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  • Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat inaugurated a workshop and an Exhibition on CBRN Defence Technologies to showcase the Products and Technologies developed towards CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) threats at DRDO Bhawan, N

  • Visitors who wish to attend the Ceremonial Change of Guard that takes place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturdays (1000 hrs) and Sundays (1630 hrs) can now book online at http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rashtrapatisachivalaya.nic....

  • Government had acquired private land measuring 2,412 acres 15 guntas 7 anas, located in 13 vilages of TalukasKarwar and Ankola, Uttar Kannada District in Karnataka for the purpose of creating a naval base. At the time of acquisition of land from 198

  • Based on data published by Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS), after a brief period of decline in Textile & Apparel (T&A) exports including handicraft exports every month beginning May, June, July &

  • A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, State of Bihar and State of Jharkhand for completion of balance works of North Koel reservoir project at a

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that uniting every individual irrespective of caste, creed and religion is nationalism. He was addressing the gathering during Sankranti celebrations at Swarna Bharat Trust in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

  • Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) here on Monday, January 15, 2018. The workshop is organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collab

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that today’s younger generations must understand the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of the country. Addressing a gathering after participating in Sankranti celebrations

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Maharashtra on January 13 and 14, 2018.

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  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed two important events, via video-conference, on the occasion of National Youth Day.

  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) visited the NCC Republic Day Camp 2018 at Delhi Cantt on 12 Jan 2018.  On arrival, the Air Chief was received by the DG NCC, Lt Gen BS Sahrawat, SM.  Chief of the Air Staff reviewe

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has assured there will be no shortage of funds for Border Infrastructure. Inaugurating the 43rd Annual Day function of MES Builders Association of India, here today, he said the Government will expedite Forest and Environmental clear

  • Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare expressed happiness over the just released SRS bulletin (2016) as India registered a significant decline in under-five child mortality. According to the bulletin, under-five child mortality (U5MR) of India showed an impressive

  • The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base2011-12for the month of November 2017have been releasedby the CentralStatisticsOffice of the Ministry of Statistics andProgramme Implementation. IIP is compiled using datareceivedfrom 14 source agencies viz. (i) Department of Industrial Policy&Promotion

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    The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Ind

  • In order to strengthen the existing India-Sri Lanka bilateral ties, a nine-member Sri Lankan Tri- Services delegation, headed by Mr Kapila Waidyaratne, PC, Secretary of Defence made a two-day visit to the Southern Naval C

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has greeted fellow citizens on the eve of the festivals of Lohri (which falls on 13th January, 2018) and Makar Sankranti & Pongal (which fall on 14th Ja

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that starting from February 10, the Union Government will launch a joint campaign for two weeks, with Delhi Government, NDMC, CPCB and other municipal agencies, for clean air in Delhi. 

  • As per preliminary reports received from the States, the total area sown under Rabi crops as on 12th January 2018 stands at 609.51 lakh hectares as compared to 615.09 lakh hectare this time in 2017.



  • BJP has accused the Congress of trying to take political mileage out of controversy triggered by the Press Conference of four senior-most Judges of th...




  • Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat today said a hotline will be set up between the Indian and Chinese armies very soon. Addressing a press conference...




  • In a major breakthrough in Chandel Army ambush case, National Investigation Agency has arrested the accused Naorem Premkanta Singh. The accused was fo...



  • Union minister of state for external affairs, VK Singh met Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah in Kuwait and discussed bilateral ties. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet that Gen Singh met with Dr Jinan Mohsin Ramadan Boushehri, Kuwait's Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and discussed labour issues.



  • The third edition of the annual Raisina Dialogue will be inaugurated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also be a part of the inaugural session of the three-day-long event, which will see a series of high-powered panel discussions on geopolitical issues.



  • US President Donald Trump has decided not to re-impose sanctions on Iran, keeping the 2015 landmark nuclear deal alive, even as his Administration announced another round of tough sanctions on 14 individuals and entities of the Islamic Republic.



  • Retail inflation crossed the RBI's comfort level and rose to 5 point 21 percent in December on rise in prices of food items, egg and vegetables, dashing hopes of interest rate cut in the near future.



  • Gujarat government has announced that all 182 newly-elected MLAs will take oath on January 23, while the regular Budget session, which will be the first session of the new Assembly, will commence in the third week of February.



  • India's Yuki Bhambri outclassed Spaniard Carlos Taberner to reach the third and final qualifying round of the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne yesterday.


  • Defending champions India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets and halted their two-game winning streak in the Blind Cricket World Cup yesterday. Batting first, Pakistan scored a competitive target of 282 for eight in the stipulated 40 overs. In reply, India comfortably chased down the target in 34.5 overs as Haryana's Deepak Malik  top-scored with an unbeaten 79 off 71 balls.

     Malik, who steered India's innings struck eight boundaries. Apart from him, Venkatesh with 64 off 55 balls and skipper Ajay Reddy scoring 47 off 34 deliveries shared 106 runs for the fourth wicket to help India register their second consecutive win.
    India had defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the first outing earlier in the tournament. India registered their second consecutive win of the tournament.
     

  • Ahead of Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit, Israel ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon spoke exclusively to DDNews and said that cooperation in agriculture, water management and defence and  enhancing Trade and business ties would top the agenda of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during his 5 day visit to India, beginning tomorrow.

    Benjamin Netanyahu will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation drawn from the cyber and agriculture sectors as well as from defence.

    Apart from New Delhi, they will also visit India's financial capital Mumbai and PM Modi's home-state Gujarat.

  • The National Investigation Agency has arrested an alleged member of a terror organisation in connection with the ambush on an Army convoy in 2015 in Manipur in which 18 personnel were killed.The agency seized a pistol and five live rounds from Naorem Premkanta Singh, a member of the banned group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, in an operation jointly conducted by the NIA and the Manipur Police.

    The special NIA court, Imphal, had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant announcing him a proclaimed offender.Singh was found involved in a NIA case registered at Guwahati which was related to an ambush on Army personnel at Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, 2015 in which 18 army personnel were killed. 

    “He belongs to a banned terror organisation namely “Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)” and had participated in the said ambush on Army personnel of 6th Dogra Battalion. The above accused had been absconding since the ambush took place,”NIA stated in a release  on Friday.

  • Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.He was responding to a question during a press conference on possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.

     
     Replying to a question on China, the Army Chief said India will not allow its territory to be invaded by anyone, asserting that China may be a powerful country but India is not a weak nation either. Army chief also said that the time has come for India to shift focus to its northern border.Bipin Rawat cautioned that the country cannot allow its neighbors to drift towards China.

    He also said that both India and China are very keen on having a hotline between the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations and the Chinese officer holding similar position.

  • The Supreme Court Bar Association will hold a meeting on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out it. 

    Meanwhile BJP has accused the Congress of trying to take political mileage from the issue. Reacting to Congress' remarks on the issue, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, this is an internal matter of the apex Court and no politics should be played. 

  • Females were in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to witness Al-Ahli defeat Al-Batin 5-0.

    The result meant Al-Ahli closed the gap on table toppers Al-Hilal to one point.

    The introduction of women to soccer matches in Saudi is part of reforms in the Kingdom with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, seen by many as the face of that change.

    Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women's progress.

    In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women's mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

  • Existing methods would likely be used for planning out strategies and gathering information.

  • The profit for the quarter, which was largely driven by tax reversal, stood at Rs. 5,129 crore.

  • On this occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India is committed towards the agenda set by United Nations and ASEAN countries have been working together for the prosperity of the agriculture sector as well.

  • He said cooperation in agriculture, water management and defence and enhancing trade and business ties would top the agenda of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during his 5 day visit to India, beginning Sunday.

  • The month-long "India @ 70: The Jammu & Kashmir Saga" exhibition has been curated by the National Archives of India of Ministry of Culture.

    The minister appreciated the efforts of National Archives of India to bring out the details of accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in such an interesting and lively manner.

    He also highlighted the role played by the leaders of Indian freedom movement including Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

  • Addressing a programme to mark National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha in Karnataka, Prime Minister said that raising voice against social evils like caste system will be a true tribute to Swami Vivekananda.

  • According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, The factory output, measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production, grew 5.1 per cent in November 2016.

  • Senior party leader and Minister without portfolio Giriraj Mani Pokharel submitted resignation letter to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after a cabinet meeting at Kathmandu on Friday.

    On October 17 last year Prime Minister Deuba had stripped portfolios of Maoist Center ministers after party forged electoral alliance with opposition CPN UML.

    However ministers continued in the government without portfolio. CPN UML and CPN Maoist Center left alliance has registered landslide victory in the recently held parliament and provincial assembly elections.

    The new government is likely to be formed after the election of National Assembly, the upper house of parliament, scheduled on February 7.

  • The topic of discussion was based on food and agricultural future developments.

    On this occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India is committed towards the agenda set by United Nations and ASEAN countries have been working together for the prosperity of the agriculture sector as well.

  • India's reputation as world's best Test team took a big hit as the South Africa thrashed the visitors by what could be called a big if not massive 72-run margin in a chase of 208 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

    The latest debacle has brought back memories of previous horrors on foreign pitches. The humiliation of the twin 0-4 losses in Australia and England in 2011 have again started haunting cricket fans back in India.

    Virat & company would be hoping for a change in their fortunes. At least two batting positions will be debated as the tourists seek a way to play themselves back into the three-Test series.

    Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan fell to short-pitched deliveries in both innings and there is an argument for Lokesh Rahul to take his place, while AjinkyaRahane must be a contender to replace Rohit Sharma at number five.

    South Africa enjoy a winning spree at Centurion like no other venue across this country with 17 wins, 2 defeats. India last played a test in the venus way back in 2010-11 series and they were hammered by an innings and 25 runs on that occasion.

    South Africa, meanwhile, look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, Chris Morris is all set to make the South African XI as the replacement for Dale Steyn. Both teams showed batting fragility in Cape Town, with India's pace bowlers showing they too could take advantage of helpful conditions.

    AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. It is that sort of intent that both teams will be seeking in what promises to be another action-paced Test.

     

  • Army chief also said that the time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border.

    The army chief also said that there is also need to focus on strengthening ties with neighbours including Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

    Besides, he also said that army is focusing on further strengthening country's cyber capabilities to deal with adversaries.

  • German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and France President, Emmanuel Macron are ahead of PM Modi in the ranking while global leaders including Donald Trump, Theresa May, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are way behind the Indian Prime Minister.

    GIA Global polls are a global rating of top world leaders. Earning the highest ever rank for any Indian Prime Minister, PM Modi pipped Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The American President hasn't made top ten, figuring at number 11 in the poll. Chinese President Xi Jinping figures at number 5, while Russian President Vladimir Putin follows at number 6.

    The GIA polls come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to make his debut at the World Economic Forum in Davos where India is a focus country. The polls were conducted across 50 countries including the Canada and the European Union.

    Congratulations are pouring in for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP President Amit Shah tweeted, "Congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi on featuring very prominently on the Gallup International's prestigious annual survey  'Opinion of Global Leaders.' This yet again illustrates the faith placed on PM Modi by every Indian and his standing globally. Time and again, the world has taken note of the record developmental strides under PM @narendramodi as well as the structural reforms and transformation the Modi Government is bringing in."

    In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked 9th on the Forbes list of 74 of the World's Most Powerful People. Clearly his acceptance as a leader with vision, one to reckon with is gaining grounds globally.

  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The PM encouraged the Youth to take part in mock parliaments.

    One can find their goal if they are determined towards it. PM Modi had many inspiring words to share with the youth of the country.

    PM Modi addressed the gathering of youth at Gautam Buddha University on the occasion of 22nd National Youth festival.

    Assuring the youth that the government has created an ecosystem of innovation, PM said start-ups will prove to be a boon for the socio-economic development of the country.

    PM also said 10 crore people across the nation got a boost for self-employment under the Mudra scheme.

    PM Modi urged the youth to take the country forward towards a new India by 2022.

    PM Modi stressed on the importance of skill development for youth along with education. He said today's era belongs to skilled and talented. He said the government is focussed on creating the youth skilled under the Skill India mission.

    PM also exhorted the youth to keep a positive approach and take inspiration from Gautam Buddha and Swami Vivekananda.

    PM also told the youth not be afraid of challenging times. He said India's inclusive growth is possible by countrymen helping each other while also emphasising on sports and yoga.

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present at the event.

    The youth gathered there..spoke about how inspired they felt after hearing the PM's address.

    Addressing a gathering in Belgaum, Karnataka through video conferencing, PM said Swami Vivekananda's vision was to make India free of casteism and a prosperous nation and the youth must work towards making India a stronger nation.

  • On this occasion Basnet said that commercial operation of Nepal-China optical fiber link is a major milestone for development of internet infrastructure in Nepal.

    The launch of commercial optical fiber link between state-owned Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global has provided an additional internet route in landlocked Himalayan nation.

    Till date India was the lone internet provider in Nepal.

    According to Nepal Telecom officials, keeping in view the increasing use of internet in the country, Chinese fiber link is taken as an alternative source to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. It is also expected to reduce internet cost due to competition.

    The officials said that initially the speed of Chinese fiber link via Rasuwagadhi border will be 1.5 Gbps, which can be increased later on.

    The speed of Indian internet bandwidth provided through Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj is 34 Gbps.

  • The mass burial took place in Makurdi, in the central state of Benue, where thousands of mourners took to the streets to watch the funeral procession.

    The killings occurred in remote parts of Benue, the state worst hit by clashes that have killed at least 83 people since Dec. 31.

    Thousands of herdsmen mainly from the Fulani ethnic group have moved southwards in the last few years to flee spreading desertification in the north, putting pressure on dwindling fertile land amid rapid population growth.

    The spike in violence has become increasingly political ahead of elections in February 2019 with critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is Fulani, accusing him of failing to get tough with the herdsmen.

    Feelings ran high on the streets of Makurdi where thousands of people, many clad in black, waved wreaths as coffins on lorries passed by carrying the dead who were mainly from rural communities of Benue.

     

  • Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall's showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars.

    One woman in the driver's seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.

    "My interest in cars: I've always been interested in cars, but we didn't have the ability to drive. And now I'm very interested in buying a car, but I would like the payments and prices to not be very high," a visitor said.

    "It interests me to learn about the brands and to learn everything about them. So I have a complete idea about cars, and I hope to purchase a car in the near future, God willing," said another.

    In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women's mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

    Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans women drivers. The landmark royal decree has been hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

    The exhibition focused on fuel-efficient cars and provided a team of saleswomen to help their new customer base. The showroom carried signs emblazoned with the slogan "Drive and Shop", a play on words in Arabic, using the female form of the verbs.

  • Karti has now been called by the agency on 16th of this month. 

    The investigating officer of the case had earlier this month summoned him to appear on January 11.

    The central probe agency had registered a case against him and others in May last year under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
     

  • She will be the seventh woman judge since independence to make it to the Supreme Court. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

    The first woman to be appointed as a judge of the apex court was Justice M Fathima Beevi in 1989.

    Thereafter, Justice Sujata V Manohar, Justice Ruma Pal, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai made it to the top court as judges.

     

  • Swami Vivkaknanda had arrived in Chicago a few weeks prior to the start of Parliament of World's Religions in Chicago. Swamiji had neither good cloth to cope with shivering cold in United States, nor he had  money for good accomodation.

    His simple life style continues to connect the whole world with them. Vivekananda was born as Narendra on 12 January in  1863 in Calcutta.  The National Youth Festival is celebrated on 12 january on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. 

    Narendra was naughty and restless as a child. He was interested in spirituality from a young age and used to meditate before the images of deities. He was fascinated by wandering ascetics and monks.

    Despite being a saint, Vivekananda never allowed any kind of mental stubbornness to dominate him. For him, the interpretation of religion was logical and scientific, which is evident from his saying that " First bread and then religion."

    Vivekananda made very simple interpretation of religion. He believed that along with devotion to god, one should also be a nationalist. For this, it is very important for a person to be healthy, which shows that he called for combining physical force, mental force and spiritual force. 
     
    He advised a gentleman who sought his advice for mental peace, to serve the poor and miserable. In his opinion, this was the true religion and the only solution to gain peace of mind. 

    "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached", popularized by Swami Vivekananda, will continue to inspire youth for the cause of humanity.

  • Swami Vivekananda has been an inspiration for youth across the globe. His birth anniversary is celebrated as National Youth Day. Several events were organized acorss the country to mark the day.

    Andhra Pradesh

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tributes to Sawmi Vivekananda's statue at an event orgainsed in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

    Uttar Pradesh

    The main event was at the Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida, the 22nd National Youth Festival was inaugurated and about six thousand students from every state of the country participated. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adithyanath, several Union Ministers and senior officials took part in the programs. Cultural programs depicting traditional culture of each state were also presented.

    Meerut - Sultanpur

    Youth programs were also organised in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of students took part in the mass yoga Surya Namaskar in Meerut. In Sultanpur, youth resolved to overcome all evils.

    Jharkhand

    Skill Summit was organized in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi to mark National Youth Day. 25,000 youth were given appointment letters for private sector placements. Chief Minister Raghuvar Das and several Union ministers were present on the ocassion. 

    A bike rally was organized at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala's capital.

    Haryana

    Chief Minister Manohar Lal interacted directly with the youth in Panchkula. About 900 students took part in the program, and CM answered their questions.

    Madhya Pradesh

    In Madhya Pradesh too the youth took part in a mass yoga program. Surya Namaskar being performed at various educational institutions. 

    Swami Vivekananda, took India's moral values to different parts of the world, through his powerful philosophy. He was born on 12 January 1863 in Kolkata. His 1893 speech at the Parliament of world religions in Chicago redifined the way the west viewed India's rich philosophical traditions. His motivating words continue to make every Indian proud of their nationality and spirituality.

  • The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar told reporters that that the focus of the operational-level talks was cross-border terror and ways to ensure the elimination of terrorism from the region.

    He, however, made it clear that this should not be construed as dilution of India's position that talks and terror cannot go together.

  • He would be travelling to Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai as well. Here's what to expect from his upcoming visit.

    A warm reception that Prime Minister Narendra Modi received from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu upon his historic visit to Israel in July last year.

    These images are testimony of the personal chemistry that the two leaders share.

    Israel Prime Minister is set to visit India. Six months after Prime Minister Modi became the first Indian PM to visit Israel in a year that marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.

    Ministry of External Affairs made an official announcement on the upcoming visit of Israel's Prime Minister to India.

    Benjamin Netanyahu would arrive in Delhi on 14th January and would be going to Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his visit.

    He would be accompanied by a business delegation from Israel.

    On the day of his arrival, he would call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    On 15th January, bilateral talks between the two Prime Ministers would take place and on the same day Prime Minister would be hosting a lunch for the visiting dignatory. 

    Prime Minister Netanyanu would call on President Ram Nath Kovind.

    In the evening, they would participate in the second India Israel CEOs Forum and Business Event.

    On 16th January, PM Netanyahu would attend the Raisina Dialogue.

    On 17th January, he would visit Gujarat, where he would be going to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

    Prime Minister Modi would also host a lunch for him and a community reception would be accorded to the Israeli Prime Minister.

    On 18th January, he would attending several functions in Mumbai, including a seminar seminar and on 19th Janaury, he would depart for Israel.

    All eyes will be on Prime Minister Netanyahu's India visit....

    Discussions between the 2 leaders will range from bilateral to international issues.

    In his visit to Israel last year, Prime Minister Modi had said that India considers Israel as its Strategic partner and both countries should jointly fight terrorism.

    Terrorism is expected to figure in the bilateral talks this time as well.

    Forward movement is expected to take place in the water and agriculture spheres as well in which several MOUs were signed last year.  

    During the visit, a National Campaign on Water Conservation is expected to be jointly launched.

    Former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao brought a turnaround in ties with Israel by establishing diplomatic relations after previous Congress governments overlooked ties with the country.

    During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime, the then Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003. Now the Modi Govt is taking bilateral ties forward.

    In October 2015, the then President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel.

    Both Countries have been collaborating in the sectors of defence, security, science and technology spheres and the 2 leaders are known for their strong stance against terrorism.

    Co-operation is expected to expand across these sectors during PM Netanyahu's visit and it will take ties to a new high.

  • 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.

  • The idea of constructing a cruise terminal was conceived to promote cruise tourism in India.

    The terminal is being built under Sagarmala project at a cost of Rs. 300 Crore and is expected to be completed by December 2019 in three phases apart from marine and parking, it will involve civil, mechanical and electrical expertise.

    The objective is cruise tourism and employment, which in turn will lead to surge in growth. The terminal will draw 7 lakh tourists per annum.

    Addressing the event, transport minister Gadkari said over 1.5 lakh youth will get employment in JNPT SEZ IN next 3 years.

    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. Tourists with E-visa will have special attractions at the terminal.

    Nitin Gadkari also said that owing to the huge tourism potential of Mumbai, it is envisioned that 950 cruises will arrive in the port city in the next 5 years.

    Modi Govt has laid special emphasis on water transportation. The government intends to modernize waterways as an efficient, eco-friendly and economical goods and passenger transportation medium.

    Under the Sagarmala project and National Water Ways Act , 2016 , 20275 kms long  111 new river ways will be transformed as national  water ways. Government aims to promote tourism through these mediums.

  • 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.

  • US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster in his inaugural policy speech in New Delhi said that America is closely working with India to secure its membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

    US envoy also said that 'America First' and 'Make in India' are not incompatible. He said investing in each others markets will be mutually beneficial, and will increase economic interactions and volume of trade.

    Juster said that US and India have a strong interest in promoting peace, security and prosperity in Afghanistan. He further said that Pakistan has not contributed positively in countering terror in Afghanistan.

     

  • 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.