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Hong Kong introduces anti-mask law

Hong Kong has emerged from 17 straight weekends of protest, triggered by the now-withdrawn extradition bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent back to mainland China.

Banksy’s UK Parliament painting sells for $12mn

The auction took place a year after Banksy himself intervened in a Sotheby's auction, when his artwork "Girl with Balloon" self-destructed as the gavel came down to become the newly titled "Love is in the Bin".

‘EU open but unconvinced with Johnson’s Brexit plans’

The UK government has said that it was aiming to reach a final agreement at an EU summit on October 17.

Over 3,000 pigs culled in Philippines over swine fever

The disease's causative agent, the African swine fever virus of the Asfarviridae family, only impacts pigs and cannot be transmitted to humans, who are therefore completely unsusceptible to contagion.

Iraq: Protest continues, Toll climb to 26

Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari said in a statement on Wednesday that he has decided to raise the state of alert for the Iraqi armed forces "to preserve state sovereignty and protect all foreign embassies and diplomatic missions operating in Iraq".

Pakistan: SC to constitute special bench for minority right

The court, however, told Vankwani that being in the government he should have fulfilled the demands through the government.

Article 370: 2 months on, no injunction by SC

The restrictions had been imposed on August 4, a day ahead of the Central government moving a resolution in Parliament to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370.

Not aware’ of interim dividend demand from Centre, RBI Governor

The MPC also revised the growth forecast of India downwards to 6.1 per cent for the financial year 2019-20.

Demi Lovato sorry about free Israel trip after facing fan flak

"This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Now I realize it hurts people and for that I'm sorry. Sorry, I'm not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. I'd rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself than staying quiet to please other people," she added.

Kerala businessman alleges cheating by Pala legislator

"That person (Menon) has said he doesn't have anything to do with me. This allegation against Kappen first surfaced just before the Pala elections. This It's nothing but an election stunt by them (the Congress-led UDF)," said Balakrishnan.

Kochi flats: Some residents leave, others seek more time

In a related development, state police's Crime Branch chief Tomin Thachenkery arrived at the flat complex and later told the media that they have also begun their job and all those who have erred in their duty, including government officials and builders, will be proceeded against.

Maharashtra Elections: Cong releases names of 19 candidates, Nirupam upset

The party has fielded two former Chief Ministers -- Prithviraj Chavan from Karad South and Ashok Chavan from Bhokar. Maharashtra will go to polls on October 21. The Congress is contesting 125 seats of the 288-member Assembly.

SC notice to CBI on Chidambaram’s bail plea

The former union minister and his son Karti Chidambaram were named in the INX Media case by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in a Mumbai jail in connection with the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora.

Witch-hunt continues, UP government registers new charges against Dr. Kafeel Khan

He was also not found guilty of not informing is seniors of the emergency situation back then nor was he involved in corruption related to tendering process for oxygen cylinders, as per the earlier report which surfaced in the media on September 27.

PMC scam: ED files PMLA case, raids at 6 places in Mumbai

The FIR was filed by Jasbir Singh Matta, manager, recovery department, of PMC Bank. It is also alleged that as many as 21,049 fictitious bank accounts were allegedly created to hide the loans, which were disbursed in violation of the Reserve Bank of India norms.

RBI lowers repo rate by 25 basis points to 5.15%, loans likely to get...

"The MPC also decided to continue with an accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth while ensuring that inflation remains within the target," the policy statement said.

NGT Appointments: SC Seeks Response from Centre

The petition has claimed that due to non-appointment of judicial and expert members, several NGT benches are lying non-functional.

Wayanad: Rahul Gandhi joins protest, assures best legal aid

In Wayanad, the division is 4.8 km of the core zone and 5.8 km of the buffer zone. In all, 24.2 km of the highway passes through protected areas in Karnataka, and 10.4 km through protected areas in Kerala.

Neighbouring galaxy is violent, say researchers

“One of our main motivations in studying astronomy is to understand our place in the Universe. A way of learning about our galaxy is to study others that are similar to it, and try to understand how these systems formed and evolved.”

Doha Worlds: Holloway wins dramatic gold in 110m hurdles

The 23-year-old, who won silver in the 100m, was the outstanding favourite and outclassed the field to take gold in a British record of 21.88 seconds.

Rohit-Mayank become 3rd Indian opening pair to score 300

The other two Indian opening pair to stitch together a partnership of more than 300 runs in Test cricket are Vinoo Mankad-Pankaj Roy (413 runs against New Zealand in 1956) and Virender Sehwag-Rahul Dravid (410 runs against Pakistan in 2006).

Why aspiring parents should avoid drinking alcohol

Regarding specific defects, the study found that compared to abstinence, maternal drinking was correlated to a 20 per cent greater risk of tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four abnormalities in the heart's structure.

Congress’ star campaigner leaves for US ahead of bypolls

Now, among the five assembly seats which go to the polls on October 21, four of them are presently held by the UDF.

No alternate houses in sight, Maradu flats residents to stay put

"The State has condemned me and my wife to live in rented homes, at the mercy of others, as my pension permits, till the last day of our lives. The irony is that on the day that I leave my home I have received Silver Certificates for the years 2017-18 and 2018-19 from the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes for my contribution towards nation building by paying taxes. I contributed to building a nation and lost to the nation the home I built. Jai Hind," wrote Joseph, the son of a Kerala police official.

Over half of Maharashtra MLAs have criminal cases, ADR

The average assets per MLA for BJP MLAs is Rs 11.45 crore, Shiv Sena MLAs is Rs 6.83 crore, Congress MLAs is Rs 8.36 crore, 39 NCP MLAs is Rs 10.56 crore and 6 Independent MLAs have average assets of Rs 12.80 crore.

Kerala list of prisoners to be released not yet ready

"Once the list comes, it will be abided to. In the past also remission has been given," said the official.

India-Pak Nuclear war can kill over 10 crore people says study

The black smoke would block sunlight from reaching the ground, driving temperatures around the world down for several years. Worldwide food shortages would likely come soon after.

Imran Khan to visit China next week to ‘revive’ stalled CPEC projects

Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed briefed the meeting on Main Line-1 (ML-1) projects being executed to lay a new railway track from Karachi to Peshawar under the CPEC umbrella.

Ahead Of Local Polls, Jammu Leaders Freed From House Arrest

Over 250 petitions have been filed against the preventive detention orders against prominent political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Petitions have also been filed in the Supreme Court against the detentions.

Burj Khalifa lit up as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

From school children in Kazakhstan drawing pictures of Mahatma Gandhi to Lebanon issuing a commemorative stamp on him, to walks for peace and tolerance held in many cities, the world paid tribute to Gandhi on his sesquicentennial in various ways.

Democrats warn Trump ‘no fooling around’ with impeachment

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is being dragged into the inquiry along with Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer.

US to impose $7.5bn in tariffs on EU goods

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, meanwhile, said in a statement that any US measure to impose tariffs would be considered "short-sighted and counterproductive".

Thanks to Tweeple, Parle brings back Rola Cola candy

The company said that the new version of the product is taller, stronger and cooler with 12 pack slabs.

Google enables auto-delete YouTube History feature

In May, the company opened the new Google Safety Engineering Center where it expects the number of privacy engineers to double by the end of 2019.

Successful attack on Aramco possible only with help inside the kingdom

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who peers through his binoculars 24X7, instantly raised his finger: "Iran".

Paresh Rawal apologises to Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan

Rawal had called Kafeel a "hero in the eyes of the ever-active termite clan" in a tweet soon after the BRD Medical College tragedy in Gorakhpur that led to the death of over 60 children due to lack of oxygen supply in August 2017.

Koregaon-Bhima case: Justice S Ravindra Bhat becomes 5th judge to recuse from hearing Navlakha’s...

Among other things, they are accused of having alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist, a conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to overthrow the elected government.

INX media case: Chidambaram petitions SC for early hearing on bail plea

The Enforcement Directorate has also filed a money laundering case against Chidambaram.

Delhi jail inmate hides blade in tummy, officials shocked

Sources said efforts are still on to remove the blade from his stomach. As to why he needed a surgical blade inside the jail is still unclear.

Jolt to BSP: Saharanpur unit joins BJP ahead of UP byboll

However, the exit of Molhu along with most of the party office-bearers just before Gangoh bypoll is likely to adversely hit its prospects.

Suarez’s brace help Barcelona edge past Inter Milan

Barcelona: FC Barcelona edged Inter Milan 2-1 on two second-half goals by Luis Suarez to move into a tie on points for the lead in...

Ben Stokes is PCA’s Player of the Year

The 28-year-old edged past Ryan Higgins, Dominic Sibley and Simon Harmer and also became the sixth player to have bagged the Young Player of the Year award and the Player of the Year recognition.

Airbus row: US plans to slap tariffs on EU products

Airbus is hopeful that the United States and the EU will agree to find a negotiated solution before "creating serious damage" to the aviation industry as well as to trade relations and the global economy, it said.

Mystery over PMC Bank’s audit firm deepens says Moneylife report

"This Mr Lakdawala had worked with PCH Ansotia & Co (Deloitte, Haskins + Sells) and Deloitte for four years from 1984 to 1988. However, there is no information about what he was doing between 1988 till 2009 as per LinkedIn records," the report said.

Indian Oil to Build Road from Single-Use Plastic

New Delhi:Country's largest PSU oil refiner and retailer Indian Oil Corporation has taken up various initiatives to support the government's drive to eliminate single-use...

This is the greatest hoax, Trump hits out at impeachment inquiry

The three committees have already subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Giuliani, who the whistleblower complaint claimed a central figure in the administration's dealings with Ukraine.

Two-time Congress CM Hooda to file nomination today

In the 2014 Assembly polls, the BJP improved its 2009 tally of four to 47, followed by the INLD with 19 Legislators and the Congress with 15 seats.

Art for the heart; Alia Bhatt supports fundraising for kids with heart diseases

"I have been told that kids are more positive than adults because they don't know how bad the situation is and they don't have a negative frame of mind. I feel that's the reason they get cured faster," said Alia, while inaugurating the exhibition named 'Art for the Heart' at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Rahman to perform live at Busan International Film Festival

Also, the "99 Songs" film, which is produced and co-written by the Grammy and Oscar-winning musician, will be screened at the festival.

‘Change in mindsets required for Clean India’

Centuries of prejudice that has made Indian society biased towards the notion of cleanliness has no parallel in the world, the book states

PMC Bank Case: Dummy accounts created to hide HDIL’s NPAs

"Some of the large accounts were not reported to RBI from 2008 because of fear of reputational risk," Thomas has revealed in his four-page letter.

IPL is back, Kolkata to host auction on December 19

The trading window for all the eight franchises will close on November 14.

Love red meat? You can continue relishing it

"This is not just another study on red and processed meat, but a series of high-quality systematic reviews resulting in recommendations we think are far more transparent, robust and reliable," said study researcher Bradley Johnston.

We are in no rush, Rohit will be given time as Test opener, says...

He has mostly played as a middle-order and lower-order batsman in Test cricket and this will be the first time that he opens the innings.

Kerala tops the list, Niti Aayog releases school education quality index

Among the smaller states category, Manipur emerged as the best performer. West Bengal refused to participate in the evaluation process and has not been included in the rankings.

CWG excludes shooting, Rathore declines to comment

The IOA has been talking about a boycott of the event following the scrapping of shooting from the Birmingham CWG. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has already clarified that a call on boycotting the event will be taken by his Ministry.

Peru: Congress Dissolved, President Calls for Fresh Elections

Soon after, a group of opposition Congress members launched a presidential impeachment process to remove Vizcarra from office on the grounds of his "permanent moral incapacity"

Unofficial NRC: UP to identify Bangladeshis, other foreigners

"Previous governments have not acted against them due to vote bank politics," said a senior official.

Rahul Gandhi Meets Kerala CM to Discuss Night Traffic Ban on NH-766

The night traffic ban was introduced following a directive from the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner in 2009 to provide wild animals with a reprieve from vehicular movement. The ban is from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. It was challenged in the High Court of Karnataka, but the decision was upheld. The matter is now being heard in the Supreme Court.

Trump impeachment: Pompeo in trouble, participated in Ukraine call says official

Some Senate Republicans have voiced concern over the allegations outlined in a whistleblower complaint made public last week, but none has voiced support for impeachment.

Brexit: Concrete proposals, UK to reveal updated plan shortly

The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, and Johnson has said this will happen whether or not there is a new deal with Brussels, the BBC reported.

Kerala’s UL Cyber park eyes 50,000 IT jobs by 2025

The Uralungal group's parent company is the Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS) Ltd, formed in 1925, which was started by the labourers as a cooperative society catering to the needs of the lower strata in northern Kerala.

Saradha case: Former Kolkata police chief granted anticipatory bail by Calcutta HC

Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen as also his close associate Debjani Mukherjee is behind bars now.

Senate has no choice but Trump impeachment, Mitch McConnell

Another President, Richard Nixon, resigned as Congress was set to impeach him after the Watergate scandal.

All thanks to this ‘smart shirt’; Now you can monitor lung disease

We wanted to see whether a smart shirt could provide an accurate and more practical alternative for measuring lung function," said Denise Mannee, a technical physician from Radboud University

False election affidavit: Set back for Fadnavis, SC orders probe

A complaint was filed by Satish Ukey against Fadanvis in the magistrate's court seeking his prosecution for not disclosing all the details of pending criminal cases.

AI-based method may help improve Crohn’s disease treatment

The research team evaluated genetic variants in the 111 people, including 64 with Crohn's disease, and used AI techniques to pinpoint genes whose functions changed more in Crohn's patients than in healthy people, and vice versa.

Maharashtra polls: BJP names 125 candidates, Devendra Fadnavis fielded from Nagpur

The 288-member Maharashtra Assembly will go to the polls on October 21, while the results will be declared on October 24

No time for Kashmir; SC not to entertain pleas against revocation of Art 370

These petitions have also challenged the bifurcation of the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Yuvraj Singh fires another salvo, says India doesn’t need No.4 batsman

Yuvraj Singh once again took a dig at the Indian team's middle-order ordeal, saying they are very strong and don't need reinforcements.

Is Your Phone to Blame for Depression or Anxiety, Now you have an answer

"There's an issue where people are entirely too reliant on the device, in terms of feeling anxious if they don't have it accessible, and they're using it to the detriment of their day-to-day life."

Revealed: Here is who helped Tom Hanks to Get Started in the Industry!

He said the friends are still close to each other. "They were the kind of actor I wanted to be. And the kind of human being I hope to become."

A Dam of Consequences; New Project in MP to Submerge 2,371 hectares Forest

Social activist Amulya Nidhi said the project would affect forests in 23 villages and people living in as many as eight villages across the three districts. Theses villages had big tribal population.

August fiscal deficit at 78.7% Of 2019-20 target

"However, the pace of net tax revenue growth slowed considerably to 10.5 per cent at end-August 2019 from 15.8 per cent at the end of July 2019, which appears to have partly been led by the settlement of IGST balances."

Imran Khan to attend China-Pakistan biz forum in Beijing

This will be Khan's third visit to China after coming to power in August 2018, The News International reported on Tuesday.

Chinmayanand used to tear woman’s clothes when she resisted, says government Counsel

The district government counsel Anuj Singh has said that according to the law student's statement, the former minister used to tear her clothes whenever she refused to remove them on her own, which is why they slapped IPC Section 354D (follows a woman and contacts, or attempts to contact such woman to foster personal interaction repeatedly despite a clear indication of disinterest by such woman) on Chinmayanand.

Turkey will continue to shed light on the death of Khashoggi, says President

He said Turkey has used all its means to transparently inform the international community about the investigation on Khashoggi murder, Xinhua reported.

Court rejects Chinmayanand’s bail petition; sends him back to jail from hospital

Two days after his arrest on September 20, Chinmayanand was shifted to the hospital after he complained of high blood pressure and chest pain. Later, he complained of urinary problems.

NBA to begin youth basketball development programmes

"We are excited to partner with the American India Foundation to support the health, wellness and education of underserved youth in Mumbai," said Pacers Chairman, CEO and Governor Herb Simon.

Farhan Akhtar hits boxing ring in first look of ‘Toofan’

A few months ago, the actor had also shared a video of himself in which he was seen boxing. "Slow. Speed. Slow. Power. Slow. Speed. Burn baby burn. ‘Toofan' in the making," he had captioned the video.