India, Russia Sign 28 Pacts, To Cooperate On Terrorism, Afghanistan

<!– –> India-Russia talks: An official said all concerns relating to India’s security were discussed. (File) New Delhi: India and Russia on Monday inked 28 agreements to further broad-base their partnership and vowed to expand cooperation and coordination in dealing with major challenges like the threat of terrorism and the unfolding situation in Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla described the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin as “highly productive”. He said 28 agreements that included government-to-government pacts were concluded between the two sides…

Contacts Of ‘Omicron’ Patients Display No Symptoms: Karnataka Minister

<!– –> The minister said the ‘Omicron’ infected are being treated at Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru (File) Bengaluru: Karnataka health minister on Monday said that the contacts of those infected with ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus did not display any symptoms of the disease and this showed the importance of vaccinations in developing immunity. Addressing reporters, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that only two cases of ‘Omicron’ were found in the state and the genomic sequencing analysis report is awaited. “The genomic sequence report of those in contact with the…

Iceland Raises Alert Level For Its Most Active Volcano To “Orange”

<!– –> Grimsvotn, located under Iceland’s biggest glacier Vatnajokul, last erupted in 2011 (File) Reykjavik, Iceland: Iceland on Monday raised the alert level for a possible eruption of its most active volcano after several small earthquakes were registered earlier in the day. Located in an uninhabited and remote area of central Iceland, the Grimsvotn volcano is situated under a massive glacier. Experts have been monitoring Grimsvotn for several weeks after its glacier lake burst, an event that could trigger a volcanic eruption. In the latest eruption in 2011, an ash…

Naga Tribe Body Lists 5 Demands Over Botched Op That Killed Its Members

<!– –> The Konyak Union has sent a memorandum of demands to the government. Guwahati: Following Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s address today in the parliament on the death of 14 civilians in a botched Army operation in Nagaland, the Naga tribe that most of those killed belonged to has issued a five-point memorandum of demands relating to swift and strict action against responsible defence personnel and taking back special powers granted to the Army and security forces in the state.  The Konyak Union, the apex body of the Konyak…

Kremlin Not Expecting “Breakthroughs” From Biden-Putin Talks Tomorrow

<!– –> Joe Biden will underscore US concerns with Russian military activities on the border: officials (File) Moscow: The Kremlin said Monday on the eve of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden that Moscow is not expecting “breakthroughs”, as tensions rise over Ukraine. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues on Tuesday in the evening Russia time by secure video link, after weeks of Washington accusing Moscow of planning an invasion of ex-Soviet Ukraine. “It’s difficult to expect breakthroughs from…

Tamil Nadu Sets Up Special Wards, Enhances Testing Amid ‘Omicron’ Scare

<!– –> There is no case of ‘Omicron’ in Tamil Nadu, the minister asserted. Chennai: More amenities, including special wards in public sector hospitals and enhanced surveillance and testing are among the several measures taken by authorities aimed at tackling the challenge of ‘Omicron’, not detected yet in the state, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday. Inspecting 50 beds set apart as a precautionary measure at the Omandurar Medical College Hospital, a state-run multi super specialty facility in Chennai, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said 15 beds were for intensive…

New York Announces Vaccine Mandate For Private Employers, First In US

<!– –> Vaccine mandates in the US have generally been issued by cities or states (File) New York: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a blanket Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the private sector in the United States’ biggest city, starting from late December. The order goes further than a nationwide mandate set by President Joe Biden for companies with more than 100 employees to vaccinate workers by January 4 that has been stalled by court suspensions. “As of today we are going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure…

“Unprovoked Aggression”: At Meet With Russia, Rajnath Singh Prods China

<!– –> Rajnath Singh said India is confident of overcoming these challenges. New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a dig at China today at the “2+2” meeting with his Russian counterpart, accusing Beijing of unprovoked aggression, and said India is on the lookout for “sensitive and responsive” partners.  “The pandemic, the extra-ordinary militarization and expansion of armament in our neighbourhood and the completely unprovoked aggression on our northern border since early summer of 2020 have thrown in several challenges,” Mr Singh said at the meeting aimed at boosting…

Coral Reefs Of West Indian Ocean May Collapse In 50 Years, Warns Study

<!– –> Coral reefs are home to at least a quarter of all marine animals and plants (Representational) Nairobi: Rising sea temperatures and overfishing threaten coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean with complete collapse in the next 50 years, according to a groundbreaking study of these marine ecosystems. The findings, published in the journal Nature Sustainability on Monday, warned that reefs along the eastern coast of Africa and island nations like Mauritius and Seychelles faced a high risk of extinction unless urgent action was taken. For the first time,…

“Leave India If You Feel Suffocated”: RSS Leader Slams Farooq Abdullah

<!– –> Farooq Abdullah has said J&K people may have to make “sacrifices” as protesting farmers did. File New Delhi: Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar today hit out at National Conference president Farooq Abdullah over his remarks that people of Jammu and Kashmir may have to make “sacrifices” like agitating farmers to get back their rights, saying it shows that he loves violence, not peace. He also suggested that Mr Abdullah should leave the country to live in any other part of the world that he likes, if he feels…