MUMBAI - At least 90 residents were evacuated safely after a fire broke out on the 33rd floor of the Beaumonte Towers in the posh Prabhadevi area of Dadar here on Wednesday afternoon. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who also lives in the same building on the 26th floor, tweeted that she was safe and expressed her prayers for the well-being of the firefighters. According to BMC Disaster Control, the fire erupted around 2.10 p.m. on...
JOHANNESBURG - Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday called for joint action by the BRICS grouping against money laundering and financing of terrorists. Addressing the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Foreign Ministers' meeting here, she said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call for a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy "for joint action with a focus on money laundering,
MUMBAI - Full-service international passenger carrier Jet Airways on Monday said that it will commence services under the air regional connectivity (RCS) -- UDAN -- scheme from next month. According to the airline, it has been awarded four routes under the RCS scheme and will launch operations on three new routes -- Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna, New Delhi-Nashik and Nagpur-Allahabad-Indore sector from next month.
The Delhi government's plan to procure 1,000 electric buses is likely to get the cabinet's nod very soon. A cabinet note for the proposal has been prepared by the transport department and has been vetted by different departments including finance and planning. The proposal to procure the buses through the cluster scheme or Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is going to be presented before the council of ministers in the next cabinet meeting.
JODHPUR - Actor Salman Khan was granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday. After spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail, he left after completing all legal formalities and headed back to Mumbai in a chartered flight. He cannot leave the country without the court's permission.
NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court questioned the Centre on Wednesday about its decision to link Aadhaar with pensions, reasoning that it is not a subsidy but an entitlement of a person for years of service he or she has rendered to the government in discharge of official duties. Referring to the argument of petitioners that many pensioners have been denied their only subsistence in old age due to technical and physical reasons,
NEW DELHI - On the eve of International Women's Day, the Delhi Police has launched an all-women patrolling squad to protect women from cat-callers and instil a sense of confidence among women. Police on Wednesday said the initiative was conceived with twin objectives -- to give security and comfort to women and girls on roads, public places, outside schools, metro stations, parks and colleges in south Delhi, and to motivate policewomen.
NEW DELHI: Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevipassed away in Dubai after a massive cardiac arrest, reports say. She was 54. Sridevi was in Dubai for a family function. Reports say her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi were with her at the time of her death. Her elder daughter Janhvi did not accompany the family due to her shooting schedule. A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with "Solva Sawan".
NEW DELHI - The CBI on Thursday arrested Rotomac pen company owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul on charges of cheating a consortium of banks of Rs 3,695 crore (including interest) by siphoning off loans sanctioned to his company for procurement of wheat and other goods for export. The Income Tax Department also issued a showcause notice to Kothari asking why prosecution be not initiated against the group.
AUSTRALIA - Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda on Monday said India is committed to reforms in health services delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Addressing delegates from around a dozen countries at the Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, he said the ICT had great potential to improve delivery of healthcare services and "India will take advantage of it under the Digital India programme".