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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).
Heavy rain is expected in Odisha and neighbouring areas, raising the possibility of floods, as a depression was set to hit the state on Tuesday night. It’s likely to move west through central India over the next five-six days, invigorating the monsoon across the region and taking the seasonal rainfall back into the surplus zone.
The government has revoked the passport of fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik following a recommendation from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has already booked him under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his terror links. The revocation of the passport by the regional passport office in Mumbai makes Zakir Naik a stateless person.
At least 217 students and 15 teachers trapped in three schools close to the LoC during a deadly rain of mortar shells from Pakistan were rescued on Tuesday in a daring operation conducted by police and the district administration. One of the school buildings in the Nowshera sector took direct hits but there were no casualties.
China has launched a high-stakes propaganda blitz, painting India as the aggressor and holding out the threat of a full-scale confrontation as the two countries face off on the Bhutanese Doklam plateau. Worried about being seen bullying a small country like Bhutan, it is desperate to blame India for the stand-off on the border.
With privatisation on the anvil, Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has asked employees to be ready for a complete change in work culture and that merit will get a “better deal”. “These are changing times and any change, despite being inevitable, is always hard to accept, AI chief wrote in a letter.
Braving Pakistani shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC), authorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evacuated 217 students and 15 teachers from three schools where they were trapped for over six hours.
A 27-year-old singer-actor from Assam was found dead inside her Gurgaon flat. Bidisha Bezbaruah was found hanging from a ceiling fan with a dupatta tied around her neck
Her husband, Nisheeth Jha, has been arrested on charges of abetment of suicide.
The BJP on Monday termed BSP chief Mayawati's stormy exit from Parliament and her subsequent resignation as member of the Rajya Sabha a calculated "drama to create confusion", even as support poured in for her from some quarters.
Nagaland chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu hinted at stepping down before taking the floor test on Wednesday at 9.30 am following a fresh notice from governor PB Acharya. The governor's directive came soon after the Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court cleared the decks for the trust vote to resolve the ongoing crisis over leadership within the ruling Naga People's Front.
Founded in the 1930s and known to generations of Indians for its Maharaja mascot, Air India has a complex fleet, too many staff relative to rivals and is Rs 5.46 lakh crore in debt. Since 2012, the government has injected Rs 2.31 lakh crore to keep it afloat.
"I think China has to content with the fact that across its geography, throughout the Asia-Pacific region, countries are unsettled by its behaviour and by its unilateral actions," former Indian-American Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said.
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The Indian men's cricket team will have its first bowling coach in over a year in the capacity of the man who last held the position - former India medium-pace bowler Bharat Arun, who on Tuesday was reappointed to the role he fulfilled during Ravi Shastri's tenure as team director from August 2014 to April 2016.
The foreign ministry also said it was in "close communication" with foreign missions in Beijing on the standoff with India, but refused to confirm whether it held a special briefing for them on the issue.
China's state-backed media has taken warmongering to the next level and is now threatening confrontation in not just Doklam but other areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, Beijing has already signalled its intentions toward a multi-front show of strength.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday set up a 9-judge bench to examine whether right to privacy is a fundamental right under Constitution. The 9-judge SC bench headed by CJI JS Khehar will start hearing from Wednesday.
The minister, however, maintained that the state government has not stopped the flow of water to Tamil Nadu."We have been releasing around 30% of the inflow into our reservoirs," he added.
Following the resignation of Union minister Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi on Tuesday made Smriti Irani information and broadcasting minister (additional charge) and NS Tomar housing and urban development minister. Naidu held both these ministries before he resigned following the NDA naming him its vice presidential nominee.
An Army officer was shot dead by a jawan in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The officer of the rank of 'Major' and the jawan both belong to Rashtriya Rifles armoured corps.
Pockets such as Charminar, Lad Bazaar, Pathergatti, Khilwat, Shahalibanda, Hussaini Alam, Puranapul, Nayapul, Karwan, Mangalhat and Jihrrah that are usually buzzing with activity on weekdays appeared less crowded as people preferred to stay indoors.
Three youths have been arrested for allegedly attacking cricketer Mohammed Shami for parking his car on the road. The incident took place when the Team India member was returning home to Katju Nagar, close to South City Mall.
A BSES team had gone to a village near Najafgarh in southwest Delhi to inspect complaints of power theft when a mob gathered and attacked. Men on bike chased the car of a BSES engineer leading to a crash that killed him.
While revenue department now is likely to be the responsibility of law and transport minister Kailash Gahlot, the responsibility of registrar of cooperatives societies will be handed over to Rajendra Gautam.
Over 99% of elected representatives — MPs and MLAs — across the country cast their votes on Monday to elect the next President in a direct contest between NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and the opposition's Meira Kumar. Counting of votes will take place on Thursday.
The decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah means the urban development and I&B departments will be without fullscale ministerial heads and raises the probability of a reshuffle after the end of the monsoon session of Parliament next month
Indian diaspora grows steady with India topping the list among countries whose citizens acquire foreign nationality, said a recent global study on migration. A tiny bit of this migration is driven by asylum-seekers from home who count among the biggest groups seeking refuge from “persecution”.
Ignoring the Supreme Court’s prod to provide a fresh window to those who could not exchange scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by last December 30 because of genuine difficulty, the Centre on Monday firmly said that no new opportunity would be given for the exchange of the outlawed currency as it could be misused.
Even as the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre chants the one-nation mantra, the Congress-led government in Karnataka has constituted a nine member committee to design a ‘state’ flag — an identity symbol unique to the state — and submit a report on giving it legal sanctity.
Director-general of military operations Lt General A K Bhatt conveyed the tough message to his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza over the hotline on Monday, holding the Indian Army “reserved the right to appropriately” hit back at all ceasefire violations.
A reshuffle has been due for quite some time. PM gave additional charge of defence ministry to finance minister Arun Jaitley on March 14 after Manohar Parrikar quit to become the chief minister of Goa. Both finance and defence are considered ministries with a “heavy workload” and their incumbents are members of the cabinet committee on security.
As an officebearer in the Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP, Venkaiah Naidu undertook an experiment. Breaking a longstanding unwritten rule, he did away with the vegetarian menu at a state executive meeting despite apprehensions that violation of the taboo would lead to protests.
Lalu's family performed ‘rudrabhishek’ from 4am to 7am at their residence in Patna on Monday. The entire family, including the couple’s younger son and Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and elder son and state health minister Tej Pratap Yadav participated in the rituals.
From a humble agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district to the highest echelons of power in Lutyens Delhi, it has been a long journey on the political path for 68-year-old Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
NR Narayana Murthy on Monday said he regrets quitting as chairman of Infosys in 2014 and should have listened to other co-founders of India's second largest software exporter firm and stayed on.
British liquor giant Diageo has decided to withhold remaining $35 million due to Vijay Mallya as part of the $75 million (Rs 515 crore) sweetheart deal for his exit from United Spirits Ltd, a source familiar with the development said.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting. In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent
The government asserted that granting any further grace period for depositing banned currency notes will defeat the purpose of demonetisation, which was done as an exercise in eliminating black money.
Identified as Salim Khan from Hathgaon block of Fatehpur district, the alleged LeT man was part of the hawala ring which transferred money to terror operatives in the country.
The BJP is likely to name information and broadcasting and urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu as its nominee for the vice presidential elections coming up next month.
Buoyed by his record-setting eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer warned rivals Monday that he could play until he's 40, spearheading a late-life era of supremacy alongside Rafael Nadal.
DMK working president M K Stalin said on Monday that he has been stating for long that the Tamil Nadu government is steeped in corruption but the government has neither threatened him nor filed a case against him.
PM Modi, who came about five minutes before the house proceedings began, walked up to the Opposition benches and greeted leaders who were seated in the front row.
DIG D Roopa, who exposed corruption in Bengaluru central prison and pointed to Rs 2 crore alleged bribe by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala to jail officials, has been shifted to road safety and traffic. She has been posted as commissioner for Road Safety and Traffic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday set the tone for a new session of Parliament by coining a new meaning for GST - "Growing Stronger Together".
The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region. The live-fire drills included the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks.
Demand for sex-change operations is increasing; doctors say they get 3-4 requests every month as compared with 1-2 annually 10 years ago. Doctors ask patients to dress up and live like their desired gender for 6 months before the surgery
A polling staff will collected personal pens from the voting MPs/MLAs at the entrance and hand him/her the ECI special pen for marking the ballot. The special pens have been procured from Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, which also supplies indelible ink used by EC to mark index fingers of the voters.
The absence of a world-class convention centre and the 2019 general elections have prompted the government to give a go-by to hosting the G20 meeting. In fact, due to the elections, the Narendra Modi administration wanted to host the event in 2018 itself but Argentina was not willing to swap.
Air India has nearly Rs 60,000-crore debt on its books, of which around Rs 22,000 crore is linked to its aircraft purchase programme. There are also loans of around Rs 6,000-Rs 7,000 crore related to its operations, which will go with the airline
Kovind’s victory against joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion as close to 40 parties, including many outside the NDA fold, have pledged support to him. The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the central government has sent a strong advisory to all states to ensure strict action against communal violence in the name of cow protection and sought the support of all political parties on this issue.
At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and over 30 sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling in skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district on Sunday. The tragedy struck days after eight Amarnath yatris were killed and dozens wounded after terrorists opened fire on their bus in Anantnag district.
While performance was one of the main criteria for transferring officials in key positions and shifting out non-performers from significant charges, all those officers holding a post for two years or more have also been transferred, besides those facing vigilance or other disciplinary charges.
The huge presence of marine resources was first identified off Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep in early 2014. The amount of minerals that geologists came across was a clear indication that deeper exploration could lead to a larger treasure trove.
A day before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the Modi government, saying the country could not be hostage to those “who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision”.
Pakistan army said on Sunday that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reviewing the evidence against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a military court in April over espionage and terror charges.
The war for talent is playing out in a big way as companies outplay each other on employee benefits. Of these, paternity or childcare leave to the secondary caregiver parent has emerged as one of the key attractions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind "in advance" and assured him of his government's support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.
India is receiving a "massive influx" of foreign investments which will greatly enhance its ability to develop the manufacturing sector and China should "keep calm" and start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era, a state-run newspaper said on Sunday.
Roger Federer shed tears of joy as the Swiss star hailed his record eighth Wimbledon title as one of the most magical moments of his astounding career.
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The Yogi Adityanath government on Sunday dismissed Rahul Gandhi's charge of cutting down budgetary allocation for education and said that money allocated for the sector has in fact been increased by 25 per cent.
Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croat Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh. Federer claimed victory in less than two hours to become the oldest man to claim the title in the professional era.
Emboldened by the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, the RBI is expected to push for resolution of bad loans worth around Rs 8 lakh crore by March 2019, a move that could bring down the NPAs and improve the financial health of banks, a study by Assocham said.
At least sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 26 seriously injured when the bus in which they were travelling plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Sunday, police said.
The presidential poll is a fight against narrow-minded communal vision, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday at a meeting of opposition parties.
Pakistan army said on Sunday its chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa was "analysing" the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a military court.
Sushma Swaraj briefed family members of the abducted men, who are mostly from Punjab, about information gathered by the Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, who was sent to the Gulf nation after its Prime Minister announced the liberation of Mosul from the dreaded terror group ISIS.
Ramachandra Guha's comments came after the CoA approved the appointment of Ravi Shastri as chief coach on Saturday. However, the committee did not implicitly specify whether Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were on board as batting and bowling consultants respectively for overseas tours, as had been claimed by the BCCI.
As encroachment charges on the border fly thick and fast, there’s little doubt which country has been successful in infiltrating the marketplace.
"BCCI is going to make an offer of more than Rs 7 crore to Shastri. This is the same amount which (predecessor) Anil Kumble had asked from the board during his presentation in May. But it can't be more than Rs 7.5 crore annually," a top functionary told TOI on Saturday.
Paris-based historian J B P More, who recently stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947 at the National Archives of France, has come up with a finding that Bose didn't die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah sought to take on the BJP on its Hindutva plank, asserting that he is also a Hindu. “I'm also a Hindu.What is my name? It is Sidda-Rama. I'm also 100% Hindu,“ the CM said on Saturday, accusing the BJP of pushing its Hindutva agenda in Karnataka.
The title round then will be a clash of styles and eras, brutal versus beautiful, delicate battling destructive. A man in who the old meets with now against an opponent who embodies what will be.
Big fat families are not just the stuff of movies. New realities like the need for childcare, support for elderly and rising housing expenses are making many come together again
“In IT there is no job security. I'm worried a lot about my family“: This is the note a Pune-based techie wrote before he jumped to his death on Wednesday.
In the biggest-ever action to be taken against obstacles in the flight path of aircraft that enter and leave the Mumbai airport, India’s civil aviation regulator, DGCA, has ordered about 70 buildings in surrounding Vile Parle, Santacruz and Ghatkopar to reduce their height in 60 days flat.
China has also begun to interfere in the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, complicating the situation in the state that is battling terrorism fanned by outside forces, CM Mehbooba Mufti has said. “The outside forces are part of this and unfortunately now China has also begun to interfere (cheen ne bhi haath dalna shuru kiya hai),” Mehbooba said here on Saturday after a meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh.
On his last visit to Jangipur as President, Pranab Mukherjee handed over free LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on Saturday as the scheme for BPL families touched the 2.5-crore mark. Unable to control his emotions, Mukherjee said: “I will not forget Jangipur."