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  • Union Minister for Petroleum and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today attended the CHEMCON 2019, 72nd Annual Session of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

  • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah naidu today asked the police forces to be extra sensitive in the matters relating to the crimes against the women and children. He asked police to register every FIR without delays in such matters and investigate every such case thoroughly.

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    The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu asked the youth of the country to draw inspiration from the extraordinary life, work and principles of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and asked them to serve the nation with the same determination and selflessness.

  • The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.

  • In pursuance to objective of providing greater “ Ease of Doing Business” to all stakeholders, bring about greater transparency in corporate structure and fostering better Corporate compliance so as to enhance the efficiency of the processes under Companies Act ,2013 , the Ministry of Corporate Affairs ( MCA) has taken several landmark initiatives / decisions during last one year ( January-November ,2019) .

    India has improved its ranking on the World Bank’s “Doing Business” 2020 report.

  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the guidance of Ministry of Power, Government of India, organised the 29th National Energy Conservation Awards. Shri R. K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship was the chief guest on this occasion.

  • The seventh edition of the joint training exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army, Exercise Mitra Shakti concluded on 14 December at Aundh Military Station, Pune. Contingent comprising of 120 personnel each from Sri Lankan and Indian Army participated in the exercise.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today said that India would always be grateful to Sardar Patel for ensuring that every state and citizen had a stake in the developmental process of the independent nation.

  • The Ministry of Coal has allotted two Coking Coal mines, Rohne and Rabodih, to the Steel Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE’s). Allocated under the Coal Mines (Special Provision) Act, 2015, these mines located in Jharkhand will add about more than 10 MT per annum and boost the coking coal production in the country.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh today.

    The Council has been given overall responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries.

  • The Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today expressed the need to make rural enterprises an attractive career choice for both urban and rural youth in India. He also called for a sensitization programme to inform the youth about the opportunitiesavailable in rural India.

  • A high level delegation of the Government of India led by Raoshaheb Patil Danve, Minister of state for Consumer affairs, Food and Public distribution left for Australia today for taking part in phase two of the Australia-India Collaborative Consumer Protection Project under Sydney University.

  • This is with reference to the article published on 13th December, 2019 titled ‘Not many lessons learnt from water planning failures’ regarding Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), a people’s movement (as acknowledged by the author) in the most water stressed blocks of India to improve their overall water availability by effectively utilising the opportunity offered by the monsoon season.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh today.

    The Council has been given overall responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries.

  • Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Delhi Zonal Unit and Operations achieved a major breakthrough in busting an International and pan-India level drug cartel and has effected the largest catch of cocaine.

  • I must begin by thanking all of you for your concise but very educative presentations on diverse themes pertaining to your institutes. Promoting top-class research is paramount and so are innovation and entrepreneurship as well as industry – academia linkages.

  • Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted a conference of 46 Heads of Central Universities/Institutes of Higher Learning in the fields of agriculture; pharmaceuticals; aviation; design; footwear-design; fashion; petroleum and energy; maritime studies; planning and architecture and information technology, today (December 14, 2019).

  • A delegation of farmers and public representatives from Rajasthan representing Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, led by Lok Sabha MP from Ganganagar, Shri Nihal Chand Chauhan called on the Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat here today.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid homage to the martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack.

    “Today we pay homage to the brave personnel who sacrificed their lives while protecting our Parliament.

  • The MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh addressed the valedictory session of the capacity building program for the Permanent Secretaries and Secretary Generals of the Republic of Maldives, conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Department of Public Grievances and Pensions (DARPG),  Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, here today.

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the date for payment of third installment of Advance Tax for financial year 2019-20 to 31st of this month for the North Eastern Region.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold pre-Budget consultations with various stakeholders in New Delhi from today.

  • Polling has begun for the fourth phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand.

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has again assured that his government is committed to protect the rights of the people of the state.

  • Marathon International climate talks closed today, with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on global carbon markets.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress and its allies of raising a storm over the Citizenship Act.

  • FASTags or prepaid rechargeable tags for Vehicle toll collection with automatic payment have come into force this morning. It became mandatory for all vehicles.

  • China suspended additional tariffs on US products today after Washington and Beijing announced a major thaw in their trade war Friday.

  • In Khartoum, a court today convicted former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption charges sentencing him to two years in a minimum-security lock-up.

  • In Assam, the situation has improved slightly in the state as no untoward incident has been reported during the last 48 hours.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the first meeting of the National Council for Ganga and reviewed the progress of the Namami Gange project aimed at cleaning river Ganga.

  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says Prime Minister has given a call for doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

  • He said Home Minister Amit Shah had already clarified that the newly Amended Act in no way takes away the rights of people from any community. Sambit Patra also slammed Congress for allegedly holding a protest outside the Indian Embassy in London over the citizenship issue. 

  • The Vice President was speaking after confering the President Colours to Gujarat Police at Karai Police Academy in Gandhi Nagar today. Expressing concern over the low conviction rate in the country, Mr Naidu said there is an urgent need to augment investigation and intelligence gathering capabilities of police departments.
     
    Venkaiah Naidu also said that effective policing is important to deal with growing violence, extremism, religious fundamentalism, terrorism and threats in the form of cyber-attacks and bank frauds. He said a high level of professionalism, dedication to the duty and sensitivity to the expectations of the people must be developed. 

    The Vice President added that in this era of Information Communication Technology, ICT, it is imperative that police improves its communication network. Our correspondent reports that Gujarat becomes the seventh state to receive President Colours  - an emblem which all police officers of the state would wear on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform. The force has also been awarded a specially designed flag and an emblem.

    The Vice President lauded the efforts of Gujarat Police. They have introduced many innovations in policing such as the Suraksha Setu programme for community policing and Cyber Suraksha Kavach for securing the cyberspace.
    Mr Naidu will attend the ongoing Rann Utsav at Dhorodo, Kutch this evening. Earlier, he addressed the 62nd Convocation ceremony of Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidyanagar. 

  • Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in multiple locations. Earlier, in the afternoon, an elderly woman was knocked over in the mall after a fight broke out when a shopper tried to stop protesters from spraying graffiti. 

    The skirmishes are the first to break out in three weeks. Hong Kong has been upended by six months of massive pro-democracy protests that have seen violent battles between police and hardcore demonstrators, as well as regular transport disruption. The past month had seen a lull in the violence and vandalism after pro-democracy parties won a landslide in local council elections.

  • According to the fire department, the blaze in the three-storey factory building has been brought under control. They recovered ten bodies from the site. Nine people suffered burn injuries. The reason of fire is not known as further details are awaited.

    In the meanwhile, death toll in the plastic factory fire incident that took place on 11th of this month in Kerariganj on the outskirts of Dhaka has gone up to 19 as two more people succumbed to the burn injury today.

  • Chasing a target of 288 runs set by India on a slow surface West Indies chased the target in 47.5 overs. West Indies made 291 for the loss of two wickets.

    The duo shared a decisive 218-run stand for the second wicket after the fall of Sunil Ambris in the fifth over.

    Earlier, India had recovered to 287 for eight after being put in to bat with Shreyas Iyer (70 off 88) scoring his third consecutive half-century and Rishabh Pant (71 off 69) returning to form to silence his critics.

    The second game of the three-match series will be played in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. 

  • In an appeal, he said that a section is running propaganda to mislead the people of the state on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    The Chief Minister said that he would not do anything that would go against the interest of the people of Assam.  Mr. Sonowal said that his government is always ready to find out solutions on this issue through dialogue.

    Our correspondent reports that a delegation led by Mr. Sonowal will meet Prime Minister and Union Home Minister soon to appraise them on the situation.

    Meanwhile, day curfew has been relaxed today in Guwahati and Dibrugarh following improvement in the situation. Flight operation also resumed at Dibrugarh airport.

    The regional office of the Airport Authority of India in Guwahati will provide 1000 lunch and dinner packets with Akshaypatra for the next 5 days from today at Guwahati railway station for the stranded passengers. Around 35 short distance trains were cancelled today.

    The North-East Frontier railway had run 4 special trains since 12th December to carry about 2400 passengers. The transport department has deployed buses in Guwahati city to carry stranded passengers. The death toll has risen to four in clashes between protesters and security forces in the state.

  • The collaborators known as Razakars colluded with the Pakistan army to engage in rape, murder and looting of Bangladeshi people who were fighting the liberation war.

    Razakar was a militia force formed by the Pakistan military through an ordinance promulgated in 1971 to help the army suppress any rebellion in the country.Announcing the list in Dhaka on Sunday, Minister of Liberation War Affairs  AKM Mozammel Huq said that the names would be published on the government website soon.

    He said the list of other anti-liberation war organisations like Al-Badr and Al Shams will be released later.The process for preparation of the list of Razakars was started in May this year based on the recommendation of the parliamentary standing committee of the ministry.

    In 1972, the first government of Bangladesh under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had enacted a law to identify and prosecute the collaborators of Pakistan.

    Based on this 37000 people were arrested as war criminals but 26,000 of them facing non-heinous charges were later released under a general amnesty given by the Sheikh Mujib government.

    After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the act was repealed by the military government and 11,000 Razakars accused of heinous crimes like rape and murder were freed.
     

  • PM Modi alleged that JMM and Congress have no roadmap for the development of Jharkhand.

    He accused opposition parties including Congress of misleading people on Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.

  • The accident occurred around 8.15 in the morning, when a bus skidded off the road and plunged around 500 meters below the road in Sunkoshi Rural Municipality area.

    Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishor Kumar Dahal told our Kathmandu correspondent deceased includes 8 women, 3 men and 3 children.

    He said 10 injured have been admitted in nearby hospitals while 6 others have been rushed to Kathmandu.

    The ill fated bus was ferrying pilgrims from Kalinchowk temple to Bhaktapur.

  • People rushed from homes and restaurants set swaying by the strong jolt south of the populous city of Davao and the Philippine Institue of Volcanology and Seismology said it was expecting damage.

    There was no threat of a tsunami, said the US Geological Survey, which initially reported the magnitude at 6.9. The Philippines suffers regular tremors as part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

    Three quakes above 6.0 magnitude hit roughly the same area of Mindanao in a matter of weeks in October, killing some two dozen people and heavily damaging office buildings, schools and apartments. Tens of thousands of people were forced into shelters by the string of tremors, the government said, either because their homes were damaged or they were too afraid to return.

    Most of the deaths in October were due to collapsing walls and falling debris, including a teenage boy who was crushed by a falling wall as he tried to escape his school. However, other fatalities were attributed to rock and landslides unleashed by the violent shaking that injured at least 400 people.

    In hard-hit areas where aid took some time to arrive some villagers staying under tents near a highway begged for help from passing motorists, carrying placards asking for food and water.

    In the wake of the tremors rescuers went from town to town looking for casualties but also urging families to leave homes endangered by landslides, while several residents trapped in mountainous villages had been airlifted to safety.

    The Philippines has been hit by very powerful earthquakes in recent decades, including a 7.8 magnitude that struck the northern resort town of Baguio in 1990. That tremor toppled tall multi-story buildings and hotels, killing some 1,200 people.

  • A land search early Sunday failed to find any sign of the missing pair and divers returned to the sea in the afternoon amid increasing speculation both could be in the water.

    Deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said there was "every chance" the bodies had been washed into the sea from the stream where they were last seen on Monday.

    He added that searchers were "satisfied that the area we searched near the jetty is clear of the bodies". "The rescue teams are frustrated. We understand completely how frustrating it is for loved ones who want the bodies back," Clement said.

    Forty-seven people were on the island -- a popular tourist attraction -- when the explosion happened. The death toll now stands at 18 after an Australian victim who had been repatriated to Sydney died in hospital almost a week after the deadly eruption.

    Another 26 survivors remain in New Zealand and Australian hospitals, of which 20 are listed as "critical" and fighting for their lives after the eruption on the desolate island, which is the country's most active volcano.

    The family of the latest victim have requested his name and age not be released. Police on Sunday named seven victims who have been officially identified including New Zealand tour guide Tipene James Te Rangi Ataahua Maangi, 24.

    Four were Australians -- Zoe Ella Hosking, 15, her stepfather Gavin Brian Dallow, 53, 51-year-old Anthony James Langford and Karla Michelle Mathews, 32 -- along with Matthew Robert Hollander, 13 and Berend Lawrence Hollander, 16, who were US citizens with Australian permanent residency. Clement said although the land and sea searches had so far been unsuccessful in finding the remaining bodies, police had not given up hope. "There will come a time when we've done everything we can do, when we've done everything that's sensible but we're not there yet... we don't give up easily," he said. Scientists monitoring White Island said there had been no further significant activity since last Monday's eruption but the risk remained. A glow was visible from the vent area overnight "which confirms there is a high heat flow present," said Geoff Kilgour, a volcanologist with GNS Science, which monitors seismic and volcanic activity in New Zealand.

    "This has been confirmed today by an aerial observation this morning that noted an active crater is emitting volcanic gas at a high rate and very high temperature" above 200 Celsius (392F). The disaster has raised questions about why tourists were allowed on a volcano where experts had recently raised threat levels. 

  • The NCPCR said, it has come to Commission's notice that certain groups of protesters are involving children in unlawful activities like stone-pelting and other violent acts during the protests.

    The Commission said that such use of children prima facie amounts to a violation of the right of children under provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2015.

    The Act states that any adult or an adult group uses children for illegal activities either individually or as a gang shall be liable for rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable for a fine of five lakh rupees.

  • In a tweet, PM Modi said, people remain eternally inspired by his exceptional service to the nation.

    Sardar Patel passed away on 15 December 1950. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has also paid tributes to Sardar Patel.

  •  In a complaint, the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Culture Ministry said the contract for the renovation work was awarded at a higher rate in violation of General Finance Rules.

    Along with Samson, four others have been booked in the case. 

  • She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce from Mexico.

    23 year old Singh is a Florida state university student and wanted to use her title to work for "sustainable change" for women and their children.

    Meanwhile, Ophely Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India were the first and second runners up of the beauty pageant respectively.Miss World 2019 was the 69th edition of the contest and contestants from 120 countries competed for the title.

  • In its official blog, Google explained how imagery, the main ingredient of the map-making process, has improved.

    When it comes to Google Earth, the software that lets you browse the globe with 3D representation, right from the comfort of your couch, offers 6 million square miles of high definition satellite images, covering more than 98 percent of the entire population.

    Google also shared more information about how exactly all these images are captured.

  • China's finance ministry has announced that it will suspend the planned addition of 10 percent and 5 percent tariffs on some US imports, and continue to suspend additional tariffs on US-made autos and spare parts.\

    The move follows US President Trump's cancellation of new tariffs on Chinese products as part of a phase one trade deal.

    China's commerce ministry had said it had agreed with the US a mini-deal that includes a progressive rollback of tariffs and the protection of intellectual property rights.

    The two sides have yet to sign the agreement, which represents a major breakthrough in the 21-month standoff between the world's two largest economies.

  • The "Sardines" have become a symbol of protest against far-right firebrand leader Matteo Salvini, who served as interior minister and deputy Prime Minister in Italy's previous coalition government and cracked down on immigration.

    Students, pensioners and families with children filled Rome's San Giovanni Square to protest against Matteo Salvini.

    The movement, only a month old, started in Bologna when a rally organised by four unknown activists to denounce Salvini's discourse of "hatred and division" drew a crowd of 15 thousand surprising everybody.

  • Diplomats from rich nations, emerging giants and the world's poorest countries - each for their own reasons - found fault in a draft agreement put forward by host Chile in a botched attempt to strike common ground.

    Faced with five-alarm warnings from science, deadly extreme weather made worse by climate change, and weekly strikes by millions of young people, negotiations in Madrid were under pressure to send a clear signal that governments were willing to double down in tackling the crisis.

    But the 12-day talks, now deep into overtime, had retreated even further from this goal on Saturday.

  • Hundreds of scholars, doctors, engineers, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were massacred in Dhaka on this day in 1971.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in Dhaka.

    Various programmes were organized across Dhaka and other cities of Bangladesh to mark the solemn occasion.

    Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of High Commission of India also organized a music and poetry programe in Dhaka to commemorate the Martyred Intellectuals Day. 

  • The new prices have come into force from today. Prices of both token and poly-pack milk have been increased in a range of two to three rupees per litre.

    The price of bulk vended milk or token milk has been hiked by two rupees to 42 rupees per litre.

    In poly-packs, full cream milk rate has been raised by two to 55 rupees per litre.

    Price of half-litre full cream milk has been hiked to 28 from 27 rupees earlier.

    Toned milk price has been hiked by three rupees to 45 rupees per litre while double-toned milk will now be sold at 39 rupees per litre against the existing price of 36 rupees.

    Price of cow milk to has been raised from 44 to 47 rupees per litre.

  • The Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test, NET for candidates scheduled to appear in Assam and Meghalaya has been postponed.

    The National Testing Agency, which conducts the test, said the Revised date of examination will be announced soon for Assam and Meghalaya.

  • Rains and snowfall in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have pulled the mercury down.

    Dense fog is likely to envelop Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh today.In Himachal Pradesh, following recent snowfall and heavy rains, residents and tourists have been asked to remain cautious as avalanche and landslides are likely.

    Chamba Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatia said PWD men and machinery have been working for opening roads for traffic which were blocked after recent snowfall and rain and efforts were also on to restore power supply in affected areas.

    Popular tourist destinations Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri, witnessed overnight snowfall. Dalhousie received the highest snowfall of 60 cm in the state.

    The Kashmir valley remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the third consecutive day as the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed. Snowfall continued in most parts of the Valley, including in the plains.

    The helicopter and ropeway service at the famous cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir remained suspended for the second day due to inclement weather.

    In Rajasthan, cold weather conditions prevailed, with Mount Abu recording the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 2.2 degrees Celsius.Rains and hailstorms in Uttar Pradesh brought the temperature down to single digit in many areas yesterday.

    Shahjahanpur and Moradabad received rainfall of 9 cm each.According to the MeT Department, thunderstorm accompanied with lightning are likely at isolated places over east Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh today.

    Dense fog is also likely in isolated pockets over north Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, coastal Odisha, south Assam and Meghalaya and Manipur & Mizoram in the morning hours.Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, leading the Met Department to say that the state would receive its normal quota in the North East Monsoon this year.

     Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director N Puviarasan said that since October 1, the state has received 43 cm of rainfall, which was short by just one cm.

    He said Tamil Nadu normally receives 44 cms of rainfall in the North-East Monsoon season.

  • Justice Bobde said, there is no move to substitute the judicial decision-making process of the human mind.

    He made this clarification after the former chief justice of India RM Lodha expressed concern about the use of Artificial Intelligence at a programme in Nagpur.

    Justice Lodha in his speech said the idea using Artificial Intelligence is good and may help significantly in the management of cases in courts and discharge of judicial functions.

    However, he said, like other technological innovations such use may have potentially negative implications.

    His request to the CJI was that all pros and cons must be carefully weighed before Artificial Intelligence is used in judicial decision-making.

  • The facility will be effective from 8 AM.The government launched the National Electronic Toll Collection System which provides for the collection of user fee through FASTag to save fuel and time, curb pollution and ensure seamless movement of traffic.

    With the help of a FASTag, drivers will not have to stop their vehicles at toll plazas to pay tax.National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has equipped all fee plazas with Electronic Toll Collection System.A FASTag uses radio frequency identification technology to enable direct toll payments from a moving vehicle.

    If anyone goes into an electronic toll collection lane without a FASTag, he or she has to pay double charges.

    Earlier, it was decided that all lanes except one on each side in fee plazas will be declared FASTag lanes.

    In a letter, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways told NHAI that at least 75% toll lanes must have to collect toll electronically and 25% ‘FASTag lane’ may be temporarily converted to hybrid lanes.

    The ministry said that this temporary measure to be adopted for 30 days only to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic and avoid inconvenience to users.

  • He stressed on a three pronged focus on 'swachhta', 'aviralta' and 'nirmalta'.

    The Prime Minister urged for a holistic process where 'Namami Gange' evolves to 'Arth Ganga' or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.

    As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries on the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women Self Help Groups and ex-servicemen organizations for these programs.

    The National Ganga Council has been given overall responsibility to oversee and coordinate efforts towards pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries. For the first time, the Central Government had made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flows in the river.

    After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a boat ride from Atal Ghat. He inspected the successfully completed work of cleaning at Sisamau Nala and was briefed on the efforts made to Clean Ganga in Kanpur.

    Prime Minister emphasized that a jan aandolan or people's movement led by aware citizens is the need of the hour to ensure a Nirmal Ganga.

    PM suggested the setting up of a Digital Dashboard so that data from villages and urban bodies can be monitored on a daily basis by Niti Ayog and Ministry of Jal Shakti.

    Prime Minister also said that like aspirational districts, all districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under Namami Gange.

  • 15 constituencies spread over four districts of Dhanbad, Deoghar, Giridih and Bokaro will go to polls in this phase on Monday.

    A total of 221 candidates, including 23 women nominees, are in the fray in the elections.

    The highest number of 25 candidates will lock horns in the Bokaro seat while the least number of eight nominees will contest the Nirsa constituency.

    The voting will commence at 7 am and end at 3 pm at Jamua, Bagodar, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi seats while polling will continue till 5 pm in the remaining constituencies.

  • No untoward incident has been reported during the last two days. However,there were peaceful protests at few places on Saturday as well.

    Curfew was relaxed for a few hours in Guwahati and Dibrugarh municipal areas on Saturday.

    North East Frontier Railway ran a special train Saturday afternoon between Guwahati and Dimapur to help the stranded passengers.

    However, Mobile internet services will remain shut down till 9 a.m. on Monday.

    A large number of people thronged markets in Guwahati to buy goods and vehicles were on the roads in the city during the relaxation of curfew.

    The Assam Government has provided two telephone numbers of the Tourism Department for the help of stranded tourists in the state for any assistance.

    The numbers are - 94351- 83370 and 60023-77090. A strict vigil is being maintained by security agencies. Meanwhile, flight operations are normal in North East except Dibrugarh.

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that he discussed the present situation in Assam in a meeting with his Cabinet colleagues, Union Minister  Rameshwar Teli, MPs, MLAs and other BJP leaders in Guwahati.

  • 15 constituencies spread over four districts of Dhanbad, Deoghar, Giridih and Bokaro will go to polls in this phase on Monday. A total of 221 candidates, including 23 women nominees, are in the fray in the elections.

    The highest number of 25 candidates will lock horns in the Bokaro seat while the least number of eight nominees will contest the Nirsa constituency.

    The voting will commence at 7 am and end at 3 pm at Jamua, Bagodar, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi seats while polling will continue till 5 pm in the remaining constituencies.

    Meanwhile, campaigning has also geard up for the fifth and final phase of Jharkhand elections. The fifth and final phase of polling for 16 seats will be held on December 20.

    Leaders of all parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a poll rally in Dumka on Sunday.
     

  • No untoward incident has been reported during the last two days.

    However, there were peaceful protests at few places on Saturday as well. Curfew was relaxed for a few hours in Guwahati and Dibrugarh municipal areas on Saturday. North East Frontier Railway ran a special train Saturday afternoon between Guwahati and Dimapur to help the stranded passengers.

    However, mobile internet services will remain shut down till 9 a.m. on Monday. A large number of people thronged markets in Guwahati to buy goods and vehicles were on the roads in the city during the relaxation of curfew.

    The Assam Government has provided two telephone numbers of the Tourism Department for the help of stranded tourists in the state for any assistance. The numbers are 94351- 83370 and 60023-77090.

    A strict vigil is being maintained by security agencies.

    Meanwhile, flight operations are normal in North East except Dibrugarh.

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said that he discussed the present situation in Assam in a meeting with his cabinet colleagues, union minister Rameshwar Teli, MPs, MLAs and other BJP leaders in Guwahati.

    Assam Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that a delegation, under the leadership of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, will go to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and  Home Minister Amit Shah on the situation in Assam.
     

  • Johnson toured a leftist bastion once represented by former Labour leader Tony Blair in a bid to show his intent to unite country after years of divisions over Brexit.

    The northeastern region fell to the Tories in a general election Thursday that turned into a re-run of the 2016 EU membership referendum in which Johnson championed the Brexit cause.

    Johnson told cheering campaigners that he understood how difficult it was for traditional Labour voters to switch sides and back his right-wing government in Britain's biggest election in generations. "I can imagine people's pencil's hovering over the ballot paper and wavering before coming down for us and the Conservatives," he said. "And I want the people of the northeast to know that we in the Conservative party -- and I -- will repay your trust."

    The working class north of England dropped its traditional support for Labour and relegated the century-old party to its worst finish since the 1930s. Johnson now commands an 80-vote majority in the 650-seat House of Commons -- a margin last enjoyed by the late Tory icon Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

    The lead assures Johnson a safe passage of his divorce deal with the European Union when he re-submits it to parliament next week. This would assure that Britain formally leaves the other 27 EU nations by the January 31 deadline set by Brussels. The sides would then set off on the tricky task of trying to reach a brand new comprehensive trade agreement by the end of 2020.

    Failure to meet that deadline -- which Johnson has repeatedly vowed not to extend -- would have unknown repercussions for global markets and economic growth. But Johnson said his government's main focus after the first stage of Brexit was completed would be on bread-and-butter issues important to Labour voters.

    "It is getting Brexit done but it is also delivering on our National Health Service, our education, safer streets, better hospitals, a better future for our country," he said. "We are going to recover our national self-confidence, our mojo, our self-belief." 

  • Prosecutors said 17 people, including builders, engineers and officials, were suspected of breaching building regulations that led to the collapse of buildings during the 6.4-magnitude quake on November 26.

    Eight of the suspects are still being sought by police. Police chief of the port city of Durres, Lorenc Shehu, said preliminary investigations had established that irregularities had been the cause of building collapses that killed 23 people there. Durres and Thumane, north of Tirana, were hit hard by the quake which also left around 900 people injured and 5,000 homeless.

    Among those arrested was an engineer who worked on one Durres building in which eight members of the same family died. Illegal construction is rife in Albania, where chaotic development exploded after the fall of communism in 1990.

    Many buildings lack proper permits and do not adhere to safety codes.

    The earthquake was the deadliest in several decades in Albania, which lies near a tectonic fault line.

  • Mr. Rijiju said,  clean sports is the agenda of the government and players must adopt fair practices to achieve success and not resort to foul means like doping which brings bad name to the country. He said, it is imperative for sportspersons to stay fit in order to win and they should achieve fitness through regular exercises, yoga and by taking nutritious diet.

    The Minister said, Fit India Movement was launched to create awareness about the importance of being fit in daily life through sports, yoga and walks or any other physical activity.

    Actor Sunil Shetty stressed on the use of naturopathy, ayurveda and yoga to achieve fitness. He said, there is no shortcut to success. Shetty said, India is so rich that it has everything to give people a healthy life. Director General, NADA Naveen Aggarwal said that India is fast becoming a sporting nation and the agency is committed to make players aware of the menace of doping which destroys promising careers in no time. 

  • Hundreds of scholars, doctors, engineers, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were massacred in Dhaka on this day in 1971. They were dragged out of their homes and brutally murdered by the Pakistan army and their collaborators in Bangladesh.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in Dhaka.

    President Hamid, in his message hoped that the country will fulfill their dreams. Prime Minister Hasina, in her message, said the nation will remember their sacrifices with deep respect. 

    Various programmes were organized across Dhaka and other cities of Bangladesh to mark the solemn occasion. Television channels broadcast special programme to highlight the significance of the occasion.

    Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) of High Commission of India also organized a music and poetry programe in Dhaka to commemorate the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

    Eminent poet Syed Al Farooque and singer Nahid Nazia rendered the music poetry performance to pay tribute on this solemn occasion. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das felicitated the artists.

  • A large number of people thronged markets in Guwahati to buy necessary food items. However, educational institutes remain closed in Guwahati and other places.

    There has been no report of any violent incident in the state during the last 36 hours. Security forces are maintaining a strict vigil across the state to avoid any untoward incident.

    The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged people to maintain peace and warned that strict action will be taken against those indulging in violence.

    Ms. Banerjee urged the citizens of the state not to take up law in their own hands and also requested not to put up a blockade on roads and rail tracks which creates trouble for the common people.

    She also warned strong action for damaging government properties besides re-iterating that Amended Citizenship Act and the proposed countrywide NRC will not take effect in the state.

    Our Kolkata correspondent reports that agitations are continuing at different parts of the state protesting amended Citizenship act.

    Agitators set up road and rail track blockade at different areas and ransacked the Station Manager’s room at Sankrail in Howrah District.

    A number of buses were also set on fire. Due to blockade on rail tracks by the agitators, a number of trains have been cancelled or re-scheduled. All Police Stations in the State have been put on high in view of the continuing protests.
     

  • Vice President was speaking at the 40th foundation day of the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) in Anand district of Gujarat today. He highlighted the role of technology and entrepreneurship in opening up new business avenues in rural India.

    The Vice President said India is on track to become a 5-trillion dollar economy, adding that contribution of rural India will be vital to achieving the target. Mr Naidu said confluence of technology, supply chain, commerce and financing can revolutionalise farmers’ lives. Regional disparities in development need to be addressed to make India’s growth story inclusive.

    Recalling the work of Verghese Kurien, the Vice president stressed on the need for women empowerment in rural areas. He also emphasised that rural enterprises be made an attractive career for both rural and urban youth. Mr Naidu hailed the contribution of IRMA in rural development and asked the institute to make Mahatma Gandhi’ vision of Gram Swaraj a reality.

    Earlier this morning, the Vice President visited National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) campus at Anand. Mr Naidu will be present at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Charutar Vidya Mandal as the Chief Guest later today.

    The Vice President will attend the convocation of Sardar Patel University at Vallabh Vidyanagar tomorrow morning. Later, Mr Naidu will confer the President’s Police Colours to Gujarat police at the Police Academy in Karai of Gandhinagar. In the evening, the Vice President will proceed for Dhordo in Kutch, where he will participate in the ongoing Rann Utsav.  

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi participated in the meeting.

    Several Union Ministers including Prakash Jawdekar, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Dr. Harshvardhan, RK Singh, Prahlad Patel, Mansukh Mandavia, Hardeep Singh Puri and concerned officers of Central and State Governments were also present in the meeting.

    During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the progress of work done and gave some suggestions for cleaning the Ganga river. Giving more information about the meeting Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar said that the Prime Minister also suggested innovative ideas to clean river Ganga.

    He said that under the leadership of PM Modi cleaning of the rivers of the country will be completed very soon and the process will take lesser time than it took in Europe.

    He added that the flow of industrial effluent has been reduced and afforestation work and sewage treatment plants costing more than 28 thousand crores are being done for rejuvenation of the river. Prime Minister also visited the exhibition on Namami Gange Mission showcasing the work done for the cleanliness of River Ganga before the meeting.

  • Earlier studies have revealed that antimicrobial resistance is responsible for thousands of deaths each year globally, and unless urgently addressed, it may cause more than 10 million people to die every year by 2050.

    The researchers, including those from Harvard University in the US, said one major factor contributing to this global health crisis is the excessive use of antibiotics worldwide.

    They said while detailed information about antibiotic use in high-income countries is available, little is known regarding the consumption and exposure of these drugs among children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

    Citing an example, they said, in the African country of Tanzania, more than 90 per cent of children who visit a health care facility receive an antibiotic, although only in about a fifth of these cases treatment was actually required.

    In the first-of-its-kind study, published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers looked at the total antibiotic prescription given for children under the age of five in eight LMICs -- including Nepal, Namibia, Kenya, and Haiti.

    "What is unique about this study is that it provides a much more comprehensive picture of pediatric antibiotic exposure in LMICs than what has been reported previously. It combines both household data on where and when children are brought for care with data from direct observations of health care workers caring for sick children," said Jessica Cohen, study co-author and an associate professor at Harvard University.

     

  • Show runners David Benioff and DB Weiss have been under fire for below par script writing and poor portrayal of women in the final season of the epic fantasy HBO series, based on author George RR Martin's book series "A Song of Ice and Fire".

    In an interview, the 50-year-old actor said he understands that people love the character, played by Emilia Clarke, but said the show's plotline was throughout hinting to where Daenerys was heading.

    "Well, everybody's always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership. It's like breaking up with somebody. They get upset. I can't speak for everybody, but my feeling is they didn't want it to end, so a lot of people got angry. I feel like what Dave and Dan did was extraordinary.

    "This happens. Monsters are created. And you don't see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person, there were signposts all along the way for that character," Dinklage said.

    He said Daenerys' transformation, from a righteous leader to a powerful autocrat, was "happening all along".

    "I can't help you! I'm sorry. She went mad. She was driven to that, and she's a victim as well in terms of how she was treated. She went through it, and she came out angry, as a lot of us do," Dinklage added.

  • Normal life in Uttarakhand has also been disrupted following the heavy snowfall in higher reaches and light to moderate rains, especially in hilly areas. Schools up to class 12th have been closed on Saturday as well. Snow fall and light to moderate rain across the hilly state has dipped the mercury levels.

    In Himachal Pradesh, Cold wave conditions further intensified following rain and snowfall in many parts of the state for the last three days. The high altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla districts received heavy snowfall whereas several other areas of the state witnessed rain. The entire state is reeling under severe cold wave condition following rain and snowfall. Due to heavy snow, many circuit roads connecting villages in high hills have also been disrupted.

    In the wake of fresh snowfall major tourist spots, Manali and Kufri have been flooded with tourist. The national capital Delhi is also reeling under the cold wave conditions. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky and moderate fog for Saturday. The maximum and minimum temperature is likely to hover around 19 and 10 degrees Celsius.

  • The meeting was aimed at reviewing the progress of the Namami Gange project. Namami Gange Programme' is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective pollution control and conservation and rejuvenation of River Ganga.

    Apart from holding the meeting, PM Modi also visited Atal Ghat. Earlier, after his arrival in Kanpur, Prime Minister headed to Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology and paid floral tribute to the great Indian freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

    After that, Prime Minister also took a tour of an exhibition at the university. The exhibition displayed various aspects of Namami Gange project. Under Namami Gange programme, 63 sewerage management projects are under implementation in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. While, 12 new sewerage management projects have also been launched in these states.

    Besides, 28 river-front development projects and 33 entry level projects for construction, modernization and renovation of 182 Ghats and 118 crematoria, have also been initiated.

  • Vice president appreciated the role of IRMA, for working tirelessly to build an India that Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of, since its inception in 1979.

    He also said that this institution is a testimony to the leadership and farsightedness of Dr. Verghese Kurien who was a great institution builder.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is on two day visit to Gujarat. He will also attend the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Charutar Vidya Mandal as Chief Guest.

     

  • It will come into effect from the first of next month. For a better reflection of current performances, the new ranking will be match-based instead of tournament-based calculation.

    The world body governing hockey said that the new model removes much of the subjectivity surrounding continental weighing by creating a system which is fair to all.

    The outgoing world ranking system was in existence since 2003. It was originally devised to allocate teams into pools at tournaments.

    The old model allowed nations to earn ranking points two to three times per year.

  • In Badminton, India's PV Sindhu recorded a consolation win over Chinese He Bing Jiao in the third group A match of the BWF World Tour Final in China on Friday.

    After being down in the opening game, Sindhu eventually outwitted Bing Jiao 21-19, 21-19 and finished third in the group.

    This win also snapped Sindhu's run of four straight losses to the Chinese, making their head-to-head record 6-9.

  • Seasoned pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of the upcoming three match ODI series against West Indies due to an injury. Bhuvneshwar picked up the injury during the preceding T20I series, which India won 2-1 earlier this week.

    Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur is named as Bhuvneshwar's replacement in India's ODI squad. Shardul recently shone with the bat for Mumbai, slamming a quick-fire 64 for Baroda in their Ranji Trophy Round 1 match. However, the pacer picked up only 1 wicket during their massive win.

  • Bolivian interim Foreign Minister, Karen Longaric, said that a majority of applicants are in Bolivia under an irregular status or with temporary permits.

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will cover the economic expenses required by the permanence of these citizens in Bolivia, Longaric said during a news conference.

    About 4.7 million Venezuelans, 16 percent of the country's population, have fled Venezuela since its economy suffered a 65 percent contraction in 2013, the largest outside of war in 45 years.

    Venezuela is second only to Syria in terms of how many displaced people are living outside their country of origin. But estimates from the United Nations Refugee Agency show that if current trends continue, there could be as many as 6.5 million Venezuelans living outside of their country by 2020.

  • Speaking at a news conference, senior Chinese government officials said that Beijing has decided to cancel an earlier plan to impose additional tariffs on U.S. imports on December 15.

    China's vice commerce minister said at a briefing in Beijing that, the United States has promised to cancel some tariffs on a phased basis.

    Chinese officials offered no specific details on the amount of U.S. agricultural goods Beijing had agreed to buy. This was a key sticking point in recent deal negotiations to end the 17-month trade war between the world's two largest economies.

    The U.S. has agreed to suspend tariffs on 160 billion US dollars in Chinese goods due to go into effect on December 15, and cut some existing tariffs to 7.5%.

    China says they agree with U.S. on phase one of trade deal. China, US agree on text of phase one trade deal to end trade war.

  • Speaker of People's Majlis of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who is on a visit to India at the joint invitation of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, and the Speaker, Lok Sabha, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.

    Welcoming Speaker Nasheed, the PM noted that engagement between the two Parliaments is a key component of the vibrant India-Maldives relationship, and expressed confidence that this visit will help consolidate bridges of friendship between the two sides.

    The PM reaffirmed India's commitment to continue to work closely with the Government of the Maldives for a stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives wherein the aspirations of the friendly Maldivian are fulfilled.

  • Normalcy has resumed in the state of Assam after protests that erupted in the wake of passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament. Although the curfew has officially not been removed in Guwahati, the residents have resumed back to their day to day routines. There have been peaceful protests at a few places and curfew had been relaxed in Dibrugarh district.

    Assam DGP, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta clarified that strict action will be taken against people taking over law and order in their hands. He also mentioned that no action will be taken against people protesting in a peaceful manner in the state. Meanwhile in the Silchar city of Assam people have welcomed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

  • Boris Johnson's Conservative party has secured a majority in the UK general elections by seizing seats from the Labour party in its traditional Bastion. This means Johnson remains the Prime Minister and should now be able to push his Brexit deal through parliament. Meanwhile the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in a huge setback has said he will not lead the Labour party into the next election. Here is a quick explainer on the UK poll results and why are the results so crucial for Borris Jhonson.

    Hot off the printing presses on Friday British newspaper headlines marked Boris Johnson's sweeping victory and the newly cleared path towards Brexit. With Labour being described as receiving a 'mauling,' and being 'swept away,' 'Brexmas' was announced and 'full steam ahead' for Johnson. Next it was the turn of the re-entry of Boris Johnson into 10 Downing Street.

    Voters in London said they were not surprised by the British election result which saw Boris Johnson's Conservatives returned to power with a substantial majority and a promise to see Brexit through. Congratulatory messages started pouring in soon after. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

     

    European Union leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss Britain's departure from the bloc. They congratulated Johnson, expecting British parliament to pass the withdrawal agreement soon. European markets also celebrated the victory nearing a record high. Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union within weeks.

    The Brexit divorce represents Britain's biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world's fifth largest economy adrift from the vast trading bloc and testing the integrity of the United Kingdom. For Johnson, who had faced gridlock in parliament and focused his campaign on a vow to "Get Brexit Done", victory was a vindication.

    The Conservatives won large numbers of seats in the opposition Labour Party's so-called Red Wall, traditional working class heartlands once hostile to Johnson's party. Boris Johnson hailed it as a vote for Corbyn neutral Christmas. Labour, led since 2015 by the veteran socialist Corbyn, had won just 203 seats, the party's worst result since 1935. Corbyn's offer of a radical agenda of failed to win over voters, while his equivocal position on Brexit left many angry and confused, especially in Red Wall areas where large majorities had voted for Brexit in 2016. Corbyn said he would quit as Labour leader after a period of reflection.