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Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies at 88

Gilberto was 88. Joao Marcelo wrote “My father has passed.” He further writes that “his fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity in light of losing his sovereignty.” Gilberto was living alone and reportedly deeply in debt in Rio de Janeiro.  Read More »

BJP targets 50 lakh membership in Odisha

The campaign will also lay an emphasis on strengthening the party at grassroots level. “We are aiming at increasing the party’s membership from 36 lakh to 50 lakh. The mega drive to induct new members will be carried out in all the 36,000 booths across the state, Union Ministter Dharmendra ... Read More »

J&K govt approves Aadhaar-linked payment mode for disbursal of pension

An official spokesperson said that the decision was taken by the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday.  The move is aimed at ensuring transparency and avoid delays in disbursement of pension to eligible old-aged, widows and physically challenged persons.  The ... Read More »

J&K govt approves Aadhaar-linked payment mode for disbursal of pension

An official spokesperson said that the decision was taken by the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday.  The move is aimed at ensuring transparency and avoid delays in disbursement of pension to eligible old-aged, widows and physically challenged persons.  The ... Read More »

20 injured in gas explosion at US mall

Two of those were in serious condition after the blast in the town of Plantation in south Florida.  Photos on US news outlets showed a large field of debris strewn across the parking lot of the Fountains Plaza shopping center, with major damage in particular to an LA Fitness gym. Between 15 ... Read More »

Over 81,600 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrine

On the 6th day of the yatra on Saturday, over 14 thousand 400 pilgrims had darshan of ice lingam at the holy cave shrine. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Umang Narula reviewed the arrangements put in place at various Yatra Camps and enroute for carrying out ... Read More »

Rafael Nadal enters into last 16 for ninth time in Wimbledon

In the Women’s Singles, Ashleigh Barty cruised into last 16 beating British wild card Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1.  She has entered the last 16 of the tournament for the first time. Seven-time champion Serena Williams also entered the last 16 beating German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4.  In the women’s singles, ... Read More »

Southwest monsoon advances further, covering most parts of country

Light to moderate rainfall occurred yesterday in several states and the national capital, bringing relief from the heatwave.  Senior official of IMD, M Mohapatra said, “monsoon has further advanced on Saturday covering most of the parts of the country except West Rajasthan and some parts of Punjab.”     Read More »

Assam Govt to develop over three hundred tourist spots

Managing Director of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Bhaskar Phukan said that 150 crore rupees will be spent to develop these locations under Axom Darshan.  MD Bhaskar Phukan said that toilet, waste management, drinking water and waiting shades to be built or develop across the state in important locations. He also said ... Read More »

Govt to invest 50 lakh crore rupees in railways by 2030

The Minister said that the rail infrastructure in the country increased by mere 30 per cent in the last 65 years due to the lack of adequate investment, while freight and passenger traffic increased by 1500 per cent.  Railway Minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function ... Read More »

Central Govt to set up three CoE in Sports at Itanagar in AP

The Minister said this while briefing media persons in Itanagar on Saturday after holding a review meeting with the Arunachal Pradesh government on the sports infrastructure in the state.  Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the three centre of excellence will be for Martial Arts, Weight Lifting and Boxing. The ... Read More »

Months-long political crisis ends in Sudan

The Alliance for Freedom and Change and the military council have agreed to form a joint ruling body, which in turn will install a transitional civilian administration.  A deal is expected to be ready for signing by the two sides early next week.  Following the development the Alliance for Freedom ... Read More »

P Kashyap enters semifinals of Canada Open

Sixth seed Kashyap, outwitted France’s Lucas Claerbout 12-21 23-21 24-22 in a quarterfinal lasting an hour and 16 minutes. Kashyap had found the going tough initially as Lucas opened up a 5-2 lead in the opening game and then stayed ahead. The Indian reduced the deficit to 9-10 at one ... Read More »

IAEA to hold emergency meeting on Iran

A spokesman of the agency said in Vienna that the meeting of the board of governors, which follows a US request, would be held on 10 July. Earlier, the US mission in Vienna said in a statement that the American Ambassador to International Organizations Jackie Wolcott had requested the special ... Read More »

Pink City Jaipur gets World Heritage Tag

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed UNESCOs move and expressed happiness via his twitter and said that ” Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by ... Read More »

Amit Shah kicks off BJP membership drive in Telangana

To mark the beginning of the membership drive, he issued the party’s membership card to Soni Nayak ,a tribal woman from Ranganayakula Thanda (tribal hamlet) in Mamidipalli village in Ranga Reddy district. The membership campaign launching programme was attended by  several BJP leaders  including the  State President K Laxman. Amit ... Read More »

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