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CBI To Look Into Fairfax Detective’s Bofors Allegations

New Delhi(PTI): The CBI today said it would look into the "facts and circumstances" of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershmam, who alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation. Hershman, who is the president of the US-based private detective firm Fairfax, claimed in television interviews recently that Rajiv Gandhi was "furious" when he...

Drones Used To Trace Missing 3-Year-Old Indian Girl In US

Houston(PTI): Police in Richardson, Texas, are using drones in the search of missing 3-year-old Indian girl who mysteriously disappeared 11 days ago after her foster father left her in an alley at 3 am for not drinking her milk. Sherin Mathews vanished on October 7 after her adoptive father Wesley Mathews told police he left her outside their home at...

Hit By DeMo-GST, Corporates Slash Diwali Gifts By 35-40%: Assocham

Lucknow(PTI): Reeling under disruptions arising out of demonetisation and GST rollout, corporate India is going rather lukewarm in Diwali gifts, slashing the budget under the head by at least 35-40 per cent, Assocham said. A survey by industry chamber Assocham showed that the reduction in gifts from corporate houses was in sync with low-key festivities due to slowdown concerns and...

Just Be Friendly: This Diwali, Let’s Celebrate With Animals, Says NGO

Guwahati(PTI): The festival of lights calls for celebrations and merrymaking. Light diyas, burst crackers or party with family and friends, but do spare a thought for the animals and the birds that are as much a part of this society as we are. Every year, loud sound from firecrackers causes stress, terror and even death in strays and birds. This...

Pre-Poll Alliance Between Congress, Left Not Possible: CPI

Hyderabad(PTI): A pre-poll alliance between the Left parties and the Congress may not be possible as they are "main opponents" in some states but it is essential to forge a common platform to fight the BJP, says CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy. In some states, there can be "some sort of 'no-contest understanding'," Reddy said. "What we (CPI) feel is,...

United In Anger: JNU Students Upset Over Hostel Raid

New Delhi(PTI): An early morning raid the authorities call it a check in JNU s hostel rooms has riled its students, with many maintaining that attempts are being made to malign the university s scholars, especially its women. Students alleged that a group of security personnel led by a lecturer entered the rooms of women and men students. Many girls found...

4 Injured As Security Forces Fire On Mob After ‘Braid Chopping ‘ Incident

Srinagar(PTI): Four persons were injured today when security forces fired on a mob in Pahalgam area of Jammu and Kashmir following an alleged braid chopping incident, police said. Residents of a village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district staged a protest after they caught an alleged braid chopper, a police official said. He said a security forces vehicle passing through the...

Snapdeal CFO Anup Vikal Quits

New Delhi(PTI): E-commerce firm Snapdeal today said its chief financial officer Anup Vikal has put in his papers. The development comes two months after acquisition talks between Snapdeal and larger rival Flipkart collapsed. Snapdeal Co-Founder and CEO Kunal Bahl said Vikal has done sterling work at the firm, building high levels of governance and helping structure various transactions of importance for...

Swaraj Flags H1B Visa Issue At Meeting With US Congressional Delegation

New Delhi(PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday flagged the H1B visa issue as a "strong concern" during a meeting with a visiting US Congressional delegation and sought bipartisan support for it The 9-member US congressional delegation from the house committee on science, space and technology is led by its chairman Lamar Smith, ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted "Swaraj flagged...

Self-Styled ‘Godman’ Bobbitise Himself In Rajasthan

Jaipur(PTI): A 30-year-old self-proclaimed godman bobbitised himself in Taranagar of Churu district today, police said. Santosh Das severed his penis after a man in his neighbourhood accused him of having a illicit relationship with a woman in the area, police sources said. After initial treatment in Taranagar, Santosh Das has been referred to a Bikaner hospital. He is said to be...

This Year’s Monsoon Goes, Leaving 9% Less Rainfall

Bhubaneswar(PTI): The Southwest monsoon has officially withdrawn from Odisha which received nine per cent less rainfall than normal, IMD said. While the normal rainfall in Odisha during monsoon is 1149.5 mm, the state received 1052 mm of rainfall this year which is estimated to be less by nine per cent, director of India Meteorological Department's Bhubaneswar regional centre Dr Sarat...

Dhanteras: Gold Fails To Stage Good Show, Down Rs 140

New Delhi(PTI): Gold plunged by Rs 140 to Rs 30,710 owing to a weak trend overseas even as the metal witnessed token buying by retailers and jewellers on auspicious 'Dhanteras'. The yellow metal witnessed some token buying though failed to take off on Dhanteras, a day considered auspicious for buying gold, silver and other valuables and is largely celebrated in...

Lakshmi Mittal Donates USD 25 Million To Harvard University

Washington(PTI): Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has donated USD 25 million to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with South Asian countries, including India. The donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at the university. The institute spearheads Harvard's engagement with South Asian countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and...

30 Nobel Laureates To Attend Indian Science Congress: Telengana Minister

Hyderabad(PTI): The 105th Indian Science Congress, to be held here in January next year, will be attended by about 30 Nobel laureates, Telangana Forests Minister Jogu Ramanna has said. The Congress will be hosted by Osmania University from January 3 to 7, a state government release yesterday quoted the minister as saying. The state government will set up nine science centres...