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Politics: Dutch PM resigns on migration issue, seeks re-election

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Days after the killing of an Algerian-origin migrant teenager triggered widespread arson and violence across France, and the Qur’an burning incident in Sweden, which angered Muslims across the world, the Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition government collapsed on Friday over  “insurmountable” differences on how to tackle migration of aliens into […]

Roving Periscope: “You saved us… prevented bloodbath,” Sri Lanka tells India

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Friday expressed deep gratitude to India, calling it a “trustworthy friend” which saved the island nation and prevented a “bloodbath” during its unprecedented economic crisis in 2022. He said that not a single nation extended that kind of assistance to Colombo as New […]

Green Cards: Thousands of Indian-Americans may benefit

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: Thousands of Indian-Americans are expected to benefit from the latest US move on providing green cards to them after a US President’s Advisory Commission approved that over 230,000 unused cards for family and employment categories since 1992 be recaptured. A green card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card (PRC), […]

Roving Periscope: China criticizes India for not signing the SCO Summit Declaration.

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: It happens rarely when a nation hosting a key international summit refuses to sign the document issued at the end of the event. But that’s what exactly happened on July 4 when India declined to sign the New Delhi Declaration at the end of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit […]

Technology: Meta’s Threads challenges Elon Musk’s Twitter

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: Within 24 hours after its launch, Meta’s fresh-from-oven microblogging platform Threads has attracted over 30 million users worldwide, threatening big-boy Twitter, in what is seen as the latest revolution in the social media networking ecosystem. Marc Zukerberg’s Meta, which also owns Facebook and Instagram, launched the new platform on Thursday, […]

Roving Periscope: Pakistan Army has no fuel for tanks; suspends exercises!

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: Two years after then Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa admitted that Islamabad cannot go to war against India as its tanks were not in working condition, the bankrupt South Asian country’s troops have also run out of fuel and suspended all military drills and war exercises until the […]

Economy: India’s growth sustainable, FinMin says, and cautions against headwinds

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi:  Noting that the Indian economy grew by 7.2 percent in 2022-23, especially in its last quarter (January-March 2023), the Finance Ministry on Thursday said the country will continue to register sustained growth in a more durable way than before—but also cautioned about the possible headwinds that could pose major challenges, […]

Seasonal cycle: In some Indian cities, tomato is far more expensive than apples, and petrol!

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: The La Nina effect, which extended the onset of the Monsoon season, the Biparjoy cyclone in June, and an extremely hot, humid, and prolonged summer, adversely affected horticulture and floriculture in several Indian states, severely impacting supplies of vegetables and flowers. But tomato took the cake: its high prices in […]

Global warming: Earth records hottest day ever on Tuesday, July 4

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: This week’s Tuesday (July 4), when the United States celebrated its Independence Day, was the hottest day ever recorded globally, according to data from the United States National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The average global temperature reached 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, surpassing the August 2016 record […]

Roving Periscope: No country wants Japan to release Fukushima waters in the Pacific Ocean

Virendra Pandit   New Delhi: Japan got a green signal from the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday for its plans to pump out and release 1.3 million tons of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean over the next few decades from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, but no country […]