Putin says India ‘privileged strategic partner’

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia remained the top supplier of advanced weapons and defence technology to its “privileged strategic partner” India and added that Moscow and other BRICS nations were determined to back New Delhi’s anti-terror fight. “Russia remains in the lead in terms of both direct supplies of most advanced weapons […]

Samsung tells Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop using devices

Seoul: After temporarily suspending the production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphone amid battery explosion fears, Samsung on Tuesday advised Note 7 owners to stop using the device — both original and the replaced one. “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or a replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using […]

Russia warns US not to attack Syrian forces

Moscow: Russia has warned the US on Saturday against carrying out attacks on Syrian forces and said it would have repercussions across the country and the Middle East region. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that if the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian army, it will lead to terrible, […]

Scientists discover ‘ghost snake’ in Madagascar

New York: A new species of snake discovered in Madagascar by a team of researchers has been named “ghost snake” for its pale grey colour and elusiveness. The ghost snake was found within the Ankarana National Park in northern Madagascar in February 2014. The snake is part of a common group of snakes called Madagascarophis, […]

Pakistan announces cancellation of Saarc Summit

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday formally announced that the 19th Saarc Summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year has been cancelled. A statement form the Foreign Office said that “the spirit of the Saarc Charter is violated when a member state casts the shadow of its bilateral problems on the multilateral […]

After Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai vouches for Muslims

After Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai vouches for Muslims

New York: After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Muslims, saying that we must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world. Responding to a recent wave of prejudice against Muslims – especially in the wake of US Republican presidential candidate Donald […]

11 killed in Cameroon bomb blast

Yaounde: At least 11 people were killed and many others injured in a suicide bomb blast in Cameroon on Friday, a military source said. A 13-year-old girl broke into a house in Kolofata town around 6.00 a.m. (local time) and detonated the bomb attached to her, killing herself and five others, Xinhua quoted ther source […]

Robot performs first kidney surgery in China

Beijing: A surgical robot in China’s Guangdong province successfully carried out a kidney surgery on a six-year-old boy, a media report said on Friday. The surgery was carried out in the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou city on November 16, the People’s Daily reported. Hospital authorities on Thursday said it is […]

New Ebola vaccine safe, stimulates strong immune response

Washington: A fresh clinical trial of a new Ebola vaccine has found that it is well tolerated, safe and stimulates strong immune responses in adults in Mali, West Africa and in the US. The study included the first testing of this vaccine in adult health care workers and other at-risk persons in Africa. It identified […]

Terrorists downed Russian plane killing 224: Moscow

Moscow: Russia’s security chief confirmed on Tuesday that a “terror act” downed the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board. “Traces of foreign explosives” were found on the debris from the Airbus and passenger belongings, Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov told Russian President Vladimir Putin, media reports […]

Clashes claim 11 lives in Pakistan provincial elections, Army called in

Islamabad: Army troops were called in at a district in southern Pakistan after clashes between political rivals claimed 11 lives on Saturday, officials said. Several others were injured when activists of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional fought face to face in Khairpur district of Sindh province, where the PPP rules. The […]

Major quake jolts India, South Asia

New Delhi: A major earthquake measuring at least 7.5 on the Richter scale on Monday jolted large parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, causing widespread panic, officials here said. The India Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake lay in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre lay […]

Indian-origin entrepreneur launches photo sharing app Shoto

New Delhi: Indian-origin entrepreneur Sachin Dev Duggal, based in San Francisco, on Friday globally launched a new photo sharing app “Shoto” here. “A trillion pictures were taken on a smartphone in the last one year which goes to show the engagement by users. Users are now more interested in photos which were clicked by others […]

Makkah stampede: 14 Indian Haj pilgrims dead, 13 injured

Makkah stampede: 14 Indian Haj pilgrims dead, 13 injured

New Delhi/Riyadh: At least 14 Indian Haj pilgrims were among the over 700 killed in Thursday’s stampede in Makkah in Saudi Arabia, while 13 Indians are injured, the government said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Friday: “Our Consul General Jeddah reports loss of 14 Indian lives in stampede. We have 13 injured in […]

Nepal adopts new constitution, celebrations all over country

Kathmandu: In a historic step, Nepal on Sunday adopted a new constitution, the first full-fledged one in the Himalayan nation after it became a democratic republic in 2008. Celebrations broke out across the country, as millions of rejoicing people lit lamps and came out on to the streets. A federal and secular Nepal, according to […]