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  • Woman denied of entering house for being HIV positive October 26, 2013

    The inlaws of a 21yearold wife in Nadia district allegedly refused to allow the her enter the house with new born baby girl as she is HIV positive patient. According to police sources the woman, a resident of Tehatta Duttapara village in Nadia district had given birth of a baby girl...
  • Merkel frosty on the US over 'unacceptable' spying allegations October 25, 2013

    Brussels: German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of an unacceptable breach of trust on Thursday after allegations that the US bugged her personal mobile phone, and she indicated data agreements with Washington may have to be revised. Arriving for a twoday summit in Brussels overshadowed by the allegations of...
  • Manna Dey: Kolkata's Coffee House weeps for its balladeer October 25, 2013

    Kolkata: There were the routine chat sessions around the tables, but in hushed tones. The waiters served customers in their usual sluggish manner, but seemed markedly slower. For Kolkata's famous intellectual hub Coffee House was in mourning at the passing away of Manna Dey who rendered the famous song that...
  • Pakistan not epicentre of terrorism, says Sharif October 22, 2013

    Claiming that Pakistan is "neither a source nor an epicentre" of terrorism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday, said the US was in a position to help his country resolve its differences with India, including the "core" issue of Kashmir. A day ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama at...
  • Maharashtra: Government panel recommends 8 pc reservations in jobs October 22, 2013

    Mumbai: A government appointed panel on Tuesday has recommended 8 per cent reservation for Muslims in government jobs, education and housing in Maharashtra. The Mehmood Ur Rahman Committee formed five years ago to look into the social, economic and educational backwardness of Muslims in Maharashtra has submitted its report to Chief...
  • Haunted house business gets boost as techs up thrill ante October 19, 2013

    Philadelphia: Ed Terebus was an 18yearold high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laidoff auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago. The Terebus brothers charged visitors $1.50 per head to tour their creation, which was set up in a trailer and featured...
  • World View: US shutdown ends, is the relief only temporary? October 18, 2013

    The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. ...
  • London: Hillary Clinton fined for parking car for 45 minutes without paying October 18, 2013

    An unfazed London traffic warden has slapped an 80pound fine on a limousine used by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton for parking for 45 minutes without paying. The fine was put on the silver Mercedes as the 65year old former US first lady attended an event at a leading...
  • US shutdown ends: Obama says eager to work with everyone October 17, 2013

    After a 16 day standoff, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the legislation that ends the US government shutdown and raises the US debt ceiling. The US House of Representatives earlier on Thursday had passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. ...
  • US shutdown ends: Obama signs bill to reopen govt, raise debt ceiling October 17, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the legislation that ends the US government shutdown and raises the US debt ceiling, the White House said. The US House of Representatives had earlier on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after...
  • US House passes bill to reopen government, increase debt limit October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed the legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies. This after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the...
  • US shutdown ends, Senate backs debt crisis deal, House to vote next October 17, 2013

    Washington: The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. The House of Representatives quickly convened and was expected...
  • 'The Blood Telegram,' a powerful statement on American hypocrisy October 16, 2013

    Apart from the local leaders, who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Bangladesh? The obvious answer is the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. Who else? According Gary J Bass' compelling book 'The Blood Telegram' Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide' , Indira Gandhi's...
  • US: House GOP leaders unveil bill to counter senate debt plan October 15, 2013

    Washington: The House Grand Old Party (GOP) leaders unveiled their own plan on Tuesday to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economyrattling default on US obligations. Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would suspend a new tax on medical devices for two years and take...
  • Obama and Republicans search for a deal on US fiscal impasse October 13, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a shortterm deal to increase the US debt limit and reopen the government. Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by phone...
  • Obama, top Republicans agree to continue talks on shutdown October 12, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and the Republican party leadership have decided to continue talks to find any possible deal to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling, but there was no immediate resolution in site to end the current impasse. The White House described a telephonic conversation between Obama and John...
  • Obama, Republicans find 'no specific determination' on path forward October 11, 2013

    Reuters: President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans found no specific way forward to break their impasse over a government shutdown and extending the US debt ceiling at a meeting on Thursday, the White House said. The session of about an hour and a half between Obama and Republican leaders of the...
  • 75 pc less staff; clean loos, simple menu at White House October 9, 2013

    Washington: Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads. Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, numbercrunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work...
  • US still in fiscal deadlock, but glimmers of hope emerge October 8, 2013

    A few faint glimmers of hope surfaced on Monday in the US fiscal standoff, both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a shortterm increase in the nation's borrowing authority to avoid a default. Separately, a Senate aide said Republican Senator Rob Portman,...
  • Shutdown could harm America's global stature: White House October 7, 2013

    Washington: As the US government shutdown enters its second week, the White House on Monday warned that the looming prospect of an unprecedented debt default by the world's largest economy was a "terrible" scenario that would harm America's democracy and global stature. Top US officials said the political deadlock on the...
  • Obama urges public not to give up on health signups October 6, 2013

    Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans "definitely shouldn't give up" on the problemplagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government's expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted...
  • As US shutdown drags on, House votes to pay idled workers October 5, 2013

    Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the government reopens, but there was no end in sight to the shutdown that was in its fifth day. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously and it is expected...
  • Aruni Kashyap's latest book captures the historical silence of Assam October 5, 2013

    When I came to Assam a few years ago on a reporting assignment, a regional journalist told me that I shouldn't be reporting from this region, on account of not being Assamese. At the time he told me this, we were attending a 'surrender ceremony' of militants, organised by the...
  • US Shutdown: No end in sight to the crisis on day 5 October 5, 2013

    Washington:The political impasse that shut down the US government entered its fifth day on Saturday without showing any signs of abating, with Republicans launching a furious counterattack on the White House. The crisis, that erupted after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, left hundreds...
  • Sisters of woman killed question police action in US Capitol car chase October 5, 2013

    New York: A sister of the Connecticut woman shot to death by police in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier says there were no indications that her sister was unstable. Miriam Carey's sister Amy CareyJones said Friday that her sister "seemed OK" the last time...
  • IndianAmerican nominated to key administration post by US President October 5, 2013

    Washington: IndianAmerican Arun M Kumar has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a key administration post, making him in charge of international trade at a critical juncture, when the US is looking to increase it's export. Arun M Kumar, till recently a partner and member of the Board of Directors...
  • Woman driver shot dead in dramatic car chase at US Capitol October 4, 2013

    Washington: A dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington from near the White House to the US Capitol ended in gunfire on Thursday when law enforcement officers shot and killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled in a lockdown. The identity of the driver a woman ...
  • British parliamentary group calls on Nitish Kumar October 3, 2013

    A British parliamentary delegation on visit to Bihar to see the the development works in the state, on Thursday, called on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his official residence. The visiting delegates, led by House of Lords member Lord Cameron, discussed with Kumar the state government's works in agriculture, women empowerment...
  • Shutdown forces Barack Obama to cancel southeast Asia visits October 2, 2013

    US President Barack Obama has cancelled planned stops in the Philippines and Malaysia in his upcoming trip to Asia, due to the government shutdown at home, the White House said on Wednesday. Obama spoke by phone on Tuesday night with the Philippines' President Benigno S Aquino III and Malaysia's Prime Minister...
  • Obama to cut short Asia trip as US shutdown continues for 2nd day October 2, 2013

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday scaled down a longplanned trip to Asia, as a US government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight to the funding row in Congress that triggered it. Obama is expected to leave on Saturday for summit meetings in Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysian media...