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US court dismisses 1984 riots case against Sonia Gandhi

New York : A US court of appeals in New York has affirmed a district court's order and dismissed Nov 1984 anti-Sikh violence case against Congress party president Sonia Gandhi for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

"Upon due consideration whereof, it is hereby ordered, adjudged, and decreed that the judgment of the district court is affirmed" the court said in its order Tuesday.

Indian-descent Silicon Valley securities analyst charged with insider trading

New York : A young Silicon Valley investment banker of Indian descent and two of his friends have been charged with insider trading in a scheme that allegedly netted them more than $600,000, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell announced Tuesday.

J.P. Morgan Securities analyst Ashish Aggarwal and his friends,who surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and were arrested, face securities fraud, conspiracy and wire fraud charges, Caldwell said.

IAEA receives information from Tehran on n-plan

Vienna: The UN nuclear agency on Tuesday said it received substantive amount of information from Iran about its nuclear programme and the agency is still verifying the data.

Under the comprehensive deal agreed by Iran and six world powers on July 14, Iran would improve the transparency of its nuclear plan while freezing some of its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, Xinhua reported.

Yukiya Amano, head of IAEA, said the agency has got a "substantive volume" of information from Tehran.

Support to Palestine unwavering while engaging with Israel: India

Cairo: India's strong traditional support to the Palestinian cause remains unwavering even while pursuing good relations with Israel, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Tuesday and added that the India is now more actively engaging with the Arab world.

Addressing the Egyptian Council for World Affairs, she also spoke about boosting economic and defence ties with Egypt and underlined three pillars for partnership with it.

Saudi woman delivers baby boy in airport loo!

Mumbai: In an unusual medical emergency, a Mumbai airport toilet became an unlikely delivery room for a 20-year-old pregnant passenger from Saudi Arabia.

The young Saudi woman delivered a healthy baby boy in a toilet at the Mumbai International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The pregnant woman, Alhagbani Haya Saud, was to travel to Riyadh by an Air India flight from Hyderabad, which she was waiting to board in Mumbai.

When she went to the toilet, she suddenly went into labour and the baby came out partially as she sat on the toilet seat.

UK’s Dalit organizations urge Modi to act against BJP leaders named by Cobrapost in mass Dalit killings

By TwoCircles.Net Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: Four prominent Dalit organisations from United Kingdom have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing their dismay about the recent revelations by investigative news portal Cobrapost that BJP leaders were responsible for instigating members of ‘Ranvir Sena’, an armed private militia of upper caste men, to commit major killings of Dalits in Bihar between 1995 and 1997, which left 144 dead.

Pakistani forces kill over 1,000 terrorists in 9 months

Islamabad: Pakistani security forces have killed 1,114 terrorists since the launch of an anti-terror campaign following the deadly December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Monday.

Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Army Public School attack that killed 150 people, nearly almost all school children.

The interior minister told a news conference here after a cabinet meeting that 885 terrorists have been arrested during the nine-month period.

17 policemen among 20 killed in Nepal violence, army called out

By Anil Giri ,

Kathmandu: At least 20 people -- 17 policemen including a senior officer and three protesters -- were killed and more than 100 injured in a violent clash on Monday in western Nepal's Kailali district between security personnel and protesters demanding a separate Tharuhat province.

Rajkumar Shrestha, chief district officer of Kailali, said 17 police personnel including a senior superintendent of police (SSP) were killed in the clash between Tharuhat activists and police in Tikapur in the district.

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Thai government websites hacked by Islamist group

Bangkok: Six Thai government websites were hacked on Monday by an Islamist group calling itself "Fallag Gassrini and Dr Lamouchi" from Tunisia, the media reported.

The hackers attacked the official sites of Lamphun, Sing Buri, Sa Kaeo and Tak provinces, as well as Mahasarakham University's publishing house and Lam Luk Ka Hospital in Pathum Thani, te Bangkok Post reported.

Pictures of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Muslim child victims of bomb attacks were posted on the sites.

Afghan militants kill four Pakistani soldiers

Islamabad: Four Pakistani soldiers were killed and four others injured during an attack on a checkpost in Khyber Agency by militants from across the Afghan border, a military statement said.

Dawn online quoted the statement as saying that rockets were fired on Sunday at the Akhund Walah Pass checkpost. All the Afghan attackers were killed when the Pakistani troops returned fire.

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