Friday , 21 September 2018

World News

Trump administration’s “inconsistent” immigration policies may backfire

PTI   New York The Trump administration’s “inconsistent” immigration policies, including on the H1-B visa for professionals, could “disrupt” operations of American firms and inflict “substantial harm” on their competitiveness, CEOs from top US companies have warned. In a letter to US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, members of the Business Roundtable, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO ... Read More »

Pompeo’s maiden call to Imran Khan triggers controversy

PTI   Washington/ Islamabad A fresh row has erupted between the US and Pakistan with Islamabad taking exception to a State Department’ statement that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the issue of terrorism with newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan while Washington stands by its version. Pompeo Thursday spoke to Khan for the first time after the cricketer-turned-politician assumed office ... Read More »

S Korean ex-president Park’s sentence extended

AFP   Seoul A South Korean appeal court Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye’s prison sentence for corruption and abuse of power by one year. The decision by the Seoul High Court means the former head of state, who was ousted after a sprawling graft scandal triggered mass protests, faces 25 years in jail in the case. Park was convicted in ... Read More »

Scott Morrison becomes new Australian PM

PTI   Melbourne Scott Morrison Friday became Australia’s new Prime Minister after emerging victorious in a leadership contest for the Liberal Party following a political coup against Malcolm Turnbull, ending days of political chaos in the country. Morrison, 50, who has been serving as the country’s treasurer, defeated former home affairs minister Peter Dutton by 45 votes to 40 at ... Read More »

Death toll in Lombok island quakes surpasses 550

IANS Jakarta The death toll in the devastating earthquakes that hit Indonesia’s Lombok island between July 29 and August 19 was raised to 557 on Friday, authorities said. More than 390,000 people remain displaced due to the quakes, while 76,765 buildings were damaged. The National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Twitter that the majority of ... Read More »

Indian, Pak troops for the first time in SCO military drill

Beijing/Moscow: For the first time, the militaries of India and Pakistan are taking part in a mega anti-terror drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Russia aimed at expanding cooperation among the member countries to deal with the growing menace of terrorism and extremism. Please like & share: Read More »

Batteries that don’t catch fire in the offing

New York: Stanford scientists have found a novel way to introduce flame retardants into lithium ion batteries to prevent fires from occurring in smartphones and other devices. Please like & share: Read More »

‘Baghdadi alive’ ISIS releases his new audio

Cairo/Washington: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive chief of the Islamic State terror group, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has asked his followers to “patiently persevere” despite the losses they suffered in Iraq and Syria. Please like & share: Read More »

Buddhism India’s greatest gift to us: Bhutan’s Queen Mother

Thimphu: Describing Buddhism as one of India’s greatest gifts to Bhutan, the Himalayan nation’s queen mother said Thursday that the ancient religion is the “unchanging constant” in the deep bond between the two neighbours.  Please like & share: Read More »

ICJ to hear Kulbhushan case in February

ISLAMABAD: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hear for a week in February the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges, according to a media report on Wednesday. Please like & share: Read More »