In the long chain of infamous practices of framing innocent young Muslim men in trumped up charges of terrorism got another instance added on 16 February. A Delhi sessions court acquitted three men accused of causing serial blasts in Delhi in 2005 that killed 67 people and injureRead more »
Patna [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin was shifted from Siwan Jail to Patna amid tight security, from where he will be transferred to the high-security Tihar Jail in New Delhi on the Supreme Court's orders. Carrying on with their operations, the Siwan administration escorted Shahabuddin to a white Tata Sumo, where he was lodged between two armed security officials.
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trumps revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said. "The President is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (executive order)," Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Blaming the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for the ruckus that took place in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during the floor test, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said that DMK MLAs were the ones who created chaos in the assembly while AIADMK MLAs sat quietly. "It was done entirely by the DMK.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] Feb. 18 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday seized 4.2 kilogram gold worth Rs 1.14 crore found in a consignment at Mumbai airport concealed in the form of hooks and buttons in 91 trousers, coated with silver colour. The consignment consisted of ten cartons with old clothes worth Rs 13,000 and had been imported in the name of Usha Mudaliar, a resident of Mulund who had arrived from Dubai a few days earlier. Detailed examination revealed that the hooks were actually made of gold coated with silver colour as camouflage.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad will appear before a Delhi court today, as they have been summoned over a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice-president Chetan Chauhan. This comes after the Delhi high court on February 7th had slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kejriwal and Rs 30,000 on Azad for delay in filing a response to the defamation suit.
Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 18 (ANI): The provincial government of Punjab has included names of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). According to Dawn, a senior police officer privy to the development said on Friday that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) added their names to the list of the 1,450 'fourth schedulers' on an order of the federal Interior Ministry.
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.18 (ANI): Islamabad United cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have formally recorded their statements on the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scam before the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Khalid, who was slated to record his official statement on the scam on Friday morning, was unwell and, therefore, appeared before the unit late in the evening at PCB headquarters.
The sting in question, which was basically a shoot of proceedings inside the court room of Justice SJ Kathawala, was secretly shot and was uploaded on YouTube leveling accusations of corruption against the said judge.
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez scored twice in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-1 victory at lowly Augsburg on Friday to make it two wins in a row for the visitors and lift them back into contention for a European spot. The victory was also good news for Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, with speculation rife about his future and the team facing Atletico Madrid next week in the Champions League round of 16 first leg. Karim Bellarabi tapped in to complete a textbook break by Leverkusen and score the league's 50,000th goal in the 23rd minute.
It was only after a surprised Nitish Kumar, seeing a stranger standing in front of him, signaled the security personnel present about the breach that they realised what had happened.
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 18 (IANS) The dying words of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, were "very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid", the media reported. Poisoned and left to die, the playboy half-brother of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un staggered through the fourth floor of a Malaysian airport, looking for anyone to help him, the New York Post reported on Friday. Clinging to life, Kim Jong Nam managed just a few words that would turn out to be his last: "Very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid," according to reports citing the China Press, a Chinese-language paper in Malaysia.
New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): With the Supreme Court ordering the Uttar Pradesh police to register an FIR against Transport Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati in a case of alleged gangrape of a 35-year-old woman, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that criminals in the state are masquerading around as ministers and politicians under the wing of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. "Akhilesh Yadav was the one who went around campaigning in the state with one hand on Gayatri Prajapati's shoulders.
Pratima Singh has accused the NN Group NV of racial discrimination, bullying, lying, blackmailing, perjury and several other frauds in the period 2013-2015. In retaliation the group board members dragged Pratima to court on charges of stalking and defamation.
Imran Tahir's wicket celebrations were among the highlights of South Africa's 78-run win in Friday's Twenty20 clash but New Zealand have more to worry about than just the exuberant leg-spinner as they head into the one-day series. "He's a big reason why we've had the success we have had in the last 10 months," South Africa captain Faf du Plessis told reporters. "Obviously the star is Imran but the seamers on that pitch were really good in the areas they bowled." South Africa's specialist batsmen also dominated New Zealand's bowlers - the exception being Trent Boult (2-8) - with the aggressive David Miller expected to bolster the lineup after he recovers from a cut finger.
Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 18 (ANI): A three-year-old boy was killed and 15 other were injured in a car bomb attack near the green area of a housing complex for judges and prosecutors, in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. The housing complex was severely damaged," the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna as saying.
North Korea will send a team to next year's Winter Olympics in neighbouring South Korea, the country's International Olympic Committee (IOC) member has said. Pyeongchang will stage Asia's first Winter Games outside Japan next year, kicking off an Olympic cycle that reflects the continent's growing influence on sport with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics. North and South Korea are still technically at war and tensions have risen in the last week with the North's test firing of a ballistic missile in contravention of United Nations resolutions.
The survey of 91 presidential historians conducted by C-SPAN placed the 44th president just below Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) and just above James Monroe (1817-1825), NBC News reported on Friday. This is the third such survey by the organisation, which began polling the panel of presidential experts in 2000. The poll ranks each US president on various issues, including "crisis leadership", "moral authority", "international relations" and "pursuing equal justice for all".
Bournemouth have been charged for a breach of the FA's anti-doping rules relating to "club whereabouts" information, English soccer's governing body said on Friday. Bournemouth have until Feb. 23 to respond to the charge. On Thursday, fellow Premier League club Manchester City were fined 35,000 pounds ($43,000) after a similar charge and were warned about their future conduct.
It is not all bad in Trump land. Yes, we have those pesky Twitter wars, anti-free trade rhetoric, fights with the Australian Prime Minister and the list goes on. It seems that US politics has entered a dark age.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala netted twice against his former club Palermo in a 4-1 home win on Friday that took the champions 10 points clear at the top of Serie A, with Claudio Marchisio and Gonzalo Higuain also on the scoresheet. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri called on his players to be "spectacular" in their hunt for a record sixth consecutive Scudetto title and they responded with a scintillating display to move up to 63 points after 25 matches. Marchisio, feeling his way back into the side after injury, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he reacted quickest to rifle home from close range after Josip Posavec had smothered Higuain's effort to give Juve the lead their dominance merited.
Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Pakistani Hindu community will have a personal law for the first time as the Senate has passed 'The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017'. The bill, approved by the National Assembly on September 26, 2015 and passed on Friday, will likely get presidential assent next week to become a law, Dawn online reported. According to the bill, Hindu women will get documentary proof of their marriage.
New Delhi [India], Feb.18 (ANI): Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has launched a scathing attack on the country's media, saying a certain sections of it choose to highlight the negative news rather than focusing on her entry into the semi-finals of the ongoing Qatar Open. The 30-year-old's comments came a day after she denied service tax evasion in response to a notice issued last week by the Central Board of Excise and Customs. "Standing ovation to our amazing certain sections of media who haven't bothered to write or report about me being in another semi finals of a tournament in Qatar, but heyyy there are 100 articles about 'tax evasion' which most of them don't even understand properly," Sania wrote on Twitter on Friday.
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) The worlds first transgender doll is being unveiled at the New York toy fair this weekend, modelled on the US teenager and LGBTQ campaigner Jazz Jennings. Sixteen-year-old Jennings was propelled to fame as one of the youngest people ever officially documented as transgender, The Guardian reported on Friday. "Ever since I was little, I always loved playing with dolls," she said in an interview with the New York Times ahead of the toy fair.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 18 (ANI): Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged the Afghan Government to take strong action against terror elements, to reaffirm that its soil was not being used for terrorism in Pakistan. Aziz on Friday held a telephonic conversation with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and underlined that the Government and the people of Pakistan were in a state of deep anguish and pain at the recent terrorist incidents in various parts of Pakistan resulting into loss of precious human lives.
By Onkareshwar Pandey / Somdatta Saha New Delhi [India], Feb. 18 (ANI): As electioneering picks up pace in India's most populated and politically crucial state, Uttar Pradesh, the people are looking forward to a government which is corruption-free, preaches and practices transparency and sincere in improving law and order. The issue has come to the centre stage after almost all top leaders of different political parties vociferously flagged and raised it on a priority basis and put incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the defensive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not the only one raking up the issue of the poor standard of law and order, especially when it comes to women, in his recent rallies and speeches.