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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 »

The Award Winning ‘OKO’ All Set To Treat The Royalty Of Udaipur

Udaipur: After scaling up the standards in fine dine Pan Asian cuisine across, Chandigarh & Bangalore, OKO, the award winning restaurant at The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Udaipur is all set to toss up a culinary storm. The 30 cover speciality restaurant brings to table an amalgamation of iconic preparations from Malaysia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. The authenticity of ... 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 »

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched, coming to India on August 24

New York: Sounding the bugle for its annual warfare with Apple right on its home turf, Samsung on Thursday launched its flagship Galaxy Note 9 — a device with a mammoth 1TB memory, bigger battery and a Bluetooth-equipped S Pen. The smartphone will be available globally from August 24 and for the India market, it will be manufactured at Samsung’s ... 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 »

Archery: Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event

Salt Lake City (USA) :  Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumar shrugged off her poor run of form by clinching gold medal in the women’s recurve event at the World Cup (Stage III) after a gap of six years beating Germany’s Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to qualify for the circuit Final, later this year. Deepika, a four-time World Cup final silver medallist (2011, ... Read More »

World Cup 2018: Neymar’s Father Calls For Social Media Truce

Neymar’s father on Sunday called on supporters of the Brazilian star not to get into online disputes with the many critics of his performance so far at the World Cup. “Guys, cool down on social media. Avoid insulting anyone. If you want to support Juninho (Neymar), do it positively,” Neymar Sr said in a message published by Globoesporte.com website. Neymar is ... 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 »

SpaceX to Launch 15th Resupply Mission to ISS on June 29

NASA’s commercial cargo provider SpaceX is set to launch its 15th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 29, the US space agency said. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, packed with more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon will reach ... Read More »

WhatsApp for Android Gets Media Visibility Feature for Individual Contacts, Groups

WhatsApp for Android now lets you toggle the Media Visibility feature for any specific chat. This expands the original experience that debuted on the WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.159 last month but was no longer a part of the app in recent versions. The feature helps you hide or show the WhatsApp media content in the gallery that you’ve received from a particular contact ... Read More »

IRCTC Foreign Tourist Quota: Ticket Booking Rules, Service Charges, Cancellation Policies

IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) offers the benefit of booking train tickets under foreign tourist quota on it’s website/app, informed Indian Railways’ online ticketing arm on its official twitter handle. Foreign Tourists (including NRIs) holding valid passport can now avail foreign tourist quota facility to book railway tickets online.  According to IRCTC, international users can book tickets under foreign ... Read More »

World Cup 2018: Hat-Trick Hero Harry Kane Says “Bring On Belgium”

A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England thrash Panama 6-1 in the World Cup Group G game at the jam-packed Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday. The match against Panama marked England’s biggest win ever at the World Cup finals. With this resounding win, England have secured a last 16 place in the mega event. England captain Harry Kane, who was adjudged Man ... 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 »

WORLD’S FIRST KNOWN MANTA RAY NURSERY DISCOVERED

Located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas at US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the juvenile manta ray habitat is the first of its kind to be described in a scientific study. Joshua Stewart, a PhD candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego ... Read More »

World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan, Puan, dies at 62

Puan — Indonesian for “lady” — died at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968. “She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species,” said primate supervisor Holly Thompson. “Apart from being the oldest member of our colony, she was also the founding member of our world-renowned ... Read More »

World Cup holders Germany crash to Mexico defeat

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history. Germany’s preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being ... Read More »

India is fastest growing economy in the world: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind stated that Indian diaspora has an emotional connect with India and they will continue to make their contribution towards the development of India. He also lauded the role of Indian community as cultural ambassadors in different countries. He was addressing the people of Indian origin settled in Greece. The President earlier on Sunday arrived in Athens ... Read More »

Troubled Germany look to make World Cup statement against Mexico

While Manuel Neuer finally won his lengthy fitness battle after more than eight months out, Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were jeered by Germany fans in recent friendlies after posing for a photograph alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said what is discussed on talk shows should not concern the players, adding: “We are here ... Read More »

Federer into Stuttgart final, regains world number one ranking

The 36-year-old Swiss will resume his place at the top of the ATP rankings for the sixth time in his career on Monday, beginning a record 310th week at the summit of the men’s game. His upward move will leave Rafael Nadal on second as the countdown to Wimbledon intensifies with a fortnight left prior to the start of the ... Read More »

Poulsen winner for Denmark ruins Peru’s World Cup return

Poulsen made amends for conceding a first-half penalty that was awarded after the referee consulted the VAR system, but which Peru midfielder Christian Cueva blasted over the crossbar. With France having beaten Australia 2-1 in Kazan earlier in Group C, RB Leipzig’s Poulsen showed great finishing to hit the winner on 59 minutes to the dismay of the overwhelmingly Peruvian ... Read More »

World Cup: France opens their campaign with 2 – 1 victory over Australia

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann coolly slotted past Socceroos’ goalkeeper Mathew Ryan at the Kazan Arena. Australia were quick to respond as Jedinak converted a penalty. Finally Pogba’s winner, confirmed by goal-line technology, ensured France started the tournament with three points. ... Read More »

FIFA 2018: Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Egyptian fans, meanwhile, will hold their breath to see if prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah really has recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final as the Pharaohs take on Uruguay. But after host nation Russia’s rousing 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener, the highlight of the day will be Spain’s clash with ... Read More »

Russia dazzles as FIFA World Cup 2018 begins today

They are eager to show their breathtakingly beautiful city to the world, befittingly enough, through the ‘Beautiful Game’s’ quadrennial showpiece. For some, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting Thursday, is President Vladimir Putin’s equivalent of China’s 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. And the hosts are waiting for their guests as they seek to present their motherland in a different light, without ... Read More »

World leaders hail Trump-Kim summit, call for ‘full denuclearisation’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the outcome of the summit between President Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “historic event” that ended the last Cold War conflict. “I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit”, Moon said in a statement. “The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be ... Read More »

FIFA World Cup 2018: Top seven attacking duos to watch out for

Attack is the best form of defense to certain teams. And in some cases, you need more than just one forward to get the job done. With all 32 qualified teams for the FIFA 2018 World Cup announcing their squads, there’s attacking talents aplenty in the competition. However, some teams will dwell on not one but two prolific scoring duos ... Read More »

FIFA World Cup 2018: A look at all the venues

Spread over 1,800 miles from the exclave of Kaliningrad on the coast of the Baltic Sea to Ekaterinburg, at the base of the Ural mountains, 12 stadiums across Russia will host the 64 matches that comprise the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The largest venue is also one of the newest – with the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium only reopened in 2018 ... Read More »

Russia 2018: How the World Cup favourites are shaping up

– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany. Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident mood. The absence of the injured Dani Alves at right-back ... Read More »

India has potential to play in FIFA World Cup soon: Rathore

Rathore cited the beautiful game’s rising popularity. “Football’s popularity is rising in India. The number of people who turned up to watch FIFA U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches. India hasn’t played in FIFA World Cup but we have potential. If potential is linked to opportunities, India will start playing in FIFA World Cup very soon. Be it ... Read More »