Trump Plans To End Preferential Trade Status For India

WASHINGTON — Arguing that New Delhi had failed to assure the US it would provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets in numerous sectors, US President Donald Trump on Monday informed the US Congress about his intent to terminate the designation of India and Turkey as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalised System of […]

China Hikes Military Spending By 7.5% To $177.61 Billion

BEIJING —  China, the world’s second-largest military spender after the US, on Tuesday announced a 7.5 per cent increase in its defence budget for this year, hiking it to a whopping $177.61 billion, over three times that of India. The 2019 defence budget will be 1.19 trillion yuan (about $177.61 billion), according to a draft budget report to […]

Qatar: Arms Deal With Russia ‘None Of Saudi Business’

QATAR — Qatar has told the Saudi regime not to meddle in its potential arms purchases from Russia, stressing that such a deal is none of Riyadh’s business. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Monday said at a news conference in the capital Doha with his visiting Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that […]

Shiv Sena Needles BJP On Balakot Strike Toll

MUMBAI — The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said India’s citizens have the right to know about the casualties in the air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camp in Balakot, Pakistan, and that revealing such information would not lower the morale of the armed forces. Taking a dig at senior ally BJP, the Shiv Sena, in an […]

Amit Shah Flags Off ‘NaMo Rath’ Selling ‘Modi Merchandise’

NEW DELHI — Ahead of the general elections, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday flagged off a ‘NaMo Rath’, which is a store on wheels selling merchandise inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The saffron-coloured fleet of mini-trucks with huge photos of Modi will tour the nation selling NaMo t-shirts, coffee mugs, caps, face masks, key […]

Senators Air Frustration After Briefing On Khashoggi’s Death

WASHINGTON —The Global Magnitsky Act of 2016 makes it possible to impose entry bans and targeted sanctions on individuals for committing human rights violations or acts of significant corruption. Senators left a closed-door briefing with Trump administration officials on Monday deeply frustrated by the lack of new information on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, […]

Guru’s Son Accuses Indian Daily Of Misquoting Him

Srinagar: Afzal Guru’s son has accused an Indian daily of intentionally misquoting him on wanting to become a “proud Indian citizen.” “They have quoted as me saying that I will be a proud Indian citizen when I get my passport. All I said was that I was happy to have an Aadhar card and a passport […]

2 Held With Pistol In Jammu

JAMMU — Two men have been arrested and a pistol has been recovered during an operation here, police said on Tuesday. Deepak Kumar alias Dhani and Shubam Kumar alias Shibu were arrested on a specific information from Gandhinagar area of the city on Monday, a police official said. The officer said a pistol and two […]

No Liquor Vends Near Schools, Religious Places,Hospitals:Excise Dept

JAMMU —  There has been no intention to promote liquor vends near schools, religious places or hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Monday, noting that the new excise policy for the year 2019-20 aims at balancing the aspirations of various stakeholders.  The excise policy is announced every year to define the duties and procedures to […]

Ban On Jamaat: Biz Body Slams Admin For ‘Misleading Statement’

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Monday termed as misleading the statement of Governor administration that schools, mosques and orphanages have been kept out of the scope of the seizures and sealing. Responding to the statement, spokesman of KCC&I as per a statement stated that statement was surprising on the following points:- That the ban […]