Wednesday , 26 September 2018

National News

Petrol-diesel prices down 9 paise on lower crude cost, stronger rupee

IANS   NEW DELHI Lower global crude oil cost, along with a strengthened rupee, pulled the prices of key transportation fuel — petrol and diesel — down by around nine paise in the four metro cities. On Saturday, Brent crude oil prices slipped to around $76 per barrel from $77 a barrel as global supply concerns eased. A decline in ... Read More »

India, EU pledge to ‘plog’ for plastic-free Delhi

IANS NEW DELHI They jogged around India Gate and kept picking up litter around the iconic monument to make a pledge for a clean and plastic free Delhi by “plogging” — a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with collecting garbage. The event on Friday was organised by the Embassy of Sweden here and a group of ploggers of India ... Read More »

Actor Arbaaz Khan summoned by police in IPL betting case

PTI   THANE The police here on Friday issued summons to Bollywood actor and film-maker Arbaaz Khan for recording his statement on Saturday in connection with an alleged Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket, officials said. In a letter sent to Arbaaz on Friday, the police asked him to join the probe in the wake of arrest of an alleged ... Read More »

BJP to emerge even stronger in 2019, says Javadekar

PTI   DEHRADUN Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday denied that the Modi magic was on the wane claiming that the BJP will return to power at the Centre even stronger after 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “There is no question of the Modi magic fading. His magic persists and we will emerge even stronger at the Centre after 2019,” Javadekar said ... Read More »

All 5 convicts in Bodh Gaya blasts case get lifer

IANS   PATNA An NIA court here on Friday awarded life imprisonment to all the five persons earlier convicted in the 2013 serial blasts that rocked Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple, a lawyer said. Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha, presiding over the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, had in May convicted Umer Siddiqui, Azharuddin Siddiqui, Hauser Ali, Mujibullah Ansari, and Imtitaz ... Read More »

‘UGC, AICTE merger may not come about till 2019’

IANS   NEW DELHI The proposed merger of the two apex bodies for higher education – the UGC and the AICTE – may not come about before 2019 as it has been shelved till the Narendra Modi government gets a majority in the upper house of Parliament, an informed source has said. The Human Resource Development Ministry had last year ... Read More »

Nipah toll in Kerala now 16, Health Minister warns of new outbreak

IANS KOZHIKODE (KERALA) With two more deaths in the past two days in this Kerala district, the death toll from Nipah virus has risen to 16 as state Health Minister K K Shailaja on Friday warned of a possible second outbreak. Noting that all those in contact with the affected are still in the incubating period of the virus and ... Read More »

Cyber attacks among key security challenges facing India: Home Secy

PTI   NEW DELHI Cyber attacks are among the key security challenges that India is facing and they could pose wide-ranging threats to key installations and cripple financial institutions, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said Thursday. Addressing a conference on homeland security, Gauba said that for countering cyber attacks, the security agencies have to stay ahead of the attackers and ... Read More »

‘Death penalty ordinance for raping a child not linked to Kathua’

IANS   NEW DELHI The ordinance imposing the death penalty for raping a child was in the pipeline for long and was not brought because of the nationwide outrage over the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, a top official in the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has said. “It was a criminal ... Read More »

Security situation improved big time in 4 years: Rajnath

IANS   BHOPAL Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday claimed that considerable improvement in the national security situation was one of the achievements of Modi government and no big terror attack was reported in India in the last four years. The Pakistan-backed terror attacks in Gurdaspur and Pathankot air base, both in Punjab, were foiled by our security forces, ... Read More »