13th January News in Nutshell: Important stories of the dayImportant stories of the day
Samajwadi Party feud: Election Commission reserves order on party symbol
After over four hours of deliberation with leaders of both factions of Samajwadi Party, the election commission of India has reserved its order over the ownership of the party symbol. Earlier today Samajwadi Party's warring factions led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav reached elction commission office today to settle the dispute over control of the party and its election symbol of ‘cycle’.
Refrain from using social media for grievances: Army Chief tells jawans
Army Chief Bipin Rawat today asked jawans to restrain from using social media platforms to share their problems and raise complaints internally and directly within the forum. Addressing the media, he informed that the Army headquarters and other commands have suggestion and grievance boxes and jawans having any complaint can use those boxes to voice their ‘dissatisfaction’.
PAC overrules its chairman over decision to summon PM Modi on note ban
In complete contradiction to the view of its chairman K.V. Thomas, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament today decided that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be summoned over the demonetisation issue.
Tushar Gandhi slams Modi’s photos on KVIC calendar, PMO justifies move
Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi today came down heavily on the government for replacing the Bapu’s image with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the calendar and diaries of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
Centre moves Supreme Court against ban on 10-year old diesel vehicles
The Centre has moved the Supreme Court against the National Green Tribunal's ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi and NCR, saying it was affecting the economically weaker section of people. A bench of justices M B Lokur and P C Pant asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi about the status of a similar petition challenging the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal.
AAP-LG ‘Jung’ continues: Baijal returns Delhi govt’s proposal for 75 pc cut in DTC fares
Najeeb Jung’s successor, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, has returned the file on the Delhi government’s proposal to slash DTC bus fares by 75 per cent. The decision to cut down the fare to Rs 5 for non-AC buses and Rs 10 for AC buses had been announced by Delhi Transport Minister Satyendra Jain in December and the file was sent to the LG for approval earlier last week. It was originally mooted by Baijal’s predecessor, Najeeb Jung.
‘Neutralise’ terror groups operating on your soil: Trump's defence secretary pick James Mattis to tell Pakistan
Signalling a tough approach against the backers of terror, James Mattis, US President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defence secretary, has said that if confirmed, he would tell Pakistan the need to "expel or neutralise" externally-focussed militant groups operating with impunity within the country.
US will have to wage large-scale war to block Chinese access to South China Sea, warns state media
U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's hawkish remark on China has drawn a warning for Washington by the Chinese state media that the US would have to wage a war to block Beijing’s access to South China Sea.
Russia, Turkey agree to 'coordinate' air strikes in Syria
Russia and Turkey have finally agreed to “coordinate" their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes "on terrorist targets". In a statement, the Russian defence ministry today said that the two countries have signed an agreement in this regard spelling out mechanisms to "coordinate" the actions of the two air forces.
China's export hits seven-year low amid fears of trade war with US
China, the world’s biggest exporter, witnessed a slump for the second year in a row with the exports dipping 7.7 per cent in 2016 over weak global demand and a likely trade war with the US under the Trump administration.
Budget 2017: Centre may propose 'cash tax' to discourage large withdrawals
In a bid to incentivise digital transactions and discourage large withdrawals, the Narendra Modi government is considering a proposal to impose cash tax in the upcoming Union Budget. The government may tweak an earlier banking cash transaction tax under the United Progressive Alliance government, under which tax will be levied on cash withdrawals above a certain ceiling from bank accounts.
SpiceJet inks Rs 1.5 lakh crore deal for purchase of 205 Boeing jets
India's second-biggest budget carrier SpiceJet will purchase up to 205 new aircraft from Boeing with the order valued at Rs 1,50,000 crore. With the earlier order for 55 planes and additional 100 new 737-8 MAX aircraft, the no-frills carrier now has firmed up order for a total of 155 planes, besides purchase rights for 50 B737-8 MAX and wide body aircraft.
US govt agency accuses Fiat of using emissions-cheating software
The U.S. government's environment watchdog has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose a software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.
David Guetta’s Mumbai concert meets Bengaluru's fate, officials deny permission
Silencing the excitement of all DJ David Guetta's fans, the Mumbai Police today refused permission for the singer-composer’s concert scheduled for today evening. Yesterday, Guetta’s Bengaluru fans also went through the same disappointment as his concert was cancelled there too following the mass molestation incident on New Year’s Eve.
Blackbuck poaching case: Jodhpur court asks Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, others to appear on January 25
The Jodhpur court on Friday asked Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Tabu to appear before it on January 25 for recording of statements in the blackbuck poaching case. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh gave these directions after completion of examination of all the witnesses in the court.
Rahman performance on new version of ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ goes viral on FB
Lately, Music director A R Rahman performed the revamped version of his popular song ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ song on the seventh season of MTV Unplugged. This time the lyrics were modified with the reference of some current issues in it. The song talked about demonetisation, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The good news is, so far the song has garnered more than 1.2 million views on Facebook.
Get ready to witness ‘Partners’ Govinda and Salman on ‘Bigg Boss’
Actors Salman Khan and Govinda gave a blockbuster film ‘Partner’ in 2007, after that movie buffs were waiting to see them together. So, here is the good news, both the actors will be seen in an episode of the TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. Govinda who will be promoting his upcoming film ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ on the show, shared the news on micro blogging site Twitter today.
Kohli ready to lead, his Team India will rewrite history: MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni today came out before the media for the first time since relinquishing captaincy in the limited-over format of the game. Coming out in praise of the new ODI skipper, Dhoni said Virat had all the makings to lead a team that had the potential to win in all formats of the game.
Dhoni managed senior players well: Anil Kumble
M S Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the wicket-keeper batsman to be Test captain in 2008.