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Iceland Foreign Minister visits Taj Mahal with wife

Iceland Foreign Minister visits Taj Mahal with wifeMinister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, along with his wife Augusta Johnson visited the Taj Mahal on Monday amid falling temperatures. The couple enjoyed their visit thoroughly to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where they even posed for pictures on the famous Diana Bench. The security was also beefed up for their visit. The minister is on an eight-day visit to India and had arrived here on December 07. The same day he had even met with the Union External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. They engaged in wide variety talk discussing issues, in an aim to strengthen bilateral relations. The minister is currently in Agra to attend a programme. On December 10, he will visit Jaipur where he is set to attend another event, before he finally departs for Reykjavik on December 14.


Our country is not a 'dharamshala', says Subramanian Swamy backing NRC

Our country is not a 'dharamshala', says Subramanian Swamy backing NRCBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy backed the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) and said that "our country is not a dharamshala". Responding to migrants wanting rehabilitation in India, Swamy said, "If they are our neighbours that means we will open our doors to them? Why was the country even divided in the first place? They did not want to live with us that is why they were given different nations. They were even given a chance to stay back but they chose to leave. Now they can't just decide to come back. India is a primarily Hindu land and will remain so. We will not let the Hindu majority decline."


Delhi's saga of deteriorating air quality continues

Delhi's saga of deteriorating air quality continuesOnset of chilly winters and dismal air quality is proving to be a deadly combination for Delhi residents. As overall air quality consistently remains in 'very poor' category, Delhiites are getting used to the conditions. Still covered in a visible blanket of thick smog, the union territory continues to choke three years on. It has been a while since Delhi breathed safer, cleaner air. Pollutants called PM 10, which are strong enough to cause respiratory diseases were recorded at 336 in the 'poor' category, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The PM 2.5, which are finer and are capable of entering the bloodstream, through the lungs, docked at 201, in the 'very poor' category. These reading were recorded at 08:00 am. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the temperature in Delhi will remain stable as yesterday, with highs and lows reaching 24 Degree Celsius and 8 Degree Celsius along with moderate fog in the air. However, Delhi is expected to receive light rains on Tuesday and Wednesday, which might come as a boon at such a time. After taking cognisance of the deteriorating air quality, the EPCA will soon hold a meeting, specifically for industries set up in and around Delhi, to discuss the progress of shifting from coal to natural gas. The organisation had stated that "the ease of breathing" cannot be compromised for the "ease of business". On Constitution Day last week, President Ram Nath Kovind also spoke on the increasing air pollution across the country and stated, "If a child suffers from asthma as a result of air pollution, I see it as a gap in justice." According to the latest report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as one million lives in the world can be saved if all the countries reduce the menace of air pollution in accordance with the Paris Agreement by 2050. WHO presented this report at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice on December 5 this year.


Singer Shaan performs at Bhubaneswar City Festival

Singer Shaan performs at Bhubaneswar City FestivalThe first edition of Bhubaneswar City Festival '.FEST' was kicked off on Saturday. The festival was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Famous singer Shaan sang his popular numbers to enthrall the gathering. Singing sensations Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Shaan and Sona Mohapatra are performing in the week-long festival. '.FEST' coincides with Hockey World Cup in Odisha. People in large numbers from parts of India are coming to enjoy the festival.


Comic-Con Delhi enthralls comic-book enthusiasts

Comic-Con Delhi enthralls comic-book enthusiastsComic book enthusiasts from all over the country flocked to NSIC ground in New Delhi to enjoy India's largest Comic-Con fest. From 'Goku' to 'Hulk', enthusiasts got into their favorite character. The Coplay competition was neck to neck at the fest. Visitors with 'Joker' face paint were spotted all around the fest. Delhi's edition of Comic Con offered several attractions including photo ops with Thanos' Gauntlet. Performances were also put up by Cosplay artists to enthrall the gathering.


'Maryada Purushottam' Rama is prayed because of his values, says Rajnath Singh

'Maryada Purushottam' Rama is prayed because of his values, says Rajnath SinghWhile addressing a convocation ceremony at Mathura's Star GLA University, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "There are huge value as well as relevance of character and moral values in India. Even when Ravana was more powerful and strong as compared to Lord Rama in many aspects, then why still Rama is worshipped in India? It is all because of values, culture and character that he's greater than Ravana across the globe. He is the 'Maryada Purushottam' of India and cultural values of our nation are at the topmost position in the entire world".


Hundreds take part in LGBTQ pride parade in Bengaluru

Hundreds take part in LGBTQ pride parade in BengaluruHundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer [LGBTQ] activists rallied on Sunday in Bengaluru for the pride gathering. The LGBTQ members celebrated diversity of gender and sexuality. The paradegoers demanded equal rights and acceptance from the society. Waving rainbow flags and holding balloons, paradegoers expressed their satisfaction with the gains India's LGBTQ community has made in recent years but said there is still a long way to go to tackle homophobia. Earlier this year, India's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights in the world's largest democracy.


RPI (A) workers stage 'Rail Roko' protest in Aurangabad

RPI (A) workers stage 'Rail Roko' protest in AurangabadThe workers of the Republican Party of India (A) held protest against the attack on Union Minister Ramdas Athawale. The protestors staged a 'Rail Roko' protest in Maharashtra's Aurangabad. Protests have affected the mobility of passengers.


Athawale to meet CM Fadnavis over attack, cries conspiracy

Athawale to meet CM Fadnavis over attack, cries conspiracyMinister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, who had been slapped by an unknown man in Mumbai during an event, said that he is going to speak to the Chief Minister about security issues. It was later turned out to be that the assailant was a youth of his own party, Republican Party of India (Athawale). Speaking about the incident, the MoS said, "I'm a popular leader, this might have been done at the behest of someone, who is angry over something. I'll meet Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) over this incident. It should be investigated. I am a popular leader and probably someone angry with me might have connived to get this done."


HM Rajnath Singh visits Vrindavan's Bankey Bihari Temple

HM Rajnath Singh visits Vrindavan's Bankey Bihari TempleUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh reached Uttar Pradesh's Vrindavan on Sunday. He offered prayers at Bankey Bihari Temple and took the blessings of Lord Krishna. While interacting with the mediapersons, he reacted on the elections in different states and showed his confidence of winning elections. Reacting on country's security the Union Home Minister asserted that India has now became a powerful nation, it is also a fastest growing economy of the world. "Nobody can dare to attack on India," said Singh.


Workers gather outside Sonia Gandhi's residence to celebrate her 72nd birthday

Workers gather outside Sonia Gandhi's residence to celebrate her 72nd birthdayCongress workers gathered outside the residence of former party president Sonia Gandhi on the occasion of her 72nd birthday. Workers held posters for her birthday showing Rahul and Sonia together. They even chanted Rahul Gandhi's name. Born in Lusiana, Vicenza in Italy on December 9, 1946, Sonia married into the family of India's political supremes, The Gandhi's. She birthed two children with Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka. After the unfortunate deaths of her husband and mother-in-law Indira Gandhi, Sonai took charge of the party. Sonia Gandhi has now taken a back seat after handing over the mantle to her son Rahul Gandhi.


Still docked at 'very poor', Delhi's air quality refuses to improve

Still docked at 'very poor', Delhi's air quality refuses to improveDelhi's air quality refuses to move out of the 'very poor' condition tag. As of Sunday, precautionary measures were still ripe suggesting against outdoor excursions. Still covered in a visible blanket of smog, the union territory continues to choke months on. It has been a while since Delhi breathed safer, cleaner air and respite from hazardous air quality conditions still seems like a far thought to the locals. Yet, people still came out in the morning and went about their daily schedule of morning walks and commuting to work. Pollutants called PM 10, which are strong enough to cause respiratory diseases were recorded at 333 in the 'poor' category, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The PM 2.5, which are finer and are capable of entering the bloodstream, through the lungs, docked at 182, in the 'very poor' category. These reading were recorded at 08:30 am. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the temperature in Delhi will remain stable as yesterday, with highs and lows reaching 24 Degree Celsius and 7 Degree Celsius along with shallow fog in the air. With little or no possibility of rains, Delhi is expected to choke under the blanket of smog for longer. The menace of air pollution is not restricted to Delhi or the National Capital Region, but, is also engulfing most parts of the country especially metropolitan cities.


India vs Australia: Indian fans positive about team's performance on Day 4 of 1st Test

India vs Australia: Indian fans positive about team's performance on Day 4 of 1st TestIndia and Australia are neck to neck in the 1st Test match at the Adelaide Oval. India gained momentum in the second innings and scored 151 for the loss of three wickets. Indian fans flocked the stadium to cheer for team India. They seemed hopeful of India's dominance on Day 4 of the 1st Test.


Republican Party of India members allege attack on Minister Ramdas Athawale was pre-planned

Republican Party of India members allege attack on Minister Ramdas Athawale was pre-plannedMembers of Republican Party of India (A) gathered outside Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale's residence after a man slapped him during an event in Thane. They alleged that the attack was pre-planned. "Mastermind should be nabbed and we call for Maharashtra band on December 09", said a member. The man was subsequently thrashed by crowd after he slapped Athawale. He was admitted to hospital for treatment.


Sunny Leone receives Digital Activism Award by PETA

Sunny Leone receives Digital Activism Award by PETAActress Sunny Leone won the Digital Activism Award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Mumbai. She was awarded for her stand against animal cruelty in India. "I love animals and I feel that they don't have voice so we need to stand up for them. I am happy to be associated with PETA", said Leone.


Hockey World Cup 2018: Indian team heading in right direction, says Coach Harendra Singh

Hockey World Cup 2018: Indian team heading in right direction, says Coach Harendra SinghIndian crushed Canada in their third match of Hockey World Cup by massive 5-1. With the victory, India finalized berth in Quarter Finals. Indian Coach Harendra Singh said that the team is heading in a right direction. "The team is heading in the right direction but actual game will start from Quarter Finals and that is the next step".


Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned Miss World 2018

Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned Miss World 2018Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico won the Miss World 2018 title on December 8. She was crowned none other than Miss World 2017 pageant Manushi Chhillar from India. The top 5 finalists were from Mexico, Belarus, Thailand, Jamaica and Uganda. The final of Miss World competition was held in China's Hainan Island. 118 contestants from all around the world participated for the coveted title.


Being tension-free is the secret behind my long life: Sivananda Baba

Being tension-free is the secret behind my long life: Sivananda BabaLooking exceptional unlined for his declared 122 years and 4 months, India's oldest man visited Apollo Hospital, Chennai for a general routine checkup. Later, in order to show his fitness, Sivananda Baba conducted a yoga workshop for audience to share the secret of his healthy life. He is son of beggar parents, who later became a great man by the blessings of his Sadguru Omkarananda Goswami. He was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport. He was fed with gruel (rice water) till the age of 4, when he was handed over to a Babaji from Nabadwip. He had no formal education but his Guruji educated him with all spiritual and practical knowledge. Baba has devoted his life to selfless service to the mankind. He has no disease, desire, tension, depression, greed, sorrow, and problem. Baba doesn't take fruit, milk, money or donation. He possesses all the 10 divine goodness and keeps the surrounding happy wherever he stays. He lives a spiritual life and didn't marry.


Hockey World Cup: India hammer Canada to enter quarters in style

Hockey World Cup: India hammer Canada to enter quarters in styleBhuvaneshwar, Dec 8 (IANS) India demolished Canada 5-1 in their last Pool C match to earn a direct quarter-final berth at the men's hockey World Cup here on Saturday. With this result, India topped their pool with seven points from three matches.


Ranji Trophy: Gambhir ton puts Delhi ahead of Andhra

Ranji Trophy: Gambhir ton puts Delhi ahead of AndhraNew Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Gautam Gambhir, the architect of India's 2011 World Cup triumph, came up with his 43rd and final first-class ton to help Delhi secure at least three crucial points after the hosts took a slim 29-run first innings lead over Andhra in a Group B Ranji Trophy Round 5 game here on Saturday.


Pakistan extending full support to pro-Khalistan secessionists

Pakistan extending full support to pro-Khalistan secessionistsSikhs For Justice, a pro-Khalistan organization that has been tirelessly propagating anti-India sentiments among the Sikh community across the globe, recently announced that it will be organizing a pro-Khalistan convention in the Kartarpur corridor on the religious occasion of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year. The pro-Khalistan organization, operating at the payrolls of Islamabad and its spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), also announced the opening of a 'permanent office' in Lahore to facilitate the registration of Referendum 2020 votes- a fantasy being fuelled by Pakistan. The experts cautioned that the already strained Indo- Pak relations will further deteriorate in coming times if Islamabad continues with its duplicity and supports anti- India designs and plans to destabilize peace in India. Experts, however, are sure of the fact that these Pakistan backed forces are going to yield nothing out of these vicious plans as they have failed to gather any traction amongst the Sikh community.From launching Referendum 2020- a secessionist campaign in London to indoctrinating gullible youths from Punjab, the organisation has taken all desperate measures to hamper peace in India. However, all their efforts have gone in vain with people rebuffing their ideology time and again. The proposed convention 2019 is poised to meet the same fate. However, the recent turn of events has clearly exposed the dramaturgy and theatrics of Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan who in a bid to score brownie points from the international community has extended an olive branch to India.


Rohan Philem from Manipur embarks on a journey to propagate pollution free India

Rohan Philem from Manipur embarks on a journey to propagate pollution free IndiaPollution is the single largest environmental health risk across the world causing millions of premature deaths. With a spike in the pollutants in the atmosphere and increased numbers of vehicles, many people are now raising environmental concerns.One such example is of a 23-year-old Rohan Philem Singh, a Northeast cyclist from Manipur who is on a mission to make India better. With an aim to educate and raise awareness about the growing menace of pollution, Rohan recently traversed through 12 states in 35 days. Rohan covered a distance of 3500 kms in his solo expedition from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh to northeastern Manipur. Rohan, who is pursuing his masters in English from a private university in Noida, is increasingly worried about the deteriorating air quality of the city. He says that it was his illness triggered by the toxic smog in the capital that motivated him to embark on a solo journey.


Kiren Rijiju upholds 'Know India Programme', says Indians settled abroad are 'our unofficial ambassadors'

Kiren Rijiju upholds 'Know India Programme', says Indians settled abroad are 'our unofficial ambassadors'Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday upheld the 'Know India Programme' being conducted by the Centre for the Indian origin youth settled across the world due to various reasons. Speaking on the same, the Minister of State said, "These people are our unofficial Ambassadors, creating cultural, spiritual and social link to the world. Now they are also our economic links."


Terrorism curbed to great extent with surgical strike: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

Terrorism curbed to great extent with surgical strike: Lt Gen Ranbir SinghLt General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in Chief (GOC-in Chief) of Northern Command said on Saturday that it is because of surgical strike that India has been able to curb terrorism to great extent. Responding on Lt. General (retired) DS Hooda's opinion that surgical strike was overhyped and politicized, Ranbir Singh said, "Surgical strike is one of the options available to Army. It had a positive effect on country, we've been able to curb terrorism to a great extent. The army always retaliates according to situation."


K Surendran's release a setback for CPI(M): Kerala BJP Prez

K Surendran's release a setback for CPI(M): Kerala BJP PrezKerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president PS Sreedharan Pillai on Saturday hailed the release of BJP State General Secretary K Surendran from jail today and said that the BJP will fight more vigorously and Surendran's release is a setback to Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI(M)). While celebrating BJP General Secretary's release he said, "Every law abiding citizen in Kerala is welcoming release of K Surendran. Now he and his party are more powerful and we'll fight more vigorously. This is a setback to CPI(M) ministry and atheist people." K Surendran released from Poojappura jail today after he was arrested in connection with Sabarimala row on November 17.


Passing Out Parade performed at IMA in Dehradun

Passing Out Parade performed at IMA in DehradunThe Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun held its passing out parade on Saturday. 428 Gentlemen Cadets passed out in this ceremony. Of these 428, 347 cadets are set to join the Indian Army as officers. 80 foreign cadets of seven friendly nations were also amongst the passing out cadre, and will join the armies of their respective nations. Cadets after strenuous training and their hard work will be inducted in regiments across India. Families gathered as spectators to witness the last moments of their sons and daughters' academic journey. Chief Guest of the passing out ceremony was the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu.


Surgical strike was overhyped and politicised: Lt Gen (retd) DS Hooda

Surgical strike was overhyped and politicised: Lt Gen (retd) DS HoodaLt Gen (retd) DS Hooda, while answering on the issue of surgical strike by the Government of India, said that the strike has been politicised and overhyped. He said, "From our perspective surgical strike was a needed step. Surgical strike has been overhyped and politicised but from military perspective it was a very successful operation."


Ambanis serve food to 5,100 people for Isha's wedding

Ambanis serve food to 5,100 people for Isha's weddingA few days ahead of Isha Ambani's wedding, the Ambani family began a four-day 'Anna Seva' on Friday in Udaipur, as a mark of respect and gratitude to the city and served food to 5100 people. Seeking blessings for the upcoming wedding of their daughter with Anand Piramal on December 12, the family will serve food to the people (majority of them with special abilities), three times a day at the Narayan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur. Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Ambani, Ajay Piramal and Swati Piramal, and Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal were present at the ceremony, serving people and interacting with them. The 'Anna Seva' ceremony will coincide with the pre-wedding functions of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal on December 8-9. Earlier, the Ambani family hosted a three-day extravaganza in the picturesque Lake Como in Italy, which was attended by the who's who of Bollywood, among others. Anand, son of Swati and Ajay Piramal, is the founder of Piramal Realty, a leading real estate firm in India.


Rajasthan polls: First time voters have shown lot of enthusiasm during polling, says Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan polls: First time voters have shown lot of enthusiasm during polling, says Sachin PilotAccording to the Election Commission of India (ECI) nearly 41.53 percent of the electorates had already cast their votes till 1:00 pm. Congress leader Sachin Pilot said, "The total voter turnout recorded is 75 percent in entire Rajasthan. First time voters have shown lot of enthusiasm and interest during the polling. Once again youth have played a vital role in the Indian democracy". "I would like to thank Election Commission (EC), administration, security forces, media persons and others for helping us out in conducting the General Assembly Elections successfully", he added. "Now, the voters of Rajasthan have locked their final decision in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)", he further stated.


India's Q2 current account deficit widens to $19.1 bn

India's Q2 current account deficit widens to $19.1 bnMumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) India's current account deficit (CAD) widened to $19.1 billion during the second quarter of 2018-19 from $15.9 billion in the preceding quarter and $6.9 billion in the corresponding period of 2017-18, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed on Friday. "India's CAD at $19.1 billion (2.9 per cent of GDP) in Q2 of 2018-19 increased from $6.9 billion (1.1 per cent of GDP) in Q2 of 2017-18 and $15.9 billion (2.4 per cent of GDP) in the preceding quarter," the RBI said in its statement on developments in India's Q2 balance of payments (BoP).


BJP has 'anti-Muslim', 'anti-Pakistan' approach: Imran

BJP has 'anti-Muslim', 'anti-Pakistan' approach: ImranIslamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" approach and claimed New Delhi rebuffed all his gestures due to the upcoming general elections. Later, at an event in the capital on Friday the Prime Minister said that "the condition of Muslims in today's India proved that the demand for a separate homeland was justified". Asked during the interview with the Post that why his gestures to India were dismissed since he took power earlier this year, Khan said "The ruling party (in India) has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach." He claimed that India rejected his repeated calls for peace because it has the general elections coming up in 2019.


Value buying, oil prices lift Sensex by 361 points

Value buying, oil prices lift Sensex by 361 pointsMumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Bargain hunting and lower crude oil prices lifted the key Indian equity market indices by around 1 per cent on Friday.


India-UAE discuss ways to curb radicalisation and terrorism

India-UAE discuss ways to curb radicalisation and terrorismExperts from India and United Arab Emirates jointly discussed ways to counter the growing menace of radicalisation and terrorism in a two day seminar titled "Indo-UAE co-operation against Radicalization and Terrorism" in New Delhi on Friday. India and UAE are among the few counties which have relatively remained unaffected by the rampant wave of radicalization. The experts discussed ways to prevent the development of radicalization through Indo-UAE Co-operation. Experts also asserted that the underlying principles of non-violence and tolerance are behind the success stories of both India as well as UAE. Experts were of the opinion that to control global terrorism, the state-centric approach alone will not work. They laid emphasis on ban on financial aids, international pressure and other top-down measures in conjunction with civil-society perspectives to counter radicalization.


India will play differently against Canada: Harendra

India will play differently against Canada: HarendraBhubaneswar, Dec 7 (IANS) Having given a good account of themselves in the draw against mighty Belgium in their previous match, India will face another crucial encounter when they take on potentially tricky Canada in their last Pool C game here on Saturday. With four points each from two matches, both India and Belgium are favourites to advance to the knockout stages from the pool. The Indians are at the top spot thanks to a superior goal difference.


Today was another perfect attrition day for us, says Ashwin

Today was another perfect attrition day for us, says AshwinAdelaide, Dec 7 (IANS) India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised the bowlers for their performance on the second day of the first Test against Australia here on Friday. Travis Head's fighting 61 off 149 balls helped Australia reach 191/7 at stumps after Ashwin took three top-order wickets and helped the visitors dominate the day's play. Apart from him, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each.


IWAI to procure six methanol-fuelled vessels

IWAI to procure six methanol-fuelled vesselsKolkata, Dec 7 (IANS) In a bid to harness methanol as marine fuel, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has planned to retrofit its work boats with green fuel and also placed orders with Cochin Shipyard for procuring six new vessels, based on methanol mix, an official said here on Friday. "On an experimental basis, we have given our three work boats to Cochin Shipyard for redesigning and retrofitting the engines, so that they can be sailed on waterways with methanol mixed fuel," IWAI's Vice Chairman Pravir Pandey said.


Rajasthan polls: Nearly 72.7% turnout till 5 pm

Rajasthan polls: Nearly 72.7% turnout till 5 pmNearly 72.7% of the electorates cast their votes till 5 pm in the single-phased Rajasthan assembly elections on Friday, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). A total of 2,270 candidates, including 187 women, are contesting in 199 constituencies of the state, which has more than four crore voters. Voting began on a slow note in several constituencies but gradually picked up momentum with voters forming serpentine queues outside polling stations to exercise their franchise. The counting of votes will be held on December 11.


WOW air launches India-Iceland flights

WOW air launches India-Iceland flightsNew Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Icelandic low-cost, long-haul airline WOW air on Friday launched its flight from New Delhi to Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport in Iceland. The inaugural flight was flagged off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) earlier in the day. According to the airline, it will operate three weekly flights from New Delhi, connecting passengers to North America and Europe through its hub in Iceland.


We are still in the game, insists Harris

We are still in the game, insists HarrisAdelaide, Dec 7 (IANS) Despite India making inroads on the second day of the opening cricket Test here, debutant Australian opener Marcus Harris insisted they are still in the game. Australia were 191/7 at stumps, trailing India by 59 runs. Harris, however agreed that the Indian bowlers did not allow the hosts to take the upper hand.


Sensex ends 361 points up; Nifty settles short of 10,700

Sensex ends 361 points up; Nifty settles short of 10,700Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices surged around one per cent on Friday supported by a rise in banking stocks and easing crude oil prices, with the S&P BSE Sensex closing over 360 points higher.


Krishnamurthy Subramanian new Chief Economic Adviser

Krishnamurthy Subramanian new Chief Economic AdviserNew Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The government on Friday appointed Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB) Associate Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian as the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) in the Finance Ministry for a period of three years. Subramanian fills the position lying vacant for about six months since Arvind Subramanian left in June. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Executive Director (Centre For Analytical Finance), ISB, to the post of CEA, the Department of Personnel and Training said.


Head half-century helps Australia post 191/7 vs India as wickets tumble

Head half-century helps Australia post 191/7 vs India as wickets tumbleAdelaide, Dec 7 (IANS) Travis Head's fighting 61 off 149 balls helped Australia reach 191/7 at stumps on Friday, the second day of the first test against India, after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three top-order wickets and helped the visitors dominate the day's play. India were all out for 250 runs in the first innings when Mohammad Shami got out on the first ball of the day, reports Efe news. Ishant Sharma bowled opener Aaron Finch in the very first over of the Australian innings with a beautiful in-swinger, providing a crucial breakthrough before Ashwin started troubling the hosts with his drifters.


Equity indices gain as crude prices ease; banking stocks rise

Equity indices gain as crude prices ease; banking stocks riseAt 1.10 p.m., the Sensex traded at 35,448.20 points, higher by 136.07 points or 0.39 per cent from the previous close of 35,312.13. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was up 23 points or 0.22 per cent at 10,624.15, against the previous close of 10,601.15 points. According to analysts, drop in crude oil prices was a major reason for the let-up in stock markets.


First Test: Australia trail by 59 runs at stumps on Day 2 vs India

First Test: Australia trail by 59 runs at stumps on Day 2 vs IndiaAdelaide, Dec 7 (IANS) Australia were at 191/7, trailing by 59 runs at stumps on the second day of the first Test match against India here on Friday.


Made 'Uri' for Indian Army not for political parties, says director

Made 'Uri' for Indian Army not for political parties, says directorMumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Director Aditya Dhar, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming movie "Uri", feels great that many political leaders have liked the trailer. It is great that many political leaders have shared and liked the trailer on social media but I have made this film for Indian Army and not for any political party," Dhar said in a statement.


Ashwin's strikes dent Australia to 117/4 at tea

Ashwin's strikes dent Australia to 117/4 at teaAdelaide, Dec 7 (IANS) India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice in the second session to restrict Australia to 117/4 at tea on Day 2 of the opening cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval here on Friday. At the break, Peter Handscomb (33 not out) and Travis Head (17 not out) remained undefeated after Ashwin, the lone spinner in the India side bowled his heart out to return 3/38 from his overs.


Mental illness is surrounded by shame, stigma: Singer Ananya Birla

Mental illness is surrounded by shame, stigma: Singer Ananya BirlaNew Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Ananya Birla feels there is a stigma and fear surrounding mental illness which often isolates people. The singer says people in India are scared to reach out for help because they don't want to be judged. The singer, daughter of businessman Kumar Mangalam Birla, has in the past opened up about her own struggle with mental health, and asserts that it is very important for public figures to talk about it.


Kunming: The city of eternal spring

Kunming: The city of eternal springKunming (China), Dec 7 (IANS) Covered with blossoming flowers and lush vegetation and blessed with a salubrious climate throughout the year, the city of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, is a tourist's delight. Located at an elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level, Kunming is known as the City of Eternal Spring because of the pleasant climate it enjoys throughout the year -- not too hot during summer and not too cold during winter. As in any modern city, Kunming has its share of highrise buildings, but it still retains a quaintness that is charming.


Priyanka Chopra adds Jonas to surname on social media

Priyanka Chopra adds Jonas to surname on social mediaMumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Indian actress Priyanka Chopra is now Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Instagram. The name change comes just one day after Priyanka and Nick Jonas, who tied the knot last week, made their first appearance as a married couple at the launch party of Bumble, a dating application, in New Delhi. Priyanka and Nick have had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur's royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they exchanged wedding vows as per both Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.


Of a kingmaker, farmland fiction and start-ups

Of a kingmaker, farmland fiction and start-upsNew Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Read a biography charting Mamata Banerjee's rise from a student leader to the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal and how she could be a possible "kingmaker" after the 2019 general elections; take in a novel set against the backdrop of old Punjab, early California and revolution-torn Mexico; read a fictional tale that pits debt-laden farmers against the political forces at work; and finally, get a peek into the world of start-ups in India.


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