first_imgNew Delhi: India meets the criteria for a United States sanctions waiver for procuring S-400 missile defence systems from Russia and the Trump administration has “enough flexibility” on the issue, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday, asserting that New Delhi cannot “wish away” its longstanding defence ties with Moscow. The pitch for a waiver came a day before talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo during which the issue is likely to figure. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us There has been a discussion on the issue with the US, both in private as well as in public domain, and it is of “some concern” to Washington, diplomatic sources said. “We have a longstanding defence relationship with Russia which we cannot wish away,” a source said. India inked an agreement with Russia in October last year to procure a batch of the missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. Also Read – Key aide of PM opts outof service Advertise With Us India went ahead to seal the deal notwithstanding the US’ warnings against it. The US is well aware of the circumstances that “compelled” India to go for a system like S-400, the sources said. The Indian side has explained the rationale very well to the US side and they are appreciative of India’s requirement, they said. The Indian side feels that it meets the requirements for waiver in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. “We meet the CAATSA conditions for waivers from our point of view. We continue to remain engaged,” the source said. “The legislation is very clear as to what circumstances a waiver can be given by the administration. So if you look at purely from the legal point of view, our understanding and assessment is that India fulfils those requirements,” the source said.last_img read more

first_imgAllwyn colony: Serilingampally MLA Arekapudi Gandhi and local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud on Wednesday called for the highest TRS membership enrollment in Allwyn Colony division. For realizing this goal, everyone should work with commitment, he added.Addressing the gathering after launching the TRS membership drive at Yellammabanda crossroads and distributing membership forms to important leaders in the division, both Gandhi and Goud advised party men to go for the widespread enrolment of members, as the party would offer them insurance coverage and also ID cards. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The MLA and corporator pointed out that an unprecedented membership enrolment drive was taken up for the first time after Minister K Tarakarama Rao took over as TRS working president. They said that the party leaders and activists had worked hard for ensuring the TRS victory in the recent Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. “The same enthusiasm should be displayed by the leaders and activists during the membership enrolment drive to make it successful,” the two public representatives said. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Among those present at the programme launch were TRS division president Pandu Goud, Ward Members C Srinivas, Kasinath Yadav, G Raju, Area Committee Members Shoukath Ali, Ramulu Goud, Venkatesh Goud, party leaders/activists Shivaraj Goud, K Raju, Vasu, Yadagiri, Moulana, A Ravi,Qaisarbhai, Khajabhai, Nagabushnam, Jagdish, Velu, Saleem,Ramesh, Sagar, Shahid Ali, Ramchandar, Swaroopa, Devi and Varalakshmi.last_img read more

first_imgTehran: Iran’s uranium enrichment level passed 4.5 percent on Monday, exceeding the 2015 nuclear deal cap, Iranian atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. “This morning Iran passed the 4.5 percent level in uranium enrichment,” Kamalvandi said according to the semi-official ISNA News Agency. “This level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country,” he added in a hint that the Islamic republic might stick to this level of enrichment for the time being. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Iran announced on Sunday it would no longer adhere to the enrichment cap in what it billed as its second step to decrease commitments to the deal in a bid to press other parties into keeping their side of the bargain. US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal between Iran and six world powers in May 2018 and has since reimposed sanctions on many sectors including the crucial oil and financial industries. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Iran demanded the other parties – France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – take steps to guarantee the economic benefits Iran was promised for the drastic limitations imposed on its nuclear programme. However after one year of what it called “strategic patience”, Tehran has grown increasingly frustrated about a perceived lack of action by the European side to help it economically in the face of crippling US sanctions. IAEA has scheduled a meeting on Iran for July 10.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the rebel Congress MLAs of Karnataka to meet Assembly Speaker at 6 p.m. on Thursday regarding their resignations and said Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar should take the decision on the resignations on the day itself. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the 10 MLAs, who had moved the top court against the Speaker’s refusal to accept their resignations, could communicate their decision to resign if they so wished, and then the Speaker should take decision today. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It said the court should be informed on the matter by Friday. The top court also ordered police protection for MLAs after they landed at the Bengaluru airport. The MLAs have parked themselves in Mumbai after tendering their resignations on July 6. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the MLAs, said the Speaker was not doing his duty by not accepting the resignation of the MLAs. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Instead, the Speaker was deliberately dilly-dallying, he alleged. The court took a sharp jibe and said: “How Lucky.” The court said the Speaker should grant them an audience at 6 p.m., and then the MLAs may inform the Speaker about their resignation. “Speaker to take decision forthwith or in the course of the day. The decision to be informed to the court by tomorrow” said the court. Advertise With Us Karnataka rebel Congress and JD(S) leaders who resigned from Assembly, move the top court on Wednesday alleging the Speaker not performing constitutional duty and deliberately delaying the acceptance of their resignations. Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by the Chief Justice, and sought urgent hearing on the matter. The court assured that their plea will be heard, but it could not hear the matter on the same day. The petition filed by MLAs claims that the actions of the Speaker “are vitiated by mala fide as evident in his actions”. According to the simple arithmetic, the strength of the House is 224, the government headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy has lost its majority (112 seats) and after the resignation, its strength has been reduced to 103 seats. “Notwithstanding the same and fearing that the Chief Minister may have to tender resignation for want of confidence of the House, the Speaker is acting in a partisan manner to frustrate the will of the House,” the petitioners contended. The 10 MLAs in the petition have made two specific prayers before the court — direct the Speaker to accept the resignations tendered and restrain the Speaker from proceeding with application on disqualification of the MLAs. The petitioners have also requested the passing of an order which it may deem fit in connection with the facts and circumstances of the present case. “Since the time H.D. Kumaraswamy took oath as a Chief Minister, the administration has come to a standstill and maladministration is writ large. In recent days, the government have been rocked by various scandals,” said the petition.last_img read more

first_imgTirumala: Salakatla Anivara Asthanam was observed with religious fervour in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on Wednesday in Tirumala. This festival is one among the 450 important festivals that are being performed in Srivari Temple every year.The uniqueness about this festival is that the previous year’s accounts of the office are presented before the deity by the principal officers and are taken back to signify that the ‘Lord’ finds the officers fit enough to hold their respective offices. New books will also be issued for recording finances of the next fiscal. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In the temple terms, this entire process is called “Asthanam” which will be performed inside sanctum sanctorum near Bangaru Vakili in the presence of processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. In connection with this festival, TTD has cancelled all arjitha sevas like Sahasra Kalasabhishekam, Kalyanotsavam, Unjal seva, Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara seva. The Asthanam temple court was performed at the Bangaru Vakili inside the sanctum sanctorum between 7 am and 9 am. The presiding deity of Sri Venkateswara Swamy is decorated with four new vastrams which were decked for Kireetam, Khadgam, Tomala and Uttariyam while the remaining two to the utsava murthies of Sri Malayappa Swamy and chief commander of the Lord Vishvaksena. These six silk vastrams are being presented by Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar Sri Periyakoil Kelviyappan Sadagopa Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Ramanuja Jiyar along with Chinna Jiyangar Sri Narayana Ramanuja Chinna Jiyar as a part of the ritual, following the age-old religious practice in the famed shrine. Then the temple priests offered four types of Haratis including Tallapaka Annamaiah Harati, Tarigonda Vengamamba Harati, Mysore Maharaja Harati and Rupai Harati to Lord. TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy, EO Anil Kumar Singhal, Special Officer AV Dharma Reddy, Temple Deputy EO Haridranath and others took part. Earlier, the doors of Tirumala temple re-opened at 5 am on Wednesday, after being closed following completion of lunar eclipse, last evening at 7. After performing Suddhi, Punyahavachanam, Anivara Asthanam was performed after which darshan commenced from 11 am onwards and devotees were allowed for darshan of Lord Venkateswara.last_img read more