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India grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopian Airlines crash

In a late night decision, India on Tuesday grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft “immediately.” The move came after European aviation regulator EASA, the U.K, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore joined a growing number of countries that have barred the aircraft from their airspace following Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

Election Commission: no names removed based on draft NRC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that names have not been deleted from the Assam electoral roll on the basis of their exclusion from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published in July last year.

Brexit: Theresa May's withdrawal deal defeated by 149 votes in U.K. Parliament

British MPs will vote on whether or not to rule out a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday, after the Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal was rejected by a margin of 149 in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. MPs rejected last minute pleas from Ms. May that “Brexit could be lost”, if her deal was defeated, after the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said that despite legally binding changes to the EU withdrawal deal, the legal risk of the UK being locked in an indefinite backstop with the EU remained “unchanged”.

D-day for Azhar’s UNSC listing: all eyes on China

If China decides not to place a hold on the listing of Masood Azhar at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, and the Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) chief is listed as a terrorist sanctioned by the “1267 Al Qaeda Committee”, it would be a major break from the past two decades.

China blocking Masood Azhar’s UNSC listing would be against goals for stability: U.S.

“JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace, “State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino said at a briefing in response to a question from The Hindu.

Interview | We are taking every step to prevent abuse, spread of misinformation: Shivnath Thukral

"For Facebook, election is a priority to make sure that we are able to keep the community safe [and] correct any abuse which can affect the safety and security of the Indian election. One of the biggest abuses that we are trying to address is the spread of misinformation. [For this] one has to look at the reduction of fake news. Two, make sure we maintain highest standards of transparency in political advertising."

Cricket | Advantage Australia as India battles self-doubt

It just took two strong performances from Australia to sow the seeds of self-doubt in the minds of the Virat Kohli-led Team India. Each victory, riding on 300+ totals, chipped away at India’s confidence, gained after pulling itself out of difficult situations in the first two One-Day Internationals.

BCCI should go back to its members, says Sanjay Jagdale

"If this cricket body has become financially sound and runs many tournaments, there must have been some honesty in people. There could be one or two wrongdoings, but one cannot make sweeping charges against the BCCI. I am not saying everything was good in the BCCI, but a lot of good things were being done in the past and even now.

Editorial | Final showdown: on IS

The Islamic State, which at its peak controlled territories straddling the Iraq-Syria border of the size of Great Britain, is now fighting for half a square kilometre in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led rebel group assisted by the U.S., has effectively laid siege to Baghouz, the eastern Syrian village where about 500 IS jihadists along with 4,000 women and children are caught.

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