Ryan School murder case: Facing botched-up probe charge, Gurugram top cop says made honest attempt to bring justice

1. Facing backlash over carrying out a botched-up investigation in the Ryan International School murder case, the Gurugram Police on Thursday said there was no pressure on them and they made an honest attempt to bring justice to the victim’s family.

2. Yesterday, giving a sensational twist to the case, the CBI announced that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur, thereby rejecting the Gurugram Police’s theory that the killing was the alleged handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.

3. “We had carried out an investigation at a very early stage and then we handed it over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which I am hopeful will bring culprits to book and bring justice to the family,” Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Kherwal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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VIDEO: Beyonce and Shakira shake a leg to Deepika Padukone’s ‘Ghoomar’ in this mash-up

1. (Source: The Desi Stuff/Facebook) Deepika Padukone’s Ghoomar has over collected more than 41 million views so far.

2. And while people on social media reacted quite favourably to the trailer and the looks of the actors, it seems like the song ‘Ghoomar’ has taken the excitement level one notch higher.

3. The song has collected a staggering 41 million views, at the time of writing, and people cannot really get over how ethereal Deepika Padukone looks in the song.

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Toll-free number to contain drug menace

1. Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar, on Thursday released stickers and pamphlets to spread awareness on a new initiative to combat the growing drug menace in the city: a toll-free number – 1908 – which citizens can use to share information with the police.

2. Reiterating the gravity of drug-related crimes, Mr. Kumar said that narcotics cultivation, possession, manufacture, transport, trade, consumption, enticing, and providing shelter and assistance to any such activities are serious offences punishable under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

3. “The sale of tobacco or narcotic substances to under-aged persons (below 18 years) or selling to people in the vicinity of educational institutions and places of worship are serious offences,” he said.

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U.S. elevates ties with China to resolve global crises

1. Singling out the special roles that the U. S. and the China have to jointly undertake, Mr. Trump said: “The United States working with China and other regional partners have an incredible opportunity to advance the cause of peace, security and prosperity all across the world.

2. Significantly China’s Silk Road Fund, a unit under the People’s Bank of China promoting the Belt and Road Initiative-President Xi’s signature plan— will set up a joint fund with the U. S. During his remarks President Xi also invited American firms to participate in the BRI.

3. U. S. President Donald Trump, left, shows the way to Chinese President Xi Jinping on stage during a business event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Thursday.

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Delhi air pollution: Blame game begins

1. Speaking at the inauguration of 20 new air quality monitoring stations, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal once again said crop burning in Punjab and Haryana was the main reason behind Delhi becoming a “gas chamber” for about a month every year.

2. Referring to his letters to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday, Mr. Kejriwal said the NCR States needed to work together to find a solution.

3. Particulate Matter levels in Delhi were over eight times the standards, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) index of the Union Earth Sciences Ministry.

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gold rate: Gold demand hits seven year low in third quarter

1. CHENNAI: Gold demand plummeted to a seven-year low in the July-September quarter at 146 tonnes, down by 24 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2016.

2. The WGC makes a conservative estimate of the total annual demand, placing them at 650-750 tonnes, leaning towards the lower end.

3. “Gems and Jewellery Federation (GJF) adds that frequent changes in policy , demonetisation and GST have dampened sentiments.

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Connectivity projects boost India-Bangladesh ties

1. NEW DELHI: India and Bangladesh built on their mutual connectivity initiative as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and counterpart Sheikh Hasina flagged off yet another train service between the two countries on Thursday.

2. The trial runs for the Kolkata-Khulna train was done during Hasina’s visit in April 2017.

3. This has been a recurring complaint from passengers, who find the train service to be too long because of the immigration halts midway.

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Some nations still have old notes, exchange unlikely

1. The officials who met the committee on Thursday iterated that about Rs 16,000 crore of demonetised currency had not returned to banks and that the cost of printing new currency was about Rs 7,000 crore.

2. Economic affairs secretary Subash Garg is understood to have told the committee that some amounts of Indian currency comprising the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were yet to be returned.

3. NEW DELHI: The government is yet to take a decision on substantial quantities of demonetised Indian currency floating around in countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the finance ministry informed Parliament ‘s finance standing committee on Thursday.

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GST Council meeting Live Updates: Only 50 items to remain in top 28 per cent bracket, says Sushil Kumar Modi

1. The GST Council meeting, which is being held under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will likely consider pruning items in the 28 per cent tax slab and slash rates for daily use items, plastic products and hand-made furniture.

2. During the 23rd GST Council meeting underway in Guwahati, Assam, it was decided to keep only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods in top 28 per cent bracket, said Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi.

3. “The GST Council decides to keep only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods in top 28% bracket,” Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi said.

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US kills ‘several militants’ in Somalia air strike

1. The strike was carried out “in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia,” the US Africa Command said in a statement (Google Maps) The strike was carried out “in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia,” the US Africa Command said in a statement (Google Maps).

2. The strike was carried out “in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia,” the US Africa Command said in a statement.

3. Al-Shabaab was blamed for the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed 358 people, and an attack on a hotel on October 29 that left 27 dead.

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