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Union Govt rubbishes UP Minister Azam Khan's Claim of Dawood's presence during Modi-Sharif Meet

After senior Uttar Pradesh Minister and heavyweight politician of Samajwadi Party Azam Khan claimed that underworld don and Mumbai serial blast accused Dawood Ibrahim was present in the December 25, 2015 meeting of Indian PM Narendra Modi with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, union government has rubbished the claims as “baseless, unfounded and totally false”.  While Sudhanshu Mittal of BJP asked UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to dismiss the minister immediately, Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said Khan shouldn’t have made such a statement.

Government decides ratifying Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages

The Union government has decided to ratify Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages. US State Department Spokesman John Kirby has welcomed the decision and went on to say that it will facilitate participation of US companies in nuclear reactor construction in India. Kirby also said membership of India in CSC will help create global nuclear liability regime, known as IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan. India hasn’t changed Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Act (CLND), 2010 that partly makes suppliers along with plant operators liable for mishaps.

President Mukherjee, PM Modi, and Defence Minister attend International Fleet Review 2016

India’s naval might was showcased in Vizag at the International Fleet Review 2016, which is attended by 50 countries, 100 naval ships, and 90 aircrafts. Supreme commander of the three defence forces, President Pranab Mukherjee, embarked on offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra and inspected the fleet along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The two-day International Maritime Conference on “Partnering together for a secure maritime future” will be inaugurated by the Defence Minister tomorrow.

Hong Kong seeks to strengthen Bilateral Trade and Business ties with India

Margaret Fong, Executive Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), has said India is 7th largest global trading partner of Hong Kong and reminded the business community that last year the bilateral trade between the two countries was $ 23.7 billion. Export shipments to India increased by 8.1 per cent y-o-y. Hong Kong Special Administration Region Chief Executive C Y Leung said negotiation on Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) will start between two countries to strengthen bilateral economic and investment ties.

Deutsche Bank Report expects India to meet 2015-2016 Fiscal Deficit Target

Report published by Deutsche Bank says it expects India to achieve its 3.9 per cent fiscal target in 2016 financial year. The report said that the fiscal arithmetic is credible because of the incorporation of realistic expenditure and revenue growth assumptions. Deutsche Bank report expects the Union Government to tighten its fiscal deficit target further in 2017 financial year to 3.8 per cent. Revised fiscal consolidation roadmap says government plans to set 3.5 per cent fiscal deficit target for 2016-17.

"Make in India" Week Seminar held in Chicago

Consul General of Indian Consulate in Chicago Ausaf Sayeed while addressing “Make in India Week” seminar in Chicago said that India is striving to transform from a service driven economy to a manufacturing-driven one to become an international manufacturing hub and also increase productivity. He went on to say that US companies can set up manufacturing bases in at least 30 important economic sectors and the total investment opportunity in India is worth US$ 1 trillion.

PM Modi inaugurates NISER in Bhubaneswar, Highlights need of Innovation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research) in Bhubaneswar’s Jatani during his 2-days tour of Odisha. While delivering his inaugural speech, PM Modi asked the authorities to make this NISER the greenest campus of India. He emphasised on the fact that science and innovation are a priority currently for advancement of the society. PM Modi also lauded the efforts of Indian scientists as well as professors for doing something new always.

IIT-Bombay showcases Innovative Ideas at Auto Expo 2016

IIT-Bombay’s Mobility and Vehicle Design department of Industrial Design Centre has showcased some innovative ideas at Greater Noida’s Auto Expo. Some of the innovative showcased products by the students of Mobility and Vehicle Design program include CNG Motorcycle, Bamboo bicycle for children, Ttrix - Foldable electric bike, urban personal transport, restyled Bajaj Chetak scooter, rural multi-utility vehicle, Quadracycle, flood rescue and relief vehicle, goods carrying 2-wheeler, smart transportation for smart cities, water taxi for inland waterways of Kerala, and many more.

Hyderabad lab develops world's first Zika virus vaccine

Scientists at a lab in Hyderabad said that they have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika Virus. As per media reports, the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Limited has said that it has patented the Zika vaccine. The outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported in more than 20 countries in Latin America. The virus, which has suspected links to birth defects, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.   

Gold Rush for India at SAG 2016

India is not only witnessing a gold rush but also dominating the 12th South Asian Games, especially in the medal’s tally. Till now, India is leading the chart by winning 14 gold and five silver medals. Second and third positions are held by Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. Injeti Srinivas, CEO of SAG 2016, claimed that all efforts will be made to ensure Guwahati and Shillong become the best sports venues among all South Asian games played till now.

PM Modi inaugurates 12th South Asian Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 12th South Asian Games (SAG) yesterday in one of the main cities of Assam, Guwahati. While addressing an audience at the opening ceremony of the 12-day sporting event, PM Modi said that the event will bring peace and prosperity in the region through sporting activities, interaction, and business. The event is co-hosted by Shillong (capital of Meghalaya) and Guwahati, and will see participation by over 2,600 athletes. The event is taking place after a delay of 4 years.

Mohammad Shami included in India squad for World T20

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said that pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the Indian team for the World Cup T20 which will begin next month. As per media reports, Shami was suffering from a knee injury and has not played for India since 2015. Pawan Negi, uncapped left-arm slow bowler who represents Delhi in the domestic circuit, has also been included.

Irrfan Khan turns down Spielberg's movie offer

Known for his acting prowess both in Bollywood and Hollywood, Irrfan Khan feels that India is going to get bigger in the West as Americans are on the lookout for talent and are eyeing India. The statement follows close on heels of the actor’s refusal of a Steven Spielberg movie. The director had approached Khan for his latest venture which would also feature Scarlett Johansson. Khan said he turned down the offer because the character being offered to him did not have ‘much scope’.

Farhan Akhar and Adhuna part ways

As per a statement issued on behalf of actor-director-producer-singer Farhan Akhar and celebrity hair dresser Adhuna, the couple has mutually and amicably decided to separate after 16 years of marriage. As responsible parents, the couple ascertains to keep their children protected from unwarranted speculation and public glare. Farhan and Adhuna dated for three years before getting married in 2000. They have two children.

Asin ties knot with Micromax co-founder Rahul

Asin of Ghajini fame got married to Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in two private ceremonies held in New Delhi. Akshay Kumar, Asin’s co-star in Housefull 2 had introduced her to Mr. Sharma and served as the best man, marking his presence on both the occasions. A private party is scheduled to take place at Rahul Sharma’s Delhi farmhouse today, followed by a grand reception in Mumbai on 23 January.

Environment Minister seeks more Data before commercially allowing Genetically Modified Crop

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said his government will verify more data before allowing Genetically Modified Crop to be marketed in India. While claiming his government will in no manner become an obstacle in the progress of science, inspite of the protests, he made it clear that further evaluation is needed before India moves ahead with advanced use of technology that provides better farm yields. He acknowledged that productivity of farms has to be increased to feed over billion population.

Opposition Parties demand Resignation of Gujarat CM over Land Deal

On the basis of the corruption allegation leveled by Congress leader Anand Sharma, opposition parties have sought resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. It is alleged that in 2010, business associates of Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar Patel had been allotted land near Gujarat’s Gir lion sanctuary at throwaway price. Anand Sharma alleges that Rs. 125 crore worth land has been given away at just Rs. 1.5 crore to Wildwoods Resorts and Realties for building resorts, which is yet to come up.

Island Express derails in Tamil Nadu: More than 20 injured

More than 20 people were injured when six coaches of the Island Express, which was heading to Bengaluru, derailed near Natrampalli. As per reports, the incident occurred some 90km from Vellore in Tamil Nadu during the early hours of Friday. The accident happened when the train was crossing Vetapattu village in Natrampalli. The injured passengers have been admitted to the government hospital in Natrampalli and Tirupattur