Priyanka Chopra scores 25 mn Instagram followers; ahead of Modi, Big B

Priyanka Chopra scores 25 mn Instagram followers; ahead of Modi, Big B

Priyanka Chopra. (REUTERS File Photo) Mumbai, July 5 (IANS): Here’s a new feather on Priyanka Chopra’s decorated hat. The actress has scored a fan base of 25 million on Instagram, leaving behind Indian icons like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s followers on the photo-sharing platform.   Modi has 13.5 million followers, while Big […]

Assam flood situation deteriorates

GUWAHATI, July 5 (PTI): The overall flood situation in Assam deteriorated today with nearly 50,000 people reeling under the deluge in five districts of the state, a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said on Wednesday.   According to the ASDMA, over 40,900 people are affected at present in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, […]

Bollywood bowled over by biopics

Bollywood bowled over by biopics

  New Delhi, July 5 (IANS): “Neerja”, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” and “Sanju”. Not to miss “Dangal” and “Mary Kom”. What’s common?   They are all biopics — inspiring stories of heroes sans greasepaint for which actors like Aamir Khan put on a pronounced paunch to play former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and Priyanka […]

Mansarovar: Over 500 pilgrims await rescue, 883 evacuated

New Delhi, July 5 (IANS): The government said on Thursday said that 883 Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims were evacuated from Simikot region in Nepal in the last three days and over 500 were still awaiting rescue flights.   External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters that the Indian Embassy in Nepal has undertaken a […]

After furore, Pune school rescinds order on girls’ underwear

Pune, July 5 (IANS): After a massive uproar, a prominent private co-education school here withdrew its bizarre order mandating all girl students to wear only white or beige underwear on campus, an official said here on Thursday.   The orders, which parents and social activists termed as “draconian and infringing on individual privacy”, were issued […]

Bank of China gets RBI licence to open branch in India

Bank of China gets RBI licence to open branch in India

New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): The Reserve Bank of India has issued a licence to Bank of China to launch operations in India, official sources said on Wednesday.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a commitment to Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Bank of China to set up branches in India when they […]

Apparel exports to decline by 10% in FY19 due to GST

Apparel exports to decline by 10% in FY19 due to GST

New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): India’s apparel exports downturn may continue and is expected to decline by overall 10% in FY19, a senior industry official said here.   In 2017-18 exports declined by 4% to $16.7 billion. “Country’s apparel exports have taken a beating from October 2017 onwards. The introduction of GST has resulted in […]

Swiss government must improve anti-corruption measures says review

Swiss government must improve anti-corruption measures says review

A Swiss flag is pictured on the Swiss Federal Palace (Bundeshaus) in Bern, Switzerland. (REUTERS File Photo)   ZURICH, July 5 (Reuters): The Swiss government must improve its measures to tackle corruption by federal officials and departments after steps taken were found to be inadequate, an evaluation report said on Thursday.   “Important reforms” are needed […]

UK sets July 16/17 for Brexit customs, trade laws parliament debate

UK sets July 16/17 for Brexit customs, trade laws parliament debate

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks as she is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany on July 5. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, July 5 (Reuters): British lawmakers will debate the government’s proposed legislation on post-Brexit customs arrangements and trade on July 16 and 17, creating another potential flashpoint between Prime Minister Theresa […]

Germany’s Merkel, Hungary’s Orban clash over how to be humane

Germany’s Merkel, Hungary’s Orban clash over how to be humane

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands after addressing the media in Berlin, Germany on July 5. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, July 5 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with her Hungarian counterpart over the responsibilities Europe had towards refugees seeking sanctuary on the continent in a tense press conference […]

Rs 1,164 cr budgetary fund for Bengaluru infra projects

Rs 1,164 cr budgetary fund for Bengaluru infra projects

Bengaluru, July 5 (IANS): An estimated amount of Rs 1,164 crore has been allocated for various Bengaluru infrastructure development projects, including revival of lakes and construction of flyovers, in Karnataka budget for fiscal 2018-19.   The projects include construction of interconnected elevated corridors in Bengaluru, lake rejuvenation, construction of a chemical waste treatment unit in the […]