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Four militants killed in Kupwara
The Army on Tuesday claimed to have killed four militants, believed to be fresh infiltrators, in Halmathpora village of Kupwara district. The Army and police have not divulged further details about the militants killed so far in the operation which is underway in the area in north Kashmir. Four militants were killed after the group was surrounded by Army combat teams, Army said. J&K DGP S P Vaid said only three militants were killed in the encounter.
Donald Trump Praises US Military Sales To Saudi, Fetes Crown Prince
Not so with Trump, who has taken a hardline view against Iran similar to that of the Saudi crown prince who has compared Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler. Trump and Prince Mohammed discussed an agreement last year for $200 billion worth of Saudi investments with the United States, including large purchases of US military equipment. Trump said the military sales contributed to the creation of 40,000 American jobs.
'Main conspirator' of Kathua rape-murder surrenders
A retired revenue official who is suspected to be the main conspirator behind the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl in Jammu's Kathua district surrendered before the state Crime Branch on Tuesday. With the nabbing of Vishal and Sanji Ram, the number of arrests in the matter has risen to eight. Crime Branch officials believe that Sanji Ram was the main conspirator behind the crime.
CRPF to exclusively get 100 bulletproof vehicles
Officials said that 100 bulletproof vehicles out of 141 are being exclusively purchased for CRPF, which will allow the force to conduct law and order duties and carry out special operations without the fear of being attacked on the highways. The government has already allocated Rs 100 crore for the MBPVs, which, officials said, will be pushed into service very soon. The first batch of 20 bulletproof vehicles is likely to arrive in next two months.
Naidu accuses BJP of weakening Andhra
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not only doing injustice to the state but is also weakening it by constantly hitting out at him. While addressing the TDP's coordination committee meeting, Naidu said: Attacking me means weakening the state. We allied with the BJP thinking justice would be done to the state. We waited for four years patiently, never hurried, and gave BJP an ample amount of time.
Not more than Rs 50 for filing RTI pleas: SC to HCs
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked High Courts and other public authorities not to charge more than Rs 50 as fee from people seeking information under the Right to Information Act. It asked the High Court not to compel RTI applicants to disclose reasons for seeking the information. The order comes on a batch of petitions filed in 2011, challenging RTI rules of High Courts and authorities like the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly.
39 Indians killed in Iraq: 'Insensitive', Swaraj must apologise, says Congress
The opposition parties Tuesday slammed the NDA government for making an announcement on the deaths of 39 Indians in Mosul in Parliament before intimating their families, calling it insensitive and unpardonable. The Congress demanded that Swaraj should meet each family and publicly apologise to them, while AAP leader and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu called for her resignation. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also accused the government of giving false hopes and said the performance of the government in dealing with this crisis has been disappointing.
'Doklam under complete surveillance, Chinese activity hasn't crossed Red Lines'
Doklam plateau, the site of a 73-day-long face-off between Indian and Chinese armies last year, is being kept fully under surveillance by India. Official sources said that China had not undertaken any fresh road construction in the area in the past month, and its activity had not crossed any Indian Red Lines. We are keeping the full area under surveillance through visual and technical means, official sources told The Indian Express.
Cambridge Analytica CEO claims influence on U.S. election, Facebook faces questions
Cambridge Analytica said on Tuesday its board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix, shortly before the second part of British broadcaster Channel 4's expose of the firm's methods. US Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called on Tuesday for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in Congress. A Congressional official said House Intelligence Committee Democrats plan to interview Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie. Facebook said Kogan then violated its policies by passing the data to Cambridge Analytica.
New US bill may spell doom for Indian call centre employees: Here's how
Some have also taken advantage of the trend and found ways to access data of U S customers and defraud them. In 2016, computer-savvy criminals posing as Internal Revenue Service officers at call centres in India bilked unsuspecting Americans out of millions. Impact of the Bill on Indian call centres The India market rapidly diversified into many non-voice back-office activities such as IT development, shared service and transaction processing activities.
US move may lead to global trade war, says WTO chief Roberto Azevedo
World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo has warned of a potential global trade war as other nations could retaliate against recent decisions by the US to unilaterally raise tariffs and repeatedly target the multilateral rules-based trade regime. This has a very real possibility for escalation because of the possibility of responses from other partners with trade restrictive measures, Azevedo said.
House panel: Scrap bridge course for Ayush practitioners from NMC Bill
A Parliamentary panel has recommended that the provision of a bridge course for Ayush practitioners to practice allopathy be dropped from the National Medical Commission Bill. The panel also said that instead of a separate licentiate examination for doctors, as proposed in the bill, the final MBBS examination should be the designated exit exam. The National Medical Commission Bill provides for the constitution of a commission by that name to replace the elected Medical Council of India.
LIC bails out Rs 42-billion Hindustan Aeronautics IPO
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has saved the day for the Rs 42-billion initial public offering (IPO) by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL). LIC's Rs 30-billion bid helped HAL reach the minimum 10 per cent dilution threshold required for listing, sources said. The government will raise around Rs 40 billion from the IPO if the issue is priced at the lower end of the Rs 1,215-1,240 band. Last week, the Rs 9.6-billion IPO of state-run Bharat Dynamics, too, faced a lukewarm response.
Members reaffirm support to WTO at informal ministerial
An informal ministerial of the World Trade Organization (WTO), organised by India, almost unanimously reaffirmed commitment to preserving a rule-based, multilateral trading system that the WTO represents. The move comes barely three months after the Buenos Aires ministerial collapsed over issues such as the role of the WTO as a multilateral trading body. Speaking at the two-day informal ministerial on Tuesday, commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu stressed that India has been a votary of multilateral trading system.
PM of all Indians, will look into issues: Narendra Modi to Catholic Church
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Catholic Church leaders that he is the Prime Minister of all Indians and will look into issues raised by them, after they drew his attention to the growing anxiety in certain sections of the community over sporadic attacks against them, a Church body said.
Air India didn't take loan for VVIP planes: Centre
National flag carrier airline Air India sought a loan of USD 180 million from Bank of Baroda for modification of two aircraft for VVIPs, but did not take it, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Tuesday. The two planes will be used to ferry the President, Vice President, and Prime Minister of the country and their cost is now being estimated USD 132 million, Sinha said in a written reply.
Modi govt amends labour rules to encourage contract jobs
The Narendra Modi government has modified labour rules to encourage fixed tenure or contract jobs across all industries, signalling a shift in its employment generation strategy from job security to job creation. The move is aimed at giving companies more flexibility in hiring employees and is expected to boost job creation. The new rules allow companies to hire workers on contract for a fixed term, extending the labour contract rules first introduced in 2016 for the textiles and apparel industry.
Karnataka elections: Rahul Gandhi steps up attack on Narendra Modi, BJP
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of promoting corruption, showing a lack of concern for farmers and youth, and favouring selected industrialists and fraudsters. Speaking at a public meeting in Mangaluru, Gandhi said that the BJP had offered money to win recent assembly elections in the North-East and other states. Gandhi's visit comes when the BJP is campaigning heavily in the communally sensitive region to consolidate the Hindu vote.
Will back BJP in Rajya Sabha polls: Om Prakash Rajbhar after meeting Amit Shah
On Monday, Cabinet minister and SBSP president Om Prakash Rajbhar had threatened to boycott the elections if Shah did not meet him, and his party had skipped celebrations of the Adityanath government in Lucknow. Soon after Rajbhar announced his boycott, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna had met him and a meeting with Shah was fixed. After meeting Shah, Rajbhar said that the alliance between SBSP and BJP will continue.

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