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  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga

  • In a section of the media, it has appeared that there is a possibility that the Central Government may withdraw bank

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh spoke here today about an exclusive "Rural Livelihood" scheme for the Northeast. The unique scheme under the title “North East Rural Livelihood Project” is being supported by the World Bank and will primarily benefit the tribals and the lower socioeconomic groups, including women, in the North-Eastern Region (NER).

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur has said

  • In keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022, Government has embarked upon a major policy initiative for the rapid transformation of 115 backward districts across the country.

  • His Excellency Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 23, 2017).

  • The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has said that Training and Technological Knowledge Management forms an essential component of capacity building in the security sector.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that character, caliber, capacity, conduct, compassion, hard work and discipline are important qualities for achieving success and realizing dreams.

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister,

  • Crude oil production during October, 2017 was 3038.25 TMT which is 4.63% lower than target and 0.41% lower when compared with October 2016. Cumulative crude oil production during April-October

  • Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India inaugurated the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017 in the Capital today in the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Government of India, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State(IC), Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, Shri KJ Alphons, Minister of State, Tourism, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union, Mr. Houlin Zhao amongst other dignitaries.

  • Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today addressed a plenary session Cyber 4 Growth: Transformed role of Governments- Regulator to Enabler leading to technology led inclusive and sustainable growth, which was also attended by Lord Tariq Ahmed of Wimbledon, Ms. Marina Kaljurand, Chair of GCSC and Mr. Tarek Kamel, Advisor ICANN.

  • National Commission for Safai Karamcharis has suggested to NITI Aayog that some of the welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers may be brought under its purview. Shri Manhar Valji Bhai Zala, Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis along with the members of the Commission Smt. Manju Diler, Shri Dilip K. Hathibed and Shri Swami Sadanand Maharaj held a meeting with Sh. Rattan P. Wattal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog on 17th November, 2017

  • In a major strategy to reduce the cost of its electrictraction energy bill, Indian Railways (IR) has succeeded in achieving a cumulative saving of ?5636 cr. from April, 2015 to October, 2017against the “Business As Usual” (BAU) mode by procuring power directly under Open Access arrangements

  • The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has said Community awareness training plays a pivotal role in Disaster Risk Mitigation.

  • The President of India has given his assent today to the Ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the Code).

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) will conduct a multi-State mega mock exercise on tsunami preparedness tomorrow.

  • Envoys of Sweden, Nigeria and the United States presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 23, 2017).

  • Text of PM's Address at GCCS 2017

  • The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 61.54 per barrel (bbl) on 22.11.2017.



  • The Centre has promulgated Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to encourage bamboo cultivation in non-forest areas. The ordinance exempts bamboo...




  • In Gujarat, total 1280 nomination papers have been found valid after the scrutiny of 1703 nomination papers filed for 89 Assembly seats for the first ...




  • The Centre has asked the States to implement Clinical Establishment Act to take effective action against hospitals indulging in fraudulent and unethic...



  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal.Out of nine films, five are from India.



  • Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh today said that development and empowerment of the North Eastern Region is high on the priority of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government. According to an official release, Dr Singh also spoke about an exclusive Rural Livelihood scheme for the Northeast.



  • Zimbabwe's former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the President of the country today.



  • The State Bank will launch today a comprehensive digital platform with a view to providing all its services as well as its subsidiaries with just one app.



  • In Uttar Pradesh, at least three passengers were killed and eight others were injured in a train accident in Chitrakoot district this early morning.



  • In Hong Kong Open Super Series badminton tournament, Second seed PV Sindhu will be up against fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarterfinals today.


  • Speaking on the Kulbhusan Yadav case, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that there was a long-standing request from Jadhav's mother to visit Pakistan to meet her son and India has responded positively to the offer by Pakistan to arrange a meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife.

    He informed that India has sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam today said the EC verdict allotting two-leaves symbol to their faction had dealt a body blow to the T T V Dhinakaran camp.The two leaders said it was a setback for those who sought to break the AIADMK and topple the government

    The Election Commission on Thursday allotted the 'two leaves' symbol to the unified AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam . Palaniswami described the development as a "welcome step" and the happiest day for the party.... AIADMK workers broke into celebration by bursting crackers and distributing sweets in front of the party headquarters ...

    But, on the other hand it's a blow to the deposed party leader VK Sasikala and her nephew and TTV Dhinakaran... Sasikala is languishing in a Bengaluru jail in a disproportionate assets case The issue has been lingering since April in the aftermath of the announcement of by-poll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency following the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in December last year...

    EC had frozen the AIADMK party name and its symbol after the Rival factions then led by Sasikala and Panneerselvam had staked claim ...

    Earlier this month, both the warring factions of AIADMK had submitted their final arguments in writing laying their claim to the party's symbol....

    Later, both the warring factions merged IN August, then convened the General Council of the AIADMK and expelled Sasikala from the party and also annulled the appointments made by her, including making Dhinakaran as the Deputy General Secretary hours before her surrender before the Bengaluru court following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case ...

    ECI alloted the "two leaves" symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine, holding that it enjoyed majority in the party's legislative and organisational wings.Putting an end to the nearly one year-long dispute between the warring factions .

  • With the nomination process complete for the first phase of Gujarat elections, campaigning is underway in full swing. PM Modi and several Union Ministers will be heading to battleground Gujarat to connect with the voters, while for the Congress, Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be in Gujarat on Friday.

    27th November, Monday, is the last day for nominations for the second phase of assembly elections. BJP is preparing to launch its mega campaign in Gujarat on the same day. Several Union Ministers will address rallies and showcase the Govt's development agenda. PM Modi will be the star campaigner for BJP from the 27th.

    On the 27th Prime Minister will address public rallies at Bhuj in Kutch, Jasdan in Saurashtra, Dhari in Amreli, and Kamrej in Surat. On 29th, the PM will address rallies at Morbi in Rajkot, Somnath in Prachi, Palitana in Bhavnagar and Navsari in South Gujarat.

    On November 26, BJP will organise 'Man-ki Baath- Chai ke saath' programs in all 50,128 booths in Gujarat as the PM addresses people on his popular 'Man Ki Baat' radio program. Gujarat BJP workers in all their strength will participate in the program at their respective booths. Public meetings have also been organised across all 89 seats of the first phase on the same day. Party president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti, and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje and Vijay Rupani will be participating in the event.

    The party says dynasty versus development and caste versus development are the main planks on which the campaign will be built. With development and good governance at the core, the BJP will go among the people with the agenda of service to the poor.
    The Congress too is campaigning in right earnest. Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi begins a two-day visit to Gujarat from Friday. He starts his campaign from Porbandar by meeting fishermen and will later address rallies.

    Congress is making much of its deal with Hardik patel, but has still not disclosed how it intends to provide reservation to Patidars. Two religious groups of Patidars have denied that they support Hardik Patel's deal with the Congress. They say Hardik Patel has acted on his own without taking others into confidence.

    Experts have said with Supreme Court capping all reservation at 50 per cent, it is not possible for the Congress and Hardik Patel to promise any more reservation. In the electoral battlefield, claims and counterclaims will be made to reach the voters, and that will continue until the end of campaigning. Their verdict will be known on the 18th December

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasised that a major objective of the amendment is to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country. He also stated that bamboo grown in the forest areas shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927.

    The Minister underlined that the amendment and the resultant change in classification of bamboo grown in non-forest areas will usher in much needed and far-reaching reforms in the bamboo sector. He said that while on the one hand, the legal and regulatory hardships being faced by farmers and private individuals will be removed and on the other hand, it will create a viable option for cultivation in 12.6 million hectares of cultivable waste land.

    The measure will go a long way in enhancing the agricultural income of farmers and tribals, especially in North-East and Central India. The amendment will encourage farmers and other individuals to take up plantation/ block plantation of suitable bamboo species on degraded land, in addition to plantation on agricultural land and other private lands under agroforestry mission. The move is in line with the objective of doubling the income of farmers, besides conservation and sustainable development.

    some of the other benefits of amendment include enhancing supply of raw material to the traditional craftsmen of rural India, bamboo based/ paper & pulp industries, cottage industries, furniture making units, fabric making units, incense stick making units. Besides promoting major bamboo applications such as wood substitutes and composites like panels, flooring, furniture and bamboo blind.

  • In addition to putting in place restrictions for such persons to participate in the resolution or liquidation process, the Amendment also provides such check by specifying that the Committee of Creditors ensure the viability and feasibility of the resolution plan before approving it. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has also been given additional powers.

    Along with other steps towards improving compliance, actions against defaulting companies to prevent misuse of corporate structures for diversion of funds, reforms in the banking sector, weeding-out of unscrupulous elements from the resolution process is part of ongoing reforms initiated by the Government.

    These would help strengthen the formal economy and encourage honest businesses and budding entrepreneurs to work in a trustworthy, predictable regulatory environment. The Ordinance amends Sections 2, 5, 25, 30, 35 and 240 of the Code, and inserts new Sections 29A and 235A in the Code.

  • Reacting sharply to a Pakistan court's decision to set 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed free, India said that the move has once again exposed Islamabad's policy of shielding terrorists.In a press briefing MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India and the entire International community is outraged that a self confessed and a UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda.

    Speaking on the Kulbhusan Yadav case, Raveesh Kumar said that there was a long standing request from Jadhav's mother to visit Pakistan to meet her son and India has responded positively to the offer by Pakistan to arrange meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife. He informed that India has sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

    The MEA Spokesperson informed that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be representing India at the SCO summit in Sochi on 30th November and 1st December.

  • Sindhu, in all probability, could run into China Open champion Akane Yamaguchi in the last-eight.

    Saina Nehwal notched an easy win in the opening round over Mette Poulsen to enter round 2 of the Hong Kong Open Super series. The Indian ace won 21-19 23-21 in 46 minutes.

    The London Olympic Medalist will now face Chen Yufei in the round of 16.

  • The first batch of female officers who passed out from the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala on Wednesday.

    Of the 328 cadets who passed out included Shubhangi Swaroop, a native of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, who has become the first woman pilot in the Navy. She hails from Uttar Pradesh and will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

    Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A. from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S. from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at NAI branch of the Navy. After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. The female officers were from the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and two overseas cadets.

    For Shubhangi, who is the daughter of a Naval commander, its a dream come true on being selected as a pilot. Though Shubhangi is the first Naval woman pilot, the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier said.

    The NAI branch is responsible for auditing and assessing the state of weapons and ammunition of the Navy. All the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Commander Warrier said. Shubhangi will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force, he said.

  • Coordinator of Party Presidium Mahant Thakur and senior party leader Rajendra Mahto released the manifesto at Mahottari district.

    According to a press release issued by the party the main agenda of RJPN are Identity, Right and Respect.

    The party has focused on 15 points including prosperous and developed Nepal, meaningful constitution, inclusive state, equal society and sovereign citizens.

    RJPN and Sanghiya Samajwadi Froum Nepal are two major political parties of Madhes. They have formed an electoral alliance in Province 2. Elections in Province 2 will be held in second phase on December 7.

  • Having earned the psychological edge by blowing the Sri Lankan top and middle order during the final session of the drawn first Test, the hosts will once again play on a green track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha.

    The hint of grass on the pitch is in keeping with the team's preparation for the gruelling South African tour which starts next month.

    A decent cover of green on the match strip is a marked departure from what has been a traditionally low and slow batting belter over the years. However, till the first ball is bowled, it will be difficult to presume the kind of bounce that will be on offer. "It seems to be a good pitch. It will be helpful for the fast bowlers at least on the first two days," said India skipper Virat Kohli.

    For India, the challenge will be to produce an improved performance in trying conditions even though it is expected that the challenge to score runs on this track will be a wee bit less than what it was at the Eden Gardens under overcast conditions.

    Kohli has shown how to take a bull by its horn with the magnificent ton in a pressure situation and his men will be itching to do the same against Suranga Lakmal and company.
    India's most technically equipped opener Murali Vijay will be making a comeback into the playing XI as Shikhar Dhawan has taken a break for personal reasons.

    Experts felt that Vijay's compact technique was missing during the first two days as Dhawan is known to be a bit edgy early on. The Delhi left-hander did score 94 in the second innings but it was when batting had become easier during the fourth afternoon. Vijay's ability and clarity on where his off-stump is makes him a valuable asset in the longest format as he has the patience to leave a lot of deliveries.

    Another certainty in the playing XI is Ishant Sharma - the most capped player in the current Test squad with 77 matches in whites. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting married, the lanky speedster is expected to get two shots to keep the other pace bowling contenders in the playing XI for South Africa tour on tenterhooks. Ishant has done his hard yards in the domestic circuit with 20 wickets from four Ranji Trophy games. He has bowled 116 overs in all, which has been a commendable effort as he was leading the side in all those games.

    But it will be interesting to see if India persist with two spinners, especially Ravindra Jadeja, who made very little contribution with the ball and had a lukewarm match as a batsman. If it's a case of variation in spin bowling, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is an option but in case there is good carry, rookie Vijay Shankar could be handed his maiden Test cap.

    Shankar's bowling is still not menacing. He is at best a military medium pacer with a speed of nearly 120 kmph as his 27 wickets in 32 first-class games would suggest. But it is his batting average of 49.16 with five hundreds and 10 fifties that makes him a contender.

    With Hardik Pandya missing from the set-up, Shankar has a chance of fitting into the jigsaw puzzle, bringing the required stability that comes with a No.6 batsman. A total of 118 runs (with a century) and six wickets from three Ranji Trophy games will not warrant an India call-up unless someone is summoned for a specific role.

    While KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Kohli will come into the game brimming with confidence, Ajinkya Rahane will be looking to quickly hit the straps after his twin failure in Kolkata.
    Sri Lanka on their part will be happy that they have not lost the first Test after initially dominating the home team for the better part of first four days.

    There is a high chance that pacer Lahiru Gamage will lose his place in the playing XI after an indifferent performance on a seamer-friendly Eden Gardens track, where he went for 156 runs in two innings with only a wicket to show for his efforts.

    If Sri Lanka continue to play three pacers, then left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando could be an option. And in case they want to go with extra slow bower, then chinaman Lakshan Sandakhan is waiting in the wings.

    Teams (from):

    India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh, Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma.

    Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Viswa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera and Roshen Silva.

    Match starts at 09:30 am.

  • The quest for an open and accessible Internet, he said, often leads to vulnerabilities like cyber attacks, and a major focus area should be training of well-equipped professionals to counter cyber threats.

    Addressing the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi, he said Internet, by nature, is inclusive, but the quest for an open and accessible Internet often leads to vulnerability like cyber attacks. "Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg. They suggest that cyber attacks are a significant threat, especially in the democratic world. We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals. Alertness towards cyber security concerns should become a way of life," the Prime Minister cautioned.

    Global cyber attacks in May-June this year infected more than 3,00,000 computers, disrupting work at banks and multinational firms and shutting down port operations. Stating that 'hacking' may have acquired an exciting, even if dubious, overtone, he said cyber warriors need to be trained and well-equipped to take on cyber threats. "We need to ensure that cyber protection becomes an attractive and viable career option for the youth," PM Modi suggested.

    The Prime Minister put the onus on countries to take responsibility to ensure the digital space does not become a playground for "the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation". "Information sharing and coordination among security agencies is essential to counter the ever-changing threat landscape," he said. "Surely, we can walk the fine balance between privacy and openness on the one hand and national security on the other." The differences between global and open systems, and nation-specific legal requirements can be overcome, he stressed.

    According to PM, while emerging digital technologies could impact the future, important questions of transparency, privacy, trust and security may need to be addressed. PM Modi further said his government has used the trinity of bank accounts, mobile phones and biometric identification number Aadhaar to better target subsidies and prevented leakages of nearly USD 10 billion so far.

    Digital technology has become a great facilitator, giving farmers access to expert advice and good price, enabled small entrepreneurs to supply goods to the government, removed the requirement of pensioners to present themselves before the bank officer and given women jobs, he said. "We shall be happy to share our experiences and success stories with the global community," PM Modi added, inviting the global community to invest in Indian startups.

    He went on to say cyberspace has transformed the world over the last few decades and digital technology today has emerged as a great enabler. "It has paved the way for efficient service delivery and governance. It is improving access, in domains from education to health. And it is helping shape the future of business and economy," the Prime Minister emphasised. "Technology breaks barriers."

    He made the point that digital technology provides the less-privileged sections of society a more level-playing field and on a macro-scale has contributed to emergence of a flat world, where a developing nation like India can compete on a level footing with developed nations. The Prime MInister termed the government's 'Digital India' initiative as the world's largest, technology-led transformative programme.

  • The "Student Of The Year' actor will be on his maiden visit to IFFI and will be seen performing on a medley of some of his biggest hits on the festival's closing day, November 28.

    "It's my first time at IFFI and I'm really excited about performing there...I've heard such great things about the festival and I look forward to the experience," Sidharth said in a statement.

    This year, several top actors from the Hindi as well as regional film industry were seen at the fest. While Sidharth will be performing, superstar Salman Khan will bring down the curtains on the festival, along with actor Katrina Kaif.

  • Joshi, who is also the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said when a writer pens a book he is putting forward his imagination, but if a film is made with his work as a source there is huge possibility of it being different from what the author originally perceived.

    "When a writer's book is interpreted on screen, there is definitely a degree of separation in that. There is a scriptwriter, a dialogue writer, and then there is music playing different role in that interpretation. When there are so many people interpreting a writer's work, there is a huge possibility that it will be different from what the writer imagined at the first place," Joshi said during a panel discussion on the sidelines of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

    He said the two creations co-exist and it does not mean that the book is superior or the film is inferior. The National Award-winning lyricist said an author would never be satisfied with the interpretation of his work. "He will always feel that cinema didn't understand his vision. But the truth is, it is impossible to adapt any piece of literature exactly on screen. Only spirituality can make everyone understand the same feeling what writer had while writing his work." Joshi, who has films like "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and "Rang De Basanti" to his credit as a writer, said for him what matters is the "intent" behind the interpretation.

    "Whenever I have collaborated as a writer, there has always been a difference between what I imagined and what comes out. When I write a song and the musician has composed, it is also different. "Like 'Rang De Basanti', I remember I told A R Rahman that I am writing a recipe to make 'basanti' colour. I actually wrote the song like a recipe and I sent it to Rahman and then he composed it. It was a completely different interpretation. But the only thing I have learned amid all this is 'what was the intent?' If the intent is correct, everything is perfect," he said.

  • The probe snapped a series of images that has been assembled into a new mosaic.

    Cassini's wide-angle camera acquired 42 red, green and blue images, covering the planet and its main rings from one end to the other on September 13 this year. Imaging scientists stitched these frames together to make a natural colour view. The scene also includes the moons Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Mimas and Enceladus.

    "Cassini's scientific bounty has been truly spectacular - a vast array of new results leading to new insights and surprises, from the tiniest of ring particles to the opening of new landscapes on Titan and Enceladus, to the deep interior of Saturn itself," said Robert West, Cassini's deputy imaging team leader at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in US.

    The Cassini imaging team had been planning this special farewell view of Saturn for years. For some, when the end finally came, it was a difficult goodbye. "It was all too easy to get used to receiving new images from the Saturn system on a daily basis, seeing new sights, watching things change," said Elizabeth Turtle, an imaging team associate at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in US.

    For others, Cassini's farewell to Saturn is reminiscent of another parting from long ago. "For 37 years, Voyager 1's last view of Saturn has been, for me, one of the most evocative images ever taken in the exploration of the solar system," said Carolyn Porco, former Voyager imaging team member and Cassini's imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in the US. "In a similar vein, this 'Farewell to Saturn' will forevermore serve as a reminder of the dramatic conclusion to that wondrous time humankind spent in intimate study of our Sun's most iconic planetary system," said Porco.

    Launched in 1997, the Cassini spacecraft orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. The mission made numerous dramatic discoveries, including the surprising geologic activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus and liquid methane seas on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Cassini ended its journey with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, this year, returning unique science data until it lost contact with Earth.

  • Saying the issue was “serious”, the court asked the Health and Family Welfare Ministry and the Central Drug Standards and Control Organization (CDSCO) to file their response on the plea by January 23, the next date of hearing.

    The petition deals with the misuse of topical corticosteroids, a class of drugs used for treating a variety of skin diseases.

    The petition filed by Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL), a leading official body of dermatologists and skin specialists, sought a ban on manufacturing and sale of several skin creams containing steroids that are marketed for skin conditions like pigmentation, itching, fairness and inflammation.

    The plea sought independent high level inquiry into how the CDSCO granted approval for the commercial manufacture, use and sale of hazardous as well as irrational and unscientific steroid combinations and also to order the prosecution of the officers concerned. Advocate Tania Agarwal, appearing for petitioner, contended that the government has to curb the menace of abuse of certain drugs used in treatment of skin diseases that has been affecting the health of millions in India by enforcing the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

    The petition stated that potent topical corticosteroids are being misused in the country to treat bacterial or fungal infections in combination with antibiotics or antifungals, to lighten the skin color in an effort to become fairer, to suppress any itchy, unsightly or painful rash on the skin regardless of its underlying cause.

    “Some major adverse effects are growth retardation in infants and children, Cushing syndrome, suppression of hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, acute adrenal insufficiency, severe hard to treat steroid modified fungal infection of the groin and other body areas, male genital dermatophytoses, topical steroid damaged face,” the petition stated. It also said that supposedly herbal creams also contain steroids.

    "In spite of the fact that these drugs can cause such serious adverse effects, they are sold without medical prescription or control and there is little awareness about the adverse effects among the general public,” said the plea adding that no other country in the world has this combination but there are numerous brands in India which are selling this combination. Many of India’s 8,00,000 pharmacists sell steroid creams without a prescription, ignoring the box warnings, it added.

    The petition also sought direction for government to include, in Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules 1945, the hazardous steroid molecules as proposed by Drugs Technical Advisory Board. Schedule H is the category of drugs which need to be dispensed only through a prescription (not over the counter), and cannot be advertised. The sale of steroid creams is over half a billion dollar business, with almost two-thirds of which are sold without a prescription.

  • The channel had shown footage of what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400, a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past.

    Burkina Faso said on Monday it was recalling its ambassador to Libya and Niger called for a debate on the issue at the upcoming EU-Africa summit at the end of the month in Abidjan.

    Minister of Integration, Aly Coulibaly said, "The scandal which takes place in this moment in Lybia gives us reason entirely, and the Ivorian government condemned those practices from another time which actually takes place in Lybia. It is about black trade, to call it by its name. So it is important that the Lybian authorities take their responsibilities."

    The migrant return was organised by the IOM, the International Office of Migration, which has organised for at least 1,000 people to return from different countries back to Ivory Coast this year.

  • "The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God. Today we are witnessing a beginning of a new and unfolding democracy for our country," Mnangagwa told thousands of supporters gathered outside the ruling ZANU-PF party's offices in the capital.

    Mnangagwa returned to the country earlier in the day, having fled for his safety when the 93-year-old former leader sacked him as vice president two weeks ago to smooth a path to the succession for his wife Grace.

    Parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda said on Wednesday that Mnangagwa would be sworn in as president on Friday (November 24) after being nominated by ZANU-PF to fill the vacancy left by Mugabe.

    "No one is more important than the other. We are all Zimbabweans. We want to grow our economy, we want peace in our country, we want jobs, jobs, jobs in our country...we need the cooperation of our friends outside the continent. That we shall achieve," Mnangagwa added.

  • The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million, announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

    Rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months, the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province unanimously ordered Saeed's release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired on Thursday.

  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission will be notified in due course. He added that naturally the exercise under the 15th Finance Commission will be slightly different compared to previous finance commissions after the implementation of GST on 1 July took away the taxing authority of state governments.

    A Finance Commission is set up every five years. The government had allocated Rs. 10 crore in the 2017-18 budget to the 15th Finance Commission.

  • Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that a bill would be introduced in Parliament to effect the pay hike.

    The increase in the salary and allowances will benefit 31 Judges of Supreme Court of India, including CJI and 1079 Judges, including the Chief Justices of High Courts. Besides this, approximately 2,500 retired Judges will also be benefited on account of revision of pension/gratuity.

    Arrears on account of revised salaries, gratuity, pension and family pension with effect from 1 January 2016 will be paid as one time lump sum payment.

  • The decision has been taken considering the suggestion of the Centre's special representative Dineshwar Sharma. Mehbooba said this confidence-building measure reaffirms
    the central government's commitment to creating an atmosphere for sustained dialogue.

    In a series of tweets, Mehbooba Mufti said, "This confidence building measure reaffirms the Central government's commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K & creating a reconciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue."

    She also added, "It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note. His recommendations are being taken seriously by both the Central & State government. It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. This initiative will provide them an opportunity to rebuild their lives."

  • BrahMos missile provides Indian Air Force a much desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target be in sea or land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.

    IAF is the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed delight over the successful maiden test flight of BrahMos cruise missile from an Air Force jet. In a tweet he Congratulated all those associated with this remarkable feat.

    Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) weighs 2.5 ton and it is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft. The world-class weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission role is now capable of being launched from land, sea and air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India.

    BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.

    Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment. Dr S Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D congratulated the scientists and engineers for this text book kind of flight test.

    Click Here to watch the event.

  • The quest for an open and accessible Internet, he said, often leads to vulnerabilities like cyber attacks, and a major focus area should be training of well-equipped professionals to counter cyber threats.

    Addressing the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi, he said Internet, by nature, is inclusive, but the quest for an open and accessible Internet often leads to vulnerability like cyber attacks. "Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg. They suggest that cyber attacks are a significant threat, especially in the democratic world. We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals. Alertness towards cyber security concerns should become a way of life," the Prime Minister cautioned.

    Global cyber attacks in May-June this year infected more than 3,00,000 computers, disrupting work at banks and multinational firms and shutting down port operations. Stating that 'hacking' may have acquired an exciting, even if dubious, overtone, he said cyber warriors need to be trained and well-equipped to take on cyber threats. "We need to ensure that cyber protection becomes an attractive and viable career option for the youth," PM Modi suggested.

    The Prime Minister put the onus on countries to take responsibility to ensure the digital space does not become a playground for "the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation". "Information sharing and coordination among security agencies is essential to counter the ever-changing threat landscape," he said. "Surely, we can walk the fine balance between privacy and openness on the one hand and national security on the other." The differences between global and open systems, and nation-specific legal requirements can be overcome, he stressed.

    According to PM, while emerging digital technologies could impact the future, important questions of transparency, privacy, trust and security may need to be addressed. PM Modi further said his government has used the trinity of bank accounts, mobile phones and biometric identification number Aadhaar to better target subsidies and prevented leakages of nearly USD 10 billion so far.

    Digital technology has become a great facilitator, giving farmers access to expert advice and good price, enabled small entrepreneurs to supply goods to the government, removed the requirement of pensioners to present themselves before the bank officer and given women jobs, he said. "We shall be happy to share our experiences and success stories with the global community," PM Modi added, inviting the global community to invest in Indian startups.

    He went on to say cyberspace has transformed the world over the last few decades and digital technology today has emerged as a great enabler. "It has paved the way for efficient service delivery and governance. It is improving access, in domains from education to health. And it is helping shape the future of business and economy," the Prime Minister emphasised. "Technology breaks barriers."

    He made the point that digital technology provides the less-privileged sections of society a more level-playing field and on a macro-scale has contributed to emergence of a flat world, where a developing nation like India can compete on a level footing with developed nations. The Prime MInister termed the government's 'Digital India' initiative as the world's largest, technology-led transformative programme.

    The theme this year focuses on inclusive and sustainable development using cyber technology. This is also the core philosophy of PM Modi's Digital India initiative.

    Over 100 countries will be participating in the conference which will see nearly 10,000 participants being held in India for the first time.

    The theme this year is 'Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace'.

    The event has been divided into four broad themes -

    Cyber4growth

    With over 3.5 billion internet users in the world, cyber space is providing unique opportunities to entrepreneurs and innovators of every scale. It is also a key tool for good governance. Discussions on Era of Mobile Governance, disruptions by Technology start-ups and elements of a favourable policy environment for Digital Economy will be held.

    Cyber4Digital Inclusion

    Digital technologies are offering new avenues to make society more inclusive using technologies. GCCS 2017 aims to gather the experts of Digital Inclusion to draw a roadmap for an enhanced inclusive society.

    Cyber4Diplomacy

    Cyber Diplomacy redefines diplomatic relations among states, international organisations and other international bodies. It is a key focus area at GCCS 2017.

    Cyber4Security

    Cyber security and cyber breaches are a major top concern for critical infrastructure like telecom, banking, power etc. Latest trends and developments related to cyber security will be discussed at the Conference.

    GCCS is a prestigious international conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace, which has been taking place since 2011. Four conferences have been held in London, Budapest, Seoul and the Hague. Besides global leaders and IT Ministers of various countries, prominent faces of India Inc including Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, and Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal are also expected to be present at the event.

  • Hyderabad plays host to the summit and Ivanka said the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All" is a key priority for the Trump administration

    Taking Indo-U.S ties to a new high, Prime Minister Modi had invited Ivanka for a visit to India during his US visit in June this year.

    India is "a great friend and partner" in the US and the goal of the collaboration is to grow the shared economic and security partnership. Ivanka would deliver the key note address at the three-day summit, which would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It will be attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs from 170 countries from November 28-30 in Hyderabad

  • Rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months, the board ordered Saeed's release.Last month, the board had allowed a 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire next week.

    The board's order paves the way for Saeed's release. On January 31, Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

    Saeed's four aides were set free in the last week of October. The US has offered a USD 10 million bounty for Saaed. The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.

  • The first twenty-two meetings of PRAGATI have seen a cumulative review of 200 projects with a total investment of Rs. 9.31 lakh crore. Resolution of Public Grievances has also been reviewed in 17 sectors. Today, in the twenty-third meeting, the Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to consumers.

    The Prime Minister was briefed on the action taken to ensure speedy and effective disposal of consumer grievances. Expressing concern over the large number of grievances, the Prime Minister emphasized on the need for improvement in the administrative arrangements, so that consumers can be benefited.

    The Prime Minister reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, and renewable energy sectors, spread over several states including Uttarakhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Nagaland, Assam, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. These projects are cumulatively worth over 30,000 crore rupees.

    The Prime Minister reviewed the progress in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY). He said that funds accruing to the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) should be utilized to strategically focus upon and eliminate major development issues or deficits that these districts currently face.

    He said this should be done in a focused way, so as to achieve the greatest possible, tangible results by 2022, which marks 75 years of independence

  • On the occasion, the President Ram Nath Kovind paid floral tributes at the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at INA complex.

    The President was accompanied by first lady of the country Savita Kovind and an entourage that included officials of Rashtrapati Bhawan, Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Chief Miniser N. Biren Singh, Cabinet Ministers and MLAs.

    The President also visited the INA Museum located within the INA Memorial Complex. The President was briefed by the officials of the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur about history of the INA soldiers and the Battles of Imphal that happened during Second World War.

    The President wrote on the visitor’s book of the Museum, “I offer my humble tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian National Army who made supreme sacrifices to liberate Mother India under exemplary leadership of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. This monument reminds us of the valour of the INA and makes us commit ourselves to the service of the Nation.”

    It may be mentioned that President Ram Nath Kovind is the second President of India to visit INA Memorial Complex, Moirang after President V.V. Giri who visited the INA Complex on 21st October, 1972.

    The President Ram Nath Kovind who arrived in Imphal yesterday to inaugurate the NEDS 2017 and Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 reached Moirang by helicopter and visited INA Memorial Complex to pay floral tributes to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and martyrs of INA.

  • Addressing a press conference, Hardik said that they never asked for any seat from Congress, rather the fight was for reservation.

    He also said that Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46 once they come to power. He added that Congress will have to put this reservation formula with details, in their manifesto.

    Hardik however, said that they are not openly extending support to Congress, but since they are in fight with BJP, the support goes to Congress.

    He also said that there are no differences in Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) as have been reported in media and that the movement will continue with all strength and unity.The press conference was held in the backdrop of tension prevailing between the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and the Congress over allocation of tickets for the Gujarat polls.

    Hardik Patel claimed that reservation above 50 percent can be given in Gujarat since at least 9 states have already given reservation to deserving categories above 50 percent.

  • Election rallies, meetings and door to door campaigns are being organised in almost every district. Various social media platforms are also being used to woo the voters especially the youths. Meanwhile, security has been enhanced keeping in view recent attacks on some candidates. A meeting of National Security Committee under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was held at Kathmandu on Tuesday to review the security arrangements.

    Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav also held a meeting of high level election security committee at Kathmandu on Tuesday. In the meeting Dr Yadav requested Nepal Government to ensure security of voters. In last few days number of attacks on candidates and election rallies has been reported in different parts of Nepal. Elections for parliament and state assemblies will be held in two phases on November 26 and December 7.

    Total 5184 candidates including 386 women are in fray for 165 constituencies of House of Representatives and 330 seats of Provincial Assemblies in 77 districts.

  • The missile was gravity dropped from the Su-30 from fuselage, and the two stage missile's engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal.

    The successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF's air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges.

    Brahmos ALCM weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons.

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment

  • International leaders, policy makers, industry experts and cyber wizards will gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.

    The theme this year focuses on inclusive and sustainable development using cyber technology. This is also the core philosophy of PM Modi's Digital India initiative.

    Flags of over 100 countries waving to welcome nearly 10,000 participants at the prestigious Global Conference on Cyberspace, being held in India for the first time.

    The theme this year is an Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace. This is also the corner stone for PM Modi's Digital India initiative.

    With over 3.5 billion internet users in the world, cyber space is providing unique opportunities to entrepreneurs and innovators of every scale. It is also a key tool for good governance.

  • Addressing mediapersons jointly with Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after the cabinet meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed that the Cabinet also gave nod to setting up of 15th Finance Commission.

    He said terms of reference for the commission will be notified in due course of time.

    The approval means now the PSU companies can increase the wages for employees, but the entire financial implication would be borne by the respective CPSEs from their internal resources and no budgetary support for any wage increase shall be provided by the government.

    The Union Cabinet also stated that the Management of CPSEs where the five year periodicity is followed, will have to ensure that negotiated scales of pay for two successive wages negotiations do not exceed the existing scales of pay of executives/officers.

    There are about 320 CPSEs in the country and this decision will bring much relief to 9.35 lakh employees.

    In another major decision, the Cabinet further approved revision of salary of High Court and Supreme Court judges. The Cabinet also approved signing of India - Russia Agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism and organized crime.

    Cabinet also cleared the ordinance on changes to the Bankruptcy Code as well as introduction of a new scheme - ‘Mahila Shakti Kendra’.

  • In a study published in the Journal Nature Medicine, the group from Stanford University and National Institute of Health (NIH) found that a molecule, called CD22, can serve as a potent target for the killer cells of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    The development comes after the US Food and Drug Administration last year approved a cell-based gene therapy, namely the CAR T-cell treatment.

    It works by genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to seek out and attack leukemia cells that have a molecule called CD19 on their surface. Such a therapy relies on the patient’s own T cells — a type of immune cell that can become a powerful killing machine.

    Stanford oncologist Crystal Mackall and NIH’s pediatric haematologist Terry Fry, discovered that a molecule called CD22 can be a similar target. Scientists treated 21 patients with treatment-resistant B-cell leukemia who are aged seven to 30 to test the new CD22-directed method.

    Seventeen of them were previously treated with CD19-directed therapy and 15 of them had either relapsed or failed to respond. They found that at the lowest dose level, one in six patients achieved complete remission after treatment, and with an escalated dose, 11 of 15 patients entered remission.

  • "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ride-sharing giant in August.

    Two members of the Uber information security team who "led the response" that included not alerting users that their data was breached were let go from the San Francisco-based company effective today, according to Khosrowshahi.

    The Uber chief said he only recently learned that outsiders had broken into a cloud-based server used by the company for data and downloaded a "significant" amount of information. Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 6,00,000 drivers, according to Uber.

    Uber paid the hackers USD 1,00,000 to destroy the data, not telling riders or drivers whose information was at risk, according to a source familiar with the situation. Co-founder and ousted chief Travis Kalanick was advised of the breach shortly after it was discovered, but it was not made public until Uber's new boss Khosrowshahi learned of the incident. "You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later," Khosrowshahi said. "I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it."

    Khosrowshahi said that what he learned about Uber's failure to notify users or regulators prompted corrective actions. Uber is notifying drivers whose license numbers were swiped, and offering them credit and identity theft protections. The company also said it is notifying regulators, and monitoring affected rider accounts for signs of fraud.

    "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes," Khosrowshahi said. "We are changing the way we do business." Khosrowshahi inherited a litany of scandals and a toxic workplace culture when he replaced Kalanick. Kalanick's brash style has been credited with driving Uber to the leading spot in the smartphone-summoned ride market, but also blamed for fostering an atmosphere of impropriety and rule breaking at the company.

  • The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States.

    Former President Barack Obama's administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.

    The Obama administration extended the status several times after the initial designation.

    Duke decided to terminate the special status after a U.S. review of the conditions in Haiti found the country had made considerable progress, a senior official with President Donald Trump's administration told a briefing.

    One day after the announcement, rallies were held near Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and on the steps of a U.S. Immigration office in New York City. "I just think it's really inhumane and unconscionable really for the president of the United States to do this," said New York State Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou.

    In the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, where many Haitian immigrants live, it was the talk of the day at Radio Soleil, a popular Haitian radio station. Ricot Dupuy, Director and Station Manager at Radio Soleil said he hoped the decision to end TPS was just more tough talk from President Trump. We are hoping that this whole thing could simply be red meat to the base. Red meat to Trump's base. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not stupid. They know that TPS holders, it's good for this country. The business community knows it's good for them. And eventually they may have the last word."

    "Trump, as a business person may know, he truly knows it's good for business," Dupuy added. "But again, he has a base that needs red meat. Stick it! Give it to the immigrants! I love it! Even though he may know that eventually it may not fly. The business community must challenge this and that's one thing the Haitian community and the TPS holders are hoping."

    The decision to end TPS for Haitians is part of Trump's broader efforts to tighten restrictions on immigration, and comes despite calls from even some fellow Republicans to continue the relief.

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida published an opinion piece in the Miami Herald on Friday urging the administration to renew Haiti's TPS designation for another 18 months, citing ongoing natural disasters, health epidemics and security issues since the 2010 quake.

  • The speaker of Zimbabwean parliament announced Mugabe's resignation on Tuesday at a session that was underway to begin impeachment proceedings against the former president.

    The 93-year-old, President of Zimbabwe for 37 years, had refused to give in to demands for his resignation.

    Mounting pressure, the loss of his party support and the prospect of impeachment eventually proved too much to bear. "I, Robert Gabriel in terms of Section 96, Sub Section 1 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formerly tender my resignation as the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, with immediate effect," Mugabe said in his statement of resignation.

    Former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been nominated by the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party to replace Mugabe.

    The announcement sparked wild scenes of celebration among Zimbabwean people. "I was born in 1980. Mugabe was in power, up to today for three generations, Mugabe has been in power, everyone has been suffering because of Mugabe and nothing has been done. And today marks the new independence," said a young man.

    "On behalf of Zimbabwe, I am so happy. We are liberated. I am so happy for our children, for our generation. I believe this is the new generation, this is the new beginning," said a woman. "The joy that you are seeing is because the young are looking forward to getting jobs, the young are looking forward to a better future, the young are looking forward to a prosperous Zimbabwe," added a local resident.

  • The process of transferring goods to India via Air Corridor program has continued on a regular basis. The result of the program's success goes to the strong coordination and cooperation amongst the government entities and private sector.

    The operation of the flights recently conducted were in a very smooth and standard manner.

    Meanwhile, Afghan traders have exported 3.3 metric tonnes of fresh fruits from Kandahar International Airport to Dubai International Airport via two flights on November 8 and November 19.

    In the near future, the government of Afghanistan is planning to start export of more goods through air corridor program to other regional and neighboring countries, particularly to UAE.

  • Almost 40 films are lined up in various categories in various languages. They include the likes of Sean Connery-starrer Dr.NO, Amir Khan Starrer, The Secret Super Star and The Baahubali 2: The Conclusion among others.

    The day began with screening of film, Khibula, directed by George Ovashvili. Among foreign films, a special curated section of James Bond films would be showcased at the event. The first of its kind in the country, the specially curated package is aimed at celebrating the most famous spy in films. Viewers will have a date with 'Dr No', directed by Terence Young on Wednesday.

    The list also includes 'Chameli Memsaab' directed by Abdul Majid. Chameli Memsaab is a 1975 Assamese drama film, set in a tea estate in Assam, revolving around a love story between a British tea estate owner and local tea garden worker.

    Besides, 1984 Hindi film 'Khandar' directed by Mrinal Sen, too is lined up for screening. The film is based on a Bengali short story and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

    But the movie lovers are anxiously waiting for are 'The Secret Superstar, directed by Advait Chandan and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, directed by SS Rajamouli. While, the Amir-Khan starrer - The Secret Superstar will be screened in the afternoon while Baahubali 2 will be showcased later in the evening.

    To sum up, the event provides an opportunity for film lovers to watch and enjoy the best of the best and critically acclaimed movies at International Film Festival in Goa.

  • Acting on a petition by S Durga's director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the court ordered that the certified version of the film be screened at the festival.

    I&B Ministry standing counsel said the government was considering a challenge to the order.

    The Ministry argued that the filmmakers had submitted an uncertified version of the film for the festival, and in such a case, the film needed to get exemption from the Ministry as per regulations.

  • “Today’s Doodle by illustrator Shreya Gupta shows the courageous doctor among her patients, doing the dedicated work of a skilled physician,” read Google's blog post.

    However, apart from her paving the way for future female medicine practitioners, Rukhmabai did one other very important thing - she refused to live on anyone else's terms - a decision that was much ahead of her time, even though she was married at the young age of 11.

    Raut was married to Dadaji Bhikaji, after she had lost her father at the age of eight. Raut's mother later married an eminent physician and the founding member of Bombay Natural History Society, Dr. Sakharam Arjun. However, Rukhmabai continued to stay with her mother and stepfather and finally, seven years later, Dadaji moved the court in the hopes that the judiciary would order her to live with him.

    But Rukhmabai wouldn't budge. Rukhmabai believed that no woman should be forced to live with her husband, if she is not interested. She was supported by her stepfather and he helped her fight her case. The verdict, after a battle of three years, went in Dadaji's favour. When told that she would face imprisonment if she didn't follow the court's order, Rukhmabai said that she'd happily go to jail.

    The Rukhmabai vs. Dadaji case triggered a massive row and led to a debate in India and England. Queen Victoria, later overturned the court's order and despite protests from conservative Indians, the government made the Age of Consent Act, 1891.

  • Sudip Datta Bhowmik was working for a vernacular daily and was also contributing to local television channel.

    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar condemned Bhowmik's murder and ordered Director General of Police to take stern action against the murder accused at the earliest.

    Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has strongly condemned the killing of journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik. BJP has called for a 12-hour strike in the state on Wednesday in protest of the killing.

    The incident comes two months after, journalist Santanu Bhowmik, was hacked to death while covering a clash between two rival tribal groups at Mandai, about 35 km from Agartala.

  • The team has been asked to submit a report within two weeks.

    Gurugram Civil Surgeon B.K. Rajaura said a team comprising a Deputy Civil Surgeon, a paediatrician and epidemiologist was constituted to look into the matter.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said no hospital in the State will be allowed to play with the health and sentiments of the people.

    Meanwhile, Union health minister J P Nadda has assured the bereaved family of action in the matter following an uproar.

    The patient, Adya Singh, had died in Fortis hospital, Gurugram following a 15-day long stay in pediatric ICU where she was on a ventilator for 11 days in September.

  • The search operation is underway.

  • State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already cast his vote at a polling station in Gorakhpur a short while back. This is the first major electoral battle for the new chief minister Adityanath following his landslide victory in the state.

    In all 625 urban local bodies will go to poll in three phases and results will be announced on December 1.

    Polling in the other two phases would be held on November 26 and 29.

    Poling is being held for five municipal corporations, 71 Nagar Palika Parishads and 154 Nagar Panchayats in the first phase.

  • Before opening the film, 'Pihu' Director Vinod Kapri, was felicitated. It was indeed an emotional moment for the director who is also known for critically acclaimed 'Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho'.

    The film "pihu", is unique in the sense that its protagonist is a two-year-old child and is the only character in the film. The story, a social thriller, is based on a true incident reported in a national daily in 2014, where a tittle girl was left alone at home by her parents. The 2-year old girl 'Pihu', played by Pihu Myra Vishwakarma struggles to wake an unresponsive mother in an empty house scattered with the remains of last night's birthday party. The film is an edge of the seat entertainer on how an empty house with everybody objects can be sinister for an unsupervised child.

    Indian Panorama section has 26 feature and 16 non-feature films in the line-up, including Baluta, Jolly LLB 2 and Village Rockstars among other.

    The festival which goes on for over a week every year, has everything for viewers. The historic festival is also provides an opportunity to upcoming film makers to connect and build together.

  • Apart from the business connect, there are 1.3 million Canadians with Indian roots, many of whom are associated with the film industry. Over a dozen Canadian films will be screened over the next seven days. This is significant....considering that IFFI 2017 Country Focus on Canada kicked off....with "Old Stone" as the opening film....Here's more.

    This perhaps explains the choice of Canada as a focus country at the 48th International Film Fest of India. The close people to people ties the two countries share are part of cinematic expression. Deepa Mehta, Akshay Kumar…the shared talent is huge.

    Nearly a dozen films from the country will be screened, in association with Telefilm Canada. Eight of these films have been curated by the renowned Toronto International Film festival.

    The special focus kicked off with "Old Stone", directed by Johnny Ma, as the opening film. Made in collaboration with China, the film revolves around a hard-working cab driver in a bustling Chinese metropolis, who is plunged into a bureaucratic nightmare when he takes an injured man to the hospital.

    "Meditation Park" directed by Mina Shum will be also be showcased at the country focus - gala screening.

    The festival is hosting a Canadian delegation and the Canada pavilion is abuzz with activity. There is a special focus on co-productions between Canada and India. A seminar will be held to bring film-makers from both countries on the same page.

    Film-maker Atom Egoyan will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished Director, Writer and Producer, Egoyan has made a mark in the mainstream and alternate cinema all over the world. His work is often credited for exploring different themes that carry a rich amount of emotions and effective use of Technology. Three of the best films by Atom Egoyan 'Exotica', 'The Sweet Hereafter' and 'Remember' will be screened.

  • Another huge success for the security forces in the valley. Operation all out continues unabataed as three terrorists belonging to Lashkar E Toiba, were killed by security forces on Tuesday in a joint operation, in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The Joint operation of Army, CRPF and Jammu Kashmir Police began on Monday night and continued till Tuesday morning. Huge cache of ammunition has been recovered. All the three killed were Pakistani nationals and belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    In fact, since the state formulated a policy on surrender of Kashmiri Youth who have joined the terrorist ranks. The leaders of terror networks are rattled . In fact , Prime Minister Narendra Modi also appealed to the people to help rebuild Kashmir from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15.

    On November 17, Majid, the footballer turned LeT terrorist surrendered, after his mother appealed to him on Social Media to return home. As his homecoming triggered huge interest in the valley, many parents followed suit to connect with their children. It didn't take long for tangible results to appear. Two more youths have now shunned the path of terror and returned back for peace and harmony.

    Many parents have now adopted the social media platforms to appeal to the children to come back to the mainstream. In addition Army's Operation All Out campaign has considerably reduced terror incidents in the valley. The terrorist organisations across the border are, therefore, feeling the heat.

    In the last few days, security forces have achieved a series of successes against terrorists in Kashmir. In November, security agencies have gunned down many big names or close associates from across the border.

    The terrorists killed, include the son of Abdul Rehman Makki, the son of Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's nephew Owaad alias Osmana Jangi, who were handlers of the terrorists.

    Earlier, on November 7, the militant named Talha Rashid, nephew of Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed was neutralized.

  • The race was deadlocked until the 11th round of voting at the UNGA and UNSC. The deadlock was broken just ahead of the 12th round when British candidate Christopher Greenwood withdrew from the race while India stood its ground.

    For the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ. So here's how India scripted history.

    "Vande Matram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind". This tweet by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says it all.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari for scripting History and said that the reelection was a proud moment for the nation.
    "I congratulate Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice. His re-election is a proud moment for us"

    India achieving a major diplomatic victory as it nominee to the International Court of Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to world court.

    For the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ. Locked in a bitter electoral fight with the British Candidate Christopher Greenwood, Justice Bhandari was declared winner after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.

    Justice Bhandari received 183 -193 votes in the General Assembly , while all 15 votes in the UN Security Council went in his favour at the separate and simultaneous elections which were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

    Dramatic Turn of Events At UN Justice Bhandari and British Candidate Christopher Greenwood were in the neck to neck race for the last seat the last seat of the ICJ.

    The voting for the last seat was headed in different directions in UNGA and UNSC. While in United Nations General Assembly the Indian nominee was way ahead with 115 , or nearly 2/3rds of the members supporting him while only 76 supported Britain.

    In United Nations security council Greenwood consistently received nine votes as against five for Justice Bhandari.

    Before the 12th round of voting the British Permanent Representative to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

    In the letter which was read out simultaneously in both chambers Rycroft said that its candidate Judge Christopher Greenwood had decided to withdraw from the election.

    Though that left Justice Bhandari as the only candidate in the race, the chambers still went through the formal motion of voting to complete the formalities.

    India's Ambassador to UN Syed Akbaruddin has said that development shows India's increasing political influence. He also highlighted the tremendous efforts that has gone in ensuring the victory for Indian candidate at the elections

    Efforts of team India at united nations were immediately lauded by a proud nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA officials for the win while also thanking the members of united nations for keeping faith and trust in India.

    "Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India's re-election to ICJ."

    " Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj complimented her ministry's officials for their efforts in ensuring his success making a special mention of India's Permanent Representative in the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

    "Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re- election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team - MEA. Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention."

    International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Britain will not have a judge on the world court's 15-member panel for the first time.

    70 years old Justice Dalveer Bhandari will have a second tenure for 9 years at the ICJ.

  • The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

  • The Court observed that CBI did not submit any evidence against conductor and allowed the bail with a bond of Rs 50,000.

    Lawyer of conductor, Anil Sharma said that the bail was granted under Article 21 of the constitution and there were lot of differences between findings of CBI and Haryana Police, so the court given benefit of doubt to the conductor.