• Environment minister Prakash Javadekar
    Jan 31, 2015 00:38 IST

    Govt to review UPA's green approvals after Jayanthi Natarajan revelations

    The environment ministry will review projects that were approved or held back by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government without a valid reason, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

  • Jayanthi natarajan
    Jan 31, 2015 00:43 IST

    Jayanthi Natarajan sacked after complaints of clearance 'tax', says Congress

    In a counter-offensive, the Congress on Friday raked up allegations of corruption against former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan, saying questions about her functioning were raised by industrialists who claimed that crucial files were cleared from her Chennai home.

  • S Jaishankar
    Jan 31, 2015 00:46 IST

    PMO-MEA relationship set to be realigned after years

    As the controversy about S Jaishankar's appointment as foreign secretary dissipates, the Indian Foreign Service is looking forward to a realignment of the equation between the prime minister's office and the ministry of external affairs - with the latter reoccupying its space as the rightful custodian of foreign affairs.

  • Richard Verma (Photo courtesy: Albright Stonebridge Group)
    Jan 30, 2015 22:49 IST

    Obama’s message on tolerance ‘universal’: American envoy

    President Barack Obama’s message at Siri Fort, where he spoke about religious tolerance, was ‘universal’ and applied both to the Indian and American people, US ambassador to India Richard Verma said on Friday.

  • Jayanthi Natarajan
    Jan 31, 2015 01:00 IST

    Jayanthi Natarajan brought in to speed up clearances, sacked for delays

    The UPA government brought in Jayanti Natarajan in place of Jairam Ramesh in July 2011 to provide steam to the economy by approving blocked projects. Over two years later, she was sacked for sitting on project approvals - the same reason Ramesh was shown the door.

  • AH-64 Apache
    Jan 31, 2015 01:24 IST

    Defence ministry to seek CCS approval for US copters

    In a bid to beef up its rapid deployment and strike capability, the defence ministry is set to approach the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for the acquisition of 15 heavy-lift twin rotor Chinook and 22 Apache Longbow helicopters from US aircraft major Boeing.

  • Amit Shah
    Jan 31, 2015 01:43 IST

    Common agenda for Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah

    The BJP is willing to keep the controversial uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370 out of a common minimum programme being prepared to seal an alliance with the People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Kerala conversion
    Jan 31, 2015 01:47 IST

    11 Christians 'reconvert' at Chennai ghar wapsi event

    A Hindu group converted 11 Dalit Christians to Hinduism at a ghar wapsi, or homecoming, ceremony in a Chennai temple on Friday, as the BJP looks to make inroads in Tamil Nadu ahead of next year's assembly elections.

  • Nathuram Godse
    Jan 31, 2015 01:54 IST

    Group prevented from installing Nathuram Godse statue at Meerut temple

    Police tightened security at a temple in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut on Friday to stop a Hindu group from installing a statue of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse on the death anniversary of the father of the nation.

  • semi-bullet train
    Jan 31, 2015 02:11 IST

    McDonalds, Nirulas meals in Indian Railways soon

    Train passengers will now have a choice of a la carte meals from known brands like Haldirams, McDonalds and Nirulas.

  • Arun Jaitley
    Jan 30, 2015 12:22 IST

    After Natarajan's charge, Jaitley seeks review of UPA projects

    Union minister Arun Jaitley on Friday sought a review of environmental projects granted clearance or rejected permission during the UPA regime after former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan accused Rahul Gandhi of interference in green clearances for projects.

  • Jayanthi Natarajan
    Jan 30, 2015 13:30 IST

    Jayanthi Natarajan quits Cong, says she was only doing Rahul’s bidding

    Former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan quit the Congress on Friday with a scathing attack on party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of forcing her to stall big-ticket projects by the Vedanta and Adani groups while making her a scapegoat for the UPA government’s economic woes.

  • Mukul Roy
    Jan 30, 2015 13:45 IST

    Want truth to emerge in Saradha scam, says Trinamool's Mukul Roy after CBI probe

    Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy said he wanted the truth to emerge in the multi-crore Saradha scam after being questioned by the CBI on Friday, amid fears that he may expose links between senior party leaders and the controversial firm.

  • Hu Xijin Global Times
    Jan 30, 2015 17:23 IST

    ‘Relations between India, US and China not a zero sum game’: Global Times editor-in-chief

    Hu Xijin is the editor-in-chief of the Communist Party-run mouthpiece, Global Times, in Beijing. During the Obama visit, the paper urged Delhi not to ‘fall into the western trap’. In Delhi for an India-China media conference, Hu spoke to HT about the state of bilateral relations, the Obama visit impact, and China’s engagement with South Asian countries.

  • Defence Research and Development Organization
    Jan 30, 2015 17:35 IST

    Defense secretary RK Mathur gets additional charge of defense research & development

    After sacking Avinash Chander as head of defense research and development organisation (DRDO) and secretary defense research and development, the Modi administration asked the defense secretary RK Mathur to hold additional charge for three months.