A Malaysian court on November 11 ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to present his defence against seven counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power in a case linked to a scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.Najib, who lost a general election last year, faces dozens of criminal charges over accusations that $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which he co-founded in 2009.In the first case facing him, Najib has pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of abuse of power for allegedly receiving illegal transfers of 42 million ringgit ($10 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.Close "SRC has been wrongfully deprived of the 42 million," Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali said. "As such, I now call upon the accused to enter his defence on all seven charges." related news Japan's SBI Holdings to take 17.9% … [Read more...] about Malaysian court tells former PM Najib Razak to defend himself in 1MDB-linked case
A meeting of the Congress working committee is underway on November 11 morning to decide on whether to support the Shiv Sena in forming the government in Maharashtra, sources said.Top Congress leaders are discussing the issue at a crucial meeting of the working committee chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, according to the sources.The CWC is the highest decision-making body of the Congress.Close Follow our LIVE blog for the latest updates on government formation in Maharashtra related news If BJP not keeping promise, no point continuing alliance: Sanjay Raut Malaysian court tells former PM Najib Razak to defend himself in 1MDB-linked case Hectic deliberations have started since November 10 over the Congress' participation in government formation in Maharashtra after the Shiv Sena was invited by the governor to form the government.Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on November 11 said if the BJP was not willing to fulfil its promise of sharing the chief minister's post … [Read more...] about Congress meet underway to decide on supporting Shiv Sena
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday holds talks in Greece, where he is eagerly awaited by the new pro-business government. Xi touched down in Athens on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece across the board."It is our duty to steadily upgrade our cooperation in all sectors, by delving deeply into existing fields and expanding the range of investments", the Chinese president said in an article published in "Kathimerini" newspaper on Sunday.Xi is due to meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during the trip, with the two countries set to sign cooperation documents on education, shipping and energy.Close According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the visit to Athens will have "historical significance" for the development of China-Greece relations, and will also "inject new impetus" into the development of China-EU relations and Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative. related news Japan's … [Read more...] about China’s Xi Jinping holds talks in Greece en route to BRICS summit
A large number of Twitter users are considering shifting to a new social media website called Mastodon after Twitter was accused of bias over caste and ideological viewpoints.It all started after Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hedge’s Twitter account was suspended by the micro-blogging website after he used a famous picture of August Landmesser, a shipyard worker during the Nazi Germany era as a cover picture where Landmesser can be seen not doing the Nazi salute.Later, when he took down the picture the account was reinstated but to be suspended again as he re-uploaded the picture and a poem that was flagged by some users.Close In protest of Twitter's move, people are considering moving to a new alternative Mastodon, which has seen an increase in popularity lately. related news Instagram to start hiding likes on its platform in the US First Bajaj Auto-Triumph bike to be ready by 2022, agreement to be signed before December Maruti Suzuki cuts … [Read more...] about Why are Indian Twitter users thinking of quitting it to join Mastodon?
An estimated 600,000 people take New York’s 13,000 taxis each day and at least a few of them must wonder at some point–while scooching gracelessly across a backseat or sandwiched in the dreaded middle spot– whether the city couldn’t come up with a better cab experience. advertisement advertisement This week, the city’s answer to that question, the 2014 Nissan NV200–the “Taxi of Tomorrow”–arrives at the New York Auto Show. What the vehicle lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in…no floor bump? Back in 2007, a group of stakeholders at every level of the cab industry outlined their goals for the next New York City taxi. The resulting Taxi of Tomorrow project was an effort to re-imagine every aspect of the taxi system for the 21st century. Two years later, New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission invited auto manufacturers and designers to submit ideas for New York’s next taxi. In 2011, Nissan won the bid with … [Read more...] about Nissan’s Taxi Of Tomorrow Rolls Into New York