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Rahul Gandhi says India indebted to HAL

BENGALURU: Congress president Rahul Gandhi reached out on Saturday to employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), seeking to co-opt them in his campaign against the Rafale jet fighter deal signed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Taking part in a discussion with former and current employees of HAL, Gandhi said the state-run military planemaker was a strategic asset and India owed it a great deal for protecting the country. “When (former US President Barack) Obama says the only countries that can challenge the USA are India and China, that’s because of your contribution,” Gandhi said, standing in front of a model of the Light Combat Aircraft built by HAL, opposite the company’s corporate office near Cubbon Park in Bengaluru....more More

Taiwan, India natural partners: Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI: Republic of China (ROC) Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien has said that Taiwan and India are natural partners. Speaking at a reception here to celebrate the 107th National Day (Double Tenth) of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ambassador Tien said “we share the same values of peace, freedom, democracy, rule of law and market economy.” The Ambassador said the bilateral trade volume between Taiwan and India increased 27 per cent year-on-year to US $ 6.4 billion in 2017. India is Taiwan’s 16th trading partner in 2017 with a relatively balanced trade....more More

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Girls take over as envoys of 17 countries on International Day of Girl

NEW DELHI: International Day of the Girl was celebrated in a unique way in the Capital city of India when girls from underpriviledged background took over as envoys of 17 countries. The young envoys relayed messages of equality, freedom and power for girls and young women. Baby Kumari, 21, a child marriage survivor from Bihar, took over as the High Commissioner of Canada for a day. Her day started at 8.30 when she was welcomed at the Canada High Commission by the staff. Minister Counselor Amanda Strohan introduced Baby as the High Commissioner. Later, Baby Kumari addressed over 600 students of Suncity School in Gurugram on the importance of educating girls. She received thumping applause from the students. Baby not only fought against her own marriage when she was 15, but now fights for others....more More

Indo-Canadian trade, investment sees dramatic growth: Nadir Patel

NEW DELHI: Paul Saltzman, a two-time Canadian Emmy Award-winning film and television producer-director with more than 300 films, had once said “One of the most important lessons I learned is that the goal in life is to integrate the head and the heart.” This stands true for Mr Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, who has beautifully integrated his head and the heart with tremendous zeal in the past four years to take ties between the two nations to greater heights. In his nearly four year's tenure as High Commissioner, there has been dramatic all-round growth in Canadian Indian trade and investment and education and aviation ties....more More

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Shashi Tharoor’s new book on Narendra Modi is not just ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday once again introduced Twitterati and the literati to a difficult, near unpronounceable word, describing his new book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification”. According to the Oxford dictionary, the word is a noun and means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”. Discussing the usage of the word, the dictionary adds, “Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of a number of very long words that occur very rarely in genuine use.” “My new book, THE PARADOXICAL PRIME MINISTER, is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification. Pre-order it to find out why!” Tharoor said in a Twitter post that had everybody reaching for the dictionary....more More

‘Not helpful’, says US on India’s plans to buy Iran oil, Russia’s S-400 air missiles

WASHINGTON: As a top US official headed for New Delhi for talks on Iran sanctions a state department spokesperson on Thursday said “it’s not helpful” that India plans to continue buying Iranian oil and go ahead with the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems, both of which are subject to secondary sanctions under separate US authorities. Special representative on Iran Brian Hook, accompanied by assistant secretary of state for energy Francis Fannon, will meet “Indian government counterparts for consultations”, the state department announced Thursday....more More

Reliance pact was ‘imperative’ and ‘mandatory’ for Dassault: Report

PARIS: A French media report on Wednesday suggested that a senior official in Dassault Aviation saw the partnership with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as “imperative and mandatory” to getting the “export contract” with India for the Rafale aircraft. Mediapart quoted an internal Dassault Aviation document detailing a presentation that deputy chief executive officer Loïk Segalen gave to worker representatives explaining the rationale for setting up a joint venture in Nagpur with Reliance Aerospace. During the presentation, the report said, Segalen described the joint venture as a “contrepartie” to getting the “export contract India”....more More

Trudeau Greets Hindus on Navratri Festival

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended his greetings to the people in Canada and abroad on the occasion of Navaratri. In a statement, Trudeau said: “This evening, Hindu communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the beginning of one of their most important festivals, Navratri. “The celebrations, which symbolize the triumph of good over evil, take place over nine nights and ten days. Throughout the festivities, families and friends come together to pray, dance, and observe traditions in hundreds of different forms passed down from generation to generation....more More

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Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancée Pens Obituary-Style Op-Ed For Missing Saudi Writer

By Carla Herreria

NEW YORK: Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée to the Saudi journalist who has been missing for nearly two weeks, has written an obituary-style op-ed on Jamal Khashoggi, which was published Saturday by the New York Times. Unlike a Washington Post op-ed she published earlier this week, which called on President Donald Trump to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance, Cengiz wrote frankly Saturday of her fiancé’s possible death. Cengiz also didn’t just call for an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance, she urged for the responsible party, “irrespective of their political positions,” to be punished....more More

12 new Zika cases reported in Jaipur, total reaches to 72

JAIPUR: Twelve new cases of Zika virus disease have been reported in Jaipur on Monday, taking the total number of cases reported in the past 25 days to 72. According to the health department, the infected areas are Shastri Nagar, Station Road area around Rajput Hostel and Vidyadhar Nagar. Health department additional chief secretary Veenu Gupta said out of 72 cases, 60 patients have recovered, while 12 are under observation. She said alert has been issued to other parts of the city....more More

India elected to UN Rights Council with highest votes

UNITED NATIONS: India was elected with the highest number of votes by the General Assembly to the influential Human Rights Council on Friday with a pledge to combat intolerance. India received 188 votes, the highest polled by any of the 18 countries elected from the 193-member General Assembly. India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said: "It is a reflection of how the world community sees India and its role in the world. Human rights for us is a matter of natural choice, we are a democracy, we are a robust and vibrant society." This is the fifth time India is elected to the Geneva-based Council, the main body of the UN charged with promoting and monitoring human rights....more More

Sushmita DevIndia moving from women development to women-led development: Sushmita Dev

UNITED NATIONS: Despite continuing improvement in realization of their rights, women across the world continue to face discrimination and exclusion. Speaking at the Third Committee meeting of 73rd UN General Assembly here, Indian Member of Parliament (MP) Sushmita Dev stated while more women were now engaged in paid employment outside home, feminization of poverty remained a reality. Ensuring equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes and ending violence and harmful practices against women have catalytic effects on overall social and economic progress, she said....more More

Tutago Tutor App Creating Waves In India

NEW DELHI: The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, had said "the object of education was to produce a desire to serve the community as a whole and to apply the Knowledge gained not only for personal but for public welfare.'' Taking cue from the words of wisdom from Pandit Nehru, a young brother-sister team of Akash Ahuja and Ashima Ahuja founded an App called Tutago that helps connect students with the right kind of tutors for their all-round educational growth. It is already creating wave in India.Besides English, the App is available in Hindi and six other Indian languages....more More

If I join politics, it’ll cause third World War: Indra Nooyi

NEW YORK: PepsiCo’s India-born former CEO Indra Nooyi has said she would cause a third World War if she joins politics as she is “too outspoken”. Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that focuses on educating the world about Asia, honoured 62-year-old Nooyi Tuesday with the ‘Game Changer of the Year Award’ here in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world. Asked if she would like to join US President Donald Trump’s Cabinet now that she has stepped down as Pepsi CEO, Nooyi said, “Me and politics don’t mix at all. I am too outspoken, I am not diplomatic. I don’t even know what diplomacy is. I would cause a third World War. Don’t do it”....more More

 

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Breastfeeding can boost brain development in premature babies

Breast feed sure has a lot of health benefits for babies. According to a new research, babies born before their due date show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula milk. Premature birth has been linked to an increased possibility of problems with learning and thinking skills in later life, which are thought to be linked to alterations in brain development. Experts say that helping mothers to provide breast milk in the weeks after giving birth could improve long-term outcomes for children born pre-term.

 

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