Powerful earthquake shakes Indonesia’s Sumatra, kills 1

Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 1:  A strong and shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Saturday, killing a resident, injuring 11 and damaging more than a a dozen houses and buildings, police said. The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck about 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) northeast of Sibolga, a coastal city in North…

10/01/2022

Thai court rules PM can stay, did not exceed term limit

Bangkok, Sept. 30:  Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha can remain in his job and did not violate a constitutional provision limiting him to eight years in office. Opposition lawmakers had petitioned the court to decide on their contention that Prayuth, who took power as army…

09/30/2022

Tensions in Iran Spill Across the Border Into Iraq

New York, Sept. 29: 9 individuals have been killed, and at the very least 32 others, together with kids, have been injured within the semi-autonomous Kurdistan area of Iraq on Wednesday after Iranian forces bombarded the area for the fifth straight day, the Iraqi News Company reported, citing the regional…

09/29/2022

N Korea test launches missile on eve of Harris trip to Seoul

Seoul, Sept. 28: North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, its neighbors said, a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is to visit South Korea. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean missiles lifted off 10 minutes…

09/28/2022

Sri Lanka to back bids of India and Japan for permanent member status at UNSC: President Wickremesinghe

Colombo, Sept. 27: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said his government will back the bids of India and Japan for permanent member status at the UN Security Council. President Wickremesinghe is currently in Japan to attend the state funeral of the former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. During…

09/27/2022

13 dead in Russian school shooting, gunman kills self

Moscow, Sept. 26: At least 13 people were killed, including five children, in a shooting at a school in the city of Izhevsk in central Russia, investigators said Monday. "Nine people were killed because of this crime, including two security guards of the educational institution and two teachers, as well…

09/26/2022

Florida emergency declared as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens

Fla., Tallahassee, Sept. 25: Governor Ron DeSantis expanded a previous warning on Saturday to cover the whole state and urged people to prepare for landfall. It activates the state's national guard and frees up emergency funding. "This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage…

09/25/2022

India was wary of US for 5 decades, overcame assumptions after much efforts: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Sept. 22: External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that for nearly five decades, India looked at the United States with suspicion and that its overall foreign policy assessment of the US was of deep caution, but the country has now decided to forge a…

09/22/2022

Leaders of Israel and Turkey hold first in-person talks since 2008

New York, Sept. 21: The leaders of Israel and Turkey met for their first face-to- face talks in well over a decade on Tuesday. The bilateral dialogue between Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York…

09/21/2022

UN chief warns global leaders: The world is in ‘great peril’

United Nations, Sept. 20: In speeches and remarks leading up to the start of the leaders’ meeting Tuesday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited the “immense” task not only of saving the planet, “which is literally on fire,” but of dealing with the persisting Covid-19. He also pointed to “a lack of access…

09/20/2022

India condemns ‘violence perpetrated against Indian community in Leicester’

London, Sept. 19: The High Commission of India in London on Monday condemned the violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and has sought immediate action against those involved in the attacks. The High Commission issued a statement on Monday saying that it has taken up the matter with…

09/19/2022

Powerful typhoon pounds southern Japan; thousands evacuated

Tokyo, Sept. 18: A powerful typhoon slammed ashore in southern Japan on Sunday as it pounded the region with strong winds and heavy rain, causing blackouts, paralyzing ground and air transportation and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol was heading north after…

09/18/2022

Not era of war, Indian PM tells Putin who says will try to end Ukraine conflict soonest

New Delhi, Sept. 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, September 16, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that it was not a time for war, with food, fertiliser and fuel security among the major concerns of the world at present. “I know that today’s era is not an era…

09/17/2022

At SCO summit, Indian PM Narendra Modi raises issue of transit rights in presence of Pakistan’s Shehbaz Sharif

New Delhi, Sept. 16: Participating at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the SCO member countries should grant rights to transit and improve connectivity. According to the Indian Media, Modi’s reference was clearly to Pakistan, whose Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was present at the…

09/16/2022

Putin to Xi: Russia values China’s ‘balanced position’ on Ukraine

Samarkand,Uzbekistan, Sept. 15: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday that Moscow backs Beijing’s “One China” policy, opposes “provocations” by the United States in the Taiwan Strait, and values China’s “balanced position” on Ukraine. The two leaders were meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation…

09/15/2022

Want number of Indian students in France to climb to 20,000 by 2025: French minister

New Delhi, Sept. 14: France wants the number of Indian students in the country to rise to 20,000 by 2025, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said on Wednesday. Colonna is currently on a three-day visit to India. “We want the number of Indian students to rise up to 20,000 by…

09/14/2022

UK King Charles inherits untold riches and passes off his own empire

London, Sept. 13: UK King Charles III constructed his personal empire lengthy earlier than he inherited his mom’s. Charles, who formally acceded to the British throne Saturday, spent half a century turning his royal property right into a billion-dollar portfolio and probably the most profitable moneymakers within the royal household…

09/13/2022

Pakistan court extends Imran Khan’s bail on terrorism charges

Islamabad, Sept. 12: A court in Pakistan has extended the pre-arrest bail of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in a “terrorism” case till September 20. Khan on Monday appeared before the anti-terrorism court in the capital Islamabad that adjourned the case until September 20 after the state prosecutors asked for…

09/12/2022

Turkey says Greek coast guard fires on cargo ship in Aegean

Istanbul, Sept. 11:  Greek Coast Guard ships opened fire on a cargo vessel sailing in international waters in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish Coast Guard said, escalating tensions between the regional rivals that have mounted in recent weeks. There were no casualties in the shooting 13 miles southwest of the…

09/11/2022

King Charles III Officially Proclaimed Britain’s New Monarch, Says Deeply Aware of Duties

London, Sept. 10: King Charles III was officially proclaimed as Britain’s monarch on Saturday in a historic ceremony at St. James’ Palace. Soon after his proclamation, King Charles said he is deeply aware of his duties. While the late Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son assumed the monarchy automatically under the…

09/10/2022

Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96 after 70 years on the throne

London, Sept. 9: Queen Elizabeth II, who defined the monarchy for generations of Britons, died on Thursday, plunging the U.K. into mourning and giving the country its first new head of state in 70 years, her son, King Charles III. Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old queen who ascended the throne when Winston…

09/09/2022

India, China troops begin disengagement from Gogra-Hotsprings in Ladakh

New Delhi, Sept. 8: The Indian and Chinese troops have begun to disengage from the area of Gogra-Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday. The development comes based on the consensus reached at the 16th round of the India-China Corps Commander level meeting, the statement…

09/08/2022

After Priti Patel, Indian-origin Suella Braverman appointed UK Home Secretary

London,  Sept. 7 : Suella Braverman, an Indian-origin barrister, was appointed as the UK’s new Home Secretary, replacing fellow colleague Priti Patel who is also of Indian descent. The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss had appointed Suella Braverman as her Home Secretary. “Great to be at…

09/07/2022

Chile votes on proposed constitution with big changes

Santiago, Chile, Sept. 4: Chileans are voting in a plebiscite Sunday on whether to adopt a far-reaching new constitution that would fundamentally change the South American country. The proposed charter is intended to replace a constitution imposed by a military dictatorship 41 years ago. For months, opinion polls have shown…

09/04/2022

Afghan mosque blast kills 18, including pro-Taliban cleric

Kabul, Sept. 2: A blast outside a mosque in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 18 people including a high-profile pro-Taliban cleric in what authorities said was an attack. “18 have been killed and 23 have been injured,” spokesman for the interior ministry Abdul…

09/02/2022

UN inspectors head to Ukraine nuclear plant despite fighting

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept. 1: A team from the U.N. nuclear agency has arrived at the site of Europe’s largest nuclear plant to inspect security conditions, the agency and Ukraine's nuclear energy operator said Thursday, amid fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces that prompted the shutdown of one reactor. Enerhoatom said the…

09/01/2022

Indians get nearly twice as many US student visas as Chinese this year

New Delhi, Aug. 30: China stays the highest general supply of worldwide college students to America, however Indians have gotten nearly twice the variety of pupil visas because the Chinese within the first seven months of this 12 months, reveals an evaluation of non-immigrant visas issued by the US State…

08/30/2022

UK PM race: Rishi Sunak’s California references may have impacted chances By Aditi Khanna

London, Aug. 28: Former UK Chancellor and prime ministerial hopeful Rishi Sunak’s workforce feels his references to the Silicon Valley in California early on within the marketing campaign to succeed Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister might have impacted his possibilities within the Conservative Party management contest. ‘The Daily Telegraph’…

08/28/2022

In first reaction to Salman Rushdie stabbing, India condemns ‘horrific attack’

New Delhi, Aug. 25:  In its first reaction to the stabbing of Salman Rushdie, India on Thursday condemned the “horrific attack” on the celebrated novelist and wished him a speedy recovery. Rushdie, 75, was stabbed in the neck and torso at the Chautauqua Institution in New York on August 12.…

08/25/2022

Thai PM, coup-maker and ballad composer, dealt setback by suspension

Bangkok, Aug. 24: For eight years, nothing seemed to shake the hold on power for Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first came to office in a 2014 coup and has survived a hotly disputed election, mass street protests and four no-confidence votes. Wednesday's decision by Thailand's Constitutional Court to…

08/24/2022

Indian PM Modi to interact with participants of Smart India Hackathon finale on August 25

New Delhi, Aug. 23: Chandigarh University is all set to host the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022 from August 25 to August 26. As the usual tradition since the Hackathon's inception, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with the students this year too. PM Modi will…

08/23/2022

Russia detains IS bomber planning to target ‘ruling’ party politician over Prophet remarks

Moscow, Aug. 22: An Islamic State terrorist from a Central Asian country, who was plotting a suicide attack against a member of India's leadership elite for the offensive comments on the Prophet, has been detained in Russia, the country's top intelligence agency said on Monday. According to Russia's Federal Security…

08/22/2022

Want ‘permanent peace’ with India; war never an option to resolve Kashmir issue: Pak PM Sharif

New Delhi, Aug. 20: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wants to have “permanent peace” with India through dialogue as war is not an option for either of the countries to resolve the Kashmir issue, according to a media report on Saturday. Speaking to a delegation of…

08/20/2022

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif expresses desire for peaceful ties with India, Kashmir issue resolution

Islamabad, Aug. 19: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his desire for peaceful relations with India based on the principles of “equity, justice and mutual respect" and the resolution of the Kashmir issue, according to a media report on Friday. Sharif also urged the international community to play a “facilitative…

08/19/2022

Trains paralysed again in UK as unions stage fresh strikes

London, Aug. 18: Thousands of train workers in Britain began a fresh round of strikes Thursday, paralyzing rail service across the country in an ongoing dispute over pay and work conditions exacerbated by a deepening cost-of-living crisis. Only around one in five trains ran across the U.K. as a result…

08/18/2022

Donetsk leader calls for ‘beneficial’ ties with North Korea

Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 17:  The head of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for cooperation amid signs the North is considering sending laborers for restoration projects in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. North Korea last month…

08/17/2022

Indian President Droupadi Murmu, PM Narendra Modi lead tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 4th death anniversary

New Delhi, Aug. 16: Indian President Droupadi Murmu with Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former president Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries after paying tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary at his memorial Sadaiv Atal, in New Delhi. According to the…

08/16/2022

India Celebrates Independence Day 2022: “India is Mother of Democracy,” Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, Aug. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the completion of 75 years of Independence was a time to step towards a new direction with a new resolve. Prime Minister Modi today led the Independence Day celebrations from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. "Our…

08/15/2022

Independence Day 2022 of India: 167-year-old steam engine to run on August 15

New Delhi, Aug. 14: To mark the seventy fifth 12 months of Independence on August 15, Southern Railway will placed on monitor the oldest steam locomotive within the nation for a heritage run from Chennai Egmore to Kadambakkam. According to the Indian Media, In keeping with a tweet by Divisional…

08/14/2022

Chinese research ship steers clear of Sri Lanka's port, for now: Report

Colombo, Aug. 13: A high-tech Chinese research ship that was supposed to dock at Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota has not berthed as planned, the country’s ports authority said on Friday, days after India expressed security concerns over its presence in the island nation. Chinese ballistic missile and satellite…

08/13/2022

Taiwan crisis: India calls for restraint, de-escalation of tensions

New Delhi, Aug 12: In its first reaction on the Taiwan crisis, India on Friday said it is concerned over the developments and called for avoiding unilateral action to change the status quo in the region. India also pitched for exercising restraint and underlined the need for efforts to maintain…

08/12/2022

Gas prices dip just below USD 4 for the first time in 5 months in US

Washington, Aug. 11: Gasoline prices dipped to just under the $4 mark for the first time in more than five months — good news for consumers who are struggling with high prices for many other essentials. American Automobile Association (AAA) said the national average for a gallon of regular was…

08/11/2022

Security expert warns UN Africa could be future IS caliphate

United Nations, Aug. 10: The threat from the Islamic State extremist group is growing by the day in Africa and the continent could be “the future of the caliphate,” an African security expert warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Martin Ewi said the Islamic State “has expanded its influence…

08/10/2022

Antony Blinken meets South Africa leader Cyril Ramaphosa, heads to Congo

Johannesburg, Aug. 9: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and marked the country's Women's Day holiday, before embarking on a flight to Congo to continue his three-nation tour of Africa. Blinken met with Ramaphosa Tuesday morning for brief talks that also included South Africa's International Relations…

08/09/2022

US, Australia, Japan urge China to immediately cease military exercises around Taiwan

Washington, Aug. 7: The United States, Australia and Japan have urged China to immediately cease its military exercises and reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. A joint statement was issued by US Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, and Japanese…

08/07/2022

Sri Lanka’s economic woes to last another year; need to look at new sectors for recovery: Prez Wickremesinghe

Colombo, Aug. 6: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka’s economic woes will last another year and that it needs to think outside the box and look at new sectors such as logistics and nuclear energy to revive its bankrupt economy. Speaking at a two-day conference titled…

08/06/2022

India bids to sell fighter jets to Malaysia, says six other countries interested

New Delhi, Aug. 5: India has offered to sell 18 light-combat aircraft (LCA)"Tejas" to Malaysia, the defence ministry said on Friday, adding that Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States were also interested in the single-engine jet. The Indian government last year gave a US$6 billion contract…

08/05/2022

Nancy Pelosi vows support to denuclearise North Korea, plans to visit Korea border

Seoul, Aug. 4: U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart vowed on Thursday to support efforts to maintain a strong deterrence against North Korea and achieve its denuclearization. A joint statement was issued after Pelosi met South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo in Seoul, during…

08/04/2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. will not abandon Taiwan as China protests

Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 3: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meeting leaders in Taiwan despite warnings from China, said Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in a visiting delegation are showing they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. "Today the world faces a choice between democracy…

08/03/2022

Pelosi Goes to Singapore, but Is Silent on Taiwan

Washington, Aug. 1: Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a fraught tour of Asia on Sunday that administration officials say they now expect will include a stop in Taiwan, despite China’s increasingly sharp warnings in recent days that a visit to the self-governing island would provoke a response, perhaps a military one.…

08/01/2022

Indian PM Modi, UN Secretary-General Guterres talk over phone, discuss attack on peacekeeping mission in Congo

New Delhi, July 31: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday discussed with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres the attack on UN mission personnel in Congo, in which two Indian peacekeepers were killed, and called for an expeditious investigation to bring the perpetrators of the incident to justice. During their telephonic…

07/31/2022

India’s first monkeypox death: Kerala youth had tested positive abroad; probe ordered

New Delhi, July 31: A youth who died in Kerala’s Thrissur on Saturday had tested positive for monkeypox in another country, State Health Minister Veena George said. This would be India’s first monkeypox death and the fourth one outside Africa. The 22-year-old, a native of Punniyoor in Thrissur, had died at…

07/31/2022

New York Governor declares state emergency as monkeypox cases rise

New York, July 30: The New York governor declared an emergency in the state late on Friday amid the monkeypox outbreak. “I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront the monkeypox outbreak,” Kathy Hochul said on Twitter. She also said the move will enable…

07/30/2022

For Taiwan, Pelosi visit is about US, China controlling risk

Taipei, Taiwan, July 29: The crisis sparked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan misses a key point, experts say: that the real focus should be on how the United States and China manage their differences so the risks of confrontation don’t spiral out of control. News of a…

07/29/2022

Kim Jong Un threatens to use nukes amid tensions with US, South Korea

Seoul, July 28: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of…

07/28/2022

Govt. ready to listen to democratic public protests: Sri Lanka PM Dinesh Gunawardena

Colombo, July 27: The government is ready to listen to the democratic public protests, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said today. He told Parliament that however, they could not accept the acts of terrorism. Making a statement in Parliament he said terrorism was the greatest threat to democracy and that he…

07/27/2022

Russia to quit International Space Station after 2024

Moscow, July 26: Russia will opt out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country's newly appointed space chief said Tuesday. Yuri Borisov, who was appointed earlier this month to lead the state-controlled space corporation Roscosmos, said during a meeting with…

07/26/2022

India makes history as Murmu takes oath, PM Modi calls it ‘watershed moment for poor’

New Delhi, July 25: Droupadi Murmu on Monday was sworn in as 15th President of India at the Central Hall of the Parliament in New Delhi followed by a 21 gun salute. “Your faith in me has given me strength. I have got this responsibility at such an important time…

07/25/2022

Britain's PM hopefuls promise to get tough on illegal migration

London, July 24: The UK's two contenders to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister promised on Sunday to tackle illegal immigration as a priority, with both backing the government's policy of sending migrants to Rwanda. Former finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss are battling to become the…

07/24/2022

India, six others vote against the resolution to grant UN accreditation to 6 rights groups

United Nations, July 23: India, along with six others, voted against a draft resolution presented by the United States recommending six human rights groups, blocked for years in the UN NGO Committee, to obtain special consultative status in the Council. economic and social issues of the United Nations. At the…

07/23/2022

Japan warns of rising global tension, Russia-China arms ties

Tokyo, Julu 22: Japan warned of escalating national security threats stemming from Russia’s war on Ukraine and China’s tensions with Taiwan in an annual defense paper issued Friday, as Japan tries to bolster its military capability and spending. The annual defense white paper, approved by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet…

07/22/2022

Presidential Election of India 2022 : Droupadi Murmu ahead of Yashwant Sinha after first round of counting

New Delhi, July 21: National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) Droupadi Murmu and Opposition's Yashwant Sinha are in the fray to become the country's 15th president. Indian PM Narendra Modi will be hosting a farewell dinner for outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind tomorrow 5:30 pm onwards at Hotel Ashoka in Delhi, news…

07/21/2022

Pakistan ‘gang rape’: Arrests after US woman reports being attacked in Dera Ghazi Khan hotel

Islamabad, July 20: At least two people have been arrested after a 21-year-old American woman reported she was gang raped at a hotel in Pakistan. The alleged victim was visiting a tourist resort in the eastern Punjab province, officials said on Wednesday, having arrived in Pakistan three weeks ago. Police said…

07/20/2022

Where’s Boris? Johnson takes back seat as Conservatives feud

London, July 18: It was the most striking moment so far in the U.K. Conservative Party's contest for a new leader. The five remaining candidates were asked during a televised debate to raise their hands if they would let Boris Johnson serve in their Cabinet. Not a single hand went…

07/18/2022

Israel strikes Gaza target in response to rocket fire

Jerusalem, July 16: The Israeli military says it has attacked a Hamas military site in the Gaza Strip in response to a pair of rocket attacks overnight. Saturday’s exchange took place hours after U.S. President Joe Biden concluded a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The army says fighter…

07/16/2022

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa Flees to Maldives, Air Force Says

Colombo, July 13: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country for the Maldives on a military aircraft, an air force spokesman said on television, hours ahead of his expected resignation on Wednesday.     The Sri Lankan Air Force provided an aircraft for the 73-year-old leader to leave the…

07/13/2022

UN to monitor Ukraine war for violations against children

United Nations, July 12: The United Nations announced Monday it will start monitoring the war in Ukraine and conflicts in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Africa's central Sahel region for violations against children, including killings, injuries, recruitment, rape and other forms of sexual violence. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his annual report…

07/12/2022

UK PM race widens with Foreign Minister Liz Truss entering the fray

London, July 11: The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and the next British prime minister widened further on Monday as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss became another high-profile contestant entering the fray to go head-to-head with British Indian former Minister Rishi Sunak.  Ms. Truss' junior Minister in the Foreign,…

07/11/2022

Sri Lanka protesters plan to occupy president and PM's residences until they quit

Colombo, July 10: Leaders of the protest movement in Sri Lanka who have forced the president and prime minister out of their official residences said on Sunday they will occupy the buildings until the two quit office. "The president has to resign, the prime minister has to resign and the…

07/10/2022

2 men gored while running with bulls at Spain’s Pamplona festival

Pamplona, Spain, July 9: The third bull run of Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival ended Saturday with the event’s first gorings of the year. Two men were injured in the leg by a bull horn, Pamplona hospital spokesperson Estrella Petrina said. A total of seven people needed to be treated at…

07/09/2022

Japanese former prime minister has died after being shot twice, says report

Tokyo, July 8: Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, who was shot at during an election campaign in western Japan’s Nara city, has died, news agency said quoting Japanese media house NHK. The Nara fire department had earlier said that the 67-year-old Abe was in cardiopulmonary arrest before he was taken to the hospital. They said…

07/08/2022

Inauguration of School Building for Shree Secondary School, Buddhabhumi built under Government of India grant assistance

Kathmandu, July 8: Karun Bansal, First Secretary, Embassy of India, Kathmandu inaugurated the School Building of  Shree Secondary School, Buddhabhumi Municipality in Kapilvastu District From Nepali side, Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Member of Parliament, Kapilvastu-2, District Coordination Commitee Chief  Baburam Acharya, Mayor of Buddhabhumi Municipality Keshav Shreshtha were among those present…

07/08/2022

WHO reports two new monkeypox deaths, cases in new areas

Geneva, July 7: The World Health Organization reported two new deaths from monkeypox since its previous disease update on June 27, bringing the total to three since the start of the year and said the disease had spread to new areas. Cases have shot up 77 percent since the last report…

07/07/2022

Will resign if govt unable to move on: UK PM amid crisis after resignation of Cabinet ministers

London, July 6: Amid a deepening crisis for the Conservative Party government n the UK with the resignation of senior Cabinet ministers, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday said if he “felt it was impossible for the government to go on, he would resign.” “My job is to keep going,”…

07/06/2022

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Brussels, July 5: The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals. The move further increases Russia’s strategic isolation in the wake of its invasion of neighbouring Ukraine in February and…

07/05/2022

India’s Tejas aircraft emerges as Malaysia’s top choice for its new fighter jet programme

New Delhi, July 3: India’s Tejas light combat aircraft has emerged as the top choice for Malaysia as the Southeast Asian nation looks at replacing its ageing fleet of fighter jets and the two sides are holding negotiations to firm up the procurement. Malaysia has narrowed down on the Indian…

07/03/2022

At least five killed in magnitude 6.1 quake on Iran Gulf coast

Tehran, July 2: At least five people were killed and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit soon after by two strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude. Some 24 tremors, two with a magnitude of…

07/02/2022

Indian PM Modi Speaks With Putin Over Phone; Reiterates India's Position on Russia-Ukraine War

New Delhi, July 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated India’s long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy on the Ukraine situation. During their telephonic conversation, both leaders reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during Putin’s visit to India in December 2021.…

07/01/2022

Indian-origin US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Democratic primary from Illinois

Washington, June 30: Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has won the Democratic primary from Illinois with a decisive mandate, successfully overcoming a highly communal campaign run by his opponent Junaid Ahmed. Mr Krishnamoorthi, who is very popular in the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, defeated Junaid Ahmed with over 71 per…

06/30/2022

Israel’s parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

Jerusalem, June 30: Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, marking the end of a year-old experimental coalition government, and sending the country to the polls in November for the fifth time in less than four years. Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and architect of the outgoing coalition government, will…

06/30/2022

The significance of Indian PM Modi’s visit to the UAE

Dubai, June 29: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, just weeks after a top official's remarks about the Prophet Muhammad set off anger in the Gulf. According to the Indian Media, Modi shared an embrace with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,…

06/29/2022

IMF delivers targets to Pakistan in step toward restoring bailout

Islamabad, June 28: Pakistan stated on Tuesday that it has obtained financial and monetary targets from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that after agreed and ratified ought to pave the best way for multilateral lender to unlock a suspended bailout programme. Pakistan desperately wants the cash to avert a stability…

06/28/2022

Seoul urges China, Russia to prevent North Korean nuke test Seoul

Seoul, South Korea, June 27: A top South Korean official says North Korea is increasingly targeting the South with its nuclear arms program, and urged China and Russia to persuade the North not to conduct a widely expected nuclear test. Unification Minster Kwon Youngse’s comments come after North Korean leader…

06/27/2022

Norway mass shooting is being investigated as terrorism, police say

Oslo, Norway, June 26:  A gunman opened fire in Oslo's night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital's annual Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally…

06/26/2022

With 23 new cases Coronavirus national tally reaches 979,512

Kathmandu, June 25: The Ministry of Health and Population informed 23 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. With this, the national coronavirus tally has reached 979,512.  According to the Ministry, 23 persons tested positive for the coronavirus at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours.

06/25/2022

Joe Biden signs landmark gun measure, says ‘lives will be saved’

Washington, June 25: US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school. “Lives will be saved,” he…

06/25/2022

Russia fully supports revival of Iran nuclear deal-Russian Foreign Minister

Dubai, June 23:  Moscow fully supports the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday in Tehran at a press conference alongside his Iranian counterpart. For his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian blamed Washington for stalling talks that…

06/23/2022

Indian PM Modi amid Agnipath row: Some decisions seem unfair but are important for building nation

New Delhi, June 20: At a time when protests against the Centre’s newly inaugurated Agnipath scheme have spread across the country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that several decisions may look unfair at first, but help in building the nation later. “Several decisions look unfair at present.…

06/20/2022

Sri Lanka to resume flights from Jaffna to India in July: Sri Lankan Aviation Minister

Colombo, June 19: In a bid to support country's tourism industry and help in easing the economic crisis, Sri Lankan Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva on 18 June said it will resume flights from the northern Jaffna peninsula to India next month. "The northern Jaffna peninsula’s Palaly airport is…

06/19/2022

Ukraine president visits soldiers on southern front line

Kyiv, June 18: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited soldiers on the southern front line during a working trip to the Mykolaiv region, he said on Saturday, without specifying when the visit took place. In his trademark khaki t-shirt, the president handed out medals and posed for selfies with the servicemen…

06/18/2022

Energy crisis: Sri Lanka awaits Indian nod for new credit line

Colombo, June 17: Sri Lanka is waiting for main verification from India on a brand-new line of credit that would certainly enable the cash-strapped country to have products of petroleum and also diesel for the following 4 months, Power Priest Kanchana Wijesekara stated on Friday. Sri Lanka is presently encountering its…

06/17/2022

North Korea reports another disease outbreak amid Covid-19 wave

Seoul, South Korea, June 16: North Korea on Thursday reported the eruption of another infectious disease in addition to its ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, saying leader Kim Jong Un has donated his private medicines to those stricken with the new disease. It’s unclear how serious the new epidemic is, but some…

06/16/2022

Satellite images suggest Iran is preparing for rocket launch

Dubai, June 15: Satellite images appear to show Iran readying for a space launch on Tuesday, with a rocket seen on a rural desert launching pad, as tension remains high over the country’s nuclear program. At Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of frequent recent failed…

06/15/2022

Court refuses to halt UK deportation plan for migrants

London, June 14: A British court on Monday refused to stop the government from deporting asylum-seekers to Rwanda despite arguments that the planned flights would undermine the “basic dignity” of people escaping war and oppression. The Court of Appeal in London rejected an appeal filed by immigration rights advocates and…

06/14/2022

Indian spiritual leader meets President Biden, suggests ‘peace education’ to tackle gun violence in US

Washington, June 13: An Indian spiritual leader has met US President Joe Biden and suggested introducing “peace education” in American schools to tackle the rising incidents of gun violence in the country. Jain Acharya Lokesh Muni on Saturday visited the United States and met President Joe Biden. During his visit…

06/13/2022

India Among 12 Economies On Currency Monitoring List Of US Treasury

New Delhi, June 12: India on Friday remained on the US treasury department's currency Monitoring List of major trading partners as Washington placed India along with 11 other major economies that merit close attention to their currency practices and macroeconomic policies. The countries are China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, India, Malaysia,…

06/12/2022

Presidential elections of India on July 18, counting, if needed, on July 21: Indian Election Commission

New Delhi, June 9: As the term of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is about to complete on July 24, the Election Commission of India has announced the date for the Presidential Elections. In a press briefing on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that the elections, if required,…

06/09/2022

India makes world record for making the longest stretch of road laid continuously

New Delhi, June 8: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has created a world record, the Guinness World Records certified. The confirmation comes from Indian Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, who tweeted a certificate from the Guinness World Records authorities confirming the same. “The longest piece…

06/08/2022

Sri Lanka will need $5 bln in next six months for essentials: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Colombo, June 7: Sri Lanka will need $5 billion over the next six months to ensure basic living standards, and is renegotiating the terms of a yuan-denominated swap worth $1.5 billion with China so as to fund essential imports, the prime minister said on Tuesday. The island nation's worst economic…

06/07/2022

9 killed, dozens wounded in three mass shootings across US

Washington, June 6:  At least nine people have been killed and two dozen others wounded after shootings in three cities in the United States. The shootings on Saturday night and Sunday morning were the latest outbreaks of gun violence that have left legislators scrambling to tackle the crisis. In Philadelphia,…

06/06/2022

Philadelphia: 3 dead, several wounded in shooting, say police

Washington, June 5: Three people were killed and 11 others wounded on Saturday after multiple shooters opened fire into a crowd in the US city of Philadelphia, according to police. The shooting took place on a busy street known for its nightlife. Police Inspector D. F. Pace told reporters that…

06/05/2022

DCGI okays Corbevax as India’s first heterologous booster vaccine for Covid

New Delhi, June 4: Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer BiologicalE’s protein subunit Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax has become the first to be approved by the country’s drug regulator as a heterologous booster in adults, meaning those who have received Covishield or Covaxin as their first two doses can take Corbevax for their third shot. So far,…

06/04/2022

‘Vote bank politics in international relations’: India hits out at US report on attacks on minorities

New Delhi, June 3: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reacted sharply to the US State Department’s report alleging attacks on minorities in India, calling it “ill-informed comments” by senior US officials. According to the Indian Media, The MEA, in its statement, said: “It is unfortunate that vote…

06/03/2022

WHO believes Covid getting worse, not better in North Korea

London, June 2: A top official at the World Health Organization said the UN health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is “getting worse, not better,” despite the secretive country’s recent claims that Covid-19 is slowing there. At a briefing on Wednesday, WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan appealed…

06/02/2022

Saudi Arabia is planning the largest buildings ever constructed

Bloomberg, June 1: The Middle East is already home to the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Long before the rise of Prince Mohammed, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal had announced plans to build the world’s tallest building near Jeddah. The skyscraper remains only partially completed. Some of Saudi Arabia’s…

06/01/2022

Children among 31 killed at church fair stampede in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria, May 29: A stampede Saturday at a church charity event in southern Nigeria left 31 people dead and seven injured, police told The Associated Press, a shocking development at a program that aimed to offer hope to the needy. One witness said the dead included a pregnant woman…

05/29/2022

US issues sanctions targeting North Korean weapons of mass destruction program

Washington, May 28: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four entities, including a North Korean national, for supporting North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction development programs, the Department of Treasury said. The move comes after North Korea fired three ballistic missile, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), earlier…

05/28/2022

UK PM Johnson says he takes responsibility for lockdown breaches

London, May 25: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he took responsibility for COVID lockdown breaches at his Downing Street office and corrected a previous statement to parliament that guidance had been followed at all times. "I take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch... I have…

05/25/2022

Inauguration of School Building of Shree Arwa Bijaya Secondary School Kaski built under Government of India grant assistance

Kathmandu, May 24: Namgya C. Khampa, Charge’d Affaires, Embassy of India, Kathmandu inaugurated the new School Building of Shree Arwa Bijaya Secondary School, Pokhara Metropolitan City-13, Dhand Bensi, Kaski District on Tuesday.        Shree Arwa Bijaya Secondary School is an old established school in Kaski District. The project was undertaken with…

05/24/2022

India-Japan ‘natural partners’, relationship of spirituality, cooperation: Indian PM Modi in Tokyo

Tokyo, May 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with the Indian diaspora in Japan, drawing out the close bond between the two nations along the lines of knowledge, development, and religion. Welcomed among chants of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', and 'Jai Shri Ram', the Prime Minister expressed his…

05/23/2022

Biden pushes economic, security aims as he ends South Korea visit

Seoul, May 22: US President Joe Biden tended to both business and security interests Sunday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to South Korea, first showcasing Hyundai’s pledge to invest at least $10 billion in the United States and later mingling with troops at a nearby military base. Biden’s…

05/22/2022

Modi-Biden talks beyond bilateral, will look at global issues: India

New Delhi, May 21: Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be assembly US President Joe Biden on Might 24 on the sidelines of the Quad leaders’ summit in Tokyo, India Saturday mentioned that the Quad cooperation is anchored in shared values and dedication to the ideas of democracy, worldwide…

05/21/2022

German parliament OKs 3 months of cheaper public transport

Berlin, May 20: Germany’s parliament has gave final clearance to a plan that will allow people to use local transport across the country for just 9 euros ($9.50) per month this summer, a plan that has drawn praise but also plenty of criticism. The government also plans a three-month cut…

05/20/2022

Indonesia to lift palm oil export ban from Monday -president

Jakarta, May 19: Indonesia will lift its palm oil export ban from Monday, May 23, following improvements in the domestic cooking oil supply situation, President Joko Widodo said on Thursday. The decision to lift the ban was taken despite the price of bulk cooking oil having not yet reached the…

05/19/2022

Sri Lanka’s ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa makes first appearance in Parliament since quitting as PM

Colombo, May 18: Sri Lanka’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday made his first appearance in Parliament since he was forced to resign as prime minister and take shelter in a navy camp under high security amidst violent protests against the economic crisis largely blamed on the Rajapaksas. Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76,…

05/18/2022

Sri Lankan Parliament defeats no-trust motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo, May 17: A no-confidence motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, in a comfortable win for the embattled President amidst nationwide protests demanding his resignation due to the country’s worst-ever economic crisis. The motion by Opposition Tamil National Alliance…

05/17/2022

10 dead in Buffalo supermarket attack at New York

New York, May 15: A teenage gunman entranced by a white supremacist ideology known as replacement theory opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday, methodically shooting and killing 10 people and injuring three more, almost all of them Black, in one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent…

05/15/2022

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes UAE’s president

Dubai, May 14: Rulers in the United Arab Emirates announced Saturday that they appointed Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the president of this hereditarily ruled nation on the Arabian Peninsula. The state-run WAM news agency said the rulers of the country’s seven sheikhdoms made the decision at a meeting. It…

05/14/2022

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM of crisis-hit Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 12: Five-time former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been reappointed for a sixth time in an effort to bring stability to his country amid a political and economic crisis that has engulfed the island nation. Wickremesinghe, 73, took his oath before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a…

05/12/2022

India refutes speculative media reports on sending troops to Lanka: Indian mission

Colombo, May 11: The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka on Wednesday categorically refuted speculative media reports about New Delhi sending its troops to Colombo, saying India is fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery. The denial from the Indian mission came a day after it refuted as…

05/11/2022

Marcos Jr. won Philippine presidency, unofficial count shows

Manila, May 10:  The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos appeared to have been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 “People Power” pro-democracy revolt that booted his father into global infamy. Marcos Jr. had more than 30.5 million votes in the…

05/10/2022

Mahinda Rajapaksa steps down as Sri Lankan Prime Minister; ruling party MP killed in clashes

Colombo, May 9: Following anti-government protests across the island nation, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly resigned on Monday. This comes days after President Gotbaya Rajapaksa in a special meeting requested the PM to step down as a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the country. Now…

05/09/2022

17 Hindu refugees from Pak granted Indian citizenship

New Delhi, May 9: Indian citizenship has been conferred to 17 Hindu refugees from Pakistan by Ahmedabad Collector Sandip Sagale, said an official release Saturday. The Collector also held a dialogue with the refugees. According to the Indian Media, The refugees, in turn, thanked the Ahmedabad district administration for showing…

05/09/2022

S Korea’s next leader faces escalating N Korean threat

Seoul, May 8: During his election campaign, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol had tough words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would teach his rival some manners and sternly deal with his provocative missile tests with a strengthened alliance with the United States. But as he…

05/08/2022

Taliban announce women must cover faces in public, say burqa is best

Kabul, May 7: The Taliban on Saturday ruled Afghan women must cover their faces, according to a decree from the group’s supreme leader, an escalation of growing restrictions on women in public that is drawing a backlash from the international community and many Afghans. A spokesman for the Ministry for the…

05/07/2022

Sri Lanka Under State Of Emergency Again Amid Its Worst Economic Crisis

Colombo, May 7: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared a state of emergency giving security forces sweeping powers for the second time in five weeks to deal with escalating anti-government protests. A spokesman for the President said he invoked the tough laws to "ensure public order" after trade…

05/07/2022

Building collapse in China’s Changsha kills 53

Beijing, May 6: A building collapse one week ago in central China killed 53 people, state media reported Friday as the search of the large pile of debris ended after rescuers found 10 survivors. Authorities said at a news conference that all the missing had been accounted for as of…

05/06/2022

Indian PM Modi discusses Ukraine with Nordic leaders, meets Macron in Paris

New Delhi, May 5: Underlining the “shared values of freedom and democracy and rules-based order” with Nordic nations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the state of affairs in Ukraine with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland on the second India-Nordic summit in Copenhagen Wednesday. According to the…

05/05/2022

North Korea fires ballistic missile as South prepares for new president

Seoul,  May 4: North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea and Japan said, about a week after Pyongyang vowed to develop its nuclear forces “at the fastest possible speed”. The North’s 14th known weapons test this year comes days before…

05/04/2022

We have appealed for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, says Indian PM Modi in Denmark

  New Delhi, May 3: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that India has appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. He made the statement at a press conference following his arrival in Denmark as a part of the second leg of his three-nation Europe trip. PM Modi was…

05/03/2022

"My Europe Visit Comes At A Time When...": Indian PM Modi On 3-Nation Trip

New Delhi, May 2: Ahead of his visit to Germany, Denmark and France, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his trip to Europe comes at a time when the region faces many challenges and choices, and that he intends to strengthen the spirit of cooperation with India's European…

05/02/2022

Covid’s new Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity from past infection: Study

Johannesburg, May 1: Two new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant can dodge antibodies from earlier infection, as per a new study. This may trigger a new wave, but the sub-lineages are far less able to thrive in the blood of vaccinated people. The scientists from multiple institutions were examining Omicron’s BA.4…

05/01/2022

Powerful explosion at Kabul mosque kills at least 10 people

Kabul, Apr. 29: A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20, a Taliban spokesman said. Hundreds of worshippers had gathered for prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramdan and the…

04/29/2022

Biden to meet PM Modi at Quad summit in Tokyo next month: White House

Washington, Apr. 28: US President Joe Biden will travel to South Korea and Japan next month and attend the QUAD summit in Tokyo, during which he will also meet India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House has said. Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan has been scheduled for…

04/28/2022

Sri Lankan court orders arrest of police officers over death of protester in shootout

Colombo, Apr. 27: A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of police officers involved in the death of a protester after the police opened fire at unarmed anti-government protestors demonstrating against the fuel price hike in southwestern region of Rambukkana. A 41-year-old father of two was killed and…

04/27/2022

India approves two Covid vaccines for children under 12

Bengaluru, Apr. 26: India has approved two homegrown vaccines for children under the age of 12 amid a slight rise in Covid cases. Covaxin, made by Bharat Biotech, has been granted emergency use permission for the six-12 age group, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted. It is already administered to children…

04/26/2022

India thanks Oman on release of seven Indian sailors in Yemen

New Delhi, Apr. 26: India on Monday thanked Oman and other concerned parties for the release of seven Indian sailors who were in detention of the Houthis in Yemen since January 2. The Indians were among 14 foreigners released from the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Sunday. The Ministry…

04/26/2022

Indian PM Modi Tells Kashmir valley youth: ‘You won’t suffer way your parents did’

Samba, Apr. 25: Inaugurating a string of projects in Jammu and Kashmir as part of a strong infrastructure push, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured the youth of Kashmir Valley that they “will never face the kind of sufferings” their parents and grandparents faced in the past. The newly…

04/25/2022

At least 12 dead, another 10 missing as four migrant boats sink off Tunisia

Tunis, Apr. 24: At least 12 African migrants died and another 10 were missing after four boats carrying 120 migrants sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a security official told Reuters on Saturday. Ali Aayari, a lieutenant colonel in the Tunisian Coast Guard, added…

04/24/2022

Modi "Intervened Several Times With Putin": Boris Johnson

New Delhi, Apr. 23: India has been pushing for peace in Ukraine and wants the Russians out of that country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday after holding wide-ranging talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. At a press conference, Johnson said Indian PM Modi has been "very…

04/23/2022

Korean leaders exchange friendly letters in rare break from tensions

Seoul, Apr. 22: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has exchanged letters with outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in and thanked him for trying to improve relations, state media KCNA reported on Friday, amid tension over Pyongyang’s weapons tests. The exchange of letters came against a backdrop of strained cross-border…

04/22/2022

Indian PM Modi: Ayush visa will be introduced for foreigners who want to come to India for traditional treatments

Gandhinagar, Apr. 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday that the Centre would soon introduce a special Ayush visa category for foreign nationals who want to come to India to take advantage of traditional medicine, as part of initiatives to promote medical tourism. “With this visa, it will make travel…

04/20/2022

South Africa launches relief for Durban flooding; 443 dead

Johannesburg, Apr. 20: Declaring a national state of disaster, South Africa has allocated $67 million to help those hit by floods that have killed at least 443 people in the eastern city of Durban and the surrounding Kwazulu-Natal province. Nearly 4,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 40,000 people…

04/20/2022

US CDC lifts Covid ‘Do Not Travel’ recommendations on about 90 countries

Washington, Apr. 19: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it had dropped its “Do Not Travel” COVID-19 recommendations for about 90 international destinations. Last week, the CDC said it was revising its travel recommendations and said it would its reserve Level 4 travel health notices…

04/19/2022

Germany in a dilemma amid calls to do more to stop Russia

Berlin, Apr. 18: Earlier this month in Hamburg, Halyna Yanchenko, a 33-year-old member of Ukraine’s Parliament, spoke via video link from Kyiv at a panel discussion about Europe after Putin’s war on Ukraine. Among others on the panel, which included international experts, was a high profile German politician. Wolfgang Schmidt,…

04/18/2022

Seek meaningful talks with India, peaceful ties: Shehbaz to Modi

New Delhi, Apr. 17: Looking for “peaceable and cooperative” ties with India, Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying this may be achieved by way of “significant dialogue”. The Sunday Specific has learnt that in a letter acquired Saturday, Sharif additionally mentioned…

04/17/2022

Russia says flagship of Black Sea fleet badly damaged by blast

Moscow, Apr. 14: Russia on Thursday said the flagship of its Black Sea fleet was seriously damaged and its crew evacuated following a fire that caused an explosion, as a Ukrainian official said the vessel had been hit by missiles. The incident on the Moskva missile cruiser occurred after ammunition…

04/14/2022

Brooklyn subway shooting: Police focus on van renter in NYC subway shooting that injured at least 20

New York, Apr. 13: Police mounted an intense manhunt Tuesday for a gunman who set off two smoke bombs and opened fire in a New York subway car, injuring at least 20 people in a morning rush-hour attack that prompted new calls to fight a surge of violence in the…

04/13/2022

Shehbaz Sharif elected new prime minister of Pakistan

Islamabad, Apr. 11: Shehbaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president, was elected unopposed as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan by Parliament on Monday after rival candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party will boycott the voting and staged a walkout. Shehbaz, 70, was the only…

04/11/2022

Pak PM loses midnight trust vote after SC prod: Imran Khan goes, kicking & screaming

Islamabad, Apr. 10: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan lost power late on Saturday night, voted out by parliament in a test of strength that the Speaker had stalled all day. The motion was taken up after Pakistan’s Supreme Court prepared to step in to enforce compliance of its April 7 order…

04/10/2022

Europe agrees to ban Russian coal, but struggles on oil, gas

Brussels, Apr. 9: The European Union nations have agreed to ban Russian coal in the first sanctions on the vital energy industry over the war in Ukraine, but it has underlined the 27 countries’ inability to agree so far on a much more sweeping embargo on oil and natural gas…

04/09/2022

UK Opposition questions Rishi Sunak over wife Akshata Murty’s tax status

London, Apr. 8: The UK Opposition has questioned the non-domicile tax status of India-born Akshata Murty, daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, and demanded an urgent explanation from her husband –UK chancellor Rishi sunak. A non-domicile status means Murty, who owns shares in Infosys, is not legally bound to pay…

04/08/2022

Heavy rains in Sydney flood downtown streets, trigger evacuations

Sydney, Apr. 7: Torrential rain pummelled Australia’s east coast on Thursday with Sydney receiving nearly a month’s rain overnight, turning suburban roads into rivers and triggering evacuations as authorities warn of more rain through the day. A man swept away by floodwaters in the city’s northwest was rescued by emergency…

04/07/2022

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revokes state of Emergency

Colombo, Apr. 6: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa late Tuesday night revoked the state of Emergency with immediate effect on his island nation. In a gazette notification number 2274/10, the President said he has withdrawn the Emergency rule ordinance which gave security forces sweeping powers to curb any disturbance in…

04/06/2022

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis : Amid protests, govt imposes 36-hour curfew across country

Colombo, Apr. 3: Amid protests over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, Sri Lanka government has imposed a curfew across the country from Saturday 6pm to Monday 6 am, Reuters reported. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also declared a nationwide public emergency late on Friday. The President invoked tough…

04/03/2022

Yemen’s warring parties agree two-month truce in major breakthrough

Aden, Apr. 2: The warring sides in Yemen’s seven-year conflict have for the first time in years agreed a nationwide truce, which would also allow fuel imports into Houthi-held areas and some flights operating from Sanaa airport, the UN envoy said on Friday. The UN-brokered deal between a Saudi-led coalition and…

04/02/2022

‘India in favour of resolving disputes via diplomacy’: Jaishankar during meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

New Delhi, Apr. 1: Acknowledging that the meeting between the Indian and Russian Foreign Ministers were taking place in a “difficult international environment”, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar said New Delhi has “always been in favour of resolving differences and disputes through dialogue and diplomacy”. According to the Indian Media,…

04/01/2022

US intelligence suggests that Putin’s advisers misinformed him on Ukraine

Washington, Mar. 31: President Vladimir Putin of Russia has been misinformed by his advisers about the Russian military’s struggles in Ukraine, according to declassified U.S. intelligence. The intelligence, according to multiple U.S. officials, shows what appears to be growing tension between Putin and the Ministry of Defense, including with Russian…

03/31/2022

Joe Biden unconvinced of Russia’s promise to scale back operations in Kyiv

Washington, Mar. 30: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he wasn’t yet convinced that Russia’s announcement that it would scale back military operations near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv will lead to a fundamental shift in the war. Biden, during an appearance with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong following…

03/30/2022

India, Sri Lanka must collectively combat terrorism, violent extremism, cyber-attacks: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Mar. 29: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday participated in the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo, where he emphasized India’s commitment to intensify and expand cooperation in connectivity, energy and maritime. “Participated at the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo today. Thank FM Prof. G.L. Peiris…

03/29/2022

Kremlin says Russia-Ukraine talks could start in Turkey on Tuesday

Moscow, Mar. 28: The Kremlin said on Monday that peace talks between Russia and Ukraine may get underway in Turkey on Tuesday and said it was important that the talks would be held face-to-face despite scant progress in negotiations so far. Turkey said the talks could begin as early as…

03/28/2022

Rocket attacks hit Ukraine’s Lviv as Biden visits Poland

Lviv, Mar. 27: Russian rockets struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday while US President Joe Biden visited neighbouring Poland, a reminder that Moscow is willing to strike anywhere in Ukraine despite its claim to be focusing its offensive on the country’s east. The back-to-back airstrikes shook the city that…

03/27/2022

US President Biden meets Ukrainian foreign, defence ministers in Warsaw

Washington, Mar. 26: US President Joe Biden met the Ukrainian foreign and defence ministers at the Marriott Hotel in central Warsaw in his first talks with top Kyiv officials since Russia’s invasion began, news agency AFP reported. Biden is due to give a speech in the late afternoon on Saturday…

03/26/2022

300 feared dead in Mariupol theatre bombing; Ukrainian forces advance east of Kyiv as Russians fall back

Kyiv, Mar. 25: As many as 300 people are feared dead in the bombing of a theater in the Ukraine city of Mariupol last week, reported news agency AFP quoting local authorities. “From eyewitnesses, information is emerging that about 300 people died in the Drama Theatre of Mariupol following strikes by…

03/25/2022

Indian Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in US ahead of key UNGA meet on Ukraine

New Delhi, Mar. 24: Indian Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has embarked on an unannounced visit to New York ahead of a crucial special emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday that will take up a draft resolution seeking condemnation of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine. India’s…

03/24/2022

Modi speaks to Boris Johnson, reiterates India’s appeal for cessation of hostilities

New Delhi, Mar. 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday about the situation unfolding in war-torn Ukraine. According to the Indian Media, During their discussion, PM Modi reiterated India’s consistent appeal for cessation of hostilities and a return to the path of…

03/23/2022

With 41 new cases Coronavirus national tally reaches 978,196

Kathmandu, Mar. 21: The Ministry of Health and Population informed 41 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. With this, the national coronavirus tally has reached 978,196.  According to the Ministry, 41 persons tested positive for the coronavirus at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours.

03/21/2022

At Warsaw Central, a city welcomes war refugees, a Putin dartboard provides some relief

Warsaw, Mar. 21: It’s Day 25 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and amid one other spherical of talks for an elusive truce — this time, it’s Turkey claiming some frequent floor — the buses hold coming. Bringing fleeing youngsters, ladies and aged males. Hungry and drained, carrying no matter…

03/21/2022

Japan PM's India Visit: Kishida Announces $42 Billion Investment In India, Discusses Ukraine With Modi

New Delhi, Mar. 20: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on Saturday announced an investment of up to $42 billion (5 trillion Yen) in India over next five years. According to the Indian Media, During the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held "productive" talks with Kishida on a…

03/20/2022

Putin appears at big rally in Moscow; Zelenskyy says it is time for meaningful security talks

Moscow, Mar. 19: Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a packed Moscow stadium Friday and lavished praise on his troops fighting in Ukraine, three weeks into the invasion that has led to heavier-than-expected Russian losses on the battlefield and increasingly authoritarian rule at home. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President…

03/19/2022

Russian court fines woman for anti-war protest on state TV

London, Mar. 16: A Russian court fined a woman 30,000 roubles ($280) on Tuesday after finding her guilty of flouting protest legislation when she interrupted a live news bulletin on state TV and denounced the war in Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported. Marina Ovsyannikova, a Channel One employee, held…

03/16/2022

India has substantial dealings with both Russia & Ukraine, assessment in this regard by the Govt underway: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Mar. 15: Reiterating India’s position at the UN Security Council, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said there is no other choice but the path of diplomacy and dialogue and the need for respect for territorial integrity. He underlined that the Ukraine conflict has major economic implications where…

03/15/2022

5 Indian students killed in Canada road accident; Jaishankar offers condolences

Toronto, Mar. 14: In a tragic incident, five Indian students have been killed here in a road accident in Canada’s Ontario, Canadian police said. The Canadian Press reported that the incident, between a van and a tractor trailer, took place on Saturday on Highway 401 in the Quinte West city…

03/14/2022

Saudi Arabia puts 81 to death in its largest mass execution

Dubai, Mar. 13: Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history. The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for…

03/13/2022

Russian rockets destroy airfield near Kyiv; Ukraine says mosque housing 80 civilians shelled in Mariupol

Kyiv, Mar. 12: In two separate incidents, Russian rocket attacks destroyed an airfield in Vasylkiv in Kyiv region and a mosque housing 80 civilians was shelled in Mariupol, news agencies Reuters and AFP reported Saturday. This comes as British intelligence agencies warned Ukraine of the intensifying Russian offensive. Ukrainian President…

03/12/2022

US Senate gives final approval to Ukraine aid, huge budget bill

Washington, Mar. 11: A USD 13.6 billion emergency package of military and humanitarian aid for besieged Ukraine and its European allies easily won final congressional approval Thursday, hitching a ride on a government-wide spending bill that’s five months late but loaded with political prizes for both parties. With Russian President Vladimir…

03/11/2022

South Korea elects conservative outsider as president in tectonic shift

Seoul, Mar. 11: Conservative South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol rode to victory in a tight presidential election on a wave of discontent over economic policy, scandals and gender wars, reshaping the political future of Asia’s fourth-largest economy. His victory in Wednesday’s bitterly fought election marks a stunning turnaround for…

03/11/2022

Indonesia’s Merapi volcano unleashes lava, hundreds evacuate

Yogyakarta, Mar. 10: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds in eruptions overnight Thursday that forced about 250 residents to flee to temporary shelters and left ash blanketing nearby villages and towns. No casualties were reported. The volcano on the densely populated island of Java unleashed clouds of…

03/10/2022

Poland ready to place all its MIG-29 jets at the disposal of US

Warsaw, Mar. 9: Poland is ready to deploy all its MIG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and put them at the disposal of the United States, and urges other NATO members that own planes of that type to do the same, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. US…

03/09/2022

Suspected ‘9/11 hijacker’ released from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Washington, Mar. 8: A Saudi prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre who was suspected of trying to join the 9/11 hijackers has been sent back to his home country for treatment for mental illness, the Department of Defense said. Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown back to Saudi Arabia, to…

03/08/2022

Indian PM Modi speaks with Russia’s Putin, calls for safe evacuation of Indians in Ukraine’s Sumy

New Delhi, Mar. 7: For the third time since the conflict in Ukraine began last month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin and conveyed to him the importance of the safe evacuation of Indian citizens from war-torn country’s Sumy city at the earliest, official sources…

03/07/2022

Russian forces widen offensive after Ukraine partial ceasefire collapses

Moscow, Mar. 6: Russia’s defence ministry said late on Saturday that it has resumed “offensive actions” in Ukraine after announcing a ceasefire earlier in the day to allow residents of two besieged cities to evacuate. The ministry also said that Russian forces in a wide offensive in Ukraine have taken…

03/06/2022

Russian forces near Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear facility, warns US official

Kyiv, Mar. 5: Russian forces closing in on Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear facility, and is currently only 32 km away from it, said United States ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Her comments followed news that Russia had, on Friday, seized Euroe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine President…

03/05/2022

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on fire after Russian shelling, says Ukraine minister

Kyiv, Mar. 4: A spokesman for Europe’s largest nuclear plant said the facility is on fire after Russia attacked the power station in the southern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar. The fire broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine and the Russian army was shelling it from all…

03/04/2022

ICC prosecutor to probe potential war crimes in Ukraine

The Hague, Mar. 3: The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor opened an investigation Wednesday into possible war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide in Ukraine dating back to 2013, but also covering the conflict sparked by Russia’s invasion. Prosecutor Karim Khan said he launched the probe after 39 of the court’s…

03/03/2022

Putin met wall of strength, says Joe Biden in State of Union address

Washington, Mar. 2: US President Joe Biden vowed to make Vladimir Putin “pay a price” for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his first State of the Union address. Russian forces escalated their attacks on crowded urban areas Tuesday, bombarding the central square in Ukraine’s second-biggest city and Kyiv’s main TV tower…

03/02/2022

After a fumbled start, Russian forces hit harder in Ukraine

Brussels, Mar. 1: When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine with nearly 200,000 troops, many observers — and seemingly President Vladimir Putin himself — expected that the force would roll right in and the fighting would be over quickly. Instead, after five days of war, what appears to be unfolding…

03/01/2022

Ukraine agrees to hold talks with Russia; UN to hold emergency meet

Kyiv, Feb. 28: President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine agreed on Sunday to have Ukrainian officials take part in talks with Russia “without preconditions,” even as President Vladimir Putin further escalated tensions by placing his nuclear forces on alert. “We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation…

02/28/2022

Ukraine president Zelenskyy speaks with PM Modi, seeks India’s political support at UNSC

Kyiv, Feb. 27: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought India’s political support at the UN Security Council to stop Russia’s military offensive against his country. President Zelenskyy’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Modi came hours after India abstained on a UN…

02/27/2022

Russian forces close in on Kyiv; Moscow vetoes UNSC resolution on Ukraine attack

Kyiv, Feb. 26: Invading Russian forces closed in on Ukraine’s capital Friday, in an apparent encircling movement after a barrage of airstrikes on cities and military bases around the country. With growing signs that Russia aims to overthrow him, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told European Union leaders in a video link-up…

02/26/2022

Ukraine says 137 civilians, soldiers killed; president says ‘left alone’ to fight Moscow

Kyiv, Feb. 25: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 137 people, including 10 military officers, have been killed and 316 people injured so far in the Russian invasion. The dead included all border guards on the Zmiinyi Island in the Odesa region, which was taken over by Russians. Zelenskyy said Kyiv…

02/25/2022

India-US partnership critical to vaccinating world against Covid-19: Envoy Sandhu

Washington, Feb. 23: The partnership between India and the US in the healthcare sector is critical to vaccinating the world against the coronavirus, India’s Ambassador here Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.   According to the Indian Media, Observing that vaccinating the world must be the priority strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic, Sandhu on…

02/23/2022

India tells diplomats’ kin, other nationals to leave Ukraine

New Delhi, Feb. 21: Striking a note of urgency, India Sunday asked the family members of Embassy officials in Ukraine as well as students and citizens whose stay is not vital to leave the eastern European nation amid its rising tensions with Russia. According to the Indian Media, The directions…

02/21/2022

Storm Eunice batters Europe, killing at least 9

London, Feb. 19: An Atlantic storm battered northwestern European on Friday with record winds of up to 122 miles per hour, killing at least nine people, knocking out power for tens of thousands and shredding the roof of London’s O2 arena. Storm Eunice, which brewed in the central Atlantic and…

02/19/2022

Police warn Canada protesters of ‘imminent’ action to clear them

Ottawa, Feb. 18: Police warned protesters occupying central Ottawa of “imminent” action to clear them from the capital and began making some arrests on Thursday to end a crisis that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned was threatening public safety. Truckers opposing coronavirus mandates have blocked roads in downtown Ottawa for nearly…

02/18/2022

No Ukraine attack 'in the coming month' says Russia's EU ambassador

London, Feb. 16: Russia's envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov, has rejected suggestions that his country is about to attack Ukraine. The New York Times cited a US intelligence source as saying that Moscow was discussing this Wednesday (February 16) as a date for military action in Ukraine, which Chizhov denied in…

02/16/2022

Justin Trudeau plans record number of immigrants to Canada through 2024

Ottawa, Feb. 15: Canada, a country that relies heavily on immigration to grow its labour force, has set an ambitious plan to bring in more than 1.3 million newcomers over the next three years to support its post-pandemic growth. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government aims to add more than 431,000…

02/15/2022

India’s homegrown mRNA Covid vaccine: Human trials over; data to be sent to regulator

Pune, Feb. 15: PHASE 2/3 human trials of the country’s first homegrown mRNA vaccine developed by Pune-based Gennova Biopharmaceuticals have been completed and the firm is in the process of submitting data to the national regulatory authority. Plans are also afoot to test the vaccine in the paediatric population initially…

02/15/2022

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asks for evidence on new invasion warnings

Moscow, Feb. 14: Ukraine’s president played down intensified warnings of a possible Russian invasion within days, saying he had yet to see convincing evidence even as the US warned Sunday of more Russian troops pressing closer to Ukraine’s borders and some airlines canceled or diverted flights there. The White House…

02/14/2022

Key bridge to US remains closed as Canada police clear protesters

Windsor, Feb. 14: Canadian police cleared protesters and vehicles that had blocked a vital trade route on the border with the United States, making some arrests, but the bridge was not yet open to traffic on Sunday. The officers moved in after a tense standoff between Canadian police and demonstrators since…

02/14/2022

India faces ‘very significant challenges’, especially from China, says White House

Washington, Feb. 13: India is beset with significant geopolitical challenges, in particular from China and its behaviour on the Line of Actual Control, the White House has said, while releasing its Indo-Pacific Strategic Report. The strategic report, released on Friday, is the US President Joe Biden-led administration’s first region-specific report.…

02/13/2022

US pulls most diplomats from Ukraine as tensions mount

Kyiv, Feb. 13: President Joe Biden warned President Vladimir Putin of Russia that invading Ukraine would result in “swift and severe” costs to Russia, diminish his country’s standing and cause “widespread human suffering,” the White House said Saturday as Western officials made a forceful diplomatic push to dissuade Putin from…

02/13/2022

Taliban free detained UNHCR staff, 2 foreign journalists

Kabul, Feb. 12: The Taliban released two foreign journalists working with the UN refugee agency and several of the aid organisation’s Afghan staff on Friday, UNHCR said, hours after news broke about their detentions in the capital, Kabul. The announcement followed a tweet by the Taliban-appointed deputy minister of culture…

02/12/2022

France to get 6 new reactors as Macron bets on nuclear in carbon-neutrality push

Paris, Feb. 11: France will build at least six new nuclear reactors in the decades to come, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, placing nuclear power at the heart of his country’s drive for carbon neutrality by 2050. Macron said the new plants would be built and operated by state-controlled energy…

02/11/2022

Police arrest convoy protesters at New Zealand’s Parliament

Wellington, Feb. 10: Police on Thursday began arresting dozens of protesters who were camped out on the grounds of New Zealand’s Parliament on the third day of a convoy protest against coronavirus mandates. The arrests came after Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard took the rare step of closing the grounds. Police…

02/10/2022

Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, whisked off school event after bomb threat

Washington, Feb. 9: Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was whisked out of an event Tuesday at a Washington high school by Secret Service agents following a bomb threat.   Emhoff was at Dunbar High School to help commemorate Black History Month and was in the school’s…

02/09/2022

Hyundai row: South Korean foreign minister calls up Indian EAM Jaishankar, says ‘regret the offence’

New Delhi, Feb. 8: Days after car manufacturer Hyundai’s Pakistan offshoot tweeted about “remembering the sacrifices” of people in Kashmir and asked for people to stand in support as these people continued to “struggle for freedom”, South Korean Foreign minister Chung Eui-yong called up External Affairs minister of India S…

02/08/2022

US approves $100 million sale to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system

Washington, Feb. 8: The United States has approved a possible $100 million sale of equipment and services to Taiwan to “sustain, maintain, and improve” the Patriot missile defense system used by the self-ruled island claimed by China, the Pentagon said on Monday. A statement from the US Defense Security Cooperation…

02/08/2022

Top Biden aide says Ukraine invasion could come ‘any day’

Wilmington, Feb. 7: White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine “any day,” launching a conflict that would come at an “enormous human cost.” The senior adviser to President Joe Biden offered another stark warning the day after U.S. officials confirmed that Russia has…

02/07/2022

Minneapolis police release video of fatal shooting of Black man during raid

Washington, Feb. 5: Minneapolis police fatally shot a 22-year-old Black man during a raid on an apartment on Wednesday, newly released video recorded by a police body camera showed.   The Minneapolis Police Department released the video and a still image on Thursday showing the man, Amir Locke, holding a…

02/05/2022

US says it stands with India against Chinese aggression

Washington, Feb. 4: The United States has asserted that it stands with India against Chinese aggression, as several lawmakers slammed China for choosing a PLA soldier, who was part of the military command that attacked Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in 2020, as a torchbearer for the Beijing Winter…

02/04/2022

Kim Jong Un’s wife makes a rare public appearance in North Korea

Seoul, Feb. 3: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife and influential aunt made a rare appearance in state media on Wednesday, as the ruling family has maintained a low profile during the coronavirus pandemic.   Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, and his aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, attended an art performance at…

02/03/2022

At UNSC meet on Ukraine, India walks the tightrope

New Delhi, Feb. 1: On a day when a senior Russian official visited India and met his counterparts in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi on Monday played a tightrope walk with a slight tilt towards the Russian position at a meeting of the UN Security Council on…

02/01/2022

North Korea confirms test of missile capable of striking US territory Guam

Seoul, Jan. 31: North Korea confirmed Monday it test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of reaching the US territory of Guam, the North’s most significant weapon launch in years, as Washington plans to show its commitment to its Asian allies with an unspecified move.   Sunday’s launch could be a…

01/31/2022

Germany, Denmark pounded by intense storm

London, Jan. 30: Storm Malik struck the UK, Denmark, northern Poland and Germany, killing at least four people. An intense storm continued to pound northern Europe early Sunday, causing coastal surges and forcing public transport to be canceled. The storm system, which is known as Nadia in Germany and Malik…

01/30/2022

Biden calls Ukrainian president; commits to supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity

Washington, Jan. 28: US President Joe Biden spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy to reaffirm his commitment towards the sovereignty and territorial integrity of his country, as his administration mounted a global pressure campaign against Russia to prevent it from invading Ukraine.   “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke…

01/28/2022

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

London, Jan. 27: Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalisations.   From Thursday, face coverings are no longer required by law anywhere in England, and a legal requirement for COVID passes for…

01/27/2022

Burkina Faso army deposes president in West Africa’s latest coup

Ouagadougou, Jan. 25: Burkina Faso’s army said on Monday it had ousted President Roch Kabore, suspended the constitution, dissolved the government and the national assembly, and closed the country’s borders.   The announcement cited the deterioration of the security situation and what the army described as Kabore’s inability to unite…

01/25/2022

Ukraine receives second batch of US weapons in Russian stand-off

Washington, Jan. 24: Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Sunday the country had received a second consignment of weapons from the United States as part of defensive aid totalling $200 million.   Washington has said it would continue to support Ukraine amid concerns in Kyiv and among its Western allies…

01/24/2022

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

London, Jan. 23: The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate.   Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian party Nashi, which currently has no seats in…

01/23/2022

NYC police officer killed, 2nd critical in Harlem shooting

New York, Jan. 22: A New York City police officer lay in a hospital Saturday after being critically wounded in a shooting in a Harlem apartment that left a fellow officer dead, authorities said.   The man who shot them with a stolen gun was also in critical condition, wounded…

01/22/2022

‘They’re innocent people’: Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

London, Jan. 21: A British man who held four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and free the captives, a recording of the conversation shows.   In the expletive-filled recording posted on…

01/21/2022

Joe Biden says nation weary from Covid-19 but US in a better place

Washington, Jan. 20: US President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the pandemic has left Americans exhausted and demoralized but insisted at a news conference marking his first year in office that he has “outperformed” expectations in dealing with it.   Facing sagging poll numbers and a stalled legislative agenda, Biden…

01/20/2022

Debt crisis looms, Lanka Prez vows rights reforms

Colombo, Jan. 19: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday promised human rights reforms and “justice” for missing persons from the country's civil war, after years of resisting calls for such measures. Rajapaksa was speaking before a new session of Parliament as the Sri Lankan Government looks for international support…

01/19/2022

US bald eagles comeback diminished by lead poisoning from bullets

New York, Jan. 17: Bald eagles have lifted themselves from the brink of extinction in the United States but deaths caused by lead poisoning from ingesting hunters’ bullets left in wildlife remains are holding back their population recovery, scientists say.   Population increases of the majestic bird recognized as the…

01/17/2022

Texas synagogue attack: One of four hostages released unharmed

Texas, Jan. 16: Authorities said a man took hostages Saturday during services at a Texas synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill US Army officers in Afghanistan.   At least four…

01/16/2022

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19

Kathmandu, Jan. 15: The drug baricitinib (a type of drug known as a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis) is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids, says a WHO Guideline Development Group of international experts in peer reviewed journal…

01/15/2022

Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s capital; no tsunami alert

Jakarta, Jan. 14: A powerful earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Friday, causing buildings in the capital to sway, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. Officials said there was no danger of a tsunami.   The U.S. Geological Survey said the…

01/15/2022

Russia-led bloc starts Kazakhstan pullout after possible coup bid crushed

Almaty, Jan. 14: A Russia-led military bloc began pulling out from Kazakhstan on Thursday after a week-long deployment amid an explosion of unrest during which authorities in the Central Asian nation said the former security chief was suspected of attempting a coup.   Russia said the withdrawal of the troops…

01/14/2022

Biden imposes first sanctions over North Korea weapons program after missile tests

Washington, Jan, 13: The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions over North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week. The sanctions targeted six North Koreans, one Russian and a Russian firm Washington said were responsible for procuring goods for…

01/13/2022

Afghanistan’s China envoy leaves after months without pay

Beijing, Jan. 12: Afghanistan's ambassador to China, Javid Ahmad Qaem, left his post earlier in January after months without pay from Kabul, following the Taliban’s seizure of power, he said on Twitter.   In a handover letter dated Jan 1, also posted on Twitter, Qaem said that many diplomats at…

01/12/2022

14th military meeting with China: India hopes for constructive dialogue

New Delhi, Jan. 11: India is looking towards a constructive dialogue in the upcoming 14th round of military discussions with China on Wednesday.   On Monday, sources in the security establishment said that the Indian side is “looking forward to constructive dialogue to resolve the balance [remaining] friction areas”. According…

01/11/2022

No concessions: Russia takes hard line before vital talks with U.S.

Moscow, Jan. 10: Russia said on Sunday it would not make any concessions under U.S. pressure at talks this week on the Ukraine crisis and its demands for Western security guarantees, and that there was a risk they might end quickly.   The hard line from Moscow underscored the fragile…

01/10/2022

Indian PM Modi chairs review meet; nearly 400 Parliament staffers test positive

New Delhi, Jan. 9: As the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 continues to fuel a surge in the infection count across the country, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a meeting through video conferencing to review the situation.   According to the Indian Media, Just ahead of the…

01/09/2022

India delivers two tonnes of medicines to Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jan. 8: India on Friday delivered two tonnes of essential medicines to Afghanistan, in what is the third consignment of humanitarian assistance to the country since Taliban took over the government in Kabul.   According to the Indian Media, After mid-August, when Kabul fell to the Taliban, India…

01/08/2022

India records first death due to Omicron variant of Covid-19

New Delhi, Jan. 5: India on Wednesday recorded the first death linked to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 after the samples of a man in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, who died last week, showed the presence of the variant.   Confirming the development, Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary of Indian Health Ministry, said: “Technically it…

01/05/2022

Navy captain becomes 1st woman to command US nuclear carrier

San Diego, Jan. 5: The USS Abraham Lincoln deployed this week from San Diego under the command of Capt Amy Bauernschmidt, the first woman to lead a nuclear carrier in US Navy history.   Bauernschmidt, who previously served as the Abraham Lincoln’s executive officer from 2016 to 2019, took over…

01/05/2022

Biden and Putin to speak on Thursday amid Ukraine tensions

Washington, Dec. 30: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak on Thursday, the White House said, as Washington crafts a common response to Russia’s military build-up on the Ukraine border with European allies. The two leaders will discuss a range of topics, including upcoming security talks between the…

12/30/2021

Indonesia to let Boeing 737 Max fly again after '18 crash

Jakarta, Dec. 29: Indonesia said on Wednesday it was lifting ban on Boeing's 737 Max aircraft, three years after one crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff killing all 189 persons on board. The Transportation Ministry said in a statement that the aircraft would be permitted to fly in…

12/29/2021

BBC journalist says he has left Russia for British exile

Moscow, Dec. 28: An investigative journalist for the BBC’s Russian-language service in Moscow said in a video released on Monday that he had felt compelled to leave Russia for self-imposed exile in Britain due to what he called unprecedented surveillance.   Russian authorities designated Andrei Zakharov a “foreign agent” in…

12/28/2021

In abortion rights debate, Joe Biden doesn’t often use the word

Washington, Dec. 27: US President Joe Biden insists that he strongly believes in the rights spelled out in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that are now under the most dire threat in decades. But he barely even uses the word “abortion” and when his administration has been asked…

12/27/2021

Greece: 13 dead, others missing in new migrant boat accident

Athens, Dec. 25: At least 13 people died after a migrant boat capsized in the Aegean Sea late Friday, bringing to at least 27 the combined death toll from three accidents in as many days involving migrant boats in Greek waters.   The sinkings came as smugglers increasingly favour a…

12/25/2021

US authorizes Merck’s at-home antiviral COVID-19 pill

Washington, Dec. 24: The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized Merck & Co’s antiviral pill for Covid-19, after giving the go-ahead to a similar treatment from Pfizer Inc a day earlier.   Merck’s drug, molnupiravir, developed with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, was shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by around…

12/24/2021

Covid-19: China orders lockdown of up to 13 million people in Xi’an

Beijing, Dec. 23: China on Wednesday ordered the lockdown of as many as 13 million people in neighborhoods and workplaces in the northern city of Xi’an following a spike in coronavirus cases.   State media reported that city officials ordered all residents to stay home unless they had a pressing reason…

12/23/2021

Shringla visits Myanmar today in first outreach after coup

New Delhi, Dec. 22: In what is India’s first official outreach to Myanmar’s military-ruled regime, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay a two-day working visit to Myanmar on December 22 and 23. This will be his first visit to Myanmar since the coup in February this year.  …

12/22/2021

US records first death believed related to Omicron variant, media report

Washington, Dec. 21: Health officials in Texas said the state recorded the first death related to the Omicron Covid-19 variant, ABC News reported on Monday. It is believed to be the first known recorded Omicron death in the United States, ABC said in its report, citing Harris County health officials.   The victim…

12/21/2021

Islamic states’ meeting agrees to set up trust fund for Afghanistan

Islamabad, Dec. 20: A meeting of foreign ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation agreed on Sunday to establish a humanitarian trust fund to address the growing economic crisis in Afghanistan which has left millions facing hunger over the winter.   The fund will be set up under the Islamic…

12/20/2021

Only India-made equipment for our forces, US, Russia told: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Dec. 19: Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that India had conveyed to the US, Russia, France and many of its partner countries that military platforms and equipment required by the Indian armed forces had to be manufactured in the country. Referring to regional geopolitical…

12/19/2021

Explosion at Pakistan bank branch kills at least 15

Karachi, Dec. 19: At least 15 people were killed and 16 others injured in an explosion on Saturday at a bank branch in Karachi’s industrial area, police said.   A senior police officer said the blast at a branch of Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan’s largest lender, could have been caused…

12/19/2021

Pfizer study tests extra covid-19 vaccine dose for kids under 5 in setback

New York, Dec. 18: Pfizer said Friday it was changing plans and testing three doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in babies and preschoolers after the usual two shots didn’t appear strong enough for some of the children.   Pfizer announced the change after a preliminary analysis found 2- to 4-year-olds didn’t…

12/18/2021

EU leaders warns of sanctions with ‘massive cost’ if Russia invades Ukraine

Brussels, Dec. 17: The European Union is ready to impose sanctions with a “massive cost” for Russia if the Russian military invades Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. “Let there be no doubt. If Russia were to move against Ukraine, the Union will be in…

12/17/2021

UK Covid-19 cases hit record high for second day

London, Dec. 17: New cases of COVID-19 in Britain hit a record high for the second day running on Thursday, as England's Chief Medical Officer warned daily hospital admissions could also hit new peaks due to the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant. Britain reported 88,376 new infections, the highest since the start of the…

12/17/2021

UK records highest daily Covid cases since start of pandemic

London, Dec. 16: The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday as a senior British health chief said there could be a “staggering” rise in cases over the next few days.   A further 78,610 COVID-19 infections were reported, about 10,000 more than…

12/16/2021

Some forces out to spoil India-Nepal ties, says Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Dec. 15: Defence Minister of India  Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said "some forces" want to spoil India's ties with Nepal, but asserted the government would not allow that to happen at any cost. Addressing the ground breaking ceremony of "Sainya Dham" (martyrs memorial) here, he also said the…

12/15/2021

Vaccine effectiveness against severe COVID drops slightly, still ‘significant protection’-WHO

Geneva, Dec. 15: COVID-19 vaccines appear to have become slightly less effective in preventing severe disease and death but do provide “significant protection”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.   The Omicron variant first detected in South Africa and Hong Kong last month has now been reported by 77…

12/15/2021

Pfizer confirms Covid-19 pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Washington, Dec. 14: Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant.   The company also said full results of its 2,250-person study confirmed the pill’s promising early results against the virus: The drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89 per cent among high-risk…

12/14/2021

Indian PM Modi flags off new Kashi corridor as a bridge from past to future

Varanasi, Dec. 14: The Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor, which has revamped and renovated the temple premises and its link to the Ganges, is a testament to a resurgent nation bridging its ancient civilisation and modernity, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Monday after he inaugurated the Rs 339-crore project…

12/14/2021

Austria ends lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people

Vienna, Dec. 13: Austria ended lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people across most of the country on Sunday, three weeks after reimposing strict rules to combat a rising wave of coronavirus infections.   The rules, which vary by region within the country, largely allow for the reopening of theaters, museums and other…

12/13/2021

India looking at five Central Asian leaders as R-Day chief guests

New Delhi, Dec. 13: Delhi is working on plans to get leaders of five Central Asian countries, three of which share a border with Afghanistan, as chief guests for the Republic Day parade and celebrations on January 26, sources told.   According to the Indian Media Indian Express, An informal…

12/13/2021

Dozens dead as tornadoes, storms strike US states

Washington, Dec. 12: A monstrous tornado, carving a track that could rival the longest on record, ripped through the middle of the U.S. in a stormfront that killed dozens and tore apart a candle factory, crushed a nursing home, derailed a train and smashed an Amazon warehouse.   “I pray…

12/12/2021

Pakistani gunmen attack police guarding polio team, 1 killed

Peshawar, Dec. 11: Gunmen attacked two police providing security for polio vaccination workers in northwest Pakistan, shooting and killing one and wounding the other, officials said Saturday.   Mohammad Khurasani, spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility. It was the first attack since the TTP on…

12/12/2021

FDA expands Pfizer COVID booster, opens extra dose to age 16

Washington, Dec. 10: The US is expanding COVID-19 boosters, ruling that 16- and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine. The US and many other nations already were urging adults to get booster shots to pump up immunity that can wane months after vaccination, calls that intensified with the…

12/10/2021

Indian PM Modi, Rajnath likely to pay tributes to Rawat, others at Palam airport

New Delhi, Dec. 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay respects to CDS Bipin Rawat and other Armed Forces personnel, who were killed in the chopper crash in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor, at around 9 PM today. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and three Services…

12/09/2021

Gen Bipin Rawat chopper crash: General Bipin Rawat, wife among 13 killed

New Delhi, Dec. 8:  Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife were among 13 killed after an IAF chopper they were travelling in crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that General Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have…

12/08/2021

Gunman opens fire in Moscow services center, kills two people

Moscow, Dec. 8: A gunman opened fire in a Moscow government services center and killed two people Tuesday, reportedly after being told to put on a face mask, authorities and Russia media said. Four other people were wounded. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Twitter that a suspect was detained.…

12/08/2021

India, Russia sign 4 deals; New Delhi brings up China aggression

New Delhi, Dec. 7: India signed four agreements with Russia at the first 2+2 meeting between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries on Monday, and talks included the mention of Chinese aggression by New Delhi and the Covid-19 pandemic. Until now, India has held a 2+2 format of…

12/07/2021

Western countries express concern over Afghan reprisals, Taliban reject accusations

Berlin, Dec. 6: The United States and a group of Western countries including Germany, France and Britain have expressed concern over reported killings and disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August. In a joint statement issued over the weekend,…

12/06/2021

India developing indigenous anti-drone technology, forces will get it soon: Amit

New Delhi, Dec. 5: India is developing indigenous technology to thwart the growing threat of drones on the country’s borders and it will soon be made available to the security forces, Union Home Minister of India Amit Shah said Sunday. “The best technology available in the world will be given…

12/05/2021

Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

New York, Dec. 5: The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold – present in the same infected cells, according to researchers.…

12/05/2021

Armed man outside UN arrested after standoff, lockdown

New York, Dec, 3: The United Nations headquarters in New York City was locked down for several hours Thursday after a man was seen pacing outside one of its main gates with a loaded shotgun, holding it under his chin at times, police said. The man, who appeared to be…

12/03/2021

First known US Omicron case detected in California

Washington, Dec. 2: The United States on Wednesday identified its first known Covid case caused by the Omicron variant, discovered in a fully vaccinated patient in California who travelled to South Africa, as scientists continue to study the risks the new version could pose. Public health officials said the infected person,…

12/02/2021

Russia says some US embassy staff must leave in January

Moscow, Dec. 1: Russia said on Wednesday it was ordering U.S. embassy staff who have been in Moscow for more than three years to fly home by Jan. 31, a retaliatory move for what Moscow said was a U.S. decision to limit the terms of Russian diplomats. The step, the…

12/02/2021

Sweden’s first female premier returns days after quitting

Stockholm, Nov. 30: Sweden’s first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson was reappointed on Monday days after she quit amid political turmoil and jostling ahead of elections. Lawmakers narrowly elected her premier for the second time in less than a week after she set out plans for a minority government made…

11/30/2021

South Africa to remain on lowest lockdown level; calls for immediate end to travel ban

Johannesburg, Nov. 29: South Africa will remain on the lowest ‘Level One’ of its five-level lockdown strategy to fight the Covid-19 pandemic despite the global panic around the detection of the Omicron variant in the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday. Ramaphosa also called on more than 20 countries that have imposed travel…

11/29/2021

Dutch government apologizes for discredited transgender law

The Hague, Nov. 28: The Dutch government made a public apology Saturday for a now discredited and scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their gender on their birth certificate. “Nobody should have experienced what you have experienced. I am truly…

11/28/2021

US imposes travel ban from eight African countries over Omicron variant

Washington, Nov. 27: The United States will bar entry to most travelers from eight southern African countries starting on Monday, after a potentially more-contagious new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa, President Joe Biden said on Friday. The new variant, dubbed Omicron, poses a new challenge for Biden, who…

11/27/2021

India to resume international flights from December 15

New Delhi, Nov. 26: India will resume scheduled international flights from December 15 after the coronavirus-induced suspension, the Aviation Ministry informed on Friday. According to the Indian Media, The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry, in a statement, said the matter of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services has been examined in…

11/26/2021

Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 27 dead

Paris, Nov. 25: British and French officials traded blame on Wednesday after 27 migrants died when their dinghy deflated as they made a perilous crossing of the English Channel. The accident was the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the narrow seaway separating the two countries. The Channel is…

11/25/2021

India to release 5 million barrels of crude oil from strategic reserves to cool prices

New Delhi, Nov. 23: India will release 5 million barrels of crude oil from its emergency stockpile in tandem with the US, China, Japan, and other major economies to cool international oil prices, the government announced on Tuesday. This is the first time ever that India, which stores 5.33 million…

11/23/2021

White House says Joe Biden intends to run again in 2024

Washington, Nov. 23: U.S. US President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. Biden, 79, has suffered a dip in his job approval ratings in recent months, leading some Democrats to wonder whether he might not seek another four-year…

11/23/2021

India reaches out, leaders of Bimstec could attend Republic Day 2022

New Delhi, Nov. 22: Efforts are on to have leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) countries in New Delhi for the Republic Day celebrations next year, it is learnt. Besides India, the seven-nation subregional grouping includes Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal,…

11/22/2021

Thousands protest upcoming lockdown in Vienna

Vienna, Nov. 21: Thousands of protesters gathered in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country. The far-right opposition Freedom Party was among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions. Demonstrations…

11/21/2021

Two wounded as Dutch police fire shots at protest over new Covid-19 restrictions

Amsterdam, Nov. 20: Crowds of rioters in the port city of Rotterdam torched cars and threw rocks at police who responded with shots and water canon, as protests against Covid-19 measures turned violent on Friday night. “We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was…

11/20/2021

British Columbia deals with flooding as first troops arrive

Vancouver, Nov. 19: A team of Canadian soldiers was in British Columbia on Thursday to assess the needs of local authorities who are dealing with floods and mudslides that forced evacuations, blocked major highways, caused the death of at least one person and killed thousands of farm animals. British Columbia…

11/19/2021

India on China, month after frigid Round 13 of talks: ‘Both agree on ensuring stable ground, no untoward incident’

New Delhi, Nov. 18: More than a month since India and China hardened their position after making no headway within the thirteenth spherical of Corps Commander-level talks, diplomats from the 2 nations agreed Thursday on the “need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern…

11/18/2021

Biden and Xi agree to look at possible arms control talks: US advisor

Washington, Nov. 17: US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed at a virtual meeting to look into the possibility of arms control talks, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday. Biden and Xi agreed to “look to begin to carry forward discussion on strategic stability,”…

11/17/2021

Russian anti-satellite missile test endangers space station crew, says NASA

Washington, Nov. 16: A missile Russia fired into one of its own satellites in a weapons test on Monday generated an orbital debris field that endangered the International Space Station and will pose an ongoing hazard to space activities “for years to come,” US officials said. The seven-member space station crew…

11/16/2021

Biden names former new Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee infrastructure plan

Washington, Nov. 15: US President Joe Biden named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee implementation of the $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the White House said on Sunday. Landrieu, also a Democratic former Louisiana lieutenant governor, led New Orleans from 2010 to 2018. He played a key role in…

11/15/2021

Indian students to be allowed to enter Australia soon: Scott Morrison

New Delhi, Nov. 13: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said in Melbourne that international students and travellers from India would soon be allowed to enter the country. “We’re looking forward to Indian students coming back to Australia…not too long now. We've recognised Indian-manufactured vaccines that will be facilitating…

11/12/2021

German leader Merkel says people have duty to get vaccinated

Wellington, Nov. 12: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that people have a duty to get vaccinated against the coronavirus to protect others. She spoke as Germany grapples with a new surge of infections, which reached a record daily high of 50,000 on Thursday. Merkel talked for 30 minutes with…

11/12/2021

'Well that was a bedtime fail': New Zealand PM's daughter gatecrashes livestream

New Zealand, Nov. 11: A tiny gatecrasher twice grabbed centre stage from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as she updated the nation on curbs being enforced to combat Covid-19. "You're meant to be in bed, darling ... Pop back to bed, I'll come and see you in a second,"…

11/11/2021

Fumio Kishida reelected Japan PM in parliamentary vote

Tokyo, Nov.10: Fumio Kishida was re-elected as Japan's PM on Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections. Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election in which his Liberal Democratic Party secured 261 seats in the 465-member lower house,…

11/10/2021

Germany’s infection rate hits new high

Berlin, Nov. 9: Germany's coronavirus infection rate climbed to its highest recorded level yet on Monday as what officials have called a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” gathers pace. The national disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, said the country has seen 201.1 new cases per 1,00,000 residents over the…

11/09/2021

WHO, UNICEF launch Afghan polio vaccine campaign with Taliban backing

Kabul, Nov. 8: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations children’s agency kicked off a polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan on Monday, the first nationwide campaign to fight the disease in three years. Naikwali Shah Momim, the National Emergency Operations Coordinator for the polio programme at Afghanistan’s health…

11/08/2021

India at COP26 says its solar energy capacity increased 17 times in 7 years; now at 45 GW

Glasgow, Nov. 8: India on Sunday told the UN climate summit here that its solar energy capacity stands at about 45 gigawatts after it increased 17 times in the last seven years, asserting that although the country represents 17 per cent of the global population, its historical cumulative emissions are…

11/08/2021

India, France agree to expand partnership in defence, security

New Delhi, Nov. 7: India and France agreed to strengthen defence and security partnership by enhancing intelligence and information sharing, bolstering capabilities, expanding military drills and pursuing new initiatives in maritime, space and cyber domains, the Indian embassy in Paris said on Saturday. According to the Indian Media, The two…

11/07/2021

Oil tanker explodes in Sierra Leone, killing at least 92

Freetown, Nov. 6: An oil tanker exploded near Sierra Leone’s capital, killing at least 92 people and severely injuring dozens of others after large crowds gathered to collect leaking fuel, officials and witnesses said Saturday. The explosion took place late Friday after a bus struck the tanker in Wellington, a…

11/06/2021

Pfizer says antiviral pill cuts risk of severe Covid-19 by 89%

Washington, Nov. 5: A trial of Pfizer Inc’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 was stopped early after the drug was shown to cut by 89% the chances of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of developing severe disease, the company said on Friday. The results appear to surpass those seen…

11/05/2021

EU says talks on 2015 Iran nuclear deal to resume November 29

Brussels, Nov. 4: The European Union announced on Wednesday that talks between world powers and Iran to revive the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on November 29. The EU said the meeting of the commission of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be attended…

11/04/2021

World should respond to climate change as if hit by a global war, Pope tells COP26

Glasgow, Nov. 3: Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the twin wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change were comparable to those caused by a global conflict and should be confronted in the same way. In a message to the U.N. COP26 climate talks read in Glasgow by Vatican…

11/03/2021

Indian PM Modi surprises climate summit with 2070 net-zero vow for India

Glasgow, Nov. 2: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised delegates at the COP26 climate summit with a bold pledge: the world’s third-biggest emitter will reach net-zero by 2070. The announcement injected new life into talks that had been set back by a disappointing outcome from the Group of 20 meeting…

11/02/2021

Indian PM Modi in Glasgow for COP26 Summit

London, Nov. 1: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Monday opened the global climate summit saying the world is strapped to a “doomsday device.” He likened the Earth’s position to that of fictional secret agent James Bond — strapped to a bomb that will destroy the planet and trying to work…

11/01/2021

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s plane flies over Pak airspace en route to Italy

New Delhi, Oct. 31: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special VVIP flight, en route to Italy for the G20 Summit, flew over the Pakistani airspace on Friday and the aircraft will use it again on its return journey after getting formal permission from Islamabad, according to a media report here…

10/31/2021

Trump wants call logs, aide’s notes hidden from January 6 panel

Washington, Oct. 31: Former President Donald Trump is trying to block documents including call logs, drafts of remarks and speeches and handwritten notes from his chief of staff relating to the January 6 Capitol insurrection from being released to the committee investigating the riot, the National Archives revealed in a…

10/31/2021

Make India a partner in economic recovery: Indian PM Modi at G-20 summit

Rome, Oct. 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon G-20 countries to make India their partner in economic recovery and resilient global supply chains. Speaking at the G-20 Summit’s inaugural session on economy and Covid in Rome on Saturday, he touched on India’s economic reforms and its willingness to…

10/30/2021

Modi holds extensive discussions with top EU leaders on trade, Covid-19, global issues

Rome, Oct. 29: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held wide-ranging talks with the top leaders of the European Union here during which the two sides discussed deepening the India-EU friendship, particularly in areas such as trade, commerce, culture and the environment. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived here earlier…

10/29/2021

Airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills 10, including children

Nairobi, Oct. 29: Children were among 10 people killed when an Ethiopian military airstrike hit the capital of the country’s Tigray region on Thursday, a doctor said. It was the deadliest of a new round of airstrikes that began last week as the year-long war intensifies. International calls for a cease-fire…

10/29/2021

World needs $5 trillion in annual climate finance by 2030 for rapid action

Climate finance needs to rise sharply to 5 trillion U.S. dollars a year globally by 2030 to fund measures to fight climate change, researchers said on Thursday warning that transformation across economies is too slow to meet international temperature goals. From transport to agriculture and electricity, progress is lagging in…

10/28/2021

India successfully test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5

New Delhi, Oct. 28: In a major boost to its military might, India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 that can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy, officials said. The test-firing was carried around 7:50 PM from APJ Abdul…

10/28/2021

Indian-origin Anita Anand is Canada’s new Defence Minister

Toronto, Oct. 27: Indian-origin Canadian politician Anita Anand was on Tuesday appointed as the country’s new Defence Minister in a Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over a month after his Liberal Party returned power in the snap polls and amid calls for major military reforms. Anand, 54, will…

10/27/2021

US set to appeal UK refusal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

London, Oct. 27: The US government is scheduled to ask Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. In January, a lower court judge refused an American request to extradite Assange…

10/27/2021

Sudan’s prime minister, detained after coup, returns home

Cairo, Oct. 27: Sudan’s deposed prime minister and his wife were allowed to return home Tuesday, a day after they were detained when the military seized power in a coup, according to a statement issued by his office. The release of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and his wife followed international…

10/27/2021

Who are Japan's Princess Mako and her husband, Kei Komuro?

Tokyo, Oct. 26: Japan's Princess Mako, the emperor's niece, on Tuesday married her college sweetheart, a commoner named Kei Komuro, by submitting documents to register her marriage, after a long engagement marked by intense media scrutiny and opposition. The two, both 30, will move to New York, where Komuro works…

10/26/2021

US issues new rules for vaccinated air travellers; lifts severe restrictions on India

Washington, Oct. 26: US President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travellers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. The extraordinary US travel restrictions were first imposed in…

10/26/2021

PM, officials detained, internet down in apparent Sudan coup

Cairo, Oct. 25: Sudan's interim prime minister and a number of senior government officials were arrested on Monday, the information ministry said, describing the actions as a military coup. The internet in the country was largely cut off and military forces closed bridges, according to the ministry's Facebook page. It…

10/25/2021

IS claims responsibility for bomb attack in Uganda

Cairo, Oct. 25: Islamic state claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday night, the militant group said in a statement posted in an affiliated Telegram channel late on Sunday. The group said that some of its members detonated an…

10/25/2021

US urges North Korea to stop missile tests and return to talks

Seoul, Oct. 24: A senior US diplomat on Sunday urged North Korea to refrain from additional missile tests and resume nuclear diplomacy between the countries, days after the North fired-off its first underwater-launched ballistic missile in two years. Sung Kim, the top US official on North Korea affairs, spoke after…

10/24/2021

Deal on Biden’s USD 2T plan edges closer; Harris is ‘confident’

Washington, Oct. 24: A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. Negotiations were expected to continue into…

10/24/2021

Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated

Vienna, Oct. 23: Unvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. The news came after a Friday evening meeting between Schallenberg and state-level leaders to discuss their response to rapidly increasing case numbers. “The pandemic is not yet in…

10/23/2021

‘Science-born, science-driven, science-based’, Modi on India’s vaccination programme

New Delhi, Oct. 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on Friday after the country’s milestone of 100 crore vaccinations, said the vaccination programme was “science-born, science-driven and science-based”, and asserted that it had been ensured there was no “VIP culture” in the drive. From the development…

10/23/2021

First female head of Japan labour lobby vows to empower women

Tokyo, Oct. 22: The first female president of Japan’s powerful labour union federation said Friday she will work to correct the gender gap in wages and working conditions to help empower women. “Progress is extremely slow,” said Tomoko Yoshino, who was elected this month as head of the 7 million-member…

10/22/2021

Queen Elizabeth back home after first night in hospital in years

London, Oct. 22: Britain’s 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth spent a night in hospital for the first time in years for what royal officials termed ‘preliminary investigations’ but was in good spirits and back at work at her Windsor Castle home on Thursday. The world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch cancelled an official…

10/22/2021

New Zealand swears in first indigenous woman as Governor-general

Wellington, Oct. 21: New Zealand’s first indigenous Maori woman to be named Governor-general, Dame Cindy Kiro, was formally sworn into the largely ceremonial role in parliament in Wellington on Thursday, pledging to reach out to migrants and marginalised citizens. Speaking to a small audience at the swearing-in ceremony, Dame Cindy…

10/21/2021

Three US-Indians appointed White House fellows

Washington, Oct. 20: The White House on Monday named 19 young emerging leaders as its fellows for 2021-22, three of whom are Indian-Americans. The prestigious White House Fellowship programme embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, cabinet secretaries…

10/20/2021

Indian PM flags off Kushinagar airport, says will help region’s economy

New Delhi, Oct. 20: Inaugurating the third international airport of Uttar Pradesh in Kushinagar on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the project is a tribute to the devotion of Buddhist society across the world. He also said completion of the project comes as fulfilment of one of his “commitments”…

10/20/2021

Indian diplomat’s mike goes silent at UN conference while criticising China’s BRI

Beijing, Oct. 20: India has voiced its strong opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its flagship project - the CPEC - at the just concluded second UN Sustainable Transport Conference where the Indian diplomat’s mike curiously went silent while she was highlighting New Delhi’s objection to the…

10/20/2021

Chinese, Russian naval vessels jointly sail through Japan strait

Tokyo, Oct. 20: A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese Government said, adding it was closely watching such activities. It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage…

10/20/2021

North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea in latest test

Seoul, Oct. 19: North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday in a continuation of its recent weapons tests, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, hours after the US reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on the North's nuclear weapons programme. The South's Joint Chiefs of…

10/19/2021

Myanmar to free more than 5,000 jailed for anti-coup protests: junta chief

Yangon, Oct. 18: Myanmar will release more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup which ousted the civilian government, the country's junta chief said Monday. A total of 5,636 prisoners will be freed to mark the Thadingyut festival later in October, Min Aung Hlaing said, days after…

10/18/2021

US offers payments, relocation to family of Afghans killed in botched drone attack

Washington, Oct. 16: The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched US drone attack in Afghanistan in August during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country. The US Defense Department said it made a commitment that…

10/16/2021

Scotland Yard probes Islamist terror link to British MP’s fatal stabbing

London, Oct. 16: Scotland Yard on Saturday said its Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the killing of Conservative Party parliamentarian David Amess as they probe a potential Islamist terrorism link to the fatal stabbing at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on Friday. A 25-year-old British man, believed to be…

10/16/2021

Indian-American nominated to key Pentagon post

Washington, Oct. 15: US President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Indian-American aerospace and defence expert Ravi Chaudhary to a key position in the Pentagon, the White House has said. A former US Air Force officer and pilot, Chaudhary was on Thursday nominated for the position of the…

10/15/2021

Bangladesh temple attacks: Those involved will be ‘hunted down and punished,’ says Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, Oct. 15: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Thursday that those involved in the recent vandalism of Hindu temples in the country will be “hunted down and punished.” At least four persons were killed in violence after some Hindu temples in Bangladesh were vandalised by unidentified Muslim bigots…

10/15/2021

Russia marks pandemic high of infections, deaths

Moscow, Oct. 14: Russia on Thursday recorded the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly surging toll that has severely strained the nation’s health care system. The government’s coronavirus task force reported 31,299 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 986 deaths in…

10/14/2021

India: Include Chabahar Port in North-South Transport Corridor

New Delhi, Oct. 13: Stressing the need for enhanced connectivity, External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar on Wednesday proposed that the strategic Chabahar Port in Iran be included in the North-South Transport Corridor that has the potential to bridge connectivity barriers, as he agreed on a roadmap for future…

10/13/2021

Climate change: England must ‘adapt or die’, warns agency

London, Oct. 13: England will be hit hard by floods like those that devastated Germany this summer if the country does not improve its defence against more extreme weather brought by climate change, a governmental agency said Wednesday. In a report, the Environment Agency warned of hotter, drier summers, more…

10/13/2021

Justice Department again presses to halt Texas abortion law

Austin, (Texas), Oct. 12: The Biden administration urged the courts again Monday night to step in and suspend a new Texas law that has banned most abortions since early September, as clinics hundreds of miles away remain busy with Texas patients making long journeys to get care. The latest attempt…

10/12/2021

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows to build ‘invincible’ military while slamming US

Seoul, Oct. 12: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed a rare exhibition of weapons systems and vowed to build an “invincible” military, as he accused the United States of creating tensions and not taking action to prove it has no hostile intent towards the North, state media reported on…

10/12/2021

Nobel Prize 2021 in Economics awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens

New York, Oct. 11: Three US-based economists won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for pioneering research on the labour market impacts of minimum wage, immigration and education, and for creating the scientific framework to allow conclusions to be drawn from such studies that can’t use traditional methodology.…

10/11/2021

16 killed, 7 injured after Russian skydiver plane crashes in Tatarstan region

Moscow, Oct. 10: A plane carrying a group of parachute jumpers crashed in the Russian region of Tatarstan on Sunday, killing 16 people and injuring six, the Emergencies Ministry said. The aircraft, which came down near the city of Menzelinsky, had been carrying 20 parachutists and two crew members. Six…

10/10/2021

With 849 new cases Coronavirus national tally reaches 799,615

Kathmandu, Oct. 6: The Ministry of Health and Population informed 849 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. With this, the national coronavirus tally has reached 799,615.  According to the Ministry, 849 persons tested positive for the coronavirus at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours.

10/06/2021

India, Lanka to deepen fiscal ties; connectivity thrust area

New Delhi, Oct. 4: Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday said it is important for India and Sri Lanka to jointly combat the adverse impact of Covid by deepening their economic partnership. In this respect, he identified connectivity between the two countries as a thrust area. “As…

10/04/2021

UK eases travel rules, but upsets nations not on list

London, Oct. 4: Simplified international travel rules took effect on Monday in the UK, easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations. Still, the rules have sparked anger…

10/04/2021

Iran asked US to unfreeze $10 bln to show good will, Iran official says

Dubai, Oct. 3: Iran’s foreign minister said on Saturday that US officials tried to discuss restarting nuclear talks last month, but he insisted Washington must first release $10 billion of Tehran’s frozen funds as a sign of good will. Iran has rejected direct talks with the United States, and indirect…

10/03/202

Air ambulance crashes in UAE, killing 4

Dubai, Oct. 2: An Abu Dhabi air ambulance flown by the emirate’s police crashed Saturday, killing four people. The Abu Dhabi police gave no details on the location or cause of the crash. Police said the dead included two pilots, a civilian doctor and a nurse. Abu Dhabi is the…

10/02/2021

India, Sri Lanka to conduct 12-day military exercise; focus on counter-terror cooperation

New Delhi, Oct. 2: India and Sri Lanka will carry out a 12-day mega military exercise from Monday with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation. The eighth edition of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ exercise will be conducted at Combat Training School in Sri Lanka’s Ampara from October 4 to 15, the…

10/02/2021

Fire at COVID-19 hospital in Romania kills nine people

Bucharest, Oct. 1: Nine people died on Friday when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit at a Romanian hospital treating COVID-19 patients, officials said, the country’s third deadly hospital fire in less than a year. Firefighters extinguished the fire at the hospital in the eastern city of Constanta…

10/01/2021

Developments in Afghanistan will have very, very significant consequences: Jaishankar

New Delhi, Oct. 1: India was not taken into confidence on various aspects of the Doha deal inked between the US and the Taliban last year and the latest developments in Afghanistan will have “very, very significant consequences” for the region and beyond, External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar…

10/01/2021

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegally financing 2012 election bid

Paris, Sept. 30: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid by a Paris court on Thursday. It was the second guilty verdict this year for Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and retains influence among conservatives despite…

09/30/2021

North Korea accuses US of hostility, continues weapons tests

Seoul, Sept. 28: North Korea on Monday accused the United States of keeping up its “hostile policy” and demanded the Biden administration permanently end joint military exercises with South Korea even as it continued its recent streak of weapons tests apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear…

09/28/2021

Taliban ask airlines to resume international flights to Afghanistan

Islamabad, Sept. 27: The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying problems at the Kabul airport had been resolved. The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has stepped up efforts to open…

09/27/2021

Canada lifts ban on direct flights from India

Toronto, Sept. 26: Canada will allow direct flights from India from Monday, lifting the ban on them after a gap of more than five months.                                 Announcing the decision, Transport Canada on Saturday in a tweet said: “Beginning at 00:01 EDT on September 27, direct flights from India…

09/26/2021

Indo-US alliance to define security, economic landscape, says Modi-Biden Joint Statement

New Delhi, Sept. 25: The decisions taken at the bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden in Washington on Friday would define the economic and security landscape of the next century, said a Joint Statement.   The two sides will build a strategic partnership…

09/25/2021

Modi, Japanese PM reaffirm commitment for free, open Indo-Pacific ahead of Quad meeting

Washington, Sept. 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga have reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, as they reviewed the multi-faceted bilateral relationship and exchanged views on recent global developments, including in Afghanistan, ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting…

09/24/2021

Indian PM Modi to meet Kamala Harris, hold bilaterals with Japanese and Australian PMs

Washington, Sept. 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday is scheduled to have as many as eight meetings, including with Vice President Kamala Harris, on the first working day of his current US trip. Apart from meeting Harris at the White House, the Prime minister will also have two…

09/23/2021

Modi leaves for US, says visit occasion to strengthen strategic ties

New Delhi, Sept. 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his visit to the United States would be an occasion to strengthen the Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia. In a statement just before leaving for the US, Modi said he would…

09/22/2021

Biden promises era of ‘relentless diplomacy’ post Afghan pullout

New York, Sept. 21: US President Joe Biden defended the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan on Tuesday in a speech to the United Nations, arguing it was a necessary step to pivot US policy to focus on a global challenge from anti-democratic systems, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. “We’ve…

09/21/2021

India to resume export of Covishield vaccines from next month, neighboring countries to get first priority

New Delhi, Sept. 20: India has announced to resume export of Covishield vaccines from next month. India's Union Minister for Health Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday that India will resume export and donations of surplus vaccines from October. He also announced that India would give the first priority to neighboring…

09/20/2021

Indian Minister S. Jaishankar, Saudi FM talk Covid curbs, Afghanistan

New Delhi, Sept. 20: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his visiting Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud here on Sunday. The first ministerial visit from Saudi Arabia to India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic took place against the backdrop of both countries having to…

09/20/2021

France says Australia-US submarine deal ‘huge mistake’

Canberra, Australia, Sept. 18: France’s ambassador to Australia has described as a “huge mistake” Australia’s surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favor of a U.S. deal, in an unprecedented show of anger among the allies.   French envoy Jean-Pierre Thebault delivered his comments Saturday as he left his…

09/18/2021

Indian PM Modi turns 71; Dalai Lama, Rahul Gandhi extend wishes; auction of Neeraj Chopra's javelin to mark birthday

New Delhi, Sept. 17: Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Tibetan head The Dalai Lama, Amit Shah, President of India were among the first to wish Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. PM Modi turned 71 years on Friday. Among the plans for the celebration is e-auction of gifts and mementos received…

09/17/2021

Afghan Deputy PM Mullah Baradar releases video after death rumours

Kabul, Sept. 16: Under intense pressure and questions over his whereabouts, the Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has now released a video message. “There had been news in the media about my health and death. Over the past few nights, I have been away on…

09/16/2021

Indian PM Narendra Modi to attend Quad summit in US on September 24

New Delhi, Sept. 15: Afghanistan, more than the Indo-Pacific, may occupy centre stage at the first-ever in-person Quad summit to be hosted by US President Joe Biden on September 24. Indian PM Narendra Modi will participate along with PMs of Japan and Australia. The meet will review progress made since…

09/15/2021

US, Japan and South Korea meet after North Korea missile test

Tokyo, Sept. 14: Senior envoys from Japan, the US and South Korea have held talks in Tokyo that focused on North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The three diplomats agreed that “dialogue was urgent to accomplish the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” according to South Korea’s foreign ministry. Close…

09/14/2021

Taliban breaking promises, including over women, says UN

Geneva, Sept. 13: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have contradicted public promises on rights, including by ordering women to stay at home, blocking teenage girls from school and holding house-to-house searches for former foes, a United Nations official said on Monday. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Afghanistan was in…

09/13/2021

Afghan musicians flee Kabul, fearing for their lives and dire future for art under Taliban rule

Peshawar, Sept. 12: Ashraf Gulzar, an Afghan singer, mentioned the Taliban have banned all music programmes in Kabul which is a matter of concern for the individuals related to the music trade. The scheduled music occasions organized with Pakistani artists in Kabul, Jalalabad, and different large cities of Afghanistan have…

09/12/2021

India, Australia emphasise on importance of combating terrorism without compromise

New Delhi, Sept. 11: In a high-level foreign and defence ministerial dialogue, India and Australia on Saturday set out an ambitious framework for defence with Afghanistan as a major subject of discussion. During the inaugural ‘two-plus-two’ talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and their…

09/11/2021

Interim Taliban govt does not reflect what international community hoped to see: US

Washington, Sept. 10: The interim Taliban government does not reflect what the international community and the United States hoped to see, the Biden Administration said on Thursday. "We have spoken about our reaction to the initial caretaker government. You have heard us say that the lack of inclusivity, the track…

09/10/2021

Indo-Canadian lawmaker condemns killing of Indian youth, says fight to eradicate racism must continue

Toronto, Sept. 9: An Indo-Canadian lawmaker on Thursday condemned the murder of an Indian youth in Canada’s Nova Scotia province, saying hate, violence and racism have no place in the country and the fight to eradicate these menaces must continue. Prabhjot Singh Katri, 23, was found murdered at an apartment…

09/09/2021

China, Pakistan and Russia trying to figure out what to do with Taliban, says Biden

Washington, Sept. 8: China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran are trying to figure out what do they do now with the Taliban, US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. Hours after the Taliban announced the details of its interim government, Biden told reporters that China had a "real problem" with the…

09/08/2021

Mullah Hasan Akhund to head proposed Taliban govt, Mullah Baradar to serve as his deputy: Media report

Peshawar, Sept. 7: Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the head of the powerful Taliban decision-making arm, the Rehbari Shura, has been named as the new head of Afghanistan by the group’s top leader, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada. This has been claimed in a news of Pakistani media. The newspaper The News International,…

09/07/2021

Taliban suicide bomber blows himself up in Pakistan; 3 killed, 20 injured

Karachi, Sept. 5: A suicide bomber of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan blew himself up in the country’s restive Balochistan province on Sunday, killing at least three security personnel and injuring 20 people, according to officials. The attack targeted a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost on the Mastung road in Quetta, the…

09/05/2021

At least 17 killed in celebratory gunfire in Kabul: Reports

Kabul, Sept. 4: At least 17 people were killed in celebratory gunfire in Kabul, news agencies said on Saturday, after Taliban sources said their fighters had seized control of Panjshir, the last province in Afghanistan holding out against the Islamist group. Leaders of opposition to the Taliban have denied that…

09/04/2021

Afghan govt formation by Taliban postponed, to be announced on Saturday: Spokesperson

Peshawar, Sept. 3: The formation of a new Afghan government by the Taliban, which was to be announced on Friday, has now been delayed by a day, according to the spokesman of the insurgents Zabiullah Mujahid. Mujahid said the announcement about the formation of the new government will now be…

09/03/2021

Green signal from Taliban; Afghanistan board eyes Australia, India tours

Kabul, Sept. 2: In an indication that the brand new Taliban regime in Afghanistan could permit sporting occasions to go forward, a high official of the Afghan Cricket Board advised The Indian Express on Wednesday that the group’s tour of Australia this yr, which is able to embody the primary…

09/02/2021

India in chair, UNSC adopts resolution on Taliban; Russia and China abstain

New Delhi, Sept. 1: Around the time the last US soldier was exiting Kabul, the United Nations Security Council, under India’s presidency, adopted a resolution that gave de facto recognition to the Taliban as a state actor in Afghanistan. The resolution, sponsored by France, UK and the US, was adopted…

09/01/2021

20-year military presence in Afghanistan ends, says US President Joe Biden

Washington, Aug. 31: America's 20-year-old military presence in Afghanistan has ended, President Joe Biden announced, hours after the United States withdrew all of its soldiers from the war-ravaged country. “Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended,” he said, thanking armed forces for their execution of the dangerous retrograde…

08/31/2021

India holds talks with senior Taliban official, first since fall of Kabul

New Delhi, Aug. 31: India's ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday, the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan. The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s Political Office…

08/31/2021

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visits Ayodhya temple construction site, offers prayers to Ram Lalla

New Delhi, Aug. 29: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind Sunday offered prayers to Ram Lalla, visiting the site where a Ram temple is being constructed in Ayodhya, a city which he said was nothing without the deity. “Without Ram, Ayodhya is not Ayodhya. Ayodhya exists where there is Ram. Lord…

08/29/2021

US, India to continue coordination on Afghanistan

New Delhi, Aug. 29: Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar spoke on Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the UN. The news was noticed in Kabul as Blinken and Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on “shared goals and priorities”…

08/29/2021

21 killed as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Aug. 28: At least 21 people were killed after a boat carrying over 100 passengers capsized in Bangladesh's Titas river following a head-on collision with a sand-laden vessel, which got hit by another ship from behind, authorities said on Saturday. A passenger, Ali Akhter Rizvi, told IANS that the…

08/28/2021

'We will hunt you down and make you pay', Biden warns Kabul airport attackers

Washington, Aug. 27: US President Joe Biden has vowed to “hunt” down the terrorists and make them “pay” for the twin blasts at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan that killed 13 American soldiers and injured 18 others, and ordered his commanders to develop plans to strike back at them. Two…

08/27/2021

Situation in Afghanistan critical, evacuating Indian personnel top priority, govt says at all-party meet

New Delhi, Aug. 26: Evacuating Indian personnel from Afghanistan, where the situation is "critical", was a top priority, the government said on Thursday at the all-party meet, convened to brief them on the Afghan situation. External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in…

08/26/2021

Western nations race to complete Afghan evacuation as deadline looms

Kabul, Aug. 25: Western nations rushed to complete the evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan on Wednesday as the Aug. 31 deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops drew closer with no sign that the country's new Taliban rulers might allow an extension. In one of the biggest such…

08/25/2021

CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader Baradar in Kabul: Report

Washington, Aug. 24: America’s top spy held a secret meeting with the Taliban’s de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday in the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the two sides since the militant group seized the Afghan capital, a media report said on Tuesday. The Taliban seized power…

08/24/2021

India brings back 146 of its evacuated nationals from Doha

New Delhi, Aug. 23: India on Monday brought back 146 of its nationals in four different flights from Qatar's capital Doha, days after they were evacuated from Afghanistan by NATO and American aircraft in view of the deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country. People familiar with the development said…

08/23/2021

Malaysia’s new PM strikes conciliatory tone in 1st address

Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 22: Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob struck a conciliatory tone in his first national address Sunday, saying he would embrace the opposition in an effort to tackle the runaway pandemic and revive a slumping economy. A day after being sworn in, Ismail said the political…

08/22/2021

India Approves World’s first DNA Covid Vaccine

New Delhi, Aug. 21: India on Friday granted emergency use authorization to the “world’s first and India’s indigenously developed DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19,” an official statement said. According to the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, Zydus Cadila, an Indian pharmaceutical company was granted approval for its three-dose ZyCoV-D vaccine.…

08/21/2021

UK will work with Taliban if necessary, says PM Johnson

London, Aug. 21: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK’s diplomatic efforts to find a solution in Afghanistan remain ongoing, which leaves open the prospect of working with the Taliban “if necessary”. Speaking to the media after an emergency Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBRA) meeting to discuss the…

08/21/2021

Indians released from Taliban custody await evacuation at Kabul

New Delhi, Aug. 21: The Indian Government is likely to send an aircraft to evacuate Indians from Kabul after they were released from Taliban custody and have been asked to wait near the airport.    Earlier in the morning, the Taliban released over 200 people, many of them Indian nationals and…

08/21/2021

Destructive, terror forces can dominate for some time, but their existence is not permanent: Modi

Somnath (India), Aug. 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said destructive forces and people who followed the ideology of creating empires through terror could dominate for some time, but their existence is not permanent as they could not suppress humanity forever. He was speaking while virtually inaugurating a…

08/20/2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani releases video, first since fleeing Kabul

Dubai, Aug. 19: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday defended his decision to flee Kabul in the face of the Taliban advance, describing it as the only way to prevent bloodshed. He also denied claims by his country's ambassador to Tajikistan that he had stolen millions of dollars from state…

08/19/2021

India announces new category of visa for Afghans

New Delhi, Aug. 17: Keeping in view the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of India on Tuesday said it had worked out new category of electronic visa to fast-track their applications for entry into India. A senior MHA official said, "The Ministry has reviewed…

08/17/2021

India Independence Day 2021: ‘Sabka Prayaas’ crucial for building new India, says Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, Aug. 15: India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day and marking another milestone in the history of the world’s largest democracy. Addressing the nation from Red Fort, Indian PM Modi lauded the Tokyo Olympic winners and Covid warriors. Giving a call for ‘Sabka Prayas’ along with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka…

08/15/2021

Indian President cites Tokyo lesson for parents of daughters

New Delhi, Aug. 15: Highlighting India’s “stellar performances” at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday appreciated the success of women in all walks of life, including sports, and urged parents to learn from the families of such daughters and provide opportunities to their daughters also…

08/15/2021

Afghan president says in urgent talks as Taliban take key town near Kabul, attack northern city

Kabul, Aug. 14: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said he was in urgent talks with local leaders and international partners as Taliban rebels pushed closer to Kabul, capturing a key town south of the capital that is one of the gateways to the city. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani delivered a televised…

08/14/2021

Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi visits war shrine; South Korea upset

Tokyo, Aug. 14: Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi on Friday visited a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression to pray for the war dead just days before the nation marks the 76th anniversary of its World War II defeat. Victims of…

08/14/2021

Taliban capture Afghanistan’s biggest cities Kandahar and Herat

Kabul, Aug. 13: The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar, officials said on Friday, fueling fears the U.S.-backed government could fall to the insurgents as international forces complete their withdrawal after 20 years of war. The Taliban also captured the towns of Lashkar Gah in the south…

08/13/2021

Three Indians airlifted from Taliban area, embassy sounds alarm

New Delhi, Aug. 13: Three Indian engineers had to be airlifted from a Taliban-controlled area in Afghanistan, prompting the Indian embassy in Kabul to reiterate on Thursday its security advisory for Indian nationals in the war-ravaged country. Meanwhile, reports emerged from Afghanistan that Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city located close to…

08/13/2021

As Taliban gain ground, Afghanistan army chief ‘replaced’

Kabul, Aug. 12: As the Taliban seized three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan and a local army headquarters, a Defence Ministry official and local media reports said President Ashraf Ghani had replaced the country’s army chief. Sources said Gen Hibatullah Alizai had replaced Gen Wali Ahmadzai as the Afghan army…

08/12/2021

Taliban tighten control of Afghan north as UN fears erasure of human rights

Kabul, Aug. 10: Taliban fighters tightened their grip on captured territory in Afghanistan on Tuesday as civilians hid in their homes and a pro-government commander vowed to fight to the death to defend Mazar-i-Sharif, the biggest city in the north. President Ashraf Ghani called on regional strongmen to support his…

08/10/2021

Indian PM for joint efforts to fight maritime threats

New Delhi, Aug. 10 : In an oblique reference to China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for maritime disputes to be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law. Speaking at one of the best-attended UN Security Council debates (UNSC) where other members, barring China, fielded Presidents,…

08/10/2021

Maritime routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism, says Indian PM

New Delhi, Aug. 9: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a UN Security Council open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security — A Case for International Cooperation” on Monday evening via video conferencing. The focus of the debate was to focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity,…

08/09/2021

Another northern Afghan province falls to Taliban: Officials

Kabul, Aug. 9: Provincial Afghan lawmakers say the Taliban have taken control of another provincial capital, the fourth to fall into insurgent hands in less than a week, in a punishing blow to government forces. The Taliban forces overran Taleqan, the capital of the northern Takhar province on Sunday, capturing…

08/09/2021

Joe Biden praises Olympians for inspiring Americans with courage

Wilmington, Aug. 8: US President Joe Biden praised US Olympians for navigating the difficulties of a coronavirus-tarnished games with “moral courage” that made Americans’ “hearts swell” with pride. Biden, along with first lady Jill Biden, spoke with Team USA in a Zoom call Saturday evening from their home near Wilmington,…

08/08/2021

India approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid vaccine for emergency use

New Delhi, Aug. 7: India on Saturday got its first single-dose Covid vaccine with the drug regulator granting emergency-use approval to the Johnson and Johnson candidate. J&J will work in collaboration with Hyderabad-based Biological E to supply the single-dose Covid shot in India. According to the Indian Media, Union Health…

08/07/2021

Japan PM Suga apologises for skipping parts of Hiroshima speech

Tokyo, Aug. 6: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Friday for accidentally skipping parts of a speech in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city 76 years ago.Media reports said he had skipped over a page, and that the mistake was noticed as public…

08/06/2021

India’s golden run in Hockey kicks off with a Bronze

Tokyo, Aug. 5: The roar of Simranjeet, the muscle of Rupinder, the dragflick of Harmanpreet, the joy of Sreejesh. A day to remember. A day India had been waiting for since decades. Winning the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal playoff 5-4 against Germany, champions in 2012 and bronze winners in 2016,…

08/05/2021

Delta variant now reported in 135 countries, global Covid-19 cases could exceed 200 million by next week: WHO

United Nations, Aug. 5: Amid the possible emergence of the third wave of COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said that the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19, first detected in India and was the main cause of the outbreak of the virus during the second wave, has…

08/05/2021

With 3,007 new cases Coronavirus national tally reaches 708,079

Kathmandu, Aug. 5: The Ministry of Health and Population informed 3,007 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday. With this, the national coronavirus tally has reached 708,079.  According to the Ministry, 3,007 persons tested positive for the coronavirus at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours.

08/05/2021

Blast in Afghan capital as Taliban battle government forces in south, west

Kabul, Aug. 4: An explosion near a facility of Afghanistan's main security agency in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday wounded two civilians and a security official, police said. The blast near a National Directorate of Security compound came hours after a car bomb and clashes near Kabul's diplomatic district, in…

08/04/2021

Biden admn: US, India share number of values

Washington, Aug. 4: The US has a number of shared interests and values with India in terms of economic and trade ties and cooperation on climate and regional security issues that were discussed during the recent visit of Secretary of State Tony Blinken to New Delhi, a top State Department…

08/04/2021

Indian-American girl declared one of brightest students in world

Washington, Aug. 3: An Indian-American girl has been declared one of the brightest students in the world by a top US university. Natasha Peri, 11, a student at Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School, in New Jersey, has been honoured for her exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment…

08/03/2021

US Navy says drone strike hit oil tanker off Oman

Dubai, Aug. 1: US Navy explosive experts believe a “drone strike” targeted an oil tanker that came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, killing two on board, the American military said Saturday. The strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street marks the first-known…

08/01/2021

Taliban fighters enter provincial capital, clash with Afghan forces

Kabul, Jul. 31: Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters have been locked in heavy clashes for the last two days after the insurgents entered the capital of the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Friday, as civilians rushed to evacuate the city. With US-led foreign forces nearing a complete…

07/31/2021

Tokyo Olympics: India beat Japan 5-3 in men's hockey, Sindhu storms into semifinals

Tokyo, Jul. 30: Striker Gurjant Singh was twice on target as India comfortably outclassed hosts Japan 5-3 on Friday to complete their pool proceedings with four victories after having already sealed a quarter-final berth in the ongoing Olympics. Apart from Gurjant (17th, 56th), Harmanpreet Singh (13th), Shamsher Singh (34th) and…

07/30/2021

Indian EAM: Will work towards political settlement in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jul. 30: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has ruled out a military solution to the Afghanistan crisis and said India “will work with the international community to ensure political negotiations are pursued seriously”. Responding to questions from Swapan Dasgupta (BJP) in the Rajya Sabha on China’s efforts…

07/30/2021

Pacific tsunami warnings lifted after big quake in Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska, Jul. 29: Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active US state in the late hours on Wednesday. In Alaska, small tsunami waves measuring under a foot above tide level were observed in Sand…

07/29/2021

There are few relationships globally that are more vital than one between US, India: Blinken

New Delhi, Jul. 28: In reflection of growing bilateral ties between India and the US, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday held wide-ranging talks covering the situation in Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific engagements, Covid-19 response mechanism and ways to strengthen regional security. At…

07/28/2021

With 2,634 new cases Coronavirus national tally reaches 688,307

Kathmandu, Jul. 28: The Ministry of Health and Population informed 2,634  new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. With this, the national coronavirus tally has reached 688,307.  According to the Ministry, 2,634 persons tested positive for the coronavirus at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours.

07/28/2021

Indian-origin author Sunjeev Sahota among 13 contenders for fiction's Booker Prize

London, Jul. 27: Indian-origin British author Sunjeev Sahota is among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious 2021 Booker Prize for fiction for his novel 'China Room', alongside Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers. The 2021 longlist or "The Booker Dozen" of 13 novels was unveiled…

07/27/2021

Without de-escalation, Afghanistan could see highest civilian casualties this yr: UN

United Nations, Jul. 27: The UN has warned that without a “significant de-escalation” in violence in Afghanistan, the year 2021 is on course to witness the highest number of documented civilian casualties in over a decade in the country. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan's ‘Afghanistan Protection of Civilians in…

07/27/2021

Macron dials Israeli PM over snooping charges

Jerusalem, Jul. 26: French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on reports that Morocco’s security forces may have used the Pegasus spyware to snoop on his cellphones, according to a media report. A global media consortium last week reported that 50,000 cellphone numbers were being…

07/26/2021

'Mann ki Baat': PM Modi pays tribute to Kargil martyrs, talks about Tokyo Olympics

New Delhi, Jul. 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon people to pay tributes to soldiers who made the nation proud in the 1999 war. The Kargil War is a symbol of valour and discipline of our armed forces, he said on the eve of the Kargil Vijay…

07/25/2021

Founders defend Pegasus spyware

Jerusalem, Jul. 25: Amid the raging controversy over its surveillance software Pegasus, Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group has defended itself, saying millions of people around the world sleep well at night and walk in the streets safely due to such technologies available with intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The company…

07/25/2021

US launches airstrikes in aid of Afghan forces

Kabul, Jul. 24: The United States has carried out airstrikes to support Afghan government forces who have been under pressure from the Taliban as US-led foreign forces carry out the final stages of their withdrawal from the country. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the airstrikes were in support of Afghan…

07/24/2021

EU weighs more funds to check Afghanistan refugees

Brussels, Jul. 23: The European Union is weighing a new package of financial aid to Afghanistan and its neighbours to help limit the flow of refugees from the country, ravaged by intense fighting between government forces and the Taliban, two officials said. The ongoing withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan…

07/23/2021

Israel eyes spyware export curbs; Macron, Merkel troubled by abuse reports

Jerusalem, Jul. 22: An Israeli parliamentary panel may seek changes to defence export policy over reports that software sold by Israel's NSO Group was used to spy on journalists, officials and rights activists in several countries, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday. Among suspected targets of NSO's Pegasus software is…

07/22/2021

India successfully flight-tests indigenous man-portable anti-tank guided missile

New Delhi, Jul. 21: India successfully flight-tested its indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) on Wednesday. The step is seen as a major boost to 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat' (Self-Reliant India) and strengthening the Indian Army. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and…

07/21/2021

Extradite Rana to India, US admn urges court

Washington, Jul. 21: The Biden administration has urged a federal court in Los Angeles to extradite Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Rana, 59, has been declared a fugitive by India, where he is facing multiple…

07/21/2021

India may become first country to have DNA-based Covid vaccine: Mandaviya

New Delhi, Jul. 20: Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said several Indian companies are increasing their production of Covid-19 vaccines and that the country may become the first in the world to develop a DNA-based vaccine. Replying to a short duration discussion on Covid-19 management in Rajya Sabha,…

07/20/2021

Blasts: Lanka’s failure to act on Indian intel highlighted

Colombo, Jul. 20: Sri Lanka's former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday highlighted in Parliament the police's failure to act on the intelligence provided by India on the impending Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 270 persons, including 11 Indians, in 2019. Nine suicide bombers, belonging to local Islamist extremist group…

07/20/2021

Australia deports British commentator Katie Hopkins for quarantine boast

Canberra, Jul.19: Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday after she boasted on social media that she planned to breach the country’s quarantine rules. Hopkins travelled to Australia to appear in a reality television programme and was in a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney before…

07/19/2021

US hits Iran for delay in nuclear and prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul. 18: The Biden administration lashed out at Iran on Saturday for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks. The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were…

07/18/2021

US Navy hands over MH-60R maritime helicopters to India

Washington, Jul. 18: In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy to bolster its capabilities to ward off regional threats and to strengthen homeland defence. The Indian Navy is procuring 24…

07/18/2021

Imran, Ghani spar at Tashkent meeting

New Delhi, Jul. 17: The connectivity conference in Tashkent, attended by almost all foreign ministers from Central and South Asia, saw sparks fly between Pakistan and Afghanistan before both sides cooled the tensions with a meeting between their leaders Imran Khan and Ashraf Ghani. Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar…

07/17/2021

Pulitzer-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Taliban attack

New Delhi, Jul. 16: Danish Siddiqui, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with Reuters, was reportedly killed in an attack by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, in Afghanistan. Danish, who headed Reuter’s multimedia team in India, was killed during the clashes on the night of July 15. He was embedded…

07/16/2021

Indian PM on Yogi’s steps to curb Covid

New Delhi, Jul. 16: With high-stakes Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections next year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled multiple development projects worth more than Rs 1,500 crore in his constituency Varanasi and praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the “remarkable and unprecedented” work during the second wave of the…

07/16/2021

More than 30 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods

Berlin, Jul. 15: More than 30 people have died and dozens of people were missing Thursday in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse. Storms across parts of Western Europe in recent days caused rivers…

07/15/2021

India presents 3-point roadmap to bring peace to Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jul. 14: Emphasising that the future of Afghanistan cannot be its past, India on Wednesday presented a three-point roadmap for the conflict-ridden country that entailed cessation of violence and terrorist attacks, settlement of the conflict through political dialogue and steps to ensure that neighbouring countries are not threatened…

07/14/2021

Pak govt retains ban on radical Islamist party

Islamabad, Jul. 14: The Pakistan government on Tuesday decided to retain the ban imposed on a radical Islamist party that carried out violent protests in the country over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year. The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) outfit was banned on April 14 under the Terrorism Act…

07/14/2021

How to prevent third Covid wave should be our main concern: Modi

New Delhi, Jul. 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern on the rising number of cases in 90 districts, including several in the northeast, saying containment of the third Covid wave should be the top concern for everyone. According to the Indian Media, Interacting with the chief…

07/13/2021

Top US commander in Afghanistan hands over command

Kabul, Jul. 13: The top US commander in Afghanistan relinquished his command at a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, taking the United States a step closer to ending its 20-year war. The move came as Taliban insurgents continue to gain territory across the country. Another four-star…

07/13/2021

California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West

San Francisco, Jul. 11: Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave hits the US West this weekend, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas. On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130…

07/11/2021

India evacuates diplomats, security personnel from Kandahar as Taliban captures new areas

New Delhi, Jul. 11: India has pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan in view of the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban gaining control of new areas around the southern Afghan city, people familiar with the development said on Sunday. A…

07/11/2021

Paris nightclubs open for 1st time in 16 months

Paris, Jul. 10: Music is pulsing from Paris nightclubs for the first time in 16 months as other European countries shut nightlife down again because of rising coronavirus cases. The reopening of Paris dance clubs Friday night was the final step in France's process of lifting pandemic restrictions. The move…

07/10/2021

Hot air balloon crashes in New Zealand injuring 11 people

Wellington, Jul. 9: Two people were seriously injured while nine others suffered bruises after a hot air balloon crashed in a popular tourist town in the South Island of New Zealand on Friday. The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. local time near Morven Ferry Road in Arrowtown, police officials…

07/09/2021

With 43 new ministers, Indian PM Modi affects a massive reshuffle and expansion

New Delhi, Jul. 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday affected a major reshuffle and expansion of his council, promoting seven existing ministers of state to the rank of the Cabinet, adding 36 new faces and dropping 12 senior ministers. According to the Indian Media, Those inducted today included…

07/08/2021

US President Joe Biden terms Jan 6 Capitol riot ‘existential crisis’

Washington, Jul. 7: US President Joe Biden has said that the January 6 riot at the US Capitol was not dissent but disorder and termed the “vicious attack” an “existential crisis”, asserting that while the American democracy survived, it must be protected by standing up to hate, lies and extremism.…

07/07/2021

Wreckage found in Russia after plane with 28 went missing

Moscow, Jul. 6: Wreckage from a plane that went missing Tuesday in Russia’s Far East region of Kamchatka was found around 5 km away from a runway at an airport on the coast where it was supposed to land, officials said. An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six…

07/06/2021

Twitter will be in trouble if it fails to comply with India rules: Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Jul. 6: In a major setback for Twitter in India, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the micro-blogging site for failing to appoint a resident grievance officer (RGO), saying, "How long will your process take place? This cannot be allowed", even as the court free pass…

07/06/2021

South Africa’s new coronavirus cases surge to record levels

Johannesburg, Jul. 5: South Africa’s resurgence of Covid-19 is setting record numbers of new daily cases, centered in Johannesburg and driven by the delta variant, health officials said Sunday. More than 26,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, up from 24,000 the previous day, according to the National Institute for…

07/05/2021

Philippine military plane crashes; 31 dead, 50 rescued

Manila, Jul. 4: A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops crashed in a southern province while landing Sunday, killing at least 29 army soldiers on board and two civilians on the ground, while at least 50 were rescued from the burning wreckage, officials said. Some soldiers were seen…

07/04/2021

Indian-origin doctors’ chief wants face masks to stay beyond lockdown in UK

London, Jul. 3: An Indian-origin doctors’ association chief in the UK on Saturday called upon the government to keep some compulsory safety measures in place to not “throw away” the progress made in the fight against Covid-19 when lockdown restrictions are lifted later this month. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the Council…

07/03/2021

Drone spotted over Indian mission in Islamabad; India lodges protest

Islamabad, Jul. 2: A drone was spotted over the Indian High Commission complex in Islamabad late last week, prompting India to lodge a strong protest with Pakistan over the incident, people familiar with the development said on Friday. They said India considered the incident as a breach of security that…

07/02/2021

Vaccinate at least 10% of population of every country by Sept to control pandemic: WHO

London, Jul. 2: Voicing concern over many countries failing to vaccinate their people, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday called for vaccinating at least 10 per cent of the population of every country by September as he emphasised that vaccination is the best way to control the pandemic…

07/02/2021

Vaccines: India for reciprocity

New Delhi, Jul. 1: Indian diplomats are working with EU member states to ensure that citizens vaccinated with Covishield and Covaxin do not face travel issues. India has conveyed to the EU it will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU digital Covid certificate. If and when Covishield…

07/01/2021

India opens doors for import of Moderna, its fourth vaccine

New Delhi, June 30: India on Tuesday licensed its fourth Covid-19 vaccine for restricted emergency use with the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approving Cipla’s request for import of US firm Moderna’s jabs. According to the Indian Media, Moderna will be the first internationally manufactured ready-to-inject shot to enter…

06/30/2021

Moscow, Beijing extend friendship treaty by 5 years

Moscow, June 29: The leaders of Russia and China on Monday hailed increasingly close ties between their countries and announced the extension of a 20-year-old friendship treaty, a show of unity amid their tensions with the West. Speaking in a video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir…

06/29/2021

British Columbia town sets new high temperature for Canada

Vancouver, June 28: The village of Lytton in the interior of southern British Columbia sizzled under a new all-time high temperature for Canada on Sunday, reaching 46.1 degrees Celsius. The reading by Environment Canada in Lytton surpassed the previous national high of 45 C, which was set in Saskatchewan in…

06/28/2021

Indian PM Modi touches upon early struggles of Indian athletes, remembers Milkha Singh in his Mann Ki Baat

New Delhi, June 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the citizens to support the Indian contingent, as the countdown for the Tokyo Olympics gets ever so near. Addressing the nation in the 78th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, PM Modi touched upon the struggles of some…

06/27/2021

India, China agree to hold next round of talks soon

New Delhi, June 26: India and China decided to maintain “stability on the ground and prevent any untoward incident” in the border area in eastern Ladakh at the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held on Friday after a gap of…

06/26/2021

Britain, Russia engage in war of words over Black Sea passage

London, June 25: Britain said it would not accept unlawful interference with innocent passage at sea, and that its navy would uphold international law, in a written statement to Parliament following a warship confrontation with Russia. “The Royal Navy will always uphold international law and will not accept unlawful interference…

06/25/2021

Indian PM Modi holds all-party meeting with J-K leaders

New Delhi, June 24: A meeting of the leaders of all the Jammu and Kashmir political parties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held in New Delhi on Thursday. This was a crucial meet with 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers, in attendance to chalk out the future…

06/24/2021

Indian PM Modi launches Olympics quiz, winners to get Indian Team fan jerseys

New Delhi, June 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched an Olympics Quiz to create awareness about Indian participation at the games. The launch coincides with the International Olympic Day, which is observed to mark the foundation day of the International Olympic Committee. “In a few weeks, @Tokyo2020…

06/24/2021

Russian forces fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea: Interfax

Moscow, June 23: Russia said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British destroyer sailing in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea peninsula, which Russia seized and annexed from Ukraine. Britain's Ministry of Defence said no Russian warning shots…

06/23/2021

10K refugees fled to India, Thailand from Myanmar: UN special envoy

United Nations, June 22: As many as 10,000 refugees have fled from Myanmar to India and Thailand as nationwide clashes in the country led to "acute" new displacements of hundreds of thousands of civilians, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar has said, warning that the regional threat of…

06/22/2021

Yoga remains 'ray of hope' as world fights Covid: Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, June 21: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said yoga remains a "ray of hope" as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic and asserted that in these difficult times it has become a source of inner strength.  Addressing the 7th International Yoga Day programme, Modi also said…

06/21/2021

Ahead of J-K outreach, Indian PM Modi holds high-level ministerial meeting

New Delhi, June 20: Ahead of the June 24 Jammu and Kashmir political outreach by the government a high-level ministerial meeting is under way at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence. According to the Indian Media, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh are attending the meeting which…

06/20/2021

Amid low turnout, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

Tehran, June 20: Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory yesterday in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege into Tehran's highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history. The election of Ebrahim Raisi, already sanctioned by the…

06/20/2021

Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Jerusalem, June 18: It’s not just massive under-reporting of COVID deaths that has come to light in Tamil Nadu. But more importantly, medical officials in many state hospitals are not recording a critical World Health Organisation (WHO) code ‘U07.2’ in COVID death medical certification, as per the guidelines of the…

06/18/2021

North Korea’s Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

Seoul, June 18: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, days after the United States and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Kim issued the…

06/18/2021

Biden ambassador nominees include envoys to Israel, Mexico, Sri Lanka

Geneva, June 16: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled picks for nine ambassadorial postings, tapping career diplomats steeped in foreign policy experience — as well as political allies and aviation hero ”Sully” Sullenberger. The picks include former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico and former Deputy Secretary…

06/17/2021

China urges NATO to stop exaggerating 'China threat theory'

Beijing, June 15: China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presents "systemic challenges". NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe…

06/15/2021

Eager to work with India, says Naftali Bennett

Jerusalem, June 15: Israel’s newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he was looking forward to working with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to further develop the “unique and warm relations” between the two democracies. Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party who on Sunday…

06/15/2021

Indian PM Modi congratulates new Israel PM Naftali Benett

New Delhi, June 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Naftali Bennett on being sworn in as Israel's new prime minister, and said he looked forward to meeting him and deepening their countries' strategic partnership as they celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic ties next year.…

06/14/2021

India natural ally of G7 in taking on global challenges: Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, June 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is a natural ally for the G7 countries in defending the shared values from a host of threats stemming from authoritarianism, terrorism and violent extremism, disinformation and economic coercion. In a virtual address at a session on…

06/14/2021

As summit ends, G-7 urged to deliver on vaccines, climate

Falmouth (England), June 13: The Group of Seven leaders are aiming to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises. Those will include vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of…

06/13/2021

Provincial govt in Pakistan's Punjab to block SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens

Punjab (Pakistan), June 12: In what comes as an unusual move to tackle coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine hesitancy, the provincial government in Pakistan's Punjab has now decided to block the SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens, news agency ANI reported on Friday. The decision, as per ARY News, was taken at…

06/12/2021

Indian PM Modi to address virtual dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought at UN next week

United Nations, June 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a virtual high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought at the UN convened by the President of the General Assembly next week. Modi, President of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to…

06/11/2021

S Jaishankar meets Qatar NSA on way to Kuwait

New Delhi, June 10: External affairs minister of India, S Jaishankar met the Qatari National Security Adviser during a stopover in Doha while on his way to Kuwait on Wednesday, with the meeting coming against the backdrop of separate interactions in Qatar involving US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban…

06/10/2021

Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla holds talks with US envoy Daniel B Smith on ways to combat Covid

New Delhi, June 10: Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met acting US ambassador to India Daniel B Smith and discussed vaccine supplies from the US, visas for students and other issues. “Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla had a productive meeting today with US Acting Ambassador Daniel B. Smith @USAmbIndia about India-US…

06/10/2021

10 HALO Trust staff killed northern Afghanistan: Official

Kabul (Afghanistan), June 9: An Afghan interior ministry official says gunmen killed 10 people and wounded 14 others in an attack on the HALO Trust de-mining organization in Afghanistan. Spokesman Tariq Arian blames the Taliban for the Tuesday night attack on the group’s camp in the Baghlan Markazi district of…

06/09/2021

UNSC recommends Antonio Guterres for second term as UN chief

United Nations, June 9: The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to give Secretary General Antonio Guterres a second term, with conflict resolution set to top his agenda at the world body's helm. The 72-year-old former prime minister of Portugal has held the office since 2017 and faced no competition…

06/09/2021

Russia confirms exit from overflight treaty

Moscow, June 8: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities, following the U.S. exit from the pact. The bill was endorsed by Russian lawmakers after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that President Joe Biden’s administration…

06/08/2021

US lawmakers hail move to send Covid vaccines to India, other countries

Washington, June 7: Top American lawmakers on Friday applauded the Biden Administration for its decision to distribute 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to India and other countries. I applaud the Biden Administration's commitment to getting COVID-19 vaccines to countries that need them most, Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the…

06/07/2021

11 killed in roadside bombing in north: Afghan official

Kabul, June 6: An Afghan official says a minivan carrying civilian passengers was hit by a roadside bomb in northwest Afghanistan, leaving at least 11 passengers dead, including three children. Badghis provincial Gov. Hesamuddin Shams said Sunday the minivan fell into a valley with the shock of Saturday’s explosion. He…

06/06/2021

Modi, Xi capable of resolving issues on their own: Putin

New Delhi, June 6: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were capable of resolving issues between the two countries, and that it was important that no “extra-regional power” should interfere in the process. “Yes, I do know that there are…

06/06/2021

Non-EU member Norway reaches post-Brexit trade deal with UK

Copenhagen, June 5: Non-European Union member Norway said Friday it has reached a post-Brexit trade deal with its greatest trading partner, Britain, which left the EU last year following a 2016 referendum. The agreement includes Iceland and Liechtenstein, which also are outside the bloc and together with the Norwegians form…

06/05/2021

Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment

Washington, June 4: China has vehemently objected to U.S. President Joe Biden’s expansion of a list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors. The executive order issued late Thursday nearly doubled the number of companies subject to the ban. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson says Beijing will…

06/04/2021

Israel's Opposition declares new govt, set to unseat PM Netanyahu

Jerusalem, June 3: Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he officially told the country’s president that he has reached agreements with political allies to form a new government. About 35 minutes before a Wednesday midnight deadline, the centrist Yair Lapid told President Reuven Rivlin…

06/03/2021

ICC gives India time till June 28 to decide on T20 WC: ICC Board sources

New Delhi, June 2: The International Cricket Council has given Board of Control for Cricket in India time till June 28 to take a call on whether it would host the marquee T20 World Cup in India amid the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.              The ICC Board met…

06/02/2021

Netanyahu: Will risk friction with US over Iran

Telaviv, Israel, June 2: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he's prepared to risk tension with the U.S. if that is what it takes to neutralize Iran's nuclear capabilities. The embattled premier, whose political future is in question just 11 days out from a bruising war, said Israel's biggest threat…

06/02/2021

Vatican law criminalises abuse of adults by priests, laity

Vatican City, June 1: Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalise the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. The new provisions, released on June 1 after 14 years…

06/01/2021

WHO agrees to study major reforms, meet again on pandemic treaty

Geneva, May 31: The World Health Orgnization, battling to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, agreed on Monday to study recommendations for ambitious reforms made by independent experts to strengthen the agency. Under the resolution put forward by the European Union, and adopted by consensus, member states are…

05/31/2021

Israel, Egypt officials meet to solidify Gaza rebuilding plan

Cairo, May 31: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Egypt’s intelligence chief and sent Israel’s Foreign Minister to Cairo on Sunday, amid efforts to build on a ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas a week ago that ended the worst violence in years. Egypt helped broker the truce that has held…

05/31/2021

India has given befitting response to those who conspire against it, says Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, May 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday listed out the achievements of his government over the last seven years in areas such as national security, strategic independence, connectivity, housing, electricity access, tap water and financial inclusion. During his monthly radio programme, Mann ki Baat, on 30…

05/30/2021

Pakistan security forces arrest three terrorists in Punjab province, 400 kg explosives recovered

Lahore, May 30: Pakistani security forces on Saturday arrested three terrorists belonging to different proscribed organisations and recovered 400 kg of explosives from them in the country's Punjab province. The explosive material recovered from them was to be used to target law enforcers and government buildings, the Counter Terrorism Department…

05/30/2021

S Jaishankar meets top US officials on vaccine, security

New Delhi, May 29: External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar met several top US Cabinet ministers, lawmakers and officials to discuss developments pertaining to the Quad, Indo-US cooperation on vaccines and Afghanistan on Thursday. Jaishankar also interacted with members of the US-India Business Council and the US Global Task…

05/29/2021

Stability in S Asia hinges on India-Pak ties: UNGA

Islamabad, May 28: The peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia hinged on normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India, a top UN official said here on Thursday as he urged the two neighbours to work for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir,…

05/28/2021

Biden nominates Indian-American to key administration post

Washington, May 27: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate Indian-American Arun Venkataraman to a key position in his administration related to foreign commercial service. Venkataraman is the nominee for Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets,…

05/27/2021

Dominica has agreed to Choksi's repatriation to India, Antigua will not accept him back: Browne

Antigua/New Delhi, May 27: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, who was captured in Dominica after fleeing from Antigua, will be repatriated to India, news agency ANI reported citing Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Speaking to ANI, Gaston Browne said that Choksi will be repatriated to India and Indian authorities…

05/27/2021

US security assistance to Pakistan remains suspended: Pentagon

Washington/Islamabad, May 26: US President Joe Biden has continued his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy on suspending security assistance to Pakistan and there is no clarity if the administration will change its stance in the future, the Pentagon has said. Former US President Trump suspended all security assistance to Pakistan in…

05/26/2021

Blinken arrives in Israel to try to bolster Gaza ceasefire

Jerusalem, May 25: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a Middle East visit in Israel on Tuesday, seeking to bolster its ceasefire with Gaza's ruling Hamas group and help speed humanitarian aid to the devastated Palestinian enclave. In tandem with Blinken's mission, Israeli authorities said they were allowing fuel,…

05/25/2021

Over 200 injured in metro train collision in Kuala Lumpur: Reports

Kuala Lumpur, May 25: Over 200 people were wounded, including 47 suffering serious injuries, as two metro light rail trains collided in a tunnel in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday, media reports said. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. local time as an empty train collided head-on with another…

05/25/2021

Extreme cold conditions kill 21 marathon runners in China

Beijing, May 24: An ultramarathon that was supposed to promote tourism in Gansu province in northwestern China ended in tragedy as 21 people were killd when extreme cold weather struck seemingly out of nowhere. These weren’t inexperienced runners. Two of the dead were among China’s top marathon athletes: Liang Jing, an…

05/24/2021

UK minister Priti Patel to unveil US-style digital visas to count migrants

London, May 23: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to unveil a new US-style digital visa regime at the country's borders in order to measure immigration levels in and out of the country, according to UK media reports on Sunday. The senior Indian-origin Cabinet minister is to confirm the…

05/23/2021

Bill Gates spotted in public for first time since announcing divorce from Melinda

Washington, May 23: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was spotted on his first public outing in Manhattan on Saturday (local time), since declaring his separation from Melinda. As per Fox News, the 65-year-old tycoon Gates is all smiles as he takes a stroll through the Big Apple, according to pictures got by…

05/23/2021

Egypt, Israel FMs discuss solidifying ceasefire

Cairo, May 22: Egypt Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry has spoken with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, about stabilising the Cairo-brokered Gaza cease-fire deal. A statement by Egypt's Foreign Ministry said the two diplomats on Friday discussed shoring up the deal, which has mostly brought a halt to fighting between Israel…

05/22/2021

Election chief mulls dissolving Suu Kyi’s NLD

Naypyitaw, May 22: The head of Myanmar's military-appointed state election commission said Friday that his agency would consider dissolving Aung San Suu Kyi’s former ruling party for its alleged involvement in electoral fraud and have its leaders charged with treason. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party was set to…

05/22/2021

India and Pfizer at impasse over vaccine indemnity demand

New Delhi/New York,  May 21: Pfizer and the Indian government are at loggerheads over a demand by the U.S. drugmaker for legal protection from any claims linked to the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in one of the world's biggest markets, two sources told Reuters. India has not given any…

05/21/2021

US President poised to sign anti-Asian hate crime Bill

Washington, May 20: The US House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to pass a Bill aimed at combating the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the country, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk for signature. The Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act passed in a 364-62 vote in the House, with…

05/20/2021

Cyclone Tauktae: Indian PM Modi to visit Gujarat, Diu to take stock of damage caused

New Delhi, May 19: Ahead of the Indian PM's visit, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday discussed with his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani the impact of Cyclone Tauktae in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday to review the damage caused in both…

05/19/2021

Joe Biden dials Benjamin Netanyahu, supports Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’

Washington, May 19: US President Joe Biden, in a telephonic call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, supported Israel's "right to defend itself" against indiscriminate rocket attacks and encouraged him to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians, the White House has said. Biden welcomed efforts to address…

05/19/2021

Report says Myanmar internet a 'virtual battlefield'

Bangkok, May 18: Myanmar's military rulers are seeking to limit access to the internet to an internal network of only “whitelisted” sites to quash opposition to their seizure of power, according to a report by the International Crisis Group. It likened the internet to a “virtual battlefield" where the military…

05/18/2021

New York ends Covid-19 mask requirements for vaccinated people

New York, May 18: New York state will no longer require people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks in many public spaces, adopting the new guidance issued last week by federal health officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. "Unvaccinated people should continue to wear…

05/18/2021

DRDO's 1st batch of anti-Covid drug 2DG launched in India

New Delhi, May 17: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday released the first batch of Anti-COVID drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The drug has been developed by DRDO's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences…

05/17/2021

Islamic nations hold emergency summit on Israel-Gaza attacks

Dubai, May 16: The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation opened an emergency meeting Sunday over the heavy fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers, the first major move among Mideast nations still grappling with how to address the conflict. While the Arab League and organisations like the…

05/16/2021

15 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes

Gaza/Jerusalem, May 16: Israel pummelled Gaza with air strikes and Palestinian militants launched rockets at Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday, with no sign yet of an end to their worst escalation since 2014. The Israeli bombardment killed more than 15 Palestinians in Gaza overnight and on Saturday, medics…

05/16/2021

Indian-American Neera Tanden appointed White House senior adviser

Washington, May 15: Indian-American Neera Tanden has been appointed senior adviser to US President Joe Biden, two months after she withdrew her nomination as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget due to stiff opposition from Republican senators. Tanden (50) is slated to join the White House…

05/15/2021

Kabul mosque blast kills 12 during Friday prayers

Kabul, May 15: An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least 12 people during Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday during a ceasefire. The Taliban insurgent group, which declared the three-day truce for the holiday, condemned the attack in…

05/15/2021

Spain is on track for herd immunity: PM Pedro Sanchez

Madrid, May 14: More than two-thirds of Spain’s 47 million people will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-August, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday. The vaccination rollout has sped up over the past weeks and Spain is due to receive 13 million doses of Pfizer vaccine next month,…

05/14/2021

Israel kills Hamas commander

Gaza/Jerusalem, May 13: Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas armed wing in Gaza in a barrage on Wednesday and Palestinian militants rained rockets into Israel as Washington said it would send an envoy to try to calm their most intense hostilities in years. At least 56 people…

05/13/2021

India's decision allowing 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one: US

Washington, May 12: India's recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China.…

05/12/2021

UK’s PM Johnson announces COVID-19 public inquiry

London, May 12: Britain will hold a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “This process will place the state’s actions under the microscope,” he told parliament. The inquiry will have the backing of legislation giving it far-reaching…

05/12/2021

26 die as Israel hits Hamas

Gaza City (Gaza Strip), May 12: Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday, hitting a pair of high-rise buildings believed to be housing militants, as Hamas and other armed groups bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of rockets. The conflict escalated relentlessly throughout the day, and Israel vowed that its…

05/12/2021

Pakistan says Indian variant of COVID-19 not present in country

Islamabad, May 11: The Indian variant of the coronavirus has not been found yet in Pakistan, a senior minister in-charge of the coronavirus task force has said, rejecting reports that the Indian strain of the virus reached Thailand from the country. According to reports, health authorities in Thailand on Monday…

05/11/2021

Pakistan to set new rules to meet FATF norms

Islamabad, May 11: Pakistan, keen to exit from the grey list of the FATF, is set to introduce new rules relating to anti-money laundering cases and change the prosecution process to meet its remaining tough conditions, a media report said on Monday. Pakistan was put on the grey list by…

05/11/2021

Boyfriend kills 6 people, then self at Colorado birthday party

Colorado Spring, May 10: A man fatally shot six people, including his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself early on Sunday at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but did not fire on traumatised children who were present inside a trailer at a mobile home park. Police arrived to…

05/10/2021

Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens

Kabul, May 9: Multiple blasts targeted a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens more, mostly students, a senior interior ministry official said. The official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the casualties were students coming out of…

05/09/2021

Not clear how serious Iran is on N-deal: US

Washington/Vienna, May 8: US President Joe Biden said on Friday he believed Iran was serious about negotiations over its nuclear programme, but it was unclear how serious. His reaction came as world powers held the fourth round of high-level talks in Austria, aiming to bring the US back into the…

05/08/2021

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

Beijing/Sydney, May 7: China “indefinitely” suspended all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner said on Thursday. This is the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries. China also rejected criticism of its human rights and economic record by G7 members. “Recently, some Australian…

05/07/2021

US announces support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver as proposed by India, South Africa

Washington, May 6: The Biden administration has announced to support India and South Africa's proposal before the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive anti-COVID vaccine patents to boost its supply. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said this is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the…

05/06/2021

Invest in India, Sandhu urges US pharma cos

Washington, May 6: India has reached out to top US pharma companies seeking investment in the country’s pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, which gains urgency in view of a devastating second wave of the Covid pandemic. India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has held virtual meetings with Pfizer…

05/06/2021

India-UK free trade dialogue in autumn

London, May 6: India and the UK will begin negotiations for a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement from autumn this year after the Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) was formally signed between the trade ministers on both sides on Wednesday. Following a virtual meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, UK…

05/06/2021

UK, India lay ‘2030 Roadmap’ to boost ties

New Delhi, May 5: Indian Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Of UK Boris Johnson have agreed on ambitious plans for the next decade of the UK-India relationship. The two countries also agreed to elevate the status of the relationship to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. The two leaders had…

05/05/2021

Oz defends move to sanction India travel

Sydney, May 4: Australia on Monday defended its decision to penalise its own citizens entering the country within two weeks of being in Covid-ravaged India, saying it had “strong, clear and absolute” belief the move was legal. Health Minister Greg Hunt pointed to the alarming surge of Covid cases in…

05/04/2021

UK to send 1,000 more ventilators ahead of Modi-Johnson virtual talks on Tuesday

London, May 3: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to agree a "huge range" of commitments to deepen cooperation between the two countries, including on combating the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street said on Sunday. The government confirmed the talks…

05/03/2021

North Korea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Joe Biden speech

Seoul, May 2: North Korea on Sunday warned the United States will face “a very grave situation” because President Joe Biden “made a big blunder” in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intent to maintain a hostile policy toward it. Last week, Biden,…

05/02/2021

Biden sending top diplomat Daniel Smith as interim envoy to India

Washington, May 1: US President Joe Biden is sending top American diplomat Daniel Smith as its interim envoy to India amidst the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country to spearhead close cooperation with it and ensure the two nations continue to advance their shared priorities, including overcoming the Covid pandemic.…

05/01/2021

US considers major rollback of Iran curbs

Washington, Apr. 30: The Biden administration is considering a major rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to get the Islamic Republic to return to compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear accord, according to current and former US officials besides others familiar…

04/30/2021

Russia: Ties with US worse than during Cold War

Moscow, Apr. 29: Russia's top diplomat said on Wednesday that relations with the United States were even worse than during the Cold War times because of a lack of mutual respect. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow stood ready to normalise the ties with Washington, but warned that the…

04/29/2021

Biden's first 100 days: COVID-19, jobs, foreign policy, immigration, guns and dogs

Washington, Apr. 27: U.S. President Joe Biden marks 100 days in office on Friday, April 30. Judging a president's performance after 100 days in office is an American political tradition that historians say began with Franklin Roosevelt's first term in 1933, when he embarked on a rapid-fire rollout of measures…

04/27/2021

Putin, Biden may meet in June

Moscow, Apr. 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden may meet in June, RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a Kremlin aide, amid simmering tensions between Moscow and the West. The foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said a firm decision on the meeting has not…

04/26/2021

Joe Biden: Climate partnership to be core pillar of US-India relations

Washington, Apr. 25: US President Joe Biden has said he wants to make achieving climate and energy goals “a core pillar” of bilateral cooperation with India and is looking forward to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Biden’s remarks came a day after the two countries announced…

04/25/2021

100 hurt, over 50 held in Jerusalem clashes

Jerusalem,  Apr. 24: After a night of violence in Jerusalem, the Israeli police made over 50 arrests and Palestinian medics said 100 were injured during Ramadan clashes in the contested city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From late Thursday night into early Friday, the police in riot gear…

04/24/2021

Indian Prime Minister Modi addresses the Leaders’ Summit on Climate

New Delhi, Apr. 23: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on 22 April, 2021  in the session on “Our Collective Sprint to 2030”. During his remarks Prime Minister Modi urged everyone to make this a ‘Decade of Action against Climate Change. He added that…

04/23/2021

EU set for legal war against AstraZeneca over shortfall

Brussels, Apr. 23: The European Commission, led by president Ursula von der Leyen, is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker cut Covid vaccine deliveries to the European Union, sources familiar with the matter said. The move would mark a further step in an EU plan to sever…

04/23/2021

Greta Thunberg docuseries amplifies her climate change fight

New York, Apr. 22: Greta Thunberg turned 18 in January, but she’s already made peace with her future: While most college students will change their concentrations multiple times, the Swedish high school student says climate change activism will be her life’s mission. “In a perfect world, there wouldn’t need to…

04/22/2021

US warns against travel to 80% nations amid surge

Washington, Apr. 21: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider travelling to 80 per cent of the world. It has also warned them against travelling to India, even if they are fully vaccinated as there is a 'very high level' of Covid-19 in the country. They have been asked…

04/21/2021

US, China agree to work on climate crisis with urgency

Seoul, Apr. 19: China and the United States, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, have agreed to cooperate with other countries to fight climate change. The joint statement on Sunday followed two days of talks between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart, John Kerry, in Shanghai. “The…

04/19/2021

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60 per cent, its highest level ever

Dubai, Apr. 16: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran has started 60 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz nuclear facility, days after an explosion at the site that Tehran blamed on Israel. “We are now getting nine grams [almost a third of an ounce] per hour,” Ali Akbar Salehi…

04/16/2021

Raisina Dialogue 2021: Indian PM Modi inaugurates 6th edition of dialogue

New Delhi, Apr. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 6th edition of the Raisina Dialogue on Tuesday. The inaugural session of the dialogue was also joined by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Raisina Dialogue 2021 will be held in…

04/15/2021

Pak moves to ban Islamist party for violent anti-blasphemy stir

Islamabad/Lahore, Apr. 15: Pakistan on Wednesday decided to ban a radical Islamist party under the Terrorism Act after its supporters clashed with law enforcement agencies’ personnel for the third consecutive day, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP)…

04/15/2021

US to withdraw troops from Kabul by September 11

Washington, Apr. 14: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he had planned to have all American troops out of war-torn Afghanistan by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York. The President is deeply grateful for the…

04/14/2021

Blaming Israel for N-plant outage, Iran vows revenge

Dubai, Apr. 13: Iran on Monday accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war. Iran’s semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production…

04/13/2021

Renowned India-born Pak human rights defender, journalist IA Rehman dies

Lahore, Apr. 12: Eminent Pakistani human rights activist and journalist IA Rehman, a strong voice for the country’s minorities including Christians and Hindus and an advocate of peace between India and Pakistan, died here on Monday at the age of 90, according to his family. Rehman, who was born in…

04/12/2021

Electrical problem strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility

Tehran, Apr. 11: Iran’s Natanz nuclear site suffered a problem on Sunday involving its electrical distribution grid just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges that more quickly enrich uranium, state TV reported. It was the latest incident to strike one of Tehran’s most-secured sites amid negotiations over the tattered…

04/11/2021

India, Japan plan high-level engagements

New Delhi, Apr. 11: The governments of Japan and India are arranging a meeting of their Foreign and Defence Ministers in Tokyo later this month which will be followed by Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide visiting India as part of a two-nation tour that might include the Philippines, reported the…

04/11/2021

Myanmar security forces kill over 80 anti-coup protesters -group

Yangon, Apr. 10: Myanmar security forces killed over 80 anti-coup protesters in Bago town on Thursday night and Friday, near the main city of Yangon, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group and a domestic news outlet said. Troops used rifle grenades to break up a protest in…

04/10/2021

Troops kill 10 anti-coup protesters

Yangon, Apr. 10: Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy since its February 1 coup. Troops fired rifle grenades…

04/10/2021

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

London, Apr. 9: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that…

04/09/2021

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Yangon, Apr. 7: Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta. More than 580 people have been killed, according to an activist group, in the turmoil in…

04/07/2021

Iran, US begin indirect talks to revive nuclear deal

Vienna, Apr. 7: European intermediaries began shuttling between Iranian and US officials in Vienna on Tuesday as they sought to bring both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago. Iran has steadily overstepped the accord's limits on its nuclear programme in…

04/07/2021

Pham Minh Chinh elected Vietnam PM

Hanoi, Apr. 6: Vietnam's National Assembly confirmed Pham Minh Chinh, a career security official, as the south east Asian country's next prime minister at an official ceremony on Monday. The move completes the five-yearly renewal of Vietnam's top four positions, as it looks to maintain economic growth, keep the coronavirus…

04/06/2021

Japan PM to take up China-Taiwan tension on US visit

Tokyo, Apr. 5: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said Taiwan's peace and stability was key to the region and that Japan would cooperate with the United States to calm rising tensions between China and Taiwan. Suga is set to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington next week,…

04/05/2021

Seven blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca jab

London, Apr. 4: After more than 18 million people have received vaccinations with AstraZeneca's jab in the UK, the country's health regulator said seven people had died due to rare blood clots, although the cause remains unclear. “The benefits in preventing a Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh…

04/04/2021

US, Iran indirect nuke talks next week

Brussels, Apr. 3: Iran and the United States said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but the presence of both Iran and…

04/03/2021

OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, after US call to Saudi

London/ Dubai/ Moscow, Apr. 2: OPEC+ agreed on Thursday to gradually ease its oil output cuts from May, after the new US administration called on Saudi Arabia to keep energy affordable, mirroring Donald Trump's practice of calling OPEC's leader over oil policy. The group, which has been implementing deep cuts…

04/02/2021

Biden spells out steps to stem anti-Asian violence

Washington, Apr. 1: US President Joe Biden has announced additional actions to respond to the violence and xenophobia perpetrated against Asian Americans. The announcements include reinstating and reinvigorating the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), with initial focus on anti-Asian bias and violence. "We can't be…

04/01/2021

OCI card holders no longer required to carry old passports for India travel

Washington, Mar. 30: People of Indian origin and Indian diaspora having overseas citizens of India (OCI) card are now not required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India, as required earlier, according to a statement. "The requirement of carrying old passports, along with the OCI card, has…

03/30/2021

Czech Republic's richest man among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

Anchorage (US), Mar. 29: A contracted helicopter carrying guides and guests from a lodge on a heli-skiing trip in Alaska’s backcountry crashed, killing the pilot and four others, including the Czech Republic’s richest man. The only other person on board was in serious condition but stable on Sunday at an…

03/29/2021

Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, UN investigator condemns ‘mass murder’

Yangon (Myanmar), Mar. 28: Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on February 1, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule. Children were among those killed on…

03/28/2021

Beijing bans UK politicians after abuse sanctions

London, Mar. 27: : China has imposed sanctions on British politicians and organisations as a tit-for-tat retaliation over the UK government's sanctions against Chinese officials for alleged human rights violations against its Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province. Members of Parliament (MPs) including former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and…

03/27/2021

Indian PM Modi begins 2-day visit to Bangladesh from today

New Delhi, Mar. 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his visit to Bangladesh this week, his first foreign trip after the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, will serve to underline India’s support for the neighbouring country’s economic and developmental achievements. In a statement issued a day ahead…

03/26/2021

UK, EU working out ‘win-win’ solution to end vax supply row

London, Mar. 26: The UK and European Union (EU) have issued a conciliatory joint statement, pledging to find a "win-win” solution to a row over the supply of Covid-19 vaccines. The EU has been struggling to meet its member-countries requirements and has piled pressure on British-Swedish biopharma giant AstraZeneca to…

03/26/2021

Senate confirms Indian-American Murthy as US Surgeon General

Washington, Mar. 25: Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy has been confirmed by the Senate as President Joe Biden's Surgeon General, a role in which his top priority will be responding to the pandemic that has severely hit the country. Dr Murthy, 43, will occupy the position of America's Surgeon General for…

03/25/2021

Indo-Pak Indus officials discuss new Indian dams

New Delhi, Mar. 25: The two-day annual assembly of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) comprising Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan mentioned the designs of two Indian initiatives  — Pakal Dul (1,000 MW) and Lower Kalnai (48 MW). The Indian aspect held that these initiatives are totally compliant with the provisions…

03/25/2021

Worried over rise in violence against Asians: UN chief

United Nations, Mar. 24: Compounding the general scourge of racism unleashed by COVID-19 in the United States last week, an outpouring of fear and anger grew following the shooting to death of six women of Asian descent in and around Atlanta by a lone gunman, which left eight dead overall. The…

03/24/2021

Gandhi Peace Prize for Mujibur Rahman, late Sultan of Oman

New Delhi, Mar. 23: The government of India on Monday announced to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh, and 2019 edition of the award on the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al Said. According to the Indian Media, The Gandhi…

03/23/2021

Austin in Kabul, talks may focus on troop withdrawal

Kabul, Mar. 22: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived on Sunday in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, amid swirling questions about how long American troops will remain in the country, state media said. Austin was expected to meet senior Afghan government officials, including President Ashraf…

03/22/2021

North Korean diplomats leaving Malaysia after ties are severed

Kuala Lumpur, Mar. 21: North Korean diplomats vacated their embassy in Malaysia and were expelled Sunday, after the two nations cut diplomatic relations in a spat over the extradition of a North Korean criminal suspect to the United States. The North Korean flag and embassy signage were removed from the…

03/21/2021

India, US to share high-end tech

New Delhi, Mar. 21: India and the US on Saturday discussed the contours of sharing high-end technology and “operationalising” the three existing agreements that cover everything from geospatial mapping to logistics and secure military-to-military communication. In a statement after a meeting with his US counterpart General Lloyd Austin, Indian Defence…

03/21/2021

Afghan govt, Taliban agree to step up peace talks after Moscow summit

Moscow, Mar. 20: The Afghan government and the Taliban agreed on Friday to try to accelerate peace talks, at a meeting in Moscow that followed an international conference there on the peace process, a senior Afghan official was quoted as saying. The US, Russia, China and Pakistan called on Afghanistan's…

03/20/2021

India looks forward to upping ties with US in 5 areas: Envoy

New Delhi, Mar. 19: India looks forward to closely working with the new US administration and other stakeholders around five immediate baskets of cooperation, India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu told The Tribune in an exclusive interview. According to the Indian Media, Speaking after the February 18 Quad…

03/19/2021

Time for India and Pak to bury the past and move forward: Gen Bajwa

Islamabad, Mar. 18: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward” as he asserted that the peace between the two neighbours would help to “unlock” the potential of South and Central Asia. Addressing…

03/18/2021

Vladimir Putin will ‘pay a price’ for meddling: Joe Biden

Washington, Mar. 18: US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would face consequences for directing efforts to swing the November 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon. "He will pay a price," Biden told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.…

03/18/2021

4 Asian women among 8 dead in shootings at US' Atlanta-area massage parlours; suspect held

Atlanta, Mar. 17: Shootings at two massage parlours in Atlanta and one in the suburbs left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said on Tuesday. A 21-year-old man was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt. Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant…

03/17/2021

UK PM Boris to visit India in April-end

New Delhi, Mar. 17: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April, his first major international tour after London’s exit from the EU. The announcement from London came after the minister for South Asia Tariq Ahmad wrapped up his visits where which included interactions with…

03/17/2021

Michelle Obama says Meghan Markle's interview is heartbreaking

London, Mar. 16: Michelle Obama said Meghan's recollections about a remark made by one member of the British royal family about the possible darkness of her son's skin were heartbreaking and that she hoped Meghan's experiences would be a lesson for the world. Meghan, whose mother is black and father…

03/16/2021

Curbs on Myanmar to worsen situation: India

New Delhi, Mar. 16: India is opposed to global sanctions on Myanmar, an action being pushed by some nations in retaliation to the army coup against the elected government followed by a bloody crackdown on civilian protesters. "We have a slightly different take from those looking (at the Myanmar situation)…

03/16/2021

UK sanctions allies of Syrian President Assad, including foreign minister

London, Mar. 15: Britain on Monday announced sanctions on six allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including his foreign minister and close advisers. The Syrian civil war is 10 years old: in mid-March, 2011, peaceful pro-democracy protests developed into a multi-sided conflict that sucked in world powers, killed hundreds of…

03/15/2021

14 more die in Myanmar protests

Naypyitaw, Mar. 15: Security forces killed at least 14 protesters in the poor, industrial Hlaingthaya suburb of Myanmar’s main city on Sunday after Chinese-financed factories in the area were set ablaze, according to local media. A further 14 people were reported killed elsewhere in Yangon and other parts of Myanmar…

03/15/2021

Pakistani university expels students for ‘hugging’ on campus

Lahore, Mar. 14: A top Pakistani university has expelled two students for hugging and proposing on campus, after a video of the incident went viral on social media. A special disciplinary committee of the University of Lahore held a meeting on Friday and summoned the two students but they failed…

03/14/2021

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut many Islamic schools: Minister

Colombo, Mar. 13: Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said on Saturday, the latest actions affecting the country's minority Muslim population. Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference he had signed a paper…

03/13/2021

July 4 to mark ‘independence’ from deadly virus, says Joe Biden

Washington, Mar. 13: US President Joe Biden has announced that all adult Americans will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination by May 1 under an ambitious plan to get the country, worst-hit by the pandemic, closer to normal by July 4, Independence Day. In his first prime-time address to the nation…

03/13/2021

At least 39 die as two migrant boats sink off Tunisia

Tunis, Mar. 10: At least 39 migrants died when two boats sank off Tunisia on Tuesday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Tunisian defence ministry said. The coastguard rescued 165 others, and searches for more survivors are still ongoing off the coast…

03/10/2021

Thai PM ends presser by spraying reporters with disinfectant

Bangkok, Mar. 9: Politicians are often accused of sanitising the news. On Tuesday, Thailand’s prime minister sanitised members of the press. After fielding a slew of questions from journalists at his weekly news conference in Bangkok, the famously mercurial Prayuth Chan-ocha sprayed back — with disinfectant. Riled by a final…

03/09/2021

2 Pak Navy men killed, 1 injured in attack in Baluchistan

Karachi, Mar. 7: Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying security forces, killing two personnel of the Pakistan Navy and injuring another in the coastal district of Gwadar in the restive Baluchistan province. The Pakistan Navy vehicle came under indiscriminate firing on Saturday while travelling from Ganz to Jewni in Gwadar…

03/07/2021

Three media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Mar. 3: Three media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday while heading home from work, government officials said. Local broadcaster Enikass TV said the three people killed were its employees. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shootings, and…

03/03/2021

Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, handed jail sentence

Paris, Mar. 2: Judges found former president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling on Monday and sentenced him to three years in jail, with two years suspended. Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, had denied any wrongdoing, saying he was the victim…

03/02/2021

Modi takes first dose as age-specific Covid vaccine drive begins

New Delhi, Mar. 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first person to receive the indigenous Covid vaccine Covaxin on Monday as India began age-specific inoculation drive after first administering doses to health-care and frontline workers. The Indian PM tweeted after getting the vaccine, “Took my first dose of…

03/01/2021

My dream is to see India and Pakistan become ‘true good friends’, says Malala Yousafzai

New Delhi, Mar. 1: The old philosophy of having borders and divisions doesn’t work anymore and the people in India and Pakistan want to live in peace, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Sunday, stressing that it is her dream to see the two countries become “good friends”. She also…

03/01/2021

Joe Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan

Washington, Feb. 28: President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by…

02/28/2021

Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria, Feb. 27: Unidentified gunmen seized 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria on Friday, the police said, the second such kidnapping in little over a week in a region increasingly targeted by militants. School kidnappings, first practised by jihadist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, have become…

02/27/2021

India, Pak agree on strict observance of LoC pacts

New Delhi, Feb. 26: India and Pakistan on Thursday announced that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, even as Indian Army officials asserted there would be no let-up in its fight against terrorism…

02/26/2021

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads

Yangon, Feb. 25: Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army’s seizure of power on February 1. It said in a statement that it was treating the post-coup situation in…

02/25/2021

Joe Biden administration rolls back Donald Trump-era citizenship test

Washington, Feb. 24: The Biden administration has announced the reversal of the stringent Trump-era policy by reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation test module to make the path to US citizenship more accessible to all eligible individuals. US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it was reverting to…

02/24/2021

UN nuclear chief meets Iran officials over N-surveillance

Tehran, Feb. 22: The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog met Iranian officials on Sunday in a bid to preserve his inspectors’ ability to monitor Tehran’s atomic programme, even as authorities said they planned to cut off their surveillance cameras at those sites. Rafael Grossi’s arrival in Tehran comes…

02/22/2021

Myanmar cops open fire on protesters, two killed

Mandalay, Feb. 21: Two persons were killed in Myanmar's second city Mandalay on Saturday when the police and soldiers fired to disperse protests against the military coup, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Protesters took to the streets in cities and towns across…

02/21/2021

Two killed in Myanmar’s Mandalay city in bloodiest day of protests

Yangon, Feb. 20: Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a February 1 military coup, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Protesters took to the streets in several cities and towns…

02/20/2021

Ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal, says US

Paris/Washington, Feb. 20: The United States (US) on Thursday said it was ready to talk to Iran about both nations returning to a 2015 agreement that aimed to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, seeking to revive a deal that Washington itself abandoned nearly three years ago. The move reflects…

02/20/2021

Indian Prime Minister Modi for SAARC medical visa

New Delhi, Feb. 19: India on Thursday mooted an ambitious regional cooperation plan for seamless movement of doctors, nurses and air ambulances between countries of the SAARC and Indian Ocean Region during medical emergencies noting that greater integration was critical to making the 21st century the century of Asia. Addressing…

02/19/2021

Gunmen kill 1 pupil, abduct some 40 people in north Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 18: Gunmen have attacked a school in Nigeria's north-central Niger State Wednesday, killing at least one student and abducting more than 40 people including students and teachers, according to an official, teacher and a prefect. The gunmen, thought to be bandits, shot dead one student during the…

02/18/2021

Australian PM apologises after woman alleges she was raped in parliament

Canberra, Feb. 16: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on Tuesday to a woman who alleged that she was raped in parliament two years ago for the way her complaint was handled at that time, ordering a probe into the government's workplace culture. The woman told an online news publication…

02/16/2021

Carlos Menem, flamboyant Argentine president who tried to tame inflation, dies at 90

Buenos Aires, Feb. 15: Carlos Menem, a former Argentine president who delivered short-lived economic stability and forged close ties with the United States in the 1990s even as he navigated scandal and enjoyed an often flamboyant lifestyle, has died on February 14. Argentine President Alberto Fernández confirmed the death of…

02/15/2021

UK PM Boris Johnson to host virtual meeting of G7 leaders

London, Feb. 14: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to host fellow G7 leaders for a virtual meeting on February 19 ahead of its presidency of a summit in June of the Group of Seven countries, including the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, Downing Street said…

02/14/2021

Italy's Mario Draghi sworn in as Prime Minister of unity government

Rome, Feb. 13: The Italian president swore in the former chief of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, as Prime Minister on Saturday at the head of a unity government called on to confront the coronavirus crisis and economic slump. All but one of Italy's major parties have rallied to…

02/13/2021

China bans BBC from broadcasting for 'violating reporting guidelines'

Beijing, Feb. 12: In an apparent tit for tat, China has banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country for seriously violating its guidelines for reporting, China’s television and radio regulator has announced. The move comes a week after Ofcom, the British media regulator, revoked the licence of Chinese…

02/12/2021

Senate proceeds with trial, six Republicans side with Dems

Washington, Feb. 11: Six Republican Senators joined their Democratic colleagues in the US Senate on Tuesday to vote that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional. Democrats begin formally making their case on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should be convicted for inciting the US Capitol…

02/11/2021

Kabul bombs kill police chief, bodyguard: Afghan officials

Kabul, Feb. 10: A chain of bomb explosions targeting Kabul police on Wednesday killed a district police chief and his bodyguard, and also wounded five people, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, which were all caused by so-called sticky bombs, explosive devices attached to vehicles that…

02/10/2021

UN seeks Asian nations’ help against coup

Washington, Feb. 10: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been reaching out to regional leaders in Asia to call for collective and bilateral action to create conditions for the recent military coup in the country to be reversed, his spokesperson has said. In Myanmar, the police cracked down on demonstrators…

02/10/2021

US President Biden and Indian PM Modi commit towards greater Indo-US ties; work against COVID, terrorism

Washington, Feb. 9: US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a phone call on Monday set up an ambitious agenda to take the bilateral relationship to the next level. Biden and Modi committed that the US and India will work closely together to win the fight…

02/09/2021

UNHRC is flawed, needs reform but walking away won’t fix it: US Secretary Blinken

Washington, Feb. 9: The UN Human Rights Council is flawed and needs reform but walking away from it, will not fix the Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, as he announced that Washington was ready to re-engage and lead the inter-governmental rights body. In a tweet,…

02/09/2021

Internet access restored as Myanmar coup protests grow

Yangon, Feb. 7: As enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands marched through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday to protest last week’s coup, their spirits were lifted by the return of internet services that had been blocked a day earlier. Separate protests that began in various parts of…

02/07/2021

H-1B visa registration for 2022 to begin on March 9, lottery results to be notified by March 31

Washington, Feb. 7: The registration process for the H-1B visa application for the next fiscal year will begin on March 9 and the successful applicants through a computerised draw of lots would be notified by March 31, a federal agency has announced. The notification by the US Citizenship and Immigration…

02/07/2021

Thousands protest against coup in Myanmar's biggest city

Yangon, Feb. 6: Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the first such demonstration since the generals seized power. “Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win,” protesters chanted, calling…

02/06/2021

Charges slapped on Suu Kyi, faces detention until February 15

Naypyidaw, Feb. 4: Police in Myanmar levelled their first formal charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, members of her party said Wednesday, giving military authorities who staged a coup a legal reason to detain her till February 15 for investigations. The charge that Suu Kyi was in possession…

02/04/2021

US warns of curbs on Myanmar amid calls for Suu Kyi’s release

Washington, Feb. 3: US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders and called for a concerted international response to press them to relinquish power. Biden condemned the military’s takeover from the civilian-led government on Monday and its detention of…

02/03/2021

NASA names Indian-American Bhavya Lal as acting chief of staff

Washington, Feb. 2: Bhavya Lal, the Indian-American scientist who oversaw NASA’s transition under President Joe Biden’s administration, has been appointed as the Acting Chief of Staff of the US space agency. According to NASA, Lal brings “extensive experience” in engineering and space technology, serving as a member of the research…

02/02/2021

Myanmar Military Declares 1-Year Emergency, Suu Kyi Detained

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 1: Myanmar's military announced Monday that it has seized power and will rule the country for at least one year after detaining its top political leaders. The military declared a state of emergency, detaining State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior members…

02/01/2021

Queen likely to host Joe Biden at Buckingham Palace: Report

London, Jan. 31: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is expected to host US President Joe Biden at Buckingham Palace ahead of the G7 summit scheduled between June 11 and 13, according to a media report on Sunday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to participate in events in the…

01/31/2021

United Arab Emirates says it will offer citizenship to some

Dubai, Jan. 31: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE previously gave citizenship to Palestinians and others who helped form the…

01/31/2021

UN chief takes jab, hails Indian aid to countries

New York, Jan. 30: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received his first dose of the Covid vaccine (Moderna) here and appealed to people to get vaccinated as soon as they can while stressing that nations must ensure the vaccine is available to everyone, everywhere. He said India's vaccine production capacity…

01/30/2021

Pakistan to renovate gurdwaras, temples across country

Lahore, Jan. 29: The Pakistan government has decided to renovate several holy sites belonging to minorities across the country, in a bid to further strengthen its case of providing safety and security to the minorities living in the country. As per details, several gurdwaras and temples will undergo renovation across…

01/29/2021

UNSC seat for India matter of discussion: Biden’s aide

Washington, Jan. 29: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US President Joe Biden's pick for the ambassador to the UN, hasn't explicitly committed support for India to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). The former administrations of George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump had publicly said that the…

01/29/2021

Russia okays extension to arms control pact with US

Moscow, Jan. 28: Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-US arms control treaty, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both the Houses voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years, a day after a…

01/28/2021

‘Crazy and evil’: Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies

London, Jan. 27: Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them. In an interview…

01/27/2021

Biden dials Johnson over transatlantic ties

Washington, Jan. 25: Joe Biden conveyed his intention to strengthen the “special relationship” with the UK in his first call as the US President with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during which the two leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance and agreed to cooperate on combating climate change and containing…

01/25/2021

Impeachment trial in Senate from February 8

Washington, Jan. 24: The US Senate will begin the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “The Jan 6 insurrection at the Capitol, incited by Trump, was a day none of us will ever forget... healing and unity will only come…

01/24/2021

EU leaders agree to keep borders open

Brussels, Jan. 23: European Union (EU) leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit. Expressing great concern over the virus mutations, the 27 leaders looked at further border restrictions like limits on all non-essential travel, better…

01/23/2021

Biden sends immigration Bill to Congress

Washington, Jan. 22: US President Joe Biden on the first day of his presidency sent a comprehensive immigration Bill to Congress. The Bill proposes a major overhaul in the immigration system, including granting legal status and a path to citizenship to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and other groups…

01/22/2021

First big suicide attack in Baghdad for 3 years kills at least 32

Baghdad, Jan. 21: Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of the Islamic State. Reuters journalists arriving after the blasts…

01/21/2021

Biden to immediately roll back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

Washington, Jan. 20: Joe Biden will sign 15 executive actions after he is sworn in as US president on Wednesday, aides said, undoing policies put in place by outgoing President Donald Trump and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate change. To address the "crises" of the pandemic,…

01/20/2021

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris to take oath today, Washington turns into fortress

Washington, Jan. 20: Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, while Kamala Harris will take oath as the first woman Vice-President on Wednesday, in the midst of growing concerns over the safety of the historic inauguration following the recent violent attack on the…

01/20/2021

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Bangkok, Jan. 19: A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts…

01/19/2021

Biden ropes in 20 Indian-Americans, 17 in key White House positions

Washington, Jan. 18: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his incoming administration, a record for the small ethnic community that constitutes one per cent of America’s population. As many as 17 of them, including Neera Tanden who has been…

01/18/2021

UK invites Indian PM Modi to attend G7 Summit, says Boris Johnson likely to visit ahead of it

New Delhi, Jan. 17: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to be held in the Cornwall region from June 11 to 13. Johnson also plans to visit India before the summit after…

01/17/2021

Indonesia earthquake kills 67

Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 16: A 6.2-magnitude tremor shook Sulawesi in Indonesia, toppling buildings, triggering landslides and killing atleast 67 people. There are reports of many people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Over 600 are injured. Officials are still assessing the full scale of damage. US Geological Survey said…

01/16/2021

Joe Biden unveils plan to pump $1.9 trillion into pandemic-hit economy

Wilmington, Jan. 15: President-elect Joe Biden outlined a $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal on Thursday, saying bold investment was needed to jump-start the economy and accelerate the distribution of vaccines to bring the coronavirus under control. Biden campaigned last year on a promise to take the pandemic more seriously than President Donald…

01/15/2021

South Korea court upholds jail for ex-President Park Geun-hye

Seoul, Jan. 14: South Korea’s top court has upheld a 20-year jail sentence for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader. The verdict on Thursday brought end…

01/14/2021

Kim Jong-un Uses Party Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

Seoul, Jan. 13:  As North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, convened ​a party congress over the past ​eight days, outside analysts wondered if his failure to improve the economic lives of his people would affect the dictator’s nuclear ambitions. At the gathering of his ruling Workers’ Party,  Kim provided an unequivocal answer: absolutely…

01/13/2021

Pakistan PM Imran Khan issues special permit for Dubai royals to hunt internationally protected bird

Islamabad, Jan. 12: The Pakistan government has issued at least seven special permits to Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and six other members of the ruling family to hunt the internationally protected bird houbara bustard during the 2020-21 hunting season, according to a media report on Tuesday. Prime…

01/12/2021

British Hindus seek Boris Johnson’s intervention over Pak minority persecution

London, Jan. 11: British Hindu umbrella organisations have issued a joint letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking urgent action from Pakistan over the rampant persecution of Hindus in the country, highlighting the burning of a temple in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province last month as the most recent example.…

01/11/2021

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Vatican City, Jan. 10: Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others. “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said…

01/10/2021

Pak court asks police to arrest JeM chief Masood Azhar by Jan 18

Lahore, Jan. 9: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has asked the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police to arrest banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar by January 18 in a terror financing case, a court official said on Saturday. The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Gujranwala, issued an arrest warrant against…

01/09/2021

India to chair UNSC panels on counter-terrorism, sanctions

New Delhi, Jan. 9: India is poised to play a vital role in the Afghanistan peace process and in Libya after it was named the chair of the UN Security Council’s sanction committees on Taliban and Libya. According to the Indian Media, In the new allocation of responsibilities at the…

01/09/2021

Republicans splinter over whether to make a full break from Trump

Washington, Jan. 8: US President Donald Trump not only inspired a mob to storm the Capitol on Wednesday. He also brought the Republican Party close to a breaking point. Having lost the presidency, the House and now the Senate on Trump’s watch, Republicans are so deeply divided that many are…

01/08/2021

Trump says 'there will be an orderly transition on January 20th'

Washington, Jan. 7: US President Donald Trump early Thursday said there would be "an orderly transition on January 20th." The president released the statement through the White House minutes after Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's win.  In his statement, the president again made false claims about the outcome of the…

01/07/2021

Woman is shot to death during storming of US Capitol

Washington, Jan. 7: The violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday included the fatal shooting of a woman, according to the District of Columbia police. A police spokesman, Alaina Gertz, provided no further details, including who shot the victim or if anyone had been arrested in the episode. After the…

01/07/2021

As Georgians prepare to vote, Trump interference draws rebuke

Atlanta, Jan. 5: Ms. Loeffler, a rich businesswoman dealing with off towards Mr. Warnock, deflected questions on Mr. Trump and his telephone name as she campaigned across the state earlier than heading to be part of the president Monday night time. “My sole focus is on tomorrow, Jan. 5,” she…

01/05/2021

South Korean-flagged tanker seized by Iran, Seoul demands release

Dubai, Seoul, Jan. 5: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew, Iranian media said on Monday, amid tensions between Tehran and Seoul over Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks due to US sanctions. Seoul confirmed the seizure of a South…

01/05/2021

India to start world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination programme, says Indian PM Modi; thanks scientists

New Delhi, Jan. 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the new year had brought a “big achievement” with the development of not one, but “two Made in India” COVID vaccines. Speaking at the 75th jubilee of the National Physical Laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial…

01/04/2021

UK judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

London, Jan. 4: A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Monday Assange was likely to commit suicide if sent to the U.S. The…

01/04/2021

Massive rallies against killing of Iran general

Baghdad, Jan. 4: Tens of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans streamed to Baghdad’s central square on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The gathering coincided with increasing tensions between Iran and the US…

01/04/2021

India approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi, Jan. 3: India has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, paving the way for a huge immunization campaign in the world’s second most populous country. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Saturday the vaccine had been given the green light on Friday,…

01/03/2021

Ruling on extradition of Assange to US tomorrow

London, Jan. 3: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out on Monday whether he can be extradited from the UK to the US to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military documents. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser is due to deliver her decision at London’s Old Bailey courthouse…

01/03/2021

In Georgia, Biden’s presidency meets early defining moment

Atlanta, Jan. 2: Usually, it’s a President’s first midterm election that reorders a White House’s political approach and priorities. For President-elect Joe Biden, his most defining congressional election is coming before he takes office. Two runoffs on Tuesday in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate and, thus, how…

01/02/2021

Pakistan-based terror groups blocked, says US

Washington, Jan. 2: The US blocked $63 million in funds of designated terrorist groups, including Pakistan-based LeT and JeM, in 2019 as part of its crackdown on foreign terror organisations, according to the treasury department. It blocked $342,000 of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), $1,725 of the Jaish-e Mohammed (JeM) and $45,798…

01/02/2021

North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards

Seoul, Jan. 1: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support "in the difficult times" and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year's Day cards sent to his people. Kim usually gives a televised speech on Jan. 1, but he…

01/01/2021

30 arrested for damaging temple in Pak

Peshawar, Jan. 1: Over 30 persons, mostly members of a radical Islamist party, were arrested after a Hindu temple was vandalised and set on fire by a mob protesting against its expansion work in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Thursday. As many as 350 have been booked. The attack on…

01/01/2021

25 killed, 110 injured in blast at Aden airport in Yemen

Sanna, Dec. 31: A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said. At least 25 people were killed and 110 wounded in the blast. Yemen's internationally recognised government said Iran-backed Houthi rebels…

12/31/2020

At least five killed in Yemen's Aden airport attack, security source says

Dubai, Dec. 30: At least five people were killed and dozens more were wounded in an attack on Aden airport, shortly after a plane carrying Yemen's newly-formed government arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, a local security source told Reuters. The cabinet members, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, were transferred…

12/30/2020

India-born Aisha in Biden digital team

Washington, Dec. 30: US President-elect Joe Biden has announced members of his White House Office of Digital Strategy, where Kashmir (India)-born Aisha Shah has bagged a senior position. Shah has been named Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, which would be headed by Rob Flaherty, Director…

12/30/2020

Serum Institute expects regulatory approval for Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine in a few days

Kolkata/Ahmedabad, Dec 29: The Serum Institute of India, the local maker of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, said on Monday it expected the British and Indian governments to approve shots for emergency use within a few days. “You will be hearing some good news from the UK very soon,” Serum’s Chief…

12/29/2020

Trump ratifies Covid relief Bill

Washington, Dec. 29: US President Donald Trump has signed into law a massive $2.3 trillion spending Bill that includes a $900 billion Covid relief package, averting a government shutdown and extending Covid aid to millions suffering from the economic impact of the pandemic. Trump initially refused to approve the legislation,…

12/29/2020

7 soldiers killed in Balochistan terror attack

Islamabad, Dec. 28: At least seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in the country's restive Balochistan province, the Army said on Sunday. The militants fire-raided a Frontier Corps (FC) outpost in Harnai region of the province late last night, it said. During the intense exchange of fire,…

12/28/2020

Four Pakistan Army personnel killed as military chopper crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan during rescue operation

Islamabad, Dec. 27: Four Pakistan Army personnel were killed when a military helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation due to technical reasons in Gilgit-Baltistan, the army said on Sunday. The chopper crashed in Minimarg area of Astore district on Saturday evening, the army said in a statement. It was transporting…

12/27/2020

French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon

Beirut, Dec. 27: A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a Lebanese justice ministry official said Saturday. The official gave no specific date or details of what information the investigators would seek from Ghosn. Former auto executive…

12/27/2020

Queen references Diwali, Vaisakhi and Eid in Christmas message

London, Dec. 26: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chose a theme of diversity and hope as she referenced all major festivals spent in lockdown this year as part of her traditional Christmas Day speech. The 94-year-old monarch, who spent her first Christmas in decades without a larger royal family gathering, called…

12/26/2020

EU nations assess Brexit deal with UK

Brussels, Dec. 26: European Union ambassadors were convening on Christmas Day to start assessing the massive free-trade deal the bloc struck with Britain that should kick off next week when the acrimonious Brexit divorce process finally comes to an end. After the deal was announced on Thursday, EU nations already…

12/26/2020

Baloch activist appeals to Trudeau for investigation into death of Karima Baloch

Quetta (Pakistan), Dec. 25: Dr Abdul Hakeem Lehri, president of the Baloch People's Congress, appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately and effectively investigate the death of Karima Baloch. Karima was a prominent student leader of Balochistan, who escaped Pakistan in 2016 to take refuge in Canada. She…

12/25/2020

Pak court frees convicts in Pearl murder case

Karachi, Dec. 25: In a surprise move, a Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the release of British-born Al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his three aides, who were convicted and sentenced in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl. A two-judge Bench of the Sindh High…

12/25/2020

UK identifies new South African coronavirus variant, tightens lockdown

London, Dec. 24: Two cases of another new strain of COVID-19 linked to South Africa have been identified in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed here on Wednesday. Like the UK variant identified earlier, the new variant of the novel coronavirus is also driving a massive resurgence of the…

12/24/2020

EU, UK chiefs expected to hold another Brexit call: Sources

Brussels, Dec. 23: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to hold another call on a trade deal on Wednesday or Thursday, sources with the bloc said. The two spoke on Monday as they try to bridge gaps on allocating fish catches…

12/23/2020

Trump refuses to sign COVID-19 relief bill, seeks USD 2,000 stimulus payment

Washington, Dec. 23: US President Donald Trump has refused to sign the COVID-19 relief bill, saying the USD 600 stimulus payment to most Americans was not enough as he asked Congress to increase the amount to USD 2,000. Trump, in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, said that…

12/23/2020

WHO calls meeting on new virus variant, European head says

Geneva, Dec.22: The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a meeting of members to discuss strategies to counter a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that emerged in Britain, its European chief said on Tuesday. He did not give a date for the meeting. "Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent…

12/22/2020

Japan to spend more on defence sector amid Chinese threat

Tokyo, Dec. 22: Japan’s Cabinet approved a ninth straight increase in the nation’s defence budget as the government bolsters funding to develop longer-range cruise missiles and stealth fighters to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. The record 5.34 trillion yen (USD 51.7 billion) defence budget planned for fiscal…

12/22/2020

Sydney imposes lockdown on beach suburbs as COVID cluster grows

Sydney, Dec. 19: A quarter-million people in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs were ordered on Saturday into a strict lockdown until Christmas Eve to help contain a coronavirus cluster with authorities fearing it may spread across Australia’s most populous city. New South Wales (NSW) state government is to announce on Sunday…

12/19/2020

Iran begins N-site work amid tension with US

Dubai, Dec. 19: Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic programme, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show. Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West…

12/19/2020

Any leniency on sanctions against Taliban will be counter-productive to peace process: Afghanistan

United Nations, Dec. 18: Afghanistan has said the Taliban have increased their levels of violence and continued relationship with global terror groups, asserting that any leniency on the sanctions against the insurgent outfit, without real progress and reciprocity from them, will be counter-productive and detrimental to the peace negotiations. Afghanistan’s…

12/18/2020

US Presidential inauguration to be a low-key affair with restricted attendance: Organisers

Washington, Dec. 17: The inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 will be a low-key affair restricted for the public, the organisers said, urging people to participate in the historic event from home given the coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural…

12/17/2020

Nigeria’s Boko Haram behind schoolboys’ abduction: Audio message

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Dec. 16: A man identifying himself as the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram said on Tuesday the Islamist group was behind the abduction of more than 300 schoolboys, as anxious parents begged the government to secure their release. Pupils who escaped kidnap on Friday, by jumping over the…

12/16/2020

Govt is there 24 hours to address any doubts farmers may have, Modi says in Gujarat

New Delhi, Dec. 15: Amid the ongoing protest by farmers on the Delhi borders against the Centre's new agricultural laws, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the three Central farm laws had been rolled out keeping in mind the benefit of farmers.  According to the Indian Media, Reaching…

12/15/2020

‘Time to turn the page’, says Biden after EC confirms his win in US election

Washington, Dec. 15: It is time to “unite, heal and turn the page” on the US election, President-elect Joe Biden told Americans, hours after the Electoral College affirmed his victory over Republican President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede his loss and filed a litany of legal challenges to…

12/15/2020

Indian-American TIME’s Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao focuses on effective COVID-19 vaccine distribution

New York, Dec. 14: Young Indian-American scientist Gitanjali Rao, TIME magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, has said she is brainstorming about solutions for the effective vaccine distribution to address a pressing challenge posed by the coronavirus, and has set her sights on preventing future pandemics. In an interview with PTI, the 15-year-old…

12/14/2020

Bomb and gun attacks in Afghan capital kill 3: Officials

  Kabul, Dec. 13: Separate bomb and gun attacks on Sunday left at least three dead in Afghanistan’s capital, local police said, a day after a barrage of mortar shells shook the city. A sticky bomb attached to an armoured vehicle in northern Kabul killed two, and wounded at least…

12/13/2020

South Korea issues temporary nationwide standstill order to contain bird flu

Seoul, Dec. 12: South Korea's agriculture ministry issued a temporary nationwide standstill order for poultry farms and related transport on Saturday in a bid to contain a wider spread of highly pathogenic bird flu. The movement control order has been put in place for 48 hours, effective from midnight (11pm…

12/12/2020

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris named Time ‘2020 Person of the Year’

Washington, Dec. 11: US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been named by the prestigious TIME magazine as '2020 Person of the Year' for changing the American story, showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division and sharing a vision of healing…

12/11/2020

US sues Facebook over its WhatsApp, Instagram acquisition; alleges it crushed smaller rivals

Washington, Dec. 10: The US government and 48 states have filed parallel antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of anti-competitive conduct by abusing its market power to create a monopoly and crushing smaller competitors, a move which may force it to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. Soon after…

12/10/2020

Pak lawmakers to resign en masse to paralyse govt: PDM chief Rehman

Islamabad, Dec. 9: The political crisis in Pakistan has deepened after an 11-party Opposition alliance announced that their lawmakers will resign en masse by the end of this month from parliament to paralyse the government and force Prime Minister Imran Khan to call early snap polls. The decision was taken…

12/09/2020

Australia to make Facebook, Google pay news outlets for content

Sydney, Dec. 8: Australia locked in plans on Tuesday to make Facebook Inc and Google pay its media outlets for news content, a world-first move aimed at protecting independent journalism that has drawn strong opposition from the internet giants. Under laws to be introduced to parliament on Wednesday, Treasurer Josh…

12/08/2020

‘Uneasy deterrence’ reached with Iran, says US Navy official

Dubai, Dec. 7: The top US Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme. Vice Adm Sam Paparo, who…

12/07/2020

Japan, France, US plan their first joint military drills in May: Paper

Tokyo, Dec. 6: Japan, France, and the United States will hold joint military drills on land and sea for the first time in May next year as the Chinese military steps up activity in the region, the Sankei newspaper said on Sunday. The exercises, conducted on one of Japan’s uninhabited…

12/06/2020

US urges countries to make law over access to Tibet

Washington, Dec. 5: Slamming China for its alleged repressive regime in Tibet, a prime American diplomat has urged different countries to cross their very own variations of a US law that requires denying access to the U.S. for Chinese officers recognized to be concerned in proscribing visits to the distant…

12/05/2020

Pakistan court sentences three more JuD leaders to 15 years in jail in terror financing cases

Lahore, Dec. 4: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced three more leaders of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) to 15 years imprisonment each in two more terror financing cases. Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore Judge Ijaz Ahmad Buttar handed down the sentence to Abdul Salam bin Muhammad, Zafar…

12/04/2020

US Senate passes bill eliminating per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas

Washington, Dec. 3: The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that eliminates the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrant visas and raises it for family-based visas, a legislation that will hugely benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals in America who have been waiting for years to get their…

12/03/2020

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in world first

London, Dec. 2: The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to…

12/02/2020

US govt opposes release of Tahawwur Rana, says he is a flight risk

Washington, Dec. 1: The US government has moved a motion in a federal court in California opposing the release of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, describing him a flight risk. Rana, 59,…

12/01/2020

Thai protest leaders hear police charges of defaming king

Bangkok, Nov. 30: Five leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement reported to police Monday to acknowledge charges that they defamed the king, the most serious of many offenses of which they stand accused. The five are part of the student-led movement that for several months has been campaigning for Prime Minister…

11/30/2020

Biden announces all-female senior White House communications team

Washington, Nov. 30: President-elect Joe Biden turned to two Obama administration veterans on Sunday to head up his White House’s communications strategy and serve as its public face. Kate Bedingfield, who served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president and on his presidential campaign, will be the White…

11/30/2020

Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria

Maidguri, Negeria, Nov. 29: Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria’s northern Borno State, officials said. The attack was staged Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe, a Borno community known for…

11/29/2020

Rouhani says Iran will retaliate for scientist killing ‘at proper time’

Tehran, Nov. 28: Iran’s president vowed Saturday to exact revenge over the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program as he joined other officials in blaming Israel for the slaying. Israel, long suspected of killing scientists a decade ago amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has…

11/28/2020

President-elect Joe Biden prioritises experience with Cabinet picks

New York, Nov. 25: US President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy. With…

11/25/2020

Trump administration gives green light to proceed with Biden transition

Washington, Nov. 24: After weeks of defiance, US President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to President-elect Joe Biden, giving his Democratic rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results. Trump, a Republican, has…

11/24/2020

Biden push to restore US global role starts with Blinken

Wilmington, Delaware/ New York, Nov. 23: US President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward on his campaign pledge to restore America as a leader on the global stage and lean on experts, tapping veteran diplomats for key posts even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede. Biden will name…

11/23/2020

Trump bid to overturn election stumbles as judge tosses Pennsylvania lawsuit

Washington, Nov. 22: US President Donald Trump’s desperate bid to overturn the US election was dealt a new setback on Saturday when a federal judge threw out his campaign’s attempt to invalidate millions of  votes in Pennsylvania. US District Court Judge Matthew Brann ruled that the Trump campaign’s efforts to…

11/22/2020

Michigan election staff recommends state to OK Biden victory

Detroit, Nov. 21: Michigan's elections agency on Friday recommended that the November 3 results be certified next week by state canvassers, a decision that would bless Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump but likely not cool partisan strife over the vote. The recommendation was posted online with the formal…

11/21/2020

China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO: Biden

Washington, Nov. 20: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules and announced that his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation. Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted…

11/20/2020

Pakistan’s anti-terror court sentences JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two more cases

Lahore, Nov. 19: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror cases. Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on…

11/19/2020

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

San Francisko, Nov. 18: US President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cellphone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks. While the campaign may be winding down, the data strategy is very much alive,…

11/18/2020

Certain elements inside Pak military had links to al-Qaeda: Obama on raid that killed Osama

Washington, Nov. 17: Barack Obama has said that he had ruled out involving Pakistan in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout because it was an “open secret” that certain elements inside Pakistan’s military, and especially its intelligence services, maintained links to the Taliban and perhaps even al-Qaeda, sometimes using…

11/17/2020

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister for seventh time in 2 decades

Patana (India), Nov. 16: Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as chief minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term in Raj Bhavan on Monday evening.  Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumar at 4:30 pm in the presence of senior BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president…

11/16/2020

Violence erupts in Washington as Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters

Washington, Nov. 15: Violence erupted on the streets of downtown Washington after thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump held a protest rally to back his unproven claims of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractices during the 2020 presidential elections. The “Million MAGA March”, held a week after Democrat…

11/15/2020

With historic win in Georgia, Biden's projected electoral college vote tally matches Trump’s in 2016

Washington, Nov. 14: President-elect Joe Biden has wrested Georgia and President Donald Trump has retained North Carolina, major US media outlets have projected, bringing the closely-fought and bitter 2020 presidential race to a close. Trump, who has not yet conceded the election to the projected winner, Biden, has repeatedly asserted,…

11/14/2020

Facebook founder Zuckerberg first tech giant head to acknowledge Joe Biden as next US President

Washington, Nov. 13: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has change into the primary head of a US tech big who has acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden as the subsequent president of the nation, a media report has mentioned. Mr. Zuckerberg informed his staff that the result of the November 3 election is now…

11/13/2020

Sputnik-V 92% effective: Russia

New Delhi, Nov. 12: Two days after US pharma giant Pfizer claimed 90 per cent effectiveness for its Covid vaccine, Russia Wednesday announced that the world’s first registered vaccine against SARS-CoV2, Sputnik V, had demonstrated 92 per cent efficacy after the second dose. The Russian Direct Investment Fund said the…

11/12/2020

Police expose global child abuse ring centred in Australia, arrest 16 persons

Canberra, Nov. 11: A tip from US authorities has exposed a major child sex abuse ring in Australia with links to the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and New Zealand, police said on Wednesday. A childcare worker and a children’s soccer coach were among 16 men arrested in the Australian…

11/11/2020

First images of final design of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple released

Dubai, Nov. 10: The majestic stone façade of the first Hindu temple coming up in Abu Dhabi will be adorned with scenes from Hindu epics, scriptures and ancient stories from India, as well as motifs popular in the Gulf countries, according to a media report on Tuesday. The temple management…

11/10/2020

Biden plans for White House as Trump plans rallies to protest his election loss

Wilmington,Del./Washington, Nov. 9:  Democrat Joe Biden began preparing on Sunday to deal with the coronavirus and other problems that will confront him as president of a divided America, while President Donald Trump planned campaign-style rallies to contest the election. One day after Biden clinched enough states to win the presidency,…

11/09/2020

World leaders express hope, relief after Biden win

Washington, Nov. 8: World leaders congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, cheering it as an opportunity to fortify global democracy and celebrating the significance of Americans having their first female vice president. Although President Donald Trump did not concede defeat, relief was a common theme expressed in many…

11/08/2020

Rapper King Von shot to death outside a nightclub in Atlanta

Atlanta, Nov. 7: Chicago rapper King Von was among three people shot and killed in a shooting early on Friday outside a nightclub in Atlanta that also left three people wounded, state investigators said. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, and a group of men left…

11/07/2020

Trump falsely claims victory with votes uncounted, rival Biden confident

Wilmington/Washington, Nov. 4: US President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory over Democratic rival Joe Biden on Wednesday with millions of votes still uncounted in a White House race that will not be decided until tallying is completed over the coming hours or days. By early Wednesday, the race was down…

11/04/2020

5 dead in Vienna attack; attacker sympathised with IS, had previous conviction

  Vienna, Nov. 3: Five people died, including an assailant, and 17 others were wounded in a shooting in the heart of Vienna hours before a coronavirus lockdown started, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday. The dead attacker was a 20-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian dual national who had a previous terror conviction.…

11/03/2020

Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin Minister: Report

Mailbourne, Nov. 2: Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought five new ministers into her executive. Born in India, Radhakrishnan, 41, went to school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to further her education. She has spent her work life…

11/02/2020

French manhunt underway after shooting of Greek priest

Lyon (France), Nov. 1: French police interrogated one suspect and searched for others on Sunday after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot and critically wounded while closing the door to his church in the French city of Lyon. Investigators are trying to determine whether a man arrested Saturday night was…

11/01/2020

Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of context

Kuala Lumpur, Oct. 31: Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he is disgusted because his comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his blog on Thursday that Muslims have a right to be…

10/31/2020

Thousands protest in Bangladesh over Macron remarks after killings in France

Singapore, Oct. 30: Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday after killings by a knife-wielding assailant in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief. French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France -…

10/30/2020

Trump admn proposes to scrap computerised lottery system to select H-1B visas

Washington, Oct. 29: The Trump administration has proposed to scrap the computerised lottery system to grant H-1B work visas to foreign technology professionals and replace it with a wage-level-based selection process, a move that is expected to counter the downward pressure on the wages of US workers. A notification on…

10/29/2020

Trump slams his ‘favourite’ Fox News for covering Obama’s campaign

Washington, Oct. 28: US President Donald Trump Tuesday slammed his “favourite” Fox News channel for broadcasting live his predecessor Barack Obama’s poll campaign for his opponent and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “Fox (News) puts him on all the time and they put sleepy Joe on all the time and…

10/28/2020

India, US ink defence pact; Pompeo says US stands with India, mentions killing of Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley

New Delhi, Oct. 27: India and the US signed the landmark defence pact, BECA, that will allow sharing of high-end military technology, geospatial maps and classified satellite data between their militaries as the two countries held a high-level dialogue on Tuesday, and vowed to ramp up their security ties and…

10/27/2020

US sees highest number of new Covid cases in past two days

Washington, Oct. 26: The United States has seen its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, keeping the pandemic a top election issue as Vice President Mike Pence travels the country to campaign despite close aides testing positive. The United States reported 79,852 new infections…

10/26/2020

On Trump’s ‘filthy India’ remark, Biden says 'deeply value friendship with India'

Washington, Oct. 25: Slamming US President Donald Trump for his comment on India's air pollution, former vice president and Democratic Party's presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday said he and his running mate Kamala Harris deeply value America's partnership with India. “President Trump called India 'filthy'. It's not how you…

10/25/2020

France bans Islamist group after killing of teacher: Govt spokesman

Paris, Oct. 21: France will ban an Islamist group named after the late Sheikh Yassin as part of a crackdown on militants following the murder of a French schoolteacher last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen…

10/21/2020

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

Cairo, Oct. 20: US President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families but some hurt in the attacks weren’t happy with…

10/20/2020

Indian-Americans hold rally in California in support of Biden, Harris

New York, Oct. 19: Indian-Americans held a Get out the Vote (GOTV) rally in the US state of California in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris for the November 3 elections. For the future of this and next generation of Indian-Americans and to…

10/19/2020

Car bombing in Afghanistan kills 12, wounds more than 100

Kabul, Oct. 18: A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, officials said. The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light…

10/18/2020

Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party registers landslide victory in New Zealand general election

Wellington, Oct. 17: Jecinda Ardern swept to a landslide victory in the New Zealand general election on Saturday, securing a second term as voters rewarded her for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. With 95 per cent of votes counted, Ms Ardern’s Labour Party were on course to gain 49…

10/17/2020

It's time to prepare for no-trade deal Brexit: UK PM Johnson

London, Oct. 16: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously and that unless Brussels changed course there would not be an agreement. A tumultuous "no deal" finale to the…

10/16/2020

EU imposes sanctions on 6 Russians over Navalny poisoning

Brussels, Oct. 15: The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and one organisation over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent. The move came a day after Russia’s foreign minister warned that Moscow might respond with similar measures. The decision…

10/15/2020

9 dead after two army helicopters collide in Afghanistan

Lashkar Gah (Afghanistan), Oct. 14: Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers amid renewed fighting against Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country's Defense Ministry and local officials said Wednesday. The two Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical problems while…

10/14/2020

'I have failed': Kim Jong Un shows tearful side in confronting North Korea's hardships

Seoul, Oct. 13: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his "man of the people" persona to tackle his country's deepening crises. Though the young…

10/13/2020

Bus-train collision in central Thailand leaves 17 dead

Bangkok, Oct. 11: At least 17 people died early on Sunday when a train collided with a bus in central Thailand, officials said. The tour bus was travelling with 65 passengers on board when it crossed the railway track during rain in Chacheongsao, 80 kilometres east of Bangkok, where a…

10/11/2020

Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Baku/Yerevan, Oct. 10: Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of swiftly violating the terms of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday, raising questions about how meaningful the truce, brokered by Russia, would turn out to be. The ceasefire, clinched after marathon talks in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin, was…

10/10/2020

UN's World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, Oct. 9: The United Nations' World Food Programme on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The organisation provided assistance to almost 100 million people in 88 countries around the world last year. “I think this is…

10/09/2020

Kamala Harris describes Trump administration's handling of COVID-19 as 'greatest failure'

Washington, Oct. 8: Democratic vice president nominee Kamala Harris described the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the "greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history" of the US as she opened the only vice presidential debate with a sharp attack on Vice President Mike Pence, who…

10/08/2020

By 2021, as many as 150 mn people likely to be in extreme poverty due to COVID-19: World Bank

Washington, Oct. 7: The World Bank on Wednesday warned that by 2021, as many as 150 million people are likely to be in extreme poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic and countries will have to prepare for a "different economy" post-COVID by allowing capital, labour, skills and innovation to move…

10/07/2020

Trump returns to White House after 4-day stay at hospital; tells people not to fear coronavirus

Washington, Oct. 6: US President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday night after spending four days at a military hospital where he was treated for coronavirus. Trump, 74, looked healthy. Showing his fitness, Trump in an unusual decision climbed up the South Portico stairs, instead of the…

10/06/2020

Pakistan ex-president Asif Ali Zardari indicted in Park Lane and Thatta Water case

Islamabad, Oct. 5: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Park Lane and Thatta Water Supply cases. Zardari, 63, the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was present in the Islamabad-based court and pleaded not guilty. During the hearing, the court indicted…

10/05/2020

Donald Trump undergoing Remdesivir therapy at military hospital; says ‘doing well’

Washington, Oct. 3: US President Donald Trump was shifted to a military hospital where he was given Remdesivir therapy following treatment with an experimental drug after testing positive for COVID-19, a development that upended his election campaign just weeks before the presidential polls. Trump, 74, and his wife First Lady…

10/03/2020


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