Day: August 13, 2020

India announces $500 million for Maldives project to counter China influence

NEW DELHI – India announced a $500 million package to fund a project in the Maldives on Thursday to help it connect the capital Male to three nearby islands, stepping up New Delhi’s diplomatic efforts in a region China has also been focusing recently. The Indian Ocean island […]

With Trump’s help, Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalize relations

WASHINGTON – Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker. Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to […]

Abandoned by state after explosion, Lebanese help each other

BEIRUT — In the southern Lebanese town of Haris, a newlywed couple is living in one of Safy Faqeeh’s apartments for free. He’s never met them before, and they aren’t on a honeymoon. Their apartment in Beirut was wrecked when last week’s massive explosion wreaked destruction across the […]

US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday. The U.S. military’s Central Command published a black-and-white video showing what appeared […]

COVID-19 tied to muscle-weakening disease; vaping risk documented

FILE PHOTO: Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for […]

Last doctor standing: Pandemic pushes Indian hospital to brink

BHAGALPUR, India – Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the Ganges River. The guards are there to protect him from the relatives of patients, including those suffering from COVID-19. The relatives keep barging into […]

Priest who shared stage with Modi tests positive; India sees record number of cases

LUCKNOW, India – India reported another record jump in its surging coronavirus cases on Thursday with nearly 67,000 new infections, among them a religious leader who shared a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony to launch construction of a grand temple. Nritya Gopal Das, an […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches platform for “Transparent Taxation – Honouring the Honest”

Tax system aims to be Seamless, Painless, Faceless : PM Says the number of taxpayers is significantly low with only 1.5 Crore paying taxes in a country of 130 Crore people Prime Minister urges people to introspect and come forward to pay Income taxes due on them to […]

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