NEW DELHI - India's first elephant sanctuary would soon come up in a fenced forested space near Bengaluru, a rights group. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka, have teamed up to create the 49.5-hectare sanctuary using the solar electric fence. The vast expanse of the sanctuary within the Biological Park will allow the elephants to move about freely, bathe in ponds,
MAHARASHTRA - The woman editor of an Urdu daily was arrested for reprinting a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed which was first published by the French weekly "Charlie Hebdo" but later released on bail, police said Thursday. Shirin Dalvi, the editor of "Avadhnama", was arrested by Mumbra Police Wednesday and produced before a magistrate who granted her bail. "She was arrested on charges pertaining to hurting...
PUNE - Legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, creator of the iconic "The Common Man", died in a private hospital here Monday evening after a brief illness, his son said. He was 94. Laxman, brother of late English novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha. He had been admitted to a private hospital around 10 days ago for a urinary tract infection and lung problems,
NEW DELHI - The people of a Pakistani vessel that blew up and sank off the coast of Gujarat were "suspected terrorists" and did not appear to be smugglers, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday, as the incident on the open sea continued to hog headlines amid border tensions between India and Pakistan. He also confirmed that another boat was also traced but it was in international waters.
THANE/MUMBAI - Hundreds of thousands of commuters were hit hard in Thane and Mumbai Friday after a disruption in suburban train services in Thane sparked widespread violence, officials said. Police used batons to check mob violence, while Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers appealed to angry commuters to keep calm. The services were partially restored hours later.
SHIMLA - It was yet another bone-chilling day across northern India Monday, and the entire region remained blanketed under dense fog. Temperatures in many places in Jammu and Kashmir went below the freezing point, while cities like Amritsar and Karnal in the plains proved colder than hilly Shimla. New Delhi saw a cold and foggy Monday morning, with visibility dropping to less than 100 metres. The minimum temperature settled at...
NEW DELHI - An e-ticketing facility was launched Friday for the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb on a pilot basis, as also a helpline number to ensure safety of domestic and international tourists. This is the beginning of a journey to cleanliness, safety and hospitality to improve the tourism experience of people visiting our country, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said at an event here to mark Good Governance Day.
HYDERABAD - Hyderabad is the second best place in the world that one should see in 2015, according to an international travel publication. The Presidio of San Francisco in the US ranked first on the “Best of the World - 20 Places You Should See in 2015” list, published in the annual guide of ‘Traveler’ magazine of National Geographic. In the December 2014-January 2015 issue, periodical ranked India’s Hyderabad at second...
JAIPUR - To mark World AIDS Day on Dec 1 and create awareness about HIV-AIDS, over 200 bikers participated in a 'Bikeathon' campaign over the weekend. According to the organisers, the purpose of the event was to spread awareness about HIV-AIDS and to stop discrimination against HIV positive people. Organised by NGO Rays- the event 'Aasha ki ek kiran Bikeathon', got support from more than 200 enthusiastic motorcyclists.
BHUBANESWAR - Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday announced an assistance of Rs.5 crore for cyclone-ravaged Andhra Pradesh. Cyclonic storm Hudhud wreaked havoc in the southern state after it hit Visakhapatnam Oct 12. Expressing his deep sympathy for loss of lives and property, Patnaik said people of Odisha are with those of Andhra during this critical moment.