Sensex surges to record highs; ONGC jumps 12 percent
India's main two indexes surged 1.5 percent each to mark record highs as blue-chips including oil and gas companies such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp rose on continued optimism about policy reforms by the new Narendra Modi government.
New responsibility a challenge,will be gentle but firm: Mahajan
With strained Government-Opposition ties marring the functioning of previous Lok Sabha, new Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said creating "coordination" among parties will be her top priority and she will be "gentle but firm" to ensure smooth proceedings.
The senior-most woman parliamentarian has taken the new responsibility as yet another "challenge" in her long political career spanning over three decades.
"Every new responsibility is a challenge for any human being. For me making first 'roti', contesting first election were also challenges and now I have this new responsibility which the party has given me," Mahajan told PTI in an interview.
Jagdambika Pal fumbles while taking oath in LS
Jagdambika Pal, who recently switched from Congress to BJP, today fumbled as he tried to take oath in the Lok Sabha without reading from a printed slip, leaving members amused.
Pal, who got elected on BJP ticket from Domariyaganj in Uttar Pradesh, finally had to read from the printed slip, which he had initially refused to accept.
The 63-year-old leader apparently wanted to display his oratorial skills by refusing to read from the printed slip which was offered by the Lok Sabha staff.
However, as he recited some parts of the oath in Sanskrit, he fumbled and could not go further. He then called for the printed slip to complete the oath.
SC extends stay on Jayalalithaa's trial till June 16
The Supreme Court today extended till June 16 its order staying the trial in a disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by a Bangalore court.
"Interim order to continue till next date of hearing. List the matter for final hearing on June 16," a bench comprising justice J S Kehar and C Nagappan said.
The bench also asked the vigilance department of Tamil Nadu to file its response by next Friday.
The bench issued notice to Jayalalithaa on a separate petition by a DMK leader seeking impleadment as a party to the plea filed by the Tamil Nadu chief minister before the apex court.
The counsel for the Tamil Nadu chief minister said that the claim petitions of five separate individuals, staking ownership right over certain property which have been listed as assets of Jayalalithaa, have been heard by the Bangalore trial court.
Kejriwal refuses to withdraw statement against Gadkari
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today refused to withdraw his statement in which he had levelled corruption allegations against Union minister Nitin Gadkari after a Delhi court suggested that they "bury the hatchet" and seek an amicable resolution on the criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader.
"Why don't you shake your hands before the court and finish the matter on an amicable note? Why don't you bury your hatchet and utilise time in a more productive manner?", Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha said after both Gadkari and Kejriwal appeared in the court.
Monsoon arrives in Kerala
There is respite from the heat for Kerala as the rains hit the state today. A formal announcement is expected from the Met department soon on the arrival of the monsoon.
The Met department had said on Thursday that conditions for the rains were optimal and the monsoon was likely to hit Kerala on Friday.
BJP MP Sumitra Mahajan elected Lok Sabha Speaker unanimously
BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan was Friday unanimously elected the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Her name was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and seconded by BJP patriarch L.K. Advani and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh among many others.
Mahajan, eighth-time MP, is the second woman to be elected as the Lok Sabha Speaker after Meira Kumar.
Two groups clash inside Golden Temple, 12 hurt
At least seven people, including a child, were injured in a clash between task force volunteers of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and radical Sikh activists Friday on the 30th anniversary of the army's Operation Bluestar at the Sikh shrine complex in Amritsar.Read more
Kathleen Stephens takes charge as US interim Ambassador
Kathleen Stephens, the new US interim Ambassador, today took charge of the American Embassy here and said she was looking forward to working with India for strengthening and broadening the Indo-US partnership.
"I particularly look forward to working with our Indian partners to increase our shared prosperity by growing our trade and investment, enhancing regional security and economic integration," she said here.
Stephens, who arrived in the national capital last night, took charge after former US Ambassador Nancy Powell left India on May 22 having announced the end of her tenure in March this year. 10.35 am:
19 NRIs honoured with Light of India awards
Columbia University professor and economist Jagdish Bhagwati and noted author Amitav Ghosh are among 19 persons winning the Light of India awards recognizing excellence and the exemplary achievement of Indians living abroad.
Winners for the awards instituted by Remit2India, a Times Group online money transfers unit, were announced at the 2nd annual awards function here Saturday.
Modi government considering replacing Governors appointed by the UPA-II: sources
The Narendra Modi government is now mulling replacing Governors who were appointed by the UPA-II government. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Home Ministry held its first meeting on Thursday to decide on replacements for the Governors' posts across the country.
US looking forward to welcoming Modi to Washington
The US has said it is looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington, but refrained from making any announcement on the possible trip in September.
"We look forward to welcoming the prime minister to Washington, nothing to announce on timing at this point," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters yesterday. Read more9.00 am:
Jammu records season's highest temperature at 44 degrees
Jammu recorded the season's highest temperature at 44 degrees Celsius Thursday, five degrees above normal, an official said Friday.
"Jammu city recorded the hottest day of the season Thursday as the maximum temperature rose to 44 degrees Celsius which is five notches above normal," an official of the weather department told IANS.
The highest ever temperature for the month of June in Jammu city has been 47.2 degrees Celsius that was recorded June 12, 1953.
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao to meet Narendra Modi
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers in New Delhi on Friday with a list of demands, which include special economic incentives for the new state.
It would be Rao's maiden visit to the national capital after taking over as the first Chief Minister of Telangana.
Other demands include national project status for Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation scheme and the Palamuru lift irrigation scheme and scrapping of the merger of seven mandals in Bhadrachalam division -- which would be affected by the Polavaram irrigation project -- with Andhra Pradesh, TRS sources said here.
TRS, the ruling party, is opposed to the merger of these areas with Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minister is also expected to seek special economic incentives for Telangana, on par with the ones which Andhra Pradesh is likely to get.
He would also request the Prime Minister to extend maximum Central assistance for large-scale infrastructure projects and the railway projects in the newly formed state, sources said. A request for additional electricity and allocation of coal for thermal power stations would also be made.