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Delhi hotel fire horror kills 17

NEW DELHI: At least 17 people were killed when a major fire engulfed a five-storey hotel in the heart of the Indian capital before dawn on Tuesday, leaving some survivors in critical condition and others dazed and shaken.

Saudi Prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi: NYT

NEW YORK:  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who was murdered last October, if the latter did not return to the Kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, a New York Times report said.

Shweta trains with circus artists for her Tamil film debut

MUMBAI: Actress Shweta Tripathi trained with real circus artists for her first Tamil film, "Mehandi Circus".

Pakistan SC upholds Aasia Bibi's blasphemy acquittal

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition challenging its decision to acquit Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in a blasphemy case.

Elderly couple found dead at their home in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has recovered two decomposed bodies of elderly couple from their house in the national capital, a police officer said on Sunday.

JLF enters its 12th edition amid festive fervour, security beefed up

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Literature Festival entered its 12th edition with its characteristic fervour, with the loud beating of drums and rhythms of traditional Rajasthani musical instruments reverberating in the premises of Diggi Palace here on Thursday while the Rajasthan Police beefed up security to avoid any untoward incident.

Turkey to launch international probe into Khashoggi killing

ANKARA:  Turkey is planning to launch an international probe into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take the necessary steps in coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Punjab Finance Minister inaugurates 25th Punjabi Parvasi Divas

CHANDIGARH: A nation is not defined by geography and topography but by the character of the people. Punjab has such great characters who gave supreme sacrifice for their motherland. Land of this country is so fertile and it gave birth to brave sons who choose death over injustice. These were the words of the Punjab Finance Minister  Manpreet Singh Badal who was the chief guest of the 25th Punjabi Parvasi Divas at Hotel Taj here on Saturday.

NTR remembered on 23rd death anniversary

 HYDERABAD:  Family members and leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founded by N.T. Rama Rao remembered him on his 23rd death anniversary on Friday.

TN CM condemns Sri Lankan Navy chasing away Indian fishermen

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday condemned the Sri Lankan Navy chasing away two Indian fishing boats, resulting in the death of one person.

Trump visits US-Mexico border, reiterates demand for wall

WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump visited the country's southern border with Mexico, where he reiterated his demand to build a wall between the two nations to end the "growing humanitarian and security crisis" in the region.

UP MLA’s shocker: Those who feel unsafe in India should be bombed

LUCKNOW: A BJP legislator in Uttar Pradesh has demanded a law for stringent action against those people complaining of feeling “unsafe” in India, calling them traitors to the country.

In Kashmir, stability and peace are distant dreams

SRINAGAR: For Kashmir, 2018 presented some of the direst numbers seen in recent times. Terror-related incidents, at 587, were at the highest since 2012. The deaths of 240 militants and 86 securitymen made it the bloodiest year in six years. Civilian deaths jumped 167% from two years ago. By December 29, forces killed at least 240 militants, including 12 top commanders of various militant groups. Most of the violence was centred in south Kashmir’s four districts – Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam.

Ghazipur constable's murder: Police arrest 11, Akhilesh slams Yogi's 'thoko neeti'

GHAZIPUR:  The Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday said that it has arrested 11 people in the killing of a head constable by a violent mob on Saturday.

Completion of SYL canal would spell doom for Punjab farmers

CHANDIGARH:  Senior Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leader and Cabinet Minister, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa dared the leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to prove its credentials to Punjab as well as its people by stoutly opposing the Anti-Punjab statement of the Finance Minister, Haryana and newly appointed Punjab BJP In charge, Captain Abhimanyu Singh in which the latter has said that Haryana would complete the SYL canal. 

Indian-origin police officer shot dead in California

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin police officer was shot and killed by an unidentified man during a traffic stop in the US state of California, officials said.

Indonesian rescuers use drones as tsunami death toll crosses 400

REUTERS: Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday used drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java hit by a tsunami that killed at least 429 people.

Indonesian tsunami toll rises to 281 amid fresh warnings issued

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities have confirmed the death of at least 281 people in the devastating tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait in the western part of the archipelago on Saturday night, which also left 1,016 injured. Emergency teams on Monday resumed rescue efforts.

Killings of journalists in reprisal for work doubled in 2018

NEW YORK: The number of journalists killed on duty rose in 2018 and the number murdered in reprisal for their work doubled, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Wednesday.

Understanding the curse of air pollution

NEW DELHI: The quality of India’s air needs to be addressed as a pan-India public health emergency. Air pollution was responsible for 12.5% of the total deaths in 2017, as per the most recent iteration of India State Level Burden Assessment. The World Health Organization reports nearly 100,000 deaths in infants to be attributable annually to air pollution in India. But deaths form only a part of the story — there is growing evidence of how it causes illnesses in nearly every organ of our body. It affects the elderly and babies still in their mothers’ wombs – newborns show traces of particulates in their blood stream. It affects all of us.

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