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Nigerian Military Lifts Ban on UNICEF in Restive Northeast Abuja
The Nigerian military lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast late Friday, 14 December, after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training "spies" supporting Boko Haram jihadists.
The military earlier Friday said the United Nations children's agency had this week held workshops in the northeast city of Maiduguri, training people for "clandestine" activities that were "sabotaging" counter-terrorism efforts.
Mick Mulvaney to Replace John Kelly, Says Trump
US President Donald Trump says budget director Mick Mulvaney will serve as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly in the new year.
Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit India on 21 December
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be on a four-day India visit from 21 December to attend the first people-to-people exchange agreed between Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at their ice-breaking meet in Wuhan earlier this year.
After witnessing chill in their ties over the military stand-off in Doklam last year, the two countries came closer later and pledged that bilateral ties would not be affected by a border dispute between them.
Australia Recognises West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday said his government has decided to formally recognise west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement.
He says Australia will recognise east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won't be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time.
Protests Erupt in Jhelum Valley Over Construction of Hydro Project
Protests erupted Saturday in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK)‘s Jhelum valley against the construction of Kohala Hydropower Project, which is being pursued by Chinese companies, ANI reported.
Encounter Underway Between Security Forces and Terrorists in J&K's Pulwama
An encounter is underway between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, ANI reported.
Security Personnel Injured in Encounter with Maoists in Jharkhand
A security personnel has been injured in an encounter between security forces and Maoists in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, ANI reported.
One Dead, Fifteen Injured in Tractor-Canter Collision in UP
A 38-year-old man was killed and 15 others were injured when their tractor-trolley collided with a canter on the Meerut-Karnal highway near Itawa village in the district, police said Saturday.
According to circle officer Hariram Yadav, the incident took place Friday and the injured were admitted to a hospital.
An investigation into the incident is underway, police said.
Mumbai-Lucknow IndiGo Flight Grounded after Bomb Threat Call
An IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Lucknow via Delhi was grounded Saturday after a bomb threat call, airport sources said.
The aircraft was taken to an isolated bay for a secondary ladder point check after a Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) found the threat as “specific”, the sources said.
Later, security agencies declared the plane "safe", they said.
Four Killed in Two Separate Accidents in Mizoram
Four persons, including a girl, were killed in two separate accidents near here, police said Saturday, 15 December. Both the incidents happened on Friday, 14 December, the police said.
A 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old man drowned at Serlui river near Aizawl on Friday evening, a police officer said.
In another incident, a boy and a girl accidentally fell off a cliff at Durtlang near here on Friday night, the police officer said, adding, both of them died on the spot. Their bodies were found 1,000 ft below the cliff and later recovered, the officer said.
New York Man Charged With Hate Crime For Assaulting Indian-Origin Woman
A 54-year old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman travelling in a subway and using homophobic slurs against her.
Allasheed Allah, 54, was arraigned on Thursday, 13 December, and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment against Avneet Kaur, 20, for the attack in New York City's Queens borough last month.
Man Held For Stalking Schoolgirl Maharashtra's Palghar
Police have arrested a man from a village in Palghar district of Maharashtra for allegedly stalking a 13-year-old girl, an official said on Saturday, 15 December.
The accused, identified as Rakesh Pansare (24), was arrested by the district rural police on Friday, 14 December, from Phulpada in Virar.
According to police, the accused had been stalking and harassing the girl for last two years.
RSS Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi Adjourns Till 16 March
The defamation case against Rahul Gandhi filed by RSS has been adjourned till 16 March 2019 by Bhiwandi Court.
Three Get Life Term in Thane For Murder
A court in Thane sentenced three persons to life imprisonment for killing a 32-year-old man five years ago.
In the order passed on Friday, 14 December, district judge S B Bahalkar convicted Tushar Bansod (27), Raju Bame (31) and Bharadwaj alias Bala Londhe (31) and awarded the sentence.
Four Killed, Two Injured as Car Catches Fire in UP
At least four persons, including a minor, were killed and two others critically injured when their car caught fire in UP’s Pora village, police said Saturday.
The incident took place Friday night when a family was returning in their car after attending a wedding. The car suddenly stopped and subsequently overturned and minutes later it caught fire, Superintendent of Police Jai Prakash said.
The deceased have been identified as Mohit, 24, Pratiksha, 19, Shashibala, 55, and Muskan 1, he said, adding that the critically injured were referred to Aligarh for treatment.
Rahul Easwar's Bail Canceled for Failing to Appear Before Police
Local court on Saturday, 15 December, canceled activist Rahul Easwar's bail for failing to appear before the police last week in Sabarimala protest case.
The Kerala High Court had earlier granted him bail under strict conditions including, presenting himself before the concerned police officers every week.
NGT Cancels TN Govt's Order on Sterlite Closure
NGT, on Saturday, set aside Tamil Nadu government’s closure order on Sterlite plant and directed Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to pass a fresh order of renewal of consent.
The body also said that the closure of Sterlite was “unjustifiable”. It directed Vedanta Ltd to spend Rs. 100 crore over 3 years for “welfare activities”.
Eight Cattle Smugglers Arrested in UP
Eight suspected cattle smugglers were arrested here when they were trying to move the livestock to Nepal, police said Saturday, 15 December.
On Friday, eight cattle smugglers, four of them history-sheeters, were arrested, while they were trying to flee to Nepal, the police said.
Four animals (cattle), unlicensed pistol, ammunition and a transportation vehicle were recovered from the arrested accused.
AgustaWestland Case: CBI Custody of Christian Michel Extended by 4 Days
Delhi’s Patiala House Court has extended the CBI custody of alleged middleman Christian Michel by four days in the AgustaWestland Case. Michel's lawyer Rosemary told the court that she has some more documents regarding the case that she wants to submit in the court.
ED Seizes Assets Worth Rs 20.8 Crore of Dabur India's Director Pradip Burman
A competent authority under the FEMA has confirmed the Enforcement Directorate's seizure of assets worth Rs 20.8 crore belonging to Pradip Burman, Director, Dabur India Ltd. Burman allegedly held a bank account in HSBC, Zurich in an unauthorized manner.
Gangster Chhota Shakeel's Relative Anwar Sheikh Detained in Dubai
Anwar Sheikh, a relative of gangster Chhota Shakeel, has been detained in Dubai, reports the Times of India. Anwar is likely to be extradited to India.
We've Successfully Addressed Issue of Inflation: PM Modi to Booth Level Workers in TN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interaction with booth level workers from Tamil Nadu, said “We've successfully addressed the issue of inflation which hurts middle class. Consistently high inflation under the previous government was hurting the citizens. Our government has successfully controlled that.”
'Titli' Cyclone Assistance to Odisha Soon, Says Naveen Patnaik
The Centre has assured that it would release assistance for the damage inflicted by cyclone 'Titli' and subsequent flood and landslides in 17 districts of Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has said.
Russia Claims US Ignoring Outreach on Nuclear Disagreement
Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defence Ministry has said.
The US claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on 4 December issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw.
Air Hostess Death Case: Court Dismisses Bail Plea of Annisia’s Husband
Delhi's Saket court has dismissed the bail plea of Annisia’s husband Mayank Singhvi in the Air hostess death case. The court will hear the argument on framing of charges on 15 January 2019.
Minister Urges Divided UK MPs to Find Brexit Consensus
Work and pensions minister in the UK government Amber Rudd said Brexit could succeed "if politicians are willing to try a different way and only if a coalition of those who want what's best for this country argue a little less and compromise a little more," AFP reported.
Her comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May returned from an EU summit without the reassurances she said she needed to get her Brexit deal through the House of Commons.
India, France Review Status of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project
India and France held discussions today on deepening the bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors.
French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said he and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reviewed the status of the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) project in Jaitapur in coastal Maharashtra.
Polling in 5 Municipal Corporations, 2 Municipal Committees in Haryana Tomorrow
Over 14 lakh registered voters will cast their votes in elections to five municipal corporations and two municipal committees in Haryana on Sunday, 16 December.
Polling will be held for 136 wards in the elections for the seats of mayor and members of municipal corporations and municipal committees, an official spokesperson of Haryana State Election Commission said today.
BJP To Hold Press Conferences at 70 Locations Across India on 17 Dec
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold Press Conferences at 70 locations across the country on Monday, 17 December, to "expose the Congress party for plotting conspiracy against the Central government and messing with the nation’s defence".
Cong Leader Ahmed Patel Meets RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha
Congress leader Ahmed Patel today met RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who severed ties with the BJP recently, at the former Union minister's residence, fuelling speculation that the Bihar leader may join the opposition grand alliance in the state to take on the ruling combine.
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party spokesperson Fazal Imam Mallick said it was the first round of talks between Kushwaha and the Congress and his party is hopeful of a "positive" outcome.
J&K Governor-Led SAC Approves Rs 88,911 Crore State Budget for FY 2019-20
Jammu and Kashmir Governor administration has approved Rs 88,911 crore state budget for the fiscal 2019-20, which is expected to give a massive push to public infrastructure in the state.
The budget was approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik at a specially convened meeting in Jammu this evening, state chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said.
Bulandshahr Violence Case: Four Accused Arrested
Four accused persons in the Bulandshahr violence case have been arrested today. The 13 accused persons were earlier arrested in the case.
AP Govt Machinery on High Alert as Storm Set to Cross Between Ongole & Kakinada
The Andhra Pradesh government has put its machinery on high alert and positioned NDRF and State Disaster Response Force in five districts as the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal is set to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross the coast between Ongole and Kakinada on Monday, 17 December.
The Met office said that coastal Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu are likely to experience rainfall in the next two days.
J&K Administration Approves Establishment of First University in Ladakh
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has approved the establishment of first university in Ladakh region, a spokesperson said.
It would be a cluster university covering five colleges of Leh and Kargil districts, the spokesperson said, adding, "The university will be established with an initial grant of Rs 65 crore to be provided next fiscal.
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