Bomb hoax at Delhi airport; one flight delayed, another cancelled

New Delhi : A bomb threat call led to panic on one domestic and another international flight at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Thursday morning as passengers were hurriedly deplaned. Though the bomb threat was later found to be a hoax, one flight was delayed while the other was cancelled.

Police said a call was received at the Gurgaon-based centre of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) at 10.04 a.m. that claimed bombs had been placed on the Kathmandu-bound Royal Nepal Airlines flight RA 206 and the Bhubaneswar-bound Air India flight AI 075.

Power of one million elected women influencing communities: Maneka

By Arul Lewis

United Nations: As India challenges centuries-old biases, the power of one million elected women is influencing communities across India through the local self-government bodies, according to Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi.

"During the last seven decades, we have achieved significant success in the political sphere by taking the democratic institutions for local self-government right down to the local governance level, Gandhi told the UN Commission on the Status of Women Tuesday.

Mother Teresa to be canonised on September 4: Pope

Vatican city: The Pope during consistory of cardinals on Tuesday announced September 4 as the date for Mother Teresa's canonisation, the media reported.

After months of anticipation, the date for Mother Teresa's canonisation was announced as September 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, Catholic News Agency cited Pope Francis as saying.

The Pope had cleared the way in December for sainthood for the Nobel peace laureate, who died in 1997 aged 87.

Nepal to have first woman chief justice

By Anil Giri

Kathmandu : After its first woman president and speaker, Nepal is set to have its first woman chief justice.

A meeting of the Judicial Council on Monday recommended Sushila Karki, the seniormost judge in Nepal's Supreme Court, as the next chief justice of the country.

The Judicial Council decided to forward her name to the Constitutional Council headed by the prime minister which is responsible for approving the head of the judiciary.

Karki will take charge once President Bidhya Devi Bhandari clears her nomination.

Anti-migration party records large gains in German regional elections

Berlin : Germany's anti-migration party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), has recorded remarkable gains in Germany's regional elections on Sunday and is able to break into three more German state parliaments, according to first projections.

Eligible voters have cast their ballots in the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt to elect three new regional parliaments, Xinhua reported.

Two killed, 3,000 displaced in Indonesian floods

Jakarta: At least two people were killed, three went missing and around 3,000 forced to flee their homes as floods hit Indonesia's Java province, official said on Sunday.

The floods occurred on Saturday as heavy rain caused waters of the Citarum river in Bandung district to overflow and submerge large areas in the district, Xinhua quoted an official of disaster agency as saying.

The flood waters affected over 24,000 people in the district, said the official.

23 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo: At least 23 Indian fishermen were arrested in Sri Lanka for poaching in the country's waters, the media reported on Sunday.

The fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy in the seas off the town of Mannar and were handed over to the police, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police said that the navy handed over the fishermen and three boats to them in Mannar.

The fishermen are between the age of 15 and 56, the police said. They will be produced before a court on Sunday.

Azad compares RSS with ISIS, BJP demands apology

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday sought to compare the RSS with the Islamic State (IS) while saying he equally opposes both organisations but drew an angry protest from the BJP which demanded an apology.

"We oppose ISIS with equal might as we oppose the RSS," Azad said addressing a meeting of religious minorities and opposition parties held under the aegis of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.

Religion should not be an issue, he said adding: "Even from among us if someone does any wrong thing, then he is also no less than the RSS."

Why was Mallya allowed to leave India, Kejriwal asks Modi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why beleaguered business tycoon Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave India.

"Since CBI directly reports to Prime Minister, Modi owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. Central Bureau of Investigation couldn't have allowed without approval from top," Kejriwal tweeted.

Mallya left the country on March 2, days before a group of creditor-banks led by the State Bank of India moved the Supreme Court to restrain him from leaving India.

US foreign policy unlikely to change radically post-elections: Experts

New Delhi : The broad contours of the American foreign policy are not likely to change post-elections no matter whether a Republican becomes the president or it is a Democrat, feel experts.

Taking part in a discussion on the topic "The 2016 US elections and their impact on foreign policy", organised by the American Embassy here on Thursday, international affairs experts C Raja Mohan, Chintamani Mahapatra and Sam Solomon deliberated on various aspects of US foreign policy.