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UAE honours Modi with its highest civilian award

  ABU DHABI:“ Prime Minister Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’ award ” PRIME Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s highest civilian award, on Saturday in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth ..

India, Bahrain sign agreements in space technology, culture exchange

 MANAMA: INDIA and Bahrain on Saturday agreed to collaborate in the areas of space technology, solar energy and culture exchange as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held comprehensive talks with his Bahraini counterpart Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa to give a major boost to the entire spectrum of bilateral relations. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain, and Prince Khalifa after the delegation-level talks witnessed the exchange of MoUs in the areas of culture, space, collaboration ..

British PM talks to Modi, regrets violence outside Indian mission in London

 NEW DELHI:  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephone conversation on Tuesday with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, drew his attention to vandalism of the Indian High Commission by a Pakistan-led mob on August 15. The British Prime Minister regretted the incident and assured that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure safety and security of the mission, its personnel and visitors.  During the phone call, Modi raised the issue of challenges posed by vested interests pursuing ..

Joy turns to horror as IS bomber kills 63 at Kabul wedding

 KABUL:  JOY and celebration turned into horror and carnage when an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The massive blast, which took place late on Saturday in west Kabul, came as Washington and the Taliban finalise a deal to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan and hopefully build a roadmap to a ceasefire. The groom recalled greeting ..

US cuts USD 440 million financial aid to Pakistan

 WASHINGTON:  IN ANOTHER jolt to Pakistan, the US slashed the aid to the cash-strapped nation by nearly USD 440 million, bringing down its commitment to just USD 4.1 billion. The aid was disbursed under Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement (PEPA) 2010, reported ‘Express Tribune’.  The US apprised Pakistan Prime Minister about its decision to cut aid three weeks before his planned visit to Washington. Notably, the PEPA was signed in September 2010 to make operational the ..

Virgin Galactic unveils new Mission Control for promoting space tourism

SPACE tourism moved a step closer to reality on Thursday as Virgin Galactic unveiled its new Mission Control at a spaceport in New Mexico and the schedule for final test flights before taking paying customers into the final frontier. ..

Tanker freed by Gibraltar poised to set sail, says

A TANKER carrying Iranian oil, released by Gibraltar authorities after being held since July 4, is preparing to set sail into the Mediterranean, a senior Iranian shipping official said on Friday...

Trump wants to buy Greenland: Report

PRESIDENT Donald Trump is asking advisers if it is possible for the US to buy Greenland, according to a report. Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part of Denmark -- which is mostly covered in ice -- asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire the territory, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions...

Imran vows to raise Kashmir issue at every forum; questions world community’s silence

  By Sajjad Hussain  ISLAMABAD: PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to become the voice of Kashmir and raise the issue at every global forum, including the United Nations, as he questioned the silence of the international community on the tense situation in the region. Addressing a special session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad, Khan said that if a war breaks out between Pakistan and India, the world community will ..

‘My upbringing does not allow me to take a life’: Modi to Bear Grylls

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and popular host and adventurer Bear Grylls during television show ‘Man vs Wild’ at Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. (R) Bear Grylls taking a selfie with Modi.  WALES [UK]: “The special episode of ‘Man Vs Wild’ will be broadcast on August 12 at 9 pm and will be showcased in 180 countries around the world. ”     RECALLING one of the moments experienced with Prime Minister Narendra ..

Pak receives little traction globally on J&K issue: Sources

By Lalit K Jha: WASHINGTON A diplomat closely following the massive lobbying efforts being undertaken by Pakistan in last few days said that Pakistan is being clearly told that the onus for maintaining peace and stability in the region is on them   PAKISTAN, which has launched a major lobbying effort, particularly in Washington and the United Nations, after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status, has received little traction on the issue, according to diplomatic ..

World warned: Change now or endanger food, climate

  GENEVA: HUMANITY faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark climate assessment said on Thursday. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off. Its report on land ..

30 killed in two separate mass shootings in US

 WASHINGTON/HOUSTON AT LEAST 30 people were killed and several others injured in two separate mass shootings within 24 hours in the United States, the latest in a string of mass shootings in America. Ten people, including the shooter, were killed and at least 16 others injured on early Sunday in Dayton’s Oregon district, a historic neighbourhood known for its nightclubs, bars, art galleries and shops.  “The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least ..

Pentagon stalls $10 bn cloud contract eyed by Amazon

Amazon chief Bezos has defended the company’s bid for the contract saying it was important to support US defence efforts, even if it is unpopularSAN FRANCISCOTHE Pentagon has put off awarding a $10 billion cloud computing contract sought by Amazon, saying on Thursday that the process will be reviewed by the newly-appointed Defence Secretary.  Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  Amazon was considered a strong contender to provide technology for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure ..

‘Any discussion on Kashmir only with Pak’

BANGKOKREJECTING any mediation by US President Donald Trump on Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday made it clear to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that any discussion on the issue, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.Jaishankar is in the Thailand capital to attend a number of conferences, including the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th Mekong ..

PM to feature on Discovery channel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and popular host and adventurer Bear Grylls during Discovery channel’s show ‘Man vs Wild’ at Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand on Monday. (ANI)   MUMBAI: “The episode will premiere on August 12 and will be showcased in more than 180 countries ” PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will feature in a special episode of Discovery’s “Man Vs Wild” which will highlight “issues related to environmental ..

Strike by ferry workers hits travel plans in Alaska

THE first strike by Alaska ferry workers in over 40 years has snarled travel plans for thousands of people during the busy tourist and fishing season, leaving some stranded and catching the attention of a Democratic Presidential candidate...

US approves foreign military sales to support India’s C-17 military transport aircraft

AS PART of its efforts to enhance India’s defence capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region, the Trump Administration notified the Congress on Friday of its decision to approve foreign military sales worth USD 670 million to support India’s C-17 military transport aircraft...

US, Guatemala sign deal for immigration asylum

THE Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala on Friday that will restrict asylum applications to the US from Central America...

IAF gets first 4 Apache helicopters from US

US AEROSPACE major Boeing on Saturday handed over the first four of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force while another batch of four choppers will be delivered next week...

Three Indian-origin ministers make up UK’s diverse Cabinet

LONDONBORIS Johnson has appointed three Indian-origin leaders, including Priti Patel as Home Secretary, in his top ministerial team in what has been dubbed as Britain’s most diverse Cabinet, after he took over as the new Prime Minister with a pledge that the UK will leave the EU on October 31, “no ifs or buts.”  Hours after Johnson was appointed by the Queen as Britain’s new Prime Minister, he named Patel Home Secretary, Alok Sharma as the International Development ..

Democrats apologise for Trump’s ‘amateurish claim’ about Kashmir

 WASHINGTON: MOVING swiftly to counter the diplomatic embarrassment caused by President Donald Trump’s flub on Kashmir and assuage an upset New Delhi, the US administration clarified that Kashmir is very much a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, even as US Democrats apologised to India’s envoy for the US President’s “amateurish claim” about Kashmir. India strongly rejected Trump’s claim, made in front of visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran ..

Johnson elected new UK PM

 By Aditi Khanna  LONDON:  BORIS Johnson on Tuesday won the Conservative Party’s leadership race to become the next Prime Minister of Britain, amid the political uncertainty over the country’s divorce deal with the European Union. Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary and London Mayor, was widely expected to beat Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street, which was triggered last month when a Brexit-battered May resigned amid a mounting rebellion ..

Trump offers to mediate between India and Pak on Kashmir issue

 WASHINGTON: US PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Monday offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as he met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House for the first time. Trump said that he is ready to help, if the two countries ask. “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said in his opening remarks at the Oval Office during his meeting with Khan. Khan welcomed Trump’s remarks and said if the US agrees, prayers of more than a billion people ..

Iran seizes British oil tanker

 TEHRAN/LONDON: The Stena Impero -- was captured by the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) following an accident with a fishing boat, Iranian media reported  IRAN’S Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting the UK to warn Tehran of ‘serious consequences’ if it did not release the ship, making it the latest confrontation in the increasingly tense standoff in the important shipping ..

China’s experimental space lab re-enters Earth’s atmosphere

China’s experimental space lab Tiangong-2 on Friday made a ‘controlled re-entry’ into the earth’s atmosphere and a small amount of its debris fell into the South Pacific Ocean, the country’s space agency said.   The re-entry took place under control at 6.24 IST, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted China’s Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) as saying. A small amount of the spacecraft’s debris fell into the predetermined safe sea area in ..

Jadhav verdict a victory of rule of law: Salve

 By Aditi Khanna: LONDON THE ICJ verdict calling for the consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and making it incumbent upon Pakistan to ensure an effective review of its legal processes is a victory of the rule of law that has “gladdened our hearts”, India’s lead counsel in the case Harish Salve said on Wednesday. The senior advocate said that he hoped Pakistan would fully comply with the judgement and that its conduct will be under watch in case it chooses to “brazenl..

Hafiz Saeed arrested for terror financing

 By M Zulqernain: LAHORE  Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases when he was arrested by Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Department  MUMBAI terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested on Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province, just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the US. Saeed, who has several cases pending ..

Israel inks USD 50 mn deal with India for Naval MRSAM systems

 JERUSALEM: As per agreement, Israel will provide complementary systems for air defence system  STATE-OWNED Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Wednesday said it has inked a follow-up deal worth USD 50 million to supply complementary Naval MRSAM (medium range surface-to-air missile) systems to the Indian Navy and the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. As per the agreement, signed this week, the IAI will provide complementary systems for the air defence system (ADS).  “The deal ..

As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists

FROM the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are selling troubled Xinjiang as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals to internment camps...

Pakistan anti-terror court grants interim bail to Saeed, his 3 aides

MUMBAI terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and his three aides were granted pre-arrest bail on Monday by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in a case pertaining to the banned outfit’s illegal use of land for its seminary...

Macron showcases Europe military prowess at Paris parade

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday sought to showcase European military cooperation in the annual Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions between Europe the United States..

Major 7.3 quake hits Indonesia

A MAJOR 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in Eastern Indonesia on Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets, but no tsunami warning was issued...

Djokovic clinches 5th Wimbledon title

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth Wimbledon title on Sunday beating eight-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3) in the longest ever final and settled by an historic tie-break...

India imposing tariffs on American products ‘not acceptable’: Trump

 By Lalit K Jha: WASHINGTON PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Tuesday said India has long had a “field day” imposing tariffs on American products, which is “no longer acceptable” to the US. Trump’s terse comment came days after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28 where the two leaders aired their concerns over the bilateral trade disputes and agreed for a meeting of their Commerce Ministers to sort ..

Trump celebrates US Independence Day

WASHINGTONDECLARING that ‘nothing is impossible’ for Americans, President Donald Trump celebrated the Independence Day with an unprecedented display of the country’s military might at a rain-soaked parade but surprised his critics with a speech that was devoid of his trademark political rhetoric, ahead of his 2020 re-election bid. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at an Independence Day celebration on Thursday in Washington. (AP/PTI)  In one ..

ICJ to deliver verdict on 17th in Jadhav case

 NEW DELHI: THE Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday said it will deliver on July 17 its verdict in the case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the ICJ in May 2017 against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav. India had also challenged the “farcical ..

Saeed, his aides to be held ‘very soon’: Pakistan Police

 By M Zulqernain LAHORE: MUMBAI attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his close aides will be arrested ‘very soon’, police said on Thursday, a day after Pakistani authorities booked them for committing multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering.  The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police on Wednesday registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different ..

Film on Indian-American Sikh bags award

 By Lalit K Jha: WASHINGTON A SHORT film based on the real-life of an eminent Indian-American Sikh, whose campaign forced the US authorities to change their policy towards turban, has won ‘Short of the Year’ award at a prestigious film festival that showcases independent films from around the world. Directed by Jenna Ruiz, the movie titled SINGH was chosen among 100 films submitted for the award in the same category at the Covellite International Film Festival in Montana, ..

Astronomers discover precise location of cosmic radio waves

 MELBOURNE:  IN A first, Australian scientists have determined the precise location of a powerful one-off burst of cosmic radio waves. The discovery was made with Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. A team of researchers made a high-resolution map showing that the burst originated in the outskirts of a Milky Way-sized galaxy about 3.6 billion light-years away.  “This is the big ..

Trump steps into North Korea in historic first

 PANMUNJOM: DONALD Trump stepped onto North Korean soil in a historic first on Sunday as he met Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in a moment of high diplomatic drama on the world’s last Cold War frontier. Moments after becoming the only sitting US President to set foot inside North Korea, Trump brought Kim back over the dividing line for a meeting where they agreed to start working-level talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. Trump also said he had invited the young leader ..

Money in Swiss banks: India slips to 74th place

  ZURICH/NEW DELHI: UK remains on top spot UK is followed by the US, West Indies, France and Hong Kong in the top five. The top-five countries alone account for more than 50 per cent of the foreign funds parked with the Swiss banks   INDIA has moved down one place to 74th rank in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks, while the UK has retained its top position, as per data released by the central banking authority of the Alpine nation. India ..

Aus PM tweets selfie with Modi; says ‘Kithana acha he Modi!’

 OSAKA: THE bonhomie between Scott Morrison and Narendra Modi was on full display on Saturday when the Australian Prime Minister tweeted a selfie with his Indian counterpart and praised him in Hindi “Kithana acha he Modi!”, a message which went viral. Modi replied to his tweet by saying he was “stoked” about the energy of the India-Australia relations.  “You have made the message go viral by writing Kithana acha he Modi!” the Indian Prime Minister ..

G20 leaders support women empowerment

 OSAKA (Japan):  World economy would get a boost of up to USD 28 trillion by 2025 if women were on an equal economic footing, says Ivanka Trump  Research shows that states with higher female participation are less likely to use violence or military force to resolve international conflict, says Ivanka   GROUP of 20 leaders have joined their host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in showcasing support for helping women close the gap with men in finance and other forms of economic ..

Modi promotes Yoga at G20 Summit

 OSAKA: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday used the G20 Summit here to promote India’s traditional healing measures, Yoga and his flagship Ayushman Bharat health scheme. Modi, who was in Osaka, Japan for the two-day G20 Summit, also took part in a special session on empowerment of women.  The session witnessed an in-depth dialogue on how to further women empowerment and work towards gender equality. Speaking at the third session of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Prime Minister ..

Trump, Xi agree to restart trade talks

 BEIJING/OSAKA: During the meeting, Trump said it will not add new tariffs on Chinese exports. It has come as a relief in China, which is reeling under continued slowdown of the economy  CHINESE President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Donald Trump agreed on Saturday to re-launch the stalled negotiations to end the bruising trade war, according to the Chinese State media which said the US will not impose new tariffs on imports from China. The move came as Trump held a ..

Modi holds trilateral meeting with Xi, Putin at G20 Summit

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi held a trilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin here on Friday and discussed global hot-spot issues like terrorism and climate change. Modi, who is in Osaka, Japan for the G20 Summit, hosted Xi and Putin for an informal RIC (Russia-India-China) meeting here. The three countries, in a joint communique of the 16th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China, strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and ..

US woman who killed her 2 children gets 120 years in jai

A CONNECTICUT woman convicted of killing her two children saying it was God’s plan was sentenced to 120 years in prison without the possibility of parole. LeRoya Moore, 39, was sentenced Thursday, following her conviction in March of two counts of murder for killing her six-year-old daughter, Aleisha, and her seven-year-old son, Daaron, at the family’s home in East Haven in 2015. For each count of murder, she received 60 years.  “It’s a no win today, the sentence ..

EU leaders warn US, China over ongoing trade dispute

 EUROPEAN Union leaders on Friday warned of the damage caused by the ongoing US-China trade dispute to the world economy and urged for rules-based international trade, the media reported. As the world’s Group of 20 economies kicked off their two-day summit in the Japanese port city of Osaka, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the strained relations between Washington and Beijing over trade were “difficult” and contributing to a slowdown in the global economy. ..

Trump blames Democrats for migrants’ deaths

 PRESIDENT Donald Trump appeared to blame current immigration laws – and Democrats’ refusal to change them – for the drowning death of a father and his young daughter as they tried to cross the Rio Grande river to get into the United States.  Photographs of the two migrants, lying face down near the bank of the river, has sparked new outrage and controversy over the current border crisis. Asked about the images, Trump suggested that if Congress fixed the laws, as he ..

Stop destabilising UK,allies: May to Putin

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that normal relations will not be restored until Moscow ends its “irresponsible and destabilising” activity, a Downing Street spokesperson said. The comments came as May met Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan’s Osaka, their first formal face-to-face since the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal last year.  “She told the President that there cannot be a normalisation ..

Temperature in France surpasses 45oC

THE temperature in France surpassed 45 degrees Celsius for the first time on record on Friday as Europe sweltered in an early summer heatwave that has caused several deaths. With France, Spain, Italy and parts of central Europe particularly badly hit by the high temperatures, officials pleaded with people to take common sense precautions. France’s new record temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius was registered in Villevieille, a village in the southern department of Gard near Montpellier, the ..

55 nations back India for non-permanent UNSC seat

  UNITED NATIONS:  India’s candidature for the two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan  Each year the 193-member General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term   IN A major diplomatic win and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the 55-member ..

FATF chief hints at blacklisting Pakistan for terror financing

 WASHINGTON DC: OUTGOING Financial Action Task Force (FATF) President, Marshall Billingslea, has hinted about the possibility of blacklisting Pakistan after the international financial watchdog’s meeting in Paris. “Pakistan had ‘significant’ work to do. With regard to an action plan agreed in June 2018, they are ‘lacking in almost every respect’,” Billingslea said at a press briefing. He added, “Pakistan was cautioned in February at the plenary ..

Modi, Xi, Putin to discuss Trump’s trade war at G20

 By Gaurav Sharma  BEIJING THE leaders of China, India and Russia will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit later this week in Japan to discuss ways to counter US President Donald Trump’s “protectionist” trade policy and bullying practices. Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Osaka to attend the summit on June 28-29, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun on Monday said the leader will have a sit-down with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ..

Iranian General warns US against uncontrollable scope of war

 TEHRAN: AN Iranian military commander warned on Sunday that any conflict with Iran would have uncontrollable consequences across the region and endanger the lives of US forces, as tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared after the downing of an American surveillance drone. Major General Gholamali Rashid made the remarks while addressing Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps during a field visit to a command center for Iranian radars and missile systems. The General ..

US launches cyber attack against Iranian systems

 TEHRAN: The cyber attack targeted Iranian Intelligence group’s computer systems used to control missile and rocket launches  THE US has covertly launched a cyber attack against an Iranian Intelligence group’s computer systems on the same day President Donald Trump pulled back on using more traditional methods of military force. The cyber attack, which were approved by Trump on Thursday, targeted computer systems used to control missile and rocket launches that were ..

Modi to lead celebrations of Yoga Day in Ranchi today

  NEW DELHI: TOP Government functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders will attend International Yoga Day events across the country on Friday. While the Prime Minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working President J P Nadda will perform yoga, ..

2.2 bn people don’t get safe drinking water globally: UN

 NEW YORK:  According to the report, even though 1.8 billion people gained access to basic drinking water services since 2000, there remain vast inequalities in accessibility, availability, and quality of these services  SOME 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safely managed drinking water services, while 4.2 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation services, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations ..

Kyrgyzstan President gifts traditional hat, coat to Modi

  BISHKEK: KYRGYZSTAN President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has gifted a traditional Kyrgyz hat and a coat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit here for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. President Jeenbekov, who met Prime Minister Modi on Friday ahead of the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting, also presented him a ‘Samovar’, a traditional container to heat or boil water.  Prime Minister’s Office shared pictures of Modi wearing the Kyrgyz ..

Switzerland is in process of sharing details of 50 Indians having bank accounts

 BERNE/NEW DELHI: SWISS authorities are in process of sharing details of at least 50 Indian nationals having accounts in Switzerland-based banks, with regulatory and enforcement agencies in the two countries tightening their noose on individuals suspected to have amassed illicit wealth. These individuals largely include businessmen associated with companies, including the dummy ones, in sectors ranging from real estate, financial services, technology and telecom to paints, home decoration, ..

Pak PM Imran Khan trolled for seating gaffe at SCO summit

BISHKEKPAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan broke the diplomatic protocol at the opening ceremony of the SCO summit here when he sat down even as all other leaders, including his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, were standing, an embarrassing gaffe for which he was trolled online.  Imran Khan (circled) remains seated at SCO summit while all other leaders stand. (Twitter)  In a video shared on the official Twitter handle of his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Prime Minister Khan ..

You can soon spend vacation in space for $35,000 per night

  WASHINGTON:  The estimated cost of the journey is USD 58 million for a return trip lasting 30 days at International Space Station, or around USD 35,000 a night.  ANTARCTICA used to be one of the most remote destinations on travellers’ bucket lists, but there will soon be an even more exclusive club to join. Last week, NASA announced its intention to open up the International Space Station to tourists. For the last two decades, astronauts from 18 countries have lived ..

Modi ignores Imran Khan at SCO summit, snubs him by avoiding Pakistan airspace

In tune with national mood, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ignored Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit and chose not to exchange pleasantries with him. Even while flying to Bishkek, Modi did not use Pakistani airspace though Islamabad had indicated that it would allow the Indian leader to fly over Pakistan, an act that is being taken as a snub to Imran Khan.  At the SCO summit, there was no meeting between Narendra Modi and Imran Khan dur..

Modi attends SCO summit, meets Xi, Putin

 BISHKEK: Pak must take ‘concrete action’ against terrorism for peace talks: Modi tells Xi  To mark the establishment of 70 years of diplomatic relations, India and China will both hold 70 programmes, 35 in each country    PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised the issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan during his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping here and said India expects “concrete action” by Islamabad to ..

Russian scribe walks free as drugs charges dropped after outcry

A RUSSIAN investigative journalist walked free late on Tuesday after authorities in Moscow dropped drug charges against him in a rare climbdown by law enforcement following a public outcry. Ivan Golunov, a reporter with independent media outlet Meduza, walked out of the gates of a Moscow police building to cheers from waiting journalist and wept as he thanked supporters.   “This all happened so quickly and thank you for that, that you supported me. I think it somehow influenced the ..

Trump inadvertently reveals more of US-Mexico migrant deal

 United States President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that Mexico agreed to take stronger legal action to halt Central American migrants if its initial efforts to stem the flow don’t show results in 45 days. In bright sunshine outside the White House, Trump waved what he said was the text of an agreement Mexican and US officials signed on Friday to avert the application of tariffs on their exports to the United States.  Photographs of the document revealed that Mexico appeared ..

Syria downs Israeli missiles

SYRIAN air defence shot down Israeli missiles targeting the south of the country on Wednesday, State media said, as a monitor reported positions of the regime’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah had been hit. The attack was launched in the early hours of the morning against the Tall al-Hara sector near the Golan Heights, according to official news agency ‘SANA’, which said there had been no casualties. It did not specify what had been targeted.  ‘SANA’ also accused Israel ..

UK Court notes broad consistency in India’s evidence in Nirav Modi case

  By Aditi KhannaA UK High Court judge on Wednesday accepted a broad consistency of evidence put forward by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian Government, in the extradition case against fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi.  Justice Ingrid Simler read out a detailed judgement at the Royal Courts of Justice, in which she upheld a lower court ruling to withhold bail and also summed up the case against Modi - wanted in India as the “principal ..

Doctors conduct remote surgery using 5G technology in China

 BEIJING; Doctors in China have successfully directed surgeons 200 km away to perform a gall bladder surgery using  5G network in a remote area. 5G is the next generation cellular technology with download speeds stated to be 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks.  DOCTORS in China have successfully directed surgeons 200 km away to perform a gall bladder surgery using 5G network in a remote area, official media here reported on Tuesday. The laparoscopic cholecystec..