Day: November 8, 2019

Finance Ministry responds to Moody’s change in outlook

open view news desk Government of India has noted that the Moody’s Investors Service has today changed the outlook on the Government of India’s ratings to negative from stable while keeping the foreign-currency and local-currency long-term issuer ratings unchanged at Baa2.  However, India continues to be among the fastest […]

Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs briefs Cabinet Secretary on Onion Prices and availability across the country; Takes several key decisions to improve availability and ease the pressure on prices

open view news desk The Department of Consumer Affairs is constantly and closely monitoring the availability and prices of Onions across the country. The Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs in a high level meeting briefed the Cabinet Secretary about the current situation of availability and prices of Onions […]

Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths. At a recent pre-natal class in the Indian capital, Gokavi and other expectant mothers shared their […]

‘Uncharted territory’ as bushfires rage across Australia’s east

Australian firefighters warned they were in “uncharted territory” as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday. Around a hundred blazes pockmarked the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, around 17 of them remained dangerous and uncontained late […]

Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning against China and Russia on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, urging Western allies to defend hard-won freedoms. Stressing that “we can never take … things for granted”, he said the […]

Brazil braces for release of ex-president Lula

Lawyers for Brazilian leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday filed a request for his release from prison following a Supreme Court ruling that threatens to deepen political divisions. Dozens of supporters outside the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba where Lula has […]

Thousands hold vigils as Hong Kong student’s death triggers outrage

Thousands of Hong Kongers held vigils Friday night for a student who died from a fall during recent protester clashes with police, triggering fresh outrage from the pro-democracy movement and renewed violence. Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall last weekend is unclear […]

Trapped and helpless: How families are fighting Delhi’s pollution horror

NEW DELHI – When a toxic smog darkened the skies over the Indian capital last weekend and air pollution peaked to its highest levels this year, Nabeela Moinuddin and Fareeda, living on opposite sides of the economic divide, were panic-stricken for their families. Moinuddin corralled her husband, their […]

Pakistan to let ex-PM Sharif go abroad for medical treatment – foreign minister

LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan will allow Nawaz Sharif to leave the country for medical treatment in the United Kingdom, its foreign minister said on Thursday, though he warned the former prime minister against seeking a second period of exile to escape corruption charges. “Doctors are recommending that he […]

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