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UP Elections: Akhilesh says Ties with his Father is Unbreakable

After bagging the ‘bicycle’ symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that he will be taking his father along and also mentioned that ties with his father is unbreakable. He further said that presently his focus is to form the Samajwadi Party government again in the state and he will be including everyone along with him.

The symbol 'bicycle' was given to faction headed by Akhilesh Yadav by Election Commission on Monday.

Uttarakhand: Yashpal Arya joins BJP

As per reports, senior Congress leader and state cabinet minister Yashpal Arya has joined BJP on Monday, just before a month from assembly elections in Uttarakhand.

The BJP national president Amit Shah was present while State Irrigation Minister was joining the party during a function held in Delhi. Reports say that Arya’s son Sanjeev Arya will also be moving to BJP.

Arya is a six-term MLA. The reason of his switching to BJP is reportedly the minister's discontentment with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

Bihar boat tragedy: PM offers ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh

Expressing grief over the Bihar boat tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered an ex-gratia from the PM National Relief Fund of Rs 2 lakh to the family of those deceased in the horrific incident. Also, PM has offered Rs 50,000 help for those seriously injured in the incident. At least 21 people drowned when two boats upturned in river Ganga near NIT ghat at Patna, Bihar on Saturday.

During the incident, around 40 people were returning back after participating Kite festival. This festival was organised by the state government on occasion Makar Sankranti. National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) teams have been roped in for relief and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar has ordered inquiry into the boat tragedy. A three member team has been constituted to probe into the matter, which will be headed by Principal Secretary of State Disaster Department Pratya Amrit.

Also, the state government has offered Rs 4 four lakh ex-gratia payment to the kin of each of the deceased. As per NDRF Director General R.K. Pachnanda, 21 bodies have been recovered so far. Meanwhile the rescue operation is underway and the death toll is feared to increase.

New Delhi: RBI Governor says Rs 9.2 Lakh Crore in New Currency Introduced

As per reports, Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel spoke to the Standing Committee on Finance panel members in New Delhi about new currency that have been introduced. He said that around 9.2 lakh crore in new currency have been released. He also spoke about the demonetisation issue and the impact it left on the economy, and even the steps that have been taken by the central bank in regard to deal with the cash crunch.

Reports say that he mentioned to the panel that discussion about demonetisation started between the banks and the government last year.

The RBI Governor will be appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on 20 January.

ATM Withdrawal Limit Increased, Reports from Delhi

Reports from Delhi say that the RBI has increased the withdrawal limit of the daily transaction in ATM to 10,000 from 4,500 on Monday. However, the weekly withdrawal limit will remain the same, 24,000.

The limit on withdrawal from the current accounts has been increased to 1,00,000 from 50,000 per week.

TCS Veteran to take Charge as Executive Chairman in Mumbai

Tata Consultancy Services veteran, Natarajan Chandrasekaran is going to take charge as Executive Chief on 21 February in Mumbai. The 53-year-old Managing Director and CEO of the group’s software unit has been chosen for the position by the Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group on Thursday.

Reports say that he was selected on the basis of three decades he spent with the Tatas and proved his potential with the growth of TCS.

The other candidates for the position were UK industrialist George Buckley, Unilever Chief Operating Officer Harish Manwani and Trent Chairman Noel Tata.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Launched in Bhubaneswar

Samsung India has launched its new smartphone ‘Galaxy C9 Pro’ in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. The price of the smartphone is Rs 36,900. Customers will be able to pre-book the phone from selected stores and online platforms from 27 January onwards. Customers can find the phone at offline retail stores by February.

On pre-booking, customers will be able to get one-time screen replacement for a period of 12 months. The phone is going to be available in two colours, black and gold.

The other cities where this smartphone will be available are Jaipur, Chandigarh and Pune.

Jharkhand: Tata Steel's mines to have 1st drone application monitoring

Steel giant Tata Steel's Noamundi Iron-ore Mine in West Singhbhum, Jharkhand/ is soon going to become the first mine of the nation which will launch 'Drone Application in Mine Monitoring' (DAMM).

Noamundi Iron Mine will become the first Mine to launch DAMM on January 16, revealed a press release by Tata Steel. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines will launch the DAMM.

Under the 'Make in India' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been an emphasis on role of Space Science in order to achieve good governance. Based on the Prime Minister's vision, Ministry of Mines has conceptualized and launched Mine Surveillance System on October 15, 2016.

MSS is a satellite-based monitoring system through automatic remote sensing detection technology to have responsive mineral administration by curbing illegal mining and public participation. Other dignitaries to mark their presence at the event are R K Sinha, Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, A B Panigrahi, Controller of Mines (CZ), Indian Bureau of Mines, Rajeev Singhal, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, Pankaj Kumar Satija, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel and Manish Mishra, Chief (Regulatory Affairs), Tata Steel.

Maruti launches compact premium Ignis in New Delhi

Expanding its compact car portfolio, Maruti Suzuki drove in the Ignis premium hatchback in New Delhi. Being the second small car from Nexa, after the Baleno, the car is comes at ex-showroom price of Rs 4.6 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 6.4 lakh for the diesel version(both in Delhi).

The Ignis has joined the league of compact cars in the company's line-up that includes Alto at the entry-level, and goes up to the Baleno including other models as WagonR, Celerio, Ritz and old warhorse Swift. Seventh one among compact cars, this model has been launched at a time when the company is already working to substantially upgrades some of its key models like Alto, Swift and WagonR.

In words of Maruti, the new car was developed with an investment of around Rs 950 crore. Also, the model is targeted at the ‘millennial youth’ or those less than 28 years of age. Asked whether this car will create cannibalisation within the company's existing portfolio, the Sales and marketing Director RS Kalsi shrugged off the possibilities by saying, Ignis is a unique car.

However, the market believes that Maruti is aiming to take on competition from some of the new models through this car in its critically-important compact segment.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat lions beat 41-time winner Mumbai at Indore Stadium

In one of the most beautiful and memorable Ranji matches ever, Gujarat has beaten up its opponent and 41-times winner Mumbai at the finals held at Holkar Stadium, Indore. While the credit goes to selfless performance by Parthiv Patel, no one can rule out the contribution of coach Vijay Patel who has lost a Ranji trophy to the same opponent, at the same Stadium 14 winters ago. And now was the time when his boys were taking home that finely crafted piece of silverware.

This was perhaps the most beautiful backdrop of Gujarat’s historic triumph. Gujarat’s Skipper Parthiv Patel scored 143, scoring a century under tremendous pressure and being on the crease for most of the time. Gujarat lions chased the target of 313 at a loss of 5 wickets while beating their rivals, or the arch rivals, by five wickets on Day 5 of the final.

This is the first Ranji Trophy title claimed by Gujarat lions.41 times champions, Mumbai managed 412 in their second innings, credits to half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare. Post the tea session, Rujul Bhatt and Parthiv Patel started dealing in boundaries when they were just 13 runs short from victory.

It was when Gujarat needed 11 runs to win, Patel was knocked out and Chirag Gandhi took over. What followed was back to back boundaries by Bhatt and Gandhi that made Gujarat lift its maiden Ranji trophy. 

PV Sindhu beats Saina in Badminton League semifinal at Delhi

In a nail biting competition, PV Sindhu has overpowered Saina Nehwal as Chennai Smashers beat Awadhe Warriors at the second semifinal of Premier Badminton League in New Delhi on Friday. The semifinal held at the Siri Fort Auditorium, witnessed its most spectatcular match in form of the Sindhu-Nehwal trump match.

The Olympic silver medallist made a great start gaining a lead of two-point lead, but Nehwal, in no mood to let things go off easily, made a neck-to-neck race, before Sindhu scored four consecutive points to claim the first game.

Nehwal maintained her stance in the match given her body smashes that made her stay on Sindhu’s heels at 6-5.

In the second game, Saina tried her best to pave her way in by playing deep. But seems as if Sindhu was aware of what was coming up and held her nerve to win crucial points. At 6-5 in favour of Sindhu, the best point of the game was played. Both relentlessly tested each other in every aspect of their opponent’s game.

What seemed like a never-ending one, the 48-shot rally was finally put to an end with a cross court shot by Sindhu. The last time when both faced each other was at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix (2013) when Saina had an Olympic bronze and Sindhu was a rookie who could be easily intimidated.

Chennai finally got hold of the semi-final when Sindhu beat Nehwal by 11-7, 11-8. The finals will be held between Chennai Smashers and Mumbai Rockets. In the second semi-final Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters by 3-1. 

Cricket Club of India Felicitates MS Dhoni

The Cricket Club of India felicitated MS Dhoni at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadiumfor his contribution to Indian cricket. Dhoni stepped down as captain of the Indian limited overs, but is leading India A against England in the first, out of two matches which are to be played before the beginning of the three-match ODI series.

Salman Khan Acquitted, Jodhpur Court gives him Benefit of Doubt

Salman Khan has been acquitted by a court in Jodhpur in the 18-year-old Arms Act case, and gave him benefit of doubt. As per reports, CJM Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit in the 102-page judgment said that the prosecution could not prove charges framed against Salman under sections 3/25 and 3/27 of the Indian Arms Act.

The prosecution lawyer said that the order will be analysed and a call on the appeal will be taken by the government.

Shahid Kapoor Confirms at an Interview in Mumbai no Tiff with Kangana Ranaut

Stories were doing the rounds about tiff between Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut, and hinted that they will not be promoting their upcoming film Rangoon together. However, Shahid clarified the reports at an interview in Mumbai and confirmed that there are no issues between the two actors and he will be glad to promote the film anywhere and anytime with Kangana and Saif Ali Khan.

Talking about Rangoon, he said that this is his third film with Vishal Bhardwaj and expressed his respect for Bhardwaj. He also mentioned that Rangoon is a different film from Haider and Kaminey and based on a true story.

Vin Diesel Receives Traditional Welcome in Mumbai

Mark Sinclair, more popularly known as Vin Diesel today landed in Mumbai with his xXx co-star Deepika Padukone and xXx director DJ Caruso where they received a pleasant traditional welcome at Kalina Airport.

After the warm welcome, Diesel took the VIP exit and headed to St. Regis hotel where he will be staying for the rest of his trip.

Reports say that Diesel will stay in India for a couple of days. He will be tied up with fan meet, press interaction and a grand premiere of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

Barkha Dutt Quits NDTV, Delhi

Senior journalist Barkha Dutt has resigned from her position of Consulting Editor of NDTV, Delhi. Reports say that she may start her own venture. She was associated with the channel for 21 years, and for which NDTV has appreciated her long-time association with them.

Dutt received much recognition in journalism for her fearless coverage in Kargil war, 1999. With NDTV’s programme We The People, she became the face of the channel. She won Padma Shri and many other national and international awards.

Jallikattu: Oppose, protests and police crackdown in Tamil Nadu

In Palamedu of Tamil Nadu, the residents have observed 'black pongal' and hanged black flags outside houses marking a protest over ban on Jallikattu. The city came to a standstill despite being ‘Pangal’ and citizens shut shops and establishments as a mark of their protest against Jallikattu not being allowed.

However, despite the ban by Supreem Court, a political party Naam Tamizhar Katchi organized Jallikattu with 24 bulls in Thanjavur, In Palamedu people were seen rallying with black flags. The situation worsened when bulls were taken through the Vadivasal - the entrance through which the bulls are let out in Jallikattu.

It was when the animals started running haywire, leading to chaos, police resorted to lathi charge. People displayed posters in favour of Jallikattu and against the supreme court and the Center government at venues that were initially marked for this event.

Apart from Jallikattu, Coimbatore residents organised a bullock cart race – Reckla, that has also been banned. Also, people tore off posters of actress Trisha who had supported the ban on Jallikattu, as a mark of protest.

The public is of the opinion that this ban on Jallikattu is an attempt by the authorities to take away the right of a community practicing their tradition. Having said that, people still have their hopes intact and believe that the centre will soon pass an ordinance to allow Jallikattu.

Supreme Court Turns Down Plea for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu

The Supreme Court turned down the appeal where its intervention was sought to pass a judgment on Jallikattu before Saturday. According to the apex court, the draft of the judgment has already been prepared but delivering a verdict before Saturday will not be possible.

The apex had banned the sport in 2014 on the grounds of animal cruelty. However, it upheld the order last year after dismissing the review petition of the state government.

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had mentioned that the government will make sure that the people can enjoy the sport in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu.