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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 […]

Friendship With Pak ‘Stronger Than Steel, Sweeter Than Honey’: China Vice Premier

Friendship With Pak ‘Stronger Than Steel, Sweeter Than Honey’: China Vice Premier

ISLAMABAD:  Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, the “special guest” at Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration, said today the two countries have always stood by each other and their friendship was “stronger than steel”. Wang, a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party, is among the country’s top leaders. He arrived in […]

4 Arab Countries Say They Are Ready For Qatar Dialogue With Conditions

4 Arab Countries Say They Are Ready For Qatar Dialogue With Conditions

DUBAI:  The four Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar said on Sunday they were ready for talks to tackle the dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands. The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates met in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to discuss the crisis that […]

North Korea could carry out missile test soon: US officials

North Korea could carry out missile test soon: US officials

WASHINGTON: US officials said on Tuesday they have seen increased North Korean activity at a site in the western city of Kusong that could be preparations for another missile test within days. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that over the past week intelligence has spotted equipment, possibly for launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) […]

Despite New Warning, China Hints Ajit Doval To Meet Counterpart This Week

Despite New Warning, China Hints Ajit Doval To Meet Counterpart This Week

NEW DELHI/BEIJING: Despite new tough talk today about the border confrontation at Sikkim, China has indicated that National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is likely to meet one-on-one with his counterpart when he travels to Beijing later this week for a session of top security officials of BRICS. A Chinese government spokesperson said that in the past, bilateral […]

Sikkim border stand-off: China warns India not to use ‘trespass’ as ‘policy tool’ to realise political targets

Sikkim border stand-off: China warns India not to use ‘trespass’ as ‘policy tool’ to realise political targets

With the standoff at Doklam running beyond a month, China on Tuesday asked India not to use “trespass” into Doklam area as a “policy tool” to achieve its political targets. The foreign ministry in a statement also asked India to immediately withdraw its troops in order to avoid any kind of escalation. On being asked […]

Facing Defeat In Mosul, ISIS Members Throw Themselves In River Tigris

Facing Defeat In Mosul, ISIS Members Throw Themselves In River Tigris

A US-trained elite Iraqi force in the Old City of Mosul reached the Tigris riverside, state TV said, indicating that the insurgents’ last redoubt is on the verge of falling. After eight months of combat that has ruined parts of the city, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people, Iraqi officials say […]

US lawmakers urge Trump to press PM Modi on trade, investment

US lawmakers urge Trump to press PM Modi on trade, investment

WASHINGTON: Leading US congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to US trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday. The lawmakers, from the Republican and Democratic parties, said in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement with India had failed to […]

London High-Rise Fire Like ‘Horror Movie,’ Leaving 6 Dead And 50 Injured

London High-Rise Fire Like ‘Horror Movie,’ Leaving 6 Dead And 50 Injured

LONDON:  A number of people were killed, at least 50 injured and many others missing on Wednesday as a fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in west London where residents had long warned of the potential risk of a catastrophic blaze. A thick plume of smoke could be seen for miles around, while witnesses […]

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy chiefs

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy chiefs

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence community, in a rare acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns, has informed Congress that Islama­bad does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and will likely turn to China to offset New Delhi’s sway on its western borders. The discussion on Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan was part of a recent congressional hearing on […]

Sri Lanka floods: Indian Navy teams deployed as death toll rises to 180

Sri Lanka floods: Indian Navy teams deployed as death toll rises to 180

COLOMBO: Indian Navy diving and medical teams have been deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations in the flood-hit southwestern region, as the death toll from the disaster on Monday rose to 180, with 110 people still missing in the island nation’s worst torrential rains in 14 years. Rescuers pulled out more bodies buried in […]

US lawmakers visit Dalai Lama, highlight situation in Tibet

US lawmakers visit Dalai Lama, highlight situation in Tibet

DHARAMSALA: A US Congressional delegation visited the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India on Tuesday, seeking to draw world attention to human rights in Tibet as President Donald Trump eyes warmer ties with China. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi flew with a bipartisan delegation to the Himalayan hill town where the 81-year-old Buddhist leader […]

India, Russia to ink deal on 5th-gen fighter design

India, Russia to ink deal on 5th-gen fighter design

New Delhi:  After years of delay, India and Russia are likely to soon ink a “milestone” pact to finalise the detailed design for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and move ahead with the multi-billion dollar co- development project. Government sources said almost all the ground work has been completed to finalise the deal for design […]

Made in India South Asia Satellite to be launched on 5 May

Made in India South Asia Satellite to be launched on 5 May

New Delhi: The South Asia Satellite will be launched on 5 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday, describing it as India’s “pricelss gift” to its neighbours as part of the sabka saath, sabka vikaas concept. The South Asia Satellite is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for […]

China and India both face problems with investment, but very different ones

China and India both face problems with investment, but very different ones

The chart shows Indian and Chinese investment rates (as a percentage of gross domestic product , or GDP) since 2000, taken from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) recently released World Economic Outlook. Two facts stand out. Click here to read more… Credit: www.livemint.com

India, US reaffirm strategic partnership

India, US reaffirm strategic partnership

NEW DELHI: The United States and India reaffirmed a strategic partnership that involves not only a growing defence relationship but also shared perspectives of the region. Rounding off his first regional visit, US NSA, HR McMaster held talks with prime minister Narendra Modi, NSA, Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar. According to the PMO, […]

Snapchat CEO allegedly said India “too poor” to consider expansion

Snapchat CEO allegedly said India “too poor” to consider expansion

While Indians are increasingly downloading Snapchat on their smartphones, the company’s CEO feels India is “too poor” to seriously consider expanding its user base. According to a report by Variety , the disparaging comment was made by the CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, allegedly during a meeting to discuss the growth of the app’s user […]

Displaying unusual solidarity, Indian and Chinese navies jointly respond to a piracy attack in Gulf of Aden

Displaying unusual solidarity, Indian and Chinese navies jointly respond to a piracy attack in Gulf of Aden

Amidst the increasing tensions between New Delhi and Beijing over Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s ongoing visit to the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, the navies of the two countries displayed unusual solidarity at high seas in responding jointly to a piracy attack on a foreign merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden. According to […]

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