BJP to join Pema Khandu government in Arunachal

The Bharatiya Janata Party will join the Peoples Party of Arunachal government in Arunachal Pradesh led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Arunachal BJP president Tapir Gao has confirmed that party MLA Tamiyo Taga will be inducted into the Khandu government as a minister. Last month, Khandu, along with 43 MLAs, had defected the Congress to join the PPA, the lone regional party of the state. He said it was in the interest of the state and the people. The exodus of MLAs came two months after Khandu was sworn-in as the new Congress chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, following the partys dramatic success in winning back all its rebels, marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments. Former Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki had to step down to…

Gaming regulators place convicted card cheat in Black Book The Nevada Gaming Commission has banned from the state’s casinos a notorious card cheat who marked cards with invisible ink that he could see while wearing special contact lenses. Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to place Bujar “Bruce” Kaloshi to the state’s list of excluded persons — the so-called “black book” of names of people not permitted in Nevada casinos. The convicted card cheat has been arrested in four states for running a scam involving marking cards with invisible ink that he was able to see with special contact lenses he wore. He becomes the 33rd person on the list, which was modified in February by deleting names of people who have died. Kaloshi, 57, did not attend the meeting, but state officials said he was given notice...

Trump vows his first 100 days in Oval Office will be dramatic US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the world's largest trade deal, and investigate abuses of work visa programmes as he outlined his policy plans for the first 100 days in office. Seventy-year-old Trump, in his first video-message after being elected as the President of the US, described the TPP as a "potential disaster" for America and said he will quit the deal on the first day in office. He also highlighted concrete steps that he will take to "Drain the Swamp" in Washington DC and put America first by focusing on the issues of trade, energy, regulation, national security, immigration and ethics reform. "My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first. ...

Stephen Colbert Grills Donald Trump Over Russian Hacking In Spoof Interview Stephen Colbert quizzed Donald Trump in an “exclusive” (but totally spoof) interview on Monday. Via edited footage of the president-elect’s most recent interview on “Fox News Sunday,” the “Late Show” host appeared to grill Trump on a range of controversial topics. He covered the CIA’s Russian hacking revelation, Trump’s questionable claim that he won the Electoral College in a landslide and his assertion that he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings because he’s “smart.” Let’s just say, Colbert doesn’t give the incoming Commander in Chief an easy ride. Check it out in the clip above.

Fresh mass rally against South Korea's Park Geun-Hye Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in South Korea's Seoul for the fourth in a weekly series of demonstrations aimed at forcing President Park Geun-Hye to resign over a corruption scandal. Saturday's protest came as Park's approval ratings plunged with prosecutors planning to interview her, making her the first sitting South Korean president to be questioned in a criminal case. The scandal centres on Park's shadowy confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is accused of using her ties with the president to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to non-profit foundations that Choi then used for personal gain. After claiming a turnout of about one million for last week's protest, organisers said they expected some 500,000 people on Saturday, while police predicted one-tenth...

Kaley Cuoco & Karl Cook: Wedding on the Way?! Back in in September of 2015, Kaley Cuoco filed for divorce from Ryan Sweeting after approximately 14 seconds of marriage. The split didn't come as much of a surprise, as Ryan was an unemployed tennis bro, and he and Kaley met shortly after her breakup with Henry Cavill, and dated for just a few months before getting married. Thankfully, Kaley waited a little bit longer before rebounding from that debacle. Since April, Kaley has been dating Karl Cook, a fellow equestrian with an oddly similar name. (Cuoco means "cook" in Italian, which leads us to believe Kaley and Karl are just weeks away from finding out that they're brother and sister.) Apparently, these two have been zipping past all the usual relationship milestones at record speed. Sources say...

No survivors in northern Pakistan air crash, says airline chairman | Reuters ISLAMABAD None of the dozens of people on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA) aircraft that crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday survived the accident, the airline's chairman said."There are no survivors, no one has survived," Muhammad Azam Saigol told a press conference late on Wednesday, about five hours after flight PK661 from Chitral to the capital, Islamabad, crashed near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.The airline had earlier announced 48 people were on board the aircraft. Saigol said the ATR-42 aircraft had undergone regular maintenance and had in October passed an "A-check" certification, conducted after every 500 hours of flight operations."I think that there was no technical error or human error ... obviously there will be a proper...

Smooth flow of melody Swararaga Sudha -2016 in Thrissur featured three musicians who impressed listeners with their musical acumen. It was an exhilarating experience to listen to three concerts staged as part of Swararaga Sudha -2016 in Thrissur. The profundity of the musicians apart, their concerts proved the efficacy of the traditional format of music concerts. Chenkottai Harihara Subramanian Effortless rendition, that too in a relatively high pitch, was Chenkottai Harihara Subramanian’s hallmark. On the first day, he began with ‘Innam en manam’, a Charukesi pada varnam of Lalgudi, which was demonstrative of his musical prowess. The stobhas he tagged to the concluding verses smacked of his exploits in ‘Sambradayika bhajana’ of which he is a most sought-after performer. Clarity of diction was evident as he switched on to ‘Gajananayutam Ganeswaram’, a...