Arun Jaitley reacted shortly after Manmohan Singh issued a statement where he had rejected PM Modi's charges as 'innuendos and falsehoods'. It is surprising that Congress party expect the Prime Minister of India to apologise for it". He claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's house over dinner on December 6. In a strongly-worded statement, Manmohan Singh said he did not discuss the Gujarat Assembly elections with anyone at the dinner meeting. "Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable.

December 11, 2017 15:13 UTC

File photo of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sep 30, 2017. Picture by PTI New Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI): A huge row broke out on Monday over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's insinuation that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was colluding with Pakistan in the Gujarat elections, and Manmohan retorting by asking Modi to apologise to the nation. Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram wondered whether winning an election was so important that such allegations can be made against a former prime minister and a former Vice-President. He claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's house over dinner on December 6. ”Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable.

December 11, 2017 15:11 UTC

The ECI alternatively suggested that if existing provisions are retained then the candidate contesting from two seats should bear the cost of the bye-election to the seat that the contestant decides to vacate in the event of his/her winning both seats. The provision was introduced in 1996 prior to which there was no bar on the number of constituencies from which a candidate could contest. "One person, one vote & one candidate, one constituency is the dictum of democracy. However, as per the law, as it stands today, a person can contest the election for the same office from two constituencies simultaneously. When a candidate contests from two seats, it is imperative that he has to vacate one of the two seats if he wins both.

December 11, 2017 14:48 UTC

The outflow meant assets under management (AUM) of gold funds plunged by 10% to Rs4,922 crore at November-end from Rs5,480 crore at the end of March. It had witnessed an outflow of Rs775 crore in 2016-17, Rs903 crore in 2015-16, Rs1,475 crore in 2014-15 and Rs2,293 crore in 2013-14. Gold ETFs are passive investment instruments that are based on price movements and investments in physical gold. The outflow meant assets under management (AUM) of gold funds plunged by 10% to Rs4,922 crore at November-end from Rs5,480 crore at the end of March. Withdrawal of Rs66 crore was seen in April this year, Rs71 crore in May, Rs81 crore in June, Rs38 crore in July, Rs58 crore in August, Rs74 crore in September, Rs34 crore in October and another Rs89 crore in November.

December 11, 2017 14:26 UTC

PM Narendra Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister, says Manmohan Singh. Singh issued a statement on Monday that demanded an apology from the prime minister to the nation. “I am deeply pained and anguished by the falsehoods and canards being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none less than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... Sadly and regrettably, Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister,” Singh said in the statement. “Today former PM Manmohan Singh said that PM Modi should apologize.

December 11, 2017 14:25 UTC





Pictureby Prem Singh New Delhi, Dec. 11 (Reuters): Russia threw its weight behind China's massive One Belt One Road plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond, suggesting to India on Monday that it find a way to work with Beijing on the signature project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said New Delhi should not let political problems deter it from joining the project, involving billions of dollars of investment, and benefiting from it. Lavrov was speaking here after a three-way meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at which, he said, India's reservations over the Chinese project were discussed. Russia, all the countries in central Asia, and European nations had signed up to the Chinese project to boost economic cooperation, he said. Swaraj said the three countries had very productive talks on economic issues and the fight against terrorism.

December 11, 2017 14:15 UTC

File photo: HTNew Delhi: The union information technology (IT) ministry on Monday inaugurated a dedicated body to detect, prevent and mitigate the impact of cyber attacks on the National Informatics Centre (NIC). NIC, which comes under the IT ministry, has a key role in e-governance at the national, state and district levels. All these are to reinforce our cyber security architecture,” said Prasad. CERT-In is the national nodal agency under the IT ministry, which deals with cyber security threats such as hacking and phishing. It is tasked with the collection, analysis and dissemination of information on cyber incidents and even taking emergency measures for handling cyber security incidents.

December 11, 2017 14:15 UTC

Colgate Palmolive India stock was trading 1.15% up at Rs1,081.95 on BSE. Photo: BloombergNew Delhi: Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) firm Colgate Palmolive India on Monday said it has declared an interim dividend of Rs4 per equity share for 2017-18, which will see a total payout of Rs131 crore, including dividend distribution tax. The company said in a regulatory filing that its board has declared an interim dividend of Rs4 per equity share, with face value Re1 each, for the financial year ending 31 March 2018. It will be on the paid up equity share capital of Rs27.20 crore involving a total payout of Rs131 crore, including dividend distribution tax, it added. The record date for payment of the dividend is 19 December 2017. Colgate Palmolive India stock was trading 1.15% up at Rs1,081.95 on BSE.

December 11, 2017 13:52 UTC

Denizens of Hyderabad on Monday launched an online complaint against the proposed construction of new Telangana Secretariat at Bison polo ground of the city. The petition was lodged at 'Interact with PM' tab on Modi's website by the activists and citizens of Hyderabad. "We shall follow this up and have the plans, to concretize the open spaces of Gymkhana ground and Bison Grounds, totally scrapped." "We are also drawing plans of how much can be reclaimed from the lost open spaces, green spaces, water bodies, in order to further prevent destruction of human and biodiversity of Hyderabad," added Lubna. The Bison polo ground and adjacent land belongs to defence ministry and state government is in touch with central govt to get it transferred.

December 11, 2017 13:52 UTC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took to Twitter to congratulate Rahul Gandhi on becoming the Congress president. Modi posted on the micro-blogging site and said, "I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. Thank you for your good wishes Modi ji. @narendramodi &; Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 11, 2017Congress earlier today announced that Rahul Gandhi won the election to Congress president's post uncontested.

December 11, 2017 13:47 UTC

Apple has expressed willingness to increase local value addition over time, but has stuck to its demand for immediate import tax relief to expand its iPhone manufacturing. India wants indigenization,” said one person with direct knowledge of the talks. Apple has expressed willingness to increase local value addition over time, but has stuck to its demand for immediate import tax relief to expand its iPhone manufacturing, the person added. Despite a boom in smartphone sales in India, Apple’s market share is only around 2%. Apple has demanded the tax relief as India still lacks an ideal ecosystem for parts makers to thrive.

December 11, 2017 13:30 UTC

Highlights 1 Rahul Gandhi to take as Congress chief on December 16. As Rahul Gandhi prepares to get his stamp on Congress's decisions, here is a to-do list for the soon-to-be president of the 132-year-old party:TASK 1Restructure organisation, build a core team. Rahul Gandhi will also have to manage resistance from the old guard. But, Rahul Gandhi failed to take decision. ALSO READ | Rahul Gandhi an 'unconstitutional Crown Prince': Shehzad Poonawalla vows to be thorn in side for new Congress president

December 11, 2017 13:30 UTC

We are truly blessed to share the news with you.Thi... https://t.co/dMmHk8NibG — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1513005701000Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. Thi... https://t.co/g4QLeSQEOW — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) 1513005702000Indian captain Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma tied the knot in Italy's Tuscany today. The wedding was attended by close family and a few friends as they wished their wedding to be a very private affair. "Earlier today evening, Filmfare had reported that the power couple has tied the knot in a private ceremony in Milan , Italy. An insider told Filmfare that the ceremony took place earlier this morning amidst close family and friends.Can't wait!

December 11, 2017 13:26 UTC

Police block a street by Port Authority Bus Terminal near New York’s Times Square following an explosion on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Police say the explosion happened in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. (AP Photo) Police block a street by Port Authority Bus Terminal near New York’s Times Square following an explosion on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Police say the explosion happened in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations.

December 11, 2017 13:22 UTC

New york's commuter hub rocked as an Isis inspired Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb. The bomber is in the custody of NYPDAkayed Ullah, the 27-year-old suspected bomber had wires and pipe bomb strapped to his body. Police officers stand outside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also been briefed on the situation and New York governor Andrew Cuomo was on the scene. President Trump said that such family visas are "incompatible with national security."

December 11, 2017 13:20 UTC