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Car Bomb Kills 13 in Rebel-Held Northern Syrian Town Beirut

A car bomb killed at least 13 people on Sunday, 2 June near a mosque in a northern town held by Turkey-backed fighters, and wounded dozens of people, Syrian opposition activists said.

The blast in the town of Azaz occurred as scores of people were leaving the mosque of Maytam, wounding dozens including children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory said the blast killed at least 14 people. It said the dead included four children.

(Source: PTI)

1 Terrorist Killed in Encounter in J&K’s Shopian District

One terrorist was killed in exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists in Molu-Chitragam area of Shopian district, Jammu and Kashmir.

(Source: ANI)

EC Summons Robert Vadra for Questioning in Land Grab Case

ED has summoned Robert Vadra for questioning in cases related to alleged land grab in Delhi NCR, Bikaner and properties abroad. He has been summoned to appear before the agency on Tuesday.

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hear Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case Today

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Muzaffarpur (Bihar) shelter home case today.

(Source: ANI)

Fire Burns Down 150 Jhuggis in Maratha Mohalla Near Jammu Railway Station

A Fire broke out in Maratha Mohalla near the Jammu railway station last night. Around 150 jhuggis (huts), including 41 of those belonging to Rohingyas, were gutted in fire.

Residents said, "It was a massive fire, wind fuelled it. Fire brigade came after an hour. No one from administration has come."

(Source: ANI)

Odisha: 8 Dead, 5 Injured in Thunderstorm

8 people died (2 each in Koraput, Kendujhar, Jajpur and Ganjam) and 5 people were injured (2 in Koraput & 3 in Dhenkanal) last night due to thunderstorm and lightning in parts of Odisha.

The injured have been admitted to a hospital.

(Source: ANI)

13 Killed in Van-Truck Collision in Pakistan

At least 13 people, including a woman and four children, were killed when their van collided with a truck in Pakistan's Balochistan province, police said on Monday, 3 June.

The accident took place on Sunday night when the van was heading to Zohb from Quetta when it collided with a truck in Ali Khel area in the province, Ary News reported.

At least 13 people were killed and seven others were injured, police said, adding that five members of a family are also included in the deceased in the dreadful accident.

(Source: PTI)

Karnataka CM To Meet JD(S) MLAs and MLCs Tomorrow

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has called a meeting of JD(S) MLAs and MLCs at his residence on Tuesday, 4 June, reports ANI.

VK Singh Takes Charge As MoS in Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

General (Retd) VK Singh takes charge as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

(Source: ANI)

Vistara to Launch International Flights in Second Half of 2019

Full service carrier Vistara is planning to launch international services in the second half of this year.

A joint venture between Tatas and Singapore Airlines, Vistara might also look at starting medium and long-haul flights, depending on approvals, amid the grounding of Jet Airways.

"We see India as a growing market. We are here for the long term," Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of airlines' grouping IATA on Sunday, 2 June.

Without providing specific details, he said the airline plans to start international operations in the second half of 2019.

(Source: PTI)

Emirates Eyes More Seats on Dubai-India Route

Gulf carrier Emirates is looking for more seats to offer on the Dubai-India route, which has not seen an increase in bilateral rights for the last five years, and expects discussions to restart between the two governments, a top official told PTI.

Emirates, the flagship carrier of Dubai, flies to nine destinations in India and has also entered into a preliminary pact for a code share with low-cost carrier SpiceJet.

"The bilateral (air traffic) rights between India and Dubai is the biggest single problem. Now, the elections are over and the Modi government is back in power. I am hoping that the talks would (between India and Dubai) reopen," Emirates Airline President Tim Clark said in Seoul.

(Source: PTI)

Ravi Shankar Prasad Takes Charge of Ministry of Law & Justice

BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has taken charge of the Ministry of Law and Justice, reports ANI.

Smriti Irani Takes Charge as Minister of Women & Child Development

Smriti Irani took charge as the Minister of Women and Child Development in the Modi Cabinet 2.0, in Delhi on Monday, reported ANI.

HC Upholds Constitutional Validity of Amended IPC Section Under Which Repeat Offenders in Rape Cases Face Death Penalty

The Bombay High Court has upheld Constitutional validity of amended section of the Indian Penal Code under which repeat offenders in rape cases face death penalty, reports PTI.

FIR Against 200 VHP Workers for Firing & Showcasing Air Rifles at a Rally in Pune

An FIR has been registered against at least 200 workers of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) for firing and showcasing air rifles and using swords in a rally organised by them in Nigdi area of Maharashtra’s Pune on Sunday, 2 June.

(Source: ANI)

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: SC Asks CBI To Complete Probe Within 3 Months

The Supreme Court has asked the CBI to complete the investigation within three months in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. The CBI had approached the court seeking six months time to complete the investigation.

(Source: ANI)

Court Allows Robert Vadra to Travel Abroad for 6 Weeks for Medical Treatment

A CBI Special Court has allowed Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to travel abroad for six weeks for medical treatment, reports ANI.

He has been allowed by Court to travel to USA and Netherlands but he can't travel to London. Vadra withdrew his travel request to London. Court has said in case any look out circular is issued, it will remain suspended during this period.

Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds.

Court Reserves Order on Rajiv Kochhar's Plea Seeking Cancellation of Look Out Circular

A special court has reserved order on the application of Rajiv Kochhar (brother of Deepak Kochhar) seeking cancellation of Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against him. Special CBI judge Anju Bajaj Chanana has reserved the order for 7 June.

(Source: ANI)

Four Killed in Accident in Bikaner

Four persons were killed and two others injured when their car rammed into a tree in the district on Monday morning, police said.

The incident occurred near Jasrasar village when the victims, hailing from Haryana, were on their way to Mukam in Bikaner.

The driver lost control over the vehicle when a cow suddenly came in front of the car and it rammed into the tree. They were rushed to PMB government hospital where three were declared dead on arrival and one succumbed to injuries during treatment, the police added.

(Source: PTI)

Bombay HC Upholds Constitutional Validity Of IPC Section 376E

The Bombay High Court has upheld the constitutional validity of IPC Section 376E. The law was challenged by the three convicts of Shakti Mills gang rape, who were sentenced to death by a Sessions Court in 2014, for the gang-rape of a Mumbai based photojournalist.

(Source: ANI)

AIMIM Leader Taufeeq Sheikh Held in Connection with Reshma Pednekar Murder Case

AIMIM leader Taufeeq Sheikh has been arrested by Police in connection with the murder of Bijapur Congress worker Reshma Pednekar. Further probe is underway, reports ANI.

Indian Girl Critical After Falling from Building In UAE

A six-year-old Indian girl is battling for her life after she fell from the third floor of a building in Sharjah, according to media report.

The incident took place on Saturday, when the girl, identified as Safa SA, was playing in her house and ventured into the balcony from where she fell, the Khaleej Times reported.

Her parents, who were inside the house, were unaware of her movements, the report said.

The doctors have said that the girl has suffered multiple injuries and is put on artificial respiration, the report said.

(Source: PTI)

'Nitish Kumar Will Surely Switch Sides', Says RJD Leader RP Singh

"You know Nitish (Kumar) ji, he will surely switch sides but no one can predict when will he do that or what will he say. It is not surprising as this has happened several times. ... All I want is that everyone should come together, against the BJP,” ANI quotes RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, as saying.

HC To Hear Plea Seeking Stay on Release of Salman Khan's 'Bharat'

The Delhi High Court has said it will hear today a plea seeking to stay release of Salman Khan starrer "Bharat", reports PTI.

Boy Dies in Cylinder Blast in UP's Muzaffarnagar

A seven-year-old boy died and six people were injured in a gas cylinder explosion at their home in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Monday, 3 June.

The incident occurred at Jogiya Khera village in Phugana area on Sunday evening when food was being prepared and a cylinder caught fire, said Circle Officer Hariram Yadav.

The body of the deceased, Fihan, has been sent for post-mortem.

(Source: PTI)

Mahindra & Mahindra Benefit Trust Sells M&M Shares Worth Rs 1,244 Crore to Canada's CDPQ

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Monday, 3 June, said that M&M Benefit Trust has sold 1.92 crore shares in the company for Rs 1,244 crore to Canada's institutional investor CDPQ on the BSE.

"The M&M Benefit Trust was created in July 2008 for the exclusive benefit of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. The shares held by the trust were the outcome of various mergers and schemes of amalgamation. The trust held 10.36 crore shares of Mahindra & Mahindra," M&M said in a regulatory filing.

The company said, according to the trust deed, the proceeds of the sale would be transferred to M&M, and be used by the company for its various operational requirements.

(Source: PTI)

Ajit Doval Gets Cabinet Rank in Government of India; To Continue as NSA

Ajit Doval has been given Cabinet rank in Government of India, in recognition of his contribution in the national security domain, reports ANI. His appointment will be for five years. Doval, however, will continue to be the country’s National Security Adviser.

New Andhra CM Jagan Has Made It Clear That Thieves Won't Be Spared, Says YSRCP Leader Vijayasai Reddy

"Chandrababu banned the CBI, he prevented IT raids, he questioned how the ED comes in the state. Now Jagan has issued orders allowing the CBI into the state. The CM made it clear that thieves will not be spared,” ANI quotes YSRCP leader Vijayasai Reddy, as saying in Andhra Pradesh.

Pragya Singh Thakur To Appear Before Special NIA Court at Least Once a Week

The Special NIA court has directed BJP MP-elect Pragya Singh Thakur to appear before court at least once a week, reports ANI.

Trump, Family Arrive in Britain for State Visit

US President Donald Trump has arrived in the UK on the first leg of a trip that will include commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day during a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.

The agenda for Trump's weeklong journey is largely ceremonial: a state visit and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II in London, D-Day commemoration ceremonies on both sides of the English Channel and his first presidential visit to Ireland.

But Trump's visit also comes at a fraught time in British politics, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June over the country's Brexit turmoil.

Trump will meet with May, but Monday's focus will be on elaborate ceremonies honouring the president.

(Source: AP)

'Bank Fraud Touched Unprecedented Rs 71,500 Crore in 2018-19'

Over 6,800 cases of bank fraud involving an unprecedented Rs 71,500 crore have been reported in 2018-19, the Reserve Bank of India has said.

A total of 5,916 such cases were reported by banks in 2017-18 involving Rs 41,167.03 crore, it said.

As many as 6,801 cases of fraud were reported by scheduled commercial banks and select financial institutions involving an amount of Rs 71,542.93 crore in the last fiscal (increase of over 73 percent in the fraud amount), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in reply to an RTI query filed by this PTI journalist.

Newly-Elected Arunachal Pradesh MLAs Take Oath

The newly-elected MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh took oath as members of the Seventh Legislative Assembly on Monday, 3 June.

Pro-Tem Speaker Phosum Khimhun administered the oath to the newly elected legislators on the first day of the two- day session which began on Monday.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu was the first to take oath followed by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and the cabinet ministers.

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was absent during the oath taking ceremony.

(Source: PTI)

Our Soldiers in Siachen Performing Their Duty with Great Courage: Rajnath Singh

“Our soldiers in Siachen are performing their duty with great courage and fortitude even in extreme conditions and treacherous terrain. I salute their vigour and valour,” said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as he paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving in Siachen.

“More than 1100 soldiers have made supreme sacrifice defending the Siachen Glacier. The nation will always remain indebted to their service and sacrifice,” Rajnath said.

(Source: ANI)

Spectrum Auction To Be Held This Year: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Newly-appointed Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday, 3 June, said that India will hold spectrum auction for 5G and other bands in the current calendar year.

Taking charge of his new ministry, Prasad said that amongst his priorities will be revival of state-owned MTNL and BSNL. The minister, however, asserted that the telecom corporations will have to respond with professionalism and cooperation.

"We will hold spectrum auction this calendar year," the minster told reporters.

(Source: PTI)

Kerala Congress Expels Party Leader Abdullakutty for 'Praising PM Modi'

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has expelled party leader AP Abdullakutty for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports ANI.

Court to Hear Mehul Choksi's Plea Seeking Further Probe into PNB Scam on 17 June

“I have moved an application in Special CBI Court on behalf of my client Mehul Choksi, seeking further investigation into the PNB Scam case. Notice has been issued and hearing is on 17 June,” ANI quotes Choksi’s lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, as saying.

Double Decker Bus Overturns in UP; 4 Killed, Dozens Injured

Four persons, including two women, were killed and 24 others injured after a double decker bus overturned on the Yamuna Expressway, police said on Monday, 3 June.

The incident took place near village Gadhsauli on Sunday night. The Bhind-bound vehicle was coming from Noida, they said.

Deputy SP Vijay Shankar Mishra said the bodies have been sent for postmortem and the injured are being treated in a private hospital in Agra.

(Source: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi Pays Tribute to Karunanidhi on His Birth Anniversary

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday, 3 June, remembered Kalaignar Karunanidhi on his birth anniversary.

“A true leader of the glorious Tamil people, whose memory will never fade away,” he wrote in a tweet.

Explosion in Darul Aman Road in Kabul near American University of Afghanistan

An explosion has been reported in Darul Aman road in Kabul near the American University of Afghanistan, reports Tolo News.

The explosion has targeted a bus carrying the employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, sources told Tolo News.

Arunachal Govt to Hand Over MLA Killing Case to NIA

The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to hand over the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an official said.

(Source: PTI)

Noted Cleric Passes Away

Hundreds of people participated in the burial procession of cleric Maulana Iftakharul Hasan in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district.

(Source: PTI)

Sudan Troops Besiege Protest Camp, 5 Reported Killed

Sudanese security forces moved against a protest sit-in camp in the capital, besieging the site, torching tents and clashing with activists, said witnesses and protest leaders.

(Source: AP)

Action Will Be Taken Soon: DCP on BJP MLA Thawani Kicking NCP Leader Tejwani

DCP, Zone-4, Niraj Badgujar on BJP MLA Balram Thawani caught on camera kicking a woman NCP leader in Naroda said, “Both the parties have come to the police with their complaints. Further action is being taken. We've taken up this matter seriously, action will be taken soon.”

(Source: ANI)

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Court Decides 19 June For Hearing in Zakir Naik Case

Special Court in Mumbai has taken cognizance of the offence against Zakir Naik. Court accepted the chargesheet and fixed 19 June for hearing of the case. Enforcement Directorate had registered a money laundering case against Naik and others.

(Source: ANI)

New Tactic, Misleading people: Manoj Tiwari on Kejriwal's Decision to Make Metro, Bus Rides Free for Women

Delhi BJP Chief, Manoj Tiwari on Metro, bus rides to be free for women, “Delhi CM promised to deploy Marshals for safety of women & panic buttons in buses, it seems he himself is now panicking. He can't understand what new tactic to use to mislead people of Delhi.”

He added, “ We are not opposing the idea but something that couldn't even be started in 52 months, how can it be done in 5-6 months? Arvind Kejriwal is only trying to deceive people.”

(Source: ANI)

IAF AN-32 Aircraft Missing for Over Two Hours, 13 Onboard

An IAF AN-32 aircraft is missing for more than two hours in the Menchuka air field of Arunachal Pradesh with 13 persons onboard. The aircraft was last contacted by ground sources at 1 pm on Monday after taking off from Jorhat airbase at 12:25 pm.

(Source: ANI)

BSP Sources Say No Decision on Future of Gatbandhan

“It was a closed door review meeting, election results were discussed. It was analysed why we lost, how we lost. Several issues including EVMs were discussed. No decision or discussion took place on the future of Gathbandhan,” BSP sources said after the meeting on Monday.

(Source: ANI)

Chances of Monsoon Onset in Kerala Around 6 June, Could Advance Toward Odisha: Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre

“Chances of Monsoon onset in Kerala around 6 June, subsequently depending on strength, it may advance towards Odisha. There's slight delay of 5-6 days in Kerala, same for Odisha. Chances of rainfall at many places in Odisha today,” HR Biswas, Director, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said on Monday.

(Source: ANI)

Goa BJP Finalises MLA Rajesh Patnekar Speaker of State Legislative Assembly

Goa BJP has finalised the name of Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar for the post of speaker of state Legislative Assembly.

(Source: ANI)

At Least 13 People Killed in Military Assault on Sit-in Outside Military Headquarters in Khartoum

Sudanese protest leaders said on Monday that at least 13 people have been killed in the military's assault on the sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

(Source: AP)

Trial in Kathua Rape Case Over, Judgement on 10 June

The trial in the Kathua rape and murder case is over. The judgement will be pronounced on 10 June at 10 am.

(Source: ANI)

Maharashtra State Government Issues Show Cause Notice to Nidhi Choudhari After Controversial Tweet

Maharashtra State Government has issued a show cause notice to Nidhi Choudhari on her controversial tweet on Mahatma Gandhi. She has been transferred from BMC office to Water Supply & Sanitation Department.

(Source: ANI)

Save Democracy, Don't Want EVMs: Mamata Banerjee

“BJP is trying to spread fake news about West Bengal. TMC will campaign from door to door. Save democracy, we don't want EVMs, return to ballot. There should be a fact finding committee on EVMs,” Mamata Banerjee said on Monday.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Issues Show-Cause Notice to Balram Thawani

BJP has issued show-cause notice to Balram Thawani, BJP MLA who was caught on camera kicking a woman NCP leader in Naroda.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Dismisses PIL Seeking Stay on Release of 'Bharat'

Delhi High Court dismisses the PIL seeking a stay on the release of upcoming movie 'Bharat.' Petition stated that the title of film is in violation of Section-3 Emblems and names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, according to which word 'Bharat' can't be used for commercial purpose.

(Source: ANI)

Rajya Sabha to be in Session From 20 June to 26 July

The session of the Rajya Sabha will last from 20 June to 26 July.

(Source: PTI)

ITBP Busts Naxal Hideout in Forests of Kondagaon

ITBP busted a Naxal hideout in the forests of Kondagaon district, Chhattisgarh on Monday and seized one pistol, one magazine, two kg gunpowder and other incriminating material.

(Source: ANI)

Swedish Court Rejects Request to Detain Julian Assange Over 2010 Rape Case

Swedish court rejects request to detain Julian Assange over 2010 rape case.

(Source: AFP)

Five Dead, One Injured in Lightning Strike in Kalaburgi

Five people have been killed and one person has been injured in the Karnataka’s Kalaburgi district due to a lightning strike.

(Source: ANI)

MP Govt Passes Resolution to Increase OBC Reservation Quota to 27%

Madhya Pradesh government passed the resolution to increase reservation quota for other backward classes (OBC) from existing 14 percent to 27 percent.

(Source: ANI)

J&K SPO Dies After Getting Accidentally Shot by Service Rifle

One Special Police Officer (SPO) of J&K police, Nazir Ahmad Ganie, who got injured due to accidental fire by his service rifle in Anantnag today, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

(Source: ANI)

Shot at by Suspected Terrorists, Civilian Succumbs to Injuries in J&K

Suspected terrorists fired upon a civilian Sameer Ahmad in the outskirts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. Ahmad succumbed on his way to hospital. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

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