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Shaky Ceasefire Holds In Yemen As Rivals Meet

ADEN:  A fragile ceasefire between Yemeni pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels appeared to hold today despite breaches, as UN-sponsored peace talks entered a second day in Switzerland. Although fighting has subsided, both sides traded blame for violations that have left at least 24 people dead since the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT) Tuesday. The Saudi-led coalition supporting ... Read More »

Arvind Kejriwal Should Have Checked Rajender Kumar’s Background: Anna Hazare on CBI Raid

Anna Hazare questioned the timing of the CBI raid. MUMBAI:  Arvind Kejriwal should have checked the antecedents of his Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar, whose office was yesterday raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over alleged corruption , social activist Anna Hazare said today amid the face-off between the Centre and Delhi Chief Minister on the issue. “Instead of ... Read More »

Syrian Surgeon Banned For Racist Rants Against Indian Doctors in UK

Ragneb Nouman said Indian doctors would be the “downfall of the NHS” referring to the National Health Service has been struck off the UK medical register. (Representational Image) LONDON:  A Syrian surgeon based in Britain who launched a series of racist and abusive rants against Indian doctors, saying they should “clean toilets”, has been banned from practising medicine. Ragneb Nouman, ... Read More »

Arvind Kejriwal Knew About His Officer, Says Corruption Watchdog

NEW DELHI:  An outraged Arvind Kejriwal said after CBI raids on his Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar that had he been informed, he would have acted himself, that he would “not spare even my own son” if accused of corruption. But officials of corruption watchdog Transparency International say it was back in May that they wrote to the Chief Minister asking ... Read More »

Subramanian Swamy Demands Probe Into Transfer Of Shares In National Herald

NEW DELHI:  BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today demanded a Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) probe into allegations of shareholders of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) that they were not consulted before the transfer of the entire equity into Young Indian Private Limited. SFIO is a multidisciplinary organisation to investigate serious financial frauds. The Associated Journals Limited, which published the National Herald, ... Read More »

Indian Railways Invites Ideas From Public For Next Budget

NEW DELHI:  For the first time, the Railways has invited suggestions and innovative ideas from the public to include them in its forthcoming budget to improve its operations and amenities to a satisfactory level. “We have sought suggestions and innovative ideas from public for the Rail Budget 2016-17, slated to be presented in the last week of February next year,” ... Read More »

Will Bring Project Loon To India Soon, Says Google CEO Sundar Pichai

NEW DELHI:  Technology giant Google hopes to bring its Project Loon to India, which will offer affordable Internet access to millions, soon even as the government holds the view that the project will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators in the country. Speaking at the Google for India event, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai said: “Project Loon will launch ... Read More »

PM Modi To Have Dinner Meeting With Council Of Ministers Tomorrow

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited members of his entire Council of Ministers for a dinner meeting tomorrow, an occasion he could utilise to review the work done by various ministries and departments. This will be the second meeting that PM Modi will be having with the entire Council of Ministers since becoming the Prime Minister on May ... Read More »

Government To Unveil Policy For Flexi-Fuel Vehicles In January: Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI:  To curb pollution, the government will announce a policy next month to allow automakers to manufacture flexible-fuel vehicles in the country, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The minister called upon the sugar industry to ramp up ethanol production as demand for it is likely to go up once flexi-fuel vehicles are introduced in India. “We are ... Read More »

How A Blond American Kid Became A Huge Star In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Say the name Joshua Van Alstine in Saudi Arabia and the response is likely a blank stare. But mention his Web-born persona, Abu Muteb, and chances are good you’ll get a knowing nod or wry smile for the baby-faced American military brat. He slings Saudi-accented Arabic, wears traditional Gulf robes, mixes comedy and commentary and may be ... Read More »