Turkey grants citizenship to 72K Syrian refugees

Ankara, Dec 17 (IANS) The Turkish government has granted citizenship to a total of 72,000 Syrian refugees, Hurriyet daily reported on Monday. Turkey issued citizenship to 36,000 Syrian adults and 36,000 children, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu addressing lawmakers in parliament. Some 3,80,000 Syrian refugee babies were born in Turkey,[Read More…]

Transgenders allowed to pray at Sabarimala temple (Lead)

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) Four transgenders, who were denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple a day ago, on Monday got the sanction to pray at the temple, said one of them. Speaking to the media on Monday evening, Ananya said they approached a Kerala High Court-appointed top police official[Read More…]

Explosion at Greek TV station, no casualty

Athens, Dec 17 (IANS) A powerful explosion shattered windows and damaged the premises of a Greek television station early on Monday but left no casualties, police said in a statement. The blast occurred at Skai TV Headquarters here around 2.35 a.m., which followed two anonymous phone calls that warned that[Read More…]

‘Silent Night’ carol turns 200

Salzburg (Austria), Dec 17 (IANS) Austria’s iconic Silent Night Chapel, where the popular festive carol of the same name is said to have been sung for the first time some two centuries ago, on Monday saw a steady stream of visitors as the Christmas season got into full swing. The[Read More…]

WhatsApp rolls out Picture-in-Picture mode for Android users

San Francisco, Dec 17 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled out “Picture in Picture (PiP) mode” for Android users that will allow them to view videos within a chat window, without opening third party pages or apps. The update is available now at Google Play with the latest WhatsApp’s version 2.18.380.[Read More…]

Madras High Court bans online sales of medicines

Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Monday banned the sale of medicines online till the central government notifies the regulations. The court set January 31, 2019 as the deadline for the central government to notify the rules. The court passed the order on a plea by the[Read More…]

Kerala CM is arrogant, says NSS

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) The influential Nair Service Society (NSS) on Monday called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan “arrogant” but said they have no disagreement with the state government except on the Sabarimala issue. G. Sukumaran Nair, President of NSS, a socio-cultural body of the Hindu Nair community, launched a[Read More…]

Azad calls for probe into civilian killings in Kashmir

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Congress veteran and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Monday called for a probe into the Saturday’s killings of seven civilians in Jammu and Kashmir and asked security forces to avoid firing on civilians. “It’s always praiseworthy when our armed forces[Read More…]

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