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Willing to debate over demonetisation: PMPrime Minister Narendra Modi said that the parties who opposed the measure were the ones defeated in elections. AFP file photo

Willing to debate over demonetisation: PM

11 Dec 2016 | 4:07 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he was willing to debate over the central government’s measure to invalidate banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and accused the Opposition of stalling Parliament. Modi addressed a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich using his mobile phone after fog and poor visibility forced his helicopter to return to Lucknow and later to Delhi.

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New Delhi, December 11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he was willing to debate over the central government’s measure to invalidate banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and accused the Opposition of stalling Parliament.

Modi — who addressed a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich using his mobile phone after fog and poor visibility forced his helicopter to return to Lucknow and later to Delhi — said that the parties who opposed the measure were the ones defeated in elections — a hint apparently aimed at the Congress.

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“The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party facing hardship because of note ban,” Modi said.

“You must have seen that the government is after people who have stashed black money. The government is committed to empowering poor,” he said.

Modi’s government announced on November 8 that old high-value notes were no longer valid and could be either deposited or exchanged in banks. The establishment instead introduced a new high-value note — that of Rs 2000. 

The Prime Minister has since been facing growing clamour from opposition parties against his measure. — Agencies 

Pak trying to divide India along religious lines: Rajnath

Pak trying to divide India along religious lines: Rajnath

11 Dec 2016 | 4:05 PM

KATHUA: Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan on Sunday of trying to divide the country along communal lines. He accused Pakistan of using terrorism to separate J&K from the rest of India.

Govt to amend RBI Act to cancel old high-value currency notes

Govt to amend RBI Act to cancel old high-value currency notes

11 Dec 2016 | 4:06 PM

NEW DELHI: The central government is likely to amend the Reserve Bank of India Act to make old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 invalid. The amendment can be made effective from March 31, sources said. A reference will also be made in the Union Budget.

Jalandhar man facing gallows in Indonesia may not be pardoned

Jalandhar man facing gallows in Indonesia may not be pardoned

11 Dec 2016 | 2:51 PM

BOGOR: A Jalandhar man facing death sentence in Indonesia on drug smuggling charges may not be pardoned, President Joko Widodo has indicated, saying the capital penalty is handed down only to individuals who have carried out serious crimes and is not based on nationality.

Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 38, wounds 166

Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 38, wounds 166

11 Dec 2016 | 3:15 PM

ISTANBUL: Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey's top teams.

With three working days to go, fate of Parliament unknown

With three working days to go, fate of Parliament unknown

11 Dec 2016 | 2:51 PM

NEW DELHI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Congress each accuse the other of not allowing them to speak in the Lok Sabha, the fate of Parliament Winter Session — which enters its last phase — remains uncertain.

Hike in fares likely as Railways mull ways to set up safety fund

Hike in fares likely as Railways mull ways to set up safety fund

11 Dec 2016 | 11:11 AM

NEW DELHI: Train passengers may have to shell out more as the Indian Railways are considering a hike in fares in order to raise money for a special safety fund after the Finance Ministry rejected a proposal.

Will order investigation into visa abuses: Trump

Will order investigation into visa abuses: Trump

11 Dec 2016 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON: US president-elect Donald Trump has said that one of his first executive orders after assuming office would be to order investigation into all visas abuses, indicating that foreigner workers, including Indians, may face tough scrutiny under his administration.

India close in on victory after Kohli's double ton

India close in on victory after Kohli's double ton

11 Dec 2016 | 5:01 PM

MUMBAI: India captain Virat Kohli struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth and penultimate test at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Packing food in newspapers safety hazard: Regulator

Packing food in newspapers safety hazard: Regulator

11 Dec 2016 | 3:37 PM

NEW DELHI: Using newspapers to pack or serve food — a common practice among street vendors — is a safety hazard, according to the country’s food regulatory body which has warned that consumers are slowly being poisoned by cancer-causing agents and microbes.

Helicopter crashes in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony; one killed

Helicopter crashes in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony; one killed

11 Dec 2016 | 2:50 PM

MUMBAI: A helicopter crashed and caught fire in Aarey Colony on Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others.

CITY FOCUS

Tribune Chowk chock-a-block

Tribune Chowk chock-a-block

11 Dec 2016 | 2:10 AM

CHANDIGARH: Massive traffic jams have become the norm at the Tribune Chowk. Traffic snarls were witnessed on all four sides of the junction today with vehicles lined up on either side of the road for several kilometres inconveniencing commuters, who had to wait for almost an hour to cross the clogged roundabout.

NoPunjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh. File photo

Will request Priyanka to campaign in Punjab: Capt Amarinder

11 Dec 2016 | 5:20 PM

NEW DELHI: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday said he will request Priyanka Gandhi to campaign for the party along with her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi in the upcoming state Assembly elections.

Bathinda cop thrashed, ‘paraded naked’

11 Dec 2016 | 1:59 PM

VIRK KALAN (BATHINDA):Head Constable Malkit Singh was mercilessly beaten up and “paraded naked” late last evening, by the sons of Virk Kalan sarpanch (who is aligned with the SAD).

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Radicals storm Pak stall at trade fair

11 Dec 2016 | 1:05 AM

AMRITSAR: A group of people belonging to a radical Hindu group today stormed a Pakistani stall and tore a flex board having the Pakistani flag at the ongoing five-day Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX) here.

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HC: Long separation may be considered ground for divorce

11 Dec 2016 | 12:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that long separation can certainly be considered “weighty circumstance” while taking into account severance of marital ties even though irretrievable breakdown of marriage is not a ground for divorce.

Parking complex for 700 cars opens in Shimla

Parking complex for 700 cars opens in Shimla

11 Dec 2016 | 12:48 AM

SHIMLA: The first phase of the Rs 60-crore multi-storey parking project near Lift, constructed under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode, was today inaugurated by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. To start with, it will have parking space for 700 cars.

Kashmir safest place for tourists: CM

Kashmir safest place for tourists: CM

11 Dec 2016 | 12:37 AM

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called upon tourists of the country to visit Kashmir and termed it as the “safest place” in the world, especially for women. Mehbooba’s appeal comes days after separatists, spearheading the current agitation, appealed to the tourists to visit Kashmir.

454 Gentleman Cadets pass out of IMA

454 Gentleman Cadets pass out of IMA

11 Dec 2016 | 12:54 AM

DEHRADUN: As many as 454 Gentleman Cadets (GCs) of 139 Regular Course and 122 Technical Graduate Course, including 53 foreign Gentleman Cadets from eight foreign countries took the ‘Antim Pag’ (final step) at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in an impressive passing-out parade here today.

North Korea's Kim guides special operations drill targeting South

North Korea's Kim guides special operations drill targeting South

11 Dec 2016 | 4:34 PM

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided a special operations drill targeting the South, the North's media reported on Sunday, as rival South Korea remained on alert for any attempt by the North to take advantage of political turmoil in the South.

Factory output shrinks by 1.9% in October

Factory output shrinks by 1.9% in October

10 Dec 2016 | 12:40 AM

NEW DELHI:Industrial production dipped into negative territory in October with a contraction of 1.9%, which, analysts said, was owing to the base effect and a larger number of holidays during the festive season.

NoVirat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century as Moeen Ali looks on during the third day of the fourth Test in Mumbai. PTI

Kohli scores, India soar

11 Dec 2016 | 2:05 AM

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli leapt in the air, punched his fist and spread his arms to acknowledge the standing ovation from the Wankhede crowd. Yet another Test century for the Indian skipper in what is turning out to be a remarkable year for him.

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After Sachin, it’s Kohli for Mumbaikars

11 Dec 2016 | 1:23 AM

MUMBAI: The scenes were pretty similar to those days when Sachin Tendulkar used to reign supreme in the hearts of spectators at the Wankhede Stadium.

IOC to re-analyse all 254 Russian samples in Sochi

11 Dec 2016 | 1:23 AM

LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will re-analyse all 254 urine samples taken from Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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More Brinkman power for Dutch

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