Once manual scavengers, two sisters turn a new chapter in life

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:16

Jaipur, Feb 20 (IANS) Two young women, who used to do manual scavenging in Rajasthan in their childhood around a decade ago, on Tuesday turned a new chapter in their lives when they got married to two educated men in Tonk town of the desert state.


I'm Muslim, want to live with husband, Hadiya tells SC

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:14

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Kerala woman Akhila Asokan, alias Hadiya who is in the midst of a 'love jihad' controversy, has told the Supreme Court that she is a Muslim now and wants to live with her husband Shafin Jahan -- with whom her marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court.


Rail coach manufacturing factory to come up in Maharashtra

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:10

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) In a major boost to the development of backward Marathwada region, the Maharashtra government and Indian Railways have signed a MoU to set up a coach manufacturing factory in Latur, it was announced here on Tuesday.


Delhi government halts Aadhaar-based ration distribution

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:04

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Delhi will retain the previous arrangement of giving out rations as Aadhaar-based distribution is becoming a hindrance for people in obtaining commodities through the fair price shops, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday.


NDPP engaged in 'politics without agenda': Nagaland CM

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:00

Mon (Nagaland), Feb 20 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R Zeliang on Tuesday termed the newly- floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) as a party engaged in politics without any agenda.


Another controversy: Delhi CS, AAP trade accusations on assault (Roundup)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:56

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday alleged that he was hit by two AAP MLAs in a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, triggering a major row that also saw the manhandling of Environment Minister Imran Hussain and another AAP leader by a crowd inside the Secretariat here.


30 civilians released, 8 militants killed in Afghanistan

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:44

Kabul, Feb 20 (IANS) Afghan forces attacked a Taliban detention centre in Laghman province killing eight militants and setting free 30 civilians, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.


State duty-bound to bring PNB scamsters to justice: Jaitley

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:36

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) In the wake of the Rs 11,300 crore ($1.8 billion) Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam allegedly involving diamond merchant Nirav Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the state was duty-bound to ensure those cheating the system are brought to justice.


Goa Church asks Catholics to pray for Parrikar's health

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:04

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) Goa's Roman Catholic Church has asked its followers to fervently pray for the good health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, hospitalised at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital since February 15 for pancreas-related ailment.


Cabinet approves India-Israel pact on film co-production

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:58

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday retrospectively approved an agreement on film co-production between India and Israel, an official statement said.


Parliament extends Maldives Emergency by 30 days

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:56

Male, Feb 20 (IANS) Following a request by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the ongoing state of Emergency by 30 days, despite a lack of quorum.


Child killed in MP blast

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:56

Ratlam, Feb 20 (IANS) A child was killed and two others injured in an accidental blast in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district on Tuesday, police said.


Centre burdening masses by reducing small savings interest rates: Mamata

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:44

Malda, Feb 20 (IANS) Taking a swipe at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of reducing interest rates on employee provident fund and small savings for what she said was to "compensate for loss incurred due to loot by a few people".


Ensure the Dalit voice is not stifled: Amnesty tells Indian states

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:36

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Day after a Dalit activist immolated himself in Gujarat, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the state governments to ensure Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.