July, 2017


Six candidates in race for Pakistan Prime Minister’s polls on Tuesday

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly on Tuesday to elect new leader of the house

Islamabad: Pakistan’s opposition parties on Monday failed to agree on a joint candidate against PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for the prime minister’s election, with six candidates filing their nomination papers for the polls scheduled to be held on Tuesday. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing him to resign. President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday at 3:00 PM to elect the new leader of the house. PakistanRead More

Families affected by closing of Narmada dam gates do not cook in protest

Most of these families have not left the catchment areas of the dam in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts

Bhopal: Around 40,000 families in Madhya Pradesh, whose houses were facing submergence due to the closing of the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, did not light their ‘chulhas’ (stoves) as a mark of protest on Monday, the fifth day of the indefinite fast announced by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar in this regard, said an activist. Most of these families have not left the catchment areas of the dam in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts. The state government had given them time till on Monday to evacuate. Even though the waterRead More

BJP’s Sampatiya Uike elected unopposed in RS bypoll from Madhya Pradesh

Bypoll was necessitated following the death of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave in May

Bhopal: BJP’s tribal nominee Sampatiya Uike was on Monday elected unopposed on the lone vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh. Returning Officer and Principal Secretary A P Singh declared Uike elected as she was the only nominee left in the fray on the last day of the withdrawal of the nominations this afternoon, a state assembly secretariat official said. On July 26, one Dr K Padmarajan filed his nomination papers as an Independent, but it was found invalid during the scrutiny. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of environment ministerRead More

Sharad Yadav attacks BJP-led government: Centre failed to bring back black money stashed abroad

Yadav’s tweet comes days after his party joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar

Patna: Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre for failing to deliver on its promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad. He also trained guns on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking action against those whose names have appeared in the Panana Papers investigation. Without taking any names, Sharad Yadav tweeted, “Neither black money stashed abroad returned, one of the main slogans of the ruling party, nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers”. Sharad Yadav’s tweetRead More

NHDC entrusts Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with over Rs 374 crore dividend cheque

NHDC Limited, state’s largest hydro power producer of Madhya Pradesh, was established in 2000

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was on Sunday entrusted with a dividend cheque for the year 2016-17 at his residence by Managing Director of NHDC Limited MAG Ansari. It was told on the occasion that NHDC Limited is a joint enterprise of Madhya Pradesh government and NHPC Limited. Rs 374 crore 46 lakh 24 thousand is the dividend payable to Madhya Pradesh government in the period under report. It may be noted that NHDC Limited was established in the year 2000. This is the state’s largest hydro power producerRead More

Jawaharlal Nehru, mom loved each other but did not have time for physical relationship: Edwina Mountbatten’s daughter

Pamela Hicks nee Mountbatten in a recently published book says that her mother and Nehru shared a ‘profound relationship’

New Delhi: India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the country’s last vicereine Edwina Mountbatten deeply loved and respected each other but they did not a physical relationship, Edwina’s daughter Pamela Hicks nee Mountbatten has written in a book recently published in India. The book, “Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten”, was first published in 2012 in the United Kingdom and was recently brought to India as a paperback. According to a report of a news agency on the book, Pamela writes that her mother and Nehru shared aRead More

29 Indian cities and towns including Delhi and 9 state capitals highly vulnerable to earthquakes

Delhi, Patna, Srinagar, Guwahati, Shimla, Dehradun and Chandigarh fall under seismic zones IV and V, says NCS

New Delhi: Twenty-nine Indian cities and towns, including Delhi and capitals of nine states, fall under “severe” to “very severe” seismic zones, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). A majority of these places are in the Himalayas, one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Delhi, Patna (Bihar), Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Kohima (Nagaland), Puducherry, Guwahati (Assam), Gangtok (Sikkim), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Imphal (Manipur) and Chandigarh fall under seismic zones IV and V. These cities have a combined population of over three crore. TheRead More

Not singing Vande Mataram doesn’t make one anti-national: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Singing Vande Mataram is absolutely an individual's choice, says Union Minister

Mumbai: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said singing ‘Vande Mataram’ was a “matter of choice” and those refusing to sing it could not be dubbed as anti-nationals. “Singing Vande Mataram is absolutely an individual’s choice. Those who want to sing can sing it, those who don’t, may not. Not singing it does not make one anti-national,” said the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs, who was in the city for an event, speaking to a news agency. He added that however, if someone deliberatelyRead More

2 SP, 1 BSP members quit UP Council; the parties blame BJP

Development came on a day BJP president Amit Shah arrived on three-day visit to the state capital

Lucknow: Two opposition SP and one BSP members on Saturday quit from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council causing a disquiet among opposition parties in the state. The development came on a day BJP president Amit Shah arrived on three-day visit to the state capital. The resignations of the sitting MLCs – Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh, both from the Samajwadi Party, and Thakur Jaiveer Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party – have been accepted, Chairman of Legislative Council Ramesh Yadav said. Taken by surprise, the SP, the BSP and the Congress blamedRead More

Abbasi to be interim Pakistan PM till Shehbaz gets elected as MP

Decision was taken in a meeting headed by Sharif and attended by the top party leaders

Islamabad: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday named former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim prime minister until his younger brother Shehbaz is elected as a member of parliament to succeed him as his eventual successor. “I support Shehbaz Sharif after me but he will take time to contest elections so for the time being I nominate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,” Sharif told his supporters. The decision was taken here in a meeting headed by Sharif and attended by the top party leaders who rallied behind the Sharifs, theRead More