Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday donated a year's salary to the chief minister relief fund in view of Cyclone Fani which has caused unprecedented damage in the state.
The ISIS-linked Sri Lankan extremist group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), blamed for the Easter Sunday bombings, has been found possessing more than Rs. 140 million in cash and other assets worth over Rs. 7 billion, police said on Monday.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that he was completely "perplexed" about the contempt case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the court's review of its order on the Rafale deal coming up on different dates, although the bench had clearly mentioned that both would be taken up on the same day.
With only two phases of voting left, campaigning is reaching a hectic pitch. Elections are yet to be held in 118 seats, with most of them in the crucial Hindi heartland. BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to address rallies in West Bengal, where the BJP is looking to come out on top against Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also address three rallies in West Bengal. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has two rallies and a roadshow lined up in Haryana.
"I had to fight, but I'm glad that I had this (kind of) match. Hopefully, it's given me a bit more freedom for the next round," last month's Stuttgart clay winner said.
Domestic stock markets started Tuesday's session on a higher note, shrugging off continued weakness in Asian peers on renewed concerns about the US-China trade conflict. The S&P BSE Sensex jumped as much as 235.2 points to 38,835.54 in early trade while the NSE Nifty moved to 11,657.05, up 58.8 points from the previous close. Advances in banking, FMCG and metal stocks supported the upmove in the markets, however weakness in energy shares kept the gains in check.
Holder Petra Kvitova blunted a late attack from France's Kristina Mladenovic to advance 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) into the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday. The Czech second seed, chasing a fourth title on the Caja Magica clay, has now won her last five matches over qualifier Mladenovic in straight sets. "It was a pretty difficult match. I fought hard in the end and that's what counts," the winner said. "The clay conditions here are a bit different compared to other venues, so I needed time to fight it out."
India and nations like Germany, Brazil and Japan are "absolutely needed" as permanent members of a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council to better reflect contemporary realities and the addition of these key members to the UN high-table is among France's "strategic" priorities, the French envoy to the UN has said.
The impoverished Gaza Strip has long been under strict Israeli border controls, including tight restrictions on anything that might be considered "dual use" and potentially put toward the production of weapons.