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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, democracy is the BJP's core value which enables the party to take allies along successfully. Charting the party's growth since its inception as Bhartiya Jana Sangh in 1951, he said, the BJP has never wavered from its founding ideals and is full of patriotism.



  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today called on King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways of developing and enhancing them in various fields.



  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will not be available tomorrow for the beginning of the budget session of the state assembly due to illness. Mr Parrikar, who holds the finance portfolio, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai for an inflamed pancreas.



  • In Chhattisgarh, three persons, including, two security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of insurgency-hit Bastar region this afternoon.




  • Israel arrested six Palestinians suspected of planning attacks targeting Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other Israelis in the occupied West Bank. Israeli Security agency Shin Bet today said the six were affiliated with a terrorist group and were active in the Bethlehem area where they sought to carry out shootings against Israeli civilians and security forces.




  • Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades.




  • In Chhattisgarh, three persons, including, two security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of insurgency-hit Bastar region this afternoon. Our correspondent reports that Maoists attacked a road construction site and killed a worker in Bhejji area near Chintagufa.



  • In Karnataka, an FIR has been registered against Mohammad Nalapad, a Bengaluru district youth Congress leader and son of Shantinagar MLA, N A Haris. He has been charged for allegedly beating up a person along with 10 of his supporters in a restaurant last night in UB city of Bengaluru.



  • The two days Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India Region concluded in Patna today. Addressing valedictory function, Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed concern at the pandemonium created in Parliament as well as state legislatures by opposition parties.




  • Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has categorically stated that judiciary has no right to formulate law and govern administration. Addressing the plenary session of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in Patna, Mr Prasad said, these rights have been given to the elected government.




  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family visited the Taj Mahal in Agra today. In the visitor's book, Mr Trudeau termed the visit as wonderful saying that the Taj Mahal is one the most beautiful places in the world.




  • President Ram Nath Kovind today said, the government has brought various schemes in order to encourage self-employment. Addressing the diamond jubilee celebrations of PGDAV College in New Delhi, Mr Kovind said, the definition of employment has changed.



  • President Ram Nath Kovind has said, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement and International North-South Transport Corridor will not only open immense opportunities of development and prosperity in India, Iran and Afghanistan, but also in the larger region. Mr Kovind said this during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi last evening.



  • South Africa beat India by five wickets in the third Women’s T20 Cricket International encounter in Johannesburg today.



  • Streets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims today after a blaze broke out the night before. However, the extent of damage due to the fire remained unclear.




  • An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country's Zagros mountains today killing all 66 people on board. An airline official said the Aseman Airlines flight left Tehran's Mehrabad airport around 0800 local time for the city of Yasuj in Isfahan province and disappeared from the radar shortly after that.



  • An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country's Zagros mountains today killing all 66 people on board.



  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family visited the Taj Mahal in Agra today. In the visitor's book, Mr Trudeau termed the visit as wonderful saying that the Taj Mahal is one the most beautiful places in the world.



  • President Ram Nath Kovind today said, the government has brought various schemes in order to encourage self-employment. Addressing the diamond jubilee celebrations of PGDAV College in New Delhi, Mr Kovind said, the definition of employment has changed.



  • Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia today, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods. The country's Bureau of Meteorology said, the storm crossed the coast early this morning with winds that gusted up to 150 kms per hour.


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