Friday, May 29th, 2015


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

Meeting of NITI Ayog Sub-Group on rationalisation of Centrally sponsored schemes

Bhopal: Final stage contemplation was held on rationalisation and funding of Centrally sponsored schemes at a meeting of NITI Ayog Sub-Group headed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today. Recommendations have been prepared on the basis of suggestions of Chief Ministers of states. Last meeting of the Sub-Group will be held in New Delhi on June 13 following which the sub-group will submit its report to NITI Ayog’s Chairman Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri T.R. Zeliang, Kerala Shri Oommen Chandi, ArunachalRead More