JK to be open-defecation free by 2019

Jammu: Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice Abdul Haq and Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga Friday handed-over cheques worth Rs 24 lakh to IHL (Individual Household Latrine) beneficiaries at a function organized by the Rural Development Department (RDD) under the banner of Swachh Bharat Mission at Vijaypur. […]

India, Pak answerable on deaths in Siachen

New Delhi: Governments of India and Pakistan owe the people an answer for the death of Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, JNU student leader Shehla Rashid Shora today said even as she questioned his “deification”, saying he fell not to enemy bullets but to weather conditions and lack of facilities. Shehla, vice-president of JNU students’ […]

US asks India, Pak to engage in direct dialogue

WASHINGTON: US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner, in his briefing said in answer to a question about the suspension of peace talks: “The peace process, we believe and it’s been our longstanding position that India and Pakistan stand to benefit from the normalization of relations and practical cooperation, and we encourage them to do […]

Airtel to buy Aircel 4G airwaves for Rs 3,500cr

Mumbai: Bharti Airtel Ltd said on Friday that it will spend Rs.3,500 crore to acquire the rights to use fourth-generation (4G) spectrum in eight telecom circles, making India’s largest mobile phone operator a pan-India 4G operator. In a filing to stock exchanges, Bharti Airtel said the company and its subsidiary Bharti Hexacom Ltd on Thursday […]

Central government employees get 6% DA hike from January 1

NEW DELHI: Dearness allowance for central government employees has been hiked to 125 per cent of basic pay, up by 6 percentage points, with effect from January 1, 2016, the Finance Ministry said today. “… Dearness Allowance payable to central government employees shall be enhanced from existing rate of 119 per cent to 125 per […]


RIYADH :- Saudi Arabia’s plans for economic reform foresee winding down ‘jobs for life’ in the state bureaucracy and replacing them with new careers in a dynamic private sector. That’s the theory, at least. But in the short term, there is a problem: 2016 is set to be an abysmal year for job creation. Public […]

Drugmulla decries poor BSNL service

Srinagar: The residents of Drugmulla and its adjoining areas today complained poor data and cellular service by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The subscribers said that poor signal strength on BSNL network had been giving them tough time for past some weeks. Residents said that technical problems with BSNL network has left them troubled. “We […]

Imagining a neighbour’s turbulence

Given the strained civil-military ties in Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi needs to develop a more centred policy before heading out for Islamabad later this year for the SAARC summit. Scenario-building could be a start. Looking back, it is clear that 2016 will be remembered as a year marked by political turbulence in Pakistan; these processes […]

Injecting cows with illegal drugs for milk

Do you remember a time when the cow came to your house to give your milk? When cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad were but towns, they used to house animals inside the residential areas. Several dairies with five to 50 animals were located after every few blocks and either you sent someone […]

How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favour one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorised as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life. We […]

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