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Of Dravid, Sammy and dropped catches

(image) Kingston: Darren Sammy spent a sleepless night after dropping a catch which ultimately cost West Indies the first Test against India and the miss could haunt him for quite a while if the visitors go on to win the series. Sammy is finding it difficult to live down the dropped chance off Dravid in […]

Will not stop players from playing in SLPL: PCB

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board has no intentions of stopping any player from playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) next month, PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said on Saturday. The official also dismissed reports that the PCB would not issue a No Objection Certificate to former national One-day cricket captain Shahid Afridi for […]

Praveen lets the ball do all the talking

Kingston: A haul of six wickets in his debut Test but Indian medium pacer Praveen Kumar remained a man of few words — neither launching a tirade against critics nor blowing his own trumpet. He took six top order batsmen for 80 runs in the opening Test against the West Indies. The figures, however, don`t […]

Cut down on carbs to reduce body fat

Washington: Struggling to shed the flab? Here`s an advice — cut down on carbohydrates to reduce body fat, say researchers. A new study by the University of Alabama has found that a modest reduction in consumption of carbohydrate foods may promote loss of deep belly fat, even with little or no change in weight. When […]

Harry Potter is like an ex-lover: JK Rowling

London: `Harry Potter` author JK Rowling says that she has never cried over a man like she has wept over Harry Potter. Rowling, 45, who has announced plans to launch a new interactive website `Pottermore`, said that working on the new virtual project was like reuniting with an ex-boyfriend, reported a website. "It`s like an […]

What happens in Toronto stays in Toronto: SRK

Toronto: Shah Rukh Khan does not miss any chance to turn his charm on. The actor was joined onstage by his filmmaker friend Karan Johar and actress Anushka Sharma during an event at the ongoing IIFA awards. Introducing SRK, Johar said that Sharma, Khan`s co-star in `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` wanted to hug him. […]

Kartina Kaif not in Dhoom 3

(image) New Delhi: Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is not a part of Dhoom 3. Rumours about the 26-year-old actress being a part of the hit franchise has been doing the rounds but production house Yashraj films has denied that Kaif will join Aamir Khan in the movie. Kaif is currently busy for her role in […]

Sachar Committee recommendations not sacrosanct: Khurshid

Chennai: The Sachar Committee report is not sacrosanct like the Quran and has to be looked at with a critical eye and not viewed as something special given to Muslims, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said here on Saturday.  "Sachar Committee report is not Quran. It could be wrong and its recommendations and observations need […]

BJP criticises denial of US visa to its J-K leader

Jammu: Lashing out at US authorities for denial of visa to its leader Jitendra Singh, the J-K unit of BJP on Saturday claimed that "no valid reason" was offered by the American embassy for its action. "We seek reason for denial of visa by US Embassy to Dr Singh who is known for his nationalist […]

Time to forgive and build a new India: PC to Sikhs

New Delhi: Seeking to put behind memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday today said the country has moved on since the "tragic incident" and that it was time to "forgive" and build a new India. "It is time that we forgive and move on to build a new India […]

Special screening of Murder 2 for rescued Pak sailors

(image) Mumbai: Mahesh Bhatt`s forthcoming thriller `Murder 2` is all set to have a special audience tomorrow when five Pakistani sailors rescued from Somalian pirates, will watch the movie. Bhatt has arranged a special screening of the movie for the "guests" in Film City here. The young sailors have been staying in South Mumbai`s Yellow […]

Patil favours exclusive education institute for CGarh tribals

Raipur: President Pratibha Patil on Saturday asked corporators and representatives of Chhattisgarh government to build an exclusive institution for tribal children in the state to cater to their education needs. The institution should help provide education to tribal groups, who are in a majority in the state, she said while inaugurating a state-of-the-art building of […]

Jail custody in a cheque bounce case

Rourkela: Acting on a court order, a local transport businessman Manas Ranjan Mohanty was arrested for his failure to appear before the court in a cheque bounce complaint case. A local court had issued an arrest warrant three months back against Mohanty on a complaint case filed by Kali Charan Das. Das had filed the […]

US expresses satisfaction over Indo-Pak talks

Washington: The US has expressed its satisfaction over the just concluded foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan. "We are very gratified to see the two sides (India and Pakistan) talking and we look forward to the outcome," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. "We were just very pleased to see them talking," Nuland said […]

Now maps, survey sheets in Adarsh case go missing

Mumbai: Maps and some survey sheets from 1872-1960 related to Adarsh land and surrounding Colaba areas have gone missing from the land records office of the city, the fourth such instance of files related to the controversial society going missing. The two-member Commission, probing the housing society scam, was told by Sanjay Dikhle, Superintendent of […]

NSG move brings India closer to integration with nuke trade

Washington: The US has said that the Nuclear Suppliers Group`s decision to approve a set of new guidelines on sensitive nuclear trade has brought India closer to its integration with global atomic commerce. "We were very pleased with this particular meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. With regard to the Indian relationship to the group, […]

CPI slams govt for fuel price hike, demands roll back

New Delhi: Accusing the government of kneeling down before market forces and corporate houses, CPI today slammed the hike in fuel prices and demanded its immediate roll back. "Government`s explanation on hiking prices in as insult to the people.They had done it immediately after the assembly polls. Oil companies hiked petrol prices and now the […]

Matric exam results declared

Bhubaneswar:  The Board of Secondary Education, which conducted the Odisha matriculation examinations declared the results on Friday. The total pass percentage is 62.99; whereas, the pass percentage for regular is 66.75 and ex-regular is 37.45. The number of students who achieved first class are 54, 464; 76,962 obtained second class, while 1, 42, 354 students […]

Lithium prevents Parkinson brain damage

London: Scientists have claimed that lithium could be a new weapon in the fight against Parkinson`s disease, after they found that it "profoundly prevents" brain damage due to this type of dementia. Early stage tests of the commonly used medicine suggests lithium could be a cheap therapy to combat a range of brain disorders common […]

People in metros suffer from tooth sensitivity

Mumbai: Two out of every five people residing in the top six metro cities of the country suffer from tooth sensitivity, a survey has revealed. The survey, conducted by research firm Nielsen for a leading oral care company and covering 1,800 respondents, was commissioned to gauge the existing condition of tooth sensitivity in Indian metro […]

NHRC issues notice to UP govt on Sachan death

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to Uttar Pradesh Government on Dr YS Sachan`s death asking it to explain why it did not intimate the Commission of the death in judicial custody within 24 hours. Taking cognisance of media reports and a complaint regarding death of Sachan, the Commission […]

India for sanctions against Iran

United Nations: India on Friday called for the full implementations of UN Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions against Iran without harming its legitimate economic activities, as New Delhi underlined the need to resolve the row over Tehran`s nuclear programme peacefully. "We call upon all sides to fully implement the resolutions this Council has adopted," Hardeep […]

BJP deplores UPA for delaying Lokpal Bill

Chandigarh: Flaying the UPA government for "showing reluctance" in passing the Lokpal Bill, BJP on Friday accused the Centre of unnecessarily wasting time and escaping from discussions over the proposed legislation. "Lokpal will have an important role in uprooting corruption from the country. We even want that Prime Minister should also be brought under the […]

Govt Lokpal draft better than 2010: Agnivesh

New Delhi: Contrary to Anna Hazare team`s description of government`s Lokpal Bill draft as a "very big hoax", Swami Agnivesh, an associate of the Gandhian`s anti-graft campaign, on Friday termed the latest draft as an "improvement" of its 2010 draft. However Agnivesh, who met two government nominees in the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill […]

Rescued Pak sailors touched by Indias love

Mumbai: Five Pakistani sailors, who are put up in a police station in south Mumbai after being rescued from the seas since March and will soon be moving back to their homeland, today said they were touched by the "love, kindness and help" extended to them in India. The sailors, who had been rescued by […]

Rath Yatra countdown begins

Puri: As countdown for the 10-days sojourn of the three deities has already started in Puri, special arrangements have been made for the safety of the visitors. It all starts with Snana Purnima the ritual bath of Lord Jagannath in the month of Jyeshta — after Snana Purnima, Lord falls ill for a period of […]

Left parties flay fuel price hike, to protest

New Delhi: Left parties on Friday night said they will organise nationwide protests against the hike in prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas, saying the goverment`s announcement was "completely unacceptable". CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said the sops announced in terms of reduction in duties were not sufficient. "Government had committed to zero […]

Fuel price hikes are modest: Pranab

New Delhi: Calling today`s hike in the prices of petroleum products as "modest", Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed hope that state governments would reduce their taxes to provide relief to consumers. The government increased diesel price by Rs 3 per litre, domestic LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre. […]

Do not succumb to pressure from civil society: CWC

New Delhi: Toughening its stand against Anna Hazare, the Congress Working Committee on Friday told the Government not to appear weak and succumb to pressures from the “self-appointed representatives” of civil society. The first meeting of the reconstituted top policy making body of the party was of the view that the government should not be […]

Remove shadow of gun: India tells Pakistan

Islamabad: India on Friday made it clear to Pakistan that resolution of the Kashmir issue cannot take place under the “shadow of gun” as the two countries concluded `satisfactory” talks which resulted in agreement on various confidence building measures (CBMs). Two days of talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her counterpart Salman Bashir ended […]

No deadlock over Posco project: Govt

Bhubaneswar: Temporary suspension of land acquisition for Posco project in the proposed plant site area near Paradip was no "deadlock", said state chief secretary B K Patnaik on Friday. "Stoppage of land acquisition for the time being should not be considered as a deadlock over Posco project," he said adding the district administration of Jagatsinghpur […]

Jagannath temple to be lit up by solar power

Puri: Lighting system in Sri Jagannath temple here would be converted into solar power soon, official sources said. Ministry of non-conventional energy has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for installation of solar power system in the 12th century shrine, executive engineer of central electricity supply utility (CESU), Puri, R C Swain said. A four-member team constituted […]

CPI stage demonstration demanding halt to Posco work

Bhubaneswar: CPI activists staged a demonstration here today demanding immediate halt to alleged forcible land acquisition for Posco steel plant near Paradip as part of a country-wide protest by the Left party against the Rs 52,000-crore project. A large number of CPI workers and supporters took out a rally accusing state government of trying to […]

Larsen and Tourbo plans to invest Rs 85,000 cr in state

Bhubaneswar Leading engineering company Larsen & Turbo (L&T) had planned to invest about Rs 85,000 crore in state in aluminium, power and steel sectors. "We have already given proposals to the state government. The company will proceed as soon as the state government clears the proposals," L&T`s president Sailendra Roy said at the sideline of […]

State assures investors to help in land acquisition

Bhubaneswar: Seeking more investment in MSME (micro, small and medium enterprise) sector, state government on Friday wooed investors by assuring them to help in obtaining land and other facilities. The assurance was given by chief minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing an investors meet organised by ASSOCHAM in association with state government. "In order to support […]

Steep hike in diesel, kerosene, LPG prices

New Delhi: In a steep hike, the government on Friday increased diesel price by Rs 3 per litre, domestic LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre and slashed customs and excise duties on crude oil and products, sacrificing Rs 49,000 crores in revenues. The increase, decided at a meeting […]

BJP for inquiry into bugging episode

New Delhi: BJP on Friday accused the government of not dealing with seriousness the incident of reported bugging of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office and demanded a time-bound comprehensive inquiry into the episode. “We think the seriousness with which this issue has to be addressed is not being considered by the leaders of the Congress […]

Now file returns from your mobile phone

New Delhi: Online income tax return filing company TaxSpanner on Friday announced launch of mobile version of its solution that would enable users to file income tax returns (ITR) from their handset. "After introducing the eFile by eMail option where customers need to just send us an email with a few details, e-filing of taxes […]

Lokpal bill is not yet ready, says Veerappa Moily

New Delhi: Government on Friday said the Lokpal bill was not yet ready and it was open to fresh suggestions from civil society before sending the bill to the drafting table. Law Minister M Veerappa Moily also said the government would start drafting the bill after getting a feedback from political parties and chief ministers. […]

Letter for CBI probe in seers death sent to Centre: State govt

Dehra Dun: Refuting opposition Congress claim, an Uttarakhand official on Su said the state government has already sent a letter to the Centre recommending CBI probe into Swami Nigamanand`s death. "The Chief Minister decided on June 15 to recommend the case to CBI and sent the letter to this effect to CBI Director on June […]