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Canadian citizen among four held as Punjab Police bust drug racket

Chandigarh: Police in the northern Indian state of Punjab on Sunday claimed to have busted an international drugs smuggling racket with the arrest of four persons, including a Canadian national of Indian-origin. A senior police officer said that the gang was using the courier services route to smuggle drugs abroad. The drugs were being hidden in


Dubai hotel sacks popular chef Atul Kochhar over anti-Islam tweet

Dubai: A popular Indian restaurant here has fired its head chef, Indian-origin celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, following his “anti-Islam tweet”. Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar of the Rang Mahal restaurant at the JW Marriot Marquis hotel received flak after taking a dig at actress Priyanka Chopra for her tweet over a “Quantico” episode that portrayed Hindu nationalists


Matrimonial disputes: MEA website to display summons to NRI husbands

New Delhi: In order to create a stronger deterrent for non-resident Indian (NRIs) who have abandoned their wives in India, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs will now display the summons to such men on their official website, an official said on Wednesday. The decision was taken among other legal solutions for redressing the issues faced

Nipah virus scare spread over, says Kerala Health Minister

Kozhikode (Kerala):The deadly Nipah virus that struck this Kerala district last month and claimed 16 lives in the state has been finally contained and the last of the two positive cases have fully recovered, said Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Sunday. The virus struck at Kozhikode which saw 13 people dying, while three deaths


At SCO summit, India again says ‘no’ to Belt and Road

Beijing: India on Sunday again said “no” to China’s Belt and Road project, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain merely shook hands on the final day of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao city. India, which participated at the Chinese-led security bloc for the first time after being inducted into

Indian economy to advance 7.3%, fastest growing: World Bank

United Nations: India is projected to regain its position as the world’s fastest growing major economy advancing 7.3 per cent this fiscal year and 7.5 per cent in the next two “as factors holding back growth in India fade”, according to the World Bank forecasts. The growth projections reflect “robust private consumption and strengthening investment,” the bank’s


Clash in Golden Temple complex on Operation Blue Star anniversary

Amritsar: Brandishing of swords and open use of sticks was witnessed on Wednesday during a ceremony to mark the 34th anniversary of the Army’s ‘Operation Blue Star’ inside the Golden Temple complex. The clash between radical Sikh elements and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) took place right in front of the Akal Takht, the highest

Woman, two minor daughters burnt alive in Haryana town

Chandigarh: In a tragic incident, a young woman and her two minor daughters were burnt alive as fire swept their residence in Karnal town  in the northern Indian state of Haryana on Thursday, police said. As fire broke out in a two-storeyed building in Ram Nagar area of Karnal town, around 130 km from here, firefighters


India faces soaring petrol prices

New Delhi: After reaching unprecedented highs in Delhi and Mumbai, petrol prices touched a record high in Chennai, at Rs 79.79 (about 1.60 AUD) per litre on Tuesday. With this, India’s fuel price breached its previous record of Rs 79.55 in the city, hit in September 2013. Across the four metropolitan cities, prices rose around 30