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LS poll schedule likely on Mar 13-14

New Delhi, Feb 23In all likelihood, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is expected to announce the schedule for the upcoming Parliamentary elections on March 13-14.As such, the model code of conduct (MCC) will come into effect after the ECI makes the ..

BJP amends its constitution to empower Parliamentary Board to take decision on its president

New Delhi, Feb 18The BJP's national convention on Sunday amended the party's constitution, allowing its apex organisational body -- the Parliamentary Board -- to take a decision related to its president, including his or her term and its extension, in "em..

Mushroom sprouting from frog's side in Western Ghats baffles scientists

NEW DELHI, Feb 18In an intriguing discovery, researchers have stumbled upon a frog in the foothills of the Western Ghats sporting an extraordinary feature -- a mushroom sprouting from its side. The finding, described in the journal Reptiles and Amphibians..

Electoral Bonds scheme unconstitutional, rules SC

New Delhi, Feb 15A five-Judge bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justices Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra delivered a unanimous verdict on Thursday, striking down the Electoral Bonds scheme as unconstitutionalThe bench w..

Scrapping FMR : Securing the North East

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 The recent decision by the Government to scrap the India-Myanmar Free Movement Regime (FMR) and initiate comprehensive measures to fortify the border is a crucial step towards safeguarding the internal security and demographic integrity ..

Govt examines FDI flow from China in Paytm Payments Services

New Delhi, Feb 11 : The government is examining foreign direct investment from China in Paytm Payments Services Ltd (PPSL), the payment aggregator subsidiary of One97 Communications Ltd, sources said.In November 2020, PPSL had applied for licence with the..

Siddaramaiah challenges Amit Shah to public debate on guarantee schemes

Bengaluru, Feb 11: Asserting that he could prove that the state's treasury is not empty because of the guarantee schemes, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday challenged Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is in the state, to participate in a pu..

India suspends FMR with Myanmar

NEW DELHI, Jan 8Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on February 8 that the Government has decided to scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) along Myanmar border to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the demographic structure of India..

No tax change, "developed India by 2047" mantra in last Budget before pollsFull Union Budget likely in July

New Delhi, Feb 1There will be no change to income tax slabs, which have been reduced and rationalised, in the 2024 interim Budget, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Thursday morning, as she read out a statement of the country's finances in a ..

Myanmar’s neighbours grapple with new options as balance of power shifts in the country

BANGKOK/ NEW DELHI, Jan 30 For the first time since Myanmar’s 2021 military coup, the junta has sent a senior official to take part in an Asean Foreign Ministers’ meeting. Instead of sitting out the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on Ja..

Nitish Kumar ditches INDIA bloc, goes back to BJP

PATNA, Jan 28 Nitish Kumar took oath today as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a record ninth time, at the head of a fresh Government formed in partnership with the BJP.Mr Kumar is replacing his Ministers from the Rash-triya Janata Dal with those from the ..

R-Day tableau to bear Ima Keithel, Lotus Silk

Imphal/N Delhi, Jan 25A unique market in Manipur where the traders are only women will be shown at the Republic Day parade tableau of the North East State on Friday.Ima Keithel, or Mother's Market, in the State capital Imphal is an important example of na..

Microsoft Translator now features Manipuri

New Delhi, Jan 25 Microsoft India on Thursday announced the addition of two new Indian languages, Chhattisgarhi and Manipuri, to the Microsoft Translator.  "We are proud to announce the addition of Manipuri and Chhattisgarhi languages in Microsoft Tr..

'Extraordinary moment' says PM as...Ram Lalla consecrated at Ayodhya Temple

Ayodhya, Jan 22The new Ram Lalla idol was consecrated at the Ayodhya Temple on Monday, an event led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and watched by lakhs of people on television at their homes and in Temples across the country.Army helicopters showered flo..

Centre to fence Myanmar border soon: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Jan 20 Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the Centre will soon fence the India-Myanmar border just like it has barricaded the border along Bangladesh to restrict free movement into the country.With this announcement, the Free M..

416 Myanmarese military personnel entered India Border area a matter of concern : COAS

NEW DELHI, Jan 11 About 416 Myanmarese soldiers crossed over to India in view of the situation arising out of the fighting between Myanmar's armed ethnic groups and the Government forces, said Army Chief General Manoj Pande on Thursday, adding the Indian ..

Forest land five times Delhi's geographical area under encroachment : Data 22.13 Sq Kms of forest land encroached in Manipur

New Delhi, Jan 5 A total 7,506 square kilometres of recorded forest area-- five times the geographical area of Delhi--is currently under encroachment in the country, according to Govern- ment data.Assam alone accounts for 3,407.48 square kilometres (12.69..

India to scrap Free Movement Regime on India-Myanmar border: Report ‘Border fencing to be completed in next 4.5 years’

New Delhi, Jan 3The Free Movement Regime (FMR), which allows people residing close to the India-Myanmar border to venture 16 km into each other's territory without visa, will be ended soon, a senior Government functionary said on Tuesday.The 1,643-km-long..

India's solar mission "destined to look at the Sun forever"; 1 week to go

Mumbai, Dec 31Aditya L1, the Indian Space Research Organisation's solar mission, will reach the Lagrange point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system on January 6, which will enable the spacecraft to view the sun without any eclipses, ISRO chief S Somanath said t..

Pro-talk ULFA signs peace accord with Centre, Assam Govt Outfit has agreed to disband organisation : Shah

New Delhi, Dec 29In a shot in the arm for the ruling BJP, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)’s pro-talks faction on Friday signed a tripartite Memorandum of Settlement with the Centre and the Assam Government in the presence of Union Home M..

Tharoor advocates opportunities for youth in elections; hints at 2024 being his last contest

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Dec 29 : Congress Working Committee member and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor spoke about providing opportunities for younger people to contest polls, indicating that his upcoming fight from Thiruvananthapuram in the general elections may..

UGC directive to stop admission to MPhil will not be implemented in Bengal: Minister

KOLKATA, Dec 29 : West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu has said the state government will not abide by the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to universities to stop admission to MPhil programmes for the 2023-24 academic year.UGC Sec..

'Electronic soil' that enhances crop growth by 50% developed by scientists This soilless cultivation method, known as hydroponics, uses a root system that is stimulated electrically through a new cultivation substrate

New Delhi, Dec 27Scientists have developed an electrically conductive "soil" which they say can lead to 50 per cent more growth of barley seedlings on average in 15 days.This soilless cultivation method, known as hydroponics, uses a root system that is st..

Tribals plan Delhi protest on delisting converts from ST list

Ranchi, Dec 26 Come February and thou-sands of tribals from across India will converge in New Delhi, demanding converted tribals be removed from the ST list in what is turning out to be a nationwide campaign backed by the RSS and other Hindu groups.On Chr..

Sekar Viswanathan elected as vice president of EPSI

BENGALURU, Dec 24At the 11th general body meeting of the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in Bangalore on December 22, Dr Sekar Viswanathan was elected as the vice president of EPSI.Over 350 participants, including chancellors, vice-chancellor..

Indigenously-built guided missile destroyer INS Imphal to be commissioned on Tuesday

New Delhi, Dec 24INS Imphal, the indigenously-built stealth guided missile destroyer equipped with BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy on Tuesday in a boost to its maritime capability amid China’s increasin..

The new JN.1 wave – An explainer

New Delhi, Dec 23 JN.1, from the lineage of Omicron variant of Covid, is rapidly driving a large share of the current winter wave of Covid-19 infections across the globe.First detected in Luxembourg in August, it is currently present in about 41 countries..

LS approves Telecom Bill 2023; provides for Govt control of communication network in emergency

NEW DELHI, Dec 20 : A bill allowing the government to temporarily take control of telecom services in the interest of national security, and providing a non-auction route for the allocation of satellite spectrum was approved by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday...

From Thai jungles to Delhi, Golden Triangle’s drug lords ensnare India

NEW DELHI, Dec 17 In a daring journey that began in early December, a covert mission traced the perilous route of “organic ganja (cannabis)” from the lush landscapes of Thailand to the heart of Delhi.Starting its journey in Phuket, this contra..

Parliament security breached : 5 held

NEW DELHI, Dec 13The Parliament security breach on Wednesday was well-coordinated, meticulously planned and carried out by six accused, five of whom have been nabbed, police sources said on Wednesday.Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D who were held inside the ..

Amit Shah hits back at TMC, Cong leaders after 'communal', 'take back PoK' barbs

NEW DELHI, Dec 12 : Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed some heated moments as Home Minister Amit Shah took exception to Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy referring to the repeal of Article 370, the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and Uniform Civil C..

Article 370 of Constitution a temporary provision : SC

New Delhi, Dec 11Article 370 of the Constitution, which bestowed special status on the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was a “temporary provision”, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.In a landmark verdict, the apex court unanimously uphel..

Apex Court refuses to entertain PIL for setting up of fresh panel of experts on Manipur violence

New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a fresh PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to intervene and restore law and order in ethnic violence-hit Manipur, besides setting up a panel of experts to prepare a report on the underlyi..

India among countries with most reported Dengue deaths in 2023: Report

NEW DELHI, Dec 4India is among top 20 countries with most reported dengue cases and deaths in the year 2023 — which recorded more than in the last five years annually, according to a report released on Sunday.The report, by aid agency Save the Child..

India among countries with most reported Dengue deaths in 2023: Report

NEW DELHI, Dec 4India is among top 20 countries with most reported dengue cases and deaths in the year 2023 — which recorded more than in the last five years annually, according to a report released on Sunday.The report, by aid agency Save the Child..

BJP sweeps MP, Raj, Chhattisgarh; Cong gets T'gana

New Delhi, Dec 3 The BJP swept Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on Sunday inflicting a resounding defeat on the Congress to tighten its stranglehold in the Hindi heartland, in a big boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and setting the tone for..

2023 shatters climate records, 2024 to be as bad, concerns for India

NEW DELHI, Dec 1: The year 2023 has shattered climate records, accompanied by extreme weather which has left a trail of devastation and despair, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in a report.Launched on the first day of the annual climate s..

90,000 displaced : UN

New Delhi, Nov 22 : Amid mounting hostilities between Myanmar's anti-junta groups and Government forces, India on Tuesday asked its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the neighbouring country and advised Indians living there to register with the em..

Centre closely monitoring Mizoram as Myanmar violence triggers influx

NEW DELHI, Nov 14 The Central intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch as the gunbattle in Myanmar triggered a fresh influx of refugees in Mizoram.Around 5000 people from Myanmar have entered Mizoram following a fresh airstrike by the Myanmar army ..

Imphal in bottom 10 of smart city ranking

NEW DELHI, Nov 12 As the Smart Cities Mission approaches the June 2024 deadline, cities in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan account for the top 10 in terms of completion of projects and financial progress, while ..

IED blast accused

JAMMU, Nov 8: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested a Rohingya man in J&K’s Jammu city for suspected terror links.Official sources said that NIA sleuths on Wednesday arrested the Rohingya refugee, identified as Zafar Alam..

Mizoram logs over 70 pc turnout

New Delhi, Nov 7 Around three quarters of eligible voters in Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have voted on Tuesday (November 7), Election Commission figures said at 7 pm.The poll body recorded an approximate voter turnout trend of 71.11% for twenty of Chhattisga..

Smog chokes Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 5 : New Delhi was wrapped in a thick layer of toxic haze as air quality continued to remain in the "severe category". The Indian capital, along with Kolkata and Mumbai, is among the world's most polluted cities today, according to data by S..

Manipur DGP among 204 police personnel chosen for Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal

New Delhi, Oct 31: More than 204 police personnel, including Director General of Manipur Police Rajiv Singh, were on Tuesday chosen for the Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal for the year 2023. Senior IPS officer Amit Kumar, who has serve..

Exam centre change options to State candidates

NEW DELHI, Oct 30The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the IBPS PO Mains 2023 on November 5. Candidates who selected Manipur as their exam centre for IBPS PO Mains 2023 have been granted the opportunity to change their centre. T..

High profile sex racket exposed, police rescue 9 girls 4 girls from Manipur among rescued

MUMBAI, Oct 23Police have busted a high profile sex racket from Andheri area of  Mumbai. Police rescued 9 girls from the spot and arrested the spa manager. As the owner of the spa is said to be absconding, the police are conducting raids at various p..

Palm oil plantations

New Delhi, Oct 20 The Union Government plans to cover an area larger than the entire State of Sikkim with palm oil plantations in six Northeastern States as part of a National mission that could mean devastating consequences for the biodiversity of the re..

SC refuses to legalise same-sex marriage

NEW DELHI, Oct 17A five-Judge Supreme Court bench on Tuesday refused to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages after it differed on certain aspects, especially on applicability of adoption rules for queer couples. Refusing to strike down the Specia..

Radiation detection equipment to be set up

NEW DELHI, Oct 15 : Radiation Detection Equipment (RDE) will soon be installed at eight land crossing points along India's borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal to check the trafficking of radioactive materials for its possible use in makin..

5 States to vote from Nov 7 to 30, results on Dec 3

New Delhi, Oct 9The 2023 Madhya Pradesh Assembly election will be held in a single phase on November 17, followed by voting in Rajasthan on November 23 and in Telangana on November 30.The final round of polls this year will begin with Mizoram voting on No..