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France have clinched their second World Cup Football title. In a thrilling final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow last night, they defeated Croatia 4-2. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the...
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal with Russia will go ahead despite the US sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. Ms Sitharaman was talking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday. Referring to the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, under which the Trump...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his two-day visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh today. He will lay the foundation stone of an ambitious 304 kilometer long Poorvanchal Expressway and inaugurate several other development projects in Azamgarh. AIR correspondent reports that Mr Modi's visit is aimed at rapid development not only of...
The Archaeological Survey of India has issued an order allowing photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments or sites, except at Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal. The order came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Speech at ‘Dharohar Bhawan’ in New Delhi yesterday. Union Minister...
Industrial production growth slipped to a seven-month low of 3.2 per cent in May mainly due sluggish performance of manufacturing and power sectors and other reasons, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Office yesterday. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the index, grew by...
Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari will lay foundation stones and inaugurate various developmental projects worth over 6600 crore rupees in Viskhapatnam today. Arrangements have been made for foundation stones to various development projects aiming to develop Road Connectivity that includes four lane of NH-16 from Ichapuram to Narasannapeta...
In order to address the concerns arising out of the anonymity and to prevent money laundering, the Reserve Bank has now made it compulsory to incorporate the purchaser’s name on the face of demand draft, pay order, banker’s cheques and other instruments. The RBI issued a notification in Mumbai yesterday...
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh today. According to officials, Home Minister and his Bangladeshi counterpart will hold talks on various issues including security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements. The Rohingya issue is also expected to figure in the...
India has become the 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, paving the way for more joint investment with Indian companies across the bank's regions of operation. European Bank President Suma Chakrabarti said in London yesterday that India had applied for the membership in December 2017. The...
The Enforcement Directorate, ED has moved Mumbai’s special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court seeking to declare diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as 'fugitive economic offenders'. Two separate applications under the recently promulgated Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance were filed in the PNB fraud case. The application also seeks...