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China adamant on naming Dalai Lama’s successor

China last week made clear that India’s “no” to recognise the Dalai Lama‘s successor chosen by Beijing will hurt the bilateral ties that have been on an upswing recently.Beijing has time and again asserted that the 14th Dalai Lama has no say in appointing his successor and it is the prerogative of the Chinese government.

US begins raids to evict undocumented immigrants

Authorities from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have begun conducting raids to round up about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in an operation to drive them out of the country, media reports said on Monday.US media outlets cited government officials as saying that the raids began on Sunday afternoon, but civil rights groups said there

Former Bangladesh President HM Ershad dead

Former Bangladesh President HM Ershad died in a military hospital here on Sunday due to age-related illnesses. He was 89.He breathed his last at 7.45 a.m. at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Inter Service Public Relation Directorate Assistant Director Rashedul Alam Khan told The Daily Star newspaper. Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in

US stocks close higher amid rate cut hopes, data

US stocks ended higher on Friday, ending the week on a strong note, amid broad optimism on potential rate cuts and decent US producer prices.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 243.95 points, or 0.90 per cent, to 27,332.03. The S&P 500 was up 13.86 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 3,013.77. The Nasdaq Composite Index

25 injured in Philippines earthquake

At least 25 people were injured and several houses, churches and buildings were damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur province in Philippines on Saturday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake, which struck at 4.42 a.m., occurred at a depth of 5 km, about 9 km southeast of

Earth’s largest radio telescope to search for ‘new worlds’

As well as hunting for signals from alien life, the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built will search for extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which have magnetic fields like Earth, within 100 light-years from Earth.Astronomers from countries including China and France recently published their ambitious observation plan using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope

Budget extends tax on NRIs for receiving gifts from resident Indians

The expensive gift that you kept for your overseas cousin or friend may attract tax from this year with the Budget 2019-20 proposing to impose withholding tax all such transfers, plugging an earlier loophole that allowed its tax- free treatment. The Finance Bill 2019 has imposed tax on any sum of money paid or any

Bunch of red Japanese grapes sold for $11,000 at auction

A bunch of red grapes was sold on Tuesday in Japan for 1.2 million yen ($11,000) in the first auction of the season, making it the most expensive since the breed came to market 12 years ago.The “Ruby Roman”, is known for being extremely juicy with little acidity and a high sugar content. Each grape

British Airways faces record fine for data breach

British Airways announced on Monday that it was facing a record fine of 183 million pounds ($229 million) for last year’s breach of its security systems.The airline said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the penalty from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the BBC reported. “We are surprised and disappointed in this initial finding from

12 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

At least 12 people were killed and 80 others injured on Sunday in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan Ghazni city, authorities said.The bombing, which appeared to target a military base, has been claimed by the Taliban. “The attack took place in the morning at around 8.30 a.m. near a local base of the National

Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who won a turban battle in America,won the award

In the US, the award for a turban warring film written by Gurinder Singh Khalsa, and a short film made by Punjabi Sikh Gurinder Singh, who fought the turban battle in the US, got the honor. It is worth mentioning that the story of this movie is based on the incident when in May 2007

India among top 5 nations who tweet most about Bitcoin

India is among the top five countries that tweet the most about Bitcoin and Facebook’s upcoming “Libra” cryptocurrency. The US leads in the volume of tweets referencing Bitcoin and “Libra” digital coin that is expected to come in 2020, revealed crypto-trading platform The TIE in a series of tweets. The study found that 38.9 per

2 protesters arrested for burning US flag outside WH

Two protesters were arrested outside the White House for “burning an American flag outside the limits of a permit that had been issued by the National Park Service”, according to the US Secret Service. The arrests took place on Thursday during Independence Day celebrations in the capital city, reports Xinhua news agency One person was

California signs new anti-discrimination hairstyle law into effect

California has approved a new anti-discrimination law designed to prevent discriminations against hairstyles that are natural to African Americans.”In California, we celebrate the contributions of everyone — no matter where they are from, who they love, what language they speak … no matter how they wear their hair,” California Governor Gavin Newsom told press on

2020 census won’t have citizenship question: Trump administration

The US Department of Justice has said that the Trump administration will not add the controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census, days after the Supreme Court blocked the question inclusion for the time being. “We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question,

Google gets nod to license Android for Huawei

With US President Donald Trump providing reprieve to Huawei, less than a month after blacklisting the Chinese telecom giant, American tech titan Google can now work with it and continue to sell its Android license to the smartphone maker.The move is also going to help its sub-brand HONOR. “While it’s unclear whether that extends to

Trump briefly steps into N.Korea, meets Kim

US President Donald Trump on Sunday became the first sitting American leader to step foot into North Korea after he briefly entered the country before holding a bilateral meeting with Pyongyang’s Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), that divides the two Koreas. Trump, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea, first walked

Social sector to be our priority, says PM in Japan

Eyeing the target of $5 trillion economy for India in next five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday that social sector would be a priority for his government along with development of infrastructure and digital sectors.He said Japan, which has been India’s partner in progress over the last seven decades, will have

China’s Fushida Group to ally with Hero Cycles in Punjab

China’s Fushida Group, world’s largest and most integrated bicycle manufacturer, on Wednesday announced to collaborate with Hero Cycles in the latter’s Rs 210 crore cycle manufacturing project in Ludhiana’s hi-tech cycle valley. The Chinese Group will collaborate with Hero Cycles in Punjab for manufacturing premium bicycles and electric bikes.This was conveyed by Fushida Chairman Jian

San Francisco first US city to ban e-cigarettes sale

San Francisco has become the first major city in the US to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, a measure that affects both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. The 11 members of the city and county’s board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted in favour of prohibiting the sale of this product, arguing that e-cigarettes