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Mercury set to plunge across north India, Madhya Pradesh

NEW DELHI: Minimum temperatures were expected to fall by 4-6 degrees Celsius in northwest India and Madhya Pradesh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said as widespread light to moderate rainfall or snowfall was likely in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. “Due to northerly winds blowing from the Himalayas, where there was widespread and heavy snowfall, minimum temperatures will fall in the plains. Maximum is also likely to fall,” said an IMD scientist. Light isolated to scattered rainfall or snowfall was…

Relationship with India is our most important relationship, period: Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India

Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, spoke to Nirupama Subramanian about his country’s economic crisis, relations with India and big power rivalry in the Indian Ocean. Excerpts: How bad is the economic crisis in Sri Lanka? We have two challenges before us. One is the foreign exchange challenge, which is showing at the moment. The other is the fiscal challenge, a legacy inherited since Independence because we have lived beyond our means. The pandemic has…

Savarkar, Gandhi and the Truth About the Partition of India

opinion History Forget the mercy petition, Savarkar should be judged by what he did for India’s freedom when he was released. Mahatma Gandhi (left) and V.D. Savarkar (right). Photo: Wikimedia commons/ CC0 1.0 Adapted from a translation of the Marathi original by Girish Vidyadhar Katre. If we consider four iconic figures broadly associated with India’s national awakening and the fight against British colonial rule in India – Swami Vivekananda, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Mahatma Gandhi – Vivekananda is looked upon with immense…

Why 2021 seems like 2000 for stock markets

Every reasonable investormust have, at least oncein a lifetime, their own‘Lucky Fool Moment’. Mine came in February2000. Having luckily invested asmall amount of money, in ahandful of tech stocks, in 1998-1999, I sat one afternoon in early 2000 and shook my head indisbelief. Myportfolio of largely junk techstocks (tech, backthen, was definedas any companyhaving a website)was up around 20 times in twoyears, making me a stupidlyrich mid-30s guy, blessed withno special skill except havingbeen in the right trade. Thankfully, I suffer froman inferiority complex aboutmy…

India is world’s top exporter of cucumber and gherkins

Gherkins are exported under two categories-cucumbers and gherkins, which are prepared and preserved by vinegar or acetic acid and those which are provisionally preserved. India has emerged as the largest exporter of gherkins in the world with outbound shipments worth $114 million from April-October 2021 compared to $200 million of exports in full FY21. "India has exported cucumber and gherkins to the tune of 1,23,846 metric tonne," commerce and industry ministry said in a statement on Sunday. India has crossed the $200 million mark of…

China ‘finds’ Arunachal boy, identification process on

NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI: The People’s Liberation Army ( PLA ) of China has told the Indian Army that a teenager has been found on its side of the Line of Actual Control , but it is yet to be confirmed whether he is the same youth who went missing from the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on January 18. “The PLA has confirmed to their counterparts here that they have found a boy, who is from the Indian side,” the defence PRO based in Tezpur,…

The Indian soldier’s spirit remains eternal

Shift no sacrilege: India Gate did not represent the sacrifices made by soldiers during WW-II or the wars fought after 1947. PTI Lt Gen SR Ghosh (retd) Former GoC-in-C, Western Command Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them. — Franklin D Roosevelt On January 21, the Amar Jawan Jyoti or the ‘Eternal Flame’ under the iconic India Gate was ‘extinguished’. It was an emotional moment for many soldiers and veterans as Air…

Forest cover estimate based on field data: Forest Survey of India

NEW DELHI: Amid criticism from experts of its methodology to map forest cover in the country, the Forest Survey of India ( FSI ) said the forest cover is estimated from the field inventory data, which corroborate the figures obtained from satellite-based interpretation. It claimed that the criticism of its findings was based on perception and done more to generate sensation. Sticking to its assessment, which shows how both forest and tree cover increased in India in the past two years, taking the total green…

Indians placed record bets on US stocks in ’21

Chennai: Year 2021 could well be when Indian retail investors truly came of age as they ventured into Wall Street in record numbers, besides getting active on Dalal Street. With the US markets enjoying one of their best years in 2021 (S&P 500 gained over 27% in 2021), investments by Indians in US stock markets more than doubled with Indians investing to the tune of $300-500 million across top wealth management platforms. From wishing to diversify geographically to hedge against a depreciating rupee and saving…

January 24, 1982, Forty Years Ago: India-Europe Trade

However, it was for businessmen of both sides to take advantage of the political decisions according to Wilhelm Haferkamp, vice president of the Commission of the EEC. The European Commission will remove the obstacles coming in the way of efforts to improve trade between India and the European Economic Community (EEC). However, it was for businessmen of both sides to take advantage of the political decisions according to Wilhelm Haferkamp, vice president of the Commission of the EEC. He was speaking after signing a document…

Canada-US border: Family that froze to death was from village in Gujarat

A border marker, between the US and Canada, just outside of Manitoba. (AP) The family of four Indians , including an infant, who froze to death in Canada while allegedly attempting to cross over illegally to the US, is learnt to be from a village in Kalol tehsil of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. They were said to be part of a group and had set out for Canada with others from their village – another seven persons have been detained by US authorities. Officials have…

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Shoppers at the Nehru Place IT Market in New Delhi | Representational image | Bloomberg Major economies in South-East Asia have been hit hard by the pandemic and are still navigating the path to recovery amid renewed outbreaks, new virus variants and an uneven vaccine roll-out. Yet as devastating as lockdown restrictions have been, they are also proving a positive driving force for millions of consumers to adapt to new ways of spending and embracing digital commerce, permanently changing consumer behaviour. According to research conducted…

Florida man charged in Canada-U.S. human-smuggling scheme to appear in U.S. court

Article content WASHINGTON — A Florida man is set to appear in U.S. court today, charged with sneaking migrants across the Canada-U.S. border in a perilous human-smuggling scheme that cost the lives of four people, including an infant. Steve Shand, 47, will appear by video before a Minnesota judge for a detention and preliminary hearing. Shand, of Deltona, Fla., is charged with transporting or attempting to transport illegal aliens. The victims, believed to be a family from India who perished in the cold, were found…