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  • Rs 1 crore cash seized in Asansol, two arrested

    PTI | May 13, 2019 17:45 IST

    Two persons, one of whom claimed he was a personal assistant of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, were arrested from Asansol railway station onMonday, following the seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1 crore from their possession, railway police sources said.

  • EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:15 IST

    The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules

  • The humble origins of 'Silent Night'

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Sarah Eyerly, Florida State University(THE CONVERSATION) One of the world’s most famous Christmas carols, “Silent Night,” celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity.Not “Silent Night.”Translated into at least 300 languages, designated by UNESCO as a treasured item of Intangible

  • What is 'green' dry cleaning? A toxics expert explains

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Joy Onasch, University of Massachusetts Lowell(THE CONVERSATION) The winter holidays are a busy time for many businesses, including retail stores, grocers, liquor stores – and dry cleaners. People pull out special-occasion clothes made of silk, satin or other fabrics that don’t launder well in soap and water. Then there are all those specialty items, from stained tablecloths to ugly

  • Alternative approaches needed to end racial disparities in school discipline

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jonathan F. Zaff, Boston University(THE CONVERSATION) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to get rid of an Obama-era policy that sought to end racial disparities in school suspensions and expulsions. Statistics show those disparities mean black students are four times more likely to be suspended than white students and two-thirds of black males will be suspended at some point

  • 'Tis the season for conception

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Micaela Martinez, Columbia University Medical Center and Kevin M. Bakker, University of Michigan(THE CONVERSATION) Does it ever seem like you’re invited to an awful lot of summer birthday gatherings? For good reason. In the United States, most births occur between June and early November. Count back nine months, and you’ll see that places most conceptions in the fall and

  • Highlights of the criminal justice overhaul bill

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    Highlights of the criminal justice overhaul bill passed by the Senate

  • Russian security agency kills suspected IS cell members

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    Russia's top domestic security agency says it has killed suspected members of the Islamic State group plotting a terror attack

  • Does terrorism work? We studied 90 groups to get the answer

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) John A. Tures, Lagrange College(THE CONVERSATION) The famous Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, became the latest place to be struck by terrorists. On Dec. 12, 2018, a gunman on a terror watch list named Cherif Chekatt yelled “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire on shoppers, killing five people and wounding 11, according to media reports. The attack was labeled terrorism by a Paris

  • CBS was lucky disgraced CEO Les Moonves behaved so shamelessly – otherwise his contract would have protected him

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon(THE CONVERSATION) Corporate America is notorious for letting disgraced CEOswalk away with millions. Yet somehow Les Moonves, who was fired from CBS “for cause” on Dec. 17 after a monthslong investigation into his alleged misdeeds, lost US$120 million in promised severance benefits – and that’s despite the fact that his contract terms with

  • What's wrong with Huawei, and why are countries banning the Chinese telecommunications firm?

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Frank J. Cilluffo, Auburn University and Sharon L. Cardash, Auburn University(THE CONVERSATION) The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is under scrutiny around the globe over concerns that its close ties with the Chinese government present national security threats to the U.S., Europe and allied countries. Huawei, which denies all the allegations against it, is “the world’s

  • Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Amy Burdette, Florida State University and Dawn Carr, Florida State University(THE CONVERSATION) November and December are defined by parties and social events. And in the U.S., alcohol is synonymous with socializing, with Americans particularly likely to overindulge during the holidays.Older people as a group have not historically imbibed during social events, particularly women.

  • Taliban say talks focus on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    The Taliban say their latest talks with the U.S. envoy focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces

  • An Indian perspective on the Poland climate meeting: Not much help for the world's poor and vulnerable

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan(THE CONVERSATION) The international climate change conference that concluded in Katowice, Poland on Dec. 15 had limited ambitions and expectations – especially compared to the 2015 meeting that produced the Paris climate agreement. It will be remembered mainly for its delegates agreeing on a common “rulebook” to implement existing country

  • Informal networks of generosity are supporting asylum seekers on both sides of the border

    AP | December 19, 2018 18:00 IST

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jamie Lynn Goodwin, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis(THE CONVERSATION) When a woman I’ll call Elisa and her 15-year-old daughter, Ana, journeyed from their home in Honduras to Tijuana, Mexico, they survived due to the generosity of a friend who gave them bus tickets, strangers they met aboard the bus headed north and a temporary Mexican humanitarian visa. Once they

  • Mutko resigns as president of Russian soccer federation

    AP | December 19, 2018 17:15 IST

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union

  • South Africa group: warrant issued for Grace Mugabe's arrest

    AP | December 19, 2018 17:15 IST

    A South African group representing a model who was allegedly assaulted by Grace Mugabe says authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader

  • Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

    AP | December 19, 2018 17:15 IST

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s

  • South Sudan security strip peace deal monitors, says group

    AP | December 19, 2018 17:15 IST

    South Sudan security forces strip, kick, rob peace deal monitors, says regional group

  • Japan wants Seoul's political decision on forced labor row

    AP | December 19, 2018 17:00 IST

    Japan's top diplomat has urged South Korea's government to make a political decision to bring an end to their recent legal dispute stemming from that country's court rulings on former Korean forced laborers