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Short News Potholes probably kill more than those on border or by terrorists: SC New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday expressed concern over 14,926 people being killed in accidents due to potholes on roads across the country in the last five years. A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the large number of deaths caused due to potholes was “unacceptable” and was “probably more than those killed on border or by the terrorists.” The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, said the number of deaths from 2013 to 2017 in accidents due to potholes indicated that the authorities concerned were not maintaining the roads. The bench sought a response from the Centre on the report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former apex court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in January.

BJP now trying to divide deities on caste lines: Mayawati New Delhi : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati today hit out at the BJP, alleging that after dividing people into caste lines, it was now segregating deities for votes. Referring to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s recent claim that Lord Hanuman was a “Dalit”, she said the top leadership of the BJP has “stooped to such a level for votes that they are not even sparing the deities”. She alleged while the common man and farmers are suffering under the BJP rule, the party is talking of constructing a temple in Ayodhya, ignoring its primary responsibility of governance as enshrined in the Constitution. Addressing a gathering of party functionaries at an event to mark the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, she said following Adityanath’s statement, people have been demanding that Dalits be appointed as priests in Hanuman temples.

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Stock Market: The top five Nifty losers were Indiabulls Housing Finance, Tech Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Grasim Industries and HCL Technologies.

Sensex Plunges Over 500 Points, Nifty Near 10,600 New Delhi : The equity benchmarks extended their losses in afternoon session on Thursday, led by IT, banking, pharma, metal, consumer, financial services, and auto stocks. At 2:51 pm, the 30-share Sensex was at 35,389.76, down 494.65 points or 1.38 per cent, and the Nifty50 was at 10,623.60, with a loss of 159.30 points or 1.48 per cent. Forty five out of 50 Nifty stocks were in the red. Trading between 3.75-5.72 per cent lower, the top five Nifty losers were Indiabulls Housing Finance, Tech Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Grasim Industries and HCL

Technologies. The Sensex shed as much as 542.58 points and the Nifty as much as 177.6 points. All sectoral indices traded in the red. In

global markets, US stock futures tumbled on Thursday and Asian markets followed after Canadian authorities arrested a top executive of

Learn to be tolerant like Vajpayee, Farooq Abdullah’s advice to PM Modi

Jammu : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah Thursday had a piece of advice for Prime Minister Narendra Modi – be tolerant like Atal Bihari Vajpayee to ensure acceptance by all people. Speaking at an event here, the National Conference patriarch also accused the BJP of following a divisive agenda. “When (Jawaharlal) Nehru unfurled the tricolour at the Red Fort for the first time, he never thought that a party will come to power in future which will try to divide this country. Britishers divided it into India and Pakistan and the country will be divided into many parts if the ruling

party continues with its divisive agenda,” he claimed He said that the BJP claims Lord Ram is theirs but according to holy texts, “Bhagwan Ram belong to the entire universe and not Hindus alone”. Asking Modi to be “tolerant like Vajpayee”, Farooq said, “He is the prime minister. He has to come up to that level and should not get engaged in smaller issues. At time I feel sorry for his statements.” He went on to add, “Please inculcate sense of tolerance, Prime Minister sahib. If you have to run this country, you have to be tolerant and ensure acceptance by others. All have to be taken along, if you have run this country.

Bulandshahr violence:

Slain cop’s family meets Yogi Adityanath

Calcutta High Court denies permission to Amit Shah’s ‘Rath Yatra’ Kolkata : The Calcutta High Court on Thursday rejected the BJP’s petition to allow the party to hold rath yatras in West Bengal, scheduled to be flagged off by BJP national president Amit Shah from Cooch Behar on Friday. Deferring the yatras till January 9 when the court will hear the matter again, the single bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty Thursday observed that reports need to be sought from all Superintendents of Police in the state as the proposed yatras will cover all 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal. “The court felt that the BJP moved the court pretty late on December 3 and in the current short notice it will be difficult for the state government to take adequate law and order measures. It is a big rally which will be held across the state. Therefore, it has advised all district BJP presidents to sit with respective SPs to chalk out detailed plans. The court also took note of the police and IB reports submitted before the order was passed,” said advocate Arka Kumar Nag, who appeared for the state government. State advocate general Kishore Dutta told the court that the Cooch Behar SP refused permission for the BJP president-led rath yatra on Friday and the yatra might cause communal tension.

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Yogi Adityanath ordered a high-level probe into the Bulandshahr incident and assured the family of justice and Rs 50 Lakh ex-gratia. New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday met the family of Station House Officer (SHO) Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed in mob violence in Bulandshahr two days ago. Adityanath was away in Telangana for campaigning for the assembly elections when the incident took place. Terming it to be “part of a larger conspiracy”, the Chief Minister has ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter. The meeting was held at CM’s residence where Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh was also present. “We met the Chief Minister and he has assured us that we will get justice,” ANI

quoted Shrey Pratap Singh, son of the SHO, as saying, “Family of martyred Inspector Subodh Singh ji met the Chief Minister today and CM assured the family of justice. A high-level probe has also been ordered,” ANI quoted the DGP as saying. The DGP also said a college will be named after the slain inspector. Jaithari-Kuraoli road leading to the village of late police Inspector in Etah has been renamed to ‘Shri Subodh Kumar Singh Shahid Marg’. On Monday, cars were torched and policemen attacked by men alleging slaughter of cows and demanding immediate action. Police opened fire after the mob began pelting the police chowki in Siyana village with stones.

Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies, fanning fears of further tensions between China and the United States, reported news agency Reuters. Japan’s Nikkei slid 0.8 per cent, with benchmark indexes in South Korea and Australia down 0.6 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively. In commodity markets, oil prices fell but trading was tepid ahead of a meeting by producer group Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that is expected to result in a supply cut aimed at draining a glut that has pulled down crude prices by 30 per cent since October.

Give rest to Vasundhra Raje, she has become ‘very fat’: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi : Campaigning against the incumbent BJP in Alwar, Rajasthan, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav Thursday said it’s time Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje takes some “rest” as she has become “very fat”. In a 19-second clip shared by news agency ANI, Yadav is seen telling the crowd, “Vasundhra ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai (Give some rest to Vasundhra, she has become very tired, very fat. She used to be thin. She is our Madhya Pradesh’ daughter). Raje is fighting for a second consecutive term in the state that goes to polls on December 7. She is contesting this year’s Assembly polls from her Jhalrapatan constituency against BJP veteran Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh, who had joined the Congress. Electioneering in the state ended at 5 pm Wednesday. Polling will take place from 8 am to 5 pm on December 7 in 199 constituencies. Raje is fighting for a second consecutive term in the state that goes to polls on December 7.

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J&K: Two soldiers killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

New Delhi : An Army soldier lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Machil sector of Kupwara district while and a BSF jawan was killed by sniper fire from across LoC in Sunderbani sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. “There was an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir today (Thursday) at 10.45 am,” an Army official said. One soldier was killed in the Pakistani firing, he said. “Our troops retaliated in adequate measure to the Pakistani aggression,”

he added. This was the second ceasefire violation along the LoC in Kashmir valley within 24 hours. One soldier was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector on Wednesday. The second incident, in which a BSF jawan was killed and another injured, occurred at the Rakhee post in the evening. The sector is manned by the troops of the 126th battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF). While a bullet hit Constable P Biswas on the left shoulder, Constable Mansa Ram suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh, PTI reported.

Will end corruption that holds you back, Rahul tells students in letter

He also informed the students that the Congress has launched a ‘Behtar Bharat’ campaign to give them a platform to air their views.

New Delhi : Congress president Rahul Gandhi has assured students the party will do everything it can to ensure they have direct access to opportunities and end corruption which holds them back. In a letter to students, Gandhi said they are nationbuilders and nations today forge ahead not with war, but with advances in science, technology, art and literature. The letter, translated in all regional languages, will be distributed by the NSUI in colleges across the country as part of the party’s ‘Behtar Bharat’ (Better India) campaign

to mobilise students around an egalitarian students agenda, a statement said. “Societies progress by embracing rationality and justice. And you students in India are at the forefront of this progressive advance,” Gandhi said. He also highlighted some key concerns of students such as high fees and tough competition for limited seats. The Congress president promised to ensure that students get the respect they deserve and the support they need to fulfil their aspirations. Gandhi said the party will do everything it can so students have direct access to opportunities.

The court also heard the petition moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials including Special Director Rakesh Asthana

SC reserves order on CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea against Centre’s decision to divest him of powers

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on the plea of CBI Director Alok Verma challenging Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers and sent him on leave. The arguments were concluded by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on behalf of Verma, Centre, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and others who were party in the matter. The court also heard the petition moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials including Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

During the hearing of CBI Director’s plea, the CVC told the apex court that extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, referred to apex court judgments and laws governing the CBI and said the Commission’s superintendence

(over the CBI) encompasses “surprise, extraordinary situations”. A bench headed by Gogoi said Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court that circumstances culminating in the situation had started in July. “Essence of the government action must be in the interest of the institution,” the bench said. The apex court observed that it was not that the fight between the CBI Director and Special Director Rakesh Asthana emerged overnight, forcing the government to divest the Director of powers without consulting the Selection Committee.

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Another blatant assault on the state

Jungle raj is a phrase that is often dished out in relation to India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, for its private armies, corruption, and broken law and order situation. Yet, even by its wretched standards, this week’s killing of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr marks a new low. The world over, violence by the hard right is on the rise. But the police are rarely targeted with the kind of impunity that is seen in parts of India. American police officers are shot and killed in the line of duty (43 this year alone) in many situations, but deliberate murder while trying to control a violent crowd isn’t among them. That was the case on 3 December, when alleged cow protection vigilantes killed Singh in a village in Bulandshahr as he tried to rein in a mob incensed by reports that a cattle carcass had been discovered in a nearby jungle. It’s a struggle to find a more appropriate metaphor for lawlessness than “jungle”, a dark place where anything goes. Yet, Uttar Pradesh is far from being the only Indian state with such displays of aggression against the state. Indeed, the events in Bulandshahr, with their obvious communal ring (the killing took place on the last day of a large Tablighi Ijtema gathering of Muslims, some 40km away), fall into a pattern of deliberate confrontation by right-wing and hard-right activists against organs of the state. The chain of events began 26 years ago to the day (6 December) when Hindutva activists— egged on by leading national-level politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—tore down the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, claiming they were setting right a historical wrong. Now, the return of a central government led by the BJP has once again unleashed pro-Hindu and uppercaste forces that had lain relatively dormant for a decade. Ignoring periodic government censure, hard-right activists, beginning with the lynching of Muslims suspected to be eating or storing beef, have been able to marshal their forces and lay into their targets with shocking ease. The run-up to 6 December 1992 was replete with instances of similar rejection of constitutional authority. Back in 1992, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh submitted a four-point affidavit to the Supreme Court, promising security of the mosque and saying he will only allow a symbolic kar sewa (rituals for building a temple) at the disputed site that Hindus claim to be the birthplace of Ram. “It may be mentioned that the present government of Uttar Pradesh has an enviable record of maintaining law and order in the state.


Sanjay Dutt begins shooting for Shamshera

New Delhi : Sanjay Dutt is making news for his bald look and beard. After he made an appearance in his latest avatar at the wedding reception of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh recently, the actor was spotted on the sets of his upcoming film Shamshera. Dutt’s new look is for this film, as the actor has begun shooting on Thursday. Few on location pictures which have found

its way shows Dutt around his vanity van presumably discussing some scene from Shamshera. Clad in a casual wear with a T-shirt and cargo pants, Dutt is flaunting his signature style nevertheless. Here are some photos of Sanjay Dutt on the sets of Shamshera: As per reports, Dutt started his shooting schedule in Film City and was received by director Karan Malhotra himself on the sets.

Lisa Haydon feels that today women are accepted regardless of marital status and motherhood, especially in the modelling industry.

Lisa Haydon: Having a kid opened my eyes to a whole new world

Mumbai : Actress-model Lisa Haydon, who became a mother in May 2017, says having a child opened her eyes to a whole new world and way of life. She also says that now is the time when women don’t need to have career apprehensions with regard to starting a family. “I knew I wasn’t going to have to choose one or the other. Sure, having a kid opened my eyes to a whole new world and way of living and one’s priorities may change.

50 Sexiest Asian Women: Deepika tops the list, Priyanka is in second position London : Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has topped a list of ’50 Sexiest Asian Women’ released here on Wednesday. The award-winning actor behind recent box-office hits such as Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani beat off competition from around the world as part of a list compiled annually by UK-based ‘Eastern Eye’ weekly, which highlighted that the 32-year-old’s “dream year” included marrying fellow actor Ranveer Singh and a stunning turn on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. “Apart from being the undisputed queen of Bollywood and a strikingly beautiful star, what really makes Deepika Padukone special is how big her heart is and how grounded she has remained throughout her remarkable rise,” said Asjad Nazir, the newspaper’s Entertainment Editor behind the annual list, which is now in its 15th year.

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Sara Ali Khan: Kedarnath is an extremely honest film

Mumbai : Sara Ali Khan is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath. Set in the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the film stars Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role. Helmed by Abhishek Kapoor, Kedarnath will hit screens on December 7. Ahead of the release, Sara Ali Khan sat down for an exclusive chat with news agancy. Talking about the film, Sara said, “It is an extremely honest film that is set in a unique world. We have seen

nothing like this before. Gattu sir (Abhishek) has envisioned a very different world. Also, it is a very beautiful story. Sushant has done exceptional work. Kedarnath has an innocence and purity.”

As she mentioned Sushant Sinsh Rajput, we asked Sara was he a supporting co-actor or a ragging senior. With a smile, the 25-yearold said, “Sushant was always there for me. Somebody who has done this amount of work and of that quality, it would have been easy for him to be arrogant. But Sushant was not. He is just amazing. There was never a moment of arrogance or seniority. It was always pure help from his side.

Kriti Sanon gets books on her film sets but is away from reading, here’s why

Mumbai :Despite being an avid book reader, Kriti Sanon is unable to read books recently and the reason for it is her busy schedule. The actress loves reading books and has a wide collection of them ranging from various genres. Kriti often picks up books that interest her whenever she comes across them. The actress even picks books from the airport while travelling and adds

them to her collection. She has also received books as gifts from her loved ones. Recently, the director of her debut film Sabbir Khan had gifted her book called ‘Love Story’. She also had put a post thanking him for the lovely gesture. Also, Warda Nadiadwala the wife of Sajid Nadiadwala who’s the producer of her next film Housefull 4, gifted her books.

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Priyanka Chopra reacts on a bizarre article that called her ‘global scam artist’

Mumbai: A recent article in New York Times’ The Cut, has drawn widespread flak for its take on Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ relationship. The website published a bizarre article with the headline “Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Love for Real?”. After much criticism, The Cut has now deleted the controversial article. According to the report in Hindustan Times, Priyanka has responded to the article saying she did not want to react to such “random things”. She told the daily, “I

don’t even want to react or comment. It’s not even in my stratosphere. I’m in a happy place at this moment. These kind of random things can’t disturb it.” The earlier version of the article read, “Priyanka: She is a modern-day scam artist, in my opinion. That’s right: Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I’ll tell you why I think so.” The article also spoke of Priyanka and Nick’s lavish wedding as it read, “Priyanka and Nick

are finding ways for their ‘love’ make them money – circumventing the methods used by the celebrities of yore, who stuck to selling their wedding or baby photos to magazines.” Priyanka’s brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, Joe Jonas and Game of Thrones star, Sophie Turner condemned the article. Taking to Twitter, Joe wrote: “This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next.”

But it’s up to each individual and what they want to make of it. “I was filming a web series till I was five months pregnant. I did the cover of Vogue India with Hrithik (Roshan) when I was four months pregnant… I believe that we are finally arriving at a place where women don’t need to have career apprehensions towards starting a family. You can have it all. You might have to run a tight ship and have the occasional meltdown but it’s all good,” Lisa said.

Hollywood buzz Jessica Simpson slams Natalie Portman over virginity comment

Los Angeles : Jessica Simpson called out Natalie Portman about a remark that the latter had made about Simpson’s virginity in a recent interview, reports Natalie commented that as a young girl she had seen Jessica Simpson’s picture as a cover girl in a bikini, with an interview that quoted Jessica saying she was a virgin. “I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl,” Portman said in her interview. Jessica clapped back with a tweet that read, “@Natalieportman — I was disappointed this morning when I read that I ‘confused’ you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999. As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in (sic).” She also added that she was taught to be herself and honour the different ways women express themselves. “...which is why I believed then — and I believe now —that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex (sic),” she continued. Natalie has written back to Simpson explaining herself and apologising for the statement.

Taylor Swift’s Billboard hattrick

Los Angeles : Taylor Swift has not just made the big bucks with her Reputation album and tour, she has also been named as Billboard 200’s Top Album of the Year, marking the third time the international superstar has achieved the honour, reports The only other star to have won the honour thrice is Adele. The Hello singer won it in 2015 with her album 25, and then both 2011 and 2012 with her album 21. Taylor beat five strong candidates for the top spot, including Drake’s Scorpion, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide).

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Top order should have batted better, but will learn from mistakes, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara fought a lone battle for India as he went on to score his 16th Test hundred on the first day of the first Test against Australia. Mumbai : After registering his 16th Test hundred and saving the day for India, Cheteshwar Pujara agreed that the Indian top order should have batted better. With the visitors losing half their side for just 86 runs, the right-handed batsman displayed a fighting spirit as he went on to score 123 runs before getting run out on the final ball before stumps on the first day of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the day’s play, the 30-year-old said that the top order will learn from mistakes. “We should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first

Fitch projects rupee to weaken to 75 against dollar by 2019 end

New Delhi: Fitch Ratings Thursday projected rupee to fall to 75 to a dollar by end of 2019, on widening of current account deficit and tighter global financing. The Indian rupee is currently trading at a two week low level, hovering around 71 to a US dollar. In its Global Economic Outlook, Fitch said it expects inflation to edge up mildly in the coming months, on normalising food prices and higher import prices stemming from the depreciation of the rupee. “The widening of the current account deficit amidst

After a stint of 10 fights in the UK and India, Vijender Singh is set to foray into the US territory after signing up with the legendary Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.

On Vijender Singh’s US wishlist: Debut at Madison Square Garden, showdown with Canelo Alvarez

New Delhi : A debut at the Madison Square Garden and a showdown with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez are top of Vijender Singh’s wishlist as he ventures into the US professional boxing circuit with Manny Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach to assist his training. The 33-year-old, an icon in Indian boxing with his path-breaking bronze medals at the Olympics and the World Championships, is unbeaten since turning pro in 2015 but did not compete at all this year. After a stint of 10 fights in the UK and India, Vijender is set to foray into the US territory after signing up with the legendary Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions. His debut across the Atlantic is being planned for February-March next year. “The relationship (with Arum) goes back to two years and finally it’s a formal contract now,” Vijender told PTI in an interview here. “I have told him (Bob

tighter global financing conditions should put downward pressure on the currency, and we forecast the INR to weaken to 75 against the dollar by end2019,” Fitch added. The domestic unit is one of the worst performing currency against the USD in Asia so far this year and had breached the level of 74 against the US dollar in October. On October 9, the rupee fell hit at a lifetime low of 74.39 against the US dollar on high crude oil prices, strengthening of the greenback and unabated foreign fund outflows.

Arum) about my dream to debut at the Madison Square Garden. After winning an Olympic medal, I had spoken about a desire to fight at the MSG arena and when I told Bob about this, he said ‘the boy has a Madison Square Garden dream. OK we’ll see what can be

done’,” he recalled. Vijender, who has won the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental super middleweight titles so far, will be training with Roach, a long-time coach of Filipino superstar Pacquiao — a world champion in eight different weight divisions.

South Africa call on uncapped batsman Zubayr Hamza for Pakistan series

Cape Town : South Africa have named uncapped middle-order batsman Zubayr Hamza and fast bowler Duanne Olivier in their squad for the threeTest home series against Pakistan starting in Pretoria on Boxing Day. Cape Townborn Hamza, 23, averages almost 50 in first class cricket but has had a modest domestic season to date with two fifties in nine innings and an average of a little over 31. The right-hander, who bats at number three for his provincial Cape Cobras side, has been rewarded for his

excellent form over the last 18 months though and his potential as a future regular in the team.“Zubayr has been one of the standout cricketers in domestic cricket over the past year and carried that form into the South Africa A tour to India where he averaged over 50 in the four-day series against tough opposition and under tough conditions,” Cricket South Africa national selection panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi said in a media statement on Thursday.

The Manpreet Singh-led team is inching closer to a quarter-final berth with a game in hand against Canada, the fourth team in the group, on Saturday.

two sessions. I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls. The way they bowled, they bowled in the right areas. I also felt that our top order should have batted better but they will learn from the mistakes,” he said. “Hopefully we will bat well in the second innings.” Speaking on his own performance, the batsman said that the first-class experience helped him in preparing for the mighty Aussie challenge. “As far as my innings is concerned, I had prepared well and overall I have the experience of first-class and Test cricket and that came in handy today,” he said.


Hockey World Cup 2018: Start is good, need to carry momentum, says Sardar Singh Mumbai : Impressed by the good start of the Indian team in the ongoing men’s hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar, former captain Sardar Singh Thursday said the team needs to keep the momentum going and play as a collective unit. “The start has been good. In the tournament, Belgium, Holland,

IL&FS Investment Managers’ board appoints 2 new additional directors New Delhi: IL&FS Investment Managers, part of the debtladen IL&FS group, on Thursday said its board has approved appointment of Nand Kishore and Kaushik Modak as additional directors in the company. Kishore and Modak have been appointed to the board in the capacity of nominee directors of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service. “The board of directors of the company by resolutions passed by circulation on December 6, 2018, have approved the appointment of Nand Kishore and Kaushik Modak as additional directors, in the capacity of nominee directors of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service Ltd on the board of directors of the company,” IL&FS Investment Managers said in a regulatory filing. Shares of IL&FS Investment Managers were trading 3.94 per cent lower at Rs 6.59 apiece on BSE

Germany, Argentina and Australia are some of the best teams. We have started off well and need to keep the momentum going and continue with same energy,” Sardar said. He was speaking to reporters in Mumbai on the sidelines of a promotional event of preventive healthcare firm, GOQii with whom

he has signed up. India began their campaign by thrashing South Africa 5-0 and then drew 2-2 with against a strong Belgium side in Group C. The Manpreet Singhled team is inching closer to a quarter-final berth with a game in hand against Canada, the fourth team in the group, on Saturday.

The company also announced that it has hired more than 7,000 American workers in the last 18 months.

Infosys inaugurates new technology, innovation hub in US

New Delhi: IT firm Infosys on Thursday announced inauguration of its new technology and innovation hub in Hartford in the US. The company also announced that it has hired more than 7,000 American workers in the last 18 months as a part of its ongoing

commitment to accelerate the pace of digital innovation for American enterprises. “The Hartford hub...will help Infosys work more closely with its clients in the region and will serve as the global Hub for Infosys’ InsurTech and HealthTech efforts. The hub will feature living labs

for the future of insurance, the future of healthcare and the future of manufacturing amongst others,” Infosys said in a BSE filing. Infosys COO UB Pravin Rao said the inauguration of Hartford technology and innovation hub is an important milestone in the company’s ongoing

efforts to help American enterprises revitalise their core businesses. “This hub, along with five other hubs around the country, will help us to seamlessly collaborate with our clients to develop agile, cross-functional digital solutions to today’s most pressing business needs.

Central bank maintained status quo on all key policy rates in the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review.

RBI may cut rates by 0.25 pc in Feb or April policy review: BofAML

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may cut key policy rates by 0.25 per cent either at the upcoming policy review in February or the one after that in April, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Thursday. For the second time in a row, the central bank maintained status quo on all key policy rates in the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review announced on Wednesday. It had

raised the repo rate, or the rate at which the RBI lends short-term money to the banks, twice by 0.25 per cent during its June and August policy reviews. “We expect the RBI MPC (monetary policy committee) to roll back at least 0.25 per cent of the 0.50 per cent rate hike, in February or April,” the American brokerage said in a statement. It said although RBI retained

the “calibrated tightening” stance, governor Urjit Patel said there is room for commensurate policy action opens up if risks to their inflation forecast do not materialise. It can be noted that the RBI lowered its second half inflation estimate to 2.7-3.2 per cent, from the earlier 3.9-4.5 per cent earlier. “If the upside risks we have flagged do not materialise or are muted in their impact as reflected in

the incoming data, there is a possibility of space opening up for commensurate policy actions,” Patel had said on Wednesday, hinting of a hike. The risks include food prices, impact of minimum support prices hike on inflation, crude prices and global financial markets. The brokerage said the monetary policy committee’s inflation risks are “proving overdone” and the headline price rise

number is expected to slip to 2.8 per cent on low inflation on the agricultural front. The headline inflation will come at 3.7 per cent for in December and the second half average will be 3.5 per cent, which is lower than the 4 per cent medium term target for RBI, the brokerage said, pointing it as a key factor it will monitor to decide whether the cut happens in February or April.

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LokGathbandhan Political Party to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat

Gandhinagar : Lokgathbandhan (LPGP) has announced their manifesto under the “Swachh Sarkar Abhiyan”. Along with this tge manifesto is targeting anti corruption, development activities for youtg abd benefits to middle class people. The Party has announced the contest on all the 26 seats across Gujarat for the electrion in 2019.Along with UP and Himachal. The Party has already contested on 5 seats in last legislative election of Gujarat in 2017 and has their mark. With an aim to to step into turbulent political waters to challenge the “money and muscle power of existing political parties” Retired IAS officer Vijay Shankar Pandey and many more retired IAS and IPS officers and technocrats today announced his party LokGathbandhan in

Gujarat. A good number of people who are part of the nationwide campaign IRI (India Rejuvenation Initiative), which has former chief justices, former state police chiefs, retired and serving bureaucrats and social activists as members, have joined the newly formed Lok Gathbandhan Party (LGP). Talking about this year election Mr Pandey said that he, along with some other like-minded officers and technocrats, would be contesting the 2019

parliamentary elections from Lok Gathbandhan Party, which was formed in October 2016. He would contest from Faizabad parliamentary constituency, where he had served as district magistrate also. Retired IAS officer Vijay Shankar Pandey once known as a crusader against corruption for conducting a ballot to identify three most corrupt IAS officers of UP cadre, has taken the electoral plunge. He will be contesting the general elections to be held in 2019.

Missing US-based NRI from Vadodara traced in Daman

Vadodara : A US-based Non-resident Indian (NRI), who went missing late last month while on a visit to Vadodara in Gujarat, has been traced to adjoining Union Territory of Daman and Diu, a police official said Wednesday. Mittal

Saraiya, who went missing while visiting a bank on November 27, was found in a hotel in Daman, Anupamsingh Gahlaut, Vadodara police commissioner, said. “We had formed several teams with a total of 90 personnel to track Saraiya after his uncle lodged a complaint of kidnapping with the Karelibaug police station,” he said. The teams were dispatched to various parts of the state, including religious places, to trace the 51-year-old NRI, who lives in Florida, US, the commissioner said. He was found staying in a hotel in Daman and a team has been sent to bring him back to Vadodara, he said. According to the police, the NRI told them he slipped into depression after his friend cheated him in the US. Saraiya was also facing financial problems and went to Daman to relax, the police added. The NRI had arrived in the city to enquire about the health of his ailing uncle who resides in the Karelibaug area, Saraiya, who is also a former cricketer, was visiting the city after a decade.


11 held so far, police ‘identify’ two members of ‘Delhi gang’. Gujarat: Board at Vadodara mosque ‘bars’ Gujarat paper leak case: Key accused entry of Muslim BJP leader among three more arrested

Vadodara : A board with a message to ban the entry of a Muslim leader was placed on the gate of a mosque in Vadodara recently, PTI reported on Thursday. However, it was not clear who put up the board as the trustees of the mosque issued a statement denying that they had issued an order prohibiting entry to Zahir Qureshi, general secretary of minority cell of the BJP’s city unit. The board hung at the gate of a mosque in Yakutpura area, said that Qureshi “should not enter by trustees’ order”. Police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlaut said police were investigating who put up the board. The BJP leader said that some people did not like his attending a meeting of BJP Muslim leaders in Delhi last month to discuss an amicable solution to the Babri Masjid dispute.

Gandhinagar : Gandhinagar police on Thursday said that they have arrested Yashpal Solanki, the key accused in the police recruitment exam paper leak case, and two others who are said to have played a major role in the conspiracy to leak the papers for monetary gains with the gang in Delhi. Police said that they have also identified at least two members of Delhi gang who will be arrested soon Since the paper was leaked ahead of last Sunday’s examination, police

Wednesday had arrested eight others, including two BJP workers, a police sub-inspector, and five candidates. Yashpal Solanki alias Yashpal Thakor, whose name is mentioned in the FIR as one of the key accused, was arrested from Virpur village in Mahisagar district where he was hiding at one of his cousin’s house, said police. Besides him, the police arrested Indravadan Parmar and one Rajendra. They said that another

person, identified as Nilesh who was also part of the conspiracy, will be arrested soon. Gandhinagar SP Mayur Chavda, however, brushed aside allegations that politicians are also involved in the case. He said that no evidence of it has been found till now. The Opposition Congress had earlier alleged that the paper leak was linked to the Chief Minister’s Office and demanded an SIT probe monitored by a sitting judge of the High Court.

For people like me, for whom this temple has an article of faith since their childhood, the development of this temple is incomplete and meaningless till the time entire temple is not plated with gold, the BJP president said.

Restoring pride and glory of Somnath temple only answer to desecration in the past: Amit Shah

Somnath : While people should no longer harbour feeling of vengeance against those who desecrated Somnath temple 17 times, the only redemption can be to restore its pride and glory by plating the entire temple with gold, BJP president Amit Shah said on Thursday. After speaking about the history of the Somnath temple and how it was vandalised by Muslim invaders between 11th to 18th century, Shah said the temple had come a long way after it was rebuilt in 1950s. But he said, the only answer to repeated attacks on the temple could be to restore its glory and pride one more time. “Today, one crore people are visiting the temple every year. There

are good facilities here and Shree Somnath Trust is trying its best for developing more tourist facilities. But for people like me, for whom this temple has an article of faith since their childhood, the development of this temple is incomplete and

meaningless till the time entire temple is not plated with gold. This is a resolve of scores of people. From a religious point of view, to plate Lord Shiva’s shrine with gold could be the height of folly. There cannot be a revenge against those who

have tried to destroy pride and glory of this place. Nor should we harbour any feeling of vengeance. A firm resolve to restore its pride and glory can only be its answer. As people, as a follower of the religion, to restore the pride and eminence of this jyotirlingam could be our collective resolve,” Shah said. The BJP president is also one of the trustees of Shree Somnath Trust (SKT), a religious trust which manages and maintains the Somnath temple and other temple in the complex. Shah was addressing a gathering on Chowapaty Ground near the Somnath temple after laying the foundation stone of a promenade along the coastline near the temple.

India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

EU court to issue Brexit ruling on December 10 Luxembourg : The European Court of Justice will deliver its judgment on whether Britain can unilaterally reverse its move to leave the European Union on Monday, December 10, at 0800 GMT, the court said on Thursday. The ruling, delivered with unusual urgency, will come on the eve of a crucial vote in the British parliament on whether to accept a Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May. An ECJ adviser issued an opinion

in the case on Tuesday that Britain could simply stop Brexit without seeking approval from other member states, boosting hopes of those who want to halt the process. The judges usually follow such opinions. The ruling, delivered with unusual urgency, will come on the eve of a crucial vote in the British parliament on whether to accept a Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

New Delhi : India Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Chabahar in Iran. “We express our condolences to the government and the people of Iran and the families of the victims of this attack,” the Ministry of External Affairs said. It said India condemned the “despicable terror” attack. At least two people were killed and several wounded outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar when a suicide bomber blew up a car. “We wish speedy recovery to those injured. The perpetrators behind this dastardly attack should be brought to justice expeditiously. There can be no justification for any act of terror,” an MEA statement said. MEA said India condemned the “despicable terror” attack. At least two people were killed and several wounded outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar when a suicide bomber blew up a car.

Suicide car bomber kills at least three in southeast Iran

Dubai : At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran’s southeast on Thursday, state media reported, adding that the perpetrator was killed. Television also reported shooting in the area, located in the region of Sistan-Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni Muslim minority in the largely Shi’ite country and has long been plagued by violence from both drug smugglers and separatists. “Three people were killed and some others were injured,” Chabahar’s acting governor Rahmdel Bameri told state television. An official told TV that “the terrorist who carried

out the attack was killed”. He did not elaborate. Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor for security affairs, told state television two police officers had been killed. The state news agency IRNA said some 24 people had been wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Videos posted on Twitter, purportedly from Chabahar, showed thick smoke rising from the area. Reuters could not verify their authenticity. “Police stopped the explosive-laden car and started firing at the driver … who then set off the explosion near the police headquarters in Chabahar,” said Bameri. Suicide bombings are rare in Iran.

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