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Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Kalam dies

Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya capital. Kalam, who was the 11th President of India, was a very popular head of state between 2002 and 2007. He was also known as India’s missile man for ensuring the success of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). kalam_apj_reutersKalam (84) took ill and collapsed at around 6:30 PM at the function. He was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills ar...

72 including Thai army officer charged for human trafficking

Thailand, a notorious human trafficking hub, said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer for engaging in the illegal trade of helpless migrants. [caption id="attachment_18411" align="alignright" width="612"]migrants Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants rescued from Thai jungle. File photo[/caption] A major people-smuggling trade unraveled in May when thousands of Bangladeshi and Rohingya (deemed by Myanmar to be illegals from Bangladesh) migrants were abandoned at sea and in jungle camps by traffickers following a Thai crackdown. The crisis...

Toshiba chief executive resigns over scandal

Toshiba’s chief executive and president Hisao Tanaka has resigned after the company said it had overstated its profits for the past six years. He will be succeeded by chairman Masashi Muromachi, with vice-chairman Norio Sasaki also stepping down. On Monday, an independent panel appointed by Toshiba said the firm had overstated its operating profit by a total of 151.8bn yen ($1.22bn, £780m). The overstatement was roughly triple an initial estimate by Toshiba. [caption id="attachment_18310" align="alignright" width="624"]toshiba Toshiba has been facing comp...

Iran nuclear agreement ‘reached’

A deal on limiting Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions has been reached at talks in Vienna, diplomats say. [caption id="attachment_18138" align="alignright" width="750"]iran_nuclear Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks, is seen behind a street sign in Vienna, Austria, July 13, 2015. Iran and six world powers appeared close to a deal on Monday to give Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear programme, but Iranian officials said talks could run past their latest midnight deadline and success was not guaranteed....

Cash crisis in Greece affecting ordinary people

Lettuce farmer Andonis Vezyroglou is suffering from the effects of the Greek debt crisis, first hand. “We expected some drop in sales,” he says. “But we did not have a clue what it would mean.” [caption id="attachment_18093" align="alignright" width="648"]greece_atm-800x533 Athens, Greece. 27 June 2015 — People line up at an ATM outside a branch of Piraeus Bank, in Athens. Photo by Alexandros Michailidis. Copyright Demotix[/caption] So far, his sales have dropped between 20 and 25 percent in the past week, and he has no idea how much fu...

Major powers turn the screws for Iran nuclear deal

Foreign ministers from major powers were set Thursday to turn the screws on Iran to finalise a historic nuclear deal on the eve of a deadline to present it to US lawmakers. If the US Congress does not receive the text by early Friday morning Vienna time—midnight in Washington—it makes the approval process longer and potentially more problematic. But despite this pressure, and almost two weeks of talks in the Austrian capital, it is unclear whether an accord aimed at ending a 13-year standoff can be sewn up at all, let alone in time, AFP reports. Iran nuclear d...
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