Canada-based gangster Sukhdul Singh killed in gangwar in Winnipeg

GANGSTER Sukhdul Singh alias Sukha Duneke, one of Punjab’s most wanted criminals, was killed in the Canadian city of Winnipeg by unidentified people, sources said on Thursday. “It is believed to be the result of inter-gang rivalry,” a source said. The killing of the Canada-based gangster, who had at least 18 cases against him including those for murder, attempt to murder and robbery, took place on Wednesday night Canada time, the sources said. The development comes at a time when India and Canada ..

India hands over G20 presidency gavel to Brazil

AS CURTAINS came down on the G20 Summit on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed a virtual session of the bloc around the end of November to take stock of the suggestions and decisions made at the leaders’ summit. At the concluding session, Modi handed over the gavel and offered best wishes to Brazil for the next presidency. Brazil will officially take over the mantle of the presidency of the elite grouping on December 1 this year. ..

Simulated N-attacks on S Korea: N Korea

NORTH Korea said on Thursday its latest missile launches simulated “scorched earth” nuclear strikes on South Korea and that it’s also been rehearsing an occupation of its rivals’ territory in the event of conflict. Pyongyang has previously tested nuclear-capable missiles and described how it would use them in potential wars with South Korea and the US But the North’s disclosure of detailed war plans reaffirmed its aggressive nuclear doctrine to intimidate its opponents, as it escalates its protest ..

Centre refutes China’s claim of Modi-Xi meeting taking place at India’s initiative

THE Centre on Friday refuted China’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg happened at New Delhi’s request, saying that there was a “pending request from China’s side for a bilateral meeting”. A pending request for a bilateral meeting was there from the Chinese side, Government sources said. They further added that both the leaders, however, had an “informal conversation” at the Leaders Lounge during the BRICS Summit ..

Japan’s Fukushima N-plant begins releasing treated radioactive wastewater into sea

THE tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant ‘s operator says it began releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday —acontroversial step,butamilestoneforJapan’s battlewiththegrowingradioactive water stockpile. In a live video from a control room at the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings showedastaffmember turn onaseawater pump with a click of a mouse, marking the beginning of the controversialprojectthatisexpected to last for decades. ..

UN envoy says, ICC should prosecute Taliban for denying education to girls

THE International Criminal Court should prosecute Taliban leaders for a crime against humanity for denying education and employment to Afghan girls and women, the UN special envoy for global education said. Gordon Brown told a virtual UN press conference on the second anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on Tuesday that its rulers are responsible for “the most egregious, vicious and indefensible violation of women’s rights and girls’ rights in the world today.”..

Scientists unveil mystery of huge ‘gravity hole’ in Indian Ocean

RESEARCHERS at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore have identified the cause of an over three million square kilometres-wide ‘gravity hole’ in the Indian Ocean. Located just south of Sri Lanka, it is at this location the Earth’s gravitational pull is weakest and sea level is over 100 metre lower than global average. The researchers noted that in the absence of tides and currents on the oceans, all the water would settle onto a smoothly undulating shape called a geoid, rising wherever ..

IAEA endorses Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water into ocean

THE UN nuclear agency gave its endorsement on Tuesday to Japan’s planned release of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, saying it meets international standards and its environmental and health impact would be negligible. The plan is opposed by groups in South Korea, China and some Pacific Island nations because of safety concerns and political reasons. Local fishing organisations are worried that their reputation will be damaged even if their catch ..

Court declares Toshakhana corruption case against Imran Khan inadmissible

IN A relief to embattled Imran Khan, a top Pakistani court on Tuesday overturned the ruling of a sessions court and declared the Toshakhana corruption case against the former Prime Minister inadmissible. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Khan, 70, was indicted in the Toshakhana case on May 10 by Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar, who rejected objections about the admissibility of the case. The PTI chief then approached the Islamabad High Court, which had stayed criminal proceedings on ..

Apple is now 1st public company to be valued at $3 tn

APPLE became the first publicly traded company to close a trading day with a USD 3 trillion market value, marking another milestone for a technology juggernaut that has reshaped society with a line-up of products that churn out eye-popping profits. Apple shares closed up 2.3 per cent at USD 193.97 Friday, bringing its market value to USD 3.04 trillion...

Traitors played into hands of Russia’s enemies: Putin in address on revolt

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin on Monday blasted organisers of a weekend revolt, the gravest threat yet to his power, as traitors who played into the hands of Ukraine’s Government and its allies. Speaking in a stern tone and looking tired in a five-minute TV address near midnight, Putin sought to project stability...

US-India friendship ‘most consequential’: Biden

   By Lalit K Jha Washington,  The US-India relationship is among the “most consequential” in the world with bilateral ties more dynamic than ever, US President Joe Biden has said after the two countries elevated their stra..

Russia’s Defence Minister seen in first video since mercenary revolt

   MOSCOW, RUSSIAN Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made his first public appearance since a mercenary uprising demanded his ouster, inspecting troops in Ukraine in a video released on Monday aimed at projecting a sense of order after th..

Social media platform has no choice but to follow local laws: Musk

TWITTER chief Elon Musk on Wednesday said the social media platform has no choice but to follow the local laws in any given country or risk being shut down. Musk’s comments came in response to questions regarding Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s allegations that the Indian Government had threatened the social networking platform with raids if it did not take down critical content during the farmers’ protests against the three farm laws. “Twitter doesn’t have a choice but to obey local Governments. ..

India is a vibrant democracy, go to Delhi and see for yourself, says White House

INDIA is a vibrant democracy and anybody who happens to go to New Delhi can see that for themselves, the White House said on Monday, as it appeared to dismiss concerns about the health of democracy in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a state visit to the US later this month. “India is a vibrant democracy. Anybody that, you know, happens to go to New Delhi can see that for themselves. And certainly, I would expect that strength and health of democratic institutions will be part of the ..

Pak court gives Imran bail until June 19 in corruption case

   By Sajjad HussainISLAMABAD, A PAKISTAN anti-corruption court on Wednesday granted bail to former premier Imran Khan until June 19 in the Al-Qadir Trust case involving an alleged corruption of over Rs 50 billion. Khan appeared before..

Chinese jet flies aggressively close to US aircraft over SCS

   WASHINGTON, THE US military said on Tuesday that a Chinese fighter jet flew aggressively close to a US reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, forcing the American pilot to fly through the turbulent wake. The Chinese J-16 ..

NASA’s Kepler discovers trio of exoplanet

   WASHINGTON,  A TEAM of astrophysicists and citizen scientists have identified a trio of exoplanets, which may have been some of the last planets that NASA’s retired Kepler space telescope observed over its nearly decade-l..

Mutual trust, respect foundation of India-Aus ties: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the strongest and biggest foundations of India-Australia relations are mutual trust and respect as he along with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese addressed the Indian diaspora at a mega event here and renamed a suburb as ‘Little India’, reflecting the strong bond between the two strategic partners. Addressing the gathering at the Qudos Bank Arena, Prime Minister Modi also announced that India would open a consulate in Brisbane to fulfill the ..

Kashmir hosts G20 delegates in 3rdtourism working group meeting

ABOUT 60 foreign delegates arrived here on Monday for the third tourism working group meeting of the G20 countries, officials said. This is the first international meeting being held in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the erstwhile State into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh - in August 2019. Officials said the delegates fromseveral countriesofthe G20 grouping arrived in a chartered flight at the Srinagar international airport in the morning ..

EU fines Meta $1.3 billion, ordered tostop sending European user data to US

THE European Union slapped Meta with a record USD 1.3 billion privacy fine on Monday and ordered it to stop transferring user data across the Atlantic by October, the latest salvo in a decade-long case sparked by US cybersnooping fears. The penalty of 1.2 billion Euros is the biggest since the EU’s strict data privacy regime took effect five years ago, surpassing Amazon’s 746 million Euro fine in 2021 for data protection violations...

SpaceX’s Axiom mission-2 set for launch with 1st Saudi woman

A PRIVATE mission to the International Space Station (ISS) organized by Axiom Space is all set to launch the ‘Ax-2’ on Sunday (local time) from Florida with the first-ever Saudi woman in its crew to voyage into space, according to Axiom Space. Rayyanah Barnawi, a breast cancer researcher, is the first-ever Saudi woman to voyage into space along with another Saudi national, Ali AlQarni. The launch of Ax-2 is targeted for no earlier than 5:37 pm EDT on Sunday, May 21, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s ..

PM Modi, British counterpart Sunak review bilateral strategic ties

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he held a very fruitful meeting with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak during which they reviewed bilateral strategic partnership, including progress in the India-UK FTA negotiations. The two leaders also agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas such as trade and investment and science and technology. Modi and Sunak met on the sidelines of the summit of the G7 advanced economies here in Hiroshima. “The meeting with PM @RishiSunak ..

Ukraine issue - Of humanity and not of politics: Modi

(PTI) PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday said he views the current situation in Ukraine as an issue of humanity and human values and not of politics or economy even as he called for respecting international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations. In an address at a G7 session in Hiroshima, Modi also strongly pitched for raising voice collectively against unilateral attempts to change the status quo, asserting that any tension and dispute should be resolved peacefully through ..

‘Pak may turn to China for bailout asdeadlock persists over IMF programme’

PAKISTAN has no other option but to ask its all-weather ally China to bail out its ailing economy to avert full fledged eruption of the Balance of Payment (BoP) crisis if the IMF does not revive the USD 6.5 billion programme, according to a media report on Tuesday. The policymakers are left with no other options but to explore all other ways to avert default as well as choking off the economy of over 220 million people, ‘The News..

No question of imposing martial law: Pak Army chief Gen Munir

PAKISTAN’S Army has ruled out the possibility of imposing martial law in the country amidst the political turmoil and deteriorating law and order situation following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying Army chief General Asim Munir and the entire military leadership believe in democracy...

Pak SC declaresImran’s arrest‘illegal’, orders hisimmediate release

  ISLAMABAD : ■ Pakistan’s Supreme Court directed NAB to produce Imran Khan within an hour  IN A major relief for Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared the former Prime Minister’s arrest..

Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan arrested by Rangers

FORMER Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested and bundled into a prison van by paramilitary Rangers on Tuesday from the Islamabad High Court, sparking massive protests across Pakistan by his supporters who stormed the Army headquarters in Rawalpindi and the Corps Commander’s residence in Lahore. The arrest of the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician comes a day after the powerful army accused Khan of levelling baseless allegations against a senior officer of the spy agency ISI...

Charles crowned King of UK at historic ceremony

  LONDON : KING Charles III was officially crowned as the 40th King of the United Kingdom at a ceremony steeped in history with modern multi-faith touches amid pomp, pageantry and choir music inside the iconic Westminster Abbey here on a ra..

Russia says, Ukraine’s planto assassinate Putin foiled

 By David : Rising KYIV “We don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our territory. We’re defending our villages and cities,” Zelenskyy said at a news conference The Kremlin said Russian military and security forces..

Sudanese fleeing fighting flood already overwhelmed port city, Egypt border

   CAIRO, SUDANESE fleeing the fighting between rival generals in their capital flooded an already overwhelmed city on the Red Sea and Sudan’s northern borders with Egypt, as explosions and gunfire echoed on Tuesday in Khartoum.M..

‘India, China ties abnormal’

INDIA wants to ensure that its relations with all countries advance without seeking exclusivity, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said as he underlined that China falls into a somewhat different category because of the currently “abnormal” nature of ties which is an outcome of a violation of border management agreements by Beijing. Jaishankar, who arrived in Santo Domingo on his first official visit to the Dominican Republic, also said that India has seen a dramatic expansion in connectivity, ..

Twitter removes bluechecks for not paying

(AP) MANY of Twitter’s high-profile users are losing the blue checks that helped verify their identity and distinguish them from impostors on the Elon Muskowned social media platform. After several false starts, Twitter began making good on its promise on Thursday to remove the blue checks from accounts that don’t pay a monthly fee to keep them. Twitter had about 3,00,000 verified users under the original blue-check system — many of them journalists, athletes andpublic figures. The checks —which used ..

3 killed in fighting between Sudan Army, paramilitary

A SUDANESE doctors’ group said at least three people were killedanddozensmoreinjured inclashesthatstartedSaturday between the country’s Army and powerful paramilitary. The fighting comes after months of escalating tensions betweenthegeneralsandyears of political unrest after an October 2021 military coup. In a statement, the Sudan Doctors’ Committee said two civilianswerekilledatthecountry’s airport and another man was shot to death in the State of North Kordofan. The statement did not specify how ..

Ukraine’s first Dy Foreign Minister to visit India today

UKRAINE’S First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova will pay a four-day visit to India from Sunday, the first official visit from the East European country since the Russian invasion began last year. Dzhaparova will hold talks with Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). It is expected that the Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister may extend an invitation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Ukraine...

After historic arrest, Trump hit with 34 criminal charges

AFTER he made history as the first former US President to be arrested, former President Donald Trump was hit with 34 serious criminal charges relating to hush money allegedly paid to three people. Appearing in the New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty -- a denial of the charges and a declaration to fight them. The 34 criminal charges are each about falsifying business records for the payoffs made before the 2016 election to porn actor Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen ..

Hindenburg report leaves JackDorsey poorer by $526 million

FORMER Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey was left poorer by $526 million after short-seller Hindenburg Research revealed that his digital payment company Block facilitates fraud against consumers and the Government. After his worst single-day decline, Dorsey is now worth $4.4 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Block’s shares nosedived as much as 22 per cent on Thursday, before closing down 15 per cent late on Thursday. Block, formerly known as Square, claims to have developed ..

World sharesfall on bankingturmoil

SHARES fell on Friday in Europe and Asia as worries over turmoil in the banking sector and recession risks overshadowed gains on Wall Street. Benchmarks declined in most major markets, while US futures were higher. Oil prices fell. Investors are worried that more banks might suffer a debilitating exodus of customers following the second- and third-largest US bank failures in history...

New COVID origin data points to China market

GENETIC material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA commingled with the virus, adding evidence to the theory that the virus originated from animals, not from a lab, international experts say. “These data do not provide a definitive answer to how the pandemic began, but every piece of data is important to moving us closer to that answer,” World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. ..

Captain Modi gives his bowlers certain freedom: Jaishankar

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a cricket team captain and said he gave his bowlers a certain amount of freedom while expecting them to take wickets. Jaishankar said Modi’s knack of taking tough decisions was also on display when India decided to announce the lockdown after the outbreak of COVID, step up production of vaccines, roll out an inoculation programme and help countries in need of vaccines. “With Captain Modi, there is a lot of net ..

Musk cleared of fraud charges in ‘Tesla funding secured’ case

A COURT in the US has cleared Elon Musk in a class-action securities fraud over his tweets about taking Tesla private. The jurors deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict, called a “disappointed” one by Nicholas Porritt, partner at Levi & Korsinsky, the firm representing the Tesla shareholders in the class action, reports CNBC. Musk tweeted that he is “deeply appreciative of the jury’s unanimous finding”. His lead counsel Alex Spiro argued before the jury on Friday, saying “fraud ..

Bill Gates tries hand at making roti

BILLIONAIRE businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates’ stab at cooking a roti drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who encouraged him on Saturday to try his hand at making millet dishes too. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, posted on Instagram a video of him making a roti. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made roti along with celebrity chef Eitan Bernath, who recently returned from a trip to Bihar, and ate it with ghee. Superb, Modi reacted, and said that the latest trend in India are millets, ..

‘Second Chinese spy balloon spotted over Latin America’

A SECOND Chinese spy balloon has been spotted, this time in the skies over Latin America, the Pentagon has said, a day after another one of the size of three buses and carrying a “large” payload was seen in US skies that prompted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone his planned visit to China. “We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it as another Chinese surveillance balloon. We have no further information to provide at this time,” Pentagon Press Secretary ..

Pakistan’s oil industry on brink of collapse

OIL companies in cash-strapped Pakistan have warned that the industry is on the “brink of collapse” as the dollar liquidity crisis persists and their cost of doing business balloons due to the rupee’s devaluation. The Government removed the dollar cap to meet the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) demand which resulted in the Pakistani rupee falling to a historic low of Rs 276.58 in the interbank market, according to a ‘Geo News’ report. The IMF has set several conditions for resuming the bailout, ..

IMF spots Rs 2 trillion breach in Pakistan’s budgetary estimates

AHEAD of its crucial talks with the cash-strapped Pakistan Government, the IMF has found an over Rs 2,000 billion breach in budgetary estimates for 2022-23 in its initial assessment that might result in escalating the budget deficit and primary deficit targets with a massive margin. Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials are scheduled to kick-start parleys from Tuesday for accomplishing the ninth review under the Extended Fund Facility during which the fiscal slippages and reconciliat..

N Korea fires 3 missiles amid tensions

NORTH Korea fired three short range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters in its latest weapons display on Saturday, a day after rival South Korea launched a solid-fuelled rocket as part of its efforts to build a space-based surveillance capabilitytobettermonitorthe North. Tensions between the rival Koreas rose earlier this week when South Korea accused North Korea of flying five drones across the rivals’ tense border for the first time in five years and responded by sending its own drones ..

Former Pope Benedict XVI passes away at 95

FORMER Pope Emeritus BenedictXVI,theshyGerman theologian who tried to reawaken Christianity in a secularised Europe but will foreverberememberedasthe first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the job, died Saturday. He was 95. Benedictstunnedtheworld on Feb. 11, 2013, when he announced, in his typical, soft-spoken Latin,that he no longer had the strength to run the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church that he had steered for eight years through scandal and indifference. His dramatic decision paved the ..

Barbara Walters, news pioneer and ‘The View’ creator, no more

BARBARAWalters, the intrepidinterviewer, anchor and programme host who blazed the wayas the first woman to become a TV news superstar during a career remarkable for its durationandvariety, hasdied.She was93. ABC broke into its broadcast to announceWalters’deathonairFriday night.“Shelivedherlifewithnoregrets. She was a trailblazernotonlyforfemale journalists, but for all women,” her publicist Cindi Berger also said in a statement,addingWaltersdiedpeacefully at her New..

Twitter suspends accounts of journalists covering Elon Musk

TWITTER has abruptly suspended the accounts of several high-profile journalists who cover the social media platform and Elon Musk, who acquired the company in October. The accounts of Ryan Mac of ‘The New York Times’, Donie O’Sullivan of ‘CNN’, Drew Harwell of ‘The Washington Post’, Matt Binder of ‘Mashable’, Micah Lee of ‘The Intercept’, Steve Herman of ‘Voice of America’, and independent journalists Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann as well as Tony Webster had all been suspended as of Thursday evening, ..

World sees Pak as epicentre of terror: Jaishankar at UN

THE world sees Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism” and it should clean up its act and try to be a good neighbour, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, asserting that the world has not forgotten where the menace stems from. He also recalled former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s blunt message to Islamabad that snakes in one’s backyard will eventually bite those who keep them. Jaishankar was addressing reporters on Thursday at the UN headquarters after chairing a signature event ..