Pranab Mukherjee wishes nation on new year

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday sent his good wishes to the nation on the eve of new year with a message that a new beginning should be made to usher peace by ringing out violence and suffering.

“On the joyous occasion of New Year, I convey my warmest greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad. May the dawn of New Year, inspire all of us to strive for the creation of an enlightened society where knowledge is converted into social good and economic wealth. May the spirit of innovation ignite the young minds of our nation.

AP police installs 500 new CCTVs under ‘Safe City’ project

City project, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) B Prasada Rao on Tuesday said.

“The actual requirement in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerate is 3,000 plus and gradually we will scale up the CCTV installation to that level,” Prasada Rao told reporters here.

The state government had in June promulgated ‘AP Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act-2013’, which makes it mandatory to put in place certain public safety measures in all establishments in view of recurring incidents of terror attack in the city.

Rains lash parts of UP, give slight relief from cold

Light to moderate rains drenched a few places in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, causing temperatures to rise slightly, even as the weather remained mainly dry in eastern parts of the state.

Bareilly, Jhansi, Agra, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur and Orai each recorded 1 cm rainfall, MeT department said.

The minimum temperature rose largely in Meerut, Kanpur, Lucknow and Agra divisions and rose markedly in Moradabad division.

It rose appreciably in Faizabad, Allahabad, Bareilly and Jhansi divisions and rose in Gorakhpur and Varanasi divisions.

Congress’s Mateen Ahmed is Delhi’s pro-tem speaker

Congress legislator Mateen Ahmed will be the pro-tem speaker of the Delhi assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday.

“We proposed his (Ahmed’s) name… he will be the pro-tem speaker,” Kejriwal told reporters.

The names of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jagdish Mukhi and Janata Dal-United legislator Shoaib Iqbal were also proposed but both of them declined, Kejriwal said.

The pro-tem speaker administers the oath to all newly-elected legislators and presides over the assembly until a new speaker is elected.

Trade festival held in Assam to promote entrepreneurship

The Indian Institute of Enterpreneurship organised a trade festival here to promote entrepreneurship and provide impetus to small businesses in the region. The festival aims to provide sustainable livelihood to the micro and small businesses, targeting the households and rural sectors of the region. Organisers hope that the initiative would provide a platform to the various businesses to understand the market needs and have direct interactions with buyers besides selling their products.

BJP youth wing protests against Himachal CM in front of Rahul’s house

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, on Tuesday protested in front of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s house here, condemning Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been accused of graft. The protestors gathered in front of Rahul’s 12, Tughlak Lane residence, and raised anti-Congress slogans. Some even tried to cross the steel and iron barricades. The protestors led by BJP leader and BJYM president Anurag Thakur, demanded action against Virbhadra Singh.

After water, electricity rates slashed by 50 percent in Delhi

The Delhi Government on Tuesday decided to slash the electricity rates in the city by 50 percent. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Addressing a press conference after the end of the Cabinet meeting, Kejriwal announced, “Till the time the audit of the power distribution companies is completed, we had a cabinet meeting and we discussed how we can provide relief to the poor people of Delhi. It was decided that the rates from 0-200 and 201-400 units consumption of electricity, will slashed by 50 percent.

Kejriwal meets CAG, discusses possible audit of power discoms

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma on Tuesday and is reported to have discussed ways to go about auditing the finances of the three private power distribution companies that supply power across the national capital.

Though a final decision is to be taken by the Delhi Cabinet on the issue later this evening, Kejriwal is reported to have given the power discoms less than 24 hours to state in writing why they should or should not be audited.

US population growth rate slowest in decades

An expert has revealed that America’s population is growing at its slowest rate in decades, blaming it on its sluggish economy.

The US population grew by just 0.72 percent in the year ended July 1, 2013, according to the Census Bureau. That’s the slowest growth rate since 1937, the Huffington Post reported.

Population growth has hovered at super-low levels for the past few years, according to William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research organization.

Abduction cases up, Naxal menace curbed, Says DGP

Criminal cases, mostly kidnaps, in the State have gone up by 12 per cent by the end of 2013 while Naxalite menace was curbed, said Director General of Police Dr Prasada Rao.

Addressing the media at his formal Annual Review of crime graph in the State in 2013, the top cop said Naxalite effect in the State has come down considerably. The Police department was able to cope with current political turmoil with continuous movements, agitations and disturbances, he said.

New Samsung chip to enhance RAM upto 4GB in future smartphones

Samsung Electronics is coming with a new chip that will make it possible for the company and others to build smartphones and tablets with up to 4GB of RAM. Samsung has developed the industry”s first 8 Gigabit LPDDR4 (low power double data rate) mobile DRAM. According to PC World, Samsung said that by combining four of them, a high-end smartphone or tablet could get 4GB of RAM. The memory increase and performance improvement offered by Samsung”s chip will result in faster, more responsive applications. The product also consumes less power than current memory chipsets, the company said.

Officer detains Indian man’s passport in Sharjah over dislike of moustache

An Indian passenger’s passport was allegedly retained at Sharjah airport, because the passport control officer did not like his moustache.

Officials at the Sharjah Department of Naturalisation and Foreign Affairs are investigating the case, Gulf News reported.

Brigadier Dr Abdullah Bin Sahoo, Director-General of the department, said they will study CCTV images to check whether the passenger’s allegations are correct and will then take action.

Sujeev Kumar, a software engineer, who flew from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in India arrived in Sharjah on Friday.

Dubai set to dazzle tonight!

Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Festival city will be putting up a combined show of fireworks tonight.

The staggering display of fireworks will include a world record attempt that will see 400,000 shots fired in the sky from 400 locations on the Palm island and the islands of The World, Gulf News reported.

Beauty secrets women hide from men revealed

A new survey has revealed that an average woman hides about eight beauty secrets from her partner.

The poll by found that many women hide their beauty routine from their partners, because they hate the thought of their other better half knowing they pluck, wax and shave, the Daily Express reported.

It was found that two-third of ladies polled said their partner was unaware of their beauty routine, which includes hair removal from toes, chin, body and bikini line.

Removing hard skin from feet and keeping a hairless upper lip also remain deeply hidden secrets. (ANI)

Silicon Valley VC launches first Google Glass Maker Fest in India

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Asha Jadeja has reportedly launched a technology and design event in India that has been wildly popular in California.

The Maker Fest is a non-commercial, free and open to all event, in which Google’s wearable computing device Glass would be introduced to programmers as a private initiative for the first time in India.

Leaders’ exit would not harm Congress party: Kondru

Medical Education Minister Kondru Murali Mohan on Tuesday said that the exit of senior leaders including ministers and MLAs would not harm the Congress party.

Speaking to media persons here, Kondru said that the Congress party would not weaken with some senior leaders leaving the party. He said there were about 300 second line leaders in each Assembly constituency who would replace the old ones. Therefore, he said that it was wrong to assume the exodus would harm the Congress party.

AIR to conduct national symposium of poets

The All India Radio, Hyderabad, will conduct a ‘Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan (National Symposium of Poets)’ from January 9 at APSRTC Kala Bhavan here in Baghlingampally.

Governor ESL Narasimhan will be the chief guest, informed AIR Deputy Director General Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad. “66-Poets from 22-Indian languages and eminent translators of Hindi and Telugu languages will be participating at the event. We are very happy as AIR, Hyderabad is hosting the prestigious event,” he said.

Harry Styles `will only date British girls`

Harry Styles, who has been spotted many times while hanging out with Kim Kardashian’s half sister, Kendall Jenner, only wants to go out with British girls, it has been revealed. A source told the Daily Star that the One Direction band member thinks Jenner’s very attractive, but he also finds her personality practically nonexistent and considers her one of the most boring people in the world. The insider asserted that the thought of spending time with Jenner’s family is terrifying for him and he has no plans to make her his girlfriend.

Justin Bieber’s crew `beat up` limo driver

One of the members of Justin Bieber’s entourage has been accused of attacking a limo driver, who was hired to drive all of them around town. Not much is known about the incident, but Toronto cops are currently looking into the matter based on the driver’s claims, reported. The gossip site also claimed that the teen icon was in the limo when the driver was roughed up. (ANI)

Kodela accuses Jagan of splitting APNGOs

Former minister and TDP spokesperson Kodela Sivaprasada Rao on Tuesday accused YSR Congress Party president Jagan Mohan Reddy of creating a rift in the Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers’ (APNGOs) Association.

Justin Bieber’s bodyguards `busted` after beating up cop

Justin Bieber’s two bodyguards, Hugo Hesny and Michael Arana, were recently arrested after attacking a cop in Florida. According to a police report obtained by, while Hesny was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, Arana was put behind bars for disorderly conduct. The report claimed that Arana became loud and disorderly and “took a fighting stance” while demanding to know why Hesny had been arrested. After supposedly drunk Arana resisted arrest, officers put him on the ground and delivered numerous knee strikes to his ribs. (ANI)

Will usher in YSR golden era: Jagan

Throwing the gauntlet, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked the Congress and TDP to go for elections and he will take the Samaikyandra slogan to win 30 MP seats as the mood from Kuppam from Srikakulam is for a united State and he asserted that he will bring back the golden era of YSR where all sections of people would be happy.

Britney Spears credits ex Justin Timberlake as inspiration

Britney Spears has confessed that she is inspired by former boyfriend Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Lorde and Bruno Mars.

The 32-year-old singer said that what Beyonce did with her surprise release album was genius, Us magazine reported.

The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker also gave a nod to Timberlake saying that it makes people eager to listen to music, which helps everyone.

Spears also claimed to be a fan of New Zealand pop sensation Lorde for being really different and cool and Mars for being so different and fresh. (ANI)