Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped an Indian woman in Saudi Arabia forced into slavery, asking the Indian envoy to look into the matter. Sushma tweeted a news article on Jacintha Mendonca, a nurse from Karnataka, and tagged the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, in the tweet. A demand of ₹4.1 lakh has been made to release Jacintha.
According to reports, no minister from the Union Cabinet attended President Pranab Mukherjee's last Iftar party as Indian President on Friday. Although Narendra Modi has not attended the Iftar party since he became Prime Minister, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have previously attended the annual event. However, Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the party held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly courted controversy by saying, "The language Hindi is the identity of Indians". Naidu also reportedly said the widespread use of English language in our work and daily life is detrimental to the progress of the nation. Last week, Naidu came under scrutiny for saying 'Loan waiver has become a fashion'.
In the latest development in Kumble-Kohli controversy, a top BCCI office bearer has claimed that Kumble used to act like an alpha-male in the Indian dressing room and always wanted a say in India’s playing XI. Further, he stated that Kumble wanted himself to be a selector and allegedly went on to consider Virat and members of the team to look like undisciplined brats.
According to reports, a landslide smashed through a mountain village in the Sichuan province in China on Saturday. Initial reports suggest that the landslide has swallowed 40 homes and 140 people. Notably, the landslide has also blocked two kilometre stretch of a river and 1.6 kilometres of road. A rescue operation has been commissioned. More details are awaited.
Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced on Friday. They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence -- an option that the defense of the Argentina international has also proposed.
According to reports, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus made a massive blunder by showing a wrong map of India. The error was made during a video presentation, in which OnePlus listed the cities where it's holding pop-up events across the world to promote OnePlus 5. At the global launch of its latest OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone, the company showed the map of India with Pakistan occupied Kashmir missing.
According to reports, Chennai has been placed on the annual ‘JLL Global 300.' Notably, 'JLL Global 300' represents the 300 major cities that account for more than one-third of the world’s economy. In this year, Chennai has been ranked 79th in the list. Other Indian cities in the list are Mumbai (24th), Delhi (26th), Bengaluru (69th) and Kolkata (90th).
US President Donald Trump reportedly called Mexico as the second deadliest country in the world. Trump tweeted, "Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. Drug trade largely the cause. We will BUILD THE WALL!". As a reply, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said that the country has a significant violence problem, Mexico is not the second most violent country in the world.
The BCCI on Friday extended the deadline to apply for the post of India’s Head Coach until July 9. BCCI statement read, "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has extended the timeline for submission of applications for the post of 'Head Coach' for India Men's Cricket Team. The candidates who have applied earlier need not re-apply and will be included in the final list of applicants. The last date for submission of applications is hence extended to the 9th of July, 2017”.
Google on Friday reportedly announced that it would no longer scan the Gmail messages of its free users to deliver personalised advertisements. This means Gmail ads will be based on the user's preference and not based on his/her recent activity. Notably, Google had earlier stopped scanning the e-mails of its business users.
The Madras High Court reportedly said that the Tamil Nadu government should review its liquor policy respecting people's wishes. The court rejected the government's argument that curbing liquor trade would result in the flow of spurious liquor and also said that such justification could never be considered as valid in the larger interest of the public.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday reportedly said that actor Rajinikanth is 'unsuitable' for becoming the Chief Minister of a large state like Tamil Nadu. According to reports, Swamy also said he has 'substantial proof' of financial irregularities by the actor which can knock down his political ambitions. Notably, Swamy’s claim comes after BJP has openly argued that Rajini’s entry into politics is a good move.
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Friday reportedly relaxed its verification scheme to allow students to approach it for a re-evaluation of answer sheets. According to reports, this action comes from CBSE after the Delhi High Court ordered the board to conduct revaluation for Class XII examinations. Notably, the Board also assured the court that all requests by students would be considered on a 'first come first serve basis'.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp at the Glastonbury Festival's inaugural speech, reportedly asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated the president?". He also made an inflammatory statement about President Donald Trump and said, "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go".
According to reports, Reliance Industries Ltd became India’s most valued firm overtaking Tata Group's TCS in terms of market valuation on Friday. RIL commanded a market capitalisation of Rs 4,66,599.69 crore which was Rs 1,450.62 crore more than TCS' Rs 4,65,149.07 crore valuation.
Indian men's captain Virat Kohli wished luck to the Indian women's cricket team ahead of the Women's World Cup 2017 tournament set to begin on Saturday. "I would like to wish the Indian women's cricket team all the very best for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. I'm sure that we will go a long way in the tournament and there are very exciting players to watch out for," said Virat Kohli in a video message posted by BCCI on their Twitter handle.
Former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna on Friday said if the Indian team captain feels he is the ‘boss’ then the team can perform without a coach. "Why do they require a coach, if the captain is the boss?. I don't think they even need the services of batting or fielding coaches", said Prasanna. "Kohli is undoubtedly a very good player but I do not know whether he is a good captain or not", added Prasanna.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the first foreign leader to dine in at the White House with US President Donald Trump. Modi, who is expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday, will be on a three-day visit and will have a working dinner with Trump on Monday, after a one-on-one interaction followed by bilateral meetings. Notably, Modi is on a three-nation tour to USA, Portugal, and Netherlands.
Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah has hit back at the Jaipur Police’s advertisement that was posted in a hoarding by the Rajasthan police in Jaipur which took a sly dig at the fast bowler for bowling a no-ball against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final. Bumrah took to Twitter and wrote, “well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country But don't worry I won't make fun of the mistakes which you guys make at your work because I believe humans can make mistakes.”