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Service to society can change the world: Hrithik
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, who will be playing educationist Anand Kumar in the biopic "Super 30", regards contribution and service to society as the most important virtue.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Desist from making illegal comments about Governor's role, says TN official
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) Persons prejudiced against the office of the Governor should refrain from making comments as attempts to disrespect the Constitutional office will be deemed illegal, said a top official in Tamil Nadu Governor's office on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
A kiss on mother's forehead, a perfect farewell to Sonia
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) As Sonia Gandhi handed over the charge of Congress President to her son Rahul Gandhi on a chilly Saturday morning admist fanfare and celebrations laced with mixed emotions, nothing could have been a more picture-perfect moment than the one in which he kissed his mother on her forehead.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
TN Inspector got killed by colleague's pistol: Rajasthan Police
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Police Inspector Periyapandi, leading a special team to crack a gold heist that took place in Chennai last month, was shot dead by his colleague's pistol, said a senior police officer here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Ranji Trophy: Karnataka favourites against Vidarbha, Umesh availability in doubt (Preview)
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Eight-time champions Karnataka will be hot favourites against Vidarbha who are still not sure of the services of India speedster Umesh Yadav when the two sides clash in the semifinal of the Ranji Trophy at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
AGP announces opposition to bill amending citizenship act
Guwahati, Dec 16 (IANS) The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Saturday expressed its opposition to the Central government's move to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 during the current session of the Parliament.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Assam,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
FC Goa outclass Delhi Dynamos to top ISL table
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) FC Goa outclassed hosts Delhi Dynamos 5-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday to go on top of the table in the India Super League (ISL) season four.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football,ISL
Superseries Finals: Shuttler Sindhu storms into final
Dubai, Dec 16 (IANS) Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Saturday stormed
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Badminton
Withdraw draconian FRDI bill, demands Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Describing the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 as the "biggest assault" on financial security of the poor and the middle classes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Central government to withdraw the legislation.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Business/Economy
UIDAI puts Airtel, Airtel Bank's Aadhaar-linked e-KYC services on hold
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily suspended telecom major Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank's "Aadhaar linked e-KYC" services for alleged misuse of the facility.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Former TV host Suhaib Ilyasi convicted for his wife's murder
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) A court here on Saturday convicted former TV serial producer Suhaib Ilyasi of murdering his wife in 2000.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Modi launches road project in Meghalaya, bats for NE development
Shillong, Dec 16 (IANS) Inaugurating the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura road project here in Meghalaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need for connectivity to ensure development in the north-eastern region (NE).
2017-12-16
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Sonia tells party workers to introspect, be ready for sacrifices
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Sonia Gandhi, who on Saturday retired as Congress chief - a position she had held since 1998, said the party must "look within" to fight the forces that attack the fundamentals of the Constitution and also be ready to make any sacrifice.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Powell helps aspiring athletes with valuable tips
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Legendary long-jumper Mike Powell on Saturday helped aspiring local athletes with valuable tips here, asking them not to think much about faulty jumps.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Athletics
Gerrari off-roaders lead post stage 2 of JK Tyre-Orange 4x4 Fury
Dambuk Valley (Arunachal Pradesh), Dec 16 (IANS) The JK Tyre-Orange 4x4 Fury, the ultimate natural offloading event in the country, got off to a spectacular start here at the picturesque lower Dibang Valley on Saturday, with the Gerrari off-roaders from Chandigarh streaking into the lead after Stage 2.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Telangana,Sports,Motorsports
You have to be worried over current state of Indian tennis: Vijay Amritraj
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj on Saturday said there is enough reason to be "worried" about the sport in the country, adding that if homegrown players want to make a mark abroad, there needs to be a proper system in place.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Tennis
Gold worth over Rs 3 crore seized in Bengal, Assam; 4 held
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) In separate operations in Assam and West Bengal, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 10.5 kg gold valued at Rs 3 crore in the international market. It was smuggled into India from neighbouring countries, the agency said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Dhawan confident of India prevailing in series decider
Visakhapatnam, Dec 16 (IANS) On the eve of the ODI series decider here against Sri Lanka, India opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed confidence on the hosts' ability to demolish any side.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Sports,Cricket
Youths will respond to Rahul Gandhi's call: Chidambaram
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that youths will respond to new party President Rahul Gandhi's call for an "alternative narrative" based on equal opportunity and jobs for the youth in the country.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Gurugram man found murdered in Delhi
Gurugram, Dec 16 (IANS) A 28-year-old man, who was abducted after being offered a lift in a car from Gurugram bus stand on Thursday evening, has been found murdered in Delhi, his family has alleged.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Haryana,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Can't digest Gujarat exit polls forecast: Uddhav Thackeray
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday expressed his strong disagreement with all the forecasts by various exit polls, predicting comfortable to huge victory margins, for ally Bharatiya Janata Party in the Gujarat assembly elections.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Iraqi forces launch operation to clear IS remnants in Iraq
Baghdad, Dec 16 (IANS) Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Saturday to hunt down remnants of Islamic State (IS) militants in the rugged rural areas in northern central Iraq, the Iraqi military said.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Iraq,Terrorism
Sonia gets emotional as she remembers Indira, Rajiv
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Sonia Gandhi on Saturday got emotional as she recollected the sacrifices made by her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi and husband Rajiv Gandhi for the country and said she decided to join politics when she felt "Congress was facing a crisis and communal forces were gaining strength".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Health services hit in Rajasthan as doctors go on mass leave
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in state-run government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors went on mass casual leave on Saturday to press their demands, including raise in allowances and cancellation of cases against protesting doctors.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
DU asks colleges to shortlist names for faculty recruitment
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) In a move to push the long-stalled faculty recruitment process, Delhi University (DU) has asked its colleges to shortlist candidates for appointment as Assistant Professor.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
NIC to develop network for e-way bill system
Bengaluru, Dec 16 (IANS) The state-run National Informatics Centre (NIC) will develop a network to implement the e-way bill system from February 1 next, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Karnataka,Business/Economy,Politics
3 killed in 6.5-magnitude Indonesia earthquake
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and seven injured in a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java damaging 950 buildings, officials said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Indonesia,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Saudi Arabia bans cow imports from Spain
Riyadh, Dec 16 (IANS/WAM) The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has imposed a temporary ban on importing cows from Spain following the detection of mad cow disease in some farms in the country.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Saudi Arabia,Environment/Wildlife,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Pradhan inaugurates first 2 CNG stations in Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated Odisha's first two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia area of Bhubaneswar.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Orissa,National,Environment/Wildlife
KoPT awaits Centre's nod for land lease to private developers
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) The Kolkata Port Trust is awaiting the Centre's approval for leasing out 111 acres of its land to private developers for a township project, a top official said here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Business/Economy
5-day fencing training camp ends
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) A five-day fencing training camp, sponsored as part of Bonjour India by the Embassy of France in association with the Fencing Association of India (FAI), ended on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
Universities to present their plans for chairs in January
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked varsities to present proposals in January on their plans to set up chairs named after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Swami Dayanand Saraswati, informed sources said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education
Now devotees can't enter sanctum sanctorum of Jagannath Temple
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to impose restrictions on the entry of devotees, including VVIPs, into the sanctum sanctorum of Puri's Sri Jagannath Temple.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Religion
British envoy draws attention to plastic pollution in oceans
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Juxtaposing the naturalness of silk with the artificiality of plastic, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith on Saturday drew attention to the health of rivers and plastic pollution in the oceans.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Diaspora,Diplomacy,Environment/Wildlife
Two women fighter pilots among over 100 Flying Officers commissioned into IAF
Hyderabad, Dec 16 (IANS) Over 100 officers, including two women fighter pilots, were commissioned in the Indian Air Force on Saturday during the Combined Graduation Parade of Pilots and Ground Duty Officers at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near here.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Defence/Security
Hasina releases postage stamp as Bangladesh marks Victory Day
Dhaka, Dec 16 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday released a Taka 10 commemorative postage stamp on the country's 47th Victory Day marking its emergence as an independent nation after a bloody nine-month war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
I-League: Plaza brace helps East Bengal beat Churchill
Barasat (West Bengal), Dec 16 (IANS) Trinidadian striker Willis Plaza struck late in both halves to help East Bengal script a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Churchill Brothers in a rip-roaring I-League football encounter at the Vidyasagar Krirangan here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
Shatrughan Sinha congratulates Rahul Gandhi, says long live INC
Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) BJP member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday congratulated Rahul Gandhi on becoming the new Congress President and wished well for the future of India's oldest political party.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
We have created our problems, says ATK coach
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Defending champions ATK's coach Teddy Sheringham on Saturday said the team has created its own problems by not winning any matches so far in the Indian Super League (ISL).
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football
Not me, my mother will contest from Rae Bareli: Priyanka
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday scotched speculation about Sonia Gandhi retiring from politics, saying her mother will fight from her Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general elections.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Arrest warrant issued against Big Boss contestant Arshi Khan
Chandigarh, Dec 16 (IANS) Controversial Bigg Boss Season 11 contestant Arshi Khan could be headed for legal trouble, with a court in Punjab's Jalandhar city issuing an arrest warrant against her.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Punjab,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Cinema/Showbiz,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Two NDFB terrorists gunned down
Guwahati, Dec 16 (IANS) Two cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland's (NDFB) anti-talk faction were gunned down by Assam Rifles personnel during a joint operation with Assam and Meghalaya Policealong the inter-state border on Saturday, a defence official said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Assam,National,Terrorism,Defence/Security
ISL: Mumbai eye top-four spot (Preview)
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) A confident Mumbai City FC will aim to enter the top four when they take on defending champions ATK in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Football,ISL
ISL: Delhi versus Goa match registers low attendence
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Indian Super League (ISL) season four fixture between Delhi Dynamos and FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday recorded low attendence.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football,ISL
India must develop $100 billion companies to become global leader: Minister
Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) India can take over the global economic leadership in the 21st century if it manages to create $100 billion companies across sectors on the home soil, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
'India's Next Top Model' picks Ahmedabad's Riya as winner
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Riya Subodh, who hails from Ahmedabad, has been chosen as the winner of the third season of "Indias Next Top Model".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Rahul Gandhi receives bouquets and brickbats on elevation
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Rahul Gandhi's elevation received both bouquets and brickbats from political quarters with some leaders welcoming the new Congress President while others attacked him for being the symbol of dynasty politics.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Loud firecrackers interrupt Sonia's last speech as President
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) As Sonia Gandhi took to the stage to deliver her last speech as Congress President after handing charge to her son Rahul Gandhi, she was forced to pause several times as the loud fireworks set off by enthusiastic party workers drowned out her voice. "I can't speak," she said helplessly.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
UIDAI temporarily suspends Airtel, Airtel Payments Bank's 'Aadhaar linked e-KYC' services
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily suspended telecom major Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank's "Aadhaar linked e-KYC" services, a company statement said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Health services derailed across Rajasthan as doctors begin indefinite strike
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors declared they were going on indefinite strike from Saturday, advancing their stir which was earlier scheduled to begin on Monday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
'Savage' personal attacks made Rahul stronger: Sonia
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) An emotional Sonia Gandhi, who retired as Congress chief - a position she had held since 1998, said "savage personal attacks" by his opponents had made her son and new party President Rahul Gandhi "brave and strong-hearted".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Bengaluru police say no to Sunny Leone's New Year bash
Bengaluru, Dec 16 (IANS) Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar on Saturday denied permission to a New Year bash in the city where Bollywood cine star Sunny Leone has been invited to perform, ostensibly to "maintain law and order" and prevent any "untoward incident".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Karnataka,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion,Politics,Defence/Security
Mercury to remain low for three days in NCR, air improves
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) With dry and cold northwesterly winds blowing, the mercury may fall by a degree for the next three days, with the minimum temperature around Delhi likely to hover around 7 degrees, the weatherman said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Cameron to set up 750 mn pounds UK-China investment fund
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is helping to set up up a new 750 million pounds UK-China investment fund aimed at forging closer ties between the two countries, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Pakistan sets December 16 as Black Day over school massacre
Islamabad, Dec 16 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday vowed to remember December 16 as a Black Day when around 150 people, including over 130 children, were killed in a brutal terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar city.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism,Education
Health services derailed in Rajasthan as doctors go on indefinite strike
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services crippled in government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors declared they were to going on indefinite strike from Saturday, advancing their stir which was earlier scheduled to begin on Monday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Lakshmanan aims to defend crown at 25K race
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Defending champion and course record holder G. Lakshmanan and L. Suriya, who just scorched the Delhi Half Marathon, could be the top Indian contenders in the TSK 25K here on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Athletics
3 killed in Philippines storm
Bangkok, Dec 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and six others went missing after tropical storm Urduja struck the central Philippines, officials said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Thailand,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Anil Kapoor 'ready' to act in street plays
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) National Award-winning actor Anil Kapoor says artistes should experiment with mediums and so, he is even willing to act in a street play.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
UIDAI temporarily suspends Airtel, Airtel Payments Bank's 'Aadhaar linked e-KYC' services
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily suspended telecom major Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank's "Aadhaar linked e-KYC" services, a company statement said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Sonia, a reluctant entrant into politics who renounced power (Profile)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving Congress president who handed over the mantle to her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, had steered the party through turbulent times, taking over at a time when it appeared there was not a whiff of a chance of Congress coming to power and leading it to victory at the peak of Vajpayee era in BJP in 2004.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
World cricket's concern is future of Tests (Column: Just Sport)
Best value for all stakeholders. Its a great marketing line for selling cricket. In India the game is in a sellers market and the buyers take anything without a complaint as long as it provides some enjoyment.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Cricket
No mercy for those discriminating on basis of caste, religion: VP
Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) No mercy should be shown to those who discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, region or sex, said Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday and bemoaned the tendency to link even icons like Mahatma Gandhi with their caste.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
All 438 Central Railway stations to have LED lights by March
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) The Central Railway is on way to install energy-saving LED lights at all its 438 stations by March 2018, and exploit solar and wind power in a big way to cut on electricity bills, an official said here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
Golfer Rohana takes charge in 3rd round of TATA Open
Jamshedpur, Dec 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan Anura Rohana followed up his stunning second-round 10-under 61 with a top-class five-under-66 in round three of the 16th TATA Open 2017 to storm into a three-shot lead on an extremely windy day at the Golmuri Golf Course here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Bihar,Sports,Golf
Ramkumar wins invitational tennis meet
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Ramkumar Ramanathan clinched the 2nd edition of the Premjit Lall Invitational tennis meet on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Tennis
Took inspiration from Jaya, Madhuri for 'Piya Albela' character: Sheen Das
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Television actress Sheen Das says that she took inspiration from actresses Jaya Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit-Nene for her character in "Piya Albela".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Sacked J&K teacher couple declines reinstatement offer
Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) The teacher couple in Jammu and Kashmir sacked for "romance" were offered reinstatement by the school management on Saturday, but declined and demanded action against the management.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics,Education,Human Interest/Society
Five vehicle thieves arrested, 10 bikes recovered
Ghaziabad, Dec 16 (IANS) Five auto thieves were arrested here and 10 stolen motorcycles recovered from their possession, police said Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Modi attacks Meghalaya government, seeks votes for BJP on development issue
Shillong, Dec 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government, saying it had created scam after scam while his BJP was only for development.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Indian war veterans, Bangladesh Muktijoddhas celebrate Vijay Diwas
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian war veterans and Bangladesh Muktijoddhas, who fought shoulder to shoulder to liberate Bangladesh four decades back, reunited here on Saturday to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the victory over Pakistan.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Indian company to make thermal imaging devices with Chinese collaboration
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) The stage is set for an Indian company to manufacture "microbolometers" or "Uncooled Sensors" enabling thermal imaging and night vision products with Chinese collaboration, a company official said here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Technology,Business/Economy,Defence/Security
Rahul is Congress chief, attacks Modi for indulging in 'medieval' politics (Roundup)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) In a generational shift that ended the Sonia Gandhi era in the Congress, her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as the new party President and launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of taking the country "backwards to a medieval past" where people are butchered because of what they eat and believe in.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Need to create political consensus for simultaneous 'Parliament to panchayat' polls: Naidu
Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called for political consensus for holding simultaneous elections from 'Parliament to panchayats', even as he urged Parliamentarians to maintain decorum as members of the country's topmost legislature.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Terrorism
ED attaches nearly Rs 245 cr assets of Balasore Alloys
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate has seized immovable assets, worth Rs 244.89 crore, of Balasore Alloys Ltd whose shareholders are Global Steel Holding Ltd (GSHL) and its chairman Pramod Kumar Mittal who are being probed for defrauding the State Trading Corporation of Rs 2,112 crore, a statement said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Railways studying dynamic pricing with discounts on tickets: Goyal
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that Indian Railways is studying a dynamic pricing model, with discounts on train tickets as offered in airlines.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Makhaya Ntini's son Thando in South Africa's U-19 World Cup squad
Johannesburg, Dec 16 (IANS) Former South Africa paceman Makhaya Ntini's fast bowler son Thando Ntini has been included in the country's 15-member squad for next year's ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
2017-12-16
Category: International, South Africa,Sports,Cricket
Doctors were advised not to disclose Jayalalithaa's condition: Prathap Reddy
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) The doctors at Apollo Hospital were advised not to reveal the condition of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa was critical, said Apollo Hospitals Group founder and executive chairman Prathap C Reddy on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Builder's killer held after shootout in Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, Dec 16 (IANS) A criminal who had shot dead a builder was arrested in Ghaziabad after a shootout in which he and a policemen were injured, police said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Himachal reels under severe cold conditions
Shimla, Dec 16 (IANS) Large parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under severe cold conditions on Saturday, with the minimum temperature at several places plunging below freezing point, weather officials said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Himachal Pradesh,National,Environment/Wildlife
Rahul Gandhi new avatar of dynasty politics, says JD-U
Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, on Saturday described the new Congress President Rahul Gandhi as "Vanshvad Ka Naya Avatar" (new incarnation of dynasty politics) and said there is hardly anything new about it.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
No problem if Griezmann leaves: Simeone
Madrid, Dec 16 (IANS) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he has no problem if star forward Antoine Griezmann leaves the club at any point of time.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Creating facilities to double farmers income: Jaitley
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the government has been creating "instrumentalities" like providing agricultural inputs at lower cost and making cheap credit available to farmers so as to double their income.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Volgograd hotel jacks prices 20 times for World Cup
Volgograd, Dec 16 (IANS) Russias consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has initiated an administrative case in regard to a hotel in Volgograd for inflating prices by over 20 times for the period of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Yevgeny Reznikov, a deputy head of the agencys regional branch, said.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Russia,Sports,Football
No 'Shiddat' for Varun, Alia
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actors Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt says that they have "no idea" about Karan Johar's upcoming project "Shiddat".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Bravo doubtful of return to Windies team
Sharjah, Dec 16 (IANS) West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has expressed doubts on his possible return to national colours in any format.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Cricket
SAIL supplies 70% steel for Mizoram's biggest power project
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Steel Authority of India (SAIL) said it has supplied around 70 per cent steel for Mizorams biggest power project -- Tuirial Hydro Electric Power project -- which was dedicated to the nation on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics
Ranji Trophy: Karnataka favourites against Vidarbha (Preview)
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Eight-time champions Karnataka will be hot favourites against Vidarbha who are still not sure of the services of India speedster Umesh Yadav when the two sides clash in the semifinal of the Ranji Trophy at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket
ED attaches nearly Rs 245 cr assets of Balasore Alloys
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate has seized immovable assets, worth Rs 244.89 crore, of Balasore Alloys Ltd whose shareholders are Global Steel Holding Ltd (GSHL) and its chairman Pramod Kumar Mittal who are being probed for defrauding the State Trading Corporation of Rs 2,112 crore, a statement said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief
Lucknow, Dec 16 (IANS) Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Central Command celebrates Vijay Diwas in Lucknow
Lucknow, Dec 16 (IANS) The Central Command of the Indian Army celebrated Vijay Diwas here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Defence/Security
Virat, Anushka will have to face media at some point: Sania
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Seven years ago, the wedding between Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza and Pakistan cricket skipper Shoaib Malik was the cynosure of all eyes. Now, India cricket captain Virat Kohli tying the knot with celebrated actress Anushka Sharma is the hotcake.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Cricket,Tennis,Other Sports
Smith's double ton puts Oz on top in 3rd Ashes Test
Perth, Dec 16 (IANS) Riding on skipper Steven Smith's second Test double-century and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh's maiden ton, Australia tightened their grip over England in the third Ashes Test reaching 549/4 at stumps on Day 3 at the WACA ground here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Cricket
Tripura celebrates 46th Vijay Diwas
Agartala, Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura observed 46th Vijay Diwas on Saturday to commemorate the sacrifices of Indian soldiers who died in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tripura,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security
Japan-India Sports Exchange programme conducted
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore attended the Japan-India Sports Exchange event at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Saturday, with promotion of judo in India being a key feature.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Other Sports
Erectile dysfunction may signal heart disease risk
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Young men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be at an increased risk of developing heart disease -- the leading cause of death among men worldwide, finds a study.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Reopen historic routes between J&K, Central Asia: Mehbooba
Jammu, Dec 16 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has advocated reopening of ancient trading routes between the state and Central Asian countries, official sources said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics,Business/Economy
CJAR starts crowdfunding to fight against 'unjust' SC judgment
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) After the Supreme Court imposed a Rs 25 lakh cost on Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) that had sought a court-monitored SIT probe into the allegation of graft involving a retired judge of Orissa High Court, the NGO said it has decided to fight this "unjust judgement" and put out a crowdfunding appeal.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights
'Who Rules the World' stops production
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Production has stopped on the upcoming TNT unscripted series "Who Rules the World" following a public admission last week by executive producer Morgan Spurlock of past sexual misconduct.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Shami, Saha boost Bengal in Ranji semis vs Delhi (Preview)
Pune, Dec 16 (IANS) Even as both Bengal and Delhi fancy their chances of featuring in their maiden Ranji Trophy final since 2010, the inclusion of pacer Mohammed Shami and stumper Wriddhiman Saha bolsters the eastern powerhouse ahead of the semi-final at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Cricket
Man Utd still in title race: Matic
Manchester, Dec 16 (IANS) Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic said on Saturday that Manchester United are not out of the race for the English Premier League (EPL) title but they have to win every match to remain in contention.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Increased customs duty a statutory industry-wise hike: Apple
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The government's decision to hike the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets is a statutory industry-wise hike, Apple India said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Uber allegedly hacked trade secrets, bribed foreign officials: Report
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) A former Uber employee has alleged that a special division within the global ride-hailing app was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign officials and several means of unlawful surveillance.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
2 dead as multiple earthquakes jolt Indonesia
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) At least two people have been killed as multiple earthquakes jolted coastal cities of Indonesia's West Java province and damaged dozens of houses, disaster management officials said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Indonesia,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Shriram Properties to take over stressed TN real estate assets
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) The Shriram Properties Ltd -- part of the Shriram Group -- is in the process of concluding a deal to take over couple of stressed real estate projects in Tamil Nadu, a top company official said here on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Business/Economy
Tripura CM urges Bangladesh to open Chittagong port for northeast
Chottakhola (Tripura), Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday urged the Bangladesh government to allow India's northeastern states to use the Chittagong port for the development of the landlocked region.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Telangana,National,Politics,Diplomacy
Land most sought asset of Salem Steel Plant: Palaniswami
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Palaniswami has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advise Union Steel Ministry and the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) not to privatise the Salem Steel Plant, saying its land is the most valuable and sought after asset.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Knee injury forces Sania to miss Australian Open
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said on Saturday that she will not be taking part in the Australian Open early next year due to a right knee injury.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Tennis
Feel lucky for the roles I have got, says Bhumi
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has played characters such as a overweight woman in "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" and a vivacious girl in "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", feels lucky for the roles that has come her way.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Celebs salute Indian Army on Vijay Diwas
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) On the occasion of Vijay Diwas on Saturday, a string of Bollywood personalities like Anupam Kher and Amit Sadh salutes the valour and courage of the Indian Army.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Accidents on Jammu-Srinagar Highway disrupt traffic
Jammu, Dec 16 (IANS) The normal flow of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was affected on Saturday due to road accidents, officials said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Ab Dil Ki Sun' inspired by my life: Shama Sikander
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Shama Sikander is excited for her home production's maiden venture "Ab Dil Ki Sun" and says that all the seven short films in the project are inspired by her life and feelings.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Be friends with tea for health benefits
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Waking up on a chilly morning to a hot cup of tea is definitely the best way to start your day and why not after all it has many health benefits too.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
List nine promises you kept in nine months, Sampla asks Punjab CM
Chandigarh, Dec 16 (IANS) Seeking to corner Punjab's Congress government that has completed nine months in power, Union Minister Vijay Sampla on Saturday asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to list nine poll promises he had fulfilled during the period.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Prachi to don Priyanka's look from 'Mary Kom'
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Prachi Tehlan is excited to don Priyanka Chopra's look from her 2014 film "Mary Kom", based on the boxing icon Mary Kom.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Sports
Pakistan government told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online
Islamabad, Dec 16 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court has given the Pakistan government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on the social media.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion,Technology
All strength to your shoulders: Kamal Haasan to Rahul Gandhi
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) Kamal Haasan on Saturday congratulated politician Rahul Gandhi who has taken over as the new Congress President. The veteran actor-filmmaker says he's sure that Rahul would work and deserve the admiration like his elders.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Politics
Women more likely to be sidelined at workplace: Study
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Love to toss creative ideas in the brainstorming session at your workplace? If you are a women, beware, you are more likely to receive less credit than your male counterparts, new research revealed.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion
Imran Khan free of Panama-like suspicion: SC judge
Islamabad, Dec 16 (IANS) Justice Faisal Arab, a member of a Supreme Court bench that exonerated the PTI Chairman, has said that Imran Khan did not incorporate offshore company Niazi Services Limited to park assets acquired through embezzlement, bribery or tax evasion to keep them hidden from the public eye.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Pakistan,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Glenn Close on 'pig' Harvey Weinstein
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Glenn Close says producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of women, "was known to be a pig".
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Kishwer made me a better person: Suyyash (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actor Suyyash Rai, who is celebrating his first wedding anniversary with Kishwer Merchantt, says he is thankful to his wife for loving him and making him a better person.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Five years of Nirbhaya: Mamata calls for making society safe
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Remembering the brutal Nirbhaya gang rape case in Delhi on its fifth year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called for making a safe society.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Defence/Security
Rahul Gandhi's hands full of challenges as party chief, needs new formulas
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Anticipated for long by his party, Rahul Gandhi took over as Congress President on Saturday, an elevation that comes at a time when the party faces an "existential crisis" and has huge electoral challenges in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Canola oil study provides no evidence of ill-effect in humans: Stakeholders
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) After a US study that linked canola oil intake with worsened Alzheimer's symptoms and weight gain stirred a debate in India, industry stakeholders have said that the study was conducted on mice and provides no evidence of harmful effect in humans.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine,Business/Economy
Coal scam: 3 years jail for Jharkhand's ex-CM Madhu Koda
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) A court here on Saturday sentenced former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to three years in jail for corruption in a coal block allocation case.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
George Clooney working on Watergate series
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Actors and filmmakers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, along with screenwriter-producer Matt Charman, are said to be working on a limited series that will explore the Watergate scandal that had forced sthen US President Richard Nixon out of office.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Not me, my mother will contest from Rae Bareli: Priyanka
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday scotched speculation about Sonia Gandhi retiring from politics, saying her mother will fight from her Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Manipur HC asks RIMS to respond to complaints about facilities
Imphal, Dec 16 (IANS) The Manipur High Court has directed the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal to file an affidavit by December 20 after a post graduate student wrote to the Prime Minister complaining about malfunctioning of equipment and alleged denial of basic healthcare facilities, including medicines, to people.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Manipur,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Health/Medicine
AI may help identify bacteria quickly, accurately
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help in the quick and accurate diagnosis of the deadly blood infections, which may improve patients' odds of survival, according to a study.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Technology
Tupac Shakur murder weapon found then lost
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) The handgun used to shoot dead rapper Tupac Shakur was found by police officials 19 years ago but never handed over to officers investigating his murder.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Gene Simmons sued for sexual assault
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Musician Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Sevilla stymied 0-0 by Levante
Seville (Spain), Dec 16 (IANS) Sevilla, still smarting from last weekend's rout at the hands of Real Madrid, managed only a 0-0 draw here against 15th-place Levante at the La Liga season.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Nagaland gets six new Cabinet Ministers, including one from BJP
Kohima, Dec 16 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Saturday inducted six new members in his Cabinet, ahead of the assembly elections in February-March 2018.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Politics
Benji Madden sues designer
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Cameron Diaz's husband and musician Benji Madden has sued a designer for $500,000 for "improperly remodelling" his house.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Canadian billionaire, wife found dead
Ottawa, Dec 16 (IANS) Bernard Sherman, one of Canadas most prominent billionaires and community philanthropists, was found dead alongside his wife inside their mansion in Toronto, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Canada,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Kerala's Congress workers celebrate Rahul Gandhi's elevation
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 16 (IANS) Congress workers and supporters on Saturday celebrated at the state party headquarters here over Rahul Gandhi's taking over as the new party President in Delhi.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
Third ODI: Rohit eyes first series win as captain (Preview)
Visakhapatnam, Dec 16 (IANS) Rohit Sharma will aim to maintain his superb batting form and win his first series as captain when India take on Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Sports,Cricket
Creating facilities to double farmers income: Jaitley
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the government has been creating "instrumentalities" like providing agricultural inputs at lower cost and making cheap credit available to farmers so as to double their income.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Deepak Dobriyal wants to 'rescue' late Kundan Shah's film
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Deepak Dobriyal is enjoying his success after "Hindi Medium" and says that the film completely changed his image as an actor. He also says that he now wants to "rescue" late Kundan Shah's short film soon.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Google Maps to alert you when to get off the bus
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Google Maps is adding a helpful new feature for commuters who tend to lose track of time during bus or train ride. It will now send a push notification when the user is approaching their destination.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology
India schedule of 'Soorma' wrapped up
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) The Indian schedule of the upcoming film "Soorma" has been wrapped up, says actress Taapsee Pannu.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
GST Council nod for mandatory e-Way Bill for inter-state goods movement
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) For a seamless movement of goods across states, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday decided to go for early implementation of e-Way Bill for inter-state movement of items from February 1 and uniform mandatory compliance from June one next year.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics
Equity indices cheered by exit polls, rise amid volatility (Market Review)
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Taking a cue from the exit polls which predicted a BJP win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, investors engaged in intense buying during the last two sessions of the trading week, which led to an upward rally in the key Indian equity indices.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Repolling on Sunday in 6 booths of Gujarat 2nd phase
Gandhinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) The Election Commission has ordered repolling on Sunday in six booths of the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics
Identity of a dominant group is not identity of a nation: Kumaratunga
Panaji, Dec 16 (IANS) Leaders must not superimpose the identity of a dominant group as the identity of a nation but instead acknowledge that diverse identities of all communities eventually shape the identity of a nation, former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Diplomacy
Politics being used to crush people; Congress will defeat politics of hate: Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) In his first speech after formally taking over as new Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of taking the country back to "medieval times" and the BJP of dividing people and spreading hatred.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Lille sack Argentine head coach Bielsa
Paris, Dec 16 (IANS) Ligue 1 outfit Lille have fired Argentine head coach Marcelo Bielsa, already suspended last month, as the team failed to live up to the management's expectation.
2017-12-16
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
Maternal blood sugar may affect baby's heart
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Women with high blood sugar early in pregnancy may raise their baby's risk of developing a congenital heart defect, according to a study.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' leaves you underwhelmed (Movie Review, Rating ** ½)
Film: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'; Director: Rian Johnson; Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill; Rating: ** ½
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Real Madrid join race to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 16 (IANS) Spanish football giants Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Centre has 15 new rail projects for Northeast: Modi
Aizwal, Dec 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the Centre is committed to put all the state capitals of the northeast on the rail map and is executing 15 new projects in the region.
2017-12-16
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Films are still hero-centric: Juhi Chawla
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Juhi Chawla feels there is a lot of pressure on the girls on-screen today, and wonders if wearing shorter dresses and aiming for a "size-zero" frame is really an "expression of freedom". The actress says a lot has changed for women in showbiz, but some aspects continue to remain the same.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
A year of comparative normalcy, but permanent peace eludes J&K (2017 In Retrospect)
Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) Even though permanent peace remained a distant dream for the people of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir, 2017 was a comparatively better year for the state -- security forces registered huge successes against militants, mainstream politicians once again moved out to meet people, the Centre appointed a special representative for a sustained dialogue, and the common man faced fewer life-disrupting protests and shutdowns.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Politics,2017 In Retrospect
GST Council nod for mandatory e-Way Bill for inter-state goods movement
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday approved mandatory compliance of e-Way Bill for inter-state movement of goods from February 1, sources said here.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Facebook admits it can make people feel worse
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Call it admonition from parents and behavioural experts or self-introspection but Facebook has for the first time admitted that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse -- while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology,Business/Economy
Olympic gold medallist Weverton joins Palmeiras
Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic gold medal-winning goalkeeper Weverton has joined nine-time Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras, the club has announced.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Rahul takes over as Congress chief, attacks Modi for indulging in 'medieval' politics
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Marking a generational shift, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as the new Congress President, assuming the mantle of the country's oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi, and launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of "taking us back to the medieval times".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Trump lawyers set for key meeting with Special Counsel
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, next week, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Monchengladbach beat Hamburg in German Bundesliga
Monchengladbach (Germany), Dec 16 (IANS) Raffael's second-half double strike helped Borussia Monchengladbach defeat Hamburger SV 3-1 in their Bundesliga football match here.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
Madhavan wraps schedule of 'Savyasachi'
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actor R. Madhavan has wrapped schedule of the upcoming Telugu film "Savyasachi".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema
Prabhudheva meets 'pride of India' Mary Kom
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva met five-time World Champion M.C. Mary Kom and called her the "pride of India".
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Nanoparticles may be solution against antibiotic resistance
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Scientists have succeeded in developing an effective method to treat the often lethal airway infections with nanoparticles that transport the antibiotics more efficiently to their destination.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Kingdom,Health/Medicine
These books could become 'bombs' in 2018
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as "book bombs", critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election. Four years later, it seems that the opposition has learnt its lesson as an array of books by opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as also Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Salman Khurshid, are slated to release in 2018, ahead of the next general election.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Microsoft files patent for foldable dual-screen notebook
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Microsoft has filed a patent for a foldable dual-screen notebook which is quite like the companys "Courier" concept -- a booklet PC which was first reported in 2008 and then cancelled in 2010.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Punjab municipal polls on Sunday, all arrangements made
Chandigarh, Dec 16 (IANS) Punjab's State Election Commission has made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of municipal polls on Sunday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
JeM militant's body recovered in J&K
Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) The body of a foreign Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was recovered in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral town on Saturday, police said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Terrorism
Affleck continuing treatment for alcohol addiction
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck is continuing to receive treatment for his alcohol addiction.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Ranveer, Alia win Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt have bagged the Best Actor awards at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2017.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Rahul takes over amid sense of politics of fear in India: Manmohan
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi was taking over as the new Congress President amid "disturbing trends" as "politics of fear" was taking over the "politics of hope" in India.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Icy winds blow in Lucknow, mercury dips
Lucknow, Dec 16 (IANS) Icy winds were blowing across the Uttar Pradesh capital and neighbouring areas on Saturday, bringing down the mercury.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Environment/Wildlife
Will Beijing be a stakeholder in Modi's SAGAR vision? (Comment: Special to IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined India's maritime potential and current profile in a commendable manner at the commissioning ceremony of INS Kalvari, a Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine, in Mumbai on Thursday (December 14). Modi's fluency and grasp over the fine-print of the Indian Ocean is indicative of the maritime/naval empathy that South Block has exuded in recent years.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Defence/Security
Akshay Kumar emerges as street-smart hero of 2017 (Column: Bollywood Spotlight)
Not only in 2017. This has been going on for some years. Akshay Kumar, the full-nationalistic package, blending the best of desh-bhakti with consumerism, represents that rare breed of star-actors who have constantly evolved and become more watchable with each passing year.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,Opinion/Commentary,IANS Life
South Africa's ruling ANC preparing to replace Zuma
Johannesburg, Dec 16 (IANS) South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader on Saturday to succeed incumbent President Jacob Zuma.
2017-12-16
Category: International, South Africa,Politics
Three years jail for Jharkhand ex-CM Madhu Koda
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) A court here on Saturday sentenced former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to three years in jail for corruption in a coal block allocation case.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Passive scrolling on Facebook can make you feel worse'
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Facebook has said that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse -- while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology,Health/Medicine
Rahul takes over as new Congress President
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Rahul Gandhi on Saturday formally took over as the new Congress President taking the mantle of the country's oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Recognise Jerusalem as Palestine capital: Owaisi
Hyderabad, Dec 16 (IANS) MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has urged the Indian government to recognise Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital to counter US President Donald Trump's move in recognising the holy city as Israel's capital.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Diplomacy
President offers prayers at Sangam in Allahabad
Lucknow, Dec 16 (IANS) On the second day of his visit to Uttar Pradesh, President Ram Nath Kovind offered prayers at the Sangam in Allahabad on Saturday and later visited the fabled 'lete hue Hanuman' temple.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Religion
US may stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration is set to propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of H1-B visa holders eligible to work while in the US, potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
J&K shivers as Kargil freezes at minus 11.2
Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) As the minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley remained below freezing point on Saturday, Kargil at minus 11.2 witnessed the coldest night of this season so far.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
Perhaps Rahul should visit mosques and churches as well (Column: Political Circus)
There will probably be a mixed reaction in the secular camp to Rahul Gandhi's temple-hopping in Gujarat.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Opinion/Commentary
World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy (Book Review)
Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Japan calls for text-based negotiations on Security Council reform
United Nations, Dec 16 (IANS) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called to urgently revitalise the long-stalled Security Council reform process by adopting a text on which to base the negotiations during the current General Assembly session.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Politics,Diplomacy
Trump's judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) One of US President Donald Trump's judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him at a hearing by a Republican senator, including his lack of experience on trial work and the amount of depositions he had worked on.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Now a Bollywood film on pirate attack off Somalia
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur has signed on director Vinil Mathew and screenwriter Sudip Sharma for a dramatic thriller inspired by true events surrounding a pirate attack of the Somalian coast.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Rahul's impending takeover sparks celebrations outside Congress office
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Scores of Rahul Gandhi supporters broke into loud celebrations, shook their legs to upbeat music, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the Congress office here on Saturday ahead of his taking over as the new President of the Grand Old Party.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Republicans release final tax bill ahead of key vote
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) Republican lawmakers have unveiled their final tax bill, a step that will place them on track to vote on their plan next week and potentially have President Donald Trump sign it into law by the end of the year, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy
Modi to visit Ockhi-hit fishing villages in Kerala, TN
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 16 (IANS) After Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi visited villages hit by Cyclone Ockhi and commiserated with families of fisher folk, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also said to visit Kerala and Tamil Nadu soon, an official said.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Google to shut down smartphone AR platform 'Tango'
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Google will shut down its ambitious Augmented Reality (AR) platform "Tango" built specifically for smartphones from March 1, 2018, the company said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology
Cold morning in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) It was a cold morning here on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Facebook rolls out 'Snooze' to 'mute' friends
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Facebook has rolled out "Snooze" feature in News Feed that will give its over two billion users option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Costa Rica,Business/Economy
Multiple quakes jolt Indonesia, tsunami alert issued
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) Multiple quakes have jolted Indonesia's West Java province prompting authorities to issue a tsunami alert, disaster management officials said on Saturday.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Indonesia,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds: Report
London, Dec 16 (IANS) The UK's digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, a report said.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Kingdom,Technology
N.Korea threatens to be 'most powerful nuclear, military state'
United Nations, Dec 16 (IANS) In a challenge to the global order, North Korea has issued a threat that it will become "world's most powerful nuclear and military state".
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Politics,Technology,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Athens' Christmas 'milk tree' feeds thousands
Athens, Dec 16 (IANS) A different kind of Christmas tree is erected here each year, made up with milk tins and food products, that is distributed to thousands in need across Greece during the holiday season.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Greece,Human Interest/Society
Republicans release final bill on tax reform plan
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US Republicans from both houses of Congress have revealed their joint bill for the biggest overhaul of the country's tax system in 30 years.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Politics,Business/Economy
Corden almost named his daughter Beyonce
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Popular TV host James Corden has joked that he almost named his newborn daughter after singer Beyonce Knowles.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
I have your back 100 per cent, Trump tells FBI
Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said he supports the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "100 per cent", less than an hour after criticising the agency.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Politics
Lebanon to hold first parliamentary elections in 9 years
Beirut, Dec 16 (IANS) Lebanon is to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 next year, the media reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Lebanon,Politics
Woman jailed in Switzerland for trying to join IS
Geneva, Dec 16 (IANS) A Swiss court has given a 31-year-old woman a partially suspended 18-month jail sentence after she tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Vastu elements for right winter vibes at home
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Adding elements like candles, fireplace, bright Christmas lights and fiery gold and red decorations will not just help to beautify your home, but also lend a positive vibe, say Vastu experts.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
US dollar rises on tax reform expectation
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) The US dollar increased against other major peers on renewed hopes for passing a tax bill in the country.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
South Africa remains divided on racial lines: Zuma
Cape Town, Dec 16 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma has said although reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building have been prioritised since 1994, the country remains divided on various cultural, racial and class lines.
2017-12-16
Category: International, South Africa,Politics
Jessica Chastain applauds Salma Hayek
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Jessica Chastain has applauded actress Salma Hayek for coming forward with sexual harassment allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
German President warns against resurgence of antisemitism
Berlin, Dec 16 (IANS) German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned against growing antisemitism in the country.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Germany,Politics
US stocks jump ahead of tax bill release
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) US stocks ended higher on Friday with all three major indices closing at record highs, as investors awaited details of a Republican tax bill that is expected to be released later in the day.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy
Reach of radio unmatched, says Richa
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says the reach of radio is unmatched in comparison to any other medium.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Emmerson Mnangagwa pledges to build united, non-racial Zimbabwe
Harare, Dec 16 (IANS) Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has opened the one-day extra ordinary congress of the governing ZANU-PF party and pledged to be the President of a united and non-racial Zimbabwe.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Zimbabwe,Politics
Sinitta planning 'juicy' autobiography
Los Angeles, Dec 16 (IANS) Singer Sinitta is ready to spill "juicy" secrets about her life in a new autobiography.
2017-12-16
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Gurugram Fortis charged Adya's parents over 1,208% more for medical devices: NPPA
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Fortis Memorial hospital in Gurugram charged 1,208-1,737 per cent more than procurement price for much of the medical equipment, including disposable syringes and three way stop cocks, to the parents of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya who had died at the hospital despite undergoing treatment for two weeks, according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine,Business/Economy
6.9-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said. No casualty or damage has, however, been reported.
2017-12-16
Category: International, Indonesia,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
SC imposes Rs 1 lakh cost on NGO seeking prohibition
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on an NGO seeking directions for enforcement of country-wide prohibition of liquor - a provision under Article 47 of the Constitution's Directive Principle of State Policy which calls for endeavour to prohibit intoxicating drinks and drugs harmful to health.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights
Policeman trains gun at Kamal Nath in Chhindwara
Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 16 (IANS) A small airport near Chhindwara on Friday was witness to a huge commotion as a policeman "dangerously" trained his rifle at Kamal Nath, former central minister and nine-time Congress MP from Chhindwara.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
'Yamuna water will be brought to Jhunjhunu under river linking project'
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) With a view to tackle the water crisis in Rajasthan, the river linking project will be started soon and Yamuna water brought to Jhunjhunu, said state Public Health Engineering Minister Surendra Goyal on Friday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
BHEL wins Rs 7,300 cr contract for Tamil Nadu power project
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) State-run power equipment manufacturer Bhel announced on Friday that it has won a Rs 7,300 crore order for setting up a supercritical thermal power project (TPP) in Tamil Nadu.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy
Gurugram Fortis charged Adya's parents 1,208 % more for syringes :NPPA
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Fortis Memorial hospital in Gurugram charged 1,208 per cent more than procurement price for much of the medical equipment, including disposable syringes, to the parents of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya who had died at the hospital despite undergoing treatment for two weeks, according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Health/Medicine
CPCB to increase the number of air quality monitoring stations to 127
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The National Capital Region (NCR), including Delhi, will have total 127 pollution monitoring stations by March 2018 against the present 78, CPCB officials said on Friday.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
World Telugu Conference begins on colourful note
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) The World Telugu Conference (WTC) began on a colourful note here on Friday as Telugus from across the world gathered to discuss preservation and promotion of the language.
2017-12-16
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Nagaland CM sacks two more ministers
Kohima, Dec 15 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zelaing on Friday night axed two more of his cabinet ministers, two days after he had sacked four of his senior cabinet ministers.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Politics
ITI net, revenue plunge in Q2, H1
Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) State-run Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Ltd on Friday reported Rs 46 crore net profit for the second quarter of 2017-18, registering 75 per cent annual decline from Rs 186 crore in the same period last year.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Business/Economy
My mediation on Ayodhya dispute receiving positive response: Ravi Shankar
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday claimed that he has received "positive response" in his bid to mediate for a solution to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute at Ayodhya, and said that an "out of court" settlement was the best solution to the issue.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Religion
Delhi being ravaged by its own citizens, officials, says SC
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday lamented that after being pillaged by invaders for centuries, Delhi was now being ravaged by its own citizens and officials turning their back on the unauthorised use of residential premises for commercial purposes.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
NPP condemns attacks on Christians in Satna
Shillong, Dec 15 (IANS) Meghalaya's National People's Party (NPP) on Friday condemned the "vicious attacks" on Catholic priests and seminarians in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Religion
Bulldozing Kashmiris won't yield any solution: Mehbooba
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) Underlining the plight of children blinded due to pellet gun injuries in Jammu and Kashmir, state's Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said Kashmiris need to be reached out to and that "bulldozing" them will not resolve the crisis.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Terrorism
ICICI Securities files DRHP with Sebi
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) ICICI Bank on Friday said that its subsidiary -- ICICI Securities -- has filed a "draft red herring prospectus" (DRHP) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for an initial public offering.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
ISL: Kerala Blasters defeat 10-man NorthEast United by slender margin
Kochi, Dec 15 (IANS) Kerala Blasters FC huffed and puffed their way to 1-0 victory over 10-man NorthEast United FC for their first win in the Indian Super League (ISL) season four at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Kerala,Sports,Football,ISL
Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar backs law against triple talaq
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) On a day the Union Cabinet cleared a bill seeking to criminalise instant triple talaq among Muslims and providing for a three-year jail term, spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday backed the central government stand. saying honouring gender equality was a must for the country to be at par with the world.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Politics,Religion
Would bunk college, watch movies in cinema halls: Mehbooba
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said she was nostalgic about the time when she would bunk college as a youngster and watched films in Srinagar.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Kashmir,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz,Education
Jadeja smashes six sixes in an over in SCA district T20 tournament
Rajkot, Dec 15 (IANS) India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja smashed six sixes in an over while playing for Jamnagar against Amreli on the inaugural day of the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) inter-district T20 tournament here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Gujarat,Sports,Cricket
Christians attacked in MP over alleged conversion, 30 detained
Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 (IANS) Right-wing Hindutva activists attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district and also set a priest's car ablaze, accusing them of religious conversion. The police detained over 30 members of the Catholic choir group, including priests.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Worse air pollution this year but Diwali less polluting: CPCB
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The air pollution situation in the NCR was worse this year against the situation in the peak season last year though Diwali was less polluting, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Superseries Finals: Sindhu tops Group A
Dubai, Dec 15 (IANS) Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu registered the third consecutive win to top the women's singles of Group A in the World Superseries Finals at the Hamadan Sports Complex here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Badminton
Union cabinet clears AERA bill 2017
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union cabinet on Friday cleared the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority bill, 2017.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
SC rejects Congress plea for 20% vote count via VVPAT in Gujarat
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) seeking direction to the Election Commission (EC) to count votes through paper trail attached to the EVMs in 20 per cent of the polling booths in Gujarat.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Adivasis, Lambdas clash in Telangana's Adilabad district
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) The ongoing tussle between Gond Adivasis and the Banjara Lambadas in Telangana took a violent turn as the two communities clashed at several places in Adilabad district on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Golfer Chadha emerges leader in Round 2 of TATA Open
Jamshedpur, Dec 15 (IANS) Chandigarhs Abhijit Singh Chadha emerged leader in round two, courtesy a flawless seven-under-64 that took his total to 13-under-129 at the 16th TATA Open here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Bihar,Sports,Golf
Rahul to formally take over as Congress President on Saturday
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Rahul Gandhi will formally take over as chief of the Congress party on Saturday, from his mother Sonia Gandhi who had helmed the country's oldest party for 19 years.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Make government buildings easier to access for differently-abled: SC
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that accessibility to buildings of the central and state governments should be made easier for differently-abled people.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights
'Chennai cop killed in Rajasthan was confident of nabbing thieves behind gold heist'
Jaipur, Dec 15 (IANS) The visit of Tamil Nadu Police Inspector S. Periyapandian to Rajasthan on the trail of robbers who stole 3.5 kg gold, which claimed his life, wasn't his first visit to the state to nab those involved in the loot.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
ED seizes properties worth Rs 48 crore of Ahmedabad firm
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday seized immovable properties worth over Rs 48 crore of an Ahmedabad-based company, which was also named in the Panama Papers.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
US reiterates 'all options on table' against N Korean nuclear threat
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that "all options are on the table" to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Religious conversion seekers must give 30 days advance notice: Jodhpur HC
Jaipur, Dec 15 (IANS) Any person going for religious conversion on his own should inform the District Collector 30 days in advance, the Jodhpur High Court ordered on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion
Engineering goods push exports higher to $26 bn in November
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Healthy off-take of India's engineering and petroleum products pushed exports higher to $26.19 billion in November, from $23 billion in October and $20.06 billion during the corresponding month of last year, official data showed on Friday, even as the country's strength in services was reflected in their higher exports continuing in October.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Politics
Novy Kapadia appointed DSA president's adviser
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Veteran sports writer and football expert Novy Kapadia was on Friday appointed adviser to Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) president Shaji Prabhakarn.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football
Odisha reserves 25% seats for state students in law varsity
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday approved reserving 25 per cent of the seats in the National Law University, Cuttack, for students from the state.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Orissa,National,Business/Economy
Two gangsters shot dead by Punjab Police, three held
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) Two gangsters were shot dead on Friday and three others arrested in a shootout in Bathinda district in Punjab, police said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
JNU to conduct viva through video conferencing
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday launched a 'web-casting and video conferencing' facility' to conduct administrative meetings, lectures, and even viva voce for students.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Education
N Korea nuclear, missile programme most dangerous global threat: Guterres
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) Warning that North Korea's nuclear and missile programme is the most dangerous threat to world security, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for re-establishing communication channels with Pyongyang.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Cabinet approves forming 'circle office' to monitor safety in railways
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The government on Friday approved the creation of one circle office of Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) to carry out the functions of rail safety -- which includes inspecting new railway lines and safety of passengers.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Only nationalism, nation-state can combat terrorism: Akbar
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) Only nationalism and the nation-state can ideologically combat terrorism, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Terrorism
Prime Minister Rajoy confident of Spain's participation in World Cup
Madrid, Dec 15 (IANS) Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday said he was confident that the Spanish national team would take part in the 2018 World Cup, despite reports of potential exclusion.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Football
Government invites start-ups to solve agrarian challenges
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Agriculture Ministry on Friday launched an initiative that aims at solving 12 key challenges in the farm sector by partnering with starts-up, along with doubling farmers' income.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Triple talaq law will affect social cohesion, says Owaisi
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has opposed the bill seeking to criminalise instant triple talaq, saying this would have severe consequences on rule of law and social cohesion in the country.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to wed on May 19
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be held on May 19 next year, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Human Interest/Society
FIFA bans head of Brazilian football federation
Paris, Dec 15 (IANS) FIFA on Friday suspended the head of the Brazilian football federation Marco Polo Del Nero for 90 days over a breach of its rules.
2017-12-15
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
TN Governor's House denies he entered occupied bathroom in Cuddalore
Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit's office on Friday termed as "mischievous and scurrilous" media reports that he entered an occupied bathroom in Cuddalore district during a review of toilets built under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
Ford to develop mobility solution for Hyderabad commuters
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) Ford India has signed an agreement with the Telangana government to design tech-based mobility solution for commuters in Hyderabad.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Women footballers more likely to be asked to "fix matches": Survey
London, Dec 15 (IANS) A survey revealed on Friday that football is still a man's world, with half of the women players not having a written contract and half not even being paid by their clubs.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Football
Congress to oppose triple talaq bill if it violates SC judgment
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) With the Union Cabinet clearing a bill to criminalise instant triple talaq among Muslims and providing for a three-year jail term, the Congress on Friday said that it will study the law before commenting but oppose it if it violates the Supreme Court verdict.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights
Odisha police for stern action against using electronic chips in petrol pumps
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) R.P. Sharma on Friday ordered stern action against unscrupulous petrol pump retailers who are using electronic chips in petrol pumps across the state to tamper with the quantity of fuel delivered to customers.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Orissa,National,Business/Economy,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Cold wave, fog affect life in Punjab, Haryana; 1 dead
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) Cold wave conditions and fog continued to affect normal life in several places across Punjab and Haryana on Friday with the maximum temperature in the day dropping by six to nine degrees Celsius compared to normal. One death was reported due to the cold.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Environment/Wildlife
Modi to kick-off BJP poll campaign in Meghalaya on Saturday
Shillong, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-off the BJP's election campaign in poll-bound Meghalaya, besides inaugurating the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura National Highway on Saturday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Kerala leaders leave for Delhi for Rahul's takeover as Congress chief
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 15 (IANS) Top Congress leaders from Kerala on Friday left for Delhi to be present when Rahul Gandhi takes over as the new party President on Saturday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
Jharkhand MLAs burns CM's effigy over remark in Assembly
Ranchi, Dec 15 (IANS) Jharkhand's main opposition party, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Raghubar Das in the Assembly premises over his "unparliamentary" remark on the last day of the winter session.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Rs 60,000 hashish seized in Kolkata, two arrested
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) After its crackdown on multiple drug peddlers in the city, Kolkata Police arrested two more drug dealers and seized charas (hashish) worth Rs 60,000 from them, an officer said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sanofi India elevates Rajaram as Managing Director
Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) Drug maker Sanofi India Ltd on Friday appointed its wholetime Director N. Rajaram as Managing Director from January 1.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Business/Economy,Health/Medicine
Shoolini University files 101 patents
Chandigarh/Shimla, Dec 15 (IANS) The Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences in Solan town of Himachal Pradesh has filed 101 patents and is listed among the top generators of patents in the region, a university official said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Education
Don't fear CBI, CVC, Khattar tells bureaucrats
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday asked bureaucrats in the state not to fear the five Cs -- Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), court, Central Vigilance Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and Central Information Commission (CIC) -- if they are taking decisions in the public interest.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
RSS chief in Tripura, to meet northeastern cadres
Agartala, Dec 15 (IANS) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, who arrived here on Friday, will hold meetings with Sangh members and activists from across the seven northeastern states to strengthen the party in the region with an eye on the upcoming assembly elections, party sources said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tripura,National,Politics
Cabinet nod for Rs 2,600 cr jobs' package for leather sector
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Friday approved a special scheme for employment generation in the leather and footwear sector entailing expenditure of Rs 2,600 crore over three financial years up to 2019-20.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Pandemonium, walkout mar second day of UP assembly's winter session
Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) The second day of the Uttar Pradesh assembly's winter session was marred by disruptions and walkouts by opposition lawmakers who demanded a rollback of the power tariff hike effected by the Yogi Adityanath government late last month.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Train accidents down by 42% in 2017: Minister
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The government on Friday said the number of train accidents has come down by 42 per cent over the last one year.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Cabinet clears bill to extend deadline for Delhi's unauthorised colonies
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bill to give extension to the unathorised colonies in Delhi till 2020 was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
EU leaders agree to 2nd phase of Brexit talks
Brussels, Dec 15 (IANS) Leaders of the European Union on Friday gave the green light to moving on to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, in which they will discuss trade deals with the UK once it leaves the bloc.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Belgium,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
3 killed by pilot vehicle of TN Governor's entourage
Kanchipuram, Dec 15 (IANS) Three persons, including an elderly woman and a boy, were killed on Friday when they were hit by an "advance pilot" vehicle of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit's entourage in New Kalpakkam in the district, police said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
BJP rejects Congress' demand for Modi's apology
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The BJP on Friday ruled out Prime Minister Narendra Modi's apology over the issue of the attack on his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat election campaign even as Modi asked the party MPs and NDA allies to aggressively counter any opposition onslaught on the government during the winter session of Parliament.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Global investors' summit: Assam expects investments from Asean nations
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Assam expects investments in Tourism, Information Technology, Agriculture, Food Processing, Energy and Pharmaceutical sectors from across the globe, especially Asean member-nations, in the state's first global investors' summit on February 3-4, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Cabinet clears bill for stricter law against cheque bouncing
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday cleared a bill for imposing stricter provisions for cheque bounce, and incentive for the payee who suffers, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Manmohan, Sonia pay tributes to Dasmunsi at prayer meet
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi at a prayer meeting here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the bill setting up the National Medical Commission that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education,Health/Medicine
Making Bhojpuri cinema to clean its image, says Neetu Chandra
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandra who became a producer with films like "Deswa" and "Mithila Makhaan" said she wants to make Bhojpuri films to clean the image of her mother tongue.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
FC Goa needs to improve defence: Sergio Lobera
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) FC Goa head coach Sergio Lobera on Friday said his side needs to improve on their defence despite scoring plenty of goals in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) season four.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football,ISL
UAE calls on international community to act against Iran
Abu Dhabi, Dec 15 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates has called on the global community to more forcefully address the threat posed by Iran after a UN report this week on violations of Security Council resolutions and evidence presented by the US of Tehran's arming of Houthi rebels in Yemen.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Togo,Politics,Diplomacy
Meghalaya Congress MLA quits assembly
Shillong, Dec 15 (IANS) Suspended Congress legislator Pynshngian N. Syiem on Friday resigned as member of the Meghalaya Assembly to join the newly-floated People's Democratic Front (PDF).
2017-12-15
Category: India, Meghalaya,National,Politics
Official emblems for Beijing 2022 Winter Games unveiled
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, respectively named "Winter Dream" and "Flight," were unveiled here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Sports,Other Sports
Cabinet okays new schemes for N-E, central pool of resources plan extended
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday approved continuation of the existing Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme till March 2020 with an outlay of Rs 5,300 crore.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Women Commissions welcome go ahead to triple talaq Bill
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Women Commission bodies welcomed the go ahead to the triple talaq Bill by the Union Cabinet on Friday, terming it a step towards empowering women.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Human Interest/Society
Wipro offers mobility solutions on global networks
Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) Software major Wipro on Friday tied up with the US-based Headspin to offer next-generation mobility, engineering and testing solutions on global mobile networks.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Technology,Business/Economy
RBI imposes Rs 5 cr penalty on Syndicate Bank
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Syndicate Bank for non-compliance with its directions on "Cheque Purchase or Discounting, Bill Discounting, and Know Your Customer (KYC)" norms.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Britain's Swindon, hub of expat Goans 'highly polluted', says Parrikar
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) Britain is the most polluted country in Europe and its Swindon town, which has a sizeable population of Goan expats, is also "highly polluted", Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Business/Economy,Diaspora,Environment/Wildlife
SC rejects Teesta's plea to unfreeze bank accounts
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand for unfreezing of their bank accounts put under restrictions by Gujarat Police on the charge of misuse of donations.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Jackal rescued from house in Agra
Agra, Dec 15 (IANS) An adult male Golden Jackal was rescued from a house in Barauli Ahir village, Agra. The panic-stricken animal was rescued on Friday by an expert team of Wildlife SOS.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Environment/Wildlife
Delhi government to provide 'chai and rusk', medical care at night shelters
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Providing some succour from the biting cold to the homeless, the Delhi government on Friday announced that it will serve breakfast of 'tea and rusk' to residents of its night shelters from Saturday, till the end of January.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Human Interest/Society
'Industry-friendly' Ethiopia woos Bengal businesses
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Offering a package of incentives including exemption of income tax and import duty, Ethiopia on Friday sought investment from West Bengal in sectors like infrastructure and small engineering.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Malinga 'rested' for India T20Is
Colombo, Dec 15 (IANS) Veteran speedster Lasith Malinga was on Friday left out of Sri Lanka's T20 International squad for the three-match series against India, starting December 20.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Cabinet approves continuation of National Ayush Mission
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the continuation of the centrally-sponsored National AYUSH Mission (NAM) by three years with an outlay of Rs 2,400 crore.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
IndiGo to operate flights to Sharjah from Hyderabad and Lucknow
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Friday said that it will launch new flight services on the Lucknow-Sharjah-Lucknow and Hyderabad-Sharjah-Hyderabad sectors from December 29, 2017.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Cabinet approves MoU with Colombia on agriculture
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries, said an official release.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
HCL conferred award for investments, services in Sweden
Noida, Dec 15 (IANS) Global IT services giant HCL Technologies announced that it has been conferred "The Key to the Heart of Gothenburg" award by Gothenburg City in Sweden for being one of the most important international businesses established in 2016-2017.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,Business/Economy,Technology
HC refuses to interfere in Sharad Yadav's disqualification
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday, in an interim order, refused to stay former JD-U President Sharad Yadav's disqualification from the Rajya Sabha or allow him to attend the Winter Session of Parliament.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
India's Forex reserves down $1.04 bn
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves decreased by $1.04 billion as on December 8, 2017, official data showed on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Ordnance factories keen to partner MSMEs: Official
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ordnance factories are keen to partner with MSMEs to leverage maximum output for the defence preparedness of the Armed forces and security agencies, a senior official said here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Business/Economy,Defence/Security
China to host Palestine-Israel peace symposium
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) China will host a symposium for Palestinian and Israeli peace advocates in Beijing from December 21 to 22, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Politics,Diplomacy
One Stop Centres to focus on high-level training for women: Maneka
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday said the One Stop Centre (OSC) scheme, aimed to support women affected by violence, will now focus on high-level training courses for women across the country.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
202 railway stations sensitive, 106 covered by CCTV: Minister
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The government on Friday said that 202 railway stations across the country have been identified as "sensitive" and 106 have been covered with CCTV cameras for surveillance.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Cabinet nod to Unesco oceanography training centre in Hyderabad
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday approved the establishment of an International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography in Hyderabad by Unesco.
2017-12-15
Category: International, India,National,Politics
Support Muslim family law, women's group urges Rahul, Opposition
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) on Friday urged all opposition leaders, including Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi, to extend their support for the proposed Muslim family law.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights
Words known by the company they keep: Javed Akhtar (TV Snippets)
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar feels words are known by the company they keep and people should think twice before speaking.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
'Secret Superstar' doing steady business in Taiwan
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Aamir Khan's "Secret Superstar" has minted $700,681 in Taiwan since its release.
2017-12-15
Category: International, India,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Teach film appreciation in schools: Konkona Sen Sharma
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Konkona Sen Sharma believes subsidising tickets for cinema halls and teaching children the art of film appreciation in schools can bring back the audience to theatres.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
BJP likely to shift to new address in January 2018
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may shift to its new spacious office in New Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in January 2018, a party leader said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
I want to break marathon record before retiring: Bekele
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world and Olympic records for both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre events, on Friday said he aims to be the best in marathon before he calls it a day.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Other Sports
Engineering goods push exports higher to $26 bn in November
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Healthy off-take of India's engineering and petroleum products pushed exports higher to $26.19 billion in November from $23 billion in October and $20.06 billion during the corresponding month of last year, official data showed on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Government to bear MDR on transactions up to Rs 2,000
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) In a bid to encourage electronic payments, the central government will reimburse the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) applicable on transactions up to Rs 2,000 for the next two years.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
'Kingfisher Villa' in Goa renamed 'King's Mansion'
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) The iconic 'Kingfisher Villa', formerly owned by absconding tycoon Vijay Mallya was on Friday renamed 'King's Mansion' by its new owner, Sachiin Joshi, who also operates a liquor manufacturing business, whose products include "King's beer".
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,Business/Economy,Lifestyle/Fashion
Customs duty on mobile phones increased to 15%, to hurt Apple
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The government has increased customs duty on various items including mobile phones, a finance ministry notification said here -- a move that will hurt the Cupertino-based giant Apple the most.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Cabinet clears bill to set up arbitration council
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday cleared a bill for establishing an Indian council of international arbitration.A
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Railways to discuss structural, cultural reforms
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Indian Railways will hold a conclave on Saturday to discuss structural and cultural reforms and ways to increase its market share and revenue, a Railway Ministry official said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Arms cache seized near Nashik, terror angle unlikely: Maharashtra Police
Nashik, Dec 15 (IANS) In what is considered the biggest haul since 2006 in the state, police in Maharashtra's Nashik arrested three men and seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle near a toll plaza on the Agra-Mumbai highway early on Friday, an officer said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to wed on May 19
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be held on May 19 next year, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Human Interest/Society
Clashes in West Bank over Trump's Jerusalem move
Ramallah/Gaza, Dec 15 (IANS) Clashes broke out on Friday between Palestinians and Israeli forces in several West Bank locations during protests over US President Donald Trump's decision of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
My role is now to retire, says Sonia
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire, triggering immediate speculation about her future plans, but the Congress party sought to quell it saying she has only retired from the party chief's role and not from politics.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
2017: Mark Wahlberg named most overpaid actor
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor Mark Wahlberg has topped Forbes magazines list of 'The Most Overpaid Actor Of 2017'.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Arms seized near Nashik, biggest haul since 2006: Maharashtra Police
Nashik, Dec 15 (IANS) In what was termed the biggest haul in the state since 2006, police in Maharashtra's Nashik arrested three men and seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle near a toll plaza on the Agra-Mumbai highway early on Friday, an officer said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Army chief meets differently-abled children
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday met differently-abled children from Asha school of Delhi Cantonment, and stressed that society should be more sensitive and accepting towards such children.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Education,Human Interest/Society
TN Governor holds meeting with Cuddalore officials
Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Despite opposition by the DMK, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday held a meeting with officials of Cuddalore district, around 190 km from here.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
Mehbooba's brother quits as CM grievance cell head, likely to get cabinet berth
Jammu, Dec 15 (IANS) Sayeed Tasaduq Mufti, brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Friday resigned as coordinator of CM's grievance cell.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Kashmir,Politics
Would love to do Prem Chopra's role from 'Do Anjaane': Sharman
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor Sharman Joshi, son-in-law of veteran actor Prem Chopra, says he would love to essay the role of the senior actor from the film "Do Anjaane".
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
84% manufacturing firms globally embraced software over hardware: Report
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) With the device manufacturing industry embracing software over hardware as its primary business model, a new report said on Friday that 84 per cent of the organisations in the sector globally have already put software at its core in delivering services and generating revenue.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
I-League: East Bengal aim for 2nd win against Churchill (Preview)
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) East Bengal will aim to win their second game of the I-League football season when they host Churchill Brothers at the Vidyasagar Krirangan (Barasat Stadium) in a round four encounter on Saturday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Football
I-League: Neroca register thrilling victory against Chennai City
Imphal, Dec 15 (IANS) Neroca FC kicked off their home campaign in the I-League with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Chennai City FC on Friday in what was dubbed as a perfect team effort.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Manipur,Sports,Football
Reliance Entertainment releases WWE Mayhem for iOS, Android
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Global developer of free-to-play mobile games, Reliance Games has partnered with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to launch 'WWE Mayhem' over-the-top, arcade-style action game that features WWE superstars and legends.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Sports,Technology,Business/Economy
Tea: Tap in the mood, process, variety
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Who doesn't like a perfect cup of tea? But that experience can depend on a whole lot of factors -- how it is made, who you sip it with and even the temperature of the water used, says tea sommelier Anamika Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
India's 'Newton' out of Oscar race, team still proud
Los Angeles/Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018, "Newton", is out of the race for the honour. But the movie's team is feeling far from defeated.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Cricketer Ajinkya's dad detained for rash driving which killed woman
Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Dec 15 (IANS) The Kolhapur police detained and let off Madhukar B. Rahane, father of Indian cricket star Ajinkya Rahane, for speeding and rash driving which resulted in the death of an elderly woman here on Friday, an official said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Sports,Immigration/Law/Rights,Cricket,Crime/Disaster/Accident
ISL: Pumped-up FC Goa aim goal fest against Delhi Dynamos (Preview)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Other clubs would not have fancied it, but FC Goa can be expected to go for a big win against Delhi Dynamos in their quest to reach the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) season four table if they clinch victory by three goals or more at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Sports,Football
A soulful evening of Sufism and Kathak
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The residents of the national capital will be witnessing a soulful evening which marks a beautiful amalgamation of classical dance Kathak and soft heart touching Sufi music.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Beijing to limit number of new cars
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) The Beijing municipal government on Friday said it will slash the new car registration quota by a third starting next year in a bid to reduce traffic gridlocks and ease air pollution.
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Politics,Environment/Wildlife
Activists seek political support on triple talaq bill, AIMPLB opposes
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Women activists on Friday sought support of all political parties in converting the triple talaq Bill into law in Parliament, even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) termed the Bill a "direct interference in religious matters".
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Religion
Exports rise to $26 bn in November
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) India's exports grew to $26.19 billion in November from $23 billion in October and $20.06 billion during the corresponding month of last year, official data showed on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Can a cup of hot tea every day keep glaucoma away?
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Your morning cup of tea may have more power than you thought. Researchers have found that drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day may lower the risk of developing glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bill to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a national medical commission was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Health/Medicine
Russian ex-minister gets 8 years in jail for bribery
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) A Moscow court on Friday sentenced Russia's former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a harsh-regime prison and a $2.2 million fine for bribery.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Cabinet clears bill criminalising triple talaq
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bill seeking to criminalise instant triple talaq among Muslims and providing for a three-year jail term was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, which the government said was aimed at protecting the dignity and security of women in the community.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Religion
President Kovind lauds 'tehzeeb' of Lucknow, asks others to emulate it
Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday urged the people of India to emulate the 'tehzeeb' (culture) of Lucknow and said that if this happens, half the problems faced by the country will end.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Ransomware biggest threat for most Indian firms: Report
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) As cyber attacks grow, 69 per cent of the organisations in India said that ransomware is a significant risk to them while 43 per cent revealed they have experienced ransomware attacks in the past year, a KPMG survey said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Defence/Security,Technology
Balance between development, nature needed to protect environment: Prakash Baba Amte
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ramon Magsaysay awardee and social worker Prakash Baba Amte on Friday termed deforestation as the biggest threat for environment and wildlife in the country and called for a balance between developmental work and nature.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Environment/Wildlife,Cinema/Showbiz,Business/Economy
We have wronged Mahira Khan: Rahul Dholakia
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Mahira Khan in the 2017 film "Raees", says Indians have "wronged" the Pakistani actress.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Gurugram to have professionally managed bus service
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) The Haryana government has decided to introduce a professionally managed city bus service in Gurugram to promote public transportation and to reduce dependency of the public on private vehicles for travel needs in the district adjoining the national capital.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Business/Economy
25 CNG stations to come up in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) As many as 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations will come up in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha, an official said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Orissa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Athiya looking forward to launching her clothing line
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Athiya Shetty, a fashion lover, is excited about launching her own clothing line, which will consist of "street smart clothes" for teenagers.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till March 31, 2018
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as well as mobile phones and bank accounts, from December 31 to March 31, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Business/Economy
EU leaders agree to 2nd phase of Brexit talks
Brussels, Dec 15 (IANS) EU leaders on Friday agreed to move the Brexit talks to the second phase, in which they will discuss trade deals with the UK once it leaves the bloc.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Belgium,Politics,Diplomacy
Equity indices extend gains, exit polls outcome uplift sentiments (Roundup)
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Riding on the exit polls outcome which predicted a BJP win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the two key indices of the domestic markets extended gains for the second consecutive session on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Ramanathan to meet Balaji in final of tennis meet
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Top seed Ramkumar Ramanathan will face his Davis Cup teammate Sriram Balaji in the final of the Premjit Lall Invitational tennis tournament on Saturday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, West Bengal,Sports,Tennis
Motorola introduces 3 new 'Moto Mods' in India
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Chinese smartphone player Motorola on Friday launched three new "Moto Mods" in India which are modular backplates that can be magnetically attached to Moto Z series smartphones and turn the device into a movie projector, boombox or a battery powerhouse.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Kejriwal has double standards on private schools' fee hike: BJP leader
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The BJP Delhi unit on Friday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of showing "double standards" on the issue of fee hike in private schools in the national capital.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Education
Anushka, Virat enjoy honeymoon in 'heaven'
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Newly wed actress Anushka Sharma and star cricketer Virat Kohli are currently enjoying their honeymoon in snowcapped mountains -- but won't say where.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
60 million-year-old meteorite impact discovered in Scotland
London, Dec 15 (IANS) While exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland's Isle of Skye, geologists have found something out-of-this-world instead - materials from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Science/Tech
Over 170,000 Filipinos affected by Uber data breach
Manila, Dec 15 (IANS) Over 170,000 Filipino drivers and passengers were affected by global ride-sharing app Uber's massive data breach last year, authorities said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Philippines,Technology,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Cabinet nod to amend Specific Relief Act for ease of business
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) In a move to further ease procedures for doing business in the country, the cabinet on Friday approved a bill proposing to amend the Specific Relief Act, 1963, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced here.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Immigration/Law/Rights
Christians attacked in MP over alleged conversion, 30 detained
Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 (IANS) Right-wing Hindu activists attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district and also set a priest's car ablaze, accusing them of religious conversion. The police detained over 30 members of the Catholic choir group, including priests.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Four winter sessions shorter than present one: Minister
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Winter sessions of Parliament have been shorter than the present one at least four times in past, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Celebrating the six yard elegance of Jamdani
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) There is a sheer elegance in the six yard piece of cloth. And an exhibition brings up a wide range of Jamdani sarees woven in Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, South India and Bangladesh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Leading Indian, South Asian galleries to woo visitors at India Art Fair 2018
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A strong representation of leading Indian galleries, enabling deeper engagement with artists from the local art scene alongside artists from South Asia will be one of the major focuses of the upcoming edition of India Art Fair in February 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
New fellowship to promote research in Hindi
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Framing the unseen elements of life
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) There lies an essence in every elements of our everyday life which is often found as mundane and goes unseen. And artist Rashmi Rai brings alive those moments through her lens.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Twitter makes 'Moments' feature available to all in India
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Taking on Instagram and Snapchat "Stories" feature, micro-blogging website Twitter on Friday made its "Moments" feature available to everyone in India.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
GMR Group's consortium is preferred bidder for Phillipines airport project
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Infrastructure major GMR Group on Friday said that its consortium with Megawide Construction Corporation has emerged as the preferred bidder
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Gippy Grewal, Natasa shoot video for 'fun' song
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Serbian dancer and actress Natasa Stankovic says she is shooting a video for a fun song with singer-actor Gippy Grewal.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Sri Lanka's Mathews fit for Sunday's series decider
Visakhapatnam, Dec 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka received a major shot in the arm after veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews was declared fit for the series-deciding third and final one-dayer against India at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,Sports,Cricket
Sunny Leone excited to get adventurous with 'Man Vs Wild'
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who will host the Indian version of "Man Vs Wild", says she will try to add her own style of fun and humour to the show.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz
Haryana top brass begin 'Chintan Shivir'
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) Led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the Haryana government on Friday began its three-day 'Chintan Shivir' (brainstorming summit) at a resort in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh even as the opposition termed the move a gimmick.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
Give your family gift of pure air this Christmas
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) You must be getting ready to celebrate and rejoice the Christmas season with your near and dear ones. How about spending time in clean and pure air in easy ways?
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Lifestyle/Fashion
Chinese university bans Christmas celebrations
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) A Chinese university has reportedly banned Christmas celebrations on its campus to protect its students from the influence of western culture about which many, it thinks, are "blindly excited".
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Lifestyle/Fashion,Politics,Education
Russia's former minister found guilty of bribery
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) A Moscow court on Friday found Russia's former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of bribery.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Olympic champ Jebet to battle Aprot in Spain cross country
Nairobi, Dec 15 (IANS) Revenge will be in the air when Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain meets Kenya's Alice Aprot during the international cross country meet in Marca, Spain on Sunday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Kenya,Sports,Athletics
Rajinikanth to felicitate Rahman in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Music maestro A.R. Rahman, who is currently on a multi-city India tour, will be felicitated by megastar Rajinikanth here.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema
Manish Dawar to become Vodafone India CFO
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Vodafone India on Friday announced that Manish Dawar will take over as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from January 1, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Government to reimburse MDR charges on small transactions
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) In a bid to encourage electronic payments, the central government will now reimburse the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) applicable on transactions worth Rs 2,000.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy
Vikram Bhatt to launch video-on-demand app
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, who has been successful with his digital media endeavours, is now taking it a step ahead by launching his own video-on-demand app. He says it will be like a multiplex on a phone.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Google AI helps NASA discover two exoplanets
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms from Google that decoded massive sets of data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, scientists have discovered two exoplanets, including one that has the first known eight-planet system like ours.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
Third Ashes Test: Australia trail by 200 runs vs England on Day 2
Perth, Dec 15 (IANS) Australia scored 203/3 in the first innings, trailing by 200 runs at stumps on the second day of the third Ashes Test against England here on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Sports,Cricket
James Rodriguez has bright future at Bayern, says coach Heynckes
Munich, Dec 15 (IANS) Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is convinced that Colombian James Rodriguez will play a vital role in the future for the record German football champions.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Germany,Sports,Football
X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra for high-speed internet
Amaravati, Dec 15 (IANS) X, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet Inc, will deploy its breakthrough Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology in Andhra Pradesh to provide high-speed wireless internet.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Technology,Business/Economy
Haryana launches project to curb investigating officials' court appearances
Chandigarh, Dec 15 (IANS) After the successful implementation of 'e-vetting' and 'e-custody' programmes, the Haryana Advocate General's office has launched a pilot project to curtail the personal appearance of police Investigating Officers before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in criminal cases.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Punjab,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Business/Economy
Prohibitory orders in Udaipur, Rajsamand to continue
Jaipur, Dec 15 (IANS) Prohibitory orders clamped in Rajasthan's Udaipur and Rajsamand districts two days ago are to continue on Friday too, officials said even as 175 persons, mostly right-wing Hindu activists, were arrested and several others detained for violating orders by taking out rallies and raising slogans.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Rajasthan,National,Religion,Defence/Security,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Will approach Kerala HC on missing fishermen: Latin Church diocese
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 15 (IANS) The Latin Church diocese here on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the Kerala government's handling of cyclone Ockhi and its aftermath and said it will move the High Court over 350 missing fishermen.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Kerala,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Amit Shah debuts in Parliament, seated in front row
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Friday made his debut in the Rajya Sabha and was seated in the front row, right next to the seats reserved for the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Equity indices extend gains, exit polls uplift sentiments
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices -- the BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty50 -- provisionally closed on a higher note on the back of lingering effects of the exit polls which predicted a BJP win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Milind Soman hopes show will inspire people to quit smoking
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman, who is set to host the adventure reality show "I Can You Can", hopes it will encourage viewers to quit smoking.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Health/Medicine
Will watch 'Padmavati' no matter when it releases: Anurag Basu
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Director Anurag Basu, who finds it bizarre that the whole controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" is based merely on perception and assumption, says he will watch the period drama whenever it releases.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
SC rejects Congress' plea for 20% vote count via VVPAT in Gujarat
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee seeking direction to the Election Commission to count votes through paper trail attached to the EVMs in 20 per cent of the polling booths in Gujarat.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics
Acer 'Predator 21 X' gaming notebook in India
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Making further inroads into the Indian gaming market, Acer on Friday launched "Predator 21 X" gaming notebook with curved screen for Rs 6,999,99.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Eminem releases new album 'Revival'
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Rapper Eminems ninth studio album "Revival" is available now.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz
Winter Session begins on stormy note, Rajya Sabha adjourned amid ruckus (Third Lead)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Winter Session of Parliament began on a stormy note on Friday with the opposition disrupting the Rajya Sabha and forcing its adjournment repeatedly when it raked up the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing his predecessor Manmohan Singh and others of conspiring with Pakistan to defeat the BJP in Gujarat elections.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Graduation ceremony of 156th Fighter Controllers' course held
Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) A graduation ceremony to mark the culmination of the 156th Fighter Controllers' course was held here, a defence spokesman here said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Defence/Security
Pulisic wins US men's footballer of the year
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Nineteen-year-old Christian Pulisic has been voted the United States Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Sports,Football
Russian presidential election slated for March 18
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) The Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of parliament, on Friday officially set the country's presidential election for March 18, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics
Renuka Shahane excited to break her onscreen image
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Renuka Shahane, who often plays "docile" roles in films, is excited about starring in the upcoming TV show "Khichdi" as it will break her onscreen image.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Adobe reports record $2 bn revenue in Q4
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Riding on the success of its Creative, Document and Experience Cloud portfolios, software giant Adobe on Wednesday said that it has achieved a record $2.01 billion revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 that ended on December 1.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Friday amidst a ruckus by the opposition on the issue of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav's disqualification and the allegations of conniving with Pakistan levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Manipur HC orders compensation to 'encounter' victim's family
Imphal, Dec 15 (IANS) The Manipur High Court has directed the Centre to pay compensation of Rs 7 lakh to the father of a victim of an "encounter" which took place in 2010 in the state.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Manipur,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Defence/Security
'Monsoon Shootout': An astutely mounted crime drama (IANS Review, Rating: ***1/2)
Film: "Monsoon Shootout"; Director: Amit Kumar; Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi, Sreejita De, Vijay Varma and Geetanjali Thapa; Rating: ***1/2
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
'Padman' is Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' Of 2018
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The "Padman" trailer is finally out. And it's an outright winner.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
If Gujarat exit polls right, BJP has manipulated EVMs: AAP
Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) Even as various exit polls predicted BJP victory in the Gujarat assembly elections, the AAP on Friday questioned these but said if results on December 18 indeed tallied with the predictions the BJP must have manipulated the EVMs.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Love the character Paro: Richa Chadha on 'Dasdev'
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who will be seen in the upcoming film "Dasdev", says she loves her character Paro.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Rs 80,000 cr has come to BJP coffers in last five months: Anna Hazare
Guwahati, Dec 15 (IANS) Attacking the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, prominent social activist Anna Hazare on Friday said the country has topped the list of corrupt countries in Asia in the last three years of the NDA rule and claimed that Rs 80,000 crore has come to the coffers of the BJP in the last five months as donation.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Assam,National,Politics
India witnessed infusion of AI across industries (2017 In Retrospect)
(ATTN Editors: Beginning December 15, IANS will be running a series of Yearenders that look at the highs and lows in the areas of politics, business, economy, technology, lifestyle, literature and sports during the year coming to an end. Editor, IANS)
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Opinion/Commentary,Technology,Features,Human Interest/Society,2017 In Retrospect
Trump should resign, says Kamala Harris
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Kamala Harris, first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, has joined a growing group of Democratic senators calling for President Donald Trump to step down amid resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics,Diaspora
Valverde says 2018 road world championships could be his last chance
Madrid, Dec 15 (IANS) Movistar's Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde said winning the 2018 UCI Road World Championships Innsbruck is a big goal and it could be his last chance to clinch the title.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Spain,Sports,Other Sports
Indian engineer jailed for molesting woman in Singapore
Singapore, Dec 15 (IANS) An Indian engineer in Singapore has been jailed for three weeks for molesting a woman last year.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Singapore,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diaspora
Blood test for multiple sclerosis comes closer
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Researchers have found that multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease of the brain and spinal cord, can be detected by simply analysing blood samples.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Health/Medicine
Amazon launches Alexa skill testing tool for developers
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Amazon on Friday launched Alexa Test Simulator (Beta) tool for developers to optimise, test and improve their skills.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Technology
Bill on Triple Talaq cleared by Cabinet
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bill on Triple Talaq was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, ahead of it being taken up in the Winter Session of Parliament.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights
Beijing plans remote sensing satellites over South China Sea
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) China's island province of Hainan has unveiled a satellite launch plan to assist remote sensing coverage over the South China Sea, authorities said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Science/Tech,Defence/Security
American Airlines apologises for forcing passenger to throw breast milk
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) American Airlines has apologised for trying to charge a passenger an extra fee at the gate for carrying frozen breast milk, forcing her to leave it behind.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Human Interest/Society
Colouring books for adults can help reduce stress
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Spending some time with couloring books after a tough day at work can help you feel better, although it may not leave as lasting impact on your mood as actual art therapy can, new research suggests.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
'Goa exported 17.64mn tonnes iron ore in two years'
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) While 32.29 million tonnes of iron ore was extracted from the 44 operational mining leases in Goa over the last two years, only 17.64 million was exported during the period, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics,Business/Economy
Steve Waugh's son features in Oz U-19 WC squad
Sydney, Dec 15 (IANS) Australia legend Steve Waugh's all-rounder son Austin was on Friday named in the 15-man squad, led by promising Jason Sangha, for the Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand next month.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Australia,Sports,Cricket
No shortage of beef in Goa: BJP Minister
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) There is no shortage of beef in Goa, Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho said on Friday. However, he admitted that the state's only legal abattoir was not running to its full capacity.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Goa,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Politics,Environment/Wildlife,Business/Economy
Musical evening planned for Will Smith in Mumbai
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Bollywood composers Vishal-Shekhar have been entrusted with the task of treating Hollywood star Will Smith to a musical evening during his India visit next week.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Seedorf in running to coach Brazil's Atletico Paranaense
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Former Netherlands international midfielder Clarence Seedorf is in talks with Brazilian top flight football club Atletico Paranaense about its vacant coaching position.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Markle beats Middleton as most influential fashion star
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Meghan Markle has left behind her soon to be sister-in-law and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in a list of most influential fashion stars.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Mirwaiz Umer detained as he defies house arrest restrictions
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was detained here on Friday after he broke house arrest restrictions to join a separatist-called protest rally to Anantnag.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics
Afridi hat-trick steals show in T10 opener
Sharjah, Dec 15 (IANS) Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi's hat-trick lit up the opening night of the inaugural T10 League here, helping his Pakhtoons side beat the Virender Sehwag-led Maratha Arabians by 25 runs.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Sports,Cricket
VAR set for application in Ligue 1 from next football season
Paris, Dec 15 (IANS) Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is set to be deployed in the French top-flight football league from the 2018-19 season after the Board of Directors of French professional football league (LFP) agreed in principle to implement the system.
2017-12-15
Category: International, France,Sports,Football
Anil Ambani Group sues Congress' Singhvi for Rs 5,000 crore
Ahmedabad, Dec 15 (IANS) The Reliance Anil Ambani group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore ($ 780 million) defamation suit here against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, accusing him of making "false, defamatory and libellous statements".
2017-12-15
Category: India, Gujarat,National,Business/Economy,Defence/Security
Still proud of 'Newton', says team after Oscar miss
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Hindi film "Newton" has missed the bus for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. But its team is feeling far from defeated.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Vivo phone may feature in-screen fingerprint sensor in 2018
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) Chinese smartphone player Vivo could bring the world's first smartphone to ship with fingerprint sensors embedded into the display, media reported.
2017-12-15
Category: International, China,Technology,Business/Economy
Warner Bros unveil first poster of 'Ocean's 8'
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) The first poster of the much-awaited "Ocean's 8" introduced the eight female master thieves as they prepare to pull off a top-secret heist.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Halle Berry 'done with love' after split
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Halle Berry says she is "done with love" following her split from music producer Alex Da Kid.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
'Newton' remains one of India's finest films: Hansal Mehta
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has always lent unrelenting support his blue-eyed boy Rajkummar Rao's "Newton" -- even when it was caught in a plagiarism row. Now when the movie has missed the Oscar race, he says it doesn't change the fact that it is one of India's finest films.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
The Rock '100 per cent' considering Presidential run in 2024
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor-wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he will "100 per cent" run for the President of the US. He is planning to do so in 2024.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Politics
Dustin Hoffman accused of exposing himself to minor
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor Dustin Hoffman has been accused of allegedly exposing himself to a 16-year-old classmate of his daughter Karina in 1980 and assaulting two other women while working on the 1987 film "Ishtar".
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Sonia has retired as party chief, not from politics: Congress
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) As Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire, the Congress party clarified that she has retired as party President and not from politics.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Modi hopes for fruitful Winter Session
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed hope that the Winter Session of Parliament would be productive, with "positive" debates.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Yogi effect: In a first, non-veg fare off plates at annual IAS event
Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) With monk-politician Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the helm, non-vegetarian fare was off the plates at a lunch and dinner served on the first day of the annual IAS Week in the Uttar Pradesh capital here, an official said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Lifestyle/Fashion,Politics
Rajinikanth taught me many things: Amy Jackson
Gurugram, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Amy Jackson says she has learnt a lot not just about the craft of acting from megastar Rajinikanth, but also drawn from how calm and humble he is as a person despite his stardom.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Haryana,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Hindu group attacks Christmas carol singers in MP
Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 (IANS) Alleging religious conversion, a mob linked to a right-wing Hindu group attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district and also set a priest's car ablaze.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Religion,Crime/Disaster/Accident
FRDI Bill and bail-in: Your deposits were never safe(r)
One obviously reads how social media and technology have the power to breed beliefs only qualifiable as post-truth. Rare have been occasions when I have witnessed this phenomenon first hand.
2017-12-15
Category: International, France,National,Opinion/Commentary,Business/Economy
Rajkummar wins Asia's Rising Star award in Macau
Macau, Dec 15 (IANS) National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao has been honoured with Variety Asia Rising Star award at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao.
2017-12-15
Category: International, France,Cinema/Showbiz
Hope 'Padman' will start conversations within homes: Twinkle Khanna (IANS Interview)
New Delhii, Dec 15 (IANS) Her debut film production "Padman" is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India. Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna says she is hopeful that the film will bring a spotlight on something that has been "hidden in the darkness" for so long.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Telangana,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Australian abuse inquiry's calls to end priests' celibacy rejected
Canberra, Dec 15 (IANS) Leaders of the Catholic church in Australia on Friday dismissed calls from a landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse that the Vatican should make celibacy for priests voluntary and end the secrecy of confession.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Australia,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday reiterated its 2015 order banning the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
I have written a script on my cancer experience: Anurag Basu
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Filmmaker and a cancer survivor Anurag Basu says that he never wanted to "juice up" his own "tragedy" and that's why he kept away from making a film on cancer. However, he is now ready with a script which he might release either in the form of a book or a film.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Bomb scare in Delhi's Khan Market, search on
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Delhi Police, along with its bomb disposal and dog squads, on Friday launched a swift search operation after receiving a bomb threat call in the upscale Khan Market area.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
NASA scientists to survey unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA scientists are set to embark on a 756-kilometre expedition in one of the most barren landscapes on Earth to survey an unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
OnePlus 5T 'Star Wars' edition phone in India for Rs 38,999
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Celebrating its third anniversary in India, Chinese smartphone player OnePlus has now introduced OnePlus 5T "Star Wars" special edition smartphone in collaboration with science-fiction film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for Rs 38,999.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy,Technology
My role is now to retire: Sonia
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) With Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress President on Saturday, Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Sensex, Nifty50 surge almost 1%; exit polls uplift sentiments
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Cheering the Gujarat exit polls, the key Indian equity indices extended gains for the second consecutive session and traded on a higher note on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Business/Economy
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m. amid ruckus
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha on Friday saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting on the issue of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav's disqualification and the allegations of conniving with Pakistan levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Mario Batali fired from 'The Chew'
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been fired from popular cookery show "The Chew" following various sexual misconduct allegations against him.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
Gabriel Barbosa eyes return to Brazilian football
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Out of sorts Benfica striker Gabriel Barbosa could return to Brazil in January in a bid to revive his stalled football career, according to the 21-year-old's agent.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned till 2.30 p.m. soon after it met for Question Hour after a short adjournment, amidst heated exchanges between the opposition and government over the allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Priyanka, Katrina to perform at awards show
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif will take the stage at the the forthcoming Zee Cine Awards 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood
Modi remembers Sardar Patel on death anniversary
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary and said the nation was indebted to him.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Facebook to push more videos via pre-roll ads for 'Watch'
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) In a move that will push more videos to users, Facebook has announced it will introduce pre-roll advertisements on its video-on-demand service "Watch".
2017-12-15
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Parliament's winter session begins, LS adjourned till Monday
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The winter session of parliament began on Friday and after obituary references the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day till Monday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Oxford Dictionaries declare 'Youthquake' Word of the Year
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Oxford Dictionaries has declared "Youthquake" as 2017's Word of the Year, reflecting what it calls a "political awakening" among millennial voters, the media reports on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Art/Culture/Books
New Facebook feature lets advertisers reach WhatsApp users
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) If you are an advertiser on Facebook, you now have a bigger audience to cater to as Facebook has launched a click-to-WhatsApp button on its platform that will let advertisers connect with over one billion WhatsApp users.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Costa Rica,Technology,Business/Economy
Would love to make horror film on America's political scene: 'Saw' co-creator
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The horror genre works well as a metaphor to address social issues, feels filmmaker Leigh Whannell, known for franchises like "Saw" and "Insidious". And so he is keen to make a horror movie that addresses some social issues in the world.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,National,IANS Life
Use of smart machinery can check stubble burning, farm experts suggest
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) If the farmers of Punjab and Haryana were to adopt smart techniques and use appropriate machinery, say experts, they won't hog the headlines every winter for the wrong reasons -- causing smog in the national capital because of stubble-burning.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife
US woman laundered cryptocurrencies to fund IS
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) A woman from New York tried to fund the Islamic State (IS) terror group through Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, according to federal prosecutors.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Terrorism,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Influence of women in any field is good, says Farhan Akhtar
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar hopes that actresses backing films as producers is not just a passing trend as he believes that women's influence, irrespective of the field, is good for everyone.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,National,IANS Life
Modi hopes for fruitful winter session
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that the winter session of Parliament that starts here on Friday will be productive.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
'Microsoft India to nurture unicorn firms, start-up community in 2018' (IANS Interview)
Hyderabad, Dec 15 (IANS) Armed with Intelligent Cloud and Edge capabilities, Microsoft will give a renewed thrust to nurturing unicorn firms and the start-up community in India next year, Anant Maheshwari, the companys India President, said here on Thursday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Technology,Business/Economy
Japan imposes new unilateral sanctions on N.Korea
Tokyo, Dec 15 (IANS) The Japanese government on Friday imposed new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, which include freezing the assets of Pyongyang-based companies, in response to the launch of the country's latest ballistic missile.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Japan,Politics
SpaceX cargo mission to space station set for Friday launch
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) SpaceX appears set to launch its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Friday after scuttling several earlier attempts this month.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech
Looking for roles that allows less make-up, says Amy Jackson
Gurugram, Dec 15 (IANS) Actress Amy Jackson says that she is looking for roles that allow her to not go overboard with make-up. However she feels that being a girl, she likes experimenting with her looks.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Haryana,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Lifestyle/Fashion
Maharashtra Police seize arms cache near Nashik
Nashik, Dec 15 (IANS) Police here arrested three men and seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle near a toll plaza on the Agra-Mumbai highway early on Friday, an officer said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident
UNSC to hold ministerial-level meeting on N.Korea
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold a ministerial-level meeting on Friday on the "threats and challenges" posed by North Korea to international peace and security.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics
Mythical medicines that I am impatient to try (The Funny Side)
I hate it when I want to sneak out of work early, but invisibility pills have not yet been invented.
2017-12-15
Category: International, India,Features
SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till Mar 31, 2018
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as also mobile phones and bank accounts from December 31 to March 31, 2018.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Business/Economy
A dose of mythology, dark secrets and suspense (IANS Books This Weekend)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) What happens when reality mingles with mythology? Well, here is a young protagonist who discovers himself trapped in the days of Mahabharata. Then a story of dark secrets, shocking revelations and a special bond between two women. Next come two thrillers that will take you inside the deep, dark and secretive lives of people and their quest for truth.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,National,Art/Culture/Books,IANS Life
Snowfall disrupts Kedarnath reconstruction work
Dehradun, Dec 15 (IANS) Reconstruction work at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand has been suspended due to inclement weather and sub-zero temperature, an official said on Friday.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion,Environment/Wildlife
Foggy Friday morning in Delhi, 12 trains cancelled
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) It was a foggy morning here on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife
Firefighter dies in biggest California wildfire
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) A firefighter was killed while trying to contain the biggest wildfire that has scorched more than 98,000 hectares in Southern California.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Cold wave freezes J&K; Gulmarg, Kargil coldest
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Friday as Gulmarg and Kargil witnessed lowest minimum temperatures.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Environment/Wildlife
Rajinikanth to meet his fans post Christmas
Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who hinted at a political plunge sometime back will be meeting his fans between December 26 to 31 for a photo session, as per the actor's fans association.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema,Politics
UNSC reform co-chairs say they find 'openness to dialogue'
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) The co-chairs of the Security Council reform process have been holding informal consultations with various countries and have reported that they found "openness to dialogue", an official said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Diplomacy
Australia child abuse inquiry's final report released
Canberra, Dec 15 (IANS) A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia released its final report on Friday with 1,300 witness accounts and over 8,000 harrowing stories from survivors.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Australia,Religion,Immigration/Law/Rights,Crime/Disaster/Accident
This is how Google AI helped NASA discover two exoplanets
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approach from Google researchers helped NASA discover two exoplanets, including an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
Key Indian equity indices open on a cheery note
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Extending previous session's gains, key Indian equity indices on Friday opened on a higher note with healthy buying in banking, consumer durables and capital goods stocks.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Business/Economy
India's 'Newton' out of Oscar race
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2018, "Newton", is out of the race for the honour.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Hollywood
Trump, Putin talk on phone, discuss N.Korea: White House
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation, talking about how to resolve the situation in North Korea, the White House has said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics,Business/Economy,Diplomacy
Jammu-Srinagar highway opens for one-way traffic
Jammu, Dec 15 (IANS) Only one-way traffic was allowed on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Business/Economy
Nicole Kidman is amazing: Lenny Kravitz
Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Singer Lenny Kravitz, who was engaged to Nicole Kidman between 2003 and 2004, says the actress is an amazing person.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood
UN regrets 'missed opportunity' as Syrian peace talks fail to move ahead
Geneva, Dec 15 (IANS) The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said the eighth round of the Intra-Syrian peace talks ended in Geneva without any "real negotiations".
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Politics
Turkish, Iraqi, US military discuss security issues
Ankara, Dec 15 (IANS) The highest-ranking military officials of Turkey, Iraq and the US have discussed issues about counter-terrorism and regional security at a trilateral meeting in Ankara, the Turkish Armed Force (TSK) said.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Turkey,Defence/Security,Terrorism,Diplomacy
US, Mexico vow to tackle cross-border drug trafficking
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The US and Mexican high-level officials met here to discuss strategies to clamp down Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) and illegal drug flow with joint efforts.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diplomacy
Ronaldinho mulls move into politics
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 15 (IANS) Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho is considering a move into politics as his celebrated football career draws to an end.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Brazil,Sports,Football,Politics
Finland gives its first gender equality prize to Merkel
Helsinki, Dec 15 (IANS) Finland has given its new international gender equality prize to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Finland,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights,Diplomacy,Human Interest/Society
Putin to focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare if re-elected
Moscow, Dec 15 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare, education, advanced technologies, labour productivity and incomes of citizens if he wins the Russian presidential election next year.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics
Britain, Japan agree to strengthen defence ties
London, Dec 15 (IANS) British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said that 2018 will mark the year British and Japanese military forces work even more closely together.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United Kingdom,Defence/Security,Diplomacy
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist rally
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Restrictions were imposed in many parts of Srinagar and Anantnag on Friday to prevent a separatist-called protest rally, officials said.
2017-12-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics,Defence/Security
Scientists find miniature version of our solar system with eight planets (Lead, Correcting headline)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Scientists applying artificial intelligence to data from NASAs Kepler Space Telescope have discovered an eighth planet around the star Kepler-90 -- breaking the record for the star with the most exoplanets and, for the first time, tying with our own.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology
US House Speaker Ryan dismisses retirement reports
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US House Speaker Paul Ryan has dismissed swirling media reports that he is going to retire from the Congress.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Politics
4 jailed in Morocco over terror charges
Rabat, Dec 15 (IANS) A Moroccan anti-terror court has sentenced four persons to between one and three years in prison over terror-related charges.
2017-12-15
Category: International, Malta,Immigration/Law/Rights,Defence/Security,Terrorism
NASA spots eighth planet in solar system
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) NASA has announced the discovery of an eight planet orbiting Kepler-90, a star comparable to the Sun located 2,545 light-years from the Earth.
2017-12-15
Category: International, United States,Science/Tech,Technology