At least 10 in minibus killed by roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan

India, April 25 -- A remote-controlled roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed at least 10 people and wounded several others in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday, an official in the region said.

"Ten people were killed, including a woman and one child," Shahid Ali Khan, assistant political agent for Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), told Reuters.

Khan said the militants plante... Read More

Farhan Akhtar sheds his suave look, goes rustic for Lucknow Central. See first pic

India, April 25 -- The makers of Nikhil Advani's next production, Lucknow Central have shared a new picture from the movie and Farhan Akhtar dons a completely new look. Shedding his urban, cool image, Farhan is seen in a rustic attire, holding his meal even as Punjabi star Gippy Grewal stares him down.

Gippy is currently enjoying the success of his latest Punjabi film Manje Bistre which is touted as the biggest Punjabi film at the box office.

S... Read More

Zaheer Khan meets his special one, but Anil Kumble congratulates wrong Sagarika

India, April 25 -- Zaheer Khan's announcement about his engagement with actor Sagarika Ghatge set the social media abuzz on Monday. Joining the long-list of well-wishers were Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble but he made a goof-up.

It was a case of mistaken identity for Kumble as he tagged the wrong Sagarika while wishing his former teammate.

The former India leg-spinner instead of tagging the actor mistakenly tagged Sagarika Ghose, who is ... Read More

India world's 5th largest military spender: 7 weapon systems govt is buying

India, April 25 -- India in April signed billion-dollar deals for the execution of two contracts to buy advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) systems from Israel and 155mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled artillery guns from South Korea.

The deals were finalised days before a report released on Monday put India in fifth place on the list of the world's largest military spenders in 2016. The Stockholm International Peace Research ... Read More

An insider speaks on Sukma Maoist attack: Why CRPF men are sitting ducks in Chhattisgarh

India, April 25 -- The CRPF's loss of 25 personnel in a Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh's south Sukma region on Monday is the second fatal reverse for the force in two months. The slain Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were part of a team providing security to workers building a road.

Road opening parties of CRPF - known popularly as ROPs - are crucial to getting roads built in the Maoist-affected areas of Bastar. Maoists executed the ... Read More

Malegaon 2008 blast case: Bombay high court grants bail to Pragya Thakur

India, April 25 -- The Bombay high court on Tuesday, allowed the appeal filed by 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Singh Thakur, thus, permitting her to be released on bail.

A bench of Justices Ranjit More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi said that the court had found "no prima facie evidence against" Thakur and ordered that she be released on bail provided she deposits a cash surety of rupees five lakh.

The bench also directed Thakur to deposit ... Read More

World Malaria Day: Odisha to distribute insecticidal nets in worst-hit districts

India, April 25 -- The Odisha government will start distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets - also called medicated nets -in three tribal-dominated districts prone to malaria on the occasion of the World Malaria Day this Tuesday.

The state administration will launch the campaign in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts from April 25. "The medicated nets will help reduce the rate of malaria cases in the state," an official said. Aroun... Read More

In pics | Daredevil act back in Ghaziabad, boys jump off bridge moments before train arrives

Ghaziabad, April 25 -- Despite repeated warnings and a police crackdown last year, boys and men in Ghaziabad are again taking up an act that spells danger not just for them but also for the safety of rail travel.

This practice had come to light in July 2016 when a video of the act had gone viral on social media. The video showed young men and boys lined up on the bridge and jumping into the canal, seconds before the train sped past the spot wher... Read More

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to launch news service Wikitribune

India, April 25 -- Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a free online news service called Wikitribune in what he says is an effort to combat fake news.

The news service, Wales says, will combine the work of professional journalists and volunteers. The service is intended to be both ad-free and free-to-read, so will rely on supporters for donations.

Experts suggest Wikitribune could become a trusted site but its influence might be limite... Read More

AAP's Alka Lamba accuses BJP of trying to poach MLAs, gets into Twitter war with Shazia Ilmi

New Delhi, April 25 -- Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba has alleged that BJP leaders are calling Aam Aadmi Party legislators and luring them to switch sides by offering ticket in the Lok Sabha elections or coveted government posts.

In a series of tweets, the AAP legislator claimed that she, too, received a call from a BJP leader. Though she did not name the BJP leader, Lamba said she will make the phone recording public at an opportune time.

"The B... Read More