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Iran Minister Who Negotiated 2015 Nuke Deal Resigns On Instagram Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was the lead negotiator in the 2015 nuclear deal has abruptly tendered his resignation on Instagram, although there was no sign President Hassan Rouhani had yet accepted his decision. Zarif offered an apology for his "shortcomings" in the unexpected message on Monday, with prominent members of parliament immediately calling for Rouhani not to accept the resignation. Zarif, 59, has served as Rouhani's foreign minister since August 2013 and has been under constant pressure and criticism by hardliners who opposed his policy of detente with the West. "I apologise for my inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my term in office," Zarif said in the message posted on his verified Instagram account. He thanked Iranians and "respected officials" for their support "in the last 67 months". The resignation was confirmed by an informed source, however in a tweet, Rouhani's chief of staff strongly denied reports it had been accepted by the president. The resignation happened hours after a surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Tehran.
US Must Not Give Pak Aid Till It Stops Harbouring Terrorists: Nikki Haley Pakistan has a long history of harbouring terrorists and America should not give Islamabad even a dollar until it corrects its behaviour, Indian-American former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she praised the Trump administration in the US for wisely restricting financial assistance to the country. Ms Haley, who has founded a new policy group 'Stand America Now' that will focus on how to keep the US safe, strong, and prosperous, wrote in an op-ed that when the US provides aid to nations, "it is more than fair to ask what the U.S. gets in return for our generosity" but instead Pakistan routinely opposed the US position at the UN on several issues. "In 2017, Pakistan received nearly $1 billion in US foreign aid, the sixth most of any country. Much of the aid went to the Pakistani military. Some went for road, highway, and energy projects to assist the Pakistani people," Ms Haley wrote in the op-ed 'Foreign Aid Should Only Go To Friends'. "On all key votes at the UN, Pakistan opposed the American position 76 per cent of the time. Much more troubling, Pakistan also has a long history of harbouring terrorists who have killed US troops in Afghanistan," she said.
R Kelly released from Chicago prison after pleading not guilty to 10 sexual abuse charges against three minors US singer R. Kelly was released from jail on a $100,000 bond after pleading not guilty to 10 sexual abuse charges against three minors. The 52-year-old was released from a Chicago prison on Monday afternoon, reports Efe news. Kelly briefly appeared at a hearing earlier on Monday at a court here and pleaded not guilty before Judge LeRoy Martin, who is handling the case. The district attorney in charge, Kimberly Foxx, has indicated that the 10 criminal charges the singer is facing are linked to four victims, three of whom were, at the time of the events, less than 17 years old. If convicted, Kelly could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison for each of the accusations. The singer, who surrendered to the authorities on February 22 after the charges against him were announced and who spent the weekend in prison, has at all times denied having committed any crime. Attorney Michael Avenatti said he handed over a videotape to the Prosecutor's Office in which Kelly allegedly had sex with one of the victims, a 14-year-old girl.
Pakistani Drone Shot Down In Rajasthan. Fourth Since Balakot Air Strike A Pakistani drone was shot down by India in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar district on Sunday. This is the fourth time that a Pakistani drone was intercepted by India since the air strike on a terror training camp across the Line of Control in Balakot by the Indian Air Force. "We received information that some item came falling through the roof of a building. We have informed the Army and the BSF (Border Security Force). No injuries have been reported," said Ismail Khan, a senior police officer in Sri Ganganagar. The first one was shot down on February 26, near the Kutch region of Gujarat, by an Israeli-designed SPYDER surface-to-air missile system. Debris of the unmanned aircraft was seen at Nanghatad village in Kutch. The second unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV was shot down near the Barmer border on March 4. It was engaged by a Sukhoi fighter jet.
No "Mahagathbandhan" In Delhi, Congress Refused Alliance: Arvind Kejriwal The Congress has closed the doors on an alliance in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal stressed today in an interview to NDTV, stating that his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was preparing to contest alone in the capital in the national election just weeks away. "They (Congress) have refused to go for a gatbandhan (alliance). It appears they are firm," Arvind Kejriwal said. He explained that despite their bitter rivalry, he was in favour of a tie-up with the Congress to tackle what he felt was the "biggest challenge" to the country, "To remove the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo from power." Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, he said, "have destroyed the economy, caused an environment of hate and weakened the country's unity in a way Pakistan couldn't in 70 years. To stop them, we will do anything. We don't have any love for the Congress." But the Congress had refused, he repeatedly said. "All doors are closed and we are preparing to contest alone," the Delhi Chief Minister said, weeks after an opposition meeting in Delhi that brought him, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee together.
Delhi Allots Rs. 100 Crore For Implementing Swaminathan Report Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday kept Rs. 100 for the implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee Report in its Budget 2019-20. "Delhi government will implement the recommendation of the report. Rs. 100 crore has been kept for this in the Budget for 2019-20," he said. Speaking about the plight of the farmers in his speech, Mr Sisodia said: "When the country was ruled by the British, the farmers had not committed suicides. But when the county is heading towards development, the farmers are committing suicide in the 21st century." Pointing out that the Aam Aadmi Party's is the first government to implement the recommendations, he said despite being presented in 2006, no government in the county has implemented the Swaminathan Report. Last week, the Delhi government conceptualised the implementation of recommendations of the report of Swaminathan Committee on farmers after about a month-long discussion with stakeholders. The recommendations will be launched under the "Mukhya Mantri Kisan Mitra Yojna".
Prayagraj Mela Authority, Government of Uttar Pradesh made Guinness World Record for the 'most contributions to a handprint painting in 8 hours' yesterday.
Massive fire breaks out at CGO complex in New Delhi, 24 fire tenders on site.
Google Allo Shutting Down Today: How to Download Chat Messages, Media The day is here. Google has revealed that the company will officially shut down Allo today i.e., March 12. Google Allo was unveiled back in 2016 alongside Duo but never really took off. If you were one of the few people who actually ended up using this chat app, you have just a few hours left to save your chat history and any media that you may have shared on the service. Google is published a nifty little tutorial to help users save their Allo chat history before the chat service is officially shuttered.
On Rahul Gandhi's "Modi Scared Of Xi" Dig, BJP's "Nehru" Comeback China's move to block the global terrorist tag for Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar turned into a full-blown political controversy overnight as the opposition accused the Prime Minister of compromising India's interests with his friendly overtures to China. The Congress set the ball rolling this morning, with party chief Rahul Gandhi accusing the Prime Minister of being "weak" and scared of Xi". The government and the BJP responded promptly, with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pointing out that "a country's foreign policy is not determined on Twitter". Last evening, China issued an 11th hour objection to tag Masod Azhar a global terrorist -- under which he would have faced a freeze on his assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo. Its objection -- the fourth in a decade -- came on a resolution that had been backed by an unprecedented number of nations.
The battle of Bengal is all set to heat up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee kickstarting their campaign Wednesday in the state that sends third largest number of Lok Sabha members to Parliament.
A Delhi-based pilot was allegedly harassed at Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram airport by a taxi driver on Friday. The incident took place when the pilot, who flies for Air India, arrived at Thiruvananthapuram and waited for her cab at a pre-paid taxi kiosk with CCTV cameras installed.
Nirav Modi's Bungalow In Maharashtra's Alibaug Demolished With Explosives A sprawling sea-facing bungalow in Maharashtra's Alibaug, estimated to cost over Rs. 100 crore, of fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi was demolished with a huge quantity of explosives today, news agency PTI reported quoting officials. The 33,000 square foot luxurious bungalow is illegally build, violated coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms and the state's regulations as well, say authorities. However, the foundation of the structure was so strong that the authorities had struggled to bring it down using heavy machinery, which would have taken months. To speed up the process, they decided to demolish the building through a controlled explosion, using dynamite. Raigad district collector Vijay Suryawanshi said the demolition was successful. Excavators were used to drill into the thick concrete pillars of the bungalow to make space for fixing the detonators. A technical team was then called in to install the explosives.
Oscars 2019: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper's Live Performance Of Shallow Got Standing Ovation Twice At the 91st academy Awards, Lady Gaga wept tears of joy as she collected her first ever Oscar after Shallow won the Best Original Song. Ahead of that, we were weeping when Lady Gaga's high-pitched voice filled up every corner in the Dolby Theatre with Bradley Cooper singing along... "In the shallow, shallow...." Feels, major feels. The Internet too cannot stop discussing how sparks flew between the A Star Is Born co-stars as they delivered their much awaited performance of the song Shallow. Imagine if those not attending the Oscars got this excited about seeing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on stage together, how the star-studded audience in the Dolby Theatre would have reacted!
Coast Guard officials: Indian Coast Guard ships Vikram and Shoor doused a major fire on board a ship, Sagar Sampada - carrying around 30 crew and 16 scientists, late last night off the Mangaluru coast in Karnataka. The ship is now being brought back to Mangaluru port.
Supreme Court Order On Mediation In Ayodhya Case Tomorrow A roadmap to solve the 60-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue is expected tomorrow as the Supreme Court takes a final call on whether it would order a formal mediation. Despite deep disapproval of all the parties involved, the court is in favour of mediation in the case, which has been pending for nearly 60 years. A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, had said the case was not about property, but "mind, heart and healing -- if possible". The dispute involves 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where a 16th Century mosque, said to be built by Mughal emperor Babur, stood. The Hindu activists who razed it in December 1992, believe that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. During the last hearing on Wednesday, all the parties involved - the Muslims, the Hindu groups, the Uttar Pradesh government and "Ram Lalla, the infant Lord Ram -- had shown reluctance towards mediation. After hearing them, the court had reserved its order a appointing a mediator.
Dr Aastha Munjal, Delhi doctor who took a stand against hospital dies, relatives cry, its a, "murder".
"We Stand As One Nation Today": Arvind Kejriwal Postpones Hunger Strike Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today that he has postponed his indefinite hunger strike that was scheduled to begin from March 1 for full statehood "in view of prevailing Indo-Pak situation". "We all stand as one nation today," he said in a tweet, referring to the "non-military, pre-emptive air strikes" carried out by India across the Line of Control early on Tuesday morning to target the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1,000-kg bombs on a vast camp at Balakot, which was the hub of training for suicide attackers. In a tweet, earlier in the day, Mr Kejriwal had said the "Indian Air Force pilots have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan."
Hardik Patel To Join Congress Today At Party's Big Meet In Gujarat Hardik Patel, Patidar quota agitation leader, will be contesting elections from Jamnagar in Gujarat. The Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by Poonamben Maadam of the Bharatiya Janata Party.