Friday, September 18, 2020


Mirpur activist at UNHRC says people want freedom from Pakistan

GENEVA/NEW DELHI:A prominent rights activist from Mirpur at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that people in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) were desperate to get freedom and join the Indian union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Doha talks will be difficult, tough decisions needed: Abdullah

KABUL:Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that the talks between government and the Taliban will be difficult, stating that the Afghan team will face issues that will require hard decisions to be made.

16 more educational institutions closed in Pak

ISLAMABAD:At least 16 more educational institutions in Pakistan were closed in the last 24 hours due to non-compliance of health guidelines or standard operating procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday.

Polio cases in Pak this year reaches 72

ISLAMABAD:The total number of polio cases in Pakistan so far this year has reached 72, after nine fresh cases were detected in Punjab and Balochistan provinces, according to health authorities.

IPL 13: Bumrah can fill Malinga's shoes for MI, feels Lee

NEW DELHI:  Former Australia speedster Brett Lee feels Jasprit Bumrah can fill the shoes of Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting Saturday.

Pak High Commission in London receives warrants for Sharif

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan High Commission in London has received arrest warrants sent by the Imran Khan-led government for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was reported on Friday.

Pak to set up markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan will set up three markets along the borders with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to promote business activities and help the people in the border areas, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Office said.

Google Play store removes Paytm app citing gambling policy

NEW DELHI:  Google has removed digital payments major Paytm's app from its Play Store for allegedly violating its gambling policies.

Chinese imperialism poses incurable threat to the world

NEW DELHI:Two viruses have taken over the world. One, a minuscule creature called Covid-19, has killed more than 8,00,000 people around the globe, but is slowing down and will most likely be eliminated in the coming months.

ISI afflicted by same bungling and corruption as rest of Pak: New book

NEW DELHI:Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistans spy agency is afflicted by the same bungling and corruption as the rest of the Pakistani state, according to a new book.

New farm laws part of SAD-Backed central Govt's 'Kisan Maaru, Punjab Maaru' conspiracy, says Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday slammed the farm legislations being forced on to the nation by the central government as part of the `Destroy Farmers, Destroy Punjab’ (Kisan maaru, Punjab maaru) conspiracy of the BJP-led NDA, of which the Akalis continue shamelessly to be a part at the cost of their own state and its people.

Covid-19: Takes humility to put others first in this battle for survival, says Kaif

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has paid tributes to Covid-19 workers, saying their willingness to work in a selfless manner is what made them stand out during difficult times.

Allot 10K more seats under India BPO promotion scheme: TN CM

CHENNAI:Pointing out the success of the India BPO Promotion Scheme in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Palaniswami has urged the Central government to allot 10,000 more seats under the scheme.

BJP high command to take equal seat shares in Punjab

PHAGWARA:Longtime ongoing cracks were seen appeared between Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party after continuous differences going on for the last several years. Several Senior BJP Leaders like Madam Mohan Mittal were repeatedly in favour of breakup with SAD to make BJP powerful in the state. Mittal even went on insisting BJP High Command to take equal seat shares in Punjab.

Sanjay Dutt reunites with kids in Dubai after months

DUBAI: Actor Sanjay Dutt, upon reaching the emirate, is spending time with wife Maanayata and their children Shahraan and Iqra.

RS okays salary cut for MPs amid demand for MPLAD funds' restoration

NEW DELHI:The Opposition and the Treasury benches unanimously supported the salary cut for MPs, even as the opposition MPs demanded restoration of the MPLAD funds.

Blatant lie: PM Modi tears into opposition on Farm Bills

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Opposition parties on Friday, saying they are "lying" to farmers. He also claimed that the NDA Government is doing what "they" themselves promised in their manifestos, referring to the Congress.

Andhra police foil BJP's 'Chalo Amalapuram' call

AMALAPURAM(Andhra Pradesh):Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday foiled the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 'Chalo Amalapuram' call, a protest against the recent Antarvedi temple chariot blaze.

Stroke scans can reveal Covid-19 infection: Study

LONDON:  Researchers have found that Covid-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke.

Govt lists 3 Finance Bills for passage in LS on Friday

NEW DELHI:The central government has listed three Finance Bills for consideration and passage in the Lok Sabha on Friday, the fifth day of the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Yogi may bring ordinance to restrict religious conversion

LUCKNOW:The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to promulgate an ordinance against religious conversions soon.
This is being done in view of the increasing number of cases of 'love jihad' in the state where Muslim men have concealed their religious identity to lure Hindu girls, sources said.

Abu Dhabi set to host Return to UFC Fight Island from Sep 26-Oct 25

NEW DELHI /ABU DHABI: Indian sports fans can look forward to exciting times ahead. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence in Abu Dhabi and hot on its heels is the second edition of the popular UFC Fight Island as the UAE capital city emerges as front runner in the revival of the global tourism and sports industry amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ankur Bhatia: OTTs setting commendable level in entertainment

MUMBAI: Actor Ankur Bhatia says essaying the role of a Pakistani Army Chief in the upcoming web series Crackdown was a difficult challenge.

Rajya Sabha passes Homoeopathy Bills

NEW DELHI:The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed two Bills -- the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

French Open: Attendance of spectators reduced to 5K per day

PARIS: The organisers of the Roland Garros 2020 have now been forced to reduce the number of spectators from 11,500 spectators per day to 5,000 per day due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Ranveer Singh's efforts to make Indian Sign Language an official language is on

MUMBAI:India's deaf community has lauded the efforts of actor Ranveer Singh to make Indian Sign Language an official language.

Make in India: Centre enhances approval free limits for FDI in defence

NEW DELHI:To accelerate the inflow of investments, and employment generation, the Centre has enhanced the FDI limit for the defence sector by allowing up to 74 per cent capital via automatic route.

Teenager dupes grandpa of Rs 15L

AGRA:A 17-year-old boy allegedly transferred Rs 15 lakh from his grandfather's bank account to his e-wallet to pay for his lavish lifestyle.

BSP to contest Assembly bypolls for first time in UP

LUCKNOW:The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to put up candidates in all eight Assembly seats where bypolls are to be held.
The BSP, earlier, had never contested by-elections, leaving the field clear for other remaining parties.

Central University of Punjab organized Webinar on ‘Way forward from Swadeshi towards Atam Nirbhar Bharat’

BATHINDA: The IQAC Cell of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) organized a Webinar on “Way forward from Swadeshi towards Atam Nirbhar Bharat” under the patronage of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari. On this occasion, Shri Satish Kumar, Rashtriya Seh Sangathak, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, was the keynote speaker.

Roger Federer sings Beatles classic for commercial

NEW DELHI:Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been mesmerising fans with his breathtaking shots on the tennis courts ever since he turned professional in 1998. Now the Swiss legend has left his fans speechless with a rendition of a Beatles' classic.

FanCode signs multi-year partnership with Bundesliga International

NEW DELHI: Multi-sport aggregator FanCode has partnered with Bundesliga International to show the German football league action every single week. With this multi-year partnership, FanCode becomes the only destination for fans in India to experience comprehensive coverage of the Bundesliga.

WhatsApp on Web may soon get fingerprint authentication feature

NEW DELHI:WhatsApp is reportedly working on to adding another layer of security via biometric scanning support that will help users secure new sessions on the platform on the Web.

Apple to celebrate Diwali with 1st India online store on Sep 23

NEW DELHI:Ending months of speculation, Apple is all set to launch its first exclusive online store in India on September 23 just ahead of the festive season, offering a full range of products, support and premium experience to consumers across the country.

Google adds Search trends symptoms data to Covid-19 repository

SAN FRANCISCO:In an effort to help researchers find useful health data to fight new coronavirus, Google has added its Search Trends symptoms dataset, which aggregates anonymised search trends for over 400 symptoms, to its Covid-19 Open Data repository.

Sargun Mehta supports protesting farmers in Punjab

CHANDIGARH:Actress Sargun Mehta on Thursday lent support to farmers protesting in Punjab.

Support keeps pouring in for Urmila after Kangana's 'soft porn star' jibe

MUMBAI:Support kept coming in for Urmila Matondkar from film as well as political circles all through Thursday, after actress Kangana Ranaut called her a soft porn star in a TV interview.

Kangana: BMC action is 'rape of my dreams, confidence, self-respect, future'

MUMBAI:Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday tweeted photographs of her demolished office. The actress described the demolition of the office by BMC as rape of her dreams.

Pak to set up markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan will set up three markets along the borders with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to promote business activities and help the people in the border areas, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Office said.

Imran govt to soon make occupied Gilgit-Baltistan Pak's 5th province

ISLAMABAD:The Imran Khan government is soon going to illegally integrate the occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region by making it Pakistan's fifth province.