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France to help set up hospital in Guinea to fight Ebola

Paris , Sep 18

French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country would help set up a military hospital in Guinea to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa.

IS releases video of British hostage

London , Sep 18

The Islamic State (IS) has released a video of a British hostage delivering a propaganda message on behalf of the militant group, a media report said Thursday.

Badal orders probe over Congress lawmaker's 'misbehaviour'

Chandigarh , Sep 18

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday ordered a probe after a Congress legislator allegedly "misbehaved and used foul language" with a woman bureaucrat.

AAP to lead hunger strike by Renault-Nissan workers

Chennai , Sep 18

Labour trouble seems to be brewing at Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIL) plant here with around 200 former trainees employed at the factory Friday deciding to go on hunger strike, led by Aam Admi Party (AAP).

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Sought resolution of Jadavpur University row: Governor

Kolkata , Sep 18

West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Thursday said he has asked state education minister as well as the home secretary to look into the police crackdown on students who were demonstrating against Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty.

Man puts 'porn' photos on window to irk neighbours

New York , Sep 18

A man in the US's Queens Village here has got into a nasty practice which may literally leave any neighbour disgusted. He has pasted pornographic photos in his house's front windows so that the family next door can't avoid seeing them.

Mumbai Dabbawallas' success story coming to land of nawabs

Lucknow , Sep 18 Come Saturday and management students, industry captains and representatives of other institutions will be taking tips and lessons here from the success story of Mumbai's dabbawallas, who have gained fame globally for efficiently delivering lunch boxes, colloquially known as dabbas, to thousands of office-goers across the vast metropolis.

US Federal Reserve finally sounds hawkish; rate hike in March/June 2015

New Delhi

The path to US monetary policy normalization is becoming clearer. Comments by Fed reserve chief Janet Yellen Sep 17 were arguably the most hawkish in recent times.

India and China can become express train for regional growth: Xi

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi , Sep 18

China and India can become cooperative partners in growth, the "express train" on which others in the region can chug along, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday in a special address as he outlined his vision in which China is willing to partner South Asia through massive investments.

India-China want early resolution to border questions: Mukherjee

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
New Delhi , Sep 18

Calling for greater cooperation between India and China, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said the the two countries share the desire for "early resolution" of the outstanding issues, including "boundary questions".

Uproot Congress-NCP in Maharashtra, urges Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Kolhapur/Ahmednagar/Pune (Maharashtra) , Sep 18

BJP president Amit Shah Thursday gave a clarion call to his partymen to "uproot the scam-ridden" Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra to ensure the state's return to pride and progress.

Mountains being made of molehills to discredit Bengal: Mamata

Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee
Kolkata , Sep 18

In the wake of a raging controversy over the alleged violent police crackdown on agitating Jadavpur University students, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said "mountains are being made of molehills" to discredit her government.

Spell out gas pricing policy, SC tells government

New Delhi , Sep 18

The Supreme Court Thursday asked the government to spell out its policy on the pricing of gas as it was told that a committee on gas pricing policy has been set up and will take a call by Sep 30.

No abnormal death rate of atomic department staff: DAE

Chennai , Sep 18

A total of 2,564 employees of India's atomic energy department have died in the last 19 years, which was not "abnormal", the department said Thursday.

Mumbai, Karachi girls equally adventurous about fashion: Pakistani designer

New Delhi , Sep 18 Karachi-based fashion designer Huma Adnan says her "dramatic and quirky" creations are apt for the Mumbai market as women here are as daring as those in her homeland.

Ukraine president asks US Congress for more support

Washington , Sep 18

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday asked the US Congress for more support to fight the rebels in his country's east.

India crisis of competitiveness

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi

The title of this article draws from a section in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 that looks at the reasons for India's Lucifer like fall from 48 in 2007-08 to 71. It is the worst rank in the BRICS economies (Brazil-57th, Russian Federation-53rd, China-28th, South Africa-56th). Last year, one of the authors of this piece had written an article in which he talked about India being at a stage where there is the clear and present danger of losing its competitiveness.

Border concerns dominate talks as India, China give fillip to trade, investment

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi , Sep 18

India's concerns over Chinese troops' incursions remained at the forefront of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday even as the two nations charted a new chapter in economic ties with Beijing announcing $20 billion investment over the next five years.

It's thumbs down again for Congress in Uttar Pradesh

Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi
Lucknow , Sep 18 It is thumbs down again for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh - a state that has supported four generations of its leadership beginning from the illustrious Jawaharlal Nehru to the present-day party vice president Rahul Gandhi.