After 5-month wait, farm loans waiver begins in Maharashtra

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:14

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Nearly five months after announcing waiver of farm loans, the Maharashtra government kickstarted the process on Wednesday as "Diwali gift" to the state's farmers. Rs 4,000 crore will be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme.


BJP faces heat from two former CMs in Himachal

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:08

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The BJP appears to have decided to contest the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh without declaring a chief ministerial face.


Congress must come clean on Bofors scam: BJP

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:58

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday asked the Congress to come clean on the claims made by a US investigator Michael Hershman, who has alleged in television interviews that the then Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation into the Bofors case.


Sitharaman to celebrate Diwali with troops in Andaman

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:50

Port Blair, Oct 18 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharman arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit during which she will celebrate Diwali with soldiers at the Andaman and Nicobar Command.


Unicef seeks more funds to help Rohingya children

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:46

Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) The Unicef on Wednesday said there is an urgent need to raise more funds to continue helping thousands of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.


Attack on Taj aimed at re-writing history: CPI-M

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:44

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Accusing the BJP rulers of Uttar Pradesh of having "a medieval communal mindset", the CPI-M has said that the vilification of the Taj Mahal by BJP leaders was part of a project aimed at re-writing history.


After five months, farm loans waiver starts in Maharashtra

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:42

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) After nearly five months, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday gave a "Diwali gift" to state's farmers by starting the loans waiver process with a sum of Rs 4,000 crore to be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme.


Modi government working towards establishing 'Ram Rajya': Adityanath

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:38

Ayodhya, Oct 18 (IANS) Hosting grand Diwali festivities at Ayodhya, said to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving to establish "Ram Rajya" in the country.


Militants kill SPO in J&K

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:24

Srinagar, Oct 18 (IANS) Militants on Wednesday evening shot dead a Special Police Officer (SPO) in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.


Celebrate pollution-free Diwali, says President

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:22

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday urged people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali and he and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation on the occasion.


Dhumal to contest but BJP silent on CM candidate in Himachal

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:18

New Delhi/Shimla, Oct 18 (IANS) Former two-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from a new seat Sujanpur while state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti will re-contest from Una, according to the BJP's list of candidates for the November 9 assembly elections released on Wednesday.


Taliban hostage rescue: US Seals were ready if Pakistan failed

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:12

Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) US Navy Seal commandos were ready to conduct a raid inside Pakistan, similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden, if Islamabad failed to rescue a Canadian-American family seized in 2012 by the Haqqani network, the New York Times said.