Author: Karunamay Gidh

Rustam Emomali is increasingly the face of his country on the international stage On January 29, China signed off on an agreement to hand Tajikistan the gift of $2 million to fund the construction of a conference room in a government building. As grants go, it is not a lot, but the real significance of the development lies elsewhere. As an official press release asserts, that the money was disbursed at all was the result of a visit paid to Beijing by the 36-year-old chair of the Senate, Rustam Emomali, better known to the public for being the son of President Emomali Rahmon. Common…

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NEW DELHI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Tata Motors TAMO.NS is pressing Indian officials not to lower import taxes of 100% on electric vehicles and to protect domestic industry and its investors, as the government reviews Tesla’s plans to enter the market, people with direct knowledge said. As India tries to boost domestic manufacturing and EV adoption, Tesla TSLA.O is proposing to set up an Indian factory, but is demanding lower import taxes for electric cars. India is working on a new policy to cut import taxes on EVs to as low as 15% for companies committing to some local manufacturing. The policy could allow Tesla to set up…

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Brussels (4/11 – 25) It’s an old story, a broken record: war crimes in the Middle East, encouraged and stoked by outsiders with their own agenda. Israel, offended and humiliated by the 7 October attacks for which they had repeatedly been warned by Egypt. Hamas, encouraged and bankrolled by Israel initially, in its effort to undercut the appeal of Al-Fatah, has turned into Frankenstein’s Monster, breaching a border that was trumpeted as the most invincible in the world, with 24/7 surveillance, sensors to detect tunnels, full camera coverage and on and on – yet several thousand Hamas warriors parachuted in…

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Pick from these Christmas themed performances across two SoBo venues that promise to ring in the festive cheer The Catholic Gymkhana Marine Drive will present an evening of Christmas Carols both old and new, jolly and thoughtful, to put you in the Christmas mood. The performances will be by choirs as well as soloists. This is open to non-members, so don’t miss this opportunity to soak in a soulful evening with friends and family.On: TomorrowTime: 7 pm onwardsAt: The Catholic Gymkhana, Marine DriveEntry: Rs 150 (guest fee for non-members); free for kids below 12; free for members  There’s no better way to get into…

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The CR, in its Mumbai office, has started staggered timings for its employees since November 1, said CR manager Rajnish Goyal. To eliminate rush during peak hours and prevent incidents of passengers falling off crowded local trains, the Central Railway (CR) has written to over 350 organisations, urging them to implement staggered office hours. The CR, in its Mumbai office, has started staggered timings for its employees since November 1, said CR manager Rajnish Goyal. “We, as heads of our departments, organisations, institutions, schools, colleges, hospitals, corporate houses and other such entities must have experienced cases of losing our employees or their…

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Statistics provided by the Ministry of Tourism show that December is the peak tourist season, while summer is lean. According to 2021 data by the ministry, over 24 per cent of total Canadian tourists who visited India came in December, while less than one per cent travelled here in May. The Union government’s move to suspend visas for citizens of Canada – a huge source market for India – may affect peak tourism season, with in-bound travel operators bracing for large-scale cancellations and fearing a spillover effect on overall sentiment. Statistics provided by the Ministry of Tourism show that December is the…

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Singh said the ripple effect of this loss extended to the wider supply chain, negatively impacting businesses across the board Over 2,500 trucks stranded and a loss of Rs 1 crore are approximate losses suffered by the transport industry due to Friday’s strike by Mathadi workers at the wholesale markets in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in support of the ongoing Maratha reservation stir. The strike, which led to the complete halt of unloading operations at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) wholesale markets of onion, potato, food grains, masala, and dry fruits, at Navi Mumbai, has severe repercussions on the transport industry…

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A meeting between officials from the Taloja Industrial Association (TIA) and MSEDCL was held in Taloja MIDC to discuss various issues regarding power supply and shutdowns taken for maintenance. A meeting between officials from the Taloja Industrial Association (TIA) and MSEDCL was held in Taloja MIDC to discuss various issues regarding power supply and shutdowns taken for maintenance. Sunil Kakade, Chief Engineer at MSEDCL Bhandup, led the MSEDCL team in the discussion. The primary agenda of the meeting was to explore ways to eliminate power outages at Taloja MIDC. TIA and its members were particularly interested in discussing the possibility…

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Toronto, Atlanta (22/10 – 66) A recent, and eminently reasonable, proposal to pause the military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine was presented by Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto during the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, held in Singapore on June 3, 2023. Minister Prabowo, a retired and much-decorated General, suggested the two sides declare a ceasefire, to be followed by the creation of a demilitarized zone on the battlefield. The proposed truce would be monitored by United Nations peacekeeping forces, followed by a UN-monitored referendum to determine which country the disputed territories should join. Most third-world participants – and those from…

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A British expat who has made Mumbai her new home recounts her journey of navigating a pandemic and a military coup in Myanmar in her new book Of all things that writer Milla Chaplin Rae loves about Mumbai, it is the city’s weather. “I am British,” she tells us, when we join her at a pool café below her Worli residence, “We are used to experiencing grey conditions for most part of the year. So, I love living in some place that’s hot.” The city’s extreme weather suits her, she confesses.  Rae, who is originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands,…

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