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       HEADLINES: Stranded girl seeks help via Facebook                                              Let contentious issues, extraneous debates not distract us: Prez's I-Day message to the nation                                              Modi says corrupt, black money hoarders will not be spared                                              ‘Sleeping elephant’ woke up, India to lead world growth for three decades: PM Modi                                              Scotland Yard returns 12th century stolen Buddha statue to India on I-Day                                              Trump Tower operators sued over water release into river                                              Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll rises to 38                                              Former India captain Ajit Wadekar no more                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll rises to 38    
Genoa: A frantic search was underway today for survivors of a bridge collapse in Genoa as the death toll rose to 38 and the government blamed the company in charge of the country's motorways for the disaster.

         Trump Tower operators sued over water release into river    
Chicago: Illinois' attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws.

         Scotland Yard returns 12th century stolen Buddha statue to India on I-Day    
London: A 12th century Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India today by the UK's Metropolitan Police as part of a ceremony here to mark India's Independence Day. The bronze statue with silver inlay is one of the 14 statues stolen in 1961 from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) site museum in Nalanda and changed several hands over the years before surfacing at a London auction.

         Erdogan says Turkey to 'boycott' US electronic goods    
ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor. "We will boycott US electronic goods," Erdogan said in a televised speech, raising the stakes in a spat that has seen the Turkish lira plunge to record lows. "If (the United States) have the iPhone, there's Samsung on the other side," he said, referring to US giant Apple's iconic phone and

         Netanyahu demands 'total' Gaza ceasefire    
JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today demanded a "total" ceasefire from Gaza's Hamas rulers in his first public comments on another deadly flare-up between the two sides. There have been efforts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, though Israeli officials have not commented on them. Since July, there have been three major flare-ups of violence. "We are in the midst of a campaign against terror in Gaza," Netanyahu said at

         Khan's party bags 33 reserved seats; PTI NA tally stands at 158    
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been allotted 28 reserved seats for women and five for non-Muslims by the election commission, taking the party's tally to 158 in the National Assembly -- just 14 short of the number required for simple majority. The Election Commission of Pakistan yesterday distributed the reserved seats among the parties on the basis of their final tally of elected members. There are 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for minorities in the NA. Prime Mini

         NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to 'touch the Sun'    
CAPE CANAVERAL: US space agency NASA today launched its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida in the US. Parker Solar Probe, world's first mission to touch the Sun, will unlock the mysteries of star's fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather during the seven-year long journey. The car-sized spacecraft will travel directly int

         Ivanka Trump condemns white nationalist rallies: There is no place for neo-Nazism in US    
NEW YORK: President Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump on Saturday condemned white supremacy ahead of the anniversary of last year's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. "One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence," she tweeted in a three-part thread. "While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremac

         Pakistan declares 'water war' on people of PoK    
MUZAFFARABAD: Video evidence has come to light pointing to the fact that Pakistan has now declared a `water war' on the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) by diverting the waters of the Neelum River to Punjab province. Pakistan is depriving the people of Muzaffarabad from their water lifeline - Neelum River - through an elaborate scheme, which has changed the flow of the fresh water from the mountains to Punjab province and in the process drying up the River even in the middle of the mo

         Nobel Prize-winning author V S Naipaul dies at 85    
LONDON: British novelist and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Sir. V.S. Naipaul has breathed his last on Sunday. He was 85 and died at his home in London, his family has confirmed. Naipaul was born on Aug 17, 1932, and went on to study at Oxford University and his first novel, "The Mystic Masseur," was published in 1957. Naipaul later gained a lot of reputation as he wrote dozens of books, many of which dealt with colonialism and its dark legacy. The writer's wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he

         Six wounded in Balochistan suicide attack    
CHAGHAI: A suicide attack on a convoy of Saindak Copper-Gold project employees left six people injured, including two Chinese nationals, on Saturday. The mishap, which occurred after a vehicle which was driving in front of the bus exploded, also left two project employees and two security personnel wounded, The Express Tribune reported. Quetta Division Commissioner Muhammad Hashim Ghilzai said that a bomber had detonated his explosives near the bus carrying the employees. The injured are unde

         Taliban, Kabul government both claim embattled Afghan city    
KABUL: Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni today, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting. Afghan officials said they were in control of Ghazni late yesterday with authorities in Kabul saying security forces were conducting a clearance operation targeting Taliban fighters who had taken up positions in residential homes. But information about who controlled the city was difficult to confirm

         Malaysia ex-PM Najib to face corruption trial in February    
Kuala Lumpur: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's trial on corruption charges related to a massive financial scandal that led to his shock election defeat will start in February, a court said today.

         Imran Khan to take oath as Pakistan Prime Minister on Aug 18: party leader    
Islamabad: Imran Khan will take the oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister on August 18, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader said today.

         Indian envoy calls on Imran    
New Delhi: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, on Friday called on Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan. The envoy termed the meeting to be positive and constructive. He also gifted Khan a bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team.

         Another earthquake hits Lombok    
LOMBOK: An earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the island of Lombok, Indonesia on Thursday, according to US Geological Survey. This comes four days after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 hit the island, causing mass destruction and killing over 347 people. The Indonesian government estimated that around 20,000 people still require help in the affected areas and revealed that 80 per cent of the buildings have been destroyed, reported CNN. According to several media report

         Argentina's Senate trashes bill to legalise abortion    
Bueno Aires: Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a proposed bill on legalising elective abortion in the country. The bill would have allowed women to terminate their pregnancy in the first 14 weeks. According to current Argentine laws, abortions can be carried out only when the mother's health is at risk or in rape cases, CNN reported. The Senate voted against the bill, 38 to 31, with two abstentions and one absentee. As the outcome of the vote was announced, demonstrators got engaged in

         Koreas to hold high-level talks next week    
SEOUL: North Korea and South Korea are slated to hold high-level talks on August 13 to discuss the logistics for a possible meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the South Korean unification ministry announced on Thursday. The meeting would be held on the northern side of Panmunjom located in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Both the Koreas would also review the implementation of their previous summit agreements. This will be the fourth time the

         Pakistani authorities blacklist Sharif's sons, block passports    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain have been placed on the blacklist by the authorities, barring them from travelling on their Pakistani passports, media reports said today. Sharif's sons, who live in London, were declared as absconders by a court after they failed to appear in any of the three corruption cases lodged against them along with their father after a Supreme Court decision in July 2017. The anti-corruption body National Accounta

         Trump nominates Indian-American law professor to agency on privacy and civil liberties    
NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump has nominated a prominent Indian-American law professor and legal expert to an agency on privacy and civil liberties. Aditya Bamzai, a professor at University of Virginia's School of Law, has been nominated by Trump to be a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the remainder of a six-year term expiring January, 29, 2020. The agency works to ensure that efforts by the executive branch of the government to protect the nation from t

         Brazil orders shutting of border to Venezuelan migrants    
SAO PAULO: A Brazilian judge has directed authorities to close the border for Venezuelan nationals entering Brazil, to escape from their country's political and economic crisis. Federal Judge Helder Barreto ordered the shutting of the border in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima. He said that the entry of the Venezuelans should be suspended immediately until the "state could achieve an equilibrium between the arrival of migrants and their exit to other parts of Brazil", Voice of America

         German couple jailed for selling son online for sex    
FREIBURG: A German mother and her partner were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for selling the woman's child online for sex. The mother of the child was handed 12 years and six months in jail, while her partner will serve the term for 12 years, reported dpa international. The woman's partner confessed to the crime in June saying that he was the 'driving force' behind it. He further admitted to coercing his girlfriend into letting her son be raped and abused by men they found online. Th

         US to reinstate sanctions on Iran    
WASHINGTON: The United States of America has decided to reinstate the sanctions on Iran, following its exit from the nuclear deal. The Trump administration will restore the sanctions which were lifted by former president Barack Obama in 2015 to create pressure on Iran while creating a rift with Europe, reported the New York Times. This comes after the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said that the sanctions to be re-imposed on Monday are an important pillar in the US poli

         Pakistan's new vaccination drive, 'final push' against polio    
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani health official says authorities have launched a week-long anti-polio campaign touted as a 'final push' against the crippling disease. Its aim is to vaccinate millions of children under 5 years of age. Dr Rana Safdar, the campaign's national coordinator, says the campaign was launched today amid tight security in 89 districts and towns with a total of 110,000 health workers who will fan out vaccinate 19.2 million children. She says the campaign will last for fo

         Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets 6-month bail in Cumilla bus arson case    
DHAKA: The Bangladesh's High Court today granted six-month interim bail to former prime minister and opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case of firebombing of a bus in 2015, local media reported. Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when unidentified assailants hurled a petrol bomb at the bus in Comilla's Chouddagram upazila on February 2, 2015, during protests against the government. Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman granted the 72-year-ol

         Chicago shootings: 44 people shot, five killed    
CHICAGO: As many as 44 people were shot in 14 hours in Chicago shootings on Sunday out of which five were killed, according to police records. "The city of Chicago experienced a violent night. Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas," CNN quoted Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller as saying. In at least one incident, shooters opened fire into a crowded street party, Waller said. Earlier there were six shootings, none fatal, on Friday, and 15 sh

         UK trade minister says 'no deal' Brexit more likely than not    
London: Britain's international trade minister says it's likely the UK will fail to agree upon a divorce deal with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next March.

         Bangladesh PM urges protesting students to return home    
Dhaka: Thousands of angry school students in Bangladesh continued their protest for the eighth consecutive day today, demanding a crackdown on reckless driving even as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged them to return home, saying that vested quarters have infiltrated the campaign.

         Huge Indonesia earthquake rocks Lombok island    
A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, prompting a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said the quake, off the north coast of the island, struck 10km (6.21 miles) underground. It comes a week after another quake hit the island, which is popular with tourists, killing at least 16 people.

         Pak anti-graft body approaches Interpol, seeks Red Corner Notices against Sharif's sons    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's apex anti-graft body has approached Interpol seeking issuance of Red Corner Notices against jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif's sons Hasan and Hussain, a media report said today. Sharif's sons were declared as absconders by an accountability court after they failed to appear in either of the three cases launched against them along with their father following a Supreme Court decision on July 28, 2017. The decision to issue Red Corner Notices was taken after Nationa

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