Sushma Swaraj flags H1B visa issue with US Congressional delegation

AMN External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today flagged the H1B visa issue as a strong concern during a meeting with a visiting US Congressional delegation and sought bipartisan support for it. The 9-member US congressional delegation from the house committee on science, space and technology is led by its chairman Lamar Smith. During a recent … Continue reading Sushma Swaraj flags H1B visa issue with US Congressional delegation

Diesel generators banned in Delhi

AMN Environment Pollution Control Authority has banned diesel generator sets in Delhi and ordered the closure of Badarpur thermal power plant in the national capital to control air pollution in the city. Environment Pollution Control Authority chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain announced the decision following a review meeting in New Delhi. Ms Narain … Continue reading Diesel generators banned in Delhi

European Union imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea

AMN European Union has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil … Continue reading European Union imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea

Temporary disruptive effect of GST over: Economic affairs secretary

AMN Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg has said, the temporary disruptive effect of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is over as the manufacturing sector recorded positive growth of 3.1 percent in August. Commenting on the twin data on industrial output and price situation today, he said, the benign and moderate inflation has become … Continue reading Temporary disruptive effect of GST over: Economic affairs secretary

Reporter who covered Malta’s ‘Panama Papers’ link killed in car blast

AMN The Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had exposed her country’s links with the Panama Papers document leak, has been killed when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that her death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also assaulted freedom of … Continue reading Reporter who covered Malta’s ‘Panama Papers’ link killed in car blast

20 dead, 70 wounded in Afghan police centre attack

AMN At least 20 people were killed and over 70 wounded in a suicide bombing targeting a police training centre attached to the headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province in Afghanistan. The deputy governor, Abdul Wali Sahee, said more than 20 people have been killed and over 70 wounded in the attack. Local … Continue reading 20 dead, 70 wounded in Afghan police centre attack

FM launches gold options trading on MCX

AMN / Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX and said this is one of the steps towards formalising trade in the yellow metal. Options are derivatives which give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument … Continue reading FM launches gold options trading on MCX

BJP questions Congress’ silence over Sanjay Bhandari & Robert Vadra link

AMN BJP today questioned Congress leadership for their silence on the reported link between absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra. Addressing a press conference, Senior party leader and Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, Robert Vadra met the arms dealer at his London residence. She also wondered why Congress party is mum on the … Continue reading BJP questions Congress’ silence over Sanjay Bhandari & Robert Vadra link

Charges against Kancha Ilaiah an absurd attack on freedom of expression: Amnesty

Bengaluru/New Delhi Amnesty International India today said that the charges against writer and a staunch critic of the caste system, Kancha Ilaiah, due to his book, are an absurd assault on the right to ‘freedom of expression. Kancha Ilaiah’s book is titled “Samajika Smugglerlu Komatollu” (Social smugglers – Komatis), in which he challenges the caste … Continue reading Charges against Kancha Ilaiah an absurd attack on freedom of expression: Amnesty

Selena Selvakumar wins triple gold at Egypt Junior Table Tennis Championship

  Young paddler Selena Selvakumar won triple gold medal at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championship. The 17-year-old Chennai girl won singles and doubles gold medal apart from the team championship gold. Top seeded Selena first overcame eighth-seeded Mariam Alhodaby 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-5 in the semi-final. In the … Continue reading Selena Selvakumar wins triple gold at Egypt Junior Table Tennis Championship