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Fog Delays Trains to Delhi
12 trains travelling towards Delhi are running late due to low visibility and fog.
Pak High Commission Official Arrested for Groping Girl
Pakistan High Commission official was reportedly detained in New Delhi for allegedly groping a girl in Sarojini Nagar market.
China Posts Strongest Export Growth in Seven Years Despite Trade War
China’s exports rose 9.9 percent in 2018, its strongest trade performance in seven years, despite growing disruptions from an escalating trade war with the United States, customs data showed on Monday.
Petrol and Diesel Prices Hiked in Metro's
Petrol prices on Monday were hiked by 37 to 40 paise per litre while diesel rates were hiked by 49 to 53 paise across the four metro’s. Petrol prices were at Rs. 70.13 per litre in Delhi, Rs. 72.24 per litre in Kolkata, Rs. 75.77 per litre in Mumbai and Rs. 72.79 per litre in Chennai, according to Indian Oil Corporation - the country's largest fuel retailer. Diesel prices stood at Rs. 64.18 per litre, Rs. 65.95 per litre, Rs. 67.18 per litre and Rs. 67.78 per litre respectively.
26/11 Mastermind Might be Extradited to India
There is a "strong possibility" of Tahawwur Hussain Rana - currently serving a 14-year jail term in the US for plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack - being extradited to India, an informed source said.
The Indian government, with "full co-operation" from the Trump administration, is currently working on completing the necessary paperwork to ensure the extradition of the Pakistani-Canadian national before his current jail term ends in December 2021.
Indonesia Finds Lion Air Jet Cockpit Voice Recorder
A search effort has located the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, an Indonesian official said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Human remains were also discovered at the seabed location, a deputy maritime minister said.
Sensex Falls Over 150 Points Ahead of Key Macro Data Release
The BSE benchmark Sensex Monday dropped over 150 points tracking weakness in other Asian markets amid heavy selling by foreign investors.
Market sentiment also turned cautious ahead of the release of key macroeconomic data.
The 30-share index fell 174.61 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 35,835.23 in early trade.
Similarly, the NSE Nifty shed 60.10 points,or 0.57 per cent, to 10,733.85.
On Friday, the Sensex had fallen 377.81 96 points to end at 36,009.84; and the Nifty too slipped by 26.65 points to close at 10,794.95.
SC Agrees to Hear Sajjan Kumar's Plea Against Life Term
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine Sajjan Kumar's appeal against life term in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. The SC issued a notice to the CBI on his bail plea and also on his appeal. The case will be heard next after 6 weeks.
Supreme Court Notice on Govt's Surveillance Order
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine the government's new notification which notified agencies empowered to intercept and monitor computer records.
SC Refuses to Quash FIR Against Bhima Koregaon Accused
The Supreme Court has refused to quash the FIR against Anand Teltumbde, one of the accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. However, SC has granted him four weeks protection to obtain bail. CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, "Investigation is getting bigger & bigger. At this stage quashing of the proceedings is uncalled for."
Bombay HC Adjourns Maratha Reservation Matter Till 18 Jan
Bombay High Court has adjourned a Maratha Reservation matter till 18 January. The date for filing replies/affidavits has also been extended till 18th January.
SC Issues Notice to UP Govt on PIL Seeking Probe Into Encounters
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI or SIT probe into recent encounter killings in the state.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that it’s a very serious matter which requires detailed hearing. Matter posted for further hearing on 12 February.
Cold wave sweeps across Punjab, Haryana
Cold wave swept across Punjab and Haryana on Monday with Adampur being the coldest place in the region with a minimum of 1.7 degrees Celsius.
In several parts of both states, minimum temperatures dropped a few degrees below normal. The Union Territory of Chandigarh, the joint capital of both states, braved cold weather at 5.3 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT department said.
Plane Crashes Near Tehran, 10 Crew Members Feared Dead
A Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane has crashed west of Tehran amid severe weather, 10 crew feared killed. More details awaited.
Annual Inflation Rate for December 2018 at 3.80%
The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 3.80 percent (provisional) for the month of December, 2018 as compared to 4.64 percent for December 2017.
Tent Catches Fire at Kumbh Mela
A fire broke out at the Dighambara Akhada at the 2019 Kumbh Mela. A tent caught fire due to cylinder burst, as per initial media reports. More details awaited.
Arms & Ammunition Recovered from J&K Terrorist
Arms and ammunition were recovered from a terrorist named Sarfaraz Ahmed Sheer of Hizbul Mujahideen this morning, according to Bandipora SSP Sheikh Zulfikar Azad. The SSP said that the Hizvul terrorist was active for the last five years in Kupwara, Sopore and Bandipora belt.
Robert Vadra's Close Aide Appears Before ED in Money Laundering Case
Manoj Arora, an alleged close aide of Robert Vadra has appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case. Questioning is underway.
Sunanda Pushkar Death Case Adjourned Till 21 Jan
Delhi's Patiala House Court adjourns Sunanda Pushkar death case till January 21.
Pompeo to Cut Short Middle East Tour to Attend Funeral
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short his Middle East tour and head home early to attend a family funeral, an official said on Monday.
"Secretary Pompeo will return to the United States after his meetings in Muscat, Oman," State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.
"This curtailment of travel is required so that the Pompeo family may attend a family funeral." Pompeo is currently in Saudi Arabia as part of an extensive eight-day trip to the Middle East.
Global, Domestic Players to Participate in 67th Indian Foundry Congress
International participants from Germany, Italy, China, Japan, UK and the USA are likely to participate in the 67th Indian Foundry Congress from January 18 to 20, which will also include speakers from Larsen & Tourbo and Indian Railways.
Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day foundry industry event, Indian Foundry Congress (IFC) said.
Diplomats from 27 Nations Participate in Fellowship Programme on Disarmament
Young diplomats from 27 countries are participating in a fellowship programme here that aims at equipping them with the knowledge and perspectives on various contemporary disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and international security affairs.
United Nations Under Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu and Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale on Monday inaugurated the First Annual Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship Programme organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
105 Turtle Eggs Collected from Dhanushkodi: Wildlife Official
A total of 105 eggs of turtles was collected from the Dhanushkodi beach and shifted to a hatchery, wildlife ranger Satheeh said Monday Speaking to reporters here, he said 130 eggs were collected from Keelakarai in Ramanathapuram district on January 11 and 216 from Tuticorin on Sunday.
"We had collected 1,071 eggs from nine nestings from Dhanushkodi last year; this year, we started the process late by one month owing to the cyclone Gaja," Satheesh said.
NGT Directs CPCB to Launch Prosecution Against Builder in Gurgaon for Flouting Norms
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to launch prosecution and issue directions for closure of Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd's Sushant Lok-Phase I residential complex in Gurgaon for violation of environmental norms.
The green panel also directed the apex pollution monitoring body to exercise its statutory power to determine and recover the damages from the project proponent as per the procedure prescribed under the Air Act and the Water Act.
Mumbai: CR Local Train Gets Blue Indicator to Warn Commuters
Central Railway has installed a blue indicator light at the entrance of a suburban train coach as a pilot project to warn passengers not to board trains on the verge of departing.
The Mumbai suburban network, among the largest in the world with over 75 lakh daily commuters, faces a perennial problem of people trying to board at the last moment or when the train has picked up speed while departing stations.
'Strong Possibility' of Rana's Extradition to India Before His Jail Term Ends in 2021: Sources
There is a "strong possibility" of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana's extradition to India before the completion of his 14-year jail term in the US in 2021 for plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, an informed source here has said.
Rana, 58, a resident of Chicago, was arrested in 2009 on the charges of plotting the 26/11 terror attack.
Kataria Takes Oath as Rajasthan Assembly Pro Tem Speaker
Senior BJP MLA Gulab Chand Kataria took oath as the pro tem speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday The pro tem speaker will conduct the first meeting of the 15th Legislative Assembly which is beginning Tuesday, and according to the state government's proposal, election of the new speaker will be held on January 16.
Governor Kalyan Singh administered Kataria oath at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan here. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, members of the council of ministers, BJP MLA Rajendra Rathore and others attended the event.
Security Heightened in Bengal for Gangasagar Mela
Security was tightened across West Bengal ahead of the Gangasagar Mela to mark the occasion of Makar Sankranti, when close to 16 lakh devotees come for a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, an official said on Monday.
The area has been wrapped in a thick blanket of security with the state government deploying a large contingent of police.
Of 16 Crew in Iran Plane Crash, 1 Known Survivor
An Iranian emergency management official has told state TV that 16 people were on board a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed west of Tehran and that there is only one known survivor.
Pirhossein Koulivand made the comment to state TV on Monday, shortly after the crash at Fath Airport west of Tehran. The plane was supposed to land at another nearby airport.
The plane was carrying a cargo of meat from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, to Iran.
Sensex Drops 156.28 Points
Sensex drops 156.28 points to 35,853.56; Nifty falls 57.35 points to 10,737.60.
UK to Publish EU Letter with Brexit Deal Assurances
UK government to publish EU letter with Brexit deal assurances, official says.
Newmont Buys Rival Goldcorp For $10 Million
Gold miner Newmont buys rival Goldcorp for $10 billion.
BS Yeddyurappa Says Kumaraswamy Doing Horse Trading
Former Karnataka CM and BJP Leader BS Yeddyurappa said, “Despite being the CM of Karnataka, he (HD Kumaraswamy) is doing horse trading, he promised money and ministership to our Kalaburgi MLA, that's why we are here showing unity. We will be here for another 1-2 days.”
Singapore: Malaysia to Bear 'Consequences' of Actions at Sea
Singapore's foreign minister says there will be "consequences" if neighbouring Malaysia continues to escalate a dispute over waters that are claimed by Singapore.
In a speech to Parliament on Monday, Vivian Balakrishnan reported "daily intrusions" by Malaysian government vessels which have been in the waters off western Singapore since November. He also raised a widely publicized visit by a Malaysian chief minister, who boarded one of the vessels last week.
T'gana Home Minister Orders Thorough Inquiry into Gangrape of 16-Yr-Old Girl
Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali Monday ordered a thorough inquiry into the alleged gangrape of a 16-year-old girl here.
The minister spoke to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar over phone and enquired about the details of the incident, according to an official release issued here.
Suspected Maoist Posters Surface in Kerala Hamlet
Posters, suspected to be put up by Maoists, surfaced on Monday near Attappady, one of the largest and most backward tribal hamlets in Kerala.
The two posters were found pasted on a wayside building at Puthur near the hamlet, police said.
Written in Malayalam, the posters could be read as "check fascism... check foreign capital forces and strengthen secular democratic movements," police said.
NCP Forms 22-Member Manifesto Committee Under Walse-Patil
The Nationalist Congress Party Monday announced the formation of a 22-member manifesto committee for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The committee will be headed by Dilip Walse-Patil and will have Supriya Sule, Nawab Malik, Dhananjay Munde, Jitendra Awhad, Bhaskar Jadhav and Anna Dange as members.
Newborn Delivered in Tribal School Hostel in Odisha Dies, Headmistress Suspended
A baby delivered by a 14-year-old girl at a tribal residential school's hostel in Odisha's Khandamal district died at a hospital where she was admitted along with her mother, officials said Monday.
The girl, a Class 8 student of the Sevashram High School in Daringibadi in the district, delivered the baby on Saturday night.
Barak Slams Netanyahu for Breaking Israel Ambiguity on Syria
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is attacking the country's current leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, for breaking with Israel's ambiguity over its strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Barak's comments on Monday came a day after Netanyahu's abrupt confession that Israel had struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent years, including a weapons facility over the weekend.
Resident Doctors' Strike Enters 2nd Day at Safdarjung Hospital
Strike of Resident Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi continues for 2nd day. RDA President, Dr P Thakur says, "We’ve met the administration but they weren't positive about enhancing our security. Senior doctors are working & taking care of patients, everything is running fine."
Nitish Kumar a No-Nonsense CM: Satya Pal Malik
Nitish Kumar is a no non-sense chief minister, after his coming to power crime has almost finished, said Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. He said that Bihar has done a lot of work in skill development. I want to tell all other politicians if you want to learn honesty & morality in politics,you must learn from him.
Palestinian Dies After Israel Border Clashes: Gaza Ministry
A Palestinian teenager succumbed to his wounds on Monday three days after being shot by Israeli forces during clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.
In a statement, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said Abdul Raouf Salha, 14, "died as a result of his injuries from (Israeli) occupation fire last Friday east of Jabalia" in the northern Gaza Strip.
Green Nod for Telangana's Rs 13,384 Cr Sita Ram Irrigation Project
Telangana government has been given the green nod for its Rs 13,384.80 crore Sita Rama Lift Irrigation Project that aims to divert Godavari river water to irrigate 2.72 lakh hectare in three districts, a senior central government official said Monday.
The project, which is expected to be completed in three years, would lead to submergence of about 1,930 hectare area and 157 villages consisting of 9,696 families are likely to be affected, the official added.
Woman Maoist Surrenders in Odisha
A woman Maoist in the rank of Area Committee Member (ACM) carrying Rs 4 lakh reward on her head, surrendered before the police here Monday.
Debe Madhi alias Shanti -- a member of the Kalimela Area Committee of the Maoists -- surrendered before Commandant 144th battalion of BSF, Balimela and the Malkangiri SP, and expressed her intension to return to normal life.
CISF Arrests Passenger With Cannabis at Goa Airport
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday arrested one passenger and seized cannabis worth Rs 17.59 lakh at Goa Airport. The passenger along with the cannabis, was handed over to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Officials for further inquiry.
Myntra Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan Resigns
Myntra Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan resigns, reports Reuters.
EU Will Not Agree to Any Changes to Brexit
EU says it wants to avoid contested Brexit backstop for Ireland, AFP quoted EU leaders.
EU will not agree to any changes to Brexit deal. It said that Brexit reassurances have legal value.
Trudeau Notches a Win as Canada Accepts Saudi Refugee
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau notched himself a political win ahead of Canadian legislative elections by granting asylum to the teenage Saudi girl fleeing her parents, experts here say.
Trudeau sent Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to greet 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun as the young woman landed in Toronto on Saturday.
Citizenship Bill Stir: Black Flags Greet Sonowal in Majuli
Black flags were waved at Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Majuli on Monday as protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continued unabated in the state.
The CM arrived at the river island by a helicopter in the morning to participate in an official function.
Delhi Govt Directs Schools to Ensure 220 Working Days in Academic Year
The Delhi government has directed all schools in the national capital to maintain a minimum of 220 working days in an academic year for upper primary classes.
The directions were issued to heads of all state-run and private schools here by the government. "All the head of schools are directed to adhere to the provision laid down in the Right to Education Act (RTE) in respect of mandatory 220 working days in an academic year for upper primary classes," the Directorate of Education said in a communication to school principals.
Russia, Japan Meet on Wwii Dispute in Moscow
The foreign ministers of Russia and Japan met in Moscow on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to strike a peace deal and end a decades-old dispute over four strategic islands.
Meeting his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the resources for cooperation were "truly inexhaustible" and should be used to work towards a peace agreement.
Pakistan University Rebrands Valentine's Day as 'Sister's Day'
A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine's Day as "Sister's Day", and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students.
The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote "eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth".
CP Joshi to Be Speaker of 15th Rajasthan Assembly
Senior Congress leader C P Joshi to be Speaker of 15th Rajasthan Assembly, said party sources.
Pak SC Dismisses Appeal Against Suspension of Sharifs' Sentences in Graft Case
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the country's anti-graft body's appeal against the suspension of the jail sentences of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the Avenfield corruption case.
In July 2018, an accountability court here handed Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and 1 year for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
SC Dismisses Plea Seeking to Declare Kejriwal's Sit-In Inside LG's Office as Illegal
The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking its direction to declare as "unconstitutional" and "illegal" the sit-in of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues inside the Lieutenant Governor's office here last year.
Kejriwal and his ministers had staged the sit-in at Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal's office from June 11 evening to June 19 to press for their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike" and action against those who have struck work.
Raj Govt to Felicitate Those Adopting Stray Cows
The Congress-led Rajasthan government has decided to honour those who adopt stray cows on Independence day and Republic day.
The Directorate of Gopalan has issued a letter to all district collectors asking them to motivate donors, NGOs, social workers and cow lovers to adopt stray cows and felicitate them on 15 August and 26 January.
Maha: Four Dead in Suv-Truck Collision
An SUV of Madhya Pradesh police Monday met with an accident in Maharashtra's Buldhana district in which four civilians were killed and three others, including two police personnel, were injured, an official said.
The mishap occurred in the early hours at Kate Phata near Malkapur town on the national highway no. 6, over 500 kms from here, when the SUV collided with a container truck, got toppled, and hit a car tailing it.
NSA Invoked Against 7 Accused in Bulandshahr Cow Slaughtering Case
National Security Act invoked against 7 accused held in Dec 3 cow slaughtering case in Bulandshahr, said administration officials.
Hindus, Sikhs in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Get Cremation Grounds
Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has identified sites for the construction of a cremation ground for the Hindu and Sikh community and a graveyard for Christians.
Nearly 1.25 acre of land has been identified in Samarbagh near Northern bypass Peshawar of which 0.5 acre will be allocated for the construction of the cremation ground and 0.75 acre for the graveyard, sources in the Department of Auqaf & Religious Affairs, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said.
Thailand Set to Deploy Rainmaking Planes to Seed Clouds
Thailand set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle increasing levels of pollution.
Seven Armed Criminals Held in Muzaffarpur
Seven criminals were arrested from Ahiyapur police station area of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, police said Monday.
Two country made pistols, three cartridges, three motorcycles and Rs 48,000 in cash they had looted were also seized from them.
Acting on a tip off, policemen raided Vijay Chapra village and arrested seven criminals while seven others managed to escape, City Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar said.
22 Workers of Various Political Parties Join NC in Jammu
Twenty-two workers of various political parties joined the National Conference (NC) on Monday in presence of its provincial president Devender Singh Rana and pledged to work for serving the people as per policies and programmes of the party.
Welcoming the new entrants into the party fold, Rana said the NC is the only choice for all those who want to take the state towards peace, progress and development. He greeted the workers and hoped that they will reach out to the people and serve them by getting redressal to their problems.
China Says Detained Canadian Lacks Diplomatic Immunity
China on Monday ridiculed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's claim that a former Canadian embassy official detained in Beijing still held diplomatic immunity.
Chinese authorities arrested former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor last month, accusing them both of endangering national security.
Ban on Fish Sale in Patna After Reports of Excess Formalin
The Bihar government on Monday banned sale, transportation and storage of fish for 15 days in Patna Municipal corporation area, after reports confirmed presence of toxic chemical formalin in samples.
The decision was taken following the report of Kolkata's Central Food Laboratory, which confirmed the use of formalin and other heavy minerals like lead, cadmium and mercury beyond the permissible limit in all 10 samples of fish collected from Patna, officials said.
Retail Inflation Declines to 2.19% in December 2018
Retail inflation declines to 2.19 percent in December 2018 from 2.33 percent in November, said official data.
WPI Inflation at 8-Month Low of 3.80% in Dec, Raises Rate Cut Hopes
Softening prices of fuel and some food articles pulled WPI inflation to a 8-month low of 3.80 percent in December raising hopes for a rate cut by the RBI.
This is the second consecutive month of decline in Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation. The inflation was 4.64 percent in November, 2018 and 5.54 per cent in October.
In December 2017, WPI inflation stood at 3.58 percent.
Prime Minister to Launch Development Projects in Odisha, Kerala
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Odisha and Kerala Tuesday to launch a series of projets, including a railway line and a highway bypass.
In Odisha, he will dedicate to the nation a Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Jharsuguda and other developmental projects, and inaugurate a new railway line between Balangir and Bichupali.
The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for a permanent building at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sonepur, a statement from his office said.
Airtel to Deploy Pre-5G Mobile Network Tech for Kumbh This Week
Bharti Airtel plans to deploy pre-5G network technology for its customers at the world's largest congregation Kumbh Mela - to be held between January 15 and March 4 in Allahabad.
"Airtel is also boosting its mobile network at the venue to serve the connectivity needs of millions of visitors at the Kumbh Mela. It will be deploying state-of-the-art Massive MIMO technology at the venue to massively enhance its network capacity," Airtel said in statement on Monday.
Sitharaman at Amphibious Military Drill by Armed Forces in Andaman and Nicobar
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday watched a joint amphibious exercise off the Campbell Bay coast, the southern-most island of the nation, which saw participation of the three armed forces.
Andaman and Nicobar is an Integrated Services Command.
Probe Launched into Suspected Human Trafficking to Australia
Agencies here are probing the suspected trafficking of 40 non-Keralites in a fishing vessel to Australia from Ernakulam district, official sources said Monday.
The trafficked people, including women and newborns, had left their resorts and home stays in Cherai and Munambam coastal areas of the district on January 12, they said.
Heavy Smog, Worsened by Weather, Raises Alarm Across Asia
Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air.
A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants, lingering over Bangkok due to prevailing weather patterns, has taken air quality to unhealthy levels in recent days.
High Commission of India in Pak Writes to Govt Over Attempts to Hack Social Media Accounts
High Commission of India in Pakistan writes to Pakistan government over attempts made to hack social media accounts of senior Indian diplomats, said source. High commissioner and deputy high commissioner being closely followed and aggressively watched by a Pakistan security official during a wedding in Islamabad.
Two Injured, Many Trapped After 2-Storey Building Collapses in Noida
Two people have been injured and many are feared trapped after a two-storey building collapsed in Nithari village in Noida’s Sector-31.
Karnataka BJP MLAs Likely to Head to Gurugram
All Karnataka BJP MLAs likely to head to Gurugram. Eshwarappa and Yedyurappa also to leave shortly.
Congress-JDS Have Sufficient Numbers, No Need to Poach BJP MLAs
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy reacted to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's horse trading allegations saying, Congress and JD(S) have sufficient numbers, we don't need to poach BJP MLAs.
China Cautions Countries Against Helping Taiwan to Produce Submarines
China on Monday firmly opposed transferring technology to Taiwan to make submarines, saying countries which have relations with Beijing should earnestly abide by the one China principle and stop any form of military links with Taipei.
Taiwan media last year reported that the US State Department had approved the transfer of technology that will allow Taiwan to produce its own submarines. There were reports that six foreign companies, including one from India, have already submitted design proposals for the submarines.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens to Remain Close for Public from 25-27 Jan
The Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Mughal Gardens will remain closed for public from 25-27 January due to rehearsals for the forthcoming Republic Day parade, an official statement said Monday.
The change of guard ceremony will also not take place between 19 January and 2 February, 2019, due to rehearsals of Republic Day parade, Beating Retreat ceremony and Rashtrapati Bhavan Divas celebrations, the statement by the President's office said.
Amid Concerns over Region's Identity, Rajnath to Call Meeting of Northeast CMs
Amid raging protests in Assam and some other north-eastern states over the Citizenship Bill, the Centre said on Monday Home Minister Rajnath Singh will soon call a meeting of the North-East chief ministers to discuss safeguards required to protect the region's cultural and linguistic identity.
Large-scale protests have been witnessed in Assam and some other parts of the North East seeking withdrawal of the controversial bill, which seeks to grant nationality to non-muslims who fled religious persecution from three neighbouring countries and entered India before 31 December, 2014.
SC Tags Plea Challenging Article 370 with Another Pending Petition
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered tagging of a PIL challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament's power to make laws concerning the state, with another pending plea on the issue.
UN Calls for 'Rapid and Unimpeded' Aid Access to Myanmar's Rakhine
The United Nations called on the Myanmar government on Monday to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops and autonomy-seeking rebels has displaced thousands of people.
AIADMK Not Averse to LS Poll Deal with BJP in TN
The ruling AIADMK Monday indicated that it was not averse to forging an electoral alliance with the BJP for the coming Lok Sabha polls, saying that "anything can happen."
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who holds the top party post of 'coordinator' in the AIADMK, told reporters "at the time of election, anything can happen."
Singapore Mulls Stricter Laws After Gay Adoption Case
Singapore said Monday it is considering tightening adoption laws after a gay man won a landmark court battle to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the US.
While Singapore is affluent and modern in many ways, attitudes towards homosexuality are often highly conservative.
Situation in J&K Has Worsened Since 2014, Says Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena said Monday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has worsened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's watch and claimed the BJP-led government at the Centre frittered away the massive 2014 poll mandate.
Modi talks about his "56-inch chest", but more Army jawans have shed blood in the militancy-hit state under his dispensation than previous governments, said the BJP's bickering ally.
Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Drug Suspect to Death
A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on drug trafficking charges on Monday after his previous 15-year prison sentence was deemed too lenient, a ruling likely to deepen a diplomatic rift between Ottawa and Beijing.
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, nodded as the judge in the northeast city of Dalian asked him whether he understood the verdict, following a day-long retrial in which he declared his innocence.
RBI Slaps Rs 1-Cr Penalty on Bajaj Finance
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monday said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Bajaj Finance Ltd, a non-banking financial company (NBFC), for violating "fair practices code".
This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the NBFC with its customers, the RBI added.
Bangladesh's New Foreign Minister to Visit India in Maiden Overseas Tour
Bangladesh's new foreign minister A K Abdul Momen on Monday said he would visit India on his maiden overseas trip after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government won power for the third consecutive term after the December 30 election.
"My first visit will be to New Delhi," he said in a media interaction as he assumed office.
Woman Accuses Pak High Commission Staffer of Touching Her Inappropriately in Market
A staffer of the Pakistan High Commission was taken to a police station here after a woman alleged that he touched her inappropriately in a market, police said Monday.
The woman and the staffer were brought to Sarojini Nagar police station on Sunday, they said.
Goa CM Lays Foundation Stone of School in Cujira
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday unveiled a plaque in his office in Porvorim announcing the start of work on a school complex near here.
Parrikar is suffering from a pancreatic ailment and has been receiving medical treatment since he arrived in the state in October last year following hospitalisation at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
'Zero-Change' in UPA-Era Snooping Rules Notified by Centre: Home Ministry Official
There has been "zero-change" in the UPA-era snooping policy that was notified by the Centre recently, a senior Home Ministry official said Monday.
He said no new agency has been authorised by the central government to intercept information from any computer.
The assertion comes following a row over the Home Ministry's December 20 notification with the opposition claiming that the government was trying to create a surveillance state.
China Envisions Moon Base After Far-Side Success
China will seek to establish an international lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said Monday, weeks after landing a rover on the moon's far side.
The agency said four more lunar missions are planned, confirming the launch of a probe by the end of the year to bring back samples from the moon.
Survey on PM's NaMo App Asks Whether Grand Alliance Will Have an Impact
Will the 'mahagathbandhan' or the opposition's grand anti-BJP alliance have an impact in your constituency? This is one of the several questions the 'people's pulse' survey asks participants on the 'NaMo' app.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday posted a brief video on Twitter urging people to participate in the survey.
2 Killed, 40 Detained in New Gay Purge in Russia's Chechnya
LGBT activists said Monday that at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained in what has been described as a new crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region. Chechen authorities denied those accusations, and federal authorities conducted a probe that found nothing to support the reports.
Gorakhpur Police Detains Man After Hoax Call From His Enemies
SK Gupta, SSP Gorakhpur said, “A call was received that a person could pose a threat to the security of the Chief Minister. Police detained the accused and during the investigation, it was revealed that the caller gave false information to frame one of his enemies.”
Police Foil Bid to Smuggle Cattle in Jammu and Kashmir, Arrest 1
Police Monday rescued 16 cattle from being smuggled and arrested an alleged smuggler in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district, officials said.
Acting on a tip-off, four vehicles were intercepted on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Chenani area, they said.
On seeing the police team, drivers of all the four vehicles sped up, broke the police barriers and tried to flee, police said.
After Girl Gives Birth in Hostel of School, Locals in Odisha Protest
Locals in Odisha protest after a minor girl gave birth to a child in the hostel of a residential school in Kandhamal. Prateek Singh, SP says, "Preliminary inquiry revealed that 7-8 months ago when the victim went to her home, she was raped by a 23-year-old man in her village."
Prateek Singh, SP says, "On the basis of this information police immediately detained the accused. The administration has also taken immediate action against the school staff.
Ajay Narayan Jha Gets One Month Extension as Finance Secretary
Ajay Narayan Jha gets one month extension as finance secretary, said government order.
Jha appointed member of 15th Finance Commission in place of Shaktikanta Das, who has taken over as RBI governor.
No Tariff Hike in Goa for 2019-20, Says Electricity Department
People in Goa were Monday spared an electricity tariff hike for fiscal 2019-20 despite a projected revenue gap of Rs 308 crore, a state Electricity department official said.
The department informed its decision to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) which held a public hearing here Monday to review the former's 2018-19 performance and determine tariff for the next fiscal.
18% Dip in Tourists to Kerala, Says Union Minister
Kerala has been at the receiving end after the floods and lost around 18 per cent of the tourists the state used to receive earlier, Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam said Monday.
He told reporters here that as a Minister and a Keralite, he was not happy with ranking of the state in the tourism sector of the country.
Woman Gets HC Nod for Aborting 25-Week-Old Abnormal Foetus
The Calcutta High Court Monday directed the termination of 25-week-old pregnancy of a woman, who petitioned it for aborting the foetus owing to its development.
Considering the report of a medical board which was in favour of termination of pregnancy of the woman, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty directed that the woman would be admitted at the state-run Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (SSKM Hospital) Tuesday morning for the procedure.
7 Arrested for Robbing Man in Delhi
Seven men have been arrested for allegedly robbing a person of Rs 60 lakh at gun point in northeast Delhi's Welcome area, police said Monday.
The accused were identified as Deepak Chauhan (36), Sonu Verma (41), Jitender (25), Pradeep Kumar (26), an employee of the victims, Kishor Viswakarma (43), Ashok (45) and Nitu (35), they said.
Students, Daily Wagers and Employees Staged Separate Protests in Jammu
Jammu was rocked by a chain of protests Monday as university students, daily wagers and employees of different departments took to streets in support of their various demands.
Polish Mayor Dies of Stab Wounds After Attack: Media
The mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a knife-wielding assailant stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event, local media reported.
"Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him," Doctor Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk's University hospital said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.
Qatar Rejects Normalising Ties with 'Criminal' Assad
Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal.
"Normalisation (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalisation of a person involved in war crimes, and this should not be acceptable," said Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani at a Doha press conference.
Tajikistan National Held at IGI Airport for Trying to Smuggle Sandalwood
A foreigner was apprehended at the Delhi airport on Monday for allegedly concealing over 62 kg of sandalwood in his luggage, a CISF official said.
He said S Azamov, a Tajikistan national, was intercepted by CISF personnel on the basis of random profiling in the early hours of Monday and a search of his bag led to the recovery of nine pieces of sandalwood.
PM to Inaugurate Kollam Bypass in Kerala on 15 January
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Kollam bypass, built at a cost of Rs 352 crore, in Kerala on Tuesday, the government said Monday.
The project will ease traffic congestion around Kollam town and reduce the travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Eight Shops, Four Houses Gutted in Fire in J&K's Doda
Eight shops and four houses were burnt to ashes in a massive fire in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, the police said.
The fire broke out in the main market of Goha in Marmat area and was doused with the help of army and police personnel along with the locals, they said.
SC to Hear Plea Against Citizenship Amendment Bill After Rajya Sabha Clears It
The Supreme Court on Monday said a plea challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, could only be taken up after the bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would keep the plea filed by the "Nagarikatwa Aain Songsudhan Birodhi Mancha" (Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill) and others pending and might hear it only after Parliament took the final view on the bill.
Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor to Be Launched on 20 Jan
The government will launch a defence industrial corridor in Tamil Nadu on January 20 during which major investments in the sector are expected to be announced, Secretary of Defence Production Ajay Kumar said Monday.
The event will be attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and senior Defence Ministry and armed forces officials. Defence products are expected to be unveiled at the event, besides launching of a defence innovation hub in Coimbatore, officials said.
Kashmir Still a Challenge Due to Pak's Destabilising Activities: Rajnath
Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday.
He was talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the administrative building, residential block and officers' mess at the SSB sector headquarters in Lakhimpur.
CRPF Personnel Succumbs to Injuries
CRPF personnel Mahesh Kumar Meena, who was airlifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre, New Delhi after sustaining bullet injuries during the encounter at Tral, Pulwama on January 5 succumbed to his injuries this evening.
Huge Explosion Rocks Kabul: Officials
Huge blast reported near Green Village compound in PD9 east of Kabul, Afghanistan, as reported by TOLO News. Foreign NGOs and foreigners live around the area.
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) meanwhile confirmed that at least 40 people were wounded in the blast and have been shifted to hospitals for medical treatment.
Trump Says 'Never Worked for Russia,' Slams 'Big Fat Hoax'
US President Donald Trump said Monday he has "never worked for Russia," assailing reports that raised questions about his ties to Vladimir Putin as a "big fat hoax."
Trump's comments to reporters at the White House followed a Washington Post report over the weekend that said the president has kept his top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader.
16 Puppies Found Dead in City Hospital Premises; Report Says Beaten to Death
Carcasses of 16 puppies were found in plastic bags in front of a hostel for nurses and nursing students at the state-run Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in the city, leading to protests by animal lovers and locals.
According to officials, the carcasses were sighted on Sunday and were sent for post mortem at the district veterinary hospital at Barasat in North 24-Parganas district, with the preliminary report stating that the puppies were beaten to death.
No Stamping of Boarding Cards at Mumbai's T2 for Domestic Pax
Domestic passengers flying out of Terminal 2 (T2) at the city airport will no longer require to get their boarding cards stamped, said airport operator MIAL Monday.
All domestic full service carriers -- Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara -- besides international airlines operate out of T2 of the Mumbai airport.
Police Respond to Possible Active Shooting in New Jersey
Police responded Monday to an active shooting at a UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey, the company said in a statement.
The building, located in a commercial district of the south New Jersey township of 6,000, is a supply chain processing facility, UPS said. The company said it cannot provide any information "about the identity of the people involved."
Man Arrested for Killing Live-In Partner
The Ghaziabad police Monday arrested a man absconding after strangulating his live-in partner to death at their house in Khoda colony here last week.
City Superintendent of Police Shlok Kumar said Shyam Manohar alias Shyamu had been living with 22-year-old Akanksha.
UGC Stopping Scholarship Grants to Researchers, Alleges Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the University Grants Commission (UGC) of stopping scholarship grants to researchers and issuing "fatwa" to higher educational institutes in the state.
Banerjee was speaking to reporters after a meeting with vice-chancellors of universities, principals of colleges and presidents of the primary and secondary education board, at the state secretariat 'Nabanna' here.
Body of Infant Found Abandoned near Dustbin in Northeast Delhi's Nandnagri
The body of an infant was found abandoned near a dustbin at a vacant plot in northeast Delhi's Nandnagri area, police said Monday.
A passerby who spotted the abandoned body informed Nandnagri police station at 10 am on Sunday following which they visited the spot, they added.
Indian Coast Guard Recovers Body of Crew Member
Coast Guard PRO said that Indian Coast Guard on Monday, 14 January, recovered the body of the crew member who fell overboard dredger Volvox Asia near Prongs Reef in Mumbai Harbour on 12 January. The body was handed over to Mumbai police for further formalities.
Amazon France Under Fire for Destroying Unsold Goods
US online retailer Amazon faced new French government pressure Monday after a TV report over the weekend showed it destroying thousands of new diapers, toys and other unsold or returned items in perfect condition.
Brune Poirson, a secretary of state for France's ecological transition, said after the broadcast late Sunday that she was "shocked" by the allegations and would render businesses "responsible" for such practices.
Some Help, More Needed for Florida Girl with Rare Blood Type
A New York woman with a rare blood type is donating two units to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl who is battling cancer.
News outlets report the woman had donated her own blood while pregnant in case she needed a transfusion during her delivery.
Jaideep Govind Next Secretary General of NHRC
Bureaucrat Jaideep Govind Monday joined the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)as it's 15th secretary-general, officials said.
A 1984-batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, Govind, before joining the NHRC, was posted as the special secretary and the financial adviser in the ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and the Department of Land Resources, the NHRC said in a statement.
Names of Men in Sexual Harassment Cases Be Kept Secret till Investigation Ends: BJP MP
BJP parliamentarian Udit Raj has demanded that names of men involved in sexual harassment cases not be disclosed till completion of investigation, saying the accused is scarred even if exonerated later.
The MP from northeast Delhi Lok Sabha seat had earlier termed the #MeToo movement a "wrong practice", at a time when more and more women were coming out with their stories of sexual harassment, last year.
Mafia Don Shot Dead at Home
Unidentified assailants shot dead mafia don Rammurthi alias Ramua inside his home on Monday at Khardah police station area of North 24 Parganas district, police said.
The incident took place during early hours on Monday when a group of gunmen with their faces covered forcefully entered the second floor flat of the victim at Sodepur Amarabati and fired at him in front of his family members, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ananda Roy of the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate.
Body of Man from Bihar Found in Delhi
The body of a 40-year-old man from Bihar was found lying in an open area in Bindapur area of Dwarka district on Monday, police said.
Prima facie it appears to be a case of accident, they said.
The deceased has been identified as Lal Babu, a native of Balwah village in Begusarai district of Bihar, a police official said.
No Humans Infected with Bird Flu in Bihar so Far
No case of humans getting infected with the bird flu virus has been detected in Bihar so far, a senior state government official said.
"Among the reported cases of suspected or confirmed bird flu, we have not come across with any such incident (of humans getting infected with the virus) so far," Health department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar told reporters here.
4 Killed, 44 Wounded in Kabul Car Bomb Attack: Officials
A car bomb exploded near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding 44, officials said, in the latest attack to rock the Afghan capital.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the huge blast, which shook the city, but it comes as diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban gather pace.
Rescue Ops for Meghalaya Miners Makes Little Headway
The Navy spent the whole of Monday to retrieve their unmanned vehicle which had got stuck during underwater searches for the 15 miners who have been trapped in an illegal mine here for over a month.
The Navy's efforts bore fruits and before calling an end to the operation Monday, they managed to reclaim the unmanned vehicle from inside the 370 foot-deep coal mine in Meghalayas East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.
Two Women Arrested for Abducting Minor Girl in Jama Masjid Area
Two women were arrested for allegedly abducting a three-year-old girl from Jama Masjid area, police said Monday.
The accused were identified as Rani and Sahili, both 20 years old, residents of Usman Pur, they said.
On Friday, one Farzan Ahmed filed a complaint that he along with his wife, younger brother and two daughters had come to Jama Masjid, police said.
Trump Says Trade Deal with China Likely
President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to be able to reach a trade deal with China, which is feeling the impact of US tariffs.
"We are doing very well with China. They're having a hard with their economy because of the tariffs," Trump told reporters at the White House.
"I think that we are going to be able to do a deal with China." US officials were in Beijing last week for talks aimed at ending the bruising trade confrontation that has subjected more than USD 350 billion in two-way trade to steep tariffs.
2 Hurt as Drinking Session Turns into Brawl
Two men were injured after they allegedly fell from an under-construction building following an altercation during a drinking session in south east Delhi's Okha Industrial Area, police said Monday.
The incident took place on Saturday when Sunil, Pramod and their uncle Hareram, all labourers working at the construction site, were drinking, they added.
Karnataka BJP MLAs in Gurugram to Strategise For Lok Sabha Polls: Shashikala Jolle
BJP Karnataka MLA from Nippani Shashikala Jolle said, “There are 104 BJP MLAs and we're together. We were called here (Gurugram) to strategise for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. There's no talks of forming government, if there is anything our leaders will tell you.”
Shift 3 Lankesh Murder Accused to Mumbai from Bengaluru: HC
The Bombay High Court Monday ordered that three accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case be shifted from a Bengaluru jail to Mumbai's Arthur Road prison to enable them to file affidavits and defend a petition by the Maharashtra ATS seeking their custody in an arms haul case.
Justice Mridula Bhatkar gave the direction when hearing an application filed by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad seeking custody of the three accused — Amol Kale, Amit Baddi and Ganesh Miskin.
Maha: Public Prosecutor Killed by Her Doctor Hubby
A 37-year-old public prosecutor in Jalgaon court in Maharashtra was Monday allegedly smothered to death by her doctor husband at their home in Jamner town, over 400 kms from here, police said.
He said the deceased Vidya Patil alias Rakhi was married with Dr Bharat Patil, and the couple had two children.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Admitted to AIIMS
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad admitted to AIIMS in Delhi for sinus treatment.
Resident Doctors of Safdarjung Hospital Call off Strike
Resident Doctors of Safdarjung hospital call off strike after meeting with Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Gabon President Leaves Morocco to Fly Home
Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba has left Morocco to fly home, AFP quotes sources as saying.
Deaths in Zimbabwe Fuel Protests
Deaths in Zimbabwe have fuelled protests across the nation, according to security minister.
Fire Breaks out at AK Industrial Estate in Maharashtra's Mumbra
A fire broke out in six godowns around 1:45am at AK Industrial Estate near Shilphata-Mahape Road in Shilphata, Mumbra. Three fire tenders are present at the spot.
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