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Xiaomi accused of foreign
The Indian government has accused
Xiaomi of breaching foreign-exchange
laws and seized Rs55.51 billion ($1.01
billion) from a local unit of the
smartphone maker, in the country’s
latest clash with a Chinese company
over activities in the market.
agency took control of the bank
accounts of Xiaomi Technology India
under the provisions of the Foreign
Exchange Management Act. The
company’s local unit remitted money
to three foreign-based entities with ties
to Xiaomi, falsely claiming they were
for royalty payments, said the
2020 death data released ahead of
WHO Covid mortality study
India registered about 475,000 more
deaths in 2020 than 2019, government
data released on Tuesday showed.
Some experts estimate India’s actual
Covid death toll is as high as 4 million
– about eight times the official figure,
especially as a record wave driven by
the Delta variant killed many people
in April and May last year.
The World Health Organisation
(WHO) estimate was released on
Thursday. New Delhi opposed the
methodology used by WHO in its
estimates of excess Covid-19 deaths.
Security forces kill 62 militants this
year in Jammu and Kashmir
Indian security forces have killed 62
militants, including 15 foreigners, in
Jammu and Kashmir this year.
The state’s police chief Vijay Kumar
said on Sunday that 15 militants linked
with the Pakistan-based militant group
Jaish-e-Mohammad were among those
killed in a series of operations.
Assam CM pushes to replace
India should replace marriage and
inheritance laws that are based on
religion with a uniform civil code, the
chief minister of Assam, Himanta
Biswa Sarma, said on Sunday.
He was taking aim at rules that
allow Muslim men, for example, to
have four wives. “No Muslim woman
wants her husband to marry three,
four wives. Just ask any Muslim
woman and she will endorse what I
say,” he told Reuters.
Successive governments have
steered clear of adopting such a code
for fear of angering voters from India’s
Hindu majority as well as its Muslim
and Christian minorities.
CIA’s new tech chief attended
school in Delhi
The United States’ Central Intelligence
Agency has appointed
American-Indian Nand Mulchandani,
who went to Bluebells School
International in Delhi, as its first chief
The CIA said Mr Mulchandani, an
IT expert, has 25 years of experience
and will ensure “the agency is
leveraging cutting-edge innovations to
further CIA’s mission”.
Violence in Chandauli after girl
dies due to alleged police beating
The Station House Officer of a police
station in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli
district has been suspended after a
21-year-old girl died.
She was allegedly assaulted by
policemen during a raid.
The police have denied the
allegations, saying the woman
The incident allegedly took place on
Sunday when the police raided the
house of gangster Kanhaiya Yadav in
Manrajpur village in a bid to arrest
him for illegal sand-mining.
Three arrested after girl dies due
to food poisoning at restaurant
The managing partner, manager and
chef of a restaurant in north Kerala’s
Kasaragod district have been arrested
after a 16-year-old girl died due to
food poisoning after she reportedly ate
shwarma, a popular Arabic food, from
the local eatery on Sunday.
Forty-nine others were hospitalised
after eating from Ideal Food Point,
which is located in Neeleswaram.
Google picks former government
official as India policy head
Google has hired Ms Archana Gulati,
who previously worked at federal
government think-tank Niti Aayog and
the country’s antitrust watchdog the
Competition Commission of India, as
its new public policy head in India.
In recent months, a number of
Indian government officials have been
hired by Big Tech companies which are
battling tighter data and privacy
regulation, as well as competition law
scrutiny, under the federal government.
India to be ‘Country of Honour’ at
Cannes Marche Du Film
India will be the “Country of Honour”
at the Marche Du Film, organised
alongside the Cannes Film Festival
(May 17 to 28) this year.
“This is the first time such an
honour is being bestowed on any
country,” said India’s Information and
Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur
“The status ensures India’s presence
as a country-in-focus at the opening
“On one hand, India can showcase
its cinema, culture and heritage. On
the other, India will be a country
under which five start-ups will be
given an opportunity to pitch to the
audio visual industry.”
Cricket board bans journalist for
An Indian journalist who allegedly
threatened and intimidated Test
cricketer Wriddhiman Saha after his
interview request was rebuffed, has
been banned from covering the sport,
authorities said on Wednesday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in
India barred Mr Boria Majumdar from
attending matches and interviewing
players for two years after finding him
guilty of sending menacing messages
to the wicketkeeper.
American football and basketball
stars invest in IPL franchise
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and
National Football League duo Larry
Fitzgerald and Kelvin Beachum have
invested in the Rajasthan Royals, the
Indian Premier League franchise said
on Sunday, underlining the cricket
tournament’s growing global appeal.
The popular Twenty20 league,
which counts Bollywood actors and
industrialists among franchise owners
and attracts the who’s who of cricket,
has grown into a 10-team affair this
season with Gujarat and Ahmedabad
paying a combined US$1.7 billion to
come on board.
The three American sportsmen will
be minority investors in 2008
Discus thrower provisionally
suspended for steroid
Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet
Kaur was provisionally suspended by
the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on
Wednesday after testing positive for a
The 26-year-old came sixth at the
Tokyo Olympics last year, with her
best throw measuring 63.70 metres.
The AIU said she tested positive for
stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid,
in a case dated March 29, 2022.
A woman trying out a necklace on
Tuesday during Akshaya Tritiya, an
auspicious day in the Hindu calen-
dar to buy valuables, at a jewellery
showroom in Chennai.
Jewellers across India recorded
business worth Rs15,000 crore
($2.7 billion) on Akshaya Tritiya,
according to the Confederation of
All India Traders (CAIT).
“After a great slump due to the
pandemic over the last two years,
the bullion market across the coun-
try was finally full of people on
Akshaya Tritiya,” said CAIT secre-
tary-general Praveen Khandelwal.
“It brought huge smiles to the
traders who, in their effort to woo
customers, made light jewellery
which did good sales and was very
much in demand.”
According to CAIT, gold worth
Rs10,000 crore was sold across the
country on Akshaya Tritiya in 2019.
The number fell to around Rs500
crore in 2020 but shot up by 81 per
cent last year.
$2.7b worth of jewellery sold on Akshaya Tritiya
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Macron in Paris.
Looking on is
“A meeting between two
friends. An opportunity to
translate the renewed
mandate of President
@EmmanuelMacron into a
renewed momentum for
the India-France Strategic
– India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thurs-
day thanked French President Emmanuel Macron
and the French government for the “warm hospi-
tality” they showed during his “brief but very
fruitful” visit to the country.
Mr Modi said they spoke on various subjects,
including “bilateral as well as global issues” and
that that “India and France are proud developmen-
tal partners”, with their partnership spreading
across different sectors.
The French president also took to Twitter and
shared the topics of discussions with Mr Modi.
“Tonight (Wednesday), with @NarendraModi,
we discussed the different ongoing international
crises as well as our strategic partnership. We also
talked about food security issues and the FARM
(Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission) initia-
tive, in which India will play a key role,” he wrote.
Mr Macron held a tete-a-tete with Mr Modi
before the delegation-level talks at the Elysee
Palace – the official residence of the French
“A meeting between two friends. An opportu-
nity to translate the renewed mandate of President
@EmmanuelMacron into a renewed momentum
for the India-France Strategic partnership,” India’s
Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam
PM Modi, who was on a three-day Europe visit,
met Mr Macron in Paris during the final leg of his
He held extensive talks with the French Presi-
dent who was re-elected over a week ago.
On Wednesday, the two leaders focused on
several bilateral and mutual interests along with
regional and global developments.
India and France also issued a joint statement
on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
While the two countries condemned the civilian
deaths in the war-torn country and called for an
immediate cessation of hostilities, they said they
were committed to enabling a coordinated, multi-
lateral response to address the risk of an aggra-
vated food crisis because of the conflict.
“India and France express deep concern about
the current aggravation of global food security and
nutrition, already impacted by the Covid-19
pandemic and especially in developing countries,”
the joint statement read.
Mr Modi departed for India from Paris on
Thursday. During the visit, he held several high-
level engagements with the leadership of Ger-
many, Denmark and France.
The Prime Minister also held interactions with
business leaders in Germany and Denmark.
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