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Putin Signs Off Law to Label Journalists as Foreign Agents
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law allowing independent journalists and bloggers to be labelled as "foreign agents", a move that critics say will violate media freedom.
Russian legislation passed in 2012 already gave authorities the power to brand media organisations and NGOs as foreign agents, a term that has Soviet-era overtones.
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Ex-Pak President Musharraf Admitted to Hospital in Dubai
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf was on Monday admitted to a hospita in Dubai due to serious health issues. As per medical reports, he is suffering from cardiac and blood pressure issues.
He has been living in a self imposed exile in Dubai since 2016 after being charged with high treason.
Muslim Party Counsel Rajeev Dhavan Sacked From Babri Case
Advocate Rajeev Dhawan, who appeared for Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties in the Ayodhya case, wrote in a Twitter post: “Just been sacked from Babri case by advocate-on-record Ejaz Maqbool who was representing Jamiat. Have sent formal letter accepting the 'sacking' without demur.”
He said he is no longer involved in the review or the case.
9 Year Old Girl Allegedly Raped and Murdered in Karnataka
A 9-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Karnataka’s Sulepeth police station limits yesterday. A case has been registered and investigation is underway, according to the Kalaburagi Superintendent of Police, Iada Martin Marbaniang.
Income Tax Notice Served to Congress for Receiving Black Money: Reports
According to media reports, Congress has been slapped with Income Tax notice for receiving black money from Megha Infrastructure and Engineering Limited based out of Hyderabad. The investigation carried out by the Income Tax Department has unearthed an amount of Rs 170 crore transferred through Havala means by the Hyderabad based company.
(Source: News18 Malayalam)
Two Injured After Smoke Grenade Explodes in Indonesia's Jakarta
Two Indonesian soldiers were injured Tuesday after a smoke grenade detonated near Jakarta's national monument, but authorities ruled out an attack.
The blast occurred around 7:00 am local time (1200 GMT) as military and police personnel were taking a morning jog around the leafy grounds in the centre of the capital.
"We're now investigating why the smoke grenade was there," Jakarta police chief Gatot Eddy told reporters, adding that the two injured had been rushed to hospital.
Modi Accepts European Commission Prez's Invitation to Visit Brussels for Next India-EU Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday and expressed his desire to work together for strengthening India-EU partnership.
The prime minister accepted the invitation of the European Commission president to visit Brussels for the next India-EU Summit, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.
2010s Hottest Decade in History, UN Says as Emissions Rise Again
This decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said on Tuesday, 3 December in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity's ability to adapt to it.
The World Meterological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius (two degrees Farenheit) above the pre-industrial average, putting 2019 on course to be in the top three warmest years ever recorded.
Manmade emissions from burning fossil fuels, building infrastructure, growing crops and transporting goods mean 2019 is set to break the record for atmospheric carbon concentrations, locking in further warming, the WMO said.
Australia to Cease All Bilateral Aid to Pakistan, Says Report
Australia would cease all bilateral aid to Pakistan, including support to programmes helping poor women and girls, as the funds were being redirected to meet new commitments in the Pacific, according to the latest Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) report.
The report titled 'Aid Program Performance report 2018-19 on Pakistan' said Pakistan bilateral aid programme will be reduced to 19 million Australian dollars in 2019-20, and will fully phase out during 2020-21.
"However aid to Pakistan will continue through DFAT's regionally and globally funded programs, including Australia Awards scholarships," it added.
Chopped Body Parts of Man Found in Mumbai
Chopped body parts of a man were found in a suitcase in Mumbai’s Mahim on Monday.
Centre Releases Funds to Cyclone Bulbul Affected States of West Bengal, Odisha
The Centre has released Rs 414.90 crores and Rs 552 crores to the cyclone Bulbul affected states of West Bengal and Odisha respectively under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
Man Lies down in Front of Rajnath Singh's Convoy Demanding Change of Name in Aadhaar Card
A 35-year-old man lay down on the road near Parliament on Tuesday when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's convoy was approaching, police said.
The man, identified as Vishambhar Das Gupta, a resident of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, has been detained and taken to the Parliament Street Police Station.
When the convoy was near Parliament, the man lied down on the road around 1.25 pm, demanding that he be allowed to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he wanted to get his name in the Aadhaar card changed, police said.
Charred Body Recovered from Scrap Godown in South Delhi's Tuglakabad Village
An unidentified charred body was recovered from a scrap godown in south Delhi's Tuglakabad village where a fire had broken shortly after midnight, Delhi Fire Service official said on Tuesday.
The fire department said they received a call at about 12.40 am on Tuesday about a fire on the first and second floor a thread and raw materials godown.
The fire also broke out at an adjacent godown from where a charred body was recovered after 23 fire tenders brought the blaze under control by 5.40 am, a senior fire official said.
Pakistan Violates Ceasefire Along LoC, Indian Army Retaliates
Pakistan violated ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur and Kirni sectors in Poonch district on Tuesday, 3 December. The Indian Army retaliated.
Dead Rat Found in Mid-Day Meal in Muzaffarnagar
A dead rat was found in a mid-day meal served to students of Janta Inter College in UP’s Muzaffarnagar. Nine students’ health deteriorated after consuming the meal and they were rushed to the district hospital.
Rare Gauguin from Tahiti Period up for Auction in Paris
A rare canvas by French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin from his period on the Polynesian island of Tahiti is set to go on auction in Paris on Tuesday, with an estimate of 5 to 7 million euros ($5.5-7.7 million).
There is keen interest in the sale at the Artcurial auction house amid growing controversy over Gauguin's relationships with young girls in Tahiti and his depictions of them.
The painting, "Te Bourao II", is one of the few works by Gauguin from his Tahiti period still in private hands. It dates from 1897 and shows an evocative Tahiti landscape.
1 Killed, 8 Injured in Heavy Shelling By Pak Army on Villages Along LoC
A woman has been killed and eight persons have been injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan army on villages along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
Public Sector Banks Disburse Record Rs 4.9 Lakh Crore Loans During October-November
Public sector banks have disbursed a record Rs 4.9 lakh crore loans during October-November, government data shows.
Man From PoK Village Nabbed After Infiltrating LoC
A man from a village of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been nabbed after he was found having infiltrated the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. No weapon or any incriminating material has been recovered from him. Questioning is underway.
MP Farmer Claims Onions Worth Rs 30k Stolen
A farmer has alleged that thieves harvested and carted away seven quintals of onions worth over Rs 30,000 from his field in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.
Onions, now the staple of political debates besides the kitchen due to its skyrocketing prices, are retailing at Rs 100-120 per kilogram across the country.
The incident here, which took place in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, is the second one reported in the state over the last few days.
SC To Pronounce Verdict on P Chidambaram's Bail Plea on Wednesday
Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on bail plea of Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday, in the INX Media money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate.
Petition Moved in Delhi HC in Connection With JNU Sedition Case
A petition has been moved in Delhi High Court in connection with the delay in sanctions in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case. The petition is scheduled for hearing on Wednesday.
EOW Arrests 3 Directors of Board of PMC
Economic Offences Wing on Tuesday, arrested three Directors of the Board of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, Jagdish Mookhey, Mukti Bavisi and Trupti Bane. They will be produced before a Mumbai court on Wednesday.
UP Raj Bhavan Gets Threat Letter
Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhavan on Tuesday got a letter threatening to blow it up if the Governor does not leave the place in 10 days time.
A Raj Bhavan statement said the letter was from TSPC, a Jharkhand extremist group. It threatened to blow up the Raj Bhavan with dynamite.
The matter is being taken seriously, the statement added.
Hemath Rao, additional chief secretary to Governor Anandiben Patel, has sent the letter to the state's home department, it said.
Trump Says G7 Summit to Be Held at Camp David
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday the G7 summit would be held at his official Camp David residence, having earlier come under fire for choosing his own Florida golf resort.
"We are going to do it at Camp David," Trump told reporters in London ahead of the NATO summit.
Trump had wanted to host next year's 10-12 June gathering of the leaders of major economies at the Trump National Doral resort outside Miami, but he backed down in October after he was accused of seeking profit from US diplomacy.
Indian Army Jawans Hit by Avalanche in J&K's Kupwara District
Indian Army jawans have been hit by an avalanche in the Tangdhar region of J&K’s Kupwara district. Search and rescue operations are being carried out. Further details are awaited.
Senator Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 US Presidential Race
Indian-origin US senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, saying her campaign lacked the financial resources to continue with the bid, according to various news reports.
Google's Sundar Pichai named CEO at parent firm Alphabet:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take over as leader of its parent company Alphabet, in addition to his current responsibilities at the search giant, news reports said.