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Bipin Rawat named India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Here is what you may...

The long wait and the longer debate has come to an end with this unilateral decision. What remains to be seen is indeed the larger consequences of the decision. 

Youth Cong to hold silent march against ‘suppression of voice’

"This is a symbolic protest with protesters wearing masks making a strong satirical remark against the dictatorship of the Modi government," the Youth Congress said in a statement.

Son shines in Thackeray cabinet, Ajit Pawar as Deputy Cheif Minister

Welcoming the expansion, the ruling allies Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress leaders termed it as a "well-balanced" exercise by Thackeray giving appropriate representation to all sections, communities, and regions in the state.

Fog at IGI forces 20 flights’ diversion, cancellations

"The low visibility conditions lasted from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during which 20 flights were diverted and 4 were canceled. Landings and take-offs continued using the CAT IIIB Instrument landing system during the period," sources said.

HRD Minister warns protesting students, won’t tolerate varsities becoming political hubs

Selectively keeping silent about the discrimination imbibed within the law, Pokhriyal said that there was equality for every citizen in the country irrespective of religion.

25 die in US attack on Iranian-backed militia in Iraq

"The death toll from the brutal attack on the headquarters of the Brigade 45th and 46th has reached 25, with 51 others injured," said the head of PMF directorate Jawad al-Rubaie.

CBI raids 13 places in J&K, NCR in arm licence case

Multiple CBI teams carried out the raids at the residential premises of one former Deputy Commissioner and seven former District Magistrates deputed in different districts of Jammu & Kashmir for their alleged involvement in giving nod to the arms licenses.

Increase of 5,188 sq kms in India’s forest, tree cover

Under the current assessment the total carbon stock in the country's forest is estimated at 7,124.6 million tonnes and there an increase of 42.6 million tonnes in the carbon stock of country as compared to the last assessment of 2017, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar said.

NRC in Assam: Digital mode to track excluded migrants

Assam Additional Chief Secretary (Home, Political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna told in response to a state government proposal, has approved a Rs 99 crore e-FT scheme to introduce a "biometric-based real-time" tracking system for suspected illegal immigrants identified through the NRC.

Indian Navy bans smartphones, social media on bases, ships

"All social networking platforms including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other messengers from here on now will not be allowed at the naval bases and ships," said a senior Indian Navy officer.

Indian-Americans stage anti-CAA protests

The protest on Saturday in front of the iconic Mahatma Gandhi statue across the Embassy was organized by a group of Indian-Americans from the area. The roughly 150 people that protested in Washington included many students and young professionals.

7,000 security personnel deployed in Bengaluru on NYE

Heavy police deployment, CCTVs, and drones were being installed in the city's central business district, especially on M.G. Road and Brigade Road to monitor thousands of revelers ushering in the New Year happily and peacefully.

Hockey India announces Coaching Education Pathway 2020

A simplified education structure consists of a combination of web-based modules and face-to-face interactive courses, underpinned by a competency-based assessment process, which helps the coaches in progressing to higher levels.

Amitabh Bachchan receives Dadasaheb Phalke Award

The government award is India's highest honor given in the field of cinematic art. Amitabh has been honored with the award for inspiring generations with his diverse work.

Anti-government protests cripple oil field in Iraq

Oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said in a statement on Facebook the government had temporarily suspended production of the Nassiriya oil field, which produces over 80,000 barrels a day.

“American cancer’ of religious violence rocks nation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the attack on the Jews on Saturday night as an act of "domestic terrorism," the outcome of an "American cancer".

Won’t tolerate political disruptions in varsities says HRD Minister

According to the minister, "anyone is free to take part in political activities, but colleges and universities should be kept out of the ambit of such activities".

Mann Ki Baat: PM says take inspiration from Vivekananda

Pointing to Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary on January 12, which is also celebrated as the 'National Youth Day' the Prime Minister asked the youth of the country to make a resolution for positive change.

Top 5 exciting space moments of 2019

From Chandrayaan 2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts.

Delhi NCR to get relief from cold wave in next 48 hours

The meteorologists at Skymet Weather have predicted a gradual increase in the day and night temperatures of the National Capital Territory during the next two to three days.

Afghanistan to announce peace delegates after US-Taliban deal

The delegation will represent the government of Afghanistan and it will be introduced simultaneously with the start of the intra-Afghan talks.

Murray to miss Australian Open due to pelvic injury

"Unfortunately I've had a setback and as a precaution need to work through that before competing," the Scot was quoted as saying by BBC.

Cracks on UP bridge, traffic stopped

The cracks were seen by local residents on one of the pillars on Saturday and traffic movement on the bridge was immediately stopped after the local administration was informed of it.

CAA protests: Trinamool holds sit-ins in Bengal

They are unable to provide food, jobs, prices have skyrocketed. So to confuse the people the rulers are trying to divide into religious lines by pitting Hindus and Muslims," state minister Firhad Hakim said.

IMD issues code red warning for cold wave in Delhi, Haryana

Code red, under the IMD's classification, is the highest level and a warning for the public to take action in adverse weather.

Muslim prayers in Christian Church, Kerala with unique way of protest against CAB-NRC

Kothamangalam:In Kerala, akin to its secular culture, a Christian Church has offered space for Muslims to offer prayers. Muslims were participating in the Secular...

Priyanka administers ‘Save Constitution’ oath to party workers

She is the first from the Nehru-Gandhi family to hoist the party flag at the UP Congress headquarters.

From Balakot to Rafale, CDS, eventful 2019 for defence

In a landmark decision this year, the government created the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in the rank of a four-star General.

J&K includes Accession Day holiday, axes Martyr’s Day, Sheikh Abdullah anniversary

As per the notification, 24 public holidays will be observed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir next year. The prominent changes are that two public holidays Martyrs' Day observed on July 13 and the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah on December 5.

Super ODI Series intended to have high class tourney: Ganguly

"It's a proposal. Let's see where it goes. The reason behind it is only to have a good, competitive tournament," Ganguly told Hindustan Times.

WhatsApp to add ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature soon

The new feature was expected to be available for both individual chats and group chats, but now the report claims that the feature will be limited to group chats only. The 'Delete Messages' feature for group chats will make it easy for the admins to manage old messages and chats.

Diesel up by 17-18 paise, no change in petrol price

Diesel prices were hiked by 40 paise a liter in just three days, Petrol prices, however, remained unchanged.

Shia cleric meet Yogi demands release of innocents

The cleric lauded the Lucknow police for controlling the situation which arose after the anti-CAA protests and said that action should also be taken against anti-social elements who instigated the violence.

This winter, Delhi witnessed second coldest day since 1901

The Meteorological department said that they have recorded 2.4 Degrees Celsius at Safdarjung, 3.1 Degrees Celsius at Palam and 1.9 Degree Celsius at Aya Nagar on Friday morning.

UK’s 1st-ever red phone kiosk joins cultural hall of fame

The Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) on Friday announced that the K2 prototype telephone box in London has been granted a Grade II listing, Xinhua news agency reported.

Drug nexus in Gurugram jail busted, two arrested

The crime branch officials received inputs about illegal trade of narcotics taking place inside district jail and top officials are involved in it.

Japan to send 72 athletes to 3rd Youth Winter Olympics

The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) Director Hidehito Ito, consists of 117 members, including 72 players (29 men and 43 women), and 45 coaches.

Spotify takes a dig at Facebook, bans political ads

Tech giants are facing scrutiny over political ads from the US regulators. Spotify said it would indefinitely suspend political ads because it can't sufficiently vet them. Twitter, on November 15, officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform.

Hindus form human chain to escort Muslim ‘baraat’ in UP

The violence and the subsequent curfew had unnerved the Khan family and they decided to postpone the wedding. The groom's neighbor Vimal Chapadiya, after coming to know of the problem decided to help the family.

J&K people have welcomed Union Territory status says Ram Madhav

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said that the political activity in Jammu and Kashmir is getting back to normalcy and that only 30 to 32 prominent leaders were under "preventive detention" in the Union Territory.

CAA protests point to expanding influence of PFI

The most intense violence was initially reported from several parts of the northeast, notably Assam and to some extent Tripura. Guwahati in Assam was the epicenter of the anti-CAA protests, with Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal's home district of Dibrugarh also witnessing violent protests.

14 killed in Kazakhstan plane crash

Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry said six children were among the dead, citing preliminary information, while at least 35 injured people, including eight kids, were taken to local hospitals.

CAA protests: Internet suspended in 21 UP districts

The districts where the internet has been blocked include Lucknow, Hapur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Kanpur, Ferozabad, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Bijnor, Rampur, Amroha, Bahraich, Muzaffarnagar, Sambhal, Shamli, Varanasi, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Agra, and Aligarh.

2 Pak soldiers killed in LoC ceasefire violations

However, there is no official confirmation in New Delhi about the claims Ghafoor made about Indian soldiers killed in the cross-firing.

VHP’s governing council to meet in January on Ram temple

A meeting to form Ram Mandir Trust to be held in Mangalore on December 27 will also decide the agenda for the January 20 meeting at Prayagraj.

Mamata warns BJP not to use state repression

"She said the agitation for protecting one's rights will continue, even if "one has to give one's life for that."

NPR in a new avatar invades right to privacy says Congress

Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said if the government does not bring in the NPR form that was introduced during the UPA regime, the Congress will oppose the whole exercise.

PUDR fact finding team says 2 attacks on Jamia protesters

The PUDR report said, "that ahead of December 15 the police stopped the protesters on 13th and lathi-charged and tear-gassed them while they were trying to march towards Parliament."

Cong, BJP slam Arundhati Roy over her remarks on NPR

"What nonsense is Arundhati Roy speaking! It's one thing to ask people to refuse to participate in the NPR, but to ask them to give out incorrect details is completely wrong. Who does she think she is! We don't need unsolicited advice from someone who insults our Indian Army," Congress media panelist Shama Mohamed said in a tweet.

29% Indians feel women’s safety should be focus in 2020

The survey from YouGov also revealed that less than half of this number feel the economic condition (12 percent) and job market (11 percent) should receive attention in the New Year.

It’s sunny but freezing in Himachal

Besides Shimla, other popular destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Dalhousie, and Manali too were totally devoid of the snow cover.

PM of RSS lying to nation says Rahul on detention camp in Assam

In a tweet, the Congress MP from Kerala's Wayanad said: "The Prime Minister of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is lying to the nation." He also used the hashtag #JhootJhootJhoot that means "lie, lie, lie".

Petrol, diesel prices hiked

In Delhi, petrol prices climbed to Rs 74.68 a liter as against Rs 74.63 a liter on Wednesday while diesel price rose to Rs 67.09 a liter as compared to Rs 66.99 a liter.

‘Extreme heat’ to hit Australia’s south-east

On December 17, Australia averaged 40.9 degrees, beating a January 7, 2013 record of 40.3 degrees. The next day, the bar was raised a full degree higher, at 41.9 degrees, stunning climate scientists by the size of the margin.

Shah’s rally in Shimla on Friday may hit tourists

Shah's visit to the hill station is scheduled to celebrate BJP's second-year stint in the state led by Jai Ram Thakur.

PLA digging tunnels near disputed mountain spur in Ladakh

The PLA has set up tents and has constructed underground tunnels and is constructing more tunnels at the disputed Finger 8 mountain spur near the Pangong Tso region, a source said.

No discussion on NRC a tactical retreat by Modi says Kishor

"Government could wait till Supreme Court judgment on CAA. A favorable court order and the whole process will be back," Kishor said.

Solar Eclipse: Despite cloud cover in Delhi, PM’s moment with the Sun

People of Delhi woke up to thick fog looming over the city with visibility of about 700 meters at 8.30 a.m. which deprived them of a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

BBL: Steyn, Coulter-Nile named in Melbourne Stars squad

The Stars have won their first two games and will be looking for their third win when they take on the Strikers at the Metricon Stadium on Friday night.

25 Delhi-bound trains delayed to fog in north India

25 trains were running late by over two hours to six-and-a-half hours. Rewa-Anand Vihar Express was delayed by over six hours and 30 minutes followed by Katihar-Amritsar Express, which was running behind schedule by over four hours and 30 minutes while the Brahmaputra Express was delayed by over four hours and 35 minutes.

Steve Smith enters Australia’s top 10 Test run-scorers

"The indications are he's going to finish his career in the very top bracket of batsmen through the history of the game," said Steve Smith.

Cold wave continues in Delhi, mercury drops to 5.8 degree C

"Delhi so far has recorded the longest and extremely cold spell in December month, since 1997," the India Meteorological Department said.

Fog covers partial solar eclipse in Delhi

According to scientists, the solar eclipse will be fully visible only in the southern states of India from 8.17 a.m. and will last till 10.57 a.m. in Delhi.

US military eyes information warfare to defend 2020 election

The possible targets will not include Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the officials, adding that it would be considered too provocative.

Verdict in Behmai massacre case likely on Jan 6

Phoolan, with the help of four dacoit gangs led by Ram Avtar, Mustaqeem, Ramkesh, and Lallu had raided the Behmai village on the Yamuna banks and lined up 20 Thakurs and shot them dead.

AIMPLB wants Muslims to be included in CAA

Maulana said: "The CAA is not right for the country and the community. Because of this Act, the country is witnessing disturbances. Keeping Muslims out of its ambit amounts to damaging the secular nature of India".

Clouds ‘eclipse’ celestial event in Mumbai

The rare celestial spectacle will start at 8.04 a.m. and continue for around 3 hrs.

Tribals demand separate religion in Jharkhand

It will be interesting to see whether Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led new state government implements the Sarna Code in the state or not.

Gaiety, fervour mark Christmas festivities in Karnataka

As the clock struck midnight, church bells rang loud and Christmas carols were sung by choir groups comprising men and women, with lilting music in the background.

China detains 99,000 telecom fraud suspects

The pursuit of fugitives achieved the best result in eight years.

Academicians anguished at Jadavpur varsity stir

Employees owing allegiance to the ruling Trinamool Congress showed him the black flag, incessantly shouting "go back" and blocked the Governor's car, forcing him to leave the premises after a 90-minute wait.

Andhra oil plant gutted in fire

According to police, the fire engulfed the plant belonging to Sri Chakra Oils & Extraction Private Limited at Peera Ramachandrapuram village in the Anaparthy block.

Mandzukic leaves Juventus to join Qatari side Al Duhail

The 33-year-old Mandzukic helped Croatia reach the World Cup final in 2018 and has plied his trade for Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, laying his hands on the Champions League with the latter in 2013.

Mhadei row: Protesters in Goa burn effigy of Javadekar

Incidentally, on December 18, a MoEF official in a letter to the Karnataka government had said, that an earlier letter from the central ministry giving a green nod to the Kalasa-Banduri had been kept in abeyance.

Over 100 houses gutted in Chilean wildfires

Valparaiso Mayor Jorge Sharp told Canal 24 Horas that the fires had been started "intentionally".

‘Wonder Woman’ Gadot to adapt banned Isreali novel into film

The project is based on the controversial 2014 Hebrew novel "Borderline" by Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, which was published in English by Random House as "All the Rivers".

Shimla church’s peal bring back Xmas memories

Built-in 1857 Shimla served as the summer capital of British India between 1864 and 1939. It is said to be northern India's second oldest church.

Vivo eyes AI-driven 5G devices for India market in 2020

It is now third in the India smartphone market - after Xiaomi and Samsung - and according to Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India, the brand has recorded its highest-ever market share of 23 percent for October.

Indian jr. women’s hockey team on right track going into 2020

It was India who took the title as they registered a 1-0 win in the final match against the hosts with Gagandeep Kaur scoring India's only goal.

6.2 magnitude quake hits west of Port Hardy, Canada

The epicenter, with a depth of 1.0 km, was initially determined to be at 50.573 degrees north latitude and 130.001 degrees west longitude.