Chinese army intrudes again in Ladakh, politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Politicos from rival political parties on Thursday slammed the BJP government after reports of another incursion by the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) emerged. Barely two months after a fortnight long stand-off between Chinese and Indian forces was resolved in Ladakh, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) made another incursion on Tuesday leading to a standoff for over three hours. The BJP, however, said that necessary measures are being taken in the matter. Dec 18, 2014

Politicos congratulate ISRO for successfully launching GSLV Mark-III

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Politicos from various parties on Thursday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists for successfully launching the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first time that such an exercise has been conducted by the ISRO scientists. The GSLV Mark III weighs 630 tonnes and is powered by liquid and solid fuel engines while the cryogenic engine at the top is filled with liquid nitrogen. According to reports, this experimental mission cost Rs. 155 crores, and hasn't carried any other satellite. Dec 18, 2014

PM Modi congratulates ISRO for successful launch of GSLV Mk-III

Shriharikota, Dec 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful liftoff of India's heaviest rocket on Thursday. PM tweeted "Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance and hardwork of our scientists,Congrats to ISRO for the efforts."Meanwhile, Chairman of ISRO K Radhakrishnan congratulated his team for their hard work. Dec 18, 2014

Militant encounter underway in Kupwara

Kupwara, Dec 18 (ANI): One militant has been killed an ongoing encounter in the Silkot area of the Kupwara region of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. According to reports, one jawan has also been injured in the battle. Further details of encounter are still awaited. Thursday is the final day for campaigning for the ongoing legislative assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Dec 18, 2014

Govt ready to move on with Amendment Bill on GST

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Union Cabinet is ready to move forward with clearing the Amendment Bill on GST. Minister of State in Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is ready for discussion and debate over any issue of importance. BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working well in benefit of the citizens. Dec 18, 2014

Gwalior judge sexual harassment: SC quashes MP HC probe panel CJI to constitute new probe panel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the removal of a senior judge accused of sexually harassing a woman judge in Madhya Pradesh from administrative and supervisory work. SC further stated that the panel appointed by the MP's Chief Justice to investigate the allegation was not correct and not in conformity with in-house procedure and asked the Chief Justice of India HL Dattu to set up a new panel to examine the sexual harassment charge against the judge. The woman judge had resigned after alleging that she was sexually harassed by a judge of Madhya Pradesh high court. Dec 18, 2014

US Congresswoman meets PM Modi in New Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Tulsi Gabbard, who is the sole Hindu member of the US Congress, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to boost ties. The Democrat from Hawaii discussed issues like environmental challenges, regional security challenges, militancy and the killing of schoolchildren in Peshawar with Modi. She complimented Modi on his domestic initiatives for growth, economic development, and promoting cleanliness. Gabbard expressed keen interest in India's spiritual and cultural traditions and spoke about her efforts to promote them in the United States. She also met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier. The US Congresswoman is on her maiden visit to India, which commenced on December 15 and will end on January 03. Dec 18, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar and foreign ambassadors denounce Pak school attack

New Delhi/Mumbai/ Kolkata, Dec 18 (ANI): Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar condemned the Taliban bloodshed on schoolchildren, which killed at least 132 students and nine staff members in Pakistan. Tendulkar said that his heart melted by the horrifying news like any other human being. Meanwhile, French envoy to India, Francois Richier, vowed to fight against militant outfits using all kinds of weaponry. German envoy to India, Michael Steiner, echoed a similar sentiment while appreciating world wide condemnation of the gruesome bloodshed. In all, 148 people were killed in the attack on the military-run Army Public School. Dec 18, 2014

ISRO launches country's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III

Sriharikota, Dec 18 (ANI): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country's most powerful and heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III on Thursday morning. The rocket was lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota right at its scheduled time. If successful, this mission will take India a step closer towards the much-delayed human spaceflight programme. Weighing 640 tonne, the three-stage rocket with two S-200 solid boosters, stated to be the second largest in the world liquid and cryogenic stage, is nearly 50% heavier than the existing Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). While the rocket cost ISRO Rs140 crore, the crew module has taken another Rs15 crore. The GSLV-Mk III would carry the 3.65 tonne crew module even as the national space agency is equipping itself for its plan of sending astronauts into space eventually. A series of measures, like checking the crew module, were performed before the liftoff. Dec 18, 2014

Tamchon Football Tournament attracts many spectators in New Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Thousands of football lovers from the national capital flooded the Dr Ambedkar stadium in Delhi to witness the closing ceremony of the eighth Tamchon Football tournament. A total of 16 teams, comprising of players from the northeast, participated in the tournament to promote peace, friendship and unity among the youth of the country. The final match between Hmar FC and Siamsinpawlpi (SSPP) attracted a large crowd. The event was organized under the aegis of Tanghkul Naga Society, Delhi with support from various government and private agencies. Such events help to make Delhi'ites aware of sporting talent from the Northeast. Hmar FC won by 6-5 over SSPP by penalty goal. The winning team received the winning Trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh while the SSPP FC bagged the runners-up trophy with a cash prize of Rs 3 Lakh. Dec 18, 2014