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Ranveer, Deepika finally tie the knot in Italy

Bollywood's latest couple to tie the knot, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's grand Italy wedding is one close affair. The couple has tied the knot in a Konkani-South Indian style marriage ceremony on Wednesday and would observe Sindhi rituals in the wedding ceremony on Thursday. This should be noted that Ranveer belongs to a Sindhi family who migrated from Karachi to Mumbai following the partition of the sub-continent. The venue for DeepVeer couple's wedlock is Villa del Balbianello. Officially no picture of their…

Italy imposes heavy fine on top two mobile brands for slowing phones

ROME: Italy's competition authority on Wednesday said it was fining Apple and Samsung 10 and five million euros ($11.5 and $5.7 million) respectively for the "planned obsolescence" of their smartphones. The ruling is believed to be the first against the manufacturers following accusations worldwide that they encourage operating system updates for older phones which slow them down, thereby encouraging the purchase of new phones. An investigation by the anti-trust authority revealed that "Apple and Samsung implemented…

EU slams Italy’s ‘unprecedented’ deviation from budget rules

BRUSSELS: The European Commission on Thursday formally warned Italy that its budget plans for 2019 are a serious concern for Europe and an unprecedented deviation of EU rules. Italy's plans to increase spending instead of cutting budgets "are unprecedented in the history of the Stability and Growth Pact," the EU's top economic affairs officials wrote in a letter to Rome, referring to the bloc's rules on public spending. In the letter, Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said…

COAS Bajwa calls on Italian military, civilian leadership

ROME, ITALY: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited Italy and called on  Chief of Italian Army, Italian Defence Minister and the Secretary General of Defence. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the officials from both sides discussed enhancing bilateral defence and security cooperation including potential joint initiatives. The Italian leadership was highly appreciative of the role played by Pakistan in regional stability and also towards global security, said the…

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

ROME: Italy allowed 16 of the 150 migrants stranded on board a coastguard ship at a Sicily port to disembark on Saturday, as government officials face questioning over the refusal to let all passengers off, media reported. The Diciotti vessel has been docked at the port of Catania since Monday night, after the Italian government blocked migrants from leaving in the absence of commitments from the EU to relocate some of them. Italy on Friday said it would pull its funding for the EU as a "compensatory measure" if the…

‘Allahu Akbar’ prayers for Muslim victims of Italy bridge collapse tragedy

GENOA: Chants of "Allahu akbar" rang out Saturday at a solemn Catholic state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa for the victims of a bridge collapse, who included two Albanian Muslims. They were among at least 38 people to have died in Tuesday's tragedy. An imam was invited to the ceremony, a particularly poignant move in a staunchly Catholic country, where the far-right is now in power and which has seen a rise in the number of attacks against foreigners and Muslims. He led several minutes of silent prayers --…

Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll hits 39

GENOA: Italy's government on Wednesday blamed the firm that operated the collapsed Genoa bridge for the disaster in which at least 39 people died, as it announced a state of emergency in the city. Search operations, meanwhile, were due to enter a second night with rescuers digging through mountains of crushed concrete. A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city on Tuesday, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150 feet) onto railway tracks below.…

Italy rescuers search for survivors after motorway collapse kills dozens

GENOA: Firefighters searched on Tuesday for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the morning in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens. At least 35 probably died, Italy’s ANSA news agency said citing fire brigade sources, while the official body count remained at about 20. A 50-metre high section of the bridge, including a tower that anchored several supports, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it onto the roofs of warehouses and other buildings,…