MG Motor India keen to take over Ford plants in Gujarat, TN

Days after Ford declared it wants to quit Indian automobile space, MG Motor India has shown interest in acquiring the US auto major’s manufa...
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Manipuri oranges and chillis get coveted Geographical Indication tag

In India Darjeeling Tea was the first product to get a GI tag in 2004–05. Since then more than 365 goods have been added to the list, including Kashmir Pashmina, Kerala’s Aranmula Kannadi, Mizo Chilli and Makrana Marble

Excited to join Mamata’s party, says ex-BJP MP Babul Supriyo

Former BJP MP Babul Supriyo is back in politics, and in the Trinamool Congress fold. The Asansol MP on Saturday joined Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the presence of TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien, who welcomed him warmly. Shortly after joining the TMC, former Union minister and BJP ...

BCCI to ask Kumble and Laxman to apply for post of Team India coach

'Anil Kumble’s exit needs course correction. The manner in which the CoA succumbed to the pressure of Kohli and removed him, wasn’t the best example set. However, it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to apply for the job,' a BCCI source told PTI

Won’t accept Sidhu, Imran’s friend, as Punjab CM, says Amarinder

Former PCC president Sunil Jakhar, once an associate of Amarinder, is among the names being considered for the chief minister’s post

Anand Mahindra on NCC revamp panel; says looking forward to it

Leading industrialist Anand Mahindra said on Friday that he is looking forward to the assignment of carrying out a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to make it more relevant. Mahindra has been named on a 15-member panel, constituted by the Defence Ministry, to carry out a comprehensive review of the NCC. "I look forward t...

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BJP nominates Union Ministers Sonowal & Murugan for Rajya Sabha by-elections

Union Minister and former Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal and L Murugan are the nominees for the Rajya Sabha by-elections from Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

Covid vaccines donated by India earlier this year for UN peacekeepers exhausted : UN ...

The stock of COVID-19 vaccines donated by India earlier this year for UN peacekeepers has been exhausted, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing on Friday that the UN received a donation of 3,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the Go...

1st case of COVID in American Samoa arrives on Hawaii flight

American Samoa, a US territory in the Pacific, reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The territorys acting governor, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and health officials said the islands first case of COVID-19 was in a resident who returned to America Samoa from a trip to the US mainland and Hawaii earlier this week. The infected trave...

Empty desk array at UN spotlights lost learning in pandemic

While world leaders converge on the UN headquarters next week, the coronavirus will be on the agenda -- and a set of empty, backpack-draped chairs and desks will symbolize what the pandemic has done to education. In front of the desks, a blackboard-like display will count the number of in-person class hours lost during the pandemic: over 1.8 trill...

Indian American ex-IT executive pleads guilty to insider trading

An Indian American former information technology executive has pleaded guilty to the conspiracy of committing securities fraud and aiding in the preparation of a false tax return. Dayakar Mallu, 51, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 24. He faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison for the conspiracy and three years in prison for the tax ...

US will fly massive number of Haitians to Haiti

The Biden administration plans on "massive movements" of Haitian migrants in a small Texas border city on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official has said, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly assembled under and around a bridge. Details are yet to be finalized but will likely involve five to eight flights a ...

US Indo-Pacific pivot in full swing under the Biden administration, say experts

Asserting that Americas Indo-Pacific pivot is in full swing under the Joe Biden administration, experts believe that the first-ever in-person Quad summit involving Australia, India, Japan and the United States at the White House next week is a natural culmination of a process restarted in 2017. Biden will host the summit on September 24 that will ...

US Commander General McKenzie calls Kabul dronestrike ‘a mistake’

Commander of the US Central Command General Frank McKenzie has said that the drone strike by the American forces in Kabul last month, in which 10 civilians died was a 'mistake'. The drone strike was conducted targeting the ISIS-K terrorists, in the aftermath of the suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport. Briefing reporters on the results of the in...

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town as chaos has unfolded and presented the Biden administration with a new challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching US soil. Haitians crossed the Rio Grande freely and in a steady stream, going back and for...

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for elderly, high-risk

Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. The twin votes represented a heavy blow to the Biden administrations sweeping eff...

Woman gets probation for minimal role in Capitol riot

A federal judge who sentenced a California architect to probation for her role in the Capitol riot hA stressed that the January 6 insurrection "represented a threat to democracy" and continues to resonate "in sad and unfortunate ways". US District Judge Paul Friedman noted that security fencing has gone up around the Capitol in preparation for a ...

Man sentenced to 12 years in USD 200 million phone-fraud scheme

A Pakistan resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to "unlock" phones from AT&Ts network, a scheme the company says cost it more than USD 200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call centre in Bothell, Washington, via Facebook in 2012, and began bribing that employee and his c...

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over sub deal

France has said that it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the US and Australia after Australia scrapped a big French conventional submarine purchase in favour of nuclear subs built with US technology. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a written statement on Friday that the French decision, on request from President Emmanuel Ma...

Centre ropes in tech giants to use artificial intelligence in agriculture

The Union government has signed agreements with Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. besides some desi technology bigshots to share farm data with an aim to transform India’s agricultural sector using technology. The three US-based multinational giants, along with their local equivalents like Jio Platforms and ITC, would harnes...

Mamata is the only alternative to Modi, says TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday said its leader and the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, is the face of opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 2024 Lok Sabha election. The ruling party in Bengal also discounted the credentials of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a national leader. TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said...

India vaccinates record 2 crore people on PM Modi’s birthday

India set a new record by administering more than two crore COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, September17, which also happens to be the birthday of PM Narendra Modi. According to the data from CoWIN portal, the number of doses administered in the country on Friday reached 2,00,41,136 at 5:10pm. The total number of doses administered in the country ha...

New Zealand PM backs cricket board’s decision to call off Pakistan series

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backed New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) decision to call off the tour of Pakistan, after a security alert just minutes before the first ODI in Rawalpindi on Friday. NZC said that it received a security alert from its government and made the decision to cancel the tour, minutes before the start of the first ...

Developments in Afghanistan should be as inclusive as possible, says India

Modi’s statement came at the 21st SCO summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. The PM said the change of power in Afghanistan happened without negotiation, and that questions arise on the acceptability of the new system. Representation of all sections of Afghanistan including women and minorities is important, he said

Punjab CM says it’s high time Centre withdraws farm laws

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded immediate scrapping of the three farm laws. Speaking at the online inauguration of a two-day virtual Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana on Friday (September 17), Singh said the Centre should have a detailed discussion with farmers to find a way forward. The...

Ensure Newslaundry co-founder’s data is not leaked, HC tells I-T sleuths

The Delhi High Court has asked the Income Tax Department to ensure the safety of the data it downloaded during a recent IT survey at the Newslaundry office. The direction came after the portal and its co-founder, Abhinandan Sekhri, moved the court seeking a direction against leaking of his private data. “You’d have to take precaution it’s not lea...
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