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Political leaders pay tributes to Nehru on birth anniversary

Congress President Sonia Gandhi paid her homage and floral tributes to the late leader's memorial at Shanti Van.

Ayodhya verdict: Muslim litigant to file review petition if AIMPLB supports

The AIMPLB is holding a crucial meeting on Sunday to discuss the court verdict and also whether a review petition should be filed in the matter.

Court rules against Trump’s plea to keep financial records from Congress

The latest ruling was the response to Trump's appeal seeking a full-court rehearing of the 2-1 vote cast by the court's three judges last month to reject the president's request to prevent lawmakers from subpoenaing Mazars USA, the accounting firm.

DoT asks telcos to pay AGR dues in 3 months after self-assessment

The licensor did not raise the demand quantum itself and left it to the assessment of the telcos in their individual cases to compute it and then make the payment accordingly. Once telcos submit their dues, the DoT will match it with its own AGR account.

SC says Chief Justice Office under RTI Act

However, the top court used a rider, saying the information commissioner should apply a test of proportionality while acting on applications seeking information from the office of Chief Justice, bearing in mind the right to privacy and independence of the judiciary.

After protests, JNU rolls back proposed hostel fee hike

The move comes as a huge success for the agitating students who have been on strike for over 15 days now.

People denied stable govt, says SC in Karnataka case

The top court also opined that Parliament should reconsider "strengthening certain aspects of the Tenth Schedule so that such undemocratic practices (of defections) are discouraged."

Trump impeachment: US House Intelligence Committee Chairman announces next round of public hearings

Schiff, a California Democrat, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the testimonies of the eight witnesses, all of whom had testified previously behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, will be held over three days next week, Xinhua reported.

Justice Mohammed Rafiq takes oath as new Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC

Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office to Rafiq at Raj Bhavan.

Delhi police arrests man who attacked Sharad Pawar in 2011

The accused had also threatened to kill Pawar.

JNU tension continues, students plan to occupy admin block

The students have also called for "occupying" the administration block of the varsity, popularly known as the 'Pink Palace'.

Tight security arrangements at Sabarimala

The fresh season opens on Sunday and closes on January 21.

Another TSRTC employee ends life; strike enters 40th day

Depressed over not receiving salary for two months and due to fear of losing his job, a driver of TSRTC ended his life in Mahabubabad town

Apple AirPods Pro now in India for Rs 24,900

AirPods Pro will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers on Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

FIFA bans ex-CONMEBOL officials for life

The trio were found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative media and marketing rights for major competitions, reports Xinhua news agency.

Uttar Pradesh police arrests class 12 student for posting morphed videos on TikTok

According to the police, the victims found their morphed videos on social networking sites and lodged a complaint.

US stocks end mostly higher after Trump’s speech

Trump on Tuesday criticised Federal Reserve's monetary policies, saying the central bank's hesitation in lowering the interest rates capped gains in the US economy and the stock market.

Bolivian senator Jeanine Anez declares herself president

Lawmakers from Morales' party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Central rule in Maharashtra, assembly under suspended animation

On a day of swift developments, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari sent his recommendation to the Union Home Ministry calling for imposing President's rule around noon, saying his attempts to put a government in place in the state had failed.

DU, BHU students extend solidarity to JNUSU

"The use of state machineries of oppression like Police and Para-military has been severely increased by the Central University in order to suppress dissent and collective voices of the students," the statement said.

Shiv Sena moves SC against Governor’s decision

The apex court registry is yet to get a nod from the CJI on listing the matter.

Maharashtra Governor recommends President’s rule

Koshyari submitted a report to President Ram Nath Kovind stating that he was satisfied that Maharashtra government cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution.

High pollution causing eye problems in Delhi

According to Ikeda Lal, an ophthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems.

Nabaneeta Deb Sen: Wit, brilliance, guts shaped literary oeuvre

Born in Kolkata (then Calcutta) on January 13, 1938, to the poet-couple Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi, Dev Sen delightfully listened to her mother reading out to her poems from Rabindranath Tagore's immortal composition for children "Sishu" (child).

DoT asks BSNL to take steps on ITS officers’ salaries

DoT in a letter to the Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL has taken note of the complaints and told BSNL that the delay in disbursement of salaries and non-payment of allowances to the ITS officers working in BSNL is a violation of terms and conditions of deployment of ITS officers and is creating a disparity between the ITS officers working in BSNL and DoT.

Ghani confirms release of Haqqani Network prisoners

Ghani named the prisoners as Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid, Xinhua news agency.

Delhi court issues bailable warrant against Shashi Tharoor over scorpion remark on Modi

The order was pronounced on Monday by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Naveen Kashyap as the main judge hearing the case was absent. The order copy was made available on Tuesday.

Bolivia’s Morales flies to Mexico to seek asylum

"Evo Morales is already on the Mexican government plane sent to ensure his safe transfer to our country," Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted at about 7.45 p.m. on Monday.

Sonia speaks to Sharad Pawar, sends top leaders to Mumbai

Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal took to Twitter saying: "Congress President Sonia Gandhi spoke to Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Pawar."

Train accident in Bangladesh kills 16, injures 58

The accident occurred at around 3 a.m. when a train bound for Dhaka was travelling on the same railway track as another going to the port city of Chittagong, about 100 km from Dhaka, Police Chief Anisur Rahman told Efe news.

NCP meets to discuss govt formation in Maharashtra

Prior to the meeting, Ajit Pawar indicated that if the NCP managed to get the magic figure of 145 in the 288-member Assembly, it could form the government, but cautioned: "Have patience".

Rohingyas are threat to regional security, says Sheikh Hasina

"The Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh due to the military atrocities are not only a threat to Bangladesh but also to the regional security," Hasina said as she inaugurated the Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019 on Monday.

Doha: Saurabh shoots silver at 14th Asian Championships

Chaudhary, 17, shot 244.5 in the final to finish second on the podium behind North Korea's Kim Song Guk, who won the gold with a world record 246.5 at the Lusail Shooting Complex.

Kovind accepts Sawant’s resignation, gives portfolio to Javadekar

In a statement, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Sawant's resignation from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.

Google secretly gathering health data of Americans, says report

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, "Google is engaged with one of the US's largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states" and at least 150 Google staffers may have access to the data.

Maharashtra Governor invites NCP to form govt

"Our delegation has been invited by the Governor and the indication is that a letter of invitation will be given to us. Tomorrow we shall discuss with the Congress on the ways and means to form the next government," Malik told newspersons.

Islamabad High Court may get 1st ever woman judge

The Law Ministry has formally informed the Judicial Commission of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa about the recommendation of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Dawn news reported.

Congress releases 19 candidate list for Jharkhand

The party has named Purnima Neeraj Singh from Jharia Assembly constituency. Neeraj Singh was shot dead on the evening of March 21, 2017 near steel gate area in city.

CBI searches 169 places in bank frauds worth Rs 7,000 cr

The official said the agency has registered around 35 cases related to bank frauds involving Rs 7,000 crore.

Union Minister inaugurates temporary art gallery for disabled artists at UNESCO Cluster House

The unique gallery has over 125 paintings done by disabled artists across 15 Indian states and showcases their amazing talent with colour and form.

Chilean protesters demand new constitution

The "Super Monday" mobilization was convened by the Social Unity Roundtable, a coalition of some 70 labour unions and grassroots organizations, reports Efe news.

Karnataka MLAs disqualification case: SC to look into Yediyurappa’s speech

Sibal, who represents the Congress party, wanted the purported tape of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to be considered in deciding disqualified legislators' plea.

Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

With a two-thirds majority, parliament on Monday approved a decree by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend the state of emergency, Efe news reported citing state-run MENA news agency as saying.

1948 Olympic champion French cyclist dies aged 91

Dupont had won the Olympic gold at the age 20, winning the 1000 metre track time trial in London.

Microsoft launches new Office app for Android, iOS

The users no longer need to download each app separately, the tech giant announced at its flagship "Ignite" conference here.

Economic Offences Wing arrests former MD of UPPCL in provident fund scam

Mishra was arrested and taken to an unknown destination for interrogation.

US gives formal notice to quit Paris Agreement on climate change

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the US sent the notification to the UN starting the year-long process of ending Washington's participation in the climate deal.

Employees wear helmets to work in this UP govt office

The photographs are of employees of the electricity department in the Banda district.

Kerala: UDF criticises Chief Minister over the arrest of two CPI-M youth workers

Two students of law and journalism, Allen Shuaib and Thaha Fazil -- both full-time CPI-M members -- were arrested on Saturday at Kozhikode after police recovered Maoist propaganda leaflets, besides material condemning the Union government's action in Jammu and Kashmir from them.

1,100 Indian Sikhs arrive at Pakistan’s Punja Sahib

The gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, Attock district, was decorated with colourful lights and pilgrims performed various rituals including Matha Taki, Ashnan and exchanging gifts, Dawn news reported.

Sajjan Kumar moves SC for early hearing on bail plea in 1984 anti-Sikh riots...

Kumar's counsel and senior advocate Shekhar Naphade brought up the plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who said the bench will consider it.

YouTube CEO donates 200K trees for #TeamTrees initiative

Earlier, multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has donated $1 million worth of trees.

Nirbhaya case: 3 of 4 convicted to plead before SC today

While Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh are lodged in Tihar Jail, Pawan Kumar Gupta is imprisoned in Mandoli Jail.

Hockey India names 39 players for junior women’s camp

The team will be facing Australia and New Zealand in the tournament beginning December 3

Sensex hits life-time high, crosses 40,400

Sensex jumped nearly 250 points, gaining for the seventh straight session over the strong inflow of foreign funds and better than expected earnings post the corporate tax cut.

Madhuri Vijay wins JCB Prize for Literature 2019

Vijay also received the Prize trophy, a sculpture by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra entitled Mirror Melting.

Odd-Even kicks off in Delhi

The scheme will remain in force till November 15 and the rules for this will be applicable in Delhi from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tens of thousands protest against Lebanese government

On Sunday afternoon, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Beirut's Martyrs Square, reports Efe news.

Chinmayanand case: SIT takes BJP leader’s laptop, pen drive

Rathore was questioned on Sunday for over half a day regarding his suspected role in the extortion bid case lodged by Chinmayanand.

Privatisation of BPCL: Protest Enters 19th Day

BPCL controls about 14.74 per cent of the total refining capacity in the country.

Shah behind the poaching of MLAs in Karnataka, says Congress

Referring to a video which surfaced on Friday, the Congress alleged that in it Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa claimed that the rebel MLAs, who were disqualified by the then Karnataka Speaker, will get relief from the Supreme Court and thus the party will approach the apex court with the new evidence.

EPF money invested in DHFL in whose interest, asks Priyanka

In a tweet, she said, "The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh invested the money from the provident fund of the state's power corporation personnel in a defaulting company like DHFL.

Sudarsan Pattnaik wins Italian golden sand art award

Sudarsan will be felicitated during the international sand nativity at Italy which will be held from November 13 to 18.

Militant attack in Mali kills 53 soldiers

The attack in the landlocked West African country took place on Friday evening when the militants stormed the camp in Indelimane of Menaka region, reports Efe news.

Kerala’s public university to introduce visual media techniques in teaching and research

The workshop is organised as a pre-conference session of Kerala’s first international conference on Aquatic resources and blue economy (AQUABE 2019).

Complaints against Women’s Commission, MG University professor opens up to The Woke Journal

"My experience proves that no matter what position you hold, how much you achieved, the approach of authorities towards people from margins will remain the same- uncared for, deserted.”

Google acquires wearable brand Fitbit for $2.1bn

Over the years, Google has made progress with partners in this space with Wear OS and Google Fit.

Nirbhaya case convicts to move mercy plea in SC

All the four convicts received the notice and until Friday afternoon, no action had been taken on it.

D C Raina is the first Advocate General of Union Territory of Jammu and...

The Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs issued a notification to the effect.

KMRL’s statement against kochimetroclub website

The public is advised not to fall prey to such activities.

Killing of Maoists ‘state sponsored’ act, says Kerala CPI

Incidentally, the CPI is the second biggest ally of the ruling Left government led by Pinarayi Vijayan and right from the day of the incident, the CPI has condemned the act of the police.

5-phase poll in Jharkhand from November 30, result on December 23

While the date of polling for the first phase is November 30, second phase polling will take place on December 7.

Jagan Mohan Reddy to appear in CBI court in illegal assets case

The court, which had reserved its order on his petition on October 18, pronounced it on Friday.

Petrol, diesel prices drop on Friday

In Mumbai and Chennai, the petrol rate was reduced by three paise/litre, in Delhi and Kolkata, it went down 6 and 2 paise/litre respectively.

TN doctors withdraw strike

The government had held talks with members of the recognised doctor's union and those on strike belonged to an unrecognised union, he added.

Indian govt asks Twitter for information about 474 accounts

According to Twitter's latest transparency report, it helped the Indian government in 5 per cent of the information request cases and complied in 6 per cent of cases for account removal requests.

Pakistan: Train inferno toll reaches 74

The death toll is likely to rise further, with at least 40 more people injured and many in critical condition.

33 journalists killed in Pak in past six years

The Freedom Network's new report titled '100% Impunity for Killers, 0% Justice for Pakistan's Murdered Journalists: Crime and Punishment in Pakistan's Journalism World' issued a ‘Pakistan Impunity Scorecard' which revealed the statistics, Dawn news reported on Friday.

Trump criticises Johnson’s Brexit deal

Speaking to LBC, he said that, without the deal, the two countries could "do many times the numbers" than now, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Trinamool, Congress-LF name candidates for Bengal bypolls

The constituencies going to the hustings are Kharagpur Sadar in West Midnapore district, Karimpur in Nadia and Kaliaganj in Uttar Dinajpur district.