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Singapore to pay citizens S$300 bonus after surplus budget
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Singapore will pay its citizens aged 21 and above a one-off 'SG Bonus' of up to S$300 each as the 2017 budget included a surplus of Singapore $10 billion. The bonus will be paid based on citizens' incomes. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that this reflected the government's commitment to "share the fruits of development" with the citizens.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:24 pm on 19 Feb
Could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South Korea: North Korea
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
North Korea could co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games with South Korea to continue inter-Korean harmony and exchange, North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee, Chang Ung, has said. This comes amid easing of tensions between the two Koreas with North Korea participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics at the invitation of South Korea in Pyeongchang.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 02:03 pm on 20 Feb
Hack attacks disabled 5 lakh computers last year: Russia
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A report by the Russian National Security Council has revealed that more than 5 lakh computers were disabled by hack attacks in the country last year. The Russian Interior Ministry was among those affected by the attacks, the report stated. The council warned that the presidential elections will be among the potential targets for cyber interference this year.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:09 pm on 20 Feb
Three UK cities partner to attract more tourists from India
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Three of UK's largest cities have partnered to attract more tourists from three of the world's fastest-growing markets — India, China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries which include Saudi Arabia and UAE among others. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, London, Manchester, and Birmingham will collaborate on the 'Experience England' initiative to promote the best of English tourism.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 02:59 pm on 20 Feb
Pakistan riskiest country to be born in: UNICEF
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Pakistan is the riskiest country to be born in as it accounted for the world's highest newborn mortality rate in 2016, UNICEF has said in its latest report. One in 22 babies born in Pakistan die before they turn one month old, the report added. India has been ranked 12th among 52 lower-middle-income countries, with a 25.4 neonatal mortality rate.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 01:03 pm on 20 Feb
Trump ranks as worst US President in greatness survey
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Donald Trump has been ranked as the worst US President ever in the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey released on Monday. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama has been ranked 8th, ten places up since the last survey in 2014. The survey considered the leaders' overall presidency, legislative accomplishments, foreign policy leadership, and communication with the public.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:02 am on 20 Feb
Cape Town pushes day it expects to run of water to July 9
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
South Africa's Cape Town has pushed back 'Day Zero' to July 9, the day when taps would be turned off and water would be rationed. Officials said that reduced consumption helped push back the date which was set at June 4 last week. The residents are currently provided 50 litres of water for daily consumption.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:57 pm on 20 Feb
US aims to disrupt inter-Korean ties: North Korea
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Warning against the resumption of US-South Korea military drills after the ongoing Winter Olympics, North Korea on Monday said that the US has a "purpose to end a thaw in inter-Korean ties" after the games end. The US and South Korea had agreed to not conduct the drills during the Olympics following North Korea's decision to participate in the games.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:08 pm on 19 Feb
Teens hold 'lie-in' outside White House against gun violence
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
High school students on Monday held a 'lie-in' protest outside the White House, demanding lawmakers to pass tougher gun control measures after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida. "Every day when I say 'bye' to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again," a teenager said advocating gun control.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 12:25 pm on 20 Feb
Prefer 'big sticks' when dealing with North Korea: US
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the country prefers "big sticks and not carrots" to persuade North Korea into discussions on denuclearisation. Adding that "pressure campaign is having its bite on North Korea", Tillerson said the world wants the rogue regime to change. Earlier, North Korea accused the US of pushing the whole world towards nuclear war.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:50 am on 20 Feb
US troops drink cobra blood, eat scorpions in survival drill
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
US and Thai marines on Monday drank cobra blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme, which is a part of the two nations' annual military exercise 'Cobra Gold'. The soldiers also learnt to find water in vines and identify edible plants. Cobra Gold is one of Asia's largest military exercises which happens for 10 days on Thai shores.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:47 am on 20 Feb
China warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives crisis
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Eleven Chinese warships entered the East Indian Ocean earlier this month amid the political crisis in the Maldives, according to reports. This comes after China's objection to proposals calling on India to deploy its military in the island nation. China had also opposed foreign intervention in the Maldives crisis, calling it the country's internal affair.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:03 pm on 20 Feb
UNICEF issues blank statement on Syria, says it has no words
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Expressing outrage over the killings of children in Syria, UNICEF on Tuesday issued a blank statement with a footnote that read, "We no longer have words to describe the children's suffering". The statement which began with, "No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones," was followed by 10 empty lines.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:01 pm on 20 Feb
Another notification needed to ban Saeed's JuD: Pakistan AG
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Pakistan's Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali has said that the government will have to issue another notification to formally ban 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led groups Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation. This comes despite amendments made to the country's Anti-Terrorism Act to ban groups sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:09 pm on 19 Feb
US nervous about N Korea striking with nukes: State Secy
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Admitting that the North Korean threat to strike the US with nuclear weapons "makes us nervous", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the warning also "stiffens" the country's commitment to resolve the nuclear crisis. Adding that such a threat by the North Korean regime is not acceptable, Tillerson said diplomatic efforts will continue "until that first bomb drops".
short by Ankush Verma / 09:23 pm on 19 Feb
Maldives Prez seeks approval to extend state of emergency
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom asked the Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency by 30 days amid the political unrest in the country, officials said. Gayoom had declared a 15-day state of emergency on February 5 under which the security forces were given sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:27 am on 20 Feb
US prof gives assignment on how to get blocked by Trump
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
As part of an assignment, a US university professor has asked his students to mail him Twitter messages that he could send to President Donald Trump and get blocked by him on the micro-blogging site. "If your tweet successfully gets my account blocked, you will receive five points on your final grade and a free absence," the professor added.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 07:45 pm on 20 Feb
Woman divorces husband for refusing to buy her a shawarma
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A woman in Egypt has filed for divorce after her husband refused to buy her a shawarma. "I only knew him for two months before the wedding and never noticed how stingy he was," the woman said. The couple had an arranged marriage and had been married for 40 days. The man has reportedly accused her of exploiting his wealth.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 01:39 pm on 20 Feb
Canada supports one, united India: Justin Trudeau
short by Niharika Prabhakar / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
In a statement released on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada supports one, united India. "We have been diligent in ensuring that we are taking our responsibility seriously on cracking down on extremism for peaceful dialogue," he added. This comes amid reports that PM Narendra Modi 'snubbed' Trudeau for his stance on the Khalistan movement.
short by Niharika Prabhakar / 02:15 pm on 20 Feb
100 civilians killed in Syria in deadliest shelling in 3 yrs
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Nearly 100 civilians, including 20 children, were killed in Syria's eastern Ghouta area on Monday in the deadliest shelling by Syrian government forces in three years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Held by rebels since 2012, eastern Ghouta is one of the last rebel-held strongholds near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:20 pm on 20 Feb
Indonesia seizes record 1,600 kg of crystal meth
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Indonesian authorities on Tuesday seized a record 1,600 kg of crystal methamphetamine, known locally as 'shabu-shabu', from a ship off the northern island of Batam. Earlier this month, authorities confiscated over 1,000 kg of the drug. Indonesia's anti-narcotics laws are among the world's strictest with drug trafficking punishable by death.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:29 pm on 20 Feb
Hungary is last bastion against Islamisation of Europe: PM
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has called his country the last bastion in the fight against the "Islamisation" of Europe. Criticising migration, Orbán added that the process had "opened the way for the decline of Christian culture and Islamic expansion". Earlier, Orbán said that refugees in Europe are just "Muslim invaders" seeking better lives.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:49 pm on 19 Feb
Twitter users mock Trump for calling Oprah 'very insecure'
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Mocking US President Donald Trump for calling Oprah Winfrey "very insecure" amid speculations over her 2020 presidential run, a Twitter user wrote, "Someone get him a cheeseburger, he's losing it!" Other users tweeted, "What were you doing watching Oprah's interview...You should be sleeping. You've got a long day tomorrow," and "Pick a fight with Oprah and you gonna lose."
short by Ankush Verma / 09:48 pm on 19 Feb
Gambia announces suspension of death penalty
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
During a speech marking the country's 53rd independence anniversary, Gambian President Adama Barrow announced the suspension of death penalty in the country "as a first step towards its abolition". Death penalty in Gambia was last used under the authoritarian rule of Yahya Jammeh in 2012 when nine prisoners were executed by a firing squad.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:07 pm on 19 Feb
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