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Gita Gopinath to take No 2 role at IMF as First Deputy Managing Director

Gita Gopinath to take No 2 role at IMF as First Deputy Managing Director

Rediff.com1 days ago

Gita Gopinath, the IMF's Indian-American chief economist has been promoted as its First Deputy Managing Director recognising her exceptional intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the "twists and turns" of the "worst economic crisis of our lives". Gopinath would replace Geoffrey Okamoto who plans to leave the International Monetary Fund early next year, Kristalina Georgieva, IMF's managing director announced on Thursday. Gopinath, who was scheduled to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022, has decided to stay, she said. Gopinath, 49, has served as the first female chief economist of the Washington-based global lender for three years.

Sorry, folks, the Samosa Is Not Indian

Sorry, folks, the Samosa Is Not Indian

Rediff.com1 days ago

Where paneer came to India from... How sambar got its name... Gulab jamun does not have Indian roots...

India, Pakistan, Taliban On Same Page?

India, Pakistan, Taliban On Same Page?

Rediff.com4 days ago

Delhi has come to accept the Taliban takeover in Kabul as a reality and seems increasingly unsure of its dogmatic view of the Taliban as a mere proxy of the Pakistani military and security establishment, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Blinken calls for speedy trial of perpetrators 26/11 attacks

Blinken calls for speedy trial of perpetrators 26/11 attacks

Rediff.com7 days ago

'Thirteen years have passed since the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. On today's anniversary, we remember the victims, including six Americans, and the resiliency of Mumbaikars. It is long overdue for the perpetrators to face justice,' Blinken said in a tweet on Friday.

Australia considers diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, report says

Australia considers diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, report says

Rediff.com25 Nov 2021

Australia is considering not sending any government officials to the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing next year amid growing calls from lawmakers for an official diplomatic boycott, the Sydney Morning Herald said in a report on Thursday.

Digital tax on US companies to go latest by March 2024

Digital tax on US companies to go latest by March 2024

Rediff.com25 Nov 2021

New Delhi and Washington have agreed to count the benefits of a global agreement on taxation from the next financial year. However, the benefits would actually accrue once the global pact comes into effect or March 31, 2024, whichever is earlier, in the form of credit.

Suspense remains over CAATSA waiver to India on S400 purchase

Suspense remains over CAATSA waiver to India on S400 purchase

Rediff.com24 Nov 2021

The United States has not made a determination yet on any potential Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) waiver to India with regard to its purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia, the Biden Administration said Tuesday.

NBA roundup: Durant returns to lift Nets past Cavs

NBA roundup: Durant returns to lift Nets past Cavs

Rediff.com23 Nov 2021

Bucks hold moment of silence for Wisconsin parade attack victims.

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

Rediff.com22 Nov 2021

India will either have to create a system in which certain geographical areas will wind up being permanent political outsiders at the Union level or it will have to create a system in which certain votes are weighted more heavily than others, observes Mihir S Sharma.

Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse In 580 Years!

Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse In 580 Years!

Rediff.com20 Nov 2021

The longest partial lunar eclipse on November 19 occurred after 580 years which turned the moon into blood red when Earth's shadow covered nearly all of it.

Now, MP home minister says he won't allow Vir Das to perform

Now, MP home minister says he won't allow Vir Das to perform

Rediff.com19 Nov 2021

If he tenders an apology, we are going to think over it, said Madhya Pradesh HM Narottam Mishra.

Dom's Take: Two INDIAS!

Dom's Take: Two INDIAS!

Rediff.com18 Nov 2021

Dominic Xavier is puzzled about the outrage at a time when serious issues confront our incredible country and offers his take on 'two Indias': On the left, a Bollywood actress dissing the incomparable sacrifices made by the Founding Fathers and millions of Indians to secure freedom from the British Raj; on the right, Vir Das, pilloried by trolls for his observations.

Uttam's Take: My Two Indias

Uttam's Take: My Two Indias

Rediff.com18 Nov 2021

Uttam Ghosh is puzzled by the anger generated over Vir Das's observations -- at a time when so many serious issues confront this great nation -- and offers his take on 'Two Indias'.

Police complaints filed against Vir Das for US show

Police complaints filed against Vir Das for US show

Rediff.com17 Nov 2021

The well-known satirist, who has issued a statement saying his comments weren't intended to insult the country, found backing from Trinamool Congress member Mahua Moitra as well as Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor.

Vir Das comes under fire over US show

Vir Das comes under fire over US show

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

Das, who is currently in the United States, on Monday uploaded a video on YouTube, titled 'I come from two Indias', that was part of his recent performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC.

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

The highly-anticipated summit, which began early Tuesday, is the third engagement between Xi, 68, and Biden, 78, since February.

China-US ties at crucial crossroads: Beijing post Xi-Biden meet

China-US ties at crucial crossroads: Beijing post Xi-Biden meet

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

During a daily briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said Beijing hopes Washington, DC will work with China to implement the spirit of the two heads of state's virtual meeting through concrete actions to bring bilateral relations back onto the track of sound and steady development.

India's Test specialists toil in Mumbai ahead of NZ Tests

India's Test specialists toil in Mumbai ahead of NZ Tests

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

India's Test specialists, including senior speedster Ishant Sharma, toiled hard at the nets on the second day of the short camp in Mumbai on Tuesday as they braced up for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

US raises 'concern' over Russia's S-400 arriving in India

US raises 'concern' over Russia's S-400 arriving in India

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey for the purchase of a batch of S-400 missile defence systems.

Biden to Xi: Will uphold commitments to ensure 'free and open' Indo-Pacific

Biden to Xi: Will uphold commitments to ensure 'free and open' Indo-Pacific

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

President Biden underscored that the United States will 'continue to stand up for its interests and values and, together with our allies and partners, ensure the rules of the road for the 21st century advance an international system that is free, open, and fair', the White House said in a readout of the meeting.

Officer and a Gentleman

Officer and a Gentleman

Rediff.com15 Nov 2021

Having known Vice Admiral Hari Kumar personally and professionally, Commodore Venugopal Menon (retd) wishedshim a fantastic tenure as Chief of the Naval Staff. Under his command may the Indian Navy grow in all dimensions as the nation strive to establish itself as a credible sea power in future.

Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile systems to India

Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile systems to India

Rediff.com14 Nov 2021

Sources said the equipment is being brought to India through both sea and air routes.

CBI seeks US help to track down 2 persons for abusing judges

CBI seeks US help to track down 2 persons for abusing judges

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

The CBI has sought help from authorities in the US in tracking two accused, C Prabhakar Reddy who is also known as "Punch" Prabhakar and Mani Annapureddy, believed to be staying in that country in connection with a case related to alleged derogatory social media posts against judges and the judiciary, officials said on Thursday.

Biden Checkmates China in Kabul

Biden Checkmates China in Kabul

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

Beijing's growing assertiveness as kingmaker in Kabul has suffered a setback with Washington quietly moving in, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

'India needs to do much more in Afghanistan'

'India needs to do much more in Afghanistan'

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

'The threat of ceding space to China in Afghanistan appears to be one factor propelling our government to get a bit more active now.'

Afghan Meet: India's Time To Play A Role

Afghan Meet: India's Time To Play A Role

Rediff.com9 Nov 2021

The alacrity with which regional States responded to Delhi's invite signals that expectations are high regarding an Indian role in the efforts to stabilise the situation in Afghanistan, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

NBA roundup: Warriors beat Rockets to improve to 8-1

NBA roundup: Warriors beat Rockets to improve to 8-1

Rediff.com8 Nov 2021

Jae'Sean Tate finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who fell for the second time in two days and have lost eight straight games.

India Tries To Find A New Route in Kabul

India Tries To Find A New Route in Kabul

Rediff.com4 Nov 2021

The terrible beauty of Doval's initiative is that it is all about a new journey rather than about a set compass pointing toward a pre-determined destination, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

'I want the big a** Indian wedding'

'I want the big a** Indian wedding'

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

'When you're the son of Indian immigrants, the chaos that creates in your family and your community, will trump anything else, always.'

'Beauty is the courage in your heart'

'Beauty is the courage in your heart'

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

'The truth in your words and the relentless drive to make a difference.' 'So go on all you beautiful souls, the world is your oyster.'

US announces $144mn in humanitarian aid for Afghans

US announces $144mn in humanitarian aid for Afghans

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

'This funding provides support directly to some of the more than 18 million vulnerable Afghans in need in the region'

Will INS Vishal Opt For British Power?

Will INS Vishal Opt For British Power?

Rediff.com28 Oct 2021

London hopes to convince New Delhi's naval planners to power India's second indigenous aircraft carrier with the Queen Elizabeth's integrated all-electric propulsion system.

Indian army can't operate effectively sans Russian arms, says US report

Indian army can't operate effectively sans Russian arms, says US report

Rediff.com27 Oct 2021

There has been a considerable drop in India's dependence on arms and equipment from Russia but the Indian military cannot operate effectively without Russian-supplied equipment and will continue to rely on its weapons systems in the near and middle terms, a Congressional Research Service report has said.

US lifts Covid curbs on fully-vaccinated travellers from Nov 8

US lifts Covid curbs on fully-vaccinated travellers from Nov 8

Rediff.com26 Oct 2021

The US will lift all restrictions for fully vaccinated international travellers, including from India, from November 8 but they will have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight to the country, the White House has announced.

US negotiated with Taliban as it was losing war: Khalilzad

US negotiated with Taliban as it was losing war: Khalilzad

Rediff.com25 Oct 2021

'The negotiation was a result of -- based on the judgment that we weren't winning the war and therefore time was not on our side and better to make a deal sooner than later'

Chelsea's Mount gifts jersey to Gill

Chelsea's Mount gifts jersey to Gill

Rediff.com24 Oct 2021

Chelsea striker Mason Mount is an admirer of the Indian cricket team and Shubman and spinner Washington Sundar in particular.

When Colin Powell Apologised To Yashwant Sinha

When Colin Powell Apologised To Yashwant Sinha

Rediff.com21 Oct 2021

'I made it known through diplomatic channels that I was unhappy.' 'So, he called me and tried to explain, but I said this is something that doesn't happen between friends.'

Yudh Abhyas underway in Alaska...

Yudh Abhyas underway in Alaska...

Rediff.com20 Oct 2021

India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu traveled all the way from 2107 Massachusetts Ave NW, where the Indian embassy is located in Washington, DC to Alaska to view Yudh Abhyas, the military exercise involving soldiers of the India and US armies.

Gita Gopinath to quit as IMF chief economist, return to Harvard

Gita Gopinath to quit as IMF chief economist, return to Harvard

Rediff.com20 Oct 2021

IMF's Chief Economist Gita Gopinath will leave her job in January next year and return to the prestigious Harvard University, according to the global financial institution.

China's new nuke-capable missile can strike from space

China's new nuke-capable missile can strike from space

Rediff.com18 Oct 2021

In the test, a space rocket boosted a hypersonic glide vehicle, one capable of carrying a nuclear device, which circled the globe before impacting.

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