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UK pushes ahead with Rwanda migrant scheme as small boats…

Housed in a detention centre in southern England, Aladeen says he risked his life to travel thousands of miles from his homeland of Syria to escape being forced to fight in the military of President Bashar al-Assad. Now the 21-year-old is battling to stay in Britain and avoid being sent…

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…

UK court rules to end 12-year-old Archie Battersbee’s life support

A UK court on Monday ruled to end life support for a 12-year-old boy despite opposition from his parents and a last-minute intervention by the United Nations. The Court of Appeal in London decided doctors can switch off life support for Archie Battersbee from 12 pm (1100 GMT) on Tuesday.…

Taliban not to accept international favours if ‘against Islam’

Taliban on Sunday said that it is ready for engagement with the international community, but if "they are against Islam, are not acceptable." "We just follow Allah, Prophet Mohammad, the Caliph of Rashidun and Companions in implementation of our law. We don't accept anything from anyone which is against Islam,"…

Criminal complaint filed against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Singapore for ‘war…

A South Africa-based rights group has submitted a criminal complaint to the Attorney General of Singapore requesting the arrest of former Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for alleged war crimes. Lawyers from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) submitted a 63-page complaint that argues that Rajapaksa committed grave breaches…

Sanjay and Raakhi: All you need to know about Rishi…

TORY leadership battle is heating up and Rishi Sunak remains a strong contestant in the race for the top job in the country. Sunak, 42, is just one step away to become the first prime minister of Indian origin in the UK. According to a report in the MailOnline, his…

Fire engulfs homes near London as temperatures hit record 40C

BRITAIN recorded its highest ever temperature of 40C (104F) on Tuesday (19) as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, forcing train tracks to buckle and fuelling a spate of fires across London. The Met Office said the provisional record, which still needs to be confirmed, was recorded at 12.50 pm (1150…

Prince Harry shares the moment he realised Meghan was ‘soulmate’

Prince Harry is in New York to deliver a keynote speech at the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day on Monday. In his speech, he revealed that he realised Meghan Markle was his "soulmate" during one of their trips to Africa. According to Page Six,…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: India’s global superstar

Forty magical moments from the life and career of Priyanka Chopra Jonas A path-breaking global career has turned Priyanka Chopra Jonas into perhaps the most famous Indian celebrity on the planet. From her stunning Miss World win to becoming a frontline Bollywood star and then cracking Hollywood, she has blazed…

Global voices respond to UN population projections

THE United Nations (UN) World Population Prospects report released on the occasion of the World Population Day on Monday (11) projects a further two-and-a-half billion people to be added to the global population. The world population is projected to peak 10.4 billion in the 2080s. The population of the world…

UK hosts International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or…

THE UK government is hosting the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) on July 5 and 6 in London. The conference brings together faith and belief leaders, governments, parliamentarians, and civil society organisations from 100 countries to take global action to promote freedom of religion or…

‘In April, the Taliban killed a midwife, amputating her legs,…

Amid the plummeting humanitarian and economic conditions, women and girls in Afghanistan are being deprived of their most basic human rights -- employment and education, speakers told the Security Council on Thursday, as they examined the restrictive policies of the Taliban who took control of that country in August last…

‘The critics need to keep an open mind about the…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday defended his controversial deal to expel migrants to Rwanda, telling critics to "keep an open mind". On the first day of a trip to Kigali -- which is hosting a Commonwealth summit this week -- he also heaped praise on Rwandan President Paul…

Ruchira Kamboj appointed as India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations

India's envoy to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer on Tuesday appointed as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Kamboj will succeed TS Tirumurti as the Indian ambassador to the UN. "Ms. Ruchira Kamboj (IFS: 1987), presently Ambassador of India to Bhutan,…

Today yoga is becoming a mutual basis for global cooperation:…

ON the occasion of International Day of Yoga, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (21) said that yoga is becoming a way of life and has become a source of inspiration for health, balance and cooperation. The Prime Minister remarked that India is celebrating Yoga Day at a time when…

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…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

Britain's government cannot give a fixed date for when it will first be able to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday.Britain's initial attempt to deport asylum seekers - part of a policy designed to deter dangerous sea crossings of the…

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…

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

Britain is confident it can overcome legal challenges to its bid to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda following a last minute intervention by European judges that grounded the first flight minutes before it was due to depart late on Tuesday.The government had been forced to fight a series of legal…

‘Nearly half Sri Lankan kids need aid’: UNICEF appeals for…

The debilitating crisis in Sri Lanka has left nearly half of the children in the country in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN has launched an appeal to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable population within the next four…

Britain, U.N. official condemn Donbas death sentences against British soldiers

Britain on Friday condemned Russian proxy authorities in Donbas for what it called an "egregious breach" of the Geneva convention in sentencing to death two British nationals captured in the separatist region while fighting for Ukraine.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said he was talking to Ukraine rather than Russia about…

UK’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda ‘unsafe,’ court told

The British government's controversial plan to send migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda is unsafe and irrational, lawyers seeking an injunction to stop the first planned deportations told the High Court in London on Friday. The government announced in April it had struck a deal to send potentially tens…

Britain says talking to Ukraine, not Russia, about jailed soldiers

Britain is prioritising talking to Ukraine rather than Russia on the situation of two jailed British men who have been sentenced to death in one of Russia's proxies in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Friday. Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for…

UK’s first flight taking migrants to Rwanda can go ahead,…

Britain's government overcame a legal challenge to its controversial policy to begin deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda as the High Court dismissed campaigners' attempts to win an injunction and said the first flight could leave next week.Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge earlier this week against the…

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…

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…

Pledge to end violence against women at Pujya Swami Chidanand…

A NUMBER of distinguished guests came together at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state if Uttarakhand on Tuesday (7) – the fifth day of the week-long celebrations that are underway in the honour of the 70th birth anniversary of His Holiness (HH) Pujya Swami Chidanand…

Amid looming food shortage, Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructs…

SRI LANKAN president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to stockpile adequate essentials and warned against organised efforts of traders from creating an artificial scarcity amidst an impending food shortage facing the island nation in the next three months, media reports said on Friday (3). Sri Lanka is going through the…

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…

UK Tamils seek justice for civil war victims

TAMILS who resettled in Britain after fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war held a vigil in London on Wednesday (18), with some likening the island nation's current economic crisis to the conditions they faced during the decades-long conflict.The gathering of Tamils seeking justice for those from their community who were…

Adani in £8.58 billion deal for Holcim India cement business

INDIAN billionaire Gautam Adani struck a $10.5 billion (£8.58 bn) deal to buy Swiss cement giant Holcim's local business, the companies said, betting on a construction boom predicted in coming decades.In his biggest acquisition to date, the deal will give coal-to-ports magnate Adani - who vies with fellow Indian Mukesh…

UN panel says British Sikh man’s detention in India ‘arbitrary’

A UNITED NATIONS working group’s ruling on the “arbitrary detention” of a British Sikh man in India is expected to mount pressure on the UK government to do more to secure his release.Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton in Scotland, was arrested by plain-clothes officers in the north Indian state of…

France and India call for immediate end to Ukraine hostilities

INDIA and France on Wednesday (4) called for "an immediate cessation of hostilities" in Ukraine, with prime minister Narendra Modi again stopping short of condemning Russia's invasion of its neighbour. India, which imports much of its military hardware from Russia, has long walked a diplomatic tightrope between the West and…

Johnson thrilled with posters

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson landed in Gujarat last Thursday (21) as he began his two-day India visit. He said he felt like Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, as hundreds of people lined the streets and dozens of billboards depicted his image. “I had an amazing reception,” he said. “My face…

UK asylum reform bill set to become law

An asylum reform bill proposed by the British government is set to become law after overcoming a final hurdle in parliament on Wednesday. The House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, passed the bill and rejected a last-minute amendment to the text, meaning it will now become…

Rwanda president says UK migrant deal ‘not trading in humans’

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Kigali was not "trading in human beings" when it agreed to a controversial deal allowing Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to his country. The agreement announced last week has attracted a chorus of criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda…

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…

Did race, ethnicity, or honour play a part in Will…

ON ITS news website, the BBC, in an article entitled Why did Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars? discusses various theories, including ‘There were elements of performative alphamale behaviour at play here. An instinctiveness for a man to harm another man who insults his partner’. In fact, this particular…

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

Britain's prime minister said Rwanda is well-equipped to 'resettle' migrants and asylum-seekers to the UK despite some human rights groups describing the project as 'inhumane'. The controversial deal, announced on Thursday, is part of the government's strategy to clamp down on record numbers of people making the perilous journey across…

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 abstains from UN vote to suspend Russia from Rights…

RUSSIA was suspended from the UN Human Rights Council after the 193-member General Assembly on Thursday (7) voted to adopt a resolution moved by the US while India abstained.The resolution titled ‘Suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council' was adopted with 93…

India ‘trying to stabilise economic transactions with Russia’

INDIA'S foreign minister said on Wednesday (6) the government is working to stabilise economic transactions with Russia, a day after New Delhi condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine and called for an independent probe.S Jaishankar told lawmakers in Parliament that Russia continues to be a critical economic partner and…

India condemns killings in Ukraine’s Bucha in apparent hardening of…

India on Tuesday condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine's Bucha and called for an independent investigation, having earlier declined to explicitly criticise the invasion of Ukraine by its long-time partner Russia. A Ukrainian human rights ombudswoman said on Tuesday that between 150 and 300 bodies may be in a…

Law set to end child marriage in England and Wales

AT 16, Payzee Mahmod was coerced by her Iraqi-Kurdish family in London into marrying a man around twice her age.Two years later her elder sister Banaz, who had left a marriage she was forced into aged 17, was murdered by members of her family in a so-called honour killing.Laws in…

US denies role in Pakistan’s politics

THE US has asserted that it did not send any letter to Pakistan on the current political situation in the south Asian country, a media report said on Thursday (31).  Pakistan's embattled prime minister Imran Khan has recently claimed the opposition's no-confidence motion against his government is the result of a…

Infosys plays down Russia ties

INDIA's Infosys played down its business ties in Russia after British chancellor Rishi Sunak came under fire over his wife's stake in the IT giant. Infosys, with a market value of some $100 billion, was co-founded by Sunak's father-in-law NR Narayana Murthy. His daughter Akshata Murty, Sunak's wife, owns a…

Mass rally in London in solidarity with Ukraine

THOUSANDS of people rallied in the UK capital in solidarity with Ukraine following Russia's invasion, as London's mayor stepped up criticism of the government's response to the refugee crisis. Following a call from the mayor Sadiq Khan for a demonstration of "solidarity with Ukraine", crowds marched through the city centre…

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…

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…

Next round of UK-India trade talks in April amid Ukraine…

THE THIRD round of the ongoing India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations will be hosted by India next month, Britain's Department for International Trade (DIT) said on Thursday (24).A joint “outcome statement” released by the DIT confirmed that a draft treaty text of chapters that will make up the new…

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…

Sadhguru sets off on 30,000-km Save Soil road trip from…

LONDON'S Parliament Square was the flag-off point for Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru's 30,000-km motorbike tour on Monday (21), as he set off on his Save Soil awareness campaign across Europe and the Middle East en route to India.The yoga guru, 64, donned his biking gear for the 100-day tour, which…

UK trade minister says ‘very disappointed’ with India’s stance on…

BRITAIN is very disappointed with India's stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said ahead of the conclusion of the second round of trade talks. India has avoided condemning Russian actions since it invaded Ukraine three weeks ago, to the frustration of allies including the US, and…

India ‘considers’ buying discounted Russian oil

INDIA is considering taking up a Russian offer to buy its crude oil and other commodities at discounted prices with payment via a rupee-rouble transaction, two Indian officials said, amid tough Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.India, which imports 80 per cent of its oil needs, usually…

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.…

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…

India’s largest bank stops transactions of Russian entities under sanctions

STATE BANK OF INDIA (SBI) has stopped processing transactions of Russian entities sanctioned by the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, sources said.India’s largest lender has issued a circular as it fears that any transaction with entities or sectors under sanction will invite sanction on it as well, the sources…

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,…

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…

UN experts slam online attacks on Indian journalist

UN rights experts have called for an end to "misogynistic and sectarian" online attacks against a female Muslim Indian journalist, asking the authorities to investigate the harassment. Rana Ayyub, a fierce critic of prime minister Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist government of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been…

Air India wins nod to appeal against seizure ruling in…

AIR INDIA has won a nod of an appeals court in Quebec to challenge a Canadian court order that allowed foreign investors in Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia to seize the airline’s funds.Three Mauritius investors and the German major Deutsche Telekom had sought the seizure to recover compensation for a failed 2005…

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…

Pakistan court orders golf course shut in rare ruling against…

A golf club belonging to Pakistan's military was closed on Wednesday after a court ruled it encroached on national park land in the capital and breached environment regulations. In a rare ruling against the country's powerful armed forces, judge Athar Minallah said Tuesday that the navy had "illegally" established Margalla…

British Army Captain Harpreet Chandi creates history in Antarctica

BRITISH Army Captain Harpreet Chandi has made history by becoming the first woman of colour to cross Antarctica unsupported. A message from the Sikh officer’s Twitter account said on Monday (3), “#polarpreet has just made #history becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica. She…

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…

Tackling climate change must be a whole government effort: Alok…

BRITISH minister who chaired the Cop26 climate summit has said that tackling the climate crisis must be a whole government effort or risk becoming “just a bunch of meaningless promises”, reported The Guardian.  Alok Sharma has added that all of his colleagues must bear joint responsibility for the UK’s net-zero…

UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ over Rohingya school closures

The decision by Bangladesh to close schools for Rohingya refugees risks leaving a generation of children "practically uneducated", a United Nations human rights envoy warned on Sunday (19). Authorities this week ordered the closure of "unauthorised" education centres in border camps hosting around 850,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority,…

Daesh has 66 known Indian-origin fighters: US report

There are 66 known Indian-origin fighters affiliated with Daesh (Islamic State), says a US report. IN a report that would leave the Indian security establishment worried, the United States state department has said that there are 66 known Indian-origin fighters affiliated with global terror outfit Daesh as of November. The…

UNESCO adds India’s Durga Puja to ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added Durga Puja, one of India’s major festivals, to its ‘Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in a first of its kind move in Asia. In a tweet, the world body wrote, “Celebrations of city of joy -…

US threatens new measures against Myanmar junta

The United States is considering new measures to pressure the Myanmar junta to return to a "democratic trajectory", secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, as alarm grows over an escalating crackdown on dissent. Myanmar has been in chaos since February when Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government was…

Bangladesh authorities bulldoze 1,000 Rohingya shops

Bangladesh authorities demolished about 1,000 shops belonging to Rohingya in camps, an official said on Friday (10), with a rights worker saying the move would have a "huge impact" on refugees' livelihoods. About 850,000 Rohingya are packed into 34 camps across the country, most of whom fled a 2017 military…

India seeks to build digital identity systems across world

INDIA is looking to collaborate with foreign countries and international organisations to build digital identity systems across the world, a top official said on Friday (3). Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Saurabh Garg said that the agency is also exploring emerging technology to enhance security and increase the…

UK secretary concerned over ‘Indian food safety standards’ ahead of…

DIFFERENCES have cropped within the UK government ahead of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India, according to a media report. Britain’s environment secretary George Eustice raised concerns over food safety standards in India, City A.M. reported, citing Whitehall sources. “George is certainly in favour of free trade, but he…

Bangladesh allows relocated Rohingya refugees to visit families

DOZENS of Rohingya refugees sent to a remote and flood-prone Bangladesh island have been allowed to visit their relatives for the first time since their relocations began two years ago. Nearly 20,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority, who fled neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 after a brutal military crackdown, have…

Silent sufferers: Report reveals domestic, sexual abuse of Sikh women

DOMESTIC and sexual abuse in the Sikh community has become a challenge for women, thanks to “toxic cultural practices” and a lack of culturally sensitive services which leaves them suffer in silence, The Observer has reported citing a comprehensive report. The report made by Sikh Women’s Aid (SWA), the only…

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…

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…

India-led International Solar Alliance signs pact with UN

THE India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed a memorandum of understanding at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Friday (12). They agreed to collaborate and support countries in the implementation of ambitious national climate action in line with global efforts.…

‘India decoupling growth from emissions’

INDIA on Sunday (7) told the UN climate summit in Glasgow that its solar energy capacity was about 45 gigawatts and reiterated that although the country represents 17 per cent of the global population, its historical cumulative emissions are only four per cent of the total. Making a statement on…

British Army’s Sikh female officer sets off for South Pole…

A SIKH officer of the British Army and physiotherapist is on a mission to become the first Indian-origin female to complete a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole. Captain Harpreet Chandi, known as Polar Preet, will be travelling 700 miles while pulling a pulk or sledge, battling temperatures of…

COP26: US backs India-UK led solar Green Grids Initiative

US has partnered with the UK and India-led Green Grids Initiative of a global energy grid launched by prime minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. At a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Green Grids Initiative – ‘One Sun One World One Grid' (GGI-OSOWOG) earlier…

We’ll lead even if you don’t: Indian schoolgirl to world…

AN INDIAN schoolgirl, whose solar-powered ironing cart project was a finalist of Prince William's inaugural Earthshot Prize, addressed the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 conference in Glasgow with a clarion call for them to act and save the planet. Vinisha Umashankar, 15, from Tamil Nadu, was part of the…

Johnson hails Modi’s net zero climate commitment

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has welcomed Narendra Modi's climate commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions and for half of India's energy to come from renewables by 2030. Delivering India's national statement at the World Leaders' Summit in Glasgow on Monday (1), prime minister Modi for the first time…

Modi to present India’s climate action agenda at COP26

INDIA prime minister will be presenting the formal position on India's climate action agenda and lay out the best practices and achievements in the sector at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday (1). During the high-profile segment of the World Leaders' Summit, Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver a…

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…

Bangladesh’s ruling party rallies for Hindus after deadly clashes

BANGLADESH'S ruling party rallied on Tuesday (19) in support of the nation's besieged minority Hindus after one of the worst bouts of communal violence in the Muslim-majority nation in over a decade. According to local media, the wave of clashes left at least six people dead and dozens of homes…

Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel concludes Parmarth Niketan Ashram visit

ANANDIBEN Patel, the governor of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday (17) concluded her three-day visit to Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand. The visit coincided with Navratri, the nine-day Hindu festival that celebrates the divine feminine energy. Patel observed Navami and…

Oxford-UNDP poverty index reveals stark inequalities among ethnic groups

DISPARITIES in multidimensional poverty among ethnic groups are consistently high across many countries, a new analysis on global multidimensional poverty has found. In nine ethnic groups more than 90 per cent of the population is trapped in poverty, it added. The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) produced by the United…

Why investing in children’s mental health is important

THE statistical rise in children and young people’s mental health problems is staggering. According to a Royal College of Psychiatrists study, since the pandemic began 18 months ago, the number of children and young people developing mental health issues has risen by 134 per cent compared to last year. Nearly…

India ‘slaps reciprocal travel curbs’ on Britons

BRITONS visiting India this month will have to undergo mandatory quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in retaliation for the UK’s curbs on Indian citizens, a senior government source in New Delhi said on Friday (1). The new rules, which take effect from Monday (4), follow the…

Dr Rukmini Banerji, Professor Eric Hanushek win 2021 Yidan Prize

PRATHAM Education Foundation chief executive Dr Rukmini Banerji and eminent economist Professor Eric A Hanushek have been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize, the world’s highest education accolade, in recognition of their ground-breaking work in addressing a key aspect of education: improving quality of education and outcomes for learners at scale.…

Tata Steel first steelmaker to sign Sea Cargo Charter

TATA Steel has signed the Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) as the world's first steel-manufacturer, re-emphasising that it's committed to sustainable operations and reducing impact on climate. The SCC, which was launched in October 2020, seeks to reduce environmental impacts of global seaborne cargo. It sets up a common, global baseline…

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…

Malala pleads with world to protect Afghan girls’ right to…

NOBEL Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as she left school in 2012, has pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women's rights following the Taliban takeover. As countries and organisations take the first steps to engage…

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…

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…

Rajapaksa calls for protection of Buddhist heritage in Afghanistan

SRI Lanka has called on the world to safeguard the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan under the Taliban, who provoked outrage by destroying giant Buddha statues when they were in power earlier. "I request the United Nations and the international community to ensure the protection of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan,"…

Massive heroin shipment seized at Indian port

INDIA'S anti-smuggling intelligence officials have seized almost three tonnes of heroin, reportedly worth around £1.9billion, in a major bust at Mundra Port in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Officials told BBC that forensic testing was underway to determine the exact value of the seized drugs. According to one statement,…

BAPS launches educational video to observe Organ Donation Week

ON the occasion of Organ Donation Week that kicked off on Monday (20), BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has launched a new educational video about organ donation and the importance of having a conversation with the family about one’s wish to donate organs. Organ Donation Week is an annual campaign held in…

Bhumi Pednekar invited to speak at Climate Week in New…

Well-known Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar has been invited to speak at the prestigious Climate Week in New York. Apart from being a notable actress in Hindi films, Pednekar is also a climate change advocate who spearheads the hugely successful social media initiative Climate Warrior, which is aimed at raising awareness…

India urges UK to remove fresh vaccine-linked travel curbs

INDIA’S foreign minister on Tuesday (21) urged Britain to remove a rule requiring Indians visiting there to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated. India's Covishield vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute, is not recognised by Britain under new rules despite being identical to…

Sri Lankan president discusses reconciliation with Guterres

SRI Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday (20) said he held a “fruitful discussion” with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on ways to jointly promote "reconciliation" in the country as the only way to move towards a prosperous future. Rajapaksa, who is in the US for the United Nations General Assembly…

Pakistan calls for unfreezing of Afghan assets

PAKISTAN has called on world powers to unblock billions of dollars in Afghan assets frozen after the Taliban takeover but said it did not expect recognition of the new government soon. Ahead of talks on Afghanistan at the UN General Assembly, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday…

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,…

Sri Lankan minister resigns after threatening to kill Tamil prisoners

SRI Lanka's minister of state for prisons management Lohan Ratwatte tendered his resignation on Wednesday (15), days after he allegedly threatened to kill Tamil prisoners during his visit to the country's north-central region, a senior official said. Ratwatte's resignation came as pressure mounted on him after Tamil political parties sought…

New York India consulate general honours Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati memoir

THE consulate general of India in New York, the US, recently organised an event to honour 'Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation', the memoir of Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary-general of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Parmarth Niketan Ashram located in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state of…

EXCLUSIVE: “UK destroying Commonwealth family”

Senior Commonwealth sources have accused the UK government of “destroying the family because of a vendetta against the secretary-general”, Patricia Scotland. In exclusive interviews on the condition of anonymity, non-British Commonwealth insiders outside the UK have alleged that the UK government “has put pressure” on poorer and developing nations to…

Biden defends US pullout from Afghanistan as Taliban celebrate

President Joe Biden on Tuesday (31) mounted a fierce defense of his exit from Afghanistan as the "best decision for America," the day after the US military withdrawal celebrated by the Taliban as a major victory. "This is the right decision. A wise decision. And the best decision for America,"…

Britain criticised for ‘haphazard and chaotic’ Afghan exit

THE UK government on Sunday (29) faced criticism after its hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan ended, leaving hundreds eligible for relocation behind. Prime minister Boris Johnson hailed a mission "unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes" after the UK airlifted over 15,000 people in the last two weeks. Troops landed…

More people cross Pakistan border as crisis deepens in Afghanistan

THE number of Afghans crossing over to Pakistan has soared since the twin suicide bombings in Kabul on Thursday (26), despite Islamabad’s position that it won’t accept any refugees from its western neighbour. Some 6,000 Afghans would normally move across the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing and the number went up…

What is the Daesh threat in Afghanistan?

The carnage from twin suicide bombings at Kabul airport will fuel fears that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan could prove an increasingly powerful magnet for terror groups like Daesh (Islamic State). The bombings, claimed by the regionally based Islamic State-Khorosan or IS-K, killed scores of people including 13 US soldiers, and were…

Imran Khan calls for positive engagement with Afghanistan

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and asked the international community for positive engagement with Kabul. Khan made the comments during his meeting with the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, in Islamabad on…

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…

‘Afghan authorities’ told to control Pakistan Taliban: Islamabad

PAKISTAN on Monday (23) said the Afghan Taliban have assured that they would not allow their soil to be used against Islamabad by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, amidst reports that several hardcore terrorists have been released in Afghanistan after the insurgents seized Kabul. The TTP, commonly known as the Pakistani…

Anjem Choudary advocates stringent sharia in Afghanistan

RADICAL preacher Anjem Choudary has advocated a stringent implementation of sharia in a “fledgling” Afghanistan”. The British cleric from East London also called upon the Taliban to declare Afghanistan a caliphate and enforce punishments like stoning for adultery, chopping off hands for thefts and lashing for drinking alcohol. Choudary, who…

Seven died near Kabul airport as UK races against time…

SEVEN people died near Kabul airport amid chaos, reports stated on Sunday (22), citing Britain's Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, the UK, US and other allies continue to struggle to evacuate thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans who are trying to flee Afghanistan after Taliban Islamists took control a week ago.…

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Court discharges Shashi Tharoor

INDIAN National Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor was on Wednesday (18) cleared by a court in Delhi of charges linked to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. The body of Pushkar, 51, was found in a suite of a luxury hotel in the Indian capital on the night…

EXCLUSIVE: UK-Asian engineer hopes to empower women with off-grid, low…

AN ENGINEER’S initiative to help his Indian friend with her tedious chore of handwashing clothes has now transformed into a mission to change the lives of millions of such women in developing countries. London-based Navjot Sawhney set up Washing Machine Project in 2018 when he came up with the idea…

Rights watchdog calls for UN probe into ‘enforced disappearances’ in…

HUMAN Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday (16) called for a United Nations probe into alleged enforced disappearances of Bangladesh opposition activists, demanding sanctions on the officials found responsible. The rights watchdog released a report identifying 86 political activists, businessmen and student members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who…

Charity investor sues Indian cricket tycoon Lalit Modi

LALIT Modi, the Indian cricket administrator who is sought for questioning in India over money-laundering allegations, is facing a legal challenge worth about £5 million in the high court in the UK. The 55-year-old, who is known to be the founder of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament,…

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…

MPs write to Raab to protect Afghanistan refugees

WITH the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating fast, British parliamentarian Navendu Mishra and 49 of his colleagues from across political parties have written a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab for extending urgent help to the refugees in the violence-ravaged nation who are at threat of persecution by the Taliban. In…

Police Scotland halts training in Sri Lanka

POLICE Scotland has paused its training programme in Sri Lanka “for the time being” as the force’s activity in the south Asian country is being reviewed. Its engagement with Sri Lanka where it worked to develop community policing has been halted since May, months after reports that it renewed its…

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…

Taliban close border crossing with Pakistan, call for visa-free travel

THE Taliban closed a key border crossing with Pakistan on Friday (6), saying no one would be allowed through it until Islamabad dropped or relaxed its visa requirements for Afghans. The Taliban, wresting control of a large part of Afghanistan in the wake of the withdrawal of US and other…

Sharma draws flak for trips to 30 countries in seven…

THE president of the UK's upcoming climate change conference is taking flak for having travelled to more than 30 countries in seven months. The Daily Mail reports that Alok Sharma travelled to seven of the countries in the red list, and by using exemption available for ministers he did not…

Six-year-old raises climate awareness

A SIX-YEAR-OLD who has written letters to world leaders on climate change has urged action as she warned our planet “needed looking after”. Aleesha Gadhia reached out to numerous politicians and corporations during the national lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, to find out what they were doing to tackle…

Britain already undergoing climate change

BRITAIN'S climate is already undergoing change as experts warn that extreme weather events, such as floods, heatwaves and droughts, will increase across the world due to the effects of global warming. Recent decades in Britain have been warmer, wetter and sunnier than in the last century, with last year the…

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…

Bangladesh evacuates 10,000 Rohingya refugees from landslide-hit camps

BANGLADESH has evacuated 10,000 Rohingyas from around refugee camps on the Myanmar border after monsoon landslides and flash floods killed at least 14 people, officials said on Wednesday (28). After three days of torrential rain, the refugees, most of whom fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017, were moved…

India improves score in UN trade facilitation survey 2021

INDIA’S score has improved substantially on a trade facilitation survey conducted by the United Nations for 143 countries. The country scored 90.32 per cent in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (UNESCAP) latest Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation, up from 78.49…

Pakistan’s opposition leader slams Imran Khan over Kashmir referendum remark

PAKISTAN'S opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday (24) rejected prime minister Imran Khan's remarks that Islamabad would let the people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an "independent state". He said Khan was deviating from the country's "historical and constitutional position" by proposing a second…

Sharma: Man of the moment

LAST week’s horrifying floods in Germany make Alok Sharma, president of COP26, just about the most important man in Britain – possibly even in the world. It’s his job to bring competing nations together as mankind confronts climate change at the conference due to be held in Glasgow from November…

Bangladesh to vaccinate Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh is to start giving coronavirus vaccinations to some of the 850,000 Rohingya refugees who fled across the border from Myanmar, officials said on Thursday. With infections rising across the country, refugee commissioner Shah Rezwan Hayat said about 48,000 Rohingya aged over 55 would start receiving jabs from next month…

Jamaica to seek reparations from Britain over slavery

JAMAICA plans to ask Britain for compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official said, under a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations. Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans…

Pakistan forces use tear gas as mob attempts to cross…

PAKISTAN security forces used tear gas on Thursday (15) to disperse hundreds of people who tried to force their way across the border from Chaman to Spin Boldak in Afghanistan. Pakistan officials closed the border on Wednesday (14) after the Taliban seized Spin Boldak and raised insurgent flags above the…

‘Racism is systemic in England, UK government breaching UN’s anti-racism…

ENGLAND is "systemically racist" and the UK government is in breach of a United Nations (UN) treaty designed to eradicate racial discrimination, a recent report claimed on Wednesday (14), adding that minority ethnic groups in the country face sustained disparities across health, the criminal justice system, education, employment, immigration and…

Mary Akrami, fighting to keep Afghan women’s shelters open

Gathered around a tandoori oven in the kitchen of a small Kabul restaurant, a group of Afghan women prepare naan for their lunchtime customers. They are all survivors of domestic violence, and many will never be able to return to their families. Mary Akrami, the founder of the shelter where…

Bangladesh spends £1.4 billion annually to mitigate climate change

BANGLADESH has been spending about $2 billion (£1.4bn) every year since 2010 on its efforts to mitigate climate change, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said on Wednesday (7). The government has also made an allocation of about $2.9bn (£2.1bn) in the current budget, he said, while addressing a virtual press…

Pakistan establishes anti-money laundering cell

PAKISTAN'S anti-corruption watchdog has established an anti-money laundering and terror financing cell to check financial crimes and illegal transfer of resources. Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and…

US appoints Atul Keshap as interim envoy to India

THE US has appointed Indian American diplomat Atul Keshap as Chargé d’Affaires, interim envoy, to India. Keshap, 50, a career member of the senior foreign service, will be departing for New Delhi following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith, the US State Department said in a statement on Tuesday (29).  “Keshap’s…

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-fired power plants

BANGLADESH announced on Sunday (27) that it has scrapped at least 10 major coal-fired power plants as it seeks to scale up its power generation from renewable energy sources. Nasrul Hamid, the state minister for power and energy, said the decision was taken in view of technological changes and as…

Sri Lanka pardons suspected Tamil Tigers convicted under terrorism law

Sri Lanka's president on Thursday pardoned 16 minority Tamils imprisoned for over a decade, as the country faces renewed United Nations pressure over detentions without charge under draconian anti-terrorism laws. The amnesty is a first for people linked to the Tamil Tigers since Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a member of the majority…

MV X-Press Pearl caused ‘significant damage to the planet’, says…

THE burnt-out MV X-Press Pearl has caused "significant damage to the planet by the release of hazardous substances", the United Nations (UN) said on Sunday (20) as it announced a team of experts to determine the full extent of the disaster and necessary follow-up action. A team of oil spill and chemical…

Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan faces trial for alleged sexual…

A British MP faces trial over accusations he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in 2008, it was revealed on Friday after reporting restrictions on the case were partially lifted. Imran Ahmad Khan, 47, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, faces a single count of sexual assault against the individual,…

Bangladesh seeks UN’s guidance for Rohingya repatriation

BANGLADESH’S foreign minister, AK Abdul Momen, has sought a ‘clear roadmap’ from the United Nations (UN) on the early repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh set up 34 camps in the country's southeastern district of Cox's Bazar for nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who fled persecution and violence in…

Sri Lanka court frees top detective ‘probing Rajapaksas’

A SRI LANKA court freed on bail the country's top detective after 10 months behind bars on Wednesday (16), in a case that attracted the international condemnation of Colombo's human rights record. The Court of Appeal asked a lower court to free Shani Abeysekara and another detective accused of falsifying…

MV X-Press Pearl may take months to salvage amid monsoon:…

THE SINKING fire-damaged container ship MV X-Press Pearl could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, Sri Lanka said on Tuesday (15), as authorities investigated whether the deaths of dozens of turtles and dolphins were caused by the disaster. Part of the Singapore-registered vessel submerged in early June…

UN urged to probe sharing of Rohingya data in Bangladesh

THE UN improperly collected and shared data from more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, passing it on to Myanmar, the country they fled, Human Rights Watch claimed on Tuesday (15), urging an investigation. Over the past three years, the United Nations refugee agency has registered hundreds of thousands of…

Indian Prime Minister Modi calls for reducing pressure on land…

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (14) said the country is on the right track to achieve its target of land-degradation neutrality. The leader said this while delivering a keynote address at the United Nations’ “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” via a video call. “We are…

UK and India to work closely on global issues including…

ACTING British High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson on Monday (14) expressed pleasure over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually joining the recently held G7 Summit in the UK and said the host nation will continue to work closely with the Asian power on global issues, including on the path…

Bangladesh prepares action plan to help businesses

BANGLADESH is preparing an action plan to help the businesses become more competitive in exports and face the new challenges, after its graduation to a developing economy. The plan, being prepared by the Economic Relations Division, will include the strategies in the Eighth Five Year Plan. According to the United…

India joins UN Economic and Social Council for 2022-24 term

INDIA has been elected to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main arms of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term. The country was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on Monday (7). The council having…

Rishi Sunak Hails ‘historic’ G7 Global Tax Agreement

UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak on Saturday (5) welcomed “seismic tax reforms” agreed by the world’s richest economies at the G7 finance ministers meeting, chaired by Britain. Finance ministers meeting in London agreed to battle tax avoidance through measures to make companies pay in the countries where they…

Despite its economic means, Pakistan has done enough for the…

PAKISTAN had done more than any other countries in the world to combat global warming relative to its economic means, said prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (4). Pakistan, this year's host of the United Nations' annual World Environment Day on June 5, is among the countries worst affected by…

Prosperity in South Asia hinges on India-Pakistan relations: Top UN…

PEACE, stability and prosperity in south Asia depend on the "normalisation of relations" between Pakistan and India, a top UN official said as he urged the neighbours to work for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir, a former Turkish diplomat and politician, is…

‘Technology has made the old world order obsolete’

By Amit Roy AUTHOR Sam Pitroda is calling for a rad­ical reform of major global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, NATO and the World Health Organization due to “stagnation in their functioning”. “These institutions have made significant contributions to keep peace alive,…

Bangladeshi journalist gets bail over stealing govt document on Covid-jabs…

A BANGLADESHI woman journalist was granted bail on Sunday (23) against the charges of stealing government documents related to negotiations on the purchase of coronavirus vaccines. Rozina Islam, a senior reporter of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, was arrested last Monday (17) for allegedly stealing important government documents from the health…

Pakistan demands protection force in Palestine

PAKISTAN has sought the deployment of an international protection force in Palestine territories, echoing a similar suggestion made by Turkey. At a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly held on Thursday (20) to discuss the situation in the Middle East, Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi suggested…

Court order on Bangladesh journalist’s bail on Sunday

A DHAKA court said it will pass its order on Sunday (23) on the bail application of a Bangladesh journalist arrested earlier this week on charges of “stealing information” from the country’s health ministry. The court of the chief metropolitan magistrate which conducted a virtual hearing on Thursday (20) permitted…

Pakistan seeks united stance in UN against Israel

PAKISTAN'S foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held extensive consultations with his counterparts from other Muslim countries in New York in the run-up to a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled for Thursday (20). Entrusted by Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to build a "united stance" of…

Pakistan to send emergency medical relief to Palestine

PAKISTAN said it will supply medical emergency relief to Palestine which has been locked in a violent cross-border conflict with Israel for more than a week. Information and broadcasting minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said in Islamabad the federal cabinet also decided to send Covid-19 medicines to Palestine on humanitarian grounds.…

EXCLUSIVE: Top Asian cop Neil Basu slams race report

“Unedifying” row over despatch box “puts back equality, diversity and inclusion” by Barnie Choudhury Britain top south Asian police officer has told a global audience that institutional racism does exist in Britain – contrary to the government’s latest report on racism. The Met’s assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, was speaking during…

India, UN express concern over Palestinian- Israel conflicts

INDIA and UN have expressed deep concern at clashes and violence in Jerusalem's Temple Mount as well as over evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods. Indian has called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti…

Pakistan receives Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

PAKISTAN received its first shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility on Saturday (8). The consignment of 1,238,400 doses of vaccines, which will be followed by another of 1,236,000 in a few days, will support the Government of Pakistan’s ongoing historic drive to bring the pandemic to an…

Johnson to unveil tougher emission goal ahead of US climate…

IN one of the most ambitious environmental targets, British prime minister Boris Johnson will commit to cut carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, almost 15 years earlier than previously planned. Johnson will make the commitment this week ahead of a US climate summit that will be hosted by…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan battles fallout in France blasphemy…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan had hoped a fight over cartoons of the prophet Mohammed would result in an easy win -- placating the ultra-conservative quarters at home while being hailed as a defender of Islam abroad. The gamble seems to have backfired spectacularly. For the past week, riots have…

US sails into Indian territorial claims row

By Amit Roy THE US navy did something strange last Wednesday (7). It sailed through a section of the Arabian Sea near the Lak­shadweep Islands without prior notice to challenge India’s asser­tion that the waters were part of its exclusive economic zone. Afterwards, the US made a point of humiliating…

Pakistan slum dwellers map flood risks to stop evictions

Slum dwellers in the Pakistani city of Karachi have stopped the demolition of thousands of homes by mapping flood risks from clogged drains, offering a feasible solution to other informal settlements facing climate change impacts, urban experts said. After unexpectedly heavy rains flooded much of Karachi last year, authorities said…

India’s top court paves way for Rohingya deportations to Myanmar

India's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea to stop the government from deporting to Myanmar some 150 Rohingya Muslims police detained last month, paving the way for them to be sent to a country where hundreds have been killed following a military coup. Prime minister Narendra Modi's government has…

How a Pakistan-India alliance led to replacing GDP concept

By Amit Roy EHSAN MASOOD is a 53-year-old sci­ence journalist and senior editor at the journal Nature who has written a book on why Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is no longer a good way of quantifying how well a country is doing economically. He points out that GDP does not…

US special climate envoy John Kerry to visit India this…

SPECIAL presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka from April 1-9 to discuss the climate crisis. Kerry would travel for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of US president Joe Biden's Leaders' Summit on Climate from April 22-23 and the 26th Conference…

UN human rights council adopts resolution to investigate Sri Lanka’s…

UN human rights council adopted a resolution on Tuesday (23), spearheaded by Britain, to investigate war crimes during Sri Lanka's civil war against separatist Tamil Tigers. The chief of the Geneva-based rights council, Michelle Bachelet's office will now have new staff, powers and a £2.0 million budget to look at…

Dia Mirza finds the younger generation far more environment conscious

By: Mohnish Singh It is no secret that Bollywood actress Dia Mirza’s heart beats for the environment. She has been using her celebrity status to help protect the environment for many, many years now, and is very involved with several environmental causes as the United Nations Environment Goodwill Ambassador. Talking…

‘Renewed vigour in UK to engage with India’

  By Rithika Siddhartha BRITISH INDIAN ties are “under leveraged” for the benefit of both sides and there is a real fo­cus in the UK on the Indo-Pacific region, a senior minister said as he embarked on a visit to the south Asian country. Lord Tariq Ahmad is the minis­ter…

Bangladesh court orders probe into cartoonist torture claims

A court in Bangladesh on Sunday ordered a probe into claims by a formerly jailed cartoonist that he was tortured before police detained him under the country's harsh internet laws, his lawyer said. Ahmed Kabir Kishore, 45, was arrested in May 2020 under the controversial laws and charged with carrying…

US envoy meets Pakistan army chief to discuss Afghan peace…

The US special envoy for Afghanistan and the commander of NATO forces there met Pakistan's army chief on Monday to discuss the Afghan peace process at a pivotal juncture for the stalled negotiations. Pakistan is the third country that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has visited in the last week…

UK MPs ‘should rethink support for India farmers’

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North IMAGINE the outcry if the UK government was to tell farmers what crops they must sow and how much they were allowed to produce. Or if it forbade farmers from selling their pro­duce to anyone they choose and forced them to sell…

Ten million doses from India won’t impact poor nations’ vaccine…

UK vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of ten million doses of Covishield en route from India amid some concerns that it would impact supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations. The minister in charge of overseeing the UK's vaccination programme said the vaccine doses developed by…

Celebrity chefs join NHS to boost Covid-19 vaccine uptake

FAMOUS chefs from UK’s favourite cookery shows have joined  with the NHS to tackle Covid vaccine hesitancy and boost uptake. Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain, MasterChef’s Saliha Mahmood and Asma Khan from Netflix’s Chef’s Table are all backing the vaccine drive focused on the British Bangladeshi community. They…

Bangladesh cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore gets bail after protests

A prominent Bangladeshi cartoonist was granted bail on Wednesday (3) as several hundred people staged more protests over the death of a fellow government critic also arrested under the country's harsh internet laws. Ahmed Kabir Kishore, 42, was detained in May after he drew cartoons mocking a powerful businessman close…

Sri Lanka’s plan to bury Muslim Covid-19 victims on islet…

A plan by Sri Lanka to bury Muslim coronavirus victims on a remote islet was slammed on Wednesday (3) by locals and the minority community. Colombo banned burials of Covid-19 victims in April, despite expert assurances they would not spread the virus, implementing a policy of forced cremations. Sri Lanka's…

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan’s visit

Sri Lanka on Friday ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island's minority Muslims. The government first banned burials in April over concerns -- which experts said were baseless -- by…

Indian-origin employee launches campaign to become the next secretary-general of…

AN Indian-origin employee at the UN has launched a campaign to become the next secretary-general of the world organisation. Arora Akanksha, 34, launched #AroraForSG campaign against incumbent Antonio Guterres, who is seeking a second five-year term in January 2022. Currently, Akanksha is working as an audit coordinator for the United…

Bangladesh to move more Rohingya Muslims to remote island, despite…

Bangladesh is moving 3,000-4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island over the next two days, two officials said on Sunday, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site. Dhaka has relocated around 7,000 to Bhasan Char island since early December from…

Johnson to meet G7 leaders virtually on Friday

UK prime minister Boris Johnson will host a virtual meeting of the leaders of the group of seven countries on Friday(19) ahead of the G7 summit in June. The virtual meeting will be part of the UK's G7 presidency this year and the first gathering of G7 leaders since April…

‘Hansa Mehta made human rights truly universal’

  by SHALINA PATEL WHEN you see the letters UDHR, I’m sure you know what they stand for – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But did you know that it was an Indian reformist called Han­sa Mehta who is credited with rephrasing Article 1 from ‘all men’ to ‘all…

UN seeks ‘maximum restraint’ as India farm protesters widen blockade

THE United Nations human rights office called on Indian authorities and protesting farmers to exercise "maximum restraint" hours before the growers impose a nationwide road blockade on Saturday(6) seeking a repeal of new agricultural laws. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi for…

Fire destroys homes of thousands in Rohingya refugee camps

A huge fire swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh in the early hours of Thursday (14), the United Nations said, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550 shelters home to around 3,500 people were either totally or partially…

Boris Johnson invites Narendra Modi to UK for G7 summit…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the G7 summit as he confirmed details on Sunday (17for the high-level meeting to be presided over by Britain in the coastal region of Cornwall between June 11 and 13. Johnson had extended an invitation to Modi…

Pakistan government announces new instant digital payment system

Pakistan has announced a new government-run instant digital payment system in a bid to boost financial inclusion and government revenue in the country where only a fraction of economic transactions occur on the books. The new system, called "Raast" or "direct way", will be rolled out in three phases culminating…

UK cracks down on Chinese imports over Uyghur Muslim rights…

The UK government on Tuesday (12) announced sanctions on sourcing from Chinese businesses in retaliation of the “harrowing” human rights violations being perpetrated in the Xinjiang province of the country against the Uyghur Muslim minority. UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a House of Commons statement that the United…

Alok Sharma becomes full-time COP26 president

BRITAIN has appointed business minister Alok Sharma as the full-time president of the United Nations COP26 climate conference to be held in Glasgow this November. The government said the event would be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries. "The biggest challenge…

Pakistan jails leader of group linked to Mumbai attacks

A Pakistani court on Friday (8) sentenced a militant leader accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks to five years in jail for terror financing. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior figure in the banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday where he was…

Bangladesh moves biggest group of Rohingya to isolated island

Four Bangladesh navy ships on Tuesday took the second and biggest group of Rohingya Muslims yet from crowded refugee camps to an uncertain future on a bleak island three hours from the mainland. The government insisted that the 1,800 refugees, who have been in camps since fleeing a Myanmar military…

Covid has indeed ‘shone a light on structural racism’

By Amit Roy MURSHEDA CHOWDHURY, who has been a doctor for 25 years and is of Bangladeshi origin her­self, has highlighted some shocking health statistics – especially for Bangladeshi men – that have been exposed by the pandemic. What Covid-19 has done is to shine a light on structural racism…

‘What choice do we have?’: Rohingya women face odyssey of…

Stay in a squalid refugee camp -- hopeless, starving, and made to feel a burden -- or leave, risking death, rape, human trafficking and months at sea to reach a husband you've never met. This is the bleak choice many Rohingya women, already scarred from fleeing violent persecution in Myanmar,…

UK police probe mercenaries from Sri Lanka’s civil war

London police said on Monday (30) they have launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by British mercenaries who trained a security force accused of brutalising Tamil people during Sri Lanka's civil war. The war crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police said it was acting on a referral received in…

India denies Pakistan’s allegations over funding of militant groups

India on Sunday denied allegations by its arch-rival Pakistan that New Delhi had helped fund militant groups on Pakistani soil, with a foreign ministry spokesman dismissing them as "fabricated" and "figments of imagination". Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday the country would present its evidence to the…

Harris’s historic win ‘will be first of many’

by LAUREN CODLING THE historic election of Indian American Kamala Harris as vice-president elect in the US has been praised as a breakthrough moment of hope in America and abroad, as the first woman voted to the post said she “would not be the last”. Harris, 56, who is of…

UK invites Narendra Modi to Climate Ambition Summit

The UK has invited India prime minister Narendra Modi to the Climate Ambition Summit scheduled next month, according to a British government statement on Thursday (5). The December 12 Climate Ambition Summit will provide a platform for leaders who are ready to come forward with announcements of new, more ambitious…

Pakistani police rescue Christian teen forced to convert, marry

Pakistani police have rescued a missing Christian teenager who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a 44-year-old Muslim man, her family said on Tuesday (3) after the case sparked street protests and outrage on social media. A court in the city of Karachi ordered police to free…

Imran Khan says he will upgrade status of part of…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said on Sunday (1) his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. Khan's proposal would apply to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan's only land link to China, which is the northern…

India, US ask Pakistan not to allow its soil to…

India and the US on Tuesday (27) strongly condemned cross border terrorism in all its forms and asked Pakistan to take "immediate, sustained and irreversible" action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terror attacks. The issue of cross-border terrorism figured in the third edition…

Trump had offered me post of secretary of state: Nikki…

Popular Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley on Saturday (25) revealed that Donald Trump, soon after winning the November 2016 US presidential election, had offered her the position of secretary of state which she politely refused. However, 48-year-old Haley, who at that time was the South Carolina Governor, said she could…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan accuses Macron of ‘attacking Islam’

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan accused French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (25) of "attacking Islam", after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Khan's comments follow statements Macron made last week after a French teacher was beheaded near Paris after he…

Aid conference raises $597 million for Rohingya refugees

International donors on Thursday (22) stumped up an additional $597 million in humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees languishing in camps in Bangladesh after they fled ethnic violence in Myanmar. The UN had appealed for more than $1 billion this year to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh,…

UN ‘dismayed’ at India arrests, NGO restrictions

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced her dismay on Tuesday (20) at the arrest of activists in India and restrictions to the work of non-governmental organisations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to New Delhi to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs. Bachelet regretted…

Indian star on sticky wicket over Sri Lanka legend Muralitharan’s…

A Indian film star is at the centre of a political storm after agreeing to play the lead in a biopic of Sri Lanka's legendary cricket spinner and national hero Muttiah Muralitharan. Vijay Sethupathi is under pressure in his southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu not to accept the role…

India provides one million dollars for palestinian refugees

India on Wednesday (14) contributed one million dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to support Palestinian refugees who have been facing extreme challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a move hailed by the UN body as "timely help". The Government…

UN to Bangladesh: do more to end child marriage

Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday (7). "This human rights violation...(is)robbing children of their childhoods," said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the UN's children agency.…

Bangladesh sends troops as seven dead following fight between rival…

DAYS of fighting between rival Rohingya drug gangs, in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, left seven people dead. Bangladesh police on Wednesday(7) said it has sent more troops to bring the situation back to normal. Two armed gangs of refugees from Myanmar are waging a deadly turf war…

India police book hundreds over ‘foreign involvement’ in gang-rape protests

Indian police on Tuesday (6) accused foreign human rights groups and Muslim organisations of inciting caste tensions after widespread protests against their handling of a gang-rape and murder of a young Dalit woman. The assault last month of an "untouchable" Dalit teenager has sparked outrage across the country against rampant…

UK court overturns high court Judgment recognising Guaidó as president…

THE English court of appeal on Monday(5) overturned an earlier high court ruling on who the UK recognised as Venezuela's president in a case which involved €1.8 billion ( £1.63 billion) worth of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England. The court granted the Nicolas Maduro-backed Banco Central de Venezuela’s…

Sonu Sood conferred with Special Humanitarian Award by UNDP

Renowned Indian actor Sonu Sood, who caught the entire world’s attention with his humanitarian work during the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The award was presented to the actor at a virtual ceremony on Monday…

India’s vaccine capacity will help ‘all humanity’: Modi

India as the world's biggest vaccine maker will use its resources "for all humanity" in the battle against coronavirus, prime minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations on Saturday. In his address to the virtual UN General Assembly Modi made no direct mention of climate change or of India's current…

Modi seeks greater role for India at UN, vows vaccine…

NARENDRA MODI pledged at the United Nations on Saturday (26) that Indian vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the pandemic as he sought a greater role for India in the global body. "As the largest vaccine-producing country of the world, I want to give one more…

India along with three others renew bid to reform UN…

AN attempt which started 15 years ago has been renewed by four nations including India. Brazil, Germany, India and Japan have relaunched their bid for permanent seats in an expanded UN security council, which experts say 'would not happen'. "We commit to instill new life in the discussions on the…

Girls tackle child marriage on the football pitch in India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls' soccer initiative…

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reach Indonesia ‘after seven months at…

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reached Indonesia early Monday claiming to have been at sea for seven months, United Nations officials said, in one of the biggest landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years. The migrants -- including more than a dozen children -- were spotted at sea on a…

Tuk-tuk warriors: the abuse victims who rode to women’s rescue…

As the coronavirus kept virtually everyone at home, Talat Jahan was busily crisscrossing the slums in her black-and-yellow rickshaw - on a lockdown mission to help women suffering abuse and hunger in her central Indian city. Jahan, 29, a domestic abuse survivor, and about a dozen other women who recently…

Innovation trends see ‘movement towards Asia’ as pandemic hits global…

THE coronavirus pandemic is expected to take a heavy toll on funding for innovation, and may well accelerate the shift in research towards Asia, the United Nations said on Wednesday (2). "The great risk... is that innovation expenditures and the means to finance innovation will spiral downwards as the global…

UK reviews overseas aid strategy under new merged ministry

The UK government has launched a review of its overseas aid budget allocations to ensure greater value for taxpayer funds as part of its new ministry merging its foreign and aid ministries. The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which formally launches on Wednesday, combines the Foreign and Commonwealth…

Rohingya hold ‘silent protest’ on anniversary of exodus to Bangladesh

Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh held a "silent protest" on Tuesday (25) to mark the third anniversary of clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces that set off a huge movement into Bangladesh of people seeking safety. More than 1 million Rohingya live in the world's largest refugee settlement…

Garment workers to graduates: Bangladeshi women aim to shake up…

Five years ago, Sadeka Begum was working 12-hour shifts in a garment factory as the main earner for her family in Bangladesh. Today the 23-year-old is one of the first graduates of a special university programme that aims to inspire female workers to become leaders and boost women's rights across…

Kailash Budhwar: Tributes paid to first Indian head of BBC’s…

By Amit Roy KAILASH NATH BUDHWAR, a broad­caster, writer, director and presenter who died last Saturday (11) at North­wick Park Hospital in Harrow, aged 88, was head of Hindi and Tamil at the BBC from 1979-1992, the first Indian to be appointed to the post. In those days, when the…

World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN…

EARTH will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday (15) that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility rates and greying populations. By century's end, 183 of 195 countries -- barring an influx…

Angelina Jolie joins £5.3 million UK initiative to help educate…

HOLLYWOOD star Angelina Jolie on Monday (13) backed the £5.3 million UK drive to help kids and teachers in 10 of the poorest countries hosting refugees, including Pakistan, South Sudan and the Yemen. She joined Baroness Liz Sugg, the UK’s special envoy for girls’ education, in urging other countries to…

Bangladesh says Rohingya refugees can’t leave island

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees on a flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal will not be allowed to leave unless they agree to return home, Bangladesh authorities said Thursday. The 306 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar were put on Bhashan Char island in April after being taken off two boats trying…

Buddha’s teachings vital to tackle ‘tremendous fragilities of world today’:…

THE BUDDHA's message of solidarity and service to others is more important than ever, believes UN chief Antonio Guterres, noting that nations can deal with the consequences of the pandemic that only through global cooperation. The UN secretary general's remarks came during a belated commemoration of the International Day of…

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced on Tuesday (30). The rare action against military members came as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown…

Bangladesh sex workers face hunger, abuse as coronavirus hits trade

THOUSANDS of sex workers in Bangladesh are going hungry and many face abuse because they are unable to pay their brokers due to the coronavirus pandemic, charities working with them have warned. Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling…

As world marks Yoga Day, Modi says ancient practice ‘brings…

MILLIONS of people across the globe marked the International Yoga Day (IYD) on Sunday (21) as they joined virtual gatherings and shared online their pictures and videos highlighting the importance of the ancient practice for the world as it battles the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations…

Narendra Modi promotes yoga against coronavirus

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has extolled yoga as a way of building a "protective shield" of immunity against the coronavirus, as his nation battles a surge in infections. Modi, a keen yoga practitioner who has long espoused the benefits of the ancient Indian practice, gave the advice in a…

Number of extreme poor could rise to 1.1 billion due…

THE economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than one billion, researchers said in a report on Friday (12). The report - published by…

Face masks, health checks and long check-ins: the future of…

Cabin crew in protective suits, health certifications for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. This is the new reality of mass air travel. As people dream of taking to the skies once more, they face the prospect that changes to curb the spread of coronavirus will be even…

Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found…

MALAYSIA will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation's defence minister said on Tuesday (9). Malaysia does not recognise refugee status but has been a favoured destination for ethnic Rohingya, most of them…

Bangladeshis killed in Libya were abducted and tortured, foreign ministry…

The 30 migrants slain by traffickers in Libya on Wednesday had been abducted while crossing the country in search of work and then tortured to extract a ransom, Bangladesh's foreign ministry said on Friday, citing a survivor. Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Thursday it had…

Cyclone toll hits 95 as Bangladesh and India start mopping…

INDIA and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms…

Cyclone toll hits 84 as Bangladesh and India start mopping…

INDIA and Bangladesh began a massive clean-up Thursday (21) after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 84 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked…

UK honours India’s chief hydrographer with prestigious maritime award

India's National Hydrographer Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar has been honoured with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and across the Indian Ocean Region, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said on Monday (18). The award, which was initiated by the UKHO in 2006,…

Pakistan readies for second battle against a ‘much bigger problem…

TO many farmers in southeast Pakistan, an impending locust attack when summer crops of cotton, sugarcane and rice are being sown, and fruit and vegetables are ready to be picked is a much bigger problem than the COVID-19 pandemic. "If the crops are eaten up by the locusts, we will…

UN warns of mental health crisis due to ‘psychological distress’…

A MENTAL ILLNESS crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday (14). "The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil - they all cause…

Perfect season for an acting comeback

WHY POPULAR MOVIE STAR CELINA JAITLY HAAG DECIDED TO STEP BACK IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA by ASJAD NAZIR BEAUTY queen turned Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly shone globally and then decided to walk away from the spotlight to start a family. She became a wife and devoted mother, but remained…

Pompeo praises India for lifting export restrictions on critical medical…

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (29) praised India for lifting export bans on critical medical supplies including pharmaceuticals used to treat COVID-19 patients, saying it was an example of working together with partner countries to tackle the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. "We're working with our…

South Asia faces fresh health crisis as children miss vaccinations

South Asia could face a further public health crisis as children miss routine vaccinations, the UN warned on Tuesday (28), spurring fears that the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic might reverse hard-earned gains in the region. The United Nations children's agency UNICEF said hundreds of thousands were at risk…

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll nears…

The World Health Organization warned on Saturday recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe. Governments across the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the virus, which has infected nearly 2.8 million people…

Nikki Haley launches ‘Stop Communist China’ campaign

INDIAN-AMERICAN politician Nikki Haley has launched an online petition seeking to hold China's communist government accountable for "lying" about the coronavirus pandemic. More than 40,000 people had signed the 'Stop Communist China' petition on Friday (24), hours after being initiated by the former South Carolina governor who set a goal…

Oxford University pushing science to the limit in vaccine hunt

Oxford University is launching a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine, with the daunting aim of making a successful jab available to the public later this year. Of the more than 100 research projects around the world to find a vaccine -- described by the United Nations as the…

India seeks equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

INDIA bats for a for a fair, transparent and equitable access to essential medical supplies and any future vaccines developed to fight COVID-19. The country co-sponsored a UN general assembly resolution in this regard. The 193-member assembly adopted the Mexico-drafted resolution 'International cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines…

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather…

Countries from India to the Philippines, already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, are likely to also battle weather-related crises, from heat waves to cyclones, in coming months, disaster experts warned on Thursday (16). In India - currently under lockdown with more than 12,000 confirmed cases of the virus - the…

Trump says WHO ‘must be held accountable’, halts US funding

DONALD TRUMP has halted US funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic as the country registered over 600,000 cases of Covid-19 and 28,300 deaths. Trump, who has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration's response to the worst epidemic in a century, has become…

Virus mars Easter holidays as death toll nears 100,000

Hundreds of millions of people around the world will spend the Easter holiday at home as lockdown measures intensify to combat the coronavirus, a pandemic with a global death toll rapidly approaching 100,000. Governments have forced businesses to close and limited the movement of half the world's population, halting economic…

Tilda to run ‘Helping Mums Together’campaign in Bangladesh for the…

POPULAR rice brand Tilda and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) are taking part in an initiative to provide nutritious meals for underprivileged families. Asian chef Cyrus Todiwala is part of the ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign which sees specialised meals aimed at combating low birth weight in Bangladesh for…

US and Spanish deaths surge as world virus toll breaks…

The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths accelerated past 50,000 on Friday (3) as the United States, Spain and Britain grappled with their highest tolls yet and the world economy took a massive hit. The human scale of the pandemic has never been more stark -- experts warning that more than…

Humankind faces ‘most challenging crisis’ since WWII, says UN chief

THE coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging crisis the world has faced since World War II, one that is killing people and will also lead to an economic recession without any parallel in the recent past, warns UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. According to the estimates by the Johns Hopkins University,…

Coronavirus forcing parents to skip kids’ vaccinations: UNICEF

The novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced billions of people across the globe to stay home is making parents skip routine immunisations for their kids, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF warned Thursday. The phenomenon is being aggravated by overburdened health services where medical workers are being diverted from giving…

Virus panic grips Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

THE sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene for experts watching the coronavirus pandemic creep closer. The wretched conditions in the camps, where most of the stateless Muslims arrived in 2017 to escape a Myanmar military clampdown…

UN hails India’s eco-friendly measures on plastic, Clean Seas Campaign

The UN has hailed India for "championing" the phase-out of single-use plastics, and its engagement in the Clean Seas Campaign among other programmes, including marine litter, air pollution, environment and health. In a letter to Environment Secretary CK Mishra, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Secretary Joyce Msuya commended India…

India’s response to pandemic ‘comprehensive and robust’, says top WHO…

The United Nations has backed India's 21-day nationwide lockdown, and a top WHO official termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic "comprehensive and robust". Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 18,915 with more than 422,900 cases reported in over 165 countries and…

No soap, no water: billions lack basic protection against virus

As nations around the world fight the coronavirus pandemic with mass lockdowns and travel bans, UN experts warn that some three billion people lack even the most basic weapons to protect themselves: soap and running water. The outbreak has infected some 200,000 people and killed 9,000, scorching through populations across…

US names IS chief on terror blacklist

The United States on Tuesday (17) placed the new leader of the Islamic State group on its blacklist of terrorists, naming him as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that al-Mawli was named leader of the ultra-violent group after an October raid by US commandos…

Tilda to support new, expectant mothers in Bangladesh

TILDA has announced the return of ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign, as the rice brand extended its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme for the sixth year. The campaign will see Tilda funding an equivalent of one nutrition-boosting meal for new and expectant mothers in Bangladesh for every specially…

COVID-19 might impact India’s trade worth $348 million: UN report

THE trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about $348 million, said the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report. India is among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade. For India, the trade impact is…

UN appeals for £686m to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

THE United Nations on Tuesday (2) appealed for nearly $900 million to help hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and vulnerable host communities in Bangladesh this year. The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration and other partners launched a joint appeal for $877m (£686m). The money would…

Will be meeting Taliban leaders soon: Trump

US president Donald Trump on Saturday (29) said he planned to meet Taliban leaders in the "not-too-distant future", asserting that it was time that the war against terrorism was fought by someone else, particularly the countries in the region. "I will be meeting personally with Taliban leaders in the not-too-distant…

Bangladesh rethinks plan to move Rohingya refugees  

BANGLADESH is reconsidering a plan to relocate Rohingya refugees to a flood-prone island located hours by boat from its coast, junior minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman told on Wednesday (26). The proposal to move 100,000 people to Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal to ease overcrowding…

Do not rush to conclusions, India tells UN body

INDIA has asked the UN's human rights body to develop a “better understanding and appreciation” of  ground realities in the “vibrant democracy” before concluding on issues such as its amended citizenship law and administration of Kashmir. India's strong statement came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on…

Pak PM says 200 million Muslims are being targeted in…

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the world community to "act now" on the deadly violence against Muslims in India on Wednesday (26). "IOJK [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now,” Imran Khan tweeted. Communal violence in…

Sri Lanka says will not honour UN pledge on war…

Sri Lanka prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who oversaw a brutal end to a decades-long conflict with Tamil separatists, said on Wednesday (19) the country was withdrawing from a United Nations resolution investigating alleged war crimes. Rajapaksa was president when Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil Tiger guerrillas in 2009, but rights…

Sri Lanka takes objection to US ban on Army Chief

SRI LANKA has taken a "strong objection" to the US imposing a travel ban on its Army chief Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, saying the move is based on "unverified information", after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the allegations of gross human rights violations are serious and credible. The Sri…

US blacklists Sri Lankan army chief

THE US has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka's army chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, for alleged human rights violations including extrajudicial killings in 2009 during the country's civil war, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday (14). "The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented…

Prison ‘not the best way to prevent extremism’

  By Barnie Choudhury Former BBC journalist IN MARCH 2005, I was having coffee with an officer from the National Crime Squad, and she asked me what my biggest fear was post-9/11. I knew children as young as seven were being groomed to sell drugs, and I had heard chatter…

Ambassador Sandhu presents his credentials to Trump

INDIA'S ambassador-designate to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Thursday (6) presented his credentials to president Donald Trump in his Oval Office of the White House. Trump, during the Oval Office credentials ceremony, warmly welcomed Sandhu, a career foreign service official, back to Washington DC and wished him success in…

Malaysia seeks end to Palm Oil tension with India

MALAYSIAN prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has dialled back his criticism of India after it sparked a boycott of Malaysian palm oil, his chosen successor Anwar Ibrahim told on Thursday (6), urging New Delhi to note the change in tone. India, the world's biggest buyer of edible oils, last month imposed…

Taranjt Singh Sandhu arrives in US as ambassador designate

TARANJIT SINGH SANDHU, a career foreign service official, arrived here Monday (3) as India's ambassador-designate to the US. "Ambassador of India to the United States" Sandhu "arrived this morning and assumed charge," the Indian Embassy said in a tweet soon after his arrival. He was given a warm welcome by…

India is big emitter after US: UN Chief

THE European Union, the US, China, India, Japan and Russia are the world's "big emitters" who must respect and meet their commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the UN chief has said, underlining that their failure to do so will undermine global climate action…

Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed India’s ambassador to US

Seasoned diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as India's Ambassador to the US, replacing Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Ministry of External Affairs said. Shringla is set to take over as the next foreign secretary on Wednesday. Sandhu, a 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently posted as High Commissioner…

Hope Indian government will address concerns on Citizenship Act: Dominic…

Amid anti-CAA protests in India, the UK on Thursday (30) said it hopes that the Indian government will address concerns of the people over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as its manifesto commitment is "with all, development for all and trust of all". Outgoing British High Commissioner to India Dominic…

UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top court on Thursday (23) ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people. The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice "is of…

Will Gul Makai release in Pakistan? Here’s what director H.E.…

Gul Makai is a biopic on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, who fought against the Taliban for the education of girls. Malala became a household name and won many international awards for her bravery. Well, we all know that from the past few years, Indian films are not allowed to…

India suffers hottest decade on record

THE last decade was India's hottest on record with the national weather office calling the impact of global warming "unmistakable" and extreme weather killing more than 1,500 people last year. India, home to 1.3 billion people, is at the forefront of climate change suffering devastating floods, dire water shortages and…

Bangladesh to ban use of single-use plastic in hotels and…

Bangladesh's High Court on Monday ordered the government to ban single-use plastics in coastal areas and in hotels and restaurants in one year to combat pollution. In 2002 the south Asian nation was among the first countries to ban the use of plastic and polythene bags in an effort to…

UN urge Pakistan to clear scholar of blasphemy, lift death…

United Nations human rights experts called on Pakistan's high court on Friday (27) to clear liberal academic Junaid Hafeez of blasphemy charges and overturn his death sentence. In a joint statement, they described Hafeez's condemnation by a lower court last week as a "travesty of justice" and said senior judges…

India, US urge Pakistan to take ‘immediate action’ against terrorists

India and the US on Thursday (19) asked Pakistan to take "immediate and irreversible action" to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorism against other countries and to prosecute the perpetrators of cross-border terror attacks, including Mumbai and Pathankot strikes. The two countries also asked Pakistan…

Mumbai attacks accused faces terror financing charges

A PAKISTANI anti-terrorism court indicted Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, on terror financing charges on Wednesday (11), a government prosecutor and defence lawyer said. Defence lawyer Imran Gill said his client pleaded not guilty. The charges were read as the 70-year-old Saeed was present…

India climbs one spot to 129 in UN human development…

INDIA climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday (9). In 2018, India's human development index (HDI) value of 0.647 had put it at 130 rank. In India, 27.1 crore…

Indian fugitive holy man creates new ‘cosmic’ nation

A HOLY man wanted by Indian police on sex assault charges has said he has created a new country for Hindus that will fight global warming, offer free healthcare, and promote gender equality and vegetarianism. Nithyananda Swami, who once had thousands of followers that included film stars and politicians in…

Priyanka Chopra receives UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award

Priyanka Chopra has been honoured with UNICEF's Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. The India star was named the 2019 recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Children's Fund in June this year and received the award at the Snowflake Ball in New York on Tuesday night. "Giving back is…

Indian-American UNDP expert killed in Kabul

AN Indian-American expert working for the UNDP in Afghanistan has been killed in a terrorist attack on a UN vehicle in Kabul, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "I want to confirm with a heavy heart that a United States citizen, Anil Raj of California, was killed in…

UKIBC launches socio-economic impact campaign

THE UK India Business Council (UKIBC) has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of the socio-economic impact that the UK businesses make in India. This campaign is being delivered in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and will map the activities of businesses and universities against the…

How to reach Mumbai from different parts of India and…

cheap flights to Mumbai, Mumbai flight ticket Mumbai has been declared as one of the top cities in the world. Home to Bollywood, the eclectic city sizzles with life. MyticketstoIndia serves cheap flights to Mumbai tickets. Whether it is the sea front or shopping, there are several reasons why you must…

India, UK enhancing defence ties: British High Commissioner

The 2021 version of naval exercise between India and the UK could be the most complex and sophisticated one yet, British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith said on Friday, highlighting deepening bilateral defence ties. He also said a liaison officer of the UK will be posted in Indian Navy''s information…

Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top UN court

Myanmar faced accusations of genocide in a landmark lawsuit filed by Gambia at the UN's top court on Monday (11) over the Southeast Asian nation's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, Gambia's government said. Gambia said it was acting on behalf of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in bringing the case…

Trump: Haley says aides tried to subvert him

Two top advisers to president Donald Trump ignored or undermined him because "they were trying to save the country," former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley writes in a new book. She says both then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson and White House chief of staff John Kelly sought her help in…

US wants UN to take up Dalai Lama succession: envoy

The United States wants the United Nations to take up the Dalai Lama's succession in an intensifying bid to stop China from trying to handpick his successor, an envoy said after meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader. Sam Brownback, the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said he spoke at length…

UK panel calls for India-Pakistan dialogue

THE international community does have a role in diffusing tension in Kashmir and an India-Pakistan dialogue could help arrive at a solution akin to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, which allows a level of free exchange on both sides of the border, opined strategic experts in London over…

Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system

As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy from increased surveillance. Use of the camera technology is an effort in "modernising the police force, information…

Zarah Sultana slammed for using anti-white slurs

A LABOUR candidate who courted controversy for saying she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair has now been accused of using anti-white slurs. Zarah Sultana, who is standing for Coventry South, reportedly referred to a Jewish student as YT, a slang used against white people, while she was a…

Labour’s Zarah Sultana apologises for ‘celebrate deaths’ post

A LABOUR candidate has apologised on Monday (4) for saying she would celebrate the deaths of Tony Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Zarah Sultana, who is standing for Coventry South, also wrote that she supported “violent resistance” by Palestinians and used the hashtag “extremistmuslim” online. In posts uncovered by…

Germany ready to provide €1bn to India for green urban…

INDIA and Germany on Friday (1) agreed to provide financial support to climate initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the latter expressing its readiness to provide €1billion to India for green urban mobility. The two countries signed a joint declaration on the matter after prime minister Narendra Modi…

Kabul soap factory helps former addicts stay clean

A young Afghan mother of seven sits on a red woollen rug alongside four other women who are slicing huge slabs of handmade, flowery soap into smaller bars. She is one of about 20 female employees -- many of them recovering drug addicts -- working part time on an organic…

Facebook a ‘megaphone for hate’ against Indian minorities

Facebook is failing to rein in a "tsunami" of hate posts inflaming ethnic tensions in India's Assam state, campaign group Avaaz said on Wednesday (30), with content about "criminals", "rapists", "terrorists" and "dogs" shared almost 100,000 times. Avaaz said the dehumanising language - often targeting India's Bengali Muslims - was…

Narendra Modi calls for UN reforms, says it has not…

India prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (29) pressed for the reform of the United Nations while expressing regret over some countries using the global body as a "tool" rather than an "institution" to resolve conflicts. During an on-stage discussion with founder, co-chairman and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates,…

Indian separatists declare exiled Manipur government in UK

DISSIDENT political leaders from the Indian state of Manipur on Tuesday (29) said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain. The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from Britain, but has since seen decades-long…

Malaysia stands by Kashmir comments despite India palm oil boycott

MALAYSIAN prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (22) he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi's actions in Kashmir despite Indian traders calling for an unprecedented boycott of Malaysian palm oil. The impasse could exacerbate what Mahathir described as a trade war between the world's second-biggest producer and…

How the West fuels a waste crisis in India

WHEN night falls in the Indian village of Nabipur, the backyard furnaces come to life, burning waste tyres from the West, making the air thick with acrid smoke and the soil black with soot. Not long ago, Nabipur was a quiet farming village in northern India. Now the village is…

Ethnic winners lead the way in GG2 Leadership Awards 2019

‘INSPIRATIONAL’ leaders at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2019 showed that minorities can reach their full potential. GG2 Hammer Award: Nitin Paranjpe, COO, Unilever AS COO, Nitin Paranpje heads one of the world’s major consumer business giants. Paranjpe, 56, started as a trainee working for Unilever’s Indian subsidiary. He was appointed…

Assault alleged against Lululemon’s leggings makers in Bangladesh 

CANADIAN athletic apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica has started a probe into the sourcing of its clothing following a media report. A report by The Guardian said young women staff members of the garment factory that supply the brand were beaten and physically harassed. The Canadian firm used a factory in Bangladesh where women workers are…

The London-based start-up tackling online extremism

VIDHYA Ramalingam believes it's always possible to change, even for people deeply involved in the murky online world of jihadist and far-right extremism. Her company Moonshot CVE has the ambitious aim of trying to get anyone tempted by violence back on the straight and narrow. Over the last four years,…

Pakistan arrests four aides of alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai…

PAKISTANI authorities on Thursday (10) arrested four aides of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terrorism financing charges, counter-terrorism police said. Saeed, arrested on the same charges, has been on judicial remand since July, a…

Protests over Bangladesh student death as prime minister Hasina vows…

Bangladesh's prime minister on Wednesday (9) vowed to mete out the "highest punishment to the killers" of a university student who died after he criticised a deal the leader made with India. The killing of 21-year-old Abrar Fahad on Monday, allegedly by members of a student branch of the country's…

China irks India over Kashmir two days before summit

New Delhi reacted crossly on Wednesday (9) after Xi Jinping appeared again to back Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Kashmir, just two days before Indian premier Narendra Modi was due to host the Chinese president for an "informal summit". Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, has been…

Modi to host Chinese president Jinping  

INDIA'S prime minister Narendra Modi will host Chinese president Xi Jinping for an informal summit later this week, the Indian foreign ministry said, with the talks coming at a time when ties have been strained over Kashmir. The meeting in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Friday (11) and…

When Sania was told to drop tennis as ‘no one…

A trailblazer in Indian tennis, Sania Mirza, on Thursday (3), revealed that as a child, she was once asked to stop playing as "no one would marry" her if her complexion turned "dark" due to the rigours of an outdoor sport. Speaking at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit…

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as US envoy visits

Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan on Wednesday (2) as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also visited, officials said, though it was unclear if they would meet for the first time since Donald Trump scuttled talks between Washington and the Islamist extremists. Insurgent spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the…

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million

The year is 2025 and militants have attacked India's parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan. Fearing it will be overrun, Islamabad hits the invading forces with its battlefield nuclear weapons, triggering the deadliest conflict in history…

Barry Gardiner: Politicians should not use Kashmir issue to divide…

by Barry Gardiner Over the past few weeks many people have contacted me about the situation in Kashmir and the events that have taken place since the Indian Parliament revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Let me start by saying that I would not expect any Indian politician to…

People across globe mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

MAHATMA Gandhi's life and legacy were remembered by people across the world on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday (2) with several countries, including France and Sri Lanka, releasing commemorative postage stamps and organising events to mark the day. Indian missions across the world held commemorative events where leaders and civil…

Outcry as Pakistan appoints new envoy to UN

A decision by Pakistan to appoint a former diplomat as its ambassador to the United Nations has sparked criticism over his alleged involvement in a domestic violence dispute in 2002. Munir Akram "has been appointed as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, in place of…

Labour passes Kashmir resolution, calls for international intervention

The UK’s Opposition Labour Party on Wednesday (25) passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to "enter" the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people, drawing criticism from the Indian diaspora representatives who described it as "ill conceived"…

Modi inaugurates Solar Park, Peace Garden at UN

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi, along with UN chief Antonio Guterres and other world leaders, inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park and Gandhi Peace Garden at the headquarters of the global body, underlining that Mahatma Gandhi's principles act as a moral compass as the world grapples with challenges of climate change,…

How Indians students are joining Greta Thunberg to protest climate…

School students from 70 cities across India are joining Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's call for mass protests to sound the alarm on climate change with activities such as climbing atop a garbage dump at Bhalaswa landfill and marching to the prime minister's Office. The week-long campaign, called 'Strike on…

Trump to join Indian-American extravaganza in Modi bromance

Donald Trump and Narendra Modi both rose to power on nationalist appeals to their countries' majority communities. Both scoff at traditional media and enjoy making pronouncements by Twitter. And now, the two leaders will bond over an extravaganza of Indian culture as they visibly symbolize their alliance. The US president…

India, US can contribute to building more peaceful, stable world:…

US president Donald Trump's presence at the Houston event marks a new milestone, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Friday (20) as he expressed confidence that his visit would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities, a reliable partner and a global leader. This would be the first time…

Prime minister Imran Khan warns Pakistanis against jihad in Kashmir

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan warned citizens on Wednesday (18) that anyone who goes to fight jihad in Kashmir will hurt the territory's cause, as anger simmers between Islamabad and New Delhi over the disputed region. Indian authorities are waiting for "any excuse" to crack down in the Himalayan region,…

Rohingya still in Myanmar face ‘threat of genocide’: United Nations

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a UN fact-finding mission said on Monday, repeating calls for top generals to face trial. Myanmar security forces are accused of killings, gang rape and arson during a crackdown…

Pakistan should leave Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: Bob Blackman

ONE of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has called on Pakistan to leave Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, asserting that India has a sovereign right over the entire region. Addressing a UK-based Kashmiri Pandit gathering organised here on Saturday (14), the Conservative Party MP countered the Pakistani government's…

Unilever reveals global tea suppliers in drive for slave-free sourcing

CONSUMER goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers on Thursday (12), bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations. The move by the Anglo-Dutch food group - which buys 10 per cent of the world's tea supply and owns at least…

Pakistan warns of genocide in Kashmir, expects no talks with…

Pakistan's foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday (11) that India's military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. India, which stripped Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5th, in response accused Pakistan of "offensive rhetoric..of false allegations and concocted…

Pakistan denies use of airspace to Indian president

Pakistan on Saturday (7) said it had denied India's president Ram Nath Kovind permission to fly through its airspace -- access to which is usually granted -- due to New Delhi's recent "behaviour". The decision comes at a time of high tension between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours over…

India’s domestic market for computer services to grow faster than…

THE domestic market for computer services in India is forecast to grow faster than their exports, fuelled by the government's Digital India programme and the country's burgeoning start-up environment, according to a UN report. "The computer services industry in India is increasingly catering to the domestic market, leveraging expertise gained…

Bangladesh bans mobile phone access in Rohingya camps

Bangladesh on Monday (2) ordered operators to shut down mobile phone services to almost one million Rohingya refugees living in camps in the country's southeast, an official said. The move follows an outbreak of violence in recent weeks at the camps, most of whose residents fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar's…

Pakistan prime minister Khan calls for nationwide protests over Kashmir

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has called for mass demonstrations across the country to protest against Delhi's actions in Indian-administered Kashmir, as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals continued to boil. "I want all Pakistanis to come out tomorrow (Friday) 12 noon-12.30 pm to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people," Khan…

British Asian restaurants give vegan diners food for thought

By Nadeem Badshah JACKFRUIT biryani, coconut and beetroot-filled samosas and masala grilled avocado are some of the dishes being created by Indian restaurants to cater to Britain’s growing vegan community. Chefs are conjuring up a wider range of dishes for the estimated 600,000-plus Britons who have a plant-based diet with…

Modi highlights India’s efforts towards eliminating single use plastic

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (26) highlighted India's large scale efforts towards eliminating single-use plastic, conserving water, harnessing solar energy and, protecting flora and fauna for a sustainable future in his address to a G7 session on the environment here. Modi is attending the G7 Summit in this…

Johnson has a responsibility to support the people of Kashmir,…

A BIRMINGHAM MP has urged prime minister Boris Johnson to intervene in the Kashmir crisis, pointing out that the more than one million British citizens of Kashmiri descent were anxiously awaiting the prime minister's response. Khalid Mahmood said the UK helped create the current situation and only a decisive intervention…

Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, US, UN…

Sri Lanka's president on Monday (19) named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations. Silva, 55, is credited with successfully leading an army…

Some phones lines restored in Indian Kashmir

SEVENTEEN out of around 100 telephone exchanges were restored Saturday (17) in the restive Kashmir Valley, the local police chief told AFP, after an almost two-week communications blackout. New Delhi cut landlines, mobile phones and the internet in early August as it stripped the Muslim-majority region of its autonomy. Fearing…

Job snubs to forced surgery: India’s ‘invisible’ intersex people

Bullied at school, gang raped as a prostitute and asked about his genitals in job interviews, Daniel Mendonca - like many intersex people in India - has been mistreated all his life. Although the country's top court officially recognised intersex and transgender people as a third gender with equal rights…

Indian ambassador to UN slams international interference over Kashmir

India's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday (16) slammed international interference over Kashmir, after the Security Council held its first formal meeting on the disputed region in almost 50 years. The discussions, which were requested by Pakistan and China and took place behind closed doors, follow New Delhi's decision…

Lord Meghnad Desai: Modi and Shah ‘have found a solution…

by LORD MEGHNAD DESAI INDIA’S home minister, Amit Shah, and prime minister, Narendra Modi, achieved a fundamental change last week in abrogating Article 370 and announcing the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir state into two union territories. To understand the significance of the move, you have to go back to…

Pakistan observes ‘Black Day’ over Kashmir with march by militant…

Pakistan observed a 'Black Day' on Thursday (15) to coincide with India's Independence Day celebrations, as one of the main militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir led a protest through Pakistan's part of the disputed region. India's decision this month to revoke special status for its portion of Kashmir,…

Indian prime minister calls for family planning measures

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi warned Thursday (15) of the risks of an "unchecked population explosion" in the nation of 1.3 billion people, the first time he has raised the issue, and called for family planning measures. India is the world's second-most populous country behind China with 1.4 billion, and…

Pakistan’s representative to UN heckled in New York

PAKISTAN's permanent representative to the United Nations was heckled by a man who accused her of corruption. Maleeha Lodhi was addressing media persons when a man heckled her and said, "You are a thief and don't deserve to represent Pakistan". "What are you doing from the last 15 to 20…

Indian troops enforce Kashmir lockdown during Friday prayers

Indian troops enforced the fifth day of a military lockdown across Kashmir but eased some restrictions for Friday prayers, as China and Pakistan vowed to stand together after New Delhi's move to end the disputed Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Beijing said it was "seriously concerned" after the decision by prime minister…

Pakistan downgrades ties with India in deepening Kashmir row

Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties with nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday (7), announcing that it will expel the Indian envoy and suspend trade in a deepening row over New Delhi's clampdown on disputed Kashmir. India stripped the Himalayan region of its seven-decade-long semi-autonomous status on Monday through a contentious presidential…

Former cricket stars Gambhir and Afridi clash on Twitter over…

Former stars of fierce cricket rivals India and Pakistan traded online barbs Tuesday (6) over New Delhi's explosive decision to strip restive Kashmir of its autonomous status. Indian ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir took a swipe at Pakistan's Shahid Afridi after he urged the United Nations to intervene in the move to…

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina likely to visit India in…

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit India in October to discuss several bilateral and regional issues, including the long-pending pact on the Teesta water sharing and the Rohingya crisis, foreign minister Dr AK Momen said in Dhaka on Sunday (4). It will be Hasina's first visit to…

US, Taliban push for peace in day two of talks

The US and the Taliban were thrashing out elements of a deal to bring a close to Afghanistan's 18-year conflict at the second day of renewed talks in Doha on Sunday (4). The US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants to withdraw thousands of troops and…

Thousands flee disputed Kashmir region after alert; India says it…

Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers began leaving the disputed region of Kashmir after a local government alert over possible militant attacks, and India said it killed at least five militants who were trying to attack its forces. Indian security officials said on Friday they had found evidence of…

Indian teens learn about same-sex couples as attitudes shift

Indian schoolchildren are learning about same-sex couples in a new textbook, in the latest sign of shifting attitudes in the socially conservative country following the decriminalisation of gay sex last year. Authorities in the western state of Maharashtra have revised the syllabus for class 11 students, who are aged about…

‘I like plastic’: Pakistan’s toxic ‘love affair’ with waste

From the once pristine rivers of Hindu Kush to the slums of Islamabad, Pakistan is being smothered by plastic due to a lack of public awareness, government inertia, and poor waste management. Plastic bags are a large part of the problem -- the nation uses some 55 billion of them…

Maldives asylum-seeking politician’s life at risk: British Lawyer  

FORMER Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has sought political asylum from India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer from the firm representing the politician said on Friday (2). Ghafoor Thursday (1) reached India via sea route on the…

India rejects Trump’s Kashmir mediation claim

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi never asked US president Donald Trump to help mediate with Pakistan over Kashmir, the government said on Tuesday (23), after Trump's comments set off a storm of criticism. Trump told reporters on Monday (22) that Modi had asked him, during a meeting in Japan last month, if he would…

Cardinal calls on Sri Lanka government to quit over Easter…

The head of Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church on Sunday (22) called for the government to resign over its alleged failure to investigate an "international conspiracy" behind the deadly Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the authorities had failed to identify those behind the suicide bombings that killed at least…

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to meet Trump hoping to…

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan travels to the United States today (21) hoping the arrest of a militant leader with a $10 million US bounty on his head and progress in Afghan peace talks will help secure a favourable reception. Khan is expected to try to mend fences and attract…

Desperation driving Rohingya to traffickers, U.N. envoy warns

Human traffickers are increasingly targeting Rohingya living in Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands fled after a brutal military crackdown in 2017, a U.N. investigator warned on Thursday. About 730,000 Rohingya were driven from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they live in squalid refugee camps, fearing further persecution…

More Indians are becoming obese: UN report

MORE Indians are becoming obese while the number of undernourished people in the country have declined, according to a report by the UN that said that globally over 820 million people are suffering from hunger. The report titled the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 was…

Pakistan announces terrorism finance crackdown on banned militant group

Pakistani authorities announced a crackdown on Wednesday (3) against Hafiz Saeed, leader of the group blamed for deadly attacks on Mumbai in 2008, amid growing international pressure to act against militant groups. Pakistan's counter-terrorism department said it had launched 23 cases against Saeed and 12 aides for using five trusts…

Women in “semi-arranged marriages” less likely to experience marital violence,…

by KEERTHI MOHAN and LAUREN CODLING ASIAN women in “semi-arranged marriages” are less likely to experience marital violence, a new report revealed last week. Many women in India face some form of domestic violence, and most often, the perpetrators are their husbands, a United Nations survey released last Tuesday (25)…

Cyclone veers away from Indian coast

A CYCLONE that had been heading for western India has veered away, forecasters said Thursday, although costal areas were still expected to be hit by winds gusting up to 160 kilometres (110 miles) per hour. Vayu, classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, moved north-northwestwards in the night over the Arabian Sea, and…

Indian diplomats at UN turn star cricketers at rare match…

India's diplomats, including women, at the UN turned into star cricketers as they joined forces with their counterparts from the Permanent Missions of Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh and won a match against a team of British diplomats, as the excitement of the ongoing Cricket World Cup reached the world organisation's…

UN-Women gets Indian origin Anita Bhatia as new deputy executive…

UNITED NATIONS (UN) secretary-general António Guterres has appointed Indian origin Anita Bhatia as the deputy executive director of the UN agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN-Women) for resource management, sustainability and partnerships. Bhatia has had a distinguished career at the World Bank Group, serving in various…

A year on, anti-Vedanta protesters in India still await justice

A YEAR after Indian police killed 13 people protesting against pollution from a copper smelter in this hardscrabble southern port city, tensions within the community and between residents and the police are still running high. No officer has been arrested or charged in connection with the shootings, and a judicial…

India voices concern over delays in reimbursement to UN peacekeeping contributing…

India, which is owed $38 million by the UN for peacekeeping operations, has voiced concern over the “unjustifiable and inexplicable” delays in reimbursement to countries providing peacekeeping troops and police for UN missions. It underlined that recurrent delays in payments have turned the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) as “de facto…

Indian state chief minister rings bell at London Stock Exchange…

CHIEF minister of Southern Indian state of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan rang the iconic opening bell at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) yesterday (17) to mark the listing of ‘masala bonds’ sold by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). Masala bond is a type of bond issued outside India. The…

Indian politicians don’t walk the talk on women

THE men contesting India's general election are vying for women voters but the paltry number of female candidates shows the battle women face in Indian politics - as in so much else in Indian life. When not trading barbs, India's prime minister Narendra Modi and his political rival Rahul Gandhi…

Two Indians, among 115 UN personnel, staff honoured for sacrifice…

AN INDIAN police officer deployed to the UN mission in Congo and a consultant with the UN development programme killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash are among 115 UN peacekeepers and staff honoured by the United Nations for their sacrifice in the line of duty. Police officer Jitender Kumar,…

Spanish police bust Bangladeshi-run migrant smuggling ring

SPANISH police have smashed a Bangladeshi-run ring which smuggled more than 350 migrants from the Indian subcontinent into the country and gave them fake passports, a statement said on Friday (3). The migrants allegedly paid the ring between 14,000-20,000 euros ($15,500-$22,000) for the journey, police said, adding that 11 people…

Pakistan issues order to freeze assets, impose travel ban on…

PAKISTAN has issued an official order to freeze the assets and impose travel ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar after the United Nations declared him a "global terrorist". In a notification issued Wednesday (1), the foreign ministry said, "the Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368…

UN adds Pakistani militant chief Masood Azhar to terror list

THE UNITED Nations on Wednesday (1) added Masood Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based Islamist group, to its list of global terrorists after China lifted its objections to the move. The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda announced in a press release the designation of Azhar, leader…

Sri Lanka churches halt public services over security fears

SRI LANKA'S Catholic churches suspended all public services over security fears today (25), as thousands of troops joined the hunt for suspects in deadly Easter bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Security forces also made fresh arrests overnight over the attacks, as the government faced pressure over its failure to…

Sri Lanka admits ‘major’ lapse over deadly attacks

SRI LANKA'S government today (24) acknowledged ‘major’ lapses over its failure to prevent the horrific Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people, despite prior intelligence warnings. Recriminations have flown since Islamist suicide bombers blew themselves up in packed churches and luxury hotels on Sunday (21), in attacks claimed by…

Billionaires and private donors mobilise to rebuild Notre-Dame

BILLIONAIRES and private donors pledged hundreds of millions of euros on Tuesday (16) to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which has been devastated by fire. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the emblematic monument will be rebuilt after its spire and roof collapsed Monday night in a blaze thought to be…

India’s population climbs 1.2 per cent during 2010-19

INDIA'S population climbed at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, a UN report said.    The country’s population growth during the nine-year period was more than double the annual growth rate of the world’s most populous country - China, the United Nations…

‘Why the green economy needs women’

by LAUREN CODLING WOMEN should consider roles in sustainable finance, a female leader in the “green economy” has urged, as the government continues to push for improved energy efficiency by 2030. Anjuli Pandit is the UK head of corporate sustainability/primary sustainability manager at BNP Paribas (BNPP), a French international banking…

Pakistan court jails Czech model to eight years for drug…

A Pakistani court sentenced a Czech national to over eight years in prison, more than a year after being arrested in the eastern city of Lahore for trafficking eight and a half kilograms of heroin. Tereza Hluskova -- a 22-year-old model -- has denied the charges and announced plans to…

Gujarati family from Canada among those killed in Ethiopia crash

FAMILIES have spoken of their grief after it emerged that three generations of a Gujarati family from Canada were among those killed when the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crashed last Sunday (10). Six members of the Vaidya family who were on the "trip of a lifetime" to a safari park in…

India orders safety review of Boeing 737 MAX planes after Ethiopia…

INDIA announced a safety review of Boeing 737 MAX planes being operated in the country following the Ethiopian Airlines crash yesterday (10).  Four Indians are among the  157 dead as the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 plunged into farmland minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi on Sunday. The victims came from more than…

Some countries ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s after Ethiopia crash

CHINA and Indonesia grounded their fleets of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft today (11) as witnesses recalled the terrifying spectacle of smoke and debris trailing from an Ethiopian Airlines plane before it crashed killing 157 people. The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 plunged into farmland minutes after take-off from Addis…

Tilda to help fight malnutrition in Bangladesh

BASMATI rice brand Tilda has partnered with Bake Off star Ruby Bhogal and the United Nations World Food Programme for a campaign that aims to help fight malnutrition in Bangladesh. The ‘Helping Mums Together’ initiative will culminate on Mother’s Day, and Bhogal has created a special Mother’s Day Dish to…

Bangladesh says can’t take more Myanmar refugees

BANGLADESH told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday (28) that it cannot take any more refugees from Myanmar, some 18 months after more than 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslims started pouring across the border fleeing a military crackdown. Attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents in Myanmar's Rakhine state triggered the crackdown that the United Nations, the United States, Britain and others describe as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies…

We have some ‘reasonably decent news’ from India and Pakistan,…

UNITED STATES president Donald Trump said on Thursday (28) there would be some "reasonably decent news" on the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, a day after the two nuclear powers both downed enemy jets and Pakistan captured an Indian pilot. The US, China and other world powers have urged…

Boeing nominates former UN ambassador Haley to join its board

US AEROSPACE manufacturer Boeing Co said today (26) it has nominated Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the United Nations, to join its board of directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting on April 29. Viewed as a rising Republican party star, Haley has often been mentioned as a future…

UK announces top cop as new anti-slavery chief

ONE of Britain's most senior police officers was today (22) appointed the country's new anti-slavery chief. Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) since 2015, will take up the position on a three-year contract in May, the Home Office said. Kevin Hyland was appointed as the inaugural…

Pakistan ‘ready to talk’ with India on Kashmir, will retaliate…

PAKISTAN is ready to help India investigate the suicide bomb attack in Kashmir, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, prime minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday (19). "Pakistan won't just think to retaliate. Pakistan will retaliate," Khan said in a nationally televised address. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group has…

UN seeks $920 million aid for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

THE United Nations on Friday called for $920 million in aid for around a million Rohingya taking shelter in Bangladesh after bloodshed in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. About 740,000 of the Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh as a result of a military crackdown in August 2017, condemned by the UN as ethnic…

33 Killed In Indian Kashmir Attack

AT LEAST 33 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed today (14) in Indian Kashmir in the deadliest attack on government forces there since 2002, police said. The suicide bombing outside Srinagar claimed by an Islamist group is likely to ratchet up tensions between India and Pakistan, with New Delhi long accusing…

India applauded for taking ‘big step’ in AIDS fight with…

No longer shamed as criminals, millions of LGBT+ people in India will be less at risk from HIV/AIDS following the legalisation of gay sex, the head of a global health fund said on Thursday (7). Many gay and transgender people say they encounter discrimination and stigma during health check ups,…

Angelina Jolie says Rohingya refugees’ plight ‘shames us all’

UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday (5) visited camps in Bangladesh for Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and condemned the world's failure to prevent a crisis that saw 730,000 people driven from their homes. The Hollywood actress addressed a crowd of refugees on a hilltop in Kutapalong camp,…

Bangladesh opposition demands fresh polls as parliament convenes

Bangladesh's opposition demanded fresh elections Wednesday as parliament convened for the first time since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stormed to power in a disputed poll her rivals say was rigged. Police said several hundred demonstrators gathered in the capital Dhaka to protest against Hasina and her crushing victory in late…

Holocaust Memorial Day: Stories of Jews finding refuge in India…

Poignant tales of compassion of Jews finding refuge in India in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust were recounted as the UN commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War.…

UN expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya ‘relocation’ island

A UN Special Rapporteur on human rights visited on Thursday (24) an island off Bangladesh where Dhaka aims to move Rohingya refugees despite worries it will be vulnerable to extreme weather. Some 750,000 Muslim Rohingyas flooded into Bangladesh in late 2017 after an offensive by Myanmar's military that the United…

Myanmar ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday (18) criticised as "too slow" Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of "enormous frustration." More than 720,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar's northern Rakhine state…

Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India after deportations

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim families have left India for Bangladesh since seven Rohingya men were deported to their home country Myanmar in October, community leaders said on Thursday, and more were preparing to flee a crackdown. India's Hindu nationalist government regards the Rohingya as illegal aliens and a security risk,…

Unwanted Afghan refugees pin hopes on Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Shahzad Alam has proposed marriage to several women and been rejected each time for the same reason, he says: their discovery that he is not the Pakistani shoe shop owner they thought he was, but an Afghan refugee. His romantic future could be given a boost by prime minister Imran…

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal named army’s second-in-command

Sri Lanka's president has appointed a general accused by the United Nations of war crimes to the country's second-highest army ranking, evoking outcry from rights groups. Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka's civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff…

Rohingyas fleeing India for Bangladesh

As India faces censure for repatriating a Rohingya Muslim family to Myanmar last week, an official told AFP that dozens of Rohingyas have already fled India for Bangladesh in the past few days. According to Bangladesh border officials and police, the fear of deportation to Myanmar has prompted the recent…

Protests over Assam’s decision not to give citizenship to Muslims

Thousands in northeastern India protested on Monday (7) against a proposal to grant citizenship to religious minorities in the region, except Muslims, with critics attacking the bill as prejudiced and a sop to Hindus before elections. Protesters burned copies of the legislation in angry marches across Assam state, where millions have settled in…

UN condemns Bangladesh election ‘reprisals’

The United Nations said on Friday (4) that worrying cases of violence and intimidation have been reported in Bangladesh since the country's deadly election campaign. A woman allegedly gang-raped for voting for an opposition party is among the worst of a series of attacks reported by local media since Sunday's…

UN refugee agency express regret over India’s decision to repatriate…

The UN refugee agency has sought clarification from India over its decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has voiced concerns over the unconducive conditions for such returns. In a press briefing on Friday (4), Farhan Haq, the…

Sheikh Hasina says ‘conscience is clear’ as opposition claims election…

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (31) rejected calls for a new vote after being declared landslide winner in an election marred by deadly violence that the opposition slammed as "farcical" and rigged. Having secured a record fourth term, Hasina swept aside opposition protests over clashes between rival supporters…

Bangladesh’s Hasina set for landslide win as opposition demands new…

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina was heading for a landslide win in a general election Sunday that was marred by opposition claims of vote-rigging and violence between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people. Hasina's ruling Awami League party easily crossed the 151 seats required to form a majority government,…

UN experts raise alarm over India citizens register

Three United Nations human rights experts expressed "deep concern" on Thursday (27) over a controversial citizens register in India's Assam state, warning it could inflame ethnic tensions in an already fractious region. A new draft Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state announced in July left off four million people,…

Tributes to former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown

POLITICIANS, led by British prime minister Theresa May, have paid tribute to Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats who died last evening (22) at the age of 77. He revealed in November that he was being treated for bladder cancer. "I have the best of people and…

Modi hails Pramukh Swami on his 98th birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (15) paid tribute to the late Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the former spiritual head of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Santha (BAPS) Swaminarayan sect, on his 98th birth anniversary. The 11-day celebrations for the spiritual leader, who died in August 2106, started in Rajkot on December…

Haley reveals she used Trump’s ‘unpredictable’ nature to get things…

Nikki Haley, the outgoing US ambassador to the UN, has said she used President Donald Trump's "rhetoric" and "unpredictable" nature to get the job done at the world body. In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. Haley has served nearly two…

India To Remain At Top With $80 Billion Remittances: World…

Among major remittance recipients in the globe, India retains its top spot, with remittances expected to total $80 billion this year, followed by China ($67bn), Mexico and the Philippines ($34bn each), and Egypt ($26bn), said the latest edition of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, released on Saturday (8).…

FAO Approves India’s Proposal To Observe International Year Of Millets…

India’s minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Radha Mohan Singh has said that the 160th  session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council, currently underway in Rome, has approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023. On behalf of all countrymen, the minister conveyed his gratitude…

India’s Preeti Saran Gets Seat At UN’s Committee On Economic,…

Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran (60) has been elected as unanimously to an Asia Pacific seat on the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Wednesday (5). Preeti’s four-year term starts on January 1, 2019, and expires on December 31, 2022. The former Indian diplomat…

Farhan Akhtar says #MeToo campaign has put ‘fear’ into Bollywood…

A wave of #MeToo revelations in India has created fear among sex pests and more respect for women in one of the world's largest film industries, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar said on Wednesday. The #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, which began in the U.S. entertainment industry, gained traction in India after Bollywood's Tanushree Dutta…

Pakistan ready to support US to end war in Afghanistan

Pakistan assured visiting US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday that it would back a negotiated settlement with the Taliban to end the long war in Afghanistan, after President Donald Trump personally asked for Islamabad's help. Khalilzad, an Afghan-born veteran US diplomat who served as George W. Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan,…

US asks Pakistan to get on board with South Asia…

The United States of America has delivered a strong message to Pakistan asking the nation to get on board with the south Asia peace process. US defence secretary Jim Mattis said it was time for Pakistan to support the efforts taken by the UN, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and…

Suu Kyi calls for “a culture of peace” but fails…

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing international criticism over her country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, called Saturday for "a culture of peace" to end conflict between communities. The Nobel Peace prize winner did not mention the Rohingya crisis -- which has led the United Nations to…

UN Address Calls for Upliftment of Women and Girls

Religion and religious leaders play a crucial role in fostering peaceful and inclusive societies, said Global Interfaith WASH Alliance secretary-general Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji. Her address at the UN World Headquarters during the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Global summit also highlighted the importance of women’s leadership and sustainable development at a time of increasing global…

Former UBS Trader Jailed For Britain’s Biggest Fraud Deported To…

Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli who jailed for Britain's biggest fraud over unauthorised trades that cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, has been deported to Ghana, his spokesman said. Adoboli was put on a commercial flight from Heathrow on Wednesday (14) after being detained in Scotland earlier in the week,…

Bangladesh to blame if Rohingya returns delayed, say Myanmar government

Myanmar's government on Sunday insisted any delays to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees would be the fault of Bangladesh, just four days ahead of the controversial planned start date. After repeated setbacks, the neighbouring countries declared that the first of more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would be repatriated on November 15,…

Lawyer of freed Christian woman leaves Pakistan a “prime target”

The Pakistani lawyer who helped free a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy said on Monday (5) he had been forced to flee to the Netherlands for his life, and has no idea where his client is. Lawyer Saiful Mulook, who defended Asia Bibi in a case that has…

Myanmar says 2,000 Rohingya to arrive in November despite doubts

A top Myanmar official said on Wednesday (31) that his country would take back a first group of 2,000 Rohingya refugees from camps in Bangladesh in November despite widespread doubts over the proposal. Officials from the two countries announced on Tuesday (30) that some of the 720,000 Muslim Rohingya who fled a…

Indian-American Awarded At White House For preventing Human Trafficking

Indian-American Minal Patel Davis has been honoured with a Presidential award by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo for her work toward preventing human trafficking in Houston. Davis is a special advisor on human trafficking to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and she received the honour in the White House last…

Climate change catastrophe: India predicted to face severe weather

by LAUREN CODLING INDIA would be among countries “highly impacted” by the changing climate, which may cause a higher frequency of droughts, floods and intense heatwaves, an environmental think-tank cautioned on Monday (8). Scientists released a report on the risks of rise of global temperatures, warning the world is off-track…

Nikki Haley has been great advocate of India-US relationship, say…

Nikki Haley actively engaged with Indian-Americans and has been a great advocate of the India-US relationship, eminent community members told news agency Press Trust of India, adding they believe she would emerge in a stronger role soon. Haley, the first ever Indian-American in any presidential cabinet, resigned as the US…

Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador

Nikki Haley resigned on Tuesday (9) as the US ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest departure from President Donald Trump's national security team. Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump said that Haley had done a "fantastic job" and would leave at the end of the year. "She told me probably six months ago,"…

UN Secretary General Guterres visits Golden Temple

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (3) paid obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and was honoured with a siropa by the Sikh priest. A siropa is placed around the neck but is intended to be worn on the head as a dastaar (turban). During his visit to…

India’s Rohingya refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first group…

Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: "Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too." Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing…

US peace envoy arrives in Kabul as Taliban ramp up…

Senior US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Kabul for talks with Afghan leaders, an official said Sunday, in his first trip to the Afghan capital since being appointed to lead peace efforts with the Taliban. The visit by Khalilzad, a former US ambassador to Kabul, Baghdad and the United…

UN blasts India’s deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar

The UN voiced alarm on Friday (6) over India's deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmar despite warnings they could face persecution in a country where the military is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority. The UN refugee agency said it was "greatly concerned" for the safety and security of…

India to Continue to Purchase Crude Oil from Iran Despite…

India will buy nine million barrels of Iranian crude oil in November, two industry sources said, indicating that the world's third-biggest oil importer is to continue purchasing crude from the Islamic Republic despite US sanctions coming into force on November 4. "Refiners have placed November nominations to lift 1.25 million…

India to Deport Seven Rohingyas to Myanmar for First Time

For the first time, India will deport seven Rohingya immigrants to their home country, Myanmar on Thursday (4). The seven members have been illegally staying in India’s northeastern state of Assam. According to home ministry officials, the seven Rohingya immigrants will be handed over to Myanmar officials at Moreh border…

Modi: India believes in peace but not at cost of…

India staunchly believes in peace and is committed to taking it forward, but it would not be at the cost of compromising its self-respect and sovereignty, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday (30) as he asserted that the armed forces will give a befitting reply to any attempt to…

Indian religious leaders back new declaration of peace in Europe

Religious leaders from joined those from across the world to extend their support to a new concept of the "Declaration of Friendship" to foster world peace by countering hatred and intolerance. The contours of the Declaration was laid out by The Hague-based Peace Palace, the Carnegie Foundation and the Elijah…

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for release of reporters’…

Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday over a pardon for two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, saying the Nobel laureate held the key to their release. The two fathers, accused of breaching Myanmar's state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of…

India, Pakistan foreign ministers trade insults at UN meeting

India and Pakistan traded insults at the United Nations on Saturday (29) after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in New York fell through. India cancelled the talks offered by Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan following an attack that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said had killed three Indian…

Bhagawati Saraswati elected co-chair of the faith-based advisory council to…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary-general of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and president of Divine Shakti Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh has been elected as a co-chair of the faith-based advisory council to the United Nations. She is among the 40 faith leaders who have been nominated to serve on the council. She…

Many doctors in India miss TB signs: Study

Many private sector doctors in India miss the signs of tuberculosis and therefore provide patients inadequate treatment, according to a new study published Tuesday (25) involving people hired to act out the symptoms. Tuberculosis or TB, an airborne infection, remains a major public health issue in India, China and Indonesia, among other countries.…

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt to meet Suu Kyi during Myanmar…

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will arrive in Myanmar on Wednesday (19) for a two-day visit during which he will have talks with the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Foreign Office said. Ahead of the trip, Hunt said Britain would increase its support to gather evidence for Rohingya victims who have suffered sexual violence at the hands of the military in Rakhine state. U.N.…

India Ranks 130 Among 189 Nations in UN Human Development…

India climbed one step to 130 among 189 nations in the latest human development index published on Friday (14) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). India’s human development index (HDI) value is above the average of 0.638 in the south Asia region. India was at 131 rank with HDI…

Indian press celebrates gay sex ruling but Modi stays silent

INDIAN media on Friday (7) - including some conservative outlets - hailed a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise gay sex whilst highlighting a "deafening" silence from Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government. Banner front page headlines such as "Love at First Right", "Rainbow Nation" and "Independence Day" greeted the verdict of…

Pompeo lands in Pakistan seeking ‘reset’ in ties with Islamabad

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo landed in Islamabad on Wednesday (5) to meet new prime minister Imran Khan, saying he was hoping to "reset the relationship" with Pakistan which has worsened in recent months. The conciliatory remarks by Pompeo, whose flight touched down just before 1:00 pm (0800 GMT),…

Myanmar media, activists condemn conviction of Reuters reporters

Several Myanmar news outlets and dozens of civil society groups denounced the jailing of two Reuters reporters for seven years under the Official Secrets Act, and said their conviction was an assault on the right to freedom of information. A court found the two journalists guilty on Monday (3) in…

UK surge in online child sex abuse images stokes global…

A dramatic surge in the number of online child sex abuse images uncovered in Britain has stoked fears about the growing sexual exploitation and enslavement of children worldwide via technology, anti-slavery campaigners said on Monday (03). Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said it had received more than 82,000 referrals of…

Ruchi Ghanashyam appointed India’s next High Commissioner to UK

Senior diplomat Ruchi Ghanashyam has been appointed as India's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday (28). She will succeed Y K Sinha who had assumed the charge as the Indian High Commissioner in the UK in December 2016. Ghanashyam is a 1982-batch…

Pakistan complains to Netherlands over Wilders Prophet Mohammed cartoon plans

Pakistan's new foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi complained to his Dutch counterpart on Tuesday (28) over a planned anti-Islam cartoon contest, saying "such acts spread hate and intolerance". Far-right Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has planned the contest for later in the year, and caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed are…

Satya Tripathi appointed Assistant Secretary-General and head of New York…

Satya S Tripathi has been appointed as the assistant secretary-general and head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The veteran Indian development economist with over 35 years of experience will succeed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1998, Tripathi has worked for the…

Rohingya protest for ‘justice’ on crackdown anniversary

Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees staged angry protests for "justice" on Saturday (25) on the first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown that sparked a mass exodus to camps in Bangladesh. Many wept as they recalled the brutal killings and rapes inflicted on the Muslim minority last year as 700,000…

India May Not Accept Foreign Aid for Flood-Hit Kerala State:…

The Indian government has decided not to accept foreign donations for flood relief and rehabilitation works in its flood ridden Southern State, Kerala. However, there is no restriction for the people residing in foreign countries to extend their support personally, local media reports said on Wednesday (22). The government thanked…

5 best moments of Priyanka Chopra. Miss World India to…

Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra was born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur, India. In 2000 her mum sent her photographs to Femina Miss India contest where she was selected and became the first runner up, which led her to participate in Miss India World, where she won the title…

Bangladesh approves changes to traffic law following student protests

Bangladesh’s cabinet has approved changes to its traffic law after students protest entered a ninth day over the death of two teenagers who were killed by a speeding bus in the capital city of Dhaka. The cabinet has approved changing the maximum jail time for rash driving deaths in the…

Ahmadiyya community comes together for largest Muslim convention in the…

MORE than 35,000 people from 100 countries gathered in the town of Alton, Hampshire to take part in the largest Islamic convention in the UK. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community hosted its three-day Jalsa Salana (annual gathering) at their UK base, the Hadeeqatul Mahdi,,a 200-acre farm in Alton, last weekend (Friday-Sunday,…

Student protests turn violent in Bangladesh

A tragic traffic accident that occured more than a week ago has brought Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka to a standstill. Teenagers in school uniforms took the streets to protest over the dangerous conditions on Dhaka's roads after two students were killed and several injured by a privately-owned bus that…

Haley says Human Rights Council is UN’s ‘greatest failure’

US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended the Donald Trump's administration's decision to withdraw from it saying the UN has provided cover for the world's most inhumane regimes. "More often, the Human Rights Council has provided cover, not condemnation, for the world's most inhumane regimes. It has been…

‘Restoring rights of Rohingya’

UN CHIEF HOPES MYANMAR DEAL WILL LEAD TO REFUGEES’ RETURN UN SECRETARY general Antonio Guterres on Monday (2) called for more international pressure on Myanmar to create conditions safe for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the coun­try since a military crackdown last August.…

Mother of Delhi gang-rape victim backs India’s rank as ‘most…

THE mother of a female student who was gang raped and killed on a Delhi bus more than five years ago supported a poll of experts on Wednesday (27) that ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women. India topped the survey of 548 experts in women's issues…

Nikki Haley: Freedom of religion as important as freedom of…

US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is on a two-day trip to India to solidify Indo-US relations, touched on the importance of religious freedom saying it was as important as freedom of rights and freedom of people. Haley is scheduled to visit several religious places in New Delhi…

UN envoy to Myanmar: perpetrators of Rohingya attacks must be…

The new UN envoy for Myanmar told authorities in Naypyidaw during her first visit that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes, a UN statement said. Christine Schraner Burgener held talks with Myanmar's de facto leader…

Last straw for McDonald’s, Burger King in Mumbai plastic ban

Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India's commercial capital Mumbai, an official on said Tuesday (26). The rules, in force since Saturday, prohibit the use of disposable plastic items such as bags, cutlery, cups and bottles under…

Study: India most dangerous country for women

INDIA is the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday (26). War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about…

Federal rule is likely in Kashmir

BJP LEAVES ALLIANCE OVER RISING VIOLENCE INDIA’S governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday (19) and called for federal control over the Himalayan region, citing a deterioration in security that could herald a new crackdown. The BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with…

Sanjay Dutt: Seven of his best lead roles

THIS month sees the release of hotly-anticipated biopic Sanju. Ranbir Kapoor portrays the turbulent life of pop­ular Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed film. But apart from the personal lows, Sanjay has also had many highs on the big screen. With that in mind, here are seven of…

Withdrawal of India’s BJP from Kashmir government could herald “muscular…

India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday (19) and called for federal control over the disputed Himalayan region, citing a deterioration in security that could herald a new crackdown. The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a…

Police ‘creating climate of fear’

BANGLADESH’S CONTROVERSIAL DRUGS CRACKDOWN IS CRITICISED BY FAMILIES THE death toll in a Bangladeshi “zero tolerance” crackdown on drugs has risen to 140, with about 18,000 people arrested, the government said last Thursday (7), as a group of activists urged the United Nations to step in to stop the bloodshed. Prime…

India and China ‘add vigour to friendship’

NEIGHBOURS SETTLE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER DISPUTE CHINA and India last Saturday (9) settled a dispute over the flood-prone Brahmaputra river that flows from Tibet to Bangladesh in a sign of growing cooperation between them. India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping signed the agreement as they began the…

Bangladesh monsoon rains: Rohingya shelter camps washed away

Heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh has caused severe structural damages to camps hosting more than one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). “The situation in the camps is growing more desperate with every drop of rain that falls,” Manuel Pereira, IOM’s Emergency Coordinator…

New UN envoy to pay first visit to Myanmar

The new UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will pay her first visit to the country beginning on Tuesday (12), holding talks on human rights and the Rohingya refugee crisis, the UN said. The former Swiss ambassador to Germany who was appointed in April will meet with Myanmar authorities, "ethnic…

Myanmar seeks war crimes evidence

MYANMAR is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s Na­tional Security Adviser Thaung Tun said last Saturday (2). He was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security confer­ence in Singapore, where he was asked if…

One family, four countries — the dispossession of the Rohingya

It takes a few moments to sift through the years of chaos and dislocation before Rohingya refugee Robi Alam settles on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, August 2012, as the last time he saw his seven brothers together in Myanmar. "We were still a family then under one roof,…

Modi and Putin hold ‘extremely productive’ talks on bilateral, global…

India prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (21) said he had "extremely productive" discussions with Russian president Vladimir Putin and they reviewed the com plete range of India-Russia relations as well as other global subjects during their first ever informal summit in this Black Sea coastal city. Modi said friendship…

Changing the face of beauty products

by ASJAD NAZIR HOW SISTERS MYRA QURESHI AND REMA TASEER TEAMED TEAMED UP TO REVOLUTIONISE THE BEAUTY MARKET SISTERS Myra Qureshi and Rema Taseer are rev­olutionising the beauty industry in Pakistan with certified all-natural products which use fresh and organically sourced ingredients free from harmful chemical components. What started off with…

Here’s everything you need to know about prime minister Modi’s…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is set to address people from various nationalities and backgrounds through his Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath live event on Wednesday (18). The event, which will be held at the iconic Central Hall Westminster, is expected to be attended by more than 2,000 people and the no-holds-barred interaction…

UK and India come together to provide ‘clean, affordable’ energy…

By Lauren Codling THE UK government announced on Monday (16) it would be joining forces with the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) to help provide over 1 billion of the world’s poorest population with “clean, affordable” energy. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, revealed the “momentous occasion” ahead of Indian…

Angry Myanmar activists grab Zuckerberg’s attention on hate speech

A whoop of disbelief erupted in the small office used by anti-hate speech activists in Myanmar when they spotted the name that had dropped into their email inbox: Mark Zuckerberg. In a week that saw the Facebook CEO field questions in Washington over privacy breaches and election interference, angry online…

UN chief criticizes Myanmar army chief for Rohingya comments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (26) criticized Myanmar's army chief after he declared that the Muslim Rohingya had nothing in common with the country's other ethnic groups. Guterres said he was "shocked" at reports of General U Min Aung Hlaing's remarks at a military gathering and urged Myanmar's leaders…

Sri Lanka struggles to restore order after riots

MOBS torched Muslim-owned businesses in a central Sri Lanka district on Wednesday (7) as hundreds of police and troops struggled to restore order after days of rioting. The soldiers poured into Kandy to reinforce police but arson attacks persisted even though the government has imposed a nationwide state of emergency…

Nobel laureate Satyarthi: Gangs exploit refugee crisis to enslave people

The refugee crisis has exacerbated human trafficking and modern slavery with global action needed to tackle the criminal gangs now selling people as well as firearms and drugs, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has said. Ahead of a summit of global leaders and Nobel laureates in Jordan this month on children's…

Pakistan’s first Dalit woman senator to champion girls’ education

As the first woman senator from Pakistan's lowest Dalit caste, Krishna Kumari Kohli has an ambitious to-do list, from tackling honour killings to kidnappings and child marriage. But for the former child bride from a poor Hindu family, the need to improve women and girls' health and education in the…

Malala leads tributes to Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir

  ONE OF Pakistan’s leading human rights advocates, Asma Jahangir, has died, her family said yesterday (11). She was 66. The lawyer and co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister. "Unfortunately, we have lost her," Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights…

Molotov cocktail thrown at Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside home

A petrol bomb was thrown at Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's lakeside home on Thursday. Damage to the property was minor and no one was hurt as Suu Kyi was away in capital Naypyidaw at the time of attack. The Facebook page run by the Yangon Police has put up…

Brexit: Door is Open for Britain to return to EU,…

Britain is still welcome to rethink its decision to leave the European Union, because the door is open should the country want to reverse its 2016 vote, Pierre Moscovici, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Union, told French media in an interview on Sunday. "If the British want to…

Donald Trump supporters blast Hillary Clinton for her Fire and…

Hillary Clinton was on Sunday blasted by a section of Twitterati for her Fire and Fury spoof where she read an excerpt from the book about US president Donald Trump's eating habits. “One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was…

India marks 69th Republic Day with grand parade

Marching contingents, strategic defence weaponry and colourful tableaux were on display as India celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand parade watched by thousands of people along with ten ASEAN leaders who attended the event as chief guests, in a historic first. Signifying India's fast growing strategic ties with…

Bill Richardson: Aung San Suu Kyi believes there’s combined international…

One of the reasons for former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson's resignation from the international advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis is his difference of opinion with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. According to Richardson, Suu Kyi has been blaming others for the Rohingya crisis instead of…

Modi gives passionate defence of globalisation at World Economic Forum

By Sarwar Alam Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted a defense of globalization at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday (23), urging joint action on climate change and economic cooperation, in a speech some delegates took as a swipe at US president Donald Trump's America First agenda. Modi, making the…

Bangladesh will coordinate with UN over Rohingya return

Bangladesh on Sunday (21) sought to reassure the international community that a planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to conflict-scarred western Myanmar would be "voluntary" and in coordination with the United Nations. In a briefing to foreign diplomats, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H Mahmood Ali insisted that the…

Never heard of Indian state-sponsored terrorism: Ex CIA director David…

Former CIA director David Petraeus said on Thursday he has never heard the term Indian state-sponsored terrorism in his career, thereby rebutting Pakistan’s claim that it has evidence of India’s involvement in sponsoring terrorism. Petraeus was speaking at Raisina Dialogue, an annual geo-political conference held in India’s capital New Delhi. Petraeus was the…

No case against Hafiz Saeed in Pak, says PM Shahid…

[caption id="attachment_18890" align="alignnone" width="447"] Hafiz Saeed[/caption] Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said on Tuesday that no action will be taken against Hafiz Saeed as there is no case against him in Pakistan. Abbas said this in an interview with Pakistan's Geo TV. “Action is taken when there is a…

Bangladesh targets 100,000 for first Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslim refugees who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said on Friday Dec 29. More than 655,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine State have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in…

Indians abroad tops 17 million

by LAUREN CODLING INDIA’S diaspora is the largest in the world, a United Nations (UN) report revealed on Monday (18). It is estimated there are 17 million Indians living abroad, with the report also showing that the umber of migrants from the south Asian country has doubled from 7.98 million…

Senator Harris: Trump should resign

Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American senator, has called for Donald Trump's resignation, becoming the seventh lawmaker to demand it amid resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct against the US president. The allegations of sexual misconduct against the 71-year old Trump have received renewed attention recently after several prominent men in the…

Bangladesh wants India to raise Rohingya refugees issue in UN

An estimated 6,20,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh following an Army crackdown on rebels in Myanmar. At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the first month of a crackdown that started in August in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, according to an estimate…

Dia Mirza appointed as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for India

Popular Bollywood actress and former beauty pageant winner, Dia Mirza, has been appointed as UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India. The actress, who is also the brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India, will work on raising awareness of and seeking solutions to environmental issues that the world, and…

Pakistan justifies Hafiz Saeed’s release

Pakistan has justified the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, claiming that Islamabad was committed to the implementation of United Nations Security Council 1267 sanctions regime on terrorists and has taken several steps in this regard. Saeed, who has a $10 million American bounty on…

Indian politician toilet video goes viral

AN Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open. Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering…

Civil War: Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape…

Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure on Saturday to answer for alleged human rights violations following a recent war crimes lawsuit and allegations from over 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of their abuses come nearly a…

masood-azhar Deeply disappointed, says India as China once again blocks…

In a sharp reaction, India on Thursday slammed China's double standards as it once again blocked a move by the US to sanction Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'. Beijing used its veto power to block a resolution by the US to ban the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief. All 15 nations, except China,…

India counters Pak’s fake narrative at UNGA, brings up Lt…

Paolomi Tripathi, the junior-most diplomat in India's mission to the United Nations, today responded to Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi, who tried to pass off a Palestinian woman as a victim of pellet gun fire in Kashmir yesterday. Media reported, that Pakistan's top envoy Maleeha Lodhi produced a picture of a girl from…

Pakistan ‘export factory for terror’, says India’s foreign minister

India's foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan on Saturday (23), telling the United Nations that its neighbor had given the world "terrorists" while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers. "Why is it today India is a recognized IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory…

‘When greed exploits nature, it explodes’: Sushma Swaraj on challenges…

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the challenge posed by climate change requires more "serious action than talk" and asked the leaders of the developed world to help the less fortunate ones through technology transfer and Green Climate Financing.  Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most…

Bangladesh forces 2,000 Rohingya off remote island

The United Nations says 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have poured over the border into Bangladesh since the latest round of fighting broke out 10 days ago in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state. Bangladesh authorities have forced these more than 2,000 Rohingya to leave a remote island where they were hiding out after fleeing violence…

Pak-based terror groups named in BRICS declaration for first time

In a big diplomatic victory for India, a declaration issued by the BRICS countries in Xiamen in China has named Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. This is the first time that the five BRICS nations united together in condemning and finding ways to eliminate terror.  The declaration which…