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BrahMos missile successfully test fired from Sukhoi fighter jet for first time Akshaya Kumar Sahoo, Asian Age
India on Wednesday successfully test fired BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, from a Sukhoi-30 MKI, the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter jet, against a sea-based target in Bay of Bengal.
New ordinance to strike loan defaulters another body blow Times of India
The government on Wednesday recommended an ordinance to significantly tighten the norms to bar promoters of companies facing insolvency proceedings from bidding for the ailing entities, in a move that will shut out several business families from vying with competitors and overseas funds.
It's not Congress-BJP election, but a casteism-development battle: Amit Shah Pioneer
BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that the Gujarat assembly election is not about who will become the chief minister or a fight between two parties but between Congress’ Jativaad (casteism) and Vanshvaad (dynastic rule) and Narendra Modi’s Vikasvaad (development politics).
Dalveer wins his spurs at International Court S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
India has scored a major diplomatic victory with its nominee, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after a protracted battle that eventually prompted the United Kingdom to bow out of the contest just ahead of a crucial 12th round of voting at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.
Zimbabwe coup: Military is looking after its own interests, not democracy Enock C Mudzamiri, Business Standard
November 2017 will go down in the history of Zimbabwe as the beginning of the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37 year tyranny. A tumultuous week finally culminated in his resignation on November 21st. One cannot understate the widespread jubilation at the demise of Mugabe and his desire to create a dynasty for himself through his wife Grace.
Uttar Pradesh civic polls: Yogi Adityanath govt faces first major test as polling in 24 districts begins Firstpost
In Gorakhpur — the bastion of Yogi Adityanath — BJP's mayoral candidate Sitaram Jaiswal has accorded topmost priority to constructing "pink toilets" for women.
Shia Board welcomes setting up of panel on bill to end triple India Today
The All India Shia Personal Law Board today welcomed the setting up of a ministerial committee to consider a legislation to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, saying the need of the hour was to enact a strict law against the Muslim way of divorce.
Security forces kill three Pakistani LeT terrorists along LoC in north Kashmir's Handwara dictrict Firstpost
Security forces killed three Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in Magam area of north Kashmir's Handwara district on Tuesday morning, SP Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, has confirmed.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to take charge of party, more selection than election Manoj CG, Indian Express
Setting the stage for Rahul Gandhi to take charge of the party, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday announced the schedule for the election of its next president. While Sonia Gandhi has led the party for 19 years, there is no word on her role after Rahul’s elevation.
Modi credits Swaraj for re-election of Justice Bhandari to ICJ Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday credited the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA officials for the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Modi gets Moody's thumbs up Madhusudan Sahoo, Pioneer
Giving Narendra Modi Government’s reforms policy the thumbs up, global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service on Friday upgraded India’s sovereign rating with one-notch to Baa2 from Baa3 after a long gap of over 13 years.
Strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Tibet near India-China border India Today
A strong earthquake hit Tibet (also known as the  Xizang Autonomous Region or Xizang) in southern China early today morning. According to an assessment of the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), the earthquake's intensity was measured at magnitude 6.9.
Days after Doklam standoff, India, China hold first border talks in Beijing Deccan Chronicle
India and China on Friday held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism at Beijing after the Doklam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.
Union Cabinet clears setting up of GST Anti-Profiteering authority NDTV
The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST, as it seeks to ensure that consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the new indirect tax regime.
'Eight in ten Indians have favourable view of BJP' Rumu Banerjee, Times of India
Past the three-year mark as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi continues to retain his popularity according to a survey by the Pew Reseach Center + that says nine out of 10 respondents hold a favourable opinion of the leader and approve of how the country is doing.
Govt. will uphold freedom of press in all forms: Modi Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the role of a free media was a “cornerstone of a vibrant democracy” and its contribution in giving “voice to the voiceless” was commendable, while greeting the press on the occasion of National Press Day.
Islamic State warns of Las Vegas-like attack on Kumbh Mela, Thrissur Pooram in new audio Zee News
World's most dreaded terror outfit the Islamic State (IS) has warned to carry out lone-wolf terror attack across India in the days to come. According to media reports, the 10-minute long audio clip released in Malayalam calls for Las Vegas-type terror attacks on crowds thronging popular festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thirssur Pooram in India.
Modi to ASEAN members: Terror our big menace, time we jointly fought Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
Calling terrorism  the major challenge facing the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged ASEAN member-countries to come together to address the menace. “We have individually striven very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area,” Modi said while addressing leaders at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit in Manila.
India poised for bigger role, says PM Pioneer
In his address at the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday strongly pitched for setting up of a rules-based regional security architecture in the India-Pacific region, in a clear display of convergence of strategic interests among major powers and India, and sending a subtle message to China against its military assertiveness in the area.
No odd-even soon as NGT stays firm on not allowing exemptions Jasjeev Gandhiok, Times of India
There will be no rollout of the odd-even traffic plan in the next few days after the National Green Tribunal refused to allow exemptions for women and two-wheelers, following which the Delhi government on Tuesday withdrew its petition for implementing the scheme. It later filed a fresh plea which will be heard on Thursday.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
  National
NDA govt saved over Rs 12600 crore in Rafale deal Rajeev Deshpande, Times of India
The Rafale deal negotiated by the Modi government resulted in a substantial 350 million reduction for 36 aircraft in flyaway condition as compared with terms that were being considered by the UPA and there is a further 1,300 million saving for weapons, maintenance and training.
Day after Gujarat polls, Winter session likely from December 15 Abantika Ghosh & Pradeep Kaushal, Indian Express
The Winter session of Parliament is likely to be held between December 15 and January 5, beginning a day after voting ends for the Gujarat Assembly elections. The final call will be taken in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA). “The session will be convened very soon,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said on Wednesday.
Lalu's son Tej Pratap threatens to 'thrash' Bihar's deputy CM Sushil Modi Madan Kumar, Times of India
RJD chief Lalu Prasad's elder son Tej Pratap Yadav has threatened to 'beat' deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi by entering his house and also disrupt the wedding celebration of the BJP leader's son Utkarsh, to be held in Patna on December 3.
Pay revision of SC, HC judges gets Cabinet nod Times of India
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for revision of salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government will table two bills in the winter session of Parliament to effect changes in the salaries of judges.
Modi using Def copter: BJP hits back at Cong Pioneer
Lashing out at the Congress for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using Defence helicopter during poll campaigning, the BJP on Tuesday wondered as why no such questions were raised when Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh used the same facility as Prime Ministers.
Anti-triple talaq law on anvil Pioneer
The Centre is all set to bring in a Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament to end the practice of triple talaq. It has set up a ministerial committee to draft the law, sources said on Tuesday. The committee will propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would make instantaneous triple talaq an offence.
Shia Waqf Board proposes Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, masjid in Lucknow Business Standard
The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board has submitted before the Supreme Court a proposal for settlement of the decades-old dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site, saying a temple can be built in Ayodhya and the mosque could be raised in Lucknow.
Leaders who practice value-based politics get popular in Gujarat: Vijay Rupani, Gujarat CM Vasudha Venugopal, Economic Times
These three youths have no agenda of their own. They are only running the Congress campaign. They bad mouthed the Congress earlier but now they are all together. It is shameful that a party like the Congress has to be dependent so much on three opportunists. Alpesh has joined the Congress despite saying he won't join politics, and Hardik now doesn’t even talk about the issue of reservations that made him come this far.
Rafale deal better than UPA’s: Sitharaman Tribune India
In what is the Centre’s first response to the Congress’ allegations on Rafale fighter jet deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today claimed the aircraft cost negotiated by the ruling NDA was much lower than that by its predecessor UPA.
Nitish calls for 'meaningful' debate on introducing job quota NewIndianExpress
In pvt sector Patna, Nov 17 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today favoured reservation in the private sector and called for a "meaningful" national debate on the introduction of a job quota in the non-governmental areas where the employment opportunities were growing fast.
Mother's love draws footballer back home from LeT clutches Khursheed Wani, Pioneer
A week after joining the ranks of banned Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) outfit, a youngster renounced the path of terrorism and surrendered before the security forces to rejoin his family. His mother had made fervent appeals to the trendy youngster Majid Khan, known in the South Kashmir’s Anantnag locality as a football enthusiast, to lay down his arms. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hailed Khan’s step saying mother’s love prevailed to save the life of the youngster.
I-T search at Sasikala's two rooms, Jaya PA office in Poes Garden house Times of India
During a late night search at the Poes Garden house of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday, officials of the income tax investigation wing seized a laptop, a desktop and a few pen-drives from two rooms used by jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, according to sources.
BJP slams Farooq Abdullah's 'PoK belongs to Pakistan' statement, says it inspires Kashmiri youth towards terrorism Firstpost
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Thursday hit out at Farooq Abdullah for his remarks that 70 years had passed but India could not get back PoK, saying that it was the NC chiefs father Sheikh Abdullah who convinced first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to announce a unilateral ceasefire when the Indian Army was poised to liberate PoK.
Congress’ CEA seeks early clarity on party President Election schedule CL Manoj, Economic Times
In a significant move, Congress’ Central Election Authority overseeing the conduct of party’s internal organisational polls has in a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi urged her to convene the Congress Working Committee to bring early clarity on the election schedule for the new Congress president, according to some CWC members.
Modi’s popularity at an 'all-time high', says Amit Shah after Pew survey Asian Age
An American think tank’s survey findings that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has risen across the country and that he is the most popular figure in Indian politics, will now be part of the BJP’s campaign material in Gujarat.
BJP leader Shiv Kumar, security guard shot dead in Greater Noida Divyanshu Dutta Roy, NDTV
A BJP leader and his security guard were shot dead by attackers on a bike in Greater Noida near Delhi this evening. Shiv Kumar Yadav was in his Toyota Fortuner car when the bikers reportedly drove up and fired shots at the car in the Bisrakh area. The BJP leader died instantly.
EPCA lifts emergency measures Pioneer
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Thursday withdrew the ban on construction activities, entry of trucks and enhanced parking fees from across Delhi-NCR as air quality remained out of the ‘emergency’ category for the second straight day.
  The Courts
Kerala High Court posts plea against Pinarayi Vijayan for November 30 Deccan Chronicle
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday has posted the hearing of the petition, challenging the continuation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the post following the alleged failure of the collective responsibility of the cabinet in connection with the former transport minister Thomas Chandy, to November 30. A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Dominic Antony took the decision. The advocate general appeared for the case.
PIL to remove encroachments: Can Hanuman statue be airlifted to fix traffic issue, asks Delhi HC Indian Express
Anguished over illegal constructions in the capital, the Delhi High Court Monday asked local authorities whether the 108-foot Hanuman statue in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh can be “airlifted” to remove the encroachments — and the consequent traffic jams — around it. Observing that entire skyscrapers have been relocated in the United States, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the suggestion, while hearing a PIL by an NGO that has sought removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in Karol Bagh.
Kejriwal government in SC: Law, Constitution don’t say Delhi is India’s capital Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The Arvind Kejriwal government on Tuesday put an unexpected question to the Supreme Court: Has the Constitution of India or any law passed by Parliament declared Delhi as the capital of India?
SC dismisses petition for SIT probe in bribery case Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal seeking a Special Investigation Team probe in the medical college bribery case as an effort to “create ripples” within the apex court by throwing scandalous allegations at Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Charges against CJI scurrilous, says SC Bench Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The allegations levelled against Chief Justice Dipak Misra are “scurrilous and per se contemptuous”, observed one of the judges hearing petitions by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms and advocate Kamini Jaiswal in the Supreme Court in the medical college bribery case.
CM obliged to communicate all decisions to L-G: SC Indian Express
The Supreme Court Tuesday observed that the position of Delhi was different from other Union Territories and that the “Chief Minister is obliged to communicate all decisions to the Lieutenant Governor (L-G)”.
Engineering degrees secured since 2001 via correspondence invalid, rules Supreme Court Amit Anand Choudhary, Economic Times
In a major setback to thousands of students who pursued engineering studies through correspondence courses offered by deemed universities in the last 16 years, the Supreme Court declared on Friday that the degrees were invalid, putting them at risk of losing jobs obtained on the basis of the certificates. 
Stop terrifying over Aadhaar linkage: SC to banks, telcos Pioneer
Banks and mobile service providers have to now inform users about the last date to link their 12-digit Aadhaar number with the respective bank accounts and SIM cards. The Supreme Court on Friday ordered this after the petitioners challenging the Aadhaar scheme informed that such random messages from banks and telcos created panic among citizens.
Speed up trial of politicians, says SC Hindu
On March 10, 2014, a Supreme Court Bench of Justice (retired) R.M. Lodha and Justice Kurian Joseph had ordered the government to conclude criminal trials in which charges have been framed against sitting MPs and MLAs “speedily and expeditiously” within a year.
Are graft cases against netas being completed in a year: SC Times of India
Three years after ruling that trial proceedings in cases of corruption and serious crimes against elected representatives must be completed in a year, the Supreme Court has decided to examine if its order has been implemented and asked for data on cases disposed of within the time limit.
Future prospects basis for mishap payouts, says SC Times of India
In a verdict intended to provide "just" compensation to victims of road accidents, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that compensation will be based on the future prospects of a deceased person rather than only loss of present income.
Kerala ‘love jehad’: SC to hear Akhila in open court on Nov 27 VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
In another twist to Kerala’s alleged love jehad case, the Supreme Court on Monday directed that a woman who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man be produced before it on November 27 even as it observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained.
  Business
Government sets up panel to review 50-year-old income tax laws Times of India
The government on Wednesday constituted a task force for redrafting the 50-year-old income tax law in sync with the economic needs of the country. The six-member task force will have Arbind Modi, CBDT Member (Legislation) as the Convener and other members, including Girish Ahuja (chartered accountant), Rajiv Memani (Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of EY) and Mansi Kedia (Consultant, ICRIER).
Sensex, Nifty trade flat after opening higher; Bharti twins gain Money Control
State-owned lender United Bank of India said it has received market regulator SEBI's approval for issue of equity shares worth Rs 1,000 crore by way of institutional placement.
EPFO threatened by bankruptcy over pension outflow; reason will surprise you Surya Sarathi Ray, Financial Express
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may find it impossible to resist attempts by subscribers to inflate their pension entitlements to levels far beyond its capacity to provide these, raising the spectre of bankruptcy and a grave risk to the monies deposited by millions of workers in the assorted schemes administered by the body. 
Govt sets up Arbind Modi-led panel to overhaul, simplify income tax laws Business Standard
After overhauling indirect taxes, the government on Wednesday formed a task force to draft a new direct tax law to replace the existing Income Tax Act, which has been in force since 1961. Eight years after he first helped draft a new direct tax code for India, top taxman Arbind Modi has been asked to do the task again to meet the contemporary economic needs of the country.
Sensex trims gains, Nifty trades lower, PSU bank stocks fall Mint
Stocks were on the upswing on Wednesday morning as the key Sensex rose 112 points on the back of institutional buying, with an appreciating rupee keeping the mood upbeat, PTI reported. Positive leads from Asia and another record closing on Wall Street set the stage for the day, market watchers said. All sectoral indices led by consumer durables and infrastructure turned green.
Uber paid USD 1 million to hackers to conceal data breach of 57 million users Deccan Chronicle
Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday.
Your cheque book could be the next casualty in Modi govt's push for digital transactions Economic Times
Demonetisation was a big disruption for most Indians, right from poor labourers to big industrialists. It was, according to the government, the beginning of the push towards a less-cash society. The Centre could now be working on another disruptive step to boost digital transactions — banning the cheque book.
GST tax returns filed increase as compliance rises, tax mop-up jumps Financial Express
Thanks to the proactive steps taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to remove the sundry glitches that used to trouble taxpayers in the initial months after the GST launch and also the progressive lowering of tax rates by the council over its last few meetings, compliance and tax collections have picked up of late.
Nifty extends gains, Sensex rises over 150 pts; banks, metals lead Money Control
Power Mech Projects informed exchanges that the company has received letter of award, letter of intent/work orders worth Rs 381 crore, including Rs 72 crore worth order from Saudi Arabia.
Mahindra eyes US market for electric vehicles, sets up $230 mn off-highway vehicle plant in Detroit Firstpost
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, one of India’s oldest vehicle manufacturers, is testing autonomous tractors, trucks and cars, while moving closer to bringing electric vehicles to the United States, Chairman Anand Mahindra said on Monday.
GST cut hardly eats into food prices in Chennai Sushmitha Ramakrishnan, NewIndianExpress
Though the Centre has reduced the Goods and Service Tax (GST) rates from 18 or 12 to five per cent, food prices in city’s restaurants have not declined. While this has irked consumers, restaurateurs argue that they are merely compensating as the benefit of input tax credit has been taken away from them.
Moody's ratings upgrade a belated recognition: Jaitley Indian Express
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday lauded India’s sovereign rating upgrade to Baa2 from Baa3 by credit rating agency Moody’s earlier today and said it’s a belated recognition of all the positive steps taken by India in the last few years. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the occasion, Jaitley celebrated the announcement saying India got its upgrade after a long spell of 13 years.
Moody’s India ratings upgrade moves country up a notch for first time in 14 years Financial Express
In what came as a shot in the arm for the Narendra Modi government facing Opposition charges of stifling an already-slowing economy by imparting two giant successive shocks to it in the forms of demonetisation and the goods and services tax, US-based Moody’s Investors Service on Friday raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time in nearly 14 years on expectations continued progress on economic and institutional reform will boost the country’s high growth potential.
Paytm, ICICI Bank collaborate to offer short term instant digital credit Times of India
Digital payments major Paytm has announced its tie-up with ICICI Bank to jointly launch 'Paytm-ICICI Bank Postpaid', the most seamless way to access interest-free short-term digital credit.
Sensex strong, Nifty Bank up 400 pts on India's rating upgrade; HDFC Life up 8% Money Control
Moody's Investors Service upgraded the Government of India's local and foreign currency issuer ratings to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed the outlook on the rating to stable from positive.
RBI gets ready to train its guns on 50 more stressed accounts Dheeraj Tiwari, Economic Times
The Reserve Bank of India is likely to come up with a fresh list of around 50 loan accounts that are either under stress or close to being classified as nonperforming assets. The regulator may set a March 31 deadline for banks to find a resolution on these or commence bankruptcy proceedings against the borrowers, a finance ministry official said.
GST, DeMo, Aadhaar have improved transparency with less-cash eco: FM Pioneer
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said three key structural reforms -- Aadhaar, Demonetisation (DeMo) and GST -- have enhanced transparency and helped in transition from cash to less cash economy. Jaitley made this comment before a gathering of investors while highlighting various achievements like ease of doing business ranking by the World Bank.
Anti-profiteering body to ensure GST benefits reach consumers Pioneer
In order to ensure that the benefits of revised lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates reach to the consumers, the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of the anti-profiteering authority, comprising Chairman and four technical members, under the new indirect tax regime. The move comes a day after the Government notified substantial reduction in GST rates on over 200 items following a decision of GST Council at its 23rd meeting at Guwahati.
Confident to go past direct tax collection target of Rs 9.80 lakh crore: CBDT Economic Times
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) today said it was not only confident that the Income Tax (IT) department would achieve the direct tax collection target for the current financial year, but that it would go past it.
Benami assets: Income tax profiling property above Rs 30 lakh, shell cos too under scanner Firstpost
The Income Tax Department is matching the "tax profiles" of all property registrations of above Rs 30 lakh under the provisions of the anti-Benami Act, as action against illicit asset holders is set to intensify, the CBDT chief said on Tuesday.
Wholesale inflation surges to 6-month high Times of India
Rising food, vegetable and fuel prices pushed wholesale price inflation to a six-month high of 3.6% in October, dimming hopes of a cut in interest rate when the RBI meets to review monetary policy next month.
  States Scan
Now, Maharashtra Minister wants ban on Padmavati; Ranveer Singh says 200 percent with Sanjay Leela Bhansali Zee News
After three states calling for a ban on Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Padmavati', Maharashtra Tourism Minister has demanded a ban on the screening of the controversy-ridden film in the state.
Shootout near Delhi’s Dwarka Mor metro station, five men held with weapons Shiv Sunny, Hindustan Times
A joint team of Delhi Police and Punjab Police recovered a large cache of weapons from five people arrested from a house near Dwarka Mor metro station in southwest Delhi after a shootout on Tuesday.
J&K: Jawan hurt in truce violation, schools stay shut Pioneer
In a fresh incident of ceasefire violation reported along the Line of Control in frontier Poonch district, one Army jawan received injuries while schools remained closed in the forward areas to ensure safety of children on Friday.
UP govt join hands with Foundation to intensify vaccination drive Pioneer
The Uttar Pradesh Government will join hands with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to intensify vaccination drive against Encephalitis and other diseases while the Foundation has shown its inclination to work with TB patients as well as taking up city sanitation plan besides helping farmers to increase their productivity.
Gujarat Election 2017: BJP Releases First List Of 70 Candidates NDTV
The BJP today released its first list of 70 candidates for next month's Gujarat Assembly elections, which includes Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state party chief Jitu Vaghani. Of the 70 candidates, 18 are Patels, 16 OBCs, three SCs and 11 STs, party sources said.
PM Modi to launch Hyd metro project on Nov 28 Pioneer
The first phase of the prestigious Hyderabad Metro Rail project will be formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 28 at the Miyapur police station. Though the Telangana government was yet to get a formal confirmation from the Prime Minister’s Office, a team of Special Protect Group officials was already in Hyderabad to assess and inspect the security arrangements. 
3 Dawood Ibrahim properties auctioned in Mumbai DNA
Three properties in south Mumbai that belonged to fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim went under the hammer on Tuesday, and were sold to the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) which has an ongoing redevelopment project in the Bhendi Bazaar area. The properties were auctioned by the Ministry of Finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act (SFEMA).
UP CM kicks off civic polls campaign from Ayodhya Hindu
The BJP is going all out to campaign for the urban local body elections in Uttar Pradesh to continue its winning streak in the State. Days after releasing a separate manifesto, a Sankalp Patr, for the municipal polls — a first for any party in the State — Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday kicked off his campaign from Ayodhya, which was elevated to a municipal corporation after the BJP came to power in the State in March.
Rasogulla conceived, delivered in Bengal Pioneer
Thanks to a sustained two-and-a-half-year legal battle that came Bengal’s way, the Chennai-based Geographical Indications Registry on Tuesday ruled that the Indian signature sweetmeat — Rasogulla — was conceived in the womb of Bengal, not in Odisha. The decision sparked spontaneous “sweet rallies” across West Bengal.
Ryan murder: CBI quizzes four Gurugram cops, probes 'foul play' Sanjay Yadav, Times of India
There is more trouble brewing for Gurgaon police, already under fire for allegedly botching up the probe into Ryan International School student Pradhyumn Thakur's September 8 murder. The CBI on Monday called Gurgaon police's special investigation team (SIT) - that investigated the killing and arrested school bus conductor Ashok Kumar - "for discussion or questioning", not for negligence or callousness but because of suspicion that the botch-up was deliberate.
Delhi Smog: 69 trains delayed, 22 rescheduled and 8 cancelled Deepika, One India
The smog in Delhi NCR and other parts of North India has taken a toll on rail traffic. On Monday, 69 trains were delayed, 22 rescheduled and 8 canceled due to smog conditions in the national capital even as Delhiites continue to battle poor air quality.
RSS worker hacked to death in Kerala's Guruvayur Times of India
A RSS worker was hacked to death, allegedly by CPM workers at Nenmeni in the temple town this afternoon, police said. The victim, Anandan,(23), was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked by the CPM workers in a car. Though he was rushed to hospital, his life could not be saved, police said.
  International News
26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders his release Indian Express
A Judicial Review Board of Pakistan province on Wednesday issued orders to release Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) headman Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, news agency PTI reported. Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, had been under house arrest since January.
IITs in Bombay, Delhi, Madras, IISc Bangalore among top 20 BRICS universities Hindustan Times
Three IITs and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have made the cut among top 20 varsities in BRICS countries, according to the latest QS Rankings. Over 300 universities from India, China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil have been observed and graded for the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking, one of the global prestigious rankings.
Sexual attacks against Rohingya may be war crimes, says UN envoy Indian Express
Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict said today.
US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese companies Mint
The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Tuesday on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue.
‘Make In India’, DRDO told as govt opts out of $500-mn missile deal with Israel India Tv
In an apparent push for indigenous manufacturing and reduce India’s dependence on defence imports, the central government is learnt to have decided to walk out of advanced negotiations for a $500 million deal with Israel to purchase 1600 Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
North Korea’s state sponsor of terrorism tag a pressure tactic: US Indian Express
North Korea’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism is part of a series of steps to put pressure on the reclusive nation, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, asserting that America’s intention was to hold Pyongyang accountable for its recent actions, reports news agency PTI.
North Korea ‘aggressively’ working on ballistic missile submarine: Report Hindustan Times
Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an “aggressive schedule” to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.
Adventurer declares himself ‘king’ of unclaimed land in North Africa Fox News
An Indian adventurer dodged terrorists in the barren desert to stake ownership to a strip of land between Sudan and Egypt that neither country has claimed. Syash Dixit, a computer coder from Indore, India, undertook a perilous six-hour drive and declared himself king of the Kingdom of Dixit in Bir Tawil, an 800-square mile tract that Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings said in a 2011 article was there for the taking if anyone was up to the challenge.
Zimbabwe crisis: Robert Mugabe is 'safe', army says in TV address as it denies coup Telegraph UK
Zimbabwe's army has denied it has carried out a coup after troops took over the state broadcaster and soldiers patrolled the streets of the capital. Military officers read an address live on state TV in the early hours of Wednesday, saying President Robert Mugabe was "safe" and his "security is guaranteed".
Trump, Modi want India, US to have world’s greatest armies: White House Lalit K. Jha & Manash Pratim Bhuyan, Mint
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged that the US and India should have the world’s greatest militaries as they discussed bilateral strategic partnership and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, according to the White House.
India-US relationship going to get stronger under Donald Trump: White House Economic Times
The India-US relationship is going to get stronger and better under the Trump administration in a wide range of areas, including regional security issues, trade and economy, terrorism, a senior White House official has said.
Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war Economic Times
Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the casualties occurring in an area rebuilt after their ruinous 1980s war.
Lebanon crisis: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of detaining Saad Hariri Firstpost
Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday accused Saudi Arabia of detaining Prime Minister Saad Hariri and of asking the Shiite movement's arch-foe Israel to launch strikes.
US, South Korea start 4-day naval drills in clear warning to North Hindu
Significantly, the exercises that began in waters off the South come against the backdrop of Trump’s Asian visit. The United States and South Korea on Saturday started joint naval exercises that will involve three U.S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.
Trump, Xi agree to jointly fight terror in S Asia Pioneer
China on Thursday said President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reached a consensus on fighting terrorism and upholding peace and stability in South Asia, amid America ramping up pressure on Pakistan to dismantle terror safe havens.
Priti Patel resigns as UK minister over Israel trip row Times of India
Britain's senior-most Indian-origin minister Priti Patel resigned from her Cabinet post over her unauthorised secret meetings with Israeli politicians, after a meeting at Downing Street with Prime Minister Theresa May.

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