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China is World’s Fifth Largest Arms Exporter Today

China is World’s Fifth Largest Arms Exporter Today

Business, World
By *Abdus Sattar Ghazali China has become the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China replaces Britain in the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012, a group dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports, SIPRI said Monday, March 13. Germany and France ranked third and fourth on the arms exporter list. “China is establishing itself as a significant arms supplier to a growing number of important recipient states,” Paul Holtom, director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program, said in a statement. Commenting on the SIPRI report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was a responsible arms exporter which strictly adhered t
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi land dispute case: Supreme Court allows only original litigants

Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi land dispute case: Supreme Court allows only original litigants

India
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected all the interim applications filed by the individuals and groups for seeking permission to intervene in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute case. A total of 18 applications wishing to intervene in the land dispute case as a party, were dismissed by the apex court.    The three-judge bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sajjad A Nazeer pronounced this decision. The Bench accepted the plea that only original litigants of the land dispute case should be allowed to argue in the case. The Bench said that all petitions filed for the intervention of persons unrelated to this case should be rejected. The Supreme Court also rejected BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea for intervention in this dispute.
Angela Merkel re- elected as German chancellor

Angela Merkel re- elected as German chancellor

World
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Angela Merkel on Wednesday was elected German chancellor by the German Parliament, Bundestag, for the fourth time. "Angela Merkel received the necessary majority, she was elected chancellor," President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schaeuble said. On Tuesday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier nominated Merkel for re-election as a chancellor after the day before Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Merkel, chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer and acting co-chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Olaf Scholz signed a coalition agreement and the government was finally formed in Germany. Earlier in March, German Social-Democrats already voted for coalition with Merkel, which made it clear that Germany will finally get a coalition government...
Renowned Scientist Stephen Hawking at 76

Renowned Scientist Stephen Hawking at 76

Science, Technology, World
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – 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. His genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarified world of astrophysics. He died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.
Syed Shahabuddin an outstanding voice of Indian Muslims dies

Syed Shahabuddin an outstanding voice of Indian Muslims dies

Politics
New Delhi--- Syed Shahabuddin an outstanding Indian Muslim’s voice took his last breath today morning at a hospital in Noida.  The diplomat-turned-politician Syed Shahabuddin died at the age of 82.  He was the leader of the Babri Masjid Action Committee and a vociferous voice of Babri Masjid demolition and Shah Bano case.  He was born in 1935 at Ranchi and received his education at Gaya, Ranchi and Patna.  He had a brilliant academic career. He received gold medals from Matriculation examination in 1950 to M.Sc. 1956 and Bachelor of Law.  He started his professional career as a teacher of Physics in 1956 at Patna University. He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1958 and served in various capacities from vice-consul to the Ambassador. He took voluntary retirement from the IFS in the year 197
UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

World
By Jared Ferrie YANGON (IRIN)--- The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told IRIN that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the Council in Geneva on 13 March. “I never said in the past to a reporter what I plan to put in my report,” she said in a phone interview. “This time I am making this point: I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation.” Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investig
INDIA:Union Budget-2017 Promises Affordable Housing

INDIA:Union Budget-2017 Promises Affordable Housing

Economy, India
New Delhi--- With a view to providing affordable housing, the finance minister has proposed to provide some concessions in the scheme of Income Tax exemption. The definition of affordable housing has been changed. Now the area of 30 Square Metre in four metropolitan cities and 30 Square Metre for the rest of country will be counted as carpet area instead of built-up area. The completion period has also been extended to 5 years from 3 years. The tax on Notional rental income for builders has been proposed to calculate only after 1 year from the end of the year in which completion certificate is received. Some changes in Capital Gain taxation for immovable properties have also been proposed to take effect, as holding period reduced for computation of long-term capital gain from three years

Akhilesh gets cycle, father loses the symbol race

Regional
New Delhi- The election commission of India in a historic judgment here today held that the party and its official symbol cycle belong to Akhilesh Yadav faction. The election commission of India was of the view that, since there is no break-up in the party the official party symbol “Cycle” could not be freeze. The decision in favour of Akhilesh came only when both the warring factions were told to submit the affidavit regarding support of legislators in their favour.

Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress

Regional
New Delhi-The Cricketer turned politician from Punjab has joined Congress here today. His wife has already joined the Congress party earlier. Sidhu today met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi here at his residence. Sidhu has been a BJP’s Member of Parliament from Punjab.
‘Remonetise India – A Citizen’s Pledge’ has been Kicked Off by TIMES NETWORK

‘Remonetise India – A Citizen’s Pledge’ has been Kicked Off by TIMES NETWORK

Economy, India
Mumbai, India (BusinessWireIndia)--- TIMES NETWORK, the broadcast arm of the Times Group initiated, ‘Remonetise India - A Citizen's Pledge’, a nationwide crusader campaign, urging Indians to take the next step from demonetization and Pledge for Growth.  Keeping the government’s vision in mind, Remonetise India is an initiative by TIMES NETWORK which calls all the Citizens of India to come out and make a difference. Urging the citizens to be the change agent for the changes they want to see and bring India's economy back on track. Today, TIMES NETWORK conducted a LIVE Telethon from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, across all channels of the network and connected viewers to Opinion and Policy makers, encouraged them to invest more and educated the them about moving to a digital and a less cash economy.