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Telangana CM meets Jaitley
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday called on Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley here. Read Full Story

Dates of B'desh PM's visit to India yet to be finalised: MEA
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : After accepting the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dates to the India visit are yet to be fixed as the schedules of dignitaries from both the countries are yet to match. Read Full Story

Not a single truckload of goods arrive at Attari from Pakistan, courtesy demonetization
Attari (Punjab) [India], Dec. 8 : There was no import of goods from Pakistan on Thursday, the consecutive second day after the suspension of work by porters at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Attari, as majority of Indian traders have asked Pakistani traders to freeze the movement of trucks until the cash flow normalises in India. Read Full Story

PM hails Carter's contributions in strengthening defence cooperation between India, U.S
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : United States Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and briefed him on the progress in taking forward the decisions and understandings reached in June this year. Read Full Story

Dalai Lama dubs China's diktat to pilgrims to return before 'Kalachakra' as 'sad'
Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Dec. 8 : As China recently issued directions to the Tibetans and Chinese pilgrims visiting India to come back before 'Kalachakra' (Wheel of Time) initiations by Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama on Thursday dubbed the diktat as "sad", saying it is an indication whether there is religious freedom or not. Read Full Story

It takes two to tango: Abdul Basit on Indo-Pak ties
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said until the so-called Kashmir issue is not resolved, it will be difficult to abridge the relations between the two countries. Read Full Story

Parrikar, Carter finalise India's designation as 'Major Defence Partner' of US
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday finalised India's designation as a "Major Defence Partner" of the United States, institutionalising the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level on par with the United States' closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future. Read Full Story

Telangana Dy.CM bats for modernisation of educational facilities to improve results
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Dec. 8 : Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Thursday inaugurated the Special officer Annual Conference Meet at Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium at Nampally in Hyderabad. Read Full Story

PM must atone for unleashing financial anarchy in country: Congress
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "unleashing financial anarchy in the country" and "inflicting sufferings on millions of people" by demonetising Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 currencies, deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on Thursday said the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and accept his "blunder". Read Full Story

Modi appreciates US Defense Secretary's contribution to ties
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appreciated outgoing US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's contribution to bilateral ties. Read Full Story

Pakistan does not want perpetual hostility with India: Envoy
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said his country did not want "perpetual hostility" with India, but stressed that Kashmir is the "core issue" between the two countries. Read Full Story

It takes two to tango: Abdul Basit on Indo-Pak ties
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said until the so-called Kashmir issue is not resolved, it will be difficult to abridge the relations between the two countries. Read Full Story

Diwali was most talked about topic among Facebook users in 2016
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Diwali emerged as the most talked about topic from India on Facebook in 2016, the social networking giant revealed in its "Year in Review" top 10 list on Thursday. Read Full Story

Steps taken to fill slots in NHRC wholly unsatisfactory: SC
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central government to fill the slot of the member, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and that of its Director General (Investigation) observing that the steps taken so far were "wholly unsatisfactory". Read Full Story

UNESCO report on universal educational goals based on past trends: Government
New Delhi, Dec 8 : A UNESCO report claiming that India will be half a century late in achieving its universal education goals is based on past trends and the goal will be achieved much earlier, Parliament was told on Thursday. Read Full Story

Pranab Mukherjee to present Shilp Guru Awards on Friday
New Delhi, Dec 8 : President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Shilp Guru Awards and National Awards for Master Craftspersons at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre on December 9. Read Full Story

Disclose your relation with Mahesh Shah: Kejriwal to PM
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clarify his and BJP Chief Amit Shah's relation with Mahesh Shah, who disclosed unaccounted income of Rs 13,860 crore under the central government's income declaration scheme. Read Full Story

Indian national in Pakistani jail safe: Pakistan
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Pakistan has conveyed to India that an Indian national lodged in a Pakistani jail even after completing his prison term "is safe, secure and in good health", a senior official said on Thursday Read Full Story

India demands consular access to national held in Pakistan
New Delhi, Dec 8 : India on Thursday demanded immediate consular access to one of its nationals arrested in Pakistan on charges of being a spy after Pakistani top diplomat Sartaj Aziz said that there was not enough evidence against him. Read Full Story

India closely working with Mongolia to implement US$ 1 billion credit line: MEA
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): India is closely working with the Mongolian government to implement the US$ 1 billion credit line announced during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mongolia in May 2015 in a manner that is deemed beneficial to the friendly people of Mongolia by its leadership, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday. Read Full Story

Punishment on Tamil prisoners in Qatar harsh, India has filed appeal: MEA
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said the penalty imposed on two men from Tamil Nadu, who were sentenced to death in Doha for allegedly murdering an elderly woman in 2012, is too harsh and a lawyer has been appointed while adding that the Indian Embassy is closely monitoring the situation. Read Full Story

I-T dept raids eight premises in Chennai, seizes Rs.90 crore cash, 100 kg gold
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)[India], Dec. 8(ANI): Income tax officials on Thursday conducted raids on the premises of two businessmen here and seized Rs.90 crore cash and 100 kg gold. Read Full Story

SAARC: Unless cross border terrorism addressed, situation to remain same, says India
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): As SAARC celebrates its 31st Anniversary, India on Thursday asserted that unless the cross border terrorism is addressed and unless a mindset which opposes all connectivity initiate is reversed, the "situation will pretty much remain the same". Read Full Story

Women activists welcome Allahabad HC ruling on triple talaq
Ahmadabad (Gujarat)/New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): Welcoming the ruling of the Allahabad High Court on triple talaq, women activists on Thursday said it is a very unlawful act and must be abolished. Read Full Story

India demands immediate consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: MEA
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): With Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday admitting that the government was presented with only insufficient evidence on alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who is under detention, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said the government has always maintained that Pakistan's allegations against Jadhav, an Indian national and a former Indian Navy officer, were completely baseless and demands immediate consular access to him. Read Full Story

President Mukherjee to MPs: 'For God sake, do your job'
New Delhi[India], Dec. 8(ANI): Taking strong exception to the way the Winter Session of Parliament is proceedings, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday asked lawmakers to do their jobs i.e. to transact business in the House. Read Full Story

Why standing in queue is being equated with patriotism, Thackeray asks Centre
New Delhi [India], Dec.8 : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday asked the Centre why standing in queues for collecting money from banks is being equated with patriotism. Read Full Story

Increase Lok Sabha seats, pass women's reservation bill as part of poll reforms: President
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): Backing electoral reforms in the Indian political system, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday asked the government to come up with necessary amendments and hold public debates on a set of recommendations proposed by the Election Commission to hold simultaneous elections in the country. Read Full Story

Armed gunmen rob bank of over Rs. 13lakh in Kashmir
Pulwama (J-K)[India], Dec. 8: Armed gunmen on Thursday robbed a bank of Rs 13.38 lakh at the gunpoint in Arihal area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Read Full Story

Parliament security breach video: AAP's Bhagwant Mann to be suspended from Winter Session
New Delhi [India], Dec.8 : A nine-member parliamentary committee on Thursday recommended that Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann be suspended for the remainder of the winter session of parliament over the security breach video. Read Full Story

Kenya Tourism Board officially appoints new CEO, Dr. Betty Radier
New Delhi [India], Dec 08 : Dr. Betty Radier is the new Kenya Tourism Board's Chief Executive Officer. Read Full Story

Demonetisation: FS meets Dean of Diplomatic Corps to discussed issues raised by foreign Missions
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday held a detailed discussion with the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps about the problems faced by some Embassies in the context of the demonetisation of high value notes. Read Full Story

Why should I apologize for my Hurriyat comment? : Farooq Abdullah
Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir)[India], Dec. 8: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said he won't apologise for his remarks on the Hurriyat. He added that people of Kashmir are united because they want a final settlement of the state. Read Full Story

Disruption of Parliament unacceptable: Pranab
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Expressing strong displeasure over the continued logjam in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said "disruption in Parliament is totally unacceptable". Read Full Story

Suspend Mann for rest of session, recommends House panel
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The parliamentary committee probing the act of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann of posting video footage of Parliament on social media, on Thursday recommended that he be suspended for the rest of the current session. Read Full Story

President's rap for government, not opposition: Azad
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said it is the government, more than the opposition, which should pay heed to President Pranab Mukherjee's criticism of the continued logjam in Parliament. Read Full Story

Lok Sabha passes Supplementary Demands for Grants 2016-17
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the second batch of supplementary Demands for Grants for fiscal 2016-17 by voice vote amid slogan-shouting by opposition members insisting that the debate on demonetisation should have taken place under a rule that entails voting. Read Full Story

Suspend Mann for rest of session, recommends House panel
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The parliamentary committee, probing the act of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann of posting on social media a video footage of Parliament, on Thursday recommended that Mann be suspended for the rest of the current session. Read Full Story

Mukherjee to open global campaign for child rights
New Delhi, Dec 8 : President Pranab Mukherjee will host a summit of Nobel laureates and global leaders here on December 10-11 in support of a campaign for child rights, it was announced on Thursday. Read Full Story

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day yet again on Thursday without transacting any meaningful business as pandemonium continued over the demonetisation decision of the government. Read Full Story

Disruption of Parliament unacceptable: Pranab
New Delhi, Dec 8 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed strong displeasure over the ongoing parliamentary logjam and said "disruption of Parliament is totally unacceptable". Read Full Story

Turning Guwahati into India's sporting capital is Assam's challenge: Sonowal
Guwahati, Dec 8 : Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday reiterated his aim of turning Guwahati into India's sporting capital during his tenure. Read Full Story

No loss of life and property in Havelock, says Andaman's Lt. Gov.
Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Dec. 8: The Lieutenant Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jagdish Mukhi, on Thursday assured that the tourists stranded on Havelock Island are safe and that there has been no damage to property or loss of life. Read Full Story

SC to hear plea seeking transfer of Shahabuddin to Tihar on Dec. 15
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred to hear the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, the wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, seeking shifting of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin from the Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi for a free and fair trial in the case relating to her husband's murder. Read Full Story

Kerala HC bans women from wearing churidar in Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Dec. 8: The Kerala High Court on Thursday banned women from to wearing salwar kameez and churidars inside the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple here. Read Full Story

Didi slams "dictator" PM Modi for manmade financial emergency
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 8 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that demonetisation is a manmade disaster of financial emergency caused by a dictator and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must clarify the situation and take responsibility for the chaos created in the last one month. Read Full Story

Govt. working to reduce inconvenience: Jaitley to LS
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today lashed out at the Opposition for not allowing a debate on demonetisation. Read Full Story

Disclose your relation with Mahesh Shah: Kejriwal to PM
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clarify his and BJP Chief Amit Shah's relation with Mahesh Shah, who disclosed an unaccounted income of Rs 13,860 crore under the central government's income declaration scheme. Read Full Story

AIMPLB defends Triple Talaq, to appeal against verdict
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday said it will appeal against the Allahabad High Court ruling against Triple Talaq. Read Full Story

Disruption in Parliament unacceptable: Pranab
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Expressing strong displeasure over the continued logjam in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said "disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliament". Read Full Story

Congress to PM Modi: It is people's govt.; not yours
New Delhi [India], Dec.8 : The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning a deaf ear towards the woes of the people of the nation and asserted that demonetisation has wrecked the economic edifice of the nation. Read Full Story

Jorhat hosts Taekwondo championship for disabled children
Jorhat (Assam) [India], Dec. 8 : The first Para Taekwondo state-level and 11th district-level Open Martial Art Championship for the intellectual disabled children was recently held at Prerona Spastic Society Centre in Jorhat, Assam. Read Full Story

BJP supports EC's appeal for curbing money power and paid news in polls
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday supported the appeal of the Election Commission of India to take measures to curb the increasing use of money power and paid news during elections. Read Full Story

BJP lauds Allahabad HC's 'progressive' verdict on triple talaq
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hailed the Allahabad High Court's decision on triple talaq as progressive and said that it should be welcomed by all regardless of political affiliations. Read Full Story

Allahabad HC's verdict on triple talaq should not end up like Shah Bano case: Uddhav
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec.8 : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday that the Allahabad High Court's verdict on triple talaq is very important and should should not end up like the Shah Bano case. Read Full Story

J-K: Three LeT terrorists killed in Anantnag encounter
Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Dec. 8 : At least three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag on Thursday. Read Full Story

AIMPLB downplays Allahabad HC ruling on triple talaq
New Delhi [India], Dec 8 : Downplaying the Allahabad High Court's ruling on triple Talaq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Kamal Faruqui on Thursday said the divorce system is part of Islamic laws, adding there can be no interference in the same. Read Full Story

Demonetisation will empower poor, middle class and benefit the future generation: PM Modi
New Delhi [India] Dec 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed the spirit of the nation for supporting demonetisation and asserted that the banning of high currency notes will empower the poor, neo-middle class, middle class and benefit future generations. Read Full Story

Congress observes Black Day as tribute to people who have died due to demonetization
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said that parliamentarians will observe a Black day as tribute to the people who lost their lives due to demonetisation. Read Full Story

BJD for monitoring of political parties funding as EC seeks major clean-up
New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : With Election Commission asking the Income Tax Department to stop giving exemption to political parties that do not contest elections as many of these outfits could be fronts to siphon off black money, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Jay Panda on Thursday said that there should not be any restriction on formation of a political party but called for a strong monitoring and auditing of their funding. Read Full Story

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