Mamata to join Modi on Bangla trip

Kolkata:  Amid talk of bonhomie between the two, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his two-day visit to Bangladesh beginning June 6. “The Chief Minister will go along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh next month. We hope this visit will strenghten relations between the two Bengals (West Bengal and Bangladesh) and also between [Full Article...]

SC to hear Centre’s plea against HC order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear Centre’s plea challenging Delhi High Court order terming as “suspect” its notification barring Delhi government’s anti-corruption branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences, and holding that the LG cannot act in his discretion. The Centre’s petition was mentioned before a vacation bench, comprising Justices A K Sikri and U U Lalit, by [Full Article...]

Protesting govt employees baton charged in Srinagar

Srinagar: Hundreds of temporary state government employees held a rally for their regularisation in summer capital Srinagar on Thursday and also tried to storm the civil secretariat prompting police to use batons and water cannons to disperse them. The protest march was organised by the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) which had last week announced the secretariat ‘Gherao’ programme if the government failed to [Full Article...]

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Railway minister faces protest in UP Allahabad: Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha had to face the ire of the railway employees particularly of the gangmen when he visited Atsarai railway station on Thursday to get the glimpse of the derailment of the nine coaches of Muri Express three days ago.The railway gangmen raised slogans against the minister over their pending demands [Full Article...]

‘Rural women can play crucial role in tackling climate change’

New Delhi:  Women, especially those living in rural areas, can play a crucial role in tackling climate change “by changing the way they cook, gather wood or maintain household”, French Ambassador to India Francois Richier said on Thursday. “I would like to highlight that women are not only at risk due to climate change but they are also part of the solution. Because, particularly [Full Article...]

Jaitley holds talks with farmer’s representatives on land bill

New Delhi:  Battling strident opposition on the land bill, Government on Thursday  held interaction with farmers’ representatives from various states to address their “misgivings” on various issues and take their concerns on board. In an hour-long interaction, which saw demands including bringing back the consent clause in the land bill, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitely assured the farmers that the Government would go [Full Article...]

Indians marginal polluters, so why cut coal?

Mumbai: India’s development dilemma centres around a basic calculation: the carbon emission for an average Indian is only marginally higher than the carbon dioxide producedin flying one passenger from Tokyo to San Francisco. In other words, while a commonly-cited fact is that India, after China and the US, is the third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide – the main gas implicated in warming the planet [Full Article...]

Heat wave toll climbs to 1412

New Delhi: The death toll due to intense heat wave sweeping across many parts of the country continued to mount and reached 1412 on Wednesday, with only Andhra Pradesh and Telangana accounting for 1360 deaths. As per the latest figures, the toll due to heat wave in Andhra Pradesh stood 1020 while it was 340 in Telangana. While 168 deaths were reported in Andhra [Full Article...]