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‘US, Russia Share Same Objective’: Pompeo After Meeting Puting

After meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that both US and Russia “share same objective” on North Korea.

(Source: AFP)

Jammu: KAS Officer Found Hanging From Ceiling in Apartment

A Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) officer was found hanging from the ceiling in his apartment in Jammu on Tuesday evening, police said.

A 2004 batch KAS officer, Sushil Atri, was the deputy director of Integrated Child Development Services and he lived in Ansal Apartments in Sainik Colony area, they said.

According to preliminary investigation, it is a case of suicide. Further investigation is underway, an officer said.

(Source: PTI)

4 Students from Andhra Score Perfect 100 in JEE Main Exam

Four students from Andhra Pradesh have scored a perfect 100 in the JEE Main examination for architecture courses, reports PTI, quoting HRD ministry.

US Targets $300 Billion of Chinese Goods for New Tariff Hikes

US officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed on Tuesday to “fight to the finish” in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth.

The US Trade Representative’s Office issued its target list after Beijing announced tariff hikes Monday on $60 billion of American goods in their spiraling dispute over Chinese technology ambitions and other irritants. Chinese authorities were reacting to President Donald Trump’s surprise decision last week to impose punitive duties on $200 billion of imports from China.

“China will fight to the finish,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.

(Source: AP)

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘the Carol Burnett Show’ Dead at 85

Tim Conway, the stellar second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, has died, according to his publicist. He was 85.

Conway died on Tuesday morning after a long illness in Los Angeles, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media.

(Source: AP)

13 Pak Nationals Repatriated Through Attari-Wagah Border

Thirteen Pakistani nationals, including four fishermen, were repatriated to Pakistan on Tuesday through the Attari-Wagah border, the country’s High Commission in New Delhi said.

They were handed over to Pakistani authorities in the presence of officials of the Pakistan High Commission, it said.

Thirteen Pakistani nationals – nine civil prisoners and four fishermen, were repatriated on 14 May through the Attari-Wagah border, the mission said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

Former RBI Deputy Guv R Gandhi Appointed Additional Director on Yes Bank Board

Former Reserve Bank Deputy Governor R Gandhi has been appointed as additional director on the board of Yes Bank, the private lender said on Tuesday.

The appointment is for a period of two years with effect from 14 May 2019 to 13 May 2021 or till further orders, whichever is earlier, Yes Bank said in a filing to stock exchanges.

Gandhi was RBI Deputy Governor during April 2014 and April 2017.

(Source: PTI)

HC Directs UP Govt to Shut Brothels Operating in Meerut

The Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately shut all brothels operating in Meerut.

Hearing a PIL filed by advocate Sunil Chaudhari, a division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery asked the Additional Chief Secretary to obtain a report on steps taken and also about objections by the district magistrate to the allegations made in the petition and place these on record.

The petitioner alleged that several brothels are running in Meerut and the district administration is not taking any steps required under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act as well as under other relevant provisions.

(Source: PTI)

Coach of Vijayawada-Machilipatnam Passenger Derails near Vadlamannadu Station

A coach of Vijayawada-Machilipatnam DEMU Passenger was derailed near Vadlamannadu Halt Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh after the train ran over cattle at around 6:35 PM today. No casualties reported, reports ANI.

Disney Assumes Full Control of Hulu Under Deal with Comcast

Walt Disney Co. said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement to take “full operational control” of the streaming television service Hulu, effective immediately, under a deal with Comcast, which holds a 33 percent stake.

The deal gives Comcast, a media and cable giant, an option to sell its stake to Disney at fair market value within five years, with Hulu’s equity to be valued at no less than $27.5 billion.

(Source: AFP)

US Puts Chinese, Pakistani Companies on Entity List

A Pakistani company and several from China are among 12 foreign firms that were added to a US list of entities to ensure that sensitive technologies do not fall into the hands of those who would threaten its national security.

The 12 entities added to the list include four companies with locations in both China and Hong Kong, and a further two Chinese, one Pakistani and five Emirati persons, the Department of Commerce said.

The four new entities located in both China and Hong Kong attempted to procure US-origin commodities that would have supported Iran’s WMD and military programmes, in violation of US export controls, an official release said.

(Source: PTI)

Mallya Settles for More Time to Pay up for London Home

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has settled a legal dispute with Swiss bank UBS to allow him time until April next year to pay off a mortgage loan for his central London home.

The bank had sought possession of the 63-year-old businessman’s plush Cornwall Terrace apartment over the non-payment of a 20.4-million pounds loan and a trial in the case was due last week.

However, according to a court consent order issued by Judge Simon Barker of the Chancery Division of the UK High Court on Monday, the trial has been vacated and the proceedings adjourned following a settlement.

“The Defendants [Mallya] should nonetheless be permitted to remain in occupation of the Property. in order to allow, if possible, the Loan and Mortgage to be redeemed, but that, if redemption has not taken place by 30 April 2020 the Claimant [UBS] shall be immediately entitled to possession,” reads Judge Barker’s order.

(Source: PTI)

Black Money Case: ED Approaches HC, Challenges Gautam Khaitan’s Bail Order

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has approached Delhi High Court, challenging lawyer-cum-businessman Gautam Khaitan’s bail order given by a trial court recently, in black money case. The Delhi HC will hear the plea tomorrow, reports ANI.

Navy to Conduct First Entrance Test for Selection of Officers in September

In a first, the Navy will conduct an entrance test for selection of direct entry officers after graduation, officials said on Tuesday.

Currently, officer candidates are shortlisted for interviews by the Services Selection Board (SSB) on the basis of marks scored in graduation or post-graduation for certain entries.

“The Indian Navy is introducing computer-based examination for the selection of Direct Entry Officers after graduation. The first Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers) or INET (Officers), is scheduled in September 2019 at various centres across the country,” the Navy said in a statement.

(Source: PTI)

Japan Drags India to WTO over Import Duties on Certain Electronic Goods

Japan has dragged India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the import duties imposed on certain electronic goods, according to the global trade body.

Japan has accused India of “continuously and systematically” raise import duties on these goods after announcement of ‘Make in India’ campaign in September 2014, according to a communication released by the WTO on Tuesday.

It has also alleged that these import duties are in excess of bound rates, which is a ceiling of import duty beyond which a WTO member country can not go.

Japan has sought consultations with India under the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism.

(Source: PTI)

I-T Dept Files 11 Chargesheets Against Corporate Lobbyist Deepak Talwar

The Delhi Directorate of Income Tax Investigation wing has filed 11 prosecution complaints against Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar before the Income Tax Special Court. Further investigation is in progress, reports ANI.

Tsunami Alert After 7.5-Magnitude Quake off Papua New Guinea

A Tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea, reports AFP, quoting the US Geological Survey.

India Defers Imposition of Retaliatory Tariffs on US Products

India has deferred imposition of retaliatory tariffs on US products by a month to 16 June, reports Reuters, quoting a government statement.

Gunmen Kill Four at Catholic Parade in Burkina Faso: Church

Gunmen killed four Catholics in a religious procession in north Burkina Faso a day after a priest and five parishioners were murdered at mass, church officials said on Tuesday.

The parade with a statue of the Virgin Mary was moving through the town of Ouahigouya on Monday when “a group of terrorists intercepted the procession, killing four worshippers and burning the statue,” said a spokesman for the Ouagadougou Cathedral.

According to the Burkina Faso news agency AIB, the assailants stopped the procession. “They let the minors go, executed four adults, and destroyed the statue,” it quoted a local person as saying.

(Source: AFP)

ED Moves HC to Cancel Gautam Khaitan’s Bail in Money Laundering Case

The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted by a trial court to AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan in a separate black money and laundering case.

ED has challenged the trial court’s April 16 order granting the relief to Khaitan, saying that in view of his position in society and the gravity of the offence, there was an apprehension of witnesses being tampered with, won over or intimidated by his influence.

(Source: PTI)

40-Year-Old Woman, Daughter Set Themselves Ablaze in Thiruvananthapuram

A 40-year-old woman and her 19-year-old daughter tried to kill themselves in Thiruvananthapuram by setting themselves ablaze after bank issued them seizure notice to repay Rs 4,80,000 in home loan; the daughter is reportedly dead and the mother’s condition is said to be critical.

(Source: ANI)

Time for ‘New & More Responsible’ Russia-US Ties, Lavrov tells Pompeo

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it is time for ‘new and more responsible’ Russia-US ties.

Pompeo in his response to Lavrov, says US president Donald Trump is ‘committed to improving this relationship’.

(Source: AFP)

Sushma Swaraj Meets Iranian Foreign Minister, Reiterates India’s position on JCPOA

In a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Iranian Foreign Minister Md Javad Zarif, India’s position on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was reiterated. On purchase of oil from Iran, Swaraj reiterated India’s position that a decision will be taken after the elections, reports news agency ANI, quoting sources.

Odisha Matriculation Exam Results in Third Week of May

The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday announced that this year’s Matriculation (Class 10) examination results would be published in the third week of this month.

The BSE conducts the matriculation examination for Odia medium schools in the state.

BSE president Jahan Ara Begum announced that the results will be published on any day between 15 and 21 May.

(Source: PTI)

Oil Prices Jump on Drone Attack on Saudi Aramco Facilities

Oil prices rose on Tuesday after the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones had attacked two pumping stations belonging to state oil company Aramco.

Brent crude futures were at $70.79 a barrel at 1035 GMT, up 56 cents or 0.80 percent.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $61.35 per barrel, up 31 cents or 0.51 percent.

(Source: Reuters)

Jailed Catalan MPs Can Attend First Day of Spanish Parliament: Court

Jailed Catalan MPs can attend the first day of Spanish parliament, reports AFP, citing court order.

Delhi Police Arrest a ‘Wanted’ JeM Terrorist

The Special Cell of Delhi Police today arrested Abdul Majid Baba, a wanted terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammad who had been absconding since last five years. A cash reward of Rs 2 lakh was declared by the Delhi police for his arrest.

(Source: ANI)

Sri Lanka Govt Orders Nationwide Curfew for Second Night

The Sri Lankan government has ordered a nationwide curfew for the second night, reports news agency AFP.

Coimbatore: Gang Attacks Two Persons with Sickles in Full Public View

In a case of previous enmity, a four-member gang on Tuesday chased and hacked two people, just one kilometre away from the police commissionerate and district collectorate in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, police said.

The attack took place in full public view when a 19-year-old juvenile involved in a petty case and on bail was returning along with his friend after signing at the 2nd Judicial Magistrate court, the police said.

The assailants on two motorcycles chased the juvenile and his friend for nearly 500 metres and attacked them with sickles and knives. The victims fell unconscious in the middle of the road, and the gang fled, the police said.

(Source: PTI)

UN Experts Urge ‘Financial Isolation’ of Myanmar Military

Myanmar’s military commanders should be financially “isolated” and brought to trial to face charges of war crimes and genocide against the Rohingya minority, UN investigators said on Tuesday.

The United Nations fact-finding mission on the situation in Myanmar called on the international community to cut off all financial and other support to the country’s military.

Marzuki Darusman, who heads the fact-finding mission which just concluded a 10-day visit to surrounding countries, said drastic measures were needed since Myanmar so far had done little to resolve the egregious rights situation in the country.

(Source: AFP)

Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube Resigns with Immediate Effect

“We wish to inform you that Mr. Vinay Dube, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, vide his letter dated 14 May 2019, has resigned from the services of the company with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” Jet Airways said in a communication to stock exchanges.

(Source: Livemint)

Conflict of Interest Case Against Sachin Tendulkar: Next Hearing on 20 May

The hearing that took place on Tuesday, 14 May, in the Conflict of Interest case against Sachin Tendulkar was inconclusive; next hearing is scheduled for 20 May, ANI quotes Tendulkar’s counsel Amit Sibal as saying.

India’s Monsoon Onset Expected on 4 June

India’s monsoon onset is expected over Kerala coast on 4 June, reports Reuters, quoting private forecaster Skymet.

Saudi Halts Pumping on Major East-West Oil Pipeline

Saudi halts pumping on major east-west oil pipeline, reports news agency AFP , quoting a minister.

Criminal Complaint Against Kamal Haasan for ‘Hurting’ Religious Sentiments

A criminal complaint has been filed in Delhi’s Patiala House Court against Kamal Haasan for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus by associating terrorism with Hindu religion, in Tamil Nadu on 12 May, reports ANI.

Sensex Ends 227 Points Higher; Nifty Halts Longest Losing Streak in over 8 Years

The S&P BSE Sensex closed 227 points or 0.6 percent higher at 37,318.53 and the NSE Nifty 50 ended at 11,222.05, up 0.66 percent. The 50-share index halted its longest losing streak in over eight years. The broader market index represented by the NSE Nifty 500 Index closed 0.57 percent higher.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

ED Attaches Immovable Properties of KSL & Industries Ltd in Bank Fraud Case

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached immovable properties consisting of commercially diverted 270,374 square feet of land along with shopping mall in Nagpur worth Rs 483 crore of KSL & Industries Ltd, Mumbai under PMLA in a bank fraud case.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi HC Grants Parole to Priyadarshini Mattoo Rape and Murder Convict

Delhi High Court grants parole to Santosh Kumar Singh, a convict in Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case, to write his LLM exams.

He is serving life term in the case. Court also asked him to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 25000 and a like amount surety.

(ANI)

DRI Siliguri Seizes 24 KG Gold, Six Arrested

DRI Siliguri unit today seized 20 gold bars and 25 gold biscuits weighing around 24 kg from Burdwan Road in Siliguri and arrested six people in connection with it. They were produced before Siliguri Court on Tuesday, 14 May.

(ANI)

NCW Asks DGP of UP for Detailed Report on Domestic help Abuse

NCW has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh DGP, asking for a detailed action report in a case where a woman, who worked as domestic help in Hapur was allegedly subjected to continuous harassment, gang-rape and set herself on fire after police reportedly refused to register her complaint.’

(ANI)

Former US President Carter Undergoes Surgery After Fall

Former US President Jimmy Carter broke his hip in a fall on Monday, 13 May while leaving his house to go turkey hunting, but was recovering after surgery, the Carter Center said.

“He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip,” the organisation said in a statement. “His surgeons stated that the surgery was successful.” Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981 as the 39th US president, has been in remission from cancer since undergoing surgery in 2015 to remove a small mass on his liver.

(PTI)

Govt Extends Ban on LTTE for Five More Years: Home Ministry

The central government has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for five years with immediate effect, a notification issued by the Union Home ministry stated on Tuesday, 13 May.

The ban has been extended under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, it said.

(PTI)

Chanda Kochhar, Husband Arrive at ED for Questioning

Former ICICI Bank CEO & MD, Chanda Kochhar & her husband Deepak Kochhar arrive at Enforcement Directorate (ED) office for questioning in connection with ICICI-Videocon loan case.

(ANI)

DRDO Successfully Tests ABHYAS

DRDO has successfully conducted the test flight of ABHYAS – A High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha.

(News18)

Three Dead in Karnataka Building Collapse

Three people including two children have died and two others have been injured in a house collapse in Yarguppi village, in Karnataka’s Dharwad district. A case has been registered. More details awaited.

(ANI)

Amit Agarwal, Jet Airways CFO & Deputy CEO Resigns

The deputy CEO and CFO of defunct airlines Jet Airways, Amit Agarwal has reportedly disengaged from the company, after filing his resignation, with effect from Moday, 13 May.

(CNBC)

Jaish-e-Mohammed Terrorist Brought to Delhi After Arrest

Abdul Majeed Baba, a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist with a Rs 2 lakh reward on his head, who was arrested in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on 11 May has been brought to Delhi on transit remand.

(ANI)

In Pakistan, Voices Critical of CPEC Being Suppressed, US Lawmakers Told

People and the media in Pakistan are scared of speaking against the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as critical voices are being suppressed, treated as anti-national or branded as terrorists, a former Obama Administration official has told US lawmakers.

(PTI)

Man Commits Suicide by Jumping off World Trade Centre, Mumbai

A 51-year-old GST superintendent allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade, yesterday. The police have registered an Accidental Death Report, further investigation underway.

(Source: ANI)

India to Host ‘Army Scouts Masters Competition’

India to host ‘Army Scouts Masters Competition’ of 5th International Army Games steered by Russia. India is participating for the first time. The 5-stage event is scheduled for August 2019. Team representatives included from Russia & China arrive in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer for coordination conference and recce.

(Source: ANI)

Ban on LTTE Under UAPA Extended for Five More Years

Ban on LTTE under UAPA extended for five more years, “the separatist Tamil chauvinist groups and pro-LTTE groups continue to foster a separatist tendency amongst the masses and enhance the support base for LTTE in India and particularly in Tamil Nadu”: Home Ministry.

(Source: The Gazette of India)

US Puts Chinese, Pakistani Companies on Entity List

The United States on Monday placed 12 foreign companies, including several entities from China and one from Pakistan, among others, in its entity list to ensure that sensitive technologies do not fall into the hands of those who would threaten its national security.

(Source: PTI)

Five Shot Dead in Sudan Amidst Protests

Four Sudanese protesters and an army major were shot dead on Monday in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, hours after protest leaders and the ruling generals reached a breakthrough agreement on transitional authorities to run the country.

(Source: AFP)

Six People Unaccounted for After 2 Floatplanes Go Down in SE Alaska

The Coast Guard says six people are unaccounted for after two floatplanes went down in the water in southeast Alaska, US.

(Source: AP)

Iran Foreign Minister Arrives in India, to Hold Talks With Swaraj

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in India late on Monday night to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, primarily on impact of the US ending waivers on import of oil from Iran, and ways to deal with it, official sources said.

(Source: PTI)

Three Dead, 20 Wounded in Blasts in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Officials said at least three people have died and another 20 have been wounded after a series of blasts took place in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

(Source: AFP)

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