14:16 Indonesian officials say at least 23 killed after ferry catches fire near its capital, reports AP.
14:06 Post demonetisation, Jan Dhan a/c deposits double to Rs 87K cr:
Deposits in Jan Dhan account have more than doubled to Rs 87,000 crore in 45 days post demonetisation, prompting the tax department to “dissect” information relating to such deposits, a top government official said.
Besides, the tax department also has data on small cash deposits between Rs 30,000-50,000 made in 4.86 lakh accounts totaling to Rs 2,000 crore.
Between November 10-December 23, the total deposits in Jan Dhan accounts reported is Rs 41,523 crore in 48 lakh accounts.
This, together with the total deposits of Rs 45,637 crore as on November 9, takes the aggregate amount in Jan Dhan accounts to over Rs 87,100 crore.
“All these information received on Jan Dhan Accounts are being dissected. If it is found that money deposited in these accounts belong to some other persons, necessary action will be taken at appropriate time,” the official told PTI.
Cash deposit between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 have been reported in 4.86 lakh accounts till November 30, taking the total deposits in such quantum to Rs 2,022 crore.
The official further said that inflows of funds into Jan Dhan accounts was the highest in the first week after demonetisation at Rs 20,224 crore, but after that the deposits went down substantially.
13:11 Somdev Devvarman announces retirement from professional tennis : Somdev Devvarman, one of India’s best tennis players, announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 31.
“Starting 2017 on a new note, retiring from pro tennis. Thanks to everyone for the love and support over the years,’ he tweeted.
He last played nearly two years ago against Sebastian Fanselow at USA F10 Futures with the Indian losing 3-6, 2-6.
12:52 Army won’t shy away from flexing its muscles: New army chief :
New Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said the role of the force is to maintain peace and tranquillity at the border but it will not “shy away from flexing its muscles, if the need be”.
Eastern Army commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern commander Lt Gen P M Hariz will continue to serve the Army and maintain the unity, he said.
“The force is to maintain peace and tranquillity at the border but it will not shy away from flexing its muscles, if the need be,” Gen Rawat said.
All units and services of the Army are together and he would always look at each one of them as one unit, he said.
Rawat, who took over as the 27th Army chief yesterday, was speaking to reporters here after inspecting the Guard of Honour at the South Block in New Delhi.
“Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the tragic loss of lives in Istanbul,” he tweeted.
“We strongly condemn the barbaric attack and stand by Turkey in this time of grief,” the PM added.
Thirty-nine people, including foreigners, were killed when a gunman stormed an Istanbul nightclub as revelers were celebrating the New Year.
12:28 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat earlier paid tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
12:09 Ramgopal declares Akhilesh as SP national president: Ramgopal Yadav has declared Akhilesh Yadav as the national president of the Samajwadi Party at its convention in Lucknow.
Ramgopal proposed in the national executive meet, which was skipped by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, to sack Amar Singh from the party and Shivpal Yadav to be removed as state president.
“The convention also proposes that Mulayam Singh Yadav be considered as supreme leader of the party and top brass will take guidance from him,”said Ramgopal.
Speaking at the meet Akhilesh said, “If people are conspiring against Netaji (Mulayam) then it is my duty to speak out and act against it.”
“Netaji is my father and I will always be his son,” Akhilesh added.
“The whole country should understand that I will respect Netaji more than ever before,” the UP CM said at the meet which was declared ‘unconstitutional’ by Mulayam.
11:42 Mulayam calls SP national convention ‘unconstitutional’: Calling national convention called by Ramgopal Yadav ‘unconstitutional’, SP chief Mulayam Yadav today issued a letter to party workers stating those who attend the meet would be severely dealt with.
However, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with other senior leaders is present at the meeting.
The convention was being held a day after the revocation of the dramatic expulsions of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party.
10:48 JUST IN: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch sector, Indian forces give befitting response to Pak firing
10:45 Mallya targets Modi: ‘PM must ensure agencies under him are impartial’:
Vijay Mallya, the absconding liquor baron who is facing loan default case of over Rs 9,400 crore, has targeted central agencies probing cases against him while appealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure a ‘fair’ and ‘impartial’ investigation.
In a series of tweets, the former Rajya Sabha MP, in a veiled attack on PM Modi, said that while the prime minister advocates use of technology, government agencies refuse to take his words seriously.
“In 2017 I would only hope that PM Modi Ji’s vision can be correctly fairly legally and impartially executed by his government. Our esteemed PM speaks about use of technology even for farmers. Wonder why enforcement agencies refuse use of technology,” Mallya said.
“Will our dynamic forward thinking corruption free PM care to guarantee that criminal agencies under his control are fair, impartial and legal,” he added.
10:43 Mohammad Kaif trolled on Twitter for doing surya namaskar: Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif became the latest target of Twitter trolls after he posted photos of himself doing the Surya Namaskar.
Kaif, who often shares health and fitness tips on the social micro-blogging site, endorsed the yoga pose as a complete workout for the physical system.
However, this tweet of the 36-year-old clearly didn’t go down well with some of his fans and followers, who accused him of defying the traditions of Islam.
“Surya namashkar is adverse our culture society and traditions of islam. Why are you posting a controversial statement.”
US President-elect Donald Trump wished a Happy New Year for all American citizens, including his “many enemies” and those who fought and lost the battle against him and now “don’t know what to do.”
Trump, who takes office as President of the United States on January 20, used his Twitter account to post his message.
He tweeted: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
09:27 JUST IN: Kim Jong-Un says North Korea in ‘final stages of test launching intercontinental ballistic missile’, reports AFP.
09:24 NRIs can exchange old notes up to June 30: RBI:
Reserve Bank of India came out with conditions for exchange of defunct notes for those, including non-resident Indians, who failed to do so till Friday, the last day for depositing the invalid currency notes in banks.
Resident Indian citizens who were abroad from November 9 to December 30 can avail this facility up to March 31, 2017 and NRI citizens, who were abroad during this period, can exchange their defunct notes up to June 30, 2017, RBI said in a late evening statement.
“While there is no monetary limit for exchange for the eligible resident Indians, the limit for NRIs will be as per the relevant FEMA Regulations (Rs 25,000 per person),” it said.
Citizens can avail this facility in their individual capacity once during the period on submission of ID documents, and on submission of documentary evidence showing they were abroad during the period and that they have not availed the exchange facility earlier, the RBI said.
The statement added that no third party tender will be accepted under the facility.
“Greetings on the start of 2017. May this year bring good health, happiness and prosperity in everyone’s lives,” he said in a tweet.
The deadlock in Northeastern state of Manipur continues as the economic blockade imposed on two of its lifeline national highways is set to enter its third month.
United Naga Council, an umbrella group of Nagas, had been imposing economic blockade on National Highways 2 and 37 since November 1 protesting against the state governments decision to create seven new districts.
The UNC has now decided to further intensify its protest and there appears no hope of any early diffusion of the crisis and lifting of the blockade. The decision was taken at a meeting of the council on Wednesday.
Due to the blockade, goods-carrying vehicles are unable to enter states Imphal Valley, resulting in extreme crisis of essential commodities, including fuel and medicines.
— Supratim Dey/Business Standard
08:32 ‘End of Demonetisation, start of DeModitisation’: Mamata slams PM’s address:
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for deviating from the actual agenda of black money and asserted Indians will resolve to “deModitise” the nation.
“End of Demonetization & Start of DeModitization. The year 2017 will mark the year of Demoditization. This will be the New Year Resolution of all 125 crore people of this great country,” Banerjee tweeted after the PM’s address to the nation on Saturday evening in which he announced a slew of schemes to herald a prosperous 2017 for the urban and rural poor, farmers, small businessmen, senior citizens and pregnant women.
In a series of tweets, the Trinamool Congress supremo demanded the figures on recovery of black money.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey,which has left dozens dead and many more wounded,”
National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “That such an atrocity could be perpetrated upon innocent revellers, many of whom were celebrating New Year’s Eve,underscores the savagery of the attackers.”
07:55 Gun attack kills at least 35 at Istanbul nightclub:
Thirty-five people were killed and 40 wounded in an attack in a nightclub early Sunday as they were celebrating the new year, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said.
Sahin called the incident “a terror attack.”
The attacker, who has not yet been identified, opened fire inside the high-end Reina nightclub in the busy Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu.
The recent wave of terrorist attacks in Turkey have left many people wary.