International

Heart of Asia Summit: ‘Afghanistan needs peace within and around it’

Post Date: March 31, 2021

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar attended the ninth Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) on Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He asserted that Afghanistan needs "double peace" which is peace within and around the country. During his address at the key conference on March 30, attended by representatives of...

Imran Khan responds to PM Modi, seeks ‘enabling environment’ for dialog


Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for creating an enabling environment for a “constructive and result-oriented dialogue” in a letter sent to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Khan, who is recovering from Covid-19, sent the letter in response to Modi’s message of greetings on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23. The contents...

North Korea accuses UN of double standard over missile firings


Seoul: North Korea accused the United Nations of a “double standard” over its reaction to the North’s recent missile launches, warning it of a serious consequence. Last week, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in a defiance of UN resolutions that ban such launches by North Korea. The UN Security Council subsequently...

Chinese consul-general calls Trudeau ‘running dog’ of US


Toronto: Li Yang, the Chinese Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, has slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allegedly for ruining the friendly ties between the two countries. He alleged that Trudeau has turned Canada into a "running dog of the United States". "Boy, your greatest achievement is to have ruined the friendly relations between China and...

Covid-19: 14 nations raise concerns over WHO-China joint report


Washington: A group of 14 countries including the United States and Japan has raised concerns over a report on the origins of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and China, arguing that the WHO team was "significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples." The WHO released a long-awaited joint report...

Global leaders call for international pandemic treaty


New Delhi: Leaders of several nations called on the international community to work towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response, in a commentary published March 30, 2021 in several global newspapers. They also urged the world to build a more robust global health architecture that would protect future generations, according to a press...

Oxford University probes cyber bullying of Indian student Rashmi Samant


The University of Oxford on Tuesday said a probe is underway and that it "investigates thoroughly" every complaint related to harassment or equality, following allegations of cyber bullying surrounding Rashmi Samant, the first Indian woman to be elected President of the Oxford Student Union (SU) who was forced to resign amidst controversy over some...

Australians warned of deadly spider ‘plague’ after floods

Post Date: March 24, 2021

Sydney: A "plague" of the world's most venomous spiders could swarm Sydney after torrential rain and flooding, the Australian Reptile Park said Wednesday, warning that the deadly arachnids could seek refuge in homes as they escape the deluge. Relentless downpours have caused vast flooding in New South Wales state, with parts of suburban northwest Sydney still...

Israeli election stalemate: Netanyahu’s future unclear


Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's prospects for retaining power looked uncertain on Wednesday after partial results in Israel's fourth national election in two years projected no clear path to victory. Though an official result was still hours - or days - away, with about 88% of votes counted, it appeared that Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing...