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Afghan president announces 3-month ceasefire with Taliban

Kabul: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a conditional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban starting on Monday. “As we approach Eid-ul-Adha… we announce a ceasefire that would take effect from Monday, the day of Arafa, till the day of the birth of the prophet (PBUH), Milad-un-Nabi, provided that the Taliban reciprocate,” Ghani told a gathering

India-born British billionaire launches renewable plan in Australia

Canberra: India-born British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1 billion, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead the country’s industry transition to more competitive power. In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, will include a 120MW lithium-ion battery bigger than

Kerala diaspora in Middle East helps flood victims

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala diaspora in the Middle East is extending help and support to those hit by the devastating floods in the state. The Kerala Samajam, Bahrain, will send the first consignment of food items, clothes and napkins on Tuesday to NGOs in Kerala for distribution, a Samajam member told IANS. The Palakkad Malayalee group in

IAF teams returns from military drill in Australia on high note

New Delhi: With some key operational lessons learnt, an Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent has returned home on a high note after participation in the biennial multi-national military drill ‘Exercise Pitch Black at Darwin in Australia, an official communique said on Sunday. This was the first time that the IAF actively participated in the large force

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Kerala flood toll 370, over 700,000 in camps

Thiruvananthapuram: As the rain fury finally abated on Sunday, 724,649 people remained in 5,645 camps in the southern Indian state of Kerala following “one of the worst ever floods” that has left about 370 dead and caused unprecedented destruction. “Our prime concern was to save lives. It appears it has been met,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Indian-origin lawyer in Singapore fined for drunk driving

Singapore: An Indian-origin lawyer was on Friday fined 1,600 Singapore dollars and banned from driving for a year after he pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge. Jeyendran Jeyapal, 39, a deputy senior state counsel, was found with 1.37 times the prescribed limit of alcohol while driving. He admitted having an alcoholic cocktail at a pub

Hundreds gather in US city to oppose white supremacy

Washington: Over 600 people gathered in Charlottesville to express their rejection of white supremacy, almost a year after the neo-Nazi protests left three dead in this US city. The protest was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday in a plaza at the University of Virginia, in honour of former US President Thomas Jefferson. It was


Turnbull accused of ‘humiliating’ indigenous leaders

Canberra: Australia’s indigenous leaders have accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government of “humiliating” them by refusing to establish an indigenous advisory body to parliament. Turnbull on Sunday ruled out supporting a referendum on enshrining the body in the constitution, Xinhua news agency reported. The advisory body proposal was first agreed to by delegates from 250 indigenous


Karunanidhi’s health deteriorates, crowds swell outside hospital

Chennai: DMK President M. Karunanidhi was on Monday fighting a grim battle for life as his health deteriorated, sparking concerns among DMK workers and well-wishers who started thronging the hospital where he has been warded for the last 10 days. Doctors said the 94-year-old former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s response to medical intervention over the next

US to resume sanctions against Iran

Washington: The White House said in a statement on Monday that the US will reactivate a slew of sanctions on Iran’s financial and industrial sectors beginning on Tuesday. The action, followed by another set of sanctions scheduled for November, will bring US sanctions against Iran to the level on par with those prior to a major