With only five days left for the annual Amarnath Yatra to begin, the authorities were today apprehensive about timely opening of the traditional Pahalgam route owing to heavy snow accumulation but expressed confidence that the pilgrimage through the shorter Baltal route will start as per schedule.
Bangladesh opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia stayed away from the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup. Her office said she got "only an invitation card" and no tickets to attend matches.
Rajnath Singh today wrote to Manmohan Singh requesting him that "azaan" and other such religious representations should not be a part of background score at the CWG ceremonies as religion should be left to the private domain.
The BSE Sensex rose 99 points in early trade on Monday, led by gains in Reliance Industries that made an offer to buy controlling interest in U.S.-based bankrupt petrochemicals company LyondellBasell Industries.