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PM Modi scored 62.3% in MA from Gujarat University
PM Modi scored 62.3% in MA from Gujarat University Ahmedabad: Amid the raging row over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational qualification, the Gujarat University on Sunday shared details of his MA degree saying he scored 62.3 per cent as an external student of the varsity.The details were shared by the Gujarat Univer..

CPI not averse to Nitish's grand alliance idea, if based on alternative economic policies
CPI not averse to Nitish's grand alliance idea, if based on alternative economic policies Hyderabad:CPI has responded positively to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's proposal to forge a grand alliance of anti-BJP parties at the national level but with a rider that such an arrangement should be based on "alternative, pro-poor economic policies".  "We have seen tha..

10 % quota not enough: Patidars to launch Lollipop protest in Gujarat today
10 % quota not enough: Patidars to launch Lollipop protest in Gujarat today Ahmedabad: Not impressed by the Gujarat government announcing 10% reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes, including Patels, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) spearheading the quota agitation is launching from Sunday a week-long Swarni..

Sonia overruled Antony's objection in AgustaWestland deal: BJP
Sonia overruled Antony's objection in AgustaWestland deal: BJP New Delhi: Launching a fresh attack on Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland scam, BJP on Saturday claimed the then Defence Minister A K Antony had raised objections about the VIP chopper deal but was overruled by the party chief and had to fall in line. Party spokesperson G V L..

Honesty punished, dishonesty rewarded in party: TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi
Honesty punished, dishonesty rewarded in party: TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi Kolkata: What may come as an embarrassment to Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, her own party MP and former Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Saturday alleged that honesty is being punished and dishonesty rewarded in his party. When asked why he didn't campaign for the..

Two years of Modi govt: Survey says nearly half feel 'no change'
Two years of Modi govt: Survey says nearly half feel 'no change' New Delhi: With the Modi government close to completing its two years in office, a new survey today said nearly half of the respondents (49 per cent) feel "no change" in their living standards while another 15 per cent feel the situation has actually worsened. The surv..

AAP demands action against those involved in Agusta deal
AAP demands action against those involved in Agusta deal New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today said both the Congress and BJP have “blackened” their hands in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and demanded action against those involved.The party also asked the government to come clean on allegations that former Air Chie..

Won't contest if BJP continues alliance with SAD: Sidhu's wife
Won't contest if BJP continues alliance with SAD: Sidhu's wife Ludhiana:Navjot Kaur Sidhu, BJP MLA and wife of cricketer-turned-MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, today articulated her anger against her party's ally Akali Dal and said she will not contest the next Assembly polls on BJP ticket if the alliance continues.  Kaur said she had joined polit..

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IAF tries to douse U'khand fire
Fighting poor visibility due to thick plumes of smoke, three Mi 17 choppers of the IAF on Sunday dumped loads of water on forest fires raging for days in Nainital and Pauri districts in Uttarakhand.As authorities claimed that the situation is gradually getting under control, latest satellite imagery of the forest fires showed that the blaze has been extinguished in more than 75% of the affected area in the hill state.The water sprinkling operations commenced on Sunday as part of efforts to douse the fire that has killed 7 people and destroyed 2,269 hectares of forested land. The fire has also

Over 130 NDRF men deployed to combat U'khand forest fire
NDRF has deployed over 130 personnel as part of multiple fire fighting teams to combat the raging forest fire in the jungles of Uttarakhand that have destroyed about 2,269 hectares of jungles in several districts and claimed at least seven lives till now.The teams of the specialised National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have fanned out in 13 affected areas of three districts of Pauri Garhwal, Almora and Chamoli to tackle the massive blaze."Our teams are working in 13 sectors in coordination with the officials and personnel of the state fire and forest department."The teams have been instruct

Modi slams Cong govts, reaches out to Nishads with e-boats
Accusing the erstwhile Congress governments of pursuing "vote bank politics", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took potshots at Nehru-Gandhi family and reached out to the numerically significant Nishad community in Uttar Pradesh as he launched solar-powered boats for plying on river Ganga."India has launched seven satellites to augment the GPS system. With the kind of politics going on in our country and massive work being done, it came to our mind that let's name it (the solar-powered boat project) after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay or Shayma Prasad Mukherjee (the RSS icons)."You have already

Jammers installed for NEET Phase I
The AIPMT, which became the NEET?Phase I, was held on Sunday amid high security measures where jammers were installed at sensitive centres across the country to prevent cheating.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) installed jammers for the first time to prevent students from using Bluetooth-enabled devices for malpractices.Rajasthan’s Kota, which harbours a thriving coaching centre business, is one of the places where the low-potency jammers were used at almost all the examination centres to block data services.Jammers were also installed at all the examination centres in Gurga

PAC to summon bank officials over loans to Mallya
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament is likely to summon top officials of banks that provided loans to liquor baron Vijay Mallya.The move is part of its deliberations on Non Performing Assets (NPA) of the public sector banks. The default of Rs 9,431.65 crore to a consortium of banks by Mallya had created a furore with the flamboyant businessman, who is also a Rajya Sabha member, leaving the country under controversial circumstances.The PAC headed by Congress MP K V Thomas had suo motu taken up the issue of NPAs of public sector banks after reports emerged that it has touched Rs 3.

33 yrs after murder, slain Tripura MLA's family gets justice
Justice was delayed for long 33 years, but finally the family members of former Congress MLA from Tripura, Primal Saha, perhaps got some solace when the verdict was delivered in his sensational murder case. Saha was murdered 33 years ago. Tripura’s longest pending and most sensational political murder case - which dragged on with inconclusive trial for 33 years came to end on Saturday with a court convicting the assailants. The court awarded life sentence to 12 accused against whom charges of murder, conspiracy and abetment were established.Initially 24 people were chargesheeted but seven of

Flying from Delhi airport gets cheaper
Flying out of IGI Airport here got cheaper from Sunday with the discontinuation of the development fee charged from each passenger for the past several years.Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the joint venture company which runs the IGI airport, was allowed to levy Rs 100 per flight as Development Fee (DF) from passengers flying on domestic routes and Rs 600 from those flying to international destinations.The airports tariff regulator Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) had, in February, issued an order directing DIAL to discontinue DF from May 1, after having allowed it to

Chopper deal: Parrikar to place facts before House
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday stated that he would place the chronology and details of the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper purchase deal in Parliament on May 4.“I will place the detailed chronology, giving facts about the chopper deal before Parliament on Wednesday. I will share how and when necessary clauses or provisions were relaxed to suit the company,” Parrikar said on the sidelines of a function at Panaji. While some of the facts on the choppergate have come out in the public domain thanks to a report by the CAG and a Defence Ministry press note released in February 2013, t

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IPL 2016: Hat-tricks in Indian Premier League till date

IPL 2016: Hat-tricks in Indian Premier League till dateAxar Patel joins the elite club of the players who have picked up a hat-trick in the Indian Premier League after he picked one against Gujarat Lions on Sunday. Axar bagged the consecutive wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravinder Jadeja. (Fixtures | Squads)



How a Chinese cab service uses AI to purge the surge

How a Chinese cab service uses AI to purge the surgeThe second phase of Delhi’s odd-even rule ended Saturday, but restrictions on “surge pricing” used by cab aggregators Ola and Uber to meet demand and supply is not expected to end till the state government issues sector-specific guidelines. During the 15-day period of the road rationing scheme, the Delhi government forced Ola and Uber to suspend surge-pricing after its users complained of fares as high as five times the normal fare during peak hours. Ola and Uber maintained that it is necessary for them to increase the fares to encourage more drivers to accept rides when the demand is high.



WATCH: PM Modi enjoys e-rickshaw, e-boat rides in Varanasi

WATCH: PM Modi enjoys e-rickshaw, e-boat rides in VaranasiPrime Minister Narendra Modi rode an e-boat and an e-rickshaw in Varanasi on Sunday and said India has to become stronger by empowering its poor.



Seven-year-old girl beaten up in Bengal, family blames Trinamool
Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) A seven-year-old girl was injured when she was beaten up allegedly by miscreants allied to West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress after her grandfather, a CPI-M supporter, voted in the fifth phase of the assembly polls in the southern outskirts of the city. The victim family alleged that the miscreants attacked their house in Haridevpur area of Behala East constituency on Saturday night.

54 crore Indians in grip of drought: Swaraj Abhiyan
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Over 54 crore people living in 13 states in India are in the grip of drought, but official figures fail to recognise those affected even after over six months of drought, activist Yogendra Yadav said on Sunday. Yadav said that despite the water crisis, not a single village in Bihar and Haryana has been declared drought-affected. "The government informed the Supreme Court that some 36.6 crore people were affected by the drought.

Rising Pune Supergiants’ Mitchell Marsh ruled out from IPL 2016

Rising Pune Supergiants’ Mitchell Marsh ruled out from IPL 2016Mitchell Marsh who has been ruled out of the Indian Premier league and Rising Pune Supergiants team due to injury. Marsh is heading home after being ruled out with a side strain. "Mitchell experienced some pain over his left abdominal area whilst batting at a training session with his team Pune in the IPL a few days ago," Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said.



Traders body urges stock limit on importers to curb pulse prices
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said on Sunday that in order to check the phenomenal rise in prices of pulses, the government should impose stock limits on first importers and allow only domestic process houses to import foodgrain and pulses. "CAIT has suggested that the price level can be maintained reasonably only when MNCs, FDI and corporate sector (are) kept out from foodgrain and pulses sector. "Whenever there is high increase of prices in foodgrain and pulses, government takes immediate action on small whole-sellers and processing units and no action is taken against hoarding of big retailers, MNCs," CAIT national president B.C.Bhartia and secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said in a joint statement, adding that big companies form a cartel and manage the prices of pulses.

India set to participate in multinational exercise in South China Sea
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) India is set to participate in a multinational maritime exercise in the strategically important South China Sea, which will have the US, Japan, Russia, Australia and China along with other countries as participants. The participants of the exercise, to be held in Brunei, include Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and South Korea. It is being held at the South China Sea.

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India 'corruption' building to be razed
The high court in the Indian city of Mumbai orders the demolition of an apartment building that has been at the centre of a corruption scandal.

India asks UK to deport Vijay Mallya
The Indian government has asked the UK to deport Vijay Mallya, the former head of Kingfisher Airlines, who is thought to be in London.

Blacklisted Libya oil tanker in limbo
An Indian-flagged oil tanker is left in limbo after being added to a UN sanctions blacklist for illegally transporting crude oil from Libya.

VIDEO: Searing heat and drought grips India
India endures the worst drought in four decades as temperatures soar

India planning sex offenders list
India's government is drawing up plans for a published register of convicted sex offenders, a minister says.

'Avoid cooking from 9am to 6pm'
The disaster management authorities in Bihar advise villagers to avoid cooking between 9am and 6pm to prevent fires during the scorching summer.

India 'still seeks Koh-i-Noor diamond'
The Indian government says it is still seeking to reclaim the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond from Britain, despite the Supreme Court being told otherwise.

Dipa Karmakar qualifies for Olympics
Dipa Karmakar becomes the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.

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IPL: Rohit 85* powers Mumbai to eight-wicket win
Rohit Sharma scored his fifth half-century of the season to guide Mumbai Indians to eight-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiants at MCA stadium, Pune on Sunday. The win helped defending champions Mumbai jump to second in the standings with 10 points from nine games.

'Kill them': ISIS publishes 'hit list' of 70 US staff
ISIS claimed that it might have a mole in the UK's ministry of defence and threatened to publish "secret intelligence" in the future that could identify Britain's RAF drone operators. Inquiries made by 'The Sunday Times' found that the names on the American hitlist are genuine.

Uttarakhand forest fire spreads; Centre takes stock
Low visibility, however, prevented a second chopper from being deployed in Pauri district for the aerial operations in the hill state which commenced as part of efforts to control the fires that has killed seven people and destroyed 2,269 hectares of forested land.

India ready to clear $6.5 billion of Iran's oil dues
Keen to step up engagement in hydrocarbon sector with Iran, India has conveyed to the Persian Gulf nation that it was ready to clear nearly $6.5 billion of the dues for oil import from that country at the earliest, provided there was clarity on payment channel.

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'Fed up', says Lucknow typist after images of cop abuse go viral
An elderly man who became an overnight star when an image of a policeman kicking his typewriter went viral has said he is fed up with all the attention and just wants to go back to typing letters
RSS is like Supreme Court for BJP: Nitish Kumar on quota row
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced the list of 242 candidates for the Grand Alliance on the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of assembly elections
Woman jumps off moving train with kid, husband to escape molestation
A 27yearold woman jumped out of a moving train with her 10monthold baby and husband after she was allegedly molested by a group of inebriated copassengers in West Bengals Alipurduar police said on Wednesday
In post-midnight notice, Gujarat HC asks govt to ‘find’ Hardik
In a postmidnight development the Gujarat High Court directed the state government to find Hardik Patel leader of the reservation agitation after an aide moved a habeas corpus petition alleging that Hardik had been illegally detai
Republican Jeb Bush says multiculturalism wrong for US
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards
Somnath Bharti an embarrassment to party, should surrender: Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday described his former law minister Somnath Bharti as an embarrassment to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party AAP and said he should surrender in a case of attempt to murder and domestic viol
'1 second cost me 20 years': Tandoor murder convict Sushil Sharma
Twentyyears onemonth and two days that is the time convict number 31 spent behind bars in Tihars jail number 2 Convicted for the murder of his wife in the infamous Delhi tandoor case Sushil Sharma is out on parole after 20 years H
Modi set to ignite a start-up brainstorm in Silicon Valley
Flights from India to the United States these days have a younger braver tinge Several startup founders are on their way to Californias Silicon Valley for a halfday session on September 27 that will culminate with Prime Minister N
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7 Electrocuted As Power line Falls On A Marriage Party Truck In Telangana
At least seven members of a marriage party were electrocuted when a high-tension wire fell on a truck they were in Telangana's Medak district on Sunday, police said.
To Stop The Next Forest Fire, Satellite Alerts Begin, Air Tankers On Radar
As the hills of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh rage with forest fires, the Union Environment and Forest Ministry is trying out a new "pre-fire alert system" that will allow the authorities to respon...
Adam Voges Hospitalised After Suffering Concussion During County Game
Australian batsman Adam Voges was taken to hospital after he suffered a concussion during the County game between Middlesex and Hampshire.
Suffering From Heart Tumour, This Man Got A Second Lease Of Life
A heart tumor is a rare phenomenon, but a 150 gm tumour has been removed successfully from the heart of 42-year-old Babulal Gupta. The operation was conducted at Delhi's Holy Family Hospital on April ...
3,000 Acres Of Forest Cover Lost, Uttarakhand Fire Rages On: 10 Developments
Around 200 fires are still active across Uttarakhand, satellite pictures have shown, as the army, Air Force, the National Disaster Response Force and 6,000 firefighters struggle to control the blaze. ...
Uttar Pradesh Police Launches Criminal Tracking App
Uttar Pradesh Police here on Sunday introduced a criminal tracking app which is hoped to offer help, especially to the office going women who commute by auto rickshaws.
Congress May Project 'Brahmin' As Chief Ministerial Candidate In Uttar Pradesh
Struggling to arrest its falling fortunes in electorally important Uttar Pradesh, Congress may carry out a massive rejig of its state leadership next fortnight and announce its Chief Ministerial candi...
Delhi Reels Under Scorching Heat, Temperature Settles At 42 Degrees Celsius
The national capital experienced another blistering day on Sunday under the scorching sun with the maximum temperature settling at 42 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, the MeT...
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IPL PHOTOS: Brilliant Rohit propels Mumbai Indians to second spot
Captain Rohit Sharma continued to lead by example as a thoroughly professional Mumbai Indians outclassed Pune Supergiants by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League encounter.

IPL PHOTOS: Axar takes hat-trick as Punjab stun leaders Gujarat
Axar Patel did the star turn as laggards Kings XI Punjab rode on the left-arm spinner's hat-trick to upset table toppers Gujarat Lions by 23 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

'Pro-poor' PM Modi launches eco-friendly boats, e-rickshaws in Varanasi
Accusing the erstwhile Congress governments of pursuing "vote bank politics", PM Modi reached out to the numerically significant Nishad community in Uttar Pradesh

'Sometimes we wonder if they are human beings'
'They don't just kill their enemies, they chop off limbs, sever heads.'

Baaghi Review: Tiger shines in a mindless action movie
Tiger Shroff has got the goods of a solid action hero but it's time to step out of the show reel space and shine under an actual script and a skilled hand, feels Sukanya Verma.

Modi's new effort to meet his biggest promise: Job creation
The government plans to start 100 centres in two years, which will also become a career counselling centre for job-seekers.

Bad loans of state banks = defence + education + roads + health spends
The crisis in Indian banking has now reached a point where the NPAs of many public-sector banks are higher than their net worth

'It took a decade to make The Man Who Knew Infinity'
Director Matt Brown tells Aseem Chhabra/Rediff.com what it was about The Man Who Knew Infinity that made him persevere for a decade to turn the book into a film.

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Forging a Path for Women, Deep Into India’s Sacred Shrines
Trupti Desai has emerged at the forefront of a growing campaign for gender equality in religion, leading women into the holy sanctums of temples, often in the face of attacks.

Vijay Mallya, Indian ‘King of Good Times,’ Dethroned by Debt
The beer-and-airline magnate left the country ahead of creditors, as bad corporate loans hurt the economy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda.

1891: British Pursue Manipuris
From the archives of the International Herald Tribune: The British army pursues the Manipuris near Bishenpur, India, in 1891.

India-Pakistan Meeting Raises Hopes for Improved Relations
The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan held a brief bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a regional gathering.

Uighur Activist in Germany Sees China’s Hand in Revocation of Indian Visa
Dolkun Isa, who fled China in 1994 and was labeled a terrorist, had been scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama.

The Key Players in Climate Change
World leaders are gathering Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. Here’s a status report on the key players and their efforts to slow greenhouse gas emissions.

1916: India Loyal to King-Emperor
From the International Herald Tribune archives: Indians prove loyal to the British Raj in 1916.

India Says It Wants One of the Crown Jewels Back From Britain
The 105.6-carat stone, known as the Koh-i-Noor, was moved to Britain in 1850 and is now part of the crown jewels.

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Racquet-smashing Dimitrov Loses Istanbul Final After Epic Meltdown
Schwartzman, the world number 87, went on to claim a 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 win for his first title.

Tear Gas in Paris, Istanbul as Tensions Erupt on May Day
The government has already watered down the bill but this has failed to calm the anger among students and workers.

Crisis-hit Venezuela Sets Clocks Ahead to Save Power
The government said the nighttime use of lighting and air conditioning was especially draining for the power grid.

Kangana's Deposition After Lot of Delay, Drama: Hrithik's Legal Team
Actress Kangana Ranaut who is locked in a bitter legal battle with actor Hrithik Roshan, finally recorded her statement.

Justice Rastogi Backs CJI Thakur's Appeal to Increase Number of Judges
Rajasthan High Court Ajay Rastogi on Sunday backed Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur’s appeal to increase the number of judges.

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Rs 476 crore sanctioned for Amethi's development: UP Govt
Amethi, May 1: Rs 476 crore has been sanctioned for all-round development of Amethi district under the Uttar Pradesh government's ambitious Zila Yojna programme, state minister Kamal Akhtar said here. According to the Panchayati Raj Minister, who is also the district

Army busts weapon making factory in Manipur, 2 militants arrested
Imphal, May 1: Army personnel busted an improvised weapon making factory, recovered war like stores and various fatigues, in a major operation at Phaijang village in the hill district of Senapati. The April 27 operation led to the recovery of two

Over 130 NDRF men deployed to combat Uttarakhand forest fire
New Delhi, May 1: NDRF has deployed over 130 personnel as part of multiple fire fighting teams to combat the raging forest fire in the jungles of Uttarakhand that have destroyed about 2,269 hectares of jungles in several districts and claimed

Heat wave continues in UP, Allahabad hottest at 45.1 deg C
Lucknow, May 1: Heat wave prevailed in major parts of Uttar Pradesh as weather remained dry with Allahabad recording the highest temperature at 45.1 degrees Celsius today. MeT office said day temperatures changed little over all the divisions of the state

Man claims to have hacked Dawood Ibrahim's call details, to share details with PM Modi
Ahmedabad, May 1: A man from Vadodara has claimed to have hacked the call details of India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim which he will hand over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per a report in Dainik Bhaskar, Manish Bhangore

MP unions to file caveat in SC over quota
Jabalpur, May 1: Hailing the Madhya Pradesh High Court's verdict nullifying reservation in promotions, workers' unions here on Sunday said they would file a caveat in the Supreme Court.Madhya Pradesh Adhikari-Karmachari Sanyukt Morcha covenor Arun Dwivedi and Tritiya Varg Shaskiya Karmchari

'Heat wave' in some places in Kerala: IMD
Thiruvananthapuram, May 1: This summer in Kerala has been particularly hot, prompting the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to warn against "heat wave conditions"."Heat wave conditions very likely to prevail at isolated places over Kerala on May 1 and 2, especially in

Rajnath reviews forest fire situation in Uttarakhand
New Delhi, May 1: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand where raging forest fires have destroyed 2269 hectares of jungles in several districts and claimed at least seven lives. The Home Minister held discussions with chief secretary

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Gold, silver extend gains on global cues, jewellers’ buying
Gold edged higher by Rs 50 to Rs 30,300 per 10 grams at the bullion market today, tracking a firm trend overseas along with sustained buying by jewellers at domestic front.Silver too spurted by Rs 250...

TTD's entire gold holding may be brought under monetisation scheme
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the world’s richest Hindu temple of Sri Venkateswara Swamy, may move all of its 7.5 tonnes stashed gold under Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS), la...

WGC urges govt to increase supply India gold coin
Proper marketing strategy for India gold coins will propel the investment in yellow metal.

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Top Asian News 6:35 p.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim's plans for the country's economy and military. The congress, set to begin on Friday, is the first in 36 years and follows a 70-day "loyalty drive" in which everyone from coal miners to restaurant workers were called upon to put in extra hours to increase productivity as a show of their devotion to Kim and the Workers' Party of Korea, which he leads. The congress comes as North Korea is facing international pressure over a nuclear test in January and a series of rocket and missile launches that have led many outside experts to believe Pyongyang is much closer to having a viable nuclear deterrent than previously thought.

Protests for separate Vidharba state turn violent
Nagpur (Maharashtra), May.1 (ANI): Protests for a separate Vidarbha state turned violent on Sunday as activists vandalised scores of buses and burnt documents on streets of Nagpur. Vidarbha, comprising 11 districts of eastern part of Maharashtra, was merged with the then newly-formed Maharashtra on this day in 1960. In Nagpur district, sloganeering protestors blamed the incumbent state government headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coalition with Shiv Sena.

North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military. The congress is set to begin May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim's plans for the country's economy and military.



11 deaths at state-run home: Congress blasts Rajasthan Govt.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): In an attempt to corner the Rajasthan Government over the death of seven children in a state-run rehabilitation home, the Congress Party on Sunday alleged that the entire incident took place due to 'criminal neglect' and saidChief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led dispensation cannot be allowed to 'shrug away from its responsibility' and put the entire blame on a 'lower level functionary'. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Sachin Pilot also demanded a special audit of all the state funded institutions in Rajasthan by the Centre. "We demand that there must be special audit of entire state government funded institutions by a team send by the Government of India.It cannot be a lower level functionary or a doctor or maid who is suspended and government can then shrug away from its responsibility," Pilot said, adding that accountability must be fixed soon.

F-16s 'right platform' for Pak's counter-terrorism efforts: US
Washington, May 1 (ANI): A day after Congress suspended US funding for the F-16s deal with Pakistan, the State Department acknowledged that Islamabad needs those for its anti-terrorism activities. Toner said Washington recognizes Pakistan's effort in trying to fight against the terror groups that threaten all Pakistanis. "And we do believe, frankly, that Pakistan's relations with its neighbors and with the region - frankly, there's been some ups and downs, but we believe it's trending towards greater dialogue to resolve differences.

Varun Gandhi meets murder accused BJP leader in Naini Central Prison
Allahabad, May 1 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday met former party MLA Udai Bhan Karwariya, who is presently in Naini Central Prison in connection with Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Jawahar Yadav's murder case.

Jamsher solid waste plant: SAD workers want CM’s written assurance on shelving of project
Despite Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s verbal assurance to shelve the ‘Jamsher Solid Waste Plant’ project, residents of Jalandhar cantt and particularly some Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers are in no mood to trust the Chief Minister’s ‘words’ and instead have demanded a written statement on this matter. “We do not trust the Chief Minister’s words without any written assurance. The government will assure that the plant won’t come up here but the next moment some officials from the Municipal Corporation will visit the site for inspection and minister Anil Joshi will give his nod to the project,” said Shiromani Akali Dal sarpanch, Kamaljeet Kaur, from Chiteani village .

Trying his luck in politics, Jaswinder ‘Rocky’ Singh wanted to leave ‘violent’ past behind

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