Restrictions on immigration ‘bruising’ brand ‘American Dream’: Uber CEO (Lead)

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, an Iranian-American entrepreneur, on Friday said restrictions on immigration were “bruising” the brand “American Dream”, which he said was the “single most incredible brand” in the world. “The American Dream is the single most incredible brand in the world. Everybody knows what the American Dream means. It means if you work …

Fractured face of top judiciary will dent credibility: Retiring SC judge (Lead)

A retiring Supreme Court Judge on Friday stressed the need for projecting a united face of the higher judiciary in India, cautioning that a fractured face would only dent its credibility and paramountcy. Justice Amitava Roy expressed his views in a farewell address at a function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association on his …

Odisha applies for GI tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’

Finally, the Odisha government on Friday filed an application for Geographical Indication (GI) tag to stake claim for “Odishara Rasagola”. The state government move comes three months after West Bengal was awarded GI tag for “Banglar Rasogolla”. Officials of the Odisha Small Industries Corporation Ltd (OSIC) filed the application with the Geographical Indication Registry in …

‘Nirav Modi could have imported watches for business purpose’

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) that seized over 10,000 imported watches from several locations connected to diamond czar Nirav Modi contend that the watches might have been imported for “business purpose”. The imported watches were seized from the 60 plastic containers from several locations connected to the diamond czar during the searches carried out in the …

Hectic negotiations on to avoid Russian veto of UNSC Syrian ceasefire resolution (Second Lead)

Members of the UN Security Council were engaged in hectic negotiations on Friday morning to come up with a veto-proof resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in war-torn Syria and to allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas, according to diplomats. The vote on the resolution, scheduled for Friday morning was postponed twice and is …

UN seeks $194 mn to aid Syrians hit by seven-year conflict

United Nations migration agency IOM on Friday appealed for almost $194 million to help millions of Syrians living in and outside their war-torn country as well to aid the communities who are hosting them. “Seven years into the armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate,” said the International Organisation …

Pak diplomat Amir Zubair plotted terror attacks: NIA (Lead)

Pakistani intelligence officer Amir Zubair Siddiqui while working in Pakistan’s High Commission in Sri Lanka as Visa Counsellor engaged people to indulge in espionage and terror activities in India, said an NIA supplementary chargesheet filed in a Chennai court in a 2014 case. The chargesheet was filed on Thursday by Special Public Prosecutor C.S.S. Pillai …

No relief to Karti Chidambram on ED summons in INX Media case

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate against Karti Chidambram – son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram – in INX Media case asking him to appear before it on March 1. Refusing to interfere with the summons, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice …

Government will not tolerate embezzlement of public money : Modi

Breaking his silence over the massive PNB scam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the government will take strong action against those indulging in financial irregularities and asked supervisory agencies responsible to do their job to prevent such frauds. He also warned that his government will not tolerate embezzlement of public money. “Those …

Card users concerned about deductions for international transaction :Survey

Many consumers have raised concerns over automatic deduction of money from payment cards by international merchants, as per the survey conducted by social engagement platform Local Circles. About 94 per cent of total 9,690 people surveyed have asked for mandatory SMS or email OTP based approval before any transaction on all credit and debit cards …

PM research fellowship open for candidates from Saturday

B.Techs from country’s premier techinical institutes can apply for the Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme from Saturday onwards, an official statement said. Application for the research scholarship, which will grant the winners a one time grant of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 70,000-80,000 every month, can be filed till 5 p.m. March 31 at …

Delhi sees slight drop in mercury, rains likely on Saturday (Lead)

A day after seeing the warmest February day of decade with the maximum temperature at 32 degrees Celsius, the national capital on Friday saw some respite with it dipping to 31.1 degree Celsius, but still six notches above the season’s average. Further respite is likely on Saturday with rain showers expected towards afternoon and evening, …

Banking sector crisis part of larger mess: CPI-M leader

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Nilotpal Basu on Friday said the present crisis in the banking sector is part of a larger crisis the country is facing on multiple fronts. “Corruption today is not moral degeneration but a systemic loot. It results in huge accumulation and inequity,” Basu said speaking at a meeting here …

Milan vs Arsenal, highlight of Europa League’s last 16 draw

The draw for the Europa League’s last 16 round, held on Friday at the UEFA headquarters resulted in a tough match-up between AC Milan and Arsenal, as well as an easy match for favourites Atletico Madrid against Lokomotiv Moscow. Athletic Bilbao are scheduled to next face French side Olympique de Marseille, while German side Borussia …

Chrome to analyse northeast poll results data for DD

Chrome Data Analytics will analyse the counting of votes in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland for the state-run Doordarshan TV. Chrome will collect election data and provide it to the national news broadcaster on the counting day of the assembly elections on March 3, a company statement said. The project will incorporate technology empowered platforms for …

AIADMK plans grand celebration of Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary

The ruling AIADMK will hold several events as part of the grand celebration of the 70th birth anniversary of late Chief Minister and party supremo J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday. The AIADMK government has come up with the ‘Amma’ scooter subsidy scheme, expected to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to party officials, a …

Modi government promotes narrow-minded idea of India: Tharoor

Charging the Narendra Modi government with promoting a narrow-minded idea of India based on Hindutva, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday appealed to voters in Meghalaya not to vote for the BJP in the February 27 Assembly polls. “This is a government with no tangible achievements. What it has been trying to do is …

‘Shortcomings in study claiming toxic metals in e-cigarette vapours’

Raising strong objection against the latest study claiming that common e-cigarette “vapours” contain lead and other toxic metals and may raise major health issues, an expert on Friday argued that the sample size used in the research was not appropriate. The study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and published …

Chief Secretary ‘assault’: Police searches Kejriwal’s residence (Roundup)

Police on Friday searched the residence of the Delhi Chief Minister for CCTV footage of an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs, sparking an angry reaction from Arvind Kejriwal who hit out at the central government daring it if a similar raid would be conducted at BJP President Amit Shah’s …

Rahul meets Trudeau

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau here and said both of them had a fruitful discussion on a range of issues concerning the two countries. “I had a warm and cordial meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister in Delhi this evening. We had a fruitful discussion on a range …

Biocon to expand presence in Hyderabad, Syngene to set up R&D lab

India’s largest biopharmaceutical company Biocon will expand its presence in Hyderabad while its subsidiary Syngene will set up a research and developmentm an official statement said on Friday. The expansion and new facility are expected to create 1,500 jobs, the company announced on the sidelines of 15th BioAsia. Biocon will increase its presence in APIs …

Punjab gangster held in Hong Kong, Police to seek his extradition

Notorious criminal Ramanjit Singh alias Romi — a mastermind of the sensational November 2016 Nabha jailbreak case — has been arrested in Hong Kong and the Punjab Police will seek his extradition, official sources said on Friday. Romi — against whom Interpol issued a red-corner notice earlier — was arrested in connection with a robbery …

New US H-1B norms won’t make much difference: Nasscom (Lead)

The United States’ latest move on issuing H-1B visas to software engineers will not make much difference to Indian IT firms, apex industry body Nasscom said on Friday. “The new measure will be an unnecessary and expensive burden that will not make much difference to our member firms, which are in the business of providing …