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Trade deadlock with US dims China's hopes of support on Doklam  

45 min 56 sec ago
China’s hopes of getting the West’s support on the Doklam stand-off dimmed with a setback this week for its negotiators at the annual US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue in Washington.

Privacy of personal data part of right to life: Govt

1 hour 5 min ago
A week after saying that privacy was a ‘common law right’, the Centre on Friday emphatically told the Supreme Court that privacy of personal data of internet and social network users is embedded in the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Army to get enough ammo for short wars in 2yrs 

3 hours 39 min ago
It will take the 15-lakh strong Indian armed forces another couple of years to become “fully fighting fit” with “optimal” stockpiles of ammunition, spares and reserves for “short and intense wars” under the Rs 23,700 crore worth of deals inked over the last 10 months, say sources.

Fake spares for indigenised Bofors guns: CBI 

5 hours 3 sec ago
Acting on a source information that fake and cheap Chinese parts were reaching the production line of indigenised Bofors guns, the agency has booked a Delhi-based firm Sidh Sales Syndicate and unknown officers of Guns Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.

Railway working with Apple for faster trains

5 hours 22 min ago
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu also said NITI Aayog had approved the ministry's Rs 18,000 crore proposal to increase speeds of the Gatiman Express on the two busiest corridors, Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata.

Fake spares for indigenised Bofors guns: CBI 

6 hours 14 min ago
China-made parts camouflaged as 'Made in Germany' found their way to the production line of indigenised Bofors guns used by the army, prompting the CBI to file a case against a Delhi-based company. Dhanush is the indigenised version of the Bofors artillery guns which performed exceedingly well during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

Pak fails to act against Haqqani network, won't get US fund: Pentagon

6 hours 59 min ago
"The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani terror network as per the requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act," Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

HSBC, ICIJ list: I-T dept detects Rs 19,000 crore black money

8 hours 23 min ago
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said information on 628 Indians holding bank accounts in HSBC bank in Switzerland was received from the government of France under the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between India and France.

Shankarsinh Vaghela quits Cong, but says he will not join BJP

9 hours 32 min ago
"I have resigned as the Leader of Opposition. I will resign as Congress MLA after the Rajya Sabha elections. I am freeing myself from Congress", said Vaghela in Gandhinagar today.

Mercedes launches AMG GLC Coupe in India

10 hours 3 min ago
The GLC 43 is essentially a coupe shaped SUV powered by a 3-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol engine and has a peak power of 367hp and torque figures of 520Nm. It is capable of going from naught to 100kmph in 4.9 seconds.

Govt considering Jan-Dec financial yr: Jaitley

10 hours 17 min ago
The matter has been examined recently by a committee constituted by the government under the chairmanship of former Chief Economic Adviser Shankar Acharya. The report of the committee has been received, the Finance Minister said.

US indicates that India and China 'are talking'

13 hours 22 min ago
The US on Thursday indicated that India and China "are talking" and are further "going to talk to one another" about the ongoing, tense standoff at the border in Doklam. The US state department also said it is watching the India-China border standoff in Doklam "closely and carefully".

Kashmir is India and India is Kashmir: Rahul Gandhi

13 hours 54 min ago
Asserting that "Kashmir is India and India is Kashmir", Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that "no third party is needed to settle any internal matters." He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies of "burning" the strife-torn state, reported ANI

World Cup: Harmanpreet destroys, Twitter explodes

18 hours 19 min ago
Indian women cricket team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women's cricket helping India storm into the ICC World Cup final, beating a strong Australian side by 36 runs in the semi-final.

Kovind's victory will help pan-India alliance plans in 2019: BJP

20 hours 44 min ago
BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind's win as President-elect is an indicator of the changed political map with the saffron party and its allies picking up two-thirds of the vote.

Indians among top homebuyers in US

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:57
By purchasing residential property worth $7.8 billion during the 12-month period ending March 2017, Indians emerged as the fifth largest investor in real estate in the US.

SC: Tough to define ‘privacy’ in net age

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:46
Just the act of operating an iPhone or iPad which uses fingerprints to open the device and allows the operator to store the impression and such actions, along with sharing of personal data by people on social network sites, makes defining breach of privacy a challenging task, the SC observed.

Pakistan tries to poke its nose into Doklam

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:37
Amid the Sino-Indian military standoff near the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit met the Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui.

Kovind — From leaky mud hut to 340-room palace

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:19
Soon after his thumping win, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, the next occupant of the 2,00,000-sq ft sprawling Rashtrapati Bhavan with 340 rooms, recalled the thatched house in his native Kanpur Dehat where he spent his childhood.

BJP sees ‘good signs’ for 2019 polls in Kovind win

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:04
Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind will become India’s 14th President and the first RSS man to hold the post, winning a contest marked by cross-voting in his favour in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa as well as among Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members.

Women's World Cup: India beat Australia by 36 runs to enter final

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:06
ndia beat Australia by 36 runs to set up summit clash with hosts England on Sunday. Chasing a massive 282-run target in a rain-curtailed 42-overs-a-side, Australia were bowled out for 245 in 40.1 overs as India registered a comprehensive win in the ICC Women's World Cup on Thursday.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington commits suicide

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:59
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was reported to have committed suicide on Thursday at his southern California home.

PM discussed spirit behind H-1B visas with Trump

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:35
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the "spirit" of H-1B visa with President Donald Trump during their recent meeting and made him agree on crucial contribution of the Indian skilled professionals to the US economy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.

IPL FEMA violation case: ED summons SRK

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:17
Special director Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducting adjudication proceeding against IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has called the team promoter Shah Rukh Khan on August 23 to explain his position.

Tamil Nadu farmers protest MLAs' 100% salary hike

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16
The farmers at Jantar Mantar today hit themselves with footwear as a "punishment" for voting for the state legislators who have allegedly turned a deaf ear towards farmers' issues. "We regret to have voted for such legislators," a farmer leader said.

President election: How the states voted

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:30
Here’s a snapshot at how the states and voted for the two candidates. Winning over the MLAs in the southern states clearly swung things in favour of the new President-elect.

My win shows democracy's greatness: Kovind

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:14
Calling his election the "greatness of democracy", President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday pledged to work for the betterment of the country.

Modi & Kovind look just like they did 20 yrs ago

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:54
In a series of tweets congratulating newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi shared a major throwback picture with Kovind from 20 years ago.

Meet India's President-elect Ram Nath Kovind

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:38
A crusader for the rights of the weaker sections of the society, 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind is a lawyer-turned-politician, whose choice as the BJP-led NDA's presidential candidate was seen as a political masterstroke. A favorite in the race, it’s little surprise that he won with a wide margin of votes.

Which states India's Presidents have hailed from

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:52
Ram Nath Kovind is the new President of India. This is for the first time that India will have a President hailing from Uttar Pradesh, a state known for giving the country the most number of prime ministers – nine to date. Tamil Nadu and undivided Andhra Pradesh are the two states that have sent three President's each to Rashtrapati Bhavan as India’s first citizens. Here is more…

Diplomatic channels between India, China have never broken: MEA

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:26
Without commenting on China's reported precondition for talks, India on Thursday said that diplomatic channels between the two countries "are not impeded" and have "never broken". India also said that national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will indeed attend a BRICS meeting of NSAs scheduled for next week in China.

Isro earns €6.1m from 29 nanosatellite launches

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:02
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) commercial arm Antrix earned has earned €6.1 million from the launch of 29 nanosatellites from 14 countries on June 23, earlier this year, adding to the €157 million it earned from foreign launches in the last four years.

Isro earns €6.1m from 29 nano sats launches on June 23

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:02
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) commercial arm Antrix earned has earned €6.1 million from the launch of 29 nanosatellites from 14 countries on June 23, earlier this year, adding to the €157 million it earned from foreign launches in the last four years.

'Pakistan treats America as a limitless ATM'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:36
"For Pakistan, no amount of money ever seemed to be enough. The economic aid it received from the United States became a drug it alternately loathed and could not live without," Raymond Davis said in his book "The Contractor".

Mayawati's resignation from RS accepted

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:28
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's resignation from the Rajya Sabha was accepted the House chairman on Thursday. Her term in the Rajya Sabha was set to end next April.

ICC Women's World Cup S/F Live: India vs Aus

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:05
Follow all the live updates from the second semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup between India and Australia

How Saudi king’s son plotted ‘coup’ to oust uncle

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:48
As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne.

Rashtrapati Bhavan: Home to the Prez of India

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:33
As Rashtrapati Bhavan, gets ready to welcome a new resident, we take a look at what makes the official home of the President of India, one of the grandest and the largest residences of a head of state in the world.

US offered $5bn to not conduct nuclear test: Sharif

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:42
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that had he not cared for Pakistan, he would have accepted former US president Bill Clinton's offer of $5 billion for not carrying out nuclear tests in 1998.

Govt to study feasibility of hosting 2032 Olympics

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:56
Is India keen on hosting the 2032 Olympic Games? The country hasn’t even taken the first step yet but indications are that an effort is underway to consider bringing the sports extravaganza to the country.

Knives out as hopes of RJD-JD(U) truce fade

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:22
Hopes of a truce following a meeting between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and deputy CM Tejaswhi Yadav faded rapidly on Wednesday with members of both parties back to hurling invectives at each other.

RS wants Mayawati to withdraw her resignation

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:48
Rajya Sabha on Wednesday urged BSP supremo Mayawati to withdraw her resignation from the House, with deputy chairman P J Kurien holding that “a misunderstanding” led to her getting upset for not being allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits.

India denies Chinese media claim of 'troop mobilization' in Tibet

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:42
There has been no major troop mobilization by China towards the Line of Actual Control, nor have recent military exercises conducted by the PLA in Tibet raised "any red flags" in the Indian security establishment till now, say official Indian sources.

Right to privacy can't be absolute, overarching: SC

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 22:08
The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed strong reservations about declaring right to privacy a fundamental right, and said privacy could never be an absolute entitlement with the state having no power to restrict it.

Man who ‘saved’ Gandhi in 1944 dies at 98

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:42
Veteran freedom fighter Bhiku Daji Bhilare, popularly referred to as Bhilare Guruji, who is credited in certain accounts with having saved Mahatma Gandhi from an attempt on his life by Nathuram Godse in Panchgani in 1944, passed away in Bhilar near the hill station on Wednesday. He was 98.

Kidnapped by cabbie, doctor freed after shootout 

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:07
The 13-day drama, which saw two police encounters with the accused and 200 Delhi cops being deployed for investigations and search operations, finally ended on Wednesday with the doctor's rescue and the arrest of four kidnappers from Meerut.

US nails Pak: 5 points that vindicate India's stand 

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:43
The United States today listed Pakistan among nations that provide “safe heavens” to terrorists to operate. Terrorist safe havens described in this report include ungoverned, under-governed, or ill-governed physical areas where terrorists are able to organize, plan, raise funds, communicate, recruit, train, transit, and operate in relative security because of inadequate governance capacity, political will, or both. Here's what the US State Department's annual "Country Report on Terrorism" said:

Pakistan among countries providing 'safe havens' to terrorists: US

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:13
The US has listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing "safe havens" to terrorists, saying terror groups like the LeT and JeM continue to operate, train, organise and fundraise inside the country in 2016.

'Right to privacy not absolute, may be regulated'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:40
Right to privacy cannot be an absolute right and the State may have some power to put reasonable restriction, the Supreme Court said today while examining whether it can be declared as a fundamental right under the Constitution.

Nitish-Tejashwi meeting routine, no change in stand on graft: JD(U)

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:08
The JD(U) has dubbed Tuesday's meeting between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav as "routine," and has reiterated that the deputy chief minister should clear all accusations against him on the basis of facts in the public domain.

Cabinet gives nod for sale of stake in HPCL to ONGC

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:44
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave in-principle nod for sale of government's stake in HPCL to ONGC. ONGC will not have to make open offer post buying 51.11 per cent government stake in HPCL.

Reliance to sell 20cr 4G feature phones in 2 years

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:26
"Reliance has not yet finalised actual unit price of the feature phones, but it is likely to be in the range of Rs 1,000-1,500 a unit. It will be smart feature phone with pre- loaded apps of Reliance Jio like Jio TV, Jio Money etc," one of the sources who did not wish to be named said.

CBI summons Karti Chidambaram in FIPB case

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:05
The probe agency had claimed that the FDI proposal of INX Media was “fallacious,” but cleared by then finance minister P Chodambaram. The media house roped in a company owned by Karti Chidambaram for consultancy. Its proposal was cleared by FIPB “by virtue of influence exercised over them by Karti P Chidambaram," it said in the FIR.

Cong says will raise 'people's issues' in parl

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:32
The Congress said on Wednesday it "will keep raising people's issues" and will "fight for them" after a document allegedly belonging to it and detailing its Parliamentary strategy was leaked to the media and attacked by the BJP for being "disruptive".

ED-CBI joint team in London to submit more proof in Mallya case

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:15
ED's legal advisor will explain in detail the charges made out against Mallya, some more evidence, attachments made by it and other legal points mentioned in the charge-sheet filed under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Flying ban on TDP MP Diwakar Reddy lifted

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:49
Low cost carrier IndiGo on Wednesday lifted the flying ban on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Diwakar Reddy. Reddy had manhandled IndiGo’s ground staff at Vizag Airport on June 15 after which he was banned him from flying.

Uproar in RS over SP leader's controversial remark

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:48
There was a massive uproar in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after Samajwadi leader Naresh Agarwal made a controversial remark during the debate on cow lynching.

TR Zeliang sworn in as Nagaland chief minister

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:17
Senior Naga People's Front (NPF) legislator TR Zeliang was sworn in as the 19th Chief Minister of Nagaland on Wednesday.

China moved huge military hardware into Tibet after Sikkim standoff: Report

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:03
The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command - which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India.

 Now you can carry Aadhaar on your mobile

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:45
The app which is available only on the Android platform currently, allows users to not only have their Aadhaar profile on their mobile as a quick and convenient identification proof, it also lets users lock/ unlock their biometric data that’s linked to Aadhaar via the app to secure their personal data.

China ready to attack India, claims Mulayam in LS

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:28
Samajwadi Party leader and former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday claimed that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence.

Rebel NPF MLA Zeliang to be sworn in as Nagaland CM

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:19
Rebel Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) legislator TR Zeliang is set to be sworn in as the state's chief minister on Wednesday after incumbent Shurhozelie Liezietsu failed to show up for a scheduled floor test earlier in the day.

Ravi Shastri wants Tendulkar as consultant

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:10
India head coach Ravi Shastri now wants batting great Sachin Tendulkar to work with the national team as a consultant, provided it is not a case of conflict of interest.

Tamil Nadu MLAs salary hiked to Rs 1.05 lakh

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:57
The salaries of Tamil Nadu MLAs has been increased from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh per month, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced in the assembly on Wednesday.

Nagaland CM fails to show up for floor test

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:58
Liezietsu, who is facing rebellion by 43 NPF MLAs led by former chief minister T R Zeliang demanding change of leadership in the present house of 59, said "Our number may be small but we are running our offices normally and regularly".

US 'concerned' about India-China border standoff

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:42
The US said on Wednesday it's "concerned" about the India-China border standoff in Doklam that's entered its second month. "I know we believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better sort of arrangement for peace," a US state department spokesperson said.

'Quit religion,' says China's Communist Party 

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:19
Members of China's Communist Party need to give up religion and be "firm Marxist atheists" or face punishment, the country's religious affairs regulator has said, reported Global Times.

Dhoni may have to change bat to stay within rules

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:11
Come October 1, all big hitters like David Warner, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and former Indian captain MS Dhoni will have to rethink their strategies before mauling the best bowlers in the business.

Tamil Nadu man in coma for 2 years in Gulf brought home

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:44
A man from Namakkal, who has been in a coma for more than two years, finally got compensation from an insurance company. The Indian embassy persuaded Udaiyar’s employer to file a case against an insurance company, which was trying to wriggle out from paying compensation.

Jayalalithaa pictures no more on MLAs' tables

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:17
Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's pictures on the tables of AIADMK ministers and MLAs in the state assembly have disappeared. Since the start of the Monsoon session, photos of Jayalalithaa have disappeared.

Privacy a fundamental right? SC bench will decide

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:27
The Supreme Court will shortly decide whether right to privacy is part of the fundamental rights of a citizen, in what is set to be a landmark verdict that will define the width of privacy citizens can enjoy as well as the right of the state to restrict it. At present, neither the Constitution nor any law recognises privacy as a fundamental right.

After 29-year trial, 2 get 5 years for Rs 370 theft

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:23
It’s taken 29 years for a court in Bareilly to sentence two men to five years in prison for stealing Rs 370 from a man they had drugged in a train in 1988. The court of the additional district and sessions judge in Bareilly has, in its order on Tuesday, also fined the accused Rs 10,000 each.

Govt denies visa certificate to doc for US research

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:15
Dashing a medical graduate’s hopes of continuing as a post-doctoral scholar in the US, the health ministry denied him the permission necessary for his visa, citing an acute shortage of doctors in India. The decision is likely to have repercussions on other research scholars who wish to study in US.

10-yr-old rape survivor’s plea to abort turned down

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:04
The district court here refused on Tuesday to let a 10-year-old rape survivor undergo an abortion after it was confirmed that she was 26 weeks pregnant. Courts allow medical termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and can make an exception if the foetus is genetically abnormal.

9 per cent of IITians dropped out in 2016-17

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:21
Indian Institutes of Technology have seen 889 (about 9%) students drop out in the 2016-17 academic year, according to latest data released by the ministry of human resources development (MHRD).

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