Punjab farmers modify plan, to march to Delhi via alternative routes besides Haryana highways.

After their Delhi Chalo march to protest the Centre’s farm laws came a cropper due to heavy barricading by Haryana Police on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmer unions have changed their strategy of taking only the highways to the national capital. They plan to enter Haryana through other routes on Thursday morning.While activists of the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta-Ugrahan and Sidhupur factions have been camping on the Punjab-Haryana border at Khanauri and Moonak, respectively, in Sangrur district since Wednesday...

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RIP Maradona: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor pay tributes to the GOAT who ‘made football even more beautiful’.

Bollywood actors have paid tributes to the legendary football player, Diego Maradona. The Argentinian player died on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 60.Shah Rukh Khan shared a picture of Maradona lifting the World Cup and wrote, “Diego Maradona....you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP.” Abhishek Bachchan called him the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ and wrote, “#RIPMaradona legend! #GOAT.”...

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Football legend Maradona passes away.

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.The 60-year-old had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating his birthday, Goal.com reported.Maradona was hospitalised after he complained of regularly being fatigued. His tests at the La Plata clinic revealed a blood clot in Maradona's brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.As per Goal.com, Maradona was also released from the hospital, but in the early...

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Flood relief kits given by Rahul Gandhi found abandoned in his constituency Wayanad.

Thousands of flood-relief food kits provided by Congress MP from Wayanad (north Kerala) Rahul Gandhi were found abandoned in a vacant shop in Nilambur in Malappuram district.The “criminal waste” triggered widespread criticism from many quarters including local residents and Left leaders. Embarrassed district Congress president V V Prakash has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Rotten food kits carrying the photo of Gandhi and printed MP in bold were found when a vacant shop which was closed...

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20-year-old woman abducted, raped for 14 days in man’s captivity in Kota jungle: Police.

A 20-year-old woman has accused a man of abducting and raping her for 14 days while keeping her in his captivity in a jungle near Mandana town of Kota district, police said on Wednesday.In her complaint lodged at the Anta police station in neighbouring Baran district, the woman said she was able to approach the police after her father managed to rescue her from the 22-year-old man’s captivity on November 22.The woman said accused Phorulal Odd, a resident of Kapren town in Bundi district, abducted...

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India leases hi-tech US naval drones to boost surveillance, intel.

The Indian Navy has leased a pair of MQ-9B SeaGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the United States to boost its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, in the midst of a border row with China in the Ladakh theatre and increased Chinese activity in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), officials familiar with developments said on Wednesday.The two MQ-9Bs have been leased for one year, one of the officials cited above said on condition of anonymity, without disclosing the cost...

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GST invoices fraud: ‘Mastermind’ who created 115 fake firms among 59 arrested.

The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has so far arrested 59 people, including three chartered accountants (CAs), in 10 days of its nationwide drive against submission of fake Goods and Services Tax (GST) invoices.According to people aware of the developments, Mitesh M Shah, who the DGGI has named the mastermind of the fake invoices scam, is among those arrested. Shah created 115 fake firms to avail and pass on fraudulent input tax credit (ITC) worth Rs 50.24 crore on fake invoices of miscellaneous...

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100kg heroin in empty fuel tank seized from Lankan boat. Pakistan is the source.

The Indian Coast Guard has seized drugs, including 100kg of heroin, from a Sri Lankan boat in the high seas south of Thoothukudi during a nine-day operation that started on November 17, officials familiar with the development said on Wednesday.Six crew members, who identified themselves as Sri Lankan nationals, have been detained and are being interrogated.During their initial questioning, the crew members told Coast Guard officials that the drugs were transferred onto the Sri Lankan vessel “Shenaya...

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India again rubbishes Pak’s ‘terror dossier’, reminds world of bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.

India’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday reminded the world community of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s prolonged presence in Pakistan while dismissing Islamabad’s dossier on New Delhi’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, conveyed the country’s position after his Pakistani counterpart, Munir Akram, presented a copy of the dossier to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.Tirumurti tweeted that...

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China says India’s latest app ban order violates WTO rules.

China on Wednesday opposed India’s decision to ban 43 more Chinese-origin mobile phone applications on security grounds and contended that the move violated the rules of the World trade Organization (WTO).On Tuesday, India imposed a fresh ban on Chinese-origin apps, the fourth time it has done so since the border standoff in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) emerged in the open in May. With this, the total number of Chinese-origin apps banned by India has gone up to 267.“We firmly...

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