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Pentagon pulled up for not appointing point person for India

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Washington

The Pentagon has been pulled up by a powerful US Senate panel for not appointing its point person for America’s “key security partner” India to coordinate and expedite bilateral defence cooperation. Appointing such an individual would bring a refined approach to prioritising defence cooperation and aligning it with missions like...

Arabs urge Qatar to accept six principles to combat extremism

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Agencies | United Nations

Four Arab nations that cut ties with Qatar have urged the tiny Gulf nation to commit to six principles on combatting extremism and terrorism and negotiate a plan with specific measures to implement them a step that could pave the way for an early resolution of the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the...

New sanctions on Iran: Rouhani, Zarif slam US

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | IANS | Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday denounced the new sanctions imposed by the US on Tehran as incompatible with the logic and spirit of the nuclear agreement signed with six major powers in July 2015. At a Government meeting, Rouhani criticised Washington saying Iran is fulfilling the terms of the...

Maldives President arrests nephew amid power struggle

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | AFP | Colombo

The nephew of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has been arrested for allegedly bribing politicians to challenge the ruling regime, the opposition said on Wednesday, warning of further reprisals in the troubled honeymoon islands. Faris Maumoon, an MP and son of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was taken into custody after...

New French military head named after General quits over cuts

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Paris

General Francois Lecointre, a career military officer, was named Frances military chief after his predecessor resigned on Wednesday after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed cuts in military spending. Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said Gen. Lecointre, a member of PM Edouard Philippe’s Cabinet, would take up his duties...

1,000 Shia pilgrims stuck at Pak-Iran border

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | PTI | Karachi

Nearly a thousand Shia pilgrims have been stranded at the Pakistan-Iran border in the restive Balochistan border for about a week, waiting for security forces to escort them back to their homes in Punjab province. The pilgrims had gone to Iran and Iraq on religious tours and on reaching the...

Justices allow strict enforcement of Donald Trump refugee ban

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | AP | Washington

The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration’s request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in. But the justices are leaving in place a lower court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the...

Sri Lanka govt not to clash with UN on human rights: Minister

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | PTI | Colombo

Unlike the previous Rajapaksa regime, the current Sri Lankan Government will not follow the policy of confrontation with the UN over the human rights violations committed during the three-decade long civil war, Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday. Senaratne, who is also the Health Minister, was responding after Minister...

China’s Communist Party asks members to give up religion

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | PTI | Beijing

In a controversial move, China’s ruling Communist Party has directed its nearly 90 million members to shun religion for maintaining party unity, warning that religious belief is a “redline” for the cadres and those who resist would be punished. The head of China’s top religious affairs regulator said that party members...

Globe Trotting

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Agencies

Roadside mines kill 3 kids, two soldiers in Afghan Kabul: Afghan officials say that roadside mines have killed three children and two soldiers in two separate incidents in the country’s western province of Herat. Saudi airline says US laptop ban lifted Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and...


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Of 4,862 large dams, only 349 have emergency disaster action plans: CAG

23 Jul 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed. "Out of 4,862 large dams, emergency action plans or disaster management plans of only 349 dams, which is seven per cent, were prepared (March 2016)...

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Sanskar Bharti holds Rangoli-Mehndi competition

25 Jul 2017 | PNS | HAZARIBAGH

The Hazaribagh district unit of Sanskar Bharti organized Rangoli-Mehndi competition in the premises of Hindu +2 High School. Despite continuous rain 140 participated in the Rangoli competition and 78 in Mehndi competition...

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