April, 2016


7.0 magnitude quake hits Vanuatu; tsunami warning issued

Wellington: A major earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early today, briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after locals reported no significant damage. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0-magnitude quake –  originally reported as 7.3, struck at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometres, some 209 kilometres from the capital Port Vila. The National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) initially warned the quake, which hit at 1933 GMT, could generate waves of up to three metres on parts of the Vanuatu coast. Within two hours itRead More

Situation very complex in Bangladesh: US

Washington: The situation is “very complex” and there is a threat “on the ground” in Bangladesh, the US has said after a series of bloody attacks on secular writers and minorities in the Muslim-majority country were claimed by ISIS and al-Qaeda. “It is a very complex situation on the ground,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters when asked about the series of killings of activists in Bangladesh. “What we’re asking for is that the government conduct an investigation into these attacks, these brutal attacks and these brutal murders,Read More

AgustaWestland chopper deal: Subramanium Swamy seeks discussion on ‘paid news’ in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanium Swamy today sought a discussion in Rajya Sabha over reports that money was allegedly paid to middlemen for managing the Indian media to produce favourable news on the AgustaWestland deal..During the Zero Hour, the nominated member said the Parliamentary Standing Committee in its 47th report laid on May 7, 2013 had dealt with the issue of ‘paid news’. “Now the paid news has acquired the character of a cancer in our democracy. Recently in the AgustaWestland deal also. Perhaps one of the news channels hadRead More

Notices issued to all those named in Panama Papers, says Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Notices are being served on those whose names figure in the Panama Papers leaks even as the newly-enacted black money act has resulted in “a certain level of compliance” and helped track black money parked overseas, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said yesterday. “I would like to say only one thing that for what ever cases are coming before the tax departments and others; notices are being issued under Income Tax Act and other relevant laws and actions are being taken,” he told the Lok Sabha during question hour.Read More

CM invites envoys in New Delhi to ideological Mahakumbh at Ujjain

New Delhi. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed envoys of various countries at office of Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi today. He invited them to ideological Mahakumbh to be held from May 12 to 14 during Simhastha-2016 at Ujjain. Envoys of about 68 countries attended the programme. Mainly, envoys of Austria, Somalia, Zambia, Maldives, Guyana, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Egypt, Senegal, Bhutan, Nepal, Libya, Colombia, Korea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Greece, Singapore, Uganda, Cuba, Panama, United Kingdom etc were present on the occasion. Shri Chouhan said that all invitee envoysRead More

States rating should be on basis of financial condition: CM

Bhopal. Governor of Reserve Bank of India Shri Raghuram Rajan met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Shri Chouhan said that states’ rating should be done on the basis of their financial condition. States with good financial condition should be encouraged. RBI Governor Shri Rajan praised continuous impressive economic growth rate of Madhya Pradesh. He said that financial literacy should be included in school syllabus. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that investment in all sectors is increasingRead More

May seek help from India on ‘unstable’ Pakistan nukes, says Donald Trump

Washington: Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump today hinted at seeking help from India and other nations to address the ‘problem’ of what he described as a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan. Trump’s such a remarks came during a town-hall in Indianapolis in response to a question on how he would deal with countries like Pakistan which has sometimes “double dealt” with the US. “We’ve given them (Pakistan) money and they’ve double dealt us,” the interviewer said. “Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons – which is aRead More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes his place at Madam Tussauds

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took his place alongside other world leaders at Madame Tussauds in London. The Indian leader’s new wax figure arrived at the Baker Street attraction fresh from Delhi, where PM Modi had a private viewing with his likeness last week. The figure is featured in the famous attraction’s popular “World Leaders” enclosure alongside present day leaders Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Francoise Holland, as well as political heavyweights of the past including Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill. PM Modi was closely involved inRead More

Ganga to be cleaned by July 2018, says Uma Bharti

New Delhi. Government today exuded confidence in Lok Sabha that Ganga would be cleaned by July 2018 and said the return of aqua life in the river would be the biggest benchmark to prove that it has been rejuvenated and efforts towards its cleansing have succeeded. Responding to a series of supplementaries during Question Hour, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said she would announce in the House in July 2018 that the river has been cleaned and rejuvenated. She said the return of river dolphins, turtles and gold fish inRead More

Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan to be conducted every year

Bhopal. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for implementation of Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan in right earnest in systematic way. This is a campaign to solve people’s problems on the field level. No negligence will be tolerated in its implementation at any level. Special attention should be paid to ensuring honour, participation and dialogue with public representatives during the campaign. The campaign would be conducted every year. The Chief Minister was reviewing implementation of the campaign through video conferencing with collectors and commissioners here today. Chief SecretaryRead More