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Japan withdraws from commission to resume commercial whale hunting

Tokyo: Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission on Sunday after more than 60 years of membership, as it plans to resume commercial whaling amid criticism from anti-whaling states and conservation groups. Japan exited the IWC in its first walkout from a major international organisation after three decades of lobbying for the restart of commercial whaling, reports Kyodo News Agency. …

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US firms can sell technology to Huawei: Trump

IANS Osaka In a much-needed respite to Huawei that stands to lose nearly $30 billion in two years owing to the US trade ban, President Donald Trump on Saturday said American firms could start selling technology to the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant as long as the sales did not involve equipment that threaten the national security. According to the South …

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Pak to offer scholarships to 3,000 Afghan students

IANS Islamabad Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) will offer scholarships to around 3,000 Afghan students under a four-year programme, authorities said on Saturday. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the scholarships would be offered in phases and every year students of different categories will be the beneficiaries of the programme, reports Xinhua …

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India abstains on UN resolution over materials used for torture, execution

IANS United Nations India has abstained from voting on a General Assembly resolution on examining steps to restrict trade in materials used for executions and torture, saying that that it could infringe on the rights of countries that carry out capital punishments provided for under their law “after following the due process of law”. India, however, unequivocally declared its opposition …

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G20 warns of slowing global economy

PTI Osaka Warning that there are growing risks to the global economy, leaders of the group of 20 major economies Saturday called for a free and stable trade environment and reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The G20 bloc said it will play a lead role in the global efforts to prevent fight against corruption by denying safe haven …

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China says it values India’s role in maintaining international security

Beijing: China on Friday said that it values India’s position and role in maintaining international peace and security, after Beijing backed New Delhi’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council. India’s candidature for a two-year term from 2021-22 was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan on Tuesday. Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent …

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Data ‘new form of wealth’; developing nations’ needs too important: India

Osaka: Data is a “new form of wealth” and it needs to take into account the requirements of developing countries, India said on Friday even as President Donald Trump opposed data localisation and policies restricting the digital trade. US firms like Google, Mastercard, Visa and Amazon have lobbied against data localisation rules around the world including India. Addressing a press …

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BRICS: Prevent terrorist actions from their territories

Osaka: India along with other BRICS nations on Friday called on all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and of terrorist actions from their territories, as they pledged to combat terrorism and illicit financial flow. In a joint statement after their informal meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders …

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India calls for multi-stakeholder engagement to tackle hate speech online

United Nations: Voicing concern over the use of social media by terrorists to radicalise youth, India has called for a multi-stakeholder engagement, including lasting commitment from technology companies on higher standards of content regulation, to address challenges of hate speech online. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu during the informal meeting of the General Assembly …

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Journalism student? Start your own company, advise researchers

New York: As newspapers shut down, media outlets consolidate and social networking platforms become the primary source of news, journalism students must look beyond traditional print or TV jobs and aim to become entrepreneurs to start their own ventures like websites or PR firms, reveals a significant study. The study from Rice University and Rutgers University found that educators are …

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