UK opposition Labour backs soft Brexit

LONDON, AUGUST 27(REUTERS): The opposition Labour Party says it would keep Britain in the European single market and customs union for a transitional period after Brexit, offering a clear alternative to the policies of Prime Minister Theresa May.   The centre-left party would seek to maintain the “same basic terms” with the European Union, including […]

Merkel has no regrets over refugee policy despite cost

BERLIN, AUGUST 27 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has no regrets about her 2015 decision to open the country’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and added she will not be deterred from campaigning by angry hecklers.   In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, Merkel denied she […]

New law needed to allow torture victims to sue Afghan government

KABUL, AUGUST 27 (REUTERS): Human rights activists are urging Afganistan’s President Ashraf Ghani to expand anti-torture laws enacted months ago to allow victims abused by security forces to seek restitution and compensation.   A “Redress Annex” attached to the anti-torture law would allow victims to take the government to civil court, something not currently allowed […]

Brand licensing industry sees opportunity for growth in India

Mumbai, August 27 (IANS): The brand licensing industry, now in its “nascent stage” in India, is set to grow manifold in the foreseeable future with rising brand consciousness among consumers and higher penetration of modern retail and e-commerce, industry experts said.   “The owners of intellectual properties (IPs), including major cartoon, entertainment and corporate brands, […]

Aadhaar helped disburse Rs 83,000 cr via DBT: Assocham

New Delhi, August 27 (IANS): Biometric cards have facilitated disbursement of as much as Rs 83,184 crore to beneficiaries of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes without the notorious leakages of the past, industry body Assocham said on Sunday, citing its report on the matter. “Real benefit of Jan Dhan and Aadhaar is finally reflected in […]

When the Children Cry

Moa Jamir   “Our land, once so proud and so free, lies utterly broken and desolate today. Ravaged not just by the dogs of war, but now by our own, of proclaimed leaders and followers, all crazed by a greed that knows no bounds,” a female student lamented.   “How long will we keep licking […]

Upswing in Dalit writing, but where are the readers?

Somrita Ghosh IANS   Dalit literature is on an upswing with several new authors highlighting the plight of Dalits in India and pointing out solutions to the many grave problems they face — but the genre, by and large, is still thirsting for readers.   There are not many publishing houses that focus specifically on […]

Pooja joins American show ‘Lethal Weapon’

Pooja joins American show ‘Lethal Weapon’

Actress Pooja Batra has joined the cast of American TV show “Lethal Weapon” and has started shooting for the same. Pooja took to Twitter on Friday to share a photograph with Hollywood actors Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. “Shooting with my favourite detectives in the whole world for ‘Lethal Weapon’. Clyne Crawford and Damon Wayne,” […]

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