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Sherin’s mom held for complicity

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | PTI | Houston

The foster mother of 3-year-old Indian girl Sherin Mathews found dead in a culvert in Dallas has been arrested and charged with child abandonment, with police alleging that the Indian-American couple left the toddler in the kitchen alone and went out for dinner. Sini Ann Mathews and husband Wesley Mathews went...

‘US must make clear to Pak terror safe havens won’t be tolerated’

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

President Donald Trump’s nominee for US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy John C Rood has expressed the view that the United States must make it clear to Pakistan that its continuing safe havens for terrorists will not be tolerated. At a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Rood said, “We can’t...

Amid pressure to exit, Mugabe makes public appearance

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | AFP | Harare

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony on Friday, making a defiant first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. Mugabe, 93, had been confined to house arrest after the military took over the country. But on Friday, he walked into...

Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi Jinping

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | AFP | Beijing:

After five years of prison and three more confined by guards at home, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng could take no more. With the help of friends and a willing driver, Gao escaped his state security captors on Aug. 13 and found shelter in the home of a stranger who...

Post-Doklam standoff: India, China hold 1st border meet

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | PTI | Beijing:

India and China on Friday held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Doklam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts. The 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and...

US Congress passes $700 bn Defence Bill

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | PTI | Washington:

The US Congress on Friday passed a nearly $700 billion Defence budget for 2018 which imposes tougher conditions on Pakistan for military and security assistance while seeking advancement in military cooperation with major defence partner India. The 2018 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) sailed through both the chambers of the Congress...

Calls mount for action on ‘killer robots’ after UN talks

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | AFP | Geneva:

“Robots are not taking over the world”, the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called “killer robots”. The UN was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that...

Military dog wins British prize for valor under fire

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | AFP | London:

A British military dog that saved the lives of troops in Afghanistan is being decorated for bravery. Mali, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, on Friday received the Dickin medal, a prize awarded by the PDSA veterinary charity and billed as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s top award...

Trump terms Asia trip a big success on N Korea, trade

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

On return to Washington from the longest Asian trip by an American president in more than a quarter century, President Donald Trump on Wednesday termed the 12-day, five-nation visit a “tremendous success” in respect of pressuring a recalcitrant North Korea and boosting US trade relations with Asian nations. “My fellow citizens,...

Congressional panel votes to impose stiffer H-1B norms

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

In a move that could potentially hurt Indian IT companies with US operations, a key Congressional committee has cleared a legislation that proposes tougher H-1B visa norms, including a steep hike in minimum annual salary from $60,000 to $90,000. The legislation, called the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act”, introduced...


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Modi pays tribute to Rang Avadhoot

19 Nov 2017 | PNS | GANDHINAGAR

Addressing a gathering of people via video conferencing in Bharuch district of poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked them to unite against casteism, terrorism, black money, corruption and communalism. “It is a strange environment…We must hold each others hand and move ahead…...

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Charges filed against 592 in PMT 2012 case

24 Nov 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed a charge-sheet against 592 accused persons, including promoters of three private medical colleges from Bhopal - JN Choksey, chairman of LN Medical College, SN Vijaywargiya of People's Medical College and Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College - and one from Indore - Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College, in the MPPEB scam. In the charge-sheet, four MPPEB officials, three persons...

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