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28 July, 2017 5:59 AM Parliament live updates: Congress MLAs are being abducted in Gujarat, claims Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha

Today marks the end of second week of Monsoon Session. Both Houses of Parliament will take up Private Members Bills on Friday. On Thursday, Lok Sabha passed the Companies Act Amendments and Rajya Sabha cleared the IIIT Bill. 11:32 am: Rajya Sabha reconvenes. Ruckus continues. Anand Sharma raises the issue. "What can I do? You have to approach the Election 50

28 July, 2017 5:40 AM Army Chief Bipin Rawat to visit Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian and Pakistani Army have been engaging each other in frequent firing exchanges on the LoC in these two districts. Jammu: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will arrive in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to visit forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC), Defence Ministry officials said. "After chairing the security review meeting, the Chief 21

28 July, 2017 2:40 AM Japan defence minister quits amid plunging support for PM

JAPAN-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-Japan defence minister quits amid plunging support for PM TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) - Embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo 18

28 July, 2017 1:56 AM BRICS dreams fade as trade spats, border tensions cloud meeting

Trade ministers of the BRICS nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- will meet in Shanghai next week under the shadow of rising trade spats and border tensions between the group’s Asian members. The meeting precedes the annual leaders’ summit in September and will discuss trade liberalization, commitment to a multilateral system and other 42

27 July, 2017 4:47 PM Arundhati Roy’s book in Man Booker longlist

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness commended for style Arundhati Roy’s latest work of fiction, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, has made it to the longlist of this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges described the book as “a rich and vital book” that “comes from the bowels of India” and has “remarkable scale” and “extraordinary style and intelligence 22

27 July, 2017 4:36 PM Centre may cut import duty on gold

The government is planing to bring down import duty on gold to 2% from 10% to make Indian jewellery competitive in the international market, said a top official. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has recommended to the finance ministry to drastically reduce the import duty, said Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. “We have urged 21

27 July, 2017 2:03 PM No official info on issue of visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother: India

New Delhi: India has no official information on Pakistan's position on providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. There has not been any reply from Pakistan either to the request handed over by the High Commissioner or the letter written by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to her Pakistani counterpart 24

27 July, 2017 12:50 PM Virender Sehwag, PT Usha named in 12-member Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award committee

New Delhi: Former India opener Virender Sehwag and celebrated athlete P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this year's Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees. The Committee, to be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this year's awardees. The Committee has Mukund Killekar (boxing) 21

27 July, 2017 5:52 AM National Security Advisor Ajit Doval To Attend BRICS Meeting In China Today, Doklam Likely On Agenda

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had yesterday reiterated that no meaningful dialogue can be held with India until it 'unconditionally' withdraws troops from the Doklam area. Ajit Doval is in China to attend BRICS top security officials meeting beginning today. The National Security Advisor, who arrived on Beijing yesterday, is expected to hold talks 24

27 July, 2017 4:55 AM Doval to attend BRICS NSAs meeting in China

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in China to attend BRICS top security officials meeting beginning today during which he is expected to hold talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff. Mr. Doval arrived here on Wednesday to take part in the two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting 21