Trump signs order to nullify Obama's climate change measures

Washington: US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to nullify his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate change efforts, raising questions over America’s leadership in the international campaign against global warming. Trump signed the order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeping his campaign promise to support the coal industry. Trump said the order will ‘eliminate federal overreach’ and ‘start a new era of production and job creation’. “With today’s executive

US court dismisses case against H-1B lottery system

Washington: A US court has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the lottery system adopted to determine successful applicants for H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian IT firms and professionals. The ruling by a federal judge in Oregon means that there will be no change in the H-1B visa issuance process for the fiscal 2018 which begins on 3 April. As a result, successful H-1B visa applicants are expected to

Extra forces deployed in Kashmir after deadly clashes

Srinagar: Extra forces were today deployed in sensitive areas of Kashmir Valley where normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of civilians during a clash with security forces. In view of the situation, Kashmir University, Central University Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed all examinations scheduled for today. Three civilians were killed and 18 others were injured yesterday as security forces clashed with stone-pelters trying to disrupt

Chinese city announces punishment for VPN users

Beijing: A Chinese city has announced stiff fines and punishments for those who access Internet using virtual private networks (VPNs) outside the nation’s infamous Great Firewall, which censors and criminalises sensitive material online. Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality announced a new regulation yesterday to punish unauthorised Internet connections outside China’s Great Firewall (GF) using VPNs by individuals in the region. The regulation, which was issued to ‘strengthen China’s rule of law and cyberspace

Pitt secretly joined Jolie, kids on Cambodia trip

Los Angeles: Hollywood star Brad Pitt was taking frequent trips to Cambodia, where Angelina Jolie was filming First They Killed My Father, to spend time with their children. The 53-year-old star was in Cambodia “most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule,” reported E! online. “All through production and filming, and on her most recent press trip, Brad came to Cambodia in secret to spend time with the kids. They were with Angelina

India explains absence at UN meet on N-weapons ban

United Nations: India has said its decision to stay away from a UN conference on negotiations for a total ban on nuclear weapons ‘has not been easy’ but it feels the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD) is the ‘right place’ for pursuing such agenda. “CD is the right place for pursuing nuclear disarmament in all its essential elements. It has the mandate, the membership and the rules for embarking on

91% sale in offline stores despite rise in e-commerce

New Delhi: Despite rise in e-commerce business, brick and mortar stores still generate 91 per cent sales globally, a study has claimed. “Despite the rise of e-commerce, the physical stores still draw a significant shopping crowd. In fact, 91 per cent of all retail sales are still being generated in brick-and-mortar stores,” the study released by Zebra Technology said today. Zebra Technology interviewed nearly 1,700 retail decision-makers across various retail