Locky ransomware spreading through spam campaign: ICERT

The central government on Saturday said that ransomware — Locky — is spreading through “massive spam campaign”. According to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT), “spam mails” are being used to spread the ransomware. “It has been reported that a new wave of spam mails are circulating… to spread variants of Locky ransomware. Reports …

Rains bring down mercury in Delhi on Saturday, to continue on Sunday (Lead)

The national capital on Saturday saw further drop in the mercury due to rains with the maximum temperature recorded at 31.5 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the weather office said. Some rains are likely on Sunday too. Delhi experienced 4.6 mm rainfall since Saturday evening, while the Met predicts light rains or …

Sikkim CM protecting GJM’s Gurung: Bengal minister (Lead)

West Bengal Tourism Minister Goutam Deb on Saturday accused Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling of “patronising and protecting” Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, who was “allowed to flee” when Bengal Police went to the neighbouring state to arrest him. “Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has been patronising and giving protection to …

Alphons becomes first BJP leader from Kerala to become Union Minister

No stranger to Delhi where he was famous as the “Demolition Man”, bureaucrat-turned-politician K.J. Alphons has beaten all seasoned Kerala BJP leaders to become the first party leader from the southern state to become a Union Minister. Alphons confirmed to IANS that he will be inducted as Minister of State in the reshuffle of the …

Nine new faces in Modi’s team have diverse backgrounds, vast experience

Hardeep Singh Puri, a former IFS officer who joined the BJP ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, will be among nine new faces to be inducted on Sunday in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers. The new faces come from diverse backgrounds and have rich administrative experiences. Some of them have professional degrees …

Diplomat, bureaucrats, ex-police chief among nine new faces to be in Modi government (Roundup)

Former diplomat Hardeep Puri, former union Home Secretary R.K. Singh, former bureaucrat K.J. Alphons, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and five other new faces including MPs Ashwini Choubey from Bihar and Anant Kumar Hegde from Karnataka will be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers in the expansion and reshuffle to be carried out …

Rooney’s drunk-driving rap dominates Britain’s tabloids

It started off as a story about British football ace Wayne Rooney nabbed by police on a drink-driving charge. Saturday’s probing tabloids cascaded the story into a real life drama centered on 31-year-old Rooney, his pregnant wife Coleen and brunette office worker Laura Simpson who was a passenger in the car when Rooney was pulled …

Haryana Steelers defeat Gujarat Fortunegiants in PKL contest

Prashanth Kumar produced a spectacular raiding performance as Haryana Steelers defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 42-36 here on Saturday. Kumar scored 14 points as Steelers came back strongly in the second half to record an impressive win. Sachin scored 13 points for Gujarat Fortunegiants as they squandered their first half advantage. Gujarat Fortunegiants are top of Zone …

FC Barcelona claim Liverpool demanded $237 mn to sell Coutinho

FC Barcelona on Saturday defended their decision not to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the English football club demanded a huge sum of 200 million euros ($237 million) to sell the Brazilian. “Liverpool put a 200 million (euros) price tag on a member of their squad. Logically, the club decided that it was not …

Will ensure garbage mountains-free Delhi, says Chief Minister

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said from now on, modern technology will be used for managing solid waste and no new mountains of garbage will be allowed to take shape. “Fresh garbage being generated should not become a mountain of garbage at landfill sites. No country in the world disposes off garbage this …

Hardeep Puri, Alphons to be inducted in Modi ministry on Sunday

Nine new faces, including former diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri, will be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers on Sunday. The other entrants are Shiv Pratap Shukla and Satya Pal Singh from UP, Ashwini Choubey and R.K. Singh from Bihar, Virendra Kumar from Madhya Pradesh, Anantkumar Hegde from Karnataka, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Rajasthan and …

Ethiopia reiterates open door policy for refugees

Addis Ababa, Sep 2 (IANS/MAP) Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed the country’s open door policy for refugees, highlighting the efforts made by the government in the management of the regional refugee crisis. The East African country is currently home to more than 850,000 refugees from 21 countries, with Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea making …

Dear chief’s reserved lounge access at airports revoked

Convicted chief of socio-religious group Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s access to reserved lounges at domestic airports meant for VIPs has been revoked. The directive to revoke the access was communicated through a Ministry of Civil Aviation letter dated September 1, 2017. The Dear chief was among 51 people in a list of …

Leave superstition and donate eyes: Jharkhand Governor

Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu on Saturday appealed to the people of the state to leave superstitions beliefs and donate eyes. Addressing people during the ‘Run for Vision 2017’ organised here by Kashyap Eye Memorial Hospital, she said: “Human body is a gift of God and different body parts have their own usage. Everyone is aware …

BRICS development banks agree on local currency lending

Five banks of the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism (ICM) have agreed to establish local currency credit lines and develop cooperation on credit ratings in the run-up to the forthcoming BRICS summit in China, according to one of the signatory banks on Saturday. “The agreement and memorandum were executed by the CEOs of Exim Bank of …

Sikkim CM protecting GJM’s Gurung: Bengal minister

West Bengal Tourism Minister Goutam Deb on Saturday accused Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling of “patronising and protecting” Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, who was “allowed to flee” when Bengal Police went to the neighbouring state to arrest him. “Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has been patronising and giving protection to …

Trump nominates Kenneth Juster as ambassador to India (Lead)

Kenneth Juster, who had played a key role in laying the foundations of the India-US nuclear cooperation agreement, has been nominated as the new US ambassador to India. President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Juster was announced by the White House on Friday evening. It will have to be approved by the Senate. His nomination …

Abu Dhabi police seize 4.2 mn pills in drug bust

Police on Saturday arrested two suspects with 4.2 million captagon tablets from a farm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The suspects, both from Arab countries, were arrested while attempting to smuggle the drugs hidden under agricultural seedlings on the farm in the Emirates, said police officials. Lieutenant Taher Gharib Al Dhaheri, Director of the …