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Facebook India policy head Ankhi Das quits after hate-speech row

27 Oct 2020

Facebook India policy head Ankhi Das quits after hate-speech row

On Tuesday, Ankhi Das stepped down as the head of Facebook's public policy in India, South Asia, and Central Asia.

China: Bacterial disease infects thousands, can leave men infertile

18 Sep 2020

China: Bacterial disease infects thousands, can leave men infertile

Even as the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of other potentially scary outbreaks are lurching at the corner.

Delhi to London via bus? It's possible, but in 2021

25 Aug 2020

Delhi to London via bus? It's possible, but in 2021

Just in case you needed yet another reason to madly wait for 2021, here you go: A bus trip from Delhi to London shall be possible next year.

Soleimani killing: How poor Iran-US ties could affect India

04 Jan 2020

Soleimani killing: How poor Iran-US ties could affect India

India is caught in a crossfire after the United States killed one of Iran's topmost commanders, Qasem Soleimani yesterday.

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

22 Oct 2019

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

More than two months ago India revoked Article 370, withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and put the state under a lockdown.

Chandrayaan-2 mission a huge step forward for India: US

08 Sep 2019

Chandrayaan-2 mission a huge step forward for India: US

A day after India's ambitious mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 failed to complete landing on the lunar surface, the United States has congratulated and supported India on its efforts.

No evidence of Pakistan dismantling terror infrastructure, says ex-envoy Haqqani

13 Apr 2019

No evidence of Pakistan dismantling terror infrastructure, says ex-envoy Haqqani

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent statement promising an end of support to terror groups does not reflect a change of policy and is motivated by the fear of getting blacklisted by the global terror-financing watchdog FATF, the country's former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said.

US demands transparency over Chinese debt on Pakistan

29 Nov 2018

US demands transparency over Chinese debt on Pakistan

The US is demanding transparency over China's debt on Pakistan, Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing, amid concerns that Islamabad is seeking a multibillion-dollar bailout package from IMF to pay back Chinese creditors.

India's claim to Gilgit-Baltistan region stronger than Pakistan's: BJP leader

26 Oct 2018

India's claim to Gilgit-Baltistan region stronger than Pakistan's: BJP leader

India's claim to the Gilgit-Baltistan region is much stronger than Pakistan's as it was handed over to the Pakistani Army by two "deceitful" British military officials, BJP leader Ram Madhav said yesterday.

Will continue advocating for India's membership in NSG: US

13 Sep 2018

Will continue advocating for India's membership in NSG: US

India hasn't been able to secure membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) because of China's veto, a Trump Administration official said today, asserting that the US will continue advocating for India's membership in the group as it meets all the criteria.

First 2+2 Dialogue was consequential and a strategic milestone: US

11 Sep 2018

First 2+2 Dialogue was consequential and a strategic milestone: US

The first India-US 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi was consequential and a strategic milestone, a Trump administration official said yesterday, asserting the decisions taken during the talks propelled the bilateral relationship to a new level.

IS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attack on Shiite students

16 Aug 2018

IS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attack on Shiite students

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing yesterday that targeted a Shiite area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, killing 34 students.

Millionaires now control half of the world's personal wealth

15 Jun 2018

Millionaires now control half of the world's personal wealth

According to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group, half of the world's personal wealth now rests in the hands of millionaires and billionaires, up by 5% from their 45% share of personal wealth in 2016.

Facebook to launch digital literacy program for Indian women

03 Jun 2018

Facebook to launch digital literacy program for Indian women

Social networking giant, Facebook has announced a partnership with the National Commission for Women (NCW), wherein they'll launch a digital literacy program for women in collaboration with the Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF).

India needs to be one of America's closest partners: Pompeo

25 May 2018

India needs to be one of America's closest partners: Pompeo

India needs to be central to what the Trump administration does in South and Central Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday.

SCO Defense and Foreign Ministers' meetings begin in Beijing

24 Apr 2018

SCO Defense and Foreign Ministers' meetings begin in Beijing

The meetings of Defense and Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), being attended by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, began in Beijing today.

UN: Humans looking at lonely future with fewer plants, animals

24 Mar 2018

UN: Humans looking at lonely future with fewer plants, animals

According to new UN scientific reports - covering the Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific regions - on biodiversity in the planet, humans are looking at lonely future with an ever-increasing number of species coming under the threat of extinction.

India plays responsible role in Afghanistan's economic development, reconstruction: US

10 Mar 2018

India plays responsible role in Afghanistan's economic development, reconstruction: US

The Trump administration has stated they have seen India play a responsible role in the economic development and reconstruction of Afghanistan "over the last several years."

Iranian President's India visit: All you need to know

17 Feb 2018

Iranian President's India visit: All you need to know

PM Narendra Modi's "love affair" with West Asia continues. After hosting Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and making the Palestinians happy, now he is holding "substantive and productive" talks with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

What does Iran President Hassan Rouhani's visit mean for India?

12 Feb 2018

What does Iran President Hassan Rouhani's visit mean for India?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will leave for India on Thursday on a three-day visit.

SCO Summit: Swaraj'll represent India, but will she meet Pakistan?

26 Nov 2017

SCO Summit: Swaraj'll represent India, but will she meet Pakistan?

India and Pakistan will come face to face next week at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russia's Sochi. There's still no proposal for diplomatic talks, sources said.

US: $500k to NGO that promotes religious freedom in India

08 Nov 2017

US: $500k to NGO that promotes religious freedom in India

US' Department of State has announced that any NGO in India that suggests early warning systems for "reducing religiously-motivated violence and discrimination" will be given a grant of $500k.

Amid Sikkim stand-off, India and China attend the SCO summit

02 Jul 2017

Amid Sikkim stand-off, India and China attend the SCO summit

Amidst an intensifying stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at the border in Sikkim, the two countries attended the Shanghai Co-operation Organization meeting held in Dalian, in North-east China.

China plans scientific expedition to Tibet after nearly 40 years

18 Jun 2017

China plans scientific expedition to Tibet after nearly 40 years

China has included the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, an area earmarked under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of a scientific expedition to study climatic, environmental and biodiversity changes in the region over the past few decades.

Modi, Xi Jinping to hold talks at SCO summit

09 Jun 2017

Modi, Xi Jinping to hold talks at SCO summit

Official sources have confirmed that PM Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the ongoing Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Modi runs into Nawaz Sharif at SCO, enquires about health

09 Jun 2017

Modi runs into Nawaz Sharif at SCO, enquires about health

PM Modi exchanged greetings with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif when the two happened to run into each other at the Leaders' Lounge in Astana-Opera before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization concert.

Shanghai Co-operation Organization to admit India, Pakistan as full members

08 Jun 2017

Shanghai Co-operation Organization to admit India, Pakistan as full members

All eyes are on India and Pakistan as they are set to be admitted as members of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization, at the annual summit to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 8-9 June.

US to revive Asian infra projects to counter China

24 May 2017

US to revive Asian infra projects to counter China

The Trump administration has revived 2 infrastructure projects in Asia, providing brief details in their maiden annual budget.

India, Afghanistan to ink Motor Vehicles pact

02 May 2017

India, Afghanistan to ink Motor Vehicles pact

Sources said India and Afghanistan are likely to ink a motor vehicles transit pact to better facilitate road transport and trade of goods between the two countries.

India - Top remittance-receiver with $62.7bn inflows: World Bank report

23 Apr 2017

India - Top remittance-receiver with $62.7bn inflows: World Bank report

India retained the top spot among remittance-receiving countries despite a significant 8.9% drop in remittances in 2016.

India, US reaffirm close ties

19 Apr 2017

India, US reaffirm close ties

At the conclusion of US National Security Adviser HR McMaster's meeting with Indian officials, the US issued a statement, reaffirming the close ties it shares with India.

US NSA McMaster: Could take a tougher stance on Pakistan

18 Apr 2017

US NSA McMaster: Could take a tougher stance on Pakistan

The US National Security Adviser Lieutenant General HR McMaster reached Islamabad on an unannounced visit.

Death toll from St Petersburg metro blast increases to 11

04 Apr 2017

Death toll from St Petersburg metro blast increases to 11

The death toll from Monday's St Petersburg underground metro train blast has increased from 10 to 11.

Karnataka Government caps multiplex tickets at Rs. 200 in Budget

16 Mar 2017

Karnataka Government caps multiplex tickets at Rs. 200 in Budget

The Karnataka government in its newly presented budget has decided to cap the prices of multiplex tickets at Rs. 200, making Karnataka the second state to do so after Tamil Nadu.

India planning special food zones for UAE

06 Mar 2017

India planning special food zones for UAE

To address UAE's food security interests, India is working on what is called a "farm-to-port" project, where crops would be produced keeping in mind a specific UAE market.

First Uighur claims of allegiance to IS in new video

02 Mar 2017

First Uighur claims of allegiance to IS in new video

In what is seemingly Islamic State's "first direct threat" against China, a half-hour video has surfaced, featuring China's Uighur militants vowing to return home and "shed blood like rivers".

CII: India-UAE trade to touch $100 billion by 2020

17 Feb 2017

CII: India-UAE trade to touch $100 billion by 2020

The Confederation of Indian Industries stated that India-UAE trade would touch $100 billion by 2020, almost double that of the current $60 billion.

Turkey performs nationwide raids; hundreds of IS suspects detained

06 Feb 2017

Turkey performs nationwide raids; hundreds of IS suspects detained

On Sunday, little over a month after Turkey's nightclub was attacked, Turkish police carried out nationwide raids, detaining over 400 suspected to be members of the Islamic State.

UAE-India sign 13 strategic energy, trade, security pacts

26 Jan 2017

UAE-India sign 13 strategic energy, trade, security pacts

Further cementing their strategic ties, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed 13 agreements in principal areas like defence, security, trade and energy.

Istanbul club chosen at random says attacker

19 Jan 2017

Istanbul club chosen at random says attacker

Abdulgadir Masharipov, suspected to have killed 39 people in the Reina night club in Istanbul stated that the club was chosen at random.