RUSSIA

  • Russia may create joint orbital station with India, China 17 hours 7 minutes ago

    Moscow: Russia is exploring the possibility of a joint manned orbital station with India and China as part of a common strategy to create technological alliances and may take up the matter with the two Asian space giants in July. "Moscow could propose to China and India to create a joint...
  • Subsidies to be rationalised, joint session on insurance: Arun Jaitley 5 days ago

    Davos: Wooing global investors, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hinted at rationalising subsidies on kerosene and cooking gas, rebuilding credibility of taxation structure and calling a joint session of Parliament to get the insurance bill passed if it is not cleared in the coming session. Laying the fiscal road map...
  • Three Russian Olympic champions tested positive for doping 1 week ago

    Moscow: Three Russian Olympic gold medalists in race walking were tested positive for abuse of using performance improving drugs, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Tuesday. Sergey Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina were banned for three years and two months, while Valery Borchin received a ban for eight years from October...
  • Thousands rally against Mohammed cartoons in Russia January 17, 2015

    Moscow: Around 15,000 people on Saturday rallied in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus region of Ingushetia against Western publications that insult the Prophet Mohammed, authorities said, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in France. The crowd gathered for the officially sanctioned meeting in the regional capital Magas to protest "against...
  • IS video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies' January 14, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group released a video on Monday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their alleged attempts to infiltrate...
  • Russian scientists develop Ebola vaccine December 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russian researchers have developed a candidate vaccine to protect against the deadly Ebola virus which will soon undergo human clinical trials in Africa. A group of scientists at the St Petersburg-based Research Institute of Influenza developed the vaccine and its trials are due to complete in Africa in February....
  • Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into 'frontline of confrontation' December 24, 2014

    Moscow: Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realised. The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow...
  • Vladimir Putin: Russia military modernisation plan to go on December 19, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. Speaking with top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively include a possibility of large-scale aggression...
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes December 19, 2014

    Marrakech: Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision...
  • Barack Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill, says White House December 19, 2014

    Washington: The White House on Thursday said US President Barack Obama will sign the Russia sanctions bill as it again appealed to Moscow to "end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and cease support for separatists in eastern Ukraine". "The President does intend to sign HR 5859 (Russia sanctions bill)...
  • Russia facing very serious economic situation: US December 17, 2014

    Washington: The US on Tuesday said that Russia is facing a serious economic situation in view of a sharp decline in Russian currency and attributed this to a series of international sanctions imposed by Washington after Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "The combination of our sanctions, the uncertainty they've created for themselves...
  • Oil drops below $59 for first time since 2009 December 16, 2014

    London: Oil fell below $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 on Tuesday, extending a six-month sell off as slowing Chinese factory activity and weakening emerging-market currencies added to concerns about demand. International benchmark Brent crude has almost halved since reaching a 2014 high of $115 a barrel...
  • India 3rd on black money list; $440 billion flows out in 10 years December 16, 2014

    Washington: As India continues its pursuit of suspected black money stashed abroad, an international think-tank has ranked the country third globally with an estimated $94.76 billion (nearly Rs 6 lakh crore) illicit wealth outflows in 2012. As a result, the cumulative illicit money moving out of the country over a ten-year...
  • US unhappy over Putin's India trip, no change in Obama's plans December 13, 2014

    Washington: The US is unhappy over India doing "business as usual" with Russia, but it will have no effect on President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to India which remains an "important partner." "No. India remains an important partner," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday when asked whether deals...
  • Ukrainian president criticises India over Crimean leader visit December 12, 2014

    Sydney/New Delhi: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at India on Friday over a visit by the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, who accompanied President Vladimir Putin's annual summit delegation this week. India does not back Western sanctions against Russia, and the unofficial trip by Sergey...
  • Ukraine: Ceasefire results in first casualty-free day December 12, 2014

    Sydney: Ukraine's president said on Friday that a fragile truce between his government's troops and Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine had resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers since the conflict erupted months ago. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, wrapping up a three-day visit to Australia,...
  • India, Russia sign bilateral agreements on oil, defence force training, atomic energy December 11, 2014

    India's strategic partnership with Russia is 'incomparable in content', said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russia has been "a pillar of strength" for India, said Modi after holding the annual summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin who is on a day-long visit to New Delhi. ...
  • Russia to assemble 400 choppers a year in India December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Russia on Thursday agreed in principle to assemble around 400 advanced twin engine Kamov helicopters a year in India, in a major move to give a new push to their strategic partnership. The Kamov Ka-226T, which Russia offered to assemble in India, is a light multi-role helicopter which is...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob December 11, 2014

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  • Russia 'a pillar of strength', says Modi as the two countries sign seven agreements, 13 MoUs December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India's strategic partnership with Russia is 'incomparable in content', said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russia has been "a pillar of strength" for India, said Modi after holding the annual summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin who is on a day-long visit to New Delhi. Modi said that "we...
  • Indian companies ink pact to buy $2.1 billion diamonds from Russia December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Twelve Indian companies will buy diamonds worth US dollar 2.1 billion in the next three years directly from Russian diamond mining giant ALROSA. These companies have signed three-year contracts with ALROSA during the ongoing World Diamond Conference being inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
  • List of agreements signed between Russia and India December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Delhi for the annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. Here is the list of agreements signed during...
  • Live: India, Russia sign bilateral agreements on oil, defence force training, atomic energy December 11, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Delhi for the annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. After the talks at Hyderabad House, the two sides are...
  • Goa faces prospect of falling tourist arrivals December 11, 2014

    Panaji: The Crimean crisis, Russia's falling rouble and stopping of tourist charter flights from international destinations might prove to be a dampener for the much-hyped New Year party scene in Goa this time, fear tourism industry experts. While the ongoing St Francis Xavier exposition might to a certain extent off-set...
  • Modi, Putin to meet today; pacts on energy, defence among several others likely to be signed December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Delhi late on Wednesday night for the annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. ...
  • Modi tweets in Russian to welcome Russian President Putin to India on Thursday December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared tweets in Russian to welcome President Vladimir Putin to India on Thursday and said he was delighted to welcome Putin to the country and was looking forward to a productive visit "that will take India-Russia ties to newer heights". "Times have changed, our friendship...
  • Massive asteroid not a threat to earth: NASA December 10, 2014

    New York: A massive asteroid discovered by Russian researchers is not a threat to the Earth, NASA has confirmed. According to media reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. "Some press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on...
  • Russian President Putin to sign big deals on his one-day trip to India December 10, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will be visiting India on a short one day trip as part of the 15th annual India-Russia Summit. During the visit a host of big-ticket deals are expected to be signed from energy to defence to diamond-cutting. ...
  • India, Russia to sign 20 agreements during President Putin's visit December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: As the spate of high profile visits continue, Russian President Vladimir Putin will come to India on Wednesday amidst a great deal of animosity between him and the West over the crisis in Ukraine. But during his visit a host of big-ticket deals are expected to be signed...
  • No shadow of Putin's India visit on Obama trip: US December 6, 2014

    Washington: The US says "now is not the time for business as usual with Russia" but insists Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming India visit would not cast a shadow on President Barack Obama's own trip in January. "Let's wait and see what comes from the visit," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf...