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India-born US national deported for his alleged links with al-Qaeda

A man hailing from Telangana, who was alleged by the US of being an al-Qaeda operative, has been deported to India after air travel between the two countries resumed partially, officials said on Thursday. Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, an India-born US national, arrived at Amritsar airport on May 19 where he was questioned about the allegations […]

‘Everything is gone’: Cyclone Amphan destroys Bangladesh villages

Shafiqul Islam hid under a bed with his wife and two children for hours as the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh this century ripped the tin roof off his home. Islam had thought he could ride out Cyclone Amphan but soon regretted his “huge mistake” as winds of 150 kilometres (95 mile) per hour slammed […]

Pakistan reports over 50,000 COVID-19 cases; 2,603 new cases in a day

PAKISTAN has reported 2,603 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, its highest single day tally. With this, the total cases in the country crossed the 50,000-mark on Friday (22), the health ministry said. The deadly contagion claimed the lives of 50 people in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,067, the ministry […]

Cyclone toll hits 95 as Bangladesh and India start mopping up

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

UK doctor couple seek judicial review over ‘risky’ PPE guidance

A BRITISH-INDIAN doctor couple are seeking judicial review proceedings against the UK government over “risky” guidance issued on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the NHS. Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had launched legal action last month, after writing for explanations from the Department of Health and Social […]

Plane crashes in Pakistan with 99 on board, many feared dead

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 99 passengers and crew crashed into a residential area of the city of Karachi on Friday (22), with many feared dead, officials said. Smoke billowed at the scene where flight PK 8303 came down, some rooves were caved in, and debris lay scattered in streets as ambulances rushed […]

St Paul’s Cathedral launches virtual book of remembrance for Covid-19 victims

THE St Paul’s Cathedral has launched a virtual book of remembrance for UK residents who have died of Covid-19. The Rememeber Me website, which went live on Friday (22), invited submissions from people of all faiths, beliefs or none. Supporting the project, Prince Charles said: “People of every faith, and of none, believe that each […]

India’s COVID-19 cases at alarming levels; over 6,000 new patients in a day

THE COVID-19 cases in India reached 118,447 on Friday (22). The country reported the highest single day tally at 6,088. The death toll from the virus touched 3,583. As many as 150 coronavirus patients succumbed to death in last 24 hours. Maharashtra confirmed 64 deaths on Thursday (21) — one of the highest in single-day tolls […]

US flags China’s ‘provocative and coercive’ military activities against its neighbours

CHINA is engaged in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities against its neighbouring countries, the White House said on Thursday, a day after a top American diplomat backed India’s move to strongly resist Chinese aggression into its territory. “Beijing contradicts its rhetoric and flouts its commitments to its neighbours by engaging in provocative and […]

Boris Johnson launches ‘Project Defend’ to end reliance on Chinese imports

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK‘s reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The plans, which have been code named ‘Project Defend’, include identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign governments as part of a broader […]