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Kerala High Court, government provide solace to citizens

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) People in the perennially strike-hit Kerala can now breathe easy. The Kerala High Court passed an interim order on Monday that henceforth if any group wished to call for a shutdown, it should give seven days notice and those who wish to challenge it can approach[Read More…]

China optimistic as trade negotiations with US kick off

Beijing, Jan 7 (IANS) China on Monday said it was optimistic about the latest round of trade negotiations with the US that started here as both sides showed willingness to end their disputes. A US delegation led by Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish arrived in the Chinese capital to start[Read More…]

Putin, Modi agree to enhance anti-terror cooperation

Moscow, Jan 7 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a phone conversation and discussed important bilateral and international issues, including joint efforts in the fight against terrorism, the Kremlin said on Monday. The two noted the traditional friendship and a “particularly privileged strategic partnership”[Read More…]

Chinese man compensated for wrongful conviction of 25 years

Beijing, Jan 7 (IANS) A Chinese court on Monday awarded 4.6 million yuan ($670,000) in damages to a man who was acquitted after spending 25 years in prison due to a judicial error, the state media reported. The Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Liaoyuan in China’s northeastern Jilin[Read More…]

Hardik calls 10% quota a poll gimmick

Ahmedabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Gujarat Patidar reservation leader Hardik Patel on Monday described the Centre’s decision to give 10 per cent quota to higher castes based on economic criteria as an election gimmick ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Patel told reporters soon after the announcement that “the very fact[Read More…]

Loan waivers bad for credit behaviour of borrowers: RBI Governor

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) Emphasising that loan write-off decisions must take into consideration the fiscal health of the state government concerned, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Monday said generalised loan waivers adversely affect the country’s credit culture and the credit behaviour of the borrowers. Speaking to reporters here,[Read More…]

Kumbh Mela to begin in Prayagraj from January 15

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) Kumbh Mela is set to begin in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) from January 15, officials said here on Monday. It hosted over 12 crore holy men, ascetics and pilgrims in 2013 in the same place. The Mela, inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible[Read More…]

IT department seeks details from Durga Puja organisers

Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) The Income Tax (IT) department has slapped a notice on some of the major Durga Puja organisers here, seeking details about their expenditure in 2018 and asked them to report on Tuesday, an official said on Monday. The notice from the Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS)[Read More…]

10 civilians killed in Afghan bomb attack

Sharana (Afghanistan), Jan 7 (IANS) At least 10 civilians were killed and 13 others were wounded after a bomb ripped through a district bazaar in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Monday, officials said. “Ten martyred and 13 wounded civilians were admitted to a main hospital in the provincial capital Sharana city[Read More…]

SC notice to Anil Ambani on contempt plea by Ericsson

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response from Reliance Communications (RCOM) Chairman Anil Ambani on a contempt plea by telecom company Ericsson for its failure to pay outstanding dues of about Rs 550 crore. The top court bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and[Read More…]

Pakistani law allowing military’s anti-terror courts expires

Islamabad, Jan 7 (IANS) A Pakistani law that gave secret military courts powers to try civilians for terrorism charges expired on Monday while awaiting an extension from the Parliament. “The Army courts have ended after the expiry of a two-year extension approved in 2017,” an official from the Justice Ministry,[Read More…]

Air pollution can hamper work productivity

Singapore, Jan 7 (IANS) Besides affecting health, prolonged exposure to air pollution can also reduce employee’s productivity, finds a study. The study showed that daily fluctuations in pollution did not immediately affect the productivity of workers. However, a definite drop in output was witnessed when measured for more prolonged exposures[Read More…]

First Global Aviation Summit to open in Mumbai on Jan 15

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) prediction of a “100 percent increase in global air travel by 2030”, the first-ever two-day Global Aviation Summit-2019 with the theme of ‘Flying For All’ will open here on January 15, officials said here. Organised by[Read More…]

T-Series clocks 30 years in film production

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company, completed 30 years in film production on Monday. Reminiscing the glorious three-decade journey, T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar took to Twitter and wrote: “T-Series completes 30 years in film production, setting higher standards with every passing year![Read More…]

Thailand not to deport Saudi woman (Lead)

Bangkok, Jan 7 (IANS) Thailand’s immigration police chief on Monday said that a 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend will be given temporary entry to the country. Thai immigration officials earlier tried to return Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun to Kuwait, where her family was located. But[Read More…]

Jute diversified exports grow 24% in 5 years

Kolkata, Jan 7 (IANS) Exports of jute products and its diversified items grew by 24 per cent in the last five years, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said on Monday. “Today, we celebrate the legacy of jute. Since 2014, we have seen a growth of 24 per cent in exports[Read More…]

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