Pope urges end to violence in Colombia, calls for reconciliation

Pope Francis urged Colombias leaders on Thursday to set aside “hatred and vengeance” and “listen to the poor, to those who suffer” in a nation that is emerging from Latin America’s longest-running conflict, Vatican Radio reported. “Peace is an open-ended endeavour, a task which does not relent, which demands the commitment of everyone,” he said …

GJM delegation to Delhi to meet Rajnath Singh: Gurung

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha President Bimal Gurung on Thursday said he has sent a delegation to Delhi for a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the Darjeeling issue, and threatened to boycott the September 12 meeting called by the West Bengal government if Gorkhaland was not on the agenda. Gurung said the delegation comprises …

UNESCO head, journalist and human rights groups condemn Lankesh killing (Lead, changing dateline)

Condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and leaders of human rights and journalism groups have added their voices to calls for Indian authorities to bring the attackers to justice. “I condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh,” Bokova said on Thursday. “Any attack on the media is an attack on the …

American students claim they were raped by Italian police

Two American college students have alleged that they were raped by Carabinieri officers in Florence who offered to drive them home from a nightclub in a police car. According to the women, who are in their early twenties, the paramilitary policemen raped them in their rented apartment in the historic centre of Florence. The US …

FIFA alleges manipulation in a Calcutta Football League game

A Calcutta Football League (CFL) Premier Division ‘A’ match between Tollygunge Agragami and NBP Rainbow AC was on Thursday deemed to have been “manipulated” by FIFA’s integrity watchdog, Sportradar. The match held on August 25 and ended in favour of Subash Bhowmick-coached Tollygunge 2-1.A According to sources, Sportradar had pre-hand information about the result of …

‘Limited access to capital, gender bias biggest challenges for Indian women entrepreneurs’

Lack of access to capital, gender bias at work place and a weak infrastructure in capacity building for women to derive necessary skill sets are the “key challenges” in the way of women entrepreneurship in India, a US-based woman entrepreneur and investment banker said here on Thursday. “In India despite all the pro women government …

RBI identifies more huge loan defaulters for resolution

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has identified the second batch of large accounts which have defaulted in repayment of loans and has advised banks to resolve them, a senior official said on Thursday. The information was revealed by RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, while delivering the 8th R.K. Talwar Memorial Lecture here. The development …

Modi following someone on Twitter not a character certificate: BJP

BJP’s head of Information and Technology Amit Malviya on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi following someone on Twitter is not a character certificate to that person and termed as “mischievous and contorted” the controversy over this. “The controversy over Prime Minister following people on Twitter is mischievous and contorted. PM Modi is the only …

‘Sugar production likely to go up by 24% this year’

India’s sugar production is estimated to go up by almost 24 per cent to 25.1 million tonnes in sugar year 2017-18 starting October, industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said on Thursday. “We have done survey with millers. The sugar production this year should be 25.1 million tonnes,” ISMA Director General Avinash Verma said …

Delhi Police book man openly threatening to kill five prominent women (Lead)

Delhi Police on Thursday registered an FIR against a man who openly threatened to eliminate four eminent women and a noted journalist, all of whom he termed “anti-national”, a senior police officer said. The FIR was registered following a complaint from journalist Sagarika Ghose whose name appears in the list of women which include authors …

‘Skeletons’ inside premises, admits Dera mouthpiece

Hours before authorities and security agencies are likely to start a search and sanitisation operation inside the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters campus near Sirsa town in Haryana, the sect’s mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” on Thursday admitted that human remains were buried inside the premises. The Dera newspaper, while defending the action of the Dera management …

Some people doing drama over venue booking cancellations: Mamata (Lead)

A day after the BJP alleged that a state-owned indoor stadium where its President Amit Shah was scheduled to attend a programme next week had cancelled their booking, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the party, accusing it of deliberately trying to stir up a controversy. Contending that even the state government …

Madhya Pradesh gets NHRC notice over HIV+ve pregnant woman

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government for allegedly treating an HIV-positive pregnant woman in an inhumanly manner that led to the death of her newborn twins. “The commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, calling for a detailed report, along …

No need to change approach to currency management: Sanyal

Principal Economic Adviser in the Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal on Thursday said any particular change in approach was not needed in managing currency after concern over the impact of rising foreign exchange inflows on rupee. The foreign exchange inflows have sparked appreciation in rupee against dollar this year, raising concerns about the impact on export …

Gurkeerat to lead Board President’s XI against Aussies

Punjab’s Gurkeerat Singh Mann will lead the Board President’s XI for the warm-up game against Australia on September 12, the BCCI announced on Thursday. The team comprises the likes of Indian Premier League (IPL) stars Rahul Tripathi, Mayank Agarwal, Nitish Rana and Washington Sundar. The practice match will be played in Chennai, where the first …

Delhi book man openly threatening to kill five prominent women

Delhi Police on Thursday registered an FIR against a man who openly threatened to eliminate four eminent women and a noted journalist, all of whom he termed “anti-national”, a senior police officer said. The FIR was registered following a complaint from journalist Sagarika Ghose whose name appears in the list of women which include authors …

BCCI announces schedule for Australia, New Zealand series

Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram will get their first taste of international cricket when Australia and New Zealand visit India for back to back limited overs tours starting later this month. According to the schedule released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday, India will play Australia in a five-match One-Day International …

SC gives Centre eight weeks time to hold discussions on SYL

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the Central government eight weeks time to tell it on the outcome of the discussion it was holding with Punjab and Haryana for some amicable solution of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute. Giving the period, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar …

Italian neo-Fascist party plans rally on 95th anniversary of Mussolini’s March on Rome

An Italian neo-Fascist party plans to hold a ‘Patriots’ march on Rome next month on the 95th anniversary of the one that in 1922 led to Benito Mussolini’s decades-long dictatorship. “We call on Patriots to gather together #28 October,” wrote the Forza Nuova party on its Facebook page, adding that the march will protest Italy’s …

India’s tolerance, openness its biggest economic strength: Rajan

India’s diverse multicultural society and tradition of tolerance is its greatest strength, and will be the basis of the country’s economic strength in future, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Thursday. “Our greatest strength comes from being a tolerant, open society,” Rajan said at the release here of his book “I do what I …

Three accidents rock Railways, Goyal orders immediate review of safety standards (Roundup)

Three train derailments rocked the Railways within a span of 12 hours on Thursday — three days after new Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took charge, leading him to order an immediate review of safety standards. On top of the derailments, a major accident was averted in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad by alert locals. But there were …