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EAM Jaishankar to Visit Finland from 19-21 Sep

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on a three-day visit to Finland from Thursday during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of that country to strengthen bilateral ties.

Jaishankar will have detailed discussions with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto on a broad spectrum of bilateral relations pursuant to the meeting of the prime ministers of India and Finland on the margins of the India-Nordic Summit in April 2018 in Stockholm, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Names Robert O’Brien as Next US National Security Advisor

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is naming hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as his new national security advisor, reported AP.

Two Men Jump off the Mumbai Mantralaya Building

Two men, Hemant Patil and Arun Netore, jumped off the second floor of Mantralaya Building onto the safety net in Mumbai, today. They were demanding grants for Divyang schools. They were taken away by the police.

(Source: ANI)

2 Injured as Bus Crashes into 7 Cars Near Akshardham Temple

Two people injured after a bus crashes into seven cars near Akshardham Temple in New Delhi. The injured have been admitted to hospital.

(Source: ANI)

No-Deal Brexit Imminent If UK Doesn't Get Serious: Top EU Officials

The European Union's two top officials handling troublesome Brexit negotiations warned Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal exit looms large unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government offers concrete proposals.

"The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union," European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

(Source: AFP)

Singapore Probes Couple Over Anti-Death Penalty Shirts

A Singaporean couple who wore anti-death penalty t-shirts at a running event are under investigation for violating tough laws against public protests, police said Wednesday.

The city-state's laws against dissent and street demonstrations make it illegal for even one person to hold a protest without a police permit.

(Source: AFP)

European Parliamentarians Back India on Kashmir, Slam Pakistan for Harbouring Terrorists

European parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have backed India on the Kashmir issue during a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament by describing it a great democracy and slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.

In the debate on the situation in Kashmir on Tuesday, Czarnecki, the member of EU Parliament and European Conservatives and Reformists Group in Poland called India the "greatest democracy of the world".

Martusciello, a member of EU Parliament and Group of European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in Italy, said Pakistan had threatened to use nuclear weapons which was a concern to the European Union.

(Source: PTI)

One Dead, 7 Missing After Boat Capsizes off Northern Japan

A man has been found dead inside a capsized fishing boat off northern Japan, with seven other crew members missing.

The 29-tonne Keieimaru No.65 with eight Japanese fishermen on board lost communication on waters some 640 kilometres (400 miles) east of Cape Nosappu in Hokkaido on Tuesday, a coastguard spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

The boat was later found capsized, and inside the boat a man was found "in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest", he said, using the Japanese expression suggesting death but without a doctor's confirmation.

(Source: AFP)

State Media Says Iran Sends US Official Warning

Iran's state-run news agency reported on Wednesday that Iran sent an official warning through Swiss diplomats to the U.S. that any action taken against Tehran "will face an immediate answer."

It said that Iran sent the diplomatic note to the Swiss on Monday. The Swiss Embassy has looked after America's interests in Iran for decades.

There was no immediate reaction from U.S. diplomats.

The note also reiterated that Iran says it has nothing to do with Saturday's attack on oil installations in Saudi Arabia. While Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the assault, the U.S. has alleged Iran was behind it.

(Source: AP)

Pak Targets Border Outposts in Samba-Kathua Sector

Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday opened fire on border out posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Samba-Kathua sector of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BSF officer said.

The Rangers fired from small arms on BoPs in Hirangar and Samba sectors from 0900 hours to 1100 hours, the officer told PTI.

BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan retaliated, resulting in exchanges, he said. There was no injury to anyone or any damage to property, he said.

(Source: PTI)

Indian Coast Guard Ship Rescues 23 Crew Members Onboard Stuck Fishing Vessel

Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rajdoot rescued 23 crew members onboard a fishing vessel (IFB NSG vessel) that was stuck due to engine failure 30 nautical miles from Mavinakurve on Tuesday, 17 September. All the 23 crew members on the affected vessel are reported to be safe.

(Source: ANI)

India Requests Pak to Allow Usage of Their Airspace for PM Modi's Flight to New York: Reports

India has reportedly requested Pakistan to allow use of its air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flight to New York, US. Pakistan will respond after consultations, Pakistan media reports said.

(Source: ANI)

Petition Challenging Odd-Even Scheme Withdrawn

The petition challenging the recently announced odd-even scheme of Delhi government has been withdrawn by the petitioner as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stated that the petition is not maintainable.

(Source: ANI)

Pakistan Court Set to Hear Sharif's Appeal Against His Conviction

A Pakistani court will hear on Wednesday the appeal of jailed former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in a corruption case.

Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since 24 December, 2018 when the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case.

A two-member division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will conduct the hearing.

The same bench will also take up an appeal by the National Accountability Court Bureau, the prosecuting agency in the case, to increase his sentence.

Request to Prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar, Others Pending Before Delhi Govt: Police

The request to prosecute ex-JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others is pending before the Home Department of Delhi government, Delhi Police told the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday, 18 September. The judge has reportedly asked Delhi Police to come back at 3 pm for the order in the case.

(Source: PTI)

Houses, Shops in Low-Lying Areas of Prayagraj Partially Submerged Due to Rise in Water Level of Rivers

Houses and shops in low-lying areas of Prayagraj are partially submerged due to a rise in the water level of rivers Ganga and Yamuna due to rainfall.

(Source: ANI)

Police Personnel Injured After Tree Falls On Police Building Following Heavy Rainfall

Ten police personnel got injured in Patna on Tuesday, 17 September after a tree fell on a police building meant for magazine storage and on an adjacent tent that was set up for them, following heavy rainfall in the city.

(Source: ANI)

Ex-UP Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey Gets Eviction Notice

After Azam Khan, former Uttar Pradesh Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey is the next Samajwadi Party (SP) leader in trouble.

The Zila Panchayat in Siddhartha Nagar district has sent Pandey a notice asking him to vacate his bungalow within seven days.

The house, according to sources, was allotted to Pandey in 1978 during the Janata Party regime. The rent for the house was fixed at Rs 50 per month and was given to him on a lease of 99 years.

Talking to reporters, Pandey alleged that the BJP was practicing the politics of vendetta and UP minister Satish Dwiwedi, who had defeated him in the 2017 Assembly polls, was responsible for the notice sent to him.

(Source: IANS)

Victims of Deadly Ethiopia Crash Seek Documents on 737 Max

A lawyer representing relatives of victims killed in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash said Tuesday he was seeking documents from manufacturer Boeing and US regulators on the decision not to ground the aircraft after a previous deadly accident. The October 2018 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia killed 189 people, while 157 died in the accident in Ethiopia five months later.

The MAX's MCAS anti-stall system was implicated in both of the crashes.

(Source: AFP)

Trade Deal with China Either Before or After US Polls: Trump

President Donald Trump has said that there may be a trade deal with China either before the US elections or after the presidential polls, asserting that deal struck after the polls would be the "greatest" deal ever.

The US and China have been locked in an escalating trade spat since early 2018, raising import tariffs on each other's goods.

(Source: PTI)

People Stage Protest in Karachi Against Alleged Murder of Sindhi Hindu Girl in Pak

People staged protest on the streets of Karachi against the alleged murder of a Sindhi Hindu girl, Namrita Chandani on Tuesday, 17 September. Namrita was found with a rope tied to her neck in Larkana, Sindh.

(Source: ANI)

Netanyahu Says He'll Seek 'Zionist' Government

After an apparent election setback, Israel's prime minister said that he will seek the formation of a new “Zionist” government that excludes Arab parties.

Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a small crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv at 3:30 a.m., more than five hours after voting ended.

(Source: AP)

Attacks on Saudi Arabia's Oil Facilities Have Global Consequences: US

The attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities have global consequences and the UN must play its part to address threats to international peace, a senior Trump administration official has said, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left for Jeddah for talks with the top Saudi leadership.

Saudi Arabia, a key American ally, leads a military coalition that has been battling the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels in Yemen since 2015.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Shortlists 5 People for NSA Post

US President Donald Trump has shortlisted five people for the position of his possible National Security Advisor, a week after he fired John Bolton for making "big mistakes" and not being in line with the administration.

The five names are of Robert O'Brien, Ric Waddell, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Fred Fleitz and Keith Kellogg, the White House said on Tuesday, adding that it was not a complete list.

(Source: PTI)

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