EUROPEAN

  • Sri Lanka welcomes EU decision to appeal against LTTE delisting December 3, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka welcomed the EU decision to appeal against the LTTE's delisting as a terrorist entity by a European court. "The action taken by the Council of the European Union (EU) demonstrates commitment for the fight against terrorism at a time when this threat is increasingly posing a significant...
  • Steep rise in number of Indian students in European universities November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The number of Indian students going to European universities for tertiary level education has increased from 3,348 in 2000 to 51,556 in 2009, a statement said on Sunday. The number of Indian students is the second highest after the Chinese students going to the European universities for education. According to...
  • EU Parliament votes overwhelmingly to break up Google November 28, 2014

    Strasbourg: The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the four-year standoff between Brussels and the US Internet giant. In a direct challenge to Google, MEPs assembled in Strasbourg approved a resolution calling on the EU to...
  • Behind EU's call for break-up of Google stand not only Europeans but also US competitors November 27, 2014

    Brussels: When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young US tech giants. But should any American take time on Thanksgiving to scoff at Thursday's non-binding vote...
  • European Parliament may pass resolution to break up Google November 23, 2014

    The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' command...
  • Anirban Lahiri earns European Tour card for 2015 November 21, 2014

    Girona: Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage. Lahiri (65-68-66-73-75-72) carded an even-par-72 in the sixth and final round of the event on Thursday to...
  • India, EU to sign civil nuclear pact by 2015 November 16, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major step towards realising its nuclear energy ambitions, India is engaged in talks with the European Union to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement and the deal is expected to be inked by next year. "An agreement is expected to be signed between the India's Department...
  • Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours November 15, 2014

    Paris: Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said on Saturday. Crowning a historic feat, the robot lab streamed data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in...
  • Scientist apologises for wearing shirt having a collage of pinup girls in various states of undress November 15, 2014

    Berlin: British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency's Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming "we're making history." But it was his garish bowling shirt that drew more attention than the unconventional Rosetta...
  • Rosetta comet mission shuts down after Philae runs out of power November 15, 2014

    London: The European Space Agency's (ESA) ambitious Rosetta comet mission is in trouble again with its Philae lander running out of power on the surface of the comet, media reported on Saturday. This happened when a last-ditch attempt to nudge the lander to a more sunlit place on the comet apparently...
  • European probe Philae lands on comet, but fails to anchor down November 13, 2014

    Berlin: The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into the origins of Earth and the solar system. The 100-kg (220-pound) lander - virtually weightless on the...
  • Scientists at European Space Agency ecstatic after Philae makes successful landing on comet November 13, 2014

    With the successful landing of Philae on a moving comet, scientists at the European Space Agency were giddy with happiness. Instead of calmly describing the process to TV channels, they broke out in laughter and celebrations. ...
  • Europe makes space history after Philae lands on comet November 13, 2014

    A first in space exploration, European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, but failed to anchor it. Scientists hope that samples drilled out from the comet,will unravel details about how the planets - and possibly even life - evolved. ...
  • First in space exploration, European Philae lands on comet but fails to anchor November 13, 2014

    Space missions in the past have landed on planets, moons and asteroids but they have never landed on a comet till yesterday that is. In a historic first, the European Space Agency, with additional support from NASA, successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet last night - the first man-made...
  • European spacecraft Philae lander creates history, touches down on a speeding comet November 13, 2014

    Darmstadt: Landing with a bounce after travelling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing by the washing machine-sized craft after a decade-long journey required...
  • Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet November 12, 2014

    Berlin/Frankfurt: The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth's solar system. The box-shaped 100-kg (220-pound) lander, named Philae, touched down on...
  • European spacecraft Rosetta begins descending to comet 67P November 12, 2014

    Darmstadt, Germany: The European Space Agency's unmanned Rosetta probe successfully released a lander toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, putting it on its final seven-hour journey to a historic rendezvous with the fast-moving lump of dust and ice. The audacious landing attempt is the climax of a decade-long mission...
  • Spain drop Diego Costa for European qualifier November 7, 2014

    Madrid: Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury. "Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest," Spain coach Vicente del...
  • EU doubles assistance to combat Ebola to 1 billion euros October 26, 2014

    Berlin: The European Union has nearly doubled its assistance to combat the raging Ebola virus in West Africa to 1 billion euros. The heads of state and government of the 28-nation bloc agreed upon the move at their two-day summit concluded in Brussels on Friday. "EU member nations pledged at...
  • Government notifies conditions for export of dried silk worm to EU October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Export of dried silk worm pupae to the European Union will be allowed subject to a shipment clearance certificate to be issued by the Chemical and Allied Products Export Promotion Council, the government has said. "Conditions for export of dried silk worm pupae to EU have been notified,"...
  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions October 24, 2014

    Brussels: European Union leaders agreed early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate...
  • India has until October 21 to back global customs deal: EU minister October 16, 2014

    Rome: India has until next Tuesday to support a global trade deal struck last year or risk being left out of the agreement to ease worldwide customs rules, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Wednesday. India in July blocked what would have been the first global trade reform in...
  • European Space Agency's Philae lander takes a comet selfie with Comet 67P in space! October 15, 2014

    Washington: The European Space Agencybs Philae lander has snapped a 'selfie' of one of the Rosetta spacecraft's 16-metre solar arrays, with a comet hovering in the background some 16 km away. This is the last image from the Philae lander before it separates from Rosetta Nov 12 to land on the...
  • India may have to wait for automatic exchange of Swiss information October 12, 2014

    New Delhi/Berne: India may have to wait longer for joining "selected" countries with whom Switzerland plans to do automatic exchange of information on tax matters, even as Indian and Swiss officials will meet soon to iron out their bilateral arrangements on suspected tax evasion cases. Switzerland has started a process...
  • Right to be forgotten: Google receives over 1,000 requests a day October 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine. Nearly 145,000 requests have been made in the European Union and four other countries by people looking to polish their online reputations, according to numbers the...
  • European Union calls for greater international cooperation against IS October 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has called on for greater international cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group after the jihadists seized the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobane. "We are deeply concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobane and the rest of...
  • Goal-fest expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a goal-fest for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in each of the nine groups will be spread from Thursday to Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight on more teams"...
  • Indians to benefit from new Irish-UK visa deal October 6, 2014

    London: India will be one of the first countries to benefit from a new joint visa scheme signed between Ireland and the UK on Monday. The scheme, allowing visitors to the UK and the Republic of Ireland to use a common short-stay visa, was ratified by the British and Irish...
  • Facebook wins European Union approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid October 4, 2014

    Brussels: Facebook, the world's most popular social network, gained European Union clearance on Friday for its proposed $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry. The landmark deal is the largest in Facebook's 10-year history and will give it a strong foothold...
  • London's Wembley stadium to host climax of Euro 2020 September 19, 2014

    London: UEFA president Michel Platini's vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition on Friday as London's Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities joining the party. The 90,000seater Wembley, rebuilt from 2003 to 2007 and venue of the...