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EC cancels Anantnag bypoll

The Election Commission (EC) on Monday night cancelled the Loksabha bypoll for Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. The by-election was scheduled to be held on May 25.

According to an EC official, the poll panel in an order issued around midnight rescinded a notification issued earlier on holding the bypoll on May 25.

Trump to speak with Putin on Tuesday

US President Donald Trump will on Tuesday speak over phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a White House official said.

It will be the first call between the two leaders since Russia denounced a US military strike against a Syrian airbase in April and their third phone conversation since Trump took office on January 20, CNN quoted the official as saying.

They last spoke following a terror attack in St. Petersburg in Russia, and also chatted a week after the US President’s inauguration.

THAAD in S. Korea ‘operational’ amid protests: US

The US Forces Korea (USFK) on Tuesday said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system, which was deployed last week in South Korea, is “operational”.

Xinhua news agency quoted USFK spokesperson Rob Manning as saying that the “THAAD system is operational” and has the ability to “intercept missiles” from North Korea and “defend” the South.

On April 26, about 20 US trucks and trailers carried part of THAAD elements, including radar, to a golf course at Soseong-ri village in South Gyeongsang province. The golf course was designated as the THAAD site.

The installed elements include two mobile launchers, an AN/TPY-2 radar and other equipments. A THAAD battery is composed of six mobile launchers, 48 interceptors, the radar and the fire and control unit.

Trump willing to meet Kim Jong-un under ‘right circumstances’

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “under the right circumstances” to defuse tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme.

“If it would be appropriate for me to meet him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it,” CNN quoted Trump as saying in an interview to Bloomberg News on Monday. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

No US President has ever before met the leader of North Korea, and the idea is extremely controversial.

Trump’s comment comes amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea as Pyongyang has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and Washington has made a show of force in the region to deter their use.

French trade unions clash ahead of presidential polls

French trade unions clashed here during the annual May Day marches ahead of the upcoming second round of the French presidential elections, a minister said.

India’s growth rate to hit 7.5% in 2018, but US policies pose risk: ESCAP
 A UN commission has said that India’s growth rate is expected to reach 7.5 per cent in 2018, but warned that if the US policies take a very severe protectionist turn and the trend spreads, growth could be affected by as much as 1.2 per cent in the coming years.

Zayn Malik urges fans to help save life of mother?s friend 

Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik has urged people to help fund cancer treatment for his mother’s best friend.

1 killed in stabbing attack on Texas University campus 

At least one person was killed and three others were injured on Monday in a stabbing attack on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), which is located at the capital city of the US state of Texas.

Turkey’s ruling AKP to re-elect Erdogan as head 

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said on Monday that it will re-elect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Chairman after a break of some three years, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Khalistani elements publicly threaten Amarinder,India protests 

A threat publicly issued to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh by pro-Khalistan elements during an event in Surrey city of Canada’s British Columbia province recently has drawn an official protest from India.

Sources here told IANS that the Indian High Commission in Canadian capital Ottawa has lodged a “formal complaint” to Global Affairs-Canada, the foreign office last week, following the open threat to Amarinder Singh and hate speeches.

Court directs poll officials to seal civic poll EVM

 A court here on Monday directed the State Election Commission to keep the EVM machines used in a south Delhi ward in the recent civic polls intact and in a sealed condition.

District and Sessions Judge Asha Menon order came on a plea challenging the victory of a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate by two votes in Chhattarpur ward in south Delhi.

The plea was filed by Pinky Tyagi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who had lost to her BJP’s Anita Tanwar who received 8,415 votes against her 8, 413 votes and alleged discrepancies in votes counting.

The court has sought reply from election officials by May 19.

However, the court, rejected Tyagi’s plea seeking the BJP candidate be restrained from the oath ceremony.

After allegation, Amanatullah Khan resigns from AAP party post 

A day after accusing senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas of conspiring to break the party, Delhi legislator Amanatullah Khan on Monday night resigned from the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

Two arrested in lynching of ‘cow thieves’ in Assam 
Two persons were arrested from Assam’s Nagaon district for their alleged involvement in lynching of two youths suspected to be cow thieves, police said on Mondau