Interviews conducted for appointment of IIM Lucknow director

Interviews for the appointment of a full-time director for the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) were held in Mumbai on Monday. At least five professors from the IIM-L were among those called for the interview. They were: IIM-L director in-charge, BK Mohanty, senior faculty members Archana Shukla, Anadi Pandey, Pankaj Kumar and Sushil Kumar. Others among the interviewees were professors from other IIMs and XLRI, said a member in the board of governors (IIM-L). The post of IIM-L full-time director fell vacant after the death of Ajit Prasad. He…

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Rajnath may be fielded from Noida, Mahesh from Alwar

Home minister Rajnath Singh, who represents Lucknow in the present Lok Sabha, may be fielded from the prestigious Gautam Buddh Nagar parliamentary constituency replacing sitting MP and Union minister Mahesh Sharma, who is likely to be shifted to Alwar in Rajasthan. In the wake of the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, it is learnt, are working on their time-tested formula of denying tickets to sitting members to beat anti-incumbency. BJP sources said initial…

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At UN, China unlikely to support bid to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist

Chinaon Wednesday signalled that it was not yet prepared to step aside and allow the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to list terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder-leader Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, hours before the world body is to meet for a crucial vote. In response to a question on China’s stance on banning Azhar at the 1267 committee of the UNSC, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Beijing wanted a closure of the issue, based on consensus achieved through dialogue. “I want to say that China always…

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‘Bahrain, please don’t follow me!’ Refugee soccer player granted Australian citizenship

A refugee soccer player who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months during a tense extradition stand-off between Australia and the Persian Gulf state was granted Australian citizenship on Tuesday. According to Press TV, Hakeem al-Araibi, 25, left Bahrain in 2014 after he was accused of crimes committed during the so-called Arab Spring protests of 2011, which he denied. He was granted refugee status in Australia but after an Interpol notice requesting his arrest was made by Bahrain, he was apprehended by Thai authorities in November…

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Pakistan successfully test-fires ‘smart weapon’

Pakistan says it has successfully test-fired a new, domestically-built “smart weapon,” stressing that Islamabad will respond “with full force” to any foreign aggression. According to Press TV, Pakistan’s Air Force said on Tuesday that the weapon, apparently an air-to-surface missile, had been deployed by a JF-17 Thunder — a Chinese-Pakistani multi-role fighter jet. The air force described the missile as a “smart weapon” that had an “extended” range, but did not give further details. “Pakistan is a peace-loving nation but if subjected to aggression by [an] adversary, we would respond with full force,” said the…

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President Rouhani meets Grand Ayatatollah Sistani in Najaf

In a historic meeting, President Hassan Rouhani has held talks with Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali al-Sistani in the holy city of Najaf on the final day of his landmark visit to the neighboring state. President Rouhani sat down with Ayatollah Sistani at his residence on Wednesday after visiting the shrine of Imam Ali (AS). He is the first Iranian president ever to have met with Ayatollah Sistani. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi were also present at the meeting. So far, there have been no reports…

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