Jun 25

176 kids lost their parents in Easter attacks: Cardinal Ranjith

At least 176 children have lost either both or one of their parents in the Easter Sunday terror bombings which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said.The April 21 attacks on three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations were claimed by the Islamic State terror

Modi, Xi, Putin to discuss Trump’s trade war at G20

The leaders of China, India and Russia will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit later this week in Japan to discuss ways to counter US President Donald Trump’s “protectionist” trade policy and bullying practices.Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Osaka to attend the summit on June 28-29, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang

Pakistan, Qatar sign MoU to combat terrorism financing

Pakistan and Qatar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, a statement from Pakistani Prime Minister’s office said. According to the statement, the MoU, signed on Saturday, relates to the “establishment on cooperation in the field of exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering associated predicate offences

India rejects US report on its minorities’ status

India on Sunday rejected a US State Department report which made certain critical comments regarding the status of minorities here, saying it has “no locus standi” to “pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”. In response to a query on the latest ‘Report on International Religious Freedom’ published by the State Department,

Being an outsider sets me free: Hollywood’s Andrij Parekh

Andrij Parekh feels his Gujarati roots make him good at business, and his Slavic soul infuses an emotional element to his creative work. The filmmaker says being of a mixed race has led him to a cultural place of being an ‘outsider’ in Hollywood, and that sets him free from many prejudices. Parekh, of Ukrainian

HK police condemn protesters’ 15-hour siege on their HQ

The Hong Kong police on Saturday condemned a 15-hour-long siege of the city’s police headquarters by protesters ahead of what is gearing up to be another weekend of massive demonstrations in the city. Following the end of the overnight siege on Saturday morning, police officers removed the barricades they had placed at the entrances of

‘Euphoria’ honest portrait of addiction: Zendaya

Actress Zendaya says her show “Euphoria” is a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life at present.”‘Euphoria’ is for mature audiences,” Zendaya wrote on her Instagram handle. The HBO high school drama “Euphoria”, created by Sam Levinson, follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex,

Trump calls off imminent military retaliation against Iran

US President Donald Trump has called off an imminent military strike against Iran in retaliation for the downing an American military drone by Tehran.Trump had initially approved attacks on several Iranian targets, such as radar and missile batteries, Xinhua news agency quoted a New York Times report as saying on Thursday citing administration officials. Trump,

Anushka joins Kohli in England ahead of Afghanistan clash

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has joined her husband and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli ahead of India’s clash against Afghanistan on Saturday in the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.The couple was spotted in London earlier this week with a Kohli fan page posting about the outing on social media. “Virat Kohli and

The ‘Game of Thrones’ connection in an Indian show

It has been almost a month since “Game of Thrones” aired its final episode but it seems fans are still gripped by the show’s fever.Recently, a social media user pointed out a scene in the Indian TV show “Aladdin – Naam Toh Suna Hoga”, which resembled a sequence in David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ international

Sad, 20 yrs to Pak cricket and still clarify personal life: Shoaib

Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik, who is drawing flak after Pakistan’s embarrassing defeat to India, has lashed out at the country’s media for claiming that he and other players were out partying and smoking sheesha hours before the crucial encounter in Manchester. India hammered Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) in a one-sided, rain interrupted tie

Trump threatens to begin deporting undocumented immigrants

US President Donald Trump has said that immigration enforcement authorities would begin deporting millions of undocumented migrants from the country in the coming week.Trump however, did not provide further details on the immigrants who would be affected by the mass removal, reports Efe news. “Next week ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will begin the process

4 Indian-American family members found dead inside house

Four members of an Indian-American family were dead with gunshot wounds inside a house in the US state of Iowa, authorities said.Officers with the West Des Moines Police Department were sent at around 10 a.m. on Saturday to the 900 block of 65th Street, where they found the bodies, reports the local KCRG News. Police

Hong Kong suspends controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong Lam told a press conference that the project, which could allow China to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong, is temporarily “suspended” to defuse the crisis it has unleashed. The decision comes after a meeting with members of her Executive Council and calls from several supporters of the regulation on Friday for the suspension

Eyeball-to-Eyeball: India, Pak to battle it out with bat and ball

A cricketing rivalry that transcends beyond the realms of 22 yards will be reignited when India and Pakistan square off in a World Cup encounter that could have fascinating sub-plots with rain gods threatening an anti-climactic twist. The escalating cross-border tensions between the two neighboring nations add to the intrigue with KL Rahul’s technique being

Kim Jong-nam was a CIA operative

Kim Jong-nam, the slain half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who met on several occasions with agency operatives, Efe news quoted an informed source as saying here.”There was a nexus” between the US spy agency and Kim Jong-nam, the source said on Monday. Kim

NASA twin satellites to study signal disruption from space

NASA is preparing to launch twin satellites this month that focus on how radio signals that pass through the Earth’s upper atmosphere can be distorted by structured bubbles in this region called the ionosphere. The twin E-TBEx CubeSats — short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment – will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from

Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’ to arrive in India on July 12

“Yesterday”, a film inspired by The Beatles and directed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle, will release in India on July 12.Based on Jack Barth’s story, the film’s screenplay has been penned by Richard Curtis.”One of our producers came to me with Jack Barth’s idea, a story about a musician who remembers The Beatles’ music

Don’t target Pakistan at SCO summit: China

China on Monday said Pakistan should not be targeted on terrorism at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit this week where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to raise the issue of Islamabad harboring terrorists. During his first foreign visit to the Maldives after being re-elected for a second term as Prime Minister, Modi

Here’s how night owls can advance sleep timings by 2 hours

Researchers have found that a simple tweak to the sleeping patterns and maximizing outdoor light during the mornings for a period of three weeks can help night owls — people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – bring forward their sleep/wake timings by two hours. Such changes can also lead to improved performance in