287 Farmers Committed Suicide In Madhya Pradesh In Last 3-Months: Reports

BHOPAL, (PTI): As many as 287 farmers, including agriculture labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh during the past three months. This information was revealed by the state government in a written reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat. The data provided by the state government in reply to Mr Rawat's question in the Assembly on Monday revealed 106 farmers and 181 agricultural labourers have committed suicide during a period of about three months from..

Wary Of Trump Unpredictability, China Ramps Up Naval Abilities

BEIJING, (REUTERS): The PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China's upcoming defence budget as Beijing seeks to check US dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe. China's navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places. Now, with President Donald Trump..

Foreign Secretary To Discuss On H-1B Visa, Security Of Indians During US Trip

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit the US from Tuesday during which key bilateral issues including India's concerns over a possible clamp down on H-1B visas and safety of Indians are expected to be discussed. According to officials in New Delhi, Dr Jaishankar will also be holding talks on regional and international issues of mutual interest with senior members of the Donald Trump administration during his four-day visit. Maintaining that the government was engaged with..

Kansas City Shooting: Wife Of Indian Shot Dead By American Asks ‘Do We Belong Here’

HOUSTON: Sunayana Dumala, the wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in Kansas, in an apparent hate crime by a Navy veteran at a bar in Olathe city has said that she had her doubts about staying in the US but was assured by her husband that "good things happen in America". Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Mr Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said reports of bias in the US make minorities afraid as she questioned "do we belong here". She..

China’s Panchen Lama says to uphold ‘glorious tradition’ of patriotism

BEIJING, (REUTERS): A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has pledged to uphold the “glorious tradition” of patriotism that holders of his position have followed, state news agency Xinhua said. Although officially atheist, China selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 in a drive to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans. Tibet’s current spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing brands a..

India Is America’s Greatest Strategic Partner: Top US Governor

WASHINGTON, (PTI): India is America's "greatest" strategic ally and the country has been instrumental in helping the US build technology and medical professions, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said. "We clearly understand the strategic importance of India, of India-US relations. As we grow our 21st century economy, India has been so instrumental in helping us build our technology, medical professions," Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is also the chair of the powerful National Governors..

Donald Trump Calls Chinese ‘Grand Champions’ Of Currency Manipulation

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): President Donald Trump declared China the "grand champions" of currency manipulation on Thursday, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analysing Beijing's foreign exchange practices. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Trump said he has not "held back" in his assessment that China manipulates its yuan currency, despite not acting on a campaign promise to declare it a currency manipulator on his first day in office. "Well..

Kansas Man Charged In Shooting Of 2 Indians In Possible Hate Crime

MILWAUKEE-NEW DELHI, (REUTERS): A Kansas man was charged on Thursday with shooting to death an Indian man and wounding another Indian man and an American in a bar, and federal authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. The killing led news bulletins in India and drew strong reactions on social media, where people voiced concern that US President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fuelled a climate of intolerance. Adam Purinton, 51,..

Man Gets Life In Jail For Kidnapping, Raping Minor Sisters For 3 Months

KORBA, (PTI): A man was given life imprisonment and his accomplice a ten-year jail term for kidnapping two minor tribal sisters in Korba district of Chhattisgarh under the pretext of taking them to Mumbai to meet film stars and raping them. The special court judge Vijay Kumar Ekka yesterday pronounced Rajesh Goswami (24) and his friend Chandraprakash Sarathi alias Chandrakumar (22) guilty under various sections of the IPC, the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the POSCO..

China Orders Courts to Record, Video All Trial Proceedings

China's highest court has ordered courts at all levels to record video footage of all trials, but lawyers say they fear the video could be used to target them for defending their clients in court. The Supreme People's Court issued new rules that come into effect on March 1 in a bid to "improve transparency in court proceedings," the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. "The whole process of all trials should be recorded via both audio and video, and voice recognition used in court text..

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: Witness Gives Conditional Consent For Polygraph Test

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Arms dealer Abhishek Verma on Thursday said he was ready for a lie-detector test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case if Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, given a clean chit by CBI for his alleged role, also agreed to it. Abhishek, who apprehends threat to his life and to his family, told a city court that he had no objection in undergoing the polygraph test if he was provided with adequate security and the process was videographed. Mr Tytler has objected to the test saying CBI has..

Hong Kong Jails Former Chief Executive For Misconduct Linked to Property Deal

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months by a court in the former British colony that found him guilty of failing to disclose significant conflicts of interest while in office. The city's High Court jailed Tsang after it found him guilty of concealing a property deal with businessman Bill Wong from the Executive Council (ExCo), the chief executive's cabinet, as it deliberated whether or not to grant him a license to run a digital radio channel. Tsang, 72, known..

UK Created Maximum Jobs In India Via FDI Between 2000 And 2016: Report

NEW DELHI, (PTI): The UK remains the largest job creator in India via foreign direct investment, seeing off tough competition from Japan, creating one in 10 jobs between April 2000 and September 2016, says a report. However, British investors are eyeing further progress to secure investor protection under the model Bilateral Investment Treaty, greater momentum in reducing corporate tax rates and further improvements in the ease of doing business, according to the Confederation of British..

Indian Civilisation Stands Tall Overcoming Obstacles: PM Narendra Modi

THIRUVALLA, (PTI): Some people are trying to divide the society on basis of caste and religion but Indian civilisation always overcomes such challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. The Prime Minister's remark came during the inauguration of the seven-day long 'Sri Ramakrishna Vachanamrita Satram' via video conferencing. "Sri Ramakrishna's teachings are relevant to us today, when we are confronted with people who use religion, caste to divide and create animosity," PM Modi..

China Building Third Aircraft Carrier, Plans To Build More

BEIJING, (PTI): China is building a third aircraft carrier based on American models as it seeks to fortify its claims in the disputed South China Sea and dominate the larger Indian Ocean region to realise its blue water aspirations. Chinese experts said China is on course to build 5-6 aircraft carriers. While the first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, is a refitted Soviet-era ship, the second is being built on the same model with more advanced facilities and is likely to enter service in..

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration. China’s Foreign Ministry on Feb. 15 warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea. The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South..

Disclose Efforts To Catch Mahatma Gandhi’s Killers, Says RTI Request

NEW DELHI, (PTI): What efforts were made by Delhi Police to arrest three absconding accused in Mahatma Gandhi assassination case? The query was put forward by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to the Delhi Police on an RTI plea filed by Odisha-based Hemant Panda. Among other queries he wanted to know were efforts made by Delhi Police to arrest three absconders - Gangadhar Dahawate, Surya Dev Sharma and Gangadhar Yadav. Mr Panda told the Commission he was a researcher and interested in..

India May Meet Its Energy Needs From Moon by 2030, Says ISRO Scientist

NEW DELHI, (IANS): India can look forward to the moon to fulfil its energy requirements, to go by the words of ISRO scientist.Sivathanu Pillai, a distinguished professor at the ISRO, said with conviction on Saturday the country would meet its energy requirements by 2030 through Helium-3 mined from the moon. "By 2030, this process target will be met," Mr Pillai said while delivering the valedictory address at the three-day Observer Research Foundation (ORF)-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue,..

US University’s Invitation To Dalai Lama Triggers Uproar

LOS ANGELES, (AFP): The decision of an university in California to have the Dalai Lama speak at this year's commencement ceremony has sparked uproar among Chinese students who see the choice as an affront. The University of California San Diego (UCSD) said it extended the invite to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in an attempt to promote his message of "global responsibility and service to humanity". However, the San Diego chapter of the Chinese Students' and Scholars' Association and..

India’s IT industry Agrees It Faces Twin Challenges: Trump And…

MUMBAI, (REUTERS): Automation and the new U.S. administration were the big unknowns at the tech sector's annual shindig this week, with machines threatening to take away thousands of jobs and concerns over possible visa rule changes in the key American market. But senior executives from the $150 billion industry, which rose to prominence at the turn of the century by helping Western firms solve the "Y2K" bug, said companies with skilled English-speaking staff and low costs could not be written..

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