Cong team turns spotlight on development projects

On a day on which Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from his Amethi Lok Sabha seat, his team took to social media to list to his credit a long list of development projects implemented and works carried out by him in the constituency over the years. Besides referring to 15 major institutions set up with an investment of Rs 2747.74 crore in Amethi, the list also makes a mention of about 20 railway works with an investment of Rs 1922.06 crore and the roads constructed in the…

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Indian embassy advisory for students hoping to study in US

The Indian embassy in Washington issued an advisory Wednesday urging students hoping to study in the United States to go beyond the usual checks to ensure they were not applying to “fake” universities that law enforcement agencies here have set up in the past to “trap” immigration frauds suspects. “In order to ensure that Indian students do not fall into such “traps”, it is advised that due diligence be exercised while seeking admission in US Universities,” said the embassy advisory. “The fact that a University is duly accredited by relevant…

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Iran surprises US, observers with spike in oil exports

Iranian exports of crude oil and condensate have surged to levels near before sanctions, surprising market observers and affording the country an important victory in a US “economic war” on Tehran. Iran exported 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in March, the highest since October when shipments fell to 1.08 million bpd, data from shipping sources compiled by S&P Global Platts showed. According to the energy and commodities information provider, Iran’s exports volumes have recovered by 60% since November, “surprising many on the market.” That is because November…

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Russia warns of ‘catastrophe’ at Syrian refugee camp in US-controlled region

Russia has raised alarm at the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation at a refugee camp, situated in a territory controlled by US-backed militants in northeastern Syria, saying the daily death toll has hit 20. Major General Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said on Wednesday that the Syrians are living in “unbearable” conditions at the al-Hawl camp in Hasakah Province. “According to a female refugee, who managed to flee the al-Hawl camp on the territory controlled by the US-led coalition, the humanitarian situation in the camp…

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Sudan and the end of 30-year rule of Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years has stepped down and that consultations are underway to form a transitional council. Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf addressed the nation Thursday afternoon, announcing that al-Bashir had been arrested “in a safe place.” He called for a state of emergency for three months and a transitional period of two years, as well as a national ceasefire. He spoke about the growing inequality that had gripped the country, and noted that “despite all the suffering, despite…

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Castro: Cuba won’t abandon Venezuela despite US blackmail

Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro says his country will never cease supporting its ally Venezuela under pressure by the United States, which has threatened Havana with more sanctions over its support of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The 87-year-old former president of Cuba made the remarks during a speech at the National Assembly of People’s Power, the country’s parliament, on Wednesday, adding that the island nation had been boosting its defense preparedness in recent months in view of heightened US hostility. “We will never abandon our duty…

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