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Kim Warns North Korea Could Consider Change of Tack
North Korea could consider a change of approach if the US maintains its sanctions on the nuclear-armed country, leader Kim Jong Un warned in his New Year speech Tuesday after 12 months of diplomatic rapprochement. Kim also added that he was “willing to meet Trump at any time.”
"If the US does not keep its promise made in front of the whole world... and insists on sanctions and pressures on our republic," Kim said, "we may be left with no choice but to consider a new way to safeguard our sovereignty and interests".
Kim was referring to his summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, when he said he had "fruitful talks" and "exchanged constructive ideas".
At the time the two leaders signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but progress has since stalled with Pyongyang and Washington arguing over what that means to US mainland.
10-Yr-Old Dies After Being Hit by Bullet in Delhi
A 10-year-old died after being hit by a bullet during new year celebrations in Delhi’s Usmanpur on 31 January, another minor was injured after being shot at during celebrations in Welcome area. Two people detained in connection with the first incident, reported ANI.
First Chief Justice of Telangana High Court Sworn In
Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on Tuesday, 1 January, sworn in as the first Chief justice of Telangana High Court, reported IANS.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan administered oath to him at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, judges, lawyers and senior officials attended the ceremony.
Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since July last year.
120 IAS & IPS Officers Promoted
120 officers including 51 IAS and 41 IPS officers were promoted by Rajasthan government, reported ANI.
Sensex, Nifty Open Flat; Financials in Red
Key Indian equity indices opened flat on Tuesday, 1 January, as index pivotals – finance and banking stocks – witnessed selling pressure.
However, oil and gas sector gained.
The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 36,161.80 from its previous close of 36,068.33 on Monday. At 9.25 a.m., the Sensex traded 64.82 points or 0.18 per cent lower at 36,003.51.
The NSE Nifty 50 opened at 10,881.70 after closing at 10,862.55 on Monday, 31 December
Kader Khan Dies
Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away at a Toronto hospital today, reported PTI, quoting his son. Khan was 81 years old.
Manohar Parrikar Arrives at State Secretariat
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived at the state secretariat today and was welcomed by party workers and leaders, reported PTI.
Parrikar is being treated since February last year, reportedly for a pancreatic ailment.
Many Instances of Firecracker Bursting Violating SS Order Observed on New Year's Eve: Officials
Even as the national capital continued its battle with toxic air, several instances of firecracker bursting, before and after the time limit fixed by the apex court, were observed in Delhi-NCR during New Year celebrations.
The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) on Monday warned that any new trigger, particularly due to "open fire and pyrotechnic display (firecrackers)", will make the air heavier and thicker which may lead to rapid deterioration in air quality to severe-plus range.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had written to Delhi police and district magistrates of the national capital, Noida and Gurgaon ahead of Christmas and New Year's eve to ensure that the Supreme court order in this regard is followed and no firecrackers are burst.
PM Modi Tweets New Year Greetings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the New Year and hoped that everyone is happy and healthy.
"Wishing everyone a joyous 2019! May everyone be happy and healthy. I pray that all your wishes are fulfilled in 2019," he wrote on Twitter, reported PTI.
CRPF Asst Commandant Dies in Jharkhand's Khunti District
An Assistant Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has died in Khunti district, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.
"CRPFs Assistant Commandant J Jilani died of unknown reasons on Monday. We have sent the body for post mortem to know about the details (of the death)," Deputy Inspector General of Police, A V Homkar said
C Praveen Kumar New Andhra Chief Justice
C Praveen Kumar took oath as the Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice, in the presence of CM N Chandrababu Naidu and Governor ESL Narasimhan.
AK Sikri Nominated as Executive Chairman of NALSA
President Ram Nath Kovind nominated Justice AK Sikri as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) with effect from 31 December 2018, reported ANI.
Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty New MP Chief Secretary
Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty took charge as Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary today, reported ANI.
Leopard Escapes from Enclosure in WB's Siliguri
A leopard escaped from its enclosure in the Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri. The park has been closed for visitors due to safety concerns, reported ANI.
Search and rescue operation underway.
Ten Injured After Jeep Rolls Down a Hill in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi
Ten people were injured on Tuesday, 1 January, after a jeep rolled down a hill on the Chhatri-Gatu road in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district. All the injured have been shifted to a hospital, reported ANI.
Exits at Central Secretariat, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan Metro Stations Blocked
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday, 1 January said that the exits at the Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Mandi House and Pragati Maidan metro stations have been blocked with immediate effect, as per instructions from the Delhi Police. Entry of commuters is allowed, it added.
Author Booked for Depicting Lord Ram, Gandhi in Poor Light
Academician and author K S Bhagawan has been booked for allegedly insulting Lord Ram and Mahatma Gandhi in his book, police said today.
The case was filed under IPC Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), a police official said.
The Kannada book "Rama Mandira Yeke Beda" (Why Ram temple is not required) claims Ram was not a God and he suffered from weaknesses just as any other human being.
Noida to Get Infra Projects Worth Rs 2,881 Crore
Infrastructure projects worth Rs 2,881 crore, including elevated roads, underpasses and a new district hospital building, would be inaugurated or works for them started in Noida in 2019, officials said today.
The projects to be opened for the public, include a Dada-Dadi Park in Sector 62 at a cost of Rs 14.57 crore, a Traffic Park in Sector 108 at Rs 34.71 crore, a Shilp Haat and Bunkar Bhawan in Sector 33-A at Rs 72.57 crore and a Command Control Centre in Sector 94 at Rs 22.35 crore, a senior official said.
2 Held for Theft in Delhi
Two alleged robbers have been arrested from southwest Delhi's Dwarka area, police said today.
The accused were identified as Rohit Pal (23) and and Anil (21), they said.
A complaint was lodged by a Mandeep Singh claiming that unidentified men snatched his bag, containing his mobile, wallet and some documents, while he was returning home at night on 26 December, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said.
Jammu IGP Asks Officers to Remain Alert Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls
The newly-appointed Jammu Inspector General of Police (IGP) MK Sinha directed all officers of the region to remain alert to thwart any nefarious designs of anti-social and anti-national elements ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
After taking charge of the Jammu zone, Sinha interacted with and addressed officers in a darbar held at the Police Auditorium here.
He emphasised on establishing special barricades for checking of vehicles, especially in border areas of the district.