Latest News: Militants, Security Forces Exchange Fire in J&K
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Three British Crew Killed in Dubai Plane Crash

Three British people and a South African were killed Thursday in a plane crash close to Dubai airport, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency reported.

The UK-registered Diamond Aircraft went down five kilometres south of the international hub, WAM said, citing civil aviation authorities.

(Source: AFP)

I M Pei Dies at 102

I M Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old.

The Chinese-born Pei was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the landmark 72-story Bank of China tower in Hong Kong and Athens' Museum of Modern Art, works seen as embracing modernity tempered by a grounding in history.

(Source: PTI)

F-16 Fighter Crashes Into California Warehouse, Pilot Ejects

A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said.

The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base.

(Source: AP)

Death Toll in Shanghai Building Collapse Rises to 10

Death toll in Shanghai building collapse rises to 10. The building collapsed while undergoing renovation work, trapping some 25 people.

(Source: AFP)

Trump Terminates Designation of Turkey as GSP Beneficiary Nation

US President Donald Trump in a proclamation Thursday terminated the designation of Turkey as a beneficiary nation under its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) while the suspense on India continued.

GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme.

(Source: PTI)

SpaceX Postpones Launch of Its First Internet Network Satellites

SpaceX postponed a launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit that was scheduled for last night, possibly until next week, citing a need for software updates.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral was to be the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband internet across the planet.

(Source: AFP)

US Slaps Sanctions Over Russia Rights Despite Revived Ties

The United States has imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers.

(Source: AFP)

Silicon Valley-Based IT Firm Sues US Govt for Denying H-1B Visa to Indian Professional

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".

(Source: PTI)

Intelligence Input Warns Against Terrorists' Plan to Attack Air Bases

Intelligence input warns against terrorists’ plans to carry out an attack on Srinagar and Awantipora air bases. Security forces on high alert in and around these bases, state government sources.

(Source: ANI)

Army Jawan Hurt During Shopian Encounter Succumbs to Injuries

Army jawan Rohit Kumar Yadav who was injured during Shopian encounter yesterday succumbed to his injuries. Terrorists who were neutralised in encounter have been identified as Yawar Ahmad Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Dar and Ishtiyaq Bhat who were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen.

(Source: ANI)

Woman Killed by Husband Over Family Dispute

A woman was allegedly killed by her husband over a family dispute in Garhi Pukhta area of Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said Friday.

(Source: PTI)

Naxals Call for 'Bandh' in Gadchiroli on Sunday

Naxals have called for a 'bandh' in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on May 19 to protest the killings of two fellow women in an encounter last month, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Taiwan Parliament to Vote on Asia's First Gay Marriage Bill

Taiwan's parliament began debating Asia's first gay marriage law on Friday as conservative lawmakers launched a last-ditch attempt to scupper the most progressive bill in favour of a watered-down "civil-union" law.

(Source: AFP)

Doctors Protest in Chittorgarh After Aggrieved Family Destroys Property

Doctors at state govt hospital in Chittorgarh wear black ribbons in protest after family of a woman who allegedly died during treatment, vandalised hospital property.

President, Working Doctors Association said,"We demand arrest of those responsible, administration has assured of appropriate action."

(Source: ANI)

Revenue Official Held in Muzaffarnagar for Accepting Bribe

A revenue official was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 in Muzaffarnagar, police said Friday.

Lekhpal Sunil Kumar was arrested Thursday after he was caught accepting the bribe from an IAF personnel for measurement of a disputed land, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Unveils New Immigration Plan, Proposes to Replace Green Card With Build America Visa

Donald Trump has said he will replace the existing green cards with 'Build America' visa, as the US President unveiled a new merit and points-based immigration policy that seeks to increase the quota for highly-skilled workers from 12 to 57 per cent.

(Source: PTI)

Taiwan's Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage

After deliberation on Friday, Taiwan’s parliament has approved same-sex marriage becoming Asia’s first country to do so.

(Source: AFP)

Goa Varsity Withdraws Teacher Recruitment Ads After Objections

Amid strong objections from the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Goa University has withdrawn its advertisements issued for recruitment of teachers, in which it had dropped the 15-year domicile clause.

(Source: PTI)

SC Vacates Former Kolkata Police Commissioner's Interim Protection

Supreme Court vacates interim protection given to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar from arrest by CBI over his alleged role in destroying evidence in Saradha chit fund case. Court gives seven days to Rajeev Kumar to seek legal remedies.

(Source: ANI)

Portion of Wall Decor Falls Off At International Airport in Lucknow

Close shave for passengers after a portion of a wall decor at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow falls off.

(Source: ANI)

Rajasthan Govt Issued Notice for Response on Alwar Gang Rape Case

Jodhpur High Court issues notice to Rajasthan government seeking its reply on recent incidents of gang-rape in the state.

(Source: ANI)

Rs 1 Crore Seized From KSRTC Bus

Mangaluru city police seized Rs 1 crore from a KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus without any valid document and arrested one person Munjunath.

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hold Hapur Lynching Hearing on 28 May

Supreme Court lawyer, Vrinda Grover, today mentioned the Hapur lynching matter before the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing into the case, and she submitted that the investigation is not going in a proper manner and direction.

Supreme Court to hear the matter on 28 May.

(Source: ANI)

Chinese Authorities Say 17 People Trapped in Flooded Mine

Chinese authorities say 17 people have been trapped in a flooded iron mine in the country's northeast.

(Source: AP)

Remains of Army Jawan Martyred in Pulwama Encounter Brought Home

Mortal remains of Army Jawan Sepoy Sandeep who lost his life in Pulwama encounter yesterday brought to his home in Behlba, Rohtak.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Police Arrests Wanted Gangster

Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested gangster Vijay Farmana who is wanted in more than ten murder cases. A reward of Rs 50,000 was declared by both Delhi Police and Haryana Police. Arms and ammunition also recovered from his possession.

(Source: ANI)

Air Attack Kills 17 Policemen 'by Mistake' in South Afghanistan

An air attack has killed 17 policemen by mistake during a battle with the Taliban just outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, officials said.

(Source: AP)

Normal Life Affected in Kashmir Due to Separatists' Strike Against Civilian Killing

Normal life was affected in Kashmir Friday due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of a civilian following an encounter between militants and security forces in Pulwama district.

(Source: PTI)

2008 Malegaon Blast Accused Asked to be Present Before Special NIA Court

Special NIA court in Mumbai directs all accused of Malegaon 2008 blast case to remain present before the court atleast once a week. Accused include Pragya Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and others. The court expressed displeasure over their absence in the courtroom. Next hearing is on 20 May.

(Source: ANI)

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Flies in a Mig-21 Fighter Aircraft in Tamil Nadu

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa flies in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft in Sulur, Tamil Nadu.

(Source: ANI)

Seven Killed in Road Accident in UP

Seven people were killed after their car rammed into a truck here, police said Friday.

The accident took place Thursday night at Bairona village under Khukhundu police station, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Six Convicts Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Khunti Gang Rape Case

Six convicts in the Khunti gang rape case including Father Alfonso Aind have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a district court.

(Source: ANI)

Nepal Hit by 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale strikes 66km west of Kathmandu.

(Source: ANI)

Maharashtra Cabinet to Issue Amendment Ordinance on SEBC Reservation Act 2018

Maharashtra cabinet to issue an ordinance to amend SEBC Reservation Act 2018 to give protection to candidates in PG medical admissions.

Maharashtra Cabinet also reviewed drought situation, water storage in various dams, fodder availability and seeds stock.

(Source: ANI)

EXCLUSIVE | The Quint Interviews Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi Interview with The Quint.

Rahul Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress, speaks to Raghav Bahl, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Quint and Sanjay Pugalia, Editorial Director of The Quint.

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm Over Fake Election Posts

Facebook, facing criticism for enabling disruption of elections worldwide, said it was taking down hundreds of accounts linked to an Israeli political consultancy.

(Source: AFP)

Indian Navy Fires Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile

Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare Capability with the maiden cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM).

(Source: ANI)

2 Students Find Abandoned Newborn, Hand It Over to Hospital

Two college students played good samaritans by handing over an abandoned week-old boy baby to the government hospital here after they found the newborn on a road, police said Friday.

(Source: PTI)

Kolkata Climber Goes Missing

Climber from Kolkata, Dipankar Ghosh has gone missing from a high camp of Mount Makalu in Nepal.

(Source: ANI)

Egypt Deports 33 Sudanese Migrants Trying to Reach Libya

Egypt has deported 33 Sudanese migrants who were trying to reach Libya to head onward to Europe.

Cairo airport officials said on Friday, 17 May, the Sudanese were arrested earlier this month in the western coastal city of Marsa Matruh, not far from Libya's border, along with dozens of Egyptians and other African nationals.

The officials say the migrants had planned to take fishing boats from the Libyan port of Zuwarah to Italy. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to reporters.

(Source: AP)

Indonesia Arrests Dozens of Terror Suspects Ahead of Poll Results

Indonesian police said on Friday, 17 May, that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results are announced next week.

Some 29 suspects were rounded up this month alone, with 60 in all detained since the start of the year in raids across the Southeast Asian nation, they said.

Eight other suspects had been killed in confrontations with authorities, police said, including the wife of a militant who blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home in March.

(Source: AFP)

UK's Corbyn Pulls Plug on Brexit Compromise Talks

UK opposition leader Corbyn has pulled plug on Brexit compromise talks with ruling Conservatives, reports AFP.

Court Rejects Actor Karan Oberoi's Bail Plea in Alleged Rape Case

The Dindoshi sessions court has rejected the bail plea of TV Actor Karan Oberoi who was arrested by police in connection with an alleged rape case, reports ANI.

EU Removes Bermuda, Aruba, Barbados from Tax Haven Blacklist

The European Union has removed Bermuda, Aruba, Barbados from tax haven blacklist, reports Reuters.

IMD Predicts Hail Precipitation in Isolated Places of Delhi

The IMD has predicted thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds in the adjoining areas of Delhi, Hisar, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Panipat, Kosli, Sonipat, Bagpat, Gurugram, Rewari, Bawal, Manesar Ghaziabad, Noida ,Hodal and Mahendragarh.

Hail precipitation most likely near Meerut, Modinagar, Loni, Khair and isolated places of Delhi in the next two hours, IMD said.

(Source: ANI)

Etihad Nominee on Jet Airways Board Robin Kamark Quits

Grounded carrier Jet Airways on Friday said, Etihad nominee director on the airline's board, Robin Kamark, has quit the company with effect from 16 May.

After Kamark's exit, only Ashok Chawla and Sharad Sharma remain on Jet Airways board, which ceased operations around mid-April.

(Source: PTI)

8 People Trapped in Flooded Mine in China’s Northeast

Chinese authorities say eight people remain trapped Friday in a flooded iron mine in the country’s northeast.

The mine accident took place in Heilongjiang province’s Cuihongshan. Of those working in the mine at the time of the flood, 35 escaped over the course of the day.

(Source: AP)

ICICI Bank-Videocon Loan Case: Chanda Kochhar Questioned for the 5th Day

Former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kocchar left the ED office, after their fifth consecutive day of questioning in ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case.

(Source: ANI)

Cong Leader Reshma Padekanura Found Dead in Karnataka

Congress leader Reshma Padekanura, who was also a former Vijayapura district president of JD(S), was found dead near Kolhar of Vijayapura in Karnataka earlier today.

(Source: ANI)

SC Issues Notice to Rape Accused Director Hyder Jamilhussain Kazmi

The Supreme Court has issued notice to film director and producer Hyder Jamilhussain Kazmi, who is accused of allegedly raping an actress. The woman had approached the court seeking cancellation of bail granted to him in April 2019. The SC posted the matter for hearing in July.

(Source: ANI)

Bhima Koregaon Case: Court Orders FSL Copies to Be Provided to the Accused

Session court in Pune has ordered that FSL (Forensic Lab Reports) report copies should be provided to the accused in Bhima Koregaon case. Accused Surendra Gadling and Arun Ferreira had earlier moved an application seeking access to FSL reports.

(Source: ANI)

Guwahati Blast: ULFA Leader Pranamoy Rajguru, Actress Jahnabi Saikia Sent to Police Custody

ULFA leader Pranamoy Rajguru and a TV actress Jahnabi Saikia, have been sent to 10 days of police custody, in connection with the grenade blast in Guwahati in which 12 people, including two SSB personnel, were injured.

(Source: ANI)

690 Kg Cannabis Seized in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam

Andhra Pradesh Police seized 690 kg of cannabis at Balighattam check post near Narsipatnam town. Police have taken two men into custody, further investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

Police Nab Criminal Vijay Farmana in Lucknow

A special team of Crime Branch led by Inspector Gagan Bhaskar nabbed criminal Vijay Farmana, involved in cases of murders and carjacking, from a mall in Lucknow on Friday, 15 May, DCP (crime) Ram Gopal Naik said. The criminal has confessed to 11 murders.

(Source: ANI)

Woman Sets Herself, 3 Children on Fire in Muzaffarnagar

A 35-year-old woman set herself and her three children ablaze at Umerpur village in Muzaffarnagar, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Over 250,000 Rohingya Refugees Receive First ID Cards: UN

The UN said, it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future.

The UN refugee agency also said the registration could serve as a tool for law enforcement to help counter human trafficking.

(Source: AFP)

Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Raping Minor in Jharkhand

A Ramgarh fast track court in Jharkhand sentenced a man to 10 years imprisonment for raping a 15-year-old girl in August 2017.

Ramgarh Additional District Judge (I), Babita Prasad, sentenced Suraj Barla to 10-years imprisonment for rape and five years for cheating the girl of Rs 65,000.

(Source: PTI)

High Alert Sounded in J&K After Recovering Hand-Drawn Maps of Air Bases

A high alert has been sounded at Srinagar and Avantipora air base in Jammu and Kashmir after security forces recovered hand-drawn maps of the air bases from terrorists, government sources said.

(Sources: ANI)

Expect Outages in Few Stations Due to Extreme Weather Conditions: DMRC

Due to extreme weather conditions, platform lights, lifts and escalators may face outages at a few stations on the Violet Line in Faridabad, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

(Source: ANI)

6 Kg Gold Worth Rs 2 Crore Seized at Chennai Airport

6 kg gold worth Rs 2 crore seized by Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officers at Chennai Airport in separate cases. Further investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

Three Militants Arrested in Manipur

Three militants belonging to two banned underground outfits were arrested by security forces from different places in Manipur's Imphal East district, police said.

Two members of People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) were arrested by a combined team of Manipur police and Assam Rifles while conducting random frisking and search operation at Mayanglambam Lampak, Top Khongnang area in Imphal East district on May 15, a police press release said.

(Source: PTI)

JNU Student Commits Suicide in Study Room

A JNU student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room at the university, police said.

Rishi Joshua, an MA second year student at the English centre and a resident of Kerala, e-mailed a purported suicide note to his English professor before hanging himself, they said.

(Source: PTI)

US Agrees to Remove Steel, Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

US agrees to remove steel, aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, key roadblock to new trade deal.

(Source: AP)

Veteran Telugu Actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao Passes Away

Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao passed away on Friday evening at a hospital in Hyderabad. He was 74 years old.

(Source: ANI)

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nicobar Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Nicobar Islands at 11:59 pm on Friday, 17 May.

(Source: ANI)

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Uttarakhand's Chamoli

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter Scale hit Chamoli in Uttarakhand today at 1:08 am.

(Source: ANI)

Exchange of Fire Between Militants & Security Forces in Awantipora

An exchange of fire begins between militants and joint team of security forces in Panzgam village of Awantipora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

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