Gold biscuits seized from former Mizoram legislator’s son

Sleuths have seized 40 gold biscuits of foreign origin smuggled into India and valued at Rs 2.16 crore in the international market from the son of a former Mizoram lawmaker, a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence statement said on Sunday. The gold biscuits smuggled out of Myanmar and weighing 6.64 kg were found in the backpack …

Egypt’s army destroys terrorist hideouts in Sinai

Egyptian troops destroyed 16 terrorist hideouts and an ammunition storehouse in North Sinai province, the Egyptian army announced Sunday. The military forces also destroyed four acres of marijuana crops in addition to a large amount of marijuana ready for sale, said Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Refaay in a statement, reported Xinhua. “The forces of the …

Shatrughan Sinha joins Yashwant Sinha’s MP protest

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday joined disgruntled party leader Yashwant Sinha’s sit-in in Narsinghpur. For the last four days, Yashwant Sinha has been protesting for the farmers who have been displaced because of an NTPC project here. Shatrughan Sinha told reporters: “I have come to extend my support to Yashwant Sinhaji as a younger …

Officer, three soldiers killed in Pakistan firing on LoC (Fourth Lead)

Four Indian soldiers, including a 22-year-old officer, were killed and four other persons were injured on Sunday in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, Army officials said. Indian Army also said that “heavy damage” was inflicted on Pakistan Army posts in retaliatory action. A statement …

Thousands protest in Greece over name dispute with neighbour

Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages came out in protest in the Greek capital Athens on Sunday over a long-running dispute with a neighbouring country whose official name includes the word “Macedonia”. Protesters flocked to Athens from all over the country, on buses chartered by local bishops and mayors, in cars and on …

North Korea to send head of parliament for Winter Olympics opening

North Korea is to send the head of its parliament to South Korea for the start of the Winter Olympics, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said on Sunday. Kim Yong-nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, would lead a group of government representatives travelling to the South …

Assam investment summit close with Rs 100,000 cr investment proposals

The two-days Global Investors Summit here ended on Sunday with signing of more than 200 MoUs entailing an investment of more than Rs 100,000 crore, officials said. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged the business community to be the trusted, committed and honest partner of his government. “We have miles to go and I request …

Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate Saudi national cultural festival

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would inaugurate Saudi Arabias annual Janadriyah Festival on Wednesday where India has been invited as “guest of honour this year”, the External Affairs Ministry said on Sunday. Sushma Swaraj would travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the head of a delegation and stay there till Thursday, Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh …

Croatian President beats ‘No One’ to become most popular politician

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is the most popular politician in the country, media reports said on Sunday citing the latest regular poll on social and political preference in Croatia. After five months when most people couldn’t single out the most positive politician but instead chose “No One”, the Croatian President is on the top …

Coming up with plan to raise exports to 20% of GDP: Prabhu

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said the Central government is coming out with a “strategy document” to increase exports to 20 per cent of the GDP, an official statement said on Sunday. Interacting with the Export Promotion Councils of the Eastern Region here on Saturday, Prabhu said the government will soon come out …

Palestinians denounce Israel’s demolition of schoolrooms

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Sunday denounced the demolition of two schoolrooms in a Bedouin community in East Jerusalem by Israel. PNA Jerusalem Affairs Minister and Jerusalem Governor Adnan Al-Hussaini told Xinhua news agency that the “targeting of the local schoolrooms at Abu Nuwwar Bedouin community in Al-Eizariya town is part of Israel’s settlement …

India has to confront China if necessary: Former army chief

India not only has to compete with and contain China, but also confront its neighbour if necessary, former Indian Army chief Shankar Roy Chowdhury said here on Sunday. Speaking on India-China relations on the occasion of a book launch, Gen. Roy Chowdhury (retd.) pointed out: “Geography can’t change , and India will have to co-exist …

Should preserve best facets of individual cultures: Naidu

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that every person should contribute to preserving and propagating the best facets of individual cultures. “Each country in the world has its own distinct culture. There is a unique richness in each of these cultures. Since we live in an interconnected world, there has been an intermingling …

AAP MLAs’ plea ‘misdirected’, ‘not maintainable’, EC tells HC

The Election Commission has told the Delhi High Court that the various writ petitions submitted by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators against their disqualification in the ‘office of profit’ case are “misdirected” and “not maintainable”, and has sought their dismissal “with cost”. In its reply to the High Court,it also tried to clarify as …

Modi calls on people to throw Congress out of Karnataka (Second Lead)

Terming it time for the Congress’ exit from Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to throw the “corrupt and dynastic” party out of power in the upcoming assembly elections. “I appeal to the people of Karnataka to throw the Congress government, as countdown for packing it off from the state has …

Officer, three soldiers killed in Pakistan firing on LoC (Third Lead)

Four Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed and four other persons were injured on Sunday in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, defence officials said. “Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on the LoC in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector of Rajouri today …

Gerrari Offroaders prevail at JK Tyre Xtreme 4Play

Chandigarh’s Gerrari Offroaders proved to be the most versatile drivers in the JK Tyre-Xtreme 4Play, North India’s biggest off-roading motorsports competition, easing their way to the title here on Sunday. Their drivers Kabir Waraich and Gurmeet Virdi amassed 569 points, collecting 100 points on the third and final day to clinch the title and prize …

Kim Jong-un, wife enjoy midnight ride in electric bus

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un took a midnight ride through the streets of Pyongyang on one of the city’s new trolley buses, media reports said on Sunday. Kim Jong-un, who was accompanied by wife Ri Sol-ju and senior officials from the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, reportedly praised the homegrown electric …

Efforts being made to locate missing ship off Africa: India

All efforts are being made to trace the merchant ship that went missing near west Africa with 22 Indians onboard, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday. The ship, an oil tanker owned by Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern shipping company, is presumed to be missing off Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea. “Merchant Ship …

Iran vows to boost deterrent power despite US pressure

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to boost the Islamic republic’s deterrent military power despite the pressure from the US and its allies. Iran will never seek others’ permission to reinforce its military capabilities and will continue its efforts to develop defence power within the framework of law and religious principles, Rouhani said at …

Australia rules out financing rail link for Adani coal project

The Australian government on Sunday ruled out financing for the railway project to link the Adani Group’s proposed $12 billion Carmichael coal mine project in Australia to a port. In an interview to Sky News, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education Karen Andrews said the federal government will not grant the (Australian) $900 million concessional loan …

Three soldiers killed in Pakistan firing on LoC (Second Lead)

Three Indian soldiers were killed and four other persons were injured on Sunday in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, defence officials said. “Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on the LoC in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector of Rajouri today (Sunday) evening with …

Nigeria claims complete victory over Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has completely defeated the Boko Haram insurgents in the restive northeast parts of the country, said Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas, head of a military operation. Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this late on Saturday during the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, …