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    BJP leader Raja detained

    Nagapattinam: BJP national secretary H Raja and other party workers were detained near here today when they tried to organise a protest against VCK leader Thirumavalavan for his alleged remarks against some temples. 

    Police said they were detained as permission for staging the protest had not been granted. Besides, prohibitory orders were also in force, they added.

    (PTI) 

    CBI arrests Rohit Reddy, director of BGR Mining and Infra Pvt Ltd

    CBI arrests Rohit Reddy, director of BGR Mining and Infra Pvt Ltd, in a bribery case allegedly involving an NTPC director: Sources. 

    (PTI) 

    Russian and French foreign ministers discussed situation in Syria

    Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the situation in Syria and other issues during a phone conversation on Dec. 14, the Russian ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

    (Reuters) 

    Austrian insurance executive to be next finance minister - Kurz

    Vienna: Insurance executive Hartwig Loeger will be Austria’s next finance minister, conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Saturday, as he presented his party’s ministers. 

    Loeger, 52, heads the Austrian unit of insurance company Uniqa.

    (Reuters) 

    Russian and French foreign ministers discussed situation in Syria

    Moscow:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the situation in Syria and other issues during a phone conversation on Dec. 14, the Russian ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

    (Reuters)

    Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today congratulated Rahul Gandhi after he took charge as Congress president. "Congratulations Rahul ji for this big responsibility and our best wishes for all ur endeavours," Kejriwal tweeted. 

    47-year-old Rahul Gandhi succeeds Sonia Gandhi, who led the party for the last 19 years.

    (PTI)

    Britian eyes bespoke trade arrangement with EU: Hammond

    Beijing: British finance minister Philip Hammond said it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for future trade deals with the European Union.

    Speaking at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday, Hammond said he expected that the United Kingdom would develop a trade deal that is not a “Canada model,” referring to a deal similar to the one the EU agreed to last year with Canada.

    (Reuters)

    ‘UK, China accelerating preparations for London-Shanghai stock connect’

    Beijing: British finance minister Philip Hammond said that China and the United Kingdom have agreed to accelerate preparations for a London-Shanghai stock connect program.

    Hammond was speaking at a press conference in Beijing.  In September, Britain and China agreed to carry out a feasibility study the connect scheme, but did not provide further details.

    (Reuters) 

    South Africa to increase spending on higher education: Zuma

    Johannesburg: South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

    “As a result of this substantial increase in subsidy to universities, there will be no tuition fee increment for students from households earning up to 600,000 rand a year during the 2018 academic year,” Zuma said in a statement.

     (Reuters) 

    South Africa to take tough decisions to grow economy: Gigaba

    Johannesburg: South Africa’s government will take “necessary tough decisions” to stabilize public debt and grow the economy, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Saturday. 

    “We will take the necessary tough decisions to continue fiscal consolidation and stabilization as we move towards the 2018 budget in February,” Gigaba told a breakfast briefing before the start of the ruling African National Congress conference to pick a new party leader.

    (Reuters) 

    No change in foodgrain prices

    Chennai: Prices of all commodities remain unchanged  in the wholesale foodgrain market here today.

    Following are the wholesale rates of various agri-commodities (rates in rupees per quintal, unless stated otherwise): Thoor Dal Rs 6,800, Urad Dal Rs 6,800, Moong Dal Rs 7,000, Gram Dal Rs 5,400, Sugar Rs 3,750, Wheat Rs 2,600, Maida (90 kg) Rs 2,600 and Sooji (90 kg) Rs 3,200.

    (PTI)

    Rahul takes over as new Congress President

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Saturday formally took over as the new Congress President assuming the mantle of the country's oldest political party from his mother Sonia Gandhi.

    (IANS)

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