Tuesday, December 06, 2022


68% of ethnic minorities in UK finance sector face bias: Report

LONDON: Seven in 10, or 68 per cent of ethnic minority employees including Indians, experienced discrimination in the UK's financial services industry, which contributes enormously to the country's GDP, a new report has found.

ECP gears up to de-seat Imran as PTI chair

ISLAMABAD: After disqualifying former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case for making "false statements and incorrect declaration", the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is now gearing up to remove him as chairman of his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Political instability in Pak continues to pose serious challenges

ISLAMABAD: Political instability in Pakistan continues to pose serious challenges to the countrys future since former Prime Minister Imran Khan's announcement to dissolve two major provincial and two legislative assemblies with an intent to trigger and pressure the federal government to announce early elections and succumb to his demand.

ADB lends Cambodia $50mn to help boost post-Covid economic recovery

MANILA: The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday announced that it has approved a $50-million loan to support the Cambodian government to diversify the country's economy and boost its global competitiveness.

China's renewed interest in Arunachal Pradesh

NEW DELHI: China's renewed interest in Arunachal Pradesh has evoked some sharp criticism from New Delhi in the recent past. China has time and again asserted its claim on around 90,000 sq.km of the Indian state as its own territory, while repeatedly referring to the region as South Tibet.

Indian Ocean nations apprehensive about China's intentions

NEW DELHI: China held a meeting last week with 19 countries from the Indian Ocean region minus India, which brought lots of criticism and suspicion about Beijing's intentions in the region.

Framework deal signed in Sudan to end political stalemate

KHARTOUM: Sudan's military and civilian leaders have signed a political framework agreement to end the political impasse and institute a two-year transitional authority.

Montreal COP15: Crucial for 196 nations to halt, reverse nature loss by 2030

NEW DELHI: As delegates of 196 nations gather over the next two weeks for the UN biodiversity summit, referred to as COP15, beginning in Montreal, Canada, to agree, amongst other things, on a new biodiversity framework -- a crucial moment as the world needs set of goals and targets that will guide action on nature through 2030 with over a million species of animals and plants face extinction because of human activity.

Turkish intelligence kills senior YPG member in Syria

ANKARA: Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has killed a senior member of the outlawed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

Denmark saw record number of bankruptcies in Nov

COPENHAGEN: A total of 331 companies filed for bankruptcy in Denmark in November, the highest number in 13 years, according to a new report.

Australian PM tests positive for Covid

CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Putin better informed now about Ukraine war, says US

KIEV: The head of US intelligence has said Russian President Vladimir Putin has "become better informed" about the difficulties facing his invading forces in Ukraine, as the Kremlin suggested the Russian president could visit the occupied Donbas region at a future unspecified date.

Bangladesh's reserves increased to $48 bn, says PM Hasina

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that the country's reserves have increased to $48 billion during the tenure of her government .

SL to get help from India's NDDB to develop dairy industry

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee to work with Indias National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to develop the island nation's dairy industry.

At 6, Indian-origin boy is youngest S'porean to trek to Everest Base Camp

SINGAPORE: A six-year-old Indian-origin boy has become the youngest Singaporean to have trekked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres.

ASEAN launches plan to promote women's security in Southeast Asia

PHNOM PENH: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched a regional plan of action on women's peace and security on Monday in partnership with UN Women.

5.2-magnitude earthquake jolts Dhaka

DHAKA: A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Dhaka on Monday, according to athe Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Italy home to highest number of unofficial Chinese 'police stations': Report

ROME: Italy hosts the highest number of unofficial Chinese "police stations" out of a network of more than 100 around the world, a report by a Spanish civil rights group has claimed.

Protesters attack govt building in Syria

DAMASCUS: A group of Syrian protesters carried out sabotage acts and attacked a government building in the southern city of Sweida, the Interior Ministry said.

Sikh woman shot dead outside gas station in Canada

TORONTO: In a "targeted" killing, a 21 year-old Canadian-Sikh woman died after being shot multiple times outside a gas station in Mississauga, police said.

Palestine to attend meeting of Assembly of States Parties of ICC

RAMALLAH: Palestine will attend a meeting of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) scheduled for Monday in The Hague, a senior official announced here.

Impeachment motion part of political game: Peru President

LIMA: Peruvian President Pedro Castillo said Sunday that an impeachment motion approved by the opposition-led Congress "is part of the political game" against him.

Iran to disband morality police amid ongoing protests

LONDON: Iran's morality police, which is tasked with enforcing the country's Islamic dress code, is being disbanded, the country's attorney general said, according to a media report.

Suspect involved in attack on Pakistan embassy in Kabul arrested

KABUL: Suspect involved in the assassination attempt on Pakistan's Head of Mission to Kabul, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, was arrested on Saturday, local media reported.

Pakistan repays $1b bond, dismisses perception of default

KARACHI: Pakistan successfully made a repayment of $1 billion against a matured international Sukuk (Shariah-compliant bond), three days ahead of schedule on Friday, dismissing the perception of its default on the payment, local media reported.

New Pak Army chief warns India of 'any misadventure' during LoC visit

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Asim Munir, has warned India of strict action in case of any 'misadventure', the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, according to a media report.

IMF can't dictate Pakistan government: Finance Minister

ISLAMABAD: At a time when Pakistan, under the current coalition government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is facing a towering challenge of reviving its economic and financial conditions and prevent from moving towards a complete meltdown, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has expressed his displeasure over the delay in the ninth International Monetary Fund (IMF) review, saying that he will not bow down to what he termed as "dictation" of the IMF.

Pakistan's head of mission in Kabul survives assassination bid

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Head of Mission to Kabul, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani has survived an assassination bid, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed.

Germany eases residency rules for skilled workers

BERLIN: The German Bundestag, or lower house of Parliament, has adopted a new law that will enable foreigners with a short-term "tolerated stay" permit to obtain a permanent residence permit.

EU plans to criminalise violation of sanctions against Russia

BRUSSELS: The European Commission has proposed making the circumvention of the European Union's (EU) sanctions against Russia a criminal offence.

Blinken designates Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia as religious freedom violators

NEW YORK: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has designated Pakistan, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia as religious freedom violators labelling them as "Countries of Particular Concern" (CPC).

Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies 'unexpectedly' at 21

TORONTO: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away "suddenly" and "unexpectedly" last week, an Instagram post by her parents said.

20,000 families in Denmark ask for Christmas Aid: Red Cross

COPENHAGEN: Due to soaring energy prices and the highest inflation in 40 years in Denmark, nearly 20,000 Danish families with children have asked the Red Cross for financial assistance this Christmas.

Peru President resolved on serving full term

LIMA: Peruvian President Pedro Castillo said "nothing will prevent" him from serving his full term in office, a day after Peru's Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against him for alleged "moral incompetence".

US rail labour union angered by 'one-two punch' from politicians

WASINGTON: The Railroad Workers United (RWU) in the US has expressed anger at both the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Vladimir Putin fell down the stairs at his home and soiled himself, claims report

LONDON: Vladimir Putin has fallen down the stairs at his official residence and soiled himself while continuing to suffer from cancer, a Telegram
channel which claims links to his bodyguards has suggested, Daily Mail reported.

Toronto driver arrested for death of Indian student

TORONTO: Toronto Police have arrested a 60-year-old driver in connection with the death of an Indian student from Karnal on November 23.

Canadian party calls for boycott of G20 activities in India

TORONTO: An opposition party in Canada has called on the government to boycott G20 activities in India over its alleged treatment of religious minorities and human rights record.

Imran may get arrested before next general elections: Asif Ali Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan may get arrested before the next general elections in the Toshakhana case, former president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed, local media reported.

World Bank approves $250mn for better environmental management in B'desh

DHAKA: The World Bank has approved $250 million in financing to help Bangladesh strengthen environmental management and promote private sector participation in green investment.