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NEW DELHI, 22 Feb 2017/--/Sounding a note of caution, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said the atmosphere of fear in universities is detrimental to Indian democracy. "Penalties imposed on teachers for giving lectures critical of the priorities of the ruling government, and even on those who arranged...

NEW DELHI, 22 Feb 2017/--/The Union finance ministry today ruled out re-introduction of Rs 1,000 notes and said logistics issues of reloading ATMs more frequently are being addressed. In a series of tweets, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said the focus is on increasing production and...

Chennai, 22 Feb 2017/--/Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has sent a report to President Pranab Mukherjee about the incidents that occurred in the state assembly during the floor test on February 18. Chief Minister E K Palaniswami had won the vote of confidence by a steep margin amid stormy...

Thiruvananthapuram, 22 Feb 2017/--/The police is taking all measures to arrest the prime accused in the abduction and assault of a popular Malayalam actress in a moving car last week, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. "Police action has been fruitful and necessary action has been...

Mumbai, 22 Feb 2017/--/The Bombay High Court today referred to a larger bench a petition filed by the Bar Association challenging a video clip on YouTube which allegedly showed courtroom proceedings and levelled corruption charges against a judge. "Perusal of the petition and other material shows...

Bengaluru, 22 Feb 2017/--/Over one lakh drivers attached to two cab aggregators began an indefinite strike here today, demanding better incentives and stopping attachment of new cabs which they said affects their bookings, even as some of them ransacked a Uber office here. "Over one lakh drivers...

Thiruvananthapuram, 22 Feb 2017/--/An all party delegation will soon meet Central government seeking to restore the ration rice quota of Kerala, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said. The delegation will hand over a memorandum to the Centre in this regard, Vijayan said briefing reporters after...

Gorakhpur, 22 Feb 2017/--/BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has said "public anger" over discrimination by the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh is the result of its "communal" politics.Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said cremation grounds should be developed in the same manner as...

NEW DELHI, 22 Feb 2017/--/The National Green Tribunal today lashed out at the Karnataka government and its agencies resposible for maintenance of Bengaluru's Bellandur lake, asking them why they should not be prosecuted for negligence following the recent outbreak of fire in the waterbody. A bench...

Chennai, 22 Feb 2017/--/A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking the removal of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's photograph and the name 'Amma' from all state government schemes, alleging that she was found "guilty of corruption" in a graft case. The matter...

NEW DELHI, 22 Feb 2017/--/The Supreme Court today passed a slew of directions to curb the release of untreated waste in water bodies and asked state pollution control boards not to allow industrial units to work if they do not have functional primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs), after giving...

Muzaffarnagar, 22 Feb 2017/--/A special court here has sent two persons to judicial custody for allegedly sexually harassing and blackmailing a 15-year-old girl. The two accused, Shehzad and Amir, surrendered before the court yesterday and were sent to custody till March 6. The duo had sexually...

NEW DELHI, 22 Feb 2017/--/An Afghan national has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle in 114 kgs of corals at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here. The accused was intercepted by customs officials after his arrival from Kabul on Monday. "On personal and baggage search, organ...

Amravati, 22 Feb 2017/--/Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil today said his party was ready for mid-term polls though he doesn't see the possibility of the state BJP government reducing to minority in the wake of the threat by estranged ally Shiv Sena to walk out of government....

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/Amid the Trump Administration's move to curb H1B visas that will impact India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pressed the US to have a "balanced and farsighted perspective" on the movement of skilled professionals. Modi made the comment while receiving a 26-member bi-...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/Amar Singh, who has been sidelined after the family feud cropped up in Samajwadi Party, today claimed that party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav actually scripted the bitter acrimony between his son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav. Stating...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/Majority of the states have supported a proposal to make bribery during elections a 'cognisable' offence which the Election Commission feels would check use of money power in polls. At present, bribery of voters is a non-cognisable offence under the Code of Criminal...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/The Railways has finalised the detailed project report (DPR) for an ambitious project aiming at running trains at 160 kmh on two busy corridors. New Delhi-Howrah and New Delhi-Mumbai corridors would be upgraded to run trains at speed of 160 kmph as part of 'Mission Raftaar...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today said NDA constituent Shiv Sena was never a 'Hindutvavadi' outfit and was pretending to be one only for political gains. Speaking to reporters here, VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said that merely chanting King Shivaji's name...

Allahabad, 21 Feb 2017/--/A sea of humanity flooded the streets of the 'Sangam' city on the last day of campaigning for fourth phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh today, with road shows conducted by Rahul Gandhi with ally Akhilesh Yadav and BJP president Amit Shah. Rahul had stayed overnight...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/The Supreme Court today questioned the source of money in the bank accounts of social activist Teesta Setalvad and others which were frozen by Ahmedabad police in 2015 after allegations of misappropriation. "Whose money is this? From where did the money in these bank...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/The successful WHO assessment giving maximum ratings to National Regulatory Authority (NRA) is a big boost to the Centre's efforts towards providing quality healthcare, Union Health Minister JP Nadda today said. The Minister's comments come after NRA- the coutry's vaccine...

NEW DELHI, 21 Feb 2017/--/The Supreme Court today said a constitution bench would in May hear the question whether the children of illegal migrants born here can avail the benefit of citizenship under the existing law. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that four constitution benches...

Rae Bareli(UP), 21 Feb 2017/--/RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lose his aura with the BJP's defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. "Modi claims he is the adopted son of UP...He will lose his aura with the defeat of his party in these Assembly polls...

Mathura, 21 Feb 2017/--/A Hindu seer here today termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on desirability of similar power supply situation in the state during festivals of different religions as one leading to "communalisation of politics" and rued the poll panel's alleged silence over it. The...