NEWS OF THE DAYCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi will begin Lok Sabha campaign for the party in Rajasthan tomorrow with a public meeting in Deoli town of Tonk district. He would also go to Kolayat tehsil in Bikaner district on the same day to interact with labourers, PCC spokesperson Archana Sharma said today. “All preparations have been completed for the rally in Tonk. PCC chief Sachin Pilot and other senior leaders and workers will be present in the rally.
TAIPEI: Tens of thousands marched in Taiwan Saturday to call for an end to nuclear energy on the island, ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan, organisers said. In Taipei, protesters held placards and flags painted with slogans such as “No Nuke, No more Fukushima” and “No Nuke, Save Taiwan” as they marched the streets of the capital in the rainy cold weather. Worries about Taiwan’s atomic facilities have grown since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, crippling a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Protest organisers demanded... more ›
WASHINGTON: Even as a visiting United States official indicated the country’s willingness to work with India’s new leader post elections whoever it may be, Washington insisted there is no change in its visa policy in respect of Narendra Modi. Bhartiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate was “welcome to apply for a visa, and obviously that would be considered through the normal process”, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters Friday repeating an old formulation. “We don’t speculate on visas, of course, and our position hasn’t changed on this case,” she said when asked to clarify remarks made by... more ›
NEW DELHI: India Saturday said it has “insulated” the issue of privileges and immunity from rest of its relationship with the US, which was one of its strategic partners. “The India-US relations is strong and we continue to grow from strength to strength. US is one of India’s most important strategic partners and we have always maintained that. You are right that the incident relating to Indian diplomat in New York caused certain degree of misunderstanding for certain period of time and we are discussing the issue of privileges and immunity quite separately. “We have insulated that from rest of our relationship.... Energy Secretary is coming next week. There are several other dialogues... more ›
BEIJING: Tearful and angry, the friends and relatives of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lashed out at the company Saturday as journalists besieged them in a Beijing hotel. Many were taken there by the airline after going to the Chinese capital’s airport to meet the flight, scheduled to land at around 6:30am. A press conference was expected at the same location, and when others arrived later, they had to run the gauntlet of scores of Chinese and international reporters shoving microphones and cameras in their faces. “They should have told us something before now,” said one visibly distressed man in his 30s, from the Chinese city of Tianjin. A man... more ›
BEIJING: China’s foreign minister on Saturday said his country would vigorously defend its sovereignty, declaring there was “no room for compromise” with Japan over territory or history. “We will never bully smaller countries yet we will never accept unreasonable demands from smaller countries,” Wang Yi told reporters. “On issues of territory and sovereignty, China’s position is firm and clear: We will not take anything that isn’t ours, but we will defend every inch of territory that belongs to us.” China is embroiled in disputes with several of its neighbours including the Philippines and Japan, with tensions centred... more ›
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