Kenyan runners to break world record in Berlin marathon, says Makau

Former world record-holder Patrick Makau of Kenya has warned that the current crop of marathon athletes are capable of winning the race in under two hours and two minutes. However, Makau noted that his best bet to win in Berlin on September 24 will be Wilson Kipsang, the winner in the 2013 edition where he …

Odisha government clears 3 projects of Rs 864 cr

The Odisha government on Thursday approved three projects involving an investment of Rs 864 crore with the potential to create 2,135 employment opportunities in the state. The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, gave in-principle approval to the three investment projects of Vijaynagar …

CCI slaps 11.81 cr penalty on 10 coal transportation companies

The Competition Commission of India on Thursday slapped more than Rs 11.81 crore penalty on 10 coal and sand transportation companies for contravening the Competition Law. “The parties have been directed to cease and desist from indulging in anti-competitive conduct. A total penalty of over Rs 11,81 crore imposed on the 10 parties. Penalty was …

Halimah Yacob sworn in as Singapore’s first female President

Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore’s eighth President here on Thursday at the country’s presidential palace Istana. The presidency “unifies our nation by embodying our shared values as a people — multiracialism, meritocracy, and stewardship. These values are even more important today, guiding us as we find our way forward in a troubled and …

Karti refuses to appear before CBI in Aircel Maxis case

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, on Thursday refused to appear before the CBI in connection with a case related to FIPB clearance in 2006 in the Aircel Maxis deal when his father was Finance Minister. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its summon issued on Wednesday, had asked Karti …

Pakistan fears US-India arms deals can destabilize region

Pakistan on Thursday warned that arms deals between Washington and New Delhi could potentially destabilize the region. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said: “We had expressed our concerns on the sale of advanced military technologies to India. We believe that such sales accentuate military imbalances in the region and undermine strategic stability in South Asia.” …

DRI busts shell companies forming racket, four arrested

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted a syndicate comprising a group of unscrupulous persons who had come together to form shell companies and seized various goods worth Rs 18 crore, it said on Thursday. Four consignments from China and Hong Kong, imported to Kolkata port by a city-based firm M/s A.S.S. Tradcom, were …

Hardik launches ‘sankalp yatra’ with fanfare

Gujarat Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel here on Thursday launched a three-day ‘sankalp yatra’ to press for his long-pending demand of reservation to the Patel community in government jobs and educational institutions. Launched from Ahmedabad, the yatra — comprising a cavalcade of 182 cars — was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds on way. It is scheduled …

Two Maoists held in Jharkhand

Two Maoist guerrillas were arrested in Jharkhand’s Khuti district on Thursday, police said. Ganesh Lohra and Sanika Munda, from the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, were arrested from Runchu village.

India drop 10 places in FIFA rankings, Germany leads (Second Lead)

The Indian football team have dropped 10 places to 107 in the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Germany tops the list after displacing Brazil to the second spot. The Sunil Chhetri-led side registered two victories and a draw in three matches after they were placed at the 97th spot in August. But this did not …

HC rejects bail plea, stays Ryan trustees’ arrest till Friday evening (Lead)

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed an anticipatory transit bail plea of trustees of Ryan International Schools but granted conditional interim stay on their arrest till 5 p.m. on Friday. The trustees — Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan — were directed by Justice A.S. Gadkari to deposit their passports …

Delhi’s most wanted criminal Sonu Dariyapur arrested (Second Lead, Correcting Para 11)

Delhi’s most wanted criminal Sonu Dariyapur, who carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was arrested here following an exchange of firing in the early hours of Thursday, police said. The gangster was wanted in 10 cases of murder, including a triple murder in April 2017, in which a police officer was …

LeT commander behind Amarnath Yatra attack killed (Lead)

LeT commander Abu Ismail, who attacked Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in July killing eight people, was shot dead on Thursday along with another Pakistani militant on the outskirts of Srinagar city, police said. Following information about the presence of militants in Aarigam village, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowgam area. “As …

‘Morocco is UK’s crucial partner in fight against terrorism’

Rabat, Sep 14 (IANS/MAP) Morocco is a very important partner for the United Kingdom in its fight against terrorism, Thomas Reilly, British Ambassador to the country, has said. “The United Kingdom appreciates the help provided by Morocco during London’s terrorist attacks,” Reilly said on the sidelines of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation …

North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, turn US to ‘ashes’

North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and said the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” after the two countries spearheaded fresh UN Security Council sanctions in response to the regimes nuclear test earlier this month, a media report said. The Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee, which oversees North Korea’s relations with …

India, Japan condemn North Korea’s n-programme

India and Japan on Thursday condemned “in the strongest terms” North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. “The two Prime Ministers condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, including the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea on September 3 as well as its …

Japanese billionaire Taizo Son unveils tech accelerator in India

The Japanese incubator Mistletoe, founded by the billionaire serial investor Taizo Son, unveiled a new agri-food technology accelerator in India named “Gastrotope” here on Thursday. The accelerator, which aims to invest in start-ups related to food and agriculture technologies, was launched along with GSF Accelerator, an Indian tech accelerator and Infobridge, an Indo-Japan business consultancy. …

India, Japan to promote collaboration in Africa, call for open Indo-Pacific region

In an apparent bid to counter China’s influence in Africa, India and Japan on Thursday agreed to further promote collaboration in the continent and work together to enhance connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region. The joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed their strong commitment to …