Australian PM takes bold gamble, sets July 2 poll in motion

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, March 21 : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull set the stage for early elections on July 2, despite signs his personal popularity is sagging, by recalling parliament in the boldest gamble of his short leadership. Parliament will be recalled from its seven-week recess to sit on April 18, Turnbull said today, […]

Chinese shares open higher Monday

Beijing, March 21 : Chinese stocks opened higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.79 percent, at 2,978.46 points, Xinhua reported. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 1.28 percent higher at 10,255.9 points. The ChiNext Index, tracking China’s NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, rose 1.7 percent to open at 2,214.91 points. /IANS

Kidnapped Indian sailor in Africa freed

New Delhi, March 20 : An Indian sailor who was kidnapped in Africa last month has been released and will reach India on Sunday night, the external affairs ministry said. “Rohan Ruparelia, who was abducted during the hijacking of the ship Maximus, is flying back to India tonight,” ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Sunday […]

Military helicopter crashes in Indonesia

Jakarta, March 20 : A military helicopter with 13 officials on board crashed on Sunday in Poso regency of Indonesia. The helicopter crashed near the village of Kasiguncu, Antara news agency reported. No further details of the accident were available from official sources, it said. The jungles in Poso mountains are known to be the […]

‘Rouhani’s Pakistan visit opportunity to increase bilateral business links’

Tehran, March 20 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s upcoming visit to Pakistan would provide an opportunity for private sectors in both countries, said a Iranian business chamber official. Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture head Mohsen Jalalpour said Iran and Pakistan are neighbouring countries that enjoy historical and brotherly relations, IRNA reported on […]