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Trump Says Won’t Declare National Emergency “Right Now”
Trump said he’s not looking to declare emergency to build wall ‘right now,’ says, ‘This is something Congress can do’.
US Military Begins Withdrawing Non-Essential Gear Out of Syria, Troops Still Unmoved
The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said Friday as uncertainty grew over America’s planned pullout from the battered nation.
Macedonian Parliament Approves Changing Country’s Name
Macedonia approves constitutional changes to rename itself North Macedonia, finalizing its part of deal with Greece.
AAP Member Meera Sanyal No More, Say Reports
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Meera Sanyal has passed away at the age of 57, according to reports. Apart from politics, she also served as CEO and chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland in India.
Ashok Chawla Quits as NSE Chairperson After CBI Gets Sanction to Prosecute Him in Aircel-Maxis Case
Former bureaucrat Ashok Chawla on Friday, 11 January, resigned as chairperson of the National Stock Exchange with immediate effect, the bourse said, hours after the CBI said the Centre has granted sanction to prosecute him in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The exchange, while making the announcement on Friday night, did not provide specific details.
In a statement, the bourse said Chawla has resigned as “Public Interest Director/ Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd with immediate effect in light of recent legal developments”.
Two Armymen Killed in IED Blast in J&K’s Nowshera
Two Army personnel lost their lives in an IED blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera on Friday, reported ANI, citing the Army PRO.
Terrorists Lob Grenade at CRPF Platoon in Srinagar
Terrorists on Friday lobbed a grenade at a CRPF platoon near Srinagar’s Lal Chowk in J&K. No loss of life or injury has been reported as of yet, reported ANI.
Ayyappa Devotees’ Association Wants SC to Live-Telecast Sabarimala Proceedings
The National Ayyappa Devotees’ Association (NADA) has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking video-recording and live-telecast of proceedings of review petitions challenging the court’s verdict allowing entry of all women into the Sabarimala Temple.
A Constitution bench will be hearing the review petitions on 22 January.
IIP Growth at Just 0.5% in November 2018
Index of Industrial Production rose only by 0.5% in November 2018, compared with 8.5% in November 2017, government data revealed on Friday, 11 January.
CBI Files Charge Sheet Against P Chidambaram’s Wife Nalini
The CBI has filed the charge sheet against P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram in a Kolkata court in connection with the Saradha scam, reported ANI.
Delhi Court Grants Interim Protection to Alleged Close Aide of Robert Vadra
Delhi’s Patiala House Court has granted interim protection from arrest to Manoj Arora, an alleged close aide of Robert Vadra, in a money laundering case against him. The court has also directed him to join the investigation.
Angela Merkel Says Germany Responsible for Nazi Crimes in Greece
While on a visit to Greece, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally put an end to years of tensions as she said Germany takes responsibility for the Nazi crimes in Greece.
6 States Sign Aggrement for Construction of Renukaji Dam Project
Six states–Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh–on Friday signed an agreement for construction of Renukaji Dam Multi-Purpose Project in the presence of Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Fire in Mumbai Plastic Factory
A fire has broken out at a plastic factory in south Mumbai’s Kandivali. Five fire tenders are at the spot. More details are awaited.
SC Closes Johnson and Johnson Faulty Hip Implants Case
The Supreme Court closed the case against US-based pharma giants Jhonson and Jhonson for faulty hip implants, on grounds that the Centre will provide compensation of up to Rs 1.22 crore to those affected.
Delhi Court Adjourns Aircel-Maxis Case Till 1 Feb
Delhi’s Patiala Court has adjourned the Aircel Maxis case till 1 February. The court also extended the interim protection of Karti Chidambaram and P Chidambaram till 1 February in both CBI and ED cases.
US-Led Coalition Says Syria Withdrawal has Begun: Media Reports
American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War, the US-led support of Syrian Opposition and the Federation of Northern Syria during the course of the Syrian Civil War, has said that the withdrawal of military forces from Syria has begun.
If Ready For Dialogue, Why is Pak Still Supporting Terror Outfits: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that Pakistan is ready for dialogue but continues to providing support to banned terror outfits.
He also said that the neighbouring country should be the last one to lecture people on plurality and inclusive society.
SC Gives Go-Ahead to Char Dham Project
The Supreme Court gave its go-ahead to government’s Char Dham road widening projects, reported ANI.
The project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal of Reuters Journalisrs
Myanmar court rejects appeal from Reuters journalists, maintains 7-year prison terms in case tied to press freedom, reported AP.
SC Asks Centre, Meghalaya Govt to Take Experts’ Help to Rescue Trapped Miners
The Supreme Court has asked Centre and the Meghalaya government to take help of experts and continue efforts to rescue the miners who are trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills since 13 December last year.
CBSE to Conduct Two Levels Maths Exam for Class X
The CBSE has issued a circular announcing two levels (basic and standard) of Mathematics for students of Class X for different needs, for CBSE Board Examinations 2020.
Students have the option of picking one of the two levels.
The present level and curriculum of mathematics would continue to remain the same, reported ANI.
British High Commission Gets Consular Access to Michel
The British High Commission in India gets consular access to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, reported ANI.
SC Defers Hearing Reliance Comm Plea in Spectrum Trading Case
The Supreme Court has deferred for three weeks hearing on Reliance Communication plea for spectrum trading and sale, reported ANI.
Court to Hear Criminal Defamation Against Ramani on 22 January
Delhi’s Patiala House Court to has fixed 22 January for further hearing in the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against Priya Ramani, reported ANI.
IAS Officer Allegedly Harassed in Delhi
A 2014 batch woman IAS officer, posted in Mizoram, was allegedly harassed in the premises of Delhi’s Saket court on Thursday, 10 January.
A case has been registered against a lawyer and his associates, reported ANI. No arrests have been made so far.
Srinagar – Jammu Highway Closed Due to heavy Rainfall
The Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed due to heavy snowfall on both sides of Jawahar Tunnel, reported ANI.
SP-BSP May Announce Alliance for LS Polls Tomorrow
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav likely to formally announce alliance ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Lucknow on Saturday, 12 January, reported ANI.
Security Tightened Ahead of Murder Case Against Ram Rahim
Security tightened in Rohtak and Panchkula, ahead of the verdict in the murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, reported ANI.
Protests in PoK Against Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project
Protests erupt in Pakistan occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad against the construction of Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project in the region, reported ANI.
Andy Murray Likely to Retire
An emotional Andy Murray fared that the Australian Open could be his last tournament, reported BBC Sports.
“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” he reportedly said.
US Vows to Pressure Venezuela’s ‘Illegitimate’ Maduro
The United States has refused to recognise Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as he started a controversial new term and urged rank-and-file government employees to empower the opposition.
“The US will not recognize the Maduro dictatorship’s illegitimate inauguration,” national security advisor John Bolton tweeted Thursday.
“We will continue to increase pressure on the corrupt regime, support the democratic National Assembly, and call for democracy and freedom in Venezuela,” he wrote.
Don’t Exercise Jurisdiction om Fresh Matter: Chhattisgarh Govt to Centre
The Chhattisgarh government requested the Centre that ‘the CBI be instructed not to exercise jurisdiction for investigation of any fresh matter’ in the state, reported ANI.
The Home Department of the state government has withdrawn its consent given to the Centre, in 2001.
BJP’s 2-Day National Council Starts Today
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 on Friday, 11 January, 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.