Jammu: Low intensity bomb blast rocks bus stand

A bomb blast ripped through a bus stand on Friday night in Jammu.

A low-intensity grenade explosion occurred sometime after midnight, police officials said.

No casualties or injuries have been reported so far in the incident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the bomb was placed close to a load carrier which had suffered damage.

According to the reports, the security has been beefed up in the area.

Further details are awaited.

Reasons Buying Next Smartphones on No Cost EMI is a Good Idea

There are small things in life that bring a sense of great happiness to your family. Buying brand new smartphones or anything else is one of the most fulfilling things to do. However, you may not always have the money needed for making such purchases. 

An affordable and reliable solution for making this possible even when you don’t have the required amount is opting for an EMI. However, you may be well aware of the fact that even while you avail the EMI facility, you will still have to bear more.

It’s because along with a traditional EMI facility, you also need to provide the lender with some extra charges. These additional charges may increase the overall cost of the purchased goods, making it expensive. Hence, when you go for a traditional EMI facility to buy anything, you don’t save anything!

However, the trends in the finance industry have evolved over time.  It keeps coming up with many alternatives. As a result, it can help you fulfill your aspirations without pinching your pockets.

One of the ways to help you buy your next smartphone on EMI while still enjoying savings is opting for the No Cost EMI facility. The No Cost EMI facility enables you to divide the phone cost over a tenor; pay only fixed EMIs and no extra charges at all.

Let this post help you know about the No Cost EMI facility and how it can help you purchase without worrying about the budget.

What is the No Cost EMI facility?

As the name suggests, the No Cost EMI is a payment scheme where buyers can purchase anything by paying EMIs over a fixed tenor. The user also need not pay any extra charges.

Thus, you can indulge in huge savings that you otherwise don’t while buying things on credit card and other regular EMIs.

The No Cost EMI facility is available on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network. It is the first lender to offer this unique payment alternative in India.

What is Bajaj Finserv EMI Network?

The Bajaj Finserv EMI Network is a payment scheme in India that helps you with instant financing alternatives. It has emerged as one of the convenient ways to pay for your favourite smartphones, electronics, furniture and 1 million+ products.

There are no hidden costs involved as you can divide the cost of your purchased item into equated monthly installments (EMIs), and pay no additional charges.  

Reasons to buy your next smartphone on No Cost EMI

  • The loan facility of up to Rs.4 lakh

With an EMI Network Card, you can get a finance option of up to Rs.4 lakh to buy your favourite products across Bajaj Finserv EMI Network in 1300+ cities.

  • Easy repayment terms

You get the freedom to divide your purchase in easy tenors of 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months as per your needs and repayment capacity.

  • Minimal documentation

You can keep yourself saved from the hassles of collecting and submitting a bucket of documents to start shopping on No Cost EMI facility. If you have your KYC details, and cancelled cheque ready, you are good to go to begin the No Cost EMI shopping.

  • Minimal processing fees and Downpayment

Most of the listed products on EMI Network have minimal or no processing fees at all. You can simply pay only a product’s price and divide the cost into a tenor. Also, the items purchased from the EMI Network have no or minimal Down Payment.

How to shop on No Cost EMI on Bajaj Finserv EMI Network?

Purchasing your next branded EMI based mobile phones on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network is easy if you can follow some easy steps:

  • Pay a visit to a partner store – The Bajaj Finserv EMI Network has over 60,000+ local stores spread in 1300+ Indian cities and towns. You can enter any of these partner outlets available in your city.
  • Swipe an EMI Network Card – Once you are in a local store registered on the EMI Network, you can select a smartphone or anything else of your choice. After you have made your choice, you can swipe the EMI Network Card just like your credit/debit card at the point of sale (POS) counter.
  • Your shopping is complete now – That’s it – your EMI based mobile phones shopping is now successfully complete.
  • You can also shop even if you don’t have an EMI Network Card. For this, you will need to submit a cancelled cheque along with a KYC document at a store. This way, you will avail on-spot finance to start shopping at No Cost EMI.

Do you have some other financial needs that you want to cover?

Bajaj Finserv offers some pre-approved offers on multiple financial products such as personal loans, home loans, EMI financing and business loans and a lot more.

It is offered to make your loan application, approval and disbursement less time-consuming. You check go ahead and check out your pre-approved loan deals by sharing your key details such as name, age and mobile number!      


Jammu and Kashmir: Four terrorists killed in encounter in Pulwama

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Four terrorists were killed on Saturday in an exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said.

Security forces launched search operation after receiving specific inputs about the presence of terrorists there.

Jammu and Kashmir police had earlier tweeted, “Brief exchange of fire between Security forces & #terrorists at Hanjan #Pulwama. Area under cordon. Details will follow.”

“As the cordon was tightened, the terrorists who were hiding opened fire. That triggered an encounter in which two militants were killed,” source said.

More details are awaited.

Three-member crew to spend 7 days in space under Gaganyaan project

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Gaganyaan project under which a three-member crew will be sent to space for at least seven days, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022. The total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan Programme is within Rs.10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, flight hardware realization and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of Gaganyaan Programme.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will collaborate extensively with National agencies, laboratories, academia and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives.

ISRO will be responsible for realising the flight hardware through industry, national agencies, laboratories and academia will participate in crew training, human life science technology development initiatives as well as design reviews.

First human space flight demonstration is targeted to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction. Prior to this, two unmanned flights in full complement will be carried out to gain confidence on the technology and mission management aspects.

Human spaceflight programme will provide a unique micro-gravity platform in space for conducting experiments and test bed for future technologies.

The programme will also allow pooling in of diverse technological and industrial capabilities and enable broader participation in research opportunities and technology development.

It is also expected to spur research and development within the country in niche science and technology domains and provide huge potential for technology spinoffs in areas such as medicine, agriculture, industrial safety, pollution, waste management, water and food resource management etc.

The ISRO has completed the development of launch vehicle GSLV Mk-lll which has the necessary payload capability to launch a three-member crew module in low earth orbit

The aerodynamic characterisation of crew module has been completed as part of GSLV Mk-lll X mission flight.

Elements of life support system and space suit also have been realised and tested. In addition, the orbital and re-entry mission and recovery operations have been flight demonstrated in Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) mission.

ISRO has developed and demonstrated most of the baseline technologies essential for undertaking human spaceflight mission. Globally also, there is a renewed interest in undertaking manned exploration initiatives.

Haryana: Three headless bodies found in Bhiwani

Three headless bodies were found at Kharak village of Bhiwani district in Haryana on Friday.

According to the sources, the victims appeared to be a 32-year-old woman, a 10-12-year-old girl and a three-to-five-year-old child.

The bodies of the deceased were found inside a drum lying along the roadside on Rohtak road.

The police were rushed to the spot and suspect it to be a case of murder. 

“As the bodies are headless and identification was proving to be difficult,” police said.

An investigation into the matter has been launched by the police.

Further details are awaited.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on December 29-30 to lay foundation stone for a number of development projects.

Prime Minister will arrive in Port Blair on the evening of December 29. 

He will visit the Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar on Sunday, where Modi will lay a wreath at the memorial, and light a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the ITI at Arong and lay the foundation Stone for some infrastructure projects. He will address a public meeting.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will lay a wreath at the Martyrs Column at Port Blair after which he will pay a visit to the Cellular Jail.

Modi will hoist the high mast flag at South Point, Port Blair.

He will pay floral tributes at Statue of Netaji at Marina Park. At Netaji Stadium, the Prime Minister will release a commemorative postal stamp, coin and first day cover to mark the 75th Anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. 

He will also release the Innovation and Start-Up Policy for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He will inaugurate a 7 MW Solar Power Plant, and Solar Village.

Modi will also lay the Foundation Stone for a number of development projects and will address the gathering.

EAM Sushma Swaraj calls on Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on visiting Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering during the course of which important aspects of the India-Bhutan relationship came up for discussion.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on @PMBhutan Dr Lotay Tshering. Congratulated him on assumption of high office of PM of Bhutan. Warm exchange of views on important aspects of our bilateral relationship,” EAM spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Dr Lotay Tshering earlier in the day received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

“Exceptional and cherished ties. @PMBhutan Dr Lotay Tshering receives ceremonial welcome @rashtrapatibhvn in the presence of PM @narendramodi on his first overseas visit after assuming office of the Prime Minister of #Bhutan last month,” Kumar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, later in a day held talks with Tshering on a host of key issues to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.

Kumar said, “PM @narendramodi welcomes @PMBhutan Dr Lotay Tshering ahead of the delegation level talks to discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations & explore new opportunities to further strengthen them.”

“PM @narendramodi & @PMBhutan took stock of the bilateral relationship at the delegation level talks. Both sides renewed commitment to further deepen our partnership,” EAM said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Uttar Pradesh tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on December 29.

During the visit, he will dedicate the 6th International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) campus to the nation and attend the One District, One Product Regional Summit at Deendayal Hastakala Sankul in Varanasi.

‘One District One Product’ scheme is aimed at enhancing the skills of local people and increasing the reach of the indigenous trades, crafts and products from small towns and small districts in the state. These include handicrafts, food processing, engineering goods, carpets, ready made clothes, leather goods etc which not only earn foreign exchange but also provide employment to the people,” the statement said.

“A commemorative postal stamp on the Maharaja Suheldeo will be released by the Prime Minister in Ghazipur,” the statement added. He will also address a public rally there.

The Prime Minister will dedicate International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Center (ISARC) to the nation at campus of National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi.

“It will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC region. The first international Center in the eastern India is expected to play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in the region,” it said.

Narendra Modi was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit IRRI headquarters in Manila, Philippines in November 2017, where he discussed agricultural innovations and research advances for the rice sector. 

Manmohan Singh refuses to comment on the trailer of “The Accidental Prime Minister”

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday refused to be drawn into the controversy when asked by reporters for a reaction to the trailer of “The Accidental Prime Minister”, the biopic based on the book by his former media advisor Sanjaya Baru.

The trailer of the movie was released on Thursday. It revolves around the life of former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The trailer shows Singh as the victim of the inside politics in Congress ahead of the 2014 general elections.

The trailer instantly caused a stir on social media.

“Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. Was Dr Singh just a regent who was holding on to the PM’s chair till the time heir was ready? Watch the official trailer of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister, based on an insider’s account, releasing on 11 Jan!” the BJP said in a tweet.

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah took to his twitter account and tweeted, “Can’t wait for when they make The Insensitive Prime Minister. So much worse than being the accidental one.”

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala called ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ trailer ‘fake propaganda’ and said: “it will not stop Congress from questioning Modi’s government on rural distress, unemployment, demonetisation, the Goods and Services Tax, and corruption.”

Anupam Kher, who is essaying the role of Manmohan Singh in the film, said that the movie is going to be a “game changer” in political biopics.

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is scheduled to release on January 11, 2019.

India’s oldest political party Congress celebrates 134th Foundation Day

India’s oldest political party, Congress celebrated its 134th Foundation Day on Friday at the party headquarters by hoisting the national flag and remembering some of its iconic leaders and freedom fighters.

Congress party tweeted, “On the 134th #CongressFoundationDay Congress President @RahulGandhi along with senior leaders from the party hoist the national flag & pay their respects to the long history of this vibrant political movement.”

“On #CongressFoundationDay let us celebrate & acknowledge the selfless service & contributions of millions of Congress workers, men & women, who have helped build & sustain the Congress party over the ages. We owe these unsung heroes our gratitude & respect. I salute them all,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Congress party traced its foundation on December 28, 1885 by Allan Octavian Hume, a retired British officer

Rahul Gandhi is the 49th Congress party President.

Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leaders including Ashok Gehlot, Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor and among others also arrived at the party headquarters to celebrate the day.