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Modi's July 20 visit off as heavy rains pound Gujarat

Gandhinagar, July 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to Gujarat on July 20 has been cancelled following torrential rains in Saurashtra and south Gujarat for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even as many districts received four to 10 inches of rainfall within six hours. The Prime Minister was slated to inaugurate a veterinary hospital in Junagadh and attend anot...

2 days ago
Finance Commission may incentivise states for better population management

Kolkata, July 16 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission's Chairman N. K. Singh on Monday said it may consider incentivising states which have made good and rapid progress in population management. One of the terms of reference for the Commission says that we shall use 2011 census if we choose to use population. There is a particular component in the terms of reference which says we may consi...

4 days ago
Is the government in a pre-election haste to revamp green laws?

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS/Mongabay) It is the final leg of the current Indian governments tenure, which began in 2014. As the general elections loom, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has gone into hyperactive mode over the past year, proposing a major overhaul of the countrys environmental laws that govern its forests, fragile coasts, precious wildlife and manage the toxic levels of...

5 days ago
Diljit humbled by response to his "Soorma" performance

Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh's performance as hockey champ Sandeep Singh is winning exceptional laurels as the man himself remains humble, down-to-earth and rooted. I knew 'Soorma' was a role of a lifetime. I am ashamed to say that when Shaad Sir (director Shaad Ali) came to me with the project I did not know anything about Sandeep Paaji. It's a shame that ...

8 days ago
Duke University to use Microsoft's Cloud technology for research

New York, July 10 (IANS) Duke University has announced a new collaboration with Microsoft in several areas including research and cognitive services using Microsoft Azure -- a cloud computing platform. To support the effort, Microsoft is committed to building a dedicated Innovation Hub in the Chesterfield building in downtown Durham, where it will be near researchers from Duke's schools ...

9 days ago
SC orders shifting of Kathua rape accused to Punjab jail

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the shifting of seven accused in rape-murder of a eight-year-old minor nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua to the district jail in Punjab's Gurdaspur. Seven of the eighth accused facing trial in the rape-murder case are currently lodged in Kathua district jail. The remained accused is a juvenile. A bench of Chief...

9 days ago
SC orders shifting of Kathua rape accused to Punjab jail

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the shifting of seven accused in rape-murder of a eight-year-old minor nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua to the district jail in Punjab's Gurdaspur. Seven of the eighth accused facing trial in the rape-murder case are currently lodged in Kathua district jail. The remained accused is a juvenile. A bench of Chie...

12 days ago
Mamata names expelled CPI-M leader Ritabrata as head of key tribal panel

Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) Expelled CPI-M leader Ritrabrata Banerjee was on Friday appointed chairman of a tribal welfare committee by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Presiding over a meeting with tribal leaders across the state, the Chief Minister said Banerjee, now not attached to any party, would work as the chairman of the non-political tribal social welfare committee.

12 days ago
Mamata appoints expelled CPI-M leader Ritabrata to head key tribal panel

Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) Expelled CPI-M leader Ritrabrata Banerjee was on Friday appointed chairman of a tribal welfare committee by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Presiding over a meeting with tribal leaders across the state, the Chief Minister said Banerjee, now not attached to any party, would work as the chairman of the non-political tribal social welfare committee. <...

13 days ago
'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': Interesting but misses the mark

Film: Sicario: Day of the Soldado; Director: Stefano Sollima; Cast: Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, Elijah Rodriguez and David Castaneda; Rating: ** After a brief introduction about human trafficking and the drug cartel menace at the US-Mexico border, the film opens with two self-immolations. Both acts ...

14 days ago
India to set up disaster database before 2020: Rijiju

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Highlighting the need to systemise disaster data by setting up a database on a sustainable basis, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said it will be India's endeavour to set up disaster database expeditiously well before the target date of 2020, an official statement said. Presenting India's stand at the Asian Ministerial Conference of Dis...

14 days ago
ICICI Bank's mortgage portfolio crosses Rs 1.5 trn

Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) ICICI Bank on Wednesday announced that it has crossed the milestone of disbursing mortgage loans of over Rs 1.5 trillion. It aims to grow its pan-India mortgage book to Rs 2 trillion by end of FY20, a company statement said. ICICI Bank catalysed the growth of retail lending in the country in early 2000 by making retail loans, especially home loans, widely ac...

15 days ago
India's aviation industry needs a new model

Indias aviation industry traces its roots to December 1940, when industrialist Walchand Hirachand established Hindustan Aircraft Limited (HAL) in Bangalore (now Bengaluru), with American technical assistance and capital and land provided by the Mysore government. Soon after the outbreak of WW II, the Indian government, realising the strategic significance of this enterprise, bought a one-third st...

15 days ago
SC bans appointment of acting police chiefs

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed state governments to refrain from appointing acting police chiefs upon the superannuation of an incumbent top cop. None of the states shall ever conceive of the idea of appointing any person on the post of Director General of Police (DGP) on acting basis as there is no concept of acting DGP in the top court's 2006 directions ...

16 days ago
Chronicling the crumbling of 'ivory tower leadership'

Chicago, July 3 (IANS) A new order of leadership has emerged around the world which is transient in nature and dependent on the issues of the day, a just-published book edited by a leading Indian American expert in reliability engineering, says. There may still exist leaders in the traditional sense such as presidents, prime ministers, lawmakers, CEOs, and so on, but their roles will get...

16 days ago
Rajnath to chair NEC meet in Shillong on July 9

Shillong, July 2 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair here from July 9 the 67th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body of eight northeastern states, an official said on Monday. Governors and Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura -- who are also members of newly reconstituted NEC...

20 days ago
I do better when I tell true stories: Meghna Gulzar

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Meghna Gulzar feels real life has more heroes than the fictional world, and likes tracing their journeys through her cinematic endeavours. The filmmaker, who is working on a biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, says telling a true story is challenging -- and feels she does a better job with them. My stories have become stronger in terms of the content, and I t...

20 days ago
ELMS planning to establish Centre of Excellence for Table Tennis

Mumbai, June 28 (IANS) The Excellence in Learning and Management of Sports (ELMS) Foundation is planning to establish a Centre of Excellence for Table Tennis in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Campus in Kandivali, it announced here on Thursday. ELMS Chairperson Vita Dani signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Government of Maharashtra for the same. The Centre of Excellence...

21 days ago
SC go-ahead to probe ED officer investigating 2G case

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the government to investigate allegations against senior Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer Rajeshwar Singh who is probing the high profile 2G and Aircel-Maxis cases. Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram are being probed for alleged irregularities and graft in the...

21 days ago
SC go-ahead to probe ED officer investigating 2G case

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the government to probe into allegations against a top Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer who is probing the high profile 2G and Aircel-Maxis cases. Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram are being probed for alleged irregularities and graft in the grant of Foreign ...

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