US defence bill: More security cooperation with India, conditional aid for Pakistan

Washington, Dec 24 : US President Barack Obama has signed a $618 billion defence policy bill which when in place, will enhance security cooperation with India. The National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), which was passed by both the House and the Senate with veto-proof majorities earlier this month, was signed by Obama on Friday in […]

PM does ‘jal-pujan’ at Shivaji memorial, Congress cries foul

Mumbai, Dec 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday travelled in an Indian Coast Guard hovercraft to perform a symbolic ‘jal-pujan’ for the proposed Rs 3,600 crore memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The ‘Shiv Smarak’ is coming up in the Arabian Sea, around 1.5 km from the Mumbai shoreline opposite Marine Drive or Queen’s […]

PM stresses role of financial markets in Indian economy

[Patalganga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) in Patalganga on Saturday. /PTI] Raigad (Maharashtra), Dec 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the crucial role played by financial markets for the growth of the Indian economy but warned of damages they can wreak if […]

PM arrives on daylong visit to Maharashtra

[Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by the Governor of Maharashtra, C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on his arrival, at Mumbai Airport on Saturday. /PTI] Mumbai, Dec 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Mumbai by an IAF aircraft for a daylong visit to Maharashtra, where he […]

Iraqis celebrate first Christmas near Mosul after Islamic State pushback

By Maher Chmaytelli BARTELLA, Iraq, Dec 24 : A few hundred Iraqi Christians flocked today to Bartella, a northern town recently retaken from Islamic State, to celebrate Christmas for the first time since 2013. Bartella, once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, emptied in August 2014 when it fell to Islamic State’s blitz across large […]

Union Minister Manoj Sinha injured in road mishap

[Gorakhpur: Union MoS Railway, Manoj Sinha, who was injured in a road mishap at Rajghatpul in Nausar, leaving Apollo Hospital after treatment in Gorakhpur on Friday night. /PTI] Lucknow, Dec 24 : Union Minister Manoj Sinha was injured in a road mishap while he was on his way from Barabanki to Gorakhpur, police said. He […]