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  • New trains will be announced later

    No new trains were announced in the Railway Budget by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured Parliament that these would be announced in the ongoing session itself, pending completion of track renewal work and review of line capacity.

  • Four civilians injured in explosion at encounter site

    Srinagar: Four civilians were today injured when an explosion occurred at a site where an encounter between security personnel and militants had ended last night in Shopian district of south Kashmir. “Four civilians have sustained injuries due to an explosion at the encounter site,” Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Altaf Khan told PTI. Khan said the operation, in which two militants were killed and four army personnel, including a major, injured, concluded late last

  • Narendra Modi

    Rail Budget futuristic, passenger-centric: PM

    New Delhi: Hailing the Rail Budget as “futuristic” and “passenger-centric”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it touches all aspects of development and lays out a clear roadmap to make the national transporter the key driver of the country’s economic growth. He said the budget is a watershed moment for the railways, marking a paradigm shift from mere announcement of number of trains to a comprehensive railway reform.

  • No new trains introduced in rail budget

    New Delhi: No new trains were announced in the Railway Budget today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured Parliament that these would be announced in the ongoing session itself, pending completion of track renewal work and review of line capacity. “At present, due to over-utilised line capacity and backlog in track renewals, there are speed restrictions which lead to delay in running more number of trains.

  • Australia, ISIS

    Australian mercenary killed fighting against ISIS in Syria

    Melbourne: A 28-year-old Australian man, who was one of dozens of foreigners to have travelled to Syria to join Kurds battling ISIS militants, has been killed in the strife-torn country, becoming the first Westerners to die fighting the dreaded terror group. “An Australian man was killed in an assault on Tuesday by the Islamic State against a position of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Tal Hamis in Hasakeh province,” Rami Abdel Rahman,

  • Suicide attack, Turkish embassy, Kabul

    Suicide attack on Turkish embassy vehicle kills two in Kabul

    Kabul: A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul today, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants. The blast came shortly after 8:00 am (0900 IST), not far from the Iranian embassy. Police said the dead included a Turkish national and an Afghan passer-by. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai gave details of the attack and death toll, saying the bomber

  • Social Media influenced Railway Budget 2015

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday that his ministry received an overwhelming response and suggestions on social media during the formative phase of the Railway Budget 2015-16. “We received over 20,000 responses from people on social media and some of the suggestions are there in the budget,” he said in his maiden budget speech in parliament. He said railways needed to go for a transformation and the quality of services was

  • Railway Budget 2015: Ticket in 5 minutes

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu did not lose sight of his target segment: the hapless passenger, a victim of unbridled populism and sheer mismanagement. Among the numerous proposals he announced — thrust on cleanliness, new toilets, SMS alerts on arrival of trains, online facility to order food, etc — the proposal christened ‘Operation 5 Minutes’ drew much applause. This proposal allows passengers traveling unreserved to buy a ticket “within five minutes of entering the

  • Budget spares fare hike,  promises global network

    New Delhi: Keeping passenger fares unchanged, Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his maiden budget for Indian Railways on Thursday, promising to balance passenger needs and long-term interests of the organisation to benchmark it globally on quality, safety and reach, IANS reports.

  • BJP, Shiv Sena

    BJP foils Sena’s move for rooftop restaurants in Mumbai

    Mumbai: In an indication of growing rift with Shiv Sena, the BJP has shot down the ruling partner’s move to allow rooftop restaurants in the city. At a meeting of improvements committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) here yesterday, the BJP voted against the new rooftop restaurants policy proposed by the Shiv Sena. Members of BJP along with those of Opposition opposed the policy to allow restaurants to serve food and liquor and host parties

  • Dilshan, Sangakkara

    Dilshan, Sangakkara tons power Sri Lanka to 332/1

    Melbourne: Tilakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, playing his 400th ODI, hit strokeful centuries to power Sri Lanka to 332 for one against a hapless Bangladesh bowling attack in their Pool A match of the cricket World Cup, here today. Electing to bat at the MCG, Sri Lanka just lost opener Lahiru Thirimanne’s (52) wicket on 122 before a 210-run unbeaten second wicket stand between Dilshan (161) and Sangakkara (105) took the Islanders to a commanding

  • Sensex down

    Sensex down 185 points; auto stocks tank

    Mumbai: Investor sentiment was subdued in Thursday’s post-afternoon trade session, even as Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his maiden budget to the Lok Sabha.

  • Chirs Gayle

    Chris Gayle backs out of training but no problem, say Windies

    Sydney: West Indies captain Jason Holder played down Chris Gayle’s absence from training on the eve of the team’s crunch World Cup Pool B match with South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gayle, who has a chronic back complaint, hit the highest-ever individual World Cup score of 215, containing a record-equalling 16 sixes, in Tuesday’s thumping win over Zimbabwe in Canberra. Holder said 35-year-old Gayle was being nursed through the tournament to ensure

  • Graphene, Anti-cancer drug

    Scientists turn graphene into effective anti-cancer drug

    London: A team including an Indian-origin researcher Aravind Vijayaraghavan from the University of Manchester has used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells.  This new development opens up the possibility of preventing or treating a broad range of cancers using a non-toxic material.  With lead researcher professor Michael Lisanti, Vijayaraghavan has shown that graphene oxide, a modified form of graphene, acts as an anti-cancer agent that

  • Spot Analysis: All is in Prabhu’s hands, now

    New Delhi: So, no new trains and no passenger fare hike. The negatives seemed to set the tone for what was intended to be a reformist Budget. Result: there were no big ticket announcements. Rather there is thrust on maximising revenue and extricating the Railways out of the vicious circle of under investment. This essentially means that the minister will take advantage of the breathing space that the lower diesel prices have provided

  • Sleeping

    More sleep may put you at higher stroke risk

    London: In yet another instance of how too much of a good thing can be bad for you, new research shows that people who sleep more than eight hours a night face increased risk of stroke.  Long sleepers — those who sleep more than eight hours a night — are 46 percent more likely to have a stroke than people who sleep six to eight hours a night, which is considered an

  • Pervez Musharraf

    Pervez Musharraf says Kabul must share power with Taliban

    Karachi : Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly said that Afghanistan must share power with Taliban and block Indian influence on its soil if it wants to establish peace in the country. According to the Dawn, Musharraf hailed President Ashraf Ghani’s September inauguration as a new opportunity for reconciliation between the government and Taliban and related insurgent groups.

  • Oats

    Toxin in your oat breakfast?

    Washington : Often touted for boosting cardiac health, oat-based breakfast cereals have now come under the scanner as researchers have detected in them potentially dangerous mould contamination. Some oat-based breakfast cereals contain a high-level of mould-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that has been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies, the researchers, who procured the samples from the US, reported.