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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Mahatma’s ‘Ba’: Ordinary Kasturba Made An Extraordinary Gandhi, Says Granddaughter

New Delhi(PTI): Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee has hailed the contribution of her grandmother Kasturba Gandhi in the making of the Father of the Nation, saying she remained anchored as an ordinary person but propelled Mahatma Gandhi to a "super human" stature. Kasturba, fondly called 'Ba', was also Gandhi's fellow crusader in the struggle for freedom, and in many ways became a...

India Repatriates 14 Pak Nationals, Pak Issues Visas To Over 2,600 Sikhs

New Delhi and Attari(PTI): India today repatriated to Pakistan nine fishermen and four civilian prisoners along with a child, the external affairs ministry said. On its part, Pakistan issued visas to over 2,600 Sikh pilgrims to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev from today till November 11, a Pakistan High Commission release said here. All the prisoners crossed...

China Blocks Moves To List Massod Azhar As Global Terrorist: Official

Beijing(PTI): China today blocked another bid by the US, France and the UK to list Pakistan-based JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying it has rejected the move as "there is no consensus". A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a...

US Shares Names Of 20 Terror Groups With Pakistan: Report

Islamabad(PTI): The US has shared with Pakistan a list 20 terrorist groups like the LeT, JeM and HUM that Washington believes are operating from its soil to target India and Afghanistan, a media report said today. Top on the list is the Haqqani network which, the US says has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in northwestern Pakistan...

Mein Sharif Hoon: Pakistan’s Ousted PM Sharif Returns Home From UK To Face Trial

Islamabad(PTI): Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today returned home from London to face trial before an anti-graft court tomorrow in the corruption cases spiralling from the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif, 67, had to step down as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28...

UK Defence Secretary Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges

London(PTI): Britain's Defence Minister Michael Fallon resigned today over allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May to cope with a forced Cabinet reshuffle. Fallon, 65, stepped down as UK defence secretary saying his conduct may have fallen below the high standards expected amid revelations that he had made unwanted advances towards a journalist years ago. "A number of...

New York Attack: Trump Orders ‘Extreme Vetting’ Of Foreign Travelers

Washington(PTI): President Donald Trump said today he had ordered more robust "extreme vetting" of travellers coming into the US in the aftermath of the first deadly terror attack in New York since the September 11, 2001 carnage in the city. At least eight people were killed and 11 others injured in Lower Manhattan today after a gunman in a truck...

8 killed By New York Motorist In ‘Cowardly Act Of Terror’

New York(AP): A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Centre memorial today, killing at least eight people and injuring several others in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror." The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out...

When Leonardo da Vinci Visited A Morgue To Perfect Mona Lisa Smile!

New Delhi(PTI): While perfecting Mona Lisa's smile, Leonardo da Vinci spent his nights in the depths of a hospital's morgue, peeling the skin off cadavers and studying the muscles and nerves underneath, says a new book. Da Vinci became fascinated about how a smile begins to form, and he analysed every possible movement of each part of the face to...

Trump Promises To Release All John F. Kennedy Files To End ‘Conspiracy Theories’

Washington(PTI): US President Donald Trump today said he will release all files associated with the assassination of former president John F Kennedy to end all "conspiracy theories". Trump said this in a tweet a day after the National Archives, at his direction, released more than 2,800 secret files related to the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963. At the same...

Pak Court Issues Bailable Arrest Warrant Against Sharif

Islamabad(PTI): Pakistan's anti-corruption court today issued a bailable arrest warrant against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak. The accountability court issued the arrest warrant against Sharif after he failed to appear in the court in two graft cases the Flagship Investment case and the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal...

Xi Secures 2nd Term As Head Of China’s Ruling Communist Party

Beijing(PTI): Xi Jinping today secured a second five-year term as the head of the ruling Communist Party as it unveiled its new leadership with the Chinese president attaining iconic status enjoyed by modern China's founder Chairman Mao Zedong. Xi, 64, was elected in a closed-door vote to head the Politburo Standing Committee while Prime Minister Li Keqiang retained his...

Trump To Promote Free And Open Indo-Pacific Region During Asia Trip: White House

Washington(PTI): President Donald Trump would reaffirm the American leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region during his maiden trip to Asia next month, the White House has said. Ten months into the world's most powerful executive office, the US president would embark on a two-week-long trip to Asia. "The president's travel is going to underscore his commitment to longstanding...

Shinzo Abe Eyes Fresh Term As Japan Votes Under N. Korea Threats

Tokyo(AFP): Millions of Japanese braved typhoon conditions today for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world's third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea. If pre-election surveys prove correct, Abe's conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority to win a fresh term at the helm of the...