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  • US: Differences between House, Senate Bills 01-10-2013 08:28 AM

    Washington: A comparison of rival House and Senate bills aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown Tuesday: House Bill: *Funds federal agencies through December 15 at current spending levels. The rate equates to annual agency spending of $986 billion, and includes the impact of this year's sequester, or automatic spending...
  • US: What's changing, what's not, in a shutdown 01-10-2013 07:32 AM

    Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo. Those are among the immediate effects...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown 01-10-2013 07:13 AM

    Washington: The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the US government starting on Tuesday morning. With the law funding thousands of routine government activities set to expire at midnight, Republicans in...
  • House Republicans push US government closer to a shutdown 29-09-2013 07:53 AM

    Washington:House Republicans on Saturday pushed the government to the edge of a partial shutdown next week, insisting that President Barack Obama's signature health care law be delayed a year in defiance of the White House and Democratic-controlled Senate. The House Republicans rejected a Senate bill passed on Friday that would...
  • India, US agree to identify joint defence projects in a year 28-09-2013 07:02 AM

    As part of their effort to enhance defence engagements, India and the US have agreed to identify areas of cooperative and collaborative projects in advance defence technologies and systems in the next one year. Applauding bilateral defence cooperation and expressing satisfaction with the progress achieved to date in defence relations,...
  • PM Manmohan Singh reaches Washington to meet Obama 26-09-2013 11:33 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived Washington on Thursday on a two-day "working visit" to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, during which the two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues with focus on defence, economic and regional issues. The Prime Minister...
  • Barack Obama looks forward to meet Manmohan Singh: White House 26-09-2013 07:38 PM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washingtonon Friday to discuss a wide range of issues and their shared objectives, the White House has said. "He (Obama) very much looks forward to the meeting," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters...
  • Ravi Subramanian proves Penguin's popular fiction strategy: acquire established bestelling authors 26-09-2013 11:25 AM

    With the publication of Ravi Subramanian's fifth novel Bankerupt, Penguin Random House India's commercial strategy is becoming increasingly evident. In July this year, Penguin took away the bestselling Subramanian from Rupa, where his first four novels Devil In Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, If God Was A Banker, and The Bankster...
  • Death toll in Pakistan earthquake rises to 327 26-09-2013 07:32 AM

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan rose to 327 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on residents throughout the remote and thinly populated area, local officials said. Pakistan's army airlifted hundreds of soldiers to help with the aftermath of the worst earthquake in the...
  • Death toll from powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan rises to 208 25-09-2013 09:45 AM

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake in southwestern Pakistan rose to 208 people on Wednesday after scores of houses collapsed in remote mountainous areas near the Iranian border, Pakistan's Frontier Corps said. "More than 80 bodies were recovered early in the morning from collapsed houses," said a spokesman for...
  • 80 killed as earthquake measuring 7.7 on Richter Scale strikes southwest Pakistan 25-09-2013 07:39 AM

    Eighty people were killed and about another 80 injured when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, with officials saying more persons could be buried under the rubble of collapsed homes. At least 80 people have been killed so far in the quake that struck Awaran district in Balochistan...
  • Joshi accuses the UPA government of "almost mortgaging" Indian interests 21-09-2013 07:20 PM

    Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, on Saturday, accused the UPA government of "almost mortgaging" Indian interests in the wake of reports of attempts to dilute the nuclear liability clause in contracts proposed with US firms. Nuclear reactors should be established on India's terms but the government seemed to be...
  • Batla House encounter: HC seeks response from Delhi Police on Shahzad's appeal against his conviction 20-09-2013 12:04 PM

    The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of police on an appeal filed by Shahzad Ahmed against his conviction in the 2008 Batla House encounter case for killing decorated police officer Inspector M C Sharma and injuring two other cops. Shahzad, 25, was awarded life imprisonment on July...
  • Students hold protest march on 5th anniversary of the Batla House encounter 19-09-2013 09:49 PM

    A students' group, on Thursday, held a protest march to mark the fifth anniversary of the Batla House encounter and demanded an independent and impartial probe into the incident. "The killing of youths at the L18 Batla house on September 19, 2008 was not an encounter. We demand that the...
  • CBI gives clean chit to Shinde in Adarsh Housing scam 19-09-2013 12:13 PM

    Mumbai: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has got a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. The CBI on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that petitioner Pravin Wategaonkar's plea to make Shinde one of the accused in the...
  • US Federal Reserve surprises, sticks to bond-buying stimulus as it cuts growth outlook 19-09-2013 08:10 AM

    The US Federal Reserve defied investor expectations on Wednesday by postponing the start of the wind down of its massive monetary stimulus, saying it wanted to wait for more evidence of solid economic growth. Investors responded by propelling US stocks to record highs and driving down bond yields. Yields on...
  • TN: Jayalalithaa inaugurates houses for tsunami affected people 18-09-2013 02:59 PM

    Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated 5,674 houses, roads and new buildings for the benefit of people who lost their homes in the December 2004 tsunami. The Chief Minister inaugurated the houses, roads and buildings through video-conferencing from the Secretariat. The houses have been constructed at a cost of Rs...
  • 'Obama, Manmohan Singh should invite Miss America for lunch at the White House' 18-09-2013 01:18 PM

    A former top American diplomat has hoped that President Barack Obama invites Nina Davuluri when he hosts Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for lunch at the White House next Friday, in recognition of the contribution of Indian-Americans to the United States. Nina Davuluri, 24, is the first Indian-American to have been...
  • J&K: Syed Ali Shah Geelani placed under house arrest 18-09-2013 11:47 AM

    Top separatist leaders, including chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had called for a march to UN Military Observers Group office was placed under house arrest by authorities in Srinagar to lodge protest against killing of five youths in Shopian. The other separatist leaders placed under house...
  • Book extract: Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant 17-09-2013 05:54 PM

    Happy Birthday! is a celebration of the complex, mysterious inner lives of our fellow human beings, by the award-winning novelist Meghna Pant. The book is about a dedicated friend who undertakes one last labour of love for a childless woman. Nadia - married into money - finds herself facing uncomfortable...
  • Middle-aged man arrested for throwing fire crackers inside White House fence 17-09-2013 10:07 AM

    A man threw fire crackers over the north fence of the White House, hours after a shooting rampage at a Navy Yard in Washington that left at least 13 people dead. A middle-aged man was arrested near the White House after he threw fire crackers inside its fence, officials said....
  • Unlike Russia, US stands up for democratic values: White House 13-09-2013 07:08 AM

    Washington: Taking a strong exception to Russian President's remarks on the US over Syria issue, the White House has said that it is not surprised by Vladimir Putin's words and that unlike Russia, America stands up for democratic values and human rights. "As for the editorial, we're not surprised by...
  • PM to inaugurate housing complex for nearly 8500 slum families 11-09-2013 07:31 PM

    Chandigarh: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a housing complex at Dhanas on September 14, benefiting nearly 8,500 families living in slums in the city. The Rs 2,400 crore worth 'Housing Complex' project at Dhanas town has been completed and the Prime Minister will hand over the keys of 8,448...
  • Obama vows to explore Russian offer on Syria 11-09-2013 07:33 AM

    US President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria's chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force. Obama said in a White House speech that a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar...
  • Herd of Elephants enters town, damages 'Gibraltar House' 09-09-2013 06:41 PM

    A herd of 15 elephants, on Monday, damaged the 'Gibraltar House' built by a judge of the Calcutta High Court at Kanhari Hills in Hazaribagh town 150 years ago. The elephants damaged the "Gibraltar House", built by late S C Mallick, a judge of the Calcutta High Court but none...
  • Enough international support on Syrian military strike: White House 08-09-2013 11:19 PM

    Washington: The US has enough international support for a military strike against Syria, a top White House official said on Monday though America lacks firm commitment on military personnel or equipment from any other country for action against the Bashar al-Assad regime. "We do have plenty of friends who are...
  • Bill to protect street vendors introduced in Lok Sabha 05-09-2013 11:16 PM

    New Delhi: A Bill to protect the rights of urban street vendors- including against harassment by the police and other authorities- as well as to regulate street vending activities was on Thursday moved for discussion and passage in the Lok Sabha. Moving for discussion and passage the Street Vendors (Protection...
  • Over 3,00,000 attempts made to watch porn in UK Parliament: Report 05-09-2013 08:24 AM

    Over 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites from the British Parliament in the past year, according to official figures. Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the 'Huffington Post UK', the House of Commons authorities acknowledged that users of the Parliamentary Network servers have repeatedly attempted to...
  • Barack Obama faces Syria test as House holds 1st hearing 04-09-2013 04:46 PM

    The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members a day after gaining Speaker John Boehner's critical endorsement and finding significant support in the Senate. With President Barack Obama in Europe, his...
  • Link disbursal of home loans to stages of construction: RBI to banks 04-09-2013 08:07 AM

    The Reserve Bank on Tuesday asked banks to link the disbursal of home loans to stages of construction to protect the interests of buyers and contain the fallout of "innovative" housing financing schemes. "In view of the higher risks associated with such lump-sum disbursal of sanctioned housing loans and customer...