Archaeologists seek to unveil mysteries of Peru's Mochica culture

By David Blanco Bonilla,

Lima : A team of Peruvian archaeologists led by Walter Alva, who discovered the famous Lord of Sipan, is working to unveil the mysteries surrounding the origins of the Mochica culture, considered one of ancient Peru's most complex and developed cultures.

Archaeologists found a temple decorated with about 30 drawings and graffiti with different representations in recent weeks in the area known as Mata Indio, between the Zana and Cayalti districts, in the northern region of Lamayeque.


Modi asks Korean companies to deepen India ties

Seoul : With several hundred Korean companies already operating in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited South Korean companies and asked them to help India achieve the economic success.

"We in India want to achieve a lot of what Korea has already done. That is why I, along with a large business delegation, are here," Modi said here, addressing the India-Korea CEOs forum.

Modi takes tour of Cheonggyecheon Stream urban renewal project

Seoul : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a tour of the Cheonggyecheon Stream urban renewal project and praised the vision that converted the once-dirty stream into a modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul.

"What vision and will can make possible. PM visits the urban renewal project Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul," tweeted the external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Cheonggyecheon is a 10.9 km long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, South Korea.

US lawmaker apologises for Indian 'war cry', Indian-Americans shocked

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : A veteran US house member who stirred a major controversy by making a gesture mocking native Americans or American Indians, has apologised even as a shocked Indian-American community expressed outrage.

California Democrat Loretta Sanchez who is opposing the state's Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris for the party's nomination for a 2016 Senate run said that candidates "who don't hide behind the handlers sometimes misstep.

Bobby Jindal testing waters for 2016 presidential run

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Louisiana's Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has taken another step towards a possible 2016 presidential run by forming an exploratory committee and launching a national website,

Though Jindal has said he still isn't an official candidate yet, he is expected to formally enter the race after the Louisiana Legislature adjourns on June 11, according to local Times Picayune newspaper.


India's new envoy Arun Singh presents credentials to Obama

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : India's new ambassador to the US, Arun Kumar Singh formally presented his credentials to President Barrack Obama at a ceremony in his Oval Office at the White House.

Obama warmly welcomed Singh back to Washington and wished him success in his new responsibilities as India's envoy to the US.

He fondly recalled his visit to India in January and personal friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Singh, in turn, conveyed warm greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi to him and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Death toll rises to 48 in Colombia landslide

Bogota : At least 48 people died and an unknown number are missing in a landslide caused when a creek overflowed in the town of Salgar, in northwest Colombia, the head of the National Risk and Disaster Management Unit (UNGRD), Carlos Ivan Marquez, said on Monday.

"At this time, we have 48 (bodies) in the morgue, whom the Legal Medicine (Institute) is proceeding to identify to be able to... return them to their families," Marquez told reporters.


Burundi president fires three ministers amid new protests

Bujumbura : Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced on Monday a partial cabinet reshuffle in addition to firing the ministers of Defence, foreign affairs and trade, replacing them with trusted figures after a failed coup attempt on May 13.

The decision was made public a few hours after thousands of people took to the streets of the capital of Burundi, Bujumbura, in a new set of protests against Nkurunziza's intention to seek an unconstitutional third presidential term, sparked after five days of relative calm in the African country.


South Korea part of daily life in India, says Modi

Seoul : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that South Korea is "part of daily life in India" through the wide use of Korean-made consumer durables, and praised President Park Geun-hye for her commitment to ties with India, which he described as a "source of strength for us".

In his remarks at the dinner hosted by President Park at the Blue House presidential residence, Modi said: "Korea is part of daily life in India. We speak to each other on Korean phones. We drive around in Korean cars. We work with Korean computers. We watch our favourite games on Korean TV."

Modi meets UN chief in Seoul

Seoul : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Monday on the last leg of his three-nation tour and held a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, over security and cooperation.

"Discussed key global issues during the wonderful meeting with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon," Modi tweeted.

Anil Wadhwa, external affairs ministry Secretary (East), also tweeted: "We talked about maritime security&cooperation in maritime security".

Ban is a South Korean national. He is set to retire in 2016 after two terms.