Aug 04

Bangladesh Floods claim 108 lives

Floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water from hills across the Indian borders have claimed at least 108 lives in Bangladesh, a disaster official said on Sunday.The senior official of the country’s National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) told Xinhua news agency that “the floods caused the deaths of 108 people in

Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months
Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months

Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa América.The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in USD 50,000 for his comments after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in

Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco airport San Francisco
Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco airport San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.The unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect August 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines.Travelers who need plain water will have to buy refillable

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval
Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male ‘guardian’ approval

Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male “guardian”, the government said Thursday, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom.The landmark reform erodes the longstanding guardianship system that renders women permanently as legal minors and allows their “guardians” — husband, father and

Ronaldo, Messi nominees for Best FIFA Men's Player honour
Ronaldo, Messi nominees for Best FIFA Men’s Player honour

 Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among 10 nominees announced by FIFA on Wednesday in the run for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.Premier League side Liverpool, crowned in UEFA Champion League last season, saw Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in the list, the Xinhua news agency reported.Other contenders for the award

Imran Khan approves price hike, petrol at Rs 117.83/l

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan might have brought down the price of the staple flat breads for his countrymen but he has approved the recommendation of the Oil and Gas Development Authority (OGRA) to increase petrol prices by Rs 5.15 per litre that will bring the cost to Rs 117.83 a litre.The federal government increased

At least 28 killed as Afghan bus hits ‘Taliban’ bomb: official

Dozens of passengers, mainly women and children, were killed in western Afghanistan early Wednesday when the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb, officials said.”A passenger bus travelling on the Kandahar-Herat highway hit a Taliban roadside bomb. So far at least 28 killed, 10 wounded,” said Muhibullah Muhib, the spokesman for Farah province.All

Singer Guru Randhawa assaulted in Vancouver
Singer Guru Randhawa assaulted in Vancouver

Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa was attacked in Vancouver after a live performance at Queen Elizabeth Theater on Sunday night, and latest reports coming in state he is out of danger. Punjabi singer-actor Preet Harpal took to Facebook to confirm the incident, with a picture of Randhawa, which appears to show Guru in no danger after

Trainer Plane crash kills 7 in Pakistan's Rawalpindi district
Trainer Plane crash kills 7 in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi district

A trainer plane crashed on early Tuesday morning in Pakistan’s eastern district of Rawalpindi, killing at least seven people and injuring several others.Local media quoted rescue sources as saying that the jet crashed at Jabbi village located on the outskirts of Rawalpindi city and destroyed at least four houses which caught fire after the crash,

Dalilah Muhammad breaks world 400m hurdles record
Dalilah Muhammad breaks world 400m hurdles record

American sprinter Dalilah Muhammad has broken the world 400m hurdles record at the US Championships.On Sunday, she clocked 52.20 seconds on the final day of action of the championships to achieve the feat. The Olympic champion was 0.14 seconds faster to Yuliya Pechonkina, who had set the previous world record on August 3, 2003. Drawn

PM invites people to watch him in 'Man Vs Wild' tonight
PM Modi to feature on ‘Man Vs Wild’ on August 12

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appear in an episode of “Man Vs Wild”, the popular television programme on Discovery Channel, on August 12.The programme, aimed at creating awareness about animal conservation and environmental change, will be aired at 9 p.m.The special episode, which has been shot in the Jim Corbett National Park, will throw light

Trump nominates John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence

US President Donald Trump has said that he will nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe to be new Director of National Intelligence (DNI).The nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, Xinhua reported.Dan Coats, the current Director, will be leaving office on August 15, according to Trump. The US President said on Sunday that an acting director

Pakistan to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams
Pakistan to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams

The Pakistan government has decided to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams, the Minister for Climate Change announced in a press conference.”Companies selling cheap fairness creams are contributing to damage people’s skin,” said Zartaj Gul Wazir, State Minister for Climate Change.   According to Geo TV, Wazir said her Ministry was testing and analysing the

Pakistan dependent on India for anti-rabies, anti-venom vaccines: Report
Pakistan dependent on India for anti-rabies, anti-venom vaccines: Report

Pakistan is dependent on India for imports of anti-rabies and anti-venom vaccines as its National Institute of Health (NIH) is incapable of manufacturing the vaccines as per the country’s demands, says a report. According to a report by the Pakistan daily ‘The Nation’, Pakistan has imported Rs 2.56 billion worth of vaccines from India over

Afghanistan: 5 people killed, 16 injured as three explosions rock Kabul

At least five people were killed and 16 others injured as three blasts rocked Afghanistan‘s Kabul on Thursday morning, officials said.According to Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi, the first blast at 8.10 a.m. in Police District 16 targeted a mini-bus of the Mines Ministry carrying its employees. Five people died while 16 others were injured

Pakistan PM Imran Khan says to meet Taliban in peace push
Pakistan PM Imran Khan says to meet Taliban in peace push

Pakistan PM Imran Khan said Tuesday he would meet with the Taliban after returning to his country, as part of efforts to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. Pakistan PM Imran Khan spoke in Washington on his first official trip to the United States, where President Donald Trump hosted him at the White House

Cristiano Ronaldo not to face rape charges
Cristiano Ronaldo not to face rape charges

Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges, US prosecutors have announced.The Juventus and Portugal forward had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.However, Las Vegas prosecutors said that the claims could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”, reports Xinhua news agency. Mayorga claimed to

Shah Rukh Khan chills with kids in Maldives

Looks like actor Shah Rukh Khan and his family had a great time vacationing in Maldives.Given the hectic schedule the star and his children have, it is not often to spot the family together. However, Shah Rukh managed to take out some time to enjoy with his family and share the moment with his fans.Giving

Death toll rises to 10 in China gas factory blast

At least 10 people have been killed, 19 severely injured and five others are missing after an explosion ripped through a gas plant in China‘s Henan Province, authorities confirmed on Saturday.  A device in the gas factory owned by the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co. Ltd., located in the city of Yima, exploded at around

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