General

Restaurants across U.S. manifest support in favour of marriage equality

Restaurants across U.S. manifest support in favour of marriage equality

New York, June 27 - After the victory of love in the United States, many restaurants and food chains are showing their support in favour of gay marriage, and leading amongst them is the Chipotle.

The fast-food chain has used social media to show its support for June 26th 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage across the U. S., reported the Time.

Using the phrase "Homo Estas," which have been used in their previous gay pride events, the company tweeted, "Homo Estas? Very well, thank you. #LoveWins"

Their tweet was met with mixed reactions on social media as some thanked them for bravely exploiting a historic moment for human rights while others asked to keep politics away from food.


Significant rights abuses by Indian security forces : US report

Significant rights abuses by Indian security forces : US report

Washington : Abuses by police and security forces were among the most significant human rights problems in India last year, a US government report Thursday said even as it noted last year's Indian general election as the largest ever in history.

"India's parliamentary contest in April 2014 was one of the largest elections in history," Secretary of State John Kerry said in his preface to the State Department's annual Congressional-mandated report in which he noted that around the world, more people chose their leaders in competitive elections than ever before.

The lengthy India section of the report says that the 2014 general elections, the largest democratic elections in history, were considered free and fair, despite isolated instances of violence.


Would you eat 'animal poop-shaped' treats sold at Disney World?

Would you eat 'animal poop-shaped' treats sold at Disney World?

New York, June 25 - Disney World now has a disgustingly special treat for its visitors, as they introduce animal poop deserts onto the menu of an Animal Kingdom shop.

Visitors will now be served chocolate animal poop available in four varieties of edible excrement at the Florida theme park, which will cost $ 3.99 per pop, reported the New York Daily News.

They are of course not actual steaming piles of manure but chocolate, brownie and fudge creations available under names elephant, hippo, giraffe and cotton top tamarin.

Visitors claim that this is not the best treat they have had at Disney but they are a conversation piece. (ANI)


China defends its 'dog meat' festival post protests

China defends its 'dog meat' festival post protests

New York, June 25 - After the hype that was created due to the dog meat festival in China, where almost 10,000 dogs were feasted upon, the citizens of Yulin are now raising their voice in favour of this festival.

During the occasion, the street-side food stalls were set with various delicacies along with two most essential traditional dishes, lychees and heaping bowls of stewed dog, reported the New York Times.

After the big dispute it looks like it is the perceived hypocrisy of the critics that has annoyed the residents of this bustling city of seven million in the southern region of Guangxi.

Claiming that there was nothing bad in eating dog meat, resident Tang Chengfei said, "Haven't you seen how the Japanese eat live bullfrog sashimi?"


Michelle Obama stuns in 'summer-perfect' fashion in Italy

Michelle Obama

Washington, June 24 - Michelle Obama, who was recently on a tour of Italy with daughters Sasha and Malia, showcased her varied and classy wardrobe collection and dressed with care, matching accessories with aplomb.

The US First Lady wore a printed shirt dress and rose-gold wedge heels while departing from Venice, whereas her 17-year-old daughter Malia opted for a printed chambray frock with flats and 14-year-old Sasha chose to wear summer white dress, E! Online reported.

President Barack Obama's wife was seen wearing a summer-perfect yellow-and-blue lace dress when she arrived at Stanstead airport, and then at her inspirational speech to young school girls, she wore a multicolor Mary Kantrantzou dress that popped against the girls' uniforms.


Chefs, restaurant owners don't want their burgers going over the top

Chefs, restaurant owners don't want their burgers going over the top

Washington, June 24 - What makes for a classic American burger? It seems chefs and connoisseurs of food in the Washington D. C. may have differing views on this, but one thing is for sure, a majority of them are against ruining the beauty of an American classic.

Recently, according to the Washington Post, frequent restaurant goers and chefs together, and indulged in note-sharing which revealed small things that could diminish an otherwise nice experience.

For example, take a burger that was once on the menu of the Provision 14's restaurant. It had toppings of goat cheese, foie gras, truffles and lobster, but when bought to the table, it's all too rich ingredients resulted in it falling apart. It cost USD 28.


India and Pakistan should resolve their issues peacefully without third party involvement: US

John Kerry

Washington : The US expects Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues and believes that India and Pakistan should resolve all their differences peacefully without any involvement of a third party, a senior American official has said.

"Our expectation continues to be that Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Kirby said America was concerned about the growing tensions between India and Pakistan and it was precisely the reason US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week.


US to help Nepal build back better: American diplomat

US to help Nepal build back better: American diplomat

Washington : As Nepal enter recovery and reconstruction phase after the two devastating earthquakes, America's goal is to help the Himalayan democracy "build back better", the US ambassadorial nominee to the country has said.

"Our government is preparing for a large recovery and reconstruction effort in Nepal," Alaina B Teplitz , the US ambassadorial nominee for Nepal, told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing.


Iranian parliament opposes army sites' inspection ahead of nuke deal deadline

Iranian parliament opposes army sites' inspection ahead of nuke deal deadline

Washington, June 22 - The Iranian parliament has voted to oppose the government military sites' inspections as part of a multi-nation agreement to limit the country's nuclear program which may complicate the final deal ahead of a June 30 deadline.

According to Fox News, a State Department official said that there are reports suggesting that the parliament is taking preliminary legislative steps to make its voice heard about the nuclear talks and any final deal.

The official also said that US will allow Iran to manage the process by themselves and that the final deal must include adequate access and transparency.


Michelle Obama shares US President's 'shirtless' throwback pic on Father's Day

Michelle Obama

Washington, June 22 - Michelle Obama played her part in marking Father's Day by sharing a throwback pic of US Prseident Barack Obama where he's shirtless on a beach playing with their two daughters, then toddlers.

The 51-year-old First Lady accompanied the image by writing "Thinking today and every day about the father of these two. Happy Father's Day!," reported People magazine.

The family was not together on the day as Michelle has taken their girls, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 14 on a Europe tour to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative.

Obama, 53, meanwhile, spent the day in Palm Springs, California, golfing with a group of friends. (ANI)


Sushma Swaraj arrives in New York for International Yoga Day celebrations

Sushma Swaraj arrives in New York for International Yoga Day celebrations

New York, June 20 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in New York on Saturday for the International Yoga Day celebrations.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted to share this information.

"Namaste to the Big Apple! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in JFK Airport, for First International Day of Yoga celebrations," he tweeted.

Swaraj will participate in the International Yoga Day event being organised by the Indian Mission at the United Nations.

The External Affairs Minister had earlier tweeted about her visit to New York.

"Leaving for New York," she tweeted.

The event will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon among others.


China's annual dog eating festival sets social media ablaze

China's annual dog eating festival sets social media ablaze

Washington, June 20 - China's annual dog eating festival Yulin Summer Solstice Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, where some 10,000 canines are said to be beaten and killed for human consumption, has set social media ablaze.

According to the Washington Post, the festival in China's Guangxi region Yulin marks the start of summer.

The annual festival is set begin this year on June 22.

According to animal rights advocates, dogs in Yulin are stolen from farms and family homes.

The government of China, however, said that "the so-called summer solstice lychee dog meat festival does not exist". (ANI)


George W. Bush's daughter honours him as 'Father of the Year'

Washington, June 19 : George W. Bush has been honoured by daughter as 'Father of the Year.'

During the 74th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon at the New York Hilton hotel, Barbara, made the presentation, with the former US President becoming one of three men receiving the title ahead of Father's Day, reported Fox News.

Bush got emotional as he took the award and paid tribute to his own father, former President George H. W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Morris Goldfarb, the head of the G-III Apparel Group also received recognition from the National Father's Day Committee, and David Gonzales of Jacksonville, Florida, was honoured as the Ashok Sani "All-Star" dad.

It recognises a special father who is committed to both his own children and his community.


White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

Washington, June 18 - At least nine people have been killed in a gun attack at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reports state that a white gunman entered the church and opened fire during a Bible study class.

The shooting took place on Wednesday evening and the attacker is still absconding, reported the CNN.

Noting that the killing could have been a hate crime, Mayor Joe Riley said that there couldn't have been any other reason for someone to walk into a church and shoot people who were praying. (ANI)


Hong Kong lawmakers snub Beijing-backed electoral reform

Hong Kong lawmakers snub Beijing-backed electoral reform

Washington, June 18 - Hong Kong's legislature has reportedly rejected the Beijing-backed electoral reform package, which would have allowed the region to elect its leader, as long as the candidates contesting the election were vetted by Beijing.

The bill was rejected by 28 out of 37 lawmakers in a vote on Thursday, reported the CNN.

The proposal had touched off massive protests by pro-democracy activists in September last year that lasted for several months. (ANI)


Syndicate content