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US, Britain and France launch air strikes against Syria

Apr 15, 2018
The United States along with Britain and France launched a combined military operation against Syria on April 14. The military operation is in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a Syrian town near Damascus.

Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif from public office for life

Apr 14, 2018
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled that disqualification of a lawmaker under Article 62 of the Constitution would be for lifetime. The ruling has dashed the hopes of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of ever returning to power.

US approves artificial-intelligence device to detect diabetic eye problems

Apr 13, 2018
IDx-DR is the first such device, approved by the FDA for marketing, which provides screening decision without the need for a clinician.

India top recipient of Commonwealth FDI: Report

Apr 12, 2018
India remained the top recipient of Greenfield FDI Between the period 2005 and 2016 from the Commonwealth; more than doubling the amount it received over 10 years.

India, Timor Leste sign MoU to expand cooperation in healthcare

Apr 12, 2018
India and Timor Leste have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of the Southeast Asian nation. The pact was in the discussion for more than five years. Its signing is expected to open more avenues of cooperation between the two countries.

UAE approves law on equal wages for men, women

Apr 12, 2018
The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the issuance of law on Equal Wages and Salaries for men and women. The new law will ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country. It will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE's development.

Qatar to allow women to volunteer for national service

Apr 6, 2018
Qatar would be introducing national service for women for the first time with immediate effect, under a new law issued by the Gulf nation’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The nation has also extended the time served in the military by recruited men from three months to one year.

Russia’s call to join spy poisoning probe rejected

Apr 5, 2018
The international chemical weapons watchdog has rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. Russia's proposal for a joint investigation in the case received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of OPCW, while 17 abstained.

Russia, Turkey, Iran vow to secure peace in Syria

Apr 5, 2018
The Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran together vowed to secure the territorial integrity of Syria during the trilateral summit in Ankara. In a joint statement post the summit, the three Presidents called for a lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties in the talks on the Syrian crisis.

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe defeats no-confidence motion in Parliament

Apr 5, 2018
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has comfortably defeated the majority vote against the no-confidence motion that was moved against him by the joint opposition. In the 225-member Parliament, 122 members voted against the motion, while 76 voted in favour.

Turkey launches construction of first-ever nuclear plant

Apr 4, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the construction of Turkey's first-ever nuclear power plant in Mersin region, a large port city on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey.

Donald Trump declares DACA program dead

Apr 3, 2018
US President Donald Trump has declared dead the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected immigrants brought to the nation illegally as children. The program was introduced by former US President Barack Obama’s administration.

Process of filing petitions for H-1B visa begins

Apr 3, 2018
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

US issues work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders, 90 percent of whom are Indians

Mar 30, 2018
The United States of America has issued employment authorisation documents or work permits to spouses of more than 71,000 H-1B visa holders, among whom 90 per cent were reported to be Indians. The spouses or dependents of H-1B visa holders gain entry into the United States on H-4 visas.

Arab world’s first nuclear reactor complete

Mar 27, 2018
The United Arab Emirates said on one of the four nuclear reactors at its debut plant has been completed. With the development, nuclear and renewables, which currently make up a small portion of UAE’s energy sources, are slated to contribute around 27 percent to the country’s electricity needs by 2021.

ISA and India sign Headquarters Agreement

Mar 27, 2018
The Agreement gives ISA the power to acquire and dispose the movable and immovable properties in the host country.

US, Canada and European Union nations expel over 100 Russian diplomats

Mar 27, 2018
Standing in solidarity with the United Kingdom, more than 21 nations led by the United States have announced the expulsion of over 100 Russian diplomats. The move follows allegations against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for having a hand in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

Malaysia proposes 10 years in jail for publishers of fake news

Mar 26, 2018
Under the Anti-Fake News Bill, anyone who publishes fake news could face fines of up to 500000 ringgit (USD 128140), up to 10 years in jail, or both.

India, China explore possibility of strengthening cooperation in border areas

Mar 23, 2018
India and China exchanged views on ways to improve border management during the meeting of 11th round of the ‘Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination for India-China Border Affairs’.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic: Scientific Reports

Mar 23, 2018
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was discovered in 1997 by Charles Moore, who had sailed through floating plastic bottles and other debris on his way home to Los Angeles.

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