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ISI may have engineered train accidents to avenge surgical strikes
Security agencies are investigating the claims of the three Bihar criminals arrested in connection with two train accidents last year that the same were engineered by Pakistan's spy agency ISI to avenge the Indian Army's surgical strikes in Pak-Occupied Kashmir on September 29.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:04:27 GMT)

Divorce granted by church court not legal, says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give legal sanctity to divorce decrees granted by ecclesiastical tribunals, popularly known as church courts. This means anyone remarrying after such a divorce decree would be committing the offence of bigamy. SC has said that divorces granted under Christian personal law are not valid
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:39:09 GMT)

20 years on, SC’s code on school bus observed mostly in breach
Police and other authorities have blinked at schools operating buses without following the guidelines. The SC had made it clear that only drivers with five years' heavy vehicle driving experience would be eligible to ferry schoolchildren, any driver booked twice for traffic-related offences was to be pulled out of duty and school buses could not exceed the 40 kmph speed limit.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:25:00 GMT)

Jaipur Literature Festival: No inner engineering, just bulls, says Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was asked about his views on jallikattu, the sport whose ban has got large crowds out on the streets in Tamil Nadu, at a press conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:51:51 GMT)

Tamil Nadu may go ahead with jallikattu by making a law having provisions to address element of cruelty
As protests demanding the lifting of the ban on bull taming sport jallikattu spread across Tamil Nadu, Panneerselvam rushed to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister with a request for ordinance. "Wait, good will happen,” Panneerselvam said after his meeting with the Prime Minister.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:47:57 GMT)

Paul Beatty throws political correctness to the winds
When Paul Beatty won the Man Booker in 2016 for his book Sellout, it was the first time that an American had won the award. Until 2014, Americans were not considered for the Man Booker.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:46:26 GMT)

Venkaiah Naidu takes note of print media's concerns about GST, Wage Board Recommendations
Naidu has asked the I&B secretary to look into newspapers' concerns, a ministry statement said. The I&B ministry today said that if needed, it will consult with other relevant ministries to address the issue. It added that it will hold detailed discussions with industry representatives.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:22:32 GMT)

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma appointed Director of the CBI
The three member collegium led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar on Thursday finally approved the name of Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma as the next Director of country’s premier anti-corruption agency – CBI, even as third member in the panel – Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had opposed to his name.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:51 GMT)

These were the two best years in India-US ties, says outgoing US ambassador Richard Verma
The outgoing US ambassador Richard Verma said that the last two years have been the best years for India-US bilateral relations. Verma said that during this period, our leaders have met nine times, held three summits, rolled out 100 new initiatives and over 40 government-to-government dialogues.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:08:35 GMT)

Dharamsala becomes the second capital of Himachal Pradesh
In a major political decision in the election year, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh announced that Dharamsala town in Kangra district will be the second state capital. It has a significance and history of its own and fully deserved to be the second capital of the state, he said.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:56:56 GMT)

Digi-Dhan Melas: Over 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants win Rs 60.9 crore in government's lucky draws
More than 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants have been declared winners of NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes 'Lucky Grahak Yojana, (LGY) for consumers and 'Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana, (DVY) for merchants. The winners were declared at 24 Digi-Dhan Melas held both daily and weekly across the country.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:52:09 GMT)

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma appointed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation
Verma will take over from interim director Rakesh Asthana, who was handed the reins of the investigating agency after former director Anil Sinha retired on December 2. He'll serve for a period of two years.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:51:56 GMT)

Zakir Naik likely to be summoned by NIA
NIA plans to summon controversial Salafist preacher Zakir Naik, living abroad for past several months, for questioning once it had finished scanning and analysing details of 78 bank accounts belonging to him, his NGOs Islamic Research Foundation and UK-based IRF International as well other associates.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:55:15 GMT)

Lashkar-e-Taiba behind Uri, Handwara terror attacks, says NIA
The National Investigation Agency has claimed that terror attacks at Army installations in Uri and Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir were carried out by Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Earlier, it was claimed that Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was behind the attack.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:05:47 GMT)

Centre sets up a negotiation panel on river Mahanadi and its tributaries
Seeking to resolve disputes over sharing of river waters among five states including Odisha, the Centre has constitued a negotiation committee to assess availability and utilisation of waters of Mahanadi and its tributaries and asked it to submit its report within three months.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:50:16 GMT)

India not seeking Nuclear Suppliers Group membership as a 'gift': Centre on China's jibe
​China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday said NSG membership can't be the US's 'parting gift' to India. In response, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said India's bid is based on a record on non-proliferation.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:44:11 GMT)

Now, spiritual guru Sadhguru supports Jallikattu
Spiritual writer and founder of Isha Foundation Jaggi Vasudev Sadhu today supported the Jallikattu, saying it has a traditional significance. Jaggi Vasudev Sadhu argued that the centuries-old sport was conducted to honour animals, and not to carry out any cruelty against them.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:40:20 GMT)

Divorce granted by church court can't override law, Supreme Court says
Divorce granted by ecclesiastical tribunal under Christian personal law are not valid as it cannot override the law, the Supreme Court said on Thursday as it rejected a PIL that sought according legal sanction to such separations granted by the Church Court.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:23:38 GMT)

No grand alliance in UP? SP rules out tie-up with RLD, to ally only with Congress
Hopes of a 'maha gathbandhan' against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh have been dashed as the Samajwadi Party has ruled out any tie-up with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The SP will fight the elections in alliance with the Congress.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:03:27 GMT)

Jallikattu is a cultural symbol, respect it: Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand praised young people protesting peacefully against the Supreme Court's ban on jallikattu. He called Tamil Nadu's youth "modern yet culturally rooted." He joins a long list of public figures who've supported jallikattu, which includes actor Rajinikanth.
(Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:59:40 GMT)

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