Sushma Swaraj holds talks Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China trilateral meeting. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on key bilateral issues. According to sources, all issues of mutual interest were discussed between the two leaders. This is the first high-level visit from China after the Doklam standoff this summer.
Jerusalem: A tale of three cities one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim, Medieval Arab geographer al-Muqaddasi once called Jerusalem “a golden bowl full of scorpions”. The holiest of the holy cities, and yet the bloodiest of them all, Jerusalem has remained the most disputed city in the world. Recently, when US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he yet again opened that sore wound that has been the cause of conflict among three of the largest religious communities in the world. While he overturned decades of international policy towards the ‘holy city’, his statement once again also brought to the forefront years of religious and geopolitical conflict that has failed to wane away in all these years.
Gujarat Election With Times: The importance of central Gujarat and BJP’s push for the tribal vote, BJP won 20 of the 38 seats up for grabs in central Gujarat in 2012. This time, it is banking on new inroads into tribal communities, which have traditionally voted Congress, in this region to offset possible losses in other areas. Election With Times travels to Devgarh Baria to bring you campaign voices from central Gujarat and the tribal areas of Gujarat in Episode 12.
Over 60 vehicles seized in R.K. Nagar, Even as officials of the Election Commission are keeping a strict vigil in Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency where a by-poll is scheduled on December 21, as many as 62 vehicles plying without permission in the constituency were seized till Sunday evening. “The seizure is to prevent money being distributed to voters,” said a senior police officer. “The vehicles will be impounded till December 21. Any campaigning vehicle without permission will be seized. Action can also be taken against persons campaigning without permission,” said Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni.
Maha Council adjourned, Govt objects to Opposition’s “nautanki” barb, The Upper House of the state legislature was adjourned for the day amid heated arguments between the government and opposition. The Leader of the Government in the House Chandrakant Patil objected to the word “nautanki” used by the Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde to describe the government’s farm loan waiver process. Earlier the Chairman of the House Ramraje Nimbalkar rejected the demand of around 10-15 MLCs including Munde to have a discussion on the farmers’ issues. The chairman however allowed Munde to speak for two minutes. Munde demanded a discussion on several issues including loan waiver implementation, crops damaged in pink-worm attacks, the remunerative price for the crops, arbitrary recovery of electricity bills and loss brought about by cyclone Ockhi.
Madras HC refuses to stay blanket ban on use of living persons’ pictures on banners, Noting that it is high time to review rules regulating digital banners and hoardings in Tamil Nadu, the Madras high court on Monday refused to stay a blanket ban on use of living persons’ pictures on digital banners and hoardings. A division bench of Justices TS Sivagnanam and K Ravichandrabaabu refused to grant any interim relief on an appeal moved by the Greater Chennai Corporation assailing the blanket ban. Instead, the bench said a decision on the issue would be taken by the first bench headed by the Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and adjourned the matter to December 18.
Damaged EB poles pose a threat in Avadi, Residents of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) quarters in Avadi are living with the fear of electrocution, thanks to the condition of a large number of electricity poles in the locality. The TNHB layout is one of the biggest residential localities in Avadi Municipality having more than 75 streets comprising of low-income and middle-income families. The electricity poles are so badly damaged that most of them expose the iron rods fixed inside the concrete poles, residents complained.
A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal brought rains in Chennai and its neighbourhood today after a lull even as the weatherman predicted more showers across Tamil Nadu in the next two days Regional Meteorological Centre Director S Stella said the low pressure is expected to bring rain in most parts of southern Tamil Nadu and northern coastal districts. Heavy rainfall was likely in southern Tamil Nadu in the next 24-48 hours and heavy to very heavy rainfall was expected in Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari, she told reporters here.
All 940 signals mapped, to help traffic cops deal with congestion, A month after TOI reported that traffic police is considering using Google maps for better coordination, the department has outlined a plan. It has decided to use technology in a big way to reduce the reaction time in managing congestion. For this, the department will equip its personnel on the ground with smartphones. All 940 traffic signals in the capital will be marked as separate shortcuts and saved on the map, allowing the staff to obtain real-time update of the situation.
Firefighters brace for second week of California wildfires, As Southern California enters its second week engulfed in flames, fire officials anticipate more growth and danger due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation. A powerful flare-up on the western edge of the largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing on Sunday, as wind-fanned flames ripped down hillsides toward coastal towns northwest of Los Angeles. New evacuations were ordered as the fire sent up an enormous plume near Montecito and Carpinteria, seaside areas in Santa Barbara County.
American man escapes from prison in Indonesia’s Bali, Indonesian police are hunting for an American citizen who escaped Monday from an overcrowded and understaffed prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Head of Kerobokan prison Tonny Nainggolan said Christian Beasley, 32, is believed to have escaped at around 4 a.m. by sawing through a ceiling and then jumping over a 6-meter (20-foot) -high wall behind the prison. Beasley was arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist area of Bali with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish. Nainggolan said another American inmate, Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57, who has been serving a 20-month prison sentence since July for robbery, was captured while trying to escape.
Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from early 2018, Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year. “As the industry regulator, the general commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. “We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.”