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Cold wave sweeps Kashmir, Leh freezes at minus 15

Srinagar, Dec 18 : Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Kashmir Thursday as Leh town recorded the season's coldest night at minus 14.6 degrees Celsius, the weather office said.


Modi congratulates ISRO scientists

New Delhi, Dec 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated ISRO scientists on the successful launch of its heaviest rocket, GSLV Mk-III.


Indians living longer, healthier lives: Lancet

Washington, Dec 18 : India has made great strides in reducing both child and adult mortality since 1990, says a global study, adding that adults and children in the country are living longer and healthier lives than two decades earlier.


India successfully test fires its heaviest rocket

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 18 : India Thursday moved forward in rocket technology with the successful flight testing of its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module.


Indian test rocket lifts off with crew module

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 18 : India's heaviest test rocket with an experimental crew module blasted off from the spaceport here Thursday morning.


India, US experts meet on operationalising civil n-deal

New Delhi, Dec 18 : An India-US contact group on civil nuclear cooperation that met here Dec 16-17 held detailed talks on a range of issues towards implementation of the civil nuclear accord, including on liability, technical issues and licensing to facilitate setting up of US-designed nuclear power plants in India.


Peshawar attack: Candle light vigil held across India in solidarity with victims

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Cities across the nation held candle light marches on Wednesday to express solidarity with the families of the victims of the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar, which led to the death of 141 people, including 132 students.


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq calls Peshawar attack 'anti-Islam'

Srinagar, Dec. 17 : The chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Wednesday called the ghastly attack on a school in Peshawar as 'anti-Islam'.


PM Modi congratulates PM Abe on winning elections

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the latter's victory in the election to the Lower House of the Japanese Parliament.


German envoy calls Peshawar attack a 'heinous act'

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, on Wednesday termed the attack on a school in Peshawar as a heinous and atrocious act.


Security agencies on high alert after Peshawar attack

New Delhi Dec. 17 : With the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issuing a nationwide alert in the wake of a ghastly attack at a school in Pakistan, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday assured that all necessary steps were being taken to ensure the safety of U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to New Delhi in January next year.


US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday.


PM Modi's initiatives to be focus of One Globe 2015 Conference

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives since taking oath, namely 'Make in India', 'Digital India' and 'Smart Cities' will be the focus of the upcoming One Globe Conference, which is scheduled to be held in the national capital in February next year.


Peshawar attack: Never seen in my life that people can be so inhuman, says Doval

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Condemning yesterday's terror attack in Peshawar and expressing shock over the killing of innocent school children, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday said he has never seen or heard in his life that people could be so inhuman.


SC directs Centre to fence entire India-Bangladesh border

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the central government to complete the fencing of the India-Bangladesh border where it has not been done to check illegal immigration.


Madrassas controlled by Bangladeshis indoctrinating youths: Centre

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Three madrassas controlled by illegal Bangladeshi migrants were indoctrinating youths, the central government said Wednesday.


Goa CM orders probe into drug nexus allegations against him

Panaji, Dec 17 : Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Wednesday ordered a police probe into allegations made by Congress spokespersons that he and several BJP ministers were involved in drug trade in the state.


India concerned over China's n-deal with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 17 : India was "well prepared" to guard its national interests, and has raised with China the issue of Beijing's nuclear deal with Islamabad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.


Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs.4,444 crore

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The defence ministry Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth Rs.4,444 crore, ministry sources said.


Cabinet nod for Goods and Services Tax Bill

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday approved the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill paving the way for its tabling in the ongoing session of parliament towards reform of India's indirect tax regime.


Security beefed up in India's schools after Peshawar attack

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Security was beefed up Wednesday in schools across India, especially in the national capital, and in shopping malls and other crowded places, a day after a terror attack in a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city left at least 148 people, mostly children, dead.


Companies Act amendments passed by Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014, after Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley told the house that some of the original provisions were only posing hurdles to doing business in the country.


Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs.4,500 crore

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The defence ministry Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth around Rs.4,500 crore, ministry sources said.


Centre de-classifies files relating to Netaji

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Highly classified information about the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been made available to the public, the central government informed parliament Wednesday.


Candle light vigil by children to mourn Peshawar massacre victims

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Little children holding aloft candles Wednesday mourned the massacre of over 130 school children in a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city.


No attempt by TTP to set up bases in India, parliament told

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The interrogation of arrested terrorists has revealed that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence was promoting terror activities in India by providing shelter, patronage and funding to terrorists, parliament was told Wednesday.


Opposition targets government over Christmas holiday

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The issue of schools being asked to remain open on Christmas to mark "good governance day" was again raised in the Lok Sabha Wednesday, with the opposition parties staging a walkout over the issue.


Delhi school website defaced by IS, principal threatened

New Delhi, Dec 17 : A Delhi school principal was threatened over telephone a month after the school's official website was defaced by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, police said Wednesday.


Oil ministry rejects GSPC demand for $8.5/unit gas price

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The union petroleum ministry has declined the Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.'s (GSPC) demand for a gas price of $8.5 per unit for its eastern offshore Deen Dayal West (DDW) fields, saying the approved rate of $5.05 will apply to the company.


Conversion row continues to hit Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The uproar over reported religious conversion and comments by members from the ruling BJP continued to rock the Rajya Sabha for the third consecutive day Wednesday, forcing several adjournments and stalling proceedings.


No move to stop subsidised cooking gas for rich: Minister

New Delhi, Dec 17 : There is no proposal to stop supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinder to the rich, parliament was told Wednesday.


Will take action against foreigners working illegally in Goa: CM

Panaji, Dec 17 : Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Wednesday said foreigners working illegally in the state will not be tolerated, promising action against foreign nationals having only tourist visas but engaged in business activities.


People's Forum lauds Modi stand on Pakistan school attack

Mumbai, Dec 17 : The Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) Wednesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gesture of standing by Pakistan in the wake of a terror attack on school that left nearly 150 people dead.


Society's weaker sections to benefit from technology

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said his department's socio-economic development programmes seek to provide technology to the needy.


GDA launches van service to help poor apply for houses

Ghaziabad, Dec 17 : To alleviate the problems of the weaker sections of society, the authorities Wednesday launched a mobile van service here to help them apply for houses being launched by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).


Arrival of tourists gives boost to tourism industry in J-K

Srinagar, Dec. 17 : Tourists thronged Srinagar city on Wednesday to enjoy the cold weather as Jammu and Kashmir remains a favourite winter holiday destination in the country.


Killing innocents in the name of God is a most shameful act: Najma Heptulla

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla on Wednesday strongly condemned the terror attack in Peshawar and said that killing innocents in the name of God and religion is a most shameful act.


PM Modi wishes Bhutan on their National Day

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted Bhutan on the Himalayan nation's national day, adding that New Delhi cherishes its friendship with Thimphu.


'PM Modi speaks well around nation, why not in Parliament', asks Congress

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday questioned the former's continued absence from Parliament.


Acts of terror a 'clarion call' for believers in humanity to unite, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday stated that the recent acts of terror in Sydney and Peshawar was a clarion call for all those who believe in humanity to defeat terrorism, adding that India will always be ready to play its role in such an undertaking.


'People's participation in development process is of utmost importance': Naidu

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Union Urban Development and Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the people's participation in the development process is of utmost importance and added that there should be provision of institutional infrastructure for efficient, accountable and transparent governance.


Naidu condemns attack in Pakistan, says terrorism is mankind's enemy

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Strongly condemning the barbaric killing of innocent school children in Pakistan, Union Urban Development and Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu described terrorism as the enemy of mankind and urged all to work together to fight the menace.


SC directs Centre to check illegal migration at Indo-Bangladesh border

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central Government to monitor fencing along the India-Bangladesh border and the construction of border roads to prevent illegal migrants entering Indian Territory from Bangladesh.


Bangladeshi President to visit India

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, will be paying a six-day official visit to India beginning tomorrow at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.


Security experts call for international intervention in Pakistan

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Expressing grave concern over the terror attack in Peshawar, security experts on Wednesday emphasized that the international community must now intervene as things are getting out of control in Pakistan.


India greatly values its close relations with Qatar, says President

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : President Pranab Mukherjee has said India greatly values its close and time-tested relations with the State of Qatar, which are deeply rooted in history.


Opposition stalls proceedings in Rajya Sabha, demands PM make statement on conversion issue

New Delhi, Dec.17 : The opposition stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday over a repeated demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be called to the Upper House to make a statement on the conversion row that has hogged national headlines for the past few days.


Oil firms force SpiceJet to ground all flights

New Delhi, Dec.17 : With oil firms refusing to provide much needed fuel to aircraft run by the cash-strapped budget carrier SpiceJet, the latter decided on Wednesday to ground all of its flights till such time as the fuel is supplied.


'GOI digital calendar a convergence 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', 'Digital India': Jaitley

New Delhi Dec. 17 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday released the Governement of India's calendar for the year 2015 and said that it is a convergence of two of the government's mainstream projects- 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and 'Digital India'.


Hindu organizations entitled to facilitate people willing to re-convert: Swamy

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said that if anybody wanted to re-covert to Hinduism he or she has the right to do so and added that any Hindu organization is entitled to organize a celebration to facilitate the same.


Schools across India pay silent tribute to Peshawar terror attack victims

New Delhi, Dec. 17 : Schools across India observed two minutes of silence on Wednesday as a tribute to victims of Peshawar terror attack.


Customers can join direct cash transfer scheme for gas till March

Chennai, Dec 17 : Domestic cooking gas customers can join the direct benefit transfer scheme till March 2015 though the system would kick start Jan 1, a senior official of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said here Wednesday.


National mission to reduce citizen health care expenses

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The health ministry's National Health Assurance Mission will reduce the health care expenditure of Indian citizens and will also aim to provide health care at their doorstep, union Minister of State for Health Shripad Yesso Naik said Wednesday.


Beef up security at schools, Centre tells states

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The central government has asked states to beef up security, especially at educational institutions, following the terror attack at an army-run school in Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Wednesday.


29 tourism projects sanctioned for northeast in 2014

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The ministry of tourism has sanctioned 29 tourism projects for the northeastern states in 2014, Parliament was informed Wednesday.


Fake electronics market growing double of genuine goods: Minister

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The counterfeit electronics products market is growing doubly fast as that for genuine goods and the government has set up a monitoring mechanism to check it, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha Wednesday.


Avoid travelling to Kullu, Manali: Himachal Police

Shimla, Dec 17 : The Himachal Pradesh Police Wednesday advised tourists to avoid travelling to the tourist resorts of Kullu and Manali due to the snapping of road links after last week's heavy snowfall.


Companies Act amendments passed by Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Lok Sabha wednesday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014, after Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley told the house that some of the original provisions were only posing hurdles to doing business in the country.


Terror incidents call for world to come together: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Sydney cafe hostage crisis and the Peshawar school horror are a call to the world to stand up and counter terror together, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday said.


Centre to audit commercial buildings' energy efficiency launched

New Delhi, Dec 17 : In tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 100 smart cities programme, a centre to audit energy consumption of existing comercial buildings in the country was made operational Wednesday.


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