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Rijiju urges corporate youth to participate in Fit India Movement

Rijiju urged the industry to look towards skilling the youth and converting them into a resource for India's economic prosperity. He said that sports must be aligned with education policies, as fitness is key to development.

Insomnia drug may reduce suicidal thoughts: Study

Sleep aid was most effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with the most severe insomnia.

Twinkle launches Tweak, a digital platform for women

Tweak's video content will first be available to the Instagram community for 48hours before it gets shared on other platforms.

Northeast to introduce seaplanes to boost tourism

Another senior AAI official said that budget airline SpiceJet had conducted seaplane operations in Ahmedabad and Mumbai on a trial basis.

Output of eight core industries contracts 0.5% in August, shows government data

Production in five of the sectors – coal, crude oil, natural gas, cement and electricity – declined in August. The steel sector showed the best growth, of 5%, during the month, while coal performed the worst, declining 8.6%.

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

According to Pakistan's Foreign Office, the alleged ceasefire violations took place on Saturday and Sunday and resulted in the death of two civilians, while three others were injured.

INX Media Case: Rejected, Here is all you need to know about Chidambaram’s bail...

“He is a flight risk and it would be hazardous if he gets bail,” the lawyer had added. “When the accused is so powerful, his mere presence would intimidate witnesses.”

27 displaced persons return to Myanmar from Bangladesh

The displaced people made up of 14 families including some children. They were received at the Nga Khu Ya reception centre last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

INX Media case: Delhi High Court dismisses P. Chidambaram’s bail petition

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait dismissed the bail on the grounds that after being a member of the Bar and of Parliament, "there is a chance that he may influence the witnesses".

Rahul Gandhi to join youth protesting traffic ban on Bangalore-Kozhikode stretch

The protest entered the sixth day on Monday with the protestors demanding the lifting of night traffic bans on the National Highway (NH) stretch cutting through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, which is located in Wayanad district.

Demands met, SFI calls off CUSAT strike

The strike began on 25th September, with the students occupying the library demanding to extend its closing time.

Maradu flat owners eviction may take time as issues surface

Speaking to the media here on Monday, the flat residents complained that they were given a few contact numbers where the district authorities had arranged for their accommodation, but none exists.

No slowdown in CPEC projects, says Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan

Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar was the guest of honour at the seminar which was attended by scholars, intellectuals, former diplomats, parliamentarians and representatives of Chinese companies.

Supreme Court dismisses Vaiko’s plea seeking Farooq Abdullah’s release

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that 'nothing survives' in the petition after taking note of his detention under the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act.

Lahore HC allows to shift case against Hafiz Saeed from Gujranwala anti-terrorism court

During the proceedings, a lawyer for the government said that they had no objection to shifting the case.

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria takes charge as new IAF chief

Bhaduaria took over from his predecessor Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who retired after serving in the IAF for over four decades.

Supreme Court refers Gautam Navlakha’s plea to another bench in Bhima-Koregoan case

The Bombay High Court on September 13 rejected Navlakha's plea seeking to quash the FIR filed against him early last year by the Pune Police for his alleged Maoist links and involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon and Elgar Parishad cases.

Supreme Court orders Gujarat government to give Rs 50 lakh and job to Bilkis...

The top court has also ordered the state government to give her a job and accommodation.

Shahjahanpur: Congress leader Jitin Prasada under house arrest ahead of padyatra

In an audio message, Prasada said: "Congress today wanted to hold a march to highlight the plight of the Shahjahanpur rape victim but the local administration is not allowing it. Tell me how is this not a violation of law? It's unfortunate."

Supreme Court refers petition challenging illegal detention of children to Constitution bench

The top court had on Saturday constituted a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana to hear the clutch of petitions related to Article 370, that gave a special status to J& K.

Peace walk in Dubai to mark Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

The Consulate General of India will roll out a slew of events involving members of the local community, and government departments, including Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Municipality, the Khaleej Times reported.

Congress party workers’ padyatra in support of Shahjahanpur victim

The 'padyatra' will start from Shahjahanpur and conclude in Lucknow, covering a distance of about 180 kms.

Third T20 between India and South Africa washed out

In the first match, India successfully defended a target of 131 thanks to a brilliant spell from off-spinner Deepti Sharma, who bowled three consecutive maidens and took three wickets in that period, helping India dismiss South Africa for 119.

Centre bans onion exports, imposes stock limit

On September 13, 2019, the Minimum Export Price of $850 free on board (FOB) per metric tonne was imposed on export of onions.

Lata Mangeshkar’s sister unveils her book on melody queen

"The book ('Didi aur Main') is my gift to Didi on her 90th birthday. I have tried my best to coalesce into this book the bitter-sweet memories of the Mangeshkar family," Meena had said.

10-day Dasara festival begins at Mysuru with pomp

As the state government is the host for the fest, Yediyurappa heralded the cultural events and flagged off the sporting events in the sprawling palace vicinity.

Hurt by BCCI Ethics Officer’s notice, Rangaswamy resigns from CAC

The legal team of the BCCI under the Committee of Administrators had given the trio a green light to be a part of the CAC and appoint the new head coach of the Indian team.

14 drinks a week may put older adults at dementia risk

In this study of older adults, the association of self-reported alcohol consumption with dementia risk appeared to cluster into 3 separate dimensions—baseline cognition, dose and pattern.

Food grains for plastics, a new initiative of MCG

Amit Khatri, the commissioner of MCG said: "Such an offer will work in the long run to make city plastic free which will eventually save our soil and environment."

NCP demands ED action against BJP-Shiv Sena politicians

The former two-time Dy.CM said all the outstanding loans have been recovered and the MSCB has also made a profit of Rs. 285 crore, so where is the corruption or money-laundering, as alleged by the ED.

Congress appoints Rohan Gupta as social media head

Rahul's closest aide Milind Deora has all praises for Prime Minister Modi, which has not gone down well with the old guards.

Egypt rejects UN bod statement on anti-gov’t protests

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has previously described the allegations as "lies and slander," urging the Egyptian media to confront such slandering campaigns.

Saudi Arabia issues public behaviour code

All of these projects form part of the Saudi Vision 2030 program, which was unveiled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and is aimed at reducing the kingdom's dependence on oil.

Dipam , Niti Aayog aim to cut govt stake in select CPSEs to below...

The government is at present on the look-out to tap newer sources of revenue as it tries to address the country's developmental needs. It has also had to sharply cut taxes to spur investments and push up growth which has slipped to a six year low.

Cuba condemns baseness, rottenness of Trump govt in UN

In addition, he denounced the activation by American states of the Inter-American Treaty for Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) and called the movement "a serious threat to regional peace and security as well as a direct aggression to the Venezuelan people."

Special drive to curb spurt in crime in Delhi launched

Expressing concern over rising street crimes, former Delhi Police Commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma said criminals would turn reckless if they felt the police were not in pro-active.

Syrian Constitutional Committee authorized to draft new constitution

The formation of the Constitutional Committee was officially announced by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday

Divorce on grounds of desertion subject to maintenance: SC

The apex court declined to entertain the contentions raised by the husband that the wife being a qualified architect from a reputed university would be presumed to have sufficient income.

Punjab to release 550 prisoners as humanitarian gesture

In a letter dated September 14, the Chief Minister had urged Shah to accept the state government's formal proposal as a 'goodwill gesture' on humanitarian grounds.

Bring back Kuldeep and Chahal, says Ganguly

"The test series will start soon, and hopefully, India will play on good pitches and not rank turners, as it has been in the last series because India is a very good team on any surface," said Ganguly.

Violent clashes erupt in Hong Kong

After the first round of pepper spray, some activists started to kick water barriers in front of the riot police, who then fired a few more rounds.

Houthis claims capture of Saudi military

The war has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis worldwide, with 80 per cent of the population, around 24 million people, in need of assistance and protection, according to the UN.

Chinese satellite sheds new light on cosmic rays

The result, based on DAMPE's data collected in its first two and a half years, was published online in the latest issue of Science Advances.

6 militants, a soldier killed in J&K gunfights

The slain terrorists belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen. Arms and ammunition were seized from them. They had infiltrated with an aim to revive militancy in the Chenab Valley, the police said.

New blood test may detect 20 types of cancers

The test's specificity - its ability to return a positive result only when cancer is actually present - was high, as was its ability to pinpoint the organ or tissue of origin, they found.

Afghanistan Election: two polling stations blast

Around 9.6 million Afghans, 35% of them women, are eligible to vote in what is seen as a key election.

Fresh wave of climate protest begins across the world

In New Zealand, scores of protests were held, with students carrying signs, including, "We're skipping our lessons, so we can teach you one" and "You can't comb over climate change".

India’s debt increases up to 4% in first quarter of FY20 says Indian National...

On an average, there is an increase of Rs 23,000 debt per individual, she said and added, the government should give money to the public as spending had decreased.

Sexual harassment cannot be tolerated says Satyadeep Misra

The 12-episodic series is directed by N. Padmakumar. It also stars Naveen Kasturia, Shravan Reddy, Mandira Bedi, Vasuki Sunkavelli and Kabir Bedi.

Distribution of money must be equal in film industry: Manav Kaul

On the work front, Manav will be seen in the web show "The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati". Earlier this year, he shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Sujoy Ghosh's thriller "Badla", which will have its World TV Premiere on Zee Cinema on Sunday.

Nations become more religious as population ages: Study

A total of 16 countries were studied, including Australia, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, as well as other European countries.

Trump’s UN General Assembly speech top trend on Twitter, Modi at 5th

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address the the UNGA was trending at the 5th spot.

Mysuru decks up for 10-day Dasara festival in Karnataka

The festival also marks the celebration of triumph over evil as the presiding goddess is learnt to have killed Hindu demon Mysasura on the auspicious occasion when Hind god Ram returned to Ayodhya from a 14-year exile in Threta Yug.

Congress plans ‘Padayatra’ in UP to highlight women safety

During the march, Congress workers and leaders will raise the issues concerning women's security. All leaders and workers have been asked to join the march. The participants will walk around 20 km a day.

China raises Kashmir issue at UN

He said the Kashmir issue is a "dispute left from the past, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements".

‘Spider-Man’ spin-off ‘Madame Web’ in the pipeline

Though in the comics, Madame Web has been an elderly woman, there were occasions where she was able to reverse her age.

Rana Ayyub joins Washington Post to write on Indian politics

She is also author of "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up".

Excess physical activity can harm athletes, says study

The researchers believe that fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in the development of a "burnout syndrome", which affects many people across various professional sectors.

Google celebrates its 21st birthday with retro doodle

Besides, the search giant has created more than 4,000 doodles to date. A team of professionals including designers, illustrators and technicians design these doodles.

DoorDash confirms data breach of 4.9 mn users, merchants

The breach also included the driver's licenses of about 100,000 DoorDash delivery workers, said the company.

Twitter co-founder to invest in Kerala start-up

The company currently serves in the US market and will soon be expanding to Europe.

Rohit can lead in T20Is if Virat feels overworked: Yuvraj

"You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those six Test matches so that he can go and express his game," said Yuvraj.

Italian Foreign Minister lauds youth climate strikers

Friday's marches came as world leaders wrap up the UN climate action summit in New York, where Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte urged his counterparts against "indifference" as news emerged that a massive portion of a Mont Blanc glacier risked collapse.

India has vital role to play at CWG: CGF

The CGF CEO also said that the issue could be discussed during their visit, which is likely to happen on November 14.

Hundreds freed from Nigeria ‘torture house’

Some of the children told the police that their relatives had taken them there believing the building to be a "Koranic school". But the police said there was no concrete evidence to suggest that the building was ever a school.

Russia bans smoking on apartment balconies

The head of the All-Russian Movement for Smokers' Rights, Andrey Loskutov, told Interfax news agency: "They've banned it everywhere they could. Now they remembered they forgot about balconies."

In a first, Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas

According to SCTH, the website has garnered over 94 million views since going live. The commission announced on Thursday that it established a 15 billion Saudi riyal fund to support tourism projects across the Kingdom, reports say.

Mithali, Harmanpreet to lead Indian teams in WI tour

The team is currently taking part in a five-match T20 series against South Africa here. India won the first rubber while the second was washed out.

Apple lovers throng stores in India, record festive sales ahead

Overall, said Pathak, the premium market is growing and new launches will further drive growth of premium market in the fourth quarter this year.

Arrest warrant issued against Pak singer Rabi Pirzada

Earlier this month, Punjab Wildlife Protection and Parks Department initiated an action against the singer for illegally keeping four pythons, reptiles and an alligator as pets.

Diplo makes history at Sydney Harbour Bridge

With his stint of playing on decks set 440 feet off the ground and overlooking the city, he is the first DJ to perform on Sydney's Harbour Bridge. Diplo will also perform at Australia's Listen Out festival.

NASA’s TESS probe spots black hole tearing apart a star

Astronomers think the supermassive black hole that generated ASASSN-19bt weighs around six million times the Sun's mass.

Kerala Left breaks K.M. Mani’s 5-decade legacy with Pala win

Of the total 1,79,107 electorate, 1,27,939 cast their vote on Monday to decide the fate of 13 candidates.

Assembly bypolls: BJP scores 2 out of 4, Cong 1

Pala was deemed a bastion of the Kerala Congress-Mani, whose late leader K.M. Mani had held the seat for 54 years.

IBSA urges redoubling of efforts towards UNSC reform

The IBSA grouping was formalized and named the IBSA Dialogue Forum when the Foreign Ministers of the three countries met in Brasilia on June 6, 2003 and issued the Brasilia Declaration.

Tap water samples from 11 parts of Delhi fail parameters

The Delhi Jal Board comes directly under the Delhi government with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as its Chairman

Indians are preferring short breaks than long, surveys suggest

The holiday decision maker is seeing a shift from husband-dominated to joint decision making, said the study, adding that over 80 per cent respondents reported using credit or debit card for travel booking and on-ground expenses - discounts and cash backs being a key driver.

Mohammad Azharuddin elected as the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association

Azhar played 99 Tests and 334 One Day Internationals for India scoring 6215 and 9378 runs respectively.

“Babies Day Out”; Dr. Kafeel Khan acquitted of all false charges

Two years back. more than 60 children died at BRD medical college owing to shortage of Oxygen. The state government had tried to wash their hands off the incident by suspending Dr Kafeel Khan and holding him accountable for the tragedy.

Australia decriminalize the termination of pregnancy

Legislation on the reproductive health of women in Australia is the responsibility of regional governments and laws vary according to states with regard to the permissible period for voluntary termination of pregnancy, the procedure and age, among other factors.