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France’s Macron takes the reins when it comes to EU-China relations

With his brown hair and youthful step, he came to China Monday on a special plane, ready to win over President Xi Jinping and cement a new era of France-China relations. We are, of course, talking not about France’s President Emmanuel Macron, but Vesuvius de Brekka, the 8-year-old gelding plucked from the French presidential cavalry and presented to Xi as ... Read More »

Trump and a Muslim registry: does he want one – and is it even possible?

The president-elect has signalled support for tracking Muslims in the US – an idea that has a precedent of sorts but which is probably unconstitutional Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made clear his intent to pursue aggressive tactics against Muslims as part of his approach to national security. The most prominent was his proposal to ban all Muslim immigration ... Read More »

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers disqualified from office

Hong Kong’s high court has ruled that two pro-independence lawmakers are disqualified from taking their seats in the Legislative Council. Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching refused to pledge allegiance to China when being sworn in last month. Last week, Beijing pre-empted the ruling by saying that those who did not take the oath properly could not take office. Thousands protested, ... Read More »

11% rise in international visitor arrivals to Singapore in Q2: STB

SINGAPORE: Four million international visitors came to Singapore in the second quarter of 2016 – up 11 per cent compared to the same time period last year, according to the latest Tourism Sector Performance report by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Tourists also shelled out more during this period, according to the report, released on Tuesday (Nov 8). Tourism receipts ... Read More »

Stumped Tata camp rethinks strategy

Jaipur: Rajasthan’s Dak Bungalows in India will be developed like three star hotels on public-private partnership (PPP) model. In the first phase of the project, Dak Bungalows in Ajmer, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Bhilwara, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu and Nathdwara in India will be developed in PPP model, a statement quoting PWD minister Yunus Khan said. About 20 per cent ... Read More »

ATC indicts Dr Asim, Waseem Akhtar, others

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court of Karachi on Saturday indicted former state minister for petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, in a case pertaining to providing medical treatment to the militants. Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, MQM Pakistan Leader Rauf Siddiqui, PPP leader Qadir Patel, Pak Sarzamen Party (PSP) leader Anees Qaimkhani and Usman Moazzam have ... Read More »

Kashmiris observe black day today

, MIRPUR: Kashmiris at either side of the Line of Control (LoC) and rest of the world are observing black day on Thursday against Indian occupation of Jammu & Kashmir state since October 27, 1947. The day is observed as black day every year to mark extreme resentment and indignation over the continued unlawful and forcible occupation of the bulk ... Read More »


WHY INDIAN GOVT SO SCARED TO PAKISTAN- ARVIND KEJRIWAL NEW DELHI: Under fire Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for criticising his earlier request for proof of the “surgical strike” claimed by India. Responding to the BJP’s complaints, Kejriwal said: “If I asked [the government] to give a befitting ... Read More »

Is the US undermining India’s solar power programme?

Whatever happened to all the talk of international co-operation to tackle climate change that we heard during the climate conference in Paris just a few months ago? That is what many environmentalists are asking after the United States delivered a damaging blow to India’s ambitious solar power programme this week.In response to a US complaint, a World Trade Organization (WTO) ... Read More »

Muslims collect Rs 50k to bail out 15 Hindu convicts

Alhamdulillah, UP, India Muslims Show the Real Islam Subscribed by Ateequr Rahman, Jeddah SA From Times of India BAREILLY: As the controversy rages over “intolerance” in the country, here is a group of Muslim men who have quietly done for 15 Hindu men what even their own kin could not. The Muslim men pooled in money to be able to ... Read More »