SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea confirmed on Sunday that North Korea detained a South Korean student of New York University, but said it was still unclear whether the 21-year-old New Jersey resident attempted to enter the North illegally. More »S. Korea confirms college student held in N. Korea
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Talk of a change in the Handloom Reservation Act, which has since 1985 protected handloom weaves from being copied by machine-made and powerloom competitors, has got veteran designer Ritu Kumar worried about the plight of millions of India's weavers who are already fighting for their livelihood. A notable name in the Indian fashion industry, who has focussed her efforts towards resurrecting the handloom industry and craft of local weavers from different regions, Kumar says that any change in the Act may not only impact the lives of over four million weavers but could lead to the death of handloom itself in the country. The news comes against the backdrop of efforts by the powerloom lobby to get parity with the handloom sector, which has called on the government to implement the act. More »New handloom act will mean death for handloom industry: Ritu Kumar
Las Vegas, May 3 (IANS) American boxer Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect overall fight record to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao here and said he'll retire after one more bout. "He is a hell of a fighter," Mayweather said of Pacquiao after the bout on Saturday. Mayweather expected to rake in $200 million and Pacquiao was in line for a potential $100 million payday once revenue from sources, including pay-per-view television sales, was counted. With one more fight, the 38-year-old Mayweather will fulfill his rich six-fight deal with telecaster Showtime. More »Mayweather vanquishes Pacquiao to extend perfect boxing record
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least 18 people died and another three were injured when a minibus plummeted into a ravine in a remote area of the northwestern Badghis province. More »Afghan official says at least 18 dead in bus crash
Ranchi, May 3 (IANS) To simplify and rationalise rules and make the Information Technology (IT) more effective, the Jharkhand government has launched "Ease of Doing Business" initiative in the state, an official said on Sunday. By facilitating things, "Ease of doing business" will bring in more investments to the state and "create more demand for skilled and unskilled manpower", the official told IANS. The official said the state's labour department is taking multiple initiatives in discussion with stakeholders on labour laws related compliances to improve "Ease of Doing Business". According to the official, one of the key initiatives being undertaken by the department is to develop a Comprehensive Labour Management System (CLMS) portal. More »Jharkhand launches 'Ease of Doing Business'
By Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The leader of Taiwan's Nationalist Party will sit down with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday in the first meeting between the heads of the ruling parties in the two rival states in more than 60 years. Xi, as head of China's ruling Communist Party, will host Taiwan's Chu in the first meeting of its kind since defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Chu told an opening ceremony in Shanghai on Sunday cross-strait ties must be addressed with a positive attitude. "We must use a healthy attitude, a positive attitude to welcome the age of cooperation between our two sides." China regards democratic Taiwan as a renegade province, to be brought under Beijing's control by force if necessary. More »China, Taiwan to seek cooperation as heads of ruling parties meet
Panaji, May 3 (IANS) With a poor tourist season for Goa and no foreseeable sign of its resurrection, the road ahead is a tough one for the tourism-oriented state, according to top officials of the Russian Information Centre (RIC) in Goa, which aims to foster an atmosphere of confidence for Russian tourists in the beach state. RIC head Ekaterina Belyakova conceded that the European economic crisis, bankruptcy among tour operators and the Russia-Ukraine conflict had hit Goa's tourism industry hard, but said that tourism is in regression in the state due to lack of cooperation to solve general infrastructure issues and hygiene and garbage issues that have remained unresolved for years. More »Goa's gloomy tourism season may continue: Russian tourism expert
SHANGHAI (AP) — In the still, early hours, cadres make their way down tree-lined paths. They walk through a polished lobby, down dim hallways and settle themselves in rows in plain, wood-paneled classrooms. Here, they sit at the vanguard of the Communist Party of China. More »China teaches top cadres Western ideas despite backlash