Wed, 13 July 2016
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23:37   Trump meets Indiana governor amid vice presidential speculation
Donald Trump met with Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Wednesday, heightening speculation that Pence could emerge as the Republican presidential candidate's choice for vice presidential running mate.

Trump was joined at the governor's residence for breakfast in Indianapolis by his daughter, Ivanka; son-in-law Jared Kushner; and sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Pence had campaigned together at a rally on Tuesday night in Westfield, Indiana.

Trump is expected to announce his choice on Friday.

23:07   I will be one nation prime minister: Theresa May
After becoming the second prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May said that she has been asked to form a government by the Queen and has accepted. 

May paid tribute to David Cameron as a "modern prime minister" who has governed in the spirit of One Nation Conservatism -- an approach that she intends to continue. 

"Together we will build a better Britain," said May who was accompanied by her husband, Philip.
22:20   Theresa May becomes the second woman PM of Britain
JUST IN: Theresa May becomes the second woman PM of Britain after Margaret Thatcher.
As she's set to claim the keys of 10 Downing Street and become the second female PM after Margaret Thatcher, here is a look at May's background, career and personal life here.
22:13   Theresa May has now arrived at the Buckingham Palace.
Theresa May has now arrived at the Buckingham Palace.
21:59   Buckingham Palace confirms PM's resignation
Buckingham Palace has now issued a statement saying that the Queen has "graciously accepted" David Cameron's resignation as prime minister and first Lord of the Treasury. 
Best wishes to my friend @David_Cameron. You are the definition of a great public servant: Tweets Arnold Schwarzenegger tweets this picture after he meets Cameron outside 10, Downing Street.
I believe that Theresa May will provide a strong and steady leadership, says David Cameron outside 10, Downing Street.
21:45   Tuki takes charge as Arunachal CM
Have taken charge as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister at Arunachal Bhavan in Delhi, Congress leader Nabam Tuki has said. 
21:42   Cameron heads to Buckingham Palace to quit as leader
Theresa May is hours away from becoming the second woman prime minister of Britain, after 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher. David Cameron will formally step down from office later today.

Read the article here
21:33   Cameron's last tweet as prime minister: It's been a privilege
From the  BBC: Cameron's last tweet as prime minister: It's been a privilege
21:06   Nabam Tuki government to be restored in Arunachal Pradesh: AG
JUST IN: Nabam Tuki government to be restored in Arunachal Pradesh, says AG.

Earlier in the day, In a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the government headed by it at the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh by quashing all decisions of the governor that had precipitated its fall in January, holding them "violative' of the Constitution.

The apex court's verdict came as a shot in the arm for the Congress, paving the way for the return of its dismissed government headed by Nabam Tuki.

The landmark unanimous judgment by a five-judge bench set aside among other things Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa's message directing the pre-poning of the session and the manner of holding the proceedings of sixth session of the assembly scheduled from January 14, 2016, to December 16-18, 2015.
20:59   Fliers to pay less for flight ticket cancellations from Aug 1
Air passengers have a reason to smile as the revised norms that caps ticket cancellation charges and bars airlines from levying additional amount for refund process are coming into force from August 1. "Cancellation amount not to exceed basic fare plus fuel surcharge; all statutory levies and taxes to be refunded under all circumstances," Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said today as he announced that the new cancellation norms for fare refund would become effective from August 1.

Issuing the revised regulations, the Directorate General of Civil Aviationalso made it clear that airlines cannot levy additional charge to process the refund. 

The move would come as a relief to air passengers against the backdrop of many carriers hiking the cancellation charges in recent times.
20:51   UN award causes no waves in South China Sea
The award by the UN Arbitration Tribunal on the dispute between the Philippines and China has hit the latter hard although it was not unexpected. China loses face, since the optics will be that it is swimming against the tide of world opinion'

Read this article here
20:32   Police to submit report on Zakir Naik by weekend: Official
Mumbai police will submit its report on controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik to the state government before the commencement of the monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature next week, a top Home Department official today said. 

"Contrary to media reports, Zakir Naik has not been given any clean chit by the Mumbai police. All angles are being probed and a report will be submitted to the government before the Monsoon session of the state Legislature (commencing on July 18)," a senior government official told PTI, requesting anonymity. 

Naik, who is now abroad, will be interacting with media via Skype tomorrow, for which arrangements had been made in a small hall in South Mumbai, with th
20:17   Centre acted only on advice of Arunachal Governor: Rijiju
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said the Centre had acted only on the suggestion of state Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa in the Arunachal Pradesh affair and the Supreme Court verdict was not against it.

"It is not our case. It will be total misjudgment if somebody says that it is a judgement against the central government. The central government acted on the basis of the report of the Governor," Rijiju said on the sidelines of the North-East Democratic Alliance's conclave.

"Whatever is the political issue, it is within the Congress party and it is in the state Legislative Assembly. We are not part of the whole problem," he said.

The minister asserted that the Supreme Court verdict was not against the Centre.

Rijiju said the central government would respect and honour the apex court verdict on Arunachal Pradesh.

"It's a Supreme Court judgement. When the matter is in the court, we have to respect it. There is no reason to defy or to criticise the ruling of the honourable Supreme Court... The judgement of the honourable court is always binding and final ... We are law-abiding citizen of the country and we will honour the Supreme Court judgement," he said.
19:35   Maha SEC bars AIMIM, 190 outfits from contesting local polls
In a jolt to AIMIM, Maharashtra State Election Commission on Wednesday barred it from contesting local body elections along with 190 smaller outfits for failure to submit Income Tax returns and audited accounts, ahead of a string of civic polls including the Mumbai city corporation.

Known for its controversial stance on a host of issues including the allegations against Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the SEC's decision came when All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen is gearing up to put up a good showing in the Greater Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls, due early next year.

The parties which lost their registration also include Revolutionary Party of India-Khobragade faction, led by Uttam Khobragade and Uttar Pradesh-based Peace Party.

The decision to withdraw registration of 191 outfits was announced by State Election Commissioner J S Saharia. So far, 359 political parties have been registered with the commission out of which 17 are recognised parties, he said.
19:18   Mahasweta Devi critically ill
The condition of eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi, who has been undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for over a month, is critical.

Doctors attending to the 90-year-old writer-activist said she was admitted to the hospital 45 days ago with age-related ailments and at present her condition is critical due to kidney disorder and blood infection.

"Gradually, her condition has become very critical but she is now stable. She is on antibiotics and renal support. She is responding a little bit to treatment," a doctor at Belle Vue Clinic said.

The Jnanpith, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay awardee has been suffering from age-related illness for a long time. Earlier in the year, she was admitted to the hospital as was discharged after her health improved.

Image: A 2012 image of Mahashweta Devi with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
19:15   Sikh man kicked out of Wimbledon queue for 'making people uncomfortable'
A 20-year-old Sikh man was kicked out of an overnight queue to watch the Wimbledon tennis championships as he apparently made other people around him "uncomfortable".

Govindpal Kooner took to Facebook last week to voice his anger at being thrown out and claimed it was an act of racism, cases of which have reported a rise in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU).

He wrote on Friday: "Kicked out of the overnight camping line for centre court Wimbledon line 'because you make some people around you uncomfortable, so we're gonna have to report you and ask you to leave immediately, sir'".

"Post-Brexit racism and the overt rise of neo-facism. Please advise how best to report this," he said.

The sportsman who himself dreams of playing professional tennis was eventually allowed to enter the ground after re-queuing in the line a few hours later and made an official complaint about his treatment.

"I felt awful. I felt like I should've fought and negotiated but I backed down and silently left. I don't feel like I'm ever going back now. It's still one of my favourite tournaments but can no longer definitively say it's a lifelong dream to play on centre court," he was quoted as saying by Metro.

Dozens of people responded to his post saying he should report the "discrimination" to police.

A Wimbledon spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a gentleman was asked to leave the queue at 4.42 am this morning (Friday) after a number of complaints from his fellow queuers about his behaviour."

He has previously been warned about his conduct in The Queue on up to six separate occasions during this year's Championships.

"We do acknowledge, however, that in this instance the event safety staff could have provided a better explanation to him. Happily, the same person has been in the Grounds today (Friday) watching the tennis," he said.

But the man insists he did nothing that would warrant being escorted off the grounds, was not intoxicated, loud or aggressive and had not been previously warned about his behaviour.

Image: Govindpal Kooner with a friend.
18:40   India launches Operation Sankat Mochan to evacuate citizens from S Sudan
Just in: India to launch operation Sankat Mochan to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan. General VK Singh to lead this operation. He will be accompanied by Secretary Amar Sinha, Joint Secretary Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar. The Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon and his team is organising the operation on the ground, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

India is putting in place an evacuation plan for its nationals from South Sudan, which is witnessing escalated violence due to clashes between anti and pro government forces, and has advised Indians not to travel to the war-torn country.

In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the last couple of days said, South Sudan I am aware of the developments in South Sudan. We are planning evacuation of Indian nationals.

Please register yourself with Indian Embassy and do not panic. Indian nationals are advised not to travel to South Sudan.

In its latest advisory, MEA said Indian nationals desirous of departing for South Sudan may kindly register themselves at the email ID

It is important to have exact number of Indian nationals seeking facility of evacuation to make arrangements. Please be brief, the advisory on assistance for Indian nationals in South Sudan said.

In case of absence of Internet, please text to +211955589611, +211925502025, +211956942720, +211955318587, it added.

The security situation in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, has deteriorated since July 7, 2016. We have reports of gun fire and fighting on the streets of Juba making any movement virtually impossible.

Ministry of External Affairs advises all Indian nationals against all travel to South Sudan till situation improves, the MEA advisory said.

On Sunday, Indian embassy in South Sudan had asked Indians stranded there to stay calm, assuring them that they are in constant touch with authorities in India and all options are being considered to provide relief to them amid heavy fighting between South Sudans army and former rebels.

The Indian embassy is in regular touch with concerned authorities in India and all options are being considered for providing relief to Indians stranded here in Juba. All are requested to keep calm and await further development and further inputs from the embassy, the advisory said.

According to official data, there are a few hundred Indians in South Sudan. Some of them have set up businesses in Juba and others are working for various companies. A small number of Indian nationals also work in Christian missionary organisations in that country.

Image: Indian citizens being evacuated from Yemen in April 2015. VK Singh had led the operation then as well.
18:07   The picture Sushma Swaraj tweeted today that people can't stop liking
When she's not helping evacuate people from Libya or South Sudan, or allaying actor Akshay Kumar's fears over evacuation of Indian nationals from Juba (S Sudan), Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj even tweets her responses to Indian students in the US who have received scam calls.

A student Damini sharma ‏@Daminis57089259 tweets: @SushmaSwaraj Hello Ma'am, I am an Indian Student (right now on OPT) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). I got a scam call On Thursday...

The minister responds: ‏@SushmaSwaraj  Fraud Calls - Don't worry Damini. This is a fake call. Pl contact Indian Embassy. They will follow up with Police.

And to @akshaykumar's tweet: @SushmaSwaraj Ma'am request for speedy measures and actions to evacuate Indians stranded in Sudan. Prayers with them. #SaveIndiansInJuba

She replied, "Akshay Kumar ji - Pl do not worry. We are evacuating Indian nationals from Juba (South Sudan)."

Active on social media, her tweet this morning however was different... and personal. It's her wedding anniversary today and the minister tweeted a picture of herself as a bride with her husband senior Supreme Court lawyer Swaraj Kaushal. The picture has been 'liked' 4800 times so far and retweeted some 894 times.

She also thanked her followers who wished her, saying, "Thanks for your greetings and good wishes on our wedding anniversary.

Congratulations and a happy anniversary, Ma'am.

Chennai techie Swathi murder case: Accused Ramkumar sent to police custody till July 16th.
17:17   David Cameron resigns as UK PM: I will be willing you on
Just in: David Cameron resigns as UK PM; Theresa May takes over later today.

In an emotional final speech to the British Parliament, he said: I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs of the opposition.

But I will be willing you on.

People come here with huge passion and issues they carry.

They come here with great love for the constituencies they represent.

We can be tough and test our leaders perhaps more than other leaders but thats something we should be proud of and keep at it.

The public service, the national interest - thats what its all about.

After all, as I once said, I was the future once!
16:51   UK PM David Cameron takes final questions on resignation day
David Cameron will leave Downing Street for the final time as UK PM today. Theresa May will be replacing him.

Cameron is taking part in his final Prime Minister's Questions, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country. It has been a privilege to serve the country I love."

After taking office, May will set about naming her own frontbench team.

Cameron told the Telegraph: "I came into Downing Street to confront our problems as a country and lead people through difficult decisions so that together we could reach better times.

"As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country, a thriving economy, and more chances to get on in life."
16:51   UK PM David Cameron takes final questions on resignation day
David Cameron will leave Downing Street for the final time as UK PM today. Theresa May will be replacing him.

Cameron is taking part in his final Prime Minister's Questions, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country. It has been a privilege to serve the country I love."

After taking office, May will set about naming her own frontbench team.

Cameron told the Telegraph: "I came into Downing Street to confront our problems as a country and lead people through difficult decisions so that together we could reach better times.

"As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country, a thriving economy, and more chances to get on in life."
16:43   Japanese Emperor Akihito 'plans to abdicate'
Japan's Emperor Akihito has announced his intention to abdicate in the coming years, public broadcaster NHK reports. The 82-year-old, who has had health problems in recent years, did not cite a reason for his decision. He has been head of state for 27 years and his abdication would be an unprecedented move in modern Japan.Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, is next in line to succeed him.
-- BBC
15:58   Zakir Naik's Thursday press conference called off
Controversial Mumbai-based televangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who addresses audiences around the world, has to cancel his press conference in Mumbai. 

At least four venues, including the World Trade Centre, have declined permission to conduct Naik's press conference via Skype. The WTC had confirmed the venue for Thursday's media interaction with Naik who is abroad but cancelled it today, an official spokesperson of the Islamic Research Foundation said.

"It's weird and unfair. What's going on? Apparently, hotels in Mumbai have been told not to give out venues for Naik's press conference," the spokesperson said.

This is the second time in at least four days that Naik's scheduled media interaction via Skype was called off amid speculation about his impending return to India.

Naik - at the centre of a storm - is on a lecture tour in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Africa. He is likely to return to Mumbai after some two weeks, the spokesperson said.

While the Shiv Sena and others have called for his arrest, others like the AIMIM have come out in support of Naik, saying he was a victim of witchhunt.

Perhaps nothing illustrates UK PM David Cameron's (he is resigning today) legacy better than this cartoon by Adams in the Daily Telegraph. 
15:41   NIA likely to contact Islamic preacher Zakir Naik
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to contact Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is presently in Medina, Saudi Arabia. According to sources, the NIA, which has reportedly given some message or signal to Naik in this regard, has been waiting for his return, and then it will formally ask him to present his points.

Although Naik's office seems to be clueless about his return and there are apprehensions that he may go to other countries, taking cooling up time and exploring all options, including legal.

Sources said the NIA tried to contact him over his cell phone, which was switched off. Following which, the agency officials tried to contact his aides.

The agency is trying to get more proof to make a stronger case against Naik, whose confidential meetings with individuals associated with terror organisations and their subsequent joining ISIS are rife, said sources, adding that videos of a few close door meetings are also among evidences collected by the agency.

The NIA is waiting for a formal request from Dhaka to take action against him - may be tomorrow or day after tomorrow - on this ground strong case can be made. Four teams of NIA officials have examined more than 500 CDs, finding most of the footages highly objectionable and a cause of security hazard and communal tension, said sources, adding that he can be interrogated and can be booked under these acts.

Besides, thousands of his emails were also scanned and many of them were found to be suspicious - mostly relating to funding, donations, sponsors and foreign tours, they said.
15:37   No threat, my govt run by numbers, says Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today said that there was no threat to his government as the required numbers are with him and it will be decided on the floor of the Assembly.

Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict ordering restoration of the previous Nabam Tuki-led Congress government, Pul, who had led the Congress rebels then, said, "(Our) government will remain. "That will be decided on the floor of the Assembly. Government runs only with the numbers. There is no threat to our government," he told reporters.

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court ordered restoration of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh by quashing all decisions of the Governor that had precipitated its fall in January, holding them "violative" of the Constitution.
15:20   I am not pregnant, what I am is fed up: Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has said women are exposed to "absurd and disturbing" scrutiny by the media.In a blog for the Huffington Post, the actress denied rumours she was pregnant before voicing fears about the impact of the "objectification and scrutiny we put women through".

"I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue."For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up," she wrote.

Here's what she wrote.
NSA Ajit Doval to brief select media on Kashmir at 4:30 pm today. 
14:52   J-K governor NN Vohra may be replaced with younger blood
The Centre is considering a replacement of Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra with someone younger, who will have a better equation with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Vohra, who is 80, has been the governor of the state since 2008.

Finding a successor will be a difficult task and the government is mulling a Muslim face working with the Vivekananda Foundation.

There are already three names that have been shortlisted by the National Security Advisor.

The other two names are a former IB director presently GOvernor and the third is a retired Chief of Army staff presently associated with the Vivekanda foundation.
14:13   PIL against criminalisation of beef eating:HC for govt's reply
Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Aam Aadmi Party government on a PIL challenging criminalisation of possession and consumption of beef in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to AAP government and sought its reply by September 14 to the plea, which has sought setting aside of those provisions of Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act which criminalise possession and consumption of beef in the national capital.
14:07   Explain 'thulla', Delhi HC tells Kejriwal in defamation suit
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday stayed a trial courts order in a criminal defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The HC has directed him to appear in the court on August 12 to explain his alleged Thulla remark against Delhi Police.

On May 23, a trial court in Delhi had given clean chit to Kejriwal citing that his remark was directed towards inefficient police officers within the department.

The courts order had come on a criminal defamation complaint filed against Kejriwal by a constable of Govindpuri Police Station who had claimed he was insulted by the CMs remark in a TV interview in which he had referred to police as thulla.

The court, while dismissing the complaint, said, To be more precise the said word appears to have been made with reference to those police officers who lack in efficiency.

It also said the statement given by Kejriwal during his interview on a TV channel on July 17, it is not per se defamatory in as much as the meaning of term thulla suggests that it is relative term to denote the performance level of a worker against fellow workers.

It is neither directed to the complainant individually nor to entire Delhi Police as a class but to an indeterminate and unidentifiable class of inefficient and corrupt police officials... Thus, there are no sufficient grounds to proceed further against the respondent (Kejriwal) and to summon him under section 500 of the IPC, the court said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi reacts: Welcome SC's historic verdict. Those who had trampled upon constitutional propriety and democractic norms have been defeated today.
13:25   Kashmir violence: Protesters snatch 70 police guns, build armoury
Security forces are bracing for the first Friday prayers after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani against the backdrop of growing evidence of a secessionist plot to raise an arsenal with arms snatched from security forces.According to sources, a mob took away around 70 semi-automatic and automatic weapons of J&K police after storming a police station in Damhal Hanji Pora in Kulgam two days ago. Read more
13:15   Kejriwal's wife takes voluntary retirement from Indian Revenue Service
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita has taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Revenue Service after serving for nearly 22 years in the income tax department.

Sunita, last posted as Commissioner of I-T in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in Delhi, had sought VRS earlier this year and an official order has now been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the cadre controlling authority of the department, officials said.

"She will be able to enjoy her pension benefits as she has served over 20 years in service," a senior official said.

Image: File picture of the Delhi CM with his wife Sunita and mother.
13:04   SC restores democracy despite Centre's effort to murder it: Azad
Hailing the Supreme Court's move to restore the Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said democracy has been restored despite the Central Government tried its best to murder democracy in the state.

"I would like to congratulate the SC for this landmark judgment. Democracy has been restored despite the Central Government tried its best to mull democracy, to kill democracy and to murder democracy in so far as Arunachal Pradesh is concerned and subsequently in Uttarakhand," Azad said.
12:41   Murdered investigative journalist J Dey immortalised with chowk in Powai
The D-Mart Square at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, has been renamed 'J. Dey Chowk' today in tribute to the senior investigative reporter, who was gunned down near the square in 2011.

Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar unveiled a plaque marking the new name for the square.

The ceremony was followed by a memorial meeting next to the Chowk.

The Mumbai Press Club has been instrumental in getting the permissions from the BMC after pursuing the proposal for over a year.

The CBI has taken over the probe in the four-year-old murder case of senior journalist J Dey in Mumbai. The murder of Mid Day crime and investigation editor, 56-year-old Jyotirmoy Dey, was one of the prominent cases in which gangster Chhota Rajan was suspected to be the mastermind. Dey was killed by motorcycle-borne shooters on June 11, 2011 at 3.30 pm, allegedly at the behest of Rajan.
12:35   PDP govt failed to assess situation: Omar on Kashmir unrest
Accusing the Mehbooba Mufti government of failing to assess the situation after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing, NC leader Omar Abdullah today said the PDP-BJP combine had "forgotten" the lessons of 2008 and 2010 when the Valley witnessed largescale protests.

The former chief minister also charged that Mehbooba Mufti was "shamelessly" trying to convey message of normalcy in the state hit by violence.

"I will not go into whether the situation is worse or not than 2008 or 2010. That is something you people have to decide. However, I feel that unfortunately, the lessons which we learnt in 2008 and 2010, the present government has forgotten them for some reasons," Omar told reporters in Srinagar.

The former chief minister was speaking to media after paying tributes to the martyrs of 1931 at Martyrs graveyard in Khawaja Bazar in downtown area of the city.

Omar, who is the working president of the opposition National Conference (NC), said either the government's assessment of the situation after Wani's killing was wrong or their preparations were not right.

"Either the present government exhibited negligence in assessing the situation after Burhan's killing or they did not prepare for the situation. Some reason out of the two is true that either their assessment was wrong or their preparations were not right.So, it is the responsibility of the government to restore normalcy," he said.

The NC leader said it was the time to reach out to the Valley with a healing touch and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send specialist doctors to the Valley for treating the injured.

"Hon (Honourable) @narendramodi ji. After Kerala fire you carried a plane load of burn specialists with you.Please send eye/trauma specialists to Kashmir," he said.

"Please don't let the fact that these youngsters people have been injured in protests stop us from giving the best care possible.Thank you jenab," he said. The NC leader also appealed to the Centre to order the forces to show restraint while dealing with the protests.

"I appeal the Centre to order the forces for exercising restraint and if people and forces can be ferried in planes, then what is the problem in getting medicine here.The news about dearth of emergency medicine is coming out of the hospitals.I request them to bring medicines and other such things in the planes in which forces are being brought.

"Our doctors must be tired now, how many hours can they work? Our operation theatres are overflowing, so I appeal them that normalcy cannot be restored by ferrying people in buses, we need some concrete steps like restraint and immediate assistance to hospitals," he said.
12:30   Sebastian Rotella: ISIS via WhatsApp
A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals shows the crucial importance of encrypted messaging tools. Read
12:27   Arunachal verdict: Rahul thanks SC for explaining democracy to PM
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a jibe at Narendra Modi post the Supreme Court's decision to restore the Nabam Tuki-led government in Arunachal Pradesh and thanked the apex court for explaining democracy to the Prime Minister.

"Thank you Supreme Court for explaining to the Prime Minister what democracy is. #ArunachalPradesh," Rahul Gandhi's office tweeted. In a major setback to the BJP-ruled Centre, the Supreme Court earlier today quashed "message and direction" issued by Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa and restored status quo as on December 15 when Congress' Nabam Tuki was the chief minister. Arunachal Pradesh had been under President's Rule since January 26.

Tuki-led Congress government was dismissed following days of turmoil after 21 of its 47 lawmakers rebelled against the chief minister. The Congress, which had 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled.

Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified. The leader of the dissident faction, Kalikho Pul, was sworn-in as the chief minister on February 19 with the support of the 20 Congress rebels and 11 legislators of the BJP.
12:19   What's the connection between Amitav Ghosh and Mandela?
Author Amitav Ghosh @GhoshAmitav tweets: Amazing to find oneself at the table where Nelson Mandela breakfasted during his stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

As part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan's 'In-Residence' programme, which is aimed at providing writers and artists an opportunity to stay in the Raisina Hill, eminent author Amitav Ghosh is staying in the President's House from Sunday till tomorrow.
12:16   SC verdict historic, democracy has been protected: Tuki
With the Supreme Court ordering restoration of his government in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress leader Nabam Tuki today termed the verdict as "historic" and said it has protected democracy.

"The Supreme Court verdict today is historic. It paves way to protect healthy democracy in the country," Tuki, who was the Chief Minister of Arunachal before his government was brought down, said. He said the Constitution of the country and democracy have been protected.

"BJP leaders tried to remove elected governments in states illegaly...the apex court verdict has restored justice," Tuki said. Tthe Supreme Court today ordered restoration of Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh by quashing as "unconstitutional" Governor's decision to advance the Legislative Assembly session by a month in December last.

Asked about his future course of action, Tuki said he would consult party legislators and the decision would be taken as per the court order and party ideology. Later in a post on Twitter, Tuki said, "Finally we have got justice from SC. Court has today saved this country and its Constitution."

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who argued for Congress leaders from Arunachal Pradesh in the Supreme Court, termed the verdict as historic and said only the judiciary can protect the value of the Constitution.

 "Only the judiciary can protect the value of our Constitution and I salute the judiciary for the verdict. This really is historical," he told PTI after the judgement.
12:06   Arunachal verdict a 'tight slap' on 'dictator' Modi, says Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that Supreme Court's decision to overturn President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh was a "tight slap on dictatorial Modi government".

Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said he hoped that the Centre will stop interfering in democratically elected governments. 

"SC judgment yet another tight slap on dictatorial Modi government. Hope Modi ji would learn and now stop interfering in democratically elected governments," Kejriwal tweeted.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh too slammed PM Modi and called termed the SC order as "defeat of dictatorship and victory of democracy".
JUST IN: Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani tries to come out of his Srinagar residence, arrested. 
11:28   Why no action taken for 25 years if Naik's speeches encourage militancy, asks Abu Azmi
Coming out in support of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Wednesday categorically ruled out allegations levelled on Naik and sought to know as to why action was not taken against him for the last 25 years if his speeches were inspiring terrorists.

He further sought to know if India's intelligence was sleeping when Naik visited worldwide to deliver speech. 

"Why no action was taken for the last 25 years if Naik was encouraging militancy. If Satyapal is saying that he had submitted a report, then he must be ashamed as he was the Mumbai police commissioner then and could have take action. But then he had no point to investigate. If you forcefully say such things, we won't tolerate it," Azmi said.

The SP leader also called for a fair inquiry into the charges against Naik.
11:06   This is a win for democracy: Tuki after SC order
Following the SC order quashing President's Rule in Arunachal and the restoration of the Nabam Tuki government, the chief minister was overjoyed with the decision. "This is a win for democracy. They brought down a democratically elected government. The law has protected us and the country."
10:49   SC restores former Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki's government
The Supreme Court restores Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh, saying the governor's action was illegal. 

The case is an appeal against a Guwahati high court verdict on the discretionary powers of governor JP Rajkhowa to summon or advance a sitting of the Arunachal Pradesh assembly.

Former state assembly speaker Nabam Rebia had moved the apex court after the Itanagar bench of the high court decided to uphold the actions of the governor.

On December 9 2015, the governor had advanced the state assembly session by a month to December 16 from the scheduled date of January 14 and had listed the removal of the speaker for the day.

Arunachal Pradesh was placed under President's Rule on 26 January. The crisis in the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh began after 21 legislators rebelled against the chief minister. Originally, the Congress had 47 members in the 60-member assembly. It is now left with 26 legislators.
10:32   Alert sounded after paraglider spotted close to Indo-Pak border
A massive search operation has been launched along the Indo-Pak border on the Pathankot-Jammu stretch of the national highway in Jammu and Kashmir after an intelligence alert was sounded about a motorised paraglider having been seen near Kaluchak. Army sources inform that an alert was received last evening that a blue and white coloured paraglider had been spotted by troops deployed along the border in Kaluchak area at around 5 pm in the general location of Rakh Bandawali. 

With the intelligence agencies having earlier sounded an alert that terrorists might try to infiltrate from Pakistan using a paraglider, parachute in order to carry out an attack deep inside Indian territory, a high-level alert was immediately sounded.
10:12   After Didi, Sheikh Hasina chat, TMC man lands in jail
A Trinamool Congress councillor in Salt Lake was arrested on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's instructions after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina complained that one of her friends in the township was not being allowed to carry out construction in his house because he had refused to meet an extortion demand.

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JUST IN: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan calls an all party meet on July 17 at 6:30 pm, ahead of the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament.
09:57   Three held in Louisiana gun plot against police
Authorities in Louisiana -- already rocked by the deadly police shooting of an African American man -- said they have arrested three black youths for stealing guns they planned to use to kill officers. 

Police responded as the suspects were trying to steal weapons from a pawn shop, and surveillance video showed the trio breaking in through the roof, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

Antonio Thomas, 17, "stated that he and three other suspects stole the firearms and were going to get bullets to shoot police," a police statement said. 

He was booked into prison on charges of simple burglary and theft of a firearm. It was not immediately clear whether the fourth suspect not in prison was on the run. Eight weapons were stolen. Authorities have recovered six of them and are working to find the other two.
09:25   Merge railway budget with general budget: Prabhu writes to Jaitley
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu in a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recommended that the 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate budget for the Railways be discontinued and merged with the general budget. 

"Integrating the rail budget with the general budget will enable formulation of a seamless national transportation policy, while insulating the Railways from political pressures,' Prabhu is understood to have said in the letter. 
09:15   Eight lions prowling streets of Gujarat causes panic
One person was seriously injured when three lions attacked him in Gujarat's Amreli district on Tuesday while a video on social media depicting a pride of eight lions roaming about a human habitat in Junagadh district created panic in the area. Forests officials said a man from the shepherd community was attacked by three lions while he was grazing goats near Adsang village. He was admitted to a hospital in Savarkundla.
08:32   CM Mehbooba repeating my mistakes: Omar Abdullah on Kashmir unrest
The cycle of violence that gripped the Valley in 2010 is a painful memory for former chief minister Omar Abdullah, but as he sees Kashmir erupt again, he finds his successor making the same "mistakes" he did. 

"Mehbooba Mufti has made the same mistake as me. I went into a shell in 2010 and she has also withdrawn into a shell. The first 24-48 hours are crucial. That is when your people need to see and hear you," National Conference leader Abdullah said. 

Mehbooba openly called for my resignation in 2010 but Im not going to do the same. It is a difficult situation for her to deal with, he said.

Abdullah said he expected her to learn from his mistakes.

She should have at least been on television appealing for calm but she seems to have retreated into a shell at a time when she needed to be seen and heard.

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08:03   Kashmir violence: Protesters snatch 70 police guns, build armoury
Security forces are bracing for the first Friday prayers after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani against the backdrop of growing evidence of a secessionist plot to raise an arsenal with arms snatched from security forces. 

According to sources, a mob took away around 70 semi-automatic and automatic weapons of J-K police after storming a police station in Damhal Hanji Pora in Kulgam two days ago.

On Tuesday, two separate attempts were made with the purpose of snatching weapons from troops. 
03:58   Chorus grows in US to cut financial aid to Pakistan
Running out of patience on double standards by Pakistan in combating terrorism, top United States lawmakers on Tuesday called for cutting financial aid and imposing sanctions against it while prominent think tanks said it is
time to consider putting Pakistan on the list of state sponsor of terrorism.
"Patience (on Pakistan) is growing very thin," Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.

Just cutting off the funding is not going to be enough, he said and sought for additional measures.
"Those who suggest giving aid to Pakistan need to give justification for using the tax payers money," Congressman Brad Sherman, Ranking member of the subcommittee joined Salmon and other lawmakers for actions against Pakistan.
Congressman William Keating, ranking member of the subcommittee on terrorism, non-proliferation and trade argued that there is little reason to believe that Pakistan is going to change its policies of using terrorism as a tool to meet its strategic needs.
Two of the top al Qaeda leaders have been killed in Pakistan, he said.
Keating that the US arms supply to Pakistan is unlikely to help it in the fight against terrorism, but would arm it to be used against India.
Meanwhile, former top diplomats and think tanks said it is time that US consider putting Pakistan on the list of state sponsor of terrorism.
"Pakistan now is a state sponsor of terrorism. There is no question that ISI supports the Haqqani network, which we regard as a terrorist network," said Zalmay Khalilzad, a former top American diplomat of the Bush Administration, who played a key role Americas policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq after 9/11, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.
02:51   US Capitol put on lockdown after reports of shooting nearby
The United States Capitol was briefly placed on lockdown on Tuesday after police received a call about a man with a gun several blocks away, police said.

Police stopped the man near the Capitol, a Washington police spokesman said. There were no shots figured during the incident, a separate representative of the Washington police said.

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02:01   Dow hits record as US stocks extend rally
The Dow shot up to a new record on Tuesday as global equity markets rallied again amid confidence in US economic strengthening and the continuation of central bank easy-money policies.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.7 per cent. 

The broad-based S&P rose 0.7 per cent to hit a record for the second straight day, while the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.7 per cent to close above 5,000 for the first time all year.
01:37   Western command chief visits IB in JK, reviews security
In the wake of foiling of twin infiltration bids of armed militants, the chief of army's Western Command on Tuesday visited troops along the border in Jammu region and reviewed the security situation along border belts.

Lt Gen K J Singh visited the troops engaged in the security of border area in Jammu, Samba and Kathua, a defence spokesman said. 

During his visit, he took a stock of the security arrangements in these sensitive areas and complimented the troops in successfully maintaining a high state of vigil against enemy designs, braving the odds of terrain and weather, the spokesman said. 

Singh had a detailed interaction with the ranks and file in one of the forward locations wherein he lauded their role in maintaining a relentless high state of alert for the security of border areas, he said. During the course of his visit, Singh was accompanied by military commanders from the Rising Star Corps. 

BSF jawans had foiled two consecutive infiltration bids along the International Border in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir since July 9.
01:05   Our sorrow can make us a better country: Obama
Speaking at the memorial service for five slain officers in Dallas, United States President Barack Obama praised police for protecting and serving the people.

"Like police officers across the country, these men and their families shared a commitment to something larger than themselves. ... The reward comes in knowing that our entire way of life in America depends on the rule of law, that the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor, that in this country, we don't have soldiers in the streets or militias setting the rules. Instead, we have public servants, police officers, like the men who were taken away from us," he said.

Police in Dallas "showed incredible restraint" and "saved more lives than we will ever know, Obama said.

For even those who dislike the phrase Black Lives Matter should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterlings family," Obama added.

"I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace," he said.
00:49   Sanders' endorsement to Clinton proves system is rigged: Trump's policy advisers
Bernie Sanders' decision to support Hillary Clinton contradicts his stand on issues like H1B visas for highly-skilled workers, and is an example of America's rigged system, one of Donald Trump's senior policy advisers said.
"The candidate who wants to reform H1-B visas is endorsing the candidate who supported lifting the caps on H1-B visas," Stephen Miller, Senior Policy Advisor of the Trump Campaign said in a statement after Sanders endorsed Clinton as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.
"Bernie's endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system - the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few," Miller said.
"The candidate who wants less war is endorsing the candidate who launched wars in Iraq and Libya and would lead us to a new war in Syria. The candidate who wants to get money out of politics is voting for the candidate who has made a career out of making money from politics," he said in a statement.
A day earlier in an interview to Vox, Clinton said she expressed concern over IT workers being displaced and being asked to train people.
"The many stories of people training their replacements from some foreign country are heartbreaking," she told Vox.  

"I want to see companies have to do more to employ already qualified Americans," she said.

00:26   Cameron chairs 'emotional' cabinet meeting last time as UK PM
An "emotional" British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday chaired his last cabinet meeting before handing over the baton to Theresa May who will assume charge on Wednesday, becoming the United Kingdom's second woman premier after Margaret Thatcher.
Cameron will cede power to 59-year-old May after visiting Buckingham Palace to resign on Wednesday.
Until Monday, Cameron, 49, had been expected to remain in office for another two months.
But when Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom unexpectedly pulled out of the race yesterday, leaving only May, the home secretary, still in the running, Cameron announced that he would swiftly make way for the incoming leader.
Cameron had resigned in the wake of Britain's shocking vote to leave the European Union on June 23.
In one of the final tasks of his six-year premiership, Cameron today gathered his top team for a final time.
The meeting was described as "emotional" by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale who said "there was a touch of sadness" to the Prime Minister and his ministers.
Cameron had announced he would be stepping down for a new prime minister to take the Brexit negotiations forward with the European Union a day after the June 23 vote in favour of Britain leaving the economic bloc.
"It was emotional but quite rightly we spent a lot of time on the Government business. But then we had a period in which people paid tribute to the extraordinary service the Prime Minister has given, led off by George Osborne and Theresa May our new prime minister. And then we looked forward to getting back to work," the leading Brexit campaigner told Sky News.