January, 2016


Donald Trump gains lead in early voting States of Iowa, South Carolina

Washington: Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump yesterday gained substantial lead in early voting States of  Iowa and South Carolina, while his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead over her nearest rival Bernie Sanders, latest opinion polls show. This is quite a big jump as three weeks ago, Trump, 69, trailed Cruz by four points in this crucial state. The poll comes days ahead of the first presidential vote is caste in the Iowa Caucus on Monday, which will formally kick off the process to elect the newRead More

26/11 Mumbai attack trial test of Pakistan’s sincerity : India

New Delhi: India said yesterday that it sees the trial of the 2008 Mumbai terror masterminds in Pakistan as a test of Islamabad’s sincerity in fighting terrorism. “We have said before that we see the Mumbai terror attack trial as a test of Pakistan’s sincerity in combating terrorism directed against India”, external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told the media. “The planning, training and financing of the Mumbai terrorist attacks were done in Pakistan where 99 percent of the evidence is”, he said. “It is Pakistan’s responsibility to unearth andRead More

Sonia Gandhi appoints Manish Tewari as AICC spokesperson

New Delhi: Former Union Minister Manish Tewari, from whose remarks on troop movement the Congress had distanced itself over a fortnight ago, was yesterday made spokesperson of the party. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the appointment of Manish Tewari as Spokesperson of All India Congress Committee”, S V Ramani, Secretary of the AICC’s Communication Department, said. Only on January 10, the AICC had trashed a statement of Tewari, who had asserted that a news report on troop movement was unfortunate but true. The AICC had regretted that such statementsRead More

Over 6000 sports grounds constructed through MNREGA

Bhopal. Consider sports as inseparable part of all-round development of children, over 600 sports grounds have been constructed in the state through MNREGA. Rural children will be able to hone their skills at these sports grounds. Sports materials worth upto Rs. one lakh is being given under PIKA scheme. Employment worth one lakh mandays is also being provided to rural families through contruction of these sports grounds. Over 5,500 sports grounds are under construction in the state. Youths are getting recruited in the army every year by practicing at sportsRead More

CM expresses gratitude to prime minister

Bhopal. Chief Minister Shri Shivrj Singh Chouhan has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Urban Development Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu for including Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur cities of Madhya Pradesh in the first list of 20 Smart Cities selected by the central government. Describing it as a matter of immense pride for the state he thanked Shri Modi and Shri Naidu on behalf of the citizens of these three cities. Shri Chouhan said that NDA government’s novel concept of Smart Cities generated aRead More

Suspected Syrian national arrested in Germany for ‘war crime’

Berlin: A Syrian suspected of being among jihadists who kidnapped a UN peacekeeper in Damascus in 2013 has been arrested over the “war crime”, Germany’s federal prosecutor said today. The 24-year-old man named as Suliman A. -S. is believed to be a member of a branch of the Al-Nusra Front jihadist group, the prosecutor said. Investigations found that he had participated in the kidnapping on February 17, 2013 and was “involved in guarding the kidnapped victim between March and June 2013”. He is “suspected of an attack during Syria’s civilRead More

More research needed into Zika-microcephaly link: Scientists

Rio De Janeiro: The release of new figures apparently finding fewer cases of microcephaly in Brazil than first feared is adding force to calls for more research into the link between the rare birth defect and the spreading Zika virus. Health experts have been looking at 4,180 suspected cases of microcephaly reported since October in Brazil, where authorities said the birth defect could be linked to the virus and announced that 220,000 military personnel were being deployed to help eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika. But yesterday, HealthRead More

Congress responsible for President’s rule more than 100 times: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing row over President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has alleged that Congress was responsible for imposition of central rule more than 100 times in various states on ‘flimsy grounds’. “President Rule is imposed only in a special case. Congress Party had imposed PR more than 100 times on flimsy grounds, including Arunachal Pradesh in the past,” he said in a Facebook post after Central rule was imposed in the border state. Rijiju said Congress must apologise to the people of Arunachal PradeshRead More

Solar scam: Kerala Vigilance Court orders lodging FIR against CM, Power Minister

Thrissur: A Vigilance court today ordered registration of an FIR against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Power Minister Arayadan Mohammed in connection with the solar scam. Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Thrissur, SS Vassan, on a private complaint by one P D Joseph, issued the direction in this regard. The vigilance director has been asked to file the FIR and complete the probe as early as possible. Joseph said he had based his complaint on the statements made by Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the solar scam, yesterdayRead More

Prime Minister reviews distribution of old age pension

Bhopal. During video-conferencing Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI), Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held discussions on old age pension scheme, Aadhar registration, renewable energy, rural electrification scheme and projects pertaining to rails and roads today. It is noteworthy that the Prime Minister holds discussions with Chief Secretaries of various states through PRAGATI every month. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed the Prime Minister that all beneficiaries of old age, widow and disabled pensions have been linked with digital system. In the state, 83 percent beneficiaries are being providedRead More