Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Monday hinted at snapping the alliance with Samajwadi Party by announcing that her party would contest the bye-elections to 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh on its own. Marking a meeting of party leaders from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, Mayawati directed them to start preparing for the by-poll …

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed reservations over electronic voting machines adopted in the Lok Sabha elections and urged opposition parties to unitedly demand the return of ballot papers for polls. She also urged the opposition parties in the country to set up a fact-finding committee to probe possible tampering of electronic …

Women in Delhi will be allowed free travel in public buses and metros, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared on Monday. Nearly 30 percent of the 40 lakh commuters who travel in state-run buses are estimated to be women. This would ensure that women can access modes of transport which they were not able to, …

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has been re-appointed to the top post in the Prime Minister’s Office with an upgrade. He will hold the rank of a Cabinet Minister. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Ajit Doval, IPS (Retired) as National Security Adviser with effect from 31.05.2019. His appointment will …

As Indian cricket team gears up for its first match in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, lethal pacer Jasprit Bumrah was taken for a doping test on Monday. Dope control official took the pacer for conducting a test during the team’s practice session at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton. There were a total of …

A 23-year-old woman admitted to the city government medical college and hospital ended up delivering her baby without medical assistance early on Monday after hospital staffers did not respond to her cries for an assistant. Sukeshni Shrikant Chatare, 23, a resident of Hudkeshwar in south Nagpur locality, had been under treatment at the government hospital …

The Union government is looking at replacing fee subsidy across top educational institutes, like IITs, with direct transfers to students and is planning a national crowd-funding platform to assist students and institutions. A key proposal being considered is a nationwide movement—Each One, Teach One—exhorting each family to support at least one student. This donation movement …

Timely intervention by the Reserve Bank could have led to the crisis at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) being detected before, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office has said in its charge sheet. Crucially, IL&FS subsidiary IL&FS Financial Services (IFIN) — the entity at the heart of the investigation — was permitted to …

1. Why are debt funds in bad shape? The trouble commenced with the IL&FS fiasco, where default and subsequent rating downgrade negatively affected several mutual funds holding its bonds. The problem has now spread to other entities such as DHFL, Essel Group, Yes Bank and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. While many of the instruments were rated AAA …

An 11-year-old Polish girl, who was brought up in India and was studying in Goa until a few weeks ago, has requested the Prime Minister and external affairs minister to permit her and her mother to return to India, a place they “call home”. Alicja Wanatko, in a handwritten letter to PM Modi and newly appointed external …

Rashid Abdulla, head of the Kerala module of Islamic State group, is believed to have been killed in Afghanistan more than a month ago. A message sent by an unidentified IS operative from Khorasan province of Afghanistan through Telegram app says that Abdulla was killed in ‘random bombing’ by US forces. “Total three Indian brothers, two Indian ladies, and …

Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Monday said that Asansol constituency will post ‘Get Well Soon’ cards to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as she is rattled by Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) presence in the state. Supriyo, who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) from the Asansol seat in West Bengal for a second term, maintained that though …