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NEWS 22/1/17

NEWS 22/1/17

NEWS 22/1/17 INDIA

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Varun Gandhi and its former Uttar Pradesh unit president Vinay Katiyar are missing from the party’s list of star campaigners for the first two phases of the state assembly polls. Names of BJP veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who is a Lok Sabha member from the state, also do not figure in the list of 40 star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh besides a number of state leaders like

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At least 27 people were killed and over 50 others injured when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district, police said.The incident occurred on Saturday night at 11.30 pm, near Kuneru station. The train was enroute to Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh.According to Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway J.P. Mishra, seven coaches— luggage van, two general coaches, two sleeper coaches, one AC three tier coach, one AC two tier coach —and the engine derailed.”Four accident relief vans have been sent to the accident site. The reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained,” Mishra said.Army personnel has also been deployed to carry out rescue operations

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Of the quintet of state elections (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur) that begin on February 4, two will get disproportionate coverage. Elsewhere battle-lines are familiar, but in UP and Punjab traditional two-cornered contests have become triangular. They are that much more difficult to predict.
National parties are ahead in both states. Going by opinion polls and political assessments, the Congress is predicted to finish on top in Punjab and the BJP to win

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There’s a trend with smartphones that started last year. And it’s probably going to become the norm. We’re talking about the removal of the ubiquitous earphone jack. We can now count about 10 phones that have completely skipped this legacy port which means users can either use adapters, use Lightning or USB C earphones or just go wireless. Jabra’s offering here is for anyone who wants to go wireless for music and calls. These are water resistant wireless earphones that offer flexibility of use in different styles. They can be used with the provided EarGels (in-ear, silicon earbuds), EarHooks (silicon hooks that latch outside your ear) or EarWings (flexible silicon tips that fit inside your ear). Once you find the correct size and fit, the earphones are comfortable to wear for long durations and do not slip out. The in-line control works for both power on/off and volume control.The buttons can also be set up to launch Siri or Google Now with onetouch.

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The Shiromani Akali Dal-led state government in Punjab has been embroiled in controversy since November 2013, when key players in the synthetic-drug trade were arrested by the Punjab police. The arrested persons had alluded to the involvement of the state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the brother-in-law of the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, specifically naming him for his role in facilitating connections for the trade. However, even as the allegations against Majithia increased, the investigation of the case lost its momentum by 2015.In the January 2017 cover story Under A Cloud, Hartosh Singh Bal reports on the political landscape of Punjab ahead of the assembly elections, scheduled to be conducted on 4 February. In the following extract, Bal examines the allegations of Majithia’s involvement in the Rs 6,000 crore drug racket. He accessed the statements of key accused, Jagdish Bhola and Maninder Singh Aulakh, before the Enforcement Directorate. According to these records, Majithia told Aulakh to help Satta, one of the Canada-based players involved in the trade, “for whatever business of drugs (medicines) Satta wants to do.”

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As a goodwill gesture, Pakistan released the Indian soldier who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control in September last year. Chandu Babulal Chavan, 22, returned through the Attari-Wagah border, on Saturday. The BSF handed him over to the Army which took him to an undisclosed location for debrief and medical check-up. Chavan, posted with 37 Rashtriya Rifles, had mistakenly crossed the boundary in Kashmir, hours after India’s surgical strikes on terrorist bases across the LoC on September 29.

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BEIJING: Indians will no longer have the visa-on-arrival facility while travelling to Hong Kong and will now have to complete a pre-arrival registration. “The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January 23, 2017. The online service for ‘Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals’ is now opened,” the Hong Kong Immigration Department said.

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NEW YORK: As part of its previous announcement regarding offloading 2,850 employees by June 2017, Microsoft may soon cut 700 jobs during its earnings call on January 26, media reports said on Friday.
According to a report in Business Insider, most of the 2,850 roles that may be cut have already been eliminated. “The upcoming cuts won’t be specific to any single group but will be spread across the company’s worldwide offices and business units, including sales, marketing, human resources, engineering, finance and more,” the report said, quoting sources.
The aim of this layoff is reportedly to update skills in various units.

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Chief minister O Panneerselvam, who announced the approval given by the governor for the ordinance, will launch jallikattu at Alanganallur in Madurai which is famous for conducting the rural sport, at 10am. Moving swiftly, the Centre on Friday night cleared the Ordinance paving the way for Tamil Nadu government to promulgate it in an effort to end the protests. Rao, who is the governor of Maharashtra, holds Tamil Nadu as additional charge and reached Chennai in the evening to give his approval. The protesters, who gathered at the Marina Beach which is at the epicentre of the state-wide stir in which tens of thousands of people took part, appeared to be in no mood to relent. They demanded a permanent solution. Panneerselvam said in other areas, ministers from the respective regions will inaugurate the sport at 11am.

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BENGALURU: Flipkart-owned e-wallet company PhonePe has temporarily halted payment through the unified payment interface (UPI) option on the ecommerce giant’s Android app just ten days after integrating it. The move comes amidst the continued pressure on Flipkart-owned PhonePe from ICICI BankBSE -2.34 % and the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), which have said that the app is not interoperable as per UPI guidelines.
Flipkart had integrated the PhonePe’s UPI payment option on its Andorid app, where the ecommerce company sees 70% of its transactions, on January 10.
“PhonePe has disabled UPI-based payment support for its merchant Flipkart’s Android App temporarily,” PhonePe CEO Sameer Nigam told ET.


The Border Security Force (BSF) has quietly transferred the supervising officer of the soldier who appeared in a series of Facebook videos this month complaining about the quality of food given to him and his colleagues. According to the transfer order accessed by Mail Today, Prawin Kumar, Commandant of the 29 Battalion in J&K’s Poonch, has been moved to the station headquarters at a remote location in Tripura where he will be the under the command of a senior officer and will have no independent decision-making power. The home ministry ordered a probe after BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav’s four videos in which he complained of poor quality of food consisting of watery, unseasoned dal and burnt paranthas, had gone viral on the social media.

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NEW YORK: To mitigate the impact of fake news and curb its spread, Facebook is considering to notify users if they ended up sharing or reading a fake story.
According to a report in TechCrunch on Friday, Facebook may let people know retroactively about a fake story.
“You want to make sure as little comes in the system as possible and when it happens, you need to react as quickly as you can. And if you didn’t find it until later then you need to consider letting people consider letting people know. The question is who and how. I don’t know if we’ll do that but it’s certainly something we’re considering,” Adam Mosseri, Facebook Vice-President of News Feed was quoted as saying.


MUMBAI: Pharma firms may be banned from offering incentives to doctors to push their products, but at the annual conference of paediatricians being held in Bengaluru, a flyer carrying `Sankranti bonanza’ is doing the rounds, offering items like digital weighing scales, gold coins and stethoscope as gifts for doctors ordering vaccines in bulk for diseases like typhoid and rota virus.While the flyer doesn’t mention the name of any pharmaceutical company , a doctor said it was found only at the booth of one pharmaceutical company. The meeting’s chief organiser, however, denied doctors were being offered freebies. “There’s no such thing. There are never any incentives for vaccines,“ he said. If someone buys vaccines in bulk, they may get a reduction in the overall price,” said Dr Karunakara. “I have been a pediatrician for 18 years, and, believe me, there is no such thing as an incentive offered to doctors,” he added.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) prohibits pharmaceutical companies from offering incentives and freebies to doctors. But the flyer (of which TOI has a digital copy) offering a `Sankranti bonanza’ was distributed at the annual conference of paediatricians. “It mentions that doctors ordering 100TCV (vaccine against typhoid) plus 100ROTA (vaccine against  .. Read more at:

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An expedition in search of food ended badly for this poor elephant when it got stuck in the mud.The 20-year-old wild beast was swamped in a tank full slush overnight until a rescue team with their own tame elephant came to help it out.The elephant and five others from its herd had ventured out of the Nagarhole forest in Karnataka, South India to find food and strayed into farmers’ fieldsRead more:
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