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Missile test row: U.S. enacts sanctions on Iran

Missile test row: U.S. enacts sanctions on Iran

Washington .D.C [USA], Feb. 4 : After putting Tehran "on notice" earlier this week in the wake of the ballistic missile tested by it, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday enacted new sanctions on Iran.

The Treasury Department said that it was imposing the sanctions on 25 individuals and companies connected to the missile program and those who were providing support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force, reports CNN.

This list also included three separate networks linked to support the missile program, which was opposed by US.

The tensions between the two countries have been on the boil since the election of Trump.

Mark Zuckerberg expresses concern over Trump's immigration orders

Mark Zuckerberg expresses concern over Trump's immigration orders

New York [United States], Jan. 28 : Criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has expressed his concern on this decision.

"Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump," CNN quoted Zuckerberg, as saying in a Facebook post, which cited his family's immigrant background and his volunteer work with undocumented schoolchildren.

Zuckerberg in his post said that the U.S. should keep their doors open to refugees and those who need help.

He said his wife Priscilla's wouldn't be here if the country had turned away refugees a few decades ago.

Trump signs executive action to keep 'radical Islamic terrorists' out of U.S.

Trump signs executive action to keep 'radical Islamic terrorists' out of U.S.

New York [USA], Jan. 28 : U.S President Donald Trump has signed two executive actions, including one limiting the flow of refugees into the country by instituting "extreme vetting" of immigrants.

The executive order is titled "Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States".

"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America," the CNN quoted Trump as saying during the signing at the Pentagon after the swearing-in of Defence Secretary James Mattis.

He added, "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."

Putin, Trump set for phone call today

Putin, Trump set for phone call today

London [UK], Jan. 28 : Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak to his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump via telephone on Saturday in their first conversation since the latter took office.

This comes as recently, top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said that removing U.S. sanctions on Russia is "under consideration", reports the Guardian.

Trump has been steadfast in his praise for Putin and Russia and ascended to the presidency amid allegations of Russian interference in the election campaign.

He has hinted he could look at removing sanctions on Russia, and has suggested the U.S. and Russia could work together in Syria, where Russia is allied with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

PM Modi greets nation on 68th Republic Day

PM Modi greets nation on 68th Republic Day

New Delhi [India], Jan. 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning wished the nation on occasion of the 68th Republic Day.

Prime Minister Modi took to his Twitter handle and greeted the nation.

"#RepublicDay greetings to everyone," Prime Minister tweeted.

Vice-president Hamid Ansari also conveyed his warm greetings and best wishes to the citizens of the country.

In a message, he said that people should reaffirm commitment towards the Constitution and founding principles of the Republic and revalidate faith in the ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also extended her greetings and said Indian Republic's intrinsic strength lies in country's Constitutional values. (ANI)

Amid protests, Jallikattu Bill to be tabled in Tamil Nadu Assembly today

Amid protests, Jallikattu Bill to be tabled in Tamil Nadu Assembly today

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Jan. 23 : Amid the massive protests going on across the state on the bull-taming festival of Jallikattu, the Bill to replace the ordinance passed by the Governor on the same, will be tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today.

Monday morning witnessed a renewed clash between agitated locals and the police here at Marina Beach, now a battleground for the Jallikattu issue, as protesters swarmed in droves demanding a permanent solution and not a 'temporary' ordinance.

The Chennai city police had earlier requested the protesters to leave Marina Beach in a peaceful manner as "that their purpose has been fully achieved" after the state government promulgated an ordinance on Saturday.

'We are going to make America great again': Trump tells supporters

'We are going to make America great again': Trump tells supporters

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Calling himself the "messenger" of a movement, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again.

"We are going to make America great again, and I'll add greater than ever before," ABC news quoted Trump as saying.

Trump was addressing a large gathering of his supporters at his inaugural concert, a day before officially being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

"This journey began 18 months ago. I had something to do with it but you had much more to do with it than I did. I'm the messenger," Trump said.

He said that all Americans were tired of seeing what was going on in the country and wanted a real change to take place.

'You made me a better president': Obama tells Americans in thank you letter

'You made me a better president': Obama tells Americans in thank you letter

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has praised the American people for making him 'a better president' and 'a better man'.

"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man, Obama said in a thank you letter to the American people on Thursday.

On his last day in office before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Obama described the American people as 'the source of goodness, resilience, from which he has pulled strength.

Trump asks nearly 50 Senior Obama holdovers to remain in their posts

Trump asks nearly 50 Senior Obama holdovers to remain in their posts

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that nearly 50 senior Obama administration appointees have been asked by President-elect Donald Trump to remain in their posts after his inauguration in order to ensure continuity in the government.

The Obama holdovers include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and the State Department.

Spicer said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America's third-ranking diplomat, Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, will remain in their agencies until a replacement is named by the Senate, reports VOA news.

Yakult Lady System committed to bring good health and cheer to your doorstep

Yakult Lady System committed to bring good health and cheer to your doorstep

New Delhi [India], Jan 19 : There could never be a more unique way to bring good health and cheer at your doorstep than Yakult Ladies delivering the probiotic Yakult, the ultimate healthy drink to boost your immune system! And to applaud these young women's' efforts, Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., today recognized their efforts by rewarding them with various awards and recognition at an award function.

The host of awards were presented to Yakult Ladies in various categories such as "Long Term Association", "Best Sales Talk", "Perfect Attendance", "Best Home Delivery growth in a Year", "Best Sales Growth". The Awards were handed over by Mr. Minoru Shimada. Managing Director,Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. at a ceremony in Tivoli Gardens, Chattarpur amidst much fan fare and fun.

Etah road accident: PM condoles demise of young children

Etah road accident: PM condoles demise of young children

New Delhi(Lucknow) [India], Jan. 19 : Expressed his anguish over the tragic accident in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the passing away of young children.

"I pray that those injured in the accident in Etah recover at the earliest," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

"Anguished by the tragic accident in UP's Etah district. I share the pain of the bereaved families & condole passing away of young children," he said.

More than 24 children lost their lives and over 40 others sustained injuries in the accident, which took place in Aliganj town where a private school bus collided head-on with a speeding truck.

TN CM Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi for revocation of Jallikattu ban

TN CM Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi for revocation of Jallikattu ban

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Jan. 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will on Thursday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to promulgate an ordinance to lift the ban on bull taming sport, Jallikattu.

Pannerselvam will fly down to New Delhi today and discuss the prospects of brining such an ordinance.

He also requested the youth and protesters to give up their agitation over the issue.

"Tamil Nadu Government will continue to take necessary steps to ensure holding of Jallikattu- CM O.Panneerselvam (sic)," the AIADMK tweeted.

25 lakhs seized from two persons in Muktsar, handed over to IT

25 lakhs seized from two persons in Muktsar, handed over to IT

Muktsar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 19 : The Punjab police yesterday seized Rupees twenty five lakh in the denomination of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 in new currency from two persons in Muktsar.

Those carrying the cash however, could not produce any document and details of the cash.

Meanwhile, the police informed the seizure to the Income Tax officials.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump

Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump

New York [USA], Jan. 19 : Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has received a unique gift.

A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after the next U.S. president.

The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico, reports the CNN.

The moth sports a very familiar-looking crown of yellowish scales like Trump's golden hairdos.

"With its hair tufts, its presence in US and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name [the moth] after Mr. President-elect himself," said evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari.

Nazari said he also chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges.

China defends CPEC, says project not aimed at India

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying

Beijing [China], Jan. 19 : China has defended the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the project isn't aimed at India and Beijing is committed to developg friendly and cooperative relations by respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "The CPEC is a new framework for long-term cooperation and development in various fields built up by China and Pakistan, which will help promote regional connectivity and trade and economic cooperation as well as regional peace, stability and development. It targets no third party and will not affect China's stance on the Kashmir issue,"

Parliament committee's meeting with RBI Governor over demonetisation begins

Parliament committee's meeting with RBI Governor over demonetisation begins

New Delhi [India], Jan. 18 : The meeting of Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Urjit Patel over demonetisation and its aftermath began here this morning.

The committe is led by Congress leader Veerappa Moily. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh is also a part of the committee.

In the meeting, Patel is expected to face questions over the criticism that the RBI compromised its autonomy in order to toe the line of the government.

Senior officers, including Banking Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal, Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant Das and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia will also attend the meeting and brief the committee about demonetisation and its impact on the economy.

One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO

One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO

Paris [France], Jan. 18 : More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days.

"The profession of a journalist is not a safe one, and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted," said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

The UNESCO coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations.

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung's de facto head

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung's de facto head

New York [USA], Jan. 17 : Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Samsung's heir apparent over allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

The move against Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong on Monday is part of an investigation into a massive political corruption scandal that has shaken South Korea's political and business elites, reports the CNN.

Lee is set to appear on Wednesday before a judge, who will decide whether the arrest warrant is valid. If it is valid then the man tapped to head South Korea's biggest conglomerate will be taken into detention.

No differences with dad, united SP will win UP polls: Akhilesh

No differences with dad, united SP will win UP polls: Akhilesh

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh),[India] Jan 17 : A day after he was declared the rightful owner of the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday rubbished reports suggesting an increasing rift between him and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Silencing all critics, Akhilesh said that he never had any differences with his father and added the main mission at this point of time is to make all efforts to form the government yet again in Uttar Pradesh.

Asserting that 90 percent of the candidates in both candidature lists issued by him and his father are the same, Yadav said, "Relation with my father can never be broken, I never had differences with him."

PM Modi to today inaugurate second Raisina Dialogue

PM Modi to today inaugurate second Raisina Dialogue

New Delhi [India], Jan. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship geo-political conference organised annually by the Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in association with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The theme of the three-day dialogue this year is, "The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multi Polarity."

The dialogue will feature inaugural panel with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, Foreign Minister of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat, former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, International Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh Gowher Rizvi.




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