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  • Government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up / upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking. Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was 12.12.2017.

  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre dedicated to the nation two crucial bridges in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh today. The minister, who arrived at Mohanbari Airforce Station in Dibrugarh, Assam early this morning from New Delhi on a two day visit to the region, was received by Maj Gen Gajendra Singh,

  • The Vice-President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu attended a Christmas celebration event organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) here today.

    Stating that Christmas reminds us all to live up to the ideals and values preached and practiced by Jesus Christ, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said Christmas is the festival of love, joy and sharing.

  • The Vice-President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu held talks with the visiting Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Sarwar Danish here today

  • Emphasising that tackling pollution is a collective responsibility of all the stakeholders and that cooperation from all is required, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,

  • The four-day 19th International Workshop on Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD-2017) began here today Chairman ISRO & Secretary, Department of Space Shri AS Kiran Kumar formally inaugurated the event

  • India will host the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of AIIB at Mumbai on 25th and 26th June 2018. The Theme of the Annual Meeting, 2018 will be “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure:

  • The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base 2011-12 for the month of October 2017 have been released by the Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. IIP is compiled using data received from 14 source agencies viz.

  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015.

  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited bids for projects of 4,900 km till November, 2017

  • It has come to the notice of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that some unscrupulous persons by using name of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas have advertised for appointment of petrol dealers under a non-existing scheme “Jawahar Rojgar Yojana” and collecting substantial amount from applicants.

  • A delegation of eleven indigenous communities form Sikkim met the 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, here today.

  • The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Motor Rally–IMT 2 successfully completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on 3rd December 2017.

  • Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that India has noted with great interest the new initiatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, particularly the Green Alternative initiative – a roadmap to make Nigeria self-sufficient in agriculture and a major exporter of agricultural products.

  • The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma led the Indian delegation to the second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture

  • Government has issued Guidelines under Section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003 providing a framework for procurement of wind power through a transparent process of bidding including standardisation of the process and defining of roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.

  • There is a casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Kurnool Local Authorities' Constituency. The details of vacancy are as under:

  • Transition to GST provided for trust based transition of input tax credit of the existing taxpayers.

  • It was reported in certain sections of the Press that tax officials had raised tax demand in respect of export of IT/IT enabled services provided to clients abroad

  • The Government of India has issued new reward guidelines called “The guidelines for grant of rewards to be paid to the officers, informers and other persons, 2017” on October 10, 2017 to regulate the grant and payment of reward to informers and government officers.

  • Campaigning for the second and final phase of assembly elections in Gujarat came to an end this evening. As part of his campaign, Prime Mini...

  • The Supreme Court today referred to a Constitution bench a batch of petitions challenging Tamil Nadu’s Jallikattu Act permitting the bull-taming sport...

  • In Jammu & Kashmir, the search and rescue operations are in progress to trace the soldiers who have gone missing at two different places in north Kash...

  • Finance Ministry has asked the taxpayers who have claimed transitional credit erroneously to revise Form TRAN-1 by 27th of this month. It has also asked them to ensure that only correct and bonafide credit is availed in transition otherwise the tax authorities may initiate audit and enforcement action against them.

  • Home Ministry has released Rs 174 crore to six states having an international border for development of infrastructure in forward areas under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). An official said, the states that will be benefited include Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

  • Bangladesh today launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.

  • Retail inflation has risen to 4 point 88 per cent in November this year on account of costlier fuel, vegetables and eggs.

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has assured the Cyclone affected fishermen in Kanyakumari district that, the families of those died in the cyclone will be given 20-lakh rupees each as solatium.

  • The second ODI match between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Mohali tomorrow.

  • The government is in talks with Asean countries to extend the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway up to Vietnam consultations are being held on the extension of the 1,360 km IMT highway from Moreh in India to Mae-Sot in Thailand to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Dakshita Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways speaking at the Asean-India Connectivity Summit, organised by industry body CII said that the connectivity will give a tremendous potential in terms of incremental GDP generating annually an estimated USD 70 billion in incremental GDP and 20 million in incremental aggregate employment by 2025.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), has 10 member nations Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia.

  • Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi government to take necessary and effective steps to manage solid waste in the city the apex court has asked Delhi government to make a plan within four weeks to resolve the issue.

    The top court has asked Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to urgently call a meeting on solid waste management with an expectation of a definite plan of action to be prepared for Delhi which could be replicated in other cities too.

  • Winter has finally started to take hold of the hills and the plains in the country.Mercury has dipped in large parts of North India including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi-NCR.But it has also had perilous consequences..causing avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir leading to 5 soldiers going missing in the Gurez and Naugaun sectors.

    People of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir witnessed these beautiful scenes on Tuesday. From Peer pandal to Shopian and Simla to Kinnaur, people were seen enjoying the heavy spell of snowfall in the region.

    As the cold wave spread its grip across North India there were places in the hilly reaches where normal life and vehicular traffic were affected.Snowfall also had an impact on normal life in many parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and J&K.

    This is the first snowfall experienced by Kashmir this winter and has led to the closure of the Jammu Srinagar National Highway as well as the Mughal road. Coming as it does, however, after a long dry spell, it is being welcomed by people in the valley.
    While the upper reaches of Himachal saw light showers and snowfall the Met department has predicted heavy doses of the same in the next 24 hours.

    In the upper areas of Uttarakhand too rain and snowfall brought down temperatures drastically in the plains.

    While the snow is a cause for merriment to many it has also resulted in misfortune for some as 3 jawans of the 36 rr have gone missing in an avalanche in Gurez sector and 2 in the Naugam sector.

    In National Capital also, temperatures have dipped considerably and there were light showers in certain areas.Evening temperature recorded was 21 degrees celsius.

    Freezing temperatures and snowfall in the high altitudes are even bringing temperatures down in the plains cold wave has spread over UP, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan with the minimum temp in these areas dropping to as low as 9 and 11 degrees celsius.However, it is expected that temperatures will dip further.

  • Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Tuesday has called an all party meeting on December 14.

    The meeting will take place a day before the Winter Session of Parliament will commence.

    Winter Session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5. December 25, 26 will be Christmas holidays during the 14-day session.

    Last year, the month-long winter session began on 16 November and ended on 16 December, with 22 sittings of both the Houses.

  • Government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it will set up 12 special courts for the speedy disposal of criminal cases pending against MPs and MLAs.

    These courts will decide 1571 criminal cases against politicos, as disclosed by them in 2014 poll affidavits.

    The apex court has ordered that these cases will have to be wrapped up within a year.

    The government has also sought time from the apex court to collect data on cases pending against elected representatives across the country so that a further decision regarding additional courts can be taken.

  • India has been bestowed with abundant sea water but because of its poor utilisation its potential has been adversely affected.

    But now the Narendra Modi government is focused on developing waterways.Government's schemes and initiatives are aimed at making water transportation more efficient, cost-effective and environment friendly.
    The government under the Sagarmala scheme and National Waterways Act is developing 20, 275 kilometre long 111 new river course into national water ways. A 1620 kilometre long national waterway is situated on River Ganga between Haldia and Allahabad.

    On Brahmputra river..a 891 kilometre long national waterway 2 between Sadia and Dhubri.

    Apart from that western coastal rivers on the coast of Kerala and national waterway 3 in Maharashtra and Goa are being developed.Coastal cargo tansport is being developed on these coasts.Government is also determined to give a boost to tourism apart from making travel easier.More and more preprations are now being made for sea planes.

    The sea plane will open up a unique window of connectivity to many areas and regions all over the country where land and other restrictions do not allow construction of a full fledged airport.Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajpati Raju and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari took its testing flight three days back.

    It took off from Mumbai airport and landed in the sea at Chaupati.PM Modi listed out the benefits of sea plane and in a tweet said that The experience was unique and those needing even quicker access to medical care and those living in remote areas stand to gain a lot from this new initiative.

    The new transportation arrangement is being developed through rivers.The top speed of this plane is around 350 kilometre per hour.As India has not been able to make the best use of Inland waterways which is cost effective and environment friendly.

    The government now is focussed on providing connectivity relief to the people.

  • The Gujarat poll battle has reached its final stage.Thursday will see the 2nd phase of polling in the state on 93 assembly seats

    Campaigning ended on Tuesday evening at 5 pm 39 hours ahead of the start of voting at 8 am on the 14th of December.

    The last day of campaigning saw all political parties do the utmost to woo voters.

    Party President Amit Shah along with other top leaders held several rallies for the BJP while for the Congress it was President-Elect Rahul Gandhi and other leaders who fanned out among the people.
    As campaigning ended Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on social media that People of Gujarat will give a fitting reply to the negativity and lies of the opposition.
    The PM also appealed to all Gujaratis to come out in unprecedented number to exercise their franchise.

    Prime Minister Modi carried out a whirlwind campaign during both phases in the Gujarat elections enthusing massive crowds.The 93 assembly seats going to polls on Thursday will see 2.22 crore voters deciding the fate of 851 candidates.

    Election Commission has made heavy duty security arrangements to ensure peaceful, free and fair voting.Sensitive and crowded areas will be watched even more stringently.

    The issue of development remains the topmost concern for Gujarat's voters.The PM himself raised the issue of development vs dynasty strongly all through the campaigning.

    Apart from this..the issues that dominated the poolscape include anarchism, castism, soft Hindutva, Kapil Sibal's controversial statement during the Supreme Court Ayodhya hearing, Manishankar Aiyer's abusive comment against the PM and allegations of Pak interference in Gujarat elections in collusion with opposition leaders..

    Voters have been given a lot to consider before finalising their choice on Thursday..verdict on Monday will reveal their preference.

  • Ganderbal police arrested a boy (name withheld) resident of Rainawari area of Srinagar early Tuesday morning at Qamria chowk.

    SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmed Lone KPS said that the boy from Rainawari was in surveillance and being tracked as he was in contact with some Pakistani militants who are under survelliance and we knew his movement and nabbed him early today. He confessed that he intended to join Ansar Gazwat ul Hind.

    Acting on a tip off Ganderbal police intercepted the boy who belongs from Rainawari Srinagar and was in touch with a Pakistani militants on social media sites and later on confessed he was going to join a militant group namely "ANSAR GAZWAT-UL-HIND". After counseling, the boy was handed over to his parents.

    SSP Ganderbal appealed to the parents that it is the duty of every parent to watch the activities of their children and also take proper care of them to keep their children away from such type of evils, who are brain washing our children.

  • In Nepal after getting two third seats of parliament and provincial assemblies in direct election, the left alliance is also leading in proportionate representation.

    Counting of votes for 110 seats of House of Representative and 220 of state assemblies under proportionate representation is underway.

    Our Kathmandu correspondent reports that more than 40 percent votes have been counted so far. CPN (UML) is leading the tally.

    After huge loss in direct election, Nepali Congress has able to make some gain. It is moving neck to neck with CPN (UML).

    The left alliance partner CPN (Maoist Center) is on the third place.

    Though the overall seat position of 275 member lower house of the parliament and state assemblies in seven provinces will be clear after the completion of counting of popular votes.

    But left alliance is all set to form an absolute majority government at the center and six provinces.

    The historic parliament and provincial elections in Nepal were held in two phases on November 26 and December 7

  • Emphasising that tackling pollution is a collective responsibility of all the stakeholders and that cooperation from all is required, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed confidence that pollution will be tackled in a holistic manner next year.

    Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, said that all sources that have been identified will be tackled to ensure that mitigation of air pollution is done effectively in Delhi. He added that the Government of Delhi will work closely with all agencies in tackling pollution.

    The meeting noted that the air quality in 2017 was better than the air quality in 2016. The number of good, moderate and satisfactory days in 2017 were 151, whereas the same were 109 days in 2016. Similarly, the number of very poor, poor and severe days in 2017 are 181, as compared to 214 days in 2016.

    Some of the decisions taken at the meeting include –

    Strict measures to be taken for controlling dust pollution. Dust from major construction sites will be monitored closely and any violation will be dealt with strictly. Mechanized sweeping will be taken up on a large scale. All possible assistance will be provided to the MCDs by the Central Government for increasing the scope of mechanized sweeping

    Fire from municipal solid waste dump sites will be tackled in an urgent manner. Innovative approaches, in consultation with Department of Science and Technology, will be adopted at the earliest to ensure that the issue of pollution is tackled

    It was noted that the Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary to Prime Minister is examining the issue of stubble burning. It was further noted that an action plan to address this issue will be ready in the next one month

    It was decided that the decision regarding ban on petcoke and furnace oil will be strictly enforced in all the NCR states

    Delhi Police will be requested to tackle the issue of traffic congestion and parking in Delhi

    All steps will be taken to increase the availability of public transport in the medium term.

  • The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Lyttelton on Monday morning for its onward journey to Port Stanley (Falklands). INSV Tarini had arrived at Lyttelton on 29 November 2017 after completion of second leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

    This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

    The crew of INSV Tarini were officially welcomed to Lyttelton by Andrew Turner, Deputy Mayor of Christchurch on 29 November 2017. The crew were also welcomed in the traditional Maori culture by members of the community.

    Hon'ble MP from Christchurch Central, Duncan Webb also visited the vessel to welcome the crew. The crew had several engagements during its stay in Lyttelton, including call-on meeting with Mayor of City of Christchurch, Ms Lianne Dalziel. The National Council of Women of New Zealand also hosted the crew for an interaction.

    INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the High Commission on 30 November 2017, which was attended by about 100 distinguished guests, including members of Parliament, state officials, businessmen, academicians, leaders from Indian community and media persons.

  • A delegation of eleven indigenous communities from Sikkim met the 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 in New Delhi on Tuesday.

    The delegation included representatives of communities including Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Thami, Bhujel, Jogi, Sanyasi, Giri, Newar, Khas (Bhawn and Chettri) and Dewan (Yakha).

    The delegation presented a memorandum to the Minister for providing Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to their communities. They also discussed various related issues such as their representation in the State Assembly, reservation in jobs, income tax exemption and others.

    They also gave a presentation on the history, geography and other matters related to the state of Sikkim and their communities in particular.

    Addressing the delegation, Dr Jitendra Singh said that he appreciates the contribution made by the communities and he will try to ensure that the justice is given to them. He said that the memorandum submitted by them will be taken up with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

    Speaking on the importance and contribution of Sikkim, the union Minister said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi accords very high priority to the North Eastern region. He said that the Prime Minister himself has also visited Sikkim.

    The Minister said that Sikkim has been declared ‘Organic State’ by the Government. Sikkim is the first state to be declared as ODF state, he added. He also said that the GDP and literacy of the state are also very high. He further said that Sikkim has excelled in the field of tourism as well. Due to all these reasons, Sikkim sets an example to be followed by other states, he said.

  • The Election Commission has put in place an elaborate framework of the administrative system, security protocols and procedural checks-and-balances in Gujarat, which prevent any possible misuse of EVMs/VVPATs or procedural lapses in the use of EVMs and VVPATs during polls.

    These safeguards are being implemented by ECI, in total transparently, with the active and documented involvement of Political Parties, Candidates and their Representatives at every stage, so as to build their confidence on efficacy and reliability of EVMs and VVPATs.

    All these functions and procedures are implemented through the District Election Officers (DEOs), Returning Officers (ROs), Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) and other election related officers concerned, who are on deemed deputation to the ECI and are under its superintendence, direction and control.

    The comprehensive framework of administrative protocols and procedural safeguards comprise of the First Level Checking of all EVMs and VVPATs, strict regime of Mock Polls conducted on each and every EVM and VVPAT during the FLC, Candidate Setting and Poll Day (before the beginning of actual polls), 2-stage randomization of EVMs and VVPATs, stringent security protocols for storage of EVMs and VVPATs before, during and after the polls, and comprehensive videography and CCTV coverage of all EVM & VVPAT related activities and storage in strong-rooms.

    It is pertinent to highlight that all the above election-related activities are carried out in the presence of the representatives of political parties and candidates/election agents.

  • Union Minister of State for Information Technology Alphons Kannanthanam has made it clear that Aadhaar is fully secure and termed the reports of leakage of Aadhaar data as completely baseless.

    Launching the Digital Payment Security Initiative in New Delhi, he said that till now, not a single case of Aadhaar data being leaked has not come to the fore.

    Secretary in Information Technology Ministry, Ajay Sahni said that there is a need for a strong cyber security mechanism for promoting digital payments.

  • The Indian cricket team suffered defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the first of the three-match ODI series in Dharamsala on Sunday, and are trailing by 1-0. Now, the Indian players, led by captain Rohit Sharma will be more than determined to level the series when they face the island nation at PCA Stadium in Mohali.

    Handed an embarrassing defeat in the inaugural ODI, a wounded India would look to get even against an inspired Sri Lanka in a do-or-die second match.

    The loss not only hurt but was also an eye-opener for a team that has been dominant all throughout the long home season. The loss not only hurt but was also an eye-opener for a team that has been dominant all throughout the long home season. Proving that the opening day surrender to Sri Lanka pacers at the Eden Gardens was no aberration, the Indian batting stood exposed once again against the moving ball.

    Barring old war-horse MS Dhoni, the highly-rated batsmen seemed like sitting ducks every time Suranga Lakmal pitched the ball up in the off-stump corridor. The team management is unlikely to tinker with the playing eleven but there is a possibility that Ajinkya Rahane is picked to shore up the inexperienced batting, especially the middle order. In the bowling department, the worry for India will be the performance of Hardik Pandya, who again leaked runs as the hosts tried to defend a paltry score.

    He is picked as the bowling all-rounder for the South Africa Test series and needs to be at the top of his game ahead of the crucial tour starting next month. Considering Sri Lanka cantered to victory in 20.4 overs, spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav did not come on to bowl.

    They would be itching to get back into action after a month's gap. While India find themselves in an unusual situation at home, Sri Lanka have a golden opportunity to seal the series after ending a 12-match losing streak with a thumping win in Dharamsala.

    Mohali won't be as cold as Dharamsala but the pacers should come into play considering it is another 11:30 am start to the day-night affair. In that case, it will be another test for the Indian batsmen if the home team happens to bat first in a must-win contest.

  • Former Captain of Indian Football Team Gurdev Singh Gill was felicitated today for his outstanding contribution to Indian Football.

    Union Minister for Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore presented him a shawl, memento and a cheque of Rs. five Lakh on the occasion.

    The felicitation ceremony was organised as Gurdev Singh Gill was away in Canada when Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated the captains of Indian football teams that played in the Asian Games.

    Felicitation of Indian Captains by the Prime Minister was organised during the FIFA U - 17 World Cup on October 6 in New Delhi earlier this year.

    Speaking after the felicitation ceremony Gurdev Singh said he is happy with the promotion of Football in the country as FIFA U 17 world Cup has attracted a lot of attention throughout the country especially among youth and school students.

  • US President Donald Trump said Monday that a bomb attack by a 27-year-old from Bangladesh on New York's subway system underscored the "urgent need" for Congress to enact immigration reform.

    Three people were slightly injured after the attacker's pipe bomb exploded only partially, while the suspect was sent to a hospital with apparently severe burns and wounds on his torso and hands.

    "First and foremost, as I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for president, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country," Trump said in a statement.

    He added that the suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, had entered the country through "extended-family chain migration," a system the president is seeking to end that allows families to sponsor relatives to come to the United States.

    He also cited his controversial travel ban on the entry of nationals from eight countries -- six of which have Muslim majorities -- as "one step forward in securing our immigration system."

    Other measures Trump said he hoped Congress would pass included "increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system."

    Trump also reiterated his call for terror convicts to receive "the strongest penalty allowed by law, including the death penalty."

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded campaigning for Gujarat polls in a unique way. PM Modi gave a boost to tourism by traveling from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via a sea plane.

    The crowds along the Sabarmati River front also developed by PM Modi when he was Chief Minister Of Gujarat were agog with curiosity. Their adulation was visible with chants of 'Modi', 'Modi' reverberating.

    As the plane took to the skies the sight was indeed a magnificent one. After completing the journey to Dharoi Dam, Prime Minister took the road route to Ambaji. Crowds lined the route waving BJP flags waiting to catch a glimpse of PM Modi. PM then sought the blessings of Ma Amba at the renowned pilgrimage site.

    Ma Amba is one of the 51 shakti peeths across the country. These are associated with legends revolving around Goddess Parvati and are considered to be sources of inner strength and wisdom.

    Prime Minister performed the puja in keeping with defined norms and rituals. He also interacted with people in the temple premises.

    After completing puja archana, PM Modi headed back to Dharoi dam to board the sea plane. Once again the crowds jostled to catch a glimpse of their leader and click pictures of him.

    Prime Minister's unique experiment aims at giving a fresh boost to waterways development and tourism in Gujarat and the entire country. PM Modi in a tweet said that effective use of waterways augurs well for tourism and more tourism will bring greater economic opportunities in the country.

    Women and youngsters lined the roads to welcome Prime Minister all through his visit. The connect of the son of Gujarat who has gone from selling Tea at Vadnagar station to becoming Prime Minister of India was visible wherever he went.

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the company law tribunal NCLT should have taken its leave before allowing the Centre to take over the management of embattled realty firm Unitech Limited.

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the request of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that one more day be given to him to seek instruction from the concerned authorities on the appeal of Unitech Limited against the order of the National Company Law Tribunal.

    The bench took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the realty firm, that the Tribunal passed an interim order without hearing the company and its directors who are in jail.

    The NCLT, on December 8, had suspended all the eight directors of the realty firm over allegations of mismanagement and syphoning of funds and had authorised the Centre to appoint its 10 nominees on the board.

  • Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra held the first ‘2+2’ Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries dialogue with their Australian counterparts, Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson, and Secretary of Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.

    All aspects of bilateral relations with a focus on strategic and defence relations between the two countries were reviewed.

    India and Australia share warm bilateral relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism. There is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries.

    Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large.

    Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty also met Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre in New Delhi.

  • The actor was, however, not in town, according to his publicist. Enthusiastic Rajini fans celebrated their icon's birthday by conducting prayers, even as many of them thronged the city with a hope of catching a glimpse of the actor, currently busy with "Kala-Karikalan", touted as a sequel to his 2016 hit "Kabali". Actor Dhanush, also the son-in-law of Rajinikanth, announced the launch of the film's second look coinciding with the veteran star's birthday today. The picture shows Rajinikanth wearing dark glasses and a black shirt.

    The film, being produced by Dhanush, has already set off a buzz among his fans. Political and cinema world greeted the actor on his birthday. In his twitter message, Actor Amitabh Bachchan termed Rajinkanth a "friend" and a "large-hearted colossus". "To my dear friend, colleague and a most humble and large hearted Colossus !! Birthday greetings," he tweeted.

    He also uploaded a picture of himself with Rajinikanth. Actor Akshay Kumar, his co-star in "2.0", also greeted Rajinikanth on his birthday. "Have always been in awe of your onscreen persona but working with you made me a bigger fan of you offscreen. They don't call you Superstar just like that. Keep shining the brightest@superstarrajini Sir," Akshay tweeted. DMK leader MK Stalin, MDMK founder Vaiko and BJP state unit President Tamilisai Sounderrajan, actors Radhika, Kajal Aggarwal and Vikram Prabhu were among those who wished the superstar. "#HBDSuperStarRajinikanth I, very sincerely, wish you a long, contented, happy and healthy life. @superstarrajini," tweeted Stalin. Vaiko spoke to Rajinikanth over the phone and extended his birthday greetings, wishing him a long life and good health. In a Tamil tweet, Soundararajan greeted "brother" Rajinikanth on behalf of the BJP state unit.

    The political circle in Tamil Nadu is abuzz with speculation of the actor taking the political plunge, especially after his statement earlier this year asking his fans to "prepare for war". It was seen as his hint of a political entry. At a fans' meeting in May this year, he said, "When war comes they (professionals) will come to the rescue of their motherland.. I have a profession, work, duty and so do you. Go to your places, do your duty, take care of your vocation.. Let us face the war when it comes." He had also complained that the "system is rotten" in the presence of leaders like Stalin and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss. The actor has not made any loaded statements after that but his contemporary Kamal Haasan has gone ballistic against the ruling AIADMK on corruption, hinting he might make a political plunge. In 1996, Rajinikanth had publicly criticised the then AIADMK government led by the late J Jayalalithaa on the law and order front, and had backed the then DMK-TMC combine, which swept the polls, routing AIADMK.

  • Without trillions of dollars of investment in clean energy, the pact's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels will remain a pipe dream, observers and participants warned on the eve of the Paris summit. Political action "will not be enough if we do not update and reset the global finance architecture and make all development low-emission, resilient, and sustainable," UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said. "We see some movement... but climate consideration must now be part of all private sector decisions," she said.

    After the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015 to cheers and champagne, helped over the finish line by then US president Barack Obama, his successor Donald Trump has cast a long shadow over the process, withdrawing political support and finance. Trump, who has called climate change a "hoax", announced in June that the United States would pull out of the Paris pact, which had taken nearly 200 nations more than two decades to negotiate. The US is the only country to reject the agreement. Macron yesterday reminded Trump of his responsibility to history over his decision to quit the agreement, in an interview aired on CBS. "I'm sorry to say that, it doesn't fly, so, so sorry but I think it is a big responsibility in front of the history, and I'm pretty sure that my friend President Trump will change his mind in the coming months or years, I do hope." He added: "It's extremely aggressive to decide on its own just to leave, and no way to push the others to renegotiate because one decided to leave the floor."

    Money has long been a sore point in the UN climate process, with developing nations insisting on financial assistance to help them make the costly move to less-polluting energy sources, and to shore up defences against climate change-induced superstorms, mega-droughts and land-gobbling sea level rise. Trump has asked Congress to slash the climate research budgets of federal agencies threatening a loss of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The Trump administration would also not fulfil US climate finance commitments, including an outstanding USD 2 billion out of USD 3 billion it had pledged towards the Green Climate Fund. "The missing piece of the jigsaw is the funding to help the world's poorer countries access clean energy so they don't follow the fossil fuel-powered path of the rich world," said Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid, which represents poor country interests at the UN climate forum. "This is the missing piece that the One Planet Summit needs to begin to put into place."

    In the absence of former climate champion Obama, American businesses, regions and local government leaders have reiterated their commitment to decarbonisation. "It doesn't matter that Donald Trump backed out of the Paris Agreement, because the private sector didn't drop out, the public sector didn't drop out, universities didn't drop out, no one dropped out," former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, now the face of the R20 network of sub- national climate actors, said in Paris. "Don't worry about any of that, we are the subnational level, we're going to pick up the slack," he said. On the eve of the summit, the heads of many of world's space agencies proposed the creation of a space climate observatory to pool acquired data to share with scientists around the globe, according to a declaration they adopted at their meeting in Paris.

    Among the leaders in attendance at Tuesday's summit will be UN chief Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto, Theresa May of Britain, Spain's Mariano Rajoy, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Trump was not invited to the gathering, and the US the world's biggest historical emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases will be represented by an embassy official. Also absent will be the leaders of major polluters China, India, Brazil, Russia and Canada, as well as Germany's Angela Merkel among EU members. Rich nations pledged in 2009 to muster USD 100 billion per year in climate finance for developing nations from 2020. On 2015 trends, total public financing would reach about USD 67 billion by that date, according to a report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The International Energy Agency estimates that investments of some USD 3.5 trillion per year in the energy sector will be needed to 2050 to stay under the 2 C limit double current spending.

  • Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, in his message to the people on the occasion, said the festival has been forging bonds of friendship and compassion among the local people. "May this festival continue to preserve our cultural roots and create strong bonds of friendship and compassion so as to achieve our shared objective of lasting peace, communal harmony and progress," he said. The king of Hima Khyrim kingdom, Balajied Syiem, along with the high priest performed the Pomblang ceremony, where a goat was sacrificed to appease the god of Shillong peak, Lei Shyllong, and also the ancestors and ancestress of the ruling clan.

    The religious part of the festival preceded yesterday's dance performances. Young maidens, decked up in exotic costumes and jewellery, matched steps to the changing beats of drums and haunting tunes of the tangmuri (pipes). Attired in their traditional regalia, young men also took to the dancing arena to perform in front of the Ling Sad (thatched palace). They held swords and white Yak hair whisks in their hands. A colourful fair, featuring local handicrafts and delicacies, was also organised here on this occasion. The Nongkrem Dance has always attracted tourists, both domestic and foreign. Hima Khyrim has always been a bastion of Khasi culture, Balajied Syiem said on this occasion. "The rituals and the dance performances have remained the same all these years," he said.

  • Creating a sustainable, objective method for evaluating surgeon proficiency and standardising credentialing is a way to help ensure patient safety, said Andrew Hung, from the University of Southern California in the US. The recorder used in the study, called the dVLogger, captures both anonymised video and movement data. Developed by Intuitive Surgical, the research tool can attach to the company's da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical platform approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for general laparoscopic surgery. "The dVLogger records the surgeon's movements, capturing where the instruments are and how the surgeon is moving the instruments," Hung said.

    To test the recorder's ability to measure proficiency, four basic prostate surgery steps were analysed. Data from 100 procedures performed by both novice and expert surgeons were recorded. The findings published in The Journal of Urology showed that novice and expert surgeons could be identified by measuring time to complete operative steps, distance of instrument and camera travel and frequency of camera movements. "We now have an opportunity to put surgeon proficiency under the microscope and see what role it plays in patient outcomes," Hung said.

  • Arun Jaitley said the government's massive Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital infusion plan in banks was to strengthen banks and there was no question of any lender failing. If any such situation arises, the government will "fully protect" the deposits made by customers, the finance minister said here adding that "the government is very clear about it". Jaitley made the comment to allay concerns with regard to a provision in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, first introduced in the Lok Sabha in August this year and currently undergoing scrutiny by a joint parliamentary committee.

    The so-called "bail-in" clause in the draft legislation has been commented upon by experts as of bringing potential harm to deposits, in the form of savings accounts. "The Bill is before the joint committee of Parliament. Whatever are the recommendations of the committee, the government will consider," he said. He said rumours are being spread about the provisions of the bill. "The government has already clarified and said it is committed to strengthen PSU banks and financial institutions. About Rs 2.11 lakh crore is being pumped in to strengthen the public sector banks."

    The FRDI Bill proposes to create a framework for overseeing financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, non-banking financial services (NBFC) companies and stock exchanges in case of insolvency. The 'Resolution Corporation', proposed in the draft bill, would look after the process and prevent the banks from going bankrupt. It would do this by "writing down of the liabilities", a phrase some have interpreted as a "bail in". The draft bill empowers Resolution Corporation to cancel the liability of a failing bank or convert the nature of the liability. It does not specify deposit insurance amount. At present, all deposits up to Rs 1 lakh are protected under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act that is sought to be repealed by this bill.

  • "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use," Trump said at the White House. The last time US astronauts visited the Moon was during the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 1970s. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars. And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond," Trump said adding that this directive will ensure America's space program once again leads and inspires all of humanity.

    Trump described his directive as a "giant step toward that inspiring future" and toward reclaiming America's proud destiny in space. "Space has so much to do with so many other applications, including a military application. So we are the leader and we're going to stay the leader, and we're going to increase it many-fold," Trump said. According to Vice President Mike Pence, the new space policy directive ensures that "America will lead in space once again." "To guide this new era of American space leadership, President Trump has relaunched the National Space Council," he said. "And at the Council's inaugural meeting in October, we unanimously approved a recommendation to instruct NASA to return American astronauts to the moon, and from there to lay a foundation for a mission to Mars," Pence said.

    The new policy asks NASA to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities. "Beginning with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations," it said. Trump said the action will "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery." "Imagine the possibilities waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big. And that's what our country is doing again: We're dreaming big," he said. "Space has so much to do with so many other applications, including a military application. So we are the leader and we're going to stay the leader, and we're going to increase it many-fold," Trump said.

  • At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, with the second intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system, the army said on Monday. After the first rocket was fired, the army issued a statement saying that in response, "a tank and the Israel Air Force targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip." It did not say where the first rocket fell or report any casualties. There was also no word on injuries on the Gaza side of the border. After the interception of the second rocket, Israeli tank fire hit a "Hamas military position" in Gaza, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.

    Gazan residents said the strike was in the north of the Palestinian enclave. It was the first rocket fire since Friday evening, which triggered repeated Israeli strikes throughout that night and into Saturday in which two members of Hamas's military wing were killed. The Israeli army says it holds Hamas responsible for all attacks originating from the territory under its control. The latest wave of rocket fire followed US President Donald Trump's statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    On Thursday, Israel also targeted Gaza sites with air strikes and tank fire after what a military statement described as "a projectile" was fired into southern Israel. Palestinian security officials in the enclave said the strikes hit two Hamas posts. The Israeli military said the targets were "two terror posts", without identifying them.

  • The nearly 300-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel. "The highway is closed for second day on Tuesday. The highway was closed following heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, Patnitop and Ramban area bedsides landslides triggered at Pathiyal early today", a police official said.

    As per the advisory of traffic police department passengers planning to travel on the highway in coming days should contact traffic control room before leaving for their destinations. Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir's Shopian district, has also been closed for the second day today. "There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road resulting in closure", he said.

    The traffic was suspended on Mughal road last evening as a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast predicting moderate to heavy snowfall in the high altitude areas under the influence of a Western disturbance from December 11 to 14. There was very heavy snowfall in hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts of Jammu region. As result of which some inter-district and inter-state roads have been closed due to snowfall for traffic.

    Jammu on Monday recorded the lowest day temperature as the mercury nosedived by almost nine notches amid incessant rains to settle nine degrees below normal during this part of the season. The drop in the day temperature was the result of the prevailing weather condition which resulted in rains in the plains and snowfall in high altitude areas.

  • Prime Minister Modi boarded the single-engine sea-plane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister's boarding from the river. From Dharoi, the prime minister proceeded to Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road. After visiting the temple, he would return to Ahmedabad by the sea-plane in the evening.

    The final round of campaigning saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing 11 rallies in North Gujarat. His focus was on development versus divisive politics. Prime Minister Modi hit out at leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyar for hurting Gujarati Pride by abusing him.

    Prime Minister also questioned the Congress for holding secret meetings with Pakistan. The penultimate day of campaigning also saw PM Modi congratulating Rahul Gandhi for his election as Party President. Rahul Gandhi's unchallenged appointment only goes to reinforce Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge that the Congress works only to serve the interests of one family, and puts self interest before the nation. Prime Minister Modi's rallies saw a huge turnout, especially women and youngsters.

  • In Nepal the left alliance has won two third seats of direct election in the lower house of the parliament.

    Out of 165 constituencies of House of Representative under First Past the Post, Left alliance has begged 113 seats and leading in 4.

    Ruling Nepali Congress able to get just 21 seats. In seven provincial assemblies out of 330 seat results of 323 has been declared for far. Left alliance of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) has got 235. Nepali Congress begged 40 and others have won 48 seats.

    Counting of votes for 110 seats of House of Representative and 220 of state assemblies under proportional representation is underway. The left alliance is also leading in proportionate representation. Nepali Congress is in the second place.

    The historic elections for House of Representative and state assemblies were held in two phases on November 26 and December 7.

  • India cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma have tied the knot, in Italy, on Monday.Virat and Anushka's wedding ceremony took place at a resort called Borgo Finocchieto in Buonconvento town in the Province of Siena in Italy.

    Virat Kohli took to twitter and said "Today we promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We're truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with love & support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thanks for being an important part of our journey,"

    Kohli and Sharma, both 29, started dating in 2013 after they met during the filming of a shampoo advert.

    The high-profile couple made their first public appearance a year later during a football match.

    Kohli is one of the world's highest-paid athletes and a huge star in cricket-crazy India, and Sharma is one of the top actresses in the multi-billion-dollar Indian film industry.

  • India has called upon WTO members to find a permanent solution to the public food stockpile issue, saying it concerns the survival of 800 million hungry people across the globe.

    It also asked them to refrain from raising new issues, especially those which are not linked to trade.

    In his address at the plenary session of the 11th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu urged the member countries to reaffirm their commitment to a rule-based multilateral trading system as it would benefit the entire world.

    Under the global trade norms, a WTO member country's food subsidy bill should not breach the limit of 10 percent of the value of production based on the reference price of 1986-88.

    Apprehending that the full implementation of food security programme may result in a breach of the WTO cap, India has been seeking amendments to the formula for calculating the food subsidy cap.

    As an interim measure, the WTO members at the Bali ministerial meeting in December 2013 had agreed to put in place a mechanism popularly called the Peace Clause and committed to negotiate an agreement for a permanent solution at the 11th ministerial meeting, which is underway in Buenos Aires.

    Under the Peace Clause, WTO members agreed to refrain from challenging any breach in the prescribed ceiling by a developing nation at the dispute settlement forum of the WTO.

    This clause will be there till a permanent solution is found to the food stockpiling issue.

    As regards the services sector, Prabhu said India has engaged constructively with the proponents of the domestic regulation disciplines.

    On the fisheries issue, he said that an outcome which preserves the policy space for developing countries to support millions who depend on traditional fishing activity as the sole source of livelihood could be worked out at the next ministerial conference.

    Stressing that the outcome of the expansion of global trade must be development, Prabhu urged the WTO membership to re-endorse the centrality of development in the trade negotiations without creating new sub-categories of countries.

  • India, China and Russia on Monday resolved to step up cooperation to counter terrorism, including choking terror funding and dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.India flagged concerns over
    increasing acts of terrorism by Pakistan-based terror outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba During the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral among several other issues of mutual as well as global concern.

    India, China and Russia resolved to step up cooperation to counter terrorism, including choking terror funding and dismantling the terrorist infrastructure. The foreign minister of India Sushma Swaraj meeting her counterparts from China, Wang Yi and Russia, Sergey Lavrov talked about developmental and economic issues and dwelled on regional as well as multilateral matters.

    India said that significant rise in acts of terrorism by terrorist organisations like Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and LeT directly undermine international peace and security and endanger ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy.The leaders reaffirmed their determination to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They also stressed that those committing, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with the obligations under international law.

    Sushma Swaraj also highlighted the giant leap India has taken in the ease of doing business rankings and urged Russia and China to invest in India. She also emphasized the need to take further steps to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation with China. This was the first visit of a high ranking dignitary from China following DOklam Stand Off.

    The 3 nations also dwelled at length on other issues of importance including reforms in the un security council, peaceful cooperation in space technologies, the peace process in Afghanistan, west Asia situation and reforms in IMF.

    Earlier, Chinese and Russian foreign ministers also met president Ramnath Kovind and discussed many important issues.

  • The government reacted sharply to Pakistan's reaction over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge of a secret meeting at suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer's home where Gujarat elections were discussed.The government squarely blamed Pakistan for attempting to bail the Congress party out in Gujarat.

    BJP has taken strong exception and lashed out at Congress for demanding an apology by prime minister Narendra Modi for flagging the issue of a secret meeting held at suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's home.
    Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley has demanded that the Congress come out with complete details of what transpired in the meeting. Calling it a misadventure, Jaitley said that to expect Prime Minister should not even flag is beyond comprehension.

    Party has also taken exception to a statement from Pakistan regarding Prime Minister's statement on the issue.

    Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has strongly condemned the unwarranted statement by Pakistan on Gujarat elections and on the contrary blamed Pakistan for trying to bail out Congress party.

    Union Minister, on the other hand, flagged the real issue of terrorism, stating that Pakistan's position on the matter is well known internationally. The case has taken a curious turn when the Congress first denied it and then was forced to go on a back foot when Pakistan confirmed the meeting did actually happen.

    Earlier, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal had tweeted denying allegations that it was trying to influence Gujarat polls. Pm Modi had claimed that the meeting was attended by the Pakistani High Commissioner, an ex-Pakistani foreign minister, a former Vice President of India and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. PM said that the meeting was held at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's house over dinner on December 6. This was a day before Aiyar's resorted to indecent words against PM Modi.

  • Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the Champions League resumes in February after Monday’s draw pitted the 12-times winners against Paris St Germain.

    Bidding for a hat-trick of titles in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price for not winning their group as they were drawn with the big-spending Parisians who were tipped as many people’s favourites ahead of the draw in Nyon.

    Five-times champions Barcelona will face English champions Chelsea, one of five Premier league clubs in the draw.

    Tottenham Hotspur, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid thanks to a 3-1 victory at Wembley, will face Serie A champions and last seasons’ runners-up Juventus.

    Manchester City, who clocked up a record 14th successive Premier League victory on Sunday, are now listed as favourites after being handed a last-16 clash with Swiss club Basel.

    Five-times winners Bayern Munich, who finished below PSG in the group, will be happy with a two-legged clash with Turkish outsiders Besiktas.

    Europa League champions Manchester United take on Sevilla while, Liverpool will meet Porto while AS Roma’s reward for winning their group ahead of Chelsea is a tricky tie against Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk

  • New York City Police say they are responding to reports of an explosion at a bus terminal in Manhattan.The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.

    "The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan," tweeted the department.The NYPD said that one male suspect is in custody and there is at least one injury.

    Police Commissioner James O'Neill said that the device that exploded in the New York City subway was a terror-related incident.

    A 27-year-old man had a crude pipe bomb strapped to him and it went off in a passageway from Seventh and Eighth Avenues near Times Square.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio says the device that exploded in the New York City subway was an attempted terrorist attack. He says it's lucky the suspect didn't achieve his ultimate goals.

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident.The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest in the US, serving more than 65 million people a year.

    The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    In September 2016, a man injured more than two dozen people when he set off a homemade bomb in New York’s Chelsea district.

  • Rahul Gandhi has been elected unopposed as Congress president, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran announced on Monday. Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, he said.

    The 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray. Rahul Gandhi succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who remained in the post for 19 years.

    The CEA received a total of 89 nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the top post. All the nomination papers were found to be valid, Ramachandran said.

    Rahul Gandhi became the vice-president of the party in January 2013.

  • India's Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record in 10m air pistol at the ongoing Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification tournament in Wako City, Japan.

    He became the the third Indian to bag quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the 10th Asian Airgun Championship.

    The 15-year-old shot a record score of 243.1 in the final to storm to the top of the podium, after finishing third in the qualification round with a score of 573.

    Salavati Erfan of Iran took the silver with 236.2 points, the wide gap showing the significant advantage Chaudhary had in the final, while Korea's Shin Okcheol completed the podium with 217.6 points.

  • India will be hosting 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the current Future Tours Programme, but the BCCI on Monday insisted that the number of playing days per year for the ever-busy cricketers will decrease.

    The Future Tours Programme was agreed in principle by the members at the BCCI Special General Meeting on Monday .

    Another significant decision taken at the SGM was to host Afghanistan for a first ever Test match between the two teams.

    The dates of the historic Test will be chalked out later.

    Among other decisions taken at the SGM, the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was revoked on the condition that former IPL boss Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.

    The BCCI also remained firm on its stance on dope testing of cricketers, saying there was no need for NADA to test the players as the board is WADA compliant.

    In another development BCCI decided to host the 2023 World cup and the next champions trophy in India.

    Afghanistan cricket team will play its first ever Test vs India in India, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary confirmed.

  • A Hyderabad youth studying in Chicago was allegedly shot by an unidentified assailant. The student is presently under observation.

    The family members of the victim have sought the help of the Indian government.

    The family said Mohammed Akbar who is pursuing his masters in computer sciences, was injured after a bullet hit his right cheek on December 6.

    He was walking towards his car in a parking area when the assailant shot him.

    The family has requested the Telangana government and the Ministry of External Affairs to make arrangements for an emergency visa to enable them to visit the US.

  • Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that it is the duty of the Government to provide clean drinking water to every citizen of the country and the Centre is committed to this.Addressing the International Ground Water Conference in New Delhi Nitin Gadkari said that it is the Government's big challenge to deal with groundwater pollution.Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Uma Bharti said that people have to understand their responsibility towards the water so that problems linked with drinking water can be solved.

  • Government has fixed Rs 2,890 per gram as the price of new series of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) opening today.

    Government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank, has decided to offer a discount of Rs 50 per gram to investors applying online and making payments digitally.

    Earlier, Government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for the period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017 with subscription period Monday to Wednesday every week.

    The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period.

    Under the scheme, the bonds are denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. Minimum investment in the bonds is one gram, with a maximum limit of 500 grams per person, per financial year .

  • Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a contest inviting creative minds to design a logo and suggest a tagline for its prestigious 'National Nutrition Mission'.

    It is an opportunity for citizens who aspire to see their design displayed on a National platform.

    The Government of India approved the National Nutrition Mission to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.

    The programme targets to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth rate. Accordingly, it was felt pertinent to launch an appropriate logo and tagline to generate awareness among the masses.

    Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said “As has been the practice of the Ministry to engage with citizens, the Ministry proposes to invite entries from public for the same. In keeping with the overwhelming response received on similar contests run on the Ministry’s Social Media platform, it is proposed to award a prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the winner.”

    Participants are welcome to send either a logo or a tagline or both. In case the logo and tagline selected by the jury are from separate participants, then the prize money would be split.

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that despite subdued global economic growth, India’s growth remains impressive and one of the best in the world during the last three years. He said that India has recorded an average growth of 7.5% from 2014-15 to 2016-17, significantly higher as compared to the growth in the previous two years.

    The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was making the Opening Remarks during his 5th Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the leading Economists in New Delhi on Monday.

    The Finance Minister said that the growth of Second Quarter of the Current Financial Year 2017-18 marks the reversal of the declining trend of growth witnessed in the last few quarters.

    He further added that we are following the roadmap of fiscal consolidation under which the fiscal deficit as a ratio of GDP stood at 3.9% in 2015-16 and 3.5% in 2016-17 and is budgeted to be 3.2% for the Current Financial Year 2017-18.

    He said that we have been able to achieve these fiscal targets due to focus on expenditure rationalisation, plugging of loopholes in public expenditure through Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme (DBT) & the Public Financial Management System (PFMS), and by making innovative revenue-raising efforts among others.

  • After the shameful incidents of doctor callousness in Fortis and Max hospitals, the Indian Medical Association is aiming to take steps to restore the badly damaged patient-doctor relationship of trust saying that the time is here for doctors and hospitals to self-regulate and introspect.It has advised 3 lakh members to prescribe cheaper medicines to their patients.

    Meanwhile, the centre has begun its crackdown on the arbitrary functioning of the hospitals. Union Health Minister, JP Nadda has directed all states to implement the Clinical Establishment Act. The Health Minister has urged the states to implement it as soon as possible. As of now, only 16 among all States and union territories have incorporated this Act.

    Under the Clinical Establishment Act, it is mandatory for hospitals to provide all information related to patients and their treatment.Hospitals have to compulsorily tell the patient about the cost of treatment of every stage of illness and it is also necessary to appoint an ombudsman for redressal of complaints.

    It is worth mentioning that the license of Max Hospital at Delhi's Shalimar Bagh has been cancelled.

    The action has been taken in the matter of declaring a newborn child dead and handing the body over to the family in a plastic bag on November 30.

    Earlier Fortis Hospital had made headlines over a bill of 16 lakhs for a seven-year-old girl who later died of dengue.After the investigation, the license of the blood bank of Fortis Hospital was cancelled and the government has even ordered the cancellation of the hospital lease.

  • Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday inaugurated the “NIC-CERT”, a setup of National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

    Speaking on the occasion the Union Minister said that as part of its Digital India initiatives, Government has introduced a lot of its services online.

    He mentioned that in the recent past there has been an exponential growth in cyber attacks leading to concerns of data theft which led to the Government drafting the Data Protection Act.

    As Internet with its ever-expanding canvas of opportunities is touching the life’s of people, it necessitates the requirement to upscale the existing security infrastructure.

    He stated that NIC has been doing a remarkable job of securing the Government cyberspace for a long time and by setting up this centre they have taken their experience and expertise to the next level.

    Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasized that Government needs an agile and responsive eco-system in order to respond to cyber attacks.

  • Campaigning is in full swing for the second phase of polling in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed public rallies consecutively for third days. PM claimed that BJP will win the Gujarat assembly polls. He also said that, against an impending defeat, Congress was crying foul over EVM.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his whirlwind hectic campaign on Monday for the second phase of assembly polls in Gujarat. PM began his day with a rally in Patan. Attacking the Congress, PM said Congress' understanding of grass root realities was weak and its leaders could never understand the poor. He expressed confidence that BJP will form next government in Gujarat. He dismissed Congress' allegations of EVM tampering, saying that it is spreading lies on the issue.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his second rally in Nadiad, where he slammed Congress for using poor as a vote bank. He added that, as a result of Congress' anti-poor policies, the dream of financial inclusion of poor could not be realized, despite the existence of nationalised banks. Noting that, BJP government is working for the welfare of poor, PM Modi said that Congress is spreading falsehood and lies regarding BJP's ties with corporates and rich.
    The Campaigning for the second phase of polling in Gujarat has reached its zenith. However, despite, best efforts by political leaders, voters hold the ultimate key to decide the fate of candidates on December 14, when the second phase of polling for remaining 93 seats in state will take place

  • Union minister Ravishankar Prasad today asked Pakistan not to give a sermon on democracy in India.He said the whole world knows that Pakistan is involved in destabilizing Indian democracy by aiding and abetting terrorism in the country.Pakistan had said that India should stop dragging it into its electoral debate and win on their own strength.

    “Condemn this unwarranted statement,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after the Pakistan foreign ministry tweeted about the allegations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Islamabad was interfering in the elections in his home state.

    The Union Minister said that Pakistan's promotion of terrorism in India is well known but Pakistan must stop giving us lessons, we are proud of our democracy.

    On Sunday, while addressing the rally in Sanand Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked about the 'secret meeting' of top Pakistani officials at the residence of now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar in New Delhi.

  • His wife and yesteryear actor Saira Banu not only updated his fans on his health but also revealed his birthday celebration plans last evening on Twitter.

    After informing his fans that he has been treated for his pneumonia, Saira shared the latest picture of the actor where he can be seen smiling. She told him that millions of his fans are praying for him and that is when he smiled.

    Expressing her gratitude for all the prayers and thoughts showered upon Dilip Kumar, Saira addressed a series of post to his fans and well-wishers. She also answered repeated questions from fans regarding his 95th birthday celebrations on December 11. Following the tradition, she said their house would be open to all their family members and friends but this time there would be a restriction on meeting the veteran actor as the doctors have advised them to keep him out of a possible infection.

    Dilip Kumar, who received the Padma Vibhushan in 2015, the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994, is best known for his starring roles in films like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Naya Daur.

  • Tourist Officer of the Department of Tourism, Toka E Tuccumi said a total of 2,43,214 visitors, including 2,401 foreign tourists, 38,700 domestic and 2,02,113 locals enjoyed the festival during the 10 days.

    This year, the number of visitors was higher by 1,30,610 compared to last year?s total of 1,12,604 visitors, he said.

    The 10-day festival, which is the annual showpiece tourism event of the state, was inaugurated on December 1 coinciding with the 54th Statehood Day celebrations by President Ram Nath Kovind. The festival concluded at the picturesque Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, on Sunday amid mega bonfires and the tunes of Naga war cry and beats of traditional log drums reverberating in the background.

    The massive turnout at the festival provided the visitors ample opportunity to take prized photos and getting a lowdown on some of the Naga cultural dances during the "Unity Dance" performed by the 17 tribes of the state. Nagaland Governor, P B Acharya said, "Hornbill Festival is designed in such a manner that it coincides with Statehood Day Celebration which gives an opportunity to all the Naga tribes to converge at one location to showcase the best of their tribal costumes, songs and dance."

    People from different walks of life gathered at the latest edition of the festival which is a remarkable achievement for the Tourism Department, he said. Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Apok Jamir in his speech thanked President Ramnath Kovind for gracing the inaugural day of the Hornbill Festival 2017. He expressed hope that the 10-day celebration of the Hornbill festival has given the opportunity for the tourists to peep into the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the sixteen naga tribes.

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor of Odisha S C Jamir, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig (retd) B D Mishra, Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Arunachal CM Pema Khandu and Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan were among the several dignitaries gracing the festival.