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Youth Cong files police complaint against Anurag Thakur

The Youth Congress chief was accompanied by National Office bearers of the frontal organization along with several other youth congress members.

IITian Arvind Krishna replaces Ginni Rometty as IBM CEO

Currently working as IBM's Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software and touted as the principal architect of the company's $34 billion acquisition of open-source software giant Red Hat, Krishna will also be a member of the Board of Directors, effective from April 6.

US, India totally aligned on Indo-Pacific partnership: State Dept

Asked about Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's recent assertion that the US Indo-Pacific strategy was to exclude China, Walter Douglas, a Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said: "It excludes no nation, every nation should be part of it."

Special AI flight with 5 doctors to evacuate Indians from China

A senior Air India official said that the national carrier's Boeing B747 aircraft with a capacity of 423 passengers will fly from New Delhi at 12.30 p.m. for Wuhan in China and then return on Saturday morning around 2 a.m.

Kerala girl with coronavirus, moved to Thrissur hospital

According to the latest figures, 1,053 people in various parts of the state are under observation for suspected cases of coronavirus, with 15 people kept in isolation wards in various hospitals in the state.

Rani Rampal wins 2019 World Games Athlete of the Year award

"It is my privilege and honour to win this award," said Rani.

IndiGo pilot voices disapproval at airline’s decision to bar Kamra

According to the flight's captain, he was not consulted before the airline took the decision.

UP hostage crisis ends: Captor, wife die

According to eyewitness, the villagers lost patience as the evening ended into the night without any solution in sight. The locals broke open the gate of Subhash Batham's house, where the children were being kept hostage, despite the police effort to stop them.

Man United rope in Portuguese Bruno Fernandes

Bruno put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year, a statement on United's official website said.

Resigned Neemuchwala to be Wirpo CEO until successor is found

"Abid will continue to hold the office of CEO & Managing Director until a successor is appointed for a smooth transition and to ensure that business continues as usual," said Wipro in a statement early morning on Friday.

Pak terrorist killed in encounter in Jammu

The incident took place at around 5.45 a.m. when a police team was randomly checking vehicles near the Nagrota toll post on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and intercepted a Srinagar-bound truck.

China coronavirus toll 170, WHO declares health emergency

A group of 15 experts announced the global alert almost one week after its first declaration when the organization assured the outbreak had not reached the status of a global epidemic.

UP hostage crisis: All 23 children rescued, captor shot dead

According to the police, the incident took place at Mohamadabad area here when Batham had invited about 20 children to his house for a party and then locked them in.

Australia Open: Djokovic beats Federer in straight sets to reach final

Federer raced to a three set lead in the first set before Djokovic came back to take the first set. He maintained the momentum and in the end, the scoreline read 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 in Djokovic's favour.

Jamia firing: Shooter’s FB post on ‘ending’ CAA protest

The man, who goes by the name of Rambhakt Gopal on Facebook, has written several posts that he would "end the protest" at Shaheen Bagh by January 31.

Tokyo prosecutors get fresh arrest warrant for Ghosn

Ghosn fled Japan in breach of his bail conditions and under dramatic circumstances, possibly hiding in a large case used to carry musical equipment and departing on a private jet from Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

Court seeks status report on Nirbhaya convict application

Additional Sessions Judge A.K. Jain directed jail authorities to file the report by 10 a.m. on Friday.

3 suspected of coronavirus at RML test negative, discharged

Smriti Tiwari, RML Hospital spokesperson, told IANS that the tests on the three patients have shown negative for the virus.

Over 1,600 NDFB activists lay down arms

State Finance Minister and Convenor of North-East Democratic Alliance Himanta Biswa Sarma and top police officers were present at the programme held at Guwahati Medical College Hospital auditorium here.

AAP to approach EC against BJP’s ‘terrorist’ remark

Party leader Sanjay Singh told media that they have sought time from the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to submit their complaint.

Noted activist Vidya Bal dies

She was 84 and breathed her last around 5.30 a.m. at a private hospital where she was undergoing treatment.

SC rejects Nirbhaya convict’s plea on stay on death penalty

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Arun Mishra, R.F. Nariman, R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, considered Akshay's petition in-chambers.

It’s official: First coronavirus case in Kerala

"One positive case of Novel Coronavirus -- a student studying in Wuhan University -- has been reported from Kerala," said a statement released by the Health Ministry.

Rahul Gandhi undertakes march against CAA at Wayanad

Accompanied by senior party leaders and workers from the state, Gandhi began his march from the SKMJ High School road to the new bus stand at Kalpetta -- a distance of two km.

Facebook to pay $550mn over its facial recognition technology

The lawsuit in the US state of Illinois claimed that Facebook's 'Tag Suggestions' tool, which scans a user's face in photos and offers suggestions about who that person might be, stored biometric data without user consent, violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, CNET reported on Thursday.

Anti Corruption Bureau books AAP MLA for alleged financial irregularities

ACB chief Arvind Deep said: " Irshad Qureshi, a resident of Azad Market area, lodged a complaint against Khan alleging misappropriation of Waqf Board's funds. Besides, some other serious allegations were also levelled against the AAP legislator."

Situation worsens in AMU, VC threatens closure

UP Labour Minister Raghuraj Singh stoked another controversy on Wednesday by saying that "anti nationals will die a dog's death".

Cooking gas prices may rise further as oil subsidies end by FY22

The good news is that with the developments in the past few months, the government is looking to completely eliminate oil subsidy by early FY22.

UP court grants bail to 48, questions police claims on CAA protesters

On Wednesday, while hearing the bail applications of 48 of the 83 accused, the judge made some scathing observations against the police investigation so far.

Child panel asks parents to send kids home from protest site

The CWC has directed parents to send children home from the protest site without further delay.

Australian Open: Thiem beats Nadal to reach semis

In women's singles, world no.4 Simona Halep advanced to the semi-final after beating Estonia's Annett Kontaveit in straight sets. She faces former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the semis who beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.

EU votes in favour of UK Brexit deal in emotional ceremony

MEPs held a debate on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Brussels before voting 621 in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions, Efe news reported.

Rahul Gandhi backs Kunal Kamra after airlines ban him

He has attacked the airlines for their acts.

Nirbhaya case: Convict Vinay Sharma files mercy petition

Tihar Jail authorities have already started preparations to hang the four convicts facing death row for their involvement in the horrific incident of December 16, 2012 -- wherein a 23-year-old para-medical student was gang-raped in a moving bus.

Trump signs USMCA revamping North American trade

The USMCA signed on Wednesday sets the framework for the annual $1.4 trillion trade between the three neighbours and replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mumbai: UP police arrests Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan

An FIR was registered against him under section 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of IPC on December 13.

Now SpiceJet, GoAir bar stand-up comic Kamra

Accordingly, SpiceJet tweeted: "SpiceJet has decided to suspend Mr Kunal Kamra from flying with the airline till further notice."

‘806 people in Kerala under observation for coronavirus’

In a statement, she said 19 persons were admitted to different state hospitals, of which nine have since been discharged.

Narayana Murthy touches feet of Ratan Tata, Twitterati applauds

Ratan Tata also shared Narayana Murthy's gesture in an Instagram story and said he was "truly humbled" by it. In his Instagram's post he wrote, "It was an honour to be awarded by TIEcon at the hands of a great friend Mr. Narayana Murthy".

Coronavirus: Govt tells people to avoid visiting China

The ministry on Wednesday said in a tweet: "New travel advisory on Novel #Coronavirus: Please refrain from travelling to #China."

Rohit becomes 4th Indian to amass 10k int runs as opener

The Mumbai batsman is the only batsman on the list to average over 50. In 219 innings Rohit has amassed 10,117 runs, averaging 50.33.

EC restricts exit poll during voting in Delhi

The ban will be on between 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on the poll day in the national capital, the commission said.

Bengal CM hits century — as author

Kolkata:   West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has scored a century -- as an author. With 13 of her books unveiled at the Kolkata International Book...

IIT-Bombay bans ‘anti-national’ activities on Powai campus

Students at the IIT-Bombay campus were stunned to receive the 15-point circular from the authorities which some have labeled as "restrictions" on their freedom and rights.

Cabinet nod for MTP (Amendment) Bill

The Bill will be introduced in the ensuing session of Parliament beginning January 31.

Sharjeel Imam on transit remand to Delhi from Patna

Sources said he spent the night awake and demanded tea and water several times.

Historic Brexit vote in European Parliament on Wednesday

The 751 representatives will debate the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in Brussels before, it is widely expected, giving their backing to the UK-EU treaty, reports the BBC.

ED questions PFI, RFI members over anti-CAA protest funding

According to the ED officials, PFI's state president Mohammed Parvez Ahmed and RFI's Shahid Abu Bakr appeared for questioning at the financial probe agency's headquarters in south Delhi's Khan market area.

Maharashtra accident toll climbs to 25

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus and the autorickshaw had collided and plunged into a well on the busy Malegaon-Deola Road on Tuesday evening. At least 18 passengers were reported killed, with another 30 rescued.

‘Off-Facebook Activity’ to let users protect browsing history

The 'Off-Facebook Activity' tool is now available to people on Facebook around the world.

Airlines not obliged to escort everyone to boarding gate, says SC

A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said: "The appellant Airlines cannot be blamed for the non-reporting of the respondents at the boarding gate .. when the boarding gate was finally closed".

Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Tokyo 2020

This was the Olympic medal hopeful's first competitive event after recovering from the injury.

Kerala governor reads out para on CAA, but says he is against it

In the past what one has seen is, whenever the governor has any opposition to any statements in the address that he reads, that portion is not read.

Nirbhaya case: SC dismisses mercy rejection plea of Mukesh

With this decision by the top court, Mukesh has exhausted the last legal remedy available to him against the death sentence.

Kerala Assembly: Opposition MLAs protest against Governor

Khan along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan and State Parliamentary Affairs Minister A.K. Balan and others were stopped in the well of the House by Congress members.

WHO to send international experts to China over coronavirus outbreak

As of Wednesday, 132 people in China have died due to the coronavirus, with 5,974 confirmed cases.

UP: Authorities suspend teacher for making objectionable remark against Shabana Azmi

The teacher is posted in a junior high school in Dadri area and was suspended as part of disciplinary action.

Australian Open: Federer to face Djokovic in semis

Federer won the first set but later conceded the second and third. Sandgren, who was looking to get to his first Grand Slam semi-final in seven attempts, reached match point seven times in the third set.

Trump announces Mideast peace plan backing Israel

Even before the plan crafted under the guidance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner over three years was unveiled, Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had rejected it Despite Trumps lure of a $50 billion for the Palestine state.

Sara Ali Khan’s before transformation video goes viral

Sara took to Instagram, where she shared a video in which she is seen playing a prank on her friends in an aircraft, way before her weight loss transformation.

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ to re-release in India

Todd Phillips along with Phoenix turned the story of a mentally unstable loner and failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who picks violence to find calmness in his life, into a blockbuster. It was earlier released in India on October 2, 2019.

Protests in Pakistan after court rejects Manzoor Pashteen’s bail

The court granted permission to the police for his transfer to the Dera Ismail Khan jail from the Peshawar Central Jail where he was sent to a 14-day judicial remand.

SC bails out 15 Gujarat riot case convicts to do social work

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant has put them in two groups -- six of them will remain in Indore and the rest will go to Jabalpur. They will however not be allowed to enter Gujarat.

Leander Paes crashes out of Australian Open

Paes, who was pairing up with Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, lost to the duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands-Briton Jamie Murray 6-2, 7-5 in a match that lasted one hour and seven minutes.

Anti-CAA protesters disrupt Calcutta university convocation

The students of different colleges forcibly entered the convocation venue Nazrul Mancha and said that they won't allow Dhankhar to attend the programme, calling him a "BJP stooge".

Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying.

7 more ministers to be inducted in Hemant Soren cabinet

The cabinet expansion will take place in Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Maharashtra CM inaugurates Nagpur Metro’s Aqua Line

Known as the Aqua Line, a total of 24.50 kms of metro with six stations has become operational for the people of the state's second capital, while another five stations are likely to be operational by April, said an official.

Barty 1st Australian woman in 36 years in Australian Open semis

Barty defeated No.7 seed Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6(6), 6-2 in a match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes.

Delhi Police conduct multiple raids to nab Sharjeel Imam

A top Delhi Police officer told IANS on Monday that the police feared that Sharjeel Imam has fled to Nepal. "If he has sneaked into Nepal, then it will be very difficult to bring him to India," the police said.

350 speakers to take part in Mathrubhumi Festival of Letters

The festival will host nearly 40 foreign speakers, 200 representing different generations in Malayalam, and 100 from the rest of India.

Sri Lanka confirms first coronavirus case

On Monday night, the Health Promotion Bureau said that the woman was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and was confirmed to have been infected during treatment, reports the Daily Financial Times.

New Zealand PM announces general election date

"I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand," Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying.

Thai woman dies of coronavirus like symptoms in Bengal hospital

Hospital sources said the woman was admitted to the hospital at 11 p.m. on January 21 and transferred to the ICU with a stomach problem, nausea and fever.

Coronavirus kills 106, infects 4,515 in China

The National Health Commission said that 976 patients remained in critical conditions and a total od 6,973 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Monday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

UP: Education officer deploys women teachers to prepare brides for mass wedding

Often teachers working in government-run schools are assigned duties other than teaching children. However, this one time it has turned rather bizarre as some of these women who were asked to turn beauticians overnight had no clue about makeup, they said.

Avast antivirus sold users’ data to Google, Microsoft, says Report

The joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag that relied on leaked user data and other company documents found that "the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is, in many cases, supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it".

Govt calls for applications for new SEBI Chairman

An order dated January 24 has been issued by the Economic Affairs Division of the Finance Ministry titled, "Filling up the Post of Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India".

Pakistan Senate passes bill allowing paid maternity, paternity leaves

As per the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, the leaves policy will be applicable in both public and private establishments in the federal capital territory, Dawn news reported.

Respond to plea against law on transgenders, SC tells Centre

The plea filed by transgender rights activist Swait Bidhan Baruah said that the Act mandated a transgender to undergo certification of gender identification by a District Magistrate and additionally may also go through gender affirming surgery by a medical officer.