Day: February 27, 2020

Activists: Syrian opposition fighters retake key town

BEIRUT — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters Thursday retook a strategic northwestern town in Syria, opposition activists said, and cut off the key highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012. Despite the loss […]

UK court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns

LONDON — Campaigners won a court ruling Thursday to block the plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport on environmental grounds, setting the stage for a new fight over whether to make Europe’s biggest airport even bigger. The ruling by Britain’s Court of Appeal could stall the […]

Scars of violence haunt India’s capital after deadly riots

NEW DELHI — India’s hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim communities for months in anger that finally boiled over in the worst communal rioting in New Delhi in decades, leaving 32 people dead and the Indian capital shell-shocked. Tensions had been building over a new […]

Diagnostics for Asymptomatic Malaria

open view news desk The fight against Malaria could get easier with a joint team of scientists from Department of Biotechnology’s Bhubaneswar-based Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) and Bengaluru-based Jigsaw Bio Solutions, coming up with a method that promises to overcome the problem of inadequate identification of asymptomatic […]

India-Myanmar Joint Statement during the State Visit of the President of Myanmar to India (February 26-29, 2020)

open view news desk At the invitation of His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India and Smt. Savita Kovind, the First Lady, His Excellency U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Daw Cho Cho, the First Lady […]

Pakistani court to hear petition terming women’s rights movement ‘anti-state’

LAHORE, Pakistan – A major women’s rights movement in Pakistan is facing a legal challenge over a march scheduled for next month over allegations that the organisers’ activities are “anti-state”. The event, known as the Aurat March, using the Urdu word for ‘women’, has been held in multiple […]

India’s GDP seen growing at 4.7% year-on-year in December quarter, with virus impact to come

NEW DELHI – Having suffered its weakest expansion in over six years in the September quarter, India’s economy probably fared slightly better in the December quarter, before suffering a relapse due to the impact of the coronavirus globally, analysts said. Gross domestic product data due to be released […]

Death toll rises to 32 in religious violence in New Delhi

NEW DELHI – At least 32 people have been killed in the deadliest violence to engulf India’s capital New Delhi in decades as a heavy deployment of security forces brought an uneasy calm on Thursday, a police official said. The violence began over a disputed new citizenship law […]

Cannibalism on rise among polar bears, say Russian scientists

Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday. “Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we’re worried that such cases used to […]

Sporadic violence in Delhi as death toll hits 32

Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots that have killed 32 people, police said Thursday. Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing […]

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