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12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers held in Manila

The meeting was attended by the Finance Ministers/Heads of Delegations from the SAARC member states. Finance Minister of Nepal Yuba Raj Khatiwada chaired the meeting. According to a press statement issued by the SAARC Secretariat, Khatiwada underscored the need of concerted efforts to attain the objective of South Asian Economic ... Read More »

No Nobel Prize on Literature this year: Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019.  The decision has been taken in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize. ... Read More »

Kathua: Report finds glaring lapses in police case ​

The citizens’ group which conducted an individual probe into the Kathua rape incident handed over the report to Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday. The group of intellectuals and academicians has claimed that the charge sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the case had discrepancies and the ... Read More »

Badminton: Saina Nehwal storms into top 10 in world rankings

Saina Nehwal storms back in top 10 in women’s ranking; in Men’s section, HS Pronnoy becomes second Indian player to enter top 10 after Kidambi Srikant. Indian shuttler HS Prannoy and London Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal have climbed into the top-10 of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, updated on ... Read More »

Thunderstorm kills over 100 in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan

Over 124 people were killed in Wednesday night’s dust storm, most of them in UP and Rajasthan. The respective state governments have announced an ex gratia. PM Modi expressed his condolences for the loss of lives and property and directed that all possible assistance be provided to authorities on the ... Read More »

GST Council decides to introduce new simplified tax filming model

The 27th meeting of the GST council took place in Delhi on Friday. There were several items on the agenda including detailed discussion on the first year’s revenue. Addressing the news persons after the meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the members expressed satisfaction over revenue growth. Jaitley ... Read More »

Karnataka: BJP manifesto promises loan waiver

Bharatiya Janta Party on Friday released its manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections. In the manifesto which has been named BJPVachana4Karnataka, the party has promised to earmark Rs 1.5 lakh crore for irrigation to reducing the burden of debt of farmers. BJP’s chief ministerial candidiate BS Yeddyurappa said, Welfare ... Read More »

India doing extremely well on electrification: World Bank

Between 2010 and 2016, India providing electricity to 30 million people each year, more than any other country, the World Bank said in its latest report released this week. While challenges still remain to provide electricity to the rest of the 15 per cent of the 1.25 billion population, India ... Read More »

Sensex falls over 100 points on weak global cues

The 30-share index, after opening 103.41 points higher, turned negative on profit-booking to quote 118.75 points, or 0.34 per cent, lower at 34,984.39. The gauge had lost 73.28 points in the previous session. The 50-share NSE Nifty also turned negative and shed 33.06 points, or 0.31 per cent, to 10,646.05 ... Read More »

Centre seeks stay on Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act

Attorney General K K Venugopal said the apex court cannot make rules or guidelines which go against the law passed by the legislature. Venugopal also pointed out that the SC/ST verdict had resulted in loss of lives and the case be referred to a larger bench. The Supreme court on ... Read More »

India now moving towards women-led development, says PM Modi

Prime Minister said that our country is moving from women’s development to women-led development and this is what his party strongly believes in. He further talked about the initiatives taken by the government for women’s empowerment. He said that about 9 crore women have benefitted from Mudra scheme so far. To stay ... Read More »

Over 200 Kashmiri youth display culinary skills at cooking competition

The competition titled ‘Big Chef Kashmir 2018’ saw participants from all walks of life. More than 200 participants including housewives, boys, girls and students donned their chef whites and prepared some mouth-watering savouries. Myra Shakeel, a participant said, “As a cook, as a chef I should say rather, we have ... Read More »

Vlogging on rural life turns Chinese farmer into internet sensation

As internet access grows in China, new opportunities such as internet celebrity have emerged. An internet celebrity is an individual whose fame is primarily derived from their Internet presence and followers. It is an industry almost entirely pioneered by young people, but even though most of them live in big ... Read More »

Twitter urges users to change password after glitch

The social network disclosed the issue in a blog post and series of Tweets, saying it had resolved the problem and an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Still, it urged all users to consider changing their passwords. “We fixed the bug and ... Read More »

North and South Korea to send joint TT team at world championship

North and South Korea requested to field a unified team for the semi-finals of the championships, which will be played against Japan or Ukraine on Friday in Halmstad, Sweden. The last time that a unified Korea team played the world table tennis championships was 1991 in Chiba, Japan where women’s team shocked defending champions ... Read More »

Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal, asserts foreign minister

Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking in English in a Youtube video, said the United States had “consistently violated the nuclear deal, particularly by bullying others to prevent businesses to return to Iran” and that Iran would not renegotiate “what was agreed years ago and has been implemented in good faith”. President Trump has said ... Read More »

US delegation arrives in China for talks over trade issues

Mnuchin, who is also the U.S. President’s special envoy, is meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, who is heading the Chinese side. The talks, which run until Friday, are focused on the root cause of ... Read More »