Not sure if Aadhaar is best model to accord benefits, Supreme Court says

TIMES OF INDIA - 1 hour 5 min ago
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it was not sure whether bringing people "face to face" with authorities through Aadhaar was the best model as the state should reach them to accord the benefits of the welfare schemes.

IPL Live: Kings XI opt to bat against Sunrisers

TIMES OF INDIA - 3 hours 26 min ago
Follow all the live IPL Score updates from the 16th Match of IPL 2018 between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Times of India

China bombers, drones fly around Taiwan amid tensions

IRAN DAILY - 3 hours 58 min ago
China’s air force has flown bombers and reconnaissance aircraft around Taiwan as Beijing conducted a live-fire military drill along its southeastern coast in an apparent warning to the self-ruled island nation and to the United States.

Russia: German chlorine, UK smoke bombs found in Syria's Ghouta

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 13 min ago
Russia says Syrian government forces have found containers filled with toxic chlorine gas from Germany and smoke grenades manufactured in Britain in Syria's recently-liberated Eastern Ghouta region.

Syrian government troops unearth mass grave near capital Damascus

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 28 min ago
Syrian government forces have discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of dozen people executed by members of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups near the country’s capital Damascus.

Groups join forces in strike against Macron's economic plans

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 44 min ago
President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanize angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

Senegal protest against proposed election law turns violent

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 57 min ago
Police in Senegal have clashed with people protesting against a proposed law that would demand more strict requirements for presidential election candidates.

Majority of Americans think Trump will get US into a war: Poll

IRAN DAILY - 5 hours 13 min ago
A majority of Americans think US President Donald Trump will get the United States tied up in a new conflict, according to a new poll.

Merkel calls for 'compromise' on reforming eurozone

IRAN DAILY - 5 hours 26 min ago
Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a spirit of compromise on reforming the eurozone at a meeting on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for solidarity among members of the currency union.

EU door now shut to Britain: Ex-President Hollande

IRAN DAILY - 5 hours 41 min ago
The door to the European Union is now closed to Britain and Europeans should not accept any attempt to reverse Brexit, former French President Francois Hollande warned in an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph published on Thursday.

Myanmar urges repatriation of Rohingya ahead of monsoon season

IRAN DAILY - 5 hours 58 min ago
Myanmar's Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye says repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in the country to Bangladesh should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon season.

Majlis Speaker urges Iran, Sri Lanka to boost industrial ties

IRAN DAILY - 6 hours 39 min ago
Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani called on the businessmen in Iran and Sri Lanka to try to expand industrial relations between the two nations.

Bahraini court jails 24 Shias, strips them of citizenship

IRAN DAILY - 6 hours 41 min ago
A Bahrain court has sentenced 24 Shia citizens to jail and revoked their nationality as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on the majority community in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Volcano in Japan erupts for first time in 250 years

IRAN DAILY - 7 hours 25 min ago
A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of meters into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain

Two killed, 20 injured as 4.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

IRAN DAILY - 7 hours 32 min ago
Hundreds of people fled their homes as tremors struck Banjarnegara district of Central Java late on Wednesday.

Brain scans may help detect psychiatric disorders

IRAN DAILY - 7 hours 49 min ago
The brain scans could be used to differentiate between healthy people and those who have brain diseases or disorders.

Iran Minister: Iraq not a place for regional rivalries

IRAN DAILY - 8 hours 3 min ago
Iraq Should not be a place for regional rivals to flex their muscles or beat each other, said Iran's Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Thursday.

Iraqi air forces hit Daesh positions in Syria in coordination with Damascus

IRAN DAILY - 8 hours 7 min ago
The Iraqi air force says has launched deadly strikes against Daesh positions in Syria as both neighboring countries step up efforts to get rid of the Takfiri terror group’s remnants.

US jet engine explodes midair: 20 minutes of terror for 148 on board

TIMES OF INDIA - 8 hours 9 min ago
Flight 1380 became a midair scene of chaos and terror for 149 people on board on Tuesday. With no warning, the plane's left engine exploded after one of its fan blades broke off. A gust of shrapnel blew out a window, partly sucking one passenger in Row 14 headfirst into the sky.

Who said what on SC verdict on judge Loya's death

TIMES OF INDIA - 8 hours 43 min ago
Reactions to the judgment were expected along party lines.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth backs her son Charles to take on Commonwealth role

IRAN DAILY - 9 hours 40 min ago
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said on Thursday she hoped her son and heir Prince Charles would take on leadership of the Commonwealth, answering some who argue the position should be rotated around member states.

Jump in Petchem Output, Exports

IRAN DAILY - 10 hours 2 min ago
The removal of international sanctions on Iran in the aftermath of the implementation of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), once more tempted international companies and foreign investors to step into Iran which sits atop huge oil, gas and petrochemical deposits.

Judge Loya's death: Highlights of SC's judgment

TIMES OF INDIA - 10 hours 48 min ago
A batch of pleas, including those filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based B S Lone, was filed in the top court seeking an independent probe into judge’s death.

Syria gives 48-hour respite to militants to leave southern Damascus enclave

IRAN DAILY - 10 hours 54 min ago
The Syrian army has reportedly given a 48-hours ultimatum to Takfiri Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups to agree to withdraw from areas south of the capital, Damascus, or face a major counter-terrorism operation in the area.

NASA’s TESS space telescope launches to search for Earth-like planets

IRAN DAILY - 11 hours 18 min ago
NASA’s state-of-the-art planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (dubbed TESS for short), has been launched towards a designated Earth’s orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in an attempt to scour our cosmic neighborhood for more exoplanets, rocky worlds outside our solar system that orbit their host stars.

Iraqi official opposes Arab army in Syria

IRAN DAILY - 12 hours 38 min ago
Iraq does not agree with deployment of Arab troops in Syria, said the Iraqi national security advisor on Thursday.

Iran women’s team hammers Thailand 7-0 in futsal scrimmage

IRAN DAILY - 13 hours 4 min ago
The Iran women's national futsal team has trounced Thailand in a scrimmage as it is preparing for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship.

Karnataka elections: 'Sonrise' time for state's chief ministers

TIMES OF INDIA - 13 hours 7 min ago
Karnataka has turned a 'sonshine' state, with as many as eight sons of ex-chief ministers certain to be in the fray, alongside Yathindra, son of the incumbent CM, Siddaramaiah.

Iran signs $2.4b deal with local company in oil industry

IRAN DAILY - 13 hours 22 min ago
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) signed a long-term $2.4 billion agreement with local firm Pasargad Energy Development Company (PEDC) for the development of the Sepehr and Jofair oil fields.

Macron to meet Merkel to push for EU reform plans

IRAN DAILY - 13 hours 24 min ago
French President Emmanuel Macron is due in Germany on Thursday for a working meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in an attempt to hammer out a common position with Berlin on his agenda for Europe-wide reforms, amid political opposition to that agenda inside Germany.

5.9 earthquake strikes Bushehr Province in southern Iran

IRAN DAILY - 13 hours 28 min ago
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has jolted the Iranian southern province of Bushehr, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

36th FIFF opens in Tehran

IRAN DAILY - 13 hours 48 min ago
Art & Culture Desk

Taxmen begin raids on hoarders of cash as Centre, RBI pump in notes

TIMES OF INDIA - 13 hours 48 min ago
The government suspects that Rs 2,000-denomination notes are being hoarded by those dealing in black money, resulting in cash shortage at ATMs in several states, including Gujarat, MP, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

Daredevils haven't committed a crime: Gambhir

TIMES OF INDIA - 14 hours 11 min ago
Four matches into the season, and Daredevils languish at the bottom of the points table with a solitary win from four matches, something that has left skipper Gambhir bitterly disappointed,

6 healthy diet and exercise habits that don’t help you lose weight

IRAN DAILY - 14 hours 24 min ago
If you want to lose weight, sweating it out in the gym lifting weights regularly may not be enough to reach your fitness goals. There are times when your daily food and exercise habits can backfire without you knowing it.

Japan seems to bend under US pressure on trade

IRAN DAILY - 14 hours 42 min ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reluctantly agreed to enter into trade negotiations with the United States, whose president has repeatedly pressured Tokyo to accept new terms in bilateral trade.

Kyrgyzstan cabinet loses confidence vote

IRAN DAILY - 14 hours 53 min ago
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted to express no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Sapar Isakov on Thursday amid an apparent power struggle between the president and a leader of the ruling party.

Greece needs post-bailout arrangement to help reforms: EU

IRAN DAILY - 15 hours 34 min ago
Greece needs a new arrangement with its euro zone government creditors after it exits its bailout on Aug. 20 to make sure that reforms continue to be implemented and budget discipline is maintained, EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.

India is world’s sixth largest economy at $2.6 trillion, says IMF

IRAN DAILY - 15 hours 40 min ago
India is now the world’s sixth largest economy, displacing France. The five economies ahead are the United States, China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom.

Domestic production of petrochemical products exceeds 53mn tons

IRAN DAILY - 15 hours 50 min ago
The overall production of Iranian petrochemical complexes by the end of last Iranian calendar year on March 20, 2018 amounted to 53.629 million tons.

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

IRAN DAILY - 16 hours 3 min ago
Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

Ayurveda can make menopause easier for women, here’s your perfect diet

IRAN DAILY - 16 hours 53 min ago
Ayurveda can help women deal with menopause by easing the complications. To ensure your life isn’t interrupted by menopause, here are some smart diet choices you must make.

Iran ready for any JCPOA-related scenario: Deputy FM

IRAN DAILY - 17 hours 3 min ago
Iran has warned that it is well prepared to deal with any possible scenario related to the future of the country's nuclear agreement with world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Yemen shoots down American drone

IRAN DAILY - 17 hours 10 min ago
The Yemeni air defense units shot down an American MQ9 drone in the western province of Al-Hudaydah Wednesday, Al-Mayadeen news network quoting a military source said. It did not provide further details.

New thinktank to help plan military strategy

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:47
The committee will have a cross-ministry mandate with national security adviser, principal secretary to PM, three chiefs of armed forces, defence secretary, foreign secretary and chief of the integrated defence staff (IDS) to the chairman chiefs of staff committee (CISC) as its high-powered members.

NEET exam: CBSE issues dress code

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:41
Reiterating the dress code it announced in 2017, the board has added that the candidates will have to report at the exam centre an hour earlier in case they choose to wear their “customary dress”.

I-T begin raids on hoarders as RBI pump in notes

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:07
In Bihar, for instance, Rs 800-900 crore has been pumped in through the ATM network with initial assessments suggesting that the shortage may be tackled soon. But the problem is seen to be more deep-rooted in Andhra and Telangana, where the role of large contractors is under the I-T department’s lens.

Don’t politicise rape, says PM Narendra Modi in UK

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:35
The PM said people need to teach their sons to treat girls with respect. “We ask our daughters what they have been doing when they come home late, but do we ask our sons? These sinners are somebody’s sons!” he said.

IPL: Knight Riders beat Royals by seven wickets

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:08
Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur and jumped to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings.

IPL Live: Rajasthan lose Rahane after good start

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:49
Follow all the live IPL Score updates from the 15th Match of IPL 2018 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on Times of India

Trump denies Russia investigation was behind Comey firing

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:02
US President Donald Trump has denied firing FBI director James Comey last year over investigating the Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Russian Navy gets new nuclear sub, warships

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:52
The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by commissioning a nuclear submarine, three new warships, two helicopters and a number of home-made Kalibr cruise missiles.

Facebook to comply with future EU rules

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:46
Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first.

Bahrain court sentences 32 anti-regime activists to jail

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:32
A court in Bahrain has sentenced 32 anti-regime activists to jail over their alleged role in an attack on a police station in the capital more than a year ago.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says 'Windrush generation' are British, will not be deported

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:19
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the Windrush generation -- African-Caribbean people who immigrated to Britain after World War ll as cheaper labor – are British and her government will not deport them.

World to mark Day of Sa’adi, master of Persian prose and poetry

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:12
Aficionados of literature across the world and in Persian-speaking countries are preparing to commemorate the Day of Sa’adi of Shiraz, the world-renowned Persian poet and literary scholar of the medieval period.

IPL Live: Knight Riders opt to bowl vs Royals

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:05
Follow all the live IPL Score updates from the 15th Match of IPL 2018 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on Times of India

Live updates: PM to address town hall event in UK

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:58
PM Modi is in London, where he will be addressing a townhall. He will later attend a dinner hosted by United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May for the Commonwealth leaders. Stay with us for all the updates

60 percent of French voters unhappy with Macron

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:48
Nearly sixty percent of French voters are unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron, a survey said Wednesday, with strikes and protests growing as the ambitious young reformer prepares to mark a year in office.

Trump says CIA chief met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:33
US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Israeli fire injures five Palestinians near Gaza border: Health ministry

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:21
At least five people have sustained injuries in Israeli artillery shelling in the besieged Gaza Strip amid weeks-long anti-occupation demonstrations.

Russia warns of ‘painful’ retaliation in face of US sanctions

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:04
The speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament has warned of “serious consequences” of the US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying Moscow’s response will be "precise and painful."

Extremist leader killed in Egypt's Sinai: Army

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:47
Egypt's military said Wednesday it had killed an extremist leader in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Daesh group is carrying out an insurgency.

President Erdogan declares June 24 for snap elections in Turkey

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:33
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that presidential and parliamentary elections slated for November next year would be held in late June.

Beijing moots India-Nepal-China economic corridor via Himalayas

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:21
China on Wednesday proposed a India-Nepal-China economic corridor with multi-dimensional connectivity through the Himalayas as it seeks to expand its influence over the new Nepalese government headed by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, widely regarded as pro-Beijing.

ECO in path of promoting regional synergy

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:19
The 23rd meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was held on Tuesday in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe and Iran was appointed as the organization's secretary general for a three-year period ending 2020.

BCCI should come under RTI Act, recommends Law Commission

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:18
The Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended the central government to include the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with its constituent member cricketing associations under the RTI Act.

BCCI should come under RTI Act, recommends Law Commission

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:18
The Law Commission of India on Wednesday recommended the central government to include the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with its constituent member cricketing associations under the RTI Act.

Prehistoric rock art site unearthed in India

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:15
A prehistoric rock art site discovered in the vast expanse of limestone blocks on the eastern banks of Naguleru near Dachepalli has thrown light on the Neolithic civilization that flourished in India's Guntur during 1500-2000 BCE.

EU warns no Brexit deal without Ireland solution

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:53
Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday.

German unions, employers agree pay hike for public sector workers

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:49
German unions and employers ended marathon pay talks early on Wednesday with a phased agreement to boost the pay of more 2 million public sector workers by some 7.5 percent over two-and-a-half years.

Rouhani: Boosting Tehran-Ankara ties beneficial for both nations

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:40
President Hassan Rouhani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey enjoy ample historical and cultural commonalities and further deepening of bilateral, regional and international relations between the two countries beneficial for peace and stability in the region and the world.

Raptors, Celtics cruise to 2-0 series leads

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:26
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points to match his career high in the playoffs, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Washington Wizards, 130-119, on Tuesday night.

Russia, Iran can extend oil supplies agreement for five years

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:23
Russian Energy Ministry is working with Iran on extending the agreement on oil supplies to Russia under the oil-for-goods program for five years, Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.

Iran bans gov’t bodies from using foreign message apps

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:18
The Iranian government has banned all state bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported on Wednesday.

Iranian trio picked among Asia’s best

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:05
Three Iranian international strikers Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Sardar Azmoun and Reza Qoochannejad were picked among the 10 best Asian footballers across the globe over the past 12 months by FourFourTwo magazine.

Erdogan calls Turkey snap polls for June 24

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:54
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half after a call from his main nationalist ally.

Iran switches from dollar to euro for official reporting currency

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:49
Iranian government institutions will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of efforts to reduce reliance on US currency.

Zarif to depart for US tomorrow

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:39
Political Desk

Iran to get 14 ATR, Airbus, Boeing aircraft this year

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:36
Iran will receive 14 new passenger aircraft this year based on agreements signed with Airbus, Boeing and ATR planemakers, said a former deputy roads and urban development minister.

How Pashtuns are defying Pakistani army

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:35
The new Pashtun rights movement — which is known by the initials PTM, from words that translate as Pashtun Protection Movement — is the product of years of outrage over the security forces' power.

Results of US military involvement in Middle East

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:31
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