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  • Don't punish my son over matters he has no control on: ISIS kidnapped US journalist's mother 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    The mother of US journalist Steven Sotloff held hostage by ISIS has appealed to the terrorists to release her son. ISIS had threatened to kill him if the US didn't end its campaign in Iraq. "As a mother I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son...
  • Another ISIS video goes viral, shows ISIS terrorist and child firing an advanced weapon 2 hours 1 minutes ago

    Another ISIS video has gone viral. The video shows an ISIS terrorist and a child firing an advanced weapon at what is said to be an the the Kweires air base in northwest Syria. ISIS has been trying to gain control of the government held air base for weeks. ...
  • US journalist's mother pleads with ISIS for kidnapped son's release 3 hours 5 minutes ago

    Washington: The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist terrorists pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria. Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old...
  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media 13 hours 22 minutes ago

    Beirut: Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday...
  • Smriti Irani tells states to plan for construction of toilets for girls in schools 23 hours 6 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday directed all state governments to prepare an action plan for the construction of toilets for girls in government schools by July next year. Irani's directive follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi Swacch Bharat campaign mentioned in his Independence day speech. The...
  • Kerala High Court asks state government to make new liquor policy into law Yesterday

    Thiruvananthapuram: In more bad news for liquor lovers in 'God's own country', the Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to make its new liquor policy limiting bar licenses to just 5 star hotels into a law. The state government on Tuesday informed the court about its new liquor...
  • UN accuses Islamic State of mass killings 2 days ago

    Geneva: The United Nations condemned on Monday "appalling, widespread" crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned "grave, horrific human rights violations" being committed by Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim group which has seized...
  • Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group 3 days ago

    Dubai: The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to extreamists, including the Palestinian...
  • India reviews state hospitals to end widespread corruption 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday ordered a review of activities at all state-owned hospitals to end what the health minister called systemic corruption, as part of the new administration's crackdown on malpractice in the healthcare sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has vowed to eradicate graft in India's $74 billion...
  • Does prohibition of alcohol work? 5 days ago

    In a move that has sent ripples across Kerala, the state which was once infamous for its love for liquor is soon set to run dry. The state government has bowed down to pressure from within to announce that it will enforce prohibition in a phased manner. ...
  • Syrian army kills 140 Islamic State fighters 6 days ago

    Damascus: At least 140 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Thursday in an ambush by the Syrian army near an airbase in al-Raqqa province, a media report said. The Syrian army ambushed the militants in the vicinity of al-Tabaqa airbase, which had been under attack by the Sunni...
  • Islamic State insurgents release purported video of beheading of US journalist August 20, 2014

    Baghdad: Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on US action in Iraq. The video, titled 'A Message To America,'...
  • Islamic State message to America: 'we will drown all of you in blood' August 19, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants. The video, which shows a...
  • US expresses regret over India calling off talks with Pak, separatists say Modi must reconsider stand August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The United States has expressed regret over India calling off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan. "It is unfortunate that planned talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled. Irrespective of why either side says the talks were canceled, what matters now is that both sides take steps to...
  • Kerala HC order on school admission jolts state government August 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: On the issue of allocation of new Plus Two schools and batches the Kerala High Court in its interim order said that the schools which were not recommended by the higher secondary director's six member committee will not get the new batches. The order also gave provisional permission to...
  • Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: Monitoring group August 17, 2014

    Beirut: The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on...
  • Independence Day celebrated in Mizoram August 15, 2014

    Aizawl: The 68th Independence Day was celebrated in Mizoram on Friday with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla unfurling the national flag at the Assam Rifles ground. The chief minister, in his Independence Day speech, said the state has achieved success in economic, educational and societal empowerment of people. "The Mizoram government has achieve...
  • Govt to constitute 18-member cabinet committee for industrial development August 13, 2014

    The Bihar government on Tuesday decided to constitute a 18-member cabinet committee for industrial development in the state and to remove all difficulties faced in establishing industries in Lucknow. The Chief Minister will head the committee and Chief Secretary will be its secretary. The state industries department will be its nodal...
  • Police bust inter-state truck loot gang, 10 arrested August 10, 2014

    The Bihar Police on Sunday arrested 10 persons and busted an inter-state gang involved in looting of trucks. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Patna, Manu Maharaj said, "Acting on intelligence inputs that a few criminals had assembled near a bridge under Gauri Chak police station in the district, we constituted a team under City SP Ashish Bharti...
  • US bombs Islamic state in Iraq, says airstrikes meant to protect their military personnel August 9, 2014

    Baghdada/Arbil: US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide". The Pentagon also said that the strikes are meant to protect US military personnel in Irbil. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in...
  • SBI Q1 net profit rises 3.3 per cent to Rs 3,349 crore August 8, 2014

    Mumbai: State Bank of India on Friday reported a marginal 3.3 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 3,349.08 crore for the quarter ended June 30 even as provision for bad debts increased significantly. The country's largest bank had a standalone net profit of Rs 3,241.08 crore in the same...
  • Rajasthan BJP appoints state office bearers August 7, 2014

    Rajasthan BJP has appointed state office bearers and 39 district presidents. The appointments were made by BJP state president Ashok Parnami, according to a party release. Ramkishan Meena, Santosh Ahlawat, Chunnilal Garasia, Anita Bhadel, Nandkishore Solanki, Bhajan Lal Sharma, Mohan Lal Gupta and Mahendra Bohra were made vice presidents and Narayan...
  • Filmmaker Priyadarshan not to seek fresh term in Kerala State Chalachitra Academy August 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Ace director Priyadarshan, whose three-year term as chairperson of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy is ending later this month, has decided against seeking a fresh term. Minister for Cinema, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan confirmed to IANS that the director has sought to be relieved. "The term is for three years and he expressed...
  • Indian couple arrested in US; charged with abusing daughter August 6, 2014

    New York: An Indian couple has been arrested in New York and charged with subjecting their 12-year-old daughter to "unspeakable physical abuse" for months by starving her and beating her with a metal handle and baseball bat, leaving her severely bruised and hospitalised for surgery. Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his...
  • PM Modi unlikely to address joint session of US Congress August 5, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to address a joint session of the US Congress when he travels to Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House in late September mainly because of the general elections in November More than 80 members of the House of Representatives...
  • US: Protesting against racial slur, Sikh man hit, dragged by a truck for 30 feet August 4, 2014

    New York: A shocking case of alleged racial abuse in New York has left a 29-year-old Sikh man in critical condition. Sandeep Singh was allegedly hit by a truck and dragged for nearly 30 feet after an argument with the driver of a pick up truck driver who allegedly hurled...
  • Fear of 2008-like flood fuels panic in Bihar August 3, 2014

    Thousands of people in Bihar on Sunday were panicky, fearing a repeat of the worst floods in the Kosi plains in 2008 after a drastic rise in the water level of the Kosi river. The water level started rising due to Saturday's landslide that killed eight people in Nepal. Mud and...
  • Fire in bank destroys currency worth Rs 12,000, other articles August 3, 2014

    Furniture, computer sets, Rs 12,000 in cash and other articles inside Chiyanki branch of the State Bank of India in Palamu district was gutted, and transaction was stopped. Branch manager NK Sinha said the fire broke out late last night in the branch possibly due to short circuit. Local people informed...
  • Bihar government orders immediate evacuation of people living along Kosi embankment August 3, 2014

    Bihar government has ordered immediate evacuation of people living along the embankment of Kosi in four districts as a 10-metre high wall of water is expected to sweep down the river from Nepal by this evening or tonight, officials said. Describing the situation as "most alarming", Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD)...
  • No plan to privatise Rajasthan roadways: PWD Minister August 2, 2014

    Rajasthan government sought to allay apprehension of Opposition on introduction of private bus operations on national highways, saying State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) will not be privatised nor there would be any retrenchment of employees in future. "Existing 21,500 employees should rest assured that their services will be well protected," PWD...