Thursday, 05 Aug, 2021

International

Republican report states COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab in China

Washington [US]: A Republican lawmaker's report investigating the origins of COVID-19 released on Monday has concluded that the pandemic outbreak stemmed from a genetically modified virus that leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, first detected in December 2019. House

India, China say 12th round military talks on disengagement constructive, agree to resolve issues

New Delhi [India]: The 12th round of the India-China Corps Commander level meeting was held on July 31 at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side, to iron out an agreement for the next phase of disengagement in eastern Ladakh where the two sides have been engaged in a

Pakistan’s daily tally of COVID-19 cases jumps past 5,000

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday reported achieving the landmark figure of more than 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered across the country, yet the coronavirus situation in the country is described as alarming, as for the first time in three months, the daily tally of cases

Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabul

An audacious attack on the Afghan defence minister's house in Kabul has left at least eight dead, the first major bombing by militants in the city for nearly a year. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday night as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near the

Pakistani rupee resumes losing streak

The Pakistani rupee resumed its losing streak against the US dollar, the UAE dirham and other major currencies in July and will remain under pressure in the coming weeks. Latest data indicates that the Pakistani currency shed 3.1 per cent of its value against the US dollar in the

Protest outside Pak embassy in Sweden

Stockholm [Sweden]: A demonstration was staged in front of the Pakistan Embassy in Sweden on Friday in which protestors alleged the involvement of Pakistan in a proxy war in Afghanistan. According to an official statement, a group of 50 to 60 people, including those hailing from

Vitaly Shishov: Head of Belarus exiles group found dead in Ukraine

The head of a group helping people who have fled Belarus has been found dead near his home in neighbouring Ukraine. Vitaly Shishov's body was found hanged in a park in Kyiv, a day after he failed to return from a jog. Police have opened a murder inquiry. Police said they were

China Used Vaccines, Trade To Get Ukraine To Drop Support For Xinjiang Scrutiny

Ukraine succumbed to Chinese pressure to remove its name from an international statement about human rights abuses in China’s western Xinjiang region by threatening to limit trade and withhold access to COVID-19 vaccines, Ukrainian officials and lawmakers with knowledge of the issue

India's new industrial policy opens Jammu and Kashmir to world

New Delhi [India]: New industrial policy has opened Jammu and Kashmir to the world after the abrogation of the special status of the state and its division into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on August 5, 2019. The 'New Industrial Policy 2021-30' unveiled

Duterte restores Philippines’s key military agreement with US

President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a pact governing the presence of US troops in the Philippines, the two countries’ defence secretaries announced on Friday, retracting a decision that had caused increasing concern among policymakers in Washington and Manila. The Visiting

Taliban Attacks Repelled in Herat City, Karokh: Officials

Afghan security forces pushed back a Taliban attack on Herat city and Karokh district in Herat province on Wednesday night, said local officials on Thursday.  “The Taliban has sustained casualties and fighting is still ongoing in some parts of the city,” according to

Myanmar: State of emergency extended with coup leader as PM

The general who took power in a coup in Myanmar in February has named himself prime minister and said emergency rule may now extend to August 2023. In an hour-long speech, Min Aung Hlaing pledged to hold a "free and fair multi-party election" but also called the elected party

New Zealand apologises for raids on Pacific people 

New Zealand's Prime Minister has formally apologised for an immigration crackdown in the 1970s against Pacific Islanders. The Dawn Raids targeted people who overstayed their visas, deporting them to their countries of origin. They disproportionately affected Pacific Islanders,

Taliban besiege three Afghan cities

Fighting is raging around three major cities in southern and western Afghanistan as Taliban militants seek to seize them from government forces. Taliban fighters have entered parts of Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar. They have made rapid gains in rural areas since it was announced

Uighurs, Border Safety on Agenda as China & Taliban Meet, India Keeps a Close Watch

Two days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met the ISI chief in Beijing over concerns of Chinese killing in Pakistan, a high-level Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar reached Beijing. As per reports, the Taliban visitors held talks with Chinese foreign minister

Myanmar's Covid-19 issues now a problem for China; border province Yunnan reports 19 imported Covid-19 cases

KUNMING: Southwest China's Yunnan Province reported 19 imported confirmed COVID-19 cases and three imported asymptomatic carriers on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday. All the imported confirmed cases lived in Myanmar before entering Yunnan through land

Citizens harassed foreign reporters following the state media

Beijing, China: Chinese locals harrassed the foreign media correspondents over the coverage of the floods in many cities of China. The incident started when state media hit out on a foreign reporter for covering floods. According to a report in Hong Kong Free Press, the Chinese social

Outspoken billionaire Sun Dawu jailed for 18 years in China

A prominent Chinese billionaire has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest in a string of punishments against outspoken corporate bosses. Sun Dawu runs one of the country's largest private agricultural businesses in the northern province of Hebei. Sun, 67, has in the

Anti-Pak sentiment growing among Afghan diaspora amid Taliban advances

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]: Anti-Pakistan sentiments has been growing among the Afghan diaspora amid advances by Taliban in Afghanistan. A Pakistan social media activist Akhunzada Mahmood Sayed was beaten by Afghan nationals in Riyadh on July 16 for posting pro-Pakistani material on social

Srinagar administration ropes in religious leaders to check drug abuse

Srinagar/IBNS: District administration of Srinagar has initiated an awareness campaign against drug abuse and trafficking with the help of religious leaders. The administration has appealed to religious leaders to use their voluntary services for spreading awareness about drug abuse