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HRPL to invest Rs 500 cr to double McDonald’s outlets in 3 yrs

NEW DELHI, Feb. 24: Hardcastle Restaurants Private Ltd (HRPL), which runs McDonald’s outlets in West and South India, today said it will invest Rs 500 crore over the next three years to double the number of restaurants in operation. The company, which has been operating the fast food chain through a joint venture with McDonald’s Corporation, also said it has converted the partnership into... 

INS Vindhyagiri ‘sinking’ after collision with Norwegian vessel

MUMBAI: A major fire has broken out on Indian naval ship INS Vindhyagiri, which was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel, at the naval dockyard here today. The ship is listing and unconfirmed reports said it was sinking. A defence spokesperson said they are awaiting further details. A dozen tankers are engaged in firefighting operations, officials said. An official said there was a dent in... 

Offices of anti-govt website in Sri Lanka set on fire

COLOMBO: A group of men broke into the offices of a website critical of Sri Lanka’s government and set fire to it Monday, a journalist from the publication said, adding that he suspected a government role in the attack. Bennett Rupasinghe, news editor of LankaeNews.com, said the fire destroyed everything in the offices. He said the attackers could have been sent by the government as punishment... 

Rajapaksa sued in US Courts over war-crimes

WASHINGTON D.C: Three Tamil plaintiffs whose relatives were killed in three different incidents, all considered to be war-crimes, filed a civil case in the District Court of District of Columbia against Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday at around 4:00 p.m, the attorney for the plaintiffs and former Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the US, Mr Bruce Fein, said in a release sent... 

Karunanidhi meets PM, discusses fishermen issue

DELHI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. Mr. Karunanidhi, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit, met Dr. Singh at his 7, Race Course Road residence and is believed to have asked the Prime Minister to tell Colombo not... 

Egypt protests worsen, stranded Indians on way back!

Cairo, Jan 31: With the civil unrest in Egypt showing no signs of abating, the Indian government has sent a special aircraft to fly back the hundreds of Indians stranded in the troubled country, where nearly 150 protestors have been killed in the clashes with the police over the last one week. Reports say that about 300 Indians would be returning to India on Monday by the special Air India flight from...