Pakistan to dissolve CPEC Authority if China agrees

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): Pakistan government has, in principle, decided to abolish the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority with its planning and development ministry slated to play a key role in dealing with matters related to the multi-billion-dollar project, media reports said.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 22:21 IST

Taliban increases compulsory religious subjects in Afghan universities' curriculum

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): Higher Education Ministry under the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said that it has increased the number of compulsory religious subjects in the curriculum of Afghan universities, media reports said.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 22:19 IST

Xi's authority slipping in face of widespread public unrest

Hong Kong, August 18 (ANI): Amid the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) scheduled for November 2022 end and mass lockdowns due to surge in COVID-19 cases, President Xi Jinping's authority is slipping in the face of widespread public unrest.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:56 IST

SCO Interior Ministers meet: MoS Nityanand Rai calls for action against terrorism, drug trafficking

Tashkent [Uzbekistan], August 18 (ANI): During Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) interior minister meeting in Uzbekistan, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai called for stern action against terrorism and drug trafficking.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:36 IST

Xi's zero-Covid policy propels unrest in Tibet, Xinjiang

Lhasa [Tibet], August 18 (ANI): The zero-Covid policy imposed in Xinjiang and Tibet by Chinese President Xi Jinping has created widespread unrest, who are anxious about their livelihoods, as both regions are underdeveloped economically.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:34 IST

All eyes are on Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua as CCP concludes "secretive" conclave

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): As a "secretive" conclave held by the Communist Party of China in Beidaihe concludes, all sorts of speculations are being made about the party's plans to select new leadership at its upcoming Congress.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:31 IST

Russian Dy PM meets NSA Doval, talks trade, economic ties, peaceful use of outer space

Moscow [Russia], August 18 (ANI): Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and held a discussion on trade and economic ties between the countries including the peaceful use of outer space.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:14 IST

Chinese Communist Party manipulating algorithms to suit its propaganda activities

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is planning to manipulate the algorithms submitted by the high-profile companies, in line with the recently implemented 'Regulations on Management of Algorithm Recommendations for Internet Information Services' to suit the propaganda activities and agenda of the Party, in the run up to 20th Party Congress.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 21:00 IST

Vietnam-India bilateral army Exercise Vinbax 2022 concludes at Chandimandir

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): The Vietnam-India Bilateral Army Exercise VINBAX 2022 concluded at Chandimandir with an impressive display of Multi Agency Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Relief (HADR) demonstration and an equipment display showcasing the Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 20:50 IST

Disgruntled homebuyers in Henan protest against delay in delivery of houses

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): Disgruntled homebuyers in China's Henan province on Wednesday protested against delay in delivery of houses.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 20:28 IST

Disgruntled Taliban commander killed while trying to flee to Iran

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): Mawlawi Mahdi Mujahid, a disgruntled Taliban commander, was killed by Taliban border forces when he wanted to enter Iran through the province of Herat in western Afghanistan, media reports said citing a statement from the Taliban's Ministry of Defense.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 20:25 IST

"People far away have a tendency to walk away": Jaishankar defends ties with Myanmar referring to Afghanistan

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): Referring to the situation in Afghanistan after the US exit, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday defended India's ties with Myanmar and asserted that being an immediate neighbour, the understanding and interests are very different from people who are far away.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 20:11 IST

Debt trap: Global alarm over Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): Chinese investment under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) across the world are causing alarm, including among the beneficiaries, as some realise, at times too late, perils of the debt trap that it entails.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 20:04 IST

Imran Khan's PTI hired CIA veteran to lobby, manage US ties: Reports

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), when in power, took the aid of a former CIA veteran in order to lobby and manage Islamabad's ties with the US, local media said citing reports.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 19:12 IST

Members of German parliament visit Western Naval Command in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 18 (ANI): A four-member German delegation led by Jurgen Hardt, Member of German Bundestag, visited the Naval Dockyard and Headquarters Western Naval Command, Mumbai on Thursday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 19:07 IST

US Senator Jon Ossoff to lead eight-day delegation to India

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): In a bid to bolster relations between India and US, Senator Jon Ossoff will lead an eight-day economic delegation to India starting from August 30.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 18:42 IST

US left USD 7 bln worth high-tech military equipment in Taliban's hands

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): United States, at the time of the withdrawal of its troops from Afghan soil one year back, left military equipment of USD 7 billion worth in the hands of the Taliban, media reports said citing sources.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 18:13 IST

"Only mindsets uncomfortable with democratization of world affairs will dispute Indo-Pacific": Jaishankar

Bangkok [Thailand], August 18 (ANI): Emphasizing that India envisages a free, open, inclusive and peaceful Indo-Pacific built on a rules-based order, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a visit to Thailand, said that only those whose mindsets are built around spheres of influence and are uncomfortable with the democratization of world affairs will dispute the Indo-Pacific.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 16:58 IST

MoS Muraleedharan to visit Nigeria, address Nigeria-India Business Council meet

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to Nigeria from August 22-23 and address the Nigeria-India Business Council (NIBC) meeting.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 16:42 IST

'When I heard he survived, I was surprised': Salman Rushdie's attacker

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): Hadi Matar, who allegedly stabbed Indian-born-British author Salman Rushdie in western New York State last week during a lecture, praised Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and admitted that he didn't think that the author would survive.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 16:03 IST