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2 Detained in Possession of Laptops From Chhattisgarh EVM Strong Room

Two persons were detained by the Chhattisgarh Police in possession of laptops from a EVM strong room in Jagdalpur on Thursday, 6 December.

The police said that the detained persons were saying that “they’re employed with Jio”. “It’s being investigated if they’ve IDs. It’s not possible to enter strong room without IDs. We can say anything only after the probe,” police added.

(ANI)

INS Kolkata, HMS Dragon Conclude Naval Exercise in Goa

INS Kolkata of India and HMS Dragon of the United Kingdom concluded the Sea Phase of the Ex KONKAN naval exercise off the coast of Goa, held between 2 and 5 December.

Both ships had sailed out during the morning hours of 2 December and participated in a series of exercises and drills, reported ANI.

No Prohibition on ‘Kedarnath’ Movie Screening, Decides Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand govt has decided not to impose any prohibition on screening of film Kedarnath in state after 4-member committee led by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj submitted its report on Thursday.

The committee was constituted by Uttarakhand govt on Wednesday, 5 December to probe complaints related to movie.

(Source: ANI)

1 Dead After 2 People Shot in Noida

Two people shot at in Noida sector-46. One person succumbed to injuries and the other has been admitted to hospital. Investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

BSF Killed, Another Injured in Ceasefire Violation in J&K’s Rajouri

BSF jawan killed, another injured in sniper fire from across LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunderbani sector, officials confirmed.

(Source: PTI)

32.654 Kg Gold Recovered From Integrated Check Post, Amritsar

32.654 kg gold was recovered at the Integrated Check Post, Amritsar, confirmed Dipak Kumar Gupta, Customs commissioner. He said “An apple consignment was coming from Afghanistan via Pakistan and was stopped for a check at the Integrated Check Post, Amritsar. We’ve recovered a total of 32.654 kgs of gold, it was concealed in the cavity of the consignment.”

(Source: ANI)

Two Dead, Five Injured as Truck Hits Tractor Maharashtra’s Gondia

Two persons were killed and five others injured after a truck rammed into a tractor from behind in Deori tehsil in Gondia district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday, 6 December.

The accident took place at Bharregaon Phata on NH-6 around 11.30 pm on Wednesday, 5 December police said.

(Source: PTI)

Former National Champion Swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw Passes Away

Seven-time former national champion swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw passed away following a prolonged illness, an official of the Bengal Amateur Swimming Association said.

He was 82 and is survived by his wife.

(Source: PTI)

US Trade Deficit $55.5 Billion in October, Highest in a Decade

Record imports drive US trade deficit to $55.5 billion in October, highest in a decade.

(Source: AP)

HLC Approves NDRF Funds to Kerala, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh

High Level Committee (HLC) approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs 3048.39 crore to Kerala, Rs 131.16 crore to Nagaland and Rs 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh.

(Source: ANI)

Odisha to build houses for cyclone Titli-affected families

Maruti Suzuki Dives Over 4% on Price Hike Announcement

Shares of Maruti Suzuki India Thursday tumbled over 4 per cent after the company announced price hike across various models.

The scrip fell 4.63 per cent to close at Rs 7,209.7 on the BSE. Intra-day, it hit a low of Rs 7,178.3, a decline of 5.04 per cent.

(Source: PTI)

Jethmalani, BJP Jointly Move Application to End Suit Over Expelling Him

Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani and BJP jointly moved an application on Thursday, 6 December, to end suit pending in Delhi’s Patiala House Court.

Jethmalani had filed a suit against BJP for expelling him from the party.

(Source: ANI)

OPEC Seeking ‘Sufficient Cut’ in Production: Saudi Arabia

According to Saudi Arabia, OPEC is seeking ‘sufficient cut’ in production among organization members to balance the oil market.

(Source: AFP)

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: SC Order Medical Examination of Main Accused

Supreme Court orders immediate medical examination of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, after he alleged that superintendent of Patiala Jail, Punjab, is torturing him for extorting money.

(Source: ANI)

‘Warning Sides Reached Agreement on Prisoner Exchange’. Says Yemen’s UN Envoy

UN envoy for Yemen announces warring sides have reached agreement on a prisoner exchange as peace talks start in Sweden.

(Source: AP)

Soldier Killed in Ceasefire Violation in J&K’s Kupwara

One soldier lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Machil sector of the Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district earlier on Thursday.

(Source: ANI)

UP CM Yogi to Meet PM Modi in New Delhi on 6 December

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday, 6 December.

(Source: ANI)

Permission For Rath Yatra Denied in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar

Calcutta High Court refuses permission to BJP to hold rath yatra in Coochbehar.

(Source: PTI)

Oppn Leader’s Supporters Clash With Police in Pakistan

Dozens hurt as supporters of opposition leader in Pakistan clash with police, officials say.

(Source: AP)

Subramanian Swamy’s Application Opposed in Sunanda Pushkar Case

Both Shashi Tharoor’s counsel Vikas Pahwa and Public Prosecutor (Delhi police lawyer) opposed Subramanian Swamy’s application seeking direction to Police to produce vigilance inquiry report conducted after her death and to assist the prosecution in the case in Sunanda Pushkar case.

Delhi’s Patiala House Court fixes 10 December for order on Subramanian Swamy’s application seeking direction to Delhi police to produce the report of a vigilance inquiry conducted after Sunanda Pushkar’s death and also to assist the prosecution in the case.

(Source: ANI)

Residents Head Back Into California Town Levelled By Wildfire

Nearly four weeks after the devastating blaze levelled her town, Jennifer Christensen was allowed back to return to her home in Paradise, where the first thing she saw was her son’s charred tricycle in the front yard.

Christensen was among hundreds of residents who were allowed back into neighbourhoods on the east side of town for the first time since the November 8 blaze, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.

(Source: AP)

EU Extends Aid to Those Affected By Cyclone Gaja

The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced emergency assistance of 105,000 euros to the communities most affected by cyclone Gaja that hit Tamil Nadu in November.

“In response to cyclone Gaja, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Tamil Nadu in mid-November, the European Commission is allocating 105,000 euros to provide emergency assistance to the most affected communities,” the EU said in a statement.

(Source: IANS)

BJP MP Savitribai Phule Resigns From Party

Savitribai Phule, BJP MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh resigns from the party, says ‘BJP is trying to create divisions in society’.

(Source: ANI)

Businessman Attacked in Bihar’a Arrah

Bihar: Unidentified assailants fire at two businessmen in Dharman Chowk, Arrah. One dead and one critically injured.

(Source: ANI)

U’khand Govt Sets Up Panel to Examine Objections About Kedarnath

The Uttarakhand government has constituted a panel headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj to look into objections being raised about upcoming film Kedarnath, a love story set against the backdrop of the 2013 deluge, an official release said.

Starring actor Sushant Singh Rajput and debutante Sara Ali Khan the film directed by Abhishek Kapoor releases on Friday, 7 December.

(Source: PTI)

RLSP Likely to Announce Formal Break-Up From NDA on Thursday

The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), led by Upendra Kushwaha, is likely to sever ties with the NDA government and a formal announcement would be made on Thursday, 6 December, a senior party leader has said.

He is also likely to put in his papers as Union minister, the leader said on condition of anonymity.

“That (Kushwaha’s resignation) is just a formality which would be completed once he visits the national capital and meets the prime minister,” the leader said.

(Source: PTI)

Air Pollution May Up Miscarriage Risk: Study

Exposure to air pollution, even for a short term, may significantly increase the risk of miscarriages, a study has found.

Air quality has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes from asthma to pre-term birth.

Researchers at the University of Utah in the US found women living along the most populous region in the state of Utah had a higher risk (16 per cent) of miscarriage following short-term exposure to elevated air pollution.

(Source: PTI)

PIL Against Movie Kedarnath Rejected

PIL filed against the film Kedarnath for allegedly hurting religious sentiments has been dismissed by Bombay High Court.

(Source: ANI)

Ganga Activist Sant Gopaldas Gone Missing From Hospital

Circle Officer Chandra Mohan Singh on Ganga activist Sant Gopaldas going missing from a hospital: We received info from Doon hospital in Dehradun that Gopaldas, who was admitted in the hospital had gone missing. We are looking at the CCTV footage & trying to find him.

(Source: ANI)

Piyush Pandey Named Global Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy

Indian advertising veteran Piyush Pandey will be the new worldwide chief creative officer of the Ogilvy Group, one of the world’s oldest and largest advertising companies, effective 1 January, 2019. He is also the first Indian to assume the role of worldwide creative director.

Pandey, who is currently the executive chairman and creative director for Ogilvy South Asia, is one of Indian advertising’s most famous faces globally.

(Source: The Economic Times)

China Demands Release of Huawei Exec

Chinese foreign ministry demands Canada to release Huawei executive, reveal reasoning behind arrest.

(Source: AP)

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Issued Notice For Riding Motorcycle Without Helmet

Madras High Court issues notice to Health Minister Vijaya Bhaskar for riding motorcycle without helmet. Activist ‘Traffic’ Ramasamy had filed petition which stated as part of a health camp in Pudukottai, Vijaya Bhaskar and 100 others rode motorcycles without wearing helmets.

(Source: ANI)

Navjot Singh Sidhu on The ‘Brink of Losing Voice’, Advised Complete Rest

Punjab’s Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been advised complete rest for three to five days as he was “on the brink of losing his voice.”

(Source: ANI)

Forged Indian, Afghan Visa Stamps, Documents Recovered in Pak

Forged stamps and documents of Indian and Afghan governments along with literature of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been recovered during a raid at a printing press in Pakistan’s restive northwestern region, according to a media report on Thursday.

Police raided the printing press in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar after acting on a tip-off that clandestine activities were going on at the Yousafzai Printing Press, the Express Tribune reported.

(Source: PTI)

China to ‘Immediately’ Implement US Trade Truce Measures

China to ‘Immediately’ Implement US Trade Truce Measures

(Source: AFP)

Bomb Attack Kills At Least 3 in Iran’s Chabahar

A bomb attack on a police command post killed at least three people in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran on Thursday, 6 December, state media reported.

The television said several people were also wounded in the “terrorist attack.” The official IRNA news agency said it was a car bombing.

Sistan-Baluchistan province, where the bombing hit, has long been a flashpoint, with Pakistan-based Baluchi separatists and jihadists carrying out cross-border attacks.

(Source: AFP)

Pak Still to Implement Action Plan to Avoid FATF Blacklisting: Report

Ahead of a key meeting with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan is yet to address a critical deficiency in its legal regime that could hamper its capacity to seize properties of terrorist groups and can land it on the anti-money laundering watchdog’s blacklist, according to a media report.

Currently placed on the Paris-based FATF’S ‘grey list’, Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the FATF, a measure that officials here fear could further hurt its economy.

(Source: PTI)

Odisha Police Planning to Send Team to Bengal to Verify Religous Conversion Claim

Odisha Police is planning to send a team to West Bengal to verify claims of religious conversion being carried out by an NGO at one of its shelter home in the neighbouring state.

The NGO is in the news following allegations of sexual harassment at one of its facility at Beltikiri in Dhenkanal district of Odisha.

The incident had sparked statewide outcry and three persons, including the managing director of the NGO, Fayaz Rahman, were arrested in connection with the case.

(Source: PTI)

WB Govt Denies Permission to Amit Shah’s ‘Rath Yatra’

West Bengal government denies permission to BJP President Amit Shah’s ‘rath yatra’ from Coochbehar on Friday, 7 December, AG Kishore Dutta informs HC.

(Source: PTI)

DK Shivakumar Writes to EPS Over Cauvery Issue

Mekedatu balancing reservoir project across Cauvery river issue: Karnataka Water Minister DK Shivakumar writes to Tamil Nadu CM Edapaddi K Palaniswami, says ‘Karnataka Govt desires an amicable solution to the issue’, seeks appointment to discuss the project details .

(Source: ANI)

Mother Complains 4-Year-Old Girl Touched Inappropriately in School

Mother of a 4-year-old girl has complained that her daughter was inappropriately touched by another 4-year-old student or any other person in school. Case registered under Section 6 of POCSO at Ranhola station yesterday, said Seju P Kuruvilla, DCP, Outer District, Delhi. Probe underway.

(Source: ANI)

Bombay HC Directs Goa Chief Secy to File Affidavit on Parrikar’s Health

Bombay High Court in Goa has directed Goa Chief Secretary to file an affidavit on the status of chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s health, by December 7. The case will come up for hearing again on December 11.

(Source: ANI)

Congress Workers Protest Against BJP, Javadekar in Bengaluru

Congress workers protest against Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accusing him and the BJP of horse trading and trying to poach Congress MLAs. Javadekar had reportedly said that the Karnataka Govt will fall soon.

(Source: ANI)

Pak Kicks Out 18 International Charities

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country.

The shuttered groups are mainly US-based, from Britain and Europe. Another 20 groups are at risk of also being expelled after authorities a few months ago singled out some 38 international aid groups for closure, without any explanation.

(Source: AP)

Iran’s Post City Chabahar Under Attack

Attack hits southeast Iran city of Chabahar, said state TV.

(Source: AFP)

Over 3,300 TN Fishermen Chased Away By Lankan Navy Personnel

Over 3,300 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu, a fishermen association leader said here Thursday, 6 December.

The fishermen, who put out to sea in over 540 mechanised boats on Wednesday night, were poaching fish near Katchatheevu when the navy personnel came in five boats and drove them away, Rameswaram Fishermen Association president S Emerit said.

(Source: PTI)

Kashmir Shivers in Cold, Leh Records Minus 8.7 Degrees

There was respite from cold wave conditions in Kashmir Thursday, 6 December, morning even as all weather stations in the valley recorded sub-zero temperatures last night.

In Srinagar, the mercury settled at minus 2.6 degree Celsius last night, a MET department official said.

The city had recorded the lowest this season two nights back as temperature dipped to minus 3.2 degree Celsius.

(Source: PTI)

Adityanath Busy Renaming Cities, Ignoring His State: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena Thursday, 6 December, hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over violence in Bulandshahr, saying he is busy renaming cities but has failed to address the basic issues in his state.

Soldiers and policemen do not have any religion. Similarly, those in power should only focus on fulfilling their responsibilities, the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

(Source: PTI)

India, Pakistan Trade Fire on LoC

Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday, 6 December, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, defence sources said.

The Pakistan Army used automatics and mortars to target Indian positions on the LoC in Kamalkote area of Uri sector late on Wednesday, the sources said.

(Source: IANS)

Sterlite’s Tuticorin Plant Closure Spiked Sulphuric Acid Prices 4-Fold in 6 Mths: CEO

Sterlite Copper’s Tuticorin plant closure has led to a spike in prices of phosphoric and sulphuric acids, adversely affecting the downstream chemical and fertilisers industry, a top company official said.

The Vedanta-owned company’s unit in Tamil Nadu was closed in May this year following a government order.

(Source: PTI)

Koreas to Jointly Verify Removal of Guard Posts Next Week

South Korea says the two Koreas will jointly verify each other’s works to remove some of their front-line guard posts next week.

In the past weeks, the Koreas each have dismantled or disarmed 11 of their guard posts as part of agreements to reduce tensions that were reached during their leaders’ summit in Pyongyang in September.

Seoul’s Defence Ministry says the two Koreas agreed to conduct one-day verification on the sites of the guard posts next Wednesday, 5 December.

(Source: PTI)

Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg to Host 2019 Golden Globes

Actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been confirmed to host the 76th Golden Globes Awards.

The ceremony, to be held on January 6, will officially kick off the award season in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the hosts on Wednesday, 5 December.

(Source: PTI)

India 4th Highest Emitter of Carbon Dioxide: Study

A study has said India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 per cent of global emissions in 2017.

The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the US (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), according to the projection by the Global Carbon Project.

The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent last year, it said.

(Source: PTI)

Drivers Can Show Vehicle Documents in Electronic Form: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has ruled that drivers can show vehicle documents in electronic form when demanded by police or any other official, as stated in a Union government notification last month.

A division bench of Justice Dr Vineet Kothari and Justice Dr Anitha Sumanth Wednesday, 5 December, disposed of various petitions against a memorandum which said vehicle drivers should carry original documents including licence, after recording the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways last month.

China Plans to Have Five Aircraft Carriers in Future: Chinese Experts

China plans to operate five aircraft carriers in the near future, including two nuclear-powered ones that would be launched around 2025, according to Chinese military experts.

A late entrant into aircraft carrier led naval battleship formations, China launched its first aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ in 2012, which was a refit of the former Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine.

India has been operating aircraft carriers since 1961.

(Source: PTI)

Magnitude 6 Earthquake Strikes Northeast of Australia’s Norfolk Island

An earthquake of magnitude 6 has struck the northeast of Australia’s Norfolk Island.

(Reuters)

IL&FS Investment Managers’ Board Appoints 2 New Additional Directors

IL&FS Investment Managers, part of the debt-laden IL&FS group, Thursday, 6 December, said its board has approved appointment of Nand Kishore and Kaushik Modak as additional directors in the company.

Kishore and Modak have been appointed to the board in the capacity of nominee directors of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service.

(Source: PTI)

Kashmiri Terrorist Zakir Musa Hiding in Punjab, High Alert Sounded

Security agencies have been put on high alert in Bathinda and Ferozepur districts of Punjab on Thursday, 6 December, following intelligence reports that Kashmiri terrorist Zakir Musa could be hiding in the area.

The intelligence reports have suggested that Musa could be disguised as a Sikh and wearing a turban. He is the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief and is said to be aligned with a global terror group.

Army troopers, Punjab Police and other para-military were stationed in and around important places like the Bathinda railway station and checking was being carried out since early Thursday, 6 December.

(Source: IANS)

SC Refused Urgent Hearing For Shashank Deo’s Plea

Supreme Court refused to give an urgent hearing to a mentioning by lawyer Shashank Deo seeking an investigation into retired SC Judge Justice Kurian Joseph’s media interview.

Deo alleged that Joseph said former CJI Dipak Misra was perceived to be influenced by external forces

(Source: ANI)

SC Upholds Decision Puducherry LG to Nominate 3 MLAs

Supreme Court upholds decision of Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi to nominate three MLAs to the Assembly.

SC says,”LG has the power to nominate”. Congress had challenged the decision of LG to nominate MLAs saying LG should have consulted the ruling party before nomination of MLAs.

(Source: ANI)

Child Marriage Costs Countries Billions in Lost Earnings: World Bank

Estimates for 12 countries suggest some USD 63 billion (55.5 billion euros) is lost because child brides complete fewer years of formal education than their peers who marry later.

Every year of secondary education reduces the likelihood of marrying before the age of 18 by five percent or more, it added in the report, “Educating Girls and Ending Child Marriage”. West Africa in particular has the highest prevalence of marriage before age 15, and of the top 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world, 18 are in Africa.

Yvette Kathurima Muhia, from the Girls Not Brides organisation of more than 1,000 civil society groups working on the issue, said governments and communities need to work together.

Twenty-four countries have launched national strategies to end the practice since the African Union began a campaign to stop child marriage by 2023.

(Source: PTI)

Cold Thursday morning in Delhi, ‘very poor’ air

It was a cold Thursday, 6 December, morning in the national capital with the air quality remaining ‘very poor’ as the minimum temperature was recorded at 9.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, the Met said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 93 per cent, an unfavourable condition for pollutants to disperse.

(Source: IANS)

US Warplane Crash: Second Body Found, 5 Missing

Japan’s Defense Ministry says a second crew member has been found in the waters off the Japanese coast where two US Marine Corps warplanes collided and crashed. Five others are still missing.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force said Thursday, 6 December, that the second person was found about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan. The crew’s condition is unknown.

(Source: AP)

16 Bodies Found After Attack in Indonesia’s Papua Wamena

Indonesian security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 people in the aftermath of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the military said Thursday, 6 December.

The confirmed deaths, believed to be of construction workers, mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked by a low-level independence insurgency.

The bodies will be evacuated to the town of Timika from the remote district of Nduga, a mountainous region where the attack happened Sunday, local military commander Binsar Panjaitan said.

“The latest information is that 16 bodies have been found,” Panjaitan told reporters in Papua.

(Source: PTI)

Govt Railway Police Personnel Rescues Two Women From Being Run Over

Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel rescued two women passengers from being run over by a train at Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai on 5 December.

(Source: ANI)

Amit Shah Isn’t God, His Prediction of BJP Ruling For 50 Years an Exaggeration: MNF

Mizo National Front, a constituent of the BJP-led NEDA, dismissed saffron party chief Amit Shah’s remarks that the party will rule India for the next 50 years if it wins the 2019 general elections, saying he is not a God and the prediction is an exaggeration.

The principal opposition party in Mizoram is, however, confident that the Congress or the UPA will not come to power at the Centre in the next year’s general elections.

(Source: PTI)

New Study Explains Creation of Deadly California ‘Firenado’

A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday, 5 December.

The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter as it exploded in what already was a vast and devastating wildfire in July on the edge of Redding, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The wildfire claimed eight lives and destroyed more than 1,000 homes before it was contained on 30 August.

(Source: AP)

Malala Yousafzai to Be Honoured By Harvard Univ

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to be honored by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.

(Source: AP)

Motor Cycles Set Ablaze in Thane

Nine motor cycles set ablaze by an unidentified person in the parking lot of Kaushalya Hospital in Maharashtra’s Thane at around 3:33 am on Thursday, 6 December.

(Source: ANI)

Key Indian Equity Indices Open in Red

Taking a cue from muted global markets, the key Indian equity indices on Thursday, 6 December, opened lower.

The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 35,884.41 on Wednesday, 5 December, opened lower at 35,694.25.

Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 35,701.99, down by 182.42 points, or 0.51 per cent.

(Source: IANS)

Ex-Indian Diplomat Elected to UN’s Socio-Economic, Cultural Panel

Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN.

The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected the recently-retired External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East) by acclamation on Wednesday to the 18-member committee of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR).

(Source: IANS)

2 US Warplanes Crash off Japan; 1 Rescued, 6 Missing

A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

The crash took place 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast.

Chief Financial Officer of China’s Huawei Arrested in Canada

The chief financial officer of China’s global telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, officials said, triggering a strong protest by Beijing, which called for her immediate release.

Meng Wanzhou’s detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already under scrutiny by US intelligence officials, who deemed the company a national security threat.

(Source: PTI)

Honduran Woman in Migrant Caravan Gives Birth in US

A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants gave birth on US soil shortly after entering the country illegally amid growing frustration about a bottleneck to claim asylum at official border crossings.

Border Patrol agents arrested the woman 26 November, after she entered the country illegally near Imperial Beach, California, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico, Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday. She was arrested with her 20-year-old husband and 2-year-old son.

(Source: AP)

Top Kamala Harris Aide Resigns Over Harassment Settlement

A top aide to California US Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday, 5 December, over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice.

Larry Wallace, a senior adviser in Harris’s Sacramento office, resigned after the Sacramento Bee inquired about the 2017 settlement, the newspaper reported .

Patna University Students’ Union Elections: ABVP Bags 3 Seats, JD(U) Wins Presidency

Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) lead three seats and JD(U) trailing with two posts in the Patna University Student Union elections that were declared on Thursday, 6 December, morning.

JD(U)’s Mohit Prakash won the post of president and the vice-president seat was bagged by ABVP candidate Anjana Singh.

Class 7 Allegedly Commits Suicide

A class 7th student in Inderpuri, Delhi allegedly committed suicide. She had written a suicide note on her hand and according to her parents, she had been previously severely scolded by her teacher. Police begin investigation.

(Source: ANI)

800,000 to 2 Million Religious Minorities Detained in Chinese Internment Camps: US

An estimated 800,000 to 2 million religious minorities are currently being detained in internment camps in China, the Trump Administration has told lawmakers, who have expressed serious concerns over the massive human rights violations there.

At a Congressional hearing here, Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of the Human Right Democracy and Labor, alleged that Beijing was supporting similar repressive moves by other authoritarian regimes across the globe.

(Source: PTI)

12 Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya: UN

At least 12 people died after a rubber boat which spent more than 10 days at sea capsized off Misrata, Libya, the UN migration agency has said, urging search and rescue operations to be stepped up in the Mediterranean.

Ten survivors were rescued and returned to Libya where they were treated by medical staff from the International Organisation for Migration, the UN agency said on Wednesday, 5 December.

(Source: IANS)

Satellite Images Show Activity at North Korean Missile Base: CNN

North Korea has expanded a key long-range missile base in the months since a summit between the country’s leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, according to satellite images published by CNN on Wednesday, 5 December.

The two men met in Singapore in June and signed a vaguely worded document that pledged to “work toward” the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, though it did not detail specifics on how this would come about.

(Source: PTI)

Air Quality Falls to ‘Poor’ Category

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 2.5 and PM 10 are at 241 and 246 respectively, in Lodhi Road, Delhi. Both fall in ‘Poor’ category.

(Source: ANI)

1 Student Killed When Truck Collides With Indiana School Bus

A teenage boy was killed and another student was injured when a flatbed truck collided Wednesday, 5 December, in northern Indiana with a school bus carrying students on a field trip to see a Christmas musical, police said.

The boy, who was seated in the left rear of the bus, died after the truck rear-ended the bus along U.S. 31, near the Marshall County town of Argos, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of South Bend, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner.

A 14-year-old boy who was injured in the crash was airlifted to a South Bend hospital but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

(Source: AP)

Earthquake Hits Lombok In Indonesia

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 hit Lombok region in Indonesia at 01:02 am (Coordinated Universal Time): USGS

(Source: ANI)

JD(U) Prez Candidate Wins Patna University Elections, ABVP Bags 3 Other Posts

Mohit Prakash from JD(U) wins the post of President in Patna University elections. Anjana Singh from ABVP has won the post of Vice-President. Manikant Mani and Raja Ravi from ABVP win the post of Chief Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively. Kumar Satyam from JD(U) elected as treasurer.

(Source: ANI)

Two US Marine Corps Aircraft Crash off Japan Coast

Two US Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, a US defence official said on Wednesday.

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said.

In a statement, the Marine Corps said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan.

Search and rescue operations were underway following a “mishap.” The planes “were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred,” the statement said.

(Source: PTI)

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