Congress to approach Lok Sabha polls as polls in 29 states

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Congress will be approaching the coming Lok Sabha elections not as one election but as polls in 29 different states while also attacking the BJP-led government at... Read more »

BJP agreed to share CM’s post for alliance: Shiv Sena minister

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) In a major revelation that virtually spills the beans on the highly-publicised electoral alliance between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, top Sena leader and Maharashtra minister... Read more »

Governor lauds Haryana’s “transparent, graft-free governance”

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Wednesday lavished fulsome praise on the Manohar Lal Khattar government in his budget address to the state Assembly, and said it had ushered... Read more »

Sisodia “Hasty GST Council aimed to facilitate real estate”

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday opposed what he called “rushing through” of important decisions in the GST Council meeting via video-conferencing, alleging the hasty meeting was... Read more »

IPL: Powerhouse CSK aim to continue domination

By Gaurav Sharma New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) After facing a two-year ban due to betting activities of its top officials, star-studded Chennai Super Kings made a roaring comeback in the 10th edition... Read more »

BAI announces 20-member squad for Dutch, German Junior 2019

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday announced 20-member junior India squad for the six-day Dutch Junior International, starting on February 27, and the four-day German Junior... Read more »

SC seeks Centre’s response on using NCEEF Fund for providing seeder machines to farmers

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to respond to the plea that a part of Rs 75,000 crore available with it under the National Clean Energy... Read more »

Nuts can keep diabetics’ heart healthy

New York, Feb 20 (IANS) Eating a handful of nuts daily, particularly tree nuts, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among people with Type-2 diabetes, associated with an increased risk for high... Read more »

Influencers manipulating social media in India, IT Act silent

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) If the Cobrapost investigation which exposed that several Bollywood celebrities were willing to pass views of political parties as personal opinion for money shook your conscience, there is... Read more »

Saudi Arabia sees global oil market rebalancing by April

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Both OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers hope that the global crude market will get balanced by coming April following the latest production cuts being implemented since last month,... Read more »

NIA takes over Pulwama terror attack probe, chief visits attack site

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a fresh case and begun its probe in the February 14 terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s... Read more »

Putin warns US over deploying missiles in European nations

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would deploy missiles capable of striking the US if Washington decides to station missiles in European nations within striking distance of... Read more »

Domestic air passenger traffic up 9% in January

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) India’s domestic air passenger traffic increased 9.10 per cent on a year-on-year basis in January 2019, official data showed on Wednesday. According to the Directorate General of Civil... Read more »

India, Saudi Arabia agree on need to exert pressure on countries backing terror

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the Pulwama terror attack, India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said there was a need to exert “all possible pressure” on countries which extend... Read more »

Boxer Nikhat wins gold at 70th Strandja International

Sofia, Feb 19 (IANS) Boxer Nikhat Zareen kicked off her 2019 season on a high note, winning the 51kg Gold at the 70th Strandja Memorial International tournament, here on Tuesday. The 22-year-old from... Read more »

Guterres calls for calming tension; Islamabad envoy meets UN leaders

By Arul Louis United Nations, Feb 20 (IANS) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for de-escalating the tense situation in the subcontinent following the terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 Indian security personnel.... Read more »

Mexico urges US to do more to discourage drug use

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said he plans to ask the US to promote a campaign against drug use among young people, insisting that demand... Read more »

India, Spain express support for rules-based free trade, multilateralism

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell on Tuesday agreed, following a bilateral meeting in the Spanish capital, that both countries supported the promotion of... Read more »

Italian Senate to vote within 60 days if Minister to face trial in migrant case

Rome, Feb 20 (IANS/AKI) After a committee of Italy’s Senate on Tuesday blocked a request for hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial over 177 migrants he left stranded off Sicily on... Read more »

Italy hopes Brexit won’t be ‘brutal’

Brussels, Feb 20 (IANS/AKI) Britain’s planned exit from the European Union next month will hopefully not be “brutal” or “divisive” especially given the many Italians resident in the UK and Britons living in... Read more »