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Trump to unveil new Afghan, SA strategy

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

After being embroiled in a raging domestic controversy with his ambiguous reaction to racial violence in Charlottesville over the past week, President Donald Trump will shift gear on Monday night to a major international priority and unveil his administration’s strategy vis-ŗ-vis Afghanistan and South Asia. In a nationally-televised prime time appearance,...

Police kill man who could be Barcelona attack fugitive

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AFP | Barcelona

Spanish police on Monday shot dead a man who could be Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona, amid a massive manhunt for the Moroccan national described as dangerous and likely armed. “They have shot dead a suspect who could be the perpetrator of...

40 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | IANS | Damascus

At least 40 civilians were killed and dozens injured in airstrikes by the US-led coalition on neighbourhoods in Raqqa city of Syria, the media reported on Monday. The airstrikes targeted residential buildings while clashes continued between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group on the outskirts of the...

From The Chinese Press: Editor’s Note

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | Agencies

The translations are of value as indicators of Chinese (Communist Party elite) thinking on India and the world. Unlike the material projected in the English language media platforms of China, the contents of these commentaries in Chinese published in the official/quasi-official Chinese newspapers are meant for domestic audiences. They, therefore,...

US and S Korean troops start drills

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AP | Seoul

US and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills on Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and...

China urges halt to military drills

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AFP | Beijing

China on Monday renewed its call for the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military drills as the two nations began annual war games that have infuriated nuclear-armed Pyongyang. “The current situation on the Korean peninsula is highly sensitive and fragile, which requires the directly concerned parties including South...

US soldier who defected to North Korea has died

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AFP | Seoul

The only US soldier known still to be living in North Korea after defecting more than five decades ago died last year pledging loyalty to the “great leader Kim Jong-Un”, his sons said. James Joseph Dresnok was among just a handful of American servicemen to desert following the 1950-53 Korean War,...

Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AFP | Singapore

Ten US sailors were missing and five injured after their destroyer collided with a tanker near Singapore today, tearing a large hole in its hull in the second accident involving an American warship in two months. The badly damaged USS John S McCain limped into port in the city-state in the...

Total solar eclipse begins in US

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | AFP | Madras/Charleston (US)

Emotional sky-gazers on the US West Coast cheered and applauded as the Sun briefly vanished behind the Moon — a rare total solar eclipse that will stretch across North America for the first time in a century. Eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of...

Globe Trotting

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 | Agencies

Toll in DR Congo landslide 140 Bunia: The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said today. 9 killed in Philippines terror attack Manila: Islamist...


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Prez’s arts council quits over Trump’s Virginia remarks

20 Aug 2017 | AFP | Washington

The entire President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, that includes Indian-Americans Jhumpa Lahiri and Kal Penn, has resigned over President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks after the racist violence in Virginia. In a letter signed by 16 of 17 committee members, including author Lahiri and actor Penn, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change has also been cited as a reason for their resignation...

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Development work in healthy pace in Rewa Mega Ultra Solar Plant

22 Aug 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Development work of Rewa Mega Ultra Solar Plant project is moving at a healthy pace as developers have been provided with the requisite Facilities, said Principal Secretary of New and Renewable Energy Manu Shrivastava at the first consultation meeting on August 18 at Rewa Mega Ultra Solar Limited Bhopal. In the meeting Shrivastava discussed with the developers on providing of 90 per cent land for development, establishment of around 60-70 per cent...

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