Museum or mosque? Turkey debates future of iconic Hagia Sophia

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates future of iconic Hagia Sophia

ISTANBUL, Turkey — In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum in modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year. Museum or Mosque, the debate continues. The 6th century building is […]

Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

HANOI/MANILA-Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticized China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s […]

PM relief fund ‘diverted’ money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during UPA regime

PM relief fund ‘diverted’ money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during UPA regime

BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday alleged that Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years while adding that to divert this public money into a family-run foundation is not only a “brazen fraud” but also a “big betrayal” of the people of India. Taking […]

India, China hold Corps Commander-level talks, Galwan valley row to be discussed

India, China hold Corps Commander-level talks, Galwan valley row to be discussed

This is the second meeting between the two Corps Commanders after June 6 India and China are holding Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, Indian Army sources said on Monday. This is the second meeting between […]

SC allows annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra with certain restrictions

SC allows annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra with certain restrictions

The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the annual Rath Yatra at Jagannath Temple in Puri, which is slated to be held on June 23. The Supreme Court on Monday modified its earlier order and allowed the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha’s Puri to be held with the coordination of the Temple committee, state and […]

India records over 10,000 new Covid-19 cases

India records over 10,000 new Covid-19 cases

India is now the fourth worst-hit country. India recorded over 10,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day for the first time, taking the tally to 2,97,535, while the death toll rose to 8,498 with a record single-day spike of 396 fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country has registered 10,956 new coronavirus […]

SC slams DoT for demanding ₹4-lakh cr from PSUs

SC slams DoT for demanding ₹4-lakh cr from PSUs

Telcos told to file affidavits on how to pay the dues The Supreme Court on Thursday again came down heavily on the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for demanding adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of ₹4 lakh- crore from PSUs, terming it “totally impermissible” and told DoT to consider withdrawing it. PSUs — Power Grid Corporation of […]

US Navy tests laser weapon; shoots down drone mid-air

US Navy tests laser weapon; shoots down drone mid-air

The US Navy’s ‘USS Portland’ ship had on May 16 tested a laser weapon capable of destroying aerial, sea, and land-based threats, a press release by the Pacific Fleet six days later informed, adding that the new weapon will be “redefining war at sea for the Navy.” The ‘USS Portland’ is the 11th San Antonio-class […]

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