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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday reiterated its 2015 order banning the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
I have written a script on my cancer experience: Anurag Basu
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Filmmaker and a cancer survivor Anurag Basu says that he never wanted to "juice up" his own "tragedy" and that's why he kept away from making a film on cancer. However, he is now ready with a script which he might release either in the form of a book or a film.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Bomb scare in Delhi's Khan Market, search on
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Delhi Police, along with its bomb disposal and dog squads, on Friday launched a swift search operation after receiving a bomb threat call in the upscale Khan Market area.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
NASA scientists to survey unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA scientists are set to embark on a 756-kilometre expedition in one of the most barren landscapes on Earth to survey an unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
OnePlus 5T 'Star Wars' edition phone in India for Rs 38,999
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Celebrating its third anniversary in India, Chinese smartphone player OnePlus has now introduced OnePlus 5T "Star Wars" special edition smartphone in collaboration with science-fiction film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for Rs 38,999.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy,Technology
My role is now to retire: Sonia
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) With Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress President on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Sensex, Nifty50 surge almost 1%; exit polls uplift sentiments
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Cheering the Gujarat exit polls, the key Indian equity indices extended gains for the second consecutive session and traded on a higher note on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m. amid ruckus
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha on Friday saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting on the issue of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav's disqualification and the allegations of conniving with Pakistan levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Mario Batali fired from 'The Chew'
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been fired from popular cookery show "The Chew" following various sexual misconduct allegations against him.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Gabriel Barbosa eyes return to Brazilian football
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Out of sorts Benfica striker Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil in January in a bid to revive his stalled football career, according to the 21-year-old's agent.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned till 2.30 p.m. soon after it met for Question Hour after a short adjournment, amidst heated exchanges between the opposition and government over the allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Priyanka, Katrina to perform at awards show
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif will take the stage at the the forthcoming Zee Cine Awards 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Modi remembers Sardar Patel on death anniversary
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary and said the nation was indebted to him.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Facebook to push more videos via pre-roll ads for 'Watch'
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) In a move that will push more videos to users, Facebook has announced it will introduce pre-roll advertisements on its video-on-demand service "Watch".
2017-12-15
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Parliament's winter session begins, LS adjourned till Monday
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The winter session of parliament began on Friday and after obituary references the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day till Monday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Oxford Dictionaries declare 'Youthquake' Word of the Year
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Oxford Dictionaries has declared "Youthquake" as 2017's Word of the Year, reflecting what it calls a "political awakening" among millennial voters, the media reports on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Art/Culture/Books
New Facebook feature lets advertisers reach WhatsApp users
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) If you are an advertiser on Facebook, you now have a bigger audience to cater to as Facebook has launched a click-to-WhatsApp button on its platform that will let advertisers connect with over one billion WhatsApp users.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Would love to make horror film on America's political scene: 'Saw' co-creator
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The horror genre works well as a metaphor to address social issues, feels filmmaker Leigh Whannell, known for franchises like "Saw" and "Insidious". And so he is keen to make a horror movie that addresses some social issues in the world.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,National,IANS Life
Use of smart machinery can check stubble burning, farm experts suggest
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) If the farmers of Punjab and Haryana were to adopt smart techniques and use appropriate machinery, say experts, they won't hog the headlines every winter for the wrong reasons -- causing smog in the national capital because of stubble-burning.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
US woman laundered cryptocurrencies to fund IS
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) A woman from New York tried to fund the Islamic State (IS) terror group through Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, according to federal prosecutors.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Influence of women in any field is good, says Farhan Akhtar
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar hopes that actresses backing films as producers is not just a passing trend as he believes that women's influence, irrespective of the field, is good for everyone.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Modi hopes for fruitful winter session
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that the winter session of Parliament that starts here on Friday will be productive.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
'Microsoft India to nurture unicorn firms, start-up community in 2018' (IANS Interview)
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) Armed with Intelligent Cloud and Edge capabilities, Microsoft will give a renewed thrust to nurturing unicorn firms and the start-up community in India next year, Anant Maheshwari, the companys India President, said here on Thursday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Japan imposes new unilateral sanctions on N.Korea
Tokyo, Dec 15 (IANS) The Japanese government on Friday imposed new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, which include freezing the assets of Pyongyang-based companies, in response to the launch of the country's latest ballistic missile.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Japan,Politics
SpaceX cargo mission to space station set for Friday launch
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) SpaceX appears set to launch its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday after scuttling several earlier attempts this month.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Looking for roles that allows less make-up, says Amy Jackson
Gurugram, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Amy Jackson says that she is looking for roles that allow her to not go overboard with make-up. However she feels that being a girl, she likes experimenting with her looks.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Haryana,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Maharashtra Police seize arms cache near Nashik
Nashik, Dec 15 (IANS) Police here arrested three men and seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle near a toll plaza on the Agra-Mumbai highway early on Friday, an officer said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
UNSC to hold ministerial-level meeting on N.Korea
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold a ministerial-level meeting on Friday on the "threats and challenges" posed by North Korea to international peace and security.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics
Mythical medicines that I am impatient to try (The Funny Side)
I hate it when I want to sneak out of work early, but invisibility pills have not yet been invented.
2017-12-15
Category: International, India,Features
SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till Mar 31, 2018
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as also mobile phones and bank accounts from December 31 to March 31, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
A dose of mythology, dark secrets and suspense (IANS Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) What happens when reality mingles with mythology? Well, here is a young protagonist who discovers himself trapped in the days of Mahabharata. Then a story of dark secrets, shocking revelations and a special bond between two women. Next come two thrillers that will take you inside the deep, dark and secretive lives of people and their quest for truth.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Snowfall disrupts Kedarnath reconstruction work
Dehradun, Dec 15 (IANS) Reconstruction work at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand has been suspended due to inclement weather and sub-zero temperature, an official said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
Foggy Friday morning in Delhi, 12 trains cancelled
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) It was a foggy morning here on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Firefighter dies in biggest California wildfire
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) A firefighter was killed while trying to contain the biggest wildfire that has scorched more than 98,000 hectares in Southern California.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Cold wave freezes J&K; Gulmarg, Kargil coldest
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Friday as Gulmarg and Kargil witnessed lowest minimum temperatures.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
Rajinikanth to meet his fans post Christmas
Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who hinted at a political plunge sometime back will be meeting his fans between December 26 to 31 for a photo session, as per the actor's fans association.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema,Politics
UNSC reform co-chairs say they find 'openness to dialogue'
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) The co-chairs of the Security Council reform process have been holding informal consultations with various countries and have reported that they found "openness to dialogue", an official said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Diplomacy
Australia child abuse inquiry's final report released
Canberra, Dec 15 (IANS) A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia released its final report on Friday with 1,300 witness accounts and over 8,000 harrowing stories from survivors.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Australia,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
This is how Google AI helped NASA discover two exoplanets
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approach from Google researchers helped NASA discover two exoplanets, including an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
Key Indian equity indices open on a cheery note
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Extending previous session's gains, key Indian equity indices on Friday opened on a higher note with healthy buying in banking, consumer durables and capital goods stocks.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy
India's 'Newton' out of Oscar race
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018, "Newton", is out of the race for the honour.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Trump, Putin talk on phone, discuss N.Korea: White House
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation, talking about how to resolve the situation in North Korea, the White House has said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Jammu-Srinagar highway opens for one-way traffic
Jammu, Dec 15 (IANS) Only one-way traffic was allowed on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Business/Economy
Nicole Kidman is amazing: Lenny Kravitz
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Singer Lenny Kravitz, who was engaged to Nicole Kidman between 2003 and 2004, says the actress is an amazing person.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
UN regrets 'missed opportunity' as Syrian peace talks fail to move ahead
Geneva, Dec 15 (IANS) The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said the eighth round of the Intra-Syrian peace talks ended in Geneva without any "real negotiations".
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Politics
Turkish, Iraqi, US military discuss security issues
Ankara, Dec 15 (IANS) The highest-ranking military officials of Turkey, Iraq and the US have discussed issues about counter-terrorism and regional security at a trilateral meeting in Ankara, the Turkish Armed Force (TSK) said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Turkey,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Diplomacy
US, Mexico vow to tackle cross-border drug trafficking
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The US and Mexican high-level officials met here to discuss strategies to clamp down Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) and illegal drug flow with joint efforts.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diplomacy
Ronaldinho mulls move into politics
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho is considering a move into politics as his celebrated football career draws to an end.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football,Politics
Finland gives its first gender equality prize to Merkel
Helsinki, Dec 15 (IANS) Finland has given its new international gender equality prize to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Finland,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Diplomacy,Human Interest/Society
Putin to focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare if re-elected
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare, education, advanced technologies, labour productivity and incomes of citizens if he wins the Russian presidential election next year.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics
Britain, Japan agree to strengthen defence ties
London, Dec 15 (IANS) British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said that 2018 will mark the year British and Japanese military forces work even more closely together.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist rally
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Restrictions were imposed in many parts of Srinagar and Anantnag on Friday to prevent a separatist-called protest rally, officials said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Scientists find miniature version of our solar system with eight planets (Lead, Correcting headline)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Scientists applying artificial intelligence to data from NASAs Kepler Space Telescope have discovered an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90 -- breaking the record for the star with the most exoplanets and, for the first time, tying with our own.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
US House Speaker Ryan dismisses retirement reports
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US House Speaker Paul Ryan has dismissed swirling media reports that he is going to retire from the Congress.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics
4 jailed in Morocco over terror charges
Rabat, Dec 15 (IANS) A Moroccan anti-terror court has sentenced four persons to between one and three years in prison over terror-related charges.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Malta,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Terrorism
NASA spots eighth planet in solar system
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA has announced the discovery of an eight planet orbiting Kepler-90, a star comparable to the Sun located 2,545 light-years from the Earth.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
US stocks tick down after Fed hikes rates
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) US stocks reversed early gains to end lower as investors continued to digest the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates for the third time in 2017.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Decor hacks for cosy winter
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Go for fur, velvet and woven upholstery, and breakaway from regular floral patterns this winter. Choose oriental motifs and add some plants to your room to add a cosy vibe during winter, say experts.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
3 killed in Germany plane crash
Berlin, Dec 15 (IANS) Three persons have been killed in a small plane crash in Germany, the media reported.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Germany,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Spielberg wanted to direct musical for Tom Fletcher
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Singer and childrens author Tom Fletcher says he once discussed ideas for a musical with veteran Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
US dollar declines on soft inflation data
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) The US dollar fell against most major currencies as the country's soft inflation data continued to weigh on the market.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Ed Sheeran finds Twitter negative
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran, who felt his life improved "massively" after he deleted his account on Twitter, finds the micro-blogging site negative.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
US regulator repeals Obama's net neutrality rules
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to roll back "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015 that required internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Fashion trends for bridesmaids
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bridesmaid should ensure that her style game is on point to add to the glamour quotient of the stage. Picking the right outfit and jewellery plays an essential role in the overall look, say experts.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Putin acknowledges construction delay at World Cup venue
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged construction delays at one of the stadiums to be used for the 2018 Football World Cup.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Sports,Football
4 killed in France train-bus collision
Paris, Dec 15 (IANS) At least four students were killed and 24 others seriously wounded after a train collided with a school bus in France on Thursday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, France,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Bankruptcy Board issues standards guidelines for info utilities
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has issued guidelines for technical standards to be followed by information utilities, according to an official announcement on Thursday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Lucknow's Jitesh Singh Deo wins Mr. India World 2017 title
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Jitesh Singh Deo from Lucknow on Thursday bagged the Mr. India World 2017 title. He will represent India at the Mr World competition.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Meghalaya legislators bid goodbye as house meets for last session
Shillong, Dec 14 (IANS) The last session of the present Meghalaya Assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday after members from both sides of the 60-member house exchanged parting shots ahead of the upcoming assembly elections scheduled in February.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics
Sunjae Sharma to lead Hyatt's India operations
Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Hyatt Hotels on Thursday announced the appointment of Sunjae Sharma as Vice President of Operations for India.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Business/Economy
ISL: Bengaluru beat Pune to take top spot
Pune, Dec 14 (IANS) Bengaluru FC staged a superb fight back to edge past 10-man FC Pune City 3-1 in an enthralling Indian Super League (ISL) game here on Thursday to secure their position at the top of the points table.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football,ISL
Air India suspends three officials who delayed Delhi-Vijaywada flight
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) National passenger carrier Air India has suspended three officials for causing a delay in the departure of Delhi-Vijaywada flight.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Bureaucracy misleading people for 70 years, says Allahabad HC
Lucknow, Dec 14 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court (HC) on Thursday made a damning remark on the bureaucracy, saying government officials have only mislead people in the last 70 years.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Immigration/Law/Rights
Tata, GE join hands to manufacture jet engine components
Mumbai/Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Industrial conglomerates GE and the Tata Group have entered into a pact to manufacture "CFM International LEAP" engine components in India, for the global supply chain, a company statement said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy,Defence/Security
SC order on interim relief on mandatory linking of Aadhaar on Friday
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court will on Friday pronounce its order on the plea for interim relief on a batch of petitions seeking stay of various Central and state government notifications mandating the linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including taking exam by the students, availing scholarship, cremation and treatment of HIV positive patients.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy
Complete fight card for Vijender's event announced
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The organisers of the title fight between India's star boxer Vijender Singh and Ghana's Ernest Amuzu on Thursday announced the complete fight card for the December 23 event.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
Centre to spend Rs 1,054 cr on modernising paramilitary forces
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry is set to spend Rs 1,054 crore in the next two years on the procurement of modern weapons, vehicles and other equipment for central paramilitary forces, an official said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Defence/Security,Business/Economy
Batra elected IOA chief
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Narinder Batra defeated his rival Anil Khanna by an overwhelming majority to be elected the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
Exit polls done under BJP pressure, totally wrong: Congresss
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Rubbishing the exit polls which predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in both the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress on Thursday said they were done under pressure from the BJP and were "absolutely wrong".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
DoE arm may grow into centre of academic reforms
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Assessment Unit of the Examination Branch of the Directorate of Education and said the wing may take the shape of a centre of academic reforms for the country.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
Home Ministry to set up panel for assessing 'Ockhi' damage
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry is constituting an inter ministerial central committee for the spot assessment of damage and admissibility of claims of the states hit by Cyclone Ockhi, an official said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Rishi Kapoor objects to journalists at launch of book on Raj Kapoor
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Rishi Kapoor objected to the presence of journalists at the launch on Thursday evening of a book on his late father, the legendary Raj Kapoor, in spite of an invitation from the publisher.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books,Features
Superseries Finals: Sindhu enters semis, Srikanth ousted
Dubai, Dec 14 (IANS) Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu won her second successive group stage match to qualify for the semi-finals but men's singles star Kidambi Srikanth lost for the second time in succession to be out of the race for the last four stage of the World Superseries Finals here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Badminton
IPL teams welcome Rajasthan's return
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Several Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises took to social media on Thursday to welcome Rajasthan Royals, which is returning to the cash-rich cricket tournament after serving a two-year ban.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket,IPL
DAC may clear all backlog by year end: Sitharaman
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) may clear all its backlog by the end of December.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Defence/Security,Business/Economy
2 criminals, involved in 11 cases, arrested
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Two criminals, involved in over 11 cases of robbery, attempt to murder, snatching as well as under the Arms Act, have been arrested, police said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Paid news has become menace, says Venkaiah Naidu
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said "paid news" had become "menace" and media outlets should ensure "sensibility" in their news than focusing on "sensationalism".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Media,Politics
Japanese tourist drugged, robbed in UP
Lucknow, Dec 14 (IANS) A Japanese tourist was on Thursday robbed in Sarnath, a Buddhist holy place near Varanasi, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Gujarat second phase clocks nearly 69% voting, all eyes on December 18 (Roundup)
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) The second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections on Thursday saw 68.70 per cent ballotting across 14 districts of the northern and central regions of the state, to pick 93 lawmakers.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
AIADMK bribery case: Dinakaran made accused in supplementary chargesheet
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Delhi Police has filed, in a court here, a supplementary chargesheet making AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran an accused of corruption and conspiracy in a case related to poll symbol allocation by the Election Commission.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Temperature to dip on Friday, air quality remains toxic
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) After experiencing a cold northern wind all through the day on Thursday, the national capital is likely to see a further drop in both minimum and maximum temperatures on Friday, the weatherman said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Explosion heard on Bengal coast, source unidentified
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) A mysterious explosion was heard in West Bengal's coastal town Digha on Thursday afternoon, triggering panic among tourists and residents, police said. However, till late in the night, the source of the sound was yet to be identified.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Meghalaya will be able to host 2022 National Games: Minister
Shillong, Dec 14 (IANS) Meghalaya would be able to host the 2022 National Games despite the perceived shortcomings and paucity of time to prepare for the mega event, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M Sangma said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Sports
India, Morocco ink MoUs on cooperation in health, transport
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India and Morocco on Thursday inked MoUs to enhance cooperation in telemedicine, drug regulation and pharmaceutical quality control as well as water resources, roads and maritime sectors, an official statement said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Business/Economy,Health/Medicine
Home Ministry sets new time deadline for ATM replenishment
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) In view of spate of cash van robberies across the country earlier, the Union Home Ministry has proposed a new draft standard operating procedures (SOP) for replenishing ATMs, setting a deadline for 9 p.m. in urban areas, 6 p.m. in rural areas and 4 p.m. in Maoist-affected areas, an official said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Business/Economy
India's first offshore wind projects auction for 5GW in 2018
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India will invite bids for the first time to set up offshore wind power projects in the country with the government planning to auction for 5 gigawatt (GW) of capacity, New and Renewable Energy Minister R.K Singh said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Congress workers protest outside EC office, detained
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Several Congress workers were detained on Thursday while protesting against the Election Commission (EC) for issuing a notice to the party's President-elect Rahul Gandhi over his TV interview a day ahead of the second phase of the Gujarat polls and no action being taken against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for holding what they called a "roadshow" after casting his vote.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Telangana seeks Israel's help in cybersecurity
Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Telangana is keen to have a partnership with Israel in cybersecurity and emulate its world-class robust architecture, a senior official said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Defence/Security,Technology,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
SC nod to 12 fast-track courts to try over 1,500 cases against lawmakers
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday gave its go ahead to set up 12 special fast-track courts to try 1,581 criminal cases against members of Parliament and state assemblies and directed that these courts become operational by March 1, 2018.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Two Parsi women married outside religion can attend parents' last rites
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) After a long legal battle, two Parsi women - Goolrokh M. Gupta and Shiraz Rajiv Patodia - who had married outside the religion got the right to enter fire temples in Valsad and attend the last rites of their parents, including the ritual bath in the Tower of Silence as and when they pass away.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Human Interest/Society
IndiGo to operate Colombo flights from January
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Thursday announced Colombo as its eighth international and 49th overall destination.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Missing accounts officer found dead on Palam railway track, family suspects foul play
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) An Indian Defence Accounts Services Officer who had gone missing from Monday, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train in west Delhi's Palam area, police said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Human Interest/Society
UN official lauds Morocco's immigration strategy
Rabat, Dec 14 (IANS/MAP) Morocco plays a key role in the field of international migration, a representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Morocco said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Malta,Politics,Diplomacy,Immigration/Law/Rights
Syria, Lebanon reopen border crossing in Homs
Damascus, Dec 14 (IANS) The Syrian and Lebanese authorities on Thursday reopened a border crossing that had been closed for five years in Syria's central province of Homs, the media reported.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Syrian Arab Republic,Politics,Diplomacy
Police in tourism areas should be armed: Goa Deputy Speaker
Panaji, Dec 14 (IANS) Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Loboon Thursday demanded that in light of increasing crimes and armed robberies in the state's coastal belt, police personnel should be provided with arms while patrolling in tourist-frequented areas.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Chinese man jailed for desecrating Genghis Khan portrait
Beijing, Dec 14 (IANS) A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in prison for desecrating a portrait of Genghis Khan in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a local court said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, China,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Lebanon's Foreign Minister seeks to establish embassy in East Jerusalem
Beirut, Dec 14 (IANS) Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil on Thursday proposed establishing an embassy in East Jerusalem, a sign of Lebanon's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Lebanon,Politics,Diplomacy
Disney acquiring Star India from Fox (to go with 'Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox in $52 bn stock deal')
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Media giant Disney is acquiring Star India from 21st Century Fox as part of a global $52.4 billion mega-deal announced Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Media,Business/Economy,Cinema/Showbiz
Exhibitions, conversations and more at the ongoing Khirkee Festival
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Starting Thursday, multiple venues of Khirkee Extension have come alive with a four-day festival of the arts to celebrate the cultural multiplicity of Khirkee, bringing to the foreground a variety of narratives about and from the neighbourhood through exhibitions, interventions, music, theatre, sports, bazaars and food.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Pakistan's NAB to approach Interpol for Ishaq Dar's arrest
Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to approach the Interpol for the arrest of former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who is currently in London, officials said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Diplomacy
Manmohan meets Naidu ahead of Parliament session
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) A day ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday met Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
UP assembly, Council sessions begin, adjourned amid din
Lucknow, Dec 14 (IANS) The winter session of both the 17th Vidhan Sabha and the Legislative Council in Uttar Pradesh began here on Thursday, which were later adjourned for the day after disruptions by opposition benches.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Doklam not over yet, India needs to end 'romantic' foreign policy: Ram Madhav
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India should give up its "romantic" foreign policy and learn to deal with its neighbours the way they should be dealt with, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Thursday, cautioning that the Doklam issue with China was not over yet.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Diplomacy
Ready to discuss all issues on floor of Parliament: Government (Roundup)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The government is ready to discuss all the issues, including those to be raised by the Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said here on Thursday, adding that he would request all the MPs to work "full time" to dispose of the business.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Congress will raise issue of Modi's charge against ex-PM: Azad
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Congress party will raise in the Winter Session of Parliament the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of other dignitaries including a former Vice President "conspired" with Pakistan to defeat the BJP in the Gujarat elections.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Centre confusing NE, nation over Aadhaar: Meghalaya CM
Shillong, Dec 14 (IANS) Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of creating confusion over the implementation of Aadhaar not only in Meghalaya but across the country.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics
Dubai Safari draws 14,000 visitors in first two days
Dubai, Dec 14 (IANS/WAM) Dubai Safari, home to the diverse array of animals in the country, has attracted 14,000 visitors in the first two days since its soft opening on December 12.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Environment/Wildlife
Cairn strengthens leadership team to drive in next phase of growth
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Energy major Cairn has announced the strengthening of its leadership team to realise the company's vision to contribute 50 per cent of India's crude oil and gas production and channelise investments of over $1 billion.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Rajasthan invokes essential services law as doctors threaten strike
Jaipur, Dec 14 (IANS) The BJP government on Thursday invoked the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) for three months from Sunday as its doctors warned of a strike from December 18 in support of their demands.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Health/Medicine
JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury starts on Friday
Dambuk Valley (Arunachal Pradesh), Dec 14 (IANS) As many as 22 drivers along with their co-drivers are all set to participate in the fourth edition of the JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury off-roading event, starting on Friday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Motorsports
Looking into Congress complaint against PM: EC
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Election Commission on Thursday said it is looking into the Congress' complaint of violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, and also clarified that it has not filed an FIR against Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
I-League: Ten-man Mohun Bagan held by Shillong Lajong
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Ten-man Mohun Bagan, saddled by a raft of injuries, had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong in an I-League encounter at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
BSF seizes smuggled gold biscuits in Bengal
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) The BSF on Thursday seized seven gold biscuits, being smuggled in from Bangladesh, in West Bengal's Nadia district, a BSF official said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Automobile manufacturers to hike prices from January 2018
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Automobile companies on Thursday said they will hike the prices of their vehicles effective January 2018.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
35% of businesses registered in GST pay no tax: Jaitley
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Around 4 lakh people contribute 95 per cent of GST collections, while 35 per cent of those who have filed returns mostly paid no tax, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Nearly 70% Indian firms might deploy AI before 2020: Intel
Bengaluru, Dec 14 (IANS) As firms' appetite for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) grows, a report on Thursday said 68.6 per cent Indian organisations might deploy it before 2020.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Technology,Business/Economy
CBI seeks seven years jail for Jharkhand ex-CM Madhu Koda, others
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The CBI on Thursday urged a court here to award the maximum seven-year jail term to former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and others who have been convicted for corruption in a coal block allocation case.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Day-Night Tests inevitable, says Ganguly
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday backed Day-Night Test cricket, saying it is inevitable in the face of the longest version of the game struggling for its existence.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
US bill boosting military ties with Taiwan irks China
Beijing/Taipei, Dec 14 (IANS) China on Thursday accused Washington of interfering in its internal affairs after US President Donald Trump ratified a bill to strengthen military ties with Taiwan.
2017-12-14
Category: International, China,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
IGNOU to offer courses in food safety
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer a food safety training and certification course by food safety regulator FSSAI, the varsity announced on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Education,Health/Medicine
Nagaland Assembly demands 'solution before election'
Kohima, Dec 14 (IANS) The Nagaland Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the government of India to take emergent and extraordinary steps for an "honourable and acceptable solution" to the Naga political issues before the state assembly election next year.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Politics
Three kg tumour removed from 65-year-old man
Aligarh, Dec 14 (IANS) A three kg tumour located between the heart and lung of a 65-year-old man was removed at the AMU's medical college here, it was announced on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Health/Medicine
US Vice President postpones Israel visit
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US Vice President Mike Pence has delayed his upcoming visit to Israel by several days due to the Congressional vote on tax reforms, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics,Diplomacy
Only 13% companies used digital to drive both growth, efficiency: Survey
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Only 13 per cent of the companies across the world used digital technologies to drive both growth and efficiency, a survey said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
I want to coach somebody who can break my long jump record: Powell
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Lamenting the fact that track and field athletes of today don't come up to their seniors for advice but want to break their records, Mike Powell, the owner of the 26-year-old long jump world record, on Thursday said he wants to coach somebody to break his record someday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Athletics
WHO birth checklist fails to cut UP's death rate: Study
Lucknow, Dec 14 (IANS) A checklist and coaching programme designed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve birth outcomes and target the major causes of death in Uttar Pradesh -- India's most populous state and among those with highest birth-related mortality rates -- has produced unsatisfactory results, finds a study.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Health/Medicine
India, Morocco ink MoU for cooperation in telemedicine
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India and Morocco on Thursday inked an MoU to enhance cooperation in telemedicine, drug regulation and pharmaceutical quality control, an official statement said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Health/Medicine
Rose in lead at Indonesian Masters golf
Jakarta, Dec 14 (IANS) Englands Justin Rose produced a sensational 10-under-par 62 to grab the first round lead at the Indonesian Masters golf tournament here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Indonesia,Sports,Golf
BJP will not strengthen, but only weaken the country: Rahul
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 14 (IANS) In a hard-hitting speech targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Thursday warned the people of India to stand up against the forces who are not out to strengthen the country but weaken it.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
ITC food facility to lift Punjab's food processing sector: CM
Kapurthala (Punjab), Dec 14 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday inaugurated the ITC's new state-of-the-art integrated food manufacturing and logistics facility here, giving a major fillip to the state's food processing sector.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Silence to be observed only in front of Amarnath Shivling: NGT clarifies
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Clarifying that it has "neither intended not declared" the entire area falling under Amarnath shrine as a silent zone, the NGT on Thursday said that people shall only maintain silence while "standing in front of the Amarnath Ji Maha Shivling", a natural formation in the cave.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
Putin to seek re-election as an independent
Moscow, Dec 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that he would run for re-election as an independent candidate, banking on the support of numerous political parties and the popular vote while casting doubt on the competence of his opposition.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics,Diplomacy
Maldives-China FTA: India breaks its silence
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) After the Maldives signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China in a surprise move, India on Thursday broke its silence on the matter saying that it expected the Indian Ocean archipelago nation to be sensitive to New Delhi's concerns.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Pakistan denies China's funding halt for CPEC projects
Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday refuted reports that Beijing had halted payments on some of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Odisha's revenue collection increases by 23%
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) The revenue collection of the Odisha government has increased by 23 per cent till November during the 2017-18 financial year, said an official on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Hike adds new features to groups
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Indian instant messaging platform Hike on Thursday added new social features for groups that are built inside the application.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Exhilarating and engaging (IANS Review, Rating: ****)
Film: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"; Director: Rian Johnson; Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro; Rating: ****
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Native tongue should be included in early schooling: Academics
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) A child's native tongue should not be given a short shrift during his or her pre-primary years as local language is the most important tool for understanding basic concepts in that period, an academic said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Mumbai Metro launches 'SecuCare' app for safer commuting
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) The Reliance Infrastructure-promoted Mumbai Metro One on Thursday launched the first mobile security product, "SecuCare" app to make commuters more secure.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security,Business/Economy
'Hare Krishna...': A shrewdly crafted filmic paean (IANS Review, Rating: **1/2)
Film: "Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all"; Director: John Griesser; Cast: Srila Prabhupada, George Harrison, Thomas J. Hopkins, Sally Agarwal, Allen Ginsberg, Larry Shinn, Mukunda Goswami, Yogeshvara Das, Abhirama Das and Rameshvara Das; Rating: **1/2
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
'Dance India Dance' home to Salman, Katrina: Mithun (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty, who is seen as grandmaster on "Dance India Dance Season 6", says the dance reality show is like home to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Exit polls predict BJP win in Gujarat, Himachal
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) All exit polls on Thursday predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, in both of which it was virtually a direct fight between the two parties.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
SRK gets appreciation note from Nirmala Sitharaman
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was happy to receive an appreciation note from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who lauded his effort in supporting the Armed Forces Flag Day awareness campaign.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Defence/Security
I love make-up: Bhumi Pednekar
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar says she loves wearing make-up.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox in $52 bn stock deal
Burbank/New York, Dec 14 (IANS) In one of the largest entertainment acquisitions, Disney is buying Twenty-First Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal in stock.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Telangana,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Kolkata zoo to have four anacondas next year
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Visitors to the Alipore Zoological Gardens here would be able to see anacondas, one of the longest known snake species in the world, for the first time in the city, as the authorities are set to bring in four of these massive serpents to the zoo next year, an official said on Wednesday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Environment/Wildlife
SC allows appointment of presiding arbitrator in Vodafone tax dispute case
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) In a victory of sorts for Vodafone, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the process for appointing a presiding arbitrator in the second arbitration in tax demand of Rs 11,218 crore initiated by two entities of Vodafone Group will go on but the actual proceedings would not commence till Delhi High Court decides the matter.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
After months in coma, writer-actor-filmmaker Neeraj Vora dead
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood's multi-faceted talent Neeraj Vora, an actor, writer and director known for his humorous and happy streak on and off the screen, died here early on Thursday, months after being comatose.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Opposition slams 'inaction' by EC, says it has failed to uphold constitutional mandate
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Opposition parties on Thursday strongly criticised the Election Commission over its "inaction" regarding alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat and said the "attitude" of the poll body has cast an "ominous shadow" on its "credibility".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Volkswagen India to increase prices from January 2018
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Car manufacturer Volkswagen India on Thursday announced an upward price revision of up to Rs 20,000 across its product range effective from January 2018.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Convert iconic Town Hall into library or museum: Himachal HC
Shimla, Dec 14 (IANS) After the facelift of Town Hall, an iconic British-era structure in Shimla, it can be used either as a museum or a library rather than leaving it at the mercy of the "babus" by allowing a public office to run from there, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has observed.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Art/Culture/Books
68% voting in Gujarat second phase
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) The second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections on Thursday saw over 68 per cent voting, the Election Commission said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Google Assistant coming to older Android phones
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) In a bid to make its virtual personal assistant available on more Android devices, Google on Thursday announced Google Assistant will now be available on supported phones running older Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System (OS).
2017-12-14
Category: International, India,Technology,Business/Economy
Four Russians fly drone over Jagannath Temple, detained
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) Four Russians, including two women, were detained for flying a drone equipped with a camera over Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha's Puri on Thursday, said police.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Orissa,National,Religion,Defence/Security,Technology,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Discovery India to launch digital channels in 2018
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Discovery Communications India (DCIN) on Thursday announced plans to launch direct-to-consumer, social and mobile-first channels in early 2018.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Technology
Ranchi court judgment in fodder scam case on December 23
Ranchi, Dec 14 (IANS) The fate of two former Bihar Chief Ministers -- Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra -- will be decided by a special court here on December 23 in a fodder scam case, a lawyer said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Bihar,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Equity indices close higher ahead of Gujarat exit poll results (Roundup)
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Short covering, along with positive hopes of the ruling BJP's win in the crucial two-phased Gujarat assembly elections, erased the day's entire losses and lifted the key Indian equity indices to close in the green on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Cement companies cheer as SC lifts ban on pet coke
Jaipur, Dec 14 (IANS) Cement companies in Rajasthan have welcomed the Supreme Court order lifting the ban imposed on use of pet coke by the industry, while environmentalists have voiced concern.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Puppetry is Congress' art, they made PMO a puppet: BJP
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Hitting back at the Congress for terming the Election Commission a "puppet", the BJP on Thursday said that puppetry is the "art of the Congress" and its attack on the poll body shows their "dynastic arrogance".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Sushma, Chinese Foreign Minister discussed Siang river issue
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Amid reports of the water of the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, turning muddy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed the matter with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their bilateral meeting here on Tuesday, a senior official confirmed on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Environment/Wildlife
SRK in awe of Gurmehar Kaur (Movie Snippets)
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has praised student-turned-activist Gurmehar Kaur for showing courage and talking about her fears through a TV show "TED Talks India Nayi Soch".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Hero MotoSports Team Rally banking on lighter bikes at Dakar
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) With its newly customised lighter bikes this time around, Hero MotoSports Team Rally aims to make it count at the Dakar Rally, scheduled to be held in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina in January.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
SC order on interim relief on mandatory linking of Aadhaar on Friday
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court will on Friday pronounce its order on the plea for interim relief on a batch of petitions seeking stay of various Central and state government notifications mandating the linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including taking exam by the students, availing scholarship, cremation and treatment of HIV positive patients.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Opinion/Commentary,Business/Economy
'Premature GST hurting small businesses, causing revenue shortfall'
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Thursday attacked the Central government on what he called "premature GST launch" and said it had led to revenue shortfall of Rs 39,111 crore to states in just four months.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics
Bolt could have broken my record if he tried: Powell
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Putting Usain Bolt alongside legendary track and field athletes Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens as one of the greatest of all time, long jump world record holder Mike Powell said on Thursday that the Jamaican star would have bettered his 26-year-old mark if he had trained for it.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Athletics
India hopes Sri Lanka will keep security concerns in mind
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) After Sri Lanka handed over the Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease last week, India on Thursday said it expects Colombo to keep the region's security concerns in mind
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Five of a family dead in truck-van collision in Bengal
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Five members of a family, including two women and two children, died in a road accident while four other passengers were injured as their vehicle collided head-on with a truck in West Bengal early on Thursday morning.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
World Bank role in drafting Pakistan bill stuns MPs
Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) A Pakistani minister's admission that the World Bank was involved in drafting a law on the countrys natural resources has taken Senators by surprise.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Eight dead, 19 injured in two accidents in MP
Bhopal, Dec 14 (IANS) Eight persons died and 19 were injured in two separate road accidents since Wednesday night in different parts of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Indian economic inequality widened since 1980: Report
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Putting various economic growth policies under a question mark, new research from the World Inequality Lab said Indian economic inequality has increased rapidly since the 1980s.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
India ready to work with new Nepal government
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Welcoming the parliamentary and provincial election results in Nepal, India on Thursday said it was looking forward to working with the new government in Kathmandu.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Diplomacy
Gujarat battle ends amid Congress-BJP war of words
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) The second and final phase of the bitterly fought Gujarat Assembly polls ended on Thursday evening amid a war of words between the ruling BJP and an aggressive Congress.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Tennis: Ramkumar, Balaji and Saketh cruise into semis
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Top seed Ramkumar Ramanathan had an easy win against rival Jeevan .N on Thursday and will now play Vijay Sundar Prasanth in the semi-finals of the Premjit Lall invitational tennis tournament on Friday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Tennis
Camping, large car park sites soon in Goa for low-budget tourists: Parrikar
Panaji, Dec 14 (IANS) Caravan park-like facilities will be created in the coastal tourism-friendly pockets in Goa, where low budget tourists travelling by buses and large vans can camp, cook and access toilet facilities for a small fee, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
AC Milan coach Gattuso defends Donnarumma after fans criticism
Milan, Dec 14 (IANS) AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso backed goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after the Italian football club fans unfurled a banner to criticise the 18-year-old.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Italy,Sports,Football
Sugar production in UP to cross 100 lakh tonnes: Industry
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Industry body, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), on Thursday said that sugar production in Uttar Pradesh was set to cross 100 lakh tonnes in 2017 and the total countrywide production was expected to be 251 lakh tonnes.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Two bikers die, six more injured in Bengal road accidents
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) Two bikers died while at least six others got severely injured in two separate road accidents in West Bengal's Malda district on Thursday, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Eight Maoists killed in Telangana gunfight
Hyderabad, Dec (IANS) Eight extremists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an exchange of fire with police in Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Congress known for breaking guidelines on constitutional bodies: BJP
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) As the Congress on Thursday accused the Election Commission of becoming a "captive puppet" in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hands, the BJP hit back and said the opposition party was "known for breaking guidelines on constitutional bodies".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Congress workers protest outside EC office, detained
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Several Congress workers were detained on Thursday as they staged a protest march against the Election Commission for issuing a notice against party's President-elect Rahul Gandhi for his TV interviews but alleged that it had failed to apply the same standards for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for holding a roadshow after casting his vote.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Chinese woman with cerebral palsy pens 130,000-word novel
Chengdu (China), Dec 14 (IANS) A 34-year-old woman with cerebral palsy in Chengdu, southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, has penned a 130,000-word novel with a single finger.
2017-12-14
Category: International, China,Art/Culture/Books
Class 8 student gang raped and set ablaze dies in MP
Sagar (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 14 (IANS) A Class 8 girl, who battling for her life for a week after she was gang-raped and then set on fire, died in a hospital in this Madhya Pradesh district on Thursday, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Defender Bailly may need surgery: Mourinho
Manchester, Dec 14 (IANS) Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho on Thursday said defender Eric Bailly has suffered a serious injury and he might need an ankle surgery.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Radiation from smartphones may up miscarriage risk: Study
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Pregnant women's exposure to non-ionising radiation from smartphones, Bluetooth devices and laptops may more than double the risk of miscarriage, a study has showed.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology,Health/Medicine
Samsung might lose ground in smartphone market in 2018
Seoul, Dec 14 (IANS) Samsung Electronics Co is likely to lose ground in the smartphone segment in 2018 due to the rise of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, an industry tracker said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, South Korea,Technology,Business/Economy
Healthy diet may boost kids' self-esteem
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Children following a healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, while limiting intake of refined sugars and fat, may have better self-esteem and fewer emotional and strong peer relationships, according to a study.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Bank NPAs increased under Modi government: Congress
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his charge that banks were forced to give loans to select industrialists during UPA rule, saying bad loans increased in his regime.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Congress complaint of model code violation by PM was anticipatory: Poll panel
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gujarat, B.B. Swain on Thursday said the Congress party's complaint alleging violation of the poll code by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "anticipatory" as it had been filed before the incident actually took place.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Honor to open four more exclusive service centres
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) In a bid to give its users prompt after-sales service, Huawei's sub-brand Honor on Thursday announced opening four more exclusive service centres in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Guwahati.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Tata Motors delivers first set of Tigor EVs to EESL
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors on Thursday delivered the first set of Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) to state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Eight Maoists killed in Telanagana gunfight
Bhadradri (Telangana)/ Dec 14 (IANS) Eight Maoists were killed in a gunfight between the rebels and security forces in Telanagana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, on Thursday morning, a senior police officer said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Telangana,National,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Minor girl found murdered, family suspects 'black magic'
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) A minor girl was found dead with her throat slit in the national capital and the deceased's family believes it to be a case of "black magic", police said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Tata, GE join hands to manufacture jet engine components
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Industrial conglomerates GE and the Tata Group have entered into a pact to manufacture "CFM International LEAP" engine components in India, for the global supply chain, a company statement said here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Messi has done lot of damage to me, Mourinho, Ramos: Xabi Alonso
Madrid, Dec 14 (IANS) Former Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso recalled his time at Real Madrid and said Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi had caused a lot of damage to him, ex-coach Jose Mourinho and defender Sergio Ramos.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Priyanka Chopra to deliver inspirational lecture in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood star and Unicef goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra will deliver an inspirational talk on 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Chasing a Dream' as part of The Penguin Annual Lecture 2017 here on December 26.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Art/Culture/Books
Prohibitory orders in Udaipur as Hindu activist detained ahead of rally
Udaipur, Dec 14 (IANS) Prohibitory orders were imposed in Udaipur as Rajasthan Police on Thursday detained a right-wing Hindu activist hours ahead of his planned rally in support of "Love Jihad" murder accused Shambhulal Raigar in the city.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Tiger Zinda Hai' banned in Pakistan, CBFC chief objects to 'demeaning' content
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood film "Tiger Zinda Hai", which has been refused the No-objection Certification for import into Pakistan, shows the country's national security and law enforcement institutions and agencies in a demeaning manner, according to the Pakistan censor board chief.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Delhi teen found dead on rail track
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) A Delhi teenager has been found murdered on a railway track in Gurugram, police said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Vatsal reveals why he is doing more TV shows
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Vatsal Sheth has been featuring more in TV shows than in films but for him, mediums don't matter as long as he gets "great stuff".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
New Zealand's Bracewell replaces Grandhomme in ODI squad against West Indies
Wellington, Dec 14 (IANS) New Zealand medium pacer Doug Bracewell replaced all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for the three-match One-day International (ODI) series against West Indies starting from December 20.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Cricket
China summons Australian ambassador
Beijing, Dec 14 (IANS) China has summoned the Australian ambassador to Beijing following tensions between the two countries over reports of alleged meddling in Canberra's internal affairs.
2017-12-14
Category: International, China,Politics
Ashes Test: Malan ton takes England to 305/4 on Day 1
Perth, Dec 14 (IANS) Dawid Malan's brilliant ton helped England score 305/4 in their first innings against Australia on the opening day of the Third Ashes Test match here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Cricket
Tata, GE join hands to manufacture jet engine components
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Industrial conglomerates GE and Tata Group have entered into a pact to manufacture "CFM International LEAP" engine components in India, for the global supply chain, a company statement said here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Honeywell Tech Solutions to develop more products for India
Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Honeywell Technology Solutions' focus will be on "India for India" portfolio to develop more products for the domestic market, a senior company official said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Three astronauts return to Earth from space station
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after spending nearly five months at the International Space Station.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
71% Indian firms might deploy AI before 2020: Intel
Bengaluru, Dec 14 (IANS) As firms' appetite for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) grows, 71 per cent Indian organisations are looking at increased process automation as a key benefit which in turn is expected to spike spends on this technology over the next 18 months, a report said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Technology,Business/Economy
113 rescued in Mediterranean Sea
Madrid, Dec 14 (IANS) A group of 113 sub-Saharan migrants were rescued from three small boats adrift in the Alboran Sea at the western end of the Mediterranean on Thursday while one person died, a Spanish official said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Spain,Immigration/Law/Rights
Food, fuel prices accelerate November WPI inflation
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) An exponential rise in food and fuel prices especially those of onions and diesel pushed India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices higher to 3.93 per cent for November, official data showed on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Indian American doctor arrested for healthcare fraud in US
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) An Indian American cardiologist based in the US state of Nevada has been arrested on 39 charges of unlawful distribution of prescription opioids and healthcare fraud, officials said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Health/Medicine,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Equity indices discard losses to close in green
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Shedding the day's entire losses, key Indian equity indices on Thursday provisionally closed on a higher note lifted by healthy buying in healthcare, banks and auto stocks.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Awaiting sacking, over 10,000 Tripura teachers get six-month SC breather
New Delhi/Agartala, Dec 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday extended by six months the December 31 deadline to terminate 10,323 Tripura government teachers as per its earlier order following a state government appeal, a Minister said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Wine glasses seven times larger now: Study
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Scientists have found that the capacity of wine glasses has ballooned nearly seven-fold over the past 300 years, rising most sharply in the last two decades in line with a surge in wine consumption, a study has revealed.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Science/Tech,Human Interest/Society
Nearly 50% ballotting as voting picks up in Gujarat second phase (Third Lead)
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) Brisk voting was seen in Gujarat's second phase elections on Thursday, with nearly 50 per cent polling registered by late afternoon, amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Happy that an underdog film like 'Fukrey Returns' did well, says Richa
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says it makes her happier when films like "Fukrey" and its sequel "Fukrey Returns" get a positive response.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Amarnath shrine not a silent zone, NGT clarifies
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday clarified that it did not declare the Amarnath cave shrine a silent zone and that silence has to be maintained only in front of the ice shivlingam (the idol).
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
PM commissions India's 1st indigenously-built Scorpene submarine (Third Lead)
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Heralding it as a significant new era to boost India's defence and security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned the country's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Govinda, Sridevi steal limelight at awards show in Dubai
Dubai, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood veterans Govinda and Sridevi stole the limelight at the Masala! Awards 2017 here, where Pakistani actresses Mahira Khan and Saba Qamar too were present.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
BJD to raise Mahanadi, Polavaram issues in Parliament
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) The BJD on Thursday decided to raise several issues, including the constitution of a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute, the Polavaram project and the hike in the MSP for paddy during the winter session of Parliament that begins on Friday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics
We will take up fishermen issues, says Rahul
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), Dec 14 (IANS) Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised the families of fishermen who went missing during cyclone Ockhi that the Congress will raise their issues in Parliament and put pressure on the Central and Tamil Nadu governments to ensure relief for them.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
People said I had sold myself to Bollywood: Meera
Dubai, Dec 14 (IANS) Pakistani actress Meera says people judged her and told her that she had sold herself to Bollywood when she made her debut in the Hindi film industry with "Nazar" in 2005.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Cinema/Showbiz,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Myanmar to enforce new law for foreign investment
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar authorities will enforce a new Companies Law next year to attract more foreign investment.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Myanmar,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Business/Economy
Petroleum products could be taxed above GST: Bihar Deputy CM
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Even if petroleum products are brought under Goods and Service Tax regime, central and state governments will be free to levy taxes over and above the GST slabs, Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics
Myanmar charges reporters with Official Secrets Act violation
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar on Thursday charged two journalists with violating the British colonial era Official Secrets Act and illegally obtaining confidential documents from the police related to a controversial military offensive in Rakhine.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Myanmar,Immigration/Law/Rights,Media,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
We will rake up fishermen issues, says Rahul
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), Dec 14 (IANS) Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised the families of fishermen who went missing during cyclone Ockhi that the Congress will raise their issues in Parliament and put pressure on the Central and Tamil Nadu governments to ensure relief for them.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
25 year jail sought for ex-S.Korean President's friend
Seoul, Dec 14 (IANS) South Korean prosecutors on Thursday demanded 25 years jail term for Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of former President Park Geun-hye, for her role in a massive corruption scandal which led to Park's impeachment.
2017-12-14
Category: International, South Korea,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
UK royals to attend Grenfell fire memorial
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Members of the British Royal Family will join the families of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on Thursday for a memorial at St Paul's Cathedral here.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Diplomacy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Smartphone OLED shipments up 30% in Q3
Seoul, Dec 14 (IANS) Shipments of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for smartphones surged 30 per cent globally in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016, data showed on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, South Korea,Technology
Salma says 'monster' Weinstein threatened to kill her
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Salma Hayek has added her name to the list of celebrities speaking out against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, calling him a rage-fuelled "monster" who sexually harassed and tried to kill her. Weinstein denied the charge.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Cinema/Showbiz
Pakistani warship visits Philippines
Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) A Pakistani warship arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for a four-day goodwill visit.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
One killed in TN temple roof collapse
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
EC has become Modi's 'captive puppet': Congress
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday accused the Election Commission of becoming a "captive puppet" in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who it said was brazenly breaking rules in a final bid to save the BJP's "sinking ship" in Gujarat.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Railways forms committee to review flexi-fare scheme
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Over two months after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the flexi-fare scheme will be reviewed, the railways has set up a six-member committee to review the scheme, by comparing the prices with that of other modes of transport.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Twitter launches live stream of Gujarat elections
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Twitter on Wednesday announced that it will live stream the conversations related to the Gujarat elections on its platform as the political interest and discourse on the polls generated over 800,000 tweets in the past week on the microblogging website.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Vote for 'Gujarat model', reject those opposing it: Shah
Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to the people to vote for the 'Gujarat model' of development and reject those who are against it.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics
We need virtue of frugality for energy saving: President
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India needs to bring to bear its traditional virtue of frugality for effective energy conservation in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
ISL: Dynamos defender Ralte likely to play against FC Goa
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Delhi Dynamos are likely to include left-back Sena Ralte in the squad for their forthcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season four fixture against FC Goa on Saturday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football,ISL
UP assembly session begins, legislative council adjourned for day amid din
Lucknow, Dec 14 (IANS) The winter session of the Uttar Pradesh assembly began here on Thursday, even as opposition din in the Legislative Council made its Chairman adjourn the upper house of the state legislature for the day.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Business/Economy
MIT engineers induce plants to give off light
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to induce plants to give off dim light, a major step towards realising their vision of using plants to illuminate the workspace.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Environment/Wildlife
Gene mutation causing low sensitivity to pain identified
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Researchers have identified a rare mutation that causes unusually low sensitivity to pain, a finding that could be used to identify new treatment for people suffering from chronic pain.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Health/Medicine
'Swag se swagat' gets Arabic version
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) The makers of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer "Tiger Zinda Hai" will release the films popular song "Swag se swagat" in Arabic.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Congress likely to get around 100 seats: Hardik Patel
Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Thursday said the ruling BJP was set to lose the Gujarat assembly elections, and that the Congress was likely to get around 100 seats in the 182-member house.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics
Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar
Srinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) Police here said on Thursday it has busted a gang of fraudsters that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Israel bombs Hamas positions
Tel Aviv, Dec 14 (IANS) Israeli forces on Thursday bombed three Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after projectiles were launched towards Israel a day earlier, the military announced.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Israel,Defence/Security
Rahul visits cyclone-hit, seeks Fisheries Ministry
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 14 (IANS) Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited fisherfolk in Kerala's two coastal villages and one in Tamil Nadu affected by cyclone Ockhi and demanded a separate Ministry for fisheries.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Prohibitory orders in Udaipur after rally in support of 'Love Jihad' accused
Jaipur, Dec 14 (IANS) Authorities in Udaipur have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the city while internet has been suspended in Udaipur and Rajsamand after right wing activists took out a rally in support of 'Love Jihad' murder accused Shambhulal Raigar and in the wake of a rise in hate messages circulating on social media.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Religion,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Indonesian court's 'no' to criminalise extramarital affairs
Jakarta, Dec 14 (IANS) An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected the petition of a conservative organisation to criminalise sexual relations outside of marriage and between people of the same sex.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Indonesia,Immigration/Law/Rights
Manchester City set EPL record with 15 consecutive wins
Manchester, Dec 14 (IANS) Manchester City created an English Premier league (EPL) record with 15 straight victories after defeating Swansea City.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Kashmir school sacks teachers for 'romance'
Srinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) A private school in Jammu and Kashmir has sacked a teacher couple for their romance, saying it could "adversely affect" the students.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Education,Human Interest/Society
Indian-origin student pleads guilty of US cyber attacks
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A 21-year-old Indian-origin student has pleaded guilty of executing a series of cyber attacks on the Rutgers University computer network in the US, authorities said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora,Education
Election Commission has become Modi's 'puppet': Congress
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday made a strong attack on the Election Commission, accusing it of becoming a "puppet" in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who it said was breaking rules in a last bid to save the BJP's "sinking ship" in Gujarat.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Go to beauty guide for every party season
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Every girl dreams of her very own moment in the spotlight, where all eyes stay on her. With the party season around the corner the pressure to look nothing but the best, is real but this season worry no more.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
'Monsoon Shootout': Shout-out for this shootout (Review)
Film: "Monsoon Shootout"; Director: Amit Kumar; Cast: Vijay Varma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Gitanjali Thapa, Farhan Mohammed Hanif Sheikh; Rating: ***1/2
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Talent scouting not a big deal in India: Sonu Nigam
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) National Award-winning singer Sonu Nigam is set to scout and nurture new talent in the field of music. He says hunting for talent in India is not a big deal as "they just appear".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
DENSO, BlackBerry develop integrated HMI automobile platform
Toronto, Dec 14 (IANS) DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited on Thursday announced their collaboration with Intel Corp to develop the world's first automobile integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform which will appear in car models scheduled for release after 2019.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Canada,Technology
Human 'common cold' virus killed chimps in Uganda
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Poachers, predators and deforestation are not the only threats that chimpanzees now face. New research finds that even a human "common cold" virus can give them a deadly blow.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Environment/Wildlife,Health/Medicine
Salman announces Aayush Sharma-starrer 'Loveratri'
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan on Thursday announced "Loveratri" as the title of his next production venture, which will launch his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma as an actor.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Congress complains to EC over Modi's roadshow
Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (IANS) The Congress party on Thursday complained to the Election Commission about a road show undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he cast his vote here during the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Chidambaram accuses EC of 'sleeping on job'
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday accused the Election Commission of allowing a roadshow of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, saying it is a gross violation of rules and that the Commission was "sleeping on the job".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
'Ferdinand': Bulldozes into your heart (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)
Film: "Ferdinand"; Director: Carlos Saldanha; Cast: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Peyton Manning, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson and Raul Esparza; Rating: ***1/2
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Nokia, IIT-Delhi to use AI to make networks more reliable
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Nokia and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use data science, analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make networks more efficient and reliable.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Gosling debuts buzz cut for Armstrong biopic
Atlanta (Georgia), Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Ryan Gosling debuted his new buzz cut on the set of upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man".
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Spurs return to top 4 as Man City make history
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 here to claim fourth place in the English Premier League, while leaders Manchester City cruised 4-0 over Swansea to set a new English top-flight record for consecutive wins with 15.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
30% ballotting as voting picks up in Gujarat second phase
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) Voting picked up in Gujarat's second phase elections as the sun warmed away the winter chill, with around 30 per cent polling registered by afternoon.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Real Madrid defeat Al Jazira, in final
Abu Dhabi, Dec 14 (IANS) Defending champions Real Madrid came from behind here to beat Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Togo,Sports,Football
NASA to screen 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for crew
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is set to release this week around the world but astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will also be able to watch it in the coming days, NASA said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
'Hichki' trailer attached to 'Tiger Zinda Hai'
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) The trailer of actress Rani Mukerjis comeback film "Hichki" will be attached to superstar Salman Khans action entertainer "Tiger Zinda Hai", slated to release on December 22.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Equity indices trade in red, TCS top loser
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Thursday traded in the red during the mid-afternoon trade session with heavy selling pressure in consumer durables, capital goods and metal stocks.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Weinstein threatened to kill me: Salma Hayek
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled "monster", alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Weinstein has denied the accusation.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Remove 'bail-in' clause in FRDA Bill: Assocham
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Assocham on Thursday urged the government to remove a clause in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDA) Bill that seeks to treat bank depositors as other creditors and shareholders for "bail-in".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
US Senator McCain hospitalized
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Republican Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain has been hospitalized over side effects from brain tumour therapy, his office said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics
Lata Mangeshkar on her association with Raj Kapoor (Book Extract, Exclusive to IANS)
(Editors note: To mark the 93rd birth anniversary of late actor Raj Kapoor, a special book -- an experiment between a biography and an autobiography -- will be launched by his children Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, Rishi Kapoor, Rima Jain and Rajiv Kapoor on Thursday evening. Presented here is an exclusive extract from "Raj Kapoor: The One And Only Showman" where noted singer Lata Mangeshkar writes on her association with the late actor)
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
13 killed in Somalia suicide attack
Mogadishu, Dec 14 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide attack that targeted a police academy here, Somalian authorities said on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Somalia,Terrorism
Microsoft announces AI updates in products, partnership with Reddit
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) Highlighting its progress in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft has announced a slew of updates to its AI assistant Cortana, search engine Bing and Office 365.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Trump mentally unfit to be US President: Rob Reiner
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor, filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner feels that Donald Trump is "mentally unfit" to be the US President.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Politics
Modi saddened by actor Neeraj Vora's death
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was saddened by the death of Bollywood actor Neeraj Vora.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz
Food prices accelerate November WPI inflation
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) An exponential rise in food and fuel prices pushed India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 3.93 per cent for November, official data showed on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Simmons accused of sexual misconduct by more women
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) TV producer and the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, Russell Simmons, has been accused of sexual misconduct by five more women, on top of three women who made similar allegations against him.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
I don't subscribe to quintessential heroines: Kangana Ranaut
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The quintessential heroine -- on and off screen -- is not for actress Kangana Ranaut.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Be strong and self-reliant: Woman taxi driver delivers powerful message (Cinema Feature)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) A victim of an abusive and violent child marriage, she wanted to commit suicide by throwing herself under a bus. But in a life-changing moment, she instead chose to board the same bus and take charge of her life.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Human Interest/Society,IANS Life
Warner Bros finds 'no evidence of wrongdoing' by Robert Knepper
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Officials at entertainment company Warner Bros believe that "iZombie" star Robert Knepper is innocent in the case of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Kerala law student's murderer sentenced to death
Kochi (Kerala), Dec 14 (IANS) A sessions court in Kerala on Thursday sentenced to death Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, who on Tuesday was found guilty of rape and murder of a law student in 2016 in Ernakulam.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Kerala,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sri Lankan risks torture if deported from Australia
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) A UN committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, fearing he might be tortured upon return, the media reported on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Australia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Modi casts vote in Gujarat polls
Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cast his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, amid loud cheers from a crowd gathered outside the polling booth in Ranip here.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Who is common to writing rooms of well-known authors? Lord Ganesh (Literary Feature - Part II)
Just a few steps away from the busy Lodhi Road and its loud cacophony of car horns is a beautiful room that transports one to an overwhelming old-world-era amid the concrete jungle of the national capital. This is the room where Shashi Tharoor sits down to write.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Art/Culture/Books,National,IANS Life
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor: First phase by August 2018
Aligarh, Dec 14 (IANS) In order to speed up goods traffic and ease the burden on existing rail tracks between Howrah and New Delhi, the work on the first phase of the 1,856-km Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor that runs through six states will be completed by August 2018, officials said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Business/Economy
Theatre is ruthless: Sharman Joshi
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Sharman Joshi, who starred in Hindi comedy play "Raju Raja Ram Aur Main", says that theatre is ruthless.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Five years after Nirbhaya, is Delhi any safer for women?
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Five years after 23-year-old Nirbhaya was brutally raped and murdered by five men on December 16, earning Delhi an epithet of "rape capital" of India, has the national capital become any safer for women? Crime data doesn't suggest so and females who live and work in the city and its peripheries also don't feel safer despite resolves by the centre and city governments to enhance women's safety.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Human Interest/Society
India's WPI inflation at 3.93% in November
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India's annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices stood at 3.93 per cent for the month of November, official data showed here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
It's poop heat in Kenyan slums -- and business too (Environment Feature)
Nairobi, Dec 14 (IANS) It's really not a dirty business. They have adopted a simple, clean technology that turns human waste into an odourless renewable alternative to charcoal, which locals use to ignite their hearths and to keep themselves warm.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Kenya,Environment/Wildlife,Health/Medicine
Former Bayern striker Santa Cruz extends Olimpia deal
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 14 (IANS) Former Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz has signed a one-year contract extension with Paraguayan club Olimpia, extending his professional career to a 21st season.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Horn defends boxing world title in Australia with 11th round TKO
Sydney, Dec 14 (IANS) Australian WBO welterweight boxing champion Jeff Horn successfully defended his world title against British contender Gary 'Hellraiser' Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention Center.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Australia,Sports,Other Sports
Apple invests $390mn in US-made iPhone lasers
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) As part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers, Apple has invested $390 million in optical communication component manufacturer Finisar whose technology has made the iPhone's Face ID feature viable.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Schalke move to 2nd, Bayern crave out win in Bundesliga
Berlin, Dec 14 (IANS) Schalke overpowered resilient Augsburg 3-2 owing to a late penalty meanwhile front runners Bayern Munich craved out a 1-0 victory over last placed Cologne at the closer of the 16th round.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
Argentina's Independiente win Copa Sudamericana
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 14 (IANS) Argentina's Independiente secured their second Copa Sudamerica title by completing a 3-2 aggregate victory over Brazilian side Flamengo.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
India developing small rocket to cash in on small-satellite boom
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) With the size of earth observation satellites reducing and the future trend moving towards a constellation of small satellites rather than a large one, India's space agency is developing a smaller rocket that can carry satellites weighing up to 500 kg, a senior official said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Science/Tech
May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss
London, Dec 14 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to Brussels on Thursday, hours after Conservative Party rebels defeated the government in a key Brexit vote.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics
Xiaomi Redmi 5A: Great choice for first-time Android users (Tech Review)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has flooded the Indian smartphone market with devices at overlapping prices but compelling features. Its latest offering, the Redmi 5A, has the price tag and specifications of an entry-level Android smartphone.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,National,Technology,IANS Life
Neeraj Vora reason behind my foray into comedy: Akshay Kumar
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar says he ventured into comedy genre because of late filmmaker and actor Neeraj Vora,
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
2nd phase of Gujarat polls: 10% voting in 2 hours
Gandhinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) The first few hours of polling in the second and final phase of the Gujarat elections on Thursday saw very few voters following a dip in the temperature. Ten per cent voting was recorded in two hours, an official said, adding the process will pick up as the day progresses.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Gene therapy drug shows promise of haemophilia cure
London, Dec 14 (IANS) A single treatment with a gene therapy drug has shown promise in curing patients with haemophilia -- a disorder in which blood does not clot normally, results of a clinical trial in Britain show.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Health/Medicine
6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: Report
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine state late August.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Myanmar,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Messenger records 17bn realtime video chats in 2017
San Francisco, Dec 14 (IANS) This year video chat took a leap forward with Facebook Messenger recording 17 billion realtime video chats -- two times as many video chat sessions in 2017 compared to 2016, the company said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology
Australia's child abuse inquiry calls for changes
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday called for changes at all levels in its final hearing after five years of investigation.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Australia,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
A call for jihad in an earthly paradise -- and its consequences (Book Review)
Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Oprah Winfrey to receive 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will be feted with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Anupam Kher starrer 'The Big Sick' nominated at SAG Awards
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Anupam Kher starrer "The Big Sick" has been nominated for an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG Awards) 2017.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Republican lawmaker commits suicide amid sexual molestation allegations
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A Republican lawmaker has committed suicide after denying accusations of sexually molesting a teenage girl, police said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Jumanji' deserves to live on and I think it will: Jack Black
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Jack Black saw "Jumanji" for the first time when he was offered a role in its sequel "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", and 'flipped out' over the late Robin Williams' performance. The actor is thrilled to be a part of Williams' legacy, and says "Jumanji" deserves to live on.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,National,IANS Life
Republicans strikes deal on Trump tax cuts
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US Senate and House Republicans have struck an agreement on a sweeping tax-cut bill that, if passed, would be the first major piece of legislation signed by President Donald Trump, the media reported.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy
Unlocking real estate value in the current scenario (Comment: Special to IANS)
As lenders and borrowers in India grapple with heavy debt levels, asset sales have been a strategy used to pare debt levels by conglomerates.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Opinion/Commentary
Microsoft India to enable partners to work closely with government customers
Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Microsoft will soon enable partners to work effectively with its rich network of government customers, helping them work around the countrys mega digital initiative, a top company executive said here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Trump's African-American aide to depart White House
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of US President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American aide, is set to leave the White House in January 2018, according to the administration.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics
Foggy Thursday morning in Delhi, 17 trains cancelled
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) It was a foggy morning here on Thursday with clouds in some parts of the city, the weather office said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Writer-actor-filmmaker Neeraj Vora dead at 54
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood's multi-faceted talent Neeraj Vora, an actor, writer and director known for his humorous streak on and off screen, died here early on Thursday, months after being comatose, his family member said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Health/Medicine
PM commissions INS Kalvari to boost India's defence, security
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday here commissioned the country's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to the Indian Navy terming it a significant new era "to boost India's defence and security".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Microsoft India to enable partners to work closely with government customers
Hyderabad, Dec 14 (IANS) Microsoft will soon enable partners to work effectively with its rich network of government customers, helping them work around the count'''s mega digital initiative, a top company executive said here on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Srinagar records season's lowest maximum temperature
Srinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) Srinagar city has witnessed the lowest maximum temperature of the season so far, while the ski resort of Gulmarg was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday at minus 9.8 degrees Celsius.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
World skyscraper construction hits record high: Report
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) More skyscrapers were built in 2017 than during any other year in history, according to a report released by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Lost battle to save my brother: Nadiadwala on Vora's death
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Producer Firoz Nadiadwala, who had been looking after the ailing Neeraj Vora for over a year, on Thursday mourned the demise of his "brother and friend".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Health/Medicine
Key Indian equity market indices open higher
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) The key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened higher after the US Federal Reserve hiked interest rate following its two-day policy meeting while raising its economic growth forecast for 2018.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy
PM commissions India's 1st indigenously-built Scorpene sub
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Marking an important milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday commissioned and dedicated to the nation the country's first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Kalvari' into the Indian Navy.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Writer-actor-filmmaker Neeraj Vora dead at 54
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Bollywood's multi-faceted talent Neeraj Vora, known for writing "Rangeela" and for directing "Phir Hera Pheri", died here early on Thursday, months after being comatose, his family member said.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Health/Medicine
PM to commission 1st Scorpene submarine
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Marking an important milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commission the first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Kalvari' to the Indian Navy.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Defence/Security
One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway
Jammu, Dec 14 (IANS) One-way traffic was restored on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Thursday after remaining closed for three days.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Modi, Rahul call on Gujarat to vote
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President-designate Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appealed to the voters in Gujarat to exercise their franchise in the second phase of polling that has begun.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Russians spent less than 1 pound on ads during Brexit: Facebook
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Downplaying claims that Kremlin-backed groups helped swing the Brexit vote in 2016, Facebook has told EU investigators that less than one pound was spent by Russians on ads posted on its platform during the referendum, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Second phase of Gujarat assembly polls begins
Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (IANS) The second phase of state assembly polls began in Gujarat on Thursday. Voting has begun in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics
Love exercising in lingerie: Hailey Baldwin
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Model Hailey Baldwin says she loves to workout in a bikini.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Hamas vows to liberate Palestine on 30th anniversary
Gaza, Dec 14 (IANS) Militant organisation Hamas has said Palestine will continue with its project of liberation and resistance in all forms, according to a statement released on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its foundation which will be observed on Thursday.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Palestinian Territory, Occupied,Politics
Macron urges financial boost for G5 Sahel military
Paris, Dec 14 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to bolster financial aid for the France-brokered West African military coalition at a meeting here to win the fight against terrorism.
2017-12-14
Category: International, France,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Diplomacy
Argentina will be stronger at World Cup: Messi
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 14 (IANS) Argentina will be a better team at the 2018 World Cup than the one that struggled during the South American qualifying tournament, according to Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Trump's top African-American adviser resigns
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The highest-profile African-American adviser to US President Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman, will step down on January 20, the White House Press Secretary has said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics
US Fed raises interest rate amid strong job market
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US Federal Reserve has raised the benchmark interest rates for the third time this year and maintained the forecast of three more rate hikes in 2018, as the economy and job market continued solid growth.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Global trade conference ends without progress
Buenos Aires, Dec 14 (IANS) The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded here with a "disappointing" lack of results, Director-General Roberto Azevedo said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Costa Rica,Business/Economy
Russia hopes top British diplomat's visit can help mend ties
Moscow, Dec 14 (IANS) Moscow expects the upcoming visit of the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to help mend bilateral relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics,Diplomacy
Harvey Weinstein threatened to kill me: Salma Hayek
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled "monster", alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
US lawmakers reach deal on tax cut bill
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US House and Senate Republicans secured a deal on the final version of a tax cut bill, paving the way for the US Congress to pass the bill and handle a major legislative achievement to President Donald Trump before Christmas.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics,Business/Economy
Brexit bill: British government loses key vote after Tory rebellion
London, Dec 14 (IANS) The British government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics
Sofia's mother gives approval to Disick
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Singer Lionel Richie's daughter Sofia Richie has received her mother Diane Alexanders approval of her relationship with TV personality Scott Disick.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
US stocks end mixed after Fed rate hike decision
New York, Dec 14 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed, with the Dow closing at a record high, as the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, the third such increase in 2017.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
UN warns of severe health risks from electronic/electrical waste in India
United Nations, Dec 14 (IANS) The UN has warned about the health and environmental dangers from the processing of e-waste -- the discarded electronic and electrical material -- by the informal sector in India without proper safeguards.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,National,Environment/Wildlife,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
Spears has 'Cyndi Lauper kind of day'
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Singer Britney Spears got playful as she danced to singer Cyndi Lauper's hit song "Girls just want to have fun".
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Ecuador Vice President jailed for six years in corruption case
Quito, Dec 14 (IANS) A criminal court in Ecuador has sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in prison for illicit association within the bribery scheme run by Brazilian construction firm, Odebrecht.
2017-12-14
Category: International, Ecuador,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
US Fed raises interest rate by 25 basis points
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) The US Federal Reserve has raised the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, the third such increase in 2017.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Eminem to embark on American tour
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Rapper Eminem will embark on an American tour for the first time in four years.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
I would love to write a book: Kangana Ranaut
Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut, who graced the launch of author Shobhaa De's latest book "Seventy and To Hell With It" here, has said she would love to write a book.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Media,Art/Culture/Books,Cinema/Showbiz
Jourdan Dunn thought she was a witch
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Model Jourdan Dunn used to think that she was a witch when she was younger, and she used to cast spells from behind a curtain.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Trump distances himself from Roy Moore's election defeat
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has sought to distance himself from the defeat suffered by the controversial Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore in the Senate election in the US state of Alabama.
2017-12-14
Category: International, United States,Politics
2 held for killing teenager
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Two persons have been arrested for stabbing a teenager to death and injuring two of his family members over a scuffle, police said on Wednesday.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Ram is omnipresent, BJP trying to divert attention: Congress
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) After BJP's attack on Congress on the "Ram Setu" issue, the party defended itself by saying "Lord Rama was "omnipresent" and BJP was trying to divert attention from the development issues of Gujarat.
2017-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion
Provide arm licenses to rape victims, says MP minister
Bhopal, Dec 14 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis on Wednesday called for arms licenses to be issued to rape and molestation victims on a priority basis to "increase their morale".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Salman launches Bina Kak's book, calls it great
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Bollywood actor Salman Khan launched photographer Bina Kak's book "Silent Sentinels Of Ranthambhore" here on Wednesday, terming it a "great book".
2017-12-14
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Art/Culture/Books
SC allows relaxation of ban on pet-coke and furnace oil
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Central government to relax its notification banning the use of pet-coke and furnace oil in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan as it permitted pet coke to be used an an ingredient by the cement and lime industry.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Max Hospital urges revocation of licence cancellation order
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Delhi's Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Speciality Hospital on Wednesday said they have appealed to the authorities concerned to revoke cancellation of their licence.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Chaudhary Prem Singh's death an irreparable loss for Congress: Maken
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Congress' Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken on Wednesday described the death of former Delhi Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh as an irreparable loss for the party.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Interim bail for Kannada editor on health ground
Bengaluru, Dec 13 (IANS) A local court on Wednesday granted interim bail, on health grounds, to jailed Kannada tabloid editor Ravi Belagere, arrested for allegedly hiring a gunman to kill his ex-colleague Sunil Heggaravalli in "Hai Bengaluru" weekly paper.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Media,Crime/Disaster/Accident
IT department conducts surveys at Bitcoin exchanges
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Income Tax (IT) department on Wednesday conducted "surveys" at nine Bitcoin exchanges around the country to gather information about the investors and traders of the crypto-currency.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy released from Andhra jail
Visakhapatnam, Dec 13 (IANS) Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy has been released on bail from Visakhapatnam Central Jail, officials said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Rahul Gandhi to meet Kerala, Tamil Nadu fishermen
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi is going to visit the areas hit by Cyclone Ockhi in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and meet the affected fishermen.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
EC must order FIR against PM for his speech at Ficci: Congress
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Following the Election Commission notice to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the model poll code, the Congress on Wednesday asked the poll panel to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech at at Ficci on eve of Gujarat polls' second phase.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
CBI to probe death of Hindu activist in Karnataka
Bengaluru, Dec 13 (IANS) Karnataka on Wednesday decided to hand over the investigation into the mysterious death of Hindu activist Paresh Mesta to the CBI, police said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Extra-constitutional authorities were running government in UPA: BJP
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A day before last phase of polling in Gujarat, the BJP on Wednesday came out with some e-mail exchanges between Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan to attack the party, saying decisions during the UPA regime were taken by "extra-constitutional authorities".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Ranji Trophy: Saha, Shami named in Bengal's semi squad
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) India Test regulars Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami were on Wednesday named in Bengal's Ranji squad for their semifinal against Delhi in Pune from December 17.
2017-12-13
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
Maruti Suzuki to hike prices from January 2018
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Automobile major Maruti Suzuki India will increase the prices of its entire passenger vehicle range by up to two per cent from January, due to rising input costs.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Congress seeks EC action against PM for his speech at Ficci
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Following the Election Commission notice to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the poll code, the Congress on Wednesday asked the poll panel to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech at at Ficci on eve of Gujarat polls' second phase.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Rajasthan government employees end first phase of agitation
Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Members of the Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sankyukt Sangarsh Samiti staging a 48-hour hunger strike at all district headquarters of the state on Wednesday ended their fast but warned of a bigger protest if their demands were not met.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
RBI initiates PCA against Corporation Bank
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated "prompt corrective action" (PCA) against state-run lender Corporation Bank in the view of its high non-performing assets (NPAs).
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
JICA to provide Rs.1,200 crore loan for Andhra project
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Rs 1,200 crore loan to Andhra Pradesh for an irrigation and livelihood improvement project, it was announced on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Diplomacy,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Will work towards transforming party, women will be fundamental part: Rahul
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Stressing that there will be a surprise for all in the Gujarat elections, Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday emphasised on the need to work together to transform the party and the role of women would be a fundamental part of this.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Nagaland CM sacks four cabinet ministers as NPF factions reconcile
Kohima, Dec 13 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zeliang on Wednesday sacked four of his senior cabinet ministers following the reconciliation within the two factions of the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF).
2017-12-13
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Politics
'Tiger Zinda Hai' refused NOC for release in Pakistan
Islamabad/New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Bollywood's much-anticipated movie "Tiger Zinda Hai" has been refused the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for import by Pakistan's Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Pakistan,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
DCI inks MoU with NHAI to provide sand for construction
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) has inked an MoU with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for facilitating supply of sand for construction work, said an official statement.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
RBI imposes Rs 3 cr penalty on IndusInd Bank
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 crore on IndusInd Bank for non-compliance with its directions on "Income Recognition and Asset Classification" (IRAC) norms and contravention of regulatory restrictions pertaining to non-fund based (NFB) facilities.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
18.5 % loss in Metro passenger trips, roll back fare hike: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that there was a 18.5 per cent loss in Metro passenger trips after the fare hike on October 10 and urged the Central government to roll back the hike, which would cause more pollution.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Australia ready to join Malabar naval exercise
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) In light of the increasing strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, Australia is willing to join the Malabar naval exercise if invited by the other three participating nations of India, the US and Japan, a senior Australian official said here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Odisha CM felicitates budding astronomers of state
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday felicitated the top 20 winners of the 11th Edition of the Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) Programme - 2017-18 at Pathani Samanta Planetarium here.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Science/Tech
Meghalaya CM accuses Centre of not releasing funds
Shillong, Dec 13 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday accused the Central government of irregular release of funds to northeastern states.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Education
Now, parents can complain about Delhi school fees
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Parents can complain to a Delhi government-appointed committee if they have an issue with the fees charged by private schools.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Education
HC slams Delhi government for not buying disabled-friendly buses
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the city government for not buying low-floor disabled-friendly CNG buses due to their high cost.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Muslim Personal Law Board to discuss triple talaq at Hyderabad meet
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) The proposed legislation on triple talaq and Babri Masjid will be among the key issues to be discussed at the general body meeting of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) scheduled to be held here in February.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights
Women protest non-passage of quota bill, hold march in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Protesting the central government's failure to ensure reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures, hundreds of women held a march here on Wednesday and demanded passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament's winter session starting on Friday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
EC notice to Rahul Gandhi over TV interviews
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday shot off a notice to Congress President- elect Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by giving election-related interviews to TV channels a day prior to the second phase polling in Gujarat, and asked him to respond by December 18.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
How come BJP doesn't object to Doval's son having a Pakistani business partner: Congress
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday questioned the government over its approach to fighting terrorism and corruption, and sought response to allegations that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's son had a business partner based in Pakistan.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
15,000 diabetics sign petition to slash glucostrips price
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Over 15,000 diabetes patients of Mumbai have signed a petition seeking a reduction in the cost of glucostrips across the country.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Health/Medicine
FRDI bill will take away guarantee of bank deposits: CPI-M
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) Alleging that the Narendra Modi government's proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill would create problems for bank depositors in getting their money back, CPI-M politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra on Wednesday urged people to join protest demonstrations before bank, insurance and financial institutions against the legislation.
2017-12-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Priyanka honoured for promoting social cause online
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra was on Wednesday honoured with a Digital Marketers Award for 'Most Effective Use Of Digital Platforms For A Social Cause'.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology
Projects incomplete for 50 years finished in four years: Rajasthan CM
Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia on Wednesday said that important projects lying pending for 50 years were completed in four years by the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the desert state.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Shahid Kapoor named Sexiest Asian Man in UK poll
London, Dec 13 (IANS) Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has been named the 'Sexiest Asian Man' in a poll, dethroning singer Zayn Malik who has been winning the title for the past two years.
2017-12-13
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz
Sonowal takes up Brahmaputra waters turning black with PM
Guwahati, Dec 13 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on the issue of the waters of river Brahmaputra, that flows in from China, turning black in parts of the state.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Assam,National,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
IPL: Hodge to coach Kings XI Punjab for 3 years
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday signed former Australia batsman Brad Hodge as head coach on a three-year contract.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
Sindhu wins, Srikanth loses at Superseries Finals
Dubai, Dec 13 (IANS) Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth began their campaign at the season-ending World Superseries Finals in contrasting styles at the Hamadan Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Badminton
Gangster, with Rs 50K reward, held for killing businessman
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A gangster, carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head by Delhi Police, has been arrested for killing and robbing a businessman here, an officer said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Double ton against Sri Lanka in 2014 very close to me: Rohit
Mohali, Dec 13 (IANS) India skipper Rohit Sharma (208 not out), who slammed his third double ton to pilot India to a mammoth 392 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, said the innings which he played against Sri Lanka in 2014 was very close to him.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Cricket
EC orders FIRs against channels showing Rahul's interview
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Election Commission on Wednesday directed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to lodge FIRs against TV channels that aired Congress President elect Rahul Gandhi's interview as "it violated the law".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Media,Politics
Year-old conjoined twins separated in Mumbai
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) One-year-old twins, conjoined at the abdomen, have been separated at a hospital here, hospital authorities said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Health/Medicine
Gujarat polling on Thursday for 93 seats; PM, Shah to vote
Gandhinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) The second phase of elections in Gujarat on Thursday will see polling held for 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions of the state, with a host of VVIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, descending on Ahmedabad to cast their vote.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
NGT banned only illegal coal mining in Meghalaya, says CM
Shillong, Dec 13 (IANS) Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday claimed that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) "did not ban mining of coal but banned only illegal coal mining" in Meghalaya.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Hindustan Copper reopens Kendadih mine in Jharkhand
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) After almost 18 years, Hindustan Copper Ltd has formally reopened its Kendadih mine in Jharkhand's Ghatsila, the company said in a statement here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy
Islamic summit declares East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
Istanbul, Dec 13 (IANS) A summit of Islamic countries held in Istanbul on Wednesday declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Turkey,Politics,Diplomacy
Brexit talks: European Parliament gives conditional approval for 2nd phase
Strasbourg (France), Dec 13 (IANS) The European Parliament on Wednesday gave conditional approval to move the Brexit negotiations onto the second phase, although it added an amendment calling for agreements adopted on citizens rights and the divorce bill in the preliminary stages to be written into a legal document.
2017-12-13
Category: International, France,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Diplomacy
SC expresses concern over falling sex ratio, calls for reversing it
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Expressing concern over the falling sex ratio against the girl child, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to take all the steps so that the trend is halted and reversed.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Technology,Human Interest/Society
PM attacks Manmohan Singh government on bank NPAs
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked his predecessor Manmohan Singh and the UPA government saying some of its "people" had pressurised banks to lend to some industrialists, which he described as the "biggest scam", bigger than 2G, coal and Commonwealth Games scams.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Delhi forms nine-member panel to cap profit on drugs in private hospitals
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi government on Wednesday formed a nine-member committee to put a cap on the profit on medicines and consumables in the city's private hospitals and nursing homes, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
We in Bengal do not beat or torch people to death: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) Referring to the brutal killing of a Bengali labourer in Rajasthan last week, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the people of her state neither support nor engage in such activities.
2017-12-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Religion
Teachers oppose app-based attendance system
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A section of Delhi University teachers on Wednesday opposed the centralised app-based attendance system, saying it may become a tool for harassment and may be used for "settling of scores".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Winter session of Parliament to begin on stormy note
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The winter session of Parliament beginning on Friday is likely to be stormy with the opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues like the Rafale deal, the adverse impact of GST and demonetisation on the economy, the plight of farmers and religious intolerance.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Escorts unveils pick-n-carry crane at Excon
Bengaluru, Dec 13 (IANS) Escorts Construction Equipment on Wednesday unveiled its pick-n-carry crane at the 9th International Construction Equipment and Technology Trade Fair (Excon 2017) here.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Business/Economy
Peace at border needed for strong bilateral ties, Sushma told Chinese Minister
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Peace along the India-China border is a pre-requisite for strong bilateral relations, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a meeting earlier this week, the government said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy
Solar power auction sees 98% fall in November
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The solar power auction in November saw a 98 per cent drop with only 5 MW auctioned against 270 MW in October, a report said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
BSE's India INX's highest daily turnover crosses Rs 1,700 cr
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Stock exchange major BSE said its wholly-owned subsidiary India International Exchange (India INX) witnessed an all-time high turnover of over Rs 1,700 crore or $263.90 million on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Air India triumph at national badminton tourney
Guwahati, Dec 13 (IANS) Air India lived up to their top billing, beating Assam 3-1 to lift the mixed team crown of the 42nd Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton Championships 2017 here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Assam,Sports,Badminton
Your money is safe in banks, says Modi on FRDI
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Scotching rumours that depositors' interest will be harmed by a new legislation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said their money in the banks is completely safe and their interests won't be allowed to be affected in any way.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
India bounce back with Rohit's historic double ton (Roundup)
Mohali, Dec 13 (IANS) Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a historic third ODI double ton (208 not out) as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 141 runs to not only avenge the loss in the series opener but also level the three-match rubber 1-1, at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Cricket
Indian-origin student hires underage sex worker, arrested
Singapore, Dec 13 (IANS) A 25-year-old Indian-origin student has been sentenced to 10 months jail after he was found guilty of taking the services of an underage sex worker in May last year.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Singapore,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Free entrance exams coaching for SC students in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi government has approved free entrance coaching to Scheduled Caste (SC) students for various competitive examinations, a statement said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
EC orders FIRs against channels showing Rahul's interview
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Election Commission on Wednesday directed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to lodge FIRs against TV channels that aired Congress President elect Rahul Gandhis interview as "it violated the law".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Media,Politics
Paire star draw at Tata Open qualifiers
Pune, Dec 13 (IANS) World number 41 Benoit Paire will be the star attraction in the qualifiers of the Tata Open Maharashtra tennis tournament to be held here on December 30-31.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Tennis
Navy to commission first indigenous Scorpene-class submarine
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The first of the indigenous Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari, will be commissioned for the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Defence/Security
DCW holds rally in solidarity with Narela victim
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took out a rally in the national capital on Wednesday in solidarity with a woman from Narela who was beaten up by members of a local mafia after she helped bust an illicit liquor racket in the area.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Commonwealth head lauds 'Smart Cities', Jan Dhan initiatives
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland on Wednesday praised India's initiative of Smart Cities and zero balance accounts (Jan Dhan) scheme as "innovative" and "smart".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Diplomacy,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Manmohan again seeks Modi's apology for 'falsehood and canards'
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday again accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading "falsehood and canards" and tarnishing every constitutional office in a bid to win the Gujarat election and asked him to "apologize to the nation".
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI scoreboard
Mohali, Dec 13 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard of the second One-Day International (ODI) played between India and Sri Lanka at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Cricket
Teams announced for FC Bayern Youth Cup India
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The names of the 10 qualifying teams for the fifth edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup India football meet in February, were announced on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football
Delhi vs Bengal, Karnataka vs Vidarbha in Ranji semis
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Bengal have been drawn against Delhi, while Vidarbha have been pitted against southern cricket powerhouse Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals, it was revealed on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
RERA should have come earlier to control builders: Modi
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA) should have been enacted earlier to check the malpractices of builders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, following the Supreme Court's stay on an NCLT order suspending real estate major Unitech's directors and allowing the government to appoint its nominees in their place.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Amused to see Manmohan angry on eve of polling: Amit Shah
Ahmedabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday said he was surprised and amused to see former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh so angry on the eve of the second phase of polling in Gujarat as Singh did not exhibit such belligerence earlier.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Politics
Two Jaipur teachers suspended for spelling errors in Modi passage
Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Two government school teachers in Jaipur have been suspended after the question paper framed for the Class 10 half-yearly exams, that included a section on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was found replete with errors.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Education
Pakistan court orders police to explain activist's disappearance
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) The Lahore High Court on Wednesday called on the police to explain the disappearance of Raza Mahmood Khan, an activist who formed a group to promote peaceful relations with India.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Rise in imports widens India's Q2 CAD to $7.2 bn
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) An exponential rise in merchandise imports widened India's current account deficit (CAD) to $7.2 billion or 1.2 per cent of the GDP in the second quarter of 2017-18, from $3.4 billion reported in the corresponding period in 2016-17.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
By 2022, 37% of India's workforce would be in new jobs
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Around 37 per cent of the country's workforce would be employed in new job roles by 2022, a report said here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
IT department conducts surveys at bitcoin exchanges
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Income Tax (IT) department on Wednesday conducted "surveys" at nine bitcoin exchanges around the country to gather information about the investors and traders of the crypto-currency.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Rs 305.14 crore aid approved for Manipur, Mizoram, Kerala
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday approved Rs 305.14 crore assistance for Manipur, Mizoram and Kerala that faced floods, landslides and drought in 2016, causing heavy loss of property in these states, an official said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Jharkhand ex-CM Madhu Koda, others convicted in coal scam case
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday convicted former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and others on corruption charges in a coal block allocation case.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
J&K legislature session from January 2
Jammu, Dec 13 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Wednesday summoned the session of the state's bicameral legislature on January 2, an official statement said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Politics
SC to now hear Centre's plea against Vodafone's second arbitration bid on Thursday
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred for Thursday the hearing of the Central government's plea challenging Delhi High Court order allowing Vodafone Group to go ahead and participate in the process for appointing the presiding arbitrator in its international arbitration against India tax authorities demand of over Rs 11,000 crore tax.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy
Airstrikes on rebel prison in Yemen kill 35
Sanaa, Dec 13 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed and 90 injured in the Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition airstrikes on a detention centre in the Yemeni capital, an official said.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Yemen,Politics,Terrorism,Diplomacy
India down Sri Lanka by 141 runs to square ODI series
Mohali, Dec 13 (IANS) A disciplined India humbled Sri Lanka by 141 runs in the second One-day International and squared the three-match rubber 1-1 at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Punjab,Sports,Cricket
Chhattisgarh 'sex CD' scandal: CBI registers cases
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The CBI has registered two cases relating to possession and circulation of a "fake sex CD", allegedly involving a Chhattisgarh minister, who has filed a complaint against senior journalist Vinod Verma for alleged blackmail, an official said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
India offers $100 bn Intelligent Edge opportunity: Microsoft India head
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) In a mobile-first and Cloud-first country like India, there now lies a new over $100 billion opportunity if we can leverage Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge solutions across industries, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Bills on Triple Talaq, transgender rights listed for Winter Session
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A bill to provide Muslim women the right to seek maintenance from the ex-spouse after divorce and another aimed to end discrimination against the transgenders, among other proposed legislations, are listed for taking up during Parliament's winter session starting on Friday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
Eight tea garden workers injured as owners fire on protesters
Guwahati, Dec 13 (IANS) At least eight tea garden workers were injured in Assam's Golaghat district on Wednesday after the owners fired upon a group of protesters, police said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Assam,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Nearly 60,000 mobile phones distributed to farmers in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) The Odisha government has distributed around 60,000 free mobile phones among farmers so far to help them access information related to agriculture activities and market information, Cooperation Minister S.N. Patro said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
2018 World Cup win will give Germany footballers over $400k bonus each
Berlin, Dec 13 (IANS) Germany's football federation DFB on Wednesday announced that each of their 2018 World Cup players will get a bonus of 350,000 euros ($410,847) if they manage to defend their title in Russia.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
Sadhguru to inaugurate Mystic Kalinga on December 22
Bhubaneshwar, Dec 13 (IANS) Mystic Kalinga, an emerging literary platform of poets and performers, designed to promote the participation of young minds in art, culture and creative dialogue with the past, present and future will be based on theme "Aseema" - Transcending Boundaries.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Orissa,National,Art/Culture/Books
Fourth season sees scoring records tumble in ISL
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The ongoing fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) has set the scoring charts on fire with 59 goals being scored in 22 matches.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football,ISL
No rollback on power subsidy to industry: Punjab CM
Chandigarh, Dec 13 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ruled out any rollback on the decision to provide power to the industry at a subsidised rate of Rs five per unit.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Shock awaits BJP in Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi (Roundup)
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Gujarat election result will be "shocking" for the BJP, Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday, maintaining he didn't return Prime Minister Narendra Modi's verbal barbs targeting him and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh because he wanted to change the culture of personal attacks in political discourse.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
10K walk in Kolkata to raise healthcare funds for the impoverished
Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) The fifth edition of 'Route 55', a 10 km walkathon event in the city, aimed at raising funds for the impoverished in the society, would be held on December 24, organisers said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Education,Health/Medicine,Human Interest/Society
Railways introduces bill tracking system for vendors
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) In a bid to promote transparency and efficiency, the Railways on Wednesday said that it has introduced a bill tracking system for its vendors.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
8 held for selling poison syringes to kill dogs
Beijing, Dec 13 (IANS) Police in China's Anhui province have arrested eight members of a gang who sold syringes containing chemicals to kill dogs which would then end up on restaurant menus.
2017-12-13
Category: International, China,Environment/Wildlife,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Google to open AI research lab in China, first in Asia
Beijing, Dec 13 (IANS) In an apparent move to rebuild its presence in China, Google on Wednesday said it will open a research lab focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Beijing -- its first such centre in Asia.
2017-12-13
Category: International, China,Technology,Business/Economy
Facebook, Startup Village Collective launch VR programme for students
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Facebook on Wednesday announced a virtual reality (VR) programme in partnership with Bengaluru-based Startup Village Collective (SV.CO) to help students in the country build their ideas into globally marketable products and services.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy,Education
Sony expands home audio lineup in India
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Expanding its home audio lineup, Sony India on Wednesday launched 'SA-D40' and 'SA-D20' speakers for Rs 8,490 and Rs 7,490, respectively.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Rohit Shetty, Sunil Grover to co-host awards show
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Filmmaker Rohit Shetty and actor-comedian Sunil Grover have been roped in to host the upcoming Zee Cine Awards 2018.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
BJP ally Manjhi questions Nitish's prohibition in Bihar
Patna, Dec 13 (IANS) BJP ally Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) chief and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's much-hyped prohibition policy in Bihar and termed it a failure.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Jharkhand Assembly disrupted over kissing event, other issues
Ranchi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Jharkhand Assembly saw repeated disruptions on Wednesday over various issues, including the ruling BJP's demand that the house take up the "kissing" event organised by a JMM legislator, and was finally adjourned for the day without much business.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Erdogan, Abbas flay US over Jerusalem
Istanbul, Dec 13 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the Islamic world to recognize Jerusalem as Palestine's capital while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused any US involvement in the peace process.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Turkey,Politics,Diplomacy
Aizawl beat Churchill in I-League tie
Aizawl, Dec 13 (IANS) Defending champions Aizawl FC tasted their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 verdict over Churchill Brothers FC in their I-League match here on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Mizoram,Sports,Football
India's Wassenaar's membership won't change our stand on NSG: China
Beijing, Dec 13 (IANS) China on Wednesday hinted that India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement will not necessarily pave the way for its membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
2017-12-13
Category: International, China,Politics,Diplomacy
Nepal's CPN-UML emerges largest party in historical polls
Kathmandu, Dec 13 (IANS) Nepal's CPN-UML emerged as the largest party in the Himalayan nation as vote counting of the first-past-the-post (FPTP) for Parliament and provincial assembly elections in Nepal came to an end on Wednesday, the Election Commission said.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Who will take the rap if BJP loses in Gujarat, Shatrughan asks Modi
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Taking on his own BJP party, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah as to who will take the blame if the BJP loses the Gujarat Assembly election.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz
Your money is safe in banks, says Modi on FRDI
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought to allay the fears of bank account holders, saying their deposits in banks will be safe and their interests would not be harmed in any way.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
ISL: Pune City aim at improving home record against Bengaluru (Preview)
Pune, Dec 13 (IANS) Despite FC Pune City having lost two of their three home games this Indian Super League (ISL) season, chief coach Ranko Popovic termed his team as the favourites against top-placed Bengaluru FC in their match here on Thursday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football,ISL
India's Q2 CAD widens to $7.2 bn
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) India's current account deficit (CAD) widened to $7.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017-18, from $3.4 billion reported in the corresponding period in 2016-17, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Crackdown on nomads, hawkers on Goa beaches
Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) The movement of nomads, vagabonds and hawkers will be restricted on Goa's beaches so that tourists are not disturbed, the government said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Goa,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
No mantra chanting or bells at Amarnath cave as NGT declares it 'silent zone'
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday declared the Amarnath shrine a "silent zone", and barred the chiming of bells or chanting of mantras in the areas surrounding the famed cave shrine to preserve its eco sensitivity.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
BJP attacks Congress over coal block allocation
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday attacked the Congress for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices after a court here found former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda guilty in a coal block allocation case and Delhi Police arrested its MLA in a money laundering case.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Would love to do a musical like 'Jagga Jasoos': Sanya Malhotra
Gurugram, Dec 13 (IANS) Actress Sanya Malhotra, who came into the limelight with her role as Aamir Khan's daughter in "Dangal", says that she would love to do a musical like "Jagga Jasoos" keeping in mind her love for dance.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Haryana,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Bollywood
Will quit Rajya Sabha in three days: JD-U's Kerala leader
Kozhikode (Kerala), Dec 13 (IANS) Senior Janata Dal-United leader and Rajya Sabha member M.P. Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday said he will quit as house member in three days.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
Infrastructure equipment manufacturing park to come up in Telangana
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Attivo Economic Zones Pvt Ltd will develop an infrastructure equipment manufacturing park in Telangana, it was announced on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Space-like environment can produce life's building blocks: Study
Toronto, Dec 13 (IANS) Giving some credence to the view that life could well have originated in space, a new study has shown that a number of small organic molecules can form in a cold, space-like environment full of radiation.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Canada,Science/Tech
Equity indices extend losses ahead of US Fed policy outcome (Roundup)
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Continuing with losses for the second day in a row, the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday gave up all their morning gains to end a volatile trade session in the red as investors booked profits in metals, capital goods and banking stocks.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Enforce two-child norm, says Jain leader
Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Jain leader Tarun Sagar on Wednesday urged the government to enforce a two-child norm.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Religion,Business/Economy
10% jump in placements at IIT Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Compared to last year, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has recorded an increase of 10 per cent in the number of placements offered to students this season so far, the institute said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Education
UP assembly winter session: Speaker seeks cooperation at all-party meet
Lucknow, Dec 13 (IANS) A day ahead of the start of the Uttar Pradesh assembly's winter session, an all-party meeting was held here on Wednesday, wherein Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit sought the cooperation of all parties in the smooth functioning of the house.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
TN policeman shot dead in Rajasthan
Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) An investigation into a gold heist in Chennai claimed the life of a Tamil Nadu Police Inspector who was shot dead on Wednesday by a suspected burglar in Rajasthan who then escaped.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Himachal University to have 100-bed naturopathy and yoga hospital
Shimla, Dec 13 (IANS) Shoolini University in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh has been accorded sanction to set up a 100-bed naturopathy and yoga hospital with a grant of Rs 80 lakh by the central government, it was announced on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Health/Medicine
Ashes: Australia aim for series clinching 3rd win vs England (Preview)
Perth, Dec 13 (IANS) After winning two consecutive matches, hosts Australia will aim for a series clinching win when they take on beleaguered England in the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground here on Thursday.
2017-12-13
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Cricket
Democratic Congresswomen seek probe into Trump sexual misconduct allegations
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) A group of 59 Democratic Congresswomen have called on the US House of Representatives to launch a probe into accusations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump.
2017-12-13
Category: International, United States,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
AI will create more jobs than it eliminates: Gartner
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Contrary to the popular belief that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will cut physical jobs, a new report by Gartner on Wednesday said by 2020, AI will create 2.3 million jobs, while eliminating 1.8 million.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Delhi to cap profit percentage on drugs in private hospitals
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi government on Wednesday formed a nine-member committee which will work to cap the profit percentage on medicines and consumables in the city's private hospitals, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
MCDs allowing illegal construction: AAP
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday alleged that BJP-led MCDs were allowing unauthorized construction in the city -- if bribes were paid.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Repugnancy in Goa's polity, needs constructive politics: Parrikar
Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) There is a lot of quibbling in Goa's polity, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday, adding there is a need to reverse the trend and raise issues against the government in a more constructive way.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
More Pakistanis 'disappearing', says report
Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) More and more people are being picked up in Pakistan by security agencies "for reasons never disclosed", a commentary in a Pakistani newspaper said on Wednesday.
2017-12-13
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Patnaik launches Social Media Grievance Handling Mechanism
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, whose social media following has been rising steadily, on Wednesday launched an innovative Social Media Grievance Handling Mechanism that the state government hopes will rejuvenate the government-public interface.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Technology
Abraham and Thakore design India inspired carpet line for OBEETEE
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Ace designer duo Abraham and Thakore have collaborated with OBEETEE, one of the leading manufacturers of hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs in India, to unveil the second phase of the "Proud to be Indian" collection after a successful tie up with Tarun Tahiliani.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Flipkart completes buyback of Esops for $100 mn
Bengaluru, Dec 13 (IANS) Leading e-tailer Flipkart on Wednesday said it had completed buyback of Employees stock options (Esops) for $100 million (Rs 650 crore) from its present and former employees.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Business/Economy
Sonam Kapoor was amused over nepotism debate
Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor says the whole clamour over nepotism in the Hindi film industry this year left her amused because if one goes by the term's meaning in the dictionary, it is something that happens everywhere.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
'Tasting India...' brings focus to India's culinary richness
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The new edition of the symposium Tasting India: Farm to Table, which started here on Wednesday, aims to tap the country's culinary tourism potential and sustainable food culture, as well as initiate a dialogue to put India on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz
Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts extended till March 31
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The deadline to link the Aadhaar number with bank accounts has been extended by three months till March 31, the government announced on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court is set to commence hearing from Thursday on its mandatory linking to various schemes.
2017-12-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy