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Saturday, January 25, 2020President, PM greet Himachal Pradesh on Statehood Day

New Delhi, Jan 25: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders across the country conveyed their greetings to the people of Himachal Pradesh on its 50th Statehood Day.

On January 25, 1971 Himachal Pradesh was carved out as the 18th State of the country, after being a Union Territory for over 15 years.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, President Kovind said, "Congr

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Jamia violence: Youth spotted in CCTV sent to police remand

New Delhi, Jan 25: Mohammad Furqan, the man who was arrested by the Delhi police two days back, for his alleged involvement in violence in Jamia Millia Islamia last month, has been sent to 3-day custody, police said.

A CCTV footage revealed that Furqan was holding a can during the violence, which the police said that it contained a flammable substance, apparently used to torch vehicles.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020Gadkari accuses Shiv Sena of betraying BJP in Maharashtra

Nagpur, Jan 25; Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the BJP did not lose last year's Maharashtra assembly elections, but was betrayed by the Shiv Sena.

He also said that the Sena not only left its ally, but also its own ideology.

Speaking at the BJP workers' meeting here, Gadkari said, "I don't think BJP lost the election. Shiv Sena left us and its own ideology. BJP has not lost the elections

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Nepal offers to play role of mediator between India and Pakistan

Kathmandu, Jan 25: Nepal offered to play the role of a mediator between India and Pakistan, saying that it was important for the two countries to have dialogue to resolve their issues.

"Dialogue is the best way to resolve any problem. There may be differences but it can be resolved through dialogue. If necessary, we can play the role of a mediator too," a Nepal government source said here.

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020J-K: 1,700 kg poppy straw seized from Punjab-bound truck, two held

Jammu, Jan 25; The Jammu and Kashmir Police seized 1,700 kilogram of poppy straw from a Punjab-bound truck here and arrested its driver and conductor, officials said on Saturday.

The truck, coming from the Kashmir valley, was intercepted on the highway near Channi on the outskirts of Jammu Friday evening, leading to the seizure of the huge quantity of the contraband which was concealed in 193

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Anyone against Modi-Shah agenda is urban naxal: Rahul

New Delhi, Jan 25: Describing Bhima Koregaon as a symbol of resistance, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the BJP government at the Centre, saying anyone who opposes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah's "agenda of hate are urban naxals".

Rahul's remarks came a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday took over investigation from th

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Police begins probe into attack on news channel's team

New Delhi, Jan 25: A day after protestors allegedly attacked a news channel team in capital's Shaheen Bagh area, Delhi police on Saturday lodged an FIR in the case and began an investigation.

South East District DCP Chinmay Biswal confirmed the registration of the case.

According to the police, a news channel team along with a journalist, who had gone to cover the dharna at Shaheen Bagh are

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Kerala Congress serves notice to discuss recall of Governor

Kochi (Kerala), Jan 25: The tiff between the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Kerala legislature took a turn for the worse on Saturday, when the Congress-led opposition gave a notice to the Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan for moving a resolution to be sent to President of India to remove Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of governor.

Khan was quick to respond and welcomed the move.

Spe

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020EC notice to Bagga over his campaign song expenditure

New Delhi, Jan 25: BJP candidate from Delhi's Hari Nagar Assembly, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, is in trouble again. The Election Commission has issued a notice to him regarding the expenditure for a video song used in his campaign.

The notice from the poll panel to the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes after he uploaded his campaign song "Bagga Bagga Har Jagah" was uploaded on Twitter min

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Karnataka school girl dies during dance practice

Bengaluru, Jan 25: A 14-year-old school girl died following "a cardiac arrest" during a dance session in a Karnataka village near the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), police said on Saturday.

"According to a video clip in the social media, the victim (Pujitha), a Class 9 student of a private school at Gollahalli village in Kolar district, collapsed while dancing with other students on Thursday.

"Sh

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Women brigade continues their anti-CAA stir in Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 25: The all women protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Lucknow's Clock Tower continued on Saturday despite every effort by the administration to end it.

A woman, who has been at the protest site with her four-year-old child, said: "Citizens across the country are on the streets protesting against the new law, which is against t

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020There is 'evidence' of anti-national conspiracy at Shaheen Bagh: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 25: The BJP said there is 'evidence' of conspiracy to harm India at Shaheen Bagh protest.

".......To finish off India's independence, some kind of conspiracy is there in Shaheen Bagh. We have evidence to that effect," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here alluding to a video that has gone viral.

Among other things, the video shows a speaker urging people to 'cut off

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020High alert in UP on eve of Republic Day

Lucknow, Jan 25: High alert was sounded in the city by the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday, the eve of Republic Day.
Security has been tightened at all railway stations, bus stations, airports and other public places with DGP OP Singh directing all the districts to maintain high vigil during the Republic Day functions in their areas.
A senior police officer told UNI here that special monitorin

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020PM Modi greets people on National Voters' Day

New Delhi, Jan 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of National Voters Day.

"We express gratitude to Election Commission of India for their many efforts towards making our electoral process more vibrant and participative," Prime Minister tweeted.

He further wrote: "May this day inspire us to work towards increased voter awareness and turnout, which makes our democ

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Texas county gets first Sikh Deputy Constable

Houston, Jan 25: Indian-American law enforcement officer, Amrit Singh, has created history by becoming the first ever turban-wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable in Texas state's Harris County.

The 21-year-old wears the articles of his faith -- turban and beard -- proudly while serving in the line of duty, Indica News said in a report on Friday.

Singh was sworn-in on Tuesday.

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020'Nirbhaya convicts lawyer using delaying tactics'

New Delhi, Jan 25: The Patiala House court on Saturady while disposing of the plea filed by Nirbhaya convict's counsel seeking relevant documents to exercise the remaining legal remedies noted that "jail authorities have already complied with the request".

Session Judge Ajay Kumar Jain stated that the jail authorities have already complied with the request made by the convicts. They have suppl

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Tight security for Republic Day fete in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Jan 25 : Security has been stepped up and vigil heightened in the tech city for the Republic Day (R-Day) celebrations on Sunday, a top police official said on Saturday.

"Elaborate security arrangements have been made across the city, with additional deployment of our personnel at the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw parade ground where the main R-Day events will be held," Bengaluru Polic

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Brazilian Prez given ceremonial welcome in Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Jan 25: Visiting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, after which he said that he would use this visit as an opportunity for strengthening bilateral relations.

The President, who is the Chief Guest in Sunday's Republic Day celebrations, reached Delhi on Friday on a four-day visit.

On Saturday morning, Bolson

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020NCDRC's KBC order against Star India, Airtel 'bad in law': SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has termed as "bad in law" the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) verdict, directing Star India (P) Ltd and Bharti Airtel Ltd to pay punitive damages of Rs 1 crore for alleged "unfair trade practice" in a contest for the "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC).

The apex court set aside the NCDRC's September 2008 verdict as it allowed the appeals filed by

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Baby dies in Bengal after eunuchs dance with it

Kolkata: A one-and-a-half month-old baby died allegedly after three eunuchs broke into a jig carrying the child in Jhargram of West Bengal's West Midnapore district, police said.

Three eunuchs were arrested following a complaint lodged by the child's parents in Binpur police station.

The child, born on December 13, had a heart problem for which it was earlier admitted at the Jhargram Supers

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Cold wave sweeps Himachal

Shimla, Jan 25: A cold wave continues to sweep Himachal Pradesh, with its higher reaches shivering under sub-zero temperatures.

There are chances of snowfall in mid and higher hills from Monday night as western disturbances are approaching the region, an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

The minimum temperature in Shimla was 5.7 degrees Celsius, down from Friday's 4.5 de

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020VVS thanks PM for inspiring students with Kolkata Test story

New Delhi, Jan 25: Former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman on Saturday expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who during his annual 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' event, reminded students of the famous 376-run partnership between Laxman and Rahul Dravid that helped India record an epic win against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001.

"Thank you very much Narendra Modiji for sharin

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Nirbhaya case: Court begins hearing on convicts plea

New Delhi, Jan 25: The Patiala House court is hearing the plea filed by the Nirbhaya convicts plea alleging that the Tihar Jail administration did not present the papers on time.

The Public Prosecutor informed the court that Tihar Jail authorities have already supplied the relevant documents.

He further informed that these are mere delaying tactics adopted by the convicts.

The Public Pr

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Ola refuses to penalise driver who abused Delhi rider

New Delhi: Ride-hailing major Ola said that it would not penalise a driver who allegedly accused a rider here of being "anti-national" after overhearing him talking about the poor state of the economy with a friend over the phone.

"We are respectful of all personal views and like India's democratic values, we encourage a healthy exchange of thoughts. None of the parties involved in this case h

 

Saturday, January 25, 202048 CAPF companies, 22,000 cops to guard Delhi on R-Day

New Delhi: A total of 48 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, along with 22,000 personnel of Delhi Police will be guarding the national capital on the occasion of Republic Day on Sunday to thwart any attempts at misadventure by militants, officials said.

According to intelligence agencies, crowded markets and government buildings and other key landmarks may be on the radar of the terroris

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Delhi slips below 5C, rain likely next week

New Delhi, Jan 25: It was a clear and sunny day in the national capital on Saturday with the mercury dipping below 5 degrees. The Met forecasts overcast condition with light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The air quality improved slightly from 'very poor' to 'poor' category as light breeze has been blowing since Friday.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.8 degrees Celcius, and the ma

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Ex-MP of AIADMK arrested in Coimbatore

Chennai, Jan 25: Former AIADMK member of Parliament K.C. Palaniswamy was arrested morning at his residence in Coimbatore allegedly for running a AIADMK website.

A member of AIADMK since the party founder late M.G. Ramachandran days, Palaniswamy was expelled from the party in 2018 for saying that the party could support the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led central government if the Cauv

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020Building collapses at Bhubaneswar airport, 1 killed

Bhubaneswar, Jan 25: The roof of an under-construction building collapsed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here leaving one person dead and injuring another, police said.

The under-construction building linking Terminal 1 with Terminal 2 collapsed on Friday night.

The person was killed after being trapped under the collapsed roof, according to the police.

The victim has been ide

 

Saturday, January 25, 202021 Delhi-bound trains delayed due to fog

New Delhi, Jan 25: At least 21 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by several hours due to severe fog in several parts of northern India, officials said.

According to northern railway officials, Puri-New Delhi Purishottam Express and Anand Vihar Sadbhawana Express were delayed by 6 hours, followed by Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express which is running behind its schedule by 3 hours and 30

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Himachal court pulls up roadways over dues settlement

Shimla, Jan 24 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday reprimanded state-run Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) for not giving retirement benefits to retired employees in time.

Disposing of a petition by Ranjit Singh, Justice Anoop Chitkara said the attitude of HRTC towards low-level retired employees is pathetic, insulting and insensitive as despite being working sincerely throug

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Congress hits out at Vijayvargiya on 'poha' remark

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Congress has hit out at senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on his remarks on labourers eating 'poha' while working at his residence who he said looked like illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The Congress said "this is the real face of the government which is watching your eating habits."

Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev said "The statement made by Vijayvargiyaj

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Mayawati slams LU proposal to add CAA in Pol SC syllabus

Lucknow, Jan 24 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Friday strongly criticized the Lucknow University's (LU) proposal to include the Citizenship Amendment Act in the syllabus in the Political Science department.

Dr Shashi Shukla, head of the Political Science Department, announced on Friday that the proposal for including the CAA in the curriculum had been prepared and a pro

 

Friday, January 24, 2020SIT begins probe in killing of Jharkhand tribals

Ranchi, Jan 24 (IANS) A Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday began a probe into the killing of seven tribals in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district.

Jharkhand Police headquarters on Thursday had formed an eight-member special investigation team to probe the Burugulikera massacre which took place under Gudri Police Station area of West Singhbhum district on January 19.

Rajkumar Mehta,

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Two arrested in Bengal's Malda with brown sugar

Kolkata, Jan 24 (IANS) Two persons were arrested in northern West Bengal's Malda district on Friday with brown sugar valued at Rs 10 lakh, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a hideout near Khaltipur railway station in the early hours and nabbed the duo, who hail from Mallikpara in the district.

Altogether 614 grams of brown sugar were seized from them, a senior police offic

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Security beefed up in Haryana ahead of R-Day

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (IANS) Haryana Police said on Friday that they have beefed up security across the state in view of the Republic Day celebrations.

Additional Director General of Police Navdeep Virk said that all the Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police have been directed to ensure elaborate security cover on January 26 at all important installations across Haryana.

Additi

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Goa tourism slowdown due to dip in economy: NK Singh

Panaji, Jan 24 (IANS) Slowdown in Goa's tourism industry is on account of the general slowdown of the economy and pressure from upcoming competitive destinations, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission N.K. Singh said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, after meeting a cross section of political, social, professional and business groups over the last two days, Singh also said

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Dalit, OBC kids to get admission in Atal residential schools

Lucknow, Jan 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that children of Dalit/backward communities, labourers and workers will be admitted to the Atal Residential Schools in the state.

Yogi Adityanath made this announcement while laying the foundation stone for the new schools in 18 divisions on the occasion of Uttar Pradesh Foundation Day.

"The state government w

 

Friday, January 24, 2020SC seeks concrete steps for de-criminalisation of politics

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday said that some concrete steps should be taken to keep criminal elements out of politics.

A bench, headed by Justice R.F. Nariman and comprising Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, expressed concern on the issue of criminalisation of politics, and suggested measures to decriminalise it.

In September 2018, a five-judge Constitution Bench had unanimou

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Two suspected Coronavirus patients isolated in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) Two persons, who arrived here from China, have been placed under isolation for medical observations for suspected exposure to Coronavirus, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation officials said on Friday.

The two have been secluded in the BMC's Kasturba Hospital - which specialises in such diseases - after they were detected with possible symptoms following thermal screening o

 

Friday, January 24, 2020'Chhatisgarh developing as role model to counter BJP narrative'

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Congress party is developing Chhattisgarh as a people-centric state to counter the BJP's narrative on development, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel told IANS in an interview.

Baghel said that since he took charge in 2018, the Congress has taken many pro-people steps to make the state a role model in governance. The party returned to power in the state after 15 years.

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Muslims in Hyderabad vow not to fill NPR, NRC forms

Hyderabad, Jan 24 (IANS) Muslims in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on Friday pledged not to fill forms for National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

'We will not fill the forms' pledge was taken after Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid here and several other mosques in the city and in the districts.

Mushtaq M

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Politicians, netizens greet nation on National Girl Child Day

New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Twitterati greeted the nation on the occasion of National Girl Child Day.

The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. It was started to spread awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by girls in the country and to promote awareness about the rights of the girl child.

Taking to Twitter, Union Minister Smriti Irani post

 

Friday, January 24, 2020PM interacts with Bal Puraskar recipients

New Delhi, Jan 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar recipients in Delhi that their bravery would leave even grown ups break into a sweat at just the thought of it.

Praising the brave children, who were honoured with the National Bravery Awards in the National Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, he said their heroic exploits inspired him and he

 

Friday, January 24, 2020J&K aims to register 20 pc growth in tax collection in 2019-20

Jammu, Jan 24: Jammu and Kashmir Taxes Department (JKTD) is aiming to register 20 per cent growth in tax collection by the end of the current financial year, a senior official has said.

J&K is targeting the growth of 20 per cent in few heads of tax collection against the target set for 2019-20, Commissioner State Taxes, J&K, P K Bhat said here.

Under the Heads of Stamps and MST, the growth

 

Friday, January 24, 2020People pay tax to govt for improvement in life: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 24: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said people pay tax to the government so that their lives can improve. He expressed happiness that his government has shown a direction for the country.

"It is the responsibility of the government that people should live a dignified life. People pay tax to the government so that their lives can improve. I am happy that Delhi is

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Tukde Tukde gang in B'wood too: UP Minister

Lucknow, Jan 24: Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma has said that there is a 'tukde tukde' gang in Bollywood which is speaking against the amended citizenship law with definite political motives.

Shrikant Sharma was responding to remarks made by actor-director Nandita Das, who said that Delhi's Shaheen Bagh will be replicated.

"Those from Bollywood speaking against CAA have political mo

 

Friday, January 24, 2020This R-Day, app to hail India's musical diversity

Mumbai, Jan 24: Music lovers are in for a treat this Republic Day as unique multi-artiste reimaginations of Indias national song and national anthem are set to feature in a music streaming app.

On the occasion of India's 71st Republic Day, the Gaana app will offer the Indian national song ‘Vande Mataram' and will host curated playlists that commemorate India's diversity and the vibrant mix of

 

Friday, January 24, 2020No blanket ban on NSA: SC cites arson in anti-CAA stir

New Delhi, Jan 24: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a plea challenging the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) in few states and the national capital amid anti-CAA protests.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Indira Banerjee said the bench was not inclined to pass a blanket order in connection with the imposition of the NSA, and asked lawyer M.L. Sh

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Meerut to have war memorial for animals

Meerut, Jan 24: A first of its kind war memorial for animals is being planned in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut city. It will feature those animals that have lost their lives in counter-insurgency operation, mainly in Kashmir.

The memorial will be unique since it will be devoted to service animals, mostly dogs, but also horses and mules.

It will be the country's first animal war memorial and recogn

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Nepal invites PM Modi for Sagarmatha dialogue

Kathmandu, Jan 24: Nepal has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the first Sagarmatha Sambaad forum to be held here in April to deliberate on the most prominent issues of global, regional and national significance, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday.

The first edition of the Sagarmatha Sambaad' is scheduled to be held from April 2 to 4 on the theme "Climate Change

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Netizens troll BJP leader over Bangladeshis eating 'poha'

New Delhi, Jan 24: A statement made by Bhartiya Janata Party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya garnered hilarious trolls and reaction by the tweeple around the country.

Vijayvargiya said that some of the labourers carrying out construction work at his house were likely to be Bangladeshis as they ate only flattened rice -- 'poha'.

With this, 'poha' started trending with 10.5K Tweets, where people

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Kejriwal holds massive roadshows in west Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 24: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday morning held roadshows in West Delhi's three Assembly constituencies -- Janakpuri, Tilak Nagar and Madipur.

Kejriwal, accompanied by the respective MLA candidates of his party, rode an open jeep and urged people to vote for him.

He was followed by hundreds of party workers, who were dancing on the tune of "Lage raho Kejriwal"

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Give priority to duty, not rights: PM

New Delhi, Jan 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on giving priority to "duty" and not the "rights".

Modi's remarks came while addressing the recipients of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020. "We should give priority to our duty. How long we would give priority to our rights?

"I feel proud that you are aware of your duty for the society and the nation," the Prime Minister said.

Modi lau

 

Friday, January 24, 2020SC issues notice on implementation of Sec 176 (1A) CrPC

New Delhi, Jan 24: The Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and states on a petition by human rights activist Suhas Chakma for the implementation of Section 176(1A) of the CrPC.

According to the provision, it is mandatory to conduct judicial inquiry in cases of death, disappearance or alleged rape in police, judicial custody.

The plea said securing judicial inquiries into death or dis

 

Friday, January 24, 2020EC asks Kapil Mishra to reply by Friday on his Pak comment

New Delhi, Jan 24: The Election Commission (EC) has issued a show cause notice to BJP's Model Town Assembly candidate Kapil Mishra for his controversial statement on describing Shaheen Bagh protesters agitating over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a "mini Pakistan that promotes hatred in the society". The Commission has asked Mishra to reply on F

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Indian embassy in Beijing cancels Republic Day ceremony due to coronavirus outbreak in China

Beijing, Jan 24: The Indian embassy in China cancelled the Republic Day ceremony in view of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 25 people and infected over 800 others.

The Indian mission here took to social media to announce the cancelation of the celebrations scheduled for January 26.

"In view of the evolving situation due to the coronavirus outbreak in China as well as the decision

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Maha govt plans to increase reward for 'Smart Villages'

Mumbai, Jan 24: The rural development department of the Maharashtra government has decided to increase cash prizes given to top villages at taluka and district levels under a scheme and name it after late NCP leader R R Patil.

Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif on Thursday said the department will soon move a proposal in this regard before the state cabinet.

The 'Smart Villages' schem

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Sena questions Centre on democracy ranking drop, economic woes

Mumbai, Jan 24: The Shiv Sena said there have been attempts to muzzle dissenting voices and this is one of the reasons for India slipping in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" said a slowdown in economy gives rise to unrest and instability, and this was getting reflected in the prevailing situation in the country.

"Now (after an economic slo

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Strong winds likely to improve AQI in Delhi on Friday

New Delhi, Jan 24: There was slight improvement in both the maximum and minimum temperatures in Delhi for the second day. Strong winds expected during the day would affect the air quality positively, Met said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.2 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average, the India Meteorological Department said. The maximum was likely to hover around 22 deg

 

Friday, January 24, 2020US-Iran tensions may aid Pak get off grey list

New Delhi, Jan 24: Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global watchdog for terror funding may remove Pakistan from the punitive "grey list" in its upcoming review meeting.

Sources told IANS that the FATF is "satisfied" with Pakistan's efforts to crack down on terror funding and money laundering, even though Pakistani terrorists have been continually infiltrating into India through the Line

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Not just Wifi, battery charging is also free: Kejriwal to Shah

New Delhi, Jan 24: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday took a jibe at former BJP President Amit Shah, saying not just Wifi, but battery charging was also free in Delhi as his government was giving free 200 units of electricity.

Kejriwal made the remarks on Shah's statement which he made during a campaign rally on Thursday. Shah had said that while Kejriwal had promised free Wifi to

 

Friday, January 24, 2020India hopeful that FATF will evaluate progress made by Pak on terror financing issue

New Delhi, Jan 23: India expressed hope that the FATF in its meeting in February in Paris will 'evaluate' the progress made by Pakistan on the basis of a set criteria on terror financing issue.

"......We presume that the FATF will evaluate the progress made by Pakistan on the basis of a set criteria.
Discussions within the body are always confidential; we always wait for FATF to come out wit

 

Friday, January 24, 2020ISRO plans to send Vyommitra, a lady robot in unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft

Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation will send ‘Vyommitra’, a lady robot in the unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft in the run up to the first Human Space Mission by India in December 2021.
The robot was the centre of attraction at the inaugural session of the “Human Spaceflight and Exploration – Present Challenges and Future Trends” here on Wednesday.
Vyommitra, a combination of two Sanskri

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Ayushman Bharat to JNU via Rahul Baba: Shah hits campaign trail

New Delhi: He started with Ayushman Baharat and ended with JNU, mentioning 'Rahul Baba' and Kashmir in between.

This pretty much sums up the discourse put forth by former BJP chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who kicked off his campaign for Delhi polls with a series of rallies here on Thursday.

Faced with the challenge thrown by the AAP leadership to fight the election on 'real issue

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Two minor brothers die in Guwahati fire

Guwahati: In a tragic incident, two minor boys died on the spot after a fire broke out in their house here on Thursday, the police said. The victims -- Ishan (7) and Iban (4) -- were brothers. They were playing on the first floor when fire ravaged the house.

Police said the parents of the victims were not at home, while their grandmother was on the ground floor.

Locals said they rushed in a

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Farmers to get back land grabbed by Azam Khan

Rampur, Jan 24: After taking possession of 104 bighas of land in the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, run by the Jauhar Trust, Rampur administration has decided to launch the process of releasing the 'occupied land' to the 'rightful owners'.

The land was seized by the district administration on Wednesday.

Farmers of Aliyaganj village who had registered 26 FIRs relating to land grab against M

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Hyderabad police foil Shaheen Bagh-like protest

Hyderabad, Jan 24: The attempt by a group of women to stage Shaheen Bagh-like protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was foiled by the Hyderabad Police in the early hours of Friday.

Tension prevailed in the Moghalpura area near the historic Charminar when police detained a few slogans-shouting youth pr

 

Friday, January 24, 202012 Delhi-bound trains delayed due to fog

New Delhi, Jan 24: At least 12 trains were delayed due to fog in several parts of northern India on Friday, officials said.

According to northern railway, the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and the Rewa-Anand Vihar Rewa Express were delayed by four hours and 15 minutes.

The Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmputra Mail was delayed by four hours, followed by the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express,

 

Friday, January 24, 2020Centre to SC: Saying separatists are not bad elements is wrong

New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court it was wrong to say that separatists are not bad elements, while defending the decision to revoke the provisions of Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said various credible books and records establish the raiders trained in combat were sent by Pakistan, as a consequence

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Unemployment at 45-year high, says Youth Congress

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) here on Thursday launched a nationwide campaign to highlight rising unemployment, give a voice to young Indians, and also sought a national register of unemployed (NRU).

The campaign was launched by Krishna Allavaru, in-charge of the IYC, and IYC chief Srinivas B.V.

Saying it in a slogan '45 saalon main pehli baar, desh main sabse zya

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Minorities vote for parties which can defeat BJP: Pawar

Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) In a potentially controversial statement, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that the "minorities" decide whom to defeat or elect in the elections.

"In the last (2019) Maharashtra assembly elections, Muslims rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party... In rural areas, not a single Muslim voted for BJP (candidates)," Pawar said, addressing the NCP

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Jagan in a dilemma over three capitals move

Amaravati, Jan 23 (IANS) With the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council Chairman referring the bills relating to the development of three state capitals to a select committee, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government is finding itself in a dilemma over the issue.

A day after Council Chairman Mohammed Ahmed Shariff dealt a huge blow to the government by referring the bills to a select committee, YSR C

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Trolled, BJP's Bagga says diploma from Taiwan

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Hari Nagar Assembly candidate Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, here on Thursday, refuted the allegations that he did diploma in the National Development Course from the National Defence University (NDU) in China, and said he did one-month course from Taiwan along with the representative from 18 countries.

The clarification has come after the

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Man murders children, wife; tries to commit suicide

Chandigarh, Jan 23 (IANS) A father of two after allegedly murdering his children and his wife tried to commit suicide by jumping before a running train here on Thursday, the police said.

However, he sustained grievous injuries and is undergoing treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) here.

According to the police, Sanjay Arora, who runs a bakery in S

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020At Lit Fest, actress Nandita Das opposes CAA, NRC

Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) The controversial CAA and NRC issues reverbated at the Jaipur Literature Festival here as Bollywood actress and director Nandita Das on Thursday opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens and urged the people to raise their voice against these issues.

Addressing the media in the inaugural day of the Festival, she said: "India is a secula

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020644 militants surrender in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 23 (IANS) As many as 644 militants, belonging to eight banned outfits of Assam, laid down their arms in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, here on Thursday.

The insurgents belonged to ULFA(I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI(Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB.

While 50 surrenderees belonged to the ULFA (Independence), eight were from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (ND

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Sonia, Priyanka visit Amethi, meet families of accident victims

Amethi, Jan 23 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday, reached Amethi to meet the families of six persons of a family who died in a road mishap.

The Gandhis made an unscheduled trip to Bharetha village in Amethi and met the bereaved family who had lost their family members, including the former village head, in the mishap.

The a

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020CAA, situation in Kashmir internal issues of India: Brazilian envoy

New Delhi, Jan 23: The amended citizenship law and the situation in Kashmir are internal issues of India and the country with its dynamic democracy will find solutions to these "challenges", Brazilian envoy Andre Aranha Correa do Lago said on Thursday.

His comments on the two issues comes a day ahead of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's maiden visit to India after he assumed power in Januar

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020AAP's 'kaam ki chai' campaign for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched a campaign named 'kaam ki chai' with the famous Ahemdabad based MBA Chai Wala from its party headquarters here on Thursday.

Claiming to be the second famous "chai wala" of the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prafull Billore, the Founder and CEO of the MBA Chai Wala, told IANS that although he does not support any political party

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Mammoth procession in Tripura on Netaji's birth anniversary

Agartala, Jan 23: The Pulwama terror attack, climate change, Swachhata Abhiyan, environment protection and ethnic unity, among others, were showcased by 1,700 Tripura school students in diverse tableaux here on Thursday to mark the 124th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In a reference to last year's terror attack in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley, the school students highlighted

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020'J&K accession irreversible; secessionist arguments can't be permitted'

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Union is "irreversible".

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, replying on the batch of petitions filed challenging the revocation of Article 370, explained how the process of accession of J&K into the Indian Union took place.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana a

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020JLF is for both 'Mann Ki Baat' and 'Kaam Ki Baat': Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur, Jan 23: The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is the place where thinkers across the world come and do "Kaam Ki Baat" along with "Mann Ki Baat", said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday during the inauguration ceremony of the annual literary event.

The 68-year-old Congress veteran here took an apparent jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme, 'Mann K

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Sessions Judge hearing Nirbhaya case transferred

New Delhi, Jan 23: The sessions judge who recently issued death warrants against the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case has been transferred.

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora has been transferred to the Supreme Court as Additional Registrar on deputation basis for one year, a letter sent by Registrar General, Delhi High Court, to the District Judg

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Odisha pays tribute to Netaji, Veer Surendra Sai

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23: Odisha paid rich tribute to freedom fighters Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary and Veer Surendra Sai on his 211th birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offered floral tributes to Netaji at his statue in Cuttack, the birthplace of the legendary leader. Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal also paid floral tribute to Bose.

"Tributes to brave son of

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Punjab to have National Security Guards centre

Chandigarh, Jan 23: The central government has decided to set up a regional centre of the National Security Guards (NSG) in Pathankot in Punjab, a state government official said on Thursday.

Pathankot city has defence establishments, including the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base that was attacked by terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, in January 2016, leaving seven people dead.

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Two held with illegal liquor in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Delhi Excise Department has busted a gang and held two people for supplying non-duty paid liquor (NDPL) in a south-Delhi farm house, officials said on Thursday.

According to Alok Kumar, ACP Excise, information was received that a party was going on and illegal liquor and NDPL were being served in a farm house at Bhati Mines here.

"On this information, raid was conduct

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020411 nominations rejected, 3 withdrawn for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 23: As many as 411 nominations were rejected and three were withdrawn as of Thursday, after the nominations for February 8 elections in Delhi ended and the scrutiny was held on Wednesday.

According to the Election Commission, 1,029 candidates had filed 1,528 nominations for the 70 assembly constituencies here.

On Tuesday, the last day of filing papers, 806 nominations were fi

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Men in homes, pushed women and kids out on streets to protest against CAA: Yogi

Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday criticised the ongoing protests against the new citizenship law, saying it is "shameful" that the men sitting in the comfort of their homes have sent the women and children out on the streets to agitate.

Addressing a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Kanpur, Adityanath said, "These people do not have courag

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Pakistan 'spews venom', takes to hate speech like fish takes to water: India at UN

United Nations, Jan 23: India has slammed Pakistan for "spewing venom and false narratives" of monumental proportions in the United Nations, saying it takes to hate speech like fish takes to water and "obfuscates" the international community from the truth as Islamabad yet again raked up the Kashmir issue at the world body.

Pakistan consistently rakes up the Kashmir issue at various UN platfor

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020PM pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

New Delhi, Jan 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary.

"India will always remain grateful to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his bravery and indelible contribution to resisting colonialism. He stood up for the progress and well-being of his fellow Indians," Prime Minister tweeted.

He also wrote: "On 23rd Janu

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Blasts rock Imphal ahead of Republic day

Imphal, Jan 23: Twin blasts at the heart of the city sent shockwaves ahead of the Republic day here today.

Two IEDs blasted at the same time at RIMS road around 0500 hours. However, no one was injured.

The sound could be heard till a long distance as the IEDs were powerful.

Many shops near the road were badly damaged. Imphal West police personnel rushed in and cordoned off the area. Mass

 

Thursday, January 23, 20208 injured in Delhi school bus collision

New Delhi, Jan 23: Seven children and a 55-year-old teacher were injured when a school bus here collided with a cluster bus and overturned, officials said.

The bus was heading to Salwan Public School in Old Rajinder Nagar when the accident took place in Narayana.

"A fire call was received at 7.10 a.m. that a school bus collided with a cluster bus in Narayana area near the fire station," Del

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Youth Congress to launch 'National Register of Unemployment'

New Delhi, Jan 23: To counter the BJP narrative on National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), youth congress is going to start a campaign to highlight the growing unemployment in India by demanding a 'National Register of Unemployed'.

The name of the register has been given NRU.

Youth Congress president B.V. Shrinivas said, "Indian Youth Congress is launchin

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Himachal reels under severe cold wave

Shimla, Jan 23: Large parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under severe cold wave on Thursday, with the minimum temperature staying below freezing point, the weather bureau said. However, the weather will largely remain dry till Sunday.

The state capital Shimla saw the night temperature at 0.7 degree Celsius.

Popular destination Manali, which is marooned in snow cover, recorded a low of minus 4

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Muslim clerics to spread awareness against CAA, NRC

Bareilly, Jan 23: A group of Sunni Barelvi Muslim clerics have decided to spread awareness among people in their area regarding the drawbacks of Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.

A decision to this effect was taken when a delegation of Jamaat Raza-e-Mustafa met clerics and the Shahr Qazis in Bareilly and requested them "to hold peaceful protests till the government g

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Finally, Haryana CM takes over CID portfolio

Chandigarh, Jan 23: The 'tug-of-war' between Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Home Minister Anil Vij has finally ended with the former taking over as Criminal Investigation Department (CID) portfolio.

As per a notification issued by the Chief Secretary on Wednesday, the portfolios of the CID and the departments of Personnel and Training and of Raj Bhawan Affairs have been all

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Modi pays homage to Bal Thackeray on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Jan 23: Paying his tributes to Shiv Sena founder Bal Keshav Thackeray, known as Balasaheb Thackeray, on his 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called him a "courageous" leader who never hesitated from raising issues of public welfare.

In a tweet, Modi said Thackeray continues to inspire millions of people.

"Tributes to the great Balasaheb Thackeray o

 

Thursday, January 23, 202018 Delhi-bound trains delayed due to fog

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) At least 18 Delhi-bound trains were delayed due to fog in several parts of northern India, officials said on Thursday.

According to Northern Railway, the Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail was delayed by five hours, followed by the Jai Nagar-New Delhi Swatantrata Senani Express and the Pratapgarh-Delhi Padmavat Express, which were running behind their schedule by four ho

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020Disgraced DSP brought to Jammu for NIA probe

Srinagar, Jan 23: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought the disgraced Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh to Jammu for investigations.

According to sources, Davinder Singh has been brought on a transit remand. A formal remand from the NIA court for interrogation will be taken on Thursday.

On Wednesday, fresh raids were carried out by the NIA at Singh's residen

 

Thursday, January 23, 20206 children injured in school bus accident in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 23: A school bus collided with a cluster bus in Narayana area injuring six students, officials said.

According to the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), a call was received at 7.10 a.m. on Thursday regarding the accident.

The injured students were shifted to the Kapoor hospital with the help of public.

"A fire call was received that a school bus collided with a cluster bus in Nara

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020'Kashmir to Kanyakumari' to fascinate viewers on Republic Day

New Delhi: This year, the Centre Public Works Department (CPWD) tableau will be based on its horticulture department depicting Kashmir to Kanyakumari theme, an official said.

Explaining about the theme, a senior CPWD official said the front portion of the tableau will show the southernmost point Kanyakumari, surrounded by the sea, memorial of Swami Vivekananda.

The middle portion represents

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020'Derogatory online content' against PM may pose threat: Intel

New Delhi: Ahead of Republic Day, the Ministry of Home Affairs, after considering an intelligence alert, has issued a warning to all security agencies to be on alert, saying "derogatory contents" posted on social media against Prime Minister Narendra Modi may pose threat, sources said.

The Ministry in an official communique to the chiefs of all security agencies, including paramilitary forces

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Jindal varsity VC addresses global panels at WEF Davos

Davos, Jan 22 (IANS) O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) Vice Chancellor, C. Raj Kumar, spoke to a global audience in three separate sessions at this years World Economic Forum (WEF) being held in Davos, Switzerland from January 21-24.

"Indian universities can play a global catalytic role for promoting sustainable futures given the significant demographic situation that prevails in India. This

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Read 'Mein Kampf' on CAA implications: Amarinder to Sukhbir

Chandigarh, Jan 22 (IANS) Even as he questioned Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Badal's logic in interpreting his criticism of CAA as being "anti-Sikh", Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sent him a copy of 'Mein Kampf', advising him to read Adolf Hitler's autobiography to understand dangerous implications of the unconstitutional legislation.

Given the current attempts

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020ISRO to send humanoid Vyommitra first into space

Chennai, Jan 22 (IANS) Indian space agency ISRO will send a half-humanoid female into space as part of its human space mission programme Gaganyaan, said officials.

The robot -- Vyommitra -- was unveiled by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

It is called half-humanoid since it does not have legs, though it can bend forward and sideways.

According to I

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Anupam Kher's wig act leaves netizens in splits

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) A video shared by veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher about buying a wig has invited jokes, memes and sarcasm on Twitter.

In the clip, the actor is heard telling the shopkeeper that strong winds blew away his wig and thus he needed a new one.

"Entered a shop, which had hundreds of wigs. Told the salesperson that my wig flew off in the strong winds. I need a new wig.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Daman to be Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu UT's capital

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its approval for designation of Daman as headquarters of Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, making it the capital of the two merged UTs.

The Parliament on December 3 passed Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 to merge the two

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Cracks appear among Delhi's Shaheen Bagh protesters

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) The rift between the volunteers and organisers at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, the venue of an ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, came into the open when one faction alleged that the other was playing into the hands of the BJP.

Lawyer Mehmood Pracha has alleged that "some persons from the area are trying to derail the movement and are playing into the gove

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Maha teen commits suicide after sodomy, 14 nabbed

Chandrapur (Maharashtra), Jan 22 (IANS) Fourteen persons, including a minor, have been arrested in connection with the suicide of an 18-year-old student, who hanged himself after being repeatedly sodomised, a top police official said here on Wednesday.

The student, was studying in Class 12 and lived at the Sevadal Boys Hostel in Jivti, Marai Patan village in the district.

The victim was fro

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Cabinet nod to extension to OBC sub-categorisation panel

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an extension of six months in the tenure of a commission set up to examine the issue of sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Central List.

Now the term of the panel will be till July 31 2020. This is the 8th extension given to the commission, whose term would otherwise have expired on January 31, 2020.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Central ministers in Kashmir to spread positivity among people: Naqvi

Srinagar, Jan 22: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the team of Central ministers were in Jammu and Kashmir to spread positivity among the people and to create a "strong environment of change".

A group of central ministers are on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and development measures taken by the governm

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Tweeple hail #TheForgottenArmy new video song

New Delhi, Jan 22: The Amazon Prime Video releases a new song 'Azaadi Ke Liye' the anthem of the song and it will give you goosebumps.

The makers shared the release of the anthem on social media with the caption,"meri nass nass bahe tu watan, meri nass nass kahe ae watan. jo ladey #AzaadiKeLiye, yeh freedom anthem unke naam."

The video showcases our rich army heritage and celebrates both th

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020'Chhapaak' row: Contempt plea against makers in Delhi HC

New Delhi, Jan 22: Lawyer Aparna Bhat has filed contempt petition in Delhi High Court against makers of the film 'Chhapaak' and actress Deepika Padukone for not giving due credit to her in spite of the court order.

The plea has sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the makers of the film for non-compliance of the High Court order directing respondents to give due credit to the lawy

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Pakistan, 'even America' are theocratic states, India is secular: Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 22: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian values consider all religions equal, and that is why the country is secular and never became a theocratic state like Pakistan.

Speaking at the NCC Republic Day Camp in Delhi, Singh said: "We (India) said we would not discriminate among religions. Why did we do that? Our neighbouring country has declared that their state has a religi

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020No stay on CAA, NPR: SC

New Delhi, Jan 22: The Supreme Court refused to pass any order to restrain the operation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) or National Population Register (NPR).

The top court gave four weeks time to the Centre to file counter affidavit.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde also indicated the probability of constituting a Constitution Bench to take up the matter on the next date of

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Textile Auction on January 28th & 29th 2020

New Delhi, Jan 22:The Textiles' an online auction by AstaGuru.com will feature rugs, shawls, sarees, traditional Pichwais, artefacts and accessories and ranges total of 100 lots.

The auction covers every region particularly known for their unique patterns and weaves of textiles- be it Iran erstwhile Persia, Benarasi fabric or Gujarat/Maharashtra specific Pichwais or Kashmiri Pashmina or Jamava

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020MoS Home to review development on 3-day J&K visit

New Delhi, 22 Jan: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy will be launching various developmental works during his 3-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister left for Srinagar on Wednesday morning, his first visit to the union territory, after assuming office.

During the trip, Reddy will be visiting Srinagar and other rural areas of the Kashmir

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020J&K kids nationalists, sometimes they're motivated in wrong direction: Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 22: The children of Jammu and Kashmir are nationalists, but they are sometimes being motivated in the wrong direction, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

The comments come days after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said girls and boys, as young as 10 and 12, were being radicalised in Kashmir, adding that it was a matter of concern.

"The kids of Jammu Kashmir are

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Pak has 'limited options' to respond to India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir: CRS report

Washington, Jan 22: Pakistan's leadership has "limited options" to respond to India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir as many analysts view that Islamabad has "little credibility" on the issue given its long history of covertly supporting militant groups there, according to a US Congressional report.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its second report on Kashmir in less than six months

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020BSF's social media directives puts 42 Apps in 'NO' list

New Delhi, Jan 22: "Don't get into a trap. Your security is in your hands," the Border Security Force (BSF) has said issuing its social media rules for its officers and men. It has directed them not to use 42 mobile applications and show caution while using Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

"Be cautious while using social media," said the BSF in a circular issued recently.

"Before using Whats

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Two killed in road accident in Unnao

Unnao (UP), Jan 22: Two people were killed and another injured in a collision between two trucks on Nanapur Ganga bridge amid heavy fog, police said.

The accident took place on Tuesday night and one of the trucks fell in the river after the collision, SP Vikrant Vir said.

Two of those travelling in the truck which fell in the river later died while another injured was admitted to hospital,

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Mamata to lead anti-CAA protests in Hills today

Kolkata, Jan 22: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a protest march against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Registry (NPR) today in Darjeeling Hills.

For the past few weeks, Ms Banerjee has been leading protests across the State against this law.
Several protest marches have been held in Kolkata, led by Ms Banerjee.

Trina

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Sidhu, Priyanka among 40 Cong star campaigners in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 22: The Congress has finalized list of 40 star campaigners for Delhi assembly elections, which includes the names of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Apart from Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has also listed Priyanka Gandhi as a star campaigner. However, the surprise inclusion is Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former Punjab minister, who resigned after differences with chief minist

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Cochin begins screening passengers from China, Hong Kong

Kochi, Jan 22: The Cochin International Airport (CIAL) from Wednesday started screening all incoming passengers from China and Hong Kong, following the outbreak of a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), said a CIAL official.

Even though there are no direct flights to either China or Hong Kong from CIAL, such passengers will be arriving on flights mostly from Malaysia and Singapore.

Speaking to ag

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Himachal girl who saved 3 lives selected for national award

Shimla, Jan 22: A girl student of a Himachal Pradesh school did an act of bravery in 2018 when she was in Class IX by rescuing her family members, comprising his ex-serviceman grandfather, and the driver who met a road accident, her teacher said on Wednesday.

Alaika Sharma, 15, of Anuradha Public Senior Secondary School in Maranda near Palampur town in Kangra district was travelling with her f

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020Polling underway for local body elections in Telangana

Hyderabad, Jan 22: Polling is underway in the municipal elections in Telangana amid elaborate security arrangements, officials said.

The polling began at 7 a.m. in 120 municipalities and nine municipal corporations across the state and it will continue till 5 p.m.

As many as 53.37 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes to elect 325 corporators for municipal corporations and 2,727 coun

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020PM Modi's vision for cleaner India a privilege to hear: Bear Grylls

New Delhi: It was Bear Grylls with whom India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashed his adventurous side on the former's TV show "Man vs Wild" last year. For Grylls, it was no less than a special experience to come to India and explore its beauty with Modi.

"It was a huge privilege to take Prime Minister Modi on a journey. I'm a huge fan of the wilderness and the beauty of India, not just t

 

Wednesday, January 22, 20207-year-old killed in UP school as almirah falls on her

Ambedkar Nagar (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 22: A wooden almirah fell on a class 2 student in the government primary school in Salauddinpur village in Ambedkar Nagar district on Tuesday afternoon. The child died on the spot after which angry villagers held the teachers hostage.

The principal of the school and three teachers have been suspended after the incident.

According to reports, seven-year-o

 

Wednesday, January 22, 20201 killed in Thane factory blast

Thane (Maharashtra), Jan 22: One person was killed and two others injured in a blast that ripped through a private chemical factory in Maharashtra here on Wednesday, officials said.

The explosion, followed by a fire took place in a dryer in the factory in the MIDC complex in Badlapur around 9 a.m. There were many other employees working in the morning shift when the explosion took place.

Th

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020One lakh scholarships for J&K students this year: Naqvi

Srinagar: More than one lakh scholarships will be given to students in Jammu and Kashmir this year, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, told in an exclusive interview.

He said that over 10 lakh scholarships will be provided to students in J&K in the next five years.

"All students from J&K, from Ist standard to gradation, will get the scholarship after applying," he sai

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Modi and Shah drag on democracy, lying on CAA: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of lying to the nation over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said that they are a 'drag on democracy'.

Sibal's comment came after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday lowered India's economic growth rate forecast for the current fiscal to 4.8 per ce

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Twitterati hail Indian Army soldier dancing to Uri song

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) A video of an Indian Army soldier dancing to a number from last year's hit Bollywood movie "Uri: The Surgical Strike" is doing the rounds on social media and has grabbed the eyeballs of netizens.

The clip shows an Indian Army soldier in Kargil displaying killer dance steps to the song "Challa" from the Vicky Kaushal-starrer flick.

The 45-second clip is tweeted by a

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Black kites with 'No-CAA, NRC' fly in Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) About a dozen persons, including children, have been detained for flying black kites with ‘No CAA, NRC written on them in Lucknow on Tuesday.

It was around the same time when Union Home Minister Amit Shah was addressing a pro-CAA rally in Bangla Bazaar area here. More than a dozen persons were seen flying black kites in the posh Mall Avenue area.

As soon as the police

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Modi, Oli open second ICP at Jogbani-Biratnagar

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Nepal counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar on Tuesday.

The Jogbani-Biratnagar border is an important trade point between the two countries. This is the second ICP on the Nepal border. The first was built in 2018.

The second Integrated Check Post at Jog

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020BJP's Bagga, AAP's Dhillon fight over this old BJP bastion

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) One of the closely fought seats this poll season in Delhi will be Hari Nagar in West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Both AAP and the BJP have gone for fresh faces. While the BJP has fielded its rabble-rouser Tajinder Bagga, AAP has replaced its two time MLA Jagdeep Singh with Raj Kumari Dhillon.

There are a total of 1,74,463 voters this time from this constituency with

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020No 45 in queue, Kejriwal awaits turn to file nomination

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who reached the office of the Returning Officer (RO) to file his nominations for the December 8 Assembly elections, is waiting his turn as Tuesday is the last day for filing.

"Waiting to file my nomination. My token no is 45. There are many people here to file nomination papers. (I) am so glad so many people participating in democr

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020CBI should probe ex Goa CM, babus in mining scam: Lokayukta

Panaji, Jan 21 (IANS) The Goa Lokayukta on Tuesday directed the state government to order a CBI probe into the illegal renewal of 88 mining leases in 2015, by then Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, former Mines Secretary P.K. Sain and the Director Mining and Geology department Prasanna Acharya.

"Appropriate FIR should be registered by the ACB of the State government against respondents 1 to 3

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020DMK urges AIADMK government not to implement NPR, NRC

Chennai, Jan 21 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's opposition DMK party executive on Tuesday urged the ruling AIADMK to announce that it would not allow the implementing of the National Population Register (NPR) and National Register for Citizens (NRC) in the state.

Besides passing this in a resolution, a DMK emergency executive council meeting held here also condemned the state government on various issues

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Twitterati pour wishes as Sushant turns a year older

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Bollywood top-notch actor Sushant Singh Rajput has turned 34-year-old today and his fans have been pouring wishes for his.

On his 34th birthday on Tuesday, his rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty posted an adorable birthday wishes to him on Instagram. Sharing two romantic unseen photos of herself with Sushant, she went on to address him as "supermassive black hole".

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Another dropped MLA quits AAP, joins NCP

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Sitting Aam Aadmi Party MLA Surender Singh, who was denied the party ticket for the upcoming Delhi Assembly election, on Tuesday said that he has resigned from the party and is contesting from the NCP.

Sharing his resignation letter on Twitter, he said, "Today, I'm sad and I'm giving my resignation letter from the Aam Aadmi Party."

Later, speaking to IANS, the Delhi

 

Tuesday, January 21, 20208 Kerala tourists found dead in Nepal hotel

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 21 (IANS) Eight tourists from Kerala have been found dead in a hotel in Nepal, Union Minister for State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan confirmed on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media, Muraleedharan said the tourists comprising two families of Thiruvananthapuram were reported dead in Daman in Nepal's Makwanpur district.

"The families of Renjith and Pravee

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020MHA sanctions 2,000 posts in CISF

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Union Home Ministry has approved creation of 2,000 posts in the CISF to augment its strength to effectively guard vital installations, including airports, atomic installations, metro networks, officials said.

The Central Industrial Security Force guards about 60 civil airports in the country and has an elite VVIP security wing under its command called the Special Securit

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020No going back on CAA: Shah tells opposition

Lucknow, Jan 21: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on the opposition and dared it to protest as much as they can for the Modi government will not take back the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Shah dared Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav to a public debate on CAA and said that these leaders were driven only by vote-bank politics.

"We

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Sena objects to political misuse of 'Tanhaji' trailer

Mumbai, Jan 21: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut kicked off a fresh controversy by taking objections to a trailer of 'Tanhaji' film being allegedly misused for politics in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, here on Tuesday.

The tongue-in-cheek trailer depicts Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the trusted military Commander Tanaji Malus

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Bank fraud: ED attaches assets Rs 107.73 cr of Fairdeal

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached movable and immovable assets worth Rs 107.73 crores of Directors of Fairdeal Supplies Ltd in a bank fraud case, the agency said on Tuesday.

The attached assets include land and building of SIV Industries, Coimbatore, an office building, a farm house and a bungalow in Ahmedabad and seven fixed deposits, said the ED, adding the att

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020JNUSU moves Delhi HC against late fees

New Delhi, Jan 21: The JNU Students' Union has moved the Delhi High Court seeking direction of the court to restrain the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration from imposing late fees on students for registrations in winter semester 2020.

The plea was filed by JNUSU members including President Aishe Ghose, Vice President Saket Moon and others.

The plea also seeks directions to the varsi

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Will not apologise for comments about Periyar rally: Rajinikanth

Chennai, Jan 21: Southern superstar Rajinikanth categorically refused to apologise for his comments about a 1971 rally led by rationalist E.V. Ramasamy 'Periyar', which has not gone down well with the Dravidian movement leader's followers.

Rajinikanth's comments came during the 50th anniversary function of the Tamil magazine "Thuglak" last week.

At the Thuglak function, Rajinikanth said tha

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Pune's Virology institute to test novel coronavirus samples

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has said that the National Institute of Virology in Pune is fully prepared to test samples of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) along with 10 other laboratories under the Indian Council of Medical Research's Viral Research.

The Diagnostics Laboratories networks are also equipped to test such samples, if the need arises, said the

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020More snowfall in Shimla, Manali

Shimla, Jan 21: The Himachal capital Shimla and nearby Manali received a fresh spell of overnight snow bringing down temperatures in the hill state as well as affecting the plains below, officials said.

Traffic in towns in upper Shimla district was partially hampered in the morning with snow piled on roads, however, it gave the resort and its neighbouring areas a picturesque look.

The snow

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020At anti-CAA protest hub, Congress fields Parvez Hashmi

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Congress has relied on old warhorse, naming party veteran Parvez Hashmi from Okhla constituency, the Muslim-dominated seat which includes Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protest in Delhi.

Hashmi had been 4 times MLA from this constituency and had even won the seat after Batla House encounter. He is also a former Rajya Sabha member.

The Congress has nominated M

 

Tuesday, January 21, 202015 youths suffer vision loss due to solar eclipse

Jaipur, Jan 21: The vision of 15 youngsters, aged 10-20 years, were affected due to watching the December 26 solar eclipse with naked eyes, said Kamlesh Khilnani, head of the ophthalmology department at SMS Hospital, here.

They were being treated at the hospital OPD, he said and added, their normal vision was unlikely to be restored.

"Watching solar eclipse with naked eyes can result in sol

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020UP cop caught on camera stealing milk

Lucknow, Jan 21: After the Lucknow police was caught on camera, walking off with blankets taken from women protesting against citizenship law on Saturday night, another video from Noida has gone viral on social media in which a policeman is seen purportedly stealing packets of milk kept outside a store in the area.

The act was caught on a CCTV camera in the early hours of January 19.

In Luc

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Surat fire engulfs textile market

Surat, Jan 21: A massive fire broke out early at the Raghuvir textile market here in the Gujarat city.

The 10-storey building was gutted as 50 fire tenders fought billowing flames in the Saroli area.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Rightful demand of Kashmiri Pundits that they are facilitated to return to their birth place: Naidu

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said it is quite natural for the Kashmiri Pandits to expect the governments and society to understand their sufferings and take steps for their rehabilitation.

He said it is the duty of the country as a whole and the Kashmiri people in particular to see that the "sons of the soil, who were driven out due to killings and terror instigated by India's ne

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020PM greets people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on Statehood Day

New Delhi, Jan 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their Statehood Day and hailed the traditions and culture of the three northeast states.

On this day in 1972, all the three states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Reorganisation) Act, 1971.

"On Manipur's Statehood Day, my greetings to the people of the wonderful

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Prepare for attack by govt ministers on IMF, Gita Gopinath: Chidambaram on growth forecast

New Delhi, Jan 21: With the IMF lowering India's economic growth estimate for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday claimed an attack on the world body and its chief economist Gita Gopinath by government ministers was imminent.

He also alleged that the growth figure of 4.8 per cent given by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is after some "windo

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Foggy morning in city

New Delhi, Jan 21: Delhiites woke up to a foggy Tuesday morning with the minimum temperature setting at 9.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average.

Humidity was recorded at 100 per cent.

The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies with the maximum temperature likely to settle around 17 degrees Celsius while the minimum on Wednesday is likely to settle around eight degre

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Delhi polls: Cong releases 3rd list of five candidates, fields former MP Parvez Hashmi from Okhla

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Congress released its third list of five candidates for the February 8 Delhi assembly elections, fielding former Rajya Sabha member Parvez Hashmi from the Okhla constituency.

Former Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma is the party's nominee from the Vikaspuri seat.

The party has fielded Mohinder Chaudhary from the Mehrauli assembly seat, Parveen Rana from Bijwasan and Jai Prak

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Global entertainment industry embraces Alibaba Cloud

Beijing, Jan 21: Alibaba Cloud announced it has become the first Public Cloud vendor in the world to obtain the Trusted Partner Network (TPN) certification from the global entertainment industry.

The TPN is a joint venture between two major entertainment industry associations; the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA).

The goal

 

Tuesday, January 21, 20205 of a marriage party killed in UP crash

Shahjahanpur, Jan 21: Five members of a marriage party were killed when their car crashed into a tree and fell in a ditch in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur.

The accident took place late Monday night near Sada village and all the five occupants of the car died on the spot.

All the deceased were residents of Shantipuram colony in Shahjahanpur.

According to reports, all five were on their way

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Congress' Mukesh Sharma, others to file nominations today

New Delhi, Jan 21: Senior Congress leader Mukesh Sharma and Delhi Congress chief Subash Chopra's daughter Shivani Chopra will file their nomination papers for assembly polls in the city on Tuesday, party leaders said.

Sharma, a former MLA, who is contesting from Vikas Puri seat will file his nomination papers after holding an Aashirvaad Yatra in his assembly constituency. While Shivani, who is

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020AAP drops Jitender Singh Tomar, wife given ticket

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has dropped its former law minister in Delhi, Jitender Singh Tomar, who was declared as the party candidate from the Tri Nagar Assembly constituency on January 14, and now has fielded his wife Preeti Tomar from the seat.

The former Minister told agency that his wife is contesting from the seat.

"After the court verdict, I told the party that my w

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020Govt to decriminalise Income Tax Act, PMLA

New Delhi/Chennai, Jan 21: The NDA government is moving to decriminalise the Income Tax Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as part of steps towards restoring business confidence.

These are among the steps being taken to catapult the country to a $5 trillion economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said.

In her address on the "roadmap to a $5 trillion economy" at t

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020RSS volunteers to take forward pro-CAA campaign

Lucknow, Jan 21: Even as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is intensifying its campaign to clear misunderstandings over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has now stepped in to assist in the campaign by enlisting over 30,000 volunteers to distribute pamphlets containing details about the law.

The Lok Jagran Manch, an RSS-backed organization, has come up wi

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020In dead of night, BJP releases New Delhi candidate's name

New Delhi, Jan 21: In the middle of the night, post 1 a.m., the BJP released its final list that has its New Delhi candidate, Sunil Yadav, who is pitted against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Yadav is a young face who holds the President's Office of Yuva Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party, Delhi (BJYM Delhi). An advocate by profession, Yadav worked his way up the ranks from being the District Pre

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020My aim is to defeat corruption, take Delhi forward: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 21: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said the aim of his party is to defeat corruption and take Delhi forward, while that of other parties is to defeat him.

In a tweet in Hindi, he said the fight is between other parties and the work done by AAP.

"On one hand - there are parties like BJP, JD (U), LJP, JJP, Congress, RJD. On the other hand - there are schools, hospitals,

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020PM Modi to interact with students on "Pariksha Pe Charcha"

New Delhi, 19 Jan (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with a select group of students, teachers and parents as part of the "Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020".

The interaction programme with school students will take place at 11 a.m. at the Talkatora Stadium on Monday.

The Prime Minister will also respond to the queries posed by the students and discuss upon ways to overcome examinatio

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Congress not against granting citizenship to Hindus: Singhvi

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Congress party has categorically rejected the claims that they are opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in toto but say that they have only objected to the exclusion of a community in the amended Act.

Senior party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Sunday that the Congress is not opposed to granting citizenship to Hindus.

Singhvi said: "The Congress

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Yediyurappa to showcase Karnataka at Davos for investments

Bengaluru, Jan 19 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would showcase the state at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF), scheduled on January 20-24, at Davos in Switzerland for global investments, said an official here on Sunday.

"The Chief Minister will be participating at the 5-day WEF as part of the Indian delegation led by Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to showcase the sta

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Punjab to administer polio drops to 33 lakh children

Chandigarh, Jan 19 (IANS) Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali district.

More than 33 lakh children of less than five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day drive.

After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, the mi

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020No self-promotion on public money: SC panel to states

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) In the wake of complaints against some of the state governments for promoting ruling party leaders using public money, a Supreme Court-mandated content regulation panel wants states to set up content regulators for government advertisements.

In case states are not keen to constitute their own panels, they can vest the authority in the three-member content regulation co

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Kashmiri Pandits urge Shaheen Bagh protestors to back them too

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Kashmiri Pandits plan to descend on the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh here on Sunday afternoon to highlight their own plight for the last 30 years after forcible ouster from the Valley, as well as seek support for their cause.

The move comes after protestors announced 'Jashn-e-Shaheen' -- an evening of poetry and songs -- on January 19 to celebrate the spirit o

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020BJP trains gun on Indira Jaising for her 'pardon like Sonia' comment

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The BJP lashed out at prominent lawyer Indira Jaising on Sunday after she urged Nirbhaya's parents to forgive the four death row convicts for brutally raping and murdering her daughter.

BJP leader Saroj Pandey condemned the statement of Jaising as something that was made "at the culmination of politics".

"Her history is well known. Her association with the Aam Aadmi

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Kejriwal's 10 'guarantees' before Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday guaranteed free public travel for students and basic facilities for unauthorised colonies in the city along with continuing the ongoing free subsidy on water and electricity in his "guarantee card" ahead of the February 8 Assembly polls.

The 'Kejriwal ka Guarantee Card' was released by the Chief M

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Sex racket in the guise of spa busted, 17 arrested in Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Sixteen women were among 17 arrested as police busted a sex racket operating under the guise of a spa-cum-beauty parlour in West Bengal's Durgapur town, police said.

Following up on a tip off that a honey trap was active at the city centre area of the town in West Burdwan district, the police sent a decoy customer and raided the spot on Saturday night.

One young man a

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Three decades on, exodus still haunts Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi, Jan 19 Exactly 30 years ago on January 19, 1990, the Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee their homeland, the Kashmir Valley, as a result of being targeted by Islamic jihadis.

Meanwhile, different political parties came to power but couldn''t create a conducive atmosphere for their return to the valley. Displaced Kashmiri Hindus are still longing to return to their homeland.

The

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Nationwide cycle rally to aware people on fuel conservation

Agartala, Jan 19: Cycle rallies were organised across the country on Sunday as part of the awareness campaign "Conserve Fuel, Save Future", officials said here.

State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Group General Manager Om Prakash Singh said that the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), a non-profit body under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas, has organis

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020BJP trains gun on Indira Jaising for her 'pardon like Sonia' comment

New Delhi, Jan 19: The BJP lashed out at prominent lawyer Indira Jaising on Sunday after she urged Nirbhaya's parents to forgive the four death row convicts for brutally raping and murdering her daughter.

BJP leader Saroj Pandey condemned the statement of Jaising as something that was made "at the culmination of politics".

"Her history is well known. Her association with the Aam Aadmi Party

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Country belongs to Hindus: Mohan Bhagwat

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 19: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Sunday that when RSS workers say that this country belongs to Hindus, they imply that 130 crore people in the country are Hindus.

"By saying that all are Hindus, we do not want to change anyone's religion, language or caste... We do not want any power centre other than the Constitution because we b

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020'Saheb' is four-time CM, I anyhow became DyCM four times: Ajit Pawar

Mumbai, Jan 19: NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said while his uncle and party president Sharad Pawar was the state's chief minister four times, he also "anyhow" became the deputy CM as many times.

Ajit Pawar was speaking at a function in his constituency Baramati in Pune district on Saturday.

"I am a party worker who has seen 'saheb' (Sharad Pawar) become chief minister four times. I too, anyhow

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020CAA, NRC 'internal matters' of India: Bangladesh PM

Dubai, Jan 19: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed as "internal matters" of India the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but at the same time said the act was "not necessary".

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Nation bearing brunt of 'differences' between Modi-Shah:Baghel

Raipur, Jan 19: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said the country is bearing the brunt of "differences" between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue of the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Speaking at a function here on Friday, the Congress leader alleged that the BJP was "misleading" the country, and asked people t

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Amit Shah administers polio drops to kids at Pralhad Joshi's office

Hubballi, Jan 19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah administering polio drops to a child at Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi's House in Hubballi on Sunday.

Amit Shah, who attended a massive pro-CAA Maha Jana Jagruthi Samavesha on Saturday, held series of meetings with local BJP leaders till late on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The much-awaited Cabinet expansion was

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Deepika Padukone to be honoured at WEF, slated to speak on 'stigma' on mental illness

New Delhi, Jan 19: Film actress Deepika Padukone will be among the 'exceptional cultural leaders' to be honoured at the World Economic Forum beginning Monday at Davos in the Swiss Alps.

According to an announcement, Ms Padukone and four others will be honoured at the Annual Crystal Award Ceremony for their contribution in improving the state of the world through their outstanding contributions

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020555 Delhi Sikhs to visit Panja Sahib shrine in Pak

New Delhi, Jan 19: As many as 555 Sikh devotees from the national capital will visit Pakistan via Wagah border in April to celebrate Baisakhi at the historic Gurduwara Panja Sahib, Delhi Sikh Gurduwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa said on Sunday.

The Sikh devotees will leave from Delhi on April 11 and will return on April 21. The DSGMC has asked devotees interes

 

Sunday, January 19, 20202 arrested for fatal attack on UP rape victim's mother

Kanpur, Jan 19: In a major development, the police in Kanpur have arrested the two absconding accused in the fatal attack on a rape victim's mother.

During a brief encounter, the two absconders, Parvez and Mohammed Abid, were shot by the police on their legs.

Parvez and Abid have been admitted to the Kanshi Ram hospital in Ramadevi area of the city.

The police said that both were named a

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Look within, publicly apologise: Dhankhar to Bengal minister

Kolkata, Jan 19: Taking umbrage at West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee questioning first lady's presence at "government meetings", state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has asked him to look within and publicly apologise.

"The honourable minister is terribly wrong. That's a perverted concept by him. He needs to look within... The first lady graces occasions when invited. When there was

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020CAA stir: UP cops say blankets were 'seized in due process'

Lucknow, Jan 19: Apparently taken aback by the flak that the UP Police faced on the social media for taking away blankets and food of the protesters at the Clock Tower in Lucknow, the police denied the allegations but admitted that the 'blankets were seized after due process.'

Dismissing the allegations in a statement, Lucknow police on Sunday said, "At the clock tower in Lucknow, during an il

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020"States Can't Say 'Won't Follow Law Passed By Parliament'": Kapil Sibal

Kerala: Days after Kerala moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA amid nationwide protests, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who was in Kozhikode on Saturday, said it would be "difficult for any state government to say that 'I will not follow a law passed by parliament'".

"The states are sending a message to the central government that they are unhappy with the

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020This UP family turns toilet into kitchen, defecates in open

Barabanki, Jan 19: The house of a family in Uttar Pradesh's Akanpur village in Barabanki district is made of mud walls and a thatched roof that needs to be replenished every few months.

When rain lashed the village, water seeped through the corner of the roof inside the house that had a 'chulha' (brick stove), making it difficult for the family to cook during that time.

But the family has n

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020BJP repeatedly harassing Hardik Patel: Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 19: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing it of "repeatedly harassing" her party leader Hardik Patel.

Priyanka's remarks came a day after Patel was arrested from Viramgam taluka in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district for failing to appear before a trial court in a 2015 sedition case.

"The BJP is repeatedly har

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020UP family holds 'tehraveen' ceremony for pet dog

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 19: It was a solemn 'tehraveen' ceremony where friends, family and relatives had come together for a puja and a meal on Saturday in Almaspur village in Muzaffarnagar.

Though the friends and relatives seemed to be in a relatively lighter mood, the family was in mourning.

The 'tehraveen' (13th day death ritual) was for the family pet dog, Kalu, who had died

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020NIA to question arrested DSP Davinder Singh in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 19: A five-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will begin their week-long visit here on Sunday, during which it will interrogate the disgraced Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh.

Sources said that the investigating team will be in Kashmir for a week to collect evidence before heading back to Delhi.

According to sourc

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Ex-IAS officer detained at Prayagraj airport

Prayagraj, Jan 19: Kannan Gopinathan, a ormer IAS officer from Kerala, was detained by the city police soon after he had arrived at the airport here, police said.

Gopinathan had arrived in the city from Delhi on Saturday to address a two-hour symposium organised by the All India People's Forum on the issue of 'Nagrikta Bachao, Samvidhan Bachao, Loktantra Bachao' (save citizenship, save constit

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Bajrang, Ravi win gold at Rome Ranking Series

Rome, Jan 19: Ace India grapplers Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya have won gold at the Rome Ranking Series. Bajrang beat American Jordan Oliver 4-3 in the final, while, Dahiya, fighting in 61 kg instead of his usual 57 kg category, also bagged the yellow metal after beating Kazakhstan's Nurbolat Abdualiyev 6-0.

Dahiya beat Moldova's Alexandru Chirtoaca in the first round and Kazakhstan's Nurisla

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Hyderabad most dynamic among 130 cities globally

Hyderabad, Jan 19:Technology hub Hyderabad has edged out 129 other cities in the world to emerge as the world's most dynamic city, according to the seventh edition of the City Momentum Index by global real estate services firm JLL.

The city has pushed Bengaluru to second place to regain the top position after a gap of one year. Chennai is at fifth and Delhi is at sixth place.

While Hyderaba

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020'Shaheen Bagh anti-national version of Jallianwala Bagh'

New Delhi': "Shaheen Bagh is the anti-national version of Jallianwala Bagh massacre," claimed the Hindu Mahasabha on Saturday and demanded "stern action" to "deal with it".

Speaking to agency, Swami Chakrapani, the head of the outfit alleged, "Jallianwala Bagh was a congregation for nationalist cause where patriotic slogans were raised. Constrastingly, in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, protesters are r

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020Three decades on, exodus still haunts Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi, Jan 19: Exactly 30 years ago on January 19, 1990, the Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee their homeland, the Kashmir Valley, as a result of being targeted by Islamic jihadis.

Meanwhile, different political parties came to power but couldn't create a conducive atmosphere for their return to the valley. Displaced Kashmiri Hindus are still longing to return to their homeland.

The