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India hikes up tariff on Malaysia’s refined palm oil

India’s demand for Malaysian refined palm oil is likely to drop sharply in October following a tax hike, curtailing further exports from the Southeast Asian country and leading to higher inventories. India, the world’s biggest edible oil importer, on Wednesday

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Pakistan may close airspace to India

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering to close Pakistan’s airspace to India and blocking its eastern neighbour’s land trade route to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s science and technology minister in Islamabad said yesterday. Pakistan reopened its airspace to India in mid-July,

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CBI remand on Chidambaram extended by four days

Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s luck did not back him yesterday. Chidambaram, who is currently under CBI and ED probe for money laundering in connection with INX Media case, faced two setbacks at two different courts today. At one hand,

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India tightens grip on Kashmir amid calls for protests by separatists

SRINAGAR: Authorities in the main city of Indian Kashmir tightened security ahead of Friday prayers after separatists called for a protest march to a UN office, with streets bristling with paramilitary personnel and some blocked by checkpoints. Posters appeared overnight

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Schools, telephone lines reopen in Kashmir after lockdown

SRINAGAR: Authorities began restoring some telephone lines in Indian Kashmir yesterday night, the top state official said, as heavy security prevented some protests in the region’s main city of Srinagar from getting out of control. Telephone and internet links were

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China: India, Pakistan must not make unilateral decision on Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS:  UN Security Council members believe India and Pakistan should refrain from taking unilateral action over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, China’s UN envoy said yesterday after the council met on the issue for the first time

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Job snubs to forced surgery: India’s ‘invisible’ intersex people

BANGALORE: Bullied at school, gang raped as a prostitute and asked about his genitals in job interviews, Daniel Mendonca – like many intersex people in India – has been mistreated all his life. Although the country’s top court officially recognised

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Kashmir: Russia backs India as China takes Pakistani line

Permanent members of the UN Security Council China and Russia are taking divergent positions on any consultations by the council on the Kashmir issue. While China may try to initiate informal consultations in UNSC on Kashmir at the behest of

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South India’s kolam art helps women map business opportunities

TIRUCHIRAPPALLI: Outside her house in south India, Maria Victor embarks on a decades-old morning ritual that has turned into a key planning tool for impoverished women running small enterprises. Before her family wakes up, she sweeps her doorstep, splashes water

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China asks UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir this week

UNITED NATIONS: China yesterday backed Pakistan’s request for the United Nations Security Council to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, asking for the body to meet behind closed doors today or tomorrow, diplomats said.

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