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New Zealand set Sri Lanka tough 267 to win first Test

By   /  August 17, 2019  /  Sports  /  Comments Off on New Zealand set Sri Lanka tough 267 to win first Test

Galle (Sri Lanka), Aug. 17 (PTI/AFP): New Zealand were bowled out for 285 in their second innings on Saturday, setting Sri Lanka a tough target of 267 runs to win the first Test at Galle. No team have successfully chased more than 99 runs at Galle, giving the visitors hope they can be victorious at […]

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Deepa Malik joins Bajrang for Khel Ratna, cricketer Jadeja among 19 for Arjuna

By   /  August 17, 2019  /  Sports  /  Comments Off on Deepa Malik joins Bajrang for Khel Ratna, cricketer Jadeja among 19 for Arjuna

New Delhi, Aug. 17 (PTI): Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was on Saturday nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — along with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia. The name of 48-year-old Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 category in the […]

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Major General dismissed by Army in sexual harassment case

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Nation, Top News  /  Comments Off on Major General dismissed by Army in sexual harassment case

New Delhi, Aug. 16 (PTI): A serving Major General of the Indian Army was on Friday dismissed in a case of sexually harassing a woman officer when he was serving in Nagaland in 2016, military sources said on Friday. The punishment awarded to Major General RS Jaswal by a general court martial (GCM) in December […]

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UNSC meets behind closed doors to discuss India’s move in J&K

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Nation, Top News  /  Comments Off on UNSC meets behind closed doors to discuss India’s move in J&K

United Nations, Aug. 16 (PTI): The UN Security Council on Friday began a rare closed-door meeting to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, backed by its all-weather ally, China, requested “closed consultations” on the issue. The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the […]

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N Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’ — South Korea

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on N Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’ — South Korea

Seoul, Aug. 16 (PTI/AFP): North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and the US. North Korean […]

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Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation

Bangkok, Aug. 16 (PTI/AP): Myanmar and Bangladesh will soon make a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, officials from the two countries and the United Nations said Friday. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay, speaking in his country’s capital, Naypyitaw, said the […]

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Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Hong Kong, Aug. 16 (PTI/AFP): Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland […]

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Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills five

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills five

Karachi, Aug. 16 (PTI): A powerful bomb ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing at least five persons and injuring 15 others, police said. The blast occurred at a mosque in Quetta’s Kuchlak area on Friday, The Express Tribune reported. Officials believe the blast was carried out with an improvised […]

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Israel to let in barred US lawmaker for ‘humanitarian’ visit

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Israel to let in barred US lawmaker for ‘humanitarian’ visit

Jerusalem, Aug. 16 (PTI/AFP): Israel is to allow a visit by barred US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib who is of Palestinian origin on “humanitarian” grounds, the interior ministry announced Friday. It said Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided to allow Tlaib to make a “humanitarian visit to her grandmother” in the Israeli-occupied West Bank after the lawmaker […]

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Sinking city: Indonesia’s capital on brink of disaster

By   /  August 16, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Sinking city: Indonesia’s capital on brink of disaster

Jakarta, Aug. 16 (PTI/AFP): Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue. Decades of uncontrolled and excessive depletion of groundwater reserves, rising sea-levels, and increasingly volatile weather patterns mean swathes of it have […]

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