“I Have Never Been So Happy”: Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai In Pakistan

20-year-old Malala Yousafzai also contradicted Pakistani critics who accuse her of promoting an ideology at odds with the country’s Islamic v Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says she has pined for her home in Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, even as she recalled two years living in fear under the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of Islamic […]

Even “Best PR Machine” Can’t Rebrand Saudi Arabia, Says Rights Body

“Saudi Arabia’s aggressive publicity drive to rebrand its image, tarnished by a ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression and a bombing offensive in Yemen, is fooling nobody,” Amnesty said in a statement. Saudi Arabia’s widely-lauded reforms are no more than a public relations blitz aimed at masking Riyadh’s rights record and are “fooling nobody”, Amnesty […]

Saudi Arabia Won’t Retain Passports Of Indian Crew On Arrival

The move comes as a big relief to the crew of Air India and Jet Airways, the two Indian airlines which fly to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian government has decided not to retain the passports of the Indian airline crew members on arrival in the country and issue a bar code instead, an Air […]

US plans to seek visa applicants’ social media info

The US State Department has said that it plans to require all American visa applicants to submit their social media information. Applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, under the proposal, would be required to provide “identifiers” they have used on various social media platforms in the previous five years, in addition to old email addresses […]

Uncle Sam’s time is over; China set to topple US as most powerful economy: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz

China is on course to overpower the US economy and the world’s power balance is about to change soon, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz said. The global order is on the verge of change in wake of China’s steady economic rise, said American economist Joseph Stiglitz on Friday at a media event. “China is on course […]

Canadians’ Justin Trudeau Crush Is Over After India Trip: Foreign Media

For voters who had welcomed Trudeau’s global status as a progressive political leader and proud international standard-bearer for Canada, the images of Justin Trudeau in brash Bollywood outfits at well-known sightseeing spots were a serious comedown. After showing a steady lead in public opinion surveys for more than two years after his surprise October 2015 […]

H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses Make US More Attractive For Foreign Talent

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B workers, who are in the process for becoming permanent residents, have been allowed to work. The Trump administration’s proposal to withdraw the provision of giving work permits to the spouses of the H-1B visa workers, most of them Indians, will make America less attractive for foreign talent, according to […]

New Owners Of Air India To Get Planes And $5 Billion Of Debt

Selling a majority stake in the loss-making, 85-year-old company isn’t going to be a cakewalk. At least one attempt almost two decades ago failed amid fierce political opposition. India is selling a controlling stake in its flagship carrier along with two-thirds of the loss-making airline’s about $7.8 billion debt, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi moves […]

Suspected Texas bomber dead in blast, local media report

The person suspected of delivering six homemade bombs to locations around Austin, Texas, this month, killing two people, has died after blowing himself up early on Wednesday on the side of a highway as police closed in on him, police officials said. Police had tracked the suspect to a hotel near Austin, the state’s capital […]

39 Indian Hostages In Iraq Are Dead, Says Sushma Swaraj

“It was a most difficult task to get the proof,” Sushma Swaraj said. The Indian labourers were taken hostage by ISIS in Iraq in 2014. The 39 Indians missing in Iraq since they were kidnapped by the terror outfit ISIS four years ago have been confirmed dead after their bodies were found, Foreign Minister Sushma […]