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Kejriwal resigns as AAP convener

Kejriwal resigns as AAP convener

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal yesterday resigned as party convener, as party's crucial national executive body removed two of its founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party's political affairs committee (PAC). Both Yadav and Bhushan were on a collision course with party convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In a show-down in...

Delhi Rapist's Interview

India bans film

India has banned the broadcasting of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament yesterday the comments of Mukesh Singh, one of five men convicted over the 2012 attack in New Delhi, were "highly derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women". "The government condemns it," he said of the documentary made by...

Iran's role in Iraq could be positive

Iran's role in an Iraqi military offensive to recapture Tikrit could be positive as long as it does not fuel sectarian divisions in the country, the US military's top officer said Tuesday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators that Iran's military assistance for Shia militia was nothing new but was carried out in a more open manner this week as Iraqi forces pushed to retake Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. "This is the most...

Putin calls Nemtsov's murder political

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend on Friday night near Red Square. He was the most prominent opposition figure to be killed in Russia during Putin's 15-year rule. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, saying that the killing was a "provocation" designed to discredit Putin and strengthen his opponents,...

China to hike defence budget by 10%

China will raise its defence budget by around 10 per cent this year, a top official said yesterday, emphasizing that "lagging behind" leaves the country "vulnerable to attacks". China's defence budget rose by 12.2 per cent last year, riding on a multi-year run of double-digit increases. Fu Ying, the spokeswoman for the annual session of the country's top legislature, announced the hike in the defence budget a day ahead of the Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). She said...

Snowden trying to return home: Report

Snowden trying to return home: Report

Edward Snowden is trying to return back home to the US, where he would be put on trial for leaking secrets of electronic surveillance programmes by the National Security Agency (NSA). He was been living in Moscow since Russia granted him asylum in 2013, straining already tense ties with Washington after it failed to...

Ferguson cops racially biased

Ferguson cops racially biased

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at Ferguson police in Missouri, US media report. The agency is expected to accuse the department of conducting stops without reasonable suspicion and making arrests without probable cause. It began a civil rights investigation following the August shooting of Michael Brown. A white police officer...

Mine blast in Eastern Ukraine

32 feared dead

Thirty-two miners in eastern Ukraine were missing and feared dead yesterday following an explosion at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. The blast took place at Zasyadko mine in the separatist hub of Donetsk, near the city's war-wrecked airport. The chairman of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, announced 32 miners killed in what he called a "terrible tragedy". "There are victims, currently numbering 32," Groysman told the assembly, calling on lawmakers to observe a minute's silence. A spokesman for the Trade...

US Congress passes security funding bill

Congress finally gave the Department of Homeland Security its due Tuesday, funding the crucial US agency after months of political wrangling that threatened to plunge it into shutdown. The $39.7 billion bill passed the House 257 to 167 to approve finances for DHS through the end of the fiscal year. It marked a dramatic turn of events on Capitol Hill, where Republicans had sought to tie the funding with efforts to repeal Obama's immigration directives, which caused a political furor...

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

  I was near tears... saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the US Congress on Iran nuclear threat. 

News in Brief

Boston blast suspect goes on trial Afp, Boston The American student accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial yesterday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21 -- who was born in Kyrgyzstan but grew up in the United States -- faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race which he carried out with his elder brother Tamerlan.  Tamerlan died in a shootout with police after the blast.   450 killed in China's...