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US attack kills Iranian General, Khamenei vows revenge

The IRGC said that Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the Hashd Shaabi or the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were killed on Thursday night in a US airstrike that targeted the vehicle they were traveling in on the Baghdad International Airport road.

Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya qualify for Asian Championship

Deepak, who is fresh from a string of good performances was qualified in the 86 kg freestyle category by defeating the 2014 Commonwealth Bronze medallist Pawan Kumar. Ravi also managed to qualify in the 57 kg weight category when he dominated Pankaj of Air Force defeating him with a score of 10-0.

Ex-NSA warns of CAA ‘consequences’, Jung blasts Jamia crackdown

Speaking at an event in the capital, Menon claimed that the contentious Act "isolates us from the international community". He warned the government that "if we are changing the idea of India, we have to be ready for the consequences it brings along with it, too".

Pak to release 22 Andhra fishermen on Jan 6

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad that the Pakistan government has decided to release and repatriate the fishermen to India via the Wagah border on January 6.

NCLAT to clarify Tata-Mistry order had no aspersions on RoC

Hearing an appeal by the RoC, under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to remove the word 'illegal' from its December 18 judgment, the appellant tribunal reserved the order for Monday, January 6.

Cong asks BJP not to politicise Kota hospital deaths

Congress Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande, while criticizing the BJP said: "The party is trying to divert attention from the main issues, and there should be no politics on it. The Chief Minister has invited the Union Health Minister to the state."

Shubman ‘abuses’ umpire after being given out, decision overturned

Shubman, unimpressed with the decision of the on-field umpire, didn't move anywhere and remained at his crease narrated Times of India Journalist.

PM kicks off Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru

"Along with plastic waste, we also need new technology, new solutions to remove and reuse the metal from electronic waste," Modi.

Oil prices jump 4% after US air strike

The sharp jump followed the attack over fears of conflict between two of the world's largest oil-producing nations.

US imposes sanctions on Cuba’s Defence Minister

Washington has long been accusing the Maduro administration of human rights violations and abuses in Venezuela.

HC rejects no-trust motion passed in Bhatpara civic body

The court order came hours after Trinamool Congress councilors passed the no-confidence motion at a special session of the municipality with a 19-0 margin amidst stringent security. None of the BJP councilors attended the session.

Prohibitory orders, internet suspended after clashes in Bengal

The prohibitory orders were clamped in Deganga, Amdanga and Duttapukur areas of the district, police sources said while describing the situation as "under control". The police would review the situation before resuming the internet services or relaxing the orders enforced under section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, sources said.

Hillary Clinton appointed Chancellor of Belfast varsity

While the role is mainly a ceremonial one, the Chancellor often presides at graduation ceremonies and is also an ambassador for the university abroad. Clinton will also act as an advisor to the Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer and senior management.

Kerala govt to press Centre for law on expats

Hitting hard at the Centre, Vijayan pointed out that the Centre does not have a system to support or provide information to those who wish to migrate to foreign countries, nor to ensure their safety.

UP probe panel unravels huge land scam in Sonebhadra

The gruesome carnage went on for more than 30 minutes. When the firing stopped, bodies of victims were seen littered on the ground. Those who witnessed it were too horrified to describe the scene.

Congress, BJP boycott Kerala diaspora body event

To portray the boycott of the event by the Congress in poor light, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on his Twitter, shared a letter from Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi wishing the LKS all success. It was strongly contested by the state leadership of the Congress.

NADA shares roadmap for 2020; to conduct tests for major events

The agency will be running doping tests for major games like Khelo India Youth Games starting January 10, Khelo India University Games, Tokyo Olympics, and National Games.

Global warming behind river ice cover loss

More than half of Earth's rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes.

Chef Vikas Khanna’s ‘The Last Color’ stands a long shot at the Oscars

"The Last Color" may not have had a commercial release in India yet, but it was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last year. It also won Best Feature Film award at Dallas International Film Festival in 2018. It is one out of 344 films that have been considered eligible for nomination in the category this year.

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits Iran

The epicenter of the quake was at the depth of 8 km, 34.030 north latitude and 60.325 east longitude. No immediate reports on casualties or damages.

Tata Sons moves SC against NCLAT order on Cyrus Mistry

The NCLAT while reinstating ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry, held that the appointment of N. Chandrasekaran as his successor is illegal. The appeals court observed the haste in Mistry's removal as chairman of the Tata group's holding company, and this action completely ignored the interest and oppression of minority shareholders.

Senior NCP leader D.P. Tripathi passed away

A senior leader of the NCP, Tripathi had begun his political career at an early age and was associated with the Indian National Congress for long. Tripathi later left the Congress to join the NCP, where he was a trusted confidant of party supremo Sharad Pawar.

CBSE mandates 75% attendance for 10th, 12th exams

Students whose attendance will be calculated less than 75 percent will not be allowed to appear for the exams, as per the rule mandated by the CBSE.

Major fire in a Delhi factory, 6 trapped persons rescued

Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg, who was present at the site, said: "Five firemen, who went into the building to douse the fire and were trapped, have been rescued. They were injured and have been sent to the hospital for medical aid."

Kerala Assembly resolution on CAA not valid says Kerala Governor

"Citizenship Act is purely a Central subject and in Kerala, there is no issue of any illegal migrants. Hence, this resolution passed by the Assembly has no Constitutional or legal validity," said Khan to the media.

‘India won’t copy western system of joint theatre command’

On challenges the Indian armed forces are facing at the Line of Actual Control on the China front, General Rawat said that all challenges would be dealt with through integration and synergy.

Myanmar President calls for people’s role in development

Speaking on the occasion of the new year 2020, the President expressed his belief that the hardships and challenges that the country is facing can be successfully overcome by holding onto truth, justice, honesty, and transparency.

General Bipin Rawat takes charge as first Chief of Defence Staff

Besides Rawat, Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Navy Chief Karambir Singh and other senior officers were also present during the guard of honor.

Britain introduces heterosexual civil partnerships

From the last day of 2019 men and women in Britain are able for the first time to join hands in civil partnerships as an alternative to getting married.

Tokyo govt to take steps against asbestos at Olympic venue

Asbestos, a material used for fireproofing and insulation, has been known to cause several health problems, most notably cancer.

Kerala Assembly has no powers on CAA says Union Law Minister

During an interaction with media persons, Prasad emphasized that Parliament has the power to pass a law in connection with citizenship, and the Kerala Assembly cannot pass such laws.

Markets open on a positive note on New Year’s day

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 41,349.36 points and touched a high of 41,417.82 points and a low of 41,349.36 points.

Amaravati farmers write to President, seek mercy killing

The farmers, who have been protesting for the last two weeks, wrote to the President that they were betrayed on the issue of the state capital and if justice can't be ensured to them they be allowed to kill themselves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.