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Modi to inaugurate Gandhi Solar Park

New York: In a first of its kind symbolic effort by India at the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a 50KW ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ next week during his visit to the world organisation, a gesture that highlights India’s willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change. At a contribution of about one million dollars, India has gifted …

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Khan likely to meet Trump on Sep 23

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to meet US President Donald Trump in New York on September 23 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, according to a media report. Pakistani daily Dawn quoting diplomatic sources said this could be the first of the two meetings Prime Minister Khan is expected to have with President Trump during …

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Not selling WhatsApp or Instagram: Mark Zuckerberg

Washington: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker’s call to break his company, saying he’s not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost. Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri Republican) tweeted that he met Zuckerberg during his visit to Washington, DC on Thursday, and asked him to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. “Just finished meeting with @facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Had a …

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‘US backs Saudi Arabia’s ‘right to defend itself’’

Dubai: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that America backs Saudi Arabia’s “right to defend itself” after a weekend attack targeted the heart of its oil industry, comments coming after he described the assault as an “act of war.” The attacks have reignited fears over a wider conflagration in the region, as tensions remain high over Iran’s collapsing …

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Challenge to Parliament shutdown wrapping up at UK top court

London: Britain’s Supreme Court was hearing final arguments Thursday in a case that will determine whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union. Judges at the country’s top court were set to hear from a lawyer for the former prime minister, John Major, who is …

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Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster

Tokyo: A Japanese court on Thursday cleared three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. The three men were senior officials at the TEPCO firm operating the Fukushima Daiichi plant and had faced up to five years in prison if convicted. “All defendants are not guilty,” the presiding judge …

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European parliamentarians back India on Kashmir

Brussels: European parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have backed India on the Kashmir issue during a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament by describing it a great democracy and slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.  In the debate on the situation in Kashmir on Tuesday, Czarnecki, the member of EU Parliament and European Conservatives and Reformists Group …

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EU warns no-deal Brexit imminent if UK doesn’t get serious

Strasbourg: The European Union’s two top officials handling troublesome Brexit negotiations warned Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal exit looms large unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government offers concrete proposals. “The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,” European Commission …

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Netanyahu, rival tied as majority votes counted

Jerusalem: Israel’s ruling Likud party and its main rival Blue and White party are tied at 32 seats each, putting the country’s longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a shaky ground with his right-wing bloc falling five short of a majority in the 120-member Parliament. According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu’s Likud and centrist challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue …

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Pakistan urges international community to reflect on PoK

Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the international community to take note of India’s aggressive posturing about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, warning that such “belligerent” statements  have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace in the region. Pakistan’s statement came hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is India’s part and one …

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