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Pak banks named in global money laundering list

AT LEAST six Pakistani banks have been named in an investigation on the role global banks play in money laundering, which make up to at least $2.5 million. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and Buzzfeed News carried out an investigation and found that at least 29 suspicious transactions worth about $2.5 million related to Pakistani banks, that may have been used for money laundering...

UN faces crisis of confidence, must fix outdated structures: Modi

IN AN under-4 minute video message, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed United Nations the mirror and urged it to take a long, hard look at its “crisis of confidence” while ratcheting up the call for a new template of multilateralism that “reflects today’s realities” on Day One of the United Nations high level week being live streamed to the world from the UN headquarters in New York City. Modi’s remarks came at a “high-level meeti..

NATURE’S FURY: Arctic Ocean ice shrinks to 2nd lowest level

ICE in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, US scientists reported on Monday. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low of 1.4 m..

India committed to ensure water, sanitation to all: India at UNHRC

INDIA is committed to ensuring access to water and sanitation in all spheres of life beyond the household, particularly in public spaces, which is an essential element of the human rights to water and sanitation, said Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary, India’s permanent mission to United Nation’s Office at Geneva (UNOG), at the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council. Speaking in an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur (SR) on ‘Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, Vimarsh ..

Putin calls PM Modi; both vow to strengthen bilateral ties In a telephonic

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday voiced strong commitment to further strengthen the ‘special and privileged strategic partnership’ between India and Russia, during a telephonic conversation. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Modi thanked Putin for his personal commitment to strengthening bilateral ties, and said he looked forward to welcoming him in India for the next India-Russia summit at a mutually convenient date. ..

Experts warn of 2nd wave as COVID-19 cases rise in UK

SCIENTIFIC experts have warned of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and another complete nation-wide lockdown in the UK unless stricter measures are adhered to amid a rising number of infections in the country over the past week. Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine and an expert respiratory medicine at Imperial College London, said the new “rule of six” restrictions on large gatherings which comes in force from Monday is extremely c..

Trump breaks another deal as Bahrain announces to normalise ties with Israel

UNITED States President Donald Trump on Friday brokered another peace deal in the Middle East with Bahrain announcing that it would normalise diplomatic ties with Israel. The announcement by Trump after he hosted a historic call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain came a month after he had mediated between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to do the same. Leaders of the UAE and Israel are scheduled to sign an agreement in this regard at ..

Major ecological disaster averted by Indian Navy, CG: IOC after fire on oil vessel doused

IN A massive effort, Indian Navy and Coast Guard in association with Sri Lankan Navy averted a major environmental disaster when they put out a fire onboard a fully laden Indian Oil Corp (IOC) chartered super tanker, saving the entire cargo and preventing an oil spill. ..

Antarctica only continent still free of COVID-19

AT THIS very moment a vast world exists that’s free of the coronavirus, where people can mingle without masks and watch the pandemic unfold from thousands of miles away. That world is Antarctica, the only continent without COVID-19. Now, as nearly 1,000 scientists and others who wintered over on the ice are seeing the Sun for the first time in weeks or months, a global effort wants to make sure incoming colleagues don’t bring the virus with them. From the UK’s Rothera Research Station off the Antarctic ..

UN General Assembly adopts pandemic resolution

THE UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urges countries to oppose unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions. ..

China hands over five missing youths from Arunachal to India

FIVE youths from Arunachal Pradesh, who went missing on September 2 and were later found to be in Chinese territory, were handed over to India by the People’s Liberation Army on Saturday amid the ongoing stand-off between the two sides at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh area. ..

China starts fresh build up north of Pangong Lake

AS India dominates south of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh, China has started fresh build up at Finger area north of the Lake, sources said on Wednesday. It started soon after the skirmish on the southern bank took place on September 7 where warning shots were fired by both sides. The deployment of People’s Liberation Army troops have increased since Tue..

Republican campaign video featuring PM Modi woos Indian-American voters

A REPUBLICAN campaign video that includes visuals from the two historic rallies of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last one year -- “Howdy, Modi!” and “Namaste Trump” -- is making waves in the US ahead of the November 3 Presidential election, particularly among Indian-Americans whose votes may be the deciding factor in some of the battleground states. Titled “4 More Years”, the 107-second video ..

Russia produces 1st batch of vaccine for civilians

IN SOME good news for millions living in hope for a COVID-19 vaccine shot, the Russian Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine has been produced for civilian circulation. The supplies of the medication to the Russian regions are expected soon, Health Ministry said, reports ‘Tass’ news agency. “The first bat..

India, Russia hold maritime exercise in Bay of Bengal

TO BOOST mutual confidence and cooperation, a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy got underway in the Bay of Bengal on Friday. The exercise is taking place amid dispute over border issues between the two countries. “The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between the two navies,” Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal told IANS. He also said the exercise will help further boost mutual confidence ..

‘Black Panther’ star Boseman dies of cancer

AMERICAN actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his titular superhero role in “Black Panther” and as baseball icon Jackie Robinson in “42”, has died after a four-year-long secret battle with colon cancer. He was 43. In a statement posted on his official Twitter handle, the actor’s family said, Boseman was diagnosed with the disease in 201..

6 killed as hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana

ONE of the most powerful storms to ever hit the US, hurricane Laura has made landfall in Louisiana, bringing catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding that killed at least six people and left a trail of destruction across the State. ..

Trump accepts Republican nomination for President

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has officially accepted the Republican Party’s renomination for the November 3 election, while preaching his gospel of America First and casting his Democratic rival Joe Biden as a dangerous radical. ..

Japan’s ‘flying car’ gets off ground with a person aboard

THE decades-old dream of zipping around in the sky as simply as driving on highways may be becoming less illusory. Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard...

Japan PM Abe resigns due to health reasons

Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said on Friday that he intends to step down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave so many of his goals unfinished. Concerns about Abe’s health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups. Abe has acknowledged having ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with ..

Jeff Bezos 1st person ever to be worth over $200 billion

AMAZON Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the first person ever whose net worth soared over $200 billion, according to Forbes and Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The net worth of the world’s richest person went up by $4.9 billion after Amazon stock edged up two per cent as of Wednesday afternoon, Forbes reported. Bezos also owns aerospace company Blue Origin, the Washington Post and other private investments...

Over 70 killed in Afghan floods

HEAVY flooding has killed at least 70 people and injured dozens of others as heavy seasonal rains drenched northern and eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. Spokesperson for northern Parwan province Wahida Shahkar said that the number of casualties may rise as rescue teams work to locate people buried under destroyed houses...

China launches advanced warship for Pakistan Navy

CHINA has launched first of the four advanced naval warships it is building for Pakistan, amid deepening economic and defence ties between the two all-weather allies. The launching ceremony for the first warship was held at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on Sunday. Pakistan-China defence ties turn a new chapter with the launch of the first ship of Type-054 class frigate, Pakistan’s state-run APP news agency reported...

Trump campaign releases first commercial for Indian-Americans featuring PM Modi

AIMING to woo the influential Indian-American voters numbering over 2 million, the Trump campaign has released its first video commercial that has short clips from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches and US President Donald Trump’s historic address in Ahmedabad. Modi and Trump addressed a huge crowd in Ahmedabad during the US president’s visit to India in February this year. Trump was also accompanied by his wife Melania, daught..

COVID-19 pandemic could be over within 2 yrs: WHO

TEDROS Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said that the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic could be over within two years. Addressing a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Friday, the WHO chief said that the Spanish flu of 1918 had also taken two years to overcome, but current advances in technology could enable the world to halt the COVID-19 pandemic “in a shorter time”, the BBC reported...

Plane carrying comatose Russian Opposition leader lands in Germany

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, arrived in Berlin on a special flight Saturday for treatment by specialists at the German capital’s main hospital. A representative of the NGO that arranged the flight confirmed that the plane had landed and that Navalny was in stable condition. “Navalny is in Berlin,” Jaka Bizilj, of the German organisation Cinema For Peace, told The Associated Press. “He survived the flight and he’s stable.”..

Malaysian strain of COVID-19 not more virulent: Scientists

THE mutant form of the novel coronavirus reported from Malaysia as being “10 times more infectious” is not a concern for India as it is widely prevalent here and isn’t any more virulent than the strain originating in Wuhan, say scientists...

Mali President resigns after armed mutiny

MALI’S President announced his resignation late Tuesday hours after mutinous soldiers detained the President and Prime Minister on Tuesday after surrounding a residence and firing into the air in an apparent coup attempt after several months of demonstrations calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s ouster. The news of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s departure was met with jubilation by anti-Government demonstrators and alarm by former colonial ruler France, and other allies and foreign nations...

China builds toilet on Xinjiang mosque site, orders forcible abortion of Muslim women

AUTHORITIES of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime have built a public toilet on the site of a mosque after demolishing it in Xinjiang province and also ordered forcible abortions of pregnant women as part of a campaign against the Uyghur Muslims. As per the reports of Radio Free Asia (RFA), a public toilet has been erected on the site of the demolished Tokul mosque in Suntagh village of Atush city and hospitals have been “forced to abort an..

Tricolour hoisted at NYC’s Times Square during I-Day celebrations

THE Indian Independence Day celebrations reached its pinnacle on Saturday morning at the iconic Times Square in New York City. For the first time, the tricolour was unfurled with pride and patriotism alongside the US flag at Times Square. Over two hundred Indian Americans participated in the event to witness the tricolour soaring high and wide in the skies of New York...

Indian envoy meets Chinese Major General, discusses Ladakh issue

INDIAN Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Friday met Major General Ci Guowei, Director of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission, and briefed him on India’s stance on the borders in eastern Ladakh. ..

We expect China to sincerely work to achieve complete disengagement: MEA

INDIA on Friday said it expects China to sincerely work with it towards the objective of achieving “complete disengagement” of troops and de-escalation of tension in the border areas in eastern Ladakh. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas as agreed to by the two sides is essential in the context of overall development of the bilateral relationship..

Scientists sceptical about Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, cite lack of evidence for efficacy

RESPONDING with scepticism to Russia’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, several scientists around the world, including in India, suggest it hasn’t been tested properly given the time constraint and there may not be enough evidence to prove its efficacy. Announcing the “breakthrough” on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin vouched for the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, named Sputnik V, and said one of his daughters has already received a shot. While the country hopes to start mass-producing ..

Pasteurising human milk inactivates COVID-19 virus, says study

NEW research adds to the growing body of evidence that pasteurising human milk inactivates the virus that causes COVID-19. “While there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk, there is always a theoretical risk,” said study lead author Greg Walker from the University of New South Wales in Australia. According to the study published in the ‘Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health’, there are five human milk banks in Australia...

NASA’s hunter satellite finds 66 new exoplanets, 2,100 more ‘candidates’

DURING its two-year-long primary mission, NASA’s planet hunter TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers are working to confirm, the US space agency has said. TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scanned about 75 per cent of the starry sky during its primary mission that ended on July 4, NASA said on Tuesday. “TESS is producing a torrent of high-quality observations providing valuable data across a wide range ..

Russia develops first corona vaccine; Putin’s daughter given the shot

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that his country has developed first vaccine that “works quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity” against COVID-19 as he disclosed that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated. Putin made the claim during a Government meeting where he described it as “a very important step for the world”, the Sputniknews reported. He said that one of his daughters took part in the experiment and she was vaccinated against the coronavirus...

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 ..