Thursday, January 28, 2021


India needs clear policy and improved military might to counter China's expansionist agenda: Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: Given China’s long-standing expansionist agenda, the Indian government should have a clear and well-defined policy on its hostile neighbour, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday, warning that talks with Beijing alone would not lead anywhere.

Pak aims to set up Special Economic Zone in Gilgit-Baltistan

SKARDU: After his party's victory in the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's government plans to open a Special Economic Zone in the region to facilitate the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Budget21-22 must set aside threat for India becoming dumping ground for global Al scrap

NEW DELHI: India has been caught in a pincer by a torrent of cheap inflow of aluminum and scrap imports majorly from China as well as the United States.
In FY20, there has been a 327 per cent increase in the imports of aluminium scrap from US into India compared to the levels in FY15.

TikTok to cut jobs in India after ban extends

NEW DELHI: About seven months after facing a ban in India, short video-sharing platform TikTok on Wednesday said it would scale down the size of its workforce constituting over 2,000 employees in the country.

Malaysia begins phase 3 trial of China-developed Covid vaccine

KUALA LUMPUR:Malaysia has begun a phase 3 clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS), the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

WHO lauds China for submitting Covid vaccines data for assessment

GENEVA:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed China for submitting the data of its Covid-19 vaccines to the agency for the Emergency Use Listing procedure, a top WHO expert said.

Pakistan opposes new UNSC permanent seats

ISLAMABAD:As India, Brazil, Germany and Japan put forward efforts to reform the 15-member body of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and add seats of new permanent members, Pakistan has opposed the idea, stating that it would "kill the consensus-based process to make it more effective, representative and accountable."

Pakistan opposes new UNSC permanent seats

ISLAMABAD: As India, Brazil, Germany and Japan put forward efforts to reform the 15-member body of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and add seats of new permanent members, Pakistan has opposed the idea, stating that it would "kill the consensus-based process to make it more effective, representative and accountable."

France tallies 22,086 Covid-19 infections, 612 deaths in one day

PARIS: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in France spiked by 22,086 over the past 24 hours and a further 612 patients succumbed to the disease, according to official data released on Tuesday.

My heart goes with farmers on R-Day: Punjab CM

PATIALA(Punjab): Asserting that his heart was with the farmers amid the Republic Day celebrations, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the Centre had deliberately kept Punjab out of the high-powered committee initially as they knew that the voices of protest would rise from here.

Centre set to permanently ban 59 Chinese apps

NEW DELHI: The Union Government has decided to permanently ban 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok.
The development comes several months after the government had first banned Chinese apps temporarily in last June.

Yogi's visit a boon for this Ladakhi Pashmina trader

LUCKNOW: For Kunjang Dolma, a businesswoman from Ladakh, it was a moment of pride when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited her stall at the ongoing 'Hunar Haat' here.

Indian, Chinese soldiers clash at Naku La, many injured

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed at Naku La in North Sikkim last week with many injuries reported, said a government source. The situation is said to be under control though as of now.

India, China hold 16-hours long talks

NEW DELHI: India and China held 16 hours-long marathon military dialogue to resolve an ongoing border dispute and thinning of forces along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, government official said on Monday. The details of the meeting are yet to be known.

Tibetans hopeful of seeing Biden host the Dalai Lama

DHARAMSALA: Tibetans are hopeful of being united with the States once again with their globetrotting spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who has a special relationship with US presidents that began with a gold watch, calling on President Joe Biden soon for substantive discussions.

AAP holds motorcycle rallies across state to mobilise people for R-Day 'Kisan Tractor Parade'

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took out motorcycle rallies in several parts of the state on Saturday to mobilise people for 'Kisan Tractor Parade' announced by farmers in Delhi against the centre's agriculture black laws, on January 26. AAP's state president and MP Bhagwant Mann said that the party workers have taken out motorcycle rallies across the state to mobilise people for the 'Kisan Tractor Parade' in the national capital on Republic Day. All the party MLAs organised motorcycle rallies with supporters and volunteers in their respective constituencies.

Pant should replace Iyer or Samson in India ODI, T20I squads: Hogg

NEW DELHI: Former Australia all-rounder Brad Hogg has called on the Indian selectors to include Rishabh Pant in India's limited-overs squads saying that the batsman's ability to play unconventional shots makes him difficult to bowl to.

Lahiri fails to make cut in PGA Tour event at La Quinta

LA QUINTA CALFORNIA:India's Anirban Lahiri failed to make the cut at PGA Tour's American Express golf at the PGA West Stadium Course here.Lahiri ended with a score of 3-under par at the end of round 1 and 2 with the cut being set at 4-under par. He had a tied 15 finish in the first round.

Uncertainty in Chinese business community as Covid 19-induced restrictions return

NEW DELHI: Uncertainty and fear have gripped the business community in China as it reported an increase in Covid-19 cases. Another round of lockdown in parts of the country could impact the economic revival leaving many jobless once again. China reported 144 new cases on Thursday.

India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

Former US general Austin will be first African American Def Secy

NEW YORK: The United States Senate on Friday confirmed a former Army general, Austin Lloyd to become the Defence Secretary, making him the first African American to hold the job.

France's Covid-19 infections top 3mn

PARIS: France on Friday reported 23,292 more confirmed Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total infections to 30,11,257, showed the government data website.

Former US general Austin will be first African American Def Secy

NEW YORK: The United States Senate on Friday confirmed a former Army general, Austin Lloyd to become the Defence Secretary, making him the first African American to hold the job.

Biden's defence chief-designate says cooperation with India to grow

NEW YORK: US President Joe Biden's nominee for defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, has said that he would continue to build on the "strong defence cooperation" with India and ensure that the militaries of the two countries can collaborate on shared interests.

Taiwan makes history at Biden inauguration

NEW DELHI: History was made at the US presidential inauguration last night and it wasn't just about an outgoing President not attending the ceremony for the first time in 152 years. As Hsiao Bi-khim entered the Capitol building, Taiwan was represented in an official capacity at the US presidential inauguration for the first time since 1979, the year which saw a break in diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei.

92 countries post request for Made-in-India vaccines

NEW DELHI: Ninety-two countries have approached India for Covid-19 vaccines, bolstering New Delhis credentials as the vaccine hub of the world. Highly placed sources said that scores of countries are approaching India, as the word spreads that Indian vaccines are showing negligible side-effects, since the immunization drive in the country began on Saturday.

US rejoins Paris climate pact, WHO under Biden

NEW YORK: Getting to work soon after the inauguration festivities, President Joe Biden has signed orders for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the first set of actions to undo the policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.

Blinken indicates US to continue backing India against China incursions

NEW YORK: Anthony Blinken, who is President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be the secretary of state has indicated that the US would continue to back India against challenges to its sovereignty from China and work with it in the fight against terrorism.

Pak Army recovers American mountaineer's body near K2

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has recovered the body of an American climber near K2, the second highest peak of the world, making the second death of a foreign mountaineer in the area in less than a week, the media reported on Tuesday.

Who is he? Is he my professor: Rahul Gandhi on JP Nadda

NEW DELHI: Former Congress chief on Tuesday slammed BJP national president J.P. Nadda after he taunted him for misleading and provoking farmers, saying who is he and why should he answer him.

I'm a clean person, not scared of PM Modi: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he was not scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was a "clean person" and he would continue to fight alone even if no one sided with him.

Pak approves Sinopharm Covid vaccine for emergency use

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved a Covid-19 vaccine by China's Sinopharm for emergency use amid an unabated resurgence in the country.

Take action to cut methane emissions from oil, gas sector: IEA

NEW DELHI: Methane emissions from the global oil and gas industry fell by an estimated 10 per cent in 2020 as producers slashed output in response to the historic shock of the Covid-19 crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday, warning that these emissions could rebound strongly without greater action by companies, policy makers and regulators.

Exports of SII vaccine blocked till March-April

NEW DELHI: Exports of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by the Serum Institute of India are currently blocked until March or April, as India (along with China) look set to take the lead in driving the region's distribution efforts in the months ahead, according to Moodys Analytics.

UK invites PM Modi for G7 summit

NEW DELHI/LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by his UK counterpart Boris Johnson to attend the G7 summit in the UK as a guest in June this year.

Biden releases plan for first 10 days to 'unTrump' US

NEW YORK: US President-elect Joe Biden has announced a masterplan for his first 10 days in office to "un-Trump" the country and focus on the battle against Covid-19, the economy and immigration.

Over 675,000 Turkish health workers get Covid-19 jab

ANKARA: More than 675,000 health workers in Turkey have received the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac during the first three days of the country's inoculation program, the Health Ministry said.

China slams US media silence over Pfizer vax deaths in Norway

NEW DELHI: China has slammed the US media for its silence over the deaths of 23 Norwegian elderly patients who were vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Twenty-three elderly Norwegian people died after receiving Pfizer vaccines and the country has launched a detailed investigation into the fatalities that have shocked the world.

India offers disaster relief training, capacity building to Nepal

NEW DELHI: India is ready to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training and capacity building to Nepal as both countries make attempts to improve strained bilateral relations.

20 ITBP personnel among first Covid vax recipients

LEH: Leading from the front in the fight against Covid-19, a group of 20 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel on Saturday registered themselves in the list of the three lakh people across the country who received the first dose of the vaccine. The world's largest vaccination drive began in India after its launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.