The appalling murder of Gauri Lankesh, a feisty journalist known for her strident views, has sent online and offline circles into a shock. Many in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru, were still grappling with the feeling of pervasive peril. This sinking feeling is, if a high-profile journalist could be killed with such impunity, then the state of the common people could be far worse. Apart from the high-profile M M Kalburgi case, a number of suspicious deaths and possibly political murders have happened in Karnataka in the last few years. They convey a startling pattern of deteriorating situation in Karnataka with the state government seeming indifferent at best. In a notable case, Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathy was found dead in a lodge, reportedly committing suicide, j...
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी रविवार (3 सितंबर) को प्रस्तावित अपने मंत्रिमंडल विस्तार में नौ लोगों को शामिल करने जा रहे हैं। समाचार एजेंसी एएनआई के मुताबिक बिहार के बक्सर से लोकसभा सांसद अश्विनी कुमार चौबे और आरा संसदीय क्षेत्र से भाजपा सांसद और पूर्व केंद्रीय गृह सचिव आर के सिंह को मंत्री बनाया जाएगा। इनके अलावा शिव प्रताप शुक्ला, वीरेंद्र कुमार, अनंत कुमार हेगड़े, हरदीप सिंह पुरी, गजेन्द्र सिंह शेखावत, सत्यपाल सिंह और अल्फॉन्स कन्नाथनम को भी मंत्री बनाया जाएगा। रविवार को शपथ लेने वालों में शिव प्रताप शुक्ला उत्तर प्रदेश से राज्यसभा सांसद हैं। केंद्र में मंत्री बनने वाले इन नौ चेहरों में दो पूर्व आईएएस अधिकारी हैं। इनके अलावा एक पूर्व आईपीएस और एक पूर्व आईएफएस अधिकारी भी हैं। सत्यपाल सिंह यूपी के बागपत से लोकसभा सांसद हैं। इससे पहले वो मुंबई के पुलिस कमिश्नर थे। हालांकि, सत्यपाल सिंह न
चीन के दक्षिणी-पश्चिमी शहर जियामेन में रविवार से तीन दिवसीय ब्रिक्स सम्मेलन की शुरुआत हो रही है, जिसमें सम्मेलन से इतर प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की चीन के राष्ट्रपति शी जिनपिंग से मुलाकात की संभावना है। पांच सदस्यीय देशों के समूह की वार्षिक बैठक के दौरान आर्थिक, सुरक्षा एवं अन्य बहुपक्षीय मुद्दों पर चर्चा होगी और इससे इतर मोदी और जिनपिंग के बीच होनी वाली संभावित मुलाकात डोकलाम विवाद की वजह से सम्मेलन का मुख्य केंद्र होगी। चीन के शीर्ष थिंक टैंक चाइनीज एकेडमी ऑफ सोशल साइंस के विशेषज्ञ वांग देहुआ ने आईएएनएस को बताया, “चूंकि अब डोकलाम विवाद खत्म हो गया है, इसलिए जियामेन बैठक एक टर्निग प्वाइंट साबित होगी।” डोकलाम विवाद के समय भारत को युद्ध की धमकी देने वालों में से एक चीनी विशेषज्ञ वांग ने कहा कि इसका कोई कारण नहीं है कि भारत और चीन एक-दूसरे से शत्रुता रखें। वांग ने कहा, “मैं हमेशा ‘
The PSLV-C39 rocket, which failed to launch the IRNSS 1H satellite on Thursday, was dragged down by at least one tonne of extra weight from the unseparated heat shield after the second stage, its velocity reduced by one kilometre per second. This greatly reduced the altitude it was to reach for a successful mission, say scientists privy to the project. Former Isro Satellite Centre director SK Shivakumar said: “The launch vehicle was carrying at least one tonne more than its design permitted it, as the heat shield did not separate. This affected its velocity. For example, it should have attained a velocity of 9.5km per second at the end of it but attained only 8.5km per second.” The heat shield is meant to protect the satellite from the heat generated due to friction against atmosphere
In a bid to drive the cashless economy in the country, the central government is considering making mandatory digital payments at points of consumer interface in all government and departments including railways and road transport corporations. Government payments account for a huge percentage of overall transactions and hence PM Modi wants digital transactions to increase in order to reduce the country's dependence on cash. To achieve this the government is planning to come up with new initiatives. Here is a brief explainer Online payments integrated with BHIM All payment options of government and Public Sector Units will be integrated with with official payment modes such as BHIM and Bharat QR code. Bus, train and Metro ticket counters and licenced kiosks and shops wil...
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s eighth navigation satellite imploded shortly after lift off on Thursday, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The IRNSS-1H satellite had been expected to join seven others in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to take the country a step further to developing its own global positioning system. “Satellite got separated internally but it imploded within the heat shield, in the fourth stage itself,” ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters in a televised news conference. The heat shield is meant to protect the satellite from the heat generated by the friction against atmosphere during take-off. Once a satellite is placed into orbit, it is expected to separate and fall off. The IRNSS-1H satellite had been release
The CBI today began its probe into 18 cases referred to it by the Rajasthan government for alleged irregularities in land deals in Bikaner by companies, linked to Robert Vadra. CBI sources said the agency has re-registered 18 FIRs in connection with these land deals, which were earlier probed by the Rajasthan Police. “The cases pertain to fraudulent and fictitious claims and allotments in lieu of land acquired for Mahajan Field Firing Range Bikaner, which is used by the Army,” a CBI spokesperson said here after the cases were registered this evening. Among the 18 FIRs registered by the agency, 16 were lodged at the Gajner police station while two at Kolayat police station in Bikaner between August and September, 2014, agency sources said. The cases were referred to the CBI by the Cen
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the government has collected Rs 92,283 crore in Goods and Service Tax (GST) for the month of July so far. The total amount collected includes the Central GST of Rs 14,894 crore, State GST of Rs 22,722 crore and integrated GST of Rs 47,469 crore. He further said that the Integrated GST will be allotted between the states and the Centre. Within the IGST, the tax collected from imports stands at Rs 20,964 crore. The Rs 92,283 crore includes a compensation cess of Rs 7,198 crore. The Finance Minister said that around 38 lakh entities had filed their returns. Jaitley said that it was "best to put the GST numbers authentically in the public domain." The Finance Minister said that little more than 64 percent eligible tax payers had complie...
The government has sanctioned over 2.17 lakh houses for urban poor in six states, including Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam, taking the total tally to about 26 lakh under the Centre’s housing scheme. An official release today said in the latest sanctions, Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has given nod to over 1.20 lakh more houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) to Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh 41,173, Assam 16,700, Gujarat 15,222, Jharkhand 14,017 and Maharashtra 9,894. With this, the total houses sanctioned under the scheme increased to over 26.13 lakh with a total investment of around Rs 1.39 lakh crore. Central assistance of Rs 40,597 crore has been approved for construction of these houses. The 10 states–Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, K
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years in jail, and not 10 as reported earlier, in two cases of raping minors 15 years ago. Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh said the two sentences of 10 years each will run cosecutively, and not concurrently. The 50-year-old Dera chief has also been slapped a fine of Rs 15 lakh in each case, with the court ordering that Rs 14 lakh be paid to each survivor of the 2002 rapes. A CBI spokesperson said, "Baba Ram Rahim has been sentenced for 20 years. He will remain 20 years in jail as per the sentencing. It's 10 plus 10 years sentence in two cases, and the sentence will run one after the other consecutively and not concurrently, plus a fine of Rs 15 lakh each in two cases."