Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin, who will be 71 at the end of his term, has promised to beef up Russia’s defences against the West and raise living standards.
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The international pecking order is usually defined by economic and military might. That puts the US at the top of the pile, with China gaining fast in second place.
But when it comes to tackling long-term global challenges such as climate change, poverty or peacemaking, it’s also vital to identify which leaders are likely to stick around.
Raising concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, the US has asked for upgrade and reforms of the trade body, WTO director general Roberto Azevedo (in pic) said on Monday while saying the trade environment was very risky at present.
Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish the win. Opinion polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 per cent, or nearly 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger.
Another term will take him to nearly a quarter century in power — a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.
US President Donald Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state on Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State," Trump tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years.
Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed into a football field near the airport.
Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the aircraft to pull people out.
All ministries have been asked to share details of delay and cost overrun in implementing projects and schemes, according to a directive issued by cabinet secretary PK Sinha.
The move comes after it was observed that several proposals involving time and cost overrun or extension in time frame of implementation of projects or schemes are being referred to the cabinet or cabinet committees for consideration.
The government on Monday tabled a bill that seeks to confiscate all the assets of absconding fraudsters and loan defaulters for recovering dues from them.
The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 aims to impound and sell assets of fugitives such as Nirav Modi, who is alleged to be behind the nearly Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB).
The law will apply to defaulters who have an outstanding of Rs 100 crore or more and have escaped from the country.
Passenger vehicle sales in India rose by 7.77 per cent in February, driven by strong offtake of utility vehicles.
According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales rose to 2,75,329 units in February from 2,55,470 units a year ago.
Vehicle sales across categories registered a rise of 22.77 per cent to 21,11,383 units, from 17,19,806 units in February 2017.
Domestic car sales were up 3.7 per cent to 1,79,122 units last month as against 1,72,737 units a year ago.