May, 2015


Rajapaksa fears LTTE revival in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is mounting a political comeback, has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country. “We are glad that terrorists are no more. But I have a suspicion that we may return to see terrorism,” Rajapaksa said. “We don’t want to see that happening we want everyone to live in peace and harmony,” he told a religious gathering in the north central town of Anuradhapura yesterday. Rajapaksa, who led the Sri Lankan forces in the bloodyRead More

Aftershock felt in earthquake-hit Nepal

Kathmandu: Aftershocks continue to jolt Nepal over a month after the country’s worst quake struck, with fresh tremors felt today. A 4-magnitude aftershock was recorded at 1.55 am, with epicentre at Dhading district, according to the National Seismological Centre, Kathmandu. With this, total number of aftershocks since the April 25 quake has reached 291. The deadly temblor has triggered a series of aftershocks and has devastated the Himalayan nation, flattening buildings and killing nearly 9,000 people besides hitting the tourism industry hard. However, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil AviationRead More

Manohar Parrikar rules out combat role of women in Armed Forces

Pune: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has ruled out recruiting women for combat operations in Armed Forces due to apprehensions about their safety. He said they would be encouraged to join other operational areas with their inclusion being stepped up in phases. “No. Think of what can happen if a woman is taken as a prisoner in combat operation,” he said, implying at possible atrocities they might suffer if held captive by enemy forces. He, however, said except for combat role, women will be encouraged to join other operational areas ofRead More

Country’s first Bamboo Investors Meet at Bhopal from June 20 to 22

Bhopal: The state government is organising country’s first Bamboo Investors Meet “Investing in Green Gold” at Bhopal from June 20 to 22. Objective of the meet is to identify potential investors, special investors segments and projects in bamboo sector, creation of an investor-friendly policy and making available a high-level market to bamboo craftspersons by strengthening rural economy. Confederation of Indian Industries will be coordinator for the meet being held with the cooperation of Madhya Pradesh Bamboo Mission, Madhya Pradesh TRIFAC, Directorate of Institutional Finance and Laghu Udyog Nigam. Madhya PradeshRead More

Commitment to develop Bundelkhand: CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the government is committed to ensuring development of Bundelkhand. Every possible effort will be made to bring about prosperity in people’s lives. Shri Chouhan was laying foundation stone of Bansujara dam at village Sujara in Tikamgarh district today. Water Resources and Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya was also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that soil of Bundelkhand is rich in mineral resources. Despite it, poverty prevails here. State government has made efforts to remove poverty in theRead More

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

BEIJING: China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, China vowed to increase its “open seas protection”, switching from air defence to both offence and defence, and criticised neighbours who take “provocative actions” on its reefs and islands. China, which claims most of the South China Sea, criticised WashingtonRead More

Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins

BEIRUT: Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.Activists in contact with people inside the city have also said there has been no damage to the UNSECO World Heritage site since the takeover. Islamic State is an offshoot of al Qaeda that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq and is the target of a US-led air strike campaign in both countries. The groupRead More

No clue on my non-inclusion in Union Cabinet: Shatrughan Sinha

Patna: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday said he has no clue as to why he has not been included in the Union Cabinet and asserted that the party leadership should fix a role for him in the coming Bihar Assembly polls befitting his stature. “People ask me why I have not been included in Narendra Modi cabinet despite having seniority, experience and popularity, but I have no answer,” Sinha told reporters. “Perhaps they (Prime Minister and Central leadership) can answer this,” he added and hoped his non-inclusion was not becauseRead More

Centre welcomes withdrawal of AFSPA in Tripura

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday welcomed Tripura government’s decision to lift AFSPA saying there was no need for the state government to take the consent of the Central government while taking the move. “I would like to welcome the very important decision of Tripura government to lift the Armed Forces Special Powers Act,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters. Rijiju said the decision of Tripura government was valid because AFSPA was imposed by the state government. “Wherever such a decision is taken by the Home MinistryRead More

State level convention of producer organisations at Ujjain to directly link farmers with market

Bhopal: State level farmer producer organisations will be held at Ujjain on May 29 to help farmers get fair prices of their produce and make agriculture profitable. The convention focuses on Krishi Mahotsav where Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will directly interact with farmers. Farmer producer organisations have been formed to directly link farmers’ produce with market and help them get fair prices. Apart from making available facilities to farmers as per their requirements, the organisations also helps them mobilize fiscal resources. As many as 64 farmer producer organisationsRead More