Colombo HC grants bail to former minister in financial fraud case

The Colombo High Court has granted bail to former economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was arrested in connection with an alleged financial fraud at the Divi Neguma Department.

Ghanaian deputy minister endorses yoga

 The practice of yoga was given a boost by Ghana`s Deputy Minister for Education, Sam Okudzeto-Ablakwa, when he publicly endorsed it and said he will enrol to get involved because of what the ancient Indian exercise discipline has to offer.

Row over Goa minister terming rape accused ''naive''

Even as Goa Police continues to probe the alleged gang rape of two Delhi women tourists, a comment by state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, who called the five accused "naive", triggered a row in the state on Thursday.

Rajasthan: Insensitive minister says child's death cannot be helped

An insensitive minister in Rajasthan says that a child's death cannot be helped.

Minister Bratya Basu to portray well-known stage personality
Minister Bratya Basu to portray well-known stage personality

 West Bengal Tourism Minister Bratya Basu, who is an accomplished actor and a playwright, is set to bring alive the mercurial theatre personality of the 70s into celluloid.

Ukraine under fire 112 times despite ceasefire: Minister

Ukrainian forces have come under fire from pro-Russian rebels over 100 times in the last 24 hours, despite a ceasefire coming into force at midnight on Saturday, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Monday.

Former Pakistan minister says his book focuses on Kashmir issue

Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri today said his new book focuses on the Kashmir issue.

Israeli minister''s associate detained for graft scandal

A close associate of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was detained Sunday by police for possible involvement in a major corruption scandal, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

IIT-Delhi land row: No request from Tendulkar for cricket academy, says HRD Ministry
IIT-Delhi land row: No request from Tendulkar for cricket academy, says HRD Ministry

In a new development regarding the resignation of IIT-Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar, Union Human Resource and Development on Sunday clarified that there has not been a request from Sachin Tendulkar for ground of IIT-Delhi for running cricket academy.

Four die of bird flu in Libya: Minister

Four people have died of bird flu in Libya in recent days, the health minister of the country`s internationally recognised government said on Saturday.

Chaudhary Birender Singh praises MNREGA scheme

In an interview with Zee Media, Chaudhary Birender Singh who took over as Minister for Rural development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation praised MNREGA scheme for its positive effects on the poor.

Happy for Babul Supriyo, but no politics for me: Sonu Nigam
Happy for Babul Supriyo, but no politics for me: Sonu Nigam

Noted singer Sonu Nigam says he is happy for Babul Supriyo, who has turned politician and became a minister in central government, but rejected the idea of him joining politics in the near future.

Responsibility will be fixed on guilty of stampede: Minister

 With opposition BJP leaders flaying the state government on the stampede which left 32 dead and 26 injured, a senior minister said responsibility would be fixed on the guilty after a probe.

Ex-Maharashtra minister Mohan Patil passes away

Former Maharashtra minister and senior PWP leader Mohan Patil Thursday passed away following prolonged illness in neighbouring Raigad district, family sources said.

Kerala minister falls sick during cabinet meet

Congress leader and Minister for Cooperation CN Balakrishnan fell sick Wednesday during the weekly cabinet meeting here.

Congress to present mini-skirt to Goa minister

The Congress will present a mini-skirt to Goa`s Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who wants a ban on girls from wearing short skirts to nightclubs, as, he says, they are a threat to the "Goan culture".

New Finnish government after prime minister quits

Former European affairs minister Alexander Stubb has taken over as the head of Finland`s conservative-led government after Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen resigned to pursue a position in the European Commission.

Bijapur airport work to be taken up soon, Baig

Work on Bijapur airport would soon be taken up, Minister for Infrastructure and Information Roshan Baig said here today.

Jamatiya sworn in as minister in Tripura

Ruling CPI-M MLA Naresh Chandra Jamatiya was today sworn in as a minister.

Rape of 2 minor girls: Stern action sought against rapists

Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Pon Radhakrishnan today condemned the rape of two minor girls at Pollachi and sought severe punishment for the culprits.