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  • Barack Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner Yesterday

    Washington: At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," US President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. Obama's comedy routine at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner included a sly dig...
  • American, Italian hostages inadvertently killed in US operation: Obama 4 days ago

    Washington: An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al-Qaeda were inadvertently killed in a US counter-terrorism operation in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid...
  • Maharashtra, India's richest state, needs over $200 billion to house its poorest 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Maharashtra, India's wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found. India's urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that...
  • Digvijaya courts controversy, asks if Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam was served biryani under house arrest April 17, 2015

    Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh stroked a controversy by asking if like 26/11 Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab, Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam too was served biryani under arrest. Singh said, "Kasab wasn't served biryani, Masarat Alam might have been. Was Alam served biryani when under house arrest? Jammu and Kashmir...
  • SC to hear Ashok Chavan's plea in Adarsh scam on April 24 April 13, 2015

    Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan's plea in the multi-crore Adarsh housing society scam on April 24. The apex court asked the Maharashtra government to take adjournment before the trial court in the case. Chavan has moved the court against the Bombay High...
  • Hillary Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa April 13, 2015

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans. Clinton opened her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination by positioning herself as the heir to the diverse...
  • Russian hackers reached sensitive White House systems April 8, 2015

    Washington: Russian hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system after intruding at the US State Department in recent months. The White House said the report did not refer to a new incident but was "speculating" about the source of cyber activities that were disclosed last year. Spokesman Mark Stroh...
  • Is Apple working on a 4-inch iPhone 6C? Leaked images suggest so March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: In what looks like a take from iPhone 5C's non-metal housing, latest image leaks point to the tech giant developing a similar iPhone 6C model after its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones. The images, spotted on Future Supplier, show the rear housing of a purported...
  • Barack Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14, discuss ISIL campaign: White House March 23, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month and discuss political and security issues, including the campaign against militant group ISIL in the violence-torn country. Obama and Abadi's meeting would take place on April 14, the White House said. "The Prime Minister's visit underscores the...
  • 'At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss' - Monica Lewinsky talks about her affair with Bill Clinton and public shaming March 23, 2015

    Monica Lewinsky was just another employee at the White House. But her fate was not that of any other employee over there. Monica Lewinsky fell in love with her boss. This may not sound like a very big deal, until you realize that her boss was none other than the...
  • Monica Lewinsky makes a comeback, talks about her relationship with Bill Clinton March 23, 2015

    After her involvement in the scandal that rocked the White House and cost Bill Clinton his Presidency, Monica Lewinsky has made a comeback. She spoke openly about the fallout from her relationship with the former US president. It came just as Bill Clinton's wife Hillary is on the verge of...
  • BJP government cut funds to welfare schemes, favoured corporates: P Chidambaram March 22, 2015

    Tamil Nadu: Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has charged the BJP government with cutting funds to the tune of Rs 75,000 crore for various welfare schemes, including the noon meal scheme and Indira Group House scheme. "BJP government cut funds to the tune of Rs 75,000...
  • Obama hosts student film festival at the White House March 21, 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama said the film festival he hosted at the White House Friday is probably the only one ever featuring a director with a loose tooth. The 15 films featured at the second annual event were made by students age 6-16 who were chosen from among some 1,500 entries...
  • 'Don't expect land bill to come in 1st half of Budget session' says Congress March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Congress Wednesday said it does not expect land acquisition bill will actually come before Parliament in first half of the Budget session a day after Sonia Gandhi led an Opposition march of 14 parties to President House on the issue. "Let us wait what comes before the Parliament and...
  • Package containing cyanide received by White House March 18, 2015

    Washington: The White House has received poisonous cyanide packed in an envelope carrying the address of a man who had earlier sent a similar package covered in urine and feces to the US president's official residence, according to the US Secret Service. "On Monday March 16, an envelope was received...
  • White House intruder pleads guilty says US Attorney March 14, 2015

    Washington: The man who intruded the White House in September last year has pleaded guilty to charges of entering the highly protected building with a folding knife after climbing the fence, US Attorney Ronald C Machen said. Omar Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Texas, pled guilty in the US District...
  • Indonesia: Owner puts advertisement for selling house, offers wife 'for free' March 11, 2015

    Sleman: An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free, her hand in marriage. The Internet ad reads for the most part like a regular house listing, saying that the single-storey property has two...
  • SC asks DDA to allot plots to 14,000 applicants by July 2016 March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major relief to applicants of DDA's 1981 housing scheme, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked DDA to allot plots to remaining 14,000 applicants in Rohini area and conclude external development work by July 31, 2016. A bench headed by Justice JS Kehar, which had asked the...
  • White House on lockdown after loud bang is heard: Report March 7, 2015

    Washington: The White House was put on lockdown on Saturday after a loud noise was heard on the South Lawn moments before President Barack Obama and his family were due to take off by helicopter, a White House pool report said on Saturday. It said the noise prompted Secret Service agents...
  • States should use additional funds for infrastructure: PM Modi March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday suggested that additional funds and resources at the disposal of states should be directed primarily towards nation building, an official release said. At a meeting with 35 first-time Maharashtra MLAs, who called on him at the Parliament House, Modi highlighted the union government's...
  • Bombay HC dismisses Ashok Chavan's application for recall of his name from Adarsh scam March 4, 2015

    Mumbai: In a setback for Maharashtra Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a an application filed by him for recall of an earlier order refusing to drop his name from the charge-sheet of Adarsh Housing Society scam. Chavan had approached the Bombay...
  • Sahara's Grosvenor House hotel in London put up for sale March 4, 2015

    New Delhi/Mumbai: London's landmark Grosvenor House hotel has been put up for sale after its owner, part of troubled Indian conglomerate Sahara which has been trying to raise funds for its jailed boss Subrata Roy, was placed into administration by creditors. Consultant Deloitte said on Tuesday it had been appointed administrator...
  • Sahara defaults on loan taken by Bank of China, prompts legal action March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: In yet another development which will compound trouble for Sahara group, Bank of China may initiate legal action against it for defaulting on a loan, sources said. The sources also said Bank of China had financed Sahara's hotel buys for nearly $900 million. The development takes place even as...
  • Australia Diaries, Part I: CNN-IBN takes you Down Under March 2, 2015

    Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney that was built in 1973, spending around 102 million dollars which is approximately $859 million dollars in today's world (as of 2012). ...
  • Low-cost housing sector flay Budget March 1, 2015

    Mumbai: The Budget has failed to offer any incentives to the affordable housing sector which is already facing risks in form of high costs and low margins, industry leaders said. "The Budget is disappointing. The affordable housing sector was expecting that the Narendra Modi government, like last time, would extend...
  • Barack Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House February 25, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip. "There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the...
  • 'Need to reform madrassa system in Pak' says Pakistani NGO February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Top leaders of 26 Pakistani terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani network "are products of" madrassas and there is an urgent need to reform all such seminaries, an executive of a Pakistani NGO has said. Addressing the 'White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism' held in Washington last week,...
  • White House appoints DJ Patil as the first US Chief Data Scientist February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The White House has formally appointed Dr DJ Patil as the first US Chief Data Scientist, Megan Smith- the US Chief Technology Officer- announced through the White House blog. He will hold the position of Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office...
  • Not at war with Islam but with people who perverted the religion: Barack Obama February 19, 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama has said the US and its allies are not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion, asserting that groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda are desperate for legitimacy by portraying themselves as holy warriors in defense of religion. . "We are not at war...
  • Breaking Toons: Inside the 'Auction House' February 18, 2015

    As the auction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bandgala monogrammed pinstripe suit began in Surat on Wednesday and will go on for three days, Cartoonist Neelabh visits the 'Auction House' to check out the politician belongings to be auctioned. ...