Putin promises Belarus Iskander-M missiles to counter “aggressive” West

Russia will supply Belarus with Iskander-M missile systems within a few months, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a televised meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday. At the meeting, held in St Petersburg, Lukashenko told Putin that Belarus was concerned by the “aggressive”, “confrontational” and “repulsive” policies of its neighbours Lithuania and Poland. He … Read more

‘Hacker’ Sriki’s brother must cooperate in ED probe for clearance to leave India: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court has upheld a move by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to prevent the brother of an alleged Bengaluru-based hacker from leaving India during the investigation of a money laundering case. The high court rejected a plea by Sudarshan Ramesh, the elder brother of hacker Srikrishna Ramesh, to quash a Look Out Circular … Read more

Wimbledon champ Kvitova, Fritz win Eastbourne titles

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova tuned up for the Grand Slam tournament by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title on Saturday. Also, Taylor Fritz outlasted Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in an all-American men’s final for his second Eastbourne title. Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in four years … Read more

Around 2,000 people arrested for violence over Agnipath, Prophet remark: UP Police

The Uttar Pradesh Police has so far arrested 1,562 people in connection with the violence over the Agnipath military recruitment scheme, a senior officer said on Saturday. Another 424 people have been arrested in connection with the violence over the controversial remark against Prophet Mohammad, he said. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Additional … Read more

Ukraine confirms fall of Sievierodonetsk after weeks-long fight

Pro-Russian separatists said Moscow’s forces were now attacking the last major Ukrainian-held bastion in eastern Luhansk province, Sievierodonetsk’s twin city Lysychansk on the opposite bank of the Siverskyi Donets river. The fall of Sievierodonetsk – once home to more than 100,000 people, now a wasteland – was Russia’s biggest victory since capturing the port of … Read more

Sonia Gandhi, Cong ‘driving force’ behind Teesta Setalvad’s campaign against Modi on riots: BJP

The BJP Saturday cited the Supreme Court’s critical comments against Teesta Setalvad to flay her, and alleged the Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi were the “driving force” behind the activist’s campaign against then chief minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots. The BJP launched a scathing attack on Setalvad after she was detained … Read more