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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 02, 2019, 06.46 PM (IST)

Following US move, Putin says Russia is pulling out of nuclear missile treaty

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before. 

Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed new CBI chief

Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, PTI quoted officials as saying Saturday. 

Shukla is a 1983-batch Indian Police Service officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre. 

Modi to Mamata in Bengal: Trinamool Tolabaji (hafta) Tax all over the state

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of foisting a tolabaji (hafta) culture all over the state. 

“Trinamool Tolabaji Tax is prevalent in the state. Every child in West Bengal is aware of this TTT. West Bengal is the only state where you have to pay tax for education. No one opposed this culture of syndicate and TTT, which is why the Trinamool Congress got a free run," Modi said.  

British government begins 'serious work' on UK staying in EU customs union: Report

British officials have begun "serious work" on the UK staying in a permanent EU customs union as a way to rescue the Brexit deal, the Independent newspaper reported on Friday.

India's Smriti Mandhana becomes No. 1 ODI batswoman

Smriti Mandhana has moved up three spots to attain the number one rank in the updated ICC ODI batting rankings, released on Saturday.

After scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand, Mandhana now sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.