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India's second heaviest newborn weighs 5.6 kg

NEW DELHI, Feb 7, 2011(TNN): A 30-year-old woman who arrived at the Noida District Hospital in advanced labour, with the head of the baby jutting out, has delivered a boy weighing 5.6kg. Baby Shaheen Iqbal, who is 60cm tall, is possibly the second heaviest newborn ever in India. Incredibly, it was a

After R-Day pardon, Sangh forces SIMI men back into jail

Buckling under pressure from the Bajrang Dal and VHP, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh today ordered the re-arrest of five activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who had been released under an amnesty scheme on January 26. Late tonight, police in Ujjain took the SIMI activi

Its official, cell phone radiation is deadly

New Delhi, Feb 3: There have been numerous rhetoric doing the rounds on the ill-effects of mobile radiation for a while. The results are out and they are not pleasing at all. It has been found that radiation from mobile towers pose grave health risks including memory loss, lack of concentration and

Kerala High Court clears way for India's first Islamic bank

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 3, 2011, (TNN): The secular republic of India is all set to have its first Islamic bank.The Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed petitions challenging the Kerala government's decision to establish India's first Islamic Bank which will work on the principles of Shariah.The

Indian torture tactics may boost militancy - HRW

NEW DELHI, Feb 02, 2011 (Reuters) : Abusive counter-terrorism tactics, such as torture, are routinely used by Indian police and may actually be boosting militancy in the country, a report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. According to the report, there is evidence of

Supreme Court dismisses plea to stop Haj subsidy

New Delhi, January 28, 2011, (IANS): The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition by former Bharatiya Janata Party MP and Hindu ideologue Praful Goradia seeking the abolition of the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims."There is no force in this petition and it is dismissed," the court said.The court also

Senior Gujarat cop says Ishrat killed in fake encounter

Ahmedabad: One of the three policemen in charge of studying the death of Ishrat Jehan says he believes she was killed in a fake encounter by the Gujarat police. Ahmedabad's Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Verma filed an affidavit in the High Court today stating that early evidence suggests 19-y

Exams vs Cricket: Parents in a 'match fix'

Bangalore - 28 Jan 2011:It's the worst piece of news for young cricket enthusiasts and their parents. The World Cup cricket and IPL-4 matches will coincide with the exam season between February and April this year, leaving parents with the difficult task of tearing their children away from televisio

Deoband VC Vastanvi digs in heels, refuses to quit

NEW DELHI: Darul Uloom Deoband vice-chancellor Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi on Thursday refused to resign from his post, throwing down the gauntlet to those who have demanded his removal for allegedly praising Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Vastanvi said the issue of his continuation should be de

Mini-India on display at R-Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) :Colourful tableaux depicting the myriad hues of country's diversity, a vibrant performance by students and armed forces in full battle regalia -- the Republic Day parade today had 'mini-India' in itself.Marching down from the Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased I

Padma Awards Announced - 128 Names in List

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): Former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra, Wipro chief Azim Premji, Planning Commission head Montek Singh Ahluwalia, culture czarina Kapila Vatsyayan and nonagenarian photographer Homai Vyarawalla head the list of the 128 Padma awards announced by the government Tuesd

Two-year-old boy dies after being given polio drops in Chennai

CHENNAI: A two-year-old boy died soon after being given oral polio drops at Padappai in suburban Chennai on Sunday morning, the child's mother told TOI. Doctors at Chromepet General Hospital said the child was brought dead, and the cause of death could be ascertained only after a postmortem analys

Governor Bhardwaj gives sanction to prosecute Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa

BANGALORE: Karnataka on Friday night appeared heading for a showdown with Governor H R Bhardwaj granting sanction for prosecution of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on corruption charges and a defiant CM asking him to apologise for remarks against the BJP government. The stand off came to a head wi

15th century inscription of Sangamay Dynasty found in Udupi village

Udupi, January 19,2011 : An important inscription of 15th century belonging to the Sangama Dynasty of Vijayanagar Empire is discovered at Rattadi, a small villege in Kundapura taluk of Udupi District.The stone record was preserved in the Bhandarkars College Kundapur and brought to the notice of Prof

Mobile number portability for Rs 19

New Delhi, Nov 20,2011 ( DHNS) :Tired of your existing cell phone service provider? Just dump it by paying Rs 19 and go for a new service provider without changing your number under the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) scheme.The MNP, which allows cell phone holders to change their service provider w

Praful, Khursheed, Jaiswal get Cabinet rank in minor reshuffle

New Delhi, January 19, 2011 :In a minor expansion of his Council of Ministers on Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced three new faces, upgraded five Ministers and shuffled the rest of the pack. The top four jobs - Finance, Home, External Affairs and Defence - were left untouched, and

Manmohan to roll out mobile number portability today

New Delhi, Jan 20,2011 :Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally announce a nationwide roll-out of the much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service on Thursday. This facility will allow mobile subscribers to switch operators without changing their phone numbers, thus forcing telecom compa

It's plunder of the nation, says court

New Delhi, January 19, 2011 :Describing black money stashed away abroad by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre's approach to tackling this menace and retrieving the huge amount kept in foreign banks.When Solicitor-General Gopal S