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Donald Trump to outline US strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: All eyes are on US President Donald Trump as he prepares to outline his new South Asia policy that is expected to spell out his administration’s strategy towards Pakistan and war-torn Afghanistan. This is the first review of the Afghan war strategy by the Trump administration that took office in January. Trump will “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in an address delivered from a military base at Fort Myer, near Washington, on Monday, the White House said in a statement. The new policy could see more US troops deployed in Afghanistan besides increasing pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting groups like the Haqqani network and the Taliban—a move that could push Islamabad further into the orbit of China, creating

China Won’t be Clear Winner After War With India Over Doklam, Says Government Assessment

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: As the possibility of full-fledged military confrontation with China looms large following ongoing standoff in Doklam, Indian government’s assessment is that war won’t deliver any major gain for Beijing and would result in heavy casualties. The war will also dent the image of China as the preeminent Asian power and rising challenger to the United States, observed the government assessment. According to a report believes the rising tension in Doklam and at India-China border areas won’t translate into a tangible territorial or strategic advantage for Beijing. If China fails to emerge as a clear winner after a war, it will put a question mark Beijing’s claim of having one of most power full militaries, assesses the government. This will also have an impact on a crucial

Congress organises mega event on Rajiv Ghandi’s birthday

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Banihal: The birthday of Rajiv Gandhi was today celebrated in shape of Grand rally organized by Congress workers at Banihal here today. Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the late Prime Minister. An attempt is made to understand and uphold his passion for the progress of the nation and his pioneering of many national and international projects said by Senior Party leader and MLA Banihal Vikar Rasool Wani. While addressing the huge crowd Vikar Rasool highlighted the achievements of Congress led governments in India and said that Congress believes in the slogans of unity in diversity since the formation of this pro public party. He strongly criticized the rule of BJP and PDP in eroding the status article 370 and 35 A. He added that PDP is the formation

Steps will be taken to remove Sasikala from party: AIADMK MP

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
Chennai: Steps will be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala by convening the general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said on Monday. Vaithilingam, a leader of the Palaniswami camp, addressing the merger meet at the party headquarters here, said measures will be initiated soon to remove Sasikala. By making the announcement, the Palaniswami camp has conceded a key demand of the Panneerselvam faction for the merger that took place earlier today. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator just before he addressed the meet. Ahead of the merger, an AIADMK functionary Avadi Kumar had told reporters that it was the general council which elected Sasikala and any subsequent action in respect of her expulsion can be taken

PM chairs meeting of CMs, DyCMs of BJP-ruled states

Written by | August 21, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah today chaired a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. The meeting is being attended by all the 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers of the party. It is being organised to take stock of the development and social welfare work being done in the party-ruled states. Senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj were also present in the meeting. The chief ministers are also expected to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective Governments at the meet.

How Is Emraan Hashmi Training For Captain Nawab?

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Emraan Hashmi‘s next film Captain Nawab, which he’s producing as well was announced back in August last year. The actor’s first production will see him play the role of a soldier in the film. Even though he has essayed the role of a cop in movies like Ungli (2014) and Zeher (2005), this will be the first time he’ll play the role of an army man. And for this purpose, he will undergo special training. While speaking to a leading daily, director Anthony D’Souza said, “The film is about a spy, who lands in the Pakistani army. It’s an action film, but at the core, it’s an anti-war movie. It falls in the spy thriller genre, but we are trying to make a film that appeals to a wide audience. Since it is Emraan’s first production, he is involved in most aspects, including costing and

Chocolates can help boost mental health: Study

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Eating chocolates regularly can help boost cognitive abilities and mental health, as well as reduce memory decline in older adults, a study has found. Researchers from University of L’Aquila in Italy found that the cocoa bean is a rich source of flavanols – a class of natural compounds that have neuroprotective effects. They examined existing studies on the effects of acute and chronic administration of cocoa flavanols on different cognitive domains. Although randomized controlled trials investigating the acute effect of cocoa flavanols are sparse, most of them point towards a beneficial effect on cognitive performance. Participants showed, among others, enhancements in working memory performance and improved visual information processing after having had cocoa flavanols. For women, eating

GST impact on cars: Tata Motors offering discount up to Rs 2.17 lakh on select models

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Goods and Service Tax (GST) has come as a boon for car buyers as various manufacturers have been announcing price cuts on their product lineups. The latest to join this series of price reductions is Tata Motors, which has announced GST price cuts up to 12 percent. The reductions will range between Rs 3300 and Rs 2,17,000, depending on the model and variant. While the company has not clarified the exact reductions based on variants, buyers must be advised that the exact amount of price cut will differ according to the model and variant. GST has brought down prices on various car segments, even the tax on small cars has been lowered – small petrol cars are now taxed at 29 percent, while small diesel cars are now taxed at 31 percent. In June 2017, Tata registered a dip in its passenger vehicle

Chinese media calls on Beijing to teach India a ‘bitter lesson’

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Beijing: China must teach India “a bitter lesson” if it “incites” military conflict over the dispute in Donglong region in Sikkim sector, an influential Chinese daily said on Wednesday, adding that the Chinese “look down” on the Indian military, and India will “suffer greater losses than in 1962” in case of a conflict. In an acerbic editorial, the state-run Global Times on Wednesday did not mince words to criticise India, amid rising bilateral tensions over a military stand-off in Doklam region. Chinese experts and media have not shied away from talking about the prospect of a military conflict. The editorial, in the Communist Party-run newspaper, called on the Chinese to be united on the issue and asked “professionals” to fight against India. It said the Indian military

Saina to miss IOC’s Athletes’ Commission meeting

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Kolkata: Saina Nehwal will not be able to attend the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission meeting scheduled to take place on July 9 in Geneva, her father Harvir Singh said on Wednesday. “Saina won’t be able to attend the meeting because of her very busy schedule. She has training,” Harvir told ‘ANM’ news channel. Saina, ranked 10th in the world and second best in India after P.V. Sindhu who is four notches above her, will be taking part in the Badminton World Championships to be held in Glasgow from August 21-27. The 2012 London Olympics bronze medal winner in women’s singles was inducted into the IOC Athletes’ Commission last year but then also she could not attend the meeting due to the super series tournament in

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia and allies meet to decide whether to extend sanctions

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
A coalition of Arab countries are poised to announce whether to escalate or abandon sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday, a month after they severed ties with the Gulf state. Foreign ministers representing Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain met in Cairo on Wednesday, a day after the deadline expired for Qatar to respond to the group’s list of demands. Qatar faces a protracted period of isolation, and possibly expulsion, from the Gulf Co-operation Council if the Middle Eastern country’s response to the demands is deemed unsatisfactory. Last month, on June 22, Gulf States issued a 13-point list of demands to resolve the ongoing dispute and gave Qatar 10 days to respond. On Sunday, the deadline was extended by 48 hours. The standoff revolves around allegations

Trump denounces China trade with North Korea, casts doubt on cooperation

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
President Donald Trump says something to reporters as he departs for travel to Poland and the upcoming G-20 summit in Germany, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 5, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump denounced China’s trade with North Korea on Wednesday and cast doubt on whether Beijing is working with Washington to counter the North Korean nuclear threat. “Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 pct in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” Trump said in a Twitter post shortly before taking off for a G20 summit in Europe. Donald Trump Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!

Modi in Israel: PM meets ‘Baby Moshe’ in Jerusalem, invites him to visit India

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who survived the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, in Jerusalem on Wednesday. His grandfather had earlier said that the now 11-year-old was “excited and emotional” ahead of his meeting with the Prime Minister. Inviting him to India, PM Modi told Moshe: “Anytime you can come to India, anytime you can go. We will give you and your family a long-term visa.” ‘Baby Moshe’ — as he is referred to by millions of Indians who were moved by his story — was a toddler when the attacks happened. “Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India,” Moshe told PM Modi upon meeting him in Jerusalem on Wednesday. “Moshe will grow up to be a Rabbi and return to India to head Mumbai’s

Internet Services Suspended, Section 144 Imposed in Basirhat After Violent Clashes Over FB Post

Written by | July 5, 2017 | 0
The violent clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas over a Facebook post, Section 144 was imposed in Basirhat on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought a detailed report from the Mamata Banerjee-led Government. Communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district on Monday over a controversial Facebook post, following which several shops were torched and houses ransacked in Baduria, Tentulia and Golabari. On Monday night, the Baduria Police Station was attacked and set ablaze. The Centre has rushed 400 paramilitary personnel to Baduria that is hit by communal violence, which started over an objectionable post on Facebook about a holy site. As a precautionary measure, the government has suspended Internet services

Saudi Arabia Announced First day of Ramazan will be on Saturday

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
The first day of Ramazan will be on Saturday, May 27. Saudi Arabia announced that the first day of Ramazan in the country will be on Saturday, May 27. The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court announced that Friday May 26 will complete the month of Sha’baan and that the first day of Ramadan will be on Saturday May 27.

Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Election Results: Congress emerges largest party in Bhiwandi, Malegaon; BJP sweeps Panvel

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Mumbai: Congress party emerged as single largest party in Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation election, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party is set to win the 78 member Panvel Municipal Corporation. Where the polls were conducted for the first time. Polling for the Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation was held on May 24. While Congress retained its hold in Bhiwandi and Malegaon civic bodies, the BJP is heading for a big win in Panvel Municipal Corporation. The election to these three municipal bodies was held against the backdrop of BJP’s sterling performance in the recently held polls to the 13 municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 210 Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat. Congress won the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation election with a decisive mandate, winning

At least 91 killed in mudslides, floods due to heavy rains in Sri lanka

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s government said the death toll from floods and mudslides that have lashed the island in the last 24 hours has risen to 91. Nearly 8,000 people were driven out of their homes in the southwestern region of Kalutara, one of the worst affected, according to the DMC. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana told reporters Friday that the adverse weather conditions in southern and western parts of the island could still worsen in the next 72 hours. The rains were the most destructive this year. The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) alerted the public to be vigilant on possible landslides in mountainous areas in Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara and Hambanthota districts, Colombo Page reported. Heavy rains have lashed several parts of the country

Rupee strengthens against dollar

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Mumbai: The Indian rupee on Friday strengthened for the third consecutive sessions against the US dollar in the opening trade. The rupee opened at 64.56 a dollar. The rupee was trading at 64.55, up 0.12% from its Thursday’s close of 64.62.

Saharanpur violence: BJP’s politics of ‘Shamshan and Kabristaan’ responsible for the clash, Akhilesh Yadav to Yogi Govt

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Slamming Yogi Adityanath government over the Saharanpur communal clashes that led to 2 deaths and dozen others injured, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday cited Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pitch of ‘Diwali and Ramzaan’ during the assembly elections as the root cause of the outbreak of violence in the state. Speaking to the media people, Akhilesh said that BJP during their recently concluded poll campaign in UP played the politics of dividing communities over the festivals of Diwali and Ramzaan; Shamshan and Kabristaan. “What else can you expect from BJP? What we can expect from the one who had divided the Indian festivals Diwali and Ramzaan over electricity, Shamshan and Kabristaan during their election campaign in the state,” said Akhilesh. Samajwadi Party

After skipping Sonia’s meet, Nitish to attend lunch hosted by Modi tomorrow

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to attend a lunch to be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is scheduled to be to held on Saturday in the national capital, in the honour of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. Interestingly, Nitish on Friday missed the lunch organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, which was attended by JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth will pay a two-day visit to India beginning today. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Mauritius Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi. This would be Jugnauth’s first abroad visit after taking over as the Prime Minister from his father, Anerood Jugnauth in January. Shortly after landing, the Mauritius Prime Minister