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India to send twenty boys and girls at Junior NBA World Championship in Florida
Sports

India to send twenty boys and girls at Junior NBA World Championship in Florida

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the rosters of the 32 teams that will compete at the Jr. NBA World Championship.

Four lakh tonne sugar in process for exports to Middle East, Sri Lanka, says government official
Business

Four lakh tonne sugar in process for exports to Middle East, Sri Lanka, says government official

Mills are required to export 20 lakh tonnes of sugar in the current 2017-18 marketing year (October-September) to avail of a subsidy of Rs 55 per tonne offered by the government

Carnival to acquire Elan Group's 100 percent stake in Novo Cinemas UAE and Kingdom of Bahrain
Business

Carnival to acquire Elan Group's 100 percent stake in Novo Cinemas UAE and Kingdom of Bahrain

Novo Cinemas currently operates 104 screens with over 16,000 seats across 10 properties in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain

FIFA World Cup caravan moves to Qatar 2022 amid plethora of problems ranging from human rights abuse to  corruption
Sports

FIFA World Cup caravan moves to Qatar 2022 amid plethora of problems ranging from human rights abuse to corruption

As one of the best World Cups ever ends in Russia, football's biggest tournament must now prepare for its most controversial, in Qatar in 2022.

China pledges $20 billion in loans for economic development of Arab States, as Beijing builds influence in Middle East and Africa
World

China pledges $20 billion in loans for economic development of Arab States, as Beijing builds influence in Middle East and Africa

The money pledged by China will be earmarked for "projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in the Arab States that have reconstruction needs," said Xi, without providing further details.

Uber may resume its services in Abu Dhabi after close to a two-year suspension
News & Analysis

Uber may resume its services in Abu Dhabi after close to a two-year suspension

The US firm first launched services in Abu Dhabi in 2013. It has continued to operate in neighbouring Dubai.

Donald Trump pulls out of Iran nuclear deal: From 'double thumbs up' to 'disastrous', how West Asian media reacted
World

Donald Trump pulls out of Iran nuclear deal: From 'double thumbs up' to 'disastrous', how West Asian media reacted

There have been a series of mixed reactions from the media in West Asia on Donald Trump's decision to pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal.

US-led missile strikes on Syria: India urges all parties to show restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions
India

US-led missile strikes on Syria: India urges all parties to show restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions

India, while describing an alleged chemical attack in Syria as "deplorable", called for restraint after the US, Britain and France launched coordinated missile attacks on the West Asian nation

After Tripura debacle, CPM's national fortunes rest on money sent from West Asia to Kerala
India

After Tripura debacle, CPM's national fortunes rest on money sent from West Asia to Kerala

In simple words, it’s not ideology or any progressive policies but West Asian capitalism that will keep the rump of the CPM or rather communism alive in India. When the remittances start falling, we will see the real test.

US-Saudi Arabia kick off talks on energy deal, but history with Iran stands in way
World

US-Saudi Arabia kick off talks on energy deal, but history with Iran stands in way

The Trump administration is opening talks with Saudi Arabia on an atomic energy agreement that's inextricably linked to an Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.

Hapless Keralites return home in hordes as Saudi Arabia continues to reserve jobs for locals
India

Hapless Keralites return home in hordes as Saudi Arabia continues to reserve jobs for locals

The kingdom’s bid to tide over the crisis by diversifying the economy and restricting jobs to its nationals through a nationalisation drive has put the expats in the doldrums.

Human rights activist Rothna Begum on the heartbreaks and triumphs of her work
Life

Human rights activist Rothna Begum on the heartbreaks and triumphs of her work

As a researcher for Human Rights Watch with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Rothna Begum documents heart-wrenching crimes and some heartwarming triumphs | #FirstCulture

MEA reverses decision to issue orange passport: Tracking how and why this govt move was criticised and withdrawn
India

MEA reverses decision to issue orange passport: Tracking how and why this govt move was criticised and withdrawn

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday reversed its earlier decisions and announced that it would not issue a separate orange-coloured passport.

Mike Pence to begin four-day West Asia tour from Egypt amid Arab anger over Jerusalem issue
World

Mike Pence to begin four-day West Asia tour from Egypt amid Arab anger over Jerusalem issue

US Vice President Mike Pence headed for Egypt Saturday to begin a West Asia trip overshadowed by anger in the Arab world over Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Milind Deora column: India should not lose sight of long-term economic interests amid anti-China, anti-Pakistan jingoism
India

Milind Deora column: India should not lose sight of long-term economic interests amid anti-China, anti-Pakistan jingoism

Our general demeanour towards China has been one of steady disengagement, and we’re only hurting our country and the economy in the process, writes former Union minister Milind Deora.

Qatar denies claims of intercepting UAE passenger airplane amid rising diplomatic tensions in West Asia
World

Qatar denies claims of intercepting UAE passenger airplane amid rising diplomatic tensions in West Asia

Qatar on Monday denied that its fighter jets had intercepted a passenger plane from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

US Navy joins search for 32 missing crew members of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi
World

US Navy joins search for 32 missing crew members of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi

The US Navy has joined the search for 32 crew members missing from an Iranian oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a bulk freighter off China's east coast.

Russia passes tougher punishments for terror suspects; convicts may face life imprisonment
World

Russia passes tougher punishments for terror suspects; convicts may face life imprisonment

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed amendments to the Criminal Law to toughen punishment of those who finance terrorism or recruit terrorists

India was justified in supporting UN resolution on Jerusalem: Vote was in national interest and morally correct
World

India was justified in supporting UN resolution on Jerusalem: Vote was in national interest and morally correct

India did right to vote for the United Nations resolution that rejected US President Trump’s acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Pakistan links Kashmir issue to Palestinian crisis at UNSC, says Kashmiris suffer 'horrific' human rights violations
World

Pakistan links Kashmir issue to Palestinian crisis at UNSC, says Kashmiris suffer 'horrific' human rights violations

Pakistan has raked up the Kashmir issue again at the UN Security Council, linking it to the Palestinian crisis