Thursday, December 03, 2020


Biden's budget chief pick Tanden recounts rise from poverty to power

NEW YORK: Neera Tanden, who has been named Joe Biden's budget chief, shares a common upbringing with Kamala Harris -- both were raised by single mothers, who came from India and through their determination saw their daughters rise to positions of power -- exceeding the American dream.

China caught unaware of India's readiness, procures last minute high-altitude gear

NEW DELHI: China is making last minute efforts to make emergency procurements of high-altitude gear and clothing for its troops as they were caught unaware of India's readiness for the harsh winter atop the Eastern Ladkah heights -- that has been the bone of contention between the two Asian majors.

Two killed as car drives into pedestrians in Germany, one held

BERLIN: At least two people were killed and several others injured in Germany's Trier town on Tuesday as a car mowed down people in a pedestrian zone, reports said.

Yellen expected to pass further fiscal stimulus

NEW DELHI:  US President-elect Joe Biden is poised to choose Janet Yellen as his Treasury Secretary and top cabinet official in-charge of the US economy, as it faces slow recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump

WASHINGTON:  Scott Atlas, US President Donald Trump's controversial adviser to the coronavirus pandemic, has resigned after serving for four months, media reports said on Tuesday.

Guterres looks forward to working with Biden

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "looks forward to" working with US President-elect Joe Biden, according to the UN chief's spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

PDM's 5th power show calls for Imran's ouster

ISLAMABAD: Despite the Pakistan government's ban on holding public rallies in the wake of the unabated Covid-19 pandemic, the PDM opposition alliance staged its fifth power show in Multan which called for the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Canada unveils new financial program to stimulate economy

Washington D.C. may suspend weekend subway service

WASHINGTON: The subway system in the Washington D.C. region may be forced to end its weekend service in 2021 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a proposal.

SCO helps Pak increase engagements with regional, global partners'

ISLAMABAD:  A Pakistani official has said that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) provides the country with a platform for increasing engagement with key global and regional partners and forging tighter links with Central Asia.

Bushfire sweeps popular Australian island

BRISBANE: Residents and visitors on Australia's Fraser Island on Tuesday were asked to prepare for the worst as an out of control bushfire swept towards a major tourist resort.

Melania Trump unveils 2020 White House Christmas decor

WASHINGTON:  US First Lady Melania Trump on Monday unveiled this year's White House decorations for Christmas under the theme "America the Great".

Biden-Harris name Indian-American as executive director for inauguration

NEW YORK: US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have appointed Indian-American Maju Varghese, who steered their campaign, to be the executive director of their inauguration – the swearing-in ceremony and the festivities around it.

UK Covid-19 situation 'back under control' after 2nd lockdown

LONDON: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the coronavirus situation is "back under control" as the month-long lockdown in England, the second of its kind since the onset of the pandemic, is due to end on Wednesday.

China's Chang'e-5 probe prepares to land on moon

BEIJING:  China's Chang'e-5 probe is preparing for a soft landing on the moon to undertake the country's first collection of samples from an extraterrestrial body, it was announced on Monday.

Biden picks Indian-American Neera Tanden to head powerful budget office: Reports

NEW YORK: Joe Biden, who is to become US President in January, has picked Indian-American Neera Tanden, a controversial close confidante of the Clintons, to head the powerful White House Office of Management and Budget, according to several media reports.

Australia's east coast on high alert for bushfire

CANBERRA: A high alert was issued on Monday for the states of New South Wales and Queensland on Australia east coast for potential bushfires due to extreme heatwave that has hit the region.

12 leopard deaths reported in Sri Lanka this year

COLOMBO: Another leopard was found dead in Matale, in the central hills of Sri Lanka over the weekend, raising the total number of reported leopard deaths in the island nation to 12 this year, wildlife officials said on Monday.

13 killed in Pakistan road accident

ISLAMABAD: At least 13 people were killed and 15 others injured in a passenger van-bus collision in Pakistan's Punjab province on Monday.
The accident took place when the van hit the bus coming from the opposite direction in Sheikhupura district, Xinhua news agency reported.

Biden names 7 member all women White House comms team

NEW YORK: US President-elect Joe Biden has named a seven member all-women team to lead the White House communications war room, headed by his campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield. This is the first time in American political history that the senior White House communications team will be entirely female.

Canada extends int'l travel restrictions

OTTAWA: Canada has announced an extension of restrictions on international travel in an effort to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus amid an ongoing second wave of the pandeic in the country.

Joe Biden has 'confirmed hairline fractures': Imaging report

NEW YORK: US President elect Joe Biden has "confirmed hairline fractures" in mid foot and will require a walking boot for several weeks, according to imaging results out Sunday evening from Wilmington Delaware, where the Biden-Harris transition team has pitched tent.

NYC announces plan to reopen public schools

NEW YORK: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have announced a plan to safely reopen school buildings for in-person classes with more rigorous testing protocols in place.

52% forced conversion cases reported in Pak's Punjab province

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani rights group has said that 52 per cent of cases of alleged forced conversions of women, specicially of underage girls from the religious minority communities, had occurred in Punjab province.

30 dead, 24 injured in Afghan suicide bombing

KABUL: At least 30 military personnel were killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide car bombing that took place near a military camp in Afghanistan's Ghazni city on Sunday, officials have confirmed.

Babar Azam accused of sexual abuse by Pak woman

LAHORE : Ace Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam has been accused of sexual and physical abuse by a woman.
In a press conference aired by Pakistani channel '24 NewsHD' on YouTube on Saturday, the woman claimed that Babar exploited her for 10 years and also got her pregnant, while making false promises of marriage.

Turkey observes 2nd weekend lockdown

ANKARA:Turkey observed the second weekend as part of a partial curfew imposed across the country in an effort to to curb the increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

Trump lashes out at reporter over election query

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump lashed out at a reporter and called him "lightweight" after the latter questioned the President over the November 3 election outcome which has projected Democrat Joe Biden as the winner.

7 injured in Kabul IED blasts

KABUL:  At least seven people were injured on Saturday in two separate magnetic IED blasts in Kabul, police in the Afghan capital said.

ADB approves $300mn loan for macroeconomic stability in Pak

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $300 million policy-based loan targeting macroeconomic stability in Pakistan by improving trade.

10 possible IED attacks across Afghanistan foiled

KABUL: The Afghan National Army (ANA) has foiled at least 10 possible Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) blasts across the country, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Friday.

Pakistan joins Saudi-led initiative for digital cooperation

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan has joined the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO), a Saudi-led initiative, aimed at promoting digital cooperation among member states, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced.

4 killed in Pakistan shooting

ISLAMABAD: At least four people were killed in a shooting at a vehicle in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.
The incident took place in North Waziristan district on Thursday.

Australia's oldest museum to reopen after renovation

SYDNEY:The Australian Museum in Sydney, which is the oldest one in the country, will reopen on Saturday after a A$57.5 million renovation, with free general admission to the public till June 30, 2021.

Cop killed in Afghanistan blast

KABUL: A police officer was killed on Thursday as blast hit Tirin Kot city, the capital of Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan, provincial government spokesman Ahmad Shah Sahel said.

Foreign Secy Shringla in Nepal to mend ties, holds talks

KATHMANDU: Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has started high-level meetings in Kathmandu immediately after kicking off his two-day Nepal visit on Thursday.

Gunmen abduct 28 travellers in Afghanistan's Wardak province

KABUL: Unidentified gunmen intercepted vehicles and abducted 28 travellers in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, police spokesman Hajji Mohammad Ofiani said on Thursday.

Trump announces pardon for Flynn, former security adviser who lied to FBI

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he has pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Pennsylvania court halts certification of election results

WASHINGTON: The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in the US on Wednesday ordered an injunction halting the certification of the rest of the ballots in the presidential election, pending a hearing about a case filed by Republicans alleging irregularities in mail-in voting.

Three suspects held over deadly blasts in Afghanistan's Bamiyan

KABUL:At least three suspects were arrested on Thursday in connection with the deadly bomb blasts in the city of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan that had killed at least 17 people and wounded over 50 others, police said.