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India can stand solo against China in any border dispute: Think tank

AFTER the violent June 15 Galwan Valley clashes, India has shown the confidence of standing solo against China in any future border dispute despite the United States’ offer of forming a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad alliance against Beijing, a European-based think tank said. Since the clashes in Eastern Ladakh, several negotiations between India and China have taken place...

Death toll in Beirut blast rises to 100

AN OFFICIAL with the Lebanese Red Cross says that at least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 wounded in the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. The official, George Kettaneh, says, the toll could rise further. Blast in Beirut’s port appeared to have been triggered by a fire. It was the most powerful explosion ever seen in the city, which has endured civil war, conflicts with Israel and terror attacks. Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after ..

Trump signs order to ban hiring H-1B

IN ANOTHER huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order asking federal agencies to hire Americans and preventing them from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers, mainly those with H-1B visas. ..

NASA men in SpaceX capsule land safely

TWO NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by US astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to and from orbit...

Cooling of Earth caused by volcanic eruptions, not meteors: Study

ANALYSIS of sediment found in a central Texas cave in the US shows volcanic eruptions responsible for the cooling of the Earth around 13,000 years ago, say researchers. Some researchers believed the event - which cooled the Earth by about 3 degrees Centigrade, a huge amount - was caused by an extraterrestrial impact with the Earth, such as a meteor collision. But the current study, published in the journal ‘Science Advances’, shows the evidence left in layers of sediment in Hall’s Cave was almost ..

Will ban TikTok in US soon: Trump

UNITED States President Donald Trump has said that he will act to ban TikTok as soon as on Saturday, amidst reports of American technology giant Microsoft being in advanced talks to acquire the popular Chinese-owned video app. Trump, talking to reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force 1 from Florida on Friday, said he could use the emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States...

Moderna’s vaccine shows protection from COVID-19 in monkey: Study

US BIOTECHNOLOGY company Moderna’s experimental vaccine to prevent COVID-19 induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the novel coronavirus in the upper and lower airways of monkeys exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to a study...

Malaysia ex-PM Najib gets 12 years jail in 1MDB looting

A MALAYSIAN court sentenced former Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve up to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of crimes involving the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that brought down his Government in a shocking election ouster two years ago. Najib was calm and stone-faced as he became the first Malaysian leader to be convicted...

Additional 6.7 mn children under 5 could suffer from hunger due to COVID-19: UNICEF

AN additional 6.7 million children under the age of five across the world could suffer from wasting this year due to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNICEF warned on Tuesday. According to the UNICEF, in India, there are still around 20 million children under five years of age who are suffering from wasting. According to the Global Hunger Index 2019, wasting among children in India rose from 16.5 per cent in 2008-2012 to 20.8 per cent in 2014-2018...

US closes consulate in China’s Chengdu

CHINA on Monday said it took control of the US consulate in Chengdu after it was formally closed as per Beijing’s directive in retaliation to America’s move to shut down the Chinese diplomatic mission in Houston. “At 10 am July 27, as required by the Chinese side, the US Consulate General in Chengdu was closed,” a press release by Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Chengdu is the capital of south-west China’s Sichuan province...

First batch of 11 Afghan Sikhs arrive in India

THE first batch of eleven members of the minuscule Sikh community from Afghanistan, who have been facing persecution at the hands of Pakistan backed Taliban, arrived in India at 1:20 pm on Sunday in a special flight facilitated by the Government of India...

Astronauts make last spacewalk before departure in SpaceX flight CAPE

ASTRONAUTS squeezed in one last spacewalk on Tuesday before turning their attention to the all-important end to SpaceX’s first crew flight. NASA’s Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy floated out of the International Space Station on their fourth and final spacewalk in under a month. Instead of swapping batteries, they had to route cables, hook up a tool storage chest and perform other maintenance. ..

China uses technology to wipe out Muslim Uyghur community

OVER the years China has remodelled its tactics to wipe out the Muslim Uyghur community. In recent years, the Beijing Government has begun using technology to conduct its own kind of genocide. By putting Xinjiang under a grid management system, China is now able to control every aspect of Uyghur’s life -- religious, familial, cultural and social, the ‘Foreign Policy’ reported. Under the grid management system, the cities and villages are split into squares of about 500 people wherein each square ..

Oxford University’s vaccine safe, induces immune response: Scientists after phase-I human trials

A CORONAVIRUS vaccine created by the University of Oxford appears safe and induces a strong immune response within the body, scientists announced on Monday after the first phase of human trials. Doses of the vaccine were given to 1,077 healthy adults aged between 18 and 55 in five UK hospitals in April and May as part of phase one clinical trial and results published in ‘Lancet’ journal. The results show they induced strong antibody and T-cell i..

UAE launches Arab world’s first spacecraft to Mars

EMIRATIS brimmed with joy and pride as the UAE made history on Monday by successfully launching its spacecraft “Al Amal” towards Mars from a Japanese launch centre, marking the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. Al Amal, or Hope Probe, weighing 1.3 tonnes was launched from the H-2A rocket from Japan’s remot..

Princess Beatrice wears wedding dress loaned by Queen in UK

PRINCESS Beatrice wore a vintage dress loaned to her by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace has said as it released official photographs from the private family event. The Queen’s granddaughter and the property tycoon were married on Friday in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor...

4 persons held for vandalising rare Buddha statue in Pak

FOUR persons have been arrested in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province for vandalising a rare statue of Gautam Buddha discovered during excavation at an agriculture farm, police said on Saturday. The statue that was discovered in tehsil Takhtbai of Mardan district was destroyed on the orders of a local Maulvi (prayer leader), local residents said. Four suspects have been arrested and an FIR under the antiquity act has been filed, police said..

Pakistan’s role in thwarting intra-Afghan talks comes to fore with intensified Taliban violence

WITH an intensified Taliban-perpetrated violence in Afghanistan in recent weeks, Pakistan’s behind-the-scenes role in thwarting intra-Afghan talks in Doha and intentions of getting a Taliban dispensation in Kabul have come to the fore, a European think-tank has said in a report. As per European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) report, Pakistan’s involvement in stoking the present escalation of Taliban violence has not been debated. If Pakistan possessed enough leverage over the Taliban to ..

India emerging as big competitor to China, tax cut helps: Trump Advisor

INDIA is emerging as a big competitor to China and New Delhi’s corporate tax rate cuts makes it attractive for investors, according to US President Donald Trump’s top economic advisor. Addressing reporters at the White House on Thursday, Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, said: “People are losing trust in China and India becomes a big competitor. And if I’m not mistaken India has slashed its corporate tax rate. ..

US breaks single-day record with 77,000 cases

WITH more than 77,000 new COVID-19 cases, the US broke the record for the number of confirmed infections registered in a single day, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Friday morning, the US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 3,570,037 and 138,291, respectively, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. ..

It’s time to push back against the challenge posed by China: Pompeo

THE time has come for the world to push back against the challenge posed by the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he contended that the US “slept on this threat for too long.” Pompeo also said the Chinese Government was aware of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus before they shared this information with the world. “Countries not only in Southeast Asia but in Asia more broadly, in Europe, have come to understand the threat that the Chinese Communist Party ..

Closest pics of Sun’s ‘campfires’ released CAPE

A EUROPEAN and NASA spacecraft has snapped the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun, revealing countless little “campfires” flaring everywhere. Scientists on Thursday released the first images taken by Solar Orbiter, launched from Cape Canaveral in February. The orbiter was about 48 million miles (77 million kilometers) from the Sun — about halfway between Earth and the Sun — when it took the stunning high-resolution pictures last month. NASA’s Park..

US, China, UAE to send unmanned spacecraft to Mars CAPE

MARS is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to seek signs of ancient microscopic life while scouting out the place for future astronauts...

Russian varsity completes trials of world’s first COVID-19 vaccine successfully

THE clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, told Sputnik, adding that the first group of volunteers would be discharged on Wednesday and the second on July 20...

‘Kids don’t transmit COVID-19, schools should reopen in fall’

TAKING a cue from recent studies that examine COVID-19 transmission by and among children, researchers say that children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults and schools can and should reopen in the fall while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The authors of the commentary published in the journal Pediatrics based their conclusions on a new study published in the current issue of Pediatrics and four other recent studies on kids and COVID-19 tran..

Foreign students must leave if classes go fully online: US

IN A move that will adversely impact hundreds of thousands of Indian students, the US immigration authority has announced that foreign students will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only classes in this fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a press release on Monday that for the fall 2020 semester students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load ..

Japan floods toll mounts to 40 as more areas warned of heavy rain

THE death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan rose to 40 on Monday, including 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing home, as rescuers searched for 10 missing people and rain threatened wider areas of the main island of Kyushu, officials said...

‘Nations uniting against China’s bully tactics’

CHINESE President Xi Jinping has apparently decided that this is the right time to assert dominance and territorial expansionism when the global economies are reeling with the side-effects of a deadly pandemic outbreak, but instead of just rolling over, a growing number of nations are fighting back, the ‘New York Post’ reported. New Delhi raising of tariffs on Chinese goods, restricting Chinese investments and banning TikTok as well as 58 other Chinese apps from Indian phones is one of the latest ..

13 UK universities on brink of collapse without COVID-19 bailout: Report

AN estimated 13 UK universities, educating around 5 per cent of students in the country, would not be able to survive the coronavirus pandemic lockdown without a Government bailout support, a new report claimed. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimates that long-term losses for the UK’s higher education sector could come in anywhere between 3 billion pounds and 19 billion pounds, with the biggest losses stemming from a fall in international student enrolments – including those from India who ..

Chinese city sounds alert for case of bubonic plague

BEIJING, A CITY in northern China on Sunday sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was reported, according to official media here. Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run ‘People’s Daily Online’ reported. The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur. The local health authority announced that the warning period will continue until the end of 2020. “At present, there ..

WHO team to visit China next week to investigate origins of coronavirus

AMID global concerns that China delayed giving information regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, a team of WHO (World Health Organisation) will visit the country next week to investigate the origins of the virus and its spread to human beings. The visit will take place more than six months after the WHO’s Country Office in China picked up a statement from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’. ..

Japan extends strong show of support for India, hits out at China

IN A strong show of support for India, Japan on Friday hit out at China, saying that it opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh where the Chinese aggression led to the killing of 20 Indian soldiers and 43 Chinese soldiers last month...

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

DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate and former US Vice-President Joe Biden has said that if he wins the November elections, strengthening America’s strategic relationship with its natural partner India will be a “high priority” for his administration. Biden is challenging incumbent President Donald Trump, a Republican, in the November 3 US presidential election. “India needs to be a partner in the region for our safety’s sake and quite..

Flu virus with pandemic potential identified in China; no threat yet

A FLU virus strain, identified among pigs in China, is jumping species to infect swine industry workers, according to a study which says the pathogen has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” however experts say there is no imminent threat of another global outbreak. The study, published in the journal PNAS, is based on a surveillance of pigs in China from 2011 to 2018, and found that the influenza virus strain, with genetic material termed as G4 genotype, has become predominant ..

World fears COVID-19 worse yet to come

THE world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones on Sunday -- 5,00,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases -- and hit another high mark for daily new infections as Governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come. Worldwide, there are 10.1 million confirmed cases and over 5,01,000 reported deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University of government reports. About 1 in 4 of those deaths – more than 1,25,000 – have ..

Terrorists attack Pak Stock Exchange; eleven killed, hostage situation foiled

FOUR heavily armed militants attacked the busy Pakistan Stock Exchange building here with guns and grenades on Monday morning, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead in an exchange of fire, authorities said. The militants, who arrived in a car, opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades at the main gate of the multi-storey building situated in the city’s high-security commercial hub as they tried to storm it...

ASEAN leaders take position against China’s vast historical sea claims

SOUTH-EAST Asian leaders said a 1982 UN oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds...

India joins UN’s ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ as founding member

UNITED NATIONS, INDIA has become a founding member of an Alliance for Poverty Eradication at the UN, launched by the President of the General Assembly, aimed at focussing on efforts to boost global economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. President of 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will formally launch the ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ on June 30, which he said will serve as a forum for Member States to raise awareness about danger that poverty poses ..

Tanzanian miner finds two gems, turns millionare

A SMALL-SCALE miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found. Tanzania’s Government bought the book-sized stones weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) and 11 pounds (5 kg) from miner Saniniu Laizer for USD 3.4 million. Minerals Minister Doto Biteko said on television Wed..

Trump issues proclamation to suspend H-1B, other visas till year end

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to suspend issuing of H-1B visas, which is popular among Indian IT professionals, along with other foreign work visas for rest of the year. Trump said the step was essential to help millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the current economic crisis. Issuing the proclamation ahead of the Nove..

China loses WTO dispute over market economy status

IN A landmark development, China has lost a dispute to the European Union at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for a market economy status, as the former allowed the dispute to lapse. The development comes after four years of battle for the market-economy status by China. The designation would have put the country in a stronger position in respect of its commercial and trade partners. A note by the WTO Secretariat said China allowed the dispute to lapse...

Malala celebrates her Oxford degree

MALALA Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner who once took a bullet for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, was over the moon on Friday after completing her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University. Malala, 22, who attended Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall college, took to Twitter to share two pictures that show h..

‘Closely monitoring’ Indo-China border row: US

THE US is “closely monitoring” the situation following a fierce clash between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh, and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully, a senior State Department official has said. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border stand-off between the two ..

North Korea will pay if it takes actual military action: South

SOUTH Korea’s military on Wednesday warned it will make sure that North Korea “pays the price” if it actually takes military action against the South. The Joint Chiefs of Staff statement came hours after North Korea said it will redeploy troops to an inter-Korean industrial park in the western border town of Kaesong and the Mount Kumgang joint tourism ..

US man survives COVID-19, gets a whopping Rs8cr hospital bill

 SEATTLE  ANelderlymanwhobattledcoronavirus for 62 days at a hospital in the US has been handed over a staggering 181-page bill of $1.1 million (nearly Rs 8 crore). Michael Flor, 70, who became the longest-hospitalised COVID19 patient at Swedish Medical Centerin Issaquah, a city inKing County, Washington State, and survived, knew the bill would be a hefty one but looking at 181- page long bill left him in shock. He came so close to death in the spring that a nurse held a phone ..

Saudi Arabia mulls cancelling Haj for first time: Report

SAUDI Arabian authorities were considering cancelling the annual Haj pilgrimage season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932, after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official said. “The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered. A formal decision will be taken within a week,” ‘Gulf News’ quoted the official in the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah as saying to the UK’s ‘Financial Time..

Thousands mourn Floyd in Texas amid protests across US

OVER 5,000 mourners from across the US, wearing face masks and gloves, lined up outside a church here to pay their final respects to African-American George Floyd, whose custodial killing stoked widespread protests in America and other countries over racial injustice. Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after white police officer Derek Chauvin handcuffed and pinned him to the ground, and knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while the 46-year-old from Houston gasped for breath. The footage, ..

Global death toll from COVID-19 crosses 4,00,000

THE worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 400,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an undercount because many who died were not tested for the virus...

Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups

FACEBOOK has removed nearly 200 social media accounts linked to white supremacy groups that planned to encourage members to attend protests over police killings of black people — in some cases with weapons, company officials said Friday. The accounts on Facebook and Instagram were tied to the Proud Boys and the American Guard, t..

Trump threatens military action to quell protests

AS THE anti-police brutality protests exploded into orgies of anarchy and crime coast-to-coast, US President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military if local officials did not act decisively against the looting and arson. From Washington and New York to Chicago in the nation’s centre to Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley, over a dozen cities came under curfew on Monday night after being hammered by a night of looting that stretched into the day. But hundreds defied the 11 pm curfew in New ..

‘China delayed releasing COVID-19 information; frustrating WHO’

THROUGHOUT January, the World Health Organisation publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the Chinese Government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,.” But in fact, Chinese officials sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the deadly virus for over a week after multiple Government labs had fully decoded it, not sharing details key to designing tests, drugs and vaccines. Strict controls on information and competition within ..

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem

TENS of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened on Sunday for the first time in more than two months, but worshipers have been ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Islam’s holiest site in Mecca remained closed to the public. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site for Muslims after Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina, also reopened for prayers for the first time since it was ..

Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Friday said that America is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organisation as he blamed it and China for the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organisations, Trump announced a series of decisions against China including issuing proclamation to deny entry to certain Chinese..

India committed to maintaining peace, tranquility along LAC: MEA

“INDIA is committed to the objective of maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh. He said that Chinese and Indian Armed Forces scrupulously follow the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries on the situation in Eastern Ladakh. “At the same time, we remain firm in our resolve to ensure India’s sovereignty,” he said...

Ninth century Shiv Linga found in Vietnam

A MONOLITHIC sandstone Shiv Linga from the ninth-century was discovered during an on-going conservation project in the Cham Temple Complex in Vietnam -- over 5,000 kilometers from here. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has undertaken several major conservation works across various countries of Asia, including the My Son Temple in Vietnam...

China takes another U-turn, says coronavirus had ‘multiple origins’

IN WHAT seems to be anabsolutely new theory, Chinese scientists have said that the nov-el coronavirus may not have itsorigin in theWuhan seafood mar-ket, which allegedly caused the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.‘People’s Daily’, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, revealed onWednesday that new evidencesuggests ‘multiple origins of thetransmission of the virus’...

Twitter labels Trump tweets with afact check for the first time

FOR the first time,Twitter put a warning labelunder two posts by Donald Trump , prompting the US President to accusethepop-ular social media platform of“ interfering”in the presidential election scheduled in November.Twitter highlighted two ofTrump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud in the elections, append-ing amessagethe social mediagiant has introducedrecently tofight mis information or unveri-fied claims.“There is NOWAY (ZERO!) that Main-in ..

Indian-American IBM scientist bags inventor of year award

PROLIFIC Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving Artificial Intelligence capabilities. Dr Joshi, who is a master inventor with more than 250 patented inventions in the US, works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York...

WHO suspends Hydroxycholoroquine clinical trial on COVID-19 patients

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director-General, said that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 patients has come to “a temporary pause”, while the safety data of the the anti-malaria drug was being reviewed. According to the WHO chief, ‘The Lancet’ medical journal on May 22 had published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effects on COVID-19 patients that have been hospitalised, reports Xinhua news agency. The authors of the ..

US Navy tests weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight successfully

A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet has announced. Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to disable an aerial drone aircraft, the Navy said in a statement on Friday...

COVID-19 cases drop to zero in China, but surge in Latin America

NEW coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time on Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. The virus hit a reopened church in Germany and possibly a restaurant, too. The pandemic’s persistence stymied authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies at the same time, disrupting the Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the ..

Researchers record world’s fastest Internet data speed

SCIENTISTS have achieved the world’s fastest Internet data speed, which is enough to download 1000 HD movies in a split second, using a single optical chip, an advance that can help scale up the capacity of network connections across the world. According to the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the new innovation could fast-track telecommunications capacity of countries struggling with demand on Internet infrastructure...

Hindujas share 2nd spot in UK rich list

TWO sets of Indian-origin siblings dominate the annual tally of Britain’s wealthiest as the Hinduja and Reuben brothers share the second spot with a fortune of 16 billion pounds each, while British inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson tops ‘The Sunday Times Rich List 2020’ with 16.2 billion pounds. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, who run the Hinduja Group of companies, lost 6 billion pounds to slip from the top slot in last year’s list. Mumbai-born David and Simon Reuben lost 2.66 billion pounds over ..

Spraying disinfectants can be ‘harmful’, says WHO

SPRAYING disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Saturday. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, the WHO says spraying can be ineffective. “Spraying..

World Bank approves $1 bn loan to India

THE World Bank on Friday approved a USD 1 billion loan to support India’s efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme” will support the Government’s efforts towards a more consolidated delivery platform – accessible to both rural and urban populations across state boundaries. This takes the total commitment from the World Bank towards emergency COVID-19 ..

Jeff Bezos could be world’s first trillionaire by 2026

AMAZON founder and CEO Jeff Bezos could potentially become the worlds first trillionaire as early as 2026, at which point he will be aged 62, says a study. Despite losing an estimated $38 billion as part of his recent divorce, Bezos is still by far the world’s richest person and his net worth has grown by 34 per cent on average over the last five years, said the study by Comparisun, a company which helps organisationscompare different business products. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg could gain ..

Global corona death toll crosses 3,00,000 mark

THE global death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 3,00,000, mark with over 4.42 million cases of infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Some 1.58 million people have also been cured of the illness, as per US-based tracker. As of 4 am Friday, the number of people infected globally stands at 4,426,937 with at least 301,370 deaths reported. The United States has the highest case count in the world, 1,413,012, including 85,581 fatalities...

5 plagues from China in last 20 yrs, at some point it has to stop: US NSA

AS MANY as five plagues have come out of China in the last 20 years and at some point it has to stop, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has said, holding the country responsible for the origin of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 2,50,000 people globally. People across the globe are going to rise up and tell the Chinese Government that “we can no longer have these plagues coming out of China”, whether it is from labs ..

COVID-19 vaccine may never be found, warns UK PM

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a COVID-19 survivor, has warned that a mass vaccine for the highly contagious disease may be over a year away and may in fact never be found. In his foreword to the Government’s new 50-page guidance on a step by step easing of the lockdown measures in place to control the spread of the deadly virus, the UK Prime Minister lays out plans for businesses to gradually start reopening with“COVID-19 Secure” measures of social distancing and for the public to use“good ..

Pompeo holds video conference with his counterparts from India, 5 other nations

US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo has discussed with his counterparts from India, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan and South Korea the importance of international co-operation, transparency, and accountability in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and in addressing its causes. Pompeo spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo, Isr..