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The Indian Women's Football team has progressed to the semi-finals of the SAFF Under-15 Championship at Thimpu. They defeated hosts Bhutan, 1-0 yesterday, in a tightly contested match, during which India rattled the bar twice. Shilky Devi's 58th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two teams. With the...
The government has dismissed Usha Ananthasubramanian, former managing director of scam-hit Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank, from service. The government has issued a notification in this regard. Three months back, Ms Ananthasubramanian was divested of all her powers as MD of Allahabad Bank, after being named in a CBI...
A Delhi court has sent two alleged sympathisers of the Islamic State terror group, arrested from Hyderabad, to the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for 10 days. They have been sent to NIA custody in a case of allegedly radicalising Indian youngsters for carrying out terror strikes on...
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation today on the eve of 72nd Independence Day. The address will be broadcast from 7 PM on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version. The regional language...
The Centre has unlocked more than 66,000 crore rupees to increase the country’s forest cover. The fund is an accumulated amount of money which user agencies have been depositing as compensation for diverting forest land for non-forest purposes, including industries and infrastructure, over the last 10 years. The Centre has...
According to media reports, Pakistan today released 26 Indian fishermen from jail as a goodwill gesture, a day before newly-elected Parliament's maiden meeting to start the process of handing over powers to the new government. The fishermen had been arrested by the authorities for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan's territorial waters. ...
Maharashtra government has expanded the scope of the loan waiver scheme by extending the benefits to every member of the farmer's family in case of a separate loan account. An official said that a Government Resolution was issued on expanding the scope of the loan waiver scheme on 10th...
India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Cricket Test against England at Lord's on sunday. On Day Four of the match,  Indian batsmen were all at sea against the moving ball as their second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs. James Anderson claimed four wickets...
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata this morning following a multiple organ failure. He was 89. Mr Chatterjee was suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday. He suffered a mild heart attack yesterday and was...
The International Monetary Fund says India's GDP is poised to grow by 7.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal and 7.5 per cent in 2019-20 on strengthening of investment and robust private consumption. IMF, in its latest projection, said the near-term macroeconomic outlook for India is broadly favourable. It said, headline...