Malaysia, China and Pakistan use Covid-19 as excuse to block freedoms
  • Malaysia, China and Pakistan use Covid-19 as excuse to block freedoms(12:36)
    By Ateet Sharma

    New Delhi, April 21: Malaysia has witnessed a remarkable fall in press freedom while China, which "continues to take Internet censorship, surveillance and propaganda to unprecedented levels", is still firmly anchored among the worst countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) which provides information about the media freedom situation worldwide.

Businesses remain optimistic despite local curbs amid surge in Covid cases
  • Businesses remain optimistic despite local curbs amid surge in Covid cases(19:20)
    Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) As India announced opening up of Covid 19 vaccination drive for all citizens above the age of 18 amid a surge in cases, industry and business honchos said they expect the situation to come well under control by May-end. Besides vaccination drive, several state governments including Delhi, have already put in place measures to break the chain of transmission.

Can alternative medicine systems like Ayurveda be tapped to fight Covid-19?
World Heritage Day: Celebrating diversity
  • World Heritage Day: Celebrating diversity(13:16)
    By S.Ravi

    New Delhi, April 19: April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day or the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982, it was approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1983.

How an India, Iran and Russia partnership can save Afghanistan
  • How an India, Iran and Russia partnership can save Afghanistan(20:54)
    By IN Bureau

    New Delhi, April 17: Tired and broken, the United States has announced its unceremonious exit from Afghanistan. The decision, in many ways, is a throwback to a similar moment in recent history—the pullback of the Soviet forces from the strife torn nation after Moscows ill-fated intervention in Afghanistan in 1979. The Soviet Union was then a superpower, although ailing, when it decided to move forces across the Hai ratan bridge now in Uzbekistan, only to face defeat in a country which has been well described as the "graveyard of empires".

Fighting Covid 2.0 - how some key states are shaping up
Finally global investors head to India's northeast
  • Finally global investors head to India's northeast(13:42)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 17: After Japan, Indias northeastern states have caught the attention of domestic and foreign investors. A few Korean investors led by the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) have already begun touring Sikkim to identify concrete investment opportunities.

Sri Lankans file over a dozen cases against China-backed Colombo Port City
Ancient wisdom will help build immunity to beat Covid
  • Ancient wisdom will help build immunity to beat Covid(19:36)
    By S. Ravi

    New Delhi, April 16: Going beyond precautions and vaccinations, doctors and the World Health Organization (WHO) have advised that proper nutrition and hydration would be key in fighting the second wave of Covid-19. This is a throwback on some essential ancient wisdom. 2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, hit the nail right on the head when he said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Jaishankar clears air: Indian foreign policy is not US-centric
  • Jaishankar clears air: Indian foreign policy is not US-centric(12:34)
    By Rahul Kumar

    New Delhi, April 16: India is bonding fast and furious, with foreign countries, by building partnerships but avoiding alliances. If anyone thought that India was heading towards an Asian NATO through the Indo-Pacific Quad, then kindly think again.

Explainer: New Covid strains and precautions to be taken
  • Explainer: New Covid strains and precautions to be taken(22:48)
    By S.Ravi

    New Delhi, April 15: There is a widespread concern among the authorities and general public alike regarding the spurt in Covid-19 cases. Making the scenario worse is the perception that the spike is due to new strains of Covid-19 virus.

New strains of coronavirus dodging RT-PCR tests?
  • New strains of coronavirus dodging RT-PCR tests?(20:46)
    By SPS Pannu

    New Delhi, April 15: The rising number of false negative tests for Covid-19, surfacing in the second wave of the pandemic sweeping across India, have become a cause for grave concern. This is being attributed to some new strains of coronavirus that the standard RT-PCR tests are not being able to detect.

Hilsa on 'Poila Boishakh' - an emotion for all Bengalis cutting across borders
  • Hilsa on 'Poila Boishakh' - an emotion for all Bengalis cutting across borders(19:50)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 15: It is April 15 -- Poila Boishakh for Bengalis living across the globe. Poila Boishakh, like many other states in India which observe Baisakhi, Bihu, Vishu among others, marks the first day of the Hindu New Year. But Poila Boishakh, the Bengali new year, has an international dimension across the eastern border.

The saga of damage and desecration of mosques in Kashmir
  • The saga of damage and desecration of mosques in Kashmir(14:18)

    New Delhi, April 15: The damage caused to the village mosque at Hadipora in southern Kashmirs Shopian district during an encounter between the security forces and the militants on 9 -10 April has outraged the local population but, in contrast to some previous incidents, the public anger this time around is unmistakably against the militants.

As religious bigotry holds sway in Pakistan 'White In The Flag' stands up for minorities
NEP 2020 will skill students, enable them to do what they want, says PM
  • NEP 2020 will skill students, enable them to do what they want, says PM(20:56)
    By S. Ravi

    New Delhi, April 14: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Wednesday made out a strong case for matching ability and aptitude while highlighting the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) which seeks to transform India sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high-quality education to all.

US locks target: To outbid China on strategy, economy, diplomacy
Misinformation, vaccine hesitancy can dent revival of economy
Brian Lara spotlights massive volcanic eruption in the Caribbean
Vietnam launches second Indian high-speed patrol boat
  • Vietnam launches second Indian high-speed patrol boat(18:20)
    By Rahul Kumar

    New Delhi, April 13: The Vietnam government has launched a high-speed patrol boat built with India assistance, and one more of similar class is in the pipeline. The Vietnamese coast guard had inducted the first India-made patrol vessel in December 2020.

Explained: Why Indian Army plans a reduction of 1,00,000 men?
  • Explained: Why Indian Army plans a reduction of 1,00,000 men?(12:48)
    By Ateet Sharma

    New Delhi, April 13: There's a strong possibility of you getting a forward on social media these days, criticising Indian Army's proposed move of reduction in manpower. What it probably won't mention is that it concerns the 'non-essential' manpower. So what is it, really and, more importantly, how and when is the reduction going to happen?

Former Nepal king Gyanendra in India to attend Kumbh
  • Former Nepal king Gyanendra in India to attend Kumbh(19:14)
    By Rahul Kumar

    New Delhi, April 12: The last king of Nepal, Gyanendra Shah is in India to attend the Kumbh festival. He arrived in the holy city of Haridwar on Sunday to participate in the biggest Hindu festival.

Rafiqul Islam Madani - 'Little Devil' of Bangladesh arrested
  • Rafiqul Islam Madani - 'Little Devil' of Bangladesh arrested(19:04)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    New Delhi, April 12: Amid the ongoing crackdown on the militant hardliner groups, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Of Bangladesh has arrested Rafiqul Islam Madani. Known as "shishu bokta" (child preacher), he has been charged with making provocative anti-state speeches and inciting mob. Madani is one of the icons of the hardline outfit, Hefazat- e- Islam (HeI).

China's worst kept secret is out: Top official admits Chinese vaccines are weak
  • China's worst kept secret is out: Top official admits Chinese vaccines are weak(19:00)
    By SPS Pannu

    New Delhi, April 12: China's top health official has admitted for the first time ever that the Chinese coronavirus vaccines are not very effective and the government is exploring the option of mixing different Covid-19 vaccines to give them a boost, according to a news report in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

Is new Kashmir becoming a national sports hub?
  • Is new Kashmir becoming a national sports hub?(13:36)
    By Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

    New Delhi, April 12: While inaugurating the first Water Sports Centre adopted by his Ministry in Kashmir last week, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju announced that the Government of India was developing as many as 100 Khelo India Centres across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. An amount of Rs 513 crore has been earmarked in the current years budget for promotion of sports in addition to the substantial financial assistance flowing from the Centre.