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Manu Bhaker shoots gold at ISSF World Cup Final

17-year-old Manu scored 244.7 in the final round, a junior world record score, and clinched the top honours.

US okays sale of naval guns worth $1 bn to India, focus on supremacy...

The DSCA said on Wednesday that the State Department approved the sale of the anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence MK 45 5 inch/62 calibre (MOD 4) naval guns and the agency notified Congress about it on Tuesday clearing the way for the deal to go through.

Sena-led Maharashtra govt by November 30, says NCP

Taking a pot shot at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, Malik said in a tongue-in-cheek remark, "We have defeated the 'Chankya' of the country." The three parties were coming together to form the government, he added.

Lanka PM quits; new president set to form caretaker govt

"Though we still have the majority in Parliament, I have decided to honour people's mandate and resign as premier," Wickremesinghe said in a statement. He said the decision would officially be conveyed to the new President tomorrow.

Railway official ‘bans’ book by Khushwant Singh

Ramesh Chandra Ratn Chairman of the Railway Board's Passenger Service Committee (PSC), who visited the Bhopal station on Wednesday, directed a book vendor at the city's railway station to stop selling renowned writer Khushwant Singh's novel "Women, Sex, Love and Lust", saying that such "obscene" literature may spoil the future generation.

Karnataka allows women to work in night shifts

"The labour department has issued a notification with 24 pointers for employers to adhere to hire women in the night shift," a chief minister office official told IANS.

Government admits to cyber attack on TN N-plant’s admin block

Responding to a query of a lawmaker in Lok Sabha, the Minister said that the attack was only confined to the "administrative office" of the KKNPP, a government-owned Tamil Nadu-based plant.

30% rise in skin problems due to pollution

Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin, causing allergies, rashes and premature ageing, thereby forcing them to seek medical treatments.

China slams US over Hong Kong bill

The US Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday despite strong opposition from the Chinese government, Xinhua reported.

Uttar Pradesh police arrests four officials in Home Guard salary scam

Chaurasia was earlier the District Commandant of district unit, besides Assistant Company Commander Satish, Platoon Commanders Montu, Satveer and Shailender have also been arrested in the case.

Tyga to perform in Mumbai for the 1st time

The rapper is set to enthral fans on November 29 at the MMRDA, BKC, Mumbai.

10 farmers held in Mathura for stubble burning

The district administration has also imposed fines adding up to Rs 13.5 lakh on 300 farmers in the district.

US Senate passes Hong Kong Human Rights Bill

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Bill -- if it becomes law -- would require an annual review of Hong Kong special status under the US law, CNN reported.

Sena CM-led Maha govt to be in place by Dec 1st week, says Raut

"There are certain internal processes of the different parties -- Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress -- which are currently on. A Sena-Chief Minister-led government will assume office by the first week of December," Raut asserted.

India’s WC chances virtually over with 0-1 loss to Oman

The loss kept India in the fourth place in Group E with three points and virtually ended their chances of making it past the second round of the qualifiers.

Twitter warns UK’s Conservative Party for renaming account

The Conservative Party came under fire for rebranding one of its official Twitter accounts @CCHQPress as "factcheckUK" during a live TV debate between its leader Boris Johnson, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday.

Trump impeachment: Key witness says he was offered Ukraine defence minister’s post

National Security Council official Lt Col Alexander Vindman said while being questioned during his testimony that Oleksandr Danyliuk, an influential Ukrainian politician, had made the offer.

Jagan government to shut 40% bars in Andhra Pradesh

At a review meeting on the implementation of prohibition in phases, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to reduce the number of existing bars by 40 per cent.

RBI affidavit details how it was ‘cheated’ by scam-hit PMC Bank

The affidavit, filed by Rajlaxmi Sethi, Assistant General Manager, Department of Co-operative Bank Supervision, RBI, states that PMC Bank had submitted fraudulently manipulated data to the central bank for sample checks, but "the sample of accounts picked for inspection did not contain undisclosed HDIL accounts."

Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation against Assange

Swedish prosecutors announced the closure of the preliminary investigation on Tuesday due to weakening of evidence, Efe news reported.

SC to begin hearing Maratha quota case on January 22

Senior advocate Arvind Datar, representing one of the parties opposing the quota, said the case required detailed hearing as the Maharashtra law breached the 50 per cent reservation limit set by the top court in the Mandal judgment.

Pakistan writes sixth letter to UN over Kashmir

Qureshi has reiterated the need of strengthening the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement.

BJP trying to divide Bengal on NRC, CAB, says Mamata Banerjee

Speaking at an administrative meeting in north Bengal's South Dinajpur district, Banerjee said that CAB will make those coming under the provision a foreigner for six years before a final decision is taken on their citizenship rights.

Pakistan restores postal service to India

Pakistan government has allowed its citizens to send letters to their relatives living in India, the Express Tribune reported.

Priyanka’s tribute to Indira with throwback picture

"In memory of the bravest woman I have known," she posted on her Twitter handle @priyankagandhi. The accompanying black-and-white picture showed her having fun with her grandmother while playing.

Christian journalist persecuted, resigns in Pakistan

Gonila Gill (38), married to Husnain Jamil, was the only Christian journalist registered with the Lahore Press Club, reported AsiaNews.

Will march to Parliament 10 times if demands not met, says JNUSU

The students, who are demanding the resignation of JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, have alleged that Delhi Police are "trying to break the backbone" of the protests by taking union members into detention.

Nur-Sultan to host India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie

The tie was initially scheduled to take place in Islamabad, but due to political tensions between the two countries, the AITA had requested the ITF to shift it to a neutral venue.

China rejects HK court ruling against anti-mask law

Zang Tiewei, the spokesperson for China's legal affairs commission, said several mainland Chinese lawmakers expressed "strong dissatisfaction" over the court's decision taken on Monday and that it could yet be overturned by the mainland Parliament, reports Efe news.

War of words between Govt-opposition in Kerala Assembly

State Finance Minister Thomas Issac lost his cool when senior Congress legislator V.D. Sateesan in his speech sought an adjournment motion over 'economic mismanagement'.

Congress, DMK stage walkout from LS over Gandhis SPG cover

The two parties walked out of the House during the Zero Hour as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla did not heed to their demands for a discussion on the issue. Despite the denial, they continued their protest for over an hour in the House, disrupting the proceedings.

Spain hammer Romania 5-0 in final Euro qualifier

The Romanians, meanwhile, came into the contest at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano with nothing to fear, as Sweden had already locked down second in the group and the Balkan side's the only chance of advancing lies in a potential playoff.

Nawaz Sharif leaves for London in air ambulance for further treatment

He was accompanied by his brother, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and other personnel, including his personal physician Adnan Khan, reports Dawn news.

Techie in Pakistan’s custody was in depression, missing since 2017, says his father

Prashant, working for a software company in Hyderabad, was missing since April 29, 2017, and his family had lodged a complaint with the police.

ICMR lifetime award for Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"ICMR recognised Kiran as a thought leader for building a globally renowned biopharmaceuticals company committed to innovation and providing quality medicines to patients the world over," the city-based firm said in a statement

Women’s inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan, says UN Deputy...

"Women's inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan. Afghan women can rely on the full solidarity and commitment of everyone here today as individuals, and as representatives of member states and organizations," Mohammed said at the launching ceremony of the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan in New York on Monday.

Prayagraj: Anand Bhawan gets Rs 4.35 crore tax notice

According to PMC officials, the notice has been served on the ground that Anand Bhawan and the adjoining buildings are being used for commercial purposes and hence enhanced house tax is payable.

‘Cold and hungry’ HK radicals start to surrender

The two sides have been locked in a violent confrontation since Sunday, with sporadic clashes over the past 24 hours interspersed with those inside making increasingly desperate bids for freedom, reports the South China Morning Post.

‘Frozen 2’ comes with a green message

The makers found a deeper connection with nature while exploring the dichotomy of fairytale and myth. In the Disney animated film franchise, Anna is a fairytale princess and Elsa is a mythic hero with the magical ability to create and manipulate snow.

Consider our plight, says JNUSU in appeal to law makers

"The students of JNU cannot survive with the present structure of fees that are sought to be pushed down their throat. We urge you to consider our plight and endorse our demands," the JNUSU appealed in the memorandum.

California sues largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes

"We've worked too hard, committed our hard-earned money for too long combating harmful tobacco use to stand idly by as we now lose Californians to vaping and nicotine addiction," Efe news reported citing Attorney General Xavier Becerra as saying at a news conference here on Monday.

Philippines evacuates 5000 people ahead of typhoon Kalmaegi

Manila:   Some 5,000 people have been evacuated in the northern Philippines ahead of the arrival of typhoon Kalmaegi, which is expected to make landfall in...

NGT imposes Rs 10 crore fine on UP govt, Rs 280 crore on tanneries

The NGT has also slapped a fine of Rs 280 crore on 22 tanneries for causing pollution.

99% of Xiaomi phones sold in India are made in India, says COO

"About 99 per cent of the phones sold in India are made in the country. We make three phones per second," said Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Xiaomi India. Xiaomi smartphones were being exported to other countries too, though at a small scale, he added.

Petrol rates soar on 6th consecutive day, diesel up too

The prices have been affected by the rise in the crude oil rates in the international market.

Thousands march in Chile to mark one month of protests

The Plaza Italia, the ground zero of the protests and renamed by the protesters as "Plaza Dignidad" (Square of Dignity), once again on Monday became the epicentre of a large gathering, reports Efe news.

BHU’s Muslim professor in Sanskrit gets AMU support

While the students of the BHU are opposing his appointment because he is a Muslim, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students have come out in his support.

Israel thanks US for decision on West Bank settlements

"Israel is deeply grateful to President (Donald) Trump, Secretary (Mike) Pompeo and the entire US administration for their steadfast position supporting truth and justice," Xinhua news agency reported citing a statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister's Office as saying on Monday night.

Police, protesters clash at HK varsity campus

Following a tense night in which many Hongkongers watched events unfold on live streams with apprehension, the fate of the anti-government activists stranded in PolyU in the harbour-side district of Hung Hom remains in limbo, reports Efe news.

Sena, BJP have to choose their path, says Pawar

Speaking to media in Parliament, Pawar said, "The BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and Congress fought together in the elections. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics."

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn-in as 7th President of Sri Lanka

Rajapaksa, who contested the presidential election from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, was declared as the President on Sunday upon his victory, the Daily Mirror reported.

Politburo is not like Congress high command, says Pinarayi Vijayan

Incidentally, Vijayan also took to the media for propagating misinformation about the politburo meet that ended in Delhi on Sunday and said the news that has come out is, the politburo meeting expressed displeasure against the Kerala government.

11 people dies in vehicle collision in Rajasthan

The collision was so intense that both vehicles caught fire. The police and fire brigade rushed to the site after being informed by locals, said SHO Ghulam Nabi, Sheruna station.

Justice Bobde takes oath as 47th CJI

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi on October 18 had recommended Justice Bobde, the second senior-most Judge of the apex court, as his successor.

Chidambaram urges Congress to lead attack on Modi government

"When Parliament opens today, @INCIndia must lead the Opposition to expose the utter mismanagement of the economy," the former Finance Minister said.

Mahagathbandhan will come to power in Jharkhand, says Sanjay Paswan

If it comes to power, the Mahagathbandhan's roadmap would be about taking Jharkhand on the top of the country, Paswan said.

Auditors raise doubts over NDTV’s ability to continue as going concern

The report was submitted to the board of directors of NDTV on November 12 by BSR & Associates, Chartered Accountants signed by its partner, Rakesh Dewan.

Bill Gates to attend Agriculture Statistics meet in Delhi

India is hosting this event for the first time in which the co-founder of tech giant Microsoft will share his views on the importance of data and use of technology in agriculture.

Libya: Immigration Control Department announces deportation of illegal immigrants

The immigrants were deported by land through the southern borders with Chad and Sudan, the department said in a statement released on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Narmada Bachao Andolan back on indefinite protest

"We want the people in MP affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam built in Gujarat should be provided relief, and rehabilitated according to the book," Patkar said on Sunday evening. The protests would continue, the NBA said.

Congress names another candidate for Karnataka bypolls

On Saturday, the party has six more candidates for contesting the 15 Assembly by-elections across Karnataka on December 5.

Jammu and Kashmir: Trains to resume in remaining sections from November 18

Firozpur Division will commence a limited passenger service of running three pair of trains between Banihal-Baramulla-Banihal on November 18.

Congress asks TRS government to prove conspiracy charges

Taking serious note of the affidavit filed by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in-charge Managing Director Sunil Sharma, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy appealed to Chief Justice to take cognizance of the affidavit, saying it is baseless and full of lies.

Gotabaya wins Sri Lanka polls, but loses minorities

Gotabaya Rajapaksa won in most of the Sinhala majority southern districts, according to the results announced by 12 noon.

SC Collegium gets woman member after over a decade

Before her, Justice Ruma Pal, one of the longest-serving women SC judges, was the part of the Collegium system for three years until her retirement on June 4, 2006. She had been appointed apex court judge on January 28, 2000.

Christian community to retain Peshawar college

In his address on Saturday, he assured that the principal of the college would also be from the Christian community, The Express Tribune reported.

Ayodhya: AIMPLB to file review plea, rejects land offer

The AIMPLB also decided not to accept the five-acre land for the mosque at an alternative site since it is against the tenets of Islam.

Facebook’s in-app ‘photos only’ mode under testing

The feature, named "Popular Photos", affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently reported.

Pak’s MQM founder seeks asylum, financial help from India

On October 10, Hussain was charged by the UK's Crown Prosecution Services with the terrorism offence in a case related to his incendiary speech relayed from the UK to his followers in Pakistan in 2016, Geo News said in the report.

Opposition raises Farooq’s detention at All Party meet

Farooq Abdullah is under detention along with two other former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti since the abrogation of Article 370 and re-organisation of the state.

IAAF changes name to World Athletics

"We're now World Athletics," the sport's international governing body said in their website.

Schools to remain closed as HK braces for more protests

Schools were officially closed on November 14 and 15 as transport chaos gripped the city, although many opted to shut earlier last week, reports the South China Morning Post.

Kerala CM comes under fire in politburo meet

According to sources, Vijayan was at the receiving end after three politburo members came down heavily on him in the manner in which the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) was invoked against two young CPI-M workers in Kozhikode early this month.

A Muslim can not shift a mosque, says Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

He also said that a Muslim cannot shift a mosque, hence, there is no question of accepting land for it.

Amnesty got Rs 36 cr in violation of guidelines, says CBI

A senior CBI source related to the development told IANS, "Indians For Amnesty International Trust (IAIT), Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT), Amnesty International South Asia Foundation (AISAF) received foreign contributions amounting to Rs 36 crore from Amnesty International U.K. through Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd."

Nirbhaya parents seek fast-tracking of rapists’ execution

Nirbhaya's parents on Thursday approached the Patiala House Court to expedite the procedure for the hanging of the four rapists, as the two judges hearing the case earlier were transferred.

Keto diet may help you fight the flu

"This was a totally unexpected finding," said co-senior author Akiko Iwasaki, Professor at Yale University in the US.

Israel launches fresh air strikes on Gaza

The Israeli army said several Hamas targets were attacked after two rockets were fired around 2 am local time (00.00 GMT) on Saturday that led to sounding of sirens in Beersheba, the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

Of imperfect leaders, connecting with one another, a comprehensive tome on Marathi cooking

What is the legacy of the imperfect leaders of the contemporary era? They give an entirely new dimension to the understanding and functioning of leadership, writes author, thought leader, professional keynote speaker and management consultant Pawan Verma, going beyond the rhetoric associated with leadership.

241 IS members surrender in Afghanistan

"A total of 241 IS members and loyalists -- 71 men, 63 women and 107 children -- have surrendered to local authorities in Achin and Mohman Dara districts over the past three days," Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.