The Union government will push two key legislations —Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill and Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill — in the first session of Parliament commencing from June 17. As part of its 100-day agenda, the Union government has lined up a slew of social welfare initiatives for Scheduled Castes including a …

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday rebuked Union minister Giriraj Singh for his snide tweet aiming NDA leaders in Bihar on their presence in ‘Iftar’ parties and asked him to refrain from making such remarks, party sources said. Singh had posted pictures of top Bihar NDA leaders, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, attending ‘Iftar’ and questioned …

India and Japan would hold their maiden 2+2 (Foreign & Defence Minister) level dialogue this year ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe’s annual summit. This was confirmed on Tuesday during the telephonic conversation between the newly appointed foreign minister S Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono. India has a 2+2 mechanism with the USA. Kono …

The year 2018 registered a sharp 10 percent decline in the approval of H-1B visa, which is popular among highly-skilled Indian IT professionals, as per to the US authorities. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 335,000 H-1B visas, which included both new and renewable, in the fiscal year 2018. This was 10 per …

To ensure top-grade safety of the passengers and goods, major railway stations would have an access control system at par with security arrangements seen at airports across the country. The railway stations would be closed from each the sides and would have access only through security channels to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to platforms and trains. The scanning gadgets …

Increasing tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Sri Lanka manifested through Monday’s resignation of Muslim ministers from the Ranil Wickremesinghe cabinet has major security implications for India, especially in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Modi government is apprehensive of a contagion effect and keeping a close watch on links between disgruntled elements and radicals among Lankan Muslims and …

In his first set of instructions after taking over, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh has sought a cutting down on wasteful expenditure with the pruning of ceremonial practices and ensuring that same standard are met for both officers and men in events. Admiral Singh has asked all ranks to imbibe contemporary social and ceremonial practices by …

India’s Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has now turned the lens on auditors of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services’ (IL&FS) holding company and IL&FS Transportation Network, in what could be the highest probe involving about 35 audit firms including some of the biggest Indian firms. Investigators would be looking at the role of senior executives in …

Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2019, will kick off today. Apple is expected to continue its efforts towards the transition from a hardware-driven company to a services platform. CEO Tim Cook will deliver the opening keynote at the WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California. He’s expected to unveil updates to Apple’s software including macOS and iOS. …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make the first foreign visit of his second term to the Maldives on June 8-9 and make a stopover in Sri Lanka on his way back home, reflecting the importance India attaches to its “neighborhood first” policy. Modi had never visited the Maldives during his first term, with a trip …

Days after the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) appointed a special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, India on Monday stated the grouping had “no locus standi” in matters related to the state that is an integral part of the country. Yousef Aldobeay of Saudi Arabia, an assistant secretary general of OIC, was among four special …

A massive search operation involving the Indian Air Force and the Army is underway to locate the AN-32 transport aircraft that went missing with 13 people onboard just 35 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam on Monday afternoon. The IAF and the army have pooled their resources to keep two planes – a …