Coal scam: Kropha, 4 others get bail

New Delhi: A special court on Friday granted bail to the then Joint Secretary of Coal and present Additional Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, K.S. Kropha, former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and three others, in a coal blocks allocation scam case. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar released on bail Kropha, Gupta, the then Director (Coal Allocation-I section) K.C. Samaria and two officials of Madhya Pradesh-based [Full Article...]

Petrol, diesel prices slashed

New Delhi: Petrol price was on Friday cut by Rs.2.41 per litre, the sixth reduction since August, and diesel by Rs.2.25 per litre on back of falling international oil rates. The reduction in rates of petrol and diesel, which was deregulated for the first time in more than a decade, has become effective from midnight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced. [Full Article...]

Fadnavis sworn in as first BJP CM of Maha, Uddhav shows up

Mumbai:Devendra Fadnavis was on Friday sworn in as Chief Minister of the first BJP government in Maharashtra at a grand ceremony where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance, raising the possibility of a rapprochement between the saffron parties. 44-year-old Fadnavis, a third time MLA and the second Brahmin to occupy the top post in the state, was administered the oath of [Full Article...]

Strategy to prevent cyber crime on anvil: Rajnath

Hyderabad:Voicing concern over rising cyber crime, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said a prevention strategy will be evolved soon. He asked the home ministry to prepare an effective strategy as cyber crime unlike conventional crimes has global ramifications and magnified the challenges faced by the police. He was speaking at the passing out parade of 66 Regular Recruits of the Indian Police Service [Full Article...]

Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary: Cong attacks PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday termed as “disgusting” and “petty-minded” the way the Narendra Modi government marked the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi while the ruling BJP wondered if that party prefers to see history through the “perspective” of Nehru-Gandhi family. “It is petty-minded, it is partisan and disrespectful to those who gave their lives to their country, particularly Indira Gandhi who gave hers [Full Article...]

PM flags off Run for Unity on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dedicated birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as National Unity Day, saying a nation that disregards its history cannot create one and made a veiled reference to anti-Sikh riots that followed then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination this day 30 years ago. Got up as an event to accord Sardar Patel, the ‘Iron Man of India’, his [Full Article...]

National Nuggets

Bangalore child rape: Activists, parents protest against school Bangalore:Hundreds of socio-political activists and parents Friday staged a massive demonstration against a private school in the city’s eastern suburb where a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped twice this week by a teacher. Seeking severe punishment to the suspect and stringent action against the school for the horrifying crime in its premises, many parents said [Full Article...]

Modi targets babus in austerity drive

New appointments freezed lNo 1st class air travel, meetings in 5-star hotels for bureaucrats New Delhi: Unveiling an austerity drive to trim fiscal deficit, the government has banned first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchase of cars while freezing new appointments. The measures that are aimed at cutting non-plan spending by 10 per cent includes a ban on filling [Full Article...]