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New Delhi: With Pakistan opening its airspace for all commercial airlines on Tuesday morning, Air India said operation costs for one-way US and Europe-...

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Fire breaks out in West Delhi hospital, six patients rescued

New Delhi: A minor fire broke out in the operation theatre of ESI Hospital in west Delhi's Basai Darapur on Friday morning, with firefighters evacuating six patients to safety, fire officials said. No one was injured in the blaze, they said. The fire department said they received a call about the blaze at 9.10 am, after which six fire tenders were rushe...

Cong’s LS leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury likely to chair PAC

New Delhi: Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is likely to chair parliament's Public Accounts committee (PAC), a source said on Thursday. Fifteen of the 24 members of the PAC were unanimously elected by the Lok Sabha. They include Chowdhury and former Union ministers Jayant Sinha and Ram Kripal Yadav. The remaining nine members o...

Prahlad Joshi: Lok Sabha sits till 11.58 pm to conclude debate on railways

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha sat till 11.58 pm on Thursday (July 11) to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the Railway Ministry, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi saying it is for the first time in nearly 18 years that the Lower House has sat for this long. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to reply to the debate on Friday (Jul...

Economy is weak, needs bold, structural reforms: Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Union Budget 2019-20 does not chalk out a clear roadmap to take India on the path of high economic growth and lacks bold steps and structural reforms, Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Thursday (July 11) in Rajya Sabha. Participating in the debate on the Budget, the former finance minister said the country's economy is weak and requires ...

4,698 complaints from Indian women deserted by NRI husbands addressed: MEA

New Delhi: As many as 4,698 complaints from distressed Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands were addressed in the last three and a half years, the Ministry of External Affairs said Wednesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the complaints were received between January 2016 and May ...

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the AAP government's proposal to make metro ride free for women, saying it is for the authorities to decide on giving concession to a particular class. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar refused to entertain the plea, saying there is no substance in it ...

Article 370 temporary provision in Constitution: Govt tells RS

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said Article 370, which provides for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is a temporary provision in the Constitution and Article 35A, which gives special rights to the natives of the state, was added through a Constitution order issued by the President of India. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told R...

93 terrorists killed in JK since Pulwama attack: Govt tells RS

New Delhi: As many as 93 terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The minister said as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of this year has witnessed a reduction in terrorists initi...

SC refuses to interfere with HC order on Jaya, AIADMK minister

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with a 2011 order of the Madras High Court quashing a case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and two others for allegedly receiving unaccounted gifts worth over ₹2 crore. Jayalalithaa and former minister Azhagu Thirunavukkarasu, who were arrayed as accused by the CBI in the ...

BJP received more than ₹900 crore as donations between 2016-18: ADR

New Delhi: The BJP received more than ₹900 crore as donations from over 1,500 corporates between 2016-18, over 16 times more than what the Congress got in the same period, a new report said on Tuesday. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the donations from corporates to national parties said during the period 2016-18. According to the ...

As Parliament passed Aadhaar bill, Ordinance on its use no longer survives, Centre te...

New Delhi: As Parliament has passed the Aadhaar amendment bill for voluntary use of the biometric ID in private sector, the Ordinance on the issue "does not survive", the Centre informed the Delhi High Court on Tuesday. The submission by the central government before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar came on a plea challenging t...

Budget gives clear signal on promoting electric vehicles: NITI Aayog

New Delhi: The Budget has given a clear signal that the government wants to encourage electric vehicles and domestic firms ought to gear themselves to become world leaders in this field, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Sunday (July 7). Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget on Friday, provided additional income tax deduction...

File tax returns if you have foreign trips, steep electricity bills

New Delhi: The government has made income tax return filing mandatory for high spenders even if their taxable income is below the threshold exemption limit of ₹5 lakh. Those mandated to file returns include people spending more than ₹2 lakh on a foreign trip or depositing ₹1 crore in a year in a bank account or paying electricity bill of more than ₹1 lakh ...

SC seeks reply from Centre, UIDAI on plea challenging 2019 Aadhaar Ordinance

The Supreme Court on Friday (July 5) asked the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to respond to a petition which has challenged the validity of the 2019 Aadhaar Ordinance. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai issued notices to them on a PIL challenging the validity of Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinan...

Corruption cases against 36 CBI officers in past three years: Govt

New Delhi: As many as 36 CBI officers faced corruption charges in the past three years, the government said on Thursday. "The CBI has a robust mechanism to deal with internal vigilance matters and complaints of corruption against its own officers. During the years from 2016 till May 31, 2019, on the basis of complaints received and information developed by...

Punishment for perpetrators of violence against doctors should be component of centra...

New Delhi: Citing recent cases of violence against doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday (July 1) asked the government to declare hospitals as "safe zones" and asserted that exemplary punishment for perpetrators of such acts should be a component of the central law. On National Doctors Day, the IMA organized a mass awareness programme thr...

Summer vacation extended by a week in Delhi schools due to heat wave

The Delhi government on Sunday extended by a week the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes will reopen from Monday as per the earlier schedule. ALSO READ: Heatstroke victims let d...

AAP MLA convicted for assaulting man during 2015 Assembly poll campaign

New Delhi: A Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Som Dutt for beating and assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal held Dutt, a legislator from Sadar Bazar constituency here, guilty under section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restrain...

Manoj Tiwari demands anti-Romeo squads in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari Saturday suggested taking a leaf out of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh government's anti-Romeo squads to check eve-teasing in the national capital. "Eve-teasing incidents in buses, Metro and other places in Delhi is a matter of great concern. I demand the Delhi Police to form special squads as has been done in Uttar Prad...

Arvind Kumar new IB chief, Samant Kumar Goel to head external spy agency RAW

Senior IPS officers Arvind Kumar and Samant Kumar Goel were appointed chiefs of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), respectively on Wednesday. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the Personnel Mini...

SC rejects Cong plea against separate Rajya Sabha bypolls in Gujarat

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Congress challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. The court said it won’t interfere with the Election Commission’s decision since the poll panel has stated that the two vacancies were classified under “cas...

RS members discuss NEET removal, bringing back BSNL at session

New Delhi: A Congress Rajya Sabha member on Monday (June 24) sought immediate steps to revive state-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL, saying that employees were not being paid salaries on time. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ripun Bora said that, while private sector companies have been alloted 4G and 5G spectrum, the two public sector enterprises we...

Chopper scam: SC to hear ED’s plea against Saxena’s permission to go abro...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against the permission granted to Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, to travel abroad on medical grounds. The Delhi High Court had on June 10 allowed Saxena to go abroad for treatment for blood canc...

RS members pitch for interlinking of rivers, rain water harvesting

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MPs on Monday (June 24) raised the issue of growing drinking water crisis in different parts of the country and demanded immediate interventions such as inter-linking of rivers and rain water harvesting to recharge the ground water table. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Satyanarayan Jatiya (from BJP) said that parts of...

Minor fire doused at RML hospital

New Delhi: More than 200 patients were shifted to safety after a minor fire broke out at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here early on Saturday, according to a statement. The Delhi Fire Services received information about the blaze at around 4:19 am, following which five fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it was doused by 5:15 am, officials said. I...