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BEST employees call off record 9-day-long strike (Just in)
Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) Following a sharp rap by the Bombay High Court, the BrihanMumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) employees on Wednesday evening called off their record 9-day-long strike after its demands were partially conceded.

Man's best friend helped early humans in hunting (4 minutes ago)
London, Jan 16 (IANS) Human beings began living alongside dogs as early as 11,500 years ago and they may also have started getting help in hunting, a study of animal bones from northeast Jordan has showed.

PCBL to select site for south India plant by March, net profit up 92 pc in Q3 (Lead) (6 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group's Phillips Carbon Black Ltd (PCBL) will freeze the location of its proposed Rs 600-crore Greenfield project in south India by March, an official said on Wednesday.

User data now locally hosted in India: Truecaller (16 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Aiming to provide secure services to the users, Swedish caller identification app Truecaller on Wednesday said all its Indian user data is now hosted in the country.

Amit Shah to hold five rallies in Bengal this month, Modi may arrive in February: State BJP Chief (18 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah will hold five public rallies in three days in West Bengal starting on January 20, a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's mega-opposition rally in Kolkata, party's state President Dilip Ghosh said here on Wednesday.

No winter chill for Karnataka BJP MLAs, it's games and relaxation in luxury resort (IANS Special) (18 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Manesar, Jan 16 (IANS) Gurugram's winter chill hasnt got to the 104 BJP MLAs from Karnataka who have been shepherded here and sequestered by the party bosses even as rumblings of a coup reverberate in Bengaluru.

Ram Rahim, 3 others to be sentenced via video-conferencing (22 minutes ago)
Chandigarh, Jan 16 (IANS) A special CBI court on Wednesday allowed authorities in Haryana to produce convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others before it through video-conferencing for their sentencing in the murder case of a journalist.

JU professor barred from campus, teaching duties for sexist remarks, summoned by WBCW (24 minutes ago)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) Jadavpur University on Wednesday barred from its campus International Relations' Professor Kanak Sarkar, who has drawn all-round condemnation for his series of sexist and inappropriate comments on virginity, and ordered him not to take classes or be involved with the examination processes pending inquiry by women's bodies and the university.

Life expectancy goes up in China as pollution level drops (18:50)
By Gaurav SharmaIANS Photo Service
Beijing, Jan 16 (IANS) The life expectancy of a Chinese citizen has gone up by half a year due to a significant drop in the air pollution level in the country, a study has claimed.

Cabinet okays Rs 22,594 cr for tripling Numaligarh Refinery capacity (Lead) (18:44)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Guwahati, Jan 16 (IANS) The government on Wednesday approved tripling the capacity of Numaligarh Refinery in Assam and setting up of oil and product pipelines at a cost of Rs 22,594 crore, so as to meet the demands for petroleum products in the Northeast.

Bautista Agut beats Millman, moves to Australian Open Round 3 (18:44)IANS Photo Service
Melbourne, Jan 16 (IANS) Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday won a marathon five-set duel against home-favourite John Millman 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to reach the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne Park.

Federer says Zverev could win a Grand Slam this year (18:40)IANS Photo Service
Melbourne, Jan 16 (IANS) World number three Roger Federer on Wednesday said that Germany's Alexander Zverev, the winner of the ATP Finals in London, could win one of the four Grand Slam titles of this season.

Silence prevails in Manali hamlets to appease gods (18:40)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, Jan 16 (IANS) The sounds of silence in tiny picturesque hamlets currently marooned in a thick blanket of snow overlooking this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort can be heard loud and clear.

BJP's bid to topple Karnataka government fails, says Congress Minister (Lead) (18:38)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's bid to topple Karnataka's coalition government by poaching Congress legislators has failed, Congress leader G. Parameshwara said on Wednesday.

C.P. Joshi elected as Rajasthan Assembly speaker unanimously (18:34)IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 16 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader C.P. Joshi, an MLA from Nathdwara, was on Wednesday elected unanimously as Rajasthan Assembly Speaker.

May's government braces for no-trust vote after Commons defeat (Third Lead) (18:32)IANS Photo Service
London, Jan 16 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party government braced for a vote of no confidence on Wednesday, a day after she suffered a historic defeat in Parliament where lawmakers roundly rejected her Brexit plan.

Haryana students to get 'Shaurya Award' in the name of police martyrs (18:30)IANS Photo Service
Gurugram Jan 16 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesady announced 'Shaurya Award' to students in the name of 71 personnel of the state police force who laid down their lives while protecting society and maintaining law and order in the state.

Insider attack kills 4 policemen in Afghanistan (18:30)
Kandahar, Jan 16 (IANS) At least four policemen were killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Wednesday, the police said.

Cabinet okays Rs 22,594 cr for tripling Numaligarh Refinery capacity (18:28)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The government on Wednesday approved tripling the capacity of Numaligarh Refinery in Assam and setting up of oil and product pipelines at a cost of Rs 22,594 crore, so as to meet the demands for petroleum products in the Northeast.

Meghalaya Congress women workers demand scrapping of Citizenship Bill (18:22)IANS Photo Service
Shillong, Jan 16 (IANS) Congress women workers in Meghalaya on Wednesday took out a protest march demanding the scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Manipur opposes citizenship Bill unless it protects indigenous people: CM (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Imphal, Jan 16 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren said on Wednesday that his BJP-led coalition government will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2018 until there was a clause to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur and other northeastern states.

Microsoft's venture fund to invest in Indian startups (Lead) (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 16 (IANS) Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its corporate venture fund M12 will invest in Indian startups with a funding size of $2 million to $10 million.

National Clean Air Programme should set higher targets (Comment) (18:14)
By Rajendra Shende
There is a striking similarity between Paris Climate Agreement and Indias National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched recently. The Paris Agreement is an agreement by the countries to map a global action to keep global warming two degrees centigrade below pre-industrial level.

Cabinet okays revised cost to construct 13 central varsities (18:14)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for Revised Cost of Estimate (RCE) for the construction of 13 new central universities, to facilitate completion of the project within 36 months.

75% Kerala school students don't have computer at home: Survey (18:08)
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 (IANS) A survey conducted among schoolchildren in Kerala revealed that 75 per cent of them do not have a computer at home.

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