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Delhi cuts power, water lines to ex-Indian MPs' homes

NEW DELHI: New Delhi authorities cut power and water supplies to homes of former ministers and lawmakers, including India's last federal civil aviation minister, after they ignored repeated eviction warnings, reports said Sunday. Congress Party ally and former civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, along with ex-Congress lawmakers like cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin, refused to leave despite…

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September 14, 2014


Court puts off execution of two men convicted of 2012 Delhi rape

NEW DELHI: India's top court on Monday stayed the execution of two men convicted of the murder of a woman who was gang-raped and tortured on a bus in New Delhi, pending their appeal, their lawyer said, in a case that caused nationwide outrage. Gym instructor Vinay Sharma and bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, along…

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July 14, 2014


PM-elect Modi mobbed by crowds on arrival in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of flag-waving supporters mobbed Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi as he arrived in New Delhi on Saturday, smiling and flashing victory signs after his party's crushing win. Modi flew to Delhi's main airport from his home state of Gujarat shortly before 11:00 am (0530 GMT) to bask in the glory of a…

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May 17, 2014


Delhi High Court clears release of ‘Gulaab Gang’

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday cleared the way for Bollywood film “Gulaab Gang” to open in cinemas, a day after it put the movie’s release on hold over allegations the film was based on a real-life women’s rights organization in India with a similar name. Sampat Pal, the leader of the “Gulabi…

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March 6, 2014


Delhi CM Kejriwal resigns over delay in Jan Lokpal bill

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday over delays in the introduction of an anti-corruption bill he was pushing for.Kejriwal, a former tax collector who heads the Aam Aadmi Party, seized a stunning victory in Delhi's local elections in December on an anti-corruption platform.He resigned following a stand-off in the Delhi assembly….

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February 14, 2014


Sunanda Tharoor found dead in Delhi hotel room after Twitter row

NEW DELHI: Sunanda Tharoor, wife of Congress minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a New Delhi hotel room on Friday, police said, days after she was involved in a row with a Pakistani woman journalist over Twitter.It was not immediately clear how Sunanda, had died, Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.”She was lying in…

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January 17, 2014


AAP shelves foreign supermarket entry into Delhi

NEW DELHI: The newly elected state government in New Delhi on Monday barred foreign supermarkets from setting up shop, a blow to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's efforts to attract overseas investment and revive the economy.Singh had thrown open the country's $500 billion retail industry to foreign investors in late 2012, allowing companies such as Wal-Mart…

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January 14, 2014


Delhi anti-graft helpline gets thousands of calls on first day

NEW DELHI: An anti-corruption helpline launched in New Delhi on Thursday by the new government received thousands of calls and more than 30 useful leads on its first day, the government said.The helpline, number 011-27357169, was created as a top priority by the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi and aims to…

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January 9, 2014


Taking power in New Delhi, 'common man' leader talks of revolution

NEW DELHI: There was no motorcade, and none of the traditional trappings of power: the leader of India's upstart “common man party” arrived on a crowded metro train on Saturday to be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, India's capital.Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official,…

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December 28, 2013


India's 'common man party' set to take power in Delhi

NEW DELHI: The leader of India's new “common man party” has struck a deal to become Delhi's chief minister, promising to clean up politics after a stunning electoral debut that has shaken up the country's two main parties.Arvind Kejriwal, the mild-mannered former tax official who leads the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), announced on Monday that…

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December 23, 2013


Delhi blanketed in thick smog, transport disrupted

NEW DELHI: Delhi residents woke on Wednesday to a third day of thick gray smog in one of the worst episodes this year, which disrupted dozens of flights and train services and caused a rash of health complaints.New Delhi is among several Asian cities, including Beijing, that are suffering from toxic levels of pollution fuelled…

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December 18, 2013


Nokia asks Delhi High Court to release factory seized in tax dispute

NEW DELHI: Nokia has asked the Delhi High Court to help release its Indian factory after its seizure by the local tax authorities, the Finnish firm said on Thursday as it seeks to resolve the tax dispute ahead of the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft.Nokia said it did not expect the dispute…

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November 21, 2013


Sartaj Aziz meets Indian counterpart in New Delhi

Staff ReportNEW DELHI: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday met his Indian counterpart Salman Khursheed in Indian capital New Delhi. The two leaders exchanged views on recent tension at line of control and other bilateral issues. Mr. Aziz is on a visit to New Delhi to attend a meeting of…

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November 12, 2013


Pakistan lawyers beat Indian counterparts in New Delhi

Staff ReportNEW DELHI: Pakistani lawyers beat their Indian counterparts in their home ground to win Lawyers Cricket World on Tuesday. The 35-over match was played in Indian capital of New Delhi. Opting to bat first, Pakistan’s lawyers ended the inning on 228 runs at the loss of 9 wickets. Zia Saboor top scored with 72…

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October 22, 2013


Judge sentences Delhi rapists to die for “gruesome crime”

NEW DELHI: All four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in Delhi were sentenced to death on Friday, nine months after a crime whose savagery triggered furious protests across India and rare national debate about violence against women.”Everybody got the death penalty,” defense lawyer A.P. Singh told reporters outside the Delhi courtroom,…

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September 13, 2013


India prosecutors seek death for Delhi rapists, defense urges mercy

NEW DELHI: Indian prosecutors demanded on Wednesday the death penalty for four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist last December, saying it was important to send a signal to the country that such crimes would not be tolerated.”The common man will lose faith in the judiciary if the harshest punishment is…

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September 11, 2013


Delhi-Lahore bus stopped by Indian protesters near Amritsar reaches Pakistan

AMRITSAR: Dozens of Indian protesters on Friday stopped the Delhi-Lahore bus on its way to Wagah Border on the outskirts of Amritsar, Indian media reported. The protesters waylaid the road on the Bypass road and raised anti-Pakistan slogans in wake of the killing of five Indian Army soldeirs at the Line of Control (LoC).The heavy…

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August 9, 2013


Indian protesters attack Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi

Web DeskNEW DELHI: Around 200 members of the Youth Congress gathered near the Pakistan High Commission in Chanakyapuri in central Delhi to protest the killings of five Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, SAMAA reports on Wednesday. They climbed police barricades and raised anti-Pakistan slogans.Water cannons were used to disperse the protestors and 175 of…

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August 7, 2013


Delhi police charge Sreesanth in spot-fixing scandal

NEW DELHI: Former India test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other cricketers were charged on Tuesday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, New Delhi police said.Rajasthan Royals player Sreesanth and his teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were among 39 charged on Tuesday in the scandal, which has shaken the Indian cricketing world.Former…

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July 31, 2013


Lahore: Delhi Gate warehouse fire under control

Staff ReportLAHORE: The blaze that erupted late Friday night in a chemical warehouse located in the city area of Delhi Gate, has been brought under control, SAMAA reported Saturday.The entire area has been evacuated. According to details, a four-storey chemical godown located in Delhi Gate caught fire which rapidly spread to the other parts of…

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July 12, 2013


Delhi's Connaught Place among world's most expensive office spaces

NEW YORK: Five of the six most expensive office areas in the world are in Asia, as demand by global companies to locate there outstripped the supply, according to a semiannual report released on Thursday by real estate services company CBRE Inc.For the third consecutive time, Hong Kong's Central business district had the highest overall…

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June 20, 2013