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  • Police, medical authorities speak in 2 different voices in Sheena Bora murder mystery

    Mumbai: The Sheena Bora murder case seems to be a never-ending puzzle wherein the police officials and the medical authorities have two different voices, contradicting their own statements. The police sources on Monday stated that the skull retrieved from Raigad forest will be sent to JJ Hospital for facial reconstruction to determine Sheena Bora’s identity. However, the dean of the hospital denied stating that they have not got any such directives from

  • Swabhimani Sanghtana to run bus services to Konkan for Ganapati festival

    Mumbai: Swabhimani Sanghtana chief Nitesh Rane is going to start bus services at the cheapest rate for passengers travelling to the Konkan region during the Ganapati festival. He will charge only Rs 100 per passenger en route to his or her native place in Konkan for the Ganapati festival. Rane announced the scheme for the Konkani manoos living in Mumbai. The service will be operated between September 12 and 15. During these

  • HDFC Bank, Canara cut base rate; Axis lowers deposit rate

    New Delhi: Starting a fresh round of rate cuts after repeated calls from the Reserve Bank of India, private lender HDFC Bank and state-run Canara Bank lowered their lending rates by up to 0.35 %, a move that will make home and other loans cheaper for consumers. Other banks may also follow suit due to competitive pressure. HDFC Bank competes with State Bank of India and ICICI Bank, both of which offer loans at

  • Police yet to approach the court for narco tests on Indrani Mukerjea, Sanjeev Khanna

    Mumbai: With the objective of cracking the Sheena Bora murder case, police officials have stated that they will be approaching the court for seeking permission to subject accused Indrani Mukerjea and her former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, to narco, brain-mapping and lie-detection tests. However, the police officials are yet to approach the court on this matter. In the wake of this, Indrani Mukerjea’s lawyer, Gunjan Mangla, informed that the police didn’t mention the

  • One Rank One Pension: Govrnment rules out yearly pension revision

    New Delhi: The government today ruled out annual revision of pension under the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme for ex-servicemen even as the protesting veterans said they are ready for a biennial increase. Underlining that the government will safeguard interests of soldiers retiring at an early age through higher pensions, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that annul revision in pensions does not happen anywhere in the world. He said the government was

  • Three global companies bid for setting up loco factory

    New Delhi: Marking first major FDI offer in the railways, three global companies have submitted financial bids for setting up of a modern electrical locomotive factory in Madhepura in Bihar at the cost of nearly Rs 1300 crore. Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier have submitted price bids for setting up the factory in a joint venture model to manufacture 80 state-of-the-art locos per year at an estimated cost of Rs 1296 cr, said a senior

  • Indira Gandhi mulled military strike on Pakistan’s nuke sites

    Washington: Returning to power in 1980, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had considered a military strike on Pakistan’s nuclear installations to prevent it from acquiring weapons capabilities, a declassified CIA document has claimed. Such a consideration by the then Indian Prime Minister was being made when the US was in an advanced stage of providing its fighter jets F-16 to Pakistan, says the September 8, 1981, document titled ‘India’s Reaction to

  • Now, Jats of Uttar Pradesh threaten agitation for reservation

    Bhagpat (UP): Taking a cue from the Patels of Gujarat, the Jats of Uttar Pradesh have threatened to launch an agitation for reservation for the community, including cutting power and water supply to Delhi. Vowing to have “reservation at any cost”, the community leaders at a rally here said they will also resort to blocking rail and road traffic as part of their agitation. Former Congress MP Harendra Malik said the agitation

  • Ratan Watal named as new Finance Secy

    New Delhi: Ahead of beginning of work on the Budget for 2016-17, government today designated Ratan P Watal as new Finance Secretary even as a new team of officials took charge at the finance ministry. Shaktikanta Das, 58, took charge as the Secretary for Department of Economic Affairs after Rajiv Mehrishi on his last day in office was appointed Home Secretary for a two-year tenure. Das, who was Revenue Secretary, held discussions at length

  • Ex-Coal Secy passes buck on Manmohan

    New Delhi: Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta today told a special court that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given the “final approval” for allocation of coal block to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), a charge refuted by the CBI which said the then premier was “kept in the dark”. In his arguments, Gupta claimed he had “no dominion” over the natural resource and Singh, who was also holding

  • From the Archives

    Calcutta leads

    Bombay has a lesson to learn from the speed with which the West Bengal Government has finalised the blueprint of a ‘second Calcutta’ to be built close to the present metropolis. As the largest and filthiest city in India, Calcutta’s urban problems are in many ways more pressing than Bombay’s. It was to end this standing problem that the authorities decided to develop Kalyani into a flourishing suburb. The present plan goes beyond this

  • Decision on land bill is no setback: Government

    New Delhi: The government today asserted that the decision not to repromulgate the land ordinance was “no setback” for it and rejected the Congress’s charge of a “U-turn” on the issue. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi under attack over the land ordinance issue, the BJP fielded two senior ministers to take on the Opposition. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed the media along with Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh, also sought

  • Court moved against naming Aurangzeb Road after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    New Delhi: A plea was filed on Monday in Delhi High Court seeking to restrain New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) from issuing a notification regarding changing the name of Aurangzeb Road to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road in the late former president’s honour. The plea said that “act of altering the historical name is nothing but an outcome of sick and communal politics”. On August 28, the request to change the name of

  • Kashmir can’t be avoided in India-Pakistan talks: Germany

    Islamabad:. Germany today said that “deep issues” like Kashmir should be a part of the talks between India and Pakistan as dialogue is the only way to move forward, days after the cancellation of NSA-level talks over India’s insistence that Kashmir cannot be on the agenda. “There are deep issues like Kashmir which cannot be avoided in talks,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said here during a joint press conference with National

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    Saina, Sindhu likely to collide in Japan Open

    Tokyo: Celebrated Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu might face off in the second round of women’s singles competition if they can cross the first hurdle of the US$ 275,000 Japan Open Super Series beginning next week. Silver medallist at the recent World Championship, Saina will take on World No. 17 Thai Busanan Ongbumrungpan in the opening round, while two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, who is unseeded, will open her campaign against

  • Swiss refuse to oblige CBI in probing Abhishek Verma

    New Delhi: In what could be seen as a setback to the CBI, the Swiss government has refused to share details and provide assistance in a probe into the alleged links of businessman Abhishek Verma with Switzerland-based Rheinmetall Air Defence.  After filing the chargesheet against Verma, his wife and associate Ancia Neascu, as also the Indian representative of Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, Gerhard Hoy, and the company, the CBI had approached the

  • HC revokes conferment of award to IOA chief

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court revoked the conferment of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) 2011 to Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran, saying it was finalised without “proper inquiry and application of mind.” “This court therefore holds that the award of Puraskar to the fifth Respondent (Ramachandran) was finalised without a proper inquiry and proper application of mind, no attempt to verify the claims of achievement of the fifth Respondent were seriously made.

  • K’taka govt to hand over M M Kalburgi case probe to CBI

    Dharwad: The Karnataka government, which delayed ordering a CBI probe into the case of the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi, was quick to hand over the murder of progressive Kannada thinker and scholar M M Kalburgi to the central agency on Monday. Kalburgi, 77, was shot dead at his residence here in north Karnataka. He was a close associate of rationalist Govind Pansare of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, who was

  • Doping back in spotlight despite Beijing fireworks

    Beijing: A thrilling world athletics championships in Beijing failed to silence growing questions about doping, giving the sport’s new boss Sebastian Coe much to ponder as he heads towards an Olympic year. While sprinter Usain Bolt led a barrage of superstar performances at the Bird’s Nest stadium, scepticism was also not hard to find following allegations of widespread drug abuse by elite athletes. Britain’s Coe won a narrow vote to succeed 82-year-old Lamine Diack

  • AIBA not to consider minor boxer for junior world c’ship

    New Delhi: AIBA informed Delhi High Court that 16-year-old boxer Harshpreet Sehrawat cannot be considered for participating in the junior world boxing championship as he cannot be said to be the ‘best’ in his category. An ad hoc committee of AIBA said the international association does not come under Indian legal jurisdiction and thus cannot be “forced to accept decision which doesn’t fit within the terms and condition.”