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Astronaut Eugene Cernan, last man on to walk on moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Eugene Cernan, last man on to walk on moon, dies at 82

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 17 : Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.

The family Cernan announced that he passed away today following ongoing health issues.

"It is with very deep sadness that we share the loss of our beloved husband and father," said Cernan's family. "Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend."

Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.

SP 'cycle' war to continue at EC today

SP 'cycle' war to continue at EC today

New Delhi [India], Jan 13 : The Election Commission on Friday will hear the warring Samajwadi Party factions i.e. of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other of his son Akhilesh Yadav, staking claims over the party symbol 'cycle'.

Candidates from both, Mulayam and Akhilesh camps cannot fight election on 'cycle' symbol at the same time, therefore, the EC will have to take a call on the issue before the filing of nominations begins.

The Samajwadi Party in-fight refuses to subside, as the current stalemate between Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over the post of the party president, failed to reach a conclusion.

Chinese delegation may meet Trump team in Davos

Chinese delegation may meet Trump team in Davos

Beijing [China], Jan. 13 : There is possibility of a meeting between the Chinese delegation and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team members on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week.

According to observers, with concerns over trade protectionism and anti-globalization swirling, such a meeting could help narrow positions on trade and sensitive political issues, reports the China Daily.

President Xi Jinping will lead the Chinese delegation to Switzerland for a state visit from Sunday to Wednesday. On Tuesday, he will become the first top Chinese leader to attend the Davos meeting.

PIA flight crash: Black box data reveals only one engine was working

PIA flight crash: Black box data reveals only one engine was working

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 13 : The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) findings from the black box data of crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 has revealed that only one of the plane's engines was working when it crashed.

Flight PK-661, carrying 48 passengers and crew, had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on December 7, 2016. There were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.

CAA Secretary Irfan Elahi shared the authority's findings with the Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedures and Privileges, reports the Dawn.

According to the secretary, both engines of the aircraft were running "100 percent" fine when the plane took off from Chitral. But only one of the plane's engines was working when the plane crashed.

Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

New York [USA], Jan. 12 : Taiwan has reportedly deployed fighter jets, a surveillance aircraft and Navy frigates in response to the movement of China's lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

The Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier, entered the strait, part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, after training exercises in the South China Sea.

The Chinese vessels moved through waters off Shantou in the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong early Wednesday morning and continued north, reports the CNN.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is on a Central American tour, has been briefed about the situation and requested that officials in Taipei closely monitor the movements of the Chinese vessels.

Knights of Malta challenge Pope Francis's authority over condom row

Knights of Malta challenge Pope Francis's authority over condom row

London [UK], Jan. 12 : Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order, the Knights of Malta, that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms.

Albrecht von Boeselager was suspended December 8 after he refused a demand by the top Knight, Matthew Festing, to resign over revelations that the order's charity branch distributed tens of thousands of condoms in Myanmar under his watch, reports the CNN.

The Catholic church bans the use of contraception.

The ancient order has also warned its members to toe the line if they choose to speak with investigators.

Trump finally acknowledges Russian involvement in DNC hack

Trump finally acknowledges Russian involvement in DNC hack

New York [USA], Jan. 12 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for the first time has acknowledged Russian involvement in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server hack but refuted intelligence reports that Moscow acted to help him win the presidential race.

"I think it was Russia," the CNN quoted Trump as saying at a news conference in New York on Wednesday.

He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks U.S. targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cyber-security programs.

The news conference opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a "political witch hunt" following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

Alibaba apologises for posting inaccurate maps of China, US on Twitter

Alibaba apologises for posting inaccurate maps of China, US on Twitter

Beijing [China], Jan. 12 : Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has apologised for posting on Twitter an illustration with inaccurate maps of both China and the U.S.

On the map of China, neither Taiwan nor the South China Sea islands were marked, reports the People's Daily.

The illustration was posted on Alibaba's official Twitter account to explain the trade opportunities between small businesses in the U.S. and customers in China.

However, the maps soon drew criticism for excluding Alaska and Hawaii on the U.S. side, and Taiwan and the South China Sea islands on the Chinese side.

Supreme Court to hear plea filed by banks' against Vijay Mallya today

Supreme Court to hear plea filed by banks' against Vijay Mallya today

New Delhi [India], Jan. 11 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear the plea filed by SBI-led consortium of banks against liquor baron Vijay Mallya for recovery of more than Rs 9,000 crore from him.

The consortium of banks had approached the apex court seeking its intervention in bringing back Mallya to India and also repayment of money which the beleaguered businessman, who has absconded to England, had taken.

The banks, in their plea, told the apex court that there was an outstanding loan of almost Rs. 9,000 crores against the businessman.

The banks have argued that the business tycoon has not been candid with the court regarding his assets, citing the failure to disclose the severance package he received from Diageo Plc as part of his exit from United Spirits Ltd.

Important for GST be implemented before September 16: Jaitley

Important for GST be implemented before September 16: Jaitley

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], Jan. 11 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said it is important that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) be implemented before September 16.

The Finance Minister, while addressing the media, said, "It is important that the Goods Services Tax (GST) must be implemented before the September 16 however we would want it to get implemented by April. It is necessary to implement it before 16 April."

Jaitley further said the country needs bold reforms to transform the economy.

Talking about the recent demonetisation move, he said GST and demonetisation would boost growth in economy.

"After the transient impact, demonetisation would lead to a cleaner and larger GDP," he said at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit here.

Pak under pressure from India's successful missile programmes: Ex- army chief Gen. Kapoor

Pak under pressure from India's successful missile programmes

New Delhi [India], Jan. 11 : Pakistan is getting pressurised by India's successful missile programmes and is trying to match its neighbour's nuclear infrastructure by resorting to propaganda on missile systems, said former army chief General (Retd.) Deepak Kapoor on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, Kapoor stated that Pakistan is desperately trying to match India's nuclear triad, comprising of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), strategic bombers, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

Pakistan on Monday claimed to have successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, giving the country a "credible" second-strike capability

Kanpur: Police seizes Rs. 10 crore in new currency notes

Kanpur: Police seizes Rs. 10 crore in new currency notes

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan. 11 : During a routine checking, the Kanpur Police on Tuesday recovered Rs. 10 crore in new currency notes from two cars which were heading towards Hamirpur and Lucknow.

Unable to provide any proper backing for carrying such a hefty amount of money, the police confiscated the amount and inquired the driver about the same.

The police had received information about money being carried for the upcoming assembly elections, due to which it had launched the checking operation. (ANI)

'Yes we can, yes we did': Teary eyed Obama radiates optimism in farewell address

'Yes we can, yes we did': Teary eyed Obama radiates optimism in farewell address

Washington D.C. [U.S.], Jan. 11 : United States President Barack Obama said goodbye to his nation today in an emotional address enriched with wisdom and optimism, asserting that he would never give up on his vision for change and reminding Americans that they made him a better leader.

"This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," Obama said from a packed hall of supporters in his adopted hometown.

"After eight years as your President, I still believe that," he went on. "And it's not just my belief. It's the beating heart of our American idea -- our bold experiment in self-government."

Yahoo is not changing its name to Altaba

Yahoo is not changing its name to Altaba

San Francisco [U.S.], Jan. 10 : Contrary to some news reports on Monday internet giant Yahoo is not going to change its name but only a part of the company that is not being sold to Verizon will be renamed "Altaba".

The CEO Marissa Mayer is to step down from its board, but will continue remain in the post, reports the guardian.

Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo's search engine and web portal for USD 4.83 billion back in July. However, Yahoo's shareholders held onto the company's lucrative investments - including a 36 percent stake in Yahoo Japan and a 16 percent stake in Alibaba - and patent portfolio. This remaining entity has no product and no staff members.

Pak govt. begins consultations for reinstatement of military courts

Pak govt. begins consultations for reinstatement of military courts

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 10 : The Pakistan government has begun consultations for a constitutional amendment to reinstate military courts for a period which will be decided by political parties in Parliament.

The announcement, which came during a high-level government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, came a day after the special military courts ceased to function upon expiration of its mandated period, reports the Express Tribune

The meeting emphasised that military courts had played an important role at a crucial juncture against terrorism and extremism, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House.

The courts translated actions under operation Zarb-e-Azab to meaningful and tangible national gains, it added.

Oxford University Press to showcase print, digital, blended learning solutions at World Book Fair

Oxford University Press to showcase print, digital, blended learning solutions

New Delhi [India], January 10 : Oxford University Press (OUP), the world's largest university press, is participating at the New Delhi World Book Fair, that is going on from Jaunary 7 to 15, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

OUP will showcase its vast range of print books, digital and blended learning solutions at stall numbers 179-202 in hall 18, which will also incorporate a digital corner.

MEA comes to aid of Indian sailors in abandoned ships

MEA comes to aid of Indian sailors in abandoned ships

New Delhi [India], Jan. 9 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that India will help out its sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Abandoned by their employer in leaking ships, at least 41 Indian sailors found support from the External Affairs Minister, who stepped in to help them following a SOS.

Taking to Titter, Swaraj said, "We have contacted the Captains of the two vessels, Ship owners, port authorities and the Government."

"They have essential supplies of for next two weeks. We are helping in the settlement of their dues and release of the crew," she tweeted.

She further said in her tweet that the government has asked the mission to ensure that Indian sailors do not suffer for want of essential supplies.

Odisha: CBI arrests Rourkela Steel Plant Executive Director on graft charges

Odisha: CBI arrests Rourkela Steel Plant Executive Director on graft charges

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Jan. 9 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Rourkela Steel Plant Executive Director B.P. Burma allegedly for taking bribe.

Burma was arrested on the allegation of taking Rs. one lakh bribe to pass a tender.

The CBI also seized Rs. 20 lakh (in Rs. 2,000 notes) after raids at Burma's residence.

The investigation into seizure of huge cash of Rs. 2,000 denomination from Burma's possession is currently underway.

More details to be followed. (ANI)

Jerusalem truck attacker was ISIS supporter: Israel PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalem [Israel], Jan. 9 : Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that all signs point out to the attacker who rammed the truck into a group of soldiers and killed four of them being an ISIS supporter.

"All signs point to the attacker being an Islamic State supporter," linking the ramming to similar attacks in Europe, The Times of Israel quoted Netanyahu, as saying.

Visiting the site of the incident, the Prime Minister said there could be a link between the attacks in France and Germany with attack in Jerusalem.

The local media identified the attacker as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

ISIS claims 2 suicide bombings in Baghdad; 16 people killed

ISIS claims 2 suicide bombings in Baghdad; 16 people killed

New York [U.S.], Jan. 9 : ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings at the Baghdad markets on Sunday in which 16 people were killed.

According to CNN, the attacks occurred on the same day as anti-ISIS forces charged on the terrorist outfit's stronghold in Mosul.

The first explosion happened when a driver blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at the Alwat-Jamila market in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City, in which at least 11 people were killed and 25 injured.

In the second attack, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a busy market in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of al-Baladiyat, in the which the police said, that at least five people were killed, and 12 were wounded.



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