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WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 07, 2018, 08:58 AM(IST)

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

Trump claim of winning trade war 'wishful thinking': Chinese state media

A Chinese state newspaper on Tuesday described as "wishful thinking" US President Donald Trump's belief that a fall in Chinese stocks was a sign of his winning the trade war and an example of his "ability to elasticise the truth."

The commentary in the official China Daily comes as rhetoric in state media, which is actively controlled by Beijing, has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against Trump, a shift from their previous approach, which mostly limited direct criticism to US policies.

Govt wants to know: How to block Facebook, WhatsApp when needed

The telecom department has sought views of the industry on technical measures that can be adopted for blocking mobile apps like instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc in situations where national security and public order are under threat.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) on July 18, 2018, had written to all telecom operators, the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and others and asked for their inputs to block the applications under Section 69A of the IT Act.

Attempt to fiddle with Article 35A would undermine basic structure of Constitution: Mehbooba Mufti

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the debate over Article 35A, which provides special rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, managed to bridge the gap between people of the two regions. 

Mehbooba Mufti said all sections of the society in J&K including mainstream parties and separatists are of the view that the sanctity of Article 35A must be preserved. 

'I felt like I was not a good mom,' says Serena Williams

Tennis star Serena Williams said that it is difficult to find a balance between her 11-months old daughter and work due to a hectic schedule. The 23-time grand slam champion also said in a social media post that she is suffering from "postpartum" emotions.

The postpartum or postnatal emotions start after the birth of a child as the mother's body go through several hormonal changes.

Robert Redford says he is retiring from acting

Oscar winner Robert Redford will retire from acting following this autumn's release of his upcoming film "The Old Man & The Gun," the 81-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a story published on Monday.

Redford, best known for films such as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Out of Africa," plays a seasoned bank robber in the new movie, which is scheduled to debut in theaters in September.

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