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Pakistan violated Vienna Convention over access to Jadhav, says ICJ chief

In his address on the occasion of the 74th session of the UNGA, Yusuf said that in its Judgment in the Jadhav case, delivered on July 17, "the Court found that Pakistan had violated its obligations under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and that appropriate remedies were due in this case".

Resume duties or lose jobs, TN govt tells doctors

Speaking to the media in Salem, Palaniswami said the government would declare the striking doctors' posts as vacant and fill them up with other candidates.

WhatsApp confirms Israeli spyware snooped on Indians

Multiple media reports said those targeted in India included human rights activists who were arrested over their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon Dalit riots near Pune in January last year, adding that some Indian journalists were also the victim of the WhatsApp Spygate.

Murmu, Mathur sworn in as Lt Governors of J&K, Ladakh

Mathur was first administered the oath by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Geeta Mittal, at Leh.

Video of dalits denied entry into UP temple goes Viral

According to informed sources, the incident took place on October 25 but the video went viral on Wednesday.

Priyanka Gandhi slams BJP over bid to ‘adopt’ Patel

"Sardar Patel was a true leader of the Congress, who was devoted to the ideology of the party. He was a close companion of Jawaharlal Nehru and was strongly against the RSS," said Priyanka.

UNESCO selects Mumbai, Hyderabad as creative cities

Mumbai has been selected for its contribution to the world of film, and Hyderabad for gastronomy.

NIA raids at 6 locations in TN linked to IS-like group

An NIA source said that the anti-terror probe agency was carrying out searches at six locations including two locations at Kovai beside one each in Elayangudi, Trichy, Kayalpattinam and Nagapattinam.

Delhi HC directs AIIMS director to constitute board to examine Chidambaram’s health

The court also directed the report must be placed before it on Friday.

Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi govt on RTI Act dilution

In a statement issued on Thursday, Sonia Gandhi said the "BJP government has now launched its final assault to decimate RTI.

Nirbhaya gangrape: Convicts could be executed soon

The Tihar Jail administration has issued a notice to the convicts in this regard.

NFR initiatives help save 140 elephants this year

Although there are 67 elephant corridors, notified jointly in consultation with the forest department of the respective state in five NFR divisions, wild elephants often cross railway tracks on other places.

Climate movement doesn’t need more awards, says Greta Thunberg

In an Instagram post explaining her decision to turn down the award and prize money of 500,000 kronor (46,000 euros), Thunberg said: "The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues."

Facebook agrees to pay fine to UK over Cambridge Analytica

In 2017, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) commenced a formal investigation into the misuse of personal data in political campaigns.

AIMPLB asks Muslims to honour SC verdict in Ayodhya case

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict before November 17, the day Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires.

Mammootty, other stars to attend T10 opening ceremony

Mammootty, who has appeared in over 400 films in a career spanning over four decades, will touch down in the UAE capital as part of a star-studded line-up of artists who will launch the inaugural Abu Dhabi T10 with a concert on Thursday, November 14.

Sidhu accepts Imran Khan’s invitation to Kartarpur inauguration

According to a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) press release, Sidhu thanked the Pak Prime Minister for inviting him to the inauguration.

Train fire in Pakistan kills 25

District Police Officer Rahim Yar Khan Ameer Taimoor Khan while speaking to Geo News, confirmed the death of 25 people, with at least 30 injured.

Facial recognition software may omit transgender, reveals Study

"We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said study lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman from the University of Colorado Boulder.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta dies at 82

The Left leader passed away at around 6 a.m., family sources said.

Drinking coffee improves sports performance, says Study

For the study, published in the journal Nutrients, the researchers from Coventry University in the UK picked 38 participants (19 men, 19 women) and found that drinking caffeinated coffee improves the speed of cycling.

Nawazuddin receives Golden Dragon Award at Cardiff Film Fest

The award was presented to him by the Counsel General of Wales, UK, Mick Antoniw, on Sunday.

Goa Coast in danger with naphtha laden abandoned tanker

It lays cantered 200 km south-east of Minicoy in Lakshadweep Islands and is to move north westwardly across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then emerge into the east-central Arabian Sea.

India, Modi behind pollution in Pakistan, says Pak Minister

Taking to his twitter handle, Chaudhary said: "Indian level of pollution at Wagah is double than Lahore city."

Andhra Pradesh issues order, authorising bureaucrats to sue media houses for false reports

Two weeks after the state cabinet took the controversial decision to gag media and ignoring the protest from journalist fraternity and other quarters, the government issued orders empowering secretaries of the respective departments to sue media houses.

Oceanos-2019, Kochi hosts world’s first mobile underwater tunnel aquarium

Oceanos is the brainchild of Ernakulam native KK Nimil and his wife Archa. They have spent more than six years to set up this aquarium. 

Represent 2.0, CUSAT ‘Smile Makers’ conduct blood, stem cell registration drive

The event was conducted to support the siblings-Faizy, Faiha and Faaiz who suffer from Thalassemia Major.

Bharata Mata College in Kochi to be the first in country to be fully...

Kochi: Bharata Mata College in Kochi is all set to be the first fully solar-powered educational institution in the country. The official announcement would be...

In a first, Steam Car Wash in Kochi

While a normal car wash uses close to 100 litres of water, Caggo uses a unique Korean technology which takes only 20 litres of water to wash 4 cars.

EU agrees Brexit extension to January 31, 2020

Tusk said the bloc would allow for a so-called "flextension" - meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament, the BBC reported.

Kashmir: No sign of the resumption of pre-paid mobile connections

There are at least 25 lakh pre-paid cell phone users in Kashmir.

Anti-govt protests in Iraq: Death toll rises to 74

Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), said in a statement that the clashes between the protesters and the security forces from October 25 to 27 left 74 people killed, the Efe news reported.

John Conyers, longest-serving African-American member of US Congress dies at 90

The Democrat resigned under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations in December 2017 after a career lasting nearly 53 years, reports the BBC.

Uproar in Kerala assembly over acquittal in girls death case

Even as the noisy scenes continued in the Assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan remained non-committal over the Opposition demand.

BCCI wants to hold first day-night Test at Eden Gardens, says BCB

In that case, the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata could be host to India's first-ever day-night Test. However, the BCB is yet to consent to it.

Chilean President lifts state of emergency

With this decision, Pinera carried out what had been announced on Saturday, namely the fact that he intended for the start of the coming week to remove the military from being in charge of national security.

Blast in illegally stored crackers in Punjab

At least 15 houses were damaged in the explosion on Sunday that was heard up to 2 km radius from the spot. Vehicles parked near the disaster spot were also damaged.

Facebook News: Boon for some, bane for many

The significant media handshake from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come after years of shaky relationship between the two.

‘Azadi March’ sets out for Islamabad from Karachi

Besides JUI-F leadership, PPP leaders Raza Rabbani, Saeed Ghani, PML-N leaders Mohammad Zubair, Nihal Hashmi, ANP's Shahi Syed and others, were onboard the leading container which is slated to reach Islamabad on Thursday.

Madhya Pradesh: Man buys Honda Activa by paying amount in coins

Rakesh Gupta brought only five and 10 rupee coins to Krishna Honda showroom here on Dhanteras in 4 gunny bags and paid Rs 83,000 and rode home on his all new Activa 125 BSVI.

IS chief Al-Baghdadi died ‘whimpering, crying’ in US raid, says Trump

His death on Saturday in a US Special Forces operation in the Idlib area of Syria is a setback to the IS for whom he was an inspirational leader, extending its tentacles even into India. As recently as two months ago, he had released an audio urging attacks worldwide by his supporters.

TSRTC indefinite strike: Dark Diwali for employees

With no signs of an end to the stalemate and they yet to get salaries for September, the "sacked" employees and their families spent the festival of lights in protests in front of the TSRTC depots across the state.

Anti – govt protesters celebrating Joker

He believes that Todd Philipps’ film has inspired demonstrators because “it speaks mainly of being alone, separated from any sense of a collective. This isolation is a real contemporary evil.”

Reliance Industries to invest Rs 1.08L cr in new digital services subsidiary

Accordingly, the company's move will lead to the creation of the largest digital services platform company in India.

16,000 cameras in Bengaluru for women’s safety soon

"The high-tech surveillance cameras will be installed at all strategic and busy locations across the city to ensure women's safety and deter any attack on them, including girls and children," a state Home Ministry official told media here.

China, Russia, US, Pakistan hold talks on Afghanistan

The parties believe that it was a universal and sincere demand of the Afghan people to end the ongoing war and achieve sustainable peace, Xinhua news reported citing a joint statement issued on Friday after the second quadrilateral consultation on the Afghan issue here.

RBI GM commits suicide in Odisha hotel

The incident occurred at Chandikhola under the Barachana police station on Friday morning.

Iraq: 24 dies, 2000 injures in anti- government protest

According to a statement by the Iraqi Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), the 24 protesters were killed by either tear gas suffocation or live bullets used by the guards protecting the headquarters of the provincial governments and the offices of the political parties, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Obesity causes diabetes in women, kidney disease in men

"The study shows just how harmful carrying excess weight can be to human health, and that women and men may experience different diseases as a result," said the study's first author Jenny Censin.

No justice if such leaders are in power, says brother of Geetika Sharma

"Where do we go to find justice, if people like Gopal Kanda are allowed to run constituencies? What about the slogan we have in Haryana - Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao - if we are giving the responsibility of women to a hooligan?" Ankit Sharma told a TV channel.

SRK’s Meer Foundation helps with treatment of 120 acid victims

Shah Rukh Khan took to Instagram on Friday afternoon and shared a picture where he can be seen posing with acid attack victims.

Lahore High Court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif had filed the bail application for the release of his brother, who is currently admitted in the Services Hospital here, from the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), reports Dawn news.

Case against TSRTC union leader as strike enters 21st day

Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor Ashwathama Reddy was booked on charges of wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation.

We’re no TikTok, let kids join storytelling says Firework India CEO

According to Sunil Nair, India CEO at Firework, their competition was never with TikTok as the whole philosophy is different between the two brands.

No going back on Maradu flats demolition order, says SC

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra rejected the prayer of builders' association, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), which urged the court to reconsider its order on the Maradu flats.

Sharif’s condition is dangerous, Doctor tells Islamabad High Court

The petition was filed on Thursday by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and the former premier's brother Shehbaz Sharif, reports The Express Tribune.

England to play two Tests in Sri Lanka in March 2020

According to an ICC report, the first Test will begin from March 19 in Galle. The tour will then conclude with the second and final Test at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.

Goa issues red alert over heavy rains

In view of the alert, the Goa University has cancelled all examinations which were scheduled to be held on Friday and Saturday to a later date.

California wildfires force massive evacuation

Led by dry winds and high heat, about 10 wildfires occurred throughout the state, Xinhua news agency quoted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) as saying on Thursday.

SC asks Centre to file response on plea seeking Mosque entry for women

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.A. Bobde and S.A. Nazeer sought a response from the government and listed the matter for November 5.

Veteran photo journalist Aloke Mitra dies at 77

Mitra, 77, left behind his wife and only daughter.

Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates open-heart surgery facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super-Specialty Hospital in Delhi

The new facilities at the hospital include open Heart Surgery, 16 bed ICU, OT Complex, Heptatoblery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Centres and Gastroenterology.

Infosys gives stock to 6,949 mid-level employees

"Around 2.2-lakh stock incentives in the form of restricted stock units were granted to 6,499 mid-level employees under the compensation plan," it said.

Trump cancels NYT, Washington Post subscriptions from WH

"Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving for taxpayers - hundreds of thousands of dollars," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Thursday.

Palarivattom Palam Paattu, a song about the infamous ‘Palarivattom Flyover’

Remya Sarvada Das, a singer and assistant director was on her way to Vytilla from Edapally when she got stuck in a traffic jam near the infamous Palarivattom bridge, And then?

‘Keep Israel out’, Jamia agrees after 10 day long agitation!

The protest was organised against the Israeli participation in an international conference titled ‘Global Health Zenith Confluence ’19’ organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics which was scheduled on 5th and 6th October in Jamia Millia Islamia.

No reaction from Rahul on poll results so far

In Haryana, Congress did an impressive performance, forcing the Bharatiya Janata Party to see a hung Assembly while in Maharashtra, the Congress improved its performance.

UP: Police constable gives wife triple talaq as she refuses to withdraw rape complaint...

The constable's wife was allegedly raped by his elder brother and the victim had lodged the complaint on Wednesday.

Imran claims army’s support, says India behind Azadi March

He went on to say that India is behind the 'Azadi March' called by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Voter turnout of 98.3% in Block Development Councils election in Jammu and Kashmir

He said Srinagar district witnessed the highest poll percentage of 100 per cent while southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama recorded the lowest percentage of 85.3 and 86.2 percent respectively in Kashmir Division.

Former DU professor Geelani, acquitted in Parliament attack case, dies

Geelani passed away here on Thursday evening at Fortis Hospital where he was admitted for breathing and other problems.

Assembly poll results encouraging, says Congress

Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters, Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said, "This is encouraging result for the Congress and the nation."

India, Pakistan signs agreement to operationalise Kartarpur Corridor

The agreement paves the way for the inauguration of the Corridor next month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, and will enable devotees to visit throughout the year the holy shrine located 4.5 km from the border in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

India up 14 ranks to 63rd in World Bank ‘Doing Business’ list

The World Bank report said: "Doing Business acknowledges the 10 economies that improved the most on the ease of doing business after implementing regulatory reforms. In Doing Business 2020, the 10 top improvers are Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Togo, Bahrain, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, China, India, and Nigeria."

SC orders telecom carriers to clear dues worth Rs 92,000 crore

This is a significant judgment pronounced by the top court on the scope of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR.)

Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle weakness

Maintaining skeletal muscle function throughout life is a crucial component of successful ageing, in promoting independence, mobility, quality of life and reducing falls and frailty.

Saudi Arabia appoints new Foreign Minister

Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal served as the Saudi Ambassador to Germany from March 2019.

Maharashtra Assembly election: Pankaja Munde loses Parli

Pankaja is the daughter of the late Union Minister Gopinath Munde and sister of sitting Beed MP Pritam Munde and had contested from the family stronghold of Beed in Marathwada.

Congress wrests Aroor from CPI-M after 18 years

Usman, who notched up her first election victory, won the seat with a margin of around 1,900 votes defeating Manu C. Pulickal of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

CPI-M wrests Vatiyoorkavu seat from Congress

"The victory has been possible due to the work of the Pinarayi Vijayan government and what really mattered here was the candidate," said Prasanth.