NEW DELHI - President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented Padma Awards to 43 persons including cricket legend M.S. Dhoni in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. According to a release, the Padma Bhushan - the third highest civillian honour - was presented to five people-- Dhoni, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin (posthumously), Indian artist Laxman Pai and folk singer...
NEW DELHI - The Centre on Wednesday opened a new front against Congress, alleging the party has been in touch with controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and warned social media giant Facebook against any attempt to influence India's electoral process through “undesirable means”. IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Congress to explain its connection with CA, accused of attempting to manipulate elections from the US to Kenya.
CHANDIGARH - A court in Patiala on Friday convicted famous bhangra-pop singer Daler Mehndi in a 15-year-old human trafficking case. He was sentenced to two years in jail and was later granted bail. Police had registered a case against Mehndi, his brother Shamsher Singh -- who died in last October -- and two others after it was alleged that the accused took money from people to the tune of Rs 1 crore on the pretext of taking them abroad.
NEW DELHI - - A little known rule formulated way back in 1990 for transfer of confirmed train tickets to another person created a stir with several online platforms posting the rules as the latest move by the transporter to bring relief to passengers. The guidelines, which were formulated in 1990 and amended in 1997 and 2002, allow a person to transfer the confirmed ticket to another family member be it the father, mother,
GHANA - Indian universities have embarked on a recruitment drive to attract African students into their institutions. The Indian universities, through expos, with promises of affordable fees and high educational standards compared to those in Europe and America, are trying to attract African students, Nitesh Mahajan, Assistant Director of international admissions, Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Phagwara, Punjab, has told IANS.
NEW DELHI - Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received French President Emmanuel Macron at the airport when he arrived here on Friday on a four-day visit to India, during the course of which the two leaders will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Modi welcomed Macron with a warm hug as soon as he alighted from the aircraft and shook hands with his wife Brigitte Macron.
TORONTO - Downplaying what he called the "distractions around the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India", Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup has said the visit was actually an "unqualified success". Speaking at a reception for Indian Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar, who is leading the Indian delegation for the PDAC International Convention here, Swarup said earlier this week that the language...
Online grocer BigBasket is testing the waters to go beyond its online-only model following an investment by Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba. The Bengaluru-based company is looking to supplement its core online business with offline kiosks that will stock daily groceries, fast-moving consumer goods, fruits and vegetables. These kiosks will be installed across various apartments and office complexes. BigBasket has already started a pilot for the...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the fight against terror should not be seen as a war against Islam or Muslims but against a mindset that promotes extremism and hatred. “Our democracy is a celebration of our age-old plurality. It gives us confidence about our future and a rich diversity of traditions gives us strength to fight extremism,” Modi said, addressing a conference on “Islamic Heritage:
NEW DELHI - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an internal chief auditor of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in its ongoing probe into Rs 12,600 crore bank fraud case. "CBI has on Wednesday arrested an Internal Chief Auditor of Punjab National Bank in an ongoing investigation of the cases related to Nirav Modi group and Gitanjali group," a CBI official said. The official also said that the arrested auditor has been identified as...