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THIMPU: India and Bhutan on Sunday agreed to maintain close coordination on matters linked to each other’s security and national interests, and emphasised on hydro-power as one of the important areas of cooperation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his two-day visit to the Himalayan nation. Modi was in Thimphu on his second visit to Bhutan as Prime Minister and the first since his re-election in May this year....more More

If we talk to Pak, it will be about PoK now: Rajnath Singh

KALKA/ ISLAMABAD: If a dialogue is held between India and Pakistan in future, it would be focused on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, ratcheting up the rhetoric against Islamabad at a time when tensions between the two countries have spiralled following New Delhi’s move to end special privileges to militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Two days after Singh hinted that India might change its “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons depending on “circumstances”, he launched another scathing attack on the neighbour and underlined that Pakistan must first stop supporting terrorism for a dialogue to begin, a reiteration of New Delhi’s stand that terror and talks cannot go hand in hand....more More

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Pak fails to garner support at UNSC informal meet on Kashmir

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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan was humiliated at the UNSC on Friday when it failed to get support from any other member except China that had sought informal closed door meeting on Kashmir. After one hour consultations, the Council voiced support for India and Pakistan to settle the dispute through peaceful manner, including through direct dialogue, based on related bilateral agreements in accordance with UN Charter. Speaking to newsmen, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said “India’s position was and remains that matter related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter of India.”...more More

UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit: Report

LONDON: Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show. The Times said the forecasts compiled by the Cabinet Office set out the most likely aftershocks of a no-deal Brexit rather than the worst case scenarios. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said it did not comment on leaked documents....more More

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20 auto sector workers lose hands/fingers every day: Report

GURUGRAM: While India is celebrating her 73rd Independence Day, its unfornate to learn that about 20 workers on an average lose their hands and/or fingers in Gurgaon and Manesar automobile factories every day, according to a report by Safe in India (SII) Foundation. Safe in India (SII) is an NGO that was launched in 2015 by three alumni of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) namely Sandeep Sachdeva, Ravi Gulati and Prabhat Agarwal. SII is funded and supported mainly by the alumni of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Roorkee....more More

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Tens of thousands march in latest protest in Hong Kong

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A bad year for Xi Jinping clouds Communist China’s 70th birthday celebrations

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India’s passenger vehicle sales drop at steepest pace in nearly two decades

NEW DELHI: India’s domestic passenger vehicle sales in July dived at the steepest pace in nearly two decades, an auto industry body said on Tuesday, as a financing crunch deepened a crisis in the country’s autos sector and triggered large-scale job losses. Sales of passenger vehicles to car dealers plunged 30.9% to 200,790 in July, the ninth straight month of declines, data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed....more More

Aruna Vasudev presented one of France’s highest cultural awards

NEW DELHI: Aruna Vasudev, leading film scholar, editor and painter, was on Tuesday presented the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), one of France’s highest cultural honours, for her contribution to cinema and arts. French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler conferred the award on Vasudev at a ceremony. He said, “Aruna Vasudev’s lifetime of achievements as film critic, scholar, jury, filmmaker, administrator and painter is near impossible to sum up....more More

North Korean refuses talks with South, tests missiles

SEOUL: North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae In, rejecting further peace talks with Seoul. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has described the tests as a “solemn warning” to the South....more More

Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

REYKJAVIK: Iceland on Sunday honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate. A bronze plaque will be unveiled in a ceremony starting around 1400 GMT to mark Okjokull -- which translates to “Ok glacier” -- in the west of Iceland, in the presence of local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who initiated the project....more More

Must partly delink CBI from govt’s control: CJI

NEW DELHI: Why is it that whenever there are no political overtones to a case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) does a good job, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked on Tuesday. Delivering the 18th DP Kohli memorial lecture at Vigyan Bhawan, Gogoi said given the superintendence and control of the agency continues to, in large measure, lie with the executive by virtue of Section 4 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946, the possibility of it being used as a political instrument remains ever present....more More

Taiwan Agricultural Ambassadors To Visit India To Strengthen Ties

NEW DELHI: A young delegation of agricultural expertise from Taiwan will be visiting India from August 18 to 25 to explore and fortify bilateral ties in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry between the two countries under the former's New Southbound Policy and the later's Act East Policy. The 15-member group, aged between 18 and 40, will be led by Lin Chih-Hung, Deputy Director General of Taiwan's Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA) and Huang Yi-Lung, Section Chief of Public Diplomacy Coordination Council under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs....more More

 

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Mario Bellini, a multifaceted and innovative Milanese designer, has been awarded a Special Lifetime Award during the Salone del Mobile.Milano. The life time award to Mario Bellini is celebration for one of Italy’s most versatile and iconic architects and designers.

 

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Countries must up their game to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report

Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights which put their health at risk, urges a United Nations-backed report. Around one-in-seven babies worldwide weighed less than 5.5 pounds, or 2.5 kilogrammes at birth, according to latest data from 2015.

 

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