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Two HC judges elevated to Supreme Court amidst controversy (7 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The government on Wednesday elevated Karnataka High Court Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Delhi High Court to the Supreme Court even as a controversy raged over their recommendation by the apex court's collegium.

Himachal approves annual Plan of Rs 7,100 crore (13 minutes ago)
Shimla, Jan 16 (IANS) An annual Plan size of Rs 7,100 crore for the next fiscal was approved at a meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Planning Board presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here on Wednesday.

Don't believe in the term 'character actor': Raghubir Yadav (13 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Actor Raghubir Yadav, gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film "Blackboard vs Whiteboard", says he does not believe in the term called ‘character actor in films.

CCI slaps Rs 32,724 fine on Baroda chemists' association (13 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 32,724 on the Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (CDAB) for indulging in restrictive trade practices.

Goa minister gives ultimatum to government over Navy NOC (13 minutes ago)
Panaji, Jan 16 (IANS) A Goa minister has given his own government a seven-day ultimatum to revoke an administrative circular, which makes it mandatory to obtain a 'no objection certificate' from the Indian Navy for any construction activity carried out within 20 km radius of the Dobolim International Airport located in South Goa district.

Omung Kumar B goes back to Modi’s roots for biopic (13 minutes ago)
Gandhinagar, Jan 16 (IANS) Filmmaker Omung Kumar B, who is making a movie on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited places in Gujarat where the political leader spent his childhood days.

Indie and English music in India needs to be nurtured: A.R. Rahman (13 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Veteran music composer A.R. Rahman says independent and English music have always been the underdogs in India, and that they need to be helped and nurtured in the coming years.

Three Telangana MLCs disqualified for defection (17 minutes ago)
Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Telangana Legislative Council Chairman on Wednesday disqualified three Members of Legislative Council (MLCs), who had defected to the Congress on the eve of recent elections to the state Assembly.

Court discharges AAP MLA Amantullah Khan in 2016 case (17 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) In a relief to Aam Aadmi Party legislator Amanatullah Khan, a Delhi court discharged him in an attempt to commit culpable homicide case involving a woman in 2016, observing the the complainant has given different versions while recording her statements.

I consider my books my ladies: Novoneel Chakraborty (19 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Author Novoneel Chakraborty says he considers his books his ladies and so, he is "extra possessive" about them.

'Aye Khuda' hitmaker unveils new single (23 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Singer Kshitij Tarey, known for singing Bollywood songs like "Tose naina lage" and "Aye Khuda", has come out with a new single based on unrequeted love.

Modi-led selection committee to meet on Jan 24 to decide new CBI chief (27 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The high-level selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will meet on January 24 to choose a new CBI Director to replace the ousted Alok Verma.

Ackles has given up 'trying to predict' end of 'Supernatural' (19:48)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Jan 16 (IANS) Actor Jensen Ackles has been fighting demons and all things supernatural as Dean Winchester on the show "Supernatural", which is now in its 14th season. He says he has given up trying to predict how it is going to end.

Karnataka to chalk new plan for IT, biotech sectors (19:48)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS) The tech-savvy Karnataka government would soon draw a new plan to consolidate the state's leadership in the IT, biotech and science sectors, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara said on Wednesday.

Honoured to bring story of Maharaja Chhatrasal on screen: Actor Jitin Gulati (19:48)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Actor Jitin Gulati says he is honoured to portray medieval Indian warrior Maharaja Chhatrasal in a show titled "Chhatrasal", the maiden production venture of Abhuday Grover.

US, UK hold rare joint drills in the South China Sea (19:44)
Hong Kong, Jan 16 (IANS) The US and the UK on Wednesday finished a joint six-day drill in the South China Sea, a move that is likely to stoke anger in China as it claims a large area of the contested sea as its territory, the media reported.

30 civilians killed, wounded in Syria blast (19:44)
Damascus, Jan 16 (IANS) At least 30 civilians were either killed or wounded by a blast that rocked Kurdish-controlled Syrian city of Manbij during a US patrol on Wednesday, the media reported.

Thai PM hints polls could be delayed again (19:44)IANS Photo Service
Bangkok, Jan 16 (IANS) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday said the general election scheduled for February 24 could possibly be delayed again.

Huge potential to employ women in non-traditional livelihood options: Experts (19:44)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) There is a huge potential to employ women in non-traditional livelihood options, including construction workers, electricians, and motor mechanics, experts suggested on Wednesday during an International Conference on 'Making Non-Traditional Livelihoods Work for the Marginalised'.

China defends Canadian's death sentence (19:44)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Jan 16 (IANS) China on Wednesday defended a court ruling to impose death penalty against a Canadian who has been convicted of smuggling drugs.

IIT-Delhi gets Rs 50-cr grant for School of Public Policy (19:42)
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi and Tata Trusts signed a pact on Wednesday, under which the trust will give a grant of Rs 50 crore to the institution over a period of five years for the School of Public Policy.

Global cues subdue equity indices, rupee continues to slide (Roundup) (19:38)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Broadly negative global cues, especially owing to the political uncertainty in the UK on Brexit, along with a sustained weakness in the Indian currency, subdued the Indian equity market on Wednesday with both major indices -- Sensex and Nifty50 -- ending flat.

CBI registers FIRs against two more shelter homes in Bihar (19:38)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two cases in connection with alleged abuse of children in two shelter homes in Bihar's Bhagalpur and Gaya disricts, an official said on Wednesday.

NABARD pegs Meghalaya's credit potential at Rs. 1936.37 crore for 2019-20 (19:26)
Shillong, Jan 16 (IANS) The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has estimated a credit potential of Rs 1,936.37 crore for Meghalaya under priority sector lending for the year 2019-20, an official said on Wednesday.

Government forms GoM on GST issues in lottery trade (19:24)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The government on Wednesday set up an eight-member ministerial panel headed by Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to look into GST-related issues of lottery business.

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