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  • Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Special Envoy of the President of Maldives called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today afternoon.

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Nair Coal Services Pvt. Ltd., Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (CS) Ltd. and Naresh Kumar & Co. Pvt. Ltd.  to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 3(1

  • The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated an exhibition on “INDIA @ 70: THE JAMMU & KASHMIR SAGA” on the occasion of 70

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that “Hunar Haat”, being organised across the country by Minority Affairs Ministry have become a “credible brand” to fulfil the commitment of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra

  • An expert team of IAF mountaineers had successfully scaled highest peaks of six different continents earlier and had recently embarked upon its culminating expedition to Mt Vinson in Antarctica to complete Mission Seven Summits. A five member team led by Gp Capt RC Tripathi VM(G) was fl

    1. I am happy to be here for the inauguration of the “International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions” being organised by Nalanda University in partnership with the Vietnam Buddhist University
  • Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, today inaugurated the 6th International Commerce Conference 2018 of the Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics. Themed on ‘Digital Outr

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 4th International Conference on D

  • Indian Railways continues to take steps based on new technology to facilitate execution of its various activities. It has now been decided to introduce modern Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Kiosk Machines for quick & easy printing of tickets booked through UTS App for mobile phones by

  • The Union Minister of State for Ministry of Law, Justice and Corporate Affairs, Shri P.P. Chaudhary said that Independent Directors are watchpersons of Corporate entities. The MOS (Law, Justice and Corporate Affairs), Sh

  • In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that Indian heritage and culture are very rich and teach the world about peace.

  • Due to intensive efforts undertaken by the Income Tax Department, provisional attachment has been made in more than 900 cases of properties under the Prohibit

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid homage to Former Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, on his Punya Tithi.

  • The appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal based on the recommendation of the SCSC, for appointment of Dr. Sivan K, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC )as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission vice Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, with a te

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that

  • Union Home Minister Shri  Rajnath Singh today reviewed the functioning of the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner in New Delhi.  Union Home Secretary, RGI and senior officers of the office of RGI and Home Ministry were also present in the meeting. 

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other experts, organized by NITI Aayog, on the theme “Economic Policy – The Road Ahead.”

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other experts, organized by NITI Aayog, on the theme “Economic Policy – The Road Ahead.”

  • 25th Raising Day of Army Air Defence was celebrated on 10th January 2018.  On the occasion, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General & Senior Colonel Commandant AAD along with Lt Gen P S Jaggi and veterans laid the wreaths and paid homage to the braves in a solemn ceremony organised a



  • The Supreme Court today set up a three-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by former Delhi High Court judge Justice S N Dhingra to supervis...




  • India today said talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terrorism can go ahead with Pakistan. Replying to a media query in New Delh...




  • United States today said that it is working with partners to secure India's Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG membership. In his first addres...



  • The national space agency ISRO is all set to launch the “Cartosat-2 Series” satellite using the PSLV rocket into space tomorrow morning.It will lift off at 9.29 hours Friday from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh, about 90 kilometers off Chennai.



  • The President Ram Nath Kovind has said India's Act East policy aims at sharing not merely economic opportunities but at an integration of dreams and hopes of people of India and South East Asia. Inaugurating the 4th International Conference on Dharma-Dhamma at Rajgir in Bihar, the President said that the timing of this conference is very appropriate as we are marking the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership.



  • US President Donald Trump today said, Washington could conceivably return to the landmark Paris climate agreement but did not indicate any move in that direction.



  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred auditor major Price Waterhouse's network entities from issuing audit certificates to any listed company in India for two years after finding it guilty in the multi-crore Satyam scam.



  • The Delhi High Court today rejected the bail plea of Sukesh Chandrashekar, the middleman arrested in the Election Commission bribery case allegedly involving sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran and others.



  • Former world and Asian champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) and world silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) advanced to the finals of the National Women's Boxing Championships in Rohtak today.


  • Nominations will be filed on January 24 and candidates can withdraw their names by January 28 and final list of names of the candidates in fray will be published the next day.

    Polling will be held on February 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM. All seven provinces will elect 8 members each through an Electoral College comprising of members of state assemblies and chief and deputy chiefs of local bodies.

    The president will appoint remaining 3 members on the recommendation of government.

  • The ED had summoned Karti for recording his statement in the money laundering case.

    The law enforcement agency had registered a case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Karti and others in May last year.

    It had lodged an Enforcement Case Information Report against the accused named in the CBI complaint which included Karti Chidambaram, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, and others.

    Karti is facing a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the finance minister.

  • These attachments include plots of land, flats, shops, jewellery, vehicles, and deposits in bank accounts and fixed deposits among others.

    The value of properties under attachment is more than Rs. 3,500 crore including immovable properties of more than Rs. 2,900 crore.

    The Department had set-up 24 dedicated Benami Prohibition Units under its Investigation Directorates all over India in May, 2017 to ensure swift action in respect of Benami properties.

    In five cases, the provisional attachments of Benami properties, amounting to more than 150 crore rupees have been confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority.

    In another case, post demonetization, two assessees were found depositing demonetized currency into multiple bank accounts in the names of their employees, associates.

    Act also allows for prosecution of the beneficial owner, the benamidar and the abettor to benami transactions, which may result in rigorous imprisonment up to 7 years and fine upto 25% of fair market value of the property.

  • Addressing the event, Gadkari said over 1.5 lakh youth will get employment at Jawahar Lal Nehru port trust SEZ in Mumbai in next 3 years.

    The terminal is being built under Sagarmala project at a cost of Rs. 300 Crore and is expected to be completed by December 2019. The terminal will draw 7 lakh tourists per annum.

    The project is aimed at promoting cruise tourism for jobs and growth. Spread across 2 hectare, the Terminal is being constructed to the best global benchmarks to berth super-liner cruise ships. It will have facilities like shopping malls, duty free shops, restaurants and hotels.

  • Natarajan remained absent in the past hearings of the case, citing health reasons.

    In July 2010, a CBI special court had sentenced Natarajan and three others, including his nephew, to two years of imprisonment. In November last year, the Madras High Court upheld the verdict.

  • Mr. Rajapakse said if  Supreme court rules that incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena can remain in office for full six year term, then both he and former President Chandrika Kumaraunga could contest the next Presidency. He was reacting to Mr. Sirisena’s reference to Supreme court seeking opinion on whether he can stay in office for six years till 2021. 

    A five-bench held an open court hearing on Thursday where the Attorney General opined that the President can stay in office till 2021. The court has said that it will communicate its decision to President in coming days.

    The 19th amendment, passed by Parliament in May, 2015 has made an individual holding Presidential polls for two terms, ineligible to contest the elections again while  limiting the Presidential term to five years.

  • Addressing his inaugural press conference in New Delhi a short while back, Juster said that the US is closely working for India's membership to elite Nuclear Suppliers Group.
     

  • The Conference is being organised by Nalanda University in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Religion and Society, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs with an aim to provide an opportunity to academics and policy makers from India and abroad to share ideas and build collaboration for a better world.

    Addressing the gathering, the President said that Buddhism promoted pluralism and diversity of thoughts.

    President said that anyone who has been touched by Lord Budha has embraced the process of ceaseless and constant striving to becoming a better person.

  • Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra while addressing a press conference today said that Siddaramaiah is reiterating Congress policy of appeasement and its hatred for Hindus.

    Sambit Patra also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for spreading hate against the BJP.

  • Backed by the Trump administration, the legislation 'Securing America's Future Act' if passed by Congress and signed into law by US President Donald Trump will end the diversity visa programme and reduce the overall immigration levels from currently averaging 1.05 million to 260,000 a year.

     

     

     

  • It is the latest in over 100 real-size exhibits displayed in the museum which showcases the glory of a bygone era.

    Built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, the rail-cum-road-borne railway system was one of its kind in the world.

    This unique monorail hauled by steam locomotives is one of its kind in the world and has been made available for visitors every Thursday.

  • In a tweet he said "We pay homage to Shastri Ji on his Punya Tithi. His impeccable service and courageous leadership will be remembered for generations to come."

    Shastri was born in 1904 and held office between June, 1964 and January, 1966. He passed away on this day in 1966. He led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. His slogan of 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' (Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer) became a clarion call and is still remembered. 

     

  • Abhijeet Mankar, owner of '1 Above' pub, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the December 29 Kamala Mills fire. The 30-year-old hotelier was on the run along with co-owners of the pub, Kripesh Sanghavi and Jigar Sanghavi, since the day of the incident.

    The Mumbai Police had on Wednesday night arrested Jigar and Kripesh Sanghvi from Andheri. During the interrogation, the police got the information about Mankar's whereabouts and later apprehended him from Marine Lines. All the three accused will be produced before the court today.

    The trio had been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code.

    Now the investigating teams is in search of Yug Tulli, owner of Mojo's Bistro pub, who is also on the run. Last week, Tulli's partner in Mojo's, Yug Pathak was arrested.

    On December 29, fire had swept through 1 Above and adjacent Mojo's Bistro resto pub in Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai, resulting in the death of 14 people.

  • Addressing the gathering, Gadkari said the terminal is being built at the cost of 6500 crs rupees and over 1.5 lakh youth will get employment at Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust SEZ in Mumbai in next 3 years.

     

  • According to a press release issued by the commission, nomination will filed on January 24. Candidates can withdraw their names on January 28 and final list will be published on the next day.

    Polling will be held on February 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

    All seven provinces will elect 8 members each through an Electoral College comprising of members of state assemblies and chief and deputy chiefs of local bodies.

    The president will appoint remaining 3 members on the recommendation of government.

  • Five thieves carried out the heist at the luxury hotel in late afternoon. Three were arrested while two others got away. There were no injuries.

    The former home of fashion designer Coco Chanel and author Marcel Proust, the Ritz was a favourite drinking hole of American writer Ernest Hemingway. It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the car crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel's owner Mohammed al-Fayed.

    Armed heists targeting jewellery stores are not uncommon in the ultra chic avenues near Place Vendome square in central Paris where the Ritz is located.

  • A Jewish school was also attacked after demonstrations broke out in the North African country on Sunday (January 9) as people protest against new tax and price increases imposed by the government on January 1 to reduce a ballooning deficit and satisfy foreign lenders.

    Since starting with one small protest - just days before the 7th anniversary of the Arab Spring movement that convulsed North Africa and the Middle East in 2011 - the demonstrations have spread to more than 20 towns across the country.

    Police fired teargas to disperse crowds in Tunis and in Tebourba, a small town nearby where one protester was killed in Monday, witnesses said.

     

  • The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen were introduced at the club's headquarters in New York, and joined the world's largest purebred dog registry that now recognizes 192 breeds.

    The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is included in the Sporting Group. The dog originated in Europe around the 14th century and was a favorite of Dutch nobility, often seen in the paintings of the Dutch Masters. They are energetic and friendly and need work according to the AKC.

    The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) joins the hound group, and was bred as a rabbit and hare hunter in France. The dog is laid-back at home, but is known for its stamina and speed during hunts.

    Megan Esherick, owner of nine-year-old GBGV Juno said that the breed's friendly nature makes the pet a good "family dog."

    Both breeds are eligible to compete in dog shows in their respective groups starting January 1, 2018.

    To become an AKC-recognized breed, there must be a minimum number of dogs of at least 300 to 400 individuals in the United States, spread over at least 20 different states. There also needs to be a national breed club with an active breeding program in the country.

    A new cat breed was also introduced at the event by the International Cat Association.

    The partially hairless, bright yellow-eyed cat called "Lykoi" joins the association's registry. The name of the breed is a play on the Greek word for werewolf, to which the cat is said to bare a striking resemblance.

    Their distinct look is the result of a natural mutation of the domestic short-haired cat, and despite their similarities, the Lykoi is not genetically related to the hairless Sphinx cat.

  • Three modified Chevrolet Traverses will transport the pope in front of crowds during his visit to the South American country.

    Pope Francis arrives to Lima on January 18 with additional stops in Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo after a three-day visit to Chile that starts on January 15.

    The popemobiles, which came from Colombia, have been slightly modified after Pope Francis had a small mishap during his trip there last September.

    On his last day in the Andean country, the pope lost his balance and bumped his head while riding in the popemobile. He was left with a visibly bruised cheekbone and cut on his left eyebrow, but was not seriously injured.

  • Flash floods there on Tuesday swept immense amounts of mud, water and debris down from foothills that were stripped of brush by the recent Thomas wildfire.

    Authorities say at least 100 homes have been destroyed. Hundreds of firefighters and others are hunting through the mud and wreckage. Three people were rescued Wednesday and authorities say about 75 per cent of the devastated area has been searched.

    California's main north-south coastal highway will remain closed until at least Monday after a storm caused deadly mudslides in fire-scarred areas of Montecito and adjacent Santa Barbara County.

    The California Department of Transportation says some 30 miles of southbound Interstate 101 will remain shut while crews clear mud, water and debris that swamped entire sections of the road on Tuesday.

    The road is closed from Milpas Street in Santa Barbara at the north end to the junction with State Route 126 in Ventura. About 12 miles of northbound lanes between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara also remain closed. The road is in an area where rescuers are searching for people who may have been trapped.

    At least 100 homes were destroyed and 15 people killed. California authorities say 100 single-family homes were destroyed in the flash-floods that struck the coastal enclave of Montecito and adjacent areas of Santa Barbara County.

    A county statement Wednesday says an additional 300 homes were damaged. Eight commercial properties were also destroyed and 20 were damaged.

    The flash-floods struck in the early morning hours Tuesday when a huge amount of rain fell in a few minutes on hills and mountain slopes stripped bare last month by the largest wildfire in recorded California history. The fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures. 

  • "If the South Korean authorities really want detente and peace, they should first stop all the military acts they have waged with the US against their brethren," an article in the Workers' Party of North Korea's newspaper Rodong Sinmun said.

    The manoeuvers were the main source of tension and were taking Korea into a dangerous phase in which the situation may be unpredictable, the news article said.

    Pyongyang's call was expected to be put back on the table when both countries resume military talks under the agreement reached at their historic meeting held on January 9.

    The exact dates of the future talks were to be announced by Seoul later this week.

    The call also came a few days after Seoul and Washington agreed to delay their annual military manoeuvers until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in February, a decision which has led to this moment of rapprochement between the two Koreas.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also stressed in the article the need to alleviate the serious military tensions between North Korea and South Korea, and prepare a peaceful environment on the peninsula.

    Military tension leads to a vicious circle of confrontation, according to the North Korean state newspaper.

    It also added that diminishing the risks of war on the Korean peninsula was an important issue for the unification of people and the reunification of the country, which they have to carry out without intervention.

    Rodong Sinmun concluded that the US is constantly aggravating the situation with the aim of achieving world supremacy.

  • SEASONAL INFLUENZA: SPREAD

     

    Viruses are dispersed into the air through droplets when the infected person coughs or sneezes

    Viruses spread to persons in close proximity who breathe these droplets in

    Flu virus can spread by hands contaminated with influenza viruses

    It can spread by touching contaminated computer keyboard, cellphone, camera and door handles

    SYMPTOMS

    Cough (usually dry)

    Cold

    Sore throat

    Runny nose

    Redness in the eyes

    Sudden onset of fever

    Headache

    Muscle and joint pain

    High grade fever with chills

    Body aches

    Fatigue

    Nausea and vomiting

    Pain abdomen

    Diarrhea

     

    Flu viruses mainly spread through droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk and these droplets are inhaled by people around them and it cause spread of infection.

     

    PRECAUTIONS

    Follow cough etiquette

    Do not spit in open

    Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

    Dispose the used tissue in a covered dustbin

    If infected, stay at home

    Infected person must avoid going in crowded places

    Keep a safe distance from infected person

    Do not send the child having flu to school for preventing spread of infection

    Maintain good hygiene

    Wash hands repeatedly with soap and water

    Vaccination may be done in elderly and other high risk individuals

     

    Taking precautions and getting vaccinated against flu may help to prevent the infection.

  • Breaking stereotypes has always been a difficult task for those who have faced stigma in society. One such section that has perhaps been the most misrepresented is the Transgender community. The community has confronted innumerable hostile situations despite its increased visibility.

    A group of transgenders have formed an association titled Kinnar Maa that is breaking all odds to be a part of the main stream, be it in entertainment, social services or the corporate world.

    Kinnar Maa is a CBO registered in Maharashtra. For nearly seven years now, the CBO has been working for the fundamental rights, of the TG community in Mumbai and its adjacent districts. It’s goal to mainstream the community and provide access to all available facilities and rights.

    Salma Khan President of the trust for the past thirty years has been fighting for the Human Rights and Empowerment of Transgender society.

    Even after the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court for the "'third gender'status for transgenders, it is indeed tragic that the community continues to fight for their basic rights as a human being.

     

  • Mithali Raj has been named captain of the team while Harmanpreet Kaur will be her deputy.

    17-year-old Mumbai school girl Jemimah Rodrigues is one of the youngest to be selected in the Indian women's cricket team.

    The ODI series will be followed by a five-match T20 International series and the squad for it will be named later.

    India Women's ODI squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), , Ekta Bisht, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Mona Meshram, Pooja Vastrakar, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper)

     

  • The Enforcement Directorate is likely to grill former finance minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram today in INX media case.

    The ED had summoned Karti for recording his statement in the money laundering case.

    The law enforcement agency had registered a case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Karti and others in May last year. It had lodged an Enforcement Case Information Report against the accused named in the CBI complaint which included Karti Chidambaram, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, and others.

    Karti is facing a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the finance minister.

     

     

  • Bilal Ahmed Kawa, suspected to be linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport.

    Police said, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad informed the Delhi Police that Bilal, who had been declared a proclaimed offender in the case, was travelling from Srinagar to Delhi.

    Kawa was on the run since 2000 and was hiding in Kashmir.

    Three people, including two Army jawans, were killed in the December 22, 2000 Red Fort attack.

  • CBSE said, 16.38 lakh students are enrolled for 10th examination while around 12 lakh students will be participating in class 12th examination.

     

  • Senior space scientist Dr K.Sivan has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization ISRO.

    The Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave the approval for his elevation. Dr Sivan is currently the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, an arm of the national space agency ISRO.

    Known as the Rocket Man, Dr. Sivan will be at the helm of affairs of the ISRO, one of the world's most renowned space agencies, for three years since assuming his charge.

    He will take over from Dr AS Kiran Kumar, the present chairman, after the PSLV Launch on Friday.

    Under his stewardship, the ISRO will be launching several prestigious scientific missions like Chandrayaan-2 and other utility based space missions.

     

     

  • The pace of the Indian economy's progress is now among the fastest in the world. While most countries are struggling with economic slowdown or stagnation, India is flying high owing to inherent strengths boosted by the govt's policy interventions.

    The World Bank in its latest Global Economic Prospects report has said that -

    -- Indian economy will grow at 7.3% in 2018

    -- it will further grow at 7.5% for the next 2 years

    -- It's author said that Indian economy has 'enormous potential'

    -- and that India will likely register higher growth rate than other major emerging economies in the next decade

    India will make rapid economic progress on the strength of landmark reforms undertaken in recent years such as GST implimentation, increased digital commerce after demonetisation, increased investment, labour reforms and higher govt spending on education and health.

    The nation is passing through a transformative phase at this time.

    TRANSFORMING INDIA

    The economy is getting more and more formalised after demonetisation, digitisation, GST & Aadhar linkage

    -- Fundamental reforms have increased business competitiveness, streamlined tax collection & enhanced govt earnings

    -- Positive impact on human capital through govt spending will give added boost to economic growth

    There was hue and cry over Non-Performing assets of public sector banks. But after implementation of the new Insolvency and Bankruptsy Act along with govt's recapitalisation funds, the scenario is changing. The cumulative effect is how international credit rating agencies like.

    INDIA RISES IN WORLD'S EYES

    -- Moody's upgraded India's ranking after 13 years recently

    -- Upgrade will help India get cheaper funds from international markets

    Indian equity markets are reflecting India's positive economic prospects touching record highs indicating faith of investors that better times lie ahead. Another positive indicator was when India reached the top 100 spot in the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings last year.

    Clearly, India's economic graph is on an upsurge. 2018 could prove to be a landmark year for India's sustained, fast-paced economic growth.

  • There have been reports in certain sections of the media that all free services of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) will cease by January 20, 2018.

    The Indian Banks' Association also released a circular stating that banks don't plan to remove free services.

    The circular further states that banks are constantly examining commercial and operational costs, and would constantly revise charges if needed.

  • A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea of the Reserve Bank of India seeking its nod to initiate insolvency proceedings before the National Company Law Tribunal against Jaypee Associates and said it would be dealt with at a later stage.

  • Ripple's XRP prices also plunged sharply,South Korean exchanges removed them from its calculations of digital currency rates without any warning.

  • Virtual ID will be random 16-digit number, together with biometrics of the user would give any authorised agency like a mobile company, limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification.

  • He said that language is not only the medium of expression it is also the essence of literature, philosophy and culture.

    Addressing a function organised at Kathmandu on "Vishwa Hindi Diwas" Mr. Dev said that Hindi unites India and Nepal and it is a common binding factor between the people of two nations.

    On this occasion Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri said that Vishwa Hindi Diwas is an effort to popularize Hindi across the globe and connect with the friends.

    He also read out Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message on "Vishwa Hindi Diwas".

    Deputy Chief of Mission Dr. Ajay Kumar released special editions of some magazines and books. A poetry recitation and cultural programme by the artists of Indian Cultural Center was also organised on this occasion.

    A large number of people including eminent academicians, writers, intellectuals and journalists attended the function. 

    The first Vishwa Hindi Samelan was held at Nagpur on 10th January 1975 to promote Hindi langauge. Since 10th January 2006, "Vishwa Hindi Diwas" is celebrated in all Indian missions abroad to promote and popularise Hindi around the world. 

  • Leaders of all ASEAN nations will be in New Delhi to commemorate 25 years of India-ASEAN ties. Talks ranging from trade to security and counter-terrorism are expected to take ties to new heights.

    On 25th Anniversary of India-ASEAN ties, leaders of 10 nations will be in India on January 25. India will present a blueprint on taking relations with ASEAN nations to a new high.

    There will be a leaders' retreat during which the leaders will have a "free and frank" discussion on January 25. Following this, a plenary session will take place on the same day.

    To give further impetus to economic activities, business summit will also be organised.

    And cultural ties between India and ASEAN nations will also be on display.

    To strengthen ties, India is focussing on its Act East Policy under which the emphasis is on making the cultural, economic, historic and strategic relations even better.

    Recently, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj returned after a successful visit to 3 ASEAN nations--Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

    ASEAN which means Association of South East Asian Nations comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei and Laos.

  • Briefing the media, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that a list has been handed over to the chief secretary to make necessary arrangement for the state assembly due in May.

    Deputy Election Commissioner said that VVPAT will be use at all polling booths in the state.

     

  • Addressing a public rally at Chitradurga in the state on Wednesday, Amit Shah said that Karnataka received Rs. 2.19 lakh crore in 14th finance Commission under present NDA government at the Centre.

  • The Apex Court asked the Centre to suggest names for its consideration and appointment in the proposed Special Investigation Team. The court is scheduled to pass orders on names of the probe committee today.

    The apex court perused the report of the supervisory body appointed by it which has found that out of 241 cases, 186 cases were closed without investigation.

  • Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a number of amendments in the Foreign Direct Investment Policy. These are intended to liberalize and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country. It will lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

    Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to a number of amendments in FDI Policy.

    Decisions are intended to liberalise and simplify FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business. This will also lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

    Boost to FDI Policy Liberalisation of FDI policy includes

    --100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

    --Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49 per cent under approval route in Air India 

    --100 per cent FDI under automatic route in Construction Development 

    At present, FDI policy on Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT) allows 49 per cent FDI under automatic route, and FDI beyond 49 per cent and up to 100 per cent through Government approval route. Now government has decided to permit 100 per cent FDI under automatic route for SBRT.

    The relaxation of norms for foreign airline investment in Air India has been given but with riders. Foreign investment in Air India including that of foreign Airline (s) shall not exceed 49 per cent either directly or indirectly -- and "substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian National".

    According to the current FDI policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under government approval route in Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49 per cent of their paid-up capital. But the provision was not applicable to Air India.

    Cabinet clarified that real-estate broking service does not amount to real estate business and is therefore, eligible for 100 per cent FDI under automatic route.

    These key & timely decisions have come ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Davos to attend annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prime Minister will deliver the keynote address at the plenary session. He will also address the heads of world's top companies and invite them to invest in India.

  • Aanchal Thakur made history by winning India's first-ever international medal in skiing.

    The 21-year-old clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski. She won the medal in the slalom race category.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi  congratulated 21-year-old Manali resident Anchal Thakur on bagging India's first-ever international medal in skiing.

    In his message, PM  Modi said "Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing!" "The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.

    Roshan Thakur, Aanchal's father and the secretary general of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated. "This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement," he said.

    Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore took to Twitter to congratulate Aanchal: "Congrats Aanchal Thakur for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing. Well done!"

  • Kumar had taken six wickets across two South African innings in the first Test, which India lost by 72 runs.

    In the rankings for the Test batsmen, Australia's Steve Smith remained on 947 points in first position, but there was some movement just behind him.

    India skipper Kohli lost the second position to his England counterpart Joe Root and was placed third ahead of Kane Williamson, who was ranked third before.

    Root earned 26 points from the Sydney Test, in which he was dismissed once while scoring 141 runs, but Kohli dropped 13 points after his contributions of five and 28 at Newlands.

    Pujara's scores of 26 and four resulted in his total falling by 25 points.

    South Africa's Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de Villiers jumped five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sights.

    South Africa opener Aiden Markram, who was the player of the tournament in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2014, and India all-rounder Hardik Pandya were the other big movers from the Newlands Test. Markram moved up six places to 48th, while Pandya was ranked 49th after rocketing 24 places.

    India's Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have also lost ground. Vijay was 30th after dropping five places, Dhawan slipped three places to 33rd, while Sharma ended up 44th after falling three places. India though, continued to be the top-ranked Test team with 124 points followed by Soutt Africa (111), Australia (104), New Zealand (100) and England (99). 

  • The matter has been listed on Thursday for hearing.

    This comes amidst claims of Sirisena's term ending in 2020 as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, brought after his election in 2015, reduced President’s office to five years from six.

    In his communication to the Chief Justice,  President Sirisena has asked whether in terms of Provisions of the Constitution, he has any impediment to continue in office for a period of 6 years from 9 January 2015, the date on which the result of his election was declared.

    He has asked for a response to be submitted to him on or before January 14.

  • A more than two-year long migration crisis has caused immigration to become a major political issue in many European countries, including France. Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed 100,000, the highest "in at least 40 years", according to Pascal Brice, head of France's refugee office (Ofpra).

    But the director of migrant NGO 'France Terre d'Asile' Pierre Henry disputed the number saying it was not exactly accurate.

    "The increase in asylum requests in France does not mean some kind of invasion, as I've been hearing since this morning on all channels, according to which we have reached a historic level with more than 1,00,000 requests. But no it's 73,000 first requests, of which must be added families who come with their children," he said on Monday.

    French President Emmanuel Macron, who won power in May, has promised to slash the time it takes French officials take to rule on asylum requests - to two months maximum, from what Brice said was now about three months on average.

    The new French number -- precisely 1,00,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares to 1,40,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.

  • Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthi armed movement, allied with Iran, and a U.S.-backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.

    The United Nations calls Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 8 million people on the brink of famine and a failing health system.

    WHO representative Dr. Nevio Zagaria warned that the spread of diphtheria was significantly more dangerous than the already widespread cholera because of its higher fatality rate.

    Almost 100 districts in Yemen have reported at least one diphtheria case with a heavy concentration in the province of Ibb, which reported approximately 50 per cent of the total infections across the country.

  • India presents an image of promise and the remarkable pace of "bold and structural" reforms have boosted its macroeconomic fundamentals while enhancing long- term economic outlook, founder chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab has said.

    In an article, Schwab said that India "will undoubtedly have a great role and influence in shaping our common future by enriching the global policy debate as well as assisting in designing and developing better policies for a prosperous world."

    The article, part of the WEF annual meeting, was retweeted by Modi from his personal handle @narendramodi.

    The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 will take place later this month in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.

    Schwab expressed delight at hosting Modi at the annual summit of the WEF at Davos.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Switzerland on January 22 on a two-day visit during which he will deliver the keynote address at the plenary session of the WEF.

    Schwab noted that Modi is the first prime minister from India to attend the meeting in the last two decades.

    He wrote that, "India presents an image of optimism and promise." "Its unique demographic dividend, rising tide of entrepreneurial spirit, breakthrough innovations across sectors, and remarkable pace of bold and structural reforms have boosted the macroeconomic fundamentals and enhanced India's long-term economic outlook," Schwab wrote.

    He also appreciated India expanding its leadership in a wide range of global initiatives.

    Schwab noted that India's leading role at the Paris climate agreement and International Solar Alliance, and efforts to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the Nuclear Suppliers Group demonstrate a quest for a more pivotal role in global geopolitics.

    Praising Prime Minister Modi's credo of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', Schwab said India's extraordinary achievements "corroborate that the country possesses a robust institutional mechanism for deftly counterbalancing pervasive diversity while projecting a single identity." 

  • The Prime Minister warmly recalled the successful visit of President Joko Widodo to India in December 2016, and said that he is looking forward to welcome President Joko Widodo in India again later this month, when leaders of ASEAN countries will visit India for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and will also be the Chief Guests at the Republic Day celebrations thereafter.

    The Prime Minister said that as maritime neighbours, there is a vast scope for cooperation between India and Indonesia on development of Blue Economy as well as in the domain of maritime security.

    In this context, the Prime Minister welcomed the holding of the first meeting of the Security Dialogue between India and Indonesia.

  • Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded its coldest night this winter at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius -- marginally down from minus 6.1 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night.

    This was for the third straight day that the minimum temperature has settled at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius or below in Srinagar city, where many water bodies have partially frozen due to intense cold conditions.

    The fringes of the famous Dal Lake were also frozen in the early hours but bright sunshine -- along with the maximum temperature staying above 10 degrees Celsius for the past two days -- has given  some respite to the people during the day time.

  • Sitharaman boarded Indian Naval Ships operating off Goa for 'Raksha Mantri Day at Sea'.

    The Defence Minister witnessed various naval operations including practise missile firings, warships submarine and aircraft interaction exercises, flying operations from aircraft carrier and flypast during the two day sea-sortie.

  • The critically-acclaimed film also helped del Toro win the Golden Globe for Best Director on Monday night though it faces tough competition from Martin McDonagh's Golden Globe Best Picture winner "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour" and Christopher Nolan's World War II drama "Dunkirk".

    "The Shape of Water" landed Bafta nods for the Best Film and Best Director for del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.

    Hawkins will fight it out with Annette Bening, Golden Globe Best Actress (drama) winner Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), "I, Tonya" star Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird"), who also won the Best Actress (comedy/musical) Globe.

    "Three Billboards..." and "Darkest Hour" have nine nominations each.

    "Dunkirk" has also faired well with eight nods, including Best Film and Best Director for Nolan.

    "Blade Runner 2049" may have bombed at the box office but it scored well at the Baftas with eight nods, including one for director Denis Villeneuve.

    "I, Tonya", the biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, was largely ignored at the Golden Globes but it earned five nominations. Golden Globe-winner Allison Janney is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role of an abusive mother in "I, Tonya".

    Paul Thomas Anderson's costume drama "Phantom Thread" also earned five nominations, including the Best Actor nod for Daniel Day-Lewis, who has announced his retirement from acting. Day-Lewis will face-off with Gary Oldman, this year's Golden Globe winner. Other nominees in the category are, Jamie Bell ("Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"), Timothee Chalamet ("Call Me By Your Name") and Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out").

    Kaluuya has also made it to the list of EE Rising Star award.

    Veteran actor Joanna Lumley has taken the charge from Stephen Fry to host the 71st EE British Academy Film Awards.

    "Paddington 2" has scored three nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Hugh Grant. "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool", a drama about Hollywood star Gloria Grahame last days, earned three surprise nominations, including Bening's Best Actress and Bell's Best Actor nods.

    Armando Iannucci's Soviet drama "The Death of Stalin" earned two nominations, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film.

    Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post", starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, failed to garner a single nomination at the Baftas after being shut-out at the Golden Globes.

    The awards will take place on February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall. 

  • During the session, participants shared their views on various economic themes such as the macro-economy, agriculture and rural development, employment, health and education, manufacturing and exports, urban development, infrastructure and connectivity.

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley thanked all the participants for their thought-provoking suggestions. In his intervention, the Prime Minister thanked various participants for their suggestions and observations, on various aspects of the economy. In particular, he appreciated the quality of suggestions that had come from various subject experts.

    The meeting was attended by several Union Ministers who look after economic subjects. The Vice Chairman NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, and senior officers from the Union Government and NITI Aayog were also present.