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Daily Archives: 20th June 2018

Kashmiri Pandits arrived in Kashmir to attend Mata Kheer Bahawani Mela

Despite speculation that a lesser number of Kashmiri Pandits would come to attend the Kheer Bhawani Mela in Tullamulla town this year, they kept their tryst with Mata Ragnya.

BJP withdraws support: BJP-PDP alliance in J&K comes to an end

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday (June 19, 2018) pulled out of its ruling alliance with the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it was untenable for them to continue in the government. Reports said the decision was taken by the BJP party president Amit Shah after meeting with the party’s ministers in the state.

Deteriorating Performance Puts 11 Public Sector Banks Under Corrective Action Framework

Not much is known about the success rate of this corrective framework that was updated only in April 2017. United Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank that were put under the framework have not improved much on their Non Performing Assets (NPAs) and have in fact shown counterproductive results.

Pakistani Singer QB Teams up With Jason Derulo for World Cup Anthem

Pakistani singer-songwriter Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch has collaborated with American pop star Jason Derulo for this year's World Cup anthem.

UP Police Files FIR in Charbagh Hotel Fire Accident

An FIR has been registered against the owners and workers of MSJ International and Virat Hotels, in connection with the hotel fire accident in Lucknow's Charbagh area, which killed six people.

Imran Urges Interim PM to Replace Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan had on Tuesday demanded the replacement of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.

Proclamation Issued to Impose Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir

Soon after receiving President Ram Nath Kovind's approval, Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday issued the Proclamation to impose Governor's Rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.

Israeli Air Force Attacks Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday attacked 25 Hamas targets in response to massive shelling from Gaza Strip.

Assam Flood Situation Worsens, Death Toll Reaches 20

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated as the flood-related incidents claimed six more lives in the state, taking the death toll to 20.

Centre may Appoint new Jammu and Kashmir Governor After Amarnath Yatra

Former deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday said the Centre may appoint a new Governor in the state after the Amarnath yatra.

Helmand Peace Team Places Demands Before Afghan President

A peace team from Afghanistan's Helmand province called on President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday and placed a list of demands aimed at facilitating peace in the region.

Andhra CM Inaugurates Krishna River’s Eastern Delta Regulator

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday inaugurated the Eastern Delta Regulator at the Prakasam Barrage on Krishna River.

Sollers Point Bags Champs-Elysees Film Festival Jury Prize

Matt Porterfield's Baltimore-set drama 'Sollers Point', received the top jury prize for an American independent feature at the 7th annual Champs-Elysees Film Festival, reported the Hollywood Reporter.

Olympic Champion Caster Semenya Challenges IAAF Testosterone Rule

South African Olympic athlete Caster Semenya has challenged a new female classification rule imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Santa Barbara Film Festival to run in February 2019

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has now become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars, is all set to run from January 30 to February 9, 2019.

Binge Drinking Before Pregnancy may Impact Future Offspring

Binge drinking during adolescence can have long-lasting effects in the brain which may directly impact the first-generation offspring, a recent study has found.

Prosecutors Decline Scott Baio’s Assault Charges

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has officially decided to not file charges against American actor Scott Baio, saying in an evaluation that the statute of limitations had expired.

President Kovind Approves Imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday approved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir, with an immediate effect.

Floppy Eyelids can be Sign of Sleep Apnea

Turns out, floppy eyelids may be an indication of sleep apnea.

CBI Books Pune-based Income Tax Officer for Disproportionate Assets

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a Disproportionate Assets (DA) case against Pune-based Income Tax (Audit) officer and his wife, on charges of acquiring property during 2010-2016 through unknown source of income.

Robert Zemeckis to Direct The Witches Adaptation

American filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been finalised to direct Warner Bros.' adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic dark fantasy novel "The Witches," reported the Variety.

Ex-RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi Joins Paytm

One97 Communications Limited, the company that owns digital payment major, Paytm, announced the appointment of retired Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor, Rama Subramaniam Gandhi, as an advisor.

Khawaja Haris Rejoins Nawaz’s Legal Team

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's lead counsel Khawaja Haris has rejoined his legal team for the corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Sharif and his family.

Chandimal Gets One-test Suspension Over Ball-tampering

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for the third and final Test of the series against West Indies after he was found guilty of ball-tampering during the second Test.

India, France to Boost Student Exchange Programme

India and France will work on strengthening their student exchange programme, confirmed the External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj.

UP Health Minister Seeks Allotment of Bungalows Vacated by Mulayam, Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has requested Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking allotment of bungalow either vacated by former chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav or his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Russia Beat Egypt 3-1

Russia defeated Egypt with a fantastic 3-1, in a Group A fixture of the FIFA World Cup in St Petersburg, racking up their second victory in a row.

Kamal Hassan Meets Rahul, Discusses Tamil Nadu Politics

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Hassan met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday in the national capital.

Tamil Nadu’s Anukreethy Vas Crowned Miss India 2018

Femina Miss India 2018 has finally got its three new faces, with the glamorous finale last night.

You Have to Take Children Away, Says Trump

United States President Donald Trump defended his policy of separating children from their families who have been illegally crossing the southern US-Mexico border, saying, to prosecute parents for illicit entry, "you have to take the children away."

Elavenil Valarivan Clinches two Gold in KSS Memorial Shooting Championship

International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup gold medalist Elavenil Valarivan from Gujarat bettered world record score of 252.4 and clinched first place in both the senior and junior categories of the 10m air rifle event in the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship on Tuesday.

US Exits UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced that the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, alleging the 47-member council of "political bias."

Debt-ridden Farmer Commits Suicide in MP

A farmer has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district.

Trump, Melania Welcome Spanish Royal Couple to White House

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House on Tuesday.

India Dismisses UN Report Branding Terrorists as Leaders

India has dismissed the United Nations report, which refers to designated terrorist entities as "armed groups" and "leaders".

Rs 16,387 Crore Tax-free Budget Presented in Tripura

Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma presented a Rs 16,387.21 crore tax-free budget for the financial year 2018-19.

President Kovind Arrives in Suriname, Pays Tribute at Gandhi Statute

President Ram Nath Kovind and first lady Savita Kovind, who are on a three-nation visit, arrived in Suriname on Tuesday night (local time).

This Maharashtra Couple Held Election to Choose Baby’s Name

Naming a child is usually a personal and simple ceremony in India; however, a couple in Maharashtra's Gondia held an 'election' to decide the name of their new-born.

What is Your Idea of Ideal Life?

According to a research, people's sense of perfection is 'surprisingly' modest.

Indo- Luxembourg Ties Trust-based, Says Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj underscored that the relationship between India and Luxembourg is trust-based, stemming from "respect for freedom, democratic principles, and rule of law."

Kamal Haasan Meets Election Commission for Party’s Registration

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday held a meeting with Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi for the registration of his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.

Surrendered Naxals Guard Themselves After Receiving Death Threats

Around 30 former Naxals from Sukma who had surrendered before the police in 2016, have been guarding themselves with bows and arrows after receiving threats from the Naxals here.

India, Japan Hold 2 Plus 2 Dialogue

India and Japan held talks on counter-terrorism, maritime security, and peacekeeping operations among other issues during the fifth 2 plus 2 vice-ministerial level dialogue.

Did not get Money From IUML to Speak Against BJP, Says Rohit Vemula’s Mother

Hyderabad Central University student Rohit Vemula's mother refuted the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) allegations that she had accepted money from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) for speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dropout Rate in Schools Reduced to 1 Percent in Chhattisgarh, Says Raman Singh

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh stated that the dropout rate in schools has dipped to less than one percent in the state.

Congress Hits Back at BJP Over Rohith Vemula Issue

The Congress Party on Wednesday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to gain attention by blaming the party and its President, Rahul Gandhi.

Pakistan Election Commission Rejects Candidacy of PTI Chief

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan's candidacy for the Islamabad constituency has been rejected by the Election Commission's returning officer on Tuesday.

Sterlite Urges Madras HC to Provide Manpower, Electricity

Representatives of the Vedanta Group-owned Sterlite Copper plant on Wednesday approached the Madras High Court, appealing for the provision of the minimum manpower and electricity to maintain the factory.

Arvind Subramanian Resigns; to Return to US

Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has stepped down from his post and will return to the United States, Union Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Wednesday.