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Mizoram Chakma Council Chief calls on Jitendra

STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Chief Executive of Mizoram Chakma Autonomous District Council, Shanti Jiban Chakma, currently on his maiden visit to the national capital after taking over his present assignment last month, today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, […]

18 Jun 2018 11:32 pm
PM turning blind eye to anarchy in Delhi: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye to the “anarchy” in Delhi and aiding “chaos and disorder” in the national capital, where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as the BJP are staging competing sit-ins. The people of Delhi are the victims, Gandhi alleged. “Delhi […]

18 Jun 2018 6:28 pm
Delhi’s air quality improves to ‘moderate’ level

New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality for the first time recorded a “moderate” level today after remaining in the “severe” category for nearly a week, according to monitoring agencies. The presence of moisture in the air is the main reason for the improvement in the air quality, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and […]

18 Jun 2018 4:25 pm
Rainfall forecast for next 24 hours

Pune: Rainfall forecast for the next 24 hours at: East : Most places: Assam & Meghalaya; many places: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim; isolated places: Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar. North : Many places: Uttarakhand; a few places: Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, west Rajasthan; isolated places: Jammu & Kashmir, […]

18 Jun 2018 4:22 pm
NE emerging as biggest contributor to nation’s GDP: Amit Shah

Guwahati: BJP President Amit Shah today slammed the Congress for reducing the North East to the “lowest level of development” and said North Eastern states would soon be the biggest contributor to the nation’s GDP due to “visionary policies” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “At the time of independence, the North East had a very high […]

18 Jun 2018 4:01 pm
After Jain, now Sisodia sent to hospital

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has been on hunger strike since June 13 at the lieutenant governor’s office, was today taken to hospital after his health deteriorated, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. Sisodia was taken to the LNJP Hospital after the ketone level in his urine rose sharply. “Manish Sisodia being […]

18 Jun 2018 3:54 pm
Saradha case: ED summons Nalini Chidambaram again

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former finance minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its money laundering probe into the Saradha ponzi scam. Officials said Nalini has been summoned at the Kolkata office of the central probe agency on June 20. She was last summoned by […]

18 Jun 2018 2:06 pm
India fastest growing major economy, trend to continue for some years: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley has said that 7.7 per cent economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017-18 ‘firmly’ established India as the fastest growing major economy in the world and the trend is likely to continue for some years. Taking a dig at the critics of the government, Jaitley said that India’s […]

18 Jun 2018 1:43 pm
Normalcy returning to Meghalaya, tourism picks up: Minister

Shillong: Meghalaya is still a favourite among tourists and the improving law and order situation in Shillong, which witnessed tension early this month, has brought about “positive vibes”, aiding tourist inflow, according to state Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh. Clashes in the first week of June between Khasis and Sikhs in the city’s Punjabi Lane area […]

18 Jun 2018 1:17 pm
Delhi HC asks who authorised Kejriwal’s sit-in at LG’s office

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government who authorised the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his cabinet colleagues at the lieutenant governor’s office and observed that strikes are usually held outside an establishment or office and not inside. The observation by a bench of Justices A […]

18 Jun 2018 1:17 pm
Mansarovar pilgrims airlifted to Gunji to avoid weather related risks

Pithoragarh: A 57-member second batch of Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrims was airlifted early today by IAF helicopters from Naini Saini airstrip here to Gunji base camp to avoid weather related risks along the treacherous trek route. Four IAF choppers ferried the 57 pilgrims to Gunji at around 7 AM this morning, Pithoragarh District Magistrate C Ravishankar said. […]

18 Jun 2018 12:10 pm
India working towards becoming USD 5 trillion economy by 2025: Prez Kovind

Athens: India is striving to become a USD 5 trillion economy and the world’s third largest consumer market by 2025, President Ram Nath Kovind has said as he highlighted investment opportunities in the country. Kovind, the first Indian president to travel to Greece in 11 years, arrived here on Saturday on the first leg of […]

18 Jun 2018 12:06 pm
Fight against colonial rule in Goa yet not over: Parrikar

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in his first public address after returning from the US, today said the fight against colonial power in the state was yet not over. He also expressed his government’s resolve to make the state free of plastic this year. Parrikar, 62, who had been away in USA for three […]

18 Jun 2018 11:35 am
Centre ends ‘ceasefire’ in Kashmir; anti-terror operations resume

Agency NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday called off its month-long suspension of operations against terror groups during the holy month of Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the security forces to take “all necessary action” at the earliest to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence. “Security forces are being directed […]

18 Jun 2018 12:07 am
3 parties hold key to RS Deputy Chairman poll

Agency NEW DELHI: With three regional parties BJD, TRS and YSRCP holding the key to the election of Rajya Sabha’s deputy chairman, both the ruling NDA and the opposition parties are trying to woo them. The opposition’s combined strength in the upper house including the erstwhile BJP-ally TDP has 117 votes. But the winning candidate […]

18 Jun 2018 12:07 am
‘ISI involved in killing of Aurangzeb, upset over support to Indian Army’

STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Intelligence agencies have suggested that Pakistan’s spy agency ISI might be involved in the killing of Indian Army soldier Aurangzeb, who was kidnapped by terrorists and later found dead in Pulwama district. Quoting sources, a national television channel reported, the Pakistan ISI has even asked terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad […]

18 Jun 2018 12:06 am
Kashmir issue one of Modi Govt’s biggest failures: Cong

Agency New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Kashmir issue, calling it one of his government’s biggest “failures”, and wondered what India gained out of his foreign trips when he failed to stall the “pathetic” UN report on the alleged human rights violation there. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera underlined […]

18 Jun 2018 12:06 am
ISRO clears GSAT-11 for launch

Agency NEW DELHI: The ISRO has cleared for launch GSAT-11, the satellite which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks, after losing contact with its another satellite that was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra March this year, an official said. The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on May 26 […]

18 Jun 2018 12:05 am
Almost 1 mn people ‘testing’ WhatsApp payments service in India

Agency NEW DELHI: Almost one million people in India are “testing” WhatsApp’s payments service, and the company is working with the Indian government, NPCI and multiple banks to further expand the feature to more users, a company official said. WhatsApp payment service, which rivals the likes of Paytm, has been in beta testing over the […]

17 Jun 2018 11:02 pm
Modi govt will have to do a lot more to win over Muslims: Naqvi

Agency NEW DELHI: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said the Narendra Modi government would have to do a lot more to gain the confidence of Muslims “whose minds have been poisoned over the last 70 years”. Naqvi also said the BJP government would remind Muslims of the schemes the government started for their development […]

17 Jun 2018 10:56 pm
Indian football team cleared for Asian Games, women wait

Agency NEW DELHI: The Indian men’s football team has got the official confirmation to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta, days after national coach Stephen Constantine appealed to the government to send a team for the mega sporting event. “The official confirmation has come to the All India Football Federation. The men’s team […]

17 Jun 2018 9:10 pm
Oppn attacks Centre, says it should follow cooperative federalism

Agency New Delhi: The Niti Aayog meet today witnessed Opposition unity, with Chief Ministers of non-BJP ruled states firmly saying the Centre should follow cooperative federalism and not ‘unnecessarily interfere’ in state affairs. Geared up to confront the Modi government on various issues like 15th Finance Commission report and distribution of central funding, the opposition […]

17 Jun 2018 8:33 pm
North-east beckons tourists; footfalls to grow 12% in 2019

Agency Mumbai: Improved infrastructure and air connectivity are drawing a large number of tourists to India’s North-east and looking at the current traction, footfalls in the picturesque region are expected to grow by 10-12 per cent in 2019, industry experts said. “The bookings for North-east have gone up by 18 per cent as compared to […]

17 Jun 2018 7:33 pm
Modi favours wider debate on holding simultaneous polls

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for “widespread” debate on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies saying that it will result in financial savings. Modi was addressing the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog that was attended by chief ministers of almost all states. The central […]

17 Jun 2018 4:35 pm
Nirav Modi faces fresh FIR for using multiple Indian passports

New Delhi: Agencies probing the alleged USD 2-billion PNB fraud have detected that absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi possessed at least half-a-dozen Indian passports and a fresh FIR is being mulled against him for this offence, officials said today. Modi has been traced to Belgium by Indian intelligence agencies and his frequent travels, despite the […]

17 Jun 2018 4:34 pm
States’ fiscal deficit steeply falls by 25% in FY18: Icra

Mumbai: Thirteen states have reported an average 25 per cent decline in their fiscal deficit primarily due to a contraction in capital outlay, even though their revenue has gone up by 7.5 per cent in the fiscal year to March 2018, says a report. However, in FY17, their revenue had gone up by 11.5 per […]

17 Jun 2018 4:08 pm
No permission to AAP’s protest march to PM’s residence: Delhi Police

New Delhi: Hours before the Aam Aadmi Party’s protest march to the prime minister’s residence, the Delhi Police said no permission was sought for it, even as AAP leaders alleged that party supporters were being prevented from taking part in the rally. The AAP is holding the march to support the sit-in of Chief Minister […]

17 Jun 2018 3:39 pm
I&B ministry to study impact of govt advertisements on people

New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting plans to conduct an independent study to gauge the impact of government advertisements on people, a move aimed at drawing strategy for judicious use of money for the state publicity works, sources said. The initiative comes ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections for which the […]

17 Jun 2018 2:45 pm
Mallya faces fresh money laundering charge sheet, fugitive tag

New Delhi: In more trouble for liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to soon file a fresh charge sheet against him and his companies on charges of money laundering and allegedly cheating a consortium of nationalised banks to the tune of Rs 6,027 crore, officials said today. With this charge sheet […]

17 Jun 2018 2:26 pm
4 regional players urge PM to resolve tussle between Delhi L-G, AAP govt

New Delhi: Chief ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and urged him to intervene for solving the tussle between Delhi Lt Governor and the AAP government, terming it a “constitutional crisis . On the sidelines of the NITI Aayog governing council meeting, West Bengal’s Mamata […]

17 Jun 2018 2:25 pm
Delhi’s pollution level remains severe; air quality improves rapidly

New Delhi: Delhi’s pollution level decreased rapidly but continued to remain in the ‘severe’ category for the sixth day today, monitoring agencies said. The pollution level that dipped to ‘severe plus’ state has come to ‘severe’ category due to rapid dispersion of pollutants, Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute (SAFAR) […]

17 Jun 2018 1:59 pm
NITI Aayog meet: Kant says report on Baijal’s presence incorrect

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he has not “authorised” LG Anil Baijal to attend the NITI Aayog meeting in his place after a report claimed the presence of the Constitutional head at the meeting. However, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant described the report as “totally incorrect”. “Under which provision […]

17 Jun 2018 12:19 pm
PM vows ‘important’ measures to take growth to double digits

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the challenge now before the government is to take the economic growth rate to double digits, for which many important steps would have to be taken. In his opening remarks at the fourth meeting of the Niti Aayog Governing Council, the prime minister also assured the chief […]

17 Jun 2018 12:19 pm
Fate of 150 medical students in MP college uncertain, SC asks MCI for solution

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken a serious note of 150 medical students in Bhopal being left in the lurch after permission of a college for admission in the academic session 2017-18 was denied by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The top court has asked the MCI to suggest a solution to thwart […]

17 Jun 2018 10:41 am