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Illinois Becomes 11th State to Allow Recreational Marijuana

Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward war on drugs.

(Source: AP)

Exchange of Fire Between Terrorists and Security Forces in Tral

An exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces is underway in forests of Tral area of Pulwama district. More details awaited.

Amit Shah to Leave for Jammu and Kashmir Today

Home Minister Amit Shah to leave for Srinagar, J&K later on Wednesday, 26 June. He will review overall security situation in the state and also discuss security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra, in particular. He will also meet Governor Satya Pal Malik. He will return to Delhi on Thursday, 27 June.

(ANI)

Firing Still Underway in Tral Encounter

Troops of 42 Rashtriya Rifles with Special Operations Group Tral carried out Cordon and Search Operations during which an encounter broke out with terrorists on Wednesday, 26 June morning. On receipt of information troops of 180 Battalion CRPF rushed to the spot for reinforcement. Firing underway. More details awaited.

(ANI)

K'taka CM Holds Meeting to Inaugurate 36 Projects in Raichur

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy holds a meeting with officials before his 'village stay programme' in Raichur.

The Chief Minister will inaugurate 36 developmental projects in Raichur.

(ANI)

3 Dead in Bihar Bus Accident

Three people have died and at least 12 injured after the bus they were in, rammed into an electricity pole today in Kawakol area of Bihar’s Nawada.

(ANI)

US-China Trade Spat, Iran Tensions to Dominate Weighty G20

The trade battle between the US and China, and fears that spiralling tensions with Iran could erupt into conflict are poised to dominate a high-stakes G20 summit from Friday.

With hotspots North Korea and Venezuela and a slowing world economy also high on the agenda, the two-day gathering of leaders from the world's group of 20 leading nations in Osaka, Japan, could be one of the most pivotal in years, analysts say.

(PTI)

2 Arrested in UP's Shamli with Opium Worth Rs 1,25,000

Two men, alleged to be drug traffickers, have been arrested with opium worth Rs 1,25,000 in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said Wednesday.

(PTI)

AES Death Toll in Muzaffarnagar Rises to 132

The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) rises to 132 in Muzaffarpur. 111 deaths in SKMCH and 21 in Kejriwal Hospital.

(ANI)

Minor Girl Allegedly Raped in MP's Narsinghpur

A minor girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified person in Narsinghpur on 24 June. Gurukaran Singh, SP said that a probe is underway and the police are examining CCTV footage of the city. The girl has been referred to Jabalpur after first aid and she is out of danger.

(ANI)

Uttarakhand Education Minister's Son Dies in Car Accident

Uttarakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey's son Ankur Pandey died after the car he was travelling in, collided with a truck on NH 24 near Faridpur at around 3 am today. 2 others also died and 1 was injured in the accident. They were going to Gorakhpur to attend a wedding.

(Source: ANI)

1 Lakh Names to be Removed from Assam Draft NRC

Names of 1 lakh people included last year in Assam's draft citizens register to be removed, reports suggest.

(Source: HT)

Body of Terrorist Recovered from Tral Encounter

Body of a terrorist has been recovered from the Tral encounter that broke out in the morning. Reports suggest that search operations are still on.

(Source: ANI)

Bihar Man Carries Dead Son on Shoulders, Dist Magistrate Orders Probe

The Nalanda district magistrate has ordered a probe after it came to light that a man was forced to carry the body of his eight-year-old son on his shoulders on Tuesday as the hearse at government hospital was unavailable at that time.

(HT)

SC Stays Delhi HC Order Allowing Rajiv Saxena to Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday 26 June stayed the Delhi High Court order allowing the plea of accused-turned-approver in the Augusta Westland case Rajiv Saxena to go abroad for medical treatment.

(ANI)

Rahul Gandhi Adamant on Resigning: Party Sources

According to party sources, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, at the parliamentary party meeting, reiterated his stance on his resignation from the post, reportedly staying adamant on stepping down.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Posts Matter Regarding Appointment of LOP in LS

Delhi High Court posts for 8 July, a petition seeking a direction to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to appoint a Leader of Opposition for the 17th Lok Sabha, saying there is no urgency in the matter.

(Source: ANI)

Youth Congress Urges Rahul Gandhi to Continue as Party President

Youth Congress workers held a demonstration outside residence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi to urge him to take back his resignation and continue as the arty president. They raised slogans "Rahul Ganhi zindabad! Rahul Gandhi sangharsh karo hum tumhare saath hain! Hamara neta kaisa ho Rahul Gandhi jaisa ho!"

(ANI)

Body of 23-Year-Old Found in UP Forest

Body of a 23-year-old man was found on Wednesday in a forest in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district, police said.

Body of Rahul Verma, a student, was found in a forest in Lalganj area of the district, police said, adding that prima facie it appeared that he was hacked to death.

(PTI)

ED Attaches Rs 9,000 Cr Assets Involving Gujarat-Based Sterling Biotech

The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth over Rs 9,000 crore in bank fraud and money laundering case involving Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech, according to officials.

(PTI)

Farmers Protest Inside K'taka Water Management Board Campus Over Drinking Water

Farmers protest inside the campus of Water Management Board in Maddur, Mandya district demanding drinking water and water for irrigation.

(ANI)

Akash Vijaywargiya Caught on Camera Thrashing Municipal Employees With Cricket Bat

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya's son Akash Vijayvargiya caught on video thrashing municipal employees with a cricket bat.

(PTI)

Punjab, Haryana HC Agree to Hear Kathua Convict’s Appeal

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, 25 June admitted the appeal of Tilak Raj, a former police officer and convict in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, for further hearing and stayed the recovery of the fine during pendency of the appeal.

Raj was sentenced to five years in prison by the Pathankot Sessions Court on June 10 for destruction of crucial evidence in the case. The court had also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict.

(The Indian Express)

Amit Shah on 2-Day Srinagar Visit, to Review Security Situation in State

Home Minister Amit Shah has arrived in Srinagar. He is on a 2-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir where he will review the overall security situation & also discuss security arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra.

(Source: ANI)

'We Should Fight Together Against the BJP': Mamata to CPI(M) and Cong in WB Assembly

“We should fight together against the BJP” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said to CPI(M) and the Congress in the State Assembly.

(Source: PTI)

Amitabh Kant to Be NITI Aayog CEO for 2 More Years

Appointments Committee of Cabinet extended the tenure of Amitabh Kant as CEO of NITI Aayog for two more years.

(Source: PTI)

Policeman, 3 Assailants Killed in Suicide Attack on Police Training Centre in Pakistan

Three suicide bombers attacked a police training centre in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province on Wednesday, triggering a shootout that killed a security personnel and the attackers, police said.

Four police personnel were injured in the attack that took place when the policemen were busy taking an examination and the assailants ambushed the main gate of the Police Lines area in Balochistan's Loralai district.

(Source: PTI)

Former Cong Leader AP Abdullakutty, Expelled for Praising PM Modi, Joins BJP

Former Congress leader and MP, AP Abdullakutty joined the BJP in the presence of BJP Working President JP Nadda, today. He was recently expelled from the Congress for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Source: ANI)

Adilabad BJP MP Booked Over 'Beheading Muslim Youth' Remarks

A case has been registered against Adilabad BJP MP Soyam Bapu Rao over his alleged remarks that any Muslim youth who stalks tribal girls would be "beheaded." A purported video of Bapu Rao making those comments at a meeting at Gadiguda mandal centre in Adilabad district on June 14 went viral since Monday.

(Source: PTI)

Chopper Scam: SC Stays HC Order Allowing Rajeev Saxena to Go Abroad for Treatment

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Delhi High Court order permitting Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, to go abroad for the treatment of blood cancer and other ailments.

A vacation bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai also issued notice to Saxena on an appeal filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenging the June 10 Delhi High Court order permitting him to visit the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Europe from June 25 to July 24.

(Source: PTI)

Student Tries to Kill Herself in a School Bathroom in Kolkata

A girl student tried to slit her wrist with a blade in a washroom at the Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan School in Kolkata. School staff rescued & handed her over to parents after primary treatment.

(Source: ANI)

AES Claims One More Life in Muzaffarpur, Toll Touches 154

Acute Encephalitis Syndrome claimed one more life in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday, raising the toll in the north Bihar district, the worst affected by the outbreak, to 132, while the total number of casualties across the state was 154, officials said.

The death in Muzaffarpur was reported from privately-owned Kejriwal hospital which had 165 AES patients admitted since June 1. Out of them 21 have died. The previous casualty reported at the hospital was on June 20.

(Source: PTI)

Fire Breaks out in General Store in Narela, Seven Injured New Delhi

Around seven people, including two children, were injured after a fire broke out at a general store in outer Delhi's Narela on Wednesday, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials said.

The fire department said they received a call about the blaze at 4.39 am after which two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The blaze was brought under control by 6.45 am, the fire officer said. It is suspected that the fire started from one of the electric metres installed in the general store.

(Source: PTI)

Sitting INLD Rajya Sabha MP Ram Kumar Kashyap Joins BJP

Ram Kumar Kashyap, sitting INLD MP in Rajya Sabha, joined the BJP on Wednesday in the presence of party working president JP Nadda.

Kashyap was the lone Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MP in the upper house of the Parliament. With this, the BJP's strength in the Rajya Sabha has increased to 76.

(Source: PTI)

Sri Lankan Navy Apprehends 4 Indian Fishermen, Interrogation Underway

The Sri Lankan Navy has apprehended four Indian fishermen near Deft Island today. Interrogation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

UP Sets Target to Plant 22-Crore Saplings in 2019-20

The Uttar Pradesh government has set a target to plant 22-crore saplings across the state this year, an official said on Wednesday.

Directions have been issued to all the officers concerned to achieve the target. The forest and environment department will distribute free saplings from its nurseries for the entire plantation to be done in the year 2019-20, said Kalpana Awasthi, the department's principal secretary.

(Source: PTI)

Several Cong Workers Join AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said several Congress workers, including some from Valmiki community, joined the party in presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal welcomed them and said they would have to work together for the development of the city and the country.

Modi Likely to Meet Trump on G20 Summit Sidelines In Osaka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on 28 June.

(Source: ANI)

Will Join BJP Today, Says TDP Spokesperson

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Spokesperson Lanka Dinakar said “I'm going to join BJP in presence of party's Working President JP Nadda, today.”

(Source: ANI)

Fire at Noida Authority Office, No Casualty Reported

A fire broke out at the Noida Authority office Wednesday morning with some documents being gutted in the flames, officials said.

Around half a dozen fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the flames doused within an hour, a Fire Department official said.

(Source: PTI)

No Sign of Criminal Cause in Notre-Dame Fire: Paris Prosecutors

A badly stubbed-out cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Notre-Dame cathedral in April, Paris prosecutors said Wednesday, ruling out any criminal intent.

(Source: AFP)

CBI Raids 10 Locations in Mumbai Linked to Parekh Aluminex

The Enforcement Directorate conducted searches at ten locations of M/s Parekh Aluminex Ltd and its promoters in Mumbai under PMLA. It also attached a land on the outskirts of Hyderabad worth Rs 47.39 crore in a bank fraud case.

(Source: ANI)

TDP Spokesperson Lanka Dinakar Joins BJP

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Spokesperson Lanka Dinakar joins Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda at the BJP headquarters.

(Source: ANI)

Western Panama Hit by 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

There were no reports of damage in Panama after a 6.3 magnitude quake rattled the country's western region near the border with Costa Rica early Wednesday.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit 23 minutes after midnight local time (0523 GMT) and was centered on the nation's western coast just north of La Esperanza at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

(Source: AP)

Delegation of TMC to Visit Bhatpara on 28 June

A delegation of the ruling Trinamool Congress party will visit Bhatpara on 28 June to take stock of the situation after the violence which claimed lives of two people and left several others injured in the area.

(Source: ANI)

6 Killed as Car Falls Into Gorge in Uttarakhand's Tehri

Six members of a family, two women and four children, were killed when a car they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand's Tehri district, police said.

The car fell into a 200-metre-deep gorge near Mauriyana on the Suvakholi-Bhavan-Uttarkashi motor road, killing six people on the spot, SSP (Tehri) Yogendra Singh Rawat said.

(Source: PTI)

2 Get 10 Years Imprisonment for Running Fake Currency Racket in K'taka

A special NIA court in Vijayawada has sentenced two people to ten years rigorous imprisonment for running a fake Indian currency note (FICN) racket in Karnataka and nearby locations, a senior official said.

(Source: PTI)

37 Killed in Another Region After Coup Attempt in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian governor says 37 people were killed in an attack on Sunday in Ethiopia's Benishangul-Gumuz region.

Benishangul-Gumuz borders the Amhara region, where authorities foiled a deadly attempt to oust the regional government on Saturday.

(Source: AP)

Four Fishermen Arrested by Lankan Navy in TN's Rameswaram

Four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by Sri Lanka Navy personnel for allegedly straying into the island nation's waters in Rameshwaram, a Fisheries department official said.

The fishermen from this island town were detained by the Lankan navy personnel near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries D Yuvaraj said.

(Source: PTI)

RBI Says All Coins Must Be Accepted as Legal Tender

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Wednesday asked the public, casting aside their doubts, to continue accepting coins of various denominations pumped into circulation regularly.

The RBI puts into circulation coins minted by the central government.

It said coins have distinctive features which are being introduced from time to time with various themes - economic, social and cultural, in order to meet the transaction needs of public.

(PTI)

PM Modi Boards Plane to Japan for G20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi boards a plane for Osaka, Japan where he will attend the G20 summit.

(ANI)

TDP Business Cell Secretary Joins BJP

Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) Business Cell Secretary, Koneru Venkata Krishnan joined Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday.

(Source: ANI)

Fire Breaks out in Delhi's Ranjeet Nagar

A fire broke out at a building on Shanker road in Delhi’s Ranjeet Nagar. Seven people have been rescued. No casualties have been reported.

(Source: ANI)

21-Year-Old Man Dies Due to Drowning in Delhi

A 21-year-old man has died due to drowning at Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh. A case was registered under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code.

(Source: ANI)

Betting Case Registered Against 3 People, a Police Personnel in Mumbai

A cricket betting case has been registered at Matunga Police Station in Mumbai against three persons and a police personnel. The police personnel has been suspended and an inquiry has been initiated.

(Source: ANI)

Hundreds Protest at Jantar Mantar Over Jharkhand Lynching

Hundreds of people converged at the Jantar Mantar here to protest against the lynching of a youth in Jharkhand and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Raghubar Das over the last week's incident.

Leading the protesters, former JNU student leader Umar Khalid said it was "shameful" that the Opposition took a week to speak about the heinous incident and called for a "Nirbhaya-like movement" to curb the lynchings.

(Source: PTI)

Rajasthan Govt to Allot Housing to Families of 3 Security Personnel Who Died in Pulwama Terrorist Attack

Rajasthan government has decided to allot housing accommodation to families of three security personnel - Commandant Jitendra Singh, Naik Subedar Aaram Singh Gurjar and Hoshiyar Singh Yadav who lost their lives in terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K.

(Source: ANI)

Drug Cases: Punjab CM Bats for Fast-Track Courts; NCB, State Govt to Hold Joint Operations

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh suggested the formation of fast-track courts for speedy trials under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act while mooting for the preventive detention of repeat wrongdoers.

(Source: PTI)

TMC Worker, Accused of Taking Cut Money, Found Hanging

A Trinamool Congress worker, who was accused of taking cut money from beneficiaries of government schemes, was found hanging in East Burdwan district on Wednesday, police said.

(Source: PTI)

A Year After Plastic Ban, BMC Collects Rs 3.47 Crore as Fine

A year after the Maharashtra government enforced a state-wide plastic ban, civic officials in Mumbai have collected Rs 3.47 crore as fine from offenders besides lodging 489 FIRs against them in the metropolis.

(Source: PTI)

Case Against Farmers for Planting GM Crops; Protest Continues

In a first in Maharashtra, a case was registered against at least 12 farmers in Akola district for sowing herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBT) cotton, even though farmers elsewhere sowed banned GM varieties by way of protest.

(Source: PTI)

BJP Youth Wing to Block Roads on Tuesdays to Recite Hanuman Chalisa

The BJP's youth wing has decided to block a section of roads in and around Kolkata every Tuesday to recite Hanuman Chalisa to protest against what they allege Muslims "blocking" roads to offer namaz every Friday.

(Source: PTI)

Seven Rescued After Fire at Building in Delhi

Seven people were rescued after a fire broke out at a building, the Delhi Fire Services said.

No one was injured in the incident on Shanker road in Ranjeet Nagar. However, one of the people rescued was rushed to a hospital after he complained of suffocation, it said.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Likely to Have a Talk With Kim Jong-Un

US President Donald Trump says he may talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, without meeting.

(Source: AFP)

Man Jumps on Metro Track in Barakhamba

A person allegedly jumped on the track at the Barakhambha Metro Station here on Wednesday morning, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Woman, Accused in Rape Case, Arrested

A 30-year-old woman, accused of abetting a rape and on the run for a month, was arrested by Thane police's crime branch from Mumbra area.

(Source: PTI)

Plan B With China Ready If Deal Doesn't Go Through: Trump

In the absence of a trade deal with China, the US has Plan B ready that would include doing less business with the country and taking in billions of dollars from it every month, President Donald Trump has said.

(Source: PTI)

Modi Nagar Paper Mills Director Arrested Over Dishonoured Cheque

The director of the Modi Nagar Paper Mills was arrested for issuing a cheque of Rs 47 lakh that was dishonoured by a bank due to insufficient balance, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Pakistan's Opposition to Observe 25 July as Black Day

Opposition parties in Pakistan would observe 25 July as black day, saying the mandate of the current government was based on the stolen votes.

(Source: PTI)

Tiktok Video of Push-Ups on Police Vehicle, Inquiry Ordered

An inquiry has been initiated after a video of a man doing stunts in a vehicle that had 'Delhi Police' written on it surfaced on social media, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

India Welcomes ASEAN's Outlook on Indo-Pacific

Welcoming ASEAN's outlook on the Indo-Pacific, India said it sees important elements of convergence with its own perspective on the region.

(Source: PTI)

CBDT Expands Terms of Reference for Committee Re-Writing Direct Tax Code

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has expanded the terms of reference for the committee that has been formed to re-write the Direct Tax Code (DTC). The committee will now have to consider five more areas while drafting their recommendation, making the total terms of reference nine.

(Source: ANI)

194 Special Trains Added for Ratha Yatra in Odhisha

In Odisha, in view huge in-flow of devotees to Puri during Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath, the Khurda road division of East Coast Railway decided to run 194 special trains apart from the regular trains between 4 July to 13 July.

(Source: ANI)

Prince William Says He'd Be 'Absolutely Fine" With Gay Child

Britain's Prince William says it would be "absolutely fine" if one of his children came out as gay though he'd worry about how the public response.

(Source: PTI)

16 Dead in Crush at Madagascar Independence Day Rally

At least 16 people were crushed to death and dozens injured in Madagascar at a stadium hosting national independence day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo.

(Source: AFP)

Trump Warns Any Conflict With Iran ‘Wouldn’t Last Long’

President Donald Trump said that he does not want a war with Iran but warned that if fighting does break out, it "wouldn't last very long," even as Iran's president tried to tamp down soaring tensions.

(Source: AFP)

Trump Leaves for G20 With Attacks on China, Allies

President Donald Trump flew to the G20 summit with a final diplomatic broadside, warning that China is "ripe" for new tariffs and accusing some of the closest US allies of being freeloaders.

(Source: PTI)

2 More Deputies Fired for Inaction After School Shooting in US

Two additional deputies have been fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation into the response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people, the Broward County sheriff said.

(Source: AP)

US FAA: Boeing Must Address New Issue on 737 Max

US regulators said that Boeing must address a new "potential risk" in the Boeing 737 MAX, further clouding the time frame for resuming service on the planes after two deadly crashes.

(Source: PTI)

UAE to Host Preparatory Meet Ahead of Climate Action Summit

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host a preparatory climate meet from 30 June to 1 July ahead of the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York this September.

(Source: PTI)

Senate Passes $4.6B Border Aid Measure; Pelosi Seeks Talks

The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children.

(Source: AP)

Man Arrested for Raping His 16-Yr-Old Daughter

In Shamli, a man allegedly repeatedly raped his 16-year-old daughter. SP Ajay Kumar says, "villagers informed an NGO of the incident that rescued her. The girl can't speak. She has been admitted to hospital. Accused has been arrested. Case registered. Further investigation underway."

(Source: ANI)

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