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Total government liabilities rise to Rs 82 lakh crore (Just in)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Total liabilities of the government increased to Rs 82 lakh crore at end-September from Rs 79.8 lakh crore at end-June this year, latest data on public debt showed on Monday.

Turkey grants citizenship to 72K Syrian refugees (4 minutes ago)
Ankara, Dec 17 (IANS) The Turkish government has granted citizenship to a total of 72,000 Syrian refugees, Hurriyet daily reported on Monday.

Transgenders allowed to pray at Sabarimala temple (Lead) (16 minutes ago)
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) Four transgenders, who were denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple a day ago, on Monday got the sanction to pray at the temple, said one of them.

Explosion at Greek TV station, no casualty (18 minutes ago)
Athens, Dec 17 (IANS) A powerful explosion shattered windows and damaged the premises of a Greek television station early on Monday but left no casualties, police said in a statement.

ISRO shortlists 14 firms for transfer of lithium ion cell technology (22 minutes ago)
Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian space agency ISRO has shortlisted 14 companies out of over 100 companies that showed interest in its lithium ion cell technology, said a senior official.

'Silent Night' carol turns 200 (24 minutes ago)
Salzburg (Austria), Dec 17 (IANS) Austria's iconic Silent Night Chapel, where the popular festive carol of the same name is said to have been sung for the first time some two centuries ago, on Monday saw a steady stream of visitors as the Christmas season got into full swing.

WhatsApp rolls out Picture-in-Picture mode for Android users (28 minutes ago)
San Francisco, Dec 17 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled out "Picture in Picture (PiP) mode" for Android users that will allow them to view videos within a chat window, without opening third party pages or apps.

Madras High Court bans online sales of medicines (28 minutes ago)
Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Monday banned the sale of medicines online till the central government notifies the regulations.

Kerala CM is arrogant, says NSS (28 minutes ago)
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) The influential Nair Service Society (NSS) on Monday called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan "arrogant" but said they have no disagreement with the state government except on the Sabarimala issue.

Azad calls for probe into civilian killings in Kashmir (17:32)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Congress veteran and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Monday called for a probe into the Saturday's killings of seven civilians in Jammu and Kashmir and asked security forces to avoid firing on civilians.

Kamal Nath waives farmers' loans soon after taking over MP's rein (17:30)
Bhopal, Dec 17 (IANS) Immediately after taking over as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath on Monday waived loans of farmers to the tune of Rs 2 lakh each, delivering on the Congress pre-poll promise of cancelling farm loans within 10 days of coming to power.

Hungarians continue to rally against 'slave laws' (17:28)
Budapest, Dec 17 (IANS) About 10,000 people have been rallying over the weekend in the Hungarian capital here against new labour laws, which have been labelled "slave laws" by opponents, media reported.

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Harsimrat demands action against Gandhi family (17:28)
Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday demanded that action be taken against the Gandhis, alleging that the family extended political patronage to the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh massacres.

After bridge visit, Parrikar should unfurl tri-colour on Goa Liberation Day: Congress (17:22)
Panaji, Dec 17 (IANS) A day after ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar made his first public appearance in two months, inspecting an under-construction bridge near Panaji, Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar now wants the former Defence Minister to unfurl the tri-colour on the occasion of Goa Liberation Day on December 19.

Key points in Sajjan Kumar verdict in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case (17:18)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court made significant observations on Monday while convicting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case of anti-Sikh violence of 1984 and sentencing him to imprisonment for the remainder of his natural life:

Amarinder undergoes surgery for kidney stone removal (17:16)
Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday underwent a minor surgery to remove a stone from his kidney.

Congress trying to avoid debate over AgustaWestland deal: Yogi Adityanath (17:12)
Guwahati, Dec 17 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday accused the Congress of playing with the country's security and said that the opposition party is shying away from a debate in Parliament on the AgustaWestland and other defence deals signed during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

India, Maldives to deepen Indian Ocean security cooperation, increase trade (Intro Roundup) (17:12)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) India and the Maldives on Monday agreed to deepen cooperation to maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean region as New Delhi extended lines of credit worth $1.4 billion to to the archipelago nation following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih here.

Edutech start-up Byju's raises $540 mn venture funds (17:12)
Bengaluru, Dec 17 (IANS) Online tutoring platform Byju's has raised $540 million (Rs 3,865.5-crore) venture funds from Naspers and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the company said on Monday.

2nd Test: India staring at defeat on day 4 vs resurgent Australia (Roundup) (17:12)
Perth, Dec 17 (IANS) India were at 112/5 against Australia at stumps on the fourth day of the second test match on Monday, pursuing of a stiff target of 287, which appears achievable only in theory.

Mexico set to announce new head coach (17:04)
Mexico City, Dec 17 (IANS) The Mexican Football Federation will announce a new men's national team coach within days, the organisation's president said.

MMA a stress buster for Adnan Khan (17:02)
Mumbai, Dec 17 (IANS) Actor Adnan Khan has taken a liking for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and considers it to be a stress buster.

Lok Sabha adjourned after passing transgender rights bill (16:58)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day after passage of the Transgenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 amid din as the opposition members created pandemonium in support of their various demands, including a JPC probe into Rafale fighter jets deal.

Kamal Nath: A go-getter who combines experience with speed (Profile) (16:58)
Bhopal, Dec 17 (IANS) Kamal Nath, who took over as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, has the reputation of being a go-getter. He ceased to be an industrialist when he plunged into politics as a Sanjay Gandhi loyalist.

Congress rakes up Gujarat riots over Sajjan Kumar's conviction (16:52)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Stating that conviction of party leader Sajjan Kumar in an 1984 anti-Sikh riots case should not be politicised, the Congress on Monday raked up the 2002 Gujarat riots demanding punishment for BJP leaders alleged to be involved in the communal violence that claimed over 1,000 lives.

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