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UK blocks Chinese takeover of UK electronics group

The UK government has blocked Hong Kong-based firm Super Orange from purchasing British electronic-design company Pulsic, citing security risks posed by China. A statement Wednesday said Britain's Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng "considers that the final order is necessary and proportionate to mitigate the risk to national security". Pulsic, a small-sized…

India has never been defensive about its stand on buying…

The US and other nations in the world may not appreciate India buying Russian oil, but they have accepted it as New Delhi has not been defensive about its stand but made them realise the obligation the government has to its people amidst "unreasonably high" oil and gas prices, External…

Royal Air Force recruitment head resigns over ‘effective pause’ on…

The recruitment head of the Royal Air Force (RAF) has stepped down amid concerns that the pursuit of diversity efforts led to an “effective pause” on hiring white men, according to media reports. The Group Captain is believed to have handed in her notice recently in the wake of the…

Mexican President proposes commission for a global truce, led by…

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning to submit a written proposal to the UN to create a commission, made up of three world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to promote a world truce for a period of five years, MSN web portal reported. "I will make the…

London medical school benefitted from and contributed to British colonialism:…

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) benefitted from and contributed to British colonialism in a variety of ways between 1899 and 1960, according to a report on its history. It is largely to its role in British colonialism that the LSHTM owes its current power and position…

Salt substitutes lower blood pressure, reduce risk of stroke –…

New research has revealed that replacing regular salt with a salt substitute lowers blood pressure and protects against heart attack and stroke. It is a known fact that high consumption of salt composed of sodium chloride will drive blood pressure up and will result in cardiovascular ailments. But, the latest…

U.S. President Biden will expedite India-specific CAATSA sanctions waiver because…

The recent India-specific CAATSA sanctions waiver by the U.S. House of Representatives is the most consequential vote since the civilian nuclear deal, an influential Indian-American Democratic Congressman has said, asserting that U.S. President Joe Biden will expedite the waiver because he has the “political mileage” and the backing of 300…

Smuggler gangs’ TikTok ‘summer sale’ boosts migrant crossings

TRAFFICKERS are offering a TikTok 'summer sale' for a journey across the English Channel for migrants as the rate has been reduced to £3,500 per person from £5,000 earlier, it has emerged. This has resulted in an increase in channel crossings in recent weeks as another estimated 300 migrants reached…

Hum Do Hamare Baarah: Director reacts to allegations of Islamophobia,…

Veteran actor Annu Kapoor, who has played a range of characters in his storied acting career, next stars in Kamal Chandra’s upcoming directorial venture Hum Do Hamare Baarah. The team officially announced the film on August 5 along with unveiling the first-look poster. The poster shows Kapoor as the head…

Is Pakistan going the Sri Lanka way?

Seventy-five years of the independent polity have been tumultuous and turbulent for the state of Pakistan. Oscillating between military rule and civilian governments, the country to date has failed to witness even one complete five-year tenure of any of its Prime Ministers. This offbeat political tug of war has raised…

Top Gun: Maverick surpasses Titanic at the box office; becomes…

Tom Cruise’s latest action flick Top Gun: Maverick has been smashing one record after another ever since hitting the marquee. The film has now overtaken an iconic film in the list of the highest-grossing Hollywood films of all time. The film, which released in May, has now claimed the 7th…

China sanctions Pelosi over ‘provocative’ visit to Taiwan

China has decided to sanction U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her "vicious" and "provocative" actions, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday. "Despite China's serious concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, undermining…

Philippines chosen to host ASEAN Gaming Summit in 2023

The ASEAN Gaming Summit will be held in the Philippines in March 2023. The event in Manila will give attendees the opportunity to gain industry insights at an exhibition featuring 11 iGaming companies. The event will be live-streamed, creating a greater level of accessibility to interested parties. The decision consolidates…

‘No justification’ to use Pelosi’s visit as a pretext for…

Concerned over the recent threats issued by China, the Group of Seven (G7) nations on Wednesday said that there's "no justification" for Beijing to use Pelosi's visit "as a pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait." "We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the…

UK parliament drops TikTok account over China concerns

The UK parliament on Wednesday (3) closed its TikTok account after MPs expressed concern over the social media app's ownership by Chinese parent firm ByteDance. "Based on Member (of Parliament) feedback, we are closing the pilot UK Parliament TikTok account earlier than we had planned," said a parliament spokesman. "The…

China imposes fresh ban on Taiwanese imports amid Pelosi’s visit

Irked by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China on Wednesday halted trade with Taiwan and said it is suspending imports of citrus fruits and fish products from Taipei. Taking to Twitter, Li Bijian, China's Consul General in Karachi said, "Chinese mainland suspends imports of citrus fruits, chilled…

‘Grave consequences’ if Pelosi visits Taiwan: China warns US

Hours ahead of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrival in Taiwan, China upped the ante and threatened Washington with "very grave" consequences if the high-level visit takes place. Pelosi is likely to visit Taiwan Tuesday evening, as per reports. She is going to Taiwan for meetings scheduled with top government…

Do you know frequent naps and high blood pressure are…

According to new research, napping frequently is linked to increased risks for high blood pressure and stroke. The findings of the study were published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers in China examined whether frequent naps could be a potential causal risk factor for high blood…

NHS faces drug shortages: Millions could be left without vital…

Amid a supply chain crisis, millions of Brits may be left without important medications, as the NHS is reported to face a shortage of medicines, reports The Sun. Experts have warned that these medications include even antibiotics and painkillers. Also, the conditions which are expected to be impacted by the…

China says its massive loans, projects did not push Sri…

China on Thursday defended its massive infrastructure ventures and investments in crisis-hit Sri Lanka and said that they have "boosted" its economic development, amid criticism from the US of Beijing's unproductive projects and opaque loan deals among the reasons for the country's bankruptcy. The China-Sri Lanka practical cooperation has always…

UK rivals for PM hold first clash in front of…

British Conservatives Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss Thursday underwent their first grilling in front of party members as they wage a bitter duel to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The hustings in Leeds, northern England, were the opening bout of 12 nationwide events as the grassroots members elect a new…

Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss neck and neck after first TV…

There was no clear winner between former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Tuesday after the UK's prime ministerial candidates went head-to-head in their first television debate as finalists and clashed fiercely on their economic policies and tax plans. A snap Opinium poll of who performed best…

UK PM rivals Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss spar over…

Britain's two prime ministerial contenders clashed fiercely over tax, China and character on Monday night in their first head-to-head televised debate, as Rishi Sunak seeks to peg back the frontrunner Liz Truss.The primetime debate kicked off a crucial 12-day period featuring three such live TV duels and four husting events…

Rishi Sunak vs Liz Truss: UK PM race gets fierce…

It has been dubbed a bruising blue on blue battle, a reference to attacks within different factions of the governing Conservative Party as they turn on each other in the leadership contest to replace Boris Johnson as Tory leader and British Prime Minister.Ahead of a key head-on televised BBC debate…

China was stealing our technology and infiltrating our universities: Sunak…

Rishi Sunak on Sunday promised to get tough on China if he becomes Britain's next prime minister, calling the Asian superpower the "number one threat" to domestic and global security.The former finance minister's pledge comes after his rival in the final two of the race to lead the ruling Conservative…

Things that will inspire you to discover Tanzania

Tanzania is a country that offers a natural adventure. Its landscapes and the greatness of its fauna make it a haven for adventurers who want to discover this wonderful pearl in Africa. Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, with an amazing landscape and wildlife. It has…

In final two, Britain’s foreign minister Liz Truss burnishes her…

If it's not the pictures of her standing atop a tank in a nod to Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, it's the meme-defining moment when she vented her anger over cheese imports into Britain that made Liz Truss something of a household name.For many, she was a figure of fun, but…

PV Sindhu thanks PM Modi for his wishes on her…

Indian ace shuttler and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his wishes after she clinched her maiden Singapore Open title on Sunday. Indian ace shuttler and Olympic medalist PV Sindhu clinched the Singapore Open 2022 title after defeating China's Wang Zhiyi in the final of the…

Rishi Sunak tops round 2 as 5 left in UK…

The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Britain's prime minister is down to five candidates after the second round of voting among Tory MPs on Thursday.While former finance minister Rishi Sunak is leading the way with his MP colleagues, second-placed Penny Mordaunt is polling out front with…

MI5 needs more funds to tackle rightwing terrorism in UK,…

A British parliamentary committee has said that domestic security agency MI5 needs more funds to tackle the increasing threat of extreme-right terrorism, according to a report. The intelligence and security committee has said that the agency could not expand other activities since it is more focused on dealing with Islamist…

The eight contenders battling to replace Boris Johnson as next…

THE race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and Britain's prime minister is heating up, with eight candidates facing a first vote among Tory MPs on Wednesday (13). While several possible successors are seen as frontrunners, there is no clear favourite -- and such contests are notoriously volatile. Rishi…

Cash-strapped Pak may face serious economic crisis amid fast-depleting forex…

Cash-starved Pakistan could face a serious economic problem as its foreign exchange reserves are depleting fast amid rising external debt servicing, according to a media report on Wednesday. The country's external debt servicing rose to USD 10.886 billion in the first three quarters of 2021-22 compared to USD 13.38 billion…

No loan from IMF despite Pakistan ‘dancing to its tune’,…

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Sunday said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had not released the tranche for the USD 6 billion bailout package under its extended fund facility, even though it had made the country "dance to its tune." Responding to a question about the IMF, Sanaullah…

Race to replace Boris Johnson heats up: Who are the…

While several possible successors are seen as frontrunners, there is no clear favourite -- and such contests are notoriously volatile. Rishi Sunak The UK's first Hindu finance minister, Sunak quit on Tuesday and declared he was standing three days later. Long seen as Johnson's most likely successor, his prospects were…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna introduces legislation in US House on…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has introduced a legislative amendment in the US House of Representatives seeking a waiver to India against the punitive CAATSA sanctions for its purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, underlining that this will strengthen US-India defence ties and deter “aggressors.” CAATSA is a…

Who could take over as UK prime minister?

BRITAIN's Boris Johnson will reportedly announce his resignation as Conservative leader, paving the way for an internal party contest to replace him and become prime minister. While several possible successors have been suggested, there is no clear favourite. Rishi Sunak The UK's first Hindu chancellor of the exchequer, who quit…

MI5, FBI chiefs warn over China in rare joint address

The heads of MI5 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Wednesday about China's commercial espionage thrust in the West, in a rare joint address at the British intelligence service's London headquarters. Speaking to an audience of officials and business executives in Thames House, MI5 Director General Ken McCallum and…

IMF intends to ban Pakistan from seeking more Chinese loans:…

Islamabad's plan to seek PKR 7.9 billion from China for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects is now likely to hinge upon the IMF recommendations. Driving Pakistan's economy with the help of external doles is unsustainable and Pakistan desperately needs structural reforms. The IMF has raised objections to Pakistan's loans…

PM Modi’s determination not to allow normalisation of cross-border terror…

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's determination that he would not allow cross-border terrorism to be normalised has helped in shaping India's Pakistan policy since 2014. Speaking at an event at Delhi University, S Jaishankar noted that Prime Minister Modi is perceived abroad…

In talks with IMF, Sri Lanka is participating as bankrupt…

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said that the island country is participating in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a bankrupt country. In his speech in Parliament today regarding the economic recovery plan, the Prime Minister of the crisis-ridden country noted that a round of…

Richard III review – Doran’s production oozes energy, excitement and…

Richard IIIRSC, Stratford-Upon-Avon Directed by Gregory Doran Some key features of many popular Bollywood films are family feuds, deception and lies, and ruthless ambition, occasionally sprinkled with dark humour. Coupled with abject violence, burning desire, and moral bankruptcy, it creates a (seemingly) malign universe that’s robbed of hope and justice.…

Pakistan reaches out to China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to…

Pakistan is reaching out to its close allies in the group of twenty - China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to boycott the G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan to ask China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to boycott the G20 meeting in J-K," tweeted WLVN Analysis, geopolitics, defence, and national…

After China, UAE offers help to cash-starved Pakistan: Report

In response to cash-strapped Pakistan's request for fresh loans, the UAE has offered to buy minority shares in publicly-listed government-owned companies at a negotiated price and a seat on each of the firm's boards, according to a media report on Tuesday. The development comes amid China's decision to roll over…

G7 summit: Leaders unveil $600bn plan to rival China’s Belt…

US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders have unveiled ambitious plans to mobilise USD 600 billion in funding by 2027 to deliver transparent and game-changing infrastructure projects in developing countries like India, in a move seen as a counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative. The Partnership for Global…

Pakistan: Students may not get new books in new academic…

Pakistan paper association has warned that due to the paper crisis in the country, books will not be available to students in the new academic year starting August 2022.While the cause of the paper crisis is global inflation, the current paper crisis in Pakistan is also due to the wrong…

Sri Lanka’s economy has ‘completely collapsed’: PM Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka's economy has "completely collapsed" and it is facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity and food, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned on Wednesday, underscoring the urgency of arriving at an early agreement with the IMF to obtain an additional credit facility.…

India’s digital sector valuations will cross USD 1 trillion by…

India supports innovation across every sector and its digital sector valuations will cross USD 1 trillion by 2025, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday as he underlined the role of BRICS countries amid the global focus on post covid recovery. The Prime Minister made these remarks at the opening…

Former Sri Lankan cricketer serves tea, buns to people at…

Amid the unprecedented fuel crisis in the country, former Lankan cricketer Roshan Mahanama was spotted serving tea and buns to people waiting in lines outside the stores to buy fuel and cooking gas. "We served tea and buns with the team from Community Meal Share this evening for the people…

There can’t be ‘double standards’ on ‘religiophobia’: India at UN

There cannot be 'double standards' on 'relegiophobia' and combating the issue should not be a "selective exercise" involving only one or two religions but apply equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions, India said at the United Nations.Addressing the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti said, "As we have emphasized, combating religiophobia should…

UK ranks second for business startup financing: Data

UK startups raised more cash in early 2022 than counterparts in China, France or India, and were surpassed only by the US, data showed. The figures from data provider Dealroom were published alongside the UK government's new digital strategy on the first day of London Tech Week. UK startups raised…

EXCLUSIVE: Fight to save Commonwealth

Commonwealth leaders have told Eastern Eye that the UK government is “hell bent on destroying the Commonwealth in pursuit of a colonial agenda”. This newspaper has previously reported on the campaign by Boris Johnson’s administration to oust the current boss of the organisation’s administrative arm, Patricia Scotland. But now her…

One in seven people in the world has Lyme disease:…

SINGER Justin Bieber and model Bella Hadid are some of the few celebrities who have spoken publicly about their battle with Lyme disease. However, new estimates suggest that up to one in seven people in the world may have had the illness. The new findings could open up avenues to tackle…

China wades into furore over controversial remarks against Prophet; hopes…

China on Monday waded into the furore over the controversial remarks by two now-suspended BJP functionaries against Prophet Mohammad, expressing the hope that the incident can be properly managed. China, which faces serious allegations of a mass crackdown on Uygur Muslims in the volatile Xinjiang province, said it believes that…

Imran Khan’s anti-America rhetoric damages Pakistan’s relations with West: Report

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's anti-American rhetoric and his accusations against the US for conspiring to oust him from power is damaging the country's relations with the west, according to an analysis.Pakistan's economy is already facing a huge challenge and the country often turns to Western-led multilateral financial institutions…

Gujarat’s diamond industry hit hard by Russia-Ukraine war

THE Russia-Ukraine war has adversely affected the livelihood of thousands of workers in the diamond industry in Gujarat, especially in rural parts of Saurashtra region where many units import small-size diamonds from Russia for processing and polishing, according to industry representatives. The state's diamond industry employs nearly 1.5 million workers,…

Study: Consuming moderate quantity of eggs can boost heart-friendly, healthy…

According to recent studies published in the 'eLife' journal, consuming a moderate quantity of eggs might be beneficial for increasing the number of metabolities in the blood, which are good for the heart. Eggs are a rich source of dietary cholesterol, but they also contain a variety of essential nutrients.…

UK military too weak to prevent war, lack equipment and…

A former top military commander has warned that Britain's armed forces are too weak to prevent war or protect the nation during conflict due to 'chronic underfunding', according to a report.  Labour peer Lord West of Spithead, who served as First Sea Lord from 2002-06, has said that there may…

India’s biggest dairy group urges Modi to delay plastic straw…

INDIA's biggest dairy group Amul has written to the government urging it to delay a planned ban on tiny plastic straws, saying the move will have a "negative impact" on farmers and milk consumption in the world's biggest producer of the commodity. Amul made its appeal in a letter, dated…

Explainer-Why India holds the key to global rice market outlook

India's surprise decision to ban wheat exports has raised concerns about potential curbs on rice exports as well, prompting rice traders to step up purchases and place atypical orders for longer-dated deliveries. Government and trade officials have said India, the world's biggest exporter of rice, does not plan to curb…

India among top 10 global economies for FDI in 2021…

The United Nations on Thursday said foreign direct investment (FDI) in India declined by $19 billion to $45 billion in 2021. However, despite this, the country remains in the top 10 global economies in terms of FDI. According to the World Investment Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade…

China eyeing high-speed rail network in Bangladesh

China is eyeing high-speed rail network projects in Bangladesh following Bangladesh Railway (BR) feasibility study for constructing the railway network between Dhaka and Chattogram.In a recent development, China has proposed carrying out the project under the government-to-government-Public Private Partnership (G2G-PPP) framework, reported The Daily Star. Moreover, Dhaka has also selected…

Developing countries need much longer beyond 2050 to reach Net-Zero…

On the occasion of World Environment Day, India on Tuesday asserted that developing countries need to be given an additional time frame beyond 2050 to reach net-zero emissions and for this developed nations should do a net-negative by the middle of the century and vacate the carbon space for developing…

Some defence infra being set up by China near its…

THE destabilising and corrosive behaviour of the Chinese Community Party (CCP) in the Indo-Pacific region is simply not helpful and some of the defence infrastructure that is being set up by China near its border with India is alarming, US Army’s Pacific commanding general Charles A Flynn said on Wednesday…

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka needs $5bn, help from China for essentials

SRI LANKA will need $5 billion over the next six months to ensure basic living standards, and is renegotiating the terms of a yuan-denominated swap worth $1.5bn with China so as to fund essential imports, the prime minister said on Tuesday (7). The island nation's worst economic crisis in seven…

Top Asian Players in the NBA

Although Asians only represent a small percentage of past and present NBA players, those that have made it to the league have had a significant impact. Predicting who will win a game and betting on their favorite teams is one way in which fans participate in this sport. Sportsbooks like…

We have been investing in India right from when we…

The Hinduja Group is actively planning property development in India including residential and office spaces, its co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja said. Having a presence in places like Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the group has a huge land bank in India, he said adding that planning is on either for creating a…

Europe has to grow out of mindset that its problems…

INDIA has a difficult relationship with China but it is perfectly capable of managing it, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday (3). He rejected the European construct that New Delhi's position on Ukraine could impact global support to it if its problems with Beijing increases. In an interactive…

Bangladesh hits back after China asks Dhaka to shun bloc…

CHINA has told Bangladesh to stay independent and reject bloc politics, a year after publicly asking Dhaka not to join the Quad alliance comprising India, the US, Japan and Australia. "China believes that countries in the region, including Bangladesh, will bear in mind the fundamental interests of their own countries…

Queen Elizabeth gets Jubilee gift of a horse from France’s…

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, known for her love of horses, will receive one of French President Emmanuel Macron's prize thoroughbreds as a gift to mark her 70 years on the throne, Macron's office and the British Embassy in Paris said on Thursday. The 7-year-old horse, called Fabuleu de Maucour, escorted Macron…

Didn’t have absolute authority, actual power centre lies elsewhere: Imran…

IN an unusual attack on Pakistan's powerful military, ousted prime minister Imran Khan has admitted that his government was a "weak one" which was "blackmailed from everywhere" as the power was not with him and "everyone knows where that is" Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a…

The queen has travelled to more than 100 countries since…

Longevity Elizabeth has reigned for 70 years and nearly four months -- longer than any other monarch in British history. The previous record was held by her great-great-grandmother queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days until 1901. At 96, Elizabeth is the oldest current monarch…

The implications of India’s new cryptocurrency tax legislation and developing…

India did not succeed in banning cryptocurrency trading in 2018, but the government has imposed new legislation aiming to limit its use in transactions. The nation has one of the fastest-growing markets for cryptocurrency trading. The volume and scale of crypto trading in the country are high. However, the government…

South Korean K-pop band BTS speaks on anti-Asian hate during…

SOUTH KOREAN K-pop band BTS didn't sing a word but in a White House visit Tuesday (31) to meet president Joe Biden the supergroup's message against anti-Asian racism came loud and clear. The seven stars, dressed in matching dark suits and ties, with white shirts, joined White House press secretary…

India cautions over ‘heightened’ threat of misuse of biological agents…

India has cautioned over the “heightened” threat of misuse of biological agents and chemicals as weapons against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the international community to address the rapid evolution of proliferation risks. It said new and emerging technologies may increase the risk of Weapons of…

‘Difficult but not impossible’: Pakistan seeks $5 billion bilateral trade…

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has invited Turkish businesses to invest in his country, saying Islamabad “sincerely” seeks to strengthen bilateral ties with Ankara.Promising that his government would provide “all facilities” to investors, he said alternative energy, automobile industry and agriculture sectors of Pakistan offered ample business opportunities.Sharif told the…

Who is India’s top trade partner? Is it China or…

China on Tuesday (31) insisted that it is still India's biggest trade partner in 2021-22 as per its figures and attributed the "disparity" to different methods of calculating the trade volume by New Delhi and Beijing while referring to reports that the US has unseated it to take the top…

Explained: UK’s new ‘High Potential’ Visa and what it means…

GRADUATES from the world's top 50 non-UK universities, including Indian students, can now come and work in Britain through a new High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route launched in London on Monday (30). In a joint announcement, Indian-origin UK cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel said the new "exciting"…

The UK wastes millions of tonnes of food every year:…

Food waste is a huge problem for the environment. Making and getting rid of excess food accounts for around 8-10% of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, if global food waste were a country, it would rank third in the world for greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US. Globally,…

Priti Patel’s ‘high potential visa’ scheme: UK opens up for…

BRITAIN has opened its borders for “brightest and best” young graduates from top-notch foreign institutions to work in the UK for at least two years.Under the “High Potential Individual” visa scheme launched on Monday (30), applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 non-UK universities can seek…

Tesla won’t manufacture in India unless allowed to sell, service…

American electric carmaker Tesla, which has been seeking reduction in import duties to sell its vehicles in India, will not manufacture its products locally unless it is allowed to first sell and service its cars in the country, company founder and chief executive Elon Musk has said.In a tweet responding…

Hinduja Group set to redevelop heritage structure in India for…

Having demonstrated its expertise after redeveloping the iconic Old War Office (OWO) in London, the Hinduja Group has similar projects in the pipeline across the world including India, according to its co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja.He said announcements on redeveloping another heritage structure in the British capital and a similar one in…

The special relationship with the people of Afghanistan over centuries…

India was and is an important stakeholder in Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said today and called for enhancing the capability of the war-torn country to counter-terrorism and terrorist groups which pose a threat regional peace and security. Speaking at the 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Tajikistan's…

Mr India: 35 facts about the cult film

ICONIC Bollywood film Mr India marks its 35th anniversary this month. Originally released on May 29, 1987, the story about a kind-hearted man balancing looking after orphans with becoming the invisible man and battling a fearsome villain was a runaway success when it released. It also gifted audiences many memorable…

PM Modi concludes Quad Summit in Tokyo: 6 key takeaways…

THE QUAD leaders have launched a slew of new initiatives, ranging from maritime security to healthcare, to benefit the alliance partners and the wider Indo-Pacific. During their Tokyo summit of the grouping, the member states - India, the US, Japan and Australia - vowed to deepen their long-term cooperation.The scope…

Congress-BJP spar over Modi, Rahul pics with controversial Labour MP…

INDIA's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday (24) questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's meeting with former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.  BJP’s Kapil Mishra slammed Gandhi and raised questions over the meaning of the meeting. Earlier, Corbyn was criticised for his ‘anti-semantic’ views and he has been a vocal…

‘Quad a force for good’, says Modi; Biden says, ‘China…

Leaders of the Quad alliance said on Tuesday (24) they opposed all attempts to "change the status quo by force, particularly in the Indo-Pacific".The statement, which followed a summit meeting of the four members of the grouping - India, Japan, Australia and the United States in Tokyo - comes with…

PM in Japan for Quad summit: Here’s all you need…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and other Quad leaders are set to demonstrate that the grouping is a "force for global good" and has a unifying commitment to a rules-based international order amid China's increasingly intimidatory behaviour.What is QUAD?The loosely organised Quad - comprising India, the United States, Australia and…

JD.com Donates First Batch of Covid 19 Relief Supplies to…

Recently after JD.com announced it would donate millions of Yuan worth of Covid 19 relief supplies, it's now carrying the first batch of supplies to Hong Kong. The company has ensured the availability of various vital resources that have been important in addressing the Covid 19 pandemic. These have included masks,…

PM Modi’s 3Ts mantra for resilient supply chains at Indo…

The rollout of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) by the US came as part of Washington's efforts to push forward a strong economic policy for the Indo-Pacific to counter China's aggressive strategy on trade in the region."Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in an event in Tokyo today to…

Rahul Gandhi: Democracy in India is a central anchor for…

INDIA's Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi has said that democracy in India is a global public good and a central anchor for the planet.  "If that cracks, it is going to cause a problem for the planet," Gandhi said at the 'Ideas for India' conference in London on Friday (20).…

India announces shooting incentive scheme for international productions

At the Cannes Film Market on Wednesday, Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur revealed a 30% reimbursement scheme for international production shooting in India. The Indian government will reimburse up to 30% of qualifying production expenditure to a maximum of INR20 million ($260,000). An additional 5% to a maximum…

UK cost of living crisis to peak later this year

BRITAIN'S worst cost of living crisis in three decades won't peak until the tail end of this year but the Bank of England will be more aggressive in raising interest rates than was thought as it battles soaring inflation, a Reuters poll found.Renewed coronavirus lockdowns in China and Russia's invasion…

Indian insurance giant slumps after country’s biggest IPO

INDIAN state-owned insurance giant LIC slumped on its market debut on Tuesday (17) following the country's biggest-ever initial public offering, closing nearly eight per cent below the IPO price.Prime minister Narendra Modi's government raised $2.7 billion (£2.16 bn) by selling 3.5 per cent of Life Insurance Corporation of India as…

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister struggles to form united government

Sri Lanka's new prime minister struggled Friday to forge a united government and forestall an imminent economic collapse as opposition lawmakers refused to join his cabinet and demanded fresh elections. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in late Thursday to navigate his country through the worst downturn in its history as an…

India’s Prannoy seals historic Thomas Cup badminton finals berth

H.S. Prannoy overcame an injury scare to secure the vital point as India shocked Denmark in Thailand early Saturday to reach the finals of the Thomas and Uber Cup men's badminton tournament for the first time. Danish world champion Viktor Axelsen had provided some early inspiration in the semi-finals for…

Tata Motors losses shrink on improved demand despite chip woes

Improved demand helped India's Tata Motors narrow losses, the carmaker reported Thursday, even as chip shortages continued to hurt sales at British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker reported its fifth straight quarter of losses for the three months ended March 31, but said it was able to manage…

Saudi Aramco unseats Apple to become world’s most valuable company

SAUDI ARAMCO on Wednesday (11) dethroned Apple as the world's most valuable company as surging oil prices drove up shares and tech stocks slumped. The Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company billed as the largest oil-producing company globally was valued at $2.42 trillion based on the price of…

Johnson signs new security deals with Sweden, Finland

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said he had agreed new deals with Sweden and Finland to bolster European security, pledging to support both countries' armed forces should they come under attack. Johnson on Wednesday (11) signed the new declarations, described by Britain as "a step-change in defence and security cooperation",…

Shekhar Kapur: India has to use cinema as soft power…

Renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, whose filmography includes such memorable films as Masoom (1983), Mr India (1987), Bandit Queen (1997), Elizabeth (1998), and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), on Tuesday said India has to use cinema as a soft power if it has to win the “minds and hearts of the…

Climate goals: Germany pledges £8.4bn for India

GERMAN chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged $10.51 billion (£8.4bn) to help India achieve its climate goals after meeting its prime minister Narendra Modi in Berlin on Monday (2), but the leaders remained far apart in their stance on the Ukraine war. In a statement to media, Scholz highlighted the countries' common…

IMF talks on loan progress

THE International Monetary Fund said last Saturday (23) it held “fruitful technical discussions” with Sri Lanka on its loan request, while the World Bank said it was preparing an emergency-aid package for the crisis-stricken country. Sri Lanka is struggling to pay for imports amid a crushing debt crisis and sharp…

Ukraine conflict will impact Indo-Pacific region: EU chief

EUROPE will make sure that Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

Unilever revenue jumps in first quarter

UNILEVER announced a jump in revenue after the British consumer goods giant passed on higher costs to customers. The maker of a vast amount of products including Magnum ice cream, Cif surface cleaner and Dove soap said revenue increased nearly 12 per cent to £11.5 billion in the first quarter…

India ‘Trade Deal by Diwali’

AN Indo-British bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October, prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi last week, as he concluded his much-delayed visit to India. Britain and India also agreed to step up defence and business cooperation, Johnson said, adding that London would support Delhi’s goal…

UK wants to grow ties with India ‘for Network of…

BRITAIN wants to keep growing its ties with India as part of efforts to work more closely with allies to create a so-called Network of Liberty, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.She used her keynote address at the Lord Mayor's Easter banquet in London on Wednesday (27) to issue a stark…

Ajay Devgn, Sudeep engage in argument over Hindi as national…

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and multilingual film actor Kichcha Sudeep engaged in a 'brotherly argument' on Twitter on the topic of whether Hindi is a national language or not. However, Sudeep clarified that the context in which he made the statement was different from the way it was perceived and…

India deal is ‘first step as UK eyes speedier growth’

I HAVE been present in India with every UK prime minister since 2005 – from Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron to Theresa May. Being in India last week with Boris Johnson and with Indian business leaders was a crucial visit. It was the first UK prime ministerial visit…

Reliance now eyes India’s luxury market

INDIAN tycoon Mukesh Ambani is betting a shopping palace within a $1 billion Mumbai business showcase will tap into surging demand for Western luxury goods, installing his Reliance empire as a portal through which most of the biggest brands must pass. Though still small for a country of its size,…

Pakistani university suicide bomber was a teacher

A WOMAN suicide bomber who killed three Chinese teachers in Pakistan was a teacher who had enrolled for a master's degree months before her attack, carried out on behalf of separatist insurgents, a Pakistani official said on Wednesday (27).The blast detonated by the 30-year-old woman on Tuesday (26) blew up…

Four killed by female suicide bomber near China institute in…

A female suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a vehicle carrying staff from the Confucious Institute affiliated with the Karachi University. The "Baloch Liberation Army accepts responsibility of today's self-sacrificing attack on Chinese in Karachi", the group's spokesman…

India is world’s third largest military spender: report

THE top 5 military spenders in 2021 were the US, China, India, the UK and Russia, which together accounted for almost 62 per cent of the world military expenditure, data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed on Monday (25). India's military spending was recorded to be…

Female suicide bomber kills three Chinese nationals in Pakistan

A WOMAN suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from the Confucius Institute at Karachi University on Tuesday (26).The Baloch Liberation Army - one of several groups fighting for independence in Pakistan's biggest province -…

Putin, Pakistan leader ‘quietly exchange letters to enhance ties’

PAKISTAN'S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian president Vladimir Putin have quietly exchanged letters to strengthen bilateral relations, a media report has said. The letters were exchanged after the election of Shehbaz as the prime minister but both the sides kept development away from the media glare in what seemed to be a move aimed at…

‘We need diversity heroes rather than mentors’

The BBC’s looking for a new diversity boss because June Sarpong is leaving the corporation. In his third and final essay, one of its former correspondents, Barnie Choudhury, suggests ways to tackle the antipathy, apparent apathy and accelerate a win in the diversity war in the corporation.  One of my…

Sri Lanka shares plunge as Buddhist leaders ask government to…

Sri Lanka's stock market halted trading after a nearly 13 per cent plunge Monday as the island nation's beleaguered government faces new pressure to resign from influential Buddhist leaders over a crippling economic crisis. The country's worst downturn since independence in 1948 has brought widespread hardships to its 22 million…

What happens in Ukraine will have impact on Indo-Pacific: EU…

EUROPE will make sure that Russia's “unprovoked and unjustified” aggression against Ukraine will be a “strategic failure”, though the Indo-Pacific region has started feeling the impact of the crisis, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday (25). She also said energising the partnership with New Delhi is…

US panel says India’s religious freedom worsens ‘significantly’

RELIGIOUS freedom has deteriorated "significantly" in India under the Hindu nationalist government, a US commission said Monday (25) as it again recommended targeted sanctions over abuses.It was the third straight year that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked that India be placed on a list of "countries of…

World Bank readies Sri Lanka aid package

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND said on Saturday (23) it held "fruitful technical discussions" with Sri Lanka on its loan request, while the World Bank said it was preparing an emergency aid package for the crisis-stricken country.Sri Lanka, an island country of 22 million people, is struggling to pay for imports…

UK-India free-trade deal likely by Diwali this year

BRITAIN and India agreed on Friday (22) to step up defence and business cooperation during a visit to New Delhi by Boris Johnson, who said a bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October. On his first visit to the Indian capital as UK prime minister, Johnson discussed with…

Britain and India agree new defence and security deal: Johnson

Britain and India agreed a "new and expanded" defence and security partnership on Friday, British prime minister Boris Johnson said in New Delhi. Johnson is visiting India just as he faces criticism from his own Conservative MPs and the embarrassing prospect of a probe into whether he lied to parliament…

Johnson to urge Modi to back Western action against Russia

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson arrived in India Thursday (21) touting job-creating investment but facing long odds to get his reluctant counterpart Narendra Modi to back Western action against Russia. Johnson arrived in Gujarat -- Modi's home state and the ancestral home to half of the United Kingdom's British Indians…

Johnson not to ‘lecture’ Modi about Russia ties during India…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will offer to help India cut reliance on Russian oil and defence equipment when he begins a two-day visit this week that will test his diplomatic skills and provide brief respite from a row raging at home. On his first trip to India as prime…

Sri Lanka says IMF to consider request for rapid aid

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND will consider providing quick financial assistance to debt-burdened Sri Lanka following representations by India, the island nation’s finance ministry said on Tuesday (19).A delegation headed by Sri Lanka's finance minister Ali Sabry kicked off formal talks with the IMF in Washington on Monday (18) for a…

India-China trade surges despite bilateral chill

THE BILATERAL trade between India and China increased 15.3 per cent to more than $31 billion (£23.82 bn) in the first quarter of this year, despite strained relations.During the three months from January to March, China's exports to India zoomed to $27.1 bn (£20.82 bn), while its imports from India…

If harmed, India will not spare anyone: Rajnath Singh

IN A strong message to China, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh has said that if harmed, his country “will not spare anyone”.He asserted that India under prime minister Narendra Modi has emerged as a powerful country and is headed to be among the top three economies of the world.Singh, in…

Sharif implements ‘Pakistan speed’ policy to fix economy

Pakistan's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said Thursday the country's economy had stagnated under his predecessor Imran Khan, setting the tone for possibly months of bitterness before an election that must be held by October next year. Sharif, sworn in Monday after Khan was ousted by a no-confidence vote in…

US congratulates Pakistan’s new prime minister

THE UNITED STATES on Wednesday (13) congratulated Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, newly elected following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who accused Washington of involvement in a conspiracy to force him from power.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, and Sharif elected by Pakistan lawmakers…

India ‘open to additional $2bn aid for Sri Lanka’

INDIA is willing to commit up to another $2 billion (£1.54 bn) in financial assistance to Sri Lanka while also supporting the island nation with food and fuel, five sources said, as New Delhi tries to regain ground lost to China in recent years.Sri Lanka, hit by its worst economic…

Jaishankar, Tai discuss bilateral trade, barriers

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai met Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday (12) and both agreed the newly relaunched US-India Trade Policy Forum could help boost bilateral trade and reduce barriers, Tai's office said. Tai and one of her deputies, Sarah Bianchi, discussed bilateral trade relations and the…

Warner Bros edits out gay references in Chinese version of…

Leading film studio Warner Bros says it has “complied” with Chinese censors to edit out specific references to a gay relationship in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, its latest theatrical release in the country. According to an Australian, the Chinese version has chopped six seconds from the film's final…

Sri Lanka defaults on all foreign debt

SRI LANKA defaulted on its $51 billion (£39.23 bn) foreign debt on Tuesday (12) as the island nation grapples with its worst economic crisis in memory and widespread protests demanding the government's resignation.Acute food and fuel shortages, alongside long daily electricity blackouts, have brought widespread suffering to the country's 22…

Biden, Modi discuss Ukraine war as India raises concern

AMERICAN president Joe Biden and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit on Monday (11), clouded by US frustration over New Delhi's neutral stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.The South Asian nation has tried to walk a tightrope between maintaining relations with the West and avoiding alienating Russia…

India immensely dependent on Russia for defence, fertiliser: US diplomat

INDIA'S dependence on Russia for major defence equipment and other items like fertiliser is immense, a top American diplomat said.US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman, during her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, dwelt on India's position on Russia and its repeated abstention from the United Nations on…

India rejects global firms’ demand to exempt some plastic straws…

INDIA has rejected demands from large global and domestic beverage firms to exempt some plastic straws from a ban that takes effect on July 1, fanning fears of disruption in a multi-billion-dollar industry. The ban on items such as straws packaged with small packs of juices and dairy products that…

Pakistan court orders Imran Khan to face no-confidence vote

PAKISTAN'S Supreme Court ruled on Thursday (7) that the National Assembly had been illegally dissolved, and ordered parliament to reconvene to hold a no-confidence vote that will likely see prime minister Imran Khan booted from office.Khan asked the president to dissolve the assembly after the deputy speaker refused to allow…

Bucha killings: India’s Jaishankar backs ‘independent’ probe

INDIA's foreign minister said he was "deeply disturbed" by civilian deaths in the Ukrainian city of Bucha but stopped short of blaming Russia, calling for an independent probe. New Delhi has historically close ties with Moscow and has refrained from condemning its invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbour, abstaining in several…

Pakistan president wants election date set as political crisis continues

Pakistan president Arif Alvi told the election commission on Wednesday to fix a date for a new national ballot, as the supreme court sat to decide the legality of political manoeuvres that led to parliament being dissolved. The court must rule if the deputy speaker of the national assembly violated…

India starts supplying rice to Sri Lanka

INDIAN traders are exporting 40,000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka in the first major food aid since Colombo secured a credit line from New Delhi.The Indian Ocean island nation of 22 million people is struggling to pay for essential imports after a 70 per cent drop in foreign exchange…

John Abraham to begin filming Tehran in June in Iran

Bollywood star John Abraham, who can be currently seen in his home production Attack (2022), has said that he will begin filming his next Tehran in June in Iran. The actor describes the upcoming venture as a relevant geopolitical film. “I begin shooting the film in June in Iran. We…

Pakistan court adjourns no-trust vote hearing

POLITICAL turmoil intensified in Pakistan after the country’s supreme court adjourned on Tuesday (5) without ruling on the legality of political manoeuvres that led prime minister Imran Khan to dissolve the national assembly and call fresh elections.Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and faced a no-confidence…

Imran Khan outfoxes opposition

REGARDED as a wily cricket captain during his playing days, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan appeared on Sunday (3) to have stumped his political opposition as well.The country's president dissolved the national assembly just hours after the deputy speaker declined to accept a no-confidence motion that would likely have seen…

Namit Malhotra on Dune winning his company an Oscar in…

Namit Malhotra, the CEO of London-headquartered visual effects (VFX) major DNEG, believes the world of cinema has been divided into before and after Dune, the Hollywood thriller which bagged his company an Oscar. The film, which won DNEG its seventh Oscar in the Best Visual Effects category at last week's…

Massive tariff cuts likely as India, Australia sign trade deal

INDIA and Australia inked an interim free trade deal on Saturday (2) that cuts tariffs on billions of dollars of commerce as the two Quad partners bolster their economic ties. Both signatories are members of the Quad alliance with the US and Japan, which is seen as a counterweight to…

Pakistan politics: Imran Khan recommends fresh elections

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan called on Sunday (3) for the president to dissolve parliament and hold a fresh election, minutes after the National Assembly deputy speaker declined to hear a no-confidence motion into his rule. In an address on state TV, Khan said there had been unacceptable interference in…

‘Hybrid immunity’ gives best Covid protection: studies

People with the "hybrid immunity" of having been both fully vaccinated and previously infected with Covid-19 have the strongest protection against the virus, two new studies said on Friday. After two years of a pandemic that has seen nearly 500 million people infected and billions vaccinated, the studies highlighted the…

Russia is ‘unreliable’, US warns India; no ‘red line’ for…

THE US will not set any "red line" for India on its energy imports from Russia but does not want to see a "rapid acceleration" in purchases, a top US official said during a visit to New Delhi. However, Daleep Singh, Washington's chief sanctions strategist, was quoted by local media…

Russia praises ‘friend’ India, hopes to bypass sanctions

RUSSIA will increase its use of non-Western currencies for trade with countries such as India, its foreign minister said on Friday (1), as he hailed India as a friend that was not taking a "one-sided view" on the Ukraine war.Sergei Lavrov visited India on a mission to shore up support…

Street lights latest casualty of Sri Lankan economic crisis

SRI LANKA is turning off street lights to save electricity, a minister said on Thursday (31), as its worst economic crisis in decades brought more power cuts and halted trading on its main stock market.The island of 22 million people is struggling with rolling blackouts for up to 13 hours…

Truss presses India on Ukraine ahead of Lavrov visit

Britain's foreign secretary was in India on Thursday (31) to press for tougher action on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ahead of a visit by Moscow's top diplomat likely aimed at urging Delhi to do the opposite. India has abstained from UN resolutions censuring Russia, calling only for a cessation of…

Sri Lanka faces 13-hour blackouts, hospitals stop surgery as crisis…

Sri Lanka announced nationwide 13-hour daily power cuts from Thursday and more hospitals suspended routine surgeries after running out of life-saving medicines, as the cash-strapped island's economic crisis deepened. The South Asian nation of 22 million people is in its worst economic spiral since independence in 1948, sparked by an…

Russian foreign minister’s India visit coincides with Liz Truss’ trip

RUSSIA'S foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will visit India for a two-day visit beginning on Thursday (31), officials said.He is likely to press New Delhi to resist Western pressure to condemn the Ukraine invasion.India has abstained from UN resolutions censuring Russia and continues to buy Russian oil and other goods. Lavrov's…

India stands by trade with Russia as Lavrov set to…

RUSSIAN foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is set to fly to India this week, sources said, finding time to visit one of the biggest buyers of Russian commodities since the international community began isolating Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.There is little sign that buying will slow down any time soon,…

Biden proposes $1.8bn for Indo-Pacific strategy

US president Joe Biden on Monday (28) proposed $1.8 billion to support his Indo- Pacific Strategy along with another $400 million to counter Chinese influence in the region. Both are part of the $773bn annual defence budget of the US for 2023, which was submitted by the White House to…

US: India’s stand on Ukraine war ‘unsatisfactory’ but ‘not surprising’

A SENIOR White House (USA) official said on Friday (25) India's position at the United Nations over the crisis in Ukraine has been "unsatisfactory" but was also unsurprising given its historical relationship with Russia.Mira Rapp-Hooper, director for the Indo-Pacific on the White House National Security Council, told an online forum…

Former Maldives president launches ‘India Out’ campaign

A former Maldives president jailed on corruption charges has returned to politics with a campaign against Indian influence in the country, worrying New Delhi, which is battling China for supremacy in its own back yard. Abdulla Yameen wants to cancel defence deals signed with India, with which Maldives shares decades…

India to Chinese minister: Ease border tension first

INDIA said on Friday (25) ties with China could not be normal until their troops pulled back from each other on the disputed border, but Beijing struck a conciliatory note during a meeting of their foreign ministers in New Delhi. Both nations have deployed thousands of troops on the high-altitude…

India abstains from UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine

INDIA on Thursday (24) abstained in the UN General Assembly on a resolution by Ukraine and its allies on the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn eastern European country.India said the focus should be on cessation of hostilities and on urgent humanitarian assistance and the draft did not fully reflect New…

Sri Lanka papers run out of newsprint

TWO major Sri Lanka newspapers are suspending their print editions because of a lack of paper, their owner said Friday (25), the latest casualties in the island's economic crisis. The South Asian nation of 22 million people is facing its worst economic meltdown since independence from Britain in 1948 after…

Growing Rift over Ukraine: UK cancels high-powered delegation to India

THE UK has called off a high-powered delegation to India over the latter's stand on Ukraine invasion, the BBC reported. The cross-party UK delegation to India led by the Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and his deputy was cancelled at the last minute, the report added. It is largely viewed…

India’s Russian arms explain its ‘shaky’ Ukraine stance

WHEN 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a 2020 border clash with China, the military hardware New Delhi sent to bolster its Himalayan frontier was mostly Russian-origin, showing not for the first time its closeness to "longstanding and time-tested friend" Moscow.Facing an increasingly assertive China closer to home, these ties…

Kashmir remarks: India rebukes China’s foreign minister

CHINA's foreign minister Wang Yi drew a rebuke from the Indian government ahead of his expected but unconfirmed visit to New Delhi on Friday (25), upsetting his hosts with remarks made in Pakistan this week concerning the disputed Kashmir region. Relations between the two nuclear-armed Asian powers turned chilly two…

Chinese foreign minister to make first visit to India since…

CHINA's foreign minister will visit New Delhi for talks on Friday (25), an Indian official said, though neither side has formally announced what would be the purpose of the highest-level visit since border clashes soured relations two years ago. Foreign minister Wang Yi attended a conference of the Organization of…

Boeing 737 planes of Indian carriers on ‘enhanced surveillance’

INDIA’S civil aviation regulator has put the Boeing 737 fleets of the country’s carriers on "enhanced surveillance" after a China Eastern Airlines aircraft of the same make crashed on Monday (21).Three Indian carriers - SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India Express - have Boeing 737 aircraft in their fleets.Directorate General of…

Imran Khan faces toughest challenge to his rule in four…

FOREIGN ministers of Muslim nations began meeting in Pakistan on Tuesday (22) as the country's leader trumpets his Islamic credentials while at the same time battling the most serious challenge to his rule in four years.The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is meeting in Islamabad with an ambitious agenda that…

Ukraine: Biden says India ‘somewhat shaky’ on Russia

US president Joe Biden has said only India among the Quad group of countries was "somewhat shaky" in acting against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as India tries to balance its ties with Russia and the West. While the other Quad countries - the US, Japan and Australia -…

Japan to invest £32 billion in India in five years

JAPANESE prime minister Fumio Kishida has announced an investment target of Rs 3.2 trillion (£31.97 bn) in India over the next five years as the two sides concluded a raft of agreements to expand their special strategic partnership.Following talks between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Kishida at the 14th…

Lakshaya Sen stuns world number three Antonsen

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen stunned world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight games to progress to the men's singles quarterfinals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Almora, who had claimed his maiden Super 500 title at India Open in January…

Reliance, Ola Electric ‘win incentives under India’s battery scheme’

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES and Softbank Group-backed Ola Electric will receive incentives under India's $2.4 billion (£1.83 bn) programme to boost local battery cell production after winning a tender, four sources said.The winning bidders also include Hyundai Global Motors Company and Indian jewellery maker Rajesh Exports, the sources said on condition of…

EU hikes tariffs on India, Indonesia stainless steel imports

THE EUROPEAN UNION will increase tariffs on stainless steel products from India and Indonesia after determining they benefited from unfair subsidies, including some from China under its Belt and Road investment programme.The European Commission, which conducted the investigation, has set the anti-subsidy duties on stainless steel cold-rolled flat products at…

Covid vaccine IP waiver text: Key countries reach consensus

THE US, European Union, India and South Africa have reached a consensus on key elements of a long-sought intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, according to a proposed text.  Sources familiar with the talks described the text as a tentative agreement among the four World Trade Organization members that still…

India ‘reviewing’ procedures after accidental firing of missile

INDIA is reviewing its standard operating procedures for weapons systems and will immediately fix any shortcomings after accidentally launching a missile into Pakistan last week, its defence minister said on Tuesday (15).Pakistan said it was not satisfied and reiterated a demand for a joint investigation into the incident by the…

UK issues advisory on Sri Lanka travel amid supply concerns

SRI LANKA'S ongoing forex crisis may further hit its tourism industry as the UK and Canada have warned their travellers to be aware of the current economic situation in the island nation.According to the latest advisory issued by the British government, the economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with…

Russia’s share of arms supply to India falls sharply since…

RUSSIA'S share of arms supply to India fell from 69 per cent in 2012-17 to 46 per cent in 2017-21, according to a report released on Monday (14) by the Stockholm-based defence think-tank SIPRI.Russia started a war against Ukraine on February 24, which led the US and other western countries…

UK commits to enhanced India ties in Indo-Pacific talks

BRITAIN and the US have committed to coordinating the implementation of their Indo-Pacific strategies, with a focus on enhancing ties with India, Downing Street has said.At “high-level consultations” on the Indo-Pacific held in London last week, officials from both governments resolved to broaden and deepen their alignment and cooperation in…

US to continue to support India with equipment

THE US will continue to support India with the equipment it needs along its border with China, a top American admiral has told lawmakers, asserting that Washington and New Delhi share a "tremendous partnership."Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on ‘Military Posture in the Indo-Pacific Region' this week, Admiral…

Prabhas: Scripting success

TRANSFORMATIVE turns in SS Rajamouli’s epic action franchise Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017) gained Prabhas worldwide recognition. The game-changing performances not only elevated the actor as the biggest Indian movie star but it also changed the face of cinema in the country. That is why there…

US congressional hearing questions India’s UN vote on Ukraine issue

US lawmakers have questioned India's UN vote on the Ukraine issue during a Congressional hearing on the Indo-Pacific on Wednesday (9). India, a non-permanent member of the powerful United Nations Security Council for a two-year term ending December this year, has repeatedly abstained on resolutions against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.…

India-China tensions ‘worst’ in over four decades: US admiral

TENSIONS between India and China along the Line of Actual Control are the "worst" in more than four decades, a top American admiral has told lawmakers.The statement of Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral John Aquilino in Washington on Wednesday (9) came ahead of the 15th round of high-level military…

India ranks second for global investment in digital shopping

INDIA is the second-largest global venture capital investment hub for digital shopping companies, according to an official analysis released in London on Wednesday (9).Such investments in the south Asian country grew by a whopping 175 per cent from $8 billion (£6.08 bn) in 2020 to $22 bn (£16.71 bn) in…

Dr. Reddy’s plans ‘business continuity’ in Russia

INDIAN pharmaceutical major Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said on Wednesday (9) it was focused on employee safety and business continuity in and around Russia, despite many Western companies pulling out from Russia in recent days.No Indian company has publicly withdrawn from Russia and New Delhi has declined to condemn Moscow's…

Blast kills seven troops in southwest Pakistan

SEVEN paramilitary troops were killed in a blast as they guarded the venue of a presidential visit in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday (8), officials said.The attack took place in Balochistan - Pakistan's largest and most sparsely populated province that harbours a separatist movement engaged in a low-level insurgency for decades.In…

Imran Khan slams Western envoys’ letter on Russia

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan has hit out at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged the south Asian country to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their "slave".The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint…

Pakistan ‘retained on FATF’s grey list’

GLOBAL money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF has retained Pakistan on its terrorism financing “grey list” and asked Islamabad to address deficiencies in its financial system, a media report said on Saturday (5). Pakistan has been on the grey list of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) since…

Indian students abroad join forces to help peers in Ukraine

'NEED a cab for four people in Kyiv.’ ‘Do we know someone in Poland who can drop food packets at the border?’ ‘A group is starting from Kharkiv, any updates on trains?’Thousands of such messages keep pouring in WhatsApp, Telegram and social media groups created by Indian medical students abroad…

Ready to evacuate Indian students, Russia tells UN

RUSSIA has informed the UN security council that buses are ready at crossing points to go to Kharkiv and Sumy in Ukraine to evacuate Indian students and other foreign nationals stranded there.  An emergency UN session was held on Friday (4) following Russia's attack on Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,…

UK calls off top Pakistan official’s visit over ‘stand on…

THE UK government has unilaterally called off a scheduled visit of Pakistan's National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf to London apparently because of Islamabad's policy towards Russia's military offensive against Ukraine, according to a media report.The visit, which was scheduled for next week, was called off on Friday (4) without mentioning…

BRICS bank puts all new transactions in Russia on hold

THE New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS bloc has put all new transactions in Russia on hold citing the "unfolding uncertainties and restrictions", amidst the Ukraine crisis.The NDB's move came a day after the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) put on hold all its projects in Russia and its…

Blast kills three in Balochistan

AT LEAST three people were killed and 18 others injured in a bomb blast on Wednesday (2) in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders on Afghanistan and Iran, officials said. The roadside explosion occurred as a police van travelled through the provincial capital of Quetta, which is home…

Ukraine: No joint condemnation at Quad summit

US president Joe Biden on Thursday (3) met virtually with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India over Ukraine, but the "Quad" group failed to agree on condemning Russia's invasion, with New Delhi hesitant to censure Moscow. The impromptu meeting was held shortly after it was announced by Delhi.  Washington…

Virtual Quad summit likely to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

LEADERS of the Quad group of countries - the US, Japan, Australia and India - will hold a previously unannounced online meeting on Thursday (3), India and Australia said. US president Joe Biden, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida will…

Lord Desai: I’m surprised and worried by India’s Russia decision

INDIA’s abstention on the UN Security Council Resolution over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is a significant yet surprising decision. Given that India has moved so much closer to the US by joining the Quad, is actively negotiating the EU India Trade Treaty and that Indian stock markets are receiving lot…

Condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urges India’s opposition

INDIA's opposition on Wednesday (2) stepped up pressure on the government to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a day after an Indian student died during shelling in the eastern city of Kharkiv. India is yet to criticise long-standing arms supplier Russia publicly, instead urging both sides to cease hostilities,…

India steps up evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine

INDIA has stepped up efforts to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine as new Delhi confirmed on Tuesday (1) that a student had died in shelling in Ukraine.Prime minister Narendra Modi has directed the Indian Air Force to bring back stranded citizens, most of whom are students pursuing medicine in Ukraine’s…

Number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals ‘grows 11 per cent India’

THE number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in India, who have net assets of $30 million (£22.38m) or more increased 11 per cent last year on the back of buoyant equity markets and digital revolution, according to Knight Frank. India also ranked third, behind the US and China, in having the most…

Ukraine crisis stretches Indian ‘neutrality’ to the limit

RUSSIA'S invasion of Ukraine has left India's traditional balancing act between Moscow and the West looking wobblier than ever, with experts saying New Delhi has few good diplomatic options.Last week India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution deploring Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine, winning praise from Moscow for its "independent…

India abstains on vote to call emergency UN General Assembly…

FOR the second time, India abstained on a UN Security Council resolution to convene a rare emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Russia's aggression against Ukraine, even as New Delhi asserted that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue…

Bappi Lahiri: Dynamic song-filled life of India’s disco king

Legendary Indian singer, musician, and composer Bappi Lahiri passed away aged 69 after battling against various illnesses. Although tributes poured in from all over the world for him, it is difficult to know where to start when reflecting on his extraordinary life because he was a man of many contradictions.…

Ukraine: Russia praises India’s stand

RUSSIA has praised India's "independent and balanced" position after Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow's "aggression" against Ukraine. India, along with China and the UAE, did not vote on the resolution Friday (25), a move in line with the fine balance Delhi has sought to…

Fuel prices raised in Sri Lanka as energy crisis worsens

ONE of Sri Lanka's biggest fuel suppliers put up its prices by as much as 12 per cent on Saturday (26), as the cash-strapped island's energy crisis worsened.Lanka IOC, a fuel retailer which accounts for a third of the market, said it was increasing prices for diesel - commonly used…

India abstains from UNSC resolution on Russia’s ‘aggression’ against Ukraine

INDIA abstained on a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that condemned Russia's "aggression" against Ukraine and demanded "immediate, complete and unconditional" withdrawal of Russian forces from the neighbouring country. The UN Security Council voted on Friday (25) on the draft resolution sponsored by the US and Albania and supported by…

Biden: US-India talks on Russia ‘unresolved’

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden said Washington is in unresolved "consultations" with India over Ukraine. He was asked on Thursday (24) if Washington and Delhi were "fully in sync" over Russia's attack on Ukraine ahead of an expected UN Security Council vote. Biden did not elaborate, but his short response to a question…

Imran Khan, Putin discuss Ukraine and south Asia

RUSSIA'S president Vladimir Putin met Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in Moscow on Thursday (24) in his first face-to-face talks since the start of a special military operation in eastern Ukraine. During their meeting in the Kremlin, the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and current regional topics, including developments in south…

How to Put a Phone Charm?

Are you looking for a cute phone makeover? Are you dissatisfied with your phone’s appearance and not in the mood to get a new one? Try accessorizing your phone with a Phone Charm. Phone Charms are a great way to personalize your phone and add a little fun. If you…

Imran Khan seeks televised debate with Modi

PAKISTAN’S prime minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday (22) he would like to have a televised debate with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to resolve differences between the two neighbours."I would love to debate with Narendra Modi on TV," Khan told Russia Today in an interview, adding that it would…

Imran Khan’s first visit to Russia from February 23

PRIME minister Imran Khan will travel to Russia on Wednesday (23) on a two-day visit - the first by a Pakistan premier in more than two decades.Khan will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and review the bilateral ties including energy cooperation besides exchanging views on major regional and…

Sri Lanka out of cash to buy oil: minister

Sri Lanka's state-run petroleum company has run out of cash to buy oil, and fuel shortages across the country could get worse, the energy minister said Friday. Udaya Gammanpila said the loss-making Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) continued to haemorrhage cash and could no longer afford to procure supplies from abroad.…

UAE, India sign ‘milestone’ pact to boost economies

The United Arab Emirates and India signed a "milestone" economic deal to boost trade and investment Friday, as the countries seek to bolster their economies after the coronavirus pandemic. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE's de facto ruler, and India's prime minister Narendra Modi held a…

Hygiene products drive Reckitt’s growth

RECKITT’S net revenue rose 3.5 per cent to £13.23 billion in 2021, driven mainly by its hygiene products. The consumer goods company expects a "mid-single" growth in its net revenue during the current year on a like-for-like basis.Its chief executive officer Laxman Narasimhan said it targeted growth in 2022, “despite…

UK scraps ‘golden’ visas to curb illicit finance

BRITAIN has scrapped its so-called "golden visas" for wealthy investors amid concerns about the inflow of illicit Russian money at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.Hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into London and Britain's overseas territories from Russia since the fall of…

US ‘hopes India will support America’ if Russia attacks Ukraine

THE US has expressed its hope that India will stand by it in case of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in Washington on Wednesday (16) that there was a discussion on Russia and Ukraine during the recently concluded Quad ministerial in Melbourne that included…

India’s tax officials search Huawei offices

INDIAN tax officials on Wednesday (16) conducted searches at the offices of Chinese tech giant Huawei, the firm said, days after New Delhi banned a host of Chinese apps over national security concerns.Tensions between New Delhi and Beijing have been running high since a deadly 2020 clash involving their militaries…

Top Indian universities plan British campuses

LEADING Indian universities are in discussions to open campuses in Britain, it has emerged as a Conservative peer and former education minister called on the UK to “roll out the red carpet” for India’s top institutes. The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) should be allowed to can open their…

US sanctions have stopped Bangladesh killings: rights activists

From Russia to North Korea to Zimbabwe, the impact of diplomatic sanctions has long been questioned. But Bangladeshi activists have no doubts: extrajudicial killings have suddenly stopped since punitive US measures were imposed two months ago, they say. Around 2,500 Bangladeshis have allegedly been killed by security forces since prime…

US has always used Pakistan: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan said the US has always used his country to meet its strategic goals and when the purpose was served, it abandoned and slapped sanctions on Islamabad.China, on the contrary, stood the test of time as a "friend", he said.Khan made the remarks during a recent…

Quad address Indo-Pacific ‘coercion’, climate, Covid

THE United States, Australia, Japan and India on Friday pledged to deepen cooperation to ensure the Indo-Pacific region was free from "coercion", a thinly-veiled swipe at China's growing economic and military expansion, as their top diplomats convened to also tackle climate change, Covid and other threats. Foreign ministers of the…

Everest’s highest glacier may disappear by 2050: study

RESEARCHERS in Nepal warned that the highest glacier on the top of Mount Everest could disappear by the middle of this century as the 2,000-year-old ice cap is thinning at an alarming rate. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) said that Everest has been losing ice significantly since the…

Tesla ‘can’t have market in India but jobs in China’

INDIA has made it clear that relaxations will not be provided to US-based electric vehicles major Tesla unless it participates in manufacturing activities in the south Asian country.Heavy industries minister Krishan Pal Gurjar on Tuesday (8) said there cannot be a situation where the market is India but jobs are…

Firing from Afghanistan kills 5 Pakistan troops

AT LEAST five Pakistan soldiers were killed due to firing from neighbouring Afghanistan, Islamabad said on Sunday (6), in an attack claimed by the Pakistan Taliban.It comes just days after Baloch separatists in the southwest killed nine Pakistan troops in a series of brazen attacks that officials said involved planners…

South Asian leaders pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar

TOP leaders of south Asian countries paid their tribute to veteran Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away in Mumbai on Sunday (6).Mangeshkar is counted as one of India's greats with an estimated 25,000 songs in an almost eight-decade career.In a message of condolence, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said…

Indian teen tortured by Chinese troops, family says

AN Indian teenager detained for more than a week by Chinese troops along the nations' disputed Himalayan frontier was tortured while in captivity, his family said.  Miram Teron was on a hunting trip in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state when he was taken into custody by soldiers from the People's Liberation…

Indian coal giant plans bulk exports for first time

COAL INDIA LTD, the world's largest coal miner, plans to directly export output to neighbouring countries after decades of exclusively supplying domestic consumers, according to sources and documents.  The state-run company plans to export to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, according to a draft policy sent to the secretary of India's…

Pakistan army battles separatist militants for third day

Pakistan troops battled separatists in Balochistan province for a third day Friday, with a security official saying militants timed their assaults to derail prime minister Imran Khan's visit to China. Islamabad and Beijing have forged strong ties in recent years, centred on infrastructure projects along an economic corridor linking China's…

Sri Lanka gets urgent $500m Indian loan to pay for…

SRI LANKA was handed temporary relief from energy shortages and rolling blackouts with a $500 million loan from India to finance urgent oil purchases for the cash-strapped nation. The island's economic woes have left thermal power generators unable to keep the lights on and disrupted transport networks, as traders run…

UK-India trade deal: There has to be give and take,…

SENIOR cabinet members from Boris Johnson’s team, including the prime minister, are expected to travel to India this year as both countries step up their bilateral engagements, India’s high commissioner to the UK has revealed. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Gaitri Issar Kumar also said New Delhi was…

Congressman urges Biden to reject Pakistan ambassador-designate

A US Congressman has urged president Joe Biden to reject Pakistan’s ambassador-designate Masood Khan’s diplomatic credentials and termed him a “bona fide terrorist sympathiser” working to undermine America’s interests in the region. Republican Congressman Scott Perry also alleged that Khan had encouraged young men to emulate jihadists and praised foreign…

India to launch state-backed ‘digital rupee’, tax crypto

INDIA will introduce a state-backed "digital rupee" and impose a 30 per cent tax on profits from virtual currencies, the government announced on Tuesday (1). The plans are a blow to one of the world's fastest-growing cryptocurrency markets, which has remained unregulated despite burgeoning local trading platforms and glitzy celebrity…

17 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan

At least 17 people, including two policemen, were injured in a grenade attack in Jaffarabad district in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, police said.Senior police officials said unidentified motorcyclists hurled a hand-grenade near a shop in a busy market in Dera Allahyar town of Jaffarabad district on Sunday (30) night. No…

Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has said all "outstanding issues" like the Kashmir dispute should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.It is essential that a "strategic balance" is maintained in the region for "enduring peace" in south Asia, he said.In an article published in China's state-run Global Times on Friday…

China returns Indian citizen at disputed border

CHINA has returned an Indian citizen who "illegally" entered into Chinese territory at the disputed border between the two Asian giants, a military official said.  The announcement from China on Thursday (27) came after India's defence ministry said last week it had contacted China to request that it locate and…

10 Pakistan troops killed in separatist ambush

TEN Pakistan troops were killed in a checkpoint firefight earlier this week, an army statement said Thursday (27), in an attack claimed by separatists in the country's southern province of Balochistan.The army said the soldiers were slain "during intense exchange of fire" while defending against a raid on a post…

Rahul Gandhi says Twitter ‘curbing free speech’

The de facto head of India's main opposition party has complained to Twitter about "strange" activity on his account, accusing the US giant of being the "unwitting" ally of the government in curbing free speech. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party told Twitter's CEO in a letter that growth in…

Urmila Matondkar: From child star to cinema queen

ACTRESS Urmila Matondkar turns a year older and celebrates her 48th birthday on February 4. The popular leading lady began her film journey as a child star and has delivered many memorable moments. Eastern Eye decided to celebrate that cinematic journey by delivering an all you need to know A…

‘Tories have a problem with Asians’

As party faces Islamophobia allegations, Sunak touted as next leader THE Conservative party has a problem with black and Asian ministers, an influential Tory politician has said, after MP Nusrat Ghani’s claimed last week she was sacked in a reshuffle because of her ‘Muslimness’. Former junior transport minister Ghani, who…

LORD PAUL: THE SHREWD ANGEL WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS

One of the richest south Asian industrialists in the UK has told Eastern Eye that at least 30 companies have approached him for financial investment. They did so after Lord Swraj Paul revealed exclusively to the Asian Rich List, published by this paper’s parent company, Asian Media Group, that at…

UK to drop Covid test for vaccinated travellers from Feb…

FULLY vaccinated travellers arriving in Britain will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test, transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday (24), as the government sets out plans to move beyond restrictions and live with the virus. Currently, vaccinated people arriving in Britain are required to take a lateral…

Pakistan’s economic woes put Imran Khan’s future in doubt

HOUSEWIFE Maira Tayyab has considered begging for money to feed her family in inflation-hit Pakistan, while shop owner Mohammad Hanif finds his thoughts turning to crime.They're too proud and honest to act on the impulse, but their woes are shared by millions of Pakistanis whose disgruntlement threatens prime minister Imran…

Warriors distance themselves from Chamath Palihapitiya’s Uyghur comments

THE NBA's Golden State Warriors have distanced themselves from executive board member Chamath Palihapitiya, after he repeatedly said he did not care "about what's happening to the Uyghurs" on a podcast. "As a limited investor who has no day-to-day operating functions with the Warriors, Mr Palihapitiya does not speak on…

Climate change: India ‘losing 259 billion working hours annually’

A PUNISHING mix of heat and humidity that makes outdoor labour difficult and dangerous is causing around 677 billion lost working hours a year around the world, according to a new study last Thursday (13) that warns climate change is making it worse.India currently loses around 259 billion hours annually…

Philippines agrees to buy India anti-ship missile system

The Philippines has agreed to buy an anti-ship missile system from India, the defence minister said Friday, shoring up its security in the face of growing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. Manila's military was one of the most poorly equipped in Asia when President Rodrigo Duterte's predecessor, Benigno…

India ahead of UK in 2021 venture capital investments

VENTURE capital (VC) investments in the technology sector soared to record in India in 2021 as the country’s ranking jumped a notch to the third spot, according to new research.The analysis conducted jointly by London & Partners and Dealroom.Co found that Bangalore continued to lead India's tech charge, attracting $18.6…

EXCLUSIVE: The outsider who became an insider

Aaqil Ahmed should not have succeeded. Working class. A northerner. Brown. A Muslim. Definitely an outsider. Definitely a maverick. When you look at his 30-year career, which he celebrates this year, you know that sheer hard work, determination and bloody-mindedness – the south Asian way – were just some of…

Sri Lanka rules out IMF bailout, seeks new China loan

SRI LANKA ruled out an IMF bailout on Wednesday (12) and said it plans to seek another loan from China to address an economic crisis that has led to food and fuel shortages.The island nation's tourism-dependent economy has been battered by the pandemic, with supermarkets rationing goods and rolling blackouts…

India’s former central bank chief Urjit Patel appointed AIIB vice…

URJIT Patel, the former governor of India’s central bank – the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – has been appointed as a vice president of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral funding institution based in Beijing, China, sources in the bank said on Sunday (9). India is a founding…

No ‘third country’ should interfere in China-Sri Lanka ties: Beijing

CHINESE foreign minister Wang Yi said no "third country" should "interfere" in Sino-Sri Lankan ties.His statement is an apparent reference to India's concerns over Beijing's big-ticket strategic projects in Sri Lanka.Wang, who travelled to Colombo from the Maldives on a two-day visit during the weekend, said the friendly relationship between…

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier begins new sea-trial phase

INDIA'S first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant started another set of sea trials on Sunday (9) to carry out complex manoeuvres in high seas ahead of its induction scheduled in August. The 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the largest and most complex warship to be manufactured in India, successfully completed a five-day…

Exclusive: UK and India will kick off FTA talks to…

By Amit Roy and Sarwar Alam HAVING achieved Brexit, Boris Johnson’s new year’s resolution is to “Get FTA done” – a reference to the Free Trade Agreement that the British prime minister is pursuing with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. Although no dates have been announced, the international trade secretary…

Sri Lanka enters strategic oil deal with India

Sri Lanka and India launched a joint venture on Thursday to revive a strategic British colonial-era oil storage facility and strengthen energy security in the region, a senior minister said. The deal is seen as countering China's rising influence in the region and comes two days ahead of a visit…

UK plans visa deal to lure India into trade negotiations

BRITISH ministers are eager to ease immigration rules to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the UK as part of trade talks that are due to start between the two nations within weeks. According to a report by The Times, international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is…

India says China ‘inventing’ names in disputed region

INDIA hit out at China for giving "invented" names to several places in a disputed Himalayan region on their border as Beijing looks to assert sovereignty over the territory. Several stretches of the lengthy frontier are disputed and relations have soured dramatically since 20 Indian soldiers died in a brawl…

UN Security Council condemns Myanmar massacre

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned last week's massacre in Myanmar of more than 30 people, including two Save the Children staff, that was blamed on junta troops. The killings took place on Christmas Eve in eastern Kayah state, where pro-democracy rebels have been fighting the military, which…

Food poisoning: Apple puts India iPhone plant ‘on probation’

APPLE said Wednesday (29) it has put the Indian plant of its main supplier "on probation" after a mass food poisoning and protests over workers’ living conditions. Some 250 women working at Foxconn's iPhone factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were treated for food poisoning this month,…

Britain’s Black doll makers rush to meet demand for diversity

BRITISH entrepreneur Jodi Vernon never intended to become a toy maker. But after her daughter Clarke was born, she struggled to find Black dolls that represented her family in toy shops packed with white-skinned, blue-eyed figures. The last straw came when she went into a second-hand shop in London and…

Indian-origin Uzra Zeya is US special coordinator for Tibetan Issues

THE US has designated Indian-origin diplomat Uzra Zeya as its Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and she has been tasked with promoting "substantive dialogue" between China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives in support of a negotiated agreement on Tibet. Zeya, who was once posted in New Delhi during…

France offers more Rafale fighter planes to India

FRENCH defence minister Florence Parly on Friday (17) said her country is willing to give more Rafale fighter planes to India. Responding to a query in New Delhi, she said, “France is ready to answer any additional needs or request that can be made by India….we are open and ready…

Fixing Indo-UK defence ties

CURRENTLY, an unprecedented, politically driven commitment towards the transformation of the India-UK relationship is taking place. This began with the virtual summit between the two prime ministers Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi on May 4, 2021. The new UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, visited New Delhi and Mumbai in late…

Biden nominee for India envoy says will raise rights, Russia

ERIC GARCETTI, the nominee for US ambassador to India, promised on Tuesday (15) to raise human rights and arms purchases from Russia as lawmakers said the concerns clouded the growing relationship with New Delhi. The Los Angeles mayor told his Senate confirmation hearing that he will "actively raise" human rights…

Omicron variant: Britain reports first death globally

AT LEAST one person has died in the UK after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, prime minister Boris Johnson said. The death on Monday (13) is the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in Britain, Johnson…

New study calls for stronger India-UK knowledge ties

THE BRITISH government should make a comprehensive knowledge partnership with India one of the main goals of the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries, according to a new UK study released this week. ‘Natural partners: Building a comprehensive UK-India knowledge partnership', led by former UK universities minister…

Omicron: India extends international flight ban till January end

INDIA has extended restrictions on international flights till January 31, 2022, amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the deadly coronavirus, according to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s civil aviation regulator. International all-cargo operations and flights “specifically approved” by the DGCA have…

India probes Boeing 737 Max mid-air emergency event

INDIAN officials are looking into an incident involving a Boeing 737 Max in which the aircraft had to be turned back to the western city of Mumbai soon after it took off for the eastern city of Kolkata, located more than 1,000 miles away, and the pilots shut down an…

Britain’s new head of armed forces urges to embrace diversity

BRITAIN's new head of the armed forces has said that the military must embrace the country’s racial, gender and religious diversity, The Guardian reported. In his first speech, Adm Tony Radakin declared that the armed forces had to “strive to do better” in every “aspect of our leadership”. “That includes…

Bipin Rawat: a soldier’s general

India's Bipin Rawat was an outspoken, polarising but hugely popular "soldier's general" who was wounded in a border battle and survived an aircraft crash before dying in a helicopter accident on Wednesday (8). The military in the world's largest democracy has traditionally stayed well clear of political debates, unlike neighbouring…

UK joins US and Australia’s diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Britain on Wednesday (8) joined Australia and the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February, prompted by what the Western allies argue are widespread rights abuses by China. The UK will not send ministers to the Winter Games in the Chinese capital Beijing, prime minister…

India defence chief among 13 dead in helicopter crash

INDIAN defence chief General Bipin Rawat and 12 other people were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday (8), with one survivor being treated for his injuries. Rawat was India's first chief of defence staff, a position that the government established in 2019, and was seen as close to prime…

India signs deal to make 600,000 Kalashnikov rifles as Putin…

Russian president Vladimir Putin lauded India as "a great power" in New Delhi on Monday as the traditional allies bolstered their military and energy ties, despite Washington's increasing courtship of the world's largest democracy. India confirmed that Russia this month began deliveries of its long-range S-400 ground-to-air missile defence system,…

India’s hockey teams to compete at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

INDIA's hockey teams will compete at next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said, reversing their decision to skip the 2022 event. In October, India had withdrawn its hockey teams from next year's Games citing Covid-19 concerns and Hockey India's decision to prioritise the…

UN plans to drastically expand plastic waste management in India

THE UN development programme (UNDP) aims to almost triple its plastic waste management to 100 cities in India by 2024, a UNDP executive said, to combat the damaging effects of plastic pollution. Across India's many towns and cities, which are often ranked among the world's most polluted, the absence of…

Traveller from London among 4 tested positive for Covid in…

FOUR more travellers from “at-risk” countries tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Thursday (2), officials said. Three out of the 243 people on the Air France flight that landed at the airport around midnight tested positive for the disease. One more…

India promises more Covid-19 shots to Omicron-hit Africa

INDIA stands ready to "expeditiously" send more Covid-19 vaccine to Africa to help fight the Omicron variant, New Delhi said late on Monday (29) after China pledged 1 billion doses to the continent. India and China have close ties with many African countries but Beijing has pumped much more money…

Argentina to probe claims of Myanmar war crimes against Rohingya

ARGENTINA'S justice system will investigate allegations of war crimes committed by the Myanmar military against that country's Rohingya minority under a court ruling upholding the principles of "universal justice." The appeals court decision overturns a lower court ruling rejecting a request for an investigation by the British-based Burmese Rohingya Organisation…

Omicron variant: India issues new guidelines for international passengers

INDIA will make on-arrival Covid-19 testing mandatory for flyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa and Britain where the Omicron variant has been detected, the health ministry said. The decision will be effective from Wednesday (1) and comes after a man who recently returned from South Africa…

India steps up Covid testing for international flyers

INDIA will make on-arrival Covid-19 testing mandatory for flyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa and Britain where the Omicron variant has been detected, the health ministry said on Monday (29). The decision will be effective from Dec. 1 and comes after a man who recently returned…

India tightens screening for new Covid-19 variant

INDIA said on Friday (26) it will resume international passenger flights from mid-December with Covid-19 linked curbs for "at risk" countries, and ordered tightened screening at borders as fears over a new coronavirus variant spread globally. The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the variant, identified as B.1.1.529,…

Survey: India has more women than men for first time

INDIA has more women than men for the first time on record, according to government data that also showed a slowing birthrate in the world's second-most populous nation. Parents in India have historically favoured sons over daughters, who are often considered burdensome and costly due to the tradition of wedding…

India’s cryptocurrency legislation: what we know

The Indian government wants to ban all private cryptocurrencies, with some exceptions, to pave the way for a digital money controlled by the central bank. But this may not be as drastic as it sounds. The details of the planned legislation remain unclear, leaving cryptocurrency investors hoping they will by-and-large…

‘Climate activism is vital in the fight for social justice’

AS WORLD leaders met for COP26 in Glasgow, we were reminded of the sobering fact that we are currently in a climate emergency. There is a climate breakdown and globally we must do more – we need real action if we are to slow and correct climate breakdown. Climate activism…

India announces bill to ban private cryptocurrencies

INDIA's government will introduce a bill to ban private cryptocurrencies and create a framework for a central bank-backed digital money, parliament said in a shock announcement late Tuesday (23). The proposed bill "seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India", the Lok Sabha said, and comes after prime minister Narendra…

Big Data and How to use it Effectively

We are definitely in the data and information age, and vast amounts of revenue is being generated by those businesses, organizations and countries that are able to effectively and efficiently make use of the data at their disposal. This article will explain the basics of big data and how your business…

Dive in to Seek the Treasure at the Bottom of…

Beautiful mermaids splash their sparkling tails in the turquoise water of the southern sea! Their underwater realm is full of treasures: pearls, gems, and gold from the sunken ships, all just waiting for a brave adventure seeker such as yourself to dive into the waves and collect the amazing riches!…

Reliance-Aramco deal off as companies ‘re-evaluate’ investments

AFTER missing two deadlines, billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has shelved a proposed deal to sell a 20 per cent stake in its oil refinery and petrochemical business to Saudi Aramco for an asking of $15 billion (£11.1 bn). "Due to the evolving nature of Reliance's business portfolio,…

India received $87bn in remittances this year

INDIA received $87 billion in remittances in 2021 with the US being the biggest source, accounting for over 20 per cent of these funds, according to the World Bank. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Egypt, the Washington-based global lender said in its report. In India, remittances…

HS2 Leeds branch cancelled: what will this mean for the…

FOLLOWING leaked reports that the British government would be scrapping plans for the UK’s long-awaited high-speed rail network to extend to Leeds, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced in the House of Commons that the eastern leg of HS2 will now reach only from Birmingham to the East Midlands. He…

Climate of change at COP26

I ATTENDED COP26 as the shadow business minister to meet businesses and representatives of other nations to discuss where we are making progress and what more needs to change. COP26 has been an important and historic event in Glasgow to “keep 1.5 alive” – the Paris Agreement ambition of limiting…

Modi urges democracies to cooperate to make cryptocurrencies safe

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi urged cooperation between the world's democracies to ensure cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin do not "end up in the wrong hands", delivering the comments while his government drew up new rules for digital currencies. Modi did not elaborate on those fears in his speech delivered virtually to…

India opens to tourists after 20 months

India on Monday opened to foreign tourists from countries with reciprocal agreements after a 20-month ban because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tour operators said, however, that demand was extremely sluggish due to high ticket prices and remaining restrictions on travellers from Britain, China and elsewhere. The country famous for the…

Climate experts support India’s stand on ‘phase down’ of coal

EXPERTS have come in support of India after several nations criticised the south Asian country for using the term "phase down" instead of "phase out" of coal at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. They said India’s stand should not be seen as a diversion from its commitment to global…

Sharma says China and India will need to explain coal…

CHINA and India will need to explain to developing nations why they pushed to water down language on efforts to phase out coal at the COP26 conference, the event's president Alok Sharma said on Sunday (14). UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, ended on Saturday (13) with a deal that…

Johnson says COP26 deal ‘a big step forward’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday (13) called the deal struck at the UN COP26 climate change summit "a big step forward" but warned there was "a huge amount more to do". "There is still a huge amount more to do in the coming years," Johnson said after the…

India criticises fossil fuel language in COP26 draft deal

INDIA'S environment and climate minister, Bhupender Yadav, took aim at a draft deal at the United Nations climate summit on Saturday (13), saying he disagreed with the language on fossil fuel subsidies and that the draft lacked balance. In one of the strongest criticisms of the COP26 draft deal, Yadav…

Nations inch towards climate deal at COP26

COP26 climate talks were closing in on a global deal aimed at limiting devastating global warming, with UK organisers hoping for a final agreement to the marathon negotiations on Saturday (13). Delegates from nearly 200 nations are tasked with keeping alive the 2015 Paris goal of limiting temperature rises to…

India says WTO fishing proposal favours rich nations

THE latest World Trade Organization proposals on ending fishing subsidies are unfair, weak and favour rich nations, an Indian official said on Friday (12). Governments spend billions of dollars every year subsidising fishing industries that provide a livelihood to millions of people. But the subsidies contribute to overfishing, which is…

‘No Drama Sharma’: UK’s low-key COP chief

ALOK Sharma was hardly a household name in Britain, let alone the rest of the world, when appointed to lead the UN climate talks. But with the planet's future at stake, the COP26 president has had to emerge from the shadows to stand in a blindingly bright spotlight over the…

Pakistan long played disruptive role in Afghanistan: Congressional report

PAKISTAN has long played an active and disruptive and destabilising role in Afghan affairs, including its support to the Taliban, a US Congressional report said. In the report prepared by independent subject area experts, the bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said if other countries such as Pakistan, Russia, China or…

Pakistan hosts ‘Troika Plus’ conference on Afghanistan

PAKISTAN held a meeting on Afghanistan with envoys from the United States, China and Russia on Thursday (11) as Islamabad warned its neighbour was on the brink of economic collapse. The grouping of countries, known as the "Troika Plus" met formally for the first time since the Taliban took over…

Nykaa’s Falguni Nayar becomes India’s seventh woman billionaire

INDIA's only woman-led unicorn Nykaa made its market debut Wednesday (10), tripling founder Falguni Nayar's net worth and making her the country's newest self-made billionaire in an ongoing IPO boom. Nayar, 58, joined only six other Indian women dollar billionaires as her beauty and fashion retailer Nykaa's parent company FSN…

Britain to add Covaxin to approved list from November 22

BRITAIN said India’s Covaxin will be added to its list of approved Covid-19 vaccines for international travellers from November 22, meaning that those inoculated with the Bharat Biotech-manufactured jab will not have to self-isolate after arrival in England. The move follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Emergency Use Listing for…

India calls for serious approach to climate finance

INDIA on Monday (8) warned that the lack of a “serious approach” to climate finance will jeopardise planned mitigation and adaptation programmes as well as countries’ net zero pledges. Climate finance cannot continue at the levels decided in 2009, India said last week, adding that it expected climate finance of…

JLR expects gradual recovery in semiconductor situation

TATA Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) expects the semiconductor shortage situation to gradually start recovering in the remaining part of the current financial year. The British multinational automotive company in the meantime will continue to take steps to contain the impact of the shortage on its operations across the globe.…

‘Help vulnerable people in Asia deal with climate change’

LEADING experts in the UK have voiced their concerns about the damaging impact climate change is having on people in the frontline in south Asia. India’s prime minister Narender Modi pledged on Monday (1) that his country would reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Though it has 17 per cent…

India can help save the planet

CLIMATE finance to fund technology innovations will be key to India delivering its goal of ‘net zero’ emissions by 2070, academics, policy experts, business leaders and politicians have said. They were speaking as they welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow this week. India…

UK, India plan to connect world’s green power grids

BRITAIN and India introduced a plan on Tuesday (2) to improve connections between the world's electricity power grids to accelerate the transition to greener energy. Linking the grids would allow parts of the world with excess renewable power to send it to areas with deficits. For instance, countries where the…

India ramps up Himalayan border defences after clashes with China

A year after deadly high-altitude clashes with Chinese soldiers, India is ramping up its border defences along a treacherous mountain range that has long been a flashpoint between the two countries. Arunachal Pradesh straddles the other side of the Himalayas from Tibet and shares a common Buddhist cultural heritage with…

India backs UK plan to provide affordable, clean technology

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi along with 40 world leaders on Tuesday (2) backed UK's 'Glasgow Breakthroughs' international plan to deliver clean and affordable technology everywhere by 2030. India has joined the US, European Union, China, among others representing more than 70 per cent of the world's economy and every…

Carpets ‘carriers of culture’

Indian and Persian rugs set to go under the hammer A KASHMIR carpet from the late 19th century has been included in a Christie’s auction due to be held on Thursday (28). It is part of the auction of the “Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs…

Air quality in India’s capital likely to drop sharply, authorities…

INTERMITTENT rain and winds led to a rare drop in pollution in India's capital last month, with residents breathing the cleanest air in at least four years, but authorities warn that air quality is set to drop sharply in November. A delayed end to the monsoon and a sharp pick-up…

Experts hail India’s net zero carbon emission plan as ‘real…

ENVIRONMENT experts have said that India's pledge at COP 26 to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2070 is "real climate action". They added that the country is doing more than most countries, including China, to reduce emissions.  According to experts, India has put the ball in the court of…

India will become carbon neutral by 2070, Modi says at…

INDIA's economy will become carbon neutral by 2070, the country's prime minister announced at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. "By 2070, India will achieve the target of net-zero emissions," Narendra Modi told more than 120 leaders at the critical talks on Monday (1). India is the last of the…

US senators seek exemption for India from sanctions over Russia…

THREE Republican senators in the US on Friday (29) said they filed a legislation to exempt India from sanctions for purchasing the S-400 missile-defence system from Russia, Washington’s old foe, citing the importance of working with allies to tackle China. The bill from Texas senator Ted Cruz, Indiana senator Todd…

Market research analysts are eligible for H-1B visa, US court…

A federal court in the US has ordered that the job of a market research analyst is eligible to qualify through the H-1B visa route. After the federal court’s decision, employers in the US will be allowed to hire market research analysts through the visa route. Earlier, the US Citizenship…

India rejects net zero carbon emissions target

INDIA on Wednesday (27) rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions target and said it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures. India, the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China…

India tests Agni-5 ballistic missile with 5,000 km range

INDIA has tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), the defence ministry said, in what media called a "stern signal" to China as the two remain locked in a border spat. The Agni-5 missile blasted off from Abdul Kalam Island off…

Balancing safety with ‘unique’ UK traditions

VIRENDRA SHARMA and other Asian-origin MPs in Britain have spoken about the threat facing them following the murder last week of Sir David Amess, the Conservative member for Southend West, who was stabbed 17 times in a frenzied attack. British politicians have to decide whether their traditional approach of freely…

India’s record rice crop brings problem of plenty for farmers…

Farmers in India are gathering in the largest rice crop in history, which promises record exports, while making sure to keep up their longest-running protest, set to turn a year old next month. The sit-in against controversial agriculture reforms is taking place in the capital, miles away from the five…

Indian farmers’ protest continue despite producing largest rice crop in…

FARMERS in India are gathering in the largest rice crop in history, which promises record exports, while making sure to keep up their longest-running protest, set to turn a year old next month. The sit-in against controversial agriculture reforms is taking place in New Delhi. "We'll not budge until the…

Six Indian naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka to boost…

FOR the first time, six ships of the Indian Navy's first training squadron have arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit to bolster the defence cooperation between the two countries, officials said. They arrived in the ports of Colombo and Trincomalee on Sunday (24) to conduct training with their…

Sri Lanka bars Chinese ship with ‘contaminated’ fertiliser

SRI Lanka has barred a Chinese ship carrying desperately needed organic fertiliser that experts have found to be tainted with harmful bacteria, officials said on Sunday (24). The action comes as Sri Lanka battles food shortages caused by a currency crisis while farmers have said a government ban on chemical…

India among select countries ‘developing hypersonic missiles’

INDIA is among the select few countries which are developing hypersonic weapons, a US Congressional report has said. The revelation follows a media report which claimed that China recently tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that circled the globe before missing its target. The independent Congressional Research Service (CRS), in its…

Truss says Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties

BRITAIN and India must step up their economic and security ties, foreign secretary Liz Truss said ahead of a visit to Delhi where she will announce a green tech investment and pitch her vision of Britain's new role in the world to senior Indian ministers. Truss, who was appointed as…

Anshuman Jha training under Avengers’ trainer Tsahi Shemesh for his…

Actor Anshuman Jha, who was last seen in Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele (2021), is undergoing intense training sessions as part of his preparation for his next film Lakadbaggha. The actor will be seen performing some elaborate stunts in the hand-to-hand combat action film and to do complete justice…

Modi to attend Glasgow climate meet, environment minister says

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will attend the UN climate summit in Glasgow, the environment minister said on Thursday (21), in a boost for efforts to agree steeper emissions cuts in the fight on global warming. India is the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and Modi's participation in…

India administers 1bn Covid jabs; 100 monuments to be lit…

INDIA administered its one billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday (21) as it fights its way back from a devastating surge in cases that brought the health system close to collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the feat as a "triumph of Indian science", but authorities remain on guard for…

Biden plans to pick career diplomat for top posting in…

US president Joe Biden plans to nominate Donald Blome, currently ambassador to Tunisia, as his top diplomat in Pakistan as Washington works to manage the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops. Blome is a career foreign service diplomat with long experience in the region who once…

Cheap Flights from Dzaoudzi Commune in Mayotte, France

Making plans for a trip without making an expense is a challenge. The cost of travel, airfare and hotel stays are all off. They're very expensive, and when we see these costs, it is easy to feel depressed and delay the trip or vacation we want to take. If we…

Sri Lanka imports chemical fertiliser despite ban

SRI Lanka's government breached its own ban on chemical fertilisers by importing potassium chloride this week, scientists said Friday (15), after outraged farmers warned the regulations could worsen food shortages. The government imposed the ban in May as part of a drive to make Sri Lanka the world's first 100…

Desperate Indians sell family gold to survive Covid cash crunch

In Mumbai's jewellery bazaar, Kavita Jogani gingerly places her wedding bangles on the shopkeeper's scales, one of the thousands of Indians parting with their most cherished asset -- gold. It was not an easy decision -- Jogani was desperate after her garment business took a severe hit in the past…

Norway suspect is Muslim convert known to police

A Danish man suspected of killing five people with a bow and arrows in Norway had converted to Islam and was previously known to police over fears that he had radicalised, officials said on Thursday (14). Five people were killed -- four women and one man -- aged between 50…

Indians sell family gold to survive the pandemic

DESPERATE for cash, many families and small businesses owners in India are selling gold jewellery, their last resort, as collateral to secure short-term loans to survive the Covid cash crunch.  Business closures and job losses pushed more than 230 million Indians into poverty in the past year, according to a study…

Adani Ports to shun cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

INDIA’S largest port operator has said it will not handle cargo from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan from next month following the seizure of almost three tons of heroin. Adani Ports, part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said Monday (11) that its "trade advisory" will apply to all the terminals it…

China, India lash out after no progress in border talks

CHINA and India on Monday (11) blamed each other for the failure of high-level talks to ease tensions along a disputed Himalayan border between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The strategically important Galwan river valley between Tibet and India's Ladakh region became a high-altitude flashpoint last year after one of the deadliest…

India asks Tesla to make cars in India, assures full…

INDIAN transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that US electric car-maker Tesla had been asked not to sell its China-make vehicles in India and instead make them in the South Asian country. He also reportedly asked Elon Musk’s firm to export its cars made in India product. The minister said:…

India makes tunnels connecting strategic Ladakh with Kashmir

India has undertaken an ambitious project to drill tunnels and construct bridges to connect the Kashmir Valley with Ladakh, a cold desert which is strategically key. The project holds significance given the fact that Jammu and Kashmir borders two of the country's hostile neighbours -- Pakistan and China. ABC News…

UK wants trade and security pact with India: Truss

BRITAIN wants to strike agreements covering trade and security with India and other democratic nations in the strategic Indo-Pacific region to challenge the influence of authoritarian states, the UK's new foreign secretary Liz Truss said on Sunday (3). Truss, who was in charge of talks with India on a future…

I got Covishield from India: UN General Assembly president

PRESIDENT of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has said he had received his two doses of the Covishield vaccine manufactured in India, as have a “large portion” of other countries around the world. The Covishield vaccine, which has been developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca,…

India-Australia to reach trade deal by end 2022

Australia and India hope to reach a long-pending landmark trade deal by the end of 2022, according to a joint statement released on Friday (1) announcing the formal relaunch of stalled negotiations. Bilateral trade was around Aus$24 billion (US$17 billion) last year, with India exporting its key services sector and…

US Indian author exposes the ‘hypocrisy of wokeism’

Vivek Ramaswamy accuses corporates of 'exploiting liberal causes for profit' ENTREPRENEUR turned author Vivek Ramaswamy has written a book, Woke, Inc.: Inside the Social Justice System, in which he has castigated corporate America for allegedly trying to make money by exploiting liberal and progressive causes. “Basically, being woke means obsessing…

India counters China in Sri Lanka with $700 million port…

An Indian company entered into a $700 million deal Thursday (30) to build a strategic deep-sea container terminal in Sri Lanka, officials said, in a move seen as countering China's rising influence in the region. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said it signed an agreement with India's Adani Group…

Sri Lanka stops ‘tainted’ fertiliser import from China

SRI LANKA halted a 96,000-ton shipment of fertiliser from China on Wednesday (29) citing quality issues. Agriculture minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stopped the cargo of organic fertiliser as samples showed harmful bacteria, his office said in a statement. In May, the government banned the import of chemical fertiliser, part of an…

China’s infrastructure drive traps poor nations with £285bn ‘hidden debt’:…

CHINA'S ambitious foreign infrastructure drive push has saddled poor nations with "hidden debt" worth $385 billion (£285 billion), and more than a third of the projects have been hit by alleged corruption scandals and protests, a study said on Wednesday (29). Research from international development research lab AidData said opaque…

UK’s Wellington College to open schools in India

UK's Wellington College International has entered into a partnership with India’s Unison Group to open premium schools in India. The first such school will be opened in Pune in 2023. Wellington College International (WCI) Pune will be a coeducational day and boarding school for ages 2-18 years, a statement issued…

Labour MP invokes Gandhi, India’s independence struggle in her speech

LABOUR MP and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy evoked Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian independence struggle during her flagship speech at the party's annual conference in Brighton this week. Nandy is the daughter of Dipak Nandy, a Kolkata-born academic known for his work in race relations in the UK. Addressing…

Where will be Sensex in next five years?

AS Indian stock markets have hit record highs, there are mixed signals from analysts about the road ahead for equities in the short term. With the BSE Sensex trending at dizzy levels of around 60,000, market participants raise a note of caution about the near future, while largely maintaining bullish…

Modi meets Biden; discusses Indo-Pacific, climate and Covid

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Friday (24) described as "outstanding" his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden who said the Indo-US relationship is destined to be "stronger, closer and tighter" as the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including combating Covid-19, climate change, trade and the…

Biden hosts India, Australia, Japan for Quad summit

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday (24) would look to deepen his bid to strengthen the American leadership of the Indo-Pacific against a rising China by hosting the maiden in-person summit of the regional Quad summit. Biden will be joined by the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia for…

New York, London keep top spots in global financial centres…

NEW YORK easily kept the top spot in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), while London held on to second place as Chinese cities slipped, according to the ranking published on Friday (24). The index, published by the Z/Yen Group in partnership with think-tank China Development Institute, will come…

Harris stresses importance of free and open Indo-Pacific during meeting…

US Vice President Kamala Harris met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (23) and stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region at a time when the US is trying to solidify its pivot toward Asia and strengthen ties with allies to take on China's growing influence in…

US sending another 2.5 million vaccine doses to Bangladesh

THE United States is shipping another 2.5 million Covid vaccine doses to hard-hit Bangladesh, a White House official said on Thursday (24), after the Biden administration announced a ramping up of global donations. The latest shipment - 2,508,480 Pfizer doses - brings the total of US shots to the country…

Blinken sees unity on Taliban after talks with Pakistan, China

US SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken on Thursday (23) said he believed the world was united on pressing the Taliban after speaking with Pakistan, China and Russia, key players with Afghanistan's new rulers. Blinken met with his counterpart from Pakistan, the chief ally of the Taliban regime that was toppled…

New security treaty win-win for India

THE new security treaty, signed last week by the US, the UK and Australia and aimed at confronting the menace of China’s growing naval fleet in the Indo-Pacific region, is a “welcome development” for India, influential political, foreign policy and defence experts have told Eastern Eye. AUKUS, an acronym denoting…

Sensex scales new high, breaches 60,000-mark

INDIA’S equity benchmark BSE Sensex breached the 60,000-mark for the first time on Friday (24), led by strong gains in index majors Infosys, HDFC Bank and TCS. The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) gained 163.11 points or 0.27 per cent to close the day at 60,048.47, after…

Submarine dispute: India, France to deepen partnership in Indo-Pacific region

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region, as a row intensified with Australia and the US over a ditched submarine contract. Macron's telephone talks with Modi were timed conspicuously as French anger over an Australian cancellation of a…

India won’t buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines amid local output

INDIA'S government will not buy Covid-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, three government sources told Reuters, mainly because domestic output of more affordable and easier-to-store vaccines has jumped. That essentially means the globally popular vaccines, which their makers have pledged not to sell to private parties during the pandemic, will…

Three South Asians on Prince William’s £1m Earthshot prize shortlist

THREE South Asians-two Indians and one Bangladeshi, have found a place on the shortlist for Prince William's Earthshot environmental prize to reward innovative solutions to the planet's biggest problems. A 14-year-old schoolgirl Vinisha Umashankar from Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, who invented a solar-powered ironing cart to drastically cut pollution, is the…

Climate change may lead to racial tensions in UK, experts…

MASS migration caused by the phenomenon of climate change may lead to a rise in racial tensions and clashes between communities in the UK, the law-keepers have been cautioned. Millions of people are expected to be displaced from developing countries because of serious impacts of climate change and experts predict…

UK’s COP26 chief says ball in China’s court on making…

THE ball is in China's court when it comes to making the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in November a success, Britain's Alok Sharma, the summit's president, said on Sunday (19). Sharma, who said he had "constructive and very frank discussions" during a visit to China earlier this month,…

‘Troop pullback from border will better India-China relations’

INDIA has given a message to China that their bilateral relations will only get better when both pull back their troops from a confrontation point on their disputed Himalayan border, the country’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has said. Jaishankar, who is in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan for the…

India withdraws e-visa facility for Canada, UK nationals

IN what seemed to be a reciprocal treatment for citizens of Canada and the UK, the Narendra Modi government has withdrawn the e-visa facility for them, sources said. According to a senior official in the country’s ministry of home affairs, Canada and the UK posed a lot of restrictions over…

Biden urges ‘highest’ ambition at UN climate summit

US president Joe Biden on Friday (17) urged the world to bring its "highest" ambition to a UN summit on climate change in November, warning that the planet faces a tightening deadline. "We have to bring to Glasgow our highest ambitions. Those who have not yet done so, time is…

New reality established in Afghanistan with Taliban takeover: Imran Khan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (17) said a "new reality" has been established in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul. It is now in the international community's "collective interest" to ensure that there is no renewed conflict in the war-torn country and it will never again…

Afghan security risk

THERE is, of course, a risk that some of the violent politics of Afghanistan will spill over on to the streets of Britain. Those refugees coming to Britain from Afghanistan will include people strongly opposed to the Taliban. If they set up opposition groups in Britain, supporters of the Taliban,…

Political chameleon Truss hits world stage as UK foreign minister

Britain's new foreign secretary is a free-trade champion who once opposed Brexit and whose straight talk and willingness to wade in on the culture wars has made her popular among grassroots Conservative voters. Prime minister Boris Johnson nominated Liz Truss to be the country's top diplomat on Wednesday -- a…

Sri Lankan Tamil author in Booker Prize shortlist; Sunjeev Sahota…

SRI LANKAN Tamil author Anuk Arudpragasam's A Passage North was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021, along with five others. The others on the list are South African author Damon Galgut for The Promise, Americans Patricia Lockdwood for No One is Talking About this, Richard Powers for Bewilderment, Maggie Shipstead…

Marvel’s first east Asian superhero packs a punch

ACTOR Simu Liu has discussed breaking new ground with his role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, as he makes history with his portrayal of the first Asian superhero in the franchise. Liu plays the title role of Shang-Chi, a martial arts master who is forced to confront his…

Modi to attend the first in-person Quad summit Biden hosts…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will take part in the first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries - Australia, India, Japan and the US, which President Joe Biden will host in Washington on September 24 India's ministry of external affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday (14) that Modi will also…

Raducanu’s victory is a glimpse of Britain’s demographic future

EMMA RADUCANU'S US Open victory is above all else an astonishing sporting triumph. To seize such a glittering prize by playing a flawless tournament shows an almost limitless potential to become a sporting legend. How far that is fulfilled is a future unknown, but she has already guaranteed herself a…

Canadian election debate: Trudeau came under fierce attack

CANADA's prime minister Justin Trudeau came under fierce attack from his political rivals in Canada’s final election debate last week, reported The Times.  Despite having a lead of five points when he called the snap election last month to regain the majority he lost in 2019, Trudeau's Liberal Party is…

Queen leads celebrations after Raducanu’s stunning US open win

BRITAIN's Queen has led celebrations after Emma Raducanu's extraordinary US Open triumph. The 18-year-old qualifier made tennis history in New York on Saturday (11). Raducanu beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to become Britain's first women's Grand Slam singles champion since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977, and the…

Afghanistan’s reality requires world to discard old lenses: Pakistan

PAKISTAN foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday (8) said Afghanistan’s "new reality" required the world to discard "old lenses" and proceed with a "realistic approach". Qureshi who chaired a virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - the neighbours of Afghanistan, said the situation…

India picks its commerce minister Piyush Goyal as G20 Sherpa

INDIAN commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal has been picked as the country’s Sherpa for the G20 group that brings together the planet’s major economies. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Tuesday (7) announced that India will hold the bloc’s presidency starting December 1 next year and will convene…

Sharma arrives in China’s Tianjin for climate talks

BRITAIN'S senior climate change official Alok Sharma arrived in Tianjin on Sunday (5) to meet representatives from government and business ahead of the next round of global climate talks scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November. Sharma, a government minister and president of the COP 26 climate talks, said…

China seeks to extend Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan

CHINA has expressed hope to extend its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) into Afghanistan, saying the “Taliban believes” the initiative is good for development and prosperity in the war-ravaged country and the broader region. China in the recent past outlined plans to extend its $60 billion (£43.27 bn) China-Pakistan…

‘No direct terror threat to India’, says Shivshankar Menon on…

A FORMER Indian diplomat has warned that the withdrawal of US and allied troops from Afghanistan raises the question of whether it will revert to exporting terrorism. Shivshankar Menon previously served as national security advisor to then India’s prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. In a virtual interaction with the Indian…

Indian hockey teams unlikely to participate in Birmingham CWG

THE Indian hockey teams are unlikely to participate in next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to ensure that they hit peak form during the Asian Games, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra said on Friday (3). Batra said he has conveyed…

Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals

SHOOTER Avani Lekhara on Friday (3) became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals by claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had won earlier in the ongoing Games in Tokyo. The 19-year-old Lekhara, competing in her debut Games, qualified…

‘Afghanistan unlikely to be America’s finest hour’

MANY wonder what the current catastrophe in Afghanistan will mean for the wider world order, and particularly how the withdrawal will affect the United States’ image on the global stage in terms of its position as an international leader. What can be said is that the pullout has certainly done…

Pakistan to ‘step up counter-terror cooperation with China’

PAKISTAN remains cognizant of the threats posed by various terror groups operating from Afghanistan and it will strengthen intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism cooperation with China post-US withdrawal, the country's envoy to China has said. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was set to…

Global Covid-19 survey achieves Guinness record

A WORLDWIDE Covid-19 study led by UK experts and conducted in Indian hospitals among other global facilities, has won a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest scientific collaboration. Surgeon Aneel Bhangu, from the University of Birmingham, the study's co-lead author, said the research was aimed at improving understanding…

Vaccine passports will make hesitant people more reluctant to get…

THE UK government is planning to implement the vaccine passports within a month. However, new research of more than 16,000 people has found that such plans will make hesitant people even more reluctant to get the Covid vaccine, The Guardian reported. The research to be published in the Lancet journal…

What lies ahead for Afghanistan under the Taliban?

Afghans on Tuesday (31) woke to the start of another uncertain era after the last American forces left overnight, cementing victory for the Taliban after two decades of war. Many are afraid that the group will once again impose their harsh interpretation of Islamic law, brutally punishing their opponents and…

With Assam silk and trees, Indians fight climate change and…

When Senai Mili invited Rekha Doley into her home in India's northeastern Assam a few months back, the two women shared knowledge that has revolutionised their lives. Doley, a 30-year-old master weaver, taught Mili, a 48-year-old grandmother, how to embroider new designs into the fabric she has woven to make…

Theranos trial: Who is Ramesh Balwani?

DISGRACED US biotech star Elizabeth Holmes was in court on Tuesday (31) as jury selection began for her fraud trial in a case that rocked Silicon Valley. The latest twist in the Theranos trial is that Holmes has accused her former boyfriend, who was president of the blood-testing startup, of…

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win gold at…

SHOOTER Avani Lekhara scripted history on Monday (30) as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event in Tokyo. The 19-year-old from Jaipur, who sustained…

Salute to Rakesh Chauhan

ON A fine spring day in 2014, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan returned home to Britain from Afghanistan – in a coffin draped in the Union flag. A Royal Air Force (RAF) transport plane landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, bringing back the bodies of 29-year-old Rakesh and four other…

Medics hailed for using social media to offer health advice

TOP doctors and pharmacists have been praised for using quirky TikTok videos in order to pass on vital health advice to Asian communities. The medics have gained large followings on the video-sharing app for posting musical footage about issues including the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine, sleep tips and diet…

Bhavina Patel wins historic silver at Tokyo Paralympics

BHAVINA PATEL on Sunday (29) became only the second Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics after she signed off with a historic silver following a 0-3 loss to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women's singles table tennis class 4 final in Tokyo. The…

India alarm as Pakistan and China woo Taliban

THE Russian and British empires battled over Afghanistan in the 19th century, and the United States and the Soviet Union in the 20th. As the Taliban takes over in the strategic, landlocked nation, the new Great Game has Pakistan in control, with its ally China looking to cement its grip…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

BRITAIN’S top counter-terrorism police officer has warned that Afghanistan will again become a base for exporting terrorism, and predicted lone-wolf attacks “probably within two years”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan earlier this month will…

China ‘shocked’ by suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

CHINA on Monday (23) said it is “shocked” by last week's suicide bomb attack on a vehicle carrying its people in Pakistan, the second such incident in over a month. It asked Islamabad to “punish” the perpetrators and step up security for scores of its workers employed in CPEC projects.…

Harris vows ‘enduring engagement’ in Asia amid Afghanistan chaos

WASHINGTON is committed towards “enduring engagement in Southeast Asia and Indo-Pacific”, US vice president Kamala Harris claimed today (23) in Singapore. She is on a short tour to Southeast Asia during which she is expected to offer reassurances of Washington’s commitment amid unrest in Afghanistan and concerns over China’s growing…

Tony Blair slams West’s ‘abandonment’ of Afghanistan

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair, who in 2001 took Britain into war in Afghanistan alongside the United States, on Saturday (21) condemned their "abandonment" of the country as "dangerous" and "unnecessary". In his first public comments on the crisis since the Afghan government collapsed last weekend, Blair criticised the…

As China, Pakistan weigh recognising Taliban, experts warn long-term losses

AS China and Pakistan mull a joint strategy to push for a global recognition of the Taliban regime in war-torn Afghanistan to further their interests, experts have warned the “all-weather allies” of long-term losses, especially a blowback effect from the US. Since the Taliban's takeover of Kabul on August 15,…

India stands second in crypto adoption worldwide

INDIA stands second in terms of crypto adoption worldwide behind Vietnam, and ahead of countries such as the US, UK, and China, according to the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index by blockchain data platform Chainalysis. The report also revealed that worldwide crypto adoption grew by 880 per cent between June…

China to develop new forests to help reach net zero

TO combat climate change and protect natural habitats, China is planning to plant 36,000 square kilometres of new forest every year till 2025 a senior forestry official said on Friday (20). The announcement is a part of China’s environmental efforts to bring carbon emissions down to net zero by 2060.…

Bangladesh vaccinates hundreds of sex workers at largest brothel

Hundreds of sex workers at Bangladesh's largest brothel have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a one-day inoculation drive the participants hope will revive an industry devastated by the pandemic. Bangladesh, one of the few Muslim nations where prostitution is legal, has at least 11 brothels operational across the country of…

Pakistan to expect new US chasm as Taliban win

After the September 11 attacks, the United States gave Pakistan a harsh ultimatum to break with the Taliban. Pakistan offered help but insisted -- it will not be abandoned again, as in the 1990s after Washington lost interest in Afghanistan. Twenty years later, the Taliban has retaken Afghanistan from a…

After fresh attack, China asks Pakistan to overhaul security mechanism

CHINA has asked Pakistan to overhaul the security mechanism to forestall attacks on its nationals working on various infrastructure projects after a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of Chinese nationals in the Balochistan province. Two children were killed while a Chinese national and several others were injured in the suicide…

Revealed: The inside story behind the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

VAXXERS: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus is a truly wonderful book about the design and development of the life-saving vaccine by two women who write their respective chapters as “Sarah” and “Cath”. This is a must-read book for the British Asian…

Kamala Harris trip to Asia will show US in region…

US vice president Kamala Harris's trip to Singapore and Vietnam starting on Sunday will show that the United States is in the region "to stay," a senior administration official said, as Washington seeks to bolster international support to counter China's growing global influence. Harris will be the most senior US…

Sri Lanka announces lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

SRI Lanka announced a 10-day lockdown starting on Friday (20) night in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as surging infections and deaths overwhelm the island's health system. The Indian Ocean nation recorded its highest single-day death toll of 187 and 3,793 cases on Wednesday (18). "Nationwide…

Taliban takeover will inspire terrorists, warns UK defence secretary Ben…

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will inspire terrorists and trigger an “explosion” of extremism and security challenges for the world, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace warned on Thursday. Speaking to the BBC, the cabinet minister said he feared that terror groups like Al Qaeda would view the Taliban advance as…

Sharia law around the world

With the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan there are fears they will reimpose their harsh interpretation of sharia law. Most Muslim nations incorporate elements of sharia in their legal systems, particularly in family law. But very few carry out its punishments known as hudud, which even Muslim scholars disagree on. -…

Taliban’s Afghanistan action

CELEBRATIONS to mark the 74th anniversary of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan have been overshadowed by the astonishingly swift take-over of Afghanistan by the Taliban. Afghanistan has been in the British psyche for a long time. Whenever I think of Afghanistan, I recall Sherlock Holmes’s remark to Dr…

Sri Lanka raises rates as rupee falls to record low

SRI Lanka's central bank raised interest rates for the first time in nearly three years on Thursday (19) as the rupee hit a record low amid a crippling foreign exchange shortage. With the country of 21 million already facing shortages of imported cooking gas and sugar because of the shortage…

India has important role to play in Afghanistan: UK

INDIA is a key partner of Britain in Asia and will have an important role to play in dealing with the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan with the takeover of the Taliban, the UK government said on Tuesday (17). Defence secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday (17) described the Taliban takeover…

Rohingya to testify in Argentine court over Myanmar’s military action

ROHINGYA refugees expelled from Myanmar in a bloody crackdown are set to testify in court for the first time on Tuesday (17) to urge a full judicial investigation into allegations of war crimes committed against them. A military campaign in Myanmar in 2017 is believed to have killed thousands and…

US eases India travel advisory to ‘moderate’

THE US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered India's travel advisory to "Level 2: moderate," while the state department eased its India rating to "Level 2: exercise increased caution." The new advisory level, which is considered safe, came in the wake of the significant improvement in the…

China issues draft rules banning unfair competition on internet

IN its latest crackdown move on tech companies, China on Tuesday (17) issued a set of draft regulations for the internet sector, banning unfair competition and restricting the use of user data. The Asian country has been tightening its grip on internet platforms, citing the risk of abusing market power…

UN calls for unity against ‘global terrorist threat’ in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council said on Monday (16) the international community must ensure Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorism under the Taliban, following an emergency meeting in New York. The 15-member council issued a joint statement after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres told the meeting that the…

Sharp increase in anti-Asian incidents in US during the pandemic

A NEW report has revealed that more than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents have been reported across the US since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Guardian reported. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks racially motivated hate crimes towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, received 9,081 reports between 19…

Pakistan says bus blast was a suicide bombing

A BUS blast last month that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, was a “suicide bombing” by Islamist militants backed by Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday (12). The minister said an investigation showed there was a "nexus of Indian RAW…

Boeing 737 Max jets may resume flights in India soon

INDIA is set to allow Boeing 737 Max jets to resume flights in the country within days, stated a media report on Thursday (12), citing a person familiar with the matter. The country is said to be satisfied with the plane's performance since it was un-grounded in the US, Europe…

TikTok pips Facebook to become world’s most downloaded app in…

THE Chinese video-sharing app TikTok was the world's most downloaded app in 2020, market tracker App Annie has said. It overtook Facebook and its messaging platforms, including WhatsApp. TikTok  was the fourth most downloaded app in the previous year. The research firm said that TikTok surged in popularity despite efforts by…

World must look into ‘meltdown’ of Afghan forces: Pakistan

PAKISTAN has urged the international community to look into the "meltdown" of Afghan security forces in the face of Taliban offensives, instead of blaming Pakistan for the fast-deteriorating situation. Taliban fighters have swiftly gained territory across Afghanistan since May, including six provincial capitals in the last three days, as international…

UK gets ‘dialogue partner’ status by Southeast Asian bloc

ENGLAND has been granted "dialogue partner" status by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced on Thursday (5), saying that the partnership is expected to lead to closer cooperation between the UK and the region on a range of issues such as trade,…

Sharma urges world to act fast to stop climate change…

BRITAIN'S climate chief has warned that the world is running out of time to stop a climate change catastrophe. Alok Sharma, who will be leading COP26, the climate summit hosted by the UK this year - said the effects are already there with floods, wildfires and heatwaves. "We can't afford…

Pakistan promises ‘foolproof security’ for Chinese workers

PAKISTAN on Sunday (8) assured China of providing “foolproof security” to Chinese nationals working at various projects in the country, including the $60 billion (£43b) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, amid increasing violence against them in recent weeks. China's ambassador Nong Rong met Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rashid in Rawalpindi…

From taxi driver to taekwondo and now Tokyo gold for…

LAUREN PRICE has represented Wales in football, played handball at youth international level and is also a former world champion at kickboxing. Oh, and she also does taekwondo and once had a stint as a taxi driver. But the sporting allrounder topped all that on Sunday (8) at the Tokyo…

Ritual humiliation at Olympics

THE world is divided between the haves and have nots by the availability of Covid vaccines, but even more dramatically by the Olympics. Every four years we witness a dispiriting occasion – the ritual humiliation of the vast majority of countries. Is there a case for scrapping the Olympics? More than…

Pakistan has other ‘options’, Imran Khan’s aide tells US

UPSET over US president Joe Biden's reluctance to telephonically contact prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan's national security adviser Moeed Yusuf has said Islamabad has “other options" if the American leader continues to ignore the country's leadership. "The president of the United States hasn't spoken to the prime minister of such…

Oxfam report calls net zero targets ‘unrealistic’

GOVERNMENTS and companies across the world are "hiding behind unreliable, unproven and unrealistic carbon removal schemes" in a bid to meet targets, Oxfam, a confederation of 20 independent charitable organisations, said in a report. The report, titled “Tightening the Net” has come in the wake of global attempts to achieve…

India wrestler Ravi Dahiya bags Olympic silver, goes down fighting…

RAVI KUMAR DAHIYA on Thursday (5) became only the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games after he lost the men's freestyle 57kg title clash 4-7 to reigning world champion Zavur Uguev. There were expectations that the 23-year Dahiya would become India's youngest Olympic champion…

Biden administration gives assurances to ‘documented dreamers’

THE White House has said that the Biden administration is taking steps to provide a legal pathway to citizenship to children of legal immigrants, commonly known as 'documented dreamers'. Recently, a group of such youngsters, mostly Indians, expressed fear of being deported when they turn 21. They are now living in…

IMF approves fund increase to support pandemic-hit nations

THE International Monetary Fund has approved a $650 billion (£466bn) allocation to its resources pool to help economically vulnerable countries battling the coronavirus pandemic. The 190-nation lending institution said on Monday (2) that its board of governors approved the expansion of its reserves known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), the…

Skewed sex ratio may lead to 5 million girls missing…

COUNTRIES with skewed sex ratios such as India could mean the world is set to “lose” 4.7 million girls by 2030, experts have warned. The study, published in the BMJ Global Health journal, suggested the figure could reach 22 million by 2100. Researchers predicted the sex ratio at birth (SRB)…

Pakistan has a lot to gain from Afghan peace: US

THE US said Pakistan has a lot to gain and will continue to have a critical role in the Afghan peace process. “We do appreciate Pakistan's efforts to advance the Afghan peace process and stability in South Asia, including by encouraging the Taliban to engage in substantive negotiations,” state department…

Bangladesh to vaccinate 10 million in 7 days

BANGLADESH on Tuesday (3) extended its strict lockdown and announced plans to vaccinate at least 10 million people in a week as the country battles a major Covid-19 surge. The vaccination drive from Saturday (7) will be led by tens of thousands of health workers at 14,000 health centres, senior…

Study reveals men will ‘dramatically outnumber’ women in the coming…

NEW global modelling of birth sex ratios has found out that the long-term global stability is at risk due to 'cultural preferences for boys in certain countries, The Times reported. The study also revealed that men are set to dramatically outnumber women in the coming decades. The study, published in…

Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi after she became the country's first woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Sindhu beat China's He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion's victory on Sunday came five years after she finished…

Democrats alarmed as Kamala Harris’ popularity sinks ‘underwater’

US vice president Kamala Harris has been rated as the most unpopular American vice president since at least the 1970s, claimed a recent media report on Sunday (1). She has spent almost six months in her new role.   Citing two recent polls where it emerged that most of the…

PV Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win two individual…

INDIA's PV Sindhu created history on Sunday (1) as she became the first woman ever to win two individual Olympics medals for the country. She won the match against China's He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to claim the bronze medal. She lost in the semi-final on Saturday (31) to Tai…

Olympics: Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in semifinal, to fight…

REIGNING world champion PV Sindhu's hopes of securing India's first ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles semifinals on Saturday (31). The 26-year-old silver-medallist from the Rio Games, however,…

Olympics: Britain, India women’s hockey teams reach quarters

BRITAIN and India joined Spain and New Zealand in reaching the quarterfinals of the women's hockey tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (31), while Ireland and China crashed out. India made it through with a 4-3 triumph over South Africa in Group A, as Olympic champions Britain secured the…

Olympics: Peaty leads Britain to mixed relay gold in record…

ADAM PEATY summed up the secret to Britain's swimming success in one word - 'belief' - after helping bring home 4x100m mixed medley relay gold in world record time at the Tokyo Games on Saturday (30). The quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin smashed China's previous…

India – the new frontier for Olympics-broadcast chief

India is emerging as a rapidly growing consumer of the Tokyo Olympic Games, with the biggest digital engagement of any country and potential for further growth, Olympic broadcasting chief Yiannis Exarchos said on Friday. While India, with its 1.35 billion population almost equalling that of China, is by no means…

Bangladeshis rush back to work as export-driven factories are set…

HUNDREDS of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers rushed back to major cities on Saturday (31), overrunning train and bus stations, after the government said export-driven factories could reopen despite a deadly coronavirus wave. With the economy badly hit by the pandemic, the government excluded the factories that supply top brands…

The History Corridor: Homai Vyarawalla – India’s ‘first lady of…

KNOWN as India’s first female photojournalist, Homai Vyarawalla was born on December 9, 1913, into a Parsi family based in Navsari, Gujarat. The family later moved to Mumbai, and when she was at university, she was introduced to photography by a professor (and her future husband) Manekshaw Vyarawalla. Her first…

India skipped key London climate meet, says UK

INDIA, said to be the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, skipped a key climate meeting of more than 50 countries, the UK environment ministry said on Wednesday (28).   The recent two-day conference held in London was the first face-to-face talk among governments in more than 18 months. The…

India helps Apple to post record revenue

TECH GIANT Apple has reported strong growth in India for the fourth consecutive quarter, in line with the company's overall growth in the June quarter. Apple has been growing its sales in India over the past year, on the back of its own retail store and growing demand for older…

UK begins vaccine donation to ‘vulnerable’ countries

ENGLAND is ready to begin donating millions of coronavirus vaccine doses around the world following its pledge to provide 100 million jabs globally by next June, the government said on Wednesday (28), announcing its first donation roll out to Kenya, Indonesia and Jamaica.   Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the…

Afghanistan will become ‘pariah state’ if Taliban seize power, says…

Afghanistan would become a "pariah state" if the Taliban take control by force, US secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (27), as a top-level delegation from the insurgent group visited China to assure officials of their international obligations. "An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its…

Reckitt Benckiser boss says ‘commodities price hike in a short…

CONSUMER GOODS major Reckitt Benckiser group has warned that its margins will be squeezed this year due to higher costs. The FTSE-listed company also missed second-quarter sales growth estimates as growth slowed in demand for products such as Lysol disinfectants and Finish dishwashing detergents. The firm’s chief executive Laxman Narasimhan has…

IMF cuts India’s economic growth forecast to 9.5 per cent…

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) has lowered its outlook for India’s economic growth to 9.5 per cent for the fiscal year 2021-22 from 12.5 per cent projected in April. The onset of a severe second Covid-19 wave cut into recovery momentum of Indian economy, it said. However, it raised the…

US, India must stand together to fight ‘democratic recession’, says…

IN his first official visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday (28) issued a veiled warning about Indian democracy backsliding. Blinken told civil society groups -- his first appointment before meeting Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Modi -- that the US and India are "connected by…

Sunjeev Sahota in Booker Prize longlist for ‘China Room’

BRITISH Asian Sunjeev Sahota is among 13 authors longlisted for this year's Booker Prize for fiction for China Room, a novel judges described as a “brilliant twist” on the immigrant experience. Sahota, 40, has previously been shortlisted for the 2015 Booker Prize for his book, The Year of the Runaways…

Chinese national wounded in gun attack in Pakistan

A CHINESE national was wounded in a gun attack in the southern Pakistani megacity of Karachi on Wednesday (28), police said, in the latest assault targeting Chinese citizens in the country. Local police said two masked assailants riding on a motorbike fired at a car carrying two Chinese nationals, who…

Alok Sharma urges to ‘ditch coal’ to avoid ‘worst ravages’…

THE UK's president of vital UN climate talks has expressed his 'disappointment' after ministers from more than 50 countries closed a two-day meeting in London without full agreement on phasing out coal, reported The Guardian. Alok Sharma has said that countries around the world must agree to end the use…

Global chip shortage continues to hurt JLR

GLOBAL shortage of semiconductor continues to hurt the production of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), while car sales recover after the pandemic. JLR, which brings in most of the revenue for the parent group Tata Motors, saw an on-year rise of 68 per cent in car sales, BBC reported. However, the…

‘Shame on you’, Imran Nazir blames sports authorities on Pakistan’s…

FORMER Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir has blamed sports authorities on the country's poor representation in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Pakistan has sent just ten athletes to the biggest sporting event in the world, who will be competing in meager six sporting competitions. Nazir on Twitter expressed his disappointment over this.…

Chinese president’s visit to Tibet is threat to India, says…

CHINESE president Xi Jinping’s visit to Tibet last week is a threat to India, US Republican Congressman Devin Nunes told Fox News in an interview. Last week, Xi made an unannounced three-day trip to Lhasa, a strategically important region and Nyingchi in Tibet. Xi, who is also general secretary of…

Worldwide millionaires surge to 56.1 million, report says

A WORLDWIDE survey on wealth accrual revealed a surge in the number of millionaires to 56.1 million at the end of 2020, up by 5.2 million from a year earlier. The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s recently published Global Wealth Report-2021 showed a continued wealth growth globally. Total global wealth grew…

China accuses US of “demonising” Beijing

CHINA accused the US of "demonising" Beijing in a high-level talk under president Joe Biden's administration. China's vice foreign minister Xie Feng said relations had reached a "stalemate" because the US saw China as an "imagined enemy". He added that the US wanted to "blame China for its own structural…

Daley, Lee win Olympic diving gold for Britain

BRITAIN'S Tom Daley and Matty Lee edged out hot favourites China to win gold in the synchronised 10m platform diving at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday (26). Daley, 27, in what could be his final Olympics, wiped away tears on the podium as he finally added gold to the bronzes…

Alok Sharma hosts 51 countries for ‘critical’ climate discussion ahead…

BRITAIN on Sunday (25) began a two-day meeting with climate and environment ministers from 51 countries for "critical" climate talks ahead of November's COP26 summit set to happen in Glasgow.   With fewer than 100 days to go until the critical UN climate change conference, UK minister Alok Sharma, President…

Chinese president meets top army officials in Lhasa

CHINESE president Xi Jinping met top army officials in Lhasa, a strategically important region, on Friday (23), underlining the importance of long-term stability and prosperity in Tibet. He met top officials of the Tibet Military Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), guarding China's border with India in Arunachal Pradesh,…

Heavy rain kills at least 125 in India

THE death toll in India from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125 on Saturday (24). Rescue teams struggled through thick sludge and debris to reach dozens of submerged homes in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Maharashtra is being hit by the heaviest rain in July in four decades,…

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins silver, India’s first medal at Tokyo…

MIRABAI CHANU ended India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open the country's account at Tokyo on Saturday (24). The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.…

Blinken to meet Modi, Jaishankar next week

US state department on Friday (23) said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India next week. It will be Blinken's first visit to the world's largest democracy and an important US ally in Asia. Blinken will also visit Kuwait and meet senior officials there at the end of…

Central China floods claim 56 lives

TOTAL death toll in central China floods increased to 56 with the official estimate of losses totalling about $10 billion (£7.3bn). Villagers were evacuated on Friday (23) as floods submerged swathes of the region while an approaching typhoon threatened to increase the rainfall. Millions were affected by the floods in…

Bus blast probe likely to figure in China-Pakistan talks

PAKISTAN foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss several bilateral issues, including the security of thousands of Chinese workers in Pakistan. The meeting has assumed significance after a blast in a bus in northwest Pakistan killed nine Chinese engineers and jolted…

China’s military blasts dam to release floodwaters

IN A BID to save people in its heavily populated provinces, China’s military blasted a dam in the city of Luoyang to release floodwaters on Tuesday (20) night. Widespread flooding triggered by torrential rains over Henan’s provincial capital Zhengzhou has claimed 25 lives, so far. The flooding led to trapping…

US lawmakers seek appointment of special envoy to combat Islamophobia…

A GROUP of more than two dozen US lawmakers have written to secretary of state Antony Blinken, urging him to appoint a special envoy to combat the alleged rise in attacks against the Muslim community in different parts of the world, including China, India and Myanmar. Terming Islamophobia a "global…

Australia’s Brisbane named host of 2032 Olympics

THE Australian city of Brisbane will host the 2032 summer Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday (21) overwhelmingly approved the recommendation of its executive board. Brisbane, where hundreds of people gathered at the river-side South Bank erupted in cheering as the defining moments of the IOC session…

US lowers Covid-19 travel advisory for India, Pakistan

THE US state department has lowered its Covid 19-related travel advisory for India to "Level 3 – Reconsider Travel," the department said in a statement. The advisory for Pakistan was similarly eased, it said. The Covid-19 advisories were previously the highest Level 4, "Do not travel." India reported on Wednesday…

UK to permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters

BRITAIN said on Tuesday (20) it would permanently deploy two warships in Asia after its Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier arrives in Japan in September, traversing waters at the centre of tension between China, the United States and its ally Japan. Plans for the high-profile visit by the carrier leading a…

China denies allegations about Microsoft cyber-attack

CHINA denied allegations of carrying out a major cyber-attack against tech giant Microsoft, calling such claims “fabricated.” On Monday (19), the US and other western countries including the UK, EU, New Zealand and Australia accused China of hacking Microsoft Exchange - a popular email platform used by companies worldwide, BBC…

Ministers, election commissioner, foreign diplomats, health experts on Pegasus list

INDIA’s information technology (IT) minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has also been reported to be on Pegasus list as one of the potential targets of Israeli phone hacking software, media reports claimed. More prominent Indian names- including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, election strategist Prashant Kishor, and Trinamool…

South Korean Paralympian missing after fall from Pakistan mountain

A SOUTH Korean Paralympian was missing on Tuesday (20) after falling from the world's 12th tallest mountain in northern Pakistan, the Alpine Club of Pakistan said. Kim Hong-bin, 57, who represented his country in Alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City, had reached the top of…

US, Pakistan to be part of new quad group

THE US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. “The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing,”…

China’s economic rebound ‘loses steam’

THE rebound in China’s economy after the pandemic has now slowed with its second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data missing the economists’ projection of 8.1 per cent growth, BBC reported. The Asian country’s GDP increased by 7.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same…

China to join Pakistan blast probe, backs away from calling…

CHINA said on Thursday (15) it will send a team to Pakistan to help investigate a blast on a bus that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers. Beijing, however, backed away from an earlier assertion that the explosion was a bomb attack. Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman,…

Sikh character in new Pixar movie divides opinion

ANIMATION studio Pixar will feature a Sikh character for the first time in its movie. 'Turning Red', directed by award-winning China-born Canadian Domee Shi, will be Pixar's first feature directed by a woman of Asian descent. It features a Sikh character who plays the role of a school security guard…

Virus strikes twice for India’s first Covid patient

India's first coronavirus patient, a student who was in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has tested positive for a second time, a medical official told AFP on Wednesday (14). The 21-year-old woman from the southern state of Kerala has no symptoms but is in isolation at her home, Thrissur district…

Just 25 mega cities, 23 in China, produce world’s greenhouse…

THE world's most greenhouse gas emissions come from just 25 big cities - 23 of which are located in China, a study has found. The mega cities that emit the most greenhouse gases are Handan, Suzhou, Dalian, Beijing and Tianjin in China - including Tokyo and Moscow. As part of…

Doing nothing to stop injustice is not an option for…

THIS week marks the 26th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. An event in our history that is often less spoken about, but by no means less of an atrocity. Srebrenica took the lives of more than 8,000 muslims and is seen by many as the worst atrocity on European soil…

9 Chinese nationals among 13 killed in Pakistan bus blast

NINE Chinese workers were among 13 people killed on Wednesday (14) when a blast on a bus sent it careening down a ravine in northwestern Pakistan, government and police officials said. Pakistan's foreign ministry in a statement said the bus plunged into the ravine after “a mechanical failure, resulting in…

Bangladesh to lift lockdown for festival despite record infections

BANGLADESH will lift its nationwide coronavirus lockdown for the country's second-biggest religious festival, the government said on Tuesday, even as new infections soared to record levels. The cabinet said all restrictions would be eased in the Muslim-majority country of 169 million people from Thursday ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival…

Over 250 super-rich Indians used ‘golden visa’ route to UK…

MORE than 250 millionaires from India have made use of the so-called “golden visa” to settle down in the UK through a large investment into the country since the route started in 2008, according to a new report brought out by a UK-based anti-corruption charity on Monday (12). Spotlight on…

Freedom of internet is under attack, warns Google boss Sundar…

GOOGLE CEO Sundar Pichai has said that he believes that the ideology of a free and open internet is under attack in many countries around the world. He, while speaking with a media outlet, said that the flow of information is being restricted and is being looked at as a…

Philanthropists to partly cover UK foreign aid cut

PHILANTHROPIST organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide £93.5 million funding to cover some cuts in the UK foreign aid. This follows the government’s decision to cut this year's spending on overseas aid from 0.7 per cent of national income to 0.5 per cent due to the…

G20 finance ministers back global tax reform

FINANCE ministers from the G20 economies endorsed a global tax reform on Saturday (10), and urged the hold-out countries to support the deal. So far, the proposal has been backed by 132 countries. "We have achieved a historic agreement on a more stable and fairer international tax architecture," the ministers…

Biden picks Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India

US President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the US has an increasingly close relationship. Garcetti, who has led the country's second-largest city since 2013 with a focus on improving transportation and sustainability,…

Indian food delivery giant Zomato eyes $1.3bn IPO

INDIAN food delivery giant Zomato announced plans on Thursday to raise 93.75 billion rupees ($1.3 billion) via an initial public offering, the latest firm to take advantage of a strong rally in local equities. Zomato and rival Swiggy -- both of whose delivery riders are ubiquitous in Indian cities --…

India may get first Covid-19 vaccine doses through COVAX by…

INDIA expects to receive foreign-made Covid-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX global vaccine-sharing programme for the first time, with 3-4 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna shots potentially arriving by August, two sources have said. India, the world's biggest producer of vaccines, was initially the main source of Covid-19 shots…

G20 finance chiefs meet in Venice, tax reform top agenda

FINANCE ministers from the G20 economies gathered today (9) in Venice, with global tax reform at the top of the meeting agenda. The current meeting is being convened under the presidency of Italy. US treasury secretary Janet Yellen, European Central Bank (ECB) chief Christine Lagarde and Russian finance minister Anton…

Bangladesh factory fire kills 52

A MASSIVE blaze tore through a Bangladesh factory killing at least 52 people as flames forced many workers to leap for their lives from upper floors, police said Friday (9). About 30 people were injured and hundreds of distraught relatives of workers waited anxiously outside the food factory as the…

Is New York Times anti-Modi?

Recruitment ad for India-based journalist sparks anger and support in equal measure THE New York Times, one of the world’s most influential newspapers whose motto since 1896 has been to publish “all the news that’s fit to print”, itself made headlines last week when it was accused of being biased…

Supporters to build a library in Dalai Lama’s honour in…

SUPPORTERS of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama have announced plans to establish a library in his honour in New York. The Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York announced the launch of a $5 million public fundraising campaign to build a Dalai Lama Library and Learning Centre. Top US leaders…

Sri Lanka marks Chinese party centenary with costliest gold coin

SRI LANKA on Wednesday (7) issued its most expensive gold coin ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, underscoring the close ties between the countries. The commemorative 1,000-rupee (£3.6) coin will be sold for 222,000 rupees (£806) from Monday (11), the Central Bank of Sri Lanka…

Central bank of Sri Lanka suspends overseas investment for 6 months 

SRI LANKA'S central bank on Sunday (4) further tightened controls on the outflow of foreign currency to combat a growing cash crunch triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign exchange reserves have almost halved since late 2019 to $4 billion (£3.3bn) after the rupee sank to a record low last year.…

Severe heatwave in Delhi as temperature hits a nine-year high

TENS of millions of people in India were suffering Friday (2) under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed over 6,500 people in the world's second-most populous nation since 2010, and scientists say climate change…

Pakistan accepts ‘Chinese version’ of treatment of Uighur Muslims in…

PAKISTAN accepts the ‘Chinese version’ of the treatment of Uighurs, a minority Muslim ethnic group, in China's Xinjiang province because of Islamabad's "extreme proximity and relationship" with Beijing, said prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday (1). Speaking to Chinese journalists as Beijing marked the centenary of the ruling communist party,…

12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra breaks youngest grandmaster record

SERGEY KARJAKIN at 12 years seven months was the youngest grandmaster ever, but on Wednesday (30), Abhimanyu Mishra, from Englishtown, New Jersey, US, broke that record at 12 years four months. Mishra, who was already the youngest ever international master at 10 years nine months, finally achieved his third and…

Pakistan suspends 70 paramilitary personnel for refusing vaccine

A PAKISTAN province has suspended 70 paramilitary personnel without pay after they refused to receive Covid-19 vaccines, officials said. The personnel, working in the southern Balochistan province, were suspended on Wednesday (30) "after repeated written warnings and verbal requests" to get the jabs, said Habib Ahmed Bangalzai, a senior local…

Nissan unveils battery plant in Sunderland; Johnson hails the new…

NISSAN launched plans on Thursday (1) for a vast battery gigafactory in northeastern England, where it will manufacture a new electric vehicle as companies and governments accelerate away from fossil-fuel cars. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the post-Brexit investment totalling £1 billion at Nissan's largest European factory that is set…

Army patrols streets as Bangladesh goes under fresh lockdown

BANGLADESH’S army and police patrolled empty streets on Thursday (1) as a strict week-long Covid-19 lockdown began, with people confined to their homes except for emergencies and purchase of essentials. The government said the country of 168 million people is seeing an "alarming and dangerous" rise of new infections, blamed…

India’s Sitharaman, Janet Yellen discuss global corporate tax plan

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discussed a shared interest between the US and India to implement a "robust" global minimum tax, the Treasury said after Yellen's call with Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. "The secretary stressed the importance of partnership with India in the G20 and OECD to seize a…

Bangladesh police arrests five counterfeit drug manufacturers

A SERIES of raids by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) exposed a syndicate of counterfeit drugs manufacturers in Bangladesh; five people, including a woman were arrested on Monday (28). The arrestees are Lubna Akhter, Anwar Kazi, Ram Chandra Basak, SM Tajmul Tariq, and Kanak Kumar Shaha, the Dhaka Tribune report said. Acting…

Huge improvement in India’s vaccine supply

INDIA has administered more Covid-19 vaccine doses in the last two weeks than the number of people who signed up for shots during the period, government data showed on Tuesday (29), signalling improving supplies after widespread shortages. Indians struggled to book scarce inoculation slots after Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened…

Indian, UK, local investors bid to run Bangladesh’s closed jute…

BANGLADESH is shortlisting bidders amongst the British, Indian and local entrepreneurs to operate its closed jute mills, the Dhaka Tribune reported. The country closed all its state-owned jute mills a year ago. In April, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) floated an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) tender to lease out 17…

Pakistan court suspends TikTok for ‘spreading immorality’

A HIGH court in Pakistan on Monday (28) ordered the temporary suspension of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok for “spreading immorality”. Sindh High Court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend the app until the next hearing scheduled for July 8. The order was issued by the court on…

Sri Lanka eyes tougher import controls to halt forex crisis

SRI LANKA'S central bank on Monday (28) called for further import restrictions to address a crippling foreign exchange crisis, following a string of loans from Asian neighbours including Bangladesh. The island nation's foreign exchange reserves were badly hit last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic as the local currency came under…