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Rains hit voting in Kerala, turnout 30% at noon

The polling began at 7 a.m. and will go on till 6.30 p.m. in the state.

Plans finalised to mobilise public for ‘Azadi March’

PPP Rawalpindi chapter secretary general Chaudhry Iftikhar said the party was ready to participate and will launch a worker mobilisation campaign soon.

4 dead over offensive Facebook post in Bangladesh

Since the controversy broke out, some 200 temples, houses and businesses belonging to Hindus had been vandalized across Bangladesh.

Koode, helping people in distress

Kochi: It was one year back, during the deluge in Kerala, that Nithya Venugopal started a WhatsApp group called EKM Rescue Volunteers. However, as the...

Kochi Container Road accidents, High Court intervenes

Kochi: Ever since its construction, container road had featured in the news, all for the wrong reasons. Last year there had been around 10 accidents...

24% voting in Punjab by-polls till 12 noon

The Congress has 78 legislators in the 117-member House.

Rajasthan bypolls: 26.97% voting in Mandava, 25.04% in Khinvsar

The results shall be declared on October 24.

EU envoy calls for resumption of US-Taliban talks

During the past year, the US and the Taliban held nine rounds of negotiations in Doha, in which a draft agreement was reached, before Trump abruptly cancelled the talks over the Taliban claimed attack in Kabul which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

EVMs only vote for BJP claims BJP MLA, Rahul shares video

New Delhi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday shared on Twitter a viral video in which Bakhshish Singh Virk, the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA...

30 world leaders to attend Naruhito’s enthronement

Emperor Naruhito, 59, ascended to the throne on May 1, 2018, after the abdication of his father Akihito, and his enthronement will be marked by public ceremonies to which representatives from more than 190 countries have been invited, reports Efe news.

Heavy rains affect polling in Kerala

The worst affected were Ernakulam and Konni constituencies, which recorded 4.9 per cent and 11.5 per cent voting till 9 a.m. respectively. Among the other three constituencies, Vatiyoorkavu witnessed 11.5 per cent, Aroor 12.8 per cent, and Manjeswaram 16.5 per cent polling till 9 a.m.

Polling underway in Telangana’s Huzurnagar

The polling, which began at 7 a.m. at all the 302 polling stations in the constituency in Suryapet district, will continue till 5 p.m.

Peaceful voting on as rain soaks Maharashtra

Among the early-bird voters were Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, former Deputy Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar with his family, his cousin Supriya Sule, in Baramati, former Union Home Minister and former Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in Solapur.

Polling underway for TN’s Vikravandi, Nanguneri Assembly bypolls

The polling will conclude at 6 p.m. The counting of votes would be taken up on October 24.

Voting begins for 4 Assembly seats in Assam

There are 20 candidates in the fray in all the four constituencies this time and a total of close to seven lakh voters are to cast their votes.

Pakistan, India to ink Kartarpur agreement this week

Pakistan handed the final draft of the proposed bilateral agreement on Kartarpur to India on Monday and the signing ceremony is expected to take place on either Wednesday or Thursday, the Express Tribune said, quoting sources.

Polling begins for 90 Assembly seats in Haryana

Other than minor initial hiccups in the operation of the electronic voting machines, voting began across the state at a brisk pace.

Election Commission seizes Rs 4.30 Cr bank’s cash in Maharashtra

An EC official said that the money was being transported by the 'DMK Jaoli Bank' without proper intimation, or in an authorised vehicle with guards.

Google Maps showing Hyderabad’s Hussain Sagar lake as Jai Shri Ram Sagar

People were surprised to see Hussain Sagar lake as 'Jai Shri Ram Sagar' and took to Twitter to vent their anger against the cyber vandalism.

UK PM refuses to sign letter requesting Brexit delay

According to Xinhua news agency, the request would be accompanied by another letter, signed by Johnson, which says he does not want a delay, the reports added.

Johnson & Johnson recalls 33K baby powder bottles in US on asbestos worry

Government officials said customers should stop using powder from the affected batch "immediately", the BBC reported.

Syrian Kurds urge US to press Turkey for ceasefire

SDF commander, Mazlum Abdi, said in a statement that his side pledged to abide by the 120-hour truce reached on Thursday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, Efe news reported.

Books: A new Great Game in the Himalayas, giving voice to Muslim women, the...

Read about the new Great Game afoot in the Himalayas involving India, China and Tibet; a forceful argument for giving Muslim women a chance to reclaim their sacred place; and finally, explore the intricacies of Dalal Street through a desi potboiler.

Virat Kohli to skip T20I series against Bangladesh

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments confirmed that it has been decided to give Kohli a break during the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh.

Johnson’s Brexit deal worse than May’s: Labour Party leader

Johnson on Saturday morning addressed the House of Commons ahead of a "knife-edge" vote on his latest Brexit deal, a last-ditch attempt before the October 31 deadline to leave the European Union (EU), the BBC reported.

Your work is to improve economy and not run a comedy circus, Priyanka Gandhi...

"BJP leaders are busy undermining the achievements of others instead of doing the work they have been assigned. The man who won the Nobel prize did his work with honesty and then won the award," she said.

UK PM Boris Johnson addresses House of Commons for new Brexit deal

Business in the House of Commons started at around 9.30 a.m. - the first weekend sitting since the invasion of the Falklands in 1982, the BBC reported.

Banking services may be hit October 22 as unions warn of strike

The two unions - the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) - have informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) through a notice that they will go on strike from 6 a.m. on October 22 to 6 a.m. on October 23.

Dubai Fitness Challenge to attempt a world record

The fitness movement launched by the Dubai royalty on Friday will go on till November 16. It has been created to inspire a spirit of health, wellness and active life in all its people.

Kudankulam: Second nuclear power unit stops operation

The atomic power plant stopped generation about 12.30 a.m. on Saturday owing to "SG level low", the company added.

Kerala: Court rejects serial killer Jolly’s bail plea

The bail plea was heard at Thamarassery Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, near Kozhikode.

Telangana shutdown hits transport services

Transport services were hit as a majority of the TSRTC buses remained confined to depots in Hyderabad and 32 other districts with protesting employees staging a sit-in to prevent the vehicles from coming out.

Roudram 2018: Film on Kerala floods make it to Cairo film festival

"Roudram 2018" is Jayaraj's seventh film in the "Navarasa" series.

Karnataka students made to wear cartons to avoid copying

"A notice has been issued to Bhagat Pre-University College seeking an explanation for forcing its students to wear cardboard boxes (cartons) while writing exams to prevent them from copying," a Haveri district Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) official told IANS on phone.

Fresh US sanctions against Cuba for backing Maduro

The announcement of new sanctions, which will come into effect on October 21, was made by the US Department of Commerce on Friday through the Federal Register, the government's official journal, reports Efe news.

No interviews for government jobs now in Andhra Pradesh

He has directed the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) to do away with the existing system of conducting interviews for the recruitment. He asked it to conduct only the written examination to ensure transparency in the recruitment process.

Indian fugitive in FBI’s top 10 most wanted list

Though the top 10 list of most wanted fugitives is constantly updated and changed, as Bhadresh Patel continues to run from one place to another, his name continues to figure in the latest FBI list (2019), which includes some of the most dreaded fugitives. Patel's name first figured in the top 10 list in 2017.

Blast at mosque kills 62 people in Afghanistan

The mosque is in the Jaw Dara area of the Haska Meyna district of Nangarhar.

The Wishing Tree, workshop with Brazilian artists concludes in Kochi

Students of Tattwa Learning Centre had their wishes fulfilled as the five-day art workshop, 'The Wishing Tree' concluded at Girinagar on Friday.

Yechury flays Modi, Shah for labelling opposition leaders as ‘traitors’

Describing the comments made by Modi and Shah on opposition leaders as 'heinous and derogatory', Yechury on Friday said that such a level of attack on political opponents was 'unprecedented'.

Sanjay Sreenivas, with his new film Koma, in conversation with Woke Journal

From shooting his first short film on a point and shoot camera to having his 'Lost' screened at the Quindici short film festival in Italy in 2017 to his to be released movie Koma, Kochi based film-maker Sanjay Sreenivas has come a long way. In a pre-release interview with The Woke Journal, Sanjay opens up about Koma, to be released tonight and his journey as a film-maker.

Boris Johnson launches drive to win support for Brexit deal

A spokesperson for the British Prime Minister said he along with his team were reaching to the MPs from across the House of Commons to win support for the deal, BBC reported.

TikTok appoints Nikhil Gandhi as India head

Based out of Mumbai, Gandhi will lead the development of TikTok's products and operations in India.

Pro-independence unions’ protest against Spanish Supreme Court’s ruling

The strike has been called by Intersindical-CSC and Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya reports Efe news.

900K troops in Kashmir to terrorise 8m people, says Imran Khan

Imran Khan tweeted: "75 days & Occupation government of Modi continues the siege in IOJK. Modi is riding a tiger - he thought he could get his agenda of annexation by using 900k forces to silence Kashmiris. You don't need 900k troops to fight terrorism; you need them to terrorise 8m Kashmiri people."

Bombay High Court bench in Goa dismisses Tejpal’s plea for postponing rape hearing

Hearing Tejpal's plea challenging an order of a trial court, which earlier this month had scheduled the hearing over three days starting from October 21, Justice C.V. Bhadang on Friday, dismissed the petition paving way for the hearing to be held as scheduled.

ISL 2019-20 to kick-off with grand opening ceremony

As the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here is expected to be painted in a sea of yellow, the opening ceremony is set to catalyse it with high-octane performances by superstars Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani along with the internationally acclaimed Indian dance group Kings United.

Sensex ends 246 points higher, Nifty ends at 11,661

The Sensex closed 246.32 points higher at 39,298.38, after flip-flopping between the high and low of 39,361.06 and 38,963.60, respectively. The broader Nifty settled 75.50 points higher at 11,661.85.

Pakistan to remain in FATF greylist

The announcement was made by FATF President Xiangmin Liu.

CJI Gogoi recommends Justice Bobde as successor

Sources said CJI Gogoi wrote a letter to the Ministry of Law and Justice recommending second senior-most judge Justice Bobde to be the next chief justice.

Election Commission issues notice to Mumbai BJP chief on communal speech

Lodha had recently at an election rally in Mumbadevi constituency, which has a sizeable Muslim population, hinted that the explosives used for blasts in the early nineties in Mumbai were "manufactured in the lanes within 5 km."

Parties should keep away from caste outfits, says Kerala CEO Teeka Ram Meena

His statements come at a time when five Kerala Assembly constituencies are to elect its new legislator on Monday.

Sri Lanka: President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates Jaffna International Airport

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the Jaffna International Airport, at a function during which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present.

Ex-Olympic champion Li Xue Rui bids adieu to international badminton

In an article published on its official website on Thursday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that Li, who finished with 14 Superseries titles, will be remembered as an attacking player with a never-say-die spirit.

Muslim parties refute move to settle Ayodhya dispute

A rift has emerged within Muslim parties, as the lawyers of the Sunni Waqf Board has expressed disagreement in connection with the settlement on the dispute through mediation.

Want to be fit? Workout before breakfast

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Universities of Bath and Birmingham found that by changing the timing of when you eat and exercise, one can better control the blood sugar levels.

CBI files charge sheet against Chidambaram in INX Media case

The chargesheet filed by the agency names 14 accused including Peter Mukerjea, Karti, P. Chidambaram, Karti's accountant Bhaskar and some bureaucrats, sources told media.

Uttar Pradesh: Govt bans use of mobile phones in colleges and universities

A circular to this effect has been issued by the Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh. The circular mentions a blanket ban on the use of mobile phones inside universities and colleges.

Hong Kong police block Sunday protest march against mask ban

Residents took to the streets in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Kwun Tong districts, the South China Morning reported.

Imran Khan launches ‘Kamyab Jawan Programme’ for youth’s progress

A sum of 100 billion Pakistani rupees ($639 million) has been allocated for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's flagship initiative for the welfare of the country's youth, The Express Tribune reported.

World’s longest test flight ready for take off

The flight, which is scheduled to depart New York at 9 p.m. from the American megalopolis, is the first of three planned test flights involving the new Boeing 757-9s aircraft which are set to cover new direct routes between Sydney and, London and New York, reports Efe news.

SC refuses to entertain plea on insuring PMC Bank customers

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the petitioner to approach the high court for seeking relief on his plea.

SC orders transfer of NRC state coordinator to Madhya Pradesh

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the government to notify his transfer within seven days.

Trump hails ceasefire agreement with Turkey in Syria

"This was a great thing for everybody. Turkey is ... I really appreciate what they've done, they did the right thing and I have great respect for the president," Trump told reporters in Dallas, Texas on Friday ahead of a campaign rally.

Haryana: Rahul to replace Sonia Gandhi as speaker at Mahendragarh rally

Sonia Gandhi had not campaigned in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due to her ill health. This was to be her first rally after returning as interim Congress president. The party had even released a detailed programme, which said she will address a public meeting at Government College Khel Parisar in Mahendragarh on Friday.

Zuckerberg admits Facebook publishes ads containing lies

In a speech at Georgetown University in Washington on Thursday, Zuckerberg admitted that he is concerned about the "erosion of truth" in society and online, but he rejected the idea that his firm and other tech companies should be the ones to decide whether info placed on the social networks is accurate or not, Efe news reported.

Mathrubhumi announces Rs 5 lakh ‘Book Of The Year’ award

The award will be presented at the third edition of the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) in Thuruvanathapuram from January 30-February 2, 2020, the newspaper's Joint MD Shreyams Kumar said at a glittering event here.

UN General Assembly elects Venezuela despite opposition

Venezuela with 105 votes defeated Costa Rica, which received 96 votes in the closely watched Latin American segment of the elections for 14 members to the Council.

Law student who accused Chinmayanand of sexual misconduct to take admission to a University...

Based on the directions of the Supreme Court, the chief judicial magistrate, on Thursday, accepted the application of the student's father of the and ordered the jail superintendent to take her to the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University (MJPRU).

BJP-RSS using NRC to stoke communal passions, says Yechury

"The Narendra Modi-led BJP government is now harping on extending the NRC process to the entire country. This is uncalled for and it is being done to target certain sections of people polarise the society ... Aand thereby consolidate the Hindutva vote bank.

KMRL gets nod for Water Metro at Kakkanad; Kochi to be the first city

With this, Kochi would also become the first city in the country to integrate water transport as a feeder service to the metro. 

Study reveals alarming levels of plastic in Kochi backwaters

The report suggests the presence of 4276 tons of plastic waste in the bottom sediments which works out to 55.9 tons per square km area, in the 76.5 square km stretch of Alappuzha - Thannermukkom sector of Vembanad. 

Zomato announces second season of multi-city food carnival

After its 2018-19 debut in Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru, the platform has scaled up the food festival, and will also host it in Mumbai and Hyderabad this year for the first time, in addition to the three first-edition cities.

Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party rejects Brexit deal

The DUP, the dominant pro-UK party in Northern Ireland, effectively has a veto on any deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts to the House of Commons, the lower chamber of legislation, Efe news reported.

Need Ayodhya settlement, not judgement,says Sunni Waqf Board

Advocate Shahid Rizvi, speaking on behalf of Waqf Board Chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui, said: "The terms of the settlement are such that no party will be disappointed, and we urge the other parties (Ram Lalla Virajman and Nirmohi Akhara) to shun differences and join us in resolving this age-old dispute."

Left parties on fast in support of Telangana RTC employees

Several leaders and activists of Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), other Left parties and people's organisations participated in the mass hunger strike to show solidarity with the striking employees.

Turkish President postpones Pakistan trip

It had earlier been reported that the Turkish President would pay an official visit to Pakistan on October 23 to cement relations between the two countries and extend full support to Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir issue, the Dawn reported.

Bhupesh Baghel government decides to replace EVMs

Chhattisgarh would perhaps be the first state in the country to do away with EVMs in favour of ballot paper in the local body polls.

Mumbai: Slowdown, government apathy affecting economy, says Manmohan Singh

"There is gloom in the automobiles hub of Pune, the slowdown has led to a large number of factories shutting down in Maharashtra. The state is hit by a grave economic crisis, but the government seems obsessed with trying to fix blame," said Singh.

Uttarakhand HC bans practice of using chilli powder and chilli bombs to drive away...

Sackfuls of chilli powder and chilli bombs were used by people living on the outskirts of the 11 elephant corridors in the state to shoo away elephants and reduce man-animal conflict in the region. However, the High Court put a stop to this on Tuesday.