Tuesday, October 03, 2023


India asks Canada to withdraw 40 diplomats by Oct 10: Reports

NEW DELHI: India is learnt to have told Canada to withdraw around 40 diplomats from the country by October 10 amid worsening ties between the two nations, according to reports.

Family demands probe into UK Sikh separatist Avtar Khanda's death

LONDON: The family of Avtar Singh Khanda -- the principal orchestrator of the violence at the Indian High Commission in London who died this year -- has sought a formal inquest into his death from the chief coroner for England and Wales.

UAW, Mack Trucks reach tentative agreement

CHICAGO: The United Auto Workers (UAW) has reached a tentative five-year contract agreement with Mack Trucks that covers about 4,000 workers in the US states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida amid the ongoing strike.

EU Foreign Ministers meet in Kiev for first overseas meeting outside bloc

KIEV: Foreign Ministers from some of the European Union (EU) member states met in Kiev for their first meeting outside the bloc, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced.

Ramaswamy wants only 4 candidates for next Republican presidential debate

WASHINGTON: Indian-American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy's campaign has asked the Republican National Committee (RNC) to limit the number ofpresidential candidates on stage for the party's next presidential primary debate in Miami on November 8.

Trump attends civil trial in New York court, attacks proceedings

NEW YORK: Former US President Donald Trump on Monday attended a New York court where he faces a civil lawsuit for alleged fraud committed through the Trump Organization.

2 children killed in mine blast in Afghanistan

KABUL: Two children have been confirmed dead as an unexploded mine went off in north Afghanistan's Jawzjan province, provincial police spokesman Abdul Satar Halimi has said.

China’s lunar mission to launch Pakistani satellite

ISLAMABAD: Chang’e 6, China’s new mission to the moon to be launched in the first half of 2024, will also carry a Pakistani satellite to the moon, the media reported.

Ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh (Opinion)

NEW DELHI: The latest blitz by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh and the subsequent refugee exodus to Armenia should be termed and condemned, as ethnic cleansing of the disputed conclave and so-called Islamic countries should take the lead for this initiative.

Int'l arrivals to Vietnam in 9 months exceed yearly target

HANOI: Vietnam welcomed 8.9 million foreign tourists in the nine months of 2023, exceeding the target of 8 million for the whole year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

25 injured in Egypt police headquarters fire

CAIRO: At least 25 people were injured after a massive fire erupted at the police headquarters in the Egyptian city of Ismailia on Monday, state media reported.

Indian tycoon, son among six killed in Zimbabwe plane crash

HARARE: An Indian billionaire, with vast gold, diamonds and coal mining interests in Zimbabwe, and his son were among six individuals who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash in the southern African nation.

Indonesian President officially opens Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway

JAKARTA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday officially declared open the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (HSR) at the capital city's Halim Station.

Australia to crack down on student visa exploitation

CANBERRA: The Australian government on Monday announced a crackdown on international student visa scams.

N.Korea slams IAEA's adoption of resolution on nuclear weapons program

SEOUL: North Korea on Monday slammed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for criticising the reclusive nation's nuclear development, calling it a "conspiracy between the US and its followers".

7 killed after roof of church collapses in Mexico

MEXICO CITY: At least seven people were killed while 30 others are reportedly trapped after the roof of the Santa Cruz church collapsed in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, local authorities said.

Turkey launches airstrikes against Kurdish rebels after Ankara bomb attack

ANKARA: Turkish forces carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq and destroyed 20 targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the country's Defence Ministry has said.

Turkish Prez Erdogan pledges to make new constitution

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to make a new constitution in the new term of the parliament and invited all political parties and all segments of the society to join the effort.

1 terrorist killed, another dies in explosion near parliament buildings in Ankara 

ANKARA: The Turkish government has said that two terrorists carried out a bomb attack in front of the Interior Ministry buildings in Ankara, adding that one of them died in the explosion and the other was "neutralised" by authorities, media reported.

N.Korea says relations with Russia are 'powerful fortress' for preserving peace

SEOUL: Relations between North Korea and Russia serve as a "powerful fortress" for preserving peace and deterring the military threats of "imperialists," a North Korean official said on Sunday.

N.Korea will never be recognised as nuclear-weapon state: S.Korea

SEOUL: North Korea will never be recognised as a nuclear-weapon state and its pursuit of nuclear weapons will only lead to more sanctions against the regime, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

1 cop, 2 terrorists killed in attack in Pakistan's Punjab

ISLAMABAD: At least one policeman and two terrorists were killed early Sunday morning during a terrorist attack at a checkpost in the Mianwali district of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, the police chief said.

Time to cool heat in our relations, says Indian envoy at Toronto event

TORONTO: The current tensions between Canada and India has cast their shadow on this year’s biggest Indo-Canadian awards night when Sudha Murty, wife of Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murty, was given the $50,000 Global Indian Award by the Canada India Foundation.

Fresno becomes 2nd US city to ban caste discrimination

NEW YORK: After Seattle, Fresno in California has become the second US city to ban caste discrimination following the city council's unanimous 7-0 vote in favour of adding caste as a 'protected category' in its anti-discrimination policy.

Iran ready for 'anti-terrorism' cooperation with Pakistan

TEHRAN: A top Iranian military official has said that Iran's armed forces are ready for any form of cooperation with Pakistan in the "all-out fight" against terrorism.

Floods kill 9 in Vietnam

HANOI: Floods in Vietnam's northern and central regions from September 26 to September 28 killed nine people, left one person missing and injured 10 others, the country's National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has said.

US govt in shutdown mode as Congress explores next steps to reopen govt

WASHINGTON: As the US government is practically shutting down midnight Saturday, the Congress is now alternately exploring the possibilities of reopening the government to fund federal agencies if and when the shutdown occurs.

US misses the 'bigger picture' on row with Canada, says Jaishankar

WASHINGTON: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was struck by how little people in the US, specially officials he met over the last days including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan,, knew about Canada’s permissive attitude towards terrorism and the thriving nexus of crime, extremism, and human trafficking that exists in that country.

India raises issue of stopping envoy at Scotland gurdwara with UK Foreign Office

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday raised the issue of stopping High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami by a few radicals from entering a gurdwara in Scotland's Glasgow with the British Foreign Office and police, sources from the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Indian-American Nikki Haley beats Biden by 19 points among Independents: Poll

WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, the Indian-American former Governor of South Carolina, is the best Republican candidate to beat US President Joe Biden for the White House, especially among independent voters, a new poll has found.

Death toll from Nagorno-Karabakh fuel depot blast rises to 170

MOSCOW: The death toll from a fuel depot explosion in the conflict-hit Nagorno-Karabakh region which was seized by Azerbaijan last week, has increased to 170, Russian media reported on Friday citing local emergency services.

52 dead, 50 injured in 'suicide' blast near Balochistan mosque

QUETTA: At least 52 people, including a police officer, have died and some 50 others injured in a suspected suicide blast that occurred on Friday near a mosque in Pakistan's Balochistan province as people gathered for a religious procession to mark Eid Milad-un-Nabi, officials said.

Swedish PM summons army chief amid surge in gang violence

STOCKHOLM: Amid a spike in the number of gang killings across Sweden, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has summoned the Army chief to help curb the violence.

Extremely important to continue engaging constructively, seriously with India: Trudeau

OTTAWA: Despite levelling allegations over the involvement of India in the murder case of Canada-based pro-Khalistan hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it was "extremely important" for his country and its allies to continue engaging “constructively and seriously” with India given its growing importance on the world stage.

There’s something dangerous happening in America now: Biden

WASHINGTON: In a stark warning about the ongoing existential threats to US democracy, President Joe Biden said “there’s something dangerous happening in America now”.

US offers $5mn reward on 'masterminds' of Ecuadorean presidential candidate's murder

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the "masterminds" who carried out the assassination of Ecuadorean presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio in August.

Australia retires Taipan helicopters following fatal crash

CANBERRA: The Australian Defence Force's fleet of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters have been retired early following a fatal crash.

Explosion in Istanbul kills 2, injures 4

ISTANBUL: Two people were killed and four others injured on Thursday in an explosion in Turkey's largest city Istanbul, according to the Istanbul Governor's Office.

Jaishankar meets top US officials in Washington DC

WASHINGTON: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar held a wide range of discussions on the India-US relationship in a string of meetings with top US officials on Thursday, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

New York court rejects Trump's effort to delay trial in fraud case

NEW YORK: A New York appeals court has rejected Donald Trump’s request to delay his civil fraud trial over accusations that the former US President inflated the value of his properties by billions of dollars.