Google gets e-money license to operate in EU

Vilnius (Lithuania), Dec 22 (IANS) A company controlled by Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. has received an electronic money institution (EMI) license in Lithuania that will allow it to offer payment services across the European Union (EU). Amid the country’s efforts to become a regional fintech licensing hub, the Bank of[Read More…]

US government partially shuts down: 3rd time in 2018 (Lead)

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) With funding for roughly a quarter of the US government, including appropriations for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice expiring at midnight, a partial shutdown of the federal administration began on Saturday after the Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal. Both[Read More…]

Is Mamata scared of the BJP? (Column: Political Circus)

By Amulya GanguliFor a leader who enjoys a huge majority in the state assembly and faces virtually no credible challenge from her opponents, Mamata Banerjee is surprisingly insecure. Her uncertainty about her political position could be seen in the violence unleashed by her party men during the panchayat elections last[Read More…]

6 Zakir Musa men killed in J&K (Lead)

Srinagar, Dec 22 (IANS) Six militants of the Al Qaeda-affiliate Zakir Musa’s group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, including its Kashmiri deputy, were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Defence Ministry said. “Six terrorists have been killed in[Read More…]

India succeeds in evolving global climate roadmap (2018 In Retrospect)

By Vishal GulatiNew Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Clearing the smoke of uncertainty over the issue of a cleaner environment, India this year succeeded in its multilateral diplomacy to evolve a roadmap for the international community to decisively address climate change. Also, India’s success in renewable energy auctions, in reducing emissions[Read More…]

Zakir Musa’s aide killed in J&K gunfight

Srinagar, Dec 22 (IANS) A foreign militant belonging to the Zakir Musa outfit, Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Following information about militant presence, the security forces surrounded Arampora village. “As[Read More…]

Cold, foggy Delhi morning, air quality ‘severe’

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) It was a cold, foggy morning in the national capital on Saturday with minimum temperature dropping to 4 degrees Celsius, four notches below average and air quality remaining ‘severe’, the Met said. At 8.30 a.m., visibility was at 600 metres and humidity was 97 per[Read More…]

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