NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court has made it easier for the people of middle and lower income groups to approach it to avail legal aid, an official said on Thursday. The Middle Income Group Scheme, introduced by the Supreme Court, is self-supporting and people whose gross income does not exceed Rs 60,000 per month or Rs 7,50,000 per annum can now avail its services, an official release here said.
NEW DELHI - Over 11 years after three bombs went off in crowded Delhi markets ahead of Diwali killing 67 people, a court here on Thursday let off three Kashmiris accused in the case for lack of evidence. The court pulled up Delhi Police for failure to prove any links of the accused with the 2005 serial blasts. The court, while letting off all the three accused, convicted one of them for a minor crime of having links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
NEW DELHI - Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday triggered a row saying the Hindu population in India was shrinking while minorities were flourishing, inviting flak from the opposition. "Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around," Rijiju tweeted, apparently referring to Pakistan where minorities,
NEW DELHI - India and the US have agreed to maintain the pace and momentum of their partnership, particularly in the defence ties, after US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke over phone with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, American and Indian officials said on Thursday. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the "first conversation" between Mattis and Parrikar. "Secretary Mattis committed to build upon the tremendous progress...
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan wants India to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA), Director General (Disarmament) at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar said. "It is incumbent on us to stand up for our own interest. We want an assurance that India's whole three-stage nuclear power programme would be under safeguards," Akhtar was quoted by Dawn News as saying.
NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to formally make the banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes a law, which includes provisions of penalty for holding the demonetised bank notes. The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017, seeks to replace the ordinance on demonetisation promulgated by the government in December 2016.
NEW DELHI - The US has said that denial of visas to a Kashmiri athlete and an official accompanying him has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and was "a standard adjudication based on the merit of the case", a senior Indian government official said on Thursday. "We have seen reports about the denial of US visas to the two Kashmiri sports persons,"
NEW DELHI - A day before the Economic Survey is tabled in Parliament, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday released a document detailing the current scenario of the Indian economy, which he said was not in good shape. While Singh cited the IMF which projected a 6.6 per cent economic growth in the current fiscal, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram predicted the economy not growing at...
NEW DELHI - Taking forward their cooperation in the fight against terror, India and the UAE on Thursday condemned efforts to use religion to justify and sponsor terrorism against other countries, and expressed confidence that their bilateral efforts to fight the menace would contribute to regional and global peace and security. In a joint statement, issued a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of...
UNITED NATIONS - India has contributed $100,000 to a UN fund to help Haiti recover from the ravages of a 2010 cholera epidemic that claimed more than 10,000 lives and was blamed on peacekeepers from Nepal. Ashish Sinha, first secretary in India's UN, mission handed over the cheque last week to Jennifer Topping, the executive coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), which administers the Haiti fund.