News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Sep 01, 2018, 07:03 PM IST
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Palestinian schoolchildren sit inside a classroom at an UNRWA-run school, on the first day of a new school year, in Gaza City. Photograph:(Reuters)

Palestinian refugees reacted with dismay on Saturday to a United States decision to halt funding to a UN agency, warning that it would lead to more poverty, anger and instability in the Middle East.

The United States on Saturday slapped sanctions on two Pakistani companies by placing them on the export entities list for activities related to nuclear and missile trade.

A British minister on Saturday conducted talks with his Iran counterpart over the nuclear deal for the first time since the US decided to back out.

Junior Foreign Minister Alistair Burt met Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, the state television reported. 

Justice Ranjan Gogoi is set to take over as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3.

According to reports, Gogoi was recommended for the top office by the current Chief Justice Dipak Misra. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India Post Payments Bank in Delhi with an aim to make banking more accessible and easily available across the country.