It was a trial: ‘Science student’ Akhilesh explains unsuccessful Mahagathbadhan

Chennai: After the Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh put up a flop show in the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday ...

AIADMK in a soup over RS nominations as BJP tries to retain its ground

There is a rift in the AIADMK as most of the Lok Sabha candidates who lost the election want a seat to the Upper House, which puts pressure on the party

SBSP hopeful of forging alliance with SP, BSP for UP bypolls

Ballia (UP): The Suheldev Bharatiya Sa...

Now RLD announces it will go solo in UP Assembly bypolls

Lucknow: A day after the SP and the BSP decided to contest alone all 11 seats in the upcoming Assembly bypolls, their third alliance partner in the recent Lok Sabha elections - RLD - on Wednesday (June 5) announced it too will go solo. Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the 'gathbandhan' remains intact. "The Rash...

BJP may field Jaishankar as Rajya Sabha candidate from Gujarat

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to field External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar as its nominee for Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Ram Vilas Paswan as NDA's candidate from Bihar, sources said on Tuesday (June 4). Three seats in Rajya Sabha belonging to the BJP got vacant after party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani got electe...

Mahagathbandhan goes soft on Nitish Kumar, says ‘not allergic’ to anyone

Patna: With the BJP-JD(U) ties under apparent strain, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has extended an olive branch to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying non-BJP parties including the JD(U) should join forces against the BJP and that his party is "not allergic" to anyone. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a constituent of th...

RGV’s fresh salvo: Hand over the TDP to ‘Junior NTR’

Hyderabad: When he is not making a controversial movie, he is making controversial statements. Always provocative. Always in-the-face, curt and brutal. Even before the dust kicked off by his controversial biopic on NTR — the legendary Telugu actor and founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) — could settle down, the maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma has stirr...

Mahagathbandhan heads for a crash as Mayawati hints at end of ties with SP

The Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh is on the brink of a divorce. Addressing her ten Members of Parliament (MPs) in New Delhi today (Monday), a visibly upset BSP Supremo Mayawati told them that from now, the BSP would go solo in Uttar Pradesh and there would be no truck with the SP. Mayawati seems to be quite upset with...


Allies distance themselves from AIADMK’s inaugural of Jaya’s memorial

AIADMK inaugurated a memorial in honour of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday, at Marina Beach, almost a month ahead of the matriarch's 73rd birth anniversary. AIADMK's allies, however, distanced themselves from the inaugural function

Reporter’s diary: ‘A day at the Red Fort I would like to forget soon’

On the night of January 25, as I was ready to hit the bed, I got a call from my source on the Tikri border of Delhi. Why would he call me so late? I wondered. Of course, the next day (January 26) was a big day because farmers protesting against Centre’s three contentious farm laws were going to take out a massive, but peaceful, tractor march on a pre-decided route. I picked up the phone. "Sir kal dekhna kya hoga, jarur ana! (Sir, do come tomorrow, you will see a lot of things)" And he banged the phone. I was definitely geared up for some action the following day, but what I actually saw was far from what I had imagined.

Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital following chest discomfort

BCCI President and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, rushed to hospital after complaints of chest discomfort, on Wednesday (January 27), weeks after he was discharged from hospital after a cardiac procedure

Supreme Court refuses to grant interim protection to ‘Tandav’ makers

The Supreme Court denied granting interim protection from arrest to the webseries makers ‘Tandav’, on Wednesday (January 27). Several FIRs have been filed against the makers on charges of hurting "religious sentiments."

Never said doors for dialogue with farmers shut: Javadekar

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TMC MLA Prabir Ghoshal resigns from 2 posts, slapped with party notice

Trinamool Congress MLA Prabir Ghoshal on Tuesday (January 26) said he has resigned from two party posts, but will continue to be a member of the assembly. He said he had no plans of leaving the TMC, which has seen several big shots heading the BJP way ahead of the assembly polls due in April-May.

‘Tolerable safety outcomes’. Lancet publishes Covaxin Phase 1 trial data

Covixin, India’s first indigenous Covid vaccine candidate, developed by Bharat Biotech, led to “tolerable safety outcomes" and “enhanced immune responses” in Phase 1 trial, medical journal The Lancet said in its latest edition on Thursday.

PM, CMs and legislators to be covered in Phase II of COVID vaccination

The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination will include the Prime Minister, chief ministers, MPs and MLAs (above 50 years of age), say reports.

The Biden era begins; Kamala Harris is first woman vice-president of US

The United States on Wednesday ushered in a new era with the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden

No crowds, no parade: Here’s how Biden’s inauguration will be different

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office at midday on Wednesday in Washington, DC, in a ceremony markedly different from previous inaugurations.

Galwan heroes likely to be honoured posthumously on Republic Day

Colonel B Santosh Babu and some of the other Indian Army personnel killed while valiantly fighting Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year are expected to be honoured with gallantry awards on Republic Day, sources said on Monday. The Galwan Valley incident marked one of the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades.

Vihari, Ashwin stave off Aussie attack to give India a memorable draw

Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin batted out the entire evening session on day five to eke out a memorable draw against Australia in third Test in Sydney on Monday.

Modi 2.0: Have southern states been given a raw deal?

Chennai: As the new Narendra Modi dispensation began its second innings in Delhi, a perception took shape in southern India that the region, particularly Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, has been given a raw deal in ministerial berth allocations. Karnataka has been given three Union ministerial berths in addition to Finance portfolio for Nirmala Sitharaman...

Jal Shakti stares at depleting groundwater, lack of infrastructure

Chennai: A day after taking an oath as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi formed a new ministry for water — Jal Shakti. Experts welcomed this move since water was being dealt by multiple departments and ministers, and integrating it under one roof may speed up processes. But, the challenges now seem bigger: Groundwater depletion, lack of proper i...

In Modi 2.0, 51 ministers are crorepatis, 22 face criminal cases: ADR

New Delhi: Of the 56 ministers who took oath on May 30 (Thursday) and are part of either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, 51 are crorepatis and 22 have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). It said eight ministers have declared their educational qualification to be between 10th...

Sadananda Gowda’s appointment is but a safety net for BJP in K’taka

Chennai: Among the four vokkaliga caste BJP parliamentarians from Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda is the most experienced and non-controversial figure.

The changed Uttar Pradesh representation in Modi 2.0

Uttar Pradesh assumes importance in the Cabinet formation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to several reasons. Not only the prime minister himself represents the Varanasi constituency, but the state also has the largest representation in the lower house — 80 seats. Further, Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is due in 2022, the reason why the s...

Gadkari’s hurdles: Pushing new road laying, toll collection and safety

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari will be the minister of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) enterprises under the Modi 2.0 government. One of such key ministries is the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Over the past five years, this portfolio became synonymous with Nitin Gadkari who has been instrumental in carrying o...

Piyush Goyal retains railways, likely to focus on safety, non-fare revenue

New Delhi: Piyush Goyal, re-assigned the charge of the crucial railway ministry, is likely to focus on safety, generation of non-fare revenue, track renewal, modernisation and increase in the production of state-of-the-art coaches in his second stint at the helm of the national transporter, official sources said on Friday. Goyal, having achieved the lowest...

Modi 2.0: No cakewalk for Jaishankar as foreign minister

Chennai: The choice of retired foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as External Affairs Minister clearly shows the importance given to foreign policy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A career diplomat with over 40 years of inside knowledge in international affairs will be sorely needed to take on some of the challenges that India faces in its neighb...

Rift in NDA; Nitish sounds rebellion bugle

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar said that his party is not happy with the “symbolic presence” that was on offer in the central ministry sworn-in on Thursday (May 30). He has demanded that the representation should have been “proportional”. The JD(U) was conspicuous by its absence in the May 30 event. Talk of ministry distribut...