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India will always remain grateful to Subhas Chandra Bose: PM Modi Hindu
India will always remain grateful to Subhas Chandra Bose for his bravery and indelible contribution to resisting colonialism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. Paying tributes to Bose on his 123rd birth anniversary, the prime minister said that he stood up for the progress and well-being of his fellow Indians.
If a country wants a National Register of Citizens, why should it be opposed: Rajnath Singh Vatsala Gaur, Economic Times
No one will be pressured during the enumeration process of the National Population Register (NPR), senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday. “If any government official, during the NPR exercise, asks you for your name, address, date of birth, name of your father, when did you come…you won’t be pressurised to answer. Whatever you reveal will be noted down,” Singh said at a pro-CAA BJP rally in Meerut.
‘Spews venom, propagates false narratives’: India takes on Pakistan at UN Hindustan Times
India again took on Pakistan at the United Nations for raking up the Kashmir issue at the international forum. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Nagaraj Naidu said Pakistan spews venom and propagates false narratives.
JP Nadda, Old Party Warhorse & Trusted Modi-Shah Lieutenant, is New BJP President News18
BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who has long been seen as the choice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah for the job, on Monday officially took over the reins of the BJP from Amit Shah. Top party leaders, including Union ministers and those from states, were present at the BJP headquarters to file nominations in support of Nadda.
Advocate urges Nirbhaya's mother to learn from Sonia Gandhi, forgive convicts Akriti Dixit, One India
A senior advocate Indira Jaising urged the mother of Nirbhaya to forgive the convicts of Nirbhaya who brutally raped and killed her on 2012. The incident shocked the entire nation and made government to bring a change in the judiciary system of our country. Seven years after fighting a long battle for justice Nirbhaya's mother has been urged to forgive the convicts of such heinous crime.
India’s first satellite of 2020 Gsat-30 successfully launched Hindustan Times
In the first mission of the year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India’s forty-first communication satellite – GSAT 30 – was on Friday launched by the European commercial launcher Arianespace. The satellite will enhance television broadcasting, satellite-based news gathering, and direct-to-home services.
Walmart sacks around 50 executives from Real Estate division in India: Report News18
Walmart Inc, the world's largest retailer, has fired around 50 of its India executives as part of its restructuring in the country, three sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The move underscores the struggles Walmart has faced in expanding its wholesale business in India. The Bentonville, Ark. based company currently operates 28 wholesale stores where it sells goods to small shopkeepers, and not to retail consumers.
15 Foreign Envoys in J&K, itinerary includes lunch with Political leaders Anindita Sanyal, NDTV
Envoys from 15 nations -- including the US -- are in Jammu and Kashmir for a two-day visit to check on the ground situation in the newly created union territory. This is the second time a foreign delegation is visiting Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre scrapped the special status of the state under Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcated it into two union territories.
Indian Navy deploys warships, aircraft in gulf amid US, Iran tensions NDTV
The Indian Navy has deployed warships in the Gulf region to ensure security of India's sea-borne trade and effectively respond to any emergent situation in the wake of fast escalating tension between the US and Iran, officials said on Wednesday.
Trump says no Americans harmed in attack by Iran, offers peace Pioneer
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that no Americans were harmed in the attack by Iran on US bases in Iraq as he offered to embrace peace along with the Iranian leadership, in a significant move to de-escalate the tensions in the Middle East.
Boeing 737 jet crashes in Iran shortly after take off: All 176 on board killed Mint
A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 passengers crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all on board, officials in Iran said. The Boeing 737 had departed Imam Khomeini International Airport before dawn bound for the Ukrainian capital Kiev, semi-official news agency ISNA said.
Red Carpet Welcome for Ministers at Kota Hospital even as Infant Death Toll Rises to 104; CM Faces Fire News18
Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, which has been in the news for deaths of over 100 infants since the start of December, once again courted controversy on Friday after authorities were seen rolling out carpets to welcome ministers visiting the premises. The incident comes at a time when two more infants have died at the hospital, taking the death toll to 104.
In building case against Soleimani, Trump cites New Delhi, London attacks Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
President Donald Trump on Friday called Iran’s Qasem Soleimani the world’s “number-one terrorist”, who had a hand in plots across the world from New Delhi to London, and said he ordered his killing to “stop a war” and not start one even as thousands of additional US troops were sent to the region.
India needs to pay more attention to China border, says new Army chief Naravane Times of India
The new Army chief Lieutenant General MM Naravane on Wednesday said that India needs to pay more attention to its border along China and asserted that the force is capable of dealing with any security challenge.
Youth question system but detest anarchy: PM Modi Times of India
In comments that come after protests and violence on some campuses over the Citizenship Amendment Act, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded youth for appreciating the system and "courageously" questioning it when it does not respond properly even as he emphasised that young people did not favour anarchy of any sort.
Hemant Soren takes oath as Jharkhand CM, opposition leaders cheer him on Hindustan Times
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren on Sunday took oath as the 11th chief minister of Jharkhand as top opposition leaders turned up at the swearing-in ceremony in state capital Ranchi in a show of unity. Governor Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office and secrecy to Hemant Soren as people shouted slogans of “Jai Jharkhand”.
Ajit Pawar may return as deputy CM, Aaditya Thackeray to join Maharashtra cabinet as Uddhav expands team News18
NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an overnight coup to become deputy chief minister for 48 hours, may make a dramatic return on Monday as the Maharashtra cabinet is set for expansion.
Cong misleading people, CAA has no provision to take away citizenship: Shah Pioneer
Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Friday hit out at the opposition Congress, accusing the party of misleading people over the amended Citizenship Act. He also clarified that the legislation had no provision to take away citizenship.
There is dissatisfaction over water quality in Delhi: Modi Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said there is dissatisfaction among people in Delhi over "unclean" drinking water and this is a worrisome issue. "You must have seen in Delhi these days there was so much awareness regarding water and also dissatisfaction (over its quality). There is a concern from all over that Delhi is the national capital and drinking water is unclean. This has become a worrisome issue," Modi said.
New citizenship law is a domestic matter of India, says Russia envoy Hindustan Times
Russia believes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is a domestic issue of India, though any issues related to it should be resolved through dialogue without any escalation of the situation, a senior Russian diplomat said on Monday.
JMM-Congress-RJD alliance set to form government in Jharkhand Times of India
The opposition alliance of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress and the RJD is set to form the next government in Jharkhand displacing the BJP which ruled the state for the last 5 years.
Raghubar Das, several BJP Ministers lose seats as Jharkhand becomes 5th State to slip out of Party's hand News18
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Raghubar Das conceded defeat in the Jharkhand assembly elections on Monday as he lost not just the chief minister's chair but also his MLA seat, while an opposition alliance won the polls that rubbed out the saffron party's footprints in another state which backed it for Parliament just months ago.
‘Urban Naxals, Cong lying on detention centres for Muslims’: PM Modi on CAA Hindustan Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused Congress and “urban Naxals” of spreading rumours and misleading and inciting people over the citizenship act during a massive rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan amid countrywide protests over the new legislation.
Those born before July 1, 1987 or whose parents born before that are Indian citizens: Govt Mint
Anyone born in India before July 1, 1987 or whose parents were born before that date are bona fide Indian citizens according to law and need not worry due to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) or a possible countrywide NRC, a top government official said on Friday.
'No need for Indian citizens of any religion to worry about CAA, NRC' Times of India
The government has urged people not to get misled and fall victim to the misinformation campaign by vested interests over the citizenship Amendment Act and National Rigister of citizens (NRC). Here is a fact sheet in the form of Q&A based on inputs from government sources to help people understand the issue.
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  National
Centre seeks guidelines on execution of convicts Hindu
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on January 22 moved the Supreme Court to frame guidelines to execute death penalty of condemned prisoners within seven days of rejection of their mercy petitions.
Nitish Kumar snubs Pavan Varma who red-flagged Delhi alliance with BJP Hindustan Times
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday finally responded to party leader Pavan K Varma’s letter questioning the Janata Dal (United) decision to extend the alliance with the BJP to Delhi. Kumar said he was surprised by Varma’s public statements and made it clear that the former diplomat was free to exit the party if he wanted.
Pandits will return to Kashmir Valley with dignity, says Ram Madhav Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times
Having fulfilled its long-pending promise of negating Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the next objective for the party is to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley.
No pardon for Delhi gang rape convict Mukesh Singh, MHA tells President Hindustan Times
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asked President Ram Nath Kovind to reject Delhi gang rape convict Mukesh Singh’s plea for mercy, according to news agency Press Trust of India. Shah’s recommendation to the President that ends any possibility of Mukesh Singh escaping the gallows is reported to have been sent last night, people familiar with the development said.
TMC govt not implementing central schemes as there is 'no cut money', says PM as Mamata skips event Pioneer
Taking a swipe at the Mamata Banerjee Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged it was not implementing central schemes as they do not help "syndicates" or involve "cut money".
Naval version of Tejas successfully takes off from aircraft carrier in major feat Pioneer
The naval version of the indigenously-built Tejas light combat aircraft on Sunday successfully took off from the "ski-jump" deck of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramadity in a big leap in overall development of the jet.
CAA: Pro-BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta Gheraoed, 'Locked In' at Visva-Bharati Wire
In a series of tweets on Wednesday evening,  Swapan Dasgupta, the pro-BJP journalist who is a nominated MP in the Rajya Sabha, said he had been locked into a room along with around 70 people at Visva-Bharti University in West Bengal after a “howling mob” that he alleged was “itching for confrontation” gheraoed the venue of a talk he delivered on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Air India, AI Express rerouting flights that usually take Iranian airspace Pioneer
Hours after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 people crashed near Tehran and Iranian government conducted missile strikes against US military bases in Iraq, Air India said it is temporarily rerouting its flights and that of its subsidiary Air India Express which use Iranian airspace.
Ant-CAA stir: 46 served notices for damaging public property in UP's Muzaffarnagar Pioneer
The district adminstration has sent notices to 46 people for their alleged involvement in damaging public property during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests here. The notices to 46 people have been sent by a panel set up under additional district magistrate Amit Kumar by the authorities.
India close to concluding a trade package with US: Shringla Pioneer
India and the US are close to concluding a trade package that would provide enhanced market access to both countries, India's outgoing Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.
445 Bangladeshi nationals caught returning from India in last two months since publication of Assam NRC, says BGB chief Firstpost
Bangladesh's paramilitary force chief said on Thursday that a total of 445 Bangladeshi nationals returned from India in last two months following the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the Indian government. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam disclosed the figure during a press briefing.
Can Provide Citizenship act in Italian to Rahul Gandhi, says Amit Shah Anindita Sanyal, NDTV
The Citizenship Amendment Act is not against the minorities and there is no question of its being withdrawn, Union minister Amit Shah reiterated today amid continuing protests against the law that has been perceived by many as "anti-Muslim".
India condemns vandalism at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan Hindu
An agitated mob pelted stones from a nearby area towards the place of worship after a dispute broke out over the alleged abduction and conversion of a Sikh girl. India on January 3 strongly condemned acts of vandalism at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.
IMA scam: CBI raids two Income Tax officials, properties across Bengaluru and TN NewsMinute
In another development in the probe in the Rs 4,000-crore I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) ponzi scam in Bengaluru, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided two senior Income Tax sleuths in Bengaluru. Three other middlemen associated with the company were also probed, officials said.
2 soldiers killed in exchange of fire with terrorists along Line of Control, says Army Hindustan Times
Two Indian Army soldiers were killed early on Wednesday in a gunfight with heavily-armed Pakistani infiltrators along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalal area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Two Indian Army soldiers have been martyred during a cordon and search operation in Kalal area of Nowshera sector. The operation is still in progress. Further details are awaited,” said Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand.
Indian Navy bans smartphones, social media on bases, ships Hindustan Times
After the recent arrest of seven navy personnel for allegedly leaking sensitive information to an espionage racket with links to Pakistan, the Indian Navy has issued direction to ban the use of all smartphones and social networking platforms on-board ships and naval bases.
Navy plans to build 24 submarines, six of them nuclear powered Hindustan Times
To strengthen its underwater fleet, the Indian Navy plans to build 24 submarines, including six nuclear attack submarines, a parliamentary panel was told. The Navy also told the panel that Medium Refit Life Certification (MRLC) of submarine Sindhuraj has been held up since the Russian side has not been able to submit bank guarantees and integrity pact due to sanctions imposed by the US.
Maximum age limit for Chief of Defence Staff put at 65, Government amends rules Mint
The defence ministry has amended rules to allow the Chief of Defence Staff to serve up to a maximum age limit of 65 years. The changes have been made in the services rules of the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force for extension of retirement age of the Chief of Defence Staff to a maximum of 65 years if a service chief is appointed to the post.
IAF's MiG-27 decommissioned from Air Force Pioneer
The iconic MiG-27 was decommissioned from the Indian Air Force at Jodhpur air base on Friday. After serving the IAF for over three decades, the fleet of MiG-27 had their last sortie from the air base on Friday. Jodhpur air base had the squadron of seven MiG-27.
CAA will not be implemented in Bengal as long as I am alive: Mamata Pioneer
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said that as long as she is alive the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be implemented in Bengal. None can snatch away the rights of the people of the country, like citizenship, the Trinamool Congress supremo said at a programme here.
125 crore residents now have Aadhaar: UIDAI Pioneer
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Friday said that 125 crore residents of India now have Aadhaar. "The achievement comes along with the rapidly increasing use of Aadhaar as the primary identity document by the Aadhaar holders. This is evident from the fact that Aadhaar-based authentication services have been used close to 37,000 crore times since inception," an official statement said here.
‘Rioters have been silenced’: Yogi Adityanath on police crackdown, property seizure Hindustan Times
The actions taken by the Yogi Adityanath-led government has “shocked” every protester into silence, the chief minister’s office has said in a series of tweets amid criticism against the crackdown during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.
Oppn led by Cong created confusion over CAA, misled people: Shah Pioneer
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday accused the opposition of creating confusion over the Citizenship Amendment Act and spoiling the atmosphere in the national capital by misleading the people. Addressing an event organised by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Shah  said the time is up for the Kejriwal government in Delhi and the BJP will form the next government in the national capital.
‘This is not leadership’: Army chief Bipin Rawat slams anti-CAA protests Hindustan Times
Outgoing Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the protests over the new citizenship law, saying leaders emerge from crowds but are not those who “lead people in inappropriate directions”.
Delhi in for second-coldest December since 1901 Indian Express
With a numbing cold continuing to sweep through Delhi-NCR, the region is expected to record its second-coldest December since 1901, the weather department said on Thursday. “The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997,” an official of the India Meteorological Department said.
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  The Courts
Supreme Court refuses to stay Citizenship Amendment Act without hearing government Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, is “uppermost in everybody's minds”, but refused to stay the law without hearing the government first.
Govt to take management control of Unitech, Supreme Court agrees Mint
The Supreme Court today Monday accepted the proposal of the Centre to take over the management control of embattled realty firm Unitech Limited. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud gave two months to the new board of Unitech to prepare the resolution framework of the company and sought its report.
2012 Delhi gangrape convicts to be hanged on 1 Feb at 6 am Shaswati Das, Mint
A Delhi court on Friday issued fresh death warrants against the four convicts, hours after the mercy petition of one of the convicts was rejected. They will be hanged on 1 February at 6 am.
SC 9-judge bench commences hearing on pleas on discrimination against women at religious places Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Monday commenced hearing on issues related to discrimination against women in various religions and at religious places including Kerala's Sabarimala Temple. A nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that it was not considering review pleas in the Sabarimala case.
No evidence found of murder of children in Muzaffarpur shelter home case: CBI tells SC Pioneer
The CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that there was no evidence of murder of children in the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The probe agency told the top court that two skeletons were recovered but later in forensic investigation it was found to be that of a woman and a man.
Four convicted in 2008 Jaipur bomb blasts; one person acquitted Indian Express
A special Jaipur court on Wednesday convicted four persons in connection with the 2008 Jaipur serial bomb blasts which killed 80 and injured scores of others. “In all the eight cases [which were filed following the blasts] five accused were caught. The prosecution had filed a challan against all the five.
SC upholds death penalty of Nirbhaya convict Akshay Kumar Singh NewsMinute
The Supreme Court has rejected the review plea of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder convict Akshay Kumar Singh who had moved court seeking commutation of his sentence. This comes a day after Chief Justice of India recused and a bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna upheld the death penalty.
Lift veil of unholy nexus between Citizenship Act and NRC: Owaisi to SC NewsMinute
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) appears to have an unholy nexus with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise, said Asaduddin Owaisi, Lok Sabha member from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in a petition challenging the Act in the Supreme Court.
SC sets up inquiry commission to probe encounter of Telangana rape and murder accused News18
The Supreme Court appointed on Thursday a three-member inquiry commission headed by former apex court judge VS Sirpurkar to inquire into the circumstances leading to the encounter killing of the four accused in the gang rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana.
Bombay HC seeks RBI reply on Kochhar's termination Deccan Herald
The Bombay High Court on Monday sought responses from the Reserve Bank on a plea by Chanda Kochhar challenging her termination as the chief executive and managing director of ICICI Bank, months after she voluntarily left the second-largest private sector lender.
Ayodhya verdict: Hindu Mahasabha files review petition over 5-acre land to Muslims Indian Express
A month after the Ayodhya verdict, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Monday filed a petition seeking review of the Supreme Court’s decision to allocate an alternative five-acre plot to the Muslim side to build a mosque.
Delhi pollution: SC partially lifts ban on construction, allows work only during day time Indian Express
The Supreme Court on Monday partially lifted its ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR, allowing work from 6 am to 6 pm, even as the air quality in the national capital remained in the “very poor” category for the sixth consecutive day.
Telangana high court to hear petition against encounter of 4 accused in rape-murder of veterinarian Hindustan Times
The Telangana High Court will on Monday hear the case of encounter deaths of the four men accused of raping and killing a 26-year-old veterinary doctor last month. The court had on Friday directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four accused till 8pm on December 9.
SC to hear on Wednesday DMK's plea alleging quota given in TN local body polls as per 1991 census Pioneer
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday a fresh plea of the DMK alleging that the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission had decided to grant quota to women and SC/ST candidates in local bodies elections on the basis of 1991 census instead of 2011 census.
Hyderabad encounter fake? HC orders bodies of accused to be preserved till Dec 9 NewsMinute
Following a writ petition by civil rights activists seeking judicial intervention into the reported encounter of the four accused in the rape of murder of a Hyderabad vet, the Telangana High court on Friday directed the government to preserve the bodies of the four men till Monday, December 9.
Another Kerala woman allegedly stopped from entering Sabarimala moves SC; plea to be heard next week Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear next week the plea of a Kerala woman who was allegedly prevented from visiting the Sabarimala temple despite the apex court's verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine.
Akbar Owaisi booked for alleged hate speech, after complaint in Telangana court NewsMinute
Just days after an order by a local court, the Saidabad police in Hyderabad registered a case against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi. Owaisi has now been booked under Sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 153(B) (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 506 (Criminal Intimidation) of the IPC.
Supreme Court's second clean chit on Rafale a big boost for PM Modi Times of India
The Supreme Court's clean chit to the Rafale deal is a major win for PM Narendra Modi who transparency in defence contracts a major poll issue while attacking the Congress regime's controversies like AgustaWestland and Pilatus besides 2G and Coalgate.
INX Media case: Delhi court extends Chidambaram's judicial custody till Nov 27 Pioneer
A Delhi court Wednesday extended the judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram till November 27 in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the senior Congress leader was produced before the court through video conference.
Chief Justice of India under RTI Act: SC to pronounce verdict on November 13 Money Control
The Supreme Court will pronounce on November 12 its verdict on a plea challenging the Delhi High Court decision bringing the office of the chief justice of India under the Right to Information Act. A five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce the judgement at 2 pm. Other members of the bench are Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Shiv Sena moves Supreme Court against Governor denying request for time Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times
Minutes after the Centre imposed President’s rule in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said it will approach the Supreme Court over Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari rejecting its request to give it some more time to prove its ability to form the government and passing on the invitation to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party.
Ayodhya: Nirmohi Akhara is not a shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla, says SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Saturday said in its verdict in the politically-sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya that the Nirmohi Akhara is not a shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla.
Why only ‘babus’ picked for CIC, 4 aides posts: SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners.
  Business
Rupee slips 3 paise against US dollar in early trade Hindu
The rupee depreciated by 3 paise to 71.22 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday amid rising demand for the greenback vis-a-vis other currencies overseas, even as crude oil prices eased.
Sensex rises over 250 pts; L&T, Axis Bank rally 3% Hindu
Market benchmark Sensex rose over 250 points on Thursday tracking gains in L&T, Axis Bank and Infosys, despite massive selloff in global equities. The 30-share BSE index was trading 233.92 points or 0.57% higher at 41,349.30. Similarly, the broader NSE was trading 60.80 points, or 0.50%, up at 12,167.70.
Budget 2020: FM Nirmala Sitharaman may propose 5% tax on income up to Rs 7 lakh Money Control
With expectations of a significant income relief for the middle class rising, it appears Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman could meet them when she presents Union Budget 2020. Sources have told CNBC Awaaz's Manish Desai that the 5 percent income tax slab may be relaxed from Rs 2.5 lakh-Rs 5 lakh currently to Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
State Bank chairman says YES Bank ‘will not be allowed to fail’ Jeanette Rodrigues & Haslinda Amin, Economic Times
The head of India’s biggest lender said he’s certain “some solutions will emerge” to steady Yes Bank, which has been on a prolonged quest to raise new capital. “Yes Bank is a significant player in the market with an almost $40 billion balance sheet,” State Bank of IndiaNSE 0.46 % Chairman Rajnish Kumar told Bloomberg Television in Davos. “I have a feeling that it will not be allowed to fail,” he added.
Sensex pares losses, Vodafone Idea surges 15% Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian markets were lower today but off the day's lows. The Sensex was down about 60 points at 41,463 after falling over 200 points in early trade. The broader Nifty also pared losses and held above 12,200. The global cues were weak.
RBI releases minutes of board meeting for first time Atmadip Ray, Economic Times
The Reserve Bank of India has taken a step in improving transparency of its business at the board meetings by releasing the minutes of the meeting, for the first time. While the nature of the board is that of advisory in nature, its deliberations have evinced much interest when Urjit Patel was governor during which time the board was divided on its role and functions.
Income tax department lets ‘deserving’ assessees to pay up 20% tax demand in parts Sugata Ghosh, Economic Times
What does the taxman do when the money market dries up and businesses struggle? It tries to figure out a way to inch towards a punishing tax target that the government has set by giving a little breathing space to companies and businesses — the prime taxpayers. Mumbai, which accounts for the highest contribution to income tax in the country, is trying it out.
Piramal to sell healthcare insights, analytics business for $950 million Dhirendra Tripathi, Mint
Piramal Enterprises (PEL) on Friday informed the stock exchanges its fully-owned arm, PEL DRG Dutch HoldCo BV, would sell its healthcare insights and analytics business to NYSE-listed Clarivate Analytics Plc for $950 million. The deal includes $900 million on closing and $50 million to be received at the end of 12 months thereon.
Vodafone Idea may pay part of AGR dues to stay afloat Devina Sengupta & Anandita Singh Mankotia, Economic Times
Vodafone Idea (VIL) may offer the government a small part of its statutory dues by January 23 to ensure it doesn’t get a defaulter’s tag or incur the displeasure of the Supreme Court, and then seek some relief, in a bid to bring back the telecom company from the jaws of insolvency, three people familiar with the matter said. Simultaneously, the telco plans to seek an extension of the January 23 deadline from the Supreme Court.
Consumer strength lifts RIL Q3 net by 13.5% to record ₹11,640 cr Kalpana Pathak & Ashwin Ramarathinam, Mint
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) reported its highest ever quarterly net profit of ?11,640 crore in the December quarter, up 13.55% from ?10,251 crore in the year-ago period.
Sensex hits record high; Bharti Airtel, RIL lead gains Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Shaking off a weak start, Indian markets edged higher today amid firm global equities. The Sensex rose 130 to 42,063.93, a new intra-day high. The broader Nifty rose 0.2% to 12,385.45. Telecom stocks were in focus today after the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the pleas of telecom majors, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, seeking review of certain directions of the apex court on recovery of past dues amounting to ?1.47 lakh crore from telecom service providers.
Gold prices set for biggest weekly fall in two months Asha Sistla, Mint
Gold edged lower on Friday, on track to post its worst week in two months, as positive US economic data and optimism over an interim US-China trade deal boosted appetite for riskier assets and dented some of bullion's allure.
Budget 2020: Date, time and expectations from Modi government on income tax rate cut Nikhil Agarwal, Mint
Amid expectations of an income tax rate cut and other stimulus to boost demand as India's economy slows down, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her second Union Budget on February 1. Powered by hopes of a favourable Budget, both the Sensex and Nifty have created fresh records in what seems like a pre-Budget rally in the share market.
Forensic audit finds no fraud, fund diversion at Reliance Home Finance Economic Times
Reliance Home Finance on Sunday said an independent forensic audit, mandated by lenders, has found no fraud, embezzlement or diversion and siphoning of funds in the company that is seeking debt resolution.
In a first, Delhi Development Authority sells CWG Village flats at 30% discount Faizan Haidar, Economic Times
The slowdown in the real estate industry has taken a toll on the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). For the first time, the authority has reduced flat rates by over 30%. Officials said that DDA was trying to sell about 120 premium flats in Commonwealth Games Village but was unable to do so due to high rates. About a decade ago, when the Commonwealth Games Village came up, some of the plush three-bedroom flats in the residential complex were sold for more than Rs 7 crore.
Infosys gains on Q3 earnings, clean chit on whistleblower complaint Pranati Deva, CNBC
Infosys shares rose 3.5 percent on Monday after the IT major reported a 23.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) jump in consolidated net profit, at Rs 4,457 crore, for the third quarter ended December 2019. In the corresponding quarter last year, the company posted a net profit of Rs 3,610 crore. CNBC-TV18 poll had predicted a profit of Rs 4,200 for the quarter under review.
Oil surges as Iran attacks Iraq base housing US troops Mint
Oil futures surged in New York after Iran said it started attacks on an Iraqi airbase that hosts U.S. troops. Spot gold also jumped. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 4.4% to $65.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after Iran’s state television reported the country started operation “Martyr Soleimani" at dawn with several rockets being fired at Ayn al-Asad base in Iraq.
Sensex surges 500 points as US-Iran tensions subside, SBI, ICICI Bank lead gains Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian stock markets jumped sharply today as US-Iran tension appeared to subside. Benchmark index Sensex rallied nearly 500 points to 41,318 while the broader Nifty crossed 12,150 in early trade. The gains were broad-based as a slide in oil prices also boosted sentiment. Metal, banking and auto stocks led the gains. Some softness was seen in IT stocks due to firmness in the rupee.
Gold price: Yellow metal hits fresh record high as Iran attacks US forces Money Control
India Gold February futures hit a fresh record high on January 8 tracking gains in international spot prices which surged past $1,600 an ounce mark after Iran fired rockets at Iraqi airbase which hosts US forces that triggered risk-off sentiment.
Govt further opens up coal mining; allows non-coal cos to bid, removes end-use restriction Money Control
In a bid to attract investments and boost domestic coal production, the government on January 8 approved promulgation of an ordinance to open up coal mining in the country to non-coal companies while removing restrictions on end-use of the fuel.
Adani Ports to buy majority stake in Krishnapatnam Port for $1.89 billion Money Control
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) said on January 3 it would buy a 75 percent stake in Krishnapatnam Port Co Ltd (KPCL) for an enterprise value of 135.72 billion rupees ($1.89 billion).
Gangwal seeks to ease rules on shareholdings in IndiGo; EGM on 29 Jan Mint
One of the co-founders of Indian airline IndiGo is seeking to modify rules on the sale and purchase of shares by its main shareholders amid a bitter spat with his founding partner in the country's largest carrier.
Income tax department issues new 2020 calendar for taxpayers with all deadlines Nikhil Agarwal, Mint
The income tax department has issued a new calendar for the year 2020 having a list of all the important tax-related deadlines. Designed as the "File-it-yourself" calendar to help taxpayers file their income tax returns easily, the e-calendar maps your ITR filing journey.
Cyrus Mistry brought my group disrepute, says Ratan Tata in his SC plea Economic Times
Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order in favour of Cyrus Mistry, saying that the ruling was infirm and prejudicial to the interests of Tata Sons and its shareholders.
Railways announces fare hike effective from Jan 1 NewsMinute
On the New Year's eve, the railways announced fare hike across its network, excluding suburban trains, effective from January 1, 2020, according to an order issued on Tuesday. While suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares were increased by 1 paise per km of journey.
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644 militants surrender in Assam Hindu
A total of 644 militants of eight banned insurgent outfits surrendered in Assam on Thursday along with 177 arms, police said. The members belonging to the eight insurgent groups — ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB — surrendered in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme here.
Jharkhand: Days after cases withdrawn, 7 killed over Pathalgadi Abhishek Angad, Indian Express
Seven persons were taken hostage and later killed, allegedly by armed supporters of the Pathalgadi self-rule movement, in a village in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, police said Wednesday. All seven, police said, had been decapitated by their abductors.
Delhi assembly polls 2020: It’s BJP’s Sunil Yadav against Arvind Kejriwal Hindustan Times
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Sunil Yadav to fight against chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal from the New Delhi constituency in the assembly elections next month. In a list released late on Monday, the opposition party in the national capital released the names of 10 candidates, including Sunil Yadav’s, for the Delhi assembly election 2020.
BJP releases first list of 57 candidates for Delhi polls Pioneer
The BJP on Friday released its first list of 57 candidates for the February 8 polls to the 70-member Delhi Assembly, fielding sitting MLA Vijender Gupta and former mayors Ravinder Gupta and Yogender Chandolia.
Jaish module busted, 5 terrorists held: J&K police Times of India
Ahead of the Republic Day, J&K police have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) module and arrested five of its “active” members involved in recent incidents of terror in the city, a senior police officer said on Thursday.
Sporadic incidents violence across Bengal as strikers try to Enforce bandh Pioneer
Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from various parts of West Bengal on Wednesday as trade union activists backed by Left and Congress members tried to enforce the 24-hour strike against the Centre's "anti people" policies. The strikers blocked rail and roads in several parts of the state affecting normal life.
Lashkar militant arrested from hospital in J-K’s Srinagar, say police Hindustan Times
A Lashkar-e-Taiba millitant was arrested from a hospital here on Saturday, police said. Nisar Ahmad Dar, a resident of the Hajin area of Bandipore district in north Kashmir, was arrested by the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in the city, a police official said.
SMS on Postpaid Mobiles, Internet Services in Kashmir's Govt Hospitals Restored after 150 Days News18
Internet services in all government-run hospitals and SMS facility to all postpaid mobile phones in Kashmir were restored from the midnight of December 31 midnight, PTI reported Jammu and Kashmir official spokesperson Rohit Kansal as saying.
Kerala Assembly asks Centre to annul Citizenship Amendment Act Hindu
The Assembly on Tuesday just about unanimously passed a resolution pressurising the Centre to withdraw the “patently anti-Muslim” Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). O Rajagopal, the only Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, was the sole dissenting voice in the House. Treasury and Opposition benches heckled him when he attempted to defend the CAA.
At 2.4 degrees, Delhi records season’s lowest temperature Hindustan Times
Delhi recorded the season’s lowest temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday morning as cold wave conditions gripped the National Capital Region with a forecast of “cold day to severe cold day conditions” over the next two days.
Mobile Internet services restored in Kargil Pioneer
Mobile Internet services were restored in Kargil district of Ladakh on Friday after remaining suspended for 145 days in the wake of the Centre abrogating provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, officials said.
28 Dead in Uttar Pradesh as North India Shivers in Intense Cold Wave News18
As the intense cold wave grips northern states of the country, 28 deaths have been reported from Uttar Pradesh with the weather department predicting Sunday to be the coldest day of December. However, the government has not officially released the number of deaths and the death toll has been based on reports from various districts. So far 10 deaths have been reported from Kanpur, four each in Varanasi and Mahoba, two each in Shravasti, Banda and Mainpuri and one in Lucknow.
Peaceful protests to continue till CAA is revoked: Mamata Pioneer
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday warned the BJP of not to "play with fire" and threatened the saffron party of continuous movement till the new citizenship law is revoked. Speaking at a protest rally in the city, the Trinamool Congress supremo said the BJP paints other parties in black and takes pride to portray itself in white.
Protests against Citizenship Act continue unabated in Assam Hindu
Protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, continued unabated across Assam on Thursday, primarily under the aegis of student bodies AASU and AJYCP, with agitators vowing not to relent till the law is scrapped.
Karnataka mulls going the UP way: To make protesters pay for damage to public property NewsMinute
The Karnataka government is looking to emulate the Uttar Pradesh government, asking alleged protesters to pay for the damage inflicted on public properties in Mangaluru during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests on December 19. Police opened fire during the protests leading to the deaths of two people. 
No NRC in Andhra Pradesh, says Jagan Mohan Reddy amid nationwide anti-CAA protests Rishika Sadam, News18
Joining the list of states opposing the proposed implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said his government would support the move under no circumstances.
9 dead, 3 injured after fire breaks out at cloth godown in Delhi’s Kirari Prawesh Lama, Hindustan Times
Nine people died and three others were injured in a fire that broke out in a three-storey building in outer Delhi’s Kirari. The Delhi Fire Services said that seven fire tenders were sent to the spot after they received information about the fire at 12.30 am.
Madras HC declining to stop rally a big victory: M K Stalin D Govardan, Times of India
DMK president MK Stalin on Suday said the observations of the Madras high court and its decision not to stop the rally, planned by his party and its alliance partners, to condemm the BJP and the AIADMK for the Citizenship Amendment Act, on Monday in Chennai was "a big victory" for its fight against the CAA. Stalin also thanked the AIADMK government for giving enough publicity for the rally by sending someone close to them to rush to the hight court to try and prevent the rally.
Pro-CAA protest held in Bengaluru, but permission denied for anti-CAA 'sathyagraha' Theja Ram, NewsMinute
Amidst large-scale protests across India against the Citizenship Amendment Act, several right-wing groups held a protest in support of the CAA on Sunday in Bengaluru.
Assam holds pro-CAA rally for peace and harmony amid violent protests nationwide Financial Express
At a time when the country is witnessing a series of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday led a mammoth pro-citizenship law rally calling for peace and harmony in the northeastern state.
Polling concludes in Jharkhand Assembly election; 71.69% turnout as final phase of voting passes off peacefully, say EC officials Firstpost
The fifth and final phase of polling in 16 Assembly constituencies of Jharkhand passed off peacefully on Friday and an estimated 71.69 percent of the 40.05 lakh voters exercised their franchise, Election Commission officials said.
Mobile internet suspended in 14 UP districts, more than 3,500 detained after violent CAA protests Hindustan Times
Internet and text messaging services have been suspended in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, following Thursday’s large-scale violence as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) spun out of control in these areas. As many as 3,505 people have been kept under preventive custody, according to authorities. Out of these, 200 are under preventive custody in Lucknow.
Mobile internet, SMS suspended in Lucknow till Dec 21: UP govt Pioneer
Mobile internet services and SMS of all mobile service providers have been suspended in Lucknow till December 21 noon, according to an Uttar Pradesh government order. Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi issued an order to this effect late on Thursday night.
Assam Accord: MLAs meet CM Sonowal, push for implementation of Clause 6 Abhishek Saha, Indian Express
A group of Assam MLAs met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday to push for steps towards protection of Assamese language and the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, while informing him about their experience of the violence last week.
Delhi braces for another day of anti-citizenship law protest Hindustan Times
Delhi is bracing for another day of protests against the citizenship law. The Bhim Army, a political outfit, has given a call to march from Jama Masjid Area (in north Delhi) to Jantar Mantar (in central Delhi) at 1pm. The police has, however, denied permission for the event.
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Three rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad Money Control
Three rockets hit near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone, reports suggest. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made impact.
Amid trade war with US, China GDP grew 6.1% in 2019, slowest in three decades Hindustan Times
China’s economy weakened to its slowest pace in three decades in 2019 as weaker domestic demand and trade tensions with the United States took their toll, official data showed Friday. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.1 per cent last year, its worst performance since 1990, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
Rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops Money Control
A volley of rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US forces have been based, wounding four local troops, the Iraqi military said on January 12. Its statement said eight Katyusha-type rockets landed on Al-Balad airbase, wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen.
Two rockets land near Baghdad's Green Zone day after Iran attacks US base Mint
Two rockets fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said. Sirens were sounding inside the Green Zone. Police sources told Reuters at least one of the rockets fell 100 metres (yards) from the US Embassy.
'We don't retreat in face of America': Iran president Pioneer
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic's response on Wednesday to a US strike that killed one of its general shows "we don't retreat in the face of America".
Iraq says Iran informed it of imminent missile attack on US forces Pioneer
Iraq's prime minister's office said Wednesday it had received "an official verbal message" from Iran informing it that a missile attack on US forces stationed on Iraqi soil was imminent.
New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral Pioneer
A fresh air strike hit pro-Iran fighters in Iraq early Saturday, as fears grew of a proxy war erupting between Washington and Tehran a day after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general.
'A more dangerous world': Iran general's killing triggers global alarm Mint
Global powers warned Friday that the world has become a more dangerous place and urged restraint after the US assassinated Iran’s top general, although Britain and Germany also suggested that Iran shared blame for provoking the targeted killing that dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Mideast.
North Korea ready with new strategic weapon, no freeze in weapons testing: Kim Jong Un Mint
Kim Jong Un warned that North Korea would debut a “new strategic weapon" this year, saying that he was no longer bound by his self-imposed decision to freeze major weapons testing for more than two years.
White House warns North Korea over 'Christmas Gift' threat NDTV
The White House said Sunday it would consider "other tools" beyond personal diplomacy if North Korea went ahead with a threatened "Christmas gift" that could reignite global tensions over its nuclear program. Experts have interpreted the message delivered earlier this month by Pyongyang as a warning that a long-range missile test was imminent if the US did not give ground by the end of the year in negotiations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
US: 5 stabbed at synagogue in New York during Hanukkah celebrations Indian Express
A man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home north of New York City late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle, police said. The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.
India could carry out 'action of some sort' in PoK, claims Pak PM Imran Khan Pioneer
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday claimed that India could carry out "an action of some sort" in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to divert attention from its domestic issues and warned that his army was prepared for any such move.
At Least 14 Killed as Bek Air Plane with 100 on Board Crashes During Take-off in Kazakhstan's Almaty News18
At least 14 people died when a Bek Air plane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, killing at least fourteen people, the government said Friday. "There are 14 dead at the (crash) site," Almaty city government said in a statement via its official channel on the Telegram messenger app.
Israel’s Netanyahu wins ruling party leadership vote Hindustan Times
Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “huge” victory Friday, after winning a leadership primary that ensures he will lead his right-wing Likud party into March elections. Israel’s longest-serving premier, who faces a corruption indictment and a third general election in twelve months, was expected to beat rival Gideon Saar but the convincing margin of victory strengthened his position in the party he has dominated for 20 years.
Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani wins second presidential term in preliminary vote count Indian Express
Afghanistan’s president won a second term with 50.6% of the preliminary vote count, but his opponents can still challenge result, according to an announcement Sunday by the country’s election commission.
UK confirms new fast-track visa for doctors from countries such as India Hindustan Times
The UK government on Thursday confirmed plans to introduce a new visa for qualified doctors and nurses from countries around the world, including India, to address workforce shortages in the state-funded National Health Service (NHS).
Drag Musharraf's body to central square in Islamabad, hang for 3 days: Pak court Times of India
Pervez Musharraf's corpse should be dragged to the central square is islamabad and hanged for three days if the former military dictator dies before his execution, a special court in Pakistan which sentenced him to death said on thursday in a bizarre judgment.
US House starts historic session to impeach President Donald Trump Hindu
The U.S. House gaveled in for a historic session on December 18 to impeach President Donald Trump on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress, votes that will leave a lasting mark on his tenure at the White House.
US President Donald Trump impeached by US House for abuse of power, obstruction of Congress Mint
President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Willing to take back our citizens, if any, illegally staying in India: Bangladesh Times of India
Bangladesh foreign minister A K Abdul Momen on Sunday said his country has requested India to provide a list of any Bangladesh nationals living illegally in the country and it will allow them to return.
Phase one trade deal agreed: China says US to roll back tariffs in stages Economic Times
China and the US agreed on the text of a phase one trade deal that includes the removal of tariffs on Chinese goods in stages, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said, as President Donald Trump confirmed that some levies will be reduced and said the next round of talks will start immediately.
Biggest win for Tories in 32 years as Britain backs Brexit, Boris Naomi Canton, Times of India
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a thumping majority of 80 seats in Thurday's general election - the Conservative's biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher's victory in 1987 - putting him in position to pull Britain swiftly out of the European Union by January 31, 2020, the date agreed with the EU.
‘It’s a witch hunt, not fair that I am being impeached’: Donald Trump Hindustan Times
US President Donald Trump on Friday said it was unfair that he was being impeached as he had done no wrong and the country under him was doing quite good. “It’s not fair that I’m being Impeached when I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong!,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday night as a key Congressional committee, earlier in the day, approved the two articles of impeachment against him.
Bangladesh foreign minister cancels India visit, says not linked to CAB Hindustan Times
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen put off his visit to India on Thursday hours before he was to land in the national capital to participate in Delhi Dialogue, an event hosted by the foreign ministry.
Voting begins in key UK poll to define future of Brexit Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times
Britons and qualifying citizens of India and Commonwealth countries resident in the United Kingdom began voting at 0700 GMT (12.30pm IST) in elections that could determine the country’s future, and how and when it will break off from the European Union (EU).
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