In UP, political discourse gets distasteful (12 minutes ago)
Lucknow, Feb 21 (IANS) "Gujarat ke gadhe" (donkeys of Gujarat), "Loktantra ke aatankwaadi" (terrorists of democracy), "Behenji Sampatti Party", "Negative Dalit Man"... Political discourse amid ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has touched a new low.

Hindi may topple English on Social Media in India but ignores critical issues (16 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Hindi is set to topple English as the most popular language on social media in India in 2017 but this comes with a negative, a study on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day has revealed.

IT Minister Prasad urges Nadella to help boost DigiGaon initiative (Second Lead) (16 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday met Indian-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and urged him to consider the use of Microsoft's innovative technology in the upcoming DigiGaon (Digital Village) initiative.

CBI arrests former ED joint director in corruption case (28 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested a former Joint Director of the Enforcement Directorate, J.P. Singh, in a corruption case registered by the agency in September 2015.

Kolkata man who lived with sister's corpse dead (14:38)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Partha Dey, the man who was discovered living with his sister's corpse last year, was found dead here on Tuesday, the city police said.

Rapist of Nagaland woman arrested (14:30)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested an alleged rapist who assaulted a Nagaland woman over the weekend near a popular hangout in south Delhi.

How delayed pregnancies beat sterilisation as a family-planning tool (Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Charu Bahri
Although India spends 85 per cent of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5 per cent on distributing condoms and other non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra districts brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying children could work better to temper Indias population growth. And it could bring numerous health, social and economic benefits besides.

'India aims to bring broadband to every village by 2018' (14:22)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India aims to bring high-speed digital connectivity to every village by 2018 and is keen to share expertise in the area with other nations, the government said on Tuesday.

JNU says students spreading mininformation, face-off continues (14:14)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The face-off between the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration and the agitating students continued on Tuesday, with the university expressing shock at the "misinformation" being spread by the students community.

Impediments to travel will take away US jobs: NYC tourism chief (14:06)
By Prashant Sood
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The temporary travel ban imposed by the Trump administration on seven Muslim-majority countries can impact the reputation of the US as a global travel destination and any impediment to legitimate inbound travel will take away jobs from Americans, a top official of New York City (NYC) has said.

Hundreds of Delhi University retirees deprived of pension (14:04)
By Vishal Narayan
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) An administrative botch-up has deprived hundreds of Delhi University (DU) retirees of their pension since 2014, with the varsity telling a court here that it cannot abide by an August 2016 order to pay as it doesn't have the money to do so. The case will now be taken up on April 17.

Isha Foundation to erect 112 feet Shiva idols in India (13:56)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Isha Foundation plans to have 112-foot tall faces of Hindu God Shiva or `Adiyogi' in the other three regions of the country - east, north and west - while the first one has been set up in Coimbatore, said Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Delhi's illicit currency supplier nabbed (13:44)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A kingpin behind the illegal currencies racket in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh has been arrested, the Delhi Police said on Tuesday.

IT Minister Prasad urges Nadella to help boost DigiGaon initiative (Lead) (13:18)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday met Indian-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and urged him to consider the use of Microsoft's innovative technology in the upcoming Digigaon (Digital Village) initiative.

Bengal observes International Mother Language Day (13:12)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal on Tuesday observed International Mother Language Day paying homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of the Bengali language in Bangladesh in 1952.

Satya Nadella meets IT Minister Prasad (12:40)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Indian-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday met Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad here.

Brisk, peaceful polling in Maharashtra (12:24)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Polling was under way on a brisk and peaceful note on Tuesday in Maharashtra to pick 10 major civic bodies, including the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samitis.

Russia to induct largest n-icebreaker in 2019 (12:10)
By Anjali Ojha
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker, in 2019, a top official has said.

Infiltration bid foiled in J&K, militant killed (11:32)
Jammu, Feb 21 (IANS) One militant was killed by troopers of the Border Security Force (BSF) near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, an official said.

Social Progress Index can complement GDP (Column: Active Voice) (10:50)
By Amit Kapoor
GDP is easily the most controversial measure in the field of economics. It is a measure of economic production that should have lost its relevance in a world disgusted by environmental degradation and social injustice. Despite its narrow focus, the concept of GDP has survived decades of debate on a new measure that better reflects human well-being within a nation.

Clear Tuesday morning in Delhi (10:30)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) It was a clear Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.

Agitating groups lift shutdown in Nagaland (10:10)
Kohima, Feb 21 (IANS) The agitating tribal groups in Nagaland on Tuesday withdrew their indefinite shutdown on government offices and plying of government vehicles on the road, following the resignation of Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Sunday.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for 2nd consecutive day (09:36)
Jammu, Feb 21 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the second consecutive day Tuesday stranding scores of vehicles and passengers on the over 300 km long road, an official said.

Key Indian equity indices trade higher in early session (09:30)
Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Key Indian equity market indices opened in the green on Tuesday following global cues.

Four policemen convicted for fake encounter (Lead, correcting name in para 6) (23:04)
Ghaziabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A CBI court on Monday convicted four policemen over a 20-year-old "encounter" that left four persons dead.

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