Polls Open for Taiwan Election Dominated by China Ties
Polls opened in Taiwan on Saturday for a presidential and parliamentary election where the island's fraught relationship with China is taking centre stage.
Oman's Sultan Qaboos Passes Away at 79 Without an Hein
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said on Saturday.
Qaboos, who has ruled since 1970 when he deposed his father in a palace coup, had been ill for some time and had been believed to be suffering from colon cancer.
He left no apparent heir. He was unmarried and had no children or brothers. It is not clear who will succeed Qaboos. According to the Omani constitution, the royal family shall, within three days of the throne falling vacant, determine the successor.
If the family does not agree on a name, the person chosen by Qaboos in a letter addressed to the royal family will be the successor.
Head of Ram Janmabhoomi Mahant Nritya Gopal Das' Security Upgraded to Z
The central government upgraded the security of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, from Y to Z category, on Friday.
The Ayodhya district administration received a communication in this regard from the Centre.
Now, the number of personnel deployed for Das’s security will be increased from 11 to 28.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
Historian M Chidanamurthy Passes Away
Historian, researcher and writer M Chidanadamurthy passed away in Bengaluru. He was also known for his campaign to preserve Hampi monuments
Special Session of Meghalaya Assembly on 20 January
A special session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will be held on 20 January for ratification of the Constitution 126th Amendment Bill, 2019, an official said.
The bill seeks to extend the reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies by another 10-years till 25 January, 2030.
Delhi High Court Restrains the Release of 'Chhapaak'
Delhi High Court restrains from releasing of film 'Chhapaak' without giving credit to lawyer Aparna Bhat, who represented survivor Lakshmi in her legal battle. The restraint will be effective from 15 January for multiplexes and live streaming and for others from 17 January.
SC to Hear Curative Petitions Filed by Nirbhaya Rape Convicts
Supreme Court's five-judge bench of Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan to hear curative petitions filed by Nirbhaya rape convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh, on 14 January.
India’s Light Combat Aircraft Makes 1st Landing on INS Vikramaditya
According to the ANI, for the first time, Naval Light Combat Aircraft today landed on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. This is the the first time an indigenous fighter aircraft has landed on an aircraft carrier. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-developed Light Combat Aircraft landed with the help of an arrester wire.
Step-Father Sentenced to 20 Years of Imprisonment for Raping Minor Daughter
A fast-track court in Raipur has sentenced a man to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment for raping his minor step-daughter. The court also awarded a similar sentence to the victim's mother for abetment to rape.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 70,000 on him.
Centre Clears Appointment of Four Judges to the Andhra Pradesh High Court
The Central government has notified the appointment of four Additional Judges to the Andhra Pradesh High Court today.
The four judges were recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment as Andhra Pradesh High Court judges in July, last year.
(Source: Bar & Bench)
Shringla to Be Appointed as India's Next Foreign Secretary
PTI reported, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who has been appointed as India's next foreign secretary, leaves Washington DC for India over the weekend to assume the responsibilities of his new assignment later this month.
Maratha Group Asks Authorities To File Case Against Akshay Kumar Over Ad
A Maratha organisation has submitted a letter to the district and police authorities in Maharashtra's Nanded, seeking a case against Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for allegedly hurting the community's sentiments by featuring in an advertisement which they say defames Maratha warriors.
Chhapaak Declared Tax-Free in Rajasthan
Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak has been declared tax free in Rajastha. The Delhi high court has restrained the release of movie, it will be effective from 15 January.
Minor Girl Dies After Being Set Ablaze
A minor girl died after being set ablaze following a clash between two families in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district, police said.
The 12 year-old girl lost her life on Friday, 10 January after the two families came to blows in Sonaudi village under Dehat Kotwali police station area over suspicion of stone pelting, Balrampur Superintendent of Police Dev Ranjan Verma said.
Former Delhi Youth Cong President Joins AAP
Former Delhi Youth Congress President Jagdish Yadav joined AAP in the presence of CM Arvind Kejriwal and MP Sushil Gupta. He was last serving on the INC Delhi Manifesto Committee and Election Committee. He had contested Delhi assembly election in 2015 from Rithala constituency.
5 Killed in Gujarat Oxygen Factory Blast
5 people were killed and 15 injured in a blast in oxygen factory in Vadodara, Gujarat. According to the police, the blast occurred in AIIMS Oxygen Pvt Ltd.
(Source: United News of India)
Students Trapped in Heavy Snowfall in Uttarkashi Succumbed to Injuries
One of the 7 students who were trapped in heavy snowfall in Uttarkashi has succumbed to injuries. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued 7 students yesterday, 10 January, of which the deceased student was in serious condition.
Abhijit Banerjee Takes on Federal Govt Over Education Budget
Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Centre's reported plan to cut school education budget by Rs 3000 Crore.
Abhijit Banerjee stated that “the federal govt provides very little of the funding in education. Education is a state subject, & it is mostly funded by state. Cutting Rs 3000 Cr is like a drop in the ocean”
Accused in Pranay Caste Killing, Ex-Congress Leader to Contest Municipal Polls
Former Congress leader Abdul Kareem from Miryalaguda, Telangana, accused of aiding in the murder of Perumalla Pranay, a Dalit, for marrying an upper-caste woman, filed nomination on Friday, 10 January, to contest in the municipal elections as the councillor.
Though the party had suspended him and did not issue the B-form, he still filed his nomination as contestant from the Congress.
(Source: The News Minute)
Death toll rises to 6 in explosion at AIMS Industrial Private Limited in Vadodara
6 people have killed in a blast in oxygen factory in Vadodara, Gujarat. According to the police, the blast occurred in AIMS Oxygen Pvt Ltd.
2 Doctors Allegedly Attacked by Patient's Family Members
2 resident doctors at Nair Hospital in Mumbai were allegedly attacked by family of a 13-year-old patient who died today morning; a case has been registered.
Owner Booked for Allegedly Forcing Tribal Group Into Bonded Labour
Brick kiln owner and his supervisor have been booked for allegedly forcing group of tribals into bonded labour in Maharashtra's Thane district.
Shiv Sena to Hold Felicitation Function for Uddhav
The Shiv Sena will hold a felicitation function for Maharashtra Chief Minister and party president Uddhav Thackeray at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra on 23 January, on the birth anniversary of late patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray.
Nigerian National Arrested With Cocaine Worth Rs. 40 Lakhs
A Nigerian national was arrested with cocaine worth approximately Rs. 40 lakhs from Chirag Delhi area, police said on Saturday, 11 January.
The accused has been identified as Locky Ferosin Ovnawa, 33. He was presently staying at Krishna Park, Deoli Road here and hails from Lotey state in Nigeria, they said.
CWC Meeting Underway in Delhi
Congress Working Committee meeting is underway in the national capital. Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Former PM Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad are all present at the meeting.
JNU Academic Activities to Begin on 13 January
Jawaharlal Nehru University Classes and other relevant academic activities for 2020 Winter Semester will begin from 13 January, 2020.
No Need to Panic About Oil Prices Says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday, 11 January, that the there is no need to panic about oil prices owing to present tensions between Iran and the US.
There are tensions in the Persian Gulf due to geo-political reasons, the union minister said.
Bihar DIG Transferred to Manipur
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Deputy Inspector General DK Tripathi has been transferred from Bihar to Manipur. The DIG is facing inquiry for throwing boiling water on a staff.
Owaisi Slams Amit Shah, Calls CAA 'Antiethical'
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday, 11 January, claimed that citizenship granted on "religious basis" was "antithetical" to the Constitution, which was enough reason to oppose the controversial CAA.
He was responding to comments of Home Minister Amit Shah that opposition was spreading falsehood on the legislation and that the Act was meant to give citizenship and not take it away.
8 Dead in Explosion at AIMS Pvt Ltd in Vadodara
Eight people have been killed and several others injured in explosion at industrial and medical gas manufacturing factory in Gujarat's Vadodara.
DCGA Suspends License of an Air Asia Pilot
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspends license of an Air Asia pilot for three months in connection with violation of runway incursion at Mumbai Airport on 5th November 2019.
25-Year-Old Woman Constable Shoots Herself in the Head
A 25-year-old woman constable allegedly killed herself by shooting herself in the head at a police station on Saturday, an official said.
Shobha Chowdhary was on duty at Khairabad Police Station when she shot herself using the service pistol, said Sitapur Additional Superintendent of Police MP Singh.
She was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said.
Fire Breaks out in Factory, 2 Injured Shifted to Hospital
Fire breaks out in a shoe manufacturing factory in Mayapuri Phase-2 in Delhi on Saturday. 20 fire tenders had rushed to the spot. Two persons injured have been shifted to hospital.
Two Terrorists Arrested in Anantnag: J&K Police Sources
Jammu and Kashmir Police sources report that two terrorists have been arrested by security forces in Wanpoh area of Anantnag on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Saturday.
Piyush Goyal Writes to Kerala CM on Angamali-Sabarimala Project
Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal writes to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday stating, "This is to bring to your kind attention the lack of co-operation on the part of Kerala state govt on the important issue of the Angamali-Sabarimala new line project."
39-Yr-Old Myanmarese Crew Stable, Reports ICG
Indian Coast Guard reported that ICG Ship C-445 conducted a medical evacuation of critically injured 39-yr-old Myanmarese crew from MV Fortune Wing off Porbandar Coast on 10 and 11 January.
Patient in stable condition, handed over to vessel agent for further medical treatment.
Govt Withdraws Decision to Grant Bar Licence: CM Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said, “Govt withdraws decision to grant bar licence to hotels & restaurants on 30-foot-wide roads. The decision has been taken to respect public sentiments. We will take strict action against liquor shops that are found open after 8 pm.”
IMD: Cold Day Conditions Observed
On Saturday, IMD observed cold day conditions in some pockets over East Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and in isolated pockets over West Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Under the influence of approaching western disturbance, cold day conditions are most likely to abate from Sunday.
Delhi CP Amulya Patnaik Interacted With SDPOs and SHOs
Delhi CP Amulya Patnaik on Saturday addressed and interacted with SDPOs and SHOs, in connection with arrangements for Delhi Legislative Elections 2020 and the implementation of anti-terrorist measures in their areas in light of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations, at the new Police Headquarters building.
Baramulla Police: Charge Sheet Against Three Accused
Baramulla Police on Saturday presented a charge sheet against three accused including an active terrorist of proscribed outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, in connection with a case pertaining to the killing of a civilian in Baramulla.
Car on Fire in Barapullah, No Casualty Reported
A car caught fire at Barapullah in New Delhi at around 7:30 pm on Saturday. The fire has been extinguished and no casualty or injury has been reported.
Fire Breaks at Chemical Factory in Palghar, 8 People Dead
8 people dead in the fire that broke out at a chemical factory in Boisar, Plaghar on Saturday. Fire fighting operations underway.
Develop AI for Courts to Avoid Undue Delay in Justice: CJI Bobde
Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said that there is a possibility of developing Artificial Intelligence for courts to avoid undue delay in justice delivery.
JJP to Contest Delhi Assembly Polls
The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which is in alliance with the BJP in Haryana, on Saturday announced that it will contest the Delhi assembly elections.
SAD Suspended MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Parminder Singh Dhindsa
Shiromani Akali Dal on Saturday suspended MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Parminder Singh Dhindsa with immediate effect and resolved to issue them a charge sheet to explain their conduct for indulging in anti-party activities.
Air India Cancelled 4 Flights Due to Heavy Rains
Due to heavy rains in Dubai and waterlogging at Dubai airport, Air India cancelled 4 flights on Saturday, the Air India Spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar reported.