Latest News: Rajya Sabha Sitting Extended Till 9 January
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Null and Void: EC Tells Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu On MLA's Election

EC directs Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu that notification “calling upon 168-Thiruvarur Assembly Constituency to elect an MLA stands rescinded forthwith.”

“All steps taken by Returning Officer, Dist Election Officer and electoral authorities concerned are hereby declared null&void”

(Source: ANI)

Man Charged With Murder in Houston Girl's Death

A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting that authorities said Sunday appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack, as her family feared.

Jazmine Barnes' family had described the gunman in the Dec 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup, and believed race played a role in the shooting.

(Source: PTI)

Naxals Shoot a Man Dead, Torch 3 Vehicles in Odisha

Naxals torched three vehicles in Odisha’s Patiamba village and shot dead a man on suspicion of him being a police informer near Malickpada village in Kandhamal on Sunday, 6 November.

Kandhamal SP said, “We're gathering information.Our force is present at the outpost there and have started procedure to take action”

(Source: ANI)

Michigan Family of 5 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash in Kentucky

Authorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.

Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family's sport utility vehicle at 2.30 am Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup's driver.

(Source: PTI)

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Petrol Price in Mumbai at Rs 74.16, Rs 68.50 in Delhi

Petrol and diesel prices in Mumbai on Monday stood at Rs 74.16/litre and Rs 65.12/litre, respectively.

In Delhi, petrol and diesel were priced at Rs 68.50/litre and Rs 62.24/litre.

(Source: ANI)

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13 Trains to Delhi Delayed Due to Fog Conditions

13 trains travelling to Delhi on Monday are running late due to fog conditions/poor visibility. Visibility range at 8.30 am in Delhi was 100 metres.

(Source: ANI)

Ex-Cuban Vice President Dies at 95

Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died on Sunday, state media reported. He was 95.

(Source: Associate Press)

2 Dead As Another Meghalaya Mine Collapses

At least two miners were killed when an illegal coal mine collapsed in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills, police officials said on Sunday.

The incident comes amid the rescue attempt in the same district, where for the last 25 days authorities have been unable to reach 13 miners trapped in a different "rat-hole" coal mine.

(Source: NDTV)

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All Flights To and From Delhi Delayed

All flights travelling to and from Delhi were delayed on Monday due to fog conditions. Visibility in the national capital was stated ‘poor’. Visibility range at 8.30 am in Delhi was 100 metres.

(Source: ANI)

TMC Gives Notice Rule Under 267 in RS to Hold Discussion

Trinamool Congress has given a notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to take up discussion on ‘Parliament being bypassed and legislative scrutiny being ignored‘, on Monday.

(Source: Source)

5.9-Magnitude Quake Jolts Iran's Gilangharb City, 75 Injured

At least 75 people have been injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Gilangharb city in Iran's Kermanshah province, Pir Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran Emergency Organisation, said.

According to Iran's Seismological Centre, the epicentre of the earthquake that hit the country's western part on Sunday, was monitored at 34.16 degrees north latitude and 45.66 degrees east longitude with a depth of 10 km, Xinhua reported.

(Source: IANS)

Afghan National Stabbed in Delhi' Nizamuddin Area

An Afghan national was stabbed to death in Nizamuddin area on 5 January. Police said that an investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

20 Flights Travelling To and From Bengaluru Delayed Due to Fog

20 flights travelling to and from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International airport were delayed due to fog between 6am to 9am.

(Source: ANI)

Sensex Up Over 300 Points; Nifty Above 10,800

Indian equity benchmarks strengthened for the second day, mirroring positive Asian cues after soothing Federal Reserve comments and an easing of monetary policy in China stoked a renewed appetite for risk assets.

The S&P BSE Sensex Index rose as much as 0.95 percent to 36,033.20 and the NSE Nifty 50 Index rose as much as 0.86 percent to 10,819.60.

The market breadth was tilted in favour of buyers. All the sectoral gauges compiled by NSE advanced, led by the NSE Nifty Metal Index's 1.72 percent gain.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Kharge Demands JPC on Rafale Deal

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has given a notice under rule 193 in Lok Sabha, demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on Rafale jet deal.

(Source: ANI)

National Herald Case to be Heard Next on 4 Feb

Delhi High Court set the next date of hearing National Herald case on 4 February after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy requested the court to change the date.

(Source: ANI)

SC Refuses Urgent Hearing of Aadhaar with Voter ID Cards

Supreme Court has refused to give an urgent hearing to a mentioning by a lawyer seeking the linking of Aadhaar with Voter ID cards.

(Source: ANI)

2 Shot Dead in Delhi's Baprola Area

Two people were shot dead and their bodies were dumped on the Nangloi-Najafgarh Road in Baprola area, Delhi, on the night of 6 January.

An FIR has been registered and investigation underway.

(Source: ANI)

SC Dismisses PIL Seeking Clean Public Toilet as Fundamental Right

Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL seeking to make access to clean public toilet a fundamental right.

(Source: ANI)

4 RSS Activists Booked Hurling a Country-Made Bomb

Kerala Police have registered a case against four RSS activists including Nooranad Praveen for hurling a country-made bomb at Nedumangad police station during the state-wide hartal called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi on 3 January.

(Source: ANI)

67 Girl Students Admitted to Hospital, Food Poisoning Suspected

At least 67 girls of a state-run residential school were rushed to a hospital in the Ranga Reddy district on Sunday after they complained of stomach ache and vomitted, police said.

Police suspect food poisoning as the reason behind the incident.

(Source: ANI)

Amid Cold Weather, Ghaziabad Schools to Remain Shut Till 12 Jan

All schools in the Ghaziabad area of Uttar Pradesh will remain closed till 12 January, the district officials said on Sunday.

Keeping in view the weather conditions, the District Basic Education Officer Rajesh Kumar Shrivas, passed the order on the directions of District Magistrate, Ritu Maheshwari.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Vijay Shah to Contest for MP Assembly Speaker

BJP's Vijay Shah to be the candidate for the election of Assembly Speaker in Madhya Pradesh.

(Source: ANI)

French Cardinal to Go on Trial over Child Abuse Cover Up

The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, in central eastern France, is accused along with five others from his diocese of helping cover up abuse in one of the parishes in the area.

(Source: AFP)

If BJP Asks For CBI Probe Against Akhilesh yadav, Modi Will Have to Leave Varanasi: SP Min

Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party during a joint PC with BSP said, “If a UP min organises a PC in Delhi & asks for a CBI probe against Akhilesh, what conclusion can you draw from it? It'll backfire on them & BJP won't even get to put their feet in UP,PM will have to leave Varanasi&fight elections from elsewhere.”

(Source: ANI)

SC Seeks Centre's Response on Plea Against Prosecution Under Sec 66A of IT Act

The Supreme Court sought Centre's response on plea alleging prosecution even after Section 66 A of IT Act scrapped.

The apex court said, it is concerned that officials will be arrested if its orders scrapping Sec 66 A is violated.

"More than 22 persons prosecuted after apex court scrapped Section 66 A of IT Act," PUCL said in plea in SC.

(Source: PTI)

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Delhi HC Nixes Plea to Ban 'the Accidental Prime Minister' Trailer, Says Refile as PIL

The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed off a plea seeking a ban on the trailer of the movie "The Accidental Prime Minister", saying it should be refiled at a public suit.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed that the petitioner, Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based fashion designer, has no personal interest in the matter should refile it as PIL.

(Source: IANS)

SC Rejects PIL seeking to Change AMU's Name

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL seeking to change the name of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

"You want us to do that," asked Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi while dismissing the plea.

(Source: IANS)

Bihar Bungalow Row: HC Rejects Tejashwi Yadav's Petition

Patna High Court has rejected Tejashwi Yadav's petition challenging Bihar government's order to vacate his bungalow. The bungalow was allotted to him when he was Bihar Deputy CM.

(Source: ANI)

3 AIADMK MPs Suspended by Lok Sabha Speaker

Three AIADMK MPs – P Venugopal, KN Ramchandran, K Gopal and TDP MP N Shivaprasad suspended for two days by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan under Rule 374A.

(Source: ANI)

Direct Tax Collections for FY 2018-19 Rise By 14%

Direct Tax collections for FY 2018-19 up to December 2018 are at Rs 8.74 lakh crore, which is 14.1 percent higher than the gross collections for the corresponding period of last year.

Refunds amounting to Rs 1.30 lakh crore have been issued during April-December 2018.

(Source: ANI)

SC Issues Notice on Mental Healthcare in Faith-Based Asylums

Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and all state governments on a PIL seeking direction to start a project or programme to provide mental healthcare and treatment to persons with mental illness placed near or inside faith-based mental asylums.

(Source: ANI)

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RBI Guv Will Meet NBFC Officials on 8 Jan

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das will meet non-banking financial company (NBFC) representatives in Mumbai on Tuesday, 8 January.

The meeting will discuss the liquidity issue of NBFCs. Liquidity conditions are being monitored constantly.

“ We also have constituted a committee to look into the issues related to the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). We are looking at what kind of governance reforms can be brought about in the functioning of the banks.”

(Source: ANI)

Chidambaram Appears Before ED in INX Media Case

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday appeared for questioning before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing his role in the INX media money laundering case for giving a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the group in 2007.

An ED official said that the former leader was summoned last month by the agency for questioning.

(Source: IANS)

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10% Reservation Approved by Union Cabinet for Upper Castes

The Union Cabinet Monday approved a 10 percent reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs.

The government has announced reservation in government jobs and education.

(Source: ANI)

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UK Court Clears Extradition of Bookie Sanjeev Chawla

A court in United Kingdom has cleared extradition of bookie Sanjeev Chawla, accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.

SC Verdict on CBI Chief Alok Verma’s Plea Tomorrow

SC is set to deliver judgment on Tuesday on CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition challenging Centre’s decision to send him on leave pending CVC inquiry.

SC Asks RCom, RJio to Resolve Issues Over Past Dues

The Supreme Court today asked Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Reliance Jio to take a decision by 11 January over the settlement of past dues to DoT, which is yet to give clearance to their spectrum sale deal.

It also asked RJio to furnish an undertaking to abide by the spectrum trade guidelines, to which the company said that it cannot take this risk knowing the problems faced with regard to the past dues.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Sharan said, "You both (RCom and RJio) sit together and settle the issue among yourselves by 11 January. Till you do not settle among yourselves, we can't do anything."

Indian Economy to Grow at 7.2 Percent This Year: CSO

Indian economy is estimated to grow at 7.2 percent in 2018-19, officials at Central Statistics Office (CSO) said today.

The growth in GDP will increase by half a percent as opposed to the growth rate of 6.7 percent in 2017-18.

(Source: ANI)

Lankan Navy Arrests Four Tamil Nadu Fishermen

The Sri Lankan Navy today arrested four Tamil Nadu fishermen for allegedly fishing in the island nation's territorial waters.

Fisheries department assistant director Kumaresan said the fishermen, who set out for fishing from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai district, have been taken to Kangesanthurai along with their boat.

Lankan naval personnel arrested them when they were allegedly fishing near Nedunthivu, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Sheikh Hasina Takes Oath as Bangladesh PM for the Fourth Time

Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the fourth time. This is also her third consecutive term in the office.

President Mohammed Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to Hasina and her cabinet, which will take charge after the current government’s term ends on 28 Janaury.

(Source: ANI)

BJP MLA Gopal Bhargav Elected the Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly

BJP MLA and Former State Minister Gopal Bhargav has been elected as the leader of opposition in Madhya Pradesh assembly.

(Source: ANI)

1998 Stone Pelting Case: Balakrishna Reddy Gets 3 Years Imprisonment

Chennai court sentences Minister Balakrishna Reddy to 3 years imprisonment in the 1998 stone pelting case.

(Source: ANI)

RBI to Decide on Interim Dividend: Shaktikanta Das

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das today said the central bank will announce a decision on giving interim dividend to the government once such a final view is taken.

The government has already said it will seek interim dividend from the RBI in order to maintain its fiscal deficit of 3.3 percent of the GDP for 2018-19.

Last fiscal, the RBI paid an interim dividend of Rs 10,000 crore to the Centre. RBI follows the July-June calendar.

(Source: PTI)

Kerala HC Says No Shutdown Without a Week's Notice

Amid protests over the Sabarimala issue, the Kerala High Court today said no strike can be called in the state without a prior notice of at least seven days.

The court made the comment while hearing a petition moved by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Thrissur-based NGO 'Malayala vedi against hartals' against shutdowns in the state.

(Source: PTI)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Arrives in India

Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan arrived today in Delhi. He is on a three day visit to India.

(Source: ANI)

Nepal's 'Buddha Boy' Under Investigation Over Disappearance of Devotees

A 28-year-old self-styled spiritual leader in Nepal, popular as "Buddha Boy", is under investigation after four devotees, including three nuns, disappeared from his ashrams, according to a media report.

A joint team of Central Bureau of Investigation and police raided Ram Bahadur Bomjan's ashram in Sindhupalchowk district last week after four persons went missing, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Police suspected that one of his devotees, Sanchalal Waiba, who went missing from Bomjan's ashram in Sindhupalchowk, might have been murdered.

(Source: PTI)

Modi, Putin Exchange New Year's Greetings, Discuss Bilateral Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin today exchanged New Year's greetings and discussed bilateral cooperation in key areas including defence and counter-terrorism.

The two leaders also agreed that India-Russia cooperation plays an important role in the global multilateral order.

(Source: PTI)

'Be There in the Parliament Tomorrow': Cong, BJP tell MPs

Congress and BJP, in separate moves, have issued a whip to their members of Parliament to be present in the lower house tomorrow.

(Source: ANI)

Rajya Sabha Sitting Extended Till 9 January

Rajya Sabha sitting has been extended by one more day, till 9 January.

(Source: ANI)

27 Years Later, Man Booked for Rape, Held in Jammu

A man who had been absconding for 27 years, after he was booked in a rape and kidnap case, was arrested on Monday in Jammu district, police said.

Based on a tip-off, police raided a place in Pargwal and arrested the accused, Rattan Lal, Police said.

Lal is booked in a rape and kidnapping case, which he committed in 1991.

(Source: PTI)

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