Why Tel Aviv overtook Paris as world’s costliest city

The strengthening of Israeli currency shekel, on the back of a robust vaccination drive, behind growth, says Economist survey.

Pakistani land allotted to Indians, Lahore HC calls it ‘legal blunder’

In a baffling case of what the Lahore High Court (LHC) has described as “a serious legal blunder”, a civil judge in Lahore allotted Pakistani land to some Indian nationals. And it was not a mistake: the allottees produced their Indian identity documents before him, a report in PTI said, citing Pakistan’s Samaa TV. The authorities quickly annulle...

World on high alert as Omicron variant spreads to more countries

The new potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus has popped up in more European countries, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. In India too, states have intensified checking after the Centre's directive amid global concern over the fresh varia...

World races to fight new threat Omicron, as WHO calls it variant of concern

The new South African variant of SarsCov-2, suspected to be more contagious and perilous than the Delta variant, has disrupted the normalcy that was beginning to set in in a post-pandemic world. While the variant has led to the crash of stock markets worldwide, several countries, which had opened up their economies, have quickly imposed fresh cu...

Battling massive COVID surge, Europe locks up ahead of Christmas, New Year

Europe is in the grip of a resurgent spell of the COVID-19 pandemic with several nations implementing strict curbs, in view of a surge in daily infections for the past few days, much to the chagrin of civilian populations in many pockets. The continent, now the epicentre of the virus, alone accounts for nearly two-thirds of new infections across th...

Austria reimposes full lockdown as COVID tightens grip in Europe

Lockdowns are back in Europe, which is grappling with surging COVID cases. Austria has become the first nation in western Europe to reimpose a full lockdown, as was announced by Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Friday. It also plans to make vaccinations mandatory from February 1 next year. “The lockdown will start from Monday and will be ...

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Now you can repair your own iPhone or Mac. Check out the details

Apple is letting some iPhone users fix their own phones, a sharp turnaround for a company that has long prohibited anyone but company-approved technicians from fiddling with its proprietary parts and software. The company said on Wednesday (November 17) that it would enable users of two of the newest iPhone models and eventually some Mac compute...

China led wealth boom in last 20 years, logged $30 trillion over US

The digital boom and outsourcing businesses appear to have helped the Chinese gain the most wealth in the world in the last two decades, pipping the US by the huge margin of $30 trillion, according to a report by researchers at the consultancy McKinsey & Co..

China grapples with resurgence of Delta variant as cases surge in Dalian

China, the first country to report the emergence of the COVID-19 disease in 2019, is now grappling with a resurgence of infections due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. According to reports, while the highly transmissible variant has affected 21 provinces and cities including Beijing, the government has imposed certain restrictions on people ...

Russia’s S-400 systems begin arriving in India amidst threat of US sanctions

S-400, Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence systems, has begun to arrive in India, confirmed Dmitry Shugayev, the head of the Russian military cooperation agency to Russian news agencies on Sunday (November 14) at the Dubai aerospace show.

COP26: India under fire after late intervention on fossil fuel

India has certainly made a mark at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, but it also has drawn criticism from many quarters. Many nations and climate activists slammed India for making demands that weakened the final agreement. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries have accepted a new climate agreement after the summit in Glasgow concluded its extra time...

COP26: Activists, tiny nations upset as compromise climate deal struck

Almost 200 nations accepted a compromise deal Saturday aimed at keeping a key global warming target alive, but it contained a last-minute change that watered down crucial language about coal. Several countries, including small island states, said they were deeply disappointed by the change promoted by India to phase down, rather than phase out c...

Biden govt allows work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders

In a step that would benefit thousands of Indian Americans, the Joe Biden administration has agreed to provide automatic work authorisation permits to spouses of H-1B visas holders in the United States. The settlement in this regard was reached by the Department of Homeland Security in a class-action lawsuit, which was filed by the American Immi...

Portugal restricts companies from contacting employees after office hours

Are you used to getting messages or calls after office hours from your boss, piling on more work that seeps into your precious home life and annoys you no end? You have probably been wondering what to do about it, and how to “switch off”. Portugal is one country which has come up with a solution for this. The Portuguese parliament has passed ...

Finally, China, US come together to fight climate crisis

The world’s top two carbon polluters, China and the United States, pledged on Wednesday (November 10) to increase their cooperation on climate action in a joint declaration issued at UN climate talks in Glasgow. In separate press conferences, Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry said the two countries would work to...

BAPS lured Indian workers on low wages across US: Report

A prominent Hindu organization is facing new allegations in an updated lawsuit, which claims that it lured labourers from India and forced hundreds of workers to work for low wages at its temple sites across the United States. In May this year, a group of Indian workers had filed a lawsuit in US District Court alleging violations of human traffi...

SpaceX crew launch marks 600 space travellers in 60 years

NASA and Elon Musk-owned SpaceX on Wednesday launched four more astronauts to the International Space Station, aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endurance. The crew of four included a veteran space walker and two young crewmates chosen for NASA’s lunar missions. The repeatedly delayed flight occurred on Wednesday, just two days after SpaceX brought...

Afghanistan should not be used for terrorism: Delhi Declaration of 8-nation summit

A regional security summit hosted by India, to review the security situation in the region arising from recent developments in Afghanistan, and attended by eight nations, has issued a declaration on Wednesday (November 10) emphasising that Afghanistan’s territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist acts.

Indian fisherman shot dead by Pak off Gujarat coast; matter being probed

India has condemned the killing of a fisherman from Maharashtra by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the international maritime boundary line in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast on Saturday and initiated an investigation into the incident, reports said. “We have taken serious note of this incident. We are going to take up th...

Fuel tanker explosion in Sierra Leone burns to death more than 90 people

A huge explosion at a petrol station in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has killed more than 90 people, burning people in cars and streets nearby, media reports said on Saturday. “We recovered 80 bodies from the site of the accident last night with our ambulances,” a rescue worker from the Red Cross was quoted as saying by AFP.  While rescue ope...

COP26 turned into a PR event, it’s a failure: Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has lashed out at the ongoing International Climate Conference in Glasgow for being “a failure” so far, and accused the leaders of actively creating loopholes in the rules and greenwashing their countries’ emissions

Brazilian Grammy winning singer Marilia Mendonca dies in plane crash

Marilia Mendonca, one of the youngest stars of country music in Brazil, died in a plane crash on Friday (November 5). The 26-year-old mega-popular "sertanejo" singer was killed when the small plane she was traveling in crashed in Minas Gerais state, according to firefighters. The crash also killed the Latin Grammy-winner's producer and one of...

Binance volunteers to probe Squid game crypto; bring out names of fraudsters

Crypto exchange Binance has proactively and voluntarily decided to probe Squid crypto token, the cryptocurrency scam, and pass on information it finds to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Investors lost millions of dollars in Squid as the market crashed, a sign that the fraud was well planned. “Our security team has launched an investigati...

WHO’s grim warning for Europe: Half a million COVID deaths likely by Feb

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday sounded out a sombre warning for Europe which is seeing a resurgence of COVID -  that it may see “another half a million COVID-19 deaths” by February if the current trajectory continued. “The current pace of transmission across the 53 countries of the European Region is of grave concern,” WHO Europ...

Global emissions back to pre-COVID levels after unprecedented drop in 2020

Most concerning is the long-term upward trends of CO₂ emissions from oil and gas, and this year’s growth in coal emissions.

Lawyer for Rust armourer says sabotage may have led to Alec Baldwin shooting

A lawyer for the woman who oversaw weapons used on Rust has said an act of “sabotage” may have caused the shooting that led to the death of a cinematographer on the movie set. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armourer in charge of weapons on the Western movie set in New Mexico, United States, where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot Halyna Hutchins last...