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Foreign fighters in Syria have moved to other places: India at UNSC

Foreign fighters in Syria have moved to other places: India at UNSC

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

India has expressed concern that foreign fighters involved in the conflict in Syria have moved to other places as mercenaries, as New Delhi underlined that it is ready to play a constructive role in the Security Council to help realise the objective of the West Asian country reclaiming its place in the comity of nations.

The diplomat who handles a hot potato with a cool head

The diplomat who handles a hot potato with a cool head

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

As the representative of his government in India, Abdul Basit runs a tight ship at the Pakistan High Commission.

The A to Z of 2020

The A to Z of 2020

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

We present our alphabet of 2020, pulling in everything you'll remember about this year we'd rather forget.

Pak circulating fabricated dossiers, fake news: India

Pak circulating fabricated dossiers, fake news: India

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

Responding to questions on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan quoting a European Union disinformation lab report to accuse India of subversive activities through fake media organisations and similar allegations by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that as a responsible democracy, India does not practice disinformation campaigns.

Won't die until rights of my people are restored: Farooq Abdullah

Won't die until rights of my people are restored: Farooq Abdullah

Rediff.com6 Nov 2020

'I am not afraid of BJP. I am not armed with lathi or stone, let them come to me and reply to my questions which they will not'

What TN protestors achieved by scrapping Murali's '800'

What TN protestors achieved by scrapping Murali's '800'

Rediff.com29 Oct 2020

'For the Tamil Nadu protestors to openly ask popular film actor Vijay Sethupathi not to don Murali in 800 is a travesty in every sense. It may have given them a cause to tell the world, and the governments in New Delhi, Colombo and Chennai, that the Sri Lankan ethnic issue was still alive in the state -- more so, during the current run-up to two major events in the first half of 2021,' says N Sathiya Moorthy.

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

China, besides denying the United States allegations that COVID-19 has emerged from a bio-lab in Wuhan, also rejected that it emanated from a wet market in the central Chinese city from bats or pangolins before infecting humans.

Messi, Ronaldo to renew rivalry as Barca face Juve

Messi, Ronaldo to renew rivalry as Barca face Juve

Rediff.com2 Oct 2020

Defending champions Bayern Munich must face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid after they were drawn together in Champions League Group A alongside Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Sports Shorts: Harikrishna stuns Carlsen before four losses

Sports Shorts: Harikrishna stuns Carlsen before four losses

Rediff.com19 Sep 2020

News of all people and events who made news on Saturday.

Two titans of diplomacy leave a rich legacy

Two titans of diplomacy leave a rich legacy

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

Ambassador Natarajan Krishnan and Ambassador Shankar Bajpai helped shape Indian foreign policy at a glorious, but difficult, time in history, recalls Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Your PM admits training terrorists for J-K: India slams Pak

Your PM admits training terrorists for J-K: India slams Pak

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'Neither India nor others deserve this unsolicited lecture on human rights from a country that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities, is an epicenter of terrorism'

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

Over 160 rights groups call on IOC chief to revoke 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Rediff.com6 Sep 2020

Whatever its apprehensions and concerns about the regime of the Rajapaksa clan, India must be ready with unconditional assistance when Colombo asks for it. Because it will, observes Aditi Phadnis.

PIX: Walking, around the world

PIX: Walking, around the world

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

Have you walked the extra mile?

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'We cannot be naughty and expect the government to do good!' 'We have to behave ourselves and then we can expect the government to support us.' 'If we are able to protect ourselves well, then we should not be having deaths.' 'Unfortunately, people have gotten into this super scary event participation (mode) -- birthday parties, large gatherings.' 'Among the people who have attended those, 80 to 90 per cent of them have come down with COVID-19.'

Post COVID, Indians are not afraid to travel!

Post COVID, Indians are not afraid to travel!

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

Singapore is the most favoured destination for people living in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines when it comes to post-lockdown travel.

There might never be silver bullet for COVID-19: WHO

There might never be silver bullet for COVID-19: WHO

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan have urged countries to continue enforcing health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time: WHO chief scientist

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time: WHO chief scientist

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

'Even if the clinical trials are successful and we have a couple of vaccines by the end of this year, we still need the hundreds of billions of doses, which will take time'

Remembering Kargil: 'Bombs on Target!'

Remembering Kargil: 'Bombs on Target!'

Rediff.com21 Jul 2020

One can only imagine how it is at the receiving end of the bomb. The sound is deafening, splinters and rocks fly like missiles and the blast sucks in the air around asphyxiating everyone. The shock waves can be felt for miles around.

How civic body curbed COVID-19 spread in Dharavi

How civic body curbed COVID-19 spread in Dharavi

Rediff.com11 Jul 2020

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of the G North ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the civic body had to change its traditional approach of waiting for patients, contact tracing, isolation and home quarantine to begin proactive screening instead.

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

'If it is airborne -- and we don't know till what distance it can be airborne -- then the mask becomes a definite.' 'Just social distance is not enough.' 'You need a mask in addition to social distance.'

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

The ATP Tour got on board and last month fans were able to bid for private sessions with celebrated tennis coaches on-site during tournaments in 2021.

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

Rediff.com3 Jul 2020

Very few today realise that without Brigadier John Dalvi's courage, we would never have known what really happened during those tragic days of October/November 1962, reveals Claude Arpi.

Baby bloom in the times of the pandemic

Baby bloom in the times of the pandemic

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

The newborns opens their eyes to see the world fighting a deadly disease.

Ladakh Standoff: Govt, Opposition consensus essential

Ladakh Standoff: Govt, Opposition consensus essential

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'A firm national resolve can only deter and defeat the nefarious designs of the adversary,' notes Rup Narayan Das.

What drove Nepal to escalate border row with India?

What drove Nepal to escalate border row with India?

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

'We keep saying that we have a very close historical, cultural, linguistic and religious affinity with Nepal. Then why be so insensitive that we cannot find time to talk to them for more than 5-6 months'

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

China said the study was "ridiculous" and based on "superficial" information.

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

Rediff.com7 Jun 2020

A whitepaper released by the Chinese government gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay by Beijing on reporting the COVID-19 outbreak last year in Wuhan. United States President Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting the deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.

COVID-19 not 'exploded' in India but risk remains: WHO expert

COVID-19 not 'exploded' in India but risk remains: WHO expert

Rediff.com6 Jun 2020

The WHO expert noted that measures taken in India such as the nationwide lockdown have had an impact in slowing transmission but the risk of an increase in cases looms as the country opens up.

PM's private secy Rajeev Topno moves to World Bank

PM's private secy Rajeev Topno moves to World Bank

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

Besides him, Brajendra Navnit who served in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland. Topno is a 1996 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Gujarat cadre.

Wuhan wet market may not be birthplace of COVID-19: Chinese researchers

Wuhan wet market may not be birthplace of COVID-19: Chinese researchers

Rediff.com27 May 2020

The results of the study, being published on the website of top academic journal Nature on May 20, implied the Huanan Seafood Market in Hubei's capital Wuhan may not be the birthplace of COVID-19, although the virus outbreak emerged in Wuhan had a strong link to contacts with the market.

COVID-19 tip of the iceberg, says China's 'Bat woman'

COVID-19 tip of the iceberg, says China's 'Bat woman'

Rediff.com26 May 2020

Shi explained that she and a group of researchers obtained samples of coronavirus on December 30 last year and performed high-throughput sequencing of the samples and the isolation of pathogens.

China says it will not accept US lawsuit on COVID-19

China says it will not accept US lawsuit on COVID-19

Rediff.com22 May 2020

Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for China's Parliament -- the National People's Congress -- in his media briefing ahead of Friday's annual session also sought to deflect allegations that the virus emerged in Wuhan, saying that the recent reports indicated coronavirus occurred earlier in different parts of the world.

China backs resolution for probe into coronavirus origin

China backs resolution for probe into coronavirus origin

Rediff.com18 May 2020

India is among 120 countries which backed the draft resolution put forward by the European Union and several other countries.

Swiss teams stay at home despite end of training restrictions

Swiss teams stay at home despite end of training restrictions

Rediff.com11 May 2020

Denmark's Superliga to resume on May 28 says Danish League Association

China flaunts French connection to Wuhan lab

China flaunts French connection to Wuhan lab

Rediff.com7 May 2020

Accusing United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of fabricating lies over the involvement of the virology lab in Wuhan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying sought to deflect criticism over its role by highlighting its French connection.

80,000 COVID-19 cases reported daily in April: WHO

80,000 COVID-19 cases reported daily in April: WHO

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'Every single case is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, sister or friend'

Ministry recommends anti-dumping duty on Chinese chemical

Ministry recommends anti-dumping duty on Chinese chemical

Rediff.com5 May 2020

The commerce ministry has recommended the continuation of anti-dumping duty on a Chinese chemical used in food and pharma industry with a view to guard domestic players from cheap imports. In a notification, the ministry's investigation arm, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), has said there is a "positive" evidence of likelihood of dumping of Sodium Citrate and injury to the domestic industry if the existing anti-dumping duty were to be removed.

An earnest and upright diplomat to battle for UN reform

An earnest and upright diplomat to battle for UN reform

Rediff.com1 May 2020

At a critical time in the history of the United Nations, when the global order itself may be reshaped, following a devastating pandemic, India has chosen an experienced, charming and upright diplomat to lead the Indian delegation to the UN in New York.

Disasters displaced 5mn in India, the highest in the world

Disasters displaced 5mn in India, the highest in the world

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

The displacements were a result of a combination of increasing hazard intensity, high population exposure and high levels of social and economic vulnerability, a report says.

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