Iran rejects Macron call for talks on Iranian missiles

DUBAI, NOVEMBER 12 (Reuters): Iran rejected on Sunday a call by French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Tehran’s ballistic missiles, saying they were defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers.   On Thursday, Macron said during a visit to Dubai that he was “very concerned” by Iran’s ballistic missile programme, mentioning […]

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ reports of plan to seize cleric from US

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ reports  of plan to seize cleric from US

U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 10, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)   ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 12 (Reuters): Turkey has dismissed what it said were ludicrous reports that Turkish officials may have discussed a plan to seize a wanted U.S.-based Muslim cleric and hand him over to Ankara in exchange […]

US to promote ‘universal access’ to fossil fuels at climate talks

US to promote ‘universal access’ to fossil fuels at climate talks

Activists of the environmental organisation Greenpeace project a slogan that reads “No Future in Fossil Fuels” on the cooling tower of RWE coal power plant, one of Europe’s biggest electricity companies in Neurath, north-west of Cologne, Germany on November 10. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 12 (REUTERS): The United States hopes to promote wider use […]

Israel signals free hand in Syria as US Russia expand truce

JERUSALEM, NOVEMBER 12 (REUTERS): Israel signalled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area.   U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday […]

GST caused temporary slowdown, India poised to recover: Assocham

New Delhi, November 12 (IANS): Despite a temporary economic slowdown post implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July, India is poised on the threshold of sustainable growth, industry chamber Assocham said on Sunday citing its latest report.   “There has been a temporary slowdown even though government has ideated and implemented a […]

‘No question of scrapping discussion on spectrum auction’

NEW DELHI , NOVEMBER 12 (PTI): Regulator TRAI is firm on going ahead with the consultation process, including open house forum, on spectrum auction, effectively turning down the industry’s demand for putting off the discussion for the time being.   Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), R.S. Sharma told PTI that the […]

News in brief

Coal India’s net profit falls about 40% in Q2 Kolkata, November 12 (IANS): Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Saturday reported close to 40% fall in its consolidated net profit to Rs 368.88 crore in the quarter ended September 30, 2017 as compared to Rs. 612.44 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. Its revenue from […]

Poor insurance cover in fisheries sector: Study

Kochi, November 12 (IANS): The insurance coverage level in Indias’ fisheries sector is poor, compared to other sub-sectors of agriculture, says a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) here.   CMFRI scientist Shinoj Parappurathu, who led the study team, also said that the fisheries sector has received little attention either at the […]

India, US, Japan, Australia hold first quad talks on Indo-Pacific cooperation

Manila/New Delhi, November 12 (IANS): India, Australia, Japan and the US on Sunday agreed that “a free, open, prosperous and inclusive” Indo-Pacific served long-term global interests, giving impetus to an emerging quad of democracies amid Chinas rising military and economic power.   It was the first dialogue of the quadrilateral formation of the democracies in […]

Bengal BJP writes to Centre on ‘dengue epidemic’ in state

Kolkata, November 12 (IANS) Seeking steps from the Centre to combat the “dengue epidemic” in West Bengal, BJP’s state President Dilip Ghosh has written to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, alleging that test kits were being smuggled out to private health centres due to “corruption of the ruling party”.   “There is also huge shortage […]

16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra

Vijayawada, November 12 (IANS) At least 16 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.   The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m. There were 41 tourists […]

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