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Priyanka shocked by unsubstantiated reports on I-T raids

Mumbai: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra today said that she was shocked and hurt by the "unsubstantiated" reports related to the income-tax raid on her premises last week. "I was shocked to find unsubstantiated media reports and `source` based news. I experienced this for the first time in my career. It hurt me and affected me […]

Hum Dono to be back on screen in colour on Feb 4

Mumbai: Evergreen actor-filmmaker Dev Anand`s much-loved classic `Hum Dono` starring him in a double role opposite actresses Nanda and Sadhana is all set for a worldwide theatrical release in colour on February 4. `Hum Dono `was the last black and white film of Navketan Films that has produced cult films like `Baazi`, `Guide`, `Prem Pujari`, […]

BJP to get 200 seats in next elections

Washington: Major scams like 2G, CWG games, Adarsh housing and Bofors will sink the ruling UPA alliance, according to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, who has claimed that Indians have stashed a whopping Rs 22 lakh crore in foreign banks. Asserting that BJP is aggressively pursuing the issue, Gadkari said that it was a must to […]

Maoists continue to persist in the country

New Delhi: Warning that serious challenges posed by naxal violence, cross-border terrorism and religious fundamentalism continue to persist, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said there is need for greater coordination and responses from the states to effectively deal with them. Inaugurating the conference of chief ministers` on internal security, Singh said there can be no […]

New terror groups raising heads in India

New Delhi: Underlining that India remains "vulnerable" to terrorism, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said new groups are suspected to be behind some terror attacks that took place in recent years. "I must caution you that there is no let up in the attempts to infiltrate into India from across the India- Pakistan border. Besides, […]

CAG cannot be the only basis for cancellation of 2G

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today made it clear that the CAG report cannot be the only basis for cancellation of licenses for the 2G Spectrum and any decision taken by the government on the issue will be subject to the outcome of the petitions pending before it. "Everything they (government) do after filing of […]

Swaraj not to file affidavit in SC on CVC issue

New Delhi: With Home Minister P Chidambaram stating that the Palmolein case against P J Thomas was discussed by the CVC selection panel, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today said she would not file an affidavit on the issue in the Supreme Court as there was "no dispute on facts now". "The Home Minister has […]

Gilani says no plans to amend blasphemy law

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today said his government has "no intention" of amending Pakistan`s blasphemy law, which has been at the centre of a heated debate after liberals and rights activists called for its repeal. Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with a group of ministers and parliamentarians that called on him […]

7 Khoon.. is a black comedy

Mumbai: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who essays the role of a woman in every stage of her life from the age of 20-65, in her next release `7 Khoon Maaf`, says the film is a black comedy not seen in Bollywood for ages. "This is not a drama or suspense thriller. There is humour and wickedness..a […]

Sensex bounces by 124 points

Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex today recovered by nearly 125 points in the opening trade, after witnessing a four-session losing streak, on buying by funds and retail investors, triggered by firming trend on the other Asian bourses. The Sensex, which had lost nearly 825 points in the previous four sessions, rose 124.30 points to 18,452.06 […]

Rupee up by 6 paise

Mumbai: The rupee strengthened by 6 paise to Rs 45.84 against the US dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange today. Dealers said a firm opening in the equity markets and dollar weakness against the euro supported the rupee sentiment. The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex recovered by 124.30 points to 18,452.06 in […]

Crucial meet on internal security today

New Delhi: Maoist violence, terror activities of some right-wing groups and reforms in police forces will be high on agenda at the Chief Ministers` conference on internal security to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. The meeting is likely to see some fireworks as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh […]

Posco-India commits part of its earning for CSR

Bhubaneswar: Committing to plough back a part of its earnings for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Posco-India on Monday assured the people of Orissa to take care of concerns of different stakeholders. "As a responsible corporate citizen of India, we will continue to work for the welfare of the local community and, plough back a part […]

Project work for Posco plant to be resumed soon

Bhubaneswar: Welcoming conditional approval for Rs 51,000 crore Posco steel plant granted by Environment Ministry, state government on Monday said project related work would soon be resumed at the proposed site near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district. "We welcome the decision and thank Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for granting approval though the process was delayed," Steel […]

PPSS questions MoEF clearance to Posco, to intensify stir

Bhubaneswar: Questioning conditional clearance to Posco project despite adverse reports by two key committees, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) on Monday announced plan to intensify its agitation against the mega project by the South Korean steel major. "What is the basis of giving conditional clearance to Posco project? What is the use of spending crores […]

Narsinghpur continues to battle with diarrohea

Cuttack: With two more patients admitted to hospital with diarrhoea on Monday, the water-borne disease continued to take more people into its fold at Baselihata in Narsinghpur taking the number of affected people to 252.   The medical experts attribute the outbreak to intake of contaminated drinking water. The villagers complain that the water pipelines have […]

Vedanta exploring other bauxite sources

Lanjigarh: Hopeful of Central nod for six-fold expansion for its alumina refinery here soon, Vedanta today said it was also exploring various bauxite sources to feed its unit, hit by denial of mining operations in Niyamgiri hills. "We are hopeful that clearance will be given for expanding the capacity of our alumina refinery from present […]

Two Maoists arrested in Gajapati

Paralakhemundi: Two Maoists were arrested from the forest area of Gajapati district during a combing operation on Monday.   The rebels were arrested by the security forces and were identified as residents of the forest area of Adaba, they said.   One of them was identified as a senior operative of Bansadhara division and involved […]

MCL GM arrested for taking bribe

Rourkela: A senior official of Mahandadi Coalfields (MCL) was arrested by CBI while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a contractor here on Monday.   J K Goel, General Manager in electrical and mechanical wing of MCL`s Bansadhara mines, had allegedly demanded the amount from a contractor for passing his outstanding bill of […]

12 convicted in Kandhamal riot case

Phulbani: Two separate fast track courts here on Monday sentenced 12 people to three to four years’ rigorous imprisonment and penalty after convicting them in cases of house burning during the Kandhamal riot in 2008.   While disposing a case relating to house burning of minorities at Lengisuga village under Baliguda police station area during […]

Three convicted in Khan Nagar porn CD case

Cuttack: A fast track court here on Monday sentenced three persons to seven years rigorous imprisonment involved in Khan Nagar porn film case whereas one accused was acquitted due to lack of evidence.   As per reports, the fast track court convicted prime accused Pina and his two other accomplices. The court found them guilty […]

POSCO gets govt nod but conditions apply

(image) New Delhi: Environment ministry gave a conditional green light on Monday for South Korean Posco`s $12 billion steel mill, a government statement said, in a boost for the foreign investment climate after a series of setbacks for big ticket industrial projects. The approval for India`s biggest foreign direct investment after long delays follows a […]

Govt revises GDP growth figure for FY10 to 8 pc

New Delhi: The government on Monday revised the GDP growth rate for the 2009—10 financial year upward to 8 per cent from the earlier estimate of 7.4 per cent on the back of improved performance of the manufacturing and services sectors. “The growth rate of 8 per cent in the GDP during 2009—10 has been […]

Lax IT officers will be punished for litigation delays: CBDT

New Delhi: After Supreme Court expressed concerns over delays in filing appeals, the Finance Ministry today said "immediate action" will be taken against lax Income Tax department officials and Chief Commissioners will now monitor processing of judicial cases in both the apex court and High Courts. The orders have been issued by the CBDT on […]

Govt taking issue of Chinese nationals seriously

New Delhi: Taking a "serious" note of reports suggesting spurt in clandestine activities by Chinese nationals in India, Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said investigating agencies were looking into the issue to find out the truth. In recent times, four persons of Chinese nationality have been apprehended from different parts of the country […]