Al-Qaeda declares new branch in Indian sub-continent

NEW DELHI: Ayman al Zawahiri’s declaration that al-Qaida was opening a South Asia branch office has evoked several questions: Why now? Is al-Qaida losing ground to ISIS? How dangerous is al-Qaida when ISIS is hogging headlines? Zawahiri’s announcement should be seen in the context of the growing competition between al-Qaida and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s […]

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West signals more Russia sanctions

Western countries are preparing to tighten sanctions on Russia over its action in Ukraine, US and British officials say. Targets would include Russia’s defence industry, state-owned banks and associates of President Vladimir Putin. Peace talks including Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russia rebels are due to start in Belarus on Friday. The West accuses Russia of sending […]

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Will This Square Phone Be BlackBerry’s Passport to a Stunning Comeback?

Ahead of BlackBerry’s announced launch of its unique square-shaped in September, an alleged BlackBerry Passport review has surfaced online. The review is by Czech website Mobilenet.cz (via GSMArena), which lists a variety of details about the BlackBerry Passport (codenamed Windermere) including specifications and features. Till date, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer has revealed very few specifications of the upcoming BlackBerry Passport – it will feature a […]

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Modi Government Clears Defence Purchases Worth Rs. 20,000 Crore

In a move to boost the fledgling defence manufacturing industry, the Narendra Modi government has decided not to buy Light Utility Helicopters from foreign manufacturers and instead, get them made in India. Sources told RTTN the government has decided to cancel the global tender to procure the helicopters and has asked the Indian industry to step […]

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The complainant said that he had lodged the complaint following the insult of the national flag during the CAB's Independence Day celebrations on August 15. (Getty Images)

Aircel-Maxis deal case: CBI chargesheets Maran brothers

Kolkata: A complaint was on Thursday lodged against Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya for allegedly dishonouring the national flag, the police said. “A case under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 has been started in Maidan Police Station following a complaint of Kamal Dey who had accused Jagmohan Dalmiya of dishonouring […]

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Ukraine has long insisted Russian is sending troops and hardware to support eastern rebels

Ukraine ‘slipping out of control’

The crisis in eastern Ukraine is “slipping out of control” and needs to be reined in to avoid a military clash with Russia, Germany has warned. Foreign Minister Frank Steinmeier made the remarks on the eve of an EU summit which will consider further sanctions against the Russian government. Russia has denied claims by Nato […]

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Iceland issues volcano red alert

Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely. The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga. The air space over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say. Iceland’s […]

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Karnataka begins to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

Karnataka on Thursday night began releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu from the Krishna Raja Sagar Reservoir as per a Supreme Court directive. Irrigation Department sources said four crush gates of the reservoir have been opened for releasing water. The current water level at the reservoir stood at 9.08 ft as against its full […]

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“Top Army, police officials involved in human rights abuse in Kashmir” – IPT

A human rights activists’ group, International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered Kashmir (IPTK), along with Srinagar-based Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), claimed on Thursday that hundreds of Army and police officers involved in gross human rights abuse have not been prosecuted in Jammu and Kashmir. The report alleges […]

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NASA releases map of India on Diwali night

NASA, the national space agency of the U.S., on Thursday released a black and white satellite imagery of India Diwali night 2012, cautioning people against the fake image in circulation on the social media. “On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this night-time view of […]

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