US Slams Rights Record of China and Iran, Goes Easier on N Korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed China's mass detention of Muslims but took a lighter hand on North Korea as the State Department released its annual human rights report Wednesday.
US Prosecutors Probing Facebook's Data Deals: NYT
US prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook Inc struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped
A woman was allegedly gangraped in Kotma, Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh, on 12 March. SN Prasad, SDPO Kotma says, "Case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered. We are on the lookout for the accused and accessing CCTV footage of the area.”
India, US Agree to Build Six Nuclear Power Plants in India
India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation.
The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, on Wednesday.
"They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India," the joint statement said.
Defying Trump, Senate Votes to End US Support for Yemen War
The US Senate dealt a stinging bipartisan rebuke of Donald Trump's foreign policy and his alliance with Riyadh, voting to end support for the bloody Saudi-led war effort in Yemen.
By a 54 to 46 tally, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled chamber approved on Wednesday a historic curtailment of presidential war powers, citing congressional authority under the decades-old War Powers Resolution to direct Trump "to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen."
The text now heads to the Democrat-led House of Representatives, which approved a similar measure that stalled earlier this year, and which is likely to pass the latest effort. The White House has threatened a veto.
Nine-Month-Old Infant Dies Allegedly After Consuming Polio Drops
A nine-month-old infant has died, allegedly after consuming polio drops in Banda. H Lal, DM Banda said, "It's unfortunate, this is the first time such a thing has happened. I will constitute a committee to investigate the matter. Appropriate action will be taken against the guilty.”
Naxal Hideout Busted in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon
In a joint operation, the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Chhattisgarh task force unit busted a Naxal hideout in the jungle of Nakti Ghati in Gatapar police station area, Rajnandgaon on Wednesday. According to reports, a large quantity of arms and ammunition along with Naxal literature has been recovered.
Assault on Minister Rattles New Zealand Lawmakers
A senior New Zealand government minister was assaulted in an early-morning street attack on Thursday that left him with a black eye and shook up Wellington's normally laid-back political atmosphere.
Green Party co-leader James Shaw was walking to the parliament building known as the Beehive when a man punched him in the face in what his office described as an unprovoked attack.
While Shaw's office played down any political aspect to the assault, Trade Minister David Parker told reporters the attacker "was said to be shouting things out about the United Nations".
Delhi Police Special Cell Arrests Sharp Shooter of Neeraj Bawana Gang
A team of Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested a sharp shooter of Neeraj Bawana gang who was wanted in many cases.
Main Accused in Jayanti Bhanushali Murder Case Arrested
Chhabil Patel, the main accused in the Jayanti Bhanushali murder case, has been arrested by police from the Ahmedabad airport.
TMC MLA Arjun Singh to Join BJP Today
Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh will be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday, 14 March.
Jana Sena Party Announces First List of Candidates for Lok Sabha, Assembly Polls
Andhra Pradesh’s Jana Sena Party (JSP) has announced its first list of 4 MP candidates and 32 MLA candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state.
General Bipin Rawat Conferred With Param Vishisht Seva Medal
The Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday, 14 March.
AAP to Contest All Three Assembly Bypolls in Goa
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday said it will contest bypolls to all the three Goa Assembly seats scheduled next month.
AAP Goa general secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar told PTI that the party was in the process of shortlisting its candidates for Shiroda, Mandrem and Mapusa seats, where by-elections will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in the state on 23 April.
Wholesale Price Index for All Commodities Rises by 0.3 Percent
Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ for the month of February, 2019 has risen by 0.3 percent to 119.5 from 119.2 in the previous month. The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 2.93 percent (provisional) for the month of February, 2019 (over February, 2018) as compared to 2.76 percent (provisional) for the previous month, and 2.74 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
Bodies of Two More Jawans Retrieved From Kinnaur Avalanche Site
Bodies of two jawans were retrieved on the 23rd day of operations to rescue six Army men trapped at an avalanche site since 20 February at Namgya, Kinnaur. Bodies of four of the six missing Army personnel have already been recovered. Rescue operations have been concluded.
TMC MLA Arjun Singh Joins BJP
Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh has joined Bharatiya Janata Party.
Not like PM Modi, Won’t Make Fake Promises: Rahul Gandhi
“Not like PM Modi, won’t make fake promises,” Rahul Gandhi said in Kerala on Thursday, 14 March.
Taking a jibe against the prime minister, Rahul Gandhi, who is in Kerala said at a rally, “I don’t make fake promises like PM Modi. “Please look at my speeches. When I say something, I only say it because I have decided to do it. I am confident that we will bring you a ministry in Delhi and your voice in the National Capital will be able to solve your problems.”
Congress Leader Tom Vadakkan Joins BJP
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan on Thursday, 14 March, joined Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Whatever Had to Be Done After 26/11 Mumbai Attacks Was Not Done by Previous Govt: Nirmala Sitharaman
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday, 14 March that whatever had to be done after 26/11 Mumbai attacks had not been done by the previous government.
No Objection if Saxena Turns Approver: ED
The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday, 14 March told a Delhi court that it has no objection if Rajeev Saxena is allowed to turn approver in AgustaWestland case. The agency said that Saxena becoming an approver would be very useful for him. Delhi's Patiala House Court has fixed the matter for consideration on 25 March.
TMC Leader, Four-Time MLA Arjun Singh Joins BJP
TMC leader and four-time legislator from West Bengal Arjun Singh on Thursday joined the BJP, giving a boost to the saffron party's prospects in the state for the Lok Sabha elections.
SC Appoints PS Narasimha as Mediator to Resolve Disputes of Cricket Administration in BCCI
The Supreme Court Thursday appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha, who is assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country.
Over 30 Students of Telangana Minorities Residential Girls School Fall Ill After Having Breakfast
More than 30 students of Telangana Minorities Residential Girls School fell ill allegedly after having breakfast today.
Students have been shifted to a hospital, their condition is normal, and few of them have been discharged.
NCP Announces List of Candidates For 2019 LS Polls
NCP on Thursday announced a list of candidates for LokSabha Elections 2019 including Supriya Sule from Baramati, Sanjay Dina Patil from Mumbai North East, Anand Paranjpe from Thane, Sunil Tatkare from Raigad. Mohammad Faisal from Lakshwadeep.
The party will support Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana in Hatkanagale Lok Sabha constituency.
Abhinandan Varthaman to Go on Sick Leave: IAF Sources
The debriefing of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was completed by the Indian Air Force and other agencies. Now the officer would be going on sick leave for a few weeks on the advice of doctors of Army’s Research and Referral Hospital, ANI reported quoting IAF sources.
A medical review board in the near future will assess the medical fitness of the Wing Commander and decide on when can he resume his operations as a fighter pilot.
EC Team to Visit WB, Tripura, Assam, Manipur From 16-19 March
Election Commission team to visit West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Manipur from 16-19 March to review poll preparedness.
Balabhadra Majhi Resigns From BJD Primary Membership
Balabhadra Majhi, BJD MP from Nabarangpur (Odisha) resigned from the primary membership of Biju Janta Dal.
Charge Sheet Filed Against Cricketer Mohammed Shami for Sexual Harassment & Dowry Harassment
A chargesheet has been filed against cricketer Mohammed Shami. He has been charged under IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment).
72-Year-Old Gets 10 Year Jail for Sexually Assaulting Disabled Girl
A 72-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by a local court for sexually assaulting a differently-abled girl more than five years ago.
Aditional District Judge, Balasore, Ajanta Sadangi also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Sasikanta Jena of Jaleswar area on Wednesday.
Assam Rifles Rescue Woman Kidnapped by NSCN(M)
The Assam Rifles has rescued a woman kidnapped by NSCN(IM) cadres and apprehended two members of the outlawed extremist outfit, an official said on Thursday.
Debt-Ridden Policeman Hangs Self, Blames Seniors for Act
A debt-ridden policeman allegedly hanged himself to death at his house in Amravati district of Maharashtra, apparently as he did not get salary for two months and was unable to send money to his son studying in Pune, police said on Thursday.
Prominent Lingayat Leader Maate Mahadevi Passes Away
Prominent Lingayat leader Maate Mahadevi passed away on Thursday.
She was being treated at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru and hospital authorities confirmed to TNM that she passed away at 4:45 pm.
(Source: The News Minute)
Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to Dhaka Diverted to Kolkata Airport Due to Bad Weather
Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to Dhaka flight was diverted to Kolkata airport at around 06:31 am today due to bad weather in Dhaka.
Around 140 passengers and 12 crew on-board are safe. Flight is still grounded.
Agarwood Worth Rs 2.25 Cr Recovered at Delhi's IGI Airport
The CISF personnel recovered Agarwood (prohibited for export) weighing about 45 kg, worth approximately Rs 2.25 crore from a passenger at Delhi’s IGI Airport, earlier today.
The passenger was handed over to customs officials for further legal action in the matter.
Indonesia Says Uncovers Huge Explosives Stash After Suicide Blast
Indonesian police said Thursday they had uncovered a huge stash of explosives linked to a terror suspect whose wife blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home.
The discovery of some 300 kilogrammes of assembled explosives and bomb-making materials raised fears that a major attack was being planned, a month before national elections and less than a year after Indonesia was rocked by a wave of deadly suicide bombings.
Cross-LoC Trade Remains Suspended for Second Day
The cross-LoC trade between Poonch-Rawalakot remained suspended for the second day on Thursday even as there was no report of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
It was suspended after five mortar shells hit the cross-LoC facilitation centre at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district on Wednesday at around 12.30 pm, when the process of scanning of trucks was almost complete.
Priyanka to Kick off Cong's Poll Campaign in UP on Friday
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would formally kick off the party's poll campaign from Allahabad on Friday and is likely to take the river route to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi.
National Congress worker Mohd Ismail Wani Shot by Terrorists in J&K
National Congress worker Mohd Ismail Wani was shot at by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. He has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar. More details awaited.
India Successfully Carries Out Trial of MPATGM
India successfully carried out trial of the Man Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MP-ATGM) being developed for infantry troops of the Army.
The DRDO carried out the trial of the missile with 2-3 km strike range last night in Rajasthan desert.
Over 10 Opposition Parties Approach SC for Verification of 50% Votes by Paper Trials
More than 10 opposition parties have approached the Supreme Court seeking verification of 50 percent votes by paper trials before the declaration of the results of upcoming General elections.
Mani Anbazhagan Sentenced to 7 Years Imprisonment in Money Laundering Case
A special court has sentenced Mani Anbazhagan, son of late DMK Minister Ko. Si. Mani, to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore in a trade-based money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
1 Home Guard Shot Dead, Another Injured in Bihar's Vaishali District
One home guard dead and another critically injured in Bihar after being shot at by three assailants in Vaishali district, earlier today.
French Investigators Receive Crashed Ethiopian Airlines' Black Boxes
French investigators received black boxes from crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX.
Delhi Patiala House Court Issues Production Warrant of Deepak Talwar
Delhi's Patiala House Court on Thursday issued production warrant of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar for Friday.
Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy Resigns from TDP, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLC Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy resigned from Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, and from TDP.
Foot Over Bridge Near Mumbai's CSMT Railway Station Collapses
A foot over bridge near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station collapses. Multiple injuries reported. More details awaited.
Gujarat: By-Election to Jamnagar Rural Assembly Constituency on 23 April
By-election to the Jamnagar Rural Assembly Constituency to be held on 23 April, counting on 23 May.
SP-BSP-RLD Alliance to Hold First Joint Rally on 7 April in Deoband
The SP-BSP-RLD alliance will hold first joint rally on 7 April in Deoband.
Chandrababu Naidu to Contest From Kuppam Assembly Seat
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said he will contest from Kuppam assembly constituency.
Fadnavis & Uddhav to Begin Joint Poll Meetings from Friday
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will begin joint poll meetings of some select partymen from Friday.
The first meeting will be held at Amravati at 12.30 pm and the second joint meeting will be held at 3 pm at Nagpur on Friday.
DGCA May Bar Jet Airways from Accepting Advance Bookings Beyond a Period
Aviation regulator DGCA may bar beleaguered carrier Jet Airways from taking advance bookings beyond a particular period amid reduced capacity and massive flight cancellations, an official said Thursday.
Huge Cache of Explosives Seized in Bengal
The West Bengal CID has seized a huge cache of explosive materials from a village in Bankura district during a raid, a senior officer said on Thursday.
Bihar Grand Alliance to announce candidates on 17 Mar: Cong
The opposition "Mahagathbandhan" (Grand Alliance) in Bihar will announce its candidates for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state on Sunday, a senior Congress leader said here on Thursday.
Polish Church Admits Clergy Abused Hundreds of Children
Poland's powerful Catholic church on Thursday published a report admitting that nearly 400 of its clergy had sexually abused children and minors over the last three decades, reflecting findings published last month by a charity focused on abuse in the church.
Indian Pleads Guilty to Marriage and Visa Fraud
An Indian national residing in Florida on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of running a fake marriage racket through which he helped illegal immigrants, mostly Indians, to get married to US citizens, thus facilitating their stay in the country.
US Senate Admonishes Trump, Votes to End Border Emergency
The US Senate delivered a surprisingly strong rebuke of President Donald Trump on Thursday, as several Republicans joined opposition Democrats in voting to terminate his declared emergency on the southern border.
Two NASA Astronauts, One Cosmonaut Blast off for ISS
Russian-American crew blasts off to the International Space Station, making second attempt to reach the outpost after October's aborted launch.
2 Top Facebook Executives Depart the Company
Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, including product chief Chris Cox, who was long one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top deputies.
Senate Rejects Trump Border Emergency, Trump Says 'Veto!'
The Republican-run Senate firmly rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal.