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34 die after drinking spurious liquor in Haridwar village

Saharanpur/Haridwar, Feb 9: Thirty-four people died in two adjoining districts allegedly after drinking spurious liquor at a village in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district, officials said on Friday.

The victims had consumed the liquor on Thursday evening at the `tehravin' - the 13th day of mourning – to mark a death, officials said.

Sixteen of the victims...

Swine flu claims 15 lives in Pb, eight in Haryana

Chandigarh, Feb 8: Swine flu has claimed 15 lives in Punjab and eight in neighbouring Haryana this year, officials said Friday.

More than 270 patients were found affected by the flu in Punjab this year, said Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover, the state nodal officer for swine flu.

"Fifteen people have died due to H1N1 infection...

'Probe Vadra, Chidambaram but give answers on Rafale'

New Delhi, Feb 8: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he has no problem if the government investigates his brother-in-law Robert Vadra or senior party leader P Chidambaram as long as it also answers questions on the Rafale jet deal.

Gandhi launched a fresh broadside against the government on the deal following a report in The...

A grand alliance govt can work: Deve Gowda

New Delhi, Feb 8: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Thursday rejected claims of BJP leaders that a "grand alliance government" will create chaos and said the multi-party dispensation led by him had proved it can work well.

Speaking in Lok Sabha during a debate on motion of thanks to President's address, the 85-year-old JD(S)...

Mayawati has to deposit money used for erecting her statues, BSP symbol: SC

New Delhi, Feb 8: The Supreme Court Friday said it was of the tentative view that BSP chief Mayawati has to deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party's symbol, at parks in Lucknow and Noida to the state exchequer.

The remarks were made by a bench hearing a petition filed by...

Electorate no more gets swayed by ‘charisma’, Priyanka can’t win votes for Cong: TRS

Hyderabad, Feb 7: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will draw crowds but not win votes for the Congress as today's electorate back parties which deliver and are not swayed by "charisma," said the Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Thursday.

"Those days have gone when people with super-charisma come and sway the voters because voters today are educated, especially the youth...

US to sell India 2 missile defence systems to protect President, PM planes

Washington, Feb 7: The US has agreed to sell two advanced missile defence systems to India for two Boeing-777 Head-of-State aircraft for an estimated cost of $ 190 million, a decision that will enhance the security of the planes flying the president and the prime minister.

According to the Pentagon, the sale will support the foreign policy and national...

Journalist Soumya Viswanathan murder: Arvind Kejriwal orders special prosecutor

New Delhi, Feb 7: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed shock over public prosecutors "missing" hearings in the journalist Soumya Viswanathan case and directed the chief secretary to issue "show cause notice" to those prosecutors.

The parents of the TV journalist, who was shot dead more than 10 years ago, had knocked the door of the...

ED claims Talwar has links with Vijay Mallya, court extends custody till February 12

New Delhi, Feb 7: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday claimed before a Delhi court that corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar has links with fugitive Vijay Mallya in a money laundering case.

Special judge S S Mann extended the ED's custody of Talwar till February 12 after the probe agency said he was to be confronted with his son...

RSS trying to capture institutions: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 7: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the RSS was trying to capture the institutions of the country and his party's governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh will remove the organisation's loyalists from the system.

He also launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a "coward" and...