International

More Indians getting permanent residency in Canada


Washington: Disenchanted by the restrictive visa policies in the US, the number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada increased by 105 per cent in the first 11 months of 2019 alone, the Virginia-based National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said in a report. The NFAP analysis of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees data in Canada...

China hiding asymptomatic cases, Coronavirus epidemic bigger


New York: In yet another report claiming that China may not be reporting actual figures in the Coronavirus ourbreak, scientists have questioned China's decision not to report symptom-free coronavirus cases and excluding those from the official list. The report in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on Thursday claimed that China's official reports on the number...

UK unveils new points-based visa system


London: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday announced the launch of Britain’s new points-based visa system with effect from January 1, 2021. “Today is a historic moment for the whole country. We’re ending free movement, taking back control of our borders, and delivering on the people’s priorities by introducing a new UK points-based system,...

Residential lockdowns cover half of China’s population


Beijing: More than half of China's population now faces some form of restrictions due to the country's ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), say reports based on analysis of government announcements. According to a report in The New York Times over the weekend, about 760 million people are dealing with restrictions that may vary...

China expels 3 WSJ journalists for ‘racial’ article they didn’t write


Beijing: China on Wednesday revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal (WSJ) journalists in a rare decision to expel multiple journalists in one sweep as a response to what Beijing called a “racial” opinion piece published in the newspaper earlier this month. The three expelled Beijing-based reporters, two of them US nationals and...

‘Uighur Muslims land in detention camps for having beard, veil’


Beijing: A document which delineates the lives of hundreds of Uighur Muslims currently in internment camps across China, was allegedly leaked by a source inside Xinjiang showing how members of the community are detained for having beards, wearing veils and using the internet. The records could be the "strongest evidence" of Beijing prosecuting and punishing...

Turkey has no intention to invade Syria: Erdogan


Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey has "no intention to invade or annex the Syrian territory". Speaking at an event of his ruling party in Istanbul, Erdogan noted that the problem in Idlib, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, would not be resolved until the government forces are drawn to the...

COVID-19: China’s death toll increases over 2,000


Beijing: The death toll due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China rose to over 2,000 as 136 new deaths from the disease were reported, while the confirmed cases stood at 74,185, the health authorities announced. In its daily report, the National Health Commission (NHC) said that 2,004 people had died of COVID-19 so far. The...

B’desh likely to drop Rohingya relocation plan


Dhaka: Bangladesh has announced that it may drop its previous plans to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island located in the Bay of Bengal. "Our main target is to repatriate Rohingya to their original homeland, Myanmar's Rakhine state," Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen told reporters in the capital Dhaka following a meeting...