Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Mendhar Sector of Poonch
Pakistan has violated ceasefire in Mendhar sector of Poonch.
NGT Imposes Rs 100 Crore Fine on Meghalaya Govt for Failing to Curb Illegal Mining
The National Green Tribunal today imposed a fine of a whopping Rs 100 crore on the Meghalaya government for failing to curb illegal coal mining in the state.
Nine-foot Long Python Rescued Near Delhi Secretariat
A nine-foot long Indian Rock Python was rescued today from the vicinity of the Delhi Secretariat, said a wildlife NGO.
CBI Issues Order Stating That Joint Director Murugesan Will Continue Probe Against Special Director Asthana
CBI has issued a fresh order stating that Joint Director V Murugesan will continue to probe the case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana, according to officials.
Political Clearence Given to Delegation Proposed by Andhra Pradesh CM to Visit the World Economic Forum
Political clearance has been given for the entire delegation as proposed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to visit the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos from 22 to 25 January.
MPs, Activists Write to PM to Strengthen MGNREGA
Several MPs and activists have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to strengthen the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MGNREGA), a statement said today.
The letter is undersigned by MPs Karan Singh Yadav and Deepender Singh Hooda, MLA Jignesh Mevani, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, and Aruna Roy among others.
Security Forces Kill Maoist Activist in Encounter
One Maoist activist was killed in an encounter with security forces inside a jungle in the Naxal-affected Chatra district today, a senior police officer said.
Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Amend Aadhaar Act
Lok Sabha today passed a bill to amend the Aadhaar Act and two related laws which will allow individuals to offer voluntarily biometric ID as a means of identity verification for obtaining services such as opening bank account and procuring mobile phone connection.
Myanmar’s Rakhine Rebels Attack Police Posts in Pre-Dawn Raids
Ethnic Rakhine rebels carried out pre-dawn attacks on four police stations near the Bangladesh border in a strike confirmed today by both the rebel group and Myanmar’s army, with the militants claiming to have killed seven and taken 14 “prisoners of war” as operations ramped up.
Three Dead After Car Falls into Gorge in Himachal
Three persons died and another was injured when a car they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, police said today.
Over 490 of 1,123 Samples of Packaged Drinking Water Non-Conforming to Food Safety Norms
As many as 496 of the total 1,123 samples of packaged drinking water analysed during 2017-18 were found to be non-conforming to the prescribed standards of the food safety norms, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Body of Woman Found in a Farmhouse in Kota
A blood-stained body of a woman aged around 35 was recovered from a farmhouse in Rajasthan’s Kota city this morning, police said.
Tax Rates on Petrol and Diesel Revised in Karnataka
In Karnataka, tax rates on petrol and diesel have been revised to 32 percent and 21 percent from 28.75 percent and 17.73 percent, respectively. The prices now stand at Rs 70.84/litre for petrol and Rs 64.66/ litre for diesel.
Seven Killed, Eight Injured in Crash, Explosion on Florida Highway
Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said.
Five Dead in Accidents Due to Dense Fog in Bihar
Five people died and four were injured in two separate accidents due to dense fog in Bihar this morning, police said.
Two Killed, One Injured as Truck Falls into Gorge in J&K’s Doda
Two persons were killed and another was seriously injured when a truck skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said today.
PNB Scam: ED Attaches Thailand Factory of Choksi’s Group Company
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said it has attached a factory in Thailand worth over Rs 13 crore of a Gitanjali group company, owned by absconding diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi, in connection with the alleged USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case.
CM Narayanasamy Leads Protest in Delhi for Full Statehood to Puducherry
Puducherry Congress led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today staged a protest demanding full statehood to the Union Territory and removal of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, whom he accused of functioning “unconstitutionally”.
Poondi Kalaivanan Announced as DMK’s candidate for Thiruvarur Constituency
DMK announced Poondi Kalaivanan as its candidate for the Thiruvarur constituency by-election. He is the party district secretary.
The seat fell vacant after the demise of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.
150 Shanties Gutted in Noida Blaze
Around 150 hutments in Noida were gutted in a massive fire that broke out this morning, police said. The incident took place at Sarfabad village.
Hindustan Times reports that over a 1000 people have been left homeless in the cold due to the fire.
14 fire tenders were pressed into service which took nearly three hours to douse the flames. Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Arun Kumar Singh said that one person, identified as Amzad Dafadar, had been injured in the incident.
While the reason of the blaze has not yet been established, prima facie it appears that a gas cylinder burst led to the fire, an official told IANS.
Pumps Idle, Little Progress in Meghalaya Miners’ Rescue
Efforts to rescue the miners trapped in a mine in Meghalaya for 23 days made little progress today as most of the pumps brought in to draw the water out are yet to be installed, officials said.
55 Trains Cancelled, 11 Delayed Across Northern Railways Due to Fog
As dense fog enveloped several parts of the national capital, 55 trains were cancelled, 25 remained partially cancelled and at least 11 delayed across Northern Railways due to low visibility, officials said.
Jharkhand HC Reserves Order on Lalu’s Bail Petition
The Jharkhand High Court today reserved judgement on the bail petition of RJD President Lalu Prasad in the multi-crore fodder scam cases.
Leopard Creates Scare in Residential Area in Rishikesh
A leopard entered the toilet of a house in the thickly populated Muni ki Reti area of Rishikesh early today creating a scare. The leopard was tranquilised and rescued safely after an operation lasting six hours.
EVMs Use ‘Obsolete’ Technology, This Makes Them Tamper-Proof: Former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat
Former chief election commissioner OP Rawat today said the EVMs used in India were not internet-enabled as in developed countries, making them tamper-proof “just like calculators”.
Odisha Dalit Teen Sold and Married to Haryana Man; 2 Arrested
A Dalit teenager jumped from the first floor of a house in Haryana to escape from a man twice her age, who married the girl after allegedly buying her for Rs 2 lakh from her uncle and kept her in illegal confinement, police said today.
Railways to Fill up 13,487 Posts of Engineers, Depot Superintendents
The Ministry of Railways today announced recruitment of more than 13,000 posts of junior engineers (JE), junior engineers (information technology), depot material superintendents (DMS) and chemical and metallurgical assistants (CMA).
The scale of the posts is Rs 35,400-Rs 1,12,400 (Level 6) as per the 7th Central Pay Commission, a statement from the ministry said.
Fatal Fall for Baby Elephant in Tamil Nadu
An elephant calf, believed to be 18 months old, died today after it fell into a 20-foot deep pit in a forest area in Erode district, officials said.
The calf, part of a herd of five wild elephants which was in search of food and water, tried to climb down the pit when it slipped and fell inside near the Bhavanisagar reservoir area. On seeing this, the herd surrounded the calf preventing anyone from rescuing it, they said. After two hours, the herd left the spot following which forest officials, along with a veterinary doctor, examined the calf and found it dead.
Congress Demands Implementation of 2014 Package for People Displaced from PoK
The Congress today reached out to the people displaced from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), who were on an indefinite chain dharna since 27 December demanding implementation of ‘2014 package’, and urged the Centre to hold talks with them.
Delhi Court Grants NIA 10-day Custody of Naeem For Allegedly Providing Weapons
Delhi court has granted the NIA 10-day custody of Naeem, who was arrested for allegedly providing weapons to members of ISIS-inspired group.
Govt to Replace All Long Distance Trains with Modern Coaches
The government will replace conventional coaches with modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) design coaches in all long distance trains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha today.
Jammu and Kashmir Admin Constitutes Air Quality Monitoring Committee
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered the constitution of the first-ever air quality monitoring committee (AQMC) in the state.
German Politicians’ Data Reportedly Hacked, Posted Online
A German broadcaster is reporting that data and documents belonging to hundreds of German politicians have been hacked and posted on Twitter.
Public broadcaster RBB reported today that the leak, which saw the data posted in daily batches before Christmas on an account that has been active since mid-2017, affects all parties in Parliament except the far-right Alternative for Germany.
Centre Provided Rs 300 Crore Towards Statue of Unity in Gujarat
The Central Government has provided Rs 300 crore for the construction of world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Narmada District of Gujarat, the Parliament was informed today.
The total cost of the statue is estimated at around Rs 3,000 crore.
Man Impersonating as Soldier of Indian Army Apprehended by Police
Pradeep Sitaram Shinde, who was impersonating as a soldier of the Indian Army, from Goregaon, Ahmednagar has been apprehended by Security staff at Armoured Corps Centre and School. Two other men who alledgedly helped him have been apprehended by the police too. A more detailed investigation is ongoing.
Police Arrest Accused After Man was Beaten to Death in Delhi
Police have arrested both the accused in the case, where a man was beaten to death on suspicion of being a thief in the Motia Khan area in Delhi on Wednesday, 2 January, night.
Four Killed in a Road Accident on Pune-Mumbai Expressway
Four people were killed, five others injured in collision between a truck and a car near Khopoli on Pune-Mumbai expressway.
SC Raps Centre & Meghalaya Govt Over Miners Rescue Ops
Supreme Court asked Centre and Meghalaya government to file a status report before the apex court by 7 January on steps and progress on the rescue operation of 15 miners who are trapped in an illegal flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills.
Fire Breaks Out in Noida Village
Several shanties were gutted in a major fire that broke out at a village here early Friday, police said.
The fire broke out at Sarfabad village in Sector 73 at around 3.15 am, a senior officer said.
“Fire tenders from the entire district were rushed to the spot and the flames were doused by 4.30 am,” Circle Officer, Noida 3rd, Shwetabh Pandey said
Lokpal: SC Directs Centre to Submit Record of Steps Taken by Search Committee
The Supreme Court has directed Centre to place on record steps taken by the Search Committee with regard to appointment of Lokpal, reported ANI. The next date of hearing is scheduled on 17 January.
Haring in Sexual Harassment Case Against RK Pachauri Adjourned
The cross-examination in the sexual harassment case against RK Pachauri has been adjourned by Delhi Court for 1 February as the judge is on leave, reported ANI.
Rupee Recovers 34 Paise to 69.86 Against US Dollar in Morning Trade
The rupee appreciated 34 paise to 69.86 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday amid weakening American currency and positive opening of the domestic equity market.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the rupee opened higher at 69.95 and rose further to touch a high of 69.86 a dollar, showing a rise of 34 paise over it’s previous close.
Sensex Rebounds Nearly 200 Pts; Nifty Reclaims 10,700 Mark
The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday rebounded nearly 200 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 10,700 mark, driven by recovery in auto, metal and banking stocks amid buying by domestic institutional investors.
The 30-share index, however, pared some early gains and was trading 103.90 points, or 0.29 per cent, higher at 35,617.61.
Similarly, the NSE Nifty rose 37.15 points,or 0.35 per cent, to 10,709.40.
Dense Fog Leads to Vehicle Pile-Up on Bihar Highway, 1 Killed
A highway pile-up involving several vehicles killed at least one and left 15 injured in Muzaffarpur, Bihar due to thick fog.
Maoist Killed in Encounter with Security Forces in Jharkhand’s Chatra
A Maoist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Jharkhand’s Chatra. One INSAS rifle recovered. More details awaited.
US House Passes Bill to End Government Shutdown
US House passed bill to end shutdown, but impasse remains in the senate.
Ajay Maken Resigns as Delhi Cong Chief, Say Sources
Congress leader Ajay Maken on Thursday resigned as Delhi’s Congress president. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation.
UPSC Aspirants Protest Outside Amit Shah’s Residence
UPSC aspirants staged a protest outside BJP President Amit Shah’s residence in Delhi on Thursday, 3 January night. The aspirants demanded compensatory attempts in UPSC Civil Services Exam for those who suffered due to the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) exam pattern.
6 Killed After Fiery Crash, Fuel Spill on Florida Highway
Six people died after a crash and diesel fuel spill sparked a massive fire on a Florida interstate Thursday, 3 January, afternoon, highway officials said.
Two tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles were involved in the wreck on Interstate 75 about 1.6 kilometres south of Alachua, near Gainesville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The fire was ignited after about 189 litres of diesel spilled onto the highway, authorities said.
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