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

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

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

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

Indian-Americans laud SC’s Ayodhya verdict

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

RCEP: Advantage China

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

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

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

Over 11,000 scientists declare global climate emergency

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

Voyager 2 is second spacecraft to reach interstellar space

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

McDonald fires CEO for relationship with employee

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

India will not join RCEP deal: Modi

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

India, Japan resolve to ramp up cooperation in third countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India remains committed to balanced outcome of RCEP negotiations: Modi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK defends Brexit deal after Trump’s warning

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

Pak cleric gives Imran 2 days to step down

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

US releases video of Baghdadi raid

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

Latest Guinness World Records include 80 Indian feats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baghdadi’s successor also killed: Trump

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

Modi, Saudi King Salman agree to boost ties

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

Situation Room: 2 pics capture vastly different US Presidents

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

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

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

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

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

World Bank to continue with USD 6 bn annual lending support to India

WORLD Bank President David Malpass on Saturday said the multi-lateral funding agency will continue with USD 6 billion lending target for India. As many as 97 projects are being currently executed with loan assistance from the World Bank...

Jeff Bezos loses world’s richest man title to Bill Gates

AMAZON founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has lost the title as the world’s richest man, paving the way fortenacious Bill Gates to grab the top spot after Amazon’s lacklustre Q3 results resulted in Bezos losing nearly $7 billion in stock value. Amazon shares fell 7 per cent in after-hours trading on Thursday, leaving Bezos down to $103.9 billion...

Kashmiri Pandits say, Congressional hearing on Kashmir was one sided

THE Congressional hearing on human rights situation in South Asiawitha focus on Kashmir was one sided, a top organisation of Kashmiri Pandits has alleged in a letterto the Congressman who chaired the committee, saying it left out one of the indigenous races of Jammu and Kashmir against whom Human Rights violations have been committed for the last 30 years. The Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), in a letter to Brad Sherman who chaired the Congressional hearing on Tuesday, said that the goal of the ..

India’s economic growth will rebound to 7 pc in 2020: IMF

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees Indian economic growth rebounding to around 7 per cent in the next financial year, supported by measures like monetary policy stimulus and corporate Income Tax cuts. “We see the Indian economy rebounding from our projected 6.1 per cent growth this fiscal year to something like 7 per cent in the next fiscal year (2020)...

Modi highlights efforts to improve ease of doing business in India

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi onMondayhighlightedthesteps taken by his Government to improve the ease of doing business in the country when members of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) called on him here. The Prime Minister also referred to the evolving start-up ecosystem in the country, highlighting the entrepreneurial risk taking capacity of India’s youth. He also outlined the steps taken by the Government including Atal Tinkering Labs and conducting hackathons to boost innovation ..

2019 ozone hole is the smallest on record: NASA

THE ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest observed since 1982, due to abnormally warm temperatures in the upper atmosphere that dramatically limited ozone depletion in September and October this year, according to NASA and NOAA satellite measurements. However, the researchers at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cautioned that this is due to warmer stratospheric temperatures and not a sign that atmospheric ozone ..

‘Countries must deploy structural tools for growth’

FINANCE Minister Nirmala SItharaman has said that a calibrated and balanced approach to deploying a mix of fiscal, monetary and structural measures by countries can help achieve their growth potential and asked the IMF to evolve a policy framework to assess the vulnerability of fragile economies to capital flows. In her intervention during International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Plenary Session in the ongoing Annual Meetings 2019 of the IMF and World Bank being held in Washington, US ..

UN HQ to remain closed in weekend due to ongoing cash crisis

THE United Nations Headquarters in New York will remain closed in the forthcoming weekend due to the ongoing cash crisis. “The UNHQ buildings in NYC will be closed on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) due to the ongoing cash crisis,” the organisation said on Twitter. “Has your country made its contribution to this year’s regular UN Budget yet?” the thread added. In a document shared by the United Nations, 131 member states have paid their regular Budget assessments in full...

Despite IMF projections, India still among fastest growing economies: Nirmala

By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTONINDIA remains among the fastest growing economies of the world and efforts are being made to make it grow faster, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said.   The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected a reduced growth rate for India, but the country’s economy is “still growing as the fastest”, she told a group of Indian reporters on Thursday. The Minister is here to attend the annual meeting of the IMF and the World ..

Hunger on rise when world wastes 1 billion tonnes of food every year: UN chief

UNITED Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the global food situation wherein “more than 820 million people do not have enough to eat” while one billion tonnes of food is wasted every year. In his message on ‘World Food Day’, which was released here on Thursday by the UN India, he said, “It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than one billion tonnes of food every year.”..

Nirav remanded in UK custody in PNB fraud case

FUGITIVE diamond trader Nirav Modi, who is fighting extradition to India on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, on Thursday was remanded to prison until November 11 after he appeared via videolink from his London jail for a regular remand hearing. ..

New ‘great’ Brexit deal agreed with EU, says Boris Johnson

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said that a new “great” Brexit deal has been reached with the European Union (EU). In a tweet, Johnson said that the UK Parliament should approve the draft withdrawal agreement by Saturday (October 19). “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control -- now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl,” the British ..

India halved its poverty rate since 1990s: World Bank

INDIA has halved its poverty rate since the 1990s and achieved a seven plus growth rate over the last 15 years, the World Bank said on Wednesday. India is both critical to the success of global development efforts, including eliminating extreme poverty, and as an influential leader for global goods such as addressing climate change, the bank said ahead of the annual meeting between it and the International Monetary Fund. The country has achieved annual growth exceeding seven per cent over the last ..

Atwood and Evaristo share Booker Prize

CANADIAN author Margaret Atwood and British writer Bernardine Evaristo jointly won the prestigious 2019 Booker Prize on Monday after judges broke the rules by declaring a tie, the first since 1992. British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic ‘Quichotte’ was among the six books shortlisted for the prize. Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo, 60, is the first black woman to win the award since its creation in 1969. ..

1 in 3 under-5 kid undernourished or overweight: UNICEF

A THIRD of the world’s nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released on Tuesday. “If children eat poorly, they live poorly,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, unveiling the Fund’s first State of the World’s Children report since 1999. “We are losing ground in the fight for healthy diets.” Problems that once existed at opposite ends of ..

Abhijit Banerjee’s approach to alleviating global poverty brings Nobel for him

INDIAN-AMERICAN Abhijit Banerjee, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics jointly with his wife Esther Duflo and another economist Michael Kremer on Monday, is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Banerjee, born in 1961 in Mumbai, bagged the award for his “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. The 58-year-old economist received his PhD in 1988 from Harvard University. He also studied at the ..

Pope elevates Indian nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood

INDIAN nun Mariam Thresia and four others were declared Saints by Pope Francis at an impressive canonisation ceremony at the St Peter’s Square here on Sunday. Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the open-air mass attended by thousands of people from across the world, including India...

Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke win Literature Nobels

  STOCKHOLM :   POLISH writer Olga Tokarczuk on Thursday won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was delayed over a sexual harassment scandal, while Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke took the 2019 award, the Swedish Academy said. Tokarczuk, considered the most talented Polish novelist of her generation, was honoured “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life”.   Her books ..

Modi-Xi’s 2-day informal summit to reconfigure ties begins today

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sit down in the 7th century Shore Temple complex overlooking the Bay of Bengal in this bustling ancient town on Friday in an attempt to reconfigure ties strained by tough talk on the Kashmir issue by both sides. A red-carpet welcome awaits Xi when he arrives here around 5 pm with both the State and the Central Government agencies making all-out efforts to deck up the coastal town which had strong historical linkages with China’s Fujian ..

Imran Govt breaks record in borrowing money

PAKISTAN’S ruling Imran Khan Government has broken all previous records in borrowing money merely in the first year of its tenure. According to the official data, during the one-year regime of the present Government Rs 7,509 billion (Pakistani currency) increase was recorded in the total debt of the country. A report in the Pakistani media, citing sources, said the State Bank of Pakistan has sent this borrowing data to the Prime Minister’s Office...

Economic slowdown likely in 90 per cent of world: IMF

THE new Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva warned of an economic slowdown in 2019 in 90 per cent of the world during her first speech at the helm of the multilateral organisation. “In 2019, we expect slower growth in nearly 90 per cent of the world. The global economy is now in a synchronised slowdown,” Georgieva said at the IMF headquarters here on Tuesday, ‘Efe’ news reported...

China says, Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally

AHEAD of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India for an informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Beijing on Tuesday moderated its stand on Kashmir, saying the issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan through dialogue and consultation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, to a query on Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s ongoing visit and whether the Kashmir issue would figure during talks, said: “China’s position on Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. We call ..

US-UK-Japan trio win chemistry Nobel for lithium-ion batteries

THREE researchers won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for the development of lithium-ion batteries, paving the way for smartphones and a fossil fuel-free society. John Goodenough of the United States -- at 97 the oldest person to be awarded a Nobel prize -- Britain’s Stanley Whittingham, and Japan’s Akira Yoshino will share the nine million Swedish kronor (about USD 914,000 or 833,000 euros) prize equally, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said...

Three get Nobel Medicine prize for research on how cells use oxygen

TWO Americans and a British scientist won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the body’s cells sense and react to oxygen levels, work that has paved the way for new strategies to fight anaemia, cancer and other diseases, the Nobel Committee said. Drs William G Kaelin Jr of Harvard University, Gregg L Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter J Ratcliffe at the Francis Crick Institute in Britain and Oxford University will share equally the 9 million kronor (USD 918,000) ..

Musharraf to make comeback in politics

FORMER Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is planning to make a comeback in the national politics by reviving his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), a media report said. The 76-year-old former President had been recuperating in Dubai after suffering from what was reported in the media as a rare disease, Geo News said in the report on Saturday...

Paralysed man walks again with brain-controlled exoskeleton

PARISA FRENCH man paralysed in a night club accident can walk again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton in what scientists said was a breakthrough providing hope to tetraplegics seeking to regain movement.  Combination of photographs by Clinatec Endowment Fund (fonds de dotation Clinatec) shows French tetraplegic ‘Thibault’ as he stands while wearing an exo-skeleton at ‘The University of Grenoble’ in Grenoble. (AFP)  The patient trained for months, ..

Iraq forces fire on dozens of protesters

BAGHDADIRAQI security forces on Friday opened fired on dozens of protesters gathering in Baghdad for a fourth day of demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services. The security forces fired directly at the protesters, not in the air, the correspondent said. There was no immediate word on any casualties.  Iraqi men inspect damages in an office of Iraq’s Hezbollah party in the central city of Najaf after protesters set it on fire during demonstrations against ..

UNSC without India affects UN’s credibility: Jaishankar

WASHINGTON, INDIA on Tuesday asserted that it has a “good case” to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a UNSC without it affects the United Nation’s credibility. Amid India’s consistent growth as a potent power on global stage, the point was made by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar before an influential Washington audience after a major foreign policy speech at a top US think tank, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies...

NASA’s lander hears strange sounds on Mars

NASA has released recordings of eerie sounds on Mars picked up by one of its missions to the Red Planet, the InSight lander. Far below the human range of hearing, these recordings had to be speeded up and slightly processed to be audible through headphones, NASA said on Tuesday. The spacecraft’s exquisitely sensitive seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), can pick up vibrations as subtle as a breeze...

India blasts Imran’s “medieval mindset

UNITED NATIONS, STRONGLY hitting back at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s rant at the UN General Assembly, India has said that its citizens do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf and “least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.” Khan delivered his maiden speech at the 74th UN General Debate on Friday and in his almost 50-minute address, devoted half of his time to India an..

Modi discusses key issues with NZ, Armenian, Belgian counterparts

NEW YORK, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has held key bilateral discussions with several world leaders, including with his counterparts from New Zealand, Armenia and Belgiam on issues ranging from cooperation in terrorism, defence, support for India’s candidature for a permanent UN Security Council seat and cyber security. Modi met Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on the sidelines of the High Level Segment of 74th United Nations General Assembly here on Wednesday. Modi thanked Pashinyan for ..

PM announces USD 14 mn grant, USD 150 million Line of Credit to Caricom

NEW YORK, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi announced a USD 14-million grant for community development projects in a grouping of Caribbean nations and another USD 150 million Line of Credit for solar, renewable energy and climate-change related works as he hosted the first ever India-Caricom leaders’ summit here. “India’s historic and warm relations with the countries of the Caribbean witnessed a new momentum” in the meeting held on Wednesday, an official press release said. St Lucia Prime Minister and ..

UN warns of 1 meter sea level rise by 2100

  PARIS :   “The Special Report on changing climate said that glaciers in Europe, East Africa, the tropical reaches of the Andes and Indonesia could lose 80 per cent of their mass by the end of the century if climate change advances at its present pace ”   SEA levels could rise by a meter and force millions of people to migrate by 2100 if current trends in climate change continue unabated, according to a UN report on Wednesday. The stark conclusions from the ..

Take advantage of golden opportunity, invest in India: Modi tells global business community

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited global businesses to invest in India, saying historic reduction in corporate tax rates by his Government creates a golden opportunity and promised more measures to improve business climate. Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum here, the Prime Minister said India offers a golden opportunity for investment in the country. “If you want to invest in a market where there is scale, come to India..

Modi gets ‘Global Goalkeeper’ award for ‘Swachh Bharat’

PRIME Minster Narendra Modi, who was honoured with the prestigious “Global Goalkeeper” award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has said that the cleanliness campaign played a critical role in helping achieve the United Nations’ goals and targets. “Getting the award in the year of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary is personally significant for me. When 130 crore people take a pledge, any challenge can be overcome,” the Prime Minster said as he accepted the ..

Trump slams globalism, puts pressure on Iran

FACING growing calls for his impeachment, President Donald Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and delivered a roaring defence of nationalism and American sovereignty even as he tried to rally a multinational response to Iran’s escalating aggression. The President implored the world’s leaders to prioritise their own nations, with strong borders and one-on-one trade deals, rejecting sweeping transnational organisations and alliances...

Modi, Trump consolidate comradeship

Basking in mutual appreciation and comradeship and extending the warmth of the ‘Howdy Modi’ event two days earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, engaged their respective nations in deals of lasting importance in a great show of solidarity on global issues. Meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump called Modi a ‘rockstar as popular as Elvis..

Water, not hydrogen bonds, key to DNA double helix: Study

LONDON :   SCIENTISTS have disproved the prevailing theory of how DNA binds itself in the signatory double helix, finding it is not the hydrogen bonds which hold together the two sides of the hereditary material as previously thought. Instead, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, found that water is key to the double helix. The discovery, published in the journal ‘PNAS’, opens doors for new understanding in research in medicine and life sciences. DNA is..