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‘Pakistan advanced nuclear programme despite economic challenges’

DESPITE economic challenges, Pakistan continued upgrading its nuclear capabilities, driven by its ongoing tensions with India, top US intelligence official told Congress. The remarks by Lt Gen Jeffrey Kruse, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency came during a Congressional hearing on China on Monday (15). Kruse told lawmakers that Pakistan…

Tesla signs deal with Tata Electronics for semiconductor chips: Report

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Elon Musk's Tesla has struck a deal with Tata Electronics to acquire semiconductor chips for its global operations. The Economic Times newspaper, citing sources, reported that the strategic deal between Tesla and Tata Electronics was executed discreetly a few months ago.…

India relocates consulate staff due to escalating tensions in Myanmar

In response to the worsening security conditions in Myanmar, India has shifted its consulate staff from Sittwe to Yangon. India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, on Friday said that India is closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar, and the consulate in Mandalay remains functional. During a media briefing, Jaiswal…

‘India ramped up China border infrastructure budget after Modi took…

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Friday that there was a significant increase in the budget for infrastructure along the India-China border after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister in 2014. He pointed out that prior efforts to improve border infrastructure had been stagnant since the 1962 war.…

Popular support for our government is increasing: Modi

As India heads towards another general election, prime minister Narendra Modi is confident of not just winning, but improving his party Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) tally in the Lok Sabha - the lower house of the parliament. While replying to Newsweek's written questions, followed up with a 90-minute conversation at…

India ranks 10th in global cybercrime, finds study

India has been placed 10th in the world for cybercrime activities, with advance fee fraud being the most prevalent type, a new study involving cybercrime experts globally has revealed. The study, leading to the creation of the 'World Cybercrime Index,' ranks about 100 countries based on their involvement in various…

Green energy powers exhibits at Science Museum’s Adani Gallery

THE Science Museum has inaugurated an “Adani Green Energy Gallery” that was funded by an Indian business house. The gallery, which has been three years in the making, explores how mankind could combat the effects of climate change. One exhibit from India shows how water funnelled through terracotta pots can…

Modi aims to boost his party’s tally in southern states

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is expected to retain power in the multi-phase general elections starting this month, but the question is how far he will succeed in wooing the wealthier and better-educated south. After a decade in power, Modi hopes to significantly increase his Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 55…

‘Looking forward to meeting Modi’: Musk confirms India visit

Less than a week after reports saying Tesla will send a team from the United States to India to study sites for an electric car plant in India, company CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that he is coming to the country. "Looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

WHO raises alarm over 3,500 daily deaths from hepatitis infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning regarding the escalating death toll from viral hepatitis, revealing that the disease stands as the second leading infectious cause of death worldwide, claiming 1.3 million lives annually, which is almost the same as tuberculosis-related fatalities. According to the WHO 2024 Global…

JLR retail sales up on strong demand

TATA MOTORS-owned Jaguar Land Rover on Monday (8) reported a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in its retail sales at 431,733 units for fiscal ended March 31, 2024. During the last fiscal, the company's wholesales rose 25 per cent to 401,303 units against 2022-23 financial year, Tata Motors said in…

Rajnath Singh questions China’s renaming efforts in Arunachal Pradesh

INDIAN defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (9) rejected China’s attempts’ to rename places in Arunachal Pradesh and wondered if provinces in that country would become part of India if it changes their names. In an address at a public rally, Singh also asserted that if someone tries to hurt…

Study finds drinking water in Europe, US contains dangerous chemicals

A study has revealed a list of dangerous chemicals that have been found in surface and groundwater worldwide, according to a study released Tuesday that showed Australia, the United States, and Europe as hotspots for these chemicals. A paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience analysed data from 45,000 water…

Pegatron to sell its India-based iPhone plant to Tata

Pegatron is in advanced talks to hand over control of its only iPhone manufacturing facility in India to the Tata Group, said two sources with direct knowledge, marking the Taiwanese firm's latest scaleback of its Apple partnership. Under the deal, which has received the backing of Apple, Tata plans to…

China may misuse AI to target polls in US and…

Microsoft has raised concerns about China potentially exploiting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to influence elections in countries like India, South Korea, and the US. "With major elections taking place around the world this year, particularly in India, South Korea, and the United States, we assess that China will, at a minimum,…

UNHRC passes resolution on discrimination against intersex people

The UN Human Rights Council made a significant stride on Thursday (4) by passing a resolution aimed at addressing discrimination against intersex people, despite encountering opposition from certain nations regarding the terminology used. The resolution received approval from 24 out of 47 council members, with none voting against it and…

Study attributes decline in academic freedom to restriction of free…

Academic freedom is on the decline globally, according to a recent index released in Paris, France. The Academic Freedom Index -- based on input from more than 2,300 experts in 179 countries, was published last month as part of a report on democracy by the V-Dem Institute at Sweden's University…

Elon Musk’s Tesla to scout sites in India for £2.4…

Tesla will send a team from the United States to India by late April to study sites for a proposed $2 billion to $3 billion (£2.4bn) electric car plant in the country. The Financial Times reported that Tesla would send a team to study sites for the plant, focusing on…

Debt restructure deal imminent, says Colombo

SRI LANKA is optimistic about reaching an agreement soon with bondholders to restructure about $12 billion (£9.54bn) in debt, a top official said on Monday (1), a big step that will help the island nation emerge from its worst financial crisis in decades.   China, the world’s and Sri Lanka’s…

Ties with India could improve after polls: Pakistan minister

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has expressed hope that ties with India will improve after the general elections in the neighbouring country. Asif's comments came days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Singapore said that Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism almost at an "industry level" and the mood in India…

India rejects China’s renaming of Arunachal Pradesh locations

INDIA rejected China's renaming of about 30 places in its northeastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday (2), calling the move "senseless" and reaffirming that the border province is an "integral" part of India. Beijing says Arunachal Pradesh, which its calls Zangnan, is a part of South Tibet -…

Despite populism, Modi a hit among Indian elites: Report

Elites may usually dislike populist leaders globally, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeing increasing support among educated voters, The Economist has said. In an article titled 'Why India's elites back Narendra Modi', the publication said, "Three factors - class politics, economics, and elite admiration for strongman rule - help…

Pakistan beefs up security for Chinese workers after attack

Pakistan has intensified security measures to protect Chinese engineers engaged in Beijing-backed projects in the nation's northwest following a deadly suicide bombing that claimed the lives of five workers, an official announced on Wednesday (27). China stands as one of Islamabad's closest regional allies, investing billions of dollars in various…

December ban on onion exports extended despite fall in prices

INDIA extended its ban on exports indefinitely – a surprise move ahead of a general election and is set to exacerbate high prices in some overseas markets.   India is the world’s biggest exporter of the vegetable and the country imposed the ban in December. It was due to expire…

Dhamija urges diaspora to believe in ‘Indian century’

ENTEPRENEUR Dinesh Dhamija has told Eastern Eye he wrote The Indian Century because he wants the 30 million-strong Indian diaspora across the world, but especially in the UK, to invest back in the mother country. The interview about his new book, in which he gives an upbeat assessment of the…

India summons US envoy after remarks on Kejriwal arrest

India on Wednesday summoned a top United States diplomat after Washington said it was "closely watching" events following the jailing of a senior opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal weeks ahead of parliamentary elections. The US State Department had urged India to ensure a "fair, transparent, and timely legal process" for Kejriwal,…

British film stars back Kolkata charity to give street children…

THE actress Shelley King, best known for playing Yasmeen Nazir in Coronation Street and Jay Harper in Angels, has talked to Eastern Eye about a children’s street charity in Kolkata which will be marking its 25th anniversary on November 9, 2024. King, who herself lived in Kolkata till the age…

Sri Lanka’s Gunawardena says China to develop ‘strategic infrastructure’

PRIME MINISTER of Sri Lanka on Wednesday (27) announced that China has committed to enhancing the strategic deep-sea port and the capital's airport of the island nation following discussions with his counterpart in Beijing. Prime minister Dinesh Gunawardena said China -- the island's biggest bilateral creditor -- would "assist" Sri…

China accused of hacking MPs’ emails, electoral watchdog

Britain on Monday accused Chinese hackers of trying to break into email accounts of British lawmakers who were critical of China and said a separate Chinese entity was behind a hack of its electoral watchdog that compromised millions of people's data. In response to the attempted hack in 2021 of…

Pakistan naval airbase attacked; five militants killed

Militants attacked a Pakistan naval airbase in the turbulent southwest region killing at least one paramilitary soldier while security forces killed all five of the assailants in retaliatory fire, officials said on Tuesday. Monday's attack on the Turbat base was the second assault by ethnic Baloch militants on a military…

Australia tightens student visa rules

After Canada and the UK, Australia will enforce tougher visa rules for foreign students as official data showed migration hit another record high, which is likely to further exacerbate an already tight rental market. From Saturday, English language requirements for student and graduate visas will be increased, while the government…

UN’s AI resolution calls for protecting human rights, personal data

THE UN general assembly on Thursday (21) unanimously passed the inaugural worldwide resolution on artificial intelligence, urging nations to uphold human rights, safeguard personal data, and oversee AI for potential hazards. The nonbinding resolution, proposed by the US and co-sponsored by China and over 120 other nations, also advocates the…

India’s fertility rate drops to just under 2, further decline…

A new study published in The Lancet reveals a significant decline in India's fertility rate. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR), which represents the average number of births per woman, has dropped from a staggering 6.2 in 1950 to just under 2 in 2021. This trend is expected to continue, with…

Gwadar terror attack: 10 killed in Pakistan

Heavily-armed Baloch insurgents on Wednesday stormed the Gwadar Port Authority complex in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, but security forces foiled the attack and killed eight militants while losing two soldiers. The attack happened on the same day when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif asserted that his government would not tolerate any…

India’s water crisis worsens as reservoir levels slide

India's main reservoirs have hit their lowest March levels in five years, government data showed, indicating a possible squeeze on drinking water and power availability this summer in most parts of the country. In major centres such as India's 'Silicon Valley' Bengaluru, home to IT majors like Google, Infosys, and…

Top 25 comedy heroes from India

WHILE it’s true that stand-up comedy first gained prominence in western culture, India’s comedy scene has emerged as one of the fastest-growing in the past decade. In recent years, there has been an influx of top talents who have presented humour in a unique way and risen to prominence with…

Air quality: Bangladesh, Pakistan and India rank lowest once again

PAKISTAN remained one of the world's three smoggiest countries in 2023, as Bangladesh and India replaced Chad and Iran, with particulate matter about 15 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization, data published on Tuesday (19) showed. Average concentrations of PM2.5 - small airborne particles that damage the…

New bill threatens TikTok ban unless China sells US arm

THE US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday (13) that would give TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance about six months to divest the US assets of the short-video app, or face a ban, in the greatest threat to the app since the Trump administration. The bill passed 352-65…

A Glimpse into the Rich History of the Kingdom of…

Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand, formerly known as Siam, boasts a captivating history that spans over thousands of years. Its rich cultural heritage, intertwined with diverse influences, has shaped the Kingdom into the vibrant nation it is today. From ancient civilizations to powerful empires, Thailand's history is…

Surfing the tides, thrilling tale of the Severn Bore phenomenon

Surfers and kayakers eagerly anticipate an extraordinary natural spectacle known as the Severn Bore, transforming the typically serene Severn Estuary into a surfer's paradise. Contrary to its name, this event is anything but boring, captivating water enthusiasts from around the world. What is the Severn Bore? The Severn Bore is…

India rejects China’s objections to Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

INDIA on Tuesday (12) rejected Chinese objections to prime minister Narendra Modi's weekend visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the northeastern border state has always been "an integral and inalienable part of India". The Indian foreign ministry's comments came a day after Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing was…

Indian troops exit Maldives following quit order

INDIA has begun withdrawing military personnel operating surveillance aircraft in the Maldives after the new pro-China president ordered them to leave, local media reported Tuesday (12). The Mihaaru newspaper reported that 25 Indian troops deployed in the southernmost atoll of Addu had left the archipelago ahead of March 10, the…

India to enact divisive citizenship law

India's interior ministry said Monday it was enacting a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims, just weeks before the world's most populous country heads into a general election. While the law was passed in December 2019, its implementation was delayed after widespread protests and deadly violence erupted in…

A decade of mystery: Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Ten years have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar screens, creating one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history. Despite extensive search efforts and investigations, the fate of the Boeing 777, carrying 239 people from 15 countries, remains unknown. Theories abound, but conclusive answers elude authorities and…

Japan bats for cricket at 2026 Asian Games

THE Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is keen to have cricket at the 2026 Asian Games in Japan, and is exploring the idea of converting a baseball stadium in Nagoya for this purpose, officials said. Administrators perceive multi-sport events like the Asian Games as an opportunity to boost cricket, which…

Red Sea data cable cut, claims telecom firm

The undersea cable network in the Red Sea is facing disruptions with cables getting cut and this has affected data traffic flow between Asia and Europe, BBC reports. Hong Kong-based HGC Global Communications said four of the 15 cables were recently severed and it has taken measures to reroute the…

Taiwan minister apologises for ‘racist’ jibe against Indian workers

Taiwan's labour minister Hsu Ming-chun has apologised for her comments on Indian migrant workers after they drew sharp criticism of being racist. The island nation bordering China plans to recruit Indian workers and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian government on February 16 to help alleviate labour…

Nikki Haley ends White House bid

FORMER US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will suspend her presidential campaign on Wednesday (6), according to a source familiar with her plans, ensuring that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination and once again face Democratic president Joe Biden in November's election. Haley will give a speech at…

Sri Lanka signs energy deal with India after rejecting Chinese…

Sri Lanka on Friday awarded the construction of three solar and wind hybrid power generation facilities to an Indian company after scrapping a tender won by a Chinese firm. New Delhi has long been concerned about growing Chinese influence in the island nation, which sits near key global shipping lanes…

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s prime minister for second term

PAKISTAN's newly formed parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday (3) as prime minister for a second time, three weeks after uncertain national elections caused delays in the formation of a coalition government. "Shehbaz Sharif is declared to have been elected the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," National…

WTO talks run beyond deadline, but no breakthrough

World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiators extended talks again in Abu Dhabi on Friday as they struggled to break a political deadlock after five days of high-level negotiations. It was far from clear whether a consensus could be reached among the WTO's 164 members before a new deadline of 10 p.m.…

US immigration agency introduces new H1-B registration system

THE US immigration agency has announced the launch of a system that will allow multiple people within an organisation, as well as their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations, and H-1B petitions. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a statement announced the launch of myUSCIS…

Three degree celsius temperature rise will plunge Himalayas into drought:…

A new research warns that a 3-degree Celsius increase in global warming could plunge 90 per cent of the Himalayan Region into a prolonged drought. The study, led by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, emphasises the severe consequences of climate change, urging the need…

Blood test could predict dementia ten years before onset

A STUDY of frozen blood samples has turned up a trove of proteins that may predict several forms of dementia more than 10 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers from the UK and China reported last month. The study, published in the journal Nature Aging, is part of ongoing…

India unveils crew for historic ‘Gaganyaan’ mission

INDIA on Tuesday (27) introduced four crew members for its maiden 'Gaganyaan' space voyage, as it aims to become the world's fourth country to send a crewed mission into space just months after a historic landing on the south pole of the moon. Gaganyaan, or "sky craft" in Hindi, is…

Indian company, 26 others face EU sanctions over exports to…

A company registered in India along with 26 others will face export restrictions under new European Union (EU) sanctions for their involvement in Russia's war efforts. The names of these companies have not yet been made public and will be later published in the EU's official journal. The other companies…

Semiconductor consortium urges India to rethink digital duties

A global consortium of semiconductor industry groups has asked India to reconsider its plan to push for duties on cross-border digital e-commerce and data transfers at an upcoming global trade meeting, warning that India's stance will stifle its own chip design industry. Ministers from across the globe are convening for…

Massive leak shows Chinese firm hacked Indian govt offices: analysts

A Chinese tech security firm was able to breach foreign governments, including India, infiltrate social media accounts, and hack personal computers, a massive data leak analysed by experts this week revealed. The trove of documents from I-Soon, a private company that competed for Chinese government contracts, shows that its hackers…

HSBC shares tank on China impairment scare

HSBC on Wednesday posted soaring annual profits, largely thanks to ballooning interest rates, but its shares tanked after the banking giant revealed a massive impairment linked to property-sector woes in China. Net profit surged 56 per cent last year to $22.4 billion, the London-headquartered group said in a statement. Pre-tax…

Anmol Kharb seals historic gold for Indian badminton team

ANMOL KHARB yet again performed when it mattered, winning the decisive fifth rubber to lead Indian women to a historic Badminton Asia Team Championships title with a tight 3-2 victory over a depleted Thailand in Malaysia on Sunday (18). The young sprightly group of Indian women’s team, led by seasoned…

Haley says she will strengthen alliance with India if voted…

INDIAN AMERICAN Republican presidential aspirant Nikki Haley has said that if voted to power, her administration will not only strengthen the alliance with NATO but also with several other countries including India, Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. Haley, 52, the former US ambassador to the UN, said that…

US voices concern to Sri Lanka president regarding new social…

The US on Tuesday (13), urged Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the issues raised by a new, strict internet censorship law, which has caused concern and alarmed tech companies. Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), raised the issue during a virtual meeting with…

Asian Cup raises World Cup hopes for teams

AN Asian Cup that will be remembered for shocks and dramatic finishes has showcased the region’s strength in depth and raised hopes that its teams could reach new heights at the 2026 World Cup. Eight direct spots and one intercontinental playoff berth are up for grabs for Asian Football Confederation…

Sindhu back from injury to lead women’s team championship

THOMAS CUP champions India will look to recreate magic when they chase the elusive crown at the Badminton Asia Team Championships, which will mark the return of double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu from injury. The Indian men’s team, which lifted the Thomas Cup in 2022 and secured a first-ever silver…

A lotus blooms in the desert

THE Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is envisioned as a Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony. Rooted in the aspiration to promote love, harmony, and tolerance, the fundamental ethos of the mandir transcends borders. Each carving within the mandir tells compelling stories of…

New temple a symbol of unity

IN the heart of Abu Dhabi, amid the modern skyline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stands the BAPS Hindu Mandir, a remarkable testament to the harmonious coexistence of diverse cultures in a globalised world. Beyond its architectural grandeur and spiritual significance, this temple holds a unique place in history,…

India and UAE strengthen ties with 10 collaboration pacts

India and the UAE have signed 10 agreements for cooperation in crucial areas such as energy, infrastructure, investments, and archives management during prime minister Narendra Modi's visit, aimed at enhancing the bilateral ties, announced foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Wednesday (14). Addressing a press conference on the second day…

Haley to continue uphill battle despite poor performance in primaries

NIKKI HALEY finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Republican nominating contest and a distant second in New Hampshire, while in Nevada – where she was the only candidate in last week’s primary – she finished behind ballots marked “none of these candidates.” And if opinion polls are correct, the…

Bangladesh says it won’t allow entry for Rohingya refugees

BANGLADESH said last Wednesday (7) it will not allow any more Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to enter the country because supporting the huge numbers already there threatens its own security. Muslim Rohingya have faced persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar for decades and nearly a million of them live in crammed, bamboo-and…

Ukraine war spurs India to boost domestic defence production: report

THE UKRAINE war has forced India to focus its military spending more on fostering domestic industry - as Russia, its largest supplier - prioritised its domestic needs, a new report said on Tuesday (13). As a result of the conflict, New Delhi set aside a record 75 per cent of…

US-India armed drones deal clears Congress block

THE US State Department has approved the potential sale of 31 armed MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones, related missiles and equipment to India for nearly $4 billion (£3.17bn), the Pentagon said last Thursday (1), years after the two countries started discussing a deal. India has long expressed interest in buying large, armed…

‘Geopolitical uncertainty to boost demand for gold’

GOLD demand will win a “pronounced” boost from geopolitical uncertainty this year, an industry report predicted last Wednesday (31), after the precious metal and haven investment hit a record-high price in 2023. The World Gold Council said the commodity would in 2024 continue to benefit from strong buying by central…

‘India’s women hockey team lack drag flickers’

A LACK of drag flickers is hampering the Indian women’s hockey team’s penalty corner conversion rate, chief coach Janneke Schopman has said. The inability to convert was one of the reasons the side struggled during the Olympic qualifiers in January, costing them a spot at the Paris Games. “We need…

Satwik: We are keeping our best game for Olympics

INDIA’s ace doubles shuttler, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, is confident he and his partner Chirag Shetty have enough in the tank to fire during the Paris Olympics later this year. Satwik, who regained the world no 1 doubles ranking following back-toback runners-up finishes in the Malaysia Open and the India Open, indicated…

India to match increased funding to build roads near China…

INDIA’S government will maintain increased funding to build roads near its China border after spending 30 per cent more on them this fiscal year than planned, it said last Thursday (1), citing tension between the neighbours. Both countries have been in a military standoff since July 2020 when at least…

Indian hockey team eye title win to seal World Cup…

CAPTAIN Harmanpreet Singh spoke of his wish for India’s hockey team to seal a direct qualification for the 2026 World Cup with a title-winning run in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The men’s team arrived on Monday (5) to participate in the FIH Pro League scheduled at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium from Saturday…

Hong Kong visa exposes immigration dichotomy

THIS was a tale of two anniversaries. As Big Ben chimed 11pm on January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom had formally left the European Union. Yet the fourth anniversary of that moment passed without a great deal of fanfare last week. The media sparring between the remnants of the referendum…

Russia turns to India for bananas amid trade tensions

RUSSIA has begun buying bananas from India and will boost such imports, its food safety watchdog said, after a spat with its biggest supplier Ecuador over the latter's decision to swap Russian-made military hardware with the US. The first batch of bananas from India was shipped to Russia in January…

Teaser for Adah Sharma’s ‘Bastar-The Naxal Story’ out

Makers of the upcoming drama film Bastar- The Naxal Story, starring Adah Sharma, unveiled the film's official teaser on Tuesday. Taking to Instagram, Adah shared the teaser which she captioned, "A story coloured red with the blood of innocent people! Capture the untold story... Bastar - The Naxal Story. Teaser…

Two killed in Bangladesh as fighting rages on Myanmar border:…

At least two people were killed in Bangladesh Monday after mortar shells fired from Myanmar during clashes there landed across the border, as terrified residents reported heavy fighting and medics treated several with gunshot wounds. Parts of Myanmar near the 270-kilometre (167-mile) border with Bangladesh have seen frequent clashes since…

New US immigration bill to help kin of H-1B visa…

In a huge relief for H-1B visa holders, many of whom are Indian technology professionals, the new White House-backed immigration bill will grant automatic work authorisation to about 100,000 H-4 visa holders, who are their spouses and children. The National Security Agreement that was announced on Sunday (4) after long…

Tata, Pegatron in partnership talks for iPhone assembly in India

TATA GROUP is in advanced talks with Taiwan's Pegatron to form a partnership to run an iPhone assembly plant the Indian company is building in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Tata is building the iPhone assembly plant in Hosur city,…

India frees pigeon suspected of spying for China

A pigeon, held for eight months in Indian police custody, was finally released after being cleared of suspicions that it was spying for China. The bird was caught at a port in the financial capital Mumbai with "messages written in a Chinese-like script" on its wings, the Times of India…

UK at historic low in corruption index, India slips to…

The UK is at 71st position in the global corruption index out of 180 countries. India has slipped to the 93rd position, down from its 85th position last year. The position of UK is at historic low this year. The country also witnessed a significant decline among upper-middle and high-income…

US to revamp annual H-1B visa lottery system to reduce…

The US has revealed plans for a significant revamp of its annual H-1B speciality occupation visa lottery, widely utilised by Indian IT professionals. This overhaul aims to reduce the likelihood of fraud and enhance the efficiency of the registration process. Separately, the US on January 29 has formally launched a…

IMF revises growth rate for India while UK predicted to…

THE IMF announced on Tuesday (30) it has raised its 2024 global growth forecast to 3.1 per cent, citing unexpected resilience in major advanced and emerging market economies around the world, including the United States and China. The updated figure, released in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, is…

UK population set to reach 74 million in 2036

Immigration is expected to add 6.1 million people to the UK population by mid-2036, official projections that will add to pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak to reduce it in the run-up to an election. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday (30) the UK's population is projected…

India cooperates with Canada on Nijjar murder probe

INDIA is cooperating with Canada and bilateral ties are improving after tensions spiked over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia, a top Canadian official told CTV in an interview published on Friday (26). Diplomatic relations soured after prime minister Justin Trudeau last year said Canada was…

Cambridge targets Silicon Valley status

CAMBRIDGE, the English city renowned for its university, scientific breakthroughs and status as a technology hub, has its sights on becoming the next Silicon Valley. The British government is providing funds for new infrastructure projects such as housing and transport that it says will help Cambridge, north of London, become…

India rolls out red carpet for Macron as France eyes…

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron arrives as the guest of honour in India on Thursday (25) with a sumptuous palace feast and colourful military parade, as France eyes lucrative deals with the world's fifth-biggest economy. Macron will be offered a red carpet welcome by prime minister Narendra Modi with dinner in a…

Breakthrough gene therapy enables deaf boy to hear

Thanks to a breakthrough gene therapy, an 11-year-old boy is experiencing the world of sound for the first time. He can now hear his father's voice, the noise of cars passing by, and the snipping of scissors as they cut his hair – all new auditory experiences for him. The…

Indian labourers eye quick bucks as they queue for jobs…

THOUSANDS of men queued in India’s northern state of Haryana during a recruitment drive to send workers to Israel, where the offensive in Gaza, now in its fourth month, has caused a shortage of labour. Masons, painters, electricians, plumbers and some farmers said they were looking for jobs in Israel.…

China backs Pakistan after Iran’s airstrikes

CHINA has assured Islamabad of its support in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity even while welcoming on Tuesday (23) the restoration of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Islamabad after their recent air strikes against each other. As China’s foreign minister Sun Weidong visited Pakistan on a mediation mission, a…

India’s stock market pips Hong Kong to become world’s fourth…

INDIA's stock market has edged out Hong Kong to become the world's fourth-largest, a milestone that underscores growing global investor optimism about New Delhi's economic prospects, Bloomberg said Tuesday (23). The total value of shares listed on Indian exchanges hit $4.3 trillion on Monday (22), slightly higher than Hong Kong's…

Pakistan holds emergency security meeting following air strikes with Iran

The prime minister of Pakistan is scheduled to convene an emergency security meeting on Friday (19), bringing together military and intelligence chiefs. This comes in the aftermath of deadly air strikes this week, exchanged between Pakistan and Iran, on militant targets. The rare military actions in the porous border region…

Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed twice in 2022, new data…

INDIAN and Chinese soldiers clashed at least two times in 2022 along their Himalayan frontier where they have been involved in a bitter standoff since 2020, according to new details that have emerged from the Indian Army's gallantry award citations. The incidents involved hand-to-hand combat and came as New Delhi…

Rising costs curb India’s appetite for Russian oil

INDIAN purchases of Russian crude in defiance of Western pressure over the Ukraine war have fallen to an 11-month low as the price tag on the discounted oil rises, figures show. Since the invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago, India has bought hundreds of millions of barrels of cut-price…

Pakistan warns of ‘serious consequences’ after Iran air strike kills…

Pakistan said Wednesday (17), that Iran conducted an airs trike on its territory, resulting in the deaths of two children, following Tehran's attacks in Iraq and Syria targeting what it referred to as "anti-Iranian terrorist groups." Pakistan denounced the strike, near the nations' shared border late on Tuesday, as "completely…

Maldives sets March deadline for troops from India to leave

THE Maldivian president told India last Sunday (14) to withdraw its nearly 100 troops by March 15, a day after returning from China where he signed a raft of deals. New Delhi considers the Indian Ocean archipelago to be within its sphere of influence, but the Maldives has shifted into…

India acquires lithium exploration rights in Argentina

In its first overseas deal, India has acquired exploration and production rights for lithium blocks in Argentina, marking a strategic move to diminish reliance on China for the essential green technology metal. Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi said the "historic" $24 million deal will ensure a "resilient and diversified…

Maldives’ Muizzu loses key poll battle to pro-India opposition

Maldives president Mohamed Muizzu faced a setback on the domestic front as the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the pro-India opposition, achieved a clear victory in the mayoral election of the capital Male on Saturday (13), PTI reports said. Adam Azim, the MDP candidate, emerged victorious, succeeding Muizzu, who recently resigned…

Maldives stands firm against bullying; president declares amid row with…

After returning from China, Maldives president Mohamed Muizzu asserted that despite its small size, the Maldives would not tolerate bullying. The statement came following the signing of several deals in China as tensions with New Delhi intensified. New Delhi considers the Indian Ocean archipelago to be within its sphere of…

UK, US defend strikes on Yemen’s Houthis as legal

THE US and Britain defended to the UN Security Council the legality of strikes they launched against Yemen's Houthis for attacking Red Sea shipping while Russia and China accused the Western allies of raising regional tensions. Russia called the US and British operation disproportionate and illegal. Other countries expressed concerns…

Rajnath Singh meets Sunak, concludes successful UK trip

INDIAN Defence Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his visit to the UK on Thursday (11) after a “warm meeting” with prime minister Rishi Sunak and interacting with members of the Indian diaspora at a community reception. Singh called on Sunak at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (10) evening for discussions on…

‘Curry & Cyanide’ review: Fascinating look into the mind of…

A GREAT documentary film will narrate an astonishing story in such detail that it makes you think it can’t possibly be true even though you know it is. This film, now streaming on Netflix, belongs to that category. This true crime story is set in a sleepy village in Kerala,…

Chinese newspaper praises Modi’s economic strides, growing global clout

In an unusual acknowledgment, the prominent Beijing-based Chinese media outlet, Global Times, has published an article praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership for India's remarkable progress in economic development, social governance, and foreign policy. Penned by Zhang Jiadong, the director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Fudan University,…

Modi pitches growth, resilience to woo investors at Gujarat summit

INDIA's prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (10) made a strong pitch to woo global investors to the world's fastest growing large economy, saying there are new opportunities across sectors and regions for mutual prosperity. His pitch at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit comes months before he seeks a third…

UN, US, UK say Bangladesh polls were ‘not free or…

Though several nations from Asia, Africa, and South America, alongside India, Russia, and China, congratulated Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina on her historic fourth term as prime minister, the United Nations, the US, and the UK voiced their reservations, terming the polls as "not free or fair." Hasina's Awami League (AL) won…

Celebrities promote ‘Indian Islands’ amid Maldives controversy

Several renowned personalities, including the Hind movie actors Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, alongside cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, have urged people to discover "Indian islands" and coastal getaways. Their appeal emerged during a controversy sparked by derogatory comments made by Maldivian ministers against Narendra Modi following the prime minister’s recent…

A year of elections

BILLIONS of voters across south Asia, the UK and the US will go to polls in the next 12 months in what will be a test of democracy, analysits have told Eastern Eye. In the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak has to call a general election by January 28, 2025,…

Indian community members get ‘extortion calls’ in Canada

India expressed deep concern on Thursday (4) over reports indicating that certain members of the Indian community in the Canadian province of British Columbia received “extortion calls.” The comments by External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal came in response to a question at a media briefing. "It is a matter…

Sanctions spur Russia to raise oil exports across Asia

RUSSIA redirected its oil exports from Europe to China and India, deputy prime minister Alexander Novak said last Wednesday (27), almost two years after Moscow was hit by sanctions over the Ukraine conflict. After president Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022, Western countries hit Russia with a…

Modi takes on critics in rare media interview

INDIA’S prime minister, Narendra Modi, does not give press interviews, so why did he choose to give one just before Christmas to the Financial Times, of all papers? The FT, a respected newspaper with digital subscribers all over the world, has been sustained in its relentless attacks on the ruling…

Bangladesh garment workers ‘sacked’ after protests over low wages

BANGLADESH garment factories have fired hundreds of workers since protests in October demanding higher wages, three labour unions representing half a million workers said last week. Clashes during the protests, which ran alongside wider antigovernment demonstrations by the opposition ahead of Sunday’s (7) general election, killed four workers and injured…

Nostradamus’ prophecies for 2024: From war to natural disasters

A sense of expectation, hope, and occasionally anxiety accompany the start of a new year. Some people have professed to be able to predict the future throughout history; Nostradamus is one well-known example. Their predictions have generated conversations and arguments as 2024 approaches, particularly in relation to world events like…

Israel to recruit 70,000 foreign workers from India, China

ISRAEL plans to bring in around 70,000 foreign workers from China, India and elsewhere to boost its construction sector, which has been largely frozen since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, a newspaper reported on Monday (1), citing a government official. Yehuda Morgenstern, director general of the construction and housing ministry,…

India to become world’s top economic power by 2100: report

India will emerge as the largest economic superpower by the end of the century, with gross domestic product (GDP) 90 per cent larger than China’s and 30 per cent larger than the US, a new report has revealed. The World Economic League Table report by London-based Centre for Economics and…

Each additional centimetre around waist raises infertility risk by 3%:…

In a study involving 3,239 women in the US, researchers have found that for every additional centimetre gained around a woman's waistline, the risk of infertility increases by 3 per cent. The research highlights the significance of maintaining a slim waistline to enhance the prospects of conception. It also indicates…

Russia exports almost all its oil to China and India

ALMOST all of Russia's oil exports this year have been shipped to China and India, deputy prime minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday (27), after Moscow responded to Western economic sanctions by quickly rerouting supplies away from Europe. Russia has successfully circumvented sanctions on its oil and diverted flows from…

Macron to attend India’s Republic Day parade

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron will be the guest of honour at India's Republic Day parade in January, New Delhi announced Friday (22), days after US president Joe Biden backed out. Macron "will be visiting India as the chief guest for the 75th Republic Day celebrations" on prime minister Narendra Modi's…

Family of Sikh activist urges fresh investigation into his death

The family of the late Sikh activist Avtar Singh Khanda has urged the Home Office to appoint a police force for a comprehensive and impartial investigation into his sudden death last June, which took place at the same time as a murder and an attempted murder of Sikh separatists in…

Sri Lanka IMF bailout review to be completed in early…

THE second review of Sri Lanka’s $2.9 billion (£2.29bn) bailout with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be completed as early as the first half of 2024, provided it managed to meet the debt restructuring and revenue targets set under the programmed, an official said last Wednesday (13). The IMF…

‘Asians pay high price for love’

MPs and immigration experts have criticised ministers for “deliberately targeting” British Asian families in their quest to get immigration figures down. Home secretary, James Cleverly, announced last week (13) that from April 2024, the minimum salary threshold for UK nationals and permanent residents applying to bring family members to join…

Asian movie stars and women ‘likely to be deepfakes targets’

THERE was the Bollywood star in skin-tight lycra, the Bangladeshi politician filmed in a bikini and the young Pakistani woman snapped with a man. None was real, but all three images were credible enough to unleash lust, vitriol – and even allegedly a murder – underlining the sophistication of generative…

Statistics reveal a one in four drop-out rate among students…

International students should pay their tuition fees upfront to curb potential misuse of the visa system, former universities minister Lord Johnson of Marylebone has proposed. This suggestion arises as statistics reveal a one in four drop-out rate among students from India and Bangladesh. Lord Johnson emphasised the need for overseas…

Survey warns of escalating tensions among Asian nuclear powers

TENSIONS among nuclear powers, mainly in Asia, carry the risk of escalating into major conventional wars, a new survey cautioned. Significant Asian conflicts, such as in Kashmir and Afghanistan, have seen reduced violence since a ceasefire began in February 2021, said the Armed Conflict Survey 2023 by the London-based geopolitics…

Cameron demands release of Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai

Foreign minister David Cameron called upon Hong Kong authorities on Sunday (17) to cease the "politically-motivated" prosecution of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who faced trial on Monday (18) on charges of national security crimes. British citizen Lai, 76, is charged with several counts of "colluding with foreign forces", a…

Pakistan uses artificial rain to combat smog for first time

The provincial government of Lahore on Saturday (16), announced the use of artificial rain for the first time in Pakistan as a measure to tackle the perilous smog levels in the megacity. In the first experiment of its kind in the South Asian country, planes equipped with cloud seeding equipment…

Pannun case: Indian court instructs accused Gupta to approach Czech…

INDIA's top court has directed the family of the man accused of plotting to kill Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun to seek relief in a Czech court regarding allegations of religious and human rights violations. Nikhil Gupta, 52, was arrested in Prague in June and is currently in Czech custody,…

FT prize for Amy Edmondson’s book on how to deal…

THE Financial Times business book of the year for 2023 has gone to Right Kind of Wrong: Why Learning to Fail Can Teach Us to Thrive by Amy Edmondson, a Harvard professor who has been called “the world’s most influential organisational psychologist”. The prize, worth £30,000, was announced last Tuesday…

Europe acts to secure supplies of essential medicines

THE European Commission published its first list of critical medicines, as part of a wider overhaul of laws governing the €136 billion (£117bn) pharmaceuticals industry aimed at avoiding shortages of drugs. It is the biggest change to existing medical laws in two decades. The law is aimed at ensuring all…

EXCLUSIVE: Tory party told to “unite or die”

A LEADING Conservative parliamentarian has warned fellow Tory politicians they face a decision to either “unify or die” as party infighting threatens to derail the leadership of prime minister, Rishi Sunak. On Tuesday (12) Sunak narrowly won in his latest plans to send migrants to Rwanda. The way in which…

Nikki Haley gains support from US business leaders

A growing number of US business leaders are rallying behind former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as the Republican Party's presidential hopeful, seeing her as more stable than rival Donald Trump, and more favorable to business interests than incumbent Joe Biden. "Even if you're a very liberal Democrat, I urge…

COP28: Indian minister calls for equity in climate talks

INDIA's environment minister, Bhupender Yadav, on Saturday (9) demanded "equity and justice" in UN climate negotiations, holding that rich countries should be leading global climate action. The comments underlined India's long-held position that, as a developing country, it should not be a forced to cut its energy-related emissions - even…

India’s top court upholds end of special status for Kashmir

INDIA'S Supreme Court upheld on Monday (11) a 2019 decision by the government of prime minister Narendra Modi to revoke special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir and set a deadline of September 30 next year for state polls to be held. India's only Muslim-majority region, Jammu and…

Rivals clash in Republican debate to slow Haley’s momentum

REPUBLICAN presidential hopefuls sought to halt surging Nikki Haley's momentum in an acrimonious fourth primary debate Wednesday (6), as they made their pitches to be considered the most viable alternative to runaway frontrunner Donald Trump. The former president -- who is seeking to retake the White House despite facing 91…

Kissinger’s south Asia policies a ‘strategic fiasco’

DR HENRY KISSINGER, who died last Wednesday (29), aged 100, was an American diplomat of Jewish-German extraction who served as national security adviser and secretary of state to US presidents Richard Nixon and his successor, Gerald Ford. Kissinger’s long life was proof of the old adage, “You can fool all…

Why FT picked Alia Bhatt for its influential women’s list

THE Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt, is the sole Indian to be selected by the Financial Times (FT) among its “25 most influential women of 2023” chosen from across the world. The paper’s selection is a little like Eastern Eye’s Power List (the next one will be published on March 5,…

India supplies to Walmart rise as China shipments shrink

WALMART is importing more goods to the United States from India and reducing its reliance on China as it looks to cut costs and diversify its supply chain, data seen by Reuters shows. The world’s largest retailer shipped one quarter of its US imports from India between January and August…

Sri Lanka credit talks may lead to more funds

SRI LANKA’S pact with creditor nations to restructure its debt prepares the way for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to consider clearing the first review of a bailout next month, the global lender said last Thursday (30). Last Wednesday’s (29) in-principle deal comes about a month after Sri Lanka’s pact…

US official discusses plot to kill Sikh separatist during India…

A US delegation, headed by White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer, visited New Delhi on Monday (4). During the visit, Finer acknowledged India's establishment of an investigative panel to examine an unsuccessful plot involving the assassination of a Sikh separatist in the US. "Mr. Finer acknowledged India's establishment…

Bipartisan bill in US may reduce Green Card backlog

Three influential Congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation in the US House of Representatives to reduce the Green Card backlog and end country-based discrimination for employment-based visas, a bill, if passed, would benefit thousands of Indian Americans. Indian Americans, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal and Congressman Rich McCormick introduced the bill…

Plant-based diets may lower Alzheimer’s risk: Study

Diets prevalent in countries like China, Japan, and India, which include plant-based and traditional foods, might lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease compared to the Western diet, a study suggests. Researchers from the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Centre, US, found that Alzheimer's disease rates rise in these countries as…

COP28: India, China refrain from signing renewable energy pledge

INDIA and China both on Saturday (2) refrained from signing the pledge at the COP28 climate summit to triple the world's renewable energy capacity by 2030 even though New Delhi already committed to it as part of its G20 presidency. During the UN's climate talks in Dubai, 118 countries committed…

Kissinger advocated strong ties with India during Modi’s leadership

HENRY KISSINGER, known for his disdain for India's leadership in the 1970s, has been advocating stronger US-India ties in the past decade under prime minister Narendra Modi. After Modi came to power in 2014, Kissinger, also the former US National Security Advisor, has been advocating strong ties with India. When…

NASA partners with India for space station voyage training

NASA will train an Indian astronaut for a voyage to the International Space Station as early as next year, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on Wednesday (29), amid deepening space ties between India and the US. "There is an opportunity to share science," Nelson said, speaking at an event in…

After 50 years US set to return to Moon on…

The head of a potentially pioneering private company has revealed that, more than 50 years after the final Apollo mission, the United States will endeavour to land a spacecraft on the Moon again on January 25. The lander, named Peregrine, will have no one on board. It was developed by…

India honours WWII US servicemen with Himalayan museum

INDIA paid tribute Wednesday (29) to the hundreds of US servicemen killed during World War II with the opening of a museum near its strategic border with China honouring the dramatic Himalayan airlift dubbed "The Hump". Telling the story of how Allied pilots flew the perilous route to supply Chinese…

Screen time affects children’s brain development: Study

According to scientists screen time leads to physical and functional changes in the brains of children under 12 years of age, impacting their development. This was discovered after reviewing 33 brain imaging studies spanning 23 years and involving 30,000 participants. Screen time, referring to the time children spend watching television…

Saudi wealth fund acquires stake in Heathrow

SAUDI ARABIA's sovereign wealth fund is to buy ten per cent of London's Heathrow airport from Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial, whose departure from the hub after almost two decades leaves Qatar as its biggest shareholder. Ferrovial late Tuesday (28) said it was offloading its 25 per cent stake for nearly…

India to probe US concerns linking it to foiled Pannun…

INDIA will formally investigate security concerns aired by the United States in a warning to New Delhi about its links to a foiled plot to murder a Sikh separatist leader, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday (29). The issue comes at a delicate time for both India and the Biden…

Afghan embassy in India announces ‘permanent closure’

AFGHANISTAN'S embassy in India announced its "permanent closure" on Friday (24), more than two years after the Taliban returned to power in Kabul following the collapse of the Western-backed government. Most foreign nations - including India - do not officially recognise Afghanistan's Taliban government, but acknowledge them as the de…

No unusual pathogens detected in China amid respiratory outbreaks

The WHO said on Thursday (23), that the Chinese health authorities have not identified any unusual or new pathogens, and they have provided the requested data regarding a surge in respiratory illnesses and documented pneumonia clusters in children. The WHO had asked China for more information on Wednesday after groups…

US foils plot to kill Sikh separatist; warns India

US authorities thwarted a plot to kill a Sikh separatist in the country and issued a warning to India over concerns the government in New Delhi was involved, a senior Biden administration official said. The US is treating the plot with utmost seriousness and has raised the issue with the…

Maldives leader wants Indian troops out

THE president of the Maldives, Mohamed Muizzu, formally requested last Saturday (18) that India withdraw its troops from his strategically located archipelago, fulfilling an election pledge on his first day in office. In a conversation with a visiting Indian minister, Muizzu asked New Delhi to recall personnel deployed to operate…

Covid inquiry: Whitty admits first lockdown came ‘a bit too…

England's chief medical officer, professor Sir Chris Whitty, shared with the Covid inquiry that the initial lockdown in March 2020 was enforced "a bit too late," acknowledging the government faced limited options during that period. He highlighted public health concerns such as loneliness, depression, and the risk of exacerbating poverty,…

Scottish Labour leader avoids confrontation with Starmer over Gaza

Scottish Labour head Anas Sarwar has refused to be drawn into a clear confrontation with his party leader Sir Keir Starmer over the demand for a ceasefire in Gaza. Sarwar said he supported a ceasefire, but refused to say if he would have supported a Westminster vote on the matter…

Experts set to reveal discord and chaos within government at…

The official inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic is anticipated to disclose compelling evidence this week, regarding the tensions and disputes among the then prime minister Boris Johnson, his ministers, and the country's top scientific advisors. Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's former chief scientific adviser, is set to provide evidence during…

Tobacco-related cancers kill 1.3 million annually across seven nations: Study

According to a study published in The Lancet's eClinicalMedicine journal, over 1.3 million lives are lost annually due to tobacco-induced cancers across seven countries, including India. The researchers observed that the collective contribution of India, China, the UK, Brazil, Russia, the US, and South Africa accounted for over half of…

Jaishankar seeks evidence on Canada’s allegations over Nijjar murder

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has said that India is not ruling out an investigation into Canada’s allegations about the involvement of the government’s agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist in that country but wants it to provide evidence to back its claims. Jaishankar made the comments…

EXCLUSIVE: Prime minister right to sack Suella Braverman

The prime minister has shown that “he has a backbone” by sacking his controversial home secretary, south Asian Conservative parliamentarians and grassroots members have told Eastern Eye. Rishi Sunak fired Suella Braverman on Monday (13), five days after she wrote a Times newspaper article in which she criticised the Met…

Jaishankar urges UK vigilance against Khalistani extremism

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has raised the country's long-standing concerns about pro-Khalistan extremism in the UK during his meetings with the country's leaders. He stressed that they should be on guard against the misuse of freedom of expression and speech. Jaishankar concluded his five-day visit to the UK…

Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan, fentanyl at bilateral meet

US president Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping engaged in a four-hour meeting on Wednesday (15), addressing topics spanning military tensions to drug trafficking. Biden welcomed the Chinese leader at the Filoli estate, a country house and gardens about 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco, ahead of a…

V Shantaram: Life and times of a cinema giant

THERE is enough compelling evidence to suggest that V Shantaram was perhaps the most important Indian filmmaker of the 20th century. Whether it was technical innovations, pathbreaking work, expanding the horizons of Indian cinema or an incredibly fearless approach, he left behind an impressive body of work and countless magic…

China, Pakistan navies hold drills in Arabian Sea

THE Chinese and Pakistani navies are holding weeklong drills in the Arabian Sea days after the Russian Pacific Fleet and Myanmar practised repelling attacks in their first maritime exercise, while India and the United States pledged security cooperation. At a naval base in Karachi on Saturday (11), the Chinese and…

All 40 workers in India tunnel collapse safe, food and…

Rescue teams in northern India announced on Monday (13) that they were able to establish contact with 40 workers who had been trapped for more than 24 hours following the collapse of the road tunnel they were constructing. "All the 40 workers trapped inside the tunnel are safe," Karamveer Singh…

At least 40 workers trapped as tunnel collapses in northern…

AT LEAST 40 construction workers were trapped Sunday (12) after the road tunnel they were building collapsed in northern India, with rescuers scrambling to reach them beneath piles of debris. The collapse occurred early Sunday morning in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand when a group of workers were moving out…

Delhi to induce artificial rain to combat air pollution

In an effort to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the Delhi government intends to artificially induce rainfall through cloud seeding this month, Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on Wednesday (8). Rai held a meeting with scientists from IIT-Kanpur who explained that cloud seeding can only be attempted when there…

Blinken, Lloyd Austin to visit India for Indo-Pacific talks

US SECRETARY of state Antony Blinken and defence secretary Lloyd Austin will hold talks with India this week that officials say will focus on security challenges in the Indo-Pacific and concerns over China, rather than the wars in Gaza and Ukraine. The talks in New Delhi on Friday (10) with…

British Steel seeks government help for modern furnaces as job…

BRITISH STEEL is in talks with the government about funding for a shift to cleaner manufacturing, which would include shutting blast furnaces and probable job losses. Owned by China's Jingye Group, Britain's second-biggest steelmaker on Monday (6) outlined a £1.25 billion ($1.55bn) plan to make steel in a less carbon…

Air pollution in New Delhi turns ‘severe’ days before Diwali

PEOPLE in New Delhi woke up to a thick layer of toxic haze on Friday (3), and some schools were ordered to be shut for two days as the air quality index (AQI) entered the "severe" category in several parts of the Indian capital. A filthy smog forms over Delhi…

India won’t risk committing to costly cooling at COP28

INDIA is unlikely to sign onto a global pledge to reduce cooling-related emissions at the COP 28 climate meeting, citing the need for the world’s most populous country to have affordable cooling, two government officials told Reuters. The pledge to cut coolingrelated carbon dioxide emissions by at least 68 per…

Nandini Das wins British Academy Book Prize for work on…

Nandini Das has won the 11th British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding with for her debut work "Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire." The award was presented by professor Charles Tripp FBA, the Chair of the jury, during a celebratory event at the British…

UK, US and China call for ‘international action’ on AI…

Countries including the UK, United States and China on Wednesday agreed the "need for international action" as political and tech leaders gathered for the world's first summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety. The UK government kicked off the two-day event at Bletchley Park, north of London, by publishing the "Bletchley…

China starts joint ‘marine research’ with Sri Lanka amid India,…

SCIENTISTS from China and Sri Lanka are conducting joint “marine scientific” activities on board a Chinese research vessel, a senior official said on Tuesday (31), amid concerns voiced by India and the US. Scientists from the National Aquatic Research Agency (NARA), personnel from the Navy and the University of Ruhuna…

Summit to confront ‘frontier’ AI concerns

THE UK government will welcome foreign political leaders, tech industry figures, academics and others this week for a two-day summit billed as the first of its kind on artificial intelligence (AI). The gathering, set to be attended by prime minister Rishi Sunak, US vice-president Kamala Harris, EU chief Ursula von…

Antibiotics losing effectiveness for childhood infections globally: Study

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia has found that drugs used to treat common infections in children and babies have lost their effectiveness in numerous regions, including India, due to soaring rates of antibiotic resistance. The research highlighted that several antibiotics recommended by the…

Will ‘presenter’ Boris Johnson be taken seriously?

WE DON’T hear very much these days about Boris Johnson making a comeback to 10, Downing Street. He has decided making money is the better option. Boris earned £4.8 million in five months after leaving office as prime minister, mostly for speaking at events and for securing a deal to…

Frasers Group sells Missguided to Shein

FRASERS GROUP has divested the Missguided brand to the fast fashion giant Shein more than a year after it rescued the business founded by a British Asian entrepreneur.Shein will acquire the intellectual property rights and trademarks of Missguided, while Frasers will retain its real estate and employees that have now…

Vinod Khosla warns against investment frenzy in AI startups

BILLIONAIRE venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has warned that the current rush of investment in overvalued artificial intelligence start-ups risks potential losses. But the early backer of the ChatGPT chatbot creator OpenAI predicted that AI would revolutionise the world soon and there would be “a billion bipedal robots in 20 years”.…

Nikki Haley warns of chaos under potential Trump victory

INDIAN-AMERICAN Republican presidential aspirant Nikki Haley has said former president Donald Trump's victory in the 2024 election would result in "four years of chaos, vendettas and drama" that would be dangerous for the US, which needs a captain who will steady the ship, not capsize it. Haley, 51, launched her…

G7 plan to ban Russian diamonds may complicate supply chains

THE global diamond sector is scrambling to get ahead of an upcoming G7 ban on Russian gems, with consumers and producers battling to manage ever more complex supply chains against a backdrop of sluggish demand. Direct sales of Russian gems have already been crushed by US sanctions on Russia's state…

Disadvantaged students pursue top UK degrees in record numbers

A record number of teenagers from the UK's most economically challenged regions have sought admission to most exclusive university programmes in the country, according to latest data. These students have applied to Oxford and Cambridge, and for degrees in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. For the first time in history,…

Access to climate funds divides nations ahead of COP28

FEARS are growing that disagreements between rich and poor nations over how to manage a new fund to tackle the “loss and damage” caused by changing weather could throw the COP28 UN climate summit in Dubai into disarray. A “transitional committee” working out the details of the fund – which…

Pentagon report warns of China build-up

CHINA increased the deployment of forces and continued infrastructure build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in 2022 amid border tensions with India, a Pentagon report has said. For more than three years, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in confrontation in certain points along eastern Ladakh; both…

South Asian students in the UK struggle for accommodation

MORE students from south Asia are living in overcrowded housing in the UK due to a rising demand for beds, which campaigners criticised as a “shameful indictment of our education system”. In one case, a student from Bangladesh was sharing a two-bedroom flat with 20 other men in London. On…

Pakistan and China sign 20 deals, enhance BRI cooperation

PAKISTAN and China have signed 20 deals during the maiden visit of interim prime minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar to enhance cooperation under the Beijing-backed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to a joint statement last Friday (20). Kakar visited China from last Monday (16) to Friday (20) and attended the Third…

Cameron criticised after speaking for Sri Lanka’s Chinese-backed port project

FORMER prime minister David Cameron has drawn criticism for participating in events linked to investment in the Chinese-backed Colombo Port City, media reports said. The main developer behind the Sri Lankan port project is CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd, which is ultimately controlled by the Beijing-based state-owned company China Communications…

UK and US strongly support Canada in diplomatic dispute with…

THE US and Britain urged New Delhi not to insist Canada reduce its diplomatic presence in India and expressed concern after Ottawa pulled out 41 diplomats amid a dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist. Canada has alleged Indian involvement in the June murder in a Vancouver suburb of…

India completes crucial test for manned orbital mission

INDIA on Saturday (21) successfully launched the first unmanned trial run of its upcoming crewed orbital mission, in the latest milestone for its spacefaring ambitions. The Gaganyaan ("Skycraft") mission is slated to send three astronauts into Earth's orbit in 2025, an important yardstick of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO)…

Shammi Kapoor: Bollywood’s original rock’n’ roll rebel

ROCKING revolutionary Shammi Kapoor introduced the kind of swagger into Bollywood that enabled the Hindi film hero to connect with a more globalised audience. From his cool style and good looks to high energy performances, he became a magnificent movie icon and delivered marvellous musicals filled with magical moments. Then…

Tentative Beijing debt deal is a relief for Colombo

SRI LANKA last Wednesday (11) welcomed China’s tentative agreement to a debt restructure, as the island nation works to restore its finances after suffering its worst-ever economic crisis. The government defaulted on its $46 billion (£37.7bn) debt last year at a time when months of food and fuel shortages were…

India wants developed nations to be carbon negative by 2050

INDIA wants to push developed nations to become carbon negative rather than carbon neutral by 2050, arguing it would allow emerging market economies more time to use fossil fuels for development needs, two official Indian sources said. The country, which is resisting calls to commit to a deadline for phasing…

Carmakers raise concerns over customs duties

The UK automakers industry on Wednesday (18) warned that they would soon face a detrimental 10-per cent increase in customs duties on electric cars crossing the Channel. Britain left the European Union in early 2021 after clinching a last-gasp free trade agreement that removed tariffs on cars. But under the…

India to monitor high-risk glacial lakes from next year

INDIA aims to install the first part of an early warning system at some high-risk glacial lakes in the Himalayas next year, a senior official said on Monday (16), as the country responds to deadly floods this month that killed at least 60 people. There are 56 at-risk glacial lakes…

Pereira scripts history for Singapore after leaving copywriter job

SINGAPORE celebrated its first athletic gold win in 49 years at the Asian Games with its Indianorigin sprinter Shanti Pereira winning the women’s 200m final in Hangzhou. Pereira clocked 23.03 seconds to finish the race last Monday (2) at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium. It was the first athletics…

Dark tea linked to better blood sugar control, reduced diabetes…

Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and Southeast University in China have found that consuming black tea daily can significantly decrease the risk and progression of type 2 diabetes in individuals by enhancing blood sugar control. Their study revealed that regular black tea drinkers experienced a 53% lower…

Pakistan, China to invite third parties for £49bn economic corridor

PAKISTAN and China have agreed to invite third parties to participate in the $60 billion (£48.86bn) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, a top Pakistani diplomat has said. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported that the country’s ambassador to China, Moinul Haque,…

Chinese firms deny funding Indian news portal for propaganda

THE police in India have formally accused Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi Corp and Vivo Mobile of helping transfer funds illegally to a news portal under investigation on charges of spreading Chinese propaganda, documents showed last Friday (6). A Xiaomi India spokesperson strongly denied the accusation. A spokesperson from Vivo did…

‘India attractive market for condom makers’

GLOBAL contraceptive makers are betting on condom-shy India becoming their biggest growth market, following the blockbuster IPO of a domestic prophylactic maker just weeks after the UN said the country would become the most populous by mid-year. With population decline and ageing societies in major markets such as Europe, Japan…

Vivo’s India troubles escalate with executive’s arrest

INDIA's financial crime agency on Tuesday (10) arrested four industry executives including one Chinese national working for smartphone maker Vivo in India in a case of alleged money laundering, according to legal papers and lawyers working on the case. The arrest adds to the legal troubles of the Chinese phone…

Muizzu pledges to end foreign military presence in Maldives

THE president-elect of the Maldives, Mohamed Muizzu, has marked his victory with a pledge to end the foreign military presence in his small but strategically placed atoll nation. Muizzu, 45, addressing his first public rally after winning the runoff election on September 30, stopped short of naming India, the only…

Flash floods in India’s Himalayan state claim 74 lives

THE death toll from flash floods unleashed by a glacial lake bursting its banks in India's Himalayas climbed to 74 on Monday (9) with 101 people still missing days after the calamity struck, according to provincial officials. Following days of torrential rain in the northeastern state of Sikkim, torrents of…

BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Jersey inaugurated

The Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey was inaugurated on Sunday, October 8, 2023, marking a remarkable achievement by over 12,500 volunteers across the US who dedicated millions of hours to build the temple. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Akshardham stands as the largest Hindu temple outside India in the modern…

Selena Gomez shines in Indian designer Rahul Mishra’s purple ensemble

Ace designer Rahul Mishra is putting Indian textiles and craftsmanship on the global map through his designs. International artistes such as Zendaya and Gigi Hadid have worn his ensembles on several occasions. And now singer-actor Selena Gomez has turned his muse. Selena recently attended the Rare Impact Fund Gala wearing…

14 dead, 102 missing in Himalayan glacial lake flooding in…

AT LEAST 14 people were killed and 102 are missing after heavy rains caused a Himalayan glacial lake in northeast India to burst its banks, and rescuers were being hampered by washed out bridges and fast flowing rivers, said officials on Thursday (5). The Lhonak lake in Sikkim state burst…

Reliance Entertainment, Jio Studios ‘Paan Parda Zarda’ begins production

Leading Indian production houses Reliance Entertainment and Jio Studios have teamed up with filmmakers Mrighdeep Lamba, Gurmmeet Singh, and Shilpi Dasgupta for Paan Parda Zarda, an epic gangster series set against the world of illegal opium smuggling in central India. Paan Parda Zarda went on floors on Tuesday. It stars…

Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold at Asian Games

INDIAN trailblazer Neeraj Chopra added Asian Games gold to his Olympic and world titles in javelin on Wednesday (4) as his nation celebrated its biggest medal haul at the continental showpiece in Hangzhou. India's first Olympic athletics champion threw 88.88 metres, more than 0.70m further than Budapest where the 25-year-old…

Sri Lanka fails to secure funding despite reforms

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) did not reach a staff-level agreement with Sri Lanka in its first review under a $2.9 billion (£2.39bn) bailout package, due to a potential shortfall in government revenue generation, the fund said last Wednesday (27). The IMF delegation head, Peter Breuer, said a second tranche…

Heavy rain hampers search for missing Indian soldiers

THE Indian army said Wednesday (4) that 23 soldiers were missing after a powerful flash flood caused by intense rainfall tore through a remote valley in the mountainous northeast Sikkim state. A video released by an Indian army spokesman showed a thick torrent of raging brown water sweeping down a…

India ready to raise curtain on World Cup

INDIA target a third World Cup when cricket's global showpiece gets underway on Thursday (5) with the country buoyed by a growing, international self-confidence and with a sport which unites and divides the sub-continent like no other on the verge of joining the Olympic elite. The epic tournament features 10…

Swapna Barman: I lost my bronze medal to a transgender…

INDIA's Swapna Barman on Monday (2) sparked a controversy with sensational allegations that she lost out on a bronze medal in the women's heptathlon competition of the ongoing Asian Games to a "transgender" athlete. Swapna, who had won the gold medal in the 2018 edition of the Asian Games in…

Eutelsat Group to roll out services in India this year

INDIA’S telecoms major Bharti Enterprises will have a 21.1 per cent stake in Eutelsat Group, formed by the merger of the European satellite operator Eutelsat and the UK’s OneWeb.Eutelsat Group, which will remain headquartered in Paris, has named Sunil Bharti Mittal as its co-chair.OneWeb will be a subsidiary operating commercially…

Vivek Ramaswamy moves closer to Trump’s politics as other Republican…

During the second 2024 presidential primary debate on Wednesday (27) for the Republican party, the seven participating candidates sought to persuade voters that they could serve as a credible alternative to the frontrunner, Donald Trump, who opted not to attend the event. Here are some key takeaways from the sometimes-disorderly…

Prolonged ‘abnormal state’ in India-China relations post Galwan Valley clash…

India-China relations have remained in an "abnormal state" since the 2020 Galwan Valley clash, which external affairs minister S. Jaishankar has described as a "possibly longer than medium-term issue". He has also emphasised that none of Beijing's explanations for the buildup of its forces along the LAC are truly justifiable.…

Pakistan urges donors to release funds for flood relief

PAKISTAN is striving to get donors to release $10 billion (£8.22bn) in pledges to help it recover from devastating floods by launching rebuilding projects that hinge on the funding, care taker prime minister Anwaar-ul-haq Kakar said last Friday (22). Donors from around the world stepped up after Pakistan was hammered…

Indian women win cricket gold at Asian Games

FRINGED by forested mountains in eastern China, the Zhejiang University of Technology might seem an unlikely battleground for cricketing powers with Olympic ambitions. But on Monday (25), it was the focus of much of south Asia as India’s women beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the Asian Games final,…

China and India have ‘ability’ to foster friendly coexistence says…

Charge d'Affaires at the Chinese embassy Ma Jia has expressed China's desire to expedite the resumption of practical cooperation with India and highlighted the shared "ability" to establish friendly coexistence and collaboratively shape the 'Asian century'. At an event hosted by the embassy on Monday (25) to mark the 74th…

Marina Abramovic: Of pain and redefining boundaries

ASIAN visitors to the Royal Academy may be baffled, possibly even a little scandalised, by Marina Abramovic’s solo exhibition. Born in 1946 in then Yugoslavia, she is credited with bringing performance art into the mainstream. In a career lasting 55 years, she has pushed her own body to the extremes…

We are happy to see India being held accountable, say…

CANADA’S Sikh community is hoping Ottawa’s accusations against India – that New Delhi may have been involved in the assassination of one of their leaders on Canadian soil – will be just the first dramatic step taken against alleged “Indian interference.” Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion last Monday (18) that…

US, India, and allies hold talks on Asia-Pacific threats amid…

ARMY chiefs and senior officers from 30 countries, including the US, met in India on Tuesday (26) to discuss threats facing the Asia-Pacific region, in the face of concern at an increasingly assertive China. US Army chief Randy George said the region was "critically important", speaking to reporters alongside his…

US raises concern over planned visit of Chinese research ship…

America has expressed concern to Sri Lanka about the likely visit of a Chinese research ship in October that could also cause worries in India, which previously raised security concerns over docking by China's spy vessels, according to a media report. US under-secretary Victoria Nuland, who met Sri Lankan foreign…

China halts expansion of energy, water management with Pakistan under…

China has refused to further expand cooperation in the areas of energy, water management, and climate change under the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it emerged on Tuesday (26) signalling a strain in the 'ironclad' friendship between the allies. Cash-strapped Pakistan also gave up its opposition to setting up a…

Indian dressage team wins historic Asian Games gold medal

In a historic achievement, India's dressage team clinched its first-ever Asian Games gold medal, marking only the second victory in this discipline's history. The quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Vipul Hriday Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla successfully lived up to the high expectations on Tuesday (26) in Hangzhou. The Indian…

India powers up for World Cup

INDIA target a third World Cup triumph when the country hosts cricket's seven-week global showpiece, buoyed by an economic boom and growing, international self-confidence. India shared hosting with Pakistan in 1987, then Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1996 before another three-way split with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011. This…

Indian 10m air rifle team clinches Asian Games gold with…

Indian shooters made a significant impact at the Asian Games, securing three medals, including a team gold. They showcased their excellence with a total of five podium finishes in just two days of competition in Hangzhou, firmly establishing their prowess in marksmanship. A confident Indian 10m air rifle team led…

Nijjar murder: US urges India to work with Canada

THE US made clear that it expected the Indian government to work with Canada on efforts to investigate the possible involvement of New Delhi agents in the murder of a Canadian citizen in June. Prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday (18) that Ottawa had credible intelligence linking Indian agents…

China bars three Indian athletes from Asian Games: Reports

THREE Indian martial arts athletes from a region claimed by China have been forced to pull out of the Asian Games in Hangzhou after not receiving clearance from the host country, reports said Friday (22). The three women wushu fighters are from the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a…

Global contraceptive firms target India’s growing market

GLOBAL contraceptive makers are betting on condom-shy India becoming their biggest growth market, following the blockbuster IPO of a domestic prophylactic maker just weeks after the UN said the country would become the most populous by mid-year. With population decline and aging societies in major markets such as Europe, Japan…

India’s growing importance leaves Canada isolated in row over Nijjar…

CANADA this week divulged it had intelligence possibly linking Indian government agents to the murder of a separatist Sikh leader, the kind of news that usually sparks uproar among democratic allies. Not this time. India is being courted by the United States and others as a counterweight to China, and…

All eyes on Gucci’s new creative director as Milan Fashion…

The leading figures in Italian fashion are presenting their creations at Milan Fashion Week, starting Wednesday (20) with anticipation soaring for the debut Gucci collection under its newly appointed creative director. Almost 70 catwalk shows are scheduled over six days in the northern Italian city, with Fendi, Prada, Versace, Dolce…

Gamers hope Asian Games debut will take sport a step…

ESPORTS’ debut as a medal event at the Asian Games starting this week will change attitudes and be a major step towards Olympic recognition at last, gamers and experts say. Gaming was a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games but gold medals will be up for grabs this time…

Morning exercise key to weight control: Study

According to a study published in The Obesity Society's (TOS) flagship journal, the optimal time to enhance the connection between daily moderate to vigorous physical activity and obesity seems to be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., despite contradictory epidemiological discoveries regarding the most effective exercise timing for weight control.…

Shopkeeper who ‘choked’ female customer pleads for peace

A SHOPKEEPER from Peckham, south London, has gone into hiding after protests erupted over a video surfaced of him “choking” a female customer when an argument broke out over a refund. Sohail Sindho said he was “forced” to pull his three sons out of school following growing protests at his…

India football coach sticks by his ‘heroes’ despite China drubbing

INDIA head coach Igor Stimac said his second-string men's team "ran out of gas" in the second half against China but hailed the players as "heroes" despite a 5-1 drubbing in their Asian Games opener on Tuesday (19). With most local clubs refusing to release key players, citing domestic and…

Canada’s Sikh community seeks ‘full investigation’ into Nijjar killing

CANADA'S Sikh community is hoping Ottawa's shock accusations against India - that New Delhi may have been involved in the assassination of one of their leaders on Canadian soil - will be just the first dramatic step taken against alleged "Indian interference." Prime minister Justin Trudeau's assertion on Monday (18)…

Vivek Ramaswamy wants to end H-1B visa programme

CALLING the H-1B visa programme "indentured servitude", Indian-American Republican presidential aspirant Vivek Ramaswamy has vowed to "gut" the lottery-based system and replace it with meritocratic admission if he wins the race to the White House in 2024. The H-1B visa, the much-sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa…

Top luxury brands lease space in Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai mall

GUCCI, Cartier and Louis Vuitton are among brands to sign leases for stores in Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani's new Mumbai mall, as luxury firms and Reliance Industries seek to profit from strong economic growth and a rapid rise in the number of millionaires. The Jio World Plaza, which an industry…

‘Successful G20 summit can help India become leader of Global…

THE G20 Summit in New Delhi has positioned India as a key player in the global arena, edging closer to becoming the 'leader of the Global South,' according to analysts. The two-day summit, which concluded on Sunday (10), showcased India's leadership as it championed initiatives aimed at countering the ascendancy…

Sri Lanka faces IMF scrutiny to secure crucial debt restructuring

CRISIS-HIT Sri Lanka must convince IMF officials that it has met key goals under a $2.9 billion bailout to push forward debt restructuring efforts crucial to a recovery for its battered economy. The officials, set to arrive in Colombo on Thursday (14), will assess the island's performance under a four-year…

Conservative party alerted about potential Chinese spy candidates

A minister disclosed on Wednesday (13) that the MI5 security service of Britain had issued a warning to the governing Conservative party about the potential spying activities of two prospective MPs with alleged ties to China. Information regarding the counsel, provided in both 2021 and 2022, has surfaced recently. This…

UN criticises Myanmar at regional meet

HOPES of a return to democracy in juntaruled Myanmar are being crushed by “systematic repression”, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said last Thursday (7) at a summit in Indonesia with the United States, China and regional leaders. Myanmar has been ravaged by deadly violence since a 2021 military coup ousted…

‘Rig Veda’ and ‘Ashtadhyayi’ showcased in G20 ‘Culture Corridor’ representing…

The Rig Veda inscriptions and Panini's grammar treatise 'Ashtadhyayi,' which were India's contributions to the G20 'Culture Corridor' exhibition held at the summit venue, have been exhibited under the name of 'Bharat.' The Rig Veda, an ancient Indian text representing the country's contribution to the international project in the 'symbols…

India warns automakers to become pollution free

INDIA’S road transport minister on Tuesday (12) said he will propose an additional 10 per cent tax on diesel vehicles and warned automakers of even higher levies to come to force them away from diesel-burners and cut fuel emissions and pollution. Nitin Gadkari made the comments at the Society of…

‘Bogus names and photos’ behind Bangladesh’s pro-Hasina articles

HUNDREDS of articles praising Bangladeshi government policies apparently by independent experts have appeared in national and international media but the authors have questionable credentials, fake photos, and may not even exist, an AFP investigation has found. Commentators say it is evidence of a sustained campaign of disinformation by unknown actors…

Experts concerned as India rolls out AI tools without safeguards

AFTER communal clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area last year, police said they used facial recognition technology to identify and arrest dozens of men, the second such instance after a more violent riot in the Indian capital in 2020. In both cases, most of those charged were Muslims, leading human rights…

Nvidia strikes AI deals with Reliance and Tata

US CHIP firm Nvidia on Friday (8) announced AI partnerships with Indian conglomerates Reliance Industries and Tata Group to develop cloud infrastructure and language models, as well as generative applications. The deals with two of India’s largest business houses will help the US chip firm deepen inroads to the emerging…

Suspected Chinese spy arrested in UK says he is innocent

A MAN reported to be a UK parliamentary researcher who was arrested on suspicion of spying for Beijing on Monday (11) said he was “completely innocent” and not a “Chinese spy”. The man, whose identity has not been released by UK authorities but is said to be in his 20s,…

British Academy Book Prize finalists include two Indian-origin authors

Nandini Das from the UK and Kris Manjapra from the US, both with Indian heritage are among the six global writers announced on Tuesday (12) for the 2023 British Academy Book Prize, for Global Cultural Understanding, a prestigious international non-fiction award valued at GBP 25,000. Nandini Das, originally from India,…

India proposes tax hike for diesel vehicles

INDIA's road transport minister on Tuesday (12) said he will propose an additional 10 per cent tax on diesel vehicles and warned automakers of even higher levies to come to force them away from diesel-burners and cut fuel emissions and pollution. Nitin Gadkari made the comments at the Society of…

Sunak’s Indian escape

HEADING to New Delhi for the G20 summit might have felt like a great escape for Rishi Sunak, leaving behind crumbling concrete in classrooms and damning opinion polls for his first visit to India as Prime Minister. The Sunaks were greeted enthusiastically by the Indian media. A British Prime Minister…

Modi aims to secure India’s place on world stage through…

During his G20 presidency, Narendra Modi strategically enhanced his domestic and international reputation as a guardian of national influence and well-being, emphasising India's global standing in anticipation of the upcoming general elections next year. Over several months, the 72-year-old leader's presence has been pervasive throughout Delhi, as his image adorned…

Pop group Westlife to come to India with ‘The Wild…

Popular Irish music group Westlife is set to enthrall fans in India as the band travels to the country for its much-anticipated "The Wild Dreams" Tour this November. The global bestselling pop band, consisting of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, will perform live in Mumbai, Bengaluru,…

G20 leaders’ declaration ‘confirms’ Russia’s isolation over Ukraine says Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (10) that the G20 leaders' declaration "confirms" Russia's isolation regarding the Ukraine crisis. He also noted that India's presidency of the bloc made significant efforts to convey a message of unity and peace to the world. At a media briefing, he also said…

G20 summit ends on a high note with India, Brazil,…

Narendra Modi concluded the G20 summit on Sunday, which notably downplayed significant disagreements regarding the Ukraine conflict and climate change. Despite the contentious issues, the summit afforded him a diplomatic moment in the spotlight. The ongoing Ukraine conflict has deeply divided G20 nations since Moscow's invasion last year, leading Russian…

India knocks the ball out of the park with G20…

I landed in Delhi on the 24th of August, the day after India successfully landed a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon, making it 1 of only 4 countries in the world to have landed on the moon. In his excellent speech at the B20, prime minister Narendra…

Macron in Bangladesh to ‘consolidate’ France’s Indo-Pacific push

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron was in Bangladesh on Monday (11) in a bid to "consolidate" his country’s Indo-Pacific strategy and counterbalance a "new imperialism" in a region where China's influence is increasingly being extended. "Based on democratic principles and the rule of law, in a region facing new imperialism, we…

Beijing calls UK spying reports as ‘political farce’

China has lashed out at media reports alleging a man who was arrested on suspicion of espionage was gathering intelligence for Beijing, labelling the claim a "political farce". UK police said over the weekend that they had arrested a man in his twenties at his home in Edinburgh for spying,…

Global leaders unveil transcontinental rail and ports project on G20…

GLOBAL leaders announced a multinational rail and ports deal linking the Middle East and South Asia on Saturday (9) on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi. The pact comes at a critical time as US president Joe Biden seeks to counter China's Belt and Road push on…

G20 declaration avoids condemning Russia, calls for peace

THE Group of 20 nations adopted a consensus declaration at a summit on Saturday (9) that avoided condemnation of Russia for the war in Ukraine but called on all states to refrain from the use of force to seize territory. Prime minister Narendra Modi of host India announced that the…

What is G20 and who is attending the summit in…

LEADERS of the world's wealthiest and most influential nations are set to convene at the two-day G20 Summit in India's capital, New Delhi, commencing on Saturday (9). This marks India's inaugural hosting of this prestigious assembly of global leaders. The capital city has been adorned with ornate flowers and fountains…

G20 leaders begin arriving in Delhi for summit

Among the prominent leaders arriving in India’s capital city on Friday (8) morning for the G20 summit are Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, Argentine president Alberto Fernández, and IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva. The G20 leaders will deliberate on pressing global issues at the grouping's annual summit on September 9 and…

Joe Biden heads for divided G20 in India

US president Joe Biden headed for the G20 in India on Thursday (7) promising that the summit would "deliver" despite the absence of the Chinese and Russian leaders. Biden is hoping to seize on the no-shows by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to boost US influence, and show that the…

Modi calls on G20 to fund climate solutions for developing…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi said Thursday (7) that leaders of the G20 summit he is chairing this weekend must support developing nations to tackle climate change with more cash and by sharing technology. Against a backdrop of record-breaking temperatures and deadly heatwaves across the globe, climate scientists and activists…

India’s G20 presidency is timely and appropriate says Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak emphasised the significance of India's diversity and its remarkable achievements, asserting that it is the opportune moment for the nation to assume the G20 presidency. He praised prime minister Narendra Modi's leadership over the past year and highlighted that India's leadership in the G20 comes at…

Disinformation in Bangladesh polls fueled by ‘fake experts’

HUNDREDS of articles praising Bangladeshi government policies apparently by independent experts have appeared in national and international media but the authors have questionable credentials, fake photos, and may not even exist, an investigation has found. Commentators say it is evidence of a sustained campaign of disinformation by unknown actors ahead…

Xi Jinping missing G20 summit not unusual: India

CHINA'S president Xi Jinping skipping this week's G20 summit in New Delhi was not unusual and will not affect negotiations to produce a consensus communique at the meeting, Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said. The September 9-10 summit of leaders of the world's richest countries is being held in the…

Rishi Sunak’s relatives to host feast in New Delhi in…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's family will prepare a banquet in New Delhi this week in his honour as the leader will be in India to attend the G20 summit. The family will host a feast with flower bouquets and "non-stop dancing" to Punjabi music in the Indian capital on Thursday…

Karan Johar’s ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ headed to…

Karan Johar's directorial Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani will be screened at the 2023 edition of the Busan International Film Festival, the organisers announced Tuesday. The romance drama, which released in India in July and amassed over £30 million at the box office, will be showcased under the 'Open…

Perception of India has changed: Modi

PRIME minister Narendra Modi has said the perception of India has changed as the country prepares to host world leaders at the G20 summit this weekend. In an interview with the Press Trust of India news agency, Modi also called on the United Nations to reform in line with 21st…

India launches military drills near China border

INDIA launched major military drills on Monday (4), including along contested border areas with China, which will continue during the G20 summit in New Delhi that president Xi Jinping will skip. The 11 days of drills named "Trishul", or trident, were "an annual training exercise" in northern zones bordering Pakistan…

Biden-Modi meeting on September 8

US president Joe Biden will travel to India next week to participate in the G20 Summit and will have a bilateral meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi on September 8, the White House has announced. India, president of the G20, will host global leaders for the summit scheduled to take…

India successfully launches first solar mission

FOLLOWING quickly on the success of India's moon landing, the country's space agency launched a rocket on Saturday (2) to study the sun in its first solar mission. The rocket left a trail of smoke and fire as scientists clapped, a live broadcast on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO)…

BFI London Film Festival 2023 announces full programme line-up

The 67th BFI London Film Festival, which is scheduled to be presented over twelve days from 4 to 15 October 2023, has announced the full programme line-up. The London Film Festival will invite audiences to return to its flagship venues in the heart of London – BFI Southbank and the…

China building military facilities along India border to face ‘eventuality…

CHINA has ramped up the construction of military facilities along its de facto border with India, which experts regard as Beijing’s preparations for an “eventuality of hostilities”. Satellite imagery from the American firm Maxar has shown Chinese infrastructure including bunkers and tunnels being built into the hillside in Aksai Chin,…

Indian-origin Tharman Shanmugaratnam remains hopeful as Singapore votes to elect…

Singaporean citizens participated in the nation's first contested presidential election on Friday (1), in over a decade. This three-way race features former minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who aspires to become the next Singaporean-born Indian-origin head of the state. Eligible voters started casting their ballots at 8 a.m. when polling stations opened.…

Survey: Majority of Indians back Modi and perceive growing global…

ABOUT 80 per cent of Indians have a favourable view of prime minister Narendra Modi and around seven in 10 Indians believe their country has recently become more influential, according to a survey by the PEW Research Center. The survey, released ahead of the G20 Summit, also noted that public…

EXCLUSIVE: Mighty Indian moon mission

THE successful Chandrayaan-3 moon mission last week elevates the country’s status as a space power and has geopolitical implications in the region, science and security experts said, as the country’s space organisation revealed its next project – to study the sun. Days after becoming the first nation to land a…

James Cleverly raises human rights on China visit

BRITISH foreign secretary James Cleverly said he had raised human rights concerns at "every single one" of his meetings with top Chinese officials, as he made a state visit to Beijing on Wednesday (30). Cleverly, the first UK foreign minister to visit China in five years, held talks with Chinese…

BFI London Film Festival adds Deepa Mehta and Tarsem Singh’s…

Deepa Mehta, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, Lukas Moodysson, and Ryusuke Hamaguchi are among the filmmakers whose titles have made it to the official competition section of the upcoming 67th edition of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) London Film Festival. Eleven films have been selected to screen in the official competition, competing…

EU concerned over Indian imports ‘helping Russia skirt sanctions’

THE European Union last Saturday (26) voiced concerns over a “rapid” rise in refined petroleum products made from Russian crude oil in India finding their way to the European market. Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU executive vice-president and commissioner for trade, said oil products processed from Russian crude oil were arriving…

India voices strong objection to China’s claims on its territory…

India has conveyed a strong protest to China regarding an unveiled map that asserts ownership over Indian territory. The map, made public by China's ministry of natural resources on Monday (28), shows the disputed Aksai Chin plateau and the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of China's territory, the…

Weighlifter Mirabai Chanu to skip World Championships

INDIA’S Mirabai Chanu will not lift at all at next week’s World Championships, a compulsory qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Olympics, as she aims for an elusive Asian Games medal. The World Championships are scheduled from next Monday (4) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, while the Asian Games is set…

Asian eateries turn to fusion cuisine as recipe for success

VARIETY is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and the restaurant sector is embracing this with new fusion cuisines and combinations. Palmito, an Ecuadorean-Indian restaurant in Brighton, Sussex, is among the businesses earning rave reviews with dishes such as grilled squid in a Keralan roast style sauce, and…

Iran and Egypt among BRICS’ new members

BRICS leaders announced last Thursday (24) the “historic” admission of six countries, as the bloc seeks to reshape the Westerlies global order and expand its influence.   BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed at their annual summit to make Argentina, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and…

What is a 15-series aluminum extrusion?

In aluminum processing, extrusion refers to the process of heating an aluminum alloy to a high temperature and forcing it into a die that chops it and presses it into the desired profile or shape. One popular type of aluminum extrusion is the 15 series. It’s often used in manufacturing…

Rising air pollution can cut south Asians’ life expectancy by…

Rising air pollution can cut life expectancy by more than five years per person in south Asia, one of the world's most polluted regions, according to a report published on Tuesday (29) which flagged the growing burden of hazardous air on health. The region, which includes the world's most polluted…

Putin not to visit India for G20 summit

RUSSIA will be represented by its foreign minister at the G20 summit in New Delhi, president Vladimir Putin told Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Monday (28) where the two leaders also discussed bilateral ties. The two leaders also spoke about the planned expansion of the…

India eyes the Sun after successful moon landing

Days after becoming the first nation to land a craft near the Moon's largely unexplored south pole, India's space agency said on Monday it will launch a satellite to survey the Sun. "The launch of Aditya-L1, the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun, is scheduled for September 2,"…

Chandrayaan-3: Modi says India’s Moon mission set example

INDIA'S budget Moon landing is a model for other countries aspiring to develop their own space programmes, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday (26) while praising the scientists behind the successful mission. Chandrayaan-3 - mooncraft in Sanskrit - touched down on the lunar surface on Wednesday (23), making India…

Praggnanandhaa falls in final hurdle as Carlsen wins World Cup

INDIAN prodigy R Praggnanandhaa could not pull off a repeat of his giant-killing acts of the last few days as fancied Magnus Carlsen beat him 1.5-0.5 in the tie-break to win the FIDE World Cup in Baki on Thursday (24). Praggnanandhaa's dream run in the tournament ended at the hands…

Modi highlights concerns with China’s Xi on border issue

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi spoke to China's president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg and highlighted concerns India has about border issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India's foreign secretary said. Modi and Xi agreed "to direct their relevant officials to intensify…

Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy clash over foreign policy in…

INDIAN-AMERICAN US presidential aspirants Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy clashed during the Republican Party’s maiden presidential primary debate over foreign policy issues, with the former South Carolina governor criticising her rival and entrepreneur for lacking foreign policy experience and supporting Russia. Haley, 51, and Ramaswamy, 38, have been clashing over…

BRICS invites Saudi, Iran and others to join group

THE five BRICS developing nations will admit Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, they said on Thursday (24), a move aimed at growing the clout of the bloc as it pushes to rebalance the prevailing world order. The expansion could also pave the way for…

Chandrayaan-3: Rover begins moon exploration

INDIA began exploring the Moon's surface with a rover on Thursday (24), a day after it became the first nation to land a craft near the largely unexplored lunar south pole. Pragyan -- "Wisdom" in Sanskrit -- rolled out of the lander hours after the latest milestone in India's ambitious…

‘India stuns world with humongous achievement’: Rajinikanth on Chandrayaan-3’s moon…

It was a proud moment for India as on Wednesday it scripted history with the successful soft landing of its lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 on the south pole region of the moon. Wishes for this historic feat have been pouring in from all around the world. Social media is flooded with…

BRICS leaders ponder expansion at Africa meet

LEADERS of the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – were due to open a summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday (22) where they will weigh expanding membership as some members push to forge the bloc into a counterweight to the West. Heightened global tensions provoked by…

‘Victory Cry’ across India as Chandrayaan-3 achieves success

AN Indian spacecraft landed on the rugged, unexplored south pole of the moon on Wednesday (23) in a mission seen as crucial to lunar exploration and India's standing as a space power, just days after a similar Russian lander crashed. "This moment is unforgettable. It is phenomenal. This is a…

From SRK to Rajamouli, celebs react to Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing…

Shah Rukh Khan, Allu Arjun, SS Rajamouli, and Kareena Kapoor Khan were among several cinema personalities who were “over the moon” after India’s third Moon mission Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the lunar south pole on Wednesday after a 41-day voyage. Congratulatory messages started flooding social media in the praise of…

Indian film industry calls ISRO ‘pride of India’ after Chandrayaan-3…

Cinema personalities, including Akshay Kumar, Chiranjeevi, Jr NTR, and Sunny Deol, on Wednesday congratulated the country and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the historic achievement of Chandrayaan-3's landing on the moon. India's Moon mission Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the lunar south pole at 6.04 pm on Wednesday, launching…

What to know about Chandrayaan-3 moon mission

THE Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) is closing in on an attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon's south pole. Here are key facts about the Chandrayaan-3 mission. WHAT IS INDIA'S CHANDRAYAAN-3 MISSION? The Chandrayaan-3 is aimed at the lunar south pole, a region with water ice, or frozen…

IMF and World Bank reforms on US agenda

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden will urge reforms to the IMF and World Bank that will better serve developing country needs at the G20 summit in New Delhi next month, the White House said on Tuesday (22). White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the two institutions need to offer…

Pooja Hirwade performs Bharatanatyam on Chandrayaan Anthem

Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Pooja Hirwade performed a Bharatanatyam piece on 'Namo Namo Bharatambe' and Chandrayaan Anthem on Wednesday. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Chandrayaan-3 is all set to create history by landing on the uncharted south pole of the moon today. Sharing her excitement, Pooja Hirwade told…

Chandrayaan landing will launch India’s space dreams

THE space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon’s south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India’s Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

India’s Chandrayaan spacecraft set for historic touchdown

INDIA readied Wednesday (23) to become the first nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon's south pole, days after a Russian probe crashed in the same region. The latest attempted Moon landing is a historic moment for the world's most populous nation, as it rapidly closes in on milestones…

IMF and World Bank reforms on US agenda

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden will urge reforms to the IMF and World Bank that will better serve developing country needs at the G20 summit in New Delhi next month, the White House said on Tuesday (22). White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the two institutions need to offer…

Leaders of BRICS nations open summit in Johannesburg

Leaders of the BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – were due to open a summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday (22) where they will weigh expanding membership as some members push to forge the bloc into a counterweight to the West. Heightened global tensions provoked by…

Science, politics, and economics behind India’s race to moon

The space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon's south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India's Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

Chinese research ship seeks approval for port visit in Sri…

Colombo announced on Tuesday (22), that China has sought approval for a research ship to anchor in Sri Lanka. This request comes after the visit of a spacecraft-tracking vessel last year, which had raised security apprehensions from India. Sri Lankan foreign ministry spokeswoman Priyanga Wickramasinghe said Beijing had sought permission…

India waits with bated breath for moon landing days after…

India's space agency on Monday (21) released images its spacecraft took of the far side of the moon as it headed for an attempted landing on the lunar south pole, just days after the failure of a Russian lander. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro) Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft had been in…

India imposes 40 per cent export duty on onions

INDIA will impose with immediate effect a 40 per cent export duty on onions up to December 31 in an attempt to improve domestic availability of the vegetable, the ministry of finance said in a notification on Saturday (19). The duty imposed by the world's biggest exporter of onions will…

WHO hosts first traditional medicine global summit

The first summit on traditional medicine was initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday (17) with the objective to gather evidence and data that would facilitate the secure utilisation of such treatments. Traditional medicines are a "first port of call for millions of people worldwide", the UN health…

Lord Patten’s son-in-law convicted for shooting at Indian restaurant

THE son-in-law of Lord Patten of Barnes, the former governor of Hong Kong, was convicted for his part in the shooting at the PBK curry house in Greenford, west London, reported The Telegraph. Elton Charles, 51, who is married to Patten's daughter Laura, 48, was convicted of his part in…

India’s G20 presidency empowers global South’s voice, says High Commissioner…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami has said, the Group of 20 (G20) stands as the foremost platform globally for fostering inclusive growth. He remarked that India's current presidency of the G20 has played a pivotal role in amplifying the perspectives of the Global South, contributing to the…

Sri Lanka terminates £3bn deal for foreign-funded oil refinery

CASH-STRAPPED Sri Lanka announced on Tuesday (15) that it was scrapping a $3.85 billion (£3.03bn) deal to build an oil refinery that was set to become the island nation’s largest foreign investment. Energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the cabinet terminated the agreement on Monday (14) because Singapore-registered Silver Park International…

Vinesh Phogat out of Asian Games with injury

INDIAN wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who helped lead protests demanding the sport's national chief step down over sexual harassment allegations, has pulled out of next month's Asian Games with a knee injury. Phogat, who won gold in the women's 50kg freestyle in the last edition of the Asian Games, injured herself…

Foxconn seeks ‘several billion dollars investment’ in India

TAIWANESE tech giant and key Apple supplier Foxconn said on Monday (14) it sees the potential to invest “several billion dollars” in India, with the firm looking to diversify its manufacturing away from China. Foxconn – also known by its official name Hon Hai Precision Industry – is the world’s…

Pakistan president Alvi calls for national unity on 76th Independence…

Pakistan's president Arif Alvi issued an appeal on Monday (14) to political leaders, urging them to set aside their discord and animosity. The plea came as the financially strained nation marked its 76th Independence Day anniversary. Addressing a flag hoisting ceremony held at the Convention Centre, the president also expressed…

Chinese warship docks at Colombo following delay over Indian concerns

A Chinese Navy warship with surveillance capabilities has recently arrived at the Colombo port, marking its presence almost a year after a different spy vessel caused concerns in India by berthing at a strategic port in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Navy reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy…

Quad to hold first Malabar naval exercise off Australia

INDIA, Japan, the United States and Australia will hold the Malabar navy exercise off the coast of Sydney on Friday (11), the first time the war games previously held in the Indian Ocean have taken place in Australia. Japanese and Indian navy vessels stopped in Pacific Island countries Solomon Islands…

Pakistan’s thriving textile sector shrinks as global demand slows

A SLOWDOWN in in global consumption and a rise in energy costs following the outbreak of war in Ukraine have compounded problems for Pakistan’s industrial manufacturing sector. The textile sector, which accounts for about 60 per cent of Pakistan’s exports, has been hit by the critical state of the country’s…

‘India committed to finding lasting solution to Russia’s war in…

INDIA will remain an “active and willing partner” to find a “lasting” solution to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the country’s national security advisor said, after attending a peace conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last Sunday (6). Ajit Doval told delegates the responsibility to end the war was in the hands…

Air pollution linked to increased antibiotic resistance: Study

New research published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal suggests that the mitigation of air pollution could potentially contribute to the reduction of antibiotic resistance. The study indicates that addressing air pollution may play a role in countering the phenomenon where disease-causing microorganisms develop resistance to antibiotics, rendering these drugs…

US lawmakers to attend Modi’s Red Fort address

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers will travel to India to take part in the Red Fort address of prime minister Narendra Modi on the country’s Independence Day on August 15, according to an official statement. The bipartisan Congressional delegation is led by Indian-American congressman Ro Khanna and congressman Michael…

India bars Chinese drone components citing security reasons

INDIA in recent months has barred domestic manufacturers of military drones from using components made in China over concerns about security vulnerabilities, according to four defence and industry officials and documents reviewed by Reuters. The measure comes amid tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours and as New Delhi pursues a military…

South Africa denies ‘rumours’ Modi will skip BRICS summit

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi will attend the next BRICS summit to be held Johannesburg in-person from August 22, the South African government has said. It dismissed some media reports as "rumours" that the Indian leader will not take part in the meeting of the five-nation grouping. The BRICS bloc…

Investigators scour wreckage after Pakistan train crash

INVESTIGATORS scoured the wreckage on Monday (7) of a weekend train derailment that killed at least 34 people, the latest deadly crash to hit Pakistan's antiquated railway network. More than 1,000 passengers were aboard the Hazara Express when it came off the tracks in a flat, rural part of Sindh…

Chandrayaan-3: Indian space mission enters Moon’s orbit

INDIA'S latest space mission entered the Moon's orbit on Saturday (5) ahead of the country's second attempted lunar landing, as its cut-price space programme seeks to reach new heights. The world's most populous nation has a comparatively low-budget aerospace programme that is rapidly closing in on the milestones set by…

Modi to participate in BRICS summit in Johannesburg

In anticipation of the forthcoming BRICS summit in South Africa, where discussions will revolve around the potential admission of new members, India refuted on Thursday (03) any validity to the "baseless" reports suggesting its opposition to the expansion of the five-nation alliance. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi addressed this matter…

India to join Ukraine peace talks hosted by Saudi Arabia

India will take part in the Ukraine peace talks to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on August 5 and 6, a spokesperson for India's foreign ministry, Arindam Bagchi, announced during a news briefing on Thursday (03). The talks have been initiated by Saudi Arabia, which extended invitations to Western…

India’s new import rules trigger concerns for Apple, Samsung

INDIA on Thursday (3) said it will impose a licensing requirement for imports of laptops, tablets and personal computers with immediate effect, a move that could hit hard the likes of Apple, Dell and Samsung and force them to boost local manufacturing. Current regulations in India allow companies to import…

Pakistan approves ‘signing of security pact with US’

PAKISTAN has quietly approved the signing of a new security pact with the US, a move that indicates a fresh start in defence cooperation between the two nations, a media report said. The federal cabinet gave its seal of approval to sign the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement,…

Indian football making ‘rapid strides’ ahead of Asian Games

INDIAN football’s “rapid strides in recent past” and an upsurge in public interest in the sport presented a “compelling case” for the inclusion of the men’s and women’s teams for the upcoming Asian Games, national federation president Kalyan Chaubey said. The participation of the Indian men’s and women’s football sides…

Pakistan’s infrastructure issues and cash flow hamper import of Russian…

PAKISTAN is unlikely to meet a target for Russian crude to make up two-thirds of its oil imports, despite attractive prices, hampered by a shortage of foreign currency and limitations at its refineries and ports, officials and analysts say. The cash-strapped country became Russia’s latest customer snapping up discounted crude…

Garment sector leads the way as Bangladesh eyes green finance

GREEN finance is growing fast in Bangladesh, official data shows, with the central bank and private banks boosting efforts to encourage companies from brick-makers to textile mills to invest in technology and solutions that tackle climate change. Considered one of the most climatevulnerable countries – due to impacts like worsening…

China wants citizens to be more involved in counter-espionage work

China should encourage its citizens to join counter-espionage work, including creating channels for individuals to report suspicious activity as well as commending and rewarding them, the state security ministry said on Tuesday. A system that makes it "normal" for the masses to participate in counter-espionage must be established, wrote the…

Saviour or racist? Studying ‘controversial’ Churchill

“WHO was Winston Churchill – the saviour of his nation or a racist imperialist?” This is the rather blunt question that will be examined in the opening session of a debut literary festival next month, to mark the 70th anniversary of Churchill winning the Nobel Prize for literature. It was…

‘Fast and smooth debt restructuring of Sri Lanka top priority’…

JAPAN pressed bankrupt Sri Lanka last Saturday (29) to expedite its debt restructuring, including with its biggest creditor China, to stabilise the island nation’s economy after an unprecedented financial crisis. Tokyo’s foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi welcomed economic reforms under the auspices of an International Monetary Fund bailout, but said Sri…

Pakistan marks anniversary of joint plan with China

CHINESE vice-premier He Lifeng arrived in Islamabad last Sunday (30) to mark the 10th anniversary of a massive economic plan that is the cornerstone of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Since its initiation in 2013, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has seen tens of billions of dollars funnelled into huge…

Bangladesh plays major role in illicit tiger trade

BANGLADESH remains a major hub for the poaching of endangered tigers despite government claims of a successful crackdown on pirate groups involved in the trade, according to research published last Friday (28). The vast Sundarbans mangrove forest straddling India and Bangladesh hosts one of the world’s largest populations of Bengal…

China will always stand with Pakistan, says President Xi

CHINA will continue to work with its all-weather ally Pakistan to take their strategic ties to new heights, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said as the two countries celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of the ambitious CPEC infrastructure projects in the South Asian country for regional connectivity. In…

India will be among top three economies in my third…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi laid bare his blueprint for a third term of his government, saying India will become the third largest economy in the world with a faster growth rate than now. Modi government will complete 10 years in office next May and he is seeking a third…

War, slowing demand hit ArcelorMittal performance

STEELMAKER ArcelorMittal said on Thursday (27) its net profit sank in the first half of the year, as prices for the metal fell from the peaks reached at the start of the Ukraine war. Higher interest rates, which were raised by central banks to combat inflation, also weighed on demand…

India’s export ban and looming El Niño pose major threat…

INDIA's decision to ban rice exports and the looming El Niño have resulted in panic buying in the west and price increase may push poorer countries towards hunger, reports said. Buyers from Africa to Asia are likely to scramble for rice shipments as supplies tighten in coming months following India's…

China grants Pakistan rollover on $2.4 billion loan

CHINA has granted Pakistan a two-year rollover on a $2.4 billion loan, Islamabad said Thursday (27), giving the debt-saddled nation breathing space in its balance-of-payments crisis. Soaring inflation, shrinking dollar reserves and crippling foreign debt led Pakistan to the brink of default before a pivotal $3 bn IMF bailout was…

Indian pharma exports soaring despite cough syrup deaths

INDIA'S pharmaceutical exports this fiscal year are set to grow nearly twice as fast as last year to hit sales of $27 billion, driven by strong US buying, a government-backed trade body said, despite deaths linked to Indian-made cough syrups. The robust forecast comes against the backdrop of earlier concerns…

Leonardo DiCaprio praises Indian man’s discovery of rare subterranean fish

An Indian man named Abraham A, a former paramilitary soldier from Kerala made a remarkable discovery in 2020. While taking a bath, he noticed a peculiar “red thread in the bucket.” To his surprise, the thread was moving, prompting him to investigate further. He placed the mysterious creature, later identified…

Survey: A third of Indian-Americans want to return to India

A new survey has revealed that 33 per cent of Indian-Americans are willing to return to their country of origin. The survey by Pew Research Center thinktank published on Wednesday (19) added that 76 per cent of Indian -Americans hold a favorable opinion of India, with 51 per cent of…

China agrees to reschedule $2 billion debt of Pakistan

CHINA has agreed to reschedule more than $2 billion debt of Pakistan for two years, providing a major relief to the cash-starved government, which is in the process of rebuilding foreign exchange reserves through fresh loans. Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday (20),…

G20 fails to agree on cutting fossil fuels

THE Group of 20 (G20) major economies meeting in India failed on Saturday (22) to reach consensus on phasing down fossil fuels following objections by some producer nations. Scientists and campaigners are exasperated by international bodies' foot-dragging on action to curb global warming even as extreme weather from China to…

Reliance’s profits hit by oil business slump

INDIA's Reliance Industries reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profits Friday (21), weighed down by its oil-to-chemicals arm even as its consumer-facing divisions posted healthy profits. Reliance, owned by Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani, reported a 10.8 per cent fall in net profit to Rs 160.1 billion (£1.5bn) in the three months to…

India and Sri Lanka forge closer ties with focus on…

The governments of India and Sri Lanka on Friday (21) revealed their plans to enhance economic relations through increased cooperation in renewable energy and the exploration of a potential oil pipeline and land bridge connecting the two countries. Additionally, India will provide support in developing a port and economic hub…

India imposes major rice export ban

INDIA on Thursday (20) ordered a halt to its largest rice export category in a move that will roughly halve shipments by the world's largest exporter of the grain. New Delhi’s move triggers fears of further inflation on global food markets. The government said it was imposing a ban on…

How sport can reflect an inclusive national identity

HEADING into the supermarket for the weekly shop, we are greeted by a life-size cardboard cut-out of four of England's women footballers. They are there because the women’s World Cup is about to kick off and to promote the official FIFA tournament beer too. (6am and 9am kick-offs broadcast from…

Lakshya Sen goes down fighting at US Open badminton tournament

ACE Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen fought hard before going down in three games against the eventual winner Li Shi Feng of China in the men’s singles semi-finals of the US Open badminton tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Sen, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and seeded third, lost 17-21, 24-22, 17-21…

India finish third in Asian Athletics meet

THE Indian mixed 4x400m relay quartet won gold in the mixed relay event at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, last Saturday (15). The quartet of Rajesh Ramesh, Aishwarya Mishra, Amoj Jacob and Subha Venkatesan clinched top spot in 3 minutes and 14.70 seconds. Meanwhile, star Indian long jumper…

Sri Lankan president aims to allay India’s concerns regarding China

Sri Lanka's president is scheduled to arrive in India on Thursday (20) for his first visit to the country, with concerns mounting in New Delhi over China's increasing influence in the strategically placed but financially bankrupt island. New Sri Lankan leaders usually travel to India within a few weeks of…

Ajay Banga: Rich-poor divide risks deepening poverty in developing world

The new head of the World Bank said Tuesday (18) that growing divides between rich and poor nations risked deepening poverty in the developing world. Ajay Banga said he feared a lack of progress was in danger of splitting the global economy. "The thing that keeps me up at night…

G20 meeting to end without communique as Ukraine war divides…

TWO days of talks between economic and finance policymakers from the Group of 20 nations will wrap up on Tuesday without a joint statement due to differences between major powers over the war in Ukraine, according to Indian officials hosting the meeting. During its presidency of the G20, India is…

How to Make a Successful Withdrawal with IronFX?

Withdrawing funds from your trading account can be a daunting task, especially if you're trading with a new broker or platform. It's essential to understand the withdrawal process to enable you to manage your funds effectively. If you're trading with ironfx withdrawal, this guide will take you through the process…

More British Asians seek university education, white Britons less inclined

THE proportion of British Asian and other ethnic minority candidates applying for UK universities has increased this year while interest from white Britons has declined. There were 52,460 applicants of British Asian background, up four per cent over the previous year and the number of white Britons applying for degree…

China seeks stable ties with India

CHINA'S top diplomat Wang Yi told the Indian foreign minister bilateral ties need to be stabilised, as the neighbours searched for ways to ease simmering military tensions along their vast border. On the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Wang told India’s external affairs minister, Subrahmanyam…

Madhavan attends Louvre dinner hosted by Macron in Modi’s honour

Actor R Madhavan, who attended the banquet dinner held by French President Emmanuel Macron for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Louvre Museum, on Sunday said he was in awe of the two leaders who "passionately described their vision for the future of these two great friendly nations" at the…

Global debt dominates as G20 finance chiefs meet

G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs opened talks on Monday (17) on debt restructuring deals, multilateral bank reform and finance to tackle climate change. Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, chair and host of the summit in Gandhinagar, began by telling finance leaders of "the responsibility we have... to steer…

“It soars high, elevating the dreams and ambitions of every…

INDIA launched a rocket on Friday (14) carrying an unmanned spacecraft to land on the Moon, its second attempt to do so as its cut-price space programme seeks to reach new heights. "Chandrayaan-3 scripts a new chapter in India's space odyssey," prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted from France, where he…

China’s BYD plans to invest $1bn in India to build…

CHINA's BYD has submitted a $1 billion (£760 million) investment proposal to build electric cars and batteries in India in partnership with a local company, said three people with direct knowledge of the plan. BYD and privately held Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructures have submitted a proposal to Indian regulators…

India moves to develop domestic weapons industry

INDIA’S multi-billion-dollar purchases of US arms are less about shifting its reliance on Russian defence equipment and moving towards the West - it’s more about developing its own domestic weapons industry, security officials and analysts say. India is the world’s biggest arms importer, but almost all of its major weapons…

Funding an uphill task for climber Shehroze Kashif

PAKISTANI mountaineer Shehroze Kashif faces sub-zero temperatures and biting winds in his race to scale the world’s highest peaks, but his biggest challenge is finding the money. Kashif, 21, aims this year to become the youngest person to climb every peak above 8,000 metres (26,247 feet), all of which are…

Delhi and Colombo eye deals over sustainable energy and infrastructure…

SRI LANKA is likely to discuss energy, power and port projects during a presidential visit to New Delhi next week, the foreign minister said on Monday (10), as India tries to push forward stalled initiatives with Colombo. India’s support was critical for Sri Lanka last year after it almost ran…

UN rights council condemns Koran burnings despite splits

THE UN Human Rights Council voted on Wednesday (12) to condemn recent Koran burning incidents, but many countries declined to back the measure, fearing it encroached too much on free speech. Despite overwhelming condemnation of the Muslim holy book being desecrated, the vote brought more division than unity as Western…

India aims to join elite club with latest moon landing…

INDIA on Friday (14) launches its latest attempt at an unmanned moon landing, the next frontier of a burgeoning, cut-price aerospace programme rapidly closing in on the milestones set by global superpowers. If successful, the mission would make the world's most populous nation only the fourth country after Russia, the…

France extends Bastille Day welcome to Modi

The guest of honour for the Bastille Day celebrations in France on Friday (14) is Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, highlighting the ongoing efforts of Western powers to engage with India, the world's largest democracy and a rapidly growing economy. President Emmanuel Macron extended a warm reception to Modi, following…

Nandalal Weerasinghe says he warned about Sri Lanka crisis years…

THE man charged with clawing Sri Lanka out of bankruptcy said he had warned about economic calamity years before it hit - and was pressed into retirement for his troubles. Central bank chief Nandalal Weerasinghe was asked to return to the island nation last year to help steer it through…

Exploring the Beauty Standards of Sexy Asian Girls Around the…

There are a lot of different beauty standards around the world, and many cultures have their ways of measuring beauty. Whether it's eye color, hair color, or body shape, each culture has its standards and preferences for what makes a person attractive. For example, a pale complexion is considered an…

Senior US diplomat heads to India to discuss free speech,…

A SENIOR US diplomat will travel to India in the coming days and engage with its civil society over free speech and marginalisation of minorities. It comes after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's recent US visit when he denied that abuse of religious minorities existed in his country. Uzra Zeya,…

Warner Bros. defends controversial Barbie film’s map

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated movie Barbie has sparked controversy due to a specific scene that recognizes an Asian political conflict. The film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. As per Variety, the film contains a scene that depicts a map with the "nine dash line," a…

India’s economic engagement in Africa not ‘extractive’ or ‘narrow’, says…

In a statement indirectly criticising China, India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar emphasised that India does not operate as an "extractive economy" and does not engage in "narrow economic activities" in Africa, despite the continent's abundant resources. These comments were made by Jaishankar during his visit to Zanzibar and subsequent…

Despite the tournament’s issues, Djokovic and Swiatek exhibit serenity

Wimbledon faced challenges on Wednesday (05), from both climate change protesters and persistent rainfall, causing additional difficulties for the organisers. But despite the mounting security and scheduling concerns, the reigning men's champion, Novak Djokovic, advanced smoothly to the third round of the tournament. Djokovic secured his 350th Grand Slam victory…

Goldman Sachs bullish on Indian equities

INDIA'S Nifty 50 index was likely to gain almost seven per cent in the next twelve months and hit a high of 20,700 by June 2024 on the back of strong corporate earnings, analysts at Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday (5). "We think India is the best structural growth story…

US wants court to dismiss Tahawwur Rana’s extradition appeal to…

The court in California has received a strong plea from the Biden administration, urging the denial of the writ of habeas corpus submitted by Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman. The administration reiterated its stance that Rana should be extradited to India, where he is wanted for his alleged involvement…

Fashion brands take the lead in green shipping

FASHION brands are a key driver of demand for green shipping fuels, according to shipping group Maersk, as the sector faces pressure from consumers and regulators to reduce their climate footprint. Retailers ship huge volumes of clothes from production centres in countries such as Bangladesh, China and Vietnam to consumers…

Britain wants permanent seat for India in UN Security Council

BRITAIN last Thursday (29) announced its backing for an expanded UN Security Council, including a permanent spot for India and Africa, to reflect the current and future state of the world. “We want to see permanent African representation and membership extended to India, Brazil, Germany and Japan,” said foreign secretary…

HDFC Bank’s merged loan book at £216bn

INDIA's HDFC Bank on Wednesday (5) said its merged loan book with Housing Development Finance Corporation stood at about Rs 22.45 trillion (£216 billion) as at the end of the June quarter. HDFC Bank merged with HDFC on July 1 in a £31.5bn merger, the largest in India's corporate history,…

Wimbledon 2023: Djokovic and Swiatek cruise to victories as rain…

The defending men's champion, Novak Djokovic, and the top-seeded woman, Iga Swiatek, initiated their Wimbledon campaigns with impressive performances on Monday (03). Despite a temporary pause in play on the outside courts due to rain, the anticipated climate protests failed to materialise. At 36 years old, Djokovic, who has suffered…

Wimbledon 2023: Wrist injury forces 2022 finalist Kyrgios to withdraw

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, who reached the Wimbledon final last year, announced on Sunday (02) that he would be withdrawing from this year's tournament due to a wrist injury. Kyrgios shared the news just before the start of the grass-court grand slam, scheduled to begin on Monday (03). "I'm…

Wimbledon 2023: Djokovic and Swiatek begin tournament

Novak Djokovic starts the Wimbledon tournament on Monday (03), initiating his quest for an eighth title and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory. The 36-year-old Serbian, who has emerged victorious in the past four editions at the All England Club, begins his campaign on Centre Court, a venue where he…

Tory backbenchers urge Sunak to do more on immigration

A group of Conservative MPs called on prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (3) to do more to cut immigration, saying he risked further eroding the trust of voters who lent the party their vote in 2019 if he failed to take action. The group of MPs, many elected for…

Pakistan secures critical $3 billion IMF bailout

In a much-needed relief for the Pakistani economy, the country successfully obtained a crucial $3 billion short-term financial package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday (30). The agreement between Pakistan and the IMF has been reached, and it is now awaiting approval by the IMF board in July.…

James Cleverly urges to give permanent security council seat for…

FOREIGN SECRETARY James Cleverly has said that India and Japan should be given permanent seats on the UN security council. Cleverly also called for a doubling of the number of countries able to wield a veto on UN resolutions. The UK announced its backing for an expanded council, including a…

Border situation to impact India-China relationship, says India’s Jaishankar

THE state of border will determine the state of relationship between India and China, Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar said, amid an over three-year military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. “The state of the border today is still abnormal,” Jaishankar said in an interactive session…

Sri Lanka targets 30 per cent haircut for dollar bonds

SRI LANKA is asking international bond holders to take a 30 per cent haircut and is seeking similar concessions from investors in its domestic dollar-denominated notes as it seeks to overhaul its massive debt, its central bank governor said on Thursday (29). Unveiling details of the long-awaited plan, governor Nandalal…

Sri Lanka scraps plans to export endangered monkeys to China

BANKRUPT Sri Lanka’s government on Monday (26) said it was scrapping plans to export around 100,000 endangered monkeys to China following an outcry and a court case by animal lovers. The toque macaque is endemic to Sri Lanka and common on the island of 22 million people but is classed…

Melting glaciers pose threat to Himalayas

GLACIERS in Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalaya could lose up to 75 per cent of their volume by century’s end due to global warming, causing both dangerous flooding and water shortages for the 240 million people who live in the mountainous region, a new report said. A team of international scientists…

Modi honoured with Order of the Nile during Egypt visit

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi met Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo last Sunday (25) on a rare visit during which both sides pledged to deepen their strategic ties. They agreed to boost investment by India, the world’s most populous nation, in Egypt, which has the Arab world’s largest…

Are stronger US-India ties a threat to British interests?

A WEEKEND article in the Financial Times set out to explain “How India is slowly moving into the American orbit.” The reality is that India is not moving into the American orbit nor America into India’s, but for some decades now the two countries have been drawing closer together. One…

BBC reveals new images of Chinese spy balloons flying over…

The British media revealed fresh evidence on Monday (26) regarding China's spy balloon programme, disclosing instances of balloon flights over Japan and Taiwan. This development comes several months after US-China relations were strained following the shooting down of a similar airship off the US coast. The BBC collaborated with Synthetaic,…

Debt restructuring: Sri Lanka to close financial markets for five…

SRI LANKAN authorities have declared a five-day closure of financial markets from Thursday (29) ahead of a controversial move to restructure the government's domestic debt amounting to more than $51 billion. The restructuring affects government bonds in line with an IMF bailout agreed in March, after Sri Lanka defaulted on…

With Sunak at helm, UK should ‘up the game’ for…

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak should leverage his Indian heritage for forging stronger ties between the UK and India in trade and defence, former foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. “Britain remains uniquely placed to reap the dividends of a deeper friendship with India” with Sunak as the prime minister but…

Modi’s policies attract many supporters in US

AS TWO of the greatest democracies in the world, the United States and India have far much more in common than we do in our differences. As with all world leaders on a global stage, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is always under intense scrutiny. However, Modi's policies and leadership…

Battle of billionaires over Indian wireless internet

ELON MUSK wants his Starlink to beam down wireless internet in India from satellites orbiting the earth, but the licensing regime his group favours has put him at odds with Mukesh Ambani's Reliance. After meeting prime minister Narendra Modi in New York last week, Musk on June 21 said he…

Narendra Modi wraps up Washington trip with appeal to tech…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi met with US and Indian technology executives in Washington on Friday (23), the final day of a state visit where he agreed new defence and technology cooperation and addressed challenges posed by China. US president Joe Biden rolled out the red carpet for Modi on…

India rises eight spots to rank 127 in global gender…

India has made significant progress in terms of gender parity, climbing eight places to rank 127 out of 146 countries, according to the World Economic Forum's annual Gender Gap Report for 2023. In the previous edition of the report in 2022, India was ranked at 135. The country has shown…

IISc Bangalore top Indian institute in Asian university rankings

BENGALURU-BASED Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has emerged as the highest-ranked Indian institution in the ‘Times High Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2023' released in London on Thursday (22). While IISc is ranked 48th, the second highest ranked university in India is also is Karnataka – JSS Academy of Higher…

Modi’s US visit may encourage more American firms to invest…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States may encourage more American companies to consider investing in the South Asian country as they look to reduce their reliance on China for manufacturing-related activities. The United States is the third largest source of foreign investment for India, with over…

Joe Biden puts on full pomp for Modi

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (21) opened a state visit to Washington as the United States steps up its wooing of India. President Joe Biden is putting on the full pomp for only the third state visitor of his administration, with the billion-plus country seen as a pivotal…

Biden will not ‘lecture’ Modi on human rights: White House

US president Joe Biden welcomes India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday (21) for two days of talks that the White House sees as bolstering "one of the defining partnerships of our age," despite ongoing concerns about human rights. Washington wants India to be a strategic counterweight to China while…

UN human rights eyes India and China

THE UN human rights chief called on Monday (19) for greater support for his office as he seeks to expand its work by establishing a first-time presence in the world’s two most populous countries, India and China. Established after the second world war, the UN human rights office is present…

Ramachandra Guha wins Elizabeth Longford Prize

THE debate on the rights and wrongs of empire need not be “toxic”, the Indian author Ramachandra Guha has said, after winning an important history prize. Guha was last week awarded the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2023 in its 20th anniversary year for Rebels against the Raj: Western…

Musk says eyeing significant India investments after meeting Modi

TESLA chief executive Elon Musk said India's prime minister Narendra Modi was pushing the car maker to make a "significant investment" in the country, adding that such an announcement was expected soon. His comments came after a meeting with Modi on Tuesday (20) during the Indian leader's state visit to…

Modi to meet Musk, talk tech and trade during US…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to embark on a state visit to the United States of America on Tuesday (20) upon the invitation of US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The visit will last until June 24. During his visit, Modi plans to meet with…

Indian nationals arrested for defrauding elderly woman in US

TWO Indian citizens have been arrested in Florida for allegedly defrauding a 69-year-old woman of $80,000 through a phone scam. A media report said that Parth Patel, 33, and Jayarami Kuruguntla, 25, were both arrested and booked by the Ocala Police Department when the woman grew suspicious of the scammer's…

‘Game of Thrones’ creators brings epic sci-fi saga ‘3 Body…

Tudum, the annual Global Fan Event from the streaming media giant Netflix, recently took place in São Paulo, Brazil, where the streamer dropped the teasers and trailers for some of its much-anticipated films and streaming shows, and among its many exclusive teasers was a first look at 3 Body Problem,…

Modi euphoria captures US ahead of first state visit

In anticipation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming State Visit to Washington/Houston, hundreds of enthusiastic Indian-Americans have congregated at renowned sites in 20 cities across the US. They have organised unity marches to extend a warm and welcoming message. Modi has been invited by US President Joe Biden and First…

Ultrasound emerges as a promising technique for cancer treatment

Researchers have developed a promising cancer treatment approach utilising ultrasound as a potential tool. Unlike laser light used in photodynamic cancer therapy, ultrasonic waves have the capability to penetrate deep into tissues, reaching up to 12 cm, enabling treatment of deep-seated tumours without harming healthy cells. The team of researchers…

India approves procurement of US MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones: sources

INDIA's defence ministry has approved the procurement of US-made armed MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones, sources said. India will buy 31 drones made by General Atomics worth slightly over $3 billion, one of the sources said. India’s defence ministry did not respond to a request for comment. The defence ministry's initial clearance…

Tata Steel seeks subsidies to decarbonise Port Talbot steelworks

Tata Steel UK chairman, Henrik Adam, has urged the UK government to provide subsidies to decarbonise the Port Talbot steelworks of the company. He said that European competitors were receiving huge amounts from governments to transition to greener operations. According to reports, ministers offered Tata £300 million for decarbonisation. Port…

Nuclear powers spend big on new weapons

The world’s nuclear powers, including India and China, increased investment in their arsenals for a third consecutive year in 2022 amid swelling geopolitical tensions, two re - ports showed on Monday (12). The world’s nine nuclear-armed states jointly spent $82.9 billion (£65.7bn) on their arsenals last year, with the United…

Pakistan paid in Chinese currency for discounted Russian oil

PAKISTAN paid for its first government-to-government import of discounted Russian crude oil in Chinese currency, the South Asian country's petroleum minister has said, a significant shift in its US dollar-dominated export payments policy. Discounted crude offers a respite as Pakistan faces an economic crisis with an acute balance of payments…

US pushing India to ‘seal big armed drone buy for…

Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's state visit to Washington, the Biden administration is pushing New Delhi to cut through its own red tape and advance a deal for dozens of US-made armed drones, two people familiar with the matter said. India has long expressed interest in buying large…

BAFTA Breakthrough India alumni recount AR Rahman connection

Besides being BAFTA Breakthrough India alumni, what is common among director Arati Kadav, and music composers Alokananda Dasgupta and Karthikeya Murthy? It's music maestro AR Rahman. At a media roundtable with BAFTA and Netflix representatives on Tuesday, Kadav, Dasgupta and Murthy said through the BAFTA Breakthrough India programme, the trio…

Pakistan gets first Russian crude under discount deal

THE FIRST shipment of Russian oil to energy-starved and dollar-strapped Pakistan has arrived at Karachi port, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said. Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last year, economic sanctions have seen a significant cut in its oil and gas exports to the European Union and United States.…

US lawyer apologises for creating fake cases using ChatGPT

A US lawyer's decision to employ ChatGPT, an advanced language model, for the preparation of a crucial court filing has led to an astonishing turn of events. The artificial intelligence programme generated fabricated cases and rulings, causing immense embarrassment to the attorney involved. Steven Schwartz, a lawyer based in New…

Sunak and Biden forge partnership on AI, minerals, and Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday (08) announced a partnership between their countries focused on advanced technologies, clean energy, and critical minerals, as they aim to strengthen their historical security alliance. The leaders signed the "Atlantic Declaration," which Sunak described as a first-of-its-kind economic…

US and Britain form strategic pact to address emerging threats

The US and Britain unveiled a fresh strategic pact on Thursday (08), reaffirming their commitment to the "special relationship" in order to counter the challenges posed by Russia, China, and economic instability. During a summit held at the White House, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak…

Sunak aims to enhance economic relations with the US during…

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to convey to President Joe Biden the importance of elevating Britain's economic ties with the US to a level on par with their defense and security cooperation. With the UK's departure from the European Union, there is a desire to strengthen alignment with Washington…

UK to host world’s first AI summit later this year

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday (07) that Britain will be hosting the world's first summit on artificial intelligence later this year. The summit aims to facilitate the establishment of a unified approach among nations to mitigate the potentially catastrophic risks associated with the technology, while also harnessing its…

India holds interest rates as inflation eases

INDIA'S central bank on Thursday (8) kept interest rates on hold for its second-straight meeting, citing easing inflation pressures, but warned about an uncertain global outlook. The benchmark repurchase rate was left at 6.50 per cent by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), bank governor Shaktikanta Das announced in a…

Starbucks brews up cheaper India drinks as domestic rivals expand

STARBUCKS is revamping its strategy to lure Indians, including children, with smaller, cheaper beverages as it looks to expand in small towns amid a fierce challenge from domestic startups in one of its fastest-growing markets. Among the first foreign coffee brands to enter tea-loving India, the US giant has taken…

UK to remove Chinese surveillance equipment from government sites

Britain has committed to the removal of Chinese-made surveillance equipment from sensitive government sites as part of its latest plans to address national security concerns related to China. Under prime minister Rishi Sunak, who has cast China as the world's greatest challenge to security and prosperity, the government told its…

India ‘one of the bright spots in global economy’: IMF

India's GDP grew by 7.2 per cent in the year to March, official figures showed last Wednesday (31), boosted by services and consumption, putting it among the world’s fastest-expanding major economies. The country is the world’s fifth-largest economy, and recently surpassed China to become the most populous country. Its growth…

US hopes Modi’s visit ‘consecrates’ India as most important partner:…

PRESIDENT Joe Biden's top official for the Indo-Pacific region said on Tuesday (6) he hoped a visit this month by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "consecrates" the relationship with India as the most important for the US in the world. The official, Kurt Campbell, told the Hudson Institute think tank…

Thyssenkrupp could bid to supply six submarines to Indian Navy

GERMANY's Thyssenkrupp AG is likely to bid for a project to supply six submarines for the Indian Navy, German defence minister Boris Pistorius said on Tuesday (6), during a visit to New Delhi. Earlier, Pistorius met his counterpart Rajnath Singh, at a time when the south Asian nation is looking…

Gita Gopinath: Immigration can help reduce inflation in UK

IMMIGRATION can help reduce Britain's high inflation rate, the deputy head of the International Monetary Fund has told the BBC as the UK restricts the net amount of legal migrants. UK inflation is cooling slower than expected, in part owing to sectors including hospitality and farming paying higher wages to…

India and US agree defence deal ahead of Modi’s state…

India and the United States have concluded a roadmap for defence industry cooperation for the next few years, the two countries said on Monday (5), a landmark move expected to bolster New Delhi's defence manufacturing ambitions. Washington is working to deepen ties with India and sees stronger military-to-military and technology…

India takes the lead as Europe’s biggest supplier of refined…

India emerged as the leading supplier of refined fuel to Europe, in April 2023, surpassing other countries in the market. Vortexa, an energy cargo tracking system, reported that India exported approximately 406 thousand barrels per day (kbd) of refined fuel to European nations during that month, The New Indian Express…

Indian-Americans upbeat about Modi’s state visit to US

Indian-Americans are upbeat about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first state visit to the US and his address to the joint session of Congress later this month. They feel it is going to be an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations in areas including security cooperation, defence, trade, energy, technology and space.…

Scottish Mortgage firm ‘misleading’ shareholders, claims fired director

The director who was removed from the board of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust following a dispute in March has alleged that the company is 'seriously misleading' shareholders. Amar Bhidé lodged a complaint with the Financial Conduct Authority, asserting that Scottish Mortgage had misrepresented the primary cause of his disagreement…

Jaguar Land Rover unveils new logo to reflect ‘modernity’

Jaguar Land Rover will henceforth be known only by its initial letters 'JLR' as the British carmaker has unveiled a new logo to reflect its “modernity” and “forward-thinking essence”. The new brand identity seeks to “remove ambiguity and bring to the fore the unique DNA of each of JLR’s brands…

BRICS ministers open to welcoming new members as Putin looms…

Top diplomats representing BRICS countries expressed openness to welcoming new members into the group during discussions held in South Africa on Thursday (01). The bloc aims to strengthen its influence in the international arena and seeks a broader representation to amplify its voice. Foreign ministers from the five-nation grouping of…

US to allow GE to make engines for military jets…

THE Biden administration is poised to sign off on a deal that would allow General Electric (GE) to produce jet engines powering Indian military aircraft in that country, according to three people briefed on the decision. A deal finalising the joint production of the engines is expected to be inked…

Belief helps HS Prannoy end six-year drought

India shuttler HS Prannoy had almost given up on winning his next title and breaking a six-year drought before chief national coach Pullela Gopichand instilled in him the belief that there is more to come from him. Last Sunday, Prannoy ended the title drought with a 21-19, 13-21 21-18 win…

India’s big problem: Urban unemployment of youth

On a hot summer afternoon, 23-year old Nizamudin Abdul Rahim Khan is playing cricket on a muddy, unpaved road in the Rafiq Nagar slum in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. Here, there is scant evidence of India’s fast-growing economy. Bordering what was once Asia largest garbage dumping ground, Rafiq Nagar and…

Associate members concerned over ICC’s new revenue model

CRICKET's cash-starved associate member nations fear the proposed new international revenue distribution model, which heavily favours the game's superpowers, could potentially stall the growth of the game. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has proposed a new revenue sharing model for the 2024-27 cycle to be voted on at its July…

Sri Lanka gets $350m loan boost from Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday (29) approved a $350 million special policy-based loan to provide budget support to Sri Lanka for economic stabilisation, the regional lender said in a statement. The programme is part of a broader package of financial assistance anchored by the International Monetary Fund's (IMF)…

Fresh deadly clashes break out in northeast India

Fresh deadly clashes were reported on Sunday (28) in the remote northeastern Indian state of Manipur although the exact number of fatalities was not immediately clear. Manipur has been on edge after an explosion of inter-ethnic violence this month killed at least 70 people and left tens of thousands displaced.…

Chinese online fashion retailer Shein to re-enter Indian market

Shein, the Chinese fashion retailer, is poised to make a comeback in India after a three-year ban. Known for its trendy and affordable clothing and accessories targeted at young women, Shein's return is eagerly anticipated. Founded in October 2008 by Chris Xu, Shein swiftly made a name for itself as…

Sri Lanka expects FDI to jump to £1.05bn with India…

Sri Lanka is expecting foreign direct investment inflows to rise by a fifth to $1.3 billion (£1.05bn) this year, a government official said on Wednesday (24), with India likely to play a lead role despite the Sri Lankan economy facing its worst crisis in decades. Although it was pushed to…

Solar power investment to exceed oil production for the first…

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Thursday (25) that investment in clean energy is projected to further surpass spending on fossil fuels in 2023. This shift is anticipated to be particularly evident in solar projects, which are expected to exceed investments in oil production for the first time in…

Remembering SP Hinduja: How ‘Hinduja onions’ got the Shah of…

Srichand Hinduja (SP) interacted with many world leaders – among them Sir Edward Heath, Sir John Major, Tony Blair, George HW Bush, Morarji Desai and Indira Gandhi. Indeed, SP was in the habit of sending briefs with his thoughts to heads of government. Quite often these were on how to…

Bangladesh’s dollar woes worsen, owes $300 million to six overseas…

Bangladesh is struggling to pay for imported fuel because of a dollar shortage, letters from the state petroleum firm show, with it warning of an “alarming decrease” in fuel reserves. It owes more than $300 million to six overseas companies, some of which have either sent fewer cargoes than scheduled…

India Caucus urges McCarthy to invite Modi for US Congress’…

The influential Congressional India Caucus co-chairs on Tuesday (23) urged house speaker Kevin McCarthy to invite prime minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress during his upcoming state visit. “We respectfully request your consideration in inviting Modi for a joint address to Congress, thus highlighting…

Sri Lanka navy finds 14 bodies in overturned Chinese fishing…

The Sri Lankan navy announced on Wednesday (24) that they had found 14 bodies inside a Chinese fishing boat that had capsized the previous week. The boat had a total of 39 crew members on board, including 17 Chinese, 17 Indonesians, and five Filipinos. The tragic discovery was made following…

IMF asks Sri Lanka to speed up debt restructuring

The International Monetary Fund asked Sri Lanka on Tuesday (23) to speed its debt restructuring and warned any delays could undermine efforts to overcome the country’s worst economic crisis. Sri Lanka expected a quick deal with creditors shortly after defaulting on its $46 billion (£37.03bn) foreign debt in April last…

Australia to take ties with India to ‘next level’

AUSTRALIA vowed to take ties with India to the "next level" on Tuesday (23) as it hosted Narendra Modi for a lavish visit heavy on trade and light on criticism. Lured by the world's most populous market and a counterweight to China's growing military, diplomatic and economic clout, Australia's government…

Hundreds rally in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir against India G20 meet

Hundreds of people rallied in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Monday (22) to protest arch rival India's decision to host a G20 tourism meeting in its part of the disputed Himalayan region, said a government official. New Delhi is hosting the key conference in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar from Monday to Wednesday,…

G20 tourism meet in Kashmir: India doubles down on security…

Commencing on Monday (22), a G20 tourism meeting began in Indian-administered Kashmir amidst increased security measures, triggering criticism from China and Pakistan due to the disputed status of the territory. In anticipation of the G20 meeting, which marks the first diplomatic event in the region since New Delhi's revocation of…

Drishyam set to get a Korean remake

Drishyam, one of the most successful suspense-thrillers ever produced by Indian cinema, will soon get a Korean remake. Kim Jee-Woon, Song Kang-Ho's Anthology Studios has announced the remake of the popular franchise that was directed initially by Jeethu Joseph. According to Deadline, Panorama Studios has teamed up with a Korean…

Sunak says China poses greatest challenge to worldwide security

Rishi Sunak stressed that China presents the foremost challenge to worldwide security and prosperity, but has cautioned against complete disengagement from the leading economy. Sunak made these remarks on Sunday (21) following a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) nations in Hiroshima, Japan. "China poses the biggest challenge of…

Biden to discuss Ukraine with Modi: White House

US President Joe Biden aims to speak this weekend with Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Ukraine and the "sacrosanct" issue of sovereignty and territorial integrity, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday (20). Lula and Modi are attending a…

Modi to meet Zelenskiy on sidelines of G7 summit

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will meet Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, broadcaster CNN-News 18 reported on Friday (19), their first meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. News of the meeting came hours after Modi left New Delhi for Hiroshima,…

Guneet Monga excited ahead of G20 Summit in Kashmir

The G20 meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Srinagar for the first time, is just a few days away. Like many, even Oscar-winning The Elephant Whisperers' producer Guneet Monga can't keep calm and shared her excitement with her fans. Guneet took to Twitter and posted a video message…

My Top 10: Mai Al-Nakib’s favourite books

Newly published novel 'An Unlasting Home' is a powerful story about freedom of speech, the political development of the Arab region and female Middle Eastern identity. The thought-provoking debut from Mai Al- Nakib, inspired by Kuwait’s parliament passing a (quickly overturned) law that made blasphemy a capital crime in 2013,…

Sunak will sign defence and technology accord with Japan

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to sign a historic "Hiroshima Accord" on Thursday (18) when he meets with Japan's prime minister Fumio Kishida ahead of a G7 meeting, to step up defence cooperation with Japan, according to a statement from the UK government. As part of the accord, the…

Tesla discussed ‘car, battery-making incentives with Indian officials’

Tesla Inc. asked how it could take part in domestic incentives in India related to car and battery manufacturing when it held discussions with government officials this week, a source with direct knowledge of the talks said. The electric car maker proposed setting up a factory in India to build…

Australia cancels Quad meeting after Biden visit postponement

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday (17) that a Quad summit would not proceed in Sydney next week without US President Joe Biden, who postponed his trip because of debt ceiling negotiations in Washington. Albanese said the leaders of Australia, the United States, India and Japan would instead…

US calls on India to condemn religious violence

The United States wants India to condemn persistent religious violence, a senior official said on Monday (15), one month before a state visit by prime minister Narendra Modi. The State Department on Monday released an annual report on religious freedom which listed attacks against religious minorities including Muslims and Christians…

Eric Garcetti: India-US relations aim at peaceful Indo-Pacific

THE RELATIONSHIP between India and the United States is based on a common desire to have a strong and peaceful Indo-Pacific region, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Monday (15). He asserted that the two countries are an important part of a mutual strategy to protect the Indo-Pacific…

India’s growth path lies in liberal democracy: Raghuram Rajan

India's growth path lies in building on its culture of tolerance and respect for all, former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan said on Friday (12). He said India has the potential to take a leadership role in the services industry and strengthening the country's liberal democratic values was…

Pakistan needs significantly more financing for bailout review: IMF

Pakistan needs significant additional financing for a successful completion of the long-stalled ninth review of the International Monetary Fund's bailout package, the IMF said on Thursday (11). Obtaining commitments of "significant additional financing" is essential before the IMF approves the release of pending bailout funds that are crucial for Pakistan…

Calls on mobiles for 30 minutes or longer linked to…

Researchers have found talking on a mobile phone for 30 minutes or longer per week can be linked to a 12 per cent increased risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension. Almost three-quarters of the global population aged 10 and over own a mobile phone. Mobile phones emit low…

Modi’s US state visit: Prime minister to affirm close ties

The White House announced on Wednesday (10) that US president Joe Biden will be hosting India's prime minister Narendra Modi for a state visit on June 22. This visit is set to reinforce the strong and extensive partnership between the two nations, the statement added. It represents the highest level…

Pakistan minister in the US eyes ‘green energy security’

Facing a deep economic crisis, Pakistan has started to buy Russian oil, but the country’s petroleum minister said the future lies in diversified, especially green, energy. Minister Musadik Malik visited the US for talks with corporations as well as with the government, with Washington leading global efforts to choke off…

UN Report: India dominates maternal and newborn mortality rates

India is among 10 countries that combined account for 60 per cent of global maternal deaths, stillbirths, and newborn deaths, a United Nations report released on Tuesday (9) said. Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia are regions where the largest number of deaths are recorded, the survey said. Global…

India, US, Saudi Arabia and UAE discuss shared vision on…

India, US, Saudi Arabia, UAE on Sunday (7) worked towards advancing their shared vision of a ‘more secure, prosperous Middle East region interconnected with India and the world’, according to a readout issued by the White House. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval,…

iPhone maker Foxconn buys large site in Bengaluru

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn has bought a huge tract of land on the outskirts of Indian tech hub Bengaluru, the key Apple supplier said in a filing Tuesday (9). Also known by its official name, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn is the world's biggest contract electronics manufacturer and a principal…

Flats in London’s Old War Office find wealthy buyers

Billionaire businessman Gopichand Hinduja last year said buyers from across the globe were evincing interest in the redeveloped Old War Office (OWO) in London. The Edwardian-era property, featured in Skyfall and other James Bond movies, appears to be living up to its billing now. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg,…

Three dead after MiG jet crashes in India

Three people on the ground died in India on Monday (8) when a Russian-made MiG-21 military aircraft suffered an "onboard emergency" and obliterated a house, authorities said. India's air force has seen a string of crashes in recent years, many of them linked to decades-old planes supplied by the former…

India gives frosty reception to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on rare…

India gave a frosty reception Friday (5) to Pakistan's foreign minister during the first official visit by a senior official from its arch-rival neighbour since 2016. Relations between the countries have remained tense in recent years with both sides trading barbs over the disputed territory of Kashmir, with Friday no…

Modi to join Macron for France’s national day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join President Emmanuel Macron in Paris for France's Bastille Day military parade on July 14, the two countries said in a joint statement Friday (5). Following in the footsteps of other world leaders wooed by Macron such as former US president Donald Trump, the…

China assures Russia, India of deepening ‘coordination and cooperation’

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang assured his Russian and Indian counterparts of deepening bilateral ties, promising that "coordination and cooperation" will only grow stronger, in a show of solidarity with two of China's biggest neighbours. Qin met in India on Thursday (4) with other foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation…

8 school teachers shot dead in Pakistan’s Peshawar, sectarian violence…

Pakistan's northwestern tribal district near the Afghan border experienced two separate targeted shootings on Thursday (04), resulting in the deaths of eight school teachers in what is believed to be a case of sectarian violence, as per police reports. The first tragic incident involved the ambush of a school teacher…

Bilawal Zardari ‘happy’ as he arrives in India for SCO…

Pakistan's foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, arrived in India Thursday (4) to take part in an international conference, the first official visit by a senior Pakistani official to India since 2016. Bhutto Zardari is in Goa for a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting of foreign ministers, along with counterparts from…

IMF to discuss Pakistan’s budget plans as elusive funding lifeline…

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is preparing to discuss Pakistan's budget plans for the coming financial year, as part of a long-awaited financing injection from the lender for the cash-strapped nation, the IMF's country mission chief said on Thursday (4). Negotiations over key budget targets such as the fiscal deficit…

Nikki Haley faces tough fight to beat Donald Trump as…

Nine months before the first 2024 US presidential primary, Donald Trump’s one-time UN envoy Nikki Haley is barnstorming early-voting New Hampshire, one of several Republicans scrambling to dent the huge poll lead of the nomination frontrunner. With Trump’s legal setbacks mounting, Americans are bracing for a parade of contenders positioning…

Pakistan inflation hits 36 per cent, its highest-ever

Pakistan's year-on-year inflation hit its highest-ever level of 36.42 per cent in April, after the government introduced new taxes and raised fuel prices to try to meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions for a crucial bailout. Government data released Tuesday (2) showed month-on-month inflation was 2.41 per cent, while average…

Chinese firm to build major port complex in Sri Lanka

A Chinese state-owned firm said on Monday (1) it plans to take its investment in Sri Lanka to $2 billion by building a major logistics hub. The investment by the China Merchants Group in a large logistics complex at Colombo Port, with an estimated construction cost of $392 million. The…

Coronation of King Charles III: Get ready for the ceremony…

As King Charles III's coronation approaches, various commemorative items are being created to mark the historic event. Among the offerings are coins, stamps, and accessories, though all are quite exclusive and limited. Additionally, businesses are cashing in on the event by releasing commemorative merchandise. While some of these items are…

US panel says plight of religious minorities worsened under Modi

A US government panel renewed calls on Monday (1) to blacklist India over religious freedom, saying that treatment of minorities has continued to worsen under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom offers recommendations but does not set policy and there is little expectation that the…

Air pollution exposure may raise risk of irregular heartbeat: Study

According to a recent study of 322 Chinese cities, long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased risk of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. Researchers said that common arrhythmia conditions, such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, which can lead to more serious heart disease, affect millions of people…

Pakistan’s ruling coalition slams Imran Khan’s call for early dissolution…

Pakistan's ruling coalition has dismissed former prime minister Imran Khan’s demand to dissolve the National Assembly by May 14 as "impracticable". Ahead of the third round of talks between the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N)-led federal coalition and Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party scheduled for Tuesday (2), the government told…

Biden, Modi to meet Pacific island leaders

US president Joe Biden and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, will join Pacific Islands leaders next month for a "historic" future-oriented meeting, Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape said. "This is a historic first and at the same time a 'going forward' futuristic meeting of global superpowers, in the…

India asks China to disengage on Himalayan border to preserve…

Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh has told his Chinese counterpart that the military forces present on their disputed Himalayan border are harming their relationship and that withdrawal of troops is necessary to maintain 'peace and tranquility'. Tensions between the two nations have been high since a violent conflict at a…

Pakistan frees Chinese national arrested on blasphemy charges

A Chinese national arrested in Pakistan on charges of committing blasphemy has been freed from a high-security prison after an anti-terrorism court granted him bail, officials said on Friday (28). The court order came on a day when China's new Premier Li Qiang held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shehbaz…

US blacklists Sri Lanka governor over war killings

The United States said Wednesday (26) it would refuse visas on human rights grounds to a Sri Lankan provincial governor who had been charged with killings during the island's long civil war. A Sri Lankan investigation accused former navy chief Wasantha Karannagoda, among others, of abducting teenage children of wealthy…

Indians see China, not Pakistan, as greatest military threat: Ro…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has said that Indians now view China as a more significant military threat than Pakistan. He emphasised the importance of finding ways to balance this relationship constructively. The military standoff between China and India in eastern Ladakh in May 2020 has resulted in a significant freeze…

Be more inclusive, don’t have such polarised thoughts: singer Shaan…

Singer Shaan has called for "respect and tolerance" after being trolled over a selfie he posted on Instagram to wish everyone on Eid. The selfie, a screen grab from one of his songs 'Karam Kar De', shows the singer in a skullcap offering namaaz. The singer said he posted the…

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia set to sign deal for $2 billion…

Pakistan is set to sign a deal for additional deposits of $2 billion from Saudi Arabia, authorities said on Saturday (22), a move that will help the country secure the much-required bailout from the IMF. In March, Pakistan sought Saudi Arabia's confirmation for funds to secure an IMF deal. Earlier…

Mohammed Shahabuddin sworn in as Bangladesh president

Mohammed Shahabuddin, a former judge and a ruling party official, was sworn in as the president of Bangladesh on Monday (24), just months before a general election. Shahabuddin, 73, was an anti-corruption commissioner and fought in the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan, the presidential palace said. "He was…

India, China hold fresh military talks over Eastern Ladakh

India and China on Sunday (23) held a fresh round of talks to resolve issues at the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh. The 18th round of military talks between the two two countries took place at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side of the Line of…

Devi Sridhar: Preventing a deadly pandemic

Books like Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One become essential reading because they are so timely. The best-seller from Devi Sridhar, now available in paperback, highlights past pandemics and traces the Covid-19 outbreak, from its detection in Wuhan, China, to its devastating…