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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  •  Decision

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Westminster Magistrates' Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that Mallya can be extradited to India to stand trial on the charges brought by the CBI and ED. The judge referred the extradition case to Secretary of State.

    The ruling marked a significant point in the high-profile extradition trial that has lasted over a year.

    Earlier in the day, Mallya sought to disprove the narrative that he has "stolen" money and said his offer to repay the principal amount to the Indian banks was "not bogus".

    Mallya made the remarks while talking to reporters outside the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

    The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss was on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year.

    "My settlement offer is made before the Karnataka High Court. It is not related to this extradition trial. Nobody disrespects a court of law by making a bogus offer. The assets have been attached by the ED so they cannot be bogus assets," he said, asserting that his offer to repay the principal amount was not bogus.

    The embattled liquor tycoon said that the value of his assets is more than enough to pay everybody and that is exactly what he was focusing on. "I want to disprove the narrative that I have stolen (money)," he said.

    He said his legal team will review the judgment and take proper steps thereafter. In reference to settlement offer to Karnataka High Court, Mallya said that he has requested the court that if the settlement is granted then first the employees of Kingfisher be paid.

    The trial, which opened at the Magistrates' Court on December 4 last year, has gone through a series of hearings beyond the initial seven days earmarked for it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

    The President also awarded the meritorious students.

    The educational institution is run by Gorakhnath Muthh.

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    They have been divided into 8 sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The agreement is set to be implemented from next month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BELGIUM BEAT SOUTH AFRICA 5-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    West Bengal government said the yatra might cause communal tension.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Meanwhile Qatar has announced its exit from the oil grouping.

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

  • The apex court also ordered attachment of four swanky corporate offices of the realty firm at Noida and Greater Noida, and asked the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Delhi to auction them. 

    A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit described the company a worst kind of cheater and a perfect liar for not complying with the court’s direction. 

    The top court gave a window to the firm’s directors and their family members to return home-buyers’ money by the December 10. 

    The court also asked the company to explain by next week the diversion of around Rs. 3,000 crore of home-buyers money for other purposes. 

    The apex court also issued notice to the Amrapali Group CMD Anil Sharma and its directors, Chief Financial officer and statutory auditor Anil Mittal, asking them why a criminal case for breach of trust should not be lodged against them.

    The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by home buyers who are seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in various projects of Amrapali Group.

  • According to WHO, exposure to pollution results in seven million deaths every year. The organisation says climate change affects a number of diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, stroke or ischemic heart diseases.

    Speaking during COP24, United Nations talks on climate change in Katowice, Poland, WHO's head of environmental determinants of health, Maria Neira said a number of pulmonary and heart diseases caused by pollution were not included in decision-making processes and documents related to climate change.

    Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, a team leader for climate change and health with WHO, added that health benefits of meeting the 2 Degree C Goal, which aims to cap a rise in average surface temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), are approximately twice the value of what it would cost to implement that mitigation at the global level.

    COP24 talks are billed as the most important U.N. conference since the landmark Paris 2015 deal on climate change.

    Over the next two weeks, the aim is to make an end-of-year deadline for agreeing a rule book on how to enforce global action to limit further warming of the planet.

  • According to a list published by online platform twiplomacy, PM Modi is closely followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo with 12.2 million followers.

    With 10 million followers, US President Donald Trump is at the third position on photo-sharing platform. 

    The picture of newly married Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma meeting the Prime mMinister has become the most liked picture posted by any world leader. The picture has received 18,34,707 hearts since all three have a combined following of 55 million on Instagram. 

    The picture of PM Modi standing at a bus stop in snowy Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum 2018 is the second most liked picture with a total of 16,35,978 likes. 

    The Prime Minister is also active on Twitter and Facebook. With more than 43 million followers on his Twitter account and more than 40 million likes on Facebook, he is one of the most popular global leaders on social media platforms. 

    In 2015, he launched NaMo app to give his followers all the latest information and his day-to-day activities. 

  • Afterward, he was laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

    The body of the former President was taken from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where a public viewing began. Bush and his late wife, Barbara Bush, were longtime worshippers at St. Martin's.

    Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics.

    Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at Washington's National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a "kinder, gentler" nation.

    Bush, the 41st U.S. president, occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces from oil-rich Kuwait.

  • Putin accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact.

    He said it seems the US believe that the situation has changed so much that it has to have this type of weapons.

    Putin's remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting that Washington will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian cheating.

    President Donald Trump earlier this year announced his decision to withdraw from the INF, accusing Russia and China, which is not a signatory to the treaty, of violating it.