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35 Indian cos in Forbes Asia Best Under a Billion list

Singapore: Thirty-five Indian companies are ranked among the top 200 Asia-Pacific corporations in Forbes Asia`s `Best Under a Billion` list for this year. The number of Indian companies was second only to the 65 firms from both China and Hong Kong that found a place in the list. Among the Indian companies that made the […]

Pak legal system incapable to prosecuting terrorists

Washington: Asserting that anti-terrorism courts of Pakistan had an acquittal rate of 75 per cent, the United States has said that Islamabad`s legal system is almost incapable of prosecuting suspected terrorists, including those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. "While Pakistan`s law enforcement community continued to pledge to prosecute those responsible for terrorist acts inside […]

President Pratibha Patil copter develops problem

Kollam: President Pratibha Patil`s scheduled departure from here for Thiruvananthapuram was delayed as the helicopter she was to board developed a technical problem, police said today. The President was scheduled to leave by the helicopter from the Ashramam maidan at 10.10 AM to attend an official function to be held at 11 AM in the […]

Messi fans fail to get a glimpse of superstar

Kolkata: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi arrived in the wee hours today but more than 1500 frenzied die-hard supporters and hordes of mediamen who stayed awake throughout the night were left heartbroken without getting a glimpse of the Argentine superstar who made a hush-hush exit from the VIP gate amid high security without anybody`s notice. The […]

Singapore Museum nominates five Indian artists

New Delhi: Five artists from India – Atul Bhalla, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Ravi Shah, Sheba Chhachhi and Shreyas Karle – have been nominated by the Singapore Museum for a USD 45,000 art prize. The artists` works are part of a total of 130 artworks from 24 countries that are vying for the triennial Signature Art Prize, […]

Vice Admiral Dhowan to take over as Vice Chief of Navy

New Delhi: Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan will tomorrow take over as the Vice Chief of Navy succeeding Vice Admiral D K Deewan who will proceed on superannuation. Dhowan, who is currently the Deputy Chief of the Navy, will be replaced by Vice Admiral Satish Soni after he assumes office. An alumnus of the National Defence […]

US slaps more sanctions on Syria

Washington: US has tightened the noose against the Syrian regime by slapping sanctions against three of its top officials including the country`s Foreign Minister. Besides the Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid Al-Moallem, other two are Syria`s Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban and Syria`s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali. "Building on our […]

US would not relent till Al Qaeda is defeated: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that the killing of Osama bin Laden is the greatest victory yet in the war against terrorism, but vowed not to relent till the time Al Qaeda is defeated. "A few months ago, our troops achieved our greatest victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us […]

Two students die of snake bite in hostel

Rourkela: Two students of a residential school died of snake bite at Tilia in Orissa`s Sundargarh district, about 20 km from here in the early hours today, police said. The victims were bitten by a snake in Tilia Sevashram school hostel in the early hours while they were asleep. The other inmates of the hostel […]

Tidal waves batter Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Tidal waves struck Satabhaya and Pentha coast inundating some parts of the highly vulnerable human settlements in Orissa`s Kendrapara district while exposing a strategic saline embankment to possible cave-in threat, official sources said today. Tidal waves spilled over the old embankment at Pentha coast yesterday forcing minor cracks in the embankment, Jugal Kishore Tripathy, […]

Low pressure causes heavy rainfall in state

Bhubaneswar: Incessant rains lashed many parts of the state due to a low pressure formed over the north-western region of Bay of Bengal, officials of Regional Meteorology Department here said on Tuesday. The low pressure, which is now on the coastal regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, is likely to cross the state and enter […]

Block-grant teachers asked to resume work

Bhubaneswar: State government on Tuesday said it would stop all types of assistance to private schools where teachers have been on strike since August 1 unless the schools are opened on Wednesday. "The state government will be forced to stop all assistance to private schools unless the teachers open the institutions from tomorrow," School and […]

Sanathan Sanstha members get 10 years RI for theatre blasts

Mumbai: Two members of Hindu right wing group Sanathan Sanstha were on Tuesday sentenced to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment by a court in Mumbai for their role in carrying out three bomb blasts in Thane and Panvel in 2008. Accused Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari and Vikram Vinay Bhave were yesterday found guilty of lesser offences under […]

Reliance Industries completes deal with BP

Reliance Industries on Tuesday announced completion of its 30 per cent stake sale in 21 oil and gas blocks, including the showcase KG-D6 block, to British energy giant BP Plc for over $ 7 billion. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) said in a statement that the completion of the deal has paved the way for […]

Progress of PMGSY not satisfactory: Ramesh

New Delhi: Admitting that progress of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojan (PMGSY) is not "satisfactory," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday informed Parliament that the government will accelerate pace of implementation of the programme. Under the PMGSY, which was launched in 2000, the government aims to provide road connectivity to 1,36,500 habitations with a […]

Property returns: 87 defaulting IAS officers face action

New Delhi: Government has decided to take action against close to 90 IAS officers who have failed to submit their property returns despite several reminders. According to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), 87 officers at the level of Director, Under Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries have not given Immovable Property Returns (IPR) for 2009 […]

ED probing money laundering complaints against IPL

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate is looking into complaints of criminal activities like money laundering against Indian Premier League (IPL), Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today. "There are certain irregularities which are being looked into, particularly, relating to some complaints received that there are investments, so far as IPL is concerned, from outside. "Those are […]

Rhino killed by poachers in Kaziranga National Park

Jorhat: A female rhino was killed by poachers in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and her horn taken away on Tuesday thus raising the toll of slain rhinos to nine this year in the State. The forest guards deployed in the Burapahar southern range of the 430 sq km KNP heard gunshots around 1.30 am and […]

Congress wants to delay Lokpal bill : Sushil Modi

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy to delay the proposed Lokpal Bill for long on the pretext of formulating a mechanism to grant a constitutional status to the anti-corruption body. The intention of the Congress on the Lokpal issue is not sincere as it wants […]

Address judges appt issue at the earliest: par panel

New Delhi: Amid demands for greater transparency in appointment of members of higher judiciary, a parliamentary panel today suggested a new law for the same saying judicial accountability will meet with "limited success" till the issue of judges` appointment is addressed comprehensively at the earliest. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel […]

Gujarat Lokayukta appointment rocks Parliament

New Delhi: The storm over the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat paralysed Parliament today with an agitated BJP forcing repeated adjournments of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha seeking recall of Governor Kamla Beniwal for what it described as her "undemocratic" action. Tempers ran high especially in the Lok Sabha where Congress tried to counter the […]

Comedy is the tough genre: Abhishek Bachchan

New Delhi: Abhishek Bachchan, who made the audience laugh with his gay act in “Dostana“, feels comedy is the toughest genre for him. Bachchan, 35, who is expecting his first child with wife Aishwarya, says he has completely forgotten the genre in three years. The actor is currently shooting his next comedy “Bol Bachchan“ with […]

Anna Hazares condition satisfactory, says doctor

Gurgaon: The condition of Anna Hazare, who has been undergoing treatment at a hospital here after ending his 12-day fast for a strong Lokpal, is satisfactory and it will take another four to five days before he can be discharged, a doctor said on Tuesday. "He is doing well and is stable. He has also […]

Chocolate is good for your health

London: Here is good news for chocoholics — a bar of the sweet treat is actually good for your health, a new study has found. The study by researchers at the University of Cambridge found that regular consumption of chocolate may slash the risk of developing heart disease by a third. The finding backs up […]

Govt agencies probing irregularities in IPL franchisees

New Delhi: The government is probing complaints of irregularities in the Indian Premier League (IPL), organiser of popular Twenty20 cricket competition, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today. Complaints of "criminal activities" against some of the IPL franchisees were also being looked into, Mukherjee said in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour. Replying to a query […]

Govt apologises for long delay in Benami Law

New Delhi: The Government today apologised for its share of lapses in not notifying a Benami transactions law passed by Parliament way back in 1988, but said other governments too were responsible for it. "I can`t pass on the buck to everyone. I definitely apologise for the lapses on my part. But, there were definitely […]

BJP opposition to Guj Lokayukta is unfortunate

New Delhi: Congress today termed as "very unfortunate" the BJP`s protest over the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat. "What they (BJP) are demanding in Delhi, they are opposing in Gujarat. It is very unfortunate," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters outside Parliament. The Lok Sabha was today adjourned till noon after BJP MPs created uproar […]

No proposal to come out with White Paper on black money

New Delhi: The government today told Parliament that it does not propose to bring out a White Paper on black money. "There is no proposal to publish any White Paper on black money," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. White Papers, which are issued by the government, lay out […]

Two women Maoists surrender in Koraput

Koraput : Two women Maoists, involved in several offences, surrendered before police in Orissa`s Koraput district today as they were unhappy with the activities of the rebels. The duo who gave up arms to rejoin the social mainstream had been identified as Jambo Nachika alias Reena (18) and Tarai Mandangi (16), both residents of Narayanpatna […]

Elephant menace in Kunarmunda

Rourkela: An elephant herd has been causing extensive damage to crops and houses of poor tribals for the last three days in Kacheru village under Kunarmunda forest range of Rourkela forest division in Sundargarh district. Kunarmunda forest ranger, Nalini Behera said the herd comprised 12 elephants who came from the nearby Rion reserve forest and […]

Hrithik not in favour of remakes

Mumbai: Actor Hrithik Roshan, who plays the lead role in the remake version of the 1990-film `Agneepath`, says he was never in favour of doing remakes. However, he also says that the new version of `Agneepath` is "not a remake", but is a "different world". Hrithik will reprise Amitabh Bachchan`s iconic role — Vijay Deenanath […]

HC stays execution of Rajiv assassins for eight weeks

Chennai: The Madras High Court today stayed for eight weeks the execution of three Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts. The three — Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan– lodged in Vellore Jail, were scheduled to be hanged on September 9. Granting the interim stay, a bench comprising justices C Nagappan and M Sathayanarayanan observed there had been […]

Satyam case: AP HC dismisses bail pleas of Raju

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court today dismissed the bail petitions of B Ramalinga Raju and seven other accused in the multi-crore Satyam Computer accounting fraud. Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu, who completed the arguments on the bail petitions on August 27, said all the bail applications were dismissed. Of the ten accused in the case, B […]

The nerve centre of al-Qaeda lies in Pakistan

Washington: Al-Qaeda`s "nerve center" lies in Pakistan even though the recent killings of Osama bin Laden in May and now its number two Atiyah abd al-Rahman has dealt the global terror group severe blow, a senior US official said today. "Al-Qaeda in Pakistan clearly remains a nerve center of the organisation, remains dangerous. They have […]

Delhi Police says controversial Shanti Bhushan CD genuine

New Delhi: Delhi Police is understood to have concluded that the controversial CD purportedly having lawyer Shanti Bhushan`s conversations with political leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh is genuine and not fake as alleged. Sources said investigators are filing a closure report soon following probe into a complaint filed by Bhushan that the CD […]

GDP growth slows to 7.7 pc in Q1 of 2011-12

New Delhi: Confirming fears of a slowdown, India`s economy grew by just 7.7 per cent in the first quarter of the 2011-12 financial year, compared to 8.8 per cent growth in the same three-month period last fiscal, which was mainly due to the poor performance of the manufacturing sector. The government has projected overall economic […]

BJP submits notice for suspension of Question Hr in Parl

New Delhi: BJP today gave notices in both Houses of Parliament for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat by the Governor without the consent of the state government. The notice for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha was given to Speaker Meira Kumar by BJP member Haren Pathak […]

India to receive 200 bn euro loan from EU

Berlin: India will receive a loan of 200 million euros from the European Union to finance private sector projects for the development of renewable energy resources. The EU`s assistance comes as part of its "strategic partnership" with India and will be made available by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to ICICI Bank, India`s largest private […]

Bank of America to sell shares in China CCB

Beijing: Troubled US financial giant Bank of America said today it would sell roughly half of its 10% stake in China Construction Bank for approximately USD 8.3 billion in cash. The sale will help BofA strengthen its capital base and move closer to the Basel III standards imposed by global regulators, said Bank of America, […]

Sensex rallies 249 pts on global cues

Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex rallied by almost 249 points in opening trade today, extending yesterday`s gains on continued buying by funds, powered by a rally in global markets on better-than-expected US consumer spending data. The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange, which had gained 567.50 points in yesterday`s trade, gathered another […]

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