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NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/France today pressed for "decisive action" against Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen which are "targeting" India and vowed to work with New Delhi to get terrorist Masood Azhar proscribed by the UN Security Council (UNSC). Without naming China...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/Like the last Winter Session, the upcoming Budget session of Parliament also looks set to be stormy as an agitated Trinamool Congress (TMC) is bent upon strongly protesting against the arrest of its two MPs besides demonetisation. Giving a clear hint in this direction, TMC...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/A day after Saudi Arabia increased India's annual Haj quota, the Centre today formed a six-member committee to look into the Haj subsidy issue in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing subsidy given to pilgrims by 2022, sources said. The...

Mumbai, 12 Jan 2017/--/Tata Sons today named TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director N Chandrasekaran as its new Chairman over two months after the unceremonious sacking of Cyrus Mistry. Popularly known as 'Chandra', the 54-year-old was chosen to step into the shoes of interim chairman...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The Supreme Court turned down a plea seeking its intervention in passing a judgment on Jallikattu before Saturday, news agency said. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport practised during the Tamil festival of Pongal. The apex court said while the draft of the judgment has...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The Supreme Court today asked the Delhi High Court to decide within two months the plea of a death row convict seeking commutation of his sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of delay to decide his mercy petition. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The Supreme Court today sought the response of the Centre on a plea seeking its direction for allowing private FM radio stations, including community radios, to broadcast news like television channels. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The procedure involved in raising  the bills for chartered flights for Prime Minister's visit  abroad cannot be disclosed because of "important security concerns", the Central Information Commission has held. The current Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur, however,...

Vijayawada, 12 Jan 2017/--/Information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu today indirectly hit out at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi saying some people were speaking of "Achche Din" only with an intention to "loot again". "Some people have become like fish out of water as Prime...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/A 34-year-old man has been sent to five years in jail for repeatedly sexually assaulting his minor niece by administering medicines to numb her senses. A city court, while convicting the man, said no motive has been attributed to the 14-year-old victim as to why she would...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to set up a statutory mechanism to deal with citizens' complaints against TV and radio programmes. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked the ministry of information and broadcasting to use the...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/A day after Chief Justice J S Khehar expressed concern over judicial work being affected by the shortage of judges, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today hoped that concerns regarding appointments and infrastructure would be addressed expeditiously. "I can tell you now...

Khagaria (Bihar), 12 Jan 2017/--/Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order liquor ban in all BJP-ruled states in order to create a "favourable environment" for prohibition in the entire country. "I thank prime minister for praising bringing prohibition in Bihar....

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/The Election Commission today "censured" BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial remarks indirectly blaming Muslims for the population growth and warned that it would take stern action against him using all powers available to it if he violates the model code again....

Gandhinagar, 12 Jan 2017/--/Amid a row over a BSF jawan's allegation of poor-quality food being served to paramilitary troops at border areas, defence minister Manohar Parrikar  today said he personally monitors quality of food served to Army and has ordered serving of only FSSAI-approved chicken....

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/Photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on hoardings at petrol pumps in poll-bound Goa and on certificates issued by oil companies in Uttarakhand are violative of the model code, the Election Commission said today and asked the Cabinet Secretary to ensure compliance of...

Amaravati, 12 Jan 2017/--/Stating that Chennai was facing a grave drinking water crisis even before the onset of summer, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today requested Andhra Pradesh to immediately release at least two TMC ft of Krishna water from the Telugu Ganga project. While...

Jammu, 12 Jan 2017/--/In order to check the casualties caused by the snow avalanches at Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, Army has inducted a special rescue force, 'Avalanche Panthers, Mountain Rescuers' to respond in case of an emergency. The 'Avalanche Panthers, Mountain...

Sultanpur (UP), 12 Jan 2017/--/Samajwadi Party MLA Santosh Pandey has been booked for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by using social media for campaigning for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, police said today. Police swung into action after videos clips and posters of the MLA from...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today refused to join issues with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi over the use of social media by government officials, saying he would not like to comment on administrative issues. "I don't want to comment on administrative matters...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/Many leaders who switched over to the party from Akali Dal figure in Congress's third list of 23 candidates for the Punjab assembly polls on February 4. With this, the total number of candidates announced by the party has gone up to 100 out of total 117 seats. The list was...

Madurai, 12 Jan 2017/--/Madras High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to nationalise the immovable and movable properties of late Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, saying these were self-earned by her and the court could not interfere. A division bench of the...

Mumbai, 12 Jan 2017/--/A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court against the Maharashtra government's ambitious Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial project, wherein a 192-metre-high statue of the Maratha warrior king will be constructed in the Arabian Sea at a total cost of Rs 3,600 crore. The PIL,...

Jammu, 12 Jan 2017/--/A National Conference legislator today staged a walkout from Jammu and Kashmir Legislative council for "unsatisfactory reply" to her question on police recruitments. Minister for R&B and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri on the behalf of Home Minister said 3,836...

NEW DELHI, 12 Jan 2017/--/Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi here today, with party leaders saying the former BJP MP is expected to join the party anytime soon and is likely to play a crucial role in Punjab which goes to poll on February 4....