Paris Deal Frames Climate Change in ‘Lens of Equity’: India

Ambassador Bhagwant Bishnoi said the Paris climate deal based itself on the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. UNITED NATIONS:  The Paris climate change agreement is a victory for climate justice, India has said stressing that the multilateral deal preserves the development imperatives of developing countries and frames climate ambition in a “lens of equity”. “India is happy ... Read More »

Srinagar-Leh Road Closes For Vehicular Traffic

The Srinagar-Leh road, which is of strategic importance, is likely to be opened in April next year. SRINAGAR:  The Srinagar-Leh road connecting the Ladakh region with the rest of Jammu and Kashmir will be closed for vehicular traffic from Sunday, an official spokesman said in Srinagar today. “According to the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Sonamarg Gumri (Zojila Pass) shall ... Read More »

Stories Of Indian Soldiers From World War I In New Book

For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18″ by London-based journalist Shrabani Basu narrates personal stories of Indians who went to the Western Front. NEW DELHI:  In a brand new addition to the scanty chronicles of the Indian soldiers who partook in the First World War from the Allies’ side, a new book takes an intimate ... Read More »

Winners And Losers From The 5th Republican Presidential Debate

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer looks on as Republican presidential candidates during the CNN presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo) The fifth — and final — Republican debate of 2015 is over. Tuesday’s Las Vegas debate featured a series of high-profile skirmishes. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio battled over the ... Read More »

Former ‘Wine Queen’ Co-Stars With Angela Merkel At German Party Gala

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) deputy head Julia Kloeckner makes a speech at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Karlsruhe, Germany on December 15, 2015. (Reuters) KARLSRUHE, GERMANY:  With a rousing speech in defence of her refugee policies, Angela Merkel fended off a challenge from conservative critics this week, reasserting control over her party and bolstering her case ... Read More »

World Bank Approves Rs. 10,000 Crore to Support Swachh Bharat Campaign

The World Bank’s loan is aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Swachh Bharat initiative of the government. WASHINGTON:  The World Bank has approved a near Rs. 10,000 crore (USD 1.5 billion) loan for the ambitious clean India campaign to support the government in its efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and end ... Read More »

Japan Top Court Upholds Law On Common Surnames For Married Couples

The Supreme Court will weigh in on the legality of a six-month ban on women remarrying after divorce and another law that requires spouses to have the same surname. (AFP) TOKYO:  Japan’s Supreme Court today upheld a law that married couples must have a common surname, a defeat for campaigners who have blasted the 19th century statute as sexist and ... Read More »

China Calls For United Internet Front To Fight Hacking, Surveillance And Cyber Arms Race

China’s President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2nd annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China, on December 16, 2015. (Reuters) WUZHEN, CHINA:  China’s President Xi Jinping laid out his vision for the Internet today, calling for respect of different governance models and standardised online security, placing China at the front of ... Read More »

US Defense Chief Ash Carter Makes Surprise Visit To Baghdad

BAGHDAD:  US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad today for talks with US military commanders, seeking ways to intensify the fight against ISIS terrorists. Carter said earlier, at the start of his trip to the Middle East, that he would be speaking to commanders to “get their latest reading on the battlefield situation and also very importantly their thinking ... Read More »

Cold Wave Intensifies In Haryana, Punjab; Narnaul Coldest At 1.8 Degree Celsius

Amritsar’s minimum settled at 2.1 degrees Celsius today down by two degrees. CHANDIGARH:  The cold conditions sweeping Haryana and Punjab for the past five days today intensified as temperatures dipped sharply in both the states, with Narnaul city being the coldest place in the plains at 1.8 degrees Celsius. Narnaul in Haryana and Amritsar in Punjab reeled under severe cold ... Read More »