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New Delhi: A BJP member in Lok Sabha on Friday charged Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of dancing with tribal women when the country was mourning the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, saying it was a “shameful” act. Ramesh Bidhuri raised the issue when Congress members were protesting against the government, demanding sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief ...
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all political parties to present a united front to the world against terrorism, even as he trained guns at the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for "weakening" the fight against terror."Neither the country, nor parliament should look divided on terrorism which is the biggest challenge to the country," Rajnath Singh said while making ...
By Lucia and Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth accelerated in the second quarter as a pick-up in consumer spending offset the drag from soft business spending on equipment, suggesting a steady momentum that could bring the Federal Reserve closer to hiking interest rates this year. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.3 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. ...

Karnataka Colts edge past NCA

2015-07-31 09:52:00

Bengaluru, July 30 (IANS) A fighting century by Washington Sundar (153, 302b, 21x4) went in vain as National Cricket Academy (NCA) lost to Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Colts by 35 runs on the fourth day of their match in the All-India cricket tournament here on Thursday. Chasing a victory target of 374, NCA were all out for 338 despite Sundar's ton and his 197-run partnership with Aamir ...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the inauguration of Afghanistan's new Rs 710-crore Parliament building, financed and constructed by India.The parliament building-part of a $2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore) aid package-is symbolic of India's support for strife-torn Afghanistan, as it struggles to transition into a stable democracy.The construction of the parliament building, started in 2009 ...
New Delhi: A BJP member in Lok Sabha on Friday charged Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of dancing with tribal women when the country was mourning the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, saying it was a “shameful” act. Ramesh Bidhuri raised the issue when Congress members were protesting against the government, demanding sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief ...
The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, on Thursday stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.Combatting climate change, promoting sustainable development and addressing the vulnerabilities of SIDS will demand partnership, capacity and leadership, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who ...
Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15 per cent of global output, the agency said onn Thursday.A growing numbers of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal ...

The girl behind 'Who is Kalam'?

2015-07-28 22:20:00

New Delhi: The book title "Who is Kalam?" may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it -- of a teenaged schoolgirl who asked the tough question to the former president and was in turn inspired by him and went on to become a scientist. It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children, with ...
Jammu: It does not take long or very much for peace to be disturbed in Jammu and Kashmir. Till mid-summer, the feeling was one of peace with tourism in full swing, hotels fully booked and flights packed with tourists. Suddenly it began to change. In June ISIS and Pakistani flags made an appearance once again. The last time when ISIS flags appeared in Srinagar was in June last year.Recent incidents ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Which are the two fastest growing economies in the euro zone? Not the big beasts in the core, but the once-struggling peripheral economies of Spain and Ireland. Spain reported on Thursday that its economy grew 1 percent between the first and second quarters of the year and is running at an annual clip of 3.1 percent. Ireland, meanwhile, issued a delayed report on its first ...
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar jumped and stock markets around the world were left flat-footed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve painted a relatively bright picture of the U.S. economy, boosting bets that it will hike interest rates in September. Wall Street, which is in the midst of earnings season, was expected to open little changed, although that could change with second quarter ...
(Adds new death toll, details) By Gopal Sharma LUMLE, Nepal, July 30 (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said. The landslides struck the villages near the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (77 miles) west of Kathmandu shortly after midnight. ...
By Aditya Ghosh SANDESHKHALI, India, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - E leven-year old Srijita Bhangi sits in the waiting room of the jetty boat that connects her island home in Khulna to the mainland Sundarbans, near India's border with Bangladesh. After spending a few days with her elderly grandparents - an effort to lift her most recent spell of depression - she is travelling back to the ...
"We are not just Americans, but citizens of Earth." —@StationCDRKelly http://t.co/eOShEche3z pic.twitter.com/nGPsTVC4Hh— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2015 Washington: Clicked from 1.6 million kms away in space, a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first stunning view of the entire sun-lit side of Earth. DSCOVR is equipped with the Earth ...
Checking in at the reception desk at the Henn na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan - Photo by Akio Kon pic.twitter.com/7ZlBZ5g9Sp— Bloomberg Photos (@BloombergPhotos) July 15, 2015 Tokyo: A hotel in Japan almost entirely run by robots has opened its doors to the public. The 72-room Henn na Hotel - whose name means "weird" - will offer a different experience to visitors at Huis Ten Bosch, an amusement park ...
By Emma Batha LONDON, July 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is set to overtake China and become the world's most populous country in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations predicted. ...
By Liana B. Baker, Greg Roumeliotis and Mike Stone (Reuters) - Blackboard Inc, a U.S. software company that provides learning tools for high school and university classrooms, is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Blackboard's majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has ...
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