Rajapaksa Takes Early Lead in Sri Lanka Election
Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa took an early lead on Sunday in a fiercely fought presidential election conducted under high security seven months after deadly Islamist attacks.
Rajapaksa, the main opposition candidate, was leading with 52.87 percent while housing minister Sajith Premadasa had 39.67 percent out of half a million votes counted, according to the Election Commission.
Leftist Anura Kumara Dissanayake was in third place with 4.69 percent. There were 32 other candidates for the top job.
Trump Aide Curbed Access to Ukraine Call, Fearing Fallout
A top US official restricted access to the summary of Donald Trump's Ukraine call that triggered an impeachment probe, fearing it would damage the president, testimony released on Saturday, 16 November, showed.
White House Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison told House investigators he knew immediately how sensitive the call was when he heard Trump press Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former US vice president Joe Biden.
Mechanical Issue Forces Flight to Land in Pittsburgh
An American Airlines flight was forced to land at Pittsburgh International Airport due to a mechanical issue on Sunday.
The airline says Flight 2244 had departed about 7:30 am Saturday from Chicago and was bound for Washington with 72 passengers and six crew members aboard.
The Boeing 737-800 landed in Pittsburgh at 9:30 am without incident and soon taxied to a gate.
5 Killed, 1 Injured in Collision in Madhya Pradesh
Five members of a family were killed and one injured after their car collided with another vehicle near Mandwada in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district. The family was going to attend a wedding in Kasrawad.
3 Killed, 3 Injured as Car Falls off Road in Himachal Pradesh
At least three people were killed and three others injured after a car fell off a road near Pandoh dam in Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday night. The injured were admitted to a hospital.
Premadasa Concedes Sri Lanka Presidential Poll to Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka's ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa on Sunday, 17 November, conceded the presidential poll and congratulated his main rival, former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
"It is my privilege to honour the decision of the people and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka," Premadasa said.
His statement came as a spokesman for Rajapaksa claimed that the 70-year-old retired lieutenant colonel had won Saturday's vote, before the final results were formally announced.
All Party Meeting Ahead of Winter Session Underway
All party meeting called by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, ahead of winter session of Parliament, is underway at the Parliament Library Building in New Delhi.
US, South Korea Postpone Joint Military Air Exercise
The United States and South Korea have postponed a joint military air exercise that North Korea has criticized as provocative.
Pak Violates Ceasefire in J&K's Poonch District
Pakistan violated ceasefire in Shahpur of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. The Indian Army is retaliating.
Aramco Declares $1.71 Trillion Valuation in Blockbuster IPO
Saudi Arabia on Sunday, 17 November, put a value of up to 1.71 trillion dollars on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's initial target of 2 trillion dollars.
Aramco said it would sell 1.5 percent of the company in a blockbuster initial public offering worth at least 24 billion dollars.
JNUSU to March to Parliament on First Day of Winter Session
JNU Students’ Union has called for a long march in protest, “to save public institutions of higher education”, on the first day of Parliament’s winter session.
The students will be marching on foot from JNU to the Parliament .
JNUSU has also appealed to students outside Delhi to organize protest gathering on 18 November to mark a National Day of Protest “to safeguard education as a right, and oppose its transformation into a commodity”.
One Army Personnel Killed, Two Injured in Blast
One Army personnel got killed and two other got injured in a suspicious blast in Akhnoor sector. The blast happened when the troops were moving around in an Army truck.
Badrinath Temple Closed for Winters
The gates of Badrinath temple were closed on Sunday for the winters.
7 Killed, 8 Injured in Bangladesh Gas Pipeline Explosion
At least seven people killed and eight injured after a gas pipeline exploded on Sunday in Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Congress Announces Candidate for Yeshvanthapura By-Elections
Congress has announced P. Nagaraj as its candidate for by-election to Yeshvanthapura Assembly constituency.
One Killed in Delhi Fire
One person got killed on Sunday in a fire that broke in a shoe factory in Delhi's Narela. Fire has now been brought under control.
Congress Releases Fifth List for Jharkhand Polls
The Congress on Sunday released its fifth list of three candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in Jharkhand, taking the total number of nominees declared so far by the party to 29.
I-T Dept Detects Rs 435-Cr Undisclosed Income After Raids on TN Firm
The income tax department has detected alleged undisclosed income of Rs 435 crore after it raided a Tamil Nadu-based company, the CBDT said on Sunday.
Unaccounted cash of Rs 32.6 crore and about 10 kgs of gold jewellery has been seized during the search operations that were launched on 15 November at twenty premises in "a tier 3 city of Tamil Nadu", it said without disclosing the exact locations.
Hong Kong Police Warn They May Use ‘Live Rounds’ If They Face Deadly Weapons
Hong Kong police early Monday said they may use "live rounds" if they continue to face protesters wielding "deadly weapons", the first time in a near-sixth month crisis they have issued the stark warning.
"If they (protesters) continue such dangerous actions, we would have no choice but to use minimum force, including live rounds" said police spokesman Louis Lau during a Facebook live broadcast.