9th January News in Nutshell: Important stories of the day
Three dead in terror attack on GREF camp in J&K's Akhnoor sector
At least three contractual labourers with General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) were killed after heavily armed terrorists attacked a GREF camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor district. The attack took place in Battal area near the international border, police said.
SP showdown: Mulayam blames 'one person' for feud, says no dispute with son Akhilesh
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday insisted there were no differences between him and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav even as both the factions met the Election Commission to claim on the election symbol of the party, cycle.”
With an eye on China, India in talks with Vietnam for sale of Akash missile systems
Worried over China's belligerence in the Asia-Pacific region, India and Vietnam are now engaged in discussions over the possible sale of indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missile systems.
Note ban: PAC may summon PM Modi if RBI's reply not satisfactory
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament can call Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of demonetisation if it finds the answers given by top finance ministry officials and the RBI Governor Urjit Patel unsatisfactory.
CBSE defers board exams by a week in view of Assembly elections, to begin on March 9
Putting an end to uncertainty over the fate of the board examinations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday said that its exams for class 10 and 12 will begin on March 9, a day after polling for five assembly elections end.
‘Would have suspended you if you were from my ministry’: Sushma Swaraj fumes over Pune techie’s request
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for helping people from the Indian diaspora in distress abroad, especially for her quick responses to SOS posts on Twitter. However, on Sunday, one user’s Twitter request irked the usually calm minister. The External Affairs ministry has recently launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ to enable timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens’ tweets in real time.
Beijing will take revenge if Trump backtracks on one-China policy, warns Chinese tabloid
State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times sounded a warning to president elect Donald Trump on Sunday saying China would seek a revenge if Trump fails to abide by the one-China policy. Beijing had asked Washington not to allow Tsai to enter the United States and that she not have any formal government meetings under the One-China policy.
Buddhist hardliners stop Muslim ceremony in Myanmar
Amid the heightening Islamophobic tensions following a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state, hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon today. Dozens of people, led by a handful maroon-robed monks, marched to the YMCA in Myanmar’s commercial capital to shut down a service marking 5rhe Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.
Jerusalem: At least four killed in Palestinian truck attack, Israeli PM says accused IS supporter
A truck driven by a Palestanian man rammed into a group of of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade killing four of them and injuring 17 others in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was likely inspired by Islamic State.
Indian peacekeepers face UN probe for entering Haiti without cholera vaccination: Report
The United Nations has ordered a probe on Indian peacekeepers in Haiti for arriving in the Carribean country without the mandatory cholera vaccination. As per media reports, more than 100 men of Assam Rifles, India’s oldest paramilitary force, landed in Haiti in July-August last year after they were certified by the home ministry as having taken the vaccine.
No MDR charges for customers on card payment at petrol pumps: Oil Minister
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today announced that MDR charges will not be levied upon customers on card payments at petrol pumps. "MDR charges on card payments for fuel purchase will not be passed on to customers," Minister of State for Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan said after a meeting with top officials.
On-time performance: Air India ranked third worst airline in the world
India’s national carrier Air India has been ranked third worst among the airlines across the world in terms of on-time performance. According to aviation insights company FlightStats, Netharlands flag carrier KLM is the best international airline in 2016 based on the on-time performance records.
Tax collections soared in April-November period despite note ban: Arun Jaitley
Countering claims that the note ban had a negative impact on the Indian economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that the tax collection has gone up in nine months from April 2016 to December 2016, indicating a robust gain despite demonetisation.
First ‘real' picture of Taimur Ali Khan is out, and its adorable
The star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan became parents of a beautiful baby Taimur Ali Khan, last year. After that many fake images of the little boy surfaced on internet. Now, finally a real sketch of Taimur has been shared on the picture sharing site Instagram.
This happened when Salman said SRK’s dialogue from ‘Raees’ in ‘Bigg Boss’
The teaser of the much awaited episode of the controversial reality shows ‘Bigg Boss’ featuring superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan was released yesterday. The teaser gave the glimpse of the great camaraderie shared by SRK and Salman and now people are waiting for the episode with bathed breath.
Deepika, Priyanka taking competition to another level, both wear Ralph Lauren in Golden globe
After actress Priyanka Chopra floored everyone at the red carpet of Golden Globes 2017, it was the turn for another Bollywood diva to scatter her charm. Yes, the dimpled beauty Deepika Padukone made her appearance on the after party of Golden Globes award, and needless to say she gave tough competition to Priyanka.
Dhoni was nudged by selectors to leave captaincy: Report
MS Dhoni last week sprang a surprise by stepping down as India’s limited-over skipper. According to media reports, Dhoni did not himself renounce the captaincy of India’s limited-over teams but was nudged by the selectors into making the announcement, who told him that his time at the helm was up.
Australian batsmen need to perform in India without excuses: David Warner
Australia vice captain David Warner on Sunday said the team's batsmen need to stand up against India and will have "no excuses" when they head to India in February. He added Australia could take some heart from England's recent series against the No.1 Test side. The visitors would play four Tests in India, staring from February 23 in Pune.