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Mukul Roy resigns from TMC in a blow to Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Sept 25: Mukul Roy, once a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has announced that he will resign from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party. He added that he will resign from Rajya Sabha after the festival of Durga Puja comes to a close.

Roy said, "With a heavy heart, I quit from the party." He...

Eman Ahmed, Once World's Heaviest Woman, Dies In Abu Dhabi

New Delhi, Sept 25: Eman Ahmed, the world's heaviest woman who came to India for weight-loss surgery and then flew to Abu Dhabi amid controversy, has died at 36.

Eman Ahmed had been in Abu Dhabi since May. Reports in the UAE media had claimed that she was seen "dancing in her bed" last month.

Ms Ahmed weighed...

'No way back' in Myanmar's crucible of communal hate

Myanmar, Sept 25: Hindus once sold food to Rohingyas, spoke the same language and even cut the hair of their Muslim neighbours. But co-existence among the collage of ethnicities in Myanmar's Rakhine state has been ruptured -- perhaps irreversibly -- by the bloodshed of the last month.

Violence has periodically cut through the western state, where communal rivalries have...

Pak diplomat goofs up at UN, tries to pass off Gaza teen image as Kashmir girl

New Delhi, Sept 25: Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made an embarrassing faux pas on Saturday when she attempted to pass off a photo of a Gaza girl as that of a Kashmiri.

Lodhi was responding to Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s attack on Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly, calling it a...

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, Sept 24: Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday.

Bangladesh’s four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 4,30,000 newly-arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force.

“For the...

Kerala Women’s Commission to approach SC in Hadiya house arrest case

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 24: The Kerala State Women's Commission on Sunday decided to approach the Supreme Court in the case of Hadiya, who is kept under house arrest.

Chairperson M C Josephine told the media that the Commission would now approach the top court with a petition seeking permission to visit 25-year-old Hadiya, a homoeopath who converted to Islam last...

Rohingya violence: UN medics see evidence of rape by Myanmar army

Bangladesh, Sept 24: Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said. The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated allegations, ranging from...

US warplanes fly off North Korea coast

Washington, Sept 24: US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions.

The hermit state's foreign minister meanwhile derided Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" at the United Nations, while the US president fired back on Twitter with fresh threats.

The...

Attack on Dalit writer Kancha Ilaiah sparks tension

Parkal, Sept 24: Prominent Dalit writer and intellectual Kancha Ilaiah today filed a police complaint stating that four persons attacked his vehicle in the town and tried to kill him.

The alleged attack on Mr Ilaiah sparked tension between members of Arya Vysya caste and Dalits who came face to face.

However, the police averted any escalation in...

We created IITs, you JeM, Sushma slams Pak at UN

United Nations, Sept 24: Taking a dig at Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asked its leaders to introspect as to why India is recognised as a global IT superpower while Pakistan is infamous as the "pre- eminent export factory for terror".

In her address to the 72nd UN General Assembly session, Swaraj accused Pakistan of waging a...