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Will make S&T a national priority, facilitate research: PM -

Ease of doing research is as important as ease of doing business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said as he reached out to the scientific community promising to cut red tape and sought their cooperation in "transforming" the country. "As the major source of science and technology, ... government must do its part.

Sriganganganagar coldest in Raj at 7 deg Celsius -

Minimum temperature increased by few notches in various parts of Rajasthan with Sriganganganagar recording lowest temperature of 7 degree Celsius. Mercury settled at 13.2 degree Celsius in Jaipur, which was 5 degrees above normal even as Sikar recorded 9 degree Celsius temperature. Bikaner recorded 9.5 degree Celsius, Churu 9.9 and Jaisalmer recorded 9.9 and 11.1 degree Celsius respectively. Minimum temperatures were recorded between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius above normal in the...

Paswan doubts merger of erstwhile 'Janata Parivar' -

Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan today expressed doubt over merger prospect of erstwhile Janata Parivar comprising the RJD and JD(U) and predicted that it will never materialise at the end. "I have serious doubt that the merger of the erstwhile Janata Parivar will ever take place as those prominent leaders of its constituents may squabble over leadership of the proposed new party," he told reporters.

Two killed in house collapse in UP -

Two persons, including a 4-year-old child, were today killed and two children seriously injured when wall of a house collapsed in Civil Lines area here, police said. The incident took place this morning in Jainpur Nagar and the deceased have been identified as Premchandra Pal (33) and Pratigya (4), Additional Superintendent of Police Karvanand said.

No irregularities in National Games: Kerala govt -

 Kerala government today refuted the charges of irregularities in preparation of the 35th National Games in the state, levelled by Opposition leader and CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan. "Complete transparency has been maintained while executing the works and multi-level monitoring of process are in place," Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told reporters here. Most of the construction work connected with the Games was fast getting completed and sports...

Malaysia to help in search of AirAsia flight: Najib Razak -

Malaysia today offered help in the search of missing AirAsia flight which lost contact with air traffic controllers between Singapore and Indonesia this morning. Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak said he had not been fully briefed on the aircraft's disappearance, but acknowledged that the country may be facing its third aviation disaster in the year, after the loss of two Malaysia Airlines aircraft in March and July.

Odisha police getting ready for 'Operation Smile' -

The cases of missing children in Odisha have gone up rapidly after the devastating super cyclone in 1999 and by 2005 the state has registered cases of 4821 children who have gone missing. This figure continued in upward trend and subsequently reports of these children becoming victims of several crimes poured in from all parts of the state, officials said today.

BSF puts up posters with photos of elusive Maoist cadre -

BSF has put up posters containing photographs of 20 hardcore Maoists in Boipariguda block in the district as part of its community policing campaign. These posters, spotted at Ramagiri, Kandulbeda, Baligaon and other remote areas, also referred to the cash awards announced by governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh for information about the Maoists. "Through the posters we want to tell people that the Red rebels have not done anything good for tribals.

Guru Gobind Singh epitomised ultimate courage: PM -

On the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of the tenth Sikh Guru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Guru Gobind Singh saying his life and ideals inspire eternally. "He epitomised ultimate courage & a spirit of sacrifice. I bow to him," the Prime Minister tweeted. Thousands of devotees thronged gurudwaras across the country today to take part in the celebrations of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

'Alone' more than just a horror film: Bipasha Basu -

Actress Bipasha Basu says her upcoming movie 'Alone' is more than just a horror film as it deals with relationship and turmoils of a married couple. The film has been directed by Bhushan Patel and also stars TV actor Karan Singh Grover, who plays the male lead opposite the 35-year-old actress. "'Alone' is not a horror film for me. It is a passionate love story for me.

Raghubar Das sworn-in as CM of Jharkhand -

BJP leader Raghubar Das was today sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand, becoming the first non-tribal leader to rule the state. Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath of office and secrecy to Das at the Birsa Munda Football Stadium here. Nilkanth Singh Munda, Chandreswar Prasad Singh, Louis Marandi (all BJP) and Chandraprakash Choudhary (Ajsu party) were also sworn-in as cabinet ministers. Jharkhand has a maximum limit of 12 ministers, including the chief...

I enjoy taking decisions as a producer: Priyanka C -

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is all set for her maiden production venture 'Madamji', which is currently in pre-production stage. The 32-year-old actress, who will be shooting back-to-back for 'Bajirao Mastani' and 'Dil Dhadakne Do', says she is enjoying the process of taking decisions as a producer. "'Madamji' is a fictional story. It's a story of an item girl, who is thrown in the world of politics. 'Madamji' is about woman...

Army Chief to hold close-door strategy meeting with officials -

Guwahati, Dec 27 (PTI) Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will hold a closed-door strategy meeting with senior army officials here to review the prevailing situation in Assam where 81 people have been killed following attacks by NDFB(S) militants. The army has intensified counter-insurgency operations and area domination in all the violence affected areas to stabilise the situation but there was no fresh operation launched so far.

Salman gets basket of strawberries as birthday cake -

Mumbai, Dec 27 (PTI) Superstar Salman Khan, who turned 49 today, got a basket full of strawberries as his birthday cake from his family. The 'Kick' star, who was supposed to host Bigg Boss' 'Weekend Ka War' tonight, took a day off from the celebrity reality show to celebrate his birthday. Salman took to Twitter to share the picture of his innovative birthday cake. "Birthday cake pic for you," Salman wrote.

Army Chief to review situation in violence-hit Assam -

New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will today review the situation in Assam where NDFB(S) militants carried out a deadly attack on tribals leaving over 80 dead. Singh will first visit Guwahati and then Sonitpur and Kokrajhar where militants belonging to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction) killed tribals on Tuesday. He would be brief by officials there about the situation on the ground and the operation the army has launched against...

New trophy for Federation Cup -

Margao, Dec 27 (PTI) The All India Federation(AIFF) has ordered for a new trophy amid concerns that they may not get the original Federation Cup back from churchill Brothers. Churchill Brothers won the Federation Cup in January this year after they got the better of Sporting Clube de Goa in the final in Kochi. But the winners have been left out of this year's tournament which begins tomorrow here after they failed to meet stringent club licensing criteria.

2014: Names of Osama, ISIS surfaced in Delhi courts -

New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Startling facts revealed by probe agencies on plots hatched by banned outfits made headlines in 2014 in Delhi courts which noted that Osama bin Laden was still the driving force for terror groups following footsteps of ISIS to create situation like Iraq and Syria

Sports Schedule for Saturday, December 27 -

CRICKET: Day 2 of the 3rd Test match between India and Australia in Melbourne. Day 2 of the 1st Test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Day 2 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and West Indies in Port Elizabeth. TENNIS: ITF Women's tournament in Navi Mumbai. CHESS: Al Ain Classic international chess tournament in UAE.

Sr Bush spends another night in hospital: spokesman -

Houston, Dec 26 (PTI) Former US President George H W Bush, admitted to a hospital after experiencing shortness of breath, was in "great spirits," his spokesman said today. 90-year-old Bush, a Texas resident, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday as a precaution. His spokesman Jim McGrath said that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalised as a precaution.

India accorded 'top priority' by UK in 2014 -

London, Dec 26 (PTI) India-UK ties touched a new high in 2014 with British Premier David Cameron according "top priority" to India in UK's foreign policy and a series of high-level visits taking place to foster closer political and economic relations. Cameron held his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia ahead of the G20 Summit last month, strengthening the broad and deep ties that UK and India have.

Another chilly morning in Delhi, 79 trains delayed -

New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Delhiites today woke up to another chilly morning with moderate to dense fog engulfing the city which continued to disrupt rail traffic with 8 trains cancelled and 79 delayed. The minimum temperature settled two notches below the season's average at 6.3 degrees Celsius. "Visibility was 700 metres at 8.30 AM and the humidity recorded was 94 per cent," a MeT official said. The weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky for the day.

Sr Bush spends another night in hospital: spokesman -

Houston, Dec 26 (PTI) Former US President George H W Bush, admitted to a hospital after experiencing shortness of breath, was in "great spirits," his spokesman said today. 90-year-old Bush, a Texas resident, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday as a precaution. His spokesman Jim McGrath said that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalised as a precaution.

Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki allots portfolios to 3 new -

Itanagar, Dec 26 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has allocated portfolios to the three newly inducted ministers in his cabinet. Rajesh Tacho, Wanglin Lowangdong and Thangwang Wangham were inducted to the council of ministers and Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered oath and secrecy of office to them at a ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rajbhawan here.

Rupinder keen to perform well in HHIL -

New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Bracing up for the third Hero Hockey India League, penalty corner specialist Rupinder Pal Singh said he would be aim to be a standout performer for his team -- defending champions Delhi Waveriders. Playing for Delhi Waveriders consecutively for the third time, Rupinder is eagerly waiting to display his proficiency alongside an experienced bunch of defenders like India's Surender Kumar and Diwakar Ram, New Zealand's Steven Edwards, Andrew Hayward and...

Maha govt allots Rs 64 cr to LWE-affected districts -

Mumbai, Dec 26 (PTI) Maharashtra government has decided to allocate Rs 64 crore to four Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected districts in the Vidarbha region to fast-track their development. "On receiving funds from the Central government for the Left Wing Extremism affected districts, the state has decided to allot Rs 16 crore each to Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and Bhandara districts of Vidarbha region. These funds will be handed over to the district collectors for...

Bombay HC refuses to stay Sunburn Music Festival in Goa -

Panaji, Dec 26 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today refused to grant a stay on hosting the popular Sunburn Electronic Dance (EDM) Festival scheduled to start in Goa from tomorrow. Congress party's Goa spokesman Sunil Kawathankar had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) before the High Court pleading that the festival be stopped accusing the organisers of tax evasion.

Home guard jawan killed in road accident -

Sant Kabir Nagar (UP), Dec 26 (PTI) A 45-year-old home guard jawan was today killed after being hit by a tractor- trolley near Mukhlishpur railway crossing, police said. Devisharan was going to his village when he was hit by the tractor-trolley. He died on the spot, they said. An FIR has been registered in this connection and hunt is on to trace the absconding driver.

Govt seeks views on increasing age for induction in IAS -

New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) The Centre has sought views from state governments on increasing the present age limit of 54 for induction of state service officers into IAS and IPS among others. At present, maximum age limit for consideration for induction into three all India services--Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS)--is 54 years as on January 1, of the year for which the select list is prepared.

Drug menace a national pain: PM -

Voicing concern over the "devastating" drug addiction menace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said society as well as the government will have to work together to fight this problem and that a helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions. In his third 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio, he said the menace is a "national pain" but instead of the youth mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned.

Prez recovering after angioplasty at Army hospital -

President Pranab Mukherjee was today recovering well after undergoing a heart procedure at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital where doctors installed a coronary stent in his artery to remove a blockage. The coronary angioplasty was conducted on Mukherjee, 79, yesterday at the hospital after he was admitted there with stomach problems and related ailments.