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Every Singaporean aged 21 and above will receive up to S$300 bonus, announces govt in 2018 budget

Every Singaporean aged 21 and above will receive up to S$300 bonus, announces govt in 2018 budget

NEW DELHI: The Singapore government Monday announced that all Singaporeans aged 21 and above will receive a one-time bonus of up to S$300 each. Described as “hongbao”, the bonus will be paid according to a person’s annual income. About 2.7 Singaporeans stand to benefit from the payout which will cost the government S$700 million. Finance […]

Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: Police

Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law hospitalized after suspicious powder scare: Police

NEW YORK: Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., and two other people were taken to a New York hospital on Monday after she opened a piece of mail containing an unidentified white powder that was later determined to be non-hazardous, officials said. “The substance had arrived by mail and it was addressed to […]

Xi Jinping says improving China-Sri Lanka relations have his ‘high attention’

Xi Jinping says improving China-Sri Lanka relations have his ‘high attention’

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said he pays “high attention” to strengthening strategic ties with Sri Lanka, as Beijing beefed up plans to build a Maritime Silk Road project in India’s backyard – the Indian Ocean. In a message to congratulate Sri Lanka on its 70th anniversary of Independence from British rule, Xi […]

India-China bonhomie has returned to what was prior to Doklam: Gen Bipin Rawat

India-China bonhomie has returned to what was prior to Doklam: Gen Bipin Rawat

Days after berating China for exhorting pressure on India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said terms between Beijing and New Delhi have returned to the same level of conviviality as before the tense Doklam stand-off. “I think the bonhomie (between India and China) has returned to what was prior to […]

China’s New ‘Silk Road’ Cannot Be One-Way, Says French President Emmanuel Macron

China’s New ‘Silk Road’ Cannot Be One-Way, Says French President Emmanuel Macron

XIAN, CHINA:  French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday China and Europe should work together on Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, a project aiming to build a modern-day “Silk Road” he said could not be “one-way”. Macron began his first state visit to China with a stop in Xian, an eastern departure point of the ancient […]

Possibility of nuclear war in South Asia cannot be ruled out: Pak NSA

Possibility of nuclear war in South Asia cannot be ruled out: Pak NSA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s security czar today said that the stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance and the possibility of a nuclear war cannot be ruled out. National Security Advisor Lt Gen (retd.) Nasser Khan Janjua also accused the US of conspiring against the multi- billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with India, The Express Tribune reported. […]

Khawaja Asif hints at foreign policy shift from US towards China, Russia

Khawaja Asif hints at foreign policy shift from US towards China, Russia

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said Pakistan’s foreign policy has for long remained US-centric, however, the time had come to review the policy and shift its focus towards Russia and China. The foreign minister highlighted the possibility of a policy shift and said revisiting the Islamabad’s policy was the need of the hour. The […]

U.S., South Korea Begin Air Combat Drills That Include Simulated Strikes On North Korea

U.S., South Korea Begin Air Combat Drills That Include Simulated Strikes On North Korea

The United States and South Korean air forces Monday began a huge combat exercise that will include simulated strikes on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets. North Korea denounced the exercises as dangerous “when insane President Trump is running wild,” while analysts warned that they sharply increase the chances of miscalculation and accidental conflict. […]

Dubai Airshow: India marketing supersonic cruise missile BrahMos

Dubai Airshow: India marketing supersonic cruise missile BrahMos

DUBAI: India seems to be aggressively marketing its supersonic cruise missile BrahMos at the Dubai Airshow and is in talks with countries in the Middle East region. In the sprawl of pavilions boasting of cutting edge aviation and defence technology at the Dubai Airshow, a stall with scale models of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI planes, ships, submarines […]

India sets Guinness world record by cooking 918kg khichdi

India sets Guinness world record by cooking 918kg khichdi

India on Saturday set a Guinness world record by cooking 918kg khichdi, a traditional multi-grain dish, at the ongoing global food event organised by the government in the national capital. A team of 50 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra supervised the night-long preparations and yoga guru Ramdev Baba put […]

First Jurassic-era ‘fish lizard’ fossil found in India

First Jurassic-era ‘fish lizard’ fossil found in India

In a first, a near- complete fossilised skeleton of a Jurassic ichthyosaur — large marine reptile which lived alongside dinosaurs — has been discovered in India, scientists said. Fossil records of ichthyosaurs, which means ‘fish lizards’ in Greek, have been found in North American and Europe previously. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, they have mostly […]

Caitlan Coleman breaks silence on captivity, says ‘was in Pakistan for more than a year’

Caitlan Coleman breaks silence on captivity, says ‘was in Pakistan for more than a year’

Disputing claims about her rescue, the recently recovered Caitlan Coleman has said that she was in Pakistan for at least a year before she was “rescued” by Pakistan Army in an operation near the Pak-Afghan border earlier this month. While speaking to the Toronto Star in her first interview since her recovery, Coleman said: “Right now, everybody’s shunting blame and […]

Pakistan-Iran sign deal to boost border security

Pakistan-Iran sign deal to boost border security

Pakistan and Iran today agreed not to let their territories be used for terrorism against each other as the two neighbouring countries signed an MoU to improve border security management, a media report said. Pakistan shares a 900-kilometre-long border with Iran which in the recent months has expressed concern over militants operating along the Pakistani […]

China urges India to ‘face the facts and abide by historic treaty’ on border areas

China urges India to ‘face the facts and abide by historic treaty’ on border areas

BEIJING: China on Sunday referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the China-India border as it urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions, a day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post. Reacting to Sitharaman’s visit to the area, the Chinese foreign ministry on Sunday said […]

China opens new highway in Tibet close to Arunachal border

China opens new highway in Tibet close to Arunachal border

BEIJING: China on Sunday opened a 409-km new expressway costing about $5.8 billion linking Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi, which is close to Arunachal Pradeshborder. The 409-km toll-free expressway has linked the two major cities which are also tourist attractions in Tibet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Six rockets land near Kabul airport shortly before Mattis arrives: Official

Six rockets land near Kabul airport shortly before Mattis arrives: Official

  KABUL: Six rockets landed near Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday after US DefenseSecretary Jim Mattis flew to the Afghan capital for talks, an official said. The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.   Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

India-US ties: Jim Mattis to arrive, focus on ‘cementing progress’

India-US ties: Jim Mattis to arrive, focus on ‘cementing progress’

The day-long visit by US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to New Delhi on Tuesday will focus on building ties with his Indian counterpart, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and on “cementing progress on India-US ties”. Mattis, the first member of the Trump administration to visit India, will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit […]

First pair of sperm whales spotted in Pakistani waters

First pair of sperm whales spotted in Pakistani waters

Fishermen on Tuesday spotted a pair of sperm whales near Jiwani ─ the first such sighting in Pakistani waters, a press release issued by the World Wide Fund-Pakistan said. The fishermen, who saw the whales while navigating about 22 kilometers south of Gunz, followed them out of curiosity for nearly 1.5 hours after which the […]

Beijing may tell Pak to crack down on LeT, JeM: Top Chinese experts

Beijing may tell Pak to crack down on LeT, JeM: Top Chinese experts

BEIJING: China is likely to ask Pakistan to crack down on two terror groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, named in the BRICS declaration, two experts associated with Chinese government think tanks told TOI on Monday. “From the declaration, you can say there is a visible change in China’s stand on this matter,” said Hu Shishang, director of the Institute […]

In Dealing With China, Modi’s Running Out Of Option

In Dealing With China, Modi’s Running Out Of Option

Stone-throwing in Jammu and Kashmir does not, at this point, generally make news. But the people throwing stones at Indian soldiers are not usually wearing the uniforms of the People’s Liberation Army. That, apparently, is what happened along a section of the disputed border in Ladakh yesterday, and it is undeniable that it represents a […]

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