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Sloganeering in Sabarimala as police play truant (Just in)
Sabarimala, Jan 14 (IANS) Hundreds of devout Sabarimala pilgrims on Saturday resorted to sloganeering to express their anger after police prevented them from viewing the celestial light.

Coal consumers express concern on coking coal price hike (Just in)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Coal consumers on Saturday said hike in coking coal prices by Coal India’s subsidiaries could lead to an increase of power generating cost by Rs 0.40 per unit and would hurt the steel industry, which is facing subdued demand.

Amarinder wants to fight against Badal; Akalis say come on (Lead) (6 minutes ago)
Amritsar/Chandigarh, Jan 14 (IANS) Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh’s raise the stakes in the forthcoming polls by seeking his high command’s permission to fight next month’s assembly elections against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the latter’s traditional seat Lambi has been welcomed by the ruling party.

Hitler, Mussolini were also powerful brands: Rahul on Vij’s comment (20 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its Haryana Minister Anil Vij’s comments on Mahatma Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said even “Hitler and Mussolini were very powerful brands”.

Soldier’s wife on hunger strike demanding justice (21:16)
Rewa (Madhya Pradesh), Jan 14 (IANS) Richa Singh, wife of Army jawan Yagya Pratap Singh, who had alleged exploitation by his superiors, sat on hunger strike here on Saturday, demanding justice for her husband.

Delhi sees season’s coldest morning, rain likely on Sunday (Lead) (21:14)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The biting cold weather strengthened its grip on the national capital which saw its coldest morning on Saturday, with the mercury dipping to 3.2 degrees Celsius — the lowest of the season.

Telangana minister’s car mows down teenager (21:14)
Hyderabad, Jan 14 (IANS) A teenager was killed when a Telangana minister’s car mowed him down near Nirmal town, about 200 km from here on Saturday, police said.

Gas agency owned by Dharmendra Pradhan’s brother raided (20:52)
Bhubaneswar, Jan 14 (IANS) The vigilance sleuths on Saturday conducted raids at various petrol pumps and gas agencies including a gas agency owned by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s brother at Talcher in Odisha.

Bengal BJP Vice President arrested for taking money from SSC candidates (Lead) (20:46)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) BJP’s West Bengal unit Vice President Jayprakash Majumdar was on Saturday arrested for allegedly taking money from School Service Commission candidates on the pretext of getting them jobs, police said.

Surjit Singh Barnala: A gentlemanly, clean and popular politician (Obituary) (20:46)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, Jan 14 (IANS) In the hurly-burly of Indian politics, one name that stood out for a clean political innings would be that of Surjit Singh Barnala.

Boat carrying 40 sinks in Ganga near Patna (20:34)
Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) A boat carrying 40 people capsized in the Ganga river near Patna on Saturday evening. The body of one passenger has been recovered, while eight people are being treated in hospital. Several people are reported missing.

One dead in elephant attack in Bengal (20:34)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) A 33-year-old man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.

Cold wave unabated over north India; more rain, snow predicted (Roundup) (20:34)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Cold wave conditions continued to prevail over most of north India on Saturday with weather department officials predicting more rain and snow over the region in the next 48 hours to Monday evening.

Speeding police van kills tea vendor in Delhi (20:26)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) A tea vendor died here after a speeding Delhi Police van rammed into his cart and overturned while patrolling in the city, police said on Saturday.

Bengal BJP vice president arrested for taking money (20:16)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) West Bengal BJP vice president Jayprakash Majumdar was on Saturday arrested for allegedly taking money from School Service Commission candidates with the promise of providing jobs.

AirAsia India offers low fares one way (20:10)
Bengaluru, Jan 14 (IANS) Budget carrier AirAsia India on Saturday announced special low fares one way to select destinations across its network in the country.

Free water, cheap power, mohalla clinics – AAP Goa poll manifesto has a Delhi touch (20:02)
Panaji, Jan 14 (IANS) The AAP in Goa on Saturday took a leaf out of its Delhi’s list of campaign promises, announcing free potable water for every household up to 20,000 litres, halving of domestic electricity bills and starting mohalla clinics, in its poll manifesto.

CCL raises coking coal price, CIL to earn 89.98 cr more (19:50)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Coal India Ltd on Saturday said its subsidiary Central Coalfields Ltd has increased its coking coal prices from the midnight and will earn additional revenue of Rs 89.98 crore for the remaining period of the current fiscal.

Militant killed as BSF foils infiltration bid (19:50)
Jammu, Jan 14 (IANS) A militant was killed on Saturday on the Indian side of the International Border in Jammu region when Border Security Force troopers foiled an infiltration bid.

Bengal drops ‘Ram’ in ‘Ramdhonu’; Taslima says ‘Islamizing’ (19:46)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Even as Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Saturday dubbed as “Islamizing” the West Bengal government’s attempts to “secularise” school text books by replacing certain words, the government clarified the changes were introduced two years ago.

UNC opposes India-Myanmar border fencing (19:46)
Imphal, Jan 14 (IANS) Manipur’s apex body of Naga civil society organisations, the United Naga Council (UNC), on Saturday opposed the fencing work between India and Myanmar and appealed to Nagas to jointly oppose it.

Modi condoles Barnala’s death (19:42)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the death of former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala, who died on Saturday following a brief spell of illness.

Northeast India reeling under cold wave (19:40)
Agartala/Aizawl, Jan 14 (IANS) The entire northeastern region on Saturday reeled under a severe cold wave with the lowest temperature hovering between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius, weather officials said.

Belgian post outsources 200 jobs to India (19:40)
Brussels, Jan 14 (IANS) Belgian post company Bpost is transferring 200 jobs in the ICT sector to two companies in India, Infosys and Tata Consultancy, the Belgian media reported.

Chandy keeps away from crucial party meet (19:40) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 14 (IANS) Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday failed to turn up for a crucial political affairs committee (PAC) meeting of the Congress party here, and senior Congress leaders were hard put to explain his absence.

Sebi reduces brokers’ fee by 25 per cent (19:06)
Jaipur, Jan 14 (IANS) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Saturday announced reduction of 25 per cent in the fee payable by brokers and also decided to amend regulations to enable the market participants to make payments to the regulator through digital mode.

Rajasthan continues to reel under cold wave (19:04) IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 14 (IANS) Rajasthan continued to reel under cold wave on Saturday, with the minimum temperature dipping at many places. Alwar district recorded a minimum of 1.4 degrees Celsius, while in Mount Abu it was 2 degrees, officials said.

2 senior SP leaders hitch the BJP bandwagon (18:56)
Lucknow, Jan 14 (IANS) In a blow to the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), two of its senior party leaders on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Leaders celebrate Makar Sankranti at Lalu-Rabri’s residence (18:38) IANS Photo Service
Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) Like last year, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday applied a ’tilak’ of curd on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s forehead to indicate they enjoyed cordial relations and the ruling Grand Alliance of the JD-U, RJD and the Congress is intact.

Opposition criticises government over interference in RBI (18:36)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The opposition parties on Saturday accused the government of eroding the autonomy of the RBI following media reports that a Finance Ministry official was sent to the bank to oversee its chest currency operations in view of demonetisation.

Some elements trying to malign government on OROP: Minister (18:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Saturday said that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government was committed to the welfare of ex-servicemen but “some elements” were trying to “malign the government” over One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue.

TMC continues protest against ‘centre’s atrocities’ (18:28)
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Trinamool Congress activists and party heavyweights took part in a rally here on Saturday to protest against the central government’s demonetisation move and the arrest of party MPs by the CBI.

Surjit Singh Barnala passes away (Lead) (18:22)
Chandigarh, Jan 14 (IANS) Former Punjab Chief Minister, Union Minister and Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh Surjit Singh Barnala died here on Saturday following a brief spell of illness. He was 91.

First ‘Armed Forces Veteran’s Day’ observed (18:16)
Lucknow, Jan 14 (IANS) Ahead of its Army Day, celebrating the accession of the first Indian army chief, the Indian Army observed the first ‘Armed Forces Veteran’s Day’ here on Saturday.

Kerala theatre owners body splits after strike call (18:06)
Kochi, Jan 14 (IANS) On a day of dramatic developments, the Kerala Film Exhibitors’ Federation (KFEF) formally split on Saturday after it called off a month-long stir on the revenue-sharing model, with actor Dileep holding a meeting of likeminded theatre owners, besides producers and distributors, that decided to form a new organisation.

Government respects RBI’s autonomy and independence: FinMin (17:56)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) A day after the employee unions of the Reserve Bank of India expressed their resentment against alleged interference of the government in the central bank’s affairs, the Finance Ministry on Saturday said that it fully respects its autonomy.

Gehlot to head Congress screening committee for UP (17:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday appointed former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as chairman of the screening committee for the forthcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Over 1.5 million take holy dip at Gangasagar amid chill, security (Lead) (17:52)
Sagar Island (West Bengal), Jan 14 (IANS) Ove 1.5 million pilgrims from across India and abroad braved the icy cold water and chilly winds to took a holy dip in the river Ganga on Saturday at the annual Gangasagar Fair here on Makar Sankranti.

Surjit Singh Barnala passes away (17:42)
Chandigarh, Jan 14 (IANS) Former Punjab Chief Minister and Governor of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Surjit Singh Barnala died here on Saturday following a brief spell of illness. He was 91.

Assam celebrates Magh Bihu with traditional fervour (17:36)
Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) Assam on Saturday celebrated Magh Bihu with traditional fervour along with the burning of a religious bonfire (meiji).

EC bars hearings by CM, Ministers in poll-bound states (17:04)
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The Election Commission on Saturday asked all the poll-bound states to defer public hearings by the Chief Minister, Ministers or politically-appointed office bearers of statutory bodies till the conclusion of assembly polls.

Modi bigger brand than Gandhi, says Haryana minister; retracts after flak (Second Lead) (16:52) IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh/Amabala, Jan 14 (IANS) Sparking a new controversy over the Father of the Nation, Haryana Minister Anil Vij said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “bigger brand” than Mahatma Gandhi but later retracted his statement as it attracted flak.

Odisha victim of central neglect: Naveen Patnaik (16:44) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Jan 14 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said the state has been a victim of central neglect and conspiracy in the Polavaram and Mahanadi projects.

RSS not working against any community: Mohan Bhagwat (16:36) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday asserted the organisation is “not against anyone” but only working to unite and strengthen the Hindu community.

Four children burnt alive in Gurugram, parents injured (Lead) (16:34)
Gurugram, Jan 14 (IANS) Four children of a family were burnt to death and their parents injured when a house caught fire here on Saturday morning, police said.

Hoardings of Priyanka-Dimple fuel alliance speculation (16:32) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Jan 14 (IANS) The Akhilesh Yadav faction of the Samajwadi Party seems to be inching closer to sealing a deal with the Congress, even as the Election Commission is yet to decide on the fate of the SP and its symbol cycle.

Khandu inducts three ministers into his cabinet (16:32) IANS Photo Service
Itanagar, Jan 14 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday inducted three new ministers, Alo Libang, Bamang Felix and Mahesh Chai, into his cabinet.

Parrikar’s image in Goa poor: Velingkar (15:58) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Jan 14 (IANS) Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar on Saturday said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s image in Goa is poor.

Amarinder seeks Congress permission to contest against Badal (15:56) IANS Photo Service
Amritsar, Jan 14 (IANS) Giving an interesting turn to Punjab’s politics, state Congress president Amarinder Singh has sought the Congress high command’s permission to fight next month’s assembly elections against Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal from the latter’s assembly constituency of Lambi.

Rajnath seeks report on Manipur ambush (15:16) IANS Photo Service
Imphal, Jan 14 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report on Thursday’s ambush on National Highway 37 in Manipur in which one person was killed and three injured, officials said on Saturday.

‘Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes’ (15:12) IANS Photo Service
Ambala, Jan 14 (IANS) Anil Vij, a minister from Haryana in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, on Saturday sparked a fresh controversy, saying Mahatma Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes and that Modi is a bigger brand name than Gandhi.

Chill grips North India, mercury continues to dip (Lead) (15:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Nine deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh as a severe cold wave gripped northern India on Saturday with Himachal Pradesh’s Keylong and Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil registering minus 13.9 and minus 15.6 degrees Celsius, respectively, while the national capital here recorded its lowest temperature of the season.

Telugu states celebrate Sankranti with gaiety (14:56)
Hyderabad, Jan 14 (IANS) People in the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Saturday celebrated ‘Makar Sankranti’, the colourful harvest festival, with pomp and gaiety.

Why India’s richest state cannot hire enough teachers (Special to IANS) (14:50)
By Aparna Kalra
A government school that needs 59 teachers being run by two temporary appointees: This is not a story from a poor, rural backwater but from the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, Indias richest (by per capita income) and ninth most literate province among 36 Indian states and union territories.

Fiction, non-fiction – Indian authors shine at World Book Fair (14:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Giving tough competition to foreign writers are Indian authors who seemed to have emerged as the rulers at the 44th World Book Fair.

Less demand for regional language books at World Book Fair (With Images) (14:46)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The 44th edition of the World Book Fair might be seeing a good number of footfalls but stalls catering to regional languages are not getting sufficient visitors readers this year.

ONGC staffers to get ‘Khadi bonus’ (13:52)
Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.(ONGC) employees will now get their annual cash bonuses in the form of Khadi vouchers for buying Khadi garments, a top official said here on Saturday.

Fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty — inner and outer (Comment, Special to IANS) (13:50)
By Shahnaz Husain
With a host of vitamins anti-oxidant properties, as also some essential minerals in their natural form, fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty — inner and outer. Here is a dossier:

RBI’s own figures indicate return of 15 lakh crore of banned notes (13:18) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Despite the Reserve Bank of India dismissing reports that suggested 97 per cent of the demonetised currency had returned to the bank’s coffers by December 30, its own weekly figures on “currency in circulation” indicate that this number is correct.

Khadi calendar imbroglio: Tushar Gandhi attacks Modi (13:08) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) The great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar A. Gandhi, on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) diary-calendar controversy.

Four children burnt alive in Gurugram (12:58)
Gurugram, Jan 14 (IANS) Four children of a family were burnt to death here on Saturday morning, police said.

Himachal shivers, more snow in store (12:20) IANS Photo Service
Shimla, Jan 14 (IANS) An intense cold wave saw most parts of Himachal Pradesh shivering on Saturday with Manali at a biting minus 6.8 degrees Celsius, a day after the state saw a long sunny day.

IndiGo to transport bodies of northeastern residents for free (12:18)
Agartala, Jan 14 (IANS) Budget airliner IndiGo in association with Delhi Police has launched a scheme to carry bodies of underprivileged residents of northeast India, who die in the national capital, to their homes free of cost.

Himachal temple to have 1,600 kg butter idol (12:08)
Kangra, Jan 14 (IANS) Preparations started on Saturday morning for the installation of the idol of Goddess Brajeshwari Devi made of 1,600 kg of clarified butter in the famous Brajeshwari Devi temple here in Himachal Pradesh, officials said.

Tripura troopers to be deployed for Punjab, UP polls (12:08)
Agartala, Jan 14 (IANS) Two battalions of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) will be deployed in the upcoming Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, an official said here on Saturday.

TN celebrates Pongal with traditional fervour (12:04) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Jan 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu on Saturday celebrated Pongal with traditional fervour with people getting up early, donning new clothes and visiting temples.


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