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  • Wickremsinghe, who was reappointed prime minister on Sunday said this while addressing a victory rally of his United National Party (UNP) in Colombo Monday evening. He said a massive alliance will be formed to establish democracy and they will safeguard the country with that. Wickremesinghe said that his government will be asking all the political parties as to when they want the general election to be held. The prime minister conceded that his government does have shortcomings, but vowed to address them and invited the people to speak about their deficiencies. He requested the public to give them a two-thirds majority at the next general election to abolish the executive presidency once and for all. The PM said that he bows his head and salutes everyone who fought for democracy. Wickremsinghe said that if anyone thought even for a moment that they have no power, at least now they must understand their power. Thousands of people attended the rally which was planned before President Maithripala Sirisena decided to reinstate Mr. Wickremsinghe, ending a weeks long crisis. However, tensions still remain between the two individuals with President saying that he is personally against the appointment of Wickremsinghe but appointed him for parliamentary traditions and democracy.

  • Monday morning saw Ashok gehlot  sworn in as Rajasthan CM while Sachin Pilot became his deputy. For Gehlot it is the third time as CM. The oath taking of other ministers will be held at a later date. Present at the ceremony were former CM Vasundhara Raje, veteran Congress leader and former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress President rahul Gandhi among other top leaders. By afternoon another Congress leader took oath as CM of madhya Pradesh.Kamal Nath who led the congress to power in the state after 15  years.  While it is still not clear who the other faces in the council of ministers are, Monday's swearing in was attended by leaders from across the political spectrum. 72 year old Kamal Nath has served as a union minister in the UPA regime even as he took oath, however, protests were seen erupting in various places including in Dehradun and Delhi over his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti- Sikh riots.In the evening, it was the turn of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel was sworn in as the Cm of the state after the Cong's resounding victory in the assembly polls. The Congress victory in 3 states in the assembly polls may be a big boost for a party that was fast declining but its attempt to project its 3 wins as a united opposition front did not come to fruition as neither of its 2 major allies in MP. The SP and BSP were present at the function. Alternatively, the presence of AAP leaders who shared the stage at these ceremonies has raised many eyebrows and questions of whats brewing in these two camps.

  • A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel convicted Kumar for criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and acts against communal harmony. The high court said Kumar's life imprisonment will be for the remainder of his life and asked him to surrender by December 31. It also asked him not to leave Delhi before that. The conviction of five others former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar were also upheld by the high court. The high court was hearing the appeals filed by the CBI, riots victims and the convicts, challenging a trial court's judgement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which Kumar was acquitted. The high court had on March 29 last year issued show cause notices to 11 accused, including Khokhar and Yadav, in five 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases which were earlier closed. The riots broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

  • Met officials have warned of heavy rain in Coastal Andhra Pradesh. East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry are likely to experience very heavy rainfall. Alert has been issued in parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam district of Puducherry and South coastal districts of Odisha.  The district administration of Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari, East Godavari, Prakasam, Nellore, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam have been put on high in view of the impending cyclone. Local administration declared a holiday for schools. No-3 warning flags have been hoisted at the ports in all Coastal districts and sirens arranged in vulnerable areas to the people.  Teams from the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been deployed mainly in the central Coastal Andhra Pradesh districts to meet any eventuality. The potential impact of the cyclone was already felt yesterday.  Temperatures at some places on the coastal area dipped and cold weather conditions prevailed. Some parts experienced light drizzle due to the influence of the cyclone storm. Cyclone shelters have been opened in some coastal districts and transportation facility has been arranged to evacuate people.  Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the official machinery to be on high and take measures for the safety of people in the vulnerable areas.  Meanwhile, farmers are facing hardships as the crops especially paddy is either ready for harvesting or on the fields just after cutting.  Cancellation of Trains Due to “Cyclone Phethai”     In view of heavy rain due to “Cyclone Phethai" the following passenger trains are cancelled on 17th December, 2018 as detailed below:-  1. Train No. 67300 Vijayawada-Rajahmundry MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 04:30 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 2. Train No. 67295 Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Rajahmundry at 11:15 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 3. Train No. 67244 Visakhapatnam-Kakinada Port MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 17:00 on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 4. Train No. 67242 Kakinada Port-Vijayawada MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Kakinada Port at 04:15 hr on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 5. Train No. 67221 Vijayawada-Tenali MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 09:45 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 6. Train No. 67222 Tenali-Guntur MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Tenali at 11:00 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 7. Train No. 67225 Guntur-Tenali MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Guntur at 17:00 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 8. Train No. 67226 Tenali-Vijayawada MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Tenali at 18:00 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 9. Train No. 67227 Vijayawada-Tenali MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 19:25 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 10. Train No. 67228 Tenali-Guntur MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Tenali at 20:20 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 11. Train No. 67296 Visakhapatnam-Rajahmundry MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 18:20 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 12. Train No. 67241 Vijayawada-Kakinada Port MEMU passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 19:40 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 13. Train No. 77242 Rajahmundry-Bhimavaram DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Rajahmundry at 04:25 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 14. Train No. 77237 Bhimavaram-Rajahmundry DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Bhimavaram at 07:30 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 15. Train No. 77238 Rajahmundry-Bhimavaram DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Rajahmundry at 11:45 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 16. Train No. 77231 Bhimavaram-Nidadavolu DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Bhimavaram at 16:05 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 17. Train No. 77240 Nidadavolu-Bhimavaram DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Nidadavolu at 18:25 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 18. Train No. 77206 Bhimavaram-Vijayawada DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Bhimavaram at 21:10 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 19. Train No. 77294 Rajahmundry-Narasapur DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Rajahmundry at 08:00 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 20. Train No. 77295 Narasapur-Guntur DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Narasapur at 12:40 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 21. Train No. 77230 Guntur-Vijayawada DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Guntur at 20:10 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled. 22. Train No. 77269 Vijayawada-Machilipatnam DEMU passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 21:20 hrs on 17th December, 2018 is cancelled

  • The two leaders are expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations. After the talks, agreements are expected to be inked between the two countries. Maldivian President's visit comes nearly a month after PM Modi attended Solih's swearing-in ceremony in Male. India is a leading development partner of Maldives and has established many of the leading institutions in the island nation. Capacity building and skills development is one of the key components of India’s assistance to Maldives. Both countries signed a trade agreement in 1981, which provides for export of essential commodities. Growing from modest beginnings, India-Maldives bilateral trade now stands at 700 crore rupees.

  • The proud Nation celebrated Vijay Diwas on Sunday. The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in the unilateral and unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini after their defeat in the war. The anniversary of Vijay Divas is being observed across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation. In the national capital New Delhi, Defence Minister and heads of all three wings of the Indian armed forces paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. The President in a tweet said  .. we remember with gratitude our Armed Forces who defended our nation and upheld universal values of human liberty in 1971. In particular, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in that valiant effort. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the overall internal security scenario in the country has vastly improved during the last four years. He said, there has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation, particularly in the North Eastern region. He was addressing a Vijay Diwas function in New Delhi. He stressed the need for igniting patriotism among the youth and said, they should know about the sacrifices and valour of the jawans of the armed forces. Stating that the Society has to stand up with the Veterans today, the Home Minister said, an action plan needs to be framed to preserve individual honour and nation's integrity among the citizens. Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman remembered the valour and sacrifice of the brave soldiers of the 1971 war. In a tweet, she said that the might, bravery, and resolve of the Indian Armed Forces compelled the Pakistani forces to put their weapons down in just 14 days, turning it into one of the biggest surrenders in modern history. Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also saluted to the unparalleled valor of India's armed forces. The I&B minister in a tweet said..  In 1971, on this day, our armed forces defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh was born. The legendary courage and sacrifice of our armed forces will continue to inspire India for generations to come."      

  • Naval aircraft have flown 11 sorties along the East coast over last two days to broadcast warnings to the fishermen at sea of the impending cyclone and advise them to return to nearest the harbour for shelter. Additionally, naval ships at sea have also been warning the fishermen to return to harbour. Indian Naval ships are standing by to render Humanitarian Assistance and Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. Additional medical teams, divers, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in sufficient quantities have been kept standby. Diving teams with inflatable Gemini boats and associated diving equipment have been kept standby for immediate deployment for relief and rescue operations.  ENC is monitoring the developments closely and is in constant communication with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA) to augment the rescue and relief operations. Aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Stations INS Dega and INS Rajali to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded as required. Fishermen from Odissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu coasts have been advised not to venture into sea view deteriorating weather condition in the area with winds gusting over 100 kmph, very high swell conditions and widespread rainfall.

  • Virat Kohli has become the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test between India and Australia at the brand new Optus Stadium. Don Bradman took just a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds but Kohli has left Sachin Tendulkar behind who took 130 innings to score as many hundreds in Tests. This is Virat Kohli's seventh Test hundred vs Australia while his 6th Down Under. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7th hundred while this is Indian captain's 14th hundred in away Tests. This is also Virat Kohli's 18th Test century as the captain of the team, which goes on to show exactly how much he has led his team from the front and has taken captaincy as a means to improve himself. On Sunday took India out of deep waters after he walked in to bat with Indian scoreboard reading 8 for 2. On a tough wicket that had quite a bit of bounce, Kohli reached his hundred in 214 deliveries. With his sixth Test century in Australia, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar's record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under. Ahead of this tour, Kohli had scored five hundreds -- one in Adelaide in 2012 and four centuries if the 2014-15 tour which includes the twin hundreds at Adelaide. Tendulkar and Kohli are the only two batsmen to slam six hundreds in Australia in the last 70 years. Kohli also takes the second place in the list of most runs by a Test captain in away Tests in a calendar year.  

  • Ranil Wickremsinghe was sworn in as Prime minister on Sunday morning by President Maithripala Sirisena thus bringing an end to weeks long political crisis in the country. Wickremesinghe after swearing in, expressed his gratitude to all citizens who demanded democracy in unison during Sri Lanka’s political crisis. He said that unfortunately the country’s journey forward and the development launched by his government came to a halt. He vowed that the first thing they will look to achieve is to restore of normalcy in the country and  kick start the development activities. President Sirisena said he has given Premiership to Ranil Wickremesinghe while honouring Parliamentary traditions and democracy. His office said in a statement that his previous statement on not appointing Ranil even if 225 MPs support him, was his personal political opinion. The statement also claimed Wickremsinghe side assured they would not bring impeachment motion against President and pledged to cooperate with him.  Wickremsinghe was removed as Prime Minister on October 26 and replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned yesterday after failing to garner majority in Parliament.  This is the fifth time Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as Prime minister which is a record in Sri Lanka. The cabinet of ministers will be sworn in next week and a vote of account will be presented to meet expenditure for first two months of New Year. The culmination of weeks long crisis has come as a major political victory for Wickremsinghe who emerged winner among the three key players. Rajapaksa had to resign as prime minister on Saturday while President Sirisena is under criticism for this actions.

  • Prime Minister Narendara Modi inaugurated or laid the foundation stone of various develppment projects in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. The seven projects worth 355.90 crores related to Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation, six projects worth 21.41 crores for construction of Ghats under Namami Gange program; two more projects related to Namami Gange program; 111 projects related to Public Works Department; 16 proejects related to Railways and 157 other projects for development in the Uttar Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister highlighted the key initiatives taken by the governnment for clean Gange. Prime MInister said that, 50 ghats out of 150 ghats so far have been renovated under Namami Gange program. Prime MInsiter also said that govt has sanctioned more than Rs 24,000 crore for Ganga cleaning under Namami Gange programme. Prime Minister also said that state govt and centrral govt are working together to make the Kumbh a successful event. Prime MInsiter also said that, whichever country he visited during last one and half year, he invited people to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh, so that world can see the real beauty of India.  Attacking Congress, Prime Minster said that one can expect no good from Congress. Prime Minister said that Congress has always regarded itself above law and above any democratic institution. On the occasion, Prime MIniter also released coffee table book ' Making of Kumbh' Earlier, Prime Minister Modi performed Ganga pooja at Sangam Ghat. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied him. Prime Minister Modi also visited Akshayvat, in Prayagraj. Prime Minister Modi also visited the Swachh Kumbh exhibition in Prayagraj.  

  • Both teams failed to score in the regulation time and the match went to penalty shoot-outs in which Belgium proved superior. This is Belgium's first ever World Cup title.

  • Earlier Prime Minister Modi  inspected the Modern Rail Coach Factory. He took a round of the factory and interacted with the workers there. PM Modi was apprised by the officials of  the works being carried out at the Factory. He also inspected Humsafar Rake at the Factory and collected information about the operation of the moder coach being produced for several high speed trains. Officials presented Prime Minister  a replica of the Rail coach factory. PM Modi also launched several development projects worth over one thousand crore rupees at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister Modi said that Modern Rail Coach Factory was approved in 2007 and the aim was to make 1,000 new coaches. He said, only three per cent of the machines were working in 2014 but after coming to power NDA government changed this. He said, Raebareli coach factory will soon be a global hub. The Prime Minister  said that the factory will produce coach of high-speed trains, metro trains and aluminium coaches. He said, the expansion of coach factory would generate employment opportunities for people. Prime Minister said, earlier governments neglected the development of Rae Bareli but the Central government is committed to it. He said, development in Raebareli is also fast-growing. On Rafale deal, PM Modi accused Congress of spreading lies for personal gains and compromising national security. The Prime Minister said that  country will neither forget nor forgive the previous government’s attitude towards the defence forces. He said that  government is trying its best that those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the country should not face any difficulty.       

  • In the summit clash Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in 1 hour and 2 minutes. It is indeed a great victory for PV Sindhu after all the silvers in the recent past. Jinx has finally been broken after being the second best in Olympics, World Championships, CWG and Asian Games.

  • Indian pacers took four wickets in the final session but Australia managed to take a lead of 175 runs in Perth. Riding on a gritty 35-run partnership between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, Australia were 132 for four at stumps on Day 3. Skipper Tim Paine and Khawaja  were unbeaten at the cease when umpires decided to call it a day. Earlier, Nathan Lyon took five for 67 as India were bowled out for 283 in the first innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test. After a terrific century from skipper Virat Kohli in the morning session, the lower middle order disappointed once again and crumbled in the post-lunch session, ending 43 runs behind Australia's first innings total. Virat Kohli produced a masterclass but Australia bounced back with two quick wickets towards the end of the session. The Indian skipper got to his 25th Test century with a lovely punch down the ground just after the second new ball was taken.  

  • The two sides reviewed the broad gamut of the multi-faceted India-France bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers discussed strategic partnership between the two nations, through maritime cooperation in Indo Pacific, and cooperation in civil nuclear, defence, space, trade and economic sectors.

  • The CBI had earlier informed the court that they needed to confront Michel with some documents and witnesses, and take him to Mumbai too. Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the VVIP chopper case by the ED and the CBI. He was brought to India on the night of December 4, following his extradition by the UAE in connection with the case.

  • French FM also holds talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.  JY Le Drian said French companies are investing and innovating in India under Make in India programme.  

  • The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sirnoo village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday morning after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, an Army official said. The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security personnel. Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in the gunfight, he said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was not known yet. Massive clashes broke out between youths and the security forces in the area following the encounter. 

  • The tragic incident occurred on Friday evening when a minitruck skidded off the road and plunged 500 meters at Ghyanphedi area of Dupcheshwor Rural Municipality-1 in Nuwakot district. According to police 19 people died on the spot while one person lost his life during treatment. Seventeen persons have also been injured in the accident and they have been brought to Kathmandu for treatment. More than 40 people were on board in the ill fated truck.  

  • He said the economy is now fairly large to display a certain degree of resilience. Speaking at the inauguration of the FICCI Annual General Meeting in New Delhi on Friday, Jaitley, said the government will stick to the 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target in the current financial year. He said there is a need to focus on several unreformed sectors in the economy. He also cited the need to improve credit flow and tackle liquidity. The Minister said the government intends to overtake the UK in terms of GDP and come close to Japan in terms of GDP not per capita income in course of the next few years. On RBI, Jaitley said government respects its autonomy and indepence. He said that pointing out credit and liquidity issues is not infringing on autonomy.  

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