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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).

Rain surge likely this week, floods feared

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 22:45
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.

Zakir Naik’s passport revoked, he’s now stateless

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 21:50
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.

As Pak rains shells, 217 kids trapped in schools

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 21:39
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.

Sikkim stand-off could escalate into full-scale conflict, warns China

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 21:23
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.

AI chief to staff: Get ready for corporate culture

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 19:54
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.

Pak shelling targets J&K schools; 217 students, 15 teachers rescued

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 19:38
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.

Actor-singer found dead in Gurugram, hubby held

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 19:19
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.

BJP calls Mayawati's resignation a 'drama'; Lalu backs BSP chief

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 18:28
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 CM hints at stepping down as governor orders floor test

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:16
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.

Air India may offer voluntary retirement to 15,000 ahead of sale

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:31
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.

'China must admit India a force to reckon with'

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:22
"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.

Live: Women's HWL Semi-Final India vs England

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:09
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Arun is India's bowling coach, Bangar asst coach

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:32
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.

Don't use Doklam standoff to achieve political targets, China tells India

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:37
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 media threatens conflicts beyond Doklam

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:00
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.

SC to decide if privacy is a fundamental right

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:50
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.

We can't produce rain: K'taka minister to TN

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:49
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.

Irani gets I&B, Tomar gets urban development

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 07:38
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.

Army officer shot dead by jawan in Uri sector, J&K

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:46
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.

Hyd comes to a halt after heavy downpour, more rain in next 48 hours

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:33
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.

Cricketer Shami attacked over parking in Kolkata

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 05:16
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.

Chased by 'power thieves' in Delhi, engineer dies in car crash

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:39
​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.

Kejriwal plans reshuffle, Sisodia to get tourism

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:38
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.

Presidential poll sees over 99 per cent voting

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 01:32
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.

BJP picks Venkaiah Naidu for Vice President

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:40
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

Indians among top asylum-seekers

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:10
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”.

Govt firm, refuses to reopen note swap window

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:26
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.

Like J&K, Karnataka wants own state flag

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:48
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.

Will keep punishing you for LoC misadventures, India warns Pak

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:24
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.

Modi Cabinet set for rejig as mantris vacate posts

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:10
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.

Naidu blends combativeness with ready wit

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:59
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 Prasad's family takes refuge in divinity

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:30
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 humble beginnings to VP candidate, Venkaiah has come a long way

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 19:19
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.

Murthy says regret quitting as Infosys chairman

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 18:12
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.

Diageo holds $35 million payment to Vijay Mallya

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:48
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.

Presidential poll sees close to 99% voting, possibly the highest ever

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:46
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

No more chances to deposit scrapped notes: Govt to SC

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:35
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.

Suspected LeT operative arrested in Mumbai

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:29
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.

Venkaiah Naidu likely to be NDA's vice presidential candidate

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:26
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.

Roger Federer eyes new era of supremacy

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:28
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.

Why ministers threaten only Kamal, not me: Stalin

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:34
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 walks to Opposition benches, greets Sonia

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:06
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.

Sasikala's VIP treatment row: DIG Roopa shifted

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:46
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.

GST means 'growing stronger together', says PM 

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:47
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".

Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:24
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.

Surge in sex-change ops in Delhi hospitals

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:34
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

Unique, numbered pens to be used for prez poll

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 03:14
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.

India not to host G20 meet in 2019

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:09
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.

Govt weighs options on AI’s Rs 30,000 crore debt

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:08
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

Prez poll: PM wishes Kovind ‘in advance’

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 01:28
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.

Won’t allow unrest in name of gau raksha: PM Modi

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 01:19
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.

16 Amarnath yatris killed as bus falls into gorge

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:53
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.

Non-performance: I-T department transfers 245 commissioners

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 23:48
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.

Geologists strike seabed ‘treasure’ in Indian waters

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 23:18
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.

Country cannot be hostage to divisive and communal vision: Sonia Gandhi

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 21:51
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”.

Jadhav’s plea of mercy now with army chief: Pak

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 21:40
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.

Now, companies woo men with paternity perks

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 21:20
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.

Prez polls: PM congratulates Kovind 'in advance'

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 19:14
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.

'China should keep calm about India's rise'

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 18:22
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.

It's magical, says Federer after winning record 8th Wimbledon title

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 18:13
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.

Live: Women's HWL Semi-Final India vs Argentina

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 17:32
Get live score updates of Women's Hockey World League Semi-Final Pool B match between India vs Argentina on Times of India

Education budget: UP govt refutes Rahul's claim

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 17:25
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 beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth Wimbledon title

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 17:04
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.

'RBI may push for resolution of bad loans worth Rs 8L cr by March 2019'

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:28
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.

16 Amarnath yatris killed as bus falls into gorge

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:26
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.

'Fight against narrow-minded communal vision'

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 15:09
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 chief 'analysing' evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 13:49
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.

39 abducted Indians in Iraq may be in jail: Sushma

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 13:29
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.

Dravid, Zaheer being humiliated: Ex-CoA member

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:36
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.

How China dominates Indian homes & economy

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 07:26
As encroachment charges on the border fly thick and fast, there’s little doubt which country has been successful in infiltrating the marketplace.

Ravi Shastri may get over Rs 7 crore a year

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:22
"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.

Netaji didn't die in air crash: French report

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 05:49
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.

I'm Sidda-rama and 100% Hindu: Karnataka CM

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 05:02
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.

Federer vs Cilic: The beautiful vs the brutal

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 04:50
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.

Why joint families are back in urban India

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 02:45
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

Surging layoffs plunge techies into depression

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 01:38
“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.

Reduce height for flights, 70 Mumbai bldgs told

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 00:20
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 meddling in J&K affairs: CM Mehbooba Mufti

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 22:45
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.

Prez signs off with LPG sop to poor in bastion

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 22:22
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."

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