July, 2015


Landslides due to torrential rains kill 33 people in Nepal

Kathmandu: At least 33 people, including 13 women, were killed yesterday and over 20 others reported missing after landslides triggered by torrential rains swept away houses across Nepal, already devastated due to a massive temblor in April and the subsequent aftershocks. Western Nepal, in particular, is badly hit by landslide triggered by the incessant rain for the past few days. Twenty-three people were killed in Kaski district, 250 km west of Kathmandu, near the famous tourist spot Pokhara as flood triggered by incessant rain buried houses, according to Home MinistryRead More

Cyclone forces evacuation of thousands in Bangladesh

Dhaka: A cyclone set to hit the Bangladesh coast later on yesterday already killed three people and forced the evacuation of thousands from mainly poor fishing communities, police and other officials said. Cyclone Komen, forming in the Bay of Bengal, has destroyed dozens of makeshift homes on Bangladesh’s southernmost point of Saint Martin’s island as it moves towards the coast, local police chief Ataur Rahman said. “At least 150 houses of local fishermen were reportedly destroyed due to the storm,” he said. Three men were killed in separate incidents whenRead More

Ganga likely to be clean by 2020: Centre

New Delhi: Cleaning of river Ganga is expected to be completed by 2020, by which time desired results of initiatives taken up for the purpose will be visible, the government has said. In reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said cleaning of the river Ganga was a massive task. “The present initiative of Ganga cleaning is expected to be completed by 2020, by which time most of the projects that have initiated/proposed are expected to be completed and desired results will beRead More

Rahul Gandhi to visit FTII amid Gajendra Chauhan appointment row

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit the Pune based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) tomorrow in support of the students’ agitation there against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its head. Sources told reporters that Gandhi will visit FTII tomorrow in support of the students’ demands. Earlier, FTII students had written to him seeking his intervention to check the ‘assault on institutions of higher learning’. Sources said responding to the invitation, Gandhi had decided to go to Pune and support their cause. FTII students are onRead More

Privilege motion: Robert Vadra replies to Lok Sabha Secretariat, invokes freedom of speech

New Delhi: Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, today invoked the constitutional right of freedom of speech in his reply to a notice served by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on a privilege motion moved against him for a Facebook post. Vadra, in his reply, has stressed that he respects Parliament and that there was no attempt on his part to hurt anybody, sources close to him said. However, he added that people in the country have freedom of expression. Vadra, in his Facebook post on July 21, theRead More

Collectors to review text-books’ distribution in districts

Bhopal: The state government has directed all collectors to review text-books’ distribution. They have been asked to ensure that surplus text-books in development blocks, Jan Shiksha Kendras and schools should be re-distributed to needy schools and development blocks as per requirement. If demand exists even then, demand letters in prescribed proforma should be sent. Referring to directives of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan”, it has been directed to ensure distribution of free of cost text-books in all government schools. It should also be ascertainedRead More

Online applications invited from guest faculties for government colleges till August 5

Bhopal: Candidates can apply for posts of guest faculty in government colleges till August 5. Applicants can get their documents verified from any identified government college from July 23 to August 8. Applicants who have worked as guest faculties earlier will be given preference. Details regarding this can be seen on website of Higher Education Department. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

India very high on Obama’s list of investments: White House

Washington: India is very high on the US list for investments in foreign countries as economic growth across the world remains a priority for President Barack Obama, according to the White House. “In terms of the US-India partnership, …the President is very enthusiastic about the prospect of increased collaboration, increased economic growth for American companies, and investments in India,” press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Wednesday. “I think you heard that from his recent trip there a few months ago,” he said when asked if Vice President Joe Biden wasRead More

India will surpass China in population by 2022 : UN

United Nations: There will be more Indians than Chinese by 2022 when both Asian giants will have 1.4 billion people each and India’s population will grow at a faster pace, according to the UN.A report. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs yesterday said that in seven years, “India’s population is projected to continue growing for several decades to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7  billion in 2050, while the population of China is expected to remain fairly constant until the 2030s, after which it is expected to slightlyRead More

Fresh batch of 558 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath Yatra

Jammu: Amid tight security, a batch of 558 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas. Over 3 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine during this year’s pilgrimage. The batch of 432 men, 74 women, two children and 50 sadhus left in a motorcade of 16 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here at 4.55 AM, a police official said. Amid tight security arrangements made by CRPF, the convoy has already crossed Patnitop on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. With today’s batch,Read More