WHO says surplus AstraZeneca vaccines in rich nations must go to poor countries
  • WHO says surplus AstraZeneca vaccines in rich nations must go to poor countries(14:22)
    By SPS Pannu

    New Delhi, April 11: As advanced countries such as Britain, Australia and Greece have decided not to use some Covid-19 vaccines right now for the younger age groups over the blood clot controversy, the WHO is of the view that these surplus AstraZeneca stocks should be diverted to poor countries. This would help the less developed countries where the inoculation drive against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic is lagging far behind.

India and Netherlands strengthen partnership to check pollution in rivers
  • India and Netherlands strengthen partnership to check pollution in rivers(14:16)
    By Ateet Sharma

    New Delhi, April 11: India has decided to launch a 'strategic partnership on water' with the Netherlands, a world leader in water management, by elevating the existing Joint Working Group on water to the ministerial level. The decision follows a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Netherlands PM Mark Rutte on Friday where the two leaders discussed in detail the bilateral cooperation and new ways of strengthening the relationship. Rutte has just begun a fourth term as the Dutch Prime Minister after his People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) had powered to a fourth consecutive victory last month.

After nuclear weapons, Turkey, Pakistan and China bond on Afghanistan
Army Chief Bajwa may have to step-up his game to counter anti-India undercurrents in Pakistan
  • Bengal polls have huge int'l connotation as state will play key role in India's Act East policy(18:52)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) As the battle for West Bengal is underway, the strategically located state is of importance as it shares its borders with three countries - Nepal, Bhutan besides of course Bangladesh. The state government -- driven by whichever party comes to power after the elections -- will have to prioritize the Centres Act East and Neighbourhood First policies.

Revival of entertainment industry now a major focus in J&K
  • Revival of entertainment industry now a major focus in J&K(13:18)
    By Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

    New Delhi, April 8: Kashmirs entertainment-deprived population would have a sigh of relief as and when Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinhas government unfolds the J&K Film Policy-2021 anytime in the current month. Parallel to attracting producers and directors from across the country for shooting their films in the valley, it envisages revival of the entertainment industry at a large scale.

China, Pakistan investment in Gwadar pushes the Baloch minority to the margins
  • China, Pakistan investment in Gwadar pushes the Baloch minority to the margins(13:18)
    By Rahul Kumar

    New Delhi, April 8: The Pakistani port city of Gwadar, being developed by big Chinese investment, is bringing rich profits to Pakistani investors. The port city is witnessing the development of special economic zones, industrial clusters, residential estates, recreational facilities like a golf park, malls and various modes of connectivity.

Baloch insurgent group warns that Iran-China deal can endanger Chabahar project
'Lok Mein Ram' art exhibition brings to life varied facets of Lord Ram
  • 'Lok Mein Ram' art exhibition brings to life varied facets of Lord Ram(19:52)
    By S. Ravi

    New Delhi, April 7: The ambience at the group art exhibition "Lok Mein Ram" mounted at the newly inaugurated New Delhi-based Sanskar Bharati Kala Sankul is divine and aesthetic. The reason is that the 25 artworks and one installation - all exquisite and engaging -- at Sankuls maiden exhibition are all devoted to Lord Ram and Ramayana, one of Indias holiest scriptures.

Indian oil majors unfazed by deadly terror attacks in Mozambique
  • Indian oil majors unfazed by deadly terror attacks in Mozambique(17:13)
    By Atul Aneja and Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 7: Even as the ghastly terror attacks ripped through the resort town of Palma in Mozambique, Indian businesses including oil majors ONGC Videsh and Oil have decided to stay put in the resource rich African nation.

Two tragic tales of families hit by mindless terrorism
  • Two tragic tales of families hit by mindless terrorism(17:04)
    By S. Ravi

    New Delhi, April 7: Two incidents reported recently have brought into sharp focus the trail of death and sorrow that mindless terrorism leaves in its wake. One is about a Kashmiri father pleading that his son, a soldier in the Territorial Army, be declared a martyr while the other is of a helpless wife appealing for the release of her husband being held captive by Naxal extremists.

Finally Pak enacts law to turn ancestral havelis of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar into museums
  • Finally Pak enacts law to turn ancestral havelis of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar into museums(20:04)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government of Pakistan has set the legal process rolling to buy the ancestral houses of two Indian film legendary actors and friends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, in Peshawar. The KP government has enacted a necessary section of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 of the state, which authourises the government to take possession of both the houses on emergency basis.

Sculptor who cemented India-Uzbekistan bond passes away
  • Sculptor who cemented India-Uzbekistan bond passes away(13:02)
    By Ateet Sharma

    New Delhi, April 6: Yakov Iosifovich Shapiro, the renowned sculptor of Uzbekistan who sculpted the much-famous statue and the bronze bust of former India Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent, has died at the age of 84. The statue and the bust, erected in Shastri's memory adjacent to Lal Bahadur Shastri street, has for past many decades been one of the major attractions for the visiting Indians.

Mozambique terror attacks: Anxiety hangs over India's LNG project
  • Mozambique terror attacks: Anxiety hangs over India's LNG project(13:00)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 6: The dastardly attacks in Mozambiques Palma, a resort city close to the French energy major Total-run gas project, by terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) have not hit headlines in India. But the recent bloodletting in the Indian Ocean nation has huge implications for Indians and the domestic energy industry. Reason?

Pakistan settling outsiders in Gwadar to dilute Baloch influence
S Nambi Narayanan: The man behind the movie 'Rocketry'
  • S Nambi Narayanan: The man behind the movie 'Rocketry'(20:00)
    S.Ravi

    New Delhi, April 5: It is not often that a film trailer evokes interest among cine-goers and actors alike and that is what the recently launched teaser of 'The Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' did. Praised lavishly by Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, among others, it is written, directed and stars popular actor Madhavan.

Book Review: Achala Moulik's novel 'Rogues Among The Ruins' takes a hard look at bureaucracy
Vietnam, Thailand rice price drops but India's export orders remain undented
  • Vietnam, Thailand rice price drops but India's export orders remain undented(14:32)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 5: Price of rice that is exported from Vietnam and Thailand has reduced sharply in the last couple of weeks. A reduction in price will help the exporters of these two countries to regain competitiveness. However, India is not worried yet as its export contracts are intact and there are no indications that they will drop.

First Indian artist, Sonal Relekar-Ramnath's 'Sisterhood' heads for the Moon as part of The Peregrine Collection
  • First Indian artist, Sonal Relekar-Ramnath's 'Sisterhood' heads for the Moon as part of The Peregrine Collection(14:30)
    By S.Ravi

    New Delhi, April 5: Indian artist Sonal Relekar-Ramnath is over the moon as is the country as her painting "Sisterhood" is headed to the moon as part of The Peregrine Collection! A first for an Indian artist, her artwork will be part of an assembly of creative works by 1200 creative artists and one A.I. These will be carried in a time capsule aboard the Astrobotic Peregrine Lunar Lander scheduled to be sent to the Moon this year.

Suez Canal disruption opens door for India-backed North South Corridor as alternative
Biden discovers India as partner for arresting Climate Change
  • Biden discovers India as partner for arresting Climate Change(14:40)
    By Rahul Kumar

    New Delhi, April 3: US President Joe Biden has discovered India as a partner to back one of his most endearing concerns -- Climate Change. This was a commitment he made to his party and his electorate. True to his word, on day one itself, he used his authority to join the Paris Agreement-the international treaty on climate change.

Oil prices may soften as OPEC+ cartel agrees to ease production cuts
Modi's B'desh visit can help swing Muslim voters towards BJP in Bengal polls
  • Modi's B'desh visit can help swing Muslim voters towards BJP in Bengal polls(14:32)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, April 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modis head turning two-day visit to Bangladesh could have far reaching implications on the ongoing West Bengal assembly elections. By wholeheartedly befriending the Muslim majority state of Bangladesh, the BJP should not be viewed from a communal lens.

India calls for further investigation on Covid-19 origin following WHO's inconclusive findings
US human rights report pulls up Pakistan for arbitrary killings, kidnappings