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1:14 AM, 11 Jan

Polls Open for Taiwan Election Dominated by China Ties

Polls opened in Taiwan on Saturday for a presidential and parliamentary election where the island's fraught relationship with China is taking centre stage.

(PTI)

1:57 AM, 11 Jan

Oman's Sultan Qaboos Passes Away at 79 Without an Hein

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said on Saturday.

Qaboos, who has ruled since 1970 when he deposed his father in a palace coup, had been ill for some time and had been believed to be suffering from colon cancer.

He left no apparent heir. He was unmarried and had no children or brothers. It is not clear who will succeed Qaboos. According to the Omani constitution, the royal family shall, within three days of the throne falling vacant, determine the successor.

If the family does not agree on a name, the person chosen by Qaboos in a letter addressed to the royal family will be the successor.

2:38 AM, 11 Jan

Head of Ram Janmabhoomi Mahant Nritya Gopal Das' Security Upgraded to Z

The central government upgraded the security of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, from Y to Z category, on Friday.

The Ayodhya district administration received a communication in this regard from the Centre.

Now, the number of personnel deployed for Das’s security will be increased from 11 to 28.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4:06 AM, 11 Jan

Historian M Chidanamurthy Passes Away

Historian, researcher and writer M Chidanadamurthy passed away in Bengaluru. He was also known for his campaign to preserve Hampi monuments


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