Egypt: Model, photographer arrested over pyramid photoshoot wearing revealing ancient costume

The Egyptian police have arrested a fashion photographer for disrespect after he shot pictures of a fashion model in a revealing ancient costume at the Pyramid of Djoser, which is located on the outskirts of Cairo. Some reports claimed that fashion model, Salma al-Shimi, was also arrested soon after the shoot at the Saqqara necropolis.  … Read more

Former French President Giscard d'Estaing dies of COVID complications at 94

PARIS: Former President Valery Giscard d`Estaing, who championed European integration and helped modernise French society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19. Giscard`s foundation said he passed away in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher region of central France. He had been admitted to hospital in September with respiratory … Read more

China imports Indian rice for first time in decades amid scarce supply

Mumbai: China has begun importing Indian rice for the first time in at least three decades due to tightening supplies from Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam and an offer of sharply discounted prices, Indian industry officials said. India is the world`s biggest rice exporter and China the biggest importer. Beijing buys in around 4 million tonnes … Read more

President Vladimir Putin orders Russia to begin mass COVID-19 vaccinations

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective … Read more

COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for use in UK, rollout begins next week

In a significant development, the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday (December 2) became the first country in the Western world to approve the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The British government said that the vaccine will be rolled out for use from early next week. “The government has today accepted the recommendation from the Independent … Read more

2020 likely to be second warmest year on record globally, says UN agency

Geneva: This year is on track to be the second hottest on record, behind 2016, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday. Five data sets currently place 2020, a year characterised by heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and raging hurricanes, as the second warmest since records began in 1850. “2020 is very likely to be one … Read more

India invites UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as chief guest for 2021 Republic Day

New Delhi: India has invited United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the chief guest for 2021 Republic Day. The invite was extended during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to UK PM last week.  The telephonic talks that happened on November 27, focused on COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other related issues.  The Indian government … Read more

H-1B visas: Big relief for Indians as US court takes this major decision, blow to Donald Trump ahead of exiting office

In a huge relief to tens of thousands of Indian professionals and top American IT firms, a US court has taken a major decision on H-1B visas. The decision comes just a month ahead of US President Donald Trump exiting the office. H-1B visas is a non-immigrant visa that allows American companies to employ foreign … Read more

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 13-1/2 months for anti-government protest

Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong`s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months for his role in an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019, the toughest and most high-profile sentencing of an opposition figure this year. Wong`s sentence comes as critics say the Beijing-backed government is intensifying a crackdown on Hong … Read more

As US President Donald Trump gets ready to leave White House, daughter Ivanka says this about India, PM Modi

US President Donald Trump is set to leave White House in January 2021 and and few weeks before Trump exit the office, his daughter Ivanka Trump has recalled ‘fond memories’ from India visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 39-year-old Ivanka is a senior advisor to President Trump. She took to twitter to recall her … Read more