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Rafale deal: Govt reiterates they had no role in selection of offset partners

After explosive revelations by former French President Francois Hollande on the Rafale deal, defence ministry said on Saturday that “unnecessary controversies” are being sought to be created on the purported statement and reiterated that the Government had “no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner.”

Imran Khan calls India’s decision to cancel talks ‘arrogant’

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday denounced India’s cancellation of a planned meeting between the countries’ foreign ministers, calling the decision “arrogant” and decrying “small men occupying big offices” who oppose change.

H-1B spouse work permits to end, says Trump administration

The Donald Trump administration is moving ahead with a proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B workers in the United States, a federal court has been told. Spouses of H-1B visa holders whose green card applications have reached a certain milestone can get employment authorisation under a 2015 executive order. Dependents of H-1B visa holders get H-4 visas.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Iran military parade

Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 24 people, half of them members of the Revolutionary Guards, state news agencies reported, in one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.

Clear-cut corruption in Rafale deal, PM must clarify stance, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said there was “clear-cut” corruption in the Rafale deal and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear his position on the issue.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal's bail plea rejected

The Magistrate Court at Pala has rejected Bishop Franco Mulakkal's bail plea and sent him to two days' police custody. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which had arrested Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal on rape charges, had sought three days' custody.

Parliament will soon give nod for triple talaq bill, says Narendra Modi

Notwithstanding the vociferous criticism of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Ordinance 2018 by opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Talcher on Saturday announced that the NDA Government would soon get the Triple Talaq bill approved by Parliament.

Survivor found as death toll hits 167 in Tanzania ferry disaster

A survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, an official said on September 22, while coffins arrived for at least 167 victims and counting.

‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019

Rima Das’ National Award-winning feature Village Rockstars has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Saturday.

H. Raja booked for tweet against Kanimozhi

Five months after BJP national secretary H. Raja made the controversial tweet in which he insinuated that DMK MP Kanimozhi was an ‘illegitimate child’, the Karumathampatti police in Coimbatore booked him on defamatory charges.

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