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  • Addressing the inaugural session of the General Assembly of Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific(NEDAC) in New Delhi today Shri Parshottam K Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said that NEDAC is a unique organization encompassing mix of Government and non Government organizations created by FAO for synergizing policies and programmes of government and cooperative institutions at country level.

  • A regional review meeting of the Eastern States was held in Kolkata, West Bengal, today. The workshop comprised discussions on sustaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), and rural water supply.

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    Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University has begun work on five new themes targeted by Union Agriculture Ministry for the development of agriculture sector.

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    Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) organised a seminar on “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” in New Delhi to celebrate the World Standards Day 2018. The event was inaugurated by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in the presence of the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri C.R. Chaudhary.

  • India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-October 2018-19* are estimated to be USD 308.32 Billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 17.17 per cent over the same period last year.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 8th convocation of NIT Patna in Patna, Bihar today (November 15, 2018).

     

    Speaking on the occasion, the President said the research at NIT Patna should aim at resolving various problems of the people of Bihar and the country.

  • Secretary MSME at the India- Taiwan SME Development Forum in Taipei

    Secretary MSME,Dr.Arun Kumar Panda, led the Indian Delegation in the India- Taiwan SME Development Forum being held at Taipei, Taiwan from 13th to 17th November, 2018.

  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) initiated a large-scale series of pre-emptive and proactive measures to prevent loss of fishermen lives at sea in the wake of alerts on cyclone in Bay of Bengal since November 09, 2018.

  • Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee successfully completed her refit at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and the ship was formally handed over to Major Mohamed Jamshad, Commanding Officer MCGS Huravee in a ceremony organised to commemorate the occasion on 15 November 2018.

  • The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the geriatric study has gained relevance in the recent years with increase in life span of people.

  • The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers has undertaken a unique Ultra Cycling Expedition as part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Expedition was flagged off on 15 Aug 2018 from Secunderabad and will cover a distance of 25000 kilometres across the country passing through all states.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for a revamp of laws governing cooperative sector in the context of changed techno-economic so that it becomes viable and vibrant enterprise.

  • Two important projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India were inaugurated at PTSO Lake in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh today. These projects are “Development of North East Circuits: Bhalukpong- Bomdila - Tawang Project & Nafra- Seppa- Pappu, Pasa, Pakke Valleys- Sangdupota- New Sagalee- Ziro- Yomcha Project ”. These projects were jointly inaugurated by the Union Minister of State (IC) Tourism, Shri K.J. Alphons; Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Pema Khandu and Minister for Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Jarkar Gamlin.

  • “Aadi Mahotsav” a National Tribal Festival is being organized in New Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine and commerce.

  • The Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘GAJA’ over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards with a speed of 22 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 15th November, 2018 over Southwest Bay of Bengal nearlatitude 11.2°N and longitude 82.0°E, about 280 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 240 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu).

  • Union Minister of State (I/C) for MSME, Giriraj Singh, inaugurated the MSME pavilion at the 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that quality manufacturing and inclusive growth of village industries plays a key role in the development of the country.

  • A workshop on the “Online Course on Digital Payments” was organised by FICCI and NITI Aayog on 12th November 2018 under the Chairmanship of Shri Ratan P Watal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog and Member Secretary to EAC-PM.

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) of Housing and Urban Affairs, has said that in this new era OF RERA, we are witnessing positive transformative changes in the industry. “As we are in the 2nd year of the implementation of RERA, I am happy to note all the States/UTs have notified Rules under RERA except for 6 North Eastern States and the state of West Bengal”, he said.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Jharkhand on their Statehood Day. 

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    Greetings to the people of Jharkhand on their Statehood Day. With the blessings of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, may this state scale new heights of growth and glory in the coming years”, the Prime Minister said.

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today formally inaugurated “Hunar Haat” at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Which has become a “Credible Brand” for empowerment of artisans and craftsmen.

  • Issues like cooperation in financial technology, enhanced connectivity and regional economic integration, came up for discussion during the meeting. Both leaders discussed the recent review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore.

    The Prime Minister also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen ties in trade & investment, defence & security and other areas of bilateral cooperation.

    Furthering India's Act East policy, Prime Minister Modi also held deliberations with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.
     

  • He said that Market Access Negotiations on goods are on track but same negotiations need to be done on services as well.

    Prime Minister Modi pitched for Early Conclusion by fast tracking the meetings. He added that RCEP should be modern, comprehensive, mutually beneficial and balanced.

    Earlier, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong in his opening remark in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit reaffirmed the commitment of ASEAN leaders in creating a multilateral trading system.

    Prime Minster of Singapore said that substanial progress in negotiations have been made this year and the conclusion of RCEP will send a clear signal of commitment to multilateral trade.

  • It will run till the 27th of November. The main theme is - Rural Enterprises in India.

    Eight hundred domestic and foreign companies are participating in the trade fair which will showcase their products.

    Entrepreneurs from South Africa, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Iran, and Myanmar are participating in the fair. Afghanistan is the partner country, while Nepal is the focus country.

    The fair was inaugurated by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

    Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, CR Chaudhary, was present on the occasion.

     

  • The 3423 kg satellite carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders, which will provide communication services to remote places in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Congratulating ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...

    'My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro'

    ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan said that the successful launch would further strengthen the Digital India initiative.

    The launch vehicle GSLV Mark III D2 placed the satellite  in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, a little over 16 minutes after the lift off  at 1708 hrs on Wednesday.

    The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion system within the next few days after separation from launcher to reach
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    The satellite is equipped with a high resolution camera and optical communication payloads.

    The launch marked the second successful developmental flight for GSLV Mark III, designed to carry 4 ton class satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.

    The first developmental flight of the launch vehicle was on 5th June last year, when it successfully placed GSAT 19 in orbit.

    The success will enable the launch vehicle to be deployed for Chandrayan 2 and India's first manned mission to space.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended convening of the Winter Session from December 11 to January 8 and would have 20 working days.

    The centre has sought support and cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament during the session.

    Triple Talaq bill among other legislations to be on government's agenda in the session.

     

  • He said EPG has prepared report according to needs of the two countries and to redesign and redefine bilateral relations.

    Talking to media persons in Kathmandu Wednesday evening, Gyawali said it is a personal initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli.

    He said, EPG report is not made public due to busy schedule of both the prime ministers. EPG was a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from India and Nepal.

    It was set up in February 2016 to make suggestions for updating all existing bilateral treaties and agreements between both the countries. The group completed its two year term in July this year.

  • President Maithripala Sirsena met MPs and group supporting Rajapaksa in the evening and will meet minority parties to discuss the situation. 

    Speaker earlier sent a copy of the no-confidence motion and its decision along with signatures of 122 MPs to President requesting him to take appropriate action.

    The motion declared that the appointment of the new Prime Minister and cabinet by the President was against the constitution. 

    Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe addressing a press conference called upon government servants and police not to carry out illegal government not recognized by Parliament.

    His party has called for a mass protest in capital Colombo tomorrow saying it will send a message to President to stop his arbitrary and unconstitutional act.  

    However, the MPs belonging to new government termed the vote as illegal claiming that speaker is biased and demanded for President's intervention.

    A spokesman for Rajapaksa government admitted they lacked a majority in parliament but claimed their opponents also did not have the numbers.

    He asserted that the government will continue. Sri Lanka has been facing political crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe last month.

    He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. However, Supreme Court stayed the dissolution making way for parliament to be convened. 

  • In his address, high commissioner noted that Intex South Asia has become an annual event in Sri Lanka in the calendar of textile industry and can go a long way in promoting the existing synergy between India and Sri Lanka.

    High Commissioner added that there exists significant complementarity wherein Sri Lanka can source textile material from India and transform it into apparel and garments for rest of the world. 

    He encouraged Sri Lankan companies to be part of the supply and value chains of large Indian companies.

    Sandhu praised the contribution of Sri Lankan companies, who have made substantial investments in India in textile sector.

    He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for textile “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign.” 

    The event has been organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc.

    It has participation of over 200 suppliers from around 15 countries showcasing a wide variety of innovative textiles products such as yarns, apparels, denim clothing, accessories etc.

  • Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children's Day.

    He remained in office until his death in 1964.

    "Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary," read a post on the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind. PM Modi recalled Nehru's contribution in India's freedom struggle and during his tenure as prime minister. "Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister," he tweeted.

    Tricolour balloons were released amid playing of bands and singing of patriotic songs by school children at Nehru's memorial Shantivan.

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying tributes to the first prime minister at the Central Hall of Parliament. Besides Mahajan, senior leaders L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Union minister Vijay Goel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others paid homage to Nehru. 

  • The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls.

    He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told a newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing."

    The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitch.

    "I'm training now. Lifting weights or boxing it doesn't happen. It's really only the pressure of the actual landing of bowling," he said. "There was just a lot of grey area surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field.

    "They just really couldn't say yes or no. And I wasn't happy with that." Hastings, who played one Test, nine T20s and 29 one-day internationals, had been keen to continue his career and cash in on the lucrative T20 circuit.

    "I would have loved a Big Bash title. That would have been unbelievable because I think it's an amazing competition," he said, adding that he would now pursue a media career and open a cafe in Melbourne. 

  • Authorities said rains in some parts of the national capital has made the air heavier and increased pollution.

    The EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11PM to 6 AM.

    Meanwhile, a new study by the ASAR Social Impact Advisors, which works on social and environmental issues, said about 89 per cent people in Delhi feel discomfort due to bad air quality and most of them believe motor vehicles and felling of trees are major reasons behind pollution.

    The study, for which around 5,000 people in 17 cities were interviewed, found that the top four reasons behind bad air quality were pollution caused by motor vehicles (74 per cent), industrial units (58 per cent), tree cutting (56.9 per cent) and construction (48.2 per cent).

    As the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 411, which falls in the "severe" category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11 pm and 6 am.

    According to official data, 21 areas in Delhi recorded 'severe' air quality and it was 'very poor' in 12 areas.

    An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Light rains in some parts of the national capital led to a decline in temperatures in the city. The maximum temperature was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 14.2 degrees Celsius, also a notch above the season's average, a meteorological department official said.

    The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said in a report that stubble burning incidents have reduced significantly and now the winds are not blowing from these areas so its impact on Delhi's air quality would be marginal. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the restriction imposed by it on heavy vehicles had been lifted.

     

  • On fourth and final day of the festival, devotees across India offered 'arhgya' to the rising Sun marking the end of the festival.

    On Tuesday evening, standing in knee-deep water at various ghats of rivers, ponds and water reservoirs, devotees paid oblations to the setting sun.

    The Chhath festival also celebrated in Nepal. 

    Thousands of devotees gathered at the banks of various rivers, ponds and water reservoirs to celebrate the festival of Sun God. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in the festival and offered prayer to Sun God in Kathmandu. 

  • The MPs supporting government of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will decide to attend the session this morning even as some opposed the convening of session.

    Speaker called for the session followed by meeting of party leaders where the business of house will be discussed including the proposed vote to decide majority.

    However, government ministers maintained that the Supreme Court’s order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. 

    This is the first time Parliament is scheduled to meet since the political crisis began last month with the ouster of Ranil Wickremsinghe as Prime minister. Wickremsinghe has asserted that he will show his majority when parliament convenes Wednesday.

    The latest development came after the three- judge bench headed by chief justice put injunction on President’s gazette till  7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5 December. The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5. 

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup. Wickremsinghe said in a message the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution. President Sirisena held a meeting of security council last night and ordered security forces to maintain security throughout the country.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

     

  • The first head of government to address the world's largest FINTECH Festival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared lessons India has learnt during the financial inclusion journey launched in 2014.

    Singapore and India have been partners in the boosting Fintech.

    In another step towards enhancing global financial inclusion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched APIX or Application Programming Interface Exchange, a global fintech platform along with Deputy PM of Singapore T. Shanmugaratnam.

    This comes after the global launch of the RuPay card in Singapore in June, earlier this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that digital transactions contribute to nation building.

    Every digital payment saves time. It adds to a huge national saving. It is increasing productivity of individuals and our economy. It also helps improve tax collection and inject fairness in the economy. Even more, digital payments are a gateway to a world of possibilities.

    Prime Minister hailed inspiring stories of extraordinary innovations that are transforming lives across the world. He also spelt out challenges that remain.

    Prime Minister Modi called for the inclusion of the unbanked 1.7 billion people in the world into the formal financial market.

    He called for the extension of social security to more than a billion workers in the informal sectors worldwide.

    Banks and financial institutions must be made more resilient in managing risks, fighting frauds and dealing with disruption of traditional models.

    Prime Minister called for the use of technology to improve compliance, regulation and supervision, so that innovation flourishes and risks are contained.

    He also stressed on the use of Fintech tools to combat money laundering and other financial crimes including cyber threats.

    We can use Fintech to ensure that no dream remains unfulfilled, and no enterprise remains still born, because of lack of access to finance. PATCH Fintech will need to be not merely a mechanism but a movement.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the India Pavilion at the Singapore Fintech Festival. With 18 participants, India Pavilion has the highest number of companies among the 16 country pavilions in the Exhibition.
     

  • Thousands of devotees paid oblation to Sun God at the banks of Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers and other water reservoirs in Kathmandu valley.

    Amid devotional songs people worshiped Sun God and Goddess Chhathi Maiya and offered prasad. President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in Chhath festival in Kathmandu and offered prayer to Sun God. 

    Chhath Parv is also being celebrated with with great zeal and rigour in Tarai Madhes region including Janakpur, Birgunj and Biratnagar. 

    River banks, ponds and water reservoirs have been beautifully decorated with colorful lights. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli have greeted the people of Nepal on the occasion of Chhath festival. 

    Chhath Parv is dedicated to Sun God. Sun is necessary for life on the earth and this festival is a way to pay tribute to it. 

    The festival is observed to seek blessings from Lord Surya for a long, healthy and prosperous life.

     

  • The three- judge bench headed by chief justice gave its ruling this evening on petitions against the President’s gazette to dissolve parliament.

    The court has put injunction on gazette till 7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5th December. 

    The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5th

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup.

    Wickremesinghe said in a message that the people have won their first victory. He said the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution.

    Wickremsinghe said Parliament will reconvene tomorrow and he will show his majority in the house.  Parliament was to convene tomorrow before it was dissolved by President last Friday.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

  • Kohli remained in pole position with 899 poins while limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained second in the list. Rohit's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list at eighth position improving from his ninth place in the previous list.

    Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the latest. Similarly in the bowlers' list, there are three Indians with Bumrah on top with 841 points while Kuldeep Yadav maintained his third place in the list. Kuldeep's wrist spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal leaped three places to be fifth on the list. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan with 353 points is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder in world cricket currently.

    In the overall team rankings, India with 121 points, remained second behind England (126 points). 

  • Official data released on Monday showed that the inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.7 per cent in September 2018 and 3.58 per cent in October 2017. The retail inflation number is the lowest since September 2017 when it touched 3.28 per cent. According to the Central Statistics Office data, the rate of price rise in the food basket contracted by 0.86 per cent in October compared to 0.51 per cent rise in September.

    Vegetable prices declined by 8.06 per cent in October against a 4.15 per cent contraction in September. Inflation also slowed to 0.35 per cent in the fruit basket as against 1.12 per cent recorded a month ago.

    The retail inflation also cooled in protein-rich items like cereals, eggs, milk and related products. However, inflation quickened to 8.55 per cent for the 'fuel and light' category against 8.47 per cent in the previous month

  • As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of \Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.

    Lee's daughter J.C. Lee confirmed the death to Reuters.

    Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival.

    Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity.

    He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them.

    His creations included web-slinging teenager Spider-Man, the muscle-bound Hulk, mutant outsiders The X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man.

    Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20 billion at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts.

    Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the New York skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.

  • The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 while she was still under house arrest. "Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Suu Kyi released by the group.

    "Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you." The group said it informed Suu Kyi of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory ending decades of military rule in the southeast Asian country of around 50 million.

    But her tenure has been marred by a failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims who were driven out of the country by the army in what the United Nations has called an ethnic cleansing campaign. The 73-year-old was stripped of her honourary Canadian citizenship over her failure to speak up for the Rohingyas last month. She has also lost numerous smaller awards from individual universities and local and regional governments.

    More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the Buddhist majority's western Rakhine state in a military crackdown from August last year. Many are believed to have been either murdered or tortured and raped. Suu Kyi was globally hailed as a freedom fighter who stood up to her country's feared military dictatorship while spending 15 years under house arrest. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

  • Bowing his head in salutation to Ma Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scripted a landmark moment in the history of connectivity in India......History in the making...Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the country's first container consignment to be sent on an inland waterways vessel. It is perhaps for the first time that a Prime Minister operated a cargo crane...  This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October.
     
    Development of inland waterways superbly complements the Modi government's historic Sagarmala project. The prime objective of the project is to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

    Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. It connects India to Bangladesh via the inland waterway route. Later National waterway 2 will extend connectivity to the North East.

    The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga. It has been developed at a cost of Rs 5369 Cr. Apart from this 2 intermodal terminals and 5 RO RO terminals are also being planned.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a walk around the Jetty. Currently, India has about 14,500 km of navigable waterways which comprise of rivers, canals, backwaters, and creeks. The country first river communication system will ensure safe navigation on this route. Not only this, a cruise model is also being developed for the Kumbh Mela next year for the benefit of devotees.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting Varanasi with infrastructure projects worth over Rs 2,412 crores as part of his all pervaisive Vikas Mantra.

    He dedicated to the nation, two important national highways in Varanasi. With a total length of 34 kilometres they have been constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore.

    The Varanasi Ring Road, with two Rail Over Bridges and a flyover provides a bypass for traffic on 3 National Highways, thereby reducing traffic congestion in the city. This will also reduce travel time, fuel usage and pollution in the area and will provide easier access to Sarnath on the Buddhist circuit.

    The Babatpur Airport highway links Varanasi to the airport and goes on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. The road will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport. This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city.

    Projects worth Rs 23,000 crore have already been sanctioned under the Namami Gange Mission. Prime Minister reiterated government's committment to this project. He laid the foundation stone for two STP plants in Varanasi.

    An additional 40 MLD capacity has been added to the 140 MLD capacity of the Sewage treatment plant in Dinapur. This will serve Varanasi till 2035. An effort is also being made to cap sewage contamination at Ramnagar. An STP plant of 10 MLD capacity is in the pipeline.

    Prime Minister also appreciated the Integrated Power Development Scheme, that transforms Varanasi and illuminates the lives of people. An enthusiastic public got carried away with their emotions at several points of time during the Prime Minister's address. Accepting their adulation with humility, Prime Minister asked them to conserve their energies for 2019.

    Clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to Transforming Varanasi. Over the last four years he has left no stone unturned in this direction.

    Prime Minister Modi's latest development gifts to the city will provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.
     

  • The Minister underlined India’s concerns on the volatility of the crude price to his Saudi counterpart.

    The Saudis appreciated India’s concern for responsible pricing and assured India of all assistance in times of need.

    The Saudi Minister in turn assured reliability in supplies and to take care of any short fall.

    The mega refinery in Maharashtra which is being made with the investment of UAE and Saudi Arabia was also discussed by the two sides.

    The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Navdeep Suri, Sanjiv Singh , Chairman IOCL , MK Surana, CMD HPCL , BS Pradhan , PS to Minister and Prafulla Chandra Sharma DS (IC).

  • The court was adjourned on Monday after Attorney General, appearing for the government, sought more time for his submissions.

    Several political parties in opposition and civil society organizations filed petitions today against the dissolution terming it as unconstitutional.

    The petitioners said the President has no power to dissolve the parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the apex court to issue an order to suspend the upcoming general election until the verdict on the hearing is passed.

    Interestingly, one of the three election commissioners was also among the petitioners.

    His lawyer argued that right to franchise is not only about holding elections but also respecting the choices of people made in previous elections.

    Another lawyer said an article of the constitution cannot be read in isolation adding that if that was possible, President can dissolve the parliament the day after it is elected.

    Meanwhile, new government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued with its outreach activity to justify the developments taking place.

    Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo and clarified the chain of events that compelled President to dissolve Parliament.

    He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka.

    Dr. Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes.

  •  Addressing a poll rally here ahead of the second phase polling in the state on November 20, PM Modi also made a strong pitch for development, saying the pace of development under the Congress regime in the state was "far slow" than the one under the BJP-led government.

    Prime Minister Modi asserted the BJP was for development and that it was due to this commitment that the opposition was unable to understand how to compete with ruling party in elections. 

  • Stressing on the need for gathering genomic data for patients of diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, Varmus said at present there is enough data for Caucasian white patients but data from other regions like India, Africa is critically required without delay. The medical scientist made the observations while delivering a lecture on 'The transformation of cancer research' at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics here on Sunday.

    Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes. There is a need for a deep rational understanding of how cancer arises and genomics provides a deeper understanding of cancer, he said. He gave some examples of how genomic insights have provided more precise treatment of various types of cancers, such as leukaemia and lung cancer. Prof Varmus has been engaged in cancer research for about 50 years.

    Varmus and J Michael Bishop were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for the discovery of 'the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes'. The Nobel laureate expressed his happiness that India, through the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics(NIBMG), was participating in the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and has already generated the landscape of genomic alterations that drives oral cancer. "Cancer is a highly heterogeneous disease and treatment needs to be more precise," he added. He asked the NIBMG to play a leadership role and requested the government to provide sustained funding for cancer genomic research.

  • The "Camp Fire" in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map. "Today, an additional six human remains were recovered, which brings our current total to 29," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference at the end of the fourth day in the struggle to contain the blaze, adding that all were found in Paradise.

    In fire zones in north and south California -- where a total of at least 31 people have died acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the flames were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames. A news agency journalist saw recovery team workers discover, bag and drive away two bodies in the Paradise area on Sunday, and the death toll looked set to rise further with scores more people still unaccounted for.

    The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.

    Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters "who've done all they could do save tens of thousands of people's lives and thousands of people's homes." Rescuers also spent hours on Saturday collecting bodies around Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags. At the Holly Hills Mobile Estate the mobile homes had been reduced to smoldering piles of debris. Yellow police tape delineated spots that were tagged "Doe C" and "Doe D," a grim marker of the bodies that had recently been removed.

    Locals fled the danger, but police told said some farmers returned to check on their cattle. Fanned by strong winds, the "Camp Fire" has scorched 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is 25 percent contained, Cal Fire said. So far, three of the more than 4,000 firefighters deployed have been injured. They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze. Evacuation orders have been issued to more than a quarter of a million people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee. "This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years," California Governor Jerry Brown told a news conference on Sunday.

    "Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify," he said. Almost 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted, threatening to withdraw federal support. Brian Rice, the head of the California Professional Firefighters, slammed the tweet as "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines."

    He said the president's claim that forest policies were mismanaged "is dangerously wrong." In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday. It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 10 per cent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday. The blaze reached the Paramount Ranch, destroying sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO'S sci-fi western "Westworld," network officials said. Keegan Gibbs, 33, was crushed to find his childhood Malibu home had been consumed by flames. "Malibu is a really small community and gets a bad rap for being this kind of elitist, snobby place, and it's exactly the opposite," Gibbs told The Los Angeles Times. 

  • Located at Hatisil in South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq feet, the apparel factory was originally set up at a cost of Rs. 14.26 crore by the Union Ministry of Textiles. But it remained idle for nearly two years as the agencies that the unit was allocated to failed to meet their commitment to start production, the official said. The centre was made operational after the School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) took over the centre in September this year.

    The SLRD is a development agency with operations across four regions of the country and has expertise in skill development, market integration and rural development. Production work has finally begun and will be ramped up in stages to meet the market demand in India and Bangladesh, the official said. "The centre has the required infrastructure to initiate manufacturing activities for apparel and accessories which will link with our other interventions in weaving and embroidery. The entire activity was initiated to ensure sustained livelihoods on an industrial scale," SLRD mission director Abhijit Sharma said.

    The apparel manufacturing unit is expected to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 1,500 people of the region, the official said. Often, skill development initiatives do not result in sustained livelihoods due to absence of a market-linked approach, monotonous products and uncompetitive pricing, Sharma said.

    The centre was inaugurated last year by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani in the presence of former chief minister Mukul Sangma besides Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The unit was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles such as silk, handloom, handicrafts, apparels and garments. The sprawling centre has three units, two of them housing 105 sewing machines each, and the third one having 70 machines. Not only skilled individuals would be required to operate the machinery but also people for various aspects of production, packaging, and market linked activities, he said.

  • In an address last night, Sirisena noted that in the highest institute that represents people's sovereignty, the individual worth of MPs was estimated in millions of rupees. Terming the behavior of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya  as most shocking, the President said his attempt not to recognize the appointment of a Prime Minister by the President was the second reason for dissolving the Parliament.

    President also said that he dissolved the parliament to prevent a physical fight when the parliament reconvened on the 14th November. President’s decision to dissolve parliament and call for elections on January 5th has been criticized by opposition and independent groups will challenge the decision in Supreme Court today. Meanwhile, new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the election will go ahead adding he was confident of sweeping the election. He said the international community must realise that this is democracy and understand that they are seeking a mandate from the people.

    Earlier, speaker had come out openly against President saying the executive branch led by President has seized the rights and powers of MPs who were elected to represent the people. He said the wilful disregard demonstrated by the executive towards Parliament has left the rights and privileges of ordinary citizens at grave risk. The speaker called upon public servants to remember their obligations for country and not to execute any illegal orders they may receive. 

  • The last date for filing of nominations is 19th of this month in both the states. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on the 20th, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is 22nd of this month. Both the states will go to polls on the 7th of next month to elect of new Assemblies.

    The counting of votes will be taken up on December 11 in Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. 

    For 200-member Rajasthan Assembly elections, the BJP has released its first list of 131 candidates. The names of these candidates were finalised at the party Central Election Committee meeting held in New Delhi yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders.

    The list includes 85 sitting MLAs, while 25 new faces have been given ticket. The list also include 12 women candidates. While 17 candidates belong to SC community, 19 tickets have been given to ST community. Addressing a press conference, Union health minister and senior BJP leader JP Nadda said that efforts have been made to represent all sections of society.

    In Telangana, the 119-member assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term, paving the way for early elections.

    The TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) has already announced its candidates for 107 seats, including 105 at one go within minutes of the assembly dissolution, giving itself a jump-start to the campaign and stunning the opposition. TRS is going it alone in the poll, as also the BJP.

    The main opposition Congress forged an electoral pact with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samiti and the Communist Party of India.

    Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Dr Rajat Kumar expressed complete satisfaction over the arrangements that are being made for the elections. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, the CEO said the elections in Telangana are going to be historic and significant this time as the ECI is introducing several innovations to increase transparency election process and empower electors.

    He said Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be fully used for the first time in Telangana. ERONet for transparent elector rolls and C-Vigil app for keeping a vigil on code-violations are being used for the first time on full scale. He also said the compulsory publication of criminal record by the candidates and parties is major step towards  helping electors to make an informed decision in choosing their representatives.

    The CEO said every step is being taken to prevent all types of disturbances and ensure free and fair poll in the state. He said over 76 crore unaccounted cash and 5.5 crore worth liquor have been seized so far in the state ever since the election schedule was announced.

    The CEO also said over 2.73 crore electors have enrolled in the state while over 32 thousand 5 hundred polling stations are being set up. Over 2.5 lakh polling staff and police personnel will be deployed to ensure smooth conduct of polls in Telangana.

  • The total length of the two highways is 34 kilometers and have been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 1572 crore. An official release said, the 16.55 kilometer Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of over Rs. 759 crore, while  17.25 kilometer  Babatpur-Varanasi road was constructed at a cost of over Rs. 812 crore.

    The Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and an road over bridge at Tarna, it will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport.

    This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city. These projects will also provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.

    Earlier in the day, Prime Minister dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on NW-I (River Ganga) as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

    The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga.
     

    Prime Minister also received the country's first container consignment (post independence) to be sent on an inland waterways vessel. This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October.

  • "During (Israeli military) operational activity in the Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire evolved. More details to follow," an Israeli army statement said. Palestinian security sources said the clash occurred east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said six Palestinians were killed. One of the dead was a local commander for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a local hospital reported. After the clash erupted, sirens were reported in southern Israel, indicating possible rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said all Israeli soldiers involved had returned to Israel.

    "IDF operated in the Gaza Strip, exchange of gunfire ensued," he wrote on Twitter, referring to the Israel Defence Forces. "All IDF soldiers back in Israel. Several alarms have sounded in southern Israel." Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, denounced a "cowardly Israeli attack." Hamas's armed wing alleged in a statement that an Israeli special forces team infiltrated near Khan Yunis in a civilian car. Israel's military had not confirmed those details. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman held security consultations at military headquarters, his office said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Paris for World War I commemorations.

    The clash comes after months of deadly unrest along the Gaza-Israel border had appeared to be calming. Recent weeks have seen Israeli decisions to allow Qatar to provide the Gaza Strip with millions of dollars in aid for salaries as well as fuel to help ease an electricity crisis. Netanyahu had earlier defended his decision to allow Qatar to transfer the cash to Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move, saying he wanted to avoid a war if it wasn't necessary.

    Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008, and recent months of unrest have raised fears of a fourth. Deadly clashes have accompanied major protests along the Gaza-Israel border that began on March 30. At least 227 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, the majority shot during protests and clashes, since the demonstrations began, while others died in tank fire or air strikes. One Israeli soldier has been killed along the Gaza border in that time.

  • His younger brother Nanda Kumar performed the last rites according to Smartha Brahmin traditions, the priests chanted Vedic hymns.

    BJP chief Amit Shah Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mahesh Sharma, Vijay Goel and Sadananda Gowda, BJP leader L K Advani and state party chief B S Yeddyurappa were present during the last rites.

    A stream of leaders led by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu  paid their last respects to Ananth Kumar even the Union Cabinet expressed profound sorrow at the sad demise of Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs.

    His body was taken to  party state headquarters 'Jagannath Bhavan' and the National College ground in his Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency on Tuesday morning from his residence ... the mortal remains were carried in a decorated military vehicle with personnel of the three services- the Army, Navy and Air Force- accompanying it, amid slogans of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Ananth Kumar Amar Rahe"by his supporters.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Bengaluru from Varanasi on Monday night and paid homage to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister  Ananth Kumar.

    The 59-year old Bangalore South MP, breathed his last during the early hours on Monday in Bengaluru ... he was battling lung cancer for several months & was under care in a hospital after returning home in October following treatment in the US and Britain
     

  • Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) scored superb half-centuries to guide the team home in the last ball of the thrilling match.

    Dhawan hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 62-ball innings and forged a scintillating 130-run partnership with Rishab Pant (58) for the third wicket to take India home in the last ball of the innings.

    There was some drama towards the end as India lost the wickets of Pant and Dhawan leaving the host to score one run off the last delivery bowled by Fabian Allen to secure the victory.

    Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik ran the single after Allen misfielded the former's shot to pick up the winning run.

    Earlier, left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran's quick-fire half-century powered West Indies to a competitive 181 for 3.

    Brief Score: West Indies: 181-3 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 53; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28). India: 182-4 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92, Rishabh Pant 58; Keemo Paul 2/32). 

  • The names of candidates were declared after BJP Central Election Committee meeting held in New Delhi. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah and other senior leaders of Party attended the meet.

     

    Among the list of candidates, 85 sitting MLAs have been given ticket, while 25 new faces too have been included in the list. 

    12 women candidates have been given ticket. 17 candidates belong to SC community while, 19 candidates belong to ST community. 

    Addressing a press conference, Union health minister and senior BJP leader JP Nadda said that efforts have been made to represent all section of society. 

    The election process for filling the 200 seats in the House in Rajasthan will begin on Monday with issuance of the notification and start of filing the nominations. 

  • The Election Commission said the number is likely to go up as final figures were still coming in from certain constituencies. 

    Even in areas such as Bhejji , Gachanpalli, and Kolaiguda where voting in previous years had been dismal the voterturnout was considerable.

    In Palem Adgu in Sukma, voting was held for the first time in 15 years.

    Former Naxal couple Meynuram and Rajbatti who surrendered 4 years ago also cast their votes on Monday.

    Elderly women above 100, Divyangjan and in fact people from all walks of life came forward to exercise their franchise in a befitting reply to the Maoists.

  • Inspector General of Police (Raipur range) Dipanshu Kabra has said that a team of the Border Security Force (BSF) was out on an area domination operation in view of the polls on Monday when Naxals blew up the improvised explosive device (IED) in a forest in Kanker district, around 200 km from the state capital Raipur. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

    A search operation was still underway in the region. This is the fourth IED blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 days.

     

  • The 34 kilometres long highways to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore. 

    16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I completed at a cost of Rs 759.36 crore. Work of four-laning & construction of 17.25 km Babatput-Varanasi road on NH-56 has cost Rs 812.59 crore. 

    Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation, inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi.

    The first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on NW-I ( River Ganga) as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project.

  • Armistice Day marks the 100 years since the end of World War One on 11 November 1918. 

    Around 70 leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany's Chancer angela Merkel are present to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital.

    Chiefs of international bodies, including United Nations and International Monetary Fund are also attending the ceremony in Paris to commemorate the Armistice of First World War.

    To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, we reiterate our commitment towards world peace and pledge to work to further an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not occur.

    Let's listen into what Prime Minister said in the last Mann Ki Baat, recalling the role played by Indian troops fighting in World War 1 on behalf of colonial Britain.

  • A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocked parts of Mizoram on last night. The quake occurred at 10.45 pm at a depth of 24 km and the epicentre was Champhai district in India-Myanmar border region. The tremors were also felt in state capital Aizawl, where people rushed out of their houses. No loss of lives or property has been reported due to the earthquake so far.

  • On a high after a resounding 34-run win in their first outing against New Zealand in the ICC Women`s World T20, Indian eves would aim at continuing their domination over arch-rivals Pakistan when they face off at the Providence Stadium, Guyana in West Indies.
        India and Pakistan women have played each other 10 times with India winning eight times and Pakistan the other two. India also hold the upper hand in World T20 events, winning three of the five encounters so far. India will be hoping for a repeat of their show in the opener against New Zealand. India had defeated New Zealand by 34 runs.

  • India will be aiming to complete a clean sweep when they take on a battered West Indies in the third and final T20 in Chennai today. Having sealed the series with a comprehensive win in the second T20 at Lucknow, India would now look to give their bench strength an opportunity before the tough tour of Australia. Men in Blue are enjoying an unassailable 2-0 lead in 3-match T20 series. Ahead of the third T20, the selectors decided to give rest to pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav Pacer Siddarth Kaul has been added to the squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed will be leading the Indian pace attack in today's match.

  • In United States, at least 11 people have died in the most destructive wildfires ripping through north and south California. More than 2.5 lakh people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state. Firefighters were powerless in stopping a wildfire destroying the northern town of Paradise, where nine people died and 35 are missing. Another fire swept into the affluent southern beach resort of Malibu on Friday and that has now doubled in size. Two more people were reported to have died in that fire, known as the Woolsey, which now covers an area of 70,000 acres. The US President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration providing federal funding to help firefighters battling the fires. He also blamed the mis-management of forest department for the two unchecked wildfires.

  • The Election Commission has decided to call for a panel of names for the post of Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer from the State Chief Secretary. This comes in the wake of controversy over current CEO S B Shashank. The Commission held a meeting in New Delhi yesterday over the issue. The NGO Coordination Committee of Mizoram is questioning the removal of the state's principal secretary (Home) by S B Shashank. They are also demanding his removal. A Commission spokesperson said that the poll panel has "decided to call for a panel of names for the post of State CEO from chief secretary of Mizoram." However, the spokesperson said the "next steps" will "only be taken after receiving the report of the team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain".