Pakistan asks India, WB to inform it of all future hydel projects

PTI ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (PTI): Pakistan on Friday asked India and the World Bank to inform it about all the dams and hydropower projects proposed to be built by India under the Indus Waters Treaty on the western rivers, and not just the two projects under dispute currently. The matter...

Ministers from G10 nations discuss WTO issues

Davos, Jan 20 (PTI): Ministers and officials from G10 countries today deliberated upon the current WTO negotiations, including on agriculture, and reiterated their interest in having a well-functioning multilateral trading system. They expressed their support for a balanced outcome at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference scheduled at Argentina in December...

Russian Political Elites Revel In Donald Trump’s Inauguration

MOSCOW, Jan 20 (PTI/AP): Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.Mr Trump's...

Royal Navy Removes WWII Bomb From River Thames In London

LONDON, Jan 20 (PTI/AP): Britain's Royal Navy has removed a suspected World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London. The Metropolitan Police force says that officers were called Thursday afternoon "to reports of suspected World War II ordnance in the river"...

Japan To Conduct Simulated Drills For China-Taiwan Clash: Report

TOKYO, JAPAN, Jan 20 (PTI/AFP): Japan will carry out a tabletop exercise next week to simulate its response in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan, Japanese media said. The Self-Defence Forces will conduct drills from Monday through Friday with the US military participating as an...

ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Amphitheatre In Palmyra

BEIRUT, LEBANON, Jan 20 (PTI/AP): Syria's state run news agency says the ISIS group has destroyed parts of the Roman amphitheatre in Syria's historic town of Palmyra. SANA says the terrorists destroyed "the facade" of the second-century amphitheatre along with the tetrapylon, a cubic shaped ancient Roman monument. The agency...

Donald Trump Is A Bad Example Of This Country: Robert De Niro

LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 (PTI): Veteran actor Robert De Niro blasted President-elect Donald Trump calling him "a bad example of this country". During a rally outside Trump Tower in New York City, De Niro was accompanied by actors Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore and singer Cher, reported Entertainment...

Osama Bin Laden Documents: Worry Over ISIS Tactics, ‘Aging’ Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (AFP): Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Islamic State group's impatient, violent tactics and the fading of Al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA Thursday showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the Al-Qaeda chief's secret...

Cannot prescribe solution or act as mediator on Kashmir: UK

London, Jan 20 (PTI) The UK can neither "prescribe" a solution to the Kashmir issue nor act as a mediator, the British government has said, asserting that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the problem. "India and Pakistan are both long-standing and important friends...

India, Nepal should cooperate for mutual benefit: Minister

Kathmandu, Jan 20 (PTI) India and Nepal should cooperate for mutual benefit by understanding each others sensitivities, a Nepalese Minister has said. "As the largest democracy in the world, India would help building a peaceful, prosperous and stable Nepal," said Minister for Urban Development Arjun Narsing KC yesterday adding that...

4 killed, 20 injured in car rampage in Australia

Melbourne , Jan 20 (PTI): At least four persons, including a child, were killed and 20 others injured today when the driver of a car "intentionally" hit pedestrians here in the heart of a busy street in Australia's second-largest city. A man and a woman, both in their 30s, and...

More than 40 jihadists killed in north Syria air strikes

BEIRUT, Jan 20 (PTI): More than 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it could not immediately specify who carried out the strikes in the...

Mali suicide attack kills 40 fighters

Bamako, Jan 18 (AFP): A suicide bombing today on a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead, UN and local sources said. The president's office ordered three days of national mourning following the attack, the worst in the country in recent years. A...

Strengthening Ties With India Was Barack Obama’s Priority: US

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (PTI): Outgoing US President Barack Obama made strengthening relations with India a genuine priority and that has resulted in deepening of economic ties between the two countries, the White House has said. "President Obama did make strengthening our ties with India a genuine priority," White House Press...

Russia says Edward Snowden can stay until 2020

Moscow , Jan 18 (PTI)(AFP) – Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s Russian residency permit by three years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Snowden’s residence permit has been extended “until 2020,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told AFP. She had previously indicated on Facebook that Snowden’s permit had been...

China suspending local smog alerts amid rising public anger

Beijing , Jan 18 (PTI): China has decided to suspend local meteorological centres from issuing smog alerts amid rising public anger over deteriorating air pollution and criticism that the government was trying to suppress information on the issue. The local departments can issue alerts for "fog" when visibility is less...

6 Indian cities in world’s most dynamic list, Bengaluru tops chart

Davos, Jan 18 (PTI): Six Indian cities have made it to the world’s 30 most dynamic places that have the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity, with Bengaluru topping the chart. Cities in India, China and Vietnam, along with several in the US,...

Relationship with Pakistan extraordinarily complicated: United States

Washington, Jan 18 (PTI): Describing the US' ties with Pakistan as "extraordinarily complicated", the Obama administration today hoped that the incoming Trump government would deepen its security and counter-terrorism cooperation with Islamabad to make America a safer place. "Obviously, the US has an extraordinarily complicated relationship, particularly when it comes...

UN chief calls for global fight against hate crimes, bigotry

United Nations, Jan 18 (PTI): With anti-Muslim hate crimes and bigotry on the rise, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said communities that look different become easy scapegoats in times of insecurity and asserted that “discrimination diminishes us all”. “In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient...

9 killed in coal mine collapse in China

Beijing, Jan 18 (PTI): At least nine workers have been killed and another rescued in a coal mine collapse in north China's Shanxi Province, rescuers said today. The collapse occurred at 10:45 AM yesterday at the Danshuigou colliery in Shuozhou City, when workers were doing shaft maintenance work. In total...

German Passport World’s Strongest, India Ranks Ahead Of China

DUBAI, Jan 17 (PTI): Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world's most powerful passports which was topped by Germany. Germany topped the list with a visa-free score of 157 while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a...

UK Visa Issues Must Be Sorted For Indian Students: Envoy

LONDON, Jan 17 (PTI): India has expressed concern over the massive drop in Indian students coming to study in the UK and called for sorting out of visa issues. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha, who took charge of his post in London last month, highlighted the...

World Economic Forum Meet Begins With Call For Responsible Governments

DAVOS, Jan 17 (PTI): World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting began in Davos on Monday evening with call for governments to be 'responsive and responsible' in the backdrop of falling trust in all kinds of institutions and various studies painting a dismal picture for India including on inclusive development, rich-poor...

180 feared dead in Saturday’s migrant boat disaster in Mediterranean: Survivors

ROME, Jan 17 (AFP): Four people died and nearly 180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday's migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors. Humanitarian workers from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), recounted harrowing details of the...

Saudi emergency after mass food poisoning

RIYADH, Jan 17 (AFP): Saudi authorities blamed a small-town restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said on Tuesday. The incident occurred in Turabah, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Taif in the kingdom’s southwest....

5 deaths among 19 new bird flu cases reported in China

Beijing, Jan 17 (PTI): Nineteen new cases, that included five deaths, of H7N9 avian flu have been reported in China's central Hunan and southern Guangdong provinces this year, officials said today. According to Hunan provincial disease control and prevention centre, eight cases have been reported in the past 16 days,...

UN envoy meets with Yemen president as war’s toll hits 10,000

United Nations (US), Jan 17 (AFP): A UN envoy was in Aden today for talks with Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the United Nations said the death toll from the war had reached 10,000, a UN spokesman said. The envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, was to "try to present...

India’s Membership To Nuke Club NSG Can’t Be Farewell Gift: China Tells US

BEIJING, Jan 16 (PTI):: China today said admission of non-NPT signatories in the Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG cannot be a "farewell gift" for countries to give to each other, a day after the outgoing Obama administration asserted that Beijing was an "outlier" in the efforts to make India...

India Ranks At 60 Below China, Pak In Inclusive Development Index

DAVOS, Jan 16 (PTI):: India has been ranked 60th among 79 developing economies, below neighbouring China and Pakistan, in the inclusive development index, according to a WEF report. WEF's 'Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017', released today, said that most countries are missing important opportunities to raise economic growth and...

‘Jealous’ India Must Rethink Opposition To China’s Investment In Sri Lanka: Chinese Media

BEIJING, Jan 16 (PTI):: India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling "jealous", China's state media said today. "It is understandable that the cooperation has left some Asian countries vigilant as media reports suggest that...
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