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29 killed as bus plunges into drain off Yamuna Expressway

Agra (UP): A two-tiered ‘sleeper bus’ on its way from Lucknow to Delhi skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and plunged about 20 feet into a drain in the early hours of Monday, killing 29 people and injuring 18, officials said.  The accident took place at 4.30 am in Etmadpur, about 200 km from Delhi, when the Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus …

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SC rejects plea seeking women’s entry into mosques

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha’s plea that Muslim women should be allowed to enter mosques for offering prayers. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “Let a Muslim woman come and challenge it. Then we will consider.” The court was hearing a petition filed by Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, …

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High Court seeks report from Jharkhand govt on mob lynching

Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Monday sought a report from the state government on the mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on June 17 and the violence that took place in Ranchi during an agitation to protest the tragedy. A division bench of Justice H.C. Mishra and Justice Deepak Roshan was hearing a PIL filed by Pankaj …

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‘Over 2,000 died due to extreme weather events in India in 2018-19’

New Delhi: More than 2,000 people died in India in the last one year due to extreme weather events, the Environment Ministry informed Rajya Sabha Monday but denied any direct connection to the global issue of climate change. In a written reply to a query, MoS in Environment Ministry Babul Supriyo said, “As per the information received from the Ministry …

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Liquor shops, slaughterhouses on Kanwars’ route to be shut

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to ensure no liquor shops and unauthorised slaughterhouses function on the route of the upcoming Kanwar yatras to various Shiva temples in the state. The month-long yatra will start from July 17 with the beginning of the Hindu month of ‘Saawan’. Officials have been directed to get the roads on …

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EU ‘strongly urges’ Iran to stop nuclear enrichment

Brussels: The European Union said Monday it was “extremely concerned” by Iranian plans to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal, calling on Tehran to reverse course. Iran said Sunday it would breach the cap “in a few hours” and on Monday announced it had passed 4.5 per cent enrichment — well above the 3.7 per …

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Conservatives win Greek snap general elections

Athens: The conservative New Democracy party was the clear winner in the snap general elections in Greece, signaling an end to the rule of the left-wing Syriza coalition that has helmed the government since 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged this Sunday his defeat and congratulated the winner, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, reports Efe news. In a telephone …

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China accuses US of ‘bullying tactics’

Beijing: China on Monday accused the US of creating a major global crisis with its “bullying tactics” as it regretted Iran’s decision to resume uranium enrichment beyond the 2015 nuclear deal limits, calling on all the parties to exercise restraint to avoid escalation of the crisis. Iran on Sunday announced to boost the enrichment of the uranium beyond the limits …

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BA faces 229 million pounds fine over breach of customers’ data

London: Britain’s data regulator said Monday it wants to fine British Airways 183 million pounds over a data breach that compromised information on half a million customers — the biggest to date under new, tougher data regulations. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website …

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Asia records lowest homicide rate in the world: UN report

United Nations: Asia, which contains 60 per cent of the global population, recorded the lowest rate of homicide in 2017 with only 2.3 killings per 100,000 people while the Americas region had the highest homicide rate, according to a UN report. The Global Study on Homicide 2019 published Monday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that …

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