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Malaysian PM visits India to meet CM, Governor

Chennai: Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, who is in the city, will meet Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at Raj Bhavan later in the day. Razak will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the Tamil University (Thanjavur) at a ceremony in Chennai. Governor Vidyasagar Rao is set to present the degree to Razak. The Malaysian Prime Minister is also expected to

South Korea to let women’s team play in North

Seoul: South Korea plans to allow its women’s football team to make a rare visit to the North next week, it said Thursday, raising the prospect of the South’s flag flying in Pyongyang. An AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying group will take place in the North’s capital from Monday, with the rival Koreas due to meet on Friday. It would be the first full competitive football match between the two Koreas

Mixed reviews for French video heartbreak

Paris: The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews today, praised for fairness but condemned for killing the spectacle. France lost 2-0 in Paris on Tuesday in a game in which the Spanish side benefitted twice from crucial video assistant referee decisions. A goal against the Spanish was disallowed after it was ruled off-side in consultation with the video and a Spanish goal disallowed

12 held for spreading extremist content online in China

Beijing: Twelve persons have been arrested between January and March in China’s restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province for allegedly spreading extremist, separatist and fake news content online. The regional public security bureau arrested 12 persons, State-run Global Times quoted Xinjiang’s cyberspace administration office as saying. Xinjiang province in China is restive for several years due to the resentment by Uygurs over increasing settlements of Han population from other provinces. China blames separatist

Indian-American enters governor's race in New Jersey

Washington: An Indian-American entrepreneur has entered the governor’s race in New Jersey, the elections for which are scheduled for later this year. Harsh Vardhan Singh (31), a Republican, entered the race with a promise to cut property taxes and make New Jersey a national technology leader. If elected in the November gubernatorial elections, Singh would succeed outgoing Governor Chris Christie. However, he faces a tough Republican primary on 6 June, 2017.

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