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'bjp believes those in power must not be questioned', tweets rahul gandhi on proposed changes to rti act | india news

new delhi: congress president rahul gandhi said on thursday the bjp believes the public "must not question people in power" and that the changes proposes in the rti act "will make it a useless act". the proposed amendment to the rti act to take away the stature of information commissions from the equivalent of the election commission will end their autonomy, transparency activists and former commissioners have said slamming the step, taken without consulting the central information commission, reported pti two days ago. the congress chief appeared to concur with them. "every indian has the right to know the truth. the bjp believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. the changes proposed to the rti will make it a useless act...





india vs england: dhoni took the ball to show it to bowling coach: shastri | cricket news

mumbai: the video grab of mahendra singh dhoni taking the match ball from the umpires after the 3rd odi against england at headingley, leeds, on tuesday, went viral on social media platforms and tv channels after india's eight-wicket loss had already generated a lot of heat. also read: dhoni contemplating retirement from odis?"is dhoni retiring?" was the talking point as all and sundry began to wonder about the significance of the former india skipper walking away with the match ball despite india having lost the match. dhoni asked for the ball from field umpires bruce oxenford (australia) and michael gough (england) as the teams walked back towards the pavilion. team india coach ravi shastri dismissed all speculation on dhoni's retirement on wednesday. "ms wanted to show th...





section 377 verdict nears, wife wants man booked for oral sex | india news

new delhi: at a time when the supreme court has reserved its verdict on pleas for decriminalisation of section 377 of ipc, a woman has moved the sc seeking fastening of the stringent provision against her husband for forcing her to perform "unnatural" oral sex during their four years of marriage. a bench of justices n v ramana and m m shantanagoudar issued notice to the husband after the wife’s counsel aparna bhat accused him of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him and said this was nothing but "sex against the order of nature", which has been categorised as an offence under section 377. a five-judge sc bench had on tuesday reserved its verdict on petitions seeking decriminalisation of section 377. justice d y chandrachud, who was part of the bench, had observed dur...





modi government plans to use no-trust motion to expose opposition

new delhi: the bjp-led nda on wednesday agreed for voting on the no-confidence motion + in a change of tack as the alliance seems better prepared to face the opposition move and sees it as an opportunity to drive home the point that anti-nda unity is not as strong as it seems. why pm modi has confidence in failure of no-confidence motion bjp managers are looking at "unaligned" regional parties to weaken the impression of an anti-bjp front and nda constituents met to consider strategy to post a strong tally and also to deplete opposition numbers. bjp managers are looking at “unaligned” regional parties to weaken the impression of an anti-bjp front and nda constituents met to consider strategy to post a strong tally and also to deplete opposition numbers. “the...





newest phase in earth's history named after meghalaya rock

it's official, we live in the meghalayan age. scientists have created a new phase in earth's geological history and named it meghalayan, after a stalagmite from a cave in the indian state of meghalaya that helped define climatic events 4,200 years ago, marking the beginning of the phase that continues till today. the meghalayan age began with a mega global drought that devastated ancient agricultural civilisations from egypt to china. it is part of a longer period known as the holocene epoch, which reflects everything that has happened over the past 11,700 years. the meghalayan is unique because it is the first interval in earth's geological history that coincided with a major cultural event, as agricultural societies struggled to recover from the shift in climate, said stanle...





eu fta almost dead, india now eyes post-brexit uk | india news

new delhi: the india-eu free trade agreement (fta) is on the verge of death. in a few days, the two sides are expected to formally state, in diplomatic language, that fta talks may no longer be resumed. the eu has asked for two weeks to decide whether to go back to the table at all after india wrote to them. sources say they are close to the conclusion that resumption of negotiations would be a fruitless exercise. there have been no negotiations since 2013. in 2017, both at the india-germany summit in june and the india-eu summit in october, there was an attempt to restart negotiations. but nothing happened. questioned, an eu official told toi, "following the eu-india summit last october, eu and india had extensive and frank exchanges at political, chief negotiator and expe...





government seeks to crack down on ponzi schemes | india news

new delhi: the government on wednesday moved a bill to crack down on unregulated deposits by barring unregistered entities and individuals from accepting funds and proposed a jail term of up to 10 years for soliciting and accepting such deposits. the move to register may impact several individuals and groups, including what are known as 'committees' in the capital or even kitties, in case a complaint is filed. typically, members of these informal groups deposit funds and can borrow at high rates and share the annual profits as return. as reported first by toi on february 22, the move will also impact real estate companies, which often promise interest-bearing schemes as well as jewellers, which run schemes where the returns come in the form of a free 12th instalment. while thes...





newest phase in earth's history named after meghalaya rock

it's official, we live in the meghalayan age. scientists have created a new phase in earth's geological history and named it meghalayan, after a stalagmite from a cave in the indian state of meghalaya that helped define climatic events 4,200 years ago, marking the beginning of the phase that continues till today. the meghalayan age began with a mega global drought that devastated ancient agricultural civilisations from egypt to china. it is part of a longer period known as the holocene epoch, which reflects everything that has happened over the past 11,700 years. the meghalayan is unique because it is the first interval in earth's geological history that coincided with a major cultural event, as agricultural societies struggled to recover from the shift in climate, said stanle...





modi govt to face its first no-trust vote on friday, expects easy win | india news

new delhi: on the opening day of the monsoon session on wednesday, lok sabha speaker sumitra mahajan accepted an opposition motion for a no-trust vote that the government ought to win with ease but which should see a riveting clash on issues ranging from farm distress, lynching and polarisation. the vote will take place on friday. the change in the government's stand — it had stonewalled the demand in the budget session — took the opposition by surprise as it had expected a stand-off. the government's decision stemmed from its confidence about its numbers and was based on the assessment that another washed-out session would allow the opposition to argue that bjp was spooked by fears of defections despite its majority. opposition circles maintained that the choice of the day...





elite special forces of army, iaf, navy get major weapons upgrade | india news

new delhi: from new long-range sniper rifles and man-portable anti-tank weapon systems to high-speed underwater scooters and hand-launched micro drones, india continues to gradually modernise its clandestine warfare arm. but the long-proposed special operations command (soc), or even its truncated version in the shape of a much smaller directorate, is still nowhere on the horizon. defence ministry sources on tuesday said several contracts worth "hundreds of crores" have been inked in recent months to equip the elite special forces of army, indian air force (iaf) and navy with more highly-specialised weaponry and equipment from countries like finland, sweden, italy, russia, israel and germany. "more attention is being paid to the special forces after para-sf commandos conducted...





thailand cave: thai cave boys wave and smile in first public appearance after rescue

chiang rai, thailand: the 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a flooded cave in thailand waved, smiled and offered traditional "wai" greetings in their first public appearance on wednesday at a national broadcast in the northern province of chiang rai. one of the boys who was rescued from the flooded cave last week described the moment of being found as a "miracle". "it is a miracle," adul sam-on, 14, told a press conference as the 12 members of the football team and their coach appeared in public. "we tried to dig out as we thought we cannot only wait for authorities to get us," coach ekkapol chantawong said during the press conference. one of the team members said they "drank water that fell from the rocks" before being found by two british divers. ...





india vs england: rahul, rahane not looked after properly; dhoni must do more: ganguly | cricket news

new delhi: former captain sourav ganguly has slammed the indian team management for not "looking after" two of its best batsmen, kl rahul and ajinkya rahane, saying constant experimentation in the middle-order is hurting the "top-heavy" side. also read: virat kohli defends team selectionganguly, speaking after india's loss in the three-match series against england at leeds on tuesday, said india are over reliant on the top-three of shikhar dhawan, rohit sharma and virat kohli. "india are too top heavy at the moment. if your top-order doesn't get runs, then you are struggling. it is a big issue. you have to have quality like england have," said ganguly in his post-match analysis on the official broadcaster. ganguly said india is not giving enough chances to someone like...





in first major contract, isro lets industry make 27 satellites | india news

bengaluru: in the first big contract since its inception, the indian space research organisation (isro) has allowed three industries—two private and one government-run firm—to build as many as 27 satellites in the next three years, indicating industry readiness and paving way for the next chapter in indian space programme. in all these years of space-faring, only two satellites have been assembled by the industry, the irnss-1h and irnss-1i, that too on a select-basis, only late last year and early this year. the two satellites were assembled by bengaluru-headquartered consortium led by alpha design technologies. now, isro’s contract for satellites will see the alpha design consortium that includes six smes— newtech; aidin; aniara; dcx; vinyas and exseed space—defence ps...





mig crash: mig-21 claims life of fighter pilot who once called it a 'beautiful machine' | india news

new delhi: “when you are flying this aircraft, the mig-21, you feel none other than god. the bond we share, i and the machine, is very rare ... more than what i share with my wife,” said squadron leader meet kumar, in an iaf promotional video filmed not too long ago. on wednesday, kumar was killed when his mig-21 fighter crashed in kangra + district of himachal pradesh. the mig-21, which had taken off on a routine sortie from the pathankot airbase at about 12.20 pm, apparently developed some technical snag and crashed near mehra palli village under the jawali police station area at 1.21pm. “the pilot sustained fatal injuries during the accident. a court of inquiry has been ordered to establish the exact cause of the accident,” said the iaf spokesperson. ...





guardian drones: us offers india armed version of guardian drone: sources | india news

farnborough, england: the united states has offered india the armed version of guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior us official and an industry source told reuters. if the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time that washington sells a large armed drone to a country outside the nato alliance. it would also be the first high-tech unmanned aircraft in the region, where tensions between india and pakistan run high. in april, president donald trump's administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of us arms export policy aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it would bolster the american defense industry and create jobs at home. the plan included a new drone export policy that allowed lethal ...





virat kohli touches career-high 911 points, sixth best ever in odi rankings

dubai: india captain virat kohli strengthened his position at the top of icc odi rankings for batsmen by touching a career-high 911 points, while kuldeep yadav broke into the top-10 of the bowlers' chart at sixth on wednesday. their rise comes despite india losing the odi series against england 1-2 on tuesday. also read: virat kohli defends team selection, seeks balance for world cupkohli ended the series with scores of 75, 45 and 71. he earned just two points but those were enough to take him to 911 points, highest since australia's dean jones tally of 918 points in march 1991. yadav has broken into the top-10 for the first time in his career. the left-arm wrist-spinner took nine wickets in the series, including six for 25 at trent bridge, which have been rewarded with a ri...





narendra modi: modi government's dilemma: to buy oil from iran or us?

new delhi: the us embargo on iran oil shipments has put prime minister narendra modi in a quandary. if he plays along, india could find itself on the right side of president donald trump on trade but lose cheap supplies and precious foreign exchange. oil import from iran: india, us hold crucial talksofficial sources said the issue of us sanctions on import of iranian oil figured in the talks the delegation had with gokhale who explained to it india's position on the matter.oil imports from iran totaled about $9 billion in the year ended march and substituting some of the contracts with more north american crude will help india lower the $24.5 billion trade surplus it runs with the world’s largest economy. india is already buying more crude from the us, data from the census bureau...





lok sabha speaker accepts no-confidence motion against nda government | india news

new delhi: lok sabha speaker sumitra mahajan on wednesday accepted a no-confidence motion moved by tdp's kesineni srinivas against the nda government. the speaker notified that the discussion on no-confidence motion will take place on friday. read also: monsoon session of parliament 2018 live updatesthe speaker named all opposition members who had moved similar no-confidence motions and said tdp's kesineni srinivas would move his motion as his name had come up in the lottery. the member of the tdp, which had quit the ruling nda coalition in march protesting against the government not giving a special package to andhra pradesh, moved the motion during zero hour which was admitted by the speaker. parliamentary affairs minister ananth kumar said the government was ready to f...





sabarimala case: women's right to pray is equal to that of men, observes sc | india news

new delhi: the supreme court on wednesday said that a woman's right to pray is equal to that of a man and it is not dependent on a law to enable you to do that. the apex court made the observations while hearing on whether prohibiting the entry of women in kerala's sabarimala temple on grounds of biological factors was discriminatory and violative of the constitution. the constitution bench comprising chief justice dipak misra, justice rohinton fali nariman, justice am khanwilkar, justice dy chandrachud and justice indu malhotra was addressing four questions framed by a three-judge bench while referring the matter to a five-judge constitution bench on october 13, 2017. "on what basis you (temple authorities) deny the entry. it is against the constitutional mandate. once you op...





thailand cave: thai cave boys wave and smile in first public appearance after rescue

chiang rai, thailand: the 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a flooded cave in thailand waved, smiled and offered traditional "wai" greetings in their first public appearance on wednesday at a national broadcast in the northern province of chiang rai. one of the boys who was rescued from the flooded cave last week described the moment of being found as a "miracle". "it is a miracle," adul sam-on, 14, told a press conference as the 12 members of the football team and their coach appeared in public. "we tried to dig out as we thought we cannot only wait for authorities to get us," coach ekkapol chantawong said during the press conference. one of the team members said they "drank water that fell from the rocks" before being found by two british divers. ...