Karnataka Congress legislators lobby for cabinet posts (00:58)
Belagavi (Karnataka), Dec 19 (IANS) Ahead of the cabinet expansion of the coalition government in the state on December 22, several party legislators are lobbying for their inclusion with party's leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, said an official.

Actress Saira Banu pins hopes on CM for resolving property dispute (00:08)
Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Veteran actress and wife of Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, hopes that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will stick to his promise with regard to resolving a property dispute with builder Samir Bhojwani.

Century-old Nahoum's Bakery in Kolkata reprimanded (00:00)
Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday issued a notice to city's 116-year-old iconic Jewish bakery Nahoum's, among other city cake shops, to improve their working standards following an inspection ahead of the Christmas festival, an official said.

EC notice to Gujarat BJP in crucial Dec 20 Assembly by-election (00:00)
Gandhinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) Even as campaigning for the prestigious by-election to Gujarat's Jasdan assembly constituency ended on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission issued notices to the state government on electricity bill exemptions announced on Tuesday for rural consumers.

Centre approves new tourist, trekking routes in J&K (00:00)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday approved new tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, a government statement said.

CISF, Nepal Armed Police Force to cooperate in multiple sectors (23:52)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A visiting delegation of Nepal's Armed Police Force on Tuesday agreed for inter-agency coordination, mutual cooperation and many other issues in a meeting with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here, an official said.

Tripura restricts fresh appointments, job creation (Lead, with Corrections) (23:32)
Agartala/Guwahati, Dec 18 (IANS) The Tripura government has partially restricted fresh appointments in the state, saying various departments must get prior concurrence from the Finance Department in case fresh posts are required or new jobs are to be created.

CBI arrests three IT officials in separate bribery cases (23:14)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested three Income Tax officials and an Indian Oil employee in three separate bribery cases, the agency said on Tuesday.

Another Gir pride loses three cats as train runs over (22:52)
Gandhinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) After losing as many as 23 Asiatic lions in a section of the Gir forest area in recent times, another set of three lions from a pride lost their lives as speeding goods train run them over in the wee hours of Tuesday.

NSE gets SEBI nod for weekly options trading (22:52)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday said it has received security market regulator SEBI's approval to start weekly options contracts on the Nifty50 index.

India retains 'Category 1' rating in international aviation safety assessment (22:50)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The government on Tuesday said India has retained its 'Category 1' rating under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme.

Video of BJP MLA threatening woman SDM goes viral; inquiry ordered (22:48)
Agra, Dec 18 (IANS) A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh has stirred a controversy after a video in which he can be seen threatening a Sub Divisional Magistrate in public went viral on social media.

AIKS to hold protests for loan waiver and better remuneration (22:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Buoyed by the announcement of farm loan waiver by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments, Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday said it will hold another round of protest in the rural parts of the country to press for a complete loan waiver across the country and guaranteed remunerative crop prices.

Rahul, Priyanka holidaying in Shimla (22:38)
Shimla, Dec 18 (IANS) After the Congress returned to power in three states, party President Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Vadra and her children are in a holiday mood.

RBI to scale up securities purchase in December (22:36)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said on review of the evolving liquidity conditions, it has decided to scale up the amounts to be purchased in the remaining two OMO (Open Market Operation) auctions scheduled in December 2018 to Rs 15,000 each.

CBI books two former Army officers on bribery charge (22:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The CBI has registered a case against two former senior Army officers for taking over Rs 82 lakh in bribes from a civilian supplier between 2012- 2016 for procuring ration for troops posted in Nagaland, agency sources said on Tuesday.

President's rule to be imposed in J&K from Thursday (22:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) President's rule is set to be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday as the Governor's rule expires in the state on Wednesday, after six months, said government sources.

Withdraw Transgender Persons Bill, demands community (22:16) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Calling the Transgender Persons Bill, 2018, "flawed", the transgender, intersex and gender non-confirming community from across the country on Tuesday demanded withdrawal of the Bill from consideration in the Rajya Sabha.

IDFC Bank-Capital First merger takes effect (22:16)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Private sector IDFC Bank announced that the lender's merging of non banking finance company (NBFC) Capital First with it has become effective on Tuesday following the lodging of the relevant NCLT order with the Registrar of Companies.

Vajpayee's portrait to be installed in Parliament's Central Hall (22:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A life-size portrait of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be installed in the Central Hall of Parliament.

Was not afraid of speaking to press as PM, says Manmohan (Lead) (22:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) In an apparent dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is yet to hold a press conference, his predecessor and Congress veteran Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said as Prime Minister, "he was never afraid of speaking to the press".

CBI questions Hyderabad businessman Sathish Sana in Asthana bribery case (22:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday examined Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana to verify and corroborate his statement on the basis of which the agency had filed a bribery case against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in midst of his ugly spat with Director Alok Verma.

Another Gir pride loses three cats as train runs them over (22:02)
Gandhinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) After losing 23 Asiatic lions in a section of the Gir forest area in recent times, three another set of lions from a pride lost their lives as speeding goods train ran them over early on Tuesday.

Apparel exporters seek drawback hike to improve competitiveness (22:00)
Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) In a bid to be more competitive in global markets, apparel exporters are seeking a hike of duty drawbacks of about 4-4.5 per cent to alleviate the embedded taxes which have been paid by them, an official said here on Tuesday.

Only 7% Internet connectivity in India through fixed line network: TRAI (21:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Only 7 per cent of Internet connectivity in India is through fixed line network while the global average of the same is around 46 per cent, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma said on Tuesday.

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