‘Will fight with all our might,’ says Priyanka as Congress ties up with Mahan Dal

The Congress has found its first ally to fight the general elections in Uttar Pradesh with the grand old party announcing on Wednesday that it will tie up with the little-known Mahan Dal. The Mahan Dal is an OBC outfit with some influence in few western UP districts. The Mahan Dal had secured 0.11 per cent votes 2017 assembly polls. “I welcome Mahan Dal, Rahulji wants us to take all communities together. We will fight the 2019 polls with all our might,” Congress general secretary in charge of eastern U.P.…

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Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran sign deal key to free trade

Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in wheat trading, taking another step towards setting up a free trade zone. The document was signed in Moscow Tuesday, bringing the countries closer to the free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, which Russia has established with its neighbors. “The memorandum is an integral part of the free trade zone agreement signed between the Eurasian Economic Union member states and Iran last year,” Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva said. Under the deal,…

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US Senators introduce resolution to block Saudi Arabia from developing nukes

US senators have introduced a resolution that would prevent Saudi Arabia from developing a nuclear weapon. According to Press TV, the measure was introduced by Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ed Markey and Republican Rand Paul on Tuesday, however, it is unclear whether a majority of the 100-member Senate would support it. The resolution requires that any US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Riyadh preclude enrichment of uranium or reprocessing of plutonium made in reactors – both of which are routes to developing nuclear weapons. “If Saudi Arabia is going to…

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Silver-haired septuagenarian scientist’s silver screen stint

At 70, when most people kick up their heels, veteran actor Dr Anil Rastogi headed to Mumbai to pursue his hobby, now his profession: acting. Riding the crest of success of ‘Ishaqzaade’, he lived there for four years and did multiple films, TV serials and ad films. The scientist did his first play at the age of 20, first film and TV serial at 44 and became a household name at 69. Interestingly, the same year he celebrated the golden jubilee of his marriage. Running 76, he has 32 films,…

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Leader of Iraqi militia: US using Daesh as excuse to fulfill interests

The leader of a powerful Iraqi militia group has lashed out at the United States for propping up the Daesh terrorist outfit in order to extend the stay of American troops in Iraq. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, said in a tweet on Monday that Washington looks at its own interests in Iraq before deciding whether to destroy Daesh or help it recover from the many defeats it has suffered in recent months. Right now, he said, Washington needs the terrorist group to justify the presence…

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Bangladesh stops Rohingya refugees en route to Malaysia

Bangladeshi security forces have stopped nearly two dozen Muslim Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia. Lieutenant Colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury, an officer with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said on Monday that BGB forces had found 11 Rohingya women, 10 children, and a man at a village on the Bay of Bengal coast, near the border with Myanmar, on Sunday. Chowdhury, who is BGB chief for the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf, said the 22 Rohingya had paid traffickers up to 1,200 dollars each to…

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Trump blames Democrats for possible 2nd shutdown

US President Donald Trump who has previously taken credit for the longest government shutdown in US history is now blaming Democrats for another shutdown coming. Trump made the comments while meeting with a group of sheriffs at the White House Monday Asked if there would be a second shutdown over the border wall standoff, Trump responded: “That’s up to the Democrats.” “These are people who kidnap people… the Democrats want them to come into our society. I don’t think so,” Trump said. “We need a wall… and all of the…

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Iranians rally to support Islamic Revolution on 40th anniversary

Millions of Iranians from all backgrounds have taken to the streets around the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at a time of intensified US-led pressures. According to Press TV, today marks the climax of the Ten-Day Dawn commemorating the period between February 1, 1979 when Imam Khomeini (God’s mercy upon him) returned from exile and the end of 2500 years of monarchy. Every year on this day, the nation turns out in droves to highlight support for the Revolution which replaced the US-backed regime with an Islamic Republic. On…

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UN chief still willing to mediate in Venezuela

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has renewed his offer to help mediate “serious negotiations” between the elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition figure Juan Guaido, who has declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela. Guterres renewed the offer during talks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in New York on Monday. “The secretary-general reaffirmed that his offer of good offices to both parties [in Venezuela] remains available for serious negotiation to help the country out of the present standoff for the benefit of the people of Venezuela,” said…

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Bahrain: Aal-e Khalifa forces destroy signs marking martyrdom anniversary of Prophet’s daughter

Security forces of Aal-e Khailfa in Bahrain have destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Local media said Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight. Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women. Her martyrdom anniversary is marked every year in several countries, most importantly in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Pakistan. Religious events held by Bahrain’s majority…

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