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Imran Khan says Pak elite transferred national wealth abroad through money laundering

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that the Pakistani elite was involved in transferring national wealth abroad through money laundering, in a veiled attack on ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year respectively in prison in the Avenfield properties case related to their purchase of four luxury flats in London through corrupt practices. Talking to a delegation of columnists here, Prime Minister Khan, without naming anyone, said the recent development of tracing the money stashed abroad to the tune of Rs 700 billion shows as to why the former rulers were seeking work permits. "It is estimated that about a trillion dollars are transferred to rich countries from poor countries like Pakistan," Khan said. The government has signed agreements with Switzerland, the UK and the US to have information about the ill-gotten money stashed in these countries by .....
                 

S Africa's Zuma seeks to have corruption case scrapped

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South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma on Friday lodged a court application to try to have quashed $2.5-billion corruption case linked to a 1990s arms deal, state prosecutors said. Zuma has been charged with 16 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the arms deal dating back to before he took office in 2009. Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, spokeswoman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), told AFP that Zuma's lawyers filed papers at the High Court in Durban requesting a "permanent stay of prosecution". "I can confirm that (the application has been filed)," she said on the phone. Zuma, 76, is due back in court for a hearing on November 30. He is accused of taking bribes from French defence company Thales during his time as a provincial economy minister and later as deputy president of the ruling ANC party. He allegedly pocketed around four million rand ($340,000, 280,000 euros) from 783 payments handled by Schabir Shaik, a businessman who acted as his .....
                 

San Francisco chokes on toxic air as wildfires rage

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Schools and tourist attractions across the San Francisco Bay Area were closed Friday as smoke from California's deadliest ever fires more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) away produced air quality levels worse than polluted cities in South Asia and China. All public schools were ordered shut, according to an official notice, while the picturesque coastal city's iconic cable cars were sent back to their stations as the Air Quality Index soared to 213, comparable to Dhaka, Bangladesh and worse than Kolkata. "San Francisco's air quality has moved from red or 'unhealthy' to purple or 'very unhealthy' due to local wildfires and weather patterns," the SFMTA transport authority said on its website. "The Department of Public Health highly recommends that everyone stay indoors and avoid exposure to the outside air." Mayor London Breed announced that all Muni buses would be free for the day in order to ensure people have access to enclosed transportation. Photos posted on social media showed the..
                 

SC adjourns hearing on plea challenging validity of Article 370

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The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on a plea challenging the validity of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The Apex Court will further hear the matter in April 2019.The top court passed the order after the Centre asked for the adjournment stating that the current situation in the state is very sensitive.Earlier in October, the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDP) boycotted the municipal elections over lack of clarity in the Centre's stance on Articles 35A.Article 35A is a provision in the Constitution giving the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature a freedom to decide the permanent residents of the State and confer on them special rights, while Article 370 of the Constitution gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.In April this year, the top court had said that Article 370 of the Constitution is not a temporary provision...
                 

Tata Investment Corporation board approves Rs 450-cr share buyback

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Tata Investment Corporation Friday said the board has approved buyback of up to 45 lakh shares aggregating a sum of Rs 450 crore. The board of directors of the company at its meeting held Friday approved the buyback of the shares amounting to 8.17 per cent of the total paid-up equity share capital at Rs 1,000 per equity share, Tata Investment Corporation said in a regulatory filing. The buyback is proposed to be made from the shareholders of the company on a proportionate basis under the tender offer route using the stock exchange mechanism in accordance with the SEBI guidelines, it added. The size of the buyback does not include any expenses incurred or to be incurred in the exercise such as fees for filing and advisory, public announcement publication expenses, printing and dispatch expenses, it added. The company said the buyback is subject to approval of its shareholders to be taken as a special resolution through a postal ballot...
                 

Blocking CBI a precautionary measure: Andhra Home Minister

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N Chinarajappa, the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has termed his government's decision of blocking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the state as a precautionary measure because they feel the premier investigation agency is being misused."If you see the developments in last 2-3 months, CBI is being misused for political purposes. There is a change in even the CBI. People, intellectuals and advocates of Andhra Pradesh are suggesting that the state government should be careful. In that wake, this GO is issued with the thought to stand individual," said Chinarajappa.Chandrababu Naidu-led Andhra Pradesh government on Friday withdrew the 'general consent' to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct raids and carry out investigations on central establishments in Andhra Pradesh."The CBI can enquire on central government agencies or central government employees but it has no jurisdiction on Andhra Pradesh government," Chinarajappa added.The state home minister denied that .....
                 

Tremendous efforts made to catch absconding former minister: Bihar DGP

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Under fire from the Supreme Court over its inability to arrest absconding former minister Manju Verma, the Bihar Police on Friday asserted that it was making tremendous efforts to nab the suspended Janata Dal (United) leader. The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the state police for failing to arrest Verma in connection with an Arms Act case, which cropped up in course of the CBI probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal. It directed Director General of Police K S Dwivedi to appear before it in person on November 27 if she was not nabbed by then. In reply to a query, the DGP said Friday attempts were being made to secure her arrest. "We are making tremendous efforts." Dwivedi said no time-frame could be given for the arrest of any person wanted in a criminal case. "Though we appreciate the concern expressed by the Supreme Court, we hope to trace her very soon." The officer said some objection was raised from Verma's side before a court in Begusarai district when they tried to ...
                 

Raj's Tonk to see exciting clash between Sachin Pilot & Ajit Mehta

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Rajasthan's Tonk assembly constituency is set to witness an interesting poll fight between Congress state unit chief Sachin Pilot and the BJP's sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta. The northern state will go to polls on December 7. Mehta had won the seat, which has a sizeable number of Muslim voters, in the 2013 assembly elections with a margin of over 30,000 votes. "I am fully confident of retaining my seat. I am not under any fear or pressure. My supporters and party workers are quite excited about the poll battle with Pilot," the 53-year-old BJP leader told PTI. Mehta, who filed his nomination papers on Thursday, said developmental works worth Rs 2,000 crore were executed in the last five years in the state. "Illegal slaughter houses were the main problem in the city and I got them shut. Number of district hospital beds were increased from 200 to 275. New grid sub stations were installed, while a water pipeline was laid in Tonk to address water issues," he said. The BJP MLA said he was a ...
                 

Pulses sowing down by 18pc so far in rabi season

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Area sown to pulses has fallen 18 per cent to 69.95 lakh hectare so far in the ongoing rabi (winter) season over the year-ago period due to less planting in Karnataka and Maharashtra, as per the agriculture ministry's data released Friday. Sowing of wheat, the main rabi crop, is also lagging behind marginally at Rs 51.63 lakh hectare so far in the rabi season of the 2018-19 crop year compared with 54.28 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Sowing of rabi crops begins from October and harvesting from March onwards. According to the data, farmers in Karnataka have sown pulses in only 7.35 lakh hectare so far this season as against 12.98 lakh hectare in the same period last season. Northern and south interior parts of Karnataka are reeling under severe drought. These areas received deficient rains even during the kharif (summer) season. In Maharashtra too, farmers have planted pulses in only 5.62 lakh hectare so far this season as against 10.61 lakh hectare in the year-ago .....
                 

Over 200 pirate websites shut down in one year: Maha govt

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The Maharashtra Cyber Digital Crime Unit (MCDCU) has taken down 203 websites providing pirated content in the last one year, a top government official said Friday. The MCDCU, a wing of Cyber Police, was set up last October. The 'pirate websites' which it shut down were illegally providing films, TV shows, music, software, games and e-books among other things to 160 million users per month by violating content producers' copyright, said Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police (Cyber). The MCDCU is a first of its kind initiative in South Asia where entertainment industry and government are collaborating to protect intellectual property, Singh claimed. MCDCU sleuths found that some of the pirate websites contained malware or malicious software programs which steal personal details of users. Some websites also provided pornographic content, said Balsing Rajput, Superintendent of Police, Cyber Cell. Apart from taking down such websites by contacting domain registrars, .....
                 

TMC's 'purification' rally to follow BJP 'rath yatra': Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday ridiculed the scheduled 'rath yatra' of the BJP as 'ravan yatra' and called for cleansing of areas through which the saffron party's chariots would pass. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also urged people to "ignore the event as just another political gimmick". "I have asked my party workers to conduct 'purification and unity yatra' to cleanse the areas through which the chariots pass. I wonder what sort of yatra it would be with chariots equipped with five-star facilities. It is 'ravan yatra', not 'rath yatra'," she quipped. The state BJP leadership was quick to hit back, claiming that Banerjee was suffering from "fear psychosis" as it dreads losing to the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. "It seems Mamata Banerjee and the TMC is suffering from fear psychosis. They are feeling threatened by the 'rath yatra' as it is aimed at restoring democracy in the state," BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Amit Shah, the .....
                 

Mamata warns partymen to stop making money or face action

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday cautioned a section of Trinamool Congress workers to stop making money in the name of the party or face action. Banerjee, the party supremo, also charged a section of MLAs, ministers and leaders of remaining inactive, and said nobody should think that they are above the party. "Those who are making money in the name of the party should stop such things. This will not be tolerated. I keep a tab on each and every activity of the party from block level to state level," she told a party meeting. "No one should think they can get away with anything they want," Banerjee said. If needed, she said, she will remove inactive members and replace them with active and dedicated workers. "There are leaders who are only busy to get new posts. I ask them to reach out to the people and if they are unwilling to do so, they are free to leave the TMC," the chief minister said. Reaching out to the old-timers of the TMC, Banerjee said the .....
                 

Rhino poacher contesting rural polls unacceptable: Aaranyak

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An environmental organisation on Friday expressed concern over the participation of an alleged rhino poacher in the forthcoming Panchayat elections in Assam. Environmental and biodiversity organisation 'Aaranyak' said the alleged rhino poacher -- Ganesh Doley -- filed nominations yesterday at Bokakhat to contest for the post of president of the Gaon Panchayat as an AGP candidate from Dhansirimukh in Golaghat district. "We are concerned that a person against whom cases related to rhino hunting and illegal arms are lodged, such accused are in election fray and have received tickets from a political party," Aaranyak's Secretary General Bibhab Talukdar said. He said it is further indication that cases needed to be framed properly by law enforcement agencies to secure conviction so that rhinos are protected and accused are punished within the legal framework of India. According to the police, Doley was arrested and jailed in 2012 in relation to a rhino poaching case in .....
                 

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund situated on govt land, Centre tells HC on eviction notice

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The Centre told the Delhi High Court on Friday that the land where Teen Murti Estate, which includes Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF), is situated has belonged to the government since the establishment of the national capital. The Centre's response came on a petition filed by JNMF seeking to set aside the estate officer's October 15 eviction notice. The Fund has been located at Teen Murti, once the residence of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, since 1967. JNMF was set up in 1964. Its offices are not part of the main building but occupy a set of barracks on its eastern side with a separate entry from Teen Murti Marg. Justice Anu Malhotra listed the matter for further hearing on December 4 after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for JNMF, said they have received the government's response on Thursday and sought some time to file the rejoinder. The court, which had on November 1 stayed the proceedings before the Directorate of Estates, said status quo be maintained..
                 

Sabarimala temple board to move SC for more time to implement

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The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine, Friday decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its order allowing women in the menstrual age to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple. The decision was taken after discussion with legal experts and board members, TDB President A Padmakumar told reporters here, a day ahead of the commencement of the two-month long annual pilgrim season. The board will move the court either Saturday or Monday, he said even as the temple opened Friday evening amid mounting tension in the backdrop of the stand-off over protests by devotees against entry of the women in 10-50 age group. "If possible, we will move a petition in the Supreme Court either tomorrow or Monday', he said adding the board wants devotees to have peaceful darshan. The move comes a day after the LDF government at an all-party meeting took a firm stand that it was bound to implement the apex court order and rejected .....
                 

NDA destroying institutions like CBI, RBI; BJP will be reduced to a statue after 2019 polls: Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday accused the NDA government of destroying key Indian institutions such as the CBI and the RBI and claimed that after the Lok Sabha elections, the saffron party that has made 'building statues' its poll agenda will itself be reduced to a statue. Giving a call for "BJP hatao, desh bachao", she said the BJP should be ousted from power for "failure on all fronts", adding her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), could play a vital role in saving the country from such destructions. She also alleged that the BJP has been on a name changing spree to suit its political interests. "BJP is not a game changer of India as claimed by its leaders but is a name changer and danger for the country," she said. The BJP, however, refused to attach much importance to Banerjee's remarks and said the TMC being a small party does not have the stature to take on it. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, "We are not bothered about what she is saying against us. ....
                 

Seven cadres of two banned outfits held in Arunachal

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Security forces in Arunachal Pradesh have apprehended five cadres of outlawed NDFB and two overground workers of NSCN(R) in separate operations, as a precautionary measure ahead of the Protest Day observation on November 28 by ULFA (Independent), a defence official saod. The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has been observing Protest Day on November 28 since 1990, when the outfit was banned by the government, in memory of its cadres who died in army operations. In a late-night raid on Thursday, the Jairampur Battalion of Assam Rifles apprehended five rebels of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) from Old Khamdo village in Changlang district, Kohima-based defence spokesman Col Chiranjit Konwer said on Friday. A cache of arms and ammunitions, including four pistols and one carbine, along with incriminationg documents, were recovered from their possession, he said. In another operation, the Changlang Battalion of Assam Rifles apprehended two .....
                 

Court takes cognisance of defamation plea against Tharoor for remark against PM

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A Delhi court Friday took cognisance of a criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his alleged "scorpion" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal fixed December 22 for recording the statement of the complainant, Delhi BJP leader Rajeev Babbar. The complaint alleged that Tharoor, with "mala fide intention, made the statement which is not only abuse of the Hindu deity but also defamatory". In his complaint, Babbar said being a vice-president of the BJP's Delhi unit, he was "identified as a worker/supporter of Narendra Modi and BJP" and that Tharoor's statement hurt his religious sentiment. The complaint termed the statement "intolerable abuse" and "absolute vilification" of the faith of the people. Tharoor stoked a controversy last month while speaking at the Bangalore Literature Festival, claiming that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to "a scorpion sitting on a Shivling". The .....
                 

Myntra, Jabong to merge; Ananth Narayanan stays CEO

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Online fashion retailer Myntra Friday said it will completely integrate its sister company Jabong, which will continue to operate as a separate brand. Myntra chief executive officer Ananth Narayanan will lead the Myntra-Jabong team, the company said in a release, dismissing speculations about his exit. Flipkart had acquired online fashion portal Myntra in 2014 and Myntra had acquired Jabong in 2016. The company said since Myntra's purchase of Jabong, the two brands have been steadily integrating key business functions and streamlining processes. "As the next step in this process, Myntra and Jabong will now fully integrate all the remaining functions including technology, marketing, category, revenue, finance and creative teams," it added. The company said Myntra's independence as a business will be preserved and the team will continue to operate independently. "The closer integration of Myntra and Jabong is a necessary step in our continuing development. By better .....
                 

Ssabarimala temple opens amid tight security

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The Sabarimala temple opened Friday evening for the two-month long pilgrim season amid tight security in the backdrop of the standoff over the entry of women in menstrual age. As the shrine opened at 5 pm in the presence of head priest Kandararu Rajeevaru, the large number of devotees present there chanted "Swamiyae Ayyappa". Two new melsanthis (priests) M L Vasudevan Namboodiri (Ayyappa temple) and M N Narayanan Namboodiri (Malikapapuram) assumed charge. The 41-day mandalam festival will conclude on December 27 after Mandala pooja, when the shrine will close after the 'Athazhapuja' in the evening. It would reopen for the Makaravilakku festival on December 30. The Makaravilakku festival would be celebrated on January 14 after which the shrine will close on January 20, marking the culmination of the pilgrim season, when laksh of devotees are expected to throng the shrine. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made at the shrine which is opening for the third time..
                 

Yes Bank continues to drop; down 7% after Bhatt resigns from search panel

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Shares of Yes Bank Friday slumped over 7 per cent a day after former SBI chairman O P Bhatt resigned from the panel set up to find a successor to its MD and CEO Rana Kapoor. Yes Bank, Thursday, too, plunged by 7 per cent after the resignation of the private sector lender's non-executive chairman Ashok Chawla. The bank's scrip on BSE closed at Rs 191.3 Friday, a fall of 7.14 from the previous close. In the intra-day, it had plunged 8.78 per cent to Rs 187.9. On the NSE, shares of the company settled 6.49 per cent lower at Rs 192.5. It had touched a low of Rs 187.80 and a high of Rs 201.75 during the trading session. In a filing to the stock exchanges on Thursday, Yes Bank said that Bhatt has resigned from the panel set up by the private sector bank to find a successor to its MD and CEO Rana Kapoor. Bhatt, who was an external expert on the Search and Selection Committee (S&SC), resigned with "immediate effect" as "there may be a potential conflict of interest", the bank added. Bhatt..
                 

BJP is history changer, name changer, but not game changer: Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday fired a fresh salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), asserting that the party is a "history changer, name changer, note changer and institution changer, but not game changer", due to which, "the country is in danger."Addressing a party meeting here, Banerjee said, "BJP is history changer, name changer, note changer, institution changer and policy changer, but not a game changer. The country is in danger. They (BJP) project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during independence."Accusing the BJP of "capturing" key institutions, such as the CBI and RBI, Banerjee said that the party has been misusing power, something, which according to her, was never witnessed in the country before.Continuing her tirade against the BJP-led Centre over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue, Banerjee urged the citizens of Assam to continue agitating against the draft list, while adding that the TMC will back such..
                 

Sanjivani Sugar Factory will be revived, assures Sardesai

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Goa agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said Friday his department will make "limited intervention" to help sugarcane farmers who are demanding better rates from the government-run Sanjivani Sugar Factory. Sardesai chaired a meeting of factory officials, Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar and farmer leaders here. Farmers in South Goa's Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona talukas are shunning sugarcane cultivation because of the way the factory is functioning, farmer leaders said. "The subject comes under the Department of Cooperative Societies, which is headed by the Chief Minister. I will also discuss the issues with the CM," Sardesai told reporters. The factory is located at Dharbandora in South Goa. Farmer leaders stated in the meeting that the factory was supposed to start the crushing season early this month but it hasn't. "The factory is in ICU, we need to get it out of ICU," the minister said. The factory requires a share capital of Rs 10 crore, he added. Farmers are demanding .....
                 

Bru refugees likely to vote from Mizoram village: Kundra

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Mizoram's newly appointed Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said Friday Bru voters housed in north Tripura relief camps were likely to exercise their franchise from Kanhmun village on the Mizoram-Tripura border in the upcoming assembly polls. Kundra, who replaced S B Shashank on Thursday, told reporters here that the logistics and other arrangements would be worked out in accordance with instructions of the Election Commission. "Bru voters in north Tripura relief camps are most likely to exercise their franchise from Kanhmun village," he said. The chief electoral officer (CEO) asserted there was no reason for postponement of the November 28 polls. "It (polls) should be held on time if the arrangements are in place," he said. Appealing to the people of Mizoram to "forget the past", Kundra said faith in the CEO's office should be restored for peaceful polls. He added that videography during polling would be mandatory in the 32 polling stations classified as "critical". The .....
                 

Governor Najma Heptullah inaugurates Silver Jubilee of Imphal TSL

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Manipur's Governor, Najma Heptulla praised the "women empowerment "done by Imphal Tangkhul Women's Union (Imphal Tangkhul Shanao Long) at its Silver Jubilee celebrations.Heptulla who acted as Chief Guest on the occasion said that the Women's Union has been working for the upliftment of the Tangkhul women tirelessly since its inception 25 years ago. The Union works especially for their social and economic empowerment of women.During the silver jubilee celebration, cultural dance depicting the war victory was performed by the young artists. Also the folk song, traditional fashion parade was performed by young girls showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the State."I am very happy to celebrate this 25 years celebration of Imphal Tangkhul Shanao Long. It shows how strongly they feel about their community and the reforms they want to do as far as the socio-development and education is concerned and I wish them all on this occasion, " she said.The Union is working for education among the ...
                 

Cong didn't care for nation's security when it ruled: Shah

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BJP president Amit Shah Friday said the Congress did not care about the nation's security when it "ruled India for 70 years", adding securing the borders was a major achievement of the Modi-led government. Addressing a poll rally, Shah credited the Modi government with giving impetus to boosting the country's security. "When the Congress was in power and Manmohan Singh was the prime minister, Pakistani terrorists used to infiltrate, explode bombs and go back," he said. There was anger across the country after the 2016 Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed. But this was not the regime of Mauni Baba (Manmohan Singh). Modi ji ordered our jawans to conduct surgical strikes and take revenge," Shah said. "The Congress did not care about the country's security for 70 years when it was in power, but bothered only about their vote banks. For us, security is more precious than our own lives," he said. Shah said the difference between the BJP and the Congress is that..
                 

Woman in serious condition after acid attack

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19-yr-old man beaten to death over parking in Delhi

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A 19-year-old man was beaten to death after he intervened in an argument over a parking issue, involving his cousin, in Outer Delhi's Sultan Puri area, police said Friday. The incident took place on Thursday around 3.30 pm at a market place in the area. The deceased, Varun, was thrashed by Mannu, his brother Ravi and some other people, who are at large, Seju Kuruvilla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said. On Thursday, Jatin and his friend Deepanker were eating kachori at the market when Mannu along with his friend came there on a scooter and stopped the vehicle in front of them, he said. Kuruvilla said a heated argument broke out between them after Jatin asked Mannu to park his scooter somewhere else. Mannu and his friend started beating Jatin. On seeing this, Deepanker ran and called Jatin's cousin Varun, who tried to pacify the situation, he said. Mannu, too, called his brother Ravi and others. They started beating Varun furiously, Kuruvilla said. Varun became unconscious .....
                 

Rookie Manisha outclasses two-time bronze medallist Christina Cruz

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Rookie boxer Manisha Moun punched above her weight to outclass Christina Cruz of the United States in an unanimous verdict to advance to the 54kg pre-quarterfinals of the AIBA Women's World Championships here on Friday. The 20-year-old Haryana boxer, who was making her debut in the World Championships, was in complete control during the whole of first round against the American, who is almost twice her age. The 36-year-old from New York is a two-time World bronze medallist but Manisha was not the one to be intimidated by the reputation of the opponent. Manisha, who had won a gold at the India Open and a a silver in the Silesian Women's Boxing championship in Poland this year, was the clear winner as she dominated all the three rounds. The five judges have her a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 29-28). In the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday, Manisha now faces reigning world champion Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan, whom she had beaten in the Poland event. Manisha's mother Usha ....
                 

FC Bayern Youth Cup to begin from November 24

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The sixth edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup, an under-16 seven-a-side inter-school football tournament, is set to kickstart from November 24 across six cities in India. The FC Bayern Youth Cup -- a joint initiative by adidas and Germen giants FC Bayern -- will see participation of over 2,000 kids from schools across India. The city legs of the tournament spanning over a period of 14 weeks, will be played in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Srinagar. The final will take place in February next year in Delhi. The tournament allows young children to experience a professional footballer's life. The winning team will represent 'Team India' in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals and get to train under the professionals in Munich in May next year. The selected players also get a chance to watch the season's last Bundesliga match at the iconic Allianz Arena. "India has been referred to as, "the sleeping giant of world football" which was reinforced with FIFA U-17 World Cup ...
                 

Pak shall be 'punished' for activities detrimental to India: Army commander

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The Army's Northern Command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said Friday Pakistan shall be "punished" if it carries out activities detrimental to India and asserted that befitting replies were given to the neighbouring nation for violating ceasefire. The Army commander's comments come in the wake of fatalities in sniping incidents along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region in the last few days. "The message is very clear for the troops on the ground that should Pakistan not stop from carrying out activities, which are detrimental to our national interest along the LoC, they (Pakistan) shall be punished accordingly," Lt Gen Singh told PTI on the sidelines of a function here to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill schools. Three Army soldiers and a porter were killed and four others were injured in sniping incidents along the LoC in Jammu's Rajouri and Poonch district last week. "There has been regular sniping incidents from an area along the LoC and we have regularly (lodged) .....
                 

HC orders appointment of counsellors in all WB schools

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The Calcutta High Court Friday directed authorities to appoint counsellors in about one lakh educational institutions in West Bengal to help safeguard students against sexual abuse. Justice Nadira Patherya ordered that counsellors will have to be appointed to all educational institutions in the state in a phased manner within one year. The judge observed that progress in implementation of a report by an amicus curiae, assisted by a court-appointed panel of educationists, on safeguarding pupils in educational institutions from sexual abuse needs to be monitored from time to time. Justice Patherya directed that the report placed by amicus curiae Phiroze Edulji be kept on record and steps be taken to implement its suggestions. She directed the state and the Centre to file a progress report after six months. Upon placing the report before the court, additional advocate general Abhratosh Majumdar, who was representing the state, submitted that it would not be able to implement the .....
                 

TM Krishna to sing in Delhi tomorrow, calls postponement of last concert 'fishy'

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Terming the postponement of his previous concert as "fishy", prominent Carnatic singer TM Krishna confirmed on Friday that he will be performing in an event organised by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led government in Delhi tomorrow.He said, "I am singing in Delhi tomorrow, the Delhi Government is hosting the concert which is going to be held in the Garden of Five Senses near Saket at 6.30 pm. I invite everyone to come."Responding to the criticism he is facing from certain groups on the social media for being highly vocal on political issues, Krishna told ANI: "There is a certain section of people in the society who are trying to scare people. These are the people who do not know what democracy means and what it means to be an Indian. Everybody has an opinion. But nobody should be attacked because of that. India is a country of multiple culture and religions. However, some people are trying to narrow it down.""Words like urban naxal, presstitute, anti-Indian are created by people who..
                 

Congress failed to develop Mizoram: Rajnath Singh

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday came down heavily on the Congress accusing the party of having failed to take up any development related steps in the past one decade.Addressing a public rally here, Singh took on Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla led Congress government saying that the incumbent regime has failed on both counts of development and governance."The Congress party played a cruel joke with the people of Mizoram. The party failed on both the fronts of development and governance. I must say that in the past 10 years no development measures were taken by the Congress regime," said Singh.The Home minister rued about the dilapidated state of roads in the state saying, "On my way to the venue I got confused whether the potholes were in the middle of the roads or roads are in the middle of the potholes."He promised that all roads would be made pothole free within six months, if people vote Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the upcoming state assembly elections.He .....
                 

Murder accused kills Haryana police officer in Rewari

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A sub-inspector of Haryana Police was shot dead allegedly by a murder accused in Rewari district, an official spokesperson said on Friday. The incident took place when the 49-year-old police officer, identified as Ranbir Singh, had gone to arrest the accused, Naresh, he said. "On getting information regarding movement of Naresh on the Dharuhera-Bhiwadi road (near Rajasthan border), Ranbir Singh along with his team rushed near the spot in Rewari," the spokesperson said. The accused opened fire at the police party when the sub-inspector moved ahead to arrest him," he said. Singh was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors. Naresh is allegedly involved in the killing of a hotel owner about two weeks ago on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway and is also wanted in several other murder and attempt to murder cases, the spokesperson said. Expressing grief over the demise of Singh, Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said police will provide all kinds of facilities under the .....
                 

MCX sets up 5 more delivery centres for gold

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Leading commodity bourse MCX Friday said it has set up five additional delivery centres, one each at Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, for Gold and Gold Mini contracts traded on the bourse. These would be in addition to the one each located at Ahmedabad (which is a basis centre), Mumbai and New Delhi. Traders can make use of the additional delivery centres on all Gold and Gold Mini contracts expiring from December 2018 and onwards, an official statement said. MCX said the network of eight delivery centres would facilitate lakhs of jewellers, big and small, to conveniently take physical deliveries of gold through exchange mechanism from their nearest location. "It will increase participation and help in realising the government's vision behind GST and help achieve one nation one price," MCX CEO and Managing Director Mrugank Paranjape said. It will also help the exchange become a delivery vehicle, pan India, for quality gold by bringing buyers and sellers together from ....
                 

CVC submits report on CBI Director Alok Verma in sealed cover

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The Supreme Court on Friday fixed the Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma related bribery case for hearing on November 20. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has submitted its investigation report in a sealed cover and Justice (retired) AK Patnaik under whose supervision CVC is conducting the investigation has also submitted a note.The top court has directed that the CVC report should be given to Verma in sealed cover whereupon Verma can file his response and court can thereafter take a decision. The court also said that the above course of action has been taken keeping in mind confidentiality and sanctity of the institution CBI.The apex court said, "The report is very complimentary, not so complimentary and very uncomplimentary towards CBI Director Alok Verma. CVC has said in its report that some charges need further probe".Verma's counsel Fali Nariman said, "He will be ready with the response on CVC's report by Monday (November 19) and will list the matter on .....
                 

DMK lauds TN govt for work to tackle cyclone

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DMK President M K Stalin on Friday lauded the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority for its efforts to tackle the severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja,' that has crossed the state's coast. The main opposition DMK appreciating a government body especially for its work during a natural disaster is rare. Stalin, who is the leader of the opposition said in a tweet, Tamil Nadu has been affected by a cyclone again and this time 'Gaja.' "The way the @tnsdma (Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority) took preparatory efforts (to tackle the cyclone) is praiseworthy," he said. Stalin said the "rulers," an apparent reference to the ruling AIADMK should extend "cooperation," to the State agency for its work in the wake of the cyclone making a landfall. He, however, said it is "necessary for the government machinery to act with the speed of a storm in taking up relief work." The Dravidian major relentlessly targeted the ruling AIADMK over the 2015 Chennai floods and for not taking .....
                 

Automation Anywhere raises $300 mn from SoftBank Vision Fund

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Automation Anywhere, a provider of robotic process automation (RPA), Friday said it has raised USD 300 million (about Rs 2,154 crore) from the SoftBank Vision Fund. The funding is subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions and is an expansion to the company's series A round announced in July, Automation Anywhere said in a statement. In July, Automation Anywhere had said it had raised USD 250 million in funding, led by New Enterprise Associates and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. RPA technology refers to use of software robots (bots) to automate business processes that are currently managed manually by human workers. "RPA is the most pervasive and frictionless path to delivering AI technologies across the enterprise, and is revolutionising the way people work. With this additional capital, we are in a position to do far more than any other provider," Automation Anywhere CEO and co-founder Mihir Shukla said. Praveen Akkiraju, managing partner at ...
                 

Odisha Assembly crippled on first day of winter session

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Odisha Assembly was crippled on the opening day of its winter session on Friday amid ruckus by opposition Congress demanding immediate discussion on issues pertaining to farmers, leading to its adjournment for the day. Soon after the House made obiturary reference for former MLAs and others who died in the recent past, Leader of Opposition and Congress lawmaker Narasingha Mishra urged the Speaker, Pradip Kumar Amat, to initiate discussion on farmers' issues by doing away with the question hour. The Congress MLAs wanted cancellation of the question hour to enable discussion on the problems being faced by farmers, in view of its importance. The party legislators said that a notice for an adjournment motion on the matter had already been accepted. BJP MLAs were also keen on a discussion on the issue. However, the Speaker turned down their plea and announced commencement of the question hour. Annoyed with the rejection of their demand, irate Congress members trooped into the..
                 

Calling For Young Social Entrepreneurs to Make the World a Better Place

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/ -- This year's winning teams of the SIF's Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme join an almost 1000-strong network of change-makers, and mark the opening of applications for the tenth run in 2019 35 young social entrepreneurs from eight countries including India completed their final lap in the Singapore International Foundation's (SIF) signature 2018 Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme last month. The Kisan Union, Co-founded by Singaporeans Kannan Venkataramanujam, Ho Jing En and an Indian Nikhil Mukkawar was amongst the seven winning teams to walk away with up to S$20,000 to kick-start or scale up their business ideas for social change. These winners opened the applications for the 2019 YSE programme now at http://www.sif.org.sg/yseapply . (Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/785999/Young_Social_Entrepreneurs_Programme.jpg ) The other winning teams for 2018 were from Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States of America and Vietnam. Each winner ....
                 

Two agencies to be appointed for template on FTA negotiations in future: Prabhu

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Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu Friday said that two independent agencies would be appointed for preparing a template to negotiate free trade agreements (FTAs) in future. He said that the country would now have a completely new approach towards negotiating these agreements. "We are appointing two independent agencies, who will talk to all the stakeholders...it is a first major change. This will be a new template which will emerge for all future negotiations and we are working on it," he said here at a function. The announcement assumes significance as concerns have been raised by industry, exporters and trade experts on FTAs being implemented by India. They say that these pacts have significantly benefited India's trading partners but not Indian industry. Several sectors, including steel, have demanded that they be removed from the purview of such agreements as these lead to dumping and significant jump in imports. Under an FTA, two trading partners significantly reduce ....
                 

Rajnath assures TN govt of central help to deal with cyclone 'Gaja'

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The Centre Friday assured the Tamil Nadu government of all assistance to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm 'Gaja', which has so far claimed 11 lives. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu and provide all help to the state administration. "Spoke to CM Shri K Palaniswami regarding the situation in the cyclone affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to cyclone. Asked the HS to monitor the situation & provide all help to the state admin (sic)," Singh tweeted. An official release in Chennai said a "detailed report" will be sent to the Centre on the damage caused by the severe cyclonic storm. "Chief Minister Palaniswami explained in detail the measures taken by the state government, the damage caused by 'Gaja', and the relief measures being taken up on a war-footing," it said. Over 80,000 people were evacuated from .....
                 

Security beefed up for secretariat gherao programme in Assam

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Prohibitory orders were clamped in three police districts of the city and security beefed up in view of the Assam secretariat gherao programme called by several organisations on Friday against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Barricades were placed around the secretariat and Assam Police and CRPF forces were deployed in large numbers to prevent the protestors from staging their Sankalpa Shikha Jatra against the Bill. The 'Janata Bhawan Gherao' called by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant organisation, and Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), a student organisation, was likely to see the participation of 68 other organisations from other parts of the state during the day, the organisors said. KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi along with members of 70 organisations staged a protest meeting on the premises of the Dispur Press Club, adjacent to the secretariat, accusing the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP Assam government of working against the interests of .....
                 

Motor vehicle inspector arrested for possessing

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A junior motor vehicle inspector has been arrested by anti-graft vigilance wing in Bhadrak district of Odisha for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The motor vehicle inspector, Shankar Narayan Choudhury, was arrested from the RTO office in Bhadrak on Thursday after search operations carried out in his office room and houses showed that he had amassed huge properties beyond his known income sources, a vigilance official said. The raids were carried out in a building owned by him in Bhubaneswar, another building in Cuttack, office room at Bhadrak, rented house at Bhadrak and houses of his two relatives at Burla and Bhubaneswar on Wednesday on the basis of search warrants issued by a special court, he said. During the exercise, Choudhury was found to have assets worth Rs 1.76 crore including buildings in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, seven homestead plots in Bhubaneswar, Rs 13,03,000 in cash, a car, a motor cycle, bank deposits, gold ....
                 

2 dead in cyclone Gaja

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Two people lost their lives and one suffered serious injuries due to cyclone Gaja that made a landfall in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.While Annandan (40) got electrocuted in Kurinchipadi in Cuddalore district, the Ayyamal M. Mathur died when a wall collapsed on her. Mathur's husband Ramachandran got critically injured in the incident.Meanwhile, Disaster Management incharge Gagandeep Singh Bedi told ANI that they have sent more than 2500 officers with mechanical equipment in the state to remove the fallen trees and other disruptions."Roads are damaged. Crops have also been destroyed and electricity has also been cut off. We have cautioned the public about road damages. Restoring electricity is our main priority. Crop damage estimation will be undertaken after two to three days after water recedes," Bedi said.The cyclonic storm crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam on Thursday evening and unleashed mayhem in several districts of the state including .....
                 

Andy Serkis, Christian Bale to visit Mumbai for world premiere of 'Mowgli'

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Actor-director Andy Serkis is coming to India for the world premiere of his Netflix film "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" along with the stars of the film -- Christian Bale, Frieda Pinto and newcomer Rohan Chand. "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" is the first time India will be the destination of a major Hollywood motion picture premiere with its lead cast in attendance. Serkis also voice stars as the fun-loving bear, Baloo and Bale lends his voice to the sombre panther, Bagheera - the man-cub's friend. The voice cast also includes Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha, Peter Mullan as Akela, Jack Reynor as Mowgli's brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, Tom Hollander as Tabaqui and Matthew Rhys as Lockwood. The trailer of "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" was launched at Netflix's 'See What's Next: Asia' event held last week in Singapore. Serkis has maintained that the film is closest to the Indian roots of Rudyard Kipling's classic, and when he was..
                 

Innovation in agri sector key to cutting wastage, boosting production: Prabhu

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Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu Friday said innovation in agri sector was important for reducing wastage, increasing production, and cutting fertiliser use to enhance soil fertility. He said that huge opportunities exist for startups in the agri sector to promote growth. "We are promoting innovation in agri sector," he said adding that changing climate would pose serious challenges to the sector, and startups can look at these areas and come up with innovative solutions. "Innovation and new ideas by startups can play a major role in the sector," the minister said. He also informed that the ministry will be holding a meeting of global funds and startups here on December 7. "We are working on a comprehensive strategy to promote startups," he said. On January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled several incentives to boost startups, offering them a tax holiday, inspector raj-free regime and capital gains tax exemption as part of the startup action plan. Speaking at a ...
                 

Cyclone Gaja: 2 people died, one injured

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Two people lost their lives and one suffered serious injury owing to cyclonic storm Gaja that made a landfall in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.One of the deceased, Annandan (40) died due to electrocution in Kurinchipadi in Cuddalore district while the other identified as Ayyamal M. Mathur was killed after a wall collapsed on her. Mathur's husband Ramachandran got critically injured in the incident.Meanwhile, incharge of Disaster Management, Gagandeep Singh Bedi told ANI that they have sent more than 2500 officers with mechanical equipment in the state to remove the fallen trees and other disruptions."Roads have been damaged. Crops have also been destroyed and electricity has also been cut off. Further, we have cautioned the public about road damage. Restoring electricity is our main priority. Crop damage estimation will be undertaken after two to three days after the water reseeds."The cyclonic storm crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam on Thursday .....
                 

Cyclone 'Gaja' claims 11 lives in TN, says CM

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Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja', which crossed Tamil Nadu's coast early Friday, has claimed 11 lives, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said. 'Gaja' crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, bringing with it heavy rain, and causing severe damage to communication and power infrastructure, mainly in Nagapattinam district. Speaking to reporters at Salem, Palaniswami said relief work will be taken up on a war-footing and that the work was already underway. "The government has received information that so far 11 persons have died," he said without divulging further information. He said the families of the deceased will be provided a solatium of Rs 10 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF). Those with severe injuries will be provided with Rs one lakh each while people who had sustained simple injuries will get Rs 25,000 as relief, he added. The damage caused by Gaja, including to the fishing sector, was being assessed, he said. Over 80,000 people were .....
                 

Cong VS BJP: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi to hold public rallies in MP

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Madhya Pradesh is set to witness a high-octane campaign on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will address several public rallies in the poll-bound state.The Prime Minister will kick off the campaign trail with a public meeting at Shahdol district. He will then hold a rally in Gwalior.Besides, Prime Minister Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is also scheduled to hold public rallies in several districts including Tikamgarh, Sagar and Damoh in the state today.The Congress president will also be addressing various rallies across the state in Devri, Barghat and Mandala.With the elections in the state inching closer, the political battle is intensifying by the day and political parties are leaving no stones unturned to woo the voters.The 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly will go to polls on November 28 and the counting will be held on December 11...
                 

16 children injured as school vehicle overturns

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Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

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Two top leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population. The Khmer Rouge's former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and "Brother Number 2" Nuon Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the ultra-Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia from 1975-1979. The reign of terror led by "Brother Number 1" Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions but Friday's ruling was the first to acknowledge a genocide. The defendants were previously handed life sentences in 2014 over the violent and forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. But Friday's judgement at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) also found Nuon Chea guilty of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslim minority group, among a litany of other crimes. "The chamber finds ...
                 

Beehive near Rajasthan polling station irks poll officers, villager asked to take it down

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A beehive dangling from a house in Rajasthan's Jalore district has caught the attention of polling officers busy making preparations for the smooth conduct of the December 7 Assembly elections. Leaving nothing to chance, polling officers want the owner of the house next to the Bhalni polling station to remove the beehive lest it attacks voters on polling day. In a notice issued to the house owner, the assistant polling officer has said, When the inspection of the Bhalni polling station was carried out, it was noticed that there was a beehive in your house. As you know there is polling on December 7 and there will be a large crowed of voters. If bees attack them, the polling could be interrupted. House owner Malaram Mali has been asked to remove the beehive in 3 days of receipt of the order at his own expense and report to the office. The owner has been warned that if he did not comply with the order, all responsibility in case of a mishap would rest on the house owner and he will be ...
                 

Parsvnath Developers reports Q2 net loss of Rs 21 cr

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Realty firm Parsvnath Developers has posted a net loss of Rs 21 crore in the second quarter of this fiscal. Its net loss stood at Rs 33 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a statement. Total income fell marginally to Rs 23 crore during the July-September period of this fiscal year from Rs 24 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. During the quarter ended September, the company offered possession/fit-outs of over 288 units with an area of 4.08 lakh sq ft. New sales booking stood at 1.21 lakh sq ft. Parsvnath Chairman Pradeep Jain said, "We are focusing to complete our ongoing residential projects and offer possession to our customers". He said the company was also focusing on commercial projects in the national capital including Bhai Veer Singh Marg (near Gole market) Phase-2, mall at Rohini and KG Marg project. The occupancy certificate has been applied to the concerned authority for K G Marg project. "An area of approximately 55,000 sq ft has been .....
                 

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman feels 'more and more shame' every year

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Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, has confessed to feeling ''more and more shame'' over his actions. Chapman, who shot the Beatles legend outside his Manhattan apartment in December 1980, made his tenth unsuccessful bid for parole in August and a transcript of the hearing has now been released by New York prison officials, reported the Independent. Chapman, 63, is serving 20 years to life in the Wende Correctional Facility in New York. "Thirty years ago I couldn't say I felt shame and I know what shame is now. It's where you cover your face, you don't want to, you know, ask for anything," he said. Chapman told parole board members he still thinks about how Lennon was "incredible" to him earlier that day. He said he had been going through an internal "tug of war" of whether to go ahead with the shooting. "I was too far in. I do remember having the thought of, 'Hey, you have got the album now. Look at this, he signed it, just go home.' But there was no way I was just ....
                 

Du Plessis urges Australia to keep the aggression

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Australia have clearly toned down their sledging since a ball-tampering scandal broke, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Friday, but urged them not to totally sacrifice their confrontational approach. Coach Justin Langer and Test skipper Tim Paine have both pledged to change the win-at-all-costs culture that was rampant when Australian players tried to cheat in Cape Town this year. Their attempt to alter the ball with sandpaper rocked the game, led to bans for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and saw a clean-out of executives at Cricket Australia. Du Plessis, who has just led the Proteas in three one-dayers against Australia, said there had been a marked change in their on-field behaviour and the baiting of opposition players had receded. "The series in South Africa (earlier this year) was like that, especially that first Test in Durban. It was a feisty one," he said in Brisbane ahead of a one-off Twenty20 on Saturday. "Then comparing that to now, you can see .....
                 

Maha: Three booked for kidnapping minor in Bhiwandi

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Three persons have been booked for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl for marriage from Bhiwandi in the district, police said Friday. Thane police PRO Sukhada Narkar identified the accused as Bijjo Rais Khan, his sister Chandini Ansari and her husband Hayder Ansari. "The accused, who were in Bhiwandi for a marriage function on November 9, stayed for the night at the complainant's house. In the morning the accused and the complainant's daughter were missing," a Thane police official said. After a frantic search, the complainant managed to get through to the accused on phone and was informed that his daughter was with them and they intended to get her married to accused Bijjo Rais Khan, the official said. A case has been registered and efforts were on to nab the accused, the official added...
                 

J K Simmons to star in 'Veronica Mars' revival

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Veteran actor J K Simmons has joined the cast of Hulu's "Veronica Mars" revival. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simmons will play an ex-con named Clyde Prickett in the series. Clyde served 10 years for racketeering and was the first inmate in Chino to offer protection to Neptune real estate developer Big Dick Casablancas (David Starzyk) when he entered the prison. After getting free Clyde started working as the elder Casablancas' fixer. He is the smarter and more dangerous of the two and has a network of fellow ex-cons he uses to do his dirty work. The eight-episode Hulu series also features Dawnn Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Clifton Collins Jr and Izabela Vidovic. Series veterans Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Max Greenfield and Daran Norris are all returning. The new season revolves around a series of murders among spring break partiers in Neptune. The family of one victim asks Veronica (Bell) to look into the case, .....
                 

Shilpa Medicare gets tentative USFDA nod for multiple sclerosis drug

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Shilpa Medicare Thursday said it has received tentative approval from the US health regulator for Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules, used for treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. The company's abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules in the strengths of 120 mg and 240 mg has been granted tentative approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Shilpa Medicare said in a BSE filing. Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules is a generic of Tecfidera, it added. Quoting IQVIA MAT second quarter 2018 data, Shilpa Medicare said the US market for Dimethyl Fumarate delayed release capsules is approximately USD 3.46 billion. Shares of Shilpa Medicare were trading 3.92 per cent up at Rs 388.65 apiece on BSE...
                 

Telangana polls: AIMIM workers booked for violating model code of conduct

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The Hyderabad Police has booked Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) workers for allegedly violating the model code of conduct while filing nomination papers for Telangana Assembly elections.Two cases were registered against the workers on Thursday-one for violating guidelines and permission given by the Returning Officer during filing the nomination and other for flying drone without permission.Speaking to ANI, Sultan Bazar Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chetana said, "We have received a complaint from Election Commission flying squad team stating that on November 15 AIMIM candidate Ahmed Balala came to the Returning Officer's office to file his nomination. AIMIM workers took out a massive rally and few workers were also seen flying drone camera which is now banned.""Two cases have been registered against AIMIM workers for flying drone camera and violating guidelines and permission given by the Returning Officer. We have held one person in connection..
                 

Meat producer agrees to USD 4M payment to settle labour claims

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The US branch of the world's largest meat producer will pay USD 4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labour officials. The Greeley Tribune reports the US Department of Labour claimed in two actions that JBS USA discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for labourer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas. The company with US headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, has agreed to pay 12,625 class members at those facilities and hire 1,664 of the applicants. It has also agreed to retain an independent workplace consultant to review and revise its hiring process. Spokesman Cameron Bruett says in a statement JBS USA denies the allegations, but it believes "more can be accomplished through partnership...
                 

Insigne in spotlight as Italy look to bury World Cup demons in San Siro

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Lorenzo Insigne will be in the spotlight as Italy return to the San Siro for Saturday's Nations League clash against the European champions Portugal 12 months after their dramatic failure to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years. Relegated to the bench by former coach Gian Piero Ventura for the entire second leg of the play-off lost to Sweden, the Napoli winger did not play a direct role in Italy's humiliating exit. A year on and the versatile 27-year-old has become an integral part of the new Italy side being built by coach Roberto Mancini, which is fighting for a place in the Nation's League semi-finals. Insigne has started five of the seven games Mancini has overseen -- two wins against Saudi Arabia and Poland and three draws. "It hurts to think about it. More than the bench that evening, it hurts me to think that didn't qualify," said Insigne. But despite his goal-scoring form with Napoli -- seven in 12 league games this season -- Insigne has struggled to..
                 

Greece wants to host World Cup with Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia

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Delhi govt invites Krishna to perform in national capital on Nov 17: Dy CM Sisodia

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday announced Delhi government's invitation to Carnatic music vocalist TM Krishna, whose concert in the city was scrapped by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), to perform in Delhi on November 17 and said no artist should be denied an opportunity to perform. After Krishna's November 17 concert to be held at Nehru Park was cancelled by AAI, the AAP government had on Thursday stepped in to organise another performance by Krishna, who often finds himself in the cross-hairs of controversy over his outspoken views. Sisodia said he has invited Krishna to perform in Delhi on November 17. "No artist should ever be denied an opportunity to perform. I have invited @tmkrishna to perform on November 17 for the people of Delhi It's important to maintain the dignity of the Art and Artists," he said. Krishna's concert organised by the AAI was allegedly cancelled following a troll campaign against it for hosting the vocalist, a Magsaysay award winner who has ...
                 

Model and actor Kim Porter dies at 47

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Former model and actor Kim Porter, who dated Sean "Diddy" Combs from 1994 to 2007, died Thursday. She was 47. A representative for the music mogul confirmed the new to E! News. "Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time," the representative said. Porter and Diddy had three children together, including twin daughters, D'Lila Star and Jessie James, 11, and son, Christian, 20. Diddy also helped raise Porter's son from a previous relationship, Quincy, 27, who she had with record producer Al B Sure. TMZ, which first reported the news, said Porter went into cardiac arrest on Thursday at noon after suffering from pneumonia for several weeks, though her official cause of death has not yet been revealed. Porter was born in Georgia and began her career as a model before moving to Atlanta. She appeared in TV shows "Single Ladies" and "Wicked Wicked Games" as well as movies "Mama I Want To Sing" and "The Brothers". She also featured on ....
                 

Neymar ready to act as mentor to Richarlison

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Brazil captain Neymar has revealed he is acting as a mentor to rising Everton star Richarlison. Richarlison has won a place in the Brazil squad this season after impressing for Everton following his transfer from Watford. The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for the Selecao and will feature in their friendly against Uruguay at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Friday. Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, who has hit 59 goals in 94 caps, has been impressed by Richarlison's emergence and is taking the youngster under his wing. "Everybody knows that Richarlison is a really great player and a really nice guy," Neymar told reporters on Thursday. "He has this trick to solve matches, to play well in great matches as he is doing now for Everton. "I expect him to grow up, to keep developing in his career. "I hope I can help him to achieve his goals and to help inside the pitch and even outside the pitch, as a friend, as a colleague. "And if he is as smart as he is showing ...
                 

Afridi's comments on Kashmir endorsed by Pak citizens: Sena

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The Shiv Sena Friday latched on to former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi's remarks that his country "does not want Kashmir" and said all sane Pakistanis would endorse the view. The Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', said Pakistan's government and military chief gave more impetus on trying to harm India than governing the country as a result of which it has to seek external financial aid even 70 years after Independence. In a video that has gone viral, Afridi is heard saying, "I believe that Pakistan does not want Kashmir, and India too should not be given the state. Kashmir should be an independent country." He went on add that "humanity" or "insaniyat" should be prioritised. In a swipe at the affairs of his own country battling financial woes and sectarian strife, the Pakistani all-rounder added, "Pakistan can't handle its four provinces". Afridi, while speaking on the matter later, however, has blamed the Indian media for quoting him out of context. Making a .....
                 

Future bright for England as youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

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Wayne Rooney believes the future is bright for England as a youthful Three Lions eased past the United States 3-0 at Wembley on his international swansong. Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side on Thursday. Should England avenge their heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, Southgate's men can build on the progress made by surpassing expectations in Russia this summer by qualifying for the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League. "It's my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I've seen this week," said Rooney. "The way they are being coached is brilliant, it's a great group of young players who have a bright future. "They will go close to being the next team to bring a trophy back for England." The decision to honour Rooney with a first cap for two years divided opinion. However, the biggest cheer ...
                 

Thane Rural cops book Heera Group MD for cheating investors

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A woman arrested earlier by Mumbai police for allegedly duping investors to the tune of Rs 300 crore has been charged with similar offences in neighbouring Thane as well, police said Friday. Nowhera Shaikh, managing director of Heera Group, which had floated several investment schemes claiming they were compliant with Islamic principles of finance, was arrested by Mumbai police's Economic Offences Wing on October 26 for allegedly duping investors of Rs 300 crore. Shaikh was first arrested by Hyderabad police on October 17 after several investors there filed complaints of cheating against her group. After she was released on bail by a court, a team of Mumbai EOW took her in custody. Thane Rural police spokesperson Yuvraj Kalkutage Friday said that 40 investors here had accused Shaikh of cheating them of Rs 4.12 crore. A case of cheating and other offences has been registered at Kashimira police station against Shaikh and some employees of her firm, Kalkutage said. He told..
                 

India calls for addressing issue of equitable geographical representation in UN Secretariat staff

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India has expressed concern over regional disparity in the UN Secretariat staff and peacekeeping positions, calling for proactively addressing the issue of equitable geographical representation. First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Mahesh Kumar said Thursday at a Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting in the General Assembly on 'Human Resources Management' that while the UN Charter puts equitable geographical representation at the heart of human resources management, challenges continue to persist. He said out of a total UN Secretariat staff of 38,000, less than 10 per cent are covered by the system of desirable ranges. Even for these 3,600 posts, 64 countries are listed as un-represented or under-represented and 50 of these 64 are developing countries. Further, the number of member states in the category of un-represented or under-represented continues to increase since 2014. In addition, nearly 60 more developing countries are close to the lower .....
                 

Will go to Sabarimala Temple at any cost: Trupti Desai

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Trupti Desai, a social activist on Friday said that she would enter the Sabarimala Temple even if she is not given security by the Kerala government.She has also alleged that the police have not been helping her and not responding to her calls and messages as well.While enroute to Kochi, Desai told ANI, "Protestors should not resort to violence. Once we reach there, we will see what level of security state gives us. Even if the state does not give us any security, we will go, but I can be attacked. I have received so many threats of attack and killing.""I have not asked for VIP security, I have been calling Cochin Inspector General but he is not responding. I messaged him too but he is not responding to that as well. It is the duty of the government to provide security as it is a Supreme Court order now."Meanwhile, a Bharatiya Janata Party's district secretary MN Gopi who was present outside the Cochin airport has threatened that he will not let Desai go outside the airport. He told ....
                 

Eight UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo

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Eight United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an operation against a rebel militia in eastern DR Congo, the UN Security Council said on Thursday. One Tanzanian and seven Malawian peacekeepers were killed, the council said, raising the toll from an earlier count. The deaths mark the biggest loss by the large UN force in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the rebels killed 15 troops nearly a year ago. Earlier Thursday, General Bernard Commins, deputy head of the MONUSCO peacekeeping force, said a joint operation had been launched with DRC troops on Tuesday against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a jihadi group blamed for bloody attacks on civilians. The offensive aimed at Kididiwe, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Beni, a city of between 200,000 and 300,000 inhabitants, said Commins. "We are holding Kididiwe at present, after violent fighting with an armed group. At present, we are evacuating wounded Congolese troops and Blue Helmets," he told AFP. He added he was unable ....
                 

J-K: Civilian's bullet-riddled body found in Pulwama

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Elephant electrocuted to death in Odisha

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An elephant was electrocuted to death after coming in contact with a high tension electric wire in Mayurbhanj's Sansarasposi village in Chandua block.On Thursday night, the elephant, while moving, accidentally touched the 11kv electric line which resulted in its death.Villagers have claimed that the electric wire is hanging from a height of just 6 feet from the ground level. They further stated that not just elephants, the wire can come in contact with human beings as well.The incident comes just over two weeks after seven elephants died after coming in contact with non-rectification of sagging lines and non-cabling of transmission lines in another district in the state.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a crime branch inquiry into the incident, which was reported from Dhenkanal district.Data from the environment ministry shows that 655 elephant deaths took place in India from 2009 to 2017. The reasons for the death of tuskers include electrocution, train accidents, .....
                 

El Chapo bribed Interpol, Mexican officials to keep drugs flowing, informant says

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Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman paid huge bribes to Mexican prosecutors, police, military and even Interpol to ensure smooth operations for his Sinaloa cartel, a key informant said at his US trial on Thursday. Jesus "El Rey" Zambada, brother of the cartel's co-head, the still-at-large Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, detailed the eye-watering costs of protecting cocaine shipments that originated in Colombia and travelled to the US via Mexico -- with payments amounting to USD 300,000 per month in Mexico City alone. Zambada, who worked for the cartel from 1987 until his arrest in 2008, was returning to the witness stand on the third day of a trial expected to last about four months. He told the court that as the head of the organization's operations in the capital city, he personally paid bribes to the attorney general's office, the federal highway police that also operates bridges and airports, federal, state and local police forces, and "Interpol, as well." "The bribes for officials in ...
                 

Amnesty India calls for end to ED's 'smear campaign'

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Amnesty India has alleged that a deliberate attempt has been made by the government to tarnish the reputation of the human rights organisation by leaking a dossier, supposedly made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), to the media without giving it access to any such information.Amnesty India called for an immediate end to this smear campaign and an independent inquiry into the selective leaks of information that are fueling this campaign."In the three weeks since we were raided by the Enforcement Directorate, no formal charges have been filed against us. So, it is really shocking to see media coverage of what is alleged to be documented from the investigation. If the authorities believe that Amnesty India has committed an offense, they must prove it in a court of law. However, the Enforcement Directorate seems to be leaking selective information and conducting a media trial," Amnesty India's Chief Executive Director Aakar Patel said."It is alarming to see authorities resort to such ....
                 

North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency. "Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed high-tech tactical weapon at the Academy of National Defence Science," Yonhap cited the North's state broadcaster as saying. It said the test was successful but did not specify the type of device involved. The "high-tech tactical weapon" had been developed over a long period and "builds impregnable defences of our country and strengthens the fighting power of our people's army", it added. Pyongyang's suspension of nuclear weapon and ballistic missile tests has been key to this year's rapid diplomatic developments and North Korean-US negotiations, and has been repeatedly praised by President Donald Trump. Trump and Kim met in a historic summit in Singapore in June, where they signed a vaguely-worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula. Progress has since stalled ...
                 

Pentagon to trim Africa forces as focus shifts to Russia, China

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The Pentagon will trim the number of US troops deployed across Africa as it concentrates more on countering threats from "Great Power" competitors Russia and China, officials said Thursday. Currently, about 7,200 US military personnel are based in dozens of African nations, with notable footprints in places like Somalia, Nigeria and Libya. Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Candice Tresch said that figure would be reduced by about 10 per cent over the next few years. Tresch did not say which countries would see a draw down, but said the Pentagon would not lose capability across the continent and efforts would in some instances shift more to training and advising local forces. "We will preserve a majority of our US security cooperation, partnerships and programs in Africa that strengthen our partner networks and enhance partner capability and ongoing programs," Tresch said. "We will realign our counter-terrorism resources and forces operating in Africa over the next several years in order ...
                 

Troop levels on US border 'pretty much peaked': Pentagon

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Troop levels at the US-Mexico border have essentially reached their upper limit -- at least for now -- a top Pentagon official said Thursday. Some 5,900 active-duty troops are now stationed along the border, in a contentious deployment that President Donald Trump ordered ahead of the midterm elections. In the days before the key vote, Trump had said as many as 15,000 troops could be sent to the border, but the number seems set to stay much lower. We have "pretty much peaked in terms of the number of people that are down there," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told Pentagon reporters. But he added that, since the mission officially runs through December 15, the number "can always be amended." In addition to the 5,900 active-duty forces, another 2,100 or so National Guardsmen have been deployed to support operations at the border, bringing the military presence to about 8,000 all told. Their mission is to assist short-handed border patrol agents ahead of the anticipated .....