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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. 

Amid India's Plans To Buy Russian S-400 Missiles, US Warns Of Sanctions

Washington: The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia would be considered as a "significant transaction" and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said today, as India considers buying the air defence systems.

Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Sensex ends 280 pts lower at 36,841 after 1,000-pts intra-day drop

Mumbai: The 30-share index on Friday plunged 279.62 points or 0.75 per cent to end at 36,841.60, despite firm global clues and recovery of rupee. Nifty also fell 91.25 points or 0.81 per cent to end at 11,143.10.

In afternoon trade on Friday, Sensex slipped above 1,000 points and recovered 900 points swiftly. The broader NSE Nifty also slipped below the 11,000 mark, falling over 360 points or 3.27 per cent, to touch a low of 10,866.45, before recovering over 300 points to trade at 11,169.90.

Patriotism reason for asking varsities to observe 'Surgical Strikes' Day': Javadekar

New Delhi: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday that a University Grants Commission's communication asking varsities to celebrate anniversary of surgical strikes is "patriotism not politics", and it is not compulsory for institutes to organise it.

With opposition leaders accusing the government of politicising surgical strikes, Javadekar, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, rejected their criticism as "absolutely ridiculous and false".

Shah visits 'Shadani Darbar' in Raipur

Raipur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah Friday visited 'Shadani Darbar', a popular religious place associated with the Sindhi community here.

After arriving on a day-long visit to the Chhattisagarh capital this afternoon, Shah directly went to 'Shadani Darbar', located near Kushabhau Thakre Parisar, the state BJP's office on the outskirts of Raipur. He also met the people of the Sindhi community as part of the party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' outreach campaign and sought their support in the upcoming polls.

No policeman has resigned in Jammu and Kashmir: MHA

New Delhi: The Home Ministry Friday said no policeman has resigned in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of three police personnel by terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and described such reports as "false propaganda" by "mischievous" elements.

In a statement, the ministry said reports have appeared in a section of the media that some special police officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned, but the state police has confirmed that these reports are "untrue and motivated". "These reports are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements," it said.

Terrorists abduct and kill 3 J-K policemen, at least six cops announce resignation

Srinagar: Three policemen were abducted from their homes in south Kashmir's Shopian district and shot dead in cold blood by the Hizbul Mujahideen Friday, police said as a new page opened up in the three-decade chapter of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

We are not man-eating tigers: SC

New Delhi: The states should not fear if a matter is pending before the Supreme Court as it is not a "man-eating tiger", the top court has said.

"We are not a tiger or something. We are not man-eating tigers. They should not have fear," a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observed.

The court's observation came when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for a private firm, argued that a petition filed against the company, alleging illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh, was aimed at pressurising the state government.

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