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Jaitley to inaugurate two-day Economic Editors' Conference

Jaitley to inaugurate two-day Economic Editors' Conference

New Delhi [India], Nov. 10 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the two-day Economic Editors' Conference-2016 here on Thursday.

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance is organising the two-day Economic Editors' Conference-2016 on November 10 and 11.

The main objective of holding the national economic editors conference is to apprise the media about the major policy initiatives, achievements and the future road map of different participating departments/ministries of the government.

About 75 economic editors from different parts of the country, including from as far as Andaman and Nicobar in the south, Jammu and Kashmir in the north, Manipur in the east and Rajasthan in the west will be participating in this conference.

Shootings at an anti-Trump rally in Seattle, many injured

Shootings at an anti-Trump rally in Seattle, many injured

Washington D.C. (U.S.) Nov. 10 : Many persons have been injured in shooting in Seattle, Washington, as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's victory in 2016 Presidential election.

According to American media report, the shooting took place at Pine Street and 3 Avenue and the police have arrived at the scene.

The investigation into the incident is underway.

Trump was yesterday elected the President of the United States.

The Republican nominee won after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.

Trump's surprising performance at the polls ended Hillary Clinton's quest to make history as the first female president of the United States.

British PM May visiting Bengaluru today

British PM May visiting Bengaluru today

New Delhi [India], Nov. 8 : British Prime Minister Theresa May will pay a day's visit to Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Prime Minister May will be visiting a model government primary school, hold a meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, visit a high tech manufacturing unit that produces parts for global aircraft maker Airbus and also hold a meeting with a SME business delegation.

According to her itinerary, Prime Minister May would arrive in the city at 10.45 a.m. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would hold a meeting with her to discuss industrial and other projects in Karnataka connected to Great Britain.

ONGC organizes tribal cultural heritage meet to preserve, spread message of peace in Tripura

ONGC organizes tribal cultural heritage meet to preserve, spread message

Agartala (Tripura) [India], Nov. 8 : A two-day tribal cultural heritage meet was recently organized at the town hall in Agartala to promote and preserve the tribal culture of the state.

All the 19 tribes of Tripura including some which are on the verge of extinction participated in the meet organized for the third time here by the ONGC.

The OGNC, engaged in exploration in the state since early 1970, has taken the initiative to spread the rich culture prevailing in the villages of Tripura and spread it among the new generation of the urban class so that it can be preserved and inculcated among them, said ONGC's Tripura asset manager and organizer S.C. Soni.

London: Baloch activists protest against Pak over CPEC

London [UK], Nov. 7 : Exiled Baloch leaders and activists carried out a protest rally against Pakistan and China for constructing multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The protest rally organized by Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) was led by exiled Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri.

This was the second week-long round the clock protest by Free Balochistan Movement outside the China's Embassy in London.

The protesters shouted anti-Pakistan slogans on the streets of London and allege that Islamabad has intensified its brutalities against innocent Baloch people residing at CPEC route.

Hundreds of Baloch houses have been attacked and burned to ashes and hundreds of innocent Baloch have been disappeared only to appease China.

China-Russia cooperation flourishes in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, [Russia], Nov. 7 : In a move to deepen cooperation in various fields including economic and cultural, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in St. Petersburg.

The 1.3 billion-U.S. dollar Pearl of the Baltic Sea project was launched in 2005 in St. Petersburg's southwest Krasnoselsky district.

Shanghai Industrial Investment Co., Ltd. and seven other Chinese companies had participated in the project that has become China's largest non-energy investment project in Russia, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Pearl of the Baltic Sea is a modern multi-functional residential and commercial zone, with a total construction area of 1.94 million square meters.

More than a decade later, it has become a renowned local brand.

'Make in India' can be key sector of bilateral engagement with UK: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], Nov. 7 : Highlighting the importance of technology which plays a significant part in forging strong ties between New Delhi and London, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is vital for India and the United Kingdom, two countries linked by history, to work together to define the knowledge economy of the 21st century.

"A natural collaboration emerges in India's rapidly developing financial services sector. 'Fintech' is emerging as the next big transformation for India as we bring 220 million new households into the umbrella of the 'Jan Dhan Yojana'. This financial inclusion scheme is being melded with mobile technology and the unique identification card to form the largest social security program in the world," he said.

Trump's son attends 'aarti' ahead of Election Day

Florida [USA], Nov. 6 : United States presidential nominee Donald Trump's son Eric on Saturday took part in a traditional Indian 'aarti' ahead of the crucial Election Day on November 8th to pray for his father's victory.

This is not the first that the Trump campaign has tried to woo the Hindu and the Indian-American community as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump had visited a Hindu temple last month in Virginia.

Taking the campaign further, the Republican nominee even appeared speaking Hindi for a presidential campaign ad ahead of Diwali.

Trump was seen uttering "Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar (This time Trump government)" - adapting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2014 vote-winning catchphrase as his.

PM Modi to inaugurate maiden Intl Agro-biodiversity Congress today

New Delhi [India], Nov. 6 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first ever International Agro-biodiversity Congress, IAC in New Delhi today, which will be attended by 900 delegates from 60 countries.

The event will initiate and encourage a dialogue among stakeholders, including farmers, to better understand everyone role in agro-biodiversity management and the conservation of genetic resources.

The Congress will shed light on how conserving agro-biodiversity can lead to its sustainable use for food and nutritional security of ever-increasing world population.

It will also address the threats imposed by climate change and ways to achieve sustainable agriculture production.

India is one of the mega-diversity centres possessing unique crop and animal diversity. (ANI)

Smoggy Sunday: Delhi continues to choke under thick blanket of haze

New Delhi [India], Nov. 6 : A thick blanket of haze continued to cover the national capital with pollution level remaining very high and breaching the safe limit by over 17 times at several places.

Union Environment Minister Anil Dave said Delhi is witnessing an emergency situation due to alarming pollution level, adding that his ministry has called a meeting of Environment Ministers of all neighbouring states tomorrow to curb stubble burning by farmers which has made Delhi a gas chamber.

Dave further said the situation is bad, particularly for children, patients, women and elderly.

British PM Theresa May to arrive India today

New Delhi [India], Nov. 6 : British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in India today on a two-day official visit.

May is likely to arrive around 11 a.m. and will be accompanied by a business delegation on her first bilateral visit outside Europe since assuming office.

She will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and review all aspects of the India-UK Strategic Partnership.

She will also attend a Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting on the sidelines of her visit.

During the visit, Prime Minister May and Prime Minister Modi will jointly inaugurate the India-UK Tech Summit hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Department of Science and Technology.

South Waziristan market demolished as punishment for army officer's killing

Dera Ismail Khan [Pakistan], Nov. 6 : Officials and local residents have confirmed that a market in Rustam Bazaar of South Waziristan has been dynamited by local authorities on Friday as punishment for an explosion that killed an army officer and injured many others earlier this week.

The political agent in South Waziristan Agency, Zafarul Islam Khattak, said the action was taken under the collective and territorial responsibility clauses of the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) Act, reports the Dawn.

The bazaar was identified by officials as Al-Muhib Market, where an army officer, Major Imran was killed and 10 others were wounded in an explosion during a search operation.

Local authorities have imposed a curfew and forced over 6,000 shops to shut down following the incident.

Delhi smog: MCD schools to remain closed today

Delhi smog: MCD schools to remain closed today

New Delhi [India], Nov. 5 : The schools running under the three municipal corporations of Delhi will be closed today in view of the heavy smog.

About 10 lakh students are enrolled in the schools administered by the all three municipal corporations.

The national capital is facing the worst smog in 17 years.

On Thursday, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) pressed alarm buttons to highlight one of the worst cases of smog in the national capital.

CSE experts said that as per the India Meteorological Department, the smog on November 2 was the worst in 17 years.

Ending social media bullying would be my focus as first lady: Melania Trump

Ending social media bullying would be my focus as first lady: Melania Trump

New York [United States], Nov. 5 : Melania Trump has that if she becomes the first lady then she would work to improve a social media culture that has got "too mean and too tough" riddled with insults based on "looks and intelligence."

However she did not talked about her husband, Donald Trump's Twitter activities, who has persistently attacked his political foes, journalists, critics and other entertainers for years with demeaning comments based on their appearances and intelligence.

It was the first solo speech by the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump since the convention this summer.

She discussed her vision for her role in the White House for the first time in suburban Philadelphia.

'I am Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, not China's', says Ravi Karunanayake

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Nov. 5 : Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said his job is to look into the welfare of the country and not China's as he lashed back at comments made by Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang.

"I am the Sri Lankan Finance Minister, not the Chinese Finance Minister. My effort is to save even a penny for the Sri Lankan people," the Colombo Page quoted Karunanayake as saying to media during his visit to Kandy.

The Chinese Ambassador last week while addressing a selected group of journalists, said he was disappointed at negative comments from Sri Lanka, especially related to Chinese-funded mega development projects.

Nation celebrates four-day Chhath Puja from today

Nation celebrates four-day Chhath Puja from today

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 : Four-day Chhath Puja celebrations have begun across the nation from today.

During this celebrations, devotees pay special prayer to the Sun God. It is a festival connected with purity, devotion to the Sun God who is considered as the source of life on this earth and is regarded as the deity who fulfills all our wishes.

People across the country are observing ,Nahaye Khaye, today as entire atmosphere in Bihar reverberates with devotional songs.

Devotees start their day with holy bath early in the morning in river Ganga and bring some water to their home to prepare the offerings.

They take only one meal a day known as 'Kaddu bhat' cooked only by using the bronze or soil utensils and mango woods over the soil stove.

Delhi HC to hear money laundering case against Himachal CM

Delhi HC to hear money laundering case against Himachal CM

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 : The Delhi High Court will on Friday hear a petition filed against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in connection with a disproportionate assets and money laundering case.

In October, a special court directed the Enforcement Directorate to supply certain documents to LIC agent Anand Chauhan, an accused charge sheeted in the case.

Special Judge Vinod Kumar directed the probe agency to hand over the documents which were filed along with the final report in the case.

In September, the Enforcement Directorate filed charge sheet against LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others.

A Delhi court earlier on August 20 dismissed Chauhan's bail petition.

Patiala House Court to hear Vijay Mallya's cheque bounce case

Patiala House Court to hear Vijay Mallya's cheque bounce case

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 : The Patiala House Court in Delhi will on Friday hear a case filed against liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with a cheque bounce case.

In August, the court asked Mallya to be present in the court on November 4. It has also asked the Ministry of External Affairs to send a non-bailable warrant to Mallya in London where he is currently staying.

GMR-led Delhi International Airport (DIAL), which operates the capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), had moved the Patiala House Court after three cheques, each for Rs 7.5 crore, issued by Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines were not honoured.

The grounded airline had issued the cheques towards payment for services availed by them at the IGIA here

J-K: LeT terrorist nabbed in Sopore area

J-K: LeT terrorist nabbed in Sopore area

Sopore (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Nov. 3 : A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist on Thursday was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore district.

Umar, resident of Tujjer area, was arrested after a joint operation launched by the police and 22nd regiment of Rajputhana Rifles.

Last week police arrested four persons including two active members of Tehreek-i-Jehad-i-Islami (TJI),a militant organisation based in Pakistan, who received money from Pakistan for fuelling and sustaining the present unrest in Sopore area.

Sopore Police arrested two persons, namely, Gowhar Ahmed Bhat, resident of Mir Sahib, Baramulla and Hilal Ahmed Gojri, a resident of Syed Karim, Baramulla who are active members of militant organisation.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

Here's 'Why can't a woman be more like a man?' in regard to STEM career

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 3 : A new research has spoken about why we sometimes restrain ourselves from singing the lyric, 'Why can't a woman be more like a man?' from the musical 'My Fair Lady.'

Even when women were more like men 20 to 40 years ago, it didn't help them get a job in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, said Cornell University demographer Sharon Sassler.

This is according to Sassler's new study on women who completed college STEM degrees in the 1970s through the early 1990s.

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