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Regional parties show 20% dip in donations above Rs 20,000 (2 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Twenty-one regional political parties received a total of Rs 107.62 crore in donations of or above Rs 20,000 in 2015-16, compared with Rs 134.86 crore in the previous year, showing a dip of about 20 per cent, a study by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) showed.

IAF appeals citizens to not to litter (4 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Ahead of the Republic Day Parade fly-past, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday appealed to citizens of Delhi not to throw eatables, garbage, or animal carcasses in the open which may attract birds and endanger aircraft.

Cabinet gives nod to electronic manufacturing incentive scheme (6 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for amendments in the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to further incentivise investments in electronic sector and moving towards the goal of 'Net Zero Imports' in electronics by 2020.

Telangana to pressurise Centre for 12 percent Muslim quota: CM (10 minutes ago)
Hyderabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Telangana will pass a bill to provide 12 percent reservations to Muslims in the state and bring pressure on the Union Government to include the law in Constitution's 9th schedule as was done in case of Tamil Nadu, said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday.

Mining begins in accident-hit Jharkhand ECL mine (18 minutes ago)
Ranchi, Jan 18 (IANS) With rescue operation still halted, mining activity has been resumed at the Lalmatia mine of Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) in Jharkhand where 18 persons were killed in a December 30 accident, an official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet nod for repealing 105 redundant laws (28 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Continuing the endeavour in doing away with old and archaic laws, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved repealing of 105 laws.

President returns Netaji Subhas IT Bill to Delhi Assembly (17:04)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Thursday said that President Pranab Mukherjee has returned a bill on upgradation of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) into a university back to the assembly for reconsideration.

Mobile screen-recorded short film 'WhatsUpMom' goes viral (17:00)
Kochi, Jan 18 (IANS) A 90-second-long mobile screen-recorded short film 'WhatsUpMom', videographed by Mathukutty Xavier to break away from the monotony of doing a script of debut film, has gone viral and crossed six lakh views and 7,000 shares in 50 hours.

Congress veteran N.D. Tiwari, son join BJP (Lead) (16:32)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his son Rohit Shekhar, a month before elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

MoU between India and Russia approved by cabinet (16:26)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to an MoU on youth exchange programmes with Russia to help promote exchange of ideas, values and culture between the two countries, an official statement said.

CoJ to draw up calendar for recruitment of judicial officers in India (16:14)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar has set up a Committee of Judges (CoJ) to draw up a calendar for the recruitment of judges to subordinate judiciary that would be uniformly adhered to across the country.

Indigenously developed iron-fortified rice premix to address anaemia (16:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) An IIT Kharagpur team has developed the technology and machinery for the production of iron-fortified rice premix catering to India's anaemic population.

Reliance-Sibur JV to start butyl rubber plant in Gujarat (16:04)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) said on Wednesday it has signed an MoU with Russian petrochemicals major Sibur to set up South Asias first butyl rubber halogenation unit at the Indian firm's refinery site in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

NIA visits Bihar to probe Kanpur train derailment (16:02)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) An NIA team reached Bihar's Motihari district on Wednesday to investigate the alleged role of Pakistan's ISI behind the Indore-Patna Express train derailment near Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur that claimed over 100 lives.

Cyber security incidents surge in India: Study (16:00)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) There has been a surge in the number of cyber security incidents in the country with 39,730 such incidents till October 2016, a study by an industry chamber said on Wednesday.

Congress workers gherao RBI office to protest demonetisation (16:00)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Hundreds of Congress party protesters gheraoed the RBI office here on Wednesday with slogans denouncing demonetisation and the Centre's role in "destruction of the RBI's autonomy".

Accused in Punjab jail break arrested in MP (16:00)
Indore, Jan 18 (IANS) Two persons, including a terrorist who fled from a high security prison in Nabha city of Punjab in November, have been arrested here in Madhya Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.

Amarinder, Sidhu file nominations for Punjab assembly polls (Lead) (15:54)
Chandigarh, Jan 18 (IANS) Taking the political battle right into the home turf of Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Lambi assembly constituency in Muktsar district.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens closed to public Jan 20-28 (15:52)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mughal Gardens and Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex will remain closed for public from January 20 to 28, the President's office announced on Wednesday.

Is diplomacy dead? No; Lost effectiveness? May be (15:24)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Diplomacy is not dead as yet but it has lost its effectiveness to smoothen international relations and prevent conflicts and genocides in the 21st Century, according to experts.

MIT team in India to study urbanisation (15:14)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) A team of students and faculty from MIT are on a tour in India to critically study urbanisation in the developing world in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur, a statement said on Wednesday.

Himachal's Kangra achieves 100% 'geo tagging' of assets (15:12)
Shimla, Jan 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's largest district Kangra has become the country's first in 'geo tagging' of assets under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Wednesday.

Teach children Islam is not terrifying: Author Anita Nair (15:08)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Acclaimed Indian novelist Anita Nair, who has brought to the fore tales from Quran for children, says it is necessary for children to know that Islam is not a "terrifying religion" as it is made out to be.

Next from Jio 'digital mission' -- connected car app, JioTV and more (Lead) (15:00)
By Aparajita Gupta
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) In this fast-moving age, how about a car controlled by a mobile app or a TV that can store programmes and movies of the last seven days? All these will soon be possible in India, coming out of Reliance Jio's stable as part of its ‘digital lifestyle' mission.

KIMS Hospitals doubles capacity at Kondapur facility (14:54)
Hyderabad, Jan 18 (IANS) KIMS Hospitals, a leading healthcare provider in South India, has doubled its capacity to 200 beds at Kondapur, the fast growing information technology corridor of Hyderabad.

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