India

Trade talks with US constructive: China


Beijing, Aug 24: A new round of meetings between Beijing and Washington to seek a way out of the trade war has been constructive and will continue, Chinese authorities said on Friday.At the invitation of the US, a Chinese delegation led by Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen held talks on Wednesday and Thursday with...

‘Climate change can trigger more devastating floods in India’


New Delhi, Aug 24: With more than a million people displaced by flooding in Kerala, Britain-based charity Christian Aid on Friday warned that more devastating floods in India will become the norm if nothing is done to tackle climate change.Simultaneously, it plans to support 10,000 people in each of the flood-hit Wayanad and Idukki...

Onam festivities washed away by Kerala floods


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 24: With the state government cancelling the Onam celebrations, it is unlikely that Kerala households within the country or overseas will witness any festivities this year ignoring the huge loss of life and property in the devastating floods.The Kerala government has already diverted the Rs 30 crore earmarked for state-sponsored celebrations to...

Sitharaman visits flood-hit Kodagu, promises Army help


Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 24: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday visited the flood-hit Kodagu district and assured the people of Indian Army's help in rebuilding the devastated region's roads.I can assure you that the task force of the Indian Army's Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will visit as consultants and advise the administration on how...

Scott Morrison is new Australian PM after Turnbull’s ouster


Canberra, Aug 24: Former treasurer Scott Morrison, one of the architects of Australia's tough immigration policy, was sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister following the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull from the post amid growing discontent and a revolt of the ruling Liberal Party conservatives.Turnbull's dismassal came after a week of turmoil, as...

Jharkhand HC cancels Lalu Yadav’s provisional bail


Ranchi, Aug 24: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the provisional bail of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, asking him to surrender by August 30.The court while hearing the former leader's regular bail plea on August 10 had said that he could not stay in a...

Urns carrying Vajpayee’s ashes handed over to UP ministers


Lucknow, Aug 24: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on Friday handed over the urns containing the ashes of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to party functionaries and ministers, to take them to different districts of the state where they will be immersed in 16 rivers.After...

SC moves closer to live streaming of its proceedings, reserves verdict


New Delhi, Aug 24: The Supreme Court on Friday moved closer to the live streaming of its proceedings as it said that it was an expansion of the concept of open court hearing of matters without crowding the court rooms.Reserving the order on a batch of petitions including by senior counsel Indira Jaising, the...

Mullaperiyar dam water level to be kept at 139.99 ft till August 31, SC told


New Delhi, Aug 24: Keeping in view the unprecedented floods in Kerala, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed with the Disaster Management sub-committee that the water level at Mullaperiyar dam be maintained at 139.99 feet till August 31.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud took into note...