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Higher investment required in agri RD: India says at G20 agriculture meet

India on Saturday stressed at G20 agriculture meeting that there is a need to increase investment in agricultural research and development amid the challenges of climate change and expected increase in food demand by 2030. The G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organised as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021 …

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Shashi Tharoor calls for permanent president to head Congress

Tharoor was speaking to reporters after the inauguration of the office of Muvattupuzha legislator Mathew Kuzhalnadan here. PTI September 18, 2021 / 06:57 PM IST Shashi Tharoor Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday called for a permanent president to head the party, which is ‘now at an interim stage’. He …

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Amarinder Singh: The man who put Congress back on saddle in Punjab

One of the strongest regional satraps of the Congress, Amarinder Singh was the leader who put the party back in the saddle in Punjab after an intensely fought poll battle that decimated the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and crushed the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) dream of expanding its footprint beyond Delhi. The 79-year-old widely respected …

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Gun-toting Taliban mingle with families and kids at Kabul Zoo

Taliban soldiers cradling AK-47s and M16 assault rifles mingle among families at Kabul Zoo, a novelty experience for many of the young fighters from rural Afghanistan. As visitors set up picnic spots in the shaded grounds, enjoying ice creams and salted pomegranate seeds, heavily armed Taliban gunmen peer into the enclosures housing lions, leopards, camels, …

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Water from 115 countries to be offered at Ayodhya, Rajnath says it replicates message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Singh further said that construction of Ram Temple is a moment of pride for everybody. “Indian culture is very rich and there is no discrimination on the basis of cast, creed and religion in India,” he asserted. PTI September 18, 2021 / 06:06 PM IST Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that procuring water …

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Centre scales down Babul Supriyo#39;s security cover to Y category

From about six-seven commandos, Supriyo will now be guarded by two armed personnel during travel. PTI September 18, 2021 / 05:46 PM IST PTI The Union government has scaled down the armed security cover of central paramilitary commandos given to Babul Supriyo who left the BJP and joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday, official sources …

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Abu Dhabi cancels COVID-19 entry testing for UAE travellers

The UAE’s capital had restricted entry into the emirate to those with a negative PCR test. Reuters September 18, 2021 / 04:21 PM IST Reuters Abu Dhabi will cancel COVID-19 testing requirements to enter the emirate for travellers from the UAE starting on Sunday, the United Arab Emirates’ state news agency WAM said on Saturday. …

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BMC asks people to undergo COVID-19 test on returning to Mumbai after Ganpati festival

The next 15 days are crucial. The BMC has set up 266 centres offering free RT-PCR tests for those who have returned to Mumbai after the Ganpati festival. People will get the test results delivered to their homes, Kakni said. PTI September 18, 2021 / 05:06 PM IST PTI The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has …

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