Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who chaired an all-party meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the state, said the Central government would be approached with a request to halt security force operations during the forthcoming holy Muslim month of Ramadan and the ensuing Amarnath Yatra. The meeting was here to …

Cannes: The 71st Cannes International Film Festival raised its curtain on Tuesday with a gathering of movie industry professionals and cinema stars headed from all over the world to the French Riviera. US director Martin Scorsese and Australian Oscar winner and producer Cate Blanchett, the jury’s president, declared open the 71st Cannes Film Festival. The annual fair started …

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, and asked about the steps being taken to prevent the Mughal structure from being destroyed by insects and algae. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta was concerned after the …

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field against Mumbai Indians (MI) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday. KKR made two changes with Rinku Singh and Tom Curran playing in place of Shubman Gill and Mitchell Johnson. MI remained unchanged. …

United Nations: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reaffirmed on Wednesday that India will be the fastest growing major economy in 2018, with a growth rate of 7.4 per cent that rises to 7.8 per cent in 2019 with medium-term prospects remaining positive. The IMF’s Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook report said that India was …

Bengaluru: The world’s largest retailer Walmart Inc on Wednesday announced it was buying 77 per cent equity stake in India’s e-tail major Flipkart for $16 billion. “Subject to regulatory approval in India, Walmart will pay $16 billion (Rs 104,000 crore) for an initial stake of 77 per cent in Flipkart,” the Arkansas-based firm said in a …

Bangarapet (Karnataka): After having lost the assembly elections in Maharashtra, Goa, Assam and Himachal Pradesh among other states, it was time for the Congress to bid adieu to Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Wednesday. “It is now time for the Congress Party to depart Karnataka. Wherever in the country there has been …