J-K parties slam Centre’s new domicile rules

Srinagar: Political parties in the valley on Wednesday criticised the Centre’s new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was adding insult to injury of the people as there were none of the promised protections. While the National Conference termed the new rules as hollow, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the rules will […]

Pak’s coronavirus cases cross 2,000

Islamabad: The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan surpassed 2,000 on Wednesday, indicating an upward trend despite efforts by the government to contain the pandemic. The Ministry of National Health Services said that 105 new patients tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 2,039. It […]

Ten people who attended Tablighi event quarantined in Jammu

Jammu: Ten people, including nine from Hyderabad, who participated in a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin in the national capital were identified on Wednesday and sent to a health centre to be quarantined, officials said. The men, who were identified by Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, have been sent to a centre in Bhatindi on the […]

UN General Assembly to decide on rival COVID-19 resolutions

United Nations: How should the UN General Assembly and its 193 member states respond to the coronavirus pandemic? Members have been sent two rival resolutions for consideration and under new voting rules instituted because the global body isn’t holding meetings, if a single country objects a resolution is defeated. One resolution, which has more than […]

Prominent Indian-origin virologist in South Africa dies from coronavirus

Johannesburg: World-renowned virologist Gita Ramjee has become the first Indian-origin South African to have died after contracting the novel coronavirus that has killed five people in the country. Ramjee, a stellar vaccine scientist and an HIV prevention research leader, had returned from London a week ago but reportedly showed no symptoms of COVID-19. Ramjee, 64, was […]

US headed for ‘tough’, ‘painful’ two weeks: Trump

Washington: The US is headed for a “tough two weeks”, President Donald Trump has warned, advising people to be prepared for the “hard days” ahead, as the country fights the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic that the White House projects could claim one to two lakh lives during the next fortnight. Trump’s remarks came as Deborah Bix, a […]

UN Security Council urges cease-fire in Afghanistan

United Nations: The UN Security Council urged Afghanistan’s warring parties on Tuesday to heed the UN secretary-general’s call for an immediate cease-fire to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country. The council issued a press statement after a closed briefing by UN deputy special representative Ingrid Hayden who said […]

US virus deaths pass 4,000: Johns Hopkins

Washington: The total US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 4,000 early Wednesday, more than double the number from three days earlier, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths was 4,076 — more than twice the 2,010 recorded late Saturday. More than 40 percent of recorded deaths nationally were in […]

COVID19 pandemic most challenging crisis since World War II: UN chief

United Nations:The coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging crisis the world has faced since World War II, one that is killing people and will also lead to an economic recession without any parallel in the recent past, according to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. According to the estimates by the Johns Hopkins University, there are […]

Man injured in Kulgam militant attack succumbs to injuries

Srinagar: A man, who was injured in a militant attack in Kulgam district r on March 21, succumbed to injuries at a hospital here on Tuesday, police said. Waseem Ahmad (25), resident of Turigam Yaripora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, was shot at and injured by militants, a police official said. He said Ahmad […]