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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher refused to fly with a panda

Margaret Thatcher was apparently not one for panda diplomacy. The former British Prime Minister once refused to share a flight to Washington with a giant panda on an official visit, according to official documents declassified on Friday . In 1981 the president of the London Zoological Society, Lord Zuckerman, asked officials if Thatcher would take a male panda named Chia-Chia ... Read More »

Protesters arrested in Iran on second day of demonstrations

Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city on Friday, for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed over ... Read More »

3 2017: A year of terror and North Korea turmoil

It’s going to be a frigid fest in Times Square this year. With temperatures forecast for 11 degrees at midnight in the heart of New York’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, partygoers may have to weather the second-chilliest ball drop on record. To get you ready for staying warm for the New Year’s bash, USA TODAY got a few tips from ... Read More »

How to survive the cold in Times Square this New Year’s Eve

It’s going to be a frigid fest in Times Square this year. With temperatures forecast for 11 degrees at midnight in the heart of New York’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, partygoers may have to weather the second-chilliest ball drop on record. To get you ready for staying warm for the New Year’s bash, USA TODAY got a few tips from ... Read More »

Flu widespread in 36 states, CDC reports

Outbreaks of influenza are getting an early start this year in part because of cold weather gripping much of the USA and low efficacy associated with this year’s flu vaccine. It’s still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad season for the flu, but epidemiologists in 36 states already have reported widespread influenza activity to the ... Read More »

Marco Rubio, who was ready to leave the Senate a year ago, finds his stride in 2017

When he was campaigning for president in 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio took flak for skipping votes and missing committee meetings. He groused about the slow pace of Congress and planned on a return to private life. But after reversing course and being re-elected last year, the Florida Republican found Washington more to his liking in 2017. That was thanks in ... Read More »

Case against wrestler Sushil Kumar, supporters over brawl with rival Parveen Rana

Delhi police on Saturday registered a case against two-time Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar and his supporters after a complaint was filed by Navin Rana, brother of Parveen Rana, rival wrestler who was allegedly beaten up by Sushil’s supporters. The incident took place on Friday after one of the trial bouts, in which Sushil defeated his arch-rival Parveen Rana in ... Read More »

Palghar college that charged Rs 14 lakh now under fee regulator

Private educational institutions offering professional courses in Maharashtra, even if registered under the Companies Act, will come under the jurisdiction of the Fee Regulatory Authority (FRA). In an order passed by the FRA on Thursday, Vedantaa Institute of Medical Sciences’ claim of immunity from the regulatory mechanism was rejected. The Palghar-based institute, which charged Rs 14 lakh per annum as ... Read More »

50,000 co-op housing societies in Mumbai and suburbs in GST net

As many as 70,000 co-operative housing societies (CHS) in the state, including 50,000 in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), will have to register under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as their annual collections (turnover) are likely to exceed the threshold of Rs 20 lakh. This number was confirmed by senior co-operative officials. In many instances, transfer fees, which ... Read More »

74% of employers offer this crucial benefit

When it comes to compensation at work, salary isn’t the only factor to look at. Rather, you’ll want to pay close attention to the workplace benefits being offered by your company or any you’re interviewing with. Now when it comes to employee benefits, paid vacation days and subsidized health insurance are pretty big ones. The same holds true for 401(k) ... Read More »