IPL 2019 schedule: CSK to play RCB in opener on March 23

BCCI announces a two-week provisional schedule for 17 games. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that staged a spectacular title winning return to the VIVO Indian Premier League 2018, after serving a two year suspension, will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the league’s season 12 opener in Chennai on Saturday, March 23. Crowned champion for the third time following a convincing win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium, CSK was forced to move its home matches to Pune last year owing to the tense situation in the State…

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170 children died in UP adoption homes in five years: Govt data

Over the past five years, UP witnessed death of 170 children in the state-run adoption centres. This figure, revealed as part of data furnished by the union ministry of women and child development in the ongoing Parliament session, is only marginally lower than Maharashtra’s 172 over the same period. UP government authorities said that poor health of children lodged in state adoption homes was responsible for this figure. Commissioner for protection of child rights, Uttar Pradesh, Vishesh Gupta, said, “Sometimes, children lodged in adoption centres have been rescued by stake…

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SDF kidnaps, arrests over 100 civilians in Northern Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have arrested and abducted tens of civilians, including children and women, in areas under their control in Eastern Euphrates in one month, media reports said Tuesday. The SDF militants have conducted a wave of arrests of civilians and dissidents in areas under their control in Raqqa and Hasaka provinces as well as the cities of Kobani and Manbij in Aleppo Province, Syrian Network of Human Rights (SNHR) reported. It noted that a sum of 107 Syrian citizens, including women and children, were arrested by the…

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US rushing to give Saudi Arabia sensitive nuclear technology: Congressional report

A congressional report reveals that the United States is rushing to transfer “highly sensitive nuclear technology” to Saudi Arabia, with President Donald Trump being “directly engaged” in the push. According to Press TV, the US House of Representatives’ Oversight and Reform Committee released the 24-page report on Tuesday, listing the actions taken by the Trump administration in an attempt to win government support for American firms to construct nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, in what could increase the risk of spreading nuclear weapons technology. The report is based on…

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Tahrir al-Sham terrorist leader has surgery in Turkey after Idlib twin bombings: Report

The commander-in-chief of the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group has reportedly been transported to Turkey and underwent a surgery there, after being seriously wounded at a double bomb attack in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib. According to a report published by the Turkish-language service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, Ahmed Hussein al-Shar’a, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Mohammad al-Julani, was wounded when a shrapnel struck his head on Monday. He was then rushed to a hospital in the southern Turkish city of Antakya, where he was…

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Trump signs directive for US military ‘Space Force’

President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday outlining his vision for a new “Space Force” that could one day become a separate military branch on an equal footing to the US army and navy. According to Press TV, Trump wants to create a space force to protect satellites, tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit. “We have to be prepared,” Trump told reporters after signing the directive. “My administration has made the creation of a space force a national security issue.” Space Force would be the sixth…

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U.P. suspends senior IPS officer for controversial interview to news portal

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday suspended an additional director general police (ADGP) Jasvir Singh for making controversial statements in an interview to news portal Huffington Post last month. The UP police website, however, shows that the senior IPS officer has been under suspension since February 14. Singh, presently posted as ADG (Rules and Manual), had taken action against senior politicians like Yogi Adityanath and Raghuraj Pratap Singh also known as Raja Bhaiya in 2002-03. Principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar confirmed that the ADG has been suspended for violation of…

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