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Fire Breaks Out in Delhi’s Kirti Nagar
A fire has broken out in a furniture market in Kirti Nagar area. More than 10 fire tenders are present at the spot. Firefighting operations are underway.
No casualties have been reported yet.
Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress Next Month
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before Congress next month.
Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will be the first major public hearing for Democrats, who have promised greater scrutiny of Trump.
US President Trump Cancels Trip to Davos
US President Donald Trump has cancelled his Davos trip over US-Mexico border wall, reported news agency AFP.
Kuldeep Singh Rathore Appointed as President of Himachal Pradesh Cong
Congress President Rahul Gandhi appoints Kuldeep Singh Rathore as President of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee.
Alok Verma Removed As CBI Director By PM Modi-led Panel
Alok Verma has been removed as the CBI director by the PM Modi-led High Power Committee.
Alok Verma Removed As CBI Director By PM Modi-led Panel
Jaguar Land Rover to Cut 4,500 Jobs Globally
Jaguar Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs from global workforce. Cuts amount to roughly 10% of global workforce.(Source: BloombergQuint)
83 Arrested by Spanish Police in Tennis Fixing Probe
Spanish police make 83 arrests including 28 professional players in tennis fixing investigation
Chit Fund Scam: CBI Conducts Searches in 9 Places in West Bengal
Central Bureau of Investigation has conducted searches at 9 places in West Bengal in connection with chit fund scam (Ponzi Scam). CBI had earlier registered case against 9 accused in May 2017 as per a Supreme court order.(Source: ANI)
Morphine Worth Rs 47 Lakh Seized at India-Nepal Border
SSB seized Morphine worth Rs 47 lakh in Rupaidiha near India-Nepal border, two Nepali nationals arrested.(Source: ANI)
Official Election Result Does Not Match Tally: Congo’s Catholic Church
Congo’s Catholic church says official election result does not match its tally from 40,000 poll observers.(Source: AP)
Go Air Flight Grounded at Mumbai Airport, All Passengers Safe
GoAir Mumbai-Delhi G8 319 flight grounded at Mumbai airport after high vibration in the engine of the Airbus Neo aircraft; All 160 passengers onboard safe
Ex-CM Sheila Dikshit to Be New Delhi Congress Chief
Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit to be the new chief of Delhi Congress after Ajay Maken’s resignation.Devendra Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia, Haroon Yusuf have been appointed working presidents.(Source: ANI)
US to Withdraw Troops from Syria: Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms US troop withdrawal from Syria will happen.(Source: AFP)
Five CBI Officers Transferred
Five officers: JD Ajay Bhatnagar, DIG MK Sinha, DIG Tarun Gauba, JD Murugesan and AD AK Sharma have been transferred, CBI sources informed.Anish Prasad continues Deputy Director, Administration, CBI Headquarters. KR Chaurasia will head Special Unit-I (the unit which carries surveillance).(Source: ANI)
Alok Verma Orders Transfer of Five More CBI Officers
Meeting of Committee Led by Modi to Decide Alok Verma’s Fate Begins
Meeting of high-powered committee led by PM Narendra Modi, which will decide fate of CBI director Alok Verma, has begun.
Man Shot Dead Outside Police Station in UP’s Mirzapur
A 40-year-old man was shot dead and another injured today in front of the city police station in Mirzapur over a land dispute, police said.
Operation To Rescue Miners Trapped Since 13 December Continues
Nearly a month since the miners were trapped in a mine at Ksan near Lytein River in East Jaintia Hills, the operation to rescue them is still ongoing.
Tendulkar and Sharad Pawar Pay Tribute to Ramakant Achrekar
Sachin Tendulkar and NCP chief Sharad Pawar paid tribute to cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar who passed away on 2 January at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai.
Punjab & Haryana HC Division Bench: Dhingra Commission’s Order Not in Accordance With Rules
The Punjab and Haryana High Court division bench said that the Dhingra Commission’s order to summon Haryana’s former chief minister BS Hooda was not in accordance with the rules. The court added that the Haryana government had enough material to set up the commission but restrained the government from publishing the report.
Devender Kumar Seeks HC Direction to CBI Not to Allow Alok Verma to Deal with Bribery FIR Against Him and Asthana.
CBI DSP Devender Kumar, in his application filed in the pending petition, has sought direction to the CBI to not allow Alok Verma and other retransferred officers to deal with the FIR against him and others in any manner.
SC Reserves Verdict on Maharashtra’s Appeal in Koregaon-Bhima Case
The Supreme Court has reserved the verdict on Maharashtra’s appeal against the Bombay High Court’s refusal to extend the 90-day limit for filing a charge sheet in Koregaon-Bhima case.
CBI DSP Moves HC Against Director Alok Verma’s Decision to Reverse Transfer Orders
CBI DSP Devender Kumar has moved the Delhi High Court against Director Alok Verma’s decision to reverse the transfer orders of various officers.
Christian Michel Seeks Permission From Special CBI Court to Make International Calls
Christian Michel has moved an application before a special CBI court seeking permission to make international calls to his family and friends, and to his lawyers. The court has asked the jail superintendent to submit a report on 14 January.
Finance Min Arun Jaitely: GST Composition Scheme Limit Hiked to 1.5 Crores From 1 April
From 1 April 2019, the composition scheme limit will be increased to 1.5 crores from 1 crore, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said today. He stated that those who come under the composition scheme would pay taxes quarterly, but the return needs to be fie only once a year.
Arun Jaitely also said that the GST exemption limit is to be doubled to Rs 40 lakh annual turnover. It will be Rs 20 lakh for north eastern states.
He also informed that the GST Council has allowed Kerala to impose 1 pc cess on intra-state sales for up to two years.
(Source: ANI and PTI)
Rebel Drone Attack Injures 2 Commanders in Yemen
Yemen’s information minister says rebel drone attack wounded two senior commanders, shows Houthis ‘not ready for peace’.
Lalu Yadav’s Bail Plea in Fodder Scam Rejected
Jharkhand High Court rejects RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s bail plea in Fodder scam cases.
Petition Filed in SC Against 10% Quota for Poorer Sections
A petition filed by Youth for Equality in the Supreme Court challenging The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill, 2019 that gives 10 % reservation in jobs and education for the economical weaker section of general category.
Turkey Will Launch Syria Offensive if US Troops Pullout Delayed
Turkey will launch Syria offensive if US troop pullout delayed, said foreign minister.
BJP’s 2-Day National Council from 11 January
The Narendra Modi government’s outreach to different sections of society is likely to be a key theme for the two-day BJP national council meeting starting here Friday as thousands of delegates arrive here for the mega event that will set the tone for the party’s Lok Sabha campaign.
BJP president Amit Shah will inaugurate the event while Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver the concluding speech on Saturday, which party leaders believe will lay down its agenda for the general elections.
Two Arrested for Killing Woman, Daughter
Two persons, including a panchayat member, were arrested Thursday for allegedly killing a 50-year-old woman and her daughter in Shamli district, police said Sudhir Choudhry, a district panchayat member, along with his friend Sunil, had killed the two at their home in Bidoli village in the district on January 3, Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Panday said.
Malaysia’s Ruling Party Leader Calls on PM
Malaysia’s ruling party leader Anwar Ibrahim Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Ibrahim, a member of the Malaysian Parliament and the leader of the Parti Keadilan Rakyar Party, is in the national capital to participate in the ‘Raisina Dialogue’, considered India’s flagship annual geopolitical and geo-strategic conference.
Bangladeshi Man Sentenced Fro Altering Photos of Hasina, Former Indian PM
A 35-year-old Bangladeshi man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for circulating photoshopped images of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other politicians including former Indian premier Manmohan Singh, amid criticism that her government is using tough internet laws to silence dissent.
Monir Hossain from Tangail was jailed by Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal judge Mohammad As-Shams Joglul Hossain on Wednesday.
Afghan Officials: Taliban Attacks Kill 21 Policemen
Officials say a wave of Taliban attacks in western and northern Afghanistan the previous day has killed 21 members of the country’s security forces.
Jamshed Shahabi, spokesman for the governor in western Badghis province, says the insurgents overran outposts there, killing six policemen.
No-Deal Brexit Would Be ‘Disastrous’: Britain Minister
No-deal Brexit would be ‘disastrous’, said Britain’s business minister Greg Clark.
After Asom Gana Parishad, 4 BJP Allies in North East Oppose Citizenship Bill, Will Discuss Future
Four more allies of the BJP in the north east have opposed the Citizenship Bill and may be mulling the future with the saffron party. The estranged allies have called the provisions in the Bill are threat to indigenous communities.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma Wednesday said the passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha was “unfortunate” and that he would consult party leaders about the future course of action.
At least three more regional parties, in Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram, all in the BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities, and say they will have to discuss “future” plans for the coalition after the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.
(Source: Indian Express)
Two More TMC MPs May Join BJP
Ahead of the general elections, Trinamool Congress suffered its first-ever defection in the Lok Sabha with its Bishnupur MP Soumitra Khan joining the rival BJP on Wednesday. Bolpur MP Anupam Hazra is expected to follow suit.
A BJP leader told Times of India, at least six more are in touch with the party.
Even as the Bengal BJP refused to name them, speculation is rife that Arpita Ghosh and Satabdi Roy could leave the TMC.
(Source: Times of India)
Three Die Inside Manhole During Cleaning
Two sanitation workers and the contractor who had employed them died of suffocation in a manhole at Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district, police said Wednesday.
The incident took place at Kalundre village Wednesday evening, a police official said.
UN Chief Issues Call to ‘Refrain From Violence’ in DR Congo
UN chief issues call to ‘refrain from violence’ in DR Congo after election.
BEST Strike: Activists Blame BMC for Failure to Address Issues
Amid the ongoing strike by the employees of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), activists and experts Thursday blamed the Mumbai civic body for not taking timely steps to address the “crisis” in the transport body.
The transport experts also called for fresh investment and upgradation of infrastructure to improve the transport services of the BEST.
No Chance of Going Back to SP, but Alliance Possible: Shivpal
PSP(L) founder Shivpal Yadav Thursday expressed confidence that the next government at the Centre cannot be formed without support from the party and stressed there was “no chance” of a merger with the SP, though he was open for an alliance.
The Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief told PTI in an interview that after the party’s formation he had traversed the state, covering almost all the districts, and the response was tremendous. “We are ready to contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats, if an alliance does not materialise,” he said.
Canadian Faces Retrial in China Drug Case Next Week
A Canadian man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling in China will face a retrial on Monday, which could hand him a harsher sentence and further strain ties between Beijing and Ottawa.
In a statement posted on its website, the northeastern Dalian Intermediate People’s Court said Thursday that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s new trial is scheduled for 8:00 am (0000 GMT) on January 14, but gave no further details.
Armed Robbers Attack Delhi-Bhagalpur Express
Armed robbers attacked the Delhi-Bhagalpur Express in a Naxal-affected area in West Bengal’s Malda division and looted valuables worth around Rs 3 lakh, the railways said Thursday.
The robbers used an alarm chain to stop the train near Dhanauri station in between Kiul and Jamalpur section and looted the passengers late Wednesday night, it said. A case was registered in this connection after 10 passengers lodged their complaints with the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Jamalpur, the railways said.
Venezuela’s Maduro to Celebrate 2nd Term as Crisis Deepens
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in to a second term Thursday amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis, but with some long-time friends in attendance both from abroad and at home.
A dozen Latin American governments and Canada in a coalition have rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s next term, and Washington has sanctioned top officials in his government, but Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Bolivian President Evo Morales were coming to Caracas to show their support.
Three Dead After Sudan Protest as Crowds Cheer Bashir at Rival Rally
Three protesters died after police broke up an anti-government demonstration in Sudan, police said Thursday, as thousands chanted support for President Omar al-Bashir at a rival rally in Khartoum.
Wednesday’s competing rallies in the Sudanese capital followed a month of angry street protests over a government decision to triple the price of bread at a time when the country faces an acute shortage of foreign currency and soaring inflation.
Srilankan Court Releases 8 Indian Fishermen
A Srilankan court on Thursday, 10 January, released eight Indian fishermen who were arrested by Srilankan Navy on January 7.
JJP Names Digvijay Chautala as By-poll Candidate From Jind
Jannayak Janata Party names Digvijay Chautala as the candidate for the by-poll to the legislative assembly of Jind in Haryana.
Kamala Harris Says She Will Decide on 2020 Presidential Bid Soon
Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senator, has said she will soon decide on her 2020 presidential bid and she believes that the American people are ready for a woman of colour to hold the highest office in the country.
Harris, who published a new memoir this week ahead of likely 2020 presidential run, demurred on whether she will challenge President Donald Trump for the White House.
19 Injured in Building Blaze in South France
Nineteen injured in building blaze Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region , said fire service.
Trump Plans to Visit US-Mexico Border
US Donald Trump plans to visit the US-Mexico border on Thursday as he continues to pitch what was a signature promise of his 2016 presidential campaign a wall. Democrats say he’s been misrepresenting the situation on the border.
BJP Leader Shot Dead in Bihar
A Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, police said on Thursday.
Baiju Prasad Gupta was killed at his medical shop at Pakri village on Wednesday night, district police officer Gaurav Oandey said.
Trump Campaign Chief Wanted Polling Data to Go to Ukrainian Oligarchs: Report
Two Ukrainian oligarchs were the intended recipients of US polling data President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman admitted to sharing with a Russian during the 2016 presidential race, a CNN report said Wednesday, citing a source close to the matter.
Pro-Russia Ukrainians Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov had paid Paul Manafort millions of dollars over the years for lobbying work.
Delhi’s Temperature Settles One Notch Below Season’s Average
Delhiites woke up to a cold Thursday morning with the minimum temperature settling at six degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.
Humidity was recorded at 97 per cent.
The maximum temperature on Friday is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius along with moderate fog in the morning.
China Says Trade Talks with Were Extensive, Promoted Mutual Understanding
China on Thursday said that the just-concluded round of trade talks with the US were extensive and established a foundation for the resolution of each others’ concerns, echoing positive sentiments expressed by American negotiators.
Trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies escalated last year, putting global stock markets on edge. The US announced tariffs on USD 250 billion worth of Chinese goods, while China countered with its own.
We’ve Got Nothing to Do With Taliban: MoS VK Singh
Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, VK Singh said that India has not participated in talks with Taliban in Afghanistan. “We’ve just sent non-officials because it was something called for by Russia. We’ve got nothing to do with Taliban,” he said.
Army Rescues Over 150 Stranded Tourists Amid Heavy Snowfall
Indian Army on Wednesday, rescued over 150 stranded tourists amid heavy snowfall in North Sikkim. The army had to intervene after after unprecedented snowfall in a span of two hours cut off the popular tourist destinations in Lachung Valley, rendering the tourists helpless.
3 Sudanese Protestors Killed During Protests in Omdurman
Three Sudanese protesters killed during protests in Omdurman on Wednesday, 9 January, said state News Agency.
Notorious Contract Killer Arrested in UP
A notorious contract killer carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his arrest was held in an encounter with police on Ganga Canal road here, police said Thursday.
Ajay, who sustained bullet injuries in the encounter, confessed to his crime, Senior Suprintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar told reporters.
Sensex, Nifty Start on a Choppy Note
Benchmark equity indices opened on a choppy note Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of quarterly results of key bluechips amid weak Asian cues.
The 30-share Sensex was trading 40.08 points, or 0.11 per cent, lower at 36,172.83.
The NSE Nifty too witnessed similar movement, and was trading 8.30 points, or 0.08 per cent, lower at 10,846.85.
Analysts expect market to continue to remain volatile in the coming months in the wake of upcoming general elections.
Earthquake Hits Jammu and Kashmir
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 hit Jammu and Kashmir at 8:22 am on Thursday, 10 January.
Iran Says It Holds US Navy Veteran, 1st Arrest of Trump Era
Iran confirmed it is holding US Navy veteran Michael R White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump’s administration.
White’s detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the US, which under Trump has pursued a maximalist campaign against Tehran that includes pulling out of its nuclear deal with world powers.
Spicejet Flight Did Not Make an Emergency Landing: Spicejet
On 9th Jan 2019, flight SG-13 returned back to Mumbai due to a minor technical issue, said the airline. The aircraft made a normal landing. Reports of emergency landing are wrong and baseless. After checks, aircraft continued with its rotation and has landed at Dubai in normal course of business.
At about 4:45 am on Thursday, SpiceJet Staff detected 22 live rounds of .22 caliber from baggage of a passenger bound for Banglore by SpiceJet flight No. SG-519 at Pune airport. He couldn’t produce any valid document & has been handed over to Police by airline for further legal action.
North Should Take ‘Bold’ Steps Towards Denuclearisation: S Korea’s Moon
North Korea needs to take “more bold, practical measures for denuclearisation” to ensure sanctions are lifted, the South’s President Moon Jae-in said Thursday with negotiations stalling between Pyongyang and Washington.
“Corresponding measures must be devised in order to facilitate North Korea’s continued denuclearisation efforts,” he added, such as the US agreeing a “peace regime” and formally declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
Pregnant Woman Gives Birth on Health Centre’s Floor in Gonda
A woman gave birth on floor after failing to find a doctor in the community health center in Gonda. Dr Ratan Kumar, Upper Health Director, Devipatan division says, “This is a serious incident. Investigation will be done and action will be taken against the responsible persons.”
UN Appeals to Myanmar for Peaceful Solution Amid Troop Build-Up
Major fighting in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has so far been avoided, a top UN humanitarian official there said following some clashes between armed rebels and national security forces who are increasing the number of troops there.
In an interview with UN News, Knut Ostby, the acting resident and humanitarian coordinator for Myanmar, reiterated calls for all sides “to find a peaceful solution to the situation”, amid concern “that there could be a quite immediate escalation of fighting”.
Thailand Should Have Confiscated Woman’s Phone, Not Passport: Saudi Officials
Saudi embassy official says Thai authorities should have confiscated asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s “cell phone instead of her passport”.
UN says the 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her.
‘Poor’ Air Quality in Delhi
Air Quality Index of Delhi’s Lodhi Road area; prominent pollutants PM 2.5 at 209 and PM 10 at 214, both in the “poor” category.
Spicejet Flight Lands Back At Mumbai Airport After Taking Off
Spicejet’s Mumbai to Dubai flight-SG13 landed back at the Mumbai Airport after taking off from Mumbai airport on Thursday due to a technical glitch in the aircraft. The flight was delayed by 4 hours.
Plans For Cow Shelter Cum Old Age Home, Says Delhi Minister
Delhi Minister G Rai said on Wednesday said, “We have 5 cow shelters, one of which was cancelled after receiving a complaint, there are 4 now. We’re planning to open the most advanced cow shelter in Ghumanhera, it’ll be a ‘gaushala’ cum old age home where the elderly will be in the company of cows.”
US Stocks Close Higher After Fed Minutes Release
US stocks closed higher after the summary of Federal Reserve’s meeting held in December showed the central bank is patient on rate hikes.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday increased 91.67 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 23,879.12. The S&P 500 was up 10.55 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 2,584.96, Xinhua news agency reported.
Oppn Candidate Felix Tshisekedi Wins DR Congo Presidential Poll
Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi wins DRC presidential poll, says electoral commission.
Pakistan Violated Ceasefire in Poonch
Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Army retaliating effectively. This is the 7th ceasefire violation in the last three days.
DR Congo Poised to Issue Delayed Election Results
The Democratic Republic of Congo early Thursday was set to finally unveil the results of presidential elections whose repeated delays have stoked fears for the giant country’s stability.
The Independent National Election Commission (CENI) began to give the results from legislative and provincial elections that took place in parallel, a process expected to take several hours, and this would be followed by the outcome of the presidential vote.
Australian Police Arrest Man over Suspect Embassy Packages
Australian police have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly sending dozens of suspicious packages to embassies and consulates around the country, officials said Thursday.
Federal police said the man was arrested at his home in rural Victoria state late Wednesday, hours after several consulates in Melbourne received the suspicious packages.
Extra Local Train Services to Run on Central, Harbour Lines
Central Rail CPRO said in view of BEST buses strike Mumbai Division will run extra sub-services.
Central Railway and Harbour line will be running normally according to CPRO.
Second Trump-Kim Summit ‘Imminent’: S Korea’s Moon
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ‘imminent’.
Trump Storms Out of Negotiations on Border Wall
President Donald Trump said “bye-bye” and stormed out of negotiations on Wednesday 9 January, on funding a US-Mexico border wall when Democratic opponents refused to agree to the project.
“A total waste of time,” Trump tweeted about his White House meeting with top Democratic congressional leaders. “I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
South Korea Will Seek to ‘Resolve’ North’s Sanctions, Says Moon
Conditions for key inter-Korean projects ‘already met’ and Seoul will seek to ‘resolve’ North Korea sanctions issue ‘as soon as possible’, says South Korean President Moon.