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What PM Modi said in his last 'Mann ki Baat' for 2015. Time to 'Start up, India'!

Seeking to boost entrepreneurship at the grassroots level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the action plan for 'Start up India, Stand up India' will be unveiled on 16 January.

PM Modi said the programme will focus on ensuring benefits reach the youth from the lowest strata of the society.

-- PTI

Congress calls Delhi odd-even formula 'stupid', says it will cause chaos

The Congress Party, on 28 December, lashed out at the Delhi Government for its 'Odd-Even formula' to curb pollution, saying that the 'stupid' idea will only create chaos in the national capital once it comes into force from 1 January.

"The Odd-Even rule is a very stupid idea. And the reason for that is without augmenting public infrastructure, you (Delhi Government) are going to throw the entire city into chaos," Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

-- ANI

DDCA row: We want a public apology from Kejriwal, says BJP

The BJP today demanded "public apology" from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for levelling allegations against Arun Jaitley on the DDCA issue, saying a report of the city government has found no evidence against the Finance Minister.

Party spokesperson M J Akbar said the DDCA file which Kejriwal made his basis to attack Jaitley over the CBI raid and affairs of the cricket body does not name Jaitley.


Congress magazine celebrates party's 131st anniversary bashing Nehru, Sonia

On its 131st anniversary, the Congress party has had to face the ignominy of its Mumbai wing's mouthpiece publishing an article criticising former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the current Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The article questions Nehru's decisions with regard to Kashmir, China and Tibet in the December edition of Congress Darshan.

Apart from this, it also criticised Sonia Gandhi and called her father a 'fascist soldier'.

Dry run for odd/even policy on 30 December

With just four days to go before the Odd Even policy is implemented in the national capital, the AAP government has decided to go in for a dry run on 30 December. The test run will be conducted between 8 am and 8 pm. 10, 000 civil defence volunteer to be present at traffic signals. The Metro will run on peak frequency on the day. A fleet of 3,000 buses has been registered to absorb the new flow of commuters. Buses will be forced to follow bus lanes on December 30. Twitter will respond to queries on bus routes.

Dadri lynching: Veterinary Department confirms the meat was not beef

Exactly three months after 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was killed over rumours of consuming and storing beef on 28 September, an inquiry of the Uttar Pradesh Veterinary Department has revealed that the the meat in the refrigerator was indeed mutton.

However, the Uttar Pradesh police is yet to receive a report from the forensic lab. The UP police had initially faced a lot of flak for having collected the meat samples in the first place.

Content editor of 'Congress Darshan' Sudhir Joshi sacked

Sudhir Joshi, the content editor of 'Congress Darshan', has been sacked following the controversy over criticism of former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and party president Sonia Gandhi in the mouthpiece. Sanjay Nirupam, the editor-in-chief of the journal, earlier today apologised and said that action would be taken against the people responsible in the editorial team.

In the December issue of ' Congress Darshan', questions have been raised on Nehru's decision for the state of affairs in Kashmir, China and Tibet. The article clearly states that Nehru should have listened to former home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel. It also criticised Sonia Gandhi and said her father was a fascist soldier.

Source: ANI

Now, an app to guide you through child delivery

The Safe Delivery app provides instructions for health workers who need to help deliver babies or handle complicated pregnancy cases.

The app is a collaborative effort by the Maternity Foundation, University of Southern Denmark and the University of Copenhagen.

It includes instructional video guides for issues such as labour pain and maternal sepsis and others. The information is mostly sourced from World Health Organisation's clinical guidelines.

What does the US want for Christmas? Why, more guns of course!

If you're in the US over Christmas, soak in the festive spirit and gift someone a... gun.

According to the latest reports, the sales of firearms and general customer interest has seen a sharp increase during Christmas time.

November saw FBI running close to 2.2m gun background checks, a 24 per cent increase from last year. Apparently the figures were at the highest on Black Friday, when 185,345 background checks were processed by the FBI.

China chuck one-child policy, go hum do-humare do from 1 Jan

China on Sunday has officially put an end to its age-old one-child policy, with the National People's Congress' Standing Committee's approval of bill that will allow married couples to have two children instead of one.

The law will come into effect on 1 January, 2016. "The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two children," the revised Law on Population and Family Planning reads, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Aadhar becomes a savior during Chennai floods

While heavy rains marooned large parts of Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai, banking correspondents (BC) armed with Aadhaar-enabled micro-ATMs helped thousands retrieve their cash.

Many had lost their ID's, debit cards and other essentials, but fortunately for Aadhar all that was needed was for your finger to be intact. People who remembered their Aadhar number and were able to authenticate themsevles through biometrics could withdraw cash.During the period between 1 to 7 December, Indian Bank reported at least 12,000 withdrawals totalling Rs 4.16 crore through micro-ATMs across the flood-hit areas including Chennai, Cuddalore, Pondicherry, Vellore, Kancheepuram and Tiruvannamalai.

French journalist in China faces ire for probing Uighur issue

Chinese authorities have announced tha they will not renew the press credentials for Beijing-based correspondent for French magazine L'OBS, Ursula Gauthier.

In an 18 November article, Gauthier slammed China's handling of the Uighur community, drawing parallels with the Islamic State's activities and claiming China was engaging in a "merciless crushing" of the minority group.

A number of journalist and human rights activists have backed Gauthier.