TikTok ban: Supreme Court sets deadline for Madras High Court

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the plea of TikTok app, then its ban order will stand vacated. Continue Reading

Two more Indians reported killed in Sri Lankan serial blasts

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced that two more Indians, K J Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa also died in the blasts that took place almost simultaneously in eight places. The two victims are JD(S) leaders from Bengaluru. Continue Reading

German camera maker Leica stirs controversy in China

German camera maker Leica has become the latest company to draw fire over an advertisement deemed offensive in China, distancing itself from a short film that broaches the taboo subject of the 1989 Tiananmen protest crackdown. Continue Reading

Maneka Gandhi says she respects minorities

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha election candidate from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, has defended her comments during a rally which led to the Election Commission of India banning her for 48 hours from campaigning. Continue Reading

Expert panel to review Boeing 737 Max flight controls’ approval by FAA

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency. Continue Reading

Islamic State terrorists launch deadly attack against pro-Damascus fighters

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the “caliphate”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four senior Syrian army officers were among the troops and allied militiamen killed in the desert east of Homs province over the past 48 hours. Continue Reading

US officials jail man linked to N Korea embassy raid in Spain

US authorities have arrested a former marine in connection with a mysterious February raid on North Korea’s embassy in Spain during which masked assailants roughed-up staff and stole computers, the media reported Saturday. Continue Reading

Ireland journalist shooting: Two teens arrested

Two teenage men have been arrested after the shooting dead of a journalist in Northern Ireland, police said Saturday. The 18 and 19-year-olds were arrested in Londonderry under anti-terror laws and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Continue Reading

I won’t resign, says Czech billionaire PM Andrej Babis over alleged role in fraud

Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. Continue Reading