Tuesday, May 24, 2022

PM Modi lays foundation of Buddhist cultural centre in Lumbini
Lumbini | May 16, 2022 12:55:02 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a Centre of Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, on the auspicious occasion of Buddha ... read..

Pakistan's Sindh province faces 'calamity' like situation due to water shortage
Islamabad | May 16, 2022 12:54:49 PM IST
Amid the recording-breaking temperature in the southeastern region of Pakistan, Sindh province is staring at a 'calamity' like situation due to a shortage of water. ... read..

Four-day SCO's anti-terror meet begins in India
Asia | May 16, 2022 12:24:57 PM IST
By Rajnish Singh ... read..

US, EU to jointly develop response to food challenges amid conflict in Ukraine: Official
US | May 16, 2022 12:24:48 PM IST
Washington [US], May 16 (ANI/Sputnik):The United States and the European Union will establish a policy dialogue within the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) to develop responses to potential global food challenges amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a ... read..

PM Modi offers prayers at Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini
Lumbini | May 16, 2022 11:54:30 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid a visit to Maya Devi Temple in Nepal's Lumbini, shortly after he landed in the Himalayan nation. ... read..

Neighbourhood First: PM Modi arrives in Lumbini in a boost to India-Nepal ties
Lumbini | May 16, 2022 11:27:38 AM IST
In furtherance of India's 'Neighbourhood First' policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Nepal's Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti. ... read..

Indian diaspora hopes Prez Kovind's Jamaica visit will boost diplomatic ties
Kingston | May 16, 2022 11:27:36 AM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind was given a rousing welcome on reaching Jamaica by the Indian diaspora. ... read..

Sweden to oppose deployment of NATO nuclear weapons, military bases: Ruling Party
Asia | May 16, 2022 11:27:34 AM IST
Moscow [Russia], May 16 (ANI/Sputnik): The ruling Swedish Social Democratic Party said on Sunday that it would oppose the deployment of NATO nuclear weapons and military bases on its territory should the country join the alliance. ... read..

Astronomers capture image of black hole at center of the Milky Way
Asia | May 16, 2022 10:54:22 AM IST
Daejeon [South Korea], May 16 (ANI/Global Economic):Astronomers snapped an image of a supermassive black hole for the first time in history. This is the second result of the research team since 2019, when it presented a picture of the M87 black hole. The ... read..

Chinese teachers of Confucius Institute leave Pakistan
Islamabad | May 16, 2022 10:54:18 AM IST
China has recalled instructors teaching at the Confucius Institute of the University of Karachi, who left for their country, weeks after the Karachi blast resulted in the death of three Chinese nationals. ... read..

Sri Lanka: Failing economy forces auto drivers to sell flags at Galle Face
By Ashoke Raj

Colombo | May 16, 2022 10:26:07 AM IST
Sri Lanka is facing a large-scale economic crisis, a level of economic emergency of unprecedented nature, with nationwide anti-government protests demanding the resignation of the country's president Gotabaya Rajpaksa. ... read..

UN chief appalled by racist shooting in Buffalo, New York
New York | May 16, 2022 10:26:03 AM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appalled by Saturday's killing of 10 people in a vile act of racist violent extremism in Buffalo, New York, his deputy spokesman said Sunday. ... read..

UN Mission discusses meaningful peace with Afghan reform council
Kabul | May 16, 2022 9:24:09 AM IST
The UN Mission in Afghanistan met with Afghanistan Reform and Consultative Council on Sunday and discussed proposals to promote tolerance and secure meaningful peace in the country. ... read..

India to host key SCO anti-terror meet today
New Delhi | May 16, 2022 8:53:55 AM IST
India is set to host a Regional Anti-Terror Structure (RATS) talks under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in New Delhi on Monday. ... read..

China logs 140 new local COVID-19 cases, 69 in Shanghai
Asia | May 16, 2022 8:53:51 AM IST
The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 140 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 69 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission's report on Monday. ... read..

US: Two die, several injured in flea market Texas shootout
Texas | May 16, 2022 8:24:15 AM IST
Two people died and several others were injured in a shootout near a north Harris County flea market Sunday afternoon, police said. ... read..

PM Modi to lay foundation stone for Centre of Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Nepal's Lumbini today
New Delhi | May 16, 2022 7:24:05 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the construction of a unique centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage within the Lumbini Monastic Zone during his official visit to Nepal's Lumbini on Monday on the occasion of Vaishakha Buddh ... read..

Will Sunday's elections weaken Hezbollah's grip on Lebanon?
By John Solomou

Nicosia | May 16, 2022 7:24:01 AM IST
Lebanon, a country plagued by state mismanagement and rampant corruption, the currency of which lost 90 per cent of its value and 80 per cent of its population live below the poverty line, on Sunday had its first elections since 2018. ... read..

Singapore President launches new Indian organisation
Asia | May 16, 2022 7:23:59 AM IST
Last week, at an event attended by Indian business and community leaders, a new Indian organisation in Singapore was born. The Federation of Singapore Indian Organizations or FSIO under the auspices of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ... read..

President Kovind's four-day Jamaica visit commences today with rousing welcome by Indian diaspora
By Suchitra Mukherjee

Kingston | May 16, 2022 6:54:02 AM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a four-day visit to Jamaica arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he recieved a rosuing welcome from the Jamaicans and the Indian diaspora. ... read..

US: One killed, five injured in California church shooting
California | May 16, 2022 6:53:58 AM IST
One person was killed, and five others were injured in a shooting on Sunday at a church in the western US state of California, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. The shooting happened at the church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road in the City ... read..

PM Modi leads slew of ambitious water projects to conserve water, secure future
Jeddah | May 16, 2022 5:53:58 AM IST
Recognizing the urgency of water conservation along with a goal to provide tap water connections in all rural households in India, the national government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a slew of ambitious water projects. ... read..

Somali lawmakers proceed to final third round to elect new president
Others | May 16, 2022 4:23:50 AM IST
Mogadishu [Somalia], May 16 (ANI/Xinhua): Somalia is proceeding to the third and final round of voting for the election of the nation's tenth president after the previous two rounds of voting by lawmakers failed to elect a new president. Four presidential ... read..

India plays the field as a swing state. But for how long? (Pit Stop in Washington DC)
Washington | Monday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
As the war in Ukraine intensified, the number of foreign political leaders descending on New Delhi shot up - current and former Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, National Security officials and top diplomats. One foreign policy expert crowed that with t ... read..

Blinken discusses global food insecurity stemming from Ukraine war with French counterpart
Paris | May 16, 2022 3:54:17 AM IST
Ahead of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council ministerial meeting (TTC), US State Secretary Antony Blinken on Sunday met with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris-Saclay, France where both the leaders highlighted the need to 'confront' glo ... read..

Imran says Bilawal to 'beg' money from Blinken during his US visit
Islamabad | May 16, 2022 3:54:15 AM IST
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will "beg" for money from US Secretary Antony Blinken during former's visit to the US next week so that he (Imran Khan) could not come back into power. ... read..

Blinken discusses Ukraine, Iran nuclear deal with German, French, UK counterparts
Berlin | May 16, 2022 2:53:36 AM IST
On the sidelines of the NATO Foreign Ministerial meet, US State Secretary Antony Blinken on Sunday (local time) met with his counterparts from Germany, UK and France in Berlin where they discussed the Ukraine situation and the ongoing negotiation with Ira ... read..

Blinken emphasizes on significance of Indo-Pacific economic framework during meeting with Indonesian counterpart
Washington | May 16, 2022 2:53:34 AM IST
US State Secretary Antony Blinken during the US-ASEAN Special Summit met with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi where he highlighted the importance of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, women's rights in Afghanistan and possible collaboration bet ... read..

Hong Kong continues tracing COVID-19 through sewage surveillance
Asia | May 16, 2022 2:23:35 AM IST
Hong Kong, May 16 (ANI) Hong Kong on Sunday announced that the COVID-19 virus continues to be detected in sewage samples from some areas in the city, indicating that there may be hidden cases in premises in these areas. ... read..

Bilawal Bhutto to embark on visit to US, China, Switzerland next week
Islamabad | May 16, 2022 1:54:59 AM IST
Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will embark on a visit to US, China and Switzerland next week where he will hold meetings with his counterparts in addition to attending a meeting of the World Economic Forum. ... read..

Pakistan: Shaukat Tarin takes potshot at Shehbaz Govt for its 'confusion' over subsidy
Islamabad | May 16, 2022 1:54:57 AM IST
Taking a jibe at contradictory statements given by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government on fuel subsidy, the former Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that the government has no policy and is utterly confused in ... read..

1 killed, 5 injured in Indonesian oil refinery fire
Asia | May 15, 2022 11:54:17 PM IST
Jakarta [Indonesia], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): One person was killed and five others wounded as an oil refinery operated by an Indonesian state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina caught fire in Balikpapan town of East Kalimantan province on Sunday, a rescuer ... read..

NATO discusses membership of Finland, Sweden in Berlin
Berlin | May 15, 2022 11:54:15 PM IST
NATO Foreign Ministers met in Berlin on Sunday to discuss the possible membership application of Finland and Sweden as well as to reaffirm NATO's support for Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion. ... read..

Myanmar reports 4 new COVID-19 cases
Asia | May 15, 2022 11:54:09 PM IST
Yangon [Myanmar], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Myanmar reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally in the country to 613,140, according to the Ministry of Health on Sunday. ... read..

Sweden, Finland proposed talks with Turkey over joining NATO: FM
Others | May 15, 2022 11:54:04 PM IST
Ankara [Turkey], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Sweden and Finland proposed to work with Turkey on the "security guarantees" that Ankara has demanded over their plans to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. ... read..

Imran Khan asks his supporters to get justice if he is killed
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 11:53:56 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told his supporters at Faisalabad rally on Sunday to get justice for him if he is killed and asked whether the new PML-N-led coalition government could handle the already ailing economy. ... read..

PM Modi to visit Nepal's Lumbini tomorrow on Buddha Jayanti
New Delhi | May 15, 2022 11:25:20 PM IST
On the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Lumbini in Nepal on Monday at the invitation of Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba. ... read..

SLFP will support formation of new govt: Former Sri Lankan President informs PM
Colombo | May 15, 2022 11:25:18 PM IST
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Leader Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday in a letter to newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that his party will support the formation of a new government with the Prime Minister. ... read..

Places where citizens can gather, pray, discuss developments shrinking in Hong Kong
| May 15, 2022 11:25:08 PM IST
A small group on Sunday gathered near an altar at the Hong Kong Government headquarters and prayed for the activists and protesters arrested in the city. But now spaces where citizens can gather, pray and discuss developments are growing scarce in Hong Ko ... read..

UN stands with Sri lanka, hopes for peaceful recovery from current crisis
Colombo | May 15, 2022 11:25:02 PM IST
Admiring the resilience shown by the Sri Lankan people, the United Nations said that it stands with the people and hopes for a peaceful recovery from the current crisis, local media reported. ... read..

NATO Madrid Summit in June to assess future NATO-Russia ties: Blinken
Berlin | May 15, 2022 11:25:00 PM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday the summit between NATO leaders in June will assess the military alliance's future relationship with Russia, which has soured since the start of "military operation" in Ukraine. ... read..

Egypt suffers USD 7 billion losses due to conflict in Ukraine
| May 15, 2022 11:24:57 PM IST
Cairo [Egypt], May 15 (ANI/Sputnik): Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Sunday that the Egyptian economy had suffered 130 billion Egyptian pounds (USD 7 billion) in direct losses due to the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine. ... read..

Livestream of Buffalo mass shooting was removed from social media platform in less than 2 minutes
New York | May 15, 2022 11:24:51 PM IST
The social media platform on which the suspect, who shot 10 people and injured three others on Saturday in the Buffalo city in New York, live-streamed the grocery store massacre, was removed in less than two minutes after the violence started. ... read..

Blinken discusses security, economic aide with Kuleba in Berlin
Berlin | May 15, 2022 10:54:52 PM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the sidelines of NATO Foreign Ministerial meet in Berlin on Sunday and discussed security and economic assistance for Kyiv. ... read..

Over 600 families in Sri Lanka affected by floods, landslides
Colombo | May 15, 2022 10:54:50 PM IST
Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) on Sunday said that over 600 families in the Island nation have been affected by floods and landslides as the rainy weather prevails in the country. ... read..

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu offers condolences in UAE on former President Sheikh Khalifa's demise
Abu Dhabi | May 15, 2022 10:23:59 PM IST
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday visited the UAE and offered condolences on behalf of the Government of India on the demise of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. ... read..

'Lot to be done and undone': New Sri Lankan PM on severe financial crisis
Colombo | May 15, 2022 10:23:48 PM IST
Newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he will provide a full explanation of the financial crisis faced by the island nation on Monday, days after he was appointed as the prime minister in the midst of the violent protests ... read..

Uyghurs, Tibetans protest outside UN compound in Geneva
Geneva | May 15, 2022 9:55:17 PM IST
Ahead of Michelle Bachelet's visit, the UN's high commissioner for human rights in China's Xinjiang, about 20 Uyghurs, Tibetans and international human rights groups protested outside the United Nations compound in Geneva. ... read..

Finland's President says confused with Turkey opposing Helsinki's NATO membership
Europe | May 15, 2022 9:55:08 PM IST
Helsinki [Finland], May 15 (ANI/Sputnik): Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Sunday that he was confused with Ankara's reaction to Helsinki's intention to apply for NATO membership since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured him of supporti ... read..

Somali lawmakers vote to elect new president
Others | May 15, 2022 9:55:04 PM IST
Mogadishu [Somalia], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Somali lawmakers are voting on Sunday to pick the country's tenth president, finally ending the long-delayed electoral process. ... read..

Pak govt returned 'empty handed' from foreign trips, says former minister
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 9:24:22 PM IST
Attacking the new Pakistan Prime Minister, former federal minister and PTI leader Asad Umar on Sunday said Shehbaz Sharif returned "empty-handed" from trips seeking to secure financial support to prop up the country's failing economy. ... read..

Conspiracy being hatched to kill me, says Imran Khan
Sialkot | May 15, 2022 9:24:19 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched abroad to kill him and also said that he even recorded a video where he has called out the name of alleged conspirators. ... read..

China could drop nuclear bomb on Taiwan, predicts war game exercise
Taipei | May 15, 2022 9:24:13 PM IST
Taiwan has become a hot spot amid the Russia-Ukraine war and according to the latest cross-strait war game exercise China could end up dropping a nuclear weapon if it invades Taiwan. ... read..

India registers protest over 'brutal killing' of Sikh traders in Pakistan
New Delhi | May 15, 2022 8:23:43 PM IST
India on Sunday called upon Pakistan to take strict action against those responsible for the brutal killing of Sikh traders in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ... read..

Taiwan under global spotlight following Russia-Ukraine war: MoFA
Taipei | May 15, 2022 8:23:40 PM IST
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday said that the international community is paying more attention to Taiwan's values and the threat of a Chinese invasion following the Russia-Ukraine war. ... read..

India, Nepal to sign five MoUs during PM Modi's Lumbini visit
Kathmandu | May 15, 2022 8:23:38 PM IST
India and Nepal will be signing five Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lumbini on Monday. ... read..

Sri Lanka PM holds talks with World Bank, Asian Development Bank representatives
Colombo | May 15, 2022 8:23:36 PM IST
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday held discussions with the country's representatives of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) amid the ongoing economic crisis in the Island nation. ... read..

Taiwan is not part of China, says Canadian MP Michael Cooper
Taipei | May 15, 2022 7:55:07 PM IST
Canadian parliamentarian Michael Cooper stated Taiwan is not a part of China in the House of Commons in a clear discomfort to China. ... read..

G7 countries raise concern over unilateral actions by Beijing in East and South China Seas
London | May 15, 2022 7:55:05 PM IST
The Group of Seven nations G7 on Saturday reiterated the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific and raised concern over unilateral actions by Beijing in the East and South China Seas. ... read..

Pakistan continues to pursue policy of denial on harbouring terrorists: Report
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 7:23:57 PM IST
The Pakistani authorities continue to pursue a policy of denial when it comes to accepting the presence of terrorists operating on their soil, even as the world community is forcing the country to act on some key terrorists, a media reports said. ... read..

Pak ambassador to Italy sacked for harassing woman official
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 7:23:55 PM IST
Former Pakistan ambassador to Italy, Nadeem Riaz was sacked on Sunday for harassing a woman official in 2018. ... read..

Sri Lanka: More than 200 arrested over nationwide violence
Colombo | May 15, 2022 7:23:51 PM IST
Over 200 people have been arrested in Sri Lanka on various charges including violation of curfew, attacking the public and causing damages to public and private properties since Monday as the authorities try to bring order back to the Island nation hit by ... read..

Finland to apply for NATO membership
Helsinki | May 15, 2022 7:23:46 PM IST
Finland on Sunday announced that the country has agreed to join the alliance, a decision that is likely to perturb Russia, at a time when the Ukraine conflict is going on for over two months and resulted in significant losses on both sides. ... read..

Iran serious in Vienna talks, but not trusting 'enemy': nuclear negotiator
Others | May 15, 2022 7:23:44 PM IST
Tehran [Iran], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Iran's chief nuclear negotiator stressed on Sunday that although the Islamic republic is serious in the Vienna talks, it is determined not to trust "the enemy," according to Iran's Foreign Ministry. ... read..

Pakistan PM condemns killing of Sikh shopkeepers in Peshawar, orders inquiry
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 6:53:57 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday "strongly condemned" the killing of two Sikh shopkeepers in the city of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while also ordering a high-level inquiry into the incident. ... read..

Rights group condemns murder of two Sikh men in Peshawar
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 6:24:14 PM IST
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday condemned the murder of two Sikh men, who were gunned down in the city of Peshawar in Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. ... read..

G7 reiterates ISIS, Al-Qaeda continue to pose threat on global scale
Europe | May 15, 2022 6:24:08 PM IST
London [UK], May 15 (ANI) The Group of Seven (G7) countries on Saturday reiterated that Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda continue to pose threat on a global scale after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year. ... read..

Two die in election-related violence in Nepal
Kathmandu | May 15, 2022 5:53:58 PM IST
Two people were killed in election-related violence in Nepal as the votes continued to be counted on Sunday following the local bodies' election held across the Himalayan nation on Friday. ... read..

Pak Prime Minister arrives in UAE to express condolence on death of President Sheikh Khalifa
Abu Dhabi | May 15, 2022 5:53:48 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to express condolence on the demise of the President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. ... read..

Two Sikh shopkeepers shot dead in Pakistan's Peshawar
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 5:24:14 PM IST
Two Sikh shopkeepers were shot dead by unidentified assailants on early Sunday morning in Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. ... read..

Sri Lanka to probe reports on planned LTTE attack
Colombo | May 15, 2022 5:24:12 PM IST
Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has said that it will probe the reports on the planned attacks by the LTTE on Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day on May 18, a day observed by Sri Lankan Tamils to remember those who died in the final stages of the country's civil war ... read..

India delivers over 400,000 MT of fuel to Sri Lanka
Colombo | May 15, 2022 4:54:04 PM IST
Amid the worst economic crisis in Sri Lanka, India took another initiative to extend support and supplied 12 shipments and over 400,000 Metric Tones (MT) of fuel to the island nation. ... read..

Ties with Nepal are unparalleled, looking to build on it: PM Modi ahead of Lumbini visit
New Delhi | May 15, 2022 4:53:57 PM IST
A day ahead of his Nepal visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he looks forward to meeting Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba again after their productive discussions during his visit to India last month and to build on shared understanding in ... read..

Tourism collapse deepens Sri Lankan economic crisis, hospitality bears brunt
Colombo | May 15, 2022 3:25:39 PM IST
Tourism industry in Sri Lanka is severely affected as the country is gripped by a severe economic crisis. ... read..

Venkaiah Naidu reaches UAE to pay respect to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi | May 15, 2022 3:25:35 PM IST
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reached the UAE to pay respect to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who passed away on Friday. ... read..

PTI asks for special security permission for Imran Khan's arrival at Islamabad airport
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 3:25:33 PM IST
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman secretariat has penned down a letter to the aviation authority of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) asking for security protocol at the Islamabad airport for former Prime Minister Imran Khan, citing that t ... read..

Measures to curb looming economic crisis to be taken: Pak Finance Minister
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 3:25:31 PM IST
In a high-profile meeting on Saturday, the Finance Minister of Pakistan, Miftah Ismail affirmed measures to curb the outflow of foreign exchange from Pakistan through informal channels. ... read..

Amid complex COVID-19 situation, Beijing's Fangshan district issues stay-at-home order
Beijing | May 15, 2022 2:53:51 PM IST
As COVID-19 infections emerged in Beijing's Fangshan district, the local administration imposed stay-at-home order while also suspending bus, subway, and car-hailing services. ... read..

Finland, Sweden to fast-track to NATO if decide to join: German Foreign Minister
Europe | May 15, 2022 2:53:49 PM IST
Berlin [Germany], May 15 (ANI/Sputnik): NATO will fast-track membership applications of Sweden and Finland if they want to join the alliance, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Sunday. ... read..

Pakistan PM orders 'emergency' measures to curb cholera outbreak in Pir Koh
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 2:53:47 PM IST
As Pakistan's Pir Koh tehsil of the Dera Bugti district reels under the worst cholera outbreak, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has instructed the Pakistan federal and provincial governments to take necessary actions on an emergency basis to stop the spread ... read..

Advisories issued to citizens, education institutions amid 'severe' heatwave in Pakistan
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 2:53:39 PM IST
Pakistan's health authorities have issued advisories for people and educational institutions as the mercury shooting as high -- in some regions, it crossed 50 degrees Celsius. ... read..

Girl 'mysteriously' goes missing after Saddar blast in Pakistan
Karachi | May 15, 2022 2:23:44 PM IST
Pakistan's terror turmoil showed again as a 15-year-old girl mysteriously went missing after the blast that took place in the Saddar area. ... read..

Foreign Minister Kuleba's says Ukraine won't agree to alienation its territory
Berlin | May 15, 2022 2:23:36 PM IST
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has said that his goal is to supply as many weapons as possible to Ukraine in order to achieve the utmost sanctions against Russia, reported TASS. ... read..

May have to buy Twitter, Snoop Dogg jokes; Elon Musk joins fun trail
Washington | May 15, 2022 1:56:02 PM IST
There's no end to Twitter saga after billionaire Elon Musk's dramatic entry to buy out the micro-blogging site, with rapper Snoop Dogg too throwing his hat in the ring after the news broke out that Tesla CEO's deal is on hold. ... read..

Shehbaz Sharif govt to abolish China-Pakistan Economic Corridor authority: Report
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 1:56:01 PM IST
Pakistan government decided to abolish China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, local media reported, adding that all the matters of the project will be handed over to the Planning Commission. ... read..

Romania supports accession of Sweden, Finland to NATO: Foreign Minister
Europe | May 15, 2022 1:55:57 PM IST
Bucharest [Romania], May 15 (ANI/Sputnik): Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu affirmed that Romania stands ready to support the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO and expects that the Nordic states will make a considerable contribution to bolst ... read..

Heatwave scorches Pakistan, mercury shoots to 51 degrees Celsius in Jacobabad
Karachi | May 15, 2022 1:55:55 PM IST
Heatwave across Pakistan is creating a major health crisis with mercury shooting as high as 51 degrees Celsius in Jacobabad, Sindh on Saturday. ... read..

UN lists Pakistan among drought-hit countries
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 1:55:50 PM IST
According to the 'Global Land Outlook' report released by the United Nations, Pakistan along with 23 other countries has been listed as "drought-hit". ... read..

Afghan money changers go on strike amid problems in obtaining licences
Kabul | May 15, 2022 1:55:48 PM IST
After facing problems in obtaining licences, Afghanistan's National Council of Money changers on Saturday announced to go on strike from Sunday. ... read..

South Korea to hold dialogue with North Korea over COVID-19 support: Reports
Seoul | May 15, 2022 1:23:38 PM IST
In order to help the neighbouring country curb the spread of the disease, South Korea intends to hold talks with North Korea next week to discuss COVID-19 relief measures, Sputnik reported. ... read..

Pakistan: 3 children, soldiers killed in Miranshah explosion
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 12:53:58 PM IST
Three children were killed in a blast in Miranshah in Pakistan's North Waziristan district, said Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), claiming that three soldiers of the Pakistan Army also lost their lives in the explosion. ... read..

Grand preparations in full swing in Lumbini to welcome PM Modi
Lumbini | May 15, 2022 12:53:57 PM IST
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal, grand preparations are in full swing in Lumbini. ... read..

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi calls for inclusive govt in Afghanistan
Tehran | May 15, 2022 11:54:06 AM IST
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan, saying the administration in Kabul has to represent all groups and political factions. ... read..

Sri Lanka: Two names nominated as Deputy Speaker in Parliament
Colombo | May 15, 2022 11:54:00 AM IST
Amidst a severe political crisis in Sri Lanka, two names have been proposed to fill the vacancy of the position of the Deputy Speaker in the Sri Lankan Parliament. ... read..

Thousands gather for pro-abortion rights rally in Los Angeles
Asia | May 15, 2022 11:53:57 AM IST
Los Angeles [US], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Thousands of people took to the streets in Los Angeles on Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to protect abortion rights amid the controversy triggered by news that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landm ... read..

US supermarket shooting: Biden calls for efforts to end domestic terrorism
Washington | May 15, 2022 11:53:55 AM IST
US President Joe Biden expressed condolences to the families of 10 people who were killed in a shooting incident at a supermarket in the American city of Buffalo and called for "every effort to end domestic terrorism". ... read..

Malaysia reports 2,373 new COVID-19 infections, 5 more deaths
Asia | May 15, 2022 11:53:52 AM IST
Kuala Lumpur, May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Malaysia reported 2,373 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 4,475,873, according to the health ministry. ... read..

Palestine warns against allowing Israeli settlers to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque
Middle East | May 15, 2022 11:24:15 AM IST
Ramallah [Palestine], May 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Palestine on Saturday warned of the consequences of allowing Israeli settlers to visit the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of Jerusalem during the "Second Jewish Passover" on Sunday. ... read..

Pakistan: Oil, eatable import bill spiked to USD 24.77 billion
Islamabad | May 15, 2022 11:24:13 AM IST
Pakistan's oil and eatable import bill surged by 58.98 per cent to USD 24.77 billion in the months of July and April even the country battles a fast declining economy, owing to an increase in international prices and a massive depreciation of the rupee. ... read..

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