Friday, 21 Jan, 2022


16 killed in Russia plane crash

Sixteen people were killed after an aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, the emergencies ministry said. The L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed around 9:23 a.m. local time (0623 GMT) during a flight over the republic of Tatarstan, the ministry said on

Austrian chancellor resigns amid corruption inquiry

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stepped down, after pressure triggered by a corruption scandal. He has proposed Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as his replacement. Mr Kurz and nine others were placed under investigation after raids at a number of locations linked

Taiwan won't bow to China pressure, leader says

President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will not bow to pressure from China and will continue its democratic way of life, as tensions over the island continue. "The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China," Ms Tsai said. Her speech on Taiwan's National

Pakistan: Top nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan dies

Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan passed away in Islamabad on Sunday morning at the age of 85. According to Radio Pakistan, he was admitted to a local hospital where his health deteriorated early morning. PTV said that the nuclear scientist died after being transferred to a

Suicide attack on Afghan mosque kills at least 50

A suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz has killed at least 50 people, officials say, in the deadliest assault since US forces left. Bodies were seen scattered inside the Said Abad mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community. More than 100 people were

India handovers Koshi Corridor power transmission line to Nepal Electricity Authority

Kathmandu [Nepal]: India on Wednesday handed over a 106-km Koshi Corridor transmission line to Nepal Electricity Authority. The Koshi Corridor transmission line, costing a total of NRs 10.40 billion (USD 86.8 million) is being built under the Government of India's Line of Credit of

Baloch activists hold anti-Pakistan protest against atrocities in Balochistan

Berlin [Germany]: A demonstration against targeted killings and fake encounters in Balochistan was recently held in front of Berlin Gate in Germany. The Baloch protesters were holding placards and banners and chanted slogans against inhumane atrocities in Pakistan's resource-rich

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee takes oath as MLA from Bhabanipur

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday took oath as MLA from Bhabanipur constituency after she won the recent by polls.  Two other Trinamool Congress leaders- Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain- also took oath as lawmakers in the West Bengal Assembly in the presence of state

Pakistan earthquake kills 20 in Balochistan province

At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Pakistan's Balochistan province early on Thursday, officials have told the BBC. Disaster management officials said the death toll may increase. Images on social media showed people in the city of Quetta out on the

Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan "for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis." This has had a great impact on pharmaceutical research, and has made chemistry greener. Many research areas and industries are

Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan amid spike in cross-strait tensions

US President Joe Biden has said that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan after Beijing sent a record number of military aircraft into the self-ruled island’s air defence zone (ADIZ) and officials in Taiwan said ties were at their worst in 40 years. Asked by

Mitra Shakti to begin on Oct 4

The 8th Edition of the India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise Mitra Shakti will be conducted at Combat Training School, Ampara in Sri Lanka from 4 to 15 October. An all-arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise along with a battalion of the

Indian Army contingent reaches Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: An Indian Army contingent on Sunday reached Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21. The Indian contingent received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army for the exercise slated to be held from October 4-15. "Exercise #MitraShakti21

Imran Khan faces flak after his govt renews talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing flak after he said that his government started talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the aim of having the group lay down their weapons, local media said. On Friday, Imran Khan had

Nobel physics prize goes to 3 for climate discoveries

The Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to scientists from the USA, Germany and Italy. Syukuro Manabe, 90, and Klaus Hasselmann, 89, were cited for their work in “the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global

Global warming kills 14 percent of world’s corals in 10 years

Global warming helped wipe out 14 percent of the world’s coral reefs between 2009 and 2018, the largest-ever survey of coral health has found, warning that more of the vibrant underwater ecosystems were likely to die if oceans warm further. Corals in South Asia and the Pacific,

Lars Vilks: Muhammad cartoonist killed in traffic collision

A Swedish cartoonist who sketched the Prophet Muhammad's head on a dog's body has died in a traffic accident, according to local media. Lars Vilks was reportedly travelling in a civilian police vehicle which collided with a truck near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden.

Fumio Kishida announced as Japan's new PM 

Fumio Kishida has formally taken office as Japan's new prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga who resigned after just one year in office. Mr Kishida, 64, won the race to lead Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) last week. He will face a range of tough issues,

Mamata Banerjee wins Bhabanipur by-poll, secures CM post 

Mamata Banerjee won a resounding victory in the by-poll from Kolkata today, which was crucial for her to continue as the Chief Minister following the defeat at Nandigram. She won with a record margin of 58,832 votes over her BJP rival. The Chief Minister polled more votes than in 2011

Libya detains 4,000 people in major anti-migrant crackdown

A major crackdown in western Libya has resulted in the detention of 4,000 migrants, including hundreds of women and children, according to officials. The raids took place on Friday in the western town of Gargaresh as part of what authorities described as a security campaign against