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kabul: IS says its fighters attacked Kabul power lines

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State militant group's Afghan branch on Friday said it was behind an explosion that brought down electricity lines and plunged Kabul into darkness. The power cut on Thursday was a further blow to Taliban efforts to stabilise Afghanistan two months after they seized control. In a statement published on its Telegram channels, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K)...

New whistleblower accuses Facebook of wrongdoing: report

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SAN FRANCISCO: A former Facebook worker reportedly told US authorities Friday the platform has put profits before stopping problematic content, weeks after another whistleblower helped stoke the firm's latest crisis with similar claims. The unnamed new whistleblower filed a complaint with US financial regulator Securities and Exchange Commission that could add to the company's woes, said a Washington...

Whatsapp may soon allow users to listen their voice messages before sending it

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WhatsApp has added some new updates to the voice messages feature on the app. WhatsApp will now allow users to listen to their voice messages before sending them. The new features are currently available for Android and iOS beta testers. Earlier, WhatsApp had rolled out the possibility to increase the speed of voice messages. Many users demanded that...

6 reasons why India is ripe for another economic boom

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NEW DELHI: An analysis of six key components of the economic cycle by global investment bank Jefferies suggests that conditions are ripe for a repeat performance of a 2003-10 style growth in India with fewer bad loan assets and high corporate profitability. ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Lodha, DLF, L&T, HDFC, ACC, Kajaria and Supreme some of...

England vs West Indies T20: Struggling West Indies face tough battle against England | Cricket News

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DUBAI: Two-time champions but currently out of sorts, the West Indies will hope to raise their game by a few notches when they open their campaign against favourites England in a Super 12 match of the ICC men's T20 World Cup here on Saturday. A team packed with some of the most destructive T20 players, the West Indies...

Covid-19: As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia: As she stood in the courtyard of the morgue holding the body of her grandmother who died of Covid-19, Ramilya Shigalturina had a message for anyone still resisting vaccinations. "I'm begging all Russians: Please get vaccinated, because it's really dreadful and dangerous," said the resident of Nizhny Novgorod, the country's fifth-largest city. Shigalturina said her...

India considering strategic reserves for gas, imported coal

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CHENNAI: India is considering maintaining strategic reserves of natural gas and imported coal to address future supply shocks, a senior power ministry official said on Thursday, as the energy hungry nation battles a crippling coal shortage. A surge in power demand combined with a fall in imports due to high global coal prices have led to supply disruptions...

6 missing, a day after ship capsizes off South Korea

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SEOUL: Aircraft and ships were searching off South Korea's eastern coast on Thursday for six crew members still missing a day after a fishing ship capsized. One crew member has been found unconscious and two others were rescued. Nine crew members were aboard the 72-ton ship when it was reported to have overturned on Wednesday in the waters...

Vaccination rate will assure international arrivals & boost tourism; AI divestment a big step: PM Modi

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KUSHINAGAR: With India expected to cross the crucial 100-crore vaccination mark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has linked getting the Covid jabs to overall recovery and progress. "The fast pace of India's Covid vaccination will be a new chapter for tourism industry. Today (people from abroad) planning to come here for work or tourism know that a vast population...

Team India at the T20 World Cup over the years | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: The wait is over. The ICC T20 World Cup is finally taking place after five years (it was last held in 2016), and Team India, who won the inaugural title in 2007 is one of the big title favourites. India are the official hosts of this edition, which was postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19 and...