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Pak PM accuses India of launching ‘brutal crackdown’ in Kashmir

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has accused India of launching a “brutal crackdown” in Kashmir after terror groups suffered a major setback following killing of 13 terrorists in counter-insurgency operations. Abbasi's statement late last night came after Indian security forces on Sunday gunned down 13 militants in three counter-insurgency operations that also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

World’s cleanest petrol, diesel now in Delhi

World’s cleanest petrol and diesel are now being supplied in Delhi after state-owned oil firms advanced rollout of Euro-VI grade fuel by two years in a bid to combat alarming levels of air pollution.

Since Sunday, Delhi has become the first city in the country to leapfrog from Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel to Euro-VI, which just contains 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur against 50 ppm in previous grade of fuel.

India at risk of food crisis due to climate change

India is among the cou­ntries that are at the gre­atest risk of food insecurity due to weather extremes caused by climate change, according to a global study.

Researchers led by the University of Exeter in the UK examined how climate change could affect the vulnerability of different countries to food insecurity – when people lack access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Ratan Tata laments fall of Tata Motors’ market share

Tata group chairman emeritus Rata Tata on Monday asked employees of Tata Motors to plan on becoming leaders again, saying it hurt him when the auto maker lost market share in the last four-five years and the country looked at it as a ‘failing company’.

Tata, who addressed the annual townhall of employees – a tradition which he started on the start of every new financial year – after a gap of almost five years, said that under the leadership of chairman N Chandrase­karan and managing director Guenter Butschek, Tata Motors will continue to build in the future.

Israeli troops wound dozens on Gaza border as Palestinians bury dead from earlier violence

Israeli troops shot and wounded about 70 Palestinians among crowds demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, health officials said, after one of the deadliest days of unrest in the area in years.

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Gaza in funerals for the 15 people killed by Israeli gunfire on Friday, and a national day of mourning was observed in the enclave and in the occupied West Bank.

Kelly loses White House clout as Trump Blazes Own Path

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has lost some of his clout following recent missteps and wasn’t at President Donald Trump’s side for recent crucial decisions on staffing and policy moves, according to several senior aides.

Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust HR McMaster as national security advisor and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton.

China says North Korea’s Kim pledged commitment to denuclearisation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation and to meet US officials, China said on Wednesday after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold friendship with its isolated neighbour.

After two days of speculation, China and North Korea both confirmed that Kim had travelled to Beijing and met Xi during what China called an unofficial visit from Sunday to Wednesday.

Facebook on a Hiring Spree Of Lobbyists aS scandal grows

Facebook Inc. is on a hiring spree in Washington as the social network bulks up its ranks of lobbyists in the midst of a privacy scandal that cuts to the heart of its business model.

As a chorus of calls mounts for answers about its data practices, Facebook is looking to hire at least 11 people for policy-related positions in Washington, according to its website. The company started hiring new lobbyists last fall after revelations Russians exploited its platform to help elect President Donald Trump.

Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats for UK Attack

US President Donald Trump ordered 60 Russian diplomats the US considers spies to leave the country in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle, senior administration officials said Monday as European allies prepared similar measures.

The expulsions are the most aggressive US move against Russia under Trump, who has sought a closer personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin while at the same time introducing new sanctions against people and entities with ties to the Kremlin.

Govt set to borrow Rs 2.88 lakh cr in Apr-Sept

The government will borrow Rs 2.88 lakh crore in the April-September period of FY19, which is 47.56 per ce­nt of the budgeted gross borrowing. In April-September of FY18, the gross borrowing was Rs 3.72 lakh crore.

Economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said the government would come out with inflation-indexed bonds linked to CPI or retail inflation. Also, government securities of 1-4 years duration will be introduced.