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Over 2 million Muslims begin Hajj in Saudi Arabia

The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gatherings every year. “We are very blessed by Allah to be in this place, and we pray to Allah to make the Islamic nations from the West to the East in a better situation,” said Essam-Eddin Afifi, a pilgrim from ... Read More »

Sensex falls over 200 points on weak macro cues

The 30-share index dropped 207.03 points, or 0.54 per cent, to 37,644.97. The gauge had gained 207.10 points in the previous session on Tuesday. Financial markets were shut yesterday on account of Independence Day. The NSE Nifty fell below the 11,400-mark, shedding 58.15 points, or 0.50 per cent, to 11,376.95. ... Read More »

Sensex falls over 200 points, Nifty slips below 11,300 mark

The repo rate, at which the central bank lends to other banks, now stands at 6.5 per cent. Moreover, fall in Asian stocks on renewed US-China trade war concerns influenced the sentiment here, brokers said. The 30-share index dropped 248.42 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 37,273.20. The gauge had ... Read More »

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Assam’s NRC

After a smooth first half of the session, the upper House was adjourned minutes after it reconvened after lunch break. A short duration discussion on farmers issues and MSP was to be held. Before the discussion could begin,  Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad requested for a reply by the ... Read More »

Engines of main battle tanks handed over to Army

While addressing the gathering, Nirmala Seetharaman said that the country aims to produce all its defence hardware indigenously. The Defence Minister congratulated the EFA staff for achieving indigenization in both design and manufacture of these engines.   Read More »

Defence Minister hands over multi-fuel war tank engines to Army

The engines were developed at the Engine Factory Avadi, Chennai, a unit of Ordnance Factory Board under the Department of Defence Production. The engines have been fully indigenised for the first time under the Make-in-India Programme. Speaking on the occasion, the Defence Minister said that the country aims to produce ... Read More »

India hands over cheque of 2.1 billion Nepalese rupee to Nepal

The amount has been released towards reimbursement of 1st tranche of housing support to 42,086 Govt of India supported beneficiaries in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts. As part of India’s commitment towards Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction, both the countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for US$ 100 million grant to ... Read More »

EU warns Sri Lanka over death penalty

The diplomatic missions based in Colombo wrote a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithri­pala Sirisena yesterday that they fully oppose the recent statement by him that he will reinstate the death penalty. The missions said that they were writing to verify the worrying information in the public domain about the ... Read More »

Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

At a Kremlin ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup soccer ball to FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, who then handed it on to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Putin said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup, and would share its experience with Qatar. The ... Read More »

PM launches projects worth over 900 crore rupees in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday gifted his constituency Varanasi with developmental projects worth over Rs 900 crore.  He highlighted the efforts made by both the state and central governments to transform Kashi. A city that till four years ago struggled with inadequate infrastructure is today morphing into a Smart ... Read More »

Govt warns WhatsApp over abuse

WhatsApp has also been asked to immediately contain the spread of such messages through application of technology, even as law and order machinery takes steps to apprehend the culprits.Noting that miscreants were repeatedly circulating provocative messages triggering a spate of violence, the government on Tuesday said it has “conveyed in ... Read More »