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Cheque books of six banks that merged with SBI to be invalid
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The State Bank of India (SBI) has announced that cheque books of six banks that merged with it in April this year would become invalid from September 30. SBI has asked customers to submit applications for getting replacements of their cheque books. Further, SBI said IFSC codes of these banks will become invalid from September 30.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 10:23 pm on 20 Sep
US declared war on terror in Afghanistan 16yrs ago post 9/11
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
On September 20, 2001, the then-US President George W Bush declared the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan against Taliban militants who had aided and abetted al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden in carrying out the 9/11 attacks. Taliban's requests for negotiations with the US were rejected and the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom began in Afghanistan.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:59 pm on 20 Sep
Hyd police bust racket trying to marry minors to sheikhs
short by Radhika Chugh / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested 20 people in connection with a racket organising 'contract marriages' of minor girls with men from the Middle East and Gulf countries. The arrested include eight foreign nationals from Oman and Qatar and three qazis. They were planning to traffic at least 20 women and minor girls, the police said.
short by Radhika Chugh / 10:32 pm on 20 Sep
6 labourers dead as tunnel roof collapses in Telangana
short by Radhika Chugh / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
At least six labourers died and two others were seriously injured after the roof of an under-construction irrigation tunnel in Telangana's Rajanna-Sircilla collapsed on Wednesday evening. The migrant labourers, who hailed from Jharkhand and Bihar, were working at the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project site. Superintendent of Police Vishwajit said more people could be trapped under the debris.
short by Radhika Chugh / 09:57 pm on 20 Sep
Delhi HC issues warrant against AskMe's former MD
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The Delhi High Court has issued a bailable warrant against Sanjiv Gupta, the former Managing Director of now-defunct online retailer AskMe. The warrant was issued after Gupta apparently failed to appear before the liquidator investigating the alleged 'fraud' at AskMe. The liquidation of the retailer was initiated earlier this year after vendors filed for outstanding claims against AskMe.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:59 pm on 20 Sep
Mexico held safety drills 2 hours before 7.1-magnitude quake
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Two hours before being hit by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Mexico held annual safety drills across the country to commemorate the 1985 earthquake which claimed around 5,000 lives on its 32nd anniversary. Alerts were sounded on the radio, television, and loudspeakers, and residents left for designated safe areas before Tuesday's earthquake that killed at least 217 people.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:06 pm on 20 Sep
Porn actor-turned-German spy sentenced for posing as radical
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A porn actor-turned-German intelligence agent has been given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while posing as a jihadist online. He told the court that he pretended to be a jihadist planning an attack in online chatrooms because he was bored. "I never met with any Islamists...It was an escape from reality," he added.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:22 pm on 20 Sep
H-1B visa pleas were challenged 45% more under Trump
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Under President Donald Trump's administration, US immigration authorities issued 85,000 challenges seeking evidence to H-1B visa petitions since January till August this year. This is 45% more than the challenges issued over the same period last year. The challenges were reportedly issued at a greater rate in 2017 than at any time in the Obama administration except for 2009.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:29 pm on 20 Sep
15 crore children in forced labour across the world: Study
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A study by the International Labour Organisation has revealed that over 15 crore children aged 5 to 17 years are currently involved in child labour, while at least 4 crore people across the globe live in modern slavery. Adding that slavery isn't "merely a historical relic", the study found that women and girls represent 71% of those affected by slavery.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:53 pm on 20 Sep
Brazilian judge approves 'gay conversion therapy'
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A Brazilian judge's decision to approve "gay conversion therapy" has prompted widespread outrage in the South American nation. The judge overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology forbidding psychologists from offering treatments that claim to cure gay people of their homosexuality. "There's no cure for what is not a disease," a Twitter user protesting the ruling tweeted.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:21 pm on 20 Sep
French Prez Macron flooded with calls after number leaked
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
French President Emmanuel Macron has received several calls and messages after his phone number was leaked online, according to reports. Macron's number was reportedly taken from a journalist's phone, which had been stolen. There was no breach of security involved with the leak as the number was for Macron's personal use, reports added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:32 pm on 20 Sep
Fencing borders reduced illegal migration by 100%: Hungary
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The razor wire border fences built along Hungary's borders have reduced illegal migration to the country by almost 100% since 2015, officials said. Hungary had started building the fences in 2015 during the migration crisis in Europe. "The system of technical barriers is the key to the success of border security," officials said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:59 pm on 20 Sep
Trump's UN address unacceptable and meddling: Cuba
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Cuba on Tuesday denounced US President Donald Trump's remarks about the Caribbean island nation during his first address to the UN General Assembly as "disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling". Trump had branded Cuba as "corrupt and destabilising" and said that the US will not lift its trade embargo on it until it makes "fundamental reforms" to its "cruel system".
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:47 pm on 20 Sep
Real corpse found as TV crew plans to shoot dead body scene
short by Tanya Dhingra / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A real dead body was found on the sets of British TV show 'Rellik' as the crew arrived to film with their own fake dead body and were sent back by the police. Actor Paterson Joseph, who plays a psychiatrist on the show, said, "It was bizarre, fact being stranger than fiction." Notably, the show revolves around a serial killer.
short by Tanya Dhingra / 10:19 pm on 20 Sep
Tomb Raider's trailer with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft out
short by Tanya Dhingra / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The trailer of the upcoming film 'Tomb Raider', in which Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander plays the character Lara Croft, has been released. The action adventure film has been directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug. Based on a video game of the same name, 'Tomb Raider' is scheduled to release in March 2018.
short by Tanya Dhingra / 10:00 pm on 20 Sep
Rishi wrote "F*ck you B**ch" to me over my meme, says woman
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A woman has said that actor Rishi Kapoor sent her an abusive message on Twitter where he wrote, "F**k you B**ch", after she posted a meme involving the actor earlier this month. Sharing a screenshot of the abusive message, she wrote, "Rishi Kapoor, you keep talking about manners. This is what your manners are khandani man."
short by Prashanti Moktan / 11:00 pm on 20 Sep
Mouni Roy meets Amit Tandon's wife in Dubai jail: Report
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
According to reports, television actress Mouni Roy met Amit Tandon's estranged wife and her friend Ruby Tandon in a jail in Dubai as she has been imprisoned there since the last three months. Ruby, who is a dermatologist, was reportedly arrested for threatening some government officials. Earlier, Amit's bail plea for Ruby's release was rejected.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:30 pm on 20 Sep
'Simran' writer Apurva shares script he penned for the film
short by Tanya Dhingra / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Apurva Asrani, writer of Kangana Ranaut starrer 'Simran', took to Twitter to share the script that he penned for the film. "Interesting exercise to see how some bits evolve, while some get lost in translation," wrote Apurva while sharing the script. Earlier, Kangana was credited for additional story and dialogues before the main writer Apurva on the film's poster.
short by Tanya Dhingra / 10:30 pm on 20 Sep
Bigg Boss uses random internet images as pics of contestants
short by Daisy Mowke / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The official Twitter handle of reality show 'Bigg Boss' shared random photos of people and portrayed them as contestants of the upcoming eleventh season, while asking fans to guess their names. This was spotted by users on Twitter, who said 'Bigg Boss' tried to "fool" them. The channel Colors, which airs 'Bigg Boss', is yet to respond.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:41 pm on 20 Sep
Cyber crimes in Noida rise 265% since last year
short by Niharika Prabhakar / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Incidents of cyber crime have risen by 265% in Uttar Pradesh's Noida since last year, according to Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation (CCCI) data. The CCCI received 1,482 complaints of cyber crimes till September this year, as compared to 560 complaints in 2016. The maximum number of complaints were related to stealing of credit and debit card data.
short by Niharika Prabhakar / 10:08 pm on 20 Sep
Thieves return stolen gold, tell owner to deposit it in bank
short by Radhika Chugh / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Two unidentified men on Monday returned 99 sovereigns of gold and ₹13,000 to a family in Karnataka's Mangaluru, days after stealing it from them. The thieves threw a packet containing the stolen items into the house along with a note advising the owners to deposit the gold in the bank. The note further said the thieves regretted committing the crime.
short by Radhika Chugh / 10:46 pm on 20 Sep
Delhi doctors who issued fake medical certificates suspended
short by Niharika Prabhakar / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has suspended five doctors in the city for six months for allegedly issuing fake medical leave certificates. In one of the cases, a doctor had reportedly issued a six-month medical leave certificate to a Delhi teacher without a medical examination. The DMC further directed them to refrain from such unethical practices in the future.
short by Niharika Prabhakar / 10:54 pm on 20 Sep
Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts amid 'ethnic cleansing'
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Facebook has designated an insurgent group of Rohingya Muslims as a dangerous organisation and ordered moderators to delete any content "by or praising" it. This comes amid violence by Myanmar's security forces targetting the community in what the UN called "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Activists have accused Facebook of "silencing" the Muslim minority against Myanmar's military.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:28 pm on 20 Sep
Malaysia scraps beer fest over complaints by Islamic party
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
An annual beer festival has been cancelled by the authorities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur over complaints by an Islamic party which claimed that it could lead to a spike in crime, rape, and illicit sex. "This will be a reminder to anyone who wishes to make Malaysia a hub of immoral activities," the party said.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:35 pm on 20 Sep
Afghan Air Force gets its 1st US-made Black Hawk helicopters
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The Afghan Air Force on Tuesday received its first four US-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a planned replacement of its ageing fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters. The US, which has committed its military to fight Taliban militants, plans to supply a total of 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan to boost the air force's capabilities.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:22 pm on 20 Sep
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