China bans list of Islamic names in restive Xinjiang region

BEIJING, Apr 27 (PTI/AP): Authorities in China's Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. "Muhammad," ''Jihad" and "Islam" are among at least 29 names now banned in the...

Himalayan Hard Rocks May Up Flood Risk, Affect Millions: Study

LONDON, Apr 27 (PTI): Earthquakes and landslides in the Himalayas - that lead to large volume of hard rocks being dumped into rivers - can increase flood risk up to hundreds of kilometres downstream, potentially affecting millions of people in India and neighbouring countries, a new study warns. The findings...

India, US Discuss Measures To Strengthen Partnership At UN

NEW YORK, Apr 27 (PTI): Indian Ambassador to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin met his US counterpart Nikki Haley at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York yesterday and discussed ways to strengthen Indo-US partnership at the world body. "They discussed peacekeeping reform and India's economic and...

‘People under foreign occupation’: Pakistan raises Kashmir at UN forum, India objects

United Nations, Apr 27 (PTI): India has strongly objected to Pakistan raising the Kashmir issue at a UN General Assembly session in New York, asserting that it is a bilateral matter which should not be brought up in the UN forum. Minister in Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN Masood...

Poland backs India’s bid for NSG membership, UNSC seat

WARSAW, Apr 27 (PTI): Poland on Thursday assured India of its support to New Delhi's bid for membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council. This was conveyed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Syzdlo to Vice President Hamid Ansari when...

India objects to Pakistan raising Kashmir issue at UN forum

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 (PTI): India has strongly objected to Pakistan raising the Kashmir issue at a UN General Assembly session here, asserting that it is a bilateral matter which should not be brought up in the UN forum. Minister in Pakistan's permanent mission to the UN Masood Anwar raised...

US vows to force North Korea back to nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Apr 27 (PTI/AFP): The United States pledged Wednesday to step up sanctions to force North Korea to resume dialogue over its nuclear program, but said it was not looking to bring Kim Jong-Un's regime to its knees. After briefing senators at the White House, top US officials said President...

Suspected US drone kills 7 in Pakistan: officials

Peshawar, Apr 27 (PTI/AFP): A suspected US drone strike on a house in a remote tribal area bordering Afghanistan has killed at least seven militants, Pakistan security officials said today. If confirmed the attack would be the second drone raid under the administration of United States President Donald Trump. The use...

UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 27 (PTI/AP): The U.N. children's agency on Thursday urged Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools, following the death of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused at a religious school. The boy, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohamad Gaddafi, was allegedly whipped with a water hose at...

Sri Lankan protest demands information on civil war missing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Apr 27 (AP): Shops, offices and schools were closed and public transport was halted in Sri Lanka's former civil war region on Thursday in support of families who are demanding information from the government about loved ones listed as having disappeared during the conflict. The protest came...

Save the Children asks for proof of NGO-smuggler collusion

MILAN, Apr 27 (AP): An international aid organization is urging prosecutors to come forward with proof that NGOs operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean are colluding with migrant traffickers, saying the allegations are undermining humanitarian work. Save the Children said Thursday that the allegations by Catania prosecutors were helping "to...

UAE sentences Iranian businessman to 10 years for aiding nuclear programme

Dubai, Apr 27 (PTI/AP): A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced an Iranian businessman to 10 years in prison after being convicted of trying to bring an electric motor and other devices there to further Iran's nuclear programme. A report by the state-run WAM news agency on Wednesday...

North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit

GENEVA, Apr 27 (PTI/AFP): North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled people's rights, the world body said on Thursday. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an...

India Will Maintain Ties With Russia Independent Of United States: Ashley Tellis

WASHINGTON, Apr 26 (PTI): India will maintain its relationship with Russia "independent of the US" as Moscow is willing to provide in depth capabilities and technologies which America would not offer, a top US expert has said. "I think India will always have a relationship with Russia independent of the...

India’s Coal Plant Plans May Jeopardise Paris Climate Goals, Claim US Researchers

LOS ANGELES, Apr 26 (PTI): India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if the country goes ahead with its plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, US researchers have claimed. India has pledged to the international community to reduce...

India, US Can Do A Lot Together In Southeast Asia: Former Pentagon Official Kelly...

WASHINGTON, Apr 26 (PTI): India and the US can do a lot together at the strategic level in South and Southeast Asia by building capacity of their partners, a former top Pentagon official has said. "Practically speaking with the Indians, we could be doing a lot more in Southeast Asia...

India seeks consular access to Jadhav, Pakistan denies

ISLAMABAD, Apr 26 (PTI): India on Wednesday demanded consular access to its citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to further pursue his case, including launching an appeal against the death sentence+ given to him by a Pakistani military court on spying charges. However, Pakistan refused to comply with the demand saying the 46-year-old...

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Discusses Security Cooperation With Russia

MOSCOW, Apr 26 (PTI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu today discussed ways to expedite supply of military platforms by Russia to India as well as joint development of defence systems. A range of other issues relating to defence cooperation between the two countries also...

UK should make India a trade priority post-Brexit: Report

London, Apr 26 (PTI) Britain can make up for any export loss post-Brexit by building on under-developed links with countries like India and making it a priority in its trade negotiations, according to a report by a top UK-based think tank. Open Europe, in its research titled Global Britain: Priorities...

Religious tolerance deteriorated in India in 2016: USCIRF

Washington, Apr 26 (PTI) Religious tolerance and religious freedom conditions "continued to deteriorate" in India in 2016, an independent bipartisan American body has claimed as it placed India in a list of dozen odd nations where religious freedom violations are severe. The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in...

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Apr 26 (AP): NASA's Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings. But flight controllers won't know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft. Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth as it became the...

Trump travel ban gift to Islamist extremists: David Cameron

Bangkok, Apr 26 (PTI/AFP): President Donald Trump's attempts to ban people from six Muslim countries from travelling to the United States "played into the hands" of extremists, the UK's former prime minister said Wednesday. Trump has said a travel ban is needed to preserve national security and keep out extremists....

Donald Trump tax plan billed as ‘largest tax reform’ in US history

WASHINGTON, Apr 26 (PTI/AP): President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfil promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. White House officials today were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul...

Nations urged to ‘banish evil of chemical arms’

Netherlands, Apr 26 (AFP): Global leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help “banish forever the evil of chemical weapons,” as the world’s watchdog warned that decades-long progress toward eliminating them was under threat. UN chief Antonio Guterres led praise at a solemn ceremony in The Hague for the work...

Donald Trump slams ‘ridiculous’ court ruling on immigration

Columbia, Apr 26 (PTI/AFP): Stung by his second major setback on immigration, President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed as "ridiculous" a court order blocking his attempt to deny cities harboring undocumented immigrants billions in federal funding. Judge William Orrick of San Francisco`s federal district court on Tuesday issued a preliminary...

Nigeria meningitis deaths rise to 813

ABUJA, Apr 26 (PTI): More than 800 people have died in a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria but the disease is now spreading more slowly, health minister Isaac Adewole said on Wednesday. “As of yesterday (Tuesday), the number of deaths stood at 813,” he told reporters in Abuja after a cabinet...

Afghanistan arrests 35 soldiers after Taliban attack on Mazar-i-Sharif army base

Kabul, Apr 26 (PTI): Authorities have arrested 35 soldiers who served on an army base in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban staged a deadly attack last week, officials said today, as fears grew they had inside help. The defence ministry released its official toll of 135 recruits killed in the...

China in talks with European Space Agency on human outpost on moon

Beijing, Apr 26 (AP): China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. Further details on what the collaboration could entail were not revealed. The European...

Study Reveals How Polluting Nanoparticles Get Into Blood And Damage Hearts

LONDON, Apr 26: Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday. In experiments using harmless ultra-fine particles of gold, the scientists were able...

India, Armenia sign three agreements

Yerevan (Armenia), Apr 25 (PTI): India will help Armenia to build satellite and remote sensing data matters and train Armenian scientists as both the countries today signed three agreements to boost bilateral cooperation. The agreements were signed after Vice President Hamid Ansari held talks with the top leadership of Armenia...
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