The left parties, students' groups, employees' unions and people's organisations supported the shutdown call.
The government has proposed to issue an order under the Land Acquisition Act to extend rehabilitation benefits to families whose land is acquired under 13 central Acts.
In his message, Mukherjee said: "The thread of Rakhi (sacred thread) binds sisters and brothers in an inseparable bond of love and trust.
"People have said that, well, Iran will cheat. They are not trustworthy. I keep on emphasising we do not trust Iran," he said.
'We reject the report's assertion that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal as utterly baseless.'
The United States asked its citizens to defer their all non-essential travel to Pakistan, citing increased terror activities in the country.
"May sports and sportsman spirit shine in India," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been called-up by Brazil coach Dunga for friendlies against Costa Rica.
Adil won the hearts of the Baggies supporters last season when he scored 12 goals and set up six others in only 22 games.
RBI is still in an accommodative mode and would take a decision as per the data on inflation and other macroeconomic factors.
Railway Minister asked other countries to make India their base for manufacturing as the govt will be investing $120 bn over the next five years.
Bids for import of 10,000 tonnes of onion have been invited from countries like Pakistan, Egypt, and China to boost domestic supply and check prices.
Partings are seldom amicable, least of all political fall-outs. The dirt really flies when the break involves “crossing the floor” and terms like “traitor, defector, renegade, self-serving” come into play.
After winning civic elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, BJP has won the Bengaluru municipal election by capturing 100 seats in the 198-member Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.
There is sad irony in the fact that the Congress is now trying to hinder any further progress by determinedly opposing Narendra Modi’s development agenda by blocking vital bills.
She defeated VS Negi of the NDTF by 225 votes.
'We give proper representation to students of NE.'
He left for Haridwar to celebrate with his sister.
The injured were rushed to Kolkata for further treatment.
Bengal CPM secretary dares CM to execute her threat.
They were gangraped by five youths at Paschimpara village.
Officer demanded Rs.3,000 bribe for processing the file.
The incident occurred near Kanjara area in Angul district.
'Trafficking of girls and women is a serious issue'.
In this fast paced modern day life, one often forgets to stop and smell the roses.
Arijit Halder’s directorial debut with Aro Ekbar promises to mark a departure.
A Friends’ fan’s take on the ending to the sitcom is enough to give one Phoebe-themed nightmares.
It also showed gains in flexible thinking.
People with BPD traits had reduced activity in brain regions.
The menu has its own traditional touch.
Priyanka Chopa is upbeat about int'l and B'wood projects.
Pierce Brosnan comes clean on what he told Tim Burton.
Dibyendu Bhattacharya isn’t any longer just a face in the crowd.
Producers and directors were unwilling to take him in their films.
He said today’s audience cannot be influenced easily.
The film has been in news for getting delayed.
Press Trust of India
Houston, 8 March: Jurors in a US court are deliberating today in the case of a 27-year-old Indian-origin woman facing a life sentence for allegedly killing her husband by setting him afire two years ago.
Shriya Patel's trial began on 4 March in Austin, Texas, with prosecutors accusing her of luring her husband Bimal into the bathtub for a massage, dousing him with gasoline and then setting him ablaze before shutting him in the bathroom.
Bimal Patel, 29, died at the burn centre of the San Antonio Military Medical Centre, nearly five months after the 17 April, 2012 incident.
Both sides have rested and closing arguments are expected today after state and defence lawyers work out the final charge against Shriya.
In the last of the defence evidence presented, defence lawyers showed financial records from the company that employed Bimal, a dash cam video that they have said captured a patrol officer on the scene suggesting the crime could have been a suicide and an analysis of Bimal's cellphone records.
The defence exhibits also include a text message in which Bimal says he received a letter about problems with his tax return, and says, “I'm fine but at the same time I feel like I'm about to snap”.
Prosecutors played security camera footage that captured Shriya alone inside a walmart purchasing what a receipt showed to be two candlesticks, nylon rope and masking tape.
Another video aired for jurors showed her arriving at a gas station in a cab and purchasing gasoline in a red gas can.
Shriya faces life in prison without parole if convicted, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Her lawyers are arguing that her husband killed himself and forced her to help.
Bimal had met Shriya through an arranged marriage service in India. The two wed, but it took about a year for her to get a passport to come to the USA, and she had only been in the country a week when she decided to kill her husband, the prosecution said.
Shriya, who had studied in London and lived in Dubai, was used to an upper-class lifestyle and was disappointed to arrive in the USA to find that Bimal had been laid off from a telemarketing job, was struggling to pay his rent and did not have the wealth of his successful hotelier father and uncles.
Bimal's friends testified this week that Shriya had confessed to marrying him just to make her former lover jealous.
She hoped the festival will strengthen bonds.
PM blessed the children and conveyed his wishes.
'The Islamic State or Daesh has been banned.'
It will strengthen bilateral ties.
Maria himself joined for joint interrogation.
Curfew has been lifted in Ahmedabad.