Only those providing essential and emergency services will be allowed to come out from 8 pm to 6 am in some cities in Rajasthan due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Curfew in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, and Bhilwara. PM warns Pakistan: Stop terror attacks on our soil
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan say, I am confident that the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months. Priority for the vaccine will be designed on the basis of scientific data. Health care workers and corona warriors will naturally be prioritized followed by elderly and disease-prone people.
US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said more Americans “may die” because of President Donald Trump’s failure to allow his administration to cooperate and coordinate its response to the Covid-19 pandemic with members of the incoming team - part of his broader refusal to accept the outcome of the election. Biden had run on the promise of according top priority to the battle against Covid-19 if elected, and in his first significant step since the election, he set up an advisory team to start planning his administration’s approach after his inauguration on January 20. It has received no cooperation from Trump’s team yet.
Covid-19 Cases: 29,163 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, lowest daily rise in over four months; 88.74 lakh total cases so far, 1,30,519 deaths
Addressing soldiers at the forward post in Longewala, which has become a part of military legend after troops successfully thwarted numerically higher Pakistani forces in the 1971 war, Modi took a swipe at China without naming it, saying the world is troubled by "expansionist forces" and expansionism shows a "distorted mindset" that belongs to the 18th century. Modi also rode on a tank during his visit to Longewala Post in Rajasthan. Modi said his Diwali is complete only after he comes among soldiers, adding he cannot stay away from his own at this festival. He said the more time he spends with the soldiers, the stronger his resolve to serve and protect the country gets.
Approx. 2500 Coronavirus cases have been increased in the last 24 hrs. Here is the detail : 13/11/2020 Update: 45,343 new cases and 539 new deaths in India 12/11/2020 Update: 43,861 new cases and 521 new deaths in India Coronavirus Cases: 87,75,523 Deaths: 1,29,258 Recovered: 81,63,965
82,767 new cases and 1,040 new deaths in India on 27th Sep 2020
23/09/2020 Report 89,688 new cases and 1,152 new deaths in India
97,654 new cases and 1,202 new deaths in India.
India Reports 1,000+ Deaths for 4th Consecutive Day, Total Tally Crosses 34 Lakh With Spike of 76,400 New Cases
While Russia is facing criticism for approving a novel Coronavirus vaccine without completing all the mandatory tests, it has now emerged that China has already begun injecting its people with a vaccine that is still under development. The vaccine in question, being developed by state-owned Sinopharm, is currently undergoing phase-3 trials in the United Arab Emirates. But senior Chinese health official revealed on state television that it was already being administered to people since July 22 under emergency use authorization.
No such official statement was issued by the Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian President. Vladimir Putin himself has also not made any such statement regarding his daughter. Further, the website which published this news was created in 2020.
Around 10,000 paramilitary forces personnel will be immediately withdrawn from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government said in an order this evening. The forces were deployed in Jammu and Kashmir in August last year as a precautionary measure when the Centre ended the state's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
The Indian embassy in Moscow is in touch with the Russian medical research institute that has developed the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine to be cleared for use by the public, top government sources told The Indian Express. Russian regulators last week greenlighted the Sputnik V vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and President Vladimir Putin announced that one of his daughters had already been inoculated with it. “The Indian Mission is engaging separately with the Russian side through our embassy in Moscow. We are now awaiting the safety and efficacy data of this vaccine for Covid-19,”
Dhoni joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the elite list. Under Dhoni's captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy triumph in 2013 in England.
The violence started in the eastern part of Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a Facebook message allegedly posted by a relative of Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy. The protestors set many vehicles ablaze and surrounded Mr. Murthy's residence in the city. The police used lathi-charge, tear gas, and firing to disperse the violent crowd. "DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. To bring this under control, police used lathi-charge, tear gas, and firing. Police Commissioner went to the spot. Police bandobast is in place. Strict action will be taken against those offenders," the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter. The MLA, Srinivas Murthy, released a video appealing his supporters maintain peace.
The top five states that reported the highest number of Covid-linked deaths since yesterday are: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal.
China warned on Thursday that a "forced decoupling" of its economy with India, following a clash in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley last month in which 20 Indian soldiers died in the line of duty, would hurt both countries. The Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the "general structure that we can't live without each other remains unchanged".
BENGALURU: Chinese internet firm Alibaba Group's subsidiary UC Web has suspended operations in India and has laid off almost 90% of its 350-strong workforce in the country, said three people aware of the development. Several employees in associate, managerial and entry-level positions have been informed verbally over video-conferencing about the layoffs. All employees were given a minimum of 30 days’ notice, said one of the people cited above, requesting anonymity.
The Karnataka government on Saturday announced that its capital city Bengaluru will go under complete lockdown from 14 to 22 July in the wake of novel coronavirus cases surging since the beginning of this month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that his government was not only focussed on improving people’s health amid a raging coronavirus but was also paying attention to the economy’s health. The Centre has eased lockdown restrictions with a focus to lift sentiments and pull the economy out of the deep slumber that the lockdown had induced it into. “On one hand India is fighting a strong battle against the global pandemic.With an increased focus on people’s health, we are equally focussed on the health of the economy,” said PM Modi at the inaugural Global India Week, a virtual conference being organised in the UK. Themed ‘Be The Revival: India and a Better New World’, the event features 5,000 global participants from 30 nations and will be addressed by 250 global speakers in 75 sessions.
India has now taken the third spot in the list of nations worst hit by coronavirus. The country logged more than 6.9 lakh cases on Sunday evening, according to data from state governments, overtaking Russia, which had 6.8 lakh as per America's Johns Hopkins University (JHU). India is now preceded only by Brazil and the US. Brazil has over 15 lakh cases and the US has more than 28 lakh.
A total of 59.6 lakh students have appeared for their UP Board inter and matric exam in 2020. The results will be declared on UPMSP's official website upresults.nic.in, upmsp.edu.in. and upmspresults.up.nic.in.
1. Army Officer, 2 Soldiers Killed In "Violent Face-Off" With China In Ladakh 2. With 10,667 more cases, India's Covid-19 count reaches 3,43, 091 3. Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: CICSE allows Class 10, 12 students to skip pending exams, will be marked as per pre-boards performance. 4. Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, seeks rollback of fuel price. 5. North Korean Army "Fully Ready" For Action Against South Korea
Date: 14-06-2020 India grabbed a 4th position in the world. 11,382 new cases and 321 new deaths in India.
The country overtakes Spain in numbers even as the study finds that infectivity rose from lockdown 1.0 to 3.0. Registering a new high in the number of daily cases detected — 10,085 — India on June 6 overtook Spain to become the country with the fifth-highest confirmed COVID-19 infections (2,46,292). The rise in cases comes despite the fact that 1,37,938 samples were tested on June 6, down from 1,43,661 on June 5, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The death toll increased by 292 to 6,941, even as the recovery rate remained at close to 48%. Cases have steadily risen, doubling every 17 days, among the fastest in countries with the most infections.
7,113 New cases and 156 New deaths So total cases crossed 1lakh 38 thousands
The Uttar Pradesh government on May 19 agreed to receive 1,000 buses from the Congress for ferrying stranded migrant workers to their hometowns. The State government asked the Congress to deliver 500 buses to the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad by noon. The buses received would be put to use, Awanish Awasthi, U.P. Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, told Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s personal secretary in a communication.
May 17th, 2020 : New Cases registered: 5050 New Deaths : 154
1. The Centre announces measures for social infrastructure projects.
2. Centre announces reforms in the atomic sector.
3. FM announces reforms to be brought about in the space sector.
4. Power distribution companies in UTs to be privatised, says FM.
5. FDI limit in defence manufacturing to be raised from 49% to 74%.
6. Six more airports to be auctioned announces FM.
7. Govt to undertake corporatisation of ordinance factory boards says Finance minister.
8. Govt to ban import some defence military equipment.
9. Joint auction to be conducted for bauxite and aluminium.
10. The convergence of defence and civil MROs to be established to save money on maintenance announces FM.
Relations between the world's two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, with both sides trading barbs over the origins of the virus that has killed more than 300,000 people.
1. The United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic 2. Gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors had a green light to reopen Friday in the state of Georgia The United States recorded 1,258 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the lowest daily toll in the country in nearly three weeks, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The fatalities, recorded in the 24 hours up to 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Saturday), bring the overall US death toll to 51,017, according to the Baltimore-based university. The United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, in terms of both confirmed infections and deaths.
1. Coronavirus LIVE: Covid-19 toll in India crosses 400-mark, over 12,300 infected 2. Lockdown 2.0: How it impacts ailing economy 3. Kerala man carries ailing father on shoulders after police stops auto midway
Total Coronavirus Cases: 35,65,119 Total Deaths: 2,48,245 Total Recovered: 11,53,956
Around 36 of the 88 people who came in contact with the techie, who has tested positive for coronavirus, are showing symptoms of the virus. The affected person, now in Telangana, is said to be working with a city-based software company; he had travelled to Dubai for a company meeting and interacted with software engineers from Hong Kong there. India on Monday reported two new cases of Covid-19, one from the national capital and the other from Telangana.
Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and can also affect the gut. A coronavirus was first isolated in 1937 from an infectious bronchitis virus in birds that has the ability to seriously devastate poultry stocks. These viruses are responsible for between 15 and 30 percent of common colds. Over the last 70 years, scientists have found that coronaviruses can infect mice, rats, dogs, cats, turkeys, horses, pigs, and cattle. Most recently, authorities identified a coronavirus outbreak in China that has now reached other countries.
After one of Tom Hong’s neighbors was diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, local officials in the southern Chinese city of Fuzhou where he lives chained the gates of his housing compound shut and barred all residents from leaving. “I feel the epidemic is getting closer and closer to me,” said 52-year-old Hong, who has been stuck inside for five days and passes the time reading books and doing household chores. “Daily life has become a lot more inconvenient,” he said, and his plant nursery will likely suffer because he and his employees can’t get to work.
The debate on the CAA was a “fight” between those who wanted the good of the country and those who wanted to “break the country into pieces,” he said, using the phrase ‘Bharat ke tukde’ to target the CAA critics. Mr. Shah, who was addressing a rally in support of the CAA, said: “Today I have come to Lucknow to say it aloud that whoever wants to protest, can protest, but the CAA won't be taken back.”
The main accused in the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinary doctor near Hyderabad had been driving a truck for more than two years without a license and was never caught until around 48 hours before the crime. Even when Mohd Ali was intercepted by vigilance and transport staff on Nov 25, he evaded arrest and seizure of his truck
Ayodhya: The five acres of land to be allocated for building a mosque under the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be within the 67 acres of acquired land in Ayodhya, Iqbal Ansari, a main litigant in the case, and several other local Muslim leaders have demanded. The central government had acquired the land including the disputed site in 1991. "If they want to give us the land, they must give us according to our convenience and only in that acquired land of 67 acres. Then we will take it. Otherwise we will reject the offer, as people are saying 'Go out of Chaudah Kos and construct Masjid there'. This is not fair," Mr Ansari said. Soon after the judgement, Mr Ansari had said on Saturday that he will not file a review plea.
Two Assam Rifles jawans were killed and six injured when a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded early this morning at Chandel Town in Manipur’s Chandel district, police said. The IED exploded when an Assam Rifles team was patrolling Maha Mani village of Chandel Town, about 64 km from the state capital. One jawan died on the spot while seven others were injured in the blast. An injured jawan succumbed to injuries on way to hospital, the police said. The deceased were identified as riflemen Indra Singh and Sohan Lan. The injured were N Shyam Kumar, S Sarkar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy and Lalnunpuia, they said.
A BSF head constable was killed and a constable injured in firing by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops along a riverine border stretch between Bangladesh and Behrampore in West Bengal. An Indian fisherman has also been taken captive by BGB for trying to fish in River Padma on Bangladesh side of the border. “The firing incident appears to be unprovoked and is unprecedented.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of air space to India and blocking its trade route to Afghanistan, a Pakistan minister tweeted on Tuesday. The threat comes amid tension between India and Pakistan over the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the state's bifurcation. "PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration...Modi has started we'll finish," Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain tweeted.
The Kashmir discussion will be taken up under the closed consultations format at 7.30 p.m. IST. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on August 16 morning to discuss Kashmir (India’s abrogation of Article 370), Poland’s mission to the UN confirmed to The Hindu. The Presidency of the UNSC is currently with Poland. The Kashmir discussion will be taken up under the closed consultations format at 10 a.m. local time (7.30 p.m. IST), press officer Bart?omiej Wybacz said. The consultations on Kashmir were scheduled on a request from China on August 14.
Jammu and Kashmir LIVE: Curfew was re-imposed in Srinagar on the eve of Eid, even as state police stressed the situation was peaceful in the state that has been in lockdown since the Narendra Modi government decided to repeal Article 370, which granted special status to the state. Eid, the biggest festival for the Valley, is a quiet affair this time, with markets in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remaining shut.
The Hindutva rightwing has ostensibly succeeded – for now – in embracing the land area of Kashmir and defeating the Kashmiris. That the moment to do this was chosen with adroit calculation cannot be denied. With the Indian National Congress in confused disarray, and many regional satraps willing to strike bargains, the Modi government struck on the back of a dominant cultural opinion. Interestingly, even those regional political forces assented to the revocation of all autonomy-granting provisions of Article 370 who have been screaming to obtain such privileges in their own states. Not a few “notable” young leaders in the Congress party also came out supporting the unethical and crass measure.
The Indian Army said on Saturday it repelled an attempt by a mixed group of Pakistani soldiers and terrorists to attack an army post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector, killing five to seven intruders. The Union government has decided to scale up the presence of defence forces in Jammu and Kashmir to prepare for a possible threat arising from increased influence of the Pakistan-backed Taliban once US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, people aware of the developments said on Sunday.
The fourth orbit raising activity for India's moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3:27pm on Friday, the ISRO said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds. All spacecraft parameters are normal, it said. The fifth orbit-raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2:30 to 3:30pm on August 6. The third orbit raising activity was completed on July 29.
BHOPAL: A man who cancelled his order because he was assigned a "non-Hindu" delivery executive by food ordering service Zomato, triggering a nationwide debate over religious intolerance, has been sent a notice by the police in Madhya Pradesh, warning him of jail if he tweets anything divisive in the next six months. "If in the next six months, he again makes any such tweets or commits any such act which is against basic tenets of the constitution or worthy of disturbing public peace or communal amity, then he will automatically be sent to jail," Jabalpur district police superintendent Amit Singh told NDTV. The police have also put him under surveillance, he said, adding the man had violated constitutional provisions where there is no place for any kind of untouchability and acts disturbing religious harmony.
Oil prices fell on July 29 after Iran described emergency talks on a multi-party nuclear agreement with a group of signatories as "constructive", suggesting an easing of tensions in the Middle East. Brent crude futures were up 23 cents, or 0.4%, at $63.23 a barrel by 0054 GMT. Prices rose 1.6% last week. US West Texas Intermediate crude was down by 12 cents, or 0.2%, at $56.08 a barrel. WTI gained 1% last week.
With MS Dhoni undertaking patrolling, guard and post duty with his battalion in Kashmir, the Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said that he does not think that the former Indian cricket captain needs protection. Since the news broke out, safety concerns of Dhoni performing his duties in the Valley have been raised. The wicketkeeper-batsman opted to serve the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment.
The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday appointed Brexit supporter Priti Patel home secretary, Reuters reported. Some of the other ministers of South Asian descent in the Johnson Cabinet are Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, International Development Secretary Alok Sharma and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak. Patel, who was born to Indian parents, had resigned as the international development minister in 2017 for holding undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.
Floods in Bihar and Assam have claimed 170 lives till Monday with 1.07 crore people still reeling under the effect of the deluge in the two states. With two more deaths in Muzaffarpur, the number of dead in the Bihar flood climbed to 104. In Assam, the number of deaths touched 66 with two deaths being reported form Dhubri and Dhemaji districts. In Bihar, 76.85 lakh people in 12 districts of the state have been hit by the calamity while in Assam 30.55 lakh people are grappling with the deluge. In the northeastern state, the flood has also claimed the lives of 187 animals, including 16 rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park of Assam. However, in another rhino habitat -- the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary -- not a single animal has died in the flood. Altogether 96,890 displaced persons are sheltered in 757 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by district administrations, it said. A total of 2,283 villages and 1.14 lakh hectare agricultural field are still inundated in the flood-hit districts.
ISRO is all set to launch its second Moon landing mission Chandrayaan-2 today, after aborting the mission on July 15. The lift-off will begin at 2:43pm IST, and it will be live streamed for the world to see. The mission was called off an hour before lift-off last week, supposedly due to lack of pressure in the helium tanks of the rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). Chandrayaan-2 is an Indian lunar mission, in which ISRO is looking to go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon's south polar region. At 1:40pm on Monday, ISRO revealed that the filling of liquid hydrogen in Cryogenic Stage (C25) of GSLV Mk-III-M1 had been completed.
he Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suffered a loss of Rs 8.5 billion because of airspace restrictions since February, according to Pakistani media reports. “It’s a huge loss for our overall (aviation) industry,” Pakistan Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said on Thursday. “But this restriction hit India harder than Pakistan. The loss of India is almost double. But at this juncture détente and harmony are required from both sides,” added Khan.
India’s second mission to the moon Chandrayaan 2 will be launched on July 22, seven days after the first take off had to be called off with 56 minutes to go due to a technical glitch, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced on Thursday. The Chandrayaan 2 will be the first ever mission in the world to explore the South Pole of the moon. The South Pole is where researchers think water ice on the lunar surface can be directly observed, evidence for which was gathered by spectrometers aboard India’s previous moon mission launched in 2008.
Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse updates: Toll rises to seven, reports ANI; MHADA says structure doesn't come under its purview
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A power outage gripped New York's Manhattan on Saturday, sending Broadway theaters plunging into darkness, subways grinding to a halt and flicking off billboards in Times Square. About 42,000 customers lost electricity in the early evening, according to the Con Edison utility.
Israel will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons, Netanyahu said. He was speaking alongside Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Moscow's powerful security council, whose visit followed weeks of simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.
Kolkata: The daughter of the Kolkata's Mayor, who is a doctor, has sharply criticized the Mamata Banerjee government's handling of the junior doctors' strike. In a Facebook post, Shabba Hakim - the daughter of Firhad Hakim - wrote the doctors have a right to "peaceful protest" and "safety at work" . "As a TMC supporter, I am deeply ashamed at the inaction and the silence of our leader," her post read. The face-off between the doctors and the government has created huge tension in Kolkata. After nearly four days of protest by the doctors against the assault of a junior doctor at a state-run hospital, Mamata Banerjee today gave an ultimatum to the doctors.
Opponents of the proposed extradition amendments say the changes would significantly compromise the territory’s legal independence, long viewed as one of the key differences between Hong Kong and mainland China. Critics believe the legislation would put Hong Kong residents at risk of being entrapped in China’s murky judicial system, in which political opponents have been charged with economic crimes or ill-defined national security transgressions. Opponents say once charged, the suspects may face unfair proceedings in a system where the vast majority of criminal trials end in conviction.
A strong 8.0-earthquake struck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday, sending residents fleeing their homes and cutting off power to at least one town, with the impact felt as far afield as neighbouring Ecuador. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the quake which the US Geological Survey said struck at a depth of 110 kilometres (68 miles). The quake hit t 0741 GMT about 75 kilometres southeast of the town of Lagunas, along the Amazon basin near the border with Brazil. "Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised," USGS said in a preliminary assessment.
With leads in the election results showing the BJP crossing the halfway mark on its own steam and a sweep by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha election, leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party tweeted to congratulate party workers and supporters. "Many congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering such a massive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party," Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. "I express my gratitude to the people of the country," tweeted the Foreign Minister who was in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers' meeting.
Judge asks President’s accountants to comply with Congressional subpoena, he will appeal decision A federal judge has ordered U.S. President Donald Trump’s accountants, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena from the House of Representatives Oversight Committee and submit financial records related to Mr. Trump to the Committee. The Committee had subpoenaed financial records and communications from the accountants pertaining to Mr. Trump, his businesses and charity, from 2011 to 2018.
Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan's Justice Ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the prison in the city of Vakhdat, 10 km (six miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, as militants armed with knives killed three guards and five fellow prisoners. The militants then torched the prison hospital, took several inmates hostage and tried to fight their way out. Security forces killed 24 militants in the battle to restore order in the prison, the ministry said. The prison houses 1,500 inmates.
Washington: A Silicon Valley-based IT company has filed a lawsuit against the US government for denying the most sought-after H-1B visa to a highly qualified Indian professional, terming the renunciation "arbitrary" and a "clear abuse of discretion". Xterra Solutions alleged in its lawsuit that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) improperly denied H-1B visa to Praharsh Chandra Sai Venkata Anisetty, 28, whom it had hired as a Business System Analyst.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning equipment from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from U.S. networks. It declared a national economic emergency that empowers the government to ban the technology and services of "foreign adversaries" deemed to pose "unacceptable risks" to national security — including from cyberespionage and sabotage. While the order did not name specific countries or companies, it followed months of U.S. pressure. It has given the Department of Commerce 150 days to come up with regulations.
WASHINGTON, May 14 — The Moon is steadily shrinking, causing wrinkling on its surface and quakes, according to an analysis of imagery captured by Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) published yesterday. A survey of more than 12,000 images revealed that lunar basin Mare Frigoris near the Moon’s north pole — one of many vast basins long assumed to be dead sites from a geological point of view — has been cracking and shifting.
One student was killed and eight others were injured after the two high school students opened fire at a charter school in the western US state of Colorado. The police told Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student armed with shotguns entered the STEM School Highlands Ranch and fired at students in two classrooms. "At the moment no one really knew what was going on so I didn't know they were bullets," said seventh-grader Sophia Marks. She added, "I just kind of saw like flashes and we heard bangs." Alerted deputies at a nearby sheriff's department reached school within minutes and arrested the two suspects. Josh Dutton, 18, told that suspect Devon Erickson and he were close friends but they haven't met each other since last four years as Erickson had joined a different high school. The shooting incident took place exactly a week after a gunman killed two students at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. "Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was in touch with state and local officials, Deere said. "The heart of all Colorado is with the victims and their families," Governor Jared Polis said in a statement. In last five years, US has witnessed several shooting incidents that took many lives.
New Delhi: The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday in an advisory to its citizens planning a trip to Pakistan has urged them to avoid visiting a number of places, including areas located close to the Line of Control. The UK office, in an advisory, said that foreigners may become "direct targets" of the attacks especially in densely-populated areas like markets, shopping malls and restaurants.
India retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances with its diaspora sending a whopping $79 billion back home in 2018, the World Bank said in a report on Monday. India was followed by China (USD 67 billion), Mexico (USD 36 billion), the Philippines (USD 34 billion), and Egypt (USD 29 billion), the global lender said. With this, India has retained its top spot on remittances, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief. Over the last three years, India has registered a significant flow of remittances from $62.7 billion in 2016 to $65.3 billion 2017.
There had been hopes that a shorter list of options chosen from the eight that were put to MPs last week would help identify a route forward that MPs could rally around. Concerns that the United Kingdom could crash out of the European Union without a deal have risen after the House of Commons once again rejected all options put before it in a second round of indicative votes.
An estimated 80 million pounds is believed to have been funneled out by the fraudsters as part of an elaborate VAT and benefits fraud against the UK's revenue department over the past two decades, with further gains made through mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals. “Secret intelligence held by MI5 states that some of the money reached the Pakistani compound that housed the al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden before US forces stormed it in 2011,” the newspaper reports as part of a two-year investigation. The gang, made up of British men of Asian-origin who cannot be named due to court orders, reportedly infiltrated multiple UK government agencies and even corrupted local politicians.
LONDON: A UK judge on Friday refused fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's second application for bail in a London court after hearing Indian government's argument that he had threatened to kill a witness, destroyed evidence and even tried to buy citizenship in the remote south Pacific island chain of Vanuatu, near Fiji - though his application was declined. Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "There are allegations of substantial fraud on the bank in India of up to US$2 billion. The government of India has, very unusually for a case of fraud, alleged that interference of witnesses has taken place and that evidence has been destroyed. I am conscious of his right to bail but I find the conditions of bail do not allay my fears, so no bail."
BEIRA: Mozambique reported scores more deaths on Saturday from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa that have killed at least 732 people and left thousands in desperate need of help, many on rooftops and trees. Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour (105 miles per hour) last week, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, swamping populations and devastating homes.
Two people were killed and several suspected to be trapped under the debris as a multi-storey building collapsed at Dharwad on Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Commissioner M. Deepa, Police Commissioner M. N. Nagaraj and other senior officials were directing the rescue operations. Nagesh D.L., Deputy Commissioner of Police, said eight people had been recovered from the rubble so far "including dead and alive". Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy expressed "shock" over the incident on Twitter. He said through the tweet that "five people have been extricated" from under the debris. "Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to Dharwad," he tweeted.
Washington won’t accept half-measures from Pakistan, says a U.S. official. The United States is working to convince China to allow the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar by the UNSC 1267 Committee, a senior administration official, who did not want to be named, said, speaking exclusively to The Hindu. “We are working hard to convince China. It is not in China’s interest to shield terrorist groups operating in Pakistan, and as a responsible global power, China should take a clear stand against terrorism. So we expect China to join in designating Masood Azhar as a terrorist,” the official said.
This is the third grenade attack by terrorists in Jammu bus stand since May last year Preliminary investigation suggested that someone lobbed the grenade in the bus stand area around noon A parked bus of the state road transport corporation (SRTC) suffered extensive damage in the blast which caused panic among the people
New Delhi/Srinagar/Jammu: The Indian Army on Wednesday said it has warned the Pakistan Army “not to target civilian areas” as it continued to violate the ceasefire along the Line of Control as well as the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army said, as per news agency ANI, that while overall situation along the LoC remained relatively calm, there has been intense and unprovoked firing using heavy calibre weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani over the last 24 hours. The Indian Army effectively retaliated to the ceasefire violations and no casualties have been reported on the Indian side, ANI reported.
New York: Braving wintery weather, a large number of Indian-Americans held a protest in front of the United Nations headquarters here against the Pulwama attack and demanded that Pakistan take action against terror groups operating on its soil. On February 14, a terrorist of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, killing 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.
India-Pak Tensions LIVE: Acknowledging that an IAF wing commander is in Pakistan custody, the government has in a strongly worded statement objected to Pakistan military’s “vulgar display” of the injured pilot. The statement came moments after Pakistan military said it has one Indian pilot in custody. Hours earlier, he had claimed Pakistan had arrested two IAF personnel. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the chief of Pakistan military’s media wing, had earlier in the day released the service number of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and said another Indian pilot was hospitalised because of injuries. In a press briefing, the External Affairs Ministry had said the Wing Commander was missing in action after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed while engaging with Pakistani aircraft. The government also handed the Pakistani envoy a dossier containing “specific details of Jaish-e-Mohammed complicity in the Pulwama terror attack of February 14, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The dossier also had proof of the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. “It was conveyed that India expects Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control,” the MEA statement said.
WASHINGTON: US president Donald Trump said on Friday that he can understand India is looking for a "very strong" response following the Pulwama attacked claimed by Pakistani terrorist group, while characterizing the situation in the subcontinent as "very dangerous." Trump also disclosed the US and other nations are involved in the process of defusing the situation, an intervention that was evident in Islamabad where senior American officials have been in discussions with the Pakistani government over actions it can take to address its military's chronic pursuit of terrorism as a policy. It was the third time in a week that Washington has indicated that it is aware of the strong feelings in India following the Pulwama attack while acknowledging New Delhi's right to self-defense. "India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too," said the US president.
We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab: Gadkari 'Construction of dam has started at Shahpur-Kandi on Ravi river. UJH project will store our share of water for use in J&K and the balance water will flow from second Ravi-Beas link to provide water to other basin states'
SRINAGAR: Less than a week after a suicide car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy killed 40 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, at least 2,500 young men in the state turned up at an Army recruitment drive in Baramulla district - against a vacancy of 111. While it is not uncommon for thousands of men to make a beeline to recruitment camps of the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, where unemployment is a problem, the turnout against 111 vacancies is an encouragement for youth to earn a livelihood of respect and serve the nation, officials said. "By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the valley," a candidate at the recruitment drive in north Kashmir's Baramulla, 75 km from Srinagar, told news agency ANI.
New Delhi: Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Pulwama attack, the International Court of Justice will begin the final round of hearing in Khulbhushan Jadhav’s case from Monday. Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. The world court had halted his execution on India’s appeal, pending the final verdict by it. A day ahead of the hearing, Pakistan slammed India for not accepting that Jadhav was in Pakistan to “perpetrate violence”. In a statement, the neighbouring country’s Foreign Office (FO) said that India blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack, was a part of its “well-rehearsed tactics from playbook, which they resort to after such incidents”. “These are knee-jerk and pre-conceived accusations. India needs to introspect and respond to questions about its security and intelligence lapses,” a spokesperson said.
1. The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack 2. The terrorist driving a suicide vehicle was Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama 3. The bus was blown up on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district. Over 20 people were injured in the terror attack, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron. Several other buses were damaged in the attack. SRINAGAR: Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in, one of the worst terror strikes in the state in recent years, officials said. More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora.
Here’s a report card of the Indian players from the T20I series: Rohit Sharma – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Average Shikhar Dhawan – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very poor Vijay Shankar – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Average Rishabh Pant – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Average Hardik Pandya – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very poor MS Dhoni – Rating: 2/10, Verdict: Very poor Dinesh Karthik – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Average Krunal Pandya – Rating: 6/10, Verdict: Good Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Rating: 4/10, Verdict: Average
Damascus: US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by a US-led coalition, announced a final push to retake the jihadist pocket near the Iraqi border late Saturday, after a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy clashes between both sides on Sunday morning, as coalition planes and artillery bombarded jihadist positions. "The battle is ongoing. There were heavy clashes this morning, with landmines going off," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based war monitor. The SDF launched an offensive to expel IS from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor in September. The Kurdish-led alliance has since whittled down jihadist-held territory to a patch of just four square kilometres (one square mile) on the eastern banks of the Euphrates. Up to 600 jihadists could still remain inside, most of them foreigners, according to SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali. Since fighting intensified in December, more than 37,000 people, mostly wives and children of jihadist fighters, have fled out into SDF-held desert areas, the Observatory says. That figure includes some 3,200 suspected jihadists detained by the SDF, according to the monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information. At the height of their rule, the jihadists imposed their brutal interpretation of Islamic law on a territory spanning parts of Syria and Iraq that was roughly the size of Britain. But separate military offensives in both countries, including by the SDF, have since retaken the vast bulk of the cross-border "caliphate" they declared in 2014.
Lucknow: Two more people in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh succumbed at a local hospital after consuming spurious liquor. As per the latest reports, a total of 82 people have fallen victim to this 'hooch tragedy' with over 40 being treated at a local hospital in Saharanpur for the same. The deaths have been reported from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh and from neighbouring Haridwar district in Uttarakhand. A preliminary police investigation had revealed that people from three to four villages on the border of Haridwar and Saharanpur got together earlier this week for a 'terahvi', which is the thirteenth day in the mourning cycle that follows the death of an individual as per Hindu culture. Director General (DG, law and order), Ashok Kumar had told media outlets yesterday that those affected consumed spurious liquor right after this ceremony. A report by Aaj Tak asserts that "18 of these deaths have been reported from Meerut, 36 from Saharanpur, 20 from Roorkee and 8 from Kushinagar". Out of these, post-mortems have been conducted for 46 of the deceased individuals. As many as 36 of them have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor as per the post-mortem reports, said a senior official.
Flooded with phone calls from panic-stricken students, an eminent Indian American attorney on Tuesday alleged that Department of Homeland Security knowingly allowed the “fake university” to be set up and misled students sitting hundreds of miles away in another country. A day after the State Department blamed Indian students for the mass detention and possible deportation from the US for enrolling themselves in a fake university set up by the Department of Homeland Security, California-based immigration attorney Anu Peshawaria said that the undercover operation has devastating consequences for hundred of Indian students. As per last week’s figures provided by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as many as 130 of the 600 students from the fake University of Farmington were detained last week. Of these 129 were Indians.
Patna: Police, para-medical workers, voluntary groups, and members of both state and national disaster response teams were sifting through the wreckage for any survivors of the Delhi-bound 12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express that jumped the track on early Sunday morning leaving at least seven dead and scores injured. As the authorities continued to search for any survivor, officials said the accident appeared to have been caused by a crack in the track near Sahdei village in Hajipur though official verdict is yet to be announced. Providing more detail about the tragedy, officials said altogether 11 bogeys jumped the track and, going by the severity of the accident, it was really a miracle that the casualty was limited to only six and few dozen injuries. “We were sleeping in our berths when the whole train began shaking violently and before we could realize what was happening, we were thrown out of our berths as suitcases and other luggage items began falling on us,” said one Vinod Singh who walked away with only minor scratches on various parts of his body. Several of the surviving victims were brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Muzaffarpur hospital where they were being treated for various degrees of injuries. Among those who died in the accident were identified as Sudarshan Das (60), Indra Devi (65), Ilcha Devi (60), Shashuddin Alam (25), Ansar Alam (21), and Shahida Khatoon.
NEW DELHI: India reacted sharply to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's phone call to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and subsequent statement by Pakistan foreign office on it primarily to send a "very strong" message that certain "red lines" must not be breached, government sources said on Thursday. India was particularly anguished over Pakistan's statement on Tuesday, sharing details of the conversation that centred around the issue, they said. Though Pakistani leaders may have telephoned separatists in Kashmir in the past but perhaps, it was the first time in recent years that Islamabad put out a statement highlighting the talking points which New Delhi felt was a clear case of violation of the red lines, the sources said. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale Wednesday night summoned Pakistan envoy Sohail Mahmood and categorically told him that Qureshi's action was a "brazen attempt" to subvert India's unity and territorial integrity. He was also "cautioned" that persistence of such behaviour will have "implications". Asked at a weekly media briefing about the possible "implications" if Pakistan does not heed to India's warning, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said he was not at the liberty to spell out contours of the "consequences".
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the fixtures of the men's and women's T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in Australia. The Indian men's cricket team is in Group 2, which also includes England, South Africa, Afghanistan and two qualifiers. India's campaign will begin with a tricky match against South Africa while the Indian women's team will face a stiff challenge in its tournament opener, taking on defending champions and hosts Australia. India women are in Group A along with Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Qualifier 1. The T20 World Cups are being held in the same year and in the same country for the first time, with the men's and women's finals to be played at one of the world's biggest stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Ten women's teams will play in 23 matches from February 21 to March 8, with reigning champions Australia to clash with India in the opening game in Sydney.
Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has alleged that she had become a victim of “religious bigotry” and some media outlets were targeting her and accusing her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists. Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services on Sunday, describing the campaign against her, supporters and donors as “profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis”. The 37-year-old had on January 11 announced that she would be running for the White House in 2020. In the hard-hitting piece, Gabbard pointed out to the accusation against her of being a Hindu nationalist. “Tomorrow will it be Muslim or Jewish Americans? Japanese, Hispanic or African Americans?” she asked.
Washington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorizes funding for his Mexican border wall — an idea Democrats rejected, making the US government shutdown likely to grind on. Trump attempted to seize the initiative in ending the 29-day partial shutdown, a funding freeze that has left many important government departments relying on unpaid or highly reduced staff. His bargain, announced in a televised White House address, held out the carrot of protection from deportation for two categories of immigrants. These include 700,000 so-called "Dreamers," children of people who settled illegally in the United States, and who have become a favorite cause of the Democrats, as well as 300,000 other immigrants whose protected status is expiring, Trump said. The president said these concessions would "build the trust and goodwill necessary to begin real immigration reform." In return, Trump demanded the $5.7 billion he says is needed to extend fences on the border with Mexico, something the opposition Democrats have repeatedly refused to authorize. That has prompted the president to retaliate with the government shutdown, which he triggered by not signing off on funding to swaths of departments. The president also called for $800 million in "urgent humanitarian assistance" and $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure US ports of entry. "I'm here today to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border," Trump said in his address. Trump describes the US-Mexico border — for decades a magnet for migrants and asylum seekers, as well as a major drug smuggling route — as overwhelmed, posing a threat to US national security. Democrats, who accuse Trump of using his illegal immigration crackdown to score political points with his right-wing base, spurned the latest negotiating offer as soon as it was leaked in the media prior to the speech. "His proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives," said Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives and the face of Democratic opposition to Trump. "They are a non-starter." And Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the US Senate, noted that Trump himself had scrapped previously existing protection for the immigrants whom he is now offering to shield. "Offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking," Schumer tweeted. Getting personal Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile hailed Trump's proposal as a "bold solution to reopen the government, secure the border, and take bipartisan steps toward addressing current immigration issues," saying he planned to bring it to a vote. Trump's speech was the latest sign that both sides may slowly be grasping for a way out of an impasse that has turned into a test of brute political strength. The New York Times reported that Democrats have added more than $1 billion to their previous offer of $1.3 billion for new border security, even if that is still far short of Trump's $5.7 billion figure. The Times said roughly half the additional $1 billion being offered by Democrats would go to improve infrastructure at ports of entry, and the other half would fund 75 new immigration judges -- but with no new money for a wall. While each side waits for the other to blink, some 800,000 federal employees have been caught up in the shutdown, waiting for paychecks. They include members of the Coast Guard, FBI and airport security staff. All are expected to receive back wages once the shutdown ends, but in the meantime, many have had difficulty paying bills or even feeding their families. The partial government shutdown — a disruptive political weapon almost unique to the American system — began on December 22 and is now the longest ever. While polls show more Americans blame Trump and the Republicans than the Democrats, both sides are feeling pressure, as disgust rises across the country with the paralyzed political leadership in Washington. Adding to the sense of chaos, the dispute has turned deeply personal, with Trump and Pelosi exchanging what to many seem like almost playground-level jibes. After Pelosi suggested shelving Trump's upcoming State of the Union address before Congress — one of the key set-piece political appearances of the year — the president abruptly revoked her right to use an air force plane for a trip to Afghanistan. Both cited difficulties caused by the shutdown as justification. On Saturday, Trump said Pelosi "is under total control of the radical left."
A powerful explosion destroyed a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, injuring several people and blowing out dozens of nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists. Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire that broke out after the blast and rescue residents in neighbouring buildings, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene. Police closed off streets in front of Opera theatre as emergency services landed two helicopters in the street, apparently to evacuate victims. “The toll appears to be high, and severe,” Castaner said, adding that 100 police officers were blocking off several streets in the area, home to restaurants and tourist attractions like the Musee Grevin wax museum and the popular Rue des Martyrs. The blast occurred shortly after 9am (0800 GMT), and was heard by residents and workers several blocks away.
The asylum claim of a Saudi woman who resisted deportation from Thailand will take several days to assess, the UN said Tuesday, as the 18-year-old's family, who she accuses of abusing her, was due to arrive in Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived at Bangkok's main airport on a flight from Kuwait after running away from her family, who she alleges subjected her to physical and psychological abuse. Qunun said she planned to seek asylum in Australia, fearing she would be killed if sent back by Thai immigration officials who stopped her at the airport on Sunday. Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been under heavy scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
An appalling series of events has come to light from Punjab where a 54-year-old UK national was allegedly raped by a masseur at a five-star hotel in Chandigarh's IT Park. City police while confirming that a case has been registered against the 28-year-old masseur said that the incident took place on December 20 when the woman was staying at the hotel along with her partner. In her complaint to the police, the survivor alleged that she had gone for a foot spa along with her partner when the accused touched her inappropriately without her consent and raped her after giving her partner a massage. Officials said that the women who arrived in Chandigarh on December 19 on a tourist visa reported the incident to hotel authorities the same day. However, she lodged an official police complaint only after returning to the city from Shimla on December 27. Following a complaint, a case of rape was registered against the accused who is a resident of Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh. Hotel authorities claim that they terminated the accused's employment on the day of the incident and he has been on the run ever since. However, police officials investigating the matter said that it is yet to be determined why hotel authorities did not report the matter to the police on December 20, the day of the incident. Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagdale said that a medical examination of the survivor has been done and efforts are underway to locate the accused and take him into custody.
In past elections, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Khaleda Zia, who is in jail on corruption charges, would accuse the ruling Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, of being “pro-India”. With the election campaign due to end on Friday morning, 48 hours before Bangladesh goes to polls on Sunday, the India factor — which has been part of the pre-election rhetoric in the past — is missing from campaign speeches. What has helped is that India has not issued any statement, except for asking for “free and fair elections”, unlike many of its western counterparts — especially the Americans and Europeans. Advertising “It’s very interesting to see that India did not get mentioned at all by the two prominent political parties during their election campaign,” an Indian diplomat in Dhaka told The Indian Express. There was some anti-India mention by one of the Islamist fringe groups, Hizbut Tahrir, but none of the leaders from either the BNP or Awami League talked up anti-India sentiments during the campaign. In past elections, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Khaleda Zia, who is in jail on corruption charges, would accuse the ruling Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, of being “pro-India”. “I think they realised that the BNP was not benefitting by alienating India,” the diplomat said.
WASHINGTON: Some 800,000 federal workers are in for a bleak Christmas and New Year with no paycheck following a partial government shutdown that began Friday midnight consequent to US President Donald Trump’s spat with Democrats over his proposed southern border wall with Mexico. Democrats refused President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to bankroll the wall saying it was unnecessary, resulting in Congress being unable to pass a spending bill that would have kept the government fully funded and functioning. Without the money, numerous federal agencies including those related to homeland security, tax collection, law enforcement and transportation shut down on Friday midnight. The shutdown is only partial because many agencies are already funded till September 2019. Even among those not budgeted, some of the essential agencies and emergency workers will continue to work without pay on the assumption that they will be paid retroactively when a compromise is reached. They include Border Patrol agents, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers who man airport security, and agencies dealing with visa and visa clearance. But the scary part for the affected government employees is that President Trump is holding out the threat of the shutdown lasting a long time unless he has his way, which seems unlikely considering Democrats will take over the House of Representatives in January following their victory in the mid-term polls. Trump was able to get votes for the border wall funding through a lame duck House that Republicans will cede to Democrats in the New Year, but he came up short in the Senate, which the GOP still controls (51-49 now; 53-47 when it reconvenes) but where he needs a filibuster-proof 60 votes. “The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED,” Trump tweeted as the political battle raged inside and outside Congress. “If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!”
WASHINGTON: The Islamic State group has been "beaten" in Syria, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike. "We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. We've taken back the land. And now it's time for our troops to come back home." A withdrawal could have extraordinary geopolitical ramifications, and plunges into uncertainty the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling Islamic State jihadists, thousands of whom are thought to remain in Syria. A US official told AFP that Trump's decision was finalized Tuesday. "Full withdrawal, all means all," the official said when asked if the troops would be pulled from across Syria.
With the launch of communication satellite Gsat-7A from Sriharikota at 4.10pm on Wednesday, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has not only provided the Indian Air Force with its own 'eye' in the sky but has achieved a milestone by launching three satellites in just 35 days. The two other satellites launched in over a month were communication satellite Gsat-29 (November 14) and hyperspectral imaging satellite HysiS (November 29). If the desi heaviest communication satellite Gsat-11 launched from the European spaceport is also counted, then the number of satellites launched in just 35 days comes to four, a big achievement for the Indian space agency. After the launch of Gsat-7A, Isro chairman K Sivan said, "With today's launch, we have achieved several milestones. We are successful in launching three missions in just 35 days. Gsat-7A is the third communication satellite to be launched in the same period. Gsat-7A is also the heaviest satellite lifted by indigenously made cryogenic engine from Sriharikota. An advanced Gregorian antenna has been used in this satellite that will improve its performance. This launch was the last Isro mission of 2018." The 2,250-kg military communication satellite Gsat-7A will work as a force multiplier for the IAF as it will interlink all its assets like fighter and transport aircraft, airborne early warning control platforms, drones and ground radar staions and airbases, building a centralised network. It will boost the air force’s network-centric warfare capabilities and enhance its global operations. So far, the IAF has been relying on hiring transponders.
Relieved at the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lankan PM, India on Sunday welcomed resolution of the political situation and called it a reflection of the maturity of democratic forces in the island nation. Despite nursing serious reservations over the manner in which Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had sacked Wickremesinghe, India had sought to maintain a hands-off approach, not wanting to be seen as taking sides in the political conflict. While Wickremesinghe wanted India to intervene at some stage, India's message to him was to have faith in the Lankan legal process. "As a close neighbour and true friend, India welcomes the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka. This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its institutions," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. "India remains committed to taking forward its people oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory," he added.
The Centre on December 15 filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking correction in a paragraph in its judgement on Rafale fighter jet deal in which a reference has been made about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). A law officer said that the application has been filed to convey to the court that there has been some misinterpretation on the issue of the documents placed in a sealed cover relating to the CAG and PAC. In the judgement on December 14, the apex court had noted that the pricing details have been shared with CAG, and the report of the CAG has been examined by the PAC. The issue of CAG and PAC was mentioned in para 25 of the judgement of the top court which had held that there were no irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France. The judgement had said that the material placed before it shows that the Centre did not disclose in Parliament the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jet, but revealed it to the Comptroller and Auditor General. After the SC verdict on December 14, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who chairs the PAC, had said no such report had come to him.
Congress MLAs to go to the Governor's house in the evening to formally stake claim to form government. Rajasthan Congress MLAs to meet at 6.30 pm. Rajasthan CM swearing-in to be held at 1.30 pm on December 17. Congratulations to Ashok Gehlot ji & Sachin Pilot for taking up the responsibilities of CM and Deputy CM of Rajasthan respectively. Together, may they succeed in giving the people of Rajasthan the government they deserve. Rajasthan Chief Minister designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister designate Sachin Pilot at AICC headquarters in Delhi
"Nath has been a close confidant of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi had introduced him to the people of Chhindwara saying, “This is my third son. Please vote for him.” At some point, 'Indira ke do haath, Sanjay Gandhi aur Kamal Nath (Indira’s two hands, Sanjay Gandhi and Kamal Nath)' was a popular slogan. Sanjay Gandhi was Nath’s schoolmate. Nath was also close to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He has been former Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s trusted backdoor negotiator too. He played an important role in managing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 2. In 2016, Nath’s close ties with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Mayawati helped a Congress candidate win a Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh despite the party falling short by two seats."
The Congress wants its experienced hands to play a big role in the heartland states, but without upsetting the younger leaders. Sonia Gandhi joined Congress president Rahul Gandhi for discussions today as the party confronted a tense race for the chief minister's post in two big states it has won just months before the national election - Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. This morning, Sonia Gandhi had said in response to NDTV's question on who would be chief minister: "Ask Rahul." Hours later, the party chief was no closer to any decision. His sister Priyanka Vadra also joined the meeting as the party pulled out the heavy artillery to tackle the crisis.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been in power in the state since 2013. Now, the saffron party and the incumbent chief minister is reportedly facing massive anti-incumbency. A resurgent Congress, led by former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and former union minister Sachin Pilot is hoping to out the BJP. BJP has however claimed that it is confident of winning the election. BJP's money power was defeated by 'jan shakti': Congress on results
New Delhi: A team of officials led by the CBI's Joint Director, S Sai Manohar, left for London Sunday to attend a crucial hearing in the extradition case of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Monday, sources said. Manohar will take the place of Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who had been attending the trial till now. The government had sent Asthana on forced leave, divesting him of all powers after he and CBI Director Alok Verma entered in a bitter feud. Two officials of the Enforcement Directorate are also accompanying the CBI officer, sources said. Manohar is part of the SIT earlier headed by Asthana. Mallya faces a case of loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore besides allegations of money laundering and diversion of loan funds for purposes other than they were meant for. He is in self-imposed exile in London. He left for the United Kingdom in March 2016 taking advantage of the dilution in the CBI lookout notice against him. Indian agencies are seeking to extradite him. The case will be heard by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday. Mallya has contested his extradition on the grounds that the case against him is "politically motivated" and the loans he has been accused of defrauding on were sought to keep his now-defunct airline afloat. "I did not borrow a single rupee. The borrower was Kingfisher Airlines. Money was lost due to a genuine and sad business failure. Being held as guarantor is not fraud," he said in his recent Twitter post on the issue. "I have offered to repay 100 per cent of the principal amount to them. Please take it," he had tweeted earlier. The judge's decision on whether to send Mallya's case to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid can be appealed with the UK High Court's permission, with the person to be extradited entitled to make an application for permission to appeal to the High Court within 14 days of the date of the Chief Magistrate's ruling.
"There is not a smoking gun - there is a smoking saw," Lindsey Graham said, referring to Jamal Khashoggi's alleged dismemberment in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. WASHINGTON: US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist. In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, BBC reported. The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous". The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny the crown prince was involved. Members of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations did not mince words after the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday.
Samsung, in a major goof up was promoting its smartphone with an Apple iPhone. Samsung is known for its ads which mock the company’s biggest rival, Apple. The South Korean giant however trolled itself as it was caught tweeting from an iPhone for its Galaxy Note 9 promotion. Spotted by popular tech blogger Marques Brownlee, the tweet came from Samsung Nigeria and had “via Twitter for iPhone” signature mentioned below. Interestingly enough, Samsung was promoting the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung temporarily deactivated the Twitter account after users started to troll the account.
According to reports, protests in the area began after people found the alleged carcass of a cow in the field. During the protest, police opened fire to scatter the crowd following which the mob attacked the police station. A police officer and a local youth were killed in clashes that broke out in Shyana area of Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh during protests over alleged cow slaughter on Monday. The officer was killed in the ensuing firing after protestors attacked a police station, setting a police van to fire. While the situation is tense, a heavy police force has been deployed in the area to restore peace. “One police inspector has been killed and police is being mobilised to Bulandshahr after clashes in the area,” Civil Lines (Aligarh) police official told indianexpress.com. The killed police officer has been identified as Inspector Subodh Verma, who was injured in the attack and was declared brought dead in the hospital.
Police fired tear gas to try to push back the protesters around the monument, and used water cannons near Champs-Elysees avenue. Some demonstrators responded by throwing large rocks. Thousands of police were deployed to try to contain the protests.
On being questioned why 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed continues to roam free in the country, Imran said there is already a clampdown on him. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday once again urged India to move forward on the peace dialogue between the two countries and "not live in the past". "one-sided efforts will not last long. We will wait till elections (in India) but then India should respond," Imran told CNN-News18.
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