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China, Pak to finalise deal to develop SEZ under CPEC

Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) A team of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is expected to visit Pakistan by the end of December to finalise an agreement for the development of the Rashakai special economic zone (SEZ) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a Pakistani official said on Friday. “The[Read More…]

Dollar declines against British pound as Johnson wins polls

New York, Dec 14 (IANS) The US dollar declined against the British pound on Friday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was officially declared winner of Britain’s general election. Johnson, Conservative Party leader, has promised to “get Brexit done” and take the country out of the European Union (EU) on[Read More…]

China and US reach partial trade agreement

Beijing, Dec 14 (IANS) China and the US have reached a partial agreement to mitigate the trade conflict facing both powers since last year. China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen said Friday at a press conference the two sides have reached a first phase agreement that addresses issues including[Read More…]

Hong Kong busts decade’s biggest fake drug shipment

Hong Kong, Dec 14 (IANS) Hong Kong customs officials seized the largest counterfeit medicine shipment in 10 years destined for mainland China traders who travel to the city-state to buy them. Fake drugs in the form of some 2.4 million pills and 470 liters of fluids with a $17,55,000 market[Read More…]

NZ White Island recovery operation continues, 2 missing

Wellington, Dec 14 (IANS) The operation to locate and recover the two deceased who remain missing following the White Island eruption continues on Saturday, said New Zealand Police. It is understood that both police dive squad and navy divers’ team resumed their search Saturday morning for a body seen in[Read More…]

Japan’s business confidence falls in Dec to lowest

Tokyo, Dec 14 (IANS) The confidence of Japan’s large manufacturers in the country’s economic performance worsened in December compared to September, representing its fourth consecutive quarterly decline and placing the indicator at its worst level since April 2013, the Bank of Japan reported on Friday. According to the Japanese central[Read More…]

Drought and flood prevention action at COP25

Madrid, Dec 14 (IANS) The looming threat of drought and floods around the globe is an issue across both urban and rural areas. Proactive measures are being taken within parts of Africa and Asia to combat these effects which have been exacerbated by climate change, the Efe news reported. The[Read More…]

Ryan Reynolds talks about his resemblance to Kate Beckinsale

Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Ryan Reynolds says his resemblance to actress Kate Beckinsale is something that he has heard about “for a long time”. The 43-year-old Reynolds revealed that he was aware of the talk about his resemblance to Beckinsale during an appearance on a show, reports people.com.[Read More…]

Kim Kardashian recalls ordeals of pregnancy

Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Reality TV star has opened up about the ordeals she faced during her pregnancy. She revealed that she underwent five operations within a year and a half to ‘fix the damage’ caused by pregnancy. She had a condition called preeclampsia or toxemia, and following the[Read More…]

Landmine explosion kills 3 children in Syria

Damascus, Dec 14 (IANS) Three children were killed and four others were injured on Friday when a landmine exploded in the southern province of Daraa in Syria, local media reported. The landmine is part of the leftovers of the rebels’ weaponry in the town of Nasib, located in the countryside[Read More…]

B’desh cancels ministers’ India trips due to anti-CAA protests

Dhaka, Dec 14 (IANS) Bangladesh has demanded heightened security for its mission in India’s Assam state capital Guwahati following two subsequent attacks, and cancelled two ministers’ trips to India amid violent protests there over a contentious citizenship bill. Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly[Read More…]

BSEC calls for closer cooperation to promote growth, peace

Athens, Dec 14 (IANS) The 41st Meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held here on Friday, ending with a call for closer cooperation within the group, with the EU and other organizations to promote economic growth, peace and[Read More…]

7th Economic Census expected to be complete by March 2020

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The 7th Economic Census, which is being conducted nationwide through common services centres (CSCs), is expected to be completed by March 2020, Central Statistics Office Director General (Social Statistics) A.K. Sadhu said on Friday. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has tied up[Read More…]

RBI central board discusses policy structure for coop banks, NBFCs

Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) The RBI central board on Friday discussed policy framework for cooperative banks, NBFCs, current economic situation and domestic and global challenges. The board’s discussions focussed on issues related to urban cooperative banks, extension of enforcement policy and framework to cooperative banks and NBFCs, the RBI said[Read More…]

RBI to provide liquidity facility to make NEFT system 24×7

Mumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to provide an additional collateralised intra-day liquidity facility for smooth operation of payment system National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) on a round-the-clock basis from December 16, the central bank said. The move will aid the payment system become[Read More…]

IBL: Bengaluru secure surprise win against Punjab

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Bengaluru Brawlers, trailing at the bottom of the table, sprang the biggest of surprises in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League (IBL) with a 4-3 victory over the fancied Punjab Panthers at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Friday. They made the most of[Read More…]

ED attaches assets worth Rs 10 cr in K’taka ponzi case

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Friday that it has attached assets worth over Rs 10 crore of a Bengaluru-based firm in connection with an alleged ‘Islamic banking or halal investment’ ponzi scam case. According to the ED, the accused firm is Ambidant Marketing Pvt[Read More…]

AASU calls three-day mass satyagraha against CAA

Guwahati, Dec 13 (IANS) The All Assam Students Union (AASU), which is spearheading the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, on Friday called a three-day mass satyagraha in all district headquarters of the state from December 16. Announcing the fresh agitation programme, AASU Chief Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya coined the slogan “Repeal Citizenship[Read More…]

UN human rights chief concerned over citizenship law

By Arul Louis United Nations, Dec 13 (IANS) The UN Human Rights head has expressed concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), but said that “the goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome.” “While the goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome, this should be done through a robust national[Read More…]

States will have to implement CAA: MHA officials

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) While five non-BJP ruled states are making grandiose noises about not implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Home Ministry has in no ambiguous terms snubbed the rhetoric as “political posturing”. Home Ministry officials have clarified following the Opposition proclamations of naysayers that this is not[Read More…]

63 Moons lawsuit: HC gives PC, others 4 weeks to respond (Lead)

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The Bombay High Court on Friday asked senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, former Forward Market Commission (FMC) Chairman Ramesh Abhishek and serving bureaucrat K.P. Krishnan to file their statements in the the Rs 10,000 crore damage suit filed by 63 Moons Technologies within four weeks. The[Read More…]

No proposal to shift state capital: Andhra minister

Amaravati, Dec 13 (IANS) Clearing the air over the future of Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress Party government said on Friday that there is no proposal to shift the capital. Minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana submitted a written reply to this effect in the[Read More…]

NIA arrests mastermind of human trafficking gang

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Friday that it has arrested the mastermind of a human trafficking gang from West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. An NIA spokesperson said that Ruhul Amin Dhali (52), who is one of the main accused and conspirators in[Read More…]

US House panel approves 2 scaled-down charges against Trump

By Arul Louis New York, Dec 13 (IANS) A bitterly divided Judicial Committee voted on Friday to present two scaled-down charges against US President Donald Trump to the House of Representatives for impeaching him, setting in motion a historic process. The charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,[Read More…]

Anti-CAA protesters torch railway stations in Bengal (Lead)

Kolkata, Dec 13 (IANS) Violence broke out in West Bengal on Friday against the Citizenship Amendment Act as also a possible NRC exercise as protesters vandalised and set fire to railway stations, and squatted on tracks and highways, disrupting train services and vehicular movements. In Beldanga in Murshidabad district, a[Read More…]

Anti-CAA protests in Hyderabad, other Telangana towns

Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Hyderabad and few other towns in Telangana on Friday witnessed protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Hundreds of people joined the protests on a call given by Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind and other organisations. The protests were peaceful. Immediately after the Friday prayers, people gathered in[Read More…]

MP CM orders strict action against mafia (Lead)

Bhopal, Dec 13 (IANS) Can the Madhya Pradesh government take its fight against organised crime to a logical conclusion? While Chief Minister Kamal Nath wants his bureaucracy to come up with proposals to enact a stringent law like Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to deal with the Mafiosi[Read More…]

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