A day after a senior journalist was arrested from his home near Delhi after being accused by a Chhattisgarh minister of blackmailing him, the police have filed an FIR against the state's Congress chief over a complaint by the minister. Minister Rajesh Munat had filed the complaint against Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel after Mr Baghel said he possessed a copy of a sex CD purportedly featuring the minister. Mr Munat has called the CD "fake" and said it can be investigated by any agency.
Dineshwar Sharma, the centre's interlocutor for Kashmir who has spoken about radicalisation of the youth there as his big challenge, says he was worried that if radicalisation picks up, "the situation will be like Yemen, Syria and Libya" and "finish the Kashmir society itself". "So, it is very important that everybody, all of us, contribute so that suffering of Kashmiris end," Mr Sharma told news agency Indo-Asian News Service.
Hardik Patel, the 24-year-old face of the Patidar community's campaign for reservation that has locked horns with the ruling BJP in Gujarat, seems to be playing hardball with the Congress over his support to the party for the state elections to be held in December.
Rahul Gandhi will within weeks be crowned leader of the Congress party, handing him a freer rein to prove if he can mount a credible challenge to the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The great-grandson of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, has struggled to convince voters - and many in his party - that he is leadership material, especially after a drubbing in the 2014 general election.
In the ongoing back-and-forth over GST or Goods and Services Tax, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today delivered a stinging retort to Rahul Gandhi's "Gabbar Singh Tax" dig.
The CBI has written to the government for reconsideration of its 2005 decision and allow the agency to file a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in the Bofors case challenging quashing of an FIR in the alleged scam, officials said.
An unbeaten India would start as overwhelming favourites against an under-performing but dangerous South Korea in their first match of the Super 4 stage in the 10th Asia Cup hockey tournament on Wednesday.
AYODHYA, UTTAR PRADESH: Yogi Adityanath, who wants a giant statue of lord Ram in Ayodhya, was happy today to give a grand, ceremonial welcome to actors playing Ram, Sita and Lakshman as they arrived by chopper in the temple town at the start of the "Deepotsav", the town's biggest Diwali celebrations ever.
China plans to complete a $2 billion hydropower project in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir ahead of schedule, according to state-run media in Beijing.
The Karot Hydropower Project is being built on the river Jhelum. Construction began last year. It will be owned by a Chinese firm for 30 years, after which it will be handed over to the Pakistan government.
India has consistently opposed China's funding of projects in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir on the grounds that it violates India's territorial sovereignty.
The company said in a statement that the project will help ease Pakistan's power shortage and generate local employment.
The report in the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid, has not mentioned the new timeline for the project. Last month, Bloomberg reported that the project would be ready nine months ahead of its December 2021 deadline."India has repeatedly expressed its concern over the project since the project is located in disputed Kashmir, but it won't affect cooperation between China and Pakistan, because the ties are unshakable and will not target India," the Global Times quoted Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of International Relations.
China is spending about $54 billion on infrastructure projects for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which also runs through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and is part of the massive 'Belt-And-Road' plan to connect China with Europe and Africa through a network of roads, rail and ports. India has denounced the project and boycotted a huge conclave in May in Beijing that was attended by 60 countries that have signed up to the Belt-and-Road project.
China and India ended their worst border stand-off in decades at the end of August with both sides agreeing to withdraw their troops from the flashpoint at the remote Doklam Plateau in the Eastern Himalayas. Indian troops crossed the Sikkim border in June to stop China from constructing a new road located close to the "Chicken's Neck" which links India to its northeastern states.
Pranab Mukherjee, who in his four-decades of public life has worked with four Prime Ministers, today had warm praise for Narendra Modi. But he expressed reservations about the goal the BJP has adopted - that of a Congress Mukt Bharat (Congress-free India).