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  • Festival of harvest, Lohri,Makar Sankranti and Pongal being celebrated in North India

    New Delhi, Jan 13: The festival of harvest, Lohri is being celebrated today in North India especially in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Popcorns, peanuts, Rewari and Gajak are distributed to all neighbours, friends and relatives on the occasion. President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the people on the occasion of Lohri. President Kovind also greeted people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, which will be celebrated tomorrow.

    In his message, the President said the entire nation comes together to celebrate these festivals with gaiety and fervour. He said, these festivals are associated with harvest and are a moment to celebrate the hard work and enterprise of millions of farmers. He expressed hope that these festivals will bring joy, health and happiness to all.

    In Himachal Pradesh, the Lohri festival is being celebrated today with full enthusiasm. Lohri marks the end of the long nights of winter and welcomes the longer days of summer, as the Sun begins its journey to the Northern Hemisphere.

    PM Modi calls upon youth to create new India that our freedom fighters had dreamt of

    New Delhi, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the youth to become an agent of change for the emergence of India as a new India. Addressing the National Youth Festival 2018 via video conferencing, Mr Modi said in New Delhi today that the government wants to make youth job creators and as youngest innovators. The Prime Minister urged the youth to make sports a part of their lives. He said, youth should resolve to create the India that the freedom fighters dreamt of.

    Mr Modi said, government is there to help them economically in their innovation work and help them start their own businesses. Mr Modi said, during the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio last month, he had had called for organising mock parliaments in the districts to further the spirit of discussion among the youth. He said there has to be an ecosystem of innovation among youth. Mr Modi said, some people will tell that today's youth lack patience.

    At least 4 dead, 9 injured as fire breaks out in Mumbai's Marol

    Mumbai, Jan 4: At least four people were killed and five injured after a fire broke out yesterday night in Maimoon building in Marol area of Mumbai. The Brihanmumbai Disaster Management Cell has informed that the fire that started at around 2.08am was a level-two fire. The injured were rushed Holy Spirit Hospital nearby for treatment. The fire brigade managed to control the fire under control within ​​30 minutes with the help of 6 firefighters and pulled out people trapped inside.

    Bhima Koregaon violence: Maharashtra returns to normalcy

    Koregaon, Jan 3: Maharashtra limps back to normalcy after violence in Koregaon; State govt says situation peaceful; Minor incidents reported; Parliament also discusses issue; Govt accuses Congress of playing politics. Normalcy can be expected to return to Maharashtra which has seen some unrest since Monday following the Bhima Koregaon violent clashes near Pune.

    Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar called off the statewide bandh call on Wednesday following protests that led to some disruption in road, rail and air traffic including several parts of Mumbai. But the situation had started to return to normal by the evening. Movement of vehicles was affected in some places due to sporadic protests, and the bandh had a mixed response.

    CM Devendra Fadnavis said Inquiry will be conducted in the incidents of violence that took place across Maharashtra. There was adequate police deployment leading to the situation reaming under control. The central government took cognisance of the situation. The Home Minister was in touch with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Government said opposition parties were fanning violence in Maharashtra for political gains, but the state government has the situation under control.

    EC to issue notification for by-polls in Rajasthan & West Bengal today

    New Delhi, Jan 3: The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in these elections at all the polling stations. The Election Commission will issue notification for the by-polls to the Alwar and Ajmer Parliamentary seats in Rajasthan and Uluberia in West Bengal today. By polls to the Assembly constituencies of Mandalgarh in Rajasthan and Noapara in West Bengal will also take place on the same day.

    The last day for filing nominations is January 10.They will be scrutinized on January 11 and the last day for withdrawing nominations is January 15. Polling will be held on January 29 while the counting of votes will be held on February 1. The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in these elections at all the polling stations.All steps had been taken to ensure smooth conduct of these polls with the help of these machines.

    Delhi: No exit from Rajiv Chowk Metro station on Dec 31 from 9pm

    New Delhi, Dec 30: Delhi Metro has said that exit of passengers from Rajiv Chowk Metro Station will not be permitted from 9 PM onwards on the New Year's Eve. As per an advisory by the city police, exit of passengers from Rajiv Chowk Metro Station will not be permitted from 9 PM onwards on December 31. However, passengers will be allowed to enter the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station from 'F' and 'B' block side gates of the station after 9 PM for boarding trains.

    This is to enable the authorities to maintain law and order during New Year celebrations in central Delhi. Interchange facility between Line-2 (HUDA City Centre - Samaypur Badli) and Line-3/4 (Dwarka Sec-21 - NOIDA City Centre/Vaishali) will continue as usual at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Metro Services at all other corridors and stations will continue normally.

    Cold wave grips North India

    New Delhi, Dec 20: Cold wave conditions continue to grip the multiple parts of North India as mercury levels dropped significantly across the region. In J&K, severe cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley as the Ladakh region remained literally frozen with Kargil recording minus 15.4 and Leh minus 13.2 as the minimum temperatures.

    In Uttar Pradesh, icy cold winds blowing from northern hilly tracts of country have left the state shivering with temperature plunging several notches below the normal. Moderate to dense fog at many places has left normal life paralyzed. Lucknow District Magistrate has ordered classes in all schools from Nursery to 8th to start at 9 am from tomorrow to January 31 in the wake of cold wave.

    The order will be applicable to all Uttar Pradesh Board, CBSE and ICSE board affiliated schools of the city. Cold weather conditions continued in Punjab and Haryana with Adampur becoming the coldest place in both the states. Adampur in Punjab's Jalandhar district recorded a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius.

    Meanwhile, National Capital Delhi has been also witnessing chilly winter mornings and nights for the last few days. At least 20 trains were delayed 15 cancelled & two were rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.

    Assembly Polls: BJP returns to power in Gujarat, wins Himachal

    New Delhi, Dec 18: The BJP said this shows victory of politics of development and performance and rejection of opposition campaign based on polarisation, and appeasement based on caste. Its Mandate 2017, the results are out for Gujarat and Himachal. BJP sweeps both the states. The results clearly show people have voted for development. This is sixth consecutive victory for BJP in Gujarat assembly polls and in Himachal the party has evicted Congress. BJP terms the victory as politics of performance.

    On one side, in Himachal, Congress paid price for anti-incumbency & corruption, while on the other side, in Gujarat. The anti-incumbency factor was dominated by development. Paving way for BJP. People have outrightly rejected caste politics and have also said no to dynasty. The elections took place in the backdrop of GST and demonetisation, which the opposition had claimed would inflict a huge dent in Prime Minister Modi's popularity.

    But once again they were proven wrong, the result show people are ready to face small problems for better future. The Gabbar Singh tax remark by Congress President Rahul Gandhi was completely rejected. Even the Negative politics did not help. His misleading remarks fell apart. Victories not only highlights BJP's supremacy but also Prime Minister Modi's apparent invincibility & Party president's strong leadership. BJP has won every election since 1995 in the home state of Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

    Snowfall, rains shut Jammu-Srinagar highway

    J&K, Dec 12: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and the Mughal road were closed for traffic for the second consecutive day on Tuesday due to continuous snowfall and rains. The nearly 300-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel. "The highway is closed for second day on Tuesday. The highway was closed following heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, Patnitop and Ramban area bedsides landslides triggered at Pathiyal early today", a police official said.

    As per the advisory of traffic police department passengers planning to travel on the highway in coming days should contact traffic control room before leaving for their destinations. Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir's Shopian district, has also been closed for the second day today. "There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road resulting in closure", he said.

    The traffic was suspended on Mughal road last evening as a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast predicting moderate to heavy snowfall in the high altitude areas under the influence of a Western disturbance from December 11 to 14. There was very heavy snowfall in hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts of Jammu region. As result of which some inter-district and inter-state roads have been closed due to snowfall for traffic.

    Cyclone Ockhi: J P Nadda speaks to Gujarat, Tamil Nadu health ministers

    New Delhi, Dec 6: Union Healh Minister J P Nadda spoke to health ministers of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, assuring them of all help from the Centre for dealing with the possible damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi. JP Nadda said his ministry is geared up with all necessary resources and a team of doctors has been put on standby for any exigency.

    He also directed the officials in his ministry to stay in touch with the state health departments for any assistance. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. He handed over a cheque worth Five Crore rupees to the Prime Minister from Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund towards PM's National Relief Fund (PMNRF), for the Cyclone affected people in Lakshadweep and other States.

    Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghuvar das also donated over a cheque worth two Crore rupees to the Prime Minister from Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund towards PM's National Relief Fund for the Cyclone affected people in Lakshadweep and other States.

    Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala

    New Delhi, Dec 1: Torrential rains pounded southern districts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Kerala, crippling life and claiming eight lives - four each in the two states, as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm 'Ockhi' on Thursday. Both the state governments put the official machinery on high alert as the cyclone, lying 60 km south of Kanyakumari, was forecast to dump more rains in south Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the next 12 hours.

    The storm was expected to move toward the Lakshadweep archipelago and hit the islands on December 2. Meanwhile, fishermen in coastal regions in southern parts of the two states have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next 24 hours.

    N K Singh appointed 15th Finance Commission chairman

    New Delhi, Nov 28: The government on Monday appointed former Planning Commission Member N K Singh as chairman of 15th Finance Commission, which among other things will look into impact of GST on finances of the Centre and states, said a notification. The commission will recommend devolution of shareable central taxes to the states and their inter-se distribution. The commission will also review several important aspects of federal fiscal finance. The commission will make recommendations, by October 2019, for five years commencing April 1, 2020, said the notification announcing the constitution of the panel. Other members of the commission, which is required to submit its report by October 2019, are former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das and former Chief Economic Advisor Ashok Lahiri, Niti Aayog Member Ramesh Chand and Georgetown University professor Anoop Singh.

    The panel will review the current status of the finance, deficit, debt levels, cash balances and fiscal discipline efforts of the Union and the states. As per Article 280 of the Constitution, the commission is required to make recommendations on the distribution of the net proceeds of taxes between the Centre and the states. Soon after the appointment, Singh, a former bureaucrat, told reporters that the commission will examine implications of GST in terms of finances of both the Centre and states "because this is about the fiscal issue of the general government".

    The commission also suggests the principles which should govern the grants-in-aid of the revenues of the states out of the Consolidated Fund of India. As per the terms of reference (ToR), the panel will also look into "the impact of the GST, including payment of compensation for possible loss of revenues for 5 years, and abolition of a number of cesses, earmarking thereof for compensation and other structural reforms programme, on the finances of the Centre and states", said the notification.

    Further, the commission will examine progress made in promoting ease of doing business by effecting related policy and regulatory changes and promoting labour intensive growth. The commission will use the population data of 2011 while making its recommendations. The 14th Finance Commission, headed by Y V Reddy, was set up on January 2, 2013. Its recommendations cover the period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2020.

    Delhi government withdraws petition on Odd-Even after NGT directs modification

    New Delhi, Nov 14: Delhi government has withdrawn its petition seeking modifications of November 11 order of the tribunal refusing to exempt women and two wheelers from the odd-even car rationing scheme to tackle pollution. In the hearing in the matter on Tuesday, NGT asked Delhi why ladies-only buses cannot be pressed into service to solve the problem of transport during the proposed Odd-Even scheme.

    Questioning the very logic of the plea, the tribunal also reprimanded the state government for the suggestion. It was of the opinion that while the reports prove that two-wheelers are bigger culprits than four-wheeler vehicles, why is the rationale behind the exemptions.

    Following strong objections by the tribunal, the state withdrew its petition. NGT suggested that the state government take care of the logical explanations for exemptions when they approach it again. The government had scrapped its plan to implement the odd-even scheme on Saturday after the NGT disallowed exemption for women and two-wheelers.

    Jobs, end of mafia raj in BJP's vision for Himachal Pradesh

    HP, Oct 30: Dismantling "mafia raj", women's safety, free "chardham" pilgrimage for the elderly and jobs for youth are among the key focuas areas in BJP's 'Vision Document' for Himachal Pradesh elections. The document was released by Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley in Shimla on Sunday.

    It also promises a 24-hour helpline in the chief minister's office for reporting all types of crimes, setting up of Somnath Vahini, a task force of ex-servicemen to take on drug mafia and crime. BJP president Amit Shah will be in the state on Monday to address public meetings. He would be in the hill state for two days.

    PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Bidar-Kalaburagi New Railway Line

    Bidar, Oct 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the Bidar - Kalaburagi New Railway Line to the Nation by unveiling a plaque at Bidar Railway Station.

    Prime Minister also flagged off the DEMU Service between Bidar and Kalaburagi.

    Some rejig in GST rate structure required, says Revenue Secretary

    New Delhi, Oct 23: Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that some rejig in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate structure is required to reduce the burden on small and medium businesses. The GST tax, which amalgamates more than a dozen central and state levies like excise duty, service tax and VAT, will take about a year to stabilise. Adhia, however, said the rejig would require some calculations by the fitment committee, which will decide which items need a rationalisation of rate under the GST regime which kicked in from July 1.

    "There is need for some rejig in rates... it is possible that some items in the same chapter are divided. There is a need for harmonisation of items chapter wise and wherever we find there is a big burden on small and medium businesses and on common man, if we bring them down, there will be a better compliance," Adhia said.

    Diwali - the festival of lights celebrated across the country

    New Delhi, Oct 20: Diwali, festival of lights, was celebrated across the country with religious favour, enthusiasm and gaiety on Thursday. The festival represents the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. People in large numbers were seen thronging to shops to buy candles, lamps and gifts for their near and dear ones. People have decorated their houses with lights and flowers while markets are decked up. The festival brings with it festivals of Govardhan pooja and Bhai Dooj.

    Army jawans also celebrated Diwali with utmost joy in Poonch and RS Pura along Loc in Jammu and Kashmir. Diwali bonhomie was seen at the Attari-Wagah border with Border Security Force jawans and Pakistani Rangers exchanging sweets. President Ram Nath Kovind and vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and prime minister Narendra Modi greeted the fellow citizens on Diwali. In his message, the President said, "On the happy and joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens.”

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of the country on the occasion of the Diwali. Tweeting a signed colourful picture, PM wished brighter lives with prosperity and good health and happiness all around. Later he also met and celebrated the festival of lights with Army & BSF soldiers in Gurez sector of the valley.

    SC refuses to relax ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi, NCR

    New Delhi, Oct 13: Supreme Court today refused to relax the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR and has directed Delhi Police to implement its order banning the sale of firecrackers. The apex Court was hearing today the traders' plea seeking modification of its October 9 order banning sale of firecrackers in Delhi and national capital region (NCR) till 31st of this month.

    The Supreme Court, however, said today that people will burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale. The apex court also expressed pain over certain people trying to give its order a political colour, after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for one of the parties, referred to certain statements made by some political leaders.

    3-day sports fest 'Jashn-E-Dal' kicks off in Kashmir

    J&K, Sept 20: A three-day water sports festival 'Jashan-E-Dal and Shikara Race -- 2017' began at the iconic Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. The event, which is being held under Civic Action Programme, aims to engage the youth in healthy competitions of sports and shun arms and drugs. State's Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid said activities like these would usher in peace and harmony in the Valley.

    Hundreds of youths are expected to take part in the festival, which has sporting activities such as dragon boat, canoe-polo, water ski, Water Polo swimming, free style swimming of boys, relay swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

    CBSE asks schools to install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas

    New Delhi, Sept 15: CBSE has asked the schools to install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas in their premises and ensure that they are functional at all times. It has instructed them to get the police verification and psychometric evaluation done for all the staff including bus drivers, conductors and peon in a detailed manner.

    Besides, they have also been asked to constitute a parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback. This came in the wake of recent incident of killing of a class-2 student in a private school in Gurugram.

    The Board has also directed for strictly adherence of guidelines issued by it and the HRD Ministry from time to time saying any violation will invite appropriate action including the disaffiliation of the school.

    President appeals people to adopt Hindi language; Gives away Rajbhasha awards

    New Delhi, Sept 14: President Ram Nath Kovind has appealed to the countrymen to adopt Hindi language with a great zeal. He said, this language play a great role in connecting people. The President was addressing the gathering at function in New Delhi after giving away the Rajbhasha awards for the Year 2016-17 on the occasion of Hindi Diwas which being celebrated today.

    He said, Hindi language can bind the whole world into one thread. He said, the work of promotion of hindi language should always continue. Mr Kovind also suggested the doctors to prescribe the names of medicines in Hindi as it will result in greater interaction between doctors and patients.

    Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, Hindi is only language which is uniting India. He said, the use of Hindi language should be promoted as it is not only the Rajbhasha of the country but it is also a langauge of communication. The Rajbhasha awards were instituted by the Department of Official Language to recognize the excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks in the field of Hindi.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh concludes 4 day J&K visit

    J&K, Sept 13: Home Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his 4 day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday; meets and seeks views of various representative groups during his visit; Home Minister comes down hard on Pakistan, says India will create such conditions that Pakistan will be forced to stop ceasefire violations eventually, announces govt has sanctioned 1080 crore rupees and 3000 jobs for those displaced from the valley.

    The Modi govt has been continuously making efforts for peace in Jammu and Kashmir. It is with this intent and to further boost various development initiatives of the centre that the HM undertook a 4 day visit in the state. During this period he listened to grievances of the public in Naushera and Jammu and sought their suggestions to resolve various issues.

    On his 4th and last day in the state the HM met with various representative groups in Jammu. Among those he met were a group of representatives of political parties with whom he shared views on a number of issues. Leaders who were part of the group expressed their satisfaction at the many initiatives taken by the PM with regard to Kashmir.

    Singh also interacted with the media. Slamming Pakistan he said that it had violated the ceasefire nearly 400 times in recent years but that it would have to stop such activities sooner or later.

    Lucknow Metro to open for public tomorrow

    Lucknow, Sept 5: Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro on Tuesday. However, the first metro rail in Lucknow will be opened to the public on Wednesday, with the promise of a "cheaper, congestion-free and eco-friendly" ride. The 8.5-km-long 'Priority Corridor' from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase 1 of the project, will be operational for the public from 6 am to 10 pm everyday.

    The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) was incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Companies Act 1956 on November 25, 2013. It will also have the “most advanced signaling and train control system”, called Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC), which will enable trains to virtually operate on “driverless” mode. The sale of smart cards, which would each cost Rs 200 (of which Rs 100 is a refundable security deposit), had begun since September 1.

    President to lay foundation of SAUNI project

    Gujrat, Sept 4: As President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, will lay the foundation stone of the second phase of link-IV pipeline canal of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana in Rajkot today. PM Narendra Modi had inaugurated first phases of link-I, II and III of SAUNI project at three separate ceremonies held on September 30, 2016, and April 17 and June 29this year. During the same events, he had laid the foundation stones of second phases of these links. The project when completed will carry irrigation and drinking water to more areas of the parched Saurashtra region.

    President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday began his two-day Gujarat tour by visiting Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. President Kovind, who is visiting Gujarat for the first time after becoming the president, was greeted by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Governor O P Kohli and other dignitaries at the city airport on Sunday afternoon. From the airport, the president went straight to the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930. President offered his floral tributes at Gandhiji's statue inside the Ashram, which is managed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust.

    Chairperson of the trust, Elabehn Bhatt, along with trustees Kartikeya Sarabhai and Amrut Modi accompanied Kovind during his brief tour of the Ashram, which is celebrating 100-years of its establishment. During his visit, Kovind planted a tree on the premises of the Ashram. He also held talks with the trustees about the ongoing work of preserving the Gandhian-era documents and letters. The president also visited 'Hriday Kunj', a house inside the Ashram where Gandhiji and his wife Kasturba once lived.

    Before leaving, Kovind also wrote a message in the visitors' book outside Hriday Kunj. "It is a matter of great honour and privilege for me to be on the sacred precincts of the Sabarmati Ashram, epitomising the globally cherished Gandhian values of truth and non-violence, which continue to be as relevant today as they were in the past," Kovind wrote. "I join the nation in paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, whose teachings and ideals are an eternal source of inspiration and strength not only for India but also for the entire world," the message further read. "On the occasion of the year-long Sabarmati Ashram Centenary Celebrations, let me reaffirm our resolve to follow the path of Gandhiji for peace and harmony amongst the nations and the entire mankind... Jai Hind!" Kovind wrote.

    Mumbaikars open their hearts as city shuts down

    Mumbai, Aug 30: As heavens opened up over Mumbai, its residents too opened their homes and hearts to strangers, offering assistance to those stranded in the devastating rains and floods that brought the megapolis to its knees. With the unabated fury of the rains along with an imminent 'high tide' signalling that weather conditions were turning from bad to worse, good Samaritans came out on the streets and the virtual world, to help and comfort their stranded brethren from offering food and shelter to helping them find the quickest mode of available transport for the journey back home.

    This was a much-needed gesture in the backdrop of the crumbling infrastructure of the megapolis which gave in on every front, be it roads, or the suburban train network that ferries over 65 lakh people daily. The desire to reach out to those in need was reflected in many acts across the city, where people were seen helping total strangers face the rain fury, displaying a sense of kinship and empathy that went far beyond the simple connotations of the storied "Mumbai spirit".

    The hashtag "#rainhosts" started trending on micro- blogging site Twitter and there were scores of others using other platforms like Facebook with similar offers. South Mumbai resident Mehul Ved began putting together a spreadsheet of those offering help at 1:45 pm and had over 2,000 entries by 8:25 pm, along with addresses and other details. The effort was visible on the streets as well, probably with as much force, just to ensure that none of the over 1.5 crore people went hungry.

    PM Modi announces assistance of Rs 500 crore for flood-hit Bihar

    Bihar, Aug 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore to flood ravaged Bihar. He held detailed review meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over relief operations, compensation and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas. Mr. Modi said, 2 lakh rupees each will be paid next to the kin of those who died in flood related incidents. Fifty thousand rupees each will be given to injured persons.

    The Prime Minister said, more assistance will be given after assessing the damage. A central team will visit to Bihar to assess the damage caused by flood. Mr Modi assured that all possible help will be extended to the state to tackle flood. The Prime Minister also stressed upon the immediate payment of crop insurance amount to the farmers of the flood affected areas.

    Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan flags off Mobile Medical Units

    Ordisha, Aug 20: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday flagged off Mobile Medical Units in Bhubaneswar in Odisha. These MMUs will provide doorstep healthcare services in the villages of Odisha as part of Oil PSUs' Corporate Social Responsibility.

    These 11 MMUs will have a qualified doctor, nurse, laboratory technician, pharmacist, essential medicines and can also function as an ambulance. Besides, these MMUs are GPS enabled so that their movements can be tracked on a real time basis and will cover a range of upto 40 kilometres from the base location.

    NIA conducts fresh searches at 12 places in J&K terror funding case

    J&K, Aug 16: National Investigation Agency on Wednesday conducted simultaneous raids at 12 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in cases pertaining to alleged terror funding. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others.. The NIA sleuths have raided places in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara and operation is still on.

    In a crackdown on terror funding, many separatists are also on the radar of central agencies for accepting funds to foment trouble in the valley. The raids are a continuation of an operation launched by agencies to unearth the terror funding route and its nexus with separatist leaders in the valley, including senior Hurriyat leaders of all factions.

    A day after resignation, Nitish Kumar sworn-in as Bihar CM

    Bihar, Jul 27: In a rapidly developing political situation in Bihar, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister at 10 am on Thursday after getting support from NDA legislators; BJP's Sushil Modi was made Deputy Chief Minister. Hours after Nitish Kumar resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party extended support to him and the Janata Dal (United) to form the next Bihar government.

    Later Kumar, accompanied by senior BJP leader met the Governor and staked claim to form the government. Nitish Kumar had resigned citing irreconcilable differences with ally RJD on the issue of corruption charges against his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

    Talking to reporters outside Raj Bhavan in Patna after submitting his resignation to the Governor, Kumar had said, present circumstances compelled him to resign from his post. He added that he tried his best to lead the grand alliance government but political situation does not permit him to continue the government.

    PM Narendra Modi welcomed Nitish Kumar's resignation and tweeted - "Congratulations to Nitish Kumar for joining the fight against corruption. 125 crore citizens welcome and support honesty."

    PM to interact with secretaries of states & UTIs

    New Delhi, Jul 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories on Monday. This will be during the National Conference of Chief Secretaries being organized by NITI Aayog to further the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism. Chief Secretaries from 30 States and UTs along with Planning Secretaries, Finance Secretaries, Health Secretaries, Agriculture Secretaries and Industry Secretaries will attend the Conference.

    The deliberations will cover a wide range of issues. The focus will be on best practices in social and economic sectors across States. Various developmental indicators developed by NITI Aayog, in the areas of health, education, water management and digital transformation will be discussed to measure performance and progress of States. In addition interactive sessions on 'Agricultural Reforms', 'Health & Nutrition' and 'Developmental issues' have also been planned.

    Heavy rains lash North, West, North-East India

    New Delhi, Jul 5: The flood situation across Imphal Valley in Manipur continued to remain grim with heavy showers leading to water logging in Imphal East and Thoubal districts. Repairing of the damaged banks of Imphal and Kongba rivers is underway. Overflowing waters of the Nambul river have inundated many roads in throwing vehicular traffic out of gear. Assam Rifles personnel have been deployed for relief and rescue operations after the government sought their assistance. Hundreds of affected people have taken shelter in the relief camps.

    In Assam, heavy rains have increased water level in rivers flooding many areas. More than 3.5 lakh people have been affected by floodwaters in 13 districts including Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj. Incessant rains triggered major floods and landslides in a matter of days, causing havoc in and around the Itanagar Capital Complex. The National Highway 415 road between Itanagar and Naharlagun is blocked as a large portion of the highway near Dree Ground was washed away.

    Traffic has been diverted to Papu-Nallah and Itanagar via Jollang road till the restoration is completed. More than 50 marooned families have been reportedly evacuated from Chandranagar area as Senki River is flowing above the danger level and affecting many houses located on the bank of the river. However, no human casualty is reported so far. Normal life has been severely affected by torrential rains in Gujarat's Tonkara taluka of Morbi district which received very heavy showers increasing water levels in many check dams.

    Rains that have been lashing the state since the onset of the monsoon have caused the water level in many dams to swell. State Disaster Management Authority has been placed on alert to deal with any emergency.

    India to set up 20 world class research institutions

    New Delhi, Jul 2: India will set up 20 world class institutions across the country to promote research and innovation, said Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday. "The government has decided to establish 20 world class institutions across the country to encourage the young talent do research and promote innovation in science and technology," Javadekar told students of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru.

    Asserting that through research and innovation the country could achieve sustainable prosperity, the minister said institutions like the IISc would not face a financial crunch as it would be adequately funded. "GST (Goods and Services Tax) will enable the government to provide more funds to health, education, research and innovation," reiterated Javadekar while interacting with the faculty and research scholars of the premier institute.

    The new indirect tax regime (GST) came into force from Saturday across the country after President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled it in Parliament at the stroke of midnight.

    PM Modi holds round-table conference with top CEOs in United States

    US, Jun 27: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 20 top business leaders in Washington DC on Sunday, his focus was on sharing with them the strides that India has made in the sphere of economic reforms. He told them about how India has emerged as a business-friendly destination, more so with the upcoming implementation of landmark GST beginning next month. The CEOs lauded India for the reforms undertaken by it and expressed their desire to invest in India.

    PM Modi not only outlined moves by the Indian govt. to attract FDI into the country but also gave a preview of what more the govt. proposes to do to further boost India's economic growth. After the 90 minute long Round Table with US business leaders, PM Modi tweeted, 'Interacted with top CEOs. We held extensive discussions on opportunities in India.' While PM Modi touched upon a host of issues with the business leaders, the five big messages sent out by the PM were:

    'MAKE IN INDIA IS AN OPPORTUNITY' Prime Minister Modi told the CEOs that India's growth presents a win-win partnership for the country and the US, and American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that.

    'COME, INVEST IN INDIA' Inviting captains of America Inc. to invest in India, PM Modi pointed out that India has emerged as a business-friendly destination.

    'GOVT'S THRUST ON ECONOMIC REFORMS' PM Modi said that the whole world is focused on India's economy and the Union Government alone has initiated 7000 reforms to usher in Minimum Government Maximum Governance. He also highlighted India's position as the recipient of highest FDI in the world due to the economic reforms undertaken to encourage foreign investment into India.

    'GST TO BOOST EASE OF DOING BUSINESS' PM Modi hailed GST that would be rolled out in India from 1st July as a major move to enhance ease of doing business in the country and one that shows that India can take big decisions and implement them swiftly. He explained that the indirect tax reform is becoming a reality after years of effort and suggested that its implementation may well be a subject of future case-studies in US business schools.

    'IMMENSE TOURISM POTENTIAL IN INDIA' The Prime Minister also pointed out investment opportunities in India's tourism sector like developing hotels in public private partnership model at 500 railway stations. CEOs appreciated the Prime Minister for his policy initiatives and the work done in recent times towards ease of doing business and displayed their eagerness to invest in India.

    Among those present at the Round-table were:

    Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon Krish Iyer, CEO of Walmart in India Shantanu Narayan, President and CEO, Adobe Ajay Banga, CEO, MasterCard David Farr, CEO, Emerson Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart Punit Renjen, CEO, Deloitte Global Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President U.S.-India Business Council PM Modi's meeting with CEOs promises to be a catalyst for further investment by America Inc. into India.

    Artistes across 100 genres to be rated by Government

    New Delhi, Jun 17: A prize money of Rs 10 lakh will be up for grabs soon for artistes, along with a token gurudakshina for their gurus, under the ministry of culture's initiative to create a repository of artistes across the country. Under the Rs 470 crore scheme - The National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India programme - the ministry will introduce a rating system for artistes and writers and hold competitions across the country in a minimum of 100 genres.

    The national level winner - who would have competed with his peers at bloc, district, state and national level - from each genre will be given an award of Rs 10 lakh, out of which Rs 2 lakh will have to be mandatorily given to the artiste's guru. "We will tap every bloc, every district so that we can create a database of artistes. In the end for every genre, whoever emerges as the national champion will be awarded the prize money.

    "It has also been made mandatory for such artistes to give Rs 2 lakh to his guru, so that the guru doesn't feel that he hasn't got his gurudakshina," said culture secretary, N K Sinha. Under the scheme, from each genre, the winner at the end will get Rs 10 lakh, the second will get Rs 5 lakh and third Rs 3 lakh. Five other artists from thereon will be paid Rs 40,000 each.

    Thus for every discipline, the ministry has earmarked Rs 20 lakh as the prize money with a Rs 20 crore kitty for 100 recognised forms of art. The programme which has been planned to create a database of artistes from across all villages in over 100 disciplines under one portal is expected to be completed in the next three years. Explaining the logic behind recognising the guru is also to ensure that no poor, yet talented artist is denied training because of lack of funds.

    The programme will also encourage peer to peer relations whereby artists from similar genres can band together, train each other as well as learn from each other, Sharma said. "The idea is to develop talent in art and preserve those arts that are dying," said Culture minister Mahesh Sharma. The programme is also open for kids - divided into four age groups each with 100 genres.

    MP CM to sit on fast calling on farmers to shun violence

    Bhopal, Jun 9: The focus in the farmer agitation that began in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh has now shifted to Bhopal's Bhel Dussehra Maidan. Its here that state CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan will sit on a fast calling on farmers to shun violence and come to the talking table with their issues.

    He has said that his fast will continue for as long as their problems persist. Earlier in a touching reply to a question at a press conference at his residence he had said that, being a farmer himself, he understands the suffering of farmers and also that the perpetrators of violence in the agitation would not be spared.

    Meanwhile the situation in Mandsaur is now normal. On Thursday as curfew was relaxed for 2 hours and for the day on Friday enabling people to go out for marketing. Section 144 however continued to be in place on Friday. The day passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward incidents while most essential services have been restored internet services are still unavailable. Rapid action force and CRPF have been stationed in the district.

    AAP leaders meanwhile could not go ahead with their plans for a Mandsaur tour due to the prohibitory orders and the curfew. Questioning the politicisation of the issue, the Centre has expressed hope of a solution to the problem. Meanwhile, another shocking disclosure is that none of the 5 agitators who died were farmers, leading to more questions on who is instigating the agitation. Prominent among their demands are better prices for their crops. Now, the ball is in the farmers' court with the CM making it clear that he is prepared for a solution to any problem.

    Strict action will be taken against anti-social elements: MP CM

    Bhopal, Jun 8: After visiting hotspots in Hyderabad, JNU and Uttar Pradesh, it was Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's turn to visit Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. While the police detained him before he could reach Mandsaur, since prohibitory orders were in place there, the BJP has accused Rahul of trying to milk a human tragedy for political gain.

    Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu called Rahul's attempt to visit Mandsaur a "photo opportunity" and asked those in Congress demanding CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation that why had Digvijay Singh not resigned as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister when 24 farmers died in police firing in Betul district of the state 19 years ago on 12th January 1998.

    While the situation was brought under control in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, two days after farmers protest took a violent turn. The opposition in the state seems to be trying to draw political capital from the agitation. The state govt. transferred Mandsaur Collector Swatantra Kumar Singh and Superintendent of Police OP Tripathi. OP Shrivastava has been posted as Mandsaur Collector and Manoj Kumar Singh as SP. 62 persons have been arrested for violent protests.

    Police and civic administration officials say there will be no let-up in vigil. While assuring that the state government is ready for another round of talks with farmers. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan warned anti-social elements wanting to push the state into deep trouble of strict action. Centre has come out in full support of the state govt. outlining pro-farmer decisions taken by the MP govt. which have taken the agricultural growth rate in the state to over 20% for 5 years, the highest in any state in India.

    He said that the NDA govt. has been taking steps to double farmers' income since assuming office but the Congress has been politicising the protest. Countering the demand of Congress leaders for Chouhan's resignation, the Union Minister asked why Digvijaya Singh did not resign as Madhya Pradesh CM when 24 farmers were killed in police firing in Multai in Betul district of the state on 12th January 1998. Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was detained by Madhya Pradesh police while trying to force his way into the state.

    In what seemed to be a premeditated plan to dodge police and enter Madhya Pradesh at Neemuch, Gandhi jumped off his SUV and rode pillion on a motorcycle. After a chase, the police took him and his supporters into preventive custody. BJP has accused Rahul of trying to draw political capital from a sensitive issue. A video appeared on Wednesday, in which a district officer is heard telling Congress MLA from Rau, Jitu Patwari that he violated his assurance that the protest would be peaceful and instigated protesters.

    Farmers have been protesting from June 1 in MP to press for their demand for fair prices for their produce besides a 20 point charter of demands. The protest turned violent in Mandsaur district and 5 protesters lost their lives on Tuesday. The state govt. announced 1 crore rupees compensation for the next of kin of those who died in the protest and a job to one family member from each affected family and 5 lakh rupees for those who sustained serious injuries. The state govt. also announced a Price Stabilisation Fund on Wednesday, among several measures for farmers. While the Chouhan-led MP govt. is reaching out to farmers, the opposition seems to be all too eager to milk the situation for political gains.

    NIA conducts raids in Kashmir, Delhi over terror funding

    New Delhi, Jun 3: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today carried out searches at 14 places in Kashmir and eight places in the national capital in connection with terror funding received from Pakistan for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, official sources said. Among those raided were close aides and kins of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others in the Hurriyat Conference.

    Two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in this connection. The raids follow questioning of three separatist-- Nayeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate' and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month.

    The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from the chief of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.

    PM lays foundation stone of IARI & AIIMS in Assam

    Assam, May 27: PM Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences to be set up Kamrup district of Assam. The Guwahati AIIMS will be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,123 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also laid emphasis on agri- products. He said govt. wants to double farmers' income by 2022. The 'Sampada Yojana' as value addition of agri-products.

    On the occasion of the third anniversary of his government, when PM Modi arrived in Assam, he brought with him gifts that would not just help the state but entire North-eastern India. PM Modi laid the foundation of the first Indian Agricultural Research Institute and also the foundation stone of AIIMS.

    The second item on PM Modi's agenda in Assam after inaugurating the Dhola-Sadia bridge was to lay the foundations of Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Gogamukh in Dhemaji district. This institute will be helpful in overall development of agriculture sector in North-East India. PM Modi said that the institute would be helpful in bringing modernity in agricultural life.

    IARI will be a postgraduate institute of higher studies in agricultural education. It will also have facilities related to farming, horticulture crops, animal husbandry and silk pest farming. While addressing the people PM Modi described the initiatives of his government in the last three years for the welfare of the farmers.

    PM Modi said that his government has taken steps to improve the condition of farmers through the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, PM Sinchai Yojana and Soil Health Card, and it is committed to doubling the income of farmers by 2022. They have also promoted agricultural development with a new slogan he said.

    In the past three years the Modi government has launched numerous schemes for the welfare of farmers. Continuing to prioritise the betterment of farmers, the govt. on its 3rd anniversary announced a new agricultural scheme called Sampada. Thereafter PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the all India Institute of Medical Sciences. Built under the aegis of the PM Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, the Institute located in North Guwahati's Rajaswi Mandal has/will

    • A construction budget of over Rs. 1100 crore • To be completed in 4 years • Spread across 189 acres • Induct 100 students annually • Train 60 nurses • 750 bed hospital • 22 speciality or super speciality departments • 16 operation theatres

    The AIIMS in Delhi attracts patients from across the country causing overcrowding and a mad rush. Keeping this, the govt. is taking steps to ensure the setting up of similarly equipped institutes across the country. The one coming up in Guwahati is an example of this.

    IPL: Mumbai Indians lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiants in final tomorrow

    Mumbai, May 20: In IPL Cricket, two-time winner Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiants in the title clash in Hyderabad tomorrow. The summit clash is set to be a battle with huge reputations of big stars at stake.

    Mumbai Indians will be playing their fourth final and should have been termed as clear favourites had it not been for Pune's Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be playing a record seventh IPL final. Pune skipper Steve Smith will be banking on Dhoni's experience. The match is scheduled at 8 PM tomorrow.

    Live demo of EVMs by EC underway in New Delhi to prove their reliability

    New Delhi, May 20: Election Commission is holding a live demo of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs in New Delhi. The commission will also demonstrate the use of EVMs and paper trail machines. The commission will also hold a press conference this afternoon to announce the schedule and procedure for EVM Challenge.

    Last week, the poll body had challenged political parties to prove EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered-with, after several opposition parties questioned their reliability and demanded going back to the paper ballot system. The Commission also held an all party meeting to discuss the issues relating to the reliability of the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) and electoral reforms.

    Chief Election Commission Nasim Zaidi had said that parties can try and prove that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections. In 2009, the Commission had held out a similar challenge when it demonstrated the functioning of EVMs brought in from various parts of the country.

    Jaitley: Satisfied over readiness of troops along LoC

    J&K, May 19: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday expressed satisfaction over the "aggressive domination" and "readiness" of troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to give a befitting response to any "misadventure" by Pakistan. Jaitley held a meeting with senior army commanders at a forward post along the LoC in north Kashmir, and reviewed the security situation in the valley which has been witnessing spiralling violence. "Had a meeting with senior commanders & troops at a forward post along the LoC, and reviewed security situation.

    "The aggressive domination and readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying," he tweeted. Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, is here to primarily attend a two-day meeting of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council which began on Thursday. He conducted an aerial survey of forward posts along the LoC and interacted with troops in Rampur sector where he told them to maintain vigil and foil any misadventure from across the border, an army official said.

    Jaitley, who was accompanied by General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps, lauded the high morale of the troops and assured them that the entire nation was with them, he added. His visit here comes weeks after Pakistani Army beheaded two Indian security personnel in Poonch district which was termed "barbaric" by India.

    While Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had hinted at retaliation to avenge the killings, Jaitley had said the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain and that the armed forces will react "appropriately". On Wednesday, in a meeting to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, had asked the Army to remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border.

    Massive success for Sukma anti-naxal operations

    New Delhi, May 17: A major joint operation by state police forces and CRPF launched in the core Naxal areas along the borders of Bijapur and Sukma District in Chattisgarh resulted in about 15 naxals killed and several others injured. Around 150 naxals were involved in this encounter a number of whom were from neighbouring states.

    This was the retribution for the Sukma massacre that left 25 CRPF personnel martyred. Locals voiced their anguish over Naxals disrupting development work and were key in providing intelligence for this joint operation. Many of the naxals killed were most likely part of the 300 strong Naxal contingent that carried out the attack at the CRPF road opening party at Burkapal.

    The govt. has lived up to its promise that the sacrifice of Sukma martyrs will not go in vain. This comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Chief Ministers and top security, intelligence and administration officials of 10 naxal violence affected states held a brainstorming session.

    Out of which emerged an 8-pronged 'SAMADHAN' or solution to tackle red terror at the conclave. The Home Minister pitched for an aggressive strategy to take on the naxals. He stressed on the need for a unified coordination and command to wipe out Maoist violence. The Centre is running several schemes and programmes for development of naxal violence hit states. Clearly, the govt. is seeking to create a new unity of purpose & aggressive strategy to collectively tackle the naxal menace throughout the country and the results are there to be seen in less than 10 days.

    Chhattisgarh: Security forces kill Rs 16 lakh reward carrying Maoist

    Raipur, May 15: In Chhattisgarh, security forces today gunned down a hardcore Maoist carrying 16 lakh rupees reward on his head. The encounter took place in Burgum forests of Bastar this evening, in which District Reserve Group DRG succeeded in eliminating Area Secretary of CPI (Maoist) Vilas.

    Another encounter broke out earlier in the morning between security forces & maoists in the Bijapur district. According to police sources, a combined team of CRPF & DRG was on a search operation in Timarpur forests of Basaguda when the Maoists started firing of the team

    Delhi Metro revises fares; Minimum Rs 10,Maximum Rs 50

    New Delhi, May 9: Delhi Metro has announced upward revision of its tariffs starting Wednesday, with the base fare being increased to Rs 10 from Rs 8. Last fare revision of metro fares was in 2009. The current revision would be done in two phases - May 10 and October 1, 2017. "There will be a total of six fare slabs as against the existing 15 fare slabs with a minimum fare of Rs 10 and a maximum fare of Rs 50 in Phase I," Delhi Metro said in a press release.

    The minimum fare would remain the same but the maximum fare would go up to Rs 60 from October 1. The fare revision has been recommended by the 4th Fare Fixation Committee as per the provisions of Delhi Metro Rail (Operation & Maintenance) Act, 2002. The 4th FFC was set up after almost 7 years. The panel is a three member committee chaired by an existing and/or a retired judge of High Court and one representative each at the level of Additional Secretary from the Central Government and the State Government.

    "The necessity of revision in fares was on account of increase in the cost of inputs -- staff costs, the cost of energy and the cost of repair & maintenance," the DMRC statement said. It said, there has been increase in the rate of industrial DA (dearness allowance) by 95.5%, rate of Central DA by 103% and average increase in the rate of minimum wages by 156.2%. With a view to encourage ridership on Sundays and National Holidays special discounted fares have been approved.

    Prevailing 10% discount on every journey made by the passengers using Smart Card would be continued. "To avoid overcrowding during peak hours, an additional 10% discount will be given to the passengers using Smart Card who exit from metro system during off peak hours. But the same would be available from Monday to Saturday," the statement added.

    The value of Tourist Card for 1 day and 3 days validity shall be Rs 200 and Rs 500, respectively, including a security deposit of Rs 50. Fares of the Airport Express line remain unchanged. The 1st fare fixation committee was constituted in December 2003 and revised fares were adopted from March 31, 2004. The fares recommended by the 2nd FCC were made effective from December 31, 2005. The last fare revision came into effect from November 13, 2009.

    Javadekar: J&K to get 2 Engineering colleges

    New Delhi, May 4: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday chaired a comprehensive meeting in New Delhi with Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari and MoS (Education) Priya Sethi and discussed several important issues. Javadekar, while briefing the media on several decisions taken for Jammu and Kashmir said, "The valley will get two engineering colleges under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA),'' and agreed to start classes from this academic session.

    'For the two colleges, one at Safapora and other at Kathua, an amount of Rs 52 crore has been sanctioned, of which Rs 25 crore will be given soon. "The colleges will be functional by this year only, so that the students from the valley will be benefited," added Javadekar. The HRD Minister also informed that the J&K government offered land for off-site campus of IIM Jammu at Srinagar, for which the site inspection committee from Delhi will soon visit the state.

    It was also decided to construct girls' hostel in seven government degree colleges, including at Bemina, Pulwama, Kupwara and Kargil in Kashmir division and Rajouri, Paloura and Thathri in Jammu division, for which an amount of Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned. People of the valley believe that education is empowerment and have showed their consistent interest in education.

    The decision for pending wages of primary education teachers was also taken under which Rs 200 cr was approved. Under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyhan (RMSA) recurring grant of Rs 34 cr was also agreed to release. He emphasised that the need is for interaction between teachers and students, so that unscrupulous elements will not target schools in future, as they did in the recent past. Several senior officers were also present in the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour.

    Indian Army successfully test-fires advanced version of Brahmos missile

    A&N, May 3: The Indian Army has successfully test-fired an advanced version of the Brahmos land-attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The land-to-land configuration of the missile was launched from a mobile autonomous launcher yesterday.

    A senior army officer said in New Delhi that the test firing of the missile demonstrated the weapon's unmatched lethality of hitting the centre of a designated target with bull's eye precision. The officer said, the missile met all the flight parameters in a copybook manner.

    MCD Elections 2017: Delhi votes for BJP, AAP holds EVMs at fault

    New Delhi, Apr 26: BJP is set to sweep the polls to Delhi's three municipal corporations - North, East and South. The counting of votes for the polls, which were held on Sunday, is underway. Of the 270 seats, BJP has so far won 137 seats, Aam Aadmi Party 33 and Congress 21. BJP is leading in 39, AAP in 17 and Congress in 5 wards.

    Reacting to poll results, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the result is a message for AAP to give up negative politics and work for constructive politics. He rejected AAP allegations of EVMs tempering terming them as wild and baseless. Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, people have reposed faith in BJP's policies and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    He said, Delhiites want BJP at the helm of affairs in Delhi and its the beginning of end of AAP in the city. Delhi BJP Unit Chief also lauded Mr. Modi's and Party Chief Amit Shah's leadership and policies for the victory. He said the party dedicates the win to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Sukma naxal attack.

    Voting begins for MCD polls in Delhi

    New Delhi, Apr 23: Voting began this morning for the Delhi municipal polls to 272 wards in which the ruling BJP is locked in a triangular battle with the Congress and the AAP. More than 1.3 crore people are eligible to vote in the civic elections, spread over 13,000 polling stations across the national capital. Both the BJP and the Congress have exuded confidence about winning the electoral battle while the AAP is seeking to replicate its 2015 Assembly elections performance, despite suffering a debacle in the Rajouri Garden bypoll.

    Polling began at 8 am amid tight security arrangements across the city. Out of the 13,022 polling stations, the police have declared 3,284 as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive. Over 1.1 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise for the first time. Also, for the first time in MCD elections, None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available. There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the wards falling under the three corporations - NDMC (104), SDMC (104) and EDMC (64). Voting will be held till 5 pm.

    PM Modi inaugurates Kiran Mutli-speciality Hospital & Diamond manufacturing unit

    Surat, Apr 17: PM Narendra Modi today inaugurated Kiran Multi Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre in Surat, Gujarat. Built by Patidar Samaj Arogya Trust in Katargam area of Surat, the hospital has been built at a cost of Rs 400 crore. A 13 Floor hospital, it has 550 Beds. The Prime Minister also interacted with the hospital staff and inspected various facilities at the hospital. The healthcare facility is open to all patients not only from the state of Gujarat, but also from across the country, and hopefully from other Countries as well.

    PM Modi also wrote his remarks in the visitors’ book at the hospital. Prime minister said that the prices of over 700 medicine have been reduced so that the poorest of the poor can also get the medicines. He further added that prices of heart stents have also made affordable. From there the Prime Minister headed to Hira Bourse SEZ at Icchapur in the district and inaugurated a Diamond Manufacturing Unit.

    Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi said that focus should be on design in India, apart from Make in India. He also talked of the Centre's commitment provide all facilities to Surat for making it the number one in designing. PM also spoke of achieving leadership position in jewellery sector also. Prime Minister also inaugurated new dairy units at the SUMUL Dairy in Surat and a Fully automatic Cattle feed plant and ice-cream plant of the Sumul Dairy.

    The cattle feed production will now have an addition of new 500 metric tonne plant at Bajipura in Tapi district at cost of Rs 300 crore. PM also inaugurated an ice-cream plant with capacity of 25,000 litres per day. He then moves to Silvassa in Dadar Nagar Haveli where he will address a gathering apart from inaugurating a few projects. The last stop is Botad in Saurashtra where phase-1 of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) project will be inaugurated and PM will also lay the foundation stone for phase-2 of the project.

    UP govt to provide 18 hrs electricity supply in rural areas

    Lucknow, Apr 8: After slew of developmental measures, the Uttar Pradesh government has now decided to provide 18 hours electricity supply from 14th April in rural areas, uninterrupted electricity supply from 6 pm to 6 am in rural areas says new CM Yogi Adityanath. A new industrial policy will be formulated to attract more investment with a view to generating jobs in the state.

    MC Yogi Adityanath will also push for the Jewar International Airport in Greater NOIDA region and an international airport in Agra. Land acquisition will be done on the basis of and mutual consent and dialogue for the development of industries and infrastructure. Meanwhile, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh spoke on presentations given by various departments.

    New industrial policy will be implemented soon to attract investors to U.P to set up new industries. Decision on Agara and Gautam Budh Nagar (Jewar Airport) will be taken.

    Law & order needs complete overhauling in UP: Yogi Adityanath

    Lucknow, Apr 6: New Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given his first television interview to your channel. In a free-wheeling and frank chat with DD News' Ritu Verma, Adityanath spoke on a range of issues related to his nearly 60 snappy decisions within a span of 18 days since he assumed office. He listed strengthening U.P.'s law and order and improving quality of education in its schools among his top priorities.

    After the BJP made banner headlines with its resounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections, it's the state's new chief minister Yogi Adityanath who's been making headlines on a daily basis. Yogi has won many hearts by acting with lightning speed taking a slew of decisions ranging from anti-romeo squads to cracking down against illegal slaughterhouses. Even fulfilling the poll promise of waiving farmers' loans in the new UP govt.'s first Cabinet meet.

    In an exclusive interaction with DD News, Yogi Adityanath has said that strengthening U.P.'s law and order is among his top priorities. Yogi also stressed on ensuring delivery of govt. schemes to the poorest of the poor. He told DD News that if any starvation death is reported from any district, it's district magistrate will be held accountable and if someone dies because of lack of medication or health facilities, onus will lie on the chief medical officer.

    Be it education, health or the Hindu agenda with DD News, Yogi spoke frankly on a wide range of issues. He said,

    • His govt. won't bow to gunda elements • On slaughter houses' issue he said everyone will have to follow NGT's directions • Those taking law into their own hands will not be spared • He rejected all charges that associate anti-romeo squads with any religion • He said romeos don't have any religion • On farmers, Yogi said pending payments of sugar cane farmers for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be credited within 40 days • Sugar mill management will face tough action if they fail to comply • Setting up new sugar mills in U.P. will be announced in 2nd cabinet meet • He added that soon teachers will be inducted in transparent manner to improve quality of education

    Clearly, the new U.P. Chief Minister is a man with a plan. He also has the vision and will to persist with his blue print for an uttam Uttar Pradesh.

    Beneficiaries of PM's Ujjwala Yojana crosses 2 crore mark

    New Delhi, Apr 4: The number of people benefitting from the Ujjwala Yojana has reached more than 2 crores. The success of this scheme is directly related to its popularity. This scheme is an example of how the progress of women within a family leads to social empowerment and change.

    Ujjwala Yojana is serving as a novel means of women empowerment and achieving the goals of providing clean fuel and a better life to the people. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this scheme from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, one would hardly have imagined that more than 2 crore BPL women would get its benefits.

    When Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave a gas connection to a woman in Bhubhaneshwar not only was the number of beneficiaries reaching 2 crores but the story of the unparalleled success of the scheme was being scripted. This scheme was launched in May, 2016 with a target of providing 5 crore BPL households with free gas cylinders within 3 years by 2019.

    Terrorism or tourism: It’s your choice, PM Modi tells Kashmir youth

    New Delhi, Apr 3: Industrious Kashmiris were chiselling through a rocky mountain to shape their future when some of their fellow brothers were busy throwing stones. Prime Minister Narendra Modi summoned an allegory on Sunday to describe the situation in trouble-torn Jammu and Kashmir, after inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri all-weather tunnel, the longest in the country.

    “I want to tell the misguided youth of Kashmir, realise the power of a stone. On the one hand, there are some youth who pelt stones, on the other hand, there are young men from the same Kashmir who carve stones to build infrastructure,” he said. The Prime Minister urged the youth of the Valley to choose between “tourism and terrorism”, saying “40 years of bloodshed” has not done anyone any good.

    He promised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the development of Jammu and Kashmir, and follow former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s slogan of “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat (Kashmirism, democracy and humanity)” to take the state to new heights.

    He said if the people of Kashmir had devoted 40 years to development of tourism, the Valley would have been blessed with a vibrant world-class tourist economy. Built at an altitude of 1,200 metres, the tunnel bypasses a dangerous hilly terrain of more than 30km of the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway — the sole surface link that connects Kashmir Valley with the rest of India.

    The highway is blocked sometimes for hours and even days because of heavy snow, avalanches, monsoon rain and landslides. It took engineers six years to build the 11km tunnel through treacherous Himalayan terrain at a cost of Rs 2,519 crore. At the inauguration, where thousands of people have gathered, Modi’s message was clearly for the Kashmiri youth involved in stone-pelting at security forces, thereby risking their lives.

    Cabinet approves changes to Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016

    New Delhi, Apr 1: The Union Cabinet has cleared changes to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held in New Delhi last evening. The Cabinet also approved the ratification of two fundamental conventions of International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eradicate child labour from the country. These are, Minimum Age Convention concerning minimum age for admission to employment, and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention concerning the prohibition and immediate action for elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour. India is a founder member of ILO, which came into existence in 1919.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its nod to the amendment to New Urea Policy 2015. The amendment will protect the production beyond Re-Assessed Capacity by the urea units and is expected to boost indigenous urea production in the country. CCEA also approved amendments in the Mega Power Policy to push 31 GigaWatt stranded projects entailing an investment of 1.5 lakh crore rupees. The initiative is mainly aimed at bringing down power tariff to make electricity more affordable and achieving the goal of 24X7 power for all.

    PM Modi:India aims to generate 40% energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030

    New Delhi, Mar 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India aims to generate 40 percent energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030. He was addressing the 80th anniversary celebrations of Brahma Kumaris family in Mount Abu via video conferencing. PM Narendra Modi said the aim is to ensure 175 Giga Watt of clean energy by 2022. The Prime Minister said the way Brahma Kumaris family have taken forward the reach in solar energy actively is commendable.

    He said about 11000 crore rupees has been saved by the use of LED bulbs and Brahma Kumaris organisation can help spread this message. The Prime Minister asked the Brahma Kumars to spread the message of digital transactions to bring down corruption and to work for for immunisation, nutrition, and other schemes of the government. PM also said India is a country which does not believe in imposing its beliefs on others.

    He said there are no limits to acquiring knowledge, and knowledge is bigger than time and space. He said India has always said that there is only one God, and people worship him in different ways. He said Brahma Kumar and Kumaris have spread the message of India's rich culture throughout the world.

    EC freezes AIADMK's election symbol 'two leaves'

    New Delhi, Mar 23: The Election Commission has blocked AIADMK's election symbol 'two leaves'. The poll panel issued an interim order last night saying that both the rival camps of the party - VK Sasikala faction and O Panneerselvam faction - cannot use the party symbol as well as its name for the forthcoming RK Nagar Assembly by-poll.

    The Commission has given both camps time till 10 this morning to choose new symbols to contest the by-poll. After a day-long hearing in New Delhi, the poll panel said, it needs more time to read the voluminous documents submitted by both the factions. The Commission has clarified that the decision is effective only till the end of the by-election.

    The by-poll, to be held on the 12th of next month, was necessitated following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Today is the last date for filing of nominations for the polls. Last week, the Panneerselvam camp had submitted a petition to the Election Commission requesting allotment of the party symbol to it. A delegation from the Sasikala camp had also submitted a memorandum to the panel requesting it not to entertain any claim to the symbol from the Panneerselvam faction.

    Yogi Adityanath takes charge as CM of Uttar Pradesh

    Lucknow, Mar 20: Five times MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath sworn-in as the Chief Minister of UP on Sunday in Lucknow. Yogi Adityanath took charge after being sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. BJP's state unit Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and party's national vice president Dinesh Sharma took oath as Deputy Chief Ministers. Governor Ram Naik administered the oath to the Chief Minister and his council of ministers at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan in Lucknow.

    A total of 44 Ministers have taken oath. The new council of Ministers in UP include 22 cabinet ministers, 9 ministers of state (Independent charge) and 13 Ministers of State. Every section of society has found a place in the Cabinet. It is a mix of experience and youth. In his first ever press conference after assuming charge, Yogi Adityanath said that his government would fulfil all the promises made in BJP Sankalp Patra, which was released before the elections.

    He added that the state government will work for all sections of society without any partiality. He identified law and order and employment generation as priority areas. Sending a strong message against corruption on first day in office, Yogi asked all his ministers to provide details of their income, moveable and immovable assets within 15 days.

    N Biren Singh sworn in as Manipur CM

    Manipur, Mar 16: BJP forms its first government in Manipur as N Biren Singh is sworn in as the chief minister. Y Joykumar of National People's Party takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister. N Biren Singh was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of the first-ever BJP-led government in Manipur after the Assembly election threw up a hung house. Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Singh at a function in Raj Bhavan in Imphal.

    Eight other ministers from also took oath along with the chief minister. Y Joykumar of NPP has been designated as the Deputy Chief Minister. The other ministers are Th Biswajit Singh of BJP, L Jayantakumar Singh, L Haokip and N Kayisii of National People's Party, L Dikho of Naga People's Front and Karam Shyam of LJP. TH Shyamkumar, a Congress MLA who defected to the BJP, was also sworn in.

    PM Modi congratulated Biren Singh and his team on taking oath. He expressed confidence that this team will work tirelessly towards Manipur's development. “Congratulations to Shri N Biren Singh and his team on taking oath. I am sure this team will work tirelessly towards Manipur's development.

    Biren Singh elected leader of BJP legislature party in Manipur

    Manipur, Mar 14: BJP Legislature Party has unanimously elected N Biren Singh as it leader and He was elected at a legislature party meeting in Imphal yesterday in the presence of central observers - Piyush Goyal and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. After the meeting, Mr Goyal told reporters that N Biren Singh will be the BJP's chief ministerial candidate. A former minister in the Ibobi Singh-led Congress government, Biren Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership for giving him an opportunity to serve Manipur. He said, his team under the leadership of the Prime Minister will provide good governance to the state.

    Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh resigned yesterday after Governor Najma Heptullah said she cannot start the process of government formation in the state till he quits. Ibobi Singh submitted his resignation papers to the Governor yesterday. Ibobi Singh was elected as leader of the Congress Legislature Party on Sunday and has staked claim to form the next government.

    BJP set for landslide victory in UP, Uttarakhand

    New Delhi, Mar 11: BJP heads for landslinde victory in UP and Uttarakhand, SP, BSP and Congress set for worst ever poll debacle in UP, BJP likely to secure two third majority in both the States. Major Setback for Congress in Uttarakhand after Chief Minister Harish Rawat loses both seats from Haridwar rural and Kichha. SAD's Parkash Singh Badal beats Congress' Capt.

    Amarinder Singh in Punjab's Lambi constituency whereas Amarinder Singh won Patiala constituency. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will submit his resignation to Governor tomorrow. Meanwhile celebration begins at BJP Headquarters in New Delhi.

    Counting begins for 5 state Assembly Polls

    New Delhi, Mar 11: After the hard fought elections, exit polls suggest the BJP is likely to get a clear majority in Uttarakhand, while it will emerge as the largest party in Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur. The verdict day is finally here. The hard fought poll battle in five states reaches its climax today with the counting of votes underway for assembly polls from at 8 am.

    First of all postal ballots will be counted. The Election Commission has made all necessary preparations for the counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. Adequate security and other arrangements have been made in coordination with the state administrations.

    Trends are expected to be available by 11 AM and by 12 noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the five states. Counting of votes locked in EVMs will begin from 8 AM on to determine what shape the Assemblies of five states- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, would take.

    75 counting centers have been set up in the largest state of Uttar Pradesh. The state had voted in seven phases for 403 seats. The Western state of Goa is all prepared for verdict day to the 40 member assembly. Two counting centers have been set up in the state.

    PM gives away Swachh Shakti 2017 awards to women sarpanch in Gandhinagar

    Gandhinagar, Mar 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave away Swachh Shakti 2017 awards at a conclave of women Sarpanches in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. PM addressed over 6000 women sarpanches from across the country, says the nation must strive to become clean by 2019...also highlights need to end discrimination against the girl child.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday gave away Swachh Shakti 2017 awards at a conclave of women Sarpanchs in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. About 6000 women sarpanches have travelled from across the country to participate in the conclave. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said that we are honouring Sarpanchs who have contributed immensely to the movement towards a clean India.

    The occasion was the Swachh Shakti Sammelan, where 6 thousand women Sarpanches from across the country took part. Among them were mostly those women Sarpanches who played a key role in making their villages open defecation free. Apart from them, women from self-help groups were present. PM Modi honoured ten women with the Swachh Shakti Samman for their exemplary work in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

    Among the women awardees were Uttara Thakur from Chhattisgarh, Kumari Neelam from Haryana, Asha Putri from Rajasthan, Manju Maurya from U.P, Sumitra Kumari from Assam, Shivani Dakoy from West Bengal, Akamma Harval from Karnataka, M. Malika from Tamil Nadu, Ramila Ben Rai Singh Gavit from Gujarat and Sushila Kurkute from Maharashtra. All of them were given the name of Swachhta Champion.

    Campaigning ends today in UP and Manipur

    UP, Mar 6: Campaigning for the 7th and the final phase of Uttar Pradesh elections will end at five this evening. A total of 40 constituencies, spread over 7 districts of Eastern region of the state, will go to polls on Wednesday. Districts covered in this phase are Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar Bhadohi, Sonebhadra and Mirzapur. A total of 535 candidates, including 51 women are in the fray in the final phase.

    Campaigning will also end in Manipur today for the 2nd and the final phase of assembly polls. 22 assembly constituencies, spread over ten districts, will go to polls on Wednesday. 98 candidates, including four women, are in the fray. Nearly 8 lakh voters, including about 4 lakh women, will exercise their franchise.

    High voltage campaigning for the last phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur is on with only few hours left for the electioneering to come to an end. Leaders and star campaigners of all major political parties are engaged in canvassing for their party and alliance candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a rally at Rohaniya in Varanasi.

    SP Chief and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also in Varanasi and will hold a joint Press Conference today .

    Polling underway for 6th phase in UP, 1st phase in Manipur

    Manipur/UP, Mar 4: In Uttar Pradesh, 11% polling has been recorded till 9 AM for the sixth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh covering 49 constituencies spread over 7 districts of eastern UP. These districts are Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia. Voting which began at 7 AM, will end at 5 PM. A total of 635 candidates including 63 women are in the fray for this phase.

    BJP is contesting 45 seats, while its ally Apna Dal one seat. BJP's another ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party has fielded candidates at 4 seats. BSP is contesting all 49 seats, while SP has fielded candidates in 40 constituencies and its ally Congress in 9 segments. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling. Most of the polling stations are being manned by Central Para Military Forces.

    About 2150 polling station and about 680 helmets have been identified as sensitive and vulnerable. Special security measures have been taken at such places. Poll process is being webcast live from about 1780 polling booths. Indo-Nepal border, State's border with Bihar and inter district boundaries have been sealed.

    Around 29 percent votes were cast till 10 AM in the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections for 38 constituencies. The Election Commission said, no untoward incident has been reported so far. For maintaining peaceful polling, 280 companies of central paramilitary forces and armed police of other states have been deployed. 837 polling stations have been identified as hyper sensitive and 529 as sensitive. A total 168 candidates are in the fray in this phase.

    Voting underway for first phase of polls in Manipur

    Manipur, Mar 4: Voting for the first phase of polling in Manipur covering 38 constituencies began today amidst tight security. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, the Election Commission (EC) said. An electorate of 19,02,562 comprising 9,28,573 male and 9,73,989 female voters will decide the fate of 168 candidates. The number of new voters is 45,642. Of the total 1,643 polling station where polling is being held, the EC has identified 837 polling stations as hyper sensitive and 529 as sensitive.

    For maintaining peaceful polling 280 companies of central paramilitary forces and armed police of other states have been deployed. Out of these 30 companies are being kept for looking after the two national highways connecting Impha. The rest of the security forces will be deployed in the polling stations, the EC said adding that Manipur Police will not be deployed in them.

    In the first phase prominent political figures of the state like Speaker Th Lokeswar Singh, ministers I Hemochandra Singh, Govindas Konthoujam, Kh Ratankumar Singh and T Manga Vaiphei, Manipur PCC President T N Haokip, former ministers Phungzathang Tonsing, and Y Erabot Singh and BJP leader Th Chaoba Singh are in the election fray, the EC said.

    Campaigning to end today for 1st phase of assembly polls in Manipur

    Manipur, Mar 2: Campaigning is in full swing for the 1st phase of assembly polls in Manipur as it will end today. Campaigning for 1st phase of assembly polls in Manipur will end today. First phase of polls for 38 seats will be held on March 4. A total of 168 candidates are in the fray for first phase. There are 11 independents in the first phase. The BJP is the only party which is contesting all seats. Most of the constituencies will see straight fights.

    Election 2017: Uttar Pradesh votes in fifth phase

    Lucknow, Feb 27: In Uttar Pradesh, voting for the fifth phase of elections for 51 seats across 11 districts in Terai and eastern part of the state is underway. Over 1 crore 81 lakh voters will seal the fate of over 600 candidates in this phase. The districts going to polls are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Basti, Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur.

    Due to the demise of Samajwadi Party candidate Chandrashekhar Kanaujia in Alapur in Ambedkar Nagar district, election on this seat was rescheduled for 9 March.

    AYUSH Minister inaugurates World Integrated Medicine Forum

    New Delhi, Feb 24: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicinal Products: National and Global strategies in New Delhi on Thursday.

    Speaking on the occasion, the AYUSH Minister said that in India, Homoeopathy has been well institutionalized and we have 235 homoeopathic hospitals and more than 8000 clinics in public sector. He said that most of production plants in India are GMP-compliant and adhere to policies related to quality, packaging and distribution. He further said that all these manufacturing units are bound by Drugs & Cosmetics Law and their renewal of license depends on regular quality check and thorough inspections.

    In his inaugural address, Shri Shripad Naik remarked that there is clearly a need for a high-level strategic exchange platform, where stakeholders can meet outside their immediate work related context and this forum could address that need. In the other countries Homoeopathy remains largely under-utilized due to lack of availability of homoeopathic medicines or stringent or non-existent regulatory provisions for these medicines, the Minister added.

    Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Sh. Ajit M. Sharan also expressed his happiness that the Ministry, through CCRH, could demonstrate global leadership by hosting this unique event. Director General, CCRH, Dr. Raj K. Manchanda, hoped that this forum could provide impetus to further dialogues for strengthening regulatory framework worldwide, to assure that the users of Homoeopathy could have wider access to quality-assured homoeopathic medicines. Dr. Robbert van Haselen, Director of the WIMF and also the international consultant for the forum, thanked the Government of India for spearheading this challenging task of bringing together the regulators and homeopathic industrialists from so many countries on a common platform to exchange their concerns and issues.

    On this occasion an MoU was also signed between Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS) and Indian bodies – Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) on cooperation in the field of Homoeopathic Medicine. It is hoped that this agreement will be a benchmark for many more agreements to follow with the aim to develop and harmonise homoeopathic pharmacopoeias and to strengthen regulatory provisions for homoeopathy in the whole world.

    Campaigning in full swing for 4th phase polls in UP

    UP, Feb 20: Hectic campaigning is underway for the fourth phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. After completion of the third phase of elections, Senior leaders and party chiefs are now campaigning in assembly areas going to be covered in the fourth phase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other leaders from various parties will address public meetings in different areas.

    After attending a public rally at Fatehpur on Sunday, Prime Minister will be addressing two election rallies in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh today. First rally will be at Phoolpur in Allahabad while later in the day, he will be holding a rally at Jalaun. On the other hand, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will hold an election rally in Amethi.

    The fourth phase polls for 53 constituencies will be held on February 23. A total of 12 districts, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli constituency, will be covered in the fourth phase of the crucial state election. While the polling for fifth phase in 52 seats spread across 11 districts will be held on February 27.

    Global Investors Summit" to be inaugurated today in Ranchi

    Ranchi, Feb 16: With the aim of attracting the investment from across the Globe and to change the image of the state, Jharkhand is hosting a global summit "Momentum Jharkhand: Global Investors Summit" beginning on Thursday in Ranchi. The state is endowed with natural resources, both mineral and forest, yet there are problems of poverty, employment, migration and extremism. The Global Investor Summit is being organised for the first time in Jharkhand since its creation sixteen years ago.

    And the state government is leaving no stone unturned to make this Summit a success. Japan, Czech Republic, Mongolia and Tunisia are participating as partner countries in the two-day Global Investors Summit. The partner countries session is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

    The two-day Global Investors Summit will have a total of 8 sessions which will be addressed by leading industrialists and cabinet ministers. Former Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni is Brand Ambassador for the Summit, who has been inviting investors for long to visit Jharkhand to look for investment opportunities.

    Voting underway in Punjab and Goa

    Goa, Feb 4: Polling is underway in the single-phase voting on Saturday for Punjab and Goa state assemblies. Elaborate security and poll arrangements are in place to ensure free and fair voting. Campaigning came to an end on Thursday in Punjab and Goa. The final day of campaigning saw top leaders trying to drum up support for their candidates in different parts of the state.

    Punjab is voting for 117 assembly seats in a three-cornered race between SAD-BJP, Congress and new entrant AAP which will decide the fate of several prominent leaders. 1.98 crore people will be eligible to vote in the high- stake election. Over 200 companies of paramilitary forces have been deputed for the election in the state which saw a car blast barely two days before the campaign was to end.

    Goa is polling for the Assembly polls which will witness a contest among ruling BJP, opposition Congress, new entrant Aam Aadmi Party and the three-party alliance forged by MGP, GSM and Shiv Sena. Over 11 lakh voters in Goa are eligible to exercise their right to franchise to elect members for the 40-seat state Assembly.

    Cabinet approves Indian Institute of Management Amendment Bill

    New Delhi, Jan 25: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017 giving the IIM's complete autonomy. They would be able to grant degrees to their students and be declared as Institutions of National Importance. The Cabinet also approved interest waiver for November and December 2016, for farmers who have taken short term crop loans from cooperative banks for the Rabi season.

    The Cabinet also approved interest subsidy for loans up to two lakh rupees for construction of new houses in the rural housing sector. The Union Cabinet has given its approval to ratify the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases.

    The second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 2012. So far, 65 countries have ratified the Second Commitment Period. In view of the critical role played by India in securing international consensus on climate change issues, this decision further underlines India's leadership and commitment to global cause of environmental protection and climate justice.

    Hirakhand express derailment: Death toll rises to 39

    Kuneru/AP, Jan 23: At least 39 people are killed and several others injured as eight coaches and the engine of the Hirakhand Express ran off the tracks near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh lastnight. The incident took place around 11 pm last night when the train was going to Bhubaneswar. The railway ministry said in a series of tweets. Four accident relief vans have been sent to the accident site.

    The railway minister Suresh Prabhu has reached the accident spot and personally monitoring the situation and he took stock of the rescue and relief operations. The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained. An exgratia of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to the people with minor injury has been announced by the railway ministry.

    Meanwhile, the Government has ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner Railway Safety into the causes of the accident. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives due to derailment of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.

    In his message to E.S.L. Narasimhan, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, President call upon the State Government and Railway authorities to provide all possible assistance to the bereaved families and conveyed condolences to the families of the deceased.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep sorrow and concern on the tragic accident. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones due to the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. The tragedy is saddening: PM.

    J&K Assembly passes resolution for return of Kashmiri Pandits

    J&K, Jan 20: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to the Valley. After the Question Hour concluded and discussions began on grants for Industries and Commerce department, senior PDP leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdur Rehman Veeri approved that the resolution should be passed in the House calling for the return of migrant Pandits and other communities displaced after an eruption of militancy to the Valley.

    “We accept the need to bring back our people. They are our part and bringing them back will keep our conscience alive. Let us adopt this resolution,” he said. Speaker Kavinder Gupta moved the resolution and stressed that everybody should work towards creating a good and conducive atmosphere for a safe return of migrant Pandits and other displaced people to the Valley.

    Severe cold continues to disrupt normal life

    J&K, Jan 17: Bone chilling cold, snow and rain has affected normal life in the hills of Jammu & Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh. Heavy snowfall led to the closure of the Jammu and Srinagar highway. But in the plains temperatures dropped. Extreme weather conditions continue to disrupt normal life across many other parts of the country as well. The mercury dropped below the freezing point at several places.

    The snowfall may be a treat for tourists in hilly areas, but the recent spell of snow has thrown normal life out of gear. However, Delhiites got some respite from cold conditions on Monday as the minimum temperature settled at 8.9 degrees. But several flights and trains were disrupted.

    Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit: India, Rwanda to enter solar alliance

    Gujrat, Jan 11: Prime Minister holds bilateral meetings with more than 10 global leaders on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit; PM meets President of Rwanda, Both countries sign agreement on Forensic Sciences Co-operation and Rwanda's accession to the International Solar Alliance.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Tuesday, but before that, Gandhinagar witnessed several bilateral meetings that strengthened India's International relations. Among the first leaders to meet PM Modi was President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The two leaders discussed many important issues. A large delegation of senior officials and businessmen accompanied President Kagame. The meeting was followed by a joint statement.

    The two leaders sought to take the relationship to the level of a Strategic partnership. India will expedite the opening of a mission in Kigali. Rwanda became the 25th partner of the Prime Minister's initiative, International Solar Alliance, through which relations will be further strengthened. India will provide Solar power to 35 schools in rural Rwanda. Cooperation in hydropower, vocational training centers, irrigation projects, Zero tolerance in the fight against terrorism and increasing people to people contacts, were also discussed.

    The Prime Minister met Agriculture Minister of Israel, Uri Ariel and sought collaboration in tapping Israeli expertise in irrigation projects. Prime Minister also met Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko. Japan is India's old friend and reliable investment and trade partner. Taking their commitment in the field of clean energy cooperation forward, Prime Minister Modi also interacted with the Energy Minister of Denmark Lars Christian. On Tuesday, Prime minister Modi also met Rashid bin Fahad cabinet Minister of the UAE on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

    8th edition of 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit' to begin today

    Gujrat, Jan 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 8th edition of the 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit' in Gandhi Nagar. This time, the event WILL be held on a mega scale with many head of states, top Indian & global CEOs and several business houses participating. The Gujarat govt is aiming to sign over 20,000 MoUs which could entail investment commitments from Fortune 500 companies amounting to around 30 lakh crore rupees.

    Apart from CEO's of multinationals several top functionaries of different countries are also going to be there. The 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit will be inaugurated on Tuesday. And This time, the event WILL be held on a mega scale with many head of states, top Indian & global CEOs and several business houses participating.

    Over 2500 delegates both from home and abroad are expected to attend the event. The list also incldues 12 union cabinet ministers and chief minsters of varoius states. More than 2000 companies will be taking part in the Vibrant Gujarat SUmmit.

    PM Modi will interect with some of the top state heads ahead of the formal inauguration of the Summit on Tuesday. The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State, Nisha Desai Biswal will remain present along with large US business delegation.

    12 nations, including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, The Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and UAE have agreed to become partner countries for the event. Representatives of these countries will come with large business delegations.

    J&K: 3 killed in terrorist attack in Akhnoor

    J&K, Jan 9: J&K terrorists have attacked one of the General Reserve Engineering Force camps in Batal village near the line of control in Akhnoor sector. Three casualties have been reported so far. The attack, took place in the wee hours today . Gun shots were heard and the area has been cordoned off. Army has alerted the police to keep high alert. All army camps have been put on high alert after the attack. This is the first attack in the year 2017.

    Andhra Pradesh to regularise house sites benefiting 24 lakh people

    Tirupati, Jan 7: Andhra Pradesh will regularise house sites soon benefiting around 24 lakh people in the state. Addressing Janmabhoomi programme at Burugupudi in East Godavari district yesterday, Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu said, a decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet sub-committee. He said, airports in the State are being developed by acquiring lands for expansion at Vijayawada, Vizianagaram and Madhurapudi near Rajamahendravaram.

    Mr. Ramakrishnudu said, the compensation for lands acquired for Madhurapudi Airport, an amount of 375 crore rupees have been paid directly to the farmers. He assured the farmers of justice in paying compensation for the land acquired for Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme.

    India to be among top 3 nations in Science & tech by 2030: PM

    Tirupati, Jan 4: Prime Minister Modi said India will be among the top three countries in the world in science and Technology by 2030, Addressing the104th Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Prime Minister urged scientists to develop innovative solutions to tackle challenges society is facing. PM asked scientists to keep an eye on the rise of disruptive technologies. He asked them to leverage such technologies for the country's growth. He pledged government's commitment to the support of different scientific streams with an emphasis on innovations.

    Prime Minister inaugurated five-day annual Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venketeshwara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. Addressing a gathering of eminent scientists from India and abroad, Prime Minister said that his government's approach is not only innovation but is committed to supporting different streams of scientific knowledge.

    He even set a target for India to be among the world's top three countries in Science and technology by 2030. PM Modi asks scientists to monitor the rise of disruptive technologies. He also said that cyber-physical systems are rising rapidly and it may pose unprecedented challenges. Prime Minister said, India's best scientific institutions should strengthen basic research in line with global practices.

    He said that science must meet the growing expectations of the people and emphasized the need for more investment in science to pave the way for a better tomorrow. The Prime Minister told the Indian Science Congress that ministries, scientists and start-ups will have to work hard.

    14,000 scientists and scholars from across the country and the world are at the conference. Six Nobel laureates also attending the event. The Prime Minister thanked the scientists for their role in pushing the country forward. He hailed the entire scientific community for helping fulfill the aspirations of the people of India

    SP Feud: Mulayam Singh postpones national convention

    UP, Jan 1: In an update to the in-fighting within Samajwadi Party, the national convention, called by SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on January 5, has been postponed. Shivpal Yadav tweeted about the postponement. Meanwhile, the fight in Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has now moved to party symbol as both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav factions have decided to approach the election commission to stake claim for the same.

    On Sunday, a convention called by Ram Gopal Yadav removed Mulayam Singh from the post of national president replacing him with Akhilesh Yadav. The National Executive meeting also expelled Amar Singh from the party. Mulayam Singh Yadav dismissed Sunday's convention, calling its resolution illegal and unconstitutional. Mulayam Singh is unwell and doctors have conducted health check up after complaint of high blood pressure.

    Mulayam Singh expels Akhilesh, Ramgopal Yadav for six years

    UP, Dec 31: In Uttar Pradesh, setting the stage for a show of strength, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, today held a meeting at his residence where 190 party MLAs were present. 30 MLAs and various party leaders have also reached Samajwadi Party HQ where Mulayam Singh has convened a Parliamentary Board meeting of the party along with his recently declared candidates.

    Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has backed Akhilesh Yadav and called upon Mulayam Singh Yadav to hand over the affairs of UP to Akhilesh. He said that Mulayam Singh Yadav is caught in the midst of some agents and middlemen. Samajwadi Party leader Atiq Ahmad has said that the ongoing tussle within the SP is unfortunate. He said that his leader is Mulayam Singh Yadav but favourite Chief Minister is Akhilesh Yadav.

    BJP leader Shrikant Sharma, reacting to the tussle within the Samajwadi Party has said that the people of Uttar Pradesh have already negated the Akhilesh Government and want the development of the state. On Friday, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from the party for six years. The party has also sacked Samajwadi Party's Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav, also a close Akhilesh Yadav loyalist, for the same period.

    Kashmiri Youth Introduces First Android App Based TV Station

    J&K, Dec 29: Eight young people in Kashmir have developed a mobile TV app, that works as a local TV station. The Asia News Network app has several thousand downloads. It aims to spread peace and harmony in the kashmir valley and restore the pristine beauty of the place called paradise on earth. Jammu and Kashmir has its first mobile television station. The mobile TV station is available as an android app and a large number of people have already downloaded it abroad.

    Through the station many aspects of the unexplored J&K is being made available. The young people behind this enterprise Tariq Bhatt says the aim of the channel is to create an environment free from stone throwing and terrorism and restore the beautiful image of Kashmir. The broadcast is in many languages and focuses on news, current affairs, sports, and music. There are also entertainment shows in Kashmiri language for young Kashmiris.

    UP: Sealdah-Ajmer express derails

    UP/Kanpur, Dec 28: At least 61 passengers were injured when 14 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed Wednesday morning near Rura Railway Station in Kanpur Rural district. The second rail accident in the region in two months took place around 6 AM, when the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area. As the news came in rescue teams were rushed to the spot to pull out the passengers of the derailed coaches.

    Buses were plied to drop the stranded passengers from the spot to Kanpur Railway Station. The incident comes a month after nearly 150 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in Kanpur Rural district on November 20.

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation. In a series of tweets he said the railways was making alternate arrangements for passengers to continue with their onward journey. Five trains were cancelled while 22 others were diverted due to the incident.

    Dharamshala vegetable market becomes first cashless market in Himachal

    Dharamshala, Dec 24: Himachal Pradesh government has provided swipe machine facility to the farmers and growers in Dharamshala vegetable market in Kangra district. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched the facility online yesterday. The ICICI bank has installed this swipe machine in the vegetable market.

    The Dharamshala vegetable market has become the first in the state to have the swipe machine facility. It would help the farmers and horticulturalists of the area transaction.

    The farmers and producers of Kangra district can now avail online facility of supply and purchase of their produce. Definitely, it is a step towards cashless transaction in vegetable market in Dharamshala, which has been selected as the smart city of Himachal Pradesh.

    Centre to set up single tribunal to decide inter-state water disputes

    New Delhi, Dec 19: The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals, a step which is aimed at resolving grievances of states in a speedy manner. Besides the Tribunal, the government has also proposed to float some benches by amending the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956 to look into disputes as and when required.

    Unlike the Tribunal, the benches will cease to exist once the disputes are resolved. A decision to approve an amendment to the Act was taken at the Union Cabinet's meeting held earlier this week. The amendment is likely to be introduced in Parliament in its next session.

    RBI asks banks to preserve CCTV recordings

    New Delhi, Dec 15: RBI has asked banks to preserve CCTV recordings of operations at bank branches and currency chests to help law enforcement agencies in identifying people engaged in hoarding of new notes post demonetisation.

    The Central Bank said the move will facilitate coordinated and effective action by the enforcement agencies in dealing with matters relating to illegal accumulation of new currency notes.

    The RBI also said that old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, amounting to be 12.44 lakh crores, have been returned back to RBI and currency chest as of Dec 10.

    Air pollution & health effects

    New Delhi, Dec 10: Many of us experience some kind of air pollution-related symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, or wheezing. Even for healthy people, polluted air can cause respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities. We need to put efforts to less confront the air pollution and to include regular exercise in daily routine to avoid ill-effects of air pollution on health.

    Air pollution has become a major health concern. With the rise in the levels of pollutants in the air, the risk of health problems has also increased.


    Inflammation of lungs, Narrowing of the airway, Breathing Difficulty, Respiratory infections, Aggravate Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Reduced lung function, Risk of Cancer, Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Risk of heart attack and stroke, Breathing in the poisonous air affects everyone. But can lead to severe consequences in young children, pregnant women and elderly.

    Encourage everyone to form a car pool to office and back.

    Walk down or use a bicycle for a short distance , Use public transport , Do not smoke , Do not burn dry leaves or other materials , Use of smokeless chulas in the rural areas , Avoid using cow-dung or wood for cooking , Prefer using clean fuel for cooking , Ensure good ventilation in room and kitchen , Switch-off all the lights and fans when not required

    Taking precautions may help to reduce the ill-effects of air pollution. Efforts for reduction in pollution levels and a long term strategy for is essential for Pollution control.

    Sea of humanity swells up to bid adieu to Jaya

    Chennai, Dec 8: A huge sea of humanity is still gathered at Chennai's Marina beach where the late Tamilnadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha was laid to rest on Tuesday. Common people, admirers, party workers are refusing to leave the grounds where their beloved Amma was buried along side her mentor and former CM MG Ramchandran.

    The late leader who was credited for launching several welfaring schemes for the poor and masses such as Amm's Canteen, was given state burial.

    One jawan martyred, nine injured in militant ambush in Arunachal Pradesh

    Arunachal Pradesh, Dec 5: An Assam Rifles jawan was killed, while nine others were injured, when armed militants ambushed an Assam Rifles convoy near Wakka in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. The attack took place 20 km from Indo-Myanmar border. Defence PRO Lt Colonel Chiranjeet Konwar said the militants ambushed the convoy of 16 Assam Rifles stationed in the district near Wakka at around 1.45 pm killing one jawan on the spot while injuring nine others.

    He, however, could not divulge the name of the deceased nor the group involved in the ambush. "Search operation is going on in the area and efforts were being made to evacuate the injured jawans," he added. Unconfirmed reports from Longding said the ambush was carried out jointly by NSCN (K) and ULFA (Independent) cadres though there is no official confirmation, yet.

    Cabinet approves Rs 2,000-crore package for displaced people of PoK

    J&K, Dec 01: Union cabinet has approved two thousand crore rupees development package for displaced people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir living in the country. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved proposal to provide enhanced financial aid to 36,384 families, who are mostly living in Jammu region after their displacement from PoK post Independence.

    Each of these families will get around Rs 5.5 lakh as aid. In another decision, the Cabinet also approved inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes.

    Further, aiming to attract more tourists and boost trade, government also approved a new liberalised visa policy that include long-term multiple-entry comprehensive visa by merging tourist, business, medical and conference visas into one. The Cabinet decided to extend the e-Tourists Visa to eight more countries, taking the total number of countries which are under cover the scheme to 158.

    J&K: Govt announces to release salary in cash

    J&K, Nov 21: Jammu and Kashmir government has announced to release part of salary for this month in advance and in cash to all non-gazetted and class-IV employees. The decision was taken in a meeting to review inconvenience faced by the employees and general public due to demonetization and subsequent directions passed by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.

    Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu said, 10 thousand rupees out of the salary for the month of November will be paid in cash by 24th November to all the non-gazetted employees of the State Government.

    PM discusses security situation along Indo-Pak in J&K

    New Delhi, Nov 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high level meet with Home minister Rajnath Singh, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

    Eight civilians, including five women, were killed and 14 others injured on Tuesday as Pakistan troopers bombarded several border areas of Jammu and Kashmir with heavy mortar shells, triggering a mass exodus from dozens of frontier villages. The Border Security Force also said it destroyed 14 Pakistan outposts in retaliation after the civilian casualties.

    PM Modi backs equal rights for women

    Mahoba, Oct 25: The issue of triple talaq has come into prominence ever since the Centre submitted its affidavit against the practice in the Supreme Court. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke strongly over the issue during his Bundelkhand visit in Uttar Pradesh on Monday where he stressed the need to give women equal rights and not see the issue through the prism of communal politics.

    Prime Minister has made that the government cannot remain a mute spectator if the Muslim women in the country are denied basic rights and dignity in the garb of personal laws adding that it is responsibility of government and people of the country to give justice to Muslim women under Constitution.

    He also said that the matter should not be politicized. He decried all the political parties and leaders who are trying to whip up passions on the issue. He said that allowing the practice to flourish just for the sake of votes cannot be justified.

    Myanmar State Counsellor to hold talks with PM

    New Delhi, Oct 19: Visiting State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Su Kyi to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday, two sides likely to sign key agreements. Myanmar has strongly backed India in its fight against cross border terrorism. State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi will today meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Suu Kyi met President Pranab Mukherjee after being given a cermonial reception. She also held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. This is the first state visit of the Myanmarese leader and marks a significant shift in Indo Myanmar relationships. Myanmar has strongly backed India in its fight against cross border terrorism and also India's surgical strikes against terror launch pads.

    Suu Kyi arrived in Delhi on a State visit from Goa where she attended BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet. She also held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during which the visiting leader discussed how India could support Myanmar's agenda of national reconciliation. The Noble laureate leader has received her university education in India. She was a student of Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi.Suu kyi is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday.

    Suu Ki's will also have a meeting with the top business delegation of the country which can give impetus to business and economic ties between the neighboring countries. Myanmar is seeking cooperation in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure and health care. India has assured it of all possible help.

    Cabinet nod to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu

    New Delhi, Oct 13: The Cabinet has approved setting up of a Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Jammu. This is part of PM's development package for J&K. The project will involve a cost of Rs. 61.90 crore for initial 4 years from 2016 to 2020 and would be in temporary shelter initially.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved mechanism for revision of ethanol price for supply to Oil Marketing Companies to carry out Ethanol Blended Petrol Program. Revision in prices will help the goverment in providing price stability & remunerative prices for ethanol suppliers.

    Supreme Court widens the scope of Domestic Violence Act

    New Delhi, Oct 12: The Supreme Court has widened the scope of the Domestic Violence Act by ordering deletion of the words "adult male" from it, paving the way for prosecution of women and even non-adults for subjecting a woman relative to violence and harassment.

    Apex court bench paved way for prosecution of any person irrespective of gender or age under the DV Act, ordered deletion of the words "adult male" from the statute book saying it violated right to equality under the Constitution.

    The verdict came on an appeal against the Bombay High Court judgement, which had resorted to the literal construction of the term 'adult male' and discharged four persons, including two girls, a woman and a minor boy, of a family from a domestic violence case on the ground that they were not "adult male" and hence cannot be prosecuted under the DV Act.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits Kargil

    Kargil, Oct 4: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today paid tributes at Kargil War Memorial at Dras in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Minister laid wreath in honour of brave Indian soldiers. The home minister is in the region as part of the Centre's efforts to establish peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir and solve people's problems. Rajnath Singh will also interact with different delegations during the day.

    Yesterday, during his visit in Leh, Home Minister appreciated the people of Ladakh for being true and staunch nationalists and standing shoulder to shoulder with the army and security forces in defending the country from both external and internal threats. He also reviewed the security situation in the state with state government officials who briefed him on the prevailing law-and-order situation in the state.

    India-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas 2016' begins

    Ranikhet, Sep 26: The Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas - 2016 is being conducted in inaccessible mountains of Ranikhet , Uttarakhand. During the exercise, drive soldiers upgraded themselves with strategies of fighting through Rock craft, Cliff assault and rock climbing.

    This joint military exercise will help the soldiers of both countries in fighting in adverse situations. The exercise is the twelfth in the Yudh-Abhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program.

    500 Kashmiri youths turn up for Army recruitment rally

    J&K, Sep 22: Defying the separatists' call of agitation, around 500 Kashmiri youths have turned up for an Army recruitment rally in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, one of the worst-hit places in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

    An Army official said the recruitment rallies in south Kashmir would continue till September 25. The official said, more than 12,000 youths across Kashmir have applied online under the recruitment process. The Army's recruitment drive would move north from September 29, when such a rally would be held in Bandipora district.

    Javadekar launches PARAM-ISHAN supercomputing facility

    Guwahati, Sep 20: Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar today launched PARAM-ISHAN supercomputing facility at IIT Guwahati. Speaking at the event the HRD Minister said that it is a great moment to have fastest and most powerful computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions. PARAM-ISHAN can be used for weather,climate modeling and seismic data processing.

    PM holds high-level meeting at 7 RCR to evolve response to Uri attack

    New Delhi, Sep 19: Amid nationwide mourning over the killing of 20 soldiers in the Uri terror attack in Kashmir, a high-level meeting is underway at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to evolve a response to the situation. India has blamed Pakistan for the attack, but Islamabad has denied any role in it. The meeting at the 7 RCR is being attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

    Home Minister: Pakistan should be isolated

    New Delhi, Sep 18: Pakistan is a terrorist state and should be identified and isolated as such, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh; In the wake of Uri attack, Home Minister reviews security situation in a high level meeting; briefs PM on the Uri attack; Home Secretary to visit Srinagar on Monday; Home Ministry issues alert for all airports across the country.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security situation in a high level meeting at his residence in New Delhi and briefed Prime Minister Modi on the attack. The Home Minister said that Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. He expressed disappointment over Pakistan's continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups.

    He also said that there are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped. Army is carrying out complete search in the area. Home Secretary would visit Srinagar on Monday. Security has been beefed up along line of control bordering Pakistan and defense establishments. According to sources, the government has directed security agencies to launch campaign to eliminate terrorists.

    Cong loses grip on Arunachal Pradesh, 43 MLAs stage exodus

    itanagar, Sep 17: Congress faces major jolt in Arunanchal Pradesh; all but one party MLAs including Chief Minister Prema Khandu desert Congress to join People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh; the lone MLA staying with Congress is Nabam Tuki who was replaced as Chief Minister with Prema Khandu in July; BJP says Congress should not blame them for its own failure.

    Arunachal Pradesh has slipped out of the Congress party's hands once again, just two months after the Supreme Court stepped in to restore its government. Chief Minister Pema Khandu has staged a dramatic exodus of Congress lawmakers and joined a BJP ally, leaving only one member with the ruling party.

    Khandu has taken 42 Congress lawmakers and joined the regional People's Party of Arunachal. The one lawmaker who has stayed with the Congress is, ironically, Nabam Tuki, who was replaced as Chief Minister when the Congress tried to stem rebellion in its ranks and picked Khandu as a compromise.

    Reacting to the developments in Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju said that the BJP has nothing to do with the exdous of Cong MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly.

    UP tussle: Mulayam denies rift, overturns Akhilesh's decision

    lucknow, Sep 16: When the in-fighting in the first family of Uttar Pradesh came out on the roads and party office, the head of the party finally had to break his silence. A day after the dramatic resignation from the Cabinet and party posts by his brother Shivpal Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said there can be no division in the party till he is there.

    He also reversed the decision of his chief minister son and announced that former mines minister Gayatri Prajapati will be reinstated in the government while Shivpal would remain the state party chief.

    As the crisis threatened to cast a shadow over the SP's prospects in the coming Assembly elections, Mulayam Singh Yadav sought to downplay the developments, assuring workers of no differences and rift in the party till he is alive. Akhilesh too agreed to do what it takes to keep his father happy assuring of respecting the party president.

    Protests over Cauvery water sharing in karnataka turn violent

    New Delhi, Sep 13: Karnataka, one person was killed and another injured in police firing in Bengaluru as the Cauvery water sharing row with Tamil Nadu turned violent on Monday. Police opened fire when a mob tried to attack a patrol vehicle at Hegganahalli in Rajagopal Nagar police limits. Night curfew has been imposed in 16 police station areas after Bengaluru witnessed widespread violence. The prohibitory orders under Section 144 has been imposed in the entire city till tomorrow.

    The Centre has rushed 10 companies of Rapid Action Force to Karnataka to control the situation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu last night and assured them all central assistance in handling the situation. More than 80 vehicles were burnt or damaged in the violent incidents that rocked Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru and some other districts of Karnataka.

    No compromise on sovereignty: All-party delegation

    New Delhi, Sep 8: The all-party delegation that went to Srinagar and then Jammu earlier this week met in Parliament premises on Wednesday. It reached a consensus that any compromise on national sovereignty on the issue of Kashmir is out of question.

    The delegation appealed to the people of J&K to shun violence and resolve all issues through dialogue. The all-party meeting asked both the governments to take steps to ensure that education institutions, government offices and commercial establishment start functioning normally at the earliest.

    They also requested the government to take effective steps to ensure security for all citizens and provide medical treatment to citizens and security.

    Protests in Karnataka against SC order to release Cauvery water

    Bengaluru, Sep 6: Farmers in Karnataka staged protests across the state today, a day after Supreme Court ordered the state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The protestors blocked traffic on Bengaluru-Mysore highway and called for a bandh. Bus services between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were also affected. Brindavan Garden near the Krishna raja sagar dam has been closed for four days. More than 1,400 police personal have been put on duty in the dam area.

    Members of many pro-Kannada organisations and political parties are supporting the farmers. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is holding a meeting with Legal and technical experts on the apex court direction. It is a prelude to the meeting of floor leaders of Opposition parties, Union Ministers and MPs from the State, Legislators from the Cauvery region convened by the Chief Minister in the afternoon. The meeting will take stock of the situation and the future course of action to be adopted.

    All Party delegation led by Rajnath Singh to visit Jammu today

    J&K, Sep 5: An all Party delegation will visit Jammu today after meeting with about 200 members from different sections of society in Srinagar yesterday. The delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is deliberating to assess the situation arising out due to the unrest in the Kashmir valley.

    The delegation is on a two-day visit to the state. During the first day of its visit, the delegation yesterday met about 30 delegations from various sections of society and listened to their point of view to reach at a common solution to the current scenario in Kashmir valley.

    BRICS convention on Tourism concludes today

    Khajuraho, Sep 2: The two-day long BRICS Convention on Tourism will conclude on Friday in Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh. The BRICS nations were represented by the Minister of Tourism, South Africa Mr. D.A. Hanekom and delegations from Russia and China. The inaugural function was also graced by Tourism Minister and Chairman-Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh Shri Surendra Patwa.

    Secretary (Tourism), Government of India Shri Vinod Zutshi welcomed all the delegates, senior dignitaries, officials and members of the travel trade. He stressed about the importance of the tourism sector as a major catalyst for economic growth and a source of job creation, thus contributing to the economy. He welcomed the cooperation extended by all the BRIGS nations for mutual growth of tourism between the member countries.

    Curfew lifted from all the areas of Kashmir

    J&K, Aug 31: In Kashmir Curfew has been lifted from all the areas after improvement in the situation there. It was lifted from Pulwama on Tuesday following gradual improvement in the situation across Kashmir, leaving the Srinagar's M R Gunj and Nowhatta police stations as the only areas of the Valley under curfew.

    But as situation further improved today, curfew was lifted from the remaining areas as well. There is increased movement of private cars and auto-rickshaws on the roads with people beginning their usual routines. Life in the Kashmir valley has been fast returning to normal ever since curfew was lifted from major parts of the valley.

    On Tuesday, curfew was relaxed in Pulwama as well. Now only Srinagar's MR Ganj and Nowhatta are still under curfew.

    PM Modi launches first phase of SAUNI project in Jamnagar, Gujarat; Stresses upon conservation of water

    Saurashtra, Aug 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first phase of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation project at Dhrol taluka Saurashtra on Tuesday. This will bring to life a dream that the PM had envisioned four years ago when he was the state's Chief Minister. A dream of ending parched Saurashtra region's water woes by filling excess water of Narmada's Sardar Sarovar project into 115 smaller dams.

    Nagaland Legislative Assembly to ratify GST Bill today

    Nagaland Aug 26: Nagaland Legislative Assembly will ratify the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill in a special session today. Chief Minister TR Zeliang had made the announcement on Wednesday at the Naga Peoples’ Front Central Executive Meeting. Mr Zeliang appealed to the people of Nagaland not to resist GST and help the state government collect tax so as to get state share from the central government for the development.

    He said, all shopkeepers should introduce online billing and produce cash memos. Several states, including Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, have already ratified the GST Bill. The bill was passed by Parliament earlier this month.

    Pasighat advanced landing ground gets operational

    Hyderabad, Aug 20: The upgraded Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in the presence of Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command on Friday. The event was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries including the Chief Secretary and Secretary Civil Aviation Arunachal Pradesh and Air Vice Marshal Manavendra Singh Vr C VSM, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration, Eastern Air Command Shillong.

    A flypast by a formation of three Sukhoi-30 MKI Air Dominance Fighter aircraft, that took off from one of the forward EAC airbases was a highlight of the event. This was followed by a Su-30MKI also landing at the ALG. The touchdown by a frontline fighter jet of the IAF at the ALG is a 'historic first' in the predominantly hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh, which has several ALGs at varying altitudes. Earlier, the AOC-in-C and other senior officials who arrived at the ALG by an An-32 aircraft from Shillong and were received by the Chief Construction Engineer (North East Project).

    HM chairs high level meet to review internal security in Kashmir

    New Delhi Aug 17: Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in violence-hit Jammu and Kashmir and is understood to have given instructions to avoid casualties of both civilians and security personnel. Singh also took stock of the situation in Assam in the wake of militant attacks.

    Top security officials including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed the Home Minister on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani more than a month ago.

    Mahad bridge collapse:Naval teams find wreckage of buses

    Mahad, Aug 11: After a long search and working 12-14 hours a day for the last eight days, the Naval teams today located the wreckage of the two buses which submerged in Savitri river at Mahad. Naval PRO commander Rahul Sinha said that the wreckage was found approximately 170 and 200 meters from the collapsed bridge site.

    Spot diving was carried out despite presence of crocodiles, high current and tough conditions in the river. NDRF teams are being informed and crane for recovery of the wreckage has been summoned. Till now 27 bodies have been found and 15 still reported missing.

    British-Era Bridge On Mumbai-Goa Highway Collapses

    Mumbai Aug 3: Two bodies have been found and over 20 are feared missing after a British-era bridge collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra late last night following torrential rain. Buses and vehicles plunged into the river near Raigad district, 84 km from Mumbai.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament that two passenger buses and four private cars are suspected to have been washed away. Around 80 rescuers and divers are at the spot, said the National Disaster Response Force. Rescuers could be seen fighting strong currents in inflatable dinghies.

    The air force, navy and coast guard have sent aircraft and a Chetak helicopter to survey the river to look for the missing vehicles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured all help. For five days, there has been incessant rain in parts of coastal Konkan, northern and western Maharashtra.

    Flood situation remains grim in Bihar, UP, MP

    New Delhi, Aug 1: Flood situation in parts of Bihar, MP, Assam and Uttar Pradesh continues to remain grim; Death toll rises to 31 in Assam floods related incidents; 48 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha. President and PM condole loss of lives due to floods and lightning. In individual messages sent to the Governors of Assam, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, the President said.

    "I am sad to know about the heavy rains leading to floods in certain areas of the State, which have caused loss of lives, injuries and damage to property.My thoughts are with all those affected by this natural calamity. I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway. I am sure that the State and Central Governments as well as concerned agencies are taking necessary steps to provide all possible help to the affected families."

    In Assam, Death toll risen to 31 in floods related incidents. About 37 lakh people are affected by floods in the 28 districts of the state. Thousands of marooned people have taken shelter in relief camps. The Centre will send an inter ministerial team to assess flood damage caused by floods in the state. In Bihar floods have spread to more than 10 districts affecting more than 20 lakh people in the state.

    Assam govt says its priority is to provide immediate relief to flood victims

    Assam, Jul 29: The Assam government has said, its priority is to provide immediate relief to flood victims. Participating in AIR Guwahati talk show last night, Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma, who visited Lower Assam yesterday expressed displeasure over the slow pace of relief measures at some places. Ms. Brahma said, she has instructed concerned departments to provide necessary relief materials in flood hit areas.

    Over 17 lakh people have been affected in the current floods in 22 districts. AIR correspondent reports that more than 2 lakh people have taken shelter at 517 relief camps at different places. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal visited Majuli and Lakhimpur to take stock of flood situation.

    Odisha announces Rs 60 lakh special incentive for Rio Olympic qualifiers

    Odisha, Jul 27: Odisha government has announced 60 lakh rupees cash special incentive for six sportswomen of the state who have qualified for the Rio Olympics. The six sportspersons, sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda and four hockey players would receive 10 lakh rupees each.

    Chief minister Naveen Patnaik while directing the Odisha Mining Corporation to pay the special incentive amount to the six sportswomen said the incentive would be of immense help for them to prepare for the mega event.

    India's first green rail corridor launched in Tamil Nadu

    Chennai, Jul 25: The nation's first Green Rail Corridor, a 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu which ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks, was inaugurated yesterday by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

    Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks. Inaugurating the corridor, Mr Prabhu said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets.

    He said till March 2016, a total of 35,104 bio-toilets had been provided and since then till last week 7,000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational. Mr Prabhu said the Railways has set a target to provide 30,000 new bio-toilets during 2016-17. He said before end of March next year, the Jammu-Katra section will also be human waste free.

    PM lays foundation stone of AIIMS and fertiliser plant in Gorakhpur

    Gorakhpur, Jul 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and revival of fertilizer factory in Gorakhpur. Later addressing a public meeting in the city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said development of eastern parts of the country is essential for the overall development of the country.

    Mr Modi said, second green revolution should take place from eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. He said urea black marketing has been stopped since his government came to power. The hospital which will have a capacity of 750 beds and will also include emergency or trauma and AYUSH sections.

    Normalcy slowly returning to Jammu and Kashmir

    Jammu, Jul 15: Normalcy is slowly returning to Jammu and Kashmir which saw clashes and protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani amid imposition of curfew in some areas and strike sponsored by separatists. Restrictions on movement of people continued for the 6th day in parts of Srinagar, North Kashmir and 4 districts of South Kashmir.

    They have been in force since Saturday morning. Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance.

    Public transport was completely off the roads for the sixth consecutive day, while private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places in the areas where there were no restrictions. The strike call given by separatist organisations affected normal life in the Valley.

    The separatists have extended the strike call to Friday. This was the 4th extension by them since the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani. In Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a routine high level security meeting on Thursday in which the internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed.

    National Security Adviser and Union Home Secretary were present at the meeting. The Centre expressed satisfaction over normalcy returning to the state. However, the Yatra from Jammu was stopped again on Thursday.

    Rescue and relief operations continue in Uttarakhand

    New Delhi, Jul 4: Intermittent rains and fresh landslides were reported from some parts of rain-affected Uttarakhand. Rescue and relief operations continued in ravaged areas. Chamoli-Srinagar Highway has been blocked due to landslides.

    Teams of NDRF, SDRF and Border Road Organization are working for the early clearance of the highways. Rescue and relief operations were in full swing in various villages of Pithoragarh district and some other areas where landslides and other rain-related incidents took place since Friday.

    While 18 bodies have so far been recovered from the debris at various places, almost a dozen people are still reported missing. The MeT department has warned of heavy rains in the next 24 hours.

    Uttarakhand: 12 killed in cloudburst, schools in Nainital closed

    New Delhi, Jul 2: Uttarakhand, at least 15 people were killed and 17 trapped under tonnes of debris with little chances of survival, as monsoon rains triggered landslides in parts of Uttarakhand on Friday. While eight people were killed in Pithoragarh district, four lives were claimed by heavy rains in Chamoli district where two were swept away by a mass of mud and slush rushing into Siron village near Chamoli. All major rivers in the hilly tracts were swollen after over 54 mm rainfall was recorded in the state in the last 24-hours.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Governor K K Paul expressed grief at the loss of lives in the two districts and asked officials to be on the alert. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the victims.

    NDRF has been alerted and the teams have been sent to the affected areas. Army and para military are undertaking the relief and rescue operations. Helicopters are also being used to extend help to those affected by the natural calamity, but inclement weather is hampering these efforts. Meanwhile all schools in Nainital will remain closed today following warnings of heavy rains.

    Telengana to join Centre's UDAY scheme: Chandrasekhar Rao

    New Delhi/Hyderabad, Jun 24: Telangana will join the Uday programme that the Central Government introduced to bailout elect