Jun 13

‘Digital India to be a big part of Indian growth story’

Lisbon: Indian American inventor Arogyaswami Paulraj, known for his contribution to faster wireless connectivity popularly known as MIMO, the core technology used in all modern wireless networks, said ‘digital India’ can be a major driver of the country’s growth story, if executed in the right manner. He also said that ‘Make in India’ is “a

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Group of Pak clerics issues fatwa against honour killing

 Lahore: At least 40 clerics of Barelvi school of thought in Pakistan have issued a fatwa (religious decree) against honour killing, declaring it ‘un-Islamic and unpardonable sin’. The clerics under the banner of Sunni Itehad Council (SIC) told a news conference here yesterday that honour killing is kufr (infidelity). “Burning women alive for marrying of

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Thousands expected for Yoga Day celebrations in New York’s Times Square

New York: An uncommon calm is scheduled to embrace the frenetic “Crossroads of the World”, the city’s Times Square, on June 20, this year’s Summer Solstice Day here, when thousands of people practice the ancient Indian art to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. The Times Square community event will likely be the biggest Yoga

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Britain celebrates Queen’s 90th birthday by throwing buns

London: The townsfolk of what is reputed to be Britain’s oldest town gathered in their market square Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth. The small market town of 33,000 people, almost 100 km along the River Thames from central London, have found their own way of celebrating royal and major events, Xinhua

61 migrants from Central, South America rescued in Mexico

Mexico City: Mexico’s federal agents and marines rescued 61 Central and South American migrants during two different operations, federal and state authorities said on Saturday. Twenty-one migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Colombia were discovered confined in a house in Reynosa, a city on the Mexico-US border on Monday night, Xinhua reported. The migrants,

Dutch woman held in Qatar after making rape complaint

The Hague: A 22-year-old Dutch woman is being held in Qatar on suspicion of adultery after she said she was raped while on holiday there, her lawyer and Dutch media said today. The woman says she was drugged in a hotel, and that she realised she had been raped when she woke up in an

Beijing records highest no. of electric vehicle registrations

Beijing: Beijing has recorded the highestever number of requests for electric vehicle registration in a third round of applications that ended on June 8. A total of 17,600 individual and company applicants submitted applications for electric vehicles (EVs), about 5,000 more than the previous round, according to bjhjyd.gov.cn, which announces Beijing’s car quota allocation every

MH370 search: New debris found on Madagascar beach

Antananarivo: New pieces of debris were found in Madagascar by a man searching for parts of missing flight MH370. Blaine Gibson, who has already found possible debris in Mozambique, made the latest discovery on Riake beach, on the island of Nosy Boraha in north-east Madagascar. Gibson has sent images of the finds to investigators. MH370,

US museum to exhibit paintings from India’s Rajput courts

New York: Nearly 100 paintings from theroyal courts of Rajasthan and Punjab, many of them never exhibited publicly before, and dating back to the 16th and the early 19th century will be displayed at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art here. The ‘Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts—The Kronos Collections’ exhibit will run from June 14

US innovation and Indian human resource a win-win combo: Modi

Washington: A bipartisan group of 18 American lawmakers has written to House Speaker Paul Ryan, asking him to raise the issue of religious freedom in India during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Religious minority communities including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs have endured ongoing violence and harassment for decades in India, and continue

Indian-origin professor in UK awarded by Queen Elizabeth II

London: Eminent Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya has been awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution in manufacturing. “WMG, at the University of Warwick, which was founded by eminent Indian Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, has been bestowed the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Her Majesty the Queen,”

Teen in custody until age 21 for school cafeteria shooting

Hamilton (US): 15-year-old boy who opened fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria will be kept in juvenile detention until he is 21. James Austin Hancock will be free at 21 unless he causes problems in juvenile custody, which could lead to possible time in the adult prison system, Butler County Juvenile Court Judge

UAE consulate in Barcelona launches iftar project

Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Consulate General in Barcelona has launched an iftar project, funded by UAE charities to support underprivileged Muslims in the Catalonia region during the fasting month of Ramadan. The project, the largest in the region, is supported by Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Emirates Red Crescent, Human Appeal

US journalist David Gilkey, translator killed in Afghanistan

Washington: American journalist David Gilkey and his Afghan translator were killed while traveling with an Afghan army unit that came under fire in southern Helmand province, National Public Radio announced. The translator was identified as Zabihullah Tamanna. Two other journalists traveling with Gilkey, named as reporter Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, were unharmed. NPR

Kerry urges China to obey maritime laws as bilateral talks start

Kerry urges China to obey maritime laws as bilateral talks start Beijing: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is visiting Beijing for the eighth session of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that kicked off on Monday, has urged China to obey the rules of international law to resolve the South China Sea issue.

Storms to bring rain, floods, possible tornadoes to East

Tallahassee(US): Much of Florida’s western coast was under a tropical storm warning, with the threat of heavy rains and high wind moving quickly northeast from the Gulf of Mexico. It is the latest in a series of severe whether events across the country, from record-breaking heat in the West, flooding in Texas and storms that

US officer arrested in Japan’s Okinawa for drink-driving

Tokyo: A US naval officer was arrested today for alleged drink-driving on Okinawa, Japanese police said, where military personnel are already under curfew after a suspected rape and murder by a base employee. Naval officer Aimee Mejia, 21, was arrested shortly after midnight today on suspicion of drink-driving, an Okinawa police spokesman said. She had

Paris floods stabilise as Seine starts to recede

Paris: The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris receded today for the first time in a week after nearing its highest level in three decades, triggering a scramble to save artworks in riverside museums. The Seine stood at 6.06 metres above normal levels at 8:00 am local time, down from a high of 6.10 metres overnight,

US warns China against building ‘Great Wall of Self-zisolation’

Washington: US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has warned China against aggression in the South China Sea, saying the nation is bucking positive regional cooperation in Asia in pursuit of its own ambitions. Carter made the remarks on Friday at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual conference addressing security

Rousseff’s defence team to file petitions

Brasilia: The defence team for Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff said that it will file four petitions in the Supreme Federal Court on the impeachment process against her. Defence team head Jose Eduardo Cardozo said at a press conference on Friday that the petitions would be filed before Ricardo Lewandowski, Chief Justice of the Supreme