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Imaging black hole was like listening to song on a broken piano: Katie Bouman

WASHINGTONOBSERVING the black hole is like listening to a song being played on a piano with broken keys, says US computer scientist Katie Bouman, who became a global sensation for her role in capturing the world’s first actual image of a black hole.   Bouman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was speaking on Thursday before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the US House of Representatives. She said the computational ..

I M Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

NEW YORKI M PEI, the pre-eminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died, his sons’ architecture firm said on Thursday. He was 102 years old. The Chinese-born Pei was the mastermind behind the bold Louvre pyramid in Paris, the landmark 72-story Bank of China tower in Hong Kong and Athens’ Museum of Modern Art, works seen as embracing modernity tempered by a grounding in history.   In his adopted ..

100-yr-old mystery of Egyptian desert glass solved

 MELBOURNE: GLASS found in the Egyptian desert was created by a meteorite impact rather than atmospheric airburst, say scientists, unravelling a nearly 100-year-old mystery. The findings, published in the journal ‘Geology’, have implications for understanding the threat posed by asteroids. Researchers from Curtin University in Australia examined tiny grains of the mineral zircon in samples of Libyan desert glass, which formed 29 million years ago and is found over several thousand ..

Jeff Bezos unveils new Moon-lander

 WASHINGTON: SPEAKING about his plans of g etting to the moon by 2024, Amazon and US-based aerospace company Blue Origin Founder, Jeff Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called “Blue Moon” along with a smaller rover at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre here.  “Today, our founder shared our vision to go to space to benefit Earth. We must return to the Moon-this time to stay. We’re ready to support @NASA in getting there by 2024 with #bluemoon,” Blue ..

Zuckerberg rejects call to break up Facebook

 FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook is actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process.  In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence” far beyond that of anyone else in the private ..

Hinduja brothers top UK rich list, Reuben brothers second

  By Aditi KhannaLONDON, May 12 (PTI)  INDIAN-ORIGIN brothers dominate the annual rich list of Britain’s wealthiest, with the Hinduja brothers ranked at No. 1 with a fortune of 22 billion pounds followed by Mumbai-born Reuben brothers in second place with 18.66 billion pounds.  Sri and Gopichand Hinduja, who run the Hinduja Group of companies in the UK, registered a 1.35 billion pounds jump in their fortunes over the previous year to return to the top of the ‘Sunday ..

SL Catholics hold 1st Sunday Mass since attack

  Military forces and police armed with assault rifles are patrolling the streets leading to churches and standing guard outside the compoundsTHE Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people. Military forces and police armed with assault rifles are patrolling the streets leading to churches and standing guard outside the compounds. Everyone entering is required to produce identity ..

Pilot lands plane without landing gear in emergency touchdown in Myanmar

A MYANMAR pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said. The nail-biting touchdown -- in which nobody was injured -- was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country.  The Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 -- an Embraer-190 model -- was grounded at around 9 am in Mandalay (0230 GMT), a city popular among foreign tourists, with all ..

Modi 2nd most followed politician globally

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has become second most-followed politician in the world with a social media audience of 11,09,12,648 on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a study by online visibility management and content marketing SaaS platform SEMrush said on Tuesday...

Plane carrying 143 crashes into Florida river, no casualty

  JACKSONVILLE (US): A CHARTER plane carrying 143 people and travelling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway on Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office ..

Indian family skydives over Amsterdam, sets new record

AN Indian family, including a set of 10-year old twin boys, have set a new record for family skydiving, as they jumped out of a plane over Amsterdam. They are Shital Mahajan-Rane, her husband Vaibhav Rane, both professional..

Europeans feel shunned by US at UN

UNITED NATIONSTHE gloves are off at the United Nations between the United States and their once-close European allies, according to some diplomats. European diplomats complain that Washington has shown little interest in working with them to address global crises and appears indifferent to the prospect of going it alone on the international stage. The 15 members of the Security Council -- five of which are European Union members -- will hold a retreat outside New York, but there is little hope of ..

Pak uses ‘terrorism as tool’ against India: Ex-CIA chief

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries, says former CIA Acting Director Michael MorellBy Lalit K Jha WASHINGTONPAKISTAN, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in its struggle against India, a former top American spymaster has said. Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.&nbs..

UN declares Masood Azhar as global terrorist

IN A huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. ..

China to ‘resolve’ issue of listing Azhar as global terrorist by UN

  By K J M Varma: BEIJING CHINA said on Tuesday that “some progress” has been achieved on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and hoped that the vexed issue will be “properly resolved” but refused to give any timeline. The comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday came days after President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here. China put a technical hold in March on a fresh ..

Indian girl in Dubai gets acceptance letters from 7 top US universities

  DUBAI: IT is a problem of plenty for a Dubai-based Indian girl who has been offered acceptance letters by seven prestigious US-based universities, including Ivy League schools, leaving her surprised as she never expected the variety of choices she has been left with. Simone Noorali, 17, has been offered acceptance letters from the University of California in Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, George Town University and George Washington University.  The girl ..

UK security forces hunt for IS ‘crocodile cells’, says report

  By Aditi Khanna; LONDON The UK’s Intelligence services continue to investigate links between one of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers, Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, and the UK-based extremists since it emerged he had studied in Britain.    BRITAIN’S security forces are on the hunt for so-called “crocodile cells or sleeper cells” of Islamic State (IS) operatives plotting terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe, according to a UK media report. ..

US imposes sanctions on Pak for refusing to take back deportees

  By Lalit K Jha: WASHINGTON  US may withhold visas of Pakistanis beginning with its senior officials  THE US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan after Islamabad refused to take back its citizen deportees and visa over-stayers from America, warning that it may withhold visas of Pakistanis beginning from its senior officials. The State Department on Friday said that consular operations in Pakistan remain “unchanged” as of now but as a result of such a sanction ..

‘About 200 US cos want to move from China to India’

ABOUT 200 American companies are seeking to move their manufacturing base from China to India post the general elections, a top US-based advocacy group has said, observing that there is a fantastic opportunity with firms looking at alternatives to the Communist giant. The US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum’s..

Lanka targets ‘sleepers’ fearing more attacks; toll reduced to 253

  COLOMBO:  SRI Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday that authorities were targeting the “sleepers” who could trigger another round of bombings as police released photos of six suspects, including three women, wanted for their involvement in the attacks and sought information regarding them from the public. Meanwhile, Health Ministry on Thursday night revised the death toll down to 253, from 359, saying the previous figure was due to a calculation ..

IS releases photos of eight suicide bombers involved in Lanka blasts

  COLOMBO:  The faces of seven attackers in the photo are covered while the eighth one, who is believed to be the ring leader, is without a mask  HOURS after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday that killed 359 people, the terror outfit released a photo of eight suicide bombers involved in the attacks, according to security sources. While eight people were seen in the photo released by Islamic State’s propaganda mouthpiece Amaq ..

India to skip B&R forum in China

  By Gaurav Sharma BEIJING; A TOTAL of 37 countries minus India on Thursday will gather at China’s second edition of the Belt and Road forum, a three-day grand event on the world’s largest connectivity project. The Belt and Road Initiative -- a trillion-dollar project floated by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 -- aims to connect Asia, Africa and Europe through a network of highways, rail lines, ports and sea-lanes.  The sheer vastness of the project and the money ..

India sent alerts to Sri Lanka about possible terror attack

  NEW DELHI: INTELLIGENCE inputs regarding a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka were shared by Indian agencies with their Sri Lankan counterparts earlier this month after the National Investigation Agency completed its probe into an IS-inspired module planning to kill prominent leaders in South India, officials said here.  The input was sent through diplomatic channels to the island nation after a through investigation pertaining to the IS case in Coimbatore was carried out by ..

SL Govt admits ‘major’ Intelligence lapses

SRI Lankan Government on Wednesday admitted that “major” Intelligence lapses led to the horrific Easter Sunday blasts and asked two top security officials to resign, even as the death toll in the coordinated attacks rose to 359 amidst a nationwide manhunt to nab the perpetrators. Nine suicide bombers,..

World’s first malaria vaccine launched

THE world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 4,35,000 lives globally every year. The World Health Organisation..

Global warming shrank Indian economy by 31%: Study

  BOSTON;  GLOBAL warming has caused the Indian economy to be 31 per cent smaller than it would otherwise have been, according to a Stanford study which shows how Earth’s temperature changes have increased inequalities. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere since 1960s have enriched cool countries like Norway and Sweden, while dragging down economic ..

Over 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

MORE than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said on Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry. Dozens die each..

Islamic State claims Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

THREE days after the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the devastating Easter blasts that killed 321 people while Sri Lankan Government has said that little-known local Islamic extremist group called National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) was behind the attacks...

Lanka blasts bring back memories of civil warh

  COLOMBO: AS SHANTHA Prasad carried children wounded in Sri Lanka’s deadly attacks into a Colombo hospital, memories of the country’s deadly civil war flooded back. “I carried about eight wounded children yesterday,” he told AFP on Monday, a day after a string of blasts hit hotels and churches, killing nearly 300 people. “There were two girls aged six and eight, the same age as my daughters,” said Prasad, who helps carry stretchers into the hospital’..

World Earth Day: Saving the planet may cost USD 100 billion per year

  WASHINGTON:  SAVING the diversity and abundance of life on Earth may cost USD 100 billion a year, say scientists who have proposed a policy to prevent another mass extinction event on the planet. There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth. Scientists now estimate that society must urgently come to grips this coming decade to stop the very first human-made biodiversity catastrophe. “The sixth extinction is on our society’s shoulders; it really ..

India raises blacklisting of Masood Azhar with China

INDIA has shared with China “all evidences” of the terrorist activities of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and its chief Masood Azhar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in New Delhi on Monday as Foreign Secretary ..

Lankan toll 290; 7 bombers involved, 24 held

SEVEN suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter on Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others..

Modi, world leaders condemn Lankan mayhem

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi called up the President and the premier of Sri Lanka and conveyed heartfelt condolences over the loss of over 207 lives in terrorist attacks in the island nation on Sunday. During his conversations with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi..

215 killed in 8 blasts in Lanka

A STRING of eight devastating blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 215 people and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE...

UK issues travel advisory on Pak, cautions people of violence

 LONDON, Apr 19 (ANI) THE United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday in an advisory to its citizens planning a trip to Pakistan has urged them to avoid visiting numerous places, including areas located close to the Line of  Control.The UK FCO, in an advisory, said that foreigners may become “direct targets” of the attacks especially in densely populated areas, such as markets, shopping malls and restaurants.“Protests can take place with little ..

NASA telescope spots universe’s 1st molecule

Scientists believe that around 100,000 years after the big bang,helium and hydrogen combined to make a molecule called helium hydride for the first timeWASHINGTON, Apr 19 (IANS) NASA’s airborne observatory has detected the first type of molecule ever formed in the universe.This is the first time helium hydride has been found in the modern universe. Scientists discovered the molecule in our own galaxy using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), as the aircra..

France pays tribute to Notre Dame firefighters

Over 400 firefighters took part in the 15-hour battle to contain the fire in the historical churchPARIS, Apr 19 (IANS)  FRANCE on Thursday paid a day of tribute to hundreds of firefighters who had put their lives at risk to douse a blaze which devastated Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the country’s landmark symbols.Thousands of people and many elected officials were gathered in front of Paris city hall to say “thank you” to “those who helped save Notre Dam..

Ready for meet with India despite differences over BRI, says China

By K J M VarmaBEIJING, Apr 19 (PTI)  CHINA said on Friday it was ready to hold a Wuhan-style summit meeting with India this year to improve ties, notwithstanding the differences over the trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in which the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project.   Addressing a media conference here ahead of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) being held from April 25-27 to showcase China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI..

Hubble marks 29th anniversary with Southern Crab view

Southern Crab Nebula, which exhibits nested hourglass-shaped structures, has been created by interaction between a pair of stars at its centre.The unequal pair consists of a red giant and a white dwarfLONDON, Apr 19 (PTI) TO celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch, NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) have released a breathtaking image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula. The nebula, created by a binary star system, is one of the many objects that Hubble ..

NASA’s new way to defend Earth from asteroids

   WASHINGTON:  Instead of using visible light to spot incoming objects, Mainzer’s team at JPL/Caltech has leveraged a characteristic signature of NEOs -- their heat  NASA scientists have found a simple yet ingenious way to spot tiny near-Earth objects (NEOs) early as they hurtle towards the planet, an advance that may aid the efforts to prevent dangerous impacts. The Chelyabinsk meteor, which was a mere 17-20 metres across, caused extensive ground damage and numerous ..

No April 23 deadline for us in UN to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist: China

By K J M Varma BEIJING: CHINA on Wednesday dismissed reports that the US, UK and France have served it an ultimatum until April 23 to lift its “technical hold” on designating Pakistan-based JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist but claimed that the vexed issue is “moving towards settlement”.  After the Pulwama attack, a fresh proposal to designate -- Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK a..

Pakistan set to sign USD 6-8 bn bailout deal with IMF: Minister

ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (PTI) PAKISTAN and the IMF are set to sign a USD 6-8 billion bailout package, Finance Minister Asad Umar has announced, as the cash-strapped country tries to wriggle out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple its economy.He said the International Monetary Fund package would ease off pressure from the country’s dwindling foreign reserves. “We have reached an agreement and all the major issues have been settled and documented,” Umar told ..

NASA’s planet-hunting probe spots Earth-sized

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (PTI) NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away.The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.“It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” said Johanna Teske, Carnegie ..

Novel device creates electricity from snow

The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteriesLOS ANGELES, Apr 16 (PTI) SCIENTISTS have designed a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed device that can produce electricity from falling snow.The device designed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US is inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic. “The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteries,̶..

World’s largest plane completes maiden flight successfully

 LOS ANGELES;  The aircraft has a world-record wingspan of 385 feet, and is 238 feet long. It is wider than any airplane on the planet. It weighs half a million pounds The aircraft is designed to launch rockets into orbits from the air HE world’s largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test on Sunday. The aircraft is designed to launch rockets into orbits from the air. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket ..

Astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers (EHT). The supermassive black hole is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87.    PARIS: ASTRONOMERS on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image ..

India to grow at 7.3 pc in ’19 and 7.5 pc in ’20: IMF

  WASHINGTON: INDIA is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019 and 7.5 per cent in 2020, supported by the continued recovery of investment and robust consumption, thus remaining the fastest growing major economy of the world, according to the IMF. In 2018, India’s growth rate was 7.1 per cent, as against China’s 6.6 per cent. In 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected a growth rate of 6.3 per cent for China and 6.1 per cent in 2020, according to the latest ..

World’s richest man Bezos retains 75% of Amazon’s stock share in divorce settlement

  WASHINGTON DC:  AMAZON CEO Jeff Bezos will retain control over 75 per cent of his stock in the company and gain voting rights of the remaining shares of his former wife MacKenzie Bezos, under a divorce settlement, the pair said on Thursday. “Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness,” MacKenzie said on twitter message that was retweeted by Jeff Bezos.  The record ..

Hayabusa2 blasts asteroid to find clues to life’s origin

   TOKYO: A JAPANESE probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa2 probe that aims to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth. Hayabusa2 successfully released as scheduled the so-called “small carry-on impactor” - a cone-shaped device ..

‘Precarious’ global growth rebound expected in late 2019: IMF chief

GLOBAL growth in 2019 should be even slower than previously expected but a “precarious” rebound later this year is likely, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a speech ahead of next week’s spring meetings with the World Bank, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said..

Nirav Modi intends to appeal for bail in UK High Court

  LONDON: FUGITIVE diamond merchant Nirav Modi, undergoing extradition proceedings in the UK, intends to appeal for bail in the UK High Court after a second bail application was rejected by a lower court in London last week in the USD 1-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian authorities through the extradition process in the UK courts, said the 48-year-old intends to appeal against Judge Emma ..

China launches data relay satellites

 By K J M Varma BEIJING, CHINA has successfully launched the first of its new-generation data relay satellites into orbit that will provide data relay, measurement and control services for its manned spacecraft. The Tianlian II-01 satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Sunday night. As the first satellite to constitute China’s second-generation data relay satellite network, the Tianlian ..

Saudi Arabia hacked Jeff Bezos’ phone, says security chief

    WASHINGTON:   SAUDI Arabia has hacked Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ smartphone and allegedly shared personal information about his extra-marital affair to a media outlet, a veteran securityconsultantatthe tech giant has said. The monarchy was ‘intent on harming Jeff Bezos’ over ‘The Washington Post’ (owned by Bezos) coverage of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi,wroteGavindeBecker in a first-person account published in The Daily Beast ..

‘UK tax fraud gang funded Al-Qaeda in Pak, Afghanistan’

    By Aditi Khanna:   LONDON,   The gang is alleged to have sent 1 per cent of its gains from their elaborate tax fraud to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madarasas, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files seen by ‘The Sunday Times’ These crimes have reportedly cost the UK taxpayer an estimated 100 million pounds    A BRITISH Asian gang of fraudsters may have been involved in misusing ..

UK lawmakers reject May’s Brexit deal for third time

The deal was turned down by 344 votes to 286 -- a majority of 58 votes UK have to present an alternative proposal to leave EU by April 12LONDONBRITISH lawmakers on Friday rejected the Brexit deal proposed by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament for the third time, throwing the UK’s divorce plans with the EU into further disarray.MPs voted in the House of Commons against the terms of Britain’s so-called divorce from the European Union (EU) by 344 to 286.   An ..

US moves draft resolution directly in UNSC to blacklist Masood Azhar

UNITED NATIONS, STEPPING up the international pressure to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, has directly moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief. Two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on Wednesday circulated the draf..

Hum kisi se kam nahi: PM

  NEW DELHI,  BUOYED by the successful testing of Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said: “Hum kisi se kam nahi,” during an interaction through video-conference with team of scientists and engineers involved in the development and testing of Anti-Satellite weapons.  “Congratulations to you all. Your hard work paid off,” Prime Minister said. “If someone who does not think ill about anyone becomes powerless, ..

China hopes nations will uphold peace in space

   By K J M Varma BEIJING, CHINA on Wednesday reacted guardedly to India’santi-satellite missile test and expressed hope that all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. The test makes India the fourth ..

Israel hits targets across Gaza after rocket attack

  JERUSALEM, Several airstrikes rocked Gaza The Israeli military said it had retaliated with 15 airstrikes to the latest rocket attacks, hitting military sites for Hamas ISRAELI forces continued striking targets across the Gaza Strip through Tuesday, including the offices of Hamas’ supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, as the military bolstered its troops and rocket-defense systems in anticipation of a new round of heavy fighting ..

NZ PM orders most powerful probe into mosques attacks

   WELLINGTON, NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday ordered an independent judicial inquiry into whether police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15. Ardern said a royal commission -- the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law -- was needed to find out how a gunman was able to kill 50 people in an attack that shocked the world. “It is important that no stone is left unturned to get ..

134 people killed in militia attack on Malian village

    BAMAKO, MILITIA fighters descended on a village in Central Mali before dawn on Saturday, killing at least 134 people in the latest deadly attack blamed on an ethnic militia, local authorities said. The massacre in the village of Ogossogou left the village Chief and his grandchildren dead in the ethnic Peulh community, according to a local official who had received detailed accounts from the remote area. The victims “included pregnant women, young children and the ..

India to approach US for info on virtual SIMs used in Pulwama attack

   By Sumir Kaul SRINAGAR, In this technology, computer generates a telephone number In Pulwama attack, virtual SIM was generated by service provider in US  A REQUEST would be sent to the US to seek details from a service provider of ‘virtual SIMs’, which were used by the JeM suicide bomber behind the Pulwama attack and his Pakistan and Kashmir-based handlers, officials said. Piecing together probe from the site of the terror strike, searches carried ..

5 Indian sailors wrongly detained in Greece for 14 months return

  MUMBAI, Their cargo ship was detained on charges of carrying explosive material on board, although it was only a raw material for firecrackers  FIVE Indians, who spent over 14 months in a Greek jail after their cargo ship was detained on charges of carrying explosive material on board, arrived in Mumbai on Sunday morning. MV Andromeda was detained by the Greek Coast Guard on January 9, 2018. Although it was established that the cargo in question was only a raw material for ..

Shabaab raid kills 11 in Somalia including Dy Minister

  MOGADISHU,  AN attack involving gunmen and bomb blasts on a complex housing Government Ministries in Somalia’s capital killed at least 11 people on Saturday, including the Deputy Labour Minister, officials said. Claimed by the Al-Shabaab Islamist group, the assault was a sign of the insurgency’s continued ability to strike at the heart of Somalia’s Government, despite years of foreign military support for Mogadishu.  The fighting began with two blasts at the ..

Court orders attachment of Mallya’s properties

  NEW DELHI, A DELHI court has ordered attachment of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s properties in Bengaluru in a case relating to FERA violations. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat issued fresh directions after the Bengaluru Police, through Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) special public prosecutor N K Matta and advocate Samvedna Verma, sought more time to execute its earlier order in this regard. The court directed the State police to attach the properties by July ..

Hinduja family tops Asian Rich List 2019

   By H S Rao LONDON,  LEADING London-based NRI industrial tycoons, the Hinduja family tops the Asian Rich List 2019 for the sixth successive year with an estimated net worth of 25.2 billion pounds, an increase of over 3 billion pounds over the previous year. According to the Asian Rich List 2019 released at the Asian Business Awards here on Friday night, Steel magnates Lakshmi Mittal and his son Aditya Mittal remained in second place, with 11.2 billion pounds- down 2.8 billion ..

Almost 100 killed as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

  MOSUL, (AFP), ALMOST 100 people, mostly women and children, died as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul, in Iraq’s worst accident in years. T..

US-backed force says, it’s in control of IS Syria encampment

    BAGHOUZ (Syria), US-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group announced on Tuesday they have taken control over an encampment in an eastern Syrian village where IS militants have been besieged for months, refusing to surrender. The milestone, though significant, was not the final defeat of IS in the village of Baghouz, the last sliver of territory in Syria held by the extremists. Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic ..

Three killed, nine injured in terror attack on Dutch tram

    UTRECHT,   A GUNMAN killed three people and wounded nine others on a tram in the Central Dutch city of Utrecht, sparking a manhunt that saw heavily armed officers with sniffer dogs zero in on an apartment building close to the shooting. Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the maximum level, and the city’s mayor said a “terror motive” was the most likely theory. Dutch military police went on extra alert at Dutch airports ..

UK court issues arrest warrant against Nirav

   NEW DELHI,   A LONDON court has issued an arrest warrant against jewellery designer Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2 billion PNB scam case, in response to an ED request for his extradition in a money laundering case, officials said on Monday. They said that the investigative agency was recently informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court and Modi is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local (London Metropolitan ..

Maldives reaffirms ‘India-First Policy’

    MALE,   THE Maldives on Monday reaffirmed its “India-First Policy”, saying it looks forward to working closely with India on all issues and will remain sensitive towards its security and strategic concerns as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with the country’s top leadership. The Maldivian leaders also expressed commitment to support India’s efforts to combat terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism, and crimes ..

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

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Defiant New Zealand mosques attack suspect charged with mass murder

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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

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Russian-US crew arrives at International Space Station

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N Korea may break off US talks: Official

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Israeli warplanes hit 100 Hamas targets in Gaza in reprisal attack

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

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49 killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques

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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

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US House passes major gun control law

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

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

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

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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..

Venezuela debuts new notes amid soaring inflation

CARACAS,Jan 17,(AP),VENEZUELANS stood in long ATM lines to take out new, larger-denominated bills that President Nicolas Maduro hopes will help stabilise the crisis-wracked economy.Maduro last month said that he was scrapping circulation of the mo..

More Sikhs now planning to join US Army after new rule

WASHINGTON,Jan 12,(PTI),SIKHS in America are now planning to join the US Army in large numbers after it issues a new regulation on religious liberty to accommodate people who sport turbans and beards for religious reasons. In a significant move to..

Pentagon tests swarm of 103 micro-drones successfully

WASHINGTON,Jan 10,(AFP),THE Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones.The important step in the development of new autonomous we..

Five killed as bus carrying Portuguese tourists crashes off highway in France

Lyon,Jan 8,(AFP),Five people were killed and 27 others injured on Sunday when a bus carrying Portuguese tourists crashed off a highway in central France known locally as the “road of death”, authorities said.The 40-seat bus was on it..

US Army allows servicemen to keep beards, turbans, hijabs

WASHINGTON,Jan 5,(PTI),The new set of rules allows religious accommodations to be approved at the brigade-level. Previously it was at the level of SecretaryIN A significant move to enable all religious minorities in America including the Sikhs t..

Brand-new organ identified in human body

Brand-new organ identified in human body..

Hollywood sign vandalised to read ‘Hollyweed’ on New Year

LOS ANGELES,Jan 2,(PTI),THE famous Hollywood sign was vandalised early New Year morning to read “Hollyweed.”In an apparent New Year’s prank, a person climbed up the Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mount..

Fire in boiler real reason for Titanic’s sinking: Documentary

LONDON,Jan 1,(PTI),THE real reason for Titanic’s tragic sinking that claimed over 1,500 lives in 1912 was a fire in the ocean liner’s boiler room and not simply a collision with a giant iceberg, a new documentary has claimed.The Tita..