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Lokpal not enough to check corruption: Left

New Delhi: Asserting that enactment of the Lokpal Bill is not enough to check graft, Left leaders on Friday said the country needs laws for poll and land reforms and tackling corruption by corporates. Addressing a protest rally here, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat accused the UPA government of being the "most corrupt" in independent […]

CPI demands scrapping of AFSPA

New Delhi: The CPI on Friday demanded the immediate scrapping of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying there should be no delay in the name of seeking a consensus on the issue. The party’s demand came a day after Home Minister P. Chidambaram said he was trying to evolve a consensus to revisit […]

No irregularities committed during my tenure

New Delhi: With the CBI deciding to examine Jaswant Singh in the 2G case, the senior BJP leader, who was the Finance Minister in NDA government, on Friday said that no irregularities were committed during his tenure. “No irregularities were committed during my tenure. If someone deliberately digs out and alleges that there is irregularity […]

Combing ops intensified along LoC

Srinagar: Army on Friday intensified search and combing operations along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir following fresh infiltration bids by militants and two ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops over the past three days. Army troops have increased vigil along the LoC as intelligence reports suggested that a large number of militants are […]

Prez refers Sens resignation to Justice Dept

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has referred to Department of Justice the resignation of Calcutta High Court judge Justice Soumitra Sen five days before the Lok Sabha was to take up an impeachment motion against him as it was not in proper form. The President’s decision came amid a debate among legal and constitutional experts […]

National Manufacturing Policy likely by end-Sept

New Delhi: The government on Friday said it is likely to come out with a National Manufacturing Policy by the end of this month, which aims to create mega industrial zones across the country with world-class infrastructure facilities. "The note (for the policy) will go to the Cabinet within a week. I do not foresee […]

EGoM meet on Sep 6 to discuss exports of wheat, rice

New Delhi: An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Food is scheduled to meet on September 6 to discuss a proposal for allowing exports of two million tonnes of both wheat and non-basmati rice, the Food Minister, Mr K.V. Thomas, said on Friday. “The EGoM on Food will meet on September 6 and the issue […]

RPower gets Rs 400 crore funding for its solar plant

New Delhi: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group firm RPower has got a Rs 400 crore loan from the US Emport-Import Bank for a 40-MW solar plant being set up in Rajasthan. The company is developing the country`s largest solar photo voltaic (PV) project with 40-MW generation capacity, which is scheduled for commissioning by March, 2012. When […]

Hero Motors to sponsor Karthikeyan in Indian GP

New Delhi: Narain Karthikeyan, India`s first F1 driver, on Friday signed a sponsorship deal with Hero Motors for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and hoped with the premier motorsport event making its foray into the country, more corporate houses will come to support the home grown racers. Pankaj Munjal, the MD of Hero Motors, world`s […]

Fletcher seeks redemption after disastrous start

Chester-Le-Street: The Indian cricket team`s disastrous campaign in England has taken some sheen off Duncan Fletcher`s record as coach and he is now only left with the five-match ODI series, which starts on Saturday, to gain some lost ground. Few expect India to turn the corner in the one-day internationals or Fletcher to be seen […]

Demoralised India eye revival of fortune in ODI series

Chester-Le-Street: Battered and bruised in what has turned out to be an abysmal tour, a demoralised India go into the five-match ODI series against England on Saturday with repeated batting collapses and toothless bowling continuing to haunt them. Coming into the series as world`s numero uno Test team and ODI world champions, India have had […]

Sania-Bhupathi ousted from mixed doubles

New York: Sixth seeds Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi made a shock first-round exit from the mixed doubles event but Somdev Devvarman and his partner entered the men`s doubles second round with a straight-set win in the US Open in New York. Sania and Bhupathi lost 3-6 6-7 (5) to the Czech pair of Lucie […]

Hussains donkey comments irk BCCI

New Delhi: The BCCI on Friday took strong objection to former England captain Nasser Hussain`s comparison of Indian cricketers to `donkeys`, saying the comment was totally uncalled for.   BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that the Board would look into the reported `donkey` comment of Nasser Hussain during the lone Twenty20 match between India and England […]

Russia, US to study methane emission in Arctic

Moscow: A group of 27 Russian and US scientists has left on board a research vessel to study unprecedented emission of methane gas in the eastern Arctic, which could lead to acceleration of global warming. The 45-day expedition will focus on the sea shelf of the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea and the Russian […]

China reschedules launch of its first space lab

Beijing: China has rescheduled the launch of the first unmanned space lab Tiangong-1 due to the failure of an experimental orbiter, a spokesperson said Thursday. The decision to delay the launch was based on the consideration that the carrier rocket Long-March II-F, which would be used for the upcoming launch, belongs to the same series […]

Microchip implant monitors tumour growth

London: Scientists in Germany claim to have developed a "microchip sensor" that can be implanted close to a tumour to monitor its growth. A team at the Technical University in Munich, which has developed the sensor, says that the device can track and treat tumours that are difficult to reach, or better left alone in […]

Now, an electric jab to fight skin cancer

London: Scientists have developed a hand-held device which delivers a "turbo-charged" vaccine into muscles to treat malignant melanoma, an aggressive type of skin cancer that kills thousands every year. Developed by researchers in the UK, the device contains a syringe needle and four electrodes. It`s held against the patient`s upper arm or leg – while […]

Bodyguard gets good opening in UK

(image) London: Hindi film ‘Bodyguard,’ starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has opened well in the UK. “While expectations from a Salman Khan film on Eid are very high, ‘Bodyguard’ has beaten pre-opening estimations. It has taken a stupendous start at the global Box Office. These include the single largest days collections in India and […]

I was nervous working with Naseeruddin: Kalki

New Delhi: Kalki Koechelin says it was disconcerting to share the screen space with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in her latest release `That Girl In Yellow Boots`. The 28-year-old, who also wrote the script of the movie, releasing today, says she felt distorted due to the presence of the actor. "The world knows that Naseer […]

Depp begins shooting for upcoming Dark Shadows

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has started shooting for Tim Burton`s upcoming movie “Dark Shadows“. The 48-year-old who is joined by stars Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter is working on the film in UK, said The Hollywood Reporter. The film is the big-screen take on the 1960s gothic vampire TV […]

SC declines to hear plea against Hazare arrest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to entertain a plea challenging the August 16 arrest of Anna Hazare hours before he was to begin his fast demanding a strong Lokpal. A bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said it would not be proper for the court to entertain the PIL when […]

Nuakhai celebrated on a subdued note

Sambalpur: Notwithstanding drought conditions caused by delayed monsoon, people in western Orissa celebrated the festival of Nuakhai today amid gaiety and camaraderie, though on a subdued note. Non-availability of mature paddy due to prolonged dry spell in the region appeared to have taken away the cheer during Nuakhai celebrations this time. By August-September medium variety […]

Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Friday saw two adjournments before noon as Opposition BJP disrupted proceedings demanding recall of Gujarat Governor over appointment of Lokayukta. After the Government had clarified the issue of SGPC polls, BJP members rushed into the well shouting slogans demanding recall of Governor Kamala Beniwal. (image) Similar scenes were repeated when […]

Rupee up by 19 paise

Mumbai: The Indian rupee strengthened by 19 paise to Rs 45.89 per US dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange today, supported by a smart rise in the equity market. However, dollar gains overseas in the past two sessions — even as the domestic forex and money markets were closed in observance of `Ramzan Eid` on […]

Sensex opens 313 points higher

Mumbai: Reopening for trade after a two-day holiday, the BSE benchmark Sensex rose by 313 points within minutes of the opening bell today on continued buying by funds, ignoring rising inflation and weak Asian cues. The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange, which gained nearly 828 points in the previous two sessions, moved up […]

Stem cell stroke trial passes safety test

London: The world`s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat strokes has passed the first safety test and is set to move to its next phase, say scientists. An independent assessment of the first three patients to have had stem cells injected into their brain at Glasgow`s Southern General Hospital has concluded it […]

Food inflation in double digits, RBI may raise rates

New Delhi: After a gap of over five months, food inflation entered the double-digit zone at 10.05 percent for the week ended August 20, with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee describing the trend as "disturbing" and experts saying RBI may go in for another rate hike.      The weekly food inflation, measured by Wholesale Price Index […]

Clinton urges world support for interim Libyan authority

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on the international community to maintain their support towards Libya`s emerging new leadership, while asserting that NATO`s air mission will continue in the north African state till "civilians remain under threat of attack". At this critical juncture, the international community must maintain the same sense of […]

Potatoes can reduce blood pressure

London: Potatoes are often discarded by many as fatty food. But, a new study now claims that eating spuds daily can help lower your blood pressure; and moreover, there is no weight gain involved.   In the study, researchers fed 18 volunteers six to eight spuds twice a day. Most of those taking part were […]

PM confers with colleagues on Guj Lokayukta

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday held a meeting with his senior cabinet colleagues in the backdrop of the controversies surrounding the appointment of Lokayukta in BJP-ruled Gujarat. Singh held consultations with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Defence Minister AK Antony for 80 minutes at […]

Six injured in clash in Pipili

Bhubaneswar: At least six people were injured on Thursday in a clash between two groups over alleged passing of lewd remarks at a girl at Pipili, about 20 km from here, police said. The incident took place after a youth from nearby Darada village allegedly made some comment to a girl at Pipili town, Additional […]

Mob sets afire police vehicle after death of a baby boy

Cuttack: Irate residents set afire a police vehicle as tension prevailed in a village on the outskirts of the city here on Thursday after the body of a 20-month-old baby boy was fished out from a nearby pond. The baby was reportedly missing from the village since Wednesday morning while his father had alleged foul […]

One killed, 20 injured in a road mishap

Bhubaneswar: One person was killed and 20 others injured, five of them seriously, when a passenger bus hit a car and an auto-rickshaw on National Highway-203, about 20 km from here on Thursday, police said. The accident took place before noon when a car was overtaking the auto-rickshaw near Makundpur village on the highway connecting […]

Diesel prices in Delhi likely to come down

New Delhi: Diesel prices are likely to come down by 37 paise a litre as Delhi government on Thursday introduced a Bill in the assembly which is aimed at slashing the rate. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today tabled the Delhi Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill in the Assembly which will be considered for […]

Black money:SC reserves order on SIT set-up

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today reserved its orders on the maintainability of the Centre`s plea for recall of its July 4 order appointing an SIT to probe the black money issue. A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar said it would pass appropriate orders on the maintainability plea on September 20. […]

Only pilots with experience to fly MiG-21s: IAF

(image) New Delhi: In view of a large number of crashes involving the MiG-21s, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it has decided that after December 2012 only experienced pilots will fly the fighter jet aircraft. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) N A K Browne today said those undergoing training in the […]

Surgery on Salman in US successful

Mumbai: Surgery on Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the US for a painful nerve condition has been "successful" and he is advised a complete rest for the next fifteen days, sources close to the actor said on Thursday. Salman who is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes intense pain in the face, […]

Sanjay quintessential Bollywood villain in Agneepath

Mumbai: If makers of Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt starrer `Agneepath` are to be believed Dutt`s character heralds the return of the quintessential Bollywood baddie with his yesteryear swagger. Directed by Johar`s former assistant, Karan Malhotra, `Agneepath` is the remake of the 1990 superhit starring Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. A recent teaser shows […]

Pak troops violate ceasefire twice, three killed

Srinagar/Islamabad: An Indian JCO and three Pakistani soldiers were today killed in a heavy exchange of fire in Keran sector in north Kashmir after ceasefire was violated from across the border, officials said. Pakistan violated the ceasefire twice in Keran sector as Indian troops foiled an infiltration bid after exchanging fire with militants that left […]

SRK bodyguard drops Bodyguard promo

Mumbai: Superstar Shahrukh Khan`s real-life bodyguard chose to stay away from the felicitation ceremony of bodyguards, organised by filmmakers of the Salman Khan starrer of the same name, which hit the screens today. Directed by Siddhique, Bodyguard stars Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles. Kareena yesterday felicitated the bodyguards of actors like Amitabh […]