No ‘fiscal and social dumping’ in EU, says Italiam PM

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday slammed US-owned electrical appliances manufacture Embraco’s plan to switch production to Slovakia and fire almost 500 workers at its plant in northwest Italy. “We cannot allow forms of fiscal and social dumping within the European Union. “We are at a delicate juncture for Italian industry and we must fight …

Sushma to meet Canadian counterpart ahead of Modi-Trudeau talks

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold a strategic-level dialogue with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday ahead of Friday’s bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. According to information by the External Affairs Ministry late on Wednesday evening, apart from her meeting with Sushma Swaraj, Freeland …

Two French soldiers killed in Mali

Two French soldiers were killed on Wednesday morning during an operation in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced. The two servicemen from the 1st Spahis Regiment of Valencia died after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, reported Xinhua. Macron expressed “deep respect to the sacrifice of this non-commissioned officer and soldier who …

Allahabad Bank has outstanding exposure of Rs 516.79 cr in Rotomac group

State-run Allahabad Bank on Wednesday said it has an exposure of Rs 516.79 crore to debt-laden Rotomac group as on January end and the lender has the required provision for the same as per RBI norms. According to a regulatory filing, the bank said it has an outstanding of Rs 43.09 crore to Rotomac Exim …

Government backstabbing honest tax payers by lowering EPF interest rate: Congress

Slamming the Narendra Modi government for lowering the interest rate on provident fund deposits, the Congress on Wednesday said it was “backstabbing” honest tax payers by the measure. The party also accused the government of indulging in “organized fleecing” of ordinary citizens. “Modi Government backstabs honest tax payers by lowering interest rates of 4.5 crore …

Only Congress can challenge BJP, will have ‘acche din’, says Pawar (Lead)

Only the Congress has the ability to challenge the country’s ruling BJP presently, and its ‘acche din’ will come, predicted Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar here on Wednesday. The veteran politician was replying to blunt questions thrown by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray who was “interviewing” him at a mega public function organized …

Over 100 school girls still missing after Boko Haram attack: Nigerian police

As many as 111 girl students were still unaccounted for following Monday’s attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a government school in Nigeria’s restive northeast Yobe state, police said on Wednesday. Some 815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, as on Tuesday, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, police chief …

Daspur extortion case: Bengal CID seizes Rs 2 cr in fresh raids

West Bengal CID on Wednesday raided a south Kolkata flat owned by an acquaintance of former West Midnapore district police chief Bharati Ghosh’s husband in relation to an extortion case and seized cash amounting to Rs 2 crore, a senior CID official said. The sleuths have already raided houses of several police officers including Ghosh …

Gujarat court rejects Hardik’s discharge petition in sedition case

A court here on Wednesday rejected a petition by Patidar reservation leader Hardik Patel to discharge him in a sedition case filed by Gujarat Government. The state government had filed the case against the 24-year-old leader in the wake of a pitched statewide agitation for reservations for the Patidar community in 2015, that witnessed incidents …

India test-fires Prithvi II off Odisha coast

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable medium range surface to surface missile Prithvi-II off the Odisha coast, defence sources said. The missile was successfully flight tested from the launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on sea at about 8.30 p.m, said the sources. Sources said all the radars, electro-optical tracking …

CS assault: Police denied AAP MLAs’ custody, sent to jail (Roundup)

A Delhi court on Wednesday sent two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — who were arrested on charges of assaulting Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash — in judicial custody till Thursday. On Wednesday, Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon refused a Delhi Police plea for police custody of Khan and Jarwal …

Telangana plans to use Google X technology for connectivity

The Telangana government is keen to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology of Google X to provide internet access to people in parts of the state, officials said on Wednesday. The state government officials discussed the proposal with Tom Moore, Vice President, Google X on the sidelines of the World Congress on Information Technology …

SC allows withdrawal of four remaining CRPF companies from Bengal hills

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Centre to withdraw next month four CRPF companies deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal that witnessed an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state. The four remaining companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be withdrawn on March 8, a bench of Chief Justice …

3 Libyan soldiers killed in suicide attack

Three soldiers of Libya’s eastern-based army were killed on Wednesday in a suicide attack on a military checkpoint in the city of Jufra, according to military and medical sources. “According to preliminary information, a suicide bomber driving a car attacked a military checkpoint at the western entrance of Jufra,” an official of the army’s operations …

New Goa policy may shift casinos to ‘entertainment zone’

The Goa government is drafting a policy, which may eventually lead to relocation of Goa’s casinos to an entertainment zone near an upcoming airport project, Public Works Development Sudin Dhavalikar told the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. “On casinos, we have made a policy. Where the airport (project) is…some lands have been given…for an entertainment …

Maldives President mum on political crisis in parliamentary address

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Wednesday addressed the Parliament but made no mention of the recent political turmoil affecting the country. In his long speech, Yameen, who had on Tuesday obtained Parliament’s approval for extending the state of emergency for another month, only spoke about economic initiatives undertaken by his regime. “Over the past year, …

Guterres, Ban Ki-moon ask Security Council to focus on preventing conflicts

Warning of the changing threat situations around the world, US Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, making an unprecedented joint appearance before the Security Council, called on it to focus on prevention of conflicts, staving them off before they arise. “Our goal must be to do everything we can to help countries …

Domestic exchanges reassure stakeholders of orderly transition

Clarifying on an earlier announcement of halting operations of Indian indices on international bourses, three domestic exchanges — BSE, NSE and MSEI — on Wednesday reassured that they will work with all stakeholders to facilitate an orderly transition that is not disruptive. In a joint statement, the three exchanges informed that there have been discussions/ …

Bureaucrat assault case: Dalit, Muslim MLAs targeted, says AAP (Lead)

Calling the alleged assault on a Delhi bureaucrat a “conspiracy”, the ruling AAP on Wednesday said that its two MLAs — Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan — were arrested in the case without any inquiry because they belonged to the Dalit and Muslim community respectively. Based on the allegation of assault made by Chief Secretary …

Delhi Chief Secretary absent from House meeting, may face action

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, who was allegedly beaten up by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, may face action for not turning up for a Delhi Assembly committee meeting here on Wednesday evening. On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary alleged that he was beaten up by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and another legislator in the …

Russia slams UK’s ‘groundless’ cyber attack accusations

London’s allegations of Moscow being behind the cyber attack against Ukraine in June 2017 are far-fetched and “information warfare” against Russia, said Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. “In keeping with the tradition adopted by the West in general, London failed to provide any specific facts, preferring to make groundless and exasperating statements and allusions and …

Bureaucrat assault case: Dalit, Muslim MLAs targeted, says AAP (Lead)

Calling the alleged assault on a Delhi bureaucrat a “conspiracy”, the ruling AAP on Wednesday said that its two MLAs — Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan — were arrested in the case without any inquiry because they belonged to the Dalit and Muslim community respectively. Based on the allegation of assault made by Chief Secretary …