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Congress mauls BJP in Hindi heartland
NEW DELHI: In a severe jolt to the India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Hindi heartland in the “semi finals” ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Tuesday knocked the saffron party out of power in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and was slightly ahead in Madhya Pradesh where the two parties were engaged in a see-saw battle throughout the day. However, in Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtriya
 
 
Khalifa gets Arab League invitation
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received an invitation from President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia to attend the 30th Arab League Summit to be held in Tunis in March 2019. The invitation was received by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, during a meeting with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al Jahnawi, held at the Presidential
   
VP attends graduation ceremony
AL AIN: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday attended the graduation ceremony of a new batch of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College in Al Ain. The graduation ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of
 
 
AD CP receives Serbian leader
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Tuesday the visiting President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the visit of the Serbian President and wished that it would contribute to opening up new horizons of cooperation between the UAE and Serbia. They reviewed co-operation and ways of enhancing
   
Sultan appoints top official
SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued Emiri Decree No.47 of 2018 to transfer and appoint Director of Sharjah Private Education Authority. The Decree stipulates that Ali Ahmed Yaqoob Al Hosani will be transferred from Sharjah Education Council to the Sharjah Private Education Authority and will be appointed as its Director with the same job
 
 
Major breakthrough not expected at Yemen talks
RIMBO: A truce between warring parties in Yemen is unlikely from the round of hard-won UN talks underway between the government and rival rebels, a government representative said on Tuesday. “This has been proposed as part of the general framework, and this is what we came to make progress on: a full, complete ceasefire. But I think we will be unable to achieve this progress in this round,” Yemeni government delegate Askar Zaeel
   
US list of ‘concern’ includes Pakistan
WASHINGTON: The United States said on Tuesday it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over its treatment of minorities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations.
 
 
India names Modi ally as new RBI chief
Mumbai: India’s government named an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the country’s new central bank chief on Tuesday, a day after his predecessor quit following a dispute about government interference. Shaktikanta Das has been appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years, a government statement said. The 63-year-old is a former senior finance ministry official and a key figure in Modi’s
   
Nuns stole school funds for gambling, travel
LOS ANGELES: Two Catholic school nuns in California have admitted to embezzling about $500,000, and using the funds over the years for travel and gambling in Las Vegas, their order said on Monday. Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees and donations at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, south of Los Angeles. “We do know that they had a pattern of
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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