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Sri Lanka blocks social media after attacks on mosques, Muslim owned businesses

Colombo, May 13: Sri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the town of Chilaw...

Iran calls UAE ship attacks 'alarming', demands probe

Tehran, May 13: Iran on Monday called attacks on ships in the Gulf "alarming" after the UAE and Saudi Arabia said several vessels including oil tankers were damaged in acts of sabotage off the Emirati coast. "The incidents in the Sea of Oman are alarming and regrettable," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in an English-language statement on the...

IPL 2019: Telangana official lands in trouble for seeking 300 free finale tickets

Hyderabad, May 13: A senior official of the Telangana Excise and Prohibition Department landed in trouble for seeking 300 complimentary tickets for the Indian Premier League (IPL) final with higher-ups taking a "serious view" and issuing a memo.

The two most successful teams of the IPL - Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings - clashed in the final in...

Modi's cloud comments painfully embarrassing: Mehbooba

Srinagar, May 12: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reported remarks about clouds helping the Indian Air Force jets escape Pakistani radars during Balakot airstrikes as "painfully embarrassing".

Mehbooba wondered whether the prime minister authorising the operation in bad weather by overruling the advice of the IAF led to the...

Saudi Arabia: Cops kill 8 'terror' suspects in Qatif region

Riyadh, May 12: Eight members of a "terrorist" cell were killed on Saturday in a police raid in Saudi Arabia's eastern Qatif region, a Shiite minority stronghold, state media reported.

The recently-formed cell was preparing to carry out "terrorist" activities against the security of the country, the official Saudi Press Agency reported citing a state security spokesman.

He...

India inflation likely crept up to 6-month high in April

Bengaluru, May 11: India inflation likely crept up slightly to a six-month high in April, driven mainly by food prices, a Reuters poll found, although holding below the Reserve Bank of India’s medium-term target of 4 percent for the ninth straight month.

If true, that would support expectations for the central bank to keep policy on hold through to...

Modi is like bride who makes noise with bangles but doesn’t work: Sidhu

Indore, May 11: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted Narendra Modi with a sexist jibe on Saturday by comparing the Prime Minister to a bride who only makes noise with bangles but doesn’t make enough chapattis. The Punjab minister also called Modi “liar-in-chief, divider-in-chief and business manager of Ambani and Adani”, with reference to TIME magazine’s latest cover.

“Modi...

Facebook auto-generates terror content: Whistleblower

Facebook is actively creating new terror content on the website with its auto-generation feature, alleges a whistleblower who analysed over 3,000 Facebook profiles of individuals expressing affiliation with terror or hate groups.

The social networking giant last year claimed that with the use of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and a growing team of expert human reviewers it could...

Time magazine article author a Pakistani, trying to malign PM Modi: BJP

New Delhi, May 11: The BJP has described a Time magazine article, which called Prime Minister Narendra Modi "India's divider-in-chief", as an attempt to malign his image, accusing its author of pursuing Pakistan's agenda. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference that article's author was a Pakistani and that nothing better can be expected from Pakistan.

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PM, ministers incurred Rs 393 cr travel expenditure

Mumbai, May 11: A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers incurred an expenditure of Rs 393 crore on foreign and domestic travel in the last five fiscal years.

City-based RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI query with the PMO seeking the total Foreign Travel Expenses (FTE)...