Saturday, October 24, 2020


China warns UK against offering citizenship to HK residents

BEIJING:China on Friday warned the UK against offering citizenship to Hong Kong residents and "immediately correct its mistakes" in order to avoid retaliatory measures.
In response to China imposing the national security law on Hong Kong, the UK in July reaffirmed its plan to offer citizenships only to those holding a British National Overseas (BNO) passport, reports the BBC.

TikTok to tell users why their videos were removed

NEW DELHI:Short video-making app TikTok has announced it will now tell users why their videos were removed from the platform.
The affected users will have an option to appeal the content removal.

Look at India, it's filthy, it's air is filthy: Trump

NEW YORK:US President Donald Trump has described India and its air as "filthy" during the last presidential debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden while discussing the environment and the Paris climate change agreeement.

Pompeo, Esper to discuss advancing strategic partnership with Modi

NEW YORK:US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mike Esper will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week to discuss advancing the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership that he and President Donald Trump committed to, according to the senior diplomat for the region.

Modi raises Galwan, Art 370 issues in first Bihar rally

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday raised the issue of deadly Galwan Valley clash between India and China troops, scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir state's special status, and even the Pulwama attack in order to woo Bihar voters ahead of the Assembly elections.

At mike muzzled debate, Trump-Biden clash gingerly on Covid-19, corruption

NEW YORK: With a microphone muzzle in place for most of the last presidential debate, a somewhat chastened US President Donald Trump took the stage with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, fending off charges of negligence and ineptitude in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

RAW chief's Nepal visit stir controversy

KATHMANDU: At a time when Nepals ruling communist party plunged into a fresh crisis, Samanta Kumar Goel, chief of Indian external spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing paid an unofficial visit to Kathmandu.

Pompeo to attend US-India 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi next week

NEW DELHI:New Delhi will be hosting the third India-US 2+2 ministerial level dialogue on October 27, amidst deteriorating relations with China.

Patiala police perform extra ordinary duty during corona epidemic: IG Aulakh

PATIALA:Patiala Police today observed the 61st Police Commemoration Day Parade at local police lines. IG Patiala Range Jatinder Singh Aulakh and SSP Vikram Jeet Duggal along with civil and judicial officers paid the rich tributes to the valiant martyrs of the Police who laid down their lives to maintain peace and harmony and law and order in the country.

Khadi launches footwear range, eyes Rs 1,000 cr share in market

NEW DELHI:Eyeing on the Rs 50,000 crore footwear market in India, Khadi Village Industries Corporation (KVIC) on Wednesday launched a range of footwear for men and women made of Khadi fabric and said that it plans to tap the Rs 1,000 crore market in the first year.

India releases Chinese soldier who strayed at LAC

NEW DELHI: India in a goodwill gesture ensured the release of a Chinese soldier who had strayed inside Indian ry across the disputed zone of the Line of Actual Controterritol

Reliance Jio-Qualcomm develop India's first 5G product, achieve 1000 MB throughput 

NEW YORK: India's Reliance Jio, which has over 400 million subscribers on its 4G network in India, announced on Tuesday that it has developed a 5G RAN product in partnership with US wireless-communication chip giant Qualcomm Inc, that has "achieved over one gigabits (1000MB) of throughput".

Trump slams Fauci, calls him 'disaster'

WASHINGTON: During a call with his re-election campaign staff, US President Donald Trump slammed Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, and called the latter "a disaster".

Ready to quit or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice to farmers,Says Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH:Asserting that he was prepared to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice towards Punjab’s farmers, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday warned of possible disruption of the state’s peace and threat to national security as a result of the Farm Laws, pointing out that nobody can tolerate religious hurt and attack on livelihood.

Jindal School launches 1st of its kind BA (H) in Finance & Entrepreneurship in India

NEW DELHI:The Jindal School of Banking & Finance of O.P. Jindal Global University has launched a unique, industry-relevant undergraduate programme B.A. (Hons.) Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Pro-Trump Indian-American campaign video stresses safety, economy, India support

NEW YORK:Safety, the economy and friendship for India are the themes of video ads supporting US President Donald Trump produced by an entrepreneur in the duel of the two political parties Indian-American votes in key states in the November 3 election.

Twitter resolves geotag issue after showing J&K as part of China

NEW DELHI:After courting controversy for wrongly showing Jammu and Kashmir as part of China, Twitter on Monday said it has resolved the issue.
We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. The teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue," a Twitter spokesperson told IANS in a statement.

Chinese soldier detained by India, adding to border tension

NEW DELHI:India has detained a Chinese soldier in the Demchok sector in the disputed border in Eastern Ladakh. The soldier, a corporal, is being questioned to establish whether he was on an espionage mission.

Google removes 3,000 China-linked fake YouTube channels

SAN FRANCISCO:As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.

India to come up with surrender policy for Kashmiri youth taking up guns 

SRINAGAR: India is coming up with a surrender and rehabilitation policy for the youth who want to give up militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The Union Defence Ministry is deliberating over the issue with the Home Ministry in New Delhi.

India buying winter clothing from US, Europe for troops in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Amid the standoff with China which has necessitated deployment of augmented army presence at the Line of Actual Control, India has gone for urgent purchase of additional high-altitude winter clothing from the US for troops deployed at forward locations in eastern Ladakh.

Amazon, Flipkart get notice for non-declaration of 'Country of Origin'

NEW DELHI: The Centre has issued notices to e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart for non-declaration of mandatory disclosure, including the 'Country of Origin' on specific products.

China's Covid-19 vax is safe, prompts antibody response: Lancet

BEIJING:Chinese Covid-19 vaccine candidate -- BBIBP-CorV -- that is expected to completely inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is safe and elicits an antibody response, a study published in The Lancet has found.

US stocks drop amid concerns over stimulus

NEW YORK: Wall Street's major averages finished lower as uncertainty over a fresh U.S. coronavirus relief package unnerved investors.

Prasar Bharati ends PTI subscription, seeks fresh proposal 

NEW DELHI: Prasar Bharati has ended its subscription of news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) and will now invite fresh proposals from other domestic news agencies, sources said.

US appoints special officer for Tibet after Xi asks troops to prepare for war

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON:A day after President Xi Jinping called on Chinese troops to prepare for war, the United States appointed a senior official as its special coordinator for Tibetan issues.

Is Pak planning to gift Sindh islands to China through PIDA ordinance?

NEW DLEHI:The island development ordinance promulgated by Pakistani President Arif Alvi seems to be a plan to sell off Pakistani islands to future investors or maybe China. Controversial sections in the Pakistan Island Development Authority (PIDA) ordinance have triggered massive protests and a major controversy, as people in Sindh feel the Imran Khan government is taking over their land.

UNHRC's credibility hangs in balance as worst human rights abusers China & Pak get re-elected

NEW DELHI:Is the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) becoming totally irrelevant? Has it lost its credibility, much like the World Health Organization? Many heads are nodding in affirmation after both China and Pakistan, the global hotspots for major human rights violations, were last night re-elected to the UNHRC.

US stocks drop as stimulus hopes wane

NEW YORK:Wall Street's major averages finished lower on Wednesday as investors grew concerned over the uncertain fate of a US coronavirus stimulus deal.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 165.81 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 28,514.00. The S&P 500 fell 23.26 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 3,488.67. The Nasdaq Composite Index sank 95.17 points, or 0.80 per cent, to 11,768.73, Xinhua news agency reported.

Two bridges on Manali-Leh highway among 44 inaugurated by Rajnath

SHIMLA:Two crucial bridges on the strategic 475-km Manali-Leh highway were among the 44 bridges inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to facilitate movement of armed forces and logistics in forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh, officials said.

Despite China-Pak tensions, India ushering in historical changes: Rajnath

ITANAGAR:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that despite challenging times due to Covid-19 and border tensions and disputes caused by Pakistan and China, India was not only resolutely facing them but also bringing about historical changes in all sectors of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's able leadership.

China's top legislature to convene 22nd session

BEIJING:China's top legislature, the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), will convene its 22nd session from Tuesday in Beijing, a spokesperson said on Monday.

Bagga says, "more to come" after pasting pro-Taiwan posters outside China mission

NEW DELHI:In major embarrassment for China that has been engaged in a prolonged stand off with India in Ladakh, its embassy staff in New Delhi woke up to posters wishing Taiwan on its National Day pasted outside its mission.

OPPO patents super-curve display smartphone design

BEIJING:Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has patented a new smartphone with a super-curve display.

China's BRI promised prosperity, gave debt trap

NEW DELHI: Several countries like Sri Lanka, Zambia, Djibouti, Laos, Maldives, Republic of Congo, Tonga, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, among others, where China has invested through its much-hyped Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have run into serious financial threat and debt trap, contrary to the expectation that the infrastructure exercise would help in their economic growth.

India warns against Pakistan's attempts to disrupt Non-Aligned Movement

UNITED NATIONS:Calling out Pakistan's attempts to disrupt the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), India has warned that it will slide to irrelevance and be shut out of global decision-making if attempts were made to divide it by venting bilateral grievances.

Pharma API imports from China handicap India's security: Madras HC

CHENNAI:The Madras High Court has observed that dependence on China for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) handicaps India in responding to security and other breaches by the Communist country.

China joins WHO-led COVAX for fair access to Covid-19 vaccines

BEIJING:China said on Friday that it has joined the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX international initiative which aims to ensure equitable global access to vaccines against the novel coronavirus.

Rs 12,000 cr loss as Centre tweaked rules over iron ore export: Cong

NEW DELHI:The Congress on Thursday targeted the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of working for its corporate 'friends'. The party said that after coming to power in 2014, the Centre has tweaked all the rules to favour private companies to export iron ore, robbing the exchequer of Rs 12,000 crore as duty fee.

Harris brings prosecutorial skills to debate overshadowing Pence

NEW YORK:Democrat Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris brought the forensic skills of a prosecutor to the debate trying to overshadow incumbent Vice President Mike Pence as they faced off on the national stage, attempting to pin each other to policies they would avoid while deflecting hard questions.