287 Farmers Committed Suicide In Madhya Pradesh In Last 3-Months: Reports

BHOPAL, (PTI): As many as 287 farmers, including agriculture labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh during the past three months. This information was revealed by the state government in a written reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat. The data provided by the state government in reply to Mr Rawat's question in the Assembly on Monday revealed 106 farmers and 181 agricultural labourers have committed suicide during a period of about three months from..

Foreign Secretary To Discuss On H-1B Visa, Security Of Indians During US Trip

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit the US from Tuesday during which key bilateral issues including India's concerns over a possible clamp down on H-1B visas and safety of Indians are expected to be discussed. According to officials in New Delhi, Dr Jaishankar will also be holding talks on regional and international issues of mutual interest with senior members of the Donald Trump administration during his four-day visit. Maintaining that the government was engaged with..

Kansas City Shooting: Wife Of Indian Shot Dead By American Asks ‘Do We Belong Here’

HOUSTON: Sunayana Dumala, the wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in Kansas, in an apparent hate crime by a Navy veteran at a bar in Olathe city has said that she had her doubts about staying in the US but was assured by her husband that "good things happen in America". Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Mr Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said reports of bias in the US make minorities afraid as she questioned "do we belong here". She..

India Is America’s Greatest Strategic Partner: Top US Governor

WASHINGTON, (PTI): India is America's "greatest" strategic ally and the country has been instrumental in helping the US build technology and medical professions, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said. "We clearly understand the strategic importance of India, of India-US relations. As we grow our 21st century economy, India has been so instrumental in helping us build our technology, medical professions," Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is also the chair of the powerful National Governors..

Kansas Man Charged In Shooting Of 2 Indians In Possible Hate Crime

MILWAUKEE-NEW DELHI, (REUTERS): A Kansas man was charged on Thursday with shooting to death an Indian man and wounding another Indian man and an American in a bar, and federal authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. The killing led news bulletins in India and drew strong reactions on social media, where people voiced concern that US President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fuelled a climate of intolerance. Adam Purinton, 51,..

Man Gets Life In Jail For Kidnapping, Raping Minor Sisters For 3 Months

KORBA, (PTI): A man was given life imprisonment and his accomplice a ten-year jail term for kidnapping two minor tribal sisters in Korba district of Chhattisgarh under the pretext of taking them to Mumbai to meet film stars and raping them. The special court judge Vijay Kumar Ekka yesterday pronounced Rajesh Goswami (24) and his friend Chandraprakash Sarathi alias Chandrakumar (22) guilty under various sections of the IPC, the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the POSCO..

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Witness Gives Conditional Consent For Polygraph Test

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Arms dealer Abhishek Verma on Thursday said he was ready for a lie-detector test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case if Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, given a clean chit by CBI for his alleged role, also agreed to it. Abhishek, who apprehends threat to his life and to his family, told a city court that he had no objection in undergoing the polygraph test if he was provided with adequate security and the process was videographed. Mr Tytler has objected to the test saying CBI has..

UK Created Maximum Jobs In India Via FDI Between 2000 And 2016: Report

NEW DELHI, (PTI): The UK remains the largest job creator in India via foreign direct investment, seeing off tough competition from Japan, creating one in 10 jobs between April 2000 and September 2016, says a report. However, British investors are eyeing further progress to secure investor protection under the model Bilateral Investment Treaty, greater momentum in reducing corporate tax rates and further improvements in the ease of doing business, according to the Confederation of British..

Indian Civilisation Stands Tall Overcoming Obstacles: PM Narendra Modi

THIRUVALLA, (PTI): Some people are trying to divide the society on basis of caste and religion but Indian civilisation always overcomes such challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. The Prime Minister's remark came during the inauguration of the seven-day long 'Sri Ramakrishna Vachanamrita Satram' via video conferencing. "Sri Ramakrishna's teachings are relevant to us today, when we are confronted with people who use religion, caste to divide and create animosity," PM Modi..

Disclose Efforts To Catch Mahatma Gandhi’s Killers, Says RTI Request

NEW DELHI, (PTI): What efforts were made by Delhi Police to arrest three absconding accused in Mahatma Gandhi assassination case? The query was put forward by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to the Delhi Police on an RTI plea filed by Odisha-based Hemant Panda. Among other queries he wanted to know were efforts made by Delhi Police to arrest three absconders - Gangadhar Dahawate, Surya Dev Sharma and Gangadhar Yadav. Mr Panda told the Commission he was a researcher and interested in..

India May Meet Its Energy Needs From Moon by 2030, Says ISRO Scientist

NEW DELHI, (IANS): India can look forward to the moon to fulfil its energy requirements, to go by the words of ISRO scientist.Sivathanu Pillai, a distinguished professor at the ISRO, said with conviction on Saturday the country would meet its energy requirements by 2030 through Helium-3 mined from the moon. "By 2030, this process target will be met," Mr Pillai said while delivering the valedictory address at the three-day Observer Research Foundation (ORF)-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue,..

India’s IT industry Agrees It Faces Twin Challenges: Trump And…

MUMBAI, (REUTERS): Automation and the new U.S. administration were the big unknowns at the tech sector's annual shindig this week, with machines threatening to take away thousands of jobs and concerns over possible visa rule changes in the key American market. But senior executives from the $150 billion industry, which rose to prominence at the turn of the century by helping Western firms solve the "Y2K" bug, said companies with skilled English-speaking staff and low costs could not be written..

US, Indian Governments Talking On Making F-16 In India: Lockheed

BENGALURU, (PTI): American defence major Lockheed Martin on Thursday said discussions are currently taking place between the US and Indian governments on the company's plans to set up manufacturing base for F-16 fighter jets in India. "The conversation has progressed to the point that we are deferring at this point to the government-to-government conversation. And that conversation is ongoing," a top company official told reporters at Aero India 2017 air show in Bengaluru. The comments from..

Jat Quota Agitation In Haryana Enters 18th Day

CHANDIGARH, (PTI): Protests by the Jat community in Haryana seeking reservation in education institutes and government jobs continued on the 18th day today. "Protests are on in all the districts of Haryana. Our agitation is peaceful," Yashpal Malik, president of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is spearheading the quota stir, said. Though the sit-ins have remained peaceful so far, the Jat leaders have threatened to intensify the stir after February19 if their..

Indian army: 3 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in Kashmir gunbattle

SRINAGAR, (AP): The Indian army says three soldiers and a militant were killed in a gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. Col. Rajesh Kalia says the army launched an operation Tuesday to flush out militants from a northern village following a tip that some rebels were hiding there. He says soldiers had cordoned off Hajin village when a fierce gunbattle broke out in which three soldiers and a rebel were killed. At least five other soldiers, including an army officer, were..

PM Narendra Modi Asks Ministers For Details Of Tours Of 3 Months: Report

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministerial colleagues to give details of tours, if any, undertaken by them during the last three months, an exercise aimed at ascertaining whether they promoted demonetisation and other initiatives, sources said. The Prime Minister is learnt to have given the directive at a recent Cabinet meeting, the sources said. They have been asked to submit the details by Monday. Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar has been..

India’s PM Modi faces election test as voting begins in Uttar Pradesh

KAIRANA, (REUTERS): More than 13 million Indians voted in the first stage of state assembly elections on Saturday, the biggest electoral test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power in 2014. The world’s biggest election this year began in Uttar Pradesh, the first of six stages that will elect an assembly to govern the impoverished state of nearly 220 million people. Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to victory in Uttar Pradesh three years ago, and the..

First Eclipse Of 2017 Today, Can Be Seen From India

INDORE, (PTI): The first eclipse of this year will take place early morning tomorrow and would be visible from India. "The first 'penumbral lunar eclipse' would begin at 4:02:02 AM and would continue till 8:25:05 AM on February 11. This eclipse will be visible in India," said Rajendra Prakash Gupt, superintendent of the government-run Jiwaji Observatory here. The intensity of moon's brightness would lessen and it would become hazy during the eclipse, he said. A penumbral lunar eclipse..

Amnesty Releases Report On Muzaffarnagar Gang-Rape Survivors

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Amnesty International's India chapter on Thursday released a report highlighting the plight of gang-rape survivors of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and the delay in the trial of these cases. The report, titled 'Losing Faith: The Muzaffarnagar gangrape survivors' struggle for justice', stated that the state government has failed to protect the women from threats and intimidation and has even failed to inform them about the status of their cases. Speaking on the occasion,..

Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 in Uttarakhand; strong tremors felt across northern India

NEW DELHI, (TNN): An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter struck Uttarakhand late on Monday night. The quake caused tremors that were felt across northern India. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to Rudraprayag to conduct relief and rescue operations should the need arise. A clear picture of the effect of the quake on the region is yet to emerge. The quake brought people out of their homes across Uttarakhand, as well as other cities across northern..

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