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NEW DELHI : President Ram Nath Kovind will not host an Iftar party this year at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "After the President took over office, he decided there would be no religious celebrations or observances in a public building such as Rashtrapati Bhavan on taxpayer expense.

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MUMBAI : Mumbai businessman Raj Kundra on Wednesday claimed that he had gone to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as a witness for the ongoing investigations in the Rs 2,000 crore bitcoin scam.

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PATNA : After the Rashtriya Janata Dal wrested the Jokihat Assembly seat from the ruling JD-U in Bihar, a senior Janata Dal-United leader blamed rising prices of petrol and diesel for the drubbing.

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SHILLONG : Curfew was imposed in some parts of Meghalaya's state capital Shillong on Friday following a violent clash that broke out between the police and an unruly mob in the city's Motphran area.

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NEW DELHI : To create awareness and advocate the cause of increasing inclusiveness in Indian Judiciary System, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party is planning to organize a nationwide campaign “Halla Bol, Darwaza Khol”. The launch of the campaign is scheduled to be held on 20th May’ 2018 from 2 PM to 3 PM.

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AHMEDABAD : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court hearing the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case on Wednesday concluded hearing in the discharge plea by former top cop of Gujarat Police N.K. Amin. The special court had started hearing the Amin's discharge plea last Saturday.

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NEW DELHI : Google on Friday celebrated renowned Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai on her 100th birth anniversary. In the doodle, Sarabhai is seen with her signature parasol, standing proudly in the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts auditorium, with three of her students dancing in the background.

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NEW DELHI : Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it has decided to utilise the Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) for environmental projects, including the purchase of 960 semi-low floor fully electric buses.

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LOS ANGELES : "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson on Friday tweeted in support of Indian lawyer Deepika Singh Rajwat, who is fighting the case of a minor girl whose rape and murder in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir sent shockwaves globally.

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NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said that the party "outrightly" reject the ordinance proposed by the Center to award three-year of jail term for guilty in Triple talaq cases as it considers it as an " atrocious law".

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LUCKNOW/JAIPUR: A storm whipped through a large swathe of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh last night, killing over 100 people in a trail of destruction that brought down mud houses, uprooted trees and flattened crops.

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UDHAMPUR: An 87-year-old woman from the Badali village of Udhampur district has become a role model for the whole country as she is single-handedly constructing a toilet near her house in a bid to make her village open defecation free.

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NEW DELHI: Recipients of the 65th National Film Awards expressed disappointment and threatened to boycott the award ceremony after a report emerged that President Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting only 11 of the 137 prizes to the winners at a ceremony scheduled to be held here on Thursday.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Karnataka Government to give four tmc of water to Tamil Nadu and has asked the Centre to file an affidavit on the same. Meanwhile, Attorney General K K Venugopal in the apex court submitted papers stating, "the Cauvery management board draft has to be tabled before the Union Cabinet and as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Karnataka for elections."

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LUCKNOW: At least 45 persons have died following heavy rainfall and storms across Uttar Pradesh. A high-intensity dust storm hit parts of Uttar Pradesh overnight, leaving 45 people dead and 38 injured, an official said today. Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 36 deaths and injuries to 35 others.

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday downplayed the decision of the management of Dyal Singh College to rename the college as "Vande Mataram College", adding that it would hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.

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Mumbai: A Mumbai court today convicted gangster Chhota Rajan in the murder case of journalist J Dey while acquitting former journalist Jigna Vora and another accused in the case due to lack of evidence. Besides Rajan, special MCOCA court judge Sameer Adkar convicted eight others in the case.

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NEW DELHI: The country set a new record with the selection of 131 youths from minority communities in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday, attributing the milestone to the Centre's policy of equitable development of all.

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GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi on Sunday described BR Ambedkar as a 'Brahmin', contending that there was nothing wrong in calling a learned person a Brahmin.

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NEW DELHI: In the wake of increasing sexual crimes against children, the Centre on Thursday suggested that extensive campaigning be undertaken in rural and urban India regarding child sexual abuse and violation of child rights caused by it.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday will resume hearing the case of alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl belonging to Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua area. The case dates back to January when a minor girl belonging to the Sunni-Muslim nomadic Bakerwal Tribe was allegedly abducted, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed.

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NEW DELHI: Responding to Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan's remark on the casting couch, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Tuesday said that even Parliament is not immune to it. Talking to ANI, Chowdhary urged that India should stand up and said #MeToo.

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ALIGARH: Raking up a controversy, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that his party's hand is stained with the blood of Muslims. Responding to a question at an event organized in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Monday, Khurshid said, "I am a part of Congress so let me accept that we have the blood of Muslims on our hands.

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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday attached properties worth Rs. 1,122 crores of Diamond Power Infrastructure Private Ltd. in Vadodara (DPIL) under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a bank fraud case.

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NEW DELHI: Amitabh Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog said that the states in India's eastern region like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are keeping India backward especially on social indicators.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court directed the Chief Secretaries of Delhi and Haryana to hold a meeting with the Secretary of Water Resources Ministry of Centre in order to sort out the dispute of sharing Yamuna's water.

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NEW DELHI: Congress said that they will consult legal experts on Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejecting the impeachment notice issued against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Party sources said the Congress and other opposition parties would consult legal experts on the matter.

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BEIJING: Sushma Swaraj the Minister of External Affairs, on Monday said that  people of India and China should learn each other’s language to strengthen ties between both nations. Addressing a media briefing at 'Contribution of Hindi in the Friendship of India and China' event here,

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NEW DELHI: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu Monday rejected a notice by seven Opposition parties led by the Congress seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. PTI reports that Naidu rejected the notice saying it lacked ‘substantial merit’. The order comes minutes before the Supreme Court convenes for the day.

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NEW DELHI : The day the Supreme Court dismissing petitions seeking an SIT probe into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, the BJP asked its MPs to attack Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanding his apology by holding press conferences and on social media platforms.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed pleas seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, ruling that the judge died of natural causes and the petitions were a serious attempt to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice.

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AGARTALA: Eighteen Rohingya refugees, including three children and four women, were arrested on Thursday in Tripura's Khowai district for entering the country illegally. Based on specific information, the Rohingyas from Myanmar, who had illegally entered Tripura via Bangladesh, were arrested near Teliamura area.

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KAKRIYAL: President Ram Nath Kovind today termed as "barbaric" the Kathua gangrape and murder case and said it was the collective responsibility of society to ensure such things do not happen with any girl in the country.

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KATRA: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday congratulated India's women brigade for bringing laurels to the country at the prestigious Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, Australia.

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NEW DELHI: Several parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and poll-bound Karnataka have reported shortage of currency and ATMs running down, which the government today attributed to unusual spurt in demand in last three months.

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MEERUT: Educating Dalit kids about the history, achievement and struggles of prominent Dalit icons like Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Sant Valmiki, Bhim Pathshalas (BPs), an initiative by the Bhim Army, are quickly gaining prominence in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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