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Angela Merkel to UK: European Union Integration Accomplishments ‘Not Up For Debate’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a session of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on December 16, 2015. (AFP Photo) BERLIN:  Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday ahead of an EU summit that Germany would not give in to Britain’s demands for EU reform if it meant sacrificing achievements made by the bloc on integration. “On the one hand, ... Read More »

Indian Army Celebrates Vijay Diwas In Jammu Today

JAMMU:  The Indian Army today celebrated ‘Vijay Diwas’ in Jammu to pay homage to those who died in the 1971 war that led to Pakistan’s defeat and Bangladesh’s birth. Army spokesman Colonel SD Goswami told IANS that the 44th anniversary of the event was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm at the Northern Command headquarters. “A large number of dignitaries, ex-servicemen and ... Read More »

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 »