International news for the week
Kabul: Afghans celebrate a largely peaceful election as turnout exceeded predictions despite Taliban threats to disrupt the vote to choose President Hamid Karzai’s successor.
Perth: A Chinese patrol ship searching the crashed Malaysian airliner picks up a pulse signal used by aircraft black boxes, in a possible breakthrough in the nearly month-long multination hunt for the jet.
Perth: Ahead of a 48-hour deadline, the search for the black box of the crashed Malaysian jet in the Indian Ocean intensifies as Chinese and Australian naval ships reported a number of “encouraging leads” of electronic pulses, possibly emitted by flight data recorders.
Colombo: Thirty two Sri Lankans currently residing in India are among 422 individuals named by the Sri Lankan government as members of the banned LTTE offshoots.
London: UK-based Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani is extradited to South Africa to stand trial for allegedly plotting the 2010 murder of his Indo-Swedish wife while on their honeymoon.
Islamabad: Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf is ordered by an anti-terrorism court to appear before it on April 21 or face arrest in connection with the murder case of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.
Donetsk (Ukraine): The United States accused Russia of sending its agents to stoke a flaring secession crisis in eastern Ukraine that Moscow itself conceded could spill over into civil war.
Johannesburg: Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani is charged by a South African court with plotting his wife’s murder during their honeymoon and was remanded to a psychiatric hospital, shortly after being extradited from the UK.
New York: Sonia Gandhi declines to provide a copy of her passport to a US court here as documentary evidence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, citing refusal by the Indian government on grounds of personal security and confidentiality.
Washington: The World Bank projects an economic growth rate of 5.7 per cent in 2014-15 for India on the back of a more competitive exchange rate and many large investments going forward.
Islamabad: A powerful bomb rips through a bustling fruit and vegetable market here killing at least 23 people and injuring over 100 others, in one of the deadliest attacks in the Pakistani capital.
Washington: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan flays easy monetary policy of central banks in advanced economies saying it is “more cause than medicine”, while asserting that global rules require a fresh relook to ensure stable and sustainable economic growth.
Perth: A new underwater acoustic signal possibly from the crashed Malaysian plane is detected raising hopes of an early breakthrough in the arduous hunt for the jet as searchers zeroed in on a smaller area in the Indian Ocean to find its “final resting place”.
Washington: India lead global remittances in the year 2013 with a whopping USD 70 billion in its kitty, of which USD 65 billion are earned from the country’s flagship software services exports, the World Bank reported.
Washington: The US, which received more than 172,000 applications for the H-1B visas, has conducted a computerized draw of lots to determine who all would be given the most sought after work visas that are highly popular among IT professionals from countries like India.