UN chief condemns N. Korea nuclear test, Security Council sets emergency session (Lead)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday condemned the nuclear test carried out by North Korea while the Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Monday at the request of five countries. “This act is yet another serious breach of the DPRK’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s) international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament …

US Secretary General condemns North Korea nuclear test

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test calling it a breach of international obligations that destabilises the region. “This act is yet another serious breach of the DPRK’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s) international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts,” his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. “This act …

Angry at party MLAs backing BJP, 500 NCP men join Congress

In a shot in the arm for the Congress in Gujarat ahead of the assembly elections, as many as 500 full-time activists of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) here on Sunday joined the party expressing anguish over their two legislators switching loyalties to the ruling BJP during the recent Rajya Sabha elections. NCP’s Gujarat spokesperson …

PKL: Bengal Warriors beat Tamil Thalaivas remain unbeaten at home

Bengal Warriors extended their unbeaten home run to three games by beating wooden-spooners Tamil Thalaivas 29-25 in a Zone B Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) match at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium here on Sunday. For the hosts, Maninder Singh continued his good form with six raid points while skipper Surjeet Singh was a …

Rahul to visit Gujarat on Monday

Ahead of the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be meeting several party workers and district unit presidents during his visit to Ahmedabad on Monday. In his first public engagement since his return from Norway, Gandhi will be meeting professionals, party workers, entrepreneurs and traders’ representatives during his visit. He will …

Fifth ODI: India register convincing win, series whitewash over Lanka (Lead)

Virat Kohli led the way with a century as India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the R.Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday evening. Chasing a target of 239 runs, India crossed the line with 21 balls to spare. Kohli remained unbeaten on 110 runs off 116 …

Controversial past dogs new Union Minister Hegde

Induction of BJP’s Lok Sabha lawmaker from Karnataka Anantkumar Hegde as Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on Sunday drew a spat between the Congress and the BJP in light of his controversial past. While Congress slammed Hegde’s inclusion, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lauded it as a reward for his contribution to …

Uma Bharti saved from Cabinet axing by RSS: Sources (Lead, Correcting para 3)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had decided to show the door to Union Minister Uma Bharti, but RSS intervention ensured it was not to be, informed sources said on Sunday. However, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) could not fully help Bharti — a parliamentarian from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh — as …

Fifth ODI: India register convincing win, series whitewash over Lanka

Virat Kohli led the way with a century as India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday evening. Chasing a target of 239 runs, India crossed the line with 21 balls to spare. Kohli remained unbeaten on 110 runs off 116 balls, smashing nine boundaries …

Spain’s Villa may miss Liechtenstein tie due to muscle problem

Spain veteran striker David Villa suffered a slight muscle problem in Sunday’s training session and may miss Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying clash against Liechtenstein. Villa, Spain’s all-time top scorer, appeared in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Italy in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, reports Efe. The striker went to the university hospital of Sanitas …

Gandhian values as relevant today as in past: President

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said that the “globally cherished” Gandhian values of truth and non-violence were as much relevant in the contemporary times as in the past. The President, who began his two-day visit of Gujarat by first visiting the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote in the Visitors’ Book: “It is a …

Pro Kabaddi: Jaipur brush aside Gujarat to go third in Zone A

Jaipur Pink Panthers avenged their defeat at the hands of table-toppers Gujarat Fortunegiants in their first meeting with a clinical 31-25 victory in a Zone A Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) tie at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium here on Sunday. With co-owner Abhishek Bachchan in attendance, skipper Jasvir Singh (six points) led the …

Croatia beat Kosovo 1-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Croatia earned a crucial three points in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match against Kosovo on Sunday afternoon after play was halted on the previous evening because of heavy rain. After Saturday’s interruption of the match, intense communication between the FIFA representatives and two federations followed and a meeting was scheduled for Sunday morning …

India Inc lauds union cabinet reshuffle

Indian industry on Sunday lauded the latest cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing it as “carefully strategised” to provide fresh impetus to the Indian development process. “The elevation of new cabinet ministers and induction of new ministers with independent charge in crucial infrastructure sectors is designed towards implementation and achievement of key targets,” …

Mamata regime spoiling relationship with neighbouring states: state BJP chief

Criticising the West Bengal government’s role in tackling the situation in the hills, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s actions are spoiling Bengal’s relationship with its neighbouring states. “The state is not taking appropriate steps in handling the unrest in Darjeeling hills. Rather Mamata Banerjee’s actions are causing Bengal’s …

Jaitley’s second stint as Defence Minister was again brief, but eventful

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s tenure of nearly six months as Defence Minister of India, his second in this government, was again short but eventful. It was marked by key developments, including finalisation of path-breaking Strategic Partnership Policy and a 75-day standoff in Doklam Sector with China. Jaitley took on additional charge of the Defence …

Need to build infrastructure in border areas: RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has called for better infrastructure in the border areas to effectively counter any security threat from neighbouring countries. The issue came up during its three-day coordination meeting at Vrindavan which concluded on Sunday. A senior RSS leader present during the meeting told IANS that the organisation regularly takes up the issue …

PM should raise Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism at BRICS: Congress

The Congress on Sunday said it would be “remiss” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he does not raise the issue of terror emanating from Pakistan at the BRICS summit in China. “The export of terror from Pakistan is a fundamental concern of India. After its oldest ally, the US has clearly named and shamed …

Sports fraternity hails Rathore’s appointment (Lead, correcting intro)

The sporting fraternity on Sunday welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, 2004 Olympics silver medal-winning shooter, as Sports Minister. Rathore, a Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from Rajasthan, replaced Vijay Goel in a ministerial reshuffle of the Narendra Modi-led government. Rathore also has additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting portfolio. His appointment was welcomed …

Reshuffle reflects maximum government, no governance: Congress (Lead)

Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not trust his political colleagues, the Congress on Sunday said the cabinet reshuffle earlier in the day “reflects maximum government and no governance” and, by dropping ministers, the government has admitted its “gigantic failure”. Terming induction of new nine Ministers of State as “senior citizen’s club”, party spokesperson …

Hamilton leads F1 Championship after winning Italian GP

British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, a three-time Formula One world champion, climbed to the top spot of the F1 World Championship driver standings after winning the Italian Grand Prix here on Sunday. Hamilton, who secured the pole position for the Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia 2017 in a rain-plagued qualifying session on Saturday at Monza, came …

Venkaiah Naidu calls for early conclusion of convention on terrorism

India is keen to see the conclusion of convention on the suppression of international terrorism without further delay in view of the growing incidents of terrorism, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday. Addressing the 78th Session of International Institute of Law at NALSAR University of Law here, he noted that several conventions resulted …

Sports fraternity hails Rathore’s appointment as Sports Minister

The sporting fraternity on Sunday welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, 2002 Olympics silver medal-winning shooter, as Sports Minister. Rathore, a Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from Rajasthan, replaced Vijay Goel in a ministerial reshuffle of the Narendra Modi-led government. Rathore also has additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting portfolio. His appointment was welcomed …

Saudi team to visit Tehran; first time after ruptured ties

A Saudi Arabian delegation will visit Iran for the first time after Riyadh severed ties with Tehran last year, Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. “The Saudi delegation simply comes to visit diplomatic buildings because the buildings have been empty after the two countries broke off relations. At the same time, we will visit our …