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‘I am not Gandhi or Mandela’: Saudi crown prince Salman on his private expenses

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Lambeth Palace, London, Britain.image source: HT

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday.

Mutual rival Iran will be high on the agenda, but the 32-year-old strongman prince will also be looking to showcase his sweeping changes to Saudi society and an increasingly assertive foreign policy that includes the war in Yemen and an ongoing diplomatic feud with Qatar.

The following are quotations from an interview he gave to CBS News on Sunday.

The role of women

Prince Mohammed has implemented some reforms on women’s rights, loosening clothing restrictions, pushing for greater participation in the workforce, and, significantly, lifting a ban on women driving.

But guardianship laws, which require women to seek the permission of male relatives for a host of activities, remain in place. Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking, great scientist who wrote of space, time and black holes, dies at 76

Professor of mathematics at Cambridge University Stephen W Hawking discusses theories on the origin of the universe in a talk in Berkeley, California.

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday.

Hawking, whose 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” became an unlikely worldwide bestseller and cemented his superstar status, dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Continue reading

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Russia says hackers stole more than $17 million from its banks in 2017

Russian authorities are now keen to show that Russia too is a frequent victim of cyber crime and that they are working hard to combat itpc: ht

Hackers stole more than 1 billion roubles ($17 million) from Russian banks using the Cobalt Strike security-testing tool in 2017, a central bank official said on Tuesday.

Russia is under intense scrutiny over cyber crime following allegations hackers backed by Moscow have attacked targets in the United States and Europe, accusations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Russian authorities are now keen to show that Russia too is a frequent victim of cyber crime and that they are working hard to combat it. Continue reading

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Trump: Any immigration plan without border wall ‘waste of time’

US President Donald Trump holds a meeting at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Centre in Sterling, Virginia,  February 2, 2018. pc:ht

Any congressional immigration plan that does not provide for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border ‘is a total waste of time,’ US President Donald Trump said on Monday as two top senators planned to unveil a bipartisan compromise plan.

“Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the Continue reading

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Hafiz Saeed dares Pak govt to arrest him, says will not stop fighting for Kashmiris

Pakistani head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Hafiz Saeed (C) waves to protesters as they gather in a rally to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Lahore on February 5, 2018. pc:ht

Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed on Monday dared the Pakistani government to arrest him if it can and said he will not stop fighting the case of Kashmiri people.

“If the Pakistani government wants to arrest me…come and go for it but I will not stop dedicating 2018 for Kashmiris,” Saeed said while addressing a rally here.

“We will emerge more strongly if you try to suppress us,” said Saeed, who was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by Continue reading

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Maldives President declares state of emergency for 15 days- Take care Travellers

Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen, center, surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives on Saturday.pc:ht

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced on state television Monday.

The move gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a deepening political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation as Yameen refuses to comply with a Supreme Court order to release political prisoners.

The president has refused to comply with a court order to Continue reading

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With $8,230 billion, India is world’s 6th wealthiest country: Report

India has been ranked sixth in the list of wealthiest countries with total wealth of $8,230 billion, while the United States topped the chart, says a report.

According to a report by New World Wealth, the United States is the wealthiest country in the world as the total wealth held in 2017 amounted to $64,584 billion, followed by China at the second place with $ 24,803 billion and Japan with $19,522 billion at third.

Total wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each country/city. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities, business interests) less any liabilities. The report, however, excludes government funds from its figures.

Others in the list include United Kingdom (4th, $9,919 billion), Germany (5th, $9,660 billion), France Continue reading

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Corporate America Asks Arun Jaitley To Reduce Tax Policy Uncertainties

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Ahead of the Union Budget, corporate America has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for further reduction in tax uncertainty for multinational companies and institutional investors, a step which it said would help attract more foreign direct investments to India.

“A significant positive step toward improving the investment climate would be to further reduce tax uncertainty for multinational companies and institutional investors in India,” Nisha Desai Biswal, the president of the Continue reading

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IPL auction 2018 highlights: list of the total players from all the squads


Jaydev Unadkat was the show stopper on day 2 of the Indian Premier League auction after he was purchased for Rs 11.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals, making him the most expensive Indian bowler ever. Andrew Tye was the next big buy with Rs 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab. However, Chris Gayle was third time lucky with a Rs 2 crore bid by Kings XI Punjab while Lasith Malinga went unsold. Get highlights of Indian Premier League auction 2018, Bengaluru, here.

Here is the list of the total players from all the squads

Chennai Super Kings: Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan, Bravo, Watson, Jadhav, Rayudu, Tahir, Karn Sharma, Continue reading

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Man arrested for wearing all his clothes to avoid excess baggage fees at Airport

Ryan Carney Williams was reportedly held at Keflavik airport for putting on all his clothes (Ryan Hawaii /Twitter)

To what extent would you go to avoid paying for excess luggage? Stuff your pockets or chat up the airline staff? This British passenger went a step further by wearing all his clothes including eight pairs of trousers and 10 shirts.

Ryan Carney Williams, who was travelling from Iceland to London, was reportedly denied a boarding pass by British Airways at Keflavik airport on Wednesday, after he put on all the clothes that he couldn’t fit in his Continue reading

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