Latest News: Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed in LS
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BJD to Hold Protest Rally in Delhi Today

Biju Janta Dal to hold protest rally on Tuesday, 8 January, at Delhi's Talkatora Stadium demanding hike in MSP for common paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal and implementation of Swaminathan Commission report. Odisha CM and BJD President Naveen Patnaik to address the rally and lead delegation to submit memorandum to the President.

(Source: ANI)

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Former BJP MLA Shot Dead in Gujarat

Former BJP MLA Jayantilal Parshottam was shot dead by unknown assailants onboard Sayji Nagri Express between Kataria-Surbari stations in Gujarat, last night. Police investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

Trains Delayed Due to Fog

14 trains to Delhi running late due to fog conditions and low visibility.

(Source: ANI)

Ghosn Protests Innocence at High-Profile Court Hearing

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday, 8 January he had been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained" at a high-profile court hearing in Japan, his first appearance since his arrest in November rocked the business world.

In a statement prepared for the hearing and issued by a spokesperson, Ghosn was expected to conclude his remarks by saying: "Your Honour, I am innocent of the accusations made against me."

(Source: AFP)

Liquor Bottles Distributed At Event Organised by BJP in UP's Hardoi

Liquor bottles, kept inside food packets, were distributed at an event organised by BJP leader Naresh Agarwal's son Nitin at a temple on Monday where the former was also present.

(Source: ANI)

Ceasefire Violated in Poonch

Pakistan violates ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

(Source: ANI)

Air Quality in Poor Category

Major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 in 'Poor' category at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

(Source: ANI)

4 Indian Fishermen Apprehended by Lankan Navy

Srilankan Navy apprehended four Indian fishermen near Delft Island early morning on Tuesday, 8 January.

(Source: ANI)

Body of 40-Year-Old Found in Lake in Thane

Body of a 40-year old man found in Masunda lake, Talaopali, Thane (West). The police investigation underway.

(Source: ANI)

Gita Gopinath Joins IMF as Its First Female Chief Economist

Mysore-born Gita Gopinath has joined International Monetary Fund as its chief economist, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post.

Gopinath's joined last week at a time, when she believes the world is experiencing a retreat from globalisation, posing challenges to multilateral institutions.

The John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, Gopinath, 47, succeeds Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Research Department. Obstfeld retired December 31.

(Source: PTI)

North Korea Confirms Kim's Departure to China for Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left for China for a four-day trip, the North's state media reported Tuesday, amid speculation that he may attempt to coordinate his positions with Beijing ahead of his likely summit with President Donald Trump.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim departed for China on Monday afternoon with his wife Ri Sol Ju and top officials. It said Kim is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

(Source: AP)

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un’s Train Arrives in Beijing

A three-car train of the type used by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has arrived in Beijing following the announcement of four-day visit to China.

The train pulled into Beijing’s North Station along tracks lined by police and paramilitary troops. It’s wasn’t immediately clear whether Kim was on the train, although his arrival Tuesday had been openly announced by both sides.

Upon arrival, Kim will be driven by motorcade to the Diaoyutai State Guest House in western Beijing, according to precedent set by Kim’s two previous visits as leader to the capital.

(Source: AP)

7 Dead in Shooting in Mexican City of Playa Del Carmen

Seven men have been killed in a shooting attack at a bar in Mexico's Caribbean coastal city of Playa del Carmen, authorities said Monday.

State and local police said the attack occurred late Sunday at the "Las Virginias" bar in a low-income section relatively far from the beachside tourist resort zone. Six men were found shot to death in the bar, and another died at a local hospital.

One man was wounded but survived the attack. He told police he was drinking beer with friends when gunshots broke out. The attackers have not yet been identified.

(Source: AP)

Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Killing 6 in US Shooting Spree

An Uber driver who went on a shooting spree that killed six people in the Midwestern US state of Michigan pleaded guilty to all charges Monday.

In a surprise turn as the trial was scheduled to begin, Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to embarking on a deadly February 2016 shooting spree in the small city of Kalamazoo, in between driving for customers of the ride-sharing service Uber.

Dalton was charged with six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight firearms charges. He faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.

(Source: AFP)

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Resigns

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has abruptly resigned from his post to join a private infrastructure investment firm, an unexpected departure that comes nearly three years before the end of his term.

Kim, who had served in the role since 2012, announced on Monday that he would leave his post well ahead of his term's expiration at the end of 2021, reports CNN.

"It has been a great honour to serve as President of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime," Kim wrote in a statement.

(Source: IANS)

JMM Chief Hemant Soren Said Backward Classes Should Be Given 27% Reservation

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Hemant Soren said that backward classes should be given 27% reservation, we also demand that reservation be raised form 26% to 28% for the tribal communities, and 5% to the minority community of Jharkhand.

(Source: ANI)

Trump to 'Address Nation' on Border Crisis

US President Donald Trump will "address the nation" on Tuesday over the ongoing "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's southern border, two days before his scheduled trip to the region.

Trump made the announcement in a tweet late Monday night, reports CNN.

"I am pleased to inform you that I will address the nation on the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border. Tuesday night at 9 p.m.," the President tweeted.

(Source: IANS)

Unrelenting Cold Wave Continues in Kashmir Valley

An unrelenting cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday as the weather office said the weather condition would remain the same during the next 48 hours.

All rivers, lakes, streams and springs in the valley remain partially frozen as chilly winds blew from snow clad mountains into the plains.

Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.9 degrees and Gulmarg minus 3.2 degrees as the minimum temperatures on Tuesday.

(Source: IANS)

Rupee Softens Against US Dollar in Opening Trade

The rupee weakened by 36 paise to 70.04 against the US dollar in opening trade Tuesday on rising crude prices and some demand for the American currency from importers.

The rupee opened weak at 69.83 at the interbank forex market against its previous close of 69.68 per dollar.

It moved in range of 70.06 per dollar to 69.83 per dollar in early trade and was trading at 70.04, showing a fall of 36 paise against the greenback.

(Source: PTI)

91 Kanpur Tanneries 'Polluting' Ganga Closed

Kanpur authorities have ordered the "immediate shutdown" of 91 leather tanneries in the city that were offloading their waste in the Ganga river, causing widespread water pollution, an official said on Tuesday.

The crackdown comes days before the start of the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj from January 14.

(Source: IANS)

Indian Scientists Protest Congress Speakers Discrediting Works of Newton, Einstein

Indian scientists have protested about claims made at a local science conference that rubbish the work of some of the world’s greatest physicists and suggest modern breakthroughs such as in-vitro fertilisation were in fact invented in ancient India.

In a lecture at the Indian Science Congress and posted on YouTube, one speaker, Kannan Jegathala Krishnan said Isaac Newton was wrong about gravity, Albert Einstein made a “big blunder” and questioned Stephen Hawking’s achievements.

(Source: Reuters)

3 Detained After Attempt to Shut Meat Shop

Three people were detained after a group of Hindu activists allegedly tried to force shut a meat shop in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred in Khampur village of Chapar area on Monday evening. Police rushed to the spot and dispersed the two sides, an officer said.

Three people were taken into custody and later released, the officer added.

(Source: PTI)

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg Receives Ceremonial Reception

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg received ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, said, "I am excited to be in India. We hope for good friendship & partnership with India on oceans, sustainable development and also bilateral issues."

(Source: ANI)

Kerala Police Arrests 6 For Attempting to Create Communal Violence

Kerala Police has arrested six, including three women from Erumely on the charges of attempting to create communal violence. According to the police, they were planning to enter a mosque in Erumely. The incident took place last night.

(Source: ANI)

BSP Welcomes Reservation For EWS of Upper Caste

Bahujan Samaj Party welcomes reservation for economically weaker sections of upper castes, party chief Mayawati to ANI.

She said, I feel that decisions taken before the Lok Sabha elections are not taken with right intentions. looks like a political stunt... a political deceit. It would have been better if the BJP had not taken this decision just before the end of their tenure but much earlier.

Bogus Doctor Arrested in Thane

A man was arrested from Ulhasnagar township in Maharashtra's Thane district for allegedly practising as a doctor without the mandatory registration with the medical council and causing the death of a patient, police said Tuesday.

Pravesh Sharma, 49, had treated a 17-year-old girl at his private clinic in Ulhasnagar in August 2017 after she suffered from stomachache, police sub-inspector Yogesh Gaikar said.

(Source: ANI)

American-Sikhs Urge Pakistan to Maintain Kartarpur Complex in Original State

American-Sikh communities have urged the Pakistan government to make sure that the Kartarpur Sahib Complex (KSC) is maintained in its original state.

The American Sikh Council (ASC) in a statement on Monday said: "Any structural changes and/or additions to accommodate upcoming huge visitors either coming from India, Pakistan or the Sikh diaspora living across globe by lodging to restrooms and more must be done at a distance, away from the main KSC so that the Kartarpur Sahib original farms, natural areas spread around 100 acres of land that belonged to Guru Sahibji, and the forest areas around the River Ravi can retain as much of its originality as possible.

(Source: IANS)

Government Allows an Iranian Bank to Open Branch in Mumbai: Gadkari

The government has allowed an Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Tuesday after a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Md Javad Zarif here.

Iran's Bank Pasargad will open its branch within the next three months.

Gadkari said, "the Government of India has already given permission to Iran to open a bank branch in Mumbai. They are going to open a branch in Mumbai in three months.

(Source: PTI)

Crime Branch to Investigate Two Fraud Cases of 'Golden Baba'

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch has taken up investigation of two cases registered against fraudster Jyoti Ranjan Beura alias 'Golden Baba'.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Crime Branch Santosh Upadhaya said on Monday that following request from the Commissionerate Police, the EOW took up investigations into two fraud cases registered against Beura.

Arrested by the Odisha police last week in a cheque fraud case, Beura has four cases against him in Chandrasekharpur, Laxmisagar and Saheed Nagar police stations in Bhubaneswar.

(Source: PTI)

Human Trafficking Takes on 'Horrific Dimensions'; Almost a Third of Victims Are Children: UN

Trafficking victims from South Asian countries including India are detected in many parts of Europe, according to a new UN report that said human trafficking has taken "horrific dimensions" with children accounting for a third of those being trafficked.

The 'Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018' from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) draws on information from 142 countries, examining trafficking trends and patterns.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex, Nifty in Green, Financials Drag

The Sensex and Nifty traded in the green during the morning trade session on Tuesday after they opened lower.

Caution ahead of the Q3 corporate earning session starting this week and outcome of the ongoing US-China trade talks kept the indices in a short range.

The Asian markets also traded on a mixed note.

(Source: IANS)

BJP Rath Yatra in WB: SC Issues Notice to State Govt

Supreme Court issues notice to the Govt of West Bengal in connection with the BJP's Yatra in West Bengal matter. The matter to be heard next on 15th January.

(Source: ANI)

Army Patrol Party Attacked by Terrorists in Pulwama

Army patrol party attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. Area cordoned off, internet services in the area temporarily suspended.

(Source: ANI)

Gujarat CM Orders Investigation in Murder of Former BJP MLA

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said a thorough investigation will be conducted and strict action will be taken against those guilty in connection with the murder of former BJP MLA Jayantilal Bhanushali onboard a train in Gujarat last night.

(Source: ANI)

US Court Rejects Rajat Gupta's Bid to Overturn Insider-Trading Conviction

In a fresh setback to India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, a US court here has rejected his bid to throw out his 2012 insider-trading conviction, affirming a lower court's ruling in the case.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in an order issued Monday, said "we have considered all of Gupta's arguments on this appeal and have found them to be without merit.

(Source: PTI)

NASA Probe Discovers New Planet

NASA's latest planet hunting probe has discovered a new world outside our solar system, orbiting a dwarf star 53 light years away.

This is the third new planet confirmed by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) since its launch in April last year.

The planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away, in the constellation Reticulum, and appears to have the longest orbital period of the three planets so far identified by TESS.

(Source: PTI)

Vikram Misri Takes Charge as India's New Envoy to China

India's new ambassador to China Vikram Misri took charge of the post on Monday and met top Chinese officials during which they discussed Sino-India ties.

Misri presented a copy of his credentials to Hong Lei, Deputy Director General of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing.

He met Wu Jianghao, Director General of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and exchanged views on India-China bilateral relations, the Indian Embassy here tweeted.

(Source: PTI)

Tuticorin: SC Refuses to Stay NGT Order; Seeks Vedanta's Response

SC refuses to stay NGT order setting aside Tamil Nadu govt's decision to close Vedanta's Sterlite plant in Tuticorin.

The apex court seeks Vedanta's response on Tamil Nadu's appeal against NGT order to reopen Tuticorin plant.

Volcano Erupts on Remote Papua New Guinea Island

One of Papua New Guinea's most active volcanoes has begun to erupt, authorities said Tuesday, pummelling villages on a remote island with volcanic rock.

Manam island is a volcanic cone that towers out of the sea north of the Papua New Guinea mainland and has a history of eruptions, with major activity in November 2004 forcing the evacuation of some 9,000 people.

(Source: AFP)

12 Booked for Duping Man by Promising Good Monetary Returns

Twelve people were booked by the Thane police in Maharashtra for allegedly duping a man of Rs 55.27 lakh by promising good returns on investments in mutual funds and other schemes, police said.

The main accused, Suryakant Tripati, got in touch with the victim and claimed had good influence in the insurance regulatory body and that he could get him good returns through investments in various schemes, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

(Source: PTI)

Norway PM, Modi Hold Delegation-Level Talks

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg and PM Narendra Modi hold delegation level talks in Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

Gadkari, Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Meet in Delhi

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif met Union Shipping and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday, 8 January.

Gadkari said, “We had a good discussion over Chabahar port. The first ship to the port has already been received. Government of India has given permission to Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai, they'll open it in 3 months, it’ll make transactions easier.”

Zarif told media, “Iran & India have complementary economies. India's UCO bank & Iran's Pasargad Bank are getting started with the business. We hope that in spite of the illegal US sanctions, we can cooperate for the benefit of our people.”

(Source: ANI)

32 Dead in Syria in IS Counterattack

Islamic State counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead, as reported by AFP.

Naveen Patnaik Takes Part in Protest Rally in Delhi

Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik takes part in the protest rally at Delhi's Talkatora Stadium demanding hike in MSP for common paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal & implementation of Swaminathan Commission report.

(Source: ANI)

20 Children Injured in Chinese Primary School Attack

Chinese authorities say a male attacker has wounded 20 children inside a Beijing primary school.

The Xicheng district government posted on its social media account Tuesday that three of the children had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. All the children are receiving hospital treatment.

(Source: AP)

Turkey Trial to Open into Russian Ambassador's 2016 Killing

Twenty eight suspects were due to go on trial Tuesday over the assassination of the Russian ambassador two years ago, including a US-based Muslim preacher blamed by Ankara for a failed coup the same year.

Andrei Karlov, 62, was shot dead by an off-duty Turkish policeman at a photo exhibition in Ankara on December 19, 2016, in a shock attack that was captured on camera by photographers attending the event.

(Source: AFP)

Modi to Address Rally in Agra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-start the BJP's election campaign in Uttar Pradesh with a rally in Agra on Wednesday.

Modi is scheduled to fly to Agra from Bidar in Karnataka and reach around 3.15 pm.

According to party sources, he is expected to inaugurate a number of projects.

(Source: PTI)

One Terrorist Killed in Pulwama

One terrorist killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama weapon recovered. Operation still in progress.

Internet services in the area have been temporarily suspended.

(Source: ANI)

Meghalaya Miners Rescue Operations to Continue

Operation continues to rescue the miners who have been trapped in a mine at Ksan near Lyteiñ River in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya. They are trapped since 13 December.

(Source: ANI)

Chinese Military Equips Troops in Tibet with Mobile Howitzers: Report

After the recent induction of light weight battle tank in Tibet bordering India, the Chinese military has equipped its troops stationed at the Himalayan plateau with new vehicle-mounted howitzers to improve their combat capability, official media here reported on Tuesday.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Tibet Autonomous Region has been equipped with mobile howitzers which aims to boost the troops' high-altitude combat capability to improve border security, state-run Global Times reported.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Discusses Syria, Economic Issues with Foreign Leaders

President Donald Trump discussed the US strategy in Syria and the defeat of the ISIS with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House said, amid global concern over America's early exit from the war-torn country.

Trump's surprise announcement in December that appeared to signal a rapid withdrawal of the American forces from war-torn Syria, where the US special forces play an important role in supporting local forces fighting the dreaded ISIS group caused a diplomatic storm.

(Source: PTI)

Australia to 'Carefully Consider' Saudi Woman's Asylum Plea

Australia to 'carefully consider' Saudi woman's asylum plea, said official.

Meanwhile, Thailand's immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, and said the officials told him they are satisfied with how the case of the young Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her abusive family has been handled.

Alqunun grabbed global attention when she sent out pleas for help via social media, saying she feared for her life if she were put on a plane back to Kuwait, where she had slipped away from her family, or her homeland.

(Source: AFP, AP)

No Rule to Restrict Entry in Exam for Wearing Hijab: Goa Govt

Against the backdrop of a woman alleging that she was not allowed to appear for the National Eligibility Test (NET) in Goa after she refused to take off her 'hijab', a state government official has clarified that there are no rules specifying dress code for the exam.

Last month, Safina Khan Soudagar, 24, had said she was asked by the supervisor at the examination centre in Panaji to remove her hijab (head scarf) and when she refused to do so, she was not allowed to take the exam.

(Source: PTI)

Germany: Man Arrested in Probe of Politicians' Hacked Data

German authorities say a man has been detained in a suspected hacking case that resulted in hundreds of politicians' and celebrities' private information being posted online.

The Federal Criminal Police Office said Tuesday that they searched the apartment of a 20-year-suspect from central Hesse state on Sunday and detained him.

It didn't give further details, but a news conference was planned later in the day.

(Source: AP)

1 Dead, 23 Rescued After Oil Tanker Catches Fire in Hong Kong

One dead and 23 have been rescued after oil and chemical tanker caught fire in Hong Kong. Two crew are still missing .

(Source: AFP)

At Least 2 Killed in South Africa Train Collision

At least two people were killed and dozens injured on Tuesday when two trains collided in the South African capital Pretoria, an emergency services official said.

“We have got two confirmed fatalities, and we have got different emergency services on site,” Charles Mabaso told Reuters.

Congress' NP Prajapati New Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly

Congress MLA N P Prajapati was Tuesday elected Speaker of the 15th Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the absence of BJP MLAs who walked out in protest of the protem speaker's refusal to let the opposition party propose the name of its nominee for the Constitutional post.

(Source: PTI)

Sunanda Pushkar Death Case: Court Adjourns Hearing Till 14 Jan

Delhi's Patiala House Court adjourns the Sunanda Pushkar death case till Monday, 14 January.

(Source: ANI)

Don't Know Reason For Invite Cancellation: Nayantara Sahgal

Writer Nayantara Sahgal told ANI about Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan organisers cancelling invite extended to her and said, “Don't know the reason, I think there was some political pressure. Singer TM Krishna, Ramachandra Guha&Gopal Gandhi's events were cancelled, it's not limited to writers.”

After Quitting AAP, Khaira Announces New Political Outfit

Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) two days ago, announced a new political outfit on Tuesday.

"The 'Punjabi Ekta Party' will be Punjab-centric and a regional party," Khaira said. Six rebel AAP legislators -- Kanwar Singh Sandhu, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, Jagtar Singh Hissowal, Pirmal Singh Khalsa, Master Baldev Singh and Nazar Singh Manshahia -- were present at the occasion.

(Source: PTI)

Saudi Crown Prince to Visit Pak, Likely to Announce Usd 8 Billion Investment Projects

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is soon expected to arrive in Pakistan for a brief visit and is likely to announce investment projects worth about USD 15 billion in the cash-strapped country, a media report said Tuesday.

The dates of the Kingdom's de-facto ruler are currently being discussed and considered for finalisation, Geo News reported, quoting diplomatic sources.

(Source: PTI)

838 Terrorists, 183 Civilians Killed in J-K Since 2014: Govt

As many as 838 terrorists and 183 civilians were killed in Jammu and Kashmir since 2014, the Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said since 2014 till December 31 last year there were 1,213 incidents involving terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

"In these incidents, 183 civilians lost their lives and 838 terrorists were neutralised," he said replying a written question.

(Source: PTI)

Israel Says Arrests Palestinian Suspect in Deadly Shootings

Israeli forces arrested overnight a Palestinian accused of shooting dead two soldiers in the occupied West Bank last month and involvement in another attack that caused a baby's death, authorities said Tuesday, 8 January.

Assam Barghouti is accused of shooting the soldiers at a bus stop near the Givat Assaf settlement in the Ramallah area on December 13, police said.

(Source: AFP)

Head Constable Dead in Hit-And-Run Incident

A Head Constable, Gulzari Lal, died after being hit by a speeding car in Delhi’s Dwarka Sector-23, last night. Investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

FIR Against Anupam Kher, ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ Makers

Local court orders to register an FIR against Anupam Kher and 13 others in connection with the petition filed by Advocate Sudhir Ojha against the movie 'The Accidental Prime Minister'.

(Source: ANI)

Re-Opening of Rahul, Sonia's Tax Assessment Not Been Given Effect as Per SC's Order: IT

The Income Tax Department has reportedly told the Supreme Court that even though the order of re-opening of tax assessment for year 2011-12 of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes has been passed against them, it has not been given effect to as per SC’s order.

(Source: ANI)

Nandan Nilekani to Head RBI Panel on Digital Payments

RBI appoints Nandan Nilekani as chairman of committee to assess the digitisation of payments in India.

(Source: Reuters)

Fire Breaks Out on Himalayan Queen Train, Doused by Driver

Fire broke out in the engine of train no 52455 (Himalayan Queen) between Kumarhati and Dharampur on Kalka Shimla heritage section in Solan. There were around 200 passengers in seven coaches. Fire was doused by the driver. Engine was changed and passengers were boarded to Shimla.

(Source: ANI)

IPL 2019 to Begin on 23 March

Indian Premier League 2019 is set to begin from 23 March. This comes despite clashes with general elections in India.

(Source: ESPNcricinfo)

One Militant Killed in Encounter in Pulwama, Identity and Affiliation being Ascertained: J&K Police

One militant has been killed in an encounter in Pulwama, informed Jammu and Kashmir police. His identity and affiliation is being ascertained. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered. Notably no collateral damage took place during the incident. Investigation is being initiated

(Source: ANI)

Cabinet Approves ST Status to Six Communities in Assam

Cabinet approves Schedule Tribe (ST) status to six communities in Assam namely Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutiya, Tea Tribes, Moran and Matak, informed Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

(Source: ANI)

Navin Kumar Sharma Arrested for Murder of ex Muzaffarpur Mayor

Navin Kumar Sharma arrested in Bihar in connection with the murder of former Muzaffarpur mayor Samir Kumar. Interrogation underway.

(Source: ANI)

SC's Constitution Bench to Hear Ayodhya Case on 10 Jan

Five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case on 10 January.

(Source: ANI)

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 Passed in Lok Sabha

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

(Source: ANI)

Apsara Reddy — First Transgender Woman to be Made National Secretary of Mahila Congress

Apsara Reddy, one of India’s most well-known transgender journalist and activist has been appointed as National General Secretary, All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) by party president Rahul Gandhi.

(Source: ANI)

"I Don't Have Money to Buy Medicines": Veteran Actor Satish Kaul

Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal today met actor veteran actor Satish Kaul at his residence in Manakwal, Ludhiana. He says, "We got to know about his physical and financial condition through media reports. We'll send a report and govt will soon help him in this regard."

Kaul reportedly informed that he doesn’t even have any money to buy medicines and his bank balance is nil.

I have many problems. I don’t have money to buy medicines. Bank balance is nil. I am unwell. I want a house, medicines, and an attendant. I also want to open a little school where I can teach children.
Veteran actor Satish Kaul

(Source: ANI)

Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed in LS

Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019, providing 10 percent quota for the poor among the general category has been passed by the Lok Sabha with 323 ‘Yes’ and 3 ‘Nos’.

The government will now table the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 9 January.

London's Heathrow Airport Suspends Departures After 'Drone Sighting'

London’s Heathrow Airport suspends departures as precaution after a reported drone sighting, reported AP.

World Bank Cuts Global Growth Forecast

World Bank cuts global growth forecast amid US-China trade conflict, reported AFP.

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