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ASEAN-INDIA ministerial meet: EAM Jaishankar holds key bilateral meetings

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasised on furthering the ASEAN-India strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region at the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific. Discussions were held with an ... Read More »

Parliament witnesses productive day

In a landmark move, the lower house of the Parliament passed. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Rajya Sabha has already passed the Bill on 24th July. The amendment has not only increased the duration and severity of punishment for culprits, but also included death penalty ... Read More »

Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission bill 2019

The National Medical Commission Bill 2019 clearing the upper house hurdle with certain amendments. It will return to the Lok Sabha for passage in amended form and then the Presidential assent will make it a law. The aim of the bill is to better regulate medical education, address fees and ... Read More »

This acid may be key to better electronics, adhesive strength

The researchers at Purdue University in the US have discovered a method for using tannic acid to help create improved adhesives, coatings and manufacturing composites. They are using the discovery for epoxy-based polymers — which are considered among the most versatile and useful adhesive agents because of their excellent mechanical ... Read More »

Rebel missile attack, suicide bombs kill 51 in Yemen’s Aden

The missile hit in the city’s neighbourhood of Breiqa where a military parade was underway by forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates, a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels since 2015 in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government. Since the rebels seized ... Read More »

US decries Chinese disruption of Mekong River

He spoke Thursday in Thailand’s capital with his counterparts from countries through which the river flows, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Pompeo’s concerns include the building of upstream dams, plans to blast river beds, and the staging of river patrols outside Chinese borders. He noted findings that the river ... Read More »

Lawmakers with serious disabilities take seats in Japan parliament

Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura won seats last month in the country’s upper house election and their use of special reclining wheelchairs has required modifications to the Japanese parliament. The pair both rely on caretakers for support, and their election has highlighted the fact that Japan only pays for such ... Read More »

Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time

It is the first step in what researchers caution is a very long path towards a future where human organs for transplant could be grown inside animals. The research led by Hiromitsu Nakauchi, a professor of genetics at Stanford University, is the first of its kind to receive government approval ... Read More »

Lok Sabha passes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the amendments proposed in the bill aim to ensure timely admission and completion of corporate insolvency resolution process. The minister said that Amendments to insolvency law are aimed at ensuring greater timeliness for resolution process, which has to be completed in ... Read More »

India receives Pakistan’s proposal on Jadhav Consular access

Addressing media persons in New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India is evaluating Pakistan’s offer of granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was kidnapped by Pakistani security forces on false allegations. India has expressed concern over the US military aid to Pakistan. MEA ... Read More »

Unnao Rape: SC orders transfer of all 5 cases to Delhi

Supreme Court ordered to transfer the trial of all five cases related to Unnao rape incident from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. The Court said that the trial court judge in Delhi will hear the case on day-to-day basis and complete the trial within 45 days. The Supreme Court also directed ... Read More »

Sensex tanks over 450 points, Nifty finishes below 11,000-mark

Lacklustre economic data, unabated foreign fund outflows and disappointing quarterly earnings also dented market sentiment, traders said. After a weak opening, the 30-share BSE Sensex plunged more than 750 points in late-afternoon trade, before finally ending at 37,018.32, down by 462.80 points or 1.23 per cent. Similarly, the broader NSE ... Read More »

Four Indian women boxers enter semis of Russian tourney

India Open gold-medallist Neeraj and former world youth bronze-medallist Jony were the other two to make the semi-finals on Wednesday. Lovlina defeated Russia’s Anastasiya Sigaeva 5-0 to be assured of a medal. She will next take on Belarus’ Alina Veber for a place in the final. Pooja registered a 4-1 ... Read More »

India to conduct 1st National Time Release Study to enable faster movement of cargo across borders to benefit traders

The exercise will be institutionalized on an annual basis, during the same period every year hereafter. The TRS is an internationally recognized tool advocated by the World Customs Organization to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of international trade flows. This initiative for accountable governance will measure rule-based and procedural bottlenecks (including ... Read More »

New insect-sized robot can withstand weight of a human

Small, durable robots like these could be advantageous in search and rescue missions, squeezing and squishing into places where dogs or humans can’t fit, or where it may be too dangerous for them to go, researchers said. “Most of the robots at this particular small scale are very fragile. If ... Read More »