NEW DELHI - Taking bilateral security ties to a new high, the US on Thursday designated India as its "Major Defence Partner". The designation took place as US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar -- the seventh meeting between the two -- here. The two sides also discussed terrorism and agreed to strengthen counter-terror cooperation. "The designation of a 'Major Defence Partner' is a status...
CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was laid to rest at the Marina Beach here on Tuesday evening as President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the nation to pay their last respects to the iconic actor-turned-politician. As the sun began to set, Jayalalithaa's confidante Sasikala performed the final rituals overseen by a Brahmin priest before her tricolour-draped body in a sandalwood casket...
CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and is being treated by a team of specialists at Apollo Hospitals, the hospital said. "She is on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and is being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists," the hospital said in a tweet. Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, who has additional charge of the state,
UDAIPUR - English singer Ellie Goulding performed alongside DJ Khushi at one of "India's biggest destination weddings" here. DJ Khushi, who has remixed some of the hit Bollywood numbers including "Chammak challo", posted on his Facebook account on Friday: "Performed alongside the super talented and adorable Ellie Goulding last night (Thursday) at one of India's biggest destination weddings in Udaipur."
NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Income Tax rules, levying a tax of 60 per cent on undisclosed income or investment or cash credit deposited in the banks. According to the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, the declarant will have to pay a tax of 60 per cent and an additional surcharge of 25 per cent of the tax (i.e. 15 per cent of such income),
NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a strong push to turn India into a cashless economy and said demonetisation of high value currency notes was a step forward that would rid the country of unaccounted hidden wealth and corruption. In his monthly radio talk "Mann Ki Baat", Modi, however, acknowledged that the ambition was too big to happen immediately but people "can work towards a...
NEW DELHI - They were meant to replace the demonetised currency, but some new 500-rupee notes are causing some confusion -- because of printing errors. Apparently, in a rush to go to print, an unspecified number -- no one knows exactly how many -- of notes of Rs 500 denomination have visible errors. They have caused doubts in the minds of the people whether these currency notes are genuine or fakes.
KANPUR - As the death toll in Sunday's train derailment tragedy near Kanpur rose to 146, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday ordered a "forensic probe" into the accident. Rescue teams called off their search operation after pulling out 25 more bodies from the mangled coaches of the Indore-Patna Express that had derailed near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city. "The death toll in Indore-Patna Express accident...
PANAJI - Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move as a national project of behavioural change on an unprecedented scale, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged the film industry in India to join the collective cleansing efforts. "There will be some bad money everywhere -- in every part of society, in politics. Even in cinema also. We have to get rid of it at the earliest so that we can have a healthy life...