PACIFIC

  • India wary of assertive China, intrusive Pakistan: IAF Chief November 29, 2014

    Bengaluru: With the strategic gravity shifting from west to east, especially to Asia and Asia Pacific, "India faces security challenges in the region due to an assertive China and an intrusive Pakistan", the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Saturday. "The situation is not good for the environment,...
  • PM Modi announces 75 million dollar credit line, visa on arrival to Fiji November 19, 2014

    Suva: Seeking stronger engagement with the Pacific Islands, India on Wednesday announced a 75 million USD line of credit for Fiji for a co-generation power plant and upgrading the sugar industry and also a five million USD fund to develop its villages even as the two countries agreed to expand...
  • In veiled message to China, Barack Obama renews commitment to Asia-Pacific pivot November 15, 2014

    Brisbane: US President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington's strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled message to a rising China with a vow to "deepen our engagement using every element of our power". Speaking in Australia on the final stop of a...
  • UK Deputy PM attributes South Asia growth to 'Modi dividend' November 12, 2014

    London: UK's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attributed South Asia's projected growth momentum this year to the "Modi dividend", citing the Indian Prime Minister's initiatives for boosting investment and jobs. The UK's coalition leader quoted recent World Bank figures, which forecast South Asia to grow by over 6 per...
  • China has its way on APEC free-trade deal November 11, 2014

    Beijing: APEC leaders agreed to work towards possible adoption of a "historic" free-trade deal proposed by China, in a victory for the Communist giant as it strives for a bigger role in formulating global trade policy. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members' endorsement of a roadmap for promoting the Free...
  • Sony World Photography Awards launch hunt to uncover India's best photographer November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Asia Pacific, launches a competition to discover India's best photographer. India National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from India. Entries are free via worldphoto website and photographers can enter any...
  • India's domestic air traffic grew over 26 per cent in September November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: India's domestic air traffic grew at a record pace of over 26 per cent in September compared to the same month last year with low air fares stimulating the travel demand, IATA said on Tuesday. Indian traffic "spiked 26.3 per cent in September compared to a year ago",...
  • Magnitude 7.4 quake shakes Central America, Tsunami alert sounded October 14, 2014

    San Salvador: A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late on Monday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing...
  • Poor-rich gap growing in India, Asia-Pacific: United Nations October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The gap between the poor and the rich is growing in the Asia-Pacific region and there has been an increase in income inequality in many major economies including India, China and Indonesia, a UN-ESCAP report has said. "Inequality is key socio-economic challenge for the region. At the national...
  • Arjun Atwal best Indian in tied 17th at Asia-Pacific Open in Japan September 28, 2014

    Arjun Atwal closed with a round of one-under 70 to finish tied 17th, the best among the Indians at the 150 million Yen (approx US $1.5 million) Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup on Sunday. Atwal, who did not have any status on PGA Tour this year, is over in Asia,...
  • Eight Indians in Fortune list of powerful AsiaPacific women September 21, 2014

    New York: As many as eight Indian women, led by ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar, have made it to the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women "shaping the new world order" in the AsiaPacific region. Kochhar, ranked highest among Indian women, has been ranked second across the region, while three...
  • Ana Ivanovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Pan Pacific Open September 21, 2014

    Thirdseeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat secondseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 62, 76 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open. In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake Coliseum and won the secondset tiebreaker with a...
  • Sania Mirza, Cara Black win women's doubles title at Pan Pacific Open September 20, 2014

    Tokyo: Maintaining her rich vein of form in the current season, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black on Saturday bagged the women's doubles title at the WTA Toray Pacific Open with a 62, 75 victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro. With the win,...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic reach the final at Pan Pacific Open September 20, 2014

    Secondseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 64, 26, 62 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open. The US Open finalist lost the first two games of the third set but took advantage of an increasingly erratic Muguruza and won when her opponent sent...
  • Wozniacki, Kerber reach Pan Pacific semifinals September 19, 2014

    Tokyo: Secondseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reached the Pan Pacific Open semifinals by beating eighthseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 63, 63 on Friday. Wozniacki was in control from the start, breaking her opponent three times in the opening set at Ariake Coliseum. "It was a little like playing chess," said Wozniacki,...
  • Angelique Kerber reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open September 17, 2014

    Tokyo: Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka's comeback from a foot injury with a 63, 64 win to make the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. In the match between the former major champions and No. 1s, Azarenka committed seven of her nine double faults in the first set and her serve...
  • Dominika Cibulkova makes swift progress at Pan Pacific Open September 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Sixthseeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 61, 63 to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday. Cibulkova held all eight of her service games while fighting off four break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next play Coco Vandeweghe of the United States...
  • Safarova rallies to beat Keys in first round at Tokyo September 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat American teenager Madison Keys 67 (4), 64, 62 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventhseeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the unseeded Keys and advance to the...
  • Major hurricane threatens Mexico Pacific resorts September 15, 2014

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Hurricane Odile has swirled menacingly toward Mexico's Los Cabos resorts, leading authorities to evacuate highrisk areas and open shelters as the powerful storm threatened to thrash the Pacific coast. Odile weakened slightly yesterday to category three strength in the fivelevel SaffirSimpson scale as it crept toward the...
  • Declining likelihood of El Nino by yearend: UN September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The "El Nino" phenomenon, which sparks climate extremes around the globe, could take hold in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year, but the likelihood has declined since June, the UN said on Monday. There is now a 5560 percent likelihood that El Nino could begin between September...
  • Massive extinct volcano discovered beneath Pacific Ocean September 7, 2014

    Washington: A massive 100 millionyearold ancient extinct volcano has been discovered lurking four kilometres underwater in one of the least explored areas of the Pacific Ocean. Scientists, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), on a seafloor mapping mission found a new seamount near the Johnson Atoll in the Pacific. The summit...
  • 12 Indian firms in Forbes' 50 best companies in AsiaPacific September 2, 2014

    New York: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies and HDFC Bank are among the 50 best public companies in AsiaPacific according to a compilation by Forbes, which ranked India second behind China as home to the "world's next growth engines". The Forbes 2014 'honour roll of the Fabulous 50' lists best...
  • Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Pacific ocean August 25, 2014

    Mexico City: Hurricane Marie has grown in strength as it moves out into the Pacific, reaching Category 4 status and provoking dangerous waves along Mexico's western coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Marie had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) and was located 485 miles (785...
  • Katie Ledecky breaks 1500m world record at Pan Pacific August 24, 2014

    American teenager Katie Ledecky broke a second world record in less than 24 hours when she bettered her own mark for the women's 1,500 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships in Australia on Sunday. The 17yearold hacked almost six seconds off the previous world record, which she set in Texas...
  • Katie Ledecky breaks 400m world record August 23, 2014

    American teenager Katie Ledecky broke her own world record for the women's 400 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships on Saturday. The 17yearold won the final at Australia's Gold Coast in three minutes, 58.37 seconds, slashing almost half a second off the previous world record she set in California earlier...
  • Michael Phelps impresses in first international comeback race August 22, 2014

    Michael Phelps made an ominous return to international competition on Friday, qualifying for the final of the 100 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships at Australia's Gold Coast. Taking on the world's best sprinters in an event he rarely competed in even at his peak, Phelps won his heat and...
  • Michael Phelps makes USA squad as Olympic hopes gather steam August 11, 2014

    Michael Phelps overcame the first hurdle to a potential return to Olympic competition in 2016 when he was named along with exciting teenagers Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin on the US team for the Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday. Phelps' qualification for the Aug 2124 championships on Australia's Gold Coast has...
  • United Airlines flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odour July 13, 2014

    Washington: A United Airlines flight with 348 people aboard over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what authorities said was an electrical odour on board. The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to...
  • Seattle student peppersprayed, tackled gunman June 7, 2014

    Seattle: The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance. The 22yearold building monitor peppersprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday in Seattle Pacific University's Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. Meis and other students subdued the gunman...
  • 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...