Monday, 12 Apr, 2021


Tesla scouts for showroom space in India, hires executive

Tesla Inc is scouting for locations to open showrooms in three Indian cities and has hired an executive to lead its lobbying and business efforts ahead of its planned entry into the country, sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters. The electric-car maker in January

Sindh Human Rights Commission takes notice of human rights violations

In Pakistan’s Sindh province, the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairperson retired Justice Majida Rizvi on Tuesday took note of the human rights violations in a public hearing held at Darbar Hall of Dadu Deputy Commissioner’s Office. After the hearing, Rizvi pledged

Sri Lankan currency faces heat following currency swap with China

A significant depreciation on the Sri Lankan rupee has been noticed after entering into a currency swap agreement with China as it cannot be used for the strengthening of the country’s foreign reserves, reported leading Lankan media outlet The Leader. In the wake of depleting

Iran vows revenge for 'Israeli' attack on Natanz nuclear site

The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will "take revenge" for an attack on an underground nuclear site, for which it has blamed Israel. Iranian officials said the Natanz uranium enrichment plant was the target of "nuclear terrorism" on Sunday, after

King Salman orders to shorten taraweeh prayers to 10 raka’ts at 2 Holy Mosques

MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered to shorten taraweeh prayers (special night prayers) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the

China’s inroads into the Pakistani economy - opinion

While the Pakistani president and foreign minister visited China at the height of pandemic in March 2020, the scheduled visit of Chinese President Xi Xinping to Pakistan was deferred several times. Getting the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) Authority law passed high handedly

Myanmar coup: 'Dozens killed' in military crackdown in Bago

More than 80 people have been killed by Myanmar security forces in a crackdown on a protest in the city of Bago, activists say. The military is reported to have taken away the bodies of those killed, and the true number of deaths may never be accurately established. Witnesses told

China’s population seen growing older in economic danger sign

China’s once-a-decade census is expected to show a further fall in the percentage of young people in its fast-ageing population as high living costs and an aversion to having children among urban couples push China closer to a demographic crunch. Policymakers are under pressure

15 kinds of border activities to be banned in Tibet

BEIJING: The official WeChat account of Tibet Daily issued a notice about bans on 15 kinds of border activities in the Tibet Autonomous Region on April 6. Formulated in accordance with China’s Criminal Law, Law on Penalties for Administration of Public Security, Exit and Entry

US sanctions Pakistan-based transnational human smuggling network

Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan is the key figure sanctioned by the US treasury department along with his network, the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organisation (TCO) The US treasury department on Wednesday sanctioned a Pakistan-based transnational human smuggling network that

10 Myanmar police killed in attack by ethnic armies: Reports

An alliance of ethnic armies in Myanmar that has opposed the general’s crackdown on anti-coup protests attacked a police station in the east on Saturday and killed at least 10 policemen, local media said. The police station at Naungmon in Shan state was attacked early in the

Gun salutes planned across UK as Prince Philip dies at 99

Gun salutes to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are due to take place later across the UK, in Gibraltar and from warships at sea. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years, died on Friday. Aged 99, he was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

China for decades waged campaign to destroy Tibet's proud culture: Pelosi

China for decades has waged a campaign to destroy Tibet's proud culture and history, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has alleged, asserting that the US will continue to stand with the Tibetan people and honour those who sacrificed all for their rights and freedom.

India extends NRs 42.95 million grant assistance to Nepal for new school building

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for grant assistance, India has extended Nepali rupees 42.95 million (26.98 million INR) to Nepal for a new building of a secondary school in Udayapur district. The MoU was signed between the Indian embassy, Nepali Ministry of Federal Affairs

Hyundai sells over a million 'Made in India' SUVs

Automobile major Hyundai Motor India has cumulatively sold over one million SUVs in domestic and export markets since its inception, the company said on Monday. At present, the company offers 4 SUVs in India, namely Venue, Creta, Tucson and Kona Electric. "With over 1 Million

Myanmar ambassador to UK locked out of embassy

Myanmar's ambassador in London says he has been locked out of his embassy. Kyaw Zwar Minn said staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar's military attaché and he was told he was no longer the country's representative. "I have been locked out,"

Jordan Prince Hamzah: Reporting on 'destabilisation plot' banned

Jordan has banned reporting about an alleged plot to destabilise the country, said to involve controversial ex-Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. The prosecutor general said the ban extended to social media networks. Over the weekend, the government accused Prince Hamzah, 41, of

H&M forced to shut 20 stores in China over remarks on Xinjiang cotton: Report

Soon after giving out a statement on forced labour in Xinjiang, Swedish fashion retailer H&M was forced to close 20 stores in China. Recently, several companies including H&M and Nike are facing pressure after they said that they were concerned about allegations that forced

Japan offers $90 mil. loan to India to promote green projects

Japan will offer up to 10 billion yen ($90 million) in a loan to an Indian financial institution in an effort to spur lending to businesses promoting environmentally friendly projects in the fight against climate change. Under an agreement it signed with the Japan International

Rural jobs scheme generated record 3.9 billion days of work

Nearly all big states significantly scaled up their MGNREGS operations, with Rajasthan emerging as the top state in terms of work, generating 454 million days of work (in person days) followed by West Bengal (414 million). As millions of migrant workers returned home last year after