Several India-Russia pacts due at Oct 15 bilateral meet

New Delhi: Several important agreements are likely to be signed at the India-Russia bilateral summit, to be held in Goa this month, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit for the BRICS leaders’ meeting, the government said on Tuesday. “At the 17th India-Russia Annual Summit in Goa on 15 October 2016, the leaders are expected to […]

Festivity to elude real estate this season: ASSOCHAM

New Delhi: Despite the RBI lowering its interest rate by 0.25 per cent, the real estate sector is unlikely to record higher sales during the ongoing festive season, an Assocham survey said on Sunday. “Buried under high debt and inability of developers to complete and hand over pending projects well beyond commitments to hard-pressed consumers, […]

80% Jan Dhan Yojana accounts have cash balance: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that 80 per cent of the 240 million new accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana are now functional with cash balances. “Today, we have been able to connect 240 million people additionally to the banking system. About 80 per cent of them are today […]

Possession or sale of imported fireworks illegal: Government

New Delhi: In view of Chinese fireworks flooding the markets during the festive season, the government on Wednesday said that the possession or sale of firecrackers of foreign origin was illegal and punishable by law. “Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the law. Information about possession […]

India to fully seal border with Pakistan: Rajnath Singh

Jaisalmer: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asserted that India will completely seal its border with Pakistan by December 2018. Talking to reporters here after a meeting to review the situation on the border in the wake of heightened tension with Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said the plan to seal the border will be implemented […]

Spectrum auction: Day 4 sees bids rising to Rs 63,500 crore

New Delhi: The government received cumulative commitments of Rs 63,500 crore from telecom operators at the end of bidding on Wednesday — Day 4 of India’s biggest spectrum auction. While there were no takers for 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands at the auction for the fourth day running, major activity was seen in the […]

Spectrum auction: Day 3 sees bids rising to Rs 60,969 crore

New Delhi: The government received cumulative commitments of Rs 60,969 crore from telecom operators at the end of bidding on Day 3 of India’s biggest spectrum auction on Tuesday. While there were no takers for 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands at the auction for the third day running, major activity was seen in the […]

Spectrum auction: Day 2 sees bids of Rs 56,792 crore

New Delhi: The government received total commitments of Rs 56,792 crore from telecom operators at the end of bidding on Day 2 of India’s biggest spectrum auction on Monday while again there were no takers for 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands, according to data by the Department of Telecommunications. There were fresh six rounds […]

Fidayeen attack on army camp in Kashmir, one BSF trooper killed

Srinagar: An Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district came under attack by fidayeen militants on Sunday night and heavy firing was witnessed. One BSF trooper was killed while another was injured in the gunfight. The situation at the Rashtriya Rifles camp was later contained, the Northern Command of Indian Army said. “Baramulla […]

Spectrum auction: Day 1 sees bids of Rs.53,000 crore after five rounds

New Delhi: India’s biggest telecom spectrum auction, that started on Saturday, received commitments of Rs 53,000 crore approximately from telecom operators after five rounds of bidding while there were no takers for 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands, according to data by the Department of Telecommunications. The majority of activities were seen in the 1800 […]

China again blocks India’s bid for declare Masood Azhar terrorist

In a move that will create tensions with India, China has extended its decision to put a technical hold on the United Nations declaring Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Massod Azhar a terrorist. This extension comes on the eve of the lapsing of its earlier decision in April to block action against Azhar, which would have now […]

Kaziranga national park set to open for tourists on Oct 1

Guwahati: The Assam government is going to open the Kaziranga national park for tourists from October 1 this year instead of November 1, it was announced on Monday. Assam Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma opened the gates of the park for tourists on October 1, a park official said on Monday. The date for opening […]

All Indian channels banned in Pakistan

Islamabad: No Indian TV channel can be viewed in the country after October 15, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has said, a media report said on Saturday. According to The Nation, Pakistani people have demanded action be taken against “all Indian channels”. The step comes as tensions rise between the two neighbouring nations […]

UN chief offers to mediate to resolve India-Pakistan tensions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the “significant increase in tensions” between India and Pakistan and offered to mediate to resolve the tensions. “The Secretary General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations […]

Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire in Akhnoor sector

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers on Saturday restored to indiscriminate firing at Indian positions in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector of the International Border. “Pakistan Rangers targeted Border Security Force BSF positions on the International Border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district today (Saturday) morning. Rangers used small arms and automatics,” Police sources told IANS. “BSF has […]