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NEW DELHI: In a bid to strengthen economic ties with Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will inaugurate the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Gujarat. The event will take place at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. The President of African Development Bank - Mr. Akinwumi Adesina has said that the core theme of the Annual Meeting is ‘Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa’. “The main focus of the meeting will be on achieving...
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned the blast in Manchester in the UK which killed at least 19 people and injured around 50. "Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured," he tweeted. An explosion occurred at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the Manchester city which is being treated as a terrorist incident. The pop star is safe after the incident. Eyewitne...
NEW DELHI: Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied  a local youth from Srinagar to the bonnet of an Army jeep as ‘human shield’ from stone pelters,  was awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for “sustained efforts” during counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Gogoi was awarded for showing presence of mind and quick thinking, thereby saving many lives when a team of election officials was surrounded by a mob pelting stones. An Army offici...
LUCKNOW: In a major breakthrough in the fuel pump scam case, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF), working on the basis of leads, conducted raids at different places in Pune and Thane in Maharashtra late on Sunday night and arrested two persons. While one person arrested in Thane was involved in the manufacturing of the chip used to steal the fuel by manipulating the fuel dispensing machine and software installed, the other person nabbed in Pune used to assemble and supply remote control ...
NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: First it was party chief Amit Shah who said, “BJP’s doors are open to actor Rajinikanth.” Now, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has followed it up saying, “the actor could get a special position if he chose to join the saffron party.” Speaking to a TV channel on Monday on welcoming Rajinikanth into the saffron fold, Gadkari said the party would have a special place for the actor. However, he quickly evaded...
PATNA: The Jharkhand government on Monday placed under suspension the officers-in-charge of two police stations and said 20 people have been arrested so far for the three lynching incidents in which nine people were beaten to death on suspicion of being child-lifters. Following the barbaric killings that shocked public conscience, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a strongly worded notice to Jharkhand DGP D K Pandey and sought a report within four weeks. “A civ...
SAHARANPUR: A wedding in Saharanpur turned ghastly after two groups clashed over the music played by the DJ, which left three persons injured, the police said today.      The wedding ceremony of Deepak was in full swing last night when an argument broke out between two groups over the music. Batons and sharp weapons were used in the clash, they said.      "Three persons were injured in the clash due to the use of batons and sharp weapons," Sharanpur SP P...
GHAZIABAD: The police here claimed to have busted two sex rackets after conducting raids at two places in the district today and detained 19 people.      A hotel in the area falling under Sihani Gate police station was raided this morning and five men and six women were found in compromising positions. They, along with two hotel employees, have been detained, S P (City) Aakash Tomar said.      The hotel has been sealed and a hunt is on to nab its owner who is said...
NEW DELHI:  Union Minister for agriculture and farmer welfare Radha Mohan Singh on Monday said that the Narendra Modi government is working with the objective to herald “evergreen revolution” in the country. The minister hoped that the Monsoon this year would be good, which would help the farm sector to achieve better growth rate, while productions touching a new high. Stating that the agrarian growth last year had been 4.4 per cent, Singh said that the Monsoon rains, which wo...
BHACHAU:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the next generation should be taught to use water judiciously and advised farmers to use drip and sprinkler irrigation systems. He said successive governments in Gujarat have spent substantial amount of money for years so that people in the state's arid region also get water. Modi was addressing a gathering here at the inauguration of the third pumping station on the Kutch branch of the Narmada canal network, which will take water to Ta...
INDORE: The Madhaya Pradesh police today said it has rescued 11 tribal children being taken to Nagpur for converting them to Christianity. Two persons were arrested for allegedly luring these minors for changing their faith by offering various facilities and gifts, said a police officer. The police rescued the 11 minors, including four girls, last night from Sarwate Bus Stand here when they were being taken for religious conversion, said Chhoti Gwaltoli Police Station in-charge Sanju Kamle. &q...
NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Kamal Nath today met party president Sonia Gandhi amid speculations that he might be appointed as the Madhya Pradesh PCC chief ahead of the state assembly elections next year. The meeting lasted around half and hour and Nath is learnt to have discussed the political situation in Madhya Pradesh with Gandhi. Nath is also the general secretary incharge of Haryana. The Congress is in the process of revamping its organisation in all poll-bound states, with the l...
NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is organising 'Dilli Chalo Movement' on June 6 to draw the nation's attention towards the "atrocities" faced by the medical fraternity. More than one lakh doctors are expected to take part in the protest march which would start from Rajghat and end at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The association would also launch a signature campaign on the issue on social media and has urged all doctors to collect thousands of signatures wh...
CHINSURA:  Burglars took away valuables and some medals from the ancestral house of veteran footballer Surajit Sengupta at Chinsurah in Hooghly district today, police said. Unidentified men cut the grill of the empty house, broke open the almirah locker and took away some of the medals and jewelleries kept inside in the afternoon. The theft was discovered by Sengupta's elder brother and sister-in-law when they returned home in the evening, the police said. The total loss was being as...
NEW DELHI:  The Election Commission today asked poll authorities in five states, where assembly elections were held recently, to prepare themselves for sending EVMs for an open challenge to prove that the machines can be tampered with. Parties which participate in the challenge can demand EVMs used in polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. The challenge begins June 3. Parties can use up to four EVMs to prove that they can be hacked and that they were hacked ahead of ...
GUWAHATI:  The Assam government has decided to close all unhygienic stalls selling fish and meat openly on the footpath in Guwahati by Sunday. As such practice has become poisonous and fatal to human life, the administration has decided to close all such unhygienic and open selling of fish and meat on the footpath in the city, a government release said here today. The decision has been taken in an emergency meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Guwahati Development M ...
JAMSHEDPUR: Police today arrested one person for allegedly posting objectionable materials in the social media in connection with post-child lifting related violence here on Saturday, officials said. The arrested person, a resident of Industrial township of Adityapur, had posted objectionable materials in Facebook on the violence at Mango, East Singhbhum district Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police, Anoop T Mathew told a joint press conference. A protest against ...
NEW DELHI: From "social boycott" of Muslims who resort to triple talaq to the appointment of an arbitrator to settle marital disputes are some features of the new guidelines issued by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for married couples. The AIMPLB today told the Supreme Court that it has issued "guidelines for the husband and wife at the time of dispute" which has to be followed, days after the court reserved its verdict on a clutch of pleas challenging trip...
NEW DELHI: Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, today denied giving an interview to a news outlet, a photographic image of which appeared on his Facebook page for a while before it was taken down. In a statement to PTI, Karti said, "I did not give any interview to any media outlet." It is now known who posted the image of the interview on Facebook, or when it was withdrawn. Karti did not address this in his statement. The purported interview in Tamil lang...
NEW DELHI:  Foreign exchange earnings (FEEs) through Tourism have seen a constant rise in last three years of Narendra Modi government. FEEs during the month of April, this year were Rs 14,692 crore as compared to Rs 11,495 crore in April 2016 and Rs 10,091 crore in April 2015. According to the union ministry of Tourism, the growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in April 2017 over April 2016 was 27.8% compared to positive growth of 13.9% in April 2016 over April 2015. The data says that FEEs ...