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Dozens injured in Hong Kong Xmas Eve clashes

During the early hours of Tuesday night, hundreds of protesters and numerous riot control officers gathered at several shopping centers.

CBI books former Yamuna Expressway CEO, 20 others

In its a complaint, the state government alleged that the land for Yamuna Expressway was purchased in seven Mathura villages by the then Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority for Rs 85 crore in 2014 which resulted in a loss of Rs 126 crore to the state government.

Delhi records longest cold day spell since 1997 says IMD

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

iPhone XR becomes top-selling model globally in Q3 2019

The XR alone contributed to over one-quarter of the total Apple sales during the quarter, making it the best-selling model for Apple across all regions.

UP govt may ban radical Popular Front of India

Uttar Pradesh suffered the maximum loss of government property in the violent anti-CAA protests and several people lost their lives.

Bharat Bond ETF mops up Rs 12,400 crore on debut offer

The funds raised would be utilized for the capex of PSUs. The base size of the issue was Rs 7,000 crore.

Giant 3D sand Santa Clause at Puri beach

Sudarsan Pattnaik created this 3D art in 2,500 sq ft area with the message "Go Green" at the Puri beach. He took 10 hours to complete this sculpture and also used some color sand to make attractive this sculpture.

Chile’s Prez calls for end to unrest in Christmas message

"A divided country ... doesn't have a good future. A united country that respects its differences but is capable of building together is a country that has a bright future," said Chile's President Sebastian Pinera

VAR to be introduced at AFC U-23 Championship

This year's U-23 championship serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with the best three sides joining host Japan as Asia's representatives next July.

God loves even the worst of mankind: Pope at Christmas Mass

"We realize that, when we failed to measure up, God became small for our sake; while we were going about our own business, he came into our midst."

Christ’s teachings inspire millions across world says Modi

"Merry Christmas! We remember, with immense joy, the noble thoughts of Jesus Christ. He epitomized the spirit of service and compassion, devoting his life to alleviating human suffering. His teachings inspire millions across the world," Modi tweeted.

RBI introduces new prepaid payment instrument

PPIs are financial instruments that facilitate the purchase of goods and services against the value stored on such instruments.

Union Cabinet approves National Population Register

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, "No proof to be given to anyone during the process. Whatever you will say would be correct."

C’garh minister Singhdeo observer for J’khand CLP meet

Congress has won 16 seats in the Jharkhand Assembly polls as the party gained a majority in the state with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and RJD alliance.

India networking market declines 30.6% in Q3, Cisco leads

According to the market research firm, Cisco leads the router market with a 63.1 percent market share, followed by Nokia and Juniper.

Rahul, Priyanka turned back from Meerut

Rahul Gandhi told reporters that they had not been shown any order but were asked to go back. "We told the police that only three of us would go but they did not agree," he said. Rahul and Priyanka were accompanied by former Member of Parliament Pramod Tiwari.

High level meeting in MHA to review J&K security

The meeting, which started around 1 p.m., was held to review the security status in Jammu and Kashmir and to prepare a roadmap to keep the region peaceful.

Record prize money of AUD 71 mn for 2020 Australian Open

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the increase was another important step in continuing to invest in the playing group.

No white Christmas in Shimla this year too!

Deforestation and pollution are blamed for the change in Shimla's climatic conditions, says a study by the India Meteorological Department.

Dhoni named captain of CA’s ODI team of the decade

The wicketkeeper-batsman holds all the records which one can ask for as a captain of an international team. He is the only international captain to have won an ICC 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.

‘Chhapaak’ taken to Bombay HC over writing credit

Bharti, the petitioner, has now approached the Bombay High Court and has said that he should be given his due credit as one of the writers of the film, which was idea/script for a movie tentatively titled as "Black Day", and got it registered with the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) in February 2015. based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor.

Indians can’t use Microsoft Cortana mobile app from Jan 31

On January 31, 2020, Microsoft will end support for the Cortana app in India, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.

Delhi shivers at 5 degree Celsius

The India Meteorological Department said the day will remain cold and the conditions will further deteriorate as "severe cold" was expected at Christmas.

‘If CAA not related to religion, why not include Muslims?’ asked BJP Vice President...

"If CAA, 2019 is not related to any religion why are we stating - Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, and Jains only! Why not include Muslims as well? Let's be transparent," Chandra Kumar Bose, BJP Vice President for West Bengal tweeted.

Mayawati appeals Centre to clear doubts on CAA, NRC

In a series of tweets in Hindi, Mayawati said, "BSP demands that the central government should remove all the apprehensions about the CAA and the NRC, especially of the Muslims. It will be better if people are fully satisfied."

Ready for scrutiny, have nothing to hide: Kejriwal

His comments came in response to a tweet from a journalist who claimed that as the Delhi Assembly elections were approaching, pressure has been mounted on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to initiate a fresh probe against the Aam Aadmi Party government.

IAS aspirant among those killed in anti-CAA stir in UP

While the UP DGP O.P. Singh maintains that 'not a single bullet was fired' during the unrest, the Bijnor police for the first time has admitted to having opened fire in self-defense during the protests.

Popular chat app ToTok is secret UAE spying tool

An investigation by NYT found that the firm behind ToTok is known as Breej Holding which is a front firm affiliated with DarkMatter, a Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm.

Internet shutdown extended in Lucknow

In a late-night decision on Monday, District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said the shutdown was being extended for another two days. The shutdown has been extended just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lucknow on Wednesday.

Stagflation slayer: GST cuts, trade pacts to stifle inflation

Economists have said that India is facing Stagflation -- an economic trend marked by rising inflation and falling GDP growth.

Saudi trial over Khashoggi ‘important step’: US official

"Today's verdicts were an important step in holding those responsible for the terrible crime accountable," the official said on the condition of anonymity on Monday.

Delhi citizens’ body seeks leaders’ accountability on pollution

The manifesto, titled Citizens Green Manifesto for a Smart and Sustainable Delhi, has been prepared by URJA in consultation with a committee of experts on issues ranging from subjects like air pollution, transport and mobility, urban design, water supply and rejuvenation of water bodies to solid waste management and public health.

Jio offers 1-year ‘unlimited services’ for Rs 2020

For the same amount Rs 2,020, one can also buy a JioPhone and one year of "unlimited services" which include unlimited voice calls and SMS, besides 0.5 GB data per day.

Boeing CEO Muilenburg steps down amid 737 MAX crisis

CEO Dennis Muilenburg has resigned from his position and current Chairman David Calhoun has been named by the Board of Directors as his successor, the US aircraft manufacturer said.

CAA: AAP MLA booked in Ghaziabad

"A case has been registered against the MLA under six different sections. A section of Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 has also been added to it," Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police.

JU students block Governor’s car, show black flags

The leftist students and the Trinamool Congress-affiliated staff association did not allow Dhankhar to alight from the car for around a quarter of an hour.

Kohli named captain of CA’s Test XI of the decade

Kohli would bat lower down the order in this XI with his regular number three position taken up by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Modi says no detention camps, minister accepted 6 in Assam

In reply to a question raised by Congress MP from the Barpeta constituency of Assam, Rai said, as of November 13, a total of 1,043 foreigners are residing in the six detention centers in Assam. "A total of 1,025 Bangladeshi and 18 Myanmarese are in these centers," he informed.

Cong’s Rameshwar Oraon leads by 14K votes in Lohardaga

Oraon is leading by over 14,000 votes from the Lohardaga Assembly seat. He secured 31,954 votes against his nearest rival BJP's Sukhdeo Bhagat who has secured 17,879 votes.

Chinese APT20 hacker group bypassing 2FA in latest attacks

It is pertinent to note that the Chinese state-sponsored hacking group was said to be dormant for years.

BJP to make assessment after J’khand results says Arjun Munda

Munda said he is confident BJP will be able to secure its position. He said after the results the All Jharkhand Students Union will side with the BJP on the basis of principles and ideology.

People voted against BJP policies in Jharkhand says Kharge

Speaking to reporters here at the party headquarters, Kharge said, "This is a good result and the people's anger is shown towards the BJP government."

Raghubar Das leading in Jamshedpur East

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) President Babulal Marandi is leading from Dhanwar seat. He has secured 9,466 votes and his rival and sitting CPI-ML legislator Raj Kumar Yadav has secured 3,486 votes.

AMU divided over VC, Registrar’s ‘expulsion’

A section of students, who were apparently supporting the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, has termed the ‘expulsion' as fake news.

Jharkhand polls: AJSU’s Sudesh Mahto leading by 4287 votes

Sudesh had lost the seat to Amit in 2014 assembly polls and the subsequent bypoll to JMM candidates Amit Mahto and his wife Seema Mahto. He was holding the fort from 2000 but lost to Amit Mahto in 2014 assembly polls by 29,740 votes.

Jharkhand rejected BJP’s narrative of CAA, Art 370 says Congress

Congress Secretary Pranav Jha said, "The people have rejected the national narrative built by the BJP in the state over the issues of Article 370, Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and voted for the local issues."

US soldier killed during clashes in Afghanistan

In the meantime, Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed that the insurgents' fighter launched an improvised explosive device (IED) against a joint Afghan-coalition patrol in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province.

DMK allies hold rally against CAA

The rally was led by DMK President M.K. Stalin. Chidambaram will also join the rally.

Hundreds protest in Washington against CAA, NRC

A popular chant repeated throughout the protest, was "Azadi", a Hindi and Urdu word which translates to "freedom".

Jharkhand: Cong-JMM alliance likely to form govt

"In politics no party is untouchable," said Marandi to reporters here on Monday as the trends show clear lead to the alliance.

Rahul, Priyanka appeal people to join protest

Priyanka Gandhi also tweeted saying the country is a shared relationship and a shared dream.

MS Dhoni completes 15 years in international cricket

"Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!" commentary by Ravi Shastri

Jharkhand: JVM, AJSU likely to be kingmaker if hung assembly

Chief Minister Raghubar Das is leading from Jamshedpur East seat, while AJSU president Sudesh Mahto is leading from Silli and JVM-P president Babulkal Marandi is ahead on Dhanwar seat. The Alliance chief ministerial candidate Hemant Soren is leading from both - Dumka and Barnet assembly seats.

NRC may not be required at all in Goa says CM

When asked if the NRC would be implemented in Goa, the Chief Minister said that it may "not be required at all".

2019 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket says Kohli

"The year 2019 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket. Apart from the 30 minutes in the World Cup, it's been a great year. We'll keep chasing that ICC trophy. But apart from that, the way we've played has been satisfying," Kohli said.

Nine killed in Delhi godown fire

The incident took place on Sunday night at the warehouse located in the capital city's Kirari area. The godown was on the ground floor of a three-story building.

Mothers, daughters protest at Jamia gate

The protesters reached Jamia's gate number 7 on Sunday morning before other protesters. Ayesha, a former Jamia student, said she brought her 9-year-old daughter Rehana along with her so that Rihanna could become courageous and be aware of such serious issues.

Google Doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

This year winter begins from December 22 and will last till March 20, 2020, according to Google. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

Modi, Shah have destroyed future of nation’s youth says Rahul

"Modi and Shah have destroyed your future. They can't face your anger over the lack of jobs and damage they've done to the economy. That's why they are dividing our beloved & hiding behind the hate. We can only defeat them by responding with love towards every Indian" tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

Modi over CAA at Ramalila Maiden

"Citizenship Act doesn't apply to any Indians - be it Hindu or Muslim. It applies to the refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan," said Modi. whose focus largely remained the opposition parties and their alleged flip flops on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Odisha: Man tied to tree, beaten, urinated upon

Khurda's Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Pratap Swain said two men tied Soumya Ranjan Das of Bangida village in Khurda district to a coconut tree and thrashed him mercilessly on December 18.

Twitter abuzz as India take on WI in Cuttack ODI

Cuttack: As India took on West Indies in the third ODI here on Sunday, cricket fans on Twitter tweeted in support of their respective cricketing...

Modi plugs regularisation of colonies at Ramlila rally

He claimed a substantial segment of Delhi had to withstand "political commitments made of lies". He reiterated it was the BJP which brought a "permanent solution".

Modi’s mega rally at Ramlila ground

Apart from Modi, top BJP ministers, all seven Members of Parliament from Delhi and the entire Delhi BJP leadership are likely to be in Ramlila maiden.

Trump says impeachment has increased his popularity

In a speech on Saturday lasting more than an hour during a conservative youth convention in West Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump said Democrats have no case against him and were only seeking what he termed an illegal and unconstitutional impeachment.

Macron voices determination to fight IS extremism

"We must remain determined and united to face that threat," Macron said in a news conference

England’s World Cup winner Martin Peters passes away

"He is the fifth member of English football's greatest-ever team now sadly lost along with Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, and his fellow West Ham Academy hero and great friend, Bobby Moore," the club said.

Oracle aims to double customer base in India to 2,000 soon

"In India, my prediction is in the next three years, as soon as the awareness increases and people start seeing the value, these numbers can multiply even further. A thousand people in India is no big deal," Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President said.

Gujarat rally to win Big Bout Indian Boxing League

Smart-thinking Ashish Kulheria (69kg) and the redoubtable southpaw Amit (52kg) hauled the Giants back on track.

UP govt starts process to seize property of rioters

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, "We will attach their properties because many faces had been identified through the video footage."

Cuba appoints first prime minister since 1976

Marrero, 56, will take on some of the responsibilities that currently fall to the president.

Ace cinematographer Ramachandra Babu passed away

He cranked the camera for over 130 films mostly in Malayalam, although he worked in other South Indian languages, too and has won Kerala State Film Awards.

Internet, Metro to remain suspended in Jaipur on Sunday

All internet services ranging from 2G to 4G shall remain suspended on Sunday. Data mobile internet, bulk SMS-MMS, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media through internet service providers shall remain suspended. Police commissioner Anand Shrivastav's letter said.

#Breaking: Chandrasekhar Azad’s Bail Application Rejected

"Those who are indulging in violence are not our people. Our peaceful protest continues at the historic Jama Masjid. Ambedkarites do not indulge in violence," Azad had tweeted.

#Breaking: Dariyaganj Violence; Delhi Court sends 15 arrested to 2-day custody

She also alleged that the police is deliberately interfering with the people's right to dissent.  "Also, as none of the 15 men here knows each other, how can criminal conspiracy be evoked against them?" she asked.

Anti-CAA Protests: Delhi Police Assault Children Detained at Dariyaganj

"Many had injuries, and some of the minors told the lawyers present that they were beaten in the lockup. The boys alleged that they were made to take off their pants, and a hot cloth was placed on their bodies while they were beaten," reported citizen.in

Anti-CAA Protests: 10 Days, 21 Killed

The highest number of deaths have been reported from  Uttar Pradesh, where fourteen people were killed so far by Adithyanath's police.

CAA is immoral, a wise govt should withdraw it says Ramachandra Guha

"To make two things absolutely clear. 1. The immediate withdrawal of the NRC is a necessary first step to restore trust and heal the nation. 2. The CAA is immoral and against the spirit of the Constitution. A wise and just Government would withdraw it too," Guha tweeted.

Siddaramaiah barred from entering Mangaluru

Criticizing the police for not allowing him to visit Mangaluru, Siddaramaiah said it was his duty to assess the situation and console the bereaved families of the two victims. He said the police had denied permission to his chartered aircraft to land at the Mangaluru airport on Saturday

HC orders second autopsy on Hyderabad encounter

The court also directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the alleged encounter, to seize the weapons used in the encounter and send the same to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL).