Women employees, officials fume after university in Lucknow says they can’t work after 6 pm

Lucknow An order that no woman official or employee of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) will work beyond 6 pm unless for a specific reason has drawn flak for not including students and teachers. BBAU vice chancellor Prof RC Sobti issued the order on Monday evening, stating the rule is to be strictly adhered to. In case of an emergency, prior permission has to be obtained from the V-C. “This step has been taken for security reasons,” reads the order. Women employees criticised the order, asking why female students and women…

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Australia PM Turnbull gets his early election trigger

Opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Australia’s lower house on Monday Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions. The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34. The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election. An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate…

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Nepal PM urges Indian trade & industry to explore investment opportunities

Addressing business and industry leaders in Mumbai at an event organised by All India Association of Industries (AIAI), the visiting Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli asked Indian businesses to exploit the conducive investment atmosphere present in areas like tourism, hydropower, IT, etc. While businessmen from various countries are coming forward to come invest in Nepal, the Nepal PM said that the country is keen to have more Indian investments considering closeness of two countries and mutual progress. Exploiting the large presence of people from Bollywood including the likes…

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Turkey PM accuses Russia of acting as ‘terrorist organisation’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday accused Russia of acting as a “terrorist organisation” in Syria and vowed to deliver a robust response. “If Russia continues behaving like a terrorist organisation and forcing civilians to flee, we will deliver an extremely decisive response,” Davutoglu said through an official translator during a visit to Kiev. Tensions between Russia and Turkey have soared over Moscow’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s intense air campaign against what it claims are “terrorist” targets in its allied Middle Eastern state. Turkey has…

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