WION Evening News Brief, November 17, 2017

During a Congressional hearing, Michael Pillsbury, Director of Center on Chinese Strategy at the prestigious think-tank Hudson Institute, told lawmakers that Modi and his team have been quite outspoken against Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 17, 2017, 01.13 PM (IST)

Narendra Modi only world statesman to stand up to China on OBOR: US expert

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only world statesman to have stood up to China's Belt and Road Initiative, also known as One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), even though the US has been silent on the ambitious project till recently, a top American expert on China said on Friday.

China Open: Defending champion PV Sindhu knocked out in quarter-final by Chinese teen

P V Sindhu's title defence lay in tatters after suffering a shock straight-game loss to hitherto unknown Chinese Gao Fangjie in the quarterfinals of the China Super Series Premier here on Friday. Sindhu's loss drew curtains on India's campaign at the China Open, following the ouster of Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy in the pre-quarterfinals yesterday.

EC recognises Nitish Kumar-led faction as JD(U)

The Election Commission has recognised Janta Dal United's faction led by Nitish Kumar. EC 's decision comes after it rejected the plea filed by Gujarat party leader Chhotubhai Amarsang Vasava to recognise his group as real JD(U). He is the working president of the JD(U) faction led by Sharad Yadav. 

Gujarat elections: BJP releases first list of 70 candidates

The BJP today released its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat elections, including five Congress rebels and 49 sitting MLAs. The state's ruling party has fielded 16 fresh faces in its first list for elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' becomes highest-selling album of 2017

Taylor Swift is back on the Billboard with her latest album "Reputation" breaking all records by selling 1.05 million copies in the first four days of its release on streaming services. "Reputation" is Swift's fourth consecutive album to sell more than a million copies in its first week.