US charges Snowden with spying

Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

The United States has charged whistleblower Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of Government property after his sensational revelations about America’s far-reaching domestic and international surveillance programmes earlier this month. The US authorities are reported to have asked Hong Kong, where the former National Security Agency contractor and one-time CIA staffer...

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Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Pioneer

Obama nominates James Comey as FBI Director Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated James Comey, a Bush-era Justice Department official, as the next FBI Director. If confirmed by the Senate, the 52-year-old former hedge fund executive would succeed Robert Mueller. Comey is best known for facing off against White House...

Senate India Caucus joins chorus over trade policies

Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

In a curious, yet altogether not surprising move, the Senate India Caucus has also joined the current American political and corporate chorus against India’s “discriminatory” trade policies, with co-chairs Mark Warner and John Cornyn alleging that New Delhi’s policies give Indian companies an unfair advantage and appear to violate...

15 dead in suicide blast at Peshawar’s Shia madrassa

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | PTI | Peshawar

At least 15 people were killed and over 30 injured on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up amidst scores of worshippers attending Friday prayers at a Shia madrassa on the outskirts of Peshawar in Pakistan’s restive northwest, officials said. About 200 men had gathered for the weekly prayers at...

US Congress mounts pressure on India

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

In what is turning out to be an orchestrated campaign ahead of next week’s US-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, more and more US lawmakers are firing off strongly-worded letters demanding that the Obama Administration seek swift action by India to end its “discriminatory trade and economic policies” affecting American...

US likely to brief India on Afghan reconciliation bid

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | PNS | Washington

US Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to brief his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Salman Khurshid, on Washington’s bid for an Afghan reconciliation by holding parleys with the Taliban – an issue that has been a source of acute concern to New Delhi for long. Kerry, who arrives in New...

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Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | Pioneer

Flood forces 75,000 from west Canada homes Calgary: Calgary’s mayor on Friday said the flooding situation in his city is as under control as it can be for now. Officials estimated 75,000 people have been displaced in the western Canadian city. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the Elbow River, one of two...

Brazil leaders to meet as protests, violence grow

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | PTI/AP | Rio De Janeiro

Police and protesters fought on the streets into the early hours on Friday as an estimated 1 million Brazilians swarmed through more than 80 Brazilian cities in the biggest emonstrations yet against a Government viewed as corrupt at all levels and unresponsive to its people. President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency...

UN presses case for Syria cross-border aid operation

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | AFP | United Nations

The UN Security Council must consider backing cross-border supplies into Syria because of the mounting suffering from the civil war, the UN humanitarian chief said. Valerie Amos, head of the UN relief agency, slammed the “increasing violence and complete disregard for human life and dignity which has reached unprecedented levels during...

Pak Govt to go ahead with Musharraf’s trial

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | PTI | Islamabad

Pervez Musharraf may become the first dictator in Pakistan’s history to face trial for high treason as the new Government has decided to go ahead with a case against him for abrogating the Constitution and imposing Emergency Rule in 2007, a media report said on Friday. The Government will support measures...



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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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Task force to check illegal mining, not police

21 Aug 2017 | PNS | Ranchi

The Government has decided to form State-level task force led by Mining Secretary which will look into matters of illegal mining of minerals and sand in the State. Government spokesperson and Personnel Department Principal Secretary Nidhi Khare said on Sunday that similar task forces would be set up in districts, led by respective Deputy Commissioner (DC) and supported by members like District Mining Officer and Circle Officer, which will conduct...

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