Latest News: 3 Trinamool Activists Shot Dead in West Bengal
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Paris Climate Agreement Non-Negotiable, No Compromise on Basic Principles: India

India said the Paris climate agreement was "non-negotiable" and there could be no compromise on the basic principles such as equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR–RC) on Wednesday, 12 December.

"We all agree that the Paris Agreement is non-negotiable. Therefore, the delicate balance reached between developed and developing countries must be retained, and the principles such as equity and Common but Differentiated Responsibility and Respective Capabilities must be given its due," India said at the ministerial session of the UN Climate Conference in Poland.

(Source: PTI)

'US Should Pursue Tough-Minded Strategy on Pak in Absence of Positive Response'

If Pakistan did not respond in a positive way to the efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan, the United States and its partners needed to pursue a tough-minded strategy against it, a top American think-tank said in a report on Tuesday, 11 December.

"If Pakistan will not play a positive role, the United States and its partners should pursue a tough-minded strategy," said the report by think-tank Atlantic Council, which is a result of a joint effort by eminent Americans like Gen. (Retd) David Petraeus, the former CIA Director, and James Cunningham, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani Ambassador to the US.

(Source: PTI)

Ceasefire Violation by Pak Army in Poonch

A ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army was reported in the Kerni sector of Poonch. No loss has been reported yet. Media reports suggest that the Indian army retaliated with the same calibre.

(News18)

Ongoing Encounter in Baramulla Ends, Two Terrorists Killed

Ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists at Baratkalan-Gund Mohalla of Sopore ends. Search operations to start. The encounter had been going on since yesterday. Two terrorists have been killed.

(ANI)

IT Dept to Question Sasikala in Central Prison Bengaluru

A team of Income Tax department to question VK Sasikala today at the Central Prison in Bengaluru where she is lodged in connection with a Disproportionate Assets case. The IT department will question her to get clarifications on documents seized during raids at Poes Garden residence of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.

(ANI)

Non-Bailable Warrant Against All Accused in Bulandshahr Violence

A non-bailable warrant (NBW) has been issued against all named accused in Bulandshahr violence case. A policeman and a civilian were killed in violence in the Uttar Pradesh city over alleged cow slaughter.

(ANI)

Nashik Farmers Protest by Throwing Away Onions

Two farmers protested by throwing onions on road for not getting a good price for their produce in Satana on Wednesday.

(ANI)

Amit Shah to Hold Meeting at BJP Headquarters

BJP President Amit Shah to chair a meeting at BJP headquarters in Delhi today to discuss the defeat in recent assembly elections in 5 states and to plan the agenda for 2019 General Elections. State Presidents and State in-charges of BJP will be present in the meeting.

(ANI)

Sensex Rises Over 200 pts, Nifty Reclaims 10,800 Mark

The equity benchmark BSE Sensex Thursday rose over 200 points in early trade, a day after Shaktikanta Das took charge as the new RBI chief and promised to take all stakeholders along on key policy issues to maintain growth while keeping inflation under check.

Recovery in rupee and positive cues from other Asian markets too influenced investor sentiment here.

Rising for the third straight session, the 30-share index was trading higher by 263.70 points, or 0.74 per cent, at 36,042.77.

The NSE Nifty reclaimed the 10,800 mark, rising 76.95 points, or 0.72 per cent, to 10,814.55.

(PTI)

3 Labourers Killed in Boiler Explosion in Dadra and Nagar Steel Factory

Three labourers have been killed in an explosion in a boiler at the Krishna Steel Company in Dadra and Nagar Haveli’s Naroli village. At least two people have been injured in the explosion. Police investigation is underway.

(ANI)

49-Yr-Old Sets Self Ablaze in Front of Kerala Secretariat Due to Sabarimala Issue

A 49-year-old man, Venugopalan Nair, set himself ablaze near BJP's protest venue due to the Sabarimala issue in front of Secretariat, at around 1:30 am Thursday, 13 December. He is undergoing treatment at Thiruvananthapuram Medical college.

(ANI)

Woman Gang Raped in UP

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by three men in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district, the police said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday when the woman's parents were not present in the house. She was later found in the nearby fields and narrated her ordeal to her parents, Statio House Officer Santosh Kumar said.

(PTI)

SC Directs All States to Modify Prison Manuals, Says Right to Prisoners Should be There

The Supreme Court has directed all state governments to modify prison manuals and said that the right to prisoners should be available in all states. Supreme Court holds that access to mental health professionals for death row prisoners should be allowed.

(ANI)

SC Stays Meghalaya HC Order Asking Flights to Start Operations from Umroi Airport

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, stayed the Meghalaya High Court’s order asking airlines

SC stays Meghalaya HC order asking airlines to immediately start flight operations from Umroi airport in the state.

Interpol Issues Red Corner Notice Against Mehul Choksi

The Interpol, on Thursday issued a Red Corner Notice against fugitive businessman, residing in Antigua and Barbuda, on a request from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

(ANI)

SC Issues Notice to Maharashtra CM Fadnavis Seeking Annulment of His Election

SC issues notice to Maharashtra CM on plea seeking annulment of his election for alleged non-disclosure of criminal cases against him. PTI RKS SJK LLP MIN MIN

(PTI)

SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Execution of Nirbhaya Convicts

The Supreme Court has dismisses the PIL filed by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava, seeking a direction to the Central Government to execute all four death row convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case within two weeks.

(PTI)

4 Killed in Turkey Train Accident

Four people were killed and 43 others were injured in a crash involving a high speed train in Turkey’s Ankara, according to Governor Vasip Sahin.

(ANI)

Woman Medical Student Killed in Hostel Room in Maharashtra

A 21-year-old woman medical student was allegedly strangled to death by an unidentified person in a college hostel in Maharashtra, police said.

Akanksha Anil Deshmukh, hailing from Beed district, was found unconscious in her room by a warden of the hostel at the Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Khade said.

She was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said.

(PTI)

Train Coach Derails in West Bengal, No Casualties Reported

One coach of the DMU intercity passanger train derailed between Dam Dim and Odlabari railway station early in the morning today. No casualties have been reported.

(ANI)

V Vijayasai Reddy Writes to EAM for Release of 20 Fishermen Apprehended in Pak

YSRCP senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP V Vijayasai Reddy writes to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj requesting her to correspond with the Government of Pakistan for safe release of 20 apprehended fishermen belonging to Andhra Pradesh

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence Recovers 1kg Gold in Hyd

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence recovered 1kg of gold valued at Rs 31,68,000 from two persons travelling on a flight from Guwahati at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The two people have been apprehended and further investigation is underway.

(ANI)

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Collegium Discusses Elevation Of Judges For Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Collegium on Wednesday is understood to have deliberated on the issue of elevating chief justices of some of the high courts to the apex court, a source said.

The source in the apex court said the five-member collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, is understood to have discussed the names of chief justices of high courts of Delhi and Rajasthan for bringing them to the top court as judges.

Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog are the chief justices of Delhi and Rajasthan high courts, respectively.

(PTI)

KEY EVENT

Congress Leader Proposes Sita Statue in Addition to Ram Temple to Yogi

Senior Congress leader Dr. Karan Singh has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, proposing a statue of Goddess Sita in addition to the planned Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya.

(ANI)

Yeddyurappa's Son Takes Oath as LS Member

BY Raghavendra, son of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, Thursday took oath as member of the Lok Sabha.

Raghavendra had recently won the Shimioga Lok Sabha bypoll, which was necessitated following the resignation of Yeddyurappa who contested the assembly polls in Karnataka.

(PTI)

New RBI Governor Meets Heads of Major Govt Banks

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das met heads of SBI, PNB, Union Bank, Central Bank of India, Bank of India and Dena Bank on Thursday, 13 December.

(BloombergQuint)

Ford India to Hike Prices by Up To 2.5 Percent from January

Automaker Ford India Thursday said it will increase prices of its models by up to 2.5 percent from January to partially offset the impact of rising input costs.

"We are taking this step due to increase in input price owing to high commodity prices and frequent fluctuations in foreign exchange rates," Ford India Executive Director - Marketing, Sales and Service, Vinay Raina said.

(PTI)

KEY EVENT

Gandhi Statue in Ghana Removed After Student Protest

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans.

India's former president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue to the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations.

(PTI)

Process to Destroy Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Underway

Process to destroy Muzaffarpur shelter home has begun under the Magistrate's supervision. Over 30 girls living in the shelter home were sexually abused according to an audit report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The main accused Brajesh Thakur is in jail.

(ANI)

KEY EVENT

181 Pilots Tested Positive for Alcohol During 2015-2018

A total of 181 pilots of scheduled and non-scheduled operators tested positive for alcohol during 2015-2018, the Civil Aviation Ministry informed Parliament on Thursday.

(PTI)

IAS Bharat Bhushan Vyas Takes Oath as UPSC Member

Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS (J&K 1986) took oath as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Thursday.

Before assuming charge, he was serving as Adviser to the Governor, Jammu & Kashmir.

(ANI)

2 Dead After an Attack in West Bank

At least two Israelis were killed while two were injured in a gun attack in West Bank on Thursday. Hamas claims two attacks against Israelis More details are awaited.

(AFP)

3 Teachers Killed as Car Hits Truck in Rajasthan's Alwar

Three teachers were killed and another was injured Thursday when their car rammed into the rear of a truck in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said.

The driver of the car apparently lost control over the vehicle and it crashed into the truck on the Alwar-Kishangarh Bas highway, Station House Officer (SHO) Kishangarh Bas, Rajesh Meena said.

Mohit Sharma (21), Supreet Nagpal (24) and Rohit Agarwal (25) died on the spot while Hitesh Saini (24) got critically injured and was taken to a hospital, he said.

(PTI)

Sensex Rises 150 Points As Inflation Cools To 17-Month Low

Indian equity benchmarks rose for third day in a row after inflation fell to its lowest in 17 months in November as food prices continued to decline and lower crude costs brought down fuel inflation.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.42 percent or 150.57 points to 35,929.64 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index climbed 0.5 percent or 54 points to 10,791.55.

(BloombergQuint)

KEY EVENT

New RBI Governor Das to Steer First Central Board Meet

The central board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under new Governor Shaktikanta Das will meet on Friday where the directors are likely to push for greater say in the decision making of the central bank.

The meeting will review the progress with respect of some of the decisions taken in the last meet on November 19. Among other things, the crucial board meeting is expected to take a stock of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which is under stress due to demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

(PTI)

Court Directs Delhi Police to File FIR Against a Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prez

Delhi's Patiala House Court directed police to file an FIR against Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Manjit Singh GK in a corruption case.

The court has directed that an FIR be registered within 24 hour and compliance report to be presented before the court tomorrow.

(ANI)

Delhi's Air Quality Significantly Improves After Rain, but Troubles Remain

Delhi's air quality significantly improved on Thursday after rainfall managed to wash away pollutants but authorities warned that the respite would not last long due to unfavourable weather.

The city's air quality index or AQI dropped to 208 from over 400 in the last three days, according Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

The respite comes after Delhi's air quality battled severe pollution for three consecutive days from Monday but last night's rainfall with moderate winds managed to wash away the pollutants significantly, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) said.

(PTI)

Govt Owes Cash-Strapped Air India Rs 1,000 Crore, Says Aviation Ministry

The government owes cash-strapped Air India Rs 10 billion, Parliament was informed Thursday.

In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said there is an outstanding amount of Rs 10 billion receivable by Air India Limited for Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) flights from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mumbai Police Arrests 11 in Connections with Forgery & GST Evasion

Mumbai police crime branch has conducted raids at 7 places in various parts of Mumbai and arrested 11 lottery operators for forgery and GST evasion. 11 computers, five mobile phones and Rs 1 Lakh cash seized from them.

Case registered under various section of IPC and investigation underway.

(ANI)

UK Lawmakers Due to Vote on Brexit Bill in January: Official

United Kingdom lawmakers are due to vote on Brexit bill in January, an official said.

(AFP)

At Least 12 Killed in Gun Attack Near Mali's Border

Several dozen civilians have been shot dead by gunmen who raided homes in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger.

"Gunmen riding on motorbikes raided many areas in the southern part of the Menaka region and executed civilians from the (Touareg) Idaksahak community," said a statement from the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), which spoke of 47 people killed.

(PTI)

UK PM Theresa May Confirms She Will Quit Before Next UK Election in 2022

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she will quit before next UK election, scheduled for 2022.

(AFP)

KEY EVENT

BJP National Council Meeting to Place in Delhi on 11-12 Jan 2019

Addressing the media, BJP leader, Bhupender Yadav said that a National Council meeting of BJP will be held in Delhi on 11-12 January 2019 where all the office bearers and party leaders will participate in it.

Don't Look at Army as a Job Provider, Says Gen Rawat

The Indian Army should not be looked upon as a job provider organisation, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Thursday, and warned personnel who feign illness or disability in order to avoid duty or get benefits.

He assured all help to former and serving soldiers who have actually suffered disability in the line of duty.

Il&Fs Transportation Networks Appoints Shaivali Parekh as CFO

Il&Fs Transportation Networks has appointed Shaivali Parekh as its CFO.

(CNBC)

US President Trump Denies Directing Lawyer Cohen to Break Law

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he denied president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to break law. Cohen was sentenced three years of prison for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illicit payments to silence women who posed a risk to Trump’s presidential campaign.

(AFP)

Kerala's One Film Wonder Ajayan Dead

Ajayan, who shot into fame with the only film that he directed "Perunthachen" (master carpenter), died here on Thursday, said his colleague and veteran character actor Nedumudi Venu.

Ajayan breathed his last at a private hospital here after a cardiac arrest, Venu said. He is survived by his wife and two children.

(IANS)

Brijendra Pal Singh Appointed as FTII President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has nominated Brijendra Pal Singh, current Vice Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Governing Council, has been as the new President of FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council.

He has been the director/producer of popular TV show ’CID’ and has also produced horror show ‘Aahat’. and also He is replacing Anupam Kher for both the posts.

3 Trinamool Activists Shot Dead

Three Trinamool Congress activists were shot dead in South 24-Parganas district on Thursday, 13 December evening when gunmen attacked the vehicle of a party MLA, police said.

Motorbike borne assailants attacked the three persons when they, including the driver of the vehicle, were at a petrol pump in Joynagar area.

The incident occurred shortly after Biswanath Das, the MLA, disembarked from the vehicle at a party office nearby.

The police started an investigation into the killing detained a few people for questioning.

Das alleged that CPI(M) goons were behind the incident, but the left party leader Sujan Chakraborty claimed that the shootout was the result of internal feud of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

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