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  • Rahul targets Modi over high fees in Gujarat's educational institutions

    02.12.2017 | Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the "extraction" of high fees from students by government educational institutes in Gujarat.Keeping up at his questions in the countdown to the Gujarat Assembly polls, as promised, Gandhi said: "22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab. Pradhanmantriji--chautha sawaal (as he directed his fourth query at Modi on Gujarat's condition).Gandhi accused Modi of turning the noble profession of imparting education into a business of sorts in Gujarat's government-run schools and colleges."Expensive fees are becoming burden on students. How will the dream of New India come true?," Rahul asked."Why is Gujarat at the 26th position when it comes to investing money on education? What wrong have the youths done?"Gandhi's question comes in the wake of the party's strategy to pose one question to Modi everyday till the polls kick off in Gujarat.Gandhi on Friday accused Modi of reducing the power generation capacity of government-owned power firms between 2012-16, while buying electricity from private players at a much higher rate.On Thursday, Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister for Gujarat's rising debt of "Rs 2,41,000 crore", which he said was due to Modi's "mismanagement and publicity". He asked why the people of the state should be punished for it.On Wednesday, the Congress scion asked about Modi's 2012 promise of providing 50 lakh new homes to the people of the state.Gujarat has been under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-rule for over two decades.Polling for the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18. 

  • Sonia Gandhi greets nation on Milad-un-Nabi

    02.12.2017 | Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday greeted nation on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi or Mawlid, which marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad."The teachings of the Holy Prophet continue to guide mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion," she said."May the festival of Milad-un-Nabi bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all."The occasion of Milad-un-Nabi is commemorated in Rabi`al-awwal, the third month in the religious calendar.The date of Mawlid varies around the world because it is based on the lunar calendar. In most countries the Muslim festival was observed on Friday. At other places, the celebrations began at sunset on Thursday. But in some parts of India, Karnataka and Telangana, the festival did not start until Saturday because the moon was not sighted until later.  

  • HC dismisses Moin Qureshi plea’s against arrest by ED

    01.12.2017 | The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the plea of meat exporter and controversial businessman Moin Akhtar Qureshi against his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and P.S. Teji agreed with the ED’s contention that there was “no illegality” in his arrest and that a petition of habeas corpus was not maintainable.A habeas corpus plea is a petition which is filed to ensure that a person under arrest is brought before a court which will determine whether the detention is legal.The Centre and the ED had opposed the plea, saying questioning of his arrest was an “abuse” of the legal process, claiming there were serious charges of hawala transactions against him.The government had also refuted Qureshi’s allegations that he was unauthorisedly detained by the ED in the money laundering case, saying he was arrested under statutory provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and remanded to ED custody by a competent trial court.Qureshi was arrested on August 25 and sent to ED custody by the trial court the next day for thorough probe in the case against him and others. He is presently in judicial custody.The agency had claimed that “the witnesses have confirmed in their statements that they have delivered crores of rupees for Qureshi and his associates through his employees and one of the witnesses has stated that nearly Rs 1.75 crore have been exported by the accused from him and his friend in lieu of the help provided to him in a CBI case.”Qureshi has been questioned several times in the past by ED which is probing his role following the registration of two FIRs under the PMLA, it had said.The earlier PMLA case against Qureshi was lodged by the ED in 2015, based on an I-T prosecution complaint, ED had said. 

  • Turkey's Erdogan helped Iran evade US sanctions, witness claims

    01.12.2017 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally intervened in a scheme that allowed Iran to dodge US and UN sanctions, a gold trader with ties to the Turkish government claimed in explosive court testimony in New York on Thursday.It's the first time Erdogan has been named in the closely-watched US criminal case over Iran's violations of international sanctions and movement of billions of dollars.The case's central figure, Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, was arrested in Miami last year and has since been the case's top named defendant. There are eight other defendants facing similar charges.He quietly cut a plea deal last month and admitted to defrauding the United States, money laundering, and bank fraud, according to court documents.On Thursday, Zarrab testified in federal court about Erdogan's alleged role in Zarrab's scheme, which involved laundering funds from Iranian oil and gas sales through Turkish banks, including the state-run bank, Halkbank.Zarrab testified that when the amount of money illegally flowing through Turkey's Halkbank became too much to handle, Erdogan approved getting two more Turkish banks involved: Vak?fBank and Ziraat Bank.Zarrab said he received this information from the government official he claims to have bribed to take part in the scheme, former Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan. Caglayan denied all allegations in a Turkish probe into these allegations that started in 2013.On Thursday, Erdogan responded to Zarrab's testimony from Wednesday, saying Turkey "did the right thing" and did not violate US sanctions against Iran, "The prime minister of that time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and [then] Minister of Treasury Ali Babacan had given orders for them to start the trades, the banks," Zarrab said Thursday. from the Turkish government on Zarrab's testimony and is awaiting response.In their court filings, the US government has not alleged that Erdogan cooperated in the scheme.

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  • Rahul targets Modi over high fees in Gujarat's educational institutions
    Rahul targets Modi over high fees in Gujarat's educational institutions

    02.12.2017 |Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the "extraction" of high fees from students by government educational institutes in Gujarat.Keeping up at his questions in the countdown to the Gujarat Assembly polls, as promised, Gandhi said: "22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab. Pradhanmantriji--chautha sawaal (as he directed his fourth query at Modi on Gujarat's condition).Gandhi accused Modi of turning the noble profession of imparting education into a business of sorts in Gujarat's government-run schools and colleges."Expensive fees are becoming burden on students. How will the dream of New India come true?," Rahul asked."Why is Gujarat at the 26th position when it comes to investing money on education? What wrong have the youths done?"Gandhi's question comes in the wake of the party's strategy to pose one question to Modi everyday till the polls kick off in Gujarat.Gandhi on Friday accused Modi of reducing the power generation capacity of government-owned power firms between 2012-16, while buying electricity from private players at a much higher rate.On Thursday, Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister for Gujarat's rising debt of "Rs 2,41,000 crore", which he said was due to Modi's "mismanagement and publicity". He asked why the people of the state should be punished for it.On Wednesday, the Congress scion asked about Modi's 2012 promise of providing 50 lakh new homes to the people of the state.Gujarat has been under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-rule for over two decades.Polling for the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18. 

  • Sonia Gandhi greets nation on Milad-un-Nabi
    Sonia Gandhi greets nation on Milad-un-Nabi

    02.12.2017 |Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday greeted nation on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi or Mawlid, which marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad."The teachings of the Holy Prophet continue to guide mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion," she said."May the festival of Milad-un-Nabi bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all."The occasion of Milad-un-Nabi is commemorated in Rabi`al-awwal, the third month in the religious calendar.The date of Mawlid varies around the world because it is based on the lunar calendar. In most countries the Muslim festival was observed on Friday. At other places, the celebrations began at sunset on Thursday. But in some parts of India, Karnataka and Telangana, the festival did not start until Saturday because the moon was not sighted until later.  

  • HC dismisses Moin Qureshi plea’s against arrest by ED
    HC dismisses Moin Qureshi plea’s against arrest by ED

    01.12.2017 |The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the plea of meat exporter and controversial businessman Moin Akhtar Qureshi against his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and P.S. Teji agreed with the ED’s contention that there was “no illegality” in his arrest and that a petition of habeas corpus was not maintainable.A habeas corpus plea is a petition which is filed to ensure that a person under arrest is brought before a court which will determine whether the detention is legal.The Centre and the ED had opposed the plea, saying questioning of his arrest was an “abuse” of the legal process, claiming there were serious charges of hawala transactions against him.The government had also refuted Qureshi’s allegations that he was unauthorisedly detained by the ED in the money laundering case, saying he was arrested under statutory provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and remanded to ED custody by a competent trial court.Qureshi was arrested on August 25 and sent to ED custody by the trial court the next day for thorough probe in the case against him and others. He is presently in judicial custody.The agency had claimed that “the witnesses have confirmed in their statements that they have delivered crores of rupees for Qureshi and his associates through his employees and one of the witnesses has stated that nearly Rs 1.75 crore have been exported by the accused from him and his friend in lieu of the help provided to him in a CBI case.”Qureshi has been questioned several times in the past by ED which is probing his role following the registration of two FIRs under the PMLA, it had said.The earlier PMLA case against Qureshi was lodged by the ED in 2015, based on an I-T prosecution complaint, ED had said. 

  • Turkey's Erdogan helped Iran evade US sanctions, witness claims
    Turkey's Erdogan helped Iran evade US sanctions, witness claims

    01.12.2017 |Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally intervened in a scheme that allowed Iran to dodge US and UN sanctions, a gold trader with ties to the Turkish government claimed in explosive court testimony in New York on Thursday.It's the first time Erdogan has been named in the closely-watched US criminal case over Iran's violations of international sanctions and movement of billions of dollars.The case's central figure, Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, was arrested in Miami last year and has since been the case's top named defendant. There are eight other defendants facing similar charges.He quietly cut a plea deal last month and admitted to defrauding the United States, money laundering, and bank fraud, according to court documents.On Thursday, Zarrab testified in federal court about Erdogan's alleged role in Zarrab's scheme, which involved laundering funds from Iranian oil and gas sales through Turkish banks, including the state-run bank, Halkbank.Zarrab testified that when the amount of money illegally flowing through Turkey's Halkbank became too much to handle, Erdogan approved getting two more Turkish banks involved: Vak?fBank and Ziraat Bank.Zarrab said he received this information from the government official he claims to have bribed to take part in the scheme, former Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan. Caglayan denied all allegations in a Turkish probe into these allegations that started in 2013.On Thursday, Erdogan responded to Zarrab's testimony from Wednesday, saying Turkey "did the right thing" and did not violate US sanctions against Iran, "The prime minister of that time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and [then] Minister of Treasury Ali Babacan had given orders for them to start the trades, the banks," Zarrab said Thursday. from the Turkish government on Zarrab's testimony and is awaiting response.In their court filings, the US government has not alleged that Erdogan cooperated in the scheme.

  • Emami Agrotech using inland waterways to deliver: CEO
    Emami Agrotech using inland waterways to deliver: CEO

    01.12.2017 |Following its first shipment of 250 tonnes of packed edible oils from Haldia port to Agartala via inland waterways, Emami Agrotech Ltd expects to ship around 6,000-7,000 tonnes of the oil per annum using the same route, Company CEO Sudhakar Desai said on Friday.The company made its first shipment of 250 tonnes from Haldia Port to Agartala on Brahmaputra river via Bangladesh.The vessel has already reached Ashuganj port in Bangladesh and the stocks have now started moving on trucks to Agartala.He also said that the company would continue to explore innovative ways of transportation using the vast inland waterways within India and has plans to extend this model to Guwahati, Patna and Allahabad.According to the company, its partnership with Inland Waterways of India in facilitating alternate connective means that has significant business volume for the firm.The company said floods in Bengal, which resulted in derailment of road and rail transportation due to track and bridge damages on the Siliguri corridor, caused shortage of critical commodities and highlighted the vulnerability to access the Northeast from the mainland in times of calamities.In view of this, the company took up the multi-modal transportation mode by leveraging waterways to connect Northeast India with West Bengal.This river route will be navigable in all seasons and offers an efficient and effective way of transporting goods to these areas where there are lot of obstacles in road movement due to difficult terrain of the Northeast, it added. 

  • Who represents real America - Donald Trump or Donald Duck? Obama at HTLS
    Who represents real America - Donald Trump or Donald Duck? Obama at HTLS

    01.12.2017 |Former US president Barack Obama, who arrived in India on Thursday, addressed the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2017 in New Delhi on Friday.Along with Obama,  Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, among other luminaries, will discuss India’s rise on the global stage today.Top highlights of Obama's speech:* "America is famous for Donald Trump and Donald Duck. Which one represents the real America?  One of the joys and frustrations about America is that it can be contradictory", says Barack Obama.* Think before you speak, think before you tweet: Obama * Barack Obama: Tools on social media platforms can be good or bad. One of the challenges is that technology can influence snap judgements about complex decisions. One of the dangers is that instead of deep analysis and evaluation, the new citizen is skimming the surface... the sizzle and not the steak. Those who watch Fox News and those who read the New York Times occupy a difference space. If I read Foxx News, I wouldn’t vote for me.* Barack Obama: India's movement towards a more modern economy that would lift millions of people out of poverty is important. My job was to see whether the general focus was consistent with sound governance.* I like him and I think he has a vision for the country. He is implementing and in many ways modernising certain elements of bureaucracy. But, I was also great friends with Dr Manmohan Singh: Barack Obama on what he thinks of Narendra Modi* There are sometimes connections between explicit terrorist organisations based in Pakistan and elements that are connected to various more official entities inside of Pakistan. We had no evidence that Pakistani govt was aware of Bin Laden's presence there. That is obviously something we looked at.* Barack Obama: When the tragedy in Mumbai took place, we were as obsessed with how to dismantle that terror network as India was.* Barack Obama: The basic notion is whether India can be part of countries that have nuclear power and safeguards. We worked very hard to get India into the Nuclear Supply Group (NSG), we did not get the cooperation of every countryObama quips, "I’m pretty sure I’m the first US president to have the dal recipe. My keema is also excellent, but my chicken is okay".* We have to work in a multilateral manner. I appeciated the critical role PM Modi and India played in forging the Paris climate deal. “It is a deal even though we have pause in American leadership", Obama * Obama said, "Values of pluralism, openness, law, freedom of speech and press, dignity, freedom must be promoted. For those who believe in democracy have to speak out on issues. And that’s why I am speaking as a private citizen."* Barack Obama: We can't unwind globalisation or pretend automation doesn't exist. We need to invest in our people's skills, education* Barack Obama: Economies don't work well when the middle class is neglected* Barack Obama said, "We have to acknowledge the real economic forces that sometimes make our people feel powerless".* We should feel confident about the progress we've made but we shouldn't be complacent - Barack Obama* Our history together speaks about a common set of values - pluralism and tolerance, a liberal market-based order that places primacy on individual rights - Barack Obama* Barack Obama said, "I am proud to have been the only US President to have visited India twice during my tenure"* Both US and India share the problem of terrorism - Barack Obama* A  partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies is a defining one - Barack Obama* Obama says it makes people want to try and find stability amid all the changes. “We’ve gone through moments like this before...from agricultural to industrial sectors... it’s important for us to push back against the politics of us vs them. We have to build on what is in common between us.”* The world is more connected than ever before: Barack Obama* The world, by most measures, is less violent than human history although conflict remains: Obama On Thursday, Obama Foundation said Barack Obama will also address a town hall in the national capital. At the town hall, the former US president, in his first visit to India after demitting office in January, will interact with nearly 300 young leaders drawn from various parts of the country."The town hall will expand the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and make an impact and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in this effort," the Foundation said in an update.The townhall, scheduled to be held at 3:45 PM today. It will be streamed lived at Obama.org, and on the Obama Foundation's Facebook page and YouTube channel. In a Facebook message, Obama has said, "I will be conducting a town hall with young leaders of India who can share with me some of the works they are trying to do to make communities better and also answer questions on how Obama Foundation can help."He is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The India visit is part of Obama's three-nation tour that also includes China and France. In China, he is expected to meet President Xi Jinping, who has recently hosted US President Donald Trump in Beijing.Prior to this, Obama has hosted events with young leaders in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil.

  • Three killed in Peshawar university attack
    Three killed in Peshawar university attack

    01.12.2017 |At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when terrorists wearing burqas attacked a hostel of the University of Agriculture in Pakistan's Peshawar city on Friday. Four terrorists were also killed, police said.The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan terror group,  According to initial reports, 16 people were admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital. Three of them succumbed to their injuries.The identities of the victims were not known.Police officials present at the site of the attack told Dawn news that four terrorists were killed.The attack began as least five burqa-clad suspects wearing suicide jackets entered the building compound and began firing, The attackers arrived at the university in a rickshaw.The hostel was officially closed for Eid Miladun Nabi.   

  • Aadhaar to be big weapon against benami properties: PM Narendra Modi
    Aadhaar to be big weapon against benami properties: PM Narendra Modi

    30.11.2017 |Describing Aadhaar as a major "power" to bring about an "irreversible change" in the common man's life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the Unique Identification Number will now be used in cases involving benami properties."By linking Aadhaar to Mobile and Jan Dhan, we have created such a system that could not have been imagined few years back. "In last three years, with the help of Aadhaar, crores of fake names have been removed from the system. Now it is going to be a big weapon against benami properties," Modi said while addressing the inaugural session of the Hindustan Times Summit. He said that the country saw a "behavioural change" after demonetisation, which helped in converting to a "clean and healthy economy". "For the first time after Independence the corrupt people are scared of transacting in black money. They are scared of being caught. The black money which was earlier base of parallel economy, has now become part of formal economy," he said. "Such an irreversible change is getting boost from Aadhaar. Aadhaar is such a power through which this government want to ensure rights of poor. It is also playing a big role in providing subsidised ration, scholarships, medicines, pensions and other government subsidies," he said. He said the day the country would adopt maximum transactions via digital addresses, "organised crime would come to an end to some extent". Modi said "big transformations" do not come easily and for it "hauling up of the entire system was needed". "We can increase our ease of doing business ranking from 142 to 100 only when we take initiatives for big transformation," Modi said.   

  • Kopardi rape: Three convicts awarded death penalty
    Kopardi rape: Three convicts awarded death penalty

    29.11.2017 |A Special Court on Wednesday awarded the death sentence to all three accused convicted in the rape and brutal murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Kopardi village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district in July 2016.Jitendra alias Pappu Babulal Shinde, 26, Santosh Gorkha Bhawal, 30, and Nitin Gopinath Bhailume, 28 were sentenced to death for rape, conspiracy, murder and other crimes, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the media after the verdict.Ahmednagar District and Sessions Judge Suvarna Keole, who found the three guilty on November 18, pronounced the verdict under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act before a packed courtroom.The judge allowed the convicts to appeal before the Bombay High Court."We shall challenge not only the verdict but the entire proceedings before the High Court, the lapses and other issues, on which we have already given written submission to the Sessions Court," the lawyers for Bhawal, Balasaheb Khopade and Vijayalaxmi Khopade, The crime took place on July 13, 2016 when the 15-year-old was gang-raped, mutilated and killed, sparking off a casteist and political furore in Maharashtra. The Class 9 student was out to fetch spices from her grandmother's home in the same village."Justice has finally been done. My daughter will never return. This is the real tribute to my daughter. We are grateful to (Ujjwal) Nikam Saheb," the victim's mother said before breaking down inconsolably outside the courtroom.Nikam said: "The prime accused Shinde has been convicted and fined for committing the offences of molestation, rape and brutal murder while the other two, Bhawal and Bhailume, provoked him (Shinde), encouraged, conspired and abetted in the crimes," Nikam said.The verdict has been hailed across the political spectrum.Women and Child Welfare Minister (BJP) Pankaja Munde, Maharashtra State Women's Commission Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, Shiv Sena women leader Neelam Gorhe, NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Vidya Chavan and Pune women's activist Trupti Desai welcomed the verdict.

  • SC's 'no' to guidelines on enforcing penal provision in dowry cases’
    SC's 'no' to guidelines on enforcing penal provision in dowry cases’

    29.11.2017 |The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it can't frame guidelines on how to investigate cases of dowry harassment as it will amount to going beyond the statutory provisions.Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said this indicating it will revisit the judgement by a two-judge bench which had directed the formation of a committees to scrutinize the complaints of dowry harassment before police act on them.The two-judge bench headed by Justice A.K. Goel had laid the guidelines to be followed in dealing with the complaints of dowry harassment.As two amicus curiae, senior counsel V. Shekhar and Indu Malhotra, sought the stay of judgement under which the guidelines were framed, the court said it "may accept or overrule it".The guidelines were framed on how police should proceed in cases of dowry harrassment under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.However, the court said the guidelines were not required for the implementation of startutory porovision 498A dealing with dowry harassment

  • Australia lifts travel ban on former IS capital city of Raqqa
    Australia lifts travel ban on former IS capital city of Raqqa

    29.11.2017 |The Syrian city of Raqqa is no longer under the control of Islamic State (IS) forces, Australian foreign minister confirmed on Wednesday, meaning Australians will no longer face criminal charges for travelling to the former "de-facto capital city" of the terrorist organization.Travel to the city was made a crime by the Australian government in December 2014 to discourage possible extremists from joining the fight in the Middle East, while laws were also passed stripping dual citizens of their Australian passports should they be found to be in the war-affected nations.But speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said while the travel ban had been lifted after coalition forces retook the city, both Syria and Iraq retained their "do not travel" warnings.She admitted the liberation of Raqqa was a "major step forward" in the fight against IS, but added that it was still an incredibly dangerous place to visit."We have confirmation that the city of Raqqa in al-Raqqa province in Syria is no longer under the control of the terrorist organization IS as a result of military action taken by the anti-IS forces, backed up by the coalition forces, including Australia," "This means that Australian citizens who travel to Raqqa will no longer be subject to the criminal code defences that made it an offence to travel to Raqqa without legitimate purpose."This is an important milestone in the fight against Islamic State, because the retaking of Raqqa deprives this terrorist organization of an operating base in Syria."Bishop said while IS had been driven out of the city, the terror group "remains a dangerous threat", hinting that factions would continue to emerge in other parts of the world, as it has in the Philippines."(IS) is likely to emerge elsewhere, with its violent insurgency activities, and we will continue to be committed to the fight against (the group)," the minister said.The government added that those who traveled to Raqqa between Dec. 5, 2014 and Nov. 28, 2017 would still face prosecution.Meanwhile, Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis, who also spoke at the press conference, said that it was still illegal for Australians to travel to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul."Any Australian who travels to Mosul should know that they will be detected and they will be prosecuted, as five Australians are currently subject to prosecution," he said.According to the government, it "remains illegal for Australian citizens to... fight with any armed group in Syria or any terrorist organisation listed under Australian law".

  • Ivanka Trump meets PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj
    Ivanka Trump meets PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj

    28.11.2017 |United States President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit here.She also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and had a productive discussion on women entrepreneurship and empowerment, as per the Ministry of External Affairs.Ivanka arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad early Tuesday morning, ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.On a related note, the summit is being hosted for the first time in South East Asia by the Governments of India and the United States. With the theme of "Women First, Prosperity for All," the three-day summit will witness majority of women participants, with over ten countries being led by all-female delegation. 

  • PEOPLE IN POSITION SHOULDN'T COMMENT ON 'PADMAVATI': SC
    PEOPLE IN POSITION SHOULDN'T COMMENT ON 'PADMAVATI': SC

    28.11.2017 |The Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to people holding official positions making adverse comments about the Hindi film "Padmavati", saying these breached the principle of rule of law.The court also said people in position of responsibility should not comment on the film as it may prejudice the censor board. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: "We are governed by the rule of law.  "When the matter is pending before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for grant of certificate, nobody holding a responsible position should comment as it would amount to violation of the principle of the rule of law." The court also junked a petition by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma objecting to the offshore release of the film "Padmavati". Taking exception to Sharma's plea, the court said it was unwarranted.

  • Two militants killed in raid in NW Bangladesh
    Two militants killed in raid in NW Bangladesh

    28.11.2017 |Two militants were killed on Tuesday in a raid launched by Bangladesh's anti-crime elite force RAB on a militant hideout in the country's northwestern Chapainawabganj district, a police official said.The militants were most likely killed in suicide explosions causing a fire in the house where they were hiding," said the official who declined to be named.He said security forces surrounded the house suspecting it a militant hideout early Tuesday.The suspected militants inside exploded four to five bombs as the law enforcers asked them to surrender, he added.At least three people, including owner of the house, were detained.No further details were immediately available.In the wake of the deadly July 1, 2016 cafe attack, Bangladesh has conducted a series of large-scale operations against militants.Neo-JMB, an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, has been blamed for an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, in which 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were killed.

  • Ivanka to visit Golconda Fort not Charminar
    Ivanka to visit Golconda Fort not Charminar

    28.11.2017 |Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, who arrived here on Tuesday to attend the GES, will visit the historic Golconda Fort and not the Charminar on Wednesday, police sources . After visiting a session on Wednesday morning at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she will leave for the fort, about 15 km from the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the venue of the summit.She was earlier expected to visit the Charminar, a globally recognised monument and symbol of Hyderabad located in the old city. She was also likely to shop at nearby Laad Bazar, famous for bangles and semi-precious stones. The plans, however, were dropped on security grounds as Charminar is located in densely populated area, notorious for congestion and traffic jams. 

  • J&K Police rescue kidnapped teenager from Punjab
    J&K Police rescue kidnapped teenager from Punjab

    28.11.2017 |The Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Tuesday it has rescued a 15-year-old girl from neighbouring Punjab who was kidnapped from Baramulla district over a week back.A police spokesman said, "A complaint was received from Javaid Ahmed, a resident of Tangmarg area that his niece was kidnapped by one Arjun Singh, a resident of Punjab on November 18."Investigations revealed that the accused had kidnapped the girl with the help of her maternal aunt."A state police team was sent to Punjab and with the help of the Punjab Police the kidnapped girl was rescued," he said.She has been handed over to her parents following her medical examination and other legal formalities. "Besides the main accused, the maternal aunt of the girl has also been booked for abetting a crime under relevant sections of law," the official said. 

  • Bali airport closure extended following volcanic ash eruption
    Bali airport closure extended following volcanic ash eruption

    28.11.2017 |Indonesian authorities on Tuesday extended the closure of Bali's main airport over fears of an imminent major eruption of Mount Agung."The closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is extended. The airport is closed until Wednesday... Evaluations continue to be made by the airport authorities," director of information for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a statement. Nugroho also noted that Agung continues to erupt and spew water vapour and ash between 2,000 and 3,400 metres high above the crater, in addition to the seismic activity in the area,  A report from the local aviation authority indicated that "the plane routes have been covered by volcanic ash", which could affect the engines of the aircraft and cause an accident. The airport on Monday cancelled 445 domestic and international flights, leaving at least 59,000 passengers stranded. The Indonesian authorities reported on Monday that they planned to evacuate between 90,000 and 100,000 people living in a safety radius of 10 km around Mount Agung, after the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) raised the eruption alert to the highest level. At least 22 towns near the mountain have been affected by the ash, and the authorities have recommended the use of protective masks for the population. Located in the east of the island, in the district of Karangasem, Mount Agung is far from most tourist attractions. This is Mount Agung's first volcanic eruption since 1963, when the ejection of magma lasted almost a year and caused more than 1,100 deaths. Bali is the main tourist destination in Indonesia, with an annual influx of around 5.4 million foreign tourists, according to official data. Since September 22, the Agung eruption alert has cost the Balinese tourist industry 20 trillion Indonesian rupiah ($1.47 billion), according to Nugroho. The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called "Ring of Fire" of the Pacific, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken by thousands of tremors every year, most of small magnitude.

  • Gujarat Is My Mother And I Am Her Son: Modi
    Gujarat Is My Mother And I Am Her Son: Modi

    27.11.2017 | Appealing to the Gujarat electorate as “son” of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lashed out at the opposition Congress, saying that people of the state would not forgive those who are “insulting the son of Gujarat” who has never had a single blot on his political career.Attacking the Congress, the Prime Minister said: “You (opposition) dare to come to Gujarat and say things against the son of Gujarat? Will any Gujarati forgive people who make charges against the son of Gujarat? No Gujarati will endure this insult. This is my mother and I am its son.”“You (people) have helped me grow as its son. You have helped shape me. You gave strength and nurtured the good in me, the people of Gujarat and Gujarat my motherland,” he said at a public rally in Bhuj after his visit to the local deity.Modi landed in Kutch in the morning and went to pay respects to local deity – Ma Ashapura – at her temple Mata no Madh. After prayers Modi informally interacted with women, children and shook hands with people gathered within the temple premises. A scene now familiar at events of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his recent Gujarat campaign tours.This is Narendra Modi’s first political visit to his home state, one on Monday and the other on Wednesday. All the previous visits were officially in the capacity of a Prime Minister to inaugurate various schemes and projects of public interest.It is the first by any Prime Minister to the Mata no Madh temple and is symbolically important for BJP’s fortunes in the constituency of Abdasa, a Congress bastion having almost one-fourth of its voters from the minority community. The party feels the visit by Modi here could help it consolidate majority votes in its favour this time.At Lallan College ground in Bhuj, Modi began his speech in the local Kutchi language, saying that the BJP does not believe in politics of visiting only during times of elections but in development. He said that when he first visited Kutch in 2002 it was all ruins and shambles due to the earthquake, and now after the development works there is no iota of the quake destruction.Modi hit back at the Congress over the ‘hugplomacy’ jibe by Rahul Gandhi, saying, “When the Indian Army was standing eye-to-eye with Chinese at Doklam for 70 days, you were hugging the Ambassador of China. When the Indian soldier stood for the country, you were hugging the Chinese Ambassador. For whom? I am asking you a question,” he said.“This is Modi. He has been nurtured in this land of Sardar Patel…The people who have looted the country will have to give it back,” he said, reminding his audience of the surgical strikes carried out last year by his government after the Uri attack“I asked a Congressman to write down the names of all the Presidents of Congress. The people who do not know the names of Congress leaders, how will they develop our nation?” Modi asked.He said the Congress cannot think beyond one family. “How many remember Kamaraj or Debharbhai (U.N. Dhebar), who were presidents of Congress nationally. Many in the party would not even know that Debharbhai was a Gujarati. The party that does not go beyond one family, what do you expect from them?” he added.Modi expressed his confidence that the BJP in Gujarat will win 151 seats in the 182-member assembly.  

  •  Pakistan Law Minister resigns following deadly clashes
    Pakistan Law Minister resigns following deadly clashes

    27.11.2017 |Pakistan Law Minister Zahid Hamid resigned on Monday following deadly clashes between the police and protesters of various "religious" parties, media reports said.The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters late Sunday night,  The agreement followed after a two-day face-off at Faizabad Interchange and other parts of the country between protesters and security forces that saw at least six people killed and hundreds injured.Following the agreement, the protest leaders were likely to announce an end to the sit-in at a press conference later on Monday.The minister on Sunday night presented his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to bring the country "out of a state of crisis".Abbasi is expected to accept the minister's resignation later in the day, The protesters that gathered in Faizabad were from the groups Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek Pakistan (ST). They called for Hamid's sacking and strict action against those behind the amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017 - which had earlier been deemed a "clerical error".The government later retracted the amendment.On Sunday, the government deployed the Punjab Rangers to handle the agitated protesters in Faizabad and other parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Around 1,000 Rangers personnel were deployed in Islamabad.

  • India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to win second Test in Nagpur
    India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to win second Test in Nagpur

    00.00.0000 | India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second test in Nagpur after the touring side were bundled out for 166 shortly after lunch on the fourth day.India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 4-63 in the second innings, overtaking former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 test wickets in the process.The victory on Monday puts India 1-0 up in the three-match series after the rain-hit opening test in Kolkata ended in a draw. The third and final test will be played at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla from Saturday.The manner of abject surrender in this Test match would certainly hurt the island nation, which till a few years back was a force to reckon with in international cricket. Just like the Test matches in Sri Lanka, they lost the Test match well inside three and half days.Ishant Sharma (2/43) looked menacing as he bowled short and quick while Ravindra Jadeja (2/28) was the beneficiary of some sharp fielding from Murali Vijay and indiscretion from the part of opposition batsmen.Dimuth Karunaratne (18) was the first to get out when he tried to flick Jadeja and Murali Vijay standing at short leg had the ball jam into him. The Tamil Nadu player showed good reflexes as Karunaratne was left stunned.Lahiru Thirimanne (23), currently a senior player in the team stunned one and all when he chased a wide delivery from Umesh Yadav to hand Jadeja at point the simplest of catches.It was a shocking dismissal as the ball was on the imaginary sixth stump and should have been left alone.Former captain Angelo Mathews (10) was expected to show some responsibility while batting alongside Chandimal but his choice of shot also left a lot to be desired.Having hit Jadeja for a six over long-on, he tried the same shot over long-off but failed to clear Rohit Sharma at mid-off. The former skipper is a pale shadow of his self and questions have been raised about his form and commitment which has been hurting Lankan cricket for some time now.Mathews used to look a fine player when Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were around but post their retirement, he has not been able to find his mojo.The Sri Lankan cricket had expected Mathews to carry on the legacy of Mahela and Sangakkara but over the past two years, he has failed miserably with no significant contribution in Sri Lankan victory.Niroshan Dickwella (4) got a snorter from Ishant which he awkwardly fended off to Virat Kohli at third slip, who gobbled it on second attempt.It was then Ashwin, who joined the party after Shanaka hit him across the line for a boundary and a six. But it was an act of desperation that was for a brief period of time before he was holed out at long-on by KL Rahul giving the off-spinner his 297th victim. Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath were then dismissed in quick succession as he closed in on is world record.For Chandimal, it was all about being helpless watching the manner of dismissals with none of the batsmen showing any stomach for fight. More than the technique, it was the temperament that was questionable considering that the pitch and conditions weren’t the most difficult to bat on. 

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