Apr 18

Parrikar arrives in Beijing for talks with top PLA

Beijing: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday arrived on his first official visit to China for high level talks with top military officials to consolidate ties between the armed forces of the two countries. Parrikar arrived from Shanghai by a special aircraft and will hold talks with top Chinese officials, including Defence Minister Gen Chang

5-year-old boy shoots, kills 4-year-old sister in US

New York: In yet another shooting incident inthe US involving toddlers, a five-year-old boy shot and killed his four-year-old sister inside their home in Philadelphia. The girl, whose mother rarely let her or her siblings play outside their Kensington home because of chronic violence in the area, was shot dead inside her home yesterday by

Beijing backs Delhi’s odd-even scheme

Beijing: China has come out in support of the odd-even traffic scheme, the second phase of which began on Friday in Delhi with a view to battle pollution.”The traffic situation in Delhi can become better and traffic structure be optimised if the odd-even license plate formula is followed properly,” a top official in Beijing’s transport

41 killed in powerful 7.8-magnitude quake in Ecuador 

Quito: At least 41 people were killed as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador, the media reported on Sunday. The toll from Saturday’s earthquake has risen to 41, Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas said on Sunday. It will “unfortunately rise in the coming hours.” The government has declared a nationwide state

Elderly magazine editor in Bangladesh arrested for sedition

Dhaka: An 81-year-old well-known pro-opposition magazine editor in Bangladesh was arrested on Saturday for sedition and his alleged involvement in an abduction plot of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son in the US last year, police said. Shafik Rehman, the editor of popular Bengali monthly magazine Mouchake Dhil and also a British citizen, had worked as

Obama posts emotional farewell letter, Facebook
Obamas paid effective tax rate of 18.7 percent in 2015

Washington: US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid more than $81,000 in taxes last year on reported adjusted gross income of $436,065, for an effective tax rate of 18.7 percent.According to tax returns released Friday by the White House,Obamas paid $81,472 in total tax. Last year their effective tax rate was 19.6

No salary but $68,506 in compensation for Twitter CEO Dorsey

New York: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did not take salary or stock options since he joined the struggling micro-blogging website last year and received personal and residential security costs totalling $68,506, a media report said on Saturday.His predecessor Dick Costolo was awarded a total of $91,795, which included a monthly salary of $7,162, car service

N Korea launch of a missile appears to have failed

Seoul: A North Korean launch of a missile on the birthday of its revered founder appears to have failed, South Korea’s defence ministry said on Friday. The ministry provided few details of the launch, which comes as the two Koreas trade threats amid Pyongyang’s anger over annual South Korean-US military drills that North Korea calls

US contractor jailed for sending defence drawings to India

Washington: A woman US defence contractor has been sentenced to nearly five years in jail for illegally exporting to India military blueprints and technical drawings of parts used in some high-tech hardware like F-15 jets using a local church’s website. Hannah Robert, 49, circumvented the US government and provided export-’controlled technical data related to various

Hiroshima survivors want disarmament, not apology from Obama

HIROSHIMA: China’s claims of almost all of South China Sea is disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The Philippines has taken the disputed UN Convention on the Law of Seas, (UNCLOS). The tribunal proceedings were boycotted by China Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said

Abuses by police, forces major rights problem in India: US

Washington: Abuses by police and security forces are the most significant human rights problem in India, the US said while raising concerns by civil society over the ‘failure’ of the Gujarat government to hold accountable those responsible for the 2002 riots in the state. “The most significant human rights problems involved police and security force

Britain’s William and Kate meet Bhutan’s royal couple

Thimphu: Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate met Bhutan’s king and queen, with colourful dancers and musicians performing a welcome ceremony at the start of a two-day visit to the tiny Himalayan nation. A row of monks bowed to the couple as they arrived at the Tashichho Dzong fortress in the capital Thimphu for a

Paris attacks suspect had German nuclear papers hidden in flat

Berlin: A prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks had documents related to a German Nuclear Research Center hidden in his Brussels flat, a media report said. Salah Abdeslam possessed documents about Juelich Nuclear Research Centre located near the Belgium-Germany border and being used for the storage of atomic waste, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) media group

Jaitley arrives in US to attend WB, IMF meetings

Washington: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived to attend the annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, in addition to meeting his Chinese and American counterparts. During his week-long stay in the US, Jaitley would also travel to New York to meet with private sector leaders with an objective

5.6-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia

Jakarta: An undersea quake measuring at 5.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale jolted eastern parts of Indonesia earlier on Friday and was not potential for Tsunami, the Met and geophysics agency said here.The quake jolted at 6.15 a.m., with epicentre at 215 km northeast of Maluku Barat Daya and depth at 134 km under sea