US can’t build progress with ‘phony tough talk’: Barack Obama

US can’t build progress with ‘phony tough talk’: Barack Obama

WASHINGTON: In an apparent criticism of controversial Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, President Barack Obama has said the US cannot build progress with a “bunch of phony tough talk” or strengthen its global leadership by allowing politicians to insult Muslims. “We’re not going to strengthen our leadership around the world by allowing politicians to insult […]

India capable of tackling ISIS threat: Rajnath Singh

India capable of tackling ISIS threat: Rajnath Singh

Greater Noida: Amidst the growing attempts by ISIS to lure youths into its fold, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the security agencies were capable of dealing with any threat posed by the terror group. “We have the capacity to meet any threat. We will face it,” he told reporters on the sidelines […]

Shooting kills 3 at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Shooting kills 3 at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A shooting at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia killed three people and wounded others today during prayers, security officials and a witness said, the latest violence to strike the region. The attack struck the Imam Reza Mosque in the neighbourhood of Mehasin during prayers. Images on social media showed wounded laying on […]

ICC to give protective helmets to umpires at World T20

ICC to give protective helmets to umpires at World T20

MELBOURNE: Concerned about the safety of its on-field officials, the ICC will provide specially-designed helmets to umpires in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championship in India to ensure they are protected from wayward hits. move comes after two umpires were hospitalised in the last two months after being struck on the field. In December, Australian John […]

Muslim candidate’s nomination rejected in Muzaffarnagar

Muslim candidate’s nomination rejected in Muzaffarnagar

MUZAFFARNAGAR (UTTAR PRADESH): The nomination papers of an independent candidate for Muzaffarnagar bypolls were rejected by the election authorities as his name did not figure in the electoral rolls. Shakil Ahmad’s candidature was rejected on Thursday during scrutiny when it was found that his name was missing from the voters’ list, Returning Officer Rajender Singh […]

Modi government reshuffles top-level bureaucrats; 10 new Secretaries appointed

Modi government reshuffles top-level bureaucrats; 10 new Secretaries appointed

NEW DELHI: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday carried out a bureaucratic reshuffle to bring in new officers to head crucial departments such as agriculture, telecom and information technology and moved out others who were unable to match the government’s expectations. Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg was shunted out to Minority Affairs Ministry as part […]

Sania and Martina win Aussie Open for third major trophy

Sania and Martina win Aussie Open for third major trophy

MELBOURNE: In a perfect climax to their stupendous run, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis were today crowned the Australian Open women’s doubles champions after they tamed the spirited Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets for their 36th win in a row, here. The top seeds fought past the seventh seeds […]

Zika virus outbreak: Venezuela reports 4,700 suspected cases

Zika virus outbreak: Venezuela reports 4,700 suspected cases

Caracas: Venezuela has recorded 4,700 suspected cases of people infected by the Zika virus, which is thought to cause brain damage in babies, the health ministry said. The estimate followed thousands of other suspected cases in Latin America which have raised a world health scare over the mosquito-borne virus. “We have reports of 4,700 patients […]

Digvijay disagrees with Mukherjee on temple opening site issue

Hyderabad: The decision to open the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya was not made by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi but based on a Court order, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said here on Friday, disagreeing with President Pranab Mukherjees “error of judgement” statement in his memoir. “Opening of the gate was not done by […]

Five in France infected: Govt

Paris: Five people who were infected with the Zika virus while travelling abroad have returned to France since the beginning of the year, the French health ministry has said. “None of the patients presented a severe form of the infection,” the ministry said in a statement, without naming the regions where the five had been […]