The bus service between Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and Rawalakot in Pakistani-administered Kashmir resumed on Monday after being suspended for a week.
Officials at the Chakan Da Bagh trade and travel facilitating centre in Poonch district said the cross-LoC (Line of Control) bus service was suspended last week because of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army.
The Supreme Court has banned all mining activities along the Kaziranga National Park and catchment area of rivers originating in Karbi Anglong Hills in Assam.
A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta issued a notice to the Assam government and sought its reply within three weeks.
"We order that all kinds of mining and related activities along the aforesaid Kaziranga National Park area and in the entire catchment area of rivers/streams and rivulets originating in Karbi Anglong Hill ranges and flowing into the Kaziranga National Park, including Tiger Reserve are restrained.
A 26-year-old man who was on the run for five years after allegedly killing his neighbour over parking in Delhi's Uttam Nagar area has been arrested, police said Monday.
Laloo Yadav of Bihar's Begusarai, a vendor, was absconding since 2014 in a case of murder, they said.
With the help of his friend Anil, Laloo killed one of his neighbours, Arvind, over altercation regarding parking of his vending cart after which a case was registered at Uttam Nagar police station, G Ramgopal Naik, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) said.
Anil was arrested after the incident, while Laloo managed to flee, he said
At least five persons were killed and 36 others injured in Karachi after strong winds and dust storm hit Pakistan's biggest city, officials said Monday.
The blustery winds have uprooted electricity poles and trees in different parts of the city, causing traffic blockages.
Rescue officials and police confirmed the death of five persons and injuries to dozens in different parts of Karachi as the Met office forecast rains and more dust storms and gutsy winds for the next 48 hours.
A six-year-old child fell into an open drain on Monday afternoon following which a search operation was launched to rescue him, police said.
The incident took place when a couple of children were crossing over the drain near Salarpur village and one of them accidentally fell into it, a police official said.
"An alert call was received at the local police station around 4 pm and rescue efforts launched soon, but the child has not been tracked yet," Circle Officer, Noida 3rd, Vimal Kumar Singh said.
Another official involved in the operation said the drain is not very deep, but considering the height of the child it is risky. "The sludge and other pollutants in the drain are impacting the search operation," the official told
The Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition seeking various civil rights, such as same-sex marriage, adoption and surrogacy for the LGBTQ community.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred to the five-judge Constitution bench verdict of September 6 last year by which consensual gay sex was decriminalised and said that it was not inclined to entertain the review plea seeking other reliefs.
"We are not inclined to entertain this petition after the decision of this Court in Navtej Singh Johar v Union of India decided on September 6, 2018," said the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Pakistan's independent human rights watchdog Monday raised concerns about incidents of forced conversions and marriages of Hindu and Christian girls, saying around 1,000 such cases were reported just in the southern Sindh province alone last year.
In its annual report, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said the government has done little in the past to stop such forced marriages and asked the lawmakers to pass effective legislation to end the practice.
"Around one thousand cases of Hindu and Christian girls were estimated in the province of Sindh alone in 2018. The cities where such cases occurred frequently included Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Karachi, Tando Allahyar, Kashmore and Ghotki," said the 335-page report titled 'State of Human Rights in 2018'
At least 147 people have been killed and 614 wounded in the offensive launched on April 4 by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar to take the capital Tripoli, the World Health Organisation said Monday.
The clashes have displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the latest figures from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Fighting broke out as Haftar's forces sought to take control of Tripoli from loyalists of the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) which is based in the capital.
The rising number of casualties has prompted the World Health Organization to deploy surgical teams "to support Tripoli-area hospitals as they cope with the influx of trauma cases", the UN agency wrote on Twitter.
A young tribal boy killed three people including a woman and injured another in northern Tripura after a brief altercation late on Sunday night, police said on Monday.
"After some quarrel, a minor tribal boy killed three tribals with an axe at Paiseram Karbari Para village under Manikpur police station late on Sunday night," Dhalai district police chief Sudipta Das told reporters.
He said that the accused, now in police custody, might be a juvenile and that's why they are not disclosing his details.
The victims are Henabati Tripura, 45, Kenachan Chakma, 68, Subal Kanti Chakma, 45 while Priyalal Chakma was injured and admitted to a hospital.
A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking quashing of a provision which mandates deduction of tax on the interest accrued upon the award or compensation granted by Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) to the accident victims.
The plea was filed by advocate Amit Sahni, who has sought quashing of Section 194A(3)(ix) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (as amended up-to-date), which mandates to deduct tax upon the interest accrued upon the award and compensation granted by the MACT.
He has sought to declare the provision as unconstitutional as, according to him, it is in the direct conflict with the object and spirit of the Social Welfare Legislation, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
Is it time for Manipur to establish a Truth Commission to look into its infamous extrajudicial killings and other serious human rights violations? A group of human rights activists and academics who met at Manipur University here last week said 'yes, also proposing other solutions.
The stakeholders, who met during a day-long consultation on Application of Transitional Justice Framework for the Families of Victims of Extrajudicial Execution in Manipur here, discussed the pressing needs of families affected by these killings over the past
few decades, a statement by the organisers said.
The event was organised by Manipur University, Human Rights Alert, Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and O.P. Jindal Global University.
BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad made it clear that wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will only get a chance in the World Cup when M S Dhoni gets injured.
1 CRPF personnel lost his life, 3 naxals killed in encounter between CRPF and naxals in Giridih, Jharkhand, today.
Search operation is still underway.
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear after two weeks the fresh plea alleging that CBI tried to "shield the real perpetrators" in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case by not conducting proper probe on "crucial leads" which are available on record.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said an advance notice has been circulated in the matter by the other side seeking deferment of the hearing on the plea.
The fresh interim plea has been filed in a pending PIL of Nivedita Jha in which the apex court had directed CBI to probe the shelter home sexual assault cases.
The probe into the case was transferred to CBI and the agency has chargesheeted 21 people, including prime accused Brajesh Thakur.
Miscreants torched the motorcycle of a BJP functionary in nearby Pollachi early Monday, sparking off tension, police said.
The BJP area secretary Shivakumar had parked the two-wheeler in front of his house late Sunday night after campaigning for the April 18 Lok Sabha election, the police said.
He has lodged a complaint with the police who are on the lookout for the miscreants.
State-run Air India is set to resume its flight services to Madrid from New Delhi from April 18, the airline said Monday.
The airline had temporarily suspended services to Madrid along with Birmingham from New Delhi last month following the closure of the Pakistani airspace for all West-bound flights to and from India.
The national carrier operates three times-a-week flight services to the Spanish capital from New Delhi.
"Air India is set to resume its thrice-a-week service on the Delhi-Madrid-Delhi sector from April 18, after a brief interlude to cater to the consistent heavy demand from passengers both in Spain and India," the airline said in a statement.
A Haryana court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for raping a minor girl, a Haryana Police spokesman said on Monday.
The case was decided by the court in Haryana’s Hisar town in just over five months of the incident .
The accused, Bijender, a resident of Mirchpur village in Hisar district, was sentenced by the court after the Haryana Police completed its investigation and submitted its report within five days, the spokesman said.
A fire tore through a pharmaceutical company in China's Shandong province, killing at least 10 persons and injuring 12 others, the fourth major industrial accident in the country since last month.
The incident took place in the pharmaceutical company in Jinan city, state-run China Daily reported.
Ten persons were killed and 12 injured in the incident, the report said.
This is the fourth industrial explosion in China since last month.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Abdullahs and Muftis of trying to break the country, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Monday retorted back, saying if his family wanted to break India, "there would have been no India".
Addressing a poll rally in Kathua district on Sunday, the prime minister had slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying the two families "ruined" three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to "divide" India.
The NC leader said it was Modi who was trying to break the country, but he will not succeed.
"Our party fights for the rights of all the people – be it Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians or Buddhists – and we will continue to fight. Even if Modi tries his best, he will not be able to break India. I want to tell him from here today that you will break, but India will not. You accuse the Abdullahs of trying to break India, if we wanted to break India, there would have been no India then," he said.
Addressing a workers' rally near the city centre here, the former chief minister said Modi should remember that it was him (Abdullah) who held the country's flag when no one wanted to fight elections in the state in 1996.
China on Monday hailed its all-weather ally Pakistan for announcing new guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting proscribed individuals and entities operating in the country and urged the international community to back Islamabad's "great efforts" in combatting terrorism. Amid intense global pressure to rein in terror outfits, Pakistan on Friday launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting UN-proscribed individuals and entities in the country.
The guidelines were prepared by the National Committee for overseeing implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities designated by the UN Security Council 1267 Al Qaida/Da'esh Sanctions regime and Security Council 1988 (Taliban Sanctions regime).
Sudanese protest organisers Monday called on their supporters to mobilise outside the army headquarters, saying there was an attempt to "disperse the sit-in" where thousands have camped out for 10 days.
The Sudanese Professionals Association did not say who was attempting to break up the crowd, but witnesses said several army vehicles had surrounded the area.
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday pleading that Muslim women be allowed to enter and offer namaz inside mosques.
Moving the plea, a Muslim couple asked the apex court to declare the prohibition on entry of women inside mosques in the country as "illegal and unconstitutional" as it violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
Pointing out that there was no mention of any gender segregation in either Quran or Hadith, the couple's counsel Ashutosh Dubey said: "....such practices are not only repugnant to the basic dignity of a woman as an individual, but also violative of their fundamental rights..."
The petition has arraigned the Union government, the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Central Wakf Council, the Maharashtra State Board of Wakfs and All India Muslim Personal Law Board as parties to the case.
The IMF's bailout package to cash-strapped Pakistan could be delayed as the global lender is pressing it to be transparent on the CPEC project and wants a written guarantee from Islamabad that its assistance will not be used to repay the loans to China, a media report said on Monday.
Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country's economy.
With the generous Chinese assistance, Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries during the current fiscal year.
Wholesale price inflation rose to a 3-month high of 3.18 per cent in March on costlier food and fuel, government data released on Monday showed.
The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.93 per cent and 2.76 per cent in February and January this year, respectively, and 3.46 per cent in December 2018. It was 2.74 per cent in March last year.
Inflation in the 'food articles' basket hardened to 5.68 per cent during March 2019 as against 4.28 per cent in February, as prices of vegetables skyrocketed.
Vegetable inflation was at 28.13 per cent in March, up from 6.82 per cent in the previous month. However, inflation in potato cooled substantially to 1.30 per cent, from 23.40 per cent in February.
Pulses and wheat witnessed some cooling in inflation at 10.63 per cent and 10.13 per cent, respectively. Also protein rich items such as 'egg, meat and fish' saw inflation fall to 5.86 per cent during March.
The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission to respond immediately to hate speeches after the poll panel said it was "toothless" and "powerless" when the model code of conduct was violated.
In a sharp jibe at the Election Commission counsel, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: "This is something you are duty bound to do. You have to be prompt, you have to act immediately. You can't drag it."
The court agreed to examine the statements made by BSP chief Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others.
Meteorological department predicts well distributed monsoon, this year
Mobile internet services in curfew-bound Kishtwar township of Jammu and Kashmir was restored on Monday after remaining suspended for the past six days following improvement in the overall law and order situation, a senior government official said.
The curfew, which was promulgated in the town and adjoining areas Tuesday last week following the killing of senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard by militants inside a health centre, was also relaxed for three hours from mid-day, the official said.
"The situation is fast limping back to normalcy...the mobile internet services were restored, while the curfew was relaxed from 12.00 pm to 3 pm for the first time in the entire town," district development commissioner, Kishtwar, A S Rana told PTI.
Veteran Dinesh Karthik pipped young turk Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper's slot in India's 15-strong squad announced Monday for the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in England.
The 33-year-old Karthik got the nod ahead of the 21-year-old Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
"The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches," Prasad said while announcing the squad here.
Indian team for World Cup: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Kartik, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami
A thunderstorm on Monday killed three women in Manipur and injured over 40 people, including 30 students, government sources said.
Two women were crushed to death after a house collapsed in New Saiton area of Churachandpur district while another woman, who ran a tea shop in the Wari area in Kakching district, was killed when a banyan tree fell on her.
A 50-year-old man was apprehended at a Delhi Metro station in Ghaziabad on Monday for allegedly carrying a pistol and live bullet rounds in his bag, officials said.
CISF personnel apprehended Raj Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, at the Arthala metro station around 11:30 am after the baggage scanner detected a country-made pistol and three bullets in his bag, they said.
The station is on the red line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and is located in Ghaziabad in the national capital region.
The man was handed over to the local police by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel for further investigation, officials said.
Carrying arms and ammunition in the Delhi Metro is banned by the law.
At least seven persons, including a woman, were killed in two separate rain-related incidents in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday, police said.
In the Chitral District, at least three persons, including a woman, were killed due to landslide.
The incident occurred in Danin village when huge boulders and debris came down from a hillock and fell on their house killing all of them, police said.
A 70-year-old man allegedly attempted suicide on Monday by jumping in front of a metro train in Dwarka, police said. The incident took place at around 10.50 am at Dwarka Sector 9, they said, adding Metro services were briefly delayed.
He was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Mohammed Ali, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) said. The man identified as Surrender, a retired Section Officer, suffered internal injuries and is unconscious, he said.
Former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy Monday termed as 'unreasonable' opposition parties' demand to verify at least 50 per cent of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
He reiterated that EVMs are credible even without VVPAT.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was Monday blacked for traffic after a landslide in Ramban district, officials said.
There was a landslide at Digdol area in Ramban resulting in blocking of the highway, they said.
Men and machines are working to clear the landslide to reopen highway for traffic, they said.
A trainee sub-inspector was found hanging from the ceiling of his room at the police barracks in Gumla, Jharkhand, the police said on Monday.
The matter came to light when colleagues of the trainee sub-inspector identified as Anil Singh Munda reached the barracks on Sunday evening and found the door of his room locked from inside.
The body of a teenager son of a Bihar journalist was recovered from Nalanda district on Monday, police said.
Senior journalist Ashutosh Kumar Arya's son, Chunnu Kumar, 15, was found floating in a pond near Hasanpur village. There were deep injury marks found near his eyes, Nalanda Superintendent of Police Nilesh Kumar said.
Arya works for a well-known Hindi daily in Biharsharif. Preliminary investigation suggests the boy was murdered, Kumar said. Nalanda is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
A fire broke out in Gandhi market of Tezu of Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday. A team of 25 battalion Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot. Fire was doused in around 3 hours by ITBP & Police. No loss of life reported,2 injured. 7 houses & 12 shops gutted in the fire.
At least 107 people have been hospitalised after consuming food at a social gathering in Maharashtra's Akola district, police said on Monday. The incident took place in Bhimtekdi in Hingani in the district on Sunday, during an event to mark the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, an official said.
"People complained of dizziness and several of them vomited, following which they had to be rushed to hospital. At least 107 people were admitted," he said. Several of them are stable and many have been discharged, he added.
Dahihanda police have begun a probe and food samples from the gathering have been sent to laboratories for analysis, the official said.
Pakistan violated ceasefire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Monday at about 8.15 AM by resorting to unprovoked shelling with mortars & firing of small arms. Indian Army is retaliating.
Domestic equity benchmarks started on a positive note on Monday led by gains in IT bellwether TCS, amid sustained foreign fund inflow and positive global cues.
After rising over 100 points in early session, the 30-share index was trading 67.91 points or 0.18 per cent higher at 38,835.02. The NSE Nifty was trading 21.20 points, or 0.18 per cent, up at 11,664.65 in early session.
During the past week, the Sensex fell 95.12 points or 0.24 per cent, while the Nifty shed 22.5 points or 0.19 per cent.
Bodies of 3 Naxals along with 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 magazines & 4 pipe bombs recovered after 7 battalion of CRPF carried out special operations in forest area in Belbha Ghat of Giridih on Monday wherein an encounter broke out with Naxals. One CRPF personnel lost his life.
Asian markets chalked up healthy gains Monday as investors cheered a strong start to the US earnings season, while Donald Trump's treasury chief indicated trade talks with China were in their end-stage.
The gains put a regional equities rally back on track after last week's stutter, supported by data last week showing a sharp jump in credit growth in China as easing measures kick in, while exports beat expectations and inflation perked up.
One dead, five injured in a blast in a CNG-driven car which was parked in a firecracker godown in Kadipur industrial area in Gurugram, Haryana, late on Sunday.
A fire broke out in the godown subsequently; it has been doused now. A police investigation underway.