Deep depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph and intensified into a Cyclonic storm Phethai today. It's very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Kakinada during 17th December afternoon. Check the ANI tweet below:

Maharashtra: Wildlife SOS & Forest Dept rescued a 6-yr-old female leopard in Thakur Pimpri village in Pune in a late-night operation that lasted for 2 hours, yesterday. Leopard is weak, suffering from severe dehydration & currently undergoing treatment. See the pictures in the ANI tweet below:

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik chaired review meeting of security-related issues at Raj Bhavan in Jammu today and expressed grief over the loss of 7 civilian lives following an encounter in Pulwama today. Senior officers of J&K and of Central Police Forces were present in the meeting.Malik said that arrangements will be done for IAS, KAS, NEET, JEE coachings. "Additional 1,000 cr will be given for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In health, we're giving Rs 100 cr for equipment & Rs 350 crore for building Rs 300 cr to be given for balancing work in Power(sic)."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold Press Conferences at 70 locations across the nation on Monday, December 17, to "expose Congress' for plotting conspiracy against Central government and messing with country's defence" on the Rafale deal.

Delhi High Court to pronounce judgement on Monday, December 17, on the plea against Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

Rosemary Patrizi, lawyer of Christian Michel in AgustaWestland case: "I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas." Check the ANI tweet below:

Jammu and Kashmir: Police on Pulwama encounter in which 3 terrorists were killed and 1 Army personnel lost his life: "While operation was going on, a crowd came dangerously close from different parts to encounter site and got injured. They were sent to hospital where 7 civilians succumbed to injuries."

Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, MK Stalin, Tejashwi Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Arvind Kejriwal, among other opposition leaders will attend oath ceremony in Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh on December 17. Mamata Banerjee will send a representative because her mother is unwell, reported news agency ANI.

CBI seeks further five days remand of Christian Michel in AgustaWestland case.

Central Govt has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court and has served a copy of it to all the petitioners in the Rafale Deal case. Details awaited.

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New Delhi, December 15: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday asserted that going forward, India cannot afford to have 'fragile coalitions' keeping in mind that the general elections expected to take place within the next six months. While addressing an annual gathering of the Federation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Friday, Jaitley noted that the need of the hour was to formulate policies that have clarity, directional stability and decisive leadership, and establish a market economy with social consciousness for ensuring equitable growth.

The Finance Minister further added saying that if the current growth rate and India's global position is retained, the country will be able to go beyond the growth rate of 7-8 per cent. In order to achieve this, however, Jaitley said it is important to identify several unreformed sectors such as state road transportation, railways, dealing with urbanisation, focusing on science and technology and research.

Meanwhile, across the world, Australia recognises west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Also, the United States of America President Donald Trump announced that Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as the acting White House Chief of Staff. He will be succeeding John Kelly.

"I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration...." Trump tweeted on Friday. Trump also thanked Kelly for his services to the nation and said that he would be serving in his present capacity until the end of this year.