Wednesday , 12 December 2018

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UK PM May sees off leadership threat over Brexit for the moment

PTI   LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday chaired her first Cabinet meeting at Downing Street since high-profile ministerial resignations over her controversial Brexit withdrawal agreement as she saw off a threat to her leadership for the moment. Divisions within the camp of Brexiteer MPs in her Conservative Party meant that the 48 letters required to trigger a ... Read More »

Netanyahu to keep his Defence portfolio

AFP   Jerusalem A key Israeli minister said Monday he will not quit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition for now despite sharp disagreements, potentially ending a crisis that has threatened to topple the government and provoke snap polls. The announcement by Education Minister Naftali Bennett was a dramatic climbdown from his Jewish Home party’s earlier threat to leave Netanyahu’s coalition ... Read More »

Lanka parties agree to form select committee

PTI   Colombo Political parties in Sri Lanka decided on Monday to form a select committee to conduct parliamentary affairs following amidst a power struggle set off by President Maithripapala Sirisena’s controversial decision to remove prime minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe last month. The decision came a day after an all-party meeting called by President Sirisena to resolve the crisis ended inconclusively. ... Read More »

Polio team caught faking data, wasting vaccines

PTI   ISLAMABAD A team of polio vaccinators were caught faking data and wasting polio vaccines in the federal capital. Confirming the incident, focal person on polio for Islamabad, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Dr Asif Rahim said the services of all 11 team members were terminated so no one dares repeat such a practice. “We decided on severe punishment because ... Read More »

APEC leaders divided after US, China spat

Port Moresby: Asia-Pacific leaders failed Sunday to bridge gaping divisions over trade at a summit dominated by a war of words between the US and China as they vie for regional influence. Please like & share: Read More »

Taliban holds talks with US envoy in Qatar

Islamabad: The Taliban have held three days of talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. Please like & share: Read More »

China slams Pence; says no country in debt trap because of BRI

Beijing: China on Sunday hit back at US Vice President Mike Pence for accusing it of luring developing nations into a debt trap through the loans Beijing offers for infrastructure, asserting that not a single country has been “mired in debt” because of cooperation with it. Please like & share: Read More »

61-yr-old Indian shot dead by teenager in US

New York: A 61-year old Indian-origin man in the US has been shot dead by a juvenile boy in a suspected robbery and carjacking incident in New Jersey, prosecutors said. Please like & share: Read More »

US, Japan, Australia to invest more to develop Indo-Pacific

IANS   PORT MORESBY The US, Japan and Australia will boost infrastructure investment in the developing nations of the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s growing influence in the region, the countries announced in a joint statement on Saturday. “The Trilateral Partnership intends to consult with governments of Indo-Pacific countries, including Papua New Guinea, to identify infrastructure projects for potential development and ... Read More »

UK minister blocks export of unique Indian painting of ‘Trumpeters’

PTI   LONDON Britain’s arts minister has imposed an export bar on a unique watercolour painting depicting a traditional musical performance in mid-18th century northern India in an attempt to find a UK buyer for the 550,000-pound artwork. Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, is hoping a museum would be interested in acquiring ‘Trumpeters’ by Nainsukh of Guler ... Read More »