President gives one more week to Andhra Pradesh Assembly
to discuss state re-organisation bill.
Delhi Chief Minister meets Lt. Governor amid growing
demands for removal of Law Minister Somnath Bharti.
In West Bengal all 13
accused in Birbhum gangrape case arrested.
One way traffic on Srinagar Jammu National Highway restored
UN Special envoy meets Syrian authorities and rebel
opposition todayto help bring
Sania Mirza pairing with Romanian Horia Tecau enters mixed
doubles semi-final; China's
Li Na to clash with Dominica Cibulkova of Slovakia in Women's singles final.
Mukherjee has given one more week's time to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly to
discuss and debate the Telangana Bill and send it back it to him. Official sources
said the timeline set for the Assembly which was to expire today has been
extended till the 30th of this month. Our correspondent reports that the State
Government had sought four weeks extension to discuss the bill. The state
government had maintained that the Bill could not be debated in full length by
the Assembly due to shortage of time and many of the MLAs are yet to speak on
it. The President had sent the draft bill to the state Assembly on 12th
December last year and given time until January 23 to discuss and return it.
Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and is believed to have
discussed the controversy surrounding Law Minister Somnath Bharti. However, Aam
Aadmi Party, AAP, sources described it as a routine meeting.Bharti is facing a
volley of criticismfrom various
quarters for carrying out a raid along with his supporters against African
nationals in connection with the alleged drug and prostitution racket in South
Delhi.Meanwhile, a high-level
delegation of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, DPCC, led by its President
Arvinder Singh Lovely also met the Lt. Governor and briefed him about the
current situation in the city. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Lovely
said the party conveyed to the Lt Governor that the law must do its work no
matter how powerful or influential a person is. When asked whether the party is
considering withdrawing support to the Aam Aadmi Party government, Lovely said
the support is not blanket but is only on 18 issues.
BJP today said Delhi
Law Minister Somnath Bharti must be sacked for his alleged role in a midnight
raid on African nationals in the city last week. Party leader Ravishankar
Prasad said Bharti has no moral or constitutional right to remain in office
even for a moment. He also alleged that the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are in
collusion to stop BJP leader Narendra Modi from marching ahead.
All the 13 accused in the gangrape of a tribal
woman in Birbhum, including the village head who had allegedly given the orders
for rape, have been arrested.West
Bengal Minister for Women and Child Development Shashi Panja confirmed the
arrest. She said all medical tests have been conducted today. The Minister said
if the womanwishes to go back to her
home security will be looked after.The
woman was allegedly gangraped at Labhpur in Birbhum district by the 13 persons
on Tuesday night after the panchayat head gave orders for the rape since she
had fallen in love with a man from another community. Her family filed a
complaint with the Labhpur police station.
Congress Vice President and MP Rahul Gandhi today said he has done many
developmental works for Amethi and its people and will continue to do so.
Countering allegations of the opposition and AAP's Kumar Vishwas that no
development work has been done in his constituency, Rahul said nine roads in
Amethi have already been handed over to NHAI. He was talking to newsmen this
morning while on a two day tour to his constituency Amethi.Rahul Gandhi said a mega food park with
nearly 50 processing units has been established in Amethi which will benefit
lakhs of farmers of the area.
In Kashmir Valley,
men and machinery of border road organisation is making all out efforts to
restore traffic on the Srinagar
Jammu National Highway as weather improves.The Highway is closed since yesterday. The
traffic authorities say that after snow clearance stranded vehicles at Qazigund
will be allowed to proceed to Jammu.
Delhiites experienced a cold but clear day today with the minimum temperature
recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius. Cold conditions have eased in Punjab and Haryana with minimum temperature rising a few
notches above normal in several parts of the region.
government has decided to hold talks with the district administrations of
neighboring states on border issues and insurgent problems on a regular
basis.Official sources said the Assam
government will undertake all out operations against the National Democratic
Front of Bodoland and to strengthen directorate of prosecution to improve the
In Tamilnadu, AIADMK
Party General Secretary and Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa has announced four
nominees for Rajya Sabha seats. Ms. Jayalalithaa says her Party would support
the CPM candidate in the election. DMK has already nominated Tiruchi Siva for
the Rajya Sabhaseat. The DMDK is yet to
announce its stand on support to any candidate. In case they announce a nominee
election will be held on the 7th of February.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha
members from Tamil Nadu including Union Minister G.K.Vasan will end on April 2.
The Nation celebrates
117th Birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose today.On the occasion the main programme was held
in Darjeeling, West Bengalwhere Chief Minister Ms Mamta Banerjee and
other distinguished persons paid richtribute toNetaji. Ms Banerjee
said the ideals of Netaji Subhash Chander Boss are still relevant in the
present day to keep the country united. The State Governor Mr. M.K. Narayanan
also paid tributeto Netaji at a
function organised by the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata. Several people
also paid floral tributes at the statue of Netaji in Kolkata. Our correspondent
reports that people from all walks of life are visiting the House of Netaji in South Kolkata since early this morning.
Various programmes are
being organized in Odisha to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subash
Chandra Bose. On the occasion, his birth place at Cuttack has witnessed a beeline of visitors
since the morning. Political leaders such as BJP President Rajnath Singh and
the state agriculture minister Devi Mishra visited the site and paid homage to
this great leader.
anti-terrorism court hearing the case of seven men, including Lashkar eToiba
commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks
has adjourned the hearing till January 29. The court has also issued summons
for more private witnesses.The seven accused in the Mumbai attacks case have
been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks. The trial is
taking place at a slow pace and is one of the main bones of contention in
resumption a of full-fledged dialogue process between India and Pakistan. New
Delhi has demanded that Islamabad
expedite the trial to show that it is serious about countering terrorism.
UN Secretary General Ban
Ki Moon has said it is time to negotiate for the Syria regime and opposition to end
the sufferings of the Syrian people. Wrapping up the high level meeting of the
international conference on Syria
in the Swiss city of Montreaux
last night, he said it is significant that for the first time both the sides
attended the talk and the international community has joined them. External
Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid urged all sides to strive for a political
solution. Syrian President Bashar Assad said, it is for the Syrian people to
decide and both the delegations would discuss the issue. The next round of the
Syria Conference will get underway in Geneva
UN Special envoy
Lakhdar Brahimi is to meet the representatives of the Syrian regime and the
rebel opposition separately today. Efforts to bring about a truce between the
Syrian regime and the opposition are gathering momentum. After the successful
completion of the first high level talks at the International Conference on Syria in
Montreux, UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will meet the rebel sides separately
today. More from our correspondent;
"At a press conference in Montreux, Mr. Brahimi told that the road
to peace in Syria
is a difficult one, yet it can be reached with the participation of all the
sides. He said the ways and means to end the bloody war in Syria can be found out through the Geneva Communique of
2012.The UN special envoy said that
both the sides have given fair indications that access to needy people, release
of prisoners and local cease fire are the areas in which agreement can be
arrived at to begin with. UN Secretary General Ban KiMoon appreciated the move by Syrian regime to
announce ceasefire in Aleppo and urged all parties
to do the same to give peace a chance in Syria.ATUL TIWARI, AIR NEWS/ MONTREUX."
Minister Salman Khurshid met his US counterpart John Kerry on the
sidelines of the international conference in Montreaux. This was the highest
level meeting between the two countries after the recent Devyani Khobragade
issue, that created tensions between the two countries.A senior State Department official said, Mr.
Kerry and Mr. Khurshid discussed their shared commitment to moving the
relationship forward and returning to a close partnership on strategic,
security and economic issues.
Uganda says, the recent
incident in Delhi involving an alleged face-off
between Aam Aadmi Party and Ugandan nationals will not affect trade ties
and the African nation.Ugandan Minister
of State for Industry and Technology James Mutende saidin Mumbai on the sidelines of a function
thatIndia-Uganda business will continue
had witnessed heightened tensions and a logjam between the Arvind Kejriwal-led
Aam Aadmi Party and the Delhi Police over alleged mistreatment of some Ugandan
The US military is easing its uniform
rules to allow religious wear including turbans, skullcaps, beards and tattoos.
Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Wiccan soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can now
request exemptions to strict military uniform. Requests will be evaluated
individually and can be denied if they hinder military readiness.
Recovering from initial
losses, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange had gained 36 points, or 0.2
percent, to 21,374 a short while ago. The 30-share Sensex had climbed 274
points in the previous three trading sessions. Stock markets in Japan, China,
South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
and Hong Kong had dropped between 0.3 percent
and 1.4 percent, today.
The rupee dropped by 18
paise to 61 rupees 99 paise against the US dollar in late morning trade today
on fresh demand for the American currency from banks and importers.
Sania Mirza and her
Romanian team-mate Horia Tecau today sailed into the Mixed Doubles semi-finals
of the Australian Open Tennis tournament. The sixth seeded Indo-Romanian pair
defeated the German-Pak combine of Julia Goerges and Aisam-ul-Haq-Qureshi, in
straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, China's
Li Na beat Canadian
Eugenie Bouchard and Dominica Cibulkova of Slovakia
stunned higher ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to clash in the Women's
Singles final.In the other
quarterfinal, Leander Paes and his Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova will
take on the Canadian-French team of Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic. In
the Men's Singles semi-final, Tomas Berdych will take on Stanslas Wawrinka
today. World Number One Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer will meet in the
second semi-final later in the tournament.
In Himachal Pradesh, a
snow leopard has been found in Lahaul-Spiti between the height of 11,000 and
20,000 ft. The snow leopard is a rare animal of the area but with the passage
of time the number have declined. Now for the first time the state wild life
department is planning to conduct a study and survey on the snow leopard
through modern electronic devices. Our correspondent reports:
"The snow leopard found in
high altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti and in the first phase of this project it
would be under scanner in the Kibber area of Spiti Valley.
For this purpose the state wild life department would attach GPS chips after
tagging collar under centre sponsored scheme of about 25 lakh Rs. These
electronic devices would help the experts to keep snow leopard under scan to
note down its number and movement.Shishu Sharma/air news /Shimla."
professor Rakesh Khurana has been appointed Dean of the prestigious Harvard
College. Khurana is the latest addition to a long list of Indian-origin
academicians assuming leadership roles at renowned global universities. He is
currently a professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. He
will assume his new role on the 1stof
July. Harvard College is the school within Harvard University that grants