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9 January, 2019 11:19 AM U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad

Bagdhad: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Speaker`s office. Pompeo is on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals. The U.S. State Department did not immediately comment on reports of Pompeo`s visit to Iraq. Asked on Tuesday about a possible 170

9 January, 2019 11:04 AM Shah Faesal, 2010 batch IAS topper, quits govt service; likely to join politics

He was likely to join the National Conference and will contest the Lok Sabha election from Baramulla constituency in the Kashmir Valley. Srinagar: Kashmiri Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Shah Faesal, who topped the 2010 civil services exam, has quit IAS to join politics. Sources close to Faesal said that the officer had sent the mandatory 148

9 January, 2019 9:40 AM Centre releases Rs 48,202 cr GST compensation in Apr-Nov, higher than FY18

New Delhi: The central government has released Rs 48,202 crore as GST compensation to states during April-November 2018, higher than the Rs 48,178 crore paid in the previous financial year. Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said Section 7 of the GST (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, states that compensation payable to a state for loss of revenue 127

9 January, 2019 8:24 AM BJD will not be part of 'mahagathbandhan', announces Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

CM Patnaik also added that the party will continue to remain distant from both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party. Biju Janta Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced that the BJD will not be part of the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance). CM Patnaik also added that the party will continue 161

9 January, 2019 7:17 AM VK Singh slams Congress for asking questions over Rafale deal

Earlier, VK Singh had taken a dig at those criticising the Rafale deal calling them illiterate. NEW DELHI - Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Wednesday slammed the Congress for asking questions from the BJP on Rafale fighter jets deal. "Before they (Congress) seek answers,they must give a few answers. The nation needs to know why did this deal not go through 146

9 January, 2019 3:18 AM IL&FS Crisis: Lenders Asked To Classify Loans To Firm As Non-Performing, Says Report

In October, the government took control of IL&FS, after a string of defaults on debt obligations by the company spooked domestic markets. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked lenders of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) to classify loans extended to the bankrupt shadow banking firm as non-performing, two sources with direct knowledge 191

9 January, 2019 3:09 AM In Prime-Time Talk, Trump Cites Indian-Origin Cop Murder In Plea For Wall

"America's heart broke the day after Christmas, when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border," Donald Trump said in his address US President Donald Trump, in his televised Oval Office address to the nation, cited the murder of an Indian-American police officer in California 265

9 January, 2019 2:07 AM Family Allegedly Drinks Pesticide In Andhra. Mother Dead, 2 Sons Critical

The mother died, the sons are in hospital's care after allegedly drinking pesticide. Sources suggest the family was dealing with financial troubles. A woman and her two sons allegedly tried to commit suicide by drinking pesticide in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. While the mother died, the sons are in the hospital's care. Sources suggest the family was dealing 132

9 January, 2019 12:29 AM Seven political parties seek Election Commission's registration

The Commission had last registered 22 political parties in November 2018.  New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, at least seven political parties have sought registration from the Election Commission (EC) in the recent past, officials said on Tuesday. The organisations are - Bhartiya Vikash Dal United, Loktantrik Jan Swaraj Party 113

8 January, 2019 8:34 PM Ajay Chautala Escapes Unhurt After "Car Jumps Divider, Tyre Comes Off"

Ajay Chautala and JJP's state unit chief Nishan Singh were on their way to Jind from Narwana when the accidenttook place. Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) patron Ajay Singh Chautala had a fortunate escape on Tuesday after his car's rear tyre came off and the vehicle jumped onto a divider in Jind, a party spokesman said. Ajay Chautala and JJP's state unit chief 108