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1,656 new cases in Delhi, 21% higher than yesterday, positivity at 5.39%

International Desk New Delhi: Delhi recorded 1,656 COVID-19 cases and zero fatality due to the infection on Friday, while the positivity rate stood at 5.39 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. A total of 30,709 tests for the detection of coronavirus were conducted in the city a day before, it stated. With the new cases, ...

Members of Indian diaspora accord warm welcome PM Modi in Paris

International Desk Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in France on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-day Europe visit and was warmly welcomed by members of the Indian diaspora in Paris. Members of the Indian community were present outside the hotel where PM Modi reached after his arrival in Paris. Children were present in sizeable numbers and many of ...

Virgin Atlantic flight returns to Heathrow after pilot roster error

International Desk A Virgin Atlantic aircraft turned back to Heathrow after it emerged the first officer had not completed his final flying test. About 40 minutes into the flight to New York on Monday, the two pilots became aware of the “rostering error”, the airline said. Flight VS3 had reached the skies over Ireland before returning to Heathrow.Virgin Atlantic said ...

India’s position on Ukraine takes care of our principles: Foreign secretary

International Desk Addressing a press briefing at the conclusion of the first leg of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Europe visit on Monday (local time), newly appointed Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that India’s position on the ongoing war in Ukraine “amply takes care of our principles as also our interests”. The Foreign Secretary made the remarks, in response to a ...

Germany boosts monitoring of Facebook’s Meta

International Desk Germany’s anti-cartel watchdog said Wednesday it has placed Meta, the company which owns Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, under close watch for any possible abuse. The Federal Cartel Office said it has determined Meta to be a company of “paramount significance for competition”, a move paving the way for the authorities to clamp down “against potential competition infringements”.

Sri Lanka opposition seeks no-confidence vote on Rajapaksas

International Desk Sri Lanka’s main opposition party on Tuesday issued a no-confidence declaration aiming at ousting Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet and blaming them of failing in their constitutional duty to provide a decent living standards amid the island nation’s worst economic crisis in memory. A group from United People’s Force party, led by leader Sajith Premadasa, delivered ...

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul says

International Desk North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible speed”. The launch was the latest in a string of sanctions-busting North Korean weapons tests so far this year, and came after US and South Korean officials warned ...

Pakistan: Crops likely to suffer as water crisis boils over

International Desk Pakistan’s water crisis is taking a turn towards the worst as the cumulative river supplies dipped to 97,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) on Saturday. The country’s national shortage touched a whopping 51 percent against the 29 percent calculated previously. To put Saturday’s cumulative supplies in context, the figure was 121,000 cusecs on the same day (April 30) ...

Pakistan faces water crisis, sowing of Kharif crops likely to be affected

International Desk The imminent water crisis in Pakistan has turned worse as the total number of river supplies has taken a great plunge to 97,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) on Saturday. The national water shortage in the country has dropped down to 51 per cent against the calculated total of 29 per cent, reported the Dawn newspaper. As per ...

Pfizer Q1 revenues jump 77% to $25.7 bn on Covid-19 vaccine

International Desk Pfizer reported another quarter of huge revenues growth because of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, but lowered its full-year profit forecast due in part to shifts in foreign exchange. The major American drugmaker reported revenues of $25.7 billion for the first quarter, up 77 percent from the year-ago period, with the Covid vaccine taking in $13.2 billion. Pfizer ...