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15 Trains Running Late Due to Low Visibility in the Northern Railway Region

15 trains are running late due to low visibility in the Northern Railway region.

(Source: ANI)

New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises to 20

The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said Monday, 13 January.

The toll includes two people whose bodies have not been recovered.

"Police can confirm a further person died in an Australian hospital last night as a result of injuries suffered in the White Island eruption," deputy commissioner John Tims said.

(Source: AFP)

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BSP Likely to Skip Opposition Meeting on CAA

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is likely to skip a meeting of opposition parties convened on Monday to discuss the situation arising out of violence on various university campuses and protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Sources in the BSP said the party may not send a representative at the meet due to its differences with the Congress.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has already announced its decision to stay away from the meet.

Shootout Reported in Bengaluru

Shootout has been reported in Bengaluru, where 2 rowdies were shot below the knee by CCB in self defence after they attacked our staff with a knife near BTM lake, early morning today.

(Source: ANI)

Chadar Trek Suspended for 2 Days

41 trekkers undertaking the Chadar trek were rescued after water overflowed over ice on the Zanskar river in Leh, a senior official said.

The official also announced a temporary suspension of Chadak Trek for the next two days due to inclement weather.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi: Oppostion Parties to Meet Today

Opposition parties to meet today at 2 pm in Parliament annexe to discuss current political situation in the country.

(Source: ANI)

Mayawati to Boycott Opposition Meet Today?

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati tweeted that the BSP will not attend today's opposition parties meeting called by Congress.

(Source: ANI)

Clash Occurs Between BJP Leader and SDPI Workers

A clash occurred between BJP leader AK Nazeer & Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers yesterday, 12 January, outside a mosque near Nedumkandam in Idukki district. The clash happened after Nazeer was going to the mosque after attending a pro CAA public meeting.

(Source: ANI)

Chidambaram Challenges PM Modi

Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not talking to his critics, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday, 13 January, urged him to select five critics and have a televised question and answer session on CAA so that people can reach their own conclusions on the amended citizenship law.

(Source: PTI)

AAP to Skip Opposition Meet Today

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not attend today's opposition meeting called by Congress to discuss the current political situation in the country.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Office Set Ablaze in Asansol

A BJP office in Salanpur village of West Bengal’s Asansol was set ablaze on Sunday night. BJP has alleged that TMC is behind the incident. Police has begun investigation.

Delhi: Air Quality Drops to 'Very Poor' Category

Air quality in Delhi drops to 'very poor' category, light rains are likely to hit the city today.

Kingpin of Illicit Narcotic Trade, Shaidul Shekh Arrested

Shaidul Sheikh, the kingpin of illicit narcotic trade in Delhi-NCR has been arrested by sleuths of Special Cell from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Delhi Police had earlier declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh for his arrest.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Directs EC to Respond to Petitioner Seeking Inspection in VVPAT Device

Delhi High Court directs Election Commission to respond to a representation of a petitioner seeking inspection of record of all printed paper slips in the drop box of the printer of VVPAT electronic device, used in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

(Source: ANI)

U.P Cabinet Approves Proposal to Setup Commissioner System in Lucknow and Noida

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated that the biggest step towards police reform has been taken by our Govt today. Uttar Pradesh cabinet has approved proposal to setup police commissioner system in Lucknow and Noida.

(Source: ANI)

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar Meets MoS Finance Anurag Thakur

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar met MoS Finance Anurag Thakur over issue of revival of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative(PMC) Bank.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Leader Hits Out At Maharashtra Government Over CAA "Notice" To School

BJP Leader Kirit Somaiya slammed Maharashtra government for issuing notice to school for organising CAA event.

(Source: NDTV)

Nusli Wadia Withdraws Defamation Plea Against Ratan Tata

Nusli Wadia withdraws defamation plea against Ratan Tata after Tata told the Supreme court that he had no intention to defame Wadia.

Jamia Students Protest Outside Jamia VC Office

Group of students protested outside office of Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar seeking rescheduling of exam dates,registration of FIR against Police and ensuring of safety of students.

(Source: ANI)

41 Aircraft to Participate in the Republic Day Parade

Indian Airforce says there will be 41 aircraft participating in the Republic Day parade this year. American-origin Chinook heavylift choppers and Apache attack choppers of the Air Force to take part in the parade for the first time.

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hear Karti Chidambaram's Plea on 17 January

Supreme Court to hear on 17 January, a plea of Congress MP Karti Chidambaram seeking return of Rs 20 crore which he had deposited with the court's registry as a condition for being allowed to travel abroad.

(Source: ANI)

Flight Lieutenant Gagandeep Gill and Reema Rai Selected for R-Day Parade

Flight Lieutenants Gagandeep Gill and Reema Rai are the two lady officers selected in the 148-member Indian Air Force contingent to take part in the Republic Day parade this year

(Source: ANI)

ED Conducting Raids at 11 Location of Hawala Operator

Enforcement Directorate is conducting raids at 11 locations of a hawala operator Inamul Haq.

(Source: ANI)

Main Accused in MP Honey Trap Case to Be Questioned by the I-T Dept

Shweta Vijay Jain the main accused in Madhya Pradesh honey-trap case has been brought to Bhopal from Indore Jail, to be questioned by the Income-tax department today.

(Source: ANI)

CRPF Bunkers Attacked at Sarnal in Anantnag

According to the Central Reserve Police Force at around 1240 hrs today, 3-4 rounds were fired upon Bunker of B/164 Battalion at Sarnal, Anantnag. Fire came from a house on the backside of the bunker. No injury or loss of life have been reported yet.

(Source: ANI)

JK: Army and Police Recovered IED in Sopore.

In a joint operation in Jammu and Kashmir, police and army have recovered IED in Sopore's Rafiabad, in Baramulla district; more details awaited.

(Sourc: ANI)

Congress Leader Ram Singh Netaji Joins AAP

Ahead of the Delhi Assembly election, Congress leader and former MLA Ram Singh Netaji on Monday, 13 January, joined the AAP in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Netaji said he was impressed by the work done by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and "that is the reason I decided to leave Congress".

He won from the Badarpur Assembly constituency twice -- once as a BSP candidate and second time as an Independent.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi's Chief Electoral Office Issues Notice to AAP and BJP for Violating MCC

Delhi’s Chief Electoral Office (CEO) has issued noticed 2 notices to Aam Aadmi Party and 1 notice to Delhi BJP for violating Model Code of Conduct & not abiding by the instructions levied to political parties by Election Commission & National Commission for Protection of Child Rights .

(Source: ANI)

Immigration Officer Kills Himself in Mumbai International Airport

Abhishek Babu, a junior Intelligence Officer posted at Bureau of Immigration, has committed suicide at P4 area of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

(Source: ANI)

SC Refuses to Interfere With Petition Challenging Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill

Supreme Court has refused to interfere and has asked the petitioner-cum-lawyer, Ashwarya Sinha, to approach the Delhi High Court for relief, in connection with his petition challenging the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill 2019.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Will Levy Re 1 for Water and Power Supply If It Comes to Power in Delhi: MP

BJP MP Parvesh Verma said that his party will levy a token charge of Re 1 for water and power supply to poor people in the city, if it wins the upcoming assembly polls.

Slamming Kejriwal government's free water and power supply scheme, the West Delhi MP said the token charge will be to honour the “self respect of the residents of Delhi.

(Source: PTI)

Patiala Court Extends Remand of 4 Terror Suspects by 8 Days

In Delhi, Patiala House Court has extended the remand of all four terror suspects of the ISIS module, by 8 days. One of them was arrested from Gujarat's Vadodara and three from Delhi's Wazirabad on 9 January.

(Source: ANI)

Lahore HC Grants Petition of Pak's Former PM Musharraf, Formation of Special Court 'Illegal

A bench of Lahore High Court has granted a petition of Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf and declared formation of special court to hear high treason case against him as unlawful, stated Pakistan media.

(Source: ANI)

Flights to & From Srinagar Cancelled Due to Heavy Snowfall

Srinagar airport director, Jammu and Kashmir said. “All flights to and from Srinagar cancelled, due to heavy snowfall.”

(Source: ANI)

Sebi Defers Deadline to April 2022 for Firms to Separate Roles of Chairman, MD

Sebi has deferred deadline by two years to April 2022 for top 500 firms to comply with directive to separate roles of chairman and MD.

(Source: PTI)

Independent Candidate Parvaiz Qadri Elected as Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corp

Independent candidate Parvaiz Qadri elected as deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, defeating BJP's Arif Raja .

(Source: PTI)

SC Allows ED to Take Amrapali's Anil Sharma, 2 Others for Interrogation

Supreme Court has allowed ED to take Amrapali CMD Anil Sharma and two others into custody for questioning. They will be sent back to jail after questioning, reported News18.

Kashmir Police Nabs Terrorist Assisting LeT, Says 'Investigation Underway'

Kashmir Zone Police, Jammu and Kashmir stated, “Police in Ganderbal has arrested a terrorist associate identified as Tariq Ganai. As per police records he was assisting active terrorists of proscribed outfit LeT. Further investigation is in progress.”

(Source: ANI)

Consumer Inflation Rises to 7.35% in Dec Against 5.54% in Nov

Consumer inflation has risen to 7.35 percent in December against 5.54 percent in previous month.

(Source: ANI)

5 Rescued After Avalanche Hits J&K's Ganderbal District

In Jammu and Kashmir, an avalanche hit some houses in Gagangir village of Ganderbal district. Five people have been rescued so far.

(Source: ANI)

India Anti-trust Probe to Review Launch Mobiles on Amazon, Flipkart

India anti-trust probe to review arrangements around exclusive launch of mobile phones on two e-commerce platforms — Amazon, Flipkart.

ICICI Bank Seeks Recovery of Amounts From Chanda Kochhar

The ICICI bank has approached the Bombay High Court seeking effect to “termination of appointment”of Chanda Kochhar as its Managing Director and CEO, and also sought recovery of various amounts from her.

In a monetary suit filed on 10 January, the bank sought dismissal of Kochhar's petition and stated that the issue can be decided in a commercial suit.

(Source: PTI)

1 Terrorist Killed in Encounter in J&K's Budgam

Kashmir Zone Police stated, “One terrorist has been killed. Arms and ammunition has been recovered. Identity and affiliation being ascertained.”

Earlier, they stated that an encounter had started at Budgam, and that the Police and security forces were present.

(Source: ANI)

HC to Pass Judgement Tomorrow on ED's Plea Seeking Cancellation Ratul Puri's Bail

Delhi High Court to pass judgement on Tuesday, 14 January, on Enforcement Directorate's plea seeking cancellation of bail granted by a trial court to businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in the AgustaWestland money laundering case.

(Source: ANI)

IPS Officer AP Maheshwari Appointed CRPF's Director General

Senior IPS officer AP Maheshwari has been appointed as Director General of Central Reserve Police Force.

(Source: ANI)

Nine Killed as Vehicle Catches Fire in Pak

Nine members of a family were killed when a fire broke out in a van in Pakistan's Karachi city.

Police investigators said that the fire broke out as the driver had kept a bottle filled with petrol near the engine and there was a short circuit.

(Source: PTI)

Modi, Putin Discuss Regional Global Issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed regional and global issues and underlined the great similarity and convergence in the approaches of the two countries in ensuring regional and global security, peace and stability, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

Election of Uttarakhand BJP Chief to Be Held on 16 Jan

In Uttarakhand, the election of the state Bharatiya Janata Party chief to be held on 16 January.

(Source: ANI)

SpiceJet Aircraft Makes Normal Landing in Chennai After Tech Glitch

SpiceJet spokesperson said, “A SpiceJet B737-800 aircraft operated SG-184 (Varanasi - Chennai) had a minor technical issue and made a normal landing in Chennai, today; Passengers were deplaned safely.”

(Source: ANI)

'There Will be Period of Transition': Queen on Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

In Britain, the Queen has released a statement on the recent announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their decision to step back from the royal frontline.

“Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK,”the statement read.

Suspicious Letter Found at Pragya Thakur's Residence, Case Registered

A suspicious letter has been delivered at the residence of Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur. Powder-like substance was also found with the letter. Police is at the spot and a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team is examining the letter. Further, a case has been registered.

(Source: ANI)

Ambedkar Nagar MP Appointed Leader of BSP in Lok Sabha

BSP president Mayawati on Monday, 13 January, appointed Ambedkar Nagar MP Ritesh Pandey as the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha.

In a tweet, the BSP president said a view to maintain social coordination, a change has been made in the party.

(Source: PTI)

Doctor Who Treated Unnao Rape Victim's Father Dies

A doctor who treated the Unnao rape victim's father when he was thrashed in police custody died on Monday, 13 January, after complaining of uneasiness here, official sources said.

Prashant Upadhyaya, 45, was rushed to the hospital after complaining of uneasiness where he died during treatment, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Army Base Shooting Probe: US Send Home 21 Saudis

United States has sent home 21 Saudis after army base shooting probe, reported AFP News Agency quoting Justice Department.

(Source: AFP)

SC to Hear Curative Petitions of 2 Convicts in Nirbhaya Case

Supreme Court to hear curative petitions of 2 death-row convicts in Nirbhaya case today.

(Source: News18)

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