Cabinet approves MoU b/w India & France in field of energy efficiency / energy conservation

New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was on Thursday apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France in the field of energy efficiency / energy conservation, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said.Earlier, India had launched its satellite from France.

The MoU was signed on October 17 2018.

The MoU is a Science and Technology agreement, which involves knowledge exchange and cooperation in the nature of technical assistance only.
It is expected to take forward information exchange on policies, programmes and technologies relating to enhanced energy efficiency and demand side management.

The MoU will lead to awareness creation on energy efficiency.

Nearly 1 lakh police personnel deployed for Telangana elections

Hyderabad, Dec 6 (UNI) As many as one 1,00,000 security personnel have been deployed as part of tight security arrangements for the single phase elections to 119-assembly constituencies first time in Telangana state scheduled Friday.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday evening, State Chief electoral Officer (CEO) Dr Rajat Kumar said that all arrangements were made to ensure free and fair polling for assembly elections in the state.

Besides 279 paramilitary companies, also deployed 30000 state police and 18,860 policemen from other states, he said that enough paramilitary force was deployed at the “highly politically sensitive” constituency of Kodangal.

Collectors, Returning Officers undergo training for counting



Proclamation notice against JD(U) MLA Maheshwar Hazari

Patna, Dec 6 (UNI) A local court today issued proclamation notice to JD(U) MLA Maheshwar Hazari, asking him to appear before it in connection with violation of model code of conduct during 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Judge of special court Parshuram Singh Yadav issued proclamation notice against Mr Hazari and Mr Ramdeo Mahto directing them to appear before the court within one month in a case of violation of model code of conduct.

The court also directed Superintendent of Police of Samastipur district to ensure pasting of proclamation notice on their residences, for its compliance.

As it is, both Mr Hazari and Mr Mahto had violated model code of conduct during 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
A case in this connection was lodged against them at Kalyanpur police station in Samastipur district.

Pakistan would continue to seek political settlement in Afghanistan


06 Dec 2018 | 3:47 PM

Islamabad, Dec 6 (UNI) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan would continue to seek political settlement in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability in the region. He had met with a U.S. peace envoy on Wednesday and pledged his help to find a political settlement to the long-running war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The visit to Islamabad by Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative to Afghanistan, followed President Donald Trump’s request for Pakistan’s help in finding an end to the 17-year-old war between Taliban insurgents and the western-backed Afghan government.

Khalilzad, an Afghan-born U.S. diplomat who served as George W. Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, was named by Trump three months ago as a special envoy to negotiate peace in Afghanistan.

“The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s abiding interest in achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through political settlement,” Khan’s office said in a statement.

Trump’s overture to Khan followed an exchange of barbed tweets between the leaders last month.

06 Dec 2018 | 3:04 PM

Washington, Dec 6 (UNI) An emotional George W Bush has paid tribute to his father, former President George HW Bush, during a state funeral in Washington.

OPEC, non-OPEC oil cuts deal should be agreed for at least 6 months“-Saudi Energy Minister

Loïc Fauchon, elected president of World Water Council06 Dec 2018 | 2:36 PM

Katowice, Poland, Dec 6 (UNI) At the outcome of the 8th General Assembly of the World Water Council (WWC), the Board of Governors has unanimously elected Loïc Fauchon as its president.

06 Dec 2018 | 2:14 PM

Sydney, Dec 6 (UNI) Australia has slashed its plastic bag habit by up to 80 per cent within just three months, according to Australia’s National Retail Association, which is some great news for platypuses, dugongs, and pig-nosed turtles.

Afghanistan06 Dec 2018 | 1:29 PM

Islamabad, Dec 6 (UNI) Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is being honoured by Harvard University on Thursday for her work promoting girls’ education.

Air connectivity in the Northeast India to be hit, Jet Airways withdraws services

Guwahati, Dec 6 (UNI) Air connectivity in the Northeast India will be hit with Jet Airways, a private airline, deciding to withdraw its flights to Jorhat, Silchar, Aizawl and Imphal from February 10, 2019.

Earlier, Gulf routes, now North East India. Clueless Jet Airways yet to recover. See: 7 Gulf routes

The second-largest airline of India recently undertook a series of initiatives to reorganise its operation keeping an eye on profitability factor.

As part of the initiative to move capacity from uneconomical routes to more profitable ones, they have decided to withdraw flight services to these four places of the Northeast India, an official said.

Due to various challenges the aviation industry is facing against the backdrop of a sharp rise in Brent fuel price, a depreciating rupee and a difficult pricing environment, Jet Airways have taken steps to improve its productivity and efficiency so that it continues to be one of the leading airlines of the country.

However, with the withdrawal of operations from four airports of the Northeast, air connectivity in the land-locked region will be severely affected and also may lead to increase of air-ticket ticket prices for passengers travelling to and from the region.

All set for Assembly elections in Rajasthan on Friday


Royals in Rajasthan now fight in battle of ballots06 Dec 2018 | 2:32 PM

Jaipur, Dec 6 (UNI) Charmed with the battle of ballots, scions of royal families from erstwhile principalities in Rajasthan are entering the fray for December 7 Assembly elections from several constituencies.

Tribals in Rajasthan giving sleepless nights to Congress, BJP06 Dec 2018 | 2:13 PM

Dungarpur, Dec 6 (UNI) The tribals in South Rajasthan are giving sleepless nights to both the national parties-Congress and BJP- after Gujarat-based Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) forayed into Assembly elections for the first time.

06 Dec 2018 | 2:09 PM

Bhopal, Dec 6 (UNI) The prohibition imposed on November 12, as per Election Commission of India (ECI) directives, on print and electronic media vis-a-vis publication of exit polls and their publicity in any other manner will continue till 1730 hrs on Friday.