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    Kremlin says Russian, French leaders discuss humanitarian aid to Syria

    Moscow: The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed joint humanitarian efforts in Syria, particular in the eastern Ghouta province, during a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

    On Friday, France sent 50 tonnes of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts.


    Police constable abducted by militants in J-K

    Jammu: A Jammu and Kashmir police constable, who was on leave, has been abducted by unknown militants from his residence in Kulgam district, a police official said on Saturday.

    Constable Saleem Shah was abducted from his residence in the Mutalhama area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir last night, he said. Security forces have launched a manhunt to trace the abducted policeman, the official said.


    Iran supreme leader says "obvious mistake" to negotiate with US: Website

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday it would be an “obvious mistake” to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable. 

    “The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,” Khamenei said in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials, adding that negotiations with Washington would be an “obvious mistake”, according to his official website.


    Truckers indefinite strike enters 2nd day

    New Delhi: Freight rates were not available as truck transporters' strike continued for the second day today.   

    The truckers' key demands include reduction in central and  state taxes by getting diesel under the GST and reforming the "flawed and non-transparent" toll collection system.


    HDFC Bank Q1 net profit up 18 per cent

    New Delhi: HDFC Bank Q1 net profit up 18 per cent at Rs 4,601 crore.


    Cricket: South Africa out for 124 as Sri Lanka eye sweep

    Colombo: South Africa conceded a first innings lead of 214 runs when they were bundled out for just 124 on day two of the second and final test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.

    Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored for the tourists with a fluent 48, while Quinton de Kock contributed 32 as South Africa once again capitulated to the home side’s slow bowlers and failed to reach the 150-mark in the series. Akila Dananjaya (5-52) and Dilruwan Perera (4-40) combined to run through the tourists, who lost all 10 wickets to spin after the home side added 74 runs for the final wicket of their first innings to reach 338 all out. Sri Lanka won the first test in Galle inside three days to take a 1-0 lead in the series.


    Two CRPF troopers injured in J&K firing

    Srinagar: Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured in firing by militants on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said. 

    Militants fired at the CRPF party in Bamzoo village while they were patrolling on the Anantnag-Pahalgam road, police sources said. A cordon and search operation is underway in the area.


    Former BJP MP Chandan Mitra, 4 Cong MLAs join TMC

    Kolkata: Former Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, Chandan Mitra, and four Congress MLAs in the West Bengal Assembly today joined the ruling TMC in presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

    The Congress MLAs who joined the TMC are Samar Mukherjee, Abu Taher, Sabina Yasmin and Akhruzzman. Mitra had resigned from the BJP a few days ago. All of them joined the TMC at its annual Martyrs' Day rally in Kolkata.


    Allow mills to produce ethanol from molasses, sugarcane juice from Dec 1

    New Delhi: Govt has decided to allow mills to produce ethanol from molasses, sugarcane juice from Dec 1, says PM Narendra Modi.


    ED files chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya in a DA case

    New Delhi: ED files chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya in a DA case also involving the former Himachal chief minister. 


    Will win all 42 seats in 2019 LS elections from West Bengal: Mamata

    Kolkata: West bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that TMC will win all 42 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal.


    Two police officers killed in gun attack in Russia's Dagestan

    Moscow: Two police officers in Russia’s volatile Muslim-majority Dagestan republic were killed on Friday when their patrol was attacked by gunmen, a police spokesman said. The republic borders Chechnya, where Moscow has waged two wars against separatists since the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, and security forces there often face militant violence. 

    “One was killed at the spot, another died in hospital when gunmen attacked police patrol from a car,” the spokesman said. The number of the attackers was not known. In February, a man shot into a crowd leaving a church in Dagestan, killing five people and wounding at least five others.


    Fiat, Ferrari boards to meet on Marchionne succession: Report

    Milan: The boards of carmakers Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) and Ferrari (RACE.MI) will meet separately on Saturday to discuss succession plans for Sergio Marchionne, who is chief executive of both carmakers and has been on medical leave, Automotive News said. 

    The report, citing people familiar with the matter, also said Louis Carey Camilleri, a Ferrari board member and former chairman of Philip Morris International, would be named Ferrari’s chief executive. Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari declined to comment on the report.


    Army foils infiltration bid in J&K

    Srinagar: An infiltration bid was foiled by the Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday leading to a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, defence sources said. 

    Alert troops challenged a group of militants in the Tangdhar sector of the LoC earlier in the day, escalating into the gun battle that was still on at 11.30 a.m, Defence Ministry sources said.


    Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase forms political action committee

    Coinbase has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections, the cryptocurrency exchange said in a filing made public on Friday.

    Coinbase’s newly established PAC had not yet raised money as of June 30. In May, Coinbase said it would revamp its trading technology and create a new suite of services to attract more institutional investors, including hedge funds and high-frequency trading firms.



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