Egypt court jails 65 Morsi loyalists up to 10 years

An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday 65 loyalists of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi up to 10 years in prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence. Zagazig Criminal Court sentenced 44 defendants to 10 years in jail and 21 to two years while acquitting eight of the said charges, Xinhua reported. The convicts are …

Brazilian court returns passport to ex-President Lula

A Brazilian court has cancelled the decision to confiscate the passport of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to stop him from travelling abroad. Judge Bruno Apolinario on Friday reversed the decision, made last week by a different federal court, with Lula being able once again to leave the country, Xinhua news agency reported. …

Canadian, Mexican FMs confident of new NAFTA deal

The foreign ministers of Canada and Mexico have said the current renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will end up with a “win-win-win” situation for North America. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, admitted on Friday the talks with the US and Mexico were complicated but the three countries would take the time …

Pentagon updates US Nuclear Posture Review

The US Defense Ministry has published the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the guiding principle for the future US policy seeking enhanced nuclear deterrent which is already the world’s most powerful. “The United States now faces a more diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than ever before, with considerable dynamism in potential adversaries’ development and deployment …

Release of memo on FBI surveillance fuels distrust

A GOP (Republican) memo declassified has accused senior law enforcement officials of misleading a court in order to conduct surveillance on a former US President Donald Trump campaign adviser. The release of memo on Friday has fuelled a growing distrust between the White House and Republicans on one side and the Justice Department and Federal …

Karan Johar, Sonakshi walk in Shane-Falguni’s debut men’s wear line at LFW

After dressing women in India and around the world in their ultra-glam, glittering, couture creations, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock turned their creative design strokes on men’s wear, which they launched with great fanfare at a grand show during Lakme Fashion Week(LFW) Summer/Resort 2018. Actress Sonakshi Sinha started the show in a black embroidered jacket …

India contributes $1 mn to UN Development Partnership Fund

India has contributed an additional $1 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund earmarked for South-South cooperation. The contribution made on Thursday aims to intensify its partnerships with other developing countries, the UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) said. India has pledged a multi-year contribution of $100 million to the fund established in June 2017, …

Italian minister slams Amazon’s rumoured plan to tag workers

Italy’s Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda on Friday slammed US online retail giant Amazon’s move to patent electronic wristbands for its workforce, saying this would “never happen” in Italy. “The only bracelets we make in Italy are the ones produced by jewellers,” said Calenda, who summoned Amazon representatives to a meeting on Friday. “I told …

Sweden commits record $370m of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme on Friday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years, the agency said, hailing the Scandinavian nation as a global leader in aid. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor …

Sweden commits record $370m of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme on Friday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years, the agency said, hailing the Scandinavian nation as a global leader in aid. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor …

Goa court to hear Kejriwal poll violation case on Feb 8

A trial court here will, on February 8, hear a case involving alleged election code of conduct violation by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in January last year. The over and year old case was registered as a non-cognisable offence at the Mapusa police station following a complaint by the assistant returning officer, shortly after …

Sex assault on infant, girl in India, Pakistan ‘heart-breaking’: UN spokesperson

Sex assaults on an infant in India and on a girl in Pakistan are “heart-breaking” but the “scourge” of violence against girls affects all countries, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. Asked by a reporter, who referred to the two recent cases in India and Pakistan and asked what advice …

N.Korea accuses US of undermining inter-Korean reconciliation process

Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of North Korea, has accused the US of undermining the inter-Korean reconciliation process and aggravating the situation in the Korean Peninsula. In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, Ri said “good results are borne in the inter-Korean dialogue” and the easing of tension on the Korean …

N.Korea accuses US of undermining inter-Korean reconciliation process

Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of North Korea, has accused the US of undermining the inter-Korean reconciliation process and aggravating the situation in the Korean Peninsula. In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, Ri said “good results are borne in the inter-Korean dialogue” and the easing of tension on the Korean …

N.Korea accuses US of undermining inter-Korean reconciliation process

Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of North Korea, has accused the US of undermining the inter-Korean reconciliation process and aggravating the situation in the Korean Peninsula. In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, Ri said “good results are borne in the inter-Korean dialogue” and the easing of tension on the Korean …

Airport capacity to be expanded five-fold: Jaitley (Lead)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed to expand the country’s airport capacity by more than five times to handle a billion trips a year under a new “NABH (NextGen Airports for Bharat) Nirman” initiative. According to Jaitley, the balance sheet of Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be “leveraged to raise more resources for …

Amendments moved to give more teeth to anti-money laundering act

The government on Thursday sought to amend the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 aiming to widen its scope by providing for action against property, equivalent to proceeds of crime, held outside the country. So far, the government could only proceed against property held within the country. The amendments made through the Finance Act, …

Budget focuses on structural issues, not populism: Debroy

Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman Bibek Debroy on Thursday welcomed the announcements made in the Union Budget 2018-19, saying it focuses on agriculture, rural economy, healthcare and employment generation instead of following economic populism. He emphasised that the government was committed to following the path of significant structural reforms and the budget is a …

Telangana Congress chief accepts minister’s challenge

Accepting the challenge of Telanagana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao, state Congress chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday announced that he and his wife and sitting legislator Padmavathi Reddy would retire from politics if the Congress did not come to power in next elections. However, he said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao must also …

Meghalaya CM thanks Modi for replicating state’s health insurance scheme

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for replicating the Megha Health Insurance Scheme, one of the flagship programme launched by the state’s Congress government, on the national level. In his Budget 2018-19 speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a flagship National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs …