SHUTDOWN

  • Pakistan: Imran Khan alters countrywide 'shut down' plan December 2, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has altered his plan to "shut down" the country on December 16, after being criticised as the protest date coincided with the formal surrender of the army in Bangladesh. Khan, who has been protesting since mid-August, had threatened to paralyze Pakistan on December 16 if...
  • Imran Khan threatens to shutdown Pakistan if vote rigging charges against PM Sharif not probed December 1, 2014

    Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan threatened to bring the country to a standstill on December 16 if the government does not investigate allegations of vote rigging by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The chairman of Pakistan's opposition party Tehrik-e-Insaf is demanding a judicial commission under the Supreme Court. Khan said,...
  • Nokia shuts down its India plant in Chennai, over 8000 workers lose job November 1, 2014

    Chennai: Nokia, once an iconic mobile handset maker, is shutting down its India plant on Saturday at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, a company spokesperson said on Friday. "As announced earlier (October 7), we are stopping handset production at our Chennai plant from tomorrow (November 1) in the absence of orders from our...
  • Photos: Telangana witnesses total shutdown due to doortodoor survey August 19, 2014

    Telangana has witnessed a total shutdown on Tuesday in order to participate in doortodoor survey. 'Telangana Samagra Kutumba Survey' or 'Telangana Intensive Household Survey' will cover over 84 lakh households in the state. The enumerators will visit all houses in all 10 districts of the state. All business establishments were...
  • Karachi shutdown over arrest of MQM chief Altaf Hussain June 4, 2014

    Karachi: Commercial activities in Pakistan's financial hub remained at a standstill on Wednesday as fear and tension continued to grip the city after the arrest of MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London on charges of money laundering. As Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) supporters and workers continued to hold protests and sitins...
  • Kerala: Shutdown to protest against rise in LPG prices January 3, 2014

    Hotels and restaurants have been shutdown in protest against rise in LPG prices. The Kerala hotels, restaurants association and Bakers association said that this is only a one day strike, but their agitation could intensify. ...
  • J&K: Separatist's call for shutdown, normal life affected October 27, 2013

    Life was affected in Srinagar and in other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday due to a shutdown called by many separatist groups against the landing of the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir this day in 1947. Although government offices, educational institutions, banks, post offices and businesses remained closed...
  • 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. ...
  • Normalcy returns as US Congress votes to end government shutdown October 18, 2013

    After a compromise deal brought the 16 day government shutdown to an end, many government employees are returning to work. Museums, national parks and galleries have all reopened. ...
  • 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...
  • US government shutdown ends after 16 days October 16, 2013

    Washington: Senate leaders announced lastminute agreement on Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a...
  • Uncertainty looms large over end to US crisis October 16, 2013

    Washington: The US is appearing to be headed towards a financial default, which economist warned will have cascading impact on the global economy, as the Congress failed to make a headway in impasse over raising the country's debt ceiling before the deadline of October 17. Less than 50 hours left before...
  • 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...
  • Barack Obama postpones debt meet with lawmakers October 15, 2013

    President Barack Obama postponed a planned meeting with lawmakers to discuss the government shutdown and the debt ceiling amid signs of progress in the Senate, the White House said on Monday. The meeting, which was scheduled for 3 pm, had been delayed to "allow leaders in the Senate time to continue...
  • NASA feels pinch of US government shutdown October 14, 2013

    The nearly twoweeklong US government shutdown has had a marked effect on NASA as most of its employees were laid off and many programmes and experiments halted, a former NASA official said. George Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center located in Houston, told Xinhua that 97 percent of the...
  • US fiscal negotiations sputter as deadline nears October 13, 2013

    Congressional negotiations to end a US fiscal crisis gripping Washington and spooking financial markets hung by a thread on Saturday after bipartisan talks broke down in the House of Representatives and shifted to Senate leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, held an initial session with Senate Republican leader Mitch...
  • 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...
  • NASA vows to review ban on Chinese astronomers October 11, 2013

    Washington: The US space agency has vowed to reconsider the applications of Chinese scientists who were denied access to a NASA conference on security grounds, sparking a boycott by leading American astronomers. NASA administrator Charles Bolden on Thursday said the situation was "unfortunate" and pledged to take a fresh look at...
  • Obama, Congress look for way out of US fiscal stalemate October 10, 2013

    Washington: With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, US President Barack Obama launched a series of White House meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday to search for a way to end a government shutdown and raise the debt limit. House Democrats journeyed to the White House...
  • Republicans consider shortterm US debt ceiling increase October 10, 2013

    US House of Representatives Republicans are considering signing on to a shortterm increase in the government's borrowing authority to buy time for negotiations on broader policy measures, according to a Republican leadership aide. How long the increase might suffice a few weeks or a few months was unclear. But...
  • 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...
  • Rupee gains slightly, opens at 61.68 vs US dollar October 8, 2013

    Mumbai: The rupee on Tuesday recovered by 11 paise to 61.68 against the dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market amid a higher opening in the stocks. Sentiments turned buoyant after RBI on Monday cut the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate, at which it lends emergency funds to...
  • 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...
  • China asks US to protect its huge investments October 7, 2013

    Concerned over the safety of its US bonds worth USD 1.2 trillion, Beijing, on Monday, asked Washington to take decisive steps to end the debt crisis and protect its investments. As the US government's largest creditor, China is "naturally concerned about developments in the US fiscal cliff", Chinese Vice Finance Minister...
  • US Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt limit battles October 7, 2013

    As the US government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked US Congress also confronted an October 17 deadline to increase the nation's borrowing power or risk default. Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner vowed not to raise the US...