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India okays death to rapists of children

India okays death to rapists of children

New Delhi: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday (April 22) approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate property of fugitive economic offenders. The President promulgated The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, approved by the Cabinet on Saturday that seeks

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Berlin WWII bomb sparks mass evacuation

Berlin: A large-scale evacuation is to take place in Berlin on Friday to allow experts to defuse a World War II bomb, police said. The area to be cleared includes Berlin Hauptbahnhof — the central railway station, an army hospital, the economy and transport ministries and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, the BBC quoted the


Animal faeces found in counterfeit makeup

New York: Police in the US have found animal waste in counterfeit makeup — the market for which in India stands at a whopping over Rs 40,000 crore. The brands being knocked off included Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, CNN reported on April 15. The Los Angeles Police Department has said it has confiscated bootleg cosmetics that


Bollywood celebrities hit streets to seek justice for rape victims

Mumbai: Bollywood celebrities, along with thousands of Mumbaikars, gathered on Sunday (April 15) for a peaceful protest against the barbaric rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and sexual assault of another young girl in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. Bollywood celebrities like Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Sameera Reddy, Twinkle Khanna


Ola offers free rides in Melbourne

Bengaluru: Indian ride-sharing major Ola on Thursday (April 12) announced that it has begun offering free rides in Australia’s Melbourne city as a soft launch of its services with local driver-partners. “Customers in Melbourne city can download Ola application, register for an account and book their rides,” the city-based online cab aggregator said in a statement

Sweden charges Tibetan with spying for China

Stockholm: Sweden has charged a 49-year-old Tibetan man living in the country for spying on fellow exiles for the Chinese government, the media reported on Thursday. Swedish state prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said the man, who was working for the Voice of Tibet daily, is suspected of supplying the Chinese government with information about the families, housing

France has proof Assad regime used chemical weapons: Macron

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (April 12) that he had evidence that chemical weapons were used in rebel-held enclave of Douma in Syria and that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was guilty, reiterating that attacking Damascus is necessary. Macron was one of several Western leaders to enter the diplomatic crisis following last week’s

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Germany will not join potential strike against Syria: Merkel

Berlin: German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel has said Germany will not join a potential US-led military strike against Syria. “Germany will not participate in a potential — and I must emphasize that no decision has been made so far — military intervention,” Merkel told the media on Thursday (April 12), Xinhua


NGV’s Van Gogh hits record 420,000 visitors

Melbourne: The National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh and the Seasons has welcomed more than 420,000 visitors, making it the most popular ticketed exhibition in the gallery’s 156 year history. Van Gogh and the Seasons tops the previous record holder, the NGV’s 2015/16 summer exhibition, Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei which attracted 399,127 visitors, an official press

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Islamic State threatens Australia in its new magazine

Beirut, Sep 6: A new Islamic State magazine on Tuesday threatened to carry out attacks at several Australian landmarks. Rumiyah, published in seven languages has singled out Australia for terrorist attacks, naming in a chilling message the famous Bondi beach in Sydney, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Ground as their next targets.