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       HEADLINES: Sudheeran has become a laughing stock, says Vellappally                                              Vigilance raids fail to yield results, says director                                              Group squabbles in congress worsened liquor policy, says P C George                                              Sudheeran has breached party discipline, says Hassan                                              VHP says it re-converted over 200 Christian tribals in Gujarat                                              Former minister Napoleon quits DMK, joins BJP                                              Let Rajya Sabha function, Naidu pleads                                              Australian woman charged with murder of eight children                                              Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Two youths held on rape charge    
PUDUCHERRY: Kalapet police Sunday nabbed two youths and are interrogating them in connection with the alleged rape of Hemalatha Prasad, one of the five sisters of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on the day they jumped into the sea to commit suicide.

         Let Rajya Sabha function, Naidu pleads    
HYDERABAD: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday appealed to opposition parties to allow the Rajya Sabha to function to pass important bills.

         We don't want to convert the world but to win over its heart: VHP    
NEW DELHI: Asserting that Hindu values will be restored in the country, Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday said they have never wanted to convert the world but only to "win over its heart".

         Former minister Napoleon quits DMK, joins BJP    
CHENNAI: Alleging lack of intra-party democracy in DMK, former union minister D Napoleon Sunday joined BJP, which has set eyes on strengthening its presence in Tamil Nadu ahead of 2016 Assembly elections. An actor-turned politician and supporter of expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri, Napoleon joined the BJP in the presence of its President Amit Shah here, a day after quitting the DMK

         'India unlikely to meet IMR target of 2015'    
NEW DELHI: Kolkata: Going by the current pace of decline, India is unlikely to achieve its target of reducing the infant mortality rate to less than 39 per 1,000 live births by 2015-end, said a senior UNICEF official. "The current Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of India, as per the Sample Registration System (SRS) 2013, is 40 per 1,000 live births while the Under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) as per SRS 2012 is 52 per 1,000 live births

         Cannot permit to take over state's function: Court    
NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over rise in incidents of moral policing, a Delhi court has said no one can be permitted to take over the state's function while awarding life term to a gunman for firing at a man who was sitting in his car with a woman friend and consuming alcohol.

         A melange of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music from Barmer    
NEW DELHI: Regaling diverse audiences with a fusion of spirited Rajasthani music and soulful Sufi kalam, 'Barmer Boys', a band of musicians from Rajasthan's Manganiyar tradition of Rajasthan are making leaps in the Indian music circuit.

         Chennai's link to development of River Ganga    
CHENNAI: Chennai has a 160-year-old link to the development of the mighty 2,500 km long Ganga river. The city's oldest library, the Madras Literary Society Library (MLSL), founded in 1812, has a survey document of the River Ganga done in 1854 by the Britishers.

         Three killed, four injured in IED blast in Manipur    
IMPHAL: Three people were killed and four injured in an IED blast in Khoyathong area of Imphal Saturday evening. Immediately after the blast, police officials and forensic experts rushed at the spot to investigate the incident.

         VHP says it re-converted over 200 Christian tribals in Gujarat    
VALSAD: Vishwa Hindu Parishad Sunday re-converted over 200 tribal Christians to Hinduism by holding rituals at Aranai village in Valsad district of BJP-ruled Gujarat, claimed a local leader.

         Jammu and Kashmir records highest turnout, Jharkhand breaks records    
NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest turn-out in assembly elections in the last 25 years with an estimated 65 percent of voters casting their votes, as the fifth and final phase of polling ended today.

         J&K may throw up hung assembly, BJP to get majority in Jharkhand: exit polls    
NEW DELHI: BJP is projected to get a majority in Jharkhand while Jammu and Kashmir may return a hung verdict with PDP emerging as the single largest party followed by BJP in assembly elections in the two states, according to two separate exit polls today.

         India exports first warship to Mauritius    
KOLKATA: By delivering an offshore patrol vessel to Mauritius, India today exported its first warship. "This is the first time that the export barrier has been breached. This would be the first among the long line of ships that we hope to export to various parts of the world," Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said during the warship handing over ceremony.

         Attack on Vadra politically motivated: Congress    
NEW DELHI: Slamming the BJP for raking up issue of missing files related to the DLF deal with Robert Vadra, the Congress Saturday said the attack on Vadra is politically motivated.

         Defamation case: Court imposes Rs 10K cost on Gadkari    
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court Saturday imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for his failure to comply with its order in a criminal defamation case filed by him against former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

         Father decapitates 18-month old son in sleep    
KHARAGPUR: A father decapitated his 18-month old son sending whole village people to look for the suspect at Mathurahati near this industrial township of West Bengal's West Midnapore district, police said today.

         Will not allow political obstructionism to stop Insurance Bill: Jaitley    
NEW DELHI: A day after introducing the long-pending GST Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on December 20 said the government is "extremely determined" to push insurance sector reforms and will not allow political obstructionism to stop it.

         J&K Assembly polls: 30 pc voting till noon    
SRINAGAR: Braving the winter chill, nearly 30 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till noon on Saturday in 20 constituencies in the final phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

         Sarpanch gunned down in Sopore    
SRINAGAR: Suspected militants on Saturday shot dead a sarpanch in Sopore township of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Ghulam Ahmad Bhat (65), a resident of Bomai, was fired upon by unidentified gunmen near the main chowk in the village, causing serious injuries to him, police said.

         Two youths detained for alleged conversion attempt    
RAE BARELI: Two persons have been detained in Lalganj area for allegedly luring people to convert for money, police said here today. Balram and Pradeep were nabbed in Jagatpur Bhichkaura village by the local residents, who alleged that they were luring the people to convert to another religion, police said.

         Youth dies as mobile explodes during charging    
BUNDI (RAJASTHAN): A 24-year-old youth died after his mobile phone exploded while it was being charged in Korma village under Nainwa police station here, police said here. Rajulal Gurjar was on Friday using his mobile phone, while it was also put on charging. Suddenly, the mobile battery exploded with a high sound causing him severe burn injuries on chest and hand.

         Cold wave continues in Punjab, Haryana    
CHANDIGARH: Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Punjab and Haryana with dense fog engulfed at several places, affecting vehicular movement in both the states. According to a MeT Department report, a thick blanket of fog had engulfed most places of Punjab and Haryana and reduced visibility. Many trains were running late in the region.

         Diplomat Devyani Khobragade stripped of her duties, placed on 'compulsory wait'    
NEW DELHI: Taking a serious view of the statements made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the media, the ministry of external affairs has stripped her of her duties as director in the development partnership division of MEA.

         India successfully tests 1,000-kg glide bomb    
BHUBANESWAR: India Friday tested an indigenously developed 1,000-kg glide bomb, with a top official saying the country can now launch heavy bombs for delivery up to 100 km away with high precision.

         Conversion to Islam solely for marriage not valid: High Court    
ALLAHABAD: In a significant judgement, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the religious conversion of girls "without their faith and belief in Islam" and "solely for the purpose of marriage" to Muslim boys could not be held valid.

         Live heart of brain dead infant air lifted to Chennai    
BENGARALU: A live heart taken from a brain dead of two year and eight months-old child, after its parents gave permission for organ donation, was transported by a special flight from a city hospital to Chennai for a transplant.

         Noted Tamil music composer likely to join BJP    
CHENNAI: Popular Tamil music composer, Gangai Amaran, brother of music maestro Ilayaraja, is likely to join the BJP here tomorrow in the presence of party chief Amit Shah when he will address a public meeting for the first time here after taking over as party president.

         India shocked by Lakhvi's release: Modi    
NEW DELHI: The release on bail by a Pakistani court of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind was a "shock" to "all those who believe in humanity", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday.

         Documents related to Vadra-DLF land deal missing from records    
NEW DELHI: IAS officer Ashok Khemka has sought registration of an FIR after an RTI filed by him found that two pages of a file pertaining to the controversial DLF-Robert Vadra deal are missing from government records. Admitting that the pages were missing, Chief Secretary P K Gupta said an internal inquiry has been instituted in the matter and efforts are on to reconstruct the file.

         India taking steps to deal with China's influence in seas    
NEW DELHI: India is taking counter steps to deal with the growing influence of China in neighbouring countries, particularly in their seas; Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Lok Sabha, noting that modernisation of Navy was going on "quite well".

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