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  • The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Acharya Devvrat said that water - a source of life and a gift of nature to the mankind needs to be conserved and saved at all costs in all possible ways with collective efforts by one and all at all levels in an integrated and sustainable manner.

  • The Election Commission of India has set up a secure infrastructure facility for disseminating Trends and Results of General Elections of 5 Assemblies through its new website http://eciresults.nic.in.

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the terrorists who kill innocent people don’t deserve any “cover or privilege” of human rights.

    Addressing the Human Rights Day Function, organised in New Delhi by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Shri Naqvi said that it is unfortunate that some organizations and people are more interested in raising voice regarding “human rights” of these terrorists and those organizations who challenge the national security and kill innocent people.

  • The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 4.83% and together handled 461.21Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to November, 2018 as against 439.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a basic training programme at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The five-day training programme, aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at the airports, started today (December 10, 2018).

  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff is on a goodwill visit to Japan from 10-14 Dec 18. The visit is intended to further strengthen the existing defence cooperation between the air Forces of the two countries.

  • Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface Nuclear Capable Ballistic missile, was successfully launched from a canister on a road mobile launcher at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, today.

  • Kerala Governor Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam has said that the aim of the administrative machinery must be to translate the policies of the Government into action in such a way that the welfare of society is ensured.

  • Shri Shyam Sundar Besra, Chief Inspector of Ticket working in Asansol Division of Eastern Railway has been conferred the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award. He has been awarded for his novel “Marom” in Santhali language which is primarily based upon natural, social, economic and political conditions of Santhal Pargana.

  • Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) inaugurated the ‘India Day’, an official side event organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the development partners in the run up to the Partners’ Forum 2018, here today.

  • Both the ruling and opposition parties in Rajya Sabha today assured the Vice President and the Chairman Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu of their full cooperation for a productive Winter Session of the House beginning tomorrow.

  • The Chairman of ‘Duma’ of the Russian Parliament, Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin called for an enabling legislative framework to fully tap the immense potential of bilateral cooperation between India and Russia.

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    The Union Cabinet in its Meeting on 6th December, 2018 has approved the following proposal for streamlining the National Pension System (NPS).

     

    ·         Enhancement of the mandatory contribution by the Central Government for its employees covered under NPS Tier-I from the existing 10% to 14%.

    ·         Providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees.

  • Keeping in view our commitment to a healthy planet and our Nationally Determined Contributions as per the Paris Accord on Climate Change, India made a pledge that by 2030, 40% of installed power generation capacity shall be based on clean sources, it was determined that 175 GW of renewable energy capacity will be installed by 2022.

  • Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here today, ahead of the Winter Session 2018 of Parliament beginning tomorrow, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi said that Government is always receptive to the issues raised by all Political Parties and is ready to discuss all issues of national importance on the floor of both Houses of Parliament.

  • In a major operation launched by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, (DRI), Ministry of Finance against an organized smuggling syndicate, 66 kg of smuggled gold valued at about to Rs 21 crorehas been seized on 06th and 07th December, 2018.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO.

     

    “Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the Founder’s Week Celebrations of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, Gorakhpur in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh today (December 10, 2018).

  • The competent authority has decided to extend the Due Date for filing FORM GSTR-9, FORM GSTR-9A and FORM GSTR-9C till 31st March, 2019. The requisite FORMs shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly.

  • The Provisional Figures of Direct Tax Collections up to November, 2018 show that gross collections are at Rs. 6.75 lakh crore which is 15.7% higher than the gross collections for the corresponding period of last year.

  • He arrived state capital Nay Pyi Taw last night. India and Myanmar enjoy good political relations, depicted by several high-level visits in the last 18 months. Both countries have good cooperation in the region because Myanmar is a member of both ASEAN and BIMSTEC. 

    Today, the official engagements will start with the ceremonial welcome of President Kovind, followed by delegation level talks with Myanmar President U Win Myint and then a meeting with the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. 

    Talks will be held on a wide variety of issues ranging from connectivity, investment, people to people ties and agriculture. A Joint Statement will be adopted along with the signing of several agreements. In the evening, an official dinner will be hosted by the President of Myanmar and a small cultural performance will also be organised. 

  • With EU officials adamant the withdrawal deal is not up for renegotiation, May's move threw Britain's Brexit plans into disarray, battered the pound and intensified the country's political crisis.

    Two-and-a-half years after Britain voted to leave the EU, and with departure just over three months away on March 29, the country does not know on what terms it will leave and whether May will still be Britain's leader when it does.

     In an emergency statement to the House of Commons, May accepted that the divorce deal she struck last month with EU leaders was likely to be rejected "by a significant margin" if the vote were held Tuesday as planned.

     May said she would defer the vote so she could seek "assurances" from the EU and bring the deal back to Parliament. She did not set a new date for the vote.

     Lawmakers from the opposition and from May's Conservative Party were incredulous. "The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray," said opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

     Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading pro-Brexit Conservative, expressed despair. "It's not really governing," he said. "It's just an awful muddle."

     Monday's turmoil sent the pound to a 20-month low against the dollar of USD 1.2550. It was a new blow for May, who became prime minister after Britain's 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU.

     She has been battling ever since first to strike a divorce deal with the bloc, then to sell it to skeptical British lawmakers. May insisted the agreement hammered out with the EU after a year and a half of negotiations was "the best deal that is negotiable."

     But it has been scorned by lawmakers on all sides of Britain's debate about Europe. Derisive laughter erupted in the House of Commons when May claimed there was "broad support" for many aspects of the deal.

     Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the deal keeps Britain bound too closely to the EU, while pro-EU politicians say it erects barriers between the UK and its biggest trading partner and leaves many details of the future relationship undecided.

     The main sticking point is a "backstop" provision that aims to guarantee an open border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland after Brexit.

     The measure would keep Britain under EU customs rules, and is supposed to last until it is superseded by permanent new trade arrangements.

     Critics say it could leave Britain tied to the EU indefinitely, unable to strike new trade deals around the world. May said she would hold talks with EU leaders ahead of a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, seeking "further reassurances" over the backstop.

     "Nothing should be off the table," she said. EU leaders signalled they are prepared to help Britain, up to a point, but insisted the Brexit agreement could not be changed.

     "The deal is the deal," Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. "It's taken two years to put together. It's a fair deal for both sides."

     European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification."

     A key member of the European parliament's Brexit team, Green lawmaker Philippe Lamberts, predicted May's shuttle diplomacy would fail to secure changes.

     "The only net result of this round of capitals will be an additional amount of CO2 in the atmosphere," he said.

     Despite May's dogged determination to press on, the tumult leaves her in a precarious position.

     Conservative rivals are preparing for a potential leadership challenge, and Labour has threatened call for a no-confidence motion in the government.

     Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her Scottish National Party would support an attempt to topple the government and trigger a new election.

     "This shambles can't go on so how about it?" Sturgeon tweeted at Corbyn. Corbyn stopped short of calling a no-confidence vote Monday, but said if May could not renegotiate with the EU, "then she must make way."

     Delays in approving the Brexit deal increase the chances of Britain crashing out of the EU with no agreement. The government and the Bank of England have warned that could bring logjams to British ports and plunge the country into its deepest recession in decades.

     May said the government would step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit in order to mitigate its worst effects. It has already stockpiled medicines and other key goods.

     Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry, said the delay was "yet another blow for companies desperate for clarity." "Investment plans have been paused for two-and-a-half years," she said.

     "Unless a deal is agreed quickly, the country risks sliding towards a national crisis." May has also warned that rejecting her deal could result in Britain not leaving the EU at all.

     Some campaigners in the U.K. want just that. They got a boost Monday when the EU's top court ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit if it wants.

     Britain invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process. 

  • Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of its founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport on December 1 the same day that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China agreed to a 90-day cease-fire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.

     The US has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of US sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran.

     Her arrest has fuelled US-China trade tensions at a time when the two countries are seeking to resolve a dispute over Beijing's technology and industrial strategy.

     Both sides have sought to keep the issues separate, at least so far, but the arrest has roiled markets, with stock markets worldwide down again Monday.

     China formally protested to the ambassadors of both Canada and the United States over the weekend.

     In urging the court to reject Meng's bail request, a prosecutor said Friday the Huawei executive had vast resources and a strong incentive to bolt. She's facing fraud charges in the United States that could put her in prison for 30 years.

     On Monday, David Martin, Meng's lawyer, reiterated that Meng was willing to pay for a surveillance company to monitor her and wear an ankle monitor.

     Called by the defense, Scott Filer of Lions Gate Risk Management group said his company would make a citizen's arrest if she breaches bail conditions.

     Under the defense proposal, Meng's travels would be restricted to Vancouver and surrounding municipalities.

     Martin said Meng's husband would put up both of their Vancouver homes plus USD 1 million Canadian ($750,000) for a total value of USD 15 million Canadian (USD 11.2 million) as collateral.

     The hearing has sparked widespread interest, and the courtroom was packed again Monday with media and spectators, including some who came to support Meng.

     One man in the courtroom gallery brought binoculars to have a closer look at Meng, her lawyers and the prosecution team. Outside court a man and woman held a sign that read "Free Ms. Meng."

     Over the weekend, China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canadian Ambassador John McCallum and US Ambassador Terry Branstad. Le warned both countries that Beijing would take steps based on their response.

     Asked Monday what those steps might be, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said only that "it totally depends on the Canadian side itself."

     The Canadian province of British Columbia has already cancelled a trade mission to China amid fears China could detain Canadians in retaliation for Meng's detention.

     Stocks around the world fell Monday over investor concerns about the continuing US-China trade dispute, as well as the cloud hanging over Brexit negotiations after Britain's prime minister postponed a vote on her deal for Britain to exit the European Union.

     In the US, stocks were volatile, tumbling in the morning and then recovering ground in the afternoon.

     The Huawei case complicates efforts to resolve a US-China trade dispute. The United States has slapped tariffs on USD 250 billion in Chinese imports, charging that China steals American technology and forces US companies to turn over trade secrets.

     Tariffs on USD 200 billion of those imports were scheduled to rise from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on January 1. But over dinner December 1 with Xi in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trump agreed to delay the tariff increase for 90 days, buying time for more negotiations.

     Bill Perry, a trade lawyer with Harris Bricken in Seattle, said China's decelerating economy is putting pressure on Xi to make concessions before US tariffs go up.

     "They need a trade deal. They don't want the tariffs to go up to 25" percent, said Perry, who publishes the "US China Trade War" blog. "This is Damocles' sword hanging over the Chinese government."

     Huawei, the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies, has become the target of US security concerns because of its ties to the Chinese government.

     The US has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

     Lu, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, accused unnamed countries of hyping the "so-called" threat.

     "I must tell you that not a single piece of evidence have they ever presented to back their allegation," he said. "To create obstacles for companies' normal operations based on speculation is quite absurd."

     Canadian officials have declined to comment on Chinese threats of retaliation, instead emphasising the independence of Canada's judiciary and the importance of Ottawa's relationship with Beijing.

  • It may also signal more direct involvement of Donald Trump's White House, they said, in the nitty-gritty of the troubled negotiations, which depend on painstaking consensus building.  A US side event Monday promoting coal, gas and nuclear energy, led by special advisor to the president Preston Wells Griffith, reinforced that impression.

     "Alarmism should not silence realism," Griffith said before slogan-chanting protestors temporarily overwhelmed the venue. "We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability."

    Trump announced in June last year that the United States would pull out of the 197-party Paris Agreement, which enjoins nations to cap global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Since then, critics say the White House appears to have taken little interest in the frontline work of veteran US diplomats, whose input has been described as "constructive" even by delegates at odds with US positions. That changed on Saturday, during what started as a cut-and-dried meeting of a subsidiary body within the complex UN climate machinery.

     A bloc of 44 small island nations many facing an existential threat from storm surges engorged by rising seas -- called on the UN climate body to "welcome" a UN report on limiting global warming to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial levels. Earth's average surface temperature has already risen by about 1C.

     The motion quickly garnered "an avalanche of support" from more than 100 developed and developing countries, including the European Union, said Rueanna Hayne, a delegate from Saint Kitts and Nevis.

     "The report is obviously a game-changer for us," she told a news agency "It has to be mainstreamed into the UN process." Unveiled in October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "special report" concluded that CO2 emissions must drop a quarter within 12 years to stay under 2C, and by nearly half to cap warming at 1.5C, seen as a safer guardrail against catastrophic extreme weather.

     Most of those emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels, including oil, the mainstay of the Saudi economy. The United States disagreed with the motion.

     The fact that Washington had signed off in October on a "summary for policymakers" of the 1,000-page tome "doesn't imply endorsement of the specific findings," a US delegate said.

     Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia voiced similar reservations, and proposed that the UN climate body simply "note" the report, and not "welcome" it.

     The Saudi negotiator, visibly angry, seemed to be spoiling for a fight: "This is a warm up for what's coming," he cautioned. The issue -- unresolved -- was shelved. Reaction at the 12-day talks, scheduled to run through Friday, was fast and furious.

     "Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and especially the United States are rogue nations," said Christian Aid international climate lead Mohamed Adow. "These four major fossil fuel producers are working together against the interests of the rest of the world and jeopardising the chances of a safe climate."

     Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the US position was "deeply irresponsible and must not prevail".

     "I don't blame the professional US diplomats here in Poland," Meyer said. "The problem is right at the top with President Trump."

    Diplomats also slammed the US position. "Denial doesn't change the reality that climate change is already happening and is even worse than we feared," said Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Maldive's environment minister and head of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

     "Coral reefs will continue to bleach, forest fires will continue to burn, people will continue to die in droughts, heatwaves, storms, and from diseases, and the sea will continue to rise around us."

     In a statement released Monday amid the blowback, Saudi Arabia said "limited literature and scientific uncertainties" in the report "required further research and analysis".

     In point of fact, the IPCC report the most comprehensive in five years -- drew from more than 6,000 peer reviewed studies and was compiled by hundreds of scientists.

     Unexpectedly, how the UN climate forum recognises the 1.5C report has emerged as an issue that could derail the already fragile talks.

     "This is not mere word play," said Meyers. The discussion will move up the ladder a notch as ministers take charge on Tuesday for the final push to complete the so-called "rule book" for the Paris Agreement.

     "This is an issue we feel strongly about," said France's junior environment minister Brune Poirson, adding that the question was bound to come up later in the week. "It remains a live issue and must be addressed," said Hayne from Saint Kitts and Nevis. 

  • The BJP has alleged that a money trail of bribes went to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's bank account as it cited a news report which claimed he and  Priyanka Vadra had rented out their farmhouse to the firm of Jignesh Shah, prime accused in the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) case, when the UPA government was probing the multi-crore scam.

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, at a press conference, claimed that no action was taken against Shah because of the rent agreement between him and Gandhi.

  • In Chhattisgarh, counting centres have been set up in all the 27 district headquarters of the state. Elaborate security arrangements have also been made in Maoist-affected areas. Three layer security arrangement is in place at the counting centers. More than five thousand employees and one thousand five hundred micro observers have been deployed for the counting process.

    In Madhya Pradesh, the entire counting process will be video-graphed. Over 75 per cent polling was recorded in the state on the 28th of last month.  Counting of votes will be done in 306 counting rooms. One table for postal ballots along with 14 tables will be set up for counting of votes. Counting will begin by the postal ballots. After 30 minutes of counting of the postal ballots, counting will start from EVMs. The result of counting of each phase will be given to the counting agent and its calculation sheet will be given to the calculation agents appointed on the returning officer's table.

    In Rajasthan as well, eleborate preparations have been made for counting of votes in the 199 constituencies out of 200 seats that went to the polls. Meanwhile, re-polling at one polling station in Karanpur seat of Sriganganagar district is being held today. The Election Commission had re-polling following complaints of irregularities during the polls.

    In Telangana, counting centres have been set up at 43 locations most of which are at district headquarters. The EVMs are kept under three-tier security. Tight vigil and CCTV camera surveillance is being maintained. 73.2 per cent polling was recorded in Friday's polling. Meanwhile, predictions over the winning chances of various parties are making hot rounds. 

    In Mizoram, where polling was held on the 28th of last month, counting will be held in 40 counting halls spreading 13 counting centres. To supervise the counting process, observers and micro-observers will be deployed in all counting centres. All preparations are put in place for counting of votes, polled in 1,179 polling stations. The administration has issued order of ban on selling of liquor for three days from Monday.

  • In a major setback to Vijay Mallya, a UK court on Monday said that Mallya can be extradited to India, where he is wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores. Westminster Magistrates' Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that Mallya can be extradited to India to stand trial on the charges brought by the CBI and ED.

    Judge dismissed the plea by the defense and concluded that there is a prima facie case for extradition in relation to three possible charges. She said that if the conduct had occured in UK, it would constitute offenses of making false representation to make a gain for himself , conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. 

    The judge has referred the extradition case to the UK Secretary of State. The ruling marked a significant point in the high-profile extradition trial that has lasted over a year. 

    The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. The trial, which opened at the Magistrates' Court on December 4 last year, went through a series of hearings beyond the initial seven days earmarked for it. It opened with the Crown Prosecution Service team laying out the Indian government's prima facie case of fraud and money laundering against Mallya. CPS sought to establish a "blueprint of dishonesty" against the businessman and that there are no bars to his extradition on human rights grounds.

    As per the laws in UK if the judge is satisfied that all of the procedural requirements are met, and that none of the statutory bars to extradition apply, he or she must send the case to the Secretary of State for a decision to be taken on whether to order extradition. 

    However, the judge's decision on whether to send Mallya's case to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid can be appealed with the UK High Court's permission, with the person to be extradited entitled to make an application for permission to appeal to the High Court within 14 days of the date of the Chief Magistrate's ruling. On the other hand, the Indian government also has 14 days to file leave to appeal to the High Court, seeking permission to appeal against a decision not to extradite.

    Hailing the UK court order on Vijay Mallya's extradition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the offender who benefited during the UPA rule is being brought to the book by the NDA government.

    Jaitley Tweeted to welcome the judgement and drive home the point that No one who cheats India will go scot free. The Judgement of UK's  Court is welcome. 

    CBI has also welcomed the London court's order for extradition of Vijay Mallya to India. 

    Spokesperson for the agency said "We welcome the decision. We hope to bring him soon and conclude the case. The CBI has its own inherent strengths. We worked hard on this case. We are strong on law and facts and we were confident while perusing the extradition process," 

    Union Minister for I & B also tweeted to welcome the decision. he said that the UK court order of Vijay Mallya's extradition to India is a major victory in govt's war on UPA's scams. The govt's relentless persistence, under PM narendra modi's leadership and focus, has resulted in this win for India. 

    In case Mallya does not file an appeal, and Secretary of State agrees with the magistrate's decision, then he will extradited from the UK within 28 days of the Home Secretary's extradition order.

     

     

     

     

  • "On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years," Patel said in a statement.

    He added: "The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank's considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future."

  • All-party meeting convened by government ahead of the Winter session of Parliament was held in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as

    Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, and Arun Jaitley, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, CPI leader D Raja, TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay are attended the meeting.

    The meet condoled the demise of Ananth Kumar who was the Parliamentary affairs Minister.

    Prime Minister called for healthy discussion and debate during the session. He said that the government is ready to discuss all issues both in Parliament and outside Parliament. Government sought co-operation from political parties for smooth functioning of both the Houses during the meeting. 

    The winter session will have 20 sittings, during which eight important bills will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha and 15 in the Lok Sabha.

    The nearly month-long Winter session will be the last full-fledged session before the Lok Sabha elections next year. 

     

  • CBI has got 5 days custody of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. He was produced before the Patiala House court on Monday. 

    Michel was extradited to India from Dubai on 4 December. After questioning him for several hours, the CBI produced him to the special CBI court, which sent Michel to CBI custody for five days.

    The court had asked the CBI to provide all relevant documents including the charge sheet to Michel.

    Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI.

  • President Ramnath Kovind addressed Maharana Pratap Education Council programme at  Gorakhpur.

    Addressing the gathering, the President said that the prime motive of education is to make a person good human being.

    The President also awarded the meritorious students.

    The educational institution is run by Gorakhnath Muthh.

     

  • The indigenously developed Kaiga Atomic Power Station has set a new world record, with one of its units operating uninterrupted for more than 940 days. This is a record for all kinds of nuclear power-generating units, including advanced gas-based reactors in the world.

    The record was earlier held by Unit 2 of Heysham of the United Kingdom, which operated non-stop for 940 days. The same unit had set a world record in October this year, by operating uninterrupted for 894 days among Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors.

  • During weeklong celebrations, various rituals of Rama-Sita marriage are being performed with gaiety and religious fervor.

    “Dhanush Yagya” the bow breaking ceremony was held at famous Barabeegha ground on Sunday evening. Thousands of devotees from India and Nepal including hundreds of Sadhus attended the Dhanush Yagya ceremony.

    The “Swayamvar” and marriage ceremony will be held on Wednesday. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and his counterpart from Nepal’s Province 2, Lalbabu Raut will also grace the occasion.

    Vivah Panchami is observed on the fifth day of Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Margashirsha month of Hindu calendar. According to Hindu mythology on this day, Lord Rama, the eldest son of Ayodhya’s King Dashrath married Goddess Sita, the daughter of King Janak of Janakpur.

    The festival is observed every year to mark the occasion. Vivah Panchami also highlights age-old social and cultural bonding between India and Nepal that has been cherished for centuries.

  • Joint secretary of VHP Surendra Jain said that the aim is to create consensus among all political parties for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

    Meanwhile, Security has been beefed up in the national capital.

  • The army jawan accused of being involved in Bulandshahar violence Jitendra Malik alias Jeetu has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police.

    He was posted in the Army in Jammu and Kashmir and teams were sent to arrest him two days back. Army jawan Jitendra Malik has been brought to Siyana police station in Uttar Pradesh for further questioning.

    Till now 10 persons have been arrested in the case related to violence on Monday in which Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a villager were killed.

  • Le said--What the U.S. has done has seriously violated the legal and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen. China firmly opposes this wrongdoing and strongly urges the U.S. side to pay sincere attention to China's solemn position and withdraw Meng's arrest warrant.

  • The Kannur International Airport in Kerala was jointly inaugurated by Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday at Kannur.

    The first flight was to Abu Dhabi that took off from the airport at 9.55 hrs. It was jointly flagged off by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

    Kerala has become the first state in India to have four international airports. Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode are the other International airports in the state.

  • The second edition of Khelo India games will be held in Pune in January 2019. The inaugural event of Khelo India, which has been rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games, was held only for the Under-17 age group, while the second edition will also have Under-21 athletes participating in 18 disciplines. 

    Referring to 'Khelo India', Union Sports minister  Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said it is a grassroots sports programme that is providing a platform at the level of school students, which is of international level.

  • The IPCC report on the impacts of a temperature rise of 1.5C, had a significant impact when it was launched last October.

    Scientists and many delegates in Poland were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to this meeting "welcoming" the report.

    It was the 2015 climate conference that had commissioned the landmark study.

    The report said that the world is now completely off track, heading more towards 3C this century rather than 1.5C.

  • Polling started at 7.00 in the morning and ended at 3.00 in the afternoon.

    The districts where polling was conducted include- Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, South Salmara Mankachar,  Goalpara, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Hojai.

    Polling was held to elect representatives in ten thousand nine hundred and nine panchayat seats. These include 169 Zila Parishad members, 895 Anchalik Panchayat members, 895 Gaon Panchayat Presidents and 8 thuosand 9 hundred and 50 gaon Panchayat members.

    First phase of polling in 16 districts of the State was held on 5th of this month with participation of over 70 per cent voters.

    The counting of votes will be held on 12th of December.

     

  • A massive 85.1 per cent polling was witnessed in five districts of Jammu division, while encouraging 49.6 per cent was witnessed in five districts of Kashmir division.

    The highest 89.8 per cent was recorded in Reasi district of Jammu region.

    Kathua district recorded 84 percent polling followed by 83.69 percent in Samba district. In the border district of Rajouri, 82.54 percent electorate exercised their franchise in this phase.

    The panchayat elections were held after a gap of 13 years with the first phase of polling on November 17.

    The last phase is scheduled to be held on December 11.

  • The encounter ensued late in the afternoon when a joint team of security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Mujgund area after inputs about the presence of terrorists. 

    As the joint team zeroed in on a suspected house, terrorists hiding inside opened fire which was retaliated by the joint team, triggering a fierce gunfight. Three terrorists were killed in the encounter. 

    The house where terrorists were hiding was damaged during the operation. A couple of other residential houses were reported to have been damaged during the counter-terror operation.

    More than 225 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year.

    Meanwhile, Kishtwar Police arrested a wanted terrorist Reyaz Ahmed. He is a hardcore motivator of youth who encourages them to joining militancy and terrorist activities.SSP Rajinder Gupta said that police has launched a manhunt to effect certain more arrests shortly.

  • The books are collection of 95 of his selected speeches out of a total of 243 speeches made by the President in the first year of his office.

    They have been divided into 8 sections.

    Speaking on the occasion, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that the valuable collection of speeches by the President captures India's rich cultural mosaic and diversity while adding that the President has often asked for empathy, fraternity, mutual dignity and generosity of spirit during his speeches.

    The Vice President also congratulated the Ministry of Information and  Broadcasting and the Publications Division, for bringing out these titles with a beautiful layout and design, that speaks to the young and old alike.

    In her speech, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, President Kovind's knowledge and command over diverse topics shine through his speeches.

    She said, President Kovind is able to infuse the depth of knowledge inherited from country's ancient past in his speeches.

    Addressing the gathering, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore expressed pride that India's leadership comes from the grassroot levels.

    He said, it is one of the proudest moments to be able to publish the President's speeches and preserve them.

    In his welcome address, Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Amit Khare said the President's speeches reflect his simplicity and humility while adding that his words will eternally serve as a beacon of light for not only the policy-makers of the country, but also for the civilians alike.

    Speaking on the occasion, Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said the President's speeches bespeak about his deep concern for fellow citizens while adding that President's words carry the true essence of the Indian constitution.

    The building blocks of this book are equality, egalitarianism and education.

    The book has been conceived to help the readers navigate through the vision and thought that the President delves upon, especially with relation to the vision of nation and individual citizen's duty towards the nation.
     

  • The 26-year-old model took the title at the 68th annual Miss World contest held in Sanya, China.

    This year each continent had a winner Miss World 2018 Asia and Oceania is Miss Thailand who is also the runner-up. A total of 118 contestants participated in the contest this year.

  • OPEC, the group of 14 nations, will cut crude oil output by 8 lakh barrels per day, while Russia and its allied producers would slash around 4 lakh barrels.

    This was stated by Iraq's Oil Minister Thamer Abbas al-Ghadhban after the meeting of OPEC members and its allies in Vienna yesterday.

    The agreement is set to be implemented from next month.

    OPEC and its partners, which together account for around half of global output, say a glut in the market has led to oil prices falling by more than 30 per cent in two months.
     

  • India started of their final pool match with a goal in the first quarter.

    Harmanpreet Singh scored in the 12th minute through a penalty corner, giving India an early lead in the match.

    But after the opening goal, the second quarter went goalless as both teams failed to find the back of the net.

    In the third quarter, Floris van Son stunned the Indian team, scoring the equaliser for Canada.

    In the final quarter of the match, Indian attackers upped the ante and scored four goals in quick succession to take the game away from Canada.

    Lalit Upadhyay scored twice while  Chinglensana Singh and Amit Rohidas scored a goal each in the last quarter, helping India register a thumping win against the World No.11 team.

    BELGIUM BEAT SOUTH AFRICA 5-1

    Olympic silver medalists Belgium defeated South Africa 5-1 in their final pool match of the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.

    Nicholas Spooner scored in the 1st minute of the game to give South Africa 1-0 lead.

    But after that Belgium changed their gear and scored 3 goals within a span of 9 minutes to make it 3-1 in favor of Belgium.

    Alexander Hendrickx scored Belgium's first goal in 14th minute. Soon  Simon Gougnard scored a beautiful goal to give Belgium lead in the match.

    Towards the end of 2nd quarter Red Lions scored 2 more goals to increase Belgium's lead.

    In the last quarter Belgium scored one more goal to seal the match 5-1.

  • Speaking in the concluding session of Jagran Forum in New Delhi Amit Shah claimed that BJP would form government in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

    Referring to NRC, BJP president said that it would pave way to the solution of one of the basic problems of the country.

    BJP President said that demonetisation was a very successful move that streamlined the country's economy.

     

  • Enforcement Directorate had booked Sasikala and her relative V Bhaskaran for allegedly purchasing equipment for a TV channel in 1996 from a foreign country where they allegedly routed payments via illegal means.

    The Enforcement Directorate had alleged that as chairperson-cum-director of JJTV Private Limited, Sasikala authorised the company's managing director and her nephew V. Bhaskaran to negotiate and enter into a contract with any foreign supplier of a transponder facility for the launch of a Tamil satellite television channel in the early 1990s.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that the valuable collection of speeches by the President captures India's rich cultural mosaic and diversity.

    The Vice President also congratulated the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for bringing out the books in an excellent and professional format.

    Describing President Ram Nath Kovind as a person associated with the common man, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that President Kovind through his ideas have guided the nation.

    Addressing the gathering, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said that it's a proud moment to publish the speeches of the President and to treasure them forever.

    Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Amit Khare said that the President's speeches reflect his simplicity and humility while adding that his words will eternally serve as a beacon of light for not only the policy-makers of the country, but also for the civilians alike.

    Speaking on the occasion, Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said the President's speeches bespeak about his deep concern for fellow citizens while adding that President's words carry the true essence of the Indian constitution.

  • Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest.

    Families of young trainees also gathered to witness the spectacular event.
     

  • The leaders discussed enhancing cooperation in trade & investment, renewable energy, specially geothermal energy, blue economy with a focus on fisheries, tourism and culture at the delegation-level talks.

    Sushma Swaraj said that Iceland is a world leader in geothermal energy and cooperation in this sector could benefit our transition to greener energy mix and help in achieving our ambitious renewable energy targets.

    Foreign Affairs Minister of Iceland arrived in New Delhi on Friday.

  • Sitapur SP Prabhakar Chaudhary has been appointed SSP Bulandshaher. He replaces Krishna Bahadur Singh who has now been transferred to DGP Headquarters, Lucknow.

    Five more people allegedly involved in the violence were arrested yesterday. IG Crime of Uttar Pradesh SK Bhagat said all the five arrested persons have been  identified on basis of video footage.

  • Police, the accident occurred at Plera in Mandi area when the driver of the bus, coming from Loran to Poonch, lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a curve and rolled down into a 100-meter gorge. 

    Six persons were found dead on the spot and five more succumbed to injuries while being evacuated from the scene.

    They added that two more succumbed to injuries at a local hospital. He said condition of four of the injured persons was stated to be critical and are being airlifted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu for specialised treatment.

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief and anguish over the loss of precious lives in the tragic road accident.
     

  • In Reasi district, an all-time high of 90 percent polling was registered followed by 84.83 percent in Jammu district.

    Kathua district recorded 84 percent polling followed by 83.69 percent in Samba district. In the border district of Rajouri, 82.54 percent electorate exercised their franchise in this phase.

    43 Sarpanch and 681 Panch posts were elected unopposed in this Phase, while voting took place for the remaining 331 Sarpanch and 2007 Panch Halqas for which 6,304 candidates were in the fray. The counting of votes began immediately after polling was over by 2 p.m.
     

  • "Our position has not changed and as far as we're concerned the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on the 29th of March 2019," spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told reporters.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with the president of the commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Sunday to give him "an update on the state of play" as she prepares to take the deal to parliament.

    And earlier Monday, the European Court of Justice ruled that Britain has the unilateral right to withdraw its plan to leave the European Union if it so decides before Brexit day at the end of March. But Andreeva said the court decision does not alter the European negotiating position. "We have an agreement on the table that was endorsed by the EU council in Article 50 format on the 25th of November. As president Juncker said, this deal is the best and only deal possible. We will not renegotiate," she said.

  • Armed Forces Flag Day has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949.

    Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and air personnel of India.
     

  • Addressing the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he said Government has launched 'Ayushman Bharat Yojana'  to cover more than 10 crore vulnerable families by providing a coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. He added that this will be a game-changer in terms of accessing healthcare services in India.

    Health Minister J P Nadda said that ensuring the highest standards of medical education is a top priority for the government.

  • Calcutta High Court rapped the WB Govt for not responding to BJP's application for permission to hold the rath yatra. The court called the no-response of the state government as an astounding silence.

    The Calcutta High Court on Thursday rejected the BJP's petition to allow the party to hold rath yatras in West Bengal, scheduled to be flagged off by BJP national president Amit Shah from Cooch Behar on Friday.

    West Bengal government said the yatra might cause communal tension.

    After the court's observation..the party decided to postpone the proposed rally and yatra of the party's president in Coochbehar..Amit Shah has said..Yatras have only been postponed and not cancelled..

    He said the party will hold the Yatra in West Bengal..and no one can stop him from doing so.

    BJP National President Amit Shah hit out at the Mamata Banerjee government and alleged that maximum political killings have happened in the state.

    He also said the entire administration is working for the ruling TMC.

    BJP President's programme is to hold 3 Rath Yatras..in different parts of the state..and in 42 Lok sabha election areas.

    BJP had planned to start the campaign from Coochbehar in the north on 7th December..then South 24 Pargnas district on the 9th and Birbhoomi on the 14th.

    TMC workers forcibly tried to stop the vehicles of the BJP supporters in Coochbehar..but the matter is in the courts now..and with the decision to be taken by the administration..it remains to be seen what they finally decide.

    BJP President Amit Shah on Friday lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not allowing BJP's rathyatra in Cooch Behar. He added that Mamata Banerjee is scared of BJP and that is why she is acting vindictively.

    Amit Shah said that law and order situation in West Bengal is worst ever under Mamata Banerjee government.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates that maxim of 'Maximum Governance' and 'Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas' are basic mantras for realising the dream of New India; Says govt's focus is on 5 mantras of capability, resources, culture, tradition and security for making new India a reality.

    The Prime Minister was speaking at the diamond jubilee celebrations of Dainik Jagran in New Delhi. He also inaugurated two day Jagran forum where he released postage stamp commemorating 75th years of Jagran Newspaper.

    Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Manoj Sinha also attended the function.

    The Prime Minister lauded the role of media in converting initiatives like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao as a National movement.

  • Defence sources said that Pakistani forces resorted to unprovoked firing along LoC in Machhil Sector of Kupwara district. They said, Indian forces retaliated in a befitting manner.  

    In another incident, one BSF jawan was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Surankote sector of Rajouri district  in Jammu region.

     Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing targeting Indian forward locations. Indian forces retaliated effectively.

  • Speaking to media in New Delhi after the meeting of the Cabinet, Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu said, farmers will get the benefit of export opportunities through a stable trade policy regime. 

    He said, the policy will remove export curbs on most organic and processed food and will also diversify farm product exports. 

  • Cabinet has approved agriculture export policy in line with government's commitment to double farmer's income by 2022. This will harness the immense export potential in India's agri sector and will make it a global agri hub. The aim is to push up agri current exports from 30 bn dollars to 60 bn dollars by 2022.

    In another decision, Cabinet gave its approval to set up 15 Technology Innovation Hubs and several other Hubs under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems.

    The Cabinet approval to Amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 ensures representation of opposition in the Trust.

    Cabinet has given its go ahead to the implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam project on river Ravi in Punjab. This will help minimise waste of Ravi's waters that at present flow downstream to Pakistan.

    An in principle approval has been given for strategic sale of the Govt of India's 52.63% equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation to Power Finance Corporation  as well as a transfer of management control.
     

  • The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna ahead of talks with allies such as Russia on Friday and amid a drop in crude prices caused by global economic weakness and fears of an oil glut due largely to a rise in U.S. production.

    The producer group's de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, has indicated a need for steep reductions in output from January but has come under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to push oil prices lower.

    Ahead of a key decision on output cuts, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister, Khalid Al Falih, has said that the views of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be taken into consideration, before a final decision is taken by the major oil producing nations. The Saudi Energy Minister recalled the bilateral meeting between India and Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the G20 meeting last week in Buenos Aires. He said Prime Minister Modi "put his consumer centric views on oil prices very strongly.

    Expectations had been for a joint cut of between 1 and 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd), until Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said before the meeting that the "OPEC+" group would be happy with a cut of just 1 million bpd.

    OPEC delegates have said OPEC and its allies could cut output by 1 million barrels per day if Russia contributed 150,000 bpd of that reduction.

    Meanwhile Qatar has announced its exit from the oil grouping.

    Now all eyes are on Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, who flew back from Vienna  for possible talks with President Vladimir Putin.

     

  • India on Monday earned a hard-fought 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series after beating Australia by 31 runs in the opening cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval here.

    This is the sixth Test win for India on Australian soil.

    Interestingly, this is the first time India have won the first Test match of a series in Australia.

    Chasing a massive 323, Australia’s lower middle order gave a tough fight in their second innings against an inspired Indian bowling attack before being eventually bundled out for 291 just before tea on the final day.For the tourists, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three wickets apiece while veteran Ishant Sharma also took a wicket.

    Earlier, resuming the day at 104/4, the hosts soon lost overnight batsman Travis Head (14) with the scoreboard ticking 115/5.

    Head fell to a short pitched delivery from the experienced Ishant that resulted in a simple catch by Ajinkya Rahane at gully. The hosts still had a ray of hope with the other overnight batter Shaun Marsh (60) and captain Tim Paine (41) raising 41 runs for the sixth wicket before Bumrah packed away the former.

    Bumrah jolted the Australians once again just at the stroke of lunch by getting Paine caught behind, leaving the hosts to the tail to achieve the target.

    It was always going to be a tall ask for the tailenders to survive two full sessions but the Australians — Pat Cummins (28), Mitchell Starc (28), Nathan Lyon (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (13) — batted their skin out to reduce the deficit to only 31 runs.

    Needing three wickets for an outright win, the Indian attack seemed to be on a mission as Shami started the post-lunch session with the wicket of Starc after the Aussie quick put on 59 runs for the eighth wicket with fellow pacer Cummins.

    Starc’s departure brought in Lyon, who doubled his effort of getting six wickets in India’s second innings, with a solid 47-ball unbeaten 38 and more importantly being involved in two crucial stands.

    Lyon first raised 31 runs for the 9th wicket with Cummins before adding another 32 runs for the final wicket with Hazlewood to leave the Indians frustrating before Ashwin managed to get Hazlewood caught by Lokesh Rahul to guide India to a fabulous victory.

    Brief Scores: India 250, 307 (Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Ajinkya Rahane 70; Nathan Lyon 6/1 22) beat Australia 235 and 291 (Shaun Marsh 60, Tim Paine 41; Mohammed Shami 3/65, Jasprit Bumrah 3/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/92) by 31 runs.

  • He was addressing the Raising Day function of Civil Defence and Home Guards in New Delhi on Thursday. 

    Singh said they can also play a pro-active role in maintaining law and order situation, adding that the Civil Defence personnel are the first respondents in any incident. 

  • Several MPs supporting Ranil Wickresminghe had asserted that Rajapksa does not hold the post of Prime minster after parliament approved a no-confidence motion against him last month.

    Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has assured that he will instruct his officials to make changes to the website. Sri Lanka is without a prime minster or government since Monday after a court of appeal restrained Mr. Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning.

    Meanwhile, the political imbroglio continues and Supreme Court continued its hearing on petition against dissolution of parliament. The judgement is expected tomorrow or early next week.

    President Maithripala Sirsena has refused to reappoint Wickremsinghe even if he has the majority support. 

    Wickremesinghe responded by saying that refusing to appoint him despite showing a parliamentary majority is the President's problem.

    He asserted that there is a parliamentary democracy and the President has to work with the Parliament. Sources said there are some back channel negotiations going on to resolve the impasse but it will be made clear only after the court judgment. 

  • The chief minister met Singh's wife and two sons at his Kalidas Marg residence.

    "The CM has given assurance to the victim's family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies," UP DGP OP Singh, who was also present there, told reporters.He said Adityanath had decided that the government would pay off the education loan that the family had taken.

    "The chief minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this difficult time and ensure justice for us. He said strict action will be taken against those involved," the victim's son Shrey Singh said.

    Adityanath had declared on Monday a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for the wife, Rs 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of his family.

    The chief minister had ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western UP district.

     

  • Spain's Albert Beltran (ninth minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th minute) scored in the first half to put their team ahead.

    But New Zealand's Hayden Phillips (50th minute) and Kane Russell's (56th minute) strike helped their team register a thrilling draw.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars and normally announces the host, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Hart, 39, who also starred in 2017 film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" follows talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who took on the gig in 2018 and 2017.

    The job of hosting the Oscars is one of the most prestigious but also the most difficult in show business as hosts have to navigate the expectations of the A-list audience in the theater and millions tuning in on television, with a combination of topical and insider jokes.

    Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22 next year, with the televised ceremony taking place LIVE in Hollywood on February 24.

  • In Telangana, voting held for 119 assembly seats for which 1821 candidates including 139 women are in the fray.

    There are about 2.8 crore electors including about 4.6 lakh differently abled voters. Election has set up 32 thousand 815 polling stations across the state. TRS and BJP are contesting alone while Congress, TDP, Telangana Jana Samiti and CPI have formed an alliance.

    TRS is contesting in all 119 seats while the BJP is in the fray in 118 seats. The Congress is fighting in 99 seats. Election Commission has made extensive arrangements for differently abled voters by providing ramp, wheel-chair and volunteers at all polling stations. They are also provided transport from their home to the polling station and back.

    After a hard fought campaign in Rajasthan and Telangana, voting held for assembly seats in the two states. In Rajasthan, over 2,000 candidates are in the fray for 199 assembly seats in Rajasthan.

    Votes are being cast at 51,687 polling booths, of which 259 are exclusively managed by women officials and security personnel. There are 4 crore 74 lakhs 37 thousand 761 voters in the state.

    Congress and BJP are in a straight fight in the states. Vasundhara Raje led BJP government is hoping to return to power while Congress is trying its best to encash on anti-incumbancy. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25. Election to the Ramgarh seat in Alwar has been counter-manded due to the demise of the BSP candidate.