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‘I don’t rule anything out’: Mattis on taking action in Syria

‘I don’t rule anything out’: Mattis on taking action in Syria

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday pointed toward Russia’s role in a suspected poison gas attack on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, and said he would not rule out a military response. Russia was supposed to guarantee the disposal of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons in September 2013, but President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is suspected of conducting repeated […]

‘No alternative to excellent ties between Nepal, India’

‘No alternative to excellent ties between Nepal, India’

KATHMANDU: There is no alternative to excellent bilateral relations between Nepal and India despite some twists and turns in the recent past, Nepalese foreign minister said today, ahead of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s maiden foreign trip to India this week. Admitting that ties between Nepal and India had reached a historic low during the […]

US expels 60 Russian diplomats over UK spy attack, orders closure of Seattle consulate

US expels 60 Russian diplomats over UK spy attack, orders closure of Seattle consulate

The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday and ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. Senior Trump administration officials said all 60 Russians were spies working in the US under diplomatic […]

Several people shot at Maryland high school: Media report

Several people shot at Maryland high school: Media report

WASHINGTON: Several people were shot at a Maryland high school on Tuesday, local news media reported, after school officials confirmed the campus was on lockdown and the incident had been “contained.” Multiple people were shot and their condition was not yet clear, ABC News reported, citing the St. Mary’s County sheriff. Click here to read […]

Gina Haspel poised to become first woman boss of CIA

Gina Haspel poised to become first woman boss of CIA

WASHINGTON: Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the first woman to lead the CIA, is a veteran, who once reportedly ran a secret prison in Thailand where terrorism suspects were allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding. In a surprise move, Trump on Tuesday announced that he was removing Secretary of […]

First Hindu Mandir In Abu Dhabi, UAE, To Be Built By BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

First Hindu Mandir In Abu Dhabi, UAE, To Be Built By BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

ABU DHABI, UAE: Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on Sunday, February 11, 2018 inaugurated the BAPS Hindu Mandir model, and thus officially launched the construction of the first BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharandas Swami performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi […]

Pakistan will continue to threaten American interests: US intel chief

Pakistan will continue to threaten American interests: US intel chief

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining ties with militants, restricting counter terrorism cooperation and drawing closer to China, America’s top spymaster said on Tuesday. Testifying before the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee on worldwide threats, Director of National Intelligence Daniel R Coats also said the ties […]

Trump names campaign manager for re-election bid

Trump names campaign manager for re-election bid

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is naming former digital adviser Brad Parscale as campaign manager of his 2020 re-election campaign. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.com

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 […]

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