AirAsia India flight delayed; passenger complains of ill treatment

Some passengers on an AirAsia India flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra got into an altercation with airline staff over deplaning them after the flight was delayed by over four hours, a passenger claimed.

International Yoga Day: ‘From Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, yoga’s everywhere’, says PM Narendra Modi

“From Dehradun to Dublin, from Shanghai to Chicago, from Jakarta to Johannesburg, yoga is everywhere,” declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day.

State BJP chief says CM Mehbooba Mufti was soft on critical issues

He also claimed that former CM Mehbooba Mufti wasn’t able to take a hard stand on critical issues due to political compulsions, but emphasised that the focus now would be to bring peace back in the state.

Governor puts Prime Minister’s schemes & people first in meetings with officials

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi has posted BVR Subrahmanyam, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre, as chief secretary to the J&K government.

Trump to propose merging Labor, Education departments, report says

The Trump administration will propose merging the Labor Department with the Education Department as part of a larger effort to reorganize the federal government, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday.

Yoga biggest mass moment for good health and wellbeing, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being as he led an estimated 50,000 enthusiasts performing asanas during the 4th International Yoga day at the picturesque Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.

Fate of immigrant children separated from families unclear after Trump executive order

The Department of Health and Human Services backed away late Wednesday from an official’s claim that more than 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border would not be reunited with their families right away despite President Trump’s executive order aimed at keeping families together.

Rachel Bilson goes from girl next door to wacky crime-fighter

Rachel Bilson has made a career out of playing “the girl-next-door types” in shows including “The O.C.” and “Hart of Dixie.” Now, she’s turning over a new leaf in ABCs comic procedural “Take Two.” “It’s my first procedural,” says Bilson, 36. “I love that kind of stuff; I get into…

Blocked, PIB fails to stream Goyal video

The government’s YouTube channel for its PR arm – Press Information Bureau – has been blocked by the US-based video-sharing website because it had “updated its partner agreement”.

Publisher of National Enquirer subpoenaed in Michael Cohen probe, report says

Federal authorities have subpoenaed the publisher of the National Enquirer for records related to its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model for the rights to her story alleging an affair with Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

Democrats slam Trump’s executive order for detaining families ‘indefinitely’

Democrats expressed concerns Wednesday about President Trump’s executive order, which will allow parents who have crossed the U.S. border illegally to remain with their children.

‘Solo’ box office struggles may have doomed future ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” may be the last “Star Wars Story” that Lucasfilm ever tells. The production company has reportedly put plans for future standalone movies on hold following Solo’s dismal box office performance. The spinoff was expected to rake in over $100 million domestically during opening week, much…

GOP scrambles to find solution to family separation policy with eye on midterms

Republican lawmakers fighting to maintain their majorities in Congress after November’s midterms are scrambling for a solution to a problem they see as a political loser: existing laws that allow border crossing children to be separated from their parents.

Trump holds rally in Minnesota after touting progress on immigration, trade

President Trump kicked off a rally Wednesday night in Duluth, Minn., by telling a raucous crowd that he expects to win the historically liberal state in 2020.

Sen. Lindsey Graham asks Horowitz if Strzok or McCabe misled investigators

Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on the Justice Department to set the record straight about an alleged meeting involving then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page, in which “an insurance policy” against a possible Trump victory in the 2016 election purportedly was discussed.

Livid Rep. Mark Meadows yells at Speaker Paul Ryan on House floor

The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus angrily confronted House Speaker Paul Ryan over immigration legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Trump says House GOP ‘applauded and laughed loudly’ after Sanford reference, despite claims of booing

President Trump on Wednesday disputed reports that a joke he made Tuesday night on Capitol Hill — in which he mocked Rep. Mark Sanford for his recent primary election loss — was poorly received.

23% rise in suicides in India during 2000-2015

Of the total 1,33,623 suicide deaths in India in 2015, as compared to 1,08,593 in 2000, over 33% (44,593 deaths) were in the age group of 30-45, while the 18-30 age group accounted for 32.81% (43,852) deaths. Children below 14 and those in the 14-18 age group accounted for nearly…

Pressure groups stalled effort for J&K’s equitable growth: Shah

The BJP president said there was little movement on efforts to provide relief and rehabilitation to Kashmiri Pandits and those who had arrived in the state from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, among other issues, despite funds being sent to the state government.

Over 7,000 Indians sought US asylum in 2017: Report

Nationalities from which there were over 5,000 claims in 2017 were Mexico (26,100), China (17,400), Haiti (8,600) and India (7,400). Altogether, claims were received from nationals from 168 countries, the report said.

PM holds dialogue with farmers on govt schemes

Narendra Modi on Wednesday about how his life was transformed after he opted for mechanised farming after years of jobless struggle.

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

Not only has space exploration captured the world’s imagination, it can also help humankind address existential challenges back on earth, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, in his message to the UN’s key forum on space affairs.

Senate stops Trump push to cancel $15B in spending

The Senate narrowly voted Wednesday to block a White House plan to cancel almost $15 billion in government spending.

Army operations kill more civilians than terrorists: Ghulam Nabi Azad

In a TV interview, Azad also said BJP’s language of “all out operations” in J&K indicated that a “massacre” was being planned.

Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report

Although more people are leading better lives than a decade ago, persistent poverty and hunger, as well as rapid urbanization, are challenging global efforts to create a more just and equitable world, according to a United Nations report launched on Wednesday.

Hey perverts, stop staring at Elastigirl’s butt

For a superhero movie, “Incredibles 2” is extraordinarily feminist. The sequel to 2004’s animated hit “Incredibles,” about a family with superpowers, puts a woman — supermom Elastigirl — in the spotlight. Her husband stays home while she jets off to save the world. She’s a total badass. Unfortunately, the world…

Centre overhauls J&K administration, pads up for security challenges

A key appointment was that of B V R Subrahmanyam, who had earlier served as private secretary to former PM Manmohan Singh, as chief secretary in place of B B Vyas. He will assist governor N N Vohra, who sources said would not be replaced any time soon.