Dubai’s rollercoaster property market, which had been in steady decline since 2014, went into flatline after Covid-19 hit last year and the emirate slammed shut its borders, said Zhann Zochinke, chief operating officer of consultancy Property Monitor.
After four inconclusive parliamentary elections in two years, a 28-day mandate for opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government runs out on Wednesday, and media reports said he was close to putting together a coalition that would end Netanyahu’s 12-year stretch as Prime Minister.
Lapid’s chances of success rest largely with far-right politician Naftali Bennett, a kingmaker whose Yamina party has six key seats in parliament.
Early this month, in a public speech in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan National Security Chief, Hamdullah Mohib called Pakistan a “brothel house”, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.
A senior Pakistani official privy to the matter told VOA on condition of anonymity his government would not hold bilateral engagements with the Afghan national security adviser over his recent remarks against Islamabad, reports said.
WASHINGTON: The theory that Covid-19 might be the result of scientific experiments has thrown a spotlight on the work of the world’s most secure biolabs. While the evidence linking SARS-CoV-2 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China is strictly circumstantial, a number of experts want tougher controls on such […]
“No matter if you’re disabled or normal, whether you have lost your eyesight or you have no legs or hands, it doesn’t matter as long as you have a strong mind, you can always complete a thing that other people say you can’t,” Zhang told Reuters.
“What I can say for sure is this: we know that they were engaged in efforts connected to the People’s Liberation Army inside of that laboratory, so military activity being performed alongside what they claimed was just good old civilian research,” Pompeo said, as per Fox News.
Understanding these nuances is critical to setting clear objectives that match what a given situation calls for. It also highlights potential trade-offs. Responding to covert cyber operations with an espionage mindset, for example, may lead policymakers to exercise forbearance when they should instead be more assertive, and vice versa. Moreover, ambivalence about the goals of an operation, or confusion about what a particular operation is, has the potential to yield unwanted results.
At a briefing this evening the Health Ministry said that, so far, the bulk of infections linked to this strain – around 20 per cent – have been reported from Maharashtra – 206 cases. Cases have also been reported from Delhi, Gujarat and Punjab, among other places, the ministry added.
The order against WhatsApp LLC and parent Facebook Inc came after the Commission took suo moto cognisance of the matter on considering media reports and the potential impact of the policy and terms for WhatsApp users and the market.
As immunization programs gather pace around the world, another vaccine ran into trouble on Wednesday when Hong Kong and Macau suspended the Pfizer-BioNTech jab over what authorities said were packaging problems.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said in a statement that it would “conduct a procedural check against the initiators and organisers” of the Moscow edition of Body Worlds.
“We see Bangladesh as a key neighbour and a valued partner not only in South Asia but also in the broader Indo-Pacific region. Every outcome and achievement in our relationship resonates through this region. It is no secret that we cite it to others as an example for emulation,” he said.
The three policemen, who have crossed the porous border, have been sheltered near Lungkawlh in Serchhip district of Mizoram, a top Mizoram Home department official said on condition of anonymity.
As many as 2,08,791 doses of Covid vaccine have administered to people above 60 years of age and the 45+ population with comorbidities, taking the total doses administered so far to 1,48,55,073, the health ministry informed.
The government on Tuesday released answers to questions on coronavirus vaccination drive. Here are all the vaccine-related queries answered:
The centre have urged states and Union terrotoris to utilise 100% capacities of private hospitals functioning as Covid Vaccination Centres
We argue that extending the lifespan of the currently deployed Minuteman missiles is preferable to replacing them with a new arsenal of ICBMs. Silo-based ICBMs are ultimately ill-suited to counter the emergence of regional nuclear — and especially non-nuclear — threats to U.S. national security. Doubling down on ICBMs would in fact create additional risks to U.S. security. Rather than committing to ICBMs for the next five decades or more, the United States should begin to move its nuclear force structure away from silo ICBMs and look to reduce the comparable elements of Russia’s nuclear forces in tandem through arms control.
In that spirit, there is one other issue with Moscow that requires immediate attention and is worth the effort to cooperate on: the growing number of close contacts between U.S. and NATO air, land, and naval forces and their counterparts on the Russian side. Any of these encounters implies a threat of rapid escalation should something go terribly wrong, like a mid-air collision, a prospect made more likely owing to reckless conduct by the Russians during some of these incidents.
Washington should propose a six-month extension of the Doha timetable, providing more time to negotiate both a political settlement and measures to remove sanctions and release detainees. The extra time would also enable the United States to pursue the “robust and regional diplomatic effort” promised by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in support of negotiations. The United States should complete the withdrawal at the end of this period regardless of the outcome, but the added six months of negotiation would increase the chances for stability in Afghanistan.
Three of the 155mm/52-calibre K-9 tracked guns, which have a strike range of 38-km, have been taken to a base up the hills in Ladakh to determine their suitability and efficacy for deployment in the high-altitude region.
Based on the performance of the howitzers, the Army could consider placing additional orders for them.
The swimming event was conducted under the observation of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, a recognised body of the Swimming Federation of India. The event was also associated with the Fit India Movement by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has increased its military activity around the island in recent months, responding to what Beijing calls “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s most important international backer.
The experts spent one month in China, two weeks in quarantine and the same again on fieldwork.
Quality at entry into the civil services is a mixed bag today, with some extremely brilliant and many who are pedestrian succeeding. Civil servants are also required to read balance sheets of companies, engage in valuation for public sector privatisation, engage with and analyse large amounts of data while designing policy interventions, or do simple calculations to do breakeven or profitability analysis. They cannot get by without looking at data based evidence during policy design. All these require an analytical and logical mind, which needs to be tested at entry. In fact statistics was always part of UPSC evaluation for all these years and no one ever complained!
In the UK and US, where both civil and criminal contempt laws are in operation, substantial amendments have constrained the powers of judges who might otherwise have acted to vindicate their authority, pomp and majesty which are anathema to a democratic institution.
Such practices seriously harm the health and finances of Indian patients. In addition such malpractices are gaining India’s medical tourism industry — once tipped to hit six billion dollars by 2018 — infamy around the world. Transparency International ranks India’s medical industry as the second most corrupt institution citizens encounter following the police.
The African Institute For Developement Policy puts the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in the country between January and May at more than 150,000, with Nairobi recording nearly 12,000 pregnancies. Anecdotal evidence from healthcare workers across the Kenyan capital suggest the true figures could be higher, as many pregnant teenagers are not coming to clinics.
This year one in every 33 people across the world will need humanitarian assistance. That is a rise of 40% from last year, according to UN. More than half of the countries requiring aid to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic are already in protracted crises, coping with conflict or […]
As per the requisitions received from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), Government of India, talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building are being invited to join the government at the level of Joint Secretary on contract basis in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
“We have learnt that State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health (in Naypyidaw),” press officer Kyi Toe said on his official Facebook page.
Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to make it 51-50 in the early morning showdown, concluding a process known as a “vote-a-rama” in which senators addressed dozens of amendments to the resolution.
Airbus said in a statement that it brings a wealth of experience in aviation training, courseware development, safety and quality standards, while Flytech excels in aviation training services, including the training of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
The tractor parade, which began much ahead of the scheduled time, turned violent with farmers opposing the Centre’s new farm laws and police clashing at several areas of the national capital.
A notice issued by the country’s Maritime Safety Administration prohibited entry into a portion of waters in the Gulf of Tonkin to the west of the Leizhou peninsula in southwestern China from January 27 to January 30, but it did not offer details on when the drills would take place or at what scale.
Speaking at the Singapore Perspectives 2021 conference hosted by Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on Monday, Singapore’s Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force, said there are still many uncertainties to contend with in the next few years, while sharing his hopes about how the future can be “reset” once the pandemic is over, the Channel News Asia reported.
Thank you India and PM Narendra Modi, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Physical transfer of brief case containing nuclear attack plans has become part of inauguration ritual.
BRISBANE: An Indian cricket team saddled with broken bones and battered bodies showed a never-seen-before zeal to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test here, successfully chasing a 328-run target to seal the four-match series 2-1. A minefield of […]
The victory Down Under handed India 430 points, putting it ahead of New Zealand (420) and Australia (332).
NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Tuesday announced a Rs 5 crore bonus for the Indian cricket team after the Ajinkya Rahane-led side won the fourth and final Test against Australia to clinch the series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. India chased down 328 in the final Test to end […]
Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur made up a completely fresh pace attack. Youngsters Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar held the fort in the batting department, ably supported by old warhorses like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Overall India produced a superb effort, overcoming multiple hurdles to register what will go down as one of their best, if not the best ever Test win.
Russia’s leading opposition figure has been arrested and detained for 30 days, after returning to Moscow for the first time since he was poisoned last year.
The variety of uses of small drones, and the guidance systems which direct them, can be very difficult to defend against, a reality inspiring the current Air Force effort to solicit new ideas on ways to destroy them. The Air Force recently released a Request for Information (RFI) to industry, asking for new innovations able to counter small enemy drones.
The United Kingdom maintains a fleet of four ballistic missile submarines with the ability to devastate even the largest of countries. This fleet came into being after its ally, the United States, canceled a key weapon system that would have been the cornerstone of London’s nuclear arsenal. Fifty years later, the UK’s missile submarine force is the sole custodian of the country’s nuclear weapons, providing a constant deterrent against nuclear attack.
U.S. Air Force Special Operators are slightly shifting tactical focus to prepare for major power warfare, raising interesting questions regarding the additional mission scope they will be picking up following fifteen years of counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Media reports outline U.S. President Donald Trump’s use of his social media accounts encouraging his supporters who ultimately broke into the Capitol. Similarly, significant attention has focused on how rioters used Parler, a Twitter-like microblogging and social networking site popular with right-wing groups and individuals, to organize and communicate, at times violently, before and during their siege.
Smolensk Russia, Headquarters, German Army Group Center (AGC), December 3, 1941; Army Group commander, 61-year-old Generalfeldmarschall Fedor von Bock is a troubled man.
The 44-year-old opposition leader is flying back to Moscow after spending several months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack that he said was carried out on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.
Scientists at the Icelandic biopharma group deCODE Genetics’ laboratory in Reykjavik have worked relentlessly for the past 10 months, analysing each positive coronavirus test in Iceland at the request of the country’s health authorities.
As many as 17 of them would be part of the powerful White House complex.
The January 20th inauguration, the 59th in all, wherein Biden would be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States is already historic in the making as for the first time ever a woman Kamala Harris would be sworn as the vice president of the country.
Johnson is expected to visit India ahead of the G7 summit. He cancelled his planned trip to be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade due to a surge in coronavirus cases in Britain.
Speaking exclusive to ANI, he added that terrorists from the neighbouring country also continue to target our security forces and civilians in crowded areas, expecting forces to react and cause more civilian casualties.
“We today have accepted that judges, or rather courts, and especially constitutional courts, have become institutions of governance. As an institution of governance it must be open to public scrutiny and public criticism,” he said.
The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust is conducting a mass contact and contribution campaign for the construction of the grand temple in Ayodhya which began on January 15 and will go on till February 27.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust was set up in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict on November 9, 2021, for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.
He was addressing the 16th Justice PD Desai Memorial Lecture on”Criticism of judiciary, contempt jurisdiction and its use in the age of social media”.
With the installation of the plants with a capacity of 452 KWh over two artificial lakes, the airport’s total installed capacity has risen to 40 MWp helping it to produce around 1.60 lakh units of power a day against per day consumption of around at 1.30 lakh units, the CIAL said.
More than 4,000 healthcare workers were vaccinated in Delhi on Day One. Barring the Centrally-run hospitals like the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, all have been given Covishield, which is developed by the Oxford University with pharma major AstraZeneca, and manufactured by the Serum Institute.
It is long part time to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay — President-elect Joe Biden can and should begin doing so upon taking office.
While U.S. defense firms produced innovations in defense and aerospace technology that underpinned the Pax Americana through the Cold War and beyond, times are changing.
The push to slash United States’ overseas bases is not going away anytime soon. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently remarked, “Large permanent U.S. bases overseas might be necessary for rotational forces to go into and out of, but permanently positioning U.S. forces I think needs a significant relook for the future.
Both the Irregular Warfare Annex to the National Defense Strategy and the Defense Department’s current directive define irregular warfare as a struggle to influence populations and affect legitimacy. They identify five core missions within irregular warfare: unconventional warfare, stabilization, foreign internal defense, counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency.
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has never shied away from sharing her views on social media has responded to a tweet showcasing AIIMS director receiving Covid-19 vaccine shot. The Coronavirus vaccination drive was kick-off by PM Modi virtually today. The first one to receive the Covid-19 vaccine shot was AIIMS […]
Birthday boy Sidharth Malhotra had it easy in Bollywood unlike the popular perception. Since he was launched by Karan Johar it is more or less assumed that he didn’t have to struggle at all.Looking back at his Bollywood journey, the good looking actor from Delhi told Bombay Times during an […]
Manushi Chhillar shared this photo. (Image courtesy: manushi_chhillar ) Highlights Manushi Chhillar looks gorgeous in the picture She can be seen wearing a baby pink and blue dress She paired her outfit with a hat New Delhi: Manushi Chhillar, in a throwback state of mind, shared a picture from her […]
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub shared this photo. (Image courtesy ( mohdzeeshanayyub ) Highlights Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub plays the role of Shiva in Tandav Shiva is an idealistic student leader in Tandav “It’s quite close to what I am,” said the actor on his role New Delhi: Being aware is his biggest asset, […]
Nigeria has launched a much-delayed programme that promises to provide jobs for more than 750,000 young people amid worsening youth unemployment. The scheme, launched this month, is being hailed by government officials as the largest job creation initiative in the country’s history. The 52bn naira ($136m) Special Public Works (SPW) […]
Giving a big push to Make In India initiative, Indian Army has developed a 9mm Machine Pistol named “ASMI”. Here are 10 facts you need to know. 1. Indian Army displayed ASMI on occassion of Army Day at the Army’s Innovation Display Event on 15 Jan 2021. 2. India’s first […]
MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the US exit from the pact. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty last year “significantly upended the balance of interests of […]
Partha Chatterjee is an acclaimed academic and professor at Columbia University, New York. Speaking with Srijan Mitra, Chatterjee discussed the ICHR chair’s recent remarks on ‘secular’ historians, history versus general knowledge — and why, despite tangy controversies, studying history is so unexciting in India: ICHR’s new chair feels ‘secular historians’ […]
Almost 15 years ago Jeff Bezos, founder of US online retail firm Amazon, said e-commerce was going to change the way the world shops. It has and in the process rained billions of dollars into India this year. Investment plans announced this week by homegrown Flipkart — founded by the […]
Manchester United and England great Wayne Rooney ended his illustrious playing career on Friday to take up the job of managing Championship side Derby County on a full-time basis. Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former forward had agreed a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis […]
Jack Ma had convinced a group of friends to give him $60,000 to start a new business in 1999 in China Beijing: Jack Ma, the ebullient and unconventional billionaire founder of tech giant Alibaba, now finds himself battling the ignominy of having the world’s biggest-ever IPO halted days before its launch […]
The AirTaxi will have a fleet of Tecnam P2006T, a twin-engine 4-seat plane The AirTaxi will have a fleet of Tecnam P2006T, a twin-engine 4-seat plane India’s first Air Taxi service has been launched in Chandigarh which was inaugurated by Manohar Lal Khattar at the Chandigarh Airport launched under the […]
Chinese authorities arbitrarily detain Uyghur and other ethnic groups. (Representational) Washington: China possibly carried out “genocide” against Uyghurs and other minority Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang, said a commission of the United States Congress in a new report. The report, released by The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), […]
Nepal has reported 266,816 cases and 1,948 deaths from Covid so far. Kathmandu: Nepal on Friday granted approval for AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccine against the coronavirus, the government said, following a meeting with neighbouring India, a major manufacturer of the shot. “Conditional permission has been granted for emergency use authorization of […]
Mark Rutte said he had presented the cabinet’s resignation to King Willem-Alexander. The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government had resigned Friday over a scandal in which thousands of parents were falsely accused of benefit fraud, admitting the system had gone “terribly wrong”. Many parents were […]
PM Modi will also inaugurate a broad gauge line connecting Vadodara with Kevadia in Gujarat. (File) Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday inaugurate virtually the newly-built Kevadia railway station near the Statue of Unity in Narmada district of Gujarat and a broad gauge line connecting Vadodara with Kevadia, […]
(Representational Image) New Delhi: India on Friday said all member states of the United Nations, including those lying beyond the tropics, can now join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with an amendment to its framework agreement coming into effect recently. In pursuance of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]
Major Bob Khathing was a decorated officer who fought the World War II. Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today announced that his government will set up a memorial for Major Bob Khathing, an Army officer who commanded a small team of soldiers to establish India’s administrative control in […]
CES 2021 is here, and the world’s biggest annual tech show has never looked so different. But while this year’s event ditches the packed Las Vegas ballrooms in favor of an all-online experience, there are just as many cool gadgets and exciting innovations to get excited about as ever. From […]
It was just after 7am when the car carrying Colonel Saba Sahar, one of Afghanistan’s most senior female police officers, came under fire from armed insurgents. In the back seat, Sahar’s four-year-old daughter began screaming as bullets shattered the windscreen and ripped into the upholstery. As she pushed her child […]
I wanted to come here. No one forced me, and my wife also agreed in a snap. To be honest, though, I didn’t tell my brother. He lives where I used to live – Kutupalong camp. He is very against this island for some reason. He might have tried to […]
Lindsey Graham has released a statement expressing opposition to the second impeachment of Donald Trump, claiming the resolution “will do great damage to the institutions of government and could invite further violence.” Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) Supporting the impeachment of President Trump under these circumstances will do great damage to the […]
Budget 2021: Real estate sector expects lower home loan interest rates. Budget 2021: Considering the forward and backward linkages of the construction sector with other sectors of the economy, and the urgent need to provide housing to large segments of the low-income population, the government should pay special focus to […]
The IRFC initial public offer is scheduled to open on January 18 IRFC IPO: State-owned Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC) has opened its first public offer for subscription on January 18, 2021, setting the price band at Rs 25-26 per share. The Rs 4,633.4 crore initial public offer (IPO) has become […]
NEW DELHI: Even as UK and India appear to be resetting their relations post Brexit, a major British think tank has a word of caution for the British government. “While giving India the attention it deserves, the UK government needs to accept that gaining direct national benefit from the relationship, […]
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on dynastic succession and sense of entitlement in the country’s politics, saying it is a menace and new form of dictatorship, which needs to be uprooted for which youth of the country could play the most vital role. […]
NEW DELHI: The parliamentary standing committee on information technology on Tuesday unanimously decided to summon Twitter and Facebook to explain their actions in recent days to ban accounts and institute sudden changes in privacy policies — a move that comes in the backdrop of US President Donald Trump being banned […]
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was speaking at the UNSC Ministerial Meeting. (File) United Nations: India on Tuesday asserted that the international community must not allow terrorism to be justified and terrorists glorified as it told the UN Security Council that the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai blasts […]
Compared with tariffs, an escalating conflict over technology is of more concern to China. Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. Sign up here, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis on the pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump famously tweeted […]
Elon Musk had also confirmed the entry of Tesla into the Indian market in 2021 Highlights Tesla has set up an R&D unit in Bengaluru, BS Yediyurappa confirmed. Elon Musk had confirmed the entry of Tesla into the Indian market in 2021. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had also announced Tesla’s […]
Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube is reportedly testing a new feature that will allow users to download videos on one device and make it appear on another device. According to a report by Android Police, this feature was seen in the Background & downloads settings for some YouTube Premium subscribers […]
Nokia has launched air conditioners in India marking the company’s entry into the home appliances segment in the country. The new range of Nokia branded ACs comes with a starting price of Rs 30,999 and will be available via e-commerce site Flipkart. Those interested can buy the newly launched Nokia […]
NEW DELHI: Consumer electronics giant Samsung is expected to launch its next generation flagship Galaxy S series of smartphones on January 14, 2021. Now full specifications of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra have leaked online. Popular tipster Roland Quandt tweeted a link to the WinFuture report which showed the complete specifications […]
NEW DELHI: In order to compete with the other telecom operators, the state-owned telecom operator BSNL has rolled out a new data only prepaid plan of Rs 251. Under the plan of Rs 251, BSNL offers 70GB of total data without any calling or SMS benefits. The data only plan […]
Apple working on its own smart glass device is not a mystery anymore. A leak back in 2018 established the idea of Apple Glass in works by the Cupertino-based tech giant. Back then, it was rumoured that the Apple Glass will likely be powered by a 5nm silicon and now […]
TOKYO: Face shields alone are not highly effective to prevent Covid-19 infection without masks, says a new study which assessed what happens to the airflow around these plastic screens when someone nearby sneezes. The research, published in the journal Physics Of Fluid, noted that the number of people using face […]
BENGALURU: Prof Roddam Narasimha, noted aerospace scientist passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru late on Monday. He was 87 and is survived by his wife and daughter. A career scientist, Roddam has contributed to some of India’s major scientific programmes, including Isro and the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). […]
BALTIMORE: One of the most common symptoms of Covid-19 is being sick with fever, whereas a study by John Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland School Of Medicine describes that temperature screening, primarily done with a non-contact infrared thermometer (NCIT) is not an effective strategy to staunch the spread […]
Beginning this week with the Brics summit at Fortaleza and Brasilia in Brazil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed foreign policy schedule over the next two months. His meetings will encompass leaders from US, China, Russia and Japan, among others. Foreign policy is usually marked by significant continuity despite […]
The Modi government has begun to carry forward a process related to Jammu & Kashmir that the UPA regime had initiated but had then abandoned in all but name. In October 2010, the home ministry had set up a Group of Interlocutors under the chairmanship of this writer with a […]