Saturday , 23 February 2019

World News

29 killed in US Midwest due to extreme cold

IANS   WASHINGTON At least 29 people were reported dead due to the Polar Vortex that froze the US Midwest region and brought temperatures to record lows. But weather officials said the weather was finally improving after over a week of extreme cold. In many places, like Chicago, the temperatures climbed just above zero on Friday after the city reeled ... Read More »

Flight forced to return to Los Angeles thrice

IANS   LOS ANGELES A Hawaii-bound flight was forced to return to the Los Angeles airport three times and was finally cancelled, the media reported on Saturday. The Hawaiian Airlines Flight 33 was headed to Maui’s Kahului Airport from Los Angeles International, but turned back three times, said Alex Da Silva, the airline’s senior manager. The plane had already taken ... Read More »

China to provide $2.5 bn loan to Pak to boost foreign cash reserves

PTI ISLAMABAD China will provide $2.5 billion in loans to Pakistan to boost the foreign exchange reserves of its “all-weather ally”, a media report said Saturday. Pakistan is nearly broke with the drying up of foreign cash reserves and mounting external debt. The country’s $8.12 billion reserves, which are below the minimum level that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ... Read More »

US authorities force-feed detainees from India, Cuba

PTI   Washington At least six immigrant detainees, including Indians, have been force-fed through nasal tubes by immigration authorities in the US after they went on a hunger strike to protest conditions at a processing centre in Texas, drawing a strong reaction from Indian-American groups which described it as violation of human rights. In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ... Read More »

130 students arrested in US immigration fraud, attorneys cry foul

PTI   Washington The 130 foreign students arrested for enrolling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US are largely Indians and were not aware of the varsity’s illegitimate operation, immigration attorneys have said while criticising authorities for using “troubling” methods to trap them. The university in Detroit’s Farmington Hills was part of an undercover operation by the ... Read More »

Trump, Pelosi remain far apart on the border wall

AP Washington House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared that there’ll be no “wall money” in any compromise border security deal as she and President Donald Trump signalled that congressional negotiators may never satisfy his demands for his cherished Southwest border proposal. Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term “wall” or something else is used, clung ... Read More »

Brexit deal not to be renegotiated: EU’s Juncker

IANS   BRUSSELS The Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Britain remains the best and only deal possible and will not be renegotiated, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said on Wednesday. “The European Union said so in November. We said so in December. We said so after the first meaningful vote in the Commons in January. ... Read More »

India must sign NPT to gain entry into NSG: China

PTI   BEIJING India must sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, China said Thursday, asserting that “patient negotiations” were required for New Delhi’s admission into the group as there is no precedent for the inclusion of non-NPT countries. China has been opposing India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the ground ... Read More »

Several foreigners face deportation as pay to stay visa racket busted in US

PTI   WASHINGTON Several foreigners, including from India, face deportation from the US after authorities busted a “pay to stay” visa racket and arrested eight persons on charges of fraudulently facilitating at least 600 immigrants to illegally remain in the country. In late-night and pre-dawn raids, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested eight foreigners —  all of ... Read More »

Member states should seek new ways to engage on UNSC reform process: India

PTI   United Nations Frustrated by the slow pace of the UN Security Council’s reform process, India has called on the member states to seek new ways to engage to achieve credible progress on the issue by building on the past negotiations and not supplanting the past. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, speaking Tuesday at the ... Read More »