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Fighting rages near Libya's capital in push by rebel army

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Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said Saturday. The fighting came after Hifter, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, said Thursday that the zero hour of his battle for Tripoli had begun, nearly eight months after he began an offensive to take the city from the country's Government of National accord supported by the UN. The LNA's media office shared images of reinforcements arriving in Tripoli, including ground troops and pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and of clashes in southern parts of the city. Hifter's forces took control of the town of al-Tawghaar, just south of Tripoli, the LNA said. But Tripoli-based forces disputed that claim. The fighting has threatened to plunge Libya into another bout of violence rivaling ...
                 

India among top 10 nations on climate change performance: Report

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Pakistan, World Bank ink Khyber Pass economic agreement worth $406 mn

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Adani Transmission wins project to develop a 400 kV substation in Mumbai

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Trump to go to Army-Navy football game for 2nd year in a row

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For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump booked the annual Army-Navy football game on his schedule. Saturday's game in Philadelphia is the 120th meeting between the two service academies and holds a singular place on the sports calendar. The 2019 matchup most likely will feature a lot of rain in addition to a heaping of tradition and salutes to service. Trump, who also was at the game in 2016 as president-elect, is the 10th commander in chief to attend the contest. In 2016, Army snapped Navy's 14-game winning streak and has now won three years in a row. But the Midshipmen entered Saturday's game as a significant favorite. At 9-2, they rank 23rd in the nation while Army's Black Knights had a 5-7 record. Traditionally, the president does not root for one academy over the other and changes sides at halftime, watching part of the game with Army fans and the other half with Navy supporters. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark .....
                 

US antitrust enforcers examining Google's conduct in shopping comparison

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Two held for cheating people on pretext of online investment

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Two Jharkhand-based man were arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of investing their money in an online share market trading company, police said on Saturday. Vijay Masih (41) and Mohammed Abutalif Mansuri (27), both residents of Ranchi, cheated people after promising them to get their money doubled, the police said. A complaint in this regard was lodged in May at Neb Sarai police station here. The victim alleged that the accused asked him to invest in an online share market trading company, promising an assured return of 12 to 17 per cent per month. He also promised to get his money doubled. The complainant gave him a total of Rs 22 lakh to invest, they said. Initially, the accused gave him some amount as interest, but stopped after two months. They also shut their Noida office. "During investigation, it was found that the accused have collected money from different people in the name of online investment. They were traced in a luxury hotel on Thursday and were .....
                 

Food labels with caloric costs may lead to healthier choices

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HIVEC is next big step to prevent recurrence in superficial bladder cancer

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Social media use linked to disordered eating behaviours in teens

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Cong leaders file petition in SC against amended Citizenship

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Senior Congress leaders of Assam filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the amended Citizenship Act on Saturday, a party spokesperson said here. Former Union Minister P Chidambaram will also file another petition on the same matter on behalf of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the spokesperson told PTI. In their petition, leader of Opposition in Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia, Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque and Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi highlighted the "blatant attempt to nullify the sanctity of Assam Accord, alleged contradictions in the Act with the provisions of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India". They also said about the subjectivity related to the perception of persecuted minorities as stated in the new act. The petition claimed that the Act is an attempt to impose an ethos which is in violation of the composite culture and age-old liberal values of the Assamese society. The exclusion of minorities from the ambit of this Act is an .....
                 

Rains, snowfall continue in northern states; cold conditions to prevail

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Rains and snowfall in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday pulled the mercury down in the region. In Delhi, the maximum temperature dropped by four notches at 19.2 degrees Celsius. The minimum was recorded at 9.7 degrees Celsius. The weatherman said the mercury is expected to hover around 7 degrees Celsius over the next three days and dense fog is likely in the city and adjoining areas like Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The air quality in the national capital improved significantly on Saturday as a result of rains over the last two days. Delhi recorded an overall air quality index of 163 at 4 pm, which falls in the 'moderate' category. Pollution levels, however, are likely to increase marginally as wind speed is predicted to decline over the next two to three days. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), cold wave conditions are likely to prevail in isolated pockets over J-K, .....
                 

Assam CM appeals to people to maintain peace and harmony

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2 Nigerians held for cloning debit, credit cards

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Two Nigerian nationals, including a former priest, were arrested for allegedly duping people of their money by cloning their debit and credit cards, police said on Saturday. The accused have been identified as Oluwatoyin Isaiah Adewale (46) and Nosa Tony Lawani (43), both residents of Nigeria, they said. "Following a tip off, the accused were arrested from DDA Market Vasant Kunj. One car, 37 cloned debit and credit cards, 10 blank cards with electronic chips, one laptop and other valuable articles were recovered from their possession," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said. The interrogation of accused revealed that a Bulgarian national Eris used to steal the debit and credit cards data by placing schemer devices and hidden cameras at ATM booths and after decoding the ATM card numbers, he would send this data to Adewale to paste it on other empty cards. Lawani used to assist Adewale in pasting this data on cards available with him with the help of a magnetic .....
                 

SC to hear Nirbhaya gangrape convict's review plea on Tuesday

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A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will hear a review plea filed by one of the four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, on Tuesday.Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan will hear Akshay Kumar Singh's petition at 2 pm, according to an official circular.In May 2017, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Dipak Mishra (retired), Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice R Banumathi had dismissed the appeals filed by all the four convicts against the death sentence awarded to them.The four convicts -- Mukesh, Akshay, Pawan and Vinay -- had knocked the doors of the apex court against a Delhi High Court order which confirmed the capital punishment awarded to them by the trial court in September 2013.In a voluminous judgement, the bench had held the attitude of offenders as "beastial proclivity" and said, "It sounds like a story from a different world where humanity is treated with irreverence."In her judgement, Justice Bhanumathi had said the .....
                 

Strength of women police getting bigger in J-K: DGP

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Stating that the strength of women in Jammu and Kashmir police is getting bigger, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Saturday said the force is on the forefront to protect the rights of women and children. He also said Pakistan is trying to infiltrate terrorists into the Union Territory but said border security grid is capable enough to thwart such nefarious designs. "The strength of women police in getting bigger the recruitment process is already underway wherein nearly 2000 women will be joining two new women battalions which will definitely help in handling domestic and other crimes against women," the police chief said, after inaugurating a new building for the Women Police Station in Kathua district. Congratulating the Jammu and Kashmir Police especially Kathua Police personnel on the inauguration of new women police station, he said the women police cell is already functioning excellently in the district but the spacious and well designed police station is the first of..
                 

Meghalaya BJP not happy with governor's 'divisive' democracy

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Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy's tweet asking those who do not want "divisive democracy" to go to North Korea, an authoritarian regime, has not gone down well with the state BJP which said it would take up the matter with the central leadership. When the state and the Northeastern region are going through a crisis over protests against the amended Citizenship Act, such tweets cannot be accepted, a senior BJP leader said on Saturday. "The BJP has strongly condemned the statement of the Governor of Meghalaya. It is insensitive to the present situation in the entire Northeast region," BJP MLA Sanbor Shullai told PTI. The issue was discussed at a meeting of the party on Saturday, he said adding that the matter will be taken up with central leaders of the party. "Two things should never be lost sight of in the present atmosphere of controversy - 1. The country was once divided in the name of religion. 2. A democracy is NECESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you don't want it go to North..
                 

Indian team needs to find way to turn it on big days in ICC tournaments: Lara

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The Virat Kohli-led Indian team needs to figure a way out to "turn it on the big day" to break its knock-out jinx at the global white ball tournaments, feels the legendary Brian Lara. India have been reaching semi-finals and finals of the ICC tournaments consistently but have fizzled out on the big days and it hasn't gone unnoticed with Lara. "That's one of the things that you have to understand. Everybody is lining India up. It's like fait accompli that India is going to make the semi-finals or definitely going to make the knock-out stages," Lara said on the sidelines of the announcement first ever Samarthanam Women's National Cricket Tournament for the Blind. The world record holder of highest individual score in Test cricket feels that India need to grow that aura of invincibility on big days like West Indies of 70's or Australian team of the last decade that won hat-trick of 50-over World Cups. "Everybody is gearing up for that match, whether its a quarter-final or semi-final .....
                 

Illegal sand miner tries to kill Maha tehsildar with tractor

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A tehsildar in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district was seriously injured on Saturday morning in an attack carried out at a stone crushing unit that facilitated illegal sand mining, police said. A man at the stone crushing centre tried to run over Anilkumar Helkar, tehsildar of Paranda, with a tractor when the latter led a raiding team there, an official said. "Helkar got information that sand illegally mined from Sina river was being brought to a stone crushing unit owned by one Anna Khadke on Bhotra road for further processing. He raided the place with a team," he said. "An illegal sand miner Mayor Bapu Waghmare tried to run over Helkar with a tractor. He suffered serious injuries and is admitted in a hospital in Barshi," the official added. A team led by deputy superintendent of police (Bhoom) Vinod Tambe raided the spot after the incident and seized two tractors, one tipper truck and booked several people for attempt to murder under the IPC as well as for violations .....
                 

PNB under-reported bad loans by Rs 2,617 cr in FY19: RBI report

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Invalid ST cert: 5298 outgoing Maha employees to get temp job

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The Maharashtra cabinet on Saturday decided to appoint approximately 5298 employees, whose services have ended or ending due to failure to submit their Scheduled Tribe (ST) caste validity certificates, for a period of 11 months on a humanitarian ground by creating positions. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) stated that these employees will be hired for a period of eleven months on a humanitarian basis. It also said that a Cabinet sub-committee will be set up to study the service as well as retirement rules for the temporary employees. In another decision, the Cabinet approved 22 amendments for streamlining implementation of the Central and state Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Shiv Sena-led state government recently requested the Central government to release the pending amount due to tax devolution as well as compensation for the GST...
                 

Delhi: Man arrested for cheating Rs 35 lakh

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The Delhi Police arrested a person for allegedly cheating another person of Rs 35 lakh using a new SIM card.The accused Ramu, a native of Umari village in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Tuesday. He worked as a sanitary worker and also did some other small part-time jobs. He had been residing in Noida for 10 years.According to a press release, the complainant Parveen Nangia reported that after repeatedly receiving messages asking for a change of SIM cards, he visited the Airtel Store in East Patel Nagar, where he was told to apply for a new SIM card since his old SIM card was blocked.He was also told that someone had applied for a new SIM card on his number and the SIM was not activated then. On the same day, Nangia reported that someone transferred Rs 38 lakh from his bank account to other accounts.He stated that someone had issued his new SIM card with illegal and wrongful intentions to commit a fraudulent offense to dupe him.A case under Section 420 of the IPC on December 3..
                 

ED attaches more assets of Sarathi Ashram in Odisha

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday attached three more plots of land, owned by Sarathi Ashram and Satyam Charitable Trust, at Garapur on the outskirts of Kendrapara town. The central agency had attached 26 immovable properties of the trust in July this year. According to official sources, the ED attached the properties of the trust managed by Sarathi Baba under the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002. The self-styled godman was in jail for four years and released on July 25 this year after the Orissa High Court granted him conditional bail, Kendrapara sub-divisional police officer Rajiv Lochan Panda said. Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul was arrested by the crime branch personnel in August, 2015 from his ashram on charges of sexual assault, forgery, exploitation of women and others. As directed by the crime branch, state government officials in Kendrapada had conducted an assessment of the properties owned by the ashram in Barimula in 2015 and found a .....
                 

Army chief bats for 'leaner and meaner' force

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Stating that threats to national security are becoming more and more complex, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday advocated a "leaner and meaner force" which can secure quick victories. Delivering the inaugural Manohar Parrikar Memorial Lecture here, Rawat also said that India's response to terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama was much more "robust" compared to "inaction" after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. "Threats are becoming complex day by day, and it is important that we adopt a 'whole of nation' approach,and every citizen mustbe involved in national security," he said. National security was no longer the domain of security forces alone, he said. "Weapon systems have become lethal. You have to look at getting victory in short time if you don't want your people to suffer maximum damage. "To achieve victory in shorter time, we need leaner and meaner force which will inflict maximum damage on the adversary in a faster time frame and achieve objective of victory," ...
                 

Assm CM to meet Modi, Shah over citizenship protests

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will lead a team to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah very soon to discuss the ongoing protests in the state against the amended Citizenship Act. Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Saturday said the decision to brief the prime minister and the union home minister on the situation was taken at a meeting of BJP MLAs and MPs here. The team will meet the two leaders "very soon" to apprise them of the present situation in the state, Patowary said in a statement. "Today's meeting also appealed to the people to maintain peace and order in the state," he said. Sonowal tweeted that he discussed "the present situation in Assam in a meeting with my Cabinet colleagues, union minister Shri Rameshwar Teli, MPs, MLAs & @BJP4Assam president Shri @RanjeetkrDass in Guwahati". Assam is witnessing one of the worst violent protests by the public in its history with three rail stations, a..
                 

Cong must explain why it questioned existence of Lord Ram in

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Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said the Congress must explain why it "questioned" the existence of Lord Ram through an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, addressing rallies in Sindri and Nirsa Assembly seats, said the apex court verdict has paved the way for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. "Voters should seek an explanation from the Congress leaders why the party had questioned the existence of Lord Ram by filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court," she said. Irani also called Congress leaders for a debate on a public platform over comparison in performance of the Narendra Modi-led government and 55 years of Congress rule. She listed out welfare schemes of the BJP-led governments in the Centre and the state. Both Sindri and Nirsa seats are going to polls in the fourth phase on December 16...
                 

New CPCB pollution norms to hurt viability of CPP-based industries

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Modi to kick off BJP's Delhi Assembly poll campaign with rally at Ramlila Maidan on Dec 22

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on December 22 launch the BJP's campaign for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls by addressing a rally at Ramlila Maidan, which will be attended by residents of unauthorised colonies, the party said on Saturday. Earlier this month, Parliament passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019, to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi's unauthorised colonies. It was passed in Lok Sabha on November 28, followed by Rajya Sabha on December 4. Looking to make a comeback in Delhi after over two decades, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is counting on voters living in unauthorised colonies to challenge the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the assembly polls early next year. Residents from all 1,731 unauthorised colonies in the national capital, who have been given ownership rights of their properties, will attend the "Dhanyawad Rally" (Gratitude Rally), Delhi BJP president .....
                 

MP: Housing society director, others booked for Rs 22cr fraud

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Delhi's air quality improves significantly, temp to dip in next 3 days

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The national capital's air quality improved significantly on Saturday and was in the "moderate" category as a result of rains over the last two days. The city registered a minimum temperature of 9.7 degrees Celsius and a high of 19.2 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted that the mercury is expected to hover around 7 degrees Celsius over the next three days while moderate to dense fog is expected on Sunday. Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) at 4 pm stood at of 163. The city's AQI at 4 pm on Thursday was 429. An AQI between 301-400 is considered 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category. However, pollution levels are likely to increase marginally as wind speed is predicted to decline over the next two to three days. According to senior India Meteorological Department official wind speed will be less than 10 kmph which will lead to accumulation of pollutants...
                 

Don't insult Savarkar: ally Sena warns after Rahul's jibe

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Reacting sharply to Rahul Gandhi's 'my name is not Rahul Savarkar' barb, Congress ally Shiv Sena on Saturday warned that Hindutva icon Vinayak Damodar Savarkar should not be insulted. Savarkar is no less than "god" for the whole country and deserves reverence, Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut said on Twitter. "Veer Savarkar is a god ("daivat") of the whole country and not just Maharashtra. The name Savarkar denotes national pride and self-respect. Like Nehru and Gandhi, Savarkar too dedicated his life to the country. Every such god must be revered. There is no compromise on this," Raut tweeted in Marathi. "We respect Gandhi and Nehru. You should not insult Savarkar. Enough said," he tweeted further. Addressing the Congress' mega "Bharat Bachao Rally" in Delhi earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi rejected the BJP's demand for apology over his 'rape in India' remark. "The BJP asked me to apologise. My name is not Rahul Savarkar, it is Rahul Gandhi, and I will .....
                 

Violent protests rocks West Bengal, CM appeals for peace,

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Violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act rocked West Bengal for the second consecutive day on Saturday which saw torching of about five trains, three railway stations and tracks, setting on fire of at least 25 buses and damage to property. The protestors of the Act mostly targeted railway properties and Murshidabad, Malda and Howrah districts bore the brunt of their ire. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has resolutely opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, appealed for peace, while the opposition BJP threatened to seek imposition of President's Rule if the "mayhem by Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators continued." According to official sources, public property worth crores of rupees have either been destroyed or have been looted by the mob in various parts of the state. At Krishnapur station in Murshidabad district a number of empty trains were set on fire, besides railway tracks at Lalgola station, which they also ransacked. The agitators vandalised .....
                 

Need for farmer awareness to deal with stubble burning: NGT Chairman

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National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel on Saturday said there is need to create awareness among farmers to effectively tackle the problem of stubble burning as growers still fear that their fields will not be ready for sowing of the next crop without burning paddy straw. He also said the enforcement of environmental laws was not intended to stop or harm industrial activities which would instead get a major boost if appropriate compliance of such laws was ensured. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a regional conference on environment here, Justice Goel said there are enough laws to make industry accountable on the issue of pollution but the government and local bodies are not taking steps towards the same. Stressing on the need for efficient sewage and solid waste management, he said if we do not act right now to maintain an ecological balance we will have to face devastation. "If we all work together, it (pollution-related problems such as stubble .....
                 

Longing for dad at home, kid writes to Mah CM for pay hike

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A six-year-old girl in Jalna has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding a pay raise for her bus conductor father as the overtime he does to augment his salary was depriving her of his presence at home. Ambad resident Shriya Harale, who used to constantly pester her father to spend more time at home with her, on Friday wrote a letter in Marathi, detailing her wish to spend quality time with him. "I request you to increase my father's salary so that he does not have to work overtime and can spend time with me at home, and take me to school daily," she wrote in Marathi to Thackeray. "She handed the letter to me and walked alongside as I sent it by ordinary post to the CM on Thursday. She would always ask me why I spent so little time at home and more at work. I used to explain to her that I have a meagre salary and need to work overtime to earn more," her father Sachin Harale, employed at Ambad depot of Maharashtra State Road Transport .....
                 

Reliance Capital appoints A N Sethuraman as additional director

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Reliance Capital on Saturday said it has appointed Angarai Natarajan Sethuraman as additional director till the conclusion of its ensuing Annual General Meeting. Sethuraman is currently Group President of Reliance Group, and handles corporate and regulatory affairs. He was appointed as additional director on December 13, 2019, Reliance Capital said in a BSE filing. It added that Ryna Karani has ceased to be non-executive director from December 13, 2019 following her resignation. Sethuraman, 67, holds a bachelor's degree in economics. He has varied experience in various sectors, including communications, generation, transmission and distribution of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, infrastructure, roads, metro rail systems, cement, financial services, education, health care, and media and entertainment, the statement said...
                 

Chhattisgarh: Police arrest man for allegedly raping woman in Raipur

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Police on Saturday arrested a person for allegedly raping a woman in a hotel here.Police said that around 30 people from Kawardha-Bilaspur had come here on Friday for training at Hotel Sheetal on VIP Road under Tikrapara police station. Later they shifted to Corbiz Hotel in Pachpedi Naka, where the incident took place.Speaking to ANI, Praful Thakur, ASP, Raipur, said: "The victim belongs to Kawardha, who had come to the hotel for a training session at an automobile company. The accused raped her in the hotel. He has been arrested."Police said the accused was identified as Varun Nair Sakri, a resident of Bilaspur.The victim's health deteriorated following the incident, and she was hospitalised in a private hospital for treatment, where she shared the details of the incident with her friends.Further investigation regarding the matter is underway...
                 

Srinu, local girl Shyamali aim to break course record

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Srinu Bugatha and Bengal girl Shyamali Singh will look to better the course record in the sixth edition of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K here Sunday. Srinu, who took the top spot at the recently concluded Airtel Delhi Half Marathon with a time of 1:04:33, sounded confident about his preparation. "I have prepared well for Kolkata and hoping for a good competition tomorrow. Last year I finished second here and this time I definitely want to do better and try to bag gold this time," he said. "Each and everyone here is in good form and I expect a tough competition." Raniganj's Shyamali Singh, who won Indira Marathon this year, is confident of bettering her timing following a stint in Kenya. "I will definitely aim at breaking course record but as we all know it depends on how your body responses on the race day. All I can say is till my body permits I will not give up but fight." The event will see a 25-member strong Indian contingent fighting it out for the top spot with Srinu Bugatha and .....
                 

Amul milk prices raised by Rs 2 per litre

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The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) which sells its products under 'Amul' brand has increased the price of its milk by Rs 2 per litre from Sunday in Ahmedabad and Saurashtra in Gujarat, and across Delhi NCR, West Bengal, Mumbai and Maharashtra markets. In all these markets, the price of Amul Gold milk will be Rs 28 per 500 ml, and Amul Taaza will be sold at Rs 22 per 500 ml, the GCMMF said in a release on Saturday. In Ahmedabad market, there will be no change in the price of Amul Shakti milk, sold at Rs 25 per 500ml, it said. Amul Shakti is not available in other markets. The hike was made "with an aim to sustain remunerative milk price to our milk producers and to encourage them for higher milk production", the release added. "In the last three years Amul has made only two price revisions for pouch milk which is only Rs 4 per litre and less than 3 per cent per annum increase in maximum retail price. The price increase in milk is much lower than .....
                 

Cong stoking violence over amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday hit out at the Congress, accusing it of stoking violence over the amended Citizenship Act. Shah, addressing election rallies at Giridih, Baghmara and Deoghar Assembly seats in Jharkhand, said the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has caused a "stomach ache" to the opposition party. "We brought the amended Citizenship Act and the Congress got a stomach ache and is fanning violence against it," he said. The BJP president assured the people of the Northeast that their culture, language, social identity and political rights will be not be affected by the Act. "I assure the people of Assam and other northeastern states that their culture, social identity, language and political rights will not be touched and the Narendra Modi government will protect them," he said. Shah said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his cabinet ministers met him on Friday to discuss the issue. "Sangma ji and his colleagues said there is a .....
                 

Before expanding, need to consolidate: Indu Bhushan, CEO, Ayushman Bharat

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Citizenship Act: AIMIM will fight legislation, plea filed, says Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said he has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court, challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act. I have filed a PIL before the SC challenging the #CAA @aimim_national will fight this battle to preserve a plural, secular constitutional democracy in Bharat. This fight will be before every possible forum & using every constitutional tool available to us," he tweeted. Owaisi had on Monday last attacked the Union government in the Lok Sabha over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it was aimed at making Muslims "stateless" and would lead to another partition. Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, Owaisi had said he was called Mahatma after he tore the discriminatory citizenship card in South Africa The Hyderabad MP had then torn the copy of the bill to highlight his protest, inviting sharp reactions from the treasury benches, which described his act an "insult" to Parliament. The Act is an insult to India's .....
                 

"Will not go to any party now," says JDS MLA G T Deve Gowda

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Known for hobnobbing with BJP leaders, JD(S) MLA G T Deve Gowda said on Saturday that he will not go to any party now and will wait and watch till the next assembly elections due in 2022. "Decision will be taken after seeing which way the politics goes after three years," the Chamundeshwari MLA told reporters at Bengaluru while speaking about the outcome of bypoll results and his future course of action. In the recent bypolls, the JD(S) drew blank whereas the BJP won 12 of 15 seats, thus increasing its tally to 117 minus speaker and securing a majority in the 225-member House. According to Gowda, political polarisation happens once in five years around general elections and, hence, there will be political polarisation in Karnataka after three years when the assembly elections take place. "It is around that time that it will be decided who goes where and who stays in the party," Gowda added. He however, made it clear that he would wait and watch till the next assembly .....
                 

CAA protests in West Bengal: Several trains cancelled

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In view of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, trains services in Kolkata have severely been affected.People of Kolkata staged a protest on railway tracks against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The train services on New Farakka - Azimganj and Rampurhat - Gumani sections have been cancelled.The trains cancelled for December 14 include 15721 UP Digha - New Jalpaiguri Paharia Express, 13142 DN New Alipurduar - Sealdah Teesta Torsa Express and 13146 DN Radhikapur - Kolkata express.13141 UP Sealdah - New Alipurduar Teesta Torsa Express, 13465 UP/13466 DN Howrah - Malda - Howrah Intercity Express, 13145 UP Kolkata - Radhikapur Express have been cancelled for December 15.Train no. 13033 UP Howrah - Katihar Express, 12517 UP Kolkata - Guwahati Garib Rath Express, 13142 DN New Alipurduar - Sealdah Teesta Torsa Express for December 15 have also been cancelled.The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees of Pakistan, .....
                 

Pak High Commission diplomats present 'chaddar' at Nizamuddin shrine

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Diplomats from the Pakistan High Commission in India on Saturday participated in the 716th annual Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in the national capital and offered a traditional 'chaddar' at the shrine. A group of 57 Pakistani devotees led by Joint Secretary Khial Zad Gul from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Islamabad, is in Delhi to participate in the annual Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, the third spiritual successor of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a statement from the Pakistan High Commission said. The group also visited the dargah of Hazrat Amir Khusro (RA), which is located in the same compound, and offered prayers. The Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, a 14th century Sufi saint of the Chishtia order, is held annually with traditional zeal and fervour. His Urs is attended by devotees from several countries of the world. Pakistani devotees attend the annual Urs under the framework of the 1974 India-Pakistan protocol on visits to religious shrines, the statement added...
                 

Aurangabad Sena-BJP alliance on the rocks over water scheme

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A day after the deputy mayor of Aurangabad in Maharashtra submitted his resignation to the municipal commissioner following the state government's stay on a water supply project here, 31 other corporators, mostly from the BJP, followed suit on Saturday. Deputy mayor Vijay Autade from the BJP had on Friday said he was resigning as former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had sanctioned a much-needed water supply scheme worth Rs 1,680 crore for Aurangabad, but it was stopped after the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena government under Uddhav Thackeray took over last month. BJP functionaries said its corporators had submitted their resignations to the party city president Kishanchand Tanwani. Speaking to PTI, BJP city president Kishanchand Tanwani, "The total number of corporators who resigned on Saturday is 31. Autade resigned on Friday and we will wait till Monday to see if it is accepted." Giving a break-up of those who had decided to quit, Tanwani said, "This consists of 23 BJP .....
                 

Chidambaram says India's economy broken, leadership failed

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday alleged India was suspect in the eyes of the world as its economy and polity had broken and leadership failed, as he accused the BJP of pushing the agenda of Golwalkar and Savarkar and not that of Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar. The former finance minister said with the economy and polity broken, the government will raise taxes in the coming times that will "further sink" the economy. "Today, India is suspect in the eyes of the world. India's economy is broken, India's polity is broken and India's leadership has completely failed us. If it is one person who should bear the responsibility, it is Narendra Modi," he said at the big Congress rally to highlight the "failures" of the Modi government. "They are pushing an agenda which does not belong to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru or Babasaheb Ambedkar. The agenda they are pushing is the agenda of Golwalkar and Savarkar. Your job, my job, our job is to fight the agenda of Golwalkar and .....
                 

Up to 25 pc of FASTag lanes to be temporarily converted to hybrid lanes at NH toll plazas

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To avert inconvenience to citizens, the government on Saturday announced to convert up to 25 per cent of FASTag lanes at national highway toll plazas to hybrid lanes for a month. The hybrid lane will accept FASTag and other modes of payment. The government earlier had announced rollout of mandatory FASTag under electronic toll collection from December 1, which was later extended to December 15, 2019. "Considering the request of NHAI and further the citizens are not put to inconvenience... it is decided that depending on the traffic pile up at high traffic volume fee plazas, not more than 25 per cent 'FASTag lane of fee plaza' may be temporarily converted to hybrid lanes," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said. This is to be considered on a case to case basis, it added. "A daily evolution of such cases be made to take necessary corrective action," it said. It should be ensured that the least possible number of the declared FASTag lanes are converted into hybrid lanes and at ...
                 

Maha: Extension granted to 5,298 officers terminated from service for not submitting caste certificates

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Maharashtra Cabinet on Saturday decided to grant an extension to as many as 5,298 officers and staff members, who were terminated from services due to non-submission of caste validity certificates for 11 months.The state government has directed all administrative departments to determine the census-wise number of employees and officers of the Scheduled Tribes in the respective government, semi-government offices under them and then classify them in the posts of their superiors. Then vacancies should be created and fulfilled till December 31. It was also decided to set up an independent ministerial group after conducting a detailed study on the service and retirement benefits of the officers and staff.Another major decision taken by the Cabinet was to bring about uniformity in Goods and Services Tax (GST) law enforcement by approving 22 amendments to the Act. "A total of 22 amendments to the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act, 2019, as there is a need for uniformity in..
                 

Perth Test: Australia lead by 417-run on day three against New Zealand

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Australia are on a dominating position as they have a lead of 417 runs at stumps on day three in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.The hosts were at 167/6 before the play ended on day three at Perth Stadium.Australia bundled out Kiwis on 166 as Mitchell Starc bagged five scalps while spinner Nathan Lyon clinched two wickets.Ross Taylor scored the highest runs for his side as he played a knock of 80 runs. Apart from Taylor, skipper Kane Williamson (34) and Colin de Grandhomme (23) were the only two batsmen to score runs in double figures.Australia in their second innings had a decent start as the openers added 44 runs for the first wicket stand. David Warner was dismissed by Tim Southee after scoring 19 runs.Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne stitched a partnership of 87-run for the second wicket. The latter was scalped by Neil Wagner after scoring 50 runs.Burns, who amassed 53 runs, was sent back to the pavilion by Southee. Steve Smith (16), Travis Head (5), and skipper Tim..
                 

Congress seeks relief package for rain-hit paddy farmers in Jammu

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Tasnim Mir, Tara Shah face each other in Asian U-15 Jr Badminton C'ships final

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Indian shuttlers Tasnim Mir and Tara Shah will face each other in the women's singles final of the Asian U-15 Junior Badminton Championships after their respective semifinal victories here on Saturday. While top-seeded Tasnim thrashed Japan's Sora Ishioka 21-16, 21-11, Tara beat her Japanese opponent Kazune Iwato 21-18, 21-14. The final will be played on Sunday. Earlier in the quarter-finals played in the morning, both Tasnim and Tara claimed easy wins against Japan's Maya Taguchi and Mei Sudo respectively. Tasnim won 21-11, 21-13 while Tara registered a 21-11, 21-17 win. However, apart from Tasnim and Tara, other Indian shuttlers failed to progress further. In the men's U-15 singles quarter-finals, top-seeded Tanmoy Boruah and Ankit Mondal suffered defeats. While, Tanmoy went down 12-21, 12-21 against local boy Alwi Farhan, Ankit lost to Malaysia's Low Han Chen 12-21, 13-21. In the women's doubles, Pranavi Natarajan and Sarumathi Venkatesh lost their U-17 quarter-finals 18-21, 19-21 ...
                 

Pak pilgrims, diplomats offer chaadar at Hazrat Nizamuddin shrine on Urs

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A group of Pakistani pilgrims, accompanied by diplomats from the Islamabad High Commission in India, offered traditional chaadar at the Shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi on Saturday on the occasion of 716th Urs (death anniversary) of the Sufi saint.The delegation and the diplomats were received at the shrine by Sajjadah Nasheen Dewan Tahir Nizami and others members of the Dargah Committee.A group of 57 Pakistani Zaireen (devotees), led by Khial Zad Gul, the Joint Secretary in Pakistan's Ministry of Religious Affairs, are visiting New Delhi from December 12 to December 19 to participate in the 716th annual Urs Mubarak of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (RA), as per a release by the Pakistan High Commission in India.The group also visited the Dargah of Hazrat Amir Khusro (RA), which is located in the same compound, and offered dua.Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was the third spiritual successor of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. He is known for his love for humanity as a means of .....
                 

Chhattisgarh: Man arrested for 'raping' woman colleague

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A man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman, his colleague, at a hotel here, the police said. The complainant and the accused work for an automobile company and were staying at a hotel in Tikrapara area during a training program, said Additional Superintendent of Police Prafull Thakur. The alleged incident took place on Thursday night. After the woman lodged a case on Saturday morning, the accused, Varun Nair (32), was arrested, the ASP said. While the woman is from Kabirdham district, Nair lives in Bilaspur district. Both had come to Raipur to attend the company's training program. The woman said that Nair befriended her during the program. On Thursday night he barged into her room and raped her, she told police. A case has been registered under IPC section 376 (rape) and further probe is on, ASP Thakur said...
                 

I was attacked today: JNU VC

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Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar's car was allegedly attacked by students inside campus earlier on Saturday.The Vice Chancellor alleged that 10 to 15 students surrounded him and tried to pull down him from his car with an aim to attack him."I was attacked today. I had gone to visit the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, where around 10-15 students surrounded me. They were trying to pull me down and in a mood to attack me," Kumar told ANI.He said that he was fortunate enough to get rescued by the security staff. "Fortunately, I was rescued by security people and managed to escape," he said.The JNU students have been protesting for over two weeks over a recent hike in the hostel fee.The attack comes a day after the Delhi High Court asked the JNU to file an affidavit mentioning academic details of those students against whom the varsity has filed a contempt petition for violating court's order restraining protests within 100 meters of the administrative..
                 

Rains, hailstorm add to winter chill in UP

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Citizenship Act: Protests rock Bengal, CM Mamata appeals for peace

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Amid escalating tensions, envoy says US open to dialogue with Iran

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Left organisations to hold nationwide protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Dec 19

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The Left organisations will hold a nationwide protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on December 19.According to a press release, the parties consisting of the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party, have decided to hold an All-India protest against the act."The Left parties consider this Bill to completely violative of the Indian Constitution and aimed at destroying the secular democratic foundations of the Indian Republic," said the organisations in a press statement.They further stated that this Bill aims to further sharpen the communal divide and social polarization in the country, which is dangerously detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country."The passage of this Bill, along with the proclamations by this Modi-Shah BJP government to extend the National Register of ...
                 

Unconstitutional step: Mamata on Farooq Abdullah's detention extension

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called an "unconstitutional step" the extension of former Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah's detention on Friday.Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister said that Abdullah's detention extension under the Public Safety Act was a "very sad state of affairs"."Farooq Abdullah detention extended by three months under Public Safety Act... This is a very sad state of affairs. In our democratic country, this is happening. These are unconstitutional steps," he said.Reacting to the development, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said she was sure that the Centre does not want to release political detainees in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir."One can be quite certain GOI (Government of India) has no plans to release any political detainees including 3 former CMs," she tweeted, adding that "normalcy roulette continues."Several mainstream leaders including Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti were put under house arrest since August 5 when .....
                 

Indo-Pacific not tomorrow's forecast but yesterday's reality: Jaishankar

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President Kovind hosts conference of 42 Heads of Central Universities, Institutes of Higher Learning at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday hosted a conference of 46 Heads of Central Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he urged them to set up systems that can scout for and support cross-category collaborations.A press release from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said, "Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted a conference of 46 Heads of Central Universities/Institutes of Higher Learning in the fields of agriculture; pharmaceuticals; aviation; design; footwear-design; fashion; petroleum and energy; maritime studies; planning and architecture and information technology, on Saturday.""During the Conference, different subgroups comprises of heads of various institutes made presentations on issues such as promotion of research; promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship among students; building industry-academia linkages; filling up of vacancies including faculty from foreign universities; creating alumni funding and enhancing alumni activities; completion of major .....
                 

10-year-old girl apprehended for killing classmate in Jaipur

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A 10-year-old girl was apprehended here on Saturday for allegedly killing a classmate, who had come to her place, after the two got into an argument over snatching a pen, police said. The parents of the accused, who were not at home at the time of the incident, have been arrested for allegedly destroying evidence, they said. The accused had snatched a pen from the victim in class. On December 11, the 12-year-old victim went to the house of the accused after school and the two got into an argument over the issue, said Braj Mohan Kaviya, station house officer (SHO), Chaksu police station. During the argument, the accused attacked the girl with an iron rod. The victim had sustained injuries on her head, ribs and stomach, which led to her death, he said. According to Kaviya, after the parents of the accused got home, she narrated the entire story to her mother. To destroy evidence, the two tied the victim's body to a rock and threw it in a pond. Later, the mother of the accused informed ....
                 

BJP best at dividing people: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday alleged that the BJP was "best at dividing people of the country". Addressing the Congress' 'Bharat Bachao' (Save India) rally here on the range of issues, including the poor state of economy and the amended citizenship act, he accused the central government of ignoring the plight of farmers across the country. "The BJP wants to destroy (burn) the country whereas the Congress knows how to sacrifice lives for the sake of the country," the state government said in a statement, quoting the chief minister. He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was "best at dividing people". Addressing the Congress' rally at Ramlila Maidan here, the chief minister said, "We have to make people realise that Congress is the only option and Rahul Gandhi is the leader." Baghel alleged that the Centre was not providing GST compensation to the Chhattisgarh government. Referring to demonetisation, he claimed that over 125 people died while standing in .....
                 

Amul hikes milk rates by Rs 2 per litre with effect from Sunday

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The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets dairy products under the brand name of Amul, on Saturday decided to hike the milk prices by Rs 2 per litre being sold in Ahmedabad and Saurashtra markets of Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, West Bengal, Mumbai and Maharashtra from December 15.The Mother Dairy has also announced an increase in prices of its milk in the Delhi-NCR area by up to Rs 3 per litre, with effect from December 15.According to an official statement, in Ahmedabad, the price of Amul Gold will be Rs 28 per 500 ml, and Amul Taaza will be Rs 22 per 500 ml. However, there will be no change in the price of Amul Shakti, which continues to be available at Rs 25 per 500ml."In the last three years, Amul has made only two price revision for pouch milk, which is only Rs 4 per litre and less than 3 per cent per annum increase in the MRP (minimum retail price). The price increase in milk is much lower than average food inflation. This year the price of cattle feed has ...
                 

Campaigning for penultimate phase of polling ends in Jharkhand

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Campaigning for the 15 Assembly constituencies of Jharkhand that are going to polls in the fourth of the five phases on December 16 ended on Saturday, EC officials said. A total of 221 candidates, including 23 women nominees, are in the fray in the elections, Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said here. The highest number of 25 candidates will lock horns in the Bokaro seat while the least number of eight nominees will contest the Nirsa constituency, he said. A total of 47,85,009 electorate, including 22,44,134 women and 81 third gender voters, are eligible to cast their franchise in the fourth round of the Assembly elections. The voting will commence at 7 am and end at 3 pm at Jamua, Bagodar, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi seats while polling will continue till 5 pm in the remaining constituencies, he said. Polling will be held in Deoghar (SC), Jamua (SC), Chandankiyari (SC), Madhupur, Bagodar, Gandey, Giridih, Dumri, Bokaro, Sindri, Nirsa, Dhanbad, Jharia,..
                 

Hry govt to cover all village households under ambitious 'Jal Jeevan Mission'

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The Haryana government has decided to cover 100 per cent of households in villages of the state under the ambitious 'Jal Jeevan Mission' scheme by June 30, 2022. Under the scheme, one functional household tap connection (FHTC) will be provided to every household in the villages, an official statement said here on Saturday. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new scheme -- Jal Jeevan Mission -- from Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2019. The scheme aims at providing one FHTC to every household in the villages of the country by March 31, 2024," it said. In Haryana, 70 per cent coverage would be achieved by June 30, 2020,80 per cent by June 30, 2021 and 100 per cent by June 30, 2022 under the scheme, the statement said. Keeping in view the national importance of the scheme, a meeting was convened by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with top functionaries of the state recently to take important decisions on policy and implementation of the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' (JJM), it said, .....
                 

CAB will shred India's soul, time to rise to save country and its democracy: Sonia Gandhi

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the Citizenship Amendment Act would "shred the soul" of India as she launched a scathing attack on 'Modi-Shah government' over the law, alleging their sole agenda was to make people fight to serve their politics, and vowed that her party would not retreat in its struggle against injustice. Addressing the party's mega "Bharat Bachao Rally" (Save India) at Ramlila Maidan here, she also targeted the government over the economic situation and exhorted people to raise their voice to protect the country and its Constitution. "The Congress and only Congress has always fought for people's rights. And today too, the Congress party is not going to retreat. Till our last breath, we will fulfil our duty towards protecting the country, democracy and the Constitution" she said. "Andher nagri chaupat raja wala mahaul hai (confused leader, chaotic State) kahaan hai sabka saath sabka vikas? What has happened to economy? Where are jobs?" she asked, .....
                 

Maha: LGBT activist claims 7-8 people assaulted him

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An LGBTQ rights activist from Nagpur in Maharashtra on Saturday said he was assaulted late last month by "7-8 men" for not giving in to their sexual advances, and alleged police had arrested just four of them, all of whom got bail later. The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Trans-Queer activist said the incident happened late night on November 28 when he was returning from a gymnasium. "Three motorcycle-borne men approached me that night and demanded sexual favours which I refused. Then another two people came with the same request, which too I turned down. A little later, some 7-8 men came to my house and assaulted me, including a hit on the head with a bat," he said. "I was rushed to a hospital and managed to file a police complaint on December 6. But police arrested only four people and even they have been released on bail," he said. However, Inspector Kishore Nagrare of Pachpaoli police station denied there was any let-up in the probe on their part. "A case under sections 324 .....
                 

Dense fog likely to occur in Bihar, Odisha, MP during next 2-3 days: IMD

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said dense fog is very likely to occur in isolated pockets over Bihar, Odisha, north Madhya Pradesh, and northeast India during the morning hours during next 2-3 days."Due to favourable meteorological conditions, dense to very dense fog in some pockets are very likely to occur over the plains of northwest India and dense fog in isolated pockets over Bihar, Odisha, north Madhya Pradesh, and northeast India during in morning hours during next 2-3 days," IMD stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin."Due to the weakening of Western Disturbance, precipitation over northwest India is very likely to decrease significantly from today, December 14th. However, under its influence, isolated to scattered rain/snow is likely over the western Himalayan region during the next 24 hours," the bulletin added.According to IMD, cold wave conditions are very likely to prevail in isolated pockets over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and .....
                 

Amul raises milk prices by Rs 2/litre

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India's leading milk supplier Amul on Saturday raised milk prices by Rs 2 per litre in Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, West Bengal and Maharashtra. "Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets dairy products under Amul brand, has decided to revise the milk prices by Rs 2 per litre being sold in Ahmedabad and Saurashtra markets of Gujarat, Delhi NCR, West Bengal, Mumbai and Maharashtra from December 15, 2019," the cooperative said in a statement. In Ahmedabad, the price of Amul Gold will be Rs 28 per 500 ml, and Amul Taaza will be sold for Rs 22 per 500 ml. However, there will be no change in price of Amul Shakti which continues to be available at Rs 25 per 500 ml. Amul said in the last three years it has made only two price revisions for pouch milk, which works out to be only Rs 4 per litre and less than 3 per cent per annum increase in MRP. "This year the price of cattle feed has increased by more than 35 per cent. Considering increase in cattle feed and other input .....
                 

Abducted girl gang-raped, killed in Odisha

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A 16-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped, gang-raped and subsequently killed in Odisha's Nabarangpur district, police said on Saturday. The incident happened at Gumandli village within Bamini gram panchayat area of the district on Friday night, the police said. Locals found the minor's body in a paddy field at the village on Saturday morning. The village, under the jurisdiction of Kosagumuda police station, is situated 30 km away from the district headquarters town of Nabarangpur. According to villagers, blood was oozing out from the girl's nose when they spotted her body, a police officer said. There were injury marks at various parts of her body, the police officer said. The girl's body was found about 300 meters away from her home, he said. The girl's mother has alleged that her daughter was kidnapped from her house on Friday evening when she stepped out of it to attend to nature's call. "My daughter was gang-raped and later killed by the culprits," the girl's mother..
                 

Facing opposition from kin, Maha teen couple commits suicide

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Tripura: CM Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurates Fish festival, visits fish hatchery in Urmai village

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Tripura Chief Minister on Friday inaugurated the three-day Fish Festival at the International Fair Ground at Hapania, and visited the remote Urmai village in Sephalijala district.After interacting with Krishna Debbarma, the owner of a successful organic fish hatchery, Deb had decided to visit his farm and personally see his work.Speaking to ANI, Deb said: "This can play a huge role in the development of the state. The village is very far from the main roads and lacks proper investments, yet they have produced huge amounts of organic fish food."He further said that the locals claimed that fish feed produced by the villagers is three times the feed produced from machines, and is also higher in quality."I request other people to come and witness this work. The government provides subsidized loans for the fisheries. Tripura currently suffers from a fish deficiency of 15,000 metrics. However, with this work, the deficiency will be recovered within three years," he said.Earlier, Debbarma .....
                 

Rahul Jinnah 'more appropriate' name for Rahul Gandhi: BJP

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Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for his Savarkar jibe at the BJP, the ruling party on Saturday said a "more appropriate" name for the Congress leader is "Rahul Jinnah" as his "Muslim appeasement" politics makes him a worthy legatee of the Pakistan's founder. Addressing the Congress' mega "Bharat Bachao Rally" at Ramlila grounds here, Gandhi had rejected the BJP's demand for an apology for his "rape in India" barb at the Modi government, saying his name was Rahul Gandhi not Rahul Savarkar, and that he will never apologise for speaking the truth. Veer Savarkar is revered as Hindutva icon for the BJP but is accused by its rivals of tendering apologies to the British government to secure released from jail when India was under the colonial rule. Targeting Gandhi, BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, "The more appropriate name for you Rahul Gandhi is RAHUL JINNAH. Your Muslim appeasement politics and mindset makes you a worthy legatee of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, not Savarkar." Another party..
                 

Big Mishra opens 'live pedha' outlet in Bengaluru

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Big Mishra, a prominent sweet and snacks manufacturing firm, opened its 'Live Dharwad Pedha' outlet at Majestic here on Saturday to compete with those selling selling pizzas and burgers. The speciality of the outlet is that sweets such as Kunda, Pedha, Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Rabadi, Samosa and Indian popular food items are prepared right in front of customers at this store and served to them fresh, Big Mishra owner Sanjay Mishra told PTI. "This is the first such outlet in Bengaluru though we have 18 stores in the city. We want to set up such outlets in Chennai, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi," he said. Mishra said when sweets are prepared at the central kitchen it takes at least three days to reach the customer but at this 'live outlet', sweets are prepared instantly and served fresh. The brand has as many as 137 stores across India including 18 stores in Bengaluru. The company was started by Sanjay Mishra's grandfather Avadh Bihari Mishra from Gauriganj in ....
                 

Assam govt employees announce cease work on Dec 18 against

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Employees of the Assam government Saturday announced that they will go for cease work on December 18 in protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) President Basab Kalita told PTI that all employees of the state government across Assam will not attend offices on December 18. "We have opposed the Bill since the beginning and will continue to do so till the Act is revoked," he said. When members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) came to the state in May last year to take opinion of the people of Assam on the Bill, the SAKP had submitted a memorandum raising objections, Kalita said. "We have also extended our support to the AASU in its three-day 'Satyagraha' from December 16," he added. The employees had also supported the protesting students on December 11 and came out of their offices in the state secretariat with placards 'No CAB'...
                 

B-Town pour wishes for late actor Raj Kapoor on his 95th birth anniversary

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Son and Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor posted a throwback picture to honour the late legendary actor Raj Kapoor on account of his 95th birth anniversary on Saturday.Raj Kapoor who was born in Peshwar to father-actor Prithviraj Kapoor and his wife had an illustrious career spanning more than two decades and had won many accolades including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India.The 'Chandani' actor remembering his father posted a monochrome picture of him and wrote "Happy Birthday Dad! We shall always remember you.......love!"The photo shared was a still from one of his movies 'Mera Naam Joker' featuring Raj Kapoor holding the iconic joker doll.The tweet got 12.8k likes within hours and many fans of the nineties actor tweeted heartfelt tribute to the Bollywood Showman.Marked his identity as an actor, he ventured into the space of directing with his debut in the 1948 Bollywood film 'Aag'.He also put in the producer hat for the 1954 movie 'Boot Polish' which won the Best .....
                 

Normalcy returning to Tripura as markets reopen

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After continuous protest over Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, Tripura is gradually returning to normalcy as shops and markets opened on Saturday and people were seen shopping at local markets."From the last three days, due to strike no vehicles including those used for bringing vegetables could enter Agartala. Now the strike has been withdrawn, the movements of vehicles have resumed and the price of the commodities is normal so customers are happy," a shopkeeper Shib Sankar told ANI.Meanwhile, other locals say that the state government has also played a major role to maintain peace and harmony in the state."Compared to the last three days, at present, we are in far better condition. The state government has also played a major role to maintain our peace and harmony beside we the common people of the state are also trying to maintain our unity. Today in the market I find a large number of people and they seem to be happy, a local resident Dipak Kumar Sinha said.On Thursday, the .....