FBI expresses ‘grave concerns’ over Republican memo’s accuracy

WASHINGTON, February 1 (Reuters): The FBI said on Wednesday it had “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a top-secret House Intelligence Committee memo alleging anti-Trump bias within the Justice Department, challenging President Donald Trump’s pledge to release it. But a few hours after the rare public rebuke by the top U.S. law enforcement agency, a […]

Jailed Catalan independence leaders lodge case with UN

Jailed Catalan independence leaders lodge case with UN

Ben Emmerson, and Rachel Lindon, lawyers of three jailed Catalan leaders speak during a press conference in London, Britain ON February 1. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, February 1 (Reuters): Three Catalan independence leaders being held in pre-trial detention have complained to a U.N. panel that their imprisonment breaks international law, their lawyer said on Thursday. […]

Zimbabwe to give white farmers 99-year leases, like black counterparts

Zimbabwe to give white farmers 99-year leases, like black counterparts

Zimbabwean women harvest maize from a field in a peri-urban suburb of Mabvuku in Harare, April 10, 2014. (REUTERS File Photo)   HARARE, February 1 (Reuters): Zimbabwe will issue 99-year leases to white farmers, according to a government circular, after new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture. Fewer […]

Singapore court rejects longer jail term in megachurch fraud case

Singapore court rejects longer jail term in megachurch fraud case

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee (R) and his wife Sun Ho, also known as Ho Yeow Sun, arrive at the State Courts in Singapore. (REUTERS File Photo)   SINGAPORE, February 1 (Reuters): A Singapore court rejected on Thursday a prosecution appeal to reinstate a longer jail sentence for the co-founder of a popular church […]

Role of ‘conscience keepers’ in Naga society

Witoubou Newmai What should have been the finest time for the Naga people appears destined to become a nightmare as the Naga society is left to see the ‘cordial affairs’ disrupted. Are the vested interest elements alone to be blamed for the diminishing provision of a meaningful ‘Naga journey’? This situation seems to be a […]

India bonds slump as government raises deficit target, shares whipsaw

India bonds slump as government  raises deficit target, shares whipsaw

An India Rupee note is seen in this illustration photo. (REUTERS File Photo)   MUMBAI, February 1 (Reuters): India’s benchmark 10-year bonds slumped on Thursday after the government set a higher-than-expected fiscal deficit target for the year starting in April.   Indian shares also fell briefly after the government imposed a long-term capital gains tax, […]

High Court asks government to examine new Rs 50, Rs 200 notes

New Delhi, February 1 (PTI): The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the RBI to examine the new currency notes and coins, saying the visually-impaired were facing hardship in identifying and using them.   A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar told the Centre and the RBI […]

Hong Kong on alert as ATM withdrawals surge

HONG KONG, February 1 (Reuters): Cash withdrawals at Hong Kong ATMs have surged, prompting scrutiny from monetary authorities, the banking industry and police amid media reports that mainland Chinese are withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars using up to 50 cards at a time.   China has battled to curb capital outflows for years. A […]

Nagaland Finance Department notifies on GST

Kohima, February 1 (DIPR): The Finance Department (Revenue Branch) in a notification informed that in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (g) of sub-rule (2) of rule 89 of the Nagaland Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 read with notification F.NO.FIN/REV – 3/GST/1/08 (Pt-l)/52 dated 26th October, 2017, the State Government has notified the […]

News in brief

Fire at Japanese senior welfare residence kills 11 TOKYO, February 1 (Reuters): Eleven people were killed in a fire at a low-rent residence in northern Japan that mainly housed elderly people on welfare, police said on Thursday. Five people were rescued. The cause of Wednesday night’s fire in the city of Sapporo, on the island […]

Jailed Catalan leaders lodge case with U.N. to put pressure on Spain

Jailed Catalan leaders lodge case with U.N. to put pressure on Spain

Ben Emmerson, and Rachel Lindon, lawyers of three jailed Catalan leaders speak during a press conference in London, Britain February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson   LONDON, February 1 (Reuters) – Three Catalan independence leaders being held in pre-trial detention have lodged a complaint against their imprisonment with a U.N. panel, hoping to exert pressure on […]

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