Nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods due to COVID: ILO

Nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods due to COVID: ILO

United Nations: Almost 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy, nearly half of the global workforce, face an immediate danger of losing their livelihoods due to the continued sharp decline in working hours because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the International Labour Organization has said. More than 430 million enterprises in hard-hit sectors such as retail […]

USCIRF recommends 14 nations, including India, for designation as ‘countries of particular concern’

USCIRF recommends 14 nations, including India, for designation as ‘countries of particular concern’

WASHINGTON: A US commission mandated to monitor religious freedom globally on Tuesday asked the State Department to designate 14 nations, including India, as “countries of particular concern”, alleging that religious minorities are under increasing assault in these nations. These include nine countries that the State Department designated as CPCs in December 2019 – Myanmar, China, […]

India rejects USCIRF reports; calls it ‘biased and tendentious’

India rejects USCIRF reports; calls it ‘biased and tendentious’

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday rejected its criticism by a US commission on religious freedom, terming its observations on condition of minorities and religious freedom as “biased and tendentious”. In the 2020 edition of its annual report on International Religious Freedom, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) alleged that religious freedom in India […]

Children in South Asia could face health crisis amid COVID-19: UNICEF

Children in South Asia could face health crisis amid COVID-19: UNICEF

KATHMANDU: Expressing concern over the disruptions caused in immunisations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday that South Asia could face yet another health emergency if children across the region did not receive their life-saving vaccine shots. Almost a quarter of the world’s unimmunised or partially immunised children—about 4.5 […]

Covid-19 fatalities cross 210,000 globally; Europe and US worst hit

Covid-19 fatalities cross 210,000 globally; Europe and US worst hit

PARIS: More than 210,000 people have died worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic, 85 percent of them in Europe and the United States, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources at 0845 GMT on Tuesday. A total of 210,930 deaths have been recorded among 3,027,853 cases since the outbreak began in China late […]

Coronavirus cases cross 14,000 in Pakistan, Death toll rises to 301

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said as the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 14,000-mark and claimed the lives of over 300 people. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 3,233 people have fully recovered from the deadly virus. The ministry said […]

Balakot strike, abrogation of Article 370 will have lasting imprint on geopolitical situation: Pakistan Army Chief

Balakot strike, abrogation of Article 370 will have lasting imprint on geopolitical situation: Pakistan Army Chief

ISLAMABAD: The Balakot airstrike and the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir are the two significant events that will have a “lasting imprint” on the geopolitical situation of South Asia, according to Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. In an article in the ‘Green Book 2020’, a […]

Violating fundamental rights in the name of Covid would lead to a human rights disaster: UN

Violating fundamental rights in the name of Covid would lead to a human rights disaster: UN

GENEVA: The UN rights chief warned Monday that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a “human rights disaster”. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on countries to refrain from violating fundamental rights “under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures.” […]

Russia surpasses China in coronavirus cases

MOSCOW: Russia reported 6,198 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday versus 6,361 on the previous day, which took the national tally of infections to 87,147. The Russian coronavirus crisis response center said that 50 more deaths of coronavirus patients were confirmed in the last 24 hours. In the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, Russia surpassed […]

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rise to 13,328; death toll 281

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s coronavirus cases have climbed to 13,328 while the death toll from the pandemic has reached 281 with 12 more fatalities, the health ministry said on Monday. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, more than 3,000 people have recovered from the contagion. The ministry said that Punjab has reported 5,446 cases, Sindh […]