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INX Media case: ED officials in Tihar Jail to question P. Chidambaram

Chidambaram has been in judicial custody since August 21, when he was arrested for his involvement in the alleged irregularities in granting of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to INX Media during his term as Finance minister.

15 people dies in a gunfight in Mexico

The incident took place just one day after armed assailants killed at least 13 police officers in an ambush in Aguililla, a town in west-central Michoacan state.

Markets open on positive note, PSU banks up

At 9.45 a.m., the Sensex was trading 121.86 points higher at 38,627.95. It opened at 38,637.05 from its previous close of 38,506.09.

Uttar Pradesh: Tourists to fill up safety bond at Dudhwa National Park

The gates of the park will be thrown open to tourists from November 15 and only those who fill up the bond would be allowed entry.

UNICEF report reveals high number of children are suffering consequences of poor diets

"An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them," the UNICEF warned in its report on children, food and nutrition on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Food from Kudumbashree Kitchens, soon an app away in Kochi

The 25-lakh project is all set to run from November.

After floods, Kochi pulls all stops to go green, becomes part of ‘Cities4Forest’

A total of 60 cities in now part of the project of which Kochi is the only city from India.

Manmohan Singh to meet press and eminent personalities in Mumbai

The party has sent an invitation, titled "Words of Wisdom on Indian Economy by Dr Manmohan Singh". The venue is Garware Club Banquets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Rouhani slams US sanctions on Iran

Calling the anti-Iran sanctions "economic terrorism", Rouhani said it is a "shame" for the US to ban Iranians' access to food and medicine through sanctions, Xinhua reported, citing IRNA.

Congress appoints 47 DCC chiefs in UP

The Congress appointed Ram Raj Gond as the district chief in Sonbhadra, who was instrumental in Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi's agitation recently. Gond belongs to the same village of Umbha where 11 tribals were massacred in a land dispute. The police has chargesheeted 51 persons.

Bhima Koregaon case: SC grants Navlakha four weeks protection from arrest

The Maharashtra government placed documents against Navlakha, in a sealed cover, before the Supreme Court while opposing his plea for quashing of FIR in the case.

Racial abuse: Bulgarian Prime Minister asks football chief to quit

"I call on Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union," Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Air India becomes 1st airline to use ‘TaxiBot’ on commercial flight

As per aviation parlance, a "TaxiBot" or "Taxiing Robot", is a pilot-controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment.

Imran heads to Riyadh to defuse Iran-Saudi tensions

Following his visit to Iran on Sunday, Khan will set off for the kingdom - his third trip to the country this year - to discuss with Saudi leadership regional developments and other matters, reports The Express Tribune.

Kerala HC serves notice to Mohanlal in ivory case

The Chief Justice S. Manikumar after hearing the petition filed by a former Forest Service official ordered the notice to be served to the superstar and posted the case for further hearing after two weeks.

Pakistan: Prince William, Kate meet Imran, President Arif Alvi

The royal couple were greeted by Khan and met President Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Geo News reported.

Indian doctor Jame Abraham to head oncology department in US

Abraham -- M.D., F.A.C.P, who holds a medical degree from Calicut Medical College in Kerala, is well known in his country of birth and received an award from former President Pratibha Patil in 2010 for his contribution to cancer care.

Andhra govt launches ‘Rythu Bharosa’ scheme for farmers

The Chief Minister launched the flagship scheme at Kakutur in Nellore district by handing over cheques to beneficiaries.

Court extends Congress leader Shivakumar’s custody

Also a former Karnataka minister, Shivakumar was produced before a special judge at Rouse Avenue Court on the expiry of his judicial custody.

Farooq Abdullah’s sister, daughter detained after women’s protest in Jammu & Kashmir

The 20-odd women were protesting against the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A on August 5. They were carrying placards which read, 'Kashmiri brides not for sale', 'Why downgrade Jammu and Kashmir state'.

Japan: Typhoon Hagibis toll reaches 66

Japan's Self-Defence Forces were deployed to Nagano prefecture to help with search and rescue operations, public broadcaster NHK reported.

PMC customer with Rs 90 lakh in bank dies of stress

With a specially-abled son at home, Gulati needed regular cash in hand for his treatment and care which became impossible after the RBI placed stringent limits on cash withdrawals by the bank's depositors.

Election Commission bans exit polls during Assembly elections, bypolls

The ban will be effective "from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on October 21" when Haryana and Maharashtra goes to polls.

Facebook raises objections over European Union ruling on removing content

According to the social networking giant, the ruling opens the door for courts to order the removal of content that is similar to the illegal speech, "meaning that something you posted might be removed even if you knew nothing about the earlier post that a European country had deemed illegal".

Indian nurses in UAE may lose jobs over new requirement

More than 200 nurses have already lost their jobs, while several others have been demoted after the UAE made a bachelor's degree in nursing as the minimum educational qualification for registered nurses, the Gulf News said in the report on Monday.

Australia deports Vietnamese woman for bringing pork

The 45-year-old woman was stopped at Sydney airport on Saturday where she was found to be carrying 10 kg of squid, quail and cooked pork products, reports Xinhua news agency.

We will give salaries to the employees before Diwali, says BSNL CMD

"We will give salaries to the employees before Diwali from our own resources on accruals. We generate Rs 1,600 crore a month revenues from services," BSNL chairman and MD P.K. Purwar told IANS.

Apple denies it shares Safari data with Tencent or Google

A report in reclaimthenet.org stated that "Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, may be sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent -- a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party".

Top officials of Uttar Pradesh to visit Ayodhya today

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R. K. Tiwari, Director General Police O. P. Singh and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi will be in Ayodhya for a series of meetings with the local officials.

Kurds might be freeing ISIS prisoners, says Trump

"Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved," Trump posted on Twitter on Monday, adding that the former war prisoners can be "easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came," but warned that to be able to do so, "they should move quickly."

Jhansi: Four of family charred to death

The deceased included a man Jagdish, his wife Kumudbala, an elderly woman Rajni and a minor girl. One person has been seriously injured and admitted to a hospital.

FIFA to invest in football education in Lebanon

"We have started this program in Lebanon because we received quick support from the Lebanese Football Association and the Lebanese government," Infantino said on Monday during his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri at Grand Serail, reports Xinhua news agency.

Now, animal rights bootcamps are kicking in Kochi!

“It is FIAPO’s constant endeavour to organise such conferences from time –to-time to bring the community together in order to build a stronger voice for the animal rights movement in India and to make it a memorable learning experience for all,” added the organisers.

Booker Prize 2019: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share award

Despite the fact that the rules of the competition say that the award may only be bestowed on a single individual each year, the judging panel decided to make an exception on this occasion and declare a tie after more than five hours of deliberations on Monday, Efe news reported.

In a first, CUSAT introduces steel straws in canteen

Kochi: Adding another feather to its cap, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) now owns the first-ever canteen that uses steel straws in the...

Queen outlines UK government’s agenda

"My government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union (EU), based on free trade and friendly cooperation," the Queen was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

K-pop star Sulli found dead in Seoul

Police told the BBC that the singer's manager found her dead at her home and were investigating the cause of her death.

Supreme Court asks UP Govt to provide security to Sunni Waqf Board chairman

Farooqui had moved the apex court through Sriram Panchu, one of the three-member mediation panel formed by the court in order to seek an amiable solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

New device shows promise in Type 2 diabetes treatment

Sleeveballoon is a device that combines a balloon with a connected sleeve, which covers the initial parts of the small intestine. It is inserted into the stomach and bowel during minimally invasive surgery under general anaesthetic.

Goa: Striking lifeguards demand regular jobs, steady pay

"Lifeguards should be employed either as part of a society or a government corporation, because right now they have neither job security nor regular payment," local politician Siddesh Bhagat, a spokesperson for the striking lifeguards said.

Will do ‘Kaam Ki Baat’ not ‘Mann Ki Baat’, says Rahul

Speaking in Muslim-dominated Marora in Nuh district, he said the BJP was making false promises.

I have always paid male and female stars equally, says Karan Johar

Karan added many women in the industry deserve more money than the men.

NIA questions SIMI operative in connection with Bodh Gaya and Patna bomb blast cases

A highly placed NIA source told IANS, "The agency questioned Azharudeen aka Chemical Ali in connection with the probe into the Bodh Gaya and Patna bomb blast cases of 2013 for over three hours while he was in police custody of the Chhattisgarh police."

Indian-origin wins Nobel Prize in Economics for study on poverty

Banerjee was born in 1961 in Mumbai. He is a PhD from Harvard University and a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an official statement said here.

South Korean Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigns amid investigation for alleged corruption offences

President Moon Jae-in appointed the 54-year-old Cho on September 9 with the task of reforming the prosecutor's office, a body that wields enormous power and influence in the country and has played a critical role in several cases of corruption, Efe news reported.

ED summons Shivakumar’s mother, wife for questioning

The ED has earlier questioned Shivakumar's daughter Aishwarya; his brother and MP D.K. Suresh; and Belagavi Rural MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar.

Ayodhya Commissioner denies permission to VHP to light lamps at Ram Janambhoomi site

This followed a meeting here between a delegation of VHP leaders, including 'sants', and the Commissioner, but the official reportedly declined permission saying, "no religious activity beyond the Supreme Court's mandate on the issue will be allowed."

Spanish Supreme Court sentences nine Catalan separatist leaders for sedition and misuse of public...

Twelve politicians, pro-independence activists and cultural leaders were being tried for their involvement in the referendum, reports Efe news.

IRCTC makes splash on debut, doubles issue price

IRCTC on the BSE, at 12.34 a.m., was up 11.49 per cent at Rs 718 a share after it touched an intra-day high of Rs 743.80 apiece. The company recently made its Rs 645-crore initial public offering which was subscribed 112 times.

Remarks against Sonia Gandhi: Congress seeks unconditional apology from Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Congress women's wing chief Sushmita Dev said in a statement: "His (Khattar) remarks against the Congress President are deplorable and unparliamentary, it is a clear reflection of his and the BJP's disrespectful attitude towards women."

Mobile phone service resumes in Kashmir Valley after 70 days

There was a general sense of relief among the people around 12 noon when parents, relatives and friends started seeking welfare from each other after remaining cut off for over 70 days.

Australian Prime Minister’s office accidentally sends confidential document to media

The internal document was sent to journalists and news outlets, including the Xinhua news agency.

UP govt imposes Section 144 in Ayodhya as case enters final stage in SC

The district administration issued orders in this regard, late on Sunday night.

iPhone 11 takes Apple ahead of Microsoft in $1-trillion market cap

Sailing through the US-China trade war that may impact its devices too, Apple stock has reached $236.21 to beat the previous high set just over a year ago.

Wish to facilitate, not mediate between Iran, Saudi, says Imran

During his day-long visit to Tehran on Sunday, Khan said that a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia should never happen, Geo News reported.

Google honours Belgian physicist Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau with a special doodle

Google on Monday celebrated his invention with a special doodle -- on what would have been his 218th birth anniversary -- with different artwork showing up across different devices -- desktop, mobile and the Google App.

Depressed over losing job another Telangana RTC employee commits suicide

Depressed over losing his job over the ongoing strike, Surender Goud hanged himself at his house in Karwan area in Hyderabad.

Will be challenge to serve as BCCI chief, admits Ganguly

Meetings and counter meetings ruled the roost as the affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with the bigwigs of the board, met on Sunday.

Kerala fails to get medics from Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity category

The notification has been issued by the Health Service Department and the pay scale is Rs 45,800-89,000.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd employees to go on indefinite strike from today over wage revision

The management, however, said it was making efforts to avert the strike at all its 9 locations across the country over wage revision retrospectively since January 1, 2017.

Paris: Pakistani delegation reaches to attend 2-day FATF meeting

According to sources, the FATF meeting would discuss a report on the steps taken by Pakistan till April 2019 and a decision would be made on whether to exclude Islamabad from the intergovernmental organisation's grey list, reports Geo News.

2 BJP leaders on SIT radar in Chinmayanand case

The two leaders are believed to have been in close contact with Sanjay Singh, one of the three main accused in the extortion case.

Have clothes you can’t use, Swap Room is happy to help!

Depending on the number of returns you make, you will be awarded points. And based on these points you can purchase any item during the Swap festival which is scheduled in November.

Kochi: 16 years of an unfinished dream for safe travel

”Why should we have a panchayat president, if she is not ready to own up to her mistakes and rectify the same? She doesn’t realise our sufferings as she can easily reach wherever she wants through container road,” says Shaison Albert, one of the residents. 

Polish, Austrian authors win Nobel Prize for Literature

The academy said he received this year's prize "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience".

Moody’s cuts India’s 2019-20 growth forecast to 5.8%

Moody's downward revision comes ahead of the International Monetary Fund's growth projections due next week.

Panel set up to boost GST revenue after sharp collection dip

The Council expects the newly formed committee to look into "policy measures and changes in the law"

Stakes high for CPI-M in Aroor Assembly by-election

But the CPI-M, known for the systematic campaigns, is leaving nothing to chance. They very well know losing Aroor would mean curtains for Vijayan.

Saturn surpasses Jupiter to become new moon king

"This time, the moons must be named after giants from Norse, Gallic, or Inuit mythology," said Sheppard.

Microsoft aims to bring Internet to 40mn people by 2022

"In the US, we formalised our connectivity work in 2017 by launching the Airband Initiative, with the goal of bringing broadband connectivity to 3 million people in rural America by July 2022, and today marks the formalisation of the international work within the Initiative," McKinley added.

World’s 30 largest cities ‘peaked’ emissions

As an organization, C40 plays an important role in helping mayors and city officials access critical data and resources to determine the best courses for climate action.

Sindhu joins breast cancer awareness effort using AR tech

Bhairav Shankar, Managing Director, Avantari Technology, said life-size AR is a visionary futuristic technology that has the potential for the celebrity and the doctor to reach out to a large section of people without being actually physically present and convey their message.

Snapdeal records 52% rise in Diwali sales volumes

Snapdeal said its second "Snap-Diwali" sale will be live on October 11 and will run till October 13.

Rumours trigger violence during idol immersion in UP

Violence reported during Durga Pooja in UP

US-China trade talks: What to expect

Chinese economy right now is faltering, in no small part because the foreign business activity has slowed down. The fact that they spend a lot of money building apartment blocks that no one's living in as part of the glut in money that they had in the country.

Sectarian politics of Jats vs non-Jats to be a critical factor in Haryana polls

Will the Jat vs non-Jat favour BJP this time too? An analysis of election results and post-poll surveys conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) suggests that the BJP remains on a strong footing in the state.

40 Attorneys General to join anti-trust probe against Facebook

The investigation's core is the idea that "the Internet is broken".

Rihanna to release visual autobiography

As an entrepreneur, she launched her make-up line Fenty in 2017 and a lingerie line Savage x Fenty in 2018. She even starred in both "Ocean's 8" and Donald Glover's short film "Guava Island" over the past two years.

Robert Pattinson to compete for Lead Actor Oscar next year

While the film is very much a two-hander, Pattinson, who has never been nominated for an Oscar, has more screen time and his character serves as the audience's point of view.

‘Raahgir’ connected emotionally at Busan, Goutam Ghose

"Raahgir" stars Adil Hussain, Tillotama Shome and Neeraj Kabi. The film is all set to be screened at MAMI in Mumbai on October 19 and 20, under Spotlight section of the festival.