May 02

British charities announce biggest donations against dementia

London: Two of Britain’s leading charities have announced their biggest ever donations for research to curb dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK on Sunday announced their biggest ever financial commitments to the cause, each pledging 50 million pounds ($73 million), Xinhua news agency reported. The 100 million pounds will be added to the

Trump says may seek India’s help on ‘unstable’ Pak’s nukes

Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump today hinted at seeking help from India and other nations to address the “problem” of what he described as a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan. Trump’s such a remarks came during a town-hall in Indianapolis in response to a question on how he would deal with countries like Pakistan which has

UN condemns killing of 12 Egyptians, 3 others in Libya

Tripoli: The United Nations’ Libya envoy has condemned the killing of 12 Egyptians and three Libyan nationals in a string of incidents in the central town of Bani Walid. “I strongly deplore these terrible killings and call on those with authority on the ground in Bani Walid to ensure that the incidents are investigated and

2 killed, 9 coal miners missing in China

Beijing: At least two persons were killed and nine others missing days after a coal mine they were working in was flooded in the country’s northwest Shaanxi Province. The accident took place on Monday at Zhaojin Coal Mine in Yaozhou District when 67 workers were in the shaft, 56 of them managed to escape and

Trump delivers ‘America first’ foreign policy speech

Washington: Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump vowed to pursue an “America first” foreign policy in a speech delivered here. “My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else,” Trump said on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. “America first will be the major

Gurudwara terror suspect was a repeated offender: German police

Berlin: A teenager arrested for his alleged involvement in a terror strike at a gurudwara in the German city of Essen ten days ago was a “repeated offender”, police has said. The 16-year-old youth was also arrested for an attempted burglary at a shop in the city a day before the attack, a police spokesman

US university students protest kirtan singing by white woman

New York: Singing of kirtans at an Ivy League university has drawn protests from a multi-racial group of students there. Unlike in the protests against yoga, the demonstrators this time were not religious fundamentalists, but students spewing leftist rhetoric at Brown University. They protested a non-Indian white woman singing kirtans, asserting that only those born

Indian-Origin Appointed Dean At Calgary University In Canada

Toronto: An Indian-origin veterinary medical expert has been appointed as the Dean of the prestigious University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Canada. Baljit Singh, will take over the position of Dean on September 1, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of the university Dru Marshall said in a statement. Mr Singh is a highly accomplished

Michelle Obama targets ‘religious freedom’ bill

Washington: US First Lady Michelle Obama has targeted Mississippi’s recent controversial “religious freedom” bill that has come under attack from rights groups. “We see it right here in Mississippi how swiftly progress can hurtle backward,” Michelle said at the Jackson State University on Saturday. “How easy it is to single out a small group and

Suspect in US shooting of five people found dead

Washington: A man suspected in two connected shootings that left five people dead on Friday night in the southern US state of Georgia has been found dead, police said. Police sources said the shootings occurred at two separate locations early Friday evening in Appling. Four victims died at the scene, while the fifth one died

Obama makes plea for Britain to stay in European Union

London: US President Barack Obama arrived here with a message for the UK to vote to remain within the European Union in the June 23 referendum, saying the bloc “enhances Britain’s global leadership”. In an article for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Obama on Friday said the UK is stronger within the 28-member bloc and will

Russia elects retired police chief as human rights ombudsman

Moscow: The Russian parliament on Friday elected a retired senior police officer to serve as presidential human rights ombudsman amid an outcry about her lack of democratic credentials. The State Duma voted overwhelmingly for Tatyana Moskalkova, a police general and lawmaker of the Just Russia party, on Friday. President Vladimir Putin had the right to

Delayed Yemen peace talks begin in Kuwait

Kuwait: The UN sponsored peace talks between Yemen’s rival forces began in Kuwait on Thursday night, according to Kuwait’s state radio broadcast live. The talks came after a three-day delay as warring parties traded accusations over truce breaches and differences of the talks agenda between Saudi-backed internationally recognised Sunni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Japan succeeds in test flight of first stealth fighter jet

Tokyo: Japan’s first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies on Friday as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. Technological super power Japan, despite strict constitutional constraints on the use of military force imposed after World War II, has one of the world’s most advanced defence

Pankaj Oswal told not to leave Australia by tax authorities

Sydney: Amid a takeover tussle with his mother for control of Oswal Greentech and Oswal Agro Mills, Pankaj Oswal has been ordered by authorities in Australia not to leave the country due to a taxation case involving millions of dollars. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued Pankaj Oswal and his wife with Departure Prohibition

Should meet half-way to resolve Sino-India border dispute: China

Beijing: China and India should “meet each other halfway” to reach a “fair and reasonable” political solution to the border dispute acceptable to both sides, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said in an indication of Beijing’s willingness to make concessions on the vexed issue.As National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who along with his Chinese counterpart

IS terror suspect plotted beheadings in US from jail

Washington: A Rhode Island man awaiting trial on terrorism charges plotted with others — from behind bars to behead people in the US, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. A superseding indictment said Nicholas Rovinski, arrested last June and charged with plotting Islamic State-inspired attacks, “has attempted to recruit people to assist” in carrying out a

Nepal’s first woman President to visit India in May

Kathmandu: Nepal’s first woman President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will visit India next month, her first official foreign trip after assuming office in October last year. Her visit comes nearly three months after Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli also chose India to be his first foreign destination after becoming the premier in October. Preparations are

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India, UK plan first-ever ministerial energy summit

London: India will host the first-ever ministerial-level energy summit with the UK that could become the defining feature of a new type of engagement between the two “natural partners”, Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said here. The minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy, who is in London to hold talks with

Two top Generals among 11 officers dismissed in Pak

Islamabad: Pakistan’s two senior Generals were among 11 top officers dismissed by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on charges of corruption, a rare move in the country where the military wields enormous power. A Lieutenant General, one Major General, five Brigadiers, three Colonels and one Major were dismissed by the Army Chief on corruption charges,