Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday downplayed the role of the External Affairs ministry in international diplomacy, while crediting Defence Ministry officials as the real "backroom boys", who slog in the background to actually get international deals going.
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Academics and social activists formed a silent human chain here on Saturday protesting the brutal murder of Muslim labourer Mohammed Afrazul, who was brutally murdered and burned by accused Shambhulal Raigar in Rajsamand in Rajasthan earlier in the week.
Gandhinagar, Dec 9 (IANS) Gujarat on Saturday held the first of its two-phase polling, registering 68 per cent voting, which is expected to cross 70 per cent -- similar to the 2012 figure. The election was peaceful, barring some incidents of skirmishes, while around 100 complaints of EVM malfunctioning were received.
Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) Slamming the Congress for criticising the Rafale deal in the run up to the Gujarat elections, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that in India, purchases of fighter aircraft is, unluckily, considered on par with buying pulses.
Lucknow, Dec 9 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday slammed Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech" (low caste) person.
Pune, Dec 9 (IANS) In a huge embarrassment for the law-enforcers, the in-charge of a police station was nabbed in an early morning raid on a high-profile night club-cum-gambling den in the city, police said here on Saturday.
Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) The strategy to execute surgical strikes were carried out with such secrecy that mobile phones were switched off and kept at a distance during the crucial meetings with senior military and Defence Ministry officials, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday.
Jaipur, Dec 9 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday extended financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to the family of a Muslim man who was brutally murdered and burned by accused Shambhulal Raigar in Rajsamand.
Chandigarh, Dec 9 (IANS) The Indian Army was not equipped to handle the 1962 war with China with New Delhi closing its eyes to the looming threat from Beijing, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday, and called on the present establishment to ensure that the forces are fully prepared now in view of fresh signs of aggression on the eastern border.
Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) Slamming the Congress for criticising the Rafale deal in the run up to the Gujarat elections, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that in India, purchases of fighter aircraft is unluckily, considered on par with buying pulses.
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) After paying a visit to the Red Fort, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday directed officials to renovate the facade of the 17th century fort and clean the parks and drains near it and conceal the overhanging wires.
Chennai, Dec 9 (IANS) The Election Commission on Saturday ordered change of Returning Officer for Tamil Nadu's Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, where the bypoll will be held on December 21, said an official.
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Stating that 80 per cent engineers in Gujarat are unemployed, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the state's education system has been "sold out".
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) A man who pretended to be a government official and conned people by promising a job in a central government ministry's project has been arrested here, police said on Saturday.
Raipur/Jagdalpur, Dec 9 (IANS) Four CRPF troopers were killed and one grievously injured when a fellow trooper opened fire at them at a CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Saturday evening.