LIVE! Visit to Taj with wife on Israeli PM’s itinerary

11:17  Visit to Taj with wife on Israeli PM’s itinerary:  

Six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, first ever by any Indian prime minister to the Jewish nation, his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu is arriving in India today for a six-day state visit.

The Israeli prime minister, who is the second prime minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 25 years of a diplomatic relationship, will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

Later in the day, he will call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The visiting dignitary, on Monday, will be given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

The two sides will sign agreements and also issue a joint press statement. The Israeli prime Minister will call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, will leave for Agra to see Taj Mahal. On the same day, he will visit Delhi and participate in the Raisina Dialogue, where he is scheduled to deliver an inaugural speech.

Netanyahu will leave for Ahmedabad on the fourth day of his tour and visit Sabarmati Ashram. The minister will also attend an event at the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate).

He will later visit the Centre of Excellence, Vadrad. On the same day, the minister will leave for Mumbai.

On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar. He will also lay a wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House – Chabad Centre.

He will also reach out to Bollywood personalities in an exclusive ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event, that aims at exploring business opportunities for Indian filmmakers in Israel.

11:11  Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland:  

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the US Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

She is running as a Democrat and will likely challenge two-term Senator Ben Cardin in the primary. The states senior senator is an overwhelming favorite to win. 

Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, the former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 military and State Department documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Shes been hailed as a traitor as well as a courageous hero.

Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency before leaving office last year.

10:50  Delhi landmark to be renamed Teen Murti Haifa chowk:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu will attend a solemn ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi today to mark the formal renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. 

The two leaders will also lay a wreath and sign the visitor’s book at the memorial, official sources said.  

Netanyahu is arriving in India on a 4-day visit today. 

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.  

The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I. 

There are various accounts of this battle — all narrate the valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned city protected by a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria-Hungary. 

The liberation of Haifa cleared a supply route for the Allies to the city through the sea. Forty-four Indian soldiers made the ultimate sacrificeduring the liberation of the city in World War I. 

Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates September 23 as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.”

10:41  Kalam’s thoughts may soon feature in school textbooks:  
English language textbooks may soon have passages from the autobiography of late President APJ Abdul Kalam.  

The Central Advisory Board of Education, the highest body to advise the central and state governments in the field of education, is meeting tomorrow to discuss this and other items.  

“To include passage from the autobiography of Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the English language textbooks prescribe by the SSC and HSC boards as per the suggestions noted in the meeting held on August 19 last year,” reads the agenda item.  

It has been proposed by CABE member Latif Magdum, who also suggested setting up of an institute of medical science to run short term certificate courses in first aid, hospital management, ward management and other such areas. 

BB Kumar, chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), a body under the HRD ministry, has recommended a regular policy update in the sphere of education, linking manpower planning and educational planning.  

Extension of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 to pre-school education and secondary education; mainstreaming of school children and taking measures to bring them into the fold of education system; improving quality and accountability in school education are among other issues which will be taken up during the two-day meeting.

09:53  Humans vs leopards: Whose home is it?:  As a leopard entered a Mumbai home on  Saturday, setting off panic among residents, Rajesh Karkera/ offers an insight into the so-called man vs animal conflict facing many urban centres that have expanded uncontrollably, here.

08:57  Madras HC grants okay to hold cock fight:  The Madras high court has directed the police to grant permission and provide security to conduct a ‘cock fight’ at nearby Thiruvallur as part of an event from January 17 to 19 while imposing certain conditions. 

Justice R Suresh Kumar gave the directive while passing orders on a petition from one M Munuswamy, seeking a direction to police to grant permission and protection to conduct a ‘cock fight’ in Vilakkamampoodi Pudur village as part of the centenary celebrations of late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran and the birth anniversary celebrations of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.  

The petitioner submitted that he along with a group of persons constituted a committee, which conducts the birth anniversary celebrations of MGR every year. As part of the function, they organise ‘cock fights’, which is the traditional sport during the temple festival, he said.

08:41  Maha ATS arrests 6 suspected Maoists, probes link to Koregaon violence:  The Anti Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra police has arrested seven suspected Maoists, working for the Golden Corridor Committee, formed to spread their ideology in Maharashtra and Gujarat.  

According to an official, the arrests were made after raids were conducted in the eastern suburbs of the city late Friday night.  

Banners related to the Bhima Koregaon event held recently to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district were seized from two of the accused, sources said. 

According to sources, the ATS will probe if the arrested accused were involved in the violence in Mumbai and suburbs.  

“Based on specific information in connection with the movements of members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, the Kalachowki unit of the ATS initially nabbed one suspect from the Kalyan railway station on Friday,” the official said. 

During interrogation, he revealed he and his colleagues from the Kamraj Nagar, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar and Vikhroli areas of suburban Mumbai were working for the CPI-Maoist. 

After getting vital information, the ATS formed special teams and raids were carried out in Ramabai Nagar, Kamraj Nagar and Vikhroli, during which seven Maoists were arrested. All the arrested persons were from Telangana and working for the CPI-Maoist, he said.  

ATS sleuths seized incriminating documents related to the banned organisation, he added. 

An offence under sections 20, 38, 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been registered at ATS Kalachowki and a probe is underway. 

The arrested persons were produced before court, which sent them to ATS custody till January 16, the official said.  

During investigation, it came to light that the arrested main accused and his accomplices had been working for the Golden Corridor Committee and were in touch with Left Wing Extremism cadres from the forest divisions, he said. 

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08:15  6 bodies found, search on for one missing in ONGC chopper crash:  Six bodies have been recovered after a Pawan Hans helicopter carrying five senior officials of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and two pilots crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off yesterday.  

“Out of six bodies, five has been identified. The search for one missing is still underway”, a senior police inspector said. 

Currently, four Indian Naval ships (Teg, Tarasa, T 11 and T 45) are undertaking the search in the area. INS Teg also has Chetak helicopter and diving teams embarked onboard to augment the search efforts. 

One Dornier aircraft has completed the search and one P8I Long Range aircraft has conjoined the search with two search and rescue kits. Further, Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft are also deployed for SAR. 

Additional ships and aircraft are being kept ready at Mumbai for deployment as and when required.

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