Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Calling himself the "messenger" of a movement, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again.
"We are going to make America great again, and I'll add greater than ever before," ABC news quoted Trump as saying.
Trump was addressing a large gathering of his supporters at his inaugural concert, a day before officially being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
"This journey began 18 months ago. I had something to do with it but you had much more to do with it than I did. I'm the messenger," Trump said.
He said that all Americans were tired of seeing what was going on in the country and wanted a real change to take place.
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has praised the American people for making him 'a better president' and 'a better man'.
"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man, Obama said in a thank you letter to the American people on Thursday.
On his last day in office before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Obama described the American people as 'the source of goodness, resilience, from which he has pulled strength.
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that nearly 50 senior Obama administration appointees have been asked by President-elect Donald Trump to remain in their posts after his inauguration in order to ensure continuity in the government.
The Obama holdovers include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and the State Department.
Spicer said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America's third-ranking diplomat, Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, will remain in their agencies until a replacement is named by the Senate, reports VOA news.
New Delhi [India], Jan 19 : There could never be a more unique way to bring good health and cheer at your doorstep than Yakult Ladies delivering the probiotic Yakult, the ultimate healthy drink to boost your immune system! And to applaud these young women's' efforts, Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., today recognized their efforts by rewarding them with various awards and recognition at an award function.
The host of awards were presented to Yakult Ladies in various categories such as "Long Term Association", "Best Sales Talk", "Perfect Attendance", "Best Home Delivery growth in a Year", "Best Sales Growth". The Awards were handed over by Mr. Minoru Shimada. Managing Director,Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. at a ceremony in Tivoli Gardens, Chattarpur amidst much fan fare and fun.
New Delhi(Lucknow) [India], Jan. 19 : Expressed his anguish over the tragic accident in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the passing away of young children.
"I pray that those injured in the accident in Etah recover at the earliest," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
"Anguished by the tragic accident in UP's Etah district. I share the pain of the bereaved families & condole passing away of young children," he said.
More than 24 children lost their lives and over 40 others sustained injuries in the accident, which took place in Aliganj town where a private school bus collided head-on with a speeding truck.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Jan. 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will on Thursday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to promulgate an ordinance to lift the ban on bull taming sport, Jallikattu.
Pannerselvam will fly down to New Delhi today and discuss the prospects of brining such an ordinance.
He also requested the youth and protesters to give up their agitation over the issue.
"Tamil Nadu Government will continue to take necessary steps to ensure holding of Jallikattu- CM O.Panneerselvam (sic)," the AIADMK tweeted.
Muktsar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 19 : The Punjab police yesterday seized Rupees twenty five lakh in the denomination of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 in new currency from two persons in Muktsar.
Those carrying the cash however, could not produce any document and details of the cash.
Meanwhile, the police informed the seizure to the Income Tax officials.
More details are awaited. (ANI)
New York [USA], Jan. 19 : Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has received a unique gift.
A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after the next U.S. president.
The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico, reports the CNN.
The moth sports a very familiar-looking crown of yellowish scales like Trump's golden hairdos.
"With its hair tufts, its presence in US and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name [the moth] after Mr. President-elect himself," said evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari.
Nazari said he also chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges.
Beijing [China], Jan. 19 : China has defended the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the project isn't aimed at India and Beijing is committed to developg friendly and cooperative relations by respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "The CPEC is a new framework for long-term cooperation and development in various fields built up by China and Pakistan, which will help promote regional connectivity and trade and economic cooperation as well as regional peace, stability and development. It targets no third party and will not affect China's stance on the Kashmir issue,"
New Delhi [India], Jan. 18 : The meeting of Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Urjit Patel over demonetisation and its aftermath began here this morning.
The committe is led by Congress leader Veerappa Moily. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh is also a part of the committee.
In the meeting, Patel is expected to face questions over the criticism that the RBI compromised its autonomy in order to toe the line of the government.
Senior officers, including Banking Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal, Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant Das and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia will also attend the meeting and brief the committee about demonetisation and its impact on the economy.
Paris [France], Jan. 18 : More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days.
"The profession of a journalist is not a safe one, and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted," said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.
The UNESCO coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations.
New York [USA], Jan. 17 : Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Samsung's heir apparent over allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
The move against Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong on Monday is part of an investigation into a massive political corruption scandal that has shaken South Korea's political and business elites, reports the CNN.
Lee is set to appear on Wednesday before a judge, who will decide whether the arrest warrant is valid. If it is valid then the man tapped to head South Korea's biggest conglomerate will be taken into detention.
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh),[India] Jan 17 : A day after he was declared the rightful owner of the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday rubbished reports suggesting an increasing rift between him and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Silencing all critics, Akhilesh said that he never had any differences with his father and added the main mission at this point of time is to make all efforts to form the government yet again in Uttar Pradesh.
Asserting that 90 percent of the candidates in both candidature lists issued by him and his father are the same, Yadav said, "Relation with my father can never be broken, I never had differences with him."
New Delhi [India], Jan. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship geo-political conference organised annually by the Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in association with the Ministry of External Affairs.
The theme of the three-day dialogue this year is, "The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multi Polarity."
The dialogue will feature inaugural panel with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, Foreign Minister of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat, former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, International Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh Gowher Rizvi.
Beijing [China], Jan. 17 : China has once again reiterated its position on non-NPT countries' accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying that the NSG membership is not something to be given privately between countries as a farewell gift.
"China has repeatedly stated its position on non-NPT countries' accession to the NSG. There is no need for me to repeat it here. It is worth pointing out that the NSG membership is not something to be given privately between countries as a farewell gift," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
The remarks came after the outgoing Obama administration had said that China is the only country blocking India from becoming a member of the NSG and described Beijing as an "outlier".
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 17 : Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.
The family Cernan announced that he passed away today following ongoing health issues.
"It is with very deep sadness that we share the loss of our beloved husband and father," said Cernan's family. "Our family is heartbroken, of course, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Gene, as he was known by so many, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend."
Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.
New Delhi [India], Jan 13 : The Election Commission on Friday will hear the warring Samajwadi Party factions i.e. of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other of his son Akhilesh Yadav, staking claims over the party symbol 'cycle'.
Candidates from both, Mulayam and Akhilesh camps cannot fight election on 'cycle' symbol at the same time, therefore, the EC will have to take a call on the issue before the filing of nominations begins.
The Samajwadi Party in-fight refuses to subside, as the current stalemate between Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over the post of the party president, failed to reach a conclusion.
Beijing [China], Jan. 13 : There is possibility of a meeting between the Chinese delegation and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team members on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week.
According to observers, with concerns over trade protectionism and anti-globalization swirling, such a meeting could help narrow positions on trade and sensitive political issues, reports the China Daily.
President Xi Jinping will lead the Chinese delegation to Switzerland for a state visit from Sunday to Wednesday. On Tuesday, he will become the first top Chinese leader to attend the Davos meeting.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 13 : The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) findings from the black box data of crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 has revealed that only one of the plane's engines was working when it crashed.
Flight PK-661, carrying 48 passengers and crew, had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on December 7, 2016. There were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.
CAA Secretary Irfan Elahi shared the authority's findings with the Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedures and Privileges, reports the Dawn.
According to the secretary, both engines of the aircraft were running "100 percent" fine when the plane took off from Chitral. But only one of the plane's engines was working when the plane crashed.
New York [USA], Jan. 12 : Taiwan has reportedly deployed fighter jets, a surveillance aircraft and Navy frigates in response to the movement of China's lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.
The Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier, entered the strait, part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, after training exercises in the South China Sea.
The Chinese vessels moved through waters off Shantou in the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong early Wednesday morning and continued north, reports the CNN.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is on a Central American tour, has been briefed about the situation and requested that officials in Taipei closely monitor the movements of the Chinese vessels.