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Israel issues severe travel warning for India, citing immediate threat of attacks | Reuters

Israel issues severe travel warning for India, citing immediate threat of attacks | Reuters

Dec 30, 2016 23:02 IST

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JERUSALEM Israel’s anti-terrorism directorate on Friday issued a travel warning for India, citing an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the south-west of the country.”A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming days in connection with beach and club parties celebrating the New Year where a concentration of tourists will be high,” part of the warning said.

(Writing by Ori Lewis; editing by Jason Neely)

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First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 23:02 IST

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British police say George Michael autopsy inconclusive, more tests needed | Reuters

British police say George Michael autopsy inconclusive, more tests needed | Reuters

Dec 30, 2016 21:32 IST

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LONDON The cause of singer George Michael’s death this week is unclear after an initial autopsy and more tests are needed, British police said on Friday.British singer Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist, died at his home in southern England on Sunday. He was 53.”A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday as part of the investigation into the death of George Michael,” Thames Valley police said.

“The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks,” they added in a statement.British police had said that Michael’s death was “unexplained but not suspicious”. Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure.

In the mid-1980s, “Wham! were one of the most successful pop duos with singles such as “”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “”Careless Whisper”, ““Last Christmas” and ““The Edge of Heaven”.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Stephen Addison and Alison Williams)

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First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 21:32 IST

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Kanpur train accident: Here’s a list of rail mishaps across India in 2016

Kanpur train accident: Here’s a list of rail mishaps across India in 2016

In what came as another blow to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s efforts to modernise and improve India’s railway system, 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed near Rura — near Kanpur — on Wednesday. The coaches included 13 sleeper coaches and two general coaches.

The incident took place reportedly at 5.22 am as the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area.

Forty-four people were injured in the accident apart from the deceased.

Unfortunately, however, for Prabhu and his ministry, this is the latest in a series of train accidents that have occurred all over India in 2016:

The railway minister, along with the Indian public at large, will be hoping that 2017 proves to be a much safer year for rail transport in the country.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 17:32 IST

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Mishap averted as Indigo, SpiceJet aircraft come face-to-face at IGI in Delhi

Mishap averted as Indigo, SpiceJet aircraft come face-to-face at IGI in Delhi

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New Delhi: A major mishap was averted in Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Tuesday after an Indigo and a SpiceJet aircraft came face-to-face on the runway.

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“An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxi way saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it,” Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra told IANS.

“The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the matter has been reported to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” Jesra said.

According to officials, the DGCA has ordered a probe into the incident.

First Published On : Dec 27, 2016 11:14 IST

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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68 | Reuters

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68 | Reuters

Dec 24, 2016 17:32 IST

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LONDON Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died in hospital on Saturday in Spain aged 68 after suffering from a severe infection, his manager said.”We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away,” his family and Status Quo Manager Simon Porter said in a joint statement.

“He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall,” his family said.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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First Published On : Dec 24, 2016 17:32 IST

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2017 Punjab Assembly elections: Congress releases second list of candidates

2017 Punjab Assembly elections: Congress releases second list of candidates

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New Delhi: The Congress on Friday released the second list of 16 candidates for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. The names announced by Congress General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry include Barinderjit Singh Pahra from Gurdaspur.

Pahra’s father Kartar Singh Pahra was an MLA from 1997 until 2002 and he has been working in the constituency for the last several years.

The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress had on Tuesday finalised 25 candidates in the second round, but it announced names of only 16 of them.

The party announced the first list of 61 nominees for the Punjab polls last week.

In the first list, the party retained as candidates 31 of its 42 legislators.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 17:20 IST

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Applying for Indian passport to get easier, as MEA announces new rules

Applying for Indian passport to get easier, as MEA announces new rules

On Friday, the Ministry of External Affairs announced a list of rules to be followed while issuing new passports. Here’s a full list of the updated rules, as reported by a press release on the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) website:

Minister of State for Home Affairs Vikas Swarup. Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndiaMinister of State for Home Affairs Vikas Swarup. Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

Vikas Swarup. Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

PROOF OF DATE OF BIRTH:

  • As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, in order to get a passport, had to hitherto submit their birth certificate as proof of date of birth (DOB). It has now been decided that the applicants may submit any of the following documents as proof of DOB:
    (i) Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the registrar of births and deaths or the municipal corporation or any other prescribed authority that is empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969, to register the birth of a child born in India.
    (ii) Transfer certificate/school leaving certificate/Matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended and recognised by the educational board containing the DOB of the applicant.
    (iii) PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant.
    (iv) Aadhar card/E-Aadhar having the applicant’s DOB of applicant.
    (v) Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only for government servants) or the pay pension order (in respect of retired government servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the administration of the concerned ministry/department of the applicant, having his DOB.
    (vi) Driving licence issued by the transport department of the concerned state government, having the DOB of applicant.
    (vii) Election photo identity card issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant.
    (viii) Policy bonds issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations or companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.

REPORT OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE:

  • A three-member committee, comprising officials of the ministry of external affairs and the ministry of women and child development, was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where the mother or child has insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport, and also relating to passport issues of children with single parents and of adopted children. The report of the committee has been accepted by the minister of external affairs.The following policy changes have been made inter-alia on the basis of the recommendations of this committee:
    (i) The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, ie only one parent and not both. This would enable single parents to apply for passports for their children and to also issue passports where the name of either the father or the mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicant.
    (ii) The total number of annexes prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been brought down to nine from the present 15. Annexes A,C,D,E,J and K have been removed and certain annexes have been merged.
    (iii) All annexes that are required to be given by applicants would be in the form of a self-declaration on a plain paper. No attestation or swearing by or before any notary/executive magistrate/first class judicial magistrate would be henceforth necessary.
    (iv) Married applicants would not be required to provide Annexure K or any marriage certificate.
    (v) The passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons. Such applicants for passports would not be required to provide even the divorce decree
    (vi) Orphaned children who do not have any proof of DOB, such as birth certificate or matriculation certificate or the declaratory court order, may now submit a declaration given by the head of the orphanage/child care home on their official letterhead confirming the DOB of the applicant.
    (vii) In case of children not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.
    (viii) In case of issue of passport to in-country domestically adopted children, submission of the registered adoption deed would no longer be required. In the absence of any deed to this effect, passport applicants may give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.
    (ix) Government servants, who are not able to obtain the identity certificate (Annexure B) or no objection certificate (Annexure M) from their concerned employer and intend to get the passport on urgent basis can now get the passport by submitting a self-declaration in ‘Annexure N’ that s/he has given a prior intimation letter to his/her employer informing that s/he was applying for an ordinary passport to a passport issuing authority.
    (x) Sadhus and sanyasis can apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual guru mentioned in the passport application in lieu of their biological parent(s) name(s), subject to their providing of at least one public document such as election photo identity card, PAN card, Aadhar card, etc., wherein the name of the guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).
  • Necessary notifications would be soon published in the official gazette to confirm these changes. Instructions are also being issued to the passport issuing authorities in India and abroad on these revised regulations.
  • The ministry of external affairs expects that the above changes in passport rules would further ease the process for passport applicants in getting their passport. At the same time, it would enable this ministry to continue to deliver passport-related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible and reliable manner, and in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained and motivated workforce.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 17:14 IST

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Demonetisation: Narendra Modi ‘wants to destroy farmers’, says RLD chief Ajit Singh

Demonetisation: Narendra Modi ‘wants to destroy farmers’, says RLD chief Ajit Singh

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Muzaffarnagar: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh in a rally on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s motive behind the demonetisation decision was to destroy farmers.

File photo of RLD chief Ajit Singh. PTI

File photo of RLD chief Ajit Singh. PTI

“Demonetisation has created great problems for farmers and comman man. Modi’s policy is anti-farmers and he wants to destroy the farmers,” Singh said while addressing an election rally in Charthawal area of the district on Thursday evening.

Modi first failed to fulfill his promise of bringing black money from abroad and then came up with demonetisation. “And now has scrapped import duty on wheat to destroy the farmers,” he said.

Singh alleged, BJP was tring to divide farmers on communal lines and creating communal tension to get benefit in polls.

He appealed the people to beat BJP in UP assembly polls next year.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi also addressed the rally and attacked the NDA government’s policies.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 14:46 IST

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IT department identifies 67.54 lakh potential non-filers for 2014-15

IT department identifies 67.54 lakh potential non-filers for 2014-15

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New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has identified 67.54 lakh potential non-filers, who carried out high value transactions in 2014-15 but failed to file returns for the assessment year 2015-16, an official statement said on Thursday.

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“The Income Tax Department has conducted the fifth cycle of data matching which has identified an additional 67.54 lakh potential non-filers who have carried out high value transactions in the financial year 2014-15 but did not file return of income for the relevant assessment year 2015-16,” said a Finance Ministry statement.

The information relating to the identified non-filers has been made available in the ‘compliance module’ on the e-filing portal of the income tax department. The information will be visible only to the specific PAN holder when they log into the e-filing portal at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

“The PAN holder will be able to respond electronically and retain a copy of the submitted response for record purpose,” the statement said.

“While the Government urges all tax payers to disclose their true income and pay taxes accordingly, the department would continue to pursue the non-filers vigorously till all the high potential non-filers are covered,” it added.

First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 19:49 IST

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Parasmal Lodha arrested by ED for allegedly converting Rs 25 crore from old to new notes

Parasmal Lodha arrested by ED for allegedly converting Rs 25 crore from old to new notes

Kolkata businessman Parasmal Lodha was arrested at Mumbai arrested by the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly converting over Rs 25 crore in demonetised currency notes into new ones, reports News18According to the report, Lodha has links with industrialist J Shekhar Reddy, who was arrested along with his associate K Srinivasulu on Wednesday.

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Representational image. PTI

Reddy and Srinvasulu’s arrests were also in the context of illegally exchanging old notes for new ones and going against RBI guidelines.

News18 also points out that Lodha had earlier been detained from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after it was discovered that the sum of Rs 13 crore seized from the office of lawyer Rohit Tandon in Delhi’s Greater Kailash area, belonged to Lodha.

He is not believed to be related in any way to builder and BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha.

More details as they emerge.

First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 10:40 IST

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Nokia sues Apple for infringing technology patents | Reuters

Nokia sues Apple for infringing technology patents | Reuters

Dec 22, 2016 00:16 IST

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Finland’s Nokia Corp (NOKIA.HE) said on Wednesday it had sued Apple Inc (AAPL.O), accusing the iPhone maker of violating 32 technology patents.Apple sued Acacia Research Corp (ACTG.O) and Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc [GEGGIM.UL] on Tuesday, accusing them of colluding with Nokia to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple.Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.

“Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products,” Nokia said in a statement.

Apple and Acacia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr)

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First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 00:16 IST

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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar gets anticipatory bail in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar gets anticipatory bail in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

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New Delhi: A court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Sajjan Kumar. File photo. AP

Additional Sessions Judge Vikash Dhull allowed the anticipatory bail plea of Sajjan Kumar, accused of instigating a mob to kill two Sikhs — Sohan Singh and son Avtar Singh — in Janakpuri on 1 November, 1984.

The case was taken up recently by a Special Investigation Team.

Nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed, mostly in Delhi, in riots that followed the 1984 assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards.

Some Congress politicians, Sajjan Kumar included, have been accused of leading the killer mobs.

First Published On : Dec 21, 2016 15:43 IST

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Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 27, hurts scores | Reuters

Mexico fireworks market blast kills at least 27, hurts scores | Reuters

Dec 21, 2016 05:26 IST

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MEXICO CITY At least 27 people died in an explosion at a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, according to a local emergency services official.The blast at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Mexico City, also injured at least 70 others, according to a tweet from federal police.Isidro Sanchez, the head of Tultepec emergency services, said the death toll was preliminary as rescue workers scoured the site.

Local television showed a flurry of multi-colored fireworks exploding in all directions as a massive plume of smoke rose above the market while people frantically fled.Aerial footage showed charred stalls and destroyed buildings.

A blast struck the popular market in September 2005 just before independence day celebrations, injuring many people.

(Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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First Published On : Dec 21, 2016 05:26 IST

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DNA Evening Must Reads: Death penalty for Yasin Bhatkal; Karun Nair’s triple ton; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Dilkhusnagar blasts: NIA court gives death penalty to IM founder Yasin Bhatkal and four othersOn Tuesday last week, in the first ever conviction of banned Indian Mujahideen cadres in a terror case, a special NIA court in Hyderabad convicted Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal and four others for being involved in 2013 twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar which had claimed 18 lives. Read more here.2. Demonetization like World War 2 fire-bombing on poor people: Rahul GandhiIn a direct attack on the Prime Minister, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Narendra Modi visits the US and China “using” the aircraft of his wealthy “friends” and has “made fun” of 99 per cent honest people through demonetisation. Read what Rahul Gandhi said here.3. New ‘Rs 5,000 bank deposit’ rule: RBI announcement decodedThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced restrictions on deposits of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in an attempt to check the laundering of unaccounted cash and also boost the money that goes to new government scheme- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), 2016. Read the provisions here.4. EPFO lowers provident fund interest rate from 8.8% to 8.65% for 2016-17Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) decided to lower the interest on Employee Provident Fund (EPF) deposits for the current fiscal to 8.65%, from 8.8 provided in 2015-16, for its over four crore subscribers.Read more here.5. IND vs ENG: Karun Nair creates unprecedented Indian feat by smashing triple tonKarun Nair became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century as India declared their first innings at 759 for seven, a lead of 282 runs, on day four of the fifth and final test against England on Monday. England reached 12 for no loss at stumps. Read more here.

India v England: Karun Nair makes 300 in fifth Test in Chennai

Karun Nair makes a triple century to send India to their highest Test score of 759-7 declared and the highest amassed by any team against England.

Monte dei Paschi to launch share issue Dec. 19 | Reuters

Monte dei Paschi to launch share issue Dec. 19 | Reuters

Dec 18, 2016 19:02 IST

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MILAN Troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena will offer new shares for sale between Monday and Thursday in a last ditch attempt to raise 5 billion euros ($5.2 billion) by the end of the year and avoid a state bailout.The European Central Bank has told Italy’s third-largest bank to raise capital this year and offload 28 billion euros in bad loans but finding investors has proved difficult amid political turmoil and this month’s change of government.Monte dei Paschi said on Sunday its share offer for institutional investors, which accounts for 65 percent of the total, would run until 1300 GMT on Thursday.The offer aimed at current shareholders and retail investors will end at 1300 GMT on Wednesday.Monte dei Paschi said in a document on its website that, if successful, the share issue could raise up to 3.2 billion euros.

The rest of the capital needed would come from a voluntary debt-to-equity conversion offer on the bank’s junior debt which has already raised around 1 billion euros. On Friday, the bank said it was reopening the conversion offer until Wednesday and extending it to retail investors owning 2.1 billion euros of its junior debt.Italy is ready to step in to rescue the country’s third-largest bank should the fundraising plan fail.

Under new rules Europe introduced in the wake of the financial crisis to shield taxpayers, investors in a failing lender must bear losses before public money can be tapped.A source familiar with the matter on Friday said Italy’s government would inject capital into Monte dei Paschi only after the forced conversion of 4.1 billion euros worth of subordinated bonds into shares.

The bank said in the offer document that its liquidity of 11 billion euros as of Dec. 14 could run out in the following 12 months due in part to its main depositor taking around 2 billion euros out of its current account.($1 = 0.9574 euros) (Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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First Published On : Dec 18, 2016 19:02 IST

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DNA Evening Must Reads: Furore over army chief’s appointment; Imtiaz Ali on his film with SRK-Anushka; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Furore over army chief’s appointment: Congress demands answers, govt says permission of 10, Janpath not requiredWith the Centre announcing the name of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new Chief of the Army Staff superseding two seniors for the coveted post, the Congress on Sunday demanded an answer from the government over the decision, while asserting that the Army is a public institution and the nation deserves an answer. Read more hereElection Commission seeks ban on anonymous contributions to parties above Rs 2000Seeking to stem the flow of blackmoney in polls, the Election Commission has urged the government to amend laws to ban anonymous contributions of Rs 2000 and above made to political parties. Read more hereIND vs ENG: Heartbreak for KL Rahul, but opener leads strong Indian reply on Day 4Talented opener KL Rahul displayed superb temperament but missed out on a well-deserved double century by a solitary run even though India were in a commanding position at 391 for 4 on the third day of the fifth cricket Test against England in Chennai. Read more hereEmbarrassed, upset over handful of employees: Axis Bank’s Shikha Sharma”Embarrassed and upset” over the conduct of a handful of employees bringing the organisation into disrepute, Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma said the bank has hired KPMG to conduct a forensic audit for enhanced due diligence and building more safeguards. Read more hereImtiaz Ali FINALLY breaks silence on his film with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma!SRK and I want to do something different in ‘The Ring’, Imtiaz said. Read more here

PM Narendra Modi invites suggestions for Mann ki Baat

PM Narendra Modi invites suggestions for Mann ki Baat

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited suggestions on topics and themes from public for his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address.

He asked the people to share their suggestions for this year’s last such programme, to be aired on 25 December, by calling on a toll free number or through a mobile application dedicated to inputs.

Those interested in giving their suggestions can either call the toll free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message in English or Hindi or download the ‘Narendra Modi‘ app from his website.

Modi’s year-ending ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on 25 December — which besides being the Christmas Day also happens to be former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday — will be aired at 11am on All India Radio.

First Published On : Dec 18, 2016 13:52 IST

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Bulandshahr: Nasty brawl after woman jumps bank queue, prompts cops to fire

Bulandshahr: Nasty brawl after woman jumps bank queue, prompts cops to fire

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Bulandshahr(UP): A nasty fight erupted outside a bank in Bulandshahr after a woman attempted to jump the queue to withdraw money, prompting police to fire in the air.

The woman, identified as Shanti, tried to jump the queue at the Punjab National Bank’s Aahar branch here.

Those waiting for their turn got agitated and protested, superintendent of police (rural) Jagdish Sharma said. The woman then called five youths, who on arrival at the bank started beating those protesting against Shanti’s behaviour.

Policemen present on the scene fired in the air to disperse the warring group. More details are awaited.

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 16:59 IST

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Obama says told Putin to ‘cut it out’ over cyber attacks | Reuters

Obama says told Putin to ‘cut it out’ over cyber attacks | Reuters

Dec 16, 2016 21:21 IST

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WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in September to stop meddling in American political campaigns after hacks of Democratic Party emails in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 elections.In a pre-Christmas holiday press conference, Obama said he told Putin to “cut it out” during a face-to-face encounter in China where a G20 meeting was being held.Obama added that after warning Putin, there was no further evidence of Russian tampering. Russia has denied U.S. accusations of cyber attacks against U.S. political figures and institutions ahead of the presidential and congressional elections.Two senior government officials told Reuters that the FBI backs the CIA’s view that Russia intervened to help Republican Donald Trump win the presidential election.

Obama left open the door to U.S. retaliation against Russia to discourage it and other nations from further computer hacking.The president also said that he hoped that Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, should be similarly concerned about Russia’s actions and that the investigation should not become “a political football” between Republicans and Democrats.

Trump has maintained that he won the election fairly and has bristled at suggestions that Moscow influenced the outcome.But Democrats have repeatedly noted that Trump during his campaign has spoken glowingly about Putin and since winning the election has picked top aides in the incoming administration with ties to Russia.

At one point during the heated presidential campaign, Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s emails. (Reporting By Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason and Julia Harte; Writing by Richard Cowan; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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First Published On : Dec 16, 2016 21:21 IST

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India v England: Moeen Ali makes hundred, Joe Root 88 in Chennai

A century from Moeen Ali and Joe Root’s 88 give England the better of the first day of the fifth and final Test against India in Chennai.

White House: FBI is probing Yahoo hack, cannot yet provide scope | Reuters

White House: FBI is probing Yahoo hack, cannot yet provide scope | Reuters

Dec 15, 2016 23:36 IST

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WASHINGTON The White House on Thursday said it could not address the potential scope of vulnerable material from Yahoo Inc’s most recently disclosed hack, adding that the FBI is investigating the breach.Speaking to reporters at a daily briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that U.S. investigators would have to ensure that releasing any public information about those behind the attack would not compromise the probe.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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India infused $74 billion of cash into banking system post Nov. 8 – Shaktikanta Das | Reuters

India infused $74 billion of cash into banking system post Nov. 8 – Shaktikanta Das | Reuters

Dec 15, 2016 21:42 IST

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NEW DELHI The Reserve Bank of India has infused more than 5 trillion rupees ($73.66 billion) of currency notes into the banking system since Nov. 8, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters on Thursday.This is a fraction of the 15.44 trillion rupees in 500- and 1,000-rupee notes that were circulating before Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished them last month, in a surprise move targeting counterfeiters and people holding undeclared wealth.

($1 = 67.8801 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Malini Menon)

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Calcutta, Madras, Bombay High Courts to retain their names in the near future

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The names of iconic high courts of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay may not be changed in the near future as a bill moved in this regard has run into trouble and the revised one has to be introduced in Parliament. The High Court (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19 to allow the names of the Calcutta, Madras and Bombay High Courts to be changed to Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.But, now the Tamil Nadu government has asked the Centre to rename the Madras High Court as ‘High Court of Tamil Nadu’ instead of ‘High Court of Chennai’ as proposed in the bill. While the West Bengal government wants the Calcutta High Court to be renamed as Kolkata High Court, the high court itself “not agreed for revised nomenclature.” Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the old bill will have to revised and a new bill will have to be introduced.”The central government has sought views from the concerned state governments and the respective high courts for finalising fresh bill. No time frame can be fixed for finalising of the fresh bill and its introduction in Parliament,” he said.The Calcutta High Court has the distinction of being the first high court and one of the three chartered high courts to be set up in India, along with the high courts of Bombay, Madras. It was formally opened on July 1, 1862. ‘Indian High Court Act’ of 1861 vested in the Queen of England to issue letters patent to establish high courts of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.The Bombay High Court was inaugurated on August 14, 1862. The high court today has three benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa. Bombay HC is one of a few institutions in Maharashtra that continue to carry the old name of the city. The state government renamed Bombay as Mumbai in 1995 and all institutions under it altered names accordingly.The Madras High Court, which came into being around the same time, has one bench in Madurai.

Demonetiation effect: Income Tax employees union complains of “unbearable workload”

Demonetiation effect: Income Tax employees union complains of “unbearable workload”

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Hyderabad: The Income Tax Employees Federation and Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) on Tuesday urged the Centre to fill up the vacancies and take other steps to ease the workload in the wake of demonetisation.

There were almost 30-35 percent vacancies at assistant commissioner of income tax (ACIT) and deputy commissioner of income tax (DCIT) level and first supervisory position like joint commissioner of income tax (JCIT) and additional commissioner of income tax (Addl CIT), while at the staff level around 40 percent posts were vacant, it said in a release.

The employees were under “unbearable extra workload”, it added.

The issues of “faulty cadre structure”, promotions, recruitment, inadequate infrastructure including severe office space crunch and poor Internet and intranet connectivity should be dealt with, it said.

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DNA Morning Must Reads: At least 10 dead in Cyclone Vardah in TN; ISI new chief’s agenda against India; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Cyclone Vardah: Death toll rises to 10 in Tamil Nadu, more than 10,000 people rescued, schools to remain shutCyclone helpline numbers in TN are – 044-25619206, 25619511, 25384965, 25383694. WhatsApp number – 9445477207, 9445477203. Read more.2. ISI’s new chief has an agenda: scuttle India-Afghanistan tiesIn his thesis, ‘Afghanistan — Alternative futures and their implications’ he speaks of taking ‘aggressive measures’ to undermine India and prevent Afghanistan from becoming its proxy. Read more.3. India’s landmark forest rights law hobbled by conflicting policies: ReportThe report released by a citizens’ advocacy group said that only 3% of potential community forest rights have been granted so far, and conflicts between states and indigenous communities have been rising. Read more.4. Russian woman who sacrificed freedom for faith gets ‘moksha’Faith transcended all boundaries for Zoia when she embarked on the spiritual journey from St Petersburg to the Amarnath cave in August last year. Read more.5. India v/s England: Champions all the wayIndia trounce England by an innings and 36 runs to clinch series; Skipper Kohli rates this rubber triumph best as it has come on true pitches. Read more.

Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d’Or award | Reuters

Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d’Or award | Reuters

Dec 13, 2016 00:58 IST

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PARIS Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time on Monday after claiming the European Championship and Champions League titles in 2016.Ronaldo is now one short of his La Liga rival Lionel Messi‘s record tally of five.”For me it’s a great honour to receive my fourth golden ball. The emotion is like for the first one, it’s a dream come true again. I never thought in my mind to win four times. I’m so happy,” said Ronaldo, who won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

“I take the opportunity to thank all my team mates, from the national team and for Real Madrid. I feel so proud and happy.”

The Ballon d’Or, which merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year award from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or, returned to France Football magazine this year, with only journalists voting and not national team coaches and captains.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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DNA Evening Must Reads: Live updates of Cyclone Vardah; Kohli’s men clinch India v/s England series; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Cyclone Vardah Live: Chennai airport services suspended till 9 pm; 2 killed in Tamil Nadu, 8000 evacuatedTwo persons were killed as heavy rains accompanied by high velocity winds pounded the city and coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu ​on Monday due to severe cyclonic storm “Vardah” which began making landfall near Chennai, disrupting land and air transport and throwing normal life out of gear. Follow the live updates here.2. Chennai: Three youths beaten up for not standing during national anthem in theatreLess than a month after the Supreme Court directed cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem in theatres, a youth and two students were allegedly beaten up in a theatre in Chennai for not standing up when the national anthem was being played. Read more here.3. Turkey: ‘Death toll in twin bombing has risen to 44,’ says Health MinisterThe death toll from the Istanbul twin bombings near a major football stadium has risen to 44, Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday. The late Saturday attacks saw a car bomb explode outside the home stadium of football giants Besiktas and less than a minute later, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of police at a nearby park. Read more here.4. No action initiated to cancel Axis Bank’s licence: RBILast week the bank had suspended 19 officials for their alleged involvement in illegal activity post demonetization. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also arrested two managers of Axis Bank’s Kashmere Gate branch in New Delhi and seized Rs 3.5 crore in cash. Read more here.5. India v/s England: Ashwin takes 6 wickets again as Kohli’s men clinch series with 3-0 leadOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets in England’s second innings as India cruised to victory in the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday to wrap up the five-match series with a game to spare. Read more here.

India v England: Ravichandran Ashwin seals series win in Mumbai

England subside to an innings-and-36-run defeat on the final day of the fourth Test in Mumbai as India seal a series victory.

India’s southeast coast braces as cyclone approaches | Reuters

India’s southeast coast braces as cyclone approaches | Reuters

Dec 11, 2016 19:09 IST

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MUMBAI India’s weather office called on Sunday for fishermen to stay ashore hours before a very severe cyclone storm was due to strike the southeast coast, including Chennai, one of the most populous Indian cities.The cyclone “Vardah” is moving in from the Bay of Bengal and will landfall along and off Chennai on Monday afternoon with wind speed of 100 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin.From Sunday evening coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh will start getting heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall is likely over Chennai and adjourning areas on Monday, the IMD said.

India’s cyclone season generally lasts from April to December, often causing dozens of deaths, evacuations of tens of thousands of people from low-lying villages and widespread crop and property damage.

In 1999, a “super-cyclone” battered the coast of the eastern state of Odisha for 30 hours with wind speeds reaching 300 kmph. It killed 10,000 people.

(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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India close in on victory after Kohli’s third double ton | Reuters

By Sudipto Ganguly
| MUMBAI

MUMBAI India captain Virat Kohli struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth and penultimate test at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.Trailing 2-0 in the series, England needed a win in Mumbai to keep alive the series but the tourists now require something extraordinary to even save the match following Kohli’s batting masterclass.India piled on 631 in their first innings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 runs over England, after Kohli’s third double century of the year.The touring side were 182 for six in their second innings at stumps, still trailing by 49. Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 50 with nightwatchman Jake Ball falling for two in the last over before the close.Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed first-innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent back England captain Alastair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave England tottering at 49-3 at tea.Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk fifties during their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket before the former fell leg before to off-spinner Jayant Yadav for 77.The wickets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end further dampened England’s hopes of saving the match.

Bairstow was given out by umpire Bruce Oxenford first on 32 and then on 37 but the England wicketkeeper managed to overturn the decisions both times on review.KOHLI DOUBLE
Earlier, the 28-year-old Kohli was out for a career-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the highest for India, with Yadav, who scored 104, his maiden test hundred.

Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, and Yadav continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 451 for seven.The right-handed batsman has now scored a double hundred in all three series India have played in 2016 — in West Indies, against New Zealand and now against England.Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at an average of 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150, signalling another harrowing session for the England bowlers.

Kohli, who hit 25 fours and a six in his knock, got past his 200 with a single to mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid but his celebration was quite muted compared to when he completed his hundred on Saturday.He raised both his hands while completing the run and took off his helmet before acknowledging the applause from the sizeable Sunday crowd at the ground, overlooking the Arabian Sea.Kohli accelerated after the fall of Yadav and was out caught at the cover boundary off Chris Woakes. Yadav, whose previous highest score was 55, hit 15 boundaries in his knock and looked in discomfort only against a couple of short deliveries from the England fast bowlers.Rashid finished with four wickets. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Clare Fallon)

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First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 17:02 IST

India v England: Virat Kohli makes 235 & Jayant Yadav 104 as tourists face defeat

England face their seventh Test defeat of the year after Virat Kohli’s fine 235 ensured India dominated day four of the fourth Test in Mumbai.

Taliban chief reinforces position with backing of two key members | Reuters

Taliban chief reinforces position with backing of two key members | Reuters

Dec 10, 2016 20:04 IST

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KABUL Hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday.Former Taliban interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund and Mullah Abdul Sata Akhund “pledged their full support” to Akundzada during a meeting of Taliban scholars at an undisclosed location on Friday, the group said on its website. Akundzada in May replaced former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour who was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

Senior members of the insurgent group hope Akundzada will be able to bring disparate factions together and repair the splits that emerged last year when Mansour was appointed.Afghan security forces have struggled to hold off resurgent Taliban fighters, who are estimated to control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001 when the U.S. invaded.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Writing by Randy Fabi Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Human Rights Day: India lost 40 journalists since 1992 on line of duty

Human Rights Day: India lost 40 journalists since 1992 on line of duty

Sixty-eight years ago, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the occasion every year since 1950, 10 December is celebrated as Human Rights Day. But safeguarding human rights hasn’t been easy. Over the years, several people journalists have lost their lives while reporting about human rights violations, corruption and for doing their job. In India too, since 1992, when the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) started keeping records of journalist deaths, 40 journalists have been killed for doing their job.

On Human Rights Day, we take a look at some of those deaths and analyse the data available with CPJ to remind you of the importance of press freedom and the journalists who lost their lives.

The number of killings mentioned are only those where the motives have been confirmed, actual number of journalists killed could be higher.

First Published On : Dec 10, 2016 19:30 IST

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DNA Morning Must Reads: Govt announces slew of sops for cashless payment; 10 dead in Hyderabad building collapse; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Govt announces slew of sops to make India change its payment modeDiscount shower on digital highway. Read more.2. Parliamentary panel recommends placing Executive on equal footing with JudiciaryThe judicial appointments are shared responsibility of the Executive and the Judiciary and to be exercised jointly with neither organ of the State having a primacy over the other,” noted the panel. Read more.3. Hyderabad building collapse: One dead, 10-12 people feared trappedTelangana Home Minister N Narsimha Reddy said different figures were being given on the number of persons trapped under the debris. Read more.4. India v/s England: Ashwin does it yet againAfter England opener Keaton Jennings scores century on debut, off-spinner brings India back in hunt with four wickets. Read more.5. Where’s the budget for our kids? asks Nobel laureate Kailash SatyarthiNobel Peace Prize winner to host ‘Laureates and Leaders For Children’, which 14 laureates will attend. Read more.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Govt announces slew of sops for cashless payment; one dead in Hyderabad building collapse; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Govt announces slew of sops to make India change its payment modeDiscount shower on digital highway. Read more.2. Parliamentary panel recommends placing Executive on equal footing with JudiciaryThe judicial appointments are shared responsibility of the Executive and the Judiciary and to be exercised jointly with neither organ of the State having a primacy over the other,” noted the panel. Read more.3. Hyderabad building collapse: One dead, 10-12 people feared trappedTelangana Home Minister N Narsimha Reddy said different figures were being given on the number of persons trapped under the debris. Read more.4. India v/s England: Ashwin does it yet againAfter England opener Keaton Jennings scores century on debut, off-spinner brings India back in hunt with four wickets. Read more.5. Where’s the budget for our kids? asks Nobel laureate Kailash SatyarthiNobel Peace Prize winner to host ‘Laureates and Leaders For Children’, which 14 laureates will attend. Read more.

No survivors in northern Pakistan air crash, says airline chairman | Reuters

No survivors in northern Pakistan air crash, says airline chairman | Reuters

Dec 7, 2016 23:05 IST

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ISLAMABAD None of the dozens of people on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA) aircraft that crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday survived the accident, the airline’s chairman said.”There are no survivors, no one has survived,” Muhammad Azam Saigol told a press conference late on Wednesday, about five hours after flight PK661 from Chitral to the capital, Islamabad, crashed near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.The airline had earlier announced 48 people were on board the aircraft.

Saigol said the ATR-42 aircraft had undergone regular maintenance and had in October passed an “A-check” certification, conducted after every 500 hours of flight operations.”I think that there was no technical error or human error … obviously there will be a proper investigation,” he said.

(Reporting by Asad Hashim, editing by Larry Kign)

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DNA Morning Must Reads: Live updates from TN post Jayalalithaa’s death; Cyrus Mistry takes battle to Tata Trusts; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live updates | Amma no more: Mortal remains of Jayalalithaa kept at Rajaji for public Follow Live updates: The mortal remains of J Jayalalithaa kept at Rajaji Hall to pay last respects. Read more.2. Jayalalithaa (1948-2016): A life called Puratchi ThalaiviEnd of an era in Indian politics. Read more.3. O Panneerselvam sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM after Jaya’s deathO Panneerselvam sworn in as TN CM after Jaya’s death. Read more.4. Me to We: Cyrus Mistry takes battle to Tata TrustsFormer chairman tries to rope in minority shareholders of group firms. Read more.5. India v/s England: Chance for India to set track record straightWith curator saying that Wankhede pitch won’t turn from onset, series-clinching victory in 4th Test will improve hosts’ average record at this venue as well as reiterate Kohli’s point that they can win on any surface. Read more.

Fidel Castro laid to rest in Cuba, ending nine days of mourning | Reuters

By Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré
| SANTIAGO, Cuba

SANTIAGO, Cuba Fidel Castro’s ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of “I am Fidel!”A private ceremony was held at Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, state media reported. Castro’s cremated remains were due to be placed a few steps from the mausoleum of independence hero Jose Marti, another towering figure of Cuban history who Castro long admired.Castro, who had been out of power for a decade but never far from the center of public life, died on Nov. 25 at age 90.In his final years he wrote a periodic column on world and local matters and received foreign dignitaries at his home on the outskirts of Havana.Castro gave Cuba an outsized influence in world affairs. He was feted by Nelson Mandela for helping to end apartheid at a time the West supported the racist system, but helped take the world to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. Forced to step down due to an intestinal ailment, Castro ceded power to his younger brother Raul, the current president, at first provisionally in 2006, then definitively in 2008. Cuba has not revealed the cause of his death.In keeping with his wishes, Castro’s image will not be immortalized with statues and public places will not be named after him, his brother said on Saturday.

Initially the ceremony at the cemetery was due to be carried live on television, but hours before official media announced it would be “solemn and private.”Castro’s memorial at the cemetery is a large, round stone placed close to, but dwarfed by, Marti’s mausoleum, according to a Reuters witness. It is a few steps from a monument to rebels who died fighting in Castro’s failed 1953 attack on the Moncada barracks in Santiago, the start of the revolution.Cuban television cut from live coverage at the appointed hour of 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT). At that moment in Havana, military cannons unleashed a 21-gun salute that thundered across the capital city.Seeing greatness in himself long before taking power, Castro created his own, enduring persona, and played the role with a flourish throughout his long public life.

He was at various times a triumphant revolutionary, an indefatigable speaker, and a military strategist. His larger-than-life character instilled Cuba with pride and national identity, while also generating acute hatred among his enemies.It even came with its own wardrobe and props: olive green fatigues and military hat, boots and a beard, and, until he quit smoking in the 1980s, a long lancero cigar.He ruled for 49 years, longer than any contemporary except for Queen Elizabeth of England, after overthrowing a U.S.-backed dictator in 1959. He went on to align Cuba with the Soviet Union and sustained a near-permanent confrontation with the United States, sending both doctors and soldiers overseas to burnish Cuba’s revolutionary character.In recent years, Cuban doctors have been widely praised for their quick deployment in international health crises, including the Ebola outbreak and the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Even after ceding power to his brother Raul, now 85, Fidel was a guiding light to leftists and anti-imperialists around world and a lightening rod for the barbs of his critics, who loathed him for confiscating private property, jailing opponents, and shutting down almost all dissent.The impact of his long clash with the United States is still being felt. Cuban-Americans in Miami celebrated his death, and Washington maintains a trade embargo that Castro long used as the reason for Cuba’s economic troubles.U.S. President Barack Obama changed course on U.S. policy toward Cuba in December 2014, agreeing on a prisoner exchange, declaring his intent to restore diplomatic ties and asking the U.S. Congress to end the embargo.Fidel Castro gave begrudging approval to the detente brokered by his brother. He did not meet Obama during his historic visit to the island, instead penning a column that warned Cubans not to trust the president’s “honey-coated” words.President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to reverse Obama’s rapprochement after he assumes the White House on Jan. 20 unless Cuba enacts internal changes, the kind of pressure both Castro brothers have vehemently rejected. (Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Mary Milliken and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 21:09 IST

India v England: Haseeb Hameed & Joe Root cannot prevent Mohali defeat

India wrap up an eight-wicket victory over England in the third Test to go 2-0 up with two matches of the series to play.

Samsung Elec says reviewing shift to holding company structure | Reuters

Samsung Elec says reviewing shift to holding company structure | Reuters

Nov 29, 2016 05:19 IST

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SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said on Tuesday it is reviewing options for its optimal corporate structure including the possibility of establishing a holding company amid growing calls for improved transparency and governance. Samsung, in a statement, said it is also considering the potential benefits of listing its shares on other overseas markets and hired advisers for a thorough review.

“The review does not indicate the management or the board’s intention one way or another,” the company said, adding the review process would take at least six months.

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India set for first innings lead after England fightback | Reuters

By Amlan Chakraborty
| MOHALI, India

MOHALI, India Half-centuries by Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin kept India on course for a first innings lead after England made a spirited comeback on day two of the third test on Sunday.Having bowled out England for 283 earlier in the morning, India looked in charge at 148-2 at tea before Adil Rashid’s double strike jolted the hosts who lost three wickets in 19 balls to slump to 156-5.Ashwin enhanced his new-found batting reputation with an unbeaten 57 while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 31 at stumps with India trailing by 12 runs.”I’d say we’ve recovered really well and we’ve an advantage because two of our all-rounders are playing,” Pujara told reporters.”We’d be looking to get a lead of around 75-100 runs… As you saw in the last game, (number nine) Jayant Yadav can also bat.”Our lower order has been contributing in all test matches and we expect them to contribute tomorrow as well,” Pujara added.Paceman Mohammed Shami claimed the last two English wickets earlier in the morning as the tourists added 15 runs to their overnight score before being dismissed for 283.Murali Vijay walked out with Parthiv Patel, his third opening partner of the series, to lead India’s reply and it turned out to be an eventful yet brief stay for the right-hander.

Vijay survived an obstructing-the-field appeal, was dropped by Jos Buttler and the batsman eventually walked off, nicking a harmless Ben Stokes delivery even though umpire Chris Gaffaney did not spot the nick.Patel, by contrast, looked determined to make the most of his chance return to the Indian side after eight years in the wilderness.MIDDLE ORDER COLLAPSE

The diminutive 31-year-old, replacing injured regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, smacked six boundaries in his 42 before Adil Rashid dismissed him leg-before.Pujara and Kohli then joined forces to frustrate the tourists with the steady accumulation of 75 runs for the third wicket.Dropped on 35 by Jonny Bairstow, Pujara went on to make 51 before falling to a Rashid long-hop and his dismissal sparked off a middle order collapse.Rashid, in his next over, trapped the scoreless Ajinkya Rahane leg-before with a googly and Karun Nair’s test debut was soured after his almighty mix-up with Kohli.

Buttler was outstanding at backward point, diving to stop the ball and then throwing down the stumps to send back Nair for four.Kohli showed tremendous restraint for major part of his knock, especially as England attacked him with a heavily-packed off-side, but he eventually fell to a soft dismissal, edging Stokes behind the wicket. Kohli’s 62 included nine boundaries.Ashwin hit eight boundaries in his unbeaten knock, having raised 67 runs with Jadeja for the seventh wicket.”271 for six, we’ll take that at the end of the day. We bowled exceptionally well as a team,” leg-spinner Rashid, who claimed 3-81, said.”We stuck to our plans and we got rewards at the end session. They got a little partnership but you know it happens in cricket. But we come back tomorrow and knock them over.” (Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 18:49 IST

India v England: Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes lead fightback in Mohali

England produce an outstanding bowling and fielding display to drag themselves back into contention in second Test against India in Mohali.

It is tough to become a writer and get published: Jeffrey Archer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If suspense, thriller and anything between that is your thing, then Jeffrey Archer is the author you need. The author was recently in Mumbai for the launch of his latest book, This was a Man, the seventh book in The Clifton Chronicles. Addressing a huge crowd at the Crossword bookstore, Archer shared all about his life experiences, writing, and his love for cricket. “It is tough to become a writer, get your work published, and have a breakthrough to become the number one bestselling author. I am lucky to be gifted with the art of storytelling,” he says. Archer has the repertoire of releasing a book every year, for the last few years, and it seems as if he has the plot planned for every chapter. But in fact, the author admits, “I find myself lucky if I can even think of the beginning for a chapter. So plotting down all the chapters is a distant dream.” To draw out intriguing and engaging plots and outlining the personality of every character is no mean task, but for Archer, his life experiences and the people he meets are the best story tellers. This makes his characters seem much more real and believable. “My favourite Indian author is the master storyteller RK Narayan, who I believe is worthy of a Nobel Prize”, says Archer, adding that his books Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less and Paths of Glory are very close to his heart. Having written several fiction novels as well as a number of series, Archer believes writing the latter is a lot more challenging. Books have gone through a major transformation from being hardbound with thick pages to a small device holding the key to hundreds of books. “E-books are good for offers, and writers do get paid well for it. Forty per cent of my readers from the UK and the US use e-books, though I love reading a real book”, says the prolific writer. An ardent cricket fan, Archer loves the Test series, and is a huge fan of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. “I consider myself to be the cricket captain of England in spite of falling short in the bowling and batting department,” he jokes.Lord Archer has been a regular visitor to India and he attributes it to the love and reception he receives here. He sums up his trips to India, “If you were received like this, you would come back again and again.”

India v England: Hosts on top in third Test despite Jonny Bairstow 89

England are reduced to 268-8 on the first day of the third Test against India in Mohali.

Three charred to death, over 150 huts destroyed in massive fire in Jammu

Three charred to death, over 150 huts destroyed in massive fire in Jammu

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Jammu: Three people died and six other got injured on Saturday in a devastating fire that destroyed over 150 “jhuggis” in Jammu, officials said.

Ramesh Gupta, superintendent of medical college hospital Jammu said three charred bodies were brought to the mortuary of the hospital during the night while six persons suffering critical burn injuries were being treated.

According to ANI, the three people who died in were Myanmar migrants. Nearly 300 families have been affected by the fire that engulfed 80 slums.

The fire started in Narwal area of Jammu city around 12 am in the slum where dozens of families of Rohingya Muslims who were uprooted from Myanmar because of persecution have taken shelter.

Besides these Rohingya Muslims, dozens of other families of slum dwellers were also living in the over 150 “Jhuggis” those were completed destroyed in the blaze.

First Published On : Nov 26, 2016 11:37 IST

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Tata board was divided over $12-billion Corus deal: ousted chairman | Reuters

Tata board was divided over $12-billion Corus deal: ousted chairman | Reuters

Nov 22, 2016 18:28 IST

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NEW DELHI Ratan Tata‘s decision to acquire steelmaker Corus for more than $12 billion, when a year earlier it was available at half the price, went against the reservations of some board members and senior executives, Cyrus Mistry said on Tuesday.Mistry, who was last month ousted as chairman of Tata Sons, the holding firm for the $100 billion steel-to-software Tata empire, said in a statement that this decision made it harder to invest in the acquired assets and placed jobs at risk.

In the statement Mistry also defended his involvement in growing the revenues and profits at two key group companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS.NS) and Tata Motors (TAMO.NS), that make up the bulk of Tata’s $100 billion revenues.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 18:28 IST

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India v England: Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin wrap up second Test win

India bowl England out for 158 to complete a 246-run win in the second Test on the fifth day in Visakhapatnam.

Demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi visits a third ATM to discuss problems faced by people

Demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi visits a third ATM to discuss problems faced by people

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited an ATM in the city and interacted with the people standing in the queue, the Indian National Congress (INC) tweeted.

“Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi met people standing in queue early morning outside an ATM in Jahangirpuri area, Delhi,” said the tweet.

The information initially tweeted by the Youth wing of the Congress party was later retweeted by the INC.

During the interaction, Gandhi asked the people about the difficulties they faced after the demonetisation of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

This was Gandhi’s third ATM visit post the Centre’s demonetisation move on 8 November.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 11:15 IST

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Pakistan military claims downing of Indian drone

Pakistan military claims downing of Indian drone

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Saturday claimed to have shot down an Indian drone which it alleged had “intruded” into Pakistani territory across the heavily-guarded LoC.

“Indian quadcopter has been shot down by Pakistani troops at 1645 (hrs), fell in Pak territory & taken over by Pak troops,” army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.

He claimed the drone had “intruded 60 metres into the Pakistan side of LoC” and its debris “fell near Agahi Post in Rakhchakri Sector”.

There have been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 29 after the Uri terror attack.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 21:02 IST

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DNA Evening Must Reads: Updates on demonetization, IED blast hits army convoy in Assam; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization will help in reducing gap between rich and poor people: Rajnath SinghHailing the Centre’s move to demonetize Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the action will bring probity in political and administrative works besides reducing the gap between rich and poor. Read more here. 3 soldiers killed, 4 injured after IED blast hits army convoy in AssamHeavily armed militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) ambushed an army convoy near the Pengeri reserve forest in the eastern Assam killing three soldiers and seriously injuring four others. Read more here. NIA’s FIR against Zakir Naik is illegal, says his counselMobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void. Read more here. India vs England: Kohli’s masterclass puts India in front after Ashwin’s stellar showVirat Kohli hit a belligerent fifty to consolidate India’s position after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up another five-wicket haul to help bundle out England for 255 and give the hosts a first-innings lead of 200 in the second test on Saturday. Read more here. Coldplay concert at Global Citizen festival: Live streaming and where to watch on TV in IndiaThe event, at the MMRDA grounds in at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai is expected to draw in 80,000 people. Those unable to attend need not miss any of the action. Click here to find out where the festival can be watched live.

Assam: Three soldiers killed, four injured in IED explosion in Tinsukia, ULFA hand suspected

Assam: Three soldiers killed, four injured in IED explosion in Tinsukia, ULFA hand suspected

Nov 19, 2016 10:42 IST

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Guwahati: Three soldiers were killed after suspected militants fired at an army convoy in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday, defence officials said.

The incident took place at around 5.30 am, in the Pengeri area, Defence public relations officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said.

“They (the militants) had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road. When the IED exploded, the convoy stopped. Then the militants fired indiscriminately,” Newton said, adding that although the forces retaliated, four soldiers were injured of which one succumbed in the hospital.

Locals said that the militants had fired upon the vehicle from both the side of the road, which are forested areas.

On Wednesday, militants attacked a van of the Pengeri tea estate killing one person and injuring two others.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 10:42 IST

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India v England: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara hit centuries in second Test

England struggle as Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara score fine centuries for India on the first day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

DNA Evening Must Reads: SC refuses to stay demonetization; App to find ATMs; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live | War on black money: BJP says ‘decision of the century’, Cong slams ‘arrogant’ PM ModiWhile banks remained closed yesterday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti in many parts of the country, cash-starved customers again were disappointed today with most of the ATMs running out of the cash. Even at some ATMs which had cash were facing server issues, making people wait in the queue frustrated. Follow the live updates here.2. Supreme Court backs PM Modi’s war on black money, refuses to stay demonetization driveSupreme Court refused to stay the government’s notification demonetizing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes but asked it to spell out the steps taken to minimise public inconvenience. “We will not be granting any stay,” a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and DY Chandrachud said. Read more here.3. India’s NSG bid: China sticks to tough stand; calls for ‘non-discriminatory’, applicable solutionChina’s remarks came as the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at its meeting in Vienna November 11 discussed a formula acting on India’s application to join it. “We believe that the solution should be non-discriminatory and applicable to all non-NPT members and it must not damage the core value of the NSG,” said China, which has been blocking India’s NSG bid. Read more here.4. India v/s England: Fit KL Rahul added to hosts’ squad for 2nd Test”The All India Senior Selection Committee has decided to add India batsman KL Rahul to the Indian squad ahead of the second Test of the Paytm Test Series – 2016 between India and England to be played at Vizag from November 17, 2016,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement. Read more here.5. War on black money: This app can help you find an ATM that actually has cash!Luckily, we now have an app which will save the day. Pune-based money management and payment service Walnut has launched a new feature for its mobile app that will allow users to find a working ATM with cash. Check out how to download the app here.

India v England: First Test drawn as hosts cling on in Rajkot

England give India a huge scare on the final afternoon before the first Test in Rajkot ends in a draw.

DNA Evening Must Reads: PM hints at more action against black money, England ahead in first test match and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) Will check records since Independence: PM Modi hints at more action to unearth black moneyEven as long serpentine queues were witnessed at bank branches for the third straight day across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed the demonetization as “Swachhata Abhiyan” and hailed the undaunting spirit of people despite their hardship following its announcement on November 8. Addressing Indian community in Japan’s Kobe before departing for India, PM Modi said, “I salute each and every Indian. Many families had weddings, health problems, they faced inconvenience but they accepted the decision.” Read more…2) Demonetization: Some disruption cost to economy, but advantages many more, says JaitleyAmid ongoing chaos and long serpentine queues outside the branches of banks across the country for the third straight day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday appealed the people to stagger depositing defunct currency and not crowd banks. Addressing media, Jaitley said that the government is constantly monitoring the cash crunch following demonetization of currency and it will take two to three weeks times to re-calibrate 2 lakh ATMs for vend out new Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes. Read more…3) India will not become a ‘pawn’ for Japan to contain China: Chinese mediaIndia will not become a “pawn” for Japan to contain China, a Chinese state-run media today said, accusing Japan of exploiting Sino-India disputes for its own interests. “Japan wants to use the disputes between China and India to court India to help contain China. Japan seeks to urge India to meddle in the South China Sea issue, even at the cost of changing its long-held position of reducing nuclear usage to offer special benefits of civil nuclear cooperation to India,” Global Times said in an editorial on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to Japan. Read more…4) ‘H-1B visa potential area of conflict between Indo-US under Donald Trump’Donald Trump’s administration would build on progress made in Indo-US ties and be less tolerant of Pakistan’s “dual policies” on terror, but the issue of H-1B visas could be a potential area of friction with New Delhi, a noted US expert on South Asian issues has said. “It seems likely that a Trump administration will build on the marked progress made in US-India relations over the last couple of years,” Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation, a top American think-tank said. Read more…5) India v/s England: Kohli’s spin troika exposed again on batting pitch, visitors take 163 lead on Day 4​The Indian spin troika’s inability to get breakthroughs on a good batting track was exposed once again as the first cricket Test against England meandered towards a draw after a solid century stand by the visiting team’s openers in Rajkot on the penultimate day. After India were all out for 488 in their first innings, thereby conceding a first innings lead of 49 runs, England openers Alastair Cook (46 batting) and teenager Haseeb Hameed (62 batting) added 114 runs in 37 overs to take the lead to 163 runs. With only a day’s play left and turn on offer being a slow one, it will take a Herculean effort from Indian bowlers to enforce a result out of this match which is heading towards a tame draw. Read more…

DNA Morning Must Reads: Live updates on US elections; War on black money; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. LIVE| Trump-Hillary locked in tight race, republican leading in key statesDonald Trump or Hillary Clinton- Who will become next US President? Read more.2. US Elections: Didn’t have full support of GoP infrastructure: Trump Campaign managerTrump Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said, “The things that would worry me, I guess just that we didn’t have the full support of the Republican infrastructure.” Read more.3. PM Modi does a Vajpayee, launches ‘N-strike’ on Black MoneyThe announcement sent the rumour mills into a frenzy. Even minutes before PM’s address, the speculations in the corridors of power was that it would be something about giving a tough message or announcing some punitive action against Pakistan. Read more.4. India v/s England: We have the vision of winning Tests, series: Virat KohliKohli said the 3-0 win against New Zealand has boosted the confidence of his players going into this five-Test series. Read more.5. War on Black Money: All you need to know about PM Modi’s big decision to scrap Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes.All your questions answered. Read more.

DNA Morning Must Reads: 12 tribal minors raped in Maharashtra’s Buldhana; GST Council finalises 4 slabs; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Maharashtra: 12 tribal minor girls raped by teachers in Buldhana, three pregnantSeven arrested * Police say the number could increase. Read more.2. GST: One nation, many taxes; panel finalises four slabs ranging from 5 To 28%When GST comes into force, aerated drinks, tobacco products, luxury cars and pan masala will attract cess * White goods, soaps, oils, shaving kits will be taxed at lower rates * Foodgrains likely to be exempted. Read more.3. Truth about Samajwadi Party will unfold in 15 days, says MayawatiSanguine and smiling, the BSP chief is counting on electoral “gains” from the SP feud and the Modi government’s “broken promises”. Read more.4. India v/s England: No compliance, no TestThe Test series between India and England has been thrown into jeopardy as the Indian Cricket Board failed to file affidavits of compliance within the stipulated duration of two weeks allotted by the Supreme Court. Read more.5. There’s room for 2 films to do well: Farhan AkhtarDon’t call it a clash, says Farhan Akhtar of locking horns with Kaabil on Jan 26. Read more.

Gold firm on strong festive demand in India | Reuters

Gold firm on strong festive demand in India | Reuters

Updated: Oct 26, 2016 21:52 IST

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Gold prices stayed firm on Wednesday as stronger physical demand for the precious metal, ahead of India’s late-October festival season, offset a firm U.S. dollar.Demand for bullion is expected to pick up ahead of festivals such as Dhanteras and Diwali, which is also a time when gold is traditionally given as a gift.”A recovery in physical demand provided the foundation for the rally that carried over into later trading,” HSBC analyst James Steel said in a note. “Gold investors brushed aside the negative impact on bullion of a firmer USD.”Spot gold was up about 0.1 percent at $1,275.04 an ounce by 0445 GMT. In the previous session, it hit $1276.67, its highest since Oct. 5.U.S. gold futures settled up 0.16 percent at $1,275.7 an ounce.

Flows into exchange-traded funds and pick up in Asian demand were keeping the metal stable, said Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong.”Markets having already priced in the Fed’s interest rate hike move,” Schnider added.”Yellen may hike rates now, but the trajectory is going to be very modest, and so interest rates in the U.S. in real terms will actually go down into more negative territory,” he added. A Reuters poll showed the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates in December.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney cast doubt on expectations for more monetary stimulus in Europe while ECB President Mario Draghi said on Tuesday he would prefer not to have to keep rates so low for too long. Holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.34 percent to 956.83 tonnes on Tuesday from 953.56 tonnes on Monday. [GOL/ETF]”The extreme longs on Comex have been reduced significantly providing upside support for the yellow metal and potential for another assault on $1,300,” MKS PAMP Group trader Jason Cerisola said.

Spot gold may rise towards $1,292 per ounce, having cleared a resistance at $1,273, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.”For the remaining of 2016, the suspense given the U.S. presidential election alone should be enough to support gold prices,” OCBC analysts said in a note. Silver climbed 0.22 percent to $17.82 an ounce.Platinum slipped 0.23 percent to $961.00 an ounce, while palladium edged up 0.2 percent to $634.20. (Reporting by Apeksha Nair and Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph Radford and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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Sehwag smacks Piers Morgan out of the ground in Twitter banter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and British journalist Piers Morgan renewed their Twitter war as soon as India was crowned 2016 Kabaddi World Cup champions on Saturday. The Delhi dasher’s keyboard skills trounced Morgan and beat him all ends up.Incidentally, Sehwag had trolled Morgan after India had thrashed England in a group encounter of the tournament. He had tweeted, “England loose in a World Cup again.Only the sport changes.This time it’s Kabaddi. India thrash them 69-18. All the best for semis #INDvENG.” Morgan was quick to correct Sehwag’s spelling mistake as he tweeted, “It’s ‘lose’.”Sehwag was waiting for the right opportunity to give it back to the British scribe, and soon as Anup Kumar and co edged Iran 38-29 in the final, the explosive batsman blasted Morgan for a huge six. “India invented Kabaddi & r World Champs for 8th time. Elsewhere some country invented Cricket & r yet only good in correcting typos. #INDvIRN,” he tweeted.Morgan was outclassed by this salvo from the Nawab of Najafgarh but he still issued a reply which made no sense. “Mate, we invented Darts & Curling but I wouldn’t boast about being ‘World Champions’ at them,” read Morgan’s tweet.”Kabaddi’s not really a sport, @virendersehwag – it’s just a load of grown men running around slapping each other,” he added.There have been some past instances when Morgan has managed to own Sehwag in Twitter duels, but this one tweet knocked the Brit out in round one.

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