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Lok Sabha passes citizenship bill 311-80 at midnight, Amit Shah says ‘NRC is coming’ Times of India
A heated, polarising debate on Monday marked the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha after midnight with home minister Amit Shah repeatedly drawing a distinction between refugees fleeing religious persecution and infiltrators even while asserting an all-India national register of citizens is on the anvil.
Jharkhand Assembly election: Congress subverted mandate in Karnataka; people taught it a a lesson: PM Modi Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Karnataka bypoll results that saw the BJP win 12 out of 15 Assembly seats, were a punishment for the Congress and its ally, the Janata Dal(S), for “stealing the mandate”. Addressing poll rallies in Jharkhand, Mr. Modi called on the people of the State to elect a “stable BJP government with an absolute majority.”
43 killed as massive blaze sweeps through four-storey building in north Delhi Economic Times
In one of the worst fire accidents in the city, 43 people were killed after a massive blaze ripped through a four-storey building housing illegal manufacturing units in north Delhi's Anaj Mandi area on Sunday morning, police and fire officials said.
K'taka bypoll results 2019: BJP takes early lead in 10 Assembly seats Deccan Chronicle
The ruling BJP has taken an early lead in 10 out of 15 Assembly constituencies that went for bypolls on December five, as the counting of votes was taken up on Monday, election officials said. Initial trends showed the Congress and JD(S) were ahead in two seats, while independent candidate was maintaining lead in Hoskote.
Indian citizenship to those facing persecution at home will assure them of better lives: PM Hindustan Times
Indian citizenship to those facing persecution in their home countries will ensure that they get a better tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, in his first remarks on the issue after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the Union cabinet recently.
Unnao rape victim's death 'extremely sad', case will be fast-tracked: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Times of India
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday termed the death of Unnao gangrape victim "extremely sad" and conveyed his condolences to the aggrieved family. 
Indian citizenship to those facing persecution at home will assure them of better lives: PM Pioneer
Referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Indian citizenship for those facing persecution in their home countries will ensure that they get a better tomorrow.
Ajit Pawar got clean chit — day after Fadnavis resigned, day before new govt was sworn in Vivek Deshpande, Indian Express
In an affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court just a day before the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was sworn in on November 28, Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) exonerated former Water Resources Development Minister Ajit Pawar of the allegations he had been facing for the multi-crore irrigation scam that rocked the state about a decade ago.
Hyderabad encounter: All four accused in Telangana doctor's rape-murder killed Times of India
In a sensational development, all four accused — who were allegedly involved in the gang rape and murder of a veterinary doctor — were gunned down by Cyberabad police in an encounter in the wee hours of Friday at Chatanpally in Mahabubnagar district, where the victim was earlier set ablaze by the accused.
Our orbiter located Vikram lander first: Isro chief Sivan rejects Nasa claim on Chandrayaan 2 Sanchari Chatterjee, India Today
sro chief K Sivan has rejected Nasa's claims that they have located the debris of the crashed Vikram lander on the lunar surface and said the Indian Space Research Organisation had located it long back. Isro chief K Sivan has said, "Our own orbiter had located Vikram lander. We had already declared that on our website, you can go back and see."
NSE suspends Karvy Stock Broking's licence due to non-compliance of regulatory provisions Economic Times
In a major development, NSE on Monday suspended Karvy Stock Broking’s licence due to non-compliance of regulatory provisions of the exchange. This included its trading in capital market, futures & options, currency derivatives, debt, MFSS and commodity derivatives segments. Investors with accounts with the brokerage will be able to migrate to other brokers, ET NOW reported.
Maharashtra Cabinet expansion may be delayed: Congress demands deputy CM’s post, NCP says no Sandeep A Ashar, Indian Express
WHILE THE Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress coming to power in Maharashtra, the three parties are yet to find consensus on the power-sharing arrangement between them. On Friday, a day after Uddhav was sworn in as the chief minister, a fresh disagreement broke out between the allies over the post of the deputy CM.
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.
Sena allied with NCP, Congress to keep BJP out of power: Fadnavis Times of India
BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday alleged the Shiv Sena's alliance with the NCP and the Congress was a pre-planned move to keep his party out of power i nthe country's richest state.
Karnataka Assembly bypolls: Siddaramaiah resigns as legislative party leader after Congress goes down to defeat Firstpost
Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday announced his resignation as the Congress Legislative Party leader. In a press conference, Siddaramaih said that the party's expectations in the by polls had not meet been met and he was resigning as the Leader of the of the Legislative Party.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Federal US commission seeks sanctions against home minister Amit Shah Times of India
A federal US commission on international religious freedom has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a "dangerous turn in wrong direction" and sought American sanctions against home minister Amit Shah if the bill is passed by both houses of the Indian Parliament.
Modi govt resolves to make changes in IPC, CrPC: Amit Shah Pioneer
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted the NDA government's resolve to amend the IPC and the CrPC to make them more conducive for the country, amid the debate on delay in criminal justice delivery system, especially in heinous crimes like rape.
New laws not the only solution to curb crime against women: VP Naidu Pioneer
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said bringing laws to curb atrocities against women was not the only solution as "political will" and "administrative skills" were required to end the social evil.
Rape, POCSO case probes should be completed in 2 months, says Ravi Shankar Prasad Hindu
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said he would write to chief ministers and high court chief justices of all the states to complete investigation into cases of rape and those registered under the POCSO Act in two months.
Ajit Pawar approached me to Form Govt in Maharashtra, says Fadnavis News18
Leader of Opposition and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed on Saturday that it was Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar who had approached him to form a government in Maharashtra.
Those convicted under POCSO Act should be deprived of right to mercy petition: President Pioneer
Demonic attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday and advocated that those convicted under the POCSO Act should be deprived of their right to mercy petition. It is for the Parliament to take a decision on the matter and make necessary constitutional amendments, "but the thought of all of us is moving ahead in that direction", he said while addressing an event in Rajasthan's Abu Road on the issue of women safety.
In touch with Pak on unhindered consular access to Jadhav: India Pioneer
India on Friday said it has asked for "immediate, effective and unhindered" consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav from Pakistan and was in touch with the neighbouring country through diplomatic channels on the matter.
CBI books Allahabad HC judge in connection with medical college scam Shaswati Das, Mint
In a massive blow for Allahabad High Court judge Justice S.N. Shukla, the CBI has registered a case of criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act for irregularities in medical college admissions.
‘Cancelled Nithyananda’s passport and rejected his application for new one’: Govt Hindustan Times
The government has cancelled passport of controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda and rejected his application for fresh one, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday. “We have cancelled his passport and rejected his application for new one. We have sensitised all our missions and posts that this man is wanted in several cases of crime. We have asked our missions to sensitise the local government,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
PM unusually silent, govt clueless on economy: Chidambaram Pioneer
Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram mounted an unprecedented attack on the Centre on Thursday over the economic slowdown and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "unusual silence" on the issue.
Shashi Tharoor tweets letter from ‘imprisoned Farooq saab’, nudges Centre Hindustan Times
Congress’s Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted a letter purportedly written by detained National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on late Thursday night and demanded the NC chairperson be allowed to attend Parliament as a matter of “parliamentary privilege”.
  The Courts
Ayodhya verdict: Hindu Mahasabha files review petition over 5-acre land to Muslims Indian Express
A month after the Ayodhya verdict, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Monday filed a petition seeking review of the Supreme Court’s decision to allocate an alternative five-acre plot to the Muslim side to build a mosque.
Delhi pollution: SC partially lifts ban on construction, allows work only during day time Indian Express
The Supreme Court on Monday partially lifted its ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR, allowing work from 6 am to 6 pm, even as the air quality in the national capital remained in the “very poor” category for the sixth consecutive day.
Telangana high court to hear petition against encounter of 4 accused in rape-murder of veterinarian Hindustan Times
The Telangana High Court will on Monday hear the case of encounter deaths of the four men accused of raping and killing a 26-year-old veterinary doctor last month. The court had on Friday directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four accused till 8pm on December 9.
SC to hear on Wednesday DMK's plea alleging quota given in TN local body polls as per 1991 census Pioneer
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday a fresh plea of the DMK alleging that the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission had decided to grant quota to women and SC/ST candidates in local bodies elections on the basis of 1991 census instead of 2011 census.
Hyderabad encounter fake? HC orders bodies of accused to be preserved till Dec 9 NewsMinute
Following a writ petition by civil rights activists seeking judicial intervention into the reported encounter of the four accused in the rape of murder of a Hyderabad vet, the Telangana High court on Friday directed the government to preserve the bodies of the four men till Monday, December 9.
Another Kerala woman allegedly stopped from entering Sabarimala moves SC; plea to be heard next week Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear next week the plea of a Kerala woman who was allegedly prevented from visiting the Sabarimala temple despite the apex court's verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine.
Akbar Owaisi booked for alleged hate speech, after complaint in Telangana court NewsMinute
Just days after an order by a local court, the Saidabad police in Hyderabad registered a case against All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi. Owaisi has now been booked under Sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 153(B) (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 506 (Criminal Intimidation) of the IPC.
Supreme Court's second clean chit on Rafale a big boost for PM Modi Times of India
The Supreme Court's clean chit to the Rafale deal is a major win for PM Narendra Modi who transparency in defence contracts a major poll issue while attacking the Congress regime's controversies like AgustaWestland and Pilatus besides 2G and Coalgate.
INX Media case: Delhi court extends Chidambaram's judicial custody till Nov 27 Pioneer
A Delhi court Wednesday extended the judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram till November 27 in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the senior Congress leader was produced before the court through video conference.
Chief Justice of India under RTI Act: SC to pronounce verdict on November 13 Money Control
The Supreme Court will pronounce on November 12 its verdict on a plea challenging the Delhi High Court decision bringing the office of the chief justice of India under the Right to Information Act. A five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce the judgement at 2 pm. Other members of the bench are Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Shiv Sena moves Supreme Court against Governor denying request for time Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times
Minutes after the Centre imposed President’s rule in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said it will approach the Supreme Court over Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari rejecting its request to give it some more time to prove its ability to form the government and passing on the invitation to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party.
Ayodhya: Nirmohi Akhara is not a shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla, says SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Saturday said in its verdict in the politically-sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya that the Nirmohi Akhara is not a shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla.
Why only ‘babus’ picked for CIC, 4 aides posts: SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners.
FDI limit in insurance companies may rise to 74% Sachin Dave, Saloni Shukla & Shilpy Sinha, Economic Times
The government may raise the overseas investment limit in insurance to 74% in the February budget, up from 49% now, possibly paving the way for foreign control of companies, said people with knowledge of the matter.
AMFI monthly report: Outflows from credit risk funds rise, inflows into equity funds plummet 85% Himadri Buch, Money Control
November was quite volatile for the mutual fund industry. On one hand, outflows from credit risk funds continued, while inflows into equity funds fell as much as 85 percent.
Markets trade marginally lower; IT stocks weaken Ravindra N Sonavane, Mint
Indian markets on Tuesday opened marginally lower as investors were cautious ahead of global as well as domestic key macroeconomics data due this week. At 9.20am, the benchmark Sensex index fell 0.06% to 40,464.92 points while Nifty was down 0.06% to 11,930.65 points.
Sensex off to cautious start, Maruti Suzuki leads gains in auto stocks Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian markets were cautious in early trade today, with some selective buying seen in auto stocks. Maruti Suzuki shares were up nearly 2% while Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and M&M were among the other gainers. The Sensex was down marginally at 40,436.
Rupee trades flat against US dollar as traders await macro economics data release Ravindra N Sonavane, Mint
The Indian rupee traded little changed against the US dollar on Monday as traders await key macro economics data releases, due this week, and a fast approaching US-China tariff deadline. In early deals today, the rupee traded at 71.24 a dollar, down from Friday's close of 71.21. The Indian unit had opened 71.28 a dollar.
EPFO monthly contribution to be cut to spur take home salary Prashant K Nanda, Mint
The take home salary of employees in the organised sector may go up slightly as the union government looks to allow select sectors to cut monthly statutory deductions on account of employees provident fund (EPF).
Vodafone Idea will shut shop if there is no government relief: KM Birla Economic Times
Vodafone Idea may have to shut if there’s no relief on the statutory dues that the telco has to pay by January end, said chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla. “If we are not getting anything, then I think it is end of story for Vodafone Idea,” Birla said at an event in New Delhi on Friday. “It does not make sense to put good money after bad… We will shut shop.”
RBI cuts growth forecast to 5%, keeps rate steady Pioneer
The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday cut the growth forecast by more than one per cent for the current fiscal and left the interest rate unchanged. While downward revision of the GDP growth was on the expected line, few had expected that the RBI would not go for sixth successive rate cut in view of the slowing down of the economy. Fear of inflation going out of bound forced the RBI to press pause button on its rate cut spree.
PNB fraud: Nirav Modi declared fugitive economic offender Pioneer
A special court here on Thursday declared diamantaire Nirav Modi, the key accused in the USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, a fugitive economic offender, on a plea of the Enforcement Directorate. He is the second businessman after Vijay Mallya to be declared a fugitive economic offender under provisions of the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which came into existence in August last year.
Saudi Aramco prices shares at top of range in world's biggest IPO: Sources Money Control
State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco has priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of its indicative range, three sources told Reuters, raising $25.6 billion and overtaking China's Alibaba to achieve the world's biggest stock market flotation.
RBI investigating 'net banking' breakdown at HDFC Bank Ashwin Manikandan, Economic Times
A team of experts constituted by the Reserve Bank of India is in the process of investigating the reasons for the breakdown of HDFC Bank’s digital banking channels which caused for millions of customers to be locked out of their net banking and mobile banking accounts for over 48 hours earlier this week.
RBI investigating 'net banking' breakdown at HDFC Bank Ashwin Manikandan, Economic Times
A team of experts constituted by the Reserve Bank of India is in the process of investigating the reasons for the breakdown of HDFC Bank’s digital banking channels which caused for millions of customers to be locked out of their net banking and mobile banking accounts for over 48 hours earlier this week.
Sensex edges higher; RIL, ICICI Bank among top gainers Surajit Dasgupta, Mint
Indian markets moved higher today, tracking gains in other Asian markets. The Sensex rose about 100 points to 40,877 while Nifty traded higher near 12.050. Among the Sensex stocks, ICICI Bank rose 1% while RIL gained 0.7% in early trade.
  States Scan
JNU students lathi-charged by police during march to Rashtrapati Bhavan Jaideep Deo Bhanj, Hindu
The Delhi police on December 9 lathi-charged students from the Jawahrlal Nehru (JNU) University who were on a peaceful march from the University campus to Rashtrapati Bhavan to petition the President, who is also the visitor of the University, to roll back the hostel fee hike.
J&K begins creating land banks for industrial units Indian Express
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has started creating land banks for the setting up industrial units in the Union Territory. The move comes four months comes after the Centre on August 5 revoked the special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
We have accepted defeat, says DK Shivakumar on Karnataka bye-polls NewsMinute
Following the counting day predictions that showed BJP leading in 12 out of 15 seats that went to polls, Congress leader and former minister DK Shivakumar in a press meet in Bengaluru said that his party has accepted defeat. The Congress party was hoping to come back to power through these elections. 
Yogi govt suspends 7 cops in Unnao case Pioneer
The Yogi Adityanath government has suspended seven policemen for alleged negligence of duty that led to the death of the Unnao rape victim . The action came late on Sunday night.
Air quality very poor in Delhi Pioneer
The air quality in the national capital was in the "very poor" category Saturday morning. The overall air quality in the city was 370 at 9.45 am; it was 'severe' with an AQI of 404 at 4 pm Friday.
Jharkhand voting in 2nd phase of assembly poll today, CM Das among candidates Debashish Sarkar, Hindustan Times
Voting in 20 constituencies is being held in the second phase of assembly election in Jharkhand on Saturday. Chief minister Raghubar Das, state assembly speaker Dinesh Oraon, former state food supply minister Saryu Roy, BJP state president Laxman Gilua and state rural development and parliamentary ministers are the key contestants among the 260 candidates whose fate will be sealed as 48,25,038 voters exercise their franchise in the second phase of Jharkhand Assembly Elections-2019.
Ghaziabad to be first in Uttar Pradesh to get e-auto Abhijay Jha, Times of India
The state will soon get to see its first electric auto-rickshaw plying with the regional transport office (RTO) of Ghaziabad giving registration number to a vehicle. The development comes seven months after state government approved the plying of e-autos.
6-yr-old girl raped, strangled with her school belt in Rajasthan Hindustan Times
The body of a six-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and strangled to death with her school belt, was found in Tonk district of Rajasthan on Sunday, a day after she went missing, the police said. The incident comes on the heels of countrywide protests over the recent incidents of alleged gang rape and murder of two women in Telangana and Jharkhand.
‘BJP will win bye-polls in all 15 constituencies’: CM Yediyurappa NewsMinute
Ahead of the bye-elections which will be held in Karnataka on December 5, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday asserted that the BJP’s candidates in all the 15 assembly constituencies going to polls would all be victorious. "People will give them the answer, once the results are out Congress and JD(S) will realise that people are with us (BJP)," Yediyurappa said.
5 dead, school, colleges shut as rain wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu M Manikandan, Hindustan Times
The regional meteorological centre in Chennai on Sunday predicted more showers in the next two days and issued a red alert for six districts in Tamil Nadu while torrential rain over the past two days claimed five lives. “Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu would receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 20cm) in the next 24 hours,” the IMD’s Chennai regional centre alerted.
Polling for first phase begins in Jharkhand Times of India
The first of the five-phase polling began in 13 assembly constituencies in Jharkhand on Saturday. The voting commenced at 7am and will end at 3Pm, Election Commission officials said.
Uddhav Thackeray stays work on Aarey metro shed Sharad Vyas, Hindu
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a stay on the construction of the metro car shed project inside Mumbai’s green lung, the Aarey forest. “I have ordered to stop the work of Aarey metro car shed project today. Metro work will not start until any further decision, not a single leaf of Aarey will be cut,” Mr Thackeray said following a meeting with officials on Friday.
Bhojpuri actor-singer is BJP candidate against Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh Alok Pandey, NDTV
Bhojpuri actor and singer Dinesh Lal Yadav, popularly known as "Nirahua", will take on Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh as a BJP candidate in the national election. Mr Yadav, extremely popular in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, joined the BJP last month.
BJP ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena's Thushar Vellappally to fight against Rahul in Wayanad Pioneer
BJP president Amit Shah Monday announced that Thushar Vellappally of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena, an ally of the saffron party in Kerala, will be the ruling NDA's candidate against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad.
Lok Sabha polls: 185 in race for Telangana seat, EC turns to special EVMs Sreenivas Janyala, Indian Express
An urgent order has gone out from the Election Commission for supply of 26,820 ballot units, 2,240 control units and 2,600 VVPATs of third-generation (M3) EVMs make, to the Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana. The emergency is on account of Nizamabad, from where Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s daughter and sitting MP K Kavitha is recontesting.
Naidu’s TDP govt in AP has neglected voter priorities, performed poorly: ADR report NewsMinute
The Telugu Desam Party government (TDP) of in Andhra Pradesh has neglected voter priorities and performed "poorly and underwhelmingly" on everything, including employment, drinking water and farm infrastructure, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an election watchdog.
After Nishad Party quits alliance, SP fields new candidate in Gorakhpur Business Standard
A day after the Nishad Party quit the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party Saturday named its own candidate for the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, dropping sitting MP Pravin Nishad.
  International News
WADA bans Russia from all major sporting events for four years over doping Freepressjournal
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctioned a four-year ban to Russia from all major sporting events held under the global agency. The decision comes from the executive committee at Switzerland on Monday.
North Korea says it carried out 'very important test' Mint
North Korea said Sunday it had carried out a "very important test" at its space launch centre, as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks. The announcement of Saturday's test at the Sohae satellite launch site came just hours after US President Donald Trump said he'd be "surprised" by any hostile action from the North.
Shooter killed, at least 11 hurt at Pensacola Navy base Times of India
Authorities say an active shooter is dead after opening fire on multiple people Friday at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, and at least 11 people were hospitalized. Escambia Sheriff's spokeswoman Amber Southard told The Associated Press that the shooter is dead.
Suspect among 3 dead as London terror attack hits UK election campaign Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times
Two people and a former prisoner convicted of terror offence died when he went on a stabbing spree before being killed on Friday afternoon, reviving memories of the June 2017 terror attack on London Bridge, and pausing the December 12 election campaign.
Hong Kong would be 'obliterated in 14 minutes' if not for me: Donald Trump Mint
US President Donald Trump said Friday he had saved Hong Kong from being destroyed by persuading Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold off on sending in troops to crush its pro-democracy movement. "If it weren't for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes," Trump said in a scattershot early morning interview with Fox News.
‘Sharp increase’ in Pakistan’s efforts to illegally get N-tech: Berlin Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times
The German government believes there has been a “sharp increase” in Pakistan’s activities in recent years to illegally procure technology used in nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons, according to official documents.
Student gunman kills 2, wounds 3 at California high school before shooting self Hindu
A California high school student on his 16th birthday opened fire on campus on Thursday, killing a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and wounding three other teens before shooting himself in the head, officials said.
Donald Trump has admitted to bribery, says Nancy Pelosi as impeachment probe intensifies Hindustan Times
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday President Donald Trump already has admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offence under the U.S. Constitution.
Pakistan plans to amend Army Act to allow Jadhav appeal against conviction in civilian court: Report Pioneer
Pakistan is planning to allow death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to file an appeal against his conviction in a civilian court by amending its laws, according to a media report. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017. India has maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.
China, India, Russia doing 'absolutely nothing' to clean up their smokestacks, plants: Trump Pioneer
US President Donald Trump has said countries like China, India and Russia are doing "absolutely nothing" to clean up their smokestacks and  industrial plants and the garbage that they drop in sea floats into Los Angeles. Terming climate change as a "very complex issue", Trump said he considers himself to be, “in many ways, an environmentalist, believe it or not".
Iran producing 5.5 kgs of low-enriched uranium daily, says its atomic energy chief Hindustan Times
The head of Iran’s nuclear program said on Monday that the country is now producing more low-enriched uranium daily, after restarting an underground lab. Ali Akbar Salehi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran made the comments as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also called on hard-liners to support the country’s troubled nuclear deal, saying it could open up international arms sales for the Islamic Republic next year.

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