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'Looking Forward to Meeting Kim Jong Un': Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Sunday, 20 January, confirmed that he will hold a second summit with North Korea, saying that he is “looking forward” to meeting Kim Jong Un at the end of February.

British PM Turns to Brexit 'Plan B'

British Prime Minister Theresa May unveils her Brexit "Plan B" to parliament on Monday after MPs shredded her EU divorce deal, deepening the political gridlock 10 weeks from departure day.

Britain will leave the European Union on 29 March without a deal unless MPs can force a delay or get their act together in time and come up with an alternative plan that Brussels is also happy with.

(Source: AFP)

Shutdown Proposal Unlikely to Break Logjam

Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his offer of a compromise, saying she is acting "irrationally."

Pelosi has called Trump's proposal a non-starter. Among other things, the president has offered to temporarily extend protections for the so-called Dreamers, young immigrant brought to the U.S. illegally as children. He has also offered a similar protection for those fleeing disaster zones, all in exchange for border wall money.

(Source: AP)

11 Trains Running Late Due to Low Visibility

11 trains are running late due to low visibility and foggy weather conditions.

(Source: ANI)

2 Died in Pudddukottai During Jallikattu Event

Two spectators were killed and 40-bull tamers were injured during a Jallikattu event in Puddukottai on Sunday, 20 January. A record-breaking jallikattu event held at Viralimalai near Pudukkottai on Sunday saw the participation of 1,353 bulls and 700 tamers.

(Source: The News Minute)

Bolivian Bus Plunges Into Ravine, Killing 13, Injuring 26

Bolivian authorities say a bus rolled over on a mountain road in the southern part of the Andean country, then tumbled 100 meters (330 feet) into a ravine, killing at least 13 people and injuring 26 more.

Local media said four of the dead were part of a soccer delegation from Argentina that was in Bolivia to participate in a festival in the Sucre region. Police said Sunday's crash happened in Cieneguillas, a town in the Tarija region south of La Paz.

(Source: AP)

Sensex Gains Over 100 Point, Nifty Above 10,950

Sensex gained 108 points to touch 36,495 while Nifty moved up 13 points to touch 10,920 in the morning trade.

China's Economic Growth Sinks to 3-Decade Low in 2018

China’s economic growth fell to a three-decade low in 2018 as business activity lagged amid a tariff war with Washington.

The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.6 percent over a year earlier, down from 2017's 6.9 percent, official data showed Monday. Growth in the three months that ended in December cooled to 6.4 percent from the previous quarter's 6.5 percent.

(Source: AP)

Encounter Underway in Kashmir Valley

An encounter broke out on Monday between security forces and militants in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hapatnaar area of Budgam District following information about presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into a gunbattle after militants opened fire on security forces.  No casualties have been reported so far in the encounter, he added.

(Source: PTI)

31 Stranded Rohingyas: India-Bangladesh to Hold Meeting

The border guards of India and Bangladesh are likely to hold a meeting on Monday over the 31 stranded Rohingya Muslims, stuck for the past 2 days at the zero line on Tripura frontier, a BSF official said.

"A meeting between the sector commanders of BSF (Border Security Force) and BGB (Border Guards Bangladesh) is likely to be held tomorrow (Monday) over the 31 Rohingya Muslims," Deputy Inspector General of BSF Brajesh Kumar told the media late on Sunday.

(Source: IANS)

BJP MLA Resigns to Join Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena

BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana has confirmed his resignation from the party to join Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party, reported ANI.

Satyanarayana has sent his resignation to the state BJP President Kanna Lakshminarayana.

Amit Shah to Hold Rally in Malda on 22 Jan

BJP President Amit Shah is scheduled to address a rally in Malda, West Bengal on 22 January.

(Source: ANI)

2 Terrorists Killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam

Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter between militant and the security forced in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam. The encounter took place in Zinpanchal area of the Budgam district.

(Source: ANI)

Man Mauled to death by Lions at Chandigarh Zoo

A man was mauled to death by lions at Chhatbir Zoo in Zirakpur, around 20 km from Chandigarh on Monday, 21 January.

M Sudhagarb, Field Director Chhatbir Zoo says, “A man had scaled the compound wall & entered the enclosure. He was attacked by one of the lions inside the safari.”

'Citizenship Bill Not Applicable in Nagaland': CM Rio

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the citizenship bill is not be applicable to the state as it is protected under Article 371 (A) of the Constitution.

A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Rio, on Friday asserted that the state is protected under provisions of Article 371 (A) and the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873, a release issued by the Chief Minister's Office said Sunday.

(Source: PTI)

SC Seeks ED Response on Karti's Plea to travel Abroad

Supreme Court seeks response from Enforcement Directorate by 28 January on plea of Karti Chidambaram, seeking permission to travel to France on 21 February to 28 February.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asks ED to file response on Karti Chidambaram's plea by next Monday.

(Source: ANI)

'Not Abandoning Rescue Operations': Meghalaya Govt Clarifies

Meghalaya government tells the Supreme Court it has filed status report and that the state govt and Centre is not abandoning the rescue operation.

Halwa Ceremony in Finance Ministry to mark the Beginning of Printing of Budget Doc

Halwa Ceremony held in Finance Ministry to mark the beginning of printing of documents relating to General Budget 2019, attended by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, Secretary DEA Subash Garg and MoS Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Disposes Premature Release Plea Filed by Jessica Lal's Murder Convict Manu Sharma

Delhi High Court has disposed of the plea filed by Manu Sharma for premature release.

The HC has directed the Sentence Review Board (SRB) to consider the plea in the next meeting due to take place in March.

(Source: ANI)

Shutdown in Srinagar to Mark Gaw Kadal Incident Anniversary

The commercial hub of Srinagar’s Lal Chowk and adjoining areas on Monday observed a complete shutdown on a call given by separatist groups to mark the anniversary of the 1990 Gaw Kadal incident.

Shops, business establishments and offices in Gaw Kadal, Basant Bagh, Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Residency Road and Maulana Azad Road remained closed due to the strike called by joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, officials said.

No untoward incident was reported during the shutdown, the officials said.

(Source: PTI)

One Dies After Truck Rams Another in up's Sant Kabirnagar District

One person was killed and another seriously injured when the stone-laden truck they were travelling in rammed another in Uttar Pradesh's Sant Kabirnagar district early on Monday, police said.

The incident took place in Mehdawal town when the vehicle ran into a stationary truck, police said, adding that the morning fog could have led to the accident.

(Source: PTI)

Siddaganga Mutt Seer Dies at the Age of 111

Shivakumara Swami, the head seer of Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka has died at the age of 111.

Hearing in Sunanda Pushkar Death Case Deferred to 29 Jan

Hearing in Sunanda Pushkar’s death case has been deferred to 29 January by Delhi's Patiala House Court.

Ajit Doval's Son Files Defamation Complain Against Jairam Ramesh

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval' son, Vivek Doval moved Delhi's Patiala House Court in a criminal defamation complaint against Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, Editor-in-Chief of Caravan Magazine and Kaushal Sharoff (reporter).

Court will hear the matter on 21 January.

(Source: ANI)

Whatsapp Rolls out 5-Chat Message Forwarding Limit Globally

Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp on Monday announced it has globally lowered to five the forward limit for chats – a feature first launched in India to curb fake news.

"Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once," the Facebook-owned platform said in a blog post.

(Source: IANS)

Also Read : After India, WhatsApp to Cap Message Forwards to 5 Chats Globally

Sensex, Nifty Rise For Fifth Day In A Row

India's Sensex clocked longest stretch of gains since 19 December led by a rally in Reliance Industries, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Infosys.

The Sensex rose 0.53 percent or 192 points to 35,579 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index climbed 0.50 percent or 55 points to 10,962.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

In Call to Arvind Kejriwal's Office, Man Talks of Plot to Attack Delhi CM

Arvind Kejriwal's office at his official residence received a call on Monday from a person informing about threat of a possible attack on the Delhi chief minister.

According to the sources, the person did not identify himself but said he was calling from Vikaspuri, a locality in west Delhi. The caller said he has heard that somebody is planning to attack the chief minister, the sources said.

(Source: PTI)

3.18 Cr People Registered in Final Odisha Voters List

A total of 3,18,00,787 people have been registered in Odisha's final voters list for this year's Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, a poll official said on Monday.

According to the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar, the list comprises 1.63 crore males, 1.54 crore females and 2,932 transgender voters. A total of 6,50,365 names have been deleted for various reasons, he added.

(Source: IANS)

Pens Major Cello Opens Rs 300-Cr Plant in Gujarat

Writing instruments manufacturer BIC Cello has opened a new factory at Vapi, Gujarat at an investment of Rs 300 crore, which will act as an export hub.

The company on Monday said the Rs 300-crore plant, which it has claimed is the largest stationery facility in the country, employs 1,500 people – 70 percent of them women and will manufacture ballpoint pens, gel pens, and mechanical pencils, among others.

45 Sentenced to 3-Year Imprisonment in Jawahar Bagh Violence Case

Court on Monday convicted 45 accused in Jawahar Bagh violence case. All the accused were sentenced to maximum three years of imprisonment. The main accused Chandan Bose, his wife Poonam Bose and another woman Shyamwati however were acquitted.

(Source: ANI)

Suicide Attack on Kurdish-US Convoy in Syria Kills 5

A suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria killed at least five on Monday. More details awaited.

(Source: AFP)

4 Flights Cancelled, 11 Delayed Due to Bad Weather in Kashmir

Bad weather conditions disrupted operations at the Srinagar International Airport, leading to the cancellation of four flights. Due to the inclement weather, four of the 27 flights to and fro the Srinagar airport were cancelled on Monday.

Another 11 flights got delayed due to poor visibility and intermittent rainfall since Monday morning.

(Source: PTI)

Court Allows Extradition of Sandeshsara Brothers in Sterling Biotech Scam

A Delhi court allowed Enforcement Directorate (ED) to go ahead to initiate the extradition proceedings against Sandeshsara brothers from Italy and Nigeria in connection with Sterling Biotech scam.

(Source: ANI)

Pak Court to Indict Ex-Pak PM Ashraf in Power Project Corruption Case

An accountability court in Pakistan will indict former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf and other accused in a power project corruption case on 8 February, according to a media report.

The accused were appearing in a case against three rental power projects, which includes Gulf Rental Power Plant, Reshma Power Generation Limited and Young Gen Power Limited.

(Source: PTI)

6 Dead, Others Missing After Boat Capsizes in Karnataka

At six people were reported dead after a boat capsized near Karwar in Karnataka, earlier on Monday.

There were around 22 people on board. Fisherman and coastguard have found six bodies till now, while others are missing. Search operation underway.

Bimal Shah & Anil Patel Will Join Congress Party

Bimal Shah and Anil Patel will join Congress party. Shah was a minister in the Keshubhai Patel government. Patel was Bardoli MLA and has hold over tribal belt south Gujarat.

(Source: News18)

2 Dead After Wall Collapses in Delhi's Najafgarh

At least two people died after a wall of a godown collapsed in Nangli area in Najafgarh. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

US Senator Kamala Harris to Run for President in 2020

Senator Kamala Harris announced on Monday, 21 January, that she will run for US president in 2020.

Harris is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator for California since 2017.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : Kamala Harris Says She Will Decide on 2020 Presidential Bid Soon

Indian Navy Recover 8 Bodies After Boat Capsizes Off Karwar

Eight bodies were recovered by the Indian Navy and the India Coast Guard on Monday, 21 January, after a ferry boat capsized with 26 persons near Karwar. Search operations are underway, ANI reported.

Also Read : 8 Dead, 17 Rescued After Boat Capsizes Near Karwar in Karnataka

Attempt to Murder Case Filed Against Karnataka Cong MLA

A case of attempt to murder was registered on Monday, 21 January, against Congress MLA JN Ganesh in connection with the alleged brawl with lawmaker colleague Anand Singh at a resort near Bengaluru, police said.

The case was registered based on a complaint by Singh, who has been hospitalised for an injury suffered in the brawl late on Saturday night.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Karnataka Brawl: Cong Leader Anand Singh Files FIR Against JN Ganesh

Delhi Court Dismisses Tihar's Plea Against Christian Michel

A Delhi court on Monday, 21 January, dismissed Tihar Central Jail's plea seeking to reduce the time limit given to alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, to make phone calls to his family members and lawyers abroad.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who had granted 15 minutes a week to Michel to make international calls, junked the plea filed by the jail authorities, saying there was no ground to curtail the relief granted to the accused.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Court Refuses to Limit Michel’s Intl Calls to Less Than 15 Mins

Nepal's Central Bank Bans Indian Notes Above Rs 100

Nepal's central bank on Sunday, 20 January, banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used.

(Source: ANI)

Rajasthan HC Asks Robert Vadra to Appear Before ED on 12 February

The Rajasthan High Court on Monday, 21 January, asked Robert Vadra and his partners in Skyline Hospitality Limited, including his mother Maureen Vadra to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on 12 February to respond to allegations of money laundering by the firm.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Vadra’s Aide Gets Interim Protection From Arrest Till 6 Feb

France Fines Google 50 Mn Euros for Data Consent Failings

France on Monday fined Google 50 million euros for data consent failings.

(Source: AFP)

Over 85% Polling in First Phase of Panchayat Polls in T'Gana

Over 85 percent polling was recorded in the first phase of the panchayat elections of Telangana held on Monday.

This is the first ever polls for panchayats after the formation of the State in 2014.

(Source: PTI)

Russia Threatens 'Retaliatory Measures' Over Eu's Skripal Sanction List

Russia on Monday threatened 'retaliatory measures' after EU launched sanctionsover Skripal attack.

(Source: AFP)

Ships Carrying Indian Crew Member Catch Fire in Kerch Strait

Two ships have caught fire in the Kerch Strait near the Crimea-Russia border, according to the Russian Transport Ministry.

The ships reportedly have 31 people in total, including citizens of Turkey and India.


Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Kills 20 Security Personnel

A Taliban attack on a military compound in central Afghanistan has killed at least 20 security personnel and injured many. More details awaited.

(Source: BBC)

Ex-Serviceman Beaten up Allegedly by Cong Workers in MP's Jabalpur

An ex-serviceman, working as a security guard at Municipal Corporation was beaten up, allegedly by Congress workers in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. "An ex-serviceman was beaten up by 6-7 people. We are identifying the accused persons, a case has been registered," news agency ANI quoted A Singh, SP Jabalpur, as saying.

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