Monday , 16 July 2018

National News

Army chief dismisses UN report on rights violations in J&K

PTI   NEW DELHI Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today dismissed the recent UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as “motivated” and asserted that Indian Army’s record in this regard is “absolutely above board”. “I don’t need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it ... Read More »

JD(S)-Cong coalition govt will last 5 years: Karnataka Cong chief

PTI   BENGALURU In an apparent counter to senior party leader Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara on Wednesday said the coalition government with the JD-S would complete its full five-year term and what others were talking outside was “irrelevant”. The remarks of Parameshwara, who is also the deputy chief minister, comes a day after a video showing former chief ... Read More »

AAP accuses Harsh Vardhan of ‘misguiding’ people over cutting of trees

PTI   NEW DELHI The Aam Aadmi Party today accused Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan of “misguiding” people over the plan to cut down over 16,500 trees in the national capital for redevelopment of seven colonies, claiming that his ministry had given environment clearance to the project. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that the environmental impact assessment report for the ... Read More »

Govt plans to sell AI’s iconic Mumbai building to JNPT

PTI NEW DELHI The government has started discussions for sale of Air India’s iconic building in Mumbai to the country’s biggest container port JNPT as part of efforts to raise funds for the cash-strapped national carrier, sources said. Official sources told PTI that the proposal has received in-principle approval from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following which an inter-ministerial panel has ... Read More »

Modi attacks Congress for imposing Emergency, calls for ‘eternal vigil’

IANS   MUMBAI Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday said the 1975-77 Emergency was a “dark period” that the nation could never forget and called for making democracy stronger by “writing, debating, deliberating, and questioning” its vital aspects and pledged his full commitment to protecting the Indian Constitution and Democracy. Simultaneously, he took the opportunity attack the Congress Party ... Read More »

Modi has time to visit mosques abroad, not for Ayodhya darshan: Togadia

PTI   LUCKNOW Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing “nothing so far” for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying he had not even found time for a darshan of Ram lala there. “The Prime Minister doesn’t have time to come to Ayodhya and have a darshan of Ram lala ... Read More »

After Maharashtra, AIKS planning farmers’ long march in Delhi

PTI   NEW DELHI After the “successful long march” of farmers in Maharashtra, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) is now planning to hold a similar rally in the national capital to demand a special session of Parliament to discuss agrarian crisis. In a meeting of the central office-bearers of the AIKS in Delhi today, the farmers’ organisation said such ... Read More »

Amid tight security, first batch of Amarnath pilgrims to leave Jammu today

PTI JAMMU Amid multi-tier security cover, the first batch of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra will leave from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar base camp tomorrow. Till now nearly 2 lakh pilgrims from across the country have registered themselves for the yatra to the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas. The pilgrims, including sadhus, have started arriving in Jammu from ... Read More »

Bad loan situation of banks to worsen: RBI

IANS   MUMBAI The gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) or bad loans ratio in the Indian banking system is likely to rise from 11.6 per cent in March 2018 to 12.2 per cent by the end of March next year, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday. Referring to the 11 state-owned banks under prompt corrective action (PCA) framework ... Read More »

Textbooks should include chapter on Emergency to highlight atrocities: Naqvi

PTI   NEW DELHI Describing the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government as the “biggest blot” on Indian democracy, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Monday said a chapter on it should be included in textbooks so the younger generation knows about the “atrocities” committed during the period. In a blog titled ‘The 1975 Emergency — A dirty deceit ... Read More »