

London: Scotland Yard has arrested one more person in connection with the grisly murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. The 50-year-old suspect was arrested in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling, south east London, Scotland Yard said. The arrest is the 10th the officers have made over the murder of Drummer Rigby, 25, who was hacked to death on a busy London street by two Islamic extremists last week. Earlier, three men arrested on Saturday over Drummer Rigby’s killing were released on bail. The developments came after Home Secretary TheresaRead More