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91,000 chickens culled amid bird flu outbreak at Japan farm Tokyo, January 12 (IANS): Japanese authorities on Friday announced the culling of about 91,000 chickens on a farm in southwest Japan where several animals were found to be infected with a highly pathogenic form of the bird flu virus.   The new outbreak has been […]

United Nations urges rich countries to be open to legal immigration

United Nations, January 12 (IANS): The UN recommended to rich countries that they open themselves up to immigration or, alternatively, suffer population and economic decline, contending that they will never be able to halt the entry of immigrants, who will enter illegally if they cannot do so legally.   Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented […]

‘Indian tourists among world’s highest-spending globetrotters’

New Delhi, January 12 (IANS): The Indian market is one of the fastest growing in the world with travellers from the country among the worlds highest spenders, says Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Board.   “Indian tourists are among the world’s highest-spending globetrotters. Their spending power has been estimated to be four times that […]

Merkel strikes deal with social democrats

Merkel strikes deal with social democrats

Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) Horst Seehofer and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz arrive for a press conference after exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government at the SPD headquarters in Berlin, Germany on January 12. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, JANUARY 12 (REUTERS): […]

RBI introduces `10 banknote’ in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

RBI introduces `10 banknote’ in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series

The Obverse (Front) and Reverse (Back) of the new Rs 10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series are shown in this specimen copy released by RBI.   Guwahati, January 12 (MExN): After introducing new Rs 2,000 notes and colourful Rs 200, Rs 50 notes, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be shortly […]

Tax Dept logs sharp rise in prosecution of tax evaders

New Delhi, January 12 (IANS): The Income Tax Department has recorded a sharp increase in prosecutions of tax evaders following an intensified drive against black money, the government said on Friday.   During the first eight months of 2017-18 ending November, tax authorities filed prosecutions in 2,225 cases, as against the 784 cases in the […]

Windows Fall Creators Update now available for all

San Francisco, January 12 (IANS): Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now officially available for all compatible devices, the company has announced.   “I’m happy to announce the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide. Full availability is the final phase of our rollout […]

Twitter, FB asked to disclose more information on fake news

San Francisco, January 12 (IANS): Shareholders of Facebook and Twitter have asked the social media platforms to disclose more information about sexual harassment, fake news, hate speech and other forms of abuse that take place on their platforms.   According to a report in the Washington Post, the shareholder resolution by the New York State […]

Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity

Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity

U.S. President Donald Trump answers a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House in Washington on January 10. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, JANUARY 12 (AP): In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” […]

Protest by Indonesian Islamists accuses Facebook of discrimination

Islamists hold a protest rally outside Facebook’s local headquarters accusing the social media giant of discrimination for blocking some pages operated by hardline groups in Jakarta, Indonesia January 12, 2018. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, JANUARY 12 (Reuters): Several hundred Indonesian Islamists held a protest rally outside Facebook’s headquarters in Jakarta on Friday, accusing the social […]

The constraints and possibilities of a settlement

Tali Longkumer (IAS rtd) Much has been either speculated or discussed about the likely Political Settlement even before the event of Christmas 2017. The Slogan on ‘Settlement before Christmas’ is now over. We are now into the New Year of 2018. The Nagaland Legislative Assembly in the best of their wisdom has also recently passed […]

Motorhead’s ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke dies at 67

Motorhead’s ‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke dies at 67

Guitarist Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of British metal band Motorhead’s line-up during its heyday, has died at the age of 67, the band’s official Facebook page said on Thursday. In a Facebook post, later members of the band said Clarke, known as “Fast Eddie” because of his ferocious style of playing, died in […]

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