Sunday, March 26, 2023

Kashmiri women at UNHRC praise PM Modi, expose terrorism by Pakistan
Geneva | March 24, 2023 11:35:45 PM IST
Two Kashmiri women from Kashmir, who are taking part in the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, have praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for rapid development in the Kashmir valley after the abrogation ... read..

Book on war crimes during Bangladesh Liberation War released at UNHRC
Geneva | March 24, 2023 11:35:36 PM IST
A book titled 'War and Women' depicting war crimes during the Bangladesh Liberation War was released during the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday. ... read..

It is the duty of host country to protect high commissions, vandalism is unacceptable: Jaishankhar
Bengaluru (Karnataka) | March 24, 2023 11:06:03 PM IST
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said that it is the duty of the host country to provide security to high commissions and as a foreign minister he cannot accept the vandalisation at the Indian high commission in London by pro-Khalistani ... read..

China's Xi reasserts claims over Taiwan
Taipei | March 24, 2023 10:36:28 PM IST
At the recently concluded "rubber-stamp" National People's Congress (NPC) session in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping signalled that his government would oppose "pro-independence" influences in Taiwan and called for the "peaceful development of cross ... read..

Will request Blinken to set up US Consulate in Bengaluru: S Jaishankar
Bengaluru (Karnataka) | March 24, 2023 10:36:25 PM IST
Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said that he would ask United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to set up a US consulate in Bengaluru soon. ... read..

Xi's Siberia pipeline delay signals limits to his embrace of Putin
Riga | March 24, 2023 10:05:57 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to push for the gas giant Gazprom Siberia pipeline was deflated after Chinese President Xi Jinping did not show interest in the milestone project, reported The Washington Post. ... read..

France to ban Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok
Paris | March 24, 2023 9:36:03 PM IST
A growing number of countries in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific have banned the popular video-sharing app TikTok from government devices as privacy and cybersecurity concerns increase, with France likely to be the latest, reported France 24. ... read..

Iraqi, Indian NSAs agree to enhance defence cooperation, counter-terrorism efforts: Sources
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 9:36:02 PM IST
National Security Adviser of Iraq, Qasim Al-Araji is on an India visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and both agreed to enhance defence cooperation and counter-terrorism efforts and strengthen security linkages, according to sourc ... read..

Pakistan court extends Imran Khan's protective bail in 5 cases till Monday
Lahore | March 24, 2023 9:04:51 PM IST
The Lahore High Court, on Friday, extended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former Prime Minister Imran Khan's protective bail till Monday in five cases registered against him in Islamabad, including two for "vandalism," ARY News reported. ... read..

China threatens US Navy after its warship's action in South China Sea
Seoul | March 24, 2023 8:36:25 PM IST
China on Friday reacted angrily to the presence of a US warship near the islands it claims in the South China Sea region, reported CNN. ... read..

IMF asks Pakistan to provide external financing assurances for release of funds
Islamabad | March 24, 2023 8:36:23 PM IST
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked Islamabad to provide external financing assurances before it takes the next step with Pakistan to release the bailout tranche, reported Geo News. ... read..

MEA shares report on London High Commission protest with other agencies
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 8:06:28 PM IST
Ministry of External Affairs has shared a detailed report on the Pro-Khalistan protest outside the Indian High Commission in London with other agencies. ... read..

Pakistani politicians ignore Gilgit-Baltistan's problems, treat people like orphans
Gilgit -Baltistan | March 24, 2023 8:06:26 PM IST
Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan has been fooled for the past 75 years as the political parties just play with the sentiments of people and fighting their federation's war, instead of giving attention to their actual problems, Pakistani vernacular media, Himal ... read..

China 'firmly opposes' forced sale of TikTok
US | March 24, 2023 7:35:05 PM IST
China said it would strongly oppose any forced sale of TikTok, responding for the first time to Biden administration demands that the video app divest itself from its Chinese parent ByteDance or face a US ban, reported CNN. ... read..

Swiss banks may impose sanctions on secret Chinese accounts
Beijing | March 24, 2023 7:06:45 PM IST
Since Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine, the Switzerland government has moved in to impose sanctions on Moscow and its residents by freezing their Swiss bank accounts and so is monitoring closely Chinese wealth, which could be the ... read..

"Not interested in assurance, would like to see action": MEA on vandalism of Indian missions in UK, US by Khalistanis
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 7:06:42 PM IST
India would like to see action, more than just assurance, the Ministry of External Affairs said on the vandalism of Indian missions in various countries by Khalistanis, adding that he hoped that foreign governments will act against and prosecute those inv ... read..

Prosperity has returned to Kashmir: Activist tells UNHRC
Geneva | March 24, 2023 6:34:49 PM IST
An activist from the Geneva-based Universal Rights Group apprised the United Nations Human Rights Council (NHRC) of how stability and prosperity are returning to the Kashmir Valley. ... read..

"Economic fugitives should face justice": MEA on Mehul Choksi
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 6:34:47 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reiterated that economic fugitives like Mehul Choksi should face justice. ... read..

"We will take all necessary measures to bring him to justice in India," MEA on Zakir Naik
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 6:04:27 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reiterated that it will take all necessary measures to bring back televangelist Zakir Naik and have him face justice in India. ... read..

Britain's King Charles III's visit to France postponed amid protest over pension reforms
Paris | March 24, 2023 5:36:46 PM IST
United Kingdom King Charles III's state visit to Paris has been postponed amid the mass protest against the unpopular pension reforms, the French president's office has said. ... read..

Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorist outfits along LoC
Muzzafarabad | March 24, 2023 5:05:03 PM IST
Pakistan has been known for its perennial support to the Taliban in Afghanistan and other terrorist organizations in India and continues to sponsor terrorist outfits along the Line of Control (LoC). ... read..

PM Modi meets ITU Secy general Doreen Bogdan-Martin, discusses digital technology, connectivity
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 4:05:13 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in New Delhi on Friday and discussed ways of leveraging digital technology for a better and sustainable case. ... read..

Pakistan govt forms JIT to probe cases against PTI Chief Imran Khan
Islamabad | March 24, 2023 4:05:07 PM IST
A high-level joint investigation team (JIT) has been established to look into four cases filed against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and his supporters for allegedly attacking courts and law enforcement, committing vandalism, and obstructin ... read..

IT services firm Accenture to slash 19, 000 jobs worldwide
Washington | March 24, 2023 3:37:34 PM IST
As mass layoffs continue to remain prevalent globally, another IT firm Accenture has planned to slash at least 19,000 jobs worldwide due to an economic crunch, CNN reported. ... read..

World Bank President nominee Ajay Banga tests covid positive on arrival in Delhi
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 2:06:18 PM IST
The US nominee for World Bank President Ajay Banga, upon his arrival in New Delhi on Thursday, tested Covid positive and is now under quarantine as per the local guidelines. Soon after he arrived, he tested positive and has not met any Indian counterparts ... read..

WHO calls for intensified actions to eradicate TB in South East Asia
Geneva | March 24, 2023 1:36:15 PM IST
On World Tuberculosis Day (TB), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for intensified actions to eradicate the disease in the South East Asian region which bears the world's highest TB burden. ... read..

5 Indian seafarers kept under judicial custody in Iran to return to India today
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 1:06:38 PM IST
Five Indian seafarers who were kept under judicial custody at Chabahar Central Jail in Iran for 403 days are set to return to India on Friday. ... read..

Pakistan: After Punjab, ECP delays Khyber Pakhtunkhwa polls
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | March 24, 2023 12:05:03 PM IST
After Punjab, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided not to conduct polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, shifting the poll dates to October, Geo News reported local media reports. ... read..

China attempts to block Uyghur activist at UNHRC, allowed to speak after US, Eritrea's support
Geneva | March 24, 2023 11:04:46 AM IST
China on Thursday interrupted and attempted to block a prominent Uyghur activist from speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), where he pointed out the grim human rights violations by Beijing and sought the urgent intervention of the g ... read..

North Korea tests underwater nuclear-capable attack drone
Pyongyang | March 24, 2023 10:06:32 AM IST
North Korea has tested a new underwater nuclear-capable attack drone, Al Jazeera reported citing the country's state news agency KCNA said on Friday. ... read..

Protesters disrupt forum on Kashmir at National Press Club in Washington
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | March 24, 2023 8:37:03 AM IST
Youth Leaders from the Kashmir valley were at the NationalPress Club in Washington DC to talk about the development, peace and prevalence of grass-root democracy in India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..

Washington stands with women in Iran, Afghanistan who face violence: US President
Kabul | March 24, 2023 7:37:48 AM IST
US President Joe Biden has said that Washington stands with women in Iran and Afghanistan who are facing violence, Afghanistan-based TOLO News reported. ... read..

"No new escalation..." Armenia and Azerbaijan to sign peace treaty
Yerevan | March 24, 2023 6:35:19 AM IST
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday announced that there will be a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan based on joint official statements adopted at the highest level. The PM said: "There won't be a new escalation." ... read..

Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs urges for timely, adequate funding for India's G20 presidency
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 5:36:27 AM IST
The Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs has urged for timely and adequate funding for India's G20 Presidency and training for personnel involved in events and Programmes. ... read..

Earthquake in Afghanistan destroyed around 665 houses in several provinces: UN
Kabul | March 24, 2023 5:36:23 AM IST
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has stated that the recent earthquake in Afghanistan damaged and destroyed around 665 houses across Badakhshan, Bamyan, Panjshir, Parwan, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Samangan, and Ta ... read..

China's repression in Tibet, Xinjiang raised at UNHRC
Geneva | March 24, 2023 4:34:31 AM IST
A research analyst exposed China's repressive policies in Tibet and Xinjiang during the 52nd Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva. ... read..

TikTok to be blocked from parliamentary devices, networks in UK
London | March 24, 2023 4:34:26 AM IST
In the latest ban imposed on Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, the app will be blocked from parliamentary devices and networks in the UK, Sky News reported. ... read..

4.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's Izu Islands
Izu Islands | March 24, 2023 4:04:38 AM IST
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter Scale struck Izu Islands, Japan on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. ... read..

Pakistan neglects millions of flood victims in Sindh, activist tells UNHRC
Geneva | March 24, 2023 3:35:30 AM IST
A Sindhi political activist has drawn the urgent attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the millions of Sindhi flood victims who have been completely abandoned by the Pakistan government and are living in precarious conditions. ... read..

Russian pilots who chased US drone awarded medals
Moscow | Friday, 2023 3:15:09 AM IST
Two Russian military pilots, who had scrambled to deal with a US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone with the incident that ended with the US craft plunging into the Black Sea earlier this month, were awarded state decorations during a ceremony on Wednesday. ... read..

India, UK hold discussions on bilateral and wider security cooperation
London | March 24, 2023 3:04:34 AM IST
Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami, UK's Minister of State for Security Tom Tugendhat on Thursday held discussions on bilateral and wider security cooperation between India, UK. ... read..

Parliamentary Committee calls for increase in diplomatic staffing for India's expanded international stakes
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 2:35:24 AM IST
The Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs has called for an increase in diplomatic staffing for India's expanded international stakes. ... read..

TikTok CEO grilled on connection with China, calls India's ban 'hypothetical' and theoretical
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | March 24, 2023 2:35:21 AM IST
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before US Congress amid growing security concerns and potential Chinese government influence over the company. ... read..

We are proud of the Indian-American community: Stamford Mayor
New York | Friday, 2023 2:15:09 AM IST
Lauding the role of the Indian diaspora in the US, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons said that she is proud of the community for making enormous contributions to diverse fields, from education to business, arts and culture. ... read..

MEA's budget remains insufficient despite India's ambitions for global influence: External Affairs Committee's report
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 1:34:26 AM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)'s budget remains insufficient despite India's ambitions for global influence, according to the parliamentary report by External Affairs Committee. ... read..

India, Albania hold foreign office consultations, discuss regional, international issues
New Delhi | March 24, 2023 12:06:54 AM IST
India and Albania on Thursday held their third Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in the national capital and both sides reviewed bilateral, regional and international issues. ... read..

Canada PM Trudeau bows to pressure, lets top aide testify on Chinese election meddling
Ottawa | March 24, 2023 12:06:51 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bowed to pressure from the opposition and agreed to allow his top aide to testify before a parliamentary committee probing alleged Chinese election interference, reported The Age. ... read..

Tribal communities facing confusion, dislocation ever since FATA-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa merger: Report
Islamabad | March 24, 2023 12:06:36 AM IST
Tribal communities of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) are facing lots of trouble since the merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) four years ago, reported The Pakistan Military Monitor. ... read..

Navies of India, Mozambique conduct joint surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone
Maputo | March 23, 2023 11:34:47 PM IST
The navies of India and Mozambique conducted joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance off the Mozambique coast. INS Sujata along with Mozambique Navy undertook maiden joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance off the Mozambique coast from M ... read..

Pak diplomat says Islamabad believes in resolving Kashmir issue through dialogue, also talks of UN resolutions
New Delhi | March 23, 2023 11:34:38 PM IST
Pakistan desires peaceful relations with all neighbouring countries, including India, country's Charge d'affaires Salman Sharif said on Thursday as he talked of resolving outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue while also noting t ... read..

Coronavirus pandemic originated from illegally traded wild animals in Wuhan: Research
Wuhan | March 23, 2023 11:05:48 PM IST
A recently released report by Chinese investigators has described in detail for the first time evidence that illegally traded wild animals triggered the coronavirus pandemic, reported The New York Times. ... read..

China interrupts Dolkun Isa at UNHRC on issue of Uyghurs, allowed to speak after US and Eritrea's support
Geneva | March 23, 2023 11:05:40 PM IST
At the United Nations Human Rights Council, China interrupted Uyghur Congress president Dolkun Isa as he started speaking about the grim human rights situation of Uyghurs in Beijing. ... read..

Pakistan: Commission to probe assassination threats to Imran Khan
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 10:05:31 PM IST
The caretaker government in Pakistan's Punjab has decided to appoint a commission to investigate "assassination threats" to PTI chief Imran Khan, Dawn reported. ... read..

China inaugurates research center in occupied Tibet to promote "national consciousness" among Tibetans
Lhasa | March 23, 2023 10:05:28 PM IST
The Chinese Communist Party is attempting to Sinicize Tibetans by inaugurating a Chinese Nation Community Consciousness Building Research Center in occupied Tibet to promote "national consciousness" among them, reported Tibet Rights Collective (TRC). ... read..

Pakistan: Stampede breaks out in Swabi during distribution of subsidised wheat flour
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 10:05:26 PM IST
A stampede broke out on Wednesday during the distribution of subsidised wheat flour outside the offices of Razaar tehsil's headquarters in Pakistan's Swabi. No one was injured in the stampede, Dawn reported. ... read..

Imran Khan alleges police chiefs planning another 'assassination plot' against him
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 10:05:25 PM IST
Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) alleged that the police chiefs of Punjab and Islamabad, along with their 'handlers,' have plotted to kill him and are "getting serious to assassinate him," reported Dawn. ... read..

Opening Sharda Peeth Corridor is "welcome step," says PoK political activist
Geneva | March 23, 2023 10:05:23 PM IST
Jamil Maqsood, Central Secretary for Foreign Affairs Committee, United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) on Friday lauded India's plan to open Sharda Peeth Corridor in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. ... read..

Human rights violation escalating in Balochistan after CPEC project, activist informs UNHRC
Geneva | March 23, 2023 9:36:08 PM IST
Baloch political activist informed the United Nations Human Rights Council about the ongoing human rights violations in Pakistan's Balochistan province, especially the worsening situation since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.While mak ... read..

Pakistan invokes Shariah amid calls for compliance under European Union's GSP Plus scheme
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 9:05:47 PM IST
A significant beneficiary of European Union's GSP Plus scheme, Pakistan is having a tough time securing a renewal of the facility for the next period starting 2024. ... read..

Uyghur rights group empowers activists, students to challenge China's cultural genocide
Istanbul | March 23, 2023 9:05:42 PM IST
Campaign for Uyghurs hosted its first Uyghur Advocacy Training Workshop for young activists and students in Istanbul to challenge China's cultural genocide who are trying to choke the Uyghur nation's expectations. ... read..

Pakistan: South Waziristan protest against prolonged electricity load-shedding
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | March 23, 2023 9:05:34 PM IST
Locals from the Azam Warsak area in Birmal Tehsil in Lower South Waziristan district on Thursday protested against electricity load-shedding, reported The News International. ... read..

State Bank of Pakistan likely to raise interest rate to unlock IMF loan programme
Karachi | March 23, 2023 8:35:42 PM IST
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is likely to raise the interest rate by 2 per cent at the ensuing meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in an attempt to unlock the delayed International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan programme, reported the News Inter ... read..

India slams Pakistan at UNHRC, warns against spreading propaganda, attempts to foment communal disharmony in India
Geneva | March 23, 2023 8:05:03 PM IST
India has slammed Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council during its right of reply where it warned Islamabad against spreading propaganda and attempts to foment communal disharmony in India. ... read..

Indian Army, Air Force conduct joint drills Vayu Prahar along LAC in eastern command
New Delhi | March 23, 2023 7:05:17 PM IST
Indian Army and the Air force jointly conducted a Multi Domain Air-Land Exercise Vayu Prahar along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern command, according to sources. ... read..

Kashmir on path of development, peace, activist informs UNHRC
Geneva | March 23, 2023 7:05:05 PM IST
A socio-political activist from the Kashmir Valley has informed the UN about intense development, peace and prevalence of grass-root democracy in India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..

Shehbaz Sharif considering recalling Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Report
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 6:35:30 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is considering recalling Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ameer Khurram Rathore, The News International reported. The development comes a year after he was posted there by former Pakistan PM Imran Khan who did ... read..

China's Strategic Support Force combines elements of cyber, space, psychological warfare: Report
Beijing | March 23, 2023 6:05:28 PM IST
The Chinese spy balloon that flew over the United States earlier this year bore the earmarks of an operation carried out by China's Strategic Support Force (SSF), a little-known hybrid branch of the People's Liberation Army that combines elements of cyber ... read..

UK: London Metropolitan Police under scanner as Khalistan supporters throw eggs, inks at Indian High Commission
London | March 23, 2023 6:05:26 PM IST
Even after assurances from the London Metropolitan Police to raise the level of protection to the Indian High Commission, pro-Khalistan supporters on Wednesday breached the security cover and threw eggs and inks to deface and vandalize the building. ... read..

Pakistan: PTI hires lobbying firm to establish good relations with US, diaspora
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 6:05:18 PM IST
Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has hired another lobbying firm to establish good relations with the United States and the diaspora, despite his assertion that his government was deposed through foreign interference, The News International rep ... read..

Pakistan: Two people killed in firing incidents in Dera Ismail Khan
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 5:35:07 PM IST
Two people were killed in separate incidents of firing, Dawn reported citing police. According to a police official, Aslam Baloch of Parova tehsil was attacked by unidentified motorcyclists at Nawab Adda in Dera Ismail Khan city of Pakistan while he was g ... read..

UK-India annual bilateral maritime exercise Konkan exhibited op-readiness, interoperability and joint operations
Mumbai (Maharashtra) | March 23, 2023 5:35:03 PM IST
Konkan 2023, a joint maritime exercise, was conducted between the Royal Navy of Britain and the Indian Navy and it exhibited op-readiness, enhance interoperability and conduct joint operations. ... read..

Pakistan minister Marriyum Aurangzeb welcomes Election Commission's decision to postpone Punjab polls
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 4:35:37 PM IST
Pakistan's Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb welcomed the Election Commission of Pakistan's decision of delaying elections in Punjab, The News International reported, adding that she said that ECP's decision is in Pakistan's interest and will ensure ... read..

China forcing Bangladesh into unviable project of managing river Teesta
Dhaka | March 23, 2023 4:05:30 PM IST
China is trying to thrust on Bangladesh a project for comprehensive restoration of river Teesta and management of the river basin that is unviable and likely to do serious damage to the environment of Bangladesh in the long run. ... read..

Xi's Russia visit, bid for leadership of non-Western world: Chinese Media potrays
Washington | March 23, 2023 4:05:17 PM IST
For audiences in China, Xi Jinping's visit to Russia this week was a show of strength and a testament to Beijing's bid for global leadership. ... read..

Pakistan Day military parade postponed due to bad weather
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 3:35:01 PM IST
As the nation celebrated Pakistan Day on Thursday, the Pakistan Day Military Parade of the Armed Forces at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, scheduled to be held today, has been postponed till Saturday, March 25 due to bad weather, Dunya News reported. ... read..

China's "Organ Procurement" continues to remain a concern for US
Washington | March 23, 2023 3:05:30 PM IST
Beijing's state-sponsored forced organ procurement or organ harvesting has remained a concern for the United States, a State Department official was cited by ... read..

Xi visit to have no impact on India-Russia ties: Russian envoy
New Delhi | March 23, 2023 2:35:22 PM IST
Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov on Thursday refuted claims by media experts that Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Russia will harm Indo-Russian strategic ties. ... read..

More than quarter of world's population has no safe drinking water: UNESCO
New York | March 23, 2023 2:05:11 PM IST
More than a quarter, 26 per cent of the world's population, comprising approximately 2 billion people, do not have safe drinking water and 3.6 billion or 46 per cent lack access to safely managed sanitation, according to the report, published by UNESCO on ... read..

UN: Pakistan Mission flooded with calls for protection of Christians
New York | March 23, 2023 1:36:45 PM IST
With the increasing number of attacks on Christians in Pakistan, various Christian organizations in the United States as well as human rights organisations, have been pressuring the Pakistan Mission in the United Nations to take concrete steps to protect ... read..

California reports over 120,000 power outages after heavy rain, hurricane
California | March 23, 2023 1:36:37 PM IST
More than 120,000 California homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning after another atmospheric river walloped the storm-fatigued state with heavy rain and hurricane-force winds, CNN reported. ... read..

China introduces new power structure to tighten control on data, tech, finance
Hong Kong | March 23, 2023 12:06:34 PM IST
China, with around 1 billion internet users and a vast surveillance network, is fast becoming the biggest part of the "datasphere." One projection by Seagate a few years ago estimated the nation's annual data generation would reach 48.6 Zettabyte (ZB) by ... read..

High time for Pakistan to rethink its Afghan policy
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 12:06:31 PM IST
Recently, a high-level Pakistani delegation comprising Defence Minister, DG ISI, and Foreign Secretary visited Kabul and held discussions with the Taliban. ... read..

Sri Lankan Navy apprehends 12 Tamil Nadu fishermen
Pudukottai (Tamil Nadu) | March 23, 2023 10:35:48 AM IST
Twelve Pudukottai fishermen who were fishing near Delft island in the Palkbay area were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy. ... read..

Malaysian Muslim Youth Representatives visit Dalai Lama, discuss issues of religious harmony
Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) | March 23, 2023 10:35:46 AM IST
Representatives from the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) visited the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso at his official residence in Dharamshala, India, the Star reported. ... read..

24 major cities in Pakistan do not have access to clean water: Report
Karachi | March 23, 2023 10:35:34 AM IST
Almost 30 million Pakistanis have no access to clean water, 80 per cent of people living in 24 major cities do not have access to clean water, and 16 million slum dwellers of Karachi do not have access to running water, Asian Lite reported. ... read..

US nominee for World Bank President Ajay Banga heads to India for final stop on global tour
Washington | March 23, 2023 9:35:05 AM IST
The US nominee for World Bank President Ajay Banga will visit New Delhi, India on March 23 and 24, capping a three-week global listening tour that began in Africa before progressing to Europe, and Latin America, and Asia. ... read..

UK Foreign Secretary says attack on Indian High Commission "unacceptable"
London | March 23, 2023 9:04:09 AM IST
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly responded to the attack on Indian High Commission and called the attack by the Khalistani elements "unacceptable" in a statement on Thursday. ... read..

Canadian MP Han Dong advised Chinese diplomat to delay freeing "two Michaels": Sources
Ottawa | March 23, 2023 9:04:06 AM IST
Canadian Liberal MP Han Dong, who is at the centre of Chinese influence allegations, privately advised a senior Chinese diplomat in February 2021 that Beijing should hold off freeing Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, according to two separate national se ... read..

US National Security Advisor condemns attack on Indian Consulate
US | March 23, 2023 8:33:48 AM IST
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has condemned the attack that took place on Sunday on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco by Khalistani separatist elements. ... read..

UK imparts training to Ukrainian soldiers, aims for 20,000 personnel by year-end
By Sahil Pandey

London | March 23, 2023 7:34:05 AM IST
The United Kingdom is imparting basic infantry skills to Ukrainian soldiers at four locations in the country. The country aims for 20,000 personnel by the year-end. ... read..

Security beefed up around Indian Consulate in San Francisco after Khalistani supporters stage protest
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | March 23, 2023 7:34:00 AM IST
More than 200 protesters waving Khalistan flags descended upon the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Wednesday for a planned demonstration amid a heightened security presence of the San Francisco Police Department (SFDP). ... read..

Election Commission of Pakistan postpones Punjab by-elections till Oct 8
Islamabad | March 23, 2023 7:06:20 AM IST
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday postponed the Punjab by-elections till October 8. The elections were earlier scheduled to be held on April 30, Pakistan-based ARY News reported. ... read..

5.9 magnitude earthquake jolts Tajikistan's Novobod
Navobod | March 23, 2023 6:34:22 AM IST
An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 on the Richter scale struck 51 km north-north west of Novobod, Tajikistan on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. ... read..

Pashtun activist at UN exposes Pakistan's ties with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Geneva | March 23, 2023 6:06:12 AM IST
A Pashtun political activist during the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, exposed Pakistan for its close ties with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). ... read..

Uyghur activist asks China to enforce UN recommendations to curb human rights abuses in Xinjiang
Geneva | March 23, 2023 5:36:21 AM IST
An Uyghur activist has asked China to implement the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and OHCHR to investigate all allegations of human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region ... read..

Death toll from cyclone in Malawi may hit 1,000
Lilongwe (Malawi) | Thursday, 2023 5:15:09 AM IST
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi is likely to reach 1,000 as more bodies are being recovered and many still reported missing, according to the country's Department of Disaster Management Affairs. ... read..

Asia-Pacific faces major challenge in meeting sustainable development goals: UN report
Bangkok | Thursday, 2023 5:15:09 AM IST
The progress towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific is lagging and requires doubling the efforts to catch up, said a UN report launched here on Wednesday. ... read..

PoK, Gilgit Baltistan witness rise in human rights abuses, activists inform UN
Geneva | March 23, 2023 5:06:07 AM IST
Political activists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan have informed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the serious human rights abuses in the region. ... read..

World leaders to make bold commitments to address water crisis
New York | Thursday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
With mounting pressures on water from rising consumption demands, increased pollution and climate change, world leaders, civil society, businesses, youth and other stakeholders are gathering at the UN 2023 Water Conference from March 22-24 at the UN Headq ... read..

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