Tuesday, March 09, 2021


Haryana to start wheat procurement from April 1

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government on Sunday announced to start procurement of wheat in advance from April 1 so that farmers do not have to stock the early crop.

102 days of farmers' protest: Questions, doubts, uncertainty continue

NEW DELHI: It has been 102 days since the farmers launched their protest against the three new farms laws at Delhi borders and uncertainty still prevails on how long the agitation will continue.

300 obscene TikToks of husband, cant be ground for cruelty on wife

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to grant anticipatory bail to a man, who has been accused of cruelty towards his wife. The man claimed his wife had made 300 obscene TikTok videos in his defence, which was rejected by the top court.

Petrol, diesel rate unchanged for 4th consecutive day

NEW DELHI: Consumers have been spared of another increase in fuel prices with oil marketing companies deciding to keep petrol and diesel rates static for fourth consecutive day on the back of softening seen in international oil markets.

Govt to procure over 427L ton wheat in 2021-22

NEW DELHI: The Union Food Ministry on Tuesday said that a total quantity of 427.363 lakh ton wheat has been estimated for procurement during the forthcoming RMS 2021-22 which is 9.56 per cent more than the 389.93 LMT procured during RMS 2020-21 which will be a fresh record.

Share of cess, surcharge in tax revenue doubles in 9 years

NEW DELHI: The share of cess and surcharge in gross tax revenue has nearly doubled to 19.9 per cent in FY21, from 10.4 per cent in FY12.
This has resulted in the decline in the central transfer to states, including non-finance commission transfers. Such transfers from the Centre to states has declined to 48.6 per cent in FY20 from 53.4 per cent in FY12, said a report by India Ratings.

3 Rohingya Muslims held in UP for forging Indian citizenship

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW:Three Rohingya Muslims were arrested from Uttar Pradesh on Monday for living illegally in India using forged documents besides facilitating others from Bangladesh and Myanmar to come to India.

As Pak pushes in terrorists, BSF adopts new training regime

NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing terrorist influx from Pakistan along the International Border (IB), the BSF, India's first line of control, has changed its commando training module.

Interfaith couple's 'marriage' put on hold endlessly

BAREILLY(UP): Four months ago, a 27-year-old Muslim man had allegedly 'eloped' with a girl from another faith to get married, which had created a lot of sensation. The man was later caught and jailed for over a month.

Addressing sugarcane farmers' concern to help party'

NEW DELHI: The Western UP BJP leaders feel addressing the concerns of sugarcane farmers will help the party to win back their confidence as the anger of sugarcane farmers is resonating across the area along with the ongoing agitation against the three Central farm laws at Delhi borders.

Farmers announce series of Mahapanchayats in March

NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting against the three Central farm laws have announced a series of Mahapanchayats in March as the stalemate between the farmers and the government continues over the withdrawal of the laws.

Fuel price hike on hold for 3rd consecutive day

NEW DELHI: Oil marketing companies on Friday continued with their wait and watch strategy and kept the retail price of petrol and diesel unchanged for the third consecutive day.

Baby beheaded, mother found dead in UP

BULANDSHAHR(Uttar Pradesh): A mentally challenged mother allegedly beheaded her 13-month-old baby and then apparently ended her own life in a village in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.

No proposal to cut taxes on petrol, diesel in UP

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has said that there is no proposal to reduce tax on petrol and diesel as revenue is needed to ensure betterment of health services and other development works due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fuel price relief as oilcos spare petrol, diesel from price hike

NEW DELHI: Oil marketing companies on Wednesday gave momentary relief to consumers from skyrocketing fuel prices by keeping retail price of petrol and diesel unchanged.Accordingly, the price of petrol continued to be at Rs 90.93 a litre and diesel Rs 81.32 a litre in the capital.

Gehlot govt to withdraw SLP in SC against Pilot camp

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Congress chief whip Dr. Mahesh Joshi has sought the withdrawal of an SLP (Special Leave Petitions) which was filed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of 19 Congress MLAs' membership, including Sachin Pilot, last year after the latter camp opened rebellion against state leadership.

Fuel prices resurge after two-day break

NEW DELHI: The petrol and diesel prices across the country continued their northward march after two days break taking its retail rates to unprecedented levels while burning bigger holes in the consumers pockets.

Rajasthan farmers build huts for Mahapanchayat

JAIPUR: As a series of Kisan Mahapanchayat begins from Monday in Rajasthan, the farmers were busy building thatched huts at Shahjahanpur on the Rajasthan-Haryana border in view of the approaching summer.

India-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' concludes

JAIPUR: The closing ceremony of the joint military exercise between Indian and US Army, exercise 'Yudh Abhyas-20' was held at the Mahajan Field Firing Range on Sunday.

Modi govt to reduce dependence on edible oil imports

NEW DELHI: The Modi government is now planning to work on mission mode to reduce the dependence of the country on edible oil imports, under which it would be increasing production of edible oil from various sources along with spreading public awareness for economical consumption of oil.
According to experts, the objective of this new mission of the Modi government is not only to bring self-reliance ('Aatmanirbharta') in edible oils but also to transfer money to farmers on the expenses incurred on the oil imports.

Petrol, diesel rates unchanged for 2nd consecutive day

NEW DELHI: Amid pressure to check the fuel price rise, oil marketing companies on Monday decided to keep petrol and diesel prices unchanged on Monday for the second consecutive day.

Scripted in Canada: Killers wanted to eliminate Gurlal at Singhu border

NEW DELHI: The plot to murder Gurlal Singh Bhalwan, President of the Faridkot District Youth Congress and a Zilla Parishad member from Golewala, Punjab, was hatched in Canada. This was revealed by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Sunday after it managed to arrest three of the accused involved in the murder.

Congress needs to win states to be relevant in Parliament

NEW DELHI: The Congress is trying hard to win elections in Assam and Kerala where it is directly pitched against its opponents with senior party leader Rahul Gandhi initiating campaign in all the poll-bound states barring West Bengal.

Steve Smith might pull out of IPL due to less money: Michael Clarke

SYDNEY:Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has hinted that batsman Steve Smith might pull out of the Indian Premier League 2021 citing injury after being picked for a relatively small amount at the auction.

Oil cos keep steepest rise for weekend; fuel prices shoot up to 40 paise/litre

NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel prices have begun to pinch consumers harder with oil marketing companies (OMCs) reserving the weekend for effecting the steepest hike in last several months.

Punjab Cabinet okys amendment to Indian partnership Act 1932 to revise fee structure

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has decided to revise the nearly 90-year-old fee structure under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932, to bring the same at par with other states.

7 Pakistani migrants granted Indian citizenship in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: Seven migrants from Pakistan, including three couples, who have been living in Rajasthan, were on Friday granted Indian citizenship by Jaipur's District Collector Antar Singh Nehra in his office.

As prices in India spiral, smuggling of fuel from Nepal rises

PATNA: While the prices of petrol and diesel touched Rs 100 at some places in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, this situation is turning out to be a money making business for mafias active on the borders of India and Nepal.

Rail roko' had minimal impact, passed without any untoward incident: Railways

NEW DELHI: The farmers four-hour 'rail roko' protest over the three farm laws had "minimal or negligible" impact on train operations across the country and passed off without any untoward incident, railway officials said on Thursday.

BJP discusses farmers' protest at high-level meet

NEW DELHI: A high-level meeting of the party leaders was called by BJP chief J.P. Nadda on Tuesday at the national headquarters here to discuss the ongoing farmers' agitation and chalk out the future course of action to be adopted by the saffron party.

Capex utilisation in DFC increased by 21%: Railways

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday reviewed the progress of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Ltd (DFCCIL) with top officials of the Railways Board, and the DFCCIL.

Premium petrol prices breach Rs 100/ltr mark in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

NEW DELHI: Petrol prices with additives has crossed broken the psychological Rs 100 per litre mark in different parts of the country as oil marketing companies continue with their daily price hike for auto fuels in wake of heated up global oil market.

Training of Trainers at Punjab Jail Training School, Patiala

PATIALA: Conforming to the latest trends and innovations in field of technology and training, a five-day training course viz. “Training of Trainers” sponsored by Bureau of Police Research & Development, MHA, New Delhi to upgrade the professional acumen of the officials of Prison Department and also to introduce the latest trends in technology commenced at Punjab Jail Training School, Patiala.

Delhi zoo, govt making all efforts to keep bird flu at bay

NEW DELHI: The National Zoological Park in Delhi is fully vigilant to prevent any further spread of bird flu cases in the zoo located on Mathura Road near the Purana Qila.

Rahul Gandhi drives to tractor rally in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: On Saturday, the second day of his trip here, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi drove a tractor to Rupangarh as hundreds of farmers joined him in a tractor rally.

Sitharaman raises 10 questions on Rahul's speech in Parliament

NEW DELHI: Raising questions against former Congress President Rahul Gandhi's act of associating himself with "Break India" fringe group ideologies, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday accused him of making "fake narratives" for lowering the country's image and posed 10 questions linked to his speech on farm laws in Parliament two days ago.

Punjab 13th state to complete One Nation One Ration Card reform

NEW DELHI :Punjab has become the 13th state in the country to successfully undertake "One Nation One Ration Card system" reform stipulated by the Finance Ministry.

Sandeep, Rahul, Priyanka qualify for Olympics race walking event

NEW DELHI: Haryana's international athletes Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Kumar in the men's event and Uttar Pradesh's Priyanka Goswami in the women's category won the 2021 Olympic Games quota places in the 20km event of the eighth National Race Walking Championships held in Ranchi on Saturday. It was double joy for Priyanka, as she broke the national record with her best effort of the current season.

Khat' on dais collapses at Rahul Gandhi's Kisan Mahapanchayat

JAIPUR: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi's two-day visit to Rajasthan seemed to marred by poor arrangements by the faction-ridden ruling party as the 'Khat' on the dais, accommodating senior leaders such as former state chief Sachin Pilot, collapsed during the 'Kisan Mahapanchayat'.

Twitter takes down 90-95% of accounts listed by Indian govt

NEW DELHI: In what could finally end the fortnight-long deadlock between Twitter and the Indian government, the micro-blogging platform has either withheld or suspended at least 90-95 per cent accounts as directed by the IT Ministry in two separate notices, government sources confirmed to IANS on Friday.