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MJ Akbar hints political vendetta: Charges false, will take action; why this storm before elections, asks Union minister

MJ Akbar hints political vendetta: Charges false, will take action; why this storm before elections, asks Union minister

NEW DELHI: Facing allegations of sexual harassment, Union Minister MJ Akbar on Sunday said that making accusations without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections. Denying all accusations against him as baseless, the senior journalist-turned-minister said he will take legal action. “Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections. Whatever be […]

Runway repairs may delay flights from Mumbai, Delhi

Runway repairs may delay flights from Mumbai, Delhi

MUMBAI: Several flights to and from Mumbai and Delhi airports are expected to be rescheduled or cancelled later this year, when runways at India’s busiest airports are scheduled to be closed for maintenance work. More than 250 flights per day are expected to be affected at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), which sees about 46 arrivals […]

Going extra lengths to find substitute for Iranian oil for countries like India: White House

Going extra lengths to find substitute for Iranian oil for countries like India: White House

WASHINGTON: The US is going extra lengths to find substitute for Iranian oil for countries like India and Iraq, the White House has said, as the Trump administration prepares to impose sanctions on nations defying its directive to bring their oil imports from the Gulf nation to zero by November 4. US National Security Advisor […]

Defying US, India inks $5 bn deal with Russia

Defying US, India inks $5 bn deal with Russia

NEW DELHI: India and Russia are exploring the option of trading in their local currencies and looking at signing agreements on investment protection and avoidance of double taxation, Russia’s minister for economic development Maxim Oreshkin said on Friday. The commerce ministry is considering the feasibility of a renminbi-rupee trade with China in order to tackle the […]

Apple executive killed despite being Hindu, says Kejriwal; widow asks not to give the case religious twist

Apple executive killed despite being Hindu, says Kejriwal; widow asks not to give the case religious twist

NEW DELHI: Giving a religious twist to the Apple executive death case in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Vivek Tiwari was killed despite being a Hindu, even as the deceased’s wife asked legislators not to play politics over her husband’s death. Kejriwal asked the people not to be blindfolded by BJP’s rhetoric, claiming that […]

Pakistan rakes up RSS, Yogi Adityanath, NRC to attack India at UN

Pakistan rakes up RSS, Yogi Adityanath, NRC to attack India at UN

NEW DELHI: A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sharply criticised Islamabad over its sponsorship of cross-border terrorism, Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations Saad Warraich on Sunday trained guns at RSS and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to allege that there was no room for dissent in “illiberal India of today”. Exercising […]

Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory

Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory early Monday in the Maldives’ contentious presidential election widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy. The win was unexpected, and Solih’s supporters flooded the streets, hugging one another, waving the Maldivian flag, cheering and honking horns in celebration. The opposition had feared the election […]

Rafale controversy: Francois Hollande doing no service to country, says French official

Rafale controversy: Francois Hollande doing no service to country, says French official

By Sushant Singh Responding to remarks by former French president Francois Hollande that the Indian government had “proposed” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the offset partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rafale aircraft deal, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said Sunday that Hollande’s statements “render no service to France”. Significantly, Lemoyne, […]

Mayawati’s condition for Mahagathbandhan: Give ‘respectable’ share of seats or will go alone

Mayawati’s condition for Mahagathbandhan: Give ‘respectable’ share of seats or will go alone

NEW DELHI: At a time when the opposition parties are strongly working on modalities for a Mahagathbandhan to throw BJP out of power, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday made it clear that her party will be compelled to go alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance. “Our party […]

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Tamil Nadu cabinet decides to recommend release of all seven convicts

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Tamil Nadu cabinet decides to recommend release of all seven convicts

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu cabinet on Sunday decided to recommend the release  of all seven convicts  in the Rajiv Gandhi  assassination case to the governor under Article 161 of the Constitution. After the cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami that lasted two hours, fisheries minister D Jayakumar  announced that the cabinet recommendation for the release of […]

‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’: PM sets tone for 2019 polls at BJP meet

‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’: PM sets tone for 2019 polls at BJP meet

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on Sunday gave a clarion call to BJP workers with the slogan “Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP ” and targeted the opposition’s “opportunistic efforts” to form a “mahagathbandhan” at the party’s national executive meeting in New Delhi. Giving the slogan of ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal Bhajapa’ (Invincible India, firm BJP), Modi exuded confidence that […]

Congress as party not involved in 1984 riots; Rahul Gandhi in school when Blue Star happened: Amarinder Singh

Congress as party not involved in 1984 riots; Rahul Gandhi in school when Blue Star happened: Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday came out in support of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying that the Gandhi scion could not be responsible for something he wasn’t even aware of. Even as the knives were out for Gandhi following his remarks at an event in the […]

PM Modi sends out strong message against rape: Won’t tolerate injustice towards women

PM Modi sends out strong message against rape: Won’t tolerate injustice towards women

NEW DELHI:  Delivering a strong message against the incidents of rape, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country will not tolerate such heinous crimes and assured that the recently-passed Criminal Act Amendment Bill will play an effective role in crimes against women. While addressing the citizens during his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme, Modi said, […]

India’s forgotten magical history

India’s forgotten magical history

By Manu S. Pillai Sometime in the last decade—when I was still in school and the world was less hysterical—I happened to meet a “sun yogi”. He was a fascinating man, swathed in white, with a long beard and an enviable figure. His face beamed, more or less on a permanent basis, and he endured cheerfully my stabs […]

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga at Haridwar

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga at Haridwar

A huge crowd converged at the Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar to bid their final farewell to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes were immersed in river Ganga on Sunday. Top party leaders including BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat, Vajpayee’s […]

Thalapathi’s time: MK Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK

Thalapathi’s time: MK Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK

By Arun Janardhanan  NEW DELHI: The day M K Stalin was born, his father Muthuvel Karunanidhi, then an emerging DMK leader, was at a condolence meeting for Joseph Stalin. As someone informed him about the birth of his second child from his second wife Dayalu Ammal, Karunanidhi instantly named his son after the Soviet Communist leader. This […]

Kerala floods: Thousands in relief camps stare at bleak future

Kerala floods: Thousands in relief camps stare at bleak future

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Her one-story house collapsed and savings of a lifetime vanished in a flash in the rain fury that has wrecked havoc in Kerala in the past few days. Baby, in her early 50s, lost everything in a landslip and is currently lodged at a relief camp at Kalpetta in the high range Wayanad district. […]

How the Mysorean rocket helped Tipu Sultan’s military might gain new heights

How the Mysorean rocket helped Tipu Sultan’s military might gain new heights

By Adrija Roychowdhury  NEW DELHI: In the early nineteenth century, when the British were caught up in the Napoleonic wars against the French, they introduced a military weapon hitherto never used before in the European continent. The Congreve rocket as it was referred to was believed to have been invented by an English army personnel by […]

Protests across J&K over plea in SC to scrap Article 35A

Protests across J&K over plea in SC to scrap Article 35A

By M Saleem Pandit SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a virtual shutdown on Sunday following a call by separatists, which was endorsed by various trade and government employees’ organisations, to protest against the legal challenge to the validity of Article 35A  of the Constitution in the Supreme Court. Article 35A  bars outsiders from acquiring any immovable property in […]

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