Berlusconi to do community service for tax fraud conviction
An Italian court ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud by doing community service, Media reports a legal source as saying on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what kind of community service he has been ordered to do. The Milan court also set travel restrictions on the former prime minister. Berlusconi’s lawyers described the ruling as satisfactory given his political activity needs.
A senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, according to an Interior Ministry official. Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works, was taken by gunmen at around 7am (02:30 GMT) from the Khairkhana neighborhood of the capital, AFP reported. Kabul police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai confirmed the incident, adding that Afghan police forces have launched a search to secure his release. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban militants, said they had no knowledge of Waheed’s kidnapping.
Robotic submarine stops hunting for missing Malaysian jet in deep area
A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, AP reported. It surfaced with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said on Tuesday. Search crews sent the US Navy’s Bluefin 21 into the depths on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. The previous six-day search failed to detect any new signals thought to coming from its black boxes. The 16-hour mission was cut short when the unmanned sub entered a patch that was deeper than its maximum depth of 4,500 meters.
Latvia has suspended broadcasting Russia’s Rossiya RTR television channel for three months, the BBC said. An “administration process” was reportedly launched against the First Baltic Channel, and Rossiya 24 TV channel was labeled as “creating problems” over their coverage of the events in Ukraine. Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian public broadcasters are considering a plan to set up a new Russian-language TV channel. Chairman of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov had said the ban on Russian TV channels in Latvia and Lithuania would violate the rights of television audience.
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Wary Afghanistan goes to polls today under shadow of Taliban threat Times of India | April 5th, 2014 A joint task force report by two Indian think tanks, Ananta-Aspen Centre and Delhi Policy Group, which was released by PM’s special envoy on Af-Pak S K Lambah on Friday to coincide with the elections, makes a strong case for India to equip Afghans militarily.
India hopes new Afghan administration will be inclusive Live Mint | April 5th, 2014 Speaking after the launch of a report titled Afghanistan Task Force Report: What India Can Doby two Delhi-based think-tanks, the Ananta Aspen Centre and the Delhi Policy Group, Satinder K. Lambah, the Prime Minister’s special envoy on Afghanistan, also called on the international community to “remain committed” to supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which is playing the central role in tackling the resurgent Taliban insurgency in the country.
Govt: Decision on Lanka was political Asian Age | April 5th, 2014 Speaking to a news agency, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said: “Any decision relating to foreign policy is a political decision, is it not? And no official will take a decision without taking a political sign off.”
Bhutan to hire Indian students for hydel project PTI / The Economic Times | April 10th, 2014 Bhutan’s Minister for commerce and foreign affairs Liyonopo Narbo Wangchuk, who is currently leading a Bhutanese delegation here, said Bhutan has tremendous hydro power potential and wants to harness the Indian expertise in the field to tap it to the maximum.
India, China to hold strategic dialogue on April 14 PTI / Zee News | April 9th, 2014 China is in touch with India to explore way forward in Afghanistan to deal with the war-ravaged country after the draw-dawn of the US-led NATO troops by the end of this year.
India, China to discuss border pinpricks DNA | April 12th, 2014 After the two countries signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), they had agreed to have a hotline between their DGMO-rank officers to resolve issues cropping up on the LAC during face-offs between the soldiers of the two sides, defence sources said.
US faces trade barriers from India, China in telecom PTI / India TV News | April 5th, 2014 The report among other things mentions ongoing restrictions on the provision of voice-over the Internet (VOIP) services in China and India. It expresses concerns about undue restrictions on the ability of US satellite service suppliers to provide satellite transmission capacity to customers in both China and India.
Space Cooperation: A Vital New Front for India-U.S. Relations Space News | April 7th, 2014 India’s Megha-Tropiques, a satellite mission to study the water cycle in the tropical region in the context of climate change, will now form part of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission being led by the U.S. and Japan.
India refuses to consider Khobragade episode as closed The Hindu | April 7th, 2014 Though the first indictment against her was rejected by a U.S. court, prosecutors last month re-indicted her on visa fraud charges and accused her of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her domestic maid.
US lawmakers look forward to new government in India after general elections PTI / The Economic Times | April 8th, 2014 Congressman Eliot Engel said he is pleased by the transformation that has occurred in the US-India relationship over the past couple of decades and noted that this transformation could not have happened without the strong leadership of both major political parties in India and the United States.
Americans facing competition from India, China: Obama PTI / The Hindu | April 8th, 2014 “Young people in India and China, they’re all interested in trying to figure out how they get a foothold in this world economy,” Mr. Obama said while addressing students in Maryland.
India, Russia sign Rs 2,600 crore deal for anti-tank ammunition PTI / DNA | March 31st, 2014 The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank shells to the Army and agreement in this regard was inked by Defence Ministry officials from India and Rosoboronexport officials from the Russia side, the Defence Ministry said in New Delhi.
3 Israel diplomats sent home Asian Age | April 9th, 2014 According to reports, one of the three diplomats had even slapped the immigration official while the other too also roughed him up. All three were headed for work to Kathmandu, Nepal.
FS engages envoys in ‘interactive sessions’ The Asian Age | April 7th, 2014 These sessions have evoked a huge response amongst the diplomatic corps with large numbers — some 80 to 100 — including high commissioners and ambassadors turning up to brainstorm with the FS on issues that might be of concern or interest.
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Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh is gearing up to put up a strong fight against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s allegations of criminal conspiracy in the coal block allocation scam, with the launch of his book, Crusaders or …
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