Thursday, 28 May 2020

Asia

India extends world’s biggest lockdown to May 3

NEW DELHI: India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world, will be extended until at least May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday. The current three-week-old lockdown of the nation of 1.3 billion people had been scheduled to end at midnight Tuesday. “From the economic angle, we have ...

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Indian inventor revs up corona car in lockdown

NEW DELHI: A giant coronavirus is stalking the streets of southern India – propelled by a 100 cc engine and an inventor trying to drive home the message that Indians should stay indoors as the pandemic sweeps across the world. Sudhakar Yadav’s wacky small single-seater car – made of fluorescent-green ...

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Afghan govt to set free 100 Taliban prisoners

KABUL: An Afghan official said on Wednesday that the government will set free 100 Taliban prisoners as a part of the prisoner swap agreement under the peace deal. A day earlier, the insurgents said they were walking out of talks with Kabul. The two foes have been negotiating in Kabul ...

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Two dead in India as protests escalate over citizenship law

GUWAHATI: Violent mobs in India’s northeastern state of Assam torched buildings and clashed with police, leaving two dead and 11 with bullet wounds, as protests grew over a new citizenship law for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment ...

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Suu Kyi criticised in court over ‘silence’ on Myanmar rape claims

LONDON: The Gambia condemned Aung San Suu Kyi’s “silence” over the plight of Rohingya Muslims after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN’s top court. Lawyers for the mostly Muslim African country said her arguments that Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown was a “clearance operation” ...

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Police report arson attacks, vandalism overnight in Hong Kong

HONG KONG police said they arrested three people in connection with arson and vandalism in Kowloon late Wednesday. In a news release on Thursday morning, the police said three people – a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man – were arrested in connection with vandalizing public buses. ...

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Indian army claims Pakistani agencies ‘honey-trapping’ officiaries

NEW DELHI: The issue of honey-trapping by foreign intelligence agencies has been gaining credence in India, with the Indian Army issuing an advisory asking its personnel to be cautious and avoid strangers posing as women of foreign origin or spiritual gurus. India’s Junior Minister for Defence Shripad Naik claimed that ...

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Kashmir crisis calls for United States engagement

WASHINGTON: Pakistan and India have jointly administered the Jammu and Kashmir region since 1948, when the United Nations negotiated a cease-fire between the two South Asian countries and decreed that the Kashmiri people would determine their own future. That there is a hotly disputed region adjoining two nuclear-armed adversaries should ...

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At least 43 killed in Delhi factory fire

NEW DELHI: At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in India’s capital New Delhi, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP. The blaze broke out in the early hours in the city’s old quarter, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing ...

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Swedish king speaks up for Kashmir

NEW DELHI: King Carl Gustaf of Sweden said in Mumbai that his country had been observing the situation in Jammu & Kashmir for years, and indicated that the mandate of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), of which it was a part, was too constrained ...

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