International

Two Sikh men shot dead in Pakistan


New Delhi: Two Sikh businessmen were shot dead by the Islamic State terrorists in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, the latest targeted attack against the minority community members in the restive province bordering Afghanistan. Kuljeet Singh, 42, and Ranjeet Singh, 38, died on the spot after being attacked by two bike-borne assailants in the morning in Bata...

India rejects “farcical” Pak resolution on J&K delimitation


New Delhi: Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in India's internal matters, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in sharp remarks to a resolution passed in Pakistan on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. "We categorically reject the farcical resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the subject of the...

Indian-origin academic Swati Dhingra named to Bank of England’s monetary panel


Leading UK-based academic Dr Swati Dhingra has been named as the first Indian-origin woman to be appointed as an external member of the Bank of England's interest rate-setting committee. Dhingra is an Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) having specialization in international economics and applied microeconomics. Dhingra, who studied at the...

Russian Oligarchs and New York City Real Estate


Scrutiny over purchases of U.S. real estate by wealthy Russians is growing in the wake of the war in Ukraine. But these deals represent a drop in the bucket in the scheme of the nation’s housing market. Russian buyers accounted for just 0.8 percent of all foreign buyers who purchased U.S. residential property between...

Ranil Wickremesinghe returns as Sri Lanka PM


Colombo: Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Sri Lankan prime minister for the sixth time as the island nation faces political and economic crises. His appointment comes days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, vacated the position amid riots triggered by his supporters. Leader of United National Party (UNP) Wickremesinghe, 73, is...

After Mariupol, Russia targets Odesa in Ukraine’s South


Finland moves toward joining NATO amid Russia's threats Ukraine gains in North, war crime investigators move in Kyiv: The U.N.’s top human rights body has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on its investigators to specifically look into possible rights abuses and violations in northern Ukraine shortly after Russia’s invasion. In a 33-2 vote, with 12 abstentions, the...

Queen Elizabeth skips UK Parliament opening


Britain's Queen Elizabeth did not carry out the opening of parliament on May 10 as the 96-year-old monarch has had a recurrence of mobility issues, Buckingham Palace said. Her son and heir Prince Charles, accompanied by his eldest son Prince William, stepped in to replace her for the set-piece ceremony in which the monarch sets...

China-backed John Lee is new Hong Kong leader


New York: Hong Kong formally confirmed John Lee as its next top leader after an uncontested election, solidifying an era of more direct Chinese political control over the once-freewheeling financial hub. John Lee won 1,416 votes of approval from the 1,500-strong Election Committee on May 8. Eight voted against him. He will replace current leader Carrie...

‘China risks 1.6 mn deaths if zero-Covid policy continues’


New York: China might witness a 'tsunami' of Covid cases resulting in 16 lakh deaths if the country abandons its prolonged 'zero Covid policy', according to researchers at Shanghai’s Fudan University. The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Nature, found that the level of immunity induced by China’s March vaccination campaign would be “insufficient" to prevent...