• Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan attend 101st birth anniversary celebrations of MGR

    The two guests were present for the pooja launch of the late chief minister's dream project Kizhakku Africavil Raju, a motion capture film. The film is being made by Prabhu Deva Studios in association with Vels Film International. The late MGR had in 1970s announced an action-adventure film to be shot around the world, titled Kizhakku Africavil Raju. However, since the actor had taken a plunge into politics, he could not complete the film.  On the 101 birth celebration of the star, the film is being revived. The launch of the iconic project was held at the MGR’s Sathya Studio in Adyar. Rajnikanth's presence at the event holds importance since it comes at a time when he is being seen as the next MGR in the making. Earlier in the day, Kamal Haasan announced the beginning of his political tour and released a detailed plan of his pitstops across the state. The tour will commence on February 21 and will be undertaken in multiple phases. On this tour, which will be flagged off from his hometown of Ramanathapuram, Kamal Haasan will be proceeding to the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai, where he will be interacting with locals.
  • US, Allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urged world powers to support "maritime interdiction" measures. And, along with Japan, South Korea and the other powers gathered for the high-level meeting, they re-committed to "the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." The warning of robust new tactics to intercept illicit shipments of nuclear materials or sanctions-busting imports was the most concrete measure to come out of a two-day meeting to which China and Russia were not invited. Many observers, including Beijing and Moscow themselves, had questioned the value of holding a meeting of former Korea War allies to discuss an issue when China's support remains the key to diplomatic success. Others had noted a stark difference in tone between the hawkish Japanese envoy, Foreign Minister Taro Ono, and South Korea's more cautious Kang Kyung-Wha, who said recent inter-Korea talks were a sign sanctions are already working. But after the meeting was done, Tillerson insisted the allies will remain united and continue to work with China and Russia to enforce UN-backed sanctions and force Kim Jong-Un to negotiate his own nuclear disarmament. "Our unity and our common cause with others in the region, most particularly China and Russia, will remain intact despite North Korea's frequent attempts to divide us and sow dissension," he said. "We discussed the importance of working together to counter sanctions evasion and smuggling and we also issued a call to action to strengthen global maritime interdiction operations to foil illicit ship-to-ship transfers." North Korea has been accused of seeking to evade the draconian sanctions imposed on its isolated regime by transferring supplies from foreign vessels to its own on the high seas. Some experts have argued that naval action to intercept merchantmen would be interpreted as an act of war and trigger a potentially devastating North Korean response. And reports in Washington suggest that US forces are at least planning for a potential strike of their own, a limited so-called "bloody nose" strike to convince Kim that his safest option is a negotiated settlement. Tillerson refused to address military planning issues, and would not say whether US President Donald Trump has been in contact with Pyongyang, but he did warn that the crisis is coming to a head. "With respect to whether Americans need to be concerned about a war with North Korea, I think we all need to be very sober and clear eyed about the current situation," he warned, just days after a false warning of a missile strike jolted the US island state of Hawaii. Tillerson said that North Korea's recent tests of a thermonuclear warhead and of an intercontinental missile show their "continued progress" in developing an arsenal that is already a global threat. "I think our approach is in terms of having North Korea choose the correct step is to present to them that talks are the best option, that when they look at the military situation, that's not a good outcome for them," he said.
  • Delegation of students from J&K calls on HM Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister interacted with the students and sought to know about their views about their future aspirations. They assured the Home Minister that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will be equal participants in the development of country as youth from any other part of the country.  Home Minister said government of India is committed to the welfare of youth fo Jammu and Kashmir.  
  • Defence Minister takes historic sortie onboard fighter jet Sukhoi 30 MKI

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday added yet another first to her career as she became the first ever woman Defence Minister to undertake a sortie in IAF's frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI. She took off in the Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base in Jodhpur. Wearing the G suit, Raksha Mantri sat in the rear seat behind the pilot during the 30 minute sortie. According to sources, Defence Minister is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities. Sukoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.  
  • PM Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu hold mega roadshow in Ahmedabad

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held a roadshow in the city as thousands of people lined up along the route to greet them. After arriving in Ahmedabad, the two leaders, along with the Israeli prime minister's wife Sara Netanyahu, set out in a car from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad. Various stages were erected on the roadside along the stretch to showcase performances by troupes of different states to welcome the guests. People carrying Indian and Israeli flags stood in large numbers on both sides of the tastefully decorated road. PM Modi and Netanyahu waved at the people, who greeted them with loud cheers. The roadshow concluded at Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram. After the grand road show from Ahmedabad Airport, The two leaders visited Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad. At 'Hriday Kunj', Gandhi's home in the ashram, PM Modi showed them Mahatama Gandhi's room and the articles he used. Then, Israeli PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara also tried their hands at the charkha or the spinning wheel.. Israel PM netanyahu wrote in the visitor book at Sabarmati Ashram..that it was "An inspiring visit to the Hearth of one of the humanity's great prophets of inspiration ... Mahatma Gandhi.." Amid festive season, the guests also enjoyed flying of kites, just a few days after 'Uttarayana', the popular festival of kites in Gujarat.  
  • PM Modi, Israeli PM Netanyahu pledge to cooperate on Innovation

    After paying rich tribute to the father of the nation at Sabarmati Ashram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart reached  International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology or 'i-Create', in Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad. There, the two leaders inaugurated icreate innovation hub. 'i-Create', '- an autonomous centre of excellence at Bavla near Ahmedabad, was formally launched in 2011 by PM Modi, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to launch start-ups. Centre aims at creating a large quantity of quality entrepreneurs, besides, it also aims to encourage entrepreneurship as a preferred career option. The Prime Minister said that during his visit to Israel he had decided that the center must have stronger links with Israel. He said the presence of Prime Minister Netanyahu is a momentous occasion. The Prime Minister said that Israelis have shown to the whole world that it is not the size of the country that matters but the talent and commitment. The Prime Minister said that 'I-Create' will play an important role in realising the dream of New-India. Prime Minister Netanyahu showered praises on Prime Minister Modi and said that he is doing revolutionary work in changing India. Netanyahu recalled the historic links Israel and Gujarat shared and said that he and his country cherishes these ties with Gujarat. Netanyahu said that Youth and Technology are the future and there coming together opens new ways. Netanyahu said that he and Prime Minister Modi both have young thinking. Later, addressing the function, Prime MInister thanked Israeli PM for visiting India on his invitation. Following inauguration of iCreate, PM said that, he is quite happy today like a farmer who become happy seeing his crop. PM also praised Israel for technological advancement...He noted that Technology has played a major role bringing Israel and India closer. PM asked youth to innovate things to solve various problems faced by the country..He expressed hope that innovations will help India to realize the dream of New India. Addressing the function, Israeli PM thanked PM Modi for his warm welcome. He said that both he and PM Modi  are very optimistic about the future. He also said that Gujarat has special connection with Israel as Many Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation of Haifa were Gujaratis.  
  • Newly constituted 5-judge constitution bench to hear range of crucial cases

    The newly-constituted 5-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, set up to hear a range of crucial cases, will begin its hearings today.The bench is headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and also comprises of Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.  The cases that the bench will hear include challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and the 2013 apex court judgement re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults. The bench will also hear the issue of ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age in Kerala's Sabarimala temple. It will also resume hearing a legal query on whether a Parsi woman would lose her religious identity if she marries a man from a different religion.  The other issues to be dealt with by the bench include the pleas, which have raised a question as to when will a lawmaker, facing the criminal trial, stand disqualified.All these matters were earlier referred to larger benches for adjudication by different benches of the apex court.
  • World must unite against Terror: EAM at Raisina Dialogue

    External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday lashed out at nations using terrorism as state policy. Addressing the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, she said that it is high time world wakes up to this global menace. Union Minister Smriti Irani participated in the sessions on policy, politics and gender and innovation and creation. She asserted that Women can become the focal point of economy because they are more competent. Smriti Irani exhorted that in this government, women is an administrative disruption. She also stated that the only only pathway have to be designed now is how to make process of policy making gender-neutral. Competence matters, not gender. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that states that spread terror have become victims of terrorisms themselves. Speaking at Raisina Dialogue, General Rawat said Terrorists are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders. He stressed on the need to disrupt terrorists and Identify nations that sponsor terrorism. Army Chief also called for strong action on political organisations of terrorist and said such organisations need to be banned.      
  • Silk weaving gets new lease of life in Chhattisgarh

    Silk is  an intrinsic part of  the life and culture of Indians a rich and comprehensive history of silk production and a  traditional and cultural domestic market has ensured the availibilty of excellent variety of silk fabrics and the position of a leader  in the silk industry. In the last six decades, Indian silk industry has registered an impressive growth. Plans implemented by central and state agencies and tireless efforts of thousands of dedicated people have been very helpful in this context. In Chattisgarh women have joined the process of tussar weaving in a big way and are playing an invaluable part in continuing to weave its traditional beauty in the present hereby ensuring its continual presence in the days to come.They  are now becoming self-reliant with the commendable efforts of the district administration their efforts have catapulted Jashpur district to the  top in the field of tussar production today. Now on the special initiative of the district administration, some places are being identified for the purpose of providing employment in the district and for the production of tussar production. A crucial step in the success story of the district's silk department was the emphasis on the participation of women in the  work of weaving thread women's self-help group of National Rural Livelihood Mission with about 100 women under the Chief Minister's Skill Development Plan After 45 days of training have played an invaluable role in the entire process. The silk department has planted 1600 hectare in order to produce tussar and today 1,200 women of 60 self-help groups have joined the campaign launched with 100 women.   These women today on the basis of their skill and confidence have proved  that they are capable of handling any challenge of the world with dignity.  
  • Seasonal Influenza : Preventing the Flu

    Seasonal influenza - H1N1, is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. Viruses are dispersed into the air through droplets when the infected person coughs or sneezes Viruses spread to persons in close proximity who breathe these droplets in Flu virus can spread by hands contaminated with influenza viruses It can spread by touching contaminated computer keyboard, cellphone, camera and door handles  Some of the the Symptoms of Seasonal Influenza are:-  - Cough (usually dry) - Cold - Sore throat - Runny nose - Redness in the eyes  - Sudden onset of fever - Headache - Muscle and joint pain - High grade fever with chills - Body aches - Fatigue - Nausea and vomiting - Pain abdomen - Diarrhea Flu viruses mainly spread through droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk and these droplets are inhaled by people around them and it cause spread of infection. Some of the precautions one must take to avoid Seasonal Influenza are:-  - Follow cough etiquette - Do not spit in open - Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing - Dispose the used tissue in a covered dustbin  - If infected, stay at home  - Infected person must avoid going in crowded places - Keep a safe distance from infected person - Do not send the child having flu to school for preventing spread of infection - Maintain good hygiene  - Wash hands repeatedly with soap and water - Vaccination may be done in elderly and other high risk individuals Taking precautions and getting vaccinated against flu may help to prevent the infection.  
  • Government to deregister 1.20 lakh more companies 

    As part of its drive against black money Government  has decided to strike off the names of 1.20 lakh more companies from the official records for various non-compliances as part of its continuing fight against the black money menace.Nearly 2.26 lakh companies have already been deregistered and around 3.09 lakh directors associated with these entities have been disqualified. The latest decision to strike off more 1.20 lakh companies from official records came after a review meeting of the actions taken with respect to deregistered firms last week.Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary, who chaired the review meeting, has directed officials to expedite action against the companies that are to be struck off the records. For various non-compliances, around 1,20,000 more companies have been identified for striking-off, the corporate affairs ministry said in a release.
  • At least seven dead in Colombia military helicopter crash

     At least seven people were killed hen a military helicopter crashed in a remote area of orthwestern Colombia today, the military said.The Russian-made MI-17 aircraft was carrying 10 people, ncluding four crew when it came down, according to a military tatement."Unfortunately seven of the occupants have died, and the earch for the other three continues," it said. The authorities gave no cause for the crash. Military accident investigators had arrived at the scene, according to the army.It said two of the passengers were part of a military aviation fuel maintenance team. In June 2016, another military helicopter crash killed 17 soldiers in an accident attributed to bad weather.
  • Kamal Haasan to reveal political party’s name on February 21

    Veteran actor Kamal Haasan  will announce his political party’s name on February 21 at Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour the same day. The tour will be held in phases. He will begin the journey from Ramanathapuram his hometown and later visit people from the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai. It will mark Haasan’s official entry into politics about which he has been making overtures since last year.“At the commencement of the journey, I intend to announce the name of my political party along with the guiding principles we intend to live by,” Haasan said in a statement on Tuesday. The veteran actor said he intends to challenge the status quo “that has been plaguing the politics of Tamil Nadu for some time now”.“However, for this to happen, my thoughts and actions need to collectively resonate with the people,” he said, adding that through the state-wide tour he wants to familiarise himself with the people’s concerns.  
  • 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg visits Nariman House in Mumbai

     Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli boy who survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as a toddler but lost his parents, visited the Nariman House in Mumbai on Tuesday.  This is his first visit to Mumbai since the attacks by Pakistani terrorists over nine years ago. Moshe, 11, was two when his parents were killed in the Mumbai attacks at Nariman House. The attack on the Nariman House and other locations like the Taj Hotel left 166 people dead.His grandparents and two uncles, who accompanied him from Israel, were with him during his Nariman House visit. Moshe's Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who had saved him during the terror attack, was also present.
  • Organ donation should be a national movement: Vice President

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the people of the country to turn Organ Donation into a National Level Mass Movement. He also asked people leaving the country for better opportunities to come back and serve the motherland – Learn, Earn & Return. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, State Health Minister Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar and Health Secretary Dr. J. Radhakrishnan were also present at the event to celebrate successful completion of One thousand liver transplantations in Tamil Nadu, in Chennai on Tuesday.The Vice President said that Organ Donation is a noble way of living beyond death. We must encourage people on the importance of Organ Donation and make them participate in such righteous cause. It is the best way to live after death, he said. Voicing concerns over the rise of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), particularly among youngsters, the Vice President said that the present-day lifestyles are hugely contributing to this menace. Avoiding consumption of junk food and alcohol, eating a balanced diet, ending sedentary lifestyles and doing regular exercises or Yoga-Asanas are essential for people, particularly the youth, to remain healthy and not fall prey to various diseases, he said. The Vice President also said that complex procedures like liver transplantation must be in the reach of common man. One of the ways to make it more affordable is to create the necessary expertise and facilities in government hospitals like what Tamil Nadu is doing, he said.
  • Army captain injured as Pak troops fire at Indian posts in Poonch

    In Jammu & Kashmir, in another ceasefire violation,  Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch districton Tuesday,  injuring an Army Captain. There was a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army. The Indian troops retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till late night. The latest violation of the ceasefire came a day after seven Pakistani Army men, including a Major, were killed and four others injured in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch.
  • DAC clears procurement of assault rifles & carbines to meet immediate requirement

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, met on Tuesday and cleared procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines on fast track basis for Rs 3,547 crore to enable the Defence Forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders. To encourage participation of private sector in defence design and production and to give a boost to ‘Make in India’ programme, the Council  introduced significant changes in the ‘Make II’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure. Considering that no government funding is involved in ‘Make II’ project, the DAC simplified the procedure to make it industry friendly, with minimal government control. The salient aspects of the revised procedure will now allow Ministry of Defence to accept suo-motu proposals from the industry and also allows start-ups to develop equipment for Indian Armed Forces. The minimum qualification criteria to participate in ‘Make II’ projects has also been relaxed by removing conditions related to credit rating and reducing financial net worth criteria. As per the earlier ‘Make II’ procedure, only two vendors were shortlisted to develop prototype equipment. Now, all vendors meeting the relaxed eligibility criteria will be allowed to participate in the prototype development process. The vendor will not be required to submit Detailed Project Report. After accord of approval of the ‘Make II’ project by the council, all clearances will be accorded at Service HQ (SHQ) level.             
  • Centre withdraws subsidy to Haj pilgrims

    The Centre has abolished Haj subsidy from this year. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi informed that a record number of one lakh 75 thousand Muslims will undertake the Haj pilgrimage from India, without any subsidy this year. He said the subsidy will now be utilized for educational empowerment of girls and women from the minority community. He said, this is part of the government policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. In 2017, Haj subsidy was reduced by Rs 200 crore, from Rs 408 crore in 2016. Saudi Arabia had this year hiked pilgrim quota by Rs 5,000. Riyadh also relaxed norms for women making the annual pilgrimage allowing a group of at least four women over the age of 45 to go on Haj without a 'Mehram' or male companion.  
  • Vyapam scam:CBI files chargesheet against 95

    The CBI has filed a charge sheet against former Madhya Pradesh minister Laxmikant Sharma,his OSD and 93 others for alleged irregularities in the recruitment of contractual teachers through Vyapam in 2011. Besides former Minister and his OSD, the charge sheet, filed in a special court in Bhopal, also named Pankaj Trivedi, the then controller of examinations at Vyapam, the then principal system analyst in Vyapam Nitin Mohindra, two other officials, six middlemen and 83 candidates. It was revealed from the files contained in the hard disk of the computer of then principal system analyst-Vyapam that marks of certain candidates were allegedly increased to enable them to qualify the test."The same were verified with the OMR answer sheets of the candidates and it was found that marks of 84 candidates were increased, in the final result, to make them qualify the examination. One candidate is absconding and investigation is continuing in his case," said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal. The agency has charged them with criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, violation of IT Act, provisions of prevention of corruption act and others.The CBI registered an FIR in the case in 2015 on the directions of the Supreme Court. 
  • PM Modi launches work commencement of Rajasthan refinery

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday  launched the commencement of work for a state of the art Refinery at Pachpadra in Barmer district in Rajasthan. The first refinery to be set up in the state, is a joint Venture between HPCL and Government of Rajasthan.The project will strengthen the economic foundations of the state. The 43,000 crore rupees project is expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs.Later addressing a public meeting PM Modi  said the Barmer oil refinery is an important initiative that will lead the energy sector of the nation in years to come. PM  said that  it will completed by 2022 when the country celebrates 75 years of its Independence. The Prime Minister also lashed out against the Congress for its politics of slogans and false promises. He said the Congress has hoodwinked the poor for decades with its Garibi Hatao slogan.He also took on the Congress over its propencity to lay foundation stones for projects without taking any follow up action.   Prime Minister Modi said that his government's focus was on 'Sankalp Se Siddhi.' He recounted the achievements of his govt including the Ujwala yojana and Deendayal Grameen Jyoti yojana. He said that with targets set it was time to work towards achieving them by 2022, when the nation marks 75 years of freedom.