The US on Sunday declared Syed Salahuddin, the chief of Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "global terrorist", dealing a major blow to Pakistan just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first meeting with President Donald Trump.
In a notification, the State Department said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, "has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism."
The US took the step against the militant group's 71- year-old head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had "vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley into a graveyard for Indian forces".
Merchants selling goods through e-commerce platforms and companies supplying goods and services to various government agencies have got more time to prepare for a system of tax collected at source with the government on Monday deferring enforcement of this requirement under the goods and service tax (GST) regime which is kicking in from midnight of Saturday.
The requirement of collecting upto 1% of tax from online shoppers by e-commerce companies and a 1% deduction of tax when central, state or local self governments make payments to suppliers specified in central and state GST laws, will be “brought into force from a date which will be communicated later,” said an official statement here.
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An oil tanker overturned and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect fuel that spilled over on a highway in Pakistan's Punjab Province, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 140 others, in one of the deadliest accidents in the country.
The oil tanker coming from Karachi and headed to Lahore overturned early this morning on the national highway at the Ahmedpur Sharqia area of the Bahawalpur district, some 400 km from Lahore, after a tyre burst and the driver lost control.
At least six people were dead and 31 missing after a tourist boat sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, the country's president said. Authorities did not yet say what caused the four-deck Almirante to go down in the El Penol reservoir in the tourist town of Guatape, where Colombian and foreign tourists take leisure cruises. There are "six people deceased so far and 31 reported missing," Santos told reporters in Guatape, after the regional government earlier gave a death toll of at least nine.
An official in the National Risk Management Unit, Carlos Ivan Marquez, confirmed the toll of six separately to AFP. He said they were "all Colombians, and no minors."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the nation on the occassion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister, who is currently in the United States, and is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump later in the evening, said, “Eid-ul-Fitr greetings! May this auspicious day further the spirit of peace and brotherhood in our society.”. In a subsequent tweet, the Prime Minister asked the nation to listen to his wishes to the nation on the occasion of the festival in his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat programme.
Addressing the nation on Sunday through Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi had said diversity of India is the country’s strength and makes it stronger. “On the occassion of Eid-Ul-Fitr, I give my wishes to everyone,” he said. The Prime Minister also said that the month of Ramadan, which was widely celebrated all across the country, is the month to spread happiness. “Let’s take inspiration from these auspicious festival and spread happiness everywhere to take the country forward,” he said.
PSLV-C38 rocket carrying Cartosat-2 and other satellites had a successful take off on Friday morning.
The rocket blasted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.29 am as scheduled. This will be the seventeenth flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
The 28-hour countdown operation for the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite mission started on Thursday at 05:29 hours IST after the mission readiness review committee and launch authorisation board cleared the countdown on Wednesday.
This is the 40th flight of Isro's workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV-C38 is carrying the 712-Kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 243 Kg at lift-off, into a 505-Km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.
The primary cargo, the Cartosat-2 series satellite, is a remote sensing satellite.
The co-passenger satellites comprise 30 nano satellites from India and 14 other countries — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The total weight of all the satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 Kg.
The 30 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of commercial arrangements with Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), Isro's commercial arm.
A top cop of Jammu and Kashmir Police was lynched by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area of Srinagar.
The deceased has been identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandit.
Darjeeling Unrest: GJM gives 12-hour window for evacuation of students from boarding schools newsreporter.in
THE GORKHA Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has provided a 12-hour window on Friday for evacuation of children from boarding schools in the north Bengal Hills. GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang on Wednesday said that school students will be allowed to leave the hills from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday. But he clarified that no other vehicle will be allowed to leave the town, as the bandh will go on. “School students will be allowed to leave the Hills only in school buses. The indefinite shutdown will continue — only students will be allowed to leave safely,” Tamang said.
Thousands of children study in several residential schools of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. Besides other parts of India, many of these students come from Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong and Bhutan. They have been stranded due to the indefinite strike called by GJM in Darjeeling Hills as part of its agitation against the West Bengal government’s decision to make Bengali mandatory in schools, as also for its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Anil Kumble resigns as Indian Coach as partnership with Virat Kohli becomes 'untenable' newsreporter.in
Hours after resigning as India coach, Anil Kumble has said he was "informed for the first time yesterday [Monday] by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach". While stating that the cricket advisory committee (CAC) charged with deciding on who will be coach had backed him for the job, Kumble said "it was apparent the partnership [with Virat Kohli] was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on".
Kumble stepped down as coach four days before the limited-overs tour of the Caribbean begins, even as the team was mid-flight to the West Indies. Kumble had remained in London after the Champions Trophy which ended on Sunday; as chairman of the ICC's cricket committee, he will be attending the chief executives committee meeting there.