The results of the fifth and final phase of the Panchayat elections in Odisha will be declared on 25 February. The results of the previous phases clearly indicate that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has emerged as a clear winner. The bigger story, though, is that the BJP has deRead more »
New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Following the deadly shooting in Kansas in which an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed by a gunman in an alleged racial attack, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured that India would undertake all arrangements to transport the mortal remains of the former to Hyderabad. "We will make all arrangements to transport the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Hyderbad, she said in a tweet.
Hyderabad [India], Feb.24 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who is the first Indian woman athlete to win a silver medal at the Olympics , has accepted a government job which was offered by the Andhra Pradesh Government following her Rio de Janeiro triumph.
Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The political fight which began over 'donkey' remark took another turn on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi taunted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying the Congress, with which the Samajwadi Party is in alliance with, is the same party which took out postal stamps of donkeys in 2013. "The party with which you have allied with is the same UPA government which issued out a postal stamp on Gujarat's donkeys in 2013," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a rally here.
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be enjoying his cricket to the full nowadays. Relieved from captaincy of both the national team and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, India's most successful skipper will, nonetheless, lead his home state Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy starting on Saturday. Last January when India played England in the third One-Day International(ODI) here, the Ranchi wicketkeeper, fresh from stepping down as India captain, was seen rolling his arms with the white ball for quite sometime before donning the gloves.
New Delhi [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached an amount of Rs.1,02,16,000 in case of Kishore Bhajiawala involved in post demonetization frauds. The CBI, ACB, Gandhinagar has filed a FIR against the accused based on the report of Income Tax (Investigation), Surat wherein it was alleged that Bhajiawala family had amassed new high denomination currency notes through impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy. Accordingly, investigation under the provisions of PMLA, 2002 was initiated against Kishore Bhajiawala and his sons Jignesh Bhajiawala and Vilas Bhajiawala and others by Directorate of Enforcement based on the said FIR registered by CBI, Gandhinagar.
Vijayawada, Feb 24 (IANS) Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from. Sindhu will soon be appointed as deputy collector in Andhra Pradesh.
By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Force India's new French signing Esteban Ocon has been feeling fed up. Literally. New rules mean the tall 20-year-old has had to bulk up for his first full season in Formula One, with drivers facing far greater G-forces as they power the faster cars through the corners. That has meant bigger meals over the winter for the former Manor driver, who has put on five kilos, but unfortunately without savouring the sort of fine cuisine his compatriots are famous for. ...
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 23 (ANI): The implementation of state laws for legalising same-sex marriage can significantly reduce the rate of suicide attempts among teenagers, reveals a study. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health found that state-level, same-sex marriage policies were associated with more than 1,34,000 fewer adolescent suicide attempts per year. The study, appeared in JAMA Pediatrics, compared states that passed laws allowing same-sex marriage to states that did not enact state-level legalisation.
Pyongyang, Feb 23 (IANS) Pyongyang on Thursday said the death of a North Korean citizen in Malaysia last week was a "conspiratorial racket" launched by South Korea. North Korea also blamed the Malaysian side for showing an unfriendly attitude in handling the case, Pyongyang's official news agency KCNA said in a report. A spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee said an autopsy was unnecessary as the death had been confirmed as caused by a heart stroke and the deceased man carried a diplomatic passport, the report said.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): China on Friday said that it supports India and other countries on the issue of terrorism but sees bilateral between the two nations more important. "I'm happy to see the Indian Foreign Secretary in Beijing, discussions are still on.
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Maiden semi-finalists Dabang Mumbai will look to extend their dream campaign into the final of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) when they face former champions Delhi Waveriders in a last four battle at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. Dabang Mumbai had failed to reach the semi-finals in the last two years of existence and this year they have changed that by displaying top-class hockey which enabled them to finish first in the league phase. In fact in 2013 and 2014, the now-disbanded Mumbai Magicians franchise from the financial capital, had never made it to the semi-finals.
Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The much anticipated four-match Test series between India and Australia will begin today, here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.
It will not only facilitate the inmates in beating the heat but will also avert suicide and murder incidents inside the barracks.
Budapest, Feb 23 (IANS) The Hungarian government announced a decision on a proposal to withdraw the candidacy from the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest, addressed to both the Budapest City Hall and the National Olympic Committee, media reports said. "The Olympic Games are a national cause for Budapest and Hungary.
Sydney, Feb 23 (IANS) A large fire erupted on Thursday at a waste recycling centre in Australia's Sydney city, firefighters have said. "There are some LP gas cylinders that we are currently cooling down and we have large volumes of paper, carpet and cardboard engulfed in fire," Sydney Fire and Rescue superintendent, media officer Ian Krimmer told Xinhua news agency. "It measures 120 by 70 metres, the contents of the factory are totally engulfed in fire." Around 100 firefighters established a perimeter around the blaze in the suburb of Chullora, evacuating all local residents from their homes and workers from neighbouring businesses.
New Delhi [India], Feb 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court to hear the parole issue of mafia turned politician Mukhtar Ansari, today. The stay order was given by Justice Mukta Gupta following a plea from the Election Commission of India (EC) seeking cancellation of Ansari's parole. Ansari had secured parole from a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on February 17 to campaign in his constituency Mau for the Uttar Pradesh state elections.
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian engineer was killed and another injured by an American who mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them at a bar. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton, a white who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on Wednesday night. Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the victims and hurled racial slurs.
It was Ajay Yadav (12') and Ramandeep Singh (17') who scored for the home team while Gurjant Singh (13') and Manpreet (19') ensured Dabang Mumbai split the points. First, it was Uttar Pradesh Wizards' Ajay Yadav, to fetch a 2-0 lead for the home team in the 12th minute.
Havana, Feb 23 (IANS) A bipartisan delegation of US congressmen expressed their support for thawing ties between Washington and Havana despite recent threats by US President Donald Trump to revert the historic opening. In a press conference on Wednesday, before ending a three-day trip to the island, the delegation of senators and representatives said that, over the last two years, both nations had made progress in numerous areas and that there was "overwhelming" support in both countries to deepen the ties, Xinhua news agency reported. "I have no idea what Donald Trump will do in regards to policy towards Cuba and we hope that he agrees that engagement is much better than isolation.
World champion Ning Zetao has been ditched from China's national swimming squad for violating several team rules including signing sponsorship contracts without the team's consent, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday. Ning had been sent back to his Chinese Navy team for training, Xinhua said, citing the Chinese swimming authority. "Ning Zetao violated the rules of the national swimming team which has resulted in adverse effect on the team," said a statement from the Swimming Management Center of the General Administration of Sport of China.
New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "donkey" rebuttal to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Congress on Friday called on the former to seek votes based on policies and principles, adding that such remarks coming from him were unbecoming.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday deferred the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case till March 16 after defense protested for the non-appearance of approver, Shyamvar Rai as first witness, who was Indrani Mukerjea's former driver. Earlier in January, the special court had charged Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna, with murder and criminal conspiracy in the case.
Pune [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Australia have won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the opening Test of the four-match series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium here on Thursday. Following the toss, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli insisted that the reverse swing would be the key in the game before confirming the inclusion of Jayant Yadav in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the squad.