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 »
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.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The US on Friday "strongly" condemned the shooting in which an Indian man was killed and another injured in Kansas and said it has reached out to Indian consular officials to offer support, a statement said. "The US Embassy strongly condemns the tragic shooting in Olathe, Kansas, resulting in the death of an Indian citizen and injury to an Indian and an American," an embassy statement said. Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were shot at a bar in Olathe on Wednesday night by a former Navy serviceman allegedly mistaking them as "Middle Easterners".
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.
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.
Blackburn Rovers have appointed Tony Mowbray head coach on an 18-month contract after sacking manager Owen Coyle earlier this week, the Championship strugglers said in a statement. Coyle was sacked on Tuesday with Rovers currently second from bottom of the Championship, in danger of relegation to English football's third tier for the first time since 1980. The 53-year-old Mowbray has managed in both England and Scotland, with spells at Middlesbrough, Celtic and West Bromwich Albion, and was last in charge of Coventry City.
Ambala (Haryana) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The security has been beefed up in Ambala on Thursday in wake of Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) call to dig Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal near Shambhu barrier. Activists of INLD will today begin their march from Ambala and enter Punjab to dig the SYL canal.
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.
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.
Dumped test batsman Nic Maddinson is poised to return to first-class cricket after being named in the New South Wales squad for a Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania. Maddinson asked not to be considered earlier this month due to 'personal reasons' after being dropped by Australia. "I spoke to 'Maddo' in the middle of last week ... and he was in a good place," Johnston said in a statement ahead of their four-day match in Wollongong starting on Saturday.
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.23 (ANI): Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saved provisionally suspended cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from possible imprisonment over their alleged involvement in match-fixing. The duo suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under its Anti-Corruption Code, as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the ongoing PSL being played in Dubai.
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration revoked federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, a media report said. Officials with the federal Education and Justice departments notified the US Supreme Court late Wednesday that the administration is ordering the nation's schools to disregard memos the former President Barack Obama's administration issued during the past two years regarding transgender student rights, The Washington Post daily reported.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara on a three day official visit to Turkey.
Jose Mourinho's delight at Manchester United's progress to the last 16 of the Europa League has been tempered by the timing of their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea, with the manager criticising the tie being scheduled for a Monday. United, who beat St Etienne 1-0 on Wednesday to progress 4-0 on aggregate, now face the prospect of playing the second leg of their next Europa League tie just three days after their FA Cup showdown against former club Chelsea on March 13. "I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe because nobody knows who we play against, nor where the first and second matches are being played," Mourinho told reporters ahead of Friday's Europa League draw.
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) The Salt Lake Stadium, which is getting ready to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October, will be almost ready for the youth showpiece by the end of March when the FIFA delegation visits for another round of inspection, tournament Director Javier Ceppi said here on Thursday. "I am extremely satisfied with the progress of the stadium," Ceppi told reporters, after a recce of the under-construction colossal venue, which after renovation will have a capacity of 87,000 spectators. Stadium will be completed well in time for the World Cup.
Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) The CEO of Australia's state-run postal service quit on Thursday, two weeks after he faced a backlash for taking a salary of 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last financial year. Ahmed Fahour took home more than 10 times Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's salary in 2016 and was the highest paid public servant, moving the Premier to criticise the pay packet as "too high", Xinhua news agency reported. After two weeks of speculation over Fahour's future at the company, an Australia Post statement confirmed the CEO had resigned at a board meeting overnight.
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) US Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri state to condemn a vandalism that took place there, a media report said. Pence called Missouri's response to the incident "inspiring" while standing next to Eric Greitens, the state's first Jewish governor, The Hill magazine reported. Pence decried the vandalism as "a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil".
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.
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. 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.
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.
Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.23 (ANI): Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he is in negotiations to face Pakistan-born British fighter Amir Khan, following weeks of conflicting reports about his next bout. Taking to his official Twitter account, the 38-year-old said, "My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Earlier this week, a business adviser of Pacquiao had also said that the fighter's next opponent would "most likely" to be Khan in Dubai, but other aides refused to comment on the same.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 23 (IANS) Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas cruised into the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini here.
Lisbon, Feb 23 (IANS) Italian football giants Juventus took a step toward the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 away triumph against Porto, who played with 10 men for more than two-thirds of the match. Despite the disadvantage, the hosts kept the Italian side off the scoreboard until the last 20 minutes, largely thanks to the solid goalkeeping of Iker Casillas on Wednesday, reports Efe. Porto were the better team for the opening 10 minutes in front of nearly 50,000 at Estadio do Dragão, but the visiting squad gradually asserted their dominance.