Zuckerberg names goat ‘Bitcoin’, Facebook pic feeds rumours, memes

Speculations are rife that Facebook top boss Mark Zuckerberg may go Elon Musk’s way and invest in Bitcoin. A Facebook post shared by the multi-billionaire on Monday (May 10), introducing his two pet goats – Bitcoin and Max – went viral and became a subject of many memes as well.

Explained: What triggered sudden escalation of Gaza Strip violence?

Al Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam. The mosque sits inside a 35-acre site known by Muslims as Haram Al Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and by Jews as the Temple Mount. The site is sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims

As Bill-Melinda settle divorce, future of Gates Foundation remains uncertain

The divorce announcement by Bill and Melinda Gates a few days back, though shocking for the world, seemed to have been worked out well in advance by the billionaire couple, suggest financial details of the split now emerging.

Attenborough: World will soon see challenges more severe than COVID

Natural historian and climate change activist Sir David Attenborough has warned the world of challenges, far more severe than COVID-19, in the next five to 10 years.

French pilot says he was tied to pole, ‘fired at’ in hazing ritual

A French air force pilot has alleged that he was tied to a target on a firing range while fighter planes fired at him during a hazing ritual in 2019 at the Solenzara air base on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. According to the complaint of the pilot accessed by Reuters, he was subjected to the hazing ritual after getting inducted at ...

Joe Biden is in no rush to fix North Korean puzzle

If there is one thing that the President of the United States, Joseph Biden, has made clear in his first four months in office, it is that he is not interested in seeking the Nobel Peace Prize over Kim Jong Un’s North Korea. It is not as if the 46th President does not look for peace in the Korean peninsula; but that his administration and top polic...

Finally, Chinese vaccine Sinopharm gets WHO nod

The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China, the UAE, Pakistan and Hungary. For the record, it is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing.

Explained: US’ big plans to help India tide over COVID surge

After paying lip service initially, the US has prepared a comprehensive plan to help India in its hour of need as the second wave of COVID ravages India.


More bodies found floating in Ganga, dozens buried on the banks


Spike in black fungus cases: Health minister has this advice for you

In the past few days several cases have been reported in Maharashtra, where Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said there could be more than 2,000 infections

Has Coronavirus emerged from a lab? That theory is possible, say scientists

'Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,' the scientists said in a letter to the journal Science

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COVID relief work will continue, says Youth Cong chief after police grilling

A Crime Branch team of the Delhi Police on Friday (May 14) questioned the Indian Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV for alleged illegal distribution of COVID medicines. Srinivas has been actively making pandemic relief efforts. The police had earlier approached AAP MLA Dilip Pandey on a similar matter. Srinivas said he is not worried as he has done nothing illegal.




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Myanmar faces uncertain future as ‘Junta’ rules with an iron fist

Entering the fourth month of a self-inflicted wound, the brass hats in Myanmar are in a deep bind and have to make one of three choices: listen to sober voices in the international community and loosen the iron grip; go along with words of “wisdom” from like-minded tight fisted pseudo democratic regimes and continue with the nightmare; or pay no attention to any advice from anywhere, lock the country once more and throw the keys away. The last is an option that might seem very tempting in a country where the junta for five decades, starting 1962, did just that much to the detriment of national development and its people.

COVID: US to send supplies worth USD 100mn to India; first shipment airlifted

Washington: The US has said it would send supplies worth more than USD100 million to India as part of its commitment to use every resource at its disposal to support India’s frontline healthcare workers in their battle against COVID-19. Supplies including 1,100 oxygen cylinders, 1,700 oxygen concentrators and 15 million N95 masks would be sent to India in t...

Did NSA Ajit Doval meet Pakistan ISI chief in UAE last year?

The recent thaw in India-Pakistan relationship is guided by trade and economics rather than Kashmir and terrorism, sources quoted Pakistan’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa saying this to a group of some 20 top journalists at an official ‘iftar’ party on April 23.

On telephone call, Biden assures Modi of vaccine raw materials

Newdelhi: US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19 and asserted that his country was determined to support its efforts by quickly deploying resources like therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of Covishield vaccine. Biden expressed t...

Modi, Biden team up to announce Indo-US climate agenda for 2030

India and US will work together to launch a joint ‘climate and clean energy agenda for 2030’, which will help other developing countries get affordable access to green finance and clean technologies, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Australia to limit India flights after several nations impose travel curbs

Days after UK, US, Hong Kong and New Zealand asked their citizens to avoid travel to India and imposed flight restrictions, Australia has said it will reduce the number of its citizens able to return from India and other ‘red-zone’ countries to contain the risk of more virulent strains of COVID-19 spreading, media reports said. The Australian go...

Powerful blast rocks hotel in Pakistan’s restive Quetta; four killed

A powerful bomb blast in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta late on Wednesday (April 21) killed at least four persons and injured 12 others, authorities said, dismissing reports that a Chinese delegation was present in the building when the explosion occurred.

Eight killed in mass firing at Fedex unit in Indianapolis, shooter dead

Indianapolis: Eight people were shot and killed in a late-night shooting at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis, and the shooter has killed himself, police said. Multiple other people were injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. At least four were hospitalise...

Did Suez ship blockage cause sulphur pollution? No, the culprit’s a volcano

Volcanic eruption at Mount Etna in Italy and not the six-day blockage of Suez Canal in March resulted in sudden spike in sulphur dioxide (SO2) concentration in the air on the Mediterranean side of the canal, the BBC reported on Thursday (April 15).

Bernie Madoff, architect of largest Ponzi scheme in history, dies in US prison

“I’m terminally ill,” he told The Washington Post newspaper at the time. “There’s no cure for my type of disease. So, you know, I’ve served. I’ve served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I’ve suffered through it”

Egypt seizes vessel that blocked Suez Canal, seeks $900 million compensation

Egypt has seized the 200,000-tonne megaship which blocked Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week. Following Egypt’s Ismailia Economic Court orders, the Japanese owners of ‘Ever Given’ have been asked to pay $900 million in compensation for the economic loss caused due to one-of-its-kind blockage of the world’s busiest commercial sea route that connects Europe to Asia.

$450 mn Da Vinci painting bought by Saudi monarch has art world divided

Ever since Saudi monarch and ruler Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) bought the famous Leonardo Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ called Salvatore Mundi (Saviour of the World) at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2017 for $450 million, it has been dogged by controversy about its authenticity.

Prince Philip leaves a colourful trail in an eventful life as Windsor patriarch

In a nation with many centenarians, he missed the milestone by a couple of months. He would have been 100 by June and both the admirers of the monarchy as well as its carping critics in Britain (and there are many) were looking forward to that day.

Chabahar Port likely to be declared operational by May: US report

Washington: After a brief halt, India accelerated the work on Chabahar Port early this year and the strategic Iranian port is expected to be operational by next month, a Congressional report has said.

Between promise, growth and danger: Spring meetings of IMF, World Bank

With the global death toll as a result of the coronavirus peaking 2.5 million and nations in the developed and developing world looking at the second and third spikes of the deadly pandemic, a light at the end of the tunnel  is “increasingly visible," says IMF in its World Economic Outlook.

17 missing in Indonesia fishing boat, cargo ship collision

Jakarta: A collision between a cargo ship and a fishing boat left 17 people missing off Indonesia's main island of Java, officials said Sunday. The fishing boat with 32 aboard capsized after hitting the Indonesian bulk carrier MV Habco Pioneer late Saturday off Indramayu district, said the head of the Search and Rescue Agency, Deden Ridwansyah. Fiftee...

Woman, children spat at, hurled anti-Asian slurs in New York subway

New York: New York City police asked for the public's help Saturday in finding a man wanted for yelling anti-Asian slurs at a 44-year-old woman and her three children, spitting at her and kicking her cellphone off a subway train. Police are calling Tuesday's incident a hate crime.

Myanmar death toll at 550 amid protests, military crackdown

Yangon: The civilian death toll in the crackdown by the Myanmar junta has reached 550 since the Feb. 1 coup, a human rights group said Saturday.

Lockdown imposed at US Capitol after vehicle rams 2 officers; 1 dead

Washington: A lockdown was imposed on Friday after a man rammed a vehicle into two police officers outside the US Capitol, resulting in the death of one of them. The man then emerged out of the vehicle with a knife and started dashing at the injured officers, prompting the police to shoot at him. He died later at a hospital. The deceased officer was identif...

Enabling environment must to revive India-Pak ties: Imran Khan to Modi

In what looks like the beginning of a thaw in strained relations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi has called for an “enabling environment” to proceed with constructive talks to iron out existing issues and differences between the two nations. In a starter, Pakistan on Wednesday is slated to ...