Taking a serious view of the statements made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the media, the Ministry of External Affairs has stripped her of her duties as director in the partnership development division. The ministry has said that Ms Khobragade did not take due permission before making statements and put her under "compulsory wait".
Amid tight security, polling today began on a brisk note for the fifth and final round of elections in Jammu and Kashmir in which 213 candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and four other Ministers, are trying their luck in 20 seats.
Written by Radhika Iyer |
Friday December 19, 2014, Tumkur, Karnataka
The harvest festival of Sankranti and Pongal, less than a month away, may turn out to be an irony for farmers in Karnataka. Delayed sowing due to a delayed monsoon this year has caused a dip in production for oil seeds like groundnuts and pulses such as green gram by nearly 23 percent.
As Jammu and Kashmir votes in the fifth and final leg of Assembly elections today, several high-profile candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, will try their luck in 20 seats spread over three districts, amid a strong security deployment.
A banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee for a visiting foreign dignitary on Friday night provided the platform for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his bitter political foe, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to meet and exchange pleasantries.
The government today introduced legislation billed as the biggest tax reform since Independence, with analysts hailing it as a "game changer" that would cut the cost of doing business and boost economic growth.
With Jharkhand set to enter the fifth and final phase of polling for 16 Assembly seats spread across six districts today, the fate of heavyweights including Chief Minister Hemant Soren will be decided in this phase.
The state unit of the AAP will launch campaigns with the theme of "remember poll promises", seeking to increase minimum support price of cotton crops, at a time when the Gujarat farmers' agitation is at its peak, the party said on Friday.
Accidents involving fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force in 2012-13 were caused due to "technical defects" and "human error", according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The number of such mishaps were considerably higher than in the past, says the government auditor.
West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested by CBI in connection with the Saradha chitfund scam, was today admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital after he was remanded to judicial custody by a city court.
Cold wave conditions continued unabated across north India despite marginal rise in mercury in several places with Kullu-Manali region of Himachal Pradesh remaining without power and water supply for seventh day in a row today.