India, US will share ‘sensitive satellite data’ as both sides agree to deepen defence partnership

INDIA AND THE US began a top-level security dialogue aimed at countering China’s growing power in the region on Monday(26). As part of the cooperation India will sign a military agreement with the US for sharing of sensitive satellite data, the defence ministry said. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defense secretary Mark Esper […]

Pakistan summons French envoy over Macron’s Islamist remarks

Pakistan summoned France’s ambassador Monday (26) to complain about a “systematic Islamophobic campaign” in the European nation after French president Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and defended the publication of religious cartoons. The move came as small, scattered protests were held in cities across Pakistan and a day after prime minister Imran Khan accused Macron of […]

Reliance, Amazon lock horns over ‘Future’ deal

INDIAN conglomerate Reliance has dismissed Amazon’s push to delay its acquisition of domestic retail giant Future Group, despite an arbitration panel suspending the deal following objections by the US online titan. The row is the latest development in a prolonged battle for dominance in India between Reliance, owned by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, and […]

‘Church has always been a source of strength’, says Kamala Harris

US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris has said that the church has always been a source of strength and a place for reflection for her. At a drive-in church service in Southfield, Michigan on Sunday(25), Harris revealed that in her private conversations with God, she asks for strength and protection and guidance to do the right thing. […]

Dussehra festival celebrations worsen Delhi’s air pollution woes

THE air quality in India’s capital New Delhi turned a lot worse over the weekend as a result of the Dussehra festival celebrations. Hindus in Delhi burned effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana and lit firecrackers to celebrate the triumph of good over evil during the festival. As pollution spiked on Monday(26) morning, India […]

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine generates ‘robust immune response’; likely roll out in the first half of 2021

BRITISH drug maker AstraZeneca Plc on Monday(26) said that the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces an immune response in both elderly and young people. The firm added that the adverse reactions were lower among the elderly. AstraZeneca is developing the vaccine with Oxford University researchers. It is seen as a […]

India’s new Parliament building to be ready in two years

THE construction of India’s new Parliament building will begin in December and is likely to be completed by October 2022. Officials also that sufficient steps have been taken to control air and noise pollution during the construction which will have separate offices for all MPs and will be equipped with the latest digital interfaces as […]

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

Popular Indian-American Republican politician Nikki Haley on Saturday (25) revealed that Donald Trump, soon after winning the November 2016 US presidential election, had offered her the position of secretary of state which she politely refused. However, 48-year-old Haley, who at that time was the South Carolina Governor, said she could not refuse the second offer […]

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

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

India’s central bank governor tests positive for Covid-19

India’s central bank Shaktikanta Das on Sunday (25) said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, one of the most high-profile figures in the world’s second most-infection nation to contract the infectious disease. “I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright,” the 63-year-old tweeted. “Have alerted those who came in contact in […]

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