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UP: Cold wave tightens grip, claims 16 lives in 24 hours

Lucknow: The steadily worsening weather has begun its onslaught in North India as 16 people have been killed in the last 24 hours from the severe cold wave in Uttar Pradesh. The dip in temperature mostly takes its toll on the poor and the homeless who spend their nights on the streets and the pavements in the cold. Although not cold by the standards of Europe and North America, the drop in temperature can have a devastating effect on the hundreds of thousands of homeless people in India. Meanwhile, theRead More


No offer for talks from Pakistan: Government

New Delhi: Despite India on Wednesday saying that there is no request from Pakistan for a bilateral meeting with Indian leaders, an informal meeting between the Pakistan PM’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and finance minister Arun Jaitley or even Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference is not being completely ruled out by sources. However, chances currently appear slim in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attack at Nagrota. “No request has been received from Pakistan (for such a meeting),” MEA officials said.Read More


Protest at JNU: Students lock up VC and other senior officials

New Delhi: The protests in JNU over a missing student turned volatile on Wednesday with the agitating students locking down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building. “We have been locked inside the building since 2.30 PM. There is a female colleague with us who is unwell as she is diabetic,” JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said tonight. The VC and other senior officials are locked for more than eight hours as the students are lying down outside the administration block saying the officials wereRead More


John Kerry’s Visit To Religious Sites Cancelled After Heavy Rains In Capital

New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed visit to three religious sites in the city was cancelled today as heavy rains lashed the national capital since morning. Kerry was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area around 11 am today. “The visit had to be cancelled due to heavy rains in Delhi,” sources in the US Embassy said. Kerry, who is on a three-day-visit to India, was supposed to visit the sites yesterday itself but it wasRead More


Heavy Rains Lash Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Massive Jams Paralyse Normal Life

New Delhi: Heavy rains and subsequent water logging on Wednesday morning have thrown life out of gear in many parts of the country including Delhi, Millennium City Gurugram, leaving people stranded on choked up roads during the peak hour as traffic has been severely affected. Also, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh was stuck in traffic for an hour. Heavy rains on Wednesday morning caused waterlogging in many areas and massive traffic gridlocks in the national capital, stranding people on the roads. Traffic helpline officials told reporters that they were floodedRead More


National Museum of Natural History fire: All that you must know

New Delhi: National Museum of Natural History premises became the newest addition to the list of prominent buildings which have fallen prey to fire in recent months. The museum is a part of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) building, situated in Central Delhi. The unfortunate incident occurred during the wee hours of Tuesday, April 26. the official from the Fire Department informed that five firemen had to be admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital because of excessive inhalation of toxic gases. They were later discharged afterRead More


Government plays down embarrassment in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Government on Tuesday played down the embarrassment it suffered in the Rajya Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address, saying it has no relevance except as a reminder that treasury benches do not have a majority. He told reporters outside Parliament that the amendment said there was no mention in the President’s Address about ‘the failure of the government to curb high level corruption and to bring back black money’ even though the address had highlighted in detail the measures being taken by the Centre.Read More


Campaign for Delhi assembly polls ends

New Delhi: Curtains on Thursday came down on the high-decibel campaign in one of the most-fiercely contested Assembly elections in Delhi where BJP has staked its all on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image against a resurgent Aam Aadmi Party in the February 7 polls. Saradha scam: Supreme Court declines TMC plea for monitoring CBI probe New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined Trinamool Congress (TMC) plea to monitor the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam case. SC also rejected the allegations of West BengalRead More


opposition forces deadlock in Rajya Sabha for third day

New Delhi: Deadlock continued for the third day in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with a united opposition insisting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reply to a debate on communal incidents which were not acceptable to the government. Members from Congress, SP and Left stood up as soon as the House met for the day, demanding assurance that Prime Minister would be present during the debate listed for the day. An unrelenting opposition kept raising the demand and created uproar leading to one adjournment during the Zero Hour and threeRead More


India-Bhutan ties a model relationship: Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today said mutual trust and confidence have helped build close relations between the two neighbours. In an interview to Bhutan Broadcasting Service on the eve of his two-day visit to the Himalayan state, Mukherjee said India will continue to assist it in its economic development as Bhutan was “special to India”. Asked about bureaucratic hurdles coming in the way of disbursement, he said “we have to follow certain financial rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are meant to ensure that money is being properlyRead More