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Women voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the first phase of the general elections, at Umpher in Ri-Bhoi district
Latest news LIVE updates: The AAP has started its preparations afresh in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Goa, etc. According to the party, it would be contesting the next Assembly elections in four states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa.

Raghav Chaddha, vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, has been given the charge of Punjab while Kalkaji MLA Atishi will take care of the party's political ambition in Gujarat. Both these leaders are currently in their respective states and engaged in the process of meeting the party workers.

Pakistan on Saturday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian army gave a befitting reply to the ceasefire violations.

Covid-19 vaccination drive based on election process planned down to the booth level and 96,000 vaccinators have been trained so far, said Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

"Vaccination drive has been based on election process planned down to the booth level. Over 57,000 participants across 719 districts have completed training. 96,000 vaccinators have been trained so far," the Minister tweeted.
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Trump, on tape, presses Georgia official to 'find' Trump votes

President Donald Trump badgered and pleaded with Georgia's election chief to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state, suggesting in a telephone call that the official "find" enough votes to hand Trump the victory.
 
The conversation on Saturday was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting president to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost.
 
The renewed intervention and the persistent and unfounded claims of fraud by the first president to lose reelection in almost 30 years come nearly two weeks before Trump leaves office and two days before twin runoffs in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate.
 
Trump confirmed in a tweet on Sunday that he had spoken with Georgia's secretary of state, Republican Brad Raffensperger, a day earlier.
 
Audio snippets of the conversation were posted online by The Washington Post. A recording of the call was later obtained by The Associated Press from a person who was on the call.
 
The president, who has refused to accept his loss to the Democratic president-elect, is heard telling Raffensperger at one point: "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state." Georgia certified election results showing that Biden won the state's November 3 election by 11,779 votes.
 
The White House referred questions to Trump's reelection campaign, which did not respond on Sunday to an emailed request for comment. Raffensperger's office did not respond to a text message seeking comment.
 

Sourav under pressure to join politics; CPI(M) leader's comment triggers storm

Senior CPI(M) leader Ashok Bhattacharya's statement that BCCI president and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who suffered a heart attack and is now hospitalised, was under pressure to join politics created a storm on Sunday.
 
Speculations were rife that the former batting great will join the BJP ahead of the state assembly elections due in April-May this year. But Ganguly himself never made his intentions quite clear about taking the political plunge.
 
He underwent angioplasty after a "mild" heart attack on Saturday. He is under treatment in a private hospital in Kolkata.
 
"Some people wanted to use Ganguly politically. That probably exerted pressure on him. He is not a political element. He should be known as Sourav the sporting icon," Bhattacharya, the BCCI presidents longtime family friend, said.
 
"We should not create pressure on him (for joining politics). I had told Sourav last week he should not join politics and he did not oppose my views," Bhattacharya who visited Ganguly at the hospital said.
 
Reacting to the former minister's comments, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, "Some people see politics in everything due to their sick mindset. Like millions of his fans, we only wish that Sourav recovers fully." Senior Trinamool Congress leader and state minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee, who also visited the former cricketer at the hospital, said that there had never been any effort to induct Sourav "into our party. We are proud to have him as the icon of sports."
 

Pastor killed, suspect in custody in church shooting at East Texas

The pastor of an East Texas church was shot dead and one person injured on Sunday morning by a man who was hiding in the church after a pursuit, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said.
 
Smith County officials said one person was being treated for a gunshot injury at an area hospital. The suspect also sustained a gunshot wound to the hand.
 
Governor Greg Abbott confirmed in a statement that one person was killed in a shooting at the Starrville Methodist Church in Smith County this morning.
 
"Our hearts are with the victims and the families of those killed or injured in this terrible tragedy," Abbott said on Sunday.
 
"I am grateful for the law enforcement officers who apprehended the suspect, and I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for those affected by this horrific shooting. The State of Texas is working closely with first responders and local officials to ensure that justice is served and that the Starrville community has the resources it needs during this time," he said.
 

OPEC sees oil outlook for first half of 2021 full of downside risks

OPEC sees plenty of downside risks for oil markets in the first half of 2021, its secretary general said on Sunday, a day before meeting allies led by Russia to discuss output levels for February.
 
"Amid the hopeful signs, the outlook for the first half of 2021 is very mixed and there are still many downside risks to juggle," said OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo.
 
He was speaking at a meeting of experts of OPEC and allies, a group known as OPEC+, according to remarks published by OPEC.
 
OPEC+ will meet on Monday.
 
In December, OPEC+ decided to increase production by 0.5 million bpd from January as part of the 2 million bpd gradual rise this year but some members have questioned the need for a further boost due to spreading coronavirus infections.
 
"Given fundamentals are weakening, it would be prudent for OPEC+ to hold output steady and there is a preference among some of the biggest producers to hold production flat," said Amrita Sen, co-founder of Energy Aspects think-tank.

Alternative policies needed to foil BJP,TMC efforts to turn Bengal polls bipolar event: Yechury

Accusing the BJP and the TMC of trying to turn the upcoming West Bengal polls into a bipolar event between them, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Sunday that alternate policies should be adopted by those opposed to the two political forces in the state in order to defeat them in the hustings.
 
The CPI(M) and the Congress, which have agreed to an alliance, are in the process of a seat sharing arrangement for the West Bengal assembly elections due in April-May.
 
"It will be the fullest effort of both the BJP and the TMC to turn the West Bengal elections into a bipolar event," Yechurry said at a programme here to mark the 54th anniversary of Ganashakti, CPI(M)'s mouthpiece in West Bengal.
 
"Alternate policies are required if they are to be defeated politically," Yechury said.
 
He claimed that the main issues of people's sufferings during the lockdown, joblessness and economic distress are being deliberately shrouded by the Trinamool Congress and the saffron party to keep other parties at bay.
 
He said that the TMC in West Bengal is facing anti- incumbency and the displeasure of the people and an atmosphere of violence and hatred has been created in the state.
 
Accusing both the saffron party and the Mamata Banerjee- led ruling party in the state of not providing succour to the people during difficult economic situation precipitated by the Covid pandemic, Yechury alleged just as the BJP at the Centre has brought farm laws against the peasants' interests, the TMC government is also not giving the declared minimum support price for paddy to the farmers.
 
He said that it is the Left parties which are agitating against the new farm laws and amended labour laws in the country.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury

 

Nationalism not giving speeches from Nagpur: Sachin Pilot

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Sunday appeared to target the RSS and said the nationalism was about the welfare of farmers and not giving speeches from Nagpur.
 
"If we talk about the welfare of farmers then it is real nationalism. It is not nationalism when they deliver speeches from Nagpur wearing half-pants," Pilot said without naming the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
 
The former Rajasthan deputy chief minister said the BJP is “pushing farmers into darkness” with the new agriculture laws.
 
He said that the Centre should understand that a government will not be defeated if it rolls back any of its decision.
 
Doing amendments, withdrawing laws or feeling sorry raises the stature of leaders, Pilot added.
 
"I think in coming days we will collectively create pressure and work together for the welfare of farmers," he said.


Results of local body polls show people rejected 'communal politics': CPI(M)

The ruling CPI(M) on Sunday hit out at the opposition parties and said the outcome of the recent local body polls have showed that the people of Kerala have rejected their "communal politics" and stood by the secular front led by the Left.
 
All the Left parties will fight the upcoming assembly election by "upholding secularism", said CPI(M) state secretary in-charge, A Vijayaraghavan.
 
Addressing the media after the two-day state committee meeting,he alleged that the party workers faced violent attacks before and after the polls.
 
"CPI(M) workers faced violent attacks before and after the local body polls and the party lost six workers in the last five months.
 
However, the party showed restraint and decided to bring the atrocities to the notice of the civil society," Vijayaraghavan said.
 
Averring that the people have rejected the 'opportunistic politics' of the opposition Congress, he said people stood by the "secular front" led by the Left parties as could be seen in the results of the local body polls.
 
The senior CPI(M) leader further said, "the LDF will uphold secularism and fight thecoming assembly election." Claiming that the BJP did not make any electoral inroads in the the state because of its 'communal agenda,' Vijayaraghavan said the Left parties won the election by securing the votes of working class and the farmers.

BJP making sordid attempts to lower prestige of governor's post: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday lambasted the state BJP leadership for their "sordid attempts to lower the prestige" of the gubernatorial office by "pulling the Constitutional authority into unsavoury controversies".
 
Reacting to BJP state unit's tweet accusing him of trying to "turn Punjab into another West Bengal", he alleged that it was the "power-hungry BJP" which had been trying to use the office of the governor for its own vested interests. 

"It has been happening in West Bengal, it happened in Maharashtra, and now they are trying to do the same in Punjab," Singh said, slamming the BJP for its "shameless efforts to force its way into power" in states ruled by other parties.
 
The BJP, which has been "systemically trampling" all democratic and constitutional institutions, has not spared even the office of Governor, alleged the chief minister, adding "these actions do not behove a party that is the custodian of these institutions as the ruling party at the Centre."

He quipped that the BJP, despite being a national party, seemed "totally ignorant" about the constitutional provisions, according to which the Governor was the titular head of the state but all administration authority vested with the chief minister. 

"Don't these BJP leaders know that the law and order responsibility of my state lies with me not only as chief minister but also as the home minister?," he asked, urging the BJP leaders of Punjab to "first learn the ABCs of the Indian Constitution before shooting their mouth on Constitutional matters".
 

Sourav Ganguly stable, his health parameters normal: Doctors

BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who underwent angioplasty after a "mild" heart attack, is stable and his health parameters are normal, doctors said on Sunday.
 
The cricket icon was diagnosed with three blocked coronary arteries on Saturday, following which a stent was inserted in one to remove the blockage.
 
"Ganguly's coronary angiography was done at 3 pm and his echocardiography will be repeated tomorrow," a bulletin, issued by the private hospital where he is admitted, said late on Sunday night.
 
His blood pressure is 110/80 and oxygen saturation level is 98 per cent, it said.
 
Doctors said they will be deciding on conducting another angioplasty after assessing Ganguly's condition.
 
To a question, a hospital spokesperson said the medical board is not thinking about the option of bypass surgery.
 
"Our expert panel will decide on the future course of treatment tomorrow," she said.
 
The nine-member medical board will meet on Monday and discuss further treatment plan with his family members, the bulletin said.


 

24 dead, 17 injured in roof collapse at Ghaziabad cremation ground

Twenty-four people, most of them attending a funeral, were killed and 17 others injured when the roof of a shelter at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh's Muradnagar collapsed on Sunday, officials said.
 
Several people had taken shelter under the recently constructed structure while it rained. The dead, all of them men, were mostly relatives or neighbours of Jai Ram, who was being cremated at that time, officials said.
 
Rescue workers sifted through the building's rubble for hours to ensure that more victims were not trapped there.
 
The local people were the first to arrive at the cremation ground in Muradnagar's Ukhlarsi village in Ghaziabad district, adjoining the national capital.
 
Police followed by a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) unit also then reached the spot, pulling out the dead and the injured from the debris.
 
"As many as 24 people have died and 17 others have been injured in the incident," District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said. At least 18 of them had been identified by the evening.
 
Jaiveer Singh (50), hailing from Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, who was attending the funeral of his brother's father-in-law, was among those killed in the incident.
 
His brother Umesh Kumar said, "It took us one-and-a-half hours to rescue him. The administration used a crane to get the bodies out. Jaiveer was talking to me all this while. But he couldn't make it and was declared dead." While some complained of the lack of facilities at the hospital and accused the local administration of callous attitude in dealing with the incident, others demanded that the contractor responsible for the construction of the shelter at the cremation ground be arrested.
 

Israeli prosecutors spell out allegations against Netanyahu

Israeli prosecutors on Sunday released an amended indictment spelling out detailed charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a corruption case in which he is accused of trading favors with a powerful media mogul.
 
Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three corruption cases. One of them alleges that Netanyahu promoted regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the owner of the Bezeq telecom company in exchange for positive coverage on its popular Walla news site.
 
In response to a request from Netanyahu's lawyers for more details, Israeli prosecutors released a letter Sunday alleging there had been 315 incidents of Walla being requested to make its coverage more favorable for Netanyahu and his family. They said there were indications that Netanyahu was personally involved in 150 of those incidents.
 
It said the requests included giving more time or prominence to positive articles about Netanyahu and his family, changing headlines and lowering or even removing unfavorable stories. It also included alleged requests for negative coverage of Netanyahu's rivals.
 
Netanyahu's trial began last year and is scheduled to resume next month. He denies all charges against him, saying he is the victim of a witch hunt orchestrated by a hostile media, police and prosecutors.
 

Modi spoke to Sourav Ganguly, wished him speedy recovery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly today morning. PM also spoke to Dona Ganguly. He inquired about his health and wished him a speedy recovery.

State universities, non-govt colleges to begin classroom teaching from Jan 11: Odisha govt

State Public Universities and Government, as well as Non-Government Degree Colleges (coming under Higher Education Department), are hereby directed to commence physical classroom teaching for students of 2020-21 Final Year UG/PG courses from 11th January: Odisha Government

PM Modi to inaugurate Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline to the nation on Tuesday via video conferencing. The event will mark an important milestone towards the creation of 'one nation, one gas grid', the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Sunday. The 450-km-long pipeline has been built by Gail (India) Ltd.

 
It has transportation capacity of 12 million metric standard cubic metres per day and will carry natural gas from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Kochi to Mangaluru, passing through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, the PMO noted. The total cost of the project was about Rs 3,000 crore and its construction created over 12 lakh man-days of employment.

 
The pipeline will supply environment friendly and affordable fuel in the form of piped natural gas (PNG) to households and compressed natural gas (CNG) to the transportation sector.

BJP stands for hypocrisy of alliance, spreading false news that JDS will join NDA: Kumaraswamy

After outcome of Gram Panchayat polls, BJP is convinced that all attempts to finish JDS have failed. It's for this reason that BJP stands for hypocrisy of alliance. This is why BJP has been spreading news that JDS will join NDA. This is absolutely false: JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy

Medium and low level avalanche warnings sounded in Jammu and Kashmir

Medium level (Yellow alert) avalanche warning for upper reaches of Poonch & Kishtwar districts. Low level (yellow alert) avalanche warning for upper reaches of Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Anantnag, Kulgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora & Kargil districts: Disaster Management Dept, J&K

AAP to contest all seats in upcoming local body polls in Gujarat, announces candidate list

AAP spokesperson Atishi says the party will contest all seats in the upcoming local body polls in Gujarat, announces the first list of 504 candidates

Kerala CM expresses condolences over death of 5 Karnataka natives in tragic accident

Covid vaccination a sensitive process, govt should commence after concrete arrangements: Akhilesh

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is a "sensitive process". The government should not to treat it as a "sajaawati-dikhaawati" (cosmetic) event and commence it only after concrete arrangements are made, says Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav

Bombay High Court grants 6-day parole to 1993 Mumbai blasts convict

Bombay High Court on 31st December allowed 6 days parole to 1993 Mumbai Blasts convict Rubina Suleman Memon for her daughter's marriage in Mumbai on 8th Jan. Rubina was convicted by Special TADA court for life imprisonment in 2006 & had been in jail for 13 years.

Sourav Ganguly stable after undergoing angioplasty: Elder brother of BCCI chief

He's fine now after undergoing angioplasty, and he's stable. Doctors will decide on further treatment: Snehasish Ganguly, elder brother of Sourav Ganguly on his health

Rain to continue in NCR-Delhi, parts of Haryana, UP and Rajasthan

Delhi and its adjoining areas and parts of Haryana, UP and Rajasthan will continue to receive moderate to heavy rain along with thunderstorms for the next few hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.

"Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain will continue to occur over most parts of Delhi, Gurugram, Farukhnagar, Sohna, Bhiwadi, Rewari, Bawal, Nuh, Tijara, Hodal, Palwal, Aurangabad, Hodal, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh (all in Haryana), Alwar, Viratnagar, Kotputli (all in Rajasthan), Khataoli, Dadri, Noida, Indirapuram, Chapraula, Pilakhua, Ghaziabad, Loni-Dehat, Bagpath, Khekra, Modinagar, Baraut, Meerut, Hapur, Kandhla, Gurmukhteshwar, Hindon-AF station, Muzaffarnagar, Jahangirabad, Bijnor, Siyana, Atrauli, Jalesar Amroha, Moradabad (all in UP) during the next two hours," the Met Department said.

CAG writes to Finmin, seeks performance audits of PSU bank recapitalisation

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has written to the finance ministry seeking details about the ongoing performance audit of government's massive recapitalisation excercise of public sector banks (PSBs).

CAG is doing performance audit on recapitalisation ofPSBs after 2016-17 and it has written a letter to the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, seeking various information, including rationale for distribution of capital among different PSBs, sources said.

The Government of India made capital infusion to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore in 2017-18. This rose to Rs 1.06 lakh crore in the following year. During the last financial year, the capital infusion through bonds was Rs 70,000 crore.

India approves two coronavirus vaccines for restrictive, emergency use

Eleven months after the first case of deadly coronavirus was detected in India, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani on Sunday approved Serum Institute of India's 'Covishield' vaccine and Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' for emergency use, paving the way for their roll-out and administration to millions.
 
This is a major relief for India which has the second highest number of infections in the world, after the US. The Central government plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of drive in the next six to eight months. Read on... 

New supply of office space down 30-35 pc in 2020 amid pandemic: Reports

Fresh supply of office space fell 30-35 per cent year-on-year in 2020 across major cities mainly on lower demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to property consultants JLL and Savills.

While JLL India reported that new supply of office space across seven major cities declined 30 per cent to 36.34 million sq ft in 2020 from 51.62 million sq ft in the previous year, the UK-based Savills said fresh supply dropped to 30.6 million sq ft from 47.1 million sq ft across six big cities.

New office space supply was less impacted than the demand, which fell by around 45-50 per cent with corporates deferring their expansion plan and adopting work-from-home policy for employees.

Chilla, Gazipur borders closed, Delhi Traffic Police urges commuters to take alternative routes

In view of the ongoing farmers' agitation at the gates of the national capital, the Delhi Traffic Police on Sunday appealed to citizens to take alternative routes as Chilla and Gazipur borders remained closed due to the protests.

"Traffic Alert The Chilla & Ghazipur Borders are closed for traffic coming from Noida & Ghaziabad to Delhi because of farmer protests. Please take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra & Loni Borders," Delhi Traffic Police wrote on Twitter.

Cong leaders raise concern over grant of permission for restricted use of Covid-19 vaccine

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Sunday raised concerns over India's drugs regulator granting permission for restricted use of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine and asked the government to explain why mandatory protocols and verification of data has been dispensed with.

India's drugs regulator DCGI on Sunday approved Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for restricted emergency use.

Sharma, who heads the Parliamentary panel on Home Affairs which dealt with the issue at length, said the issue of granting authorisation to the vaccine use needs to be taken carefully as no country has dispensed with the mandatory phase 3 trials and verification of data.

Discoms' outstanding dues to power gencos rise 35% to Rs 1.41 trn in Nov

Power producers' total dues owed by the distribution firms rose over 35 per cent to Rs 1,41,621 crore in November 2020, reflecting stress in the sector.
 
The distribution companies (discoms) owed a total of Rs 1,04,426 crore to power generation firms in November 2019, according to portal PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification And Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators).

India's first Covid case, an air crash, gold smuggling case; Kerala had a roller coaster 2020

Kerala had an eventful 2020 when it reported the country's first Covid-19 case, witnessed a fatal air crash and saw a top bureaucrat being jailed in the sensational gold smuggling case, with the opposition charging the buck stopped at the CMO.

After 28 years and several twists and turns, curtains came down on Sister Abhaya's death, when a CBI court held she had been murdered by a priest and a nun to keep under wraps their illicit relationship and sentenced them to life terms.

The country's worst fears came true in January when a Kerala student tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus, upon her return from Wuhan, the sprawling capital of China's Hubei province from where the contagion first emerged.

Two other students from the Chinese city also subsequently tested positive but all three had later recovered.

Though Kerala's Covid management came in for initial global praise after it claimed to have flattened the curve, things took a different shape when infections started going up sharply later.

The COVID-19 caseload in the state has now touched 7.71 lakh and over 5,000 cases were reported on Saturday, while the total fatalities mounted to 3,116.

Ganguly afebrile, conscious and doctors keeping 'constant vigil' on his health

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly is presently afebrile, conscious, and communicating verbally, according to the Woodlands Hospital's medical bulletin. It also said that the doctors are keeping "constant vigil on his health situation" and taking appropriate measures from time to time.

Former India captain was hospitalised at 1 pm on Saturday with "chest discomfort, the heaviness of head, vomiting and a spell of dizziness" while performing physical exercise in the home gymnasium at around 11 am. Following this, doctors had conducted angioplasty on him.

Ganguly was also tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which turned out to be negative. He had "light dinner" at night, the medical bulletin read, adding that his blood pressure and pulse is stable.

Snowfall in Kashmir Valley, road, air links snapped

A blanket of snow covered Kashmir on Sunday as most areas received moderate snowfall, cutting the valley's surface as well as air connection with the rest of the country, officials said.

The snowfall started during the night at most places and early in the morning at few places, the officials said.

They said while some areas in north Kashmir received light snowfall, most areas in central and south Kashmir experienced moderate snowfall.

India reports 18,177 new Covid-19 cases

India reported 18,177 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,03,23,965, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Sunday.

With this, the total number of active cases now stands at 2,47,220.

As many as 217 lives were claimed by the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,49,435.

So far 99,27,310 recoveries have been reported in the country.

Global Covid-19 cases top 84.5 million: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 84.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.83 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 84,517,989 and 1,834,963, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 20,396,243 and 349,933, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,305,788, while the country's death toll soared to 149,218.

AAP to contest polls in 4 states

After storming to power in a comprehensive fashion in Delhi and making its presence felt in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) now wants to establish its foothold in other states, and to that, the party has devised a strategy to highlight the issues related to schools, health, electricity, water in front of voters.

The AAP has started its preparations afresh in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Goa, etc. According to the party, it would be contesting the next Assembly elections in four states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa.

Raghav Chaddha, vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, has been given the charge of Punjab while Kalkaji MLA Atishi will take care of the party's political ambition in Gujarat. Both these leaders are currently in their respective states and engaged in the process of meeting the party workers.

Sanjeev Jha, in-charge of Bihar and a lawyer from Burari, Delhi, will start his work in the state from the first week of January.

HP Police rescues over 300 tourists stranded near Atal Tunnel after snowfall

The Himachal Pradesh Police has rescued over 300 tourists stranded near the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang after fresh snowfall, an official said on Sunday.

Some tourists had crossed the tunnel on Saturday morning but in the evening, they could not find any resting place in Lahaul due to snowfall and were stranded midway while returning to Manali, Kullu SP Gaurav Singh said.

The Lahaul-Spiti Police in coordination with the Kullu Police sent vehicles through the tunnel in the evening.

However, these vehicles were stuck midway while on their way to Manali due to snow and slippery roads, Singh said.

Preparations underway for Magh Mela celebration in Prayagraj

The preparations are underway for the celebrations of Magh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. This is the first big religious congregation that will be organised amid Covid-19.

According to an official, all the devotees who wish to attend the Magh Mela in Prayagraj will have to compulsorily bring a COVID-19 negative report through the RT-PCR test method.

Magh Mela is an annual festival which is held in the month of Magha (according to the Hindu calendar) near river banks and Hindu temples.

Ajay Shukla who has been deployed for Covid-19 testing told ANI, "We are testing policemen and other officials who will be deployed here. We are also testing the devotees. On Friday, Four constables tested positive and they have been admitted to a hospital."

Pelosi, McConnell's homes vandalised as $2,000 stimulus remains stalled

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's homes were tagged with graffiti over the New Year's holiday.
 
Early on Friday, Pelosi's San Francisco home was targeted with a spray-painted message that read, "$2K," "Cancel rent!" and "We want everything" on the garage door of her house, as reported by The Hill citing a local NBC affiliate WLEX reported.

With 19,078 new COVID-19 cases, India's tally reaches 1,03,05,788

India reported 19,078 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 1,03,05,788, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed on Saturday.

The total number of active cases now stands at 2,50,183. As many as 224 people succumbed to coronavirus in the last 24 hours and the death toll has mounted to 1,49,218.

So far 99,06,387 recoveries have been reported in the country.

As many as 8,29,964 samples tested for the coronavirus on Friday and the count of samples tested so far has reached 17,39,41,658, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed.

Over 500 tourists stranded in Manali due to snowfall, Rescue operation underway

The rescue operation of more than 500 tourists, who have been stranded at the road between South Portal of Atal Tunnel and Solang Nalla in Manali of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh following heavy rainfall is underway.

Raman Gharsangi, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Manali in a statement said that efforts are being made to restore vehicular traffic and rescue stranded people.

"Rescue teams reached Dhundi around 8 pm. Over twenty 4X4 rescue vehicles with rescue teams sent with orders to provide facilities for stranded people. Taxis and one 48 seater bus also moved to Kulang so that evacuated persons could be shifted. Rescue is still underway," Gharsangi said.

Driverless operations to begin in Delhi Metro's pink line by mid 2021

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Saturday announced that Pink Line will also have driverless operations by mid of 2021.
 
"After starting driverless services on the 37 km long Magenta Line (Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden), another major corridor of the Delhi Metro, the 59 km long Pink Line (Majlis Park - Shiv Vihar) will also have driverless operations by the mid of 2021," DMRC tweeted.

Gehlot writes to PM asking for increase in incentive amount given to ASHA workers

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the incentive amount given to ASHA workers.

He said that keeping in mind the important role played by ASHAs in accessing health services at the community level, it is necessary to increase their incentive so that their morale remains high and they perform health services with greater efficiency and quality.

The chief minister said in a letter to Modi that the ASHA workers were selected under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the ground level to make the benefits of various health activities accessible to every person.

Gehlot said that the state government is sensitive to the afflictions of these health workers and stands with them.

Tamil Nadu govt announces Rs 600-crore relief assistance to 500,000 farmers

Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday announced Rs 600 crore relief assistance to about five lakh farmers, whose crops on 3.10 lakh plus hectares were hit due to the recent back to back cyclones in Tamil Nadu.
 
A norm that permitted relief only upto a maximum of two hectares has been relaxed in view of the losses suffered by ryots and the assistance shall cover loss in its entirety without any upper limit, Palaniswami said.
 
 
The assistance would be directly credited to the bank accounts of farmers from January 7, he said in an official release.

Odisha govt to reopen schools for Class 10 and 12 students from January 8

Odisha government Saturday announced that schools will reopen for students of standards X and XII from January 8 and will follow the detailed standard operating procedure to be strictly implemented by the authorities, a senior official said. 

A maximum of 25 students will be allowed to attend one class and each student will have a specific seat in the class as is usually done during examinations.

Tamil Nadu govt announces Rs 600-crore relief assistance to 500,000 farmers

Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday announced Rs 600 crore relief assistance to about five lakh farmers, whose crops on 3.10 lakh plus hectares were hit due to the recent back to back cyclones in Tamil Nadu. A norm that permitted relief only upto a maximum of two hectares has been relaxed in view of the losses suffered by ryots and the assistance shall cover loss in its entirety without any upper limit, Palaniswami said.
 
The assistance would be directly credited to the bank accounts of farmers from January 7, he said in an official release.
 
Palaniswami said agricultural and horticultural crops on 3,10,589.63 hectares were affected in Tamil Nadu due to the Nivar and Burevi cyclones witnessed during November-December last year. Farmers, who bore huge production cost, were hit badly due to the storms. READ ON...

India sends relief materials to cyclone-affected people of Fiji

India has sent over six tons of relief material to Fiji for its cyclone-affected people, reflecting its close ties with the island nation in the South Pacific. "The first consignment of relief materials from India for the cyclone-affected people reached Fiji today. Another consignment is due to arrive by January 6," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
 
It said the relief material sent in the wake of tropical cyclone Yasa highlighted India's commitment to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to friendly foreign countries as a first responder. Fiji was hit by cyclone Yasa on December 17 and 18 that caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure. READ MORE...

Odisha govt to reopen schools for Standard X and XII students from Jan 8

Odisha government Saturday announced that schools will reopen for students of standards X and XII from January 8 and will follow the detailed standard operating procedure to be strictly implemented by the authorities, a senior official said.
 
However, hostels will not reopen now and the school buses will not be available for the students. The parents can make their own arrangements to take their wards to school, the official said.
 
A maximum of 25 students will be allowed to attend one class and each student will have a specific seat in the class as is usually done during examinations. Schools across Odisha are closed since March in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school and mass education department has, however, been holding online classes.

Dummy incidents created in dry run to test preparedness for adverse events

As part of the dry run for COVID-19 vaccination, conducted at 39 locations in all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, health authorities created some dummy incidents to test the preparedness for adverse events following immunization (AEFI), a senior official said
 
Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said some 32 minor and 26 major events were created during the dry run in all districts.
 
"These are not real, but we created dummy events to test the preparedness for AEFI. These were immediately addressing and everything went as planned. We are now geared up for the actual vaccination programme as and when it starts," Bhaskar told PTI. READ ON...

Driverless operations to begin in Delhi Metro's pink line by mid 2021

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Saturday announced that Pink Line will also have driverless operations by mid of 2021. "After starting driverless services on the 37 km long Magenta Line (Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden), another major corridor of the Delhi Metro, the 59 km long Pink Line (Majlis Park - Shiv Vihar) will also have driverless operations by the mid of 2021," DMRC tweeted.
 
In December last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first-ever driverless train operations on the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden).
 
After both lines become driverless, Delhi Metro will have a driverless network length of about 94 kilometres, which will be approximately nine per cent of the world's total driverless metro network. READ ON...

Pakistan Army opens heavy fire and shells mortars at forward posts along LoC in Nowshera sector of J&K

Tata Sons surpasses Centre as the largest promoter of listed companies

At a time when Indian equity market rallied to record high levels, Tata Sons emerged as the largest promoter of listed companies in India. It overtook the Centre, in terms of promoter of listed companies, by the end of 2020. Notably, the Central government has ceased to be the largest promoter of listed entities after 20 years.
 
The development comes both on the back of rising stake of Tata Sons in its listed entities and declining market capitalisation of state-run companies, media reports said.
 
Tata Sons' stake in the conglomerate's listed companies has increased over 34 per cent in the past one year to Rs 9.28 lakh crore, which is higher than the Government of India's stake in public sector undertakings, Rs 9.24 lakh crore. READ ON...

CDS Bipin Rawat visits forward bases along China border, says those fighting against India will be destroyed

General Rawat is visiting forward air bases in Eastern Sector including Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. He interacted with Army, ITBP, and other forces' soldiers deployed in the area. He visited the forward most air-maintained post in Dibang Valley and Lohit Sector of Arunachal Pradesh and witnessed the high morale of Indian troops,
 
"Jawanon ka buland honsla dekh kar yakeen hota hain ki Bharatiya Sena se mukabla karne wale tut kar barbad ho jayenge (After seeing the high morale of troops, I am confident that those fighting the Indian defence forces will be destroyed)," the CDS remarked during the visit.
 
He complimented soldiers for the innovative measures adopted to maintain effective surveillance and enhanced operational readiness. "Only Indian soldiers can remain vigilant under such challenging situations. They are ever willing to go well beyond the call of duty to safeguard the borders," General Rawat said.
 
"Nothing can deter the Indian Armed Forces on remaining steadfast in their call for duty," he added.

 

Sourav Ganguly is fine now, he even spoke to me: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar arrives at Hospital where Sourav Ganguly is admitted

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire along Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri.

Mumbai attack mastermind, LeT operations commander Lakhvi arrested in Pak

Mumbai attack mastermind and Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was on Saturday arrested in Pakistan on terror financing charges, an official said.
 
Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). However, the CTD did not mention his place of arrest.
 
"Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, proscribed organisation LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing, it said.
 

Kashmir seeks $4 billion in investments, to provide security

India's federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4 billion in the next two three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in the insurgency-hit region, its chief said on Saturday.
 
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was India's only Muslim-majority state until August 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi carved out a Buddhist-dominated enclave and designated both as federally-administered territories.
 
Tens of thousands of security forces guard the region where India has been fighting an armed-insurgency for decades, especially in the disputed Kashmir valley that is also claimed by Pakistan.

60 million GST e-invoices generated in December

As many as 6.03 crore GST e-invoices were generated in December 2020, higher than 5.89 crore in November, according to an official release.
 
The government had made it mandatory for businesses with turnover of over Rs 500 crore to generate electronic invoice or e-invoice for B2B transactions, from October 1, 2020.
 
In a statement, the IT ministry on Saturday said that GST e-invoice system, "the game changer in the GST system", has completed journey of three months and facilitated smooth transition of the tax payers to the new platform.

Congress revamps Tamil Nadu unit, sets up key poll panels

The Congress on Saturday announced a major rejig in its Tamil Nadu unit ahead of the Assembly polls this year and set up key election-related panels including senior leaders P Chidambaram and Mani Shankar Aiyar in them.
 
The party has named 32 vice presidents, 57 general secretaries and 104 secretaries in the jumbo state unit.
 
Ruby R Manoharan has been appointed the treasurer of the party's state unit, a statement issued by Congress general secretary in-charge of organisation K C Venugopal said.

Wishes pour in from Indian cricket fraternity for Ganguly's recovery

Indian cricket fraternity, led by skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday wished Sourav Ganguly a speedy recovery after the BCCI president and former India captain was hospitalised following a mild cardiac arrest.
 
The 48-year-old complained of dizziness during the morning workout and was rushed to a private hospital where doctors said his condition was "stable and would need coronary angiogram".
 
He is currently admitted to the crictical care unit (CCU) of the hospital.
 
"Praying for your speedy recovery. Get well soon @SGanguly99," tweeted Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave for the birth of his first child.

Modi's high approval rating a matter of pride for all Indians: BJP

Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's approval rating is the highest among world leaders in a survey conducted by a US data firm, BJP president J P Nadda on Saturday said this is a testimony to his able leadership and a matter of pride for all Indians.
 
While Nadda tweeted to laud Modi's leadership, the BJP also held a press conference wherein Union minister Prakash Javadekar said it is a "rare phenomenon" that the prime minister's public approval has been rising over the past six years, defying the general trend of fluctuating ratings for most leaders.

Virat Kohli wishes Ganguly a speedy recovery

Sourav Ganguly is stable: Woodlands CEO

Sourav Ganguly suffers mild heart attack, stable

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah wishes speedy recovery for Ganguly

Mumbai attack mastermind arrested in Pak: Official

Mumbai attack mastermind and Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was on Saturday arrested in Pakistan on terror financing charges, an official said.
 
Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).
 
However, the CTD did not mention his place of arrest.

Goa govt to install 62 mobile towers under telecom policy

The Goa government will install 62 new mobile towers as part of its telecommunication policy to increase network connectivity in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday.
 
In a media statement, Sawant said as many as 138 mobile towers will be set up in the second phase of the plan.

Mamata Banerjee wishes Ganguly a speedy recovery

BCCI says no breach of Australian Covid-19 protocols

The BCCI on Saturday rubbished reports that it was investigating a violation of Covid-19 protocols by some Indian cricketers who ate out at a restaurant here, terming them "a malicious spin by a section of Australian media".
 
A senior Indian cricket board official told PTI that the visiting contingent is "well aware" of the Covid-19 protocols and had not violated any of them.
 
"No, there has been no breach in bio-security protocols. Everyone associated with the Indian team is well aware of the protocols," the official said on conditions of anonymity.

Sourav Ganguly admitted to Woodland Hospital in Kolkata

Alarm sounded after over 1,000 migratory birds die in Himachal Pradesh

Biologists on Saturday sounded the alarm with over 1,000 migratory birds, largely the endangered bar-headed goose, a highest-altitude migrant, were found dead over the past one week or so in Pong wetlands -- one of the largest in northern India in Himachal Pradesh.
 
Chief Conservator Wildlife (Pong wetlands) Upasna Patyal told IANS the reason for the deaths is still a mystery as their carcasses have been sent to different laboratories to determine their cause of death, but it could take days or at least a week to get results.
 
 
The number of deaths was now more than 1,000. Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species were the shoveler, the river tern, the black-headed gull and the common teal.
 
Some birds -- including the bar-headed goose -- were seen acting strangely before their deaths, she said.

Forest fire in Nagaland's Dzukou Range under control: Officials

The forest fire raging in Dzukou range in Nagaland has been brought under control with the help of the Indian Air Force helicopters, police, forest department and local volunteers, officials said on Saturday.

The Dzukou range in which the majestic Dzukou valley, a tourist hot spot in Nagaland is located, caught fire on Tuesday afternoon.

Efforts to extinguish the wildfire in Dzukou range continued for the fifth day on Saturday, sources said.

OSD of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, Johnny Raungmei said that IAF choppers were used to douse the fire on Friday.

On the Nagaland side, it is relatively controlled because of the preventive measure taken by the Kohima District Disaster Management Authority along with personnel from forest, police, fire and emergency services and volunteers from Southern Angami Youth Organisation.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K's Rajouri

On the first day of New Year 2021, Pakistan violated ceasefire by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu sector.

On Friday evening, Pakistani troops initiated an unprovoked firing around 6:35 pm that lasted till 8 pm. The Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated befittingly.

Pakistan had also violated a ceasefire along the LoC on Friday in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

Modi's high approval rating a matter of pride for all Indians: Nadda

Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's approval rating is the highest among world leaders in a survey conducted by a US data firm, BJP president J P Nadda on Saturday said this is a testimony to his able leadership and a matter of pride for all Indians.
 
American firm Morning Consult, which regularly tracks approval ratings of world leaders, said over 75 per cent people approve of Modi while 20 per cent disapprove, putting his net approval rating at 55 per cent.
 
This is higher than any other world leader the firm tracks.
 
Referring to the survey, Nadda tweeted that Modi has yet again emerged as the most popular head of government for his efficient handling of various issues and management of the COVID-19 crisis.

Will quit politics if I fail to prove graft charges against TN: MK Stalin

DMK President M K Stalin on Saturday vowed to quit politics if he failed to prove the corruption charges against Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani.

Responding to Velumani's challenge to prove the corruption charges levelled against him or quit politics, Stalin said, "I am ready to quit politics. Are you (Velumani) ready?"

The DMK Chief was addressing a people's gram sabha meeting at Devarayapuram in Thondamuthur constituency, represented by the minister.

Referring to the memorandum submitted by the DMK to the Governor last month listing corruption charges against the CM and his colleagues, Velumani had said he would step down from his post if the charges were proved and sought to know whether Stalin was ready to quit politics if he failed to do so.

"We will not only prove the charges against the minister, but also drag him to the court of law and get him punished for his corrupt deeds..." Stalin said.

Stalin promised to order an inquiry into the 'mysterious death' of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, since the judicial commission constituted by the government has not submitted its report even after three years, immediately after assuming power.

The DMK leader also mocked AIADMK for announcing K Palaniswami as the chief ministerial candidate, as its alliance partner BJP was yet to endorse it.

Though the state government has banned gram sabha meetings, the party was holding people's gram sabha meetings and lauded the participation in large numbers, as they had given a big mandate to DMK in the last Lok Sabha and local body elections.

Delhi's temp likely to rise by 5.9 degrees Celsius in next 24 hrs

After several days of biting cold and chilly weather, the next 24 hours in the national capital will most likely be more comfortable with a rise in temperature, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Saturday.

Delhi's Safdarjung recorded minimum temperature at 7 degrees Celsius at 8:30 am today, which is likely to rise by 5.9 degrees Celsius during the next 24 hours, while the temperature in Palam is expected to rise by 5.4 degrees Celsius above 9.5 degrees Celsius recorded earlier today.

As per the IMD forecast, minimum temperatures have increased by around 5 degrees Celsius over Delhi.

These temperatures are likely to maintain during the next two-three days with the possibility of a fall of two to three degrees Celsius thereafter.

Poor visibility was observed in Delhi after a city received light rain in the morning today, due to the impact of Western Disturbances, which has begun over Northwest India including Delhi.

Terrorists hurl a grenade on security forces at Tral bus stand in Pulwama district

Two civilians injured. More details awaited: Jammu and Kashmir Police

PM Modi lays the foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIM-Sambalpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIM-Sambalpur, Odisha, via video conferencing


Till 2014, there were 13 IIMs in India. Today, there are 20 IIMs: PM Modi

Till 2014, there were 13 IIMs in India. Today, there are 20 IIMs. Such a large talent pool can help strengthen the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' campaign: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Texas judge dismisses suit aimed at overturning US election results

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that aimed to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden when Congress formally counts the Electoral College votes next week.
 
Pence, as president of the Senate, will oversee the session Wednesday and declare the winner of the White House race. Read on...

Rahul Gandhi condoles death of Congress veteran Buta Singh

Exports slip 0.8 per cent in December 2020; trade deficit widens to $15.71 bn: Commerce Min data

Exports slip 0.8 per cent in December 2020; trade deficit widens to $15.71 bn: Commerce Min data

Former Union Minister, former MP from Rajasthan and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away

Former Union Minister, former MP from Rajasthan and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away.

The year that was: What made news other than coronavirus in 2020

From protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to the lockdown and the ongoing protests against three farm laws, 2020 has been eventful even without reference to COVID-19. While these issues dominated the discourse on news outlets and social media platforms, many were overshadowed by the pandemic and its urgency. Read on...

Preparations underway for Covid-19 vaccination dry run to be conducted at Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital

GOP torn over Donald Trump's Electoral College challenge of Joe Biden

President Donald Trump's extraordinary challenge of his election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden is becoming a defining moment for the Republican Party before next week's joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Republicans not to try to overturn the election, but not everyone is heeding him. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri vows to join House Republicans in objecting to the state tallies. On the other side of the party's split, GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska warns such challenges are a "dangerous ploy" threatening the nation's civic norms. Read on...

Dry run for coronavirus vaccination across India to begin today

With the objective to gear up for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine across the country, the dry run will be conducted by all the States and UT governments from Saturday.
 
According to Union Health Ministry, the objective of the dry run for COVID-19 vaccine introduction is to "assess operational feasibility in the use of COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application in field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide way forward prior to actual implementation". This is also expected to give confidence to programme managers at various levels, it said. Read on...

LeT associate held in J-K's Awantipora, incriminating materials recovered

The security forces arrested an associate of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and recovered incriminating materials including explosive substance, from his possession in Awantipora of Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir police said on Friday.
 
The police in a statement said that the arrested associate of LeT outfit has been identified as Aqif Ahmad Teli, a resident of Cherso, Awantipora.
 
Teli was involved in providing shelter, logistics and other support to the terrorists as well as in transporting of arms, ammunition and explosive materials of the terrorists in the Awantipora and Tral areas in Pulwama district, the police said. Read on...

Reliance Petroleum case: Sebi imposes fines on RIL, Mukesh Ambani

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday imposed penalties on Reliance Industries (RIL), its Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, and two other entities for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of erstwhile Reliance Petroleum (RPL) back in November 2007.
 
Fines of Rs 25 crore and Rs 15 crore have been imposed on RIL and Ambani, respectively. Besides, Navi Mumbai SEZ has been asked to pay a penalty of Rs 20 crore, and Mumbai SEZ has been directed to pay Rs 10 crore. Read on...

Only 30 flights per week will operate between India and UK when services resume from January 8

Only 30 flights per week will operate between India and UK when services resume from January 8: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, says this arrangement will continue till January 23

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