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  • 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.

  • The Youth which represents the most vibrant and dynamic segment of the population has been given a new hope through Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram (RYSK) of the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports during the year.

  • The year 2018 has turned out to be the landmark for India in terms ofachievements in Sports arena. Government’s two pronged approach to sports – nurture topsports talent and find untapped sports stars at the grassroots, has yielded positiveoutcome.

  • After the resounding success of the first edition of the Khelo India School Games last year, the grassroot level hunt for sportspersons from across the country, is back in a bigger, better form. In its second edition, the games which is an initiative of the Central Government, has expanded in its scope, and will allow participants to compete in two categories, (Under 17) and (Under 21), this year.

  • The first International Conference under the aegis of National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is being organised by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) during 10-11 December, 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali on the theme ‘Sustainable Water Management’.

  • Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Varyag,  Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma arrived Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA NAVY, the bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy exercise on 09 Dec 18.  The 10th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY will be conducted at/off Visakhapatnam from 09 to 16 December 2018.

  • Ex AVIAINDRA, a service specific exercise between Indian Air Force and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFSAF), is planned at Air Force Station Jodhpur from 10-21 Dec 2018. The inaugural IAF-RFSAF Ex AVIAINDRA was conducted in 2014.

  • The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India in association with Government of Kerala is organizing a Regional Conference on December 10- 11, 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram on ‘Good Governance - Focus on Aspirational Districts’.

  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff arrived at Air Force Station Suryalankla on 07 Dec 18 on a two day visit to witness the combined guided weapons firing exercise of Surface to Air Missile.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji’s range and depth of ideas is immense and as Head of the State, the First Citizen of our robust Republic, he represents the essence of the Nation – its vision, aspirations, expectations — and above all, essentially its ethos.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will grace and address the Founder’s Week Celebrations of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, Gorakhpur in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on December 10, 2018.

  • A range of innovative technology and financial innovations will drive the Ganga cleaning program as was deliberated during the three-day India Water Impact Summit, that concluded on Friday in New Delhi.

  • A group of 40 Indian Diaspora youth called on the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju here today. The participants from eight countries are in India as part of the 25-day visit under the 49th 'Know India Programme' (KIP), being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Andhra Pradesh Government.

  • It is brought to the notice of buyers of constructed property that there is no GST on sale of complex/ building and ready to move-in flats where sale takes place after issue of completion certificate by the competent authority.

  • Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Subroto Park celebrated its 33 rd Annual Athletic Meet on 8 th December 2018. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Air Vice Marshal Amar Ahuja, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Organisation & Ceremonials).

  • The Ministry of Tourism have formulated the guidelines for approval /re-approval of Online Travel Aggregators (OTA’s). These guidelines for approval /re-approval ofOTA’s have been devised to ensure that there are adequate safeguards against deficiency of service, alternate arrangements if needed and punitive deterrence.

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that the 160th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council, currently underway in Rome, approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has complimented the Armed Forces for their valiant and vigilant contribution to national security on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day, here today.

  • The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley said that the scattered regime prior to the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 had impacted the domestic private investment with over capacities in certain sectors coupled with unacceptably high levels of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the Banking System, hindering growth.

  • The Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today addressed the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in presence of Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

  • 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.

  • Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned the Canadian ambassador and lodged a "strong protest", a statement said.

    The ministry described Meng's arrest as "extremely nasty". Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the firm's founder, is accused of breaking US sanctions on Iran. 

    China insists that she has not violated any laws. She was held in Vancouver last Saturday and faces extradition to the US, where she could be jailed for up to 30 years.

  • 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.
     

  • May has repeatedly said if lawmakers reject her deal with Brussels, which would see Britain exit the EU on March 29 with continued close ties, the only alternatives are leaving without a deal or reversing Brexit.

    The British parliament is mid-way through a five-day debate on the Brexit deal, ahead of the vote which will define Britain's departure from the EU and could determine May's future as leader.

  • 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 took giant strides towards taking the series lead after reducing Australia to 104 for 4 in a stiff chase of 323 on Day 4 of the first Test in Adelaide. 

    Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets each for the visitors to set the tone ahead of the final day, with India sending down 49 overs in the Australian second innings before stumps were called.  

    Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane slammed valuable half-centuries as India set Australia a daunting target. 

    Play started 30 minutes early to make up for rain disruptions on Saturday, and India started the day on 151 for 3. Australia were desperate for an early breakthrough but Rahane and Pujara tackled the Australian attack expertly, scoring quickly to extend India's lead. Pujara brought up his 20th half-century with a three off Lyon and hardly looked untroubled until he was snared by Nathan Lyon before lunch. 

    At the other end, vice-captain Rahane was also solid. He brought up his 16th half-century with another boundary. Rishabh Pant came out all guns blazing and targetted Lyon, hitting him for 18 runs in one over with three boundaries and a six right after lunch to give the Indian innings momentum.  The wily spinner though had the last laugh, dismissing Pant for a quickfire 28 off 16. Rahane became Lyon's next victim as he looked to up the ante, dismissed for 70.

    The Indian lower-order folded up quickly, with Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma being dismissed for ducks. Starc ending with figures of 3 for 40 and helping clean up the tail.
     

  • 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.

  • Those who have won the award for their collection of poetry include Sananta Tanti in Assamese, Paresh Narendra Kamat in Konkani, S Ramesan Nair in Malayalam and Dr Rama Kant Shukla in Sanskrit. 

    Writers who won the awards for short stories include Sanjib Chattopadhyay in Bengali, Mushtaq Ahmed Mushtaq in Kashmiri and Prof Bina Thakur in Maithili. 

    Inderjeet Kesar in Dogri, Anees Salim in English, Chitra Mudgal in Hindi are among the awardees in the novel category.  

    The Akademi said in a press release that the awards will be presented at a roadshow function to be held on 29 January next year at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters to the organised by Sahitya Akademi. 

    An eminent short-story writer, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, bagged the Award for his collection of short stories “AAKH’’.

    An Indian Information Service officer Mushtaq Ahmad is presently posted as Head of the Regional News Unit at Radio Kashmir Srinagar. 

    “AAKH”,  a collection of eighteen short stories, published in 2012 had earlier bagged the best book award in Kashmiri at the state level from State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for the year 2014.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind offered floral tribute at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex. 

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries also offered their tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr Ambedkar. 

    Among other leaders who paid floral homage to Baba Saheb were Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries. 

    A function has been organised by the Ambedkar Foundation, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to mark the occasion. 

  • The MPs speaking during the session termed the President proclamations of parliament dissolution and appointment of Mr. Rajapaksa as illegal. They pointed out that it is the first time in Sri Lankan history that the country is without a Prime Minister or cabinet.

    They also asserted that state media is being wrongly influenced and the tourism industry is in disarray. It may be mentioned that a court of appeal on Monday restrained Mr. Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning and the order has been challenged in Supreme Court.

    Meanwhile, country’s Attorney General today stated that the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions against the dissolution of the Parliament. He said it during heating of petitions filed against the dissolution which the court is hearing for second consecutive day.

    The Attorney General said that if the President violated the Constitution of the country, his actions can be challenged only at the Parliament.

     

  • He expressed confidence that people of Rajasthan clearly in favour of BJP in Rajasthan and have decided to form BJP government once more in state. 

    He also gave mantra to BJP workers - 'mera polling booth, sabse mazboot'. 

    Attacking Congress party of spreading venom of casteism and created urban-rural divide, he said, Congress has lost election, now contemplating who to hold responsible for defeat.

  • In a study, researchers from Washington University and the University of California, San Francisco in the US used magnetic resonance imaging  MRI, brain scans to predict dementia with 89 per cent accuracy.

    The findings suggest that doctors may one day be able to use widely available tests to tell people their risk of developing dementia before symptoms arise.

    Cyrus A Raji, an assistant professor at Washington University has said that a single MRI scan can predict dementia on average 2.6 years before memory loss is clinically detectable. This could help doctors advise and care for their patients.
     
    Although there are no drugs available yet to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, identifying those at high risk of developing dementia within the next few years could still be beneficial.

    People could make decisions on their financial and living arrangements while they are still in full control of their faculties.

  • The theme for this year's World Soil Day is - 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution'. 

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon people to take pledge to maintain the purity of soil. In a tweet, he said, it is the duty of every human being to protect the most critical component of nature. 

    He said, it is time that people should move towards nature and organic farming and must learn to protect the purity of soil and mother earth. 

    The Vice President said, it is high time people learn to love and live with nature and stop playing with it.

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and can help meet the challenges of a changing climate.

    It said, 815 million people are food insecure and 2 billion people are nutritionally insecure, but it can be mitigated through soil. 95 per cent of food comes from soil and 33 per cent of the global soils are already degraded.

    The Centre has launched nationwide Soil Health Card Scheme to take care of Soil Health for the first time in a uniform manner to evaluate the soil fertility across the country. According to Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, over 15 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to the farmers across the country. 

    Soil health card provides information to the farmers on fertility status of their soil and enables them to apply soil health card based recommended dosages of fertilizers including micro-nutrients, bio-fertilizers, manures as well as soil ameliorants. 

    It is helpful in checking the declining fertility of agriculture land and improve the fertility of soils to increase productivity besides enhancing farmers income.

     

  • As a part of the collaboration, a special discount of 35 per cent on ticket prices will be offered to Rail Museum visitors when they visit Madame Tussauds Museum.

    Similarly, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum visitors will be getting discount of 30 per cent on combo packages of National Rail Museum. 

    An official release said, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ministry of Railways and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi on Monday. 

    In addition, there will be a special provision for school groups.

    School children will be able to enjoy both museums at a 45 per cent discount.