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Trump Announces EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

United States (US) President Donald Trump announced the resignation of controversial Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, with his Deputy, Andrew Wheeler slated to take over temporarily.

Google Dedicates Doodle for FIFA WC Quarters

Ahead of the much-awaited Quarter-Final encounters in the FIFA World Cup 2018, featuring Brazil vs Belgium, and Uruguay vs France on Friday, Google dedicated its doodle to depict the emotions that the 'beautiful game' invokes in each of those nations.

19 Killed in Fireworks Explosion in Mexico

At least 19 people lost their lives due to multiple gunpowder explosions in Tultepec, a city that is the hub of fireworks production in Mexico.

Constable Kidnapped in Shopian

A Jammu and Kashmir police constable was kidnapped by terrorists in Shopian district on Thursday.

Modi’s Amnesia Strikes Again On The ‘No Country For Women’ Report

Rekha Sharma's claim points at another trend from the BJP government itself - that of disparaging war torn countries and countries so far away from a democracy to establish the superiority of India. The survey data and US' presence in the top ten countries is more than enough to figure out that the measurement has been done taking into consideration the progress a nation has achieved as a whole while ignoring women's rights and safety.

Anupam Kher Wraps up Delhi Schedule of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

Veteran actor Anupam Kher has wrapped up the Delhi schedule of the much-anticipated film 'The Accidental Prime Minister' and is now "looking forward" to the last schedule.

Animal Kingdom is Legal Entity, Observes Uttarakhand HC

The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday declared the "entire animal kingdom including avian and aquatic" as legal entities, with a distinct persona and corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.

India Engages With Maldives Over Visa Denial

India is in talks with the Maldives over the issue of visa denial by the island nation and is hoping that at "some point" they will take an economically viable decision, sources said.

Balochistan National Congress Boycotts Pakistan Elections

The Washington-based Balochistan National Congress (BNC) has decided to boycott the Pakistan general elections, which are slated to be held on July 25.

Fire Breaks out at Lucknow Godown

A fire broke out at a cycle tyre godown in Lucknow's Kapoorthala area during the early hours of Thursday.

Trump not to Meet Brexit Architect Nigel Farage

United States (US) President Donald Trump has been told by the United Kingdom (UK) that he must not meet Brexit architect and former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage during his visit to the Island nation later this month.

Italian Wikipedia Shuts Down due to Proposed EU Copyright law

In protest of proposed European Union (EU) copyright laws, the Italian version of Wikipedia will remain non-operational for two days.

Iran to Only Trade With Countries That Import its oil

In the wake of threats from the United States (US) to reduce its oil revenue to zero, Iran has flouted plans of purchasing goods only from countries that import its oil.

UNESCO to set up Gaming University in Andhra Pradesh

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will be setting up a 'Design University for Gaming' in Visakhapatnam.

Jadavpur University Students Protest Against Discarding Entrance Test

Students of Jadavpur University staged a massive protest against the authorities after the latter decided not to conduct entrance tests in six undergraduate arts courses, this academic session.

5.2 Magnitude Quake Jolts Andaman Islands

An earthquake, measuring 5.2 magnitudes on the Richter scale, hit Andaman Islands region at around 2:05 am on Thursday, according to India Meteorological Department.

Bilawal Bhutto Draws Huge Crowds During Election Campaign

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 29-year-old son of late Benazir Bhutto has taken to the streets to claim the position held previously by his mother and grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto- the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Flood Alert Issued in Poonch, Rajouri

Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in Poonch and Rajouri areas and has issued a flood warning.

Businessman Shot Dead in Navi Mumbai

A Pune-based businessman was on Wednesday midnight shot dead by some unidentified assailants in Navi Mumbai's Kamothe.

Woman Climbs Onto the Base of Statue of Liberty Protesting Immigration Policy

A woman climbed onto the base of the iconic Statue of Liberty on Wednesday (local time) in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and family separations.

Delhi Court Likely to Pronounce on Shashi Tharoor’s Anticipatory Bail Plea

A Delhi court on Thursday is likely to pronounce order on the anticipatory bail plea of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Bhutan PM to Arrive in Delhi on 3-day Visit to India

Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dasho Tshering Tobgay, will on Thursday arrive in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India.

Imran Khan Faces Protest in Karachi

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan on Wednesday faced protest in Karachi by voters.

Surat Installs Over 43 Underground Garbage Bins

In a move to protect the environment and manage the garbage, Surat has installed 43 underground garbage bins, each of which can hold up to 1.5 tonnes of waste.

2 Maoists Killed in Chhattisgarh

Two Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh.

Pune Court Extended Judicial Custody of all Accused in Bhima- Koregaon Violence

A Pune Court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of all the five accused in Maharashtra's Bhima-Koregaon violence case till August 2, 2018.

CM Kumaraswamy Denies Family Named as Defaulters in BBMP Survey

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday denied allegations against his family members of defaulting property tax based on the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) survey.

Muslims Donate Land, Money to Build Temple in Bihar

In a display of communal harmony, people from the Muslim community donated money and land for constructing a temple in Bihar's Gaya district of Guraru area.

Okura to Launch new Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

Hotel Okura announced that its flagship Tokyo property will reopen in early September 2019, replacing the highly-reputable but aging Hotel Okura Tokyo with The Okura Tokyo.

Delhi High Court Bans Felling of Trees

The Delhi High Court in its interim order on Wednesday banned felling of trees in the city till further orders.

Bank of China to Operate in India, RBI Issues License

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday issued licence to Bank of China to operate in India, according to sources.

NEC to Provide Solutions to Develop `Smart Cities’ in India

In recent years, emerging countries have faced serious traffic congestion problems due to the rapid increase of cars, as well as various issues with transportation.

Sonali Bendre Reveals she has Cancer

Bollywood star Sonali Bendre has revealed she has recently been diagnosed with high grade cancer

Delhi Court to Consider Charge Sheet Against Karti on July 6 in Aircel-Maxis Case

Patiala House Court will consider the charge-sheet filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Karti Chidambaram, in the Aircel Maxis Case, on July 6.

Netflix may Soon Introduce ‘Ultra’ Plan for Subscribers

Netflix wants to go even more premium than it is currently now.

Scarlett Johansonn Draws Criticism for Playing Transgender Role

Hollywood diva Scarlett Johansson is in the midst of a controversy after she drew criticism for choosing to play the role of a transgender man in an upcoming film, 'Rub & Tug'.

158 Indian Pilgrims Rescued From Simikot

At least 158 pilgrims on Wednesday were rescued from Nepal's Simikot and at least 250 others were brought to Simikot from Hilsa.

Apple may Bring FaceID to the iPad

With the iOS 12 beta on the iPad, developers have discovered the AvatarKit which is the framework behind the animated emoji.

Centre Warns Whatsapp Over Abuse of Platform

The Centre has issued a warning to the instant messaging app 'Whatsapp', in the wake of killings taking place across the country due to rumours that circulate via the app.

Aftab Ansari to Serve 10-year Jail Term for Smuggling Arms

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court sentenced Aftab Ansari, the mastermind behind the 2002 American Center attack in Kolkata, to 10 years' imprisonment in an arms and ammunition smuggling case.

CPI (M) Calls for Stern Action to end ‘Mindless Violence’

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) urged the Centre to implement stern measures immediately in order to end growing instances of "mindless violence".

India Denies Pakistani Scholars Visa to Participate in Academic Conference Which Triggers Protest From...

The Indian government has instructed not to allow Pakistani scholars to participate in the conference which has sparked protests from academics

Cracks in PDP: Three MLA’S Revolt against Mehbooba Mufti

After the breaking of PDP-BJP Alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling party PDP is mired in controversies.

Sony Accidentally Uploads a Movie on YouTube

Sony Pictures accidentally uploaded an entire film 'Khali the Killer' on YouTube instead of the red-band trailer.

Muslim Clerics Oppose UP Government’s Plan to Introduce Dress Code for Madrasas

Muslim clerics and scholars are opposing the Uttar Pradesh government's plan to introduce a dress code for Madrasa students.

Google Doodle Commemorates British Engineer Hubert Cecil Booth

Google on Wednesday celebrated English engineer Hubert Cecil Booth on his 147th birthday with a special Doodle.

Leftist Andres Manuel López Obrador Claims a Historic Victory in Mexican Presidential Election

Lopez Obrador, a leftist who campaigned to transform Mexico and oust the "mafia of power" ruling the country, rode widespread voter anger and discontent with the governing Institutional Revolution Party.

Ecuador Court Orders Arrest of Ex-President

Ecuador's National Court of Justice on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former President Rafael Correa, who currently resides in Brussels.

Emirates to Discontinue ‘Hindu Meal’ Option

Emirates Airlines announced that it has decided to discontinue the 'Hindu meal' option.

Trump Interviews 3 Potential Replacements for Justice Kennedy

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday (local time) interviewed three potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, bringing the total number of potential candidates he has spoken with to seven.

Notice to Tollywood Critic for Hurting Religious Sentiments

Tollywood critic Kathi Mahesh was served a notice over derogatory comments made by him against Hindu Gods Rama and Sita.

SC Verdict on Centre-Delhi Government Power Tussle Today

The Supreme Court is slated to deliver its verdict in the case involving the Delhi government and the Centre's tussle regarding administrative control over the national capital on Wednesday morning.

RSS Worker Sandeep Sharma Shot Dead in Firozabad

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Sandeep Sharma was shot dead by two bike-borne miscreants on Tuesday late night.

Bru Refugees to Return to Mizoram After 21 Years

After a span of over two decades, nearly 33,000 members of the Bru community are set to repatriate to Mizoram in the coming months.

Second Philippines Mayor Shot Dead in 2 Days

The mayor of Philippines' General Tinio town, Ferdinand Bote was shot dead on Tuesday in broad daylight by unknown assailants in Cabanatuan City.

5 Amarnath Yatris Dead, 3 Injured in Landslide

Five people were killed and three injured after a landslide hit Brarimarg on the Baltal route.

Muslims Demolish Parts of Mosques for Road Development in Uttar Pradesh

Ahead of the Kumbh Mela here, Muslims have demolished parts of various mosques built on government land to ensure smooth developmental activities.

English Dalit Poet Chandramohan S selected for International Writing Program of University of Iowa

Chandramohan considers the IWP-University of Iowa as a great opportunity to showcase talent. He will be considered a “writer of the future.” The selection to the program has made the poet happy as well as now responsible regarding what he says. though Dalit-Bahujans make up a large share of the population, there aren’t many who write literature in the English language. He believes that the Dalit-Bahujans are on the cusp of a big change and more and more voices such as his are being registered these days. The Dalit-bahujans get to alter the national discourse significantly.

ICC Brings in Tougher Ball-tampering Sanctions

Imposing tougher sanctions on players found guilty of ball-tampering, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that the offenders could now be banned for up to six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals.

Here is List of Hotline Numbers for Stranded Nepal Pilgrims

The Indian Embassy in Nepal has issued a list of hotline numbers for the pilgrims stranded in Nepal and their family members. A number of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims are stranded in parts of Nepal following a heavy downpour.

Aspirin may Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease, Finds Study

According to a new research, a low-dose aspirin regimen may represent a new avenue for reducing Alzheimer's disease pathology.

Nadal Looks to Kickstart Wimbledon Campaign With a Bang

Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal will look to begin his campaign at Wimbledon on a winning note when he crosses swords with Israeli player Dudi Sela in their opening match of the men's singles event here on Tuesday.

Swaraj Requests Nepal for Army Helicopters to Evacuate Stranded Pilgrims

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the ministry has requested the Government of Nepal to provide army helicopters in order to evacuate stranded Indian nationals along the route of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

Samsung Phones are Randomly Sending Owners’ Photos to Contacts

For those using a Samsung smartphone, this may be unnerving. It has been discovered that some devices are sending the owner's photos from the camera roll without consent.

Delhi HC Extends P Chidambaram’s Interim Protection From Arrest in INX Media Case

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday extended former finance minister P Chidambaram's interim protection from arrest in the INX media case.

1 Killed, 2 Injured After 30-feet-wall Falls on a House in Thane

One person was killed while two others were injured after a 30-feet-wall collapsed and fell on a house nearby on Monday night.

Century Real Estate Adopts Channahalli Village in Karnataka

Century Real Estate (CREH) has recently adopted Channahalli village near Chikkajala in Karnataka as its flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The objective of the initiative is to work towards infrastructural and socioeconomic development in and around the village through community interventions over a 15 month period by involving various stakeholders like community, local governing bodies, the secondary school and CREH volunteers. Channahalli village has a population of approximately 1200 with 300 households.

Bhutanese PM to Embark on a 3-day visit to India From July 5

Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Dasho Tshering Tobgay, will pay an official visit to India from July 5 and 7, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UN’ Jean Pierre Lacroix Meets Pakistan Army Chief

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix met Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Tharoor Moves Anticipatory Bail Plea in Delhi Court in Sunanda Pushkar Case

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday moved an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi's Patiala House Court in connection with the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Governor Rule and the Defense of Article 35-A: A Wave of Fear in the...

  Srinagar: With the collusion of BJP-PDP government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on 19 th June 2018. The state came under the governor...

NCPCR Seeks Detailed Report From Police in Mandsaur Rape Case

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a detailed report from the police regarding the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Mandsaur district.

Brian Ross to Quit ABC News

Investigative journalists Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz announced their decision to quit ABC News.

3 Arrested With 22 Kilograms of Marijuana in Hyderabad

The Prohibition and Excise department has arrested three persons with 22 kilograms of marijuana and seized four bikes, seven mobile phones and four weighing machines from their possessions during a raid in Hyderabad.

PDP Leader Accuses Mehbooba Mufti of Nepotism

A leader of The Jammu and Kashmir's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday lashed out at former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and accused her of obliterating the party by promoting nepotism.

Andhra CM Extends Help to Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrims Stranded in Nepal

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has inquired about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims from the state, who are stranded in Nepal's Simikot and has ordered officials to provide adequate help.

India Extends all Possible Support to Pilgrims Stranded in Nepal

The Embassy of India in Kathmandu has assured all possible support to pilgrims stranded in Nepal following heavy downpour.

Trump Defends Trade Tariffs Despite Backlash From Allies

United States President Donald Trump maintained a defensive stance towards his move to levy tariffs worth billions of dollars on many of the nation's allies, even as they retaliate.

China Approves $1 Billion aid to Pakistan Despite FAFT ban

China's one billion dollar loan to Pakistan has come at a time when the South Asian country has been officially placed on a terrorism financing watchdog's grey list.

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines Installed in Maharashtra Prisons

The Maharashtra state women's commission has taken the initiative to install sanitary pad vending machines in nine Maharashtra prisons.