More Than 1,000 Rescues as Storm Imelda Soaks Texas
The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dangerously flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, scrambling rescue crews and volunteers with boats to reach scores of stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
Officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of at least 1,000 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter. More than 900 flights were canceled or delayed in Houston.
Yemeni Rebel Boat Attack Thwarted: Saudi-Led Coalition
The Saudi-led military coalition said it intercepted an unmanned boat rigged with explosives that was launched from Yemen by Iran-linked Huthi rebels, the kingdom's state media reported.
The attack comes amid soaring regional tensions with Iran following twin attacks on key Saudi oil facilities, which knocked out half the kingdom's production and sent energy markets into a tailspin.
Two Members of Cuba's UN Mission Ordered to Leave US
Two members of Cuba's UN mission have been ordered to leave the United States after allegedly engaging in activities harmful to US national security, triggering a sharp denial from Havana.
Accident Near DND Toll Plaza Kills Two, Injures Four
Two including a doctor have been killed and four have been injured after an ambulance collided with a truck near DND toll plaza. The injured have been shifted to hospital.
'Multiple' People Shot on Streets of Washington, D.C.: Local Media
Gunfire erupted on the streets of Washington, D.C., on Thursday night and at least several people were shot, local media reported.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. Local WJLA-TV posted images on Twitter of ambulances carrying victims from the scene and said that there had been a “massive” police response.
SC Issues Notice to Centre on PIL Filed by Vemula, Tadvi's Mothers
SC issues notice to Center on PIL jointly filed by mothers of Rohith Vemula and Payal Tadvi seeking directions to Centre and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take steps to stop caste-based discrimination in universities and in higher learning institutions across the country.
Portion of 4-Storey Building Collapses in Mumbai
A portion of a four-storied building at Lokmanya Tilak Road has collapsed. Seven Mumbai fire brigade vehicles including ambulance and rescue vehicle have been rushed to the spot. No person is trapped as the building was already vacated.
GST Council Meeting Begins in Panaji
The Goods and Services Tax Council meeting has begun in Panaji. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also present.
NDA To Win over 200 Seats in Bihar Assembly Polls Next Year: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday claimed that the NDA will win over 200 seats (out of 243) in the Bihar assembly polls next year, reported PTI. He was speaking at the JD(U) meet in Patna.
Major Fire at Haldia Petrochemical's Unit; 15 Injured
A major fire broke out at the naphtha cracker unit of the Haldia Petrochemicals Limited in Haldia on Friday, injuring 15 people, PTI reported, quoting a senior police officer.
The blaze that broke out at 11:15 am, was yet to be brought under control, Purba Medinipur Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar reportedly said.
The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital, he added.
Kerala HC Quashes UAPA Against Naxal Leader Rupesh
Kerala High Court quashes Unlawful Activities Prohibition Act (UAPA) against Naxal leader Rupesh, who is currently imprisoned at Viyyur Central Jail. The court observed that there was a delay on the part of the state government in granting sanction for the prosecution.
Delhi Court Allows CBI to Further Interrogate Christian Michel
Delhi Court allows CBI to further interrogate alleged middleman Christian Michel in Tihar Jail.
Anil Kumar Jain Appointed New Coal Secretary
Senior IAS officer Anil Kumar Jain has been appointed as the new coal secretary, according to a government order. Jain is a 1986-batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Anil Kumar Jain, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, as Secretary, Ministry of Coal," the order said.
Jain succeeds Sumanta Chaudhuri, a 1985-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.
Delhi Court Extends Judicial Custody of Ratul Puri
A Delhi court on Friday extended the judicial custody of businessman Ratul Puri till 3 October in the Moser Baer case.
Seized Rs 32L, $10,000 After Raids Against TMC MP KD Singh: ED
The ED on Friday said it has seized cash amounts of Rs 32 lakh and $10,000 after it raided the "official residence" of TMC MP KD Singh in Delhi and a few other locations as part of a money laundering probe against him and others.
The central agency said searches were launched on Thursday at seven locations in Delhi and Chandigarh, including at registered offices of 14 group companies of the Alchemist Group that is "related to and controlled" by the Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP).
6 Dead Allegedly After Consuming Illicit Liquor in Dehradun
Six people died on Friday allegedly after consuming illicit liquor in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun. Police investigation is underway.
Donald Trump Announces New US Sanctions on Iran Central Bank
US President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the "highest" sanctions ever imposed on a foreign country by the United States.
"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, later clarifying that he was referring to the Iranian central bank.
"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.
CBI Questions IAS Officer in IMA Scam Case
The CBI on Friday questioned IAS officer Raj Kumar Khatri in connection with the IMA scam case, sources cited by PTI said.
After Modification, Collegium Recommends Appointment of Justice Kureshi as CJ of Tripura HC
Modifying its earlier recommendation, the Supreme Court collegium has now recommended that Justice AA Kureshi be appointed as the chief justice of the Tripura High Court.
The collegium had earlier recommended that Justice Kureshi be appointed as the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
(Source: The Leaflet)
Sterlite: CBI Submits Status Report
The CBI on Friday submitted before the Madras High Court bench its status report on the action taken on the two cases filed during the protest against the Sterlite plant in Tuticorin, where 13 people were killed in police firing in May last year.
Trump Says No Need for China Trade Deal Before 2020 Election
US President Donald Trump said that he was not under any pressure to strike a trade bargain with China ahead of next year's elections.
“I'm not looking for a partial deal. I'm looking for a complete deal,” Trump told reporters during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Iraq: Minibus Explosion Outside Karbala Kills 9, Injures 6
Iraqi security officials said an explosion in a minibus outside the Shiite holy city of Karbala has killed nine people.
According to the officials, six passengers were also wounded in the blast, which occurred as the bus was passing through an Iraqi army checkpoint between Karbala and al-Hilla.
Former Journo Robert Boyd Dies at Age 91 in New York
Robert S Boyd, who shared a 1973 Pulitzer Prize with colleague Clark Hoyt for coverage of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton's exit from the campaign due to mental health issues, has died. He was 91.
The journalist died of congestive heart failure at a retirement home in Philadelphia, Hoyt said.
Pres Accepts Madras HC Chief Justice Tahilramani's Resignation
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, VK Tahilramani.
The Ministry of Law and Justice has today notified the same.
Earlier, Justice Tahilramani had tended her resignation on 6 September after the Supreme Court Collegium recommended that she be transferred to the Meghalaya High Court.
(Source: Bar and Bench)
Facebook Suspends 'Tens of Thousands' of Apps in Privacy Review
Facebook said it suspended “tens of thousands” of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy practices launched following the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.
Around 70 Students Fall Sick Due to 'Food Poisoning' in Visakhapatnam
In Visakhapatnam, at least 70 students of Sri Chaitanya Junior College in Kondapur fell ill allegedly due to food poisoning on Thursday. They were admitted to hospital after they complained of uneasiness and vomiting.
Storm Imelda Leaves 4 Dead in Texas, Others Stranded and Trapped
Emergency crews in the Houston area took advantage of receding floodwaters to begin to assess the damage from one of the wettest tropical cyclones in US history, a storm that led to the deaths of four men and displaced hundreds of people from their homes.
The aftermath from Tropical Storm Imelda, which drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago, was blamed for major travel headaches as motorists slogged through water-swollen streets and air travelers faced flight delays and cancellations.
India Plans China-Style Facial Recognition Program
India is planning to set up one of the world’s largest facial recognition systems, potentially a lucrative opportunity for surveillance companies and a nightmare for privacy advocates who fear it will lead to a Chinese-style Orwellian state.
(Source: Bloomberq Quint)