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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...

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.

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.

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...

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

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

"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.

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...

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Navy’s Mig 29k crashes in Goa, pilots safe

The two pilots Captain M. Sheokhand and Lt. Cdr. Deepak Yadav have ejected safely. The Indian Navy has instituted an enquiry into the incident, a statement said.

Protests in Bolivia after 5 demonstrators shot dead

The five protesters were shot on Friday during a confrontation with Bolivian police and troops outside the city of Cochabamba, Nelson Cox, a representative of the Ombudsman's Office, told Efe news. At least 22 others were wounded in the clash.

Protests erupt in Iran over fuel price hike

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 litres per month, the Tehran-based Press TV said in a report.

Complaint against JNU students for vandalizing and defacing Swami Vivekananda’s statue

The complaint, received by Vasant Kunj North police station, is being examined by senior officers so that they can take a decision whether to file a case, sources said. "We are examining the merits of the complaint," said a senior IPS officer, adding a decision will be taken very soon.

Congress to hold mega rally in Delhi on November 30

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the general secretaries, in-charges, secretaries, frontal organisation chiefs and the state unit chiefs, party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said, "We have decided to hold a mega rally against the anti-people policies of the government to highlight the people oriented issues against the central government."

Trump’s digital intrusion into impeachment hearing called witness intimidation

Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump from her Ambassadorship in Ukraine, was testifying on Friday before the impeachment inquiry in Washington when he shot off the tweet: "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavourably about her."

Gunmen open fire on buses carrying voters in Sri Lanka

The group hurled stones on the first bus, damaging the windscreen, and then they opened fire on the second bus from behind, the spokesman told Xinhua news agency.

Andhra opposes national status to Telangana project

Andhra Pradesh conveyed to the Supreme Court that the mega project built by Telangana across Godavari river affected its irrigation interests.

Voting begins for Sri Lanka presidential election

Voting which commenced at 7 a.m. at 12,845 polling centres islandwide, will end at 5.00 pm.

IT tribunal rejects charitable tag for Young India

The tribunal ratified the Income Tax Order of cancelling the charitable activities exemption certificate for Young India.

Odisha govt booklet on Mahatma Gandhi’s death sparks row

Congress legislature party leader Narasingh Mishra demanded an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik holding him responsible for the blunder.

HC rejects Chidambaram’s bail plea in INX Media case

Justice Kait further observed, "Prima facie, the allegations are serious in nature and he played an active and key role in the offence."

Maoists issue death threat against Kerala CM

The letter has been signed by Bedar Moosa, Vice President of the Kabinidal Action Committee for the Urban Action team.

Court tells police to issue notice before arresting Shehla Rashid

The order by Additional Session Judge Satish Kumar Arora came after the court considered the nature of allegations against Rashid and the submission of the Investigating Officer who told the court that the investigation was still at a preliminary stage.

China lifts nearly 5-year ban on US poultry import

In January 2015, China banned the import of chicken and poultry products from the US to protect itself from bird flu that had been recorded in some areas of America in 2013 and 2014, reports Efe news.

Bhopal gas tragedy activist Abdul Jabbar passes away

Jabbar's parents had died in the world's worst industrial accident. He suffered from lung disease and lost 50 per cent of his eye vision due to the gas emission.

Shiv Sena will rule Maharashtra for 25 years, says Sena MP...

In his media chat, Raut was asked about the crucial Chief Minister's post, to which he declared: "Why only five years? We will rule Maharashtra for 25 years..."

SFI sweeps Presidency University students council election

In elections held on Thursday, the SFI candidates bagged all the five central panel posts after a close fight with the extreme left force Independent Consolidation (IC) amid tight security including a large police presence outside the main gate of the campus.

Police registers criminal case against Banaras Hindu University official for removing...

The official, Kiran Damle, is the deputy chief proctor at the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus of BHU in Mirzapur.

Hong Kong protesters attack Justice Minister

She later made a report to the London police and asked them "take the case seriously and put the culprits to justice", her office said in a statement.

Lightning kills 20 in Pakistan

The lightning incidents took place in the areas of Mithi, Chhachhi and Ram Singh Sodho village in Tharparkar district after widespread rains began battering the desert region late Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, reports Dawn news.

No alternative acceptable for mosque in Ayodhya, says Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind

At its working committee meeting in Delhi on Thursday, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JuH) said that nothing would be acceptable as an 'alternative' to a mosque -- be it money or land.

US is not a friend of Islam, says Iranian President

Addressing an international Islamic unity conference in Tehran, Rouhani said, "Transregional states cannot solve the problems of the region. They have rather been the source of problems."

JNU protesters charge administration with ‘damaging campus’

The students have also occupied the block that houses offices of the top brass of the university's administration, including Vice-Chancellor, apart from allegedly vandalising Swami Vivekananda bust.

Mathematician Vashishth Narayan Singh passes away

Born on April 2, 1942, Singh had been suffering from schizophrenia for nearly four decades.

Israel-Gaza ceasefire begins 2 days after fighting

The fighting took place after Israel on Tuesday killed Baha Abu al-Ata, one of the PIJ's most senior commanders in the Gaza Strip in an airstrike.

SC rules out probe in Rafale deal, warns Rahul Gandhi

The top court said it found no merit in the pleas for review of its earlier ruling in which it had given a clean chit to the government and ruled out any "roving" inquiry into the deal for procuring 36 fighter planes from French company Dassault.

Sabarimala verdict: No stay on 2018 judgement

According to this verdict, women of all ages can visit the shrine till larger bench decides this issue, which is actually no relief to petitioners who had moved the top court seeking a review of its previous judgement.

Don’t try to scare us, Sanjay Raut tells BJP

"We are prepared to fight and die, but will not tolerate threats or coercive tactics", Raut announced sternly to the media.

Death toll from Australian bushfires reach 4

New South Wales Police reported in a statement that a body was found on Wednesday night in burnt-out bushland near the city of Kempsey, located on the north coast of the state, reports Efe news.

New Zealand to hold referendum on euthanasia in 2020

The so-called End of Life Choice Bill passed its third and final reading on Wednesday night with 69 votes in favour and 51 against, reports Efe news.