Saturday, August 9th, 2014


Manchester Test: England take 85-run lead

Manchester: England consolidated their position by taking a handy 85-run lead as they reached 237 for six before heavy rain washed away nearly two sessions of play on the second day of the fourth cricket Test against India on Friday. esuming at overnight 113 for three, England lost three wickets in the pre-lunch session as India removed removed Ian Bell (58), Chris Jordan (13) and Moeen Ali (13). The rain did stop around the scheduled tea-time but the outfield had been rendered completely wet and big puddles formed at variousRead More

Serena, Venus to clash in Montreal semi-finals

New York: World number one Serena outlasted Caroline Wozniacki to clinch a 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory while Venus also came from a set down to beat Spanish 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, the third round conqueror of Maria Sharapova, 4-6 6-2 6-3. Serena will take a 14-10 career lead over her older sister into the semifinal. “You go in there thinking, this is not going to be routine. You have to be ready,” she added. Wozniacki, a former world number one who is seeded 11th, claimed her only victory overRead More

US airstrikes in iraq, first offence in three years

Arbil (Iraq): US jets struck jihadist positions in Northern Iraq, a potential turning point in a two-month crisis, which according to Washington, was threatening to result in genocide and expose its assets. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said on Twitter that US forces bombed the jihadists after artillery fire against Kurdish regional government forces defending their capital Arbil. Many people who have been cowering in the Sinjar mountains for five days in searing heat and with no supplies are Yazidis, a minority that follows a 4,000-year-old faith. Obama accusedRead More

Sachin says medical emergency kept him away from Parliament

New Delhi: Under attack over his absence from Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar said that there was a medical emergency that kept him away from Delhi and that he did not mean disrespect to any institution. “My absence in Delhi has been discussed rather too much. I don’t mean to disrespect any institution”, he said hours after members in Rajya Sabha raked up his prolonged absence from the House and demanded his participation in its business. Speaking at a sports function in Vigyan Bhawan not far away from Parliament, he saidRead More

Do everything to strengthen country’s secular fabric: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said India is a secular country and everything should be said and done to strengthen its secular fabric and people should refrain from giving undesirable colour to incidents. Chief Justice Lodha said, “We are also concerned but the colour you have given is not correct.” The court’s observation assumes significance as the PIL is rooted in the recent incident of alleged conversion and rape of a girl who was teaching in a seminary belonging to a particular community. The court further said, “EveryRead More

PM to meet North-east CMs to resolve problems

Agartala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states to resolve the problems of the region, an official said here on Saturday. The move came on Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s request, the official added. He said Sarkar met Modi in New Delhi on Friday and discussed issues of the region such as connectivity, policy intervention, infrastructure, agricultural, educational, health service and tourism. Sarkar told Modi that rail and road connectivity to all state capitals followed by connecting district headquarters mustRead More

Jaswant Singh’s condition critical, put on life support systems

New Delhi: Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh is in a ‘highly critical’ condition and in coma on Friday after suffering from a head injury following a fall at his house in the national capital, the government said. 76-year-old Jaswant was brought to the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) at around 1 am ‘with injury to his head’, the Defence Ministry said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first political leaders to speak to the former BJP leader’s family. He also offered prayers for his ‘speedy recovery’. “Urgent CT scanRead More

Rs. 17.71 crore for strengthening Excellence Education Centres

Bhopal: A sum of Rs. 17 crore 71 lakh will be spent on coaching in scheduled caste students’ Centres for Excellence in Education during remaining years of 12th Five-Year Plan years from 2014-15 to 2016-17. The amount will be spent on coaching of 290 students studying in these centres. The department provides Rs. 10 thousand per annum to every student studying in these centres. The department also sanctioned to pay Rs. 300 per period to teachers visiting the centres. The teachers will undertake coaching in maths, English, science, general knowledgeRead More

72nd anniversary of Quit India Movement

Bhopal: On the 72nd anniversary of Quit India Movement on August 9, Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to freedom fighters who laid down their lives during freedom struggle. The Governor will garland statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises of old Vidhan Sabha on August 9 marking anniversary of Quit India Movement. Governor Shri Yadav said that it was a mass movement in which lakhs of common people participated. The movement had attracted large number of youths. Students abandoned studies and were sent to jail for takingRead More

Manthan Award-2014 for state’s online higher education loan application monitoring system

Bhopal: Special Manthan Award was conferred to Madhya Pradesh for its online higher education loan application monitoring system (Online HELAMS) at Manthan South-West India function at Pune yesterday. Padmshri Dr. Vijay Bhatkar gave away the award to online system’s in-charge and Programmer in Institutional Finance Directorate, Madhya Pradesh Shri Gopal Swaroop Dube. Principal Secretary Finance and Commissioner Institutional Finance Shri Ashish Upadhyay informed that Madhya Pradesh was selected for the award from among 180 projects in the country. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to implement online higher education loanRead More