India asks Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav forthwith


A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, India has asked Pakistan to release the former Navy officer without any delay.In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Jadhav was innocent of the charges levelled against him. “No forced confession that too without legal

‘A Quiet Place’ sequel starts rolling

Writer-director John Krasinski has started filming the sequel of his critically-acclaimed horror flick of 2018, “A Quiet Place”.”A Quiet Place” was about a post-apocalyptic world where humans are the prey of fast-moving creatures who track victims by sound. Krasinski took to Twitter to share the update on the sequel by posting an image of the

No one lost final, there was a crowned winner: Williamson

Coming to terms with the heart-wrenching defeat against England in the World Cup title clash, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that “no one lost the final but there was a crowned winner”.On Sunday, Black Caps missed an opportunity to win their first World Cup after losing on boundary count to England in the finals

China adamant on naming Dalai Lama’s successor

China last week made clear that India’s “no” to recognise the Dalai Lama‘s successor chosen by Beijing will hurt the bilateral ties that have been on an upswing recently.Beijing has time and again asserted that the 14th Dalai Lama has no say in appointing his successor and it is the prerogative of the Chinese government.

Think about unmade ‘Spider-Man 4’ all the time: Sam Raimi

Filmmaker Sam Raimi wanted to make a fourth Spider-Man movie, following his Tobey Maguire-fronted trilogy, but the film did not receive the go-ahead after the critical mauling of the third film.Raimi directed the original Spider-Man trilogy and post the bashing the third installment received, he and the studio, Sony Pictures, decided not to make any

‘WC 2019 final best white-ball game of all time’

England became the World Cup champions for the first time in cricket history after defeating New Zealand in a pulsating final which ended in a nail-biting Super Over at Lord’s.On Sunday, the Black Caps needed two to win from the final ball but a superb throw from Jason Roy in the deep saw Martin Guptill

US begins raids to evict undocumented immigrants

Authorities from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have begun conducting raids to round up about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in an operation to drive them out of the country, media reports said on Monday.US media outlets cited government officials as saying that the raids began on Sunday afternoon, but civil rights groups said there

Williamson becomes captain with most runs in a single WC

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson on Sunday became the captain with most number of runs in a single World Cup, breaking the 12-year-old record of former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene who had amassed 548 runs in the 2007 edition of the showpiece event. Williamson achieved the feat when he opened his account in the final

Former Bangladesh President HM Ershad dead

Former Bangladesh President HM Ershad died in a military hospital here on Sunday due to age-related illnesses. He was 89.He breathed his last at 7.45 a.m. at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Inter Service Public Relation Directorate Assistant Director Rashedul Alam Khan told The Daily Star newspaper. Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in

US stocks close higher amid rate cut hopes, data

US stocks ended higher on Friday, ending the week on a strong note, amid broad optimism on potential rate cuts and decent US producer prices.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 243.95 points, or 0.90 per cent, to 27,332.03. The S&P 500 was up 13.86 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 3,013.77. The Nasdaq Composite Index

25 injured in Philippines earthquake

At least 25 people were injured and several houses, churches and buildings were damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur province in Philippines on Saturday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake, which struck at 4.42 a.m., occurred at a depth of 5 km, about 9 km southeast of

India to take up with Pakistan pro-Khalistan leader’s presence on Kartarpur panel

India is going “with high expectations” for the Kartarpur corridor meeting on Sunday and is expected to raise with the Pakistani side several issues, including the presence of pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla on a panel associated with the project. The first round of talks was held on March 14 on the Indian side of

Hiring me is always a risk: Awkwafina

“The Farewell” is Awkwafina’s first major role but the rapper-actor believes hiring her is still a big gamble for Hollywood studios despite the massive success of “Crazy Rich Asians”.Directed by Lulu Wang, “The Farewell” premiered at Sundance this past January to critical acclaim. In the film, Awkwafina plays Billi whose family returns to China on

Swarup moved to Delhi as Indo-Canadian ties remain frosty

Author-diplomat Vikas Swarup, India’s current High Commissioner to Canada, has been appointed as Secretary in the Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs division, with effect from August 1. According to a circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vikas Swarup, (Indian

Cameron Boyce’s cause of death revealed

Epilepsy was a factor in Cameron Boyce‘s death, the family of the Disney star has confirmed.The actor, best known for his performance in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, died at the age of 20 last week.In a statement to People magazine on Tuesday, the kin said Boyce had a seizure which led to

We are disappointed, gave everything we had: Kohli

After India’s heart-wrenching defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the ongoing World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli expressed gratitude towards the fans and said that the team tried their best in the competition.On Wednesday, India’s worst fears come true as they suffered a top-order collapse during their chase of 240 at the Old Trafford

Earth’s largest radio telescope to search for ‘new worlds’

As well as hunting for signals from alien life, the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built will search for extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which have magnetic fields like Earth, within 100 light-years from Earth.Astronomers from countries including China and France recently published their ambitious observation plan using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope

Pakistani veteran actor Zaheen Tahira dies at 79 Karachi

Legendary Pakistani actor Zaheen Tahira passed away here on Tuesday. She was 79. According to The Express Tribune, the actor was admitted to a city-based hospital last month due to cardiac issues.She was put on a ventilator and was later shifted to the critical care unit (CCU). The actor’s grandson Danial Shahzad Khan also shared

Bunch of red Japanese grapes sold for $11,000 at auction

A bunch of red grapes was sold on Tuesday in Japan for 1.2 million yen ($11,000) in the first auction of the season, making it the most expensive since the breed came to market 12 years ago.The “Ruby Roman”, is known for being extremely juicy with little acidity and a high sugar content. Each grape

British Airways faces record fine for data breach

British Airways announced on Monday that it was facing a record fine of 183 million pounds ($229 million) for last year’s breach of its security systems.The airline said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the penalty from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the BBC reported. “We are surprised and disappointed in this initial finding from