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Pentagon Sends Flight Over Ukraine Following Russian Naval Incident

A US Air Force observation plane flew over Ukraine on Thursday, 6 December, in a mission to show US support for Kiev following Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov, officials said.

The 25 November confrontation was the first open military incident between Kiev and Moscow since 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and a conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine.


Trump Golf Club Employs Undocumented Workers: Report

Undocumented migrants have been working for US President Donald Trump's luxury golf club in New Jersey, despite his denunciation of illegal immigration and insistence on jobs for Americans, The New York Times has reported.

Victorina Morales, 45, from Guatemala, has been a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster since 2013, making Trump's bed and cleaning his toilet after being hired with phony documents, the Times reported on Thursday, 6 December.


Iceland's Foreign Minister in India for 8-Day Visit

Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, arrived in Delhi on Friday for an eight-day visit.


Cabinet Clears Policy to Double Agri Exports

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Agriculture Export Policy, aimed at increasing India’s exports to $60 billion by 2022 from the current $37 billion, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced.

(The Hindu)

Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai Among CEOs Invited by White House

Satya Nadella from Microsoft and Sundar Pichai from Google were among a select group of CEOs invited by the White House for a technology summit as part of the Trump Administration's move to ease its relationship with the Silicon Valley, which thus far has remained tensed.

"We had a productive and engaging discussion at the White House today about America's leadership in emerging technologies," Pichai was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal.

US President Donald Trump made a brief appearance at the summit organised by his daughter Ivanka Trump. Ginni Rometty (IBM) Safra Catz (Oracle) and Steve Mollenkopf (Qualcomm) were among those who attended the White House Tech Summit.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger also attended the summit which was themed "Industries of the Future".

he tech summit was intended to be a listening session for tech leaders to share policy ideas, a senior administration official said.


Voting Underway for Rajasthan, Telangana Assembly Polls

Voting is underway in Rajasthan and Telangana for the Assembly elections. The voting began early morning on Friday, 7 December.

The election in Rajasthan is being seen as a bipolar contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

In Telangana, the main contenders for this election remain to be the KCR-led TRS, which was in power for the last four years, and the Congress-led 'Mahakutami' (or 'Grand Alliance'), which includes the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) among many others.

  • For all the live updates on the voting in Rajasthan, click here.
  • For all the live updates on the voting in Telangana, click here.

27 Helipads Constructed, Operational in Bengal Till May: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said 27 helipads have been constructed and made operational in the state till May this year.

Banerjee, in a Twitter post on International Civil Aviation Day, also said the state government has introduced low-cost helicopter services from the metropolis.


CNN New York Office Evacuated Due to Bomb Scare

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating a bomb threat near CNN’s New York office at the Columbus circle. The office was evacuated on Thursday night due to the bomb scare and CNN is airing taped programming due to the disruption.


IT Dept Seized Rs 4.94 Cr Cash from Lockers in Chandni Chowk

The Income Tax Department seized Rs 4.94 crore cash from seven lockers of Chandni Chowk on Thursday, 6 December. he total amount of cash seized from lockers in Chandni Chowk is now Rs 35.34 crore. Raids are still underway.


Delhi Court Deffers Delhi Chief Secretary Assault Case on 30 Jan

Delhi's Patiala House Court has deferred the hearing in Delhi Chief Secretary alleged assault case to January 30 for scrutiny of documents.


Kevin Hart Turns Down Offer to Host Oscars

Comedian Kevin Hart has said that he has made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars. Hart made the announcement via a tweet.


19-Ft Long Snake Rescued from House in Odisha

A 19-feet long King cobra was rescued from a house in Balipal village in Odisha on Thursday night. The snake was later released into the forests.


PM Modi Addresses Gathering at Jagran Forum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, 7 December addressed the gathering at the Jagran Forum in New Delhi.

At the gathering, the prime minister spoke about the New India mission and the social reforms for the people of India.


SC Dismisses Allegations Against FM Arun Jaitley in RBI capital Reserve

The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL that raised allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in relation to RBI capital reserve. The SC has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on advocate who filed the PIL.


Special CBI Court to Pronounce Judgment in Sohrabuddin Case on 21 Dec

Special CBI court in Mumbai to pronounce judgement in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case on 21st December.


2 Killed in UP Accident

Two people were killed on Friday, 7 December, in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur district of when the car they were travelling in fell into a roadside ditch, police said.

The accident took place near Aliganj when the driver lost control on a small bridge and dived into the ditch.

(Source: IANS)

People With Big Surnames Came But India Couldn't Develop: PM Modi

Hitting out at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said people with "big surnames" ruled the country but India could not prosper despite having the best talent and natural resources.

He also alleged that poverty was not alleviated as it could hit the "vote bank" of parties in the past.

Addressing the 'Jagran Forum' organised by the Dainik Jagran media group, the prime minister said, "People with big surnames came to power and went but no solution could be found to problems."

(Source: PTI)

Hansa Mehta Honoured at UN

UN chief Antonio Guterres has lauded the "essential" role played by Indian reformer and educator Hansa Jivraj Mehta in shaping the landmark document on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensuring it contains a more gender sensitive language.

Guterres, addressing the opening of a special exhibit on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the world body's headquarters Thursday, said pioneering women played essential parts in shaping the document.

(Source: PTI)

All Clear After Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of CNN Offices

Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN’s offices in New York.

Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 pm Thursday, 7 December, and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle.

Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad on standby.

(Source: AP)

Japan to Indict Nissan As Well As Ghosn: Report

Tokyo prosecutors have decided to indict Nissan as well as its former chairman Carlos Ghosn and another executive as early as next week over alleged financial misconduct, a report said Friday, 7 December.

The report comes amid speculation that Ghosn and his right-hand man Greg Kelly will face new allegations related to under-reporting of the auto titan's compensation.

(Source: PTI)

Afghan Official: Taliban Kill 14 Troops in Western Province

An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed 14 Afghan soldiers and taken another 21 captive in an overnight attack in the country's western Herat province.

Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi says attackers besieged two army outposts late on Thursday in Herat's Shindand district.

He says the fighting lasted for six hours before reinforcements arrived and repulsed the insurgents early on Friday — but not before they captured 21 troops.

(Source: PTI)

Plea For Women Entry in Nizamuddin Dargah Filed in Delhi HC

A PIL was filed in Delhi High Court Thursday, 6 December, seeking the entry of women in sanctum sanctorum of Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi. The court is likely to hear the plea next week.

(Source: ANI)

India criticizes UN's failure to show resolve in sanctioning new Taliban leaders

India has strongly criticized the UN for its failure to show resolve in sanctioning new Taliban leaders who continue to perpetrate violence and destruction in Afghanistan and aided by those harboured in safe havens in its neighbourhood, a veiled reference to Pakistan.

Counsellor in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Eenam Gambhir said at a UN General Assembly debate on the situation in Afghanistan it is clear that the terrorists who plan attacks against Afghanistan are not interested in peace.

"The goalposts for them have changed. The terrorists and their supporters have now set up industries amongst them of narcotics and illegal mining in the territories they control stealing the resources of the Afghan people and to fund more violence and terrorism," she said.

(Source: PTI)

Congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi Dies Kishanganj

Congress MP and Islamic cleric Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi died of a heart attack at his village home in Kishanganj district on Friday, family members said.

He was 76 and is survived by two sons and three daughters.

A former state president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hindi and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Qasmi had won the Kishanganj seat for the first time in 2009 Lok Sabha polls and went on to retain the seat five years later.

(Source: PTI)

Goa Mining Group to Stage 'Dharna' at Jantar Mantar on 13 Dec

Nearly 1,000 members of Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) will stage a 'dharna' at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 13 December to protest against the closure of mining operations in the state.

"The protest is against the closure of mining operations in Goa, on which about two lakh people were dependent," GMPF President Puti Gaonkar told PTI over phone.

The Supreme Court in February quashed the second renewal of iron ore mining leases given to 88 companies in Goa. Mining operations stopped from March.

About 1,000 people associated with Goan mining industry will stage a day-long dharna on 13 December at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, he said.


Slim Chance of Pak Getting IMF Bailout by 15 Jan 15

Pakistan's desire to get an IMF bailout package approved by January 15 may not be fulfilled as the global monetary body wants Islamabad to adopt steeper measures to address the external sector imbalances before sending the cash-strapped country's case to its Executive Board, according to a media report.

Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country's economy.


384 Tigers Killed in India in Last 10 Years, Reveals RTI

A total of 384 tigers have been killed by poachers across the country in the last ten years, which translates to over three a month, a reply under the Right to Information has revealed.

Between 2008 and 2018 (till November), 961 persons have also been arrested for allegedly poaching tigers, it said.

The information was given by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau or WCCB in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Noida-based advocate Ranjan Tomar.


Delhi Court Fixes 11 Jan as Next Date for Recording Statements in MJ Akbar Case

Delhi's Patiala House Court has fixed 11 January as the next date for recording statements of rest of the witnesses in MJ Akbar's defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. Three witnesses had recorded their statements in the matter on Friday, 7 December.


Taliban Kill 14 Troops in Afghan Western Province

An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed 14 Afghan soldiers and taken another 21 captive in an overnight attack in the country's western Herat province.

Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi says attackers besieged two army outposts late on Thursday in Herat's Shindand district.

He says the fighting lasted for six hours before reinforcements arrived and repulsed the insurgents early on Friday — but not before they captured 21 troops.

However, the Defence Ministry's spokesman, Ghafor Ahmad Jaweed, put the number of army dead and wounded at 10. The different accounts couldn't immediately be reconciled.

No group has taken responsibility for the assault, but authorities blame the Taliban, who are active in the area and have been targeting Afghan security forces throughout the country in deadly attacks every day.


Nissan Recalls 150,000 Vehicles Owing to Improper Tests

Nissan has recalled approximately 150,000 vehicles owing to improper tests on new units.


European Stocks Slump to Two-Year Low After China Executive Arrest

Stock markets sank on Thursday as the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive threatened to strain an already brittle US-China trade relationship, while oil prices fell after OPEC delayed an output decision.

The arrest of smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada for extradition to the United States came as Washington and Beijing prepared for talks aimed at resolving a bitter trade spat.


UK Suspends Visa Program for Super Rich in Crime Crackdown

The UK is suspending its investor visas for the rich, closing a route to permanent residence and British citizenship that’s popular with Russian oligarchs and wealthy Chinese.

The program will be suspended from midnight on Friday ahead of reforms designed to tackle money laundering and organized crime, according to a Home Office statement.


Govt Calls All-Party Meet Ahead of Winter Session of Parliament

The government has called for an all-party meeting on Monday ahead of the winter session of Parliament to build a consensus for smooth functioning of the two Houses.

At the customary session-eve meeting called by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, the prime minister usually lists the government's agenda and seeks the opposition's support for smooth transaction of official business.

This would be the last full-fledged Parliament session before the Lok Sabha polls.


Krishnamurthy Subramanian Appointed as Chief Economic Adviser

Krishnamurthy Subramanian has been appointed as the Chief Economic Adviser for a period of 3 years.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Madhya Pradesh HC Dismisses Congress' Plea in EVM Malfunction Case

Madhya Pradesh High Court dismisses plea filed by Congress party in connection with EVM malfunction.

The court refused to interfere in the matter expressing satisfaction on action by EC and reserved its decision over plea filed over the counting of VVPAT slips along with that of EVMs.

(Source: ANI)

Sabarimala Protests: BJP Leader Surendran Gets Bail

The Kerala High Court Friday, 7 December, granted conditional bail to BJP general secretary K Surendran in a case related to alleged attack on a 52-year old woman pilgrim by frenzied Lord Ayyappa devotees at the Sabarimala Temple on 6 November.

Justice V Raja Vijayaraghavan directed Surendran to surrender his passport, not to enter the Pathanamthitta District, in which the Lord Ayyappa temple is located, till the charge sheet in the case is filed and furnish a bail bond of Rs 2 lakh.

(Source: PTI)

3 People Arrested and 1Kg Heroin Seized in Jammu and Kashmir

Police arrested three people and seized Rs 13 lakh and 1 kg of heroin from them during a search at check post in Valmiki Chowk, Jammu.

Sunniya Ashkoor Wani (SDPO) said,"One of the arrested persons is a surrendered terrorist. Case registered&probe underway."

31st GST Council Meeting to be Held on 22 Dec

31st Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting to be held on 22 December in Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

SC Refuses to Stay CBI Probe Against Cops for Firing at Anti-Sterlite Protesters

The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay the Madras High Court order for a CBI probe against police officials for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters in Tamil Nadu in May this year.

(Source: PTI)

Decision to be Taken by 14 Dec: Calcutta HC's Division Bench on BJP Rath Yatra

The division bench of Calcutta High Court in ‘rath yatra’ matter has directed three BJP representatives to meet state's Chief Secretary,Home Secretary and DGP by 12 December and the decision is to be taken by 14 December .

(Source: ANI)

Punjab Panchayat Polls on 30 Dec

The elections to 13,276 panchayats in Punjab will be held on 30 December, State Election Commissioner Jagpal Singh Sandhu said Friday, 7 December.

(Source: PTI)

Haryana Policeman Killed in Road Accident

A Haryana police constable driving a highway pilot vehicle was killed and two of his colleagues injured on Friday when their vehicle was hit by a canter truck near Pehowa near Haryana’s Kaithal, police said.

(Source: PTI)

US Hiring Slowed to 155,000 Jobs in November

US hiring slowed to 155,000 jobs in November, unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%.

(Source: AP)

Police Arrest Two Accomplices of Terrorists Involved in Cop's Killing in Pulwama

Two accomplices of terrorists involved in killing of a police officer in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in October this year have been arrested, police said Friday.

"Police have arrested two accomplices of terrorists involved in the killing of sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir on 28 October," a police spokesman said.

(Source: PTI)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Becomes CDU's New Leader

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is elected new leader of Christian Democrat Union.

(Source: AP)

OPEC and Non-OPEC Countries to Cut Oil Production

OPEC and non-OPEC countries to cut oil production 1.2 million barrels a day in January for 6 months, confirmed OPEC president.

(Source: AP)

US Scraps UN Meeting on North Korea Human Rights

The United States has dropped a bid to hold a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea's human rights record after failing to garner enough support for the talks, diplomats said Friday, 7 December.

The decision to scrap the meeting held every year since 2014 also comes as the United States is seeking a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

(Source: PTI)

FIR Lodged Against Officials of IL&FS Rail Ltd For Siphoning Off Rs 70 Crore

An FIR has been registered against officials of IL&FS Rail Ltd for allegedly siphoning off Rs 70 crore invested in it by another company, police said Friday.

According to the economic offences wing (EOW) of Delhi Police, an FIR was lodged against officials of the company under various sections of the IPC for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, using as genuine a forged document and forgery of a valuable security on a complaint by Ashish Begwani, Director of Enso Infrastructures (P) Ltd.

(Source: PTI)

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