Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2020

International

Balochistan facing a pandemic of impunity and abuse of rights, activist tell UN

Balochistan is facing a pandemic of impunity and abuse of rights, Baloch activist Munir Mengal told the United Nations on Tuesday while urging the UN working body on enforced disappearances to take appropriate actions to ensure stringent action against Pakistan for the safe recovery of

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrested

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were detained by Uttar Pradesh police on October 1, after the former was allegedly shoved and pushed to the ground by police personnel, as they made their way to Hathras district from New Delhi. The Gandhis had planned to visit

EU starts legal action against UK over Brexit deal

The EU has begun legal proceedings against the UK after it refused to ditch plans to override sections of its Brexit divorce deal. An EU request for the government to remove sections of the Internal Market Bill passed by MPs on Wednesday. The "letter of formal notice"

US election: Rules on debates to change after Trump-Biden spat

The commission that oversees US presidential debates says it will change the format to ensure the remaining two encounters between Donald Trump and Joe Biden are more orderly. One new measure could be to cut the microphones if the candidates try to interrupt each other, US media

Pakistan media bodies target Imran Khan govt, condemns ‘systematic war’ against press

Expressing their strong opinion against Prime Minister Imran Khan's regime,  the country's journalist fraternity on Sunday issued a declaration expressing serious concern over torture, abduction and arrest of mediapersons, unannounced censorship through financial curbs on

Greta Thunberg slams China for arresting 17-yr-old climate activist in Shanghai

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hit out at China for arresting a 17-year-old climate activist in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Thunberg tweeted, "Activism is not a crime. Peacefully standing up for the future survival of the living planet

Pakistani troops fighting in Azerbaijan against Armenia, says report

Pakistani troops are fighting in Azerbaijan against Armenia as their presence have been reported in Azerbaijan, according to reports. A telephonic conversation between two locals Azerbaijanis mentioned about the presence of Pakistani soldiers in the territory. The telephonic

Babri Masjid case: All accused acquitted, judge says demolition was not pre-planned

Nearly thirty years after the Babri Masjid was razed by a mob in Uttar Pradesh, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, citing lack of evidence. The

US election 2020: Trump and Biden duel in chaotic, bitter debate

President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden have fiercely clashed in one of the most chaotic and rancorous White House debates in years. Amid angry shouting and name calling, the two fought over the pandemic, white supremacy and the economy during the 90-minute forum in

J-K: Upgradation work of District Hospital Handwara in full swing

The administration has started upgradation work of the District Hospital Handwara in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. This was a long pending demand by locals to improve the facilities as they were facing difficulties with an influx of patients. Handwara used to be considered a

Covid-19: China gives ‘unproven’ vaccine to thousands, makes them sign ‘secrecy’ agreement

China is injecting thousands of its people with Covid-19 vaccine shots, which are still under trial and hence their efficacy unproven, reports said.  Those who are getting these vaccine shots are also made to sign a “nondisclosure agreement”, according to which they

Amnesty International to halt India operations

Amnesty International says it has been forced to halt its India operations due to "reprisals" from the government. The watchdog has also accused the government of indulging in a "witch-hunt of human rights organisations". Amnesty says its bank accounts have been

Death toll rises in Karabakh clash despite calls for calm

Fierce fighting raged between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Monday, sparking bellicose rhetoric from regional power Turkey despite international pleas for a halt in fighting between the long-time enemies. Yerevan and Baku have been locked in a territorial dispute over the ethnic

How long India will be kept out of decision-making structure of UN, asks PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for the reforms "in the responses, in the processes, and in the very character" of the United Nations along and an expanded role for India and its presence in the decision-making structures of the global body. Addressing the

UNGA75: Nepal PM pushes for convention on international terrorism

Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday (local time) called for an early conclusion of a Comprehensive Convention on International terrorism (CCIT). Addressing a high-level event during United Nations General Assembly,

Pak responsible for miseries, genocide of Afghan-Pashtuns: PTM leader at UNHRC

Drawing the international community`s attention towards the plight of 40 million Afghan-Pashtuns living in Pakistan, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader said that the recent brutal attack on Zeba Safi (also known as Malala) in Momand district of Pakhtunkhwa by unknown militants was

Dozens dead as world leaders urge halt to Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes

At least 24 people have died after deadly clashes between arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the latest violence in the decadeslong territorial dispute sparked international calls Sunday to halt the fighting. The worst skirmishes since 2016 have raised the specter of a fresh war

Dreamworld accident: Australian theme park fined over 4 deaths

The operator of Australia's Dreamworld theme park has been fined A$3.6m (£2m; $2.5m) over the deaths of four people on a malfunctioning water ride. Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low died in October 2016 when their raft crashed into another and

Indian delegate walks out as Imran Khan begins speech at UNGA

The Indian delegate at the United Nations General Assembly session walked out when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan began his speech in which he made comments on India's internal affairs. The Permanent Representative of India at the United Nations TS Tirumurti said that

Coal mine disaster in China kills 16

Sixteen workers have been killed by excessively high levels of carbon monoxide in a coal mine in southwestern China, according to authorities and state media. A total of 17 people were trapped in the mine located just outside the city of Chongqing. One person was taken to a hospital,