Day: December 6, 2018

Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nominations

NEW YORK — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with a leading six nominations, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” “Vice” topped all […]

Sri Lanka’s political crisis spurs tourists to cancel in peak season

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors. Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion economy, but […]

Pakistan’s army says it backs U.S. peace talks with Afghan Taliban

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s army on Thursday threw its support behind the latest U.S. efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end a 17-year-old war, urging Washington to leave Kabul as a friend of the region rather than a “failure”. The comments by Pakistan’s army spokesman, […]

India’s polluted air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017: study

NEW DELHI – India’s toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 percent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday. More than 51 percent of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than […]

India to import Iranian oil using rupee payment mechanism: source

NEW DELHI – India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry source involved in discussions told Reuters on Thursday, adding that 50 percent of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran. India’s state-owned UCO Bank is expected to announce […]

India urges training to replicate Lion Air crash for Boeing pilots

NEW DELHI – Pilots flying Boeing Co’s 737 MAX jets in India should be trained on a simulator that replicates the suspected scenario that led to the Lion Air crash, India’s aviation regulator said in a statement on Thursday. 737 MAX passenger jet flying to Jakarta from Bali […]

Facebook begins verification for India political ads

Indian advertisers seeking to run political ads on Facebook Inc must now confirm their identity, location and reveal who paid for the ad, the social network said on Thursday. “By authorizing advertisers and bringing more transparency to ads, we can better defend against foreign interference in India’s elections,” […]

Analysis: Slow train to China – India’s trade ties with Beijing taking time to ripen

NEW DELHI – China and India may be talking about improving their trade relationship but there is little action to go with the words. According to Indian government officials and representatives of various Indian trade bodies, progress is very slow – and may even be getting slower after […]

Two Kashmiri `stone-pelters’ held in Gujarat

Bhuj(Guj), Dec 6: Two residents of Jammu and Kashmir including a minor, allegedly involved in pelting stones at security forces, have been detained in Kutch district of Gujarat, police said Thursday. Altaf Najar(23) and a 16-year-old boy were allegedly involved in attacking security forces, and three FIRs have been […]