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GSAT Ready to Undertake Communication Duties for India: ISRO
The really massive fellow #GSAT11 all set to undertake communication duties for India. Scientists will now do phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres to place satellite in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above equator) using onboard propulsion systems, ISRO tweeted.
Leaders Foreign and Domestic Prepare Goodbyes to George HW Bush
International dignitaries will join US leaders present and past on Wednesday, 5 December, in saying their final goodbyes to former president George HW Bush, whose life will be honoured at a funeral service in Washington.
The nation's 41st president, who died Friday at age 94, has lain in state since late Monday in the US Capitol rotunda.
US Special Counsel Mueller Recommends No Jail Time For Michael Flynn
The US special counsel’s office is calling Michael Flynn’s cooperation “substantial” and is recommending no prison time for the former Trump administration national security adviser.
China to Move Fast on US Trade Consensus
China said to move quickly on US trade consensus, 'the sooner the better'. Beijing has said that it will move forward trade negotiations with Washington in the next 90 days and to quickly implement specific issues already agreed upon.
Voting Underway For Assam Local Body Polls
Voting is underway for Assam local body elections at a polling booth in Guwahati.
Cuba to Become Last Nation to Offer Full Internet Access
Cuba says its citizens will be offered full internet access on mobile phones beginning Thursday, 6 December, becoming one of the last nations to do so.
Nitin Gadkari Confident of BJP Win in MP, C'garh & Rajasthan
I have toured Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and I am very confident that the BJP will form the Government again in all three states with majority, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Khashoggi Murder: Saudi Crown Prince Crazy, Says US Senator
US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.
In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, BBC reported.
The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".
South African-Indian Muslims Open First Prayer Facility in National Game Reserve
The first Muslim prayer facility in a national game reserve in South Africa has been officially opened after concerted efforts over several years by a local Indian group to convince the authorities of its necessity.
"This project was facilitated by the (Indian members of the) South African National Parks Honorary Rangers Johannesburg South (SHR), who within a very short space of time, raised the funds required for the development," Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park, said.
Protests Against Pakistan in Gilgit Baltistan
A massive protest against Pakistan in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, where the protesters are demanding basic and constitutional rights.
Prosecutors to Subpoena Trump Hotel Business Records
Prosecutors in Maryland and Washington have announced subpoenas for the records of 13 private businesses owned by Donald Trump as part of an investigation into whether the US president is illegally benefitting from his Washington hotel.
The investigation focuses on the Trump International Hotel just four blocks away from the White House, which has become popular with foreign dignitaries and businessmen seeking to gain favour with the Trump administration.
British PM Theresa May Suffers Three Brexit Defeats in Commons
British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons as she set out to sell her EU deal to sceptical MPs.
Ministers have agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary, BBC reported on Wednesday, 5 December.
And MPs backed calls for the Commons to have a direct say in what happens if her deal is rejected next Tuesday, 4 December.
Taliban Being Used as Hedge Against India: US Commander
Days after US President Donald Trump sought Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's help in the Afghan peace process, a top American commander has told lawmakers that Islamabad's policy seems to be unchanged and it continues to use the Taliban as a hedge against India.
"Pakistan is an essential element in long-term stability in Afghanistan," Marine Corps Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie Jr told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday during his confirmation hearing for commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
CIA Chief to Brief Full Senate on Khashoggi's Death
CIA chief Gina Haspel must brief the full Senate on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, several senators have said after a classified briefing was held a day ago.
In her Tuesday's briefing to a selected few lawmakers, the CIA Director gave a classified briefing on the killing carried out on October 2 which prompted the senators' calling for a full Senate brief, Xinhua news agency reported.
Facebook Temporarily Removes Post on 'Black People Problem'
Facebook reportedly pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the social media giant of having "a black people problem", the media reported.
According to a report in CNET on Tuesday, 4 December, the post by Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global influencers at Facebook, accused the company of "failing its black employees and black users".
Markets Open in Red
The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday, 5 December, opened on a negative note during the morning session of the trade.
The Sensex of the BSE opened at 36,035.65, then touched a high of 36,048.65 and a low of 35,916.55 points.
It is trading at 35,968.13 down by 166.18 points or 0.49 per cent from its Tuesday's close at 36,134.31.
Family Members of Agnes Demand CBI Probe Into Nov 8 Attack
The family members of RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing and her aide, Amita Sangma have demanded a CBI probe into the attack on the two women on November 8.
Agnes and Amita were critically injured after they were attacked by a group of 30-40 people, led by suspected coal mafias at Shohshrieh village in East Jaintial Hills district. The incident took place after the duo stopped by to take pictures of coal-laden trucks on the roadside.
US National Killed in Andaman on Planned Adventure: NCST Chief
The American national killed by Sentinelese tribesmen in the Andamans last month was pursuing a "planned adventure", the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has said.
There are many primitive tribes like the Sentinelese in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, contact with whom is prohibited for outsiders, the commission's chairperson Nand Kumar Sai told reporters here Tuesday, 4 December.
"Preliminary investigations suggest that it was a planned adventure trip by the American national, John Allen Chau. Investigation is still on," he said.
Indian-Origin Woman Appointed Head of South Africa's Prosecuting Authority
Prominent Indian-origin lawyer Shamila Batohi has been appointed to head South Africa's prosecuting authority, the first woman to head the agency facing criticism for its handling of the investigations against former president Jacob Zuma over corruption charges.
Batohi will start her new role as the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in February 2019.
US Radio Stations Pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in Wake of #MeToo
It's that time of year when radio stations across the United States are playing Christmas music nonstop. But one classic holiday song is proving too controversial for some stations in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" -- a duet written in 1944 and performed over the years by scores of artists, including Dean Martin, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga -- has turned into a hot potato for broadcasters, some of which have yanked the popular song on grounds the lyrics are predatory toward women.
Tsunami Warning Issued For New Caledonia
Tsunami warning issued as strong 7.6 quake strikes off New Caledonia, said monitors.
New Caledonia has warned citizens to seek safety amid tsunami alert.
Rath Yatra Will Be a Game Changer in West Bengal Politics: BJP
With an eye on the next general elections, the BJP is all set to begin its high profile Rath Yatra from December 7, claiming that it would prove to be a "game changer" in West Bengal politics.
BJP president Amit Shah will kickstart the campaign titled 'Save Democracy Rally'.
The campaign is scheduled to begin from Coochbehar district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the south 24 Parganas district on December 9 and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.
"The Rath Yatra will be a game changer in West Bengal politics. This will kickstart a wave of support in favour of the BJP and will become a deciding factor in the next general elections," BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told PTI.
PM to Inaugurate Bogibeel Bridge in Assam on 25 Dec
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Bogibeel bridge, the longest rail-road bridge, in Assam on 25 December.
Sankat Mochan Temple Gets Bomb Threat Letter
Mahant Vishambhar Nath Mishra said the Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Mandir received a letter threatening a bomb blast in the temple, we informed the police and handed over the letter to them. We are taking precautions and police is investigating the matter.
Tsunami Waves Observed After Strong Pacific Quake: Monitors
A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, 5 December, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 1 and 3 meters (3 and 10 feet) were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) were possible in Fiji.
The warning center said there was no threat to Hawaii.
Summon to be Issued To Robert Vadra For Personal Appearance
One more summon to be issued to Varda for personal appearance, if he doesn’t appeal then we will seek his arrest for custodial interrogation: ED sources.
Mist, 'Very Poor' Air Continue in Delhi
It was a misty morning in the national capital on Wednesday, 5 December, that again witnessed 'very poor' air quality with minimum temperature recorded at 8.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the Met said.
The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 95 per cent, an unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse. "The sky will remain clear throughout the day," an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.
Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK Workers Take Out Peace March on Amma's Death Anniversary
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam along with AIADMK workers and leaders take out peace march on former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's second death anniversary.
J&K Schools Shut As Cold Wave Sweeps Kashmir, Ladakh
An unabated cold wave is sweeping through the valley and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir that has prompted authorities to shut all schools up to Class 8 for the winter recess, an official said on Wednesday, 5 December.
The minimum temperatures dropped several notches below freezing point, the Met said, adding "The night temperatures are likely to drop further in the coming three to four days as the weather is likely to remain dry during this period."
Naxals Kill Two Ex-Colleagues Who Turned Police Informers
Naxals killed two former colleagues who were working as police informers after surrendering in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, police said Wednesday, 5 December.
The deceased, identified as Jallu and Bhima, had surrendered before police about two years ago.
Malegaon Blast Case: Discharge Application of Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit Adjourned
Malegaon blast case: Discharge application of Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit adjourned till 13th December by Bombay High Court.
SC Approves Centre’s Draft Witness Protection Scheme
The Supreme Court Wednesday, 5 December, approved the Centre's draft witness protection scheme and asked all the states to implement it till the Parliament comes out with a legislation.
A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said that they have made some changes in the scheme.
The issue of witness protection scheme had cropped up earlier when the top court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking protection for witnesses in rape cases involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu.
Bombay HC to Hear Plea Against Movie Kedarnath
Bombay High Court to hear a plea against movie Kedarnath on Thursday, 6 December. Petitioners have sought that CBFC should reassess the movie because it hurts religious sentiments. The petition demands that movie should not be released till CBFC clears it again.
Patna HC Lawyer Shot Dead, 10 Member SIT to Investigate
Patna High Court lawyer Jitendra Kumar shot dead in Rajvanshi Nagar. Police at the spot.
A 10 member team of the SIT (Special Investigation Team) has been formed by Patna IG which will be headed by him.
Indonesia Hunts Suspects in Alleged Papua Mass Killing
Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing a group of construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.
The survivor's account detailed the killing of at least 19 people, which if confirmed would mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked for decades by a low-level independence insurgency.
Insurgents Kill 4 in Attack on Afghan Checkpoint
Afghan officials say the Taliban have attacked a police checkpoint in the western Herat province, setting off a battle in which a policeman and three civilians were killed.
Police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada says six of the attackers were killed in the battle late Tuesday, 4 December.
The Taliban effectively control nearly half the country and carry out daily attacks that mainly target security forces.
2015 Paris Attack: French Team in Kochi to Probe NIA Undertrial
A team of French police officers along with one of their envoy has arrived in Kochi possibly to question a National Investigation Agency (NIA) undertrial, a Kerala intelligence official said on Wednesday, 5 December.
The team has come to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen, Kerala intelligence chief T.K. Vinod Kumar told IANS. "Moideen is understood to have been laterally involved with the accused in the Paris attack" that left 130 dead.
Fresh 7.0 earthquake hits off New Caledonia: monitors
Fresh 7.0 earthquake hits off New Caledonia, according to monitors.
Earlier, a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, 5 December, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands.
Rs 30.4 Crore Seized by IT in Delhi So Far
IT sources said they have seized Rs 5.4 crore cash from 5 lockers in Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Till now the total amount of cash seized is Rs 30.4 crore. 175 lockers are yet to be opened.
Action Initiated Against Officials After Pictures of Roofless Polling Station Went Viral
Authorities in Rajouri district initiated action against three officials after some pictures of a school building without a roof, which served as a polling station for the 7th phase of Panchayat elections in a remote village, went viral on social media, officials said Wednesday, 5 December.
The polling station, which was set up at a government primary school at mountainous Keri-Kotecharwal village in Khawas block, came under spotlight when some photographs showing the dilapidated condition of the building started circulating, attracting criticism from the netizens.
New Zika Vaccine Effective in Animal Trials
Scientists have developed a vaccine candidate for the Zika virus which they say successfully protected both mice and monkeys from the infection that causes brain deformations in human babies.
Demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccine candidate in monkeys (non-human primates) is an important milestone because it typically predicts the vaccine will work in humans, enabling further clinical development, researchers at the University of Hawaii in the US said.
EC Appoints Avinash Mohanti As New SP in Vikarabad
Election Commission has decided to shift Superintendent of Police Vikarabad, T Annapurna and post Avinash Mohanti (IPS: 2005) as the new SP with immediate effect. The Commission has also directed that T Annapurna be attached to Police HQ and not be assigned any election duty.
German Human Rights Commissioner to Visit Tibet
Germany's top official for human rights was due to visit Tibet on Wednesday, 5 December, for a dialogue with Chinese counterparts after being denied permission to visit the heavily policed northwestern region of Xinjiang.
German Human Rights Commissioner Barbel Kofler said in a statement that she had wanted to travel to Xinjiang, where an estimated 1 million members of the Turkic Muslim Uighur minority have been held in political re-education camps in what China calls a campaign against terrorism and religious extremism.
Lawmakers Meet Italian Marines Accused of Killing Indian Fishermen
Italian lower house of Parliament's Defence Committee members met two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who are accused of killing two fishermen off southern India in 2012.
"The two informal meetings (on Tuesday, 4 December) represented an opportunity to show the Defence Committee's interest in an unwavering solidarity over the incident," said a statement from Parliament.
10 Indian Arrested in Thailand For Fake Marriages
Ten Indian men and 24 Thai women have been arrested in Thailand on charges of forging documents and filing falsified papers to authorities about their marriages, media reports said on Wednesday, 5 December.
Twenty Indian suspects are still at large, Thai police said.
Sumitra Mahajan Calls For All-Party Meet on 11 Dec
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has called for an all-party meeting on 11 December at 3pm ahead of Winter Session of Parliament.
Turkish Prosecutors Seek Arrest of 2 Saudi Crown Prince Allies
Turkish prosecutors say they are seeking the arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder.
RJD Leader Protests As Patna Authorities Reach Tejashwi Yadav's Residence to Vacate It
Bihar Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders and legislators on Wednesday, 5 December, protested at the gate of the official residence of party leader Tejashwi Yadav at 5, Deshratna Marg, to prevent district authorities from getting it vacated.
Later, the Patna district authorities cancelled the move to get Mr. Yadav's bungalow vacated till further order after Yadav’s lawyer met them and apprised them about a writ filed in Patna High Court.
Earlier, the State building construction department had asked district authorities to get the official bungalow of Mr. Yadav vacated as it has been designated for the State’s Deputy Chief Minister, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
(Source: The Hindu)
'Groundless', Says Russia over US' Claim of Arms Treaty Breach
Moscow on Wednesday, 5 December, dismissed US claims that Russia is violating a major Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms, from which Washington is planning to withdraw.
"Groundless accusations are again being repeated," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, 4 December, declared Russia in "material breach" of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.
Soldier Injured Ceasefire Violation in Uri
One army jawan injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector of Baramulla. He has been admitted to hospital. More details awaited.
3 Killed As Vehicle Falls Into Gorge in Shimla
Three people were killed after their car fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district Wednesday, 5 December, police said.
The vehicle slipped and rolled down from the road near Nandpur-Bhajanu area under Jubbal police station limits, they added.
Officials said that the bodies were being sent to nearby hospital for postmortem exam.
Soon, Pakistan Govt to Impose 'Sin Tax' on Tobacco
Pakistan will soon impose a 'sin tax' on cigarettes and sugary beverages and that fund would be diverted to the health budget, Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani has said.
Speaking at a public health conference at the Health Services Academy, Kiani Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was committed to increasing the health budget by five per cent of GDP, Dawn reported.
"A sin tax is an internationally recognised term and is specifically levied on certain goods deemed harmful to society, for example tobacco, candies, soft drinks, fast foods, coffee and sugar," he said.
One Injured in First Phase of Rural Polls in Assam
One person was injured in police firing when he attacked security personnel with a sharp weapon at a polling station in Golaghat district during the first phase of panchayat elections on Wednesday, 5 December.
A police officer said the person, suspected to be mentally unstable, beat up some voters who were standing in a queue to exercise their franchise at Habibul gaon polling station at 7 am.
International Investigation Needed in Khashoggi KIlling: Michelle Bachelet
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said that international investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the "awful killing" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports Reuters.
Hearing in Maratha Reservation Case on 10 Dec
Bombay High Court to hear a plea filed in connection with Maratha Reservation, on 10 December.
The plea was filed against the reservation given to Maratha community in education and jobs, under the new law.
Services Briefly Affected on Delhi Metro's Blue Line
Train services were briefly affected on the Delhi Metro's Blue Line Wednesday, 5 December, due to signalling issues on the Karol Bagh-Dwarka section, officials said.
The Blue Line connects Dwarka to Noida/Vaishali.
EC Removes Vikarabad SP Over Cong Leader's Arrest in Telangana
The Election Commission on Wednesday, 5 December, ordered the removal of Superintendent of Police of Telangana's Vikarabad district over the arrest of Congress' A Revanth Reddy as the police observer found his detention "unwarranted".
Amrapali Case: SC Orders Attaching of Amrapali's 5-star Hotel, FMCG, Malls
Supreme Court in its interim direction in Amrapali Case, ordered the attachment of Amrapali's five star hotel, FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) company, corporate office and malls.
Nalasopara Arma Haul Case: Charge Sheet Filed Against Accused Under UAPA, IPC
Charge sheet filed in Nalasopara arms haul case against all accused including Vaibhav Raut and others under relevant sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Maharashtra Police Act.
90 Suspected Mafia Arrested in Raids Across 4 European Countries
Police arrested about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of coordinated raids in four European countries.
If US Develops Intermediate-Range Missiles, So Will Russia: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if the US starts developing intermediate-range missiles, so will Russia.
Ambident Group Alleged Bribery Case: Ali Khan Gets Conditional Bail
In the Ambident Group alleged bribery case, Ali khan, close aide of Janardhan Reddy and 5th accused in case has been granted conditional bail by 1st Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court. He has to deposit bond of Rs 1 lakh. The court has also ordered him to cooperate in investigation.
1 Killed, 3 Injured in Explosion in IISC Lab
A suspected cylinder blast killed a 32-year old technician and injured three others during an experiment in the aero-dynamics laboratory of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru on Wednesday, 5 December, police said.
Rupee Rises 3 Paise to 70.46 Against US Dollar
The rupee ticked higher by 3 paise to 70.46 against the US dollar Wednesday, 5 December, amid weakness in the greenback and easing crude oil prices.
Forex traders said the rupee's rise was supported by dollar-selling by exporters and banks.
Assam Panchayat: 50% Votes Polled, Anomalies Reported in Ballot Papers
Around 50 per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of the panchayat election in Assam on Wednesday, during which voters at several places complained of anomalies in ballot papers and voters list, officials said.
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan to Face Trial in Child Labour Rescue Case
A Delhi court on Wednesday, 5 December, framed charges against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan for allegedly abetting the kidnapping of 15 child labourers when they were being rescued from a Delhi’s weaving units in 2010, paving the way for his trial in the case.
The court framed charges of abetting kidnapping and criminal intimidation to cause death or grievous hurt against the two accused.
HC Refuses Interim Stay on Maharashtra Legislation on Maratha Quota
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday, 5 December, refused to order an interim stay on the Maharashtra government's new legislation providing reservation to Maratha community.
A bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M S Karnik, which was hearing a PIL challenging the legislation, however, agreed to grant a detailed hearing on 10 December to all pending petitions on the issue.
French Team Arrives in Kerala to Interrogate IS Suspect in 2015 Paris Blasts Case
A five-member team from a French investigation agency Wednesday reached Kerala to interrogate an alleged Islamic State terror operative in connection with the 2015 Paris blasts, and held discussions with the NIA, which will facilitate the three-day questioning session at a jail in Kerala.
The team from the French anti-terror agency will be in Kerala till Friday, 7 December, to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Thodupuzha, at the Central jail in Thrissur district.
Bust of BR Ambedkar Vandalised in Andhra Pradesh
A bust of BR Ambedkar was allegedly vandalised by unidentified miscreants in Andhra Pradesh’s Pedagantyada on Wednesday, 5 December.
Fire Safety in Khan Market: Authorities Playing With Lives of Citizens, Says SC
Authorities are "playing with the lives of citizens" by not enforcing fire safety measures in restaurants operating in Delhi's posh Khan market, the Supreme Court said Wednesday while observing that court orders impacting the rich don't get implemented.
"Where it relates to the poor people, the orders are implemented and where it relates to the rich people, it is not implemented. This is not fair," said a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta.
3 Gold Plates Recovered by Amritsar Customs Dept
Amritsar Customs Department confirmed that three gold plates (weighing approximately 3 kg) were recovered from a truck during a surprise checking at 5.50 pm on Wednesday.
The truck had entered Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari from zero line gate at 2.37 pm.
Delhi Metro Services Suspended For Over 20 Minutes
Delhi Metro’s blue line services were suspended for over 20 minutes on Wednesday, 5 December, after a technical problem.
Earlier the same day the services on blue line were affected briefly.
(Source: Mirror Now)
Nepal, Bangladesh Agree to Explore Opportunities to Develop Hydropower Projects
Nepal and Bangladesh have agreed to explore opportunities to develop hydropower projects in the Himalayan nation and launch power trading using Indian transmission lines.
During the Energy Secretary-level meeting in Kathmandu, the two countries also decided to form a joint technical team to identify potential hydropower projects for development.
Man Who Promised to Hack EVMs Detained in MP
The man who had approached a Congress candidate from Bhind with a promise that he could hack Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to assure his win in the recently-held Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, was detained, police said on Wednesday, 5 December.
Taxi Driver Stabbed to Death in Delhi
A 28-year-old taxi driver was allegedly stabbed to death by unidentified persons in northwest Delhi's Jahangirpuri, police said Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Mehtab, a resident of the same area.
Police received a call at around 11 pm on Tuesday that a person with stab injuries was lying near the main gate of Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial (BJRM) Hospital, a senior police officer said.
Trump Asks OPEC Not to Cut Production
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged OPEC members not to slash production at their upcoming meeting, saying global oil prices should remain low.
Trump's comment came as members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other oil-producing nations prepared to meet Thursday, 6 December and Friday, 7 December, in Vienna to discuss lowering their output.
"Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!" Trump said on Twitter.
Hundreds March to Kerala Assembly Complex Against Waste Treatment Plant
On a 35-km march, hundreds of protesters, including tribals, reached the Assembly complex in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, 5 December, raising slogans against the government's proposed decision to set up a 'waste-to-electricity' plant at Peringamala in Agasthyamala, a biodiversity hotspot.
The march began on 3 December from Peringamala, which is one of the six locations in Kerala identified for waste-to-energy projects.
Punjab Govt Agrees to Pay Rs 25 per Quintal; Sugarmills to Resume Cane Crushing Operations
Facing heat over protest by the cane growers, Punjab government on Wednesday, 5 December, agreed to pay Rs 25 per quintal, out of Rs 310 per quintal of payment, to sugarcane growers.
The government also announced to release Rs 65 crore in order to partly clear outstanding dues of farmers.
Following this decision, which was taken during a meeting between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and private sugarmills here, protesting farmers in Phagwara called off their over 24-hour long protest.
Yemen Peace Talks to be Held on 6 December
The United Nations led Yemen peace palks will take place on Thursday, 6 December in Sweden.
Two Accused Held in Gangrape of Russian National in Manali
Two accused were arrested on Wednesday in connection with gang rape of a Russian national in Manali. “They were produced before Court. Court has allotted 2 pm on Thursday for Test Identification Parade. Victim has been informed. We'll take further action,” Shalini Agnihotri, Kullu SP said.
Village Head Shot Dead by Three in Haryana
Three unidentified armed assailants have shot dead a 'numberdar' in Manesar town. A police team is present at the spot. The assailants have fled from the spot. More details awaited.
4-Member Committee to Probe Complaints on 'Kedarnath'
Uttarakhand government on Wednesday constituted a 4-member committee under tourism minister Satpal Maharaj to probe the complaints related to ‘Kedarnath’ movie. The government will take a decision on screening of the movie in Uttarakhand after committee submits its report
Two US Marine Aircraft Collide While Refueling off Japan
Two US Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, a US defense official said on Wednesday.
The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.
In a statement, the Marine Corps said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.
Search and rescue operations were underway following a "mishap." The planes "were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred," the statement said.
US media reported five crew were on the C-130 and two on the F-18.
Second Lieutenant Alyssa Morales, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, told military news site Task and Purpose that one of the Marines had been rescued alive, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
The US military has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.