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  • Thermal plant pollution to be controlled by 2022: Govt to SC
    on April 25, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Pollutant spewing coal-based thermal power plants, indispensable because they account for 60% of India’s electricity production, will conform to emission standards by 2022, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday. […]

  • 4 years on, code to punish pharma firms for bribing doctors still in works
    on April 25, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    ​The Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP) prepared by the pharmaceuticals department (DoP) to control unethical marketing practices in pharma has been in the works since December 2014, six months after the current government came to power. More than three years later, the code is stuck in the Niti Aayog after the law ministry rejected DoP’s draft. […]

  • Asaram 'Bapu Maharaj': From ghetto boy to godman to jailbird
    on April 25, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Just after Partition, Thaumal Harpalani moved from Berani village in Pakistan’s Sindh with his wife Menhgiba and son Asumal to Ahmedabad. What followed was the typical story of survival in a refugee ghetto. They lived in the Sardarnagar area, where most Sindhi refugee families were resettled. […]

  • New highways to have ducts for telecom lines
    on April 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    The government is working on a plan to construct dedicated ducts along new highways for laying optical fibre lines for telecom and power lines, among others. ​Sources said the road transport ministry has agreed to provide land along the greenfield highways to the telecom department for this purpose. […]

  • To meet target, govt has to add 167km of roads a day in 2018-19
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    The Centre will have to ramp up the pace of road construction from 134 km to 167 km per day to clinch the flagship rural roads programme, PMGSY, this year. ​The rural development ministry has fixed the deadline for financial year 2018-19 to wrap up the first phase of PMGSY. Roads totalling to 61,000 km remain to be constructed. […]

  • Congress set to announce Kamal Nath as president of party's Madhya Pradesh unit
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm


  • At Rs 700 a kilo, record price for Assam CTC
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Assam’s Halmari estate created a world record on Tuesday by fetching Rs 700 a kilo for its CTC tea in the pan-India e-auction. The last global-best price for CTC tea was fetched by a second flush variety from the same garden at Rs 600 per kg on July 14, 2016. […]

  • Asaram verdict gives me hope, says wife of slain witness
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    It was only when Kripal Singh was murdered in Shahjahanpur in July 2015 that his wife, then five months pregnant, learnt that he was a witness in the case. “Had I known before, I would never have allowed him to depose in court,” Moni Singh said. […]

  • Asaram convicted: Kin of murdered witness pray for justice now
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Tuesday night was tough to live through for 65-year-old Naresh Gupta, who has waited a long time for justice for his murdered son, Akhil Gupta, one of three witnesses in the Asaram rape case murdered during the trial, allegedly for deposing against the selfstyled “godman”. […]

  • Indu Malhotra ‘cleared’ for Supreme Court, but Justice Joseph still on hold
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Senior advocate Indu Malhotra is likely to take oath as a Supreme Court judge on Friday, with sources saying the government has cleared her appointment. However, the name of Uttarakhand high court Chief Justice Kuttiyil Mathew Joseph, the chief bone of contention between the SC collegium and the government, remains on hold. […]

  • Stranger dug up intimate data on me, wife, kids, siblings: UIDAI counsel
    on April 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Allaying the Supreme Court’s apprehensions about possible privacy violations through Aadhaar, UIDAI’s counsel Rakesh Dwivedi made a startling disclosure on Wednesday that secretive foreign websites were amassing a huge amount of intimate data on individuals, but were unable to hack the Aadhaar database. […]

  • Never directed Aadhaar-mobile number linkage, says Supreme Court
    on April 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    The mad rush to link mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar supposedly to comply with a directive of the Supreme Court was uncalled for. The apex court on Wednesday clarified that it had not ordered mandatory linkage, and said the government misinterpreted its February 6, 2017, observation and insisted on doing it. […]

  • Asaram convicted: My 5-year ‘house arrest’ is over, says survivor
    on April 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    “They killed witnesses, disrupted my education, hounded my family but I knew what I had to do,” said the girl whose battle led to Asaram’s downfall. ​“Someone else committed the crime, but I was the one under virtual house arrest for five years,” the girl, who will turn turn 21 this July, told TOI on Wednesday, moments after she heard that Asaram had been found guilty of raping her in 2013. […]

  • For raping 16-year-old at ashram, Asaram gets life in jail till death
    on April 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    A special court on Wednesday sentenced disgraced “godman” Asaram to life imprisonment till death for raping a teenage girl studying at his ashram, with the judge saying, “In my humble opinion, Asaram not only broke the faith of the complainant but also spoiled the image of saints among common men.&rdquo […]

  • GSAT-11 recalled from French Guiana for more tests: Isro chief
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:54 pm


  • Officers bow at my feet, Asaram told survivor
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Self-styled godman Asaram who was convicted of rape on Wednesday had asked the survivor to "surrender" to him, boasting that senior officials bowed their heads at him. […]

  • People 'live in fear' under BJP rule: P Chidambaran
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Speaking at a rally, organised as part of the conclusion of the 'Janamochana Yatra', led by KPCC President M M Hassan here, Chidambaram said things were becoming worse with "communal fascism" gaining strength every passing day. […]

  • Vyapam scam: Madhya Pradesh HC relaxes Nitin Mohindra's bail conditions
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:40 pm


  • 3,374 file nominations for Karnataka assembly elections
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    According to the ECs data, of the total nominees, 250 were from the ruling Congress, 282 from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 231 from Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), 1,673 from Independents and 938 from regional parties and fringe outfits. […]

  • Traffic congestion costs economy Rs 1.47 lakh crore annually in four metros
    on April 25, 2018 at 5:26 pm


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