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A not quite fine balance

Russia’s brutal invasion into Ukraine, which has led to the death and displacement of millions, has not come without a cost. As Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine border towns and Western powers began to apply economic sanctions in the hopes…

Indian court upholds ban on hijab in class

NEW DELHI An Indian court on Tuesday upheld a ban on hijab in class in the southern state of Karanataka stating that wearing the headscarf was not an essential religious practice in Islam. The ruling came following petitions filed in…

Woman detained for stabbing cab driver

NEW DELHI A woman was detained by the Gurugram Police on Tuesday for allegedly stabbing a cab driver. According to the police, the woman, who was wearing a burqa, boarded the cab at around 11 am today from Gurugram's Cyber City area.…

Free Fire banned in India

Garena Free Fire, the popular battle royale game, was banned in India on February 14 along with 53 other apps by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The app was already missing from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store a day before news…

Disco-King Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

MUMBAI Singer-composer Bappi Lahiri passed away on Tuesday, February 15, at a Mumbai hospital, informed a doctor on Wednesday. He was 69. He passed away around 11.45 pm on Tuesday. The veteran singer had tested positive for Covid-19…

Leopard infection fuels fears of spillover

NEW DELHI A male leopard cub found dead in the wild in mid-October has been detected with the novel coronavirus in India, marking the first reported incidence of the virus in a free-ranging wild feline species. Researchers at the…

Childhood memory on BR Ambedkar

One day in October 1956, it was announced over the radio that Babasaheb BR Ambedkar, eminent jurist and the chief architect of the Constitution of the Republic of India, was going to visit Nepal. Poorna Bhadra Adiga Pashupatinath is a…

Diploma courses In Iranology

NEW DELHI Tillotoma Foundation and the Iran Culture House, New Delhi are presenting two interesting Diploma courses on Iran for students and enthusiasts. The two courses are Diploma Course on Persian Language and Diploma Course on…

Asian markets close day in positive territory

Following positive figures from Asian countries, such as Chinese industrial production and Japan’s additional budget developments, Asian stock markets closed Thursday positive. The Asia Dow, which includes blue-chip companies in the…

India’s balancing act between Russia, US

Iftikhar Gilani Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi on Dec. 6, which also marks the arrival of the first batch of the S-400 Triumf long-range air defense system, will test India’s diplomatic skills in balancing ties…

A silent killer is choking India’s capital

NEW DELHI Gulpreet Singh begs for food from a dirty hemp mat spread on the sidewalk outside Delhi's South Campus metro station. Like millions of Indians who survive on handouts or daily wages, the 84-year-old says he has no choice but…

India opens borders to vaccinated tourists

New Delhi India opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists entering the country on commercial flights for the first time in nearly two years on Monday. Tourists entering the country must be fully vaccinated, test negative…

Former PM Manmohan Singh admitted to AIIMS

NEW DELHI Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The eighty-nine year Congress leader had complained of weakness and is stable and under the observation of doctors,…

9 are dead after farmers protest in India

NEW DELHI Indian authorities suspended internet services and barred political leaders from getting into a northern city Monday to calm tensions after 9 people have been killed in a deadly escalation of a yearlong demonstration in…

iPhone 12 price down

The year once more when you do not have any reason to end because the e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon are returned with crazy offers on products. Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale is now staying for Plus members in India. For…

PNG envoy calls for strong bilateral ties

NEW DELHI "There is need to strengthen cordial relations between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and India. This will help in both the countries mutually," said the PNG's High Commissioner to India Paulias Korni. Speaking at the 46th National…

Sri Lankan navy attack Indian fishermen

RAMESWARAM, India Boats and fishing nets of Indian fishermen from here were damaged in an alleged attack by the Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Fisheries officials said on Thursday. The incident happened late on Wednesday near…

Chinese hack targets Indian media, says Report

A U.S.-based private cybersecurity company said Wednesday it's uncovered evidence that an Indian media conglomerate, also as a police department and also the agency responsible for the country’s national identification database are hacked,…

China-India agree to safeguard border peace

DUSHANBE Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday highlighted the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility within the border areas. During…

India vs England 5th Test: Match cancelled

An intense 24-hour drama that began on Thursday with a support staffer of the Indian team testing positive in Manchester, ended on Friday morning with the ultimate Test of the five-match series between India and England being called off.…

Best Places for Trekking in Kashmir

Are you planning a trekking holiday in Kashmir in 2022? Well, first of all, congratulate yourself for making such a right decision. After all, nothing can compare to the experience of trekking amidst the astounding beauty of the…

Sonia Gandhi calling for Opposition solidarity

 New Delhi Congress President Sonia Gandhi sounded the bugle for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections at a virtual meeting of 19 Resistance Opposition parties. The Congress president said that 2024 was the "ultimate goal", and added: "This is a…

India’s ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh dies

NEW DELHI Milkha Singh, one of India´s most successful track athletes who overcame childhood tragedy to seek Olympic glory, has died aged 91 after a long battle with Covid-19, Indian media said Friday. Tributes to the athlete known as…

Modi seeks to tame social media firms

Christopher McMichael Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing government has intensified its efforts to police speech in India by trying to control social media platforms, which are critical spaces for dissenting voices. In an ironic…

Leader counts his votes, count our dead

 Insiyah Vahanvaty When Narendra Modi rose to power in 2014, it was on the mandate of development. After more than a decade of his leadership as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, which lies along the western coast of India, Modi was…

Can Asia reinvent global trade?

Bilahari Kausikan Let’s not believe our own propaganda. Asia reinventing global trade is a superficially attractive but problematic proposition. It assumes there once was a free international economy open to reinvention. It assumes there…

Bangladesh seals border with India

Dhaka Bangladesh has decided to close its border with India for the next 14 days to control the spread of the deadly virus. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told Sunday a ban on entry from India has been imposed in line with the…

COVID-19 surge rattles hospitals in India

NEW DELHI In New Delhi, one sound is conspicuous these days -- the siren of ambulances. More so outside the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, one of India's largest COVID-19 facilities. As India is witnessing an unprecedented…

Kashmir dispute: A neglected Issue

Ghulam Nabi Fai Benjamin Franklin, a signer of the US Declaration of Independence from Britain and the man responsible for negotiating a treaty between the colonies and France, asked: “When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle…

Indian interfaith institute bags UN award

Jose Kalathil NEW DELHI: The Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies (IHPS), New Delhi, has been selected for the 11th ‘King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week’ 2021 Prize. Other winners of the prize are Wellington Interfaith…

India to vaccinate over-60s from March 1

New Delhi India plans to expand its vast but faltering coronavirus vaccination programme from March 1 by offering jabs to the over 60s, the government said Wednesday. The country began vaccinating its 1.3-billion population last month…

India’s Vaccine Diplomacy

Biswajit Dhar For over two decades, India has earned a reputation for being the ‘pharmacy of the world’ thanks to its strong generic pharmaceutical industry, which supplies affordable and quality medicines to the global market. Medicine…

Nation marks Kashmir Solidarity Day

ISLAMABAD The Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed  Friday across the country with renewed commitment for bringing the Kashmir issue to the limelight amid brutal and unprecedented military siege of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir…

“No Amount Of Threats…”: Greta Thunberg

 NEW DELHI  Greta Thunberg's tweets on farmers have been cited in a case filed today by the Delhi Police that alleges an overseas "conspiracy" and an attempt to "promote enmity between groups". The teen climate campaigner, unfazed,…

India, China “Minor Face-Off” In Sikkim

New Delhi Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed along the Line of Actual Control near Naku La pass in Sikkim last week, the army said today, downplaying the incident as a "minor face-off". The clashes took place on January 20, when a…

“Now, Arrest Me”: Tejashwi Yadav

New Delhi Nitish Kumar, who has often displayed a short fuse when it comes to criticism on social media, has ordered action against "offensive" posts against his government in Bihar. Bihar's Economic Offences wing, the agency in charge…

Indian Villagers Pull Truck From Gorge

Nagaland,India The Kutsapo villagers under Phek district in Nagaland pulling out a truck with ropes which fell off the road, is probably one of the best video going viral in various social media platforms, which is also sending out a…

India sees year bookended by protests

NEW DELHI While 2020 in India began with widespread protests against the country’s controversial citizenship law, the year for the South Asian giant is also ending with massive public protests against new farming laws, with experts…

New cases in India stay below 90K for 5th day

NEW DELHI India has reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding daily infections this week. The Health Ministry raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.8 million…

Saudi Arabia Bans flight to and from India

Saudi Arabia has banned flights to and from India amid a surge in coronavirus cases, according to an official document. In a circular issued on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said it was "suspending…

India records nearly 87,000 new virus cases

NEW DELHI India has recorded nearly 87,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with another 1,130 deaths. With the Health Ministry announcement Monday, India now has more than 5.4 million reported cases since the pandemic…

India maintains surge, adds 93,300 new cases

NEW DELHI India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4…

Railways in Nepal with History and Future

Nepal is a small landlocked country situated in South Asia. It covers an area of 1,47,18 1 sq. km. It is bordered by India in the east, west, and south and also China in the north which are the countries having largest economies in the…

India and China in interesting times

Vivek Menezes Much controversy this week, after an odd and conspicuously dubious Newsweek report claimed: “Another brutal purge is coming” in Beijing, because the “People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has unexpectedly flopped” in its Himalayan…

Best Places to Visit in Asia

Looking to live like a king or queen on your global adventures? Head to Asia for some top-class budget travels! Asia is the world’s largest continent, home to 48 countries. While some of Asia’s nations, including Japan and Singapore, are…

A mutually beneficial relationship

India has long been seen as Bangladesh’s staunchest ally, going as far back as Bangladesh’s Liberation War, in which India played a crucial role. To that end, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s words which stated that…

India bans onion export to Bangladesh

The Indian government on Monday banned exports of all types of onions to Bangladesh, citing a shortage in supply in India itself due to heavy rainfall and floods. The ban comes close to a year after India announced its move of not…

TIMELINE – Kashmir: A year after annexation

NEW DELHI Since Aug. 5, 2019, when India moved to strip special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, it has incorporated several legal changes in the statute book of the region. Here is a timeline of various decisions announced…

India’s coronavirus cases top 1.8 million

NEW DELHI The number of confirmed cases in India of the novel coronavirus surpassed 1.8 million Monday, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The tally now stands at 1,803,695 with 38,135 deaths. The chief minister of the…

India: Death toll rises to 89 in Assam floods

NEW DELHI Nearly 90 people have died in floods in 26 districts in the northeastern state of Assam, the state’s disaster management authority (SDMA) said Thursday. SDMA said two news deaths occurred and through July 22, the death toll…

Swarm of locusts reaches Nepal

Kathmandu,Nepal Nepal government said Saturday that the locust swarm has entered the country from its southern border with India. Nepal's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development confirmed the entry of the locusts in a statement…

New Delhi’s rising cases prompt mass survey

NEW DELHI India has counted another record daily high in new virus cases as New Delhi grew to its worst-hit city. India registered 16,922 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national total to 473,105. The Health Ministry on Thursday…

Nepal calls again for border talks with India

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal’s foreign minister said Tuesday that the country was still waiting for a response from India on holding talks to resolve a border dispute that has strained relations between the South Asian neighbors. Foreign…

China captures over 60sq km area

Indian government experts have conservatively estimated that China has captured more than 60 square kilometres of Indian-patrolled territory in the last month action in Ladakh, while the advancing posturing of Chinese troops is still…

Kashmir: 5 militants killed in gunfight

SRINAGAR,India Five militants were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday following a gunfight with government forces, police said. The regional police, Indian Army's 55 Rashtriya Rifles and 183 Battalion of paramilitary forces…

Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 hours. Pakistan’s outbreak has grown steadily since the country’s…

Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi

New Delhi An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 struck near Delhi on Friday, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Rohtak in Haryana, according to India's National Center for Seismology. The…