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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan looks on during a Trade and Investments conference in Colombo on February 24, 2021. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) (AFP)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan looks on during a Trade and Investments conference in Colombo on February 24, 2021. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) (AFP)

Pakistan foreign borrowing soars to USD 6.7 bn as debt mounts

In January alone, the government received USD 960 million in foreign loans, including USD 675 million from commercial banks, which were the most expensive loans

Class 9 and Class 11 will sessions from 7 am to 9 am instead of 8:30 am to 10 am. Similarly, Class 10 and Class 12 will have classes from 9 am to 1 pm instead of 11 am to 4 am. (PTI)
Class 9 and Class 11 will sessions from 7 am to 9 am instead of 8:30 am to 10 am. Similarly, Class 10 and Class 12 will have classes from 9 am to 1 pm instead of 11 am to 4 am. (PTI)

Odisha govt revises school timings for classes 9-12 due to heatwave

As Bhubaneswar recorded a temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday making it the country's hottest city in February, the state government gave instructions to all districts to prepare for a possible heat-wave situation

A medic collects swab sample of a man for Covid-19 test  (PTI)
A medic collects swab sample of a man for Covid-19 test (PTI)

More tests for Covid-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist

Stating that WHO has set a benchmark for how much diagnostics in testing was enough, Soumya Swaminathan said if the positivity rate (of a disease) was five per cent or more, it means you should be testing more

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees sit on a makeshift boat as they get interrogated by the Border Guard Bangladesh after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, at Shah Porir Dwip near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo/File Photo (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees sit on a makeshift boat as they get interrogated by the Border Guard Bangladesh after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, at Shah Porir Dwip near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo/File Photo (REUTERS)

Bangladesh under 'no obligation' to accept stranded Rohingya refugees: Minister

New Delhi did not sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out refugee rights and state responsibilities to protect them. Nor does it have a law protecting refugees, though it currently hosts more than 200,000, including some Rohingya

File Photo: Food is distributed during a mobile food pantry in the agricultural community of Immokalee, a town which has a poverty rate of over 40%  (AFP)
File Photo: Food is distributed during a mobile food pantry in the agricultural community of Immokalee, a town which has a poverty rate of over 40% (AFP)

US poverty rate falls for first time since last spring

The overall poverty rate fell to 11.3% last month from 11.8% in December, thanks to both stimulus payments and supplemental unemployment benefits

A beneficiary gets the shot of COVID-19 vaccine
Outstation passengers undergo Covid-19 tests on their arrival at Thane Railway Station (PTI)
IAF chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria  (ANI )
Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry (REUTERS)
Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry (REUTERS)

Actively pursuing Airbus to begin manufacturing aeroplanes in India: Goyal

  • He said that no stone will be left unturned to provide support to toy clusters, make the business environment easier
  • The minister announced that wherever toy clusters are being set-up, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will establish laboratories for testing the quality

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vodafone Idea chairman.mint
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh  (PTI)
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (PTI)

No bigger irony than questioning valour of country's Army: Rajnath Singh

  • The defence minister said this while talking to reporters at Madaripur of the Saidpur area while attending the wedding of his adopted son Dr Vijendra
  • Terming the Indian Army as highly valiant, Singh said it is unfortunate that questions are being asked by the Opposition

Washington: President Joe Biden speaks on the economy in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Washington. AP/PTI(AP02_27_2021_000226B) (AP)
Washington: President Joe Biden speaks on the economy in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Washington. AP/PTI(AP02_27_2021_000226B) (AP)

Biden says ‘time to act’ in senate on $1.9 trillion stimulus

The House voted 219-212 to pass the bill, a sharp break from previous aid packages that had drawn wide bipartisan support. No Republican in the House voted for it, and no Republican senator are expected to either. Two House Democrats also voted against it

People gather on the anniversary of the death of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in St. Petersburg, Russia (AP)
People gather on the anniversary of the death of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in St. Petersburg, Russia (AP)

Russian opposition marks anniversary of Kremlin critic Nemtsov's murder

  • With a minimal police presence at the scene, opposition supporters laid flowers on the bridge in central Moscow where Nemtsov was gunned down on the night of 27 Feb six years ago
  • Nemtsov had been working on a report examining Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine at the time of his killing

FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.  REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo (REUTERS)
Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria flew in an upgraded Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft during the multi-aircraft sortie  (ANI)
Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria flew in an upgraded Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft during the multi-aircraft sortie (ANI)

WATCH: On Balakot anniversary, IAF carries out long-range precision strike

  • On 14 February 2019, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South Kashmir killing 40 CPRF personnel
  • Days later the IAF launched an air-strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (AFP)
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2021, file photo, Moroccan nurse administers the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the second day of the vaccination campaign, at cheikh Khalifa Hospital in Casablanca, Morocco. As the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide last April, global organizations banded together to help ensure vaccines would be distributed fairly. But the COVAX initiative has been dogged by shortages of cash and supplies as well as logistical hurdles. Some poorer countries have been unwilling to wait for COVAX, and have found other ways to get vaccines. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File) (AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2021, file photo, Moroccan nurse administers the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the second day of the vaccination campaign, at cheikh Khalifa Hospital in Casablanca, Morocco. As the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide last April, global organizations banded together to help ensure vaccines would be distributed fairly. But the COVAX initiative has been dogged by shortages of cash and supplies as well as logistical hurdles. Some poorer countries have been unwilling to wait for COVAX, and have found other ways to get vaccines. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File) (AP)

Covid-19 vaccine: 10,000 private, 600 CGHS hospitals to act as vaccination sites

The ministry has announced that in order to ramp up covid vaccination capacity, a number of private facilities are being included in the process

Warren Buffett (AP)
Warren Buffett (AP)

Buffett admits error in paying too much for Precision Castparts

  • Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. took an almost $11 billion writedown last year that was largely tied to Precision Castparts
  • Buffett said in 2020 that the airline industry had probably changed for good, explaining his decision to drop his holdings in four major carriers

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar  (ANI)
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