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India to issue chip-based e-passport: Modi

VARANASI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

States, UTs told to respond to proposed law on custodial torture

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories (UTs) to file their responses to the Centre's proposed law on curbing custodial torture and death.

Government devises mechanism to check farmers' exploitation by custom hiring centres

NEW DELHI:  The revelation that many Custom Hiring Centres (CHC) are not transferring to farmers in north India the benefits of the subsidy on renting agricultural machinery to avoid burning of post-harvest stubble has forced the government to devise a mechanism to keep a tab on them.

IPS officer's brother among 3 militants killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR:  Three militants, including the brother of an IPS officer, were killed and a soldier injured on Tuesday in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district.

Thousands pay homage to Tumakuru seer

TUMAKURU (KARNATAKA): Thousands of people from across Karnataka have paid homage to the 111-year-old seer Shivakumara Swami at the Siddaganga Mutt on the town's outskirts, said an official on Tuesday.

New Google policy to reveal political ad-spend in India

NEW DELHI:  As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, Google on Tuesday announced an updated election ads policy that will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing them on Google platforms and how much money is being spent.

Sun Phrama stocks jump 5% after clarifications

MUMBAI:  Drug major Sun Phrama's shares gained over 5 per cent during Tuesday's morning trade session after clarifications by the company on various issues including its dealing with Suraksha Realty.

Kohli named captain of both ICC Test, ODI Teams of the Year

DUBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli was on Tuesday named captain of both the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test and ODI Teams of the Year following his remarkable show in 2018 both as batsman and skipper.

Punjab Health Minister denies any move to handover hospitals to private parties

CHANDIGARH: Taking cognizance of media reports that the State Government has decided to hand over health institutions especially Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres situated in rural areas to private parties in PPP mode. Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra clarified in a press communiqué that there is no such move to hand over these institutions to private parties.

White hills in Himachal, tourists make merry

SHIMLA:  The Himachal Pradesh capital and picturesque Manali and Dalhousie on Tuesday witnessed more snow that snapped road links, however, tourists made merry by hurling snowballs at one another.

‘Will ensure no officer with BJP link makes the cut’: Congress on CBI chief’s selection

NEW DELHI: The January 24 meeting of the high-powered selection committee headed by the Prime Minister to select the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to add to the controversy surrounding the federal investigative agency with Congress leaders saying Mallikarjun Kharge will play hardball to ensure that no officer with any link to or relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) makes the cut.

11 dead after 2 ships catch fire in Kerch Strait off Russia coast, 15 Indians among crew

MOSCOW: Two ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members have caught fire in the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from Russia, killing at least 11 persons, media reports said on Tuesday.

Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya celebrate 47th Statehood Day

AGARTALA: Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya celebrated their 47th Statehood Day on Monday.

Nitish Kumar demands caste-based census in 2021

PATNA: With the 2019 general elections round the corner, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday stressed the need for a caste-based census in 2021 and supported the demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions according to caste population.

AIPEF cautions against pitfalls in privitasing power distribution

CHANDIGARH: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2018 will bring competition and choice for the final consumer, claims the government but practically this is going to further divide the unbundled electricity industry into numerous fragments making the way for private companies to cherry pick the profitable areas and consumers, said V K Gupta Spokesperson All India power Engineers Federation (AIPEF). The state sector incumbent power distribution  companies will be left with the obligation of serving loss making areas comprising of low paying consumers.

Javadekar's remark reflect BJP's fascist thinking: Owaisi

HYDERABAD:  AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that central Minister Prakash Javadekar's warning of anarchy if Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't retain power reflects the 'fascist thinking' of the BJP.

President, PM mourn Karnataka's 111-year-old seer

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday mourned the death of Karnataka's 111-year-old revered seer, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha issues notice to Khaira for disqualification

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Vidhan Sabha has issued notice to Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today, for disqualification under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

IIST co-building satellite with California, Surrey institutes

CHENNAI:  After launching several satellites built by students of different universities, the ISRO will launch one built by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in collaboration with California Institute of Technology, an Indian space agency official said.

'Mahagatbandhan' exposes opposition's fear of BJP: Rajnath

GREATER NOIDA: Asserting that the BJP is going to retain power in 2019, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the opposition's attempt to forge a 'mahagatbandhan' (grand alliance) is a sign how other parties fear the BJP.

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