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  • US judge sentences Indian for call-centre fraud

    By Arul Louis New York, May 31 (IANS) In an on-going US crackdown on Indian call-centre fraud extorting Americans, an American federal judge has sentenced a participant in the scam to seven and a half years in prison. Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington who sentenced Sharvil Patel, 23, on Thursday in[Read More…]

  • Trump calls Mueller ‘conflicted’, ‘true never-Trumper’

    Washington, May 31 (IANS) US President Donald Trump slammed Special Counsel Robert Mueller as “highly conflicted”, a day after Mueller made his first-ever public statement saying that charging Trump with a crime was “not an option” due to Justice Department guidelines. “After spending $40,000,000 over two dark years, with unlimited[Read More…]

  • ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ a monstrous disaster

    By Subhash K. Jha Film: ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’; Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga; Director: Michael Dougherty; Rating: *1/2 (one and a half stars) No reference to the Lok Sabha elections. But the monsters are coming. Not that they don’t try to behave themselves. This, the latest calamitous product[Read More…]

  • Anita Bhatia appointed UN Women Deputy Executive Director

    United Nations, May 31 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of India’s Anita Bhatia as Assistant Secretary-General for resource management, sustainability and partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Bhatia has had a distinguished career at[Read More…]

  • Wall Street edges higher

    New York, May 31 (IANS) US stocks ended slightly higher as investors digested a batch of tepid economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 43.47 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 25,169.88 on Thursday. The S&P 500 rose 5.84 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 2,788.86. The Nasdaq Composite[Read More…]

  • Four killed, nine injured in road accident in J&K’s Doda

    Jammu, May 31 (IANS) Four people were killed and nine others injured in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Thursday. Police sources said the incident happened when a vehicle carrying 13 passengers went out of the driver’s control and fell into a deep gorge at Khelani[Read More…]

  • Gunfight erupts in J&K’s Shopian district

    Srinagar, May 31 (IANS) A gunfight broke out between the security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday. After receving information about militants, security forces surrounded an orchard area of Dragad-Sugan village, police sources said. “As the security forces came closer, the hiding militants opened fire,[Read More…]

  • 2 ministers in new Modi government from Northeast (Lead)

    Agartala/Guwahati, May 31 (IANS) Kiren Rijiju and Rameswar Teli are the two ministers from the northeastern region in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government. The previous Modi government had two ministers, both Ministers of State — Kiren Rijiju and Rajen Gohain — from the northeastern region, comprising eight states, including[Read More…]

  • Mahesh Babu’s 26th film titled ‘Sarileru Neekevvaru’

    Chennai, May 31 (IANS) Telugu star Mahesh Babu’s 26th film, which will be directed by Anil Ravipudi, has been titled “Sarileru Neekevvaru”, its makers announced on Friday. The title, which roughly translates to “nobody can match you”, was unveiled via a special poster which Mahesh shared on his Twitter page.[Read More…]

  • Military ties with US ‘stable’: China

    Beijing, May 31 (IANS) The relationship between the armed forces of China and the US is stable and the two sides have been engaging in normal exchanges and communication, China’s Ministry of National Defence said. “The relationship between the two armies is generally stable,” Wu Qian, Spokesperson for the Ministry[Read More…]

  • Cabinet swearing in sets stage for BJP’s organisational changes

    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The swearing-in ceremony of union council of ministers on Thursday has set the stage for organisational changes in BJP as the party chief Amit Shah has now become a cabinet minister. The party has also given greater representation to Haryana and Maharashtra, two states which[Read More…]

  • Modi replaces nearly half of previous cabinet

    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) With representation to different states and various caste and social groups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to broaden BJPs reach through the composition of the council of ministers with some first-time MPs making the cut even as nearly half of his previous cabinet has[Read More…]

  • Goa Pollution Board expresses concern over garbage dump fire

    Panaji, May 31 (IANS) The state pollution control authority in Goa issued a show cause notice to the Margao Municipal Council in South Goa for slack efforts to douse the fire which has been raging for several days at one of the state’s largest garbage dump at Sonsoddo, located near[Read More…]

  • Give fair chance to those excluded from NRC: SC (Lead)

    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the NRC Coordinator to provide a fair chance to those who have challenged the non-inclusion of their names in the National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Coordinator Prateek Hajela:[Read More…]

  • UN airlifts 149 refugees, asylum-seekers from Libya to Italy

    Rome, May 31 (IANS/AKI) Amid violent clashes and a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, 149 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers from the Horn of Africa and Sudan were on Thursday evacuated to Rome, the United Nations refugee agency said in a statement. The evacuees include 65 children, 13[Read More…]

  • Italian Foreign Minister hosts Iftar meal in Rome

    Rome, May 31 (IANS/AKI) Italy’s Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi on Wednesday hosted diplomats from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and representatives of Italy’s Muslim community for an Iftar meal, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The statement said the dinner took place at Rome’s Villa Madama, a Renaissance[Read More…]

  • Calcutta HC gives Rajeev Kumar protection from arrest till July 10

    Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, now under the CBI scanner in connection with the multi-billion rupee Saradha ponzi scam, protection from arrest till July 10 but asked him to cooperate with the investigation agency and deposit his passport.[Read More…]

  • Likely FM Amit Shah understands power of blue chips

    Ahmedabad, May 30 (IANS) BJP President and master strategist Amit Shah, who is widely believed to become the next Finance Minister, is a serious stock market player. His affidavits to the Election Commission reflect his love for blue chips. Amit Shah’s key investments include stock worth Rs 2 crore of[Read More…]

  • Amitabh, Salman attend Veeru Devgan’s prayer meet

    Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan were among film fraternity members who attended a prayer meet for Bollywood’s ace action director Veeru Devgan, who died earlier this week. Veeru, father of actor Ajay Devgn, directed action sequences for films like “Himmatwala”, “Mr. India”,[Read More…]

  • Sarangi: The giant slayer with a simple lifestyle (Profile)

    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Pratap Chandra Sarangi, who is known for a very simple lifestyle and using bicycle as a mode of transport, on Thursday got the prize of being a giant killer in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he was inducted into the Narendra Modi[Read More…]

  • Proposed JV Kabil may acquire overseas assets soon

    Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) Proposed joint venture (JV) Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (Kabil) by three PSUs could acquire its first overseas assets for strategic minerals within next few months as the entity is expected to kick-start its formal function soon, an official said on Thursday. The National Aluminium Company Ltd[Read More…]

  • Virat Kohli steps in with ball at nets

    London, May 30 (IANS) If India skipper Virat KOhli could be defined in a word, it would be just ‘passionate’, and the 30-year-old has once again showed his hunger to be at his best in the Cricket World Cup 2019, currently underway here. Kohli was seen sharpening his bowling skills[Read More…]

  • Modi 2.0: ‘Ignored’ Swamy, Panda earn sympathy on Twitter

    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, a known finance minister hopeful, did not make the cut even in the new government sworn in on Thursday, but he, along with Baijayant Jay Panda, did earn the sympathy of Twitter users. “I wish to thank all the PTs[Read More…]

  • Modi keeps number of ministers from Karnataka (Lead Resending)

    Bengaluru, May 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inducted two new ministers from Karnataka, kept one and dropped two other members of the previous government, maintaining the representation of the southern state at three. While D.V. Sadananada Gowda from Bangalore North and Pralhad Joshi from Dharwad took oath[Read More…]

  • Getting it right: IANS preview of Team Modi

    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) At exactly 3 pm on Thursday, IANS put out a list of 44 likely members of the Union Council of Ministers. The list, was published under the heading ‘Likely Team Modi 2.0’ and 36 of those named by IANS took oath as ministers in the[Read More…]

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