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NATO Sect. Gen reiterates call for Afghan ceasefire
International

NATO Sect. Gen reiterates call for Afghan ceasefire

Kabul: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has reiterated his call for Afghan ceasefire. Stoltenberg, at the first session of the NATO’s foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday, said: “We call on Taliban to reduce violence, but of course, that’s only the first step.” What we need to see is a lasting peace agreement. And part of that has to be a ceasefire. So, the reduction of violence should only be the first step,” the NATO chief said, adding that “The ambition is intra-Afghan peace solution. And, of course, that has to include a comprehensive ceasefire.” He said that NATO supports the Afghan peace process and, as part of that, NATO adjusted it’s presence in Afghanistan, Tolo news reported. “While the United States has decided to further reduce its troop...
America is back and ready to lead the world: Joe Biden
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America is back and ready to lead the world: Joe Biden

Washington: Declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden has introduced his key national security and foreign policy officials and said the incoming administration is ready to lead the world and once again sit at the head of the table. Signaling a sharp shift from outgoing Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy over the last four years, Biden said America is “ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies. And ready to stand up for our values.” Speaking from his transition center in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden, a Democrat, introduced his six top officials and highlighted the need to rebuild alliances, as well as tackling the corona virus pandemic and climate change. World leaders, he said, were “looking forward to the United St...
Football legend Diego Maradona passes away at 60
International, Sports

Football legend Diego Maradona passes away at 60

Argentina: Football legend Diego Maradona has died, aged 60, according to Argentine media reports. He had been discharged from hospital just two weeks ago after undergoing surgery for a blood clot in the brain. Maradona underwent surgery on November 3 after which his personal doctor LeopoldoLuque said that Maradona was suffering from confusion caused by “abstinence”. He, however, recovered enough to leave the hospital and was taken to a house in Tigre, on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires. His lawyer MatiasMorla said the 1986 FIFA World Cup winner was feeling well after overcoming “maybe the toughest time of his life”. Widely rated as the greatest player of all time, Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. The tournament featured a number of sublime performa...
Rupee has jumped 10 paise to 73.91 against US dollar
Business, International, National News

Rupee has jumped 10 paise to 73.91 against US dollar

Mumbai: Rising for the fourth straight session, the rupee appreciated by 10 paise to close at nearly a month high of 73.91 against the US dollar on Wednesday as positive development on the corona virus vaccine front enthused investor sentiment. At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened at 73.98 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 73.88 and a low of 74.02. The local unit finally closed at 73.91 against the American currency, registering a rise of 10 paise over its previous close. On Tuesday, the rupee had climbed 10 paise to close at 74.01 against the US dollar. The domestic unit had closed at 73.87 against the greenback on October 28. Traders said risk appetite increased on news that US President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Res...
Chinese construction along Indian border not a legit practice: US Lawmakers
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Chinese construction along Indian border not a legit practice: US Lawmakers

Washington: Expressing concern over reports of China’s illegal construction activities along the Indian border in Ladakh, an influential US lawmaker has said that America will always continue to stand with India and oppose any “revisionist efforts” by the Chinese government or anyone else to challenge the peace and stability in the region. India and China are engaged in a bitter stand-off on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May. “I am aware of and concerned with the public reports surrounding Chinese military construction along the disputed border with India. If these reports are true, and I hope they are not, China’s continued military provocations will continue to escalate tensions in the region,” Democratic congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said on Tuesday. ...
Mt Everest will get a new measurement soon: Nepal Govt
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Mt Everest will get a new measurement soon: Nepal Govt

Nepal is going to announce the new height of Mt Everest, the world’s tallest peak, very soon. A Cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening gave nod to Nepal’s Ministry of Land Management to announce the height of Everest and according to some media reports, as the peak has appeared taller than it was but no official confirmation yet. Minister for Land Management of Nepal, Padma Kumari Aryal said that with our own resources, we have completed the measurement of the Everest and are going to announce it very soon. Nepal had started the re-measurement of the world’s tallest peak in 2017 of its own resources as a lot of concerns were emerging about the height of Mt Everest after the 2015 earthquake. As agreed with Chinese side, during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping last year, Nepal ...
We are working on delivering Covid-19 vaccines with our partners: UNICEF
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We are working on delivering Covid-19 vaccines with our partners: UNICEF

New York: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday. Etleva Kadilli, director of UNICEF Supply Division, highlighted the importance of the partnership to ensure capacity for the massive undertaking, the Xinhua news agency reported.“As work continues to develop Covid-19 vaccines, UNICEF is stepping up efforts with airlines, freight operators, shipping lines and other logistics associations to deliver life-saving vaccines as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.“This invaluable collaboration will go a long way to ensure that enough transport capacity ...
China launches its first spacecraft to moon to collect samples successfully
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China launches its first spacecraft to moon to collect samples successfully

Hainan: China successfully launched its first unmanned space mission on Tuesday to collect samples from the moon’s surface and return to earth, the country’s maiden attempt to retrieve materials from an extra-terrestrial body. China has successfully launched the Chang’e-5 lunar probe from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, state-run CGTN reported. The spacecraft was launched by a Long March-5 rocket at 4.30 am (Beijing Time). Chang’e-5 is one of the most complicated and challenging missions in China’s aerospace history, as well as the world’s first moon-sample mission in more than 40 years. The United States sent astronauts to the moon to collect samples. In the Soviet Union’s unmanned lunar sampling missions, the spacecraft took off from the ...