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'Living entity' Ganga river gets notice from Uttarakhand HC
short by Tarun Khanna / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday issued a notice to river Ganga, which was declared as a living entity in March. The court has sought a reply from the river on a PIL stating that the government has proposed to construct a garbage dump spread over 10-acre land that has Ganga flowing on two of its sides.
short by Tarun Khanna / 09:55 am on 29 Apr
Trump administration proposes 'largest tax reform'
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Donald Trump administration recently unveiled the "largest tax reform" in the history of the United States, which proposes to cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 15%. The plan would have three individual income tax brackets (10%, 25%, and 35%), instead of the current seven. It also proposes to abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in place since 1969.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:56 pm on 28 Apr
North Korea's ballistic missile test-launch fails again
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
North Korea today unsuccessfully test-fired a ballistic missile, making this its fourth consecutive unsuccessful missile test since March, American and South Korean officials have said. US President Donald Trump tweeted, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China... when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" North Korea had earlier warned of "weekly, monthly" missile tests.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:47 am on 29 Apr
DJ Khaled's new song I'm the One features Bieber, Lil Wayne
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
I'm the One, the new song by DJ Khaled which released today, features Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. The song is part of Khaled's next album 'Grateful', which will be his tenth studio album. The song's video also features Khaled's six-month-old son Asahd, who has been credited as the executive producer of the upcoming album.
short by Prashanti Moktan / 10:00 am on 29 Apr
BCCI denies Indian cricketers' payments held up for 6 months
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
BCCI's Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai has denied reports that claimed Indian team cricketers had not been paid their dues, including match fees, for the past six months. "Show me the records and I'll show you my records that payment has been made," Rai stated. He added that any outstanding payment issues would be rectified in 24 hours.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 10:53 pm on 28 Apr
Too many shops at Delhi Airport may hinder evacuation: Panel
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
Too many shops and restaurants at Delhi Airport could hinder evacuations and jeopardise the lives of passengers during an emergency, a parliamentary panel has concluded in a draft report. It said, "The advice of security agencies is being overlooked for commercial interests." Delhi International Airport Limited and the Civil Aviation Ministry have ignored the safety concerns, the report claimed.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:17 am on 29 Apr
I will skin you alive: BJP MP to UP police officer
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Claiming that a policeman misbehaved with her, Uttar Pradesh BJP MP Priyanka Singh Rawat on Thursday threatened the officer saying, "I will get all the malai out, khaal bhi khichwa lungi (I will skin you alive)". "They have reaped enough under the previous government. Khaal utaar denge if they do not work properly," she added.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:33 pm on 28 Apr
Need action, not excuses: Kejriwal after defeat in MCD polls
short by Tarun Khanna / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
After facing defeat in the recently held MCD polls, AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday accepted his party made mistakes and said the "need is action and not excuses". "It's time to get back to work. And even if we slip from time to time, the key is to find the reserves to hold and pull ourselves up," he tweeted.
short by Tarun Khanna / 10:42 am on 29 Apr
Give undertaking stone pelting won't happen: SC to lawyers
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the J&K High Court Bar Association to submit an undertaking to the court that stone pelting will not take place in the Kashmir Valley. This came in response to a plea filed by the lawyers' body seeking a ban on pellet guns as several people had been killed or injured due to their use.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 10:56 pm on 28 Apr
Lord Parashuram's biography to be in Raj school libraries
short by Tarun Khanna / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
The Rajasthan government has decided to introduce a biography of the Hindu deity Lord Parashuram in school libraries and include a chapter on him in the textbooks. "We will start the process to include a chapter on Lord Parashuram this year and will include it in the school education syllabus from next year," said Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani.
short by Tarun Khanna / 10:15 am on 29 Apr
Indian man killed in crossfire outside US motel
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A 56-year-old Indian man was killed outside a motel in the US state of Tennessee on Monday after he was caught in crossfire. About 30 bullets were fired, one of which struck Khandu Patel in the chest, when he had been standing at the back. Notably, Patel is the fifth Indian to be killed in the US since February.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 10:30 pm on 28 Apr
German parliament approves partial ban on Islamic veil
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The German parliament's lower house has approved a draft law that partially bans the full-face Islamic veil for public servants including election officials, military, and judicial staff while at work. The law, however, allows exceptions such as for health workers protecting themselves against infections or police officers concealing their identity. It will now go to the upper house for approval.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:44 pm on 28 Apr
Syrian who saved refugee boat appointed UNHCR ambassador
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Syrian national Yusra Mardini, who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees in 2015, has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mardini, who competed in 2016 Rio Olympics as part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team, said she would dedicate her voice to speak up for people who have been forced to flee their homes.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:36 pm on 28 Apr
North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
North Korea has agreed to a visit by a UN expert on the rights of people with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, the United Nations said on Thursday. Her visit will be the first ever to North Korea by an independent expert designated by UN Human Rights Council. Notably, North Korea has consistently denounced the council's resolutions as a US conspiracy.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:14 pm on 28 Apr
Indonesian female Islamic clerics issue child marriage fatwa
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage, urging the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current 16. The fatwa called underage marriage "harmful" and said preventing it was mandatory. According to UNICEF, one in four women in Indonesia marry before the age of 18.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:02 pm on 28 Apr
Kim Kardashian cries while discussing Paris robbery on show
short by Prashanti Moktan / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Reality television star Kim Kardashian broke down and cried on the American talk show The Ellen Show when the host Ellen DeGeneres asked her about the Paris robbery. "I know it sounds crazy, but I know that was meant to happen to me. I don't want to start crying... I feel like I'm such a different person," said Kim.
short by Prashanti Moktan / 10:38 pm on 28 Apr
Gautam Gambhir donates IPL prize money to CRPF martyrs
short by Saloni Tandon / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has pledged all his prize money from IPL 2017 to families of 25 CRPF martyrs, who died in the recent Maoist attack in Sukma. Gambhir, who was named Man of the Match against Delhi Daredevils on Friday, is also taking care of the education expenses of the children of Sukma martyrs.
short by Saloni Tandon / 10:13 am on 29 Apr
Indian lifter Sushila Panwar banned after failing dope test
short by Saloni Tandon / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
Indian weightlifter Sushila Panwar has been provisionally banned by the Indian Weightlifting Federation after failing a dope test. The National Anti-Doping Agency conducted the test on March 25 in Patiala, in which her 'A' sample was found to test positive for banned substances. This comes after Indian goalkeeper Subrata Pal also failed a dope test on Tuesday.
short by Saloni Tandon / 10:27 am on 29 Apr
Dhawan's 77 leads SRH to 26-run win over KXIP
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs on Friday to remain on the third spot on the IPL points table. Batting first, Shikhar Dhawan's 48-ball 77 and Kane Williamson's 27-ball 54* helped Hyderabad post 207/3 in their 20 overs. Punjab managed to reach only 181/9 as Siddarth Kaul and Ashish Nehra picked up three wickets each for Hyderabad.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 11:36 pm on 28 Apr
TN to be 1st state to have policy on hospital linen washing
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Tamil Nadu government has initiated a process to enact a policy on the laundry of 'infectious' hospital linen. With the policy, Tamil Nadu will become the first state in the country to have separate guidelines on the issue. The interests of traditional washermen would be taken into consideration and protected, said an official.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 10:25 pm on 28 Apr
IAS officers to adopt martyred security personnel's families
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
An association representing the members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has said the officers will adopt families of security personnel who lost their lives in Maoist combats, anti-terror operations or law and order duties. The bureaucrats will approach such families within their area of posting and act as facilitators to help them get their dues, including jobs and pensions.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 11:24 pm on 28 Apr
Sukma police offers reward for Maoist attack perpetrators
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Sukma district police on Friday announced rewards for anyone who could provide information on the Maoists behind the recent attack on the CRPF personnel. The posters released by the police announced rewards from ₹3 lakh to ₹40 lakh and asserted that the names of the informants will not be disclosed. The attack had led to the death of 25 jawans.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 11:36 pm on 28 Apr
Russia mulls criminalising bride abduction tradition
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Russian Republic of Ingushetia's parliament has submitted a draft bill to the State Duma, suggesting a three-year imprisonment penalty for kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage. Notably, the tradition of bride abduction, which still persists in some regions of Russia, usually goes unpunished, since the issue is often settled between the families of the bride and the abductor.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:32 pm on 28 Apr
Afghan Taliban announces spring offensive
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Taliban has announced the launch of its spring offensive in Afghanistan, warning that its enemies, including foreign troops, will be "targeted, harassed, and killed". The militant group said its offensive will target enemies with guerrilla warfare, complex martyrdom attacks, and insider attacks. The group also said that it will begin building institutions in areas under its control.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:29 pm on 28 Apr
Ex-German Chancellor Kohl gets €1mn damages over biography
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been awarded €1 million in compensation over an unauthorised biography that a judge said had "deeply violated" his personal rights. Kohl said the book 'Legacy - The Kohl Transcripts' contained inaccurate remarks about current Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as former President Christian Wulff. Notably, the book, published in 2014, was a German bestseller.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:52 pm on 28 Apr
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