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Latest live news updates: The Income Tax Department has detected undisclosed income of over Rs 450 crore after it raided some Kolkata-based entities engaged in various businesses such as running of hotels and wholesale trading of fruits, the CBDT said on Friday.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds on Friday, with the country's meteorological agency warning of the risk of more aftershocks, potentially strong enough to produce a tsunami.

India's exports rose marginally to USD 27.15 billion in December 2020, while imports surged 7.56 per cent to USD 42.59 billion, official data showed on Friday.

In a major road mishap, at least 13 people, including 11 women, were killed and six others were critically injured when a tempo traveller collided with a truck near Itigatti village in Karnataka's Dharwad district today morning.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday unveiled the country's first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car at the BEML manufacturing facility.

Seven persons were injured while participating in 'Jallikattu' in Madurai district on Friday, police said. Police said the injuries were reported during the traditional bull taming sport event at Palemedu. 

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Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living US Marine, dies at 107

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, recognised last year as the oldest living US Marine, has died at age 107.
 
Beth Kluttz, Cole's only child, confirmed Friday that her mother died of a heart attack at Kluttz's home in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on January 7.
 
The Charlotte Observer reports Cole enlisted as one of the earliest female Marine reservists following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She had left her Ohio home to head to Pittsburgh, where she hoped to volunteer for the Navy, but because she was only 4 feet, 11 inches tall, she was deemed too short to meet Navy standards.
 
Undaunted by her rejection, Cole decided to learn how to fly an airplane and persuade the Marine Corps to let her be a pilot.
 
In July 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Marine Corps Women's Reserve into law, giving women the chance to fill positions left open by men headed to combat. The Corps delayed formation of the branch until February 1943, and Cole enlisted five months later at age 29, becoming one of the earliest volunteers for the branch.
 
Despite putting in 200 hours in the cockpit of a Piper Cub, Cole completed six weeks of boot camp at Camp Lejeune with the Women's Reserve's First Battalion and wound up “behind a typewriter instead of an airplane.” Cole's husband, Wiley, was in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which sailed in both the Pacific Theater and the Solomon Islands campaign during World War II before it was torpedoed and sunk in October 1942.
 
Cole moved to San Francisco after the war to be with Wiley. They married and had their only child in 1953. The couple were both hired by the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley in California before Wiley Cole died of a heart attack in 1955.
 
Kluttz moved from California to North Carolina in 1976 and Cole followed her to the area around 1979.
 

UN hopes to take first step to elect next chief by Jan 31

The UN General Assembly and Security Council are expected to take the first step toward electing the next head of the global organisation this month.
 
Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said Friday that he and Tunisia's UN Ambassador Tarek Ladeb, the current council president, hope to send a letter before January 31 asking the UN's 193 member nations to submit any candidates to challenge Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
 
The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief, whose five-year term at the helm of the United Nations ends on December 31, said in letters to Bozkir and Ladeb on Monday that he will seek a second term.
 
The General Assembly elects the secretary-general on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council where the five permanent members have veto power, so their support is crucial. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson immediately announced his support for Guterres, but there has been no word yet from The United States, Russia, China and France.
 
A General Assembly resolution adopted in September 2015 asks the presidents of the assembly and Security Council to “start the process of soliciting candidates for the position of secretary-general through a joint letter addressed to all member states.” Bozkir said he met Tuesday with Ladeb and shared a draft letter to member states which the Tunisian ambassador then circulated to council members. “We are hoping that we will be able to sign this letter together before the end of the month,” he said.
 

Strong 5.9-magnitude quake shakes Guatemala

A strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake swayed buildings in Guatemala's capital Friday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The shaking lasted a long time and shook some things from walls.


The U.S. Geological Service said the earthquake's epicenter was located just off Guatemala's Pacific coast 3 miles (4.7 kilometers) south-southwest of Champerico, Guatemala at a depth of six miles (10 kilometers).

Dense fog engulf parts of national capital

All govt offices to function at 100% staff capacity with immediate effect: Delhi govt

Delhi government decides that all government offices of NCT of Delhi/ Autonomous Bodies/ PSUs/ Corporations/ Local Bodies will function to the extent of 100% staff strength with immediate effect.

Punjab reports first suspected case of bird flu, samples sent to Bhopal for confirmation

Punjab on Friday reported its first suspected cases of bird flu with samples from two poultry farms in Mohali testing positive for avian influenza. The samples have now been sent to a Bhopal facility for confirmation. According to an official, the samples were collected from the poultry farms at Behra village in Mohali's Dera Bassi and were tested at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar.


The samples have now been sent to the Bhopal's National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for confirmation, the official added. The Bhopal facility is the final authority for declaring bird flu. Meanwhile, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan sought to allay fears over the supected cases.


He said the administration is alert and regular sampling is being done to keep tabs on suspected cases of bird flu. Neighbouring Haryana has already declared bird flu and had announced to cull over 1.60 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Panchkula district. Earlier, Punjab had sounded an alert and pulled all stops to keep the state safe from the possible effect of an outbreak in its neighbouring states.

Bird flu confirmed in Chhattisgarh; total affected states 11 so far

The Centre on Friday said bird flu or avian influenza outbreak has been confirmed in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number of affected states and UTs to 11 so far. Besides Chhattisgarh, the disease has been confirmed in Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.
 
Bird flu in poultry has been confirmed from G S poultry farm, Balod district of Chhattisgarh, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said in a statement.
 
"Altogether, 11 states in the country have been affected by avian influenza," it added. Bird flu in poultry has also been confirmed from Harda district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday. READ MORE...

First suspected cases of bird flu in Punjab, samples sent to Bhopal facility for confirmation

Punjab on Friday reported its first suspected cases of bird flu with samples from two poultry farms in Mohali testing positive for avian influenza. The samples have now be sent to a Bhopal facility for confirmation. According to an official, the samples were collected from the poultry farms at Behra village in Mohali's Dera Bassi and were tested at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar.
 
The samples have now been sent to the Bhopal's National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for confirmation, the official added.
 
The Bhopal facility is the final authority for declaring bird flu. Neighbouring Haryana has already declared bird flu and had announced to cull over 1.60 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Panchkula district. Earlier, Punjab had sounded an alert and pulled all stops to keep the state safe from the possible effect of an outbreak in its neighbouring states.

PM Modi to flag off 8 trains to boost connectivity to Statue of Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off eight trains connecting different parts of the country to Kevadiya, where the Statue of Unity dedicated to Vallabhbhai Patel is located, on Sunday to boost seamless connectivity to the tirbal region in Gujarat.
 
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Friday that Modi will also inaugurate several other railway projects related to Gujarat during the event via video-conferencing. He will launch new broad-gauge line and the new station buildings of Dabhoi, Chandod and Kevadiya.
 
"These buildings have been designed aesthetically incorporating local features and modern passenger amenities. Kevadiya station is India's first railway station with a Green Building Certification," the PMO said. READ ON...

382 birds found dead across Maharashtra yesterday

Exports up marginally to $27.15 bn in Dec

India's exports rose marginally to USD 27.15 billion in December 2020, while imports surged 7.56 per cent to USD 42.59 billion, official data showed on Friday. The merchandise exports were valued at USD 27.11 billion in December 2019 while imports had totalled USD 39.59 billion.
 
"The trade deficit for December 2020 was estimated at USD 15.44 billion as against the deficit of USD 12.49 billion in December 2019, which is an increase of 23.66 per cent," according to the government data.
 
India's overall exports (merchandise and services) in April-December 2020-21 were estimated at USD 348.49 billion, exhibiting a negative growth of 12.65 per cent over the same period last year, the data showed. Overall imports during April-December declined 25.86 per cent on an annual basis to USD 343.27 billion.

Rajnath Singh unveils India's first indigenous driverless metro car

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday unveiled the country's first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car at the BEML manufacturing facility. The Minister, who visited the facility, said he was proud of the good work the team of engineers and technicians are doing at BEML.
 
"They are the real warriors of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', taking India ahead, he tweeted.
 

Flying of UAVs, paragliders prohibited over Delhi ahead of Republic Day

The Delhi Police on Friday prohibited operation of "sub-conventional aerial platforms" including UAVs, paragliders and hot air balloons over the national capital from January 20 in view of Republic Day celebrations.
 
The order issued by Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava said the directive will come into force on January 20 and will remain for a period of 27 days up to February 15, both days inclusive, unless withdrawn earlier.
 
The order stated that certain criminal, anti-social elements or terrorists inimical to India may pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations by the use of 'sub-conventional aerial platforms' like para-gliders, para-motors, hang gliders, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) among others.

Procurement of 83 LCA Tejas big step in direction of Atmanirbhar Bharat: Rajnath Singh

Noting the approval of the largest indigenous defence procurement deal to buy 83 LCA Tejas, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the purchase fighter jets is a big step in the direction of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, which will generate 50,000 job opportunities.
 
"Recently, purchase of Rs 50,000 crores worth 83 Tejas fighter jets has been a big step in this direction (Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan). It will generate 50,000 job opportunities. Participation of 500 MSMEs and private companies like Tata, L & T and Vem-tech has given a boost to the synergy of government and private sector," said Defence Minister at an event in Bengaluru.
 
On the role played by public sector undertakings since independence, Singh said, "Public sector undertakings have had an important contribution in socio-economic progress India has made after independence. Be it capital formation, employment opportunities or encouraging R & D, PSUs have played a vital role."

US blacklists Xiaomi: Tech corp refutes Chinese military affiliation claim

After the US government blacklisted Chinese conglomerate Xiaomi as a "Communist Chinese military company", the company on Friday said it is reviewing the potential consequences to develop a fuller understanding of its impact on the Group.
 
Xiaomi's stock nosedived more than 10 per cent in early Friday trading after the news broke.
 
In a fresh list, the US Department of Defense targeted Xiaomi, which means that the company is also vulnerable to the outgoing President Donald Trump's executive order that can ban the US firms from investing in such companies. The move may also force US companies and other investors to divest in Xiaomi this year. READ ON...

Indonesian authorities extend search for plane crash victims

Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has extended the search for victims of last week's Sriwijaya Air plane crash as well as the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and other materials for another three days, a top official said here on Friday.
 
"It was decided that the joint search and rescue (SAR) operation to search for Sriwijaya Air victims will be extended for another three days until Monday," Basarnas' chief Bagus Puruhito told reporters.
 
The Boeing 737-500 passenger aircraft with 62 people aboard slammed into the Java Sea on January 9, minutes after take-off from Jakarta en route to Indonesian city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.
 
Basarnas' search and rescue mission coordinator Rasman M.S. said on Friday that as many as 130 divers have been deployed to search for the victims and the aircraft' materials. The agency has also deployed 62 ships, 21 sea rider boats and jet skis as well as 13 airplanes. Rasman said that the aerial search is being expanded to coastal areas.

President Kovind donates Rs 5,01,000 for Ram temple in UP's Ayodhya

President Ramnath Kovind on Friday donated Rs 5,01,000 as a contribution towards the construction of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.
 
A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) delegation including its International Working President Alok Kumar, RSS leader Kulbhushan Ahuja, the treasurer of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Trust Govind Dev Giri and temple construction committee head Nripendra Mishra called on the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.
 
"This is VHP's campaign initiated to seek a contribution towards the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya cutting across languages, castes, communities and classes," informed a senior VHP member. READ MORE...

Under 'Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan', govt recently made several policy changes: Rajnath Singh

SC allows IIMC to chop 29 trees for construction of new building

The Supreme Court has allowed the Indian Institute of Mass Communication to cut 29 trees for construction of a new building for the academic and hostel blocks as also a guest house subject to the Central Empowering Committee's (CEC) conditions.
 
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian passed the order after noting that the apex court appointed CEC has examined the issue and recommended permission is subject to certain conditions.
 
"We are of the opinion that the application be allowed in terms of the conditions stated by the CEC," the bench said.
 
The CEC recommended to the top court that the permission be given subject to the condition that IIMC deposit 5 per cent of the sanctioned project cost with the Ridge Management Board Fund and under its close supervision and direction the amount should be used by the Forest Department, Delhi government, for conservation and protection of Delhi Ridge.

Seven injured in 'Jallikattu' in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu

Seven persons were injured while participating in 'Jallikattu' in Madurai district on Friday, police said. Police said the injuries were reported during the traditional bull taming sport event at Palemedu. The injured were taken to a government hospital for treatment. About 650 bull-tamers have registered to showcase their skills to tame the running bovines in the arena.
 
The event was flagged off by Tamil Nadu Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management and Information Technology RB Udhayakumar. In the traditional sport, a person is declared a winner if he manages to hang on to the bulls' hump for a specified time. Prizes range for bicycles, cash, utensils, silver coins and other items.

Death toll from earthquake in Indonesia rises to 35

The death toll in Indonesia due to an earthquake that struck West Sulawesi province has risen to 35, Xinhua reported citing the National Disaster Management Agency on Friday. Over 630 people have suffered injuries and around 15,000 others were displaced at 10 evacuation posts.
 
"Nine people died in Majene district, and 26 others in Mamuju district, bringing the total death toll to 35," said the West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Management Agency's head Darno Majid.
 
The earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter Scale rocked West Sulawesi at 2:28 am local times, with an epicentre at 6 km northeast of Majene, and a depth of 10 km. The earthquake also damaged around 300 houses, hotels, government buildings, hospitals and minimarkets besides cutting off electricity, communications, and roads. On Thursday, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook the same location at 2:35 pm local time.

At least 35 killed in 6.2-magnitude Indonesia earthquake, hundreds injured

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds on Friday, with the meteorological agency warning of aftershocks, possibly strong enough to trigger a tsunami.
 
The powerful quake struck 6 km (3.73 miles) northeast of the town of Majene, at the relatively shallow depth of 10 km, just before 1.30 a.m., sending thousands of frightened residents out of their homes and fleeing for higher ground.

Tamil Nadu: Two players who participated in #Jallikattu event in Palamedu area of Madurai

Tamil Nadu: Two players who participated in Jallikattu event in Palamedu area of Madurai today, injured; one police personnel also injured. They have been admitted to Primary Health Centre Palamedu for treatment.

Maharashtra: Voters show their identity cards


Army Day 2021: The Army is taking concrete steps towards its modernisation, says Army Chief MM Naravane

The Army is taking concrete steps towards its modernisation. Under emergency & fast-track schemes, Army procured equipment worth about Rs 5,000 crores and signed contracts worth Rs 13,000 crores in the last year under capital procurement: Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane

UP politics: BJP fields former IAS officer AK Sharma in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections


A year after Covid began, China on course to surpass US as biggest economy

China’s economic ascent is accelerating barely a year after its first coronavirus lockdowns, as its success in controlling Covid-19 allows it to boost its share of global trade and investment.
 
The world’s second-largest economy is set on Monday to report gross domestic product increased 2.1% in 2020, the only major economy to have avoided a contraction, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. Read on...

Maharashtra: With 14 villages boycotting the polls, 5 Gram Panchayats in the district will not be voting today

 14 villages have boycotted the Gram Panchayat elections this year demanding to be a part of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, a Thane district official told news agency PTI.
 
With the 14 villages boycotting the polls, five Gram Panchayats in the district will not be voting today.

Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Election: Aurangabad, Thane, Palghar, Gadchiroli among 34 districts voting today

Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Election: Aurangabad, Thane, Palghar, Gadchiroli among 34 districts voting today

Rupee slips 3 paise to 73.07 against US dollar in early trade

Rupee slips 3 paise to 73.07 against US dollar in early trade

BSP will not forge any alliance with any political party for UP and Uttarakhand elections: Mayawati

BSP will not forge any alliance with any political party for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party will contest the elections in all Assembly constituencies on its own: BSP chief Mayawati

US govt blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

The US government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China's third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trumps last week in office.
 
The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac). Read on...

CDS Rawat pays homage, expresses gratitude to soldiers on Army Day

On the occasion of Army Day, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Friday expressed gratitude to Indian soldiers, saying that their valour and sacrifices are an inspiration to many.
 
"On the historic Army Day, we pay homage and express our gratitude to those brave soldiers, whose valour and Supreme sacrifice in line of duty inspires us to rededicate ourselves with renewed vigour," Rawat said in a message.
 
He added, "Your dauntless courage, indomitable spirit and unparalleled devotion to duty in the true traditions and ethos of the Indian army will continue to inspire future generations. Jai Hind!" Read on...

Two persons die in a fire at a scrap godown in Delhi's Kirti Nagar

Two persons die in a fire at a scrap godown in Delhi's Kirti Nagar: Delhi Fire Service

Economic plan 'benefits will far surpass the cost': President-elect Biden says

Economic plan 'benefits will far surpass the cost': President-elect Biden says, adding: "We cannot afford inaction" on the US economy

At least three dead in Indonesia quake: Disaster agency

At least three dead in Indonesia quake: Disaster agency

Indonesia quake flattens hospital, patients and staff trapped inside: rescue agency

Indonesia quake flattens hospital, patients and staff trapped inside: rescue agency

Tamil Nadu: Jallikattu begins in Palamedu area of Madurai


Kerala FM Thomas Isaac reaches Kerala Legislative Assembly in Thiruvananthapuram to present state budget


Our Army is strong, courageous and determined, tweets PM Modi on army day

PM Narendra Modi wishes soldiers and their family members on the occasion of Army Day. "Our Army is strong, courageous and determined and has always made the country proud. I salute the Indian Army on behalf of all the countrymen," he tweets.

Delhi air quality index (AQI) stands at 431 (severe category): SAFAR

Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) stands at 431 (severe category): System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR)

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