Airtel to phase out 3G in two years

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel Ltd plans to phase out its 3G service in two years and upgrade all subscribers using the service to faster 4G networks in a move that will help India’s largest telecom operator save on costs and improve user experience. The company plans to migrate all its 3G users across the country to 4G services, based on the VoLTE communication standard, over the next few months, a

Gold import norms tightened

Mumbai: India tightened gold import norms for nominated agencies by restricting them from importing the yellow metal only for export purposes and not for selling in the domestic market, the government said in a circular on Wednesday. “…are permitted to import gold as input only for the purpose of manufacture and export by themselves during the remaining validity period of the Nominated Agency certificate,” the government said in the circular.

Did Dileep forge documents for alibi in actress case?

Chennai: In a shocking development in the actress molestation case, recent police investigations have reportedly revealed that actor Dileep tried to forge medical certificates to set up an alibi. According to reports, medical documents were fabricated to prove Dileep was in hospital on 17 February, the day the actress was abducted and assaulted in Kochi. Hours after the alleged attack, Dileep is said to have urged a hospital in Aluva

PM Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath

Kedarnath (Uttarakhand): Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine and said his visit to the Himalayan temple had strengthened his resolve to serve the nation. Serving people was true service of the lord, the Prime Minister said after offering ‘rudrabhiskek’ at the high-altitude shrine. Modi, who had visited the shrine in May this year, also laid the foundation stones of five major reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri. These

More heavy rains to lash West Bengal: Met Dept

Kolkata: A depression over Bay of Bengal caused heavy overnight rain in parts of Gangetic West Bengal, with the Met department forecasting more downpour, raising the possibility of a flood-like situation in the coastal areas. The depression lay centred over coastal Odisha about 25 km west of Chandbali at 5.30 am today, the Met office said. The system will move nearly northwards for some time and then north-northeastwards towards the

10-year-old boy dies as UP mosque dome collapses

Bulandshahr (UP): One of the three domes of the historic Jama Masjid here collapsed on Deepavali evening, killing a 10-year-old boy and seriously injuring two, the head priest of the mosque said. The boys, playing in a lane near the mosque, were buried in the debris when the dome collapsed around 4 pm yesterday. A huge crowd gathered at the spot, delaying rescue operations, said head priest Zainul Abideen. While

PM addresses BJP in Gujarat through tele-conference

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday addressed around 23,000 BJP workers in poll-bound Gujarat through a telephone conference call. Modi connected with the party workers on their mobile phones through the “audio bridge” technology and extended Diwali greetings to them, a BJP release said here. He also spoke to around 2,000 party workers in his Parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, using the same technology. Modi told the party workers in Gujarat that

PC asks why Gujarat poll schedule not announced

New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram today criticised the Election Commission saying that by not announcing the Gujarat poll schedule, it has “authorised” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the dates at his last rally, after all “freebies” for the State were doled out. The former Finance and Home minister also claimed the Election Commission will be “recalled” from its “extended holiday” after the Gujarat government has announced all “concessions

Mamta prepares bhog for decades-old Kali puja

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee tonight performed Kali Puja at her residence at the Kalighat area in the southern part of the city. For the last three decades, the puja is being performed at her house. Banerjee, who fasted during the day and prepared the ‘bhog’ (offering to the Goddess), played host to scores of guests, which included VVIPs, cabinet colleagues, politicians and commoners. The

Delhi fire dept gets over 200 calls on Diwali

New Delhi: The Delhi Fire Services received over 200 calls related to fire incidents from across the national capital on Diwali. Officials said though the final figures were yet to come in, they felt there was a decline in the number of calls this year due to a temporary ban on sale of firecrackers by the Supreme Court. “We received 139 calls between 12 am (last night) to 9 pm.

Cracker ban goes up in smoke on Diwali night

New Delhi: Delhi and the National Capital Region woke up to a blanket of smog yesterday, after a quiet and promising Diwali evening gave way to noisy and relentless bursting of firecrackers till late night yesterday, despite a Supreme Court ban on their sale in the NCR. The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a very poor air quality as the volume of