India

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...

Himachal coordinating with states to counter narcotics trade: CM


Shimla, Aug 30: The Himachal Pradesh government is coordinating with neighbouring states by forming joint task forces to counter narcotics trade, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said here on Thursday.In a written reply to a question in the Assembly, he said that the state is addressing both the sides, demand and supply,...

IS commander among 6 killed in Afghanistan


Kabul, Aug 30: A senior commander of the Islamic State (IS), Yaser Khurasani, was among six militants killed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, officials said on Thursday.Acting upon intelligence report, aircraft targeted the hideout of the IS group in Khogiani district, killing Khurasani and five others on the spot, Xinhua news agency quoted...