Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and top intelligence establishment over the Nagrota encounter in which four terrorists were neutralised, government sources said. It was found that the terrorists were planning a "major attack" on the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack.
PM Modi along with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering today launched RuPay card Phase-II that will allow Bhutanese card holders to access the RuPay network in India.
A night curfew is being imposed in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat from today to control the spread of coronavirus. The curfew will be in force between 9 pm and 6 am from today and remain in operation till further orders.
Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company announced the launch of ‘Kotak ESG Opportunities Fund', which will focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors and the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI). The new fund offering (NFO) opens for subscription today and closes on December 4..
Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has acquired exclusive pay television and IPTV broadcast rights of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives and non-exclusive Free-to-air (FTA) rights for the same countries, excluding Sri Lanka, Sony announced on Friday. Five franchisee teams, named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna, will compete in the LPL, which is scheduled to be played between November 26 and December 16 at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium (MRIC) in Hambantota. In all, 23 matches will be played over 15 day period. Colombo will take on Kandy in the opening match and the final will be played on December 16.
Digital Taxi Services to be rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is gearing up to roll out digital taxi services. Chief Secretary of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, B V R Subrahmanyam, on Friday chaired a meeting along with the administrative secretaries of the departments of Housing and Urban Development, and Transport, Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Jammu, and RTO, Jammu. The meeting was held to review preparations for the rollout of the taxis services.
The Transport Department informed that any company registered under the Companies' Act or a firm registered under the Partnership Act can apply for a license. The Department will, however, give preference to a registered company or a firm of IT professionals from Jammu and Kashmir.As per the notified rules in the official press release, the applicants are required to be in operation for at least three years, have valid GST and PAN besides a fleet of at least 50 taxies or autos, a developed MIS system or 24X7 control room or web- portal/mobile app for operation along with audited financial statements, and a registered office in the area of operation.
APEC leaders, including Trump, agree on free trade
Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including US President Donald Trump, pledged Friday to work toward free, open and non-discriminatory trade and investment to revive their coronavirus-battered economies. The leaders cast aside differences to issue their first joint statement since 2017, in which they agreed to further deepen regional integration by working toward a massive free trade agreement involving the 21 APEC economies.
This year's host, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, told a news conference that the US-China trade war that had hampered talks in the past has been eclipsed" by the COVID-19 pandemic. With growth in the Asia-Pacific region expected to slump 2.7% this year, from a 3.6% growth in 2019, he said APEC's focus was on accelerating economic recovery and developing an affordable vaccine. The health risks and its impact on the global economic ecosystem has been the major priority agenda for all APEC economies this year," he said.
APEC, whose members account for 60% of global GDP, has also pledged to refrain from backtracking and resorting to protectionist measures to keep markets and borders open," he added.
12 special trains cancelled due to farmers' agitation in Punjab: Railways
The Railways has cancelled 12 festival special trains due to the farmers' agitation in Punjab while route of a train was diverted.
North Western Railway chief public relations officer Sunil Beniwal said pairs of trains on Jammu Tawi-Ajmer, Barmer-Rishikesh, Bathinda-Delhi, Sri Ganganagar-Delhi, Ajmer-Amritsar biweekly and Bandra terminus-Jammu Tawi weekly had been cancelled for different time periods. He said the Dibrugarh-Lalgarh train service, which departed on Thursday, would run the converted route via Rohtak-Bhiwani-Hisar-Sadulpur-Hanumangarh.
Amarinder Singh invites agitating farmers for meeting on Saturday
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has invited protesting farmers for a meeting here on Saturday, a day after seeking the Union government's support to create a "congenial environment" for ending their prolonged agitation against the the Centre's new farm laws.
"The farmers' bodies have been invited for a meeting by the chief minister in Chandigarh. In this regard, we have kept a meeting at Kisan Bhavan here on Saturday and whatever will be the consensus regarding the chief minister's invitation in that meet we will act accordingly, said Bharat Kisan Union (Dakaunda) state general secretary, Jagmohan Singh on Friday. With farmers refusing to allow movement of passenger trains in the state, Amarinder Singh had on Thursday urged the Centre to show magnanimity and not link restoration of freight services with movement of passenger trains.
Singh had also urged the Union government to support his government in creating a congenial environment for ending the prolonged farmers' agitation, which had grave repercussions for the state and the nation.
Bob Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K
A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for $495,000. Boston-based R R Auction said Friday the collection privately held by the late American blues artist Tony Glover, a longtime Dylan friend and confidante, was sold Thursday to a bidder whose identity was not made public.
The collection included transcripts of Glover's 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the pair exchanged. The interviews reveal that reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote Lay Lady Lay for Barbra Streisand. Dylan, 79, was close with Glover, who died last year. The two men broke into music in the same Minneapolis coffeehouse scene. Glover's widow, Cynthia Nadler, put the documents up for auction online.
The reclusive Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2016 after giving the world Blowin' in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone, The Times They Are a-Changin' and other anthems of the turbulent 1960s.
Shipping ministry to be renamed as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Ministry of Shipping is being expanded and renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, which will reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to 90-km by sea route.
The service will also cut the travel time between the two places to about four hours from 10 to 12 hours. Modi said work is being done so that the country's sea area emerges as an important part of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India). "To boost the government's effort, one more big step is being taken. Now, the Ministry of Shipping is being renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways," he said. "It (the ministry) is being expanded. In developed economies, in most places, the shipping ministry also takes care of ports and waterways. In India, the shipping ministry does a lot of work related to ports and waterways. Clarity in name will also bring about clarity in work," he further said.
Railways allows teaching, non-teaching staff to travel in trains
Ministry of Railways grants permission to teaching and non-teaching staff carrying valid id cards, students carrying valid hall tickets for Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education Examinations, to travel by suburban services over Mumbai Suburban network up to December 10.
Back on track: The Railways on Monday resumed suburban train services in Mumbai for essential staff. The Central Railway and Western Railway decided to run ‘selective suburban services’ over the main line. Photo: PTI
TN government promulgates ordinance banning "online gaming" involving betting
An ordinance to "ban online gaming" involving betting, was promulgated by the Tamil Nadu government on Friday in the backdrop of suicides by gamers who allegedly lost money.
The ordinance was promulgated by Governor Banwarilal Purohit based on a proposal from the state government It provides for provisions including "banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyber space using computers or any communication device or resource," a Raj Bhavan release here said.
DGGI to write to ICAI against three CAs arrested in alleged fake invoice cases
GST investigation arm DGGI is in the process of writing to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to take necessary action for alleged professional misconduct against three chartered accountants who have been arrested in alleged GST fake invoice cases, sources said.
Sources at DGGI and Central GST Commissionerates said 41 GST invoice fraudsters have been arrested as part of the nationwide drive to check evasion by issuing fake invoices. This included three chartered accountants (CAs) - two from Hyderabad and one from Ludhiana.
The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) is in the process of informing ICAI to take necessary action for alleged professional misconduct against three CAs who have been arrested in the GST fake invoice cases, during the nationwide drive in last few days, PTI reported.
IPL becomes first sports tournament to surpass 400 bn viewing minutes: BARC
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shattered a few records. Not only is it the biggest-ever IPL edition in terms of viewership, it is also the first sports tournament to surpass 400 billion viewing minutes, the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC), said on Friday.
Last year, the IPL recorded 326 billion viewing minutes, while the 2019 Cricket World Cup registered 344 billion viewing minutes. The spurt in IPL viewership, said BARC, from a year ago has been nearly 23 per cent, pointing to high tune-ins.
Nearly 31.57 million people watched the tournament this year, with broadcaster Star Sports saying the property was high on engagement despite being played in empty stadia as part of the Covid-19 protocols and stringent sanitisation norms. READ ON...
RBI imposes monetary penalty on Phonepe, DMRC, PNB, and three other entities
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposes monetary penalty on Sodexo SVC India Private Limited, Muthoot Vehicle & Asset Finance Limited, QwikCilver Solutions Private Limited, Phonepe Private Limited, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited and Punjab National Bank pic.twitter.com/iEsCeqOACE
Labour Ministry proposes 12 working hours in OSH Code passed by Parliament
The Labour Ministry has proposed maximum 12 working hours in a day inclusive of intervals under the draft rules on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) Code 2020 passed earlier this year by Parliament. However, the weekly working hours limit has been fixed at 48 hours (six days X eight hours, with one weekly off) under the draft rules notified on November 19, 2020.
This has drawn flak from many corners because the OSH Code passed by Parliament provides for maximum eight working hours in a day.
"This has been done keeping in mind the extreme climatic conditions across the country where work scheduled is spread through the day. Besides this will allow workers to earn more through overtime allowance," a senior labour ministry official told PTI.
Sebi knocks SC's door for Subrata Roy's custody in SEBI-Sahara refund case
Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Friday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court seeking custody of Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy for his alleged failure to return the money collected from the public. SEBI has sought Rs 62,602 crore from Sahara that the company had collected from the public, with a promise of return.
On the other hand, Sahara had claimed that it returned all the money collected from depositors. Subrat Roy is currently on bail in the ongoing SEBI vs Sahara refund case in the apex court.
Curfew in Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara between 9 pm and 6 am from Nov 21: Gujarat Deputy CM
Curfew to be imposed in Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara between 9 pm and 6 am, starting Nov 21: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel (file photo)
Latest News LIVE update: Delhi's air quality remains 'poor'
Delhi's air quality was recorded in the "poor" category on Friday while central government agencies said it is likely to improve marginally due to favourable wind speed. The city's 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was 296. It was 283 on Thursday, 211 on Wednesday and 171 on Tuesday.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". The central government's Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said Delhi-NCR air quality is likely to remain in the "poor" to "moderate" category on Saturday.
The predominant surface wind direction is likely to be west-northwesterly and the maximum wind speed 15 kmph on Saturday. Around 600 farm fire counts were observed over Punjab, Haryana and adjoining Pakistan on Thursday.
Indian Navy prepared to defeat every threat of terrorism: Vice Admiral
#WATCH | In next 5 days it'll be 12 yrs since the cowardly terrorist attacks of 26/11 in Mumbai. I want to assure the country that Indian Navy together with all stakeholders are prepared to defeat every threat of terrorism at sea or from sea: Vice Adrimal MS Pawar, Navy Dy Chief pic.twitter.com/KjJveV8WzJ
Punjab railway logjam continues with state, railways reporting losses
The stoppage of train services by the Indian Railways due to farmer protests in Punjab led to a loss in earnings of Rs 2,220 crore to the Indian Railways in the last 55 days.
This comes at a time when the state’s industry has suffered a loss of around Rs 30,000 crore so far, owing to the blockade and the subsequent stoppage of train traffic by the Indian Railways. The Indian Railways is of the opinion that it will not restart freight operations unless passenger trains are allowed by the agitators. However, farmer organizations had agreed to allow freight trains.
According to the data available with the Indian Railways, freight segment has suffered a loss of 40 rakes loading per day due to the agitation. The Northern Railways is losing Rs 14.85 crore per day on originating earnings only. The total revenue loss on freight segment till November 19 was to the tune of around Rs 825 crore. READ ON...
RBI committee suggests allowing corporates to take significant bank stakes
RBI working group has recommended that large industrial houses be allowed to be bank promoters, meaning they can take significant stakes, something the central bank has strongly objected to in the past.
The working group committee, which was formed in June to review ownership guidelines and the corporate structure of Indian private sector banks, released its report on Friday.
"Large corporate/industrial houses may be allowed as promoters of banks only after necessary amendments to the Banking Regulation Act, 1949," the committee suggested
Kejriwal urges AAP leaders, workers to visit public places, distribute free masks
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urgedAAP leaders and workers to distribute masks free of cost to those not wearing it and described this as the best form of patriotism and service to humanity.
The AAP national convener also urged other political parties to ask their volunteers to do the same.
"Dear AAP MLAs, MPs, councillors, volunteers. Go to public places n distribute free masks to those not wearing a mask. Today, this is the best deshbhakti n manav sewa. I urge all political parties also to ask their volunteers to do this. Lets join hands to stop spread of corona," he said in a tweet.
Dear AAP MLAs, MPs, councillors, volunteers,
Go to public places n distribute free masks to those not wearing a mask. Today, this is the best deshbhakti n manav sewa.
I urge all political parties also to ask their volunteers to do this
RBI panel proposes to raise promoters cap to 26% in private banks
An internal working group set up by the RBI has proposed to raise the cap on promoters' stake in private banks from the current 15 per cent to 26 per cent in 15 years.
The group has also recommended that large corporate or industrial houses may be allowed as promoters of banks only after amendments to the Banking Regulation Act and strengthening of the supervisory mechanism for conglomerates, including consolidated supervision.
The Reserve Bank of India had constituted the internal working group (IWG) on June 12, 2020, to review extant ownership guidelines and corporate structure for Indian private sector banks. The central bank released the groups' report on Friday.
Judicial custody of Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid extended till Nov 23
A Delhi Court on Friday extended the judicial custody of JNU scholar Umar Khalid and research scholar Sharjeel Imam, accused in the Delhi riots case, till November 23. Both the accused, arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were produced before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferencing at the end of their judicial remand.
The case against the duo pertains to a 'conspiracy' to incite the riots, which had left 53 people dead and 748 injured. In the case filed against Khalid, the police had claimed that the communal violence was a premeditated conspiracy allegedly hatched by Khalid and others.
On November 6, the Delhi government had given sanction to Delhi Police for prosecution of Khalid. On receiving prosecution sanction against Khalid from Delhi government as well as Home Ministry, the Delhi Police can now name him in their supplementary chargesheet.
Security forces defeated nefarious plot to target democratic exercises in J&K: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lauded the security forces' role in neutralising four terrorists of Pakistan- based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Nagrota of Jammu and Kashmir and said that their alertness has defeated the nefarious plot to target the democratic exercises in the Union Territory.
"Neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted," PM Modi tweeted.
"Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir," he added.
Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir.
Attorney General grants consent to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Kunal Kamra
Attorney General KK Venugopal grants consent to initiate contempt of court proceedings against comedian Kunal Kamra for his latest tweet on Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde. pic.twitter.com/u2qJBkC1Zt
Coronavirus LIVE updates: Containment zones rise to over 4,550 in Delhi
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the number of containment zones has gone up to over 4,550 in the national capital, with the maximum 743 in southwest district and the lowest 148 in northeast district.
According to official data, six districts out of the total 11 have more than 400 COVID-19 containment zones - 743 (southwest), 705 (south), 587 (west), 543 (southeast), 490 (central Delhi) and 445 (northwest).
The national capital has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11. On Wednesday, the infection tally in Delhi rose to over 5 lakh with 7,486 fresh cases reported, while 131 new fatalities, the highest single-day death count till date, took the toll to 7,943.
Manmohan Singh to head Cong panels on economy, security, foreign affairs
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has constituted three key committees of the party to formulate its strategy on issues related to economy, national security and foreign affairs -- all headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Economic Affairs Committee will have P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge as members and Jairam Ramesh as convenor.
The Foreign Affairs Committee will have Salman Khurshid as convenor and Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor and Saptgiri Ulaka as members.
The National Security Committee will have Vincent Pala as convenor and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily and V Vaithilingam as members. The appointments to the new panels comes amid differences within the Congress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and People's Alliance on Gupkar Declaration issues.
India catches only 2 of 72 fugitive economic offenders in 5 years: RTI
In a candid admission, the Centre has stated that of the 72 absconding economic offenders, the government has managed to bring only two in the past nearly six years, as per a reply under the Right To Information (RTI). On January 4, 2019, the government had submitted the names of 27 businessmen who had defaulted on bank loans or other economic offences since 2015.
A year later on February 5, 2020, the Minister of State for Finance S.P. Shukla informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 72 Indians charged with frauds or financial irregularities are currently abroad and efforts are being made to bring them back to the country.
Mumbai RTI activist Jeetendra Ghadge, taking the 2019 reply as the base, filed an application with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) seeking details of those from among the 27 absconders who were successfully brought back home. READ ON...
LIVE: Indian forces foiled Pakistan plot for terror attack, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and top intelligence establishment over the Nagrota encounter in which four terrorists were neutralised, government sources said. It was found that the terrorists were planning a "major attack" on the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack, they added.
Mumbai had come under attack on November 26, 2008, when 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists targeted the city in a series of coordinated shootings and bombings that injured over 300 and claimed the lives of 166 people in India's financial capital.
On Thursday, the encounter between terrorists and security forces broke out in the early hours near Ban Toll Plaza in the Nagrota area of Jammu district. The encounter lasted for three hours in which four terrorists were eliminated.
According to sources, the four terrorists are likely from the United Nations-designated terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). "These terrorists used old modus operandi and had recently infiltrated the Indian side. An investigation is underway," they added.
Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Delhi CM assures associations that markets will not be shut
Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with representatives of market associations on Friday and took note of their grievances. During the meeting, he conveyed to members that the Delhi government does not wish to close the markets, which are emerging as the hotspot in the region.
"Met representatives of market associations. I removed their anxieties -- govt does not wish to shut any market. They assured anyone not wearing a mask in the market will be provided free by market asssociation. All shops will also be asked to keep spare masks and hand sanitisers," Kejriwal tweeted.
Earlier today, Kejriwal had said market associations can play an important role in the fight against COVID-19.
Met representatives of mkt associations. I removed their anxieties - govt does not wish to shut any market. They assured anyone not wearing a mask in the mkt will be provided free by mkt assn. All shops will also be asked to keep spare masks and hand sanitisers
ED assures SC of no coercive action against former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar in PMLA case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday assured the Supreme Court that it would not take any coercive action against former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar in a money laundering case.
A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the agency would not take any coercive step in pursuance of the ECIR registered in ICICI Bank-Videocon Group loan case.
The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, said it would hear later the two other petitions filed by Chanda Kochhar challenging the arrest of her husband Deepak Kochhar in the case.
The ED has recently filed a charge sheet against Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot on money laundering charges. Kochhar's, Dhoot and others have denied the allegations, official sources had said earlier.
Terrorists killed in Nagrota were planning something big on anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Govt sources
Terrorists killed in J-K's Nagrota were planning something big on anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Govt sources
Terrorists were planning big attack on anniversary of 26/11 terror attack: Govt Sources
PM Narendra Modi held a review meeting with Home Minister, National Security Advisor, Foreign Secretary, and top intelligence establishment over Nagrota encounter. It was found that the terrorists were planning a big attack on the anniversary of 26/11 terror attack: Govt Sources pic.twitter.com/f4ubNq742N
The Union Agriculture Ministry on Friday said it has given nod for subsidised loans worth Rs 3,971.31 crore for implementing micro-irrigation projects, and maximum loan has been approved for Tamil Nadu.
The interest subvented loans are being offered under Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF) created with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for implementing micro-irrigation projects.
This fund with a corpus of Rs 5,000 crore was operationalised in the 2019-20 fiscal with an objective to facilitate states in availing subsidised loans for expanding coverage of micro irrigation. In a statement, the ministry said the steering committee of MIF has approved projects for loan worth Rs 3,971.31 crore.
PM Narendra Modi to launch 'Har Ghar Nal Yojana' in UP tomorrow
The Yogi Adityanath government is rolling out the 'Har Ghar Nal Yojana' to benefit over 41 lakh villagers of Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts, who have been struggling for safe drinking water for years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will lay virtually the foundation stone of the scheme in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Under the Centre's 'Har Ghar Nal Yojana', the state government will start drinking water supply through pipes in 1,606 villages of the Mirzapur region.
The government spokesman said this scheme will directly benefit 21,87,980 villagers of Mirzapur. Nearly 1,389 villages of Sonbhadra will be connected to the 'Har Ghar Nal Yojana' and 19,53,458 families of these villages will join the drinking water supply scheme.
India to send Bhutan satellite in space next year: PM Modi
Launching the second phase of RuPay card, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that India will soon be sending Bhutanese satellite to space.
"India opened its space sector for private enterprises. It will boost innovation, capacity and skills. ISRO will be sending Bhutan's satellite next year and work on that is progressing fast," He said. "Like other Indians I have great love and friendship with Bhutan, when I meet you all its like meeting our own," Prime Minister told the Bhutanese audience on the occasion.
"The relation between India and Bhutan is important and best example for the world," the prime minister added. He said he is happy that 11,000 transaction took place through RuPay card in Bhutan, and if the Covid pandemic would not have hit the volume could have been greater.
Sebi acting 'biased', raising a wrong demand: Sahara
The Sahara group has alleged that markets regulator is "acting biased" and is raising a "wrong demand" asking Sahara group to pay Rs 62,600 crore or $8.48 billion.
"It is absolutely wrong demand by SEBI. Hon'ble Supreme court has in the past directed us to deposit the principal amount which is around Rs 24,700 Crore and already there are more than Rs. 22,000 Crore deposited. SEBI has mischievously added 15% interest from the beginning so they are very wrongfully mentioning $8.48 billion," Sahara said in a statement.
"In fact SEBI had advertised throughout the country through around 150 newspapers inviting claimants but they could only pay around Rs. 107 Crore to investors. Also, SEBI has mentioned in the last advertisement which appeared almost a year back that they would not entertain any more claimants. Which means that there are no more claimants at all. How can there be claimants since Sahara has already paid back, long time back. SEBI is acting biased. It is a typical case of double payment," Sahara group said.
SEBI has petitioned the Supreme Court to direct Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy to pay Rs 62,600 crore immediately, or cancel his parole if he doesn't yield.
Work is going on rapidly to send Bhutan's satellite to space with the help of Isro, next year, says PM Modi
Odisha Assembly Winter Session begins with Covid precautions
The Winter Session of the Odisha Legislative Assembly began on Friday with adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.
The session began with obituary references to former Speaker Sarat Kar, ex-MLAs Kartikeswar Patra and Gurupada Nanda. The House also paid rich tributes to the Covid warriors.
Then, Speaker Surya Narayan Patro adjourned the House till 3 pm.
US election result 2020: Vote audit confirms Biden win in Georgia, but found missing ballots
The US state of Georgia has completed an audit of the votes cast in the November 3 presidential election that confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the winner by a razor-thin margin even after 5,771 ballots that had not been counted or not reported earlier showed up.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the result of the audit on Thursday evening that showed Biden defeated President Donald Trump by 12,284 votes.
Biden was ahead by 0.25 per cent of the 4.94 million ballots cast in the state on November 3, and were hand-counted for the audit.
The state's 16 electoral college votes were at stake.
US to rejoin WHO, says Joe Biden
We're going to rejoin on day one as well and it needs reform, acknowledge, and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. And we have to make sure that the rest of the world and we get together and make sure there are certain right lines the Chinese understand, Biden, a Democrat, said.
China will have to play by rules, says Joe Biden
US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules.
Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted to punish China over the way Beijing has been behaving. He was asked if that could include economic sanctions or tariffs on China, the world's second largest economy.
It's not so much about punishing China, it's about making sure China understands they've got to play by the rules. It's a simple proposition, Biden said during a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors in his hometown in Wilmington, Delaware.
To the families and friends of those we've lost due to COVID-19 — Jill and I send our love and prayers, tweets Joe Biden
To the families and friends of those we've lost due to COVID-19 — Jill and I send our love and prayers.
We know how tough it is to find purpose in the memory of the loved one you lost. It will take time — but you will find it, and we will find our purpose as a nation. pic.twitter.com/paD7CcG8ns
Delhi coronavirus update: This tyrannical decision (Rs 2000 fine for not wearing mask in Delhi) will increase corruption, says Delhi Congress chief
This tyrannical decision (Rs 2000 fine for not wearing mask in Delhi) will increase corruption. Who can guarantee that the defaulter won't bargain? This fine when people don't have jobs indicate that perhaps he's short of funds for his advertising. Congress opposes this. This fine should be immediately withdrawn. Instead of that, awareness should be created among people. A fine of Rs 100 should be levied & mask should be distributed so that people feel that they've made a mistake: Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary
CBI registers two FIRs against former UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi
CBI registers two FIRs against former UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi in connection with alleged illegal sale-purchase and transfer of Waqf properties by UP Shia Central Waqf Board and UP Sunni Central Waqf Board.
Biden said that incumbent Trump's challenge of the results election was "totally irresponsible"
President-elect Joe Biden said that incumbent President Donald Trump's challenge of the results election was "totally irresponsible." Trump administration refused to recognize Biden as likely winner, blocking his team from funding, office space and receiving classified briefings.
Air quality in Delhi continues to remain poor,
Air quality in Delhi continues to remain poor, national capital wakes up to a hazy sky this morning. Visuals near AIIMS & Bhikaji Cama Place.
Air Quality Index around Sirifort at 287 (poor) & Sri Aurobindo Marg at 291 (poor) as per the data by Central Pollution Control Board. pic.twitter.com/stra76SxUd
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign said on Thursday it was withdrawing its lawsuit disputing vote results in Michigan,in another faltering legal attempt to challenge the Nov. 3 victory of US President-elect Joe Biden.
Wearing a mask isn't a political statement — it's a patriotic duty, tweets US President-elect Joe Biden
Wearing a mask isn't a political statement — it's a patriotic duty.