Centre aims to double non-rice summer crop output to 5 mn tonnes (1 minute ago)
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Centre on Thursday said it has aimed to increase the output of summer crops, barring rice, to 5 million tonnes this year by boosting the production of pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds.

Rahul congratulates CA topper Shadab Hussain (7 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday extended his best wishes to CA exam topper Shadab Hussain, who cleared the exam in the very first attempt.

Not going back to era of ballot papers: Chief Election Commissioner (9 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Rejecting the demand of major opposition parties, the Election Commission on Thursday ruled out going back to the era of ballot papers and asserted it cannot be "bullied or coerced" into discarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs.

Gomti riverfront project: ED raids on in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP (15 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday searched over 10 places in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in connection with the Rs 1,500 crore Gomti riverfront development project in Lucknow.

Dr. Reddy's launch Propofol Injectable Emulsion in US market (29 minutes ago)
Hyderabad, Jan 24 (IANS) Pharma major Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd on Thursday announced the launch of Propofol Injectable Emulsion, USP, in the US market.

DA case: Virbhadra Singh's plea transferred to another bench (13:58)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday transferred to another bench the plea of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife challenging a trial court's order directing that charges be framed against them in a disproportionate assets case.

British-era Kalka-Shimla rail track facing threat (13:48)
By Vishal Gulati
Shimla, Jan 24 (IANS) Chugging its way through history all the way to achieving a Unesco World Heritage tag, the British-era narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla rail track is facing threats - all of them man-made.

India-Bangladesh to finalise new waterway: Tripura CM (13:46)IANS Photo Service
Agartala, Jan 24 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Thursday that Indian and Bangladesh officials will finalise various aspects of a proposed waterway between the two countries.

We can't forget Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey: Actress Freida Pinto (13:28)
By Durga ChakravartyIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) The international visibility for Indian talent has grown manifold over the past few years, more so in the last decade since Freida Pinto shot to global fame with Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". But the actress does not want to take credit for opening the floodgates.

CBI conducts raids in Videocon-ICICI Bank loan case (Lead) (13:28)
Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) The CBI on Thursday raided four locations here in connection with a Rs 3,250 crore loan involving the Videocon Group and ICICI Bank, sources said here.

Elephant tusk found in doctor's clinic (13:28)
Ranchi, Jan 24 (IANS) Officials on Thursday found the tusk of an elephant in a doctor's clinic in Jharkhand's Latehar district.

Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire on LoC (13:28)
Jammu, Jan 24 (IANS) Indian and Pakistani troops were locked in heavy clashes on Thursday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

How Children in Bengal's Bardhaman are becoming catalysts of change (January 24 is National Girl Child Day) (13:28)
By Neola DSouza
National Girl Child Day is observed every year on January 24 to celebrate girl children and to bring the focus on issues like skewed sex ratio, female foeticide, child marriage, education, health and safety of the girl child, unequal treatment and gender disparities.

Justice Sikri recuses himself from Nageswara Rao case hearing (13:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri on Thursday recused himself from hearing a plea challenging Nageswara Rao's appointment as interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief.

Without continuous flow, clean Ganga not possible, say greens (13:00)
By Bappaditya ChatterjeeIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Jan 24 (IANS) The Centre's efforts to rejuvenate the Hindu holy river have failed to impress environmentalists, who feel a clean Ganga will remain a distant dream due to the Modi government's failure to ensure the continuous flow of the river.

JLF enters its 12th edition amid festive fervour, security beefed up (Second Lead) (13:00)IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) The Jaipur Literature Festival entered its 12th edition with its characteristic fervour, with the loud beating of drums and rhythms of traditional Rajasthani musical instruments reverberating in the premises of Diggi Palace here on Thursday while the Rajasthan Police beefed up security to avoid any untoward incident.

Relief package for farmers soon: Minister (13:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala on Thursday said a big relief package for the country's farmers will soon be announced.

80% Indian employees think their workplace data at hacking risk: Accenture (12:32)
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) While 74 per cent of Indian workers say new technologies to collect workforce data put trust at risk, recent data scandals make 80 per cent feel that their employee information might be hacked too, a new report from Accenture said on Thursday.

TV actors want new government to fight graft, crimes against women (Republic Day Special) (12:30)
By Natalia NingthoujamIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Ahead of India's 70th Republic Day on January 26 and Lok Sabha elections in April-May, TV actors like Mohit Malik, Rohitashv Gour and Sara Khan have pinned hopes on the new government to fight corruption and crimes against women.

CBI files FIR against Chanda Kochhar's husband, Videocon group (12:24)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) The CBI on Thursday said it has registered a case against Deepak Kochhar, husband of former ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, in connection with the Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group given in 2012.

I'm ready to take up acting: Hockey star Sandeep Singh (IANS Interview) (12:12)
By Sugandha RawalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Sandeep Singh's life story found its way onto the silver screen last year with "Soorma", and he will be entering the world of small screen this year with an adventure reality show. The former India hockey team captain says he is also eager to take up acting stints in the future.

Enjoy science & maths just as music & arts: Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan (12:10)
By Saket Suman
Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Science and mathematics are as much a triumph of human achievement and part of our culture as history, literature, art and music, and therefore all of us should enjoy them, Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan said here on Thursday.

Chidambaram calls announcement to fill vacant railway posts another 'jumla' (11:58)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Calling the Centre's announcement of employing over four lakh people in Railways "another jumla", former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the Railway Ministry has "suddenly" woken up to posts lying vacant for nearly five years.

Celebrations begin at Diggi Palace as JLF kicks-off (Lead) (11:58)IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Loud beating of drums and rhythms of traditional Rajasthani musical instruments reverberated in the premises of Diggi Palace here on Thursday, marking the inauguration of the 12th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Bengaluru doctor offers free angioplasty to poor patients (IANS Special) (11:30)
By Bhavana AkellaIANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 24 (IANS) At a time when only the rich can afford and have access to quality healthcare in India, a doctor in a private hospital in this tech hub is offering free angioplasty to the poor, who are no less deserving for it.

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