China’s large amphibious aircraft conducts high-speed taxiing trials on water

China’s large amphibious aircraft conducts high-speed taxiing trials on water

BEIJING: China’s indigenously-developed large amphibious aircraft has successfully conducted high-speed water taxiing trials on the Zhanghe reservoir. The test of the AG600 seaplane was conducted on Monday at a speed of 145 kms in the city of Jingmen of central China’s Hubei Province, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co Ltd (CAIGA). CAIGA, headquartered […]

Musharraf can’t return to Pakistan now for health reasons

Musharraf can’t return to Pakistan now for health reasons

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former dictator General Pervez Musharraf is “growing weaker rapidly” due to a new unspecified illness and cannot return to face the treason case now, a senior leader of his party has said. Musharraf, 75, who has been living in Dubai since 2016, is facing the high-profile treason case for suspending the Constitution in […]

Bangladesh delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island

DHAKA: Bangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on October 3, despite warnings […]

Pakistan’s ISI chief Lt Gen Mukhtar to retire today

Pakistan’s ISI chief Lt Gen Mukhtar to retire today

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI, Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, and four other three-star generals will retire on Monday, according to a media report. Besides director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Mukhtar, the others retiring on Monday are Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Nazir Ahmad Butt, Commander of Army’s Strategic Forces […]

Chinese FM defends move to block India’s bids at UN to list Azhar Masood as ‘global terrorist’

Chinese FM defends move to block India’s bids at UN to list Azhar Masood as ‘global terrorist’

WASHINGTON: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has defended Beijing’s repeated blockage of India’s bids at the United Nations to list chief of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Azhar Masood as a global terrorist, arguing that the issue lacks “consensus” among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the “directly concerned” parties – […]

Nearly 400 killed as quake, tsunami hit Indonesia

Nearly 400 killed as quake, tsunami hit Indonesia

Palu (Indonesia): Nearly 400 people were killed when a powerful quake sent a tsunami barrelling into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials said Saturday, as hospitals struggled to cope with hundreds of injured and rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region. The national disaster agency put the official death toll so far at 384, all […]

China’s new combat aircraft makes debut flight

BEIJING: China’s indigenously- built new multi-role combat aircraft for exports has made its debut flight, the state-run media reported Saturday. The FTC-2000G, a new multirole combat aircraft developed for export by the State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China, (AVIC) made its debut flight on Friday in the southwest Guizhou province, state-run China Daily reported. The […]

World’s first-ever human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Hong Kong man has developed the world’s first ever human case of the rat version of the hepatitis E virus, according to new research from one of the city’s leading universities. There had previously been no evidence the disease could jump from rats to humans, the University of Hong Kong said Friday, warning […]

North Korea’s 2017 bomb test set off later earthquakes

North Korea’s 2017 bomb test set off later earthquakes

NEW YORK: The North Korean underground nuclear bomb test last year set off a series of aftershocks over a period of eight months, a study has found. The shocks, which occurred on a previously unmapped nearby fault, are a window into both the physics of nuclear explosions, and how natural earthquakes can be triggered, according […]