India’s consulate in Toronto rolls out new contact details

By A Staff Reporter All the e-mail addresses of the Consulate General of India, Toronto have changed. The new e-mail addresses are available on the consulate’s website www.cgitoronto.ca. The emergency contact number is 647-668-9433. The address remains 365 Bloor Street East, 7th fl, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4; the tel nos are 416-960-0751, 416-960-0752, 416-960-4831; the fax no is 416-960-9812. Consul...

BRICS, development, and the emerging world order

By Amit Kapoor The acronym BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) is attributed to economist Jim O’Neill of the Goldman Sachs, who initially coined the term and hypothesized their rise at the turn of the century. Today, BRICS together account for 30 per cent of global land, 43 per cent of global population, 17.3 per cent of the world’s merchandise trade, 12 per cent of global commercial...

US committed to widening partnership with India

Washington — Declaring that America’s deepening friendship with India is an indispensable part of US Asia rebalance strategy, US Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated Washington’s commitment to take the India-US partnership still higher. “US-India partnership has reached a new level” under President Barack Obama, he said this week in a keynote speech on the future of the US-India partnership...

India set on $4.5b arms buying spree

New Delhi — India recently cleared defence purchases worth over Rs29,000 crore ($4.5 billion) at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC). The DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, approved a deviation in offset clause for acquiring four Boeing P8I maritime surveillance aircraft. The proposal is worth Rs4,380 crore, and comes as seven of eight of these surveillance aircraft...

Modi faces hectic Russia schedule

New Delhi — The back-to-back BRICS and SCO summits in the Russian city of Ufa from July 8 to 10, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend, will see a lot of activity, including the first session of governors of the ambitious BRICS New Development Bank and India likely acquiring full membership of the China-led SCO. Modi is to travel to Russia to attend the summits of the Brazil, Russia, India,...

Ayurvedic science shows ‘bhasma’ path to new diabetic drug

By K.S. Jayaraman Bengaluru — Research inspired by the unique ayurvedic metallic preparations known as ‘bhasmas’ has led Indian researchers to propose a novel nano-particle-based drug for diabetes. In a proof-of-concept study, researchers at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) in Pune claim to have successfully used this nano-medicine to treat both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes in rats. Oral administration...

Wi-Fi now at key UP tourist spots

Lucknow — Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday issued directions to install Wi-Fi facilities at prominent places in the state, an official said. He said that providing such facilities on a priority basis at religious places, historical and tourist hot sports was all a part of providing facilities to the tourists in a phased manner.

Free napkins for adolescent girls

Jaipur — The Rajasthan government will distribute free sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in the state. “A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting held here on Tuesday. We plan free distribution of sanitary napkins to about 20 lakh girls in the age group 13-19 years studying in class 6 to 12 under Rajasthan Kishori Swasthya Evum Swachhata Karyakram,” state Parliamentary Affairs...

12pc monsoon deficit worries India

Rains lashing Shimla this week, making for pleasant weather in Himachal. But the predicted monsoon deficit is casting a cloud over economic prospects for the year. New Delhi — An official forecast of a 12 per cent rain deficit during this monsoon season has caused much concern in India over a possible crop failure, drought, inflation and an overall adverse impact on the economy, spooking a key stock...

Mystery Delhi drug dealer continues to elude police

By Rajnish Singh New Delhi — Ali is a recurring moniker in the nefarious world of drug trade in the subcontinent and beyond, but even three years after his name first surfaced in 2012, investigating agencies admit he remains a “mystery” and continues to be “out of reach”. Knowledgeable sources in the Delhi Police said that Ali sells cocaine and heroin in Delhi and the National Capital Region...