Russia launches two nuclear power units in a week

Moscow, Dec 12 : Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom on Tuesday announced a historic first in its record of building nuclear power plants with the launch of two reactors at home in the span of a week earlier this month. While fuel loading began at Unit 4 of the Rostov Nuclear Power Plant on […]

Afghan couple held for entering IGI airport with ‘edited’ ticket

New Delhi, Dec 12 : An Afghan couple was arrested on Tuesday on the charge of gaining entry to the Indira Gandhi International airport here by showing an ‘edited’ ticket, an official said. Sayed Omar and his wife Nazila Sayed were held around 6.30 p.m. in the check-in area of Terminal-3. “We caught the couple […]

EU commits to 9 bn euro climate finance

Paris, Dec 12 : The European Union on Tuesday announced 9 billion climate finance contribution — the first major announcement made on the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement’s second anniversary — to achieve climate goals. The Paris climate-relevant investments are in three targeted areas — sustainable cities, sustainable energy and connectivity and sustainable agriculture, rural […]

Doklam ‘severely’ strained India-China ties: Wang told Sushma

By Gaurav Sharma Beijing, Dec 12 : At his meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the military stand-off in Doklam had put a “severe” strain on bilateral ties. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday released a statement detailing what Wang told Sushma Swaraj during their bilateral […]

One dead, 18 injured in fire at Austria’s main gas hub

By Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich, Francois Murphy and Nina Chestney VIENNA/LONDON, Dec 12 : An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured at least 18 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off. The Baumgarten site […]

Gates warns of war between Israel, Hezbollah

Dubai, Dec 12 : Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday warned there might be an all-out war between Israel and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shia militia Hezbollah in 2018. He made the remarks at the one-day annual Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, Xinhua news agency reported. “As Hezbollah had helped the Syrian regime defeat the […]