Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President amid violent protests

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:37PM

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States amid violent protests in Washington on Friday. Mike Pence took oath of office as vice-president. About 900,000 people were expected to pack the grassy National Mall facing the Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in at midday.

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ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village bags UN award

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:36PM

ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village at nearby Wada taluka in Thane district has been conferred the United Nations award for taking innovative measures of ’sustainable tourism’ in country. This is for the first time India has won such recognition from the UN in the NGO sector, an ISKCON release said on Friday.

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NIA arrests ULFA leader Gagan Hazarika

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:35PM

The NIA on Friday announced that they have arrested ULFA (I) leader Gagan Hazarika from Guwahati. A statement released by the investigating agency said Hazarika alias Joydeep Cheleng was arrested on Wednesday. Hazarika is a senior trained cadre, had joined the banned outfit in 2008 and acquired the rank of SS 2nd Lieutenant in ULFA (I).

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Islamic State destroys parts of 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre in Syria’s Palmyra

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:35PM

Syria’s state run news agency says the Islamic State group has destroyed parts of the Roman amphitheater in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra. SANA says the militants destroyed “the facade” of the second-century amphitheater along with the tetrapylon, a cubic shaped ancient Roman monument. The agency did not give further details or say when the monuments were blown up.

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In dramatic twist, how BCCI stumped Lodha Panel in Supreme Court

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:33PM

In a fresh twist to the Board of Control for Cricket in India versus the Lodha panel on Friday, the Attorney General of India has urged the Supreme Court to recall the radical reforms suggested to bring greater transparency in the Indian cricket Board. The Supreme Court on Friday said it will name the administrators on January 24 (Tuesday). Nine names have been submitted in a sealed envelope.

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Environment, Law Ministries clear Jallikattu ordinance

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 20 2017 11:32PM

Union Environment and Law Ministries on Friday cleared an ordinance that will allow bull-taming sport Jallikattu to be conducted, as protests for the rural event escalated in Tamil Nadu. The development comes hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam promised his government would pass the ordinance over the next few days.

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Game, set, match for Indian cricket team; Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni star in series win

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 19 2017 11:05PM

India wrapped up the ODI series against England with a 15-run win at the Barabati Stadium on Thursday. Set a target of 382, thanks to brilliant centuries by Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, England stayed in the hunt till late into their innings. The short boundaries coupled with heavy dew played their part to help the side batting second.

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PETA may take legal route if Centre brings jallikattu ordinance

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 19 2017 11:04PM

For nearly three days now, protesters have been camping at various locations across Tamil Nadu, demanding that the ban on jallikattu be lifted. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it may take the legal route if the Centre brings an ordinance to enable the conduct of jallikattu or continue its campaign to create awareness against the holding of the sport in Tamil Nadu.

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Dharamsala declared second capital of Himachal Pradesh

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 19 2017 11:04PM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday declared Dharamsala as the second capital of the state. Singh said the city fully deserved the status because of its history and significance. According to The Tribue, the chief minister belives that Dharmsala holds special importance and value in lower areas of the state like Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra and Una districts.

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DRT allows banks' plea for recovering dues from Mallya

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 19 2017 11:03PM

The Debt Recovery Tribunal directs Kingfisher Airlines Ltd to repay around Rs.6,203 crs to the consortium banks. In a major relief to banks, the Debt Recovery Tribunal's Bengaluru Bench on Thursday allowed recovery proceedings against Kingfisher Airlines Ltd and its promotor Vijay Mallya and directed them to repay around Rs.6,203 crores to the consortium banks led by the State Bank of India.

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Meet Alok Verma, the new Central Bureau of Investigation director

Concised By by Ashish Gahlaut / Jan 19 2017 11:03PM

Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, a 1979 batch Indian Police Service officer who was appointed the new CBI director on Thursday, has an illustrious career. Verma of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) has been the Delhi Police chief for the past 11 months. He was earlier the director general of Tihar prisons and the police chief of Mizoram.

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Congress flip-flops on jallikattu, now says it is against ban

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:51PM

NEW DELHI: In the span of less than a year, the Congress party has changed its stance on jallikattu - in May last year it wanted the bull-taming sport banned but today it doesn't want it banned. As protests by pro-jallikattu activists intensify across Tamil Nadu, the Congress today said Tamilians have a right to preserve their culture and the sport is part of that culture, ANI reported.

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Brexit trade deal with India ‘at risk’ without visa reform

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:48PM

One of Britain's most important post-Brexit trade partnerships could be at risk due to Theresa May's refusal to reform visa restrictions for Indian citizens. The British Prime Minister has insisted leaving the EU would allow Britain to find other partners abroad and India, the world's fastest growing major economy, was the first country she visited, accompanied by a large business delegation, outside Europe after the referendum.

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Palestinians rally against Israel's home demolitions

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:46PM

Thousands of Palestinians have staged separate mass demonstrations across the occupied territories amid calls for a general strike after Israeli military forces raided a village in the Negev desert and tore down a cluster of buildings.

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Iranian envoy urges Myanmar to end crimes against Rohingyas

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:43PM

An Iranian top diplomat has called on Myanmar’s government to put an end to the ongoing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in the country. “We will not tolerate victimization of Muslims in anywhere and we call on Myanmar’s government to control the situation and prevent the crimes against Muslims,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

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George H.W. Bush: Attending Trump's inauguration could 'put me six feet under'

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:41PM

Former US President George H.W. Bush says he and his wife could end up “six feet under” the ground if they would attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Ninety-two-year-old Bush made the remarks in a recent personal letter to Trump, who had destroyed the candidacy of his son, Jeb Bush, who was once the presumptive Republican Party nominee.

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Vietnam police nab protesters in anti-China rally

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 19 2017 3:39PM

Some 100 people gathered in the center of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Thursday to mark the 43th anniversary of the Chinese takeover of the Paracel Islands, for which overlapping claims are made by both China and Vietnam, triggering a diplomatic flashpoint between the pair for over the past four decades.

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Tamil Nadu witnessing mass student uprising for jallikattu

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 18 2017 1:53PM

You may call it the Tamil Nadu version of the Arab Spring, or it may even remind you of the anti-Hindi agitation in the state in the 1960s. It is happening -- students and youngsters are on the roads and public places demanding the conduct of jallikattu, the traditional bull-taming sport in the state.

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Iran opposes US participation in Syria peace talks in Astana: Zarif

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 18 2017 1:50PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed the Islamic Republic’s opposition to the participation of the United States in the forthcoming Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan, which aim to boost efforts to end the nearly six-year-old conflict in the Arab country.

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Salman Khan acquitted in Arms Act case

Concised By by Rabbani / Jan 18 2017 1:46PM

Hindi actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday acquitted in a case registered against him under the Arms Act in Jodhpur in 1998 along with the cases of poaching of chinkaras and black bucks, when he was shooting for Hindi film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

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