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All Part-Meet on 'One Nation One Election'

PM Modi has called for a meeting of presidents of all parties on 19 June on the 'one nation, one election' issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Sunday.

Four Killed in Lightning Strike in Chhattisgarh

Four people, including two brothers, were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike during rain and thunderstorm in northern part of Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday.

A 16-year-old boy and his younger brother, aged eight years, died after lightning struck them on Saturday while they were standing under a mango tree near their house at Dhandhapur-Shivpur village in Balrampur district, a local police official said.

Ex-Cong Leader Vikhe Patil Sworn in as Maharashtra Minister

Former Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil was sworn in on Sunday as a minister in the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Vikhe Patil, who was leader of opposition in the state Assembly, resigned from the Congress party recently.

His son Sujay Vikhe Patil is the BJP MP from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat in the state.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra housing minister Prakash Mehta and five other state ministers quit their posts, an official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

Modi Should Bring Ordinance to Construct Ram Temple: Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya

Government should bring an ordinance to construct Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday in Ayodhya, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage to do so and there would be no one to stop it.

Thackeray offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple along with his son Aditya and 18 newly-elected lawmakers of his party. The Shiv Sena has said the visit was to fulfil the promise Thackeray made last November to come to Ayodhya again after the elections.

(With inputs from PTI)

Armies of India, Myanmar Target NE Militants in Coordinated Operation

The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, defence sources said on Sunday.

The first phase of "Operation Sunrise" was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of north-east-based militant groups were busted. Myanmar is one of the strategic neighbours of India and shares a 1,640-km border with a number of north-eastern states, including the militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur. India has been pushing for a deeper coordination between the armies of the two countries while guarding the border.

(With inputs from PTI)

Two Customs Officials at Delhi Airport Suspended for Alleged Sexual Assault on Uzbek Woman

Two senior customs officials posted at Delhi airport have been suspended for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman from Uzbekistan who was visiting India for medical treatment of a relative, officials said.

The matter came to light last month when a complaint was lodged by a whistleblower to senior officials at the airport who then started the probe.

Meanwhile, a pseudonymous complaint was also emailed to the office of Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey informing him about the incident. The complainant, citing a brief detail of the case, requested the Revenue Secretary that the matter be looked into with utmost priority.

(With inputs from PTI)

Israeli PM's Wife Convicted of Misusing Public Funds

Israeli PM's wife Sara Netanyahu has been convicted of misusing public funds.

(Source: AFP)

Maharashtra Opposition Boycotts Customary Tea Party on Monsoon Session Eve

The Congress-NCP in Maharashtra Sunday decided to boycott the customary tea party organised by the BJP-Shiv Sena government on the eve of the Assembly's monsoon session, alleging the latter's claims of development were "virtual" and not on the ground.

(Source: PTI)

Kathua Case: Court Did Not Rely on Prosecution Eyewitnesses While Acquitting Accused Vishal

The only acquittal in the Kathua rape-and-murder case came as the trial court set aside the statement of three prosecution witnesses who had claimed that Vishal Jangotra, the son of main culprit Sanji Ram, was in the area at the time of the crime.

District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh relied on the statement of the landlady of Vishal that he was in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where he was studying in a college.


While analysing the eyewitnesses of the prosecution, the court said it is of the opinion that some of the prosecution witnesses "are under some mistake relating to identity".

(With inputs from PTI)

Seven Arrested By UP STF Over Illicit Liquor

Seven persons were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) in Bhadokhar in possession of raw materials used in making alcohol, including 5750 liters of rectified spirit, extra nuclear alcohol, and other materials.

17 Dead Due to Heat Stroke in Gaya

17 people have died due to heat stroke in Gaya, as per a record of Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College in Gaya. 11 people died during treatment while six were brought dead to the hospital. 44 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital after suffering heatstroke.

(Source: ANI)

44 Dead in Bihar Due to Heat Stroke

At least 44 people have died in a blistering heatwave that hit three Bihar districts on Saturday, officials said on Sunday.

The officials at the Disaster Management Control Room said 22 people died in Aurangabad, 20 in Gaya and two in Nawada districts due to the heatwave.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths due to the "loo" winds and the heatstroke in the three districts and has announced a payment of Rs four lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of those killed, an official release said.

TN Fishermen Undertake Indefinite Against Low Export Prices

Fishermen in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram went on an indefinite strike protesting against the low prices offered by export companies for prawns and fishes, on Sunday.

Though the boat owners had spent huge money towards fuel, wages for fishing labourers and other costs, the companies offered very low prices for prawns and fishes, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja told reporters here after an urgent meeting of 11 fishermen associations.

(Source: PTI)

11-Year-Old Indian-Origin Girl Celebrates Top Mensa Score in UK

An 11-year-old Indian-origin schoolgirl has secured the highest-possible marks on a British Mensa test and was invited into the elite Mensa membership club of children with a high IQ.

Jiya Vaducha scored the highest-possible marks of 162 on the Cattell III B paper recently.

(Source: PTI)

NDA Leaders Huddle for Meeting

(Photo: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and other leaders were present at a meeting of the NDA.

J&K Policeman Hurt in Terror Strike Succumbs to Injuries at AIIMS

Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Arshad Ahmed Khan, who suffered injuries in a terror strike on Wednesday, died at AIIMS in Delhi, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Kerala Congress Suffers Split

The Kerala Congress (M), a key partner of the Congress-led UDF, suffered a split Sunday with a faction in the party electing Rajya Sabha MP Jose K Mani, son of its founder late K M Mani, as the Chairman.

The development capped weeks-long infighting in the party between supporters of Jose Mani and working chairman P J Joseph following the demise of K M Mani in April this year.

(Source: PTI)

28 Bills to Be Discussed in Maharashtra Monsoon Session of Legislature

A total of 28 bills will be discussed in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature beginning Monday, which will be the last session ahead of the assembly elections, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday.

(Source: PTI)

Fire Breaks Out in Hotel in Kolkata's Lenin Sarani

A fire broke out at a hotel in Lenin Sarani area this evening; 5 fire tenders present at the spot.

(Source: ANI)

Fire Breaks Out in Ludhiana Factory

A fire broke out at a hosiery factory at Ludhiana’s Kanganwal Road this evening. Fire fighting operations are presently underway.


(Source: ANI)

Pakistan Violates Ceasefire at Poonch Along LoC

Pakistan violates ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch sector. Indian Army retaliating.

(Source: ANI)

Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to Be New Chief of Pak's ISI

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed would be the new chief of Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI, the Army announced Sunday.

The Pakistan Army on Sunday announced a number of changes to postings of its top generals.

Hameed was appointed as the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) in place of Lt Gen Asim Munir, who was transferred and appointed as Corps Commander Gujranwala.

Gen Munir was appointed as ISI chief in October last year after the retirement of his predecessor Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar.

On April 12, the Pakistan Army promoted then-Major General Hameed to the rank of lieutenant general and appointed him Adjutant General at the General Headquarters (GHQ) later that month.

He was previously serving as the head of the Counter Intelligence wing in the ISI, Geo News reported.

Tripura Man Remanded to Police Custody For "Fake News" Post Aout CM Biplab Deb

A man who had been arrested for allegedly posting "fake news" on Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb's personal life was Sunday remanded in police custody for two days on charges of forging documents.

Anupam Paul, who had been on the run since 26 April, was arrested by the crime branch of Tripura Police from New Delhi on Wednesday.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi Police Personnel Takes Own Life

Kulbeer, a personnel of Delhi Police committed suicide at his residence in Kanjhawala, today. The reason for his suicide is yet to be ascertained.

(Source: ANI)

Aspiring Actor Booked for Hatching Own Abduction, Demanding Ransom From Family

A 21-year-old aspiring actor was booked in Noida for allegedly faking his own abduction and demanding a ransom of Rs 6 lakh from his family to fuel his cinematic ambition, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Two Arrested in Separate Cases of Robbery in Delhi

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has arrested two men in separate cases for allegedly robbing people in the national capital, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Two Die in Road Accidents

Two persons died in separate road accidents in Akola and Washim districts of Maharashtra, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Massive South American Blackout, 44 Million Without Power

A massive blackout left more than 44 million people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries' interconnected power grid.

(Source: AP)

Field Fires in Syria's Hasakeh Kill 10

Fires engulfing vital wheat fields across Syria's northeast have killed at least 10 people, a war monitor said, as Kurdish authorities claim the blazes were set deliberately.

(Source: AFP)

New Poll Shows Trump Trailing Biden and Four Other Democrats

A nationwide Fox News poll shows President Donald Trump trailing former vice president Joe Biden and no fewer than four other Democratic contenders as early campaigning for the 2020 election begins to gain steam.

(Source: AFP)

Cop Injured After Being Attacked by Tempo Driver

A police officer was injured after allegedly being attacked by a tempo driver following an accident between their vehicles in northwest Delhi, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Pompeo Vows Us Will Guarantee Passage Through Strait of Hormuz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the US will guarantee free passage through the vital Strait of Hormuz, as he accused Iran of recent attacks on oil tankers and the downing of a US drone.

(Source: AFP)

Body of Missing Minor Girl Found in Narela

The body of a minor girl, who had gone missing two days ago, was found near her house in Outer-North Delhi's Narela, police said.

(Source: PTI)

8 of Family on Way to See Taj Mahal Killed in Road Accident

Eight members of a Greater Noida family on their way to the Taj Mahal were killed when their car rammed into a truck on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district, police said.

(Source: PTI)

After HC Order, St Stephen's College Extends Last Date for Registration

Delhi University's St Stephen's College has extended the last day for registration, following a Delhi High Court direction in this regard.

The last date for applying to the college is 22 June and the cut-offs will be declared on 24 June. The interview list will be published on 26 June and interviews will commence on 28 June.

29 Journalists Conferred With Matri Shree Media Awards

Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media were felicitated with Matri Shree Media Awards for their contribution towards journalism.

Apart from media personalities, a social activist was also presented the Bharat Mata shield at the 44th Matri Shree media award ceremony organised in Delhi.

(Source: PTI)

Man Held for Creating Fake Profile of Kolkata Mayor

One person has been arrested from Nadia district of West Bengal for allegedly opening a fake account in the name of Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on social media and posting objectionable comments, police said.

(Source: PTI)

Hong Kong Leader Apologises as Rally Chokes City

About two million protesters choked Hong Kong's streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down.

(Source: AFP)

Guatemalans Choose President Amid Distrust & Flight to US

Guatemalans headed to the polls to cast their vote for the next president, following an electoral process that generated widespread disillusion and distrust just as tens of thousands were fleeing poverty and gang violence in the country to seek a new life in the United States.

(Source: AP)

US Envoy Hints Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Delayed to November

US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy hinted at a further delay until early November to the unveiling of a White House peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

(Source: AFP)

People in Chile Attempt at Guinness World Record by Heading a Ball

In Chile, hundreds of people head a ball in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for most people heading a ball at the same time for 5 seconds in Santiago.

(Source: AFP)

NASA Plans on Returning to the Moon by 2024 As a 'Proving Ground'

NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a ‘proving ground’ to test the next generation of spacecraft. The space agency said that the mission will see the first woman to stride the lunar surface.

(Source: AFP)

J&K Provides Specially-Designed Scooters to 10 Specially-Abled People

In Jammu and Kashmir. the Social Welfare Department of the state provided specially-designed scooters to 10 specially-abled people, in Doda district yesterday. One of the beneficiaries said, “It'll be of great help, thankful to government. It'll make our lives easier, will save our time as well.”

(Source: ANI)

Electricity Restored in More than 50% of Argentina & Uruguay

Electricity services have been restored to more than 50 percent of Argentina and Uruguay, which have a common power grid centered on the Salto Grande dam, following a massive blackout that left around 48 million people without power on Sunday.

(Source: AFP)

J&K Organises Rally-Cum-Medical-Outreach Campaign

Jammu and Kashmir’s Ex-Servicemen Rally-cum-Medical Outreach Campaign was organised for locals of Manjakote by Indian Army yesterday.

Captain D Rai says, “It's rural area, it's an opportunity for people to seek medical help. We're providing free medicines to people who don't have access to proper medical care.”

(Source: ANI)

Cops Thrash Auto Driver After Accident, Suspended

Three cops were suspended for allegedly thrashing two men after their auto bumped into a police vehicle in Mukherjee area of New Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

791 American Migrants Detained in Mexico's Veracruz

A total of 791 Central American migrants, including 368 children under the age of eight, have been detained in the Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said .

(Source: AFP)

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