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Donald Trump proposes 'merit-based' system for immigration

Washington, May 17: US President Donald Trump has proposed a sweeping change to the immigration system to make it "merit-based" favouring professionals and well-educated people who will be high earners.

Unveiling his plan at the White House on Thursday, he said the current immigration system discriminates against "genius" and "brilliance" and that he wanted to correct this with a...

Saudi wants US to launch 'surgical strike' on Iran

Dubai, May 17: Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch “surgical” strikes on Iran, raising the spectre of escalating tensions as the US boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Concerns about the...

BJP-led alliance will win over 300 seats: PM Modi in MP

Khargone, May 17: Addressing his last rally of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he is sure of the BJP-led ruling dispensation winning over 300 seats in the House.

Addressing the rally in Khargone, Modi also thanked people for deciding to make him the prime minister again. People will elect a...

In first for Asia, Taiwan parliament endorses same-sex marriage

Taipei, May 17: Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27, though the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen`s bid to win...

'Cong not averse to back regional party leader for PM'

Shimla/New Delhi, May 17: The Congress is not averse to supporting any regional party leader for the Prime Minister's post even if it emerges as the single largest party, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday.

"My party high command has already made it clear that the Congress is not averse to making a prime minister...

Not afraid, all religions have terrorists, says Kamal Haasan as stones, eggs hurled at him

Aravakurichi, May 17: After stones and eggs were hurled at a public meeting of Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan said, “I feel the quality of polity is going down. I don't feel threatened. Every religion has their own terrorists, we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious. History shows that all religions have their extremists.”

Two unidentified persons allegedly...

Will seriously consider any partnership proposal from Indian carriers: Qatar Airways

May 17: Qatar Airways, which has sought additional seat capacity on temporary basis for its flights from Indian cities to Doha, Thursday said it will "seriously" consider any proposal for partnership from Indian carriers. The blockade on Qatar & withdrawal of 28 weekly between Doha and cities of New Delhi and Mumbai has increased the pressure on available seat...

F-16 crash: Pilot ejects to safety as fighter jet crashes into California building

Los Angeles, May 17: An F-16 fighter jet being flown in routine training exercises crashed into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Thursday, but the pilot safely ejected and no injuries were reported, a base spokesman said.

The Los Angeles Times, citing a base fire official, reported that the crash ignited a small...

BJP will make sedition law more stringent: Rajnath Singh

Shimla, May 16: Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the legislation will be made more stringent after BJP returns to power at the Centre.

At a rally in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district in support of Ram Swaroop Sharma who is seeking re-election...

Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi was a deshbhakt, says terror accused Sadhvi

Bhopal, May 16: Terror attack accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur today triggered a fresh controversy by calling Nathuram Godse, the terrorist who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, as a patriot.

Bhopal, May 16: Terror attack accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur today triggered a fresh controversy by calling Nathuram Godse,...

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