India

  • Airtel to launch 3G services within a week
    New Delhi, January 23 (PTI): With the government clearing decks for video calling on mobile phones, the country’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Sunday said it will commercially launch 3G mobile services within a week. “We will make the announcement for the commercial launch of our 3G service in next six to seven days,” Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor told PTI.On the telecom circles in which the service will be launched, Kapoor said that those details will
  • India, Bangladesh open new land port to boost trade
    Dhaka, January 23 (PTI): India and Bangladesh have opened a key joint land port at the northwestern tip of Banglabandha bordering Phulbari of West Bengal to boost bilateral trade. Phulbari-Banglabandha land port was opened at a cross-border ceremony attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Bangladesh’s Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury.Two trucks carrying cotton from Bangladesh entered Indian territory, while three stone-laden trucks from India crossed the border into
  • Indian govt spent over $1.5 mn on US lobbying in 2010
    NEW Delhi, January 23 (PTI): With the US holding key to a vast number of issues affecting India and its corporates, the Indian government and companies together spent over $ 1.5 million last year on lobbying in the American power corridors. However, the cost incurred by Indian government and companies on lobbying with US lawmakers in 2010 marks a significant drop of about one-third vis-a-vis spending in the previous year, when this figure stood at about $ 2.2 million.The issue of lobby
  • NE meets to mull over region’s potential
    Dimapur, January 22 (MExN):  The North-Eastern region has huge untapped economic potential and the challenge is to convert possibilities into success stories, Minister for DoNER BK Handique has said. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the 6th North-East Business Summit in Mumbai today. The 2-day Summit has been organized jointly by the Ministry of Development of the North-Eastern Region (DoNER) and Indian Chamber of Commerce. Handique said that the North-East has huge opp
  • Cyber crime rising sharply in the country: report
    NEW Delhi, January 22 (Agencies): With the ever increasing population of netizens in the country, the number of cyber-crimes in the country is also rising sharply, says data released by the National Crime Records Bureau ( NCRB) for 2009. Under the Information Technology Act, a total of 420 cases such as hacking computer systems or forging digital signatures were reported in 2009, while the figure was 142 in 2006.Predictably, 97 of the 420 cases were reported from Karnataka, the state w
  • Cars become costlier as Maruti, Hyundai, others hike prices
    NEW Delhi, January 22 (PTI): Cars have just got dearer with major automobile firms, including Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai and General Motors, increasing prices this month in order to offset rising input costs. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), the country’s largest carmaker said it has increased prices by upto Rs 8,000 across models, except its newly launched compact car Alto K10.“Yes, we did increase the prices from January 17, ranging between 0.5 per cent and 2.2 per cent,̶
  • ‘Restoring lost glory of Air India top priority’
    New Delhi January 21 (BS): Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, after assuming charge today, said making government carrier Air India a profitable business enterprise again would be his foremost priority. The state-run airline is reeling under major financial losses and a plan of action has already been put in place to revive its lost status. “My priority is to improve the services on Air India and to make it a profitable airline,” informed Ravi. To facilitate the sam
  • UK petrol price up at the highest in 10 years
    London, January 21 (Agencies): Pump prices of petrol In the UK are rising at the fastest rate for 10 years and it now costs £3 more than it did a month ago.  A litre of unleaded petrol shot 6.13p in mid-December to a new record high of 128.27p.A two-car family now pays £156 a year extra, but millions prefer to keep their cars at home. Petrol sales are down 13 per cent since last January as families cancel days out and people choose to take the bus or foot it out. Compare
  • Tight security in Delhi ahead of R-Day
    Tribal dancers from Madhya Pradesh state stand near their tableau during a press preview of various tableau participating in the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi on January 21. Twenty-three tableaus from 13 Indian states and 10 Indian government ministries will participate in the Republic day parade showcasing their cultural heritage, arts and development. (AP Photo) New Delhi, January 21 (PTI): Thousands of security personnel will fan across the national capital in the run-up to
  • Indian Navy strenghtens far-reaching capability
    Mumbai, January 21 (Agencies): The deep striking warfare and strategic capabilities of the Indian Navy got a major boost Friday with the induction of the third fleet tanker, the state-of-the-art INS Deepak, which will be followed by a similar one in nine months. The Italian-built tanker will enable warships operate for prolonged periods on the high seas without returning to harbour for replenishment or refuelling.A fleet tanker is as much useful to warships as mid-air refuellers are fo
  • Aarushi murder
    GHAZIABAD, January 21 (TNN): A special CBI court rejected on Friday Rajesh Talwar’s application seeking annexures submitted by the CBI along with its closure report in the Aarushi murder case. It will hold the next hearing on January 25. In a setback to the doctor couple, special judge Preeti Singh rejected Talwar’s application. The court observed that there is no provision under the law to give him the case diary or documents as he is not in the category of accused yet. Ea
  • Delhi tops among metros in crimes, atrocities on women
    New Delhi, January 21 (Agencies): Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe metro in the country, topping the list in number of crimes as well as in atrocities on women and children.According to latest government statistics, Delhi accounted for 13.2 per cent of a total of 3,43,749 crimes reported in 35 mega cities across the country in 2009 followed by Bengaluru (9.4 per cent) and Mumbai (9.1 per cent). Among cities, the Crime in India 2009 report prepared by Na
  • BSY demands unconditional apology from Governor
    Bangalore, January 21 (PTI): As the friction between his government and Governor H R Bhardwaj intensified, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa Friday demanded an “unconditional” apology from him for making certain remarks against his ministry which he said had insulted the people of the state. Yeddyurappa, who has also convened a Cabinet meeting here tomorrow to discuss the fresh developments, said, “For his remarks, he (Bhardwaj) should tender an unconditional apology. He
  • Lt Gen Rath found guilty in Sukna land scam
    New Delhi, January 21 (CNN-IBN): For the first time in the history of Indian Army a serving Lieutenant General has been found guilt in a scam. In an unprecedented court-martial of a high-ranking serving officer, Lt General PK Rath was found guilty on three counts in the Sukna land scam case on Friday. Lt Gen Rath was found guilty after a General Court Martial proceeding, headed by Presiding officer Lt Gen IJ Singh, in Shillong. He has been found guilty of wrongfully granting a no objec
  • ‘PM misleading country on issue of black money’
    SHIMLA, January 21 (TNN): BJP national vice-president Shanta Kumar on Friday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues of misleading the country on the issue of black money stashed in secret bank accounts in Switzerland and other tax havens and avoiding the issue of its recovery under some political pressure. In a statement issued here on Friday he said that the UPA government was deliberately avoiding the issue despite the fact that the Swiss government wants to
  • No plan to raise Diesel prices’
    NEW Delhi, January 20 (AGENCIES): India’s federal government currently has no plan to raise diesel prices, the country’s new oil minister S. Jaipal Reddy said Thursday, adding that gasoline prices will continue to be market-driven. “There is no proposal on the anvil for a diesel price hike,” Mr. Reddy, who replaced Murli Deora as the oil minister, told reporters. r. Reddy also said his ministry will aim to accelerate a decision on Cairn Energy PLC’s propos
  • HCL Infosystems bags multi crore order
    NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20 (PTI): IT hardware firm, HCL Infosystems, said on Thursday it has received a multi crore rupee deal from Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (AMTRON) to provide 7,200 units of its brand of laptops.  HCL Infosystems will be partnering with the state government to provide HCL ME Laptops, HCL Infosystems said in a statement. The Education Department (Secondary) under Government of Assam will be awarding laptops to honour meritorious students of the sta
  • ‘NE Business Summit’ in Mumbai
    Kolkata, January 20 (Agencies): The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), along with the Ministry of DoNER, Government of India is organizing its annual flagship ‘North-East Business Summit’ in Mumbai between January 21 and 22. The prestigious Summit, now in its 6th year, is the largest trade & investment Conference cum Exposition on India’s North-East region.Development of the North East is an area which has been accorded topmost priority in ICC’s agenda; the C
  • India Food Inflation Eases
    NEW Delhi, January 20 (WSJ): India's food inflation slowed in the week to Jan. 8 as vegetable prices cooled, but the central bank is likely to raise its key interest rates at next week's policy meeting as price pressures still remain high.The food articles index based on wholesale prices declined 1.2% to 190.6 in the week to Jan. 8 from a week earlier, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The annual inflation rate eased to 15.52% from 16.91% the week before, th
  • PM launches MNP service
    NEW DELHI, January 20 (Agencies): Finally! Looks like the Indian Government and the people have played enough of the waiting game. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is supposed to roll out number portability for mobile phones today at the Vigyan Bhavan official convention centre in New Delhi. So what’s in it for the average mobile phone user?If you’re really fried with your current service provider due to coverage issues or tariff plans, you can change to another service provid