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  • Karnataka’s Srihari Nataraj, named the best swimmer at the National Aquatics Championships 2017 in Bhopal, will be among the cream of country’s young swimming talent which will be on view in the first Khelo India School Games at the iconic Shyama Prasad Muk

  • The Search operations by the Indian Navy for the missing Pawan Hans helicopter and the crew continue. Currently, four Indian Naval ships (Teg, Tarasa,  T 11 and T 45) are undertaking search in the area. INS Teg also has Chet

  • -Prestigious Energy Sector Awards presented

  • Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated a Mega Camp organized for Beedi Workers and Unorganized Workers by Ministry of Labour and Employment at Bareilly Today.

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has been approached by "Save Sharda Committee, Kashmir&q

  •             Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that more than 280 Inspecting Authorities of Minority Affairs Ministry are wor

  • Based on information on a Pawan Hans helicopter missing on 13 Jan 18, Indian Navy has launched large scale rescue operations to search for the missing helicopter. Four Indian Naval Ships (T11, T45, Tarasa and Teg), one Dornier aircraft and one Seaking helicopter have b

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted nation on the occasion of Lohri Festival.

    PM said " Greetings to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Lohri. I pray that this special festival fills

  •  The Centre for Transportation Research and Management (CTRAM), is an autonomous body of Transport Professionals in the country organized a National Rail Transport Seminar with the theme “Railways for Sustainable Development” in New Delhi today i.

  • The Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley will launch the country’s First Agri-commodity Options in Guar Seed tomorrow, Sunday, the 14th January,2018 in New Delhi in presence of farmers & Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) from various States across country. The country’s First Agri-commodity Options in Gu

  • To celebrate the idea of unity in diversity, the Ministry of Culture is organising the 7th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix in Karnataka beginning January 14, 2018. The Unio

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that serving the unnerved should be the motto of working people like doctors and civil servants. Inaugurating a medical camp at Swarna Bharat Trust in Nellore today, he stressed on the need to help t

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal festivals. In a message, the Vice President said this festival celebrated with different names all ove

  • Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat inaugurated a workshop and an Exhibition on CBRN Defence Technologies to showcase the Products and Technologies developed towards CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) threats at DRDO Bhawan, N

  • Visitors who wish to attend the Ceremonial Change of Guard that takes place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturdays (1000 hrs) and Sundays (1630 hrs) can now book online at http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rashtrapatisachivalaya.nic....

  • Government had acquired private land measuring 2,412 acres 15 guntas 7 anas, located in 13 vilages of TalukasKarwar and Ankola, Uttar Kannada District in Karnataka for the purpose of creating a naval base. At the time of acquisition of land from 198

  • Based on data published by Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS), after a brief period of decline in Textile & Apparel (T&A) exports including handicraft exports every month beginning May, June, July &

  • A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, State of Bihar and State of Jharkhand for completion of balance works of North Koel reservoir project at a

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that uniting every individual irrespective of caste, creed and religion is nationalism. He was addressing the gathering during Sankranti celebrations at Swarna Bharat Trust in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

  • Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) here on Monday, January 15, 2018. The workshop is organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collab



  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said development of the agriculture sector is priority for the NDA government. Launching agri-commodity op...




  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in New Delhi on a six-day visit to India. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the...




  • A Bar Council of India (BCI) delegation met Justice J Chelameswar at his residence in New Delhi today to resolve the issues raised by the four senior...



  • Government is planning to auction over 9,400 enemy properties worth over 1 lakh crore rupees, with the home ministry starting the process of identifying all such estates. The move comes after the amendment to the 49-year-old Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act.



  • The Navy has widened its search operations to trace the missing crew members of the Pawan Hans helicopter which crashed off the Mumbai coast yesterday. Coast Guard and Navy have said that five bodies have been recovered.



  • In Iraq, eight people have been killed and 10 injured in a suicide bombing in Baghdad.



  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)'s India International Exchange listed the first bond on its Global Securities Market yesterday.



  • Three girls drowned and five were missing after a private boat with 40 students, who were on a school picnic, capsized Saturday morning off the coast of Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra.



  • In the ICC Under-19 World Cup cricket, India thrashed Australia by 100 runs in their opening group match in New Zealand.


  • Prasad will also  have meetings with his Sri Lankan counterpart Harin Fernando during which a MoU on cooperation in IT sector between the two countries will be signed.

    Sri Lankan Ministry secretary Vasantha Desapriya told our correspondent that apart from the MoU, both sides will also sign a Joint intent agreement where Indian government will help set up E-office system in Sri Lanka. National Informatics centre (NIC) will provide necessary technical assistance in this regard.

    Both countries will also sign agreement for extending of national knowledge network (NKN) for exchange of ideas between Indian universities, to 10 Sri Lankan universities.

    India and Sri Lanka are in discussion for Economic and Technical cooperation agreement (ETCA) and cooperation in IT sector is one of the main pillars of proposed agreement.

    Prasad will also deliver a memorial lecture in remembrance of Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister Laxman Kadirgamar. The lecture will focus on various aspects of India – Sri Lanka relations.

  • Makar Sankranti, is being celebrated across the country with much pomp and fanfare.

    The occasion which marks the transition of the sun into the Makar rashi or the zodiac sign Capricorn, also brings an end to winter solstice. People in North India celebrate the day as Khichri, while in Tamil Nadu Sankrant is known by the name of 'pongal'.    

    In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Bhogali Bihu. Gujarat is not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline.

    People from different parts of the country thronged the bank of river Ganges to take holy dip and offer special puja.

  • Electing to bat, Bangladesh scored 226 for eight in the stipulated 40 overs. In reply, India chased down the target in just 18.4 overs to continue their winning run. Reddy remained not out on a blazing 101 off 60 balls and hit 14 fours, while Sunil Ramesh slammed 105 off 57 balls with the help of 17 boundaries.

    Reddy also picked up four wickets in 8 overs.

  • South Africa ended the first day's play with 269 runs for the loss of six wickets.

    The first session saw the Indian pacers slog it off to take wickets. The Proteas openers Dean Elgar and Markram frustrated the bowlers throughout. However, in the second session, Ravichandran Ashwin finally got breakthrough India were looking for. He sent back Elgar to the pavilion. Elgar departed for 31 runs off 83 balls hitting four boundaries in the process. He was caught at silly point by Murali Vijay in the 30th over.

    Ashwin also got the crucial wicket of Markram who looked primed to reach his third Test hundred. He fell short of 6 runs and was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel for 94 runs in the 48th over. At a pacers' friendly wicket, it was Ashwin's spin that gave the visitors the breakthrough they needed.

  • Beautifully adorned camels and performances by folk artists were the key attraction for domestic and foreign tourists who gathered at the Karni Singh stadium to participate in the fair.

    The procession began from Junagarh fort and culminated at the stadium where various performances were held. District Collector Anil Gupta, SP Sawai Singh were also present on the occasion.

    Organised by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that the city celebrates in honour of the ship of the desert, Camel.

  • The bonds issued by Indian Railways Finance Corporation are one of the highest credit rated bonds issued by an Indian corporate and has been IRFC's first foray into the Green Bond market.

    Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) in the days to come is going to expand its footprint  into the newer lines of business and will be able to use its Minimum Alternate Tax better.

    Railways Minister also said that government is seriously considering to change some of the guidelines to monetise the assets of railways.

  • Seven persons were injured in the accident. The mishap occurred on the Kadegaon-Sangli road, when the wrestlers were returning from Aundh village after participating in the wrestling competition there. They were heading to Kundal in Sangli, a senior police official said.

    A speeding tractor, which was coming from the opposite direction, rammed into their SUV, killing six persons including five wrestlers.

  • The leopard was spotted at 7.15am in Nanipada, which is surrounded by hills and forests. It attacked and injured six persons.

    A team of police and forest officials was rushed to the area.

  • It carried approximately 4,100 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the ISS. The spacecraft departed from the ISS at 4.58 a.m., after they used the robotic Canadarm2 to detach Dragon from the Harmony module of the orbiting lab.

    After Dragon was released from ISS and its thrusters transported it a safe distance away from the station, SpaceX’s flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, executed a deorbit burn command, blasting Dragon back into Earth’s atmosphere. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to Long Beach, California, where some cargo will be removed immediately for return to NASA, and then it will be prepared for a return trip to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for final processing, according to NASA. NASA said a variety of technological and biological studies had returned with Dragon.

    Hardware from the Made in Space Fiber Optics payload, which demonstrated manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a micro-gravity environment. The investigation pulled fiber optic wire from a heavy metal fluoride glass commonly used to make fiber optic glass. Research indicates that the fiber pulled in micro-gravity may not crystallize as much, giving it better optical qualities than the silica used in most fiber optic wire. Results from this investigation could lead to the production of higher-quality fiber optic products both in space and on Earth. Some payload samples were used to study a stress reaction in plants when experiencing reduced oxygen or hypoxia, which occurs for example, during times of soil flooding.

    Such natural low oxygen events are sensed by plants and can lead to either changes in growth and development to aid in the plant’ s survival, or in extreme cases, lead to significant losses in productivity and even death. These spaceflight experiments may help provide molecular targets for manipulation to help make plants more tolerant of low oxygen conditions and so contribute to agriculturally important traits such as crop flood tolerance. Mice from a NASA study are expected to return live to Earth for additional study. The investigation evaluated a new drug delivery device for administering continuous low doses, which could help counteract muscle wasting and prevent the need for daily or frequent drug administration.

    A tiny capsule, implanted under the mouse’s skin, delivers a constant, low dose of a drug via a silicone membrane, with channels as narrow as 1/50,000 the width of a human hair. The drug, called formoterol, is a common therapy in asthma inhalers and for other lung diseases that relaxes muscles responsible for tightening a patient’s airways. The low-dose delivery also could help avoid the known side effects of taking high doses long-term. Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft currently able to return cargo to Earth.

    The spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the U.S. state of Florida on Dec. 15 carrying about 4,800 pounds of supplies and scientific cargo on the company’s 13th commercial resupply mission to the station. It arrived at the station December 17.

  • The Cup was lifted by Goshan A by two goals defeating Himalayan B. 

    The tournament was organised by Kargil district police under Civic Action Programme in which more than 11 teams from all over Kargil participated.

    Deputy Commissioner Kargil Haji Gulzar Hussain was the Chief Guest and SSP Kargil T Gyalpo, advisor to CEC Haji Shafi, Lt Col RL Manoj and professional International coach Carl Watters from Canada and other guests were present. 

    Deputy Commissioner of Kargil Haji Gulzar Hussain, while talking on this occasion, appreciated the efforts of District Police Kargil, particularly of SSP Kargil T Gyalpo's effort to encourage the youths of the region to come forward in all fields and excel. He further added that such tournament is not played for winning or losing but to learn sportsman spirit and discipline.

    Talking to the media, organiser of the event, dy SP Ishtiyaq Ahmad Kacho said that the motive of organising the event was to flourish the talents of the budding players so that they can compete at National and International levels.

    Later, Chief Guest distributed medals and mementos amongst the players and teams.

  • Iran as rejected any modification of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive.

    The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement said that Iran will not accept any amendments in this agreement now or in the future". Foreign Minister Javad Zarif added that the demands were a "desperate attempt" to undermine the deal.

    Iran has the backing of all the partners to the agreement apart from the United States, with Russia warning Washington that withdrawing would be "a big miscalculation".

    The US President has made a temporary renewal of the agreement.  He had previously described it as "the worst deal ever".

    Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. However, in the  exchange of fire, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries.

    Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, aged 28 years, belonged to Village Khalane, District Dhule, Maharshtra and is survived by his wife  Punam Yogesh.

    Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. 

  • It is going to be another first for women bikers this Republic Day! A newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent of the Border Security Force will make its debut on Rajpath on January 26. The 111-member BSF women 'daredevils' riding on 26 Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles of 350cc, are expected to draw cheers as they showcase their stunts and acrobatics..

    Notably, the Republic Day celebration is going to be special event this year. For the first time, heads of 10 countries will participate in the ceremony at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi..

    And, to make this event more special, the BSF women's Daredevils are busy in practice on the Raisina Hills even in this chilling cold.

    Interestingly, these bikers, who are presenting this spectacular show, hardly knew how to bike till a few days ago. Stenzien, the sub inspector of BSF in the Ladakh region of ​​Jammu and Kashmir, is heading the Nauryang Team.

    A unique feature in this team is that it includes members of almost all the states of the country. These women Daredevils of the BSF will show 16 type of stunt on the Rajpath on 26 January.

  • According to reports, 32 children have been rescued, 2 pronounced dead, 1 unidentified body found in a swift action by the relief and rescue agencies.

    President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet expressed his anguish to hear a boat carrying schoolchildren capsizing in Dahanu, Maharashtra. He further said that State government has rescued most of the passengers and is making efforts to trace those still missing. My condolences to bereaved families.

  • The debris of the crashed chopper, carrying five senior officials of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and two pilots, has been found. 

    Five bodies have also been recovered, while the search and rescue operation is underway for other missing persons.

    The chopper with five ONGC personnel and two pilots on board crashed off Mumbai coast while heading to an oil rig at Mumbai High on Saturday. 

    Five ships, two Dornier aircraft and two helicopters have been deployed for search and rescue operations.

    Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited the bereaved families in Mumbai on Saturday and offered his condolences. The Minister said he would discuss the incident with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

    President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet expressed grief over the Pawan Hans helicopter crash off the coast of Mumbai. He further tweeted saying Thoughts with families of those who have lost their lives : Sad to learn about Pawan Hans helicopter crash off the coast of Mumbai. Thoughts with families of those who have lost their lives #PresidentKovind

  •  Scientists have developed a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray, which could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.

    The simple body design of stingrays, specifically, a flattened body shape and side fins that start at the head and end at the base of their tail, makes them ideal to model bio- electromechanical systems on.

    The 10-millimetre long robot is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialised biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes.

    Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to "flap" its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold, according to the study published in the journal Advanced Materials.

    "The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems," said Ali Khademhosseini, from University of California, Los Angeles in the US.

    "This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalised tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for heart attack patients," Khademhosseini said.
     

  •  Scientists have discovered a previously unknown warning system that contributes to the body's immune system. According to a study published in the journal PNAS, Mitochondria in the white blood cells secrete a web of DNA fibres that raises the alarm.

    White blood cells are major components of the body's immune defence, and the research group has shown that several types of these cells react against small DNA fragments thatare similar to the DNA from bacteria and viruses.The white blood cells spray out a web consisting of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) strands.Mitochondria are present in all cells and normally produce the energy needed by the cell, by burning sugar and fat to form water and carbon dioxide.

    The web that the mitochondria release sends signals to the surrounding cells that the body is under attack, and cause other white blood cells to release a signal substance known as "interferon type 1". This substance helps the immune system to combat the infection."We show that the white blood cells in the immune system can release mtDNA outside the cells in an active process in response to infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses,"said Bjorn Ingelsson, from the Linkoping University in Sweden.

    "The discovery raises the possibility of further studies in which we will try to reduce the release of mtDNA, and in this way reduce the inflammation that it causes," said Ingelsson.Other types of web formed by white blood cells in the immune system (known as "neutrophils") have been previously known.

  • Improvised Explosive Device or IED was today found and dismantled by security forces in Srinagar's HMT area. Joint Forces of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF Srinagar condoned off Awanta Bhawan area of Soura.

    Bomb disposal squad have already reached the spot  and door to door search operation is  underway.

  • The Enforcement Directorate today conducted searches at multiple premises linked to Karti Chidambaram, the son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel- Maxis case.The raids are being conducted in Delhi and Chennai since early morning.

    The central probe agency, on December 1 last year, had conducted similar searches on the premises of a relative of Karti and others in this case.The ED case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval granted in 2006 by the then finance minister P Chidambaram.

    In another incident a former Director of Andhra Bank has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with its money laundering probe in the alleged Rs 5,000-crore bank fraud case involving a Gujarat-based pharma firm. The official Anup Prakash Garg was arrested by the agency on Friday evening.

    This is the second arrest in the case after the agency in November last year held Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan.Garg has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be prodced before a special court.Garg has been named as an accused in the case by the ED and the CBI.

  • The festival of harvest, Lohri is being celebrated today in North India especially in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Popcorns, peanuts, Rewari and Gajak are distributed to all neighbours, friends and relatives on the occasion. 

    President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the people on the occasion of Lohri. President Kovind also greeted people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, which will be celebrated tomorrow.

    In his message, the President said the entire nation comes together to celebrate these festivals with gaiety and fervour. He said, these festivals are associated with harvest and are a moment to celebrate the hard work and enterprise of millions of farmers. He expressed hope that these festivals will bring joy, health and happiness to all.

    In Himachal Pradesh, the Lohri festival is being celebrated today with full enthusiasm. Lohri marks the end of the long nights of winter and welcomes the longer days of summer, as the Sun begins its journey to the Northern Hemisphere. 
     

  • Defending champions India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets and halted their two-game winning streak in the Blind Cricket World Cup yesterday. Batting first, Pakistan scored a competitive target of 282 for eight in the stipulated 40 overs. In reply, India comfortably chased down the target in 34.5 overs as Haryana's Deepak Malik  top-scored with an unbeaten 79 off 71 balls.

     Malik, who steered India's innings struck eight boundaries. Apart from him, Venkatesh with 64 off 55 balls and skipper Ajay Reddy scoring 47 off 34 deliveries shared 106 runs for the fourth wicket to help India register their second consecutive win.
    India had defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the first outing earlier in the tournament. India registered their second consecutive win of the tournament.
     

  • Immediately after his arrival in New Delhi, PM Netanyahu and PM Narendra Modi will be at the Teen Murti Memorial for a solemn ceremony. The leaders will lay a wreath, and sign the visitor’s book. The ceremony will also mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk by the NDMC.

    The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on 23rd September 1918, during World War I. There are various accounts of this battle – all narrate the brave valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned town protected by a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria Hungary.  The capture of Haifa cleared a route for the Allies to supplies to the city through the sea. 44 Indian soldiers had made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation of the city in World War I. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23rd September as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.”

    The PM Netanyahu will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow where the two leaders are expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations. After the talks, the two countries will ink MoUs in different areas.

    The visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. He will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind on the same day.

    During his tour, the Israeli PM will also visit Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

  • The National Investigation Agency has arrested an alleged member of a terror organisation in connection with the ambush on an Army convoy in 2015 in Manipur in which 18 personnel were killed.The agency seized a pistol and five live rounds from Naorem Premkanta Singh, a member of the banned group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, in an operation jointly conducted by the NIA and the Manipur Police.

    The special NIA court, Imphal, had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant announcing him a proclaimed offender.Singh was found involved in a NIA case registered at Guwahati which was related to an ambush on Army personnel at Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, 2015 in which 18 army personnel were killed. 

    “He belongs to a banned terror organisation namely “Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)” and had participated in the said ambush on Army personnel of 6th Dogra Battalion. The above accused had been absconding since the ambush took place,”NIA stated in a release  on Friday.

  • Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.He was responding to a question during a press conference on possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.

     
     Replying to a question on China, the Army Chief said India will not allow its territory to be invaded by anyone, asserting that China may be a powerful country but India is not a weak nation either. Army chief also said that the time has come for India to shift focus to its northern border.Bipin Rawat cautioned that the country cannot allow its neighbors to drift towards China.

    He also said that both India and China are very keen on having a hotline between the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations and the Chinese officer holding similar position.

  • The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday passed a resolution saying the differences of four senior most judges with the Chief Justice of India should be considered by the full bench of the apex court.

    Expressing "grave concern" over the differences between the senior judges and the CJI, the SCBA President said that all PILs should be looked into either by the CJI or senior judges who form part of the apex court collegium.

    Meanwhile, The Bar Council of India has said that it had unanimously decided to form a seven-member delegation which will meet the judges of the Supreme Court. The BCI has called upon the political parties not to play politics on this issue since it is the internal matter of the judiciary.

    The Bar council of India's meeting was held after Four senior sitting judges of the Supreme court expressed their concerns over a few issues pertaining to the functioning of the Apex court.

  • Females were in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to witness Al-Ahli defeat Al-Batin 5-0.

    The result meant Al-Ahli closed the gap on table toppers Al-Hilal to one point.

    The introduction of women to soccer matches in Saudi is part of reforms in the Kingdom with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, seen by many as the face of that change.

    Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women's progress.

    In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women's mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

  • Existing methods would likely be used for planning out strategies and gathering information.

  • The profit for the quarter, which was largely driven by tax reversal, stood at Rs. 5,129 crore.

  • On this occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India is committed towards the agenda set by United Nations and ASEAN countries have been working together for the prosperity of the agriculture sector as well.

  • He said cooperation in agriculture, water management and defence and enhancing trade and business ties would top the agenda of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during his 5 day visit to India, beginning Sunday.

  • The month-long "India @ 70: The Jammu & Kashmir Saga" exhibition has been curated by the National Archives of India of Ministry of Culture.

    The minister appreciated the efforts of National Archives of India to bring out the details of accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India in such an interesting and lively manner.

    He also highlighted the role played by the leaders of Indian freedom movement including Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

  • Addressing a programme to mark National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha in Karnataka, Prime Minister said that raising voice against social evils like caste system will be a true tribute to Swami Vivekananda.

  • According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, The factory output, measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production, grew 5.1 per cent in November 2016.

  • Senior party leader and Minister without portfolio Giriraj Mani Pokharel submitted resignation letter to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after a cabinet meeting at Kathmandu on Friday.

    On October 17 last year Prime Minister Deuba had stripped portfolios of Maoist Center ministers after party forged electoral alliance with opposition CPN UML.

    However ministers continued in the government without portfolio. CPN UML and CPN Maoist Center left alliance has registered landslide victory in the recently held parliament and provincial assembly elections.

    The new government is likely to be formed after the election of National Assembly, the upper house of parliament, scheduled on February 7.

  • The topic of discussion was based on food and agricultural future developments.

    On this occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India is committed towards the agenda set by United Nations and ASEAN countries have been working together for the prosperity of the agriculture sector as well.

  • India's reputation as world's best Test team took a big hit as the South Africa thrashed the visitors by what could be called a big if not massive 72-run margin in a chase of 208 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

    The latest debacle has brought back memories of previous horrors on foreign pitches. The humiliation of the twin 0-4 losses in Australia and England in 2011 have again started haunting cricket fans back in India.

    Virat & company would be hoping for a change in their fortunes. At least two batting positions will be debated as the tourists seek a way to play themselves back into the three-Test series.

    Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan fell to short-pitched deliveries in both innings and there is an argument for Lokesh Rahul to take his place, while AjinkyaRahane must be a contender to replace Rohit Sharma at number five.

    South Africa enjoy a winning spree at Centurion like no other venue across this country with 17 wins, 2 defeats. India last played a test in the venus way back in 2010-11 series and they were hammered by an innings and 25 runs on that occasion.

    South Africa, meanwhile, look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, Chris Morris is all set to make the South African XI as the replacement for Dale Steyn. Both teams showed batting fragility in Cape Town, with India's pace bowlers showing they too could take advantage of helpful conditions.

    AB de Villiers' aggression in innings of 65 and 35 was a key factor for South Africa. It is that sort of intent that both teams will be seeking in what promises to be another action-paced Test.

     

  • Army chief also said that the time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border.

    The army chief also said that there is also need to focus on strengthening ties with neighbours including Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

    Besides, he also said that army is focusing on further strengthening country's cyber capabilities to deal with adversaries.

  • German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and France President, Emmanuel Macron are ahead of PM Modi in the ranking while global leaders including Donald Trump, Theresa May, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are way behind the Indian Prime Minister.

    GIA Global polls are a global rating of top world leaders. Earning the highest ever rank for any Indian Prime Minister, PM Modi pipped Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The American President hasn't made top ten, figuring at number 11 in the poll. Chinese President Xi Jinping figures at number 5, while Russian President Vladimir Putin follows at number 6.

    The GIA polls come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to make his debut at the World Economic Forum in Davos where India is a focus country. The polls were conducted across 50 countries including the Canada and the European Union.

    Congratulations are pouring in for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP President Amit Shah tweeted, "Congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi on featuring very prominently on the Gallup International's prestigious annual survey  'Opinion of Global Leaders.' This yet again illustrates the faith placed on PM Modi by every Indian and his standing globally. Time and again, the world has taken note of the record developmental strides under PM @narendramodi as well as the structural reforms and transformation the Modi Government is bringing in."

    In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked 9th on the Forbes list of 74 of the World's Most Powerful People. Clearly his acceptance as a leader with vision, one to reckon with is gaining grounds globally.

  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The PM encouraged the Youth to take part in mock parliaments.

    One can find their goal if they are determined towards it. PM Modi had many inspiring words to share with the youth of the country.

    PM Modi addressed the gathering of youth at Gautam Buddha University on the occasion of 22nd National Youth festival.

    Assuring the youth that the government has created an ecosystem of innovation, PM said start-ups will prove to be a boon for the socio-economic development of the country.

    PM also said 10 crore people across the nation got a boost for self-employment under the Mudra scheme.

    PM Modi urged the youth to take the country forward towards a new India by 2022.

    PM Modi stressed on the importance of skill development for youth along with education. He said today's era belongs to skilled and talented. He said the government is focussed on creating the youth skilled under the Skill India mission.

    PM also exhorted the youth to keep a positive approach and take inspiration from Gautam Buddha and Swami Vivekananda.

    PM also told the youth not be afraid of challenging times. He said India's inclusive growth is possible by countrymen helping each other while also emphasising on sports and yoga.

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present at the event.

    The youth gathered there..spoke about how inspired they felt after hearing the PM's address.

    Addressing a gathering in Belgaum, Karnataka through video conferencing, PM said Swami Vivekananda's vision was to make India free of casteism and a prosperous nation and the youth must work towards making India a stronger nation.

  • On this occasion Basnet said that commercial operation of Nepal-China optical fiber link is a major milestone for development of internet infrastructure in Nepal.

    The launch of commercial optical fiber link between state-owned Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global has provided an additional internet route in landlocked Himalayan nation.

    Till date India was the lone internet provider in Nepal.

    According to Nepal Telecom officials, keeping in view the increasing use of internet in the country, Chinese fiber link is taken as an alternative source to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. It is also expected to reduce internet cost due to competition.

    The officials said that initially the speed of Chinese fiber link via Rasuwagadhi border will be 1.5 Gbps, which can be increased later on.

    The speed of Indian internet bandwidth provided through Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj is 34 Gbps.

  • The mass burial took place in Makurdi, in the central state of Benue, where thousands of mourners took to the streets to watch the funeral procession.

    The killings occurred in remote parts of Benue, the state worst hit by clashes that have killed at least 83 people since Dec. 31.

    Thousands of herdsmen mainly from the Fulani ethnic group have moved southwards in the last few years to flee spreading desertification in the north, putting pressure on dwindling fertile land amid rapid population growth.

    The spike in violence has become increasingly political ahead of elections in February 2019 with critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is Fulani, accusing him of failing to get tough with the herdsmen.

    Feelings ran high on the streets of Makurdi where thousands of people, many clad in black, waved wreaths as coffins on lorries passed by carrying the dead who were mainly from rural communities of Benue.

     

  • Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall's showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars.

    One woman in the driver's seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.

    "My interest in cars: I've always been interested in cars, but we didn't have the ability to drive. And now I'm very interested in buying a car, but I would like the payments and prices to not be very high," a visitor said.

    "It interests me to learn about the brands and to learn everything about them. So I have a complete idea about cars, and I hope to purchase a car in the near future, God willing," said another.

    In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women's mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

    Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans women drivers. The landmark royal decree has been hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

    The exhibition focused on fuel-efficient cars and provided a team of saleswomen to help their new customer base. The showroom carried signs emblazoned with the slogan "Drive and Shop", a play on words in Arabic, using the female form of the verbs.

  • Karti has now been called by the agency on 16th of this month. 

    The investigating officer of the case had earlier this month summoned him to appear on January 11.

    The central probe agency had registered a case against him and others in May last year under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
     

  • She will be the seventh woman judge since independence to make it to the Supreme Court. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

    The first woman to be appointed as a judge of the apex court was Justice M Fathima Beevi in 1989.

    Thereafter, Justice Sujata V Manohar, Justice Ruma Pal, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai made it to the top court as judges.

     

  • Swami Vivkaknanda had arrived in Chicago a few weeks prior to the start of Parliament of World's Religions in Chicago. Swamiji had neither good cloth to cope with shivering cold in United States, nor he had  money for good accomodation.

    His simple life style continues to connect the whole world with them. Vivekananda was born as Narendra on 12 January in  1863 in Calcutta.  The National Youth Festival is celebrated on 12 january on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. 

    Narendra was naughty and restless as a child. He was interested in spirituality from a young age and used to meditate before the images of deities. He was fascinated by wandering ascetics and monks.

    Despite being a saint, Vivekananda never allowed any kind of mental stubbornness to dominate him. For him, the interpretation of religion was logical and scientific, which is evident from his saying that " First bread and then religion."

    Vivekananda made very simple interpretation of religion. He believed that along with devotion to god, one should also be a nationalist. For this, it is very important for a person to be healthy, which shows that he called for combining physical force, mental force and spiritual force. 
     
    He advised a gentleman who sought his advice for mental peace, to serve the poor and miserable. In his opinion, this was the true religion and the only solution to gain peace of mind. 

    "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached", popularized by Swami Vivekananda, will continue to inspire youth for the cause of humanity.

  • Swami Vivekananda has been an inspiration for youth across the globe. His birth anniversary is celebrated as National Youth Day. Several events were organized acorss the country to mark the day.

    Andhra Pradesh

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tributes to Sawmi Vivekananda's statue at an event orgainsed in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

    Uttar Pradesh

    The main event was at the Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida, the 22nd National Youth Festival was inaugurated and about six thousand students from every state of the country participated. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adithyanath, several Union Ministers and senior officials took part in the programs. Cultural programs depicting traditional culture of each state were also presented.

    Meerut - Sultanpur

    Youth programs were also organised in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of students took part in the mass yoga Surya Namaskar in Meerut. In Sultanpur, youth resolved to overcome all evils.

    Jharkhand

    Skill Summit was organized in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi to mark National Youth Day. 25,000 youth were given appointment letters for private sector placements. Chief Minister Raghuvar Das and several Union ministers were present on the ocassion. 

    A bike rally was organized at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala's capital.

    Haryana

    Chief Minister Manohar Lal interacted directly with the youth in Panchkula. About 900 students took part in the program, and CM answered their questions.

    Madhya Pradesh

    In Madhya Pradesh too the youth took part in a mass yoga program. Surya Namaskar being performed at various educational institutions. 

    Swami Vivekananda, took India's moral values to different parts of the world, through his powerful philosophy. He was born on 12 January 1863 in Kolkata. His 1893 speech at the Parliament of world religions in Chicago redifined the way the west viewed India's rich philosophical traditions. His motivating words continue to make every Indian proud of their nationality and spirituality.

  • The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar told reporters that that the focus of the operational-level talks was cross-border terror and ways to ensure the elimination of terrorism from the region.

    He, however, made it clear that this should not be construed as dilution of India's position that talks and terror cannot go together.

  • He would be travelling to Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai as well. Here's what to expect from his upcoming visit.

    A warm reception that Prime Minister Narendra Modi received from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu upon his historic visit to Israel in July last year.

    These images are testimony of the personal chemistry that the two leaders share.

    Israel Prime Minister is set to visit India. Six months after Prime Minister Modi became the first Indian PM to visit Israel in a year that marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.

    Ministry of External Affairs made an official announcement on the upcoming visit of Israel's Prime Minister to India.

    Benjamin Netanyahu would arrive in Delhi on 14th January and would be going to Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his visit.

    He would be accompanied by a business delegation from Israel.

    On the day of his arrival, he would call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    On 15th January, bilateral talks between the two Prime Ministers would take place and on the same day Prime Minister would be hosting a lunch for the visiting dignatory. 

    Prime Minister Netanyanu would call on President Ram Nath Kovind.

    In the evening, they would participate in the second India Israel CEOs Forum and Business Event.

    On 16th January, PM Netanyahu would attend the Raisina Dialogue.

    On 17th January, he would visit Gujarat, where he would be going to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

    Prime Minister Modi would also host a lunch for him and a community reception would be accorded to the Israeli Prime Minister.

    On 18th January, he would attending several functions in Mumbai, including a seminar seminar and on 19th Janaury, he would depart for Israel.

    All eyes will be on Prime Minister Netanyahu's India visit....

    Discussions between the 2 leaders will range from bilateral to international issues.

    In his visit to Israel last year, Prime Minister Modi had said that India considers Israel as its Strategic partner and both countries should jointly fight terrorism.

    Terrorism is expected to figure in the bilateral talks this time as well.

    Forward movement is expected to take place in the water and agriculture spheres as well in which several MOUs were signed last year.  

    During the visit, a National Campaign on Water Conservation is expected to be jointly launched.

    Former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao brought a turnaround in ties with Israel by establishing diplomatic relations after previous Congress governments overlooked ties with the country.

    During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime, the then Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003. Now the Modi Govt is taking bilateral ties forward.

    In October 2015, the then President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel.

    Both Countries have been collaborating in the sectors of defence, security, science and technology spheres and the 2 leaders are known for their strong stance against terrorism.

    Co-operation is expected to expand across these sectors during PM Netanyahu's visit and it will take ties to a new high.

  • Nominations will be filed on January 24 and candidates can withdraw their names by January 28 and final list of names of the candidates in fray will be published the next day.

    Polling will be held on February 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM. All seven provinces will elect 8 members each through an Electoral College comprising of members of state assemblies and chief and deputy chiefs of local bodies.

    The president will appoint remaining 3 members on the recommendation of government.

  • The ED had summoned Karti for recording his statement in the money laundering case.

    The law enforcement agency had registered a case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Karti and others in May last year.

    It had lodged an Enforcement Case Information Report against the accused named in the CBI complaint which included Karti Chidambaram, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, and others.

    Karti is facing a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the finance minister.