Austrian MPs Approve Headscarf Ban in Primary Schools
Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.
So as to avoid charges that the law discriminates against Muslims, the text refers to any "ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head".
However, representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), have made it clear that the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.
Monsoon to Set Over Kerala on 1 June
IMD announced that south-west monsoon will set over Kerala on 1 June with a standard deviation of about seven days.
This year, the statistical model forecast suggests that the monsoon onset over Kerala is likely to be slightly delayed.
1 Militant Killed, 2 Security Personnel Injured in J&K's Pulwama Encounter
One militant is killed and at least two security personnel and a civilian wounded in an exchange fire between militants and security forces began in Dalipora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
(Source: Kashmir Observer)
US Stealth Fighter Suffers Millions In Damage From Bird Strike
A US F-35 stealth bomber suffered millions of dollars in damage after colliding with a bird during take-off from an air base in Japan, the US Marine Corp said in a statement Wednesday, 15 May.
North Korea Says It Is Suffering Worst Drought in Decades
North Korea has said it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages.
The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year. It said that is the lowest level since 1982, when North Korea received 51.2 millimeters (2 inches) of rain on average during the same period.
The report came on Wednesday after UN food agencies said in a joint assessment earlier this month that about 10 million people in North Korea were facing "severe food shortages" after the country had one of the worst harvests in a decade.
Man Eloped With Married Woman, Relatives Including Minor Tied and Beaten Up
A man and two of his relatives, including a minor were tied to a tree and beaten up in Arjun Colony after he allegedly eloped with a married woman, on 14 May.
Sanjeev Mule, CSP, told ANI that a case has been registered and five accused have been arrested.
Will Consider BJP's Request to Shut Off-Shore Casinos: Goa CM
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said his government "will consider" the state BJP unit's request to shut down the off-shore casinos operating in Goa.
Six off-shore casinos are currently anchored in the Mandovi river in Panaji.
The state government in March this year granted six- month extension to them.
There has been a demand from a section of people to shift the vessels from the Mandovi river.
Seven Injured After a Bus Carrying BJP Workers Overturns in Kullu
At least seven people were injured after a bus carrying 45 BJP workers overturned at Nagni village in Banjar area of Kullu district.
“The injured people have been shifted to the local hospital,” Rajkumar Chandel, Additional SP Kullu, said, as per ANI.
3 ULFA(I) Cadres Surrender in Assam
Three cadres of an outlawed outfit have surrendered before the police in Tinsukia district of Assam, a senior police officer said.
One of them was allegedly involved in the killing of Bhaskar Kalita, the officer-in-charge of Bordumsa Police Station, Director General of Police Dr Kuladhar Saikia told reporters in Guwahati on Wednesday.
China Formally Arrests 2 Canadians in its Custody
China has formally arrested two Canadians who had been detained for months on national security grounds.
The two individuals have been identified as Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, AFP reported.
Exchange of Fire Between Terrorists and Forces in Kupwara
An exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces broke out in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. More details awaited.
Two Indian Climbers Die on Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal
Two Indian climbers have died in Nepal due to altitude ailments after one of them successfully scaled Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third tallest peak, an official said on Thursday, as per PTI.
Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) died on Wednesday night above Camp IV after they were unable to continue their descent from near the 8,586-meter summit due to hypothermia and snow blindness.
At Least 10 Reported Trapped in Shanghai Building Collapse
At least ten construction workers were trapped in the rubble of an industrial building that collapsed in Shanghai on Thursday, 16 May, as it was undergoing renovation, according to Chinese media reports.
The accident occurred around 11:00 am in an area of central Shanghai, with Chinese news outlet The Paper saying at least four people were rescued from the collapsed structure.
CBI Withdraws Bofors Probe Appeal From Delhi Court
The CBI on Thursday, 16 May, withdrew an application from a Delhi court seeking permission to further probe Rs 64-crore Bofors payoff case, ANI reported.
Private petitioner Ajay Aggarwal also wants to withdraw his plea seeking further probe in the Bofors case.
The court, meanwhile, allowed CBI to withdraw the application and questioned Aggarwal's locus standi in the matter. The next hearing in the case will be held on 6 July.
Govt to Soon Come Out With Format to Lodge Complaints With Lokpal
The central government will soon come out with a format for lodging a complaint with anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, officials said on Thursday, 16 May, as per PTI.
As per norms, a complaint shall be filed in the prescribed form to be notified by the central government.
"The form will be made public soon," a senior Personnel Ministry official said.
Police Arrests Two Men Who Brandished Gun at Gurugram Toll Plaza
Police on Thursday arrested two men who brandished a gun at a toll plaza in Gurugram. The incident took place on Wednesday as the men fled from the spot without paying toll tax.
Police also said that the gun they were carrying was fake.
Missouri Senate Passes Bill to Ban Abortions at 8 Weeks
Missouri's Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.
Senators approved the legislation 24-10 with just hours left before a Friday deadline to pass bills.
It needs at least one more vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Governor Mike Parson, who voiced support for it on Wednesday.
Man Held with Revolver, Live Cartridges in J&K
A man was arrested after he was found carrying a revolver and live cartridges in J&K. Anil Sharma alias Kali, a resident of Jammu's Bhagwati Nagar, tried to flee when he saw a police team on checking duty at Digiana Pulli.
An FIR has been registered in the case under the Arms Act at Gandhinagar police station and further investigation is underway.
Pakistan's Currency Reaches All-Time Low Against US Dollar
Pakistan's currency has reached a new all-time low against the dollar after the government last week reached a preliminary agreement with the IMF for USD 6 billion bailout.
The Pakistani rupee dropped to 147 rupees to the dollar on Thursday morning.
Fire Exchanged Between Terrorist & Security Forces in J&K
An exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces at Handew village in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district is underway.
A search operation was launched in the area earlier. More details awaited.
Court Allows Chanda Kochhar's Brother-In-Law to Travel Abroad
A Delhi court has allowed former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar's brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar, a suspect in a bank loan fraud and money laundering case, to travel abroad for 10 days.
Special Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna allowed Rajiv to travel to New York on a personal bond of Rs 10 lakh and directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to suspend the look out circular (LOC) till then.
CBI Seeks Court's Permission to Further Probe Bofors Case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission of the trial court to conduct further investigation in the Bofors Case.
This came hours after the CBI withdrew its application from a Delhi court, seeking permission to further investigate the case.
India Supplies Two Helicopter Gunships to Afghanistan
As part of its assistance to Afghanistan, India on Thursday handed over two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Kabul to battle terrorism.
The two helicopter gunships will replace the four supplied in 2015, giving more fire power to the Afghan armed forces.
Security Forces Kill 3 Militants In J&K’s Shopian
Three militants have been neutralized in an exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces at Handew village in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district.
A search operation was launched in the area earlier. More details awaited.
Chanda & Deepak Kochhar to be Questioned on Friday, Again
Former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kocchar have been called for questioning on Friday as well, in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case. They were questioned by Enforcement Directorate on Thursday, for the 4th consecutive day, for about nine hours.
ULFA-I Member Surrenders Before Security Forces in Assam
A member of ULFA-I (United Liberation Front of Assam - Independent) surrendered before the security forces in Assam on 15 May.
St Stephen's College Row: Staff Association to Hold Protest on Friday
The staff association of St Stephen's college will hold a protest on Friday against the inclusion of a member of institution's Supreme Council in the interview panel for selection of students.
Teachers will stage a dharna outside the college's front gate, said Nandita Narain, one of the three members of the governing body who condemned the institution's decision.
"The teachers will wear black bands and hold posters. Our demands include preserving academic integrity of admission process, withdrawal of warning letters to teacher representatives on governing body, upholding teachers' dignity and safeguarding the college constitution," she said.
The protest call prompted college authorities to put up a notice signed by Principal John Varghese on Thursday, saying there should be no "disturbance of working environment" in the college and those doing that will be dealt within the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.
Will Replace Green Card With 'Build America Visa': Trump
US President Donald Trump on new US immigration policy proposal: We will replace the existing Green card categories with a new visa - the 'Build America Visa'.
737 MAX Software Update Complete: Boeing
Boeing has said that the 737 MAX software update is complete.