Tuirial Hydropower Project is the first major central (govt) project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram: PM... — ANI (@ANI) 1513399706000My visit to this beautiful state today, brings back fond memories of time spent with the people of Mizoram: PM Modi... — ANI (@ANI) 1513399280000AIZAWL: Mizoram has become the third power- surplus state in the Northeast after Sikkim and Tripura, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.He also said the central schemes for the benefit of the Northeast had gained momentum and that his government was committed to developing the region. "Today, we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram with the completion and dedication of the 60-MW Tuirial hydropower project," the prime minister said, while addressing a public meeting here after inaugurating it.With the commissioning of the project, Mizoram became the third power-surplus state in the north-east, he added.The hydropower project would produce "251 million units" of electrical energy every year and boost the economic development of the state, Modi said. "The completion of this project is a reflection of our commitment to completing the ongoing projects and ushering in a new era of development in the north-east," he added.The Tuirial project, which was announced and cleared in 1998 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was the first major central project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram, the prime minister said.

December 16, 2017 06:56 UTC

Rahul Gandhi was formally appointed Congress president at an official ceremony at party headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/MintNew Delhi: Rahul Gandhi was formally appointed Congress president on Saturday morning in a function at party’s official headquarters 24, Akbar Road in the national capital, Delhi. With this, 47 year old Rahul Gandhi becomes the sixth leader from the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the top post in the party. As he takes over, it also marks the end of the longest serving tenure of outgoing party president Sonia Gandhi which lasted for a little under two decades. Rahul Gandhi entered electoral politics in 2004.

December 16, 2017 06:24 UTC

3 While, Ram Singh, the bus driver, committed suicide in Tihar Jail during trial. Apart from Nirbhaya, 23-year-old physiotherapist intern and her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey, the bus was carrying six male occupants including the driver. 11 days after the assault, Nirbhaya was transferred to a hospital in Singapore where she died from her injuries two days later. He was later released, while Ram Singh, the bus driver, committed suicide in Tihar Jail during trial. Three days later, they were sentenced to death by hanging .

December 16, 2017 06:17 UTC

In this May 8, 2016 file photo, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk talks after closing the polling stations during municipal elections in the Interior Ministry in Beirut. | Photo Credit: REUTERSmore-inLebanon is to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 next year, the media reported. Citing Lebanese news agency NNA, Efe news reported on Friday that Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed the decree, which still requires approval from the government. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said late last month that 92,810 candidates would take part in the next elections, but he didn’t mention a date. The setting of a date for the ballot comes after Prime Minister Saad Hariri suspended the resignation he had announced in Riyadh.

December 16, 2017 06:14 UTC

If the just-concluded Gujarat Assembly election is compared with the polls in all these states, Bihar comes closest to it and these are the reasons why. It went down to DNA analysis after Modi made a remark on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's political DNA. The supporters of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar started sending samples of their hair and nails to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to get them tested. OUTSIDERSA key element of the Gujarat and Bihar elections was the fight between "outsiders" and "local leaders". Keshubhai Patel, a Patidar, was anointed as the first BJP chief minister after the polls.

December 16, 2017 06:11 UTC

In May this year, Microsoft stated that it is working with Apple, to bring iTunes to the Windows Store by the end of 2017. In an effort to lure in more users, it is important for Microsoft to get in more apps to its store. The report added that while the addition of iTunes to the Microsoft Store might appear to affect few people in light of iTunes’ long-term availability as a Windows app that runs on many Windows 10 machines, the Windows 10 version won’t run on Windows 10 S devices. In February this year, the apex court ordered all companies to immediately constitute in-house expert bodies to identify and block keywords indicative of sex determination. In April, the apex court observed that it cannot curtail free choice of a researcher as right to know is a fundamental right.

December 16, 2017 06:11 UTC

SAN FRANCISCO: A former Uber employee has alleged that a special division within the global ride-hailing app was responsible for acts of corporate espionage , the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign officials and several means of unlawful surveillance.The allegations against Uber were part of a latter dubbed as "Jacobs letter" that was written by the attorney for Richard Jacobs who previously worked as Uber's manager of global intelligence before being fired in April this year, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.Jacobs alleged that Uber's secretive Strategic Services Group (SSG) "frequently engaged in fraud and theft, and employed third-party vendors to obtain unauthorised data or information. "According to The Verge, he also accused Uber security officers of "hacking" and "destruction of evidence related to eavesdropping against opposition groups. "The letter is part of the legal battle between Uber and Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo over self-driving technology.The letter alleged that some of the information gathered was relayed to then-CEO Travis Kalanick, the report added. "While we haven't substantiated all the claims in this letter-and, importantly, any related to Waymo-our new leadership has made clear that going forward we will compete honestly and fairly, on the strength of our ideas and technology," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.A Waymo spokesperson said: "Separate and apart from the letter, Waymo has accumulated significant evidence that Uber is using stolen Waymo trade secrets, including copying aspects of Waymo's LiDAR designs down to the micron, and we look forward to trial".Waymo is an autonomous car development company spun out of Google 's parent company Alphabet.Waymo has estimated damages at nearly $1.9 billion and wants to curtail Uber's self-driving car programme, which Waymo says uses its technology.In May, Uber fired Anthony Levandowski, who earlier headed its self-driving car project, for allegedly stealing some 14,000 documents from Waymo.Levandowski was part of Waymo before he joined Uber.

December 16, 2017 06:11 UTC

NEW DELHI: Homegrown smartphone maker Micromax will be making a big disruption in the Indian market soon, according to co-founder and MD Rahul Sharma Speaking on the sidelines of TiE's annual conclave TiEcon in Delhi, Sharma acknowledged the dip in sales of the company's handsets last year, attributing it in part to the inundating competiton from Chinese smartphone makers. "We deliberately took a call to step back last year," said Sharma. It is already happening - numbers from Chinese companies are softening and some have even wrapped up operations in India. Sanity is beginning to prevail and we will soon begin to disrupt again," he added.According to the founder, competition exists in all industries and a disruption can be expected every 10 years. When we first started off, the only other Indian handset maker was Spice Mobiles.

December 16, 2017 06:11 UTC

"In her address, Sonia congratulated Rahul on his new position, even as she recalled her own elevation to party chief.Sonia also stressed that Rahul's childhood and political career had "made him a stronger person. "Her "last speech as Congress president" was marked with nostalgia, and the mention of her mother-in-law and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "Indira Gandhi treated me like her own daughter and I learnt a lot about India from her," she said. "When I felt the party is becoming weak, that the country is falling into the hands of communal forces, I had to listen to the demands of political workers. To honour the sacrifices of Indira and Rajiv, I entered politics," she added.

December 16, 2017 06:06 UTC

Motorola has finally launched new Moto Mods in India after a long lean period. The three Mods in question are the JBL SoundBoost 2 speaker Mod, Moto GamePad Mod and Moto TurboPower Pack battery Mod. Along with the new Mods, Motorola has also announced a service that will allow Moto Z users to rent the Moto Mods for a week for just Rs 399 per week. The JBL SoundBoost 2 is an improved version of the SoundBoost Mod which was launched with the original Moto Z family. Along with the three new Moto Mods, Motorola has also announced a partnership with RentoMojo which allows customers to rent these Moto Mods for a week at a price of Rs 399.

December 16, 2017 06:00 UTC

Sonam Kapoor can safely be labelled as the harbinger of high fashion in the Indian film industry. While it's rather rare that Sonam disappoints on the fashion front, she has had her low days too. Today is the day the beautiful Sonam Kapoor has decided to wear the elegant Indian, Banarasi silk saree. Picture courtesy: Instagram/sonamkapoorBanarasi silk is one of India's most treasured forms of textiles, and when someone as pretty as Sonam Kapoor wears it, the combination creates absolute magic. The pink and green work on the silk-sheen saree just goes perfectly with the colourful, elegant blouse Sonam's wearing.

December 16, 2017 06:00 UTC

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December 16, 2017 05:54 UTC

AHMEDABAD: Of the 4.32 crore voters in the state, 68.41% exercised their franchise in two phases in the high-stakes 2017 assembly polls. The first phase of polling in Saurashtra and South Gujarat recorded 66.75% voting while the second phase recorded 69.98%.The overall voting percentage had registered a drop of 3.61% in comparison to the 2012 voting percentage. In 2012, the voting percentage was 72.02%. Voting in the remaining 14 districts had been less than the state's average of 68.41% voting.The data reveals that voting percentage in Saurashtra region was the lowest while North Gujarat experienced the highest voting. In 2012, the difference in the voting percentage among men and women was 3.48%.Political parties, however, had their own explanation for the fall in voting percentage.

December 16, 2017 05:48 UTC

Highlights 1 Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress. 2 Azad was the youngest Congress president. Rahul Gandhi may be the young face of Congress party and has brought youth in the focus of the grand old party. But at 47, Rahul Gandhi is not the youngest president of the Congress. Watch video: Rahul Raj: Political journey of Rahul Gandhi from a reluctant price to Congress' foreman

December 16, 2017 05:47 UTC

Rahul Gandhi is the 49th president of the Indian National Congress, the party most closely associated with the Indian freedom struggle, and the primary Opposition party to Narendra Modi's BJP. His family predecessors in the role were Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi wasted no time in attacking Narendra Modi's government, saying "those in power" were shaped by the structures that keep India poor. While the Congress took India to the 21st century, Narendra Modi was taking her back to medieval times, the new INC president said. But the Congress' respect for all Indians extended to the BJP, Rahul Gandhi claimed.

December 16, 2017 05:42 UTC