Day: December 20, 2020

Nepal president dissolves Parliament; elections next spring

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s president dissolved Parliament on Sunday after the prime minister recommended the move amid an escalating feud within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisis. Parliamentary elections will be held on April 30 and May 10, according […]

AP sources: Trump floats Sidney Powell as special counsel

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump floated naming lawyer Sidney Powell, who was booted from his campaign’s legal team after pushing unfounded conspiracy theories, as a special counsel investigating allegations of voter fraud as he grasps for straws to stay in power. During a Friday meeting at the White House, […]

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 75 million

Global coronavirus infections surpassed the 75 million mark on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as several nations around the world begin vaccinating against the virus. Britain this month became the first Western country to start immunizing with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner […]

Nepal heads to surprise election next year after PM loses ground

KATHMANDU – Nepal’s president dissolved parliament on Sunday at the request of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s cabinet and announced that general elections would be held in April and May, more than a year ahead of schedule. The move plunges the Himalayan country, which has seen revolving-door governance […]

Modi surprises with Sikh temple visit amid farm protests

MUMBAI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to a Sikh temple in New Delhi on Sunday, kneeling down in respect and freely clicking pictures with visitors at a time when the community is leading massive protests against his farm reforms. Sikhs in India and […]

India International Science Festival, from December 22nd to 25th, 2020

ISFFI seeks to promote science popularization among citizens and aims at attracting talented young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts This year, a record 632 science documentaries, short films, animation videos received from 60 countries Internationally acclaimed and awards winning foreign and Indian films on science, health and environment […]

Air India privatisation unlikely to conclude this fiscal

New Delhi, Dec 20: Privatisation of Air India may spill into next fiscal year as the divestment process is unlikely to conclude in the remaining a little over three months of 2020-21, an official said. Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group and US-based fund Interups Inc were among “multiple” entities that […]

2 held for raping minor girl in UP’s Balrampur

Balrampur (UP), Dec 20: Two people were arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl in Utraula Police Station area, an official said on Sunday. According to the victim’s mother, the accused took away her daughter on Thursday evening after luring her. They then raped her, police said. However, the […]

Punjab farmer commits suicide

Chandigarh, Dec 20: A 22-year-old Punjab farmer, who returned from a protest site near Delhi border, has allegedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance, the police said on Sunday. Gurlabh Singh, a resident of Dayalpura Mirza village of Bathinda district, had been part of the protest near the […]

COVID-19: India reports 26,624 new cases

New Delhi, Dec 20: India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,00,31,223 with 26,624 new infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 95.80 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 95.51 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry […]

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