EU official says Aussie trade deal delayed by French snub

Australias cancellation of a French submarine contract will complicate and delay negotiations on an Australian-European Union free trade de...
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Defense chief orders new review of mistaken US drone strike

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that found that 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed in an August 29 US drone strike in Kabul that the Pentagon initially said had killed an Islamic State fighter. The reviewer is to consider whether any military disciplinary action is warra...

Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya

Two vessels rescued around 190 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the coast of Libya, charities operating the vessels said on Monday. The rescues came amid a spike in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean Sea. More than 24,000 migrants have been intercepted and returned to Libya by the countrys coast guard so far this year...

Drone strike kills at least 1 in northwestern Syria

A drone strike hit a vehicle travelling on a rural road in rebel-controlled northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least one person, rescue workers and a war monitor said. The Civil Defense team, known as White Helmets, said the unidentified body was lifted from the car along the Idlib-Binnish road east of Idlib province. The charred vehicle, sp...

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the countrys record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer has said. Rafael Ramirez, the longtime head of Venezuelas PDVSA state oil company, fled to Italy after falling out with President Nicolas Maduro and resigning as Vene...

US Vice-Prez Kamala Harris to meet PM Modi on September 23

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, a day ahead of the maiden bilateral meet between him and President Joe Biden and the Quad Summit at the White House, officials have said. Biden will host Modi for their first in-person bilateral meeting at the White House on September 24. Later on that day, B...

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US Congressman welcomes Indias decision to resume export of surplus Covid vaccine

An influential US Congressman has welcomed Indias decision to resume the export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines to meet its commitment to the COVAX global pool. Indias Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said the country will resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of this year under the Vaccine Maitri programme to me...

Biden will tell UNGA that US not looking for new Cold War with any country: White Hou...

President Joe Biden, in his first speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, will make it clear that the United States is not looking to pursue a "new Cold War" with any country, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. She was responding to a reporters question on Monday after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a ...

Texas doctor who defied the states abortion ban is sued

A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law has been sued by two people seeking to test the legality of the states near-total ban on the procedure. Former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits on Monday against Dr Alan Braid, who in a weekend Washington Post opinion column became the first Texa...

Greek firefighters battle wildfire at resort near Athens

Greek authorities ordered outlying parts of a coastal resort town near Athens evacuated late on Monday after a large wildfire broke out in the area. Media reports said a few houses on the outskirts of Nea Makri, some 30 kilometers northeast of the Greek capital, had suffered fire damage, but no injuries to residents or firefighters were reported. ...

Biden looks to turn page on 20 years of war in UN address

President Joe Biden begins his first visit to the UN General Assembly ready to make the case to world leaders that after closing the book on 20 years of war, the US aims to rally allies and adversaries to work together on a slew of crises including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and trade and economics. The president faced a healthy measure...

Clinical KKR outplay RCB, win by nine wickets

It was all-round domination by an authoritative Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). They easily bossed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) throughout the game to record a convincing nine-wicket win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) in Abu Dhabi match here on Monday. Showing serious intent after their mediocre outing in the first phase of the league ea...

‘Right to Sit’: What is standing in the workers’ way

For the past 15 years, Mansoor Khan has spent his work hours literally on his toes, stealing a moment or two, sitting on his haunches, hiding from the prying eyes of his manager at a textile showroom in Coimbatore. By the time his shift gets over, Khan says, he struggles to drag his aching body home. And he is just 35. “After standing constantly...

Air India not equipped to handle emergency, finds probe panel

A recent probe report on the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode on August 7 last year clearly indicates that years of neglect and mismanagement have left national flag carrier Air India in a state of complete disorder. Air India Express, headquartered in Kochi, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of loss-making Air India. A Civil Aviation Mi...

Farmers, who lost land to NH project, move court as impostors bag compensation

The Golden Quadrilateral project appears to have turned into a goose that lays golden eggs for some as allegations have surfaced about anomalies of around ₹100 crore in disbursement of compensation for the land acquired for the project in a West Bengal district. Several aggrieved farmers whose land were acquired by the National Highway Authority...

Just as BJP tries to saffronise, DMK bent on ‘Dravidianisation’ of educat...

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is constantly under fire for trying to "saffronise" education, the current Tamil Nadu government too seems to be bent on an agenda to actively pushing the 'Dravidianisation of education' in the state.

AK Rajan Committee report on NEET: ‘It promotes coaching, NOT learning’

National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) promotes coaching, not learning — that’s how the Tamil Nadu government-appointed AK Rajan Committee, to study the impact of the exam for medical courses, summed up in a report published late Monday evening (September 20). The report said NEET created a highly lucrative, coaching-driven system where t...

Bommai lists dosa rates of Bengaluru hotel to counter price rise claims

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai likes his idlis and dosas, and that too from Bengaluru’s famous Janardhan Hotel. At least this much was clear to the state Assembly on Monday, as the CM read out the rates of idli and dosa at the hotel to counter Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah’s claims on price rise. “I have with me the prices of ...

For Cong, promoting Dalit Sikh as CM a double-edged sword

The Congress party’s bold move to anoint 58-year-old Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab’s chief minister, after the unceremonious exit of Captain Amarinder Singh (79), is being hailed by party members as a “revolutionary step”. To many, it perhaps is. In Channi, who was sworn in earlier on Monday (September 20), Punjab got its first Dalit Sikh Chi...

‘Lost faith in court’, Kangana files counter complaint against Akhtar

Kangana Ranaut may have finally made a grand appearance (dressed to the hilt in a fetching pink sari) at the trial court in the criminal defamation suit filed by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar. But, the court could not proceed further since the ‘Thailavii’ actor has gone in for an appeal for the case to be transferred.

Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra, granted bail in pornography case

A Mumbai magistrate court on Monday (September 20) granted bail to businessman and actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, an accused in a pornographic films case in which he was arrested two months ago. Kundra's associate Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him in July, was also granted bail by the court. Kundra (46) had filed a bai...

Centre plans to launch 12-digit unique ID for farmers to extend sops

Just like Aadhaar, the Centre has come up with the idea of generating 12-digit unique ID for each farmer which can be used to take benefit of all government schemes meant for farmers without any hiccups. The idea of generating unique IDs for farmers is part of the Union government’s massive exercise to create a digital database of farmers with a...

Tamil actor Vijay moves court against parents, here’s why

Tamil actor Vijay has filed a civil lawsuit against 11 people including his parents SA Chandrasekhar and Shobha Chandrasekhar in a Chennai court to restrain them from using his name or that of his fan club for any political activity. The matter is reportedly scheduled to come up for hearing on September 7. The development comes days after the...

IPL opens with ‘biggest game’, but OTT viewers are not enthused

A majority of die-hard Indian Premier League (IPL) fans have preferred to watch the second half of the cricketing extravaganza on TV instead of OTT platform Disney+Hotstar, reports moneycontrol.com. The second leg of the 14th edition of IPL began in the UAE on Sunday with a power-charged match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings ...

After COVID lull, India Inc on hiring spree: These cities take the lead

India Inc is on a hiring spree, and the city leading this trend is Bengaluru, followed by Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. A report by Monster.com noted that hiring activity year-on-year picked up the most in Bengaluru at 69 per cent, then in Pune at 40 per cent, Chennai 37 per cent, Hyderabad 34 per cent, Mumbai 16 per cent and Delhi at 14 per cent...

Punjab CM Channi’s first day at office: Will waive off farmers’ power bil...

Soon after taking the oath of office, new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that his government stands with the farmers and would appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws. Channi also said that his government will immediately waive the water and electricity bills of farmers. "Punjab government stands with the farme...
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