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Indian court rules against instant divorce.

The ruling against the "triple talaq" is seen as a major victory for women's rights in India

- BBC - UK

India's top court suspends controversial Muslim divorce law.

Controversial Indian Muslim divorce law blocked until the government frames new legislation

- GulfNews - AE

McDonald's closes 169 Indian outlets in franchise dispute.

The restaurant chain’s closure in the country's northern and eastern regions will affect thousands of employees.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. " In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The tribe did not seek to have the man who recently admitted to killing her put to death.American...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia.

Villagers waited for relief supplies on what was left of a road washed away by floodwaters in Morigaon district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods that killed hundreds...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Hours for NYC's Caribbean festival shifted to fight violence.

NEW YORK, United States , City officials shifted the start time of a pre-dawn festival celebrating Caribbean culture and are taking other security precautions to stem violence, ahead of the West Indian Day Parade this year.

- - JM

The Significance of Nawaz Sharif's Empty Parliamentary Seat in Pakistan.

A by-election in Punjab is set to define the course of Pakistan's next general elections.

- The Diplomat - US

Early Indian Ocean trade routes bring chicken and black rat to eastern Africa.

The earliest introduction of domestic chickens and black rats from Asia to the east coast of Africa came via maritime routes between the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

- University of Bristol - UK

Mosques speak out in Indian city to stop sale of brides to Arab men.

MUMBAI: Mosques in the Indian technology hub of Hyderabad are joining a growing campaign to stop schoolgirls being sold as brides to elderly Arab men, authorities said on Monday, amid an outcry about a new spate of cases.India launched an investigation last week into the marriage of a 16-year-old girl with a 65-year-old ...


'Health remains a top priority'   .

Punjab government wanted to work with the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to curb dengue, said provincial minister The post 'Health remains a top priority'    appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

LISTEN: Furious Trump supporter leaves an unhinged racist rant on Chicago CEO's voicemail.

In Chicago, an executive of Indian heritage proved that to racists, money and status matter less than skin color. As the Chicago Tribune reports, Ravin Gandhi, CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, penned an op-ed rescinding his cautious optimism for President Donald Trump's economic agenda , an...

- The Raw Story - US

Gujarat RS polls: HC issues notices to EC, Ahmed Patel

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Balwantsinh Rajput challenged the EC's decision to invalidate the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs in Rajya Sabha polls.

- - IN

Is boarding an airline first the right way of honouring the soldier?

'The Indian soldier will fight where he is asked to, and he always has.'

- - IN

BJP activists throw rotten eggs at Kanhaiya Kumar in Bengal

Nearly 100 BJP activists on Monday threw rotten eggs and staged a demonstration against Jawaharlal University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar calling him an IS terrorist group's agent and "anti-national" at Midnapore town of West Bengal.

- Zee News - IN

Delhi police arrests Siddharth Mehrotra, the thief who targeted netas, businessman to fund his luxurious life

A 27-year-old man, who was involved in several high-profile burglaries in Vasant Kunj area of national capital has been arrested by Delhi Police on Monday. 

- Zee News - IN

Kutchi Tigers laud Indian quartet

New comers Aziz Damani are seated top of the eight-team log with 55 points from 10 matches and literally three wins away from a maiden top-flight league title on the first time of asking

- Daily Monitor - UG

Indian businessman files suit for working visa

The embattled Indian businessman, Ashok Kumar Sivaram, who was deported illegally, has filed a lawsuit at an Accra High Court seeking an order to be given a temporary working visa. According to the lawsuit filed by his lawyer, Gary Nimako, the temporary working visa will enable him live and work legally in the country while ...

- ModernGhana - GH

PLA holding fire drills to awe India: Chinese media

Chinese foreign ministry has blamed India for the stone pelting near the Pongong Lake in the Ladakh sector of the border on August 15, and said Indian troops started throwing stones at Chinese military personnel who were conducting routing patrolling activity.

- Times Of India - IN

Sisodia to open AAP programme

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will inaugurate Ace-Aam Aadmi Empowerment Programme in Bengaluru on August 26.The programme has been planned to field the partys candidates in all the 5,000 local bodies in the state, the partys state president Prithvi Reddy said.At a press conference, he said that the programme ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Hours for NYC's Caribbean festival shifted to fight violence

City officials shifted the start time of a pre-dawn festival celebrating Caribbean culture and are taking other security precautions to stem violence ahead of the West Indian Day Parade this year.

- FOX News - US

Indian suicide bomber killed 'number' of PKK fighters in Syria: ISIS

ISIS on Monday claimed that an Indian suicide bomber killed a "number" of people in an attack in Raqqa.

- Zee News - IN

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to visit Netherlands

, August 21 : Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal will visit Netherlands on August 22 to invite Dutch Government and business for World Food India 2017.During her visit, Harsimrat will be meeting Dutch Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam.She will also be addressing a Roadshow on World Food India ...

- Sify - IN

ISIS reports an operation in Syria involving Indian suicide bomber

, August 22 : The official media channel of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria , Amaq Agency, today reported an operation in north-west Raqqa involving an Indian Abu Yusuf al-Hindi.It is possible that Abu Yusuf could be Mohammad Shafi Armar, who was declared as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' by the United States in ...

- Sify - IN

Not against talks on hill state, says GJM

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha , spearheading the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland, said the party is not against any dialogue and urged the Centre and the West Bengal government to initiate talks.All police stations in West Bengal hills, Terai and Dooars areas have been put on "high alert" after the high-intensity ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Sandhu sets lofty targets

It's been a hectic few weeks for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Indian international, the latest to undertake an European sojourn, was at the crossroads when his club Stabaek IF informed him that he would no longer be in their plans for the new season.Though a few European clubs were interested in the Indian shot-stopper, none ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Research aid for IIT and IISc students: govt

In a huge incentive for students to take up research, the Centre would soon announce scholarship for the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.Under the proposed Prime Minister's special research scholarship scheme, the final year under-grad students will also get direct admission to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Modi cabinet rejig on cards, Shah cancels visit

BJP president Amit Shah's last minute cancellation of his three-day Tamil Nadu trip has sparked off speculation of a Union Cabinet reshuffle.The rejig may see induction of new faces to accommodate the NDA allies and drop of some non-performing ministers.Shah was scheduled to fly to Chennai on Tuesday as part of his ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Infosys drops out of India's top 10 most valued companies

Infosys on Monday crashed out of Indias 10 most valued companies list after the exit of Vishal Sikka as managing director and CEO of the company.Sikkas exit took a heavy toll on the companys brand image as it lost Rs 34,000 crore in market capitalisation in the last two trading sessions.In Mondays trade on Bombay Stock ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

6 more die in UP, Assam floods

The death toll in rain-related incidents rose by three each in Assam and Uttar Pradesh on Monday. The overall situation in Uttar Pradesh is grim. Three more deaths have pushed the flood toll to 72, the state relief commissioner's office said.Over 20 lakh people have been hit by the current spell of floods in 24 districts of ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Three wounded as boulder crashes on Hubli Express

Three passengers were injured when a boulder crashed on the Hubli Express in the early hours of Monday at Khandala Ghat between Pune and Mumbai.The incident occurred around 5.15 am between Monkey Hill and Thakurwadi Section, about 105 km from Mumbai.This is the third such incident near the Monkey Hill station. This stretch ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

SC bail for Lt Col Purohit in Malegaon blast case

The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit. The court noted "variance" in the charge sheets filed by the Mumbai ATS and the NIA and a "considerable" period of time-- eight years and eight months-- spent by Purohit behind the bars to enlarge him on bail.A bench ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Edu dept to raise awareness on 'Blue Whale Challenge'

The minister for primary and secondary education, Tanveer Sait has asked officials of the education department to create awareness among students in schools and colleges to be wary of the 'Blue Whale Challenge', which encourages children who take part in it to harm themselves.The 'challenge' originated in Russia and is said ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

AIADMK factions merged; OPS gets deputy CM

Amid a hectic political drama, the two warring AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu announced their merger on Monday with rebel group leader O Panneerselvam joining Edappadi K Palaniswamis cabinet as deputy chief minister, a newly created post.The new look AIADMK also decided to convene a general council meeting to formally adopt ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Doklam deadlock will end soon, says Rajnath

With the Doklam standoff refusing to die down, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday expressed hope that the deadlock will be broken soon. Singh said he was sure that China would make a positive move.Singh's comments came even as the two countries are yet to find a common ground on the Doklam issue, while there is a build ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Don't promise Congress tickets to anyone, high command tells state unit

The Congress high command has instructed the Karnataka unit not to promise the party ticket to anyone, including the seven rebel MLAs of the JD, for the next year's Assembly elections. The party is planning to field many new faces.The MLAs met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on August 16 and expressed ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Mechanism identified for plants to recover from heat stress

A team of researchers from the University of Amherst, including Chinese and Indian biochemists, have discovered how plants adapt quickly to heat stress to survive.

- UPI - US

Exploring 10 great cities for business in Asia

From Shanghai to Tokyo, Mumbai to Hong Kong, here's how to make the most of the days between the deadlines.

- CNNMoney - US

PM Modi to roll out 9,500 projects in a day

: The Rajasthan government is set to create a record of sorts next Tuesday, August 29, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolls out more than 9,500 road projects, including national highways, state roads and rural roads under PMGSY and the state’s flagship programmes. These will altogether cost over Rs 27,000 crore.

- Times Of India - IN

T T V Dhinakaran faction to meet Tamil Nadu Governor on Tuesday

Though Dhinakaran, who was stated to be not well, himself maintained silence, over a dozen MLAs owing allegience to him meditated at Jayalaliathaa`s memorial and later announced they will meet the Governor.

- Zee News - IN

New ship inducted in Indian Navy

The second of its kind to enter the navy, the ship has been indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.

- Zee News - IN

Gujarat High Court notice to Election Commission over Ahmed Patel victory

The Gujarat High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission and the winners of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in the state following a petition seeking to cancel the election of Congress heavyweight Ahmed Patel.

- Zee News - IN

Essar seals $12.9 bn deal with Rosneft

Ruias-led Essar Group has concluded a $12.9 billion deal to sell its cash-rich Essar Oil to Rosneft and the consortium of Trafigura and UCP, but Indian lenders can get only ₹4,000 crore out of the ₹86...

- The Hindu - IN

Guj HC issues notices to EC; RS poll winners

Gujarat High Court on Monday issued notices to winners of the recently concluded Rajya Sabha polls -Ahmed Patel, Amit Shah and Smriti Irani- besides the election Commission.The notices come in response to the case filed by BJP's losing candidate in the elections Balwantsinh Rajput. The court has fixed September 1 to hear ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Indian scientists predict look of elusive solar corona

A day before the Great American Eclipse is set to sweep the USA, Indian scientists have predicted how the solar corona - the mysterious outer region of the sun - would look like during the total solar eclipse.Their predictions show lotus petal-like shapes extending from the surface in some parts of the sun's corona, while ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Voted for Ahmed Patel, says Guj JD legislator

Chhotu Vasava, the lone JD legislator in Gujarat on Monday reiterated that he had voted for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the recently concluded Rajya Sabha polls from the state."I have voted for Ahmed Patel," he told local television channels in a telephonic interview. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's claim that he ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Rs 700 cr Srijan scam rocks Bihar Assembly

The first death in the Rs 700 crore-Srijan scam rocked the Bihar Assembly here on Monday. The principal Opposition party RJD charged the Nitish Government with turning Srijan scam into a Vyapam scam where several accused died under mysterious circumstances or committed suicide.One of those arrested in the Srijan scam Mahesh ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Two IMA cadets die after training exercise

Two cadets of the prestigious Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, died within three days after participating in a 10-km run as a part of their training routine.While Cadet Deepak Sharma , who is from Bhatinda in Punjab died on Aug 18, the second cadet, Navin Kumar Chhetri , from West Bengal passed away on Sunday night.They ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Bail to Purohit raises questions on fate of Malegaon case

The bail to Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit now raises questions about the fate of Malegaon blasts case.Purohit, who is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts in which seven people were killed, would now walk out on bail for the first time after he was jailed nine years ago. He claimed that he has been caught in ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Officer was not new to ATS

When Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Maharashtra Police, he was not someone new or faceless to some of the officers.In fact, as a Military Intelligence officer, Col Purohit used to share intelligence with ATS top brass and also gave lessons to some budding sleuths.Col Purohit ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

HC chief justice leads esprit de corps

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar manifested exemplary goodwill by proceeding 'on leave' on Monday.The move paved way for the high court's senior-most judge Justice Surinder Singh Saron to be appointed as chief justice just days before his retirement.Sources in the high court said, Justice Saron, ...

- Deccan Herald - IN