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Cabinet approves five MoUs with UAE (3 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Ahead of the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who will be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for signing of five MoU with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

HC to hear plea to declare Delhi’s winter session illegal (5 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday posted for January 19 the hearing on a petition to declare the two-day Assembly Winter Session of the city government as “illegal and invalid”.

SMEs positive on business outlook, job growth in India: Facebook (5 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India maintain a positive outlook on the future in terms of business confidence and employment growth, a Facebook survey revealed on Wednesday.

Panneerselvam to urge Modi for jallikattu ordinance (19 minutes ago)
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam on Wednesday said he would urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue an ordinance enabling holding of jallikattu, the bull-taming sport.

Aircel-Maxis: Court defers order on framing charges yet again (29 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday deferred for January 24 its order on framing of charges in the Aircel-Maxis deal case against former Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others as the documents in the matter are old, dusty and complex in nature.

Now, Congress wants action against Modi, BJP poll symbol cancellation (29 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday approached the Election Commission with a complaint and demanded stern action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for violation of the pre-poll Model Code of Conduct for invoking “Bhagwan Ram” and “Hanuman” at an event.

Assam Governor draws flake for terming Lachit as ‘saviour of Hindus’ (18:36)
Guwahati, Jan 18 (IANS) Assam Governor Banowarilal Purohit on Wednesday drew flak from the opposition Congress for terming Ahom general Lachit Borphukan as a “saviour of Hindutva”.

N.D. Tiwari’s family ‘shocked’ over his joining BJP (18:32)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Former Congress veteran N.D. Tiwari’s family on Wednesday expressed disappointment and shock over his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party and alleged the decision was being “made for him”.

Congressmen protest in Shillong against note ban; face counter-protest (18:32)
Shillong, Jan 18 (IANS) Congress supporters, led by party legislators in Meghalaya, on Wednesday rallied at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office here to protest against demonetisation.

Court issues summons to DCW chief Swati Maliwal in recruitment case (18:30)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday issued summons to DCW chief Swati Maliwal in a case of alleged irregularities in appointments to the women’s rights panel.

Reliance Group, Invest India join hands for IoT contest (18:26)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Invest India, Reliance Groups UNLIMIT, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology and iB-Hubs on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to organise Internet of Things (IoT) contest in the country, titled ‘INTERTHRONE.

Telangana to pressurise Centre for 12 percent Muslim quota: CM (Lead) (18:20)
Hyderabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Telangana will soon bring in a legislation to provide 12 percent reservations to Muslims and bring pressure on the Union Government to include the law in Constitution’s 9th schedule as was done in case of Tamil Nadu, said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday.

India to take full membership of International Vaccine Institute (18:10)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) A Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a proposal for India taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council.

Delhi Assembly adopts report against civic official’s conduct (18:10)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Delhi Assembly on Wednesday adopted a report of its Questions and References Committee recommending enquiry into the conduct of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Commissioner Puneet Goyal.

HC asks EC to decide on plaint regarding Rs 104 crore deposit by BSP (18:08)
Lucknow, Jan 18 (IANS) The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission to decide, within three months, a complaint with regard to the Rs 104 crore cash deposited in old currency by the BSP between December 2 to December 9 in its account in a Delhi bank branch after the demonetisation order.

Citizens to actively participate in policing policies (18:06)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Over 150,000 citizens from all across the country have joined a new initiative that will allow them a say in policing policy and various aspects of safety and security.

Congressmen protesting against note ban caned (17:56)
Nagpur, Jan 18 (IANS) Congress activists protesting against demonetisation outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) here on Wednesday were attacked with canes by police.

Bhangar tense, as protesters continue road blockades (17:56)
Kolkata Jan 18 (IANS) Tension was palpable and protests continued on Wednesday in several villages of West Bengal’s Bhangar II block, which saw large-scale violence since Monday over “forcible” land acquisition for a Power Grid Corporation of India project.

Jamia Millia Islamia to get special postal cover (17:54)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) To mark the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) centenary, the Department of Posts will issue a special cover on the university in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the field of education over the decades, the department announced on Wednesday.

All roads lead to Jaipur as JLF countdown begins (Curtain-raiser) (17:52)
By Saket Suman
Jaipur, Jan 18 (IANS) With just hours to go for the Jaipur Literature Festival to kick-off as legendary lyricist Gulzar, American poet Anne Waldman, mystic Sadhguru and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurate the five-day event here Thursday, it is an overwhelming setting here marked by the presence of several literary heavyweights as also book lovers.

Magic bullets of DNA for low cost breast cancer detection (17:50)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Indian scientists have designed high precision DNA probes for breast cancer detection, which they claim can bring down costs of diagnostics ten-fold.

India to witness boost in video surveillance adaptation rate (17:44)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Owing to increasing demand for high-tech technologies in the video surveillance market, the country will witness a boost in the surveillance adaptation rate in years to come, a report said on Wednesday.

SC to hear Assam liquor retailers’ plea on order modification (17:44)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court will on February 3 hear a plea by liquor retailers in Assam for modification of an apex court order last year that banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres on either side of the national and state highways across the country.

Cabinet gives nod for farm research institute campus in Jharkhand (17:44)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of an off-campus of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) in Jharkhand.

Boris Johnson calls on Modi (17:42)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Visiting British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday.

Over Rs 60 cr given away under digital payments promotion schemes (17:38)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Centre on Wednesday said over Rs 60 crore worth of prize money has been distributed to over four lakh winners of NITI Aayog’s “Lucky Draw Schemes” for consumers and merchants to promote digital transactions.

Regional parties show 20% dip in donations above Rs 20,000 (17:36)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Twenty-one regional political parties received a total of Rs 107.62 crore in donations of or above Rs 20,000 in 2015-16, compared with Rs 134.86 crore in the previous year, showing a dip of about 20 per cent, a study by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) showed.

IAF appeals citizens to not to litter (17:34)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Ahead of the Republic Day Parade fly-past, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday appealed to citizens of Delhi not to throw eatables, garbage, or animal carcasses in the open which may attract birds and endanger aircraft.

Cabinet gives nod to electronic manufacturing incentive scheme (17:32)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for amendments in the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to further incentivise investments in electronic sector and moving towards the goal of ‘Net Zero Imports’ in electronics by 2020.

Telangana to pressurise Centre for 12 percent Muslim quota: CM (17:28)
Hyderabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Telangana will pass a bill to provide 12 percent reservations to Muslims in the state and bring pressure on the Union Government to include the law in Constitution’s 9th schedule as was done in case of Tamil Nadu, said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday.

Mining begins in accident-hit Jharkhand ECL mine (17:20)
Ranchi, Jan 18 (IANS) With rescue operation still halted, mining activity has been resumed at the Lalmatia mine of Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) in Jharkhand where 18 persons were killed in a December 30 accident, an official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet nod for repealing 105 redundant laws (17:10)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Continuing the endeavour in doing away with old and archaic laws, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved repealing of 105 laws.

President returns Netaji Subhas IT Bill to Delhi Assembly (17:04)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Thursday said that President Pranab Mukherjee has returned a bill on upgradation of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) into a university back to the assembly for reconsideration.

Mobile screen-recorded short film ‘WhatsUpMom’ goes viral (17:00)
Kochi, Jan 18 (IANS) A 90-second-long mobile screen-recorded short film ‘WhatsUpMom’, videographed by Mathukutty Xavier to break away from the monotony of doing a script of debut film, has gone viral and crossed six lakh views and 7,000 shares in 50 hours.

Congress veteran N.D. Tiwari, son join BJP (Lead) (16:32)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his son Rohit Shekhar, a month before elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

MoU between India and Russia approved by cabinet (16:26)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to an MoU on youth exchange programmes with Russia to help promote exchange of ideas, values and culture between the two countries, an official statement said.

CoJ to draw up calendar for recruitment of judicial officers in India (16:14)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar has set up a Committee of Judges (CoJ) to draw up a calendar for the recruitment of judges to subordinate judiciary that would be uniformly adhered to across the country.

Indigenously developed iron-fortified rice premix to address anaemia (16:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) An IIT Kharagpur team has developed the technology and machinery for the production of iron-fortified rice premix catering to India’s anaemic population.

Reliance-Sibur JV to start butyl rubber plant in Gujarat (16:04)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) said on Wednesday it has signed an MoU with Russian petrochemicals major Sibur to set up South Asias first butyl rubber halogenation unit at the Indian firm’s refinery site in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

NIA visits Bihar to probe Kanpur train derailment (16:02)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) An NIA team reached Bihar’s Motihari district on Wednesday to investigate the alleged role of Pakistan’s ISI behind the Indore-Patna Express train derailment near Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur that claimed over 100 lives.

Cyber security incidents surge in India: Study (16:00)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) There has been a surge in the number of cyber security incidents in the country with 39,730 such incidents till October 2016, a study by an industry chamber said on Wednesday.

Congress workers gherao RBI office to protest demonetisation (16:00)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Hundreds of Congress party protesters gheraoed the RBI office here on Wednesday with slogans denouncing demonetisation and the Centre’s role in “destruction of the RBI’s autonomy”.

Accused in Punjab jail break arrested in MP (16:00)
Indore, Jan 18 (IANS) Two persons, including a terrorist who fled from a high security prison in Nabha city of Punjab in November, have been arrested here in Madhya Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.

Amarinder, Sidhu file nominations for Punjab assembly polls (Lead) (15:54)
Chandigarh, Jan 18 (IANS) Taking the political battle right into the home turf of Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Lambi assembly constituency in Muktsar district.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens closed to public Jan 20-28 (15:52)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens and Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex will remain closed for public from January 20 to 28, the President’s office announced on Wednesday.

Is diplomacy dead? No; Lost effectiveness? May be (15:24)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Diplomacy is not dead as yet but it has lost its effectiveness to smoothen international relations and prevent conflicts and genocides in the 21st Century, according to experts.

MIT team in India to study urbanisation (15:14)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) A team of students and faculty from MIT are on a tour in India to critically study urbanisation in the developing world in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur, a statement said on Wednesday.

Himachal’s Kangra achieves 100% ‘geo tagging’ of assets (15:12)
Shimla, Jan 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh’s largest district Kangra has become the country’s first in ‘geo tagging’ of assets under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Wednesday.

Teach children Islam is not terrifying: Author Anita Nair (15:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Acclaimed Indian novelist Anita Nair, who has brought to the fore tales from Quran for children, says it is necessary for children to know that Islam is not a “terrifying religion” as it is made out to be.

Next from Jio ‘digital mission’ — connected car app, JioTV and more (Lead) (15:00)
By Aparajita Gupta
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) In this fast-moving age, how about a car controlled by a mobile app or a TV that can store programmes and movies of the last seven days? All these will soon be possible in India, coming out of Reliance Jio’s stable as part of its ‘digital lifestyle’ mission.

KIMS Hospitals doubles capacity at Kondapur facility (14:54)
Hyderabad, Jan 18 (IANS) KIMS Hospitals, a leading healthcare provider in South India, has doubled its capacity to 200 beds at Kondapur, the fast growing information technology corridor of Hyderabad.

Ashok Leyland to export left hand drive Partner (14:40)
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland Ltd filled up its vehicle portfolio launching two new models on Wednesday of which the light commercial vehicle (LCV) will also be exported.

Need for serious global response to terrorism: Jaishankar (14:28)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Calling terrorism the most serious threat to global security, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday asked for a serious global response to it.

British Foreign Secretary to hold talks with Modi (14:24)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, has described the UK and India as “natural partners”.

‘NTR did more for Telugu people than Mahatma Gandhi’ (14:22)
Vijayawada, Jan 18 (IANS) A member of parliament from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has triggered a row with his remark that party founder late N. T. Rama Rao (NTR) did more for the Telugu people than Mahatma Gandhi.

Flipkart launches “Project Nanjunda” to safeguard delivery staff (14:14)
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS) For the safety of their field executives or “Wishmasters”, e-commerce platform Flipkart on Wednesday launched “Project Nanjunda” that enables them to raise an alarm in case of an emergency.

NetApp opens Global Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru (14:10)
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS) In a move to boost innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era, US-based storage and data management company NetApp on Wednesday opened a Global Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru.

Sidhu files nomination from Amritsar East (13:52)
Amritsar, Jan 18 (IANS) Two days after joining the Congress, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu filed his nomination from Amritsar East seat on Wednesday.

Diamonds in Nagaland? Very likely, say scientists (13:42)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS) The northeastern border state of Nagaland, recently projected by a geologist as a promising place to prospect for gold, may be springing another glittering surprise.

CPI-M condemns ‘police repression’ in West Bengal (13:34)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Condemning the “police firing” on villagers protesting “forced” land acquisition in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas, the CPI-M on Wednesday asked the Mamata Banerjee government to resolve the issue through talks.

Veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari joins BJP (13:24)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari, 91, and his son Rohit Shekhar on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Next from Jio ‘digital mission’ — connected car app, JioTV and more (13:14)
By Aparajita Gupta
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) In this fast-moving age, how about a a car controlled by a mobile app or a TV that can store programmes and movies of the last seven days? All these will soon be possible in India, coming out of Reliance Jios stable as a part of its ‘digital lifestyle mission.

Demonetisation hits Odisha’s revenues, likely to impact budget (13:14)
By Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Jan 18 (IANS) Even as the Odisha government has started the consultation process for preparing the budget for fiscal 2017-18 beginning April 1, the impact of demonetisation on revenues and slowed economic activities are likely to make the task difficult.

Railways to launch train for religious tourism (13:06)
Agartala, Jan 18 (IANS) The railways will launch a train for religious tourists on February 17 that will originate in Guwahati and cover shrines in West Bengal and Odisha, it was announced on Wednesday.

Salman acquitted in Arms Act case (Lead) (12:56)
Jodhpur, Jan 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday acquitted by a court here in an Arms Act case in which he is alleged to have killed blackbucks in 1998.

Demonetisation effect: Too many vegetables, too little money (Special to IANS) (12:54)
By Prabhu Mallikarjunan
Sunil Kumar, a 31-year-old farmer in Tondala village, Kolar district, 85 km east of Bengaluru, lost Rs 300,000 in November when tomato prices crashed due to the demonetisation earlier that month and the excess supply of vegetables.

Where Himachal villagers observe silence to appease deities (Societal Feature) (12:28)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, Jan 18 (IANS) Traditional apple-growing villagers around this tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh are wrapping themselves up in thick blankets as they prepare to observe silence for almost a month in a hoary religious tradition.

Concert marks Saint Tyagaraja’s 170th death anniversary  (12:26)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Around 100 musicians playing veenas, gatams, mrudangams, violins and other instruments, besides singers, rendered the ‘Panchratna Kritis’ (Five Gems), composed by the legendary Carnatic music exponent Saint Tyagaraja to mark his 170th death anniversary here.

Demonetisation makes Hiroshima, Nagasaki of Indian economy: Shiv Sena (Lead) (12:10)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) In a vitriolic attack, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday compared the fallout of demonetisation on the Indian economy with the disaster wreaked by the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Stem cell treatment could be a proven therapy for diabetes, autism (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:06)
By Chirayu Padhiar
Stem cell therapy has turned out to be a ray of hope for most patients who are trying to find a cure for incurable diseases. Researchers and experts believe India has been at the top in the development of stem cell treatment followed by several other countries like China and Japan. However, due to lack of awareness, most people don’t think of stem cell therapy as an option for treating most of the incurable diseases.

Salman acquitted in Arms Act case (12:00)
Jodhpur, Jan 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday acquitted by a court here in an over 18-year-old Arms Act case.

Demonetisation makes Hiroshima, Nagasaki of Indian economy: Shiv Sena (11:14)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) In a vitriolic attack, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday compared the fallout of demonetisation on Indian economy with the disaster wreaked by the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Rich tributes paid to NTR on 21st death anniversary (11:14)
Hyderabad/Vijayawada, Jan 18 (IANS) Rich tributes were paid to TDP founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao on his 21st death anniversary on Wednesday.

No respite from cold, Agra schools to open on Monday (11:06)
Agra, Jan 18 (IANS) With the minimum temperature hovering around 4 degrees Celsius for the last couple of days, a chill breeze in this Taj city in Uttar Pradesh forced tourists to spend more time in hotel rooms than out to view Mughal monuments.

Foggy Wednesday morning in Delhi (10:48)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) It was a foggy Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature maintained at 4.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the weather office said.


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