Ship earlier hit by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sinks in Red Sea, becomes first vessel lost in conflict

Ship earlier hit by Yemen's Houthi rebels sinks in Red Sea, becomes first vessel lost in conflict

Dubai: A ship attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels has sunk in the Red Sea after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday, the first vessel to be fully destroyed as part of their campaign over Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The sinking of the Rubymar, which carried a cargo of fertilizer and previously leaked fuel, could cause ecological damage to the Red Sea. Persistent Houthi attacks have...

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Lok Sabha polls: EC calls for strong action against officials indulging in favouritism

Chief Election Commissioner CEC Rajiv Kumar

Lucknow: The Election Commission of India Saturday directed all the district magistrates and superintendents of police to take strong action against officials, who are indulging in favouritism. The poll body's move comes in a bid to ensure "temptation free (prahlobhan-mukt)" Lok Sabha elections and provide a level-playing field to all the political parties. Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that directions have been issued to all the DMs and SPs to...

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Ship suspected to contain dual-use consignment for Pakistan’s nuclear programme stopped at Mumbai port

Ship suspected to contain dual-use consignment for Pakistan’s nuclear programme stopped at Mumbai port

Mumbai: A Karachi-bound ship from China was stopped by Indian security agencies at Mumbai's Nhava Sheva port on suspicion that it contained a dual-use consignment that could be used for Pakistan's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, officials here said Saturday. The customs officials, based on an intelligence input, halted a Malta-flagged merchant ship -- CMA CGM Attila -- at the port en route to Karachi January 23 and inspected the consignment,...

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After Gautam Gambhir, BJP MP Jayant Sinha tells party not to contest LS polls

New Delhi: BJP MP Jayant Sinha Saturday said he has requested the party president JP Nadda to relieve him from direct electoral duties, joining the list of party leaders not contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a post on social media platform X, the MP from Jharkhand's Hazaribagh said he will continue to work with the party on economic and governance issues. The BJP is said to be contemplating giving...

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CM launches Rs3,037cr irrigation projects

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched as many as 52 irrigation projects worth Rs 3,037 crore, Saturday. Patnaik inaugurated six irrigation projects in four districts worth Rs 131 crore and laid the foundation stone for 46 such projects in 15 districts worth Rs 2,906 crore. The CM inaugurated Kusumi Barrage in Nayagarh and underground pipeline systems of...

Naveen inaugurates teaching hospitals at 5 state-run hospitals

Naveen inaugurates teaching hospitals at 5 state-run hospitals

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday inaugurated teaching hospitals at five government medical colleges and laid the foundation stones for the upgradation of four others. Patnaik inaugurated teaching hospitals in newly opened government medical colleges. They were Bhima Bhoi Medical College in Balangir, Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College in Baripada and Fakir Mohan Medical College in...

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Himachal Pradesh: Nine more MLAs in touch with us, says Rajinder Rana

Shimla: Rebel Himachal Pradesh Congress MLA Rajinder Rana Saturday claimed that nine more party legislators "feeling suffocated" due to Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's style of functioning are in touch with him as he called the Chief Minister "liar number one". Rana along with five other Congress MLAs, who had cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha polls, have been disqualified...

Pakistan elections

Pakistan’s Foreign Office dismisses US ‘directions’ on probing alleged election rigging

Washington: Pakis­tan has dismissed the US suggestion to probe discrepancies in the February 8 general elections, asserting that it will not succumb to external dictates. Foreign Office spokes­person Mum­taz Zahra Baloch in her weekly press address Friday categorically said that "no country could give directions" to Pakistan, an independent and sovereign nation. “We believe in our own...


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