Highlights 1 Viral video clip shows BJP MLA saying he does not give a "damn" about the EC. 2 The MLA says this while asking supporters to ensure good crowd presence at a PM Modi event. 3 The Election Commission has sent him a showcause notice. Taking cognizance of the video, the Election Commission issued a showcause notice to Bhatt, who is an MLA from the Jamalpur Khadia constituency in Ahmedabad. (With inputs from Gopi Maniar in Ahmedabad)Complete Gujarat Assembly Election 2017 coverageWATCH | Gujarat BJP MLA in trouble, said 'do not care about Election Commission'
December 13, 2017 04:11 UTC
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway continues to remain blocked for a second day after the state received fresh snowfall today. Roads are slippery after heavy snowfall this morning in the Jawahar tunnel area on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway. Jammu & Kashmir received its first rainfall of the season on Tuesday. Roads were blocked and flight operations cut off after heavy snowfall hit the state on Tuesday. The weather conditions are likely to continue till Thursday due to western disturbances over Jammu & Kashmir, the MeT department said.
December 13, 2017 04:07 UTC
"We never said (that). We maintained a strict silence (in the course of the hearing of the appeals). Some onlookers alerted police. The sheer brutality of the crime led to nationwide revulsion -- and street protests.A fifth accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide in the Tihar Central Jail here. The sixth, a juvenile, who was accused of ripping apart the woman's intestines, was sent to a correction home and has been released after serving his probation period.The court permitted the lawyer for other three death row convicts - Gupta, Sharma and Thakur - to file their plea for the review as it it directed the next hearing on January 29.
December 13, 2017 04:07 UTC
Photo: AFPSeoul: Kim Jong-Un has vowed to make North Korea the “world’s strongest nuclear power,” state media reported on Wednesday, as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons programme fuelling global alarm. North Korea has rattled the international community with a flurry of missile launches and its largest ever nuclear test in recent months in its bid to develop a warhead capable of striking the United States. US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said he was confident that Washington is doing all it can to force North Korea to discuss nuclear disarmament. Washington has ramped up the pressure on the North and last week the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever joint air exercise. Pyongyang slammed those manoeuvres as a provocation, accusing the drills of “revealing its intention to mount a surprise nuclear pre-emptive strike.”
December 13, 2017 03:45 UTC
Police had to rescue Tapas Giri, the headmaster of Andala Nodal school, after villagers tied him to a pole, and beat him. The headmaster of the school had been sexually assaulting a Class 6 student since last one month. A case has been registered regarding this and he has been arrested: VK Patel, DIB DSP, Mayurbhanj pic.twitter.com/x4QwcvebCq - ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2017The news agency was able to film villagers taking the law into their own hands. Odisha: A class 6 student allegedly sexually assaulted by the headmaster of her school in Mayurbhanj over the period of a month. (12.12.2017) pic.twitter.com/sR30p8mJVN - ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2017*In Naffri gram panchayat in Bangoriposi blockWATCH | 5 ways friends and family can help a sexual assault survivor heal
December 13, 2017 03:33 UTC
Until now, there was no specific "Twitter thread" feature available for the users. With the new feature coming in, Twitter makes stitching a thread an easier process, which wasn't one until now. Commenting on the availability of this feature, Twitter notes, "We're rolling out these updates to everyone on iOS, Android, and Twitter.com in the coming weeks." Alongside the Add another Tweet feature, Twitter brings another feature called the "Show this thread". Twitter's new Show this Thread feature will make things easy.
December 13, 2017 03:27 UTC
"...A major country stated categorically that they cannot agree to any permanent solution on the public stockholding at MC11. According to sources, Assistant US Trade Representative Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, in a small group meeting, said that permanent solution to the food stockholding issue was not acceptable to America. "We have been proponents in several areas of work in the WTO including public stockholding for food security purposes, agricultural Special Safeguard Mechanism, agricultural domestic support and e-commerce. Under the Peace Clause, WTO members agreed to refrain from challenging any breach in prescribe ceiling by a developing nation at the dispute settlement forum of the WTO. This clause will be there till a permanent solution is found to the food stockpiling issue.
December 13, 2017 03:22 UTC
North Korea +dealing with Pakistan +NEW DELHI: There are two things US secretary of state Rex Tillerson doesn't enjoy about his job - dealing withand, reported CNN.He also said the US cannot continue dealing with the way things are in Pakistan because of its record on terror. By comparison, Washington wants to expand ties with India because of the importance of its economy as well as shared national security concerns. "Look, this is a hard job...The actual task at hand, dealing with North Korea, I don't enjoy that... Dealing with Pakistan, I don't enjoy," said Tillerson at a town hall meeting with state department employees earlier today.In a separate address, also earlier today, Tillerson spoke more about India's neighbour, saying that the US cannot for long continue dealing with Pakistan which allows terrorist safe havens within its borders . He also said he's conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire.
December 13, 2017 03:20 UTC
Photo: PTIIn what must be one of the least surprising election results in history, India’s venerable Congress Party has elected Rahul Gandhi as its next leader. Gandhi will succeed his mother, the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi. But, unfair or not, Rahul Gandhi, in his quest to revive India’s moribund opposition, will indeed be faced with one great challenge: his own public image. To lose the Gandhis would be to lose Congress altogether—and without Congress, there is simply no national opposition to Modi’s BJP. But to hold the party together means having to deal with the reality that Rahul Gandhi is in charge.
December 13, 2017 03:11 UTC
He won gold in Asian Games in 1982, got the Arjuna Award in 1982 and the Padmashri in 1983. The Army paid Rs 3 lakh for his treatment then. "I had borrowed Rs 2 lakh two years ago from a private lender and had managed to pay that back after harvest. "This year, I had to borrow Rs 2 lakh again for hospital expenses in Mohali. "I went to the Badal government a couple of times, but they too did not pay heed to my request.
December 13, 2017 03:04 UTC
The shocking comment immediately provoked a sharp reaction from Chief Justice Dipak Misra who tersely told Sharma: "What is this? Talking to MAIL TODAY, victim's father Badrinath Singh expressed shock at the 'outrageous' comments. "It is unimaginable how a lawyer can make such insensitive comments. On December 16, 2012, the victim and a companion were attacked by six men aboard a moving bus in South Delhi. The woman, who was brutalised with an iron rod and had her intestines pulled out, died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.
December 13, 2017 02:48 UTC
Protective gear of international standards and as mandated by sports authorities are donned by all cadets during practice and competitions," the release said. "Rony Scaria, son of M M Scaria (manager, SBI, Idukki), was a sincere, dedicated and valiant officer cadet. The family has suffered an irreparable loss and the nation has lost a bright young Officer Cadet," it said. A retired Army official said this was the first time an officer cadet had died at the OTA during a boxing practice session.The OTA is an establishment of the Army that trains officers for the 49-week Short Service Commission (SSC), preparing them for being commissioned into any branch of the Army, except the Army Medical Corps (AMC). The OTA, established on January 15, 1963, is spread over 750 acres at St Thomas Mount in Chennai.
December 13, 2017 02:37 UTC
The latest data on petroleum product consumption for the month of November showing a 6.2% year-on-year increase is encouraging. Crude oil prices were the highest in 30 months on Tuesday. Shares of oil marketing companies (OMCs)—Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL)—reacted by declining 2.2-4%, on a day when the benchmark Sensex shed 0.7%. Sure, the latest data on petroleum product consumption for the month of November showing a 6.2% year-on-year increase is encouraging. These concerns are reflected in the share prices of all OMCs, which have underperformed the Sensex in the last three months.
December 13, 2017 02:26 UTC
In a judgment reserved in Madurai but delivered at the principal seat in Chennai, a Division Bench of Justices K.K. Swaminathan issued as many as 15 directives which included that the personnel manning the toll booths must be proactive to the plight of road users and that complaint books should be maintained in all toll plazas. The court ordered that dedicated lanes must also be maintained at all toll plazas for the exclusive use of ambulances and vehicles exempted from payment of toll. Further, ordering that the toll roads must be maintained properly, the court said collection of toll must be suspended if the concessionaires do not attend to repairs within a reasonable time fixed either by the NHAI or the jurisdictional Collector. It was made clear that all the 15 directions would apply equally to the East Coast Road (ECR) as well as the Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway.
December 13, 2017 02:15 UTC
A top US diplomat - the Secretary of State, no less - said those exact words in Washington today. Rex Tillerson's comment came in response to a State Department employee's question: "Is it fair to ask and say do you enjoy your job as Secretary of State?" Tillerson did say that Pakistan was "an important and valued partner of the United States." "Over the last decade, the relationship has drifted, and we've got to bring this relationship back to one of common interest," Tillerson said. The top US diplomat said the two countries should find ways as to how they could work together to bring stability and peace to the whole region.
December 13, 2017 02:11 UTC