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Food inflation at 7-week low

New Delhi: Food inflation fell to a seven week low 13.07 per cent for the week ended January 29 as pulses turned cheaper, even as vegetables remain costly. Snapping the two week rising trend, food inflation fell nearly 4 percentage points in the week from 17.05 per cent in the week ended January 22. On […]

Dacoits loots Rs 6 lakhs from a bank

Rourkela: Five armed dacoits looted around Rs six lakh from the Barsuna branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Sundargarh district, about 100 km from here, police said today. The dacoits walked into the bank last evening and terrorised the staff and customers at gun point before decamping with the cash, the sources […]

Lead roles in masala movies not my cup of tea

Mumbai: Not getting to play lead roles in commercial `masala` movies does not bother actress Tisca Chopra, who says such projects are not her priority. The 37-year-old Tisca wonders what is the use of technically being a female lead, when you have nothing do with acting in a movie. "I am not sure if lead […]

21 soldiers killed in suicide attack

Peshawar: At least 21 soldiers were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomber disguised as a schoolboy today blew himself up at the parade ground of a heavily guarded army centre in northwest Pakistan. The bomber struck when soldiers were on parade at the ground inside the Punjab Regimental Centre within the cantonment […]

Rupee down 7 paise

Mumbai: The rupee weakened by 7 paise to Rs 45.55 a dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange today amid mild demand for the American currency and dollar gains overseas. Forex dealers said besides dollar demand from importers and its gains against other currencies, a weak opening in the stock market also weighed […]

Sensex down by 48 points

Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex fell by nearly 48 points in opening trade today on continued selling by foreign funds and retail investors amid concerns over high interest rates and weak cues from other Asian markets. The 30-share barometer, which lost over 444 points in the previous two sessions, fell further by 47.73 […]

Leopards create scare in IMA

Dehradun: Indian Military Academy, a premier defence institute of the country, is facing a new challenge of keeping leopards at bay after two wild cats were seen wandering in the area around the institution, a senior official said here today. The Public Information Officer of the institute Major Amit Dagar said the leopards were seen […]

BJP firm on JPC demand: Naqvi

Hyderabad:  The BJP would stick to its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam in the coming budget session of Parliament, party leader Muktar Abbas Naqvi said today. Talking to reporters here, the BJP Vice-President said the Congress-led UPA Government is deeply mired in corruption, as a result some […]

Chhattisgarh HC reserves ruling on Sen bail plea

Bilaspur: Chhattisgarh High Court today reserved its order on the bail application filed by rights activist Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court last year on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites. The High Court also reserved its ruling on 61-year-old Sen`s appeal against the conviction. Sen, vice-president of […]

CAT directs govt to conclude proceedings against IAS officer

Cuttack: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Wednesday directed the state government to complete the disciplinary proceedings initiated against senior IAS officer Prashanta Kumar Naik by June 30. Naik is placed under suspension for over four years now for his alleged role in Balasore sex scandal of 1999. The government had initiated the proceedings against […]

HC refuses to stay Sikhya Sahayak enrolment process

Cuttack: The High Court on Wednesday declined to grant a stay on the ongoing process of recruitment of Sikhya Sahayaks in the state. As per a notification issued last month, the state government is now in the process of recruiting as many as 24,000 Sikhya Sahayaks for the state to run the ambitious Central government […]

Two feared drown during Saraswati idol immersion

Kendrapara: Immersion ritual of Goddess Saraswati turned tragic today as two school children were feared drowned near Amrutamanei bathing ghat in Brahmani river under Pattamundai police station, the police said. The missing children were identified as Saroj Das (14) and Debapriya Das (15), students of nearby Baluria high school. The mishap occurred when they fell […]

Mother-daughter duo die in road mishap

Bhubaneswar: A mother and daughter duo was killed while the father and son escaped unhurt in a road mishap in the state capital today, police said. The incident took place at Barmunda area when Soumitra Das was going to drop his wife and children at schools on his motorbike. Das`s bike hit a loaded truck […]

College girl dies in road mishap

Balangir: Death of a college girl in a road mishap sparked tension in this western Orissa district with irate people setting fire to the passenger bus that ran over the victim`s bi-cycle, police said. The incident took place when Bandana Nag a student of Plus 2 first year student of Rajendra College along with another […]

OOA announces cash prize for medal winners

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Olympic Association (OAA) on Wednesday announced cash prize for the winners from the state at the 34th National Games scheduled to begin from Saturday in Jharkhand. "The players and coaches representing OOA will be given cash prize for winning medals in the Games," said association general secretary Asirbad Behera. While players winning the […]

Devotees to take holy dip at Chandrabhaga

Puri: Close to five lakh devotees are expected to take holy dip at Chandrabhaga, adjacent to the Sun temple, on the occasion of ‘Magha Saptami’ on Thursday. Pilgrims from different parts of the state and across the country were seen camping at the famous site for ‘Chandrabhaga Buda’ which is about 30 km from the […]

Vigilance submits final report in dal scam

Bhubaneswar: With the Vigilance department submitting its final report on dal scam to the state government, more heads are likely to roll as massive irregularities on supply of substandard pulses were reported from many districts, official sources said on Wednesday. The Vigilance`s final report came four days after the resignation of Pramila Mallilk as women […]

London, Toronto exchanges announce merger

London: The London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, are merging to create one of the world’s largest stock markets, the companies announced on Wednesday. The deal will be an all—share merger of equals, with headquarters in the U.K. and Canada. Both exchanges are heavily weighted with […]

Pinto more beautiful than Portman, Roberts

Los Angeles: Indian beauty Frieda Pinto has outrun Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts in a new `Most Beautiful Women in Film` list. Compiled by the Los Angeles Times magazine, the list has the `Slumdog Millionaire` star at number 38, followed by Oscar-nominated Portman and Hollywood`s own `Pretty Woman` Roberts. Pinto even pipped […]

Nitish supports caste-based census

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said steps must be taken to ensure a caste-based census, which has not taken place since 1931. “I am still a votary of holding census on the basis of castes… Steps must be taken for the purpose… the caste-based census has not taken place since 1931,” Mr. […]

Non-NDA opposition holds rally against price rise

New Delhi: Protesting against price rise, nine non-NDA opposition parties on Wednesday took to the streets in New Delhi, warning the government that the budget session could be stormy as they were going to raise the issue along with that of corruption. Top leaders of CPI(M), CPI, TDP, AIADMK, JD(S), RSP, RLD, Forward Bloc and […]

Vishal-Shekar launch mobile music concert

Mumbai: For the first time in India, music composer duo Vishal-Shekar on Wednesday launched `mobile music concert`, where a live audio concert will be accessible on mobile phones. Hungama, a digital entertainment company and Bharti Airtel have launched `Mobile Music Concert` with Vishal-Shekar. The duo has given musical hits like `Tujhe Bhula Diya` and `Aas […]

WC will be a fight among India, Pak and SL

New Delhi: Young middle—order batsman Suresh Raina reckons that with the dominance of four—time world champions Australia is almost over, it would be a fight among the three sub—continental teams in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the upcoming cricket World Cup. “I see this World Cup as a fight among the sub continental teams […]

South African World Cup team arrives in India

Chennai: Strong World Cup contenders South Africa, led by Graeme Smith, arrived here this morning and will soon start the preparations for the mega event, which they have never won. Presence of in—form Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy in the batting line up and a fierce pace attack, featuring world number one […]

Praveens injury wont hurt Indias chances: Bedi

New Delhi: India’s pace attack might have weakened a bit after losing seamer Praveen Kumar due to injury, but former spinner Bishen Singh Bedi feels it would not have any negative impact on India’s campaign at the soon—to—start cricket World Cup. Praveen failed to recover from an elbow injury and was replaced by S Sreesanth […]