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  • What we know so far and four wildly speculative story lines for Chetan Bhagat's upcoming book 'Half Girlfriend' 27 minutes ago

    New Delhi: With Chetan Bhagat's latest book release just around the corner, we are sure that all his fans and readers are aching to know what the story will be about. To make things easier for his fans, we have made a list of concrete things we know about the...
  • Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote 16 hours 17 minutes ago

    Edinburgh: Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state. More than 2,600 polling places will be open on Thursday from 7 am (0600GMT, 2 am EDT) until 10 pm (2100GMT, 5 pm EDT). Turnout is...
  • India home to 100 billionaires; 6th largest population globally Yesterday

    Singapore/New Delhi: India has retained its sixth position in terms of number of billionaires with 100 such people collectively having USD 175 billion in networth, while globally the number of uber-rich has reached a record high of 2,325 persons. According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, released on Wednesday,...
  • US building a new 6,200-member cyber defence corps Yesterday

    Washington: The US military is building a new cyber defence corps that can be used to protect the nation and possibly for offensive purposes, the commander of the unit said. National Security Agency director Michael Rogers, who also heads the US Cyber Command, said the 6,200-member unit should be fully operational...
  • Modi's speech in US to be beamed live at New York's Times Square 2 days ago

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to nearly 20,000 Indian-Americans in New York during his US visit will be beamed live on the giant screens of the iconic Times Square. His speech at the Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan, New York, on September 28 will be shown at Times...
  • US warplanes carry out first air strike on IS near Baghdad 2 days ago

    Paris: US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that the campaign had...
  • Government mulls closing some loss-making state firms, Air India, ONGC, BSNL on the list 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions. After two decades of halting privatisations, the Central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from...
  • Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign 4 days ago

    Canberra: Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Saturday. Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists...
  • US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading 4 days ago

    Washington: Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring...
  • John Kerry says some nations offer ground troops to fight Islamic State 4 days ago

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for...
  • UK names second hostage held by Islamic State 4 days ago

    London: British officials have named a second UK hostage being held by the Islamic State group. Alan Henning is being threatened with death in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of another British hostage, David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened...
  • ISIS video showing beheading of British hostage genuine, confirms UK 4 days ago

    London: Britain on Sunday confirmed that the video released by the Islamic State (IS) terror group showing the beheading of British hostage and aid worker David Haines is genuine. The video shows Haines, who was captured by militants in Syria in 2013, wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling in the desert...
  • President travels on state visit to Vietnam on Sunday 4 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday leaves for a four-day state visit to Vietnam during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of that country and also visit sites of cultural and historical significance. Mukherjee will meet his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang, general secretary of the Vietnamese...
  • Britain verifying video of aid worker's beheading by ISIS 5 days ago

    London: The UK foreign office said on Saturday it was "working urgently to verify" a video purporting to show beheading of a British hostage by the Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, media reported. The foreign office said that it was trying to confirm the authenticity of the video...
  • ISIS murder of British hostage an 'act of pure evil': David Cameron 5 days ago

    London: The beheading of a British hostage by Islamic State militants was an "act of pure evil," Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday, vowing Britain will do all in its power to bring the killers to justice. "This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It...
  • Iraq PM says he will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic State 5 days ago

    Baghdad: Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries...
  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines 5 days ago

    Baghdad: Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. David Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped in 2013 while working for the French agency ACTED. The video entitled, "A...
  • Iraq PM says will protect civilians after US-Iraq air strikes against Islamic States 5 days ago

    Baghdad/Cairo: Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilians, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries to...
  • Egypt on frontline in fight against IS militants, says John Kerry 5 days ago

    Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Egypt was on the "frontline of fighting terrorism" as he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in his effort to build a broad coalition against Islamic State terrorists who have seized large chunks of land in Iraq and Syria. Kerry,...
  • Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone: Obama 5 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says under US leadership more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists, who control up...
  • Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions 5 days ago

    Washington: Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. Several accounts affiliated with the militant group appear to have gone dormant, according to US government sources, raising questions about whether the government has...
  • Barack Obama points to 'silver lining' in IS mayhem in the region 5 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has pointed to a "silver lining" in the violence wrought by the Islamic State, saying it has brought "clarity" in the Muslim world in a long time about the need to snuff out this "brand of Islamic extremism". At a Democratic Party fund-raiser, Obama said the...
  • Himachal Pradesh to hold apple festival 5 days ago

    Shimla: To promote apples of Himachal Pradesh, the fruit basket of the country, the state tourism department will organise a two-day apple festival here from September 25, an official said on Friday. "As apple is one of the main horticulture crops of the state, we would showcase its varieties to the...
  • US opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition 5 days ago

    Ankara: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to...
  • White House insists Barack Obama authorized to strike IS 6 days ago

    Washington: The White House insisted that President Barack Obama was authorized to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria under a law passed by Congress after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Obama believes he can act under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), despite previously calling...
  • Respect sovereignty in fight against terrorism: China 1 week ago

    Beijing: China on Thursday called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in the fight against terrorism, as US President Barack Obama vowed to expand airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to contain the Islamic State militants. "We hold that in the international struggle against terrorism, the international law should be...
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for the first time to root out ISIS September 11, 2014

    Washington: Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes inside Syria for the first time on Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has...
  • John Kerry in Iraq backs government, says Baghdad a partner against Islamic State September 10, 2014

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plans to mend Baghdad's relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq was a partner in the fight against Islamic State militants. Kerry, on a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial...
  • Second British voice identified in IS 'jihadi' video September 10, 2014

    London: A second British voice has been identified in the disturbing video of an American hostage's beheading released by the Islamic State militants, according to a latest scientific analysis. The words "Death to them" and "Yeah" can be heard off camera in the recording of US journalist Steven Sotloff's last moments,...
  • Barack Obama says he has authority to act against IS September 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama told top lawmakers on Tuesday that he has the authority if he needs to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants. Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders had a "productive" discussion and the leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately...