India

483 dead, flood loss more than Kerala’s annual outlay: Vijayan


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 30: The Kerala flood disaster has claimed 483 lives and the estimated value of destruction is more than the annual outlay of our state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vjayan said on Thursday.Initiating the debate at a special one-day session of the Assembly to discuss the disaster, Vijayan said 14 people still...

Cases against politicians: SC irked by Centre’s failure to give details


New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed anguish over the Centre's failure to provide details about the criminal cases pending against lawmakers and politicians in various courts across the country.A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Navin Sinha and Justice K.M. Joseph said the Union of India is unprepared...

IYC protesters slam Centre over Rafale, activists’ arrests


New Delhi, Aug 30: Indian Youth Congress (IYC) staged a noisy protest here on Thursday accusing the Modi government of corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal and for ordering the arrests of human rights activists.Shouting slogans and holding banners, hundreds marched from the Congress headquarters to the Prime Minister's House alleging that...

BJP to contest 20 seats in 2019 polls in Bihar


Patna, Aug 30: Seat-sharing formula for the 2019 general elections has been finalised by the NDA constituents in Bihar, with the BJP getting the lion's share of 20 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the rest going to its allies including the JD-U, LJP and the RLSP, party leaders said...

India to become fifth largest economy next year: Jaitley


New Delhi, Aug 30: India is on track to surpass Britain next year to become the fifth largest economy in the world and to emerge among the big three global economies by 2040, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.He said while India's per capita income may still be modest, but the...

Modi meets Sri Lankan President


Kathmandu, Aug 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit here.Good and positive exchange of views on strengthening development cooperation and other areas of bilateral relationship (between India and Sri Lanka), External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh...

Resist authoritarian onslaught, says CPI-M


New Delhi, Aug 30: The arrests of and raids on houses of human rights activists and Left intellectuals across five states is an ominous pointer to how swiftly the country is coming under an authoritarian regime, the CPI-M has said.On Tuesday, Pune Police arrested Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves...

Russia warns US against illegal aggression against Syria


Moscow, Aug 30: Russian Envoy to the US Anatoly Antonov has told Washington that Moscow is concerned over signs of US preparing new strikes on Syria and warned against groundless and illegal aggression against the Middle-East country.We have expressed concerns about American signals of preparing new strikes on Syria on the pretext...

Will accept Stalin as leader: Alagiri


Madurai, Aug 30: Expelled DMK leader and former Union Minister M.K. Alagiri on Thursday said he will accept his younger brother and party President M.K. Stalin as leader -- if he was taken back into the party.Alagiri had publicly stated earlier that he cannot consider anyone as his leader other than the...