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  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar receives threat letter from ISIS Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Malaysian chapter of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living has received threatening letters from the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a close aide of the spiritual leader claimed on Saturday. "Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is touring some countries in the far east and he landed in...
  • ICC wary of expansion but keen on cracking US frontier 2 days ago

    Sydney: International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has warned of the dangers of the game "spreading itself too thin" but said officials were still keen for the sport to fully establish itself in the United States. The 2019 World Cup in England is set to feature 10 teams, four fewer...
  • IS trains hundreds of child soldiers in Syria: report 4 days ago

    Beirut: The Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday. Calling them "Cubs of the Caliphate," the jihadist group provides intense military and religious training to children throughout its areas of control in...
  • Islamic State recruits 400 children since Janurary: Syria monitor 5 days ago

    Beirut: Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged under 18, were recruited near...
  • Barack Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14, discuss ISIL campaign: White House 6 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month and discuss political and security issues, including the campaign against militant group ISIL in the violence-torn country. Obama and Abadi's meeting would take place on April 14, the White House said. "The Prime Minister's visit underscores the...
  • Islamic State Hacking Division releases 'list' having information of 100 members of US military 6 days ago

    A group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division released an apparent 'hit list' which it claims has the personal information of 100 members of the US military. The information posted online includes names, photos and purported addresses of military personnel who have taken part in US military campaigns in...
  • UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Yemen 1 week ago

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Saturday said that the 15-nation UN body will meet in an emergency session on Sunday afternoon to discuss the current situation in Yemen, which suffered several terrorist attacks over the past few days. The UN Spokesperson's Office said that the council will hold a...
  • Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 US military personnel 1 week ago

    Washington: Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, US addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them. The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. "I...
  • Suicide bombers kill 137 in Yemen mosque attacks March 21, 2015

    Sanaa/Aden: Suicide bombers killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded hundreds more during Friday prayers at two mosques in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State. The attacks on mosques used by supporters of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters who control the city were the deadliest in...
  • 1987 Hashimpura massacre case: 16 UP policemen acquitted by Delhi court March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday acquitted 16 Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case. Delivering the judgement, the court said that there was lack of evidence, especially regarding the identity of the accused. It referred the matter to Delhi State Legal Services Authority for...
  • Gujarat state board class 10th, 12th biology examination paper leaked March 21, 2015

    Ahmedabad: The class 10th and 12th biology papers of the Gujarat state board may have been leaked, according to sources. A person in Ahmedabad's Maninagar area has allegedly been circulating the papers on whatsapp. The person was reportedly charging between 5,000 to 10,000 rupees. Officials in the Gujarat state board have...
  • North Korea says can fire nuclear missile at 'any time' March 21, 2015

    London: North Korea has the ability to fire a nuclear weapon and would use a nuclear missile in retaliation if it is attacked, the country's ambassador to Britain told Sky News on Friday. "It is not the United States that has a monopoly on nuclear weapons strikes," Ambassador Hyun Hak-bong...
  • Centre to states: Use State Disaster Response funds to provide relief to farmers March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday said states can use State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for providing relief to farmers in the wake of natural calamities like hailstorm. The Central Government has also asked the states to seek assistance under the National Disaster Response Fund in case they require more funds...
  • Islamic State group claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack March 19, 2015

    Tunis: The Islamic State group has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. Thursday's statement described the attack as a "blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia," and appeared on a forum...
  • Government asks RBI to declare biotechnology as priority sector March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: To encourage investment in research and entrepreneurial activities in the biotechnology field, the government has asked the RBI to declare it as a priority sector to make lending easy for start-ups, Union Minister YS Chowdary said. The Minister of State for Science and Technology said his ministry is also...
  • Dramatic rise in rape cases registered: Government March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of rape cases registered has "dramatically" increased since 2013 which is a matter of "deep concern", government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and exuded confidence that the steps being taken to deal with the issue will take effect. "We have initiated...
  • Ramesh Sippy, Aamir Khan discuss censorship issues with IB Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Bollywood celebrities like Ramesh Sippy and Aamir Khan discussed film censorship and certification related issues when they met Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Rathore, who met the celebrities on Monday, said the meeting was not to displace Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman...
  • France says Syria President Assad talks would be 'scandalous gift' to IS March 16, 2015

    Brussels: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday rejected any role for Syria President Bashar al-Assad in peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State group. Fabius's comments came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that talks with Assad were necessary to...
  • Proposal to revamp Brahmaputra Board under consideration: Government to Rajya Sabha March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: A proposal for revamping and rechristening of the Brahmaputra Board into North-East and Brahmaputra River Rejuvenation Authority is under active consideration of the Ministry of Water Resources, Government told Rajya Sabha on Monday. In his written reply, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said the bill...
  • Wary Iraq forces tighten noose on Islamic State in Tikrit March 13, 2015

    Albu Ajil (Iraq): Thousands of Iraqi troops and militiamen laid siege to jihadist fighters holed up in Tikrit on Thursday, wary of rushing into streets littered with bombs and infested with snipers. After making major gains in and around the city on Wednesday, commanders were confident that Baghdad's biggest victory yet...
  • Oil falls back on record-high US supplies March 13, 2015

    London: World oil prices hit reverse gear on Thursday, wiping out earlier gains, as traders switched their attention back to record-high US stockpiles, dealers said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery fell 61 cents to $47.56 per barrel. In late afternoon London deals, European benchmark Brent North Sea crude...
  • Man, boy in Islamic State killing video are French citizens: Official March 12, 2015

    Paris: A man and a boy featured in a chilling Islamic State propaganda video showing the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an...
  • Used personal email account for ‘convenience', says Hillary Clinton March 11, 2015

    Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hoping to end the controversy over her using her private e-mail account to conduct government business. "I opted for convenience to use my personal email account. I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work, and one...
  • Switzerland's Davis Cup reign ends swiftly March 9, 2015

    London: Switzerland's reign as Davis Cup holders was swiftly ended when they paid the inevitable price for fielding a second-string team and lost 3-2 to Belgium in the first round in Liege on Sunday. Just over three months since Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka drove them to an historic title in...
  • SBI to snap up four posh Air India flats in Mumbai for Rs 90 crore March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Cash-starved national carrier Air India is set to seal a real estate deal with State Bank of India, which has "in principle" agreed to acquire four of its posh residential properties in south Mumbai for Rs 90 crore. The airline had been scouting for a buyer for its four...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State March 8, 2015

    Maiduguri (Nigeria): Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group. The pledge to Islamic State came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from...
  • Ohio man accused of plotting Capitol attack says would have shot Barack Obama March 7, 2015

    Washington: An Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants and charged with plotting to attack the US Capitol said in a television interview that he would have shot President Barack Obama in the head. Christopher Cornell, 20, told Cincinnati's FOX 19 WXIX TV that if he had not been arrested...
  • President Mukherjee accepts Raosaheb Dadarao Danve resignation March 6, 2015

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, from the Union Council of Ministers. President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accepted the resignation of Danve with immediate effect, Rashtrapati Bhavan said in...
  • Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud city March 6, 2015

    Baghdad: Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures. A tribal source from the nearby city of Mosul told Reuters the ultra-radical Sunni Islamists, who dismiss Iraq's pre-Islamic...
  • FBI urges 'vigilance' against IS recruitment online March 6, 2015

    Washington: US authorities issued an appeal to police and the public to remain "vigilant" against attempts by the Islamic State group to recruit young Americans online. The warning from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came after the reported arrest last week of a 17-year-old...