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Banks demand more money from Vijay Mallya

Banks demand more money from Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya, who is fighting legal battles in India and UK, faces another setback after the London high court ordered him to pay a further £1,75,000 (Rs 1.5 crore) towards the legal fees of a consortium of Indian banks after losing his high court case against them. Mallya, who now owes approximately Rs 10,000 crore […]

Seven people found dead in Western Australia

Seven people found dead in Western Australia

Seven people have been found dead at a rural property in what is reported to be Australia’s worst mass shooting since 1996. The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered in the town of Osmington in Western Australia (WA), 280km (170 miles) south of Perth. Three generations of the same family were among […]

Mahathir Mohamad becomes oldest elected leader in the world

Mahathir Mohamad becomes oldest elected leader in the world

Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister following his unexpected election win. Mahathir previously governed Malaysia in the 1980s and 90s. Thursday’s win makes him the oldest elected leader in the world. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s 92-year-old former strongman, was sworn in as the country’s seventh prime minister last night after leading a […]

Five dead, more than 20 injured after explosion in illegal firecracker factory in India

Five dead, more than 20 injured after explosion in illegal firecracker factory in India

At least five persons including three minors died while more than 20 others were injured when an illegal firecracker factory containing huge amount of gunpowder caught fire resulting in a high intensity explosion which brought down an entire residential building at Khasganj under Sohsarai police station in Biharsharif town of Nalanda district on late Thursday […]

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

The president of Myanmar Htin Kyaw has resigned, his office has announced. No reason was given, but there have been growing concerns in recent months about the 71-year-old’s health after he appeared frail at official functions. Htin Kyaw was sworn in as president in 2016 after landmark elections which ended decades of military leadership. But […]

INDIA: 2 girls kidnapped, raped by 9 men for more than 14 days

INDIA: 2 girls kidnapped, raped by 9 men for more than 14 days

Two teenage girls from Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district (India) were allegedly confined and raped by nine men for over a fortnight, police said today. The girls, aged 17 and 15 years, were rescued by the police yesterday. Police Nivedita Sharma said, “On March 4, the main accused Abhijeet Pal alias Pinku (20) took one of victims, […]

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try […]

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island. Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of […]

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday. The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area. The International Maritime […]