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TMC has taken hooliganism to another level, alleges BJP MP Babul Supriyo

Asserting that during the Communist Party of India (Marxist) rule there was a free hand for goons, Union Minister of State and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo on Thursday alleged that under the regime of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), hooliganism has been taken to another level.

"This is their tradition. What is most unfortunate is that a female chief minister has given a free hand to TMC hooligans and has kept them safe. During CPM rule, the condition was same but TMC has taken it to another level," said Supriyo.

Supriyo also accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of tampering with evidence related to the Saradha and Rose Valley chit-fund scam.

"I have been urging Mamata Banerjee since yesterday not to act childish saying 'arrest Babul Supriyo, arrest Sujan Chakraborty.' You have been in politics since long. You never cooperated with central agencies. You got the evidence destroyed by police in the Khagragarh Blast... The SIT which Didi constituted was formed to destroyed the documents related to Saradha and Rose Valley. If Didi has evidence against us, why doesn't she produce them?" he added.

After TMC workers vandalised BJP's HQ, state leaders to lodge protest with Rajnath Singh

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of the West Bengal unit will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 5 January to lodge protest against the vandalising of its party headquarters office in the state by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers.

BJP leaders Siddharth Nath Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, along with other state leaders will meet Singh at 1 pm.

The TMC workers and their student wing have thrown West Bengal into turmoil as a mark of protest against the arrest of MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay in connection with the Rose Valley chit-fund scam.

The National Highway 2 was blockade on 4 January.

'Upset' over Samajwadi Party feud, 9-year-old 'Akhilesh fan' consumes poision

The nine-year-old son of an aspiring film producer, who was in the process of producing a film on Akhilesh Yadav, allegedly consumed poison in Delhi, on 5 January as he was apparently upset over the recent developments in the Samajwadi Party.

The incident occurred in southeast Delhi's Jamia Nagar area following which the boy was rushed to a hospital where he was stated to be out of danger.

Muneer, a class IV student and a resident of Shaheen Bagh, was apparently a fan of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the policies he had implemented, his father Azhar Dilshad Khan said.

Describing Muneer as a "brilliant" student, he said while children of his age usually spent time playing, he used to discuss the political scenario of Uttar Pradesh with his mother.

China responds to Trump's tweet, says its North Korea efforts 'widely recognised'

After US President-elect Donald Trump accused Beijing for not helping with efforts to contain growing threats from North Korea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the country's efforts and contributions for the same are internationally acknowledged thus, all sides should avoid actions that may result in escalation of tensions.

"China's efforts are widely recognized, and we hope all sides will avoid remarks and actions to escalate the situation," The China Daily quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying at a news conference.

His comment was in response to Trump's tweet saying, "China has been taking out massive amounts of money and wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!"

Trump's tweet came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said in a televised New Year's Day speech that his country was about to test its first intercontinental ballistic missile that would be capable of reaching US shores.

ISRO gears for record satellite launch

103 - that is the record-breaking number of satellites that India's ISRO will launch at one time. The previous record for the most number of satellites launched at one go is held by Russia who carried 39 satellites into orbit with their Dnepr rocket. ISRO's effort will more than double that figure.

The launch, expected to take place in the first week of February will see 100 small and three large satellites carried into orbit by India's indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Indian firm turns emissions into baking soda

The battle to fight climate change is an uphill one. But, even as countries across the world strive to go renewable to cut down on emissions, one Indian firm has given the fight against emissions a shot in the arm.

Carbonclean, a firm based in Tuticorin has created a process which turns CO2 emissions into usable baking soda.

What's even more impressive is that the process is cost effective, as evidenced by the fact that the current plant operated by the company is running without any government subsidy. Carbonclean says its process can lock up close to 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Children the biggest victims in Yemen war

War always has the harshest impact on a nation's women and children, and the war in Yemen is proving no different. War has pushed Yemen, an already impoverished country, to the brink of famine. As bullets and rockets continue to fly, its youngest residents may survive the gunfire, but are succumbing to starvation.

Already over 2.2 million Yemeni children, close to 10% of the countries population, suffer from malnutrition. What's worse is that the malnutrition is leading to preventable diseases turning into fatal ones. UNICEF estimates some 1,000 Yemeni children die every week from preventable diseases.