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Priyanka Gandhi writes to Adityanath, seeks probe into girl’s death

Priyanka Gandhi, who is also the in-charge of the eastern Uttar Pradesh in a letter dated November 28 to the Chief Minister said the incident was "heart wrenching" and it assumes importance in the context of the security of girls studying in various institutions in the state.

63% polling in Ist phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls

Defying the Maoist boycott call, voters queued up in large numbers at polling stations since morning to caste their votes.

Iran shuts schools due to rising air pollution levels

Tehran's Deputy Governor on Friday announced that all kindergartens, schools as well as universities would be closed on Saturday, Xinhua reported, citing IRNA.

Dalrymple, Murugan, Tharoor in line-up for Kerala litfest

Set along the shores of the Arabian Sea by the beaches of Calicut, the festival will bring readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment, and discussion.

Protest in Kabul against alleged election fraud

The protesters shouted slogans against Ghani and the country's election commission, alleging that the poll body was counting hundreds of thousands of invalid votes polled on Sep.28 to help the president win a second term, Efe news reported.

Delhi: Medical student commits suicide

The incident happened on Friday morning. Preliminary investigation indicates that the woman, a second-year postgraduate student at the hospital, injected herself with a syringe found in her room.

Ayodhya’s Muslim community to mark December 6 as ‘Day of Sorrow’

For the last 27 years, from December 6, 1993 onwards, the Muslim community in Ayodhya led by Haji Mahboob, who was one of the main litigant from Muslim side in Babri Masjid case, and president of local organization 'Anjuman Muhafiz - Masajid wa Maqabir' (organisation and protectee of mosques and mausoleums), has been observing the day in this manner.

Application in SC seeks stay on electoral bonds

The Association for Democratic Reforms through advocate Prashant Bhushan filed the application in the apex court said: "The government made SBI accept expired electoral bonds sold in an illegal window."

SFI, KSU activists clash at Thiruvananthapuram college

University College, located in the heart of the state capital, has been in the news for somne time, ever since an SFI student was stabbed by two other SFI activists a few months back and it took another turn when the two accused were later found to have manipulated the Public Service Commission examinations for the Police Constable and secured top ranks.

Massachusetts becomes 1st US state to ban flavoured tobacco

This law seeks to make these flavoured tobacco products less attractive to the youth amid a wave of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, Efe news reported.

Deepika bags gold, Ankita wins silver at Asian archery meet

Deepika beat Ankita 6-0 in the lopsided final contest.

SS, NCP, Congress’ coming together setback for BJP, says Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee asked the BJP to ponder over how the Sena, a "more strident Hindutva party", joined hands with the other two outfits.

Death toll in Albania earthquake rises to 46

According to the ministry's statement on Thursday, 22 of the killed are from Durres and Kruje, Xinhua reported.

Assam: Civil society organisation files case against NRC coordinator for misappropriation of funds

One Rajib Deka of the Assam Public Works (APW) has filed the FIR at the Guwahati office of the CBI on Thursday.

China threatens US after Trump signs HK legislation

Trump in a statement said he had signed the bills the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 and one against crowd control munition exports to the territory out of "respect" to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the people of Hong Kong, Efe news reported.

Pakistan: Students to protest at 50 places on November 29

Lahore:   Students in Pakistan have decided to come together under the Student Action Committee (SAC) for a Student Solidarity March at 50 places across the...

EC files FIRs against Yeddyurappa over ‘casteist’ speeches

"Alleged speech made by B.S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka on caste lines in Gokak and Shiruppi village in Kagwad Assembly constituency on November 23 have been inquired into," said Additional Chief Electoral Officer (expenditure monitoring) Priyanka Mary Francis in a statement.

JNUSU: No decision yet on boycotting exams

"We also want normalcy on the campus. We also want to get back to studies, but the Vice Chancellor is not ready for a dialogue. Whatever we could do, we have done. Some lecture series are happening. It's not that classes are completely shut, but we haven't taken a decision on exams," said JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh.

Uddhav takes oath as Maha CM, 6 Ministers also sworn in

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy at 6.40 pm to Thackeray - who sported a striking saffron coloured kurta-pyjama, the Sena's colour.

Messi scores in 700th match to guide Barcelona to victory

Luis Suarez put the hosts up 1-0 in the 29th minute with an assist from Messi, who doubled the lead four minutes later with a goal of his own and went on to set up Antoine Griezmann's marker in the 67th minute.

Bengal bypoll: Trinamool, BJP, Congress lead in one seat each

The by-elections were held on November 25.

Assam bans gutkha, pan masala with nicotine for 1 year

A notification issued by the Food and Drugs Administration of the state government banned the manufacturing, storage, sale, transportation, display and distribution of food articles in which tobacco or nicotine are used as ingredients.

More trouble brews for Chinmayanand as old case crops up

The court will on December 13 hear another sexual harassment case brought against Chinmaynand by his former devotee who was also the principal of his college.

Sanju Samson’s return in team brings cheers for home town

Samson is a local hero and tempers ran high when he was dropped unceremoniously after being benched for the recent matches against Bangladesh.

Trump approves bill supporting HK protesters

The Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justify its special status with the US, BBC reported.

Kamal Nath seeks action against Pragya Thakur

His tweet follows the Bhopal Lok Sabha member Pragya Thakur's repeated mention of Godse as a patriot.

Australian broadcaster, author Clive James dies at 80

Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010, the author and critic had movingly written about his terminal illness during the final years of his life, the BBC reported on Thursday.

‘Prize of honesty is humiliation’: Khemka on 53rd transfer

This is the 53rd transfer of Khemka, who is considered as an upright officer in the administrative circle. Khemka, who was Principal Secretary, Science and Technology, has now been shifted to the Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department in the same rank.

Pakistan appoints retired army general as CPEC Authority head

Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, former head of the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), has been named as chairman of the CPEC Authority.

KBC finale to host Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty

In the finale episode, Murty went down the memory lane and recalled how she had landed her first job in Telco, the organisation which at that time did not hire female employees.

India puts into orbit Cartosat-3; touches 310 foreign satellite launch-mark

In the process, India crossed the milestone of putting into orbit 300 foreign satellites. By putting the 13 American nanosatellites into orbit, India till date has launched a total of 310 foreign satellites for a fee.

Trump terms impeachment probe as ‘witch hunt’

Trump made the remarks when he met his supporters at a jam-packed BB& T Center in Sunrise, which has a capacity of around 20,000 people, Efe news reported.

INX Media deal: Court extends judicial custody of Chidambaram

Chidambaram was produced before Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar who extended his judicial custody.

Bindu Ammini announces her next visit to Sabarimala

"The upcoming visit is to mark the anniversary of our visit to the temple for the first time. This new pilgrimage will see hundreds of women coming from various parts of the country. This is being organised under the Women's Wing of the Renaissance Movement. I don't think the Kochi police will be providing us security but we will be going," said Ammini.

AIMPLB to file review petition on Ayodhya verdict in December

Senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani said on behalf of AIMPLB that the review petition would be filed before the 30-day limit which ends on December 9.

2016 Dhaka cafe attack: 7 Islamists get death penalty

Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Mojibur Rahman awarded death sentence to Jahangir Hossain alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Aslam Hossain alias Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Soheil Mahfuz, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam Khaled alias Khalid and Mamunur Rashid Ripon -- for the attack at Dhaka's diplomatic zone Gulshan in the 12-hour June 2016 seige, bdnews24 reported.

MDMK, DMK leaders demand regional bench of Supreme Court

Vaiko said that people from the southern parts of the country face many problems such as language barrier, exorbitant fees, long travel time in approaching the Supreme Court and hence a regional bench should be established in Chennai.

Kerala HC denies bail to CPM youths charged under UAPA

The High Court went with the prosecution's observations and denied bail after going through the case diary and also the digital evidences that the police had placed before the court, forcing to conclude that giving bail at this moment might hamper the ongoing investigations.

Parvathy feels ‘Kabir Singh’ glorifies violence against women

Parvathy was speaking at an actors' roundtable where "Arjun Reddy" actor Vijay Deverakonda was also present, reports hindustantimes.com.

WADA review panel recommends punishment for Russia

WADA said in a statement that the CRC has "recommended to WADA's Executive Committee that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be declared non-compliant" with Code and the recommendation is "accompanied by strong proposed consequences and conditions of reinstatement."

Muttiah Muralitharan to be Governor of Lankan province

He is among three new Governors set to be appointed by the new government of Lankan President, who took over earlier this month.

SC refuses hearing on Maha Vikas Aghadi

The oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected MLAs started earlier in the day with Pro Tem Speaker Kalidas N. Kolambkar administering their oaths inside the Vidhan Bhavan.

Israeli spyware firm sues Facebook over blocked accounts

The plaintiffs asked the Tel Aviv District Court to order Facebook to unblock the accounts until the issues are decided in court, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror groups

"I will be designating the cartels," Donald Trump said on being asked about the issue during a radio interview on Tuesday.

Congress party seeks disqualification of Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh

The petition has been filed by Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhana Mishra before the Speaker of Vidhan Sabha.

Over 300 children die everyday from AIDS-related causes

Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018 - or 7,90,000 children - receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, the Xinhua news agency reported.

White House on lockdown due to potential airspace violation

The North Lawn of the presidential residence was cleared and pedestrian traffic was restricted, as fighter jets were scrambled in the US capital city. The Capitol was also locked down with the security alert being raised, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rahul, Priyanka to meet Chidambaram at Tihar today

According to a senior party leader, Rahul and Priyanka will visit Chidambaram at around 9 a.m. Chidambaram has been lodged in the Tihar jail since his arrest in the INX Media case.

Misuse of Governor’s post in Bengal, claims Mamata

"In my state, misuse is going on like anything," Banerjee said when asked whether the Governors are being used and misused by the centre's ruling BJP.

Sabarimala row: Trupti leaves, vows to return

"For the time being, we have decided to leave. But we will return," Desai told the media after coming out of the Police Commissioner's office, where she was holed up since early morning.

Chinmayanand case: Rohilkhand University denies permission to law student to write examination

The examination was scheduled to start from Tuesday.

Congress, opposition skip Constitution Day joint session

Those who did not participate in the gathering, organised at the Central Hall of Parliament, also included Nationalist Congress Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, National Conference, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen among others.

RBI imposes penalty on three co-operative banks

Krishna Pattana Sahakar Bank Niyamitha was fined Rs 40,000 while Nesargi Urban Co-operative Bank Limited and Ron Taluka Primary Teachers' Cooperative Credit Bank was fined Rs 20,000 each.

HK govt to stick to ‘one country, two systems’ policy, says Lam

The HKSAR government will follow three principles in dealing with the social unrest or in future administration, one of which is adherence to the "one country, two systems" principle and protection of human rights and freedom guaranteed in the Basic Law, Xinhua quoted Lam as saying to reporters.

Pakistan Supreme Court suspends Army chief Bajwa’s extension

The development adds volatility to the charged up political atmosphere in Pakistan where troubles have encircled the Imran Khan government on many fronts. There are reports of friction between the Army and the government.

This is the biggest setback for Modi, Shah, says Antony

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed conducting the Maharashtra Assembly floor test on Wednesday.

Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar quit after 80 hours in power

"Ajit Pawar handed in his resignation to me this morning on personal grounds. So, now we don't have the requisite numbers to continue. Accordingly, I have decided to resign. I shall meet the Governor and submit my resignation today," Fadnavis told a crowded media conference this afternoon.

Ajit Pawar quits as Maharashtra Deputy CM

Ajit Pawar, who did not take charge of his new assignment on Monday, has submitted his resignation letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday, but no official announcement has been made so far, the sources told media.

Uber loses license in London over safety failures

Uber has said it will appeal the decision.

Trupti Desai lands in Kerala, minister furious

Speaking to the media here, Surendran said that he suspects a conspiracy behind what happened.

Pope Francis calls for abolishing nuclear weapons

In his private meeting with recently enthroned Emperor Naruhito, Francis shared the memory of having seen his parents cry over what happened in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb, Efe news reported.

Maharashtra: Floor test on Wednesday without secret ballot, to be telecast live

The court said a pro tem speaker would be appointed and the floor test would not be conducted by secret ballot and the proceedings would be telecast live.

Commonwealth signs pact to reduce violence against women

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the NO MORE Foundation, a global movement of 1,400 allied organisations and 40 international chapters working together to stop and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

UP: Minor boy rapes dalit girl

The incident took place on Monday in Bhamora village. The accused was arrested and the victim, who is a student of Class 5, was sent for medical examination.

Three die in Greece rainstorms

The disabled woman passed away when her basement apartment flooded with rainwater, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Bengal government regularises all refugee colonies in state

Announcing the cabinet decision, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said with the colonies not regularised till date, their inhabitants were denied their rights on title deeds for their land, various licences and even citizenship.

Activist Trupti Desai arrives in Kerala to visit Sabarimala Temple

Desai has been kept at the Kochi City Police Commissioners office.

Thousands of women rally in Istanbul against male violence

On the iconic Istiklal Avenue, protesters held a symbolic march to commemorate women in Turkey who lost their lives through male violence, the Xinhau news agency reported.

TSRTC staff end strike, management says can’t take them back

TSRTC Managing Director Sunil Sharma said the decision by the employees, who were on an illegal strike, was legally not tenable and asked them to wait till the Labour Commissioner completes the process as per the direction of the Telangana High Court.

MTNL crosses VRS target, nearly 14,000 have applied, says Chairman

"About 13,988 employees of MTNL have applied for VRS as on today. Our employee strength is 18,200. Out of this, 16,372 are eligible for VRS, I am expecting another 500 to be in VRS, so up to 14,500, VRS applicants can go. Our target was 13,500", Kumar told media here.

Jamaat-e-Islami to hold Kashmir March on December 22

Haq said, "The Pakistan government has betrayed the country as far as Kashmir issue is concerned. We will hold Kashmir March towards Islamabad on December 22. We will make people realise their self-respect."

Andhra launches helpline for complaints against corruption

The Chief Minister also launched the citizens' helpline number 14400. Any citizen can call on this toll-free number to make complaints about corruption in government offices. Reddy himself called the helpline number to check its functioning.

Key conspirator in Vyapam case gets 10 years in jail

The conviction was announced on November 21 and the quantum of sentence was reserved for Monday. Those convicted include 12 examinees, 12 fake candidates or solvers (who took the exam in place of original candidates) and seven middlemen.

School kids accuse teacher of making casteist slur

The incident took place in Shankarpur government primary school in Rae Bareli district and the students went to the office of Superintendent of Police Swapnil Mamgain and complained about a woman 'shiksha mitra' who had made the remarks.

Taylor Swift breaks Michael Jackson’s record at AMA

The 29-year-old star was honoured with the prestigious artist of the decade and artist of the year accolades, as well as favourite artist - adult contemporary, favourite album - pop/rock for 'Lover', favourite music video for 'You need to calm down', and favourite female artist - pop/rock, reports metro.co.uk.

Congo plane crash kills 29

Goma:   At least 29 people were killed after a plane crashed into a densely populated area in Congo's eastern city of Goma, media reports said.29...

WhatsApp invests $250,000 into Indian startup ecosystem

The investment will provide 500 startups approved by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DPIIT) with $500 each of Facebook ad credits.

Foreign funding case: PTI shows no trust in Chief Election Commissioner

Raza is likely to issue a verdict in the foreign funding case before his retirement on December 6.

Bus accident kills 10, injures 20 in Peru

The bus appeared to have skidded off the road some 500 meters from the Carpish Tunnel on its way from Huancayo in Junin to Pucallpa in northeast Ucayali, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Congress raises slogans, banner in Parliament over Maharashtra issue

The Congress MPs gathered in front of the Gandhi statue and raised slogans of "Modi government shame shame" and "save our democracy". Party president Sonia Gandhi also joined the protest.