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New Delhi: The government on Friday said it had no role in banning a students' group at the IIT-Madras even as opposition attacked it for curbing free speech. The controversy over action against the student's group for criticizing the Modi government also saw a war of words break out on Twitter between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. In ...
Washington: Cuba was officially removed on Friday from the US government's list of state sponsors of terrorism, the State Department said. "The 45-day congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the secretary of state has made the final decision to rescind Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015," State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke said ...
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) India Inc on Friday described as "encouraging" the GDP figures released earlier in the day, saying these confirmed industry's assessment that the economy is showing signs of recovery. India's gross domestic product grew by 7.3 percent during 2014-15 from the 4.7 percent increase in the previous fiscal, government data showed on Friday. "GDP growth of 7.3 percent in 2014-15 ...
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) India may have just fallen short of surpassing China as the fastest-growing emerging market economy in 2014-15, but its 7.3 percent growth is expected to have matched that of the Asian neighbour, according to official data released here Friday. The Indian economy had expanded by 6.9 percent in the previous fiscal year. Even as official data from Beijing is awaited, estimates ...
New Delhi: The government on Friday said it had no role in banning a students' group at the IIT-Madras even as opposition attacked it for curbing free speech. The controversy over action against the student's group for criticizing the Modi government also saw a war of words break out on Twitter between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. In ...
Hyderabad/Lucknow/Shimla/Mumbai/Kolkata: The blistering heat wave continued Friday in parts of India, claiming 205 more lives in the worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the toll has risen to over 1,900, even as respite appeared on the horizon with the southwest monsoon forecast to hit Kerala on Saturday. Isolated rains provided some relief in the two Telugu states but they continued to remain ...
Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) A group of unknown militants on Friday night killed at least 20 passengers after kidnapping them in Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan, a media report said. The incident took place when unknown militants stopped two buses and kidnapped 35 passengers in Mastung district of the province, Xinhua reported Soon after the incident, security forces rushed to the site. The ...
Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) A group of unknown militants on Friday night killed at least 15 passengers after kidnapping them in Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan, a media report said. The incident took place when unknown militants stopped two buses and kidnapped 35 passengers in Mastung district of the province, Xinhua reported Soon after the incident, security forces rushed to the site ...
Imagine Indian recruits crossing the LoC for terrorist training in Pakistan, some of them travelling as far as Karachi, then getting married during their training and travelling back to India with Pakistani wives and children into Kashmir under some amnesty scheme of the previous regime, not known to the Indian people. This was a way to reward terrorists and Pakistan.On 23-May-2015, the same Pakistani ...
Rejoice—'Tis the season of clean chits! Corruption is going away from India and we are becoming a more and more honest country. Suddenly the number of tainted people is going down and there seem to be no tainted politicians anymore!Take the case of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The poor woman had a raid at her residence way back in 1997 and a disproportionate assets case foisted on her. ...
By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Crude oil prices rose more than 1 percent on Friday after U.S. inventories fell for a fourth straight week, though a stronger dollar left prices set for a weekly drop. Oil saw steep falls earlier this week as a resurgent dollar weighed on the market amid concerns U.S. crude supplies may have started rising again after three weeks of draws. North Sea Brent ...
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity already has rebounded modestly. The government on Friday slashed its gross domestic product estimate to show GDP shrinking at a 0.7 percent annual rate instead of the 0.2 percent ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, India's largest drugmaker by sales, reported fourth-quarter profit well below analysts' expectations, hit by costs related to integrating smaller rival Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Sun, run by billionaire Dilip Shanghvi, reported a net profit of 8.88 billion rupees ($139.28 million) for the January-March quarter, while analysts on average had forecast ...
MUMBAI, May 29 (Reuters) - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd , India's largest drugmaker by sales, reported fourth-quarter profit well below analysts' expectations, hit by costs related to integrating smaller rival Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Sun, run by billionaire Dilip Shanghvi, reported a net profit of 8.88 billion rupees ($139.28 million) for the January-March quarter, while analysts on average ...
Washington: American doctors were shocked to find that an Indian computer science PhD student from Hyderabad who underwent brain surgery had an embryonic "evil twin" instead of a tumour in her head. The 26-year-old Yamini Karanam had jokingly called her "evil twin sister who's been torturing me for 26 years". According to NBC, Karanam, who was studying at Indiana University, was unaware of what ...
Washington: Analysis of meteorites that reached the Earth long after the cosmic collision which created the Moon indicate the satellite is 4.47 billion years old, according to an article published in the journal Science. The article described the work of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists from NASA, the University of Arizona and the Institute for the Science of Exploration Targets, or INET. Scientists ...
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In his first year in power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought in banking for the poor, set up campaigns to improve sanitation and curb the abortion of female foetuses - but slashed funds for education, health, women and children. In "Promises and Reality" - a report focusing on policies affecting the poor and marginalised ...
By Emma Batha CASABLANCA, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At the age of 14 Usha Choudary was betrothed to a man she had never met. She refused to go through with the marriage. When her parents insisted, she threatened to kill herself. Choudary wanted to stay at school and break the cycle of child marriage and domestic abuse that blights millions of women's lives in India, and which nearly ...
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