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Madhya Pradesh MLAs were paid 3 times the salary bill in allowances: RTI

INDORE While electioneering is underway in Madhya Pradesh, reply to an RTI query has revealed that Rs 149 crore were paid from state treasuries in salaries and allowances to 231 outgoing legislators in last five years. The allowances were over three times the salary bill, the data shows. According to the data …

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Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris among potential Democratic presidential aspirants for 2020

WASHINGTON Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senator also known as the “female Obama”, is considering to run for the White House in 2020, media reports said, days after a strong showing by the Democratic Party in the recent mid-term elections. Harris, 54, the first time Senator from California, made …

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UP horror: Alcoholic father smashes minor daughters’ heads with a hammer and sets them ablaze

LUCKNOW In a heart wrenching incident, a man killed his three daughters by first smashing their heads with a hammer and then setting them on fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur district, police said on Tuesday. Two girls died on the spot while one passed away during treatment at a medical …

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UP cabinet approves renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj

LUCKNOW The Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday approved renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad divisions as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna told reporters. Prayagraj division will comprise Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Pratapgarh districts, while Ayodhya division will include Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Sultanpur, Amethi and Barabanki districts, Khanna …

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1984 anti-Sikh riots probe: BJP leader-led delegation meets Prez Kovind over notifying name of SIT member

NEW DELHI A delegation of eminent citizens, including former Army chief J J Singh and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday and requested him to ask the Supreme Court to immediately notify the name of third member of the SIT formed to supervise probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. Besides Lekhi and Singh, the other …

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Captain Kathpalia removed as Air India Director Ops, to face probe

MUMBAI Air India’s Director for Operations Capt Arvind Kathpalia was on Tuesday removed from his post by the government while the national carrier announced a probe against him, a day after aviation regulator DGCA suspended his flying licence for three years for failure to clear a pre-flight alcohol test. Capt Amitabh Singh, currently Executive Director for Training, has …

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Inside Ayodhya’s Karsevakpuram: 50 percent carving work ‘completed’; number of artisans dwindle

AYODHYA The pace of work at a Ram Janmabhomi Nyas-run workshop in Ayodhya’s Karsevakpuram has turned sluggish due to lack of funds and dwindling number of artisans and craftsmen, according to the in-charge of the workshop that has been running since 1990 to build a ‘temple’. At the Karsevakpuram’s sprawling …

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Debt-ridden Punjab all set for Rs 100-crore binge on luxury cars

CHANDIGARH At a time when the debt-ridden Punjab government is unable to pay salaries and pensions to its serving and former employees, or allocate funds for subsidies and social welfare schemes on time, it is all set for a nearly Rs 100 crore luxury ride. The Congress government in the state led by Chief Minister Amarinder …

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