Asia

  • In Nepal, Sushma takes up range of issues including trade and investment 6 days ago

    Kathmandu: Looking at further expanding bilateral ties, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday held talks with her Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey here on a range of issues and resolved to push for more cooperation in areas such as trade, investment and security. At the outset, Pandey warmly greeted Swaraj...
  • Sports Minister aks IOC to intervene on turban row July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from wearing turban at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China. Two Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove...
  • Sikh players of India's basketball team forced to play without turbans July 23, 2014

    At the Asia Cup in China, Amritpal and Amjyot were forced to take off their turbans as FIBA rules don't permit any headgear. ...
  • India's Asia Cup performance is a milestone, says basketball coach July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India basketball coach Scott Flemming has dubbed the country's performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, as "a significant milestone for the national team". India, who finished seventh in the tournament, qualified for this year's tournament after winning the South Asian Basketball Association Championship...
  • Indian basketball team's Sikh players forced to remove turbans: report July 23, 2014

    According to a report in The Times of India, Sikh members of the Indian basketball team - which was part of the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China - were forced to remove their turbans before stepping on the court during the tournament. The team's two Sikh players - Amritpal...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • US officials hail Modi's steps to firm up ties with neighbours July 17, 2014

    Washington: Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's steps to improve ties with SAARC countries, top US officials, eminent South Asia experts and lawmakers have said he has shown firm commitment towards strengthening India's relations with its neighbours, including Pakistan. "When Prime Minister Modi invited the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif,...
  • Indian basketball team goes down fighting to Asian champions Iran July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: India went down fighting after taking a surprise first-half lead over reigning continental and defending champions Iran in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup Basketball Championship in Wuhan, China on Tuesday. After being ahead in the opening half by a dozen points at one stage, India...
  • China invites Modi for APEC summit but rivalry simmers July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping invited India on Tuesday to attend a summit of the APEC trade group in November, sending a message of cooperation during the first meeting between the new leaders of the world's most populous countries. But behind the smiles at Xi's 80-minute meeting with Prime Minister...
  • 6 IITs, AMU, JNU, Panjab University in top 100 Asia varsities June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Ten institutes from the country have made it to the top 100 in the Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking this year, with Punjab University at the 32nd place. It had only three universities among the top 100 last year, but thanks to the Indian academy's growing engagement with...
  • Asian stocks go sideways ahead of Federal meeting June 16, 2014

    HONG KONG: Asian stock markets moved sideways on Monday as the turmoil in Iraq dampened sentiment and investors held their fire ahead of the Federal Reserve's monthly policy meeting later in the week. Japanese stocks slid as the yen strengthened and oil prices hovered at a nine-month high as fears grew...
  • Oil prices up in Asia June 9, 2014

    Singapore: Oil prices rose in Asian trade on Monday, boosted by robust Chinese export data and a solid US jobs report, analysts said. US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for July delivery, gained 11 cents to USD 102.77 a barrel in mid-morning trade, while Brent North Sea crude for July...
  • AirAsia India's Rs 990 ticket sparks fare war June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia is set to make its maiden Indian flight this week, fuelling a cut-throat fare war in a sector already reeling from losses. AirAsia India will take off on Thursday with an eye-catching promotional fare of Rs 990 for flights between high-tech hub Bangalore and...
  • India has the slowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific region June 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India, which accounts for the third largest online userbase globally after China and the US, has had the lowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific (APAC) at 17.4 per cent so far this year, research firm eMarketer said in a report. However, it left behind major emerging markets in...
  • Air Asia India gets off to a flying start on booking front June 3, 2014

    Mumbai : Low-cost carrier Air Asia India, all set to launch operations from next week with a Bangalore- Goa flight, today said tickets for its inaugural service were sold out within 10 minutes. Tickets for the maiden flight (Bangalore-Goa) were sold out within 10 minutes of opening of bookings. Also, Air...
  • Delhi's Barakhamba Road police station best in Asia: Survey June 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police's Barakhamba Road Station has been adjudged as the best police station in Asia, according to a survey conducted by a global alliance of NGOs. The survey was a part of Global Police Station Visitors Week organised by Altus Global Alliance (AGA) in which 45 stations of Delhi...
  • Smartphones, tablets driving online sales in Asia: Report May 31, 2014

    Singapore: Smartphones and tablet computers are expected to boost online retail sales in the Asia-Pacific region to more than $400 billion a year by 2018, a report said Friday. As a result, retailers are increasingly adapting their websites to capitalise on the trend and allow customers to browse and purchase goods...
  • Budget carrier AirAsia plans flights in India soon May 23, 2014

    Manila: Asia's leading budget carrier, AirAsia, is hoping to begin operations in India in two to three months, the airline's CEO said on Friday. The carrier this month won court approval to operate in India after delays because of domestic airlines' opposition. AirAsia India will begin flying with two planes, Tony...
  • US senators against export of natural gas to India, China May 10, 2014

    Washington: A bi-partisan group of 22 American senators have expressed reservation on the export of natural gas to Asian countries such as India and China, arguing that such a move by Obama Administration would result in an increase in cost for consumers and businesses at home. "Natural gas prices in Asia...
  • Pakistan keen on peace with India, wants sustained talks: Envoy April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Maintaining that wars between the two countries have fetched no returns, Pakistan on Tuesday said that it wants a sustained and comprehensive dialogue process with India and asserted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was keen on peace with New Delhi for growth and prosperity of his country. "Our Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • China owes its progress to its leadership quality: S Jaishankar April 29, 2014

    Washington: China owes its progress mostly to its leadership quality, Indian Ambassador to the US S Jaishankar, who earlier had a diplomatic stint in Beijing, said on Tuesday. Jaishankar made the remarks during his key note address at the Washington launch of the book - "Re-Imagining India-Unlocking the potential of Asia's...
  • PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap progress in Badminton Asia Championships April 23, 2014

    Gimcheon: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, RMV Gurusaidutt and women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday made winning starts to their campaigns at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships being held in the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium. Sindhu, India's best bet at the continental event, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi...
  • More terror related deaths under NDA than UPA, claims Congress ad April 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress's new advertisement on Twitter has landed the party in a fresh controversy. The ad claims there have been less terror-related deaths under the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) rule as compared to the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) rule. The ad titled 'Keeping India Safer' shows that under the...
  • Humans arrived in the Americas from Asia much earlier, claims study March 28, 2014

    In a ground-breaking research, archaeologists have unearthed stone tools that suggest that humans reached what is now northeast Brazil as early as 22,000 years ago, upending a belief that people first arrived in the Americas from Asia about 13,000 years ago. "If they are right, and there is a great possibility...
  • Russian Upper House approves annexation of Crimea March 21, 2014

    Moscow: The upper house of the Russian parliament has approved Moscow's annexation of Crimea. The Federation Council voted unanimously to incorporate Crimea after Sunday's hastily called Crimean referendum, in which residents of the Black Sea peninsula overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia. Ukraine and the West have rejected...
  • Bangladesh: Will they shed minnows tag at World T20? March 11, 2014

    Bangladesh, who finished last on the points table in the Asia Cup 2014, will hope they have reasons to celebrate when they plays hosts at the ICC World Twenty20 that will allow them another shot at much needed glory that they are seeking for over several years now. The hosts will...
  • Shooters Heena Sidhu, Chain Singh win gold in Asian Championship March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India's ace shooter Heena Sidhu produced some excellent shooting to clinch the air pistol women's gold medal while Chain Singh bagged a gold medal in men's air rifle event at the 7th Asian Championship in Kuwait on Monday. After her standout performance in the qualification round, Heena was ranked...
  • Indian author Pankaj Mishra wins $ 150,000 Yale literary prize March 11, 2014

    Washington: Award-winning Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers from seven countries who have won a $ 1,50,000 Yale University prize each in recognition of their literary achievements. Essayist and novelist Mishra has been selected for the prestigious Windham Campbell Literature prize in the non-fiction category, Yale University said...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on the Indian cricket team March 9, 2014

    In this week's 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes on the Indian cricket team and its recent defeat against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. ...
  • Misbah blames bowlers for Asia Cup loss to Sri Lanka March 9, 2014

    Mirpur: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq blamed his bowlers for the team losing the Asia Cup crown to Sri Lanka, stating that they failed to create pressure on the opposition. "We need early wickets in such matches but we could not get them. Saeed (Ajmal) gave us good breakthroughs. In bowling also you...