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India ignores US report on rising religious intolerance

New Delhi: India on Tuesday said it took “no cognizance” of a report by a United States agency that lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over rising religious intolerance in the country. “We take no cognizance of their report,” an external affairs ministry spokesperson said about the report by the US Commission on International

Religious freedom in India on ‘negative trajectory’: USCIRF

Washington: Religious freedom in India was on a “negative trajectory” in 2015 as religious tolerance “deteriorated” and religious freedom violations “increased”, a US report on international religious freedom said on Tuesday. In its annual report, the Congress-mandated US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) asked the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders

US mfg industry seeks removal of trade, tax barriers in India

Washington: The US manufacturing industry has appealed to the Obama administration to take up with India the removal of commercial and taxation barriers so that American companies can invest in the country’s manufacturing sector in a big way. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) – the largest manufacturing outfit in the US – in a

India banned import of milk, some mobile phones from China

New Delhi: India has banned import of milk and milk products, certain mobile phones and a few other items from China after finding them sub-standard or not following security codes. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that India banned import of milk and milk products from China as their quality was unacceptable. Sitharaman

FPIs stay bullish on India, pump in $2 bn in April

New Delhi: Building on their buying momentum,foreign investors have poured close to $2 billion into capital markets so far in April, driven by hopes of a good monsoon and positive macroeconomic data. It comes following a staggering inflow of Rs 19,967 crore in the capital markets both equities and debt last month. FPIs turned net

India cancels visa for dissident Uyghur Leader Dolkun Isa

t New Delhi: India has cancelled the visa given to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamsala, apparently after China objected to it. “We have cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa,” a Home Ministry spokesperson today said without elaborating further. Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), who lives

India needs a robust judiciary: Chief Justice

New Delhi: India cannot achieve its economic growth without a robust judiciary overseen by an adequate number of judges, Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said on Sunday. A robust judicial system was needed to attract foreign investment and to make the Make in India campaign a success, he said here. “Those whom we are inviting (for

Indo-US ties can get a leg up if India grows at 9-10 pc: Kant

New Delhi: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Friday highlighted the need for India to grow at 9-10 per cent every year for at least three decades, which he said can be instrumental in taking Indo-US ties to the next level. “It is possible to provide greater momentum, greater fillip to Indo-US relationship if India

Trump makes fun of Indian call center, but says India a great nation

Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has used fake Indian accent to mock a call center representative in India. At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders. The billionaire from New York said that he called up his credit card company to find

China fumes as India grants visa to Uyghur ‘terrorist’

New Delhi: An invitation to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamshala next week could develop into another irritant between India and China. Dolkun Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) who lives in Germany, has been invited to the conference being organised by the US-based ‘Initiatives for China’. Uyghurs

Nepal’s first woman President to visit India in May

Kathmandu: Nepal’s first woman President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will visit India next month, her first official foreign trip after assuming office in October last year. Her visit comes nearly three months after Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli also chose India to be his first foreign destination after becoming the premier in October. Preparations are


India, UK plan first-ever ministerial energy summit

London: India will host the first-ever ministerial-level energy summit with the UK that could become the defining feature of a new type of engagement between the two “natural partners”, Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said here. The minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy, who is in London to hold talks with

India set to become $10 trillion economy: Kant

New Delhi: India will become $10 trillion economy and achieve growth rate of 10 per cent by 2032, Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said on Thursday. The country’s growth rate is 7.6 per cent in 2015-16 and its economy is $1.7 trillion. In a presentation made during Civil Services Day function attended by


New Delhi: Mobile value-added services firm Mahindra Comviva aims to garner revenues of about $40-50 million in the next three years from ‘Zerch’ as it expands the hyperlocal deals discovery platform to more cities across India. The company forayed into the direct to consumer space with Zerch in December. In the five months, the company

India, China for ‘mutually acceptable’ border solution

Beijing: India and China on Wednesday agreed to adhere to ‘peaceful negotiations’ to settle the vexed border issue and reach a ‘fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution’, amid negativity over Beijing’s blocking of India’s bid in the UN to ban Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar. The decision was taken during the annual 19th round of

India To Sign Paris Pact On Climate Change In New York

New Delhi: India will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted by more than 190 countries in December last, on Friday in New York. The Union Cabinet today approved the signing of the agreement, adopted during the 21st Conference of Parties held in the French capital. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will sign the agreement on

India will rule the 21st century, the era of knowledge: PM

Katra (J-K): India will rule the 21st century which is the era of knowledge and with 800 million youths below the age of 35 years, the dream of every young person can become a progress story of this country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. Addressing the fifth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

India-Pakistan WorldT20 clash beamed to 83 million viewers in India

Dubai: The high-voltage India-Pakistan clash in the World Twenty20 on March 19 reached 83 million viewers in India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. The match was a group phase clash played at the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. India won the match by six wickets. “In India alone, the India versus Pakistan

India to ramp up oil and gas investment in Iran

Tehran: India and oil-rich Iran on Sunday decided to significantly expand engagement in their overall ties, particularly in boosting Indian investment in joint ventures in oil and gas sectors in the Persian Gulf nation where foreign investors from major economic powers are rushing in to get early footholds after lifting of nuclear sanctions. In talks

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