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2 soldiers, militant killed in J&K gunfight (Lead)

Srinagar, Feb 12 (IANS) Two Indian Army soldiers and a militant were killed on Tuesday during a gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district during a conrdon and search operation, police said. The encounter began earlier when the holed up militants in Ratnipora village fired at the security forces.[Read More…]

Having kids is life changing: Farah to new mom Ekta Kapoor

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Choreographer-turned-filmmaker Farah Khan says she is happy for Ekta Kapoor, who has become a mother of a baby boy and says that having children is a life changing event. Farah spoke to the media on the sidelines of Ekta’s epic ‘baby naming’ ceremony that was graced[Read More…]

Dubai woman flees family, begs for asylum in Macedonia

Skopje (Macedonia), Feb 12 (IANS) A Dubai woman who fled to Macedonia has made a desperate plea for help after her asylum request was rejected by the Balkan state, the media reported on Tuesday. In a video posted online and obtained by CNN, Hind Mohammad Albolooki, 42, said she fled[Read More…]

Russian, Chinese lasers threaten US satellites: Pentagon

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) A new Pentagon report has warned that China and Russia were both developing space capabilities to threaten the US, including lasers that could target and destroy American satellites. “China and Russia, in particular, are developing a variety of means to exploit perceived US reliance on space-based[Read More…]

17 killed in Delhi blaze (Second Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) A child and 16 others, including a woman was killed while three others were injured in a major fire that engulfed several storeys of a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday, a senior police officer said. Three people jumped off from the blazing structure even[Read More…]

Chinese billionaire stripped of visa calls Australia ‘giant baby’

Beijing, Feb 12 (IANS) A Chinese billionaire and political donor has called Australia a “giant baby” after it revoked his permanent residency amid concerns over Beijing’s growing foreign influence, the media reported on Tuesday. Property developer Huang Xiangmo on Monday told the Chinese state-run Global Times daily that the incident[Read More…]

J&K braces for fresh spell of rain and snow

Srinagar, Feb 12 (IANS) Minimum temperatures across the valley remained below freezing point on Tuesday as the Met forecast a fresh spell of rain and snowfall on Wednesday and Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir. The fresh snowfall and rains were expected to start from Wednesday until Friady, with the first[Read More…]

9 dead in Delhi hotel blaze (Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Nine people, including a woman and child were killed and three others injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday, a fire official said. At least 35 others were rescued from the six-storeyed building, while three jumped[Read More…]

Cold, foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) It was a cold and foggy Tuesday morning in Delhi as the minimum temperature was recorded at 7 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the weather office said. There is possibility of light to moderate rain over the next three days and a[Read More…]

Sensex, Nifty flat ahead of key macro numbers

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) The Sensex and Nifty traded on a flat note during the Tuesday morning trade session ahead of the key macro-economic data release. Analysts said that caution ahead of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) kept the investors from participation. IT and[Read More…]

US shutdown averted, border deal reached (Lead)

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown, media reports said. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in here on Monday, the BBC reported. No details have[Read More…]

China’s yuan weakens against US dollar

Beijing, Feb 12 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 270 basis points to 6.7765 against the US dollar on Tuesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System. In China’s spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall[Read More…]

Japanese stocks rise on weaker yen

Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS) Tokyo stocks opened higher on Tuesday as the yen’s retreat against the US dollar gave exporters a boost, while dip-buying underpinned the broader market. As of 9:15 am local time (5:45 am IST), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 208.73 points, or 1.03 percent, from Friday[Read More…]

Guaido to ask OAS to hold fresh elections in Venezuela

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president, Juan Guaido, will ask for the support of OAS to restructure the country’s electoral authorities and organise new elections in the Andean nation, his envoy has said. “This is a visit prior to the formal request that is going to be made[Read More…]

US stocks end mixed, all eyes on US-China trade talks

New York, Feb 12 (IANS) US stocks traded mixed, as market sentiments were mixed due to rising hopes on global trade and concerns over bipartisan talks to avert another US government shutdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 53.22 points, or 0.21 percent, to 25,053.11 on Monday. The S&P 500[Read More…]

UN members discuss peacekeepers’ safety

United Nations, Feb 12 (IANS) Several member states of the United Nations have called for plans to ensure the safety and security of peacekeeping personnel. The UN secretary-general’s latest report, presented during the 258th plenary meeting of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations on Monday, highlighted key developments in UN[Read More…]

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