Monday, November 29, 2021

27 migrants drown, others missing after boat capsizes in English Channel
Paris | November 25, 2021 9:17:49 AM IST
At least 27 migrants drowned on Wednesday in the English Channel after a boat capsized off the coast of Calais, northern France. ... read..

Democracy Forum discusses China's goal of controlling world by mid-21st century
London | November 25, 2021 8:17:15 AM IST
London-based NGO The Democracy Forum (TDF) at a virtual panel discussed China's goal of controlling the world by the mid-21st century, titled 'Cold war or confrontation? Understanding China's global ambitions'. ... read..

South Korea reports 3,938 more COVID-19 cases
Asia | November 25, 2021 8:17:13 AM IST
Seoul [South Korea], November 25 (ANI/Xinhua): South Korea reported 3,938 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 429,002. ... read..

UAE hopes to resume pre-Covid flight services with India
New Delhi | November 25, 2021 7:17:50 AM IST
UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna on Wednesday expressed hope for the resumption of pre-Covid flight services with India, citing a spike in airfare and dearth of seats as the carriers are not running at their hundred per cent capacity. ... read..

Rights group raises alarm over threat to freedom of expression in Pakistan
Islamabad | November 25, 2021 6:47:17 AM IST
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday expressed concern over attempts to smother freedom of expression and opinion in the country. ... read..

US awards nearly USD 600 million contract of military vehicles for Lithuania, others: Pentagon
Washington | November 25, 2021 6:47:16 AM IST
The US Army awarded a USD 591 million contract to Oshkosh Defense LLC to provide 1,669 Joint Light Tactical trucks and 868 trailers for the vehicles for the governments of Lithuania, Slovenia and others, the Defense Department said. ... read..

Johnson, Macron agree to step up efforts to prevent migrants' crossings
London | November 25, 2021 6:17:14 AM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to prevent deadly crossings of the English Channel by migrants following the Wednesday fatal shipwreck in the Strait of Dover, the Office of the UK Prime Minister said. ... read..

Saudi-led coalition bombards Houthis-controlled camp in Yemen's capital: Houthi media
Others | November 25, 2021 6:17:13 AM IST
Sanna [Yemen], November 25 (ANI/Xinhua): The Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes on a military camp controlled by the Houthi militia in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday night, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported. ... read..

China asks US to stop elevating relations with Taiwan
Beijing | November 25, 2021 5:47:13 AM IST
China on Wednesday asked the United States to immediately "stop elevating relations with Taiwan in essence" following the second US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue held this week. ... read..

India has set ambitious target of USD 400 billion exports for 2021-22: Shringla
New Delhi | November 25, 2021 5:17:19 AM IST
Underlining goals of promoting the three Ts - Trade, Tourism and Technology, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday said that India has set an ambitious target of USD 400 billion of exports for the year 2021-22. ... read..

Sindh CM refuses to repatriate senior officials against Imran Khan govt's wish
Islamabad | November 25, 2021 5:17:16 AM IST
The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Sindh province Syed Murad Ali Shah has written to the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan, stating that he disagrees with the plan to recall seven senior police officials and four bureaucrats from the province. ... read..

No solution to world challenges without India: German envoy
New Delhi | November 25, 2021 4:47:12 AM IST
German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner on Wednesday said that the Glasgow climate conference earlier this month has shown that nations need each other and added that there's no solution to world challenges without India. ... read..

Taliban believe current government in Afghanistan is inclusive: Spokesperson
Kabul | November 25, 2021 4:17:06 AM IST
The Taliban on Wednesday said the outfit consider the government they have installed in Afghanistan to be inclusive as it includes members of various ethnic groups. ... read..

Boris Johnson's ratings hit record low
| Thursday, 2021 4:15:05 AM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw his personal ratings slump to a record low on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported. ... read..

Germany to get 'traffic light' government led by SPD's Scholz
London | Thursday, 2021 4:15:05 AM IST
Signalling an end to the Angela Merkel era in Germany, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which had upstaged her Christian Democratic Union in the September 26 elections, announced on Wednesday that it would lead the new coalition government, with transit ... read..

Chinese, Iranian foreign ministers hold video meeting
Others | November 25, 2021 3:47:11 AM IST
Hangzhou [China], November 25 (ANI/Xinhua): Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday held a video meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian over bilateral relations and cooperation. ... read..

India, US commit to work together on transitional approach on Equalisation Levy 2020
Washington | November 25, 2021 3:17:10 AM IST
The United States supports India's announcement of their agreement to a transition from the existing India equalization levy to the new multilateral solution, and both countries have committed to working together through constructive dialogue on this matt ... read..

US puts Chinese firms helping military on trade blacklist
Washington | November 25, 2021 2:47:14 AM IST
The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 27 foreign entities, including 12 from China, over national security concerns and foreign policy interests of the United States. ... read..

IMF rejects Pakistan's borrowing request
Islamabad | November 25, 2021 2:47:12 AM IST
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected Pakistan's request to keep a door open for borrowing from the central bank amid the ongoing financial woes in the country. ... read..

Germany announces EUR 1.2 billion in development commitments to India
By Joymala Bagchi

New Delhi | November 25, 2021 2:17:49 AM IST
Germany has announced new development commitments to the tune of more than EUR 1.2 billion (approx. INR 10,025 crore) to aid India's fight against climate change and for cooperation on clean energy. ... read..

Ahead of nationwide strike by Pak petroleum dealers union, citizens rush to refuel at petrol stations
Islamabad | November 25, 2021 1:47:53 AM IST
Ahead of the nationwide strike by the petroleum dealers association in Pakistan, traffic jams were reported in major cities across the country on Wednesday, along with long queues at petrol stations as citizens rushed to refuel their vehicles. ... read..

US reaffirms commitment to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity: Biden
US | November 25, 2021 1:47:52 AM IST
Washington [US], November 25 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States remains fully committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, US President Joe Biden said in a statement which he made to honor Holodomor victims on Wednesday. ... read..

Iraq says foreign forces to leave in 15 days
Others | November 25, 2021 1:17:53 AM IST
Baghdad [Iraq], November 25 (ANI/Xinhua): Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said on Wednesday that foreign combat forces will leave Iraq within 15 days, except for some advisers who will stay to support the Iraqi forces. ... read..

Doing whatever it takes to keep lifesaving health services going, say doctors in Kabul
Kabul | November 25, 2021 1:17:52 AM IST
With all the odds stacked against her, the tiny baby in the intensive care ward at Malalay Maternity Hospital in Kabul is still clinging on, struggling for every breath, grasping every extra minute of life. ... read..

Sudan PM orders security for Thursday's demonstrations, detainees' release
Asia | November 24, 2021 11:47:58 PM IST
Khartoum [Sudan], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Wednesday ordered security for Thursday's demonstrations and the immediate launch of the procedure for releasing detainees, the prime minister's office said in a stateme ... read..

Nepal deports over 3,100 foreigners in eight years, mostly Chinese among them
Kathmandu | November 24, 2021 11:47:56 PM IST
The Nepalese government has deported 3,130 foreign nationals in the last eight years from the Himalayan country, most of them being Chinese nationals. ... read..

Vice President Naidu to lead Indian delegation for 13th ASEM Summit
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 11:18:07 PM IST
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will lead the Indian delegation for the 13th ASEM Summit which will be held on November 25, 26. ... read..

New Delhi, Berlin expect special bilateral engagement in strategic cooperation: German envoy to India
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 11:17:53 PM IST
German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner on Wednesday said that Berlin has a strategic partnership with New Delhi and both countries expect special bilateral engagement in this regard. ... read..

COVID-19: Vietnam records 26,000 recoveries, 2.5 times higher than new cases
Asia | November 24, 2021 11:17:50 PM IST
Hanoi [Vietnam], November 24 (ANI/VOVWORLD): The Ministry of Health said that from 4 pm on Tuesday to 4 pm on Wednesday, 11,811 new infections were recorded in Vietnam. Of them, 22 cases were imported and 11,789 cases were recorded domestically in 59 prov ... read..

Gunmen kill 3 students, 1 teacher in attack on Cameroonian school
Others | November 24, 2021 10:48:13 PM IST
Yaounde [Cameroon], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): Unidentified gunmen killed three students and one teacher on Wednesday in an attack on a government school in Cameroon's war-torn Anglophone region of Southwest, according to local authorities. ... read..

UK urges British citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately
Europe | November 24, 2021 10:48:11 PM IST
London [UK], November 24 (ANI/Sputnik): The UK government on Wednesday urged all British nationals to leave Ethiopia immediately "while commercial flights continue to operate," due to the worsening conflict between the government and the rebels, which cou ... read..

US Trade Representative welcomes agreement with India on Digital Services Taxes
Washington | November 24, 2021 10:48:05 PM IST
United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday welcomed announcements that America has reached a political agreement with India regarding the treatment of Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) during the interim period prior to full implementation of Pill ... read..

MoS Meenakashi Lekhi met with High Commissioner of Cyprus Agis Loizou, discusses bilateral ties
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 10:47:54 PM IST
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi on Wednesday met with High Commissioner of Cyprus Agis Loizou and discussed bilateral ties between the two countries. ... read..

Russia likely to launch Sputnik Light vaccine in India by next month: RDIF
Moscow | November 24, 2021 10:17:58 PM IST
Russian Direct Investment Fund on Wednesday informed that Sputnik light COVID-19 vaccine will likely be launched in India by December this year. ... read..

Stressing on India-France ties, envoy says New Delhi sent medical supplies during first COVID wave
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 10:17:55 PM IST
Stressing on the friendship between India and France, country's Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain on Wednesday said that New Delhi exported medical supplies needed by hospitals in Paris during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. ... read..

China's birth rate falls to four-decade low: Report
Beijing | November 24, 2021 10:17:49 PM IST
China's birth rate fell to its lowest point in more than four decades last year, local media reported citing official data published by the country's National Bureau of Statistics. ... read..

India, USA agree on transitional approach on Equalisation Levy 2020
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 9:47:54 PM IST
India and United States have agreed that the same terms that apply under the October 21 Joint Statement shall apply between Washington and New Delhi with respect to India's charge of 2 per cent equalisation levy on e-commerce supply of services and the US ... read..

Biden nominates Shalanda Young as White House budget office Director
US | November 24, 2021 9:47:53 PM IST
Washington [US], November 24 (ANI/Sputnik): US President Joe Biden has nominated Shalanda Young as the director of the White House budget office, the White House announced on Wednesday. ... read..

Sweden elects 1st female PM
Stockholm | Wednesday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
The Swedish Parliament on Wednesday elected Magdalena Andersson as the country's first-ever female Prime Minister. ... read..

Myanmar to resume int'l tourism next yr
Yangon | Wednesday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Myanmar has rolled out plans to resume international tourism early next year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on Wednesday. ... read..

'Travelling Australians not required to pay for Covid tests'
Canberra | Wednesday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday confirmed that interstate travel'ers will not have to pay for their mandatory Covid-19 tests. ... read..

Trading in newly launched Beijing Stock Exchange sees downward trend
Asia | November 24, 2021 9:17:51 PM IST
Beijing Stock Exchange, which recently opened for business has been witnessing a continuous decline in the trading volume. ... read..

Fiji's main int'l airport ready to reopen
Suva | Wednesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
Fiji is ready to re-open Nadi International Airport as more than 90 per cent of adults in the island nation have been fully vaccinated against Covid and amid a careful re-opening strategy in place, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said on Wednesda ... read..

New Zealand hikes official cash rate
Wellington | Wednesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
New Zealand's Monetary Policy Committee agreed on Wednesday to raise the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 0.75 per cent. ... read..

Japan to release oil reserves to reduce prices
Tokyo | Wednesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that the country will release oil, which would be the first time for the resource-poor country, to try reducing prices by tapping reserves. ... read..

Jaishankar to attend 20th meeting of SCO Council of Heads of Government
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 8:47:26 PM IST
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is slated to attend the 20th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of Government (CHG). ... read..

Sri Lankan delegation visits India to observe on ground operation of election machinery
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 8:47:23 PM IST
A delegation of Sri Lankan election officers visited India to observe the operation of election machinery on the ground level. ... read..

Amid unfolding Afghan humanitarian crisis, Taliban worry more about 'Islamic values'
Kabul | November 24, 2021 8:47:20 PM IST
Even as a humanitarian catastrophe unfolds in Afghanistan, the Taliban seem to be more worried about whether or not 'Islamic' values are being followed in the country. ... read..

Russia to register Sputnik M COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17
Moscow | November 24, 2021 8:47:16 PM IST
Russia's Health Ministry will register the Sputnik vaccine for children aged 12-17 on Wednesday, with shots expected to be available at the end of December. ... read..

Putin receives nasal COVID-19 vaccine
Europe | November 24, 2021 8:47:15 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], November 24 (ANI/Sputnik): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he has received a nasal COVID-19 vaccine. ... read..

NZ to gradually open border from Jan 2022
Wellington | Wednesday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Fully vaccinated New Zealand nationals will find it easier to return from January 2022, with foreign nationals to follow from April onwards, as the government is set to remove the requirement for managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) for most travellers, ... read..

US Navy opens base to help relieve ports congestion in California
Los Angeles | Wednesday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
The US Navy opened facilities in Port Hueneme, located less than 160 kM north of the Port of Los Angeles, to help alleviate ports congestion in Southern California. ... read..

Aus to establish domestic violence commission
Canberra | Wednesday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
The Australian government on Tuesday announced it will establish a new commission to help end violence against women and children. ... read..

Afghanistan to resume issuing passports in 10 more provinces: Report
Kabul | November 24, 2021 8:17:20 PM IST
Afghanistan will resume issuing passports in ten more provinces starting on November 25, a media report citing the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said on Wednesday. ... read..

India, Argentina reaffirm resolve to broaden bilateral ties
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 8:17:14 PM IST
Reviewing the multi-faceted relations between the two nations, India and Argentina on Wednesday reaffirmed their resolve to broaden ongoing bilateral ties in areas of mutual interest including defence, space, nuclear energy, health and pharma, agriculture ... read..

Romanian Parliament elects new leaders
Bucharest | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:06 PM IST
The two chambers of the Romanian Parliament have elected new leaders. ... read..

Volcano on Spanish island continues to erupt
Madrid | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:06 PM IST
The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma is continuing unabated, without showingsigns of easing, scientists have said. ... read..

UN evacuates staffers' dependents from Ethiopia
United Nations | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:06 PM IST
The US is evacuating the dependents of staff members from Ethiopia because of the ensuing violence, a spokesman said. ... read..

Incumbent Bulgarian President re-elected
Sofia | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:06 PM IST
Bulgaria's incumbent President Rumen Radev has been re-elected after winning two-thirds of the vote in the presidential run-off earlier this week according to official results announced by the country's Central Electoral Commission (CEC). ... read..

UN responds to increased humanitarian needs in Yemen
Hodeidah | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:06 PM IST
The UN and its partners are responding to increased humanitarian needs in Yemen following a shift in the frontlines in Hodeidah governorate over the past 10 days, said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday. ... read..

Japan mulls upon reopening of mission in Kabul: Sources
Tokyo | November 24, 2021 7:47:21 PM IST
The Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday said that Japan would mull upon the reopening of its mission in Kabul, which was closed amid the Western troop pull-out from the country. ... read..

Pak failed to purchase gas cargoes on time: Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin
Islamabad | November 24, 2021 7:47:20 PM IST
Pakistan should have brought gas cargoes but failed to do so, as the purchasing time was over, admitted Pakistan's Finance Minister. ... read..

India, Finland exchange views on various issues including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, COP26
Helsinki | November 24, 2021 7:47:18 PM IST
India and Finland on Wednesday exchanged their views on various issues including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, India-EU Partnership, cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and COP26. ... read..

JPMorgan to outlast Chinese Communist Party: jokes Jamie Dimon
Asia | November 24, 2021 7:47:13 PM IST
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, whose company gained certain privileges in China in recent years, joked about his firm outlasting the country's powerful political machine, said a news report. ... read..

Turkish central bank says 'no commitment' to exchange rate
Ankara | Wednesday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) said that it upholds its policy of implementing a floating exchange rate and has no commitment to "any exchange rate level" as the lira has nosedived in forex markets to a record low. ... read..

98 candidates apply for Libya's presidential election
Libya | Wednesday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
A total of 98 candidates, including two females, have submitted applications for the first direct presidential election in Libya. ... read..

Vietnam, Egypt boost trade, investment cooperation between localities
Asia | November 24, 2021 7:17:17 PM IST
Hanoi [Vietnam], November 24 (ANI/VOVWORLD): Vietnam and Egypt have opportunities for economic and trade cooperation, said Ambassador Tran Thanh Cong during a 2-day working visit to Egypt's Damietta province earlier this week to boost diplomatic, economic ... read..

German states mull making vaccination mandatory
Berlin | Wednesday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Some German federal states have expressed support for mandatory Covid-19 vaccination as the country is witnessing a record surge in cases amid an ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic. ... read..

Israeli Def Min embarks on 'historic' trip to Morocco
Tel Aviv | Wednesday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has embarked on "an important and historic visit" to Morocco, that would "formalise" security cooperation with the North African kingdom, his office said. ... read..

Arab League chief welcomes political agreement in Sudan
Others | November 24, 2021 6:47:52 PM IST
Cairo [Sudan], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Wednesday welcomed the political agreement signed between Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to end the ... read..

Germany sees rise in domestic violence during pandemic year
Berlin | Wednesday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
The number of reported acts of violence among couples and former partners in Germany increased more sharply in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic than in the previous years, the Ministry for Family Affairs (BMFSFJ) announced. ... read..

Pakistan allows transportation of 50,000 MT of wheat, medicines from India to Afghanistan
Islamabad | November 24, 2021 6:18:19 PM IST
Pakistan has decided to allow the transportation of 50,000 Metric Tonnes (MTs) of wheat and lifesaving medicines through the Wagah Border as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. ... read..

Tibetans enduring employment crisis due to Chinese dominance over local job market
Lhasa | November 24, 2021 6:18:13 PM IST
With Han Chinese crowding the job market in Tibet, the local university graduates are enduring an employability crisis, said a media report. ... read..

Russian Diplomatic Mission in India slams NATO's approach towards Ukraine
Others | November 24, 2021 6:18:02 PM IST
New Delhi [India], November 24, 2021: Russian Embassy in India has slammed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) approach towards Ukraine. ... read..

UN says 2.6 mln affected by severe drought in Somalia
Others | November 24, 2021 6:17:59 PM IST
Mogadishu [Somalia], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): About 2.6 million people, or nearly 22 per cent of the population, in 66 out of 74 districts across Somalia are affected by worsening drought, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. ... read..

Two religious scholars shot dead near Kabul: Report
Kabul | November 24, 2021 6:17:54 PM IST
Unidentified armed men opened fire at four religious scholars near Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing two and injuring two others, media reports citing source reported. ... read..

Iran using 2 bases for drone attacks: Israeli Def Min
Tel Aviv | Wednesday, 2021 6:15:06 PM IST
Iran is using two bases to carry out maritime attacks using drones, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said. ... read..

Bulgaria declares national day of mourning for accident victims
Sofia | Wednesday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
The Bulgarian government has declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning for the 54 people who were killed in two deadly accidents. ... read..

Lebanon invites Russian companies to take part in Beirut port reconstruction: Minister
Asia | November 24, 2021 5:47:29 PM IST
Beirut [Lebanon], November 24 (ANI/Sputnik): Lebanon is interested in the participation of Russian companies in the restoration of the port of Beirut, Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib told Sputnik. ... read..

Pakistan: Imran Khan orders inquiry against senior bureaucrat for mocking PTI govt
Islamabad | November 24, 2021 5:47:22 PM IST
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the government authorities to undertake an inquiry against a senior joint secretary of the Cabinet Division for mocking the Pakistan Tareek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on social media. ... read..

Two civilians killed missile attack in Syria
Asia | November 24, 2021 5:47:16 PM IST
Tel Aviv [Israel], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): Two civilians were killed and seven others, including six soldiers, were injured during a fresh Israeli missile strike against sites in central Syria earlier on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported. ... read..

Cambodia to host 13th ASEM summit on Covid recovery, multilateralism
Phnom Penh | Wednesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
Cambodia will organise the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit (ASEM13) on Thursday and Friday via video conference, the Foreign Ministry announced. ... read..

Israel not bound by possible new nuclear deal with Iran: PM
Tel Aviv | Wednesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that his country will not be bound by any new nuclear deal with Iran. ... read..

89th Interpol General Assembly begins in Istanbul
Istanbul | Wednesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The 89th General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has started in Turkey's financial and cultural hub Istanbul, with the aim to address global security threats. ... read..

Expo 2020 to host World Chess Championship for first time in Expo History: UAE Ambassador
By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi | November 24, 2021 5:17:17 PM IST
For the first time in Expo history, the Expo 2020 will host the World Chess Championship in which two world-class players go head-to-head, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to India Dr Ahmed Albanna said on Wednesday. ... read..

Pakistan government admits negligence in handling COVID-19 situation
Islamabad | November 24, 2021 5:17:14 PM IST
Pakistan Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on Tuesday admitted that the Imran Khan government was negligent in handling the COVID-19 situation in the country as the administration didn't import enough gas cargoes on time. ... read..

Turkey issues warrants for 112 soldiers over failed coup
Ankara | Wednesday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
Turkey launched massive operations against 112 soldiers and former military school students over their suspected links to a failed coup attempt in July 2016. ... read..

Two policemen killed in Pakistan's Peshawar
Islamabad | November 24, 2021 4:47:18 PM IST
At least two policemen were killed in a firing in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a media report on Wednesday. ... read..

India, France naval drill demonstrated top performance levels in anti-submarine, anti-ship warfare, says French Ambassador
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 4:47:12 PM IST
The naval drills between FNS Chevalier Paul and Indian Navy Ship Kolkata off India's coast demonstrated top performance levels in air defence, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, said Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain who attended the event. ... read..

Sweden gets its first female prime minister
Europe | November 24, 2021 4:47:11 PM IST
Stockholm [Sweden], November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): Swedish parliament elected on Wednesday Magdalena Andersson as the country's new Prime Minister, the first female PM in Swedish history. ... read..

Bangladesh's first native Covid vaccine Bangavax receives nod for human trials
Dhaka | November 24, 2021 4:17:17 PM IST
Bangladesh's first homegrown vaccine has received approval from the Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) for human trials. ... read..

Afghanistan: 257 media outlets closed in 100 days since Taliban takeover
Kabul | November 24, 2021 4:17:13 PM IST
At least 257 media outlets have closed in Afghanistan due to financial challenges as well as restrictions on the media since the Taliban take over Kabul in August, according to newly formed media watchdog, Nehad Rasana-e-Afghanistan (NAI). ... read..

S.Korea's birth rate at record low in Sep
Seoul | Wednesday, 2021 4:15:06 PM IST
The number of babies born in South Korea fell in September to a record low since data compilation began in 1981, it was revealed on Wednesday, underscoring the country's bleak demographic situation with the chronically low birth rate. ... read..

Covid situation in Seoul area urgent: PM
Seoul | Wednesday, 2021 4:15:05 PM IST
South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Wednesday the country's Covid-19 situation is worse than expected, especially in the capital area, urging health authorities to beef up containment measures. ... read..

US donates 16.8 million COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses to Bangladesh
Dhaka | November 24, 2021 3:48:09 PM IST
Another 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer has been provided to Bangladesh by the US. ... read..

Putin's visit to India clouds timing of India-US ministerial dialogue
New York | Wednesday, 2021 3:45:05 PM IST
The timing of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue of the top diplomats and defence heads of India and the US that was expected to take place early next month is now under a cloud of uncertainty because of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi. ... read..

Hong Kong holds int'l conference on technological developments, investment opportunities in healthcare
Asia | November 24, 2021 3:18:15 PM IST
Hong Kong, November 24 (ANI/Xinhua): The Asia Summit on Global Health (ASGH) opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday under the theme of "Shaping a Resilient and Sustainable Future." ... read..

Pak unable to digest Captain Abhinandan shot down their frontline aircraft with an outdated one: Indian Defence experts
New Delhi | November 24, 2021 3:17:59 PM IST
The conferment of Vir Chakra on Indian Air Force Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman came as a huge embarrassment to Pakistan, said Indian Defence experts pointing out that Pakistan could not digest the fact that despite flying an outdated aircraft- MiG-21 ... read..

Gazprom says not received Moldova's gas payment, 48-hour deadline expires on Wednesday
Asia | November 24, 2021 3:17:54 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], November 24 (ANI/Sputnik): The current payment for gas from Moldova has not yet been received, while the payment deadline after the notification made by Gazprom expires on Wednesday, Sergey Kupriyanov, Gazprom's spokesman, said. ... read..

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