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Petrol, Diesel Prices See an Increase in Delhi & Mumbai

Petrol and diesel prices at Rs 70.72/litre (increase by Rs 0.17) & Rs 65.16/litre (increase by Rs 0.19), respectively in Delhi. Petrol and diesel prices at Rs 76.35/litre (increase by Rs 0.17) & Rs 68.22/litre (increase by Rs 0.20), respectively in Mumbai.

(Source: ANI)

Trains in Delhi Run late Due to Fog

Ten trains in Delhi are running late due to foggy weather conditions, reports ANI.

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Delhi Court Fixes 11 Feb as Next Date for IRCTC Case Hearing

Delhi’s Patiala House Court has fixed 11th February as the next date of hearing in IRCTC scam case filed by CBI. The Enforcement Directorate has filed a reply in Delhi's Patiala House Court opposing the regular bail plea to all the accused in the case.

(Source: ANI)

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Woman Gang-Raped in UP's Muzaffarnagar

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by two men in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Saturday.

The incident reportedly took place on Friday, 18 January, when the woman was alone at her residence in Kheri Firozabad village under Kakroli police station.

(Source: PTI)

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United India Rally: Mamata Arrives at Brigade Parade Ground

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee arrived at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground to address the United India Rally, ANI reported.

(Source: ANI)

WCD Files FIR For Financial Fraud Against ICCW

Women and Child Development Ministry registered an FIR against ICCW for financial fraud, ANI reported.

(Source: ANI)

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Delhi Court Extends Lalu’s Interim Bail Till 28 Jan

A Delhi court extended the interim bail granted to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam cases filed by the CBI and the ED till 28 January, PTI reported.

The court reserved the order on the regular bail plea of the former Bihar CM, ANI reported.

Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj also extended the interim bail granted to Prasad's wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case till 28 January, the PTI report added.

On the said date, the court will pronounce order on the regular bail application of Lalu Prasad and others.

(Source: PTI)

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UP Govt Approves 10% Quota For Poor Among Upper Castes

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday, 18 January approved 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward in the general category, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

PDP's Mehbooba Seeks Separatist Leader's Release on Humanitarian Grounds

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti sought the release of separatist leader Shahid-ul-Islam, who is in the NIA's custody, on humanitarian grounds as his wife was not feeling well, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

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Horrifying Fireball at Ruptured Mexico Oil Pipeline Kills 21

A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold, AP reported.

(Source: AP)

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Charge Sheet in JNU Sedition Case Not Accepted by Court

A Delhi lower court has questioned the Delhi Police over filing of charge sheet in 2016 JNU sedition case without procuring requisite sanctions, PTI reported.

"You don't have approval from the legal department. Why did you file the charge sheet without approval?" a Delhi court asked the police.

The Delhi Police said they will get sanction approval in 10 days, the report added.

(Source: PTI)

Indian-American Sikh Presented with Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award

An Indian-American philanthropist and entrepreneur, Gurinder Singh Khalsa, has been presented with the prestigious Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign that forced US authorities change their policy towards headgear of the Sikh community, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

PM Modi Inaugurates L&T's Howitzer Gun-Manufacturing Unit in Surat

Prime minister Modi inaugurated the howitzer gun-manufacturing unit of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at Hazira in Surat on Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

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'Mahagathbandhan' Will Ensure Defeat of BJP: Jignesh Mevani

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Saturday said the coming together of so many opposition leaders at TMC's opposition rally gives a message for change in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

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Fuel from Iran Is Financing Yemen Rebels' War: UN Experts

Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, UN experts said in a new report.

(Source: AP)

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Fresh Snowfall in Kashmir, Flight Operations Disrupted at Srinagar Airport

Fresh snowfall in most parts of Kashmir disrupted flight operations at the airport, officials said. There was fresh snowfall in the higher reaches as well as the plains, including Srinagar, on Friday night (18 January), a meteorological department official said.

(Source: PTI)

Pacific Rim Trade Bloc Meets in Tokyo, Prepping for Growth

Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc were meeting in Tokyo on Saturday, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative, PTI reported.

(Source: AP)

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Two Women Turned Away by Police at Sabarimala

Two women of menstruating age, who attempted to trek the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa early Saturday, were forced to return once again after the police informed them that it would be difficult to provide security as there was a possibility of protests from devotees.

(Source: PTI)

Two Killed as Truck, Van Crush Motorcycle in UP's Sitapur

Two people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding was crushed between a speeding truck and a van at Madhvapur crossing, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Attack on Buddhist Temple in Southern Thailand Kills 2 Monks

Police say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others, AP reported.

(Source: AP)

Three Found Dead in UP's Sambhal

Three people, including two women, were found dead with stab wounds on their bodies in Guru Teg Bahadur Colony, police said on Saturday. The deceased include Santosh Devi (70), her relative Kesar Singh (62) and their maid, they said.

(Source: PTI)

EVM Machine Is 'Chor' Machine: Farooq Abdullah at Kolkata Rally

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday called the EVM the "chor machine" and demanded that the ballot paper system be brought back for the sake of transparency.

(Source: PTI)

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JNU Sedition Case: Court Asks Delhi Police to Procure Sanctions by 6 Feb

The Patiala House court has fixed the JNU sedition case matter for 6 February and has asked the Delhi police to get requisite sanction approval by then, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

3 Sent to Police Custody For Allegedly Plotting Attack on Religious Outfit

Delhi's Patiala House court has sent three accused on a 3-day police custody in connection with a planned attack on members of a socio-religious organisation in south India, ANI reported. They had earlier been arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell, the report added.

(Source: ANI)

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Money Laundering Case: Vadra's Aide Granted Interim Protection From Arrest Till 6 Feb

Delhi’s Patiala House court has extended interim protection from arrest granted to Manoj Arora, close aide of Robert Vadra, till 6 February in connection with a money-laundering case, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

IAF Plans to Order 8 Combat Aircrafts From HAL Pegged at 3,000-Cr

The Indian Airforce is planning to place an order for eight new Su-30 MKI combat aircrafts from the cash-strapped state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), likely to be pegged at 3,000 crore, ANI reported.

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ED Attaches Zakir Naik's Assets Worth Rs 16.40 Cr Under PMLA

The ED has attached fresh assets worth Rs 16.40 crore in connection with its money-laundering probe against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, PTI reported.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), in a statement, said it had issued a provisional order for attachment of Naik's assets, located in Mumbai and Pune, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

(Source: PTI)

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"BJP Will Not Destabilise Karnataka Govt": BS Yeddyurappa

The BJP would not destabilise Karnataka's ruling coalition, party state chief B S Yeddyurappa said on Saturday, a day after the Congress shifted all its MLAs to a resort nearby fearing a poaching bid, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

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Delhi Court Grants Bail to Lalu Yadav in IRCTC Scam

Delhi’s Patiala House court has granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in IRCTC scam case filed by CBI, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

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AAP Govt, Delhi Police Engage in Blame Game Over JNU Sedition Case

The AAP government and the Delhi Police engaged in a blame game on Saturday after a court questioned the department for filing a chargesheet in the sedition case against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others without procuring the required sanction from authorities.

(Source: PTI)

Vibrant Gujarat: India Reaches out to African Countries

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured African nations that India will continue to be their trusted partner and work closely for the economic and social empowerment of Africans.

(Source: PTI)

Protests Rage on in Assam Over Citizenship Bill

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill showed no sign of waning in Assam on Saturday as agitators staged semi-clad protests in Texpur, took out women's rally in Tinsukia, and organised citizen's meeting in Guwahati, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

Spanish Police Arrest 7 After Uber, Cabify Cars Attacked

Police in Barcelona say they have arrested seven people on suspicion of attacking cars that work with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify as part of a protest by taxi drivers, AP reported.

(Source: AP)

3 Booked for Derogatory Remarks Against RLD Leader's Wife on Facebook

A case has been lodged against three persons here for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the wife of RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary on Facebook, PTI reported.

(Source: PTI)

PM Modi inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

PM Modi Inaugurates the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai, PTI reported.

Fire Breaks out at Sector 13 at Kumbh Mela

Fire breaks out at Sector 13 at Kumbh Mela. The fire was doused and no casualties were reported.

(Source: ANI)

Himachal Pradesh Govt Approves 10 Percent Quota for the EWS

The Himachal Pradesh government has approved 10 percent reservation given by Central Government in government jobs and education to economically weaker section in the general category.

(Source: ANI)

I-T Dept to Issue Notice for Cash Transaction Above Rs 20,000 in Property Purchase

I-T Department's Delhi division is going to start a drive against property purchases where the cash transaction crosses the limit of Rs 20,000.

(Source: ANI)

PDP Expels Altaf Bukhari for 'Anti-Party Activities'

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party has expelled Altaf Bukhari for 'anti-party activities'.

(Source: ANI)

Vyapam Scam: Minister Laxmikant Sharma and 7 Others Get Clean Chit

Former Madhya Pradesh Minister Laxmikant Sharma & seven other accused get clean chit in Central Bureau of Investigation's probe in the Vyapam scam case.

(Source: ANI)

Peace Committee Member Shot Dead in Pakistan

A member of a Peace Committee was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, 19 January, police said.

The man, identified as Malik Mir Alam Khan, was killed after some bikers ambushed his vehicle at Achini Khwar area in Khyber district.

(Source: PTI)

Bengali Writer Atin Bandyopadhyay Passes Away

Sahitya Akademi award winning Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay died of brain stroke at a city hospital on Saturday, 19 January, family sources said.

Bandyopadhyay, who left behind two sons, had suffered serious head injuries after a fall, a couple of days back and was kept under ventilation at the private hospital, his family said.

(Source: PTI)

Fire Breaks out at a Cloth Shop in Delhi's Chandni Chowk

A fire broke out in a cloth shop in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk on Saturday,19 January, a Delhi Fire Service officer said.

A call was received at around 9 pm about the incident and eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot, he said.

The fire was brought under control within an hour, he added.

(Source: PTI)

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