August, 2017


Australian team in Madhya Pradesh to explore opportunities in Smart City project

Australian team, Madhya Pradesh, Smart City project, Smart Cities Mission

Bhopal: In a bid to strengthen trade ties, a delegation from Australia here on Thursday explored business opportunities in the smart city initiatives in Madhya Pradesh, which has seven cities named under the central project. A 30-member Australian Smart Infrastructure Delegation held discussions with officials of the state urban development department, exploring business opportunities in smart city projects of Madhya Pradesh. The delegation is part of the 150-member Australian business delegation that is currently in India for a visit as part of Australia Business Week in India 2017, organised by Australian TradeRead More

Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu abuses, slaps person for objecting to rash driving

Indian cricketer, Ambati Rayudu, rash driving, slaps person

Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu has been reported to be involved in a scuffle wherein he abused and slapped a person, who reportedly objected to his rash driving in Hyderabad. The unpleasant incident took place on Thursday morning, when the person was out for a walk and Rayudu was on his way to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, located in Uppal, Hyderabad. It is reported that the cricketer was driving his SUV rashly and was very close to the morning walkers near the stadium. When the person advisedRead More

Pakistan court declares Musharraf fugitive, jails 2 officers in Benazir Bhutto murder case

Pakistan court, Musharraf, fugitive, Benazir Bhutto, murder case

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday declared a fugitive by an anti-terrorism court which ordered seizure of his property and sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in jail in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nearly 10 years after her assassination. Bhutto, the Pakistan Peoples Party chief and a two-time prime minister, was killed along with more than 20 people in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh during an election campaign rally on December 27, 2007. She was 54. The case was registered soon afterRead More

19 killed as over 100-year-old building collapses in Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai

19 killed, 100-year-old building collapses, Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai

Mumbai: A more than a century-old five-storey residential building collapsed on Thursday in the congested Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai, killing at least 19 people and wounding 12 others, officials said. They were declared dead at the state-run JJ hospital, where they were taken after being pulled out of the debris, as rescue teams with heavy machinery continued to look for survivors of the crash, a senior police official said. About 30 others are still feared trapped under the mounds of concrete and twisted iron rods. The process of identifying theRead More

Objective of demonetisation was not confiscation of money, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Demonetisation, confiscation of money, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that confiscation of money wasn’t the objective of the Centre’s demonetisation exercise and those who never acted against black money while in power were trying to create a confusion that the success of note-ban hinges on the amount of money that stays out of the system. Reacting to the Reserve Bank of India’s annual report, as per which 99% of the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes worth Rs 15.44 lakh crore whose legal tender nature was scrapped had returned to banks, theRead More

Students lock school in Madhya Pradesh; stage dharna for new building

Students lock school, Madhya Pradesh, dharna, new building

Chhattarpur: Students of a school here run by the Madhya Pradesh government have locked the institute and are staging a sit-in to demand a bigger building and better infrastructure. The Naharpur Higher Secondary School at Gaurihar block in the district is running out of just four rooms over the last 30 years despite upgradation in its status. “The school was initially up to Std 8. It was upgraded as a high school (till Std 10) in 1987 and later as a higher secondary (till Std 12) in 2013. “But itRead More

Death toll from Mumbai floods jumps to 14, rain eases up

Death toll, Mumbai floods, rain eases up

Mumbai: Two toddlers were among 14 people killed in Mumbai after floods caused by heavy monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India’s financial capital, police said, but lighter-than-feared rain on Wednesday helped relief efforts. More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst flooding to strike South Asia in years. Several villages in the east Indian state of Bihar are still inundated, with people living in makeshift shelters for days amid widespread heavy damage to farmland. Tuesday’s deluge in Mumbai – nearly a month’s average rainfallRead More

Indian Army to undergo major reforms: Government

Indian Army, major reforms, government, Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Major reforms will be carried out in the Indian Army to enhance its combat capability which will include redeployment of nearly 57,000 officers and other ranks as well as ensuring better utilisation of resources, the government announced on Wednesday. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said perhaps for the first time after Independence, such a big and “far-reaching” reform process is being initiated in the Army. Replying to a question on whether the exercise was undertaken keeping in view the Dokalam episode, Jaitley said, “This is not specific to any incident.Read More

Prevent Doklam-like incidents in future: China tells India

Doklam, China, India, Minister Wang Yi

Beijing: China on Wednesday told India to prevent a repeat of the Doklam standoff in future, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi advising New Delhi to draw lessons from the border incident. However, Wang also said it was natural for two big nations to have differences, but they needed to set them aside and work out a solution in the long run. Wang’s remarks come two days after Indian and Chinese troops retreated from the face-off point in the disputed Doklam plateau, ending an over two-month long standoff. “We hope the IndianRead More

18 minor girls taken out from Dera campus in Sirsa

Minor girls, Dera campus, Sirsa, 18 minor girls, chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Chandigarh: Authorities in Haryana’s Sirsa district on Tuesday got 18 minor girls taken out from the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) sect headquarters near Sirsa town to undergo a medical examination. “Eighteen girls, aged up to 18 years, were taken out from the Dera after completing all legal formalities. At present, these girls are under the supervision of a Child Protection Officer and, later they would be sent to child protection institutes being run at different places,” Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh said. Officials said the minor girls would undergo a medical examination.Read More