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At least 25 dead in Indonesian earthquake
MEUREUDU (INDONESIA): At least 25 people died and hundreds were injured after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island Wednesday, local officials said.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district at dawn, as some in the predominantly Muslim region prepared for morning prayers.
Justice J S Khehar to be the 44th CJI
NEW DELHI: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was today recommended as the 44th Chief Justice of India.
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.
Veteran journalist Cho Ramaswamy passes away
CHENNAI: Veteran journalist, former Rajya Sabha member and political commentator Cho Ramaswamy (82) died here today following illness.
Fondly addressed as Cho, he was suffering from illness and breathed his last at a private hospital this morning, sources close to his family said.
Tharoor’s Delhi home burgled, many valuables stolen
NEW DELHI: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor’s home in New Delhi was burgled on November 29. The robbers made away with several valuable items including glasses gifted to him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he attended Swacch Bharat campaign.
Governor, Pinarayi, Chandy, Chennithala pay tributes to Jayalalithaa
CHENNAI: Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, former chief minister Oommen Chandy and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala paid tributes to former Tamil Nadu Chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The four reached Rajaji Hall at 4 pm and paid tributes.
Kerala-Tamil Nadu border wears deserted look
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the police have beefed up the security along Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
Security arrangements have been made jointly by Kerala police and Tamil Nadu police. A hartal-like situation exists in Tamil, where seven-day mourning has been announced.
Murray rules the world after humbling of Djokovic
LONDON: His season had already provided several unforgettable chapters but Andy Murray saved the best to last as he eclipsed Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title and rubberstamp the year-end top ranking on Sunday.
Against a man who has so often been his nemesis, Britain's golden boy Murray produced a relentless display to claim a ninth title of a year which included a second Wimbledon crown and Olympic gold in Rio.
Exporters seek higher cash withdrawal limit: Sitharaman
NEW DELHI: Worried over the impact of demonetisation of high value notes on production chain, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today assured exporters that she would take up their demand of increasing the cash withdrawal limit with the Finance Minister.
The issue was raised by export promotion councils during their meeting with Sitharaman here.
Make funds available to farmers through co-ops: FM to banks
NEW DELHI: Government today asked banks to provide resources to cooperative institutions with which they are associated to meet cash requirements of the farm sector during the ongoing rabi season.
"We had a discussion with RBI, Nabard and all public sector banks and the only item for discussion was with regard to transfer of resources to rural areas so that they will reach the farmers since the sowing season for rabi is on and a lot of this will happen through the cooperative itself," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted
TOKYO: A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.
The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4, the Japan Meteorological Service said, and was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles).