Iraq Elects Barham Salih As New President
Kurdish moderate Barham Salih, on Tuesday was elected as the president of Iraq.
Russia, India to Sign Deal on S-400 Air Defence Systems This Week: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of a USD 5 billion deal this week to supply Delhi with S-400 air defence systems, a top Kremlin aide said on Tuesday ahead of Putin’s trip to India.
“The president is leaving for India on October 4,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters, adding that he would oversee the signing of the agreement. “The value of the contract will be more than USD 5 billion.”
Parcels Sent to Pentagon Suspected to Contain Ricin
Two or more packages delivered to the Pentagon this week were suspected to contain the deadly poison ricin, PTI reported.
Defense Department spokesman Chris Sherwood said at least two suspicious packages, addressed to someone in the Pentagon, were intercepted at a nearby screening center on Monday.
“As part of the screening process, (authorities) recognized some suspicious packages,” Sherwood said.
Terrorist Hideout Busted in J&K
A terrorist hideout busted in Kuddhar area in Doda’s Kastigarh by Army on Wednesdaday, ANI reported. Two AK-47 rifles, three magazines among other arms and ammunition were recovered.
Thane Man Held for Trafficking Women from Bangladesh
A 38-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday from Palghar district of Maharashtra on charges of trafficking women for prostitution, PTI reported.
The accused Saidul Iman Ali Sardar Saidul Sardar is a resident of West Bengal.
According to police, Sardar used to traffic girls and women from Bangladesh and supply them for flesh trade in various parts of India. He used to send the money via Hawala.
The accused has been booked under various sections of the IPC as well as Indian Passports Act and Foreign National Act.
Madrasa Teacher Held for Molesting 10-Year-Old
A 52-year-old teacher of a local madrasa was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl student of the seminary, PTI reported.
The incident occurred on Sunday, 30 September when the accused Maulana Abdul Rauf (52) allegedly took the girl to a corner of the Islamic school and touched her inappropriately.
Rauf was arrested after the parents of the girl lodged an FIR in Khajrana police station.
3 Dead, 8 Injured in Explosion in Balochistan
A roadside bomb has hit a security convoy in Awaran district of Balochistan province, killing three members of a provincial paramilitary force and wounding eight, PTI reported.
Ahmed Jan, a senior official said the bomb was remotely detonated. The Baluchistan Levies is a force in charge of maintaining law and order in the tribal areas of the insurgency-plagued province.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hundreds Protest in Kerala Against Sabarimala Verdict
Hundreds of Ayyappa devotees, including women, blocked state and national highways in various parts of Kerala Tuesday protesting the recent Supreme Court verdict, permitting women of all ages to worship at the hill shrine at Sabarimala, PTI reported.
The ‘Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad’ (International Hindu organisation), an outfit launched by Praveen Togadia after being sidelined from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, was among the outfits which launched the protests.
3-Year-Old, Two Others Drown in Mumbai’s Vile Parle
Three persons including a 3-year-old girl drowned in a well at Dikshit road in Mumbai’s Vile Parle on Tuesday.
NIA Raids Srinagar Businessman Over Alleged Terror Funding
The NIA on Tuesday conducted a search at the residence of a Srinagar businessman in connection with a case related to busting of a terror-funding module linked to Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in New Delhi last week, PTI reported..
The raid, which was scheduled last week but postponed due to law and order situation, was carried out at the residence of Ajaz Ahmad Hakak, who deals in medical items, in downtown Srinagar early Tuesday.
Local police and paramilitary personnel accompanied National Investigation Agency officials during the raid.
PM Modi Inaugurates 1st Session of International Solar Alliance
PM Narendra Modi inaugurated 1st assembly session of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Delhi today. He will also inaugurate second renewable energy ministerial meet and 2nd global re-invest 2018 in the presence of UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres.
World Community Should Come Together to Fight Terror: Venkaiah Naidu
The entire world community should come together to fight terrorism, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said today in Pune.
“Violence and terror are the enemies of mankind. With violence one can not achieve one’s objective…some people think bullet is more important than ballot but ballot can change the fate of anybody,” he said.
A bullet can kill a person, but the same bullet can also kill the one who fired it, he said.
He was speaking after inaugurating a newly-built dome complex housing a prayer hall at MIT World Peace University. He also inaugurated ‘World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy’ organised by the varsity.
Amazon Ups Wages for 350K, Says It Will Advocate Better Pay Seattle
Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all US workers to USD 15 per hour starting next month.
The wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions.
Employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns, will get the same pay hike.
Amazon, with more than 575,000 employees globally, took it a step further Tuesday, saying that it would become an advocate for better pay everywhere.
Pak CJ Warns Musharraf to Appear Soon or Return in Disgraceful Manner
Irked by former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s failure to come back to Pakistan and face ongoing cases against him, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday warned that if the “courageous commando” does not appear soon, he may be forced to return in a disgraceful manner.
Chief Justice Nisar made the remarks when Musharraf’s lawyer told the three-judge bench that his client “respects the court” but was unable to return due to his medical condition and reservations over the provision of security, Dawn newspaper reported.
EU Warns Facebook Not to Lose Control of Data Security
The EU’s top data privacy enforcer expressed worry that Facebook had lost control of data security after a vast privacy breach that she said affected five million Europeans.
“It is a question for the management, if they have things under control,” EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova told AFP in Luxembourg.
“The magnitude of the company … makes it very difficult to manage, but they have to do that because they are harvesting the data and they are making incredible money on using our privacy as the commodity,” she added.
Jourova spoke just days after Facebook admitted that up to 50 million user accounts around the world had been breached by hackers, in yet another scandal for the beleaguered social platform.
“I will know more … in hours or days but according to our knowledge, five million Europeans have been affected out of those 50, which is an incredible number,” she said.
Death Toll in Afghan Suicide Bombing Reaches 13
Death toll in suicide bombing on election rally in Nangarhar rises to 13, said Public Health Director Najibullah Kamawal, adding that 30 others wounded, reported TOLO News.
BJP has Solved the Problems of Farmers: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Addressing a press conference in light of the farmers agitation that hit the state today, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said:
“For the first time since independence, farmers came into the agenda of a government which is evident from the work done by BJP govt in the past 4.5 years for farmers. BJP government led by PM Narendra Modi solved all the issues of the farmers.”
Trump Administration to Deny US Visas to Same-Sex Partners of UN Diplomats: reports
The Trump administration on Monday reportedly began denying visas to unmarried same sex partners of UN diplomats.
According to a report by the Independent, the new policy will now insist that the couples be married to obtain a visa, this despite same-sex marriages being illegal in several countries.
1 Killed in Train Derailment in TN
Two separate incidents of train derailment were reported in TN on Tuesday, with one person dying in Ambattur after a weighbridge container fell on him.
The Southern Railway has ordered a multidisciplinary probe into the matter, they said.
According to Southern Railway officials, a goods train “rolled back” at Ambattur, leading to the derailment of a brake van and a wagon before they hit a dead end and a weighbridge container.
“One person sitting beneath the weighbridge died after the weighbridge container fell on him,” they said.
Suicide Attack in Afghan Election Rally Kills 7
At least seven people have been reported dead after a suicide attack struck a parliamentary election rally in Afghanistan’s Kama district. 25 others have been wounded from the explosion, reported TOLO News.
‘PNB to Turn Profitable in FY’19’: MD Sunil Mehta
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) is expected to turn profitable this fiscal and is poised for growth, its Managing Director Sunil Mehta said asserting that the Rs 14,000 crore Nirav Modi scam is a bygone.
Mehta said he hopes that PNB will be back into the black during 2018-19 due to various efforts taken by the bank after the fraud came to light in January this year.
“The bank has demonstrated its capability to absorb such a shock and hopefully it would be back into the black during this financial year itself,” he told PTI in an interview .
Maharashtra BJP MLA Resigns
BJP MLA from Katol Dr Ashish Deshmukh submits his resignation to the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
Indonesia Raises Quake-Tsunami Death Toll to 1,234
Indonesia has raised the death toll from the tsunami triggered after an earthquake hit the island earlier last week to 1,234, reported AFP.
Man Chased, Hacked to Death on Busy Road in AP
A man was hacked to death in Andhra Pradesh’s Macherla town in Guntur district on Monday, in full public view. Visuals of the incident show the victim first trying to run away from a group of men. But he falls down and the group then attacks him with axes and sickles. The CCTV footage from the incident is blurry, and the police too are yet to identify how many attackers were there.
Woman Shot at by Stalker in Delhi, Critical
A woman was allegedly shot at by her stalker in Delhi, who cornered her near a shop while she was on her way back on Monday. The assailant has since been nabbed, reported Times of India. The victim is critical and currently battling for her life.
4 Injured in West Bengal’s Dum Dum Nagar Explosion
4 people were injured in explosion in Dum Dum’s Nager Bazar area at 9.30 am, today. Cause of explosion is yet to be ascertained; Police and fire brigade at the spot.
NIA Raids Ajaz Ahmad Hakak’s Srinagar Residence
NIA is conducting a raid at the residence of Ajaz Ahmad Hakak in Srinagar’s Nowhatta, in connection with terror funding case.
Anna Hazare Postpones Agitation After Talks With Maha Minister
Anna Hazare who was scheduled to go on hunger-strike from today postpones the agitation after talks with Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan. He was to sit on hunger over demand for appointment of Lokpal and welfare measures for farmers.
Farmers Gather at Delhi-UP Border Seeking Loan Waiver
Farmers gather at Delhi-UP border during ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’ The ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’ has been organised by farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union. They are seeking complete loan waiver, lower electricity tariff including other demands.
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