US Treasury official to visit India amid Ukraine tensions

WASHINGTON: A top Treasury Department official is set next week to make his first official trip to India since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Amid tensions over India’s neutral stance on the invasion that began in late February, the U.S. wants the meetings to focus on how to deepen ties with the South Asian nation. Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo will travel to Mumbai and New Delhi for meetings that include Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, the finance ministry, the Reserve Bank of India, and the Ministry of…

Rahul Gandhi office attack: Staffers held for Bapu photo damage | India News

WAYANAD: Four people, including two staff of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad office, were arrested on Friday for allegedly causing damage to Mahatma Gandhi’s photo nearly two months ago when an SFI protest march led to violence on the premises. On June 24, Students Federation of India (SFI) activists took out a protest march towards the Wayanad MP’s office here on the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) issue. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case arrested the four after summoning them for interrogation.They were later released on bail, a senior police…

Lalu Prasad’s son-in-law Shailesh Kumar attends govt meet led by Tej Pratap, sparks row | India News

PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s new government hurtled from one controversy to another as video footage emerged Friday showing RJD chief Then Prasad’s son-in-law Shailesh Kumar purportedly attending an official meeting of the environment, forest and climate change department headed by the patriarch’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav. In another potential embarrassment for Nitish that snubbed former ally BJP promptly latched on to, deputy CM and Lalu’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was seen in a video clip presiding over a meeting of the road construction department in the presence…

IRCTC’s plan to monetise rail passenger data under review | India News

NEW DELHI: Weeks after the Railways’ catering and ticketing arm IRCTC floated a tender to engage a consultant for monetisation of its “digital data”, including the bank of passenger data, the railway ministry is now reviewing the revenue generation plan. The IRCTC’s plan to generate Rs 1,000 crore revenue from two sets of monetisation of data came under criticism amid concerns over data privacy. Sources in the ministry said the government would prefer to wait for the passage of the Data Protection Bill in Parliament before going ahead with this…

Indian Sukhoi fighter jets, C-17 aircraft land in Australia | India News

New Delhi: Four Indian Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets and two C-17 Globemaster-III strategic airlifter have touched down in Australia for the major ‘Pitch Black’ air combat exercise, which will see participation of around 100 aircraft and 2,500 military personnel from 17 nations. On way to the Darwin base in Australia, the Sukhois were refuelled midair by tankers of the French Air & Space Force, which is taking part in the exercise along with the air forces from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines,…

No caste angle in boy’s death: Rajasthan child panel | India News

An organization called Yuva Shakti Sangathan demonstrated outside the Congress office in Delhi against the alleged murder of a Dalit child in Jalore, Rajasthan.. JAIPUR: The state child rights commission member, after visiting the private school in Jalore where a nine-year-old Dalit student was hit by his teacher leading to his death, in its report ruled out the angle of caste discrimination in the incident. After talking to students and teachers, the commission in its report said that the teacher had beaten the child after he had a fight with…

Four years on, 20% women’s quota fully filled in most IITs | India News

MUMBAI: Four years after the supernumerary female quota was introduced in IITs, almost every campus has 20% girls in the 2021-22 batch. A total of 2,990 girls have confirmed admissions at the premier institutes — more than triple the women population in 2017 (995), a year before seats were created for women. While 100 women joined IIT-Bombay in 2017, the number has touched 271 now. In case of IIT Delhi, the corresponding numbers are 90 in 2017 and 246 as per the most recently released data of 2021 admission statistics.…

In a first, UK museum returns desi artefacts

GLASGOW: Glasgow held a ceremony on Friday to officially repatriate seven Indian cultural artefacts looted during British colonial rule, calling it a first for a UK museum service. Dignitaries from the high commission of India joined members of Glasgow Lifethe charity that manages the Scottish city’s museum collections, at the transfer of ownership ceremony, following more than 18 months of talks. Six of the items were stolen from northern India in the 1800s, and a seventh was illegally purchased after being stolen from its original owners. All seven objects were…

Alcohol use and high BMI key risk factors in India’s cancer deaths | India News

NEW DELHI: Smoking, alcohol use, high BMI (Body Mass Index) and other known risk factors were responsible for over 37% of cancer deaths in India in 2019, as per a new research published in the Lancet. Globally 44.4% (4.5 million) of all cancer deaths were attributable to risk factors, says the study. The estimates are based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk factors Report, 2019. According to the study, nearly half (50.6%) of all cancer deaths in men globally in 2019 (2.8 million) were due to known…

China backs EAM Jaishankar’s ‘Asian century’ remark | India News

BEIJING: China on Friday concurred with external affairs minister S Jaishankar’s observation that an “Asian century” cannot happen if India and China don’t join hands and emphasised that the two neighbours have “far more common interests than differences”. Responding to a series of questions after delivering a lecture on “India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific” at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on Thursday, Jaishankar said the relationship between India and China was going through an “extremely difficult phase” after what Beijing had done at the border and emphasised that the “Asian…