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CAB: People defy curfew in Guwahati, Army conducts flag march

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The people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizen (Amendment) Bill as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the Army conducting flag march in the city. Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew last night while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB. All Assam Student's Union has called for a protest at 11 am in Guwahati. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti appealed to the people to come out on the road for peaceful protest. The people were on the road in the night despite curfew. Army conducted a flag march in the city on Thursday morning. Vehicles were stranded in various cities of Assam due to heavy blockade. Half-a dozen vehicles were burnt. The houses of BJP and AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the state. "Curfew..
                 

15-year-old gang-raped by three men in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

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A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three men while she was on her way home after school here.The police have registered a case based on the complaint given by the girl."A written complaint has been given after which a case was registered at the police station. The investigation is underway," Ramnaresh Paswan, DSP Muzaffarpur City told ANI.According to the complaint, the rape survivor stated that she was returning home in the afternoon after completing school on December 9.She said that she took a tempo, in which the three men were also travelling, to reach home."They did not stop the tempo at my destination. They gagged me and took me to a house where they raped me. The accused also took photos with me and threatened me not to tell anyone about the incident," the rape survivor stated in the complaint...
                 

National Tribal Dance Festival to be held in Raipur from Dec 27-29

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A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival will be held in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur from December 27 to 29, wherein international folk artists from 23 states and six other countries are expected to take part and portray their respective tribal folk culture.The event will be organised at the Science College Ground from 10 am to 8:30 pm.On the occasion, artists from various states and the countries will march past in their traditional attires, according to a statement.Nearly 1,400 artists belonging to 151 art troupes from 23 states and guest artists from six countries including Sri Lanka, Belarus, Uganda and Bangladesh will participate in the three-day programme.Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday reviewed the preparations for National Tribal Dance Festival and directed the concerned officials to ensure proper arrangements for comfort and convenience of the participants, artists and guests as well as the audience.Secretary, Culture Department, Siddhartha Komal Pardeshi, .....
                 

Passage of Citizenship Bill a victory for nation: Goa CM

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has hailed the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, calling it a victory for the country. Sawant said it is an occasion to celebrate for the religiously persecuted refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh amd Afghanistan. The bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Lok Sabha passed it on Monday. Sawant took to social media to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the passage of the bill. "Congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi ji & HM Shri @AmitShah ji for passage of historic Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in RS," he tweeted. "A victory for the nation & an occasion to celebrate for the religiously persecuted refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh & Afghanistan. #IndiaSupportsCAB," he added. After the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, .....
                 

Jharkhand polls: PM Modi urges people to vote in large numbers

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As polling for the third phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections kick-started today morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to vote in large numbers."The third phase of Jharkhand polls will take place today. Urging all those whose seats go to the polls today to vote in large numbers. I particularly urge my young friends to vote," the Prime Minister tweeted.The third of the five-phase elections of Jharkhand Assembly elections began on Thursday and will decide the fate of legislators in 17 seats out of the 81 assembly constituencies.A total of 309 candidates, including 32 women, are contesting from 17 assembly seats. The constituencies, including two reserved for SC candidates and one ST candidate, going to vote on Thursday are spread over eight districts in the state.The first phase of the election in the state took place on November 30 while the second round was held on December 7.The fourth phase will be conducted on December 16, and the fifth and last phase on December ...
                 

Voting begins in 3rd phase of Jharkhand Assembly bypolls

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MP: Woman given 'triple talaq', raped by tantrik

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A woman was allegedly given 'triple-talaq' by her husband and then raped by a tantrik on the pretext of 'halala' in Bhopal. Both the accused have been arrested, said police.Aleem Khan, City Superintendent of Police (CSP) said, "Both the accused were arrested and produced before a court, they have been sent to jail.""On November 23, a man gave triple talaq to his wife after a dispute broke out between them.Later, the man tried to resolve the matter with his wife. One tantric told the man that the woman needs to do halala, for which the man agreed," he added.The tantrik took the woman to a flat and raped her in the name of 'halala', the police official said."After that, even the husband refused to let his wife stay with him. Later the woman filed a complaint and action has been taken against her husband under the Muslim Women Protection Act. A case has also been registered against the tantrik," said Khan...
                 

Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury visits naval units in Visakhapatnam

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Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Naval Staff Bangladesh Navy on Wednesday visited several naval units in Visakhapatnam, including an indigenously built stealth frigate INS Shivalik.The Chief of Naval Staff, BN had also interacted with Vice Adm Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and held discussions on issues of mutual interest. Later, the CNS and the BN delegation consisting of three staff officers, Resident Defence Attache (DA) of Bangladesh and Indian Defence Attache Dhaka were briefed on the activities of the CommandDr Afroza Aurangzeb, wife of Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury CNS Bangladesh Navy, interacted with Mrs Devina Jain, President, NWWA(Eastern Region) and was briefed on initiatives and welfare activities of NWWA.The CNS BN accompanied by his spouse Dr Afroza Aurangzeb arrived Visakhapatnam on 10 Dec 19 on a two-day visit to ENC. The CNS, BN was received and seen off by Rear Admiral Deepak Kapoor, Chief Staff Officer (Personnel .....
                 

Maharashtra awaiting Rs 15,558 crore dues from Centre: Uddhav Thackeray to Finance Minister

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The Maharashtra government is awaiting its "legitimate dues" of Rs 15,558.05 crore including GST compensation up to November 2019 from the Centre, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray wrote to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.In his letter to Nirmala Sitharaman, the Chief Minister has sought immediate release of the amount."Maharashtra is waiting for its legitimate dues of Rs 15558.05 crore from the Government, it is also suffering due to shortfall in tax devolution. Timely release of GST compensation and tax devolution amount will help my state to manage the finances efficiently," Thackeray wrote."As per the Union Budget 2019-2020 the tax devolution to Maharashtra is Rs 46630.66 crore which is 11.15 per cent more than Rs 41952.65 crore, received by the State during 2018-2019. But the State has received an amount of Rs 20254.92 crore only till the month of October 2019, which is less by Rs 6946.29 crore (-25.53 per cent) as compared to Budget Estimated for the year 2019-2020. So, .....
                 

Andhra cabinet approves Disha Act providing for harsher punishments for crimes against women

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The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday under Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy approved the enactment of the Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act also known as the Disha Act that provides for harsher punishments, including death sentence, to those guilty of heinous crimes against women.As announced earlier in the assembly by Chief Minister, in the presence of adequate conclusive evidence in cases of crime against women such as rape, acid attacks among others the judgment must be pronounced within 21 days and trial must be completed in 14 days.The cabinet also approved the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Act 2019, which allows the establishment of special courts in each district to address crimes against women and children.The bill allows taking actions under Indian Penal Code section 354 (E) against those who upload posts in social media that degrades women's reputation. For the same, first time offenders would be punished with ...
                 

Assam: Curfew imposed in Dibrugarh district, Guwahati

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Assam's capital city Guwahati and its district of Dibrugarh have been placed under indefinite curfew till further orders in the wake of protests after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.The administration has also suspended mobile Internet services for 24 hours from 7 pm on Wednesday in ten districts of the state-Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (metro) and Kamrup.An order of the Assam administration warned that violation of the "promulgation" will be punishable under Section 188 IPC and also under the relevant provision of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885.The decision came in the wake of protests in the state against the CAB.Also, Indian Army said that two columns of Assam Rifles troops have been deployed in Tripura and the third column in Assam is on standby at the request of the civil Administration in Tripura and Assam.Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar said: "The curfew has ...
                 

Union minister Rameswar Teli's house in Assam's Duliajan attacked by protesters

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The house of Union minister Rameswar Teli in Assam's Duliajan was attacked by anti-Citizenship Bill protesters on Wednesday night, officials said. They said properties were damaged at the minister's house at Duliajan in Dibrugarh district, without giving further details. The Union minister of state for food processing industries represents Dibrugarh in Lok Sabha. Earlier, stones were pelted at the house of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Dibrugarh. The anti-CAB protesters also vandalised the houses of BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan and party leader Subhash Dutta in the district, officials said. The Army has been deployed in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Jorhat districts in Assam as the protests spread. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on Monday...
                 

Delhi: 3 cops suspended for kidnapping MCD official

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A sub-inspector and two constables of Delhi Police have been suspended for allegedly abducting an MCD official, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. The suspended policeman were posted with the special staff of northwest district, he said. "We have suspended the sub-inspector and the two constables. A legal action will be taken after the vigilance enquiry is completed," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Vijayanta Arya. The inspector of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was abducted from outside his office in Shakurpur at around 3.30 pm on Tuesday, his brother said. The MCD inspector was taken to a nightclub in Netaji Subhash Place in a car and the club owner had demanded Rs 2 lakh for his release, he said. The victim's brother alleged that the MCD inspector was abducted as he had issued a challan to the club owner for violating norms. The official was rescued on tuesday night after police were informed regarding the abduction, the DCP said...
                 

Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

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Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible US sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that US lawmakers had agreed on a defence bill that also includes calls to sanction Turkey over its decision to proceed with the purchase and deployment of Russian-made S-400 missile defence systems. "In the event of a decision to sanction Turkey, the Incirlik and Kurecik airbases can be brought to the agenda," Anadolu quoted Cavusoglu as saying. He said: "Congress members must understand that it is not possible to get anywhere with sanctions." Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey has been a main base for U.S. operations in the Middle East and more recently in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, while Kurecik, in eastern Turkey, is a key NATO base. Turkey's decision to proceed with the purchase of the ...
                 

Niger military camp attack kills more than 60: source

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Jihadists attacked a Niger military camp near the border with Mali with artillery and mortars, killing more than 60 people, a security source said on Wednesday. Tuesday's attack in Inates in the western Tillaberi region was the deadliest on Niger's military since the armed forces began fighting Islamist militants in 2015. "The attack killed more than 60," the source said. "The terrorists bombarded the camp with shelling and mortars. The explosions from ammunition and fuel were the cause of the heavy toll." The source did not say which group was responsible for the deadly assault. Niger forces are fighting against Boko Haram militants in the southeast border with Nigeria and jihadists allied with the Islamic State in the west near Mali and Libya. Three soldiers and 14 militants were also killed on Monday in an attack on another army post in Agando in western Tahoua region, the defence ministry said. Heavily armed "terrorists" in a dozen 4x4 vehicles led the attack early Monday morning..
                 

North East Indigenous People's Forum demands Inner Line Permit in Meghalaya

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As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by Parliament on Wednesday, the Meghalaya Chapter of the North East Indigenous People's Forum (NEIPF) demanded that the state government pass a resolution to immediately implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the entire state. The Bill, which seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, excludes areas in the Northeast protected by the Inner Line Permit and Sixth Schedule provisions from its ambit. A delegation of the forum led by its chairman and president of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Wellbirth Rani met and handed over a memorandum to Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh seeking his intervention. "We would like to appeal to you as the Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to call for a special session of the House to deliberate on the immediate need to place and pass a resolution on the application of the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873 (ILP) in the ...
                 

Para-teachers continue agitation despite 'satisfactory'

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The para-teachers, who have launched an indefinite fast demanding hike in salaries, will continue their agitation even after their meeting with West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday was "satisfactory". Chatterjee said it is up to the para-teachers to call off their stir but he has assured them to consider their demands for pay revision. "If they don't withdraw the fast even after my promise to consider their demand sympathetically, what can I do. I can only hope good senses will prevail," Chatterjee said. Over 1000 para-teachers, who work on contract in government-run schools, have been staging a sit-in since November 11 near Bikash Bhavan (higher education department headquarters) in Salt lake, demanding a revision in pay scale. At least 37 of them are observing an indefinite fast since November 15. Para-teachers' Oikyo Manch co-convenor Bhagirath Ghosh said, "The discussion with the minister was satisfactory but we want detailed minutes of the ....
                 

Man held for raping mother

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A 20-year-old man was arrested here on Wednesday for allegedly raping his mother on multiple occasions over the last three months, police said. Cidco police made the arrest following a complaint lodged by the woman early on Wednesday. According to police, the father of the accused had died around seven years back and the victim worked in a hospital to support the family. "The accused is a heavy drinker. He has two sisters and a brother. He would always demand money from his mother to drink liquor. He would even beat her up if she refused to give money," an official said. As per the complaint, he sexually assaulted his mother on multiple occasions in the last three months. "He even threatened to kill her if she told about it to anyone. Tired of the sexual harassment, the woman approached the Cidco police station early on Wednesday morning and lodged the complaint," the official added. After his arrest, the accused was produced in a local court, which remanded him in police..
                 

All parties of Northeast voted in favour of Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha: Goyal

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China gradually losing its competitive edge, India can gain a lot in manufacturing: Piyush Goyal

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Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that China is gradually losing its competitive edge and India can gain a lot from the manufacturing sector which moves out of China.The minister told the Lok Sabha that several initiatives are being taken by the Finance Minister and all the other colleagues in the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attract investment."China is gradually losing its competitive edge. India can gain a lot from the manufacturing sector which moves out of China. We are focused on certain sectors that are looking to move out of China," Goyal said.He said that Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had interacted with several companies across the world."They have talked to him about their plans to come to India and set up manufacturing units in India. I am engaged with a number of companies across the world," he said.Goyal said he has met representatives of .....
                 

Godhra riots: Nanavati panel gives clean chit to Modi govt

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Over 17 years after the post- Godhra riots, the Nanavati Commission has given a clean chit to the then chief minister Narendra Modi's government for the violence that killed 1,000 people in Gujarat, but said local VHP and Bajrang Dal workers were involved in incidents in their areas. The two-member inquiry commission's report, which runs into more than 2,500 pages, was tabled in the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday. The report rejected the evidences provided by three former IPS officers, who had taken on the then government, but said police personnel were ill-equipped and their strength was inadequate to deal with the situation, which emboldened mobs to commit violence. The inquiry commission was headed by Justice G T Nanavati, a retired Supreme Court judge, and Justice Akshay Mehta, an ex-Gujarat High Court judge, was its other member. The Nanavati-Mehta panel noted that "There is no evidence to show these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abetted by any .....
                 

Special court set up to try rape,murder case of Dalit woman

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The Telangana government on Wednesday issued orders for setting up a special court for speedy trial in the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kumram Bheem-Asifabad district last month. The government designated a local court in Adilabad district as the special court (fast track court) for expeditious trial and disposal of the case, a senior police official told PTI. On November 25, the body of the Dalit woman with her head smashed with a boulder and some knife injuries on the body was found at Kumram Bheem-Asifabaddistrict and three men were arrested for allegedly raping and murdering her. The woman's family along with different people's organisations had demanded that the three men be meted out a treatment similar to that awarded to the four accused in the veterinarian rape and murder case, who were gunned down in an alleged encounter...
                 

Maha IPS officer quits over "communal, unconstitutional" CAB

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A Maharashtra cadre IPS officer on Wednesday said he has decided to resign from the service as protest against the "blatantly communal and unconstitutional" Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Abdur Rahman, posted as special IGP in Mumbai, issued a statement saying he won't be attending office from Thursday. Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday. "This Bill is against the religious pluralism of India. I request all justice loving people to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner. It runs against the very basic feature of the Constitution," he said. "The Bill is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this Bill. In civil disobedience I have decided not attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service," Rahman said in the statement. "During the passage of the Bill, wrong facts, misleadingly information and wrong logic were produced by Home Minister Amit Shah. History was distorted. The idea behind the .....
                 

UP: 4 killed, 20 injured in separate accidents on Yamuna Expressway

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Four people were killed and 20 injured in three separate accidents on Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district on Wednesday, police said. The four people died when a car overturned on the expressway near Mangali Gadhi under Baldeo police station limits, Superintendent of Police (rural) Aditya Kumar Shukla said. The deceased have been identified as Manish (28), his wife Aarti (26), Abhishek (32)and Ravinder Jain (37), he said. However, a three-year-old baby among the occupants of the car survived the accident, the SP said. They were going to Agra from Delhi, he said. In another accident on the expressway, 15 people sustained injuries when a tempo-traveller rammed a divider near Bajna cut under Naujheel police station in the morning, the SP said. The injured were rushed to different hospitals and the condition of two among them was stated to be serious, he said. Three people, including the driver, were injured when a WagonR overturned on the road in Surir area, the SP .....
                 

14-yr-old boy molests seven-year girl

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Security beefed up in Manipur ahead of Modi-Abe visit on Dec

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The Manipur police has tightened security across the state for the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe on December 17, a senior officer said on Wednesday. During their visit, the two leaders will pay tribute to the Japanese soldiers killed in Manipur during World War II. After attending a two-day summit at Guwahati, two Prime Ministers will visit the India Peace Memorial at Maibam Lotpa Ching in Bishnupur district. "The security has already been tightened. Maximum number of security personnel will be deployed in Bishnupur," a senior police officer said. He said the state police will make "elaborate security measures" to prevent any untoward incident. Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with his cabinet members and senior police officers had visited the site to assess the security arrangements...
                 

National level body builder among 2 held for robbing shopkeeper at gun point in Delhi

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Two persons, including a national level body builder, were arrested for allegedly robbing a shopkeeper at gun point in New Delhi's Uttam Nagar area, police said on Wednesday. The accused, identified as Rahul Chaudhary (27) and Vipin Gupta (21), are residents of Uttam Nagar, they said. Chaudhary is a national level body builder who won "Mr Delhi" title from 2010 to 2017. He presides as a judge in various body building championships, a senior police officer said. On Monday, two men on a scooter robbed one Deepak Bansal of Rs 4.69 lakh while he was going to a bank, he said. Bansal runs a departmental store and a dairy in Uttam Nagar, the officer added. Following a tip-off, the two men were arrested in connection with the case on Tuesday, he said. The two have confessed their involvement in the crime, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse claimed. During interrogation, Chaudhry told police that he needed money to participate in some international body building .....
                 

Irdai okays debt ETFs of CPSEs as eligible class of investment for insurers

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Irdai on Wednesday allowed insurance companies to invest in debt ETFs (exchange traded funds) of CPSEs. The instruments have been permitted as eligible class of investment, according to guidelines issued by the insurance regulator. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India's (Irdai) guidelines allow insurers to invest in various exhaustive asset categories. "Irdai hereby permits debt ETFs with underlying debt securities of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) proposed to be launched in India, as eligible class of investment, and as part of mutual fund exposure," the regulator said in the circular on Wednesday. Irdai said such debt ETFs should be issued by mutual funds registered by Sebi and governed by its regulations. "The debt ETF shall invest in a basket of securities issued by CPSEs which are part of constituents of a publicly available index. The minimum investment by the insurer shall not be less than creation unit size and it shall not be reduced to below..
                 

Haryana: Man accused of attempting to rape dancer held

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The Haryana Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested a man for allegedly trying to rape an orchestra dancer who had attempted suicide alleging police inaction in the case. Paramjit Singh, a resident of village Ugala and owner of the orchestra group, was arrested on charges of attempting to rape the victim, DSP Shahbad Markanda, Surinder Manhju said. He further said that the dancer who was admitted to a private hospital in Kurukshetra after she allegedly tried to end her life on Tuesday has since been discharged. He said that the case has been transferred to the women police station at Kurukshetra for further investigation and action. The 30-year-old dancer, a resident of Shahbad Markanda here, performs at weddings and other events. A video in which the woman alleges police inaction in the case had gone viral on social media. In the video, the dancer had alleged that police initially refused to register her complaint and she was pressured by some officials to settle the matter with..
                 

Persecuted minorities of neighbouring nations have got justice: Nadda on CAB

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PM to inaugurate 107th session of ISC on January 3

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the five day 107th session of the Indian Science Congress on January 3, Karnataka Minister for IT-BT, Science and Technology Dr C Ashwath Narayan said here on Wednesday "The Science Congress, where delegates from various streams will take part, will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on January 3," he said at the curtain raiser event. Themed "Science and Technology: Rural Development", the event will bring together more than 15,000 delegates from the scientific fraternity and academia, Research& Development institutes, defence, government, PSUs and corporate houses. The 'Pride of India Expo 2020', organised concurrently with the ISC, will be a confluence of new ideas, innovations and products surrounding the entire canvas of scientific world will also be inaugurated simultaneously, the organisers said in a statement. Dr Narayan said the Science Congress is India's oldest, biggest and one of the most prestigious scientific..
                 

We are happy Sena did not vote in favour of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Chidambaram

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The Congress is happy that the Shiv Sena did not vote in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, senior party leader P Chidambaram said on Wednesday. The Shiv Sena abstained from voting on the contentious citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha as the government did not give satisfactory answers to queries raised by the party, its Upper House member Anil Desai said. The Shiv Sena, which voted in favour of the controversial Bill in Lok Sabha, opposed it in Rajya Sabha, saying the draft law should have been debated on the basis of "humanity not religion". Asked about the change in Sena's stand, Chidambaram said, "We are certainly happy that the Shiv Sena did not vote in favour of the Bill". The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on Monday...
                 

Citizenship amendment bill unconstitutional, divisive: Oppn in Rajya Sabha

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The Opposition in Rajya Sabha tore into the government on Wednesday over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, terming the proposed legislation as "unconstitutional", "divisive" and an assault on the democratic and secular fabric of the nation. The Upper House witnessed strong opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment ), 2019 from the Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, DMK, BSP, RJD, JDS, AAP, MDMK, TRS, IUML and SDP during the six-hour-long debate on the controversial legislation. The opposition parties wanted the Bill to be sent to the Select Committee of the House but the motion was defeated with 124 votes against it and 99 in favour. Launching a scathing attack on the government, Leader of Opposition in the House Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded to know why the entire North East including Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland was burning at the moment if people were happy about the proposed legislation. The senior Congress leader said: "Honourable home ministerji, you brought .....
                 

Not worried over slow rate of GDP growth: Pranab Mukherjee

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday that he was not worried over the economic slowdown as "certain things" that are happening would have its impact. Mukherjee, who also served as the finance minister in the UPA government, further said there is nothing wrong in public sector banks needing capital infusion. "I am not worried over the slow rate of GDP growth in the country. Certain things happening will have its impact," he said while addressing an event at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) here. He said Indian banks showed resilience during the financial crisis in 2008. "I was the finance minister then. Not a single public sector bank had approached me for money," he said. Now, the public sector banks need massive infusion of capital and there is nothing wrong in it, Mukherjee added. The former president also noted that dialogue is important in a democracy to solve problems. "Dialogue is inevitable," he said. He further said sanctity of data is equally ...
                 

'BJP can occupy the space ceded by Congress in the south'

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: BJP's victory in the recent bypolls in Karnataka is a boost for the party in the southern states and it can occupy the space being ceded by Congress, BJP General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said here on Wednesday. After its rout in Karnataka, there would be no scope for revival of the Congress in the south, claimed Rao, BJP's in charge in Karnataka. "BJP is occupying the Congress' space in Karnataka. That means tomorrow, wherever there is space for the national party to grow in south India, BJP can occupy that. That is the potential," he said at a media interaction here. He claimed that politics in the southern states was set to undergo a change in the coming years. Because of the available space, superstar Rajnikant has also shown an interest in making a political foray, he said. Rao said BJP was making efforts to turn the 'changing political scenario' in the southern states to its advantage. "Karnataka win is a (morale) booster for a party which is making serious efforts ...
                 

Odisha inch closer to top half with Hyderabad win

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A 10-man Odisha FC picked up their second win of the season as they overcame Hyderabad FC 3-2 in the Hero Indian Super League here on Wednesday. Carlos Delgado (27') and Xisco Hernandez (41') gave Odisha a first-half lead before Bobo (65') scored from the spot to set up a nervy finish to the game. Odisha were awarded a penalty of their own at the other end, which Martin Guedes converted to secure the three points. Rohit Kumar (89') pulled one back at the death for the home side. Odisha had Vinit Rai sent off for a second bookable offence in the 65th minute but they soldiered on for the rest of the match. After eight matches, Odisha are sixth on the table with nine points while Hyderabad are at the bottom with four points. The hosts' intent to get off the mark quickly was evident as they pressed high up the field in a bid to launch one attack after another. Aridane Santana flicked a good cross-field ball by Diawandou Diagne into the path of Nandhakumar Sekar who was dispossessed by .....
                 

Investors duped by jeweller urged to approach cops with plaint

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The city police on Wednesday appealed to the investors, who were allegedly duped to the tune of Rs six crore by Rasiklal Sankalchand Jewellers through ponzi gold schemes, to approach them with complaints related to the case. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police is investigating the fraud case against Jayesh Shah and Nilesh Shah, who are owners of Rasiklal Sankalchand Jewellers and directors of a private company by the same name, which lured people into investing in ponzi gold schemes, an official said on Wednesday. "The company allegedly duped hundreds of investors to the tune of Rs six crore by assuring high returns," he said. Although the EOW has started investigating the case, many investors are yet to approach the police on their own, the official said. Considering this, the EOW has decided to organise a special drive, under which the victims can approach the police with their complaints related to this case on December 13 and 14 at Prerna Hall in ....
                 

NHRC team completes initial probe into "encounter" in vet case

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A NHRC team, which launched an investigation five days ago into the "encounter" killing of four men suspected of the rape and murder of a veterinarian near here, returned to New Delhi on Wednesday after conducting its initialfact-finding, on-the-spot probe into the matter. The seven-member investigative committee of theNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had arrived hereon Saturday and commenced its inquiry. "The NHRC team left on Wednesday after completion of (initial)inquiry (into the incident)," a senior police official told PTI. On Tuesday, the Cyberabad Police probing the rape and murder had submitted relevant details and evidence in the case and also about the killing of the four accused to the panel. The NHRC team, including a forensic medicine expert, had examined the bodies of the four accused in Mahabubnagar district where they were earlier kept in a state-run hospital after autopsy. The team also visited Chattanpalli village, about 50 km from here, the .....
                 

Bhupendra Yadav accuses parties opposing CAB of 'religious appeasement'

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BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav accused parties opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, of religious appeasement and ignoring human rights of non-Muslims who fled persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Yadav said that India has always accepted people from all faiths and religions and there is a need to give rights to the people faced atrocities in three "Islamic countries" due to their religion."If Indian politics are to be changed, I would like to tell Congress and other opposition parties that they should not forcibly misinterpret data to further their politics of appeasement and vote bank," the BJP member said in the House."In our culture, religious diversity and tolerance have easily been accepted. To adopting any appeasement policy amounts to ignoring the real problem," he said while accusing the opposition of "religious appeasement policies".The BJP member said that the opposition was not trying to understand the "human aspects" involving..
                 

PM Modi hails passage of CAB in RS as 'a landmark day for India'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday termed the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha as a landmark day for India and its ethos of compassion and brotherhood."A landmark day for India and our nation's ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years," he said in a tweet.The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to give citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.The Bill had been tabled in the Rajya Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah earlier in the day.In the Rajya Sabha, 125 MPs voted for the CAB, while 105 voted against the Bill...
                 

Passage of CAB marks victory of narrow-minded, bigoted forces over India's pluralism: Sonia Gandhi

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday condemned the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill saying that it marks the "victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India's pluralism.""Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India. The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India's pluralism," she said in a statement.She stressed that the Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that our forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a disturbed, distorted and divided India where religion will become a determinant of nationhood.The interim Congress president said the "Citizenship Amendment Bill is not just an affront to the eternal principles of equality and religious non-discrimination that have been enshrined in our Constitution, but represents a rejection of an India that would be a free nation for all her people, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed, language or .....
                 

Hatred among sections of 2 communities caused Guj riots: Panel

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Ensuring adequate number of well-equipped police personnel, educating the masses about true religion, highlighting harm caused by communal riots, and ensuring the media shows restraint while reporting such tragedies are among the recommendations made by the Nanavati Commission that probed Gujarat's post-Godhra 2002 riots. The commission said it was deep rooted hatred between some sections of Hindu and Muslim communities that caused such riots, and recommended educating the masses to remove feelings of ill will. The recommendations are part of the two-member panel's report, running into more than 2,500 pages, which was tabled in the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday. The commission was headed by Justice G T Nanavati, a retired Supreme Court judge, and Justice Akshay Mehta, an ex- Gujarat High Court judge, was its other member. In its recommendations, the panel said disciplined police force, provided in adequate number and which is well- equipped, will help control communal .....
                 

Man killed, brother injured after truck hits their bike

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Rahul, Rohit, Kohli power India to 240/3

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KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli struck explosive half centuries to power India to a mammoth 240 for 3 in series-deciding third T20 against West Indies here on Wednesday. West Indies decision to bowl first backfired as Rahul (91 off 56 balls; 9x4, 4x6) and Rohit (71 off 34 balls; 6x4; 5x6) conjured 135 runs for first wicket in 11.4 overs. They took a listless opposition attack to cleaners and smashed 72 runs in first six overs. While Rohit completed his 50 off 23 balls, Rahul did it in 29 deliveries. And later in the innings, Kolhi (70 off 29 balls; 4x4; 7x6) showed his class as he and Rahul put up a 95-run-stand off 45 balls for third wicket to propel the hosts to the highest total at Wankhede Stadium. Rohit began with a cover drive boundary off pacer Sheldon Cottrell. In second over off Jason Holder, Rahul hit back-to-back boundaries at the third man region, the first coming from a thick outside edge. Rohit then stamped his class as he pulled Cottrell for a six and .....
                 

Citizenship Amendment Bill passage marks 'dark day' in constitutional history of India: Sonia

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Maha forms panel to locate alternative land for metro car shed

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The Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government on Wednesday set up a committee to identify alternative land, if any, for the Metro car shed whose construction in the city's green lung Aarey Colony was stayed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last month. The four-member panel, to be headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), will also probe if due procedure was followed in chopping 2100 trees in the colony in October, said a state government order (GO). The panel will also propose steps for the protection of environment at the colony. The mandate of the committee is to identify alternative land, if any, for the metro car depot at "affordable" rate, it said. "The committee will also probe if proper procedure was followed to cut down 2100 trees at the land at Aarey Colony in October. It will also propose steps for the protection of environment at the colony," the GO stated. The committee will table its recommendations to the state government within 15 days. Other members of..
                 

Assam goes up in flames with violent anti-CAB protests; Modi govt pushes ahead with bill

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Assam turned into a battleground on Wednesday with massive and violent protests across the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, but the government pushed the contentious legislation through Parliament overruling a vociferous Opposition that alleged it was against the idea of India as a secular nation. As thousands of people including students hit the streets in Assam, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells and baton-charged the protesters leaving many of them injured, while curfew was imposed in Guwahati and a clampdown on internet services was announced across several districts of the state. Similar protests rocked several other North-Eastern states, but the bill was passed by majority later in the evening in Rajya Sabha after a hours-long debate, two days after it was cleared in Lok Sabha. The bill now requires President's signature to become a law. Army deployment was announced in Tripura and Assam, where the influx of Bangladeshi immigrants has always been an ....
                 

Govt okays partial credit guarantee scheme for PSBs to buy high rated assets of NBFCs/HFCs

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a partial credit guarantee scheme for public sector banks (PSBs) to purchase high-rated pooled assets from financially sound NBFCs and housing finance companies. PSBs can purchase high-rated pooled assets from financially sound Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)/Housing Finance Companies (HFCs), with the amount of overall guarantee provided by government till the first loss of up to 10 per cent of fair value of assets being purchased by banks or Rs 10,000 crore, whichever is lower. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget speech for 2019-20 had announced that the government will provide one-time six months' partial credit guarantee to PSBs for first loss of up to 10 per cent for purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year. The scheme was announced to address temporary liquidity/cash flow mismatch issues of otherwise solvent NBFCs/HFCs .....
                 

Neither CAB nor abrogation of Article 370 anti-Muslim: Amit Shah

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Neither Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, nor abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution is anti-Muslim, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said replying to the debate on the Bill in the Upper House of the Parliament."Neither Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is anti-Muslim, nor abrogation of Article 370 is anti-Muslim. Triple Talaq Bill is not anti-Muslim either. Triple Talaq is the Bill to give rights to crores of Muslim women in the country," he said.Talking about the abrogation of Article 370 which conferred special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said: "Do only Muslims live in Jammu and Kashmir? No Hindus? No Buddhists? Why is it viewed like that? It has been abrogated for everyone and not only for Muslims.""How can the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, be anti-Muslim?" he asked."In this Bill, there is no proposal to touch the citizenship of any Muslim," Shah said."Abrogation of Article 370 and Triple Talaq Bill are not anti-Muslim. Do women not have rights? .....
                 

Makers of 'Mardaani 2' scraps promotional song for film

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Actor Rani Mukerji says the makers of her upcoming film "Mardaani 2" have decided to scrap a promotional song for the film so as to protect the "sanctity" of the story that they are trying to present to the audiences. The actor, who reprises her role of police officer Shivani Shivaji Roy in Gopi Puthran-directed sequel to 2014's "Mardaani", said she believed the song would have proved to be "counterproductive" to the film's core idea. "Mardaani is an entertaining thriller but at its core, it is seeking to give a strong social message on the rise of violent crimes on women that are being committed by juveniles in our country. "We wanted to protect the sanctity of our message and not do any marketing gimmicks like shoot a promotional song just to get more conversation and more eyeballs. We felt this would be counterproductive to what we wanted to achieve," Rani said in a statement. The sequel will see Shivani, now Superintendent of Police, face a cold, merciless villain who has no .....
                 

Manipur beat Mizoram by 6 wickets

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Manipur defeated Mizoram by six wickets in their Ranji Trophy plate group match here on Wednesday. With the season's first victory, Manipur bagged six points to jump to the top of the group. Needing 67 to win with two full days' play left, Manipur completed the task quite comfortably on the third day. They were 69 for four in 17.5 overs when the winning runs were scored. After talented left-arm seamer Rajkumar Rex Singh's superb 8 for 22 decimated Mizoram for 65 in the first innings, Manipur made 289 in their first essay for a big lead of 224 runs. Rex, after a good bowling effort, scored 65, and opener Bonny Singh contributed 89. In their second essay, Mizoram made 290 all out with KB Pawan scoring 124, but that was not enough for them to challenge Manipur and avoid defeat. In another match, Meghalaya defeated Nagaland by 110 runs to pocket six points...
                 

292 Indians, believed-to-be Indian prisoners and fishermen in Pak custody: Govt

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There are 292 Indians and believed-to-be Indian civilian prisoners and fishermen in Pakistan's custody, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said that according to the list shared on July 1 2019, Pakistan acknowledged the custody of 52 civilian prisoners and 209 fishermen who are believed-to-be Indians. In addition, there is the issue of 83 missing Indian defence personnel, including Prisoners of Wars, whose custody has not been acknowledged by Pakistan, so far, he said. "As per the available information, there are 292 Indians and believed-to-be Indian civilian prisoners and fishermen in Pakistan's custody," Muraleedharan said. The government attaches high importance to the issue of prisoners held in Pakistan custody and consistently takes up the matter of their early release and repatriation to India, he said. "As a result of our persistent efforts, the government has ...
                 

Siddaramaiah hospitalised for angioplasty treatment

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah has been hospitalised forangioplasty treatment, his office said on Wednesday. "Siddaramaiah, who underwent a regular health checkup today morning, has been admitted to a private hospital in the afternoon for angioplasty treatment," a statement from the office said. He will be discharged on Thursday afternoon and take rest at his residence, it added. Siddaramaiah, 71, had rejected reports about his health as "baseless" on Wednesday morning. "Rumours about my health is baseless. I am healthy and fine. I have come to doctor for a regular health check-up and so there is no need to worry," he tweeted. Siddaramaiah quit as congress legislature party leaderon Monday after the party posted a poor show, winning only two seats, as against the 12 it had held of the 15 which went to the bypolls on December 5...
                 

Netflix tests multi-month packs in India to woo new users

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The US-based Netflix has started testing longer subscription plans in the country, as it looks to woo new users in India where online video consumption has seen a massive growth in the past few years. According to sources, Netflix has started testing multiple months subscription plans (three, six and 12 months) that will be offered at a discounted price. However, this will be available only to some new users, and they may see different options, they added. The sources said the intent of the pilot is to see whether subscribers will be open to paying for several months, or a year in advance. Earlier this year, Netflix had piloted and then launched a mobile phone-only plan in the Indian market -- a first for the company globally. The new long-term plans being piloted are also India-first. When contacted, a Netflix spokesperson said, "We believe that our members may value the flexibility that comes from being able to pay for a few months at once. As always, this is a test and we will only..
                 

Amoeba-attacking 'giant viruses' found in Mumbai's lakes

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A study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) has found presence of 'giant viruses' belonging to five families in samples collected from water bodies in Mumbai. Findings of the study, published in the journal 'Scientific Reports', is the first report about numerous giant viruses from India, claimed a release issued by IIT (B) on Wednesday. The study was conducted by a team led by Professor Kiran Kondabgil. Typically, genome sizes of viruses range from a few thousands to about 2,00,000 base pairs. However, giant viruses have a genome size as massive as a few million base pairs. "It found viruses belonging to the families Pandoraviridae, Phycodnaviridae, Mimiviridae, Iridoviridae and Megaviridae. Five families of giant viruses were found in these samples, all of which infect amoeba," the study said. The researchers sequenced the genome of four giant viruses belonging to the families Mimiviridae, Megaviridae and Marseilleviridae. "Interestingly, some..
                 

Voting underway over CAB amendments in Rajya Sabha

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Vikas Swarup appointed Secretary (West) in foreign ministry

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Mohun Bagan overwhelm TRAU FC 4-0 for first win of I-League season

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Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan registered their first victory of the 13th Hero I-League season, overwhelming debutants Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC of Manipur 4-0 at the Kalyani Municipality Stadium on Wednesday. The Mariners, who had picked up just one point from their first two outings, rode a Suhair VP goal sandwiched in between two Fran Gonzalez strikes and a 90th minute Subha Ghosh header to bring smiles on the faces of their adoring fans. The Green and Maroon Brigade got an early goal resulting from a Joseba Beitia corner. Trinidadian centre-back Daniel Cyrus, who had had a horror of a game against Churchill Brothers, made amends by bringing the second ball down from a height onto the path of a lurking Fran Gonzalez to his right. The Mohawk hair-styled Spaniard made no mistake with a crisp right-footed grounder across Gurpreet Singh in the TRAU goal, for his first telling contribution of the day. If Mohun Bagan's first goal was sudden, the second was a beautifully crafted .....
                 

'Panipat' producers to edit controversial portions from film: Rajasthan official

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Amid protests by Jat groups, the producers of Ashutosh Gowariker's historical drama "Panipat" have agreed to edit out the portion of the film, a senior state government official said here. "The film distributor has communicated to us that the film producers would be editing certain portion of the film," additional chief secretary (home) Rajeeva Swarup told PTI on Wednesday. He said that the producers would move the edited version of the film to censor board. When contacted, a source close to the makers said, "We have deleted the scenes related to Maharaja Surajmal ji. Also, we have got the censor certificate with 11 minutes less length." The state government had sought the response from the film producers through its distributor following a representation from Jat leaders against the film on Monday. The film's screening has been discontinued at most of the cinema halls in the state due to the protests. A cinema hall was also vandalised here by protestors on Monday. Tourism minister ....
                 

2 domestic helps arrested for theft in Delhi's Hauz Khas

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Two persons, including a woman, have been arrested for robbing Rs 4,42000 from a house in south Delhi's Hauz Khas where they worked as domestic help, police said on Wednesday. The accused, identified as Shefali Lama (47) and Dheeraj Kumar (24), are from Bihar, they said. On December 5, a woman reported theft of Rs 4,42000 from her house, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said. She told police that the two persons working as domestic help in her house were missing after the incident, he said. During investigation, police found that Kumar and Lama had gone to their village in Bihar's Gopalganj, the DCP said, adding that a raid was conducted and the two were apprehended. He said Rs 1,16,680 cash, a motorcycle purchased from stolen money and a music system were recovered from the two accused, he added...
                 

MP: Eight juvenile undertrials escape observation home

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India should promote religious harmony in world: Dalai Lama

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Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Wednesday urged India to play a more active role in promoting religious harmony in the world and serve as an example to conflict-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan. He said several religions co-exist in India peacefully, which is good for the society. "From childhood, Indian mind knows that there are many religious institutions. So a concept of several religions, several truths is there," he added. "In those isolated countries, some Muslim countries, they believe in only one truth-one religion...then problems start. Violence between Sunni and Shia sects of Islam was unheard of, because Indian Muslims are aware of different religious institutions from childhood, unlike those in countries where Islam is the only faith," he said. "In case of individuals, the concept of one truth-one religion is very good to keep the faith centre-pointed. But in terms of society, that is impossible", the Nobel Peace Prize winner said. He ....
                 

MTNL seeks shareholders' nod for fundraising, monetisation of land & buildings

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State-owned MTNL on Wednesday said it will seek shareholders' nod for monetisation of land and buildings as well as for raising up to Rs 6,500 crore through non-convertible debentures (NCDs). Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) said the company's extraordinary general meeting will be held on January 8, 2020, in this regard. The company would seek shareholders' approval for issue of non-convertible redeemable non-cumulative preference shares (NCRNCPS) on a private placement basis to the government towards payment of 4G spectrum cost. "...approval of the members be and is hereby accorded to authorise the board...to offer or invite or invite subscriptions for government guaranteed, unsecured, listed, redeemable non-convertible debentures in the nature of bonds (NCDs), in one or more series / tranches, aggregating up to Rs 6500 crores on private placement basis..." it said. Approval is also being sought for monetisation of land and buildings as specified/ identified by its board in line ...
                 

Parliament panel makes 107 recommendations to overcome Delhi's traffic woes

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A Parliamentary Panel headed by Anand Sharma has made as many as 107 recommendations to overcome traffic woes in the national capital.Rajya Sabha secretariat in a statement on Wednesday said the report of the 31 member Department Related Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma on 'The Management of Worsening Traffic Situation in Delhi' was today presented in the Upper House."It contained 107 recommendations to overcome the traffic woes. The panel went in great detail into the roots and consequences of the problem after examining all the issues in four meetings since August last year," the statement said.The Committee recommended strict action to ensure compliance with the order of National Green Tribunals on phasing out diesel and petrol vehicles of 10 and 15 years vintage respectively.The statement informed that Committee expressed concern over galloping the number of vehicles on Delhi roads by the day and called for radical measures to check .....
                 

J&K HC asks Home Ministry to consider deployment of CAPF for securing its wings, district courts

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The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the Union Home Ministry to urgently consider deploying the central armed police force for securing both its wings and district courts in the newly created union territory. Taking suo moto cognisance of some incidents in Jammu and Srinagar wings of the high court over the past few months, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal issued notice to the government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre on the issue of security. The court also sought details of all circulars issued by the Union Home Ministry to Jammu and Kashmir on declaring both wings of the high court and district courts in the union territory as "high security zones". The bench in the notice also asked the Home Ministry to urgently consider the deployment of a central armed police force to provide security to both wings of the High Court as well as the district courts in the union territory. Making some severe observations, the .....
                 

Follow Home Minister's instructions on curbing graft: Bedi

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Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi on Wednesday urged senior officials in the territorial administration to follow Union Home Minister's instructions to curb corruption, nepotism and ensure financial prudence in governance. Bedi said in her whatsapp message that the written instructions of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah related to "due processes to ensure financial prudence in application of financial rules, procurements, transparency in postings and transfer of staff and conducting of departmental enquiries expeditiously." She said strict adherence to the instructions also covered transfer of financial benefits only by direct transfer besides time-bound and well-recorded grievance redressal system. She referred to the recent decision to make direct transfer of cash equivalent to rice free of cost to the bank accounts of APL (above poverty line) and BPL (below poverty line) families. The former IPS officer claimed that adherence to the instructions would ....
                 

CA among 2 held for cheating people, posing as PS to Minister

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:A Chartered Accountant and a Mechanical Engineer were nabbed here on Wednesday for allegedly cheatingthe public of lakhs of Rupees by impersonating asthe Personal Secretary to IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao, police said. The friends, aged 51 and 44, prepared fake official letters and called up officials in the government and private sector to do official favours for the people. They collected lakhs of Rupees from the public for getting these favours done, a release from Rachakonda Police Commissionerate said. A fake Letter of Credit (LOC) document "issued" from the Chief Ministers office and Rs 1.75 lakh was also seized from them, police said. The duo collected lakhs of Rupees from the public to get admission in educational institutions,cancelling transfer orders, building regularisation,among other works,police said. Some of those conned filed a complaint after realising that the duo issued fake letters impersonating as the PS of the Minister, following which ...
                 

Cabinet approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the proposal to make amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code), through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.The amendments aim to remove certain difficulties being faced during insolvency resolution process to realise the objects of the code and to further ease doing of business, read a statement.The Bill seeks to amend Sections 5(12), 5(15), 7, 11, 14, 16(1), 21(2), 23(1), 29A, 227, 239, 240 and insert new Section 32A in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code).Amendments to the Code to remove bottlenecks, streamline the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) and protection of last mile funding will boost investment in financially distressed sectors, the statement said.Additional thresholds introduced for financial creditors represented by an authorized representative due to large numbers in order to prevent frivolous triggering of CIRP, it..
                 

Spirit of Liyaqat-Nehru Pact not followed by neighbouring country: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the spirit of Nehru-Liyaqat Pact was not followed by the neighboring country, which led to the need for bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019."The spirit of Liaquat-Nehru Pact was not followed by the neighboring country. It is the duty of every government to follow it in letter and spirit," said Shah, while replying to the debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.According to Nehru-Liyaqat Pact, it was promised that religious minorities of each country would get equal opportunities in politics, services, and permission to practice the faith.The pact was signed between Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in 1950."What happened to that promise? I can quote several laws of Pakistan. You can't fight election there ... What happened to minorities? From CJI, President, Vice President, ECI Chief to Rajya Sabha chairman, every post was held by Muslims in India,"..
                 

Thackeray acquitted from defamation case over Saamana cartoon

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A court in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district has acquitted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a defamation case over a cartoon about a protest march organised by members of the Maratha community in 2016. The cartoon was carried by Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', of which Thackeray, president of the party, was editor until he was sworn in as Maharashtra CM last month. Advocate Datta Suryawanshi, the complainant, had claimed that he hadparticipated in a'MukMorcha'(silent rally) for various demands of the Maratha community (including reservations) atYavatmalin September 2016. Similar marches were conducted across the state. The same day a three-panel cartoon was published in Saamana, which showed, among other things, a man kissing a woman, and was captioned "Muka Morcha". The cartoon appeared to have played on the similarity between Marathi words 'Muk' (silent) and 'Muka' (kiss). Shiv Sena was part of the BJP-led ruling coalition in the state in 2016. Suryawanshi had also .....
                 

Cabinet approves 'Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme'

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme.The scheme, to be offered by the Central government to Public Sector Banks (PSBs) for purchasing high-rated pooled assets from financially sound Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)/Housing Finance Companies (HFCs), with the amount of overall guarantee being limited to first loss of up to 10 per cent of fair value of assets being purchased by the banks under the Scheme, or Rs 10,000 crore, whichever is lower, as agreed by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), read a statement.The scheme would cover NBFCs/HFCs that may have slipped into SMA-0 category during the one year period prior to August 1, 2018, and asset pools rated "BBB+" or higher.Window for one-time partial credit guarantee offered by the Centre will remain open till June 30, 2020 or till such date by which Rs 1,00,000 crore assets get purchased by the banks, whichever is earlier. Power has been .....
                 

Odisha seeks Centre's help to bring back 5 workers from UAE

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The Odisha government has sought assistance from the Ministry of External Affairs for bringing back five labourers stuck in UAE, an official said on Wednesday. The state government has requested the MEA to bring them back after the family members of the workers alleged that the labourers who have been working for a company at Sharjah, are deprived of their remuneration and basic necessities. The five workers hailed from Balichandrapur and Bari police station areas of Jajpur district, the official said. "It has been brought to our notice that Sri Chittaranjan Jena and four others have requested for safe repatriation of five workers from Sarjah, UAE," Odisha's labour commissioner, Niranjan Sahu wrote to the director, CPV (Consular, Passport and Visa) division of the MEA, New Delhi. The workers were sent to the country in West Asia by an agent through "tourist visa" that will valid up to December 17, 2019, according to the letter. Since October, the Odisha workers have been ...
                 

PNB Housing Fin clarifies on rumours about Omaxe group loan exposure

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PNB Housing Finance Ltd (PNBHFL) on Wednesday said its exposure to the Omaxe group stood at over Rs 456 crore at the end of September. In a regulatory filing to exchanges, PNBHFL said the information about loan exposure to Omaxe group is "with reference to the information floating in the social media regarding PNB Housing's exposure to the Omaxe group". There were rumours that the real estate firm has defaulted on its loan repayment. Giving a synopsis of its exposure, including past and ongoing facilities, to Omaxe group, PNB Housing Finance said it has sanctioned Rs 650 crore of term loan to the group. Out of that, Rs 635 crore has been disbursed and the principal outstanding as on September 30, 2019, stood at Rs 456 crore. Giving an account of past exposure to Omaxe during March 2008 to June 2015, the housing financier said it disbursed a total of 189.50 crore during this period and the last tranche of Rs 100 crore loan was repaid in December 2018. In a break-up of ongoing loan .....
                 

Uncertainty in KTKA Cong as high command yet to accept

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With the Congress Karnataka unit president and CLP chief resigning after the debacle in the assembly bypolls, a few senior leaders have started testing the waters on getting appointed to the posts, even as veteran leader Veerappa Moily indicated that the high command was yet to accept the resignations. Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao had resigned as Congress Legislature party leader and state unit chief respectively owning moral responsibility for the poor show of the party which managed to win only two of the 15 seats that went to the bypolls on December 5. Asked if the resignations have been accepted by the party high command, senior leader and former union minister Veerappa Moily told PTI that right now everybody was busy with the Parliament session. "Nothing will happen till then (till the session gets over)," former union minister Veerappa Moily told PTI, indicating that the party high command was yet to accept their resignations. AICC general secretary K C .....
                 

Parl panel objects to lack of crucial bomb detection, disposal equipments at airports

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A parliamentary panel has raised "strong objection" to the non-availability of "crucial" bomb detection equipments at five airports in the country as well as deficiency of similar gadgets at all the 22 hyper-sensitive and international airports. The department-related parliamentary standing committee on home affairs expressed its concern that amongst the hyper-sensitive aerodromes, the Jodhpur airport in Rajasthan reported having only 1 equipment, out of the mandated 28, to detect and defuse a bomb or an explosive. "The committee takes a strong objection to the fact that at 5 airports (Bagdogra, Guwahati, Trivandrum, Calicut and Ahmedabad) some of the crucial bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) equipments have not been provided by the Airports Authority of India and few of the essential BDDS equipments are either not working or are under repair since long," it said. At the five airports, the report said, a few of the crucial BDDS equipments have not yet been provided by AAI and a..
                 

Himachal Pradesh Cong holds protest rally against citizenship bill

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Pvt school principal held after faces of six students 'blackened' over poor performance in test

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The principal of a private school here was arrested on Wednesday after faces of six Class 4 students, including two girls, were allegedly blackened and they were paraded in its premises for securing less marks in a test, police said. A spokesman of the police department said that the principal was arrested in connection with a case registered against her and three teachers under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The case was registered on a complaint lodged by the parents of a 9-year-old Dalit girls, he added. The incident had taken place on Friday and the girl had informed her parents about it. Her parents told reporters on Tuesday that the family members went to the school to complain about the treatment meted out to the children, but the authorities failed to take action against the staff responsible. On Monday, the girl's family was joined by some other parents and they held a protest outside the old vegetable ...
                 

AP cabinet approves draft law mandating disposal of cases of

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: The Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft legislation that mandates disposal of cases of atrocities against women within 21 days and handing out the death penalty. The legislation, an amendment to the AP Criminal Law, will be called the "AP Disha Act", in memory of the veterinary doctor raped and murdered in neighbouring Telangana recently. Another draft legislation has also been approved, which will pave the way for establishment of special courts to try cases of atrocities against women and children. The two Bills are expected to be tabled in the ongoing winter session of the state Legislature, government sources said. Under the proposed AP Disha Act, death penalty has been prescribed for rape. Where cognizable evidence is established in such cases, the amended law prescribes completion of investigation in seven days and court trial in subsequent 14 days so as to award punishment within 21 days. The existing law permits trial in such cases in four .....
                 

Onion prices up by 300 per cent in Hyderabad

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The price of onions in the markets of Hyderabad continued to soar by 300 per cent, creating severe distress for the consumers.Speaking to ANI, Shaik Naveed Ahmed, a vendor said: "People are not coming to buy onions. The sale is very less than usual due to the high price. As vendors, we are suffering a lot.""The stocks will get destroyed after a point as no one turns up to buy onions. Earlier, I used to sell onions for Rs 30-40 per kg, but now its Rs 120 per kg," he added.Mohammed Arshad Uddin said: "Due to the price hike, it is very difficult to manage everything. Earlier, onions were sold for just Rs 20 rupees per kg, however, the vendors are not selling it for less than Rs 120 rupees per kg now.""The government has to take preventive measures to control this crisis because we are suffering a lot. People who are rich will not get affected by this price hike, but it is the poor people who have to bear the brunt of such situations in the state," said Balraj.The price of onions has been..
                 

What about hygiene during space tour, 8-yr-old asks Branson

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Sceptics have voiced various concerns and doubts about grand plans to promote tourism in space, but hygiene is rarely one of them. On Wednesday, Arhan Hegde, an eight-year-old city boy, seemed to have non-plussed maverick investor Richard Branson whose venture, Virgin Galactic, is among the firms seeking a pie of space travel. "I would like to go to the international space station for a week, the only thing I am concerned about is hygiene," the boy said. It left Branson and the audience at the event organised by his another firm, Virgin Atlantic, in splits. The billionaire sought to assuage Hegde's worry, saying, "I promise that we will get it properly cleaned." Hegde had been invited to ask questions to Branson at the event. The boy also proved to be a showstopper when he strongly differed with Indian industrialist Anand Mahindra. Mahindra reminisced that as a child he hated eating food, and the idea of consuming food in the form of capsules in space made him want to .....
                 

Tourists advised not to venture out in high hills in Himachal Pradesh

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Keeping in view a 'yellow' warning of heavy rain and snowfall issued by the weather department, the Shimla district administration has advised locals and tourists against venturing out in the high hills of the state on Thursday and Friday. The Meteorological Department has issued the 'yellow' weather warning in Himachal Pradesh for December 12 and 13. The Shimla district administration advised residents and tourists on Tuesday not to venture out in the high hills and areas with low temperatures in the next few days to avoid any untoward incident, a spokesperson said. The PWD has been issued instructions to ensure normal flow of traffic in snowfall-prone areas of the district, including Kharapathar, Narkanda and Kufri, he added. The Shimla administration may be contacted on 0177-2800880, 2800881, 2800882 or toll free numbers 1077 and 1070 in case of any emergency, the official added. The weather office issues colour-coded warnings to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather .....