UK eases travel curbs, moves India from ‘red’ to ‘amber list’

The United Kingdom on Wednesday (August 5) upgraded India from ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list on its latest travel protocols for COVID-19, effective ...
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Chinese president Xi makes rare visit to Tibet, close to Arunachal

State-run Xinhua news agency reported that during his visit, Xi stressed upon fully implementing the guidelines of the ruling Communist Party for "governing Tibet in a new era and writing a new chapter of lasting stability and high-quality development for the plateau region".

‘Shocked’ China vetoes WHO proposal for second probe into COVID origin

WHO chief seeks Beijing’s cooperation in second probe on COVID origins, wants access to raw patient data; proposal is political, says China

Olympics opening ceremony director fired for decades-old Holocaust joke

Kentaro Kobayashi, the show director for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, was sacked by the organising committee on Thursday for a decades-old joke cracked by him on the Holocaust. Kobayashi has been accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in one of his comedy acts, including the phrase ‘Lets play Holocaust’. Kobayashi is a wel...

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China abolishes fine for couples with more than one child to boost population

It is official. China no longer has a family planning law in place which makes having more than two children a criminal offence. The Chinese government released a document on Tuesday (July 20) which clearly aims at encouraging couples to give birth to more babies as the country stares at a rapidly aging population. For records, birth rate droppe...

Who is Wally Funk, the oldest person to fly to space at 82

Wally Funk, who took her first spaceflight on Tuesday in Blue Origin’s New Shepard, became the oldest person to go to space at the age of 82 years. Funk took the flight along with Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and 18-years old Oliver Daemen – the youngest person to go to space. Funk received her pilot licence at th...

Best Day Ever, says Jeff Bezos after his 11-minute space voyage

Days after billionaire Richard Branson took off to space, Jeff Bezos, rated as the world’s richest man, blasted off to space on Tuesday on his rocket ship New Shepard. Bezos and two others were back after 11 minutes, 100 km up. After the touch-down, Bezos thundered, 'BEST DAY EVER.' Bezos was accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old...

Panic after ‘bio-bubble burst’ at Olympics

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Singapore rolls out new set of dining-in rules for fully vaccinated people

Singapore allows fully vaccinated 5-people groups at food outlets; but, top restaurant chains continue to implement a 2-persons-per-table limit

Pakistani fighters, Taliban told to first target Indian assets in Afghanistan

As a large number of Pakistan terror groups have entered Afghanistan to join Taliban in their fight against the government, Pakistan intelligence agency, ISI, has ostensibly instructed them to first target buildings and infrastructure constructed by India, over the last 20 years, in war-torn Afghanistan.

UK’s health secretary tests positive, as Britain set to scrap all pandemic rest...

UK's health secretary Sajid Javid has said on Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was going in for self-isolation even as his government is all set to lift pandemic restrictions from Monday (June 19) in England.

Taliban ‘regrets’ Siddiqui’s death; issues an advisory for journali...

The Taliban has expressed regret over the death of Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, but denied any role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s death in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Siddiqui, a Reuters journalist, was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakista...

Prevent Indian talent from moving to Canada, US lawmakers urged

Indian talent is now getting attracted towards Canada in large numbers, instead of the US,  mostly because of its outdated H-1B visa policy, immigration and policy experts have told US lawmakers, PTI has reported. This is mainly because of the per-country quota on issuing employment-based green card or permanent residency, experts said on Tuesda...

Richard Branson is now an astronaut, but did he actually go to space?

There is no single point in the sky where space can be said to begin, in part because Earth’s atmosphere doesn’t simply vanish; rather, it gradually becomes thinner and thinner over about 600 miles. Per National Geographic:

French diners, restaurateurs worry over new COVID pass rule

French restaurant owners are worrying about the new COVID passes that have been made mandatory for the public, making the owners feel like virus police.

Unilateral change in status quo on LoAC not acceptable: Jaishankar to Wang

The lack of forward movement from the Chinese side since the disengagement in Pangong lake areas in February is not helping in the resolution of outstanding issues, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar said on Wednesday

Jaishankar urges nations to act as Taliban advance continues

Hundreds of Afghan security personnel recently chose to flee across the border into Tajikistan, which hosts a Russian base, rather than attempt to halt the Taliban’s advance in northern Afghanistan

Will seek India’s military aid if situation warrants, says Afghanistan

Mamundzay also the country needed India’s help to build a new Afghan parliament, a series of dams, and other infrastructure projects.

Jackie Chan wants to join China’s ruling Communist Party

Chinese Media on July 12 reported that famed action-star and martial artist icon Jackie Chan wishes to join the Communist Party of China.

Singapore: Indian national gets 9-month jail for breaching COVID norms

A 26-year-old Indian citizen has been sentenced to nine months jail on Monday for trying to leave Singapore during the peak of the COVID pandemic when he had been asked to wait in a hospital for the results of his swab test. Balachandran Parthiban was tested positive after he was picked up by the police at Changi Airport and escorted back to Sin...

Richard Branson, the space visitor with ‘Tamil roots’

For Richard Branson, a British billionaire with Indian roots, stepping outside Earth is just another new frontier to break into

What’s up on the Afghan front as armed Taliban marches on

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar undertook a three-day Moscow visit, beginning July 7, amid reports of an ominous, onward march of the Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, especially in the north, bordering Tajikistan. Afghan government forces have reportedly fled and taken shelter in Tajikistan. The Taliban have reportedly taken control of around one-thi...

VSS Unity with Branson and five others to fly into space on Sunday

Billionaire Richard Branson is all set to travel to the edge of the space on Sunday (July 11) as part of his astro-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic Holding Inc (SPCE.N). The “tie-loathing adventurer and troublemaker”, as the 71-year-old Branson describes himself on Twitter, will join five company employees for the test flight that will take off ...
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