A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes.
The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the USGS said, where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed more than 4,300 people last year.
Indonesia's geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning for coastal communities in Morowali district, but there were not immediate reports of casualties or damage.
But the USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.
A 26-year-old man from Mumbai was killed and six others were injured when their car overturned after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Waldevi bridge in Nashik district early on Friday, police said.
The occupants of the car were proceeding to Shirdi from Mumbai when the accident took place on Mumbai-Nashik highway around 2.45 am, police said.
The deceased is a resident of Lower Parel in Mumbai, police said, adding that the injured, who also hail from Mumbai, were admitted to Nashik civil hospital for treatment. Investigation into the case is on, police said.
Jet Airways, facing its worst existential crisis in its over 25-year-old history, on Friday extended suspension of its international operations till next Monday due to severe liquidity issues.
Incidentally, the stake sale bid invited by the SBI- led consortium of bankers, which manages the day-to-operations of the airline, also closes by the end of the day Friday, after being extended by two days.
Airline founder Naresh Goyal, the UAE carrier Etihad Airways, Air Canada and the country's national investment fund among others are reported to have submitted bids, according to media reports.
A batch of 839 devotees left for Pakistan on Friday to visit various Sikh shrines there on the occasion of Baisakhi.
The group, under the aegis of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), includes both men and women. The visit comes amidst rising tensions between the two countries in the past nearly two months.
The batch was given a send-off at the SGPC office at the Golden Temple complex here on Friday. They later boarded a train from Attari railway station, 30 km from here, to go to Pakistan.
Three pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured when two tractor-trolleys dashed against each other on the Balrampur-Tulsipur road here Friday, police said.
The pilgrims were on their way to pay obeisance at Tulsipur Devi Patan temple when the accident took place due to overtaking by the tractors, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Arvind Misra said.
In the accident, Gangajali (65), Ram Ujari (60) and Urehi (62) died on the spot, he said.
The injured were admitted to the district hospital where seven of them are stated to be in serious condition, the ASP added.
The popular multiplayer internet game PUBG has been banned in Nepal following a court order which said that it was having a negative effect on the behaviour of children and youth, according to a media report.
The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) on Thursday directed all the internet and mobile service providers to ban PlayerUnknown's Battleground, commonly known PUBG, the Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday.
Upset over remarks by Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Cabinet Minister Anil Sharma on Friday tendered his resignation from the cabinet.
Maoists have triggered a blast in an under-construction building of the forest department in West Singhbhum district, damaging a portion of the structure, the police said on Friday.
The Maoists stormed into Goelkera village on Thursday night and detonated explosives to blow up a portion of the building, Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Jha said.
"No loss of human life has been reported," the SP said. The building was being constructed to serve as residential quarters for forest guards.
A journalist working with a vernacular daily was injured in an attack by unidentified persons in Satara district of Maharashtra, a senior police official said on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday night when the journalist, identified as Murad Patel,was returning home in Khandala taluka of Satara district, around 250km from here, the official said.
A bomb blast ripped through a vegetable market in Pakistan's restive Quetta city early Friday, killing at least 16 people including the members of the minority Hazara community and injuring 30 others.
The blast at around 7:35 am was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) that had been hidden among the vegetables in the market, police said.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal strongly condemned the attack and assured that the elements involved in the attack would be strictly dealt with.
"People who have an extremist mindset are a menace to society," Kamal said, adding: "We must foil the conspiracy to disrupt peace."
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the toll and told Dawn News that seven victims belonged to the community, which has been targeted by sectarian violence as they are easily identifiable due to their distinctive physical appearance.
The police said that the toll might increase as many of the injured were in critical condition.
A bomb blast ripped through a vegetable market in Pakistan's Quetta city early Friday, killing at least 16 people and injuring several others, media reports said.
At least seven of those killed in the bomb blast at Hazarganji area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, belonged to the Hazara community. The security forces fear the death toll may rise, GEO News reported.
Buildings located nearby were also damaged in the blast, police said.
At least 16 people were killed and several injured in the blast, rescue and hospital sources said.
At least 10 policemen sustained serious injuries after the vehicle in which they were travelling to Srinagar from Dangiwacha met with an accident in Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. The injured have been shifted to district hospital.
Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 100 points on Friday ahead of the release of key macroeconomic data and quarterly results of IT bellwethers TCS and Infosys.
The 30-share index was trading 106.69 points or 0.28 per cent higher at 38,713.70. The gauge had ended 21.66 points, or 0.06 per cent, higher at 38,607.01 in its previous session.
The NSE Nifty was trading 21.75 points, or 0.19 per cent, up at 11,618.45 in early session.
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday directed civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, which has been operating with less than 10 planes.
"Directed Secretary MoCA to review issues related to Jet Airways. Asked him to take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety," Prabhu tweeted in the morning.
According to industry sources, Jet Airways will operate only nine planes -- two Boeing 737s and seven regional Jet ATRs -- on Friday.
A collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said.
Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested Thursday in London on a US extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadoran embassy there
Pakistan violated ceasefire in Sawjian sector of Poonch district at about 0830 hours on Friday by resorting to shelling with mortars & firing of small arms along LoC. Indian Army is retaliating.