Gearing up for its electoral debut in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced the names of 44 shortlisted candidates for 12 constituencies. The final 12 would be selected after recommendations of grassroot level workers and selection committee after proper consultation and debate among them, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal told reporters while announcing the list of shortlisted candidates.
Long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is undergoing trials and could be in India by December, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said Friday. The Russian ambassador also complained that the delay in handing over of the Russian aircraft carrier to India was being written about extensively, as compared to the five-year long delay in the French-built Scorpene submarine.
Temperatures continued to remain high across North India on Friday with the national capital touching 45 degrees Celsius and Amritsar boiling at 47 degrees Celsius. Rajasthan sizzled between 44 and 47 degrees Celsius.
Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday refuted allegations of government favouring Reliance Industries (RIL) as malicious and said the proposed revision in natural gas price would apply to all companies. The allegations of favouring RIL were made in Delhi at a press conference on Thursday by CPI member of parliament Gurudas Dasgupta.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to Delhi's Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University for an anomaly in its admission exams in which aspirants were allotted an examination centre which had been shut for the past 10 years.
Amid speculation that the Congress is exploring government formation in Jharkhand -- which is under President's rule -- party vice president Rahul Gandhi reviewed the political situation with state leaders on Friday. A section of the Congress has been in favour of exploring ways to form a government in the state with the support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), said party sources in Delhi.
In a setback to the previous Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP government in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday quashed appointments of 480 teachers made in 2011 as these were not in accordance with law.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Friday called an indefinite shutdown in north Bengal's Darjeeling hills from Sunday to protest the arrest of an elected member of the hill development body for alleged involvement in arson and violence.
Expressing concern over rising incidents of crime against women and children, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called for effective measures to ensure their safety and security. Underlining the need for arresting the moral decline in society, the president told students of Himachal Pradesh University here to find answers for reversing the degradation of values.
Pakistan Army on Friday violated the ceasefire between the two countries and fired at Indian positions in Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Army started firing at our positions in Tutmarigali in Kashmir along the Line of Control at 1915 hours today and our troops also retaliated in equal measure, Army sources said in Delhi.
The CBI special court on Friday granted interim relief from arrest to three people accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case. The court granted relief to Vimal Patni, Director of RK Marble, senior IPS officer Narasimha Balasubramaniam and police inspector G Shrinivasan. The accused have been granted the relief till June 14 after they moved anticipatory bail applications claiming there was no evidence against them.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday arrived at Jeddah on an official visit during which he will hold talks with Saudi Arabia's leadership on a range of issues, including the controversial 'Nitaqat' law, energy security and counter-terrorism cooperation. Khurshid's visit is the first by an Indian External Affairs Minister in the last five years. In 2008, then Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee had visited the Gulf Kingdom.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday concluded the second phase of his Jantantra Yatra in Rudrapur, asking people to wake up to change a system where power has gone into the hands of tainted people. As many as 163 of our MPs are tainted. This means that the system is corrupt and needs to be changes, Hazare said, adding, he will launch a major campaign from Delhi's Ramlila Maidan very soon.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday asked countrymen to contain their uncontrolled passion for gold and instead save in financial instruments. Have faith in our financial sector. Unfortunately, we have difficulty shedding our old habits and put our money in gold, he said while speaking at an event to mark the platinum anniversary celebrations of state-run Dena Bank. The uncontrolled passion for gold must be contained, Chidambaram said and reeled out data to show how increasing gold imports are hurting the Current Account Deficit (CAD).
To ensure all round development of rural students studying in government schools in Punjab, the state government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGO International Award for Young People. The MoU was signed by DPI (schools) Kamal Kumar Garg and Bivujit Mukhoty, representative of the NGO, in presence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Hours after its spokesperson demanded resignation of Indian cricket board chief N Srinivasan over his son-in-law's name figuring in the investigations into the IPL spot fixing scandal, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Friday sought to distance itself from the demand.
Some prominent US educational institutions are imparting industrial training to students in India under the Centre's Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), Human Resource Development Minister M Pallam Raju on Friday said. Under the initiative, training is provided to students who have passed polytechnic and engineering courses, based on their understanding of the subject and as per the needs of industry.
Mumbai Police arrested Gurunath Meiyappan over allegations of involvement in IPL betting case on late Friday night after three hours of questioning. Meiyappan will be produced in a court within 24 hours.
A Brigadier and two jawans were injured on Friday night when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
CBI has not been able to make any substantial recovery of cash or valuables from the office and residence of its Superintendent of Police Vivek Dutt, who was probing the high-profile coal block allocation scam when he was arrested under graft charges, sources claimed.
As Chennai Super Kings team owner Gurunath Meiyappan landed in Mumbai for questioning in connection with the raging betting scandal, the Mumbai Police on Friday said for the first time that they would also quiz him about his suspected role in spot-fixing IPL matches.
A special CBI court on Friday reserved its order on the bail application of suspended IPS officer GL Singhal, an accused in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. After hearing the arguments, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate SH Khutwad said he would pronounce the order on May 27.
The West Bengal government's decision to take over two channels owned by scam-tainted Saradha Group which were facing closure may hit the roadblock as present guidelines do not allow state governments to run TV channels.
Seeking to provide opportunities to orphan youth to join its ranks, the Indian Army has relaxed its recruitment rules to allow them to join the force. Army Chief General Bikram Singh has taken a decision to relax the rules for recruitment for orphan youth which will help them to join the force, Army officials said on Friday.