Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2021

International

Pak authority slams PIA for being 'unaware of international leasing laws'

Slamming the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for its "irresponsible attitude and maladministration", the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that the PIA seemed to be "unaware of international civil aviation leasing laws". Citing sources, Geo News reported

PDM announces new round of anti-government rallies across Pakistan

Accusing Imran Khan of seeking the biggest National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in the foreign funding case, the PDM chief said "Foreign funding case is the biggest scandal in the country's history and Imran Khan is the main accused in the case." The 11-party

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

US President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the country without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump

US blacklists Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation

The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List.   Both companies threaten US national security, CNOOC

Tibetan community accuse China of sabotaging polls

The Tibetan community has accused China of attempting to sabotage the Tibetan government in exile and Tibetan Parliament's election. The polling was held recently. While the elections held earlier this month went on smoothly in India, Russia and other countries, the Tibetan

Unsafe drinking water supplied to nearly 100 million Chinese people

Nearly 100 million people in China have been supplied with drinking water containing unsafe levels of toxic chemicals. A team from Tsinghua University has observed the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) that are man-made chemicals used in fabrics and pesticides, by using data

Biden to reverse Trump’s Muslim travel ban on inauguration day

On his first day in office, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue a number of executive orders, including one rescinding the controversial travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries. According to a memo circulated on Saturday by Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White

Alexei Navalny: EU and US demand release of poisoned Putin critic

The United States and several European governments have demanded the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny from Russian detention. Mr Navalny, 44, was detained by police soon after his flight from Germany landed in Moscow on Sunday. The activist was returning to the county

96 killed, nearly 70,000 displaced as quake, floods hit Indonesia

The death toll from a strong earthquake and floods in the central parts of Indonesia has risen to 96, with nearly 70,000 people forced to flee home and take shelter, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Monday (Jan 18). A total of 81 people were killed after the

At least 48 people killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence, according to state media. “The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48,” the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of

PTI blames its agent in US for ‘illegal funding’

In an apparent departure from its stance of denying any illegal funding from the United States, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has now come up with an explanation that if any funds were collected illegally through two US companies registered after Imran Khan’s written instructions,

Canadian MP supports Modi govt plan to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in Valley

Bob Saroya, a Member of Parliament from Markham-Unionville, Canada condemned the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in January 1990 and supported the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to resettle them in the Valley. In a statement on the 31st anniversary of the attack on the

Pakistan stepped up crackdown on media, failed to stem violence against women, minorities in 2020: Report

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2021 said that Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan government intensified its crackdown on the media, political opponents and civil society in 2020, while failing to stem violence against women and minorities. The report mentions that

Joe Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants

President-elect Joe Biden's decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Biden will announce

Indonesia quake toll hits 56 as rescuers race to find survivors

The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has jumped to 56, authorities said on Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains of rubble. More than 820 people were injured and about 15,000 left

Biden inauguration: All 50 US states on alert for armed protests

All 50 US states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. National Guard troops have been sent en masse to Washington DC, to deter any repeat of last week's deadly

Declassified US report envisions India's growing role in Indo-Pacific

The outgoing Trump administration declassified a report which amply describes the growing importance of India in the Indo-Pacific region. As per the United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific (henceforth, the Framework), it envisioned "accelerating India's

Senior intelligence official raises concern over China, Russia targeting COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

As countries are either in the process of administrating Covid -19 vaccines or are gearing up to do so, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has raised concerns over the efforts by China and Russia to target the vaccine supply chain. Speaking

WHY IS PAKISTAN’S JF-17 FIGHTER A FAILURE

1. In 1999, Pakistan and China signed an agreement to jointly develop and produce the JF-17 “Thunder” and equally share the development cost. The JF-17 was planned to be a low cost, light-weight, all-weather multi-role fighter with a Chinese airframe, equipped with Western

Death toll rises to 67 in Indonesia quake

At least 67 people have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island early Friday, according to the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia. Jan Gelfand said that he expects the death toll and number of