ISIS blows up Mosul Mosque where its leader Abu Bakr Al Bhagdadi had declared himself the ‘caliph’

New Delhi: IS on Wednesday, blew up the Grand Al Nuri Mosque and its famous leaning minaret where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had declared himself the “caliph” in 2014 in his only public appearance. Islamic State has however, blamed the United States air strikes for the destruction. But the US-led coalition has condemned the act and called it a crime against “the people of Mosul and all of Iraq”.

JP Nadda

India aims to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of global goal, says Health Minister JP Nadda.

New Delhi: India has pledged its commitment to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global goal to reduce the number of deaths due to the disease by 90 per cent by 2030. Speaking at the meeting of 'Stop TB Partnership coordination committee' in Berlin, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, India has formulated a national strategic plan with a special focus on stamping out the bacterial disease at the grass-root level. He said, India has implemented a daily drug regimen for treating TB in five states and by the year end it will be rolled out in the entire country. The new regimen helps in reducing relapse rates and number of drug-resistant TB cases. Mr Nadda also said, the government will frame special programmes to combat multidrug-resistant TB.