Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Kenya's debt obligations towards China more than double in one year
Nairobi | May 20, 2022 6:25:49 PM IST
Kenya's debt obligations towards China have shot up by a staggering 135.15 per cent in the last one year on the back of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects in the African country. ... read..

Taiwan's voice needs to be heard internationally: Canadian PM
Ottawa | May 20, 2022 6:25:45 PM IST
Reiterating Canada's support for Taiwan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Ottawa's longstanding position was to ensure Taipei's voice was heard in multilateral forums. ... read..

China's State Council appoints John Lee as Hong Kong Chief Executive
Asia | May 20, 2022 6:25:33 PM IST
China's State Council, which is equivalent to the country's cabinet on Friday appointed John Lee as the next chief executive of Hong Kong, after a dubious election on May 8 in which Lee was the sole candidate. ... read..

Nepal, China BRI projects show no progress even after 5 years: Report
Kathmandu | May 20, 2022 6:25:26 PM IST
The Belt and Road Initiative agreement signed between Nepal and China have crossed the 5-year mark, however, even after so many years have passed the BRI projects are nowhere to be seen on the horizon, reported The Kathmandu Post. ... read..

China using coercion, economic offers in S America to undermine Taiwan's diplomatic presence
Beijing | May 20, 2022 6:25:22 PM IST
China is using a combination of economic offers and coercive diplomacy to undermine Taiwan's diplomatic presence in South America, according to a recent media report. ... read..

Pakistan FM Bilawal Bhutto to embark on maiden visit to China tomorrow
Islamabad | May 20, 2022 5:24:14 PM IST
Pakistan's recently appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is scheduled to embark on his maiden two-day visit to China on Saturday at the invitation of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. ... read..

WHO to convene emergency meeting over monkeypox outbreak
Washington | May 20, 2022 5:24:07 PM IST
The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to convene an emergency meeting of experts to discuss the latest outbreak of monkeypox in wake of rapidly rising cases, according to Russian media. ... read..

4 injured in random stabbing attack in Norway
Europe | May 20, 2022 4:24:09 PM IST
Oslo [Norway], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): At least four people were injured, with one in critical condition, during a random stabbing attack on Friday in Numedal, a river valley 84 km southeast of Norway's capital city of Oslo, local police said. ... read..

Baloch activists protest in London, asks UN to intervene in Balochistan
London | May 20, 2022 3:55:39 PM IST
The Baloch National Movement (BNM) has staged a demonstration outside the British Prime Minister's residence in London. ... read..

Deal in Vienna within reach if US acts 'logically': Iran
Middle East | May 20, 2022 3:24:37 PM IST
Tehran [Iran], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): If the United States acts "logically," an agreement in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal will be within reach, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday. ... read..

Taiwan expresses regret over no World Health Assembly invitation
Taipei City | May 20, 2022 3:24:17 PM IST
Taiwan has expressed regret that the island is yet to receive an invitation to the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), scheduled to take place in Geneva. ... read..

Lahore HC issues notices to Hamza Shehbaz on petitions filed by PTI, PML-Q against CM elections
Lahore | May 20, 2022 2:55:03 PM IST
The Lahore High Court on Friday issued notices to Punjab chief minister Hamza Shehbaz and four others on separate petitions filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q's leader and Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhary Parvez Elahi requesting the co ... read..

No plans for Biden, Erdogan to talk over issues about Sweden, Finland NATO bid: Sullivan
Europe | May 20, 2022 2:54:50 PM IST
Washington [US], May 20 (ANI/Sputnik): There are currently no plans for US President Joe Biden to consult with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Ankara's security concerns regarding Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in NAT ... read..

UN mission urges Lebanon, Israel to resolve rifts through tripartite meetings
Middle East | May 20, 2022 2:54:40 PM IST
Beirut [Lebanon], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Thursday called on Lebanon and Israel to use the tripartite meetings to find win-win solutions to the contentious issues along their border. ... read..

Uyghur university lecturer confirmed detained in China's Xinjiang region
Xinjiang | May 20, 2022 2:54:19 PM IST
A Uyghur lecturer from a university in northwestern China's Xinjiang region has been sentenced to prison for "disregarding" the national language, a media report said. ... read..

Will walk the talk on terrorism, claims Bilawal Bhutto in US as Pak stays in FATF grey list
Washington | May 20, 2022 1:24:58 PM IST
While Pakistan faces grim economic prospects with the country languishing in the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto sought to impress upon the international audience that the newly-appointed Shebaz Sharif ... read..

China's illegal rosewood trade with Mali under probe
Bamako | May 20, 2022 1:24:41 PM IST
China's illegal and unsustainable trade in rosewood from Mali has fueled corruption and has been used as a conduit for ivory trafficking in West Africa, a new investigation has shown. ... read..

Sri Lanka: Nine new cabinet ministers take oath amid political, economic turmoil
Colombo | May 20, 2022 1:24:35 PM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday administered oath to nine new cabinet ministers as political instability and economic crisis continue to affect the island nation. ... read..

Former Chinese provincial legislator arrested for suspected bribery
Beijing | May 20, 2022 12:26:40 PM IST
Gong Jianhua, former vice chairman of the standing committee of Jiangxi Provincial People's Congress, has been arrested on suspicion of bribery, a media report said on Friday. ... read..

Security breach incidents surge in Afghanistan
Kabul | May 20, 2022 12:26:37 PM IST
At least 12 security breach incidents, including targeted killings, clashes and a blast, occurred across Afghanistan in the last few days, according to Afghan Peace Watch. ... read..

Nepal reports first African swine fever outbreak
Kathmandu | May 20, 2022 11:25:35 AM IST
Nepal has reported its first cases of African swine fever in pigs, according to the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health. ... read..

Biden announces another USD 100 million military assistance to Ukraine
Washington | May 20, 2022 10:54:18 AM IST
US President Joe Biden on Thursday authorized another USD 100 million in security assistance to Ukraine, following the passage of the USD 40 billion Ukraine aid bill by Congress, US Department of Defence said in a press statement. ... read..

Pakistan bans import of non-essential luxury items to 'stabilize economy'
Islamabad | May 20, 2022 10:24:51 AM IST
Pakistan has announced a ban on the import of 38 non-essential luxury items under 'emergency economic plan' amid the record fall of country's currency against the US dollar, on account of the rising import bill, and depleting foreign exchange reserves. ... read..

Malaysia reports 2,124 new COVID-19 infections, 3 new deaths
Asia | May 20, 2022 10:24:45 AM IST
Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): Malaysia recorded 2,124 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Thursday, bringing the total tally to 4,485,419, according to the health ministry. ... read..

US citizen, four Chinese intelligence officers charged with spying on dissidents
Washington | May 20, 2022 9:56:06 AM IST
A US citizen and four officials from China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) were charged in an indictment, unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, with conspiracy and other charges related to an espionage and transnational repression scheme. ... read..

'Ghani was no Zelenskyy', Ukraine resistance captured Western imagination: US expert
Washington | May 20, 2022 9:56:02 AM IST
Since the start of Russian invasion of Ukraine in the Last week of February, comparisons are being drawn between two major events of contemporary history that is greatly impacting the global geopolitics. ... read..

UN rights chief Bachelet decries Taliban's decision to dissolve Human Rights Commission
Kabul | May 20, 2022 8:54:49 AM IST
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned Taliban's decision to dissolve the Human Rights Commission and expressed concerns over the grave human rights situation in Afghanistan. ... read..

NATO chief vows to settle Turkey's concerns over expansion
Europe | May 20, 2022 8:24:13 AM IST
Copenhagen [Denmark], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), on Thursday pledged to address Turkey's concerns on Finland's and Sweden's applications to join the military alliance. ... read..

South Korea reports 25,125 new COVID-19 cases
Asia | May 20, 2022 7:55:05 AM IST
Seoul [South Korea], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): South Korea reported 25,125 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 17,914,957, the health authorities said Friday. ... read..

Wildfires near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant pose no radioactive threat: IAEA
Europe | May 20, 2022 7:23:54 AM IST
Vienna [Austria], May 20 (ANI/Xinhua): Wildfires near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant do not pose a radioactive threat, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday. ... read..

Canada to ban Huawei, ZTE from 5G, 4G networks
Toronto | May 20, 2022 6:54:06 AM IST
The Canadian government will ban the Chinese telecommunications giant companies Huawei and ZTE from its 5G and 4G wireless networks. ... read..

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines PM, Prime Minister Modi shares 'good' friendship
Kingstown | May 20, 2022 6:54:04 AM IST
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi share a good friendship and get along very well. ... read..

Russian Foreign Minister participates in BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting
Moscow | May 20, 2022 6:54:00 AM IST
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov participated in the BRICS Foreign Ministers on Thursday through video conferencing, Embassy said in a press release. ... read..

Sri Lanka PM appoints former Maldives President Nasheed to coordinate relief efforts
Colombo | May 20, 2022 5:53:50 AM IST
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed former Maldives President and Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Nasheed on Thursday to coordinate the relief efforts for the island nation. ... read..

Balochistan: Give Rights campaign to participate in civic election
Quetta | May 20, 2022 5:25:02 AM IST
Leader of the 'Give Rights campaign' and provincial General-Secretary of Jamaat e Islami Balochistan, Moulana Hidayat Ur Rahman Baloch has announced that his party will take full part in the civic election. ... read..

Pakistan: Buzdar govt used tricks to acquire land for Imran Khan's Namal foundation in Punjab
Islamabad | May 20, 2022 4:54:06 AM IST
Pakistan's Punjab province on Wednesday withdrew its March 5, 2021 notification, which was issued to acquire the 6,508 kanals of Shamlat land (jointly owned by the community) in Mianwali for the Namal Education Foundation, a trust chaired by former Prime ... read..

'Tarbooz politics' in Pak: Politician distributes watermelons with his name carved on them
Lahore | Friday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
As people across Pakistan are reeling under sweltering heat, a Lahore-based politician came up with a novel and cheap idea to help them in their efforts to stay cool. ... read..

Since my Delhi visit, uptake in India-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ties: PM Ralph Gonsalves
Kingstown | May 20, 2022 3:54:40 AM IST
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that since his visit to India in September 2019, Delhi-Kingstown relationship has seen an amazing uptake and people have seen the benefit. ... read..

TTP-Pakistan talks facilitated by Afghan Taliban succeed in extending ceasefire
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
Crucial negotiations held between Pakistan and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Kabul have been successful, as a mutually-decided agreement of a ceasefire extension has been reached at the end the week-long talks. ... read..

US claims Taliban may loose restrictions on Al-Qaeda
Kabul | May 20, 2022 2:53:56 AM IST
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) assessed that the Taliban may loose its restriction on the Al-Qaeda over the next 12 to 24 months and will allow them the greater freedom of movement and the 'ability to train, travel, and potentially re-establish an exter ... read..

Taliban's Haqqani says 'naughty women' should stay home
Kabul | Friday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
A senior Taliban official has repeated the group's as-yet-unfulfilled pledge to allow girls back into high schools, saying there would be "good news soon", but suggested that women who protested the regime's restrictions on women's rights should stay home ... read..

Pakistan to slap ban on import of 50 luxury items
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
In an effort to curb the escalating import bill, the Pakistan government has decided to slap a ban on the import of at least 50 luxury items. ... read..

India stood with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during pandemic, says President Kovind
Kingston | May 20, 2022 1:54:18 AM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that India has always stood with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) people even during the COVID pandemic, and sent the made in India vaccine last year. ... read..

Protest over arrest of Baloch woman in Pakistan
Quetta | May 20, 2022 1:54:16 AM IST
A group of people staged a protest in front of the Quetta Press Club against the arrest of Noor Jehan from Balochistan's Turbat by the Counter-Terrorist Department. ... read..

36 countries including US urge UN members to keep food markets open, avoid export bans
New York | May 20, 2022 1:25:05 AM IST
The US and several other countries on Thursday urged members of the UN to keep their "food and agricultural markets" open and "to avoid unjustified restrictive measures, such as export bans on food or fertilizer". ... read..

US visit of Pak Foreign Minister attracts protests amongst Afghan diaspora
Kabul | May 19, 2022 11:54:30 PM IST
In the wake of Pakistan's recently appointed Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's visit to the UN and the USA, Afghan Americans staged a demonstration in front of the UN and the Times Square on Wednesday opposing Bilawal's visit. ... read..

Nepali Congress takes lead in local bodies' election
Kathmandu | May 19, 2022 11:54:24 PM IST
The counting of votes for local bodies' election in Nepal has been completed, with Nepali Congress under the leadership of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba taking the lead. ... read..

President Kovind, Prime Minister Ralph E Gonsalves witness signing of agreements
Kingston | May 19, 2022 11:24:42 PM IST
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E Gonsalves witnessed the signing of agreements between the two countries on Thursday. ... read..

Israel doctors go on strike over violence in hospital
Asia | May 19, 2022 11:24:34 PM IST
Tel Aviv [Israel], May 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Israel's hospital doctors launched a 24-hour warning strike on Thursday morning, said the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), which represents about 95 percent of the doctors in the country. ... read..

India's Ambassador meets Comoros's FM Dhoihir Dhoulkamal, discusses bilateral ties
Moroni | May 19, 2022 11:24:31 PM IST
India's Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros Abhay Kumar on Thursday met the Island country's Foreign Minister Dhoihir Dhoulkamal and reviewed the progress made in bilateral ties between the two countries. ... read..

KTR holds series of meetings with top leadership of various companies in London
London | May 19, 2022 11:24:29 PM IST
Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday held a series of meetings with the top leadership of various companies in London. ... read..

KTR meets GSK Consumer Health head, discusses company's expansion plans in Telangana
London | May 19, 2022 11:24:27 PM IST
Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday held a meeting with Global R&D Head GSK Consumer Health, Franck Riot and discussed the expansion plans of GlaxoSmithKline, a healthcare company, for the state. ... read..

MoS Muraleedharan, Zambian counterpart discuss issues covering gamut of bilateral cooperation
New York | May 19, 2022 11:24:25 PM IST
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan engaged in discussions with the Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Minister of Zambia, Stanley Kakubo on Thursday on the sidelines of the high-level Ministerial meeting on "Global F ... read..

MoS Muraleedharan interects with Zambian Minister Stanley Kakubo on sidelines of Ministerial Meeting
New York | May 19, 2022 11:24:23 PM IST
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan interected with Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister of Zambia Stanley Kakubo on the sidelines of Ministerial Meeting on "Global Food Security- Call to Action." ... read..

MoS Muraleedharan calls for 'global collective action' on food security at UNSC
New York | May 19, 2022 11:24:22 PM IST
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday highlighted the adverse impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war on the developing world, and called for a "global collective action" to address the looming food crisis as well as ec ... read..

Tibetans, monks forced to move away for Chinese power plant construction
Beijing | May 19, 2022 11:24:20 PM IST
China's oppression over Tibet continues to be a cause of worry for Tibetans as the residents of a Tibetan village in northwestern China's Qinghai province accompanied by monks living in a nearby monastery are being forced to move away from their homes to ... read..

Biden embarks for Asia with clear focus on China
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | May 19, 2022 11:24:16 PM IST
US President Joe Biden boarded the Air Force 1 on Thursday (local time) afternoon and is en route for Seoul to embark on a visit to South Korea and Japan -- a trip that the White House says "comes at a pivotal moment" for his foreign policy agenda. ... read..

Initial step in collaboration and cooperation across multiple sectors: Jamaican High Commissioner to India on President Kovind's visit
Kingston | May 19, 2022 9:54:00 PM IST
Jason Keats, High commissioner of Jamaica to India expressed his gratitude to President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to Jamaica, asserting that "it is just the initial step of collaboration and cooperation across multiple sectors" between the two nati ... read..

US President Biden welcomes Sweden, Finland applications to NATO
Washington | May 19, 2022 9:53:52 PM IST
US President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the application by Sweden and Finland to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) saying that it was a momentous day and that his government extends "full, total, complete backing" to the decision made ... read..

Jaishankar highlights eight key points during BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting
New Delhi | May 19, 2022 9:53:43 PM IST
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday participated in the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting and highlighted eight key points including Ukraine issue, socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..

Pak government challenges Islamabad HC order on Baloch student grievances
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 9:24:22 PM IST
The Pakistan federal government on Wednesday challenged the Islamabad High Court to suspend its April 28 single-bench order regarding the formation of a separate commission on addressing complaints of harassment by Baloch students. ... read..

7.3 magnitude quake hits Macquarie Island region
US | May 19, 2022 8:54:38 PM IST
Sydney [Australia], May 19 (ANI/Xinhua): An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolted the Macquarie Island region at 1013 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. ... read..

Sri Lanka: Protestors gather outside President Secretary's office over acute economic crisis
Colombo | May 19, 2022 8:54:35 PM IST
With their country in the grips of a devastating economic crisis, frustrated protesters accumulated outside Sri Lanka's President Secretary's office on Thursday amidst large scale security deployment in place. ... read..

Central Asian countries raise concerns on terror threat from Afghanistan
Moscow | May 19, 2022 8:54:31 PM IST
Central Asian countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) on Monday expressed a unanimous view that Afghanistan remains "a serious destabilising factor" in the region during the alliance's meeting in Moscow. ... read..

Monitoring the situation, talks on: MEA on reports of second Chinese bridge over Pangong Tso lake
New Delhi | May 19, 2022 8:54:29 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that it was monitoring the situation after reports claimed that the Chinese side was constructing a second bridge over the Pangong Tso Lake in the Union Territory of Ladakh. ... read..

Pakistan rupee crashes to all-time low against USD
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 8:23:41 PM IST
Pakistan's currency plunged to the lowest ever level on Wednesday, as the US dollar for the first time in Islamabad's history went beyond PKR200 benchmark in open market. ... read..

Pak: Punjab CM Hamza Shehbaz in trouble as Opposition plans his 'ouster'
Lahore | May 19, 2022 7:58:17 PM IST
Punjab Assembly Speaker Parvez Elahi and former federal minister Moonis Elahi of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), on Wednesday, reviewed the joint strategy meeting to oust CM Hamza Shehbaz with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf's Punjab leaders at their reside ... read..

Rights group condemns killing of Ahmadi man in Pakistan's Punjab
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:58:07 PM IST
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday condemned the brutal murder of an Ahmadi man in Punjab province who was reportedly stabbed to death by a fanatic. ... read..

India should increase naval capabilities to counter Chinese threat in Indian Ocean: Expert
Naypyidaw | May 19, 2022 7:57:56 PM IST
China is closing in on India to get greater access to the Indian Ocean from ports in Myanmar, said a keen observer of China-Myanmar relations, who underlined that New Delhi should increase its naval capabilities to counter that. ... read..

US special envoy meets Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Dharamshala
Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) | May 19, 2022 7:57:48 PM IST
US special coordinator for Tibetan affairs Uzra Zeya met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Dharamshala on Thursday. ... read..

Pakistani rupee hits double century against USD, breaks all previous records
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:57:39 PM IST
The Pakistani rupee dropped to a new historic low in the interbank market amid increasing political pressure on the government to announce an early election. ... read..

Human rights crisis in Hong Kong makes Taiwan 'safe haven' for runaways
Beijing | May 19, 2022 7:57:37 PM IST
Following the shrinkage of democracy since Beijing clamped the stringent National Security Law in Hong kong, people fighting for their freedom have been escaping in boats to Taiwan to look for a safe haven. ... read..

3 injured as blast hits northern Afghanistan
Balkh | May 19, 2022 7:57:35 PM IST
At least three people sustained injuries following a blast in the Balkh province's Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday. ... read..

Chinese economy continues to face pressure due to COVID, Russia-Ukraine conflict
Beijing | May 19, 2022 7:57:27 PM IST
Chinese economy is under pressure due to stringent curbs to curtail the COVID pandemic, which is adversely affecting production capacity and other logistics. ... read..

US Senate confirms Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine
Washington | May 19, 2022 7:57:16 PM IST
The US Senate by unanimous consent approved Bridget Brink to be America's ambassador to Ukraine. ... read..

'...unjustified invasion of Iraq, I mean of Ukraine': George Bush in another goof-up
Washington | May 19, 2022 7:57:10 PM IST
Former US president George W. Bush on Thursday referred to Russia's Ukraine invasion as the "Iraq War" in a speech slip-up, that caught the eye of the people on the internet. ... read..

Chinese people 'unhappy' under Xi Jinping's authoritarian regime
Beijing | May 19, 2022 7:57:04 PM IST
Chinese citizens continue to remain in an unhappy state and face the totalitarian regime of the Chinese Communist Party while it openly declares its dominance of the legal system and also rejects judicial independence. ... read..

US diplomat Donald Blome takes oath as US envoy to Pakistan
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:56:39 PM IST
Senior US diplomat Donald Blome on Thursday took oath as new US envoy to Pakistan, media reports said. ... read..

High Commission asks Indians living in Sri Lanka to register
Colombo | May 19, 2022 7:56:35 PM IST
India on Thursday asked all its citizens living in crisis-hit Sri Lanka to register themselves at the High Commission. ... read..

Sri Lankan govt medical officers warn of trade union action over pay cuts, drugs shortage
By Ashoke Raj

Colombo | May 19, 2022 7:56:33 PM IST
Health services may be disrupted after fuel and gas shortages in Sri Lanka, said the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) of the country if the salaries of health workers are cut during this severe crisis. ... read..

Afghanistan: TV presenters to cover faces, Taliban issue another decree
Kabul | May 19, 2022 7:56:29 PM IST
In another new decree on Thursday, the Taliban directed all-female presenters working on all TV channels to cover their faces while presenting programs, TOLOnews tweeted. ... read..

Tie-Up with Judiciary to set Pak generals supremacy back in motion
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:56:24 PM IST
Ahead of the upcoming elections, Pakistani Army is trying to maintain a good rapport with judiciary to maintain its supremacy at any cost while keeping the possibility of early elections in mind amid the political turmoil in the country. ... read..

Azerbaijan, Lithuania sign pact to boost bilateral relations
Middle East | May 19, 2022 7:56:18 PM IST
Baku [Azerbaijan], May 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Azerbaijan and Lithuania on Wednesday inked a pact aimed at enhancing bilateral relations in a number of areas. ... read..

Sindh human rights group to protest outside UN office over water crisis
New York | May 19, 2022 7:55:53 PM IST
Amid the ongoing water shortage in Pakistan leading to a tense standoff between the provinces of Punjab and Sindh, a human rights group, Jeay Sindh Freedom Movement (JSFM) has called for protests against the crisis in front of the UN office in New York. ... read..

Sri Lanka PM assures parliament of sufficient fuel stocks till mid-June
Colombo | May 19, 2022 7:55:49 PM IST
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday assured the country's lawmakers that the island nation has been able to secure sufficient stocks of diesel and petrol which will last till mid-June. ... read..

Rwanda boosts COVID-19 economic recovery fund with 250 mln USD
Others | May 19, 2022 7:55:28 PM IST
Kigali [Rwanda], May 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Rwanda has announced an additional 250 million US dollars for the Economic Recovery Fund as part of the country's efforts to support the recovery of businesses severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..

International conference cancelled at Karachi University due to security threat
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:55:25 PM IST
The International Conference at Karachi University has been cancelled due to security situation, the Registrar of the university said on Thursday. ... read..

Surge in terrorist attacks in Pakistan's North Waziristan
North Waziristan | May 19, 2022 7:55:19 PM IST
Terrorist activities are on the surge in Pakistan border areas, especially in the North Waziristan district, according to the country's vernacular media. ... read..

Indonesia to lift ban on palm oil exports from Monday
Jakarta | May 19, 2022 7:55:11 PM IST
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday announced the lifting of the country's three-week-long ban on Palm oil exports from coming Monday following protests by farmers in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday. ... read..

Pakistani delegation pays respects at Hazrat Nizamuddin shrine in New Delhi
New Delhi | May 19, 2022 7:55:05 PM IST
A religious delegation from Pakistan accompanied by the country's charge d'affaires in New Delhi Aftab Hasan Khan visited and paid their respects at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi on Thursday. ... read..

Window of opportunity for improvement of Pakistan-India ties: Report
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 7:55:00 PM IST
After decades of exploiting anti-Indian nationalism for partisan interests, there seems to be a window of opportunity for improving the ties between India and Pakistan, said South Asian Democratic Forum members. ... read..

Unidentified men kill intelligence bureau officer in Pakistan's Peshawar
Peshawar | May 19, 2022 7:54:50 PM IST
An Intelligence Bureau officer was killed while another officer and his brother were injured after unidentified men opened fire on them in Pakistan's Peshawar, local media reported citing police. ... read..

PM Modi to attend QUAD summit in Japan next week
Tokyo | May 19, 2022 7:54:41 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tokyo to attend the QUAD leaders' summit on May 24, where he will be accompanied by his counterparts from Japan and Australia as well as US President Joe Biden. ... read..

UN chief urges nations to 'act urgently' to end global food insecurity
New York | May 19, 2022 10:53:57 AM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday underlined that hunger levels around the world are at "a new high" and made a call for action to fight the current surge in global food insecurity. ... read..

Biden's upcoming Asia visit to focus on Indo-Pacific
Washington | May 19, 2022 9:53:52 AM IST
US President Joe Biden is set to travel to Asia this week to reaffirm vital security alliances with South Korea and Japan and participate in the second in-person Quad Summit to reaffirm commitment for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. ... read..

Pakistan: Not lowering fuel subsidies till govt survival assured, PM Sharif tells allies
Islamabad | May 19, 2022 9:24:20 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after consultations with allies decided that the subsidy on oil prices would only be withdrawn if the National Security Committee unanimously guarantees the government's survival till August 2023. ... read..

'Operation Fly Formula': Biden invokes wartime act to address infant formula shortage
Washington | May 19, 2022 8:54:45 AM IST
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) invoked the Defense Production Act to ramp up the production of infant formula in the wake of growing safety concerns over quality of infant foods following death of two babies and subsequent shortage cause ... read..

Massachusetts public health officials confirm case of monkeypox
Boston (Massachusetts) | May 19, 2022 7:54:12 AM IST
The US' Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in an adult male with recent travel to Canada, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts said in a press release. ... read..

'One China' principle and 'One Country, Two Systems' policy are ironical
Beijing | May 19, 2022 6:54:12 AM IST
China's 'One China' Principle and its policy, 'One Country, Two Systems' are ironic to each other. The principle is a desire of China to occupy the island of Taiwan while its policy is a lullaby to promise that Hong Kong would enjoy the same democratic tr ... read..

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