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Wednesday, December 19, 2018Ex-bureaucrats demand Yogi's resignation, say governance 'perverted'

New Delhi, Dec 19: Observing that the Bulandshahr mob violence showed "perverted" fundamental principles of governance and constitutional ethics of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, a host of retired civil servants have demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In an open letter, a group of 83 former bureaucrats said the December 3 mob violence "instigated and engineered w

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018Gehlot assumes charge as Rajasthan CM

Jaipur, Dec 19 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday took charge of his office at the secretariat here.

He first offered his prayers at the temple situated inside the secretariat complex and then offered floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Thereafter, he entered his office and assumed charge as Chief Minister of the state.

Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta and other off

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018Will end Modi's slumber: Rahul on farm loans waiver

New Delhi, Dec 19: After the BJP governments in Assam and Gujarat announced waiver of farm loans and rural electricity bills, respectively, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said it was now time for "sleeping" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to wake up.

Gandhi claimed both states made the move under pressure from the Congress, which immediately after forming governments in Madhya Pradesh a

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018Man gets 4-yr jail for murdering son

Banda, Dec 19: A local court here handed down four years of imprisonment besides a fine of Rs 1,000 to a man in connection with the non-willful murder of his son.

According to the prosecution, Ramratan Pal, resident of Kiran College chauraha of the Banda city Kotwali area, had thrashed his son Sudhanshu after getting enraged on some issue on April 5, 2017.

His son was admitted in a critical

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018BJP raises Kamal Nath's 'Uttar Bharatiya' jibe, demands his apology in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19: The BJP on Wednesday slammed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for his reported remarks against 'North Indians' vis-a-vis job opportunities and said the senior lawmaker from Chhindwara needs to come to the Lok Sabha and tender an apology to the nation.

"Mr Kamal Nath is an elected member of the House. All of us take oath here as 'We the People of India'....but Mr Nath

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018No leadership change in BJP for 2019 polls: Amit Shah

Mumbai, Dec 19: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday categorically denied any leadership change and said that the ruling NDA will contest the 2019 elections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"No question of leadership change. The NDA will contest the 2019 elections under the leadership of Modiji," Shah said, speaking at the 'Surging India' "Republic TV" summit.

"I

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018BJP showing Parrikar as 'He-man, Superman' in staged photo-shoots: Congress

Panaji, Dec 19: Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is being projected as a 'He-Man or Superman' by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and made to pose in staged photo-shoots, the Congress said on Wednesday, chiding the former Defence Minister for skipping the 57th Goa Liberation Day Parade.

"The BJP is only indulging in staged photo sessions and they are projecting the CM of Goa as a 'He

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Delhi air quality likely to deteriorate over next 2 days

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Delhi is likely to experience toxic air over the next two days as weatherman on Tuesday predicted the already "very poor" quality of air of the national capital will deteriorate further.

"Feeble western disturbance over the northern part of India, fall in temperature, moisture and moderate fog is likely to increase both gaseous and particulate pollutants for the next t

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018UK Cabinet considers no-deal Brexit

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The British cabinet met to discuss whether to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid uncertainty over the fate of Theresa May's proposed EU exit deal on Tuesday.

With 101 days left until Brexit and many MPs still opposed to the government's withdrawal agreement, ministers met for two and a half hours -- for a longer-then-usual cabinet meet, the BBC reported.

Al

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Republic TV Summit: NaMo shows 'Surging India' dream to countrymen in his speech

Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the maiden Republic TV Summit themed 'Surging India' held here on Tuesday.

The prime minister was on a visit in the Kalyan city of Thane district where he launched multi-crore developmental projects,including the Metro Line 5 and Metro Line 9 which will connect the separate corridors of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan and Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander,

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Jasdan by-poll in Gujarat historic, vital for existence of Congress: Navjot Sidhu

Jasdan (Gujarat), Dec 18 (UNI) Cricketer turned Politician and Minister in the Congress government of Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday said that the Jasdan assembly by-poll in Gujarat was a 'historic election' in which both the existence of Congress party and prestige of its president Rahul Gandhi were at stake.

Addressing a last minute election rally here, Sidhu also took a jibe at PM Na

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Indians received 2x times more scam calls in 2018

New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) People in the country received two times more scam calls in the year 2018, increasing from from 3 per cent to 7 per cent mark.

India has moved to the second position in terms of number of scam calls received by users. Brazil topped the list.

Truecaller on Tuesday released its annual 'Truecaller Insight Special Report' that listed the top 20 scam-plagued countries in

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Ram temple not a communal issue: Gadkari

New Delhi, Dec 18(UNI) Asserting that Ram temple is not a communal issue, Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday asked if Ram temple is not built at Lord Ram's birth place then where else will it be built.

"It [Ram temple] is not a communal issue. Lord Ram is the symbol of our history and culture. If a temple is not constructed at his birthplace, where else will it be b

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018NaMo launches 'Timeless Laxman',remembers 'The Common Man'

Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday released a coffee-table book titled 'Timeless Laxman' which illustrates the life chronicles of the acclaimed cartoonist R K Laxman.

The Prime Minister said he is elated to be a part of the event which was held in the memory of R K Laxman.

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman or famously known as R K Laxman shot to fame with his crea

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018After Doklam, SSB to set up 18 new check posts in Sikkim and Arunachal

New Delhi, Dec (UNI) In order to strengthen security and monitoring along the eastern frontier afte the Doklam episode , the Sashastra Seema Bal has operationalised 18 new BOPs in the past year in border areas along Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, DG SSB Surjeet Singh said here.

Out of the 18, 3 BOPs have been operationalised in Sikkim , while 15 in Arunachal Pradesh, DG SSB said while addressin

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Calcutta HC asks BJP to give three tentative dates for 'Rath Yatra,' matter fixed for hearing Wednesday

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 18 ((UNI) In it's much-awaited hearing, the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the BJP to give three tentative dates for the party's proposed 'Rath Yatra' in different parts of West Bengal.

A single judge bench also instructed the Advocate General to submit the video footage of the meeting held between the BJP delegates and the state government on December 13 to fin

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Manoj Sinha inaugurates curtain raiser event on 'Powering India through Innovation & Technology in Railways'

New Delhi, Dec 18(UNI) Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Tuesday inaugurated curtain raiser event on 'Powering India through Innovation and Technology in Railways' organised by Ministry of Railways.

The event was organised in association with 'The Institution of Engineers (India)'.

Member Rolling Stock of Railway Board Rajesh Agrawal, other Railway Board Members, senior Railway

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Madras HC dismisses defamation complaint against Rajini

Chennai, Dec 18 (UNI) The Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a defamation complaint filed against film actor Rajinikanth by film financier S Mukunchand Bothra.
Passing orders on a plea filed by the actor, Mr Justice Anand Venkatesan dismissed it.
The defamation complaint filed by Bothra was in connection to a civil suit where the financier claimed that he had given money to Rajini’s daughter

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018DMK-Congress combine will not get a cakewalk in Tamil Nadu, says Ram Madhav

New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) BJP is determined to give a stiff challenge to DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu, senior party leader Ram Madhav said here on Tuesday and maintained that "it will not be easy cakewalk" for M K Stalin-Rahul Gandhi duo to garner much dividends in the southern state.

"Look, I don't want to talk about who are all (probable partners) we are talking to at this juncture.....

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Japan plans to strengthen military for countering China,Russia

Tokyo, Dec 18 (UNI) The Japanese government said in two new defence papers — both of them approved on Tuesday — that in recognition of the rising powers of China and Russia, it had decided to bolster its military power through the purchase of American weaponary.

Japan has approved defence plans to buy more American stealth fighters and other equipment in order to boost its capabilities against

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018After 'Happiness', Delhi students to learn 'Entrepreneurship'

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the "Happiness Curriculum" in schools, the Delhi government will now launch "Entrepreneurship Curriculum" from next session to groom students to become job providers and not seekers, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday.

Talking about curriculum at the first convocation of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, Sisodia said it will be de

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Netflix faces defamation for 'Making a Murderer'

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) A retired detective has sued Netflix and the filmmakers of hit series and Emmy award winner "Making a Murderer" for defamation.

Andrew Colborn alleges the documentary series suggested he planted evidence to frame murder suspect, Steven Avery, the BBC reported.

His lawyer, Michael Griesbach, says his client has been subjected to "worldwide ridicule, contempt, and disd

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Coal use declines in Europe, but spikes in India: IEA

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) While global coal demand looks set to rise for the second year in a row in 2018, it is forecast to remain stable over the next five years as declines in Europe and North America are offset by strong growth in India and Southeast Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

Air quality and climate policies, coal divestment campaigns, phase-out announceme

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Brad Pitt defends himself

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Actor Brad Pitt has come out to defend himself against claims that he helped Hurricane Katrina victims for good press.

Pitt is fighting back against claims made in a class-action lawsuit accusing the actor of only helping out in New Orleans, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, to secure publicity and good press, reported etcanada.com.

According to cour

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Despite communal urest in past, Goa now known for peace: Governor

Panaji, Dec 18 (IANS) Despite communal upheaval in the erstwhile Portuguese colonial regime, Goa is now known for communal harmony, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said in her address to the state on the eve of Goa Liberation Day.

Sinha said she is working out modalities to throw open the Raj Bhavan, a 16th century structure, to the public from January next year.

"Though Goan society had to face

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Mumbai man, released form Pakistani prison, reaches India

Attari/Wagah, Dec 18 (IANS) Hamid Nehal Ansari, the Mumbai man who was released from a Pakistani jail after six years for alleged espionage charges, crossed over to the Indian side at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab on Tuesday.

A weary looking bespectacled Ansari in a jacket, muffler and a pashtun cap, was welcomed by his parents, Nehal and Fauzia, who were waiting at the border along with a

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Trade irritants with Turkey to be resolved soon: Prabhu

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Irritants in India's trade with Turkey will soon be removed, and efforts are being made to address the issue of Turkey's trade deficit with India, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Tuesday.

Addressing the India-Turkey Business Forum here organised by industry chamber Ficci, Prabhu said as part of improving trade relations with Turkey, the Indian Finance Ministry

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Film industry delegation meets Modi in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) A delegation representing the Indian film and entertainment industry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday, and pitched for lower and uniform rates of GST for the fraternity.

Actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, filmmakers Karan Johar and Rakesh Roshan, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi and Producers Guild of India President Siddharth Roy Kapur were a part of the

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Kamal Nath faces brickbats over MP youth quota, Rahul silent

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday faced intense criticism from the BJP, SP and RJD for declaring that only those Madhya Pradesh industries can avail incentives that employ 70 per cent locals, claiming presence of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh migrants deprived local youth of employment opportunities.

While Congress President Rahul Gandhi declined to comment on the issue s

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018PM lays stones for Thane Metro, mass housing project

Thane (Maharashtra), Dec 18 (IANS) Virtually kicking off the BJP campaign for 2019 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Congress governments for various lapses while laying foundation stones for Thane district Metro Rail and a mass housing project here on Tuesday.

In Kalyan, Modi performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro and the Dahisar-Mira-Bha

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Congress running away from debate on Rafale: Law Minister

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said the Congress was running away from a debate on Rafale as its party chief Rahul Gandhi cannot look the BJP in the eye and tell the truth if such a debate was to be held in Parliament on the defence deal.

"Mr Rahul Gandhi, we are willing to have a debate in Parliament on Rafale deal. Don't run away from the debate. T

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Won't let Modi sleep till he waives farm loans: Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Bolstered by the victory in the just-concluded Assembly elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress and other opposition parties will not allow him to sleep but force him to waive the loans of farmers across the country.

"I want to say that Congress and other opposition parties will together force Modi to

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Akhilesh objects to Kamal Nath's utterance on UP-Bihar youth

Lucknow, Dec 18 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath came under fire from the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday for his comments that the people of his state have the first right over job opportunities in the state and that their jobs are being usurped by the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said this statement of the newly-sworn in MP Chief Minister is not i

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Women receive 2 abusive tweets every minute: Amnesty International

San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) On an average, women receive an abusive or problematic tweet every 30 seconds, reveals an Amnesty International study on Tuesday that buttresses Twitter's reputation as a "toxic" platform for women, especially for politicians and journalists.

Women of colour, (Black, Asian, Latinx and mixed-race women) were 34 per cent more likely to be mentioned in abusive or prob

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Demand for strategic satellites rises, countdown for IAF satellite launch begins

Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Indian space agency is facing an increased demand for strategic satellites, a top official has said, even as the countdown began on Tuesday afternoon for the launch a day later of the country's latest military communications satellite, the GSAT-7 for the IAF.

"There is increased demand for satellites from strategic sectors. About six/seven satellites are planned to b

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Congress running away from debate on Rafale: Law Minister

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said the Congress was running away from a debate on Rafale as its party chief Rahul Gandhi cannot look the BJP in the eye and tell the truth if such a debate was to be held in Parliament on the defence deal.

"Mr Rahul Gandhi, we are willing to have a debate in Parliament on Rafale deal. Don't run away from the debate. The Congress party today s

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018No vacancy for PM post next year: Ram Madhav

New Delhi, Dec 18: There is no vacancy for the post of prime minister next year, BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Tuesday and criticised DMK President M K Stalin for his "language" against Narendra Modi while proposing the candidature of Rahul Gandhi for the top post.

"There is no vacancy for the prime minister's post next year. Let all of them (opposition leaders) wait. Good luck to them," he to

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Won't let Modi sleep till he waives farm loans: Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 18: Buoyed by the election victory in three Hindi heartland states, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said his party and other opposition parties will force Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive the loans of farmers by not letting him sleep till then.

Accusing Modi of helping his corporate friends through demonentisation, he reiterated his demand for a joint parliament

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Cyclone Phethai: Rains continue in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: Rains continued to lash several parts of Odisha on Tuesday due to the impact of cyclone Phethai, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Even though the cyclonic storm, which made landfall on the Andhra Pradesh coast on Monday, has weakened, many districts of Odisha have been experiencing heavy rainfall.

The depression over north coastal Andhra Pradesh weakened

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018RS adjourned for the day amid ruckus

New Delhi, Dec 18: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday minutes after it met in the post lunch session amid ruckus by both opposition and treasury benches.

As soon as the House met, Congress member Anand Sharma raised a point of order and referred to a remark made by Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel in the morning with respect to Congress President

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018Sajjan Kumar quits Congress

New Delhi, Dec 18: A day after being convicted and sentenced to life-imprisonment in an 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, Sajjan Kumar on Tuesday resigned from the primary membership of the Congress.

The former Lok Sabha member in a letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi said he was resigning from the party with immediate effect, said party sources.

Elected thrice to the Lok Sabha from the Out

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Cong not serious to debate Rafale issue in parliament: Nadda

Shimla, Dec 17 (UNI) Union minister JP Nadda on Monday alleged that Congress is not serious to debate the issue of Rafale deal in parliament.

Addressing a press conference here, he said government was ready to discuss the issue in the winter session of Parliament and Congress should discuss the issue in the house before demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe.

Mr Nadda accuse

 

Monday, December 17, 2018DMK chief proposal to project Rahul as PM candidate fails to make headway

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) A day after DMK chief M K Stalin mooted the idea of projecting Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the non-BJP alliance, the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) and Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee outrightly rejected the move saying the leadership issue can be handled only after the general elections.

"A formation that forms an alternative gover

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Bhupesh Baghel takes oath as Chhattisgarh Chief Minister

Raipur, Dec 17 (UNI) Bhupesh Baghel was on Monday sworn-in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Baghel has now become the third Chief Minister of state. Two other Ministers were also sworn-in with Baghel.

Governor Anandiben Patel administered oath of office and secrecy to Baghel, at swearing-in ceremony held at Indoor Stadium in the capital. Apart from Baghel, two other leaders - Tamradhwaj Sahu

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Suresh Prabhu releases Manual of Operating Practices for Trade Remedy Investigations

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu released the first ever Manual of Operating Practices for Trade Remedy Investigations and Handbook of Operating Procedures of Trade Defence Wing, here on Monday.

The Minister also released bilingual brochures and Trade Remedial Measures – Frequently Asked Questions, for use in outreach programmes aimed at familiarising

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Phethai' Cyclone makes landfall at Yanam, 1 killed ; huge damage to crops

Vijayawada, Dec 17 (UNI) The 'Phethai' Cyclone crossed Andhra Pradesh coast close to south of Yanam, near Kakinada in East Godavari district between 1330 and 1430 hours on Monday.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), it is very likely to move northeastwards and emerge into westcentral Bay of Bengal off Kakinada coast during next 3 hours. Thereafter, it is very likely to continue

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Anti-Sikh riots: INC's Sajjan Kumar to contest Delhi High Court sentence

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Indian National Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in the infamous 1984 anti-Sikh riots by Delhi High Court on Monday, closing a chapter in a dark patch in the history of the world's largest democracy.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs five lakh on the 1977 Delhi Councillor.

His counsel Anil Sharma told media persons t

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Rahul hails decision by MP CM Kamal Nath to waive off farm loans

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Congress president rahul Gandhi on Monday hailed the decision of the Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath to waive off the farm loans by farmers in the state.

‘’CM, Madhya Pradesh, waives farm loans. 1 done. 2 to go,’’ Mr Gandhi said in a tweet pledging similar far loan waivers in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

In the first decision by the Madhya Pradesh governmet a

 

Monday, December 17, 2018PM, Vasundhara congratulate Gehlot, Pilot on assuming charge

New Delhi, Dec 17(UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot who were administered the oath of office and secrecy as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan respectively.

Mr Modi tweeted, 'Congratulations to Shri @ashokgehlot51 Ji and Shri @SachinPilot Ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Rajasthan. Best wishes for their te

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Khashoggi's Murder: Trudeau hints at possible pullout from Saudi deal

Ottawa, Dec 17 (UNI) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an interview with a news Channel, CTV has revealed that Canada is looking into how it could end its export of light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

"The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable and that's why Canada from the very beginning had been demanding answers and solutions on that. Secondly, we inherited actu

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Govt mislead court on Rafale, says Cong as it moves breach of privilege notice in Par

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) The Congress on Monday charged the Government of misleading the Supreme court and the Nation and alleged that it has committed a breach of privilege of Parliament.

Addressing reporters here, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior leader Kapil Sibal and AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said,’’the Government has presented wrong facts i

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Before visiting Haryana, Kejriwal must clarify stand on SYL canal : Vij

Chandigarh, Dec 17 (UNI) Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said before visiting the state, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal must clarify his stand on Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal that whether he is in favour of giving SYL canal water to Haryana or not?

In his tweet on Monday, Mr Vij said, Delhi’s Chief Minister, Mr Kejriwal is playing with the sentiments of people of Harya

 

Monday, December 17, 2018President to visit Hyderabad for Southern sojourn from Dec 21

Hyderabad, Dec 17 (UNI) : President Ram Nath Kovind would pay a four-day visit to Hyderabad from December 21 as part of Southern Sojourn.
Telangana Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi held a meeting with officials of different departments here on Monday on the arrangements to be made for the President’s visit, an official release said here on Monday.
During the visit, the President, who is arriving at

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Rahul misleading people on Rafel deal, Apex Court verdict, a slap on Congress: Maurya

Patna, Dec 17 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Keshav Prasad Maurya today accused Mr Rahul Gandhi of misleading the nation on Rafel defence deal and the recent verdict of Supreme Court on the issue was a slap on Mr Gandhi who should step down as Congress president for spreading falsehood on such a sensitive issue.

Mr Maurya told media here that Mr Gandhi had erec

 

Monday, December 17, 2018No one had any doubts on Congress role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday hailed the Delhi High Court ruling that held Congress leader Sajjan Kumar guilty of involvement in 1984 anti-Sikh carnage and maintained that the possibility of Congress role in the riots was never questioned.

"No one ever had any doubts on Congress role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Their leaders and workers went on rampage raising provoca

 

Monday, December 17, 2018LPG subsidy: More than 1.03 cr consumers have voluntarily surrendered

New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) The government on Monday informed the Lok Sabha that as on December 12, more than 1.03 crore LPG consumers have voluntarily surrendered their LPG subsidy under ‘GiveItUp’ campaign.
"There is no proposal under consideration of the Government to revise or rationalise the subsidy rates of domestic LPG consumers in the country. The Government continues to modulate the effecti

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Massive fire in govt hospital in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 17 (UNI) A massive fire broke out on Monday evening at the government-run Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) Kamgar Hospital located at Marol of the suburban district.

At the time of reporting, around 12-15 patients were rescued and the injured were sent to the Cooper hospital in the adjoining Andheri.

The firefighters have labelled the disaster as a 'level-3' fire whic

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Amarinder undergoes surgery for kidney stone removal

Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday underwent a minor surgery to remove a stone from his kidney.

The surgery was successful and the Chief Minister is likely to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, his spokesperson said here on Monday.

Doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) where the surgery was performed

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Kerala CM is arrogant, says NSS

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) The influential Nair Service Society (NSS) on Monday called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan "arrogant" but said they have no disagreement with the state government except on the Sabarimala issue.

G. Sukumaran Nair, President of NSS, a socio-cultural body of the Hindu Nair community, launched a broadside against the CPI-M leader.

"Pinarayi Vijayan doe

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Transgenders allowed to pray at Sabarimala temple

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) Four transgenders, who were denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple a day ago, on Monday got the sanction to pray at the temple, said one of them.

Speaking to the media on Monday evening, Ananya said they approached a Kerala High Court-appointed top police official here in the morning and insisted that they wanted to visit the shrine wearing sarees.

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan CM, Pilot Deputy CM

Jaipur, Dec 17 (IANS) Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in on Monday as the 12th Chief Minister of Rajasthan, while the party's state president Sachin Pilot took oath as his deputy at a ceremony here.
It is Gehlot's third innings as Chief Minister.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nationalist Congress Party's chief Sharad Pawar were some of those who a

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Lok Sabha passes transgender persons rights bill amid din

New Delhi, Dec 17: The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 that provides for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare was passed amid din by the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Seeking passage of the Bill, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said the Bill was important in view of the rights of the transgenders and urged the members

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Trinamool leader beaten to death in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 17: A district level leader of the Trinamool Congress was beaten to death in West Bengal's Hooghly district and one person has been arrested in this connection, police said on Monday.

Sheikh Mukhtar of Madhurpur was beaten to death on Sunday. Based on his family's complaint, Sheikh Akhtar Ali Khan, 45, has been arrested, a police officer said.

A family member of the deceased a

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Punjab CM undergoes minor surgery for Kidney stone

Chandigarh, Dec 17: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday underwent a minor surgery to remove a stone from his kidney.

The surgery was successful and the Chief Minister is likely to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

Doctors at PGI hospital, where the surgery was performed, said the stone had been troubling Captain Amarinder for some time and it was decided to rem

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Parrikar should be allowed to deal with illness without 'pressure and tamasha': Omar

Panaji, Dec 17: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should be allowed to deal with his illness without pressure and "tamasha" (spectacle), National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said on Monday.

Abdullah's comment came after photographs on Sunday showed Parrikar inspecting a bridge under construction on the Mandovi river in Panaji on Sunday.

The chief minister, who is suffering from a pan

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Triple Talaq bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 17: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday despite opposition from the Congress and amid protests over the Rafale controversy.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the bill amid ruckus created by opposition members including the Congress, AIADMK and TDP over v

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Gehlot sworn in as Rajasthan CM, Pilot Deputy CM

Jaipur, Dec 17: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in on Monday as the 12th Chief Minister of Rajasthan, while the party's state president Sachin Pilot took oath as his deputy at a ceremony here.

It is Gehlot's third innings as Chief Minister.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nationalist Congress Party's chief Sharad Pawar were some of those who att

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Foggy Monday morning in Delhi, air quality remains 'very poor'

New Delhi, Dec 17; Residents of the national capital woke up to a foggy morning on Monday with the minimum temperature touching 6.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average.

"There was shallow fog in the morning along with haze and mist. The sky will remain clear with no chances of rainfall," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. wa

 

Monday, December 17, 2018Delhi HC convicts Sajjan Kumar in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case

New Delhi, Dec 17: The Delhi High Court on Monday held Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and others guilty in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

The court asked Sajjan Kumar to surrender by December 31.

A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel overturned a trial court judgement that had acquitted the Congress leader.

Sajjan Kumar and five others

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Kharge may fall as 'microscopic minority' in PAC: Most parties rule out calling CAG, AG

New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) Despite drawing a significant media mileage by its demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and also that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should summon the CAG and Attorney General on high-profile Rafale deal, the Congress could find itself in minority as most other parties are not in favour of the same.
"To demand JPC without any discussion in Parliament is lik

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Maldives new President Solih arrives India on first overseas visit since taking charge

New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) New President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrive here on Sunday on a three-day crucial visit to India.
"Fortifying close bonds of cooperation and friendship. President of Maldives received by MoS Hardeep Singh Puri on arrival in Delhi," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
This is President Solih's first foreign visit after assuming office and also within a month

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Rahul tried to bring Rafale at par to Bofors, says Jaitley: Insists SC order is final

New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) The government on Sunday ridiculed Opposition Congress and other parties’ demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale aircraft deal and insisted that the Supreme Court’s verdict should be considered final.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also held Defence portfolio for two brief spells, alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Air travel has turned into a necessity like mobile phone: PM

Prayagraj, Dec 16 (UNI) Prime minister Narendra Modi has said that air travel has turned into a necessity and not a luxury like mobile phone.

"My dream that a person wearing a hawai chappal travel by air has been fulfilled as the aviation industry in the country is the fastest growing sector of the world. Air travel has become a necessity like mobile phone and it is not a luxary," he said.

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Gehlot to take over as Rajasthan’s Chief Minister on Monday

Jaipur, Dec 16 (UNI) The Ashok Gehlot-led new Congress government will be installed in Rajasthan on Monday amid a big show of strength of the non-BJP opposition parties.

Governor Kalyan Singh will administer oath of the office and secrecy to Mr Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot at a grand public ceremony at the historic Albert Memorial Museum Hall here at 1000 hrs on Monday.

Top leadership

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018At least six people died in boiler blast in a Sugar Mill at Mudhol

Bagalkot , Karnataka, Dec 16 (UNI) At least six workers died and four others injured when a boiler exploded in a Sugar distillery in Kulali village in Mudhal taluk in this district of Karnataka on Sunday.

Police said that the factory owned by former BJP Minister and BJP MLA Murugesh Nirani. The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

Mr Nirani, however, denied that the incident was

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018CM directs officials to take all precautionary measures to face 'Phethai' Cyclone threat

Amaravati, Dec 16 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to take all precautionary measures to face the 'Phethai' Cyclone threat, keeping in view the past experiences during Titli cyclone.

The Chief Minister conducted a teleconference with officials on the precautionary measures being taken to face the 'Phethai Cyclone', which is likely to cross the coas

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Dubai police detains Chhota Shakeel's brother accused in 1993 Mumbai blast

Mumbai, Dec 16 (UNI) Dubai police had detained Anwar Babu Sheikh, brother of gangster Chhota Shakeel, sources in Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) confirmed here on Sunday.

Anwar, an absconding accused in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi Airport, ATS sources said.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police is understood to have recove

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Sacked Lankan premier Wickremesinghe reinstated

Colombo, Dec 16 (UNI) Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn-in on Sunday for the fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, putting an end to a nearly two-months long political turmoil in the Island nation.
The swearing in was held at 11:16 at Presidential secretariat before President Maithripala Sirisena.
Earlier on October 26, President Sirisena had se

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Congress thinks it is above judiciary: Modi

Allahabad, Dec 16 (IANS) Launching a blistering attack on the Congress party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the party has always thought it was above the judiciary.
"The party that has ruled the country for the longest time has always considered itself to be above every law, judiciary, every institution and even above the nation. This party has destroyed the democratic institutions

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Domestic politics can't be reflected in foreign policy: BJP, Congress

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Emotions and domestic politics cannot be reflected in a country's foreign policy and that national interest must reign supreme, two senior leaders of the BJP and Congress said.
"I don't think we should bring our ideology in our foreign policy," BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said at a panel discussion at the launch of a book "Open Embrace: India-US Ties in the Age of M

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Congress wants SC to recall Rafale verdict, try government for perjury

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Claiming that the Supreme Court judgment on the Rafale case was "void" as it was based on "false and misleading submissions" by the Centre, the Congress on Sunday demanded an immediate recall of the apex court verdict and a notice to be issued to the Modi government for perjury and contempt of court.
The Congress also urged the Supreme Court to not entertain the Centre's

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018India hails end of political impasse in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) India on Sunday welcomed the end of political impasse in Sri Lanka with Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in again as Prime Minister of the island nation.
"As a close neighbour and true friend, India welcomes the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries.
"This is a reflecti

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Artistes, writers urge Pakistan PM to lift 'Manto' ban

Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) After Indian filmmaker Nandita Das expressed her disappointment about her film "Manto" not getting cleared for release in Pakistan, Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has extended help while an online petition has urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to lift a ban on its screening.
"Disappointed that Manto will not be seen in theatres in Pakistan. I

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Bhupesh Baghel is Chhattisgarh's new CM

Raipur, Dec 16 (IANS) State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel was on Sunday named the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and he vowed in no time to cancel within 10 days bank loans taken by farmers -- a campaign promise that led to the BJP's rout in Assembly elections.
Shortly after the 58-year-old Baghel was elected the Congress Legislature Party leader by party MPs, the Congress leader announc

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Petrol prices remain unchanged on Sunday, diesel declines

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Petrol prices across the four metropolitan cities remained unchanged on Sunday, while the cost of diesel continued to decline.
In the national capital, petrol on Sunday sold at Rs 70.34 per litre, at the same price of the previous day, data on the Indian Oil Corporation website showed.
Prices in the other key cities of Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai on Sunday remained at

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Sonia Gandhi unveils Karunanidhi's statue at DMK party office

Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) The Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and former President of the Congress party Sonia Gandhi on Sunday unveiled the bronze statue of late DMK President M. Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu.
Sonia Gandhi was received by DMK President M.K. Stalin at the party headquarters.
She unveiled former Chief Minister Karunanidhi's statute installed at the DMK headquarters

 

Sunday, December 16, 20182-Day Workshop On ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ In Aurangabad From Dec 21

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Dec 16: A two-day workshop on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ (IPR), organised by the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture's (CMIA) Marathwada Accelerator for Growth and Incubation Council (MAGIC) in association with MIT-Aurangabad, will be held from December 21 at MIT campus here.

MAGIC is a technology business incubator (TBI) recognised by Maharashtra Stat

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Gurdwara gutted in fire in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 16: A Gurdwara was gutted in a massive fire that broke out on Sunday in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.

Meanwhile, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina, Sikh leaders Ajit Singh Mastana, Sant Singh, Niranjan Singh and Prof Deepak Singh Deepak have expressed concern over the incident and demanded early construction of the worship place.

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018IUST, CUK postpone all exams on Monday

Srinagar, Dec 16: Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Central University of Kashmir (CUK) have postponed examinations scheduled to be held on Monday in view of the strike called by separatists against the killing of seven civilians in clashes with security forces on Saturday in Pulwama.

A spokesman for the IUST said class work and all scheduled examinations have been suspen

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Army asks people not to march to its Srinagar HQ

Srinagar, Dec 16: The Army on Sunday advised people not to march to its headquarters here on Monday in response to a call by separatists following the killing of seven civilians a day earlier.

"Security forces make every attempt to avoid any loss of civilian lives in cross-fire and minimize collateral damage to property. Loss of any civilian life is always painful for the security forces," the

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018PM Modi lashes out at Cong for showing disregard to SC verdict on Rafale

New Delhi/Rae Bareli, Dec 16: Breaking his silence since the major row triggered by Congress on the Supreme Court verdict on Rafale, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flayed the principal opposition party for seeking to raise questions on the credibility of the highest court of the land.
"Our government is accountable to thousands of families of soldiers in the country...not to one family o

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Bhupesh Baghel to be new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 16: Bhupesh Baghel has been chosen as the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and the leader of Congress Legislative Party (CLP).
The Congress has come back to power in Chhattisgarh after 15 years.
Bhupesh was chosen at the CLP meeting held on Sunday in the presence of party’s central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and state in-charge PL Punia. The envelope sent by the party high comman

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Famous ‘Sunday Market’ in Srinagar closed due to strike

Srinagar, Dec 16: The famous ‘Sunday Market’ was closed on Sunday as the vendors have not put up their stalls in the summer capital, Srinagar, in view of the strike called by separatist against the death of seven civilians in security force action in Pulwama on Saturday.

The 3-km-long weekly market from Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), including histori

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Police Constable Killed In Road Accident On Srinagar Outskirts

Srinagar, Dec 16: A police constable was killed in a road accident on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on the city outskirts, official sources said here.

They said motorcycle met with an accident at Panthachowk in Srinagar outskirts late on Saturday evening, resulting in critical injuries to the motorcyclist, identified as constable Mithan Singh.
“The injured was immediately taken to a hos

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Car plunges into gorge, one killed in Ramban's Batote

Jammu, Dec 16: One person was killed and another injured when a car they were travelling in plunged into a gorge in Batote tehsil of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir.

"A car bearing (JK19 4708) on the way from Batote to Ludhwal while crossing the Petrol Pump Tringla Ludhwal this morning rolled into a 50 metres deep gorge near Batote," police here said.

They said that one person identifi

 

Sunday, December 16, 20182nd Test: India lose crucial wickets on third day (Lunch Report)

Perth, Dec 16: India lost crucial wickets before posting 252/7 in their first innings at lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia here on Sunday.

Rishabh Pant was batting on 14 at the break.

India still trails Australia's first innings total of 326 by 74 runs.

The visitors suffered a big blow just before the break when skipper Virat Kohli was caught in the slip

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018PV Sindhu 1st Indian to win gold at BWF World Tour Finals

DECEMBER 16: PV Sindhu has well and truly grown! "I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, a couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much stronger. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points," Sindhu had said after her semi-final win on Saturday. She showed that i

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Top 5 Gadgets That Grabbed Eyeballs In India In 2018

New Delhi, Dec 16: From high-end tablets to powerful cameras, the year 2018 saw some cool gadgets arriving in India. Here are the top 5 picks from the lot.

1. Apple Watch Series 4
Call it the guardian of your health. If you are constantly worried about an elderly person in your family suffering a fall in the bathroom or in the garden, the Apple Watch Series 4 is what you need. The device hous

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018BJP, Congress skip Delhi Assembly silver jubilee celebration

New Delhi, Dec 16: The silver jubilee celebration of the Delhi Assembly on Saturday remained an all-AAP MLA event, with both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress boycotting the event.

In his address at the function to mark the 25th anniversary of the Delhi Assembly's first sitting on December 14, 1993, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel hit out at the opposition parties in Delhi.

Slamming the BJP

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Bloody Saturday: 7 civilians, 3 militants, 1 soldier killed in Valley (Roundup)

Srinagar, Dec 16: It was a blood-soaked Saturday in Kashmir in which 11 persons, including seven civilians, an Army soldier and three militants, were killed and over three dozen civilian protesters sustained injuries in clashes with the security forces.
The 11 deaths took place in a gunfight and subsequent clashes in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, in one of the bloodiest days in the Valle

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Separatist Shutdown Paralyses Life In Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Dec 16: A shutdown called by separatists on Sunday to protest the civilian killings a day before in Pulwama district, has paralysed life across the Kashmir Valley.

The shutdown has been called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) separatist conglomerate.

On Saturday, seven civilians were killed and over 35 others injured in clashes with the security forces which broke out in P

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018India expresses reservations at climate summit

Katowice (Poland), Dec 16: India has expressed its reservation over the lack of equity in the rules relating to global stock-take in the rulebook that implements the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.


"India wishes to express its strong reservation regarding the treatment of equity in the global stock-take decision," India's lead negotiator Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday at the plena

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Govt committed to ensure drugs' quality, safety not compromised

New Delhi, Dec 16: The Government is committed to ensuring that the quality, safety and efficacy of drugs are not compromised.

With this view, the Government has taken a series of measures, including strengthening legal provisions, workshops and training programmes for manufacturers and regulatory officials and measures such as risk-based inspections.

The manufacture, sale and distribution

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018PM, Def Minister pay homage to martyrs of 1971 war of Independence of Bangladesh

New Delhi, Dec 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid homage to the martyrs and lauded the role of the "brave soldiers" who displayed indomitable spirit and fought the war in 1971.


"Today on Vijay Diwas, we remember the indomitable spirit of the brave soldiers who fought in 1971," Prime Minister tweeted.

He wrote: "Their unwavering courage and patriotism ensured our country is s

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Train service remains suspended for security reasons in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 16: Train service remained suspended for the second successive day on Sunday for security reasons in Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a strike against the death of seven civilians in clashes in Pulwama.


Train service was suspended on Saturday in the valley following the death of seven civilians in clashes, which triggered after an encounter ensued between milit

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018Srinagar records season's coldest night

Srinagar, Dec 16: Srinagar on Sunday recorded the season's coldest night at minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, the weather office said.

A thin crust of frozen water covered many places inside the Dal Lake in the city.

Residents were seen battling with frozen water taps by lighting small fires around to defrost.

Meanwhile, Leh town was the coldest in the state with the minimum temperature recorde

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan to romance in 'Ammonite'

Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan will play lovers in an independent historical drama "Ammonite".
The film is inspired by the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning.
Winslet, 43, and Ronan, 24, will take on the story of Anning, a fossil collector and paleontologist credited with making important discoveries in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018No need of JPC on Rafale after apex court verdict: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that his party has given up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal after Supreme Court verdict in the matter.

Yadav said at an event here that SP had demanded JPC when the apex court had not given its judgement.

"But now the Supreme Court verdict has come and it has lo

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018TN to appeal against NGT order to reopen Sterlite Copper

Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday said the state government will go for an appeal against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to reopen Vedanta Ltd's copper smelter plant, Sterlite Copper, in Tuticorin.

Speaking to reporters in Salem, about 360 km from here, Palaniswami said the state government had ordered the closure of Sterlite plant.

"The st

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Karnataka temple food tragedy toll up 13; two detained

Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) The toll has gone up to 13 from eight in the Friday's suspected food poisoning at a village temple in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district. Two persons were detained for interrogation, a Minister said on Saturday.

"So far, 13 devotees have died in the tragic incident at Sulavadi's Maramma temple in Hanur taluk of Chamarajanagar district. Two persons have been detained f

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018No clean chit to Kerala MLA; he was punished for misbehaving with woman: CPI-M member

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 15 (IANS) The CPI-M here on Saturday denied giving a 'clean chit' to one of its legislators who was accused of misbehaving with a woman member of the party.

The party had formed a commission to look into the matter with P.K. Sreemathi, Kannur CPI-M Lok Sabha member, as one of the two members of the commission.

The Kerala unit of the CPI-M on November 26 suspended Sho

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018India, France reiterate resolve to jointly fight terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) India and France on Saturday reiterated their resolve to jointly fight the global scourge of terrorism following delegation-level talks headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"In our talks today, we reiterated our resolve to continue our fight against terrorism," Sushma Swaraj said in a jo

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018NGT orders reopening of Vedanta's Sterlite plant

New Delhi, Dec. Dec 15 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday set the stage for the reopening of the Vedanta's Thoothukudi-based copper smelting plant by setting aside the Tamil Nadu governments order to close it permanently and directed the state pollution control body to pass a fresh order permitting renewal of consent for the copper smelter within three weeks.

Directing the Ta

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Congress steps up heat on Modi government over 'CAG report' on Rafale

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A day after the Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking a probe into the Rafale deal, the political dogfight over the issue intensified with the Congress accusing the Narendra Modi government of "misleading" the apex court that resulted in "factual bloomers" in the judgment. The opposition party demanded that the Attorney General and the Comptroller and Auditor General

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Sophisticated cyber attacks on Cloud to dominate 2019: Trend Micro

Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) Cyber attackers will use more sophisticated tools in 2019 to take advantage of the changing technology landscape and prey upon evolving corporate technology environments especially Cloud, cyber security firm Trend Micro has said.

The attackers will leverage proven methods against growing Cloud adoption, the firm said in its report late Friday, adding that more vulnerab

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Work on Jaitapur n-plant to start soon: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Work on the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra will start as soon as possible, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

"Both sides are working towards starting the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project as soon as possible," Sushma Swaraj said after holding delegation-level talks with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves L

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Modi extends condolences to France terror attack victims

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his condolences to the victims of a terror attack in France earlier this week when French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian called on him here.

"The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in France, and said that India stand

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018India shares 'historical' and comprehensive defence ties with France, says Sushma

New Delhi, Dec 15: India on Saturday said that its military relation with France is "historical" and elaborate while for its part, the French government said that it considers a "strong India to be in the world’s interest".

In a crucial meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian here, both sides agreed for enhanced collaboration in

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Nandita upset over 'Manto' not reaching Pakistan

Mumbai, Dec 15: Indian actress-filmmaker Nandita Das says she is disappointed that her film "Manto" will not be releasing in Pakistan.

"Disappointed that ‘Manto' will not be seen in theatres in Pakistan. I was keen as he belongs to both countries equally," Nandita tweeted on Saturday.

With "Manto", Nandita traced the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui had brought the ch

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Striking doctors may face ESMA: Manipur CM

Imphal, Dec 15: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said here on Saturday that the government might deal with the striking doctors of the J.N. Institute Medical Science under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA.

Senior residents of JNIMS, a state government-run medical college in Manipur, have been protesting against recruitment rules. Some senior residents said that because of the

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Four people nabbed for drug peddling, 35 gram heroin seized from Moga

Moga, Dec 15: Police have arrested four people and seized 35 gram heroin from their possession in two separate cases in this district of Punjab.

The Moga police arrested two women and seized 10 grams of heroin from them on Friday night.

The arrested were identified as Amar Kaur and Kulwinder Kaur, both of Dolewala village.

The Anti Narcotic Cell last night arrested two drug smugglers and

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Man killed in car accident

Phagwara, Dec 15: One man was killed in a car accident near Goraya on National Highway last night, police said here on Saturday.

The victim identified as Swatantar Parmar, a resident of Una. He was going to Ludhiana when the car which he was travelling in hit by another speeding car.

The Police have registered a case and sent body to local civil hospital for post martem examination.

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Mumbai-Lucknow IndiGo flight grounded after bomb threat alert

Mumbai, Dec 15: An IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Lucknow via Delhi was grounded after a woman passenger alerted the Mumbai Airport authorities of an alleged bomb threat on Saturda, official sources said.

The passenger, identified as Uma Narayan Kannadasan, 41, who was travelling to New Delhi on a GoAir flight G8-329, approached an IndiGo check-in counter and informed officials that there was a

 

Saturday, December 15, 20182nd Test: India post 70/2 at tea on 2nd day

Perth, Dec 15: India were in a spot of bother at 70/2 at tea in their first innings on the second day of the second cricket Test against Australia here on Saturday.

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease when the players went for the break.

Kohli was on 37 off 78 deliveries while Pujara was batting on a patient 23 off 87 balls.

The duo had added 62 runs between them follow

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018Modi pays tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel on death anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country's first deputy Prime Minister, on his 68th death anniversary.

"Remembering the great Sardar Patel on his Punya Tithi. His thoughts, rich work and strong effort towards India's unity inspire generations of Indians," Modi tweeted.

The Congress party also remembered Patel. It sai

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Rahul hints Rajasthan CM issue settled

New Delhi, Dec 14: In a sign that the leadership question in Rajasthan has been settled, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday posted his photograph with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, both contenders for the Chief Minister's post, as party sources hinted that Gehlot could be the party's choice for the top post.

The photograph of the smiling leaders had a caption "United Colours of Rajasth

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Congress insists on JPC on Rafale deal

New Delhi, Dec 14: The Congress on Friday accused the government of trying to hide its "theft" in the Rafale deal behind a court ruling that did not wish to intervene in a defence deal and persisted with its demand for a JPC inquiry into the purchase of fighter jets from France.

Talking to the media here, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said that the government wanted to

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Nepal bans Indian currency notes above Rs 100

New Delhi, Dec 14: The Nepal government has declared the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations illegal in the country.

So, the government has decided to ban the use of high denomination Indian currency notes and use only Rs 100 notes in the country now onwards, according to a report in the Kathmandu Post.

The decision was announced by Nepal government’s s

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Jaitley demands discussion on Rafale, RS adjourned for day

New Delhi, Dec 14: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday demanded a discussion on the Rafale deal in the Rajya Sabha as the upper House was adjourned for the day amidst sloganeering and noise.

"I demand that Congress party should immediately start a discussion on Rafale," Jaitley said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party members were on their feet asking Congress President Rahul Gandhi to apologis

 

Friday, December 14, 2018SC dismisses all six writ petitions in Rafale case

New Delhi, Dec 14 : In a major relief for the NDA government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the six writ petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the Rafale deal.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, also said that it did not find any substantial element to show that there is any "substantial favouritism" in the d

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Kamal Nath to be new CM of Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Dec 14: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath will be sworn-in at a ceremony here on December 17, said the 72-year-old veteran Congress leader, himself, outside the Raj Bhavan here as he came out after meeting Governor Anandiben Patel.

The ceremony will be held at the Lal Parade Ground here

The party won 114 seats in the 230-member House. It fell short by two seats off

 

Friday, December 14, 2018Anil Ambani Says Rafale Order Proves "Falsity Of Allegations Against Me"

Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence was chosen as an offset partner by French firm Dassault Aviation, the makers of the jet.

NEW DELHI: Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani welcomed the Supreme Court's judgement on the Rafale jet deal. The top court said there is no reason for the court to sit in judgement on the correctness of the Rs. 59,000-crore deal for 36 fighter jets. Allegations that the government had helped Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence bag the offset contract were also dismissed by the court, which said: "The

 

Friday, December 14, 2018"Not A Setback At All," Says Congress On Rafale Order

NEW DELHI: As the government demanded Rahul Gandhi's apology today after the Supreme Court rejected a probe into the Rafale jet deal saying it found "no substantial evidence of any commercial favouritism," the Congress leadership said that the court ruling is "not a setback at all".

Top Congress sources said the party would keep up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to invest

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Sri Lankan SC terms President's decision to dissolve parliament as unconstitutional

Colombo, Dec 13 (UNI) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and conduct a snap Parliamentary election in early January, stating that the gazette notification dissolving the parliament is not in accordance with the constitution.

The seven-member judge bench unanimously made this judgment stating that it was illegal t

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Dilemma persists on CM faces in MP, Raj; Rahul-Sonia hold series of meetings to resolve impasse

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Two days after Congress emerged victorious, dilemma continues to persist on the choice of Chief Ministers in Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh even as party president Rahul Gandhi said the announcement would be made soon.

' We are checking, we are taking inputs from different people in the party, we are taking inputs from MLAs, we are taking input

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018KVIC's multi-disciplinary training centre opened at Gandhi Darshan

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Giriraj Singh inaugurated a multi-disciplinary training centre “Samadhan” of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on Thursday.

Speaking on this occasion, the Minister said the institute must work as an innovative social advisor for imparting valuable domain specific knowledge to gen

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Supertech grants occupancy certificate to its 1260 flats in Eco Village-1

Noida, Dec 13 (UNI) The Greater Noida Development Authority has granted a nod to Real estate group Supertech Limited for 1260 flats under its Eco Village-1 project.

Occupancy certificate have been granted to 13 towers under this project by the Authority.

The project has approximately 8,000 flats where occupancy certificate is being granted phase wise, company chairman R K Arora said here.

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Airlines heading for a decade in the black: IATA

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) The global airline industry will log a net profit of $35.5 billion, estimated a bit higher than the expected $32.3 billion in 2018, says the International Air Transport Association.

Lower oil prices and solid, albeit slower, global economic growth are extending the run of profits for the global airline industry, after its profitability was squeezed by rising costs in 20

 

Thursday, December 13, 201815th Rajasthan Assembly constituted

Jaipur, Dec 13 (UNI) The 15th Rajasthan legislative Assembly has formally been constituted with the issuance of the requisite gazette notification.

Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar presented the certified copy of the list of newly elected MLAs to Governor Kalyan Singh at the Raj Bhawan here Thursday afternoon.

Prior to this, Election Commission has issued the notification for publishing

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Sachin Pilot urges workers to maintain calm: Says, 'will accept' High Command decision

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Amid tense moments in the Congress camp over the issue of making choice of the new Chief Minister in Rajasthan, a key aspirant for the top job Sachin Pilot on Thursday urged his supporters to maintain 'calm' and said any decision by the high command will be "acceptable" to him.

In a series of tweets, Mr Pilot, who single handedly steered the state unit of the party for

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018CISF detects 53,700 US dollars from Afghan national at IGI airport

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) The Central Industrial Security Force on Wednesday detected a huge amount of foreign currency from a foreigner at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, a CISF official said here on Thursday.

According to CISF, at around 1150 hrs on December 12, a CISF surveillance staff noticed suspicious activities of a passenger at the departure area of Terminal-3 IGI airport w

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Alld HC instructs to consider selection of candidates completing ‘CCC’ before exams of Jr Assistant

Prayagraj, Dec 13 (UNI) Allahabad High Court has instructed Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UPSSSC) to consider about the selection of candidates who completed Course on Computer Concepts (CCC) before examination of junior assistant.



UPSSSC had declined the selection of candidates who failed to submit their CCC certificate at the time of applying.



Division be

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Dilemma persists on CM faces in MP, Raj; Rahul-Sonia hold series of meetings to resolve impasse

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Two days after Congress emerged victorious, dilemma continues to persist on the choice of Chief Ministers in Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh even as party president Rahul Gandhi said the announcement would be mad soon.

' We are checking, we are taking inputs from different people in the party, we are taking inputs from MLAs, we are taking input

 

Thursday, December 13, 201830 million babies on the brink of death:UNICEF

United Nations, Dec 13 (UNI) Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialised care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

“When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018PM congratulates TRS chief Chandrasekhar Rao on becoming CM for 2nd time

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on taking oath as Chief Minister of Telangana for the second time.

'Congratulations to KCR Garu on taking oath as the CM of Telangana. Best wishes for his tenure ahead,' Prime Minister tweeted on the social messaging website Twitter.

Mr Rao, who led TRS to

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018No postmortem on poll debacle: BJP office bearers finalise next National Exec meet

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Close on the heels of party's defeat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP on Thursday announced that the party will hold a crucial two-day long national executive meet in the capital in January 2019.

"The next National Executive meet will be held on January 11 and 12 and all office bearers and elected representatives will attend the same," BJP general

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018AAP slams Cong for recommending Kamal Nath as MP CM

Chandigarh, Dec 13 (UNI) The Aam Aadmi Party slammed Congress for putting forth the name of 1984 Delhi Sikh genocide accused Kamal Nath as Chief Minister of Madhya Pardesh and termed it as rubbing salt on the wounds of sikh victims instead of providing justice.

In a statement here today, Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema said after 1984 genocide, name of Kamal Nath had figured prominently as

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018PM congratulates TRS on becoming CM for 2nd time

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on taking oath as Chief Minister of Telangana for the second time.

'Congratulations to KCR Garu on taking oath as the CM of Telangana. Best wishes for his tenure ahead,'

the Prime Minister tweeted on the social messaging website Twitter.

Mr Rao, who led

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018CGWA levies high fee on industry for ground water extraction in critical zones

New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) To better regulate extraction of ground water, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has issued revised guidelines through a notification that levies steep Water Conservation Fee (WCF) for drawl of ground water by industry in over exploited and critical areas of the country.

The new guidelines will be effective from June 1, 2019, the Ministry of Water Resources, Ri

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Delhi government's response sought over plea on convicts' premature release

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government to file its response to a plea for transparency in the premature release of convicts.

The court was hearing a petition by social activist and lawyer Amit Sahni seeking impartiality and fairness in the working and functioning of the Sentence Review Board which considers the cases of convicts

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018'Gully Boy' to have world premiere at Berlin film fest

Berlin, Dec 13 (IANS) Zoya Akhtar's "Gully Boy", starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin, will have its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

The movie, loosely inspired by the life of rapper Divine, has been selected as part of the Berlinale Special programme.

The first nine films chosen for the Competition and the Berlinale Special of the gala were a

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Akali Dal against Kamal Nath becoming as MP CM

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Akali Dal leader and Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Thursday said Sikhs would hold nation-wide protests if Congress leader Kamal Nath became the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Sirsa alleged Kamal Nath had a role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

"Sikhs would launch a nation-wide protest if Kamal Nath is chosen as the CM in Madhya Pradesh... Warning Rahul Gandhi of Si

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018May to join EU summit after surviving no-confidence vote

London, Dec 13 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Theresa May was on Thursday heading to Brussels for an EU summit after surviving a vote of no confidence triggered by members of her own ruling Conservative Party over her handling of Brexit.

May will be seeking legally binding pledges from EU leaders on the "backstop" -- the plan to avoid a return to a manned Northern Ireland border, the BBC reported.

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Assembly outcome won't affect Lok Sabha polls: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Dealt a severe blow by the Congress in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the outcome would have no bearing on the Lok Sabha elections next year.

He said the 2019 general election would be on a completely different footing where people would face a choice between a tried and tested Pr

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Scindia, Gehlot, Pilot meet Rahul ahead of CM decision

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Hectic parleys were on at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's residence on Thursday to choose the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the party dislodged the BJP from power in the Assembly elections.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present during the consultations when party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018India to open another bridge near China border on Dec 25

Bogibeel (Dibrugarh), Dec 13 (IANS) Bogibeel Bridge, the longest rail-cum-road bridge on Brahmaputra river, is all set to be inaugurated on December 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will facilitate faster movement of troops to Arunachal Pradesh, the country's eastern-most state that shares border with China.

The foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by the then Prime Minister

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Dozen SAD leaders announce to join in Congress in Punjab

Phagwara, Dec 13 : The congress party got more political strength in Phagwara when three dozen leaders of Village Harbanspur and Jagjitpur belonging to SAD on Thursday announced to join in the Congress.

Former Minister Joginder Singh Maan and Congress leader Satbir Singh Walia welcomed these leaders who expressed their confidence in the Shamsher Singh Congress party.

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Election results setback for Modi, Shah: CPI-M

New Delhi, Dec 13: The results of Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland are a setback for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, the CPI-M has said, warning that the BJP may be tempted now to whip up more communal frenzy.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal "People's Democracy" also warned the Congress to immediately address the problems of agrarian distress and e

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Ashok Gehlot To Be Rajasthan Chief Minister: Sources

JAIPUR, DEC 13: Ashok Gehlot is likely to be Rajasthan chief minister for the third time, Congress sources said today after Rahul Gandhi met both him and his rival Sachin Pilot in Delhi. The Congress president is expected to make an announcement shortly.

Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan Congress chief who refused to back down in the race for the top job, was the first to meet with Rahul Gandhi and

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018'Kedarnath' made to bring healing, not blasphemy: Abhishek Kapoor

Mumbai, Dec 13: Abhishek Kapoor says the story of "Kedarnath" touches upon the country's topical issues, not with the intention to spark a controversy or commit blasphemy but simply to provide healing to people in the current divisive times.

Set against the backdrop of one of the worst human tragedies, the film chronicles the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl, while making a large

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018SC issues notice to Maharashtra CM on plea against his election

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on a plea seeking annulment of his election to the state assembly for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in his nomination papers.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph sought response of the chief minister on an appeal fi

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Lok Sabha adjourned for day after pandemonium

New Delhi, Dec 13 : The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday after members from Opposition parties including the Congress, TDP and BJP's ally Shiv Sena continued with their sloganeering and no business could be transacted amid din.

Papers were laid and the Zero Hour started but ruckus continued and repeated pleas by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan went in vain.

Members of the Principal o

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018You will see a CM soon, says Rahul as he meets cong observers for Raj, MP

New Delhi, Dec 13: Amid a suspense over the chief ministerial faces for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said an announcement on Chief minister of the states would be made soon.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Rahul, on a question on who would be Chief Ministers (of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh ) , said,' we are checking, we are taking input

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018Vice-Prez, PM pay homage to martyrs of Parliament attack

New Delhi, Dec 13 : Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh among others paid floral tributes to martyrs of Parliament attack on Thursday morning.

The leaders paid homage to the supreme sacrifice made by the country's brave security personnel while defending the Parliament during the terrorist attac

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018K Chandrashekar Rao takes oath as Telangana Chief Minister for 2nd time

Hyderabad: K Chandrashekar Rao was sworn in as the chief minister of Telangana on Thursday.

Rao, commonly known as KCR, was administered oath by Governor E S L Narasimhan at 1:25 pm on Thursday at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

KCR was sworn in as the chief minister of the state for the second time after his party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), won 88 of 119 Assembly seats in the December 7 el