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3 militant factions claim Pak suicide attack at Wagah Border -

Three militant factions, including splinter groups of the Taliban, have separately claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that took place after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah in Pakistan. At least 61 people, including 10 women, eight children and three security personnel, have died in the attack that took place yesterday when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah.

Effective steps taken to bring back black money: Ravishankar -

Slamming the Congress for "doing nothing" on the black money issue, Union Law minister Ravishankar Prasad today said effective steps were being taken to fulfil the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back "every penny" of black money parked abroad. "We are initiating effective steps to fulfil the Prime Minister's commitment to bring back every penny of black money parked abroad to the country," Prasad told reporters here on arrival from...

Devastated as captain, Tendulkar wanted to quit: autobiography -

He might be revered as the 'God of Cricket' but there was a phase in Sachin Tendulkar's awe-inspiring career when the batting maestro felt so "scarred" and "devastated" by the Indian team's ineptitude under his captaincy that he wanted to completely move away from the sport.

Batra included in FIH Executive Board -

In an honour for Narinder Batra, the Hockey India president has been included in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) Executive Board as it concluded its 2014 Ordinary Congress in Marrakesh, Morocco. During the event, a new ten-year strategy for hockey was launched and well-received by delegates.

Modi is a 'great orator', says Arvind Kejriwal -

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a "great orator" and has sent all the "right" messages but felt delivery of his promises were "very low". Kejriwal also suggested that Modi as prime minister has brought some positivity in the country in the last five months, adding only time will tell whether the aspirations of the people will be fulfilled or not.

Intensive follow up meetings scheduled post Modi-Obama summit -

Indian and American officials have scheduled a series of meetings before the year-end to follow up on decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden meeting with US President Barack Obama here in September to ensure their time-bound implementation. The two sides have scheduled more than a dozen-odd high-level interactions on topics ranging from education, trade, science and technology and strategic affairs in the coming weeks.

Man hit by DTC bus to get over Rs 1.6 lakh compensation -

A man, who suffered injuries after being hit by a rashly-driven DTC bus, has been awarded over Rs 1.6 lakh compensation by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here. The tribunal directed United India Insurance Company Ltd, with which the bus was insured, to pay Rs 1,60,900 as compensation to Rajasthan native Sunil Chaudhary who was grievously injured in the accident in 2013.

Fadnavis plans to revamp CMO for greater efficiency -

Newly-appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis plans to develop his office on the lines of the PMO to ensure faster and efficient working of his administration.

PM greets MP, Chhattisgarh, Karna, Haryana on foundation day -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted people of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Haryana on the occasion of their foundation day. "Greetings to people of Madhya Pradesh on the state's Foundation Day. I pray that MP is blessed with record development in the coming years," Modi tweeted. In another tweet, he said, "On their Foundation Day, I convey my greetings to the people of Chhattisgarh and wish them the very best for the state's development...

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot -

Virgin's pioneering tourist- carrying spacecraft has crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the programme's future.But Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing shock at yesterday's accident involving Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, vowed to push forward towards the dream of space flight for the paying public.

Jharkhand Chief Justice Virendra Singh sworn in -

Justice Virendra Singh was today sworn in as the new chief justice of Jharkhand High Court. Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath at Raj Bhavan here. Justice Singh was earlier the acting chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Actor Hrithik and his estranged wife Sussanne granted divorce -

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan and his estranged wife Sussanne Khan were today granted divorce by a family court here, nearly a year after the star couple announced end of their marriage.

BCCI slaps Rs 250 crore damages claim on WICB -

Left fuming by the West Indian cricketers' mid-series pullout due to a pay dispute with their Board, the BCCI has slapped a damages claim to the tune of Rs 250 crore (USD 42 million) on the WICB.

Modi skips event at Indira Gandhi's memorial -

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today skipped the event commemorating the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Shakti Sthal memorial where President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and top leaders of the Congress paid floral tributes to her.

'Madhushala' in kuchipudi dance recital by Shallu Jindal -

Poetry by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the late father of actor Amitabh Bachchan forms part of an upcoming solo Kuchipudi dance recital by Shalu Jindal. Jindal a disciple of Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy would be dancing to a composition of seven verses taken from "Madhushala", the book of poetry penned by Bachchan, which has deep Sufi incantations.

NGT summons Haryana Revenue Secretary -

Taking strong exception to the absence of Haryana government officials, the National Green Tribunal has summoned the state's Revenue Secretary in a case pertaining to change of land use in Faridabad district which could allegedly lead to fragmentation of the Aravallis. "We find the absence and non-compliance of the order of the tribunal totally unjustified.

Gold prices plunge by Rs 600 on weak global cues -

Gold prices plunged by Rs 600 to Rs 26,500 per 10 grams in the national capital today after the precious metal slumped to the lowest level since 2010 in global markets as the strengthening dollar eroded demand for the commodity. Besides, subdued demand from jewellers and retailers following end of festive season and shifting of funds towards soaring equity markets, weighed on prices of the precious metal.

Ajay Devgan is co-owner of Delhi Dreams in CTL -

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan along with businessman Sanjeev Kassal were today revealed as owners of the Delhi franchisee of the Champions Tennis League (CTL) even as Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis replaced Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Pune team. The 'Delhi Dream' was launched in the presence of Vijay Amritraj, the brain behind the league. However, the veteran actor could not make it to the capital.

SAARC meet: Irani favours increased linkages between varsities -

HRD Minister Smriti Irani today favoured increased university to university linkages between SAARC countries for mutual capacity building in education sector and recognition of each other's educational qualification.Chairing the second edition of the SAARC Education Ministers' meet here, she underlined the importance accorded to education in all SAARC Summits and stressed on harmonisation of academic standards and establishment of linkages between research institutions and...

Protests continue in TN over death sentence to 5 fishermen -

Protests rocked different parts of Tamil Nadu for the second day today against the capital punishment awarded by a Sri Lankan court to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking. A fishermen's association at Rameswaram announced that they would go on an 'indefinite strike' till the Indian government went for an appeal in a higher court against the death sentence awarded to the five fishermen.

Modi''s leadership has made people confident about India: Shah -

BJP President Amit Shah today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership has reinstilled confidence in the people of this country and across the globe about India's abilities. "People in the country were very disappointed during the last 10 years.

India calls for unequivocal, resolute position against terror -

India has called on the international community to take an "unequivocal and resolute" position against terrorism while striking the right balance between effectively tackling the global menace and observing human rights standards. "Terrorism challenges the very principle of freedom from fear and is one of the major threats to the full enjoyment of human rights.

Ex-coal secretary HC Gupta, two govt officials get bail -

Former coal secretary and four others, including two serving government officials, were today granted bail by a Special Court in connection with a coal blocks allocation scam case. The five accused including H C Gupta and two senior serving government servants K S Kropha and K C Samaria appeared before the court in pursuance to the summons issued against them and sought bail in the case.

CoalMin to set up panel for valuation of 42 running blocks -

The Coal Ministry has decided to constitute a six-member panel for valuation and assessment of the 42 running coal blocks which were deallocated by the Supreme Court. "In pursuance to Supreme Court's judgement...wherein 204 coal blocks allocated to various companies, since 1993 to 2009 was quashed. Out of these 204 coal blocks 42 (37+5) are running coal mines," an official said.

Noted poet Aziz Indori passes away -

Noted poet Dr Aziz Indori died here today following a brief illness, family sources said. He was 82. Indori complained of chest pain after which he was rushed to a private hospital where he breathed his last, they said. He is survived by three sons and a daughter. Born in 1932, Indori penned 18 books and also translated some famous Urdu books in Hindi.

Info can't be disclosed outside specific proceedings: Swiss gov -

Amid a debate on disclosure of names of suspected black money holders, Switzerland today said information exchanged under Swiss-India tax treaty cannot be disclosed "in principle" to a court or any other body outside the proceedings of a 'specific and relevant' case. The comments come at a time when a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team is probing alleged stashing of black money by Indians aboard, including Swiss banks.

India should do more to maintain peace in border areas: China -

China's military today expressed concern over India's plan to construct 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should not complicate the situation and do more to maintain peace as it is a "disputed area"."We have noticed relevant report.

Satyam case verdict likely on Dec 23 -

A special court here will pronounce its verdict on December 23 in the accounting fraud in the erstwhile Satyam Computer Services Limited, nearly six years after the the multi-crore rupee scam jolted corporate India.Special judge B V L N Chakravarthi fixed December 23 for pronouncement of the much-awaited judgement.

DLF asked to give fund-requirement plans for interim relief -

As it fights a Sebi ban on accessing capital markets, realty giant DLF was asked today to provide details of funds it immediately needs to get an interim relief to redeem capital locked in mutual funds.While challenging the Sebi order barring it and six others, including top executives, from capital markets for three years, DLF had sought this interim relief on October 22, after which the capital markets regulator was asked to give a reply.

Singer Carrie Underwood's baby due in spring -

Singer Carrie Underwood's baby is due in the spring and she is excited about being a parent but worried about the responsibility. The 'See You Again' singer announced last month that she and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together, reported Contactmusic. Appearing on 'The View', she said, "I'm due in the spring!" Though the 31-year-old singer is excited about becoming a mother, she admitted she is nervous about the...