Sold to China as a bride, she came home to Pak on the brink of death

SOLD by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognisable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. “Don’t ask me about what happened to me there” was her only reply to her family’s questions, her cousin Pervaiz Masih said. Within just a few weeks, she was dead. David’s mysterious death adds to a growing body of evidence of mistreatment and abuses against Pakistani ..

Pak court indicts Saeed for terror financing

HAFIZ Saeed, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned JuD, was indicted on Wednesday by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court here on terror financing charges, amidst intense international pressure on Islamabad to bring him to justice. The anti-terrorism court (ATC) Lahore indicted Saeed and three of his top aides Hafiz Abdul Salam bin Muhammad, Muhammad Ashraf and Zafar Iqbal on terror financing charges. ATC Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta directed the prosecution to produce the witnesses ..

‘India among top 10 countries with higher climate performance’

INDIA, for the first time, ranks among the top 10 in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) presented on Tuesday at the COP25 climate summit here. The current levels of per capita emissions and energy use in India, ranked 9th in the ‘high category’, are still comparatively low and, along with ambitious 2030 targets, result in high ratings for the green house gas (GHG) emissions and energy use categories, the report released here in the Spanish capital. However, despite an overall high ..

Ethiopian PM receives Nobel Peace Prize; urges unity against hatred

ETHIOPIAN Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, appealing for unity as ethnic violence flares in his country and reconciliation efforts with neighbouring former foe Eritrea have stalled. Abiy, 43, won the Nobel for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with Eritrea. Announced back in October, the prize also honoured his mediation efforts in eastern Africa and the democratic reforms he has undertaken in his country, long ruled by authoritarian leaders...

Artist eats USD 120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall at Miami exhibition

THE move was bananas... Or maybe the work was just too appealing. A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it. The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000. In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New ..

S Africa’s Tunzi wins Miss Universe 2019

SOUTH Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants, including Miss India, from around the globe. The 26-year-old Tunzi was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by American comic-turned-TV personality Steve Harvey, held at Tyler Perry Studios here on Sunday. Indian contestant Vartika Singh crashed out of the world’s biggest beauty pageant after securing a place in the top 20. Hailing the power of dreams, Tunzi took to Twitter ..

Russia banned for 4 years from all major sporting events

RUSSIA has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), including next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Meanwhile , an official linked to WADA said Russia can participate in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. After the development, the Russian flag and anthem will not be allowed at any major sporting event...

4 eminent diplomats honoured with 2019 ‘Diwali - Power of One Award’

UNITED NATIONS, FOUR prominent diplomats have been honoured with ‘The Diwali - Power of One’ award in recognition and celebration of their work, especially at the United Nations, for a secure and peaceful world. The diplomats who were honoured are former Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Kairat Abdrakhmanov, former Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Nicholas Emiliou...

Israeli students to launch self-made satellite from Sriharikota on Dec 11

THREE youngsters from an Israeli school will travel to India next week to launch a satellite -- Duchifat 3 -- designed and built by them aboard PSLV C48 from ISRO’s Sriharikota launch site. Alon Abramovich, Meitav Assulin and Shmuel Aviv Levi, all 17 to 18 years old, are students of Sha’ar HaNegev High school in Israel’s southern region..

3 killed after Pearl Harbor sailor shoots civilians, self

A SAILOR shot three civilians, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor just days before thousands were scheduled to gather at the storied military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the US Into World War II. Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick, the Commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the service would evaluate whether security would need to be upgraded ahead of the annual ceremony. About a dozen survivors of the 1941 bombing were expected to ..

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also named chief of its parent company Alphabet

WASHINGTON SUNDAR Pichai, Google’s CEO will also become the chief of the parent company Alphabet after the Internet giant’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their executive roles, making the India-born tech wizard one of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders. Page and Brin are stepping down as CEO and President, respectively, of Alphabet, the company announced on Tuesday. Pichai, 47, the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company, will take over as ..

This decade is set to be hottest in history: UN

THIS decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said on Tuesday in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity’s ability to adapt to it. The World Meterological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius (two degrees Farenheit) above the pre-industrial average between 1850-1900. That puts 2019 on course to be in the top three warmest years ever recorded, and possibly the hottest non-El Nino year yet. ..

Air India ferries Swedish royals to India, couple carry own bags

IN A pleasant surprise to fellow passengers, visiting Swedish royal couple King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived in India on board an Air India commercial flight from Stockholm, and carried their own bags after landing at the airport here on Monday. “Very Proud moment for Air India when we had a Special Guest onboard. His Majesty Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus , King of Sweden and Her Majesty Silvia Renate Sommerlath travelled AI168 Stockholm to Delhi. Ms. Sangeeta Sanyal Country Manager Sweden ..

Nearly 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks

THE chair of a two-week climate summit attended by nearly 200 countries warned at its opening Monday that those refusing to adjust to the planet’s rising temperatures “will be on the wrong side of history.” Chile’s Environment Minister, Carolina Schmidt, said that the December 2-13 meeting in Madrid needs to lay the groundwork for moving toward carbon-neutral economies while being sensitive to the poorest and those most vulnerable to rising temperatures — something that policy makers have termed “just ..

New ultrasensitive sensor can detect explosives, pollutants, says study

RESEARCHERS have developed an ultrasensitive detector based on black silicon that can be applied to identify the majority of explosives, or highly toxic pollutants for medical and forensic analysis. The study, published in the journal ACS Sensors, noted that the new device can detect trace amounts of nitroaromatic compounds which make up most of the explosives...

London Bridge terrorist hailed from PoK, was convicted in 2012

LONDON, THE man who stabbed and killed two people in the London Bridge terrorist attack on Friday has been identified as a convicted terrorist who was jailed seven years ago over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp on land owned by his family in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The suspect, identified as Usman Khan, had also discussed staging a Mumbai-style attack on the UK Parliament and described by the judge who sentenced him for terrorism offences in 2012 as ..

Ties with Japan key to stability in Indo-Pacific region: Modi

INDIA’S relationship with Japan is a key component of its vision for peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. He made the remarks at a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The two Japanese Ministers are here to attend the first edition of Indo-Japan defence and foreign ministerial dialogue. In the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed ..

Revised data shows deforestation in Brazil Amazon at decade high

BRASILIABRAZIL on Thursday released revised statistics showing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surpassed 10,000 square kilometres in the year to July 2019, the highest in more than a decade.  Brazilian farmer and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on Thursday. (AFP)  The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said last week that satellite data showed 9,762 square kilometres were cleared of trees in the ..

Trump announces resumption of peace talks with Taliban

WASHINGTONTHE US and the Afghan Taliban have resumed peace talks, President Donald Trump has revealed as he made his first visit to the war-torn country on an unannounced trip to meet American soldiers for the Thanksgiving holiday.During the brief appearance at the sprawling Bagram Airfield, Trump served turkey to soldiers, posed for photographs and met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. President Donald Trump addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit on Thursday ..

Two killed, several stabbed in ‘Terror incident’ on London Bridge

Suspect with hoax bomb vest shot dead by policeLONDONTWO people were killed and several others were stabbed on the London Bridge on Friday afternoon in a terror incident and the suspected attacker was shot dead by the police on the spot, media reports said.  Armed police at the scene of stabbing incident on London Bridge in central London on Friday. (AP/PTI)  The area around the iconic bridge, where shops were closed down and an “enormous” police cordon was placed ..

Act with ‘ruthlessness’ against cross border smugglers, says Centre

Centre asks security forces to engage with CBI, Customs and IB to root out entire nexusNEW DELHITO stop cross border smuggling in India, the Centre has directed the forces guarding the frontiers to take “ruthless action” against the smuggling syndicates and engage Central Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Intelligence Bureau to root out the entire nexus, sources said on Wednesday.    Further, to find gaps from where smugglers enter into India, the Ministry of Home ..

7 Islamists get death sentence for 2016 cafe attack in Dhaka

DHAKAA SPECIAL Bangladeshi tribunal sentenced seven of the eight suspects to death on Wednesday for their involvement in the 2016 Islamist attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed 20 people, including an Indian girl, the worst terror attack in the country’s history.  Police escort Islamist extremists accused of plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka on Wednesday. (AFP)  “They shall be hanged by neck until their death,” ..

Indian-American student sexually assaulted, strangulated to death in Chicago campus

A 19-YEAR-OLD Indian-American student was sexually assaulted and then strangulated to death at a campus parking garage in Chicago by a man on parole, police said about a brutal murder that has shocked the community in the US. Ruth George, originally hailing from Hyderabad and an honours student at the University of Illinois, was found dead in the back seat of a family-owned vehicle on Saturday. The 26-year-old assailant, Donald Thurman, was arrested Sunday from a Chicago metro station. He is not associated ..

Dog that helped kill Baghdadi honoured

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has honoured Conan, the specially trained “hero dog” who helped American commandoes in the mission that led to the death of IS leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi. Baghdadi, 48, died in October after the world’s most wanted terrorist was chased by the US special forces along with military working dogs. He blew up his suicide vest following the US raid on his compound in Syria’s Idlib province...

A place on Earth with no life?

EARTH is known as the only habitable planet in the universe but a recent discovery about a place with no life on the planet might come as shock! It would be impossible to imagine a spot on Earth where there is an absence of life, but European researchers have confirmed the non-attendance of microbial life in hot, saline, hyperacid ponds in the Dallol geothermal field in Ethiopia. The infernal landscape of Dallol, located in the Ethiopian depression of Danakil, extends over a volcanic crater full of ..

Jaishankar holds talks with counterparts from various countries during G20 meeting in Japan

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday interacted with his counterparts from several countries as he attended the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting here. Jaishankar concluded the two-day event with a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi. “Concluded Nagoya #G20 with a bilateral meeting with Japanese FM @moteging. Looking forward to welcoming him in India soon,” Jaishankar tweeted. He also held ‘interesting conversations’ with Foreign Ministers of Republic of Korea, ..

US extends support to India’s opposition to China’s OROB

THE US has extended its support to India’s opposition to China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, saying it shares New Delhi’s concern over the multi billion-dollar project while questioning the economic rationale behind it. ..

Pak ISI targeting defence personnel on social media

THE Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan is continuing to target Indian defence personnel on social media for gathering information as a new case has come to light where a Pakistani Intelligence operative automatically added an Indian Army officer to a Whatsapp group after which the force issued an advisory to its personnel to change their WhatsApp settings. ..

Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes Lanka’s new Prime Minister

SRI Lanka’s Rajapaksa clan on Thursday tightened its grip on political power with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa swearing-in his elder brother Mahinda as the Prime minister, amidst apprehensions among the minority Tamils and Muslims on the new dispensation’s policies. Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duty in his new capacity on Thursday itself...

Scientist claims spotting evidence of life on Mars

AS SCIENTISTS scramble to determine whether there is life on Mars, a researcher from Ohio University in US believes that there is evidence of insect-like creatures on the red planet. Courtesy photographs from various Mars rovers, Professor Emeritus William Romoser’s research found numerous examples of insect-like forms, structured similarly to bees, as well as reptile-like forms, both as fossils and living creatures. “There has been and still is life on Mars,” Romoser said, noting that the images ..

Bill Gates contributing towards making Earth a better place: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, is contributing towards making the planet a better place. The Prime Minister made these remarks in a tweet after Gates called on him this evening. “Wonderful meeting with @BillGates. Always a delight to interact with him on various subjects...

Indra Nooyi, Jeff Bezos inducted into prestigious Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in US

INDIAN-AMERICAN former PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have been inducted into the prestigious Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for their accomplishments and positive impact on America’s shared history, development and culture. Founded by Congress in 1962, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery tell the story of America by portraying the people who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the US. Through the visual arts, ..

Scientists discover key to photosynthesis

BY SOLVING one of the key components of photosynthesis, scientists have made a discovery leading to the process being ‘redesigned’ to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs, suggests a study. The study, led by the University of Sheffield and published on Monday in the journal ‘Nature’, reveals the structure of cytochrome b6f -- the protein complex that significantly influences plant growth via photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the foundation of life on Earth providing the food, ..

India pledges to contribute $13.5 million for UN development activities for 2020

By Yoshita SinghUNITED NATIONSINDIA has pledged to contribute USD 13.5 million for various operational activities of development across the UN agencies for the year 2020. Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Anjani Kumar announced India’s pledges at the UN General Assembly Pledging Conference for Development Activities.  Kumar said India’s pledges of contributions for operational activities of development for the year 2020 is to the tune of USD 13.5 million, ..

Modi meets Xi in Brazil; discusses trade, investment issues

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping here and the two leaders have agreed to maintain close contact on matters relating to trade and investment to further deepen and add new vigour to India-China relations. During the meeting held on the margins of the 11th BRICS Summit on Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi said that there was a ‘new direction and new energy’ in bilateral ties after their second informal summit in Chennai last month...

‘No deal will be made in Jadhav case’

PAKISTAN on Thursday said that ‘no deal’ will be made on the issue of Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav and all decisions, in this case, will be taken in accordance with the Pakistani laws while ‘honouring’ the verdict of International Court of Justice. Addressing a weekly press briefing, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said, “All the decisions about Kulbhushan Jadhav will be made in accordance with the Pakistani laws while honouring the verdict of International Court of Justice ..

Invest in India: PM to BRICS leaders

INDIA is the world’s “most open and investment friendly” economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday as he urged the BRICS business leaders to invest in the country and take advantage of its “limitless” possibilities and “countless” opportunities. The five countries’ grouping has led to economic development despite the global slowdown, Prime Minister Modi said in his address to the BRICS Business Forum. “India is the most open and investment friendly economy in the world due to political ..

Modi meets Putin in Brazil, discusses bilateral ties

BRASILIA : PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Russian President Vladimir Putin here and discussed ways to further cement their special strategic partnership. Modi, who is in Brazil for the 11th BRICS Summit which will focus on building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation and strengthen India”s ties with the world”s five major economies, ..

Alibaba Singles’ Day sales hit $26.38 bn, breaks past record

TECH giant Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales has hit $26.38 billion and set to zoom past its previous year record holding high hopes for the Chinese economy which has slowed down in the wake of a global trade war. The total merchandise value (GMV) of $26.38 billion was reached at 12 pm on Monday...

4 Syrian soldiers killed in intense clashes with Turkish-led forces

INTENSE clashes broke out on Saturday between Syrian Government troops and Turkish-led forces in north-east Syria, killing at least four Syrian soldiers, the country’s state media and an opposition war monitor reported. Turkey invaded north-east Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters near the border. The Kurdish groups called in Syrian Government forces to halt Turkey’s advance...

Indian-Americans laud SC’s Ayodhya verdict

THE Indian-American community on Saturday lauded the Supreme Court’s historic verdict in the Ayodhya case, saying the decision in the decades-old land dispute is equally a victory for both Hindus and Muslims. The Indian Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. A State Department spokesperson said the US is following ..

RCEP: Advantage China

AS THE 16 nations in Asia are marching towards closure on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) discussions in Bangkok, it would have been a major step if India had signed up to the deal. But there are questions, and a raging controversy in India about the pros and cons of the agreement in its present form. One glaring factor that has been missing in all debates so far is any assessment of the ‘distanomics’ in India-China trade. Critical insights emerge when we study India-China trade ..

Pak among worst nations for Internet freedom, Vietnam tops the list: Report

PAKISTAN is among the worst 10 countries in the world for Internet and digital media freedom, according to a report by an Internet watchdog. The Freedom House, an international Internet rights group, on Tuesday released its ‘Freedom on the Net’ (FoTN) report for the year 2019, titled ‘The Crisis of Social Media’, recording an overall decline in global Internet freedom between June 2018 and May 2019. The watchdog in its report placed Pakistan at 26, out of 100 (100 being the worst) — one place down ..

Over 11,000 scientists declare global climate emergency

DECLARING a global climate emergency, more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have warned that “untold suffering” is inevitable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change. In a paper published on Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal BioScience, 11,258 signatories, including 69 from India, present trends in climate change and provide a set of effective mitigating actions...

Voyager 2 is second spacecraft to reach interstellar space

MORE than four decades after beginning its epic journey, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has crossed the elusive boundary that marks the edge of the Sun’s realm and the start of interstellar space, scientists have announced. According to the researchers at the University of Iowa in the US, Voyager 2 has entered the interstellar medium (ISM), the region of space outside the bubble-shaped boundary produced by wind streaming outward from the Sun. This makes Voyager 2 the second human-made object to journey ..

McDonald fires CEO for relationship with employee

MCDONALD’S announced on Sunday that its President and CEO Steve Easterbrook was forced out after showing “poor judgement” by engaging in a “consensual relationship” with an employee. He was replaced by Chris Kempczinski, the President of McDonald’s USA. Kempczinski was also elected to the Board of Directors. “Easterbrook has separated from the company following the board’s determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgement involving a recent consensual relationship with ..

India will not join RCEP deal: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India will not join the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s “outstanding issues and concerns”. Prime Minister Modi made the announcement during his speech at the RCEP Summit here, which was attended by several world leaders. “The present form of the RCEP Agreement does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of the RCEP. It also does not address satisfactorily ..

India, Japan resolve to ramp up cooperation in third countries

BANGKOK, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Monday reviewed the evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to further bolster bilateral cooperation in third countries for peace, prosperity and development in the region. The two leaders held a meeting on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here during which China’s fast expanding military and economic expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region figured prominently among several other key issues, officials ..

Led by India, South Asia going to be centre of global growth: IMF

LED by India, South Asia is moving towards becoming centre of global growth and could contribute about one-third of the world’s growth by 2040, according to a latest research by the International Monetary Fund. Notably, under the IMF’s geographical division of the world, South Asia does not include Afghanistan and Pakistan. For IMF, South Asia includes India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives. Under a substantial liberalisation scenario, supported by stepped-up efforts to improve ..

ASEAN integral part of India’s Act East Policy: PM

TERMING the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as an integral part of India’s Act East Policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is keen to strengthen partnership in the fields of maritime security, blue economy and humanitarian aid and proposed $1 billion Line of Credit (LoC) for boosting physical and digital connectivity with the 10-bloc economically rising Southeast Asian region. Addressing the India-ASEAN Summit, Modi said that the Association of South East ..

Rajinikanth to be awarded with ‘Icon of Golden Jubilee’ at IFFI

THE 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special ‘Icon of Golden Jubilee’ award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar announced on Saturday. The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28 with close to 250 films from various countries being screened. “The festival’s steering committee had recommended a special icon award which will be conferred on legendary actor Rajinikanth...

India remains committed to balanced outcome of RCEP negotiations: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has said that India remains committed to a comprehensive and balanced outcome of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations and seeks balance across goods, services and investments and also within each pillar. In an interview to ‘Bangkok Post’, the Prime Minister also said that a mutually beneficial RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), in which all sides gain reasonably, is in interest of India and of all partners in the negotiation. ..

J&K move was to free India of terrorism: PM

BANGKOK INDIA has eliminated a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday, in a clear reference to abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and reorganising of the State. Addressing the Indian diaspora here, Prime Minister Modi said his Government was working to fulfil those aims that seemed impossible. “You are aware that India has decided to eliminate a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism,” Modi ..

International laws need implementation without ‘double standards’ to combat terrorism: Rajnath

IN A strong statement against terrorism with Pakistan present at the same table, India on Saturday asked the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member countries to strengthen the existing international laws to combat terrorism ‘without exceptions or double standards’. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, addressing the SCO summit in Tashkent, said: “Terrorism continues to disrupt societies and undermine developmental endeavours. The only way to fight this scourge is to strengthen and implement, without ..

Southern Africa needs more aid amid severe hunger: UNNEW YORK, Nov 1 (Sputnik/ANI)

THE international community should increase support for 16 countries in southern Africa, where a record 45 million people will be severely food insecure in the next six months, the UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) said on Thursday. “A record 45 million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be severely food insecure in the next six months,” the UNWFP said in a press release...

Chile’s Govt launches fresh talks with Oppn to calm deadly unrest

Chile’s Government met with Opposition leaders on Thursday in a fresh bid to end deadly protests that forced the country to abandon hosting two major economic and climate summits, but Leftist parties poured scorn on the efforts. The unrest started with protests against a rise in transport tickets and other austerity measures and descended into vandalism, looting, and clashes between demonstrators and police...

UK defends Brexit deal after Trump’s warning

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has defended his Brexit deal with the EU, after US President Donald Trump warned it would make it impossible for the two nations to strike a future trade agreement. The President, whose impeachment in the US has moved a stage closer following a key vote in Congress, waded into the British election campaign on Thursday to criticise Johnson’s divorce terms with the European bloc..

Pak cleric gives Imran 2 days to step down

PAKISTAN’S hard-line cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday gave Prime Minister Imran Khan a two-day ultimatum to resign, saying the “Gorbachev of Pakistan” must step down without testing the patience of peaceful protesters...

US releases video of Baghdadi raid

WASHINGTON THE Pentagon on Wednesday released short videos of the US forces’ raid in north-western Syria that resulted in the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Releasing a few short videos of the strike, US Central Command Commander General Kenneth Mckenzie told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that after the raid, Baghdadi’s compound looks “pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes.” The compound was destroyed in a way to ensure that it would not be a shrine or otherwise memorable ..

Latest Guinness World Records include 80 Indian feats

While 16-year-old Nilanshi Patel recorded the longest hair on a teenager for her 5 ft 7 inches long hair, Jyoti Amage of Nagpur made the cut for her 24.7 inch height, making her the shortest woman living (mobile). The record of “longest fingernails on a single hand” was achieved by Shridhar Chillal from Pune City who boasts of an aggregate length of 909.6 cm (358.1 in) on his left hand. Jotshna Mishra and Durga Charan found themselves a place in the records for “The longest journey by scheduled public ..

Pak violated Vienna Convention in Jadhav case: ICJ President to UNGA

PAKISTAN violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the arrest and detention of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf told the UN General Assembly here. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. India has maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring ..

Merkel to hold talks with Modi on bilateral issues 20 agreements likely to be signed

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of bilateral issues during her visit to India starting Thursday and nearly 20 agreements are expected to be signed between the two nations, sources said. They also said that Merkel will be meeting with the Indian leadership, besides a business delegation. Meanwhile, German envoy to India Walter J Lindner said that the Modi and Merkel have a ‘very good relationship and they can talk about any issue. I do not ..

IS insider who provided info about Baghdadi to get $25 million reward

AN Islamic State (IS) insider played a major role in the US operation that resulted in the death of terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The informer, a man of unknown nationality, provided detailed information about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s final hideout, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported, citing a US daily. During the US operation, a “well-placed mole”, who was present inside Baghdadi’s Syrian compound, gave the precise interior layout as well as Baghdadi’s exact location...

3 Indian-origin CEOs in Harvard Business Review’s top 10 best-performing heads

THREE Indian-origin CEOs, Shantanu Narayen, Ajay Banga and Satya Nadella are among the world’s top 10 best-performing chief executives,featured in a list complied by the Harvard Business Review (HBR). ‘The Best-Performing CEOs in theWorld, 2019’ list by the HBR features 100CEOs and has been topped by American technology company NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang. Among the top 10 chief executives on the list, three spots have been occupied by the Indian-origin CEOs. On the 6th spot is Adobe CEO Narayen, followed ..

Nepali climber scales world’s 14 highest peaks in 190 days

A NEPALI mountaineer has created history by scaling the world’s 14 highest peaks in record 190 days after he climbed Mt Shishapangma in China on Tuesday. Nirmal Purja, 36, known as Nims, broke the previous record of a South Korean climber, Kim Chang-ho, who achieved the feat in 2003 to scale all the peaks higher than 8,000 metres in seven years, 10 months and six days. Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks, the agency handling Purja’s climb, told Efe news that the Nepali mountaineer reached ..

Baghdadi’s successor also killed: Trump

PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US had “terminated” the “number one replacement” to IS leader and world’s most terrorist Abu Bakr alBaghdadi who was killed in an American raid in Syria. President Trump announced on Sunday that Baghdadi, believed to be 48-year-old, blew himself in his suicide vest as the IS leader was chased to the dead end of a tunnel by the US service dogs during a raid by American special forces in northwest Syria. “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one ..

Modi, Saudi King Salman agree to boost ties

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the two leaders exchanged views on working closely together to strengthen the bilateral ties. Before his meeting with the Saudi King, top Ministers of the Gulf nation called on Prime Minister Modi and discussed ways to further deepen bilateral ties in areas of energy, labour, agriculture and water technologies. “A relationship reflecting centuries-old ties! Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly welcomed ..

Situation Room: 2 pics capture vastly different US Presidents

TWO high-risk raids. Two dramatic moments in the White House. Photos taken in the White House Situation Room during the killings of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday and of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden eight years earlier capture the vastly different styles of two American presidents. The White House on Sunday released a photo of President Donald Trump with five of his senior national security advisers monitoring the Saturday night operation against al-Baghdadi in Syria. The ..

‘Baghdadi died after running into a tunnel, blew himself up’

ABU Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group, died like a coward, “whimpering and crying” in a US raid, American President Donald Trump said, adding that an “innocent man, woman or child” would never be harmed again. Baghdadi, who was in his late 40s and carried a bounty of at least $25 million, was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. He presided over the brutal ‘Caliphate’ that he had set up in Syria and Iraq enforcing a fundamentalist code and ..

Action needed against those who sponsor terror: PM to EU MPs

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told a delegation of European Union MPs that close international cooperation is essential to fight terror and urgent action is needed against those supporting and sponsoring terrorism. The 28 members of Parliament of the EU had called on the Prime Minister a day before they visit Jammu and Kashmir...