Trump dissolves election fraud panel after states balk at data requests

WASHINGTON, January 4 (Reuters): President Donald Trump on Wednesday shut down a presidential commission charged with looking into allegations of electoral fraud during the 2016 election, after many states refused to provide it with data, the White House said.   “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive […]

Myanmar president calls for reform of nation’s military-drafted constitution

Myanmar president calls for reform of nation’s military-drafted constitution

Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw. (REUTERS File Photo)   YANGON, January 4 (Reuters): Myanmar’s civilian president called in an Independence Day speech on Thursday for reform of a military-drafted constitution and for justice for all recognised minorities under a federal system, but made no mention of the treatment of its Rohingya Muslim people.   Amending the […]

Pakistan shrugs off impending US aid cuts, wary of harsher measures

ISLAMABAD, January 4 (Reuters): Pakistan is shrugging off proposed U.S. aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as the South Asian nation’s support for Taliban militants causing chaos in neighbouring Afghanistan.   Washington plans to imminently slash “security assistance” to Pakistan, U.S. congressional aides told Reuters […]

Trump left ‘furious,’ ‘disgusted’ by Bannon over new book

Trump left ‘furious,’ ‘disgusted’ by Bannon over new book

In this January 28, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, with then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, center, and then- chief strategist Steve Bannon, right, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump responded to criticism leveled at him in a new book […]

The challenges before 15th Finance Commission are many

V Srinivas IANS The 15th Finance Commission, which the government notified on November 27, 2017, will have to first contend with the slowdown in the Indian economy.   There is an upward trend in the fiscal deficits of states. The inter-governmental transfer system has become overly complex with different sharing arrangements for different taxes; the […]

Swift wants ‘Shake it off’ copyright suit dismissed

Swift wants ‘Shake it off’ copyright suit dismissed

Singer Taylor Swifts lawyers have asked a federal judge to dismiss the copyright lawsuit regarding her 2014 hit track “Shake it off”. According to the lawyers’ argument on Wednesday, the phrase “players gonna play and haters gonna hate” is a musical cliché that should be in the public domain, reports variety.com.   In a footnote, […]

Putting all resources to resolve NPAs:  Finance Minister

New Delhi, January  4 (IANS): Noting that it was public investment that had enabled the country to consistently achieve over 7 per cent growth at a time of dismal private investment, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday the government is bringing all possible resources to bear in order to resolve the issue of banks’ […]

Post-harvest festival of Rongmei community, Gaan-Ngai celebrated in Tangnajeilong

Post-harvest festival of Rongmei community, Gaan-Ngai celebrated in Tangnajeilong

The post-harvest festival of Rongmei community, Gaan-Ngai was celebrated at (Tangnajeilong) Zeliangrong Village, Dimapur with cultural gusto and religious fervour in a five day long festival from December 31 2017 to January 4, 2018. Offering of ‘holy wine to Tingkao Ragwang’, shouting of hoi, extraction of sacred fire, lighting of festival torch, presentation of traditional […]

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