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Marginal Changes in Petrol, Diesel Prices

Petrol and diesel prices are at Rs 70.33/litre (decrease by Rs 0.08) and Rs 64.59/litre (increase by Rs. 0.12) respectively in Delhi.

In Mumbai, petrol is priced at Rs 75.97/litre (decrease by Rs. 0.08), while diesel is at Rs 67.62/litre (increase by Rs. 0.13).

(Source: ANI)

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Protesters Halt Two Women Attempting to Enter Sabarimala Temple

Protesters stop two women on their way to Sabarimala temple at Neelimala. The police are at the spot.

(Source: ANI)

BSP Candidate Jagat Singh Uses Objectionable Language During Campaign in Ramgarh

A notice was issued to BSP candidate Jagat Singh from Ramgarh for allegedly using objectionable language during campaign.

Polling was postponed in the constituency after BSP candidate Lakshman Singh died of a cardiac arrest in November last year. Voting will take place on 28 January.

(Source: ANI)

Rupee Opens Slightly Higher At 71.06 Against Dollar

Rupee opened slightly higher at 71.06 against the greenback on Wednesday, 16 January, versus its previous close of 71.03.

1 Dead After Being Shot by Unidentified Assailants in Bihar

One person was killed and one injured after being shot at by unidentified assailants in Bihar’s Hajipur. Police investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

Two Killed on Suspicion of Being Police Informers in Bihar

Two people were killed by Naxals on suspicion of being police informers in Bihar’s Jamui.

(Source: ANI)

15 Dead in Islamist Attack on Kenya Hotel Complex: Police Sources

At least 15 people were killed in an Islamist attack on DusitD2 hotel complex in Kenya, police sources said.

Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, 16 January, gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group Al-Shabab.

(Source: AFP)

Aam Aadmi Party MLA From Jaito Master Baldev Resigns

Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Jaito Master Baldev has resigned from the party.

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hear Plea Against M Nageswara Rao’s Appointment as CBI Director

Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea filed against M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation next week.

The plea also sought transparency in the process of short-listing, selection and appointment of the CBI Director.

(Source: ANI)

Bunkers Being Constructed in J&K For Shelter During Shelling

2002 individual bunkers,120 community bunkers are being constructed in villages close to border, SM Parvez, Executive engineer for PWD confirmed. Community bunkers are at few important locations, so people can seek shelter during shelling.

(ANI)

Chennai Revenue Intelligence Seizes 20.6 Kg Gold, BMW Car and Rs 21 Lakh

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence of Chennai Zonal Unit has seized 20.6 kg gold of foreign origin, valued at Rs 6.88 crore.

A BMW car & Rs 21 lakh were also seized under the Customs Act, 1962.

Four persons have been arrested & remanded in judicial custody for further investigation.

(Source: ANI)

Weapons Seized From BJP Worker Dhananjay Kulkarni's Shop in Mumbai

Huge cache of weapons was seized from the shop of BJP worker Dhananjay Kulkarni on Tuesday, 15 January, in Maharashtra’s Dombivli. Dhananjay has been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

(Source: ANI)

Bombay High Court Directs BEST Union to Call off Strike

Bombay High Court has directed the BEST union to call off their strike. The court has also told them to announce within one hour that they have called off the strike.

(Source: ANI)

Left Parties To Skip TMC's Opposition Rally in Kolkata

Left parties will not participate in TMC’s Opposition rally in Kolkata, on 19 January.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, 16 January, claimed the rally will see participation of non-BJP parties from “Kashmir to Kanyakumari.”

Senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge will represent Congress at the rally.

(Source: ANI)

3 TRS MLCs Disqualified on Grounds of Defection

Three Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLCs Yadava Reddy, Bhupathi Reddy and Ramesh Nayak have been disqualified from Telangana Legislative council on grounds of defection.

Senior Advocate Sanjay Jain Appointed as Additional Solicitor General

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed senior advocate Sanjay Jain as the Additional Solicitor General of India for the Supreme Court of India, with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the office till 30 June 2020, or until further orders.

(Source: ANI)

CBI Special Court to Pronounce Quantum of Sentence to Ram Rahim on 17 Jan

The CBI Special Court in Panchkula will pronounce the quantum of sentence to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the Journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati murder case on Thursday, 17 January, via video conferencing. He is currently lodged in Rohtak's Sunaria jail.

(Source: ANI)

Carcass of Leopard Found in River in Odisha

A carcass of a leopard was found floating in water at the bank of Rengali Dam, in Angul districtof Odisha, on Wednesday, 17 January. The body has been sent for post mortem to ascertain the cause of death.

(Source: ANI)

RBI Guv to Meet Industry and Commerce Reps on 17 Jan

Continuing his series of consultations with various stakeholders of the economy, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said he would meet the representatives from the industry and commerce on Thursday, 17 January.

(Source: IANS)

Capacity of Numaligarh Refinery to Be Increased Threefold: Goyal

Cabinet of economic affairs has decided to increase the capacity of Numaligarh Refinery threefold to fulfill petroleum needs in the northeast. Project will be completed in 4 years, said Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

(Source: ANI)

Hurriyat Shouldn't Consider Me An Alien: J&K Governor

"Hurriyat should not consider me an alien," said Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik on Wednesday, 16 January.

Speaking to ANI, Malik said Hurriyat must approach him directly with matters pertaining to atrocities and injustice to the common man if they come across any such situation.

Step-Father Thrashes 5-year-old Boy to Death: Delhi DCP

A 5-year-old boy died after being thrashed by his step-father, in Delhi’s Kapashera, on 10 Januaru. DCP South West says, "We've registered a murder case. According to the medical report, the child suffered multiple injuries including, one on head which was the cause of the death."

DCP South West says, "On 12 Jan, the child died due to injuries. The step-father has confessed to beating the child. The mother presented wrong facts during the investigation. We've concluded that death is a result of a conspiracy of which the mother was also a part."

(Source: ANI)

Exim Bank Authorised Capital Spiked By Rs 10,000 Crore

Cabinet approved recapitalisation of Export-Import Bank of India to the tune of Rs 6,000 crores and increase in the authorised capital of Exim Bank from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs. 20,000 crore, said Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

(Source: ANI)

Bishop France Rape Case: Four Nuns Served Transfer Notice

Four fellow nuns of the victim in the Bishop Franco rape case were issued transfer notice on Wednesday, 16 January, by Mother general of Missionaries of Jesus based in Jalandhar.

(Source: Times of India)

Central Cabinet Approves Expenditure of Over Rs 3,000 Crore For 13 Central Univs

Central Cabinet has given its approval for incurring an expenditure of Rs 3639.32 crore for 13 new central universities for recurring cost and creation of necessary infrastructure for completion of campuses. It'll be completed within 36 months, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

(Source: ANI)

Ex-Post Facto Approval Given After Visa Arrangement Signed Between India, Maldives

Central Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to agreement on the facilitation of visa arrangements signed between India and Maldives, said Union minister Piyush Goyal.

(Source: ANI)

BEST Bus Services Resume in Mumbai

BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) bus services resume after Bombay High Court today ordered the BEST union to call off their strike.

(Source: ANI)

CBI Registers FIR Against Dir of Children's Home For Alleged Assault on Inmates

Central Bureau of Investigation registers FIR against the Director of Samaj Samiti Boys' Children Home in Bhagalpur & DORD Children Home in Gaya, for allegedly physically assaulting the inmates.

(Source: ANI)

UN Chief Hails 'Historic' Moment as Palestine Takes over Reins of G77

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the "historic leadership" of Palestine which assumed the chairmanship of G77, the global body's largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries including India.

Egypt was the previous Chair of the Group of 77 (G77), a coalition of 134 members, along with China which aligns itself with the bloc.

(Source: PTI)

Scrap Sedition Law, a Colonial Hangover: Sibal

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal Wednesday demanded that the sedition law be scrapped as those in power are "manipulating" it.

He also called for a change in the government to save the country. "Scrap sedition law (section 124A,IPC), a colonial hangover.

(Source: PTI)

Over 2,300 Women to Go on Haj This Year Without 'Mehram': Naqvi

Over 2,300 Muslim women from India will go on Haj this year without 'Mehram' or male companion as all those who applied under this category have been exempted from the lottery system, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Wednesday.

The Modi government had last year allowed women going to Haj without Mehram, which had resulted in about 1,300 Muslim women going for the pilgrimage without any male companion. They had been exempted from the lottery system.

(Source: PTI)

Russia Ready to Work with US to 'Save' Inf Arms Treaty: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a key arms control treaty, calling on Europe to help in the talks.

Moscow's top diplomat spoke after fresh talks between US and Russian officials in Geneva to salvage the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) went nowhere.

(Source: AFP)

Police Detain Leading Zimbabwe Activist After Protests: AFP

Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire was detained by police on Wednesday, AFP reporters witnessed, when he was taken away from his house in the capital Harare.

Armed police had been at Mawarire's property for more than two hours before he was driven away in a pick-up truck as security forces crack down after anti-government protests.

(Source: AFP)

Syria Kurds Reject 'Security Zone' Under Turkish Control

Syria's Kurds on Wednesday rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.

Senior political leader Aldar Khalil said the Kurds would accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops to ward off a threatened offensive.

(Source: AFP)

Delhi HC to Hear National Herald Publisher AJL's Plea on 28 Jan

The Delhi High Court Wednesday said it will hear the appeal of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper, on January 28 challenging the single judge order asking it to vacate its premises here.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon cited health issues and asked if the matter could be heard some other day.

(Source: PTI)

DRI Seizes Rs 6.8 Cr Worth Gold Smuggled into India from Dubai, Sri Lanka

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested four people for allegedly trying to smuggle gold valuing about Rs 6.88 crore into the country from Dubai and Sri Lanka, according to an official statement issued Wednesday.

All the four accused -- the kingpin, his aide and close relative, and two carriers -- have been remanded in judicial custody, it said.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex, Nifty Close Nearly Flat; Jet Airways Slumps

Indian shares closed little changed on Wednesday as investors were cautious ahead of Reliance Industries Ltd’s quarterly results.

The benchmark BSE Sensex closed 0.01 percent higher at 36,321.29, while the broader NSE Nifty ended up 0.03 percent at 10,890.30.

Shares of Reliance Industries climbed 0.55 percent. The conglomerate is due to report its quarterly results on Thursday.

(Source: Reuters)

Will Join Hands with Like-Minded Parties Who Strive for Corruption-Free TN: Haasan

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan Wednesday said his party was willing to join hands with like-minded parties who are against corruption and focused on making Tamil Nadu a progressive state.

"The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is ready to join hands with those parties, who dream to make Tamil Nadu a progressive State and also corruption-free," Haasan told reporters at nearby Pollachi after inaugurating the party office there.

(Source: PTI)

Centre Working on Law to End Mining Crisis in Goa: Sawaikar

BJP Lok Sabha member from Goa Narendra Sawaikar on Wednesday said the Centre was in the process of formulating a law to resolve the state's mining crisis.

Sawaikar, another Lok Sabha MP from Goa Shripad Naik, Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar and Goa Mining People's Front chief Puti Gaonkar had met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sunday to find a solution for the resumption of the iron ore extraction operations in the state.

(Source: PTI)

Make Online FIR Filing Facility Available for Passengers: Rajnath Singh

Asserting that jurisdiction issues, at times, cause harassment to people, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday asked the railway ministry to start a facility by which passengers can file FIRs online.

"There is no facility for a passenger to file an FIR online. If somebody is travelling by train (and something happens), he need to visit Government Railway Police (GRP) police station to get an FIR registered.

(Source: PTI)

Cache of Arms Seized in Raid at Shop, Dombivli BJP Leader Held

An office-bearer of the Dombivli unit of the BJP was arrested after police raided his fashion accessories store and recovered around 170 weapons, including air guns, swords and knives, an official said Wednesday.

The raid was conducted at the shop located in Tilak Nagar area in Dombivli on Monday night and the shop owner- Dhananjay Kulkarni (49)- was arrested early Tuesday morning, the official said.

(Source: PTI)

Osidha Congress Working Prez Quits Party

Odisha Congress Working President and Jharsuguda MLA, Naba Kisore Das resigns from party. In a letter written to Rahul Gandhi he said "The people and voters of my area want that I should contest the next election from BJD."

(Source: ANI)

Bad Weather in Kashmir Forces Flight Cancellation

Several flights were cancelled in Kashmir Wednesday due to snowfall and bad weather conditions, an official said.

"The flight operations at Srinagar airport have been hit due to bad weather since Wednesday morning," an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said.

(Source: PTI)

Over Three Lakh New Voters in J&K

Over three lakh new voters were added during the ongoing special summary revision (SSR) in Jammu and Kashmir, election authorities said Wednesday.

"During the ongoing SSR of photo electoral rolls, with respect to January 1 as the qualifying date, 3,07,984 new voters were added, which is highest as compared to the last four years additions," the officials said.  Besides, they said, 1,25,931 voters were deleted from the roll and 94,659 corrections and modifications were made in the particulars of electors.

(Source: PTI)

Indra Nooyi Being Considered to Lead World Bank: Report

Indra Nooyi is among the candidates being considered by the White House to head the World Bank after the India-born former PepsiCo CEO's name was floated by Ivanka Trump, the president's influential daughter, a top American daily reported.

Nooyi, 63, stepped down as PepsiCo's chief last August after leading the company for 12 years.

She "has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee," the The New York Times said.

(Source: PTI)

People Suggested Dates For Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Sushma Swaraj

MEA Sushma Swaraj said that they were getting demand from everywhere that can't they reschedule the date of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from 9 January to a date on which the NRIs can attend both Kumbh Mela & Republic Day Parade at Rajpath. "People themselves suggested the date of 21-23 January," she said.

Swaraj said, "Varanasi was selected as the venue for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas because it is near Allahabad and we could easily bring participants from Varanasi to Allahabad. Our registrations have also increased threefold."

(Source: PTI)

PRISM Urges Mizoram CM to Convene Meet on Citizenship Bill

The People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Zoramthanga to convene a meeting of all political parties in the state to discuss the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955.

In a letter submitted to the chief minister's office, the Vanlalruata-led party said all parties should come together to stop the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

(Source: PTI)

Three MLCs of Telangana Legislative Council Disqualified

Three members of the Telangana Legislative Council, who switched loyalty to the Congress on the eve of the December 7 assembly elections, were Wednesday disqualified with immediate effect on grounds of defection.

TLC Chairman K Swamy Goud Wednesay disqualified K Yadava Reddy, R Bhoopathi Reddy and S Ramulu Naik as members of the upper house of legislature.

(Source: PTI)

2 Die After Fall While Flying Kites in Hyderabad

A 11-year-old boy and a man died while another boy was injured after falling from buildings in separate kite flying incidents here in the past three days, police said Wednesday.

In the fatal incident, the boy fell from the third floor of a building in Habeebnagar and succumbed to injuries at a hospital on Monday, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Naval Chopper Makes Precautionary Landing in Alappuzha

A Navy helicopter made a "precautionary landing" off a National Highway in Alappuzha district Wednesday, a defence spokesman said.

"The crew consisting of two pilots are safe and the aircraft has not suffered any damage," the spokesman said.

(Source: PTI)

JU Professor Kanak Sarkar Divested of Duties After Controversial Remark

Jadavpur University professor Kanak Sarkar who made controversial remarks in a Facebook post has been divested of his duties with immediate effect.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Govt Not Releasing Funds to TTAADC, Left Front to Agitate

The Left Front in Tripura today said it would launch a week-long agitation, as the BJP-led government allegedly did not release the sanctioned budhetary amount to the TTAADC run by the opposition group, though only a little time are left for the financial year to end.

The TTAADC comprises two-third of the state's territory and is home to the tribals, who constitute a third of the state's population.

(Source: PTI)

429 Tigers Killed by Poachers Since 2008, Reveals RTI Reply

As many as 429 tigers have been poached and killed since 2008 across the country, with the maximum of 71 in Madhya Pradesh during the period, revealed data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Year-wise, the maximum killings took place in 2011 when 80 tigers were poached, while the minimum of 17 occurred in 2015, according to the data from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

(Source: PTI)

Selection Panel to Meet on 24 Jan to Decide on New CBI Dir

The Selection Panel to meet on 24 January to decide on new CBI director.

(Source: ANI)

Detention Centre for Foreigners Set up in Goa

The Goa government has converted the old sub-jail in Mapusa town near here into a detention centre for foreign nationals who violate visa norms, a senior police official said Wednesday.

The Public Works Department had earlier been asked to renovate the old jail, located in Mapusa town, so that the foreigners, who are overstaying in Goa after expiry of their documents, can be lodged there, Superintendent of Police Bosco George said.

(Source: PTI)

Cabinet Approves Signing of MoU Between India, Australia on Mines Safety

The government Wednesday approved signing of a pact between India and Australia on mines safety.

The approval was given by the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The Union Cabinet...has given its approval for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and Department of Natural Resource Mines and Energy, Queensland Government, Australia through the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS)," according to an official statement.

(Source: PTI)

World Economic Forum Warns of Impact of Global Tensions

Organisers of next week's annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos say worsening international relations are hindering efforts to resolve global challenges.

In its annual Global Risks Report, the World Economic Forum says Wednesday that a "darkening" economic outlook, in part fostered by geopolitical tensions between the United States and China, "looks set to further reduce the potential for international cooperation in 2019."

(Source: AP)

Cong MLA from Zira Suspended for Indiscipline

Punjab Congress on Wednesday suspended its MLA from Zira from the party on the charge of indiscipline, days after his public outburst at an event.  The state unit had earlier issued a show cause notice the legislator Kulbir Singh Zira after he had alleged inaction against contractors selling illicit liquor.

"Kulbir Singh Zira has been suspended from the primary membership of the party for indiscipline," Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar told reporters here on Wednesday.

(Source: PTI)

Iran Journalist Arrested in US: Media

A journalist for Iran's English-language Press TV has been arrested in the United States, the news channel said on Wednesday.

US-born Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday, according to family and friends cited by Press TV.

BJP Will Win 74 Lok Sabha Seats in UP: Nadda

Union minister J P Nadda on Wednesday exuded confidence that the BJP will win 74 Lok Sabha seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh and downplayed the SP-BSP alliance in the state for the general elections.

At a meeting with senior office bearers of the party here, Nadda, who is on his first visit to the Uttar Pradesh capital after being appointed the BJP's election in-charge for the state, said the party will register a handsome win in the Lok Sabha polls and all records will be broken.

(Source: PTI)

AIMIM MLA Mumtaz Ahmed Khan Takes Oath as Pro-tem Speaker of Telangana Assembly

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Mumtaz Ahmed Khan takes oath as Pro-tem Speaker of Telangana Assembly in Hyderabad.

'How to Solve Problems of Owners Living in Amrapali Flats': SC to Authorities

Supreme Court asks Noida and Greater Noida Authority to apprise it as to how to solve the problem of home buyers who are living in Amrapali flats but have not been given registry. SC fixed the matter for further hearing to January 24.

(Source: ANI)

RLD's Jayant Chaudhary Meets SP Chief Akhilesh on Poll Tie-Up

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) vice-president Jayant Chaudhary Wednesday met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav here and held discussions on a seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The meeting took place at the Samajwadi Party headquarters.

(Source: PTI)

Naxals Torch Passenger Bus in C'garh, Three Held

A group of Naxals allegedly torched a bus in Kasoli village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, after asking passengers to alight, police said.

Three Naxals were arrested in connection with the incident, police said.

Talking to PTI, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav said the incident took place in Geedam tehsil in the district in the morning.

(Source: PTI)

Rajasthan Cong Begins Exercise to Pick LS Candidates

After its success in the recent Rajasthan Assembly elections, the Congress here has begun seeking feedback from workers in each constituency to pick candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

This is being done through a series of meetings being held in the state capital.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the party's state leadership is inviting workers to discuss the upcoming elections.

(Source: PTI)

Bodies of Man, Woman Found in Well in Rajasthan

The bodies of a 28-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were found Wednesday in a well in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district, police said.

The man was identified as Rajesh and the woman was his neighbour, Guda police Station House Officer Ashok Chaudhary said. He said both of them apparently had an affair.

(Source: PTI)

At Least 7 Killed in Suicide Attack in Syria

A suicide attack in Syria's Manbij kills at least 7, according to monitor.

(Source: AFP)

Cabinet Clears Next Gen IT-Filing System

IT major Infosys has been selected to implement the next generation system for processing income tax return filings, with the Union Cabinet sanctioning an estimated Rs 4,241.97 crore for the project.

The move will help in bringing down the income tax return (ITR) processing time to one day and hence speed up refunds.

(Source: PTI)

Microsoft's M12 to Invest in Indian Startups, Picks up Stake in Innovaccer

Betting big on the burgeoning Indian startup ecoystem, Microsoft's corporate venture fund, M12, Wednesday said it will invest in various startups in the country with a funding size of USD 2 million to USD 10 million.

M12, formerly known as Microsoft Ventures, has chosen health-tech startup Innovaccer as its first investment in India.

(Source: PTI)

Release Kashmiri Journalist and Drop Charges Against Him, Cpj Tells J&K Governor

The Committee to Protect Journalists has appealed to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to release journalist Aasif Sultan, arrested last year for alleged links with militant groups, and drop the charges against him.

No chargesheet has been filed against Sultan, who works for a weekly newspaper and was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on August 27 last year, the CPJ, a global organisation advocating press freedom, said in a letter to the governor.

(Source: PTI)

Alleged Arms Smuggler Manages to Escape Again from Railway Police in UP

A team of the Government Railway Police (GRP) from Haryana raided the house of an alleged arms smuggler in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district but he managed to evade arrest for the second time in less than a week, police said Wednesday.

The accused Arif is a native of Titarwada village in Kairana and is on a run, the police said.

(Sourcce: PTI)

5 Killed in Nairobi Hotel Complex

Five gunmen attacked Nairobi hotel complex, all dead, said police chief.

(Source: AFP)

MK Mishra on Elevation of Justices to SC

On elevation of Justice Khanna & Justice Maheshwari to SC, MK Mishra, Chairman, Bar Council of India said, “There is strong resentment among several judges. Names of Justice Menon & Justice Nandrajog were recommended in December. Now suddenly collegium has taken a u-turn after 20-25 days.”

“Our delegation will go and meet the collegium to ask them to reconsider and recall this decision. If they don't do it, we'll go and sit on a dharna,” he said.

(Source: ANI)

Complaint Filed Against CDAB For Alleged Involvement in Restrictive Practices

Competition Commission of India found Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (CDAB) to be in contravention of provisions of Competition Act, 2002.Complaint was filed with Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission in '09 alleging it indulged in restrictive trade practices.

(Source: ANI)

15 Dead in Syria's Suicide Attack

The death toll of Syria suicide attack rises to 15, said monitor.

(Source: AFP)

Monumental Task to Fix Economy: Zimbabwe Prez

Zimbabwe president says 'monumental task' to fix the economy.

(Source: AFP)

Justice Sanjiv Khanna, Dinesh Maheshwari Appointed to Be SC Judge

President Ram Nath Kovind appoints Justices Sanjiv Khanna, judge of Delhi High Court, and Dinesh Maheshwari, chief justice of Karnataka High Court, to be a judges of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.

(Source: ANI)

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act Gets Prez's Assent

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019 which was passed by the Parliament on 3 January, received the assent of the President of India on 10th January.

(Source: ANI)

Sri Lanka Asks IMF to Revive USD 1.5-Billion Bailout

Sri Lanka has appealed to the International Monetary Fund to revive a USD 1.5-billion bailout suspended during the island nation's political crisis late last year, the finance ministry said Wednesday.

In October, President Maithripala Sirisena sparked weeks of high political drama, even featuring brawls in parliament, by sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and dissolving the legislature.

(Source: PTI)

Four US Soldiers Killed, Three Wounded in Blast in Syria's Manbij: US Official

A blast struck near US-led coalition forces on Wednesday in Syria’s northern city of Manbij, and a war monitor said 16 people had been killed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and a militia source said two Americans were among the dead, but Reuters was unable to independently confirm the death toll. The coalition said in a tweet it was still gathering information.

An Islamic State-affiliated web site, Amaq, said a suicide attacker with an explosive vest had targeted a foreign military patrol.

(Reuters)

Illegal Forex Trade Call Centre Busted, One Arrested

The police busted an unauthorised forex trade call centre in suburban Andheri and arrested its manager, a senior official said Wednesday.

Anup Ram (33), manager of the call centre operating in Andheri East area, was arrested after a raid Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

HS Stays KSRTC Employees Strike in Kerala

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed the indefinite strike called by the unions of the state-run transport company from midnight.

A bench of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar granted the interim stay till Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

Maharashtra to Set up 3,200 MW Solar Projects in Two Years

Solar projects with 3,200 mw capacity will be set up in Maharashtra in the next two years, Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Wednesday.

He said chief engineer in each of the 16 zones of Mahavitaran, the state-run power distribution company, has been directed to ensure setting up of 200 mw solar projects (total 3,200 mw) in his jurisdiction in the next two years.

(Source: PTI)

Maoists Kill 2 in Bihar Suspecting Them to Be Police Informers

Maoists have gunned down two villagers here suspecting them to be police informers, an officer said on Wednesday.

Around midnight on Tuesday, Mohd Usman (40) and Mohd Ghulam (38) were killed in Gurudbad village in Chakai police station area by the rebels, said to be around 30 in number, Station House Officer (SHO) Chandeshwan Paswan said.

(Source: PTI)

Facebook to Tighten Political Ad Rules for 2019 Elections

Facebook said Tuesday it will tighten rules for political ads in countries like India where elections are scheduled in the first half of the year, building on transparency efforts already underway in the United States, Britain and Brazil after a series of scandals.

(Source: AFP)

President Appoints Senior Advocates Sanjay Jain, KM Nataraj as ASGs

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed senior advocates Sanjay Jain and K M Nataraj as Additional Solicitor Generals of India for the Supreme Court.

"The president is pleased to appoint Sanjay Jain, senior advocate, as Additional Solicitor General of India for the Supreme Court with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the office till June 30, 2020, or until further orders, whichever is earlier," according to an official notification issued on 15 January.

(Source: PTI)

Vishakha Mulye Re-Appointed As Executive Director of ICICI Bank

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the re-appointment of Vishakha Mulye as Executive Director of the ICICI Bank for a period of two years from January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2021.

(Source: ANI)

Pulled Myself Into Boat Somehow: Navy Officer Who Got Injured During Circumnavigation Race

Navy officer Abhilash Tomy, who was injured in the ocean during a global circumnavigation race, last year, says, "I was badly injured and I pulled myself into the boat somehow. I was left injured for three days as the French vessel was taking some time to reach me."

"PM Modi called me up to know about my wellness two days after I was rescued. I told him that I would return to the sea and go sailing as soon as I recover fully," he added.

(Source: ANI)

Dogs Found Sleeping in Bihar's Govt Hospital

Dogs found sleeping on beds in Bihar’s Nawada government hospital. Umesh Chandra, Incharge, Civil Surgeon says, "We will ascertain how this happened and who's responsible for it."

(Source: ANI)

Postpone State of Union Address: Speaker Pelosi

Speaker Pelosi urges US President Trump to postpone State of Union address over shutdown.

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Pak High Commission Official Summoned Over Death of Civilian

Pakistan High Commission official was summoned on Wednesday and a strong protest was lodged at the death of a civilian in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan forces on 11 January in Sunderbani Sector, said Ministry of External Affairs.

“Our strong concerns were also shared at continued unprovoked firing & ceasefire violations across the LoC & International Boundary. We also protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorist infiltration into India, including supporting cover fire,” MEA added.

(Source: ANI)

AAP MLA From Model Town to Face Trial in 2013 Rioting Case

AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi will face trial in a 2013 rioting case here with a Delhi court framing charges against him and others.

Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj framed charges against Tripathi, who is MLA from Model Town constituency here, and 17 others for rioting, obstructing the Delhi police from doing its duty, using criminal force on police and voluntarily causing hurt to them, after the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

(Source: PTI)

Woman Gang-Raped near East Delhi Mall, One Held

A 30-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her friend and two of his accomplices in a car near a mall in east Delhi's Shahdara following which the main accused has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

The incident took place on Monday night. A passerby saw the woman crying and called police.

(Source: PTI)

BJP Spent over Rs 122 Crore for Karnataka Poll Campaign

The BJP has spent over Rs 122 crore to contest assembly elections in Karnataka and another Rs 14 crore in three Northeast states, according to expenditure details submitted by the party to the Election Commission.

The party recently submitted 'election expenditure statements' for polls in four states and said it has spent Rs 122.68 crore during the Karnataka polls that took place in May last year. JDS-Congress coalition formed government in the state after the polls.

(Source: PTI)

Rohingya Exodus from India to Bangladesh Hits 1,300: Official

At least 1,300 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from India since the start of the year, an official said Wednesday, as fears of deportation to Myanmar spark an exodus.

New Delhi has faced sharp criticism for turning members of the persecuted minority over to Myanmar in recent weeks, despite the army there being accused of atrocities against the Rohingya.

(Source: AFP)

PSLV-C44 to Launch Kalamsat, Microsat Satellite on 24 Jan

The Indian Space Research Organisation Wednesday said its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the Kalamsat payload and Microsat-R satellite from Sriharikota on January 24.

PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages.

(Source: PTI)

'Upskirting' Becomes Illegal Across UK

British lawmakers have outlawed the practice of "upskirting" -- secretly taking pictures up women's skirts -- following an 18-month campaign by a victim.

Those found guilty face up to two years in jail, leading campaigner Gina Martin to praise the bill as "politics and society at its best".

(Source: AFP)

J&K Police Bring Back Boy Who Intended to Join MIlitancy

Jammu and Kashmir Police successfully counselled and brought back a boy from Ganderbal to mainstream who had left his home intending to join militancy.

(Source: ANI)

Male Nurse Arrested for Sexually Harassing Cancer Patients

A male nurse has been arrested for allegedly sexually harassing three female cancer patients at a hospital here, police said Wednesday.

(Source: PTI)

BJYM Leader Held for Circulating 'Defaming Videos' of TRS MLA

A leader of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Sai Prasad has been arrested here for allegedly circulating defaming videos against a local TRS MLA online and on social media, police said.

(Source: PTI)

BJP Chief Amit Shah in AIIMS For Swine Flu Treatment

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah getting treatment in Delhi’s AIIMS for swine flu.

(Source: ANI)

Ravi Shankar Prasad Stable: AIIMS Sources

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is admitted to AIIMS, has been shifted out of the ICU and is stable, hospital sources said Wednesday.

Prasad was admitted to the hospital Monday following complaints of nasal congestion.

He has been shifted to old private ward and is out of the intensive care unit. His condition is stable, a source said.

(Source: PTI)

Fake Edition of Washington Post Distributed

Fake editions of The Washington Post claiming that President Donald Trump has resigned was distributed freely on Wednesday across downtown Washington DC including near and around the White House.

The fake newspaper with six column large headline 'Unpresidented: Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis' was dated 1 May, 2019.

(Source: PTI)

No Pak Presence at Vibrant Gujarat as Delegation Denied Visas

No business delegation from Pakistan would attend the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit as its industry members have not got visas to travel to India, the state's apex industry body said Wednesday.

The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said it had extended an invitation to Pakistan industry representatives for the investor summit, but they will not be attending the three-day event in absence of visas.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi: Woman Dies in Clash Between Neighbours

One woman died, and two people were seriously injured in a clash between neighbours, in Delhi's Khayala area.

(Source: ANI)

At Least 3 US Troops Killed in Syria Blast

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State has killed four Americans in north-eastern Syria, just weeks after Donald Trump said the terrorist group had been defeated and announced he was withdrawing the US troops, The Guardian reported.

Petrol Price Increases to Rs 70.47 Per Litre in Delhi

Petrol and diesel prices at Rs. 70.47/litre (increase by Rs 0.14) & Rs. 64.78/litre (increase by Rs. 0.19), respectively in Delhi.

Petrol and diesel prices at Rs. 76.11/litre (increase by Rs. 0.14) & Rs. 67.82/litre (increase by Rs. 0.20), respectively in Mumbai.

(Source: ANI)

Navy Recovers a Body From Illegal Coal Mine in Meghalaya

Indian Navy has recovered a body from the illegal coal mine at East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, at a depth of more than 200 feet. Search operations for the rest of the miners is underway.

The miners are trapped since 13 December, 2018.

(Source: ANI)

Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch Sector

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector. The security forces are retaliating.

(Source: ANI)

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