US House Passes Bill Removing Country Cap on Green Card
The US lawmakers on 10 July, passed a bill aimed at lifting the present seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a move which would benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals.
A Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the US.
SC to Hear Ayodhya Land Dispute Case on Thursday
The Supreme Court will hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on Thursday.
An application for early hearing was filed by one of the original plaintiffs -- Gopal Singh Visharad, yesterday, saying no progress has been made in the mediation ordered by the apex court to settle the issue.
The matter will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Karnataka Police Seizes Ganja Worth Rs 10 Lakh
In Karnataka, police seized 52.5 kg ganja worth about Rs 10 lakh from a person in Hubli, yesterday. Accused has been arrested and a case has been registered.
Anti-Corruption Bureau Seizes Rs 93.5 Lakh in Cash, Gold Ornaments in Telangana
In Telangana, Rs 93.5 lakh in cash, and gold ornaments, seized by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from the residence of Lavanya, Tehsildar of Ranga Reddy District late last night. A case has been registered and investigation is underway.
US Oil Hits Highest in over a Month Amid Gulf of Mexico Storm, Iran Tensions
US oil futures hit their highest in over a month as a potential hurricane threatened crude output in the Gulf of Mexico and as an incident involving a British tanker in the Middle East highlighted ongoing tensions there.
AIMIM Appoints Imtiaz Jaleel as LS MP from Aurangabad
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) has appointed Lok Sabha MP from Aurangabad, Imtiaz Jaleel, its new Maharashtra state president.
8 Dead, 6 Injured as Truck Rammed into Wedding Pandal in Bihar
In Lakhisarai, 8 dead, 6 injured after a speeding truck lost control and rammed into a wedding pandal near the road last night. Injured undergoing treatment. The driver fled from the spot leaving the truck behind.
Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmi's Pooch
Pakistan violated ceasefire in Digwar sector of Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir last night; Indian Army retaliated accordingly.
Six Tourists Killed by Tornadoes & Hailstorms in Greece
Tornadoes and violent hailstorms killed six tourists in northern Greece late Wednesday, the police said.
Dozens more were injured when strong winds hit the region of Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, authorities added. Television footage showed overturned cars, fallen trees, torn roofs and mudslides.
Foreign Funding Case: CBI Raids Homes of SC Lawyers Indira Jaising & Anand Grover
CBI raids homes of Supreme Court lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover in a foreign funding case in Delhi and Mumbai.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
11 Killed, 60 Injured as Passenger Train Hits Freight Train in Pakistan
A Pakistani government official said, a passenger train has rammed into freight train in the southern city of Rahim Yar Khan, killing at least 11 people and injuring 60 others.
Senior government official Jamil Ahmed said an emergency at hospitals has been declared after Thursday’s crash.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
11 Members of Marriage Party Hurt as Bus Falls Into Canal in UP
At least eleven members of a marriage party were injured when their bus fell into a canal at the Khamaura turn under the Attarra police station limits in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday.
The incident occurred late Wednesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle following heavy rains.
Vistara Airline Announces International Flights to Singapore from New Delhi
Tata SIA-run Vistara airline announces international operations; to launch flights to Singapore from New Delhi and Mumbai next month.
Woman Shot By Unidentified Assailants in Dwarka
In Delhi, police present at the spot where a woman was shot at by unidentified assailants near Dwarka Sector 12, the woman has been admitted to a local hospital.
Man Kills Wife Over Tiff, Informs Cops
A 41-year-old man allegedly killed his wife over a tiff and then informed the police, pleading them to arrest him for the crime, an official said.
INX Media Case: Indrani Mukharjea Accepts the Pardon Granted
INX media case: Indrani Mukharjea was produced before a special court in Delhi where she accepted the pardon granted. She also accepted that she will record her statement truthfully with all facts before the court in the case.
3 Iranian Vessels Tried to Stop British Ship in Strait of Hormuz: UK Govt
The United Kingdom government said that three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to stop British ship in the Strait of Hormuz.
13 Killed in Road Accident in Pakistan
An over-speeding passenger bus turned turtle near Pakistan's capital city Islamabad killing at least 13 people and injuring 34 others, police said.
Prosecutors Seek Life in Prison for El Chapo
US prosecutors called for "ruthless" drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to be jailed for life plus 30 years for trafficking hundreds of tonnes of drugs to America.
Operation Underway to Rescue Boy Who Fell in a Gutter in Goregaon
Operation is underway to rescue the boy who fell in a gutter in Ambedkar Nagar area of Goregaon around 10:24 pm yesterday.
Operation was carried out along with drainage department initially. Search was done in drainage line in 10km area and wall was broken with help of JCB. More details awaited.
2 Killed, 2 Hurt as Car Falls Into Gorge in Himachal's Kullu
Two persons were killed and as many injured as a car fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, the police said.
7, Including Ex-BJP MLA Dinu Solanki Given a Lifer by Ahmedabad CBI Court
7 accused including former BJP MP Dinu Solanki sentenced to life imprisonment by Ahmedabad CBI Court in murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethwa who was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court on 20 July 2010.
5, Including 4 Jammu Residents Killed in Jalandhar Road Accident
Five persons, including two women, were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with an SUV near Pachranga village, police said.
Anti-Terrorism Squad Interrogates 6 Accused for Possession of Illegal Weapons
In Bijnor, 6 accused who were detained after illegal weapons were recovered from a 'madarsa' in Sherkot, are being interrogated at Anti-Terrorism Squad police station.
BJP MLA's Daughter Claims Threat to Her Life From Father in a Video
BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra's daughter has claimed threat to her life from her father in a video posted on social media. SSP Bareilly says,"We've have seen the video posted by the couple on social media.If they write to us asking for security,then we will certainly provide it to them."
Bombay HC Rejects Vijay Mallya’s Plea for Relief
On Vijay Mallya seeking stay on procedure to confiscate his property by Government agencies, the Bombay High Court dismisses Vijay Mallya's plea, refusing to give him any relief.
15 ITBP teams Participate in Mega Mock Exercise on Earthquake in HP
In Himachal Pradesh, ITBP jawans participate in Mega Mock Exercise on earthquake, organised today, to see disaster mgmt preparedness of the state. More than 15 teams of ITBP are participating in the exercise at 15 places across the state.
Congress' Media Coordinate, Rachit Seth Sends His Resignation
Rachit Seth tenders his resignation from the post of National Media Coordinator of Congress party in Delhi. He writes, 'After Rahul Gandhi's resignation as Congress President, there is no meaning for me to continue on this post.'
Kashmir Dispute Should Be Resolved Through Dialogue: Farooq
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said Kashmir is a "dispute" between India and Pakistan which needs to be resolved through dialogue.
Abdullah, the MP from Srinagar, said nothing would be achieved through military might.
Woman Killed for Dowry in UP's Muzaffarnagar
A 21-year-old woman was allegedly strangled to death by her in-laws over dowry in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said.
The woman was found dead at the house of her in-laws in Tisang village under Jansath Police Station, the Circle Officer (CO) SN Negi said.
Six Killed in Landslide in Pakistan
At least six persons, including five women and a child, were killed in a landslide triggered by recent rains in northwest Pakistan's Swat district, police said.
50 Villages Affected Due to Heavy Rainfall in WB
In Birbhum, West Bengal, locals of at least 50 villages have been affected due to the increasing water level in Ajay River following heavy rainfall in the region.
Delhi HC Seeks Harsh Vardhan's Repsonce on Petition Wanting to Declare His Election Void
Delhi High Court seeks response of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on a petition seeking to declare his election as void, alleging that he did not disclose true cost of a residential apartment purchased by his wife in Dwarka. Next date of hearing is 24 September.
Indian Army Retrieves Body of a Child, Will Hand Over Shortly
Indian Army said, “Body of a child was retrieved from Kishanganga river by Indian Army troops in Gurez yesterday. Pakistan was informed on hotline. On humanitarian grounds Indian Army offered to hand over the body at Gurez itself. The body is being handed over shortly.”
Delhi DCP & PRO Madhur Verma Transferred to AP
Delhi Police DCP & PRO Madhur Verma has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.
Man Arrested After Scaling Buckingham Palace Gates
A man has been arrested after scaling the gates of Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II is currently in residence, officials said.
Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Stay on St Stephen's College Admission Interviews
The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea challenging the inclusion of a supreme council member of St Stephen's College in the interview panel for admission of Christian students to the institute.
Bengali Actor Alleges Assault by App-Cab Driver in Kolkata
A Bengali actor was allegedly assaulted by the driver of an app-based cab on EM Bypass, police said.
Swastika Dutta, a popular name in Bengali serials, in a Facebook post said that the driver cancelled the ride midway and misbehaved with her, when she refused to get down from the vehicle.
BJP Trying to Dislodge Govts in Oppn-Ruled States: Mayawati
BSP president Mayawati charged the BJP with attempting to dislodge governments in states ruled by opposition parties and called for strict laws to end the membership of those indulging in defection.
Over 400 School Buses Fined for Inadequate Safety Measures in Noida
Over 400 school buses and vans were issued 'challans' in Noida and Greater Noida for not having adequate safety measures on board the vehicles, officials said.
Jaishankar Visits London for Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting
EAM S Jaishankar, visited London on 9-11 July to participate in 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) hosted by UK in its capacity as Chair-in-Office and hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from UK and some other Commonwealth member countries.
He congratulated members on 70th anniversary of Commonwealth. He noted that India is on path of fulfilling commitments made by the PM, at Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 much before CHOGM 2020. He called for fast-tracking of re-admission of Maldives to Commonwealth.
Aluminium Futures Slip on Low Demand
Aluminium prices softened by 0.73 per cent to Rs 143.20 per kg in futures trade as speculators cut bets amid subdued demand at the spot market.
Polavaram Project in Andhra: Delhi HC Sets Aside NHRC Order
The Delhi High Court has set aside a NHRC order which had terminated proceedings initiated on a complaint alleging human rights violation and forced evictions in connection with a multi-purpose irrigation project at Polavaram, in west Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
18 Sand-Laden Trolleys Seized in UP in Connection to Illegal Mining
A large quantity of sand illegally mined from the banks of the Yamuna in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh has been seized, an official said.
Fire Erupts at power Station in Moscow
Huge fire erupts at power station outside Moscow, Russia.
China Plans to Launch 100 Satellites by 2025: Official
China plans to launch about 100 satellites into space by 2025 adding to the more than 200 that are already in orbit, an official at the China National Space Administration said.
China, which is investing heavily in space technology with plans to build its own space station by 2022, reported to have about 280 satellites currently in space against India's 54 until November last, according to World Economic Forum Data.
With 830 satellites in space, US leads the satellite race.
2 Dead, 12 Taken Ill After Suspected Food Poisoning in Jharkhand
Two persons died and 12 others were taken ill in a suspected case of food poisoning after having goat meat in Gumla district, police said on Thursday.
Car Bomb in Syria's Afrin Kills 13
A car bomb at rebel checkpoint in Syria's Afrin has killed at least 13 people, reports AFP, citing the monitor.
16 Killed, over 80 Injured in Pakistan Train Collision
At least 16 passengers were killed and more than 80 others injured on Thursday when an express train rammed into a stationery freight train in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials said.
The Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with the stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of the province, Dawn quoted officials as saying.
The freight train was on the loop line when the speeding passenger train instead of running on the main line entered the wrong track.
Flood like Situation in Gohpur Area Due to Incessant Rain in Assam
Incessant rain in Assam has led to flood like situation in Gohpur area of Biswanath district, reports ANI.
PNB Scam: ED Attaches Properties Worth Rs 24.77 Crore of Mehul Choksi
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached immovable properties, vehicles & bank accounts worth Rs 24.77 crore belonging to PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
Man Gets Life Term for Raping Minor Girl in Telangana
A 20-year-old man was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Karimnagar for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2016.
Additional Sessions Judge S Srinivas Reddy also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on the man, Macha Ajaya, a resident of Gundi Village.
The fine amount will be paid to the victim, the judge said.
Delhi Court Summons TMC's Abhishek Banerjee for Filing False Election Affidavit
A Delhi court on Thursday summoned Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for allegedly filing false affidavit with his nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections of 2014.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal directed Abhishek, the MP from Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat, to appear before the court on 25 July.
German Chancellor Merkel Sits Through Anthems After Shaking Spells
Angela Merkel remained seated during national anthems at an official ceremony on Thursday, as the German chancellor apparently sought to prevent a repeat of uncontrollable shaking with a rare change of protocol.
With questions swirling about Merkel's health after she suffered three episodes of shaking in public in less than a month, the veteran leader opted to play safe.
At Least Seven Killed as Freak Storm Lashes Greek Resorts
At least seven people, including six tourists, were killed and more than 100 others injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops.
Witnesses said the storm had come and gone in a matter of minutes. Winds of over 100 kph (60 mph) were reported on the Halkidiki peninsula, popular with tourists in the summer.
Indrani Mukerjea Turns Approver in INX Media Case
Jailed-media baron Indrani Mukerjea on Thursday turned approver in the INX Media corruption case in which former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti are accused.
Mukerjea, who was granted pardon in the case by the court on 4 July, appeared before special judge Arun Bhardwaj and accepted the conditions put on her.
She told the court that she will record the statements "truthfully with all the facts".
3 JeM Workers Arrested In J&K's Anantnag
The J&K police has arrested three over ground workers of Jaish-e-Mohammed who had planned a terror strike in Anantnag on 12 June, reports PTI, quoting officials.
Samant Goel Gets Concurrent Charge of DG Security
Samant Goel has been given concurrent charge of DG Security.
Vijay Gokhale to Be Chief Guest at French National Day Programme
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will be the chief guest at the French National Day programme in Delhi on Friday, reports ANI.
Iran Guards Say 5 'Terrorists' Killed near Western Border
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that they had killed five "terrorists" in clashes near the western border with Iraq.
"A terrorist team that intended to infiltrate into our country from the western borders yesterday (Wednesday)... was completely destroyed," the Guards said in a statement published by their official website Sepahnews.
The clashes occurred in the vicinity of the city of Javanrud, located 460 kilometres (285 miles) west of Tehran in Kermanshah Province.
Dow Index Breaches 27,000 Level for 1st Time Ever
Dow index has breached 27,000 level for the first time ever, reports Reuters.
Huge Fire Erupts at Power Station Outside Moscow
A blaze raged for hours at a gas-fired power station outside Moscow on Thursday, killing a worker overseeing a substation and damaging a nearby warehouse, office building and hostel, emergency services said.
As the fire sent a plume of smoke and flames 50 metres into the sky, a female employee was unable to escape in time, Russia's emergencies ministry said.
"While searching through debris at the fire scene, one fatality was discovered," the ministry said.
Fourteen people received medical treatment, one of whom was hospitalised.
Gibraltar Police Arrest Captain, Officer of Detained Iran Tanker
Gibraltar police have arrested the Indian captain and chief officer of a seized Iranian tanker suspected of breaching EU sanctions by shipping oil to Syria, a spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police said Thursday.
The two men, both Indian nationals, were arrested on Thursday afternoon but neither have been charged, the spokesman added.
Sri Lankan Government Defeats No-Confidence Motion
The Sri Lankan government headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion in Parliament that accused it of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 258 people despite receiving intelligence inputs from India.
The motion, moved by the Marxist JVP, against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe's government was defeated by a vote of 119-92 after two days of debate.
Teenage Boy Rapes 80-Year-Old Woman; Arrested
An 80-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a 15-year-old boy at a village in Madhubani district of north Bihar, following which he was arrested, police said on Thursday.
The incident took place at Jamaila village under the Andhrathadi police station limits late Wednesday night, Superintendent of Police, Madhubani, Satya Prakash said.
He said the accused, who is a distant relative and a neighbour of the victim, allegedly raped the woman around midnight and tried to muffle her screams by forcing a piece of cloth into her mouth.
However, the cries of the victim jolted the members of her family and neighbours out of their sleep and the boy was captured.
DGCA To Conduct Detailed Inquiry into Death of Spicejet Technician
The DGCA will conduct a detailed inquiry and take appropriate action in death of SpiceJet technician at Kolkata airport, reports PTI, quoting Civil Aviation Ministry.
Delhi Govt Gives Nods for Procurement of 1,650 Low Floor Buses
The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod for the procurement of 1,650 low-floor buses by the DTC and the DIMTS, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserting that the national capital will soon become a "role model" in public transport in the country.
Giving details about the Cabinet decisions, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government was moving ahead with the procurement of 4,000 buses that would arrive by mid-2020.
Rahul Gandhi to Appear Before Ahmedabad Court in Defamation Case
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will appear before a metropolitan magistrate's court in Ahmedabad on Friday for the hearing of a criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel.
Gandhi would appear before the court, said Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi.
"Since the summons was also issued to party's national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, he is also expected to appear tomorrow," said Doshi.
6 Dead in Mudslide in Central Mexico
Emergency officials say a rain-soaked hillside has collapsed on a house in central Mexico, killing six people.
The civil defense office in the city of Puebla says 11 people suffered panic attacks because of the Wednesday night mudslide in Santo Tomas Chautla on the outskirts of the state capital.
The office on Thursday ruled out the possibility there are any other victims.
Amit Shah to Chair Meeting on Goa's Mining Crisis on Friday
BJP chief Amit Shah would chair a meeting on the issue of Goa's mining crisis in New Delhi on Friday.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who holds the mining portfolio, would attend the meeting.
"Sawant will attend a high-level meeting on Goa mining to be chaired by Amit Shah along with Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi at New Delhi on Friday at 4:00 PM," a statement released by Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said on Thursday.
House Panel Authorises Trump Investigation Subpoenas for a Dozen Witnesses
House panel in the US has authorised Trump investigation subpoenas for a dozen witnesses, including the president's son-in-law Kushner; subpoenas also seek documents, testimony on Trump immigration policies and family separation, reports Reuters.
Air Canada Flight 33 Diverted Due to Severe Turbulence, 25 Injured
Air Canada flight 33 from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, via Vancouver has landed in Honolulu after being diverted, reportedly due to severe turbulence. At least 25 people suffered minor injuries, according to Canadian media. More details awaited.
Court Allows Cops to Further Investigate Pehlu Khan Lynching Case
A local Alwar court has accepted a plea by police to do further investigation in a cow smuggling case against three people, including two sons of Pehlu Khan (who was lynched in 2017).
IAF Vice Chief Practices Rafale Simulator in France
Indian Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria practiced on a Rafale simulator at the French Air Force’s Mont de Marsan air base.
"It was a very good experience, we will have many lessons to take home in terms of how to best utilise Rafale once it is inducted into our Air Force and how the combination can be with Su-30, another potent and important fleet in our Air Force," Bhadauria said.
He added that in terms of technology and weapons, Rafale will again be a game changer for IAF.
India Hands over Pak Boy's Body Recovered from Stream Along LoC to Pak
In a humanitarian gesture, the Indian Army on Thursday handed over to the Pakistan Army the body of a seven-year-old boy it recovered from a stream flowing from across the Line of Control (LoC).
The boy, identified as Abid Ahmad Sheikh, was a resident of Kamri, across the LoC in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Clashes Kill More Than 80 Fighters in Northwest Syria
More than 80 fighters were killed in clashes between regime and jihadist-led forces in northwest Syria, as violence raged on the edge of an opposition bastion despite a September truce deal.
In nearby Afrin, a car bombing killed 13 people in the latest violence to hit the city that Turkey-backed rebels seized last year from Kurdish fighters.
Head of Boeing's 737 Max Program to Retire: Company
The head of Boeing's embattled 737 MAX program plans to retire, the company said, just as it gears up to persuade regulators to return the plane to the skies after two deadly crashes.
It was the most high profile departure of a senior executive since the aircraft was grounded in mid-March following two crashes that claimed 346 lives.
Eric Lindblad, who has led the MAX program since August 2018, will step down and work with his successors on a transition, Commercial Airplanes President Kevin McAllister said in a staff memo on Thursday.