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Attack on Hindu temple slur on US name: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress Tuesday said the attack on a Hindu temple in Washington state was a "slur" on the name of US and expressed surprise that the Indian government had not reacted to the matter.

"I am surprised that the United States president has not reacted to this and am also surprised that the Indian government has not reacted," Congress leader P.C. Chacko told IANS.

"It is a slur on the name of America," he said adding: "It is very shocking. US is a society which claims to be inclusive. They would have surely reacted if something like this had happened in India."

Myanmar declares state of emergency in Kokang region

Yangon: The Myanmar government Tuesday declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law in the Kokang region of Shan state following week-long armed clashes between the government forces and the Kokang ethnic army.

The announcement, signed by President U. Thein Sein and broadcast through state radio and television, said armed clashes in the northeastern region were widespread and leading to the failure of the local government administration mechanism, Xinhua reported.

The state of emergency will be effective for 90 days, the announcement said.

Seven killed in China suicide attack: Report

Beijing: Seven people were killed and as many injured when a man carried out a suicide bombing in Xinjiang province Friday, Radio Free Asia reported on its website Tuesday.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a press conference Tuesday that he was aware of the reports but declined to either confirm or deny them.

The broadcaster indicated that the incident took place Friday in Hotan prefecture, an impoverished region near China's border with India and Pakistan.

Hindu temple vandalized in US; protests in India

New York/New Delhi: In the latest attack targeting Hindu places of worship, a temple in the US was vandalized on the eve of the celebration of Maha Shivaratri, triggering strong reaction and protests in India.

Members of the Hindu Temple Cultural Center in Bothell, 36 km from Seattle, in Washington state were shocked to find a red swastika spray-painted on the temple wall along with the words "Get Out" scrawled in large letters on Sunday.

American companies laud Modi government's business-friendly moves

New Delhi: The American Chamber of Commerce in India (Amcham-India) Tuesday welcomed the Narendra Modi government's focus on creating an enabling environment and enhancing India's position on ease of doing business.

Amcham-India, an association of American companies in India, in a statement here also reiterated the commitment of US multinationals to an anti-corruption framework and special compliance and risk management strategy in conformity with laws including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of the US.

'Wrong treatments major killer in rural India'

New York:A large number of children die from diarrhoea and pneumonia in rural India due to wrong treatments provided by medical practitioners, says a study.

Few health care providers in rural India know the correct treatments for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia - two leading killers of children worldwide - and even when they do, they rarely prescribe them properly, the researchers said.

Man arrested for arson on Islamic Community Centre in US city

Washington: A homeless man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire that destroyed an Islamic community centre in the US city of Houston.

Darryl Ferguson, 55, who lives near the centre, has been arrested and charged with felony first degree arson for the fire, Xinhua quoted fire officials as saying Monday.

Ferguson admitted setting fire to the building but investigators did not discuss a potential motive. They said he acted alone.

The fire was started Friday in a building in the Quba Islamic Institute in southeast Houston.

Hindu temple vandalized in Washington State

New York: In the latest attack targeting Hindus places of worship, a temple in Washington State was vandalized on the eve of its planned celebration of Maha Shivaratri, according to media reports.

When members of the Hindu Temple Cultural Center in Bothell, 36 km from Seattle, went there on Sunday they found a swastika painted on it and "Get Out" scrawled in large letters with spray paint.

Copenhagen gunman pledged allegiance to IS

Copenhagen: The gunman suspected of killing two people in the Danish capital Copenhagen over Saturday and Sunday had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on Facebook, CNN reported Monday.

The Facebook post pledges "allegiance to Abu Bakr (IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) in full obedience in the good and bad things. And I won't dispute with him unless it is an outrageous disbelief".

Train derailment in US causes massive explosion, oil spill

Washington: A train carrying crude oil derailed in the US state of West Virginia Monday, causing a massive explosion and an oil spill, as a state of emergency was declared in two counties of the state, media reported.

A home was destroyed in the accident, but there were no reports of injuries, CNN said, citing Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia department of military affairs and public safety.

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