Defence Minister Singh reviews overall preparedness of armed forces

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday directed the top commanders of the armed forces to ensure that India’s adversaries do not get any opportunity to exploit the current situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. At a high-level meeting, Singh reviewed the operational preparedness of armed forces and asked the top […]

Coronavirus death toll passes 190,000 worldwide: AFP tally

Paris: The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic crossed 190,000 on Friday, with nearly two-thirds of the fatalities in Europe, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources at 0740 GMT. A total of 190,089 people have died and 2,698,733 been infected since the virus emerged in China in December. The hardest hit […]

China’s diplomats show teeth in defending virus response

Beijing:From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They belong to a new generation of Wolf Warrior diplomats, named after patriotic blockbuster films starring a muscle-bound Chinese […]

50 militants, 17 soldiers killed in J&K this year so far

Jammu: Fifty militants including several top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) and Lashker-e-Tioba (LeT) have killed in encounters by government forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, officials said on Friday. Seventeen forces personnel also lost their lives in the encounters, they said. The militants also killed nine civilians in the last four months, […]

Muslims mark Ramzan with unprecedented virus lockdowns

Jakarta: Muslims around the world began marking Ramzan under coronavirus lockdown on Friday with unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers, while a pushback in some countries has sparked fears of a surge in infections. This year, the holy daytime fasting month will be a sombre affair for many across Asia, the Middle East and […]

Cop abducted in Shopian set free

  Srinagar:  Militants have set free a policeman abducted by them from his home in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here on Friday. Constable Javaid Jabbar was set free by the militants, hours after his abduction late Thursday night, the officials said. The militants had abducted Jabbar from his home at Wayil […]

Death toll due to COVID-19 touches 718; number of cases climb to 23,077

New Delhi:The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 718 and the number of cases to 23,077 in the country on Friday, according to the Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases is 17,610 as 4,748 people were cured and discharged, and one patient migrated, it said. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) […]

US still trying to get actual sample of coronavirus from China: Pompeo

Washington:  The US is still trying to get an “actual sample” of the novel coronavirus from China as several questions related to the infection remains unanswered, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The US has been the worst affected country by the deadly coronavirus, which broke out in China’s Wuhan city last year. As […]

China’s coronavirus cases drop to single-digit; pvt firms launch COVID-19 test services

Beijing: China’s confirmed coronavirus cases dropped to single-digit, while technology giants like Alibaba and Tencent have launched booking services for COVID-19 tests. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Friday said six new confirmed coronavirus cases — two imported and four domestically transmitted — were reported in the country on Thursday. As of Thursday, China reported […]

Trump bats for phased reopening of US economy

  Washington: President Donald Trump has favoured a phased reopening of the US economy, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed nearly 50,000 lives and infected over eight lakh people in the country. More than 95 per cent of the country’s 330 million people are under stay-at-home order as a result of the social […]