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Strong India-China partnership is important, says IMF

Washington: Asserting that a strong India-China partnership is important for the world, the International Monetary Fund has said that maintaining openness to trade is very important, especially for Asia. “Global cooperation and pursuing the right policies can help achieve strong, sustained, balanced, and inclusive growth. India and China are currently responsible for half of global growth, so a strong economic partnership between these two large economies is very important –

Govt to decide on changing fiscal year to Jan-Dec

New Delhi: Government is deliberating on a possible change in financial year to January-December from April-March at present and a decision would be taken after a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, a top finance ministry official said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meet earlier in the week urged the States to take initiative to shift to a new fiscal year. A top finance ministry official said that

Call drop chaos continues

New Delhi: Nearly 60 per cent people are still facing frequent call drops, with most of them experiencing problem indoors, found a survey by the Department of Telecom (DoT). Out of 3.56 lakh subscribers surveyed across telecom service providers, 2.15 lakh (about 60 per cent) complained about frequent call drops. The DoT, however, made 26.97 lakh calls to subscribers of various telecom operators in the country, out of which only

Power Minister Mani faces condemnation from CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst raging protests and public outcry over Power Minister M M Mani’s alleged offensive remarks against women and IAS officers, CPI-M in Kerala decided to censure him. The decision to censure Mani, a party Secretariat member, was taken at the party State committee meeting held here, a party release said “The CPIM has decided to censure him for making public statements denting the party’s reputation,” it said It came a

Kerala court grants bail to TV CEO, scribe

Kochi: The Kerala High Court granted conditional bail to the CEO of a Malayalam TV channel and its senior journalist, arrested for allegedly airing the purported sleaze talks of a State minister, who later quit the Cabinet. Granting bail to Mangalam CEO and Managing Director R Ajith Kumar and its senior scribe Jayachandran, Justice Abraham Mathew directed them to surrender their passports and not to enter the office of the channel for two months. The

Kerala: Child rights panel asks to ban vacation classes

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has directed the State government to ban summer vacation classes in schools in view of intense heat and scarcity of drinking water. The panel directed the State general Education secretary to issue orders restricting the vacation classes in all schools including government higher secondary and vocational higher secondary ones and those coming under CBSE and ICSE boards. The direction was given in view of complaints and media reports

Madhav's comment points at legitimising a crime: PDP Minister

Jammu: The PDP upped the ante against BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav for his remark that ‘everything is fair in love and war’, saying the comment points towards ‘legitimising a crime’. Madhav had yesterday complimented an army officer responsible for tying a man to a jeep’s bonnet in Kashmir, saying ‘everything is fair in love and war’ and the ‘harsh’ decision saved lives of civilians and soldiers. “The remark of Madhav

All-party meet to support anti-encroachment drive

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government decided to call an all-party meeting to seek support for continuing the anti-encroachment drive in the hill resort town of Munnar even as it slammed the manner in which a Cross was removed from alleged encroached land there. Earlier, in the day, police booked Tom Scaria, an evangelist of the ‘Spirit of Jesus’ organisation, in connection with the erection of the Cross. A case was registered

Case registered against Christian evangelist

Munnar: An evangelist has been booked in connection with the erection of a 30-feet tall metal cross, allegedly on government land here which was later removed by the revenue officials. A case has been registered against Tom Scaria, an evangelist of the ‘Spirit Of Jesus’, under section 447 (criminal trespass) of the IPC and under provisions of Land Conservancy Act at the Shantapara Police Station here, police said today. The

14 killed, 15 injured in road accident near Tirupati

Tirupati: In a freak mishap, 14 persons were killed and 15 injured when a speeding lorry ploughed into a crowd and also knocked down a high tension power cable pole, leading to electrocution of several of them. The mishap occurred outside a police station at Yerpedu, about 30 km from here in Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh, where a group of 40 people from Munagala Palem village had assembled to

Nitish against States trying tricks to overcome liquor ban

Kottaya: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accused the Centre and some States, including Kerala, of devising ways to circumvent the Supreme Court order to shut down liquor shops within 500 meters of national and State Highways. “It is a stark violation of the letter and spirit of the apex court judgement,” he said. Recalling the apex court’s December 2016 order, Kumar said it had been issued to tackle the menace