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Sushma discusses bilateral ties with Maldivian counterpart

  MALE,  INDIA and the Maldives on Sunday discussed measures to strengthen bilateral ties and collaborate in the fields of defence, development cooperation, capacity building and health as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with the country’s top leadership, including her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid. Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on a two-day visit, the first full-fledged bilateral trip from India to the island nation after the Government of President ..

Optimistic that matter will be resolved: Chinese envoy on Azhar listing at UN

   NEW DELHI,  CHINA’S Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Sunday expressed optimism that the issue relating to India’s push for designating Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN would be resolved through consultations. “We are optimistic that this matter will be resolved,” Luo said on sidelines of an event at Chinese embassy here when asked about China putting a hold on listing of Azhar by UN Security ..

New US military budget focused on China

    WASHINGTON,   CHINESE bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarised in three words: “China, China, China.” The US is still fighting small wars against Islamic extremists, and Russia remains a serious concern, but Shanahan seeks to shift the military’..

‘Pak should hand over Salahudeen, Dawood to India to show sincerity’

  NEW DELHI, India has shared various key details such as coordinates of terror groups operating from Pakistan soil to Islamabad which can be verified by a third country, said sources   IF Pakistan was sincere in tackling terror, then it should at least hand over to India Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, Government sources said on Saturday. They said Pakistan has failed to take any credible action ..

US, France, UK in intense discussions with China on Masood’s listing

     By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON, China is believed to have suggested “certain changes” in the language of the terrorist designation. The US, Britain and France are believed to be currently looking at the suggestions   THE US, France and the UK are believed to be in intense “good faith” discussions with China to arrive at a “compromise”, including on the language on the UN designation of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed ..

‘This is not New Zealand’: Ardern to refugees

   CHRISTCHURCH (New Zealand),   THIS is not New Zealand, the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reaffirmed on Saturday during a visit to a refugee centre here to show her solidarity with the Muslim community in the wake of the ghastly terror attacks at two mosques which claimed the lives of 49 people. “You were quick to mention this is not the New Zealand that you know. I want to reaffirm that today. This is not New Zealand,” she said. “A ..

Defiant New Zealand mosques attack suspect charged with mass murder

  CHRISTCHURCH, A RIGHT-WING extremist flashed a white power gesture as he faced the first of many murder charges in a New Zealand court on Saturday, while a shellshocked community dug graves for 49 mosque-goers he stands accused of slaying. Australia-born, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant stood largely impassive in the dock wearing handcuffs and a white prison smock, as the judge read the first of what are expected to be a host of murder charges that could mean he dies in jail. Flanked by armed ..

NZ mosque killings spark global horror

  PARIS, (AFP) ATTACKS on two mosques in New Zealand which left at least 49 people dead on Friday have sparked horror, revulsion and dismay around the world. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,..

India, Myanmar Armies conduct coordinated op against insurgents

THE Armies of India and Myanmar conducted a “coordinated operation” from February 17 to March 2 against insurgents in Myanmarese territory to avert a possible threat to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project, official sources said. However, the Indian Army did not cross the border during the operation, they said...

Russian-US crew arrives at International Space Station

A RUSSIAN-American crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts...

N Korea may break off US talks: Official

  PYONGYANG, (IANS) NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un may break off denuclearisation talks with the US and resume missile and nuclear testing, a senior official here said on Friday. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui told foreign diplo..

Israeli warplanes hit 100 Hamas targets in Gaza in reprisal attack

 JERUSALEM, (AFP) , ISRAEL said on Friday its aircraft hit around 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave, including toward its economic capital Tel Aviv. “Fighte..

Pak owes $10 bn debt to China for Gwadar port: Top US General

 WASHINGTON, (PTI) PAKISTAN owes its “all weather friend” China at least USD 10 billion debt for the construction of the Gwadar port and other projects, the top US General has said, as he underlined Beijing’s “pred..

49 killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques

 CHRISTCHURCH, (AP) Over 20 seriously hurt Australian racist among four taken into custody A man who claimed responsibility of attack leaves behind 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto Bangladesh cricket team escapes unhurt “It is a terroris..

France to freeze Masood’s assets

FRANCE has decided to sanction Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar “at the national level”, hereby freezing his assets, just two days after China blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council...

India, US seek tangible, irreversible action by Pak against terrorists

The US and India have asked Pakistan to take "tangible and irreversible action" against terrorist groups on its soil and deny safe haven to them to launch cross-border attacks, as Washington reiterated its firm support to New Delhi in the fight against terrorism. The US’ support to India was expressed by America’s National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vi..

UNSC members may take ‘other actions’ on Azhar listing: Diplomats warn China

Responsible member-states of the Security Council may be forced to take "other actions" if China continues to block moves to designate Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, diplomats at the UN’s principal organ have warned. The senior diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity to give a sense of the frustration of the other members of the Security Council after China on Wednesday p..

Trump ‘walks’ as N Korea talks end abruptly without deal

  HANOI, “Basically they wanted sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that,” said Trump.“Kim may have left irate, for all we know. He may have no intention of continuing this,”said a US expert.Kim will stay on in Vietnam for a State visit, before his expected departure on Saturday. THE US-North Korea nuclear summit in Hanoi ended abruptly without a deal on Thursday, with President Donald Trump saying he had decided to “walk” ..

US House passes major gun control law

    WASHINGTON, The Bill allows background checks for all gun salesThe Bill is unlikely to be approved in the Senate, where the Republicans have a majorityTHE US House of Representatives has approved a Bill expanding background checks for all gun sales, including those at gun shows and on the Internet. The Bipartisan Background Check Act seeks to close loopholes that allow people to buy guns without being subjected to a federal background check -- under current law, private purchases ..

Delhi court slams Tihar officials for failing to justify Michel’s shifting

   NEW DELHI, A DELHI court on Thursday lashed out at the Tihar Jail authorities for failing to justify shifting of Christian Michel, arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, to a high security cell in isolation, saying it will start an inquiry if it does not get a proper response. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said Michel has been lodged in jail for last 70 days and what happened suddenly due to which he has now been shifted to the high security ward. Deputy Superintendent ..

Trump is ‘racist, ‘conman’, Cohen to Congressional panel

     NEW YORK, A CONVICTED tax cheat and liar, who was once Donald Trump’s lawyer, has come before a Congressional committee to testify that the President is a “racist”, a “conman” and a “cheat” and to warn that there will not be peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election next year. Michael Cohen, in his dramatic testimony on Wednesday before the Democrat-dominated House Oversight and Reform Committee, made serious charges ..

Photo taken with a drone shows ‘Vessel’, a 150-foot-tall structure

Photo taken with a drone shows ‘Vessel’, a 150-foot-tall structure of climbable interlocking staircases, that is the centre point of the $ 25 billion Hudson Yards Redevelopment in New York. The climbable structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick opens to the public on Friday. ..

Welcome Change

According to a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) India's arms imports from Russia, the major supplier of defence material for the country for decades, shrunk by a whopping 42 pc during the 2014-2018 period. From India’s 75 pc imports of arms from Russia during 2009-13 period, they have slumped to 58 pc. Such a drastic drop of imports of arms from India’s traditional supplier can be attributed to two major poli..