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In State vs Activists, Supreme Court To Decide Today On House Arrest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce today, its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.

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. 

PM Modi making 'calibrated' efforts to weaken democracy: Manmohan Singh

Indore: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said the credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI has been unfairly criticised in the Narendra Modi-led regime, which he said is making "careful, well-thought-out calibrated effort" to weaken democracy. 

Addressing a press conference here, Singh said corruption was peaking in the Modi government. "The country has witnessed credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI systematically denigrated. There is a careful well-thought-out calibrated effort to weaken democracy," he said. 

Gold futures fall by Rs 63 on profit-booking, global cues

New Delhi: Gold prices eased by Rs 63 to Rs 30,996 per 10 gram in futures trade Wednesday due to profit-booking by speculators amid weak trend overseas.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold for delivery in far-month February next year contracts fell by Rs 63, or 0.20 per cent, to quote at Rs 30,996 per 10 gram in a business turnover of 81 lots.

Similarly, the metal for delivery in December eased by Rs 57, or 0.18 per cent, to Rs 30,757 per 10 gram in 336 lots.

BJP leadership knew about attack on Kejriwal, wants him eliminated: Sisodia

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Wednesday alleged that the BJP leadership had knowledge of the attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the opposition party wants the latter eliminated to stop him from working for the people.

On Tuesday, a man flung chilli powder at Kejriwal outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat. The chief minister's spectacles broke but he was not injured in the attack.

The attacker, identified as Anil Kumar Sharma, has been arrested.

Pon Radhakrishnan on way to Sabarimala, gets into war of words with top cop

Nilakkal: Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who was on his way to the Sabarimala Temple, Wednesday engaged in a brief war of words with the police here over restrictions on private vehicles heading to Pamba, the last entry point to the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Though IPS officer Yatish Chandra said the minister could travel in his official vehicle, Radhakrishnan preferred to proceed to Pamba from here in a state-run KSRTC bus as a mark of protest against the restrictions imposed by state authorities causing difficulties to pilgrims. 

China wants to make a deal very badly: Trump

Washington: China "very badly" wants to have a trade deal with the US, President Donald Trump has said ahead of a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Argentina on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.

China and the US are currently locked in an ongoing trade war as each country has introduced tariffs on goods traded between each other. Trump has promised to fix China's "longtime abuse of the broken international system and unfair practices". 

American tourist killed in Andaman Islands

Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) [India]: An American tourist was killed by unidentified assailants in North Sentinel Island, Andaman. Police have held seven people in this connection so far.

The deceased has been identified as John Allen Chau.A case was registered at the Humfrigunj police station of South Andaman. Investigation in the incident is on.

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