Jammu, March 31 (IANS) The strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was opened for one-way traffic on Tuesday as improved weather and receding water level in major rivers lessened the danger of damage by floods in the state. "Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened for one-way traffic today," a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu on Tuesday. "However, only light vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar." More than 2,000 valley bound passengers have been stranded in Jammu city for the last three days because of the highway closure.
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- Srinagar-Jammu highway partially reopens … IANS - 37 minutes ago
- Manoj Jha terms Patna blast as ' … ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha on Tuesday expressed his grief over the Patna Blast and termed it as shocking and unfortunate.
- Situation under control in J-K: Kiren … ANI - 1 hour 31 minutes ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control and added that paramilitary forces will also be sent to the state if required. "Situation is under control and our teams working in coordination with the state administration. NDRF teams have also been deployed. Paramilitary forces are ready as well and will be sent if required," said Rijiju.
- Two children killed in wall collapse … IANS - 1 hour 43 minutes ago
Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) Two children were killed and their parents injured in a wall collapse here early Tuesday, police said.
- Azerbaijan to host international chess … IANS - 1 hour 55 minutes ago
Baku, March 31 (IANS) Azerbaijan will host the chess festival Nakhchivan Open 2015 commemorating the country's national leader Heydar Aliyev, said the organising committee, a media report said on Tuesday.
- Round-the-world solar plane reaches … IANS - 1 hour 59 minutes ago
Beijing, March 31 (IANS) The Solar Impulse (Si2), the solar-powered aircraft on a mission to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel, reached Chongqing city in China on Tuesday. The aircraft, piloted by the Swiss project chairman Bertrand Piccard, departed from Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay on Monday morning, Xinhua reported. The plane will head for China's Nanjing City after a short stay in Chongqing.
- Shivraj Singh Chouhan urges farmers … ANI - 2 hours 1 minute ago
Betul (Madhya Pradesh), Mar. 31 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured help to farmers and urged them not to panic after unseasonal rainfall damaged their crops. Chouhan had visited the rainfall-affected districts of Madhya Pradesh and addressed the farmers. The money for seeds and manure for the next sowing season will be provided without any interest," said Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Unseasonal storms have badly damaged the winter crop in large parts of the fertile northern plains, most likely contributing to the suicides, and villagers have blamed Modi for not stepping in to help the distressed farmers or ensuring that crop prices remained stable.
- Paswan assures help to farmers from … ANI - 2 hours 1 minute ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said that the centre would provide support to farmers, after assessing the scale of crop damage in the northern parts of the country, due to untimely rainfall. "We met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and he told us to have a look at the whole situation. Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Can Internet be allowed to spell death … IANS - 2 hours 5 minutes ago
The child (0-6 years) sex ratio has declined from 962 in 1981 to 945 in 1991, 927 in 2001 and to 918 in 2011. Lucrative profit margins have made MNCs actively aid and abet this "crime for profit" - whether it is the suppliers of ultrasound machines or those facilitating advertisements on the internet or through search engines. He went a step further in Panipat on January 22 and asked the people whether they would like to eat their bread with the very hands that were soiled with the blood of the unborn girl child. On January 22 the prime minister himself launched the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the Daughter, Educate her) as a flagship campaign from Panipat in Haryana, challenging the problem at its very epicenter.
- Japan extends unilateral sanctions against … IANS - 2 hours 7 minutes ago
Tokyo, March 31 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Tuesday approved a two year extension of its unilateral sanctions imposed against North Korea. The decision showed that Japan sees no tangible progress in North Korea's investigation into the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s-80s, Xinhua reported, citing Japan's Kyodo News. The sanctions, which will expire on April 13, included a ban on entry into Japanese ports of North Korea-registered ships, except for humanitarian purposes, and on chartered flights between the two countries.
- SC urges severe punishment for rash … ANI - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): The Supreme Court has urged lawmakers to consider a change in law to have a more stringent punishment in terms of rash and negligent driving causing death. Justice Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant asserted that a maximum punishment of two years in jail with fine under Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) may not serve the purpose of a law being deterrent, which could be an imperative necessity at times.
- AAP's uses ideas to earn votes, … ANI - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that the ideas the former uses are only to earn votes and that it does not actually believe in the Lokpal. "Lokpal is only something AAP presented as an issue to reach out to people, they don't believe in it. This is their model and I hope Delhi people don't get this model as governance," said party spokesperson Nalin Kohli. The AAP had earlier on Sunday released a 45-minute video of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's impassioned speech, a day after the removal of senior leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the National Executive.
- Situation in J-K much better, has improved … ANI - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
Srinagar Mar. 31 (ANI): Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) OP Singh on Tuesday said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved significantly and added that six more teams will be sent with sufficient boats to the state as a precautionary step. It has been a challenge, but we can't compare it to last year's floods," said Earlier on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed announced the release of an amount of Rs. 225 crores to meet the flood-situation created by incessant rains in the state.
- Partly cloudy Tuesday in Delhi IANS - 2 hours 21 minutes ago
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) It was a sunny Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 19 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy Tuesday. "The day will be partly cloudy and there was mist in the morning," said an India Meteorological Department official. The maximum temperature would hover around 31 degrees Celsius.
- Pakistan hangs four convicts IANS - 2 hours 19 minutes ago
Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) Four death row convicts were hanged on Tuesday in different jails in Pakistan's Punjab province, a media report said. Mohammad Riaz, who was convicted of killing a man in 2008 during a robbery was hanged in Sargodha Jail. Akram-ul-Haq, convicted for kidnapping a three-year-old girl, was hanged in Attock Jail. Mohammad Ameen, convicted for killing a person due to personal feud, was hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail.
- Low intensity crane bomb blast in P … ANI - 2 hours 45 minutes ago
Patna, Mar. 31 (ANI): A low intensity crane bomb blast took place in Patna on Monday night. However, no casualties have been reported from the blast site.
- Gadkari accuses Sonia Gandhi of misleading … ANI - 2 hours 45 minutes ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi of misleading the country on the issue of Land Acquisition Bill. He also alleged that previous UPA government's policies had resulted in unemployment and farmers' suicide in the country. Earlier on Monday, Sonia Gandhi had said that she would be conducting a massive 'Kisan Rally' at the Ramlila Ground here on April 20 during which she is expected to target the Centre's contentious bill. According to reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would also be present in the rally.
- Death toll rises to 15 in J-K's … ANI - 2 hours 55 minutes ago
Jammu, Mar. 31 (ANI): Death toll in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir reached 15, after a house collapsed due to a landslide. The rescue operation is on and one more person who is still trapped in the debris is feared dead. According to Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, a landslide hit Hajam Mohaalla of Laden village of Charai-i-Sharief yesterday. "Three families, comprising 16 inmates-nine males and seven females-living in three residential houses, came under the landslide.
- Parshant Bhushan indicates to form new … ANI - 3 hours ago
New Delhi, Mar. 31 (ANI): Ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan has indicated to form a new political party after he and Yogendra Yadav were expelled from the national executive. The meeting is expected to be attended by several members of the party's national executive and national council. Earlier on Saturday, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were ousted from the party's national executive.
- Teachers protest demanding regularization … ANI - 3 hours ago
Bhubaneswar, Mar. 31 (ANI): Hundreds of teachers took out a massive rally in Bhubaneswar demanding regularisation of teachers in Odisha. The school teachers association demanded appointment of regular teachers instead of contractual teachers and payment of full grant-in-aid to new aided high schools in Odisha. Whenever we protest for our demands, the government baton charges us instead of giving us our rights," Badrinath Jena, primary teacher.