MNF back at helm in Mizoram after a decade (Second Lead) (17 minutes ago)
Aizawl, Dec 15 (IANS) Days after ending Congress' 10-year rule in Mizoram, Mizo National Front (MNF) chief Zoramthanga on Saturday took oath as the Chief Minister of the northeastern state for a third term.

Modi government behind 'factual bloomers' in SC Rafale verdict: Congress (27 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Blaming the Narendra Modi government for the "factual bloomers" in the Supreme Court judgment in the Rafale deal, the Congress on Saturday asserted that the apex court was neither the right forum to examine the corruption in the deal nor the verdict was a "clean chit" for the BJP-led Centre.

11 killed in J&K gunfight, clashes (Fourth Lead) (15:10) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Eleven people were killed on Saturday in a gunfight and subsequent clashes in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, in one of the bloodiest days in the valley's recent history.

Congress sabotaging India's security preparedness: Javadekar (14:46) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Dec 15 (IANS) The Congress is trying to sabotage the country's security preparedness by raking up the Rafale deal issue, despite the Supreme Court ruling that there was no need for a probe, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said here on Saturday.

Striking doctors may face ESMA: Manipur CM (14:18) IANS Photo Service
Imphal, Dec 15 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said here on Saturday that the government might deal with the striking doctors of the J.N. Institute Medical Science under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA.

Zoramthanga's loyalty to Mizo cause helped him return to power after a decade (Profile) (14:14)
By Sujit Chakraborty IANS Photo Service
Aizawl, Dec 15 (IANS) Militant leader-turned-politician, Zoramthangas intense acumenship took his party, the Mizo National Front (MNF), to govern Mizoram, the country's second least populous state, for a third term. It also obliquely helped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to accomplish its mission to make a "Congress-mukt (free) northeast".

Tulsi Ramsay: Kindhearted director who gave shivers to filmgoers (Tribute) (13:56)
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Tulsi Ramsay, the shiver-giver of the 1970s and 1980s, who together with his six brothers constituted a palladium of horror and supernatural thrills, is no more. Actor Anil Dhawan and singer-composer Bappi Lahiri recall the late director as an affable and hardworking man of integrity.

'Yes-man Das' dangerous as RBI Governor, warns Shiv Sena (13:48) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) In a no-holds-barred assault, the Shiv Sena here on Saturday termed the appointment of new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das as "dangerous" with a potential to unleash 'financial terror' in the country.

MNF takes office in Mizoram after a decade (Lead) (13:46) IANS Photo Service
Aizawl, Dec 15 (IANS) The Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Saturday assumed office in Mizoram, ending the Congress' 10-year rule in the state.

Modi instigating violence in Kerala: CPI-M leader (13:38) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A top Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of instigating violence in Kerala.

Mamata considers tea tourism to benefit tea gardens (13:38) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday mentioned that her government will consider tea tourism to benefit tea plantations in the state.

Will question Attorney General, CAG on Rafale: Kharge (13:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Keeping the pot boiling, PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday said he will press for summoning the Attorney General and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to ask them when was the public auditor's report tabled and when did the PAC examine it, a day after a row broke out over Supreme Court's reference to the issue.

11 killed in J&K gunfight, clashes (Third Lead) (13:28) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Three militants and a soldier were killed on Saturday during a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, while seven civilians died in subsequent clashes in the area, police said.

MNF takes office in Mizoram (13:16) IANS Photo Service
Aizawl, Dec 15 (IANS) The Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Saturday assumed office, ending the Congress' 10-year rule in the state.

10 killed in J&K gunfight, clashes (Second Lead) (12:42) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) Three militants and a soldier were killed on Saturday during a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, while six other civilians died in subsequent clashes in the area, police said.

'Naal' is a sparkling gem, but it oversells idyllic village life (Column: Bollywood Spotight) (12:38)
By Subhash K. Jha
Enough has been said and written about "Sairat". In 2018, we even saw a shoddy remake of what we all declared to be the game-changing classic of Marathi cinema.

Slain civilian in J&K clashes leaves behind Indonesian wife (12:24) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) One of the two civilians killed in clashes with the security forces on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, leaves behind an Indonesian wife and a three-month-old baby.

Mumbai-Lucknow IndiGo flight grounded after bomb threat alert (12:14) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) An IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Lucknow via Delhi was grounded after a woman passenger alerted the Mumbai Airport authorities of an alleged bomb threat on Saturda, official sources said.

It's special working with family: Singer Shaan (12:02)
By Natalia Ningthoujam IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Shaan and Sagarika burst on the pop music scene in the 1990s as the singing siblings. Years later, Shaan teamed up with his sons Soham and Shubh for a song in a Bollywood film. The "Jab se tere naina" hitmaker says it is special working with family, but it's not different from collaborating with other singers.

Novel use for graphene found -- detecting brain disorders (12:02)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) Graphene, a form of carbon and the super-strong, ultra-light material discovered in 2004, enables flexible electronic components, enhances solar cell capacity, and promises to revolutionise batteries. Now scientists have added one more use to this list.

Say no when required: Malaika Arora on focus on her personal life (11:50)
By Nivedita IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) She is one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood and is currently in the news more for her personal relationship, but Malaika Arora says that it comes with the territory. She feels one needs to strike the right balance and say "no" when required.

Mergers will kill branches when the need is for branch expansion: AIBEA (11:38)
Chennai, Dec 15 (IANS) At a time when India is largely unbanked or underbanked with low density of banks, merger of banks will result in killing of branches and would divert attention from recovering huge outstanding loans, said a top leader of the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA).

Tribunal set up to adjudicate ban on Manipur insurgent groups (11:30)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Centre on Saturday set up a tribunal to adjudicate matters related to a ban imposed on Manipur insurgent groups collectively known as the 'Meitei Extremist Organisations'.

Dearth of representation of women's strength in films frustrating: Amber Heard (10:58)
By Sugandha Rawal IANS Photo Service
Manila, Dec 15 (IANS) Amber Heard feels there is a tendency to pit women against one another in Hollywood and they are made to be part of an imagined competition. But that's far from the truth.

Leveraging community leaders to build resilience against climate change in urban areas (Comment) (10:58)
By Vineeth Menon and Shreejith Borthakur
While cities cover only two per cent of the global land area, they contribute around 70 per cent of the global greenhouse emissions, one of the main drivers of climate change.

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