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  • 1. At an spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala here today, Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 328 cadets of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard and two International cadets one each from Tanzania and Maldives passed out of the hallowed portals of INA on successful completion of their training.

  • Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI

  • Rashtrapati Bhavan will now be open for public viewing for four days in a week - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - from tomorrow (November 23, 2017) between 0900 hrs. to 1600 hrs. except on Gazetted Holidays.

  • In context of incorrect and mischievous reporting by some of the media channels on Tamil Nadu regarding alleged incident involving fishing boat Jehovah Jireh in Palk Bay, following is stated:

  • 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$ 60.95 per barrel (bbl) on 21.11.2017.

  • The momentum set by the first day of the Curtain Raiser to GCCS 2017, was well maintain on the second day as well. Besides the ongoing 36-hour challenge in the Grand Finale of the Global Cyber Challenge - Peace-a-thon, one of the major highlights of the GCCS 2017, the second day began with a session on Cyber Security in the Commonwealth. The session took place in a workshop format with plenary discussion, which was attended by over 100 people including Government officials, business and civil society representatives from Commonwealth countries.

  • A two day National Consultation of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP), an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission began today at New Delhi. Representatives

  • The International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: ‘Trends and Opportunities for Industry’ was concluded here today. The seminar was organised by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Antrix Corporation Limited (the commercial arm of ISRO), in coordination with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that . He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum with the theme 'Fostering Innovations in Fisheries and Aquaculture', in Kochi, Kerala today. The Governor of Kerala, Shri P. Sathasivam, the Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering & Cashew Industry, Kerala, Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, the Minister for Local Self-Governments, Welfare of Minorities, Wakf and Haj, Kerala, Dr. K.T. Jaleel and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

  • 1. I am happy to be here at the inauguration of the Northeast Development Summit. This is my first visit to the region and to the state of Manipur since taking office as the President of India, and I am truly glad that it has coincided with this very important event.

  • Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of inauguration of Manipur Sangai festival 2017

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Northeast Development Summit in Imphal, Manipur, today (November 21, 2017).

  • A world class Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up by Ministry of Shipping in collaboration with Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) under the Ministry’s flagship Sagarmala Programme.

  • The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot visited the annual fair of artisans from across the country

  • A two-day conference of all Commanders of Eastern Air Command commenced on 21 November 2017 at Shillong. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC addressed the EAC Commanders. The conference is being hosted by Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command.

  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that during the current financial year 2017-18 NCDC not only continued its excellent performance, but also registered a record by surpassing its annual target in first 6 months.

  • Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that the previously implemented "Letter of Permit" or "L.O.P." system in the E.E.E. has been stopped since January, 2017.

  • India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals and also focusing on developing India as a hub for affordable medical devices.

  • Sustainable waste management is the need of the hour, which involves managing waste in an environmentally sound, socially satisfactory and techno-economically viable manner. The waste management hierarchy demands firstly

  • Fulfilling the demand of more than three old decades of local public of Kirandul for running of an “Express Train” in their area, Indian Railways has extended the existing special train between Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur upto Kirandul (in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh State) with effect from 20th November, 2017. This is the first ‘Express’ category train for the people of Kirandul which is a left wing extremist affected area.

  • Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the In...

  • Centre has asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to withdraw cases of first time offenders involved in stone-pelting. Sources in the Home Ministry said, ...

  • In Gujarat, scrutiny of nomination papers for the first phase of Assembly elections is being held. The filing of nominations ended last evening. A tot...

  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods, FMCG companies, including ITC, Dabur, HUL and Marico, have said that they have cut prices of various products to pass on the benefits of the GST rate reduction to end-consumers. The companies said yesterday that they will extend the price reduction to other categories, which have also seen tax rate cuts.

  • Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has ordered an enquiry into the death of a child during treatment at the Fortis Hospital, Gurugram and alleged overcharging by the hospital. The hospital reportedly slapped a bill of 18 lakh rupees for treatment of the child suffering from dengue.

  • The United States has imposed sanctions against 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations for helping evade nuclear restrictions against North Korea and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal.

  • Stocks were on the upswing today as the key Sensex rose 112 points on the back of institutional buying, with an appreciating rupee keeping mood upbeat.

  • In Uttar Pradesh, voting for first phase of Urban Local Bodies elections is underway at 230 local bodies spread in 24 districts.

  • In the AIBA women youth boxing championship, seven Indian pugilists will vie for Semi final berth in different weight categories in Guwahati today.

  • 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 police, CRPF and Army strengthened the cordon and tried to flush out the terrorists. The terrorists opened fire, killing a soldier and injuring two other jawans. The operation is currently underway in Trehgam.

    Meanwhile, a soldier was martyred and three Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in two separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.

    Security forces launched a search operation at Magam in the Handwara area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir following information about the presence of terrorists there.

    Terrorists were asked to surrender but they opened fire on security forces. The troops retaliated and in the exchange of fire, which lasted over an hour, three Pakistani terrorists of the LeT were killed.

  • 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.

  • While addressing a rally at Bhavnagar in the state, BJP president Amit Shah called the poll a fight between Congress' caste and dynastic politics, and Prime Minister's development agenda. Congress however, rejected the claim, saying it only does development politics and not caste politics.

    On the last day of filing of nomination for the first phase elections in Gujarat, Several leaders from the ruling BJP and Congress filed their nomination papers. Leaders left no stone unturned in ensuring that they were accompanied in a grand procession to file their nominations In the first phase, 89 seats in 17 districts of Gujarat will go to vote on December 9.

    The election fever is rising in the state with candidates indulging in hectic campaigning. Gujarat BJP's veteran leader Jitu Waghani who is in the fray from Bhavnagar West constituency with party president Amit Shah. Prominent Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil,a well-known name from the royal family in Gujarat is campaigning in Mandi assembly seat.

    Similarly, Desha Punjabhai Bhimabhai is contesting on the Congress ticket from Una seat and he also filed his nomination.

    Jakhna Ben filed her nomination papers from the Chaurasia seat, on the BJP ticket. Union Minister Jitendra Singh accompanied her as she filed her nomiantion papers.

    The final picture is the political seat of Jamjodhar constituency, which is very important as the present state agriculture minister Chimanbhai Saapraria is in the fray as a BJP candidate.

    After the nomination process is over, two weeks of frentic campaigning will follow on all 89 seats in fray for the first phase . BJP national president Amit Shah addressed a public meeting in Bhavnagar and thereafter accompanied Gujarat BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani as he filed his nomination papers. Laterm he said that the party is robust and expects to win more than 150 seats. He stressed that people will choose politics of development over caste politics.

    On the other hand, while responding to the allegations made by BJP for doing politics of caste, Gujarat state congress president Bharat Singh Solanki said that Congress only believes in politics of development. Dismissing the party's differences with leaders of the Patidar movement, he said that the matter will be resolved soon through negotiation.

    On the other hand, many Patidar leaders are still angry with the Congress ticket distribution and the logjam with the quota warrior Hardik Patel and his team continues. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and Congress joint rally in Rajkot on Wedneday to cement the pact has been reportedly cancelled after a split in the ranks while the combined Press briefing in Ahmedabad was also rescheduled. The two sides have been unable to come at a decision on the seat sharing formula.

    Meanwhile, in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections, 89 seats will be held on December 9 and in the second phase, on December 14, 93 seats will go to vote. The election results will be announced on December 18.

  • In the letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani last week, Raje had suggested that a committee of historians, film experts and members from the Rajput community be formed to look into the film's subject and necessary changes be made to it so that it does not hurt the sentiments of any community.

    In a statement late last night, Raje made it clear that the film will not be released until the suggestions given to the Centre are incorporated. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria informed the chief minister on Monday that film distributors are not willingly to purchase rights of the movie till the controversy is resolved.

    The film is based on Rajput queen Padmavati. Various Rajput groups have been protesting across the country, including in Rajasthan, against the film, alleging it "distorts" history and hurts sentiments of people. Raje had said that a filmmaker has the right to make a film as per their understanding but provisions were also there in the Constitution to control such rights in case public sentiments are hurt and law and order disrupted.

  • US President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday. "Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. It should have happened a long time ago. It should have happened years ago," Trump said in his address to the Cabinet. "It's really just the latest step in a series of, as you can see, ongoing steps to increase the pressure - I call it the peaceful pressure campaign; the president calls it the maximum pressure campaign. So, there's no confusion, they're one and the same," Tillerson told reporters.

    He said the move was to "hold North Korea accountable for a number of actions that they've taken over the last several months, the last year or so". Tillerson said the actions Pyongyang had taken, including assassinations outside of the country using banned chemical weapons, were all very serious actions that put the public at risk. "So that, along with a number of other actions that they've taken, resulted in their designation, now, again, as a state sponsor of terrorism," he said. "It may, though, disrupt and dissuade some third parties from undertaking certain activities with North Korea, as it does impose a prohibition on a number of other activities that might not be covered by existing sanctions," he added.

    Tillerson said the decision more importantly is to point out North Korea's illicit and unlawful behaviour internationally. "We felt it necessary to reimpose the designation for that reason," he said. He said there was a very specific designation process that the US goes through at the State Department to meet the criteria to make such a designation. "We wanted to ensure we had fully met all those requirements. Again, this is all part of just continuing to turn this pressure up. We continue to turn the pressure up on North Korea by getting other countries to join and take actions on their own," he said. "We've had other countries - in our visit to Vietnam, they have committed that they're going to curtail activities further with North Korea. Malaysia has indicated their curtailment. Singapore has cut off all trade with North Korea.

    The Philippines have cut off all trade," he said. The Sudanese government, which have traditionally been buying military weapons from North Korea, have agreed to halt all those purchases as well, he added. "So it's taking effect all around the world. We think, as it takes effect, again, this just continues to tighten the pressure on the Kim regime, all with an intention to have him understand, this is only going to get worse until you're ready to come and talk," he said. Tillerson said the US has not given up on China agreeing to oil embargo. "With China we continue to talk with them, fist to ensure that they are fully committed to implementing all the UN sanctions and they have assured us they are. Which, as you'll recall, the last round of sanctions imposed a pretty severe restriction on the import of finished products, so fuels, petroleum, diesel, jet fuel and whatnot," he said. "But we have suggested to them, look you control that oil pipeline that feeds their refinery. You can do that unilaterally on your own if you want to increase that pressure. Whether they're doing that or not, we don't know and it's very difficult for us to know whether they're taking actions to curtail oil supplies to them," Tillerson said.

    Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on August 29 in a major escalation of tensions by Pyongyang. Five days later, it carried out a sixth nuclear test, sending tensions soaring over its weapons ambitions and causing global concern.

  • The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time until July 2019 to give Haitians time to prepare to return home. "Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent," the department said in a press release. "Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens." Advocates and members of Congress from both parties had asked the Trump administration for an 18-month extension of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status. Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government also requested the extension.

    Rony Ponthieux, a 49-year-old Haitian nurse with temporary residency who has lived in Miami since 1999, told The Associated Press, "This isn't over, this is time we get to fight for renewal, not to pack our bags." She has a daughter and a son born in the United States and another son in Port- au-Prince. "We need to push Washington to provide a legal status for us with TPS," Ponthieux said. "This is anti-immigrant policy." Advocates for Haitians quickly criticized the decision, arguing the conditions in the island nation haven't improved nearly enough for Haitians to be deported. Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, expressed "strong opposition" to the measure and urged the administration to reconsider. "Forcing them to leave the United States would be detrimental," he said in a press release. "Almost eight years later, Haiti remains in total disarray and still requires much rebuilding." Amanda Baran, policy consultant at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, called the termination of the status a "heartless decision" and said the Trump administration has no plan in place for the U.S.-born children who may now lose their Haitian parents and caregivers to deportation.

    While Haiti has made advances spurred by international aid since the quake, the Caribbean nation remains one of the poorest in the world. More than 2.5 million people, roughly a quarter of the population, live on less than $1.23 a day, which authorities there consider extreme poverty. The United Nations last month ended a peacekeeping mission in Haiti that, at its peak, included more than 10,000 troops. Its new mission is comprised of about 1,300 international civilian police officers and 350 civilians who will help the country try to reform a deeply troubled justice system. The Homeland Security Department made its announcement 60 days before temporary status for the Haitians is set to expire. In May, the agency extended the program for only six months instead of the customary 18, and urged Haitians under the program to get their affairs in order and prepare to go home.

  • This will be the 34-year-old actor's maiden visit to the festival. "I look forward to being a part of IFFI 2017. This year is special because it will be my first visit there. I'm happy to be part of Asia's oldest festival as it celebrates the Future of cinema this year," Katrina said in a statement.

    Superstar Salman Khan also her co-star from "Tiger Zinda Hai" will bring down the curtains on the festival on November 28. He will be accompanied by his "Tubelight" co-star, child artiste Matin Rey Tangu. The festival was inaugurated on Monday by superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

  • Security forces launched a search operation at Magam in Handwara area of Kupwara District in north Kashmir following information about presence of terrorists there, a police official said. He said three Lashkar ultras have been killed. The operation was underway when reports last came in.

  • It was published in Nature Geoscience by the U.S. Geological Survey and said that the granular flow is sand and dust rather than liquid water.

    These new findings indicate that present-day Mars may not have a significant volume of liquid water. The water-restricted conditions that exist on Mars would make it difficult for Earth-like life to exist near the surface of the planet.

    Scientists from the USGS, the University of Arizona, Durham University (England) and the Planetary Science Institute analyzed narrow, down-slope trending surface features on Mars that are darker than their surroundings, called Recurring Slope Lineae, or RSL. These RSL features grow incrementally, fade when inactive and recur annually during the warmest time of year on Mars. RSL are mostly found on steep rocky slopes in dark regions of Mars, such as the southern mid-latitudes, Valles Marineris near the equator, and in Acidalia Planitia on the northern plains.

    The appearance and growth of these features resemble seeping liquid water, but how they form remains unclear, and this research demonstrated that the RSL flows seen by HiRISE are likely moving granular material like sand and dust. “We’ve thought of RSL as possible liquid water flows, but the slopes are more like what we expect for dry sand,” said USGS scientist and lead author Colin Dundas. “This new understanding of RSL supports other evidence that shows that Mars today is very dry.”

    The terminal end of the RSL slopes, said Dundas, are identical to the slopes of sand dunes where movement is caused by dry granular flows. Water almost certainly is not responsible for this behavior, which would require the volume of liquid to correspond to the length of slope available, producing more liquid on longer slopes. Instead, the 151 RSL examined by the study authors all end on similar slopes despite very different lengths. Additionally, said the scientists, water is unlikely to be produced only near the tops of slopes at these angles and if it were, it should be able to flow onto lower slopes.

    This new research finds that these RSL features are flows of granular material and thus, align with the long-standing hypothesis that the surface of Mars lacks flowing water. Small amounts of water could still be involved in their initiation in some fashion, as hydrated minerals have been detected at some RSL locations. The authors conclude that liquid on present-day Mars may be limited to traces of dissolved moisture from the atmosphere and thin films of water.

    This study was done in cooperation with the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project.

  • Diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.

    There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2.

    The more severe form of diabetes is type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes. It is sometimes called "juvenile" diabetes, because type 1 diabetes usually develops in children and teenagers; though it can develop at any age. Meanwhile, the most common form of diabetes is called type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. This is also called "adult onset" diabetes, since it typically develops after the age of 35. However, a growing number of younger people are now developing type 2 diabetes.

    In India, there are 70 million adults with diabetes, which affects 422 million people worldwide. One in every four (25.3 percent) people, under 25 with diabetes in India, has adult-onset type-2 diabetes, which, by definition, should strike only older adults with a family history of diabetes, obesity. But now a research suggests that diabetes is not just something that affects people physically.

    A new report has highlighted the need for people with diabetes to be provided with better mental health support, according to A survey, conducted by Diabetes UK, suggests that three out of five diabetics suffer from emotional and mental health difficulties, directly linked to their illness.

    64 percent out of the 8,500 people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds surveyed say they often or sometimes feel low because of their diabetes. Moreover, 33 percent said diabetes got in the way of them or a family member doing things they wanted to do, while 30 percent said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes.

    The study also showed that 19 percent of participants had used support or counselling from a trained professional to help them, while 32 percent had relied on self-help materials including books, videos and resources found online. Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, believes that the new research shows how isolation can come from managing an invisible condition.

    Adding, "We want to see a system where specialist support - from people who understand diabetes - is made available to those who need it. But in order to achieve that, we need to see sustained funding of GBP 44 million for the diabetes transformation programme, which sets out to improve the treatment and care for people with diabetes. Investing now will not only allow us to reap substantial financial and social benefits in the future but more importantly, it will help people to live well with diabetes today."

  • The notification by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued on Monday said the maximum permissible limits in chicken is for 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs.

    The move is to ensure that the residue of antibiotics in food from animal sources does not lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in human pathogen, posing a threat to human health, a release from the health ministry said.

    Globally, use of antibiotic and pharmacologically active substances are prohibited in food stuff of animal-origin including fish and fisheries products, the notification said. The government has invited comments from the general public within 30 days of the notification of the amendment to the Food Safety & Standards (Contaminants, Toxins & Residues) Regulations, 2011.

    The objections and suggestions received will be placed before a scientific panel of the FSSAI on residues of pesticides and antibiotics for consideration.

    The recommendations of the scientific panel will then be considered by the scientific committee and the food regulator for approval. The amendment will then be notified in the Gazette of India with the approval of the minister.

  • Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world's leading AIDS researchers and has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic among young people, especially among young women. She is a strong advocate for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV. In her new role as a UNAIDS Special Ambassador, Abdool Karim will focus on adolescents and HIV, while also championing the involvement of young women in science.

    The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS- related deaths. Last month, Abdool Karim and her husband Professor Salim Abdool Karim received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Human Virology (IHV) in Baltimore , US. Post her appointment as the special ambassador, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibei said the organisation "looks forward" to supporting her Abdook Karim's work. "A strong and consistent champion of young people living with and affected by HIV, she will use her new role to continue to translate scientific research and knowledge into people-centred solutions and prevention programmes to reduce the factors making young people so vulnerable to HIV infection," Sidibei said. "As we increase our understanding of the HIV epidemic and the transmission dynamics that place young people at higher risk of infection, all sectors of society must work together to make sure that adolescents have access to the information and services that can keep them safe and well through a crucial period of their lives and into adulthood," said Professor Abdool Karim.

    Professor Abdool Karim is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, United States of America, and an Honorary Professor in Public Health at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is also a member of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel and Scientific Adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS. In 2013, Professor Abdool Karim was awarded South Africa's highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe, for her contribution to the response to HIV.

  • The government's National Cyber Security Centre said on Monday the attack involved the use of "Powershell" malware, but it did not comment on the source of the attack or which government bodies were targeted. "The NCSC has detected a new Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) that is targeting Saudi Arabia," the agency said in a statement, adding the attack sought to infiltrate computers using email phishing techniques.

    Saudi Arabia has come under frequent cyber attacks, including "Shamoon", the aggressive disc-wiping malware employed in attacks against the Saudi energy sector in 2012. Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil company, was among the firms hit by Shamoon, in what is believed to be the country's worst cyber attack yet. US intelligence officials at the time said they suspected a link to the kingdom's regional rival Iran.

  • On Congress president Sonia Gandhi's allegation that the government was "sabotaging" the Winter session of Parliament, Jaitley said the opposition party had also delayed a session in 2011 and even earlier because the sittings coincided with election campaigns.

    He also said the session would be held and the Congress "totally exposed". He added that the government will announce dates soon. The Winter session of Parliament usually starts in the third week of November and lasts until the third week of December.

  • Justice Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York. The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-based ICJ, thus paving the way for Bhandari's re- election to the prestigious world court. Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.

    The permanent members of the Security Council - the US, Russia, France and China - were understood to have been throwing their weight behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council. In a dramatic turn of events, 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, before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting. Read out simultaneously by both the presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, Rycroft said that its candidate Judge Christopher Greenwood had decided to withdraw from the election to the 15-membered ICJ. He along with Bhandari were seeking re-election for the nine-year term.

    In the 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had got nearly two-thirds of the votes in the General Assembly and in Security Council Greenwood consistently received nine votes as against five for his opponent. This resulted in a stalemate. As per the letter read out simultaneously in the General Assembly and the Security Council, Rycroft said the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting. As such he announced withdrawal from the race. With Bhandari being the only candidate left in the race, the General Assembly and Security Council still went through the formal motion of voting to complete the formalities.

    The voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favours India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers. India has been seeking that the democratic process need to be played its full course in both the Security Council and the General Assembly and there should not be an intervention or adoption of a process that has never been used before or the one that undermines the voice of the majority.

  • He also pointed out that although his film "Beyond The Clouds" was premiered at the London Film Festival, its real premier was in India due to the great cultural ties between India and Iran.

  • He outlined a zero tolerance policy on terrorism even as one terrorist was gunned down in an encounter in Tral.

    Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have again urged youth to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream.

    A toll free helpline 14411, aptly called ‘Madadgaar’ which means a helping hand has been started for the purpose this will help misguided youth return to the mainstream.

    This initiative was started by a footballer, Majid Khan who had shun the path of violence and surrendered two days ago.

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured all help and assistance to those who want to leave the path of terrorism.

    The efforts are already showing encouraging results as another youth has shun the path of terrorism and come back home after appeals by his family.

    The government has taken a soft and compassionate stand for those who want to shun the path of violence while maintaining that the policy of zero tolerance against terror will continue

    Rajnath Singh also rubbished the reports of presence of IS in J&K. There are also reports of one terrorist being killed in Tral in Pulwama in J&K.

    The army has begun cordon and search operation.
    In South Kashmir too, search operation was launched in many villages.

    On Saturday, security forces received a big breakthrough in Hajin in Bandipora in North Kashmir when six terrorists including the nephew of Mumbai attacks plotter Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were neutralized.

  • The project consists of two components... Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks and Technical Assistance.

    The objective of the project is to increase solar generation capacity through establishment of large-scale parks in the country.

    The project will help establish large-scale solar parks and support the government's plan to install 100 Gigawatts (GW) of solar power out of a total renewable-energy target of 175 GW by 2022.

  • Sugar production has been pegged the output at 25 million tonne in 2017-18 season as against 20 million tonne in the last sugar season.

  • With this, the government has raised Rs 52,500 crore through disinvestment in the current fiscal, including listing of insurance PSUs.

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani was present at the inaugural function. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with personality of the year award at the festival.

    Indian International Film Festival 2017 is unique on so many counts this year. As per the official programme released, the festival will be presenting 195 films from over 82 countries of which there will be 10 World Premieres, 10 Asian and International premieres and over 64 Indian premieres.

    With drum beats the 48th International Film Festival of India....a window into the world of films kicked off. Audiences were also left mesmerised by the Utsav act that illustrated the diversity of Indian culture.

    Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani described IFFI as a platform for both veteran and budding film makers alike.

    The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began its journey in 1952 with the participation of 23 countries. After the inaugural edition at Bombay, the festival travelled over the years to Madras, Delhi, Calcutta and Trivandrum before it found its permanent home in Goa in 2004 under the stewardship of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

    The Festival opened with acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's film, "Beyond The Clouds"

    IFFI 2017 also pays Homage to Indian film industry veterans who have passed away in the last year show casing a selection of films from their impressive and lasting cinematic legacies.

    Veteran actress Sridevi introduced the Memoriam section of the festival.

    The focus country this year is Canada with 8 Canadian films being screened. Atom Egoyan is being awarded the lifetime achievement award.

    The Sweet Hereafter, his most critically acclaimed film, received two Academy Award nominations.

    Amitabh Bachchan will be graced with the Indian film personality of the year.

    Over the next 8 days, nearly 200 films from 82 countries will be screened across 3 venues.

    This edition of the Festival will also be presenting films from a record number of women filmmakers. The International Competition section of IFFI 2017 will showcase 15 of the finest films of this year, competing for the Golden and Silver Peacock awards.

    The jury for this section headed by renowned filmmaker Muzaffar Ali was introduced during the inauguration.

    Day two of IFFI will see a Masterclass with Farah Khan and a panel discussion on the power of story telling apart from numerous film screenings, including Pihu, the opening film for the Indian panorama section.

    The galaxy of stars on stage says it all a grand beginning to a grand show.

    The International Competition section of IFFI 2017 carries a cumulative cash prize of over Rs. One crore and will showcase 15 of the finest films of this year, competing for the Golden and Silver Peacock awards.

    Special screenings will be held for goan films including Mahaparayan & Tiffin Box. The non-feature section has 16 films this time around. The first feature film to be screened as part of the Indian panorama is Pihu. IFFI is India's biggest and Asia's oldest film festival. The first festival had been organised by the films dIvision in 1952.

  • Last date of filing nomination for this phase is 27th of this month. The scrutiny will be held on 28th November and the last date for withdrawal is 30 November.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani filed his nomination form from Rajkot in presence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

  • Skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten 104 -- his 18th Test and 50th overall hundred saw India declaring their second innings at 352 for 8. This left Sri Lanka with an improbable 231 to chase in little over a session.

    The target was out of reach but the Indian bowlers went full throttle raising visions of a victory, reducing Sri Lanka to 75 for 7 before umpires called off play due to deteriorating light.

    Nearly 20 overs of play was still left but light was always going to be a factor as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (11-8-8-4) rocked the Sri Lankan batting in the company of Mohammed Shami (2/34 in 9.3 overs) and Umesh Yadav (1/25 in 5 overs).

    After being dominated for the better part of the first four rain-truncated days, Kohli took it in his own hands to completely alter the complexion of the match.

    With opposition's best bowler Suranga Lakmal (3/93) removing KL Rahul (79), Cheteshwar Pujara (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) within the first hour of play, the visitors were sniffing victory with India effectively 91 for 4 at that point of time.

    Kohli didn't get any stable partners but initially played it safe till the lunch session before launching a ferocious counter-attack in the post-lunch session.

    The two sixes over extra cover off Lakmal were a statement of intent that he was not ready to play for time trying to save the match.

    Instead of being a match saving innings, it nearly turned out to be a match-winning innings as he smacked 12 boundaries and two sixes.

    He assessed the pitch well knowing that survival won't help his cause and used his big front foot stride well trying to negate the swing.

    The Sri Lankan bowlers especially Lakmal tried to entice him with two short covers so that he plays the uppish drive that had time and again brought about his downfall but the skipper didn't take the bait on most occasions.

    There were a few streaky shots here and there but more often than not he was assertive despite not a single 50-run stand en route his hundred.

    The moment he completed his hundred with a six off Lakmal's delivery, Kohli declared the innings knowing that India were certainly not going to lose from that position.

    However, Sri Lanka, who were harbouring hopes of winning the game now had to bat out one full session.

    Shami and Bhuvneshwar gave India a rocking start in Sri Lanka's second innings castling openers Sadeera Samarawickrama (0) and Dimuth Karunaratne (1) respectively to make it 2/2 inside four overs.

    Continuing his fine first spell of 7-5-3-2, Bhuvneshwar dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (7) in the second over after tea, while former skipper Angelo Mathews (12) was trapped leg before by Umesh Yadav to light up the proceedings with Sri Lanka 22/4.

    Tempers also got flared up in the 19th over as India looked livid at the Lankans apparent time-wasting tactics when Niroshan Dickwella repeatedly went out from his crease without any disturbance with Shami beginning his run-up. Usually cool Shami looked furious and walked straight up to the batsman as the duo had a heated exchange in the middle while Kohli too got into the act in an animated discussion before umpire Nigel Llong pacified it.

    Finally, India managed to break the partnership with Shami cleaning up the Sri Lankan skipper Chandimal with a 140 -plus fuller delivery to uproot the middle-stump.

    Dickwella (27) and Dilruwan Perera (0) were dismissed in addition of six runs as Bhuvneshwar and Shami looked at their furious best before the match could not last the distance.

    Brief scores: India: 172 & 352/8 decl (Virat Kohli 104 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 94; Suranga Lakmal 3/93). Sri Lanka 294 and 75/7 in 26.3 overs (Dickwella 27; Kumar 4/8, Shami 2/34).

  • True to his aggressive demeanour and style, Kohli got to his 18th Test hundred with a flat and powerful six over extra cover off paceman Suranga Lakmal and let out a big roar, going down on his knees to celebrate the moment much like former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

    In the list of most number of centuries, Kohli sits at number eighth behind Brian Lara (53), Mahela Jayawardene (54), Hashim Amla (54), Jaques Kallis (62), Kumar Sangakkara (63) Ricky Ponting (71) and iconic Sachin Tendulkar (100), who is the only cricketer to get 100 international hundreds.

    With 18 Test hundred to his name, Kohli has now gone ahead of Dilip Vengsarkar (17) but is still behind Mohammed Azharuddin (22), Virender Sehwag (23), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (36) and Tendulkar (51).

    The Indian skipper also joined South African great Hashim Amla as the fastest to 50 centuries in International cricket in 348 innings. The second in the list is Sachin Tendulkar (376 innings), who is followed by Ricky Ponting (420) and Brian Lara (465).

    The Indian skipper, whose previous best at Eden Gardens was 45, survived an LBW decision on 72 against his first innings nemesis Suranga Lakmal and got it overturned by taking a DRS call. After being circumspect against Lakmal, the Indian skipper slowly came on his own and hammered him for a six with an inside-out shot to get to the 90s.

    Looking unperturbed, Kohli once again took on the Lankan pace spearhead with a gorgeous horizontal six over covers to raise his hundred and declared the Indian second innings at 352 for eight setting Sri Lanka a target of 231.

    This was also his first Test hundred at the Eden Gardens as his average also shot past 50. Kohli now has nine International centuries in 2017, the most by him in any year as well as the most number of ducks (five) by him in any year. His previous highest was eight centuries in 2012 and in 2014.

    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting had notched nine International 100s twice in 2005 and 2006, and Smith once in 2005.

    Kohli is the also the first Indian captain to score a duck and a century in the same Test. He has 21 International century as captain in 98 innings, behind South African Graeme Smith's 41 (368 innings) and Aussie great Ricky Ponting's feat of 41 (376 innings).

  • Celebrating this year's Universal Children’s Day with the theme - 'Kids Take Over', UNICEF had invited children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.

    The special day established in the year 1954, offers an opportunity for communities around the globe to promote children's rights in order to create a better world for kids.

    It is celebrated on November 20 to mark the date that the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN in 1959. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

  • Gautam Sajwan from Uttarakhand has taken up mushroom cultivation in his village and is employing locals in his farms. He has chosen this off beat path and the decision is reaping him rich dividends.

    Gautam from Uttarakhand's Tehri Garhwal district, who after studying business management in Australia, left a well paying job and returned to his village to start mushroom cultivation.

    He has set up a lucrative occupation that has enabled him to employ two dozen locals. With the help of plastic, Gautam has prepared two huts that are capable of blocking light. These huts have several racks within and grow mushrooms in controlled temperatures. These mushrooms are organic and have an assured market as consumers book them in advance.

    His venture has inspired locals to follow in his footsteps and many of them are training under him.

    Mushroom cultivation has not just empowered Gautam but is encouraging other locals to stand on their feet without having to migrate in search of jobs.

  • Researchers suggested that young men and extroverted or neurotic people are more prone to distraction. Ole Johansson, from the Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, surveyed a large group of high-school students and a group of adults.

    The surveys covered a variety of topics, including the frequency and type of distractions the participants experience during driving, their attitudes and intentions around driver distractions, and their personalities.

    "I found that young men were among the most likely to report distraction," said Johansson in the study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. "Others more prone to distraction include those who drive often, and those with neurotic and extroverted personalities," said Johansson.

    People who felt that distracted driving was more socially acceptable, or that it was largely beyond their control, were also more likely to report distracted driving.

    "Tailored interventions to reduce driver distraction could focus on at-risk groups, such as young males with bad attitudes to distracted driving and a low belief that they can control their distraction," he said.

  • He had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was hospitalised since then.

    Indian football fraternity also mourned the death of former AIFF President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who served in the position for nearly two decades.

    Dasmunsi first became the AIFF President in 1989, succeeding K Ziauddin, and held the position for 19 years. Hospitalised after the stroke, Dasmunsi was succeeded by Praful Patel, who holds the position till date.

    Dasmunsi earned a rare distinction during his tenure when in 2006, FIFA named him the match commissioner for a group stage game between Australia and Croatia in the 2006 World Cup. Dasmunsi was also a member of the Asian Football Confederation's Executive Committee.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his sadness over his demise and tweeted, "Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters."

  • Modi govt is the third most trusted govt in the world. OECD surveyed 41 countries on the parameter of "confidence in government". It found that only 42 per cent of people globally had confidence in their government, down from 45 per cent in 2007.

    Factors influencing whether we trust our governments or not include the state of the economy, political upheaval, and headline-grabbing events like major corruption cases.

    • Give six meals to the child
    • Include Proteins, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins, fibre and minerals in diet
    • Give milk and milk products
    • Proper breakfast is must
    • Give cereals, vegetable fruits and milk or curd
    • Mid morning snack may have proteins and vegetables
    • Give salads, pulse, vegetable, curd and chapati in Lunch
    • Evening snacks may have milk with some amount of cereals
    • Serve the dinner by 8 to 8.30 pm
    • Give adequate drinking water

    Children often develop a natural preference for food they enjoy eating the most. So, the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing.

    • Do not let the child watch television while eating
    • Limit the screen time to less than 2 hours a day
    • Do not serve too much at a time
    • Eat meals together as a family
    • Make the child eat on a dining table
    • Serve the food in a separate plate
    • Adjust portion sizes appropriately for age
    • Encourage your child to play sports and physical activities
    • Activities like Running, swimming and cycling are helpful

    • Take Multi-grain flour or wheat flour
    • Knead the flour with pulp of vegetables, curd or milk
    • Make stuffed roti or parantha
    • Make idli with added vegetables

    Cover up healthy meals under the wrap of their favourite food. Without making healthy food dull, give junk food a makeover with staples like multi-grain, wheat and ragi accompanied by nutrition of vegetables and fruits.

  • The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the 100m and 200m and eight-time Olympic champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their "explosiveness" off the mark.

    "It's all about explosiveness, and that's one thing I've noticed with cricket -- they don't really have a lot of explosiveness when they're running," the world's fastest man said. "They seem to always take off at a slow rate. Getting that right will definitely help people."

    Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August's World Championships in London, said he was trying to increase the awareness of running while batting. Australian batsman Peter Handscomb said Bolt's tips were welcomed ahead of Thursday's first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

    "He was giving us a few pointers on how to get a little bit faster," Handscomb said. "We'll give it a crack. "He was trying to get us nice and low in the turn and in and out. The first couple of steps are key and if we can get them right, we'll be fast. "Obviously he's the fastest man ever so if we can have the title with him, that'd be cool."

    Bolt said he had been busy after retirement preparing for a tilt at football, having been invited to train with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. "It's something that I want to do. I'm trying to get fit now," he said. "My doctor finally passed me after my hamstring problems at the world championships, so now I can start training."I've started training while I'm here and trying to get into shape before I get home and next year I'll get a trial and we'll take it from there."

  • A research report, published in the biomedical journal Nature describes doctors' use of a highly experimental procedure to genetically engineer skin cells and then graft the lab-grown skin onto the body.

    Seven-year-old Hassan suffers from a genetic disease known as junctional epidermolysis bullosa that results in blisters and open wounds on the skin. When he arrived at the hospital in 2015, he was seriously ill - unable to walk and eat well with about 60 percent of his body covered in sores. However after the successful treatment, he is now back in school and playing outside just like any normal kid.

    Doctors are confident that the stem-cell treatment could help burn victims and people with skin diseases, and are now eager to take their research into clinical studies.

  • At 37th India International Trade Fair in the national capital, one of the major attractions is All India Radio's stall on Prime Minister's Mann Ki Baat which is attracting huge crowds. People are queuing up at the stall to record their suggestions for the forthcoming edition of Mann Ki Baat, scheduled for November 26. The stall is located in the Hall No 7 of Pragati Maidan.

    A large box is placed at the stall to collect letters addressed to Prime Minister for his Man Ki Baat. Suggestions and Messages recorded before November 26th will be sent to PMO for being considered for Mann Ki Baat.

  • The studio said it would soon announce the new release date for the film. The widespread protests, including threats, over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film seemed to have led to the launch of the film getting deferred.

    Earlier, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi had slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.

    The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was "incomplete".