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Commercial, Cargo Flights Between US & Venezuela Suspended
The US Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country.
UAE Will ‘Retaliate Hard’ Against Yemen Rebel Attacks: Minister
UAE will “retaliate hard” against Yemen rebel attacks, says minister.
India Joins Global Initiative to Combat Extremism Online
India joined France, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries on Wednesday in launching a major initiative in Paris to combat terrorism and extremism online and secure the internet.
The initiative – ‘Christchurch call to action’ – was named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in an attack on mosques, officials said.
“A free, open and secure internet is a powerful tool by which to promote connectivity, enhance social inclusiveness and foster economic growth,” the declaration on Christchurch call to action said.
Chanda Kochhar’s Brother-In-Law Moves Court Seeking Cancellation of LOC
Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar on Wednesday moved a Delhi court seeking cancellation of look out circular (LOC) against him in an alleged bank loan fraud and money laundering case.
The court is likely to hear the application on Thursday.
Chanda and her husband Deepak along with Rajiv have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Trump Plans to Delay Auto Tariffs for Six Months: Industry Sources
US President Donald Trump plans to hold off on imposing steep tariffs on imported autos while the US negotiates deals with key trading partners, industry sources told AFP on Wednesday.
Trump has threatened to impose 25 percent punitive duties on autos, which has worried the European Union and Japan in particular, as well as Mexico and Canada.
Facing a deadline to announce a decision by Saturday on whether to implement the tariffs based on national security concerns, the sources said Trump would hold off as negotiations proceed.
Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Promoted as Maharashtra ADGP
Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police, Deven Bharti, has been promoted to the post of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) in Maharashtra Police. He will now head the Anti Terrorism squad (ATS), Maharashtra.
Six People Injured in Blast Outside a Mall in Guwahati
Six people have been injured in an explosion outside a mall on Zoo road in Guwahati, Assam.The area has been cordoned off; police is present at the spot. The injured persons have been taken to Guwahati Medical College Hospital.
Witness in Shahabuddin’s Nephew’s Murder Case Shot Dead in Bihar
Shyam Babu, witness in former Bihar MP Shahabuddin’s nephew Yusuf murder case has been shot dead in Siwan by bike borne assailants, reports ANI.
HC Seeks Gautam Khaitan’s Reply on ED Plea to Cancel His Bail in Money Laundering Case
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 15 May, sought response of AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan on ED’s plea challenging the bail granted to him by a trial court in a black money and laundering case.
Justice Chander Shekhar issued notice to Khaitan and sought his stand on ED’s plea seeking setting aside of the trial court’s 16 April order granting the relief to him.
The high court listed the matter for further hearing on 18 July.
Lanka Army Investigates Man in Uniform ing Rioters
Sri Lankan Army has launched an investigation after a man in uniform was seen in a video watching rioters attacking Muslim-owned shops, vehicles and mosques during the communal violence that broke out in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.
Army Headquarters said that its attention has been drawn to a video showing a man dressed in uniform similar to that worn by the Army, watching as a group attacked property in the Thummodara area, the Colombo Gazette reported.
The Army said that an investigation has been launched to identify the man and verify if he is a soldier.
Softbank Leads $200 Million Investment in India’s Grofers
Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has led an investment round of more than $200 million in online grocery startup Grofers India through its Vision Fund, the New Delhi-based company said on Wednesday, upping competition in a hotly chased market in the country.
Grofers’ fresh funding comes after homegrown rival Bigbasket, which is backed by China’s Alibaba Group, recently raised $150 million to hit a valuation of over $1 billion. Both the startups compete with the likes of Amazon.com and Walmart Inc’s e-commerce unit Flipkart for various categories.
Hafiz Saeed’s Brother-In-Law Arrested in Pakistan
Outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s top leader and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki has been arrested for hate speech and criticising the Pakistan government, police said on Wednesday, 15 May.
Makki, head of JuD’s political and international affairs wing and in-charge of its charity Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), was arrested during a government crackdown against the outlawed organisations.
France’s Grant of Asylum to Ex Interpol Chief’s Wife Abuse of Legal Procedures: China
Beijing says France granting asylum to the wife of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei – who has been charged in China with accepting bribes – would be an abuse of its own legal procedures, reports AFP.
Theresa May to Bring Rejected Brexit Deal Back for Parliament Vote in June
British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to bring her Brexit withdrawal agreement back for a fourth Parliament vote in June, setting an effective deadline for the ongoing cross-party talks to find a consensus on Britain’s exit terms from the European Union (EU).
Downing Street said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be brought before the House of Commons in the week beginning 3 June in order for the UK to be able to leave the 28-member economic bloc within the 31 October deadline.
Normal Services Resume at Blue Line of Delhi Metro
Normal services resumed at the Blue Line of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation around 4:10 pm today, reports ANI.
ED Quizzes Chanda Kochhar, Her husband in ICICI Bank-Videocon Loan Case
Former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kocchar are being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for the third consecutive day. ED is recording their statements in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case, reports ANI.
Darwin Platform Group, SBI Caps Discuss Unsolicited Bid for Jet Airways
Officials of Darwin Platform Group of Companies and SBI Caps on Wednesday held discussions on the Group’s unsolicited bid for crisis-hit Jet Airways.
Darwin Platform Group, which has investments across various sectors including oil and gas, hospitality and realty, among others has offered Rs 14,000 crore to acquire the grounded airline, its CEO Rahul Ganpule said.
The Group had participated in expression of interest (EoI) and also submitted its financial bid on 8 May, he said.
One Dead in Hit-And-Run Case in J&K’s Kathua, Accused Driver Arrested
One person was killed on Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The accused driver was arrested within an hour of the incident, they said.
Sansar Singh, a resident of Pallad village, was hit by a rashly driven Punjab-bound load carrier at Kalibari on Jammu-Pathankot highway this morning, resulting in his death, a police official said.
Greater Noida Acid Attack Case: NCW Urges UP DGP to Enforce of Ban on Sale of Acid in State
The National Commission for Women has taken cognizance of the media report of a 22-year-old woman being allegedly attacked with acid by her brothers who later dumped her in Kot village in Greater Noida.
NCW has written to Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh urging action be taken to enforce ban on the sale of acid in the state and has sought a detailed action taken report in the matter at the earliest. A team of NCW is expected to visit the victim today.
BJP MP Meena, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party Leader Booked for Violent Protests
BJP MP Kirori Lal Meena and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party leader and MLA Hanuman Beniwal are among 72 persons booked for allegedly creating ruckus and violent protest on railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Dausa on Tuesday, 14 May, police said.
Meena and Beniwal along with their supporters took out a protest march from Dausa against the Alwar gang rape case on Tuesday and allegedly pelted stones at police.
Odisha Pegs ‘Fani’ Loss at Rs 12,000 Crore, Seeks Relaxation of Norms
Seeking a relaxation in disaster assistance norms, the Odisha government on Wednesday, 15 May, estimated a tentative loss of Rs 12,000 crore due to cyclone Fani that killed at least 64 people and damaged more than 5 lakh dwelling units in the state’s coastal districts.
The state government, which has launched a massive restoration work in the cyclone-ravaged areas, in a preliminary report to a visiting inter-ministerial team, said an initial assessment has put the overall loss at approximately Rs 12,000 crore.
Services Delayed on Section of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line After Man Jumps on Tracks
Services were briefly delayed on a section of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line after a man allegedly jumped on tracks at Kaushambi station on Wednesday, officials said.
Kaushambi station falls in Ghaziabad on the Yamuna Bank-Vaishali branch section of the Blue Line.
“From 9.56 to 10.03 am, metro services were slightly affected on Line-3/4 (Blue Line) due to a male passenger who allegedly jumped on tracks at Kaushambi station, when a train, going towards Dwarka, was approaching a platform,” a DMRC official told PTI.
Dalit Groom Stopped From Entering Temple In Amroha, Uttar Pradesh
A Dalit groom and his relatives were allegedly stopped by upper caste men from entering a temple which he visited just before his wedding to seek divine blessings.
Puri Constructions Guilty of Profiteering Under GST
The anti-profiteering authority has found Delhi-based Puri Constructions guilty of not passing GST rate cut benefit, and asked it to refund Rs 15.90 lakh, to 92 home buyers.
Saudi Arabia Says Its Oil Pipeline Was Hit by Drones
An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of its oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.
Money Laundering Case: ED moves Delhi Court to Declare Aditya Talwat Fugitive
The Enforcement Directorate moves Delhi court seeking to declare Aditya Talwar, son of lobbyist Deepak Talwar, a fugitive offender in a money laundering case.
Riyadh Says Oil Facility Attacks Target World Supplies
Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that attacks on two of its oil tankers and a major pipeline targeted not only its own security but that of the world’s supplies.
2 Teens Abducted from UP Rescued in Maharashtra
Two teenaged girls allegedly kidnapped from Uttar Pradesh have been rescued in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said on Wednesday.
Two Sisters Killed as Truck Knocks Them down in Maharashtra
Two sisters were killed when a truck hit their scooter in Nagpur district of Maharashtra on Wednesday morning, police said.
The mishap took place near a temple in Pardi area around 7 am, an official at Kalamana police station said.
Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Abu Dhabi After Indian Man Dies on Board
A 52-year-old Indian man died on board an Alitalia flight to Milan, Italy, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi.
Mansarovar Yatra: First-time Pilgrims Get Preference in Computerised Draw of Lots
Computerised draw of lots for selecting pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was held here Wednesday, in which for the first time, preference for fresh applicants or route choice of senior citizens was incorporated into the software, MEA officials said.
Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law arrested in Pakistan
The brother-in-law of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has been arrested for hate speech and criticising the Pakistan government, police said on Wednesday.
All Non-Emergency Govt Staff Ordered to Leave Iraq: US Embassy
The US Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq right away.
Trump Jr Agrees to Testify in Senate in Russia Probe: US Media
President Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian election meddling, US media have reported.
Govt to E-Auction Iron Ore Dumps Lying in Goa: Sawant
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said his government would conduct an e-auction of the piles of low-grade iron ore lying across the state, as a first step towards resumption of the mining industry.
Indian Warships Take Part in International Maritime Defence Exhibition in Singapore
Two warships of the Indian Navy–INS Kolkata and INS Shakti–are participating in a three-day Asia Pacific naval and maritime event being held here, according to an official statement.
Visas of 90 Pakistani Brides Withheld by China over Trafficking Fears
Amidst a raging controversy over Pakistani girls being trafficked to China after fake marriages, the Chinese embassy here has withheld visas of 90 Pakistani brides, according to a media report.
Fire Breaks out at a Garment Shop in Delhi’s Nangloi
A fire broke out at a garment shop in outer Delhi’s Nangloi area, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials said Wednesday.
ED Arrests 3 in Connection With Ponzi Scam
Metropolitan Sessions Court has granted 7-day custody of Nowhera Shaikh, Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a fraudulent money circulation scheme of Heera Group, Hyderabad. Further investigation is on.
Former Madhya Pradesh CM Arjun Singh’s Wife Passes Away
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Arjun Singh’s wife passed away early on Wednesday due a heart attack.
Saroj Kumari, 84, passed away in her sleep and suffered cardiac arrest, doctors who checked on her in the morning told the family.
UNCS Sanctions Terror Group ISIS’ South Asia Branch
The UN has sanctioned ISIS’ South Asia Branch, a terrorist group formed in 2015 by a Pakistani national and a former commander of the TTP, for its links with al-Qaeda and involvement in several deadly attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan that killed over 150 people.
Monsoon to Arrive in India on 6 June, Says IMD
Monsoon is likely to arrive in India on 6 June, said Indian Meteorological Department.
23 Killed in Storms, Lightning Strikes in Assam in past Few Weeks: ASDMA
At least 23 people have died in storms and lightning strikes in the past few weeks in Assam, the ASDMA has said.
The two natural disasters have also affected around 22,801 families in 18 districts of the state in the current year, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
India Had World’s Highest Child Mortality Rate in 2015: Lancet Study
India had more deaths among children under five than any other country in 2015, with large disparities in the child mortality rate between richer and poorer states, a Lancet study has found.
The researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US analysed state-level Indian data on the causes of death among children under five for the years 2000-2015.
CBSE May Decrease Number of Questions in Class 10 Exam
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is mulling changes in the Class 10 examination pattern by decreasing the number of objective questions and seeking elaborate answers to ensure creative writing and discourage rote learning.
Major General AK Dhingra Appointed as Chief of Armed Forces Special Ops Division
Major General AK Dhingra appointed as the first Chief of the Armed Forces Special Operations Division. The tri-services formation will have Special Forces commandos from Army’s Parachute Regiment, Navy’s MARCOS and Air Force’s Garud Commando Force.
SC Censures WB Govt Over Delay in Release of BJYM Worker
The Supreme Court censures West Bengal govt over delay in the release of BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma who was arrested for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
If BJP Youth Wing Leader Not Released, Will Issue Notice of Contempt: SC
BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma’s advocate mentions before the Supreme Court that Priyanka has not been released yet. The Supreme Court says if she is not released, it will issue a notice of contempt. Sharma was arrested for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Supreme Court says it will hear in July first week, BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma’s application seeking action against the West Bengal police authorities. Sharma was arrested for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
IAS Albatross Completes 6 Years of Operation
Indian Navy’s P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti Submarine Warfare (LRMRASW) aircraft of Indian Naval Air Squadron 312, also called ‘Albatross’, completes 6 years of operations since induction on 15 May, 2013.
Delhi Police Personnel Dies at Training Centre in Wazirabad
A 51-year-old Delhi Police personnel undergoing training as Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI) since 1 April, died at the training centre in Wazirabad on Tuesday night. More details awaited.
3 Directors of Surgical Firm in Maha Booked for Cheating
Three directors of a Mumbai-based firm manufacturing surgical instruments have been booked for allegedly cheating an insurance company and a bank in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said Wednesday.
Man Gets 7-Year Rigorous Imprisonment For Sodomising Minor Boy in Maharashtra
A court in Maharashtra’s Thane has awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to a 26-year-old man for sodomising a minor boy in 2016.
Accused Booked a Month After Gang-Rape of Dalit Woman
More than a month after a 23-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, a case has been registered against the two accused, police said on Wednesday.
Mexico Gives ‘Protection’ to Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker
The Mexican government said Tuesday that its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition lawmaker Franco Manuel Casella to provide him “protection and safety,” even as Mexico City insists it is not meddling in the Venezuelan crisis.
Pilots Pushed Boeing to Act After Lion Air Crash: Reports
After a deadly crash in Indonesia, American Airlines pilots called a meeting to press Boeing executives for safety changes to the 737 MAX aircraft, US media reported Tuesday.
US Imposes Visa Restrictions on Three Senior Pakistani Officials
The US has imposed visa sanctions on three senior Pakistani interior ministry officials following a row between the two countries over deportation of dozens of Pakistanis in America for their visa overstay and other allegations.
9 Arrested Over Drunken Brawl in Bengaluru
A weekend party at an upscale restaurant in UB City in Bengaluru turned into a brawl after drunk persons assaulted each other with beer bottles. Two separate fights took place simultaneously at the Japanese restaurant Shiro in UB City on Sunday night.
(Source: The News Minute)
Body of 50-Year-Old Man Found in Thane
Body of one Chandrasekhar Abhyankar aged 50 years has been found in a room on 2nd floor of Suyash society, Kopri, Thane (East) in Maharashtra. Police official, RDMC & Fire brigade on site with 1 fire engine. Body has been handed over to police official.
Kami Rita Sherpa Scales Mt Everest For 23rd Time
49-year-old Kami Rita Sherpa scales Mount Everest for the 23rd time at around 7:50 am local time from Nepal side, breaking his own record for most summits on Mt Everest.
Assessment Teams Deployed After Massive Papua New Guinea Quake
Papua New Guinea dispatched assessment teams Wednesday to get a full picture of the damage caused by a violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck an island chain off the north coast overnight.
Maha: Man Killed as Car Falls in Pit Dug for Drainage Work
A 31-year-old man was killed on Wednesday morning after his car fell into an pit dug up for drainage work in Thane city of Maharashtra, an official said.
3 ULFA (I) Cadres Apprehended in Assam’s Tinsukia
Three ULFA (I) cadres apprehended in Assam’s Tinsukia along with sophisticated arms and ammunition by security forces in Tarani Reserve Forest on Tuesday.
RTI Activist Shot at in UP’s Muzaffarnagar
A right to information activist has been shot at by four unidentified men in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Wednesday.
Death Toll Rises to 6 in Plane Collision in Alaska
Coast Guard says death toll rises to six after sightseeing planes collided in mid-air in Alaska.
Chinese Delegation Do Aerial Recce of International Army Scout Masters Competition
Chinese delegation, in indigenously-made Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, doing aerial recce of the competition area for International Army Scout Masters Competition, a part of International Army Games to be held in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
Facebook Tightens Live-Streaming in Crackdown on Violence
Facebook announced Wednesday it is tightening access to livestreaming to prevent the rampant sharing of graphic video as took place with the Christchurch massacre.
Protest in London, PoK Marks Death Anniversary of Kashmiri Activist
Protests were held in London and Pakistan occupied Kashmir’s Kotli to mark the 6th death anniversary of Kashmiri political activist Sardar Arif Shahid. Shahid was a Kashmiri leader who questioned Pakistan’s illegal occupation and was killed by Pakistan Army on 14 May 2013.
CPI(M) Torches Poclain Machine in Bihar’s Gaya
Communist Party of India (Maoist) torched a Poclain machine engaged in road construction work in Barachatti, Gaya on Tuesday, 14 May.
Pompeo Says Agreed with Putin on Syria Progress
The United States and Russia have agreed on ways to break a deadlock in finding a political solution in war-ravaged Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after talks with President Vladimir Putin.
Bill Introduced to Ban Chinese Military Scientists from American Labs
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced identical resolutions in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate that would require the US government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Indian National Jailed for Giving False Information to Police
An Indian national has been jailed for two weeks for falsely accusing two persons of forcing her into prostitution as she did not want her husband to find out how she was earning a living in Singapore.
Alabama Senate Bans Nearly All Abortions, Including Rape Cases
Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to safeguard the health of the mother, as part of a multistate effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
Sub-Inspector Opens Fire At Neighbour in Lucknow
Amit Kumar, a Sub-Inspector posted in Pratapgarh, Lucknow opened fire on Tuesday, 14 May, following an argument with his neighbour in Madiyaon. Police say, “It’s a personal dispute. Three people were injured. The accused is apprehended, his service weapon seized. A case has been registered and action is being taken.
FDA Urged to Crack Down on European Firms Shipping Abortion Pills to US from India
A bipartisan group of 117 lawmakers has urged the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to crack down on companies, primarily based in Europe, that ship chemical abortion drugs from India to the US.
J&K Police Arrest Alleged Rape Accused in Ganderbal
Police Station Ganderbal in Jammu and Kashmir received complaint of an alleged rape of a teenager from Ganderbal on 12 May, said the police. A police team immediately arrived at spot and arrested the accused, a resident of Ganderbal. The accused is in police custody and a case has been registered.
“As a part of investigation victim has been medically examined. A special team has been constituted to fast-track the investigation of the case in a professional manner,” said J&K police.
Air India Sets Up Inquiry Against Senior Captain on Sexual Harassment Charges
“Air India has set up an inquiry against its senior captain on sexual harassment case after receiving a complaint from a woman pilot,” Air India spokesperson confirmed.
British Govt to Put Forward Brexit Bill in June
Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will publish draft legislation in the first week of June that would allow Brexit to proceed if approved by parliament, a Downing Street spokesman announced on Tuesday.
The statement came after talks between May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock on Brexit in parliament.
Chhattisgarh: Naxals Set 3 Haiwa Trucks, 1 Poclain Machine on Fire
Naxals in Chhattisgarh set ablaze three Haiwa trucks and a poclain machine, which was being used for construction work, near Kirandul police station limits in Dantewada on Tuesday, 14 May.