Having told their populations that wearing masks was all but useless against the coronavirus, several Western countries have performed dramatic U-turns in the last few days.
More than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world's population, are now being called on to remain in their homes to combat COVID-19, according to an AFP tally on Thursday.
The World Bank on Thursday approved a plan to roll out $160 billion in emergency aid over 15 months to help countries deal with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Foreign governments on Friday stepped up operations to evacuate tens of thousands of tourists stranded by the coronavirus pandemic in remote locations across South Asia, from Everest base camp to beach hotels in Sri Lanka.
Tightened lockdowns across the planet saw nearly half of humanity told to stay at home in a bid to stem the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, as Spain recorded its deadliest day Tuesday and the United States braced for the full impact of the disease.
Harsh lockdowns aimed at halting the march of coronavirus around the world widened on Monday to include Moscow's capital as the death toll mounted and fears grew for the fate of the global economy.
The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead in one day, as US President Donald Trump pulled back on putting the hard-hit New York region under quarantine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to citizens for the sweeping 21-day lockdown that has brought the country of 1.3 billion people to a halt, leaving many migrant workers jobless and penniless.
At least 25 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a Sikh-Hindu temple in Afghanistan's capital where worshippers were offering morning prayers, the latest brutal assault claimed by the Islamic State group.
The world stepped up its war on coronavirus as deaths soared again in Europe on Thursday, despite a sign of hope from China where zero new domestic cases were reported for the first time.
When repeated reference to Biryani, one of India’s most popular aromatic delicacies, was made by the BJP to denigrate people holding sit-in protests against the controversial citizenship law in the Muslim-dominated Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, it brought under focus how food has been used in India to make political statements and to divide communities.
Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December, 2019, 110,564 cases have been recorded in 100 countries and territories, killing 3,862 people, according to an AFP toll based on official sources on Monday around 1100 GMT.
The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as the US. battled to contain an outbreak on board a stranded cruise ship where 21 people have tested positive. The World Health Organization called the spread of the virus "deeply concerning" as a wave of countries reported their first cases of the disease.
Hopes arose last week during President Trump’s visit to India that short-tenure Indian workers in the U.S., who have deposited millions of dollars in social security tax in the U.S., may be able to get back their money when they return to India. A joint report by the CII and the U.S.-India Business Council, said Feb. 25 that a study should be undertaken to analyze the feasibility and prospects of a ‘U.S.-Totalization Agreement’.
Will Donald Trump stick to steak, meatloaf or seafood that are believed to be his favorite food or indulge in some Mughlai-style food, including biriyani and kebabs during state dinner at Rashtrapati bhavan or at lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi? That seemed to be a big question engaging media attention in India prior to the president’s visit.
Students and workers from across Boston gathered last month at the Harvard Business School to protest against a talk at the Harvard India Conference, Feb. 16, by India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty, who has proposed in the past that India’s government could follow the Israeli model in rehabilitating Kashmiri Pandit who left the valley due to violence in the 1970s.
When a smiling Narendra Modi gave a bear hug to President Donald Trump as he landed in Ahmedabad airport on Feb. 24 on his first ever state visit to India last week, welcoming him and First Lady Melania Trump, the Prime Minister’s eyes seemingly betrayed excitement and expectation. That smile stayed on Modi’s face at the end of Trump’s 36-hour whirlwind tour of India, despite commentators’ observation that the president’s visit was long on symbolism and short on substance.
On the eve of President Donald Trump’s visit to India Feb. 24-25, major defense sales to India and other deals are on the anvil, as this sector continues to evolve as the crown jewels of the U.S.-India strategic and security partnership. On Feb. 10, the U.S. approved the sale of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) to India.
Policy wonks acknowledged that the summit is a public relations coup for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government, particularly at a time when there is deep concern in both administration and Congressional circles, especially among Democrats, over the simmering Kashmir situation and the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
The United States said Friday it would refuse entry to Sri Lanka's army chief over what it called credible evidence of human rights violations in the 2009 finale to the civil war.
Senators Chris Van Hollen (D.-Md.), Todd Young (R.-Ind.), Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.), and Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) — one of Trump’s closest friends and supporters who chairs the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee — fired off a missive to to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying, “We write as longtime friends of India regarding some of the troubling actions taken by the current government.”
Indian American tech workers on H-1B visas are immigrating to Canada at an “astonishing pace” thanks to more restrictive immigration policies under the Trump administration and the difficulty of obtaining green cards in the U.S., according to an expert.
The alleged mastermind of a deadly attack on India's financial capital over a decade ago has been jailed in Pakistan for nearly six years on separate terror charges, his lawyer said Wednesday.
In an interaction with America Inc., one day after he presented his credentials to President Donald Trump, India’s newly minted Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that when U.S. capital and expertise meets the Indian market and Indian mind, the sky’s the limit as the potential for cooperation between Washington and New Delhi is limitless.
Suchitra Vijayan, a barrister-at-law from London who did her graduate studies from Yale, feels that increasingly institutions, journalistic organizations and think tanks have disproportionately skewed towards the state and not towards the people. The thought prompted her to think of the urgent need to democratize scholarship, produce in-depth, critical journalism and knowledge for and by communities in resistance.