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Maharashtra Police Busts Sex Racket

Maharashtra: Police busted a sex racket in Nalasopara on Monday. Five women have been arrested in relation to the case.

(Source: ANI)


Madhya Pradesh: Car Accident Kills Eleven, Injures 2

Eleven people were killed and two seriously injured in a head-on collision between two cars near Ramgarh village in Ujjain district ,Madhya Pradesh late last night.

(Source: ANI)

Jharkhand Encounter: Security Forces Kill Three Naxals, Recovered Ammunition

Security forces killed three naxals during an encounter in West Singhbhum district, Jharkhand, early morning today. Two-AK 47s, one 303 rifle and two pistols recovered, search operation underway.

(Source: ANI)

Sensex Falls 0.33 Percent, Nifty Declines By 0.42 Percent

The S&P BSE Sensex has fallen 0.33 percent or 119 points to 35,537.54 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index declined 0.42 percent or 45 points to 10,617 on Tuesday, 29 January.


Rupee Falls 12 Paise to Stand at 71.22 against the Dollar

The rupee on Tuesday depreciated 12 paise to 71.22 in early trade amid strengthening American currency and rising crude prices.

Forex traders said strengthening US dollar against some currencies overseas and lower opening of domestic equities weighed on the local unit.

However, fresh foreign fund inflows capped the losses for the domestic unit.


Income Tax Raid at 74 Places in Tamil Nadu

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday launched searches at 74 places in Tamil Nadu in connection with a tax evasion probe against some real estate groups and a retail store chain in the state, officials said.

They said the raids are being carried out in state capital Chennai and two places in Coimbatore against two realty groups and premises of retail chain Saravana stores.


Houston Shooting: Five Officers Injured, Two Suspects Dead

Two suspects have been reported dead after a shooting on Monday in Houston that injured five police officers, including four who were hit by gunfire as they attempted to serve a search warrant at a home where drug selling was suspected.


In Kabul, US Reports 'Agreements in Principle' With Taliban

Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said on Monday, 28 January.


Bihar to Observe Two-Day State Mourning After Death of George Fernandes

The Bihar government has announced a two-day state mourning after the death of former Defence Minister George Fernandes.


NIA Kolkata Arrests Man Wanted in Burdwan Blast Case

National Investigation Agency in Kolkata has arrested a 32-year-old man from Arambagh PS area. He was wanted in Burdwan blast case and was also declared a proclaimed offender. His associate was arrested on Monday night. Both the accused are being produced before NIA Special Court in Kolkata on Tuesday.

British Lawmakers to Vote on Whether to Take Control of Brexit

British lawmakers will vote on Tuesday on whether to try to take control of the Brexit process in a series of crunch votes that threaten to pile more pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.

With the Brexit deadline only 60 days away, MPs will vote on May's "Plan B", which she presented to parliament last week after her initial deal was comprehensively rejected on January 15.

(AFP via PTI)

Delhi HC Defers Hearing in Appeal Case Filed by 1984 Sikh Riots Convicts

The Delhi High Court has deferred the hearing in appeal case filed by 1984 anti-Sikh riots convicts Naresh Sehrawat and Yashpal Singh to 25 February since documentation in the case is still pending.


10 Political Parties of NE, JD(U) and BJP Allies to Oppose Citizenship Bill: Conrad Sangma

Ten political parties of northeast and JD(U), including BJP allies have unanimously decided to oppose the Citizenship Bill, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said.


UP Cabinet Approves Construction of 600-km Long Ganga Expressway

The UP Cabinet has approved the construction of a 600 km-long Ganga expressway for better connectivity of Allahabad with western districts, said CM Yogi Adityanath.


Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Samba District, J&K

Pakistan Rangers targeted forward posts along the IB in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir with small arms fire, officials said on Tuesday.

BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in brief exchanges, they said.

Officials said Pakistani Rangers fired several rounds on forward posts along the IB in Ramgarh sector on Monday evening.


Security Forces Launch Search Operations in J&K's Samba District

Security forces have launched a search operation following suspected movement along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, officials said on Tuesday.

The search operation was launched in Basantar river area in Ramgarh sector.

The operation was launched following reports of suspected movement in border areas of Ramgarh sector, officials said. The Basantar riverine area along the International Border has been an infiltration route for militants.


Priya Ramani Summoned as Accused in MJ Akbar's Defamation Case

Delhi's Patiala House Court has issued a summons to journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in the defamation case filed by MJ Akbar after she accused him of sexual harassment. She has to appear before the court on next date of hearing on 25 February.

Pak SC Dismisses Review Petition Filed Against Acquittal of Aasia Bibi

Pakistan Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition filed against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The court upheld its acquittal, clearing the last legal hurdle and freeing Aasia Bibi to leave the country.


Indonesia Flood, Landslide Death Toll Hits 70

Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia's Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, authorities said on Tuesday, as aerial footage underscored the scale of the disaster with whole villages wiped off the map.

Lashed by heavy rain, rivers swelled and burst their banks, inundating dozens of communities across 12 districts as well as parts of the provincial capital Makassar.

The bodies of 70 victims have been found, while six are still missing, Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi's disaster mitigation agency said.

(AFP via PTI)

Bihar: Charges Framed Against Former MP Shahabuddin in Journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s Murder Case

Charges have been framed against former MP Shahabuddin and seven others in journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s murder case. The next hearing will be held on 12 February.


Palestinian Government Submits Resignation to President Mahmud Abbas

The Palestinian government officially submitted its resignation to president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday, a statement said, though it will remain in place while a new administration is formed.

Analysts see the change in government as an attempt by Abbas to strengthen his position and further isolate his political rivals Hamas as a decade-long split in Palestinian politics deepens.

(AFP via PTI)

Suman Kumari Becomes Pakistan's First Hindu Woman Judge

Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Muslim-majority Pakistan. Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her masters in law from Karachi's Szabist University.


Given Green Signal by Party to Contest Again from Mathura: Hema Malini

BJP MP Hema Malini has claimed that she has been given the "green signal by higher-ups" to contest again from Mathura.

On whether she would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Mathura again, Hema Malini said, "I have been given the green signal by higher-ups in the party and have started work on these lines."

The actor-politician also promised the people of her constituency "modernisation" of the Mathura Junction railway station.

"The railway officials are doing a wonderful job on (modernisation) of the station," she told reporters after inaugurating various projects at the Mathura Junction.

(Source: PTI)

Piyush Goyal to Receive Carnot Prize for Power Reforms, Rural Electrification

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will receive the Carnot prize for his contribution towards sustainable energy solutions, with a team from University of Pennsylvania coming here to felicitate him on 30 January, Wednesday.

The former power minister, who was to be awarded the prize by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in October last year, had to skip the event because of the Amritsar tragedy in which over 60 people died after being mowed down by a train.

The award recognises Goyal's tenure as minister of power in which he is credited to have "reformed" the electricity sector and extended access to electricity to 18,000 villages, as documented by the International Energy Agency.

(Source: PTI)

Army Joins Rescue Ops to Track Trapped Miners in Meghalaya

The Indian Army has joined the multi-agency operations to search for the remaining 13 miners trapped inside a 370-foot-deep coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district, officials said today.

"The Indian Navy had requested the Army to assist in rescue operations by providing administrative support and it has now set up camps at the site," defence spokesperson Ratnakar Singh told PTI.

An Army team comprising about 20-25 members has been deployed to support the Navy, he said.

(Source: PTI)

Former Gujarat CM Shankersinh Vaghela Joins NCP in Presence of Sharad Pawar

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela was inducted into the Nationalist Congress Party today in the presence of its chief Sharad Pawar and made the party's national general secretary.

Pawar said NCP will use Vaghela's political experience and mass following in Gujarat as well as for the party's national development.

"When democracy is under threat in India under BJP rule, I have decided to join the NCP to fight against BJP and strengthen the hands of anti-BJP forces," Vaghela said after joining Pawar's party.

(Source: PTI)

Israeli PM Netanyahu Likely to Visit India Before Elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be visiting India in February or March, before elections in both the countries, in what would be his second visit to New Delhi coming after just over a year.

"A date is being worked out but no confirmed dates are available as yet. Both the sides have exchanged their preferred dates but there is no final decision on it. The visit, however, is likely sometime in February or March," sources told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

Bhagwant Mann to Take Charge as AAP's Punjab Chief Again

Aam Aadmi Party's Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann will take charge as chief of its Punjab unit on Wednesday, a party spokesman said.

The occasions will happen in presence of Delhi deputy chief minister and party's in-charge of Punjab affairs Manish Sisodia, he said.

(Source: PTI)

HC Refuses Permission to Terminate Woman's 26-Week-Old Pregnancy

The Calcutta High Court today refused permission to a woman to terminate her 26-week-old pregnancy on the ground of possible abnormality since the foetus has already developed most of its organs and that the mother's life is not at risk.

A medical board at the state-run SSKM Hospital has in a report to the court said the prognosis of the baby is likely to be better if it is delivered near term.

(Source: PTI)

TMC Issues Defamation Notice to Amit Shah

TMC issues defamation notice to BJP President Amit Shah for his comments against Mamata Banerjee, TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

Two JMB Operatives Wanted in 2014 Burdwan Blast Case Held

Two Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives, wanted in the 2014 Burdwan blast case, were arrested by the National Investigation Agency in West Bengal's Hooghly district, officials said today.

Kadar Kazi (32) and Sajjad Ali (21) were arrested on Monday night from a three-storeyed under-construction building in the Borodongol More locality under the district's Arambagh police station area, they said. "They were wanted in the Burdwan blast case. Kazi was also declared a proclaimed offender while Ali was his associate," an NIA official said.

(Source: PTI)

Cong Will Target All Seven Lok Sabha Seats in Delhi: Dikshit

The national capital will witness a three-cornered contest involving the Congress, the BJP and the AAP in the upcoming parliamentary polls, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit said today, while asserting that her party would try to bag all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.

"We believe in working together and in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, we will target all the seven seats," she said.

(Source: PTI)

'Qureshi's Telephonic Talk with Mirwaiz Reflects Islamabad's Duplicity on Ties with India'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's telephonic conversation with separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reflected the duplicity in Pakistani leadership's approach on ties with India, official sources said on Tuesday.

In Islamabad, the Pakistan Foreign Office said Qureshi spoke with the Hurriyat leader and discussed with him efforts of Pakistan government to highlight the Kashmir issue.

The sources said people of India will defeat all "nefarious designs" aimed at creating disharmony and terrorist violence in India.

CPCB Slaps Rs 1 Crore Fine Each on Northern Railways, NDMC

The Central Pollution Control Board has slapped a fine of Rs 1 crore each on the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Northern Railways over non-compliance of norms, according to a notice.

The CPCB said an environmental compensation of Rs 1 crore has to be paid by the two bodies — NDMC and Northern Railways — by January 31, failing which prosecution will be initiated in accordance with law, the notice issued recently said.

(Source: PTI)

Maoists Torch Telangana Road Transport Bus in Chhattisgarh

4 maoists from Chhattisgarh torched a Telangana Road Transport Bus travelling from Kunta, Chattisgarh to Tandoor in Telangana. There were around 20-30 passengers in the bus at that time. The attackers made the passengers get down before torching it.


ED Attaches BBMP Contractors' Properties Worth Rs 5.2 Cr

ED attaches movable and immovable properties worth Rs 5.2 Crore of contractors of BBMP under provisions of PMLA Act, 2002 . Registered value of properties is Rs 3,36,83,158. Attached movable properties include bank deposits worth Rs 1,83,00,000 belonging to various contractors of BBMP.


FIR Against Spicejet CMD, 7 Others in Cheating Case; Airline Denies Charges

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Spicejet Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) Ajay Singh and seven other directors of the airline in a cheating case, officials said on Tuesday.

The FIR was registered at the Greater Kailash police station following court's directions, they said.


MPs Rule Out "No-Deal" Brexit in Non-Binding Amendment

British MPs on Tuesday voted to rule out "no-deal" Brexit in non-binding amendment.


British MP's Vote to Change Theresa May's Brexit Deal

British MPs have voted in favour of changing Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. This coms shortly after the MPs voted to rule out the “no deal” Brexit in non-binding amendment.


National Statistical Commission Head Steps Down

The acting head of the National Statistical Commission has resigned. According to initial reports, he has cited the reason to be the government is 'burying' a jobs report that has been ready since early December.


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