Trump calls India’s air ‘filthy’ as New Delhi chokes on severe smog

New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze on Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to “severe” levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as “filthy”. Smoke from agricultural burning, vehicle fumes and industrial emissions — combined with cooler temperatures and slow moving winds […]

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UN rights chief slams India over arrests, restrictions on NGOs

GENEVA: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet voiced her dismay on Tuesday at the arrest of activists in India and restrictions to the work of non-governmental organisations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to New Delhi to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs. Bachelet regretted what she called the application […]

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Pakistan and Afghanistan handled Covid better than India, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, a leader of India’s Congress Party, on Friday yet again criticised the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying “even Pakistan and Afghanistan handled Covid better than India”. He made these remarks in a tweet, accompanied by a graph of International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) gross domestic product (GDP) projections […]

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India terms SAPM’s talks claim fictitious

New Delhi: Two days after the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on national security revealed Indian feelers for bilateral talks, New Delhi described the claim as fictitious on Thursday. In an interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire on Tuesday, Moeed Yusuf, the prime minister’s Special Assistant, had claimed that Pakistan had got messages in the “past […]

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UN rights chief slams death penalty for rapists in Bangladesh

GENEVA: Sentencing rapists to death, as Bangladesh did on Thursday, is not an appropriate punishment even for such a heinous crime, the UN rights chief said. “Tempting as it may be to impose draconian punishments on those who carry out such monstrous acts, we must not allow ourselves to commit further violations,” Michelle Bachelet said […]

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Indian defence minister’s ‘insinuations’ that Pakistan, China create border conflicts rejected by FO

The Foreign Office on Monday rejected Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s “unfounded insinuations” that Pakistan and China were deliberately creating border disputes with India. “It is India that not only creates disputes with neighbours but also runs away from peacefully resolving them,” an FO press release said. The FO further said that Singh’s remarks “demonstrate […]

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IPL launches probe after player reports corrupt approach

DUBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has launched an investigation after one of the players in this year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates reported being approached for possible corruption, the league’s integrity chief said on Sunday. The world’s richest cricket league, long plagued by corruption, is in its third week and is being played […]

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Indian actions in held Kashmir a threat to peace: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a letter to the president of the UN Security Council has highlighted the threats to peace from Indian actions in occupied Kashmir. Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri at the weekly media briefing on Thursday said the latest letter to the UNSC president was “part of Pakistan’s efforts […]

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Indian court acquits Hindu nationalist leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case for ‘lack of evidence’

An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Hindu nationalist leaders, including former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani, in a case over the demolition of a mosque at a disputed site 28 years ago, citing a lack of evidence. The demolition sparked nationwide riots that killed more than 3,000 people in a decades-long dispute that has […]

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Spin hero Rashid Khan pays tribute to late mother, his ‘biggest fan’

An emotional Rashid Khan dedicated his man-of-the-match performance to his mother, who died earlier this year, after he bowled Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Afghan leg-spinner took 3-14 from his four overs to restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for seven in their chase of 163, handing Hyderabad […]

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