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North Korea confirms test-firing another ballistic missile- second in a week

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday confirmed it test-fired another medium-range ballistic missile.

Business

GDP numbers likely to be revised higher: Nomura

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) revised India's wholesale price index (WPI) and industrial production (IP) series last week, changing the base year to 2011-12 (from 2004-05).

India

Pakistan shelling: Schools along Line of Control in Rajouri shut indefinitely

Jammu: Schools along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri remained shut for the third consecutive day as authorities ordered their closure for an "indefinite period" as a precautionary measure after the killing of two persons in shelling by Pakistani troops.

Politics

AAP crisis: Will seek Arvind Kejriwal's ouster if charges are proved, says Anna Hazare

Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he would sit on an agitation to demand the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal if the allegations of corruption against the Delhi chief minister were proved.

Life

Oldest orchid fossil discovered in US, says Oregon State University scientists

Scientists have discovered the oldest orchid fossil trapped in amber that dates back some 45 million years to 55 million years.

Politics

BJP protests against TMC for 'forcing' Naxalbari couple to join party after hosting Amit Shah

The BJP on Thursday held protests in many parts of West Bengal accusing the Trinamool Congress of "kidnapping and forcing" the Naxalbari tribal couple, who had hosted BJP president Amit Shah during his visit last week.

Business

7th Pay Commission: Govt okays changes in armed forces pension, 55 lakh retirees to benefit

The decision will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

India

Pakistani man flies in to Delhi Airport, tells officials he is an ISI agent

New Delhi: "Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don't wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,' said a passenger after he got off an Air India flight from Dubai at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday.

World

To tackle unemployment, Australia scraps visa programme for skilled workers used largely by Indians

Australia on Tuesday abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, the majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country.

World

2004 Dhaka grenade attacks: Bangladesh executes HuJI chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, two associates

Bangladesh on Wednesday night executed banned Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and his two associates for the 2004 Dhaka grenade attack on a shrine that killed three people and wounded the British high commissioner at the time.

India

Mohan Bhagwat bats for country-wide beef ban, says RSS workers in power will work towards it

Bhagwat said as a veterinary doctor he is aware of a 'desi' cow's utility, including the usefulness of its urine and dung, and claimed that even scientific bodies have come to accept this.

India

Mumbai Police ban use of drones, paragliders for a month beginning 31 March

To prevent any threat from the skies, the police on Wednesday banned the use of drones and paragliders in the metropolis for a month.

Business

Jaitley says, 12 lakh new notes infused in the market by RBI

Jaitley said the cost of the currency note is the function of direct and indirect material and labour cost, which changes every year.

Business

Demonetisation shaves off Rs 8k cr; recovery quicker than thought: M&M

long-term beneficial impact of demonetisation on the economy would be very much if the government was able to do what they had set out to do with the note ban.

Politics

UP Election 2017: BJP hails HC order to ensure free and fair polls in state

The Allahabad High Court order to the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure free and fair polls in Kairana and other sensitive areas of the state has come as a shot in the arm of BJP which has been demanding removal of UP DGP Javeed Ahmed and other officials "working for SP candidates".

World

Donald Trump says waterboarding 'absolutely' works in interrogation

US President Donald Trump said he "absolutely" thought that waterboarding works and would consider reinstating it as an interrogation technique, depending on the advice of Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the media reported.

Politics

BJP slams Mamata Banerjee for spreading canards on demonitisation, questions TMC on Narada, Saradha scams

BJP questioned Mamata about the funds that her party had received from a fictitious company before the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

World

Vladimir Putin's party dominates in Russia parliament vote

Russia's ruling United Russia party on Sunday cruised to an easy victory in parliamentary polls that could pave the way for President Vladimir Putin to glide to a fourth term in 2018 elections, partial results showed.

World

Modi takes a dig at Pakistan, calls for 'strongest action' against state sponsors of terror

Without naming Pakistan, Modi said that strongest action should be reserved for those states that use terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

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Burkini ban: Many French resorts remain defiant even as top court suspends order

France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town, although other resorts remained defiant, vowing to keep the restrictions in place.