Jaishankar made new Foreign Secy

New Delhi: S Jaishankar, India’s Ambassador to the US, was on Wednesday night suddenly appointed as the Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh, who has in effect been sacked.  A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar, who had only two days to go for his retirement, will take over here on Thursday and will have a two-year tenure as per the rules. Before being appointed as the [Full Article...]

Delhi to have special hostels for NE students

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday proposed to set up special hostels for students from the northeast region studying in Delhi. The Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Jitendra Singh ordered a sub-committee be set up consisting of representatives from offices of resident commissioners of various states as well as representatives of the DoNER ministry to identify suitable location and land for [Full Article...]

Rs 34,300 cr sanctioned for 3,586 kms of roads including in North East

New Delhi: National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) would construct 3,586 kms of highways worth Rs 34,300 crore in tough terrains, including the North-East, in the first tranche, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. A length of 10,000 kms of highways in difficult areas have been identified for development by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), a fully-owned [Full Article...]

Modi asks NCC cadets to create a world record in yoga

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the National Cadet Corps to try and create a world record by doing yoga across the country at the same time on June 21, the ‘International Day of Yoga’, as declared by United Nations last month. Addressing NCC cadets here, Modi spoke to them about a number of issues, including yoga. Recalling that June 21 has [Full Article...]

Cong prepares to take on govt in Parl on N-deal issue

New Delhi: The issue of operationalising the Indo-US civil nuclear deal will echo in Parliament when Budget session begins on February 23 as Congress plans to ask the Govern-ment to explain the assuran-ces it has given during Barack Obama’s visit for resolving the logjam. The party at the same time made it clear that it was not opposing the finalisa-tion of the agreement as [Full Article...]

National Nuggets

Headmistress suspended as student delivers baby in hostel Berhampur (Odisha):A Class X girl student delivered a baby in a residential school hostel in Kandhamal district following which its headmistress was suspended and two contractual teachers disengaged for alleged negligence, officials said on Wednesday. The Class X student of the school had delivered a baby in the hostel on Friday night, they said. Following the [Full Article...]

‘Col Rai had reached out to youth in militancy-hit Tral’

Srinagar:Army on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to Colonel M N Rai, who died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir, recalling his efforts to reach out to youths in the militancy-hit region and said such sacrifice only strengthens its resolve to fight elements inimical to peace. “Col Rai always led from the front in multiple operations that he carried out in 2014 and also in [Full Article...]

Paswan says NDA will fight Bihar polls under Modi

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an ally of BJP, on Wednesday described the saffron party as as “elder brother” and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the face of NDA in the coming Bihar polls. “BJP is our elder brother. Bihar polls will be fought under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leader-ship,” LJP President and Union minister Ramvilas Paswan told reporters. Paswan said seat [Full Article...]