Author: Hasit Patankar

Moscow (28/2). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that non-governmental organizations in Central Asia have stepped up their anti-Russian activities amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army. Shoigu said this at the board of the Russian Ministry of Defense on February 27. According to him, there are more than 100 “large pro-Western non-governmental organisations” operating in Central Asia, which have more than 16,000 representative offices and branches. “Against the backdrop of the special military operation, these NGOs have significantly increased their anti-Russian activities in order to reduce military-technical, economic and cultural cooperation between the Central Asian states and Russia.…

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All men in Russia are required to do a year-long military service, or equivalent training during higher education, from the age of 18. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree setting out the routine spring conscription campaign, calling up 150,000 citizens for statutory military service, a document posted on the Kremlin’s website showed on Sunday (31 March). All men in Russia are required to do a year-long military service, or equivalent training during higher education, from the age of 18. In July Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to raise the maximum age at which men can be conscripted to 30…

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SINGAPORE – The Chinese embassy in Singapore on March 18 asked its citizens in the Republic to “stay away” from gambling, adding that cross-border gambling violates Chinese laws. The embassy, in a statement on its official WeChat account, “solemnly reminded” Chinese citizens in Singapore to steer clear of gambling, which is strictly prohibited by law in China. “Even if overseas casinos are opened legally, cross-border gambling by Chinese citizens is suspected of violating the laws of our country and face the risk of punitive actions,” said the embassy, warning that embassies may not be able to provide consular protection for…

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Georgia Ports Authority bullish on the country’s prospects after dramatic increases in container volumes As uncertain geopolitics continue to shift manufacturing patterns in Asia, Georgia’s trade numbers are starting to reflect India’s rise as an alternative to China. In the last fiscal year, total trade with India through the Port of Savannah grew by 43,333 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, to 279,149 containers, an 18 percent increase. Savannah’s trade with India grew by 14,000 containers more than the next closest port in the U.S., the Georgia Ports Authority said in a news release, citing PIERS data. That underscored a sustained upward trajectory that is also evident when measuring…

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Winter mood is upon us. From relishing wontons dipped in steaming soups to sipping on some soul-satisfying coffees, the month of November is all about welcoming the cool climate with winter foods. If you are a foodie looking for some comforting food in the city, here are some Mumbai restaurants to check out. Cafe Noir, Lower ParelCafe Noir, located in the heart of Mumbai at One Lodha World Centre, has introduced the ‘Lazy Breakfast Club.’ At Cafe Noir, breakfast isn’t just for mornings; it’s an experience that extends throughout the day. With a cosy enchanting ambiance and French-inspired cuisine, the cafe…

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A recently released album created for an ongoing musical in Japan tells the tale of being a dreamer in Mumbai It is said that nearly 200 people migrate to Mumbai from all parts of India every day. This commonly shared aspiration to make it big in the city of dreams comes to life as the fictional character of a small-town boy reaches here in music composer Dhruv Ghanekar’s recently released album, Mumbai Star. It consists of 19 original tracks composed for the eponymous ongoing musical in Japan. Produced by Devika Shahani Punjabi and directed by Nadir Khan for a Japanese…

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Frankfurt (3/12 – 12) The relatively rapid cohesion of disparate nations, historically competitive or even at war with one another, into the European Union came about in part because of the ongoing threat from the Soviet Union. The specter of a tank invasion from Warsaw Pact nations, today forgotten, was such a reality that the German government kept a major portion of its gold bullion across the Atlantic. The USSR, an ally in World War II after being double-crossed by Hitler – remember the “Non-Aggression Pact signed in Moscow by von Ribbentrop and Molotov – was soon appraised as a…

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They are Amandeep Singh Gill, Sharad Sharma and Nazneen Rajani Eminent technology experts hailing from India have been named to a new global advisory body announced by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to support the international community’s efforts to govern artificial intelligence. The High-Level Multistakeholder Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, announced by the UN Chief here on Thursday, brings together experts from government, the private sector, the research community, civil society, and academia, and is focused on building a global scientific consensus on risks and challenges, helping harness AI for the Sustainable Development Goals, and strengthening international cooperation on AI…

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Mumbai’s temperature on Monday morning was recorded at 25.4°C while the humidity was 66%. Mumbai: The city woke up to a cloudy skies in the morning on Monday. Mumbai witnessed partially cloudy skies for the past few days with smog in the atmosphere. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) however predicted partially cloudy skies in the city and suburbs in the morning today. The weather agency also predicted that the city and suburbs will continue to have partially cloudy skies towards the afternoon and by the evening. The temperatures on Monday are likely to be between 24°C to 30°C. Mumbai’s temperature on…

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has appointed a consultant for the Versova Dahisar connector. The BMC will spend Rs 74.15 crore for consultancy on the mega project. The consultant will help BMC conduct the tender process, prepare a detailed plan and prepare documents for the land acquisition and various permissions. The civic body has also extended the date for the submission of the bid for construction of the project. The connector between Versova and Dahisar, which is part of the Mumbai Coastal Road project, would cost around Rs 35,121 crore, including the cost of land acquisition and taxes. The BMC had invited tenders…

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