Tejas is all set to be put in a combat role by the Indian Air Force (IAF), as early as next year. Two LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas will be handed over to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) on July 1, suggest reports. Last month, IAF chief Arup Raha had his first sortie in the Tejas, after which
Breaking his silence about the process of selecting the head coach of the Indian cricket team, Sourav Ganguly questioned Ravi Shastri’s “seriousness” and said that the former team director should have been present at the interview instead of talking via a Skype call while holidaying in Bangkok. Shastri had first spoken to The Indian Express about how Ganguly — part of the cricket advisory committee tasked with selecting the coach — wasn’t present when he was being interviewed via a video link from Bangkok last week. Shastri subsequently accused Ganguly of being “disrespectful” to the coach selection process.
The Union Cabinet took a while to study the recommendations submitted by the 7th Pay Commission, but eventually accepted them, with the possibility of the basic pay being higher than the recommended percentage. This would mean that government employees would be entitled to more than the 14.27 per cent recommended by the commission. The Cabinet will, however, take a call on whether to pay the arrears in lump sum or installments.
Patna, June 29 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday questioned the integrity of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's 'anti-liquor' campaign alleging that there were 15 active alcohol factories in the state and said that he had been elected to the top post to fix the law and order situation besides other problems prevalent within the state. Speaking to ANI here, Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi asserted that Nitish's entire agenda of prohibition fell flat because he was not able to stop the rampant production of alcohol in the state. "Nitish is not able to control the open production of alcohol in Bihar, as there are 15 liquor factories in the state that are still functional.
Days after the brutal murder of Infosys employee Swathi at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai, the victim's father Tuesday rued that "passengers remained mute witnesses" as his daughter's body lay at the station for over two hours. "We have much confidence in Chennai Police. The actor-politician visited Swathi's residence at Choolaimedu here.
INSIDE the St George Hospital’s mortuary, over five months after his death, Ambaji More’s body has begun to decompose even at 7 degree Celsius. The mortuary, with a capacity of six, was storing 10 bodies at the end of March. The condition of other mortuaries in the city is similar, if not worse.
Each time Ram Gupta of Bhagwat Prakash food stall at Elphinstone Road station dips his batter in oil to prepare vadas, he claims passing commuters pause at least for a whiff. The monsoon has turned all things fried into a delicacy, and Bhagwat Prakash stall has reputation built over years as advertisement. All through the day, Mumbai’s hurried and harried commuters mill around the stall, to grab a quick bite ot pack something for inside the train.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (June 28) arrived in Goa for a two-day visit as part of his three states tour. The Aam Aadmi Party chief met members of the fishermen community who accorded him with a flowery headgear in Panaji.
Istanbul, June 29 (IANS) At least 41 people, overwhelmingly Turks, were killed and nearly 150 injured as three terrorists opened fire at the international airport here before blowing themselves up among crowds of passengers, Turkish authorities said. The gun and bomb attack at the Ataturk International Airport, the third busiest in Europe after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, took place on Tuesday night, leaving behind a bloody carnage for which Turkey blamed the Islamic State. "The terrorists came to the airport in a taxi and then carried out their attacks," Prime Minister Binali Yildirin said.
A 40-year-old woman cab driver was found dead in her rented house in the city’s northwest suburb, police said on Tuesday. Veerath Bharathi was was one of the first few women cab drivers in the city who had started her career by joining Angel cabs and later on moved to Uber in 2013. The Sanjay Nagar police inspector told news agency IANS that Bharathi's body was found hanging in her room by a cloth-like rope and it appears to be a case of suicide.
Greater Noida, June 28 (ANI): The alleged mastermind in the murder of slain NIA officer Tanzil Ahmed, who was arrested on Tuesday by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police here, has said that he had his reasons for what he did and that he has no regrets. IG STF Ram Kumar said, "Munir is being interrogated in police custody. Mohammad Tanzil was on his way back from the marriage ceremony of his niece, along with his wife and two children, when two armed bike-borne assailants shot at him and his wife at a village falling under Syohra Police Station in Bijnor district.
Even as three students of Gulbarga’s Al Qamar College of Nursing, arrested on charges of ragging a Dalit student from Kerala, moved a city court Wednesday for bail, an inquiry committee from the college’s parent university has, in its report, concluded that no ragging incident took place on the day concerned.
THE FIVE-member Mumbai Police team that went to Singapore to get custody of gangster Kumar Pillai on Sunday was geared up to hear the most unexpected claims of innocence from the former gangster. Now, I shall meet my motherland)” is the first thing Pillai told the police team in chaste Marathi. With Pillai away for nearly two decades, the police team was taken aback by both the content and language.
In an interview with Times of India, former cricket team director Ravi Shastri said Ganguly should be asked what problem he has with him. "All I can say is that Ganguly wasn't there when I was interviewed and you should ask what problem Ganguly has with me instead of asking me," Shastri was quoted saying. Shastri, in an interview with The Indian Express, had said the same.
Agra (Uttar Pradesh), June 28 (ANI): In an emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, an 11-year-old boy from Agra has sought financial assistance for treatment of his blood cancer. "I have sought help from the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. Please help me Prime Minister uncle and Chief Minister uncle.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce the Union Cabinet's decision approving the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations.
MUMBAI (Reuters) - New Zealand will begin their five-week tour of India with the opening test of the three-match series at Kanpur from Sept. 22, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Test cricket will return to Kanpur's Green Park Stadium after a gap of seven years while Kolkata's Eden Gardens will stage the second test against the Black Caps from Sept. 30, though the BCCI did not clarify if it would be a day-night test as has been recently reported in local media. ...
Emphasising that no other party can proclaim to be an anti-corruption party like the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday alleged that both the Congress and BJP are in neck-deep corruption and co-conspiring to loot the country. "AAP's Delhi victory will once again repeat in Goa as the pre-poll circumstances of both the states seem similar. In both the states, corruption led by national parties prevailed, the poor remained marginalised, lacked basic facilities, and exploited, government also deprived them of their livelihood," he said.
Indian cricket team's new head coach Anil Kumble interacted with media for the first time since been appointed to the position by BCCI last week. Kumble was speaking in Bangalore were the India team will be attending the preparatory camp before its tour to West Indies for four Tests, the first of which starts July 21. It's not about Ravi or Kumble but it is about the team.
Going by the arrangements planned at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to rejig his Council of Ministers on Thursday. The Ashoka Hall at President’s House is being readied for a ceremony at noon, followed by lunch for attending dignitaries. With Uttar Pradesh elections due next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to keep regional and caste balances in mind for his council of ministers.
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) A bonanza of 16 per cent pay hike and 24 per cent increase in pension, with arrears from January this year, awaits 47 lakh serving central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners with the Union Cabinet giving its approval to 7th Pay Commission recommendations on Wednesday. A meeting of the Union Cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval to the proposals, the immediate impact of which will be a whopping Rs 1.02 lakh crore (or over $15 billion) outgo from the government treasury during the current fiscal year. "The government by and large accepted recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and arrears will be paid this year," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here at a briefing on the cabinet decisions.
In his interview with Arnab Goswami, PM Narendra Modi claimed that although he wanted to ‘grant’ Rs 40,000 crore for afforestation to states, it was being needlessly blocked by the Congress Party. To understand why the Congress is objecting BJP’s afforestation efforts, it is important for us to conceptualise the history of forests and Adivasis in India. Historically, Adivasis (150 million) and other forest dwellers (another 125 million) have functioned as custodians of both the forest and its wildlife.
New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): With the changing equation in the Rajya Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA Government at the Centre on Tuesday expressed hope that the Congress won't repeat its earlier mistakes and help in passing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. "We hope in this Monsoon Session, the Congress won't repeat the mistakes they did earlier. Stating that the stalling of the proposed GST Bill was a loss for the poor people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the changing party arithmetic in the Parliament gave hope for enacting the law.
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Days after he was overlooked for the Indian cricket team's head coach's job, a "disappointed" Ravi Shastri on Tuesday lashed out at Sourav Ganguly for skipping his interview, and accused the former skipper of being 'disrespectful'. Ganguly, one of the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) also comprising Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman and co-ordinator Sanjay Jagdale, was entrusted with the responsibility of interviewing the 21 shortlisted candidates for the top job, for which Shastri was one of the front-runners. During Shastri's interview process, Ganguly, who is also the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President, was out for a meeting which miffed the former Mumbai all-rounder.
New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, who was granted bail after being arrested by Delhi police for allegedly assaulting a woman, said here on Wednesday that he would unravel the conspiracy against him and prove the involvement of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with evidence. Speaking to ANI here after his release, Mohaniya alleged that a conspiracy has been scripted against him and very soon, the AAP would expose those involved. The BJP has been involved in this from the start and we are going to nail them with evidence," he said.
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) India Inc on Wednesday said the country's real estate sector is expected to receive a major boost due to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. "The 7th Pay Commission implementation will be a positive move and raise the affordability of the government employees by increasing their home loan eligibility," said Ankur Dhawan, Chief Business Officer, PropTiger. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the 7th Pay Commission Report's recommendations for central government employees' pay, perks and pensions.