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India Is 2nd To China In Terms of Numbers Of Smokers

New Delhi(PTI): India is second to China in terms of number of smokers aged 15 or above accounting for 106 million of the world's 1.1 billion smokers, according to a new report by the WHO. Indonesia comes in third with 74 million smokers. As many as 200 million of the world's 367 million smokeless tobacco users are in India, the...

Hundreds March In Hong Kong To Mark Tiananmen Square Crackdown

Hong Kong(AFP): Hundreds marched through Hong Kong today ahead of the 29th anniversary of China's crackdown on democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong is the only place on Chinese soil where the anniversary is openly marked with a famous vigil in Victoria Park on June 4 each year. The march is an annual precursor to the main...

Modi Kickstarts Work For Asia’s Longest Zojila Tunnel

Leh(PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir by kickstarting Asia's longest Zojila Tunnel, part of Rs 25,000 crore projects to be unveiled or dedicated to the nation today, saying it showed New Delhi's committment to all-round development of the state. Addressing a large congregation gathered in Leh ground for the closing ceremony for birth...

Trump Calls Some Illegal Immigrants As “Animals”

Washington(PTI): President Donald Trump today described as "animals" some illegal immigrants as he slammed the US' "dumbest" immigration laws and asserted that people based on merit should only enter America. Venting out his frustration at officials in both Mexico and California, Trump vowed to strengthen the US' "weak" immigration laws. "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come...

11 Dead, 41 Injured As Suicide Bombers Hit Indonesian Churches

Surabaya(AP): Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted today Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia's second largest city, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority, police said. The first attack struck the Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church in Surabaya, killing four people, including...

Prince William Will Be ‘Best Man’ At Brother Harry’s Wedding

London(PTI): Prince Harry has asked his older brother, William, to take on the role of best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle next month, Kensington Palace announced today. The 33-year-old royal is set to marry his 36-year-old American actress fianc e at Windsor Castle on May 19 and it was widely expected that he would choose his brother to...

Trump’s Tariffs Risk Jobs And Profits In Working-Class Areas

Washington(AP): President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home. The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which may result in duty payments of millions of dollars for...

Prices Of Energy Commodities Set To Rise By 20 % This Year: World Bank

Washington(PTI): Prices for energy commodities like oil, natural gas and coal are expected to jump by a whopping 20 per cent this year, the World Bank has said in a report. The increase in energy prices is expected to have adverse impact on India, given that the country is heavily dependent on import of major energy commodities. The latest World...

May Warned Of Pregnant Duck At Downing Street During Talks With Modi

London(PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May at her Downing Street office earlier this week could have turned chaotic if a pregnant duck nesting in one of the windows had been accidentally disturbed, it has emerged. On Wednesday, before the visiting Indian prime minister arrived at 10 Downing Street for his breakfast meeting with May,...

Sushma Arrives In China For Talks With Wang, SCO Meet

Beijing(PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here today on a four-day visit during which she will hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Swaraj is due to meet Wang tomorrow. This is their first meeting after Wang was elevated as state councillor last month which...

Hope Indian Authorities Bring Kathua Rape Perpetrators To Justice: UN

By: Yoshita Singh United Nations(PTI): Terming as "horrific" the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice. The girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community disappeared near her house on January 10 and a week later,...

China Urges EU To Act Together Against US Protectionism

Brussels(AFP): China today called on the European Union to take a joint stand against US protectionism as the tit-for-tat trade rift between Washington and Beijing threatened to entangle Europe. The call to Brussels came as US President Donald Trump warned that he could slap another USD 100 billion (86 billion euros) of extra tariffs on Chinas imports, fanning fresh fears...

UK Confirms Spy’s Pets Dead As Russia Brands Poisoning ‘Fake Story’

London(PTI): The UK government has confirmed that two guinea pigs were found dead at the home of the former Russian double agent who was found poisoned along with his daughter here last month. The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) also said that a cat found in a distressed state at the house in Salisbury was put...

Sperm Donors In China Asked To Swear Loyalty To Communist Party

Beijing(PTI): A sperm bank in the Chinese capital Beijing has listed loyalty to the ruling Communist Party as a prerequisite for prospective donors. The 'Third Hospital of Peking University' launched a sperm donation campaign on Wednesday which will run until May 23. It listed a series of requirements for the donors which include loyalty to the ruling CPC. In addition to being...