US reviewing India's development of Chabahar port, says official

Washington: The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India's development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic, a senior government official has said. 

The Chabahar port is being considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi. 

BJP indulging in baseless political witch-hunt against me for four years: Vadra

New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra Wednesday broke his silence on the charges of corruption levelled against him by the BJP and said the ruling party had been indulging in a "baseless political witch-hunt" against him for the last four years.

The ruling party rakes up his name every time it is cornered and this time it stands exposed on the Rafale issue, he said, describing the situation as a "wholesale farce".

SC judgement on Aadhaar historic; scheme helps govt save Rs 90,000 cr annually: FM

New Delhi: Describing the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar as "historic", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said it has helped the government in saving Rs 90,000 crore every year with targeted delivery of government schemes.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar is constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions, including its linking with bank accounts, mobile phone connections and school admissions.

NEET aspirant from Bihar commits suicide in Kota: Police

Kota (Rajasthan): A 16-year-old girl from Bihar allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a river in the Adharshila area here Wednesday morning, police said.

Shipra Ranjan, resident of Bihar's Madhubani district, had joined a coaching institute here in June to prepare for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical and dental colleges, a police officer said.

Aadhaar has become a symbol of digital economy: SC

New Delhi: The use of the Hindi word 'Aadhaar' would not lead a person to its dictionary meaning but everyone would associate it with the card used to identify an individual that has now virtually become a symbol of a digital economy, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. Noting that Aadhaar had also become a household name, it said its use has spread like a "wildfire".

SC dismisses plea challenging Justice Gogoi's appointment as next CJI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India, saying the petition was "devoid of merits". 

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, "We are of the view that it is not the stage to interfere (with the appointment)." 

SC allows live streaming, video recording of court proceedings

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to live-streaming and video recording of court proceedings.

The apex court said that necessary rules for balancing rights of public and protecting dignity of litigants will be placed soon.

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant", the bench said while allowing live streaming of court proceedings.

Live-streaming of court proceedings will effectuate the "public right to know" and bring in more transparency in judicial proceedings, the court said.

Anand beats Ragger as Indian men crush Austria 3.5-0.5

Batumi (Georgia): World rapid champion Viswanathan Anand put it past Markus Ragger in a brilliant positional game as the Indian men's team cruised to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Austria in the second round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad here.

Back to the Olympiad after a gap of 12 years, Anand was precise in calculation and brilliant in judgement giving away nothing to Ragger who was all at sea defending a difficult position out of the opening on Tuesday evening.


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