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  • Obama to cut short Asia trip as US shutdown continues for 2nd day October 2, 2013

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday scaled down a long-planned 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...
  • US shutdown enters 2nd day; Obama slams Republicans October 2, 2013

    With both Democrats and Republicans sticking to their stands on a new budget pushing the shutdown into the second day on Wednesday, President Barack Obama has blamed a "reckless" opposition for the latest financial crisis that has forced up to one million workers off the job. The two parties failed to...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown October 2, 2013

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National...
  • Gujarat House passes new Lokayukta bill for the 2nd time October 1, 2013

    Gandhinagar: In the continuing tug of war between Narendra Modi government and the Governor, the state assembly on Tuesday passed the Gujarat Lokayukta Ayog Bill 2013 for a second time without incorporating any major changes sought by Raj Bhavan, setting the stage for a fresh confrontation. Governor Kamla Beniwal had on...
  • Political deadlock over 'Obamacare' forces shutdown in US October 1, 2013

    The US government on Tuesday shutdown for the first time in nearly 18 years - as the Republican and the Democrats failed to strike a deal on spending and budget mainly due to their differences over 'Obamacare', the flagship healthcare programme of President Barack Obama. With neither side blinking, despite last...
  • US government shuts down for the first time in 17 years, millions hit October 1, 2013

    Washington: For the first time in 17 years, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown on Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused. As Congress gridlocked, Obama...
  • White House tells agencies government will shut down October 1, 2013

    Washington: The White House's budget office says it's notifying federal agencies that the government will shut down on Tuesday. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said late Monday in a memorandum to agency heads that there was no indication Congress would approve a...
  • US: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy, says Barack Obama October 1, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans on Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. Late Monday, Obama called Republican and Democratic congressional leaders...
  • US: Differences between House, Senate Bills October 1, 2013

    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 cuts. *Delays for...
  • US: What's changing, what's not, in a shutdown October 1, 2013

    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 if...
  • Deadlocked Congress takes US govt to brink of shutdown October 1, 2013

    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 the...
  • House Republicans push US government closer to a shutdown September 29, 2013

    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 keep...
  • India, US agree to identify joint defence projects in a year September 28, 2013

    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, Prime...
  • PM Manmohan Singh reaches Washington to meet Obama September 26, 2013

    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 accompanied...
  • Barack Obama looks forward to meet Manmohan Singh: White House September 26, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington on 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 ahead...
  • Ravi Subramanian proves Penguin's popular fiction strategy: acquire established bestelling authors September 26, 2013

    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 September 26, 2013

    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 South...
  • Death toll from powerful earthquake in southwest Pakistan rises to 208 September 25, 2013

    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 the...
  • 80 killed as earthquake measuring 7.7 on Richter Scale strikes southwest Pakistan September 25, 2013

    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 province,...
  • Joshi accuses the UPA government of "almost mortgaging" Indian interests September 21, 2013

    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 determined...
  • Batla House encounter: HC seeks response from Delhi Police on Shahzad's appeal against his conviction September 20, 2013

    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 30...
  • Students hold protest march on 5th anniversary of the Batla House encounter September 19, 2013

    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 Congress-led...
  • CBI gives clean chit to Shinde in Adarsh Housing scam September 19, 2013

    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 September 19, 2013

    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 US...
  • TN: Jayalalithaa inaugurates houses for tsunami affected people September 18, 2013

    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 209 crore,...
  • 'Obama, Manmohan Singh should invite Miss America for lunch at the White House' September 18, 2013

    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 crowned...
  • J&K: Syed Ali Shah Geelani placed under house arrest September 18, 2013

    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 arrest...
  • Book extract: Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant September 17, 2013

    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 truths...
  • Middle-aged man arrested for throwing fire crackers inside White House fence September 17, 2013

    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. Immediately thereafter...
  • Unlike Russia, US stands up for democratic values: White House September 13, 2013

    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 President...