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Fadnavis must resign, he doesn’t have majority, says NCP

Speaking to reporters here, Malik said: "Fadnavis must realise that he does not have a majority in the House and he should also realise that he has made a mistake and he should resign."

Congress to raise Maharashtra issue in Parliament

The party has asked its leaders to raise the issue strongly. The managers within the party were satisfied as no MLA from the party has rebelled until now.

Romania elects President Klaus Iohannis for a second term

"It's an important victory, the most categorical victory ever obtained against the Social Democratic Party (PSD)," said Iohannis from the headquarters of the National Liberal Party (PNL), which he heads, just after the exit polls foreshadowed his triumph with more than 66 per cent of the votes.

Lucknow University turns 100

The university also threw open its gates for the common people on Monday on the occasion.

Priyanka Gandhi questions BJP over Maharashtra

In a tweet in Hindi, she also said that 12,000 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra and "for them, no help came from the BJP government".

Hong Kong polls: Pro-democracy groups make big gains

Hong Kong's district councillors have little political power and mainly deal with local issues such as bus routes and rubbish collection.

Road accident in Kerala’s Angamaly kills four

The accident occurred at around 7.15 am at Bank Junction on Angamaly National Highway.

India beats Bangladesh in Pink Ball Test

This was India 12th consecutive home series victory as they also became the first team ever to complete four successive innings victories in the five-day format. India had won the first rubber by an innings and 130 runs.

Airtel loses 30 lakh customers due to J&K network shutdown

Replying to questions over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Internet services would resume in the newly reorganised union territory (UT) on the recommendations of the local administration.

Rohingya case matter of ‘high national interest’, says Myanmar

U Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor, and U Kyaw Tin, Minister of International Cooperation, made the remarks during a briefing in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday.

Maharashtra government ‘illegitimate’, floor test needed, says Congress

Terming Fadnavis's government an "illegitimate government", former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the Congress demands that the state government should tender its resignation without any delay and arrange a floor test on Monday.

Fouaad Mirza seals historic Olympic qualification

Mirza is thus in line to become only the third individual to have represented the country in an equestrian event at the Olympics after Imtiaz Anees (Sydney 2000) and Late Wing Commander IJ Lamba (Atlanta 1996).

SC declines plea by Karnataka government challenging NGT order on 3 lakes

The tribunal had also asked the government to submit a performance guarantee of Rs 100 crore.

Focus on fitness, health at Siri Fort Sports Carnival

There are different categories of sports activities organized for members at the carnival: tennis, badminton, basketball, soccer, cricket, golf, marathon/walkathon, super senior walkathon, and cyclothon.

After Pawar, Supriya points to “split in family & party”

She put up a social media status saying "Party and Family split", adding that she never felt so "cheated in my life", implying her cousin Ajit Pawar.

Turkey arrests senior IS member behind bomb attacks in 20 countries

"We have captured a very senior Daesh (IS) member who is known as a bomber, bomb-maker, and trainer for bomb attacks," said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in an interview published in daily Hurriyet on Friday.

Gujarat Police hunts for passport of godman Nithyanand

Nithyanand, who is from south India, has been on the run after the arrest of his two women disciples on Wednesday from his ashram here.

PayPal declines to extend services to Pakistan

Last month, an Information Technology Ministry of Pakistan delegation tried to convince the company to introduce its services in the country, Pakistani media reported.

BJP-NCP govt in Maharastra: Congress says ‘backstabbing’

The Congress sources who were in Mumbai to finalise the negotiations that were expected to bring Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray to the Chief Minister's post were caught completely off-guard by the Bharatiya Janata Party's move when NCP inched closer to the BJP -- it appeared no one had a clue.

Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids

The feature is mainly meant for parents where they can record themselves reading chapters of stories and then the child can ask a Google Nest device to play those recordings aloud, VentureBeat reported on Thursday.

Israeli prosecutor accuses Netanyahu of fraud, abuse of trust

Attorney general Avichai Mandelblit formalized the indictment against the acting leader on Thursday, which is a new blow to the unstable and gridlocked Israeli political landscape, Efe news reported.

Kerala: Students protest over death of school girl due to snakebite

The school is located in the Lok Sabha constituency of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Sulthan Bathery and after coming to know about the incident, he wrote to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for action.

Kolkata: Sheikh Hasina and Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate India’s first Day-Night Test

In the second Test of the two-match series, Virat Kohli's men will start as hot favourites against lacklustre Bangladesh. But with the pink ball, which both nations are new to, that excitement of how it will behave especially during the twilight period will keep everybody on their toes.

Madhya Pradesh: CBI court convicts 31 people in Vyapam recruitment scam

The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) for admission in professional courses and state services over several years. The scam hit national headlines in 2013.

Musk unveils Tesla’s electric ‘Cybertruck’ at $39,000

Starting at $39,900, "Cybertruck" is inspired by "Lotus Esprit S1" from the Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Renowned Marathi scribe Nilkanth Khadilkar passes away

Khadilkar breathed his last at Lilavati Hospital around 1.20 a.m., he was the editor of the firebrand nearly century-old newspaper 'Navakal' (New Era) for over four decades and feared for his stinging edits covering the political and social genres.

Team India ready for historic Pink Ball Test

Ahead of the most awaited clash, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his boys showed excitement for the maiden Day-Night Test and asked the fans if they are feeling the same.

Terror funding: ED takes possession of 7 J&K properties

A senior ED official said all the seven properties were attached by the financial probe agency earlier in the case.

Pakistan students announce countrywide protest on November 29

One of the several demands of the march's participants, he said, was to lift restrictions that bar students from forming unions, the Dawn reported.

TN people to perform miracle in Assembly polls, says Rajinikanth

Speaking to reporters here the actor said the Tamil Nadu people will 100 per cent perform a miracle in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Snapchat introduces new ‘Time Machine’ lens

The lens uses advanced training models and robust neural network technology, which transform not only your face but also hair, almost immediately.

Plastic ban to be strictly implemented in Kerala

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

JNU protest: Police detains DUSU President, others

Among the detained students were Delhi University Students Union President Akshit Dhaiya, and ABVP's state Secretary Siddharth Yadav.

Clinical trial finds new diarrhoea vaccine safe

Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) bacteria are a primary cause of diarrhoea, leading to substantial illness and death in children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as in travellers to these countries.

Mamata opposes disinvestment, suggests all party meet

"Disinvesting the public sector and using the money to manage the immediate crisis is not a permanent and the only solution. You need economic stability for a permanent solution because otherwise, the economic disaster will only intensify," Banerjee told media in Bahrampur of Murshidabad district.

Delhi court allows ED to interrogate Chidambaram in INX Media deal

Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar allowed the agency to confront Chidambaram on November 22 and 2 during office hours.

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka PM

Rajapaksa, who served as the Sri Lankan President from 2005 to 2015, will lead the government's caretaker cabinet until the general election, the Sunday Times reported.

Congress accuses Kerala Speaker of ‘RSS agenda’

Thursday was the last day of the present session and the opposition was in protest mode right from the start of Question Hour and was demanding action against certain police officials who had thrashed Congress legislator Shafi Parambil who was roughed up by the police on Tuesday when he was trying to calm down activists of the student wing of the Congress - the Kerala Students Union (KSU) - who were on a protest before the Assembly.

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...