The petrol and diesel prices reportedly hit the highest level today since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government took power in 2014. Following this, the oil ministry has reportedly sought a cut in excise duty. Reports say, petrol costs Rs 72.38 per litre and diesel Rs 63.20 per litre in Delhi, while in Chennai petrol costs Rs 75.06 and diesel costs Rs 66.64. Notably, the central government currently imposes an excise duty of Rs 19.48 per litre on petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel.
Shiv Sena, at a meeting of the party's national executive on Tuesday, decided not to ally with BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, for the general elections and Maharashtra assembly elections in 2019. Party senior leader Sanjay Raut also accused the BJP of “demoralising the Sena and using power to do so” in the last three years. Notably, Shiv Sena and BJP have been allies since 1989.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi lashed out at PM Narendra Modi on Twitter through a Hindi poem where he said that the PM who calls himself a “common man” should hug labourers, farmers and the youth and not just “special” people. This backlash came after the PM defended his hugs with the world leaders saying, "I do not know all the protocols as I am a common man. The openness of this common man is liked by the world. Friendly relations come in handy."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed the review petition filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh against the release of 'Padmaavat' film in their states. Justice DY Chandrachud slammed the states saying, “You create trouble and by virtue of it come to court.” The Deepika Padukone-starrer is scheduled to release across the subcontinent on January 25.
A man reportedly escaped with a LED TV from a hotel in Bengaluru on January 14. Reports say, the man booked a room with fake IDs and left the room immediately with a big bag. The incident came to light on Monday when a CCTV footage helped identify the accused. Police suspect that he’s involved in many such incidents and are searching for the accused.
According to the results of an Oxfam study, a minimum wage labourer in India must work for approximately 941 years to earn what a top executive in a leading Indian garment firm makes in a year. The shocking results of a survey conducted by Oxfam revealed that 73% of the wealth generated in India went to just the top 1% of the richest people in India.
According to reports, ticket prices of PRTC buses operated from Puducherry to other states including Tamil Nadu have been increased. Bus fare from Puducherry to Chennai (via ECR) has been raised to Rs.145 from Rs.100 whereas the ticket fare for A.C buses plying on the same route has been raised to Rs.315 from Rs.200.
A villager in Gurgaon who went to the fields to attend nature’s call reportedly saw an object falling down from the sky with a loud noise. He called upon his fellow villagers to have a look at the object. The villagers suggested that it might be a meteor and many of them took pieces of the object and stored it in their refrigerators before calling the India Meteorological Department. When the officials came to investigate, the villagers were undoubtedly disappointed as they were informed that the object was ‘blue ice’
The Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) has reportedly increased water tariff by 25 times for industries that fall under the bracket of breweries, carbonated soft drinks and liquor manufacturers. As a result, the prices of liquor, mineral water, and soft drinks could be hiked. The tariff has been increased from Rs 16 to Rs 120 per 1,000 litres with effect from February 1.
In a tweet, actor Prakash Raj questioned if BJP leaders would ask Union Minister Ananthkumar Hedge to step down after he commented on people protesting his controversial constitution remark as ‘dogs’. Reports say, Hedge was allegedly blocked by Dalit protestors on his way to an event on Saturday. While speaking at the event later, he said, “We will do anything for the survival of our people. We cannot be bogged down by some street dogs staging protests." This statement triggered another controversy and irked protestors.
Enough is enough.🙏🙏🙏..Serial offender...minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again....he calls Dalits DOGs ..for protesting against his controversial constitution remark... supreme leaders of #bjp will you ask him to step down ...or do you endorse his abuse #justasking— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) January 20, 2018
While passing a judgment for sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl by a man called Ram, a High Court in Delhi reportedly said, “No one can touch a woman without her consent.” The Court also said that it is unfortunate that women are still being victimised for the act of "lecherous and sexually- pervert" men. The court also said that women’s privacy is not being recognised by men and men don’t think twice before satisfying their lust through helpless girls. Ram was sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on him.
According to media reports, a rape victim is in critical condition after consuming poison outside MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence on Thursday. The woman was reportedly upset as her rapist was released on bail. The woman is currently undergoing treatment at Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal.
A 43-year-old woman from Thailand was reportedly arrested on Saturday in Maharashtra after police uncovered a sex racket in spa based on a tip-off. Two women one from Thailand (23) and another from India (25) were rescued from the ‘spa’ and were reportedly sent to a women welfare home in Boisar. The woman has been engaging in flesh trade for the past one year.
A major fire reportedly broke out at a firecracker godown in Delhi, on Saturday evening. Reports say, at least 17 people died in the fire and many could still be trapped inside the building. While fire tenders rushed to the spot to contain the fire, people jumped off the terrace in an attempt to escape the fire. Ten fire engines are reportedly involved in rescue operations and an inquiry has been ordered.
V sad to hear abt large no of casualties. Keeping a close watch on rescue operations https://t.co/yHwQAH0bKi— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 20, 2018
According to reports, a class 12 student of a leading private school in Yamunanagar of Haryana shot his principal dead a week after he was rusticated for lack of attendance and picking up fights. He reportedly came to the school and said that he wanted to meet the principal. Then he walked to the principal Ritu Chhabra and fired several rounds at her with his father’s licensed revolver, say reports. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead. Reportedly, the school staff caught the boy and handed him over to the police. An investigation is underway.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has writen a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birthdays to be declared as national holidays. Vivekananda and Netaji's birth anniversaries are observed on January 12 and 23, respectively.
Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose are national and international icons. I have written a letter to the PM urging the GOI to declare both their birthdays (Jan 12 and Jan 23) national holidays— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 20, 2018
A techie, his wife and their son were reportedly found dead at their house in Baner area in Pune on Friday. The deceased were identified as Jayesh Patel (35) his wife Bhumika (30) and son Naksh (4). While the couple was allegedly found hanging, police suspect that they could have committed suicide, say reports. However, they are uncertain about the death of Naksh, who was found dead on the floor. Police are reportedly investigating the matter.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reportedly recommended the Telecommunication authorities to allow cell phone and online services during flight journey. Reports say, TRAI has sought permission to allow cell phone services on planes when it flies above 3000 ft from the ground.
Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal reportedly said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not an MBBS doctor but he is the "best doctor" to treat the “diseases” that have gripped the country. Meghwal also said that cleanliness, corruption, poverty, communalism, casteism and terrorism are the diseases that have gripped the country and Modi is responsible for its slow pace of growth.
The Central Government has reportedly announced that other than the mandatory Aadhaar requirement, citizens over the age of 18 will also be required to submit two other proofs in the passport application process. Reports say, ration card, govt employee card, bank balance record and pan card can also be submitted as proof for passport application in India.