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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

Kerala floods

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


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

India secures release of 21 Indian fishermen from Iran

New Delhi: India has secured release of 31 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were stranded in Iran after their employers in the West Asian nation withheld their passports, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday. “I am happy to inform that 21 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were stranded at Nakhitaghi (Iran) have been

Kerala diaspora availing amnesty scheme to be brought for free

Thiruvananthapuram:  Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said the Kerala diaspora opting for the amnesty scheme announced by the UAE government will be brought to India for free. In a statement, Vijayan said the amnesty scheme starts from August 1 to October 31 and can be availed by all

New law to tackle problems in NRI marriages: Sushma

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that her ministry is framing a new law to tackle the problem in NRI marriages and providing for deterrent measures like confiscating property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives. At a seminar on “NRI marriages and trafficking of women and children”, she said that a

10-year-old Indian boy denied Australian visa

Canberra: A 10-year-old Indian boy has been refused an Australian visitor visa for a third time as the Department of Home Affairs feels he does not have “employment or financial incentives” to return back home. A visitor visa for Harmanpreet Singh was applied so that the boy can meet his father and stepmother in Melbourne during


Modi voices confidence over winning 2019 polls; calls Rahul childish

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM. Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024. Modi replied to the