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23/05/2019

Rahul Gandhi vs. Smriti Irani: the battle for Amethi intensifies

New Delhi: The battle for Amethi, the traditional bastion of India's Gandhi political dynasty, has intensified, according to initial poll results from the Election Commission of India offices.Amethi, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, has been the Indian National Congress (INC) president’s home seat since 1999 when Rajiv Gandhi’s widow, Sonia Gandhi, regularly contested and won from that seat from 1999 to 2004. Her son and current INC president Rahul Gandhi took over the reins for the constituency in 2004 and has successfully contested from there until 2019.However, early poll trends indicated that Smriti Irani, who is contesting from BJP’s...
23/05/2019

Indian election results: Early trends show BJP leading

Muscat: According to initial election results, the BJP-led NDA gains a sizeable lead over its opponents in the Indian Lok Sabha 2019 election.The BJP is currently leading in 200 seats while the Indian National Congress is leading in 58 seats.The NDA (BJP and its allies) is leading in 280 seats whereas the UPA (Congress and its allies) is leading in 100 seats.Over 27 major national and regional political parties are contesting for 545 Lok Sabha (lower house) seats in India. The single largest party to get to 272 seats will form the government. However, if one party is unable to...
22/05/2019

Virat Kohli says CWC19 will be the 'most challenging' World Cup

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli feels the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 will be the most challenging of all because of the tournament's format and India's tough opening games.Ten teams will fight to lift the coveted 50-over trophy, with each team set to play all the other teams once, giving them a total of nine games. The top four will advance to the semi-finals, thus ensuring that the most consistent teams are rewarded."[It's] certainly the most challenging World Cup, considering the format. Also, if you look at all the teams, they are really close," Kohli told the press,...

22/05/2019

Teenager to receive Harvard degree days after high school graduation

Kansas City: A teenager from the US state of Kansas is set to graduate from Harvard University days after his high-school graduation.Braxton Moral, who is 17-years-old, has been taking classes at Harvard since he was 11 through the Harvard Extension School, which allows students without certain prerequisites to enroll in programs.Moral's first class at Harvard was a JavaScript programming class.He will receive his Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) degree from Harvard Extension School. The degree is distinct from the Bachelor of Arts (BA) granted by Harvard College, one of the schools that makes up Harvard University. "I'm relieved to have...
22/05/2019

Lawmakers dismiss May's new Brexit plan

London: A number of high profile lawmakers in the UK were quick to criticise Prime Minister Theresa May's final bid to persuade Westminster politicians to back her under-fire Brexit deal.May's plan, rejected three times already by MPs, has been rebranded with a list of goodies in the hope the deal will finally get it passed.In a keynote speech in London, May unwrapped a 10-point plan backed by her senior ministers, saying it gave MPs one last chance to deliver Brexit.Politicians will be offered a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the government's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, said...
22/05/2019

Lithuania to choose between two "worthy candidates" in presidential race

Vilinius: Lithuanians are "lucky" as the two candidates competing in the country's presidential runoff are "worthy of being there," outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite has said.The first round of the presidential election took place on 12 May pitting economist Gitanas Nauseda against former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte. Since none of them secured more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff is scheduled for 26 May, coinciding with the European Parliament elections."People will be able to choose the candidate they like," Grybauskaite said after casting her ballot in early voting here.According to Grybauskaite, the Lithuanian people expect stability, peace and welfare...

22/05/2019

Cuts and scrapes: Simple steps to help prevent infection

Outdoor adventures — for kids big and small — bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's important to know what to do — and what to use — to help prevent infection and get little ones back to their adventures."As parents, we want to protect our kids, especially when it comes to treating the minor cuts and scrapes that are an inevitable part of growing up," says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician and healthy child advocate based in the US. "Knowing the correct way...
22/05/2019

US intercepts Russian jets off Alaskan coast

Anchorage: The US intercepted six Russian military planes off the coast of Alaska late Monday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced.Two American F-22 fighter jets first made contact with a pair of Tu-95 bombers,and later two other F-22s intercepted a second group of Tu-95s and Su-35 fighter jets, NORAD said.The incident was confirmed by the Russia's Ministry of Defence. In a tweet, the ministry stated that the bombers "made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian...
22/05/2019

Billionaire philanthropist to pay off student debt of entire graduating class

Atlanta: An American billionaire and philanthropist has gone viral on social media after announcing he would pay the entire student debt of a graduation class.Robert F. Smith, whose net worth is estimated to be around $11 billion, told this year's graduates of Morehouse College, "On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus," before saying his family was creating a grant to eliminate their student loans.The gift is estimated to be worth up to $40 million."Now, I know my class will make sure they...

22/05/2019

Libya on brink of civil war, permanent division: UN envoy

Tunis: The UN's top envoy for Libya has warned that the Arab country was on the brink of an all out civil war that could lead to its permanent division.Ghassan Salame, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative told the Security Council in a briefing, "Libya is on the verge of descending into a civil war, which could lead to the permanent division of the country. The damage already done will take years to mend, and that's only if the war is ended now."Salame's statement was made as forces loyal to the UN-backed government in Tripoli and Gen Khalifa Haftar continue to...
22/05/2019

Philippine midterms: Duterte allies dominate Senate

Manila: Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte have won an overwhelming victory in the Philippine senatorial race, claiming the majority of seats at stake according to the final midterm results released by the Philippine Commission on Elections.Nine candidates supported by Duterte were declared winners, taking nine of the 12 seats up for grabs. Not a single seat was taken by the country's liberal opposition, with Bam Aquino finishing in 14th place.Allies of the president who won include Cynthia Villar, who received the most votes, Pia Cayetano, Imee Marcos, former Governor of Ilocos Norte and daughter of the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos,...
22/05/2019

Riots Erupt In Jakarta

Jakarta: Riots and protests erupted around Jakarta early Wednesday morning as groups upset at the result of the Indonesian presidential race took to the streets according to police.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who supported the opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto, claimed that six people were killed and 200 others were injured when mobs clashed with the security forces.“As of 9 am this morning, six people were killed, 200 injured,” he said as reported by the media.However, Indonesian National Police PR division head M Iqbal did not confirm the deaths and said police were still investigating the allegations. “Demonstrations held at several places...