Indian journalist asked to leave Pakistan press briefing in US

New York/New Delhi : Indian media was not allowed to attend a press briefing addressed by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in New York, and an Indian journalist of NDTV news channel was asked to leave the room -- an apparent outcome of the simmering bilateral relations.

'Hijacked' Saudi passenger plane isolated at Manila airport

Manila : A Saudi Arabian passenger plane, carrying 300 persons on-board, was suspected to have been hijacked and placed at an isolated position in Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport immediately after it landed here on Tuesday afternoon, media reported.

The passengers of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV 872, which took off from Jeddah shortly before midnight (local time), were being checked one-by-one to confirm whether or not it had been hijacked, reported.

The alarm followed the pilot having reportedly pressed a hijack 'panic button'.

Junaid Ahmad takes over as World Bank's India director

New Delhi : Junaid Ahmad has taken over as the World Bank's new Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl, who completed his four-year term, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

Uri attack draws condemnation from around the world

New Delhi : The terror attack on an Indian army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri base which killed 18 soldiers, has drawn condemnation from around the world, including Russia and the UN.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators of the Uri attack will be brought to justice and all stakeholders in the region will meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and stability.

World schooling the new form of learning

By Lina Asher

To start with a whole load of people will ask what world schooling is. I define it as homeschooling on the go: Educating your child through experiential learning whilst travelling in the world.

World schooling is the new way of home schooling children, an unconventional way of education, where the child learns while travelling the world and interacting with people of different cultures. It is a form of experiential learning.

US condemns killing of Indian soldiers

New Delhi : The US on strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir that left 17 soldiers dead.

"We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri. Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives," US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said in a tweet.

Terrorists sneaked into an army camp at Uri early on Friday and killed 17 soldiers in the worst attack on a military centre in the state in a decade.

Hamid Ansari meets Iranian President

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari held a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela.

"Time for an important partner. VP Ansari meets President Rouhani of Iran on sidelines of NAM Summit," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders meeting on Friday.

This is yet another sign of New Delhi's increased engagements with Iran in recent times.

Riyadh to establish company to upgrade capacity of holy sites

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has agreed to form a company to develop and increase the capacity of the holy sites in Makkah and Medina, local Al Eqtisadiya news website reported on Saturday.

The proposed company, which will be owned by the government, was approved days after the kingdom announced the success of the Haj season that brought together more than 1.8 pilgrims.

The company will be in charge of enhancing the efficiency of utilities and services such as electricity, water, air-conditioning and cleanness. It will work to separate the routes of pedestrians and vehicles.

Saddam's daughter to stand for Iraqi Parliament

Baghdad : The eldest daughter of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein intends to launch a new tribal coalition to run in the country's 2018 national elections, media outlets reported on Friday.

Raghad Saddam Hussein, 48, currently lives in Jordan but could return to Iraq under a controversial amnesty passed by Parliament last month.

The Jordanian royal family rejected a request from Iraq's Foreign Ministry in May to extradite Raghad and other figures from Saddam's regime who are wanted by the country's judiciary.


British envoy to Saudi Arabia converts to Islam, performs Haj

Riyadh : Simon Collis, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has performed Haj after recently converting to Islam, it was reported on Wednesday.

The diplomat was pictured with his wife in the traditional white garments of the annual pilgrimage, which is compulsory for Muslims to perform at least once in their lives.

Collis has been posted in Riyadh, the capital of the Arab kingdom, since 2015. He is the first British ambassador to perform Haj, an online portal reported.