Wednesday , 20 February 2019

World News

Myanmar detains Rohingyas fleeing to Malaysia by boat

IANS   MYANMAR Dozens of Rohingyas were detained by the Myanmar police on Friday after they came ashore in the country’s Kyauktan region. Over 100 members of the mostly Muslim minority were arrested and put into trucks by the police after their boat, bound for Malaysia, lost its way and washed up near Kyautktan, about 30 km south of Yangon, ... Read More »

PM May fights for survival, urges unity amid Brexit turbulence

IANS   LONDON UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday appealed to her Cabinet to stick together as she battled to cling onto her job, a day after a wave of resignations thrust her terms for a departure from the EU into jeopardy. As No 10 geared up for a potential vote of no confidence, government whips were recalled to ... Read More »

Pakistani govt official goes missing

IANS   ISLAMABAD A Pakistani government official of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been missing from the capital, officials said on Friday. Muhammad Ayaz, Deputy Director of CDA, went missing from the G6 sector of Islamabad after he left his office at 2.30 pm on Thursday, the authority officials were cited as saying by Xinhua news agency. “The CDA ... Read More »

UN to ramp up food aid to Yemen as famine risk grows

UNI UNITED NATIONS As the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) prepares to ramp up aid to Yemen, in the face of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, David Beasley, Executive-Director of the agency, issued a heartfelt plea for all warring parties to end “this horrible war.” Beasley was speaking on his return from a three-day visit to the country, which ... Read More »

‘India committed to peaceful, prosperous Indo Pacific region’

PTI   SINGAPORE India was committed to a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as he called for enhancing multilateral cooperation, economic and cultural ties among member nations at the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore. It was Prime Minister Modi’s 5th East Asia Summit (EAS). India has been participating in the EAS since ... Read More »

French PM Edouard Philippe warns of ‘no-deal’ Brexit risk

IANS   PARIS French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Thursday cast doubt on the possibility to ratify a draft Brexit deal after a series of resignations by ministers made hard for British Prime Minister Theresa May to sell the divorce accord with the EU. “The current political situation in Britain fuels uncertainty over the ratification of the accord,” Philippe said ... Read More »

Indian jailed for killing woman in road crash

IANS   SINGAPORE A 48-year-old Indian national has been sentenced to 10 months in jail and banned from driving for eight years for killing an elderly woman in a fatal accident while he was drunk. Tibrewal Sunil Kumar, a Singapore permanent resident, was sentenced on Wednesday for the crash that took place in February 2016 and resulted in the death ... Read More »

5 Saudi officials face death penalty for Khashoggi murder

AFP   RIYADH Five Saudi officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was dismembered inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved, the prosecutor said Thursday. The announcement follows growing international outcry over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi rulers who ... Read More »

China, India pledge to step up military exchanges

IANS BEIJING India and China have agreed to step up more military exchanges and interactions at defence talks held here. At the 9th India-China Annual Defence and Security Dialogue on Wednesday, both sides agreed to enhance exchanges and interactions through reciprocal high-level visits between the two ministries of Defence as well as between military commands. “Joint training exercises, mutual visits ... Read More »

Comics legend Stan Lee’s fans mourn globally

IANS   LOS ANGELES Stan Lee, the colourful Marvel Comics patriarch who helped usher in a new era of superhero storytelling, died at the age of 95, evoking emotional tributes by a string of Hollywood personalities including Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Downey Jr, as well as Indian film celebrities and fans of the comic visionary. According to CNN, ... Read More »