Fired FBI director Comey inks book deal

  Washington, August 3 (IANS): James Comey, the former FBI director who was fired by President Trump has inked a deal to write a book that will feature “yet-unheard anecdotes” about his career, publisher Flatiron Books announced.   The book, which does not yet have a title, is set to come out next year, reports […]

Global blind population set to triple by 2050: Study

London, August 3 (IANS): The prevalence of blindness and vision impairment worldwide is set to triple from nearly 36 million to 38.5 million by 2020 and 115 million in 2050 due to an increase in the ageing population, a study has claimed.   The study, published in the journal Lancet Global Health, showed that in […]

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TV reporter punched in the face live on air   MOSCOW, August 3 (Reuters): A man walked up to a journalist broadcasting live from a Moscow park on a popular Russian television channel and punched him in the face.   The journalist was reporting on Wednesday for the NTV channel from the park, which was […]

Mining poses threat to black-necked cranes

IANS Mineral exploitation, infrastructure development and changes in agricultural practices are severely threatening the survival of the black-necked crane that is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas, says a new international study.   It calls for effective and powerful conservation measures by Chinese authorities to maintain unharmed the habitat of the crane, an […]

Naga society needs a new kind of confidence

  Witoubou Newmai   By all conventional signs in the context of Naga society, it has become a monotonous affair to see endless flow of ‘advice’ from newspaper commentators on varied subjects. For years now, many people have been comparing newspaper commentators with that tea boy who has ‘advice’ for everybody, from cricketers to politicians, […]

GST sends services activity plunging in July

GST sends services activity plunging in July

    BENGALURU, August 3 (Reuters): Activity in India’s dominant service sector contracted at the sharpest rate in nearly four years in July after a new tax policy sowed confusion and sent new orders into free fall, a survey showed on Thursday.   Initial confusion on the national goods and services tax (GST) led July’s […]

Wholesale onion price soars to Rs 25/kg

  New Delhi, August 3 (PTI): Onion prices today rose more than two-fold to Rs 25/kg at Lasalgaon in Maharasthra, Asia’s largest wholesale market for bulb crop, due to tight supply of old stock and likely fall in output of the new kharif crop.   Maximum wholesale onion price stood at Rs 9.20/kg in the […]

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Book tatkal railway tickets now & pay later   New Delhi, August 3 (IANS): People can now pay later for tickets booked under the tatkal quota on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) website, it was announced on Wednesday. Till now, this service was available only for general reservations. For tatkal bookings people […]

Donate land for a govt job: Meghalaya CM

    Shillong, August 3 (IANS): The Meghalaya cabinet has approved a proposal to provide government jobs to people who donate land for various developmental projects, Chief Minister Mukula Sangma has announced.   “We have approved a policy to ensure that ‘generous people’ who provide land to the government would be reciprocated with government jobs […]

Northeast News File

    Assam mulls lowering excise on liquor Guwahati, August 3 (IANS): Reduce taxes to reduce prices. Which is precisely what the Assam government is mulling to prevent liquor being bootlegged from neighbouring states. “There is huge smuggling of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) brands to Assam from neighbouring states like Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, […]

Dialogue with Pak can start the day it stops terror: Swaraj

Dialogue with Pak can start the day it stops terror: Swaraj

    New Delhi, August 3 (PTI) India will start dialogue with Pakistan the day it stops promoting terrorism against this country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament today, while making it clear that terror and talks cannot go together.   A combative Swaraj rejected the Opposition contention that the Modi government has […]