May, 2016


Barack Obama Praises Indian Muslims’ resilience

Washington: The US has been successful in engaging with India on tracking money used by radical groups to penetrate into the country, the Obama Administration has said as it praised Indian Muslims for demonstrating a great deal of “resilience” against overtures by terrorist groups. “In Indian, Muslim community has demonstrated a great deal of resilience against such overtures,” Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, told members of Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing early this week. “We have seen in India thatRead More

North Korea missile launch likely failed, says South Korea

Seoul: South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that North Korea attempted to launch an unidentified missile at about 5:20 AM local time but that it is presumed to have failed. The JCS says it is further analysing the situation, and gave no other immediate details. The apparent launch failure comes amid tensions over recent nuclear and missile progress that has outsiders worried North Korea is closing in on its goal of a nuclear missile that can hit mainland America. South Korea has also rejected recent NorthRead More

Jats have assured June 5 protests would be peaceful: Manohar Khattar

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar yesterday said Jat leaders have assured him of staging dharnas peacefully in the state on June 5. “We have had talks with them (the Jats) and they have assured us to hold dharnas in a peaceful manner. In a democratic set-up, everyone has a right to put his views in a peaceful manner. We cannot deprive them of that,” Khattar said. Khattar cited that representatives of Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti have assured him that they will be staging dharnas in a peaceful manner.Read More

Venkaiah Naidu among 4 from BJP file nominations for Rajya Sabha

Jaipur: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP national vice president Om Prakash Mathur were among four party candidates who filed their nomination papers today from Rajasthan for Rajya Sabha biennial elections. In Chandigarh, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh filed his nomination papers from Haryana for Rajya Sabha polls. Along with Naidu and Mathur, Ramkumar Verma and Harsh Vardhan Singh filed their nomination papers here in the presence of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, party’s state president Ashok Parnami, members of the council of ministers and party MLAs. “All the four candidatesRead More

Investors to get maximum facilities in state

Bhopal. Investors met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. They included Messrs Inox Wind’s MD Shri V.K. Jain, Director Shri Bhupesh Juneja, Messrs Avgol India Private Limited Israel’s Director Sushri Tami Hirszhon, Corporate Financial’s Controller Shri Sivan Yedision, Messrs Vacmet India Limited’s CGM Shri D.C. Agrawal, Vice President Shri Pradeep Agrawal. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister held one-to-one discussions with investors. He sought information from investors about status of their project’s implementation and their aspirations. He said thatRead More

5 lakh rural houses to be built every year: CM

Bhopal. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan discussed ways to make Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Yojana more effective at Mantralaya here today. He stressed the need to make changes in this scheme in the context of Pradhan Mantri Grameen Aawas Yojana. He said that 5 lakh houses need to be constructed to provide houses to all the poor by year 2022. The meeting was informed that so far 4 lakh 33 houses have been constructed since year 2011. Rate of achievement for construction of rural houses was 82 percent in yearRead More

Poor families should be given priority in loan schemes

Bhopal. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed progress of various schemes of Industries Departments here today. It was informed that against the target of 71 thousand 500 beneficiaries, loans have been provided to 73 thousand 615 beneficiaries under various schemes. The Chief Minister said that poor families should be given priority in loan schemes. Procedural arrangements should be made for this. Efforts should be made that loan cases for commercial purposes should be passed under Mudra Scheme of the Central government. Service and production units should be benefited underRead More

Two earthquakes shake part of Tibet

Lhasa: Two earthquakes measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Tibet today. According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre,the first quake occurred at 9.48 am in Dinggye county, Xigaze city, a news agency reported. The epicentre was monitored at 28.36 degrees north latitude and 87.6 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 km, the centre said. The second quake at 10.05 am in Tingri county was monitored at 28.41 degrees north latitude and 87.59 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 6 km. There were no reports of anyRead More

At least 20 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts

Baghdad: Militants unleashed a wave of attacks targeting commercial areas in and around Baghdad today, killing at least 20 people, officials said as Iraqi troops poised to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, west of Iraq’s capital. Shortly after the bombings hit, the extremist Islamic State, which has been behind recent deadly attacks in Baghdad and beyond, claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, both in the Iraqi capital. Such assaults are seen as an attempt by the militants to distract the security forces’ attention away from the frontRead More

Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to approach Interpol afresh

New Delhi: Indian investigative agencies will make a fresh bid to obtain the much-delayed Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi after the Chennai Police recently submitted that it is actively pursuing its criminal probe against the former cricket czar and others. Officials said the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Crime Branch of Chennai police has informed the Finance Ministry and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that it had registered an FIR against Modi and seven others in 2010 on charges of alleged financial irregularities on a complaint byRead More