Friday, August 7, 2020LoC flare-up: 3 civilians seriously injured in Karnah

Srinagar: Three civilians were injured as India and Pakistan troops exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday.

A senior army officer said that the Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation along the LoC by firing small arms and mortars, resulting in injuries to three persons. “Army gave befitting reply,” he added.

Official sour


Friday, August 7, 2020Pak shells villages in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire on Thursday by heavily shelling forward areas in two sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate, officials said.
A few structures were damaged in the shelling, they said.
At about 2000 hours, the Pakistan Army fired with small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote and Mendhar sectors along the Line of Control (LoC)


Friday, August 7, 2020Putin expected to visit in October: MEA

NEW DELHI: A number of high-level exchanges between India and Russia is set to take place, including the annual bilateral summit in October when President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that in the recent exchanges between the two sides, regional and international issues have also been discussed.


Friday, August 7, 2020FATF: India to highlight Pak inaction on terror

NEW DELHI: India is likely to highlight Pakistan's inaction on curbing terror financing in the upcoming Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary scheduled to be held in October this year.
With deadlines looming, Pakistan is yet to comply with 13 conditions out of the 27-point Action Plan of the FATF including curbing terror financing, enforcement of the laws against the proscribed organisation


Friday, August 7, 2020India rejects China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UNSC

New Delhi: India on Thursday hit out at China for making yet another attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, saying it "firmly" rejects Beijing's "interference" in the country's internal affairs.

"We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir," the Ministry of External Affa


Thursday, August 6, 2020Sri Lanka General Election: Early results show Rajapaksa clan heading for landslide win

Mahinda’s SLPP expected to win control of the 225-member Assembly by a comfortable margin, say analysts,

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) appeared to be heading for a landslide win in the country’s parliamentary election, according to early results announced on Thursday.
The SLPP has polled more votes than its rivals, scoring over 60 per cent of the total votes in the five results declared so far from the South, dominated by the Sinhala majority com


Thursday, August 6, 2020Nepal reimposes Covid restrictions following spike in cases

Tally reaches 21,390 after 380 new cases reported

Kathmandu: The Nepal government on Thursday reimposed restrictions in capital Kathmandu and other coronavirus-affected districts following a spike in the number of fresh virus cases.
The country’s COVID-19 tally on Wednesday reached 21,390 after 380 new cases were reported. The virus death toll stands at 60.
The restrictions will be applicable throughout Kathmandu Valley and all districts with


Thursday, August 6, 2020Lebanon mourns victims of devastating blast, searches for missing

Dozens still missing after Tuesday’s huge blast; officials start counting enormous cost of explosion

Beirut: Lebanon mourned on Thursday the victims of the most powerful blast to hit the country that was already being crushed by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion that flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.
French President Emmanuel Macron, making the first visit by a foreign leader since Tuesday’s blast which killed at least 137 people and inj


Thursday, August 6, 2020Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for making drugs

Wen Guanxiong, was also charged with making drugs in the same case and jailed for life, court said in its notice

Beijing: A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death on Thursday for making drugs, the third Canadian to be sentenced to death for drugs in China since Canada detained a top executive of Chinese company in 2018.
The Canadian, identified as Xu Weihong, was sentenced after a trial in the southern city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Intermediate Court said in a notice on its website.
It did not say


Thursday, August 6, 2020Many more likely sought jobless aid amid resurgence of virus

Washington: With the nation still gripped by an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases, the US government will provide its latest snapshot on Thursday of the layoffs that have remained elevated at a weekly pace above 1 million since the pandemic erupted in March.
The rate of applications for unemployment benefits has stalled at roughly twice the record high that had existed before the virus se


Thursday, August 6, 2020Per-country Green Card cap punishes immigrants from India: Top American Senator

Terms ‘discrimination’ as ‘inconsistent’ with principles of merit-based immigration system

Washington: The per-country cap on legal permanent residency punishes immigrants from India and the wait for the coveted Green Card for Indians runs into 200 years, a top American Senator has said, terming the “discrimination” as “inconsistent” with the principles of a merit-based immigration system.
Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to


Thursday, August 6, 2020India firmly rejects China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UNSC

New Delhi, Aug 6: India on Thursday hit out at China for making yet another attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, saying it "firmly" rejects Beijing's "interference" in the country's internal affairs.

"We have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir," the Ministry of Extern


Thursday, August 6, 2020China says change in J&K status ‘illegal’, India snubs

JAMMU: India on Wednesday snubbed the Chinese side after Beijing said any unilateral change in the status of Jammu and Kashmir was illegal.
"We have noted the comments of the Chinese MFA spokesperson on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinese side has no locus standi whatsoever on this matter and is advised not to comment on the internal affairs of other nations," MEA spoke


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Israeli military sets up coronavirus task force

In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week and connect all the different bodies under one umbrella.

Jerusalem: The Israeli military said Wednesday it was establishing a coronavirus task force aimed at cutting the chain of infection in the country.
In a statement, the military said the new task force would begin operating next week and connect all the different bodies under one umbrella. The unit, headed by a brigadier general, will operate a sampling center, a quarantine center, recovery hotel


Wednesday, August 5, 2020EU, Turkey and Gulf states among those aiding Beirut after blast

The European Union, Turkey and Gulf states are among those offering assistance to Lebanon following an explosion at a warehouse in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000.

EUROPEAN UNION: The European Commission said it had activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which is designed to help after natural disasters, following a request from Lebanon for aid and support.
More than 100 highly trained firefighters were being deployed with vehicles, dogs and equipment, specialised in search and rescue in urban contexts, the European Union’s executive said.
The Nethe


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Meghan Markle wins plea to keep friends anonymous in UK court

The ‘People' article referenced in court involved the former actress' friends speaking out against her alleged bullying

London’; Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on Wednesday won an attempt to keep five of her friends anonymous in her ongoing High Court legal action in London over breach of privacy against ‘The Mail on Sunday' newspaper owners Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL).
Lawyers for Markle, who turned 39 on Tuesday, had argued for the friends who gave an interview to ‘People' magazine to remain anony


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarised America

Washington: Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarised America.
The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a book by Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security


Wednesday, August 5, 2020China’s behaviour is becoming a problem not for only India and US, but also for its friends

Jammu, Aug 5: In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out.It did not intricate the United States or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines.

Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation’s preeminent China specialist of espionage, a move widely interpreted at the time as a warning against increased meddling by the superpower next door.

Both men maintain their innocence and if China is sp


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Beirut Blast:Atleast 100 people died and more than 4000 were injured

Jammu, Aug 5: The blast killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others.The whole city was shaken by the explosion and a mushroom cloud could be seen spreading over the port area.
President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored periliously in a warehouse.
Ammonium nitrate is used as a fertiliser in agriculture and as an explosive. He sche


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Pakistan’s new map an exercise in political absurdity: MEA

Kashmir: New Delhi has described a so-called political map of Pakistan issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan as an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian State of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

A press statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said, these ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity


Wednesday, August 5, 2020Qureshi writes to UN official on Kashmir issue: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has once again written to the President of the UN Security Council, raising the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said.

Qureshi sent the letter ahead of the first anniversary of India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international supp


Tuesday, August 4, 2020IMF says coronavirus may shrink global imbalances further in 2020

The IMF’s annual report on currencies, the External Sector Report, showed that continued weakness in trade, coupled with massive fiscal expansion, was projected in many countries to shrink both current account deficits and surpluses.

Washington: The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that global current account imbalances narrowed in 2019 as trade slowed, and the coronavirus could narrow them further in 2020, but some vulnerable emerging market economies are facing major investment outflows.
The IMF’s annual report on currencies, the External Sector Report, showed that continued weakness in trade, coupled with massi


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Afghan grand assembly on fate of hundreds of Taliban prisoners set for Friday

Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as the loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government.

Kabul: Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as the loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government.
A pact reached by U.S. and Taliban negotiators in Doha in February had agreed that 5,000 Taliban prisoners should be released from Afghan jails as a precondition t


Tuesday, August 4, 2020American journalists in Hong Kong could be Beijing’s next target

The Global Times is a tabloid run by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. Hu’s tweets have become closely watched after accurately forecasting previous moves by China’s government.

China could take aim at American journalists in Hong Kong, if the US doesn’t renew visas for Chinese journalists, Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said.
“From what I know, given that the US side hasn’t renewed visa of Chinese journalists, Chinese side has prepared for the worst scenario that all Chinese journalists have to leave the US,” Hu said Tuesday on Twitter. “If that’s the case, Chi


Tuesday, August 4, 2020PIA sacks 63 employees for fake degrees, embezzlement

28 employees were removed for fake education credentials and 27 were sacked for being absent from duty without notice

Islamabad: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) last month sacked 63 of its employees, including 5 pilots, on charges of fake degrees, embezzlement and absence from duty.
All five of the sacked pilots were holding fake licences, said PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan, adding that all employees were dismissed in accordance to the law.
Twenty-eight employees were removed for fake education cred


Tuesday, August 4, 20203 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

The men were found about 190 kilometers (118 miles) from where they had set out.

Wellington: Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say.
The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft, the Australian defense department said Mond


Tuesday, August 4, 2020Hosting U-17 World Cup can transform women's game in country

Jammu, Aug 4: : India executes the U-17 women's World Cup in 2021 will play a vital role in boosting the image of the sport among girls in the country, says head of FIFA's women's competitions, Sara Booth.
Speaking at an e-summit organised by Football Delhi on Monday, Booth said Delhi will feel the "positive impact" of hosting a World Cup and lauded the state association's collaborative effort w


Monday, August 3, 2020COVID-19: Australia’s Victoria state imposes curfew in Melbourne; reports new 429 cases

The state currently has over 7,100 active cases of coronavirus and more than 38 of those are in the intensive care unit

Melbourne: Australia’s Victoria state on Monday reported 429 COVID-19 cases, a day after it declared “a state of disaster” following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.
On Sunday, the southeast Australian state, the country’s second-largest, placed its capital Melbourne under strict stage-4 restrictions for six weeks, including a night-time curfew.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ann


Monday, August 3, 2020Nepal’s COVID-19 tally crosses 20,000-mark with 418 new infections

Kathmandu: Nepal has reported 418 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the number of infections in the country to 20,750, while 57 people have died due to the disease, the health ministry said on Monday.
A total of 14,961 patients have been discharged after recovery, which accounts for 72.1 per cent of the total infected cases, Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Jageshar Gautam told reporte


Monday, August 3, 2020China accuses US of harassing Chinese students, researchers

Beijing: China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the US.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States.
Wang said C


Monday, August 3, 2020There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19, WHO warns

Officials said an advance investigative team in China was not yet back

Geneva: The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long.
More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and W


Monday, August 3, 2020TikTok owners will relocate to London from Beijing, Sun newspaper says

ByteDance’s founders are to announce their intention to set up shop in London

London: TikTok owner ByteDance will move its headquarters to London from Beijing under a deal approved by British ministers, The Sun newspaper reported.
ByteDance’s founders are to announce their intention to set up shop in London soon, the newspaper said, adding that the move was likely to upset U.S. President Donald Trump who has considered banning TikTok in the United States.
It was not imme


Monday, August 3, 2020British woman in Malaysia court for trial in husband’s death

Samantha Jones confessed she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument.

Alor Setar (Malaysia): A British woman accused of stabbing her husband to death at their Malaysian resort home entered court Monday for the start of a murder trial that could end with her sentenced to be hanged.
Wearing a mask and handcuffed, Samantha Jones, 51, was escorted by police into the courthouse in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah.
She was charged after police found a blood-st


Sunday, August 2, 2020Soccer pro Didier Drogba submits candidacy to become President of Ivory Coast

Jammu, Aug 2: Didier Drogba is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time.
On Saturday, Didier Drogba attracted lar


Saturday, August 1, 2020Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

Berlin: Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections.
A crowd of people whistling and cheering, and with few masks in sight, marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate ahead of a rally o


Saturday, August 1, 2020Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

Washington: Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump's most significant and boldest actions.
From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms contro


Saturday, August 1, 2020Trump considers 'banning' TikTok app in US

Report says Microsoft in talks to acquire the Chinese-owned video app

Washington: Technology giant Microsoft is in advance talks to acquire TikTok's US operations, according to a media report Friday, even as President Donald Trump said his administration is considering to ban the popular Chinese-owned video app.
"We're looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok," Trump told reporters at the White House. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, including TikT


Saturday, August 1, 2020YouTuber sits and stares at camera for 2 hours, gets 1.8 million views; netizens count how many times he blinks

Netizens wondered what was he thinking while shooting the clip

Chandigarh: A YouTuber posted a video of himself doing nothing, but stare into the camera for over two hours. The clip titled '2 JAM nggak ngapa-ngapain' translated into English as '2 hours of doing nothing' was posted by Indonesian YouTuber Muhammad Didit.
Didit revealed that he was inspired to record the video after several users requested him to post content that educated youth.


Saturday, August 1, 20203 young hackers charged with compromising 130 top Twitter users

San Francisco: The US Department of Justice has charged three young individuals (including one juvenile) with hacking Twitter last month that compromised the accounts of 130 high-profile celebrities, politicians and businesses like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Apple and Uber.
The 19-year-old Mason Sheppard (aka "Chaewon") of the UK was charged in a criminal complai


Saturday, August 1, 2020Pakistani spy drone spotted in Jammu and Kashmir's Hiranagar sector

Jammu: The patrolling party of BSF's 19th battalion which was doing its routine patrolling in the area along the border spotted a Pakistani drone flying along the Line of Control near Hiranagar sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the reports, the BSF personnel noticed the drone at around 10:30 pm on Friday (July 31) near a border post after which a search operation was launched in the a


Saturday, August 1, 2020Trump says he’ll ban TikTok from operating in US

Washington, Aug 1: US President Donald Trump has said that will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok from operating in the country through an executive order as early as Saturday, according to media reports.

Speaking to reporters on board the Air Force One on Friday, the President said: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the US."

Trump said he could use emerge


Saturday, August 1, 2020Kapil Dev: Imran Khan looked like an ordinary bowler

Jammu, Aug 1: Legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev has revealed that he initially thought iconic Pakistan captain Imran Khan “looked like an ordinary bowler”.

However, Kapil perceived that Imran began to develop and improve his skills. In fact, the 61-year-old was so impressed by Imran’s enthusiasm and determination to get prudent that he said the Pakistan all-rounder “was the most hardworkin


Saturday, August 1, 2020Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha

Dubai, Aug 1: Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.

The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

The pandemi