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Cops' new initiative to make senior citizens happy

Chennai: The K K Nagar police (R7) are showing great empathy with senior citizens living in their jurisdiction. First they came up with the novel initiative to make the home-alone elders feel safe with speed dial ‘2’; now, going a step ahead, they plan to infuse joy in the lives of lonely senior citizens. In February 2016, the K K Nagar police came up with a novel initiative where the

India crosses 10GW solar power milestone

New Delhi: India’s solar power generation capacity has touched 10,000 MW mark yesterday, registering a three time increase in less than three years. “Bright Future: India has crossed 10,000 MW of solar power capacity yesterday. More than 3 times increase in less than 3 years,” Power, Coal, Mines, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted. India solar power generation capacity stood at 2,650 MW on 26 May, 2014. India has

11 CRPF men killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Eleven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were today killed when Naxals ambushed a road opening party of the security forces in Maoist-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, the police said. Five jawans were also injured in the attack that took place in the dense forests of Bhejji police station limits at 9:15 am when a patrol party of CRPF’s 219 battalion was out for a road opening task near Kotacheru village. 112 security personnel were part of the patrol

No pan-India leader to take on Modi: Omar

New Delhi: It’s a BJP ‘tsunami’ in Uttar Pradesh and not a ripple in a small pond, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today said and advised the opposition to forget 2019 and start planning for the 2024 general elections. He said there is no leader with a pan-India acceptability who can take on Modi and no party which can challenge the BJP in 2019. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said the opposition

BJP heads for huge win in UP, Uttarakhand

New Delhi: The BJP today headed for a huge win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand while the Congress forged ahead in Punjab marked by an anti-incumbency wave in the three states and they were locked in a close contest in Goa and Manipur. According to trends available after three hours of counting of votes in the Assembly elections in the five states, the BJP was leading in 291 out of 396 constituencies in

Judge bars Trump from enforcing travel ban against family

Madison (US): A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family looking to escape fighting in their native land by fleeing to Wisconsin. A Syrian Muslim who fled to Wisconsin has been working since last year to win asylum for his wife and 3-year-old daughter so they can leave Aleppo and join him here. He filed a federal lawsuit in Madison

Iraq says no sign of IS chemical weapons use in Mosul

United Nations: Iraq’s UN envoy has said there was no evidence that the Islamic State group had used chemical weapons in the battle for Mosul. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim said he conveyed the information to the United Nations after speaking with his government in Baghdad yesterday. “There is really no evidence that Daesh has used this chemical weapon,” Alhakim told reporters ahead of a Security Council meeting on Iraq. Daesh is the

Suspension of H-1B visa to hit US scientific research

Washington: The suspension of H-1B visa will slow the work done by American research institutions that depend on foreign students and researchers, a top scientific group in the US has said. “The extended visa review process will force promising young foreign students to delay the start of research careers while they wait for their visas. It will also slow the work done by research institutions that depend on foreign born

Pakistani actress Veena Malik gets divorce

Lahore: Pakistani actress Veena Malik has ended her three-year-old marriage with Asad Khattak after a family court here granted them divorce. The court in Lahore accepted Veena’s ‘khula’ (divorce) application and ruled in her favour after non-pursuance of the case by Khattak. As she had filed for divorce, she will to have return 25 per cent of the ‘haq mehr’ (dower money) to Khatak. According to a court official, the 33-year-old actress

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories): Donald Trump has invited Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to visit the White House sometime soon, both sides said after the first phone call between the pair since the US president took office in January. Trump invited Abbas ‘to visit the White House soon to discuss ways to resume the (Palestinian-Israeli) political process,’ the official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Abbas’s spokesman as saying. The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina,

Pak expects ICC decision on sending World XI in April

Karachi: International Cricket Council is expected to take a decision on sending a World XI side to Pakistan at its executive board meeting in April. Security experts who visited Lahore for the Pakistan Super League final will submit their reports and give their feedback. The ICC meeting is scheduled to be held from 23 to 27 April, and the Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping the feedback from the security experts