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French Open: Tsitsipas, Halep survive scares; Medvedev cruises

French Open: Tsitsipas, Halep survive scares; Medvedev cruises

Rediff.com1 days ago

IMAGES from Day 3 of the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on Tuesday.

'I'm not a favourite'

'I'm not a favourite'

Rediff.com18 May 2022

The US Open champion, who last played at the Miami Open at the end of March, was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by Gasquet at the ATP 250 claycourt event in Geneva.

India saw 23.5 lakh pollution deaths in 2019, highest in world

India saw 23.5 lakh pollution deaths in 2019, highest in world

Rediff.com18 May 2022

In India, air pollution is most severe in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (northern India), where topography and meteorology concentrate pollution from energy, mobility, industry, agriculture, and other activities, the researchers said.

1 killed, 5 injured in California church shooting

1 killed, 5 injured in California church shooting

Rediff.com16 May 2022

The gunfire erupted during a lunch reception honouring a former pastor of a Taiwanese congregation that has services at Geneva.

India, Pak abstain from voting against Russia at UNHRC

India, Pak abstain from voting against Russia at UNHRC

Rediff.com13 May 2022

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 33 in favour, China and Eritrea voting against and 12 abstentions, including India, Armenia, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

Why Vinay Mohan Kwatra Got Foreign Secretary's Job

Why Vinay Mohan Kwatra Got Foreign Secretary's Job

Rediff.com19 Apr 2022

The turning point in his career was undoubtedly Nepal where he was sent as ambassador and acted with a cool head.

SC agrees to hear Army wife's plea to repatriate POWs from Pakistan

SC agrees to hear Army wife's plea to repatriate POWs from Pakistan

Rediff.com13 Apr 2022

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea of the wife of an Indian Army officer seeking repatriation of her husband and other Army officers believed to be held under illegal detention as prisoners of war by Pakistan since the 1971 war.

Biden hails Russia's ouster from UN human rights council

Biden hails Russia's ouster from UN human rights council

Rediff.com8 Apr 2022

The 193-member UN General Assembly on Thursday voted to adopt a draft resolution moved by the US to suspend Russia from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over allegations that Russian soldiers killed civilians while retreating from towns near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

If India has chosen any side, it is the side of peace: Tirumurti at UNGA

If India has chosen any side, it is the side of peace: Tirumurti at UNGA

Rediff.com7 Apr 2022

Abstaining in the UN General Assembly on a vote to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, India on Thursday asserted that if it has 'chosen' any side, it is the side of 'peace and it is for an immediate end to violence.'

UNGA votes to suspend Russia from UNHRC, India among 58 nations to abstain

UNGA votes to suspend Russia from UNHRC, India among 58 nations to abstain

Rediff.com7 Apr 2022

India on Thursday abstained in the UN General Assembly on a vote moved by the US to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over allegations that Russian soldiers killed civilians while retreating from towns near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Vinay Mohan Kwatra is India's next foreign secretary

Vinay Mohan Kwatra is India's next foreign secretary

Rediff.com5 Apr 2022

Known to be having extensive expertise in dealing with India's neighbourhood as well as the US, China and Europe, the 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer pipped nearly half-a-dozen others in the race for the coveted post including Indian High Commissioner to UK Gaitri Issar Kumar (1986-batch IFS) and Ruchira Kamboj (1987 batch IFS).

More transmissible Covid variant found, can't reduce surveillance now: WHO

More transmissible Covid variant found, can't reduce surveillance now: WHO

Rediff.com2 Apr 2022

The World Health Organisation said in its latest update that the XE recombinant (BA.1-BA.2) was first detected in the UK on January 19 and more than 600 sequences have been reported and confirmed since then.

'NRC could be the 21st century Ram Janmabhoomi'

'NRC could be the 21st century Ram Janmabhoomi'

Rediff.com30 Mar 2022

'Even if the government does not implement an all-India NRC before 2024, it will be part of the party's long-term project.'

'BJP is insecure about the youth vote'

'BJP is insecure about the youth vote'

Rediff.com30 Mar 2022

'They have to be seen as being responsive to the employment woes and economic stagnation afflicting many young people.'

'No apologies': Biden on Putin 'can't remain in power' remark

'No apologies': Biden on Putin 'can't remain in power' remark

Rediff.com29 Mar 2022

'I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing ..., which is just brutality, half the children of Ukraine.'

As global Covid cases rise, WHO chief warns it's juts tip of the iceberg

As global Covid cases rise, WHO chief warns it's juts tip of the iceberg

Rediff.com17 Mar 2022

Fresh cases of Covid-19 are again spiking globally, especially in parts of Asia, after several weeks of decline and this rise is "just the tip of the iceberg", World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned.

Russian forces abduct mayor of Ukraine's Dniprorudne city

Russian forces abduct mayor of Ukraine's Dniprorudne city

Rediff.com13 Mar 2022

Russian invaders are not getting the support of locals in Ukraine and thus they are resorting to instilling terror, said the Ukrainian FM.

How Indian students' evacuation from Sumy unfolded

How Indian students' evacuation from Sumy unfolded

Rediff.com9 Mar 2022

The first attempt to evacuate students on March 7 failed, despite ceasefire and planning.

India abstains from UNHRC vote on Russia, again

India abstains from UNHRC vote on Russia, again

Rediff.com4 Mar 2022

The countries voting in favour included France, Germany, Japan, Nepal, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

3rd world war will be nuclear, devastating, warns Russian foreign minister

3rd world war will be nuclear, devastating, warns Russian foreign minister

Rediff.com2 Mar 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday warned that a third World War, should it break out, will be "nuclear and devastating", amid spiralling tensions with the West over Moscow's ongoing massive military operation against Ukraine.

2,000 Indians evacuated from Ukraine: Foreign secy

2,000 Indians evacuated from Ukraine: Foreign secy

Rediff.com28 Feb 2022

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India has also approached the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and requested it to be cognizant of the security interests of the Indian citizens and escort them out, wherever possible, when it starts its operation in Ukraine.

Air India's 3 more flights bring back 688 Indians from Ukraine

Air India's 3 more flights bring back 688 Indians from Ukraine

Rediff.com27 Feb 2022

Indian evacuation flights are operating out of Bucharest and Budapest. The government is not charging the rescued citizens for the evacuation flights.

UN flags journalist Rana Ayyub's 'judicial harassment', MEA rejects charge

UN flags journalist Rana Ayyub's 'judicial harassment', MEA rejects charge

Rediff.com21 Feb 2022

India's permanent mission in Geneva, in a tweet, said advancing a "misleading narrative" only "tarnishes" the reputation of the UN mission.

Hijab Row Can Hurt Indian Diplomacy

Hijab Row Can Hurt Indian Diplomacy

Rediff.com17 Feb 2022

India and Indians can ignore Pakistan, but that cannot be said of other nations in the neighbourhood, where New Delhi's 'Neighbourhood First' policy constantly reverberates. Four of the eight SAARC member-nations are Muslim -- Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The rulers decide the nation's India or anti-India policy in the first two, and street-opinion contributes to the same in the latter two, points out N Sathiya Moorthy.

What the Putin-XI Nexus Means for US

What the Putin-XI Nexus Means for US

Rediff.com7 Feb 2022

Russia and China have a broad consensus today on almost all core issues related to global strategic stability, which is unprecedented in modern history, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Tibetans protesting Beijing Games march to IOC headquarters

Tibetans protesting Beijing Games march to IOC headquarters

Rediff.com3 Feb 2022

The marchers -- many wrapped in the red, yellow and blue flag of Tibet and dressed in traditional robes -- chanted and played drums, holding a minute of silence for their "martrys" before starting a "peace march" along Lake Geneva.

'Not too many surprises, not too many gimmicks, and welcome consistency'

'Not too many surprises, not too many gimmicks, and welcome consistency'

Rediff.com2 Feb 2022

'The term 'pro-growth' must be qualified somewhat because, while a rising tide will lift all boats, it will not necessarily do so equally.'

India fighting new Covid wave with 'great success': PM in Mann ki Baat

India fighting new Covid wave with 'great success': PM in Mann ki Baat

Rediff.com30 Jan 2022

He said more than one crore children have sent him 'their Mann Ki Baat' via postcards which have come from many parts of the country and even from abroad.

What is India's top risk stemming from Covid?

What is India's top risk stemming from Covid?

Rediff.com12 Jan 2022

A fracture of interstate relations could be India's biggest risk coming out of the pandemic. This topped a list of critical risks for India over the next two years, according to Geneva-based World Economic Forum's Executive Opinion Survey (EOS), whose results were released on Tuesday. Other top risks include a debt crisis in large economies, widespread youth disillusionment, failure of technology governance and digital inequality.

Expert warns of more virulent coronavirus after milder Omicron

Expert warns of more virulent coronavirus after milder Omicron

Rediff.com7 Jan 2022

The reduced severity of Omicron is good news for now, but it is the result of an "evolutionary mistake" as Covid-19 is transmitting very efficiently and there is no reason for it to become milder, indicating that the next variant could be more virulent, a leading Indian-origin scientist from the University of Cambridge has warned.

Huge 'tsunami' of Covid cases overwhelming global health systems: WHO

Huge 'tsunami' of Covid cases overwhelming global health systems: WHO

Rediff.com7 Jan 2022

The number of new COVID-19 cases increased exponentially by 71 per cent globally during the week December 27-January 2 as compared to the previous week, while the number of new deaths decreased by 10 per cent, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, as the new Omicron variant led the spike.

Omicron may be dominant strain globally in 2022, claim Singapore experts

Omicron may be dominant strain globally in 2022, claim Singapore experts

Rediff.com24 Dec 2021

The new and highly transmissible Omicron variant of the deadly coronavirus has increased immune escape compared with the Delta variant and appears likely to become the dominant SARS-CoV-2 strain globally in 2022, according to Singapore-based experts.

WEF defers Davos 2022 meet due to Omicron outbreak

WEF defers Davos 2022 meet due to Omicron outbreak

Rediff.com20 Dec 2021

The World Economic Forum on Monday said it has decided to defer its Annual Meeting 2022 in the Swiss Alpine ski resort town of Davos in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak. The Annual Meeting, which was scheduled to take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland between January 17-21, 2022, is now planned for early summer. The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its last Davos summit, attended by top leaders from across the world, in January 2020, just before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, while the 2021 meeting could not take place due to the outbreak.

Trust Indian industry: WHO on delay in Covaxin nod

Trust Indian industry: WHO on delay in Covaxin nod

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

A technical advisory group of the UN health agency which met on Tuesday has sought "additional clarifications" from Bharat Biotech for Covaxin to conduct a final "risk-benefit assessment" for Emergency Use Listing of the vaccine.

WHO meet next week to discuss Covaxin approval

WHO meet next week to discuss Covaxin approval

Rediff.com18 Oct 2021

The World Health Organisation's technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Covaxin, a vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech protecting against COVID-19, the global health agency's chief scientist said.

Deeply concerned over spread of weapons of mass destruction: India at UN

Deeply concerned over spread of weapons of mass destruction: India at UN

Rediff.com5 Oct 2021

Ambassador Pankaj Sharma, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, said India has been drawing the attention of the world towards these threats and the need to strengthen international cooperation to address them through its annual consensus UNGA resolution titled 'Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction'.

'Immunity will get us through Covid'

'Immunity will get us through Covid'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2021

'Vaccination is the only safe way to get immunity.'

India slams Pak, OIC for raising Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council

India slams Pak, OIC for raising Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan and the OIC for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Commission and said the grouping has 'helplessly' allowed itself to be held 'hostage' by Islamabad.

India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details, info on real estate this month

India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details, info on real estate this month

Rediff.com12 Sep 2021

Marking a key milestone in the Indian government's fight against black money allegedly stashed abroad, India will get this month the complete information on flats, apartments and condominiums owned by Indians in Switzerland as also on earnings made from such properties to help it look into tax liabilities associated with those assets.

What the World Expects From the Taliban

What the World Expects From the Taliban

Rediff.com6 Sep 2021

The world's attention is on the new Taliban and the imminent announcement of an inclusive government in Kabul, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar

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