Kuwait’s draft law on expats may lead to ouster of 8 lakh Indians

The Kuwait government’s draft law to reduce the number of expat Indians to 15 per cent of the population may lead to the ousting of over 8 l...

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead; rescue efforts on to evacuate stranded

Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan

Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge assembly facility

Iran has confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly centre

Rapper Kanye West to run for President in 2020 polls

Rapper Kanye West on Satu...

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Centre crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus, his family said. The Palm Beach Post reported that Stephen Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in Florida, died March 28 at Delray Medical Centre due to COV...

America loves India, says US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (July 5) said 'America loves India' while thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his wishes on America's 244th Independence day Earlier today PM Modi tweeted, "I congratulate @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and the people of the USA on the 244th Independence Day of the USA." He said that as world's largest democr...

Former world leaders warn against Israel’s annexation plan

United Nations: A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday (July 3) to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1.

52 Pakistan International Airlines employees sacked: Report

Islamabad: Cash-strapped Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has terminated the services of 52 employees on various charges, including fake degrees, breach of rules, according to a media report. Last month, it had grounded over 140 pilots after it was revealed that some of them held 'fake' licences.

Japan may cancel state visit of Chinese president over souring relations

Japan may cancel the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping amid protests by Japanese lawmakers over China’s new national security law that they fear threatens the right of Japanese people and companies in Hong Kong, said a report in Hindustan Times. The new law, passed by China aims to punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and...


Haridwar border sealed in view of ban on Kanwar Yatra

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Nabanna vs Raj Bhavan: Inside the murky corridors of power in Bengal

One loses count of the number of occasions West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar engaged in a war of words with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government since taking oath as Governor on July 31 last year.

Over one-third ASI monuments located in 5 states worst hit by pandemic

The nod for reopening ASI-protected monuments across the country from Monday (July 6) has triggered concern among people since over one-third of such structures are located in the five states that are worst affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauded ‘Bengaluru COVID-19 model’ falters as cases shoot up in city

Bengaluru: The much-lauded 'Bangalore COVID-19 model' seems to have faltered with the state government relaxing lockdown restrictions to boost economic activities in the state that had come to a grinding halt for two months. 




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First alerted on coronavirus by our office, not China, says WHO

The World Health Organisations in a recent update of its account of the early stages of the pandemic said that it was alerted by its own office in China, and not China itself to the first pneumonia cases in Wuhan. Earlier on April 20, WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference the first report had come from China, but did no...

French Prez Macron names Jean Castex the new prime minister

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister.

Train-bus collision kills 29 in Pakistan, most were Sikh pilgrims

At least 19 passengers were killed and eight others were injured when a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims was hit by a train in Sheikhupura district in Pakistan's Punjab on Friday afternoon, said local media reports. Police have said that 27 persons were present in the bus.

Modi, Putin discuss post-COVID world, stress on closer ties

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday stressed on the importance of closer ties between the two countries for jointly addressing challenges of the post-COVID world. This came a day after Putin secured enough votes to stay in power until 2036.

746 arrested as UK security officials bust top secret crime chatroom

London: A top secret encrypted communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been busted in a joint operation carried out by UK security officials, resulting in 746 arrests.

Australia considers offering safe haven to Hong Kong residents

PM Scott Morrision said Australia was "actively considering" an offer of safe haven to Hong Kong residents threatened by the imposition of a controversial security law by China that gave it sweeping powers over the former British territory

Nepal Parliament houses prorogued; PM Oli may split party to retain office

In a big relief to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Thursday (July 02) granted his approval to the government’s proposal to discontinue the ongoing Budget session without dissolving it. The move comes after Oli held a Cabinet meeting held at his residence in Baluwatar to seek the President's nod to prorogue t...

Myanmar seeks international help against ‘China-backed’ rebel groups

New Delhi/Chennai: Myanmar has sought international help to suppress rebel outfits active in the nation which are reportedly supported with sophisticated weapons by "strong forces", apparently China, reported Hindustan Times on Thursday.

‘Aggressive stance against India, other countries confirms true nature of Chine...

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that according to President Donald Trump the aggressive stance of Beijing against India and other countries in the region confirms the "true nature" of the Chinese Communist Party. Against the backdrop of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, she said the US was closel...

If elected, will revoke H1-B visa suspension: Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections. On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration susp...

If elected, bolstering ties with natural partner India will be high priority: Biden

Washington: Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden said that if he wins the November elections, strengthening relationship with India which is the US "natural partner", will be a high priority for his administration. "India needs to be a partner in the region for our safety's sake, and quite frankly for theirs," he said in res...

Russian voters agree to extend Putin’s rule to 2036

Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday (July 1) was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. With most of the nations polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for ...

US gets 3 months stock of remdesivir, none left for UK, Europe: Report

The US on Tuesday (June 30) virtually bought all the stocks of the two drugs proven to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients for the next three months, leaving none for the UK, Europe or rest of the world.

Pakistan Army appoints 1st female officer as lieutenant-general

Major General Nigar Johar, who got the coveted post of a three-star general, has also been appointed as the first female surgeon general of the Pakistan Army

Journalist who inspired 2017 protests in Iran sentenced to death

Tehran: Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam's website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials t...

China cuts Uighur Muslim births with forced IUDs, abortion, sterilisation

Beijing: The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far mor...

Indian websites not accessible in China, Xi Jinping govt blocks VPN

Beijing: Amid ongoing tensions between India and China over the June 15 standoff in Galwan Valley, China has blocked access to Indian websites and newspapers in their country.

Joe Biden names Indian-American expert as digital chief of staff

Indian-American Medha Raj has been named by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his digital chief of staff, a key role in his election campaigns which are entirely going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. "In this capacity, Raj will work across all facets of the digital department to streamline and coordinate how to maxim...

India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s missing females: UN report

India accounts for 45.8 million of the world's 142.6 million "missing females" over the past 50 years, a report by the United Nations said on Tuesday (June 30), noting that the country along with China form the majority of such women globally. The State of World Population 2020 report released on Tuesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UN...

New swine flu virus strain with “pandemic potential” identified in China:...

A new flu virus strain, identified among pigs in China, is becoming prevalent among workers in the swine industry, according to a study which says the pathogen has "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus." The study, published in the journal PNAS, is based on a surveillance of pigs in China from 2011 to 2018, and found that th...