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49th India International Film Festival begins today

The 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India will open on Tuesday with the gala opening ceremony at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Goa. The 9-day event will showcase 212 films from 68 countries. While The Aspern Papers is the opening film, Sealed Lips will be the closing movie.  Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad said that the opening ... Read More »

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth’s neighboring planet. Even though the Red Planet is now cold and dry, the landing site, Jezero Crater, was filled with a 1, 600-foot (500-metre) deep lake that opened to a network of rivers some ... Read More »

Educational institutions built with Indian assistance inaugurated

In Nepal, three educational institutions built with the Indian assistance of 126.60 million Nepali rupees were inaugurated in Kaski district on Saturday. Nepal’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated Shree Saraswati Tika Higher Secondary School, Lekhnath in Pokhra on Saturday morning. The School has been providing quality education to around 1100 students. Later, Deputy Chief of ... Read More »

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa loses trust vote for third time

Amidst furore and violence caused by his MPs in Parliament, Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday lost a trust vote for the third time this week. The no-confidence motions were taken up in the wake of Rajapaksa’s controversial appointment as Prime Minister, replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe who was abruptly sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena three weeks ago. Former strongman Rajapaksa has however refused ... Read More »

TCS wins Company of the year award for achievements in Canada

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has received the Thomas Bata award for company of the year from the Canada-India Business Council, an organization committed to advancing business, investment and trade opportunities between the two nations. The company was recognized for its exemplary achievements in Canada, most notably the company’s stellar business growth and impressive corporate social responsibility initiatives. With Canadian roots ... Read More »

Julian Assange charged in US: WikiLeaks

Washington, Nov 16 (AFP) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was behind a massive dump of classified US documents in 2010, has been charged in the United States, WikiLeaks said Thursday. Prosecutors revealed the existence of the sealed indictment inadvertently in a court filing in an unrelated case, WikiLeaks said. The exact nature of the charges against Assange was not immediately known. “SCOOP: ... Read More »

PM Modi holds bilateral meetings with world leaders in Singapore

Issues like cooperation in financial technology, enhanced connectivity and regional economic integration, came up for discussion during the meeting. Both leaders discussed the recent review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore. The Prime Minister also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen ties in trade & investment, defence & security ... Read More »

Suven Life Sciences secures product patents in Australia, Hong Kong

Suven Life Science has secured one product patent from Australia and one product patent from Hong Kong corresponding to the New Chemical Entities for the treatment of disorders associated with Neurodegenerative diseases and patents are valid through 2036 and 2033 respectively. The granted claims of the patents include the class of selective M1 PAM and 5-HT4 compounds respectively and are ... Read More »

USFDA conducts inspection at Biocon’s Bengaluru facility

United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has conducted a pre-approval inspection of Biocon’s new Oral Solid Dosage Forms manufacturing facility at Bengaluru from November 05 to 09. The audit concluded without any observations and no Form 483 was issued. Biocon is India’s largest and Asia’s leading Biotechnology Company with a strategic focus on biopharmaceuticals and research services. It is ... Read More »

US Pastor Andrew Brunson Arrives Home In Turkey After Release By Court

IZMIR, TURKEY:  The American evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a row between Ankara and Washington arrived at his home in Turkey on Friday after a Turkish court ruled he could go free, a move that may signal a major step towards mending ties between the allies. Andrew Brunson arrived at his house in the Aegean coastal province of Izmir, ... Read More »

Hundreds Mourn Bulgarian Journalist Who Was Raped, Murdered

RUSE, BULGARIA:  Hundreds of people turned out Friday for the funeral of murdered Bulgarian television journalist, Viktoria Marinova, as authorities said a suspect arrested in Germany would be extradited soon. In a case that shocked Bulgaria and drew international condemnation, mourners bearing flowers and wreaths flocked to the northern town of Ruse to pay their respects to Marinova, whose body was ... Read More »

Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Data Of 29 Million Users

SAN FRANCISCO:  Facebook says hackers accessed personal data of 29 million users in a breach disclosed late last month. The leading social network had originally said up to 50 million accounts were affected in a cyberattack that exploited a trio of software flaws to steal “access tokens” that enable people to automatically log back into the social network. “We now know ... Read More »

Emmy-Winner Sound Mixer Falls To Death On Set Of Tom Hanks Movie

LOS ANGELES:  An award-winning sound mixer died after falling from a balcony on the set of a new movie starring Tom Hanks as the children’s television presenter Mr Rogers. James Emswiller, who won an Emmy award in 2015, appeared to have fallen from a balcony in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, during a breaking in shooting, police said. Police said witnesses had reported ... Read More »

Nobel Literature Award Body Asks Scandal-Hit Member To Quit

STOCKHOLM:  The body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature has asked the wife of the man at the centre of a rape scandal to resign from the Swedish Academy as it tries to rebuild its reputation, a member said on Friday. This year’s prize-giving was postponed after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of academy member Katarina ... Read More »

Tata Motors’ arm planning two-week shutdown at West Midlands plant

Tata Motors’ wholly owned subsidiary — Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning two-week shutdown of its West Midlands plant in UK at the end of October to cope with weakening global demand for its luxury vehicles. JLR is focused on achieving operational efficiencies and will align supply to reflect fluctuating demand globally as required. Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile ... Read More »

US markets end mostly lower on Monday

The US markets ended mostly lower on Monday as fears over rapidly rising rates continued to weigh on sentiment. A sell-off seen in the overseas markets, with Chinese stocks showing a particularly steep drop following a week-long holiday also weighed on market sentiments. A jump in government bond yields over the past several sessions has perhaps signaled a new phase ... Read More »

Udaipur youth killed in gangwar in Bangkok; Body to be flown in today

Udaipur : Dheeraj Gakhreja, a 42-year old Udaipur based businessman was killed in a shootout between two rival gangs in Bangkok on Sunday night. Dheeraj worked as a franchise for a private insurance company and was part of a group of 400 Indians who were selected for the foreign trip as a reward for achieving the company’s target. Dheeraj had gone ... Read More »

US markets extend losses on worries about rising yields

Extending losses for second straight session, the US markets ended lower on Friday on worries about runaway inflation spurred by the sudden jump in US Treasury bond yields. Dow Jones Industrial witnessed its biggest one-day percentage drop since August, while both the S&P and the Nasdaq logged the biggest daily drop since late June. Besides, the Labor Department report showed ... Read More »

Williamson Magor & Company raises Rs 100 crore on private placement basis

Williamson Magor & Company has raised Rs 100 crore on Private Placement Basis. The Committee of Allotment of Debenture of the Board of Directors of the company approved allotment of 1000 Secured Redeemable Non-Convertible Debenture (NCD) of face value of Rs 10 lakh each aggregating to Rs 100 crore on Private Placement Basis. Williamson Magor & Company is the world’s ... Read More »

US markets decline on Thursday as treasury yields extend climb

The US markets declined on Thursday as a recent jump by US treasury yields has raised concerns about the outlook for interest rates. With the ten-year yield reaching its highest levels in over seven years, traders seem worried the Federal Reserve may raise rates more aggressively than currently anticipated. Adding to the concerns Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said in remarks ... Read More »

I am a victim of sexual assault, reveals Kellyanne Conway

Washington DC : White House counselor Kellyanne Conway opened up about being sexually assaulted in the past and expressed empathy for other victims of sexual assault. “I feel very empathetic for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape. I’m a victim of sexual assault,” she told CNN. However, Conway, while speaking about the case of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who ... Read More »

China not seeking to displace US as top power: FM

New York : Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed fears Friday that his country was seeking to overtake the United States as the pre-eminent world power, saying Beijing wants global harmony. Pointing to recent works of US scholars who say China is stepping up efforts for hegemony, Wang said: “I want to tell you very clearly that this is a serious ... Read More »

Trump and Rod Rosenstein are set to meet Thursday amid a wild morning of drama surrounding his future

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expected to leave his job on Monday, according to multiple reports. Hours later, however, he was attending a regularly scheduled meeting at the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that at Rosenstein’s request, he and President Donald Trump had “an extended” conversation about recent news stories. Sanders said they would meet ... Read More »

Playboy model Carla Howe suffers an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction in plunging crop-top as she hits the town in Hollywood

The brunette beauty suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction as her plunging scarlet crop-top slipped down to reveal her braless bust. Revealing her honed abs in the ensemble, she paired the tiny top with a leather miniskirt which flaunted her toned legs. Her raven tresses were styled in bouncy waves while her pretty features were enhanced with gold shadow, kohl liner and ... Read More »

India Allows Refiners To Use Iran Tankers, Defies US Sanctions Pressure

NEW DELHI: India is allowing state refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms including the country’s top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI) halted voyages to Iran due to US sanctions, sources said. New Delhi’s attempt to keep Iranian oil flowing mirrors a step by China, where buyers are shifting nearly all their Iranian oil ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Warns Possible Floods In Mecca

RIYADH: Saudi Meteorology Authority announced on Sunday of the possibility of floods in Mecca because of medium to heavy rain, the Al Akhbariya reported.The authority forecasted that the unstable weather that covers Mecca, Minna and Arafat would continue this night. The rain occurs while around two million pilgrims are residing in Minna in tents to mark the Day of Tarwiyah ritual. ... Read More »

Imran Khan to take oath as Pakistan Prime Minister on Aug 18: party leader

Islamabad : Imran Khan will take the oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister on August 18, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader said today. Senator Faisal Javed also tweeted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Khan has invited Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar to attend the oath taking ceremony of the cricketer-turned-politician. “Imran Khan to take oath ... Read More »

California Blazes Threaten Populated Areas

LAKE ELSINORE, UNITED STATES:  Authorities battling massive wildfires in large swathes of California issued mandatory evacuation orders and health warnings Friday over the worsening air quality as the flames grew ever closer to populated areas. After almost a month of wildfires, the National Weather Service warned that satellite images showed “widespread smoke” drifting from the fires into western and central ... Read More »

Pull Out Your Military Choppers, Personnel, Maldives Tells India

NEW DELHI: The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen’s China-backed government. India and China are going head to head in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean island chain where Beijing is building roads, bridges and a bigger ... Read More »

Sweden book place in World Cup quarterfinals after edging past Switzerland

This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and if Colombia or England’s players were watching on from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight. Switzerland’s Michael Lang was sent off in injury-time for a last-ditch push on Martin Olsson and referee Damir Skomina downgraded his penalty to a ... Read More »

Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup’s last eight

Chadli’s superbly worked goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time yesterday was the final act of an epic last-16 battle that saw Belgium become the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game. The Red Devils will face five-time champions Brazil in Kazan on Friday after scoring three second-half goals ... Read More »

Fifa World Cup 2018: Japan, Columbia reach last 16

Japan lost to Poland in their final World Cup group game – but reached the last 16 by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal. Japan will take on Belgium in the round of 16. Yerry Mina’s second-half header sent Colombia last-16 of the FIFA World Cup at the expense of Senegal, who lost out to Japan having received more ... Read More »

Thiago, Paulinho steer Brazil into World Cup’s last 16

Paulinho put Brazil ahead with a superb dinked finish on 36 minutes before Neymar swung in a cross for Thiago Silva to header the Selecao’s second goal with 22 minutes left in Moscow. Having opened his Russia 2018 account with the second of Brazil’s two late goals in Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Neymar was again impressive yesterday. After ... Read More »

Defending champion Germany eliminated from World Cup

The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 on Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match. Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. South Korea was also eliminated despite the ... Read More »

Argentina enter World Cup pre-quarters with 2-1 win over Nigeria

Rojo scored the winner for Argentina in the 86th minute after Victor Moses’ penalty conversion in the 51st minute had cancelled out Lionel Messi’s strike in the 14th minute. Following the win, Argentina have four points in total and they are second in the table, behind Croatia, who have nine points. The other two teams in the group, Nigeria (three points) and Iceland (one point) have crashed out ... Read More »

Malaysian PM revives age-old water row with Singapore

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday he wants to renegotiate a “ridiculous” water supply agreement with Singapore, the latest sign of fraying ties between the neighbours since last month’s shock election. The 92-year-old returned for a second time as premier after his opposition alliance scored an unexpected victory at the polls, toppling a long-ruling coalition that Mahathir ... Read More »

Modi holds talks with Seychelles president

New Delhi : Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Danny Faure are underway, during which cooperation in key areas such as defence and security is expected to be discussed. The meeting between the two leaders is going on at Hyderabad House. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “Welcoming the esteemed guest at Hyderabad House! PM @narendramodi ... Read More »

Railway connectivity important document of China visit: Oli

Kathmandu :  Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today said his visit to China has further enhanced the friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in wide-ranging areas including cross-border rail and road connectivity. Speaking to journalists upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu after a five-day visit to China, Oli said the agreements on railways, energy, transportation, ... Read More »

Donald Trump tells Jimmy Fallon to ‘be a man’

Washington :  Donald Trump told Jimmy Fallon to man up and stop “whimpering” about how the popular host faced heat after he infamously tousled the US president’s hair on his talk show. In a recent podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon said he “made a mistake” on the September 15, 2016 episode, which saw Trump, the then-Republican presidential candidate as a ... Read More »

5.5-Magnitude Earthquake Off Coast Of Southern Greece

WASHINGTON:  A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Greece on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The earthquake hit at a depth of 30 kilometres (19 miles), about 70 kilometres southwest of the city of Kalamata, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was in the sea off the town of Pylos. “The quake ... Read More »

Indonesia Ferry That Sank In Volcanic Lake May Have Been Found: Officials

SIMALUNGUN, INDONESIA:  Indonesian authorities said Monday they think they have pinpointed the location of an overloaded ferry that sank into the depths of a volcanic lake leaving scores missing presumed dead. The discovery could be a major breakthrough in the search for the vessel which sank last Monday on Lake Toba, a picturesque tourist destination in Sumatra. An object measuring 20 ... Read More »

2,500 Residents Evacuated As Wildfire Rages In Northern California

CALIFORNIA:  A raging wildfire on Sunday threatened to cut off access to a rural community in northern California where authorities have ordered the evacuations of some 2,500 residents. Erratic winds and high temperatures were fueling the Pawnee Fire in the Spring Valley region about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento. The blaze imperiled the single road leading into a mostly residential community ... Read More »

Honda hits late Japan leveller to blow World Cup group wide open

As it stands, Japan and Senegal have four points after two games, with Colombia and Poland on zero, though they have played a game less. Midfielder Honda was the hero for Japan, scoring the deserved leveller after goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye flapped at a cross. Senegal, who reached the quarter-finals in the country’s previous World Cup appearance in 2002, needed just ... Read More »

Mbappe makes history as France battle into World Cup last 16

France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, join Uruguay and hosts Russia in the knockout rounds with one group game to go. Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe — aged 19 years and 183 days — underlined his rich talent and claimed his place in the French record books when he poked home in the first half. Didier Deschamps’ side face Denmark on ... Read More »

President Kovind performs ‘asanas’ as people across the world celebrate Yoga Day

President Kovind, who is in the Surinamese capital Paramaribo on the second leg of his three-nation tour, and Boutersel wearing round neck T-shirts joined dozens of yoga practitioners in this Latin American country to perform the asanas. “Extremely happy to have participated in #InternationalYogaDay celebrations, 14,000 kms away from India, at Paramaribo with President Bouterse of Suriname. I thank all ... Read More »

Argentina on brink of World Cup exit after Croatia drubbing

Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left on the brink of a humiliating first round exit on Thrusday. The Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results ... Read More »

Yoga world record created in coaching hub of Kota

Yoga guru Ramdev conducted the yoga session attended by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, ministers, officers and local people at RAC ground in the presence of two officials from the Guinness World Records. After the Yoga session, the officials presented the Guinness World Records certificate mentioning The largest yoga lesson was achieved by Government of Rajasthan, Patanjali Yogpeeth and District Administration ... Read More »

On World Refugee Day, looking at the UN records of refugees

The current figure of refugees is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide, it said. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-per-cent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ... Read More »

THE “OSCARS” OF THE FOOD WORLD

Top chefs are due to attend the event at which the annual ranking of the world’s best restaurants is announced. New York’s ‘Eleven Madison Park’ won first place in 2017 while Denmark’s ‘Noma’ has been crowned best restaurant four times.The Best 50 list, which was launched in 2002, has gained prominence among chefs around the globe, rivalling the long-standing Michelin ... Read More »