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India seeks probe into nuke proliferation links between Pak, North Korea NDTV
India has today asked for investigations into North Korea's nuclear proliferation linkages and said those responsible for it must be held responsible, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
No fear of 'International Scrutiny' over Rohingya c]risis: Aung San Suu Kyi NDTV
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi today reached out to the global community in a broad appeal for support over a refugee crisis the UN has decried as "ethnic cleansing", urging outsiders to help her nation unite across religious and ethnic lines and offering a pathway back to the country for some of the Rohingya Muslims forced to flee by army operations.
Tamil Nadu speaker disqualifies 18 Dinakaran faction MLAs, Palaniswami govt ‘safe’ Hindustan Times
The Tamil Nadu assembly speaker on Monday disqualified 18 MLAs supporting sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, just two days before a high court deadline for a floor test by chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami. The decision by assembly speaker P Dhanpal brings down the magic number in the 234-member House to 110 as against 117 before the disqualification, in the case of a floor test.
PM opens Sardar Sarovar Dam Nayan Dave, Pioneer
On his 67th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam project to the nation saying if Sardar Patel wouldn’t have died early, the dam over the River Narmada might have completed in 70s or even earlier.
Sushma Swaraj in New York for UN General Assembly as world grapples with Rohingya crisis, North Korea threat Dev Goswami, India Today
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today landed in New York ahead of the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, which kicks off on Tuesday. Swaraj will be in New York for around a week, during which time she and her delegation of top Indian officials will hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the session.
Sardar Sarovar Dam an engineering miracle that faced many hurdles: PM Narendra Modi Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this "engineering miracle" which many people had "conspired to stop".
Hearing in 2 murder cases against Dera chief Ram Rahim Times of India
Contingents of paramilitary troops and Haryana Police have been deployed in Panchkula as security arrangements have been tightened ahead of hearing in two murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Home-made bomb injures 29 on packed London commuter train Kevin Coombs & Yann Tessier, Reuters
A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 29 people on Friday, but apparently failed to fully explode, in Britain’s fifth major terrorism incident this year.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
North Korea fires second missile over Japan as US tells China and Russia to take 'direct action' Chris Graham, Danny Boyle & Neil Connor, Telegraph
North Korea has fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close US ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on September 3.
UP: 19 drown after boat carrying 60 people capsizes in Yamuna India Today
At least 19 people died and many feared drowned in the Yamuna river as a boat capsized in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. News agency ANI reported that the boat capsized as it  was overcrowded carrying over 60 people.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe promises peace, prosperity in Indo-Pacific region Kallol Bhattacherjee, Hindu
Highlighting common ‘strategic interests’ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday said that India-Japan bilateral ties will shape the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Abe will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during the India-Japan annual summit as both sides firm up military and strategic ties.
NSUI regains DU’s trust, ABVP gets 2 seats Rahiba R Parveen, Pioneer
The Congress student wing, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), made a stunning comeback in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections after four years by defeating its arch rival the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)’s Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and bagging the president and vice-president’s posts in the results announced on Wednesday.
Govt OK's Rs 50,000 cr to unclog Delhi, NCR Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
The Centre on Wednesday gave in-principle nod to infrastructure projects worth Rs 50,000 crore to decongest Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, who promised all possible help to decongest roads in Delhi and NCR.
Inflation at a 5-month high, rate cut unlikely Asian Age
India’s industrial production saw an anaemic growth of 1.2 per cent in July as manufacturing was hit by GST jitters. Worse, retail inflation rose more than expected to a five-month high in August, fuelled by strong gains in food prices.
AIADMK removes Sasikala from all party posts, Jaya to be ‘eternal general secy’ KV Lakshmana, Hindustan Times
Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK removed jailed general secretary VK Sasikala from all party posts on Tuesday and named former chief minister J Jayalalithaa “eternal general secretary”, signalling a fresh stand-off in a protracted political crisis that has roiled the southern state.
SC will decide the matter, says Rajnath Greater Kashmir
The Supreme Court will take a call on the central government's plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, who entered the country "illegally", Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.
Will align with Congress, Left in Gujarat polls: JDU’s Sharad faction Indian Express
The Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (United) faction will align with the Congress and Left parties in the Gujarat Assembly elections, party leader Chhotubhai Vasava said here on Monday. “We will align with the Congress and parties like the CPI(M) and CPI and try to defeat BJP,” he said. “We will also try to have a tie-up with Hardik Patel.”
Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested in extortion case Economic Times
Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, was tonight arrested by the crime branch of the Thane Police in connection with an investigation into an extortion case, the police said.
Manmohan Singh says demonetisation adversely affected India’s GDP growth; Arun Jaitley lists out achievement Indian Express
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday took potshots at the Narendra Modi-led central government, insisting that demonetisation and “hasty” implementation of GST have adversely impacted GDP growth. “Both demonetisation and the GST have had some impact (on GDP growth),” he told CNBC-TV 18. “Both would affect the informal sector, the small-scale sector… the sectors today are responsible for 40 per cent of GDP.”
3 cops to protect each VIP but just 1 for every 663 common man Neeraj Chauhan, Times of India
Despite promises by politicians year after year, VIP culture + continues to thrive in India. The latest data reveals that some 20,000 VIPs have on average three cops to protect each of them while there is a huge shortage of policemen for ordinary citizens.
Rajnath warns people against divisive forces Omer Farooq, Pioneer
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday warned the people of India against the anti-national forces, who are trying to weaken the country, and urged them not to allow the country to be divided on the lines of caste, religion and language.
Make-in-India bid: MiG offers joint production Pioneer
Eyeing a multi-billion dollar contract from the Indian Navy for the supply of fighter aircraft, Russian military aviation firm MiG on Sunday said it was not averse to the transfer of technology and joint development of MiG-29 K jets with Indian companies.
Won’t sit idle till Azhar punished: India Tribune India
Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, a top Indian diplomat has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice.
BJP on Manish Tewari's Modi tweet: Congress has lost its mental balance Business Standard
Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday triggered a row with a twitter post using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, evoking sharp reactions from the BJP and the twitterati with both demanding an apology from Sonia Gandhi.
Congress indulging in family fiefdom since Independence, says BJP president Amit Shah Firstpost
BJP president Amit Shah on Friday accused the Congress of "indulging in family fiefdom since Independence" and said there was no place for merit in that party. He claimed that only the Left parties and the BJP had "internal democracy", while there was no such concept in any other party.
Jammu and Kashmir: 2 terrorists killed as infiltration bid is foiled in Kupwara's Machil sector Firstpost
Security forces on Saturday foiled a infiltration bid in the Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district and killed two terrorists, ANI reported. According to the report, the encounter is still underway in the area.
BJP States tell police to push back Rohingya Sandeep Phukan, Hindu
The Centre is yet to spell out its stand on undocumented Rohingya but BJP-led State governments in Assam and Manipur have asked their police, especially in the border districts, to “push back anyone who tries to cross the border.”
Mamata Banerjee sides with UN, says all Rohingyas not terrorists Asian Age
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed concern over the plight of Rohingya Muslims and supported the UN appeal to help them. The United Nations had appealed to the entire international community to keep political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Home Ministry cancels foreign funding licence of JNU, DU, IIT Delhi, ICMR Indian Express
MANY prominent higher education institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), IIT-Delhi and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), are among several hundred organisations which have been barred by the Centre from receiving foreign funds. The Union Home Ministry has cancelled their registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) as they have reportedly failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.
Guard coach of Jammu Rajdhani derails at New Delhi Railway Station Indian Express
The guard coach of the Jammu Rajdhani derailed on arrival on Thursday at the New Delhi Railway Station at 6:20 am. No casualties have been reported so far. The coach was located at the end of the train. “Last coach of Jammu Rajdhani Express which was entering at platform no 15 of New Delhi railway station derailed around 6.20 a.m,” Neeraj Sharma, Northern Railways spokesperson told news agency IANS.
Bengal most violent in Didi raj: Shah Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Political violence and syndicatisation were the two high spots of Mamata Banerjee Government, BJP president Amit Shah said on Tuesday. Launching a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress Government, Shah told a gathering of intellectuals in Kolkata that a large share of Central funds sent to the State for its development had ended up in the hands of syndicates.
Rohingyas are illegal immigrants: Rajnath Mohit Kandhari, Pioneer
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday sent out a ‘firm’ message to illegal immigrants from different neighbouring countries saying the Union Government is going to adopt ‘tough’ measures against them. He, however, shied away from listing the nature of action Government of India is contemplating to resolve the issue.
PM ‘opened space for militants, destroyed PDP’ in J&K: Rahul Greater Kashmir
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “massively opening up” space for militants in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to an “increase in violence.”
AIMPLB says it respects triple talaq verdict, but calls govt's stand an 'attack on personal law' Firstpost
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said it respects the Supreme Court's recent verdict on triple talaq, but considers the centre's submission in the apex court about all other forms of their marriages as an "attack on the personal law".
  The Courts
Rohingya issue govt’s domain, not court’s: Centre to SC Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The Narendra Modi government told the Supreme Court on Monday that the right to move and settle anywhere in India was guaranteed by the Constitution to Indian citizens, and the right was not available to illegal migrants like the Rohingya.
Create portal for investor refunds: SC Times of India
In view of the large number of aggrieved home buyers who had invested in real estate giant Unitech's projects across the country and have not got possession of flats, the Supreme Court on Friday directed that an online portal be created to enable investors to post their documents and claims for refund.
SC lifts firecracker ban for Diwali Pioneer
With over a month to go for Diwali, the Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The order is an interim arrangement as the Bench set up a Committee headed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) chairman to study the harmful effects of firecrackers on human health and submit a report by December 31.
Family courts free to waive six-month cooling period in mutual divorce cases: Supreme Court Ananthakrishnan G, Indian Express
Making divorce by mutual consent easier, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that family courts were free to waive the statutory six-month period under the Hindu Marriage Act for considering divorce applications in cases where the parties were living separately for more than 18 months before filing the petition, efforts to reconcile differences had failed and claims of alimony and custody of children had been settled.
'Substantial asset increase of 7 MPs, 98 MLAs being investigated,' says I-T Department to SC Times of India
Seven Lok Sabha Parliamentarians and 98 state lawmakers are being investigated for "substantial increases" in their assets, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday.
Allot flats or refund money by March 2018: SC to Unitech Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
Promising a flat, plot or refund to all investors in Unitech's housing projects, the Supreme Court told the realtor's incarcerated managing director Sanjay Chandra that he has to settle with each and every homebuyer by the end of this financial year, that is March 31, 2018.
Ensure no agitation takes place over NEET issue, SC directs TN government Times of India
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that no agitation takes place in the state over the NEET examination issue. The apex court directed that anybody involved in any kind of activity that stalls normal life of citizens in the state should be booked under the appropriate law.
1993 Mumbai blasts: RDX not used to kill mosquitoes, all 5 knew what they were doing, says Court Rebecca Samervel & Swati Deshpande, Times of India
Almost a quarter of a century and an execution (of Yakub Memon in 2015) later, it is the noose again for two convicted in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. A special judge presiding over the second trial in the case on Thursday pronounced death by hanging for Taher Merchant (55) and Feroz Khan (47), both of whom were absconding till 2010, for having conspired to cause the RDX blasts that killed 257 and injured 713.
Supreme Court pulls up centre over inaction on politicians assets jump NewIndianExpress
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre for not taking action against lawmakers some of whose assets have seen a massive jump of up to 500 per cent between two elections.
Refund 75% excess fee: High Court to private schools Manish Raj, Indian Express
The Delhi High Court has directed several private schools to refund 75 per cent of the excess fee they had charged from parents of students. Earlier, the Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee, constituted after the HC’s order of August 12, 2011 had, in its 10 interim reports, recommended refund of excess fee with 9 per cent interest.
Supreme Court notice to government, Google & Twitter on cross-border data sharing and privacy Samanwaya Rautray, Economic Times
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to Twitter and Google, two of the most popular Internet companies in terms of usage, and the Union government, seeking their legal views on a petition drawing the court's attention to the lack of control over data-sharing with cross-border corporate entities in violation of a citizen's right to privacy.
Arun Jaitley unveils Google's payment app Tez; says digital payments bound to pick up Business Today
After launching Google's new payment app 'Tez' in India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said compulsion of going digital post note ban has become a habit and e-payments will gather pace on account of government initiatives and technology advancement.
GST: Govt may have to cut infrastructure spending as revenue is hit, fiscal math goes for a toss Firstpost
The government could be forced to cut spending on key infrastructure such as railways and highways as lower-than-expected tax collections and sluggish growth have upset the government’s budget calculations, two finance ministry officials said.
Sensex, Nifty trade lower, Tata Motors shares rise 4% Mint
The BSE Sensex opened lower on Tuesday against the previous session’s closing. The NSE Nifty also fell in the morning hours. The Indian rupee opened marginally lower against the US dollar. The shares of Tata Motors, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel rose, whereas the shares of Coal India and L&T fell.
Market remains in the positive territory; Bajaj Auto, Bharti Infratel lead the rally Economic Times
The overall market sentiment remained upbeat on a firming trend at other Asian markets following another record finish on Wall Street on receding geopolitical tensions. Continued buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) and fresh fund inflows by foreign investors, which had been on a selling spree, bolstered the trading sentiment.
Ola, Uber driver pay cut by a third, incentives drop 60% says report Times of India
The monthly income of drivers on Ola and Uber has taken a hit as these companies cut costs and reduce subsidies. The take-home pay for drivers dropped 33% in the last one year, according to data collected by research consultancy firm Red Seer, which was shared exclusively with TOI.
70% of GST revenue claimed as credit refund Pioneer
A whopping Rs 65,000 crore out of the nearly Rs 95,000 crore Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections in July has been claimed as transitional credit refund by traders and now the tax authorities are preparing to probe the taxpayers claim.
'Soon, Aadhaar to be linked with driver's licence,' says Union minister RS Prasad Times of India
Soon, Aadhaar will be linked to one's driver's licence, said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday. The minister didn't give a time frame to link the unique identification number with driver's licences.
Aadhaar law will clear Constitution test, need to secure data: Arun Jaitley Indian Express
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the Aadhaar law will “pass the test of constitutionality” and that it is important to build “ironwalls” to protect people’s data. He said the Aadhaar scheme announced by the UPA government was “technologically great” but it did not realise the “full potential” of the unique identification system.
Petrol, diesel should come under GST, says Pradhan Hindu
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday ruled out any government intervention to disrupt the daily revision in petrol and diesel prices despite the ?7.3 per litre spike since July, saying the reform will continue.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan rules out intervention on daily fuel price revision Economic Times
The government doesn't plan to intervene to check fuel prices that have soared to the highest in three years, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said after shares of oil refiners tumbled on speculation that refining and marketing firms would have to sacrifice margins to cushion consumers. Pradhan remained non-committal on cutting excise duty to check price rise.
Ericsson India files insolvency case against Reliance Communications Devina Sengupta & Deepali Gupta, Economic Times
Telecom equipment maker Ericsson petitioned the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) seeking the start of bankruptcy proceedings against Reliance Communications (RCom) and two of its subsidiaries over total unpaid dues of Rs 1,150 crore. The two subsidiaries are Reliance Infratel and Reliance Telecom.
Union Cabinet approves doubling of gratuity payment Prashant K Nanda & Mayank Aggarwal, Mint
The Union cabinet on Tuesday approved two worker-friendly proposals. While one entails extra compensation to central government employees, the other proposes to extend gratuity payment norms, available at present to government employees, to staffers in the private sector companies as well as public sector firms.
Aadhaar is free, but enrolment centres fleece applicants Neha Lalchandani, Times of India
You need an Aadhaar number to buy a phone SIM and open a bank account, but as people rush to enroll, some registration centres in the capital are illegally charging them hundreds of rupees for the service that is meant to be free.
Nitin Gadkari warns state governments, expect reduction in budget if projects not implemented Financial Express
Warning the ” non-performing” state governments, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that Central budgetary support can be expected to be reduced if the implementation of projects does not improve, Indian Express reports. Gadkari was speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) where he said that he is willing to support all those states who are trying to improve their transport facility.
Gadkari aims to focus on India’s public transport Hindustan Times
At a time when private transport network has increased phenomenally, thus clogging city roads and highways, the centre has decided to push public transport, said Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari. He was in the city on Friday to be a part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) and the national seminar on ‘Safe and Sustainable Public Transport’ organised at CIRT.
  States Scan
AAP govt’s free WiFi project fails to take off in Delhi, unlikely to meet deadline Sweta Goswami, Hindustan Times
More than two years after it came to power in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) promise of free WiFi is yet to take off. The pilot project was launched with much fanfare in 2016 but it could not move further due to apparent lack of coordination between Information Technology (IT) Department and the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi, which was first given the project.
Pradhyumn murder case: Haryana government recommends CBI probe, takes over school management for 3 months Times of India
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday recommended CBI probe into the murder of a seven-year-old boy Pradhyumn Thakur in a private Gurugram school. Pradhyumn, a Class 2 student of Ryan International School at Sohna Road in Bhondsi, was found lying in a pool of blood by the school supervisor inside a washroom on September 8.
CPM MP expelled for controversial ‘anti-Bengali leadership’, ‘Muslim quota’ remarks Aishik Chanda, NewIndianExpress
Controversial CPM Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee was expelled from the party Wednesday after he claimed that the politburo has a quota for Muslims and accused the central leadership of being ‘anti-Bengali’.
Flash flood affects 40,000 in Assam, Manipur counts losses Utpal Parashar & Sobhapati Samom, Hindustan Times
Flash flood struck north-central Assam in the wee hours of Sunday, less than a fortnight after the state began recovering from the second wave of deluge that claimed more than 150 human lives. Officials in Sonitpur district said flash floods affected some 40,000 people while one person who was washed away reportedly drowned.
Jaipur on edge after youth dies in firing, mobile internet suspended Times of India
The Walled City here has been under curfew for two straight days, with mobile internet services suspended, since the death of a 25-year-old in police firing following clashes between locals and police on Friday night.
Haryana government orders criminal case against Ryan, probe finds major safety lapses Shubhra Pant & Shakir Mir, Times of India
The Haryana government on Sunday ordered a criminal case against Ryan International School's management and owner under the Juvenile Justice Act, two days after Class 2 student Pradhyumn Thakur was murdered+ in the washroom of the school in Gurgaon's Bhondsi.
Jaipur violence: One dead, curfew imposed in parts of city after mob sets vehicles ablaze Firstpost
One person was killed when police opened fire on a mob after it went on a rampage, setting ablaze a power house and several vehicles, following an alleged assault of a couple by a constable in Ramganj area of the city, the police said on Saturday.
Gurugram: 7-year-old student found dead in school toilet NewsX
In a terrible incident coming from the city of Gurugram, a 7-year-old student was found dead on Friday morning in the bathroom of a prominent school located at Sohna Road in the metropolis of Haryana (Gurgaon).
Five killed as bus stand roof collapses near Coimbatore Times of India
Five including two women were crushed to death after a bus stand roof came crumbling down at Somanur in rural Coimbatore on Thursday afternoon.
National Investigative Agency arrested two notorious stone pelters in Kashmir Anil Raina, Mumbai Mirror
National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror funding of separatists activities in Kashmir, has arrested two notorious stone- pelters in Kashmir in connection with an ongoing probe into terror funding to stoke unrest in the Valley.
  International News
US moves closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Pakistan has indicated it might go for broke against the United States with ties between the two countries reaching a new low. Enraged at being called out by President Trump for nurturing terrorist groups, Islamabad is said to have devised a ''three-option toughest diplomatic policy,'' including an extreme case scenario where it will block access for US and Nato military supplies to land-locked Afghanistan.
Pakistan's SC dismisses Sharif's review plea against disqualification Economic Times
Pakistan's Supreme Court today dismissed the review petitions filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, challenging his disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal.
Opposed to any third-party involvement in resolving Sino-India border disputes: China Indian Express
China on Friday said it is opposed to any foreign investments including that from Japan in India’s North East region and is against any third party’s involvement in resolving its border disputes with India. Reacting to Japan’s plans to step up investments in the northeastern states during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media that China is opposed to any foreign investment in the “disputed areas”.
US federal agencies ordered to stop using Kaspersky Labs software over Russia links Indian Express
The US on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. The directive issued by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke comes as various US law enforcement and intelligence agencies and several congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
North Korea threatens to use nuclear weapon to `sink' Japan Andy Sharp, Economic Times
North Korea made an explicit threat to use a nuclear weapon to sink Japan, in remarks that further crank up heightened tensions in North Asia.
Fire at Malaysia school kills 23 students, two wardens Hindustan Times
Twenty-five people, most of them students, were killed Thursday when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school, in what officials said was one of the country’s worst fire disasters for years. The blaze broke out before dawn in the two-storey building, Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, located in the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Trump: North Korea sanctions 'small step', warns of more Times of India
President Donald Trump said Tuesday new UN sanctions "are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen" to stop North Korea's nuclear march. US officials showed Congress satellite images of illicit trade to highlight the challenge of getting China and Russia to cut off commerce with the rogue nation.
UK Government Seizes Properties Belonging to Dawood Ibrahim News18
The UK government has seized properties belonging to India’s most wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim. The assets which have been frozen include the terror don’s properties in Midlands. The Birmingham Mail reported that Dawood owns a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.
North Korea warns of harsh response if new sanctions imposed Hindu
North Korea says it will make the United States pay a heavy price if a proposal Washington is backing to impose the toughest sanctions ever on Pyongyang is approved by the UN Security Council this week.
Death toll rises to 61 in powerful Mexico earthquake Economic Times
One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 61 people were reported dead.
Trump administration has shown desire to defuse North Korea tensions: Vladimir Putin NDTV
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump had shown the desire to defuse tensions over North Korea. Putin said that whipping up military hysteria around the North Korean crisis was counterproductive, adding that Pyongyang would not end its nuclear and missile programmes because it views them as its only means for self-defence.

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