June, 2015


Israel’s Gaza blockade violates rights of population: UN probe

Geneva: Israel’s blockade of Gaza has impeded the realisation of every right of the population there and strangulated its economy, a UN investigator told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. “Three major conflicts in six years and the blockade have strangled Gaza’s economy and impeded the realisation of virtually every right of the population of Gaza, hampering access to education, housing, health, food, water and sanitation,” Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Mary Mc Gowan Davis, said while presenting her report atRead More

Lalit Modi controversy: VK Singh dismisses criticism over PM’s silence

New Delhi: Dismissing criticism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Lalit Modi controversy, Union Minister V K Singh today said it is not necessary for the Prime Minister to react to everything and he will speak when the right time comes. “Why do you want to force upon him that he should speak and speak? It is not appropriate to react to everything. If a news channel is running something, is it right on the part of the Prime Minister to speak on that? When the right timeRead More

Rajnath Singh to review security of Amarnath Yatra tomorrow

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit to review the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and offer prayers at the Himalayan cave shrine on July 2. The Home Minister will review the security arrangements for this year’s Amarnath Yatra along with Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior officials of state and central security forces tomorrow, official sources said. “He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Holy Amarnath Shrine on July 2,” a senior state governmentRead More

Greece crisis likely to hit Indian exports, trigger capital outflows

New Delhi: With Greece witnessing a full- blown economic crisis, India’s software and engineering exports may take a hit and the country may also face larger capital outflows due to a weaker euro, industry and government officials warned yesterday. Greece situation battered the stock markets globally today, including in India, as foreign investors looked to re- allocate their portfolios in the wake of weakness in euro against various other currencies, while the companies with direct exposure to Eurozone markets were hit hardest. Greece’s financial crisis intensified with Prime Minister AlexisRead More

Industries Minister Smt. Scindia to visit Dewas and Rajgarh on July 1

Bhopal: Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia will visit Dewas and Rajgarh districts on July 1. After participating in local programmes at Dewas, Smt. Scindia will take part in a meeting of District Planning Committee at Rajgarh. In the evening, she will review progress of various development works, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima, Atal Pension and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana at Sarangpur. Smt. Scindia will also hold discussions with bankers and officers on Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana, Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan Programme.

Central team lauds implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes

Bhopal: A high-level team of Government of India has lauded effective implementation of Centrally sponsored rural development schemes in Madhya Pradesh. The Central team visited various areas in Dhar district today and witnessed positive changes due to these schemes in rural area. Holding direct dialogue with villagers, the team members learnt ground reality of Central schemes and discussed prosperity brought about by them in life of rural people. Union Secretary rural Development Shri J.K. Mohapatra and Additional Secretary Shri Amarjeet Singh undertook spot inspection of rural development schemes at Sulibyadi,Read More

PM to farmers: Use scientific methods to enhance production

Hazaribagh: Calling for second Green Revolution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the farming community to adopt scientific methods to enhance foodgrain production particularly of pulses which India has to import because of shortages. He said Indian farmers are still lagging behind in terms of availability of good quality seeds, adequate water, power, availability of right price and market for their produce. “Unless we prepare a balanced and a comprehensive integrated plan, we will not be able to change the lives of farmers,” he said here while laying foundation stoneRead More

Sanskrit should be propagated to purify minds of people: Sushma Swaraj

Bangkok: Sanskrit scholars from 60 countries began a five-day conference here today with an inaugural speech by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who suggested that Sanskrit should be propagated so that “it purifies the minds of the people and thus sanctifies the whole world.” Speaking entirely in Sanskrit to over 600 Sanskrit experts, Swaraj called it a “modern and universal” language and said its tradition is comparable to the river Ganga. “The Ganga remains sacred from Gomukh, its source, to Ganga sagar where it enters the ocean. It sanctifies theRead More

Flash floods, landslides kill 21 in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least 21 people have died in devastating flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed Southeastern hilly districts of Bangladesh, officials said yesterday. Tens of thousands of people were marooned on higher ground as flood waters submerged areas around Cox’s Bazar and the hilly district of Bandarban, media reported. Police confirmed that 21 bodies were recovered from a river on Sunday. Bangladesh – one of the world’s most densely populated countries – is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, droughts, floods and earthquakes. India, BangladeshRead More

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu orders probe into freak train accident in Mumbai

Mumbai: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today ordered a probe into the freak accident at Churchgate Station here wherein a local train crashed into the dead end, injuring five passengers and disrupting suburban services on the Western Railway line. “Ordered enquiry into freak accident at Churchgate. All lapses of any kind… responsibility will be fixed, action will be taken,” he tweeted. Following the incident, Western Railway (WR) launched an inquiry and suspended motorman L S Tiwari, guard Ajay Gohil and loco inspector M G Verma of the locomotive yesterday. The speedingRead More