India, US renew Triangular Cooperation Agreement for global development

India and the United States on Friday signed the Second Amendment to the statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for global development, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Friday. An MEA release stated that the amendment was signed by Abhilasha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Development Partnership Administration-II […]

Chennai girl wins award in 2020 Intl Youth Contest for Social Anti-Corruption Advertising

Khushi Arun Kumar, a 19-year-old Chennai student from Stella Maris College has won the ‘Best Poster’ prize in the 2020 ‘Together Against Corruption,’ International Youth Contest for Social-Anti Corruption Advertising. The event was organised by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Kumar’s poster was chosen from among thousands of entries from all over the world, TV […]

Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was ‘murdered’ by Taliban: Report

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed while covering the violence in Afghanistan, was apparently executed by the Taliban, a US-based weekly magazine has claimed. 38-year-old Siddiqui, who was the Chief Photographer for Reuters in India, was killed in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak district. A new report published by The Washington Examiner […]

Philippines to restore military deal with US with eye on China

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Friday thanked Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for “full restoration” of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) on the deployment of US troops in the country. This decision was announced during the last leg of Austin’s Southeast Asian trip to hold high-level discussions on security issues. “Thank you, […]

Taiwan probes hack of ‘high ranking officials’ LINE messaging account

Taiwan has launched an investigation into the hacking of over 100 LINE messaging accounts of Taiwanese “high ranking officials” after the company admitted abnormal activities had been detected. The Taiwan Criminal Investigation Bureau on Wednesday said that it has begun an investigation after LINE, the most popular instant messenger and online call service in Taiwan, reported the case to authorities, […]

US concerned over ‘harassment, intimidation’ of foreign journalists in China

The United States has expressed “deep concerns” with what it called increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of US and other foreign journalists in China, after correspondents of several international media outlets were reportedly heckled and booed on the streets of Henan province while covering floods. In a statement, the US State Department said that Beijing claims to welcome foreign media and […]

US, Pak National Security Advisors meet in Washington, discuss urgent need for truce in Afghanistan

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with his Pakistani counterpart Moeed Yusuf in Washington on Thursday and discussed issues regarding regional security, including the urgent need for a negotiated political settlement to the Afghan conflict. This meeting between the two NSAs holds significance in the backdrop of mounting violence in Afghanistan. Despite the […]

40 killed in Afghanistan’s Kamdish after flash floods

At least 40 people were killed after flash floods on Wednesday night destroyed over 80 houses in Afghanistan’s Kamdish district. 150 people are also missing after the mishap. “Bodies of 40 people have been found and the death toll possibly will rise,” Tolo News reported citing Saeedullah Nuristani, Head of the provincial council. Kamdish district is situated in the country’s […]

Hong Kong scribes register protest as police intimidate reporter, confiscate travel documents

A group of journalists has demanded the Hong Kong police to explain why a city reporter’s home was searched and travel documents were confiscated, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) informed on Wednesday. An IFJ statement said that the Hong Kong police force’s national security unit searched a journalist’s home on July 26 and confiscated her travel documents, mobile phone and […]

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rowing a Boat to ‘Nowhere’ Has Set Off a Wave of Memes

Pakistani Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad cannot seem to keep himself out of controversy. Following the daughter of an Afghan envoy to Pakistan being kidnapped, and later released, Ahmad, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed denied the incident and expressed scepticism toward the girl’s account of what happened. If denying the […]