China said on Monday the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) doesn’t “involve territorial disputes” and is transparent, dismissing New Delhi’s concerns that part of the connectivity project violates India’s sovereignty as it passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). China’s foreign ministry indicated that it was willing for India to join the BRI later. India is likely to …

Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan who crossed over from the Congress two years ago is the BJP candidate from chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur that voted the BJP for decades before a united opposition delivered a stunning victory in the 2017 by-election. Two years later, there are clear cracks in the opposition camp. Praveen Nishad, who …

Jet Airways’ survival remained under serious threat after its lenders Monday deferred a much-anticipated decision to provide emergency funds to the carrier following a marathon meeting, even as its pilots’ union appealed to the lenders and the prime minister to save the airline. Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube in an internal communication has said …

The BJP’s Jaya Prada on Monday made a sharp comeback after her former colleague and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made a derogatory comment against her during an election rally. The veteran SP leader had stoked a controversy with an “underwear” jibe against Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Uttar …

Manohar Parrikar’s son on Monday delivered a sharp rejoinder to Nationalist Congress Party boss Sharad Pawar over claims that the former defence minister had quit the union cabinet over the Rafale deal. “This is yet another unfortunate and insensitive attempt to invoke my father’s name to push blatant falsehoods for political gains,” Utpal Parrikar, a …

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday pleading that Muslim women be allowed to enter and offer namaz inside mosques. Moving the plea, a Muslim couple asked the apex court to declare the prohibition on entry of women inside mosques in the country as “illegal and unconstitutional” as it violated the fundamental …

In the past two decades, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have failed to win 11 parliamentary seats of Uttar Pradesh, including state capital Lucknow, Varanasi, and Congress bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareilly. Besides, the two parties could not win in Baghpat, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Kanpur, Mathura, Hathras and Kushinagar. However, relying on caste arithmetic, SP …

The problem of loan defaults has now begun to affect fixed maturity plans. ET Wealth delves into the issue in order to explain to investors what it means for them. What is the problem with FMPs? Some mutual fund companies which had lent to Zee (Essel) Group entities are holding back payments due to investors in their …

India’s military brass is once again pushing for “timely development” of all-weather connectivity along the long unresolved borders with China through a network of roads, tunnels and underground shelters to ensure faster troop mobility and logistics as well as storage of ammunition, missiles, and other weapon systems. Sources said one of the major thrust areas …

A Delaware entity, Future Trend Capital, is understood to be backing the offer by Naresh Goyal’s Jetair to invest in Jet Airways, the distressed airline that is facing a severe cash crunch, employee anger over delayed salaries and grounded planes. Jetair is the general sales agency (GSA) that birthed Jet Airways. On Friday, the bid from the Future Trend-Jetair …

When elections are fought on social media and voters are caught up in a digital world, can election symbols languish in the realm of bullock carts and brooms? Tech is the overriding theme of free symbols released by the Election Commission of India, reflecting India’s swift transformation from a traditional country to an urban nation. From …

Making a strong strategic statement, India has just set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office. The brainchild of foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, the new division is intended to give a coherent architecture to the policy, which was articulated by PM Narendra Modi at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2018. The division, which started work this week, will be headed …