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CoBRA Recover Naxal's Body Post Encounter in Gaya

An encounter broke out with Naxals at 2 AM on Friday night in Gaya's Lutua, while troops of 205 CoBRA along with Bihar Police were carrying out special operations. During the post-encounter search, CoBRA recovered a Naxal's body and one AK-47 rifle. A search is underway. More details are awaited.

(ANI)

Former CIA Official Gets 20 Years' Imprisonment for Spying for China

A former official of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was Friday sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment on charges of spying for China.

The former official, Kevin Mallory, was convicted under the Espionage Act for selling classified US "defense information" to a Chinese intelligence agent for $25,000.

"Former US Intelligence officer Mallory will spend the next 20 years of his life in prison for conspiring to pass national defense information to a Chinese intelligence officer," Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

(AFP)

Trump Lifts Steel, Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

President Donald Trump on Friday, 17 May announced a deal to lift US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico that had created friction between the neighbours and blocked a new North American free trade agreement.

"I'm pleased to announce that we've just reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico and will be selling our product into those countries, without the imposition of tariffs," Trump said at an event in the US capital.

His statement came moments after Canada released the text of the agreement between Ottawa and Washington in which they agree to eliminate US tariffs on steel and aluminum, and Canada's retaliatory measures, within no more than two days.

(AFP)

5 Dead, More Than 30 Injured in Unnao Road Accident

Five people have died and more than 30 have been injured after a bus rammed into a tractor trolley on the Lucknow-Agra expressway.

(ANI)

Voting Under Way in Climate-Dominated Aussie Election

Australians flocked to the polls on Saturday, 18 May, capping a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy.

Between 16 and 17 million people are expected to vote across the vast island-continent, with the opposition centre-left Labor party tipped for victory.

Casting his ballot in Melbourne, would-be prime minister Bill Shorten was bullish about forming a majority government after a final poll showed his lead increasing.

(AFP)

Firefighters Rescue 18 From Daryaganj Building Fire

A team of fire fighters from Delhi Fire Service saved the lives of 18 persons who were stuck in their five-storey residential building in Daryaganj after a car in the ground floor parking caught fire, blocking the only way out during the early hours of Friday, 17 May.

Maoists Blow Up Panchayat Bhawan in Odisha

Maoists have blown up a Panchayat Bhawan in Odisha’s Timurpalli. More details awaited.

(ANI)

Positive Signs for Goa Mining to be Visible in Six Months: CM

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that some positive signs will be visible in the next six months as far as resumption of the mining industry in the state is concerned.

The five-decade-old mining industry in the coastal state came to a standstill in March last year, after the Supreme Court quashed the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases.

(PTI)

Youth Beaten to Death on Suspicion of Raping Minor in Alwar

A youth was beaten to death by the relatives of a minor who alleged that the boy, along with two of his friends had raped the girl on 14 May. Police have detained 2 people. Further probe on.

(ANI)

Gunfight Between Security Forces & Terrorists in J&K's Sopore

In Jammu and Kashmir, there has been an exchange of fire between Security forces & terrorists in Hathlangoo, Sopore. Area cordoned off. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Australians Vote to Elect PM in Climate-Dominated Election

Australians have voted to elect their next parliament and prime minister, in what has been widely referred to as the climate-change election, with the first exit poll showing a victory for the opposition Labor Party.

(Source: PTI)

'Back to the Future' Musical to Premiere in 2020

The much-awaited "Back to the Furture" musical is set to premiere in 2020. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will play at the Manchester Opera House in the UK from 20 February 2020 to 17 May followed by London's West End venue.

Tony winner John Rando is directing the musical from a book by the film's co-writer Bob Gale.

(Source: PTI)

Kashmiri Migrant Employees Protest for Early Completion of Their Accommodation

Kashmiri migrant employees, who were given government jobs in the Valley under Prime Minister's package for migrants staged a protest in Srinagar demanding early completion of residential accommodation for them.

(Source: PTI)

A Quarter of West Antarctic Ice Now Unstable

Antarctica's ice sheet has thinned by up to 122 metres in places, with the most rapid changes occurring in West Antarctica where ocean melting has triggered glacier imbalance, the scientists have stated.

(Source: PTI)

CEC Sunil Arora Responds Over the EC Row

The Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora said: “It needs to be clarified categorically and unambiguously that this is purely an internal matter of ECI and as such any speculation, innuendos and insinuations should be eschewed. It needs to be mentioned that a meeting had already been scheduled on 21 May to discuss this and related matters.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read: Ashok Lavasa Skips EC Meetings Over MCC Row, CEC Arora Responds

Terrorist Who Killed Army Jawan Aurangzeb Eliminated With 2 Hizbul Colleagues

Three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including the one involved in the killing last year of Army jawan Aurangzeb have been killed in a pre-dawn operation by security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police reported.

(Source: PTI)

Victims of Chile Nazi Sect Says German Compensation Not Enough

Victims of a Chile-based Nazi pedophile sect have said that compensation offered by Germany was not enough to make up for decades of slavery and abuse.

On Friday, Germany said that it would pay up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) each to victims of the "Colonia Dignidad" commune founded by a former Nazi soldier.

(Source: AFP)

Chargesheet Filed in Alwar Gangrape Case

The police has filed a chargesheet against the accused in the Alwar gang-rape case in a court in Alwar.

"The chargesheet was filed Saturday against the accused," Additional Superintendent of Police Chiranjee Lal told PTI.

(Source: PTI)

SIT Constituted to Probe Bhaderwah Killing, Curfew Continues for Third Day

A five-member special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the death of a person in firing here which triggered violent protests, forcing authorities to impose an indefinite curfew in the communally-sensitive town, the officials said.

(Source: PTI)

1 Terrorist Neutralised, Arms & Ammunition Recovered in J&K's Sopore

In the Sopore encounter by the Jammu and Kashmir, the police has said, “One terrorist has been neutralised in the encounter whose identity and affiliation is yet to ascertained. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from site of encounter. Search underway.”

(Source: PTI)

UK Gets New Weapons Act, Secures Sikh Right to Carry Kirpans

A new Offensive Weapons Bill aimed at tackling rising knife crime in the UK completed its journey through Parliament to become an act of law after receiving the Royal Assent of Queen Elizabeth II.

"We have engaged closely with the Sikh community on the issue of kirpans. As a result, we have amended the Bill to ensure that the possession and supply of large kirpans for religious reasons can continue," a UK Home Office spokesperson said.

(Source: PTI)

Two Asst Surgeons Suspended in Puri for Dereliction of Duty Post Fani

Assistant surgeons Jahana Parwin & Jakesh Samantaray of CHC Chilikanuapada and Jasmin Nilima Panda & Bapuji Nayak of CHC Rebana Nuagaon in Puri, Odisha suspended for dereliction in duty.They were also found absent during visit of Sr Officers of Health Dept to those areas during post Fani.

(Source: ANI)

'Diana's Death Was Pain Like No Other': Prince William

Prince William has spoken candidly about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, describing his bereavement as a "pain like no other pain."

(Source: PTI)

N. Korea Demands UN Action Over Ship Seizure by 'Gangster' US

North Korea has demanded the United Nations take "urgent measures" to help return a cargo ship taken by the United States, calling the seizure a "heinous" act.

(Source: AFP)

Five Women of Family Killed as Car Falls Into Gorge

Five women of a family were killed when the car they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Panna in Madhya pradesh, the police said.

The accident took place Friday night, police said.

"The mishap occurred when the family of Mahesh Gupta, a resident of Kakarhati, was returning from Satna. Gupta, who was behind the wheel, lost control over the vehicle near a culvert on Panna-Kakarhati road and it fell into a gorge," Panna Kotwali police station in-charge Arvind Kujur said.

(Source: PTI)

Streets & Nameplates Named After Women In Himmatpura, Punjab

In Punjab, streets and nameplates of the Himmatpura village in Bathinda are named after women of the village. Karamjeet Kaur, a villager says, "It is happening only in our village, it is a great initiative, there is a lot of respect for women in our village."

(Source: ANI)

Bikaner SP Amps up Security at Army Cants, Religious Places, & Railway Stations

Bikaner Superintendent of Police orders to increase vigilance & security amidst inputs from secret agencies regarding "probability of terrorist attack at Army cantonments, religious places, & railway stations in Punjab & Rajasthan, especially in Bikaner b/w 17 April to 19 April"

Sri Lanka Marks a Decade of the End of Civil War

Sri Lanka, still reeling under the scars of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts, marked 10 years of the end of the nearly brutal civil war between the government and the LTTE even as it came under criticism for failing to ensure justice for the victims.

(Source: PTI)

US Warns Airliners Flying in Persian Gulf Amid Iran Tensions

U.S. diplomats warned that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

(Source: AP)

UN Chief's Call to 'Save the Pacific to Save the World'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was vital "to save the Pacific to save the world" as he wrapped up his brief South Pacific tour in Vanuatu today.

Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change

(Source: PTI)

Car Catches Fire in Ahmedabad

In Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, a car caught fire today, no casualties reported.

(Source: ANI)

Kedar Jadhav Declared Fit, Will Travel to UK for World Cup

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who had hurt his left shoulder during the recently-concluded IPL, has been declared fully fit for the upcoming ODI World Cup, to be held in UK from 30 May.

(Source: PTI)

K'taka to release 1 TMC from Ilkal Dam, Says Water Min DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Water Minister DK Shivakumar said, “Maharashtra govt had agreed to release water after our request but now they are not releasing water in Krishna river. For the benefit of farmers & people of Kagwad & Athani we're releasing last 1 TMC from our live storage from Ilkal dam.”

(Source: ANI)

Woman With Rs 5 Lakh Bounty Held in C'garh

A 26-year-old naxal, carrying Rs five lakh reward for her alleged involvement in various violent incidents, Saturday surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, the police said.

The cadre, Nande Mandavi alias Lali, is a member of the Kerlapal Area Committee of Maoists, said Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava.

(Source: PTI)

26 Maha Dams Hit Zero Water Storage Level

In a far cry from last year's situation, 26 reservoirs in Maharashtra have reached "zero storage" as on 18 May, according to statistics put out by the Water Conservation department of the state government.

(Source: PTI)

London Mayor Calls for Preferential Norms for Indian Businesses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for similar preferential norms for Indian companies and students as those offered to China in order to boost foreign direct investment (FDI) from India into the British capital.

(Source: PTI)

Defence Ministry Rejects Bimal Verma's Petition Challenging Appointment of Navy Chief

The Defence Ministry has rejected Vice Admiral Bimal Verma's petition challenging the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Navy Chief, overlooking his seniority.

(Source: PTI)

Police Seizes Red Sandalwood Worth Rs 3 Crore in Bengaluru

Bengaluru City Police busted a gang of red sandalwood smugglers and seized red sandalwood weighing 4 tonne, worth more than Rs 3 Crore.

(Source: ANI)

Panel Clears 3 Housing Projects in Delhi as Trees to Be Translocated

A government-appointed expert panel has recommended for environmental clearance three redevelopment projects in South Delhi, which have been lurking over the proposal to fell a large number of trees, after they were revised to translocate trees instead of cutting them.

(Source: PTI)

Son Gets Father Killed to Usurp 2 Factories, 3 Arrested

A man was arrested in Gujarat's Surat district for allegedly paying Rs 10 lakh to two people and getting his father killed, the police said.

According to the Crime Branch, Jitesh Patel was upset with his father Prahlad Patel (70) for the last eight months for taking away business responsibilities.

(Source: PTI)

Deceased policeman's colleagues pitch in for daughter's wedding

A policeman's colleagues here pitched in to ensure the marriage of his daughter, less than a month after he was killed in the line of duty.

3 More Arrested in the Guwahati Blasts Case

Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar said, “Three more people have been arrested who were involved in the blasts in Guwahati, including former members of ULFA. Home Ministry is in continuous contact with us regarding the investigation.”

(Source: ANI)

Bill Shorten Concedes Defeat to PM Scott Morrison

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten concedes defeat to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in general elections in Australia.

(Source: AP)

Teenage Girl Raped in Jammu, Accused Held

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Jammu and the accused has been arrested, police said Saturday.

A family lodged a written complaint at police station Janipur on Friday, alleging Karan Singh, a resident of Shivalik Puram, abducted their minor daughter and raped her in captivity, a police official said.

(Source: PTI)

Man Sets up 800 Nests for Birds in Jaipur

In Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Suraj Soni has setup more than 800 nests for birds in the city. He says, "We have made water arrangements for more than 2000 birds, we have also setup more than 800 waterproof nests made of wood. It helps birds in extreme weather conditions."

(Source: ANI)

Iran FM Discounts Prospect of War With US

Iran's foreign minister discounted the prospect of a new war in the region because Tehran opposed it and no party was under the "illusion" the Islamic republic could be confronted.

(Source: PTI)

Sudan Army Rulers Say Talks With Protesters to Resume

Sudan's army rulers announced talks will resume with protest leaders, four days after the generals suspended negotiations on implementing civilian rule in the country.

(Source: PTI)

Air Vice Marshal Meets J&K Governer

Air Vice Marshal Pankaj Mohan Sinha, Air Officer Commanding, Jammu and Kashmir, met Governor Satya Pal Malik in Srinagar and briefed him on the role and responsibilities of the IAF in the state.

(Source: PTI)

2 Arrested With Heroin in Itanagar

Two men have been arrested here along with 36 grams of heroin, the police said.

2 Maltese Soldiers Arrested in Drive-By Slaying of Migrant

Malta's prime minister has announced that two armed forces members have been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.

(Source: PTI)

Pope Urges Foreign Media to Use Power of Press to Seek Truth

Pope Francis has urged foreign correspondents to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, calling journalism an important tool to counter hatred and fake news.

(Source: PTI)

Punjab Tourist Dies Paragliding in HP's Kullu

A tourist from Punjab died in a paragliding mishap in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Saturday, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

Man Gets 20-Year Imprisonment for Raping Minor Girl

A 22-year-old labourer has been handed a 20-year rigorous imprisonment by a sessions court in Vasai in Palghar district of Maharashtra for raping a four-year-old girl in 2016.

(Source: PTI)

Guj Cong MLA’s Son Dies in Road Accident in WB

Gujarat Congress MLA Lalit Kagathara's 34-year-old son Vishal died Friday night in West Bengal after the Volvo bus he was travelling in hit a truck, party spokesperson Manish Doshi informed.

(Source: PTI)

Two Dead in Libya Attack Claimed by IS: Military

Two guards loyal to Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army were killed in an attack Saturday claimed by the Islamic State group, an LNA source said.

(Source: PTI)

Bhim Army Chief Says Atrocities on Dalits on Rise Gujarat, Warns of Agitation

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad warned of a large-scale agitation in Gujarat, alleging that atrocities against the Dalit community in the state were on a rise.

Citing an instance of Dalits being allegedly boycotted by upper caste people in Lohr village in Mehsana district after a youth from the community took out a wedding procession, he said several such incidents have happened in the state.

(Source: PTI)

Defence Ministry Rejects Bimal Verma's Petition Challenging Appointment of Navy Chief

The Defence Ministry has rejected Vice Admiral Bimal Verma's petition challenging the appointment of his junior, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, as the next Navy Chief, holding that seniority is not the sole criteria for selection.

(Source: PTI)

India's Longest River Rope Open for Public in Next 180 Days

Assam: India's longest river rope way across Brahmaputra River in Guwahati will be open for public in next 180 days. Ashok Singhal, Chairman, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, “It will take 7 minutes to reach from North Guwahati to Guwahati in ropeway.”

(Source: PTI)

Odisha Court Sentences Maoist Leader to Life Imprisonment

Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested five years ago in Odisha's Ganjam district, was on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for waging a war against the nation.

(Source: PTI)

Three Drug Peddlers Arrested in J&K

Three alleged drug peddlers were arrested in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

'There Will Always Be Differences in Strong Companies,' Says Indigo CEO Dutta

“In any strong and well-managed company there will always be difference,” said IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta. He added, “If current differences between promoters are not resolved, you (media) shall certainly hear about it, but don't speculate.”

Look-Out Circular Against Former CEO of TV Channel

Telangana police has moved the Bureau of Immigration seeking issue of a look-out circular against the former CEO of TV9 channel Ravi Prakash and actor Shivaji who face allegations of forgery.

The Bureau informs all the airports and ports about the look-out circular, a police official said Saturday.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read: TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash Booked in Forgery Over ‘Takeover’ Deal

3 Arrested for Duping People in South Delhi

Two persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly duping people by luring them through a matrimonial website in South Delhi, police said.

(Source: PTI)

23-Year-Old Man Chased, Shot at Multiple Times in Delhi

A 23-year-old man was shot at multiple times and critically injured by a group of men in Rohini, North Western Delhi, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

British Royals Celebrate Third Wedding in 12 Months

The British royal family gathered for its third Windsor Castle wedding in a year as Lady Gabriella Windsor tied the knot with Queen Elizabeth II watching on.

(Source: PTI)

Sri Lankan President Releases 736 Inmates on the Occasion of Buddha Purnima

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday granted amnesty to 762 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima, a media report said.

(Source: PTI)

9 Children Working as Bonded Labourers Rescued From Meat Processing Units in Delhi

Nine children, including seven girls, were rescued from two meat processing units in the national capital where they were working as bonded labourers, a child rights body said.

(Source: PTI)

China's Ban on Scrap Imports a Boon to US Recycling Plants

The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted US recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.

(Source: PTI)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Assaulted During Event in South Africa

An unknown man assaulted actor Arnold Schwarzenegger during a public appearance in South Africa, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I'm just glad the idiot didn't interrupt my Snapchat.”

Video shows the former California governor standing and filming children at a sporting event in Johannesburg when a man makes a flying kick into his back.

(Source: PTI)

Reliance Capital to Raise Rs 10,000 Cr in Current Fiscal Year

Cash-strapped Reliance Capital said that it expects to raise Rs 10,000 crore by selling assets and cut down its debt by about 50 per cent in the current fiscal.

(Source: PTI)

3 Arrested Over Forging Signature of Telangana CM Rao

Three people have been arrested for alleged involvement in creating a fake document for mutation of land here with the forged signature of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

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