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Internet shutdown in Kashmir again

The Internet was suspended last week for a few hours on the death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and JKLF leader Maqbool Bhat.

Several ex-Indian cricketers could be in trouble as top bookie Chawla extradited from London

Chawla, a British national as per Delhi Police charge sheet, absconding hitherto in the match fixing case, was linked with several international cricketers, including Indian players, sources in the crime branch of the Delhi Police revealed.

Pakistan govt okays rules to regulate social media

The information to be provided may include subscriber information, traffic data or content data, Dawn news said in a report.

Beware this Valentine’s Day, Hindu Sena workers may be after you

Warning against the public display of affection, the outfit claimed that its workers will "hand them over to police".

Coronavirus outbreak: Centre not taking threat seriously accuses Rahul Gandhi

The virus which is said to be originated from the seafood market of Wuhan in China has already claimed 1,113 lives. 44,653 people are said to be affected with the virus.

A defeat of “ego, arrogance”; Shiv Sena slams BJP’s poll debacle

Delhi: Shiv Sena, the erstwhile ally of the Bharathiya Janatha Party called BJP’s poll debacle a defeat of “ego, and arrogance." Commenting on the recent...

Other routes to Shaheen Bagh intentionally blocked, Chandrashekhar Azad moves plea in SC

Delhi: Seeking an intervention in the petition filed before the Supreme Court concerning the removal of anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh, Bhim Army Chief Chandra...

‘Gangothri of Terrorists’; Union Minister Giriraj Singh Surfaces with Provocative Comments

Uttar Pradesh: Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh slammed the anti-CAA protesters yet again with his comment on an Islamic Seminary in...

Five and a half years imprisonment, Hafeez Saeed sentenced in terror financing cases

Pakistan: A Pakistani court sentenced Lakshar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to five and a half years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Pakistani Rs. 30,000 concerning...

Art of Silencing Dissent; The Politics of Sedition

While there are no cases filed against ministers and politicians, who had incited violence, like Anurag Thakur who had raised slogans like 'shoot the protestors', thousands who are on the streets defending their right to live are being targeted. 

Hindujas appoint Paul Abraham as President of Foundation

According to a statement, Abraham has come to the Hinduja Foundation from the IndusInd Bank, where he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for over 11 years.

Poll victory celebrations at AAP office

Outside the AAP office at ITO, celebrations could be seen in different hues and shades.

AAP’s Delhi victory a lesson for BJP, say CPI-M, Cong in Kerala

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reacted to the Delhi assembly poll results on Tuesday by saying that the verdict was a vote against the communal position taken by the BJP, while the Congress also should learn from this.

Iranians mark 41st anniversary of Islamic Revolution

In Tehran, the demonstrators burned the US and Israeli flags.

Politics of hatred did not work in Delhi: Mamata

Banerjee, who made a phone call to AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him on his party's resounding success, later told media here that the BJP was losing every poll now.

Bouquets are passe, gift a plant this Valentine’s Day

If you are thinking of gifting your loved ones a beautiful bouquet of flowers this season, think again. This Valentine's Day, gift a live plant rather than a bouquet.

Himachal gets record fish price from Pong reservoir

This has emerged as the leading fishing reservoir in northern India.

Government will announce measures to reduce food prices: ImranKhan

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics last week reported that the inflation rate had risen to 14.6 percent in January from 12.6 percent in the previous month, scaling the highest level in 12 years

Mayawati slams BJP, Congress over Ravidas Jayanti

Mayawati's comment came in the wake of Saturday's exit polls that predict setbacks for the BJP as well as the Congress in Delhi Assembly polls.

Writer Giriraj Kishore passes away

He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in the year 2007 and was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award in 1992.

Robot delivers food, medicines in China hospitals

Taking to Twitter, a user posted a video in which robots are used to serve food and medicines in a hospital in China to the patients who were infected with the coronavirus.

More relief to consumers as fuel prices fall again

The petrol now costs Rs 72.23 a litre in Delhi, Rs 77.89 a litre in Mumbai, Rs 74.92 a litre in Kolkata and Rs 75.04 a litre in Chennai.

Former Bengal power minister Sankar Sen passes away

Sen (92), a noted electrical engineer who was credited with having largely resolved in the 1990s the problem of frequent load shedding in the state, left behind two daughters.

First time in 5 years: Tendulkar takes the bat once again

On Sunday, he donned the Australian green and gold to play an over during the innings break of the Bushfire Cricket Bash legends match.

Final evacuation flight from Wuhan due back in UK

The evacuees will be housed at Kents Hill Park conference center and hotel, where they will remain in isolation for two weeks - the incubation period of the virus - to ensure they are not infected.

No fundamental right to claim quota in promotions: SC

The top court observed the state government has the absolute discretion to decide whether or not to provide for reservation in jobs or reservations in promotions. Also, the state government is not under any obligation to do so.

Nurse treating corona virus patients mimes a hug to her daughter

The video was tweeted by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua with the caption: "A Chinese nurse in a coronavirus-hit hospital in Henan Province gives her sobbing daughter an 'air hug.' #coronavirus."

Pakistan Assembly passes resolution to publicly hang child sexual abusers

The resolution was presented by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and passed by all lawmakers, apart from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

1,000 Kudumbashree hotels to serve Kerala meals at Rs 25

Apart from this lunch, Kudumbashree has been given the nod to start a chitty program, which would be an extension to the microfinance scheme which already is running quite well.

Kerala Budget’s ‘green’ touch’: Ban on CFL, filament bulbs

He said that bulbs used in street light and in government buildings will be replaced by LED bulbs and sale of CFL and filament bulbs banned from November 2020

China deploys robots on Nova Corona Virus front lines

More than 30 disinfection robots designed and produced by a Shanghai-based enterprise have entered major hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, to combat the epidemic.

Sisodia’s OSD held after middleman named officer: Source

The agency had arrested OSD Gopal Krishna Madhav, a senior Delhi government officer, on Thursday on the charge of accepting Rs 2 lakh in bribe. The CBI is slated to present Madhav in a Delhi court later in the day.

Bryant memorial service on Feb 24 in Los Angeles

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on January 26.

61 test positive for nCoV on quarantined Japanese ship

The new cases on the Diamond Princess ship bring Japan's number of confirmed cases to 86, the second-highest figure after China which on Friday confirmed 636 deaths and 31,161 infections.

SC will hear PIL against Shaheen Bagh protesters after Delhi polls

On a lighter note, the court, deferring the petition, said: "Let the cat be out of the bag."

US makes new terms for violence reduction in Afghanistan

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's spokesman, said that the US special envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, during his recent trip to Kabul said he had submitted proposals to the Taliban to extend the duration of the reduction in violence.

Odisha govt issues advisory for rainfall, thunderstorm

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena, in a letter, asked the district collectors to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate steps to face any eventuality.

Virgin Australia permanently cancels HK routes amid NCoV

The company said it had undertaken a comprehensive review of the routes, and confirmed that it would halt service on the Sydney-Hong Kong route on March 2, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported.

DSP Davinder Singh to be produced in NIA court in Jammu

Davinder Singh, whose police remand ends on Thursday, is likely to be brought to Delhi in the next few days.

RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 5.15%

The RBI has kept the repo rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent maintaining status quo. Inflation for December had touched 7.35 per cent raising the case for a no rate-cut.

Ahead of T20 WC, Ellyse Perry unveils Melbourne mural

Ellyse on Thursday put the finishing touches to the mural, which was painted in the iconic Hosier Lane of the city by local artist Tayla Broekman as part of the T20 World Cup Trophy Tour.

Coronavirus toll in China jumps to 563

The National Health Commission on Wednesday received reports of 3,694 new confirmed cases and 73 deaths on Wednesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, Xinhua news agency reported.

Snapchat rolls out support for 5 more Indian languages

Snapchat currently supports Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi, which were introduced last year, bringing the total to nine, the company said in a statement.

Nirbhaya: SC to hear Centre’s plea challenging HC order

In its appeal, the Centre said the question is whether a convict who has exhausted all his remedies can still frustrate the mandate of law merely because the mercy petition of one of the co-convicts is pending before the President and another co-convict has not even filed the mercy petition.

Tunisians rally in protest of US Mideast peace plan

The protesters on Wednesday include members of civil society, professional organisations and political parties as well as independent activists, Xinhua news agency reported.

Mamata orders probe after microphone malfunctions

Banerjee got disturbed after the microphone started emanating noise while she was speaking at the Nadia district administrative meeting in Krishnanagar, where top bureaucrats and police officers were present.

Imran Khan admits India won’t reverse Kashmir decision

He was speaking at a special session of the legislative assembly of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to express solidarity with Kashmiri separatists. Islamabad had designated the day as 'Kashmir Solidarity Day'.

Shaheen Bagh infant death: Bravery award winner writes to CJI

Bobde to issue directions to stop children and infants from participating in the demonstration. Shaheen Bagh has been the epicenter of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

Lakhs descend on Telangana’s Medaram for tribal fair

Devotees were having a holy dip in Jampanna Vagu, a tributary of Godavari river. Jampanna was the tribal warrior and the son of tribal Goddess Sammakka who was killed in a war with the Kakatiya Army. The tribals believe that a dip in the stream washes off their sins.

India-Pakistan nuclear war would harm ocean life

For the study, published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal, the researchers looked at how climate changes stemming from nuclear war would affect the oceans.

‘Kashmir changes unconstitutional as people not consulted’

While abrogating Article 370, the government of India and the Parliament forgot the elementary fact that India got legal right to enter the state only because of the condition of Instrument of Accession

Change in design of Jaipur Walled City upsets experts, residents

The people noticed the change after the area in the Walled City was opened to the public following the culmination of the work on Jaipur Metro.

Taylor and Latham were unstoppable in the middle overs: Kohli

Stand-in captain Latham hit a 48-ball 69 and shared a crucial 138-run stand with Ross Taylor who was unbeaten on 109 to win the match for the Black Caps.

10 infected with corona virus on quarantined Japanese ship

The coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of a cold but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).

“You are in the Q, as Kerala coffers are empty”: Congress

The total plan expenditure for the present fiscal for LSG has pegged at Rs 7500 crore.

No existence of drug mafia in Goa: CM

Sawant, however, told the Goa legislative assembly in a written reply that since Goa is a tourism destination drugs could be "smuggled" into the state.

Woman army major molested in Raj; Court orders reinvestigation

According to sources, the accused named in the FIR has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. It was learned that the victim is in the Engineering Corps of the Indian Army while the accused Lieutenant Colonel is posted in the Army Supply Corps in Allahabad.

Indian women keep tricolour flying in the world chess

In the girl's section, R. Vaishali is world number 10.

Fuel prices unchanged as Brent hits 13 months low

WTI crude was also trading down on Monday, at $49.99 per barrel, below the $50 threshold after falling 3.04 percent on the day at New York Mercantile Exchange.

Tech failure hits start of Democratic presidential nomination race

The results reporting app introduced by the party crashed on Monday in Iowa, the first of the 50 US states to hold the party election.

No decision on NRC at national level, says govt

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai replied that so far the government has not taken any decision on the NRC.

Sex racket busted in Taj city: 3 foreigners nabbed

The arrests were made on Monday evening. However, during the action, one male and three female members of the gang managed to escape, while the manager of the hotel was arrested.

Abdullah opposes Ghani’s ‘reform’ of Foreign Affairs Ministry

Kabul : Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has opposed President Ashraf Ghani's "reforms" to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and urged to stop any type...

Trinamool, DMK give suspension notice in RS on CAA

The DMK notice was given by Trichi Siva and the Trinamool's by Derek O'Brien. The opposition has kept the pressure on the government to roll back the Citizenship Act which was passed by Parliament in the winter session.

512 prisoners released in SL to mark I-Day

The amnesty has been granted on the recommendation of Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms, reports Xinhua news agency.

Congress-led opposition stages walkout over CAA

Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Biju Janata Dal and Telugu Desam Party (TDP), however, kept sitting in the House.

FDA approves first peanut allergy drug for kids

Treatment with the drug, Palforzia, can be used for children between 4 and 17 years old with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy, the FDA said in a statement.

Refrain from travel to China: Cabinet Secretary

Besides, from now on, anyone with a history of travel to China since January 15, 2020, could be quarantined.

Twitter adds Bitcoin emoji; Dorsey uses it in bio

Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Twitter showed off the platform's newest feature. This is demonstrated in his Twitter bio as well, which contains nothing but the hashtag and the symbol.

Dhoni the best captain India has seen: Rohit

MS Dhoni is the one who has been like that. It's in-born. It has helped him to make such good decisions on the field and now you see he is the most successful Indian captain with all three ICC trophies with him and many IPL titles as well.

ArcelorMittal bags iron ore block in Odisha

The company won the iron ore mines committing to pay 107.55 percent of its sale value of ore to the state government when production starts, said the official.

Sabarimala case: SC to frame issues for arguments

Many senior advocates -- Fali Nariman, Kapil Sibal, and Shyam Divan -- strongly opposed the nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde attempting to broaden the contours of the issue.

Pakistanis return from China as flights resume

Following the resumption of flights, two flights carrying Pakistanis arrived from China earlier in the day, a Dawn news report quoted Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza as saying.

Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Kerala

Shailaja, in a special mention in the Kerala Assembly, said that a third case has tested positive for Coronavirus and has been under isolation at the Kanhangad in Kasargode district and the condition of the youth, who was a student in Wuhan, is stable.

180 Nepalis in China request to return home

The embassy in Beijing on Saturday issued a public notice, asking Nepalis in Hubei to fill out a form if they wish to return to Nepal, reports The Kathmandu Post.

NIA raids underway in valley, Davinder’s house searched again

Searches were also being carried out in Tral in Pulwama district at the ancestral house of suspended Deputy SP Davinder Singh, sources said.

13 Delhi-bound trains delayed due to fog

According to northern railway officials, Gaya-New Delhi Mahabodhi Express was delayed by 4 hours, followed by Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express running behind its schedule by 3 hours.

Britain formally leaves EU, ending 47-year-long membership

The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.

Air India brings back 324 Indians stranded in Wuhan

Accordingly, the flight ferried back 324 Indian nationals.