A hacking competition may have given China new ways to spy on the Uyghurs

May 25, 2021 0 Comments

When Apple announced in a 2019 blog post that it had patched a security vulnerability in its iOS operating system, the company sought to reassure its customers. The attack that had exploited the vulnerability, Apple said, was “narrowly focused” on websites featuring content related to the Uyghur community. It has since emerged that the vulnerability …

Covid: TN extends lockdown till May 31, vaccination for 18-44 age group halted in Delhi from today

May 22, 2021 0 Comments

7.40 pm: Here’s a look at cases reported by other states on Saturday evening: Andhra Pradesh: 19,981 new cases, 118 deaths; total cases now 15,62,060, while toll is 10,022; Puducherry: 1,445 new cases, 30 deaths; total cases now 94,612, toll rises to 1,325; Rajasthan: 6,103 cases, 115 deaths; total infections now 9,09,521, while toll up …

China’s digital yuan could be the future of money

May 14, 2021 0 Comments

China is making promising progress with testing its digital yuan currency. It has announced the success of a pilot in Suzhou City, near Shanghai in eastern China, where 181,000 consumers were given ¥55 of free money in digital wallets to spend at participating outlets in the Double Fifth shopping festival between May 1 and 5. …

US, UAE, Russia: More countries are invested in bringing Pakistan and India to the negotiating table

April 25, 2021 0 Comments

With spring comes thaw. Recent tentative steps towards improving India-Pakistan relations are welcome. It has been two months since the ceasefire announcement, and several weeks since the Indus Water Commission met. Confirmation of the United Arab Emirates’s mediating role implies that the process has legs. This should be a relief for our conflict-prone region. Against …

India, China need to strengthen border CBMs, says envoy

April 5, 2021 0 Comments

Lesson of last year’s border incident profound and such incident should not be repeated: Sun Weidong India and China need to strengthen confidence-building measures in border areas and avoid a repeat of last year’s border crisis, China’s envoy to India Sun Weidong has said. “Maintenance of peace and tranquillity need our joint efforts,” Mr. Sun …

China Retaliates with Sanctions Against US, Canadian Religious Freedom Officials Including Manchin, Perkins

March 28, 2021 0 Comments

The Chinese government announced a number of sanctions Saturday against American religious-rights officials and Canadian officials for condemning the country’s abusive treatment of Muslims and other minorities. Gayle Manchin, wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and the chair of the U.S. government’s advisory Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was banned from entering any part …

Coronavirus: China to not allow foreign students to come back for now

March 22, 2021 0 Comments

China will not allow foreign students, including Indians, to return to the country for now because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the Indian Embassy in Beijing said on Monday. The embassy said that it had been following up with Chinese authorities about the concerns of Indian students regarding their early return to educational institutions, and that …

India, Pak, China to Participate in SCO Joint Anti-terrorism Exercise This Year

March 21, 2021 0 Comments

India, Pakistan, China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will hold a joint anti-terrorism exercise this year, the eight-member bloc said. The decision to hold the joint exercise “Pabbi-Antiterror-2021” was announced during the 36th meeting of the Council of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on March 18. At …

PM KP Sharma Oli on Betrayal, Diplomacy

March 16, 2021 0 Comments

Nepal’s CPN (Maoist Centre) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Sunday asked its ministers in Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s government to resign en masse for breaching party discipline, amid their reluctance to quit the Cabinet. This is the second time the splinter faction of the Nepal Communist Party has instructed its ministers …