Two turbaned Sikhs appointed cabinet ministers in Canada

Ottawa : The Punjabi community in Canada made history on Wednesday when two turbaned Sikhs were sworn in as cabinet ministers as 42-year-old Justin Trudeau took oath as the country's 23rd prime minister at a grand public ceremony here.

While 42-year-old Indian Canadian Harjit Sajjan was appointed defence minister, 38-year-old Navdeep Bains got the portfolio of innovation, science and economic development.

Bains, who played a key role in Trudeau's election as the Liberal Party leader in 2013, has been awarded with a cabinet berth.

Terrorists killed over 700 Iraqis in October

United Nations: At least 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here on Monday.

While addressing a daily news briefing here, Dujarric quoted Jan Kubis, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Iraq, as saying that the figures illustrate the suffering of the people of Iraq from terrorism and conflict.

The latest casualty figures were contained in a report from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

India closes two major entry points into Nepal

Kathmandu: India on Monday shut two major entry points into Nepal citing security concerns.

One of the points at Raxaul-Birgunj was closed after an Indian died in police firing. Nepalese authorities clamped a curfew in Birgunj following the violence.

Similarly, crossings to and from Jogbani-Biratnagar border post have been halted by Indian security forces.

Two other border points in western Nepal, at Rupaidiya-Nepalgunj and at Sunauli-Bhairahawa, are also blocked.

Pakistan terms India's UNSC bid 'selfish,blind national ambition'

United Nations: Pakistan has taken pot shots at India's bid for a permanent seat on the Security Council, calling it "selfish" and a claim to "self-arrogated right to a privileged and unequal status" but did not directly name it.

In a General Assembly debate on equitable representation on the Security Council, Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said: "Rigidity and blind pursuit of national ambition is the real reason for our persisting failure to achieve a more democratic, accountable, transparent and effective Security Council."

Some commitments to Africa not fulfilled quickly: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India had not fulfilled some commitments to Africa as quickly as it should have but the countries of the continent have always embraced it with warmth.

Addressing the Third India-Africa Summit (IAFS) here, Modi said that African countries have rejoiced in India's success.

"There are times when we have not done as well as you have wanted us to. There have been occasions when we have not been as attentive as we should be. There are commitments we have not fulfilled as quickly as we should have," Modi said.

Slammed Indian grandfather posed no threat: US cops

Washington : An Indian grandfather slammed to the ground by an Alabama police officer posed no threat to police, two fellow officers testified in the retrial of the cop charged with use of excessive force.

Sureshbhai Patel, who had arrived days earlier from India to take care of his grandson, presented no threat to police, Madison Police Officer Charles Spence told a Huntsville court Wednesday. "To me, he appeared to be in his 70s."

India urges Togo to release detained Indian nationals

New Delhi: India on Wednesday urged the western African nation of Togo to take steps for the early release of five Indian nationals who were detained in July 2013 in connection with an allegedly piracy case.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue during a bilateral meeting with Togo's Foreign Minister Robert Dussey who is here to attend the ongoing third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS).

An American in Bihar: Jeffrey Witsoe on Nitish Kumar, NDA and the politics of coalition

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Jeffrey Witsoe is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Union College in Schenectady, New York. Author of the much acclaimed book "Democracy Against Development" (University of Chicago Press), Jeff has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge, U.K. His research focuses on a critical rethinking of democracy and the postcolonial state through an examination of lower-caste politics in Bihar.

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India, Turkey share values, historical links: President

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, while greeting Turkey on its National Day, said the two countries are close because of shared values and historical links.

"I extend warm greetings and felicitations to your excellency and to the friendly people of Turkey on the occasion of your National Day," Mukherjee said in the message to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"India and Turkey have enjoyed traditionally close relations based on shared values and historical linkages," he said.