VVIP chopper scam: ED witness ‘back from dead’

In a twist in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case, the Enforcement Directorate said one of its key witnesses, K K Khosla, who was feared dead, had resurfaced and could testify for the agency soon. Appearing before special CBI judge Arvind Kumar, special prosecutors D P Singh and NK Matta said the agency may have Khosla soon.

Now, traffic violators face 6-month jail as MV bill gets closer to law

Parliament is set to pass the long-pending Motor Vehicle Amendments Bill, which will mean stiffer penalties and categorisation of increasingly common offences on Indian roads. The measures are intended to reduce road deaths, which annually add up to around 1.5 lakh after Rajya Sabha put its stamp of approval on the legislation on Wednesday.

Pak’s economy so dire Imran wants to cut roti price

A day after deciding to bring down prices of ‘naan’ and ‘roti’, the Pakistan government on Wednesday asked provincial administrations to reduce the cost of these food items to pre-June 30 levels. The move seems to be an attempt to pacify disgruntled masses, who have been blaming the ruling government for hike in prices of cooking gas, fuel and food items.

I walk out for India, not just the team: Rohit

“I don’t just walk out for my team. I walk out for my country,” tweeted Rohit Sharma on Wednesday after India captain Virat Kohli rubbished reports of rift between him and the star opener. After India’s ouster from the World Cup, stories of fissures in the Indian camp emerged with claims that Rohit and Kohli are not seeing eye to eye.

‘Coffee king’ Siddhartha cremated in Karnataka

Billionaire coffee tycoon VG Siddhartha was on Wednesday cremated at his estate in his home district of Chikmagalur after hundreds of people paid a tearful adieu to him. Amid a sombre atmosphere, his son Amartya lit the funeral pyre after the last rites were performed according to the traditions of the Vokkaliga community.

Dhoni joins troops in militancy-hit south Kashmir

MS Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined troops in south Kashmir region on Wednesday to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers. The former Indian cricket team captain will be staying with his 106 TA Battalion (Para) till August 15 and undertake duties with the troops, officials said.