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All Waqf Properties Will be Geo-Tagged and Digitised: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday announced that all Waqf properties will be geo-tagged and digitised.

“Schools, colleges, hospitals, community centers, common centers, hostels will be built on them and under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, 100 percent funding will be given for them,” he said.

“Muslim girls will be given free coaching for UPSC, state services and banking services. We have talked to a few institutes, the process of this coaching will begin this year after talking to all of them,” he added.

(Source: ANI)

Elderly Siblings Found Dead in Delhi

An elderly man and a woman, who happened to be siblings, were found dead at their house in Bharat Nagar on Wednesday. The cause of death to be ascertained through postmortem.

(Source: ANI)

US Ambassador to India to Highlight Bilateral Strategic Ties at Houston Event

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster is set to highlight the strategic relationship between the two countries and the bilateral trade at an event organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston on Saturday, 8 June, IACCGH said.

Juster was invited to the 20th gala celebrations of the chamber to deliver a keynote address by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and IACCGH president Swapan Dhairyawan and its founder & executive director Jagdip Ahluwalia in November last year.

(Source: PTI)

Islamic State in Afghanistan AIMS to Attack Us, General Says Ramstein Air Base

The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a "very worrisome" threat to the United States, and US counter-terrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general has said.

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed, however, to carry out an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is under strong military pressure.

(Source: PTI)

Pressure Grows on Hong Kong over Extradition Bill

Hong Kong was facing growing international pressure Thursday over a controversial extradition bill that has prompted violent street protests.

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up crowds Wednesday after demonstrators -- angry over legislation they say would leave people vulnerable to China's politicised justice system -- blocked roads and brought the city to a standstill.

(Source: AFP)

Jhelum River Water Breaches Flood Alarm Level in Kashmir

Due to incessant rains in the Kashmir Valley, the waters of the Jhelum river has breached the flood alarm level of 18 feet on Thursday, authorities said.

(Source: IANS)

Chhattisgarh's Trishuli Village Has No Electricity, Villagers

Locals of Trishuli village in Balrampur in Chhattisgarh say, "Till date electricity has not reached our village, there are around 100 houses here. Our children can't study after sun sets due to lack of electricity. We have written to the collector."

(Source: ANI)

BJP Parliamentary Executive Committee Meet to Be Held on 16 June

BJP parliamentary party executive committee meeting will also be held in the Parliament on the evening of 16 June, a day before the commencement of Parliament session.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi calls an all-party meet in Parliament on the morning of 16 June, a day before the commencement of Parliament session. A meeting of NDA will also be held in Parliament on the evening of June 16 to discuss strategies for the session.

Murder Accused Arrested in Delhi

A criminal Shrikant wanted in 12 cases, including those of murders, has been arrested following an encounter with police in Netaji Subhash Place in Delhi area on Wednesday night. He sustained bullet injuries in the encounter. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

J&K's Samba Residents Using Contaminated Water

Residents of Padal in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir say they use contaminated water as they have been facing acute water crisis due to depleting groundwater level say,"we don't have water to meet our basic needs. We travel through bad routes to collect water. Even supply water has been stopped."

(Source: ANI)

Work in West up Courts Stall After Killing of State Bar Council Prez

Work in courts across western Uttar Pradesh came to a standstill on Thursday as lawyers protested against the killing of the state bar council chairman a day ago.

(Source: PTI)

No Debate Set for Hong Kong Bill After Protests

A Hong Kong Legislative Council official says no time has been set aside for debate on a highly controversial extradition law that has drawn large-scale protests.

The announcement Thursday from council official Cicely Wong appeared to show the impact of Wednesday's street demonstrations, along with statements of concern from foreign governments, business associations and the legal profession.

(Source: AP)

6 Suspects, Including Gunman, Arrested in Ortiz Shooting

An alleged gunman and five accomplices have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, Dominican officials said Wednesday, while providing no information about why a group of young men would try to kill their country's most beloved sports hero.

(Source: AP)

Tsai Ing-Wen Wins Taiwan's Ruling Party Nomination For 2020

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen wins ruling party's nomination for 2020 election, reports Reuters.

Two Injured as Japan Driver Ploughs into Kids

An elderly driver drove her vehicle into a group of children in western Japan Thursday, police said, the latest in a string of similar, often fatal, car accidents caused by old drivers.

(Source: AFP)

Congress Workers Want Priyanka as UP CM Candidate

Congress workers from Uttar Pradesh are now demanding that the party should project Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the partys chief ministerial candidate for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

While party leaders, who held day-long deliberations with the Congress General Secretary in-charge of eastern part of the state, said that the party's revival was sure if Gandhi was projected as Chief Minister in 2022.

(Source: IANS)

Forest Officials Arrest Peacock Hunter in Madurai

A peacock hunter arrested by forest department officials in Melur of Madurai in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday and a gun was confiscated from him. The forest officials also recovered carcasses of 7 peacocks when they were chasing the hunter in Kalayarkoil of Sivaganga.

(Source: ANI)

Complainant Arrested for Faking Robbery in Odisha

A complainant in a robbery case in Kendrapara district has turned out to be the perpetrator of the crime, with the police arresting him for allegedly hatching the plot to swindle cash.

(Source: PTI)

SC to Hear Dhananjay Munde Seeking Stay on Registering FIR Against Him

The Supreme Court agrees to hear on Friday a plea of Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde seeking stay on Bombay High Court order directing registration of FIR against him in connection with alleged illegal purchase of government land in Beed district.

(Source: ANI)

Cong Writes to Defence Minister Over Relocation of Army Training Command

Congress leader Anand Sharma writes to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over the proposed shifting of the Headquarters of Army Training Command from Shimla to Meerut.

(Source: ANI)

SC to Hear Plea of Students Against NEET Exam Questions

The Supreme Court agrees to hear on Friday plea of some students claiming that four questions of NEET UG 2019 were wrongly set and out of NCERT syllabus. The court says, "it would hear the case after lawyer of students mentioned the matter for urgent hearing."

(Source: ANI)

Gold Worth Rs 17 Lakh Seized at Hyderabad Airport, One Held

Smuggled gold weighing over 500 grams worth over Rs 17 lakh was seizedat the international airport here from a passenger, who allegedly hid the yellow metal in his rectum, Customs officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Jr Grilled by Us Senators, Says Unconcerned About Perjury

Donald Trump Jr wrapped up a return interview Wednesday with US lawmakers who questioned him about his contacts with Russians, with the president's eldest son dismissing concerns he may have perjured himself in his 2017 testimony.

(Source: AFP)

Israel Strikes Gaza After First Rocket Since Early May

Israeli warplanes bombed bunkers at a Hamas base in Gaza early Thursday following the first rocket fire from the territory since early May, the military said.

(Source: AFP)

Madras HC Directs TN Govt to Submit Report on Daily Water Requirement

Madras High Court has directed Tamil Nadu Government to submit by 17 June the steps taken by it to fulfill daily water requirements of people in the city. The HC asked about status of desalination plants that were constructed by the TN Govt along the East Coast Road and other places.

(Source: ANI)

CBI Registers Case Against UP MP, 17 Others For Kidnapping, Assault

CBI registers case against former Uttar Pradesh MP Ateeq Ahmed & 17 others on allegations of kidnapping and assaulting real estate dealer, Mohit Jaiswal in prison in December 2018.

(Source: ANI)

Finance Minister Chairs Pre-budget Meet

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs Pre-Budget meeting. Sitharaman will present her first Budget on 5 July. MoS Finance Anurag Thakur also present.

(Source: ANI)

Second Patient Dies of Ebola in Uganda

The second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, said health official.

(Source: AFP)

Thai Captain of Shipwrecked Rohingya Boat Charged with Smuggling

A Thai boat captain has been charged with smuggling 65 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, police said Thursday, after their vessel was shipwrecked off Thailand's southern coast.

The same area was the hub of multi-million-dollar trafficking route, which unravelled in 2015 after the discovery of mass graves of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants along the border with Malaysia.

(Source: AFP)

Saudi Warns Iran over Yemeni Rebel Airport Attack

Riyadh accused its arch-foe Tehran on Thursday of ordering a Yemeni rebel missile strike which wounded 26 people at a Saudi airport and warned of "grave consequences".

"The continuation of the Iranian regime's aggression and reckless escalation, whether directly or through its militias, will result in grave consequences," deputy defence minister Prince Khaled bin Salman tweeted.

(Source: PTI)

2 Oil Tankers on Fire After Attacks in Gulf of Oman

Two oil tankers still on fire after attacks in Gulf of Oman said sources. The tankers have been evacuated after incident, the crew are safe.

(Source: Reuters)

Taiwan Will Not Accept 'One Country, Two Systems': Prez

Taiwan will not accept 'one country, two systems' model proposed by China, said President Tsai Ing-Wen.

(Source: Reuters)

Public Gathering Banned in Uganda's Kasese After Ebola Outbreak

Public gatherings banned in Kasese district in Uganda following Ebola outbreak, said health ministry.

(Reuters)

47 Dead in Muzaffarpur Due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome

The death toll in Muzaffarpur has risen to 47 due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), Dr. Shailesh Prasad Singh, Civil Surgeon said on Thursday.

Israel PM Thanks Modi for India's Vote Against Palestinian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for voting in favour of a decision introduced by the Jewish state that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian group at the UN's Economic and Social Council.

(Source: PTI)

Maha: Eight Held in Raid on Gambling Den

Eight people were arrested and over Rs 1 lakh cash seized after police raided a gambling den in Jalna district of Maharashtra, an official said Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

HC Seeks Probe Report from Guj Govt on Surat Fire Tragedy

The Gujarat High Court has sought a detailed report from the state government on the investigation into the Surat fire tragedy that claimed lives of 22 students of a coaching institute last month.

Hearing a petition seeking a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) into the incident, Justice S H Vora asked the government to submit its report by 24 July.

China Blasts EU For Remark on Extradition Law

China blasts EU's 'irresponsible' remarks on Hong Kong extradition law.

(Source: AFP)

8-Yr-Old Girl Raped in up Village

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a village here, police said Thursday.

She was lured by the accused and raped at an unknown place under the Nawabganj police station on Wednesday, they said. "The accused person knew the family members of the girl," a senior police official said.

(Source: PTI)

UK Home Secy Signs US Extradition Order for Julian Assange: Report

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US, where he is charged of hacking.

(Source: The Guardian)

Foreign Investment In India Grew By 6% In 2019: UN Body

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India grew by 6 per cent to $42 billion last year, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

"Investment was strong in manufacturing, communication and financial services -- the top three industry recipients," said the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2019 released on Wednesday.

(Source: IANS)

'Iran Will in No Way Repeat Negotiations With the US': Khamenei on Unavelling Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that Tehran “will in no way repeat” negotiations with the US amid tension over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

Khamenei made the comment on Thursday, during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who traveled to Tehran as an interlocutor for President Donald Trump to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran.

(Source: AP)

Digital Communications Commission Clears Norms for 5G Trials

Digital Communications Commission clears norms for 5G trials, asks Trai to reconsider spectrum auction recommendations, reports PTI, citing sources.

Boris Johnson Wins First Round of UK Leadership Vote

Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote, reports AFP news agency.

The former London mayor broke his silence to launch his campaign on Wednesday, saying he would only take Britain out of the EU without a deal as a "last resort" as he promised to unify a country deeply divided over Brexit.

Theresa May, who remains prime minister, stepped down as party leader on Friday, having failed to deliver her plan for taking Britain out of the European Union after nearly three years in the post.

PM Modi To chair 5th Meeting of NITI Aayog on 15 June

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 15 June, reports ANI.

50 Killed in Violence in Eastern DR Congo Province

At least 50 people have been killed in violence in eastern DR Congo province, reports news agency AFP, quoting governor.

Self-Styled Godman Virendra Dixit Charged for 'Raping' Minor in 1999

Self-styled spiritual godman Virendra Dev Dixit charged for allegedly raping minor in 1999 in his ashrams in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, reports PTI, quoting officials.

Ola to Set up Tech Centre in US, Build Team of over 150 Engineers

Ride hailing major Ola on Thursday, 13 June, said it plans to set up an Advanced Technology Centre in San Francisco Bay and build a team of over 150 engineers to work on technologies like electric and autonomous vehicles.

The engineers at the centre will work on developing next-generation technologies in mobility and the move is a part of the company's global initiatives to further drive mobility-led transformation to billions across the world, Ola said in a statement.

The team will also collaborate closely with global teams in various geographies where Ola operates, it added.

"The centre will build cutting-edge technology solutions to accelerate Ola's ambitions across electric mobility and connected vehicles as well as lead futuristic experiments like autonomous vehicles," it said.

(Source: PTI)

2 Dead After Truck Hits Bike in Rajasthan's Kota

Two brothers were killed on Thursday, 13 June, after a truck hit their motorcycle in Rajasthan's Kota city, police told PTI.

The incident took place near Geberiya Bawadi when the truck was taking a turn for Kota-Jhalawar highway, they said.

Ajay Bawari (18) died on the spot while his brother, Karan Bawari (25), succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Kota New Medical Hospital. They were residents of Balta Road, said Narendra Pareek, Station House Officer of Anantpura Police Station.

The driver of the truck fled from the spot after the incident but his vehicle has been seized, he said, adding that the bodies were handed over to the family after postmortem.

Hold Rajya Sabha Polls for 2 Seats in Gujarat Together: Congress

The Congress has demanded that elections to the two Rajya Sabha seats, which have fallen vacant in Gujarat due to the Lok Sabha polls win of BJP chief Amit Shah and Smriti Irani, should be held together.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, at a press conference, said they came to know that there could be a bid to hold the elections for the two seats separately.

"This would be a mockery of our constitutional ethos. It would be completely contrary to conventions. Whenever there are two seats of a state going vacant, you have elections together. It is obvious to everybody that the purpose of that is to ensure there is a fair exercise of franchise of each MLA," Singhvi said.

"If you have one election today and one after two weeks, four weeks, six weeks then you will enable the ruling party MLAs (lawmakers) to simply cross 51 per cent in the assembly of Gujarat and elect him in the first round and him in the second round which is held after weeks," he said.

(Source: PTI)

Pak Extends Airspace Ban Along Eastern Border with India till 28 June

Pakistan has extended airspace ban along its eastern border with India till 28 June, reports PTI, quoting aviation authority.

Air India Express Kochi-Mumbai Flight Suffers Bird Hit

A Mumbai-bound Air India Express fight carrying 185 passengers on board was forced to return to the airport in Kochi on Thursday due to a bird hit, an airline official said.

All the passengers escaped unhurt in the incident which took place around 1.45 pm and an alternative plane has been put in service to fly the stranded passengers to their destination, he said.

"Air India Express flight IX-435, operating on Kochi- Mumbai route experienced bird hit during take off. It departed at 1.25 pm from Kochi for Mumbai and landed back at 2 pm," the official said.

All the 185 passengers on board are safe, he said.

(Source: PTI)

Suicide Bomber Kills 9 in Eastern Afghanistan

At least nine people were killed and 12 others injured by a suicide bomber on Thursday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, an official told AFP.

The bomber, who was on foot, detonated a device near a local police checkpoint, according to a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

"Four security personnel and five civilians have been killed and 12 more, including three security personnel, wounded," said Attaullah Khogyani.

There was at least one child among the fatalities, while three others were among those wounded.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the area around Jalalabad is home to fighters from both the Taliban and the Islamic State group's Afghan affiliate.

Court Rejects Monty Chadha's Bail Plea in Connection with Cheating Case

Delhi's Saket Court has rejected the bail plea of Monty Chadha (son of late liquor baron Ponty Chadha), in connection with a cheating case. He has been sent to judicial custody, reports ANI.

Second Algeria Ex-PM Detained in Graft Probe: State Media

Algeria's former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal was remanded in custody on Thursday after appearing before a judge as part of an anti-corruption investigation, state media reported.

The supreme court decision against the ally of ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika comes a day after another former premier, Ahmed Ouyahia, was also remanded in custody.

The two politicians are among numerous high-profile figures to be drawn into graft probes since Bouteflika was forced to step down in April following weeks of mass protests.

(Source: AFP)

US Bishops Approve Changes to Church Law on Sex Abuse Reporting

The Catholic Church in the United States, which has been rocked in recent years by child sex abuse scandals and investigations, on Thursday approved a papal document that requires clergy to report suspicions of sexual assault.

At a meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, participants approved by a large majority the changes to the US catechism, which also reinforces systems in place for victims to signal alleged abuse.

The "motu proprio" - a legal document issued under Pope Francis's personal authority -declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is "obliged to report (it) promptly" to the Church, using "easily accessible systems." The law only applies within the Church and has no force to oblige individuals to report abuse to civil authorities.

(Source: AFP)

BSF in West Bengal Apprehends Drug Smugglers

Border Security Force of Guwahati Frontier apprehended three drug smugglers along with 151 bottles of Phensedyl on intervening night of 12-13 June, from bordering areas of Satbhandari and Choudharihat in Cooch Behar district.

(Source: ANI)

Nigerian National Held for Duping People in 'Herbal Oil Scam'

Delhi Police's cybercrime unit 'CyPAD' on Thursday arrested a Nigerian National, illegally staying in India, for duping several people of crores of rupees through a ‘Herbal Oil Scam’. The man used to target its victims through LinkedIn.

(Source: ANI)

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