Tue, 20 September 2016
UN suspends all convoys in Syria after attack on aid trucks

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23:32   UN suspends all convoys in Syria after attack on aid trucks
The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after a devastating attack on its lorries near Aleppo on Monday.

The strikes, which witnesses say came from the air, came hours after Syria declared a week-old US-Russia brokered cessation of hostilities at an end.

Russia and Syria have both insisted that their forces were not involved.
But UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched a stinging attack on the Syrian government, saying it had killed the most civilians in the civil war.

In unusually blunt language, Ban said "powerful patrons... feeding the war machine, also have blood on their hands".

US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking alongside his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, insisted the ceasefire deal was "not dead", following talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on New York on Tuesday.
23:25   George H.W. Bush for Democrat Clinton? A Kennedy says so
Former president George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, the niece of president John F Kennedy wrote in a Facebook posting. 

"The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!" read the caption of a picture Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted on Facebook, as she shook the 92 year-old ex-president's hand.

The news site Politico posted a screenshot of the picture with the comment.

Townsend, 63, is a Democratic former lieutenant governor of Maryland and the daughter of former attorney general Robert Kennedy, assassinated in 1968. 

Her uncle was president Kennedy (1961-1963).

On Facebook, Townsend is identified as Kathleen Hartington, her middle name. The Bush clan has not offered their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
23:20   Why hardball diplomacy on Pakistan wont go far
The official reaction by three big powers '" United States, Russia and China '" to the terrorist attack on the Indian army base in Uri on Sunday becomes a sample test of New Delhi's bid to 'isolate' Pakistan internationally.

How? Read here
22:50   Hair offering at Tirupati temple fetch Rs 17.82 cr in 2 months
he auction of human hair made as offering by devotees in the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara has fetched Rs 17.82 crore in July and August this year.

The auction of human hair held in July netted Rs 11.88 crore while in August Rs 5.94 crore, said top officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which administers the cash-rich temple thronged by lakhs of devotees. 

Briefing reporters after a monthly meeting of the TTD Board, its Chairman Chadalavada Krishnamurthy and Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao said it had been decided to buy 39.32 lakh litres of toned milk this year at a cost of Rs 11.28 crore for free distribution to infants of devotees waiting for darshan in massive queue complexes. 

The temple management also made a decision to buy 2.25 lakh kgs of cow ghee from Karnal Milk foods Ltd of Haryana at a cost of Rs 376 per kg, aggregating to Rs 8.46 crore for use in the making the much sought after 'Tirupati Laddu' and other prasadams for next six months, they said. 

TTD Public Relations Officer Dr Talari Ravi later told PTI that the sale of human hair was expected to fetch about Rs 150 crore in 2016-17 as per the projection made in the Rs 2,678 crore budget of TTD for 2016-17 fiscal. 

Annually, about 10 million devotees, including women and children, get their heads tonsured as fulfilment of vow before entering the more than 2000-year old hill temple, he added.
22:24   95% households in India vulnerable to earthquakes: BMPTC
As many as 95 per cent households in the country are vulnerable to earthquakes in different degrees, Building Materials Technology Promotion Council, a government sponsored body for promoting appropriate building technology said in its report.

The report 'earthquake hazard zoning maps' was shared by BMPTC Executive Director Sailesh Agarwal in New Delhi.

"..out of the 304 million households in the country, about 95 per cent are vulnerable to earthquakes in different degrees," Agarwal said.

The BMPTC has prepared the maps on the behest of the National Disaster Management Authority), using the data available with the Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Meteorological Department and Census of India, the statement said.

Appreciating their efforts, Naidu has asked both BMPTC and NDMA agencies to ensure digitisation of these maps at the earliest so that they could be used by the public.

He also suggested the agencies to develop a mobile application based on these maps.

"These maps would be of significant help to architects, engineers, land use planners, insurance agencies and those involved in disaster mitigation, emergency planning and management," Naidu added.
22:02   Army Commander visits border, asks troops to remain alert
Amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan, Western Army Commander Lt Gen Surinder Singh on Tuesday visited border areas of Jammu region and asked troops to ensure high degree of alertness and operational preparedness. 

During the visit, he took stock of the security apparatus in the sensitive areas and complimented the forces in successfully maintaining a high state of vigil, a defence spokesman said here.

The army commander reviewed the deployment in the entire region and appreciated efforts being made by all the security agencies to enhance the levels of preparedness, he said. 

Gen Singh, who took over as General Officer Commanding-in -Chief of Western Command only three days back, emphasized on the need for ensuring high degree of alertness and operational preparedness, the spokesman said.

He also stressed upon the need to coordinate the intelligence network of all agencies in the region so that prompt actions can be undertaken to defeat the nefarious designs of adversary.
21:49   Bihar enhances ex gratia for martyred soldiers to Rs 11 lakh each
The Nitish Kumar cabinet today announced to enhance ex gratia amount to Rs 11 lakh each which will be paid to kin of three soldiers, hailing from Bihar and killed in a terror attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three soldiers which was enhanced to Rs 11 lakh each today.

The decision to scale up ex gratia amount to Rs 11 lakh each was taken at a meeting of state cabinet chaired by Kumar.

Three martyred soldiers of Bihar are S K Vidyarthi from Gaya, Rakesh Singh from Kaimur and Ashok Kumar Singh from Ara in Bhojpur district.

IMAGE: Family members of Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh who was killed in militant attack in Uri, mourn during his funeral in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo

21:28   Ban makes no reference to Kashmir in final UNGA address
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today made no reference to Kashmir and the situation in the Valley in his last address despite Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's repeated calls to the world body to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.

In his final address as the UN chief to the opening session of the General Debate in Geneva, Ban touched upon a plethora of global issues including the crisis in Syria, the Palestinian issue, the situation in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the refugee and migrant movements.

He also addressed tensions in the Korean Peninsula and West Asia, the South Sudan tensions, violent extremism and its impact on regions from Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan to the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.

However, Ban did not make any mention of Kashmir or the tensions in the Valley, that have escalated in the recent months, even as Pakistan made repeated pleas to the UN to help resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan.

Kashmir will be the focal point of Sharif's address to the General Assembly tomorrow.

Tensions are particularly running high between India and Pakistan in the wake of the attack by heavily-armed militants from Pakistan-based JeM on an army base in Uri on Sunday that killed 18 jawans.

Ban's office has repeatedly said that the UN chief's 'good offices' are available to help resolve the Kashmir issue, only if both India and Pakistan request for it, a clear message that it is a bilateral issue and should be solved by the two countries.

Last month, Sharif had written two letters to Ban asking him to intervene in the Kashmir issue.

The letters were among the many that Islamabad had shot off to the UN, calling for the world body to take up the Kashmir issue.

However, in his long and final address to the world leaders, Ban did not make one reference to Kashmir while highlighting the issues on the UN agenda.
Map of Jammu and Kashmir where a major infiltration bid was foiled and a group of terrorists was killed by the Army in Uri Sector.
20:59   Pakistan intelligence chief to skip SAARC meet in India
Amidst the ongoing hostility over terror attack in Uri, Pakistan has decided not to send its intelligence chief to India to attend a conference of top security experts of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries beginning Thursday.

Director General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan Aftab Sultan will not attend the SAARC meeting and that country will be represented by an official of the Pakistan High Commission, a home ministry official said.

The two-day conference of the high-level group of eminent experts from SAARC countries, to be held here, is being hosted by Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma and intelligence chiefs of all other SAARC nations -- Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives besides India -- will participate it.
20:47   At UNGA, Obama advises against 'teaching intolerance to children'
In his address to the UNGA, President Barack Obama said the world is too small, we are all too packed together to be following the old ways of thinking.

"We must reject the fundamentalism. Instead, we need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings,

"I believe in a liberal political order that's built not just through elections and representatives of government but also through respect for human rights, civil societies, independent judiciaries and the rule of law," he said.

He said religious tenets can be followed while teaching kids science and maths and not intolerance.

Speaking on refugee crisis, he said many nations are doing a lot for refugees, but many nations can do a lot more.

"In the eyes of innocent men, women, children who had to flee what they love, we have to have empathy," Obama said.

For the first time, a US President was not the second speaker at the UNGA General Debate as Obama arrived late for his last address as the Head of State.

Obama missed his turn as the second speaker which promoted President of the General Assembly to call Chad's leader, who was the next speaker on the list, to make his national statement.

The US has traditionally been the second speaker in the general debate after Brazil.

Today's address was Obamas eighth and final address to the UN General Assembly as Americas Commander-in-Chief.

After Brazil's President Michel Temer finished his address, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson said Obama is delayed and has not yet arrived for his speech to the General Assembly.

Not waiting for the US President to show up, Thomson proceeded on to the next speaker on the list, inviting Chad's leader to make his address.

Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
20:21   Obama addresses UN General Assembly
United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, his last as the US President.

He said China and India remain on a path of remarkable growth. He also said that the world is, by many measures, less violent and more prosperous than ever before and spoke on Paris agreement and global trade.
JUST IN: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt, reports AFP
20:01   SC seeks Centre's response on Italian marine's plea
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the Central government's response on a plea by Massimiliano Latorre, one of the two marines facing trial in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, seeking extension of his stay in Italy.

Latorre's grant of stay in Italy is coming to end on September 30, and he has sought an extension on the basis of parity with the other marine Salvatore Girone, who is already in Italy on health grounds.

Latorre had earlier told the apex court that he preferred to remain home till a final decision is made on which country has the jurisdiction to try him and Girone for the 2012 murder of two Kerala fishermen.

Italy had last week made a fresh plea in the apex court for modification of bail conditions of Latorre to enable him to stay in Italy till an international tribunal decides on which country has the right to try the case of killing of Indian fishermen.

The court has posted the matter for hearing on September 28.
19:45   Weak PDP-BJP alliance in J&K provided space for terrorism: Rahul
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the 'short-sighted alliance' of the Bharatiya Janata Party and People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir 'opened space for terrorism', which resulted in the Uri attack on Sunday.

"PM Modi ji's short sighted alliance with the PDP opened space for terrorism in Kashmir, our soldiers have died and I condemn that. I condemn what Pak has done. However the space for that has been created by politics that the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) has carried out in Kashmir," Rahul, who is on campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, said.

"The NDA has no strategy in Kashmir, national security can't be handled like public meets. This is a serious matter. The Congress is ready to help in whatever way possible as far as our soldiers and the government of India is concerned," he said.

He said the Congress wants a 'long-term, concrete strategy, not this event-based activity', to tackle terrorism in Kashmir 'because this is extremely dangerous for the country'.
19:21   Ban opens UNGA debate with call to end Syria fighting
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has opened the annual General Assembly debate of world leaders today with a call to end the fighting in Syria.

'I appeal to all those with influence to end the fighting and get talks started,' Ban said in his ongoing farewell address.
18:52   New York bomb suspect's wife left US days before attack
The wife of New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami left the United States days before the explosions in New York and New Jersey, a law enforcement source was quoted as saying. 

US officials are working with counterparts in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to get in touch with her, according to the official, who was not identified. 

Rahami, who is suspected in the weekend bomb plots, had married his wife in Pakistan and brought her to the United States, according to media reports.
18:44   Let marines remain in Italy till jurisdiction is established: Govt to SC
The government today told the Supreme Court it has no objection if the two Italian marines, who allegedly killed a couple of fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012, are allowed to remain in Italy until India's jurisdiction to try them is decided. 

Responding to a plea by the Italy government, Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha told a bench led by Justice Anil R Dave that the government was agreeable to let marine Massimiliano Latorre remain at home till an international tribunal decides whether India had the jurisdictional right to make the marines stand trial here.
JUST IN: Encounter underway between security personnel and terrorists in Handwara, J&K. One army jawan injured.
18:04   Stop terrorists using Pakistani territory as safe havens: John Kerry to Sharif
The United States Secretary of State John Kerry in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using their territory as safe havens. 

During the meeting, the US secretary of state also stressed the need for restraint in nuclear weapons programs.

Earlier, US State Department Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said that US wanted to see more progress from Pakistan in dealing with terror groups effectively.

The spokesperson said, "We have seen some progress but we want to see more and I think moving forward we will just continue to work closely and try to encourage greater counter terrorism cooperation with Pakistan but also within the region.
17:50   Sushma Swaraj will expose Pakistan at UN: VK Singh
As India prepares to isolate Pakistan on the global stage over the Uri attacks, former Army chief and now Union Minister General VK Singh called the country a sponsor of terror, and said his colleague Sushma Swaraj will expose Islamabad at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"Pakistan is a state sponsor of terror... Sushma Swaraj will expose Pakistan at the UNGA," Singh said in an interview to India Today. 

Singh said India's response to the Uri attack will be "effective" and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a "strong stance" against Pakistan in his meeting with top officials on Monday.
17:29   Rahul Gandhi to visit Kanpur tomorrow
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will hold a roadshow in Kanpur tomorrow, as part of his ongoing 'Deoria to Dilli kisan yatra'.

Congress city chief H P Agnihotri said Rahul's roadshow will enter Kanpur tomorrow evening from Shastri Nagar and will reach Phool Bagh after passing through various routes. A "khat sabha" will also be organised before the roadshow at Ghatampur. 

Rahul will spend the night at Kanpur's circuit house and will leave for Unnao on Thursday, he said. The party workers will welcome the Congress vice president who will take part in "nukkad sabhas" at various stops during his roadshow, Agnihotri said. 

Security arrangements by the Special Protection Group and district authorities have been put in place for Rahul's visit tomorrow.
JUST IN: Amar Singh to be the national General Secretary of Samajwadi Party.
16:53   Release 6,000 cusecs of water daily: SC to Karnataka on Cauvery row
The Supreme Court has directed the Karnataka government to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water daily till September 27, the date of the next hearing, to Tamil Nadu. 

Following the order, Fali Nariman appearing for the Karnataka government said, "We will have to sacrifice our drinking water for irrigation purposes in Tamil Nadu."

On September 5, a SC bench involving judges Dipak Misra and Uday Umesh Lalit asked Karnataka to discharge 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet every second) of water every day to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. The order had led to violence in Bengaluru with pro-Kannada groups burning trucks and buses. 
16:44   Five days on, PDP MP Karra yet to submit resignation to Lok Sabha Secretariat
Tariq Hameed Karra, who had announced his resignation as MP from Srinagar, has not conveyed it to the Lok Sabha Secretariat even though five days have passed since then. 

Sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat said that no communication, either by email or letter, has been received from Karra. They noted that any member wishing to resign from the Lok Sabha has to submit a letter in original with signature to the Speaker. 

Karra, one of the founding members of PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, had announced with much fanfare on September 15 that he had decided to quit as member of Lok Sabha and would be submitting his resignation to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's office the next day.

Elected from Srinagar Parliamentary constituency in 2014 on PDP ticket, Karra had told reporters in Srinagar that he had decided to resign from the party as well as Lok Sabha to protest against "brutal policies" of BJP at the Centre and "complete surrender" of his party-ruled state government before it.
16:31   Rajnath asks BSF to deal with 2nd ceasefire violation 'suitably'
Home minister Rajnath Singh tells the BSF to deal with the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, 'suitably'. Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Uri, firing over 20 rounds from small firearms at the Indian post, say news reports.

The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday registered a case to probe the terror attack at the army installation in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.

The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the army formation at Uri. Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group and two Global Positioning Systems. Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.

Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said. The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.

The place where the attack took place is located barely 6 kilometre from the Line of Control. The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said. Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.
16:27   Thane, Agra, Vadodara among 27 places in govt's 2nd smart city list
Does your city figure in the government's second list of smart cities? (See the second list alongside).

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced the next set of 27 cities for financing under the Government flagship Smart City Mission today.

As many as 40 cities have to be announced during this financial year, as the government had already announced 13 cities in May.

In January, the government had announced a list of 20 cities for partial funding to be developed as smart cities, which would have facilities such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity and e-governance, among others.
16:23   Centre seeks report from Delhi Police on woman's death
The Centre has sought a report from Delhi Police over the death of a 21-year-old woman who was brutally stabbed 22 times by a stalker in broad daylight. "We have sought a fact report from Delhi Police Commissioner over the incident. Whatever happened is very sad," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters.

The woman, who was a teacher, was stabbed to death by her 34-year-old stalker, who attacked her nearly 22 times as passersby looked on in north Delhi's Burari area.
16:11   Ishant Sharma ruled out of Kanpur Test
India fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. reports that Sharma has been ruled out because he is recovering from chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral infection. Anil Kumble, the India coach, said the team management had not asked for a replacement for Ishant.
15:36   Two days after terror attack, Pak violates ceasefire in Uri again!
Just in: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri. Twenty rounds fired from small arms at the Indian post in Uri, say news reports.

This comes just two days after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked the army camp in Uri leaving 18 jawans dead.

India is actively considering imposition of material damage on Pakistan. There may even be a punitive strike in response to ceasefire violations and infiltration.

Based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's instructions, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh sat down together in South Block to discuss the ground operations that can be launched by the Army Special Forces.

Any action against terrorists based in Pakistan will be taken only after examining all relevant issues, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today.
"Action will be taken after due consideration. Action is not taken after making announcements," he told reporters.

The Minister of State for Home made the remarks when he was asked whether the government was planning to carry out a strike against terrorists camps based in Pakistan.
14:46   Amritsar: 5 dead after bus with 50 school students falls into canal
In a tragic accident, a school bus carrying 50 students fell into a canal in Amritsar today. The DAV school bus was heading towards Attari to drop off the students to their homes after school met with an accident and fell into the canal. Five bodies have been recovered, with 10 more students injured. Senior police officials and administration officers have reached the spot.

This comes a day 35 people died when the 50-seater bus they were travelling fell into a deep pond in Bihars Madhubani district.

IMAGE: Rescue ops in progress at the site of the bus accident in Madhubani district of Bihar on Monday.
14:34   NIA registers case in Uri terror attack, collect evidence
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday registered a case to probe the Uri terror attack at the Army installation near Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base on last Sunday.

The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri, 102 kms from here.Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, DNA samples of terrorists, two Global Positioning Systems (GPS), two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group.
Police surround Saudi flight at Manila airport: aviation authority.
14:23   Afghan President calls up PM, condemns Uri attack
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemned the "cross border attack" in Uri while expressing solidarity with India to eliminate the threat of terrorism. President Ghani strongly condemned the cross-border terror attack and conveyed Afghanistan's solidarity and support with India for all actions to eliminate the threat of terrorism, a PMO statement said.
14:14   Baloch leader asked to file asylum papers with Indian embassy in Bern
Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti has approached the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva for filing asylum papers. Bugti asked by the Permanent Mission of India (Geneva) to approach the Embassy of India in Bern (Switzerland) for the same.
14:10   Responding to a dangerous time
Pakistan is facing an exceptionally dangerous challenge with aggressive rhetoric and threats from India and Afghanistan and hostile narratives gaining resonance in Washington. Failing to suppress the sustained uprising in India-held Kashmir, the Modi government has intensified its smear campaign against Pakistan in yet another attempt to portray the Kashmiri protest as Pakistan-inspired terrorism. Read more
13:51   Indian journalist asked to leave Pak event says 'we would do the same'
The NDTV journalist asked to leave a press briefing of the Pakistan Foreign Secretary in New York, for simply being an Indian, has stirred up a Twitter storm after she tweeted "‏@namratabrar  Told "Indian ko nikalo" at #Pakistan press con #UNGA #UriAttacks. Not surprised, we would probably do the same..."

While the jury is still out on whether India would ever do something so crass (and we think not), not a single Indian reporter, including the NDTV reporter -- Namrata Brar (Bureau chief, USA) -- were allowed to attend the briefing.

NDTV reported that when Brar was spotted at the Roosevelt Hotel where Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was to address the media, his aides were told, "Iss Indian ko nikalo (remove this Indian)."

Pic: NDTV journalist Namrata Brar, courtesy Twitter.
13:32   Srinagar: All flights cancelled after IAF fighter jet crash lands, pilot safe
Just in: MIG-21 fighter jet overshoots runway while landing in Srinagar, pilot ejects safely, all flight operations stopped.

All flight operations at the Srinagar airport have come to a halt. The pilot of the aircraft evacuated unhurt.

The Srinagar airport handles 560 flights a week and operations have been running smoothly over the week owing to Eid celebrations in the state. The airport is located at a distance of about 12 km from the city.

Representational image.
13:24   Lahore badge a liability now
Sushma Swaraj's absence from a meeting on Uri at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home this morning drew attention, particularly because the foreign minister has been virtually mum on the attack despite being an avid Twitterer. So far, Sushma has merely re-tweeted comments that Haneef Atmar, Afghanistan's national security adviser, had posted on Sunday. Read more
13:21   I Used to Be a Human Being
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13:18   Actor Jim Carrey sued for wrongful death of ex-girlfriend
The husband of Jim Carrey's former girlfriend sued the actor on Monday, accusing him of illegally supplying Cathriona White with prescription drugs that resulted in her death.

Reuters reports that Carrey called the wrongful death lawsuit "a terrible shame," in a statement, adding "there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world."

The lawsuit filed by White's husband, Mark Burton, in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused Carrey, 54, of "using his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances."White, 30, an Irish-born makeup artist, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment in September 2015, in an apparent suicide.

13:15   Jiah Khan's death not suicide? Hanging was staged, says British forensic expert
Actress Jiah Khan's hanging was staged, a British forensic expert has concluded in a report.

Jason Payne-James's findings, which were studied by Mumbai Mirror, contradict Indian experts' report on Jiah's death, and her mother, Rabia, intends to share them with a city sessions court on Wednesday. 

It remains to be seen if the court will admit a report by a foreign expert who was hired by Rabia, and not the state.

The development comes over a month after the CBI told the high court that it had ruled out murder in the case.

Payne-James studied the medical and post-mortem reports, analysed photographs of Jiah's body and reviewed CCTV grabs and pictures of her room for his investigation.

The state's forensic experts had said the injury marks on Jiah's lower lip were probably the result of "friction with the teeth during the commission of the act [suicide]". But Payne-James has said the injuries "represent either abrasions or bruises", and are indicative of "blunt force trauma to the mouth region (for example punching or a hand placed over the mouth)".
Suspicious bag discovered near an Army unit at Simbal Chowk, Pathankot. Bomb squad at the spot: ANI
12:59   PM's address to change from 7 RCR to be 7 Ekatma Marg?
The New Delhi Municipal Council will meet on Wednesday to discuss the change of name of Race Course Road to Ekatma Road.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence is situated on Race Course Road.

The proposal to change the road's name was put forth by Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. 

According to her proposal, the road's name does not match with the culture of the country.

Keeping in view Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's birth centenary and his message of integration, the street should be named Ekatma, the proposal said, adding that the name will remind every prime minister of his/her responsibility towards the people.

The Race Course Road area comes under NDMC's preview and Lekhi is on its board which is headed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. But since Kejriwal is away for treatment, Lekhi will chair the NDMC meet. So no prizes for guessing which way the decision could swing.
Suspicious bag discovered near an Army unit at Simbal Chowk, Pathankot. Bomb squad called at the spot.
@jhunjhunwala PM Modi and HM Rajnath Singh discussing India's strong response to Terror.
12:56   Uri attack: Rajnath takes stock again
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today again reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with top officials, including NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, in the wake of the terror attack in Uri.

Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed Singh on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, official sources said.

The presence of the Foreign Secretary in the meeting is significant as government plans to launch a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. Sources said the Home Minister took stock of the steps taken to check infiltration along the LoC and the International Border with Pakistan.

The Home Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, including Punjab which had faced two similar terror attacks early this year.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is in Srinagar to assess the ground situation in Kashmir. Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday, killing 18 jawans.
12:31   CBI conducts searches at FTIL, MCX, MSEI offices
CBI carries out searches at Multi Commodity Exchange in a case of starting a stock exchange in alleged violation of norms.

The search operation is also going on at MCX, Metropolitan Stock Exchange and at the residences of NSEL directors Jignesh Shah, Joseph Massey and Shrikant Javelgekar. The three were also on the boards of MCX and MSEI.

The federal agency is also carrying out searches of at least five current and former officials of markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. These officials were named in the FIR filed by the CBI. 

The CBI is believe to be investigating their roles in the licence grant case as well as in the Rs 5,600 crore National Spot Exchange crisis.
11:55   Uri attack: NIA registers case, on site to collect evidence
The National Investigation Agency has registered a case in connection with the terrorist attack on the Army brigade camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA team, which visited the attack site, is tasked with gathering evidence and preparing a dossier which could be presented to the international community to expose Pakistani hand in the attack.

The NIA is focussing on the combustible substance used by the four terrorists to set fire to tents inside the administrative unit near the brigade headquarters, close to the Line of Control.

Such incendiary material, the sources, said was being used for the first time. Besides, the attack coincided with the troop re-deployment, hinting at intelligence being passed on to the attackers.
11:47   SC rejects PIL on judicial appointments

Just In: Supreme Court dismisses PIL on having a mechanism other than collegium to appoint judges.

A lawyers' association had filed a plea seeking transparency in judicial appointments.

Ruling on the petition, the court stated that the demand for a committee for judicial appointments may not be constitutionally tenable and the Union government is already preparing an Memorandum of Procedure in the same regard.

More details are awaited.
India successfully test-fires long range surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel.

Details awaited.
11:38   Home Secy rushes to J-K to review security after Uri attack
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will today review the security situation in Kashmir in the backdrop of the deadly terror attack on the army base in Uri on Sunday and the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

Mehrishi arrived in Srinagar early this morning, two days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants stormed an army base in the Uri sector of Baramulla district, killing 18 soldiers before they were eliminated, officials said.

The Union Home Secretary will hold a security review meeting which will be attended by top officials from various security forces, police and intelligence agencies, the officials said.

They said the Uri attack and ongoing unrest in Kashmir, which began a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, will be the focus of discussions. Mehrishi was scheduled to arrive here yesterday but postponed the visit by one day.
11:31   The rise of the political CFO is leaving tremors across parties
Akhilesh Yadav always needed his father's blessings in his politics. But never would he have thought that a day would come when his father would put such a premium on what he must imagine is traditionally a son's legitimate right. All he wanted, after all, was a confirmation of a legacy bestowed on him in 2012, one he believes he really worked hard for.  Read more
11:04   Bomb threat at Kolkata airport
Just in: Bomb threat at Kolkata airport. Kolkata airport authorities receive call from a woman threatening to blow up the Guwahati bound AI 729. Search ops underway. What we know so far is that boarding has been stalled and the plane has been taken to the isolation bay. The bomb squad has been called in. 
MoS PMO Jitendra Singh arrives for the review meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs. #Uri Attack. 
10:39   Hypocrisy towards terrorism will not do: India
Describing terrorism as an "existential threat", India has said that "hypocrisy" towards the menace is unacceptable and underlined that terrorism is the "principle cause" of the large-scale refugee movement.

"It is important to stress that today the geo-politics of the crisis points and proves that terrorism is the principle cause of refugee movements. Can we ignore this fact, we cannot. We do so at our peril," Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said in his address to the UN General Assembly's first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York yesterday.

Akbar asserted that terrorism is an "existential threat" and "hypocrisy towards this crisis will not do." He underscored that for the millions of people fleeing conflict, war and poverty, terrorism is not characterised as good or bad.

"There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism and if you do not know the answer to this question, all you have to do is ask the refugee if he considers any terrorism to be good or bad," Akbar said.

Stressing that terrorism is the "biggest danger" to human rights, Akbar said large movements of people across borders serve as a reminder that the world has become a global village. "We can only prosper or perish together, it is best that we learn to live in peace, prosperity and amity," he said.
10:35   83% Indians want military might to beat terror attacks
An overwhelming 83 per cent Indians believe using military might is the best way to respond to Pakistan-sponsored terror. In the poll (see alongside), we had asked whether, "a military option the right answer to the Uri attack?"

Of the over 10,000 respondents who have voted since the poll was posted on, 8722 voters have said 'Yes' to using military force against Pakistan. Just 16 per cent (1710 voters) of voters said, attacking Pakistan was not the answer to the Uri terror attack.

This ties in what the Indian Army said yesterday, a day after 18 jawans were killed in Uri by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Army on Monday said it reserves the right to respond to any cross-border terror attack 'at the time and place of our own choosing'.

The incident has sparked calls across the country for exercising military options.

The remarks by Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh came at a time when some security experts and political leaders have called for targeting terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after the attack that left 18 soldiers dead and over two dozen injured.

'The Indian Army has displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland. However, we have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,' Lt Gen Singh said in a statement to the media at the South Block.  

10:28   'Iss Indian Ko Nikalo'
An NDTV journalist was on Monday asked to leave a press briefing of the Pakistan Foreign Secretary in New York, where tension is simmering between the two countries over the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri.

"Iss Indian ko nikalo (remove this Indian)," were the words used when NDTV's Namrata Brar was asked to leave the room at the Roosevelt Hotel where Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was to address the media on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

That not even a single Indian was allowed to attend that briefing reflected the sharp deterioration in ties. Read more
10:16   Uri Day 3: Rajnath to hold security review meet at 10:30 am
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called for a security review meeting at 10:30 am. Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is in Uri to review the security in the aftermath of the terror attack on Sunday that left 18 jawans dead.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the border areas yesterday and today's review meeting on security is the second consecutive meet.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, Army, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies had briefed Singh on the latest ground report in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, PTI reported.

Possible strategies to deal with the fresh challenges arising out of the terror attack at the Army Brigade Headquarters, located along the LoC, was also discussed in the meeting, the sources said.

The Home Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, particular along the western border - from Punjab to Gujarat, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a team of National Investigation Agency is expected to visit Uri to gather leads and other evidence from the terror attack site.

10:09   Ramdev asks PM for 'fitting reply'
As hawks hover India calling for war on Pakistan, yoga guru Baba Ramdev asks PM Modi to deliver on his promise. @churumuri tweets: Once upon a time, yoga could calm nerves and clear the mind. Once upon a time, yogis were humanists who spoke peace.

Image: Baba Ramdev's call to battle after the Uri attack. 

10:05   Obama lauds Pramukh Swami Maharaj's work
US President Barack Obama shared a personal message paying tribute to the life and work of the late Hindu spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj. "By paying tribute to a man who believed in the worth of all people and dedicated himself to serving those in need, we are reminded of the ways our common humanity will always bind us together," Obama lauded the late spiritual leader by noting that Pramukh Swami Maharaj "was a trusted ear and revered voice for countless people, and the lessons of his humility stirred not only the hearts of his followers, but also of men and women across the globe who were fortunate enough to have crossed his path."  
09:17   Why V-C is an ex-soldier, not an academic: SC asks AMU
Aligarh Muslim University on Monday faced some tough questions from the Supreme Court over its choice of vice-chancellor, who is a former soldier and not a teacher.

The court wanted to know how Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (retired) was appointed the vice chancellor by AMU, a central university, overlooking the regulations of the University Grants Commission, the higher education watchdog.

"The regulations make it compulsory for the VC to possess certain academic qualifications, saying he or she must be a distinguished academician. How can a retired army officer or a police officer be the head of a central university," a bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and justice AM Khanwilkar said.

"We are not questioning his abilities. We are on the question whether his appointment is as per the UGC regulations."

Read more HERE

09:14   Harry Potter's childhood home at 4 Privet Drive is for sale
Harry Potter fans finally have a chance to move into his childhood home. No, not Gryffindor Tower, but 4 Privet Drive, where Harry spent many miserable years with his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia Dursley and their coddled son, Dudley.

The family home that was used as the Dursleys' residence in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has been put up for sale, complete with enclosed backyard, three bedrooms and yes, a cupboard under the stairs. 

There is one glaring disparity between the actual home and the one in the film -- it's not located at 4 Privet Drive, village of Little Whinging, in the county of Surrey. Instead, the house is located at 12 Picket Post Close in Martins Heron, Bracknell in Berkshire on the outskirts of London.

Read more HERE
09:10   Prakash Javadekar to discuss autonomy bill with IIM directors
Directors of various Indian Institutes of Management will be meeting with the Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar at IIM Shillong on Tuesday to deliberate upon the proposed IIM Autonomy Bill.

The draft bill proposes to give autonomy to nineteen IIMs, empowering them to award degrees instead of diplomas for their IIMs for their two-year programmes. The draft law is modelled on the IIT Act and has been under deliberation for more than one year now.

The September 20 meeting, however is being perceived to be an important step forward in terms of deciding the outcome as all the Directors will be presenting their stand on the draft bill. Atanu Rakshit, Director of IIM Rohtak, says: Various Directors will be presenting their stand on the bill and along with it some data related to the institute. We are hoping for a positive outcome from the meeting.
08:52   Cauvery row: Security beefed up in Mysuru, Bengaluru for SC hearing today
With the Supreme Court expected to take up the Cauvery water dispute case on Tuesday, Bengaluru city police have tightened security, with additional forces deployed at sensitive and hypersensitive areas.

City police commissioner NS Megharikh held a meeting with his officials, and discussed the measures taken to curb the violence and related issues. Later in the evening, Megharikh interacted with control room personnel and gave them directions.

"A total of 40 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, 30 City Armed Reserve platoons, six Rapid Action Force squads, three companies of the Seema Suraksha Dal, three Border Security Force platoons and one company each of Central Industrial Security Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police will guard the city. 

Besides, 15,000 civil police including senior police officers and 2,000 Home Guards will take position at 6am. Two Special Weapons and Tactics vehicles, 250 Hoysalas and 400 Cheetah bikes will patrol the city," police sources said. 

City police were on the roads in full strength on Monday too, given that the Cauvery Supervisory Committee was to take up the issue of release of water to Tamil Nadu.

The police have banned sale of liquor in bars, wine shops and pubs across the city from 6am Tuesday morning to 1am Wednesday. However, star hotels, military canteens and clubs are exempt from the ban.

Section 144 has been imposed in Mandya's Sanjay circle ahead of the hearing, ANI reported.
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik pays tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Uri Attack a the Puri beach in Odisha

Pay your respects to the fallen soldier. Click HERE to light a candle
Gun salutes paid to Uri martyr Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui during his last rite in Howrah. 

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ACB registers FIR agnst DCW Chief Swati Malliwal under Prevention of Corruption Act over alleged irregularities in appointment of DCW staffs
08:27   Next set of smart cities to be announced today
The Centre will today announce the next set of cities for financing under the Modi-government flagship Smart City Mission.

As per the Misison guidelines, as many as 40 cities have to be announced during this financial year. As the government had already announced 13 cities in May, a slot of 27 cities remains vacant against which the announcement would be made by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today. 

In January, the government had announced a list of 20 cities for partial funding to be developed as smart cities which would have facilities such as assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management systems, efficient urban mobility and public transportation, IT connectivity and e-governance, among others. 

Each city will receive Central assistance of Rs 200 crore in the first year and Rs 100 crore over the three subsequent financial years. 

State governments and respective urban local bodies will also match the Centre's contribution. 
04:23   I trust my sister more than anyone else: Rahul
Even as calls for Priyanka Gandhi to join politics growing, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is also keen to see his younger sister to enter active politics.

In an interview to The Times of India, Rahul said that he was keen to see Priyanka take a role in active politics, but the decision was up to her. 

"I trust my sister more than anybody else. I'd like her to be actively involved in politics, but it's up to her to decide when, how and if she wants to do it," he said

On Prashant Kishor's role in the party's UP campaign, Rahul said, "The party strategy is devised by Congress leaders. Prashant operationalises campaigns, manages part of the logistics and provides inputs. The Congress has a well-established system of distributing tickets. That is the system that will be put to use."

Attacking Prime Minister Modi for being "insensitive" to farmers, Gandhi accused him of being "trained in lying by the RSS". 

Referring to the PM as a "selfie-taking, false promise-making machine,"he predicted a communal turn to the UP polls -- "because the BJP-RSS combine is capable of dishing out nothing but violence and hate".
04:06   British aircraft took part in attack that killed 60 Syrian soldiers
Britain's military has admitted involvement in an airstrike in eastern Syria which reportedly killed over 60 Syrian Army troops. Subsequent reports suggest a Reaper drone may have been used.

The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence tweeted on Monday that it had been involved.

An MoD spokesman said: We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation.

The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."

03:13   Fire at Greek migrant camp, thousands flee: police
Thousands of migrants on Monday fled one of Greece's main camps on the island of Lesbos after apparently setting fire to the facility, police said.

"Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants have fled the camp of Moria" because of the fire, a police source told AFP.

He said there was "no doubt" that the fire had been set on purpose by those inside.

"The situation is difficult because of the wind," which was fanning the flames, the officer added.

It was not immediately clear how extensive the fire in the camp was.

Some 150 minors housed at the camp were evacuated to a children's village on the island, he said.

There are now over 60,000 refugees and migrants in Greece, most of them seeking to travel to Germany and other affluent EU countries.
02:35   Obama, Iraqi leader to strategize on fight to reclaim Mosul
President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will strategize about the upcoming offensive to take back the northern city of Mosul when they meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Increasingly, and not without irony, Iraq has become the bright spot in Obama's campaign against the Islamic State group, though profound challenges remain.

In neighboring Syria, the chaotic civil war continues to plague efforts to defeat IS extremists, but in Iraq, cooperation with Abadi's forces has helped the US-led coalition wrest back half the territory that IS once held, according to the US.

"As we take away more of their territory, it exposes IS as the failed cause that it is," Obama said on Monday. 

"And it helps to undermine their ideology, which over time will make it harder for them to recruit and inspire people to violence." 

Yet a key city remains under IS control: Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the extremist group's stronghold in the country.

An intensely difficult urban fight to oust IS from Mosul is expected to ramp up in the next two to three months, following recent victories in reclaiming other Iraqi cities including Fallujah and Ramadi. 

Some 1 million people could be displaced by the battle in Mosul, US and UN officials say. 
02:16   After bomb blasts, Clinton charges Trump helps Islamic State to recruit
Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday accused Republican rival Donald Trump of helping Islamic State militants recruit more fighters as bomb blasts in New York and New Jersey made national security a top concern on the US presidential campaign trail.

Trump, meanwhile, said Clinton's "weakness" while Democratic President Barack Obama's secretary of state had emboldened terrorists worldwide to attack the United States.

Both candidates tried to use the attacks to flex their national security credentials, with world leaders gathering in security-heightened New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Clinton said Trump's rhetoric against what he calls "radical Islamic terrorism" is helping Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS.

"We know that a lot of the rhetoric we've heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists," she told reporters in White Plains, New York.

The Trump campaign responded by saying Clinton bears some responsibility for the violence by not persuading Obama to leave a residual force of U.S. troops in Iraq when she was his secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
02:03   Monsoon to be normal, not above normal: IMD revises prediction
With less than 10 days left for the rainfall season to end, the IMD on Monday said the season would end with the country receiving "normal" precipitation and not "above normal" as it had earlier forecast. 
The country's weather agency has attributed the downward revision to the delay in La Nina phenomenon.
Madhavan Nair Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said the monsoon this year will be below 100 per cent of the Long Period Average.
Anything between 96-104 per cent of the LPA is considered as normal rainfall while precipitation in the range of 104-110 per cent is termed 'above normal'.
India has been hit by drought in the last two years, with monsoon in previous season being affected by El Nino, a phenomenon associated with warming of Pacific waters. As predicted, it was supposed to get into neutral mode by the August.
The activation phase of La Nina, phenomenon associated with cooling of Pacific waters, was supposed to start in August-September. This could have given a boost to the rainfall. But that has got delayed and La Nina could now start in November, the state-run weather agency said.
"The monsoon deficiency is now 5 per cent, but a lot of rains have been taking place in Central India, east coast of Odisha to Gujarat coast, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh since last 4-5 days.
"Another spell of rains in the same pocket is likely to happen from 21 to 23. So, we are looking at huge rainfall scenario in coming days. There is a good possibility that we will be closer to a normal rainfall scenario," IMD Director General K J Ramesh said.
01:05   Syria: Air strikes hit aid trucks near Aleppo after ceasefire ends
Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo late on Monday after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

It said the trucks had made a routine aid delivery organized by an international organization to an area west of Aleppo city, and had been hit near the town of Urm al-Kubra.

The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment.

A local resident told Reuters by phone that the trucks had been hit by around five missiles while parked in a center belonging to the Syrian Red Crescent in Urm al-Kubra. The head of the center and several others were badly injured, they said.

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00:57   Turkey fires 28,000 teachers over coup, Kurdish militant links
Turkey has fired almost 28,000 teachers and suspended more than 9,000 others for suspected links to the failed July coup and Kurdish militants, deputy prime minister Nurettin Canikli said on Monday.

Hours after some 18 million children finished their first school day since the July 15 coup bid, Canikli said a total of 27,715 had been dismissed from the profession this summer. 

Speaking to reporters in Ankara after a cabinet meeting, Canikli said "so far 455 teachers have been able to return" to work after investigations proved they had no links to Kurdish militants or the Hizmet (Service) movement led by Fethullah Gulen.

Ankara blames US-based preacher Gulen for orchestrating the coup, and has repeatedly demanded that Washington extradite him.

Ankara also claims he is the head of a terrorist organisation running a parallel state in Turkey. 

Gulen strongly denies all of the accusations. 
00:48   Japan has a worrying number of virgins, government finds
Japan's demographic challenges are well-known: It's home to the world's oldest population and has a shrinking birth rate and an astonishing number of single people. And it seems that, despite government efforts to incentivize marriage and child-rearing, things aren't quite trending in the right direction.

According to the Japan Times, a new survey of Japanese people ages 18 to 34 found that 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship. It gets worse: Around 42 percent of men and 44.2 percent of women admitted that they were virgins.

00:32   Anti-government march turns violent in Congo capital, 17 dead
At least 17 people were killed on Monday when heavy clashes erupted in Kinshasa ahead of an opposition rally, a Congolese minister said, calling the toll "provisional".
Among the dead were 14 civilians and three police officers, Interior Minister Evariste Boshab told a press conference in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, describing the clashes as an attempted "uprising".
"By midday (1100 GMT), the sad and painful provisional toll from these barbaric and savage acts... (stood at) 17 dead, among them three police officers, one of whom was burnt alive, and 14 civilians who were involved in looting," he said. 
It was the worst violence in the capital since January 2015, when security forces cracked down on rioters after another opposition demonstration spiralled out of control, in violence which left several dozen people dead.
"Kinshasa just experienced an uprising which ended in failure," the minister said, accusing demonstrators of "deliberately choosing" to ignore a schedule which had been agreed with the authorities
The main opposition parties had called for a nationwide demonstration to "give notice" to President Joseph Kabila some three months before his mandate expires on December 20 and to demand that presidential elections be held.
The demonstration in Kinshasa had been due to start at 1:00 pm, but during the morning, scuffles broke out between stone-throwing youths and anti-riot police which deteriorated into clashes.
00:18   Officials not seeking other suspects in NY and NJ bombings: Mayor
Mayor Bill de Blasio says police are not seeking additional suspects at this time, but several officials have warned New Yorkers and New Jersey residents to remain vigilant and call police if they see anything suspicious. 

A 28-year-old naturalised American citizen of Afghan descent was arrested on Monday by United States authorities following a shootout hours after the New York mayor conceded that the blast that injured 29 people here could be an act of 'terrorism' with foreign links.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, is now in custody after a shootout with police, CNN reported.