Abhishek G Bhaya

Journalist

Location icon United States

A journalist with a keen interest and experience in international and strategic affairs.
In my over two decades of professional journey in print, broadcast and new media, I've had the privilege of working with several reputed media organisations in the Middle East, India, China and the UK including CNN-IBN's sister channel, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The Times of India and Muscat Daily.
Currently, I am serving as International Editor at CGTN, Beijing, China.

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CGTN 2018

DECEMBER 2018

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Canadian 'drug smuggler' faces stricter sentence as Chinese court orders retrial

A Chinese higher court on Saturday ordered the retrial of Canadian drug-smuggling convict Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, calling the previous 15-year sentence given by a lower court as light punishment and obviously inappropriate, according to a statement released by Liaoning Higher People's Court on its official website.

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Timeline Indonesia: Battered by tsunamis for centuries

‍Indonesia, one of the world's most disaster-prone nations, was hit by a volcano tsunami late Saturday that left a trail of death and destruction. Authorities said the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa volcano, which means the child of the fabled Krakatoa.

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China, India bank on media to build bridges between people

India and China need to bring down man-made barriers to clear misconceptions about each other and media could play an important role in creating awareness and ironing out differences while enhancing people-to-people ties between the Asian neighbors, senior journalists from both countries stressed at the India-China High-Level Media Forum in New Delhi on Friday.

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Jackie Chan's 'CZ12', Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' kick off India-China Film Festival

Jackie Chan's CZ12 aka Chinese Zodiac was screened at New Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium on Saturday to kick off the India-China Film Festival aimed at deepening cultural understanding between the two countries. Aamir Khan's Dangal, which was hugely successful in China, was the second movie to be screened at the festival.

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Wang Yi visits India, says 'dragon' and 'elephant' should duet, not duel

Beijing reiterated that the Chinese "dragon" and Indian "elephant" should join each other in a duet, not a duel while New Delhi reinforced that collaboration between the neighboring countries are poised to usher in an Asian Century as China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in New Delhi in the wee hours of Friday for a four-day visit to India.

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'China's ties with India and Pakistan isn't a zero-sum game'

Jiang Yili, the scholar-turned-diplomat wife of the Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, has called for harmony between India and Pakistan, asserting that Beijing's ties with both South Asian neighbors is not a zero-sum game, in an interview with an Indian news site.

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Global Movers 2018: Shinzo Abe: Whether his glory will continue into 2019

Shinzo Abe, the four-time Prime Minister of Japan, tightened his grip on power in 2018 after he was re-elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September. The comfortable victory effectively extended Abe's term in office by another three years, setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister before the end of next year.

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Afghanistan's new Lapis Lazuli trade corridor to complement China's BRI

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday launched a new international trade route aimed at establishing direct connectivity to Central Asian countries and Europe, which will also complement China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the region, an Afghan government official told CGTN Digital.

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Human Rights Day: Women left indelible mark on UN Declaration

As the world celebrates the 70th Human Rights Day on Monday to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, it is intriguing to know that had it not been for the efforts of women in the drafting committee, even the words human and women would not have found a place in the document as the word man was meant to include both the genders at the time, as revealed by Stockholm University senior lecturer Rebecca Adami in her recent...

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CGTN Exclusive: Saudi 'princess of fashion' says it's time for women to flourish in all spheres

‍As Saudi Arabia undergoes a positive transformation under its Vision 2030 socio-economic reforms, it is time for women to flourish in all spheres including the fashion industry, a Saudi princess told CGTN Digital in an exclusive interview after her fashion brand JINO last week showcased its 2018 fall and winter collection at an all-women fashion show at a royal palace in Riyadh.

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Analysis: Lebanon's political deadlock spurs migrant crisis in Cyprus

The weakening economic situation in Lebanon due to its political deadlock over government formation has started to have an impact on its most vulnerable populations, leading to a surge in number of Syrian and Palestinian refugees trying to flee to the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus in what could be dubbed as a new migrant crisis for Europe.

NOVEMBER 2018

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Analysis: Oman's reticent sultan takes center stage amid looming Mideast peace process

As the world marks the UN-mandated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Friday, the understated Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman is emerging as a potential harbinger of peace in the decades-long Middle Eastern conflict, particularly after last month's back-to-back visits of the Palestinian and Israeli leaders to the Gulf sultanate.

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China, India 'intensify efforts' at border talks to achieve 'early harvest'

China and India achieved positive progress at the latest round of border talks that concluded on Saturday as both sides put forward a range of forward-looking and workable proposals towards an early harvest of resolution of the decades-long border issue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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Built to deter Ottoman raiders, Saudi 'hanging villages' hold wonders for tourists

As Saudi Arabia and Turkey remain entangled in rivalry over their regional political differences, which has escalated into a full-blown diplomatic spat following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder, Riyadh is looking to throw open for tourism a remote and historic southwestern part of the Gulf kingdom that had once offered shelter to people fleeing the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey).

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China-India ties witness 'sound momentum' ahead of border talks

‍China-India relations have shown a sound momentum of development as the Asian neighbors have properly managed disputes through dialogues and consultations, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Wednesday while announcing that the two countries will hold the 21st round of border talks on Friday and Saturday.

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India seeks more joint ventures with China in Afghanistan

India said that it would like to pursue more collaborative projects with China in war-torn Afghanistan as the first batch of 10 Afghan diplomats started the second phase of their joint training program at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing on Monday after having undergone a similar training in New Delhi from October 15-26.

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Career choices lead Chinese women to freeze eggs

Chinese actress Xu Jinglei's revelation in 2015 that she had frozen some of her eggs in the U.S. in 2013 - when she was 39 and still single - to retain the prospect of having a child in the future stirred a heated debate on the pros and cons of such an act, particularly for single women.

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'Clash of civilizations isn't a future that awaits us'

‍Top diplomats and officials from Greece, India, Egypt and China - four of the oldest civilizations with histories of thousands of years - joined their voices in dispelling the fears of a Clash of Civilizations, while lauding CGTN's efforts in holding a Dialogue of Civilizations, which they felt is the way forward in addressing the existing conflicts and disagreements between nations and civilizations.

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SCO vows to deepen cooperation on fight against drugs at Paris Pact's Beijing meet

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states are committed to tackling the growing threats posed by the increased production, trafficking and abuse of narcotic drugs, and the use of proceeds from drug trafficking in financing terrorism, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov asserted on Tuesday at the opening of the expert working group meeting on regional cooperation under the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI) in Beijing.

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SCO youth campaign against terrorism, extremism ahead of Hainan assembly

‍The SCO Countries Youth League, recently also branded as SCOLAR, is set to make a strong pitch against the global threats of terrorism and extremism, as it convenes the SCO Countries Youth Representatives Assembly in Dongfang City in China's southernmost Hainan Province from November 9 to 11.

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SCO youths discuss ways to fight terrorism, extremism at Hainan assembly

There's an urgent need to educate people about the disastrous impact of terrorism and extremism and a platform such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) could play a key role in preventing the youth in the region from being radicalized by false religious beliefs, Afghan national Negina Sana told CGTN Digital echoing the underlying theme of the SCO Countries Youth Representative Assembly which concluded on Sunday in China's southernmost Hainan Province.

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Erdogan implicates Saudi gov't for the first time in Khashoggi murder

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pointed fingers directly at the Saudi government in last month's sensational killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It was the first time Erdogan has explicitly accused the Saudi government of involvement.

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Trump orders troops to shoot migrants if they throw stones at them

After saying he is ready to send 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border to prevent a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants from entering the US territory, President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the soldiers already deployed at the border to shoot the migrants if they threw rocks or stones at them.

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US Midterms: Social media battle, history give Democrats an edge

With the US midterm elections just around the corner, Democrats appear to have taken a decisive lead as far as campaigning on various social media platforms go, latest analysis shows. Also, the fact that the president's party has historically performed poorly in the midterms may indicate that the donkey may just have an extra edge over the elephant as the Americans cast their ballots on November 6.

OCTOBER 2018

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Pakistan seeks China's help in sending human to space by 2022

Plans are afoot to send Pakistan's first astronaut to space with China's help in 2022, the country's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on Thursday, saying the proposal got a nod from the federal Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of his maiden visit to China next week.

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Despite 'trade war,' Americans do not view China a threat

Regardless of the escalating trade war, most Americans do not see China's rise on the global stage as a worrying threat; on the contrary, an increasing number of young Americans hold a favorable view of China, according to recent polls by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Pew Research Center.

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Analysis: Six months after polls, Lebanon struggles to form a gov't

In less than two weeks, it will be six months since parliamentary elections were held in Lebanon on May 6 this year, but the country still remains without a government leading to fears that the ongoing political crisis could push Beirut into an economic turmoil.

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What can Sub-Saharan Africa learn from China's poverty alleviation?

The geography of poverty is shifting to Sub-Saharan Africa after the phenomenal success in poverty alleviation achieved by Asia in two waves: first driven by China and the second by India, according to the Goalkeepers Data Report 2018 on the global progress of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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India in SCO: Prioritizing trade, security and connectivity

‍India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on Thursday to attend the 17th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Dushanbe meeting is the first major conference since Kyrgyzstan took over the SCO chairship in June this year.

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Uzbek-Afghan railway to put 'China-India Plus' plan on track

A key rail link extension project connecting Uzbekistan and Afghanistan could see collaboration between Beijing and New Delhi in what could be demonstrative of the China-India Plus model which was recently proposed by Beijing enabling the two Asian giants to cooperate in development and connectivity projects in other countries.

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UNHCR urges Malaysia to release Syrian 'airport' refugee

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday requested the Malaysian government immediately release Syrian refugee Hassan al Kontar, who was arrested on Monday after being stranded in the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport for nearly seven months.

SEPTEMBER 2018

AUGUST 2018

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Chinese-built Mecca Light Railway praised by Hajj pilgrims

The Mecca Light Railway, built and operated by China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), yet again proved to be a huge success during the recently concluded annual Hajj pilgrimage that saw over two million visitors this year.

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India offers China access to northeast in BRI strategic shift

India has offered China connectivity through its northeastern region to Bangladesh's Chittagong port on the Indian Ocean as part of an ambitious multilateral plan that appears to complement the Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor proposed under Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Did the UAE ever offer $100mln aid for Kerala floods in India?

News headlines - from both international and domestic Indian media - screamed on Wednesday that India had rejected an aid offer of 7 billion Indian rupees (100 million US dollars) by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the devastating Kerala floods which have killed more than 400 people so far.

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Confucius Institutes a bedrock of China's growing cultural ties with Africa

As Beijing prepares to host the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on September 3-4 focusing on political and economic cooperation, recent data highlights how China has intensified its efforts to enhance the cultural dimension of its relations with African partners by establishing over 70 Confucius Institutes and classrooms across the continent in the last 14 years.

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Millions gather at Mecca as Hajj begins amid Saudi-Qatar spat

The bitter spat between the Gulf rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia has cast its shadow on this year's Hajj that begins on Sunday, with Doha accusing Riyadh of blocking its citizens from performing the annual Muslim pilgrimage while the latter vehemently denying the charges.

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Vajpayee leaves behind a lasting legacy in India-China relations

"As two of the world's largest and most populous developing countries, India and China should remain in close touch on global issues of concern to developing countries," former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said during his landmark visit to China in 2003, setting the foundation of cooperation between the Asian neighbors that has led to a range of bilateral and multilateral engagements ever since.

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India, China need 'deeper understanding' of each other: ICCR president

India is looking to boost its cultural engagements with China with an aim of encouraging a "deeper understanding of each other" through people-to-people contact and structured academic exchange programs, the head of India's top governmental cultural organization said in Beijing on Wednesday as India marked its 72nd Independence Day.

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Saudi Arabia sets new Guinness record for biggest hackathon

Saudi Arabia has set a new world record for the most simultaneous participants in a software development contest, with a total of 2,950 tech aficionados attending a three-day Hajj Hackathon in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah that concluded on Thursday.

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Driving creates exciting new job opportunities for Saudi women

Women in Saudi Arabia are witnessing a number of new job opportunities opening up for them as the kingdom makes rapid progress in creating a new traffic ecosystem to complement the historic revocation of a decades-long driving ban on women in June this year.

JULY 2018

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UN chief warns of cash crunch after US funding cuts, delays

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday raised an alarm over serious cash crunch in the world body urging member states to clear their dues at the earliest while warning its staff to expect cost-cutting measures.

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Beijing moots 'China-India Plus' cooperation as Xi, Modi attend BRICS Summit

Beijing on Tuesday mooted a "China-India Plus" model of cooperation in Africa and beyond as the leaders of both the Asian countries were poised to attend the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg from July 25 to 27. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit.

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BRICS 2018: Latin America paramount to South-South cooperation

While the focus of this week's 10th BRICS Summit in South Africa's Johannesburg is expected to be on Africa, there's another region that remains paramount to realizing the BRICS vision of South-South cooperation - Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Modi's Africa visit to set tone for India's BRICS 2018 agenda

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Rwanda and Uganda en route to South Africa next week, where he is scheduled to attend the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg from July 25 to 27, along with leaders of the other members of the bloc.

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BRICS 2018: South Africa offers a continental reach for the bloc

This year's 10th annual BRICS Summit in Johannesburg from July 25 to 27 will be the second time South Africa is hosting the event after a gap of five years. The African country hosted the fifth summit in Durban in 2013, just two years after it had officially joined the BRICS grouping of the world's major emerging economies in 2011.

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South Africa to celebrate 'Mandela Spirit' at Johannesburg BRICS Summit

As South Africa gears up to host the 10th annual BRICS Summit next week, just days after the country marks the birth centenary of its first elected president and global statesman Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, the spotlight remains on how the bloc's five emerging economies can deliver more benefits to people of Africa in line with the "Mandela Spirit" of building a just and equitable international order.

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Zuma's son gets bail in graft case, summoned over car crash death

Duduzane Zuma, son of tainted former South African president Jacob Zuma, got relief in a corruption case on Monday after a Johannesburg court granted him bail. However his troubles aren't over yet as he has been summoned by another court to appear later this week on two charges of culpable homicide for a 2014 fatal car crash, according the reports in South African media.

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Five powers, Iran aim to uphold nuclear deal in Vienna meet

Foreign Ministers from China, Russia, Germany, France and UK will join their Iranian counterpart in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Friday in a bid to "prevent the disintegration" of the landmark nuclear deal after the unilateral US withdrawal from the pact earlier this year.

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China's PLA gears up for International Army Games 2018

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has intensified preparation for International Army Games (IAG) 2018, with an infantry fighting vehicle team sweating out in the deserts of northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and an airborne platoon conducting drills in central Hubei Province as part of their training for the annual event.

JUNE 2018

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Trump's 'zero tolerance' reversal: Reactions and realities

Even after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing his administration's policy of splitting migrant families at the border, the fate of the children already separated from their parents and guardians remain uncertain.

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Turkey election: Parties, candidates and numbers

‍Turkey will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday. These elections will see millions of Turkish voters, for the first time, voting simultaneously for their preferred presidential candidate and lawmakers by putting two ballot papers in a single envelope.

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Will Saudi-led offensive lead to 'complete victory' for Yemen govt?

The Yemeni government on Wednesday vowed to liberate the strategic port city of Hodeidah from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, describing the Saudi-led offensive that began on the same day as "the beginning of a complete victory," even as coalition partner the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported the death four of its soldiers in the fighting.

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Hyderabad: Qingdao's only twin city within the SCO ambit

Hyderabad, the capital of India's southern Telengana state, has two reasons to celebrate as China's eastern coastal city of Qingdao hosts the 18th annual leadership summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this weekend.

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Tashkent to Beijing: Uzbek girl's life intertwines with Silk Road

In 2004, when nine-year-old Uzbek national Aminova Oyzoda moved with her family to China from Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent, little did she realize that they had traveled through the historic Silk Road that has been the facilitator of trade and cultural linkages between both countries and their regional neighbors for many centuries.

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Model SCO conference to bring youth agenda on the center stage

‍‍Students and young professionals from the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will take part in the first Model SCO Youth Conference 2018 at the organization's Beijing headquarters on Sunday, exactly a week before the leaders of the 18-nation Eurasian grouping meet for their annual summit in China's eastern coastal city of Qingdao.

MAY 2018

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Analysis: Ahead of SCO Summit, is India softening its stand on China's BRI?

Analysts say that the recent developments indicate an agreement between Xi and Modi that India would quietly join BRI-linked projects while formally sticking to its official stand of opposing the initiative over CPEC. Some of the projects could be joined under the SCO framework while others will be on a multilateral basis.

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Opinion: Why can't the world sanction a 'rogue' US?

Had it been another nation violating a multilateral international pact, all hell would break loose. Why then is it unfathomable for the international community to announce collective economic sanctions against the US, which is clearly showing traits of a "rogue" nation in recent times?

APRIL 2018

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China lauds India's move to make Aamir Khan a brand ambassador

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in China to hold informal, but strategic, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the next two days, Beijing has welcomed reports suggesting New Delhi is mulling appointing Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador to enhance cultural ties between the two countries.

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CGTN Exclusive: DPRK - A view from the flipside

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is back in the international headlines - not for a missile launch or yet another nuclear test though.‍ In fact, it is just the contrary.

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Foreign ministers of China and India to hold talks in Beijing on Sunday

China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday. Swaraj arrived in Beijing late on Saturday on a four-day visit and will also attend the meeting of the council of foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries in the Chinese capital on April 24.

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Saudi filmmakers ecstatic as cinema returns to the kingdom

As cinema returned to Saudi Arabia this week after a gap of over three decades with the launch of its first movie theater in Riyadh, it has also offered a glimmer of hope to ecstatic Saudi filmmakers who say the move will help in making their profession a viable career option in the kingdom.

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Tickets for first public cinema in Saudi Arabia sold out in 15 minutes

After Wednesday's historic lifting of a 35-year-old ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia - marked by a private, invitation-only screening of Black Panther in the kingdom's first movie theater in Riyadh - it was time for the public to watch the Hollywood blockbuster on Friday night.

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Beijing to host SCO foreign ministers' meet ahead of Qingdao summit

China will host a meeting of the council of foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries in Beijing on April 24, ahead of the organization's annual summit in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao this June, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

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Syria strikes: Did Trump, May and Macron just commit a 'reckless' war crime?

As the dust settles on Saturday's pre-dawn joint missile raids on Syria by the United States, Britain and France, many global experts and lawmakers contend that the unilateral strikes, without an authorization from the UN Security Council (UNSC), are an outright violation of the UN Charter and existing international law, with some saying the action amounted to a "war crime."

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Analysis: Weapons, targets and real motive behind US-led strikes in Syria

So as it turned out, US President Donald Trump wasn't bluffing after all when he threatened a strike on Syria with "new" and "smart" missiles in his brazen tweet on Wednesday. Trump made good on those threats as the US military, in coordination with British and French forces, pounded Syria with airstrikes using "precision missiles" in the wee hours of Saturday.

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Analysis: The rationale behind Trump's Syria missile threat

Following Donald Trump's brazen tweet on Wednesday warning of missile attacks in Syria, many analysts, particularly in the non-Western media, are questioning the rationale behind the US President's about-turn on his Damascus strategy just weeks after signaling a pullout of US troops from the war-torn country.

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China, India discuss disarmament, non-proliferation ahead of NSG meet

China and India on Tuesday held crucial talks on disarmament and non-proliferation in Beijing amid signs of growing bilateral engagements following last year's border standoff. The talks assume significance ahead of the plenary session later this year of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), where India is seeking an entry and needs the support of China, a key member of the NSG.

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'Black Panther' to lead Saudi audience to their first cinema on April 18

Saudi Arabia is set to inaugurate its first cinema in capital Riyadh on April 18 after a 35-year ban was lifted in a landmark decision last December, authorities announced on Wednesday, and Marvel's "Black Panther" will be the first movie to be screened according to media reports.

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Bahrain announces biggest ever oil discovery since 1932

Bahrain on Wednesday announced its biggest ever discovery of oil and gas reserves, with tight oil amounting to at least 80 billion barrels and deep gas reserves of between 10-20 trillion cubic feet, according to a press release by the Gulf kingdom's National Communication Centre.

MARCH 2018

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Leaked itinerary shows Saudi crown prince met pro-Israeli groups in US

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose charmed offensive with the rich, powerful and the glamorous ongoing two-week tour of the United States is being closely watched, has sparked a controversy in the Arab region by his reported meetings with pro-Israeli US Jewish organizations, according to a leaked copy of his itinerary, which was first accessed by The Independent.

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Stateless in Assam: five million in India face Rohingya-like fate

Close to five million people in India's northeastern state of Assam face the threat of being rendered stateless with top government officials claiming they are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and Dhaka not yet open to accepting deportation while dubbing the matter as "India's internal politics".

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MOFA: China willing to boost ties with India, resolve border disputes

China is willing to work with India to boost bilateral ties and properly manage border disputes through negotiations, a spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, while welcoming Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale's "positive remarks" that New Delhi isn't threatened by Beijing's rise but considers its northern neighbor as a "partner in progress and development" and looks to learn from its tremendous growth story.

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Trump faces backlash over flaunting Saudi weapons deal amid Yemen crisis

US President Donald Trump's boastful claims about how huge US defense sales to Saudi Arabia is boosting American jobs, during his meeting with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, have come under severe criticism from peace groups and some US lawmakers who asserted that those very weapons are being used in the brutal killing of thousands of innocent people in Yemen.

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Analysis: Saudi Prince warns of a nuclear arms race with Iran

The Saudi Crown Prince's remarks to an American television channel on Thursday, asserting that his kingdom will develop nuclear weapons if regional foe Iran does so, have significantly raised the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

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UK expels 23 Russian diplomats, Moscow sees Western conspiracy to remove it from UNSC

Moscow sees a Western conspiracy aimed at removing Russia from the UN Security Council as the US joined Britain at the emergency meeting of the Council on Wednesday in blaming Russia over the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia after London expelled 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts, including for the World Cup.

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India, France take a leap towards manned space missions

As part of the "India-France Joint Vision for Space Cooperation", the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency (CNES) will collaborate on a range of space technologies including development of satellites, inter-planetary rovers, imaging of Earth, space transportation and, most significantly, "human exploration of the universe".

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CGTN Exclusive: DPRK true Olympics winner with historic chance of peace, says revisionist author

With Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un set to meet US President Donald Trump for historic talks in two months, Pyongyang has come out as the real winner of the recent Winter Olympics in the Republic of Korea (ROK), best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni told CGTN Digital, asserting that the country was able to successfully recast its image at the sporting event through a unique display of diplomacy that has led to the new breakthrough.

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China rejects study by US-based think-tank on BRI-linked debt risks

Beijing on Wednesday rejected recent claims by a Washington-based think-tank Center for Global Development that loans offered under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will elevate debt risks in several countries including Pakistan, Djibouti and Montenegro.

FEBRUARY 2018

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Analysis: Could China-funded Omani port go against Beijing's interest?

A closer look at the level of Chinese engagement in the project known as the China-Oman (Duqm) Industrial Park will make it abundantly clear that the Indian media's insinuation about the Omani port somehow becoming a pivot against Chinese interests in the region is entirely unfounded.

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Analysis: Cyber warfare is the new normal in the volatile Middle East

The shooting down of an Iranian drone after it entered into the Israeli airspace from Syria this month sparked off a debate whether a drone could be hacked using cyber technology and turned against its own operator, throwing light on the increasing importance of cyber warfare in the larger context of Middle East conflicts.

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Did Pakistan borrow $500 million from ICBC to repay old Chinese loan?

Pakistan has reportedly contracted a foreign commercial loan of 500 million US dollars from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) last month, just before the country was due to repay the loan of the same amount from China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), prompting speculation whether the fresh loan was taken to pay off the old borrowing.

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Rouhani blames West for splitting up Muslims as he starts India tour

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his three-day visit to India on Thursday evening with an address to a congregation of Muslim religious leaders in the southern city of Hyderabad, where he held the West responsible for sowing the seeds of discords among the various sects of Islam.

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Experts: Turkey-US rift over Syrian Kurds to widen this year

While their divergent views over the US backing of Syrian Kurds had already put ties between the NATO allies under severe strain in recent times, Ankara's ongoing cross-border offensive in northwestern Syria against what it calls a "terrorist" Kurdish militia has burdened the complicated equation further, according to experts.

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US bombs terror camps in Afghan province near Chinese border

The strikes in northern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province destroyed Taliban training camps which support militant operations in Afghanistan as well as operations by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in the neighboring countries, a NATO-led mission said in a release on Thursday.

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Modi to start Palestinian tour after tribute at Arafat's mausoleum

Modi is scheduled to arrive in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, on Saturday. He will lay a wreath on Arafat's tomb and attend an official welcoming ceremony before heading for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Israeli PM assures supporters as police move for indictment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to assure his supporters late on Wednesday that there's "nothing" to be "nervous" about amid reports that police will recommend his indictment over charges of corruption and breach of trust.

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Oman Mars simulation follows SpaceX in pursuit of the Red Planet

On a day SpaceX launched the "Falcon Heavy" rocket carrying Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster far beyond the orbit of Mars, a striking video showed two astronauts in heavy spacesuits taking gradual steps on the rocky and crimson terrain of what appeared to be the surface of the Red Planet.

JANUARY 2018

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China, African leaders slam French report on AU headquarters hacking as 'ridiculous', 'nonsense'

China, African Union and other African leaders have dismissed a French media report that accused Beijing of bugging and hacking into the AU headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and stealing classified data. While Beijing slammed the report as "utterly groundless and ridiculous", AU and other African leaders denounced it as "sensational", questioning the timing of the publication on the eve of AU Summit.

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China rejects US 'opioid' report, assures commitment on anti-drug cooperation

Beijing on Thursday dismissed a US Congressional report that blamed Chinese "labs" of exploiting flaws in the US mailing system to ship illegal addictive opioid fentanyl into the country. Rejecting the blame raised by the US report, the Chinese Foreign Ministry asserted Beijing's commitment to law enforcement with the US while also calling for international cooperation against cross-border drug-related crimes.

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Modi's Davos speech: India joins China in criticizing US protectionism

‍China and India have joined ranks in criticizing US protectionism with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a pitch for globalization in his inaugural speech at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on Tuesday. Modi echoed the message sent out by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his keynote address at the same event last year.

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Russia calls for new UN probe mechanism on chemical weapons

Russia on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to initiate a new "professional investigation" into chemical attacks in Syria, accusing the US-led Western bloc, which blames the Syrian government for the attacks, of being "both judge and accuser."

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China lauds Japanese broadcaster for revealing Unit 731 war crimes

Beijing's response came after Japan's public broadcaster NHK last Sunday aired "Unit 731: Elite Doctors and Human Experimentation" that offered fresh evidence of the brutal testing of bacteriological weapons on live human subjects at the unit that resulted in the death of an estimated 3,000, mostly Chinese, prisoners of wars (PoWs).

Cgtn
Chinese projects compete with US weapons for clout in Ukraine

Even as the US moves to sell lethal anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, China has already set into motion a range of new infrastructure projects across the former Soviet state, including some under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in what strategic experts are describing as a competition for influence.

Cgtn
China slams Indian army chief's border comments as 'unconstructive'

China on Monday slammed Indian army chief's comments about shifting India's military focus to its border with China as "unconstructive", asserting that it went against the consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries to improve bilateral ties and maintain peace on the border.

Cgtn
Overseas Chinese urged to stay alert against dubious phone calls, emails

According to reports, callers pretending to be officials from Chinese diplomatic missions have recently tricked many unsuspecting Chinese citizens abroad, some of whom have ended up losing significant amounts of money. During the call, the caller ID shows up as that of a Chinese embassy or consulate, therefore, making it difficult for people to detect the fraud.

Cgtn
China rejects Pakistan naval base reports; asserts sovereignty over Donglang

China on Tuesday rejected speculations in the international media that suggested it is building a military base in Pakistan amid Islamabad's worsening ties with the US. Beijing also asserted that its troops continue to patrol Donglang area after the Indian army chief reportedly claimed a major reduction of Chinese troops in the region.

Cgtn
Why are Indian students choosing China over the UK?

According to the latest data, there are now more Indian students in China than in the UK, which has traditionally been among the top choices, along with the US and Australia. The number of Indian students in China stood at 18,171 compared with 18,015 in the UK.

Cgtn
Japan FM in Sri Lanka pushes for 'open Indo-Pacific strategy'

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's Sri Lanka visit assumes significance amid growing concerns in Japan, and also in India, over China's increasing investments and influence in the strategic island nation; and comes a month after Sri Lanka formally handed over its southern port of Hambantota to Beijing in a 99-year lease agreement.

Cgtn
China urges stability in Iran, backs Pakistan after Trump's Twitter attacks

China on Tuesday expressed hope for stability in Iran and extended its support for Pakistan amid growing noise over US President Donald Trump's vitriolic tweets against both countries. A senior analyst meanwhile felt that the maverick American leader's threats may not lead to any major security situations in either of the countries and beyond.

Cgtn
Gokhale latest in long line of China envoys to become India's foreign secretary

India has appointed its former ambassador to China, Vijay Keshav Gokhale, as the country's next Foreign Secretary. Gokhale will succeed incumbent S. Jaishankar, who is himself a former ambassador to China. Gokhale and Jaishankar are the latest in the long line of India's ambassadors to China who were subsequently given the top diplomatic position.

Cgtn
Can India's smart cities learn from China's Shenzhen? Rahul Gandhi thinks so

China's surge towards being the global leader in building smart cities has found a new admirer. Rahul Gandhi, the newly-appointed leader of India's main opposition, cited the example of China's Shenzhen as a success story from which India can learn lessons on urban transformation while criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Smart City Mission as "empty slogans" in the absence on concrete results on the ground.

CGTN 2017

DECEMBER 2017

Cgtn
Global risks: what threats does the world face in 2018?

Could 2018 be the year cyber attacks cripple critical infrastructure, instability on the Korean Peninsula hits crisis point, climate change devastates communities, terror attacks take new forms, or even when an unforeseen threat sparks a fresh financial meltdown?

Cgtn
Palestinians want China to replace US as mediator in peace talks

A top Palestinian official has urged China to take over the role of international mediator in Middle East peace talks, after Beijing recently hosted an Israeli-Palestinian symposium amid global uproar over US President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Cgtn
China allays Indian concerns over terrorism as key border talks begin in New Delhi

China on Thursday asserted its position on fighting terrorism in all forms a day after India raised concerns at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that some UN members are failing to "clearly understand" the common threat of terrorism due to their "narrow political and strategic concerns," in a veiled reference to China and Pakistan.

Cgtn
China to host Israeli-Palestinian symposium amid Jerusalem uproar

China will host a symposium of Israeli and Palestinian peace advocates this week, the foreign ministry announced as Beijing steps up its engagement in the Middle Eastern conflict that has seen a conflagration after US President Donald Trump earlier this month recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Cgtn
China backs OIC, calls for an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as capital

China on Thursday backed the Muslim world's declaration of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital that came in response to US President Donald Trump's decision last week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Beijing also called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Cgtn
Is Saudi pushing Palestinians to accept Abu Dis as future capital?

As the dust settles on US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports have emerged revealing Saudi Arabia has been for weeks urging the Palestinians to accept Abu Dis, a suburban village outside East Jerusalem, as the future capital of Palestine as Riyadh secretly pushed a nascent US-sponsored peace plan.

Cgtn
Beijing protests India drone sortie ahead of Russia-India-China talks

China's military has lodged a protest after an Indian drone violated Chinese airspace and crash-landed "recently", Xinhua reported on Thursday, days ahead of a scheduled meeting next week of the Chinese foreign minister with his Indian and Russian counterparts in New Delhi.

Cgtn
Expert: China, India to gain as Saudi-UAE deal splits Gulf states

A new strategic alliance struck between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this week will not only undermine the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but will have far-reaching consequences on the power balance in the region and beyond, according to international analysts.

Cgtn
Arabs, EU warn against Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

US President Donald Trump's plan of recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital met with worldwide condemnation after Trump spoke with several Arab leaders on Tuesday outlining his intention ahead of a formal announcement on Wednesday. Arab countries, UN and EU have voiced strong concerns over the unilateral US action.

Cgtn
New study highlights impact of domestic violence on workplace, productivity

A new report attempts to understand how domestic violence spreads beyond the household and impact the workforce and productivity of businesses in China. It comes in the backdrop of China's adoption in March 2016 of a landmark anti-domestic violence law, which identifies employers as among the key stakeholders in addressing issues of domestic violence.

NOVEMBER 2017

Cgtn
Saudi Arabia embraces 'fun' with Yanni concert, Comic Con; Will movies be next?

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, where most common forms of entertainment such as musical concerts and movies were forbidden under the strict religious codes till recently, is swiftly embracing performing arts and showbiz in myriad ways, raising the possibility of movies making an entry in the country soon.

Cgtn
Why is Western Europe anxious about China's CEEC outreach?

As China expands its political and economic engagement with the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), some European Union members - particularly from Western Europe - are increasingly anxious about Beijing taking advantage of the union's weakened position amid rising east-west friction.

Cgtn
Will Saudi-Israeli 'secret ties' lead to war with Iran?

The much speculated "secret ties" between Israel and Saudi Arabia against a common arch-enemy, Iran, are gradually coming out in the open. Close on the heels of a top Israeli general proclaiming cooperation with Saudi Arabia in their power struggle with Iran in the Middle East, an Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday admitted Tel Aviv's covert ties with "many" Arab and Muslim states without divulging names.

Cgtn
After RT, US targets Xinhua; China slams allegations as 'sheer fiction'

Days after Kremlin-backed television station RT America was forced to register with the US Department of Justice as a "foreign agent" in the United States under a Nazi-era law, a report to the US Congress last Wednesday demanded similar action against Chinese state media, which were accused of involved in spying.

Cgtn
Pre-Islamic archaeology, women's basketball: Is Saudi Arabia witnessing a cultural renaissance?

While a royal purge in Saudi Arabia has drawn much international attention in the last 10 days for its potential political and economic fallout, Riyadh meanwhile also held two key events over the last week and is hosting a prominent Christian patriarch from Lebanon in a sign that the winds of change are sweeping through the social, cultural and religious scaffolding of this ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.

Cgtn
Tourist visa, archaeology convention latest in Saudi drive to open up to the world

The announcement of the November 7-9 Saudi Archaeology Convention came alongside Riyadh's decision to start issuing tourist visas "soon". Long insulated from the non-Muslim world and considered as among the most difficult countries to get a visa for, both the latest decisions from Saudi Arabia are seen as a bid to transform its image from a closed country to one that is more welcoming to visitors from abroad.

OCTOBER 2017

Cgtn
China, Russia, India wield power in Middle East as US influence declines

With the perceptibly declining influence of the United States in the energy-rich geo-strategically important region, other powers - particularly Russia and China and to an extent India - are increasingly making significant inroads giving a multi-polar character to regional politics and economic affairs.

Cgtn
Iran, Russia boost oil and gas cooperation ahead of Putin's Tehran visit

Moscow and Tehran are eyeing cooperation in over 10 oil and gas fields in Iran, a top official from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) told Russia's Sputnik news agency last week, just days ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's forthcoming visit to the Islamic republic on Wednesday.

Cgtn
In a first, Sophia the humanoid robot gets Saudi citizenship

Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to the advanced lifelike humanoid Sophia on Wednesday, making it the first robot to receive citizenship status anywhere in the world. In the process, the Gulf kingdom also became the first country to do so.

Cgtn
India tells US it will retain embassy in DPRK

India on Wednesday told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson it plans to retain its embassy in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as New Delhi defended its ties with the East Asian country at a time when Washington has stepped up efforts to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

Cgtn
UNSC split on calls for extension of Syria gas attacks probe

‍The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was split on Tuesday over a US-drafted resolution that sought an extension of a probe into chemical weapon attacks in Syria, with Russia and Bolivia voting against the document while China and Kazakhstan abstained. The US document was supported by 11 votes in the 15-member UN body.

Cgtn
Bitcoin will 'implode', says Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed

While some experts predict the virtual currency could soar to dizzier heights like 100,000 US dollars or even 500,000 US dollars, a billionaire Saudi prince on Monday expressed skepticism about cryptocurrencies warning that bitcoin will "implode" one day.

Cgtn
Did Saudi Crown Prince make a secret visit to Israel?

An Israeli radio report last month suggesting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Israel discreetly has prompted eager speculations in the Israeli and Arab media over the purported warming up of ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, which do not have official diplomatic relation but share mutual concerns over Iran's growing presence in regional affairs.

Cgtn
Daughter of Putin's mentor now a presidential challenger

Russian journalist, former reality show host and socialite, Ksenia Sobchak, announced on Wednesday her intention to run for president as an independent candidate next year. Sobchak is the daughter of popular Russian politician Anatoly Sobchak who is widely acknowledged as the political mentor of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cgtn
Will it be victory for the Czech 'version of Trump'?

‍The Czech Republic goes to the polls on Friday and Saturday. The man who looks to be the clear favorite and has created the maximum buzz during the election campaign is the leader of the populist movement ANO - billionaire Andrej Babis dubbed as the "Czech Trump" or even the "Czech Berlusconi."

Cgtn
Beijing exhibition dazzles visitors with China's growth story

A scaled model of China's first manned deep-sea research submersible Jiaolong (named after a mythical dragon), a replica of world's largest filled-aperture radio telescope Tianyan (meaning the heavenly eye) and miniaturized versions of China's new Fuxing bullet trains - these are just few of the dazzling exhibits that are charming visitors at the ongoing 'Five Years On' exhibition at the Beijing Exhibition Center.

Cgtn
Russia-US media war: Who will blink first in battle of diplomatic wits?

The ongoing 'media war' between the US and Russia got fiercer on Monday with Moscow threatening US media operating within its territory with new legal restrictions while Google claimed it has found evidence that Russian operatives interfered in 2016 US presidential election by exploiting its platforms. The media spat seems to be set for a long-drawn battle of diplomatic wits, with both Russia and the US expecting the other to blink first.

Cgtn
Murdered Swedish journalist wanted to make China her home

The investigation into the sensational murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who planned to make China her home, is revealing gruesome details that appear straight out of a Nordic Noir thriller. Wall was studying Mandarin and thought of China as the place where she would ultimately settle down, a friend of the murdered journalist told CGTN Digital.

Cgtn
RT, CNN bear the brunt in Russia-US 'media war'

CNN International faces losing its license in Russia in less than a week if it fails to "eliminate violations" uncovered by Roskomnadzor. The development comes just a day after Russian broadcaster RT claimed they have been served notice by the US Justice Department to register as a foreign agent by October 17, which is akin to pushing the network from the US.

Cgtn
US consulate staff arrest pushes Ankara-Washington ties on edge

The arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul this week is the latest jolt to the deteriorating relations between Turkey and the US which has witnessed a constant decline since the July 2016 failed coup bid, which according to Ankara was masterminded by a US-based Turkish cleric.

Cgtn
Kim Jong Nam murder trial: Suspects plead not guilty

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, pleaded not guilty of murdering Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, on Monday as trial began in the sensational case that shocked the world with its Cold War-style modus operandi and triggered a diplomatic crisis between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Malaysia.

Cgtn
Saudi women face stifling barriers despite new driving freedom

As the world lauds the Saudi king's decision that revoked a driving ban on women, the jury is still out on a whole range of restrictions that continue to plague half the population in this desert kingdom. However concern prevails over the rigid and archaic barriers that still treat women in the conservative kingdom as second-class citizens.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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Pentagon chief to push 'obsolete' F-16 deal during India visit

As the Pentagon chief visits India this week, a potential F-16 fighter jet deal worth billions of dollars has come center-staged, with analysts speculating if the deal is a US bid to offload "obsolete" technology in the South Asian country.

Cgtn
Is Saudi crown prince set to become the king in weeks?

A spate of arrests in Saudi Arabia this month of over 30 people - including prominent clerics and rights activists - perceived to be opponents and critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prompted speculation that the ground is being cleared for the powerful prince's ascension to the throne, sooner than expected.

Cgtn
China's central bank action could cripple DPRK economy: Expert

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that China's central bank has ordered the country's banks to curb trade with the DPRK, as he announced new US sanctions against the Pyongyang regime. The Chinese move, which Trump described as "very bold" and "unexpected," was not immediately confirmed by Beijing, but if it's true, it could cut a vital source of foreign currency for the DPRK government.

Cgtn
Iran nuclear deal: What happens if the US withdraws?

There's a big question mark looming over the Iranian nuclear deal which was struck between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany - in 2015, following US President Donald Trump's latest assertions on Tuesday.

Cgtn
Will Rohingya crisis lead to Bangladesh-Myanmar war?

The war of words between Bangladesh and Myanmar has escalated lately over the latter's military action near the border areas, which has seen a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims in recent weeks, prompting speculations whether the deterioration in relations may lead to a possible military conflict between the two Asian neighbors.

Cgtn
Food security high on Qatar's agenda amid Gulf crisis

As Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani holds talks with leaders in Turkey, France, and Germany in his first foreign tour amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, one of the foremost things on his mind probably would be to ensure food security for the small Gulf state.

Cgtn
9/11: A watershed moment

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks on the US. As the world takes a pause to remember the tragic events of that fateful day of 2001, we take a look at the facts of the watershed moment through this quiz.

Cgtn
Indian PM faces social media fury over journalist's murder

A brutal murder of a journalist in India, which was subsequently cheered by right-wing trolls on social media, has sparked vociferous debates about journalistic freedom in a country that prides itself as the world's largest democracy.

Cgtn
Chinese students oppose anti-Beijing approach in Australian universities

There's a silent Chinese revolution taking shape in Australian campuses. Perturbed by the way issues concerning China are portrayed in Australian universities, Chinese students are routinely complaining about course materials and Western teaching methods and ideas, which they consider to be "incorrect" or "insulting" to their homeland.

Cgtn
China, Russia warn DPRK issue as serious as US travel ban kicks off

China warned the situation on the Korean peninsula is serious and "not a computer game" as the US travel ban to the DPRK kicked off on Friday. The statement came as the last Americans left the east Asian nation with the US travel ban taking effect on Friday, even as Russia called on Washington not to use force amid heightened tensions following Pyongyang's latest missile test.

AUGUST 2017

Cgtn
Why is Caspian Sea security in China's interest?

The security of Caspian Sea gains significance amid the growing interest in the region by global players, including China, owing to its geo-strategic location and huge oil and gas reserves. The Caspian Sea region lies in the pivotal point of China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor (CCAWAEC).

Cgtn
Indian security agencies use outdated US intel report to target Chinese telecom companies

Chinese telecom companies have, for over a decade, faced espionage charges from the West, most notably from the US, the UK and Australia. Now, an outdated 2012 US intelligence document is reportedly being cited by Indian security agencies and media to sully the reputation of Chinese telecom companies operating in India and cast doubts on their motives.

Cgtn
Russia's Sudan envoy latest in string of diplomat deaths

Russia's ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky was found dead in the swimming pool at his Khartoum home on Wednesday, becoming the ninth high-profile Russian official to have died unexpectedly in the past 10 months. The deaths have prompted several conspiracy theories on the internet.

Cgtn
Spotlight on mysterious Qatari sheikh prompts regime change speculation

A hitherto unknown Qatari sheikh is in news for his successful mediation efforts in the ongoing Gulf crisis. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Jassim Al Thani's sudden fame has also prompted speculation whether he's being pushed by Saudi Arabia as an alternative to Qatar's current leadership.

THE TIMES OF INDIA - EDIT PAGE INTERVIEWS

Indiatimes
01/29/2003
Physics of Tao

He is among the most celebrated physicists of our time. Known for his pioneering work on black holes, Roger Penrose was knighted for his contribution to science in 1994. Of late, he has been working on the problem of explaining consciousness within the framework of physics.

Indiatimes
11/28/2002
Virus Alert

Swiss scientist Rolf Martin Zinkernagel was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine along with his Australian colleague Peter Doherty in 1996 for their research on the immune system response to viruses. Mr Zinkernagel recently delivered a lecture on 'Antiviral immunity and vaccines' in New Delhi.

Indiatimes
10/11/2002
Aye, Cyborg

The cyborg, or cybernetic organism, isn't just a piece of science fiction any longer. Professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, UK, Kevin Warwick shocked the international scientific community when he became the world's first cyborg - part human, part machine - in March this year by having a miniature computer surgically implanted into the main nerve canal of his left arm.

Indiatimes
04/18/2003
Size Won't Matter

Director of interdisciplinary research colla-boration in nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge, Mark E Welland is a fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.

Indiatimes
04/01/2003
Genome Genie

Craig Venter is president, Centre for the Advancement of Genomics and former president-founder, Celera Genomics. Resigning from the US government's human genome project, he founded a privately funded company, which focused on the sequencing of the genome.

Indiatimes
11/12/2002
Time for Science

In 1999, Egyptian-born scientist Ahmed H Zewail received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in the field of femtochemistry. A Linus Pauling professor at the California Institute of Technology, Mr Zewail was recently in India.

Indiatimes
07/22/2002
Zones of conflict

The railway ministry's decision to create seven new zones has sparked off fierce political protest. Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has been particularly critical about the move to carve out East Central Railway from Eastern Railway.

Indiatimes
07/07/2002
Modernising Madrassas

In a communally charged atmosphere, madrassas are being accused of functioning as breeding grounds for fundamentalism. Qamaruddin , former reader at the National Council for Educational Research andTraining (NCERT) and now director, projects, Hamdard Education Society (HES), says this perception is largely flawed and biased.

Timesofindia
INTERVIEWS OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK World as Classroom

He has headed a number of international schools in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. A registered consultant with the British Department for International Development as a specialist in school development, John S Taylor has recently taken charge as the rector of the soon-to-be-launched Pathways World School in India.

Indiatimes
06/18/2002
Kalam's Vision 2020

His association with president-designate A P J Abdul Kalam spans nearly four decades. Y S Rajan , scientific secretary to the government's principal scientific advisor, has worked with India's 'missile man' since his days at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The two collaborated on 'India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium'.

Indiavision2020
India Vision - dreaming a strong India by 2020 - Dr Y S Rajan article 1

ABHISHEK G BHAYA [ TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2002 12:13:14 AM ] His association with president-designate A P J Abdul Kalam spans nearly four decades. Y S Rajan, scientific secretary to the government's principal scientific advisor, has worked with India's 'missile man' since his days at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

2017 - MUSCAT DAILY

Muscat Daily News
03/21/2017
VIVA LA FRANCE

France remains the world’s top tourist destination despite the tragic spate of terror attacks it witnessed over the last couple of years, the French envoy told Muscat Daily, adding that the country attracted over 83mn visitors in 2016, a marginal decrease from the 85mn in 2015.

Muscat Daily
03/21/2017
VIVA LA FRANCE

French Ambassador H E Roland Dubertrand assures visitors from Oman a safe and unforgettable travel experience in France, which remains the world’s top tourist destination despite a series of terror attacks in the last two years. Read more: http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Features/VIVA-LA-FRANCE-4zbd#ixzz4cLy3Tdd3

2016

Muscat Daily
10/06/2016
Travel Diaries: The Secret Getaways of Ilha Formosa

Despite being a small island nation, Taiwan has a lot to offer to visitors with different hues. So if you are one of those attracted by history, culture and tradition, the myriads of temples, museums and aboriginal villages interspersed across the country may well draw your attention.

Muscat Daily News
10/06/2016
Travel Diaries: The Secret Getaways of Ilha Formosa

So if you are one of those attracted by history, culture and tradition, the myriads of temples, museums and aboriginal villages interspersed across the country may well draw your attention. - Taipei National Palace Museum: On top of your list should be the Taipei National Palace Museum that houses the largest collection of priceless Chinese artefacts and artwork in the world.

Muscat Daily
09/29/2016
Travel Diary: Enchanting Ilha Formosa

Ilha Formosa, literally meaning the beautiful island, is the former name of Taiwan dating back to 1542, when Portuguese sailors first sighted the island, some 180km off the southeastern coast of mainland China, and named it so. The name was in common use till the middle of 20th century.

Muscat Daily News
09/29/2016
Travel Diary: Enchanting Ilha Formosa

Ilha Formosa is former name of Taiwan, Taipei 101 world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009, world's fastest elevator, 360-degree views, world's tallest gemstone coral, one of the world's richest , global technology hub, home to major electronics companies such as Acer, Asus, BenQ, Foxconn and HTC, free access to WiFi, history of robot technology

Sunday Guardian
09/17/2016
Home again: How the aborigines of Taiwan are trying to rebuild their past

The term "aborigines" of late have come to mean indigenous people of Australia who became marginalised and endangered in their own homeland following the colonisation of the continent in the late 18th century. However, not many may be aware of the aboriginal people of Taiwan, who have had a near-identical fate as that of their counterparts Down Under.

Muscat Daily
09/08/2016
The exotic flavours of Taiwan

Taiwanese people love their food and they love to feed their guests even more. Think of oyster omelette, xiao long bao (steamed dumplings) and eel noodle soup. Does it make your gastronomic juices flow? Well, then Taiwan is the place for the foodie in you to explore. Taiwan could easily be described as a food-lovers’ paradise, particularly for those who are willing to experiment a bit. While you can experience the best of fine-dining from a range of Asian, Western and Indian cuisines, the...

Muscat Daily News
09/08/2016
The exotic flavours of Taiwan

The same survey has ranked Oman as the friendliest country in the Middle East, while its global ranking is at a robust sixth. The likeness between both the nations doesn't stop at their 'friendliness quotient' though. Both Taiwan and Oman appear to be overshadowed by their flamboyant neighbours when it comes to attracting tourists.

Muscat Daily News
07/21/2016
Turkey is normal, quiet and safe: Ambassador H E Uğur Doğan - Oman

"I can assure you from my first hand experience that the situation in Turkey is normal, quiet and everybody is going about doing their businesses. And in terms of security for our own citizens and for those who are visiting Turkey the situation is completely under control," stressed H E Doğan, who returned to Muscat from a visit to his family in Istanbul only on Tuesday.

Janta Ka Reporter
03/17/2016
Islamic 'NATO': Strategic repercussions for India - Janta Ka Reporter

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan working on 'NATO-like' military alliance of Islamic countries Abhishek G Bhaya Gulf regional power Saudi Arabia and nuclear-armed Pakistan are working on a proposal to form a 'NATO-like' military alliance of Islamic countries, British newspaper The Independent reported on 15 March citing a report on Pakistani TV channel Dunya News a day

Janta Ka Reporter
01/13/2016
Is India willing to back Syria's Assad openly? - Janta Ka Reporter

Abhishek G Bhaya Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al Muallem's ongoing visit to India is being intently watched by the governments and media in the West and the Middle East. Muallem is the highest-ranking Syrian official to visit New Delhi since civil unrest began in the Middle Eastern country in 2011.

2015

La France en Oman
Le tourisme en France

Voici l'interview donnée par l'Ambassadeur de France à Mascate, sur la promotion du tourisme en France, au journal Muscat Daily le 7 juillet 2015. Here is the interview of The French Ambassador, promoting tourism in France, published by the newspaper Muscat Daily on July 7th.

Muscat Daily
07/07/2015
THE FRENCH CONNECTION

With the number of tourists from Oman doubling in a year, France aims to attract more visitors from the sultanate, the French envoy told Muscat Daily , adding that a proposal to grant ‘visa-free entry’ to Omani nationals is under consideration by EU authorities and a final decision may take a “couple of years”. Read more: http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Features/THE-FRENCH-CONNECTION-45x7#ixzz3fCFEKzrq

Muscat Daily News
07/07/2015
THE FRENCH CONNECTION

H E Roland Dubertrand, the Ambassador of France to Oman, also stressed that despite the deadly 'Charlie Hebdo' terror attacks in Paris at the start of this year - which had raised global concerns about France's tourism industry - his country remains the world's top tourist destination.

Muscat Daily News
07/02/2015
India-Oman ties have evolved into 'strategic partnership'

For nine days in January this year, two army units from India and Oman trained hard in the rugged mountains of Jebel Akhdar with a collective aim of raising combat efficiency, development of field skills, coordination in information exchange and supporting army-to-army bond between two friendly nations.

Muscat Daily News
06/10/2015
Budapest, Muscat to open 'reciprocal embassies' - Oman

Magyar was on a day-long official visit to Muscat on June 3. Revealing that from among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, Oman is the largest investor in Hungary, Magyar added, "It's lamentable that while we have embassies in Riyadh, Kuwait, Doha and Abu Dhabi, we have only been engaging with Muscat at the consular level.

Muscat Daily News
05/18/2015
'Oman's perspectives are of great importance in New Delhi' - Oman

Veteran Indian diplomat Talmiz Ahmad, who has served as his country's ambassador in three Gulf states including Oman, cited this anecdotal incident to summarise India's millennia-old ties with the Gulf nations. As part of the celebrations marking 60 years of diplomatic ties between India and Oman this year, Ahmad delivered a talk on 'India-Oman relations: A historic and contemporary perspective' at the Indian Embassy in Muscat on Thursday.

Muscat Daily
05/18/2015
‘Oman’s perspectives are of great importance in New Delhi’

Muscat - As it approached the coast of one of the Gulf nations on a goodwill visit, an Indian Navy ship was challenged by a foreign vessel. The commander of the foreign vessel asked: “How long have you been in these waters?” To which the Indian captain responded saying, “For five thousand years.” Veteran Indian diplomat Talmiz Ahmad, who has served as his country’s ambassador in three Gulf states including Oman, cited this anecdotal incident to summarise India’s millennia-old ties with the...

Muscat Daily News
03/04/2015
Mideast violence, refugee crisis take a toll on Northern Cyprus,-

Trade and interdependence among Middle Eastern nations may make people less prone to fighting: Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami - - MUSCAT - While Lebanon and Turkey are often cited as nations hosting the maximum number of Syrian refugees from the ongoing civil war there, followed by Jordan, Iraq and Egypt in that order; the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is playing a significant role in their transit to safety.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
03/04/2015
Mideast violence, refugee crisis take a toll on Northern Cyprus

By Abhishek G Bhaya Trade and interdependence among Middle Eastern nations may make people less prone to fighting: Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami While Lebanon and Turkey are often cited as nations hosting the maximum number of Syrian refugees from the ongoing civil war there, followed by Jordan, Iraq and Egypt in that order; the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is playing a significant role in their transit to safety.

2014

Muscat Daily News
11/12/2014
Russia's Ryabkov calls for 'building bridges' towards Iran nuclear deal,Muscat

Muscat, With much of the attention being focused on Iran and the US during the recently concluded nuclear talks in Muscat, Russia has silently taken the role of a balanced interlocutor urging all sides to 'build bridges' to achieve a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Muscat Daily
11/13/2014
Russia's Ryabkov calls for 'building bridges' towards Iran nuclear deal

Muscat - With much of the attention being focused on Iran and the US during the recently concluded nuclear talks in Muscat, Russia has silently taken the role of a balanced interlocutor urging all sides to 'build bridges' to achieve a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme. "All the parties need to build bridges over still deep gaps on issues like enrichment, like sanctions," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and chief nuclear negotiator Sergey Ryabkov told journalists in Muscat.

Muscat Daily News
11/12/2014
Iran briefs world powers on 'tough, serious' talks - Oman

The suspense over the outcome of the two-day marathon tripartite talks between Iran, United States and the European Union continued till Tuesday night even as Tehran briefed the six world powers engaged in the nuclear negotiations. Both Iranian and US officials described the talks, which ran into an unexpected second day, as 'tough' and 'serious' but remained optimistic about a final deal.

Muscat Daily
11/12/2014
Iran briefs world powers on ‘tough, serious’ talks - Part 1

Muscat - The suspense over the outcome of the two-day marathon tripartite talks between Iran, United States and the European Union continued till Tuesday night even as Tehran briefed the six world powers engaged in the nuclear negotiations. Both Iranian and US officials described the talks, which ran into an unexpected second day, as ‘tough’ and ‘serious’ but remained optimistic about a final deal. The Russian negotiator said he is optimistic that ‘the goal will be achieved’ by the November...

Muscat Daily
11/11/2014
Iran, US ‘working hard’ on nuclear deal - Part 1

Muscat - The United States and Iran are ‘working hard’ to achieve a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday as he held a second day of frantic negotiations with his Iranian counterpart in Muscat. Asked at a brief photo opportunity if they were making progress, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “We will eventually.” Kerry added, “We are working hard.”

Muscat Daily News
11/10/2014
Iran, US 'working hard' on nuclear deal - Oman

The United States and Iran are 'working hard' to achieve a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday as he held a second day of frantic negotiations with his Iranian counterpart in Muscat.

Muscat Daily
11/10/2014
Crucial Iran nuclear talks begin in the sultanate - Part 1

Muscat - Oman is playing host to crucial trilateral talks between Iran, United States and European Union who are seeking a breakthrough ahead of a looming deadline for a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. US Secretary of State John Kerry started a meeting on Sunday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif chaired by EU negotiator Catherine Ashton to try to close substantial gaps before November 24, when an interim agreement is meant to be turned into a comprehensive long-term...

Muscat Daily
08/07/2014
Remnants of Julius Caesar in modern Rome

‘Et tu, Brute?’ Who wouldn’t have heard these famous last words attributed to Roman dictator Julius Caesar as he is stabbed to death by 60 conspirators led by his trusted aide Marcus Brutus near the Theatre of Pompey in ancient Rome.

Muscat Daily News
11/09/2014
Crucial Iran nuclear talks begin in the sultanate - Oman

Oman is playing host to crucial trilateral talks between Iran, United States and European Union who are seeking a breakthrough ahead of a looming deadline for a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Muscat Daily News
08/07/2014
Remnants of Julius Caesar in modern Rome

'Et tu, Brute?' Who wouldn't have heard these famous last words attributed to Roman dictator Julius Caesar as he is stabbed to death by 60 conspirators led by his trusted aide Marcus Brutus near the Theatre of Pompey in ancient Rome.

Muscat Daily News
08/04/2014
The Little Tramp comes to Muscat

It was a festive Wednesday evening - the second day of the Eid al Fitr celebrations. In the lobby of the Qurum City Centre, a funny man in the garb of "The Little Tramp" was sending his audience into riotous spurts of laughter with trademark comic acts.

Muscat Daily
08/04/2014
The Little Tramp comes to Muscat

It was a festive Wednesday evening – the second day of the Eid al Fitr celebrations. In the lobby of the Qurum City Centre, a funny man in the garb of “The Little Tramp” was sending his audience into riotous spurts of laughter with trademark comic acts. The uncanny resemblance to the legend was so unmistakable that one would be forgiven to have believed that Charlie Chaplin himself was in town.

Muscat Daily News
06/02/2014
Oman and Italy: A strong partnership towards the future,Oman

Italy marks its 68th Republic Day on June 2 this year. The Italian Embassy in Oman will mark the occasion with celebrations at the ambassador's residence. Muscat Daily spoke with H E Paola Amadei, the Italian Ambassador to understand the significance this day holds for Italians and also review bilateral relations between the sultanate and Italy.

Muscat Daily News
06/11/2014
Former ISM student among Indians evacuated from Ukraine - Oman

A former student of Indian School Muscat (ISM) is among the 1,000 Indian nationals evacuated by the Indian government from the violence-hit eastern Ukraine last week. Varsha Nair arrived in India's western city of Mumbai on Tuesday after spending nearly a week in the Ukrainian capital Kiev following her evacuation from Luhansk on June 3.

Muscat Daily
06/11/2014
Former ISM student among Indians evacuated from Ukraine

Muscat - A former student of Indian School Muscat (ISM) is among the 1,000 Indian nationals evacuated by the Indian government from the violence-hit eastern Ukraine last week. Varsha Nair arrived in India’s western city of Mumbai on Tuesday after spending nearly a week in the Ukrainian capital Kiev following her evacuation from Luhansk on June 3.

Muscat Daily News
05/14/2014
'We sense a palpable excitement all around'

It's just a matter of weeks before the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. And the football fever is gradually catching up in Oman as well with campaigns, such as the one being run by Bank Muscat, offering fans a chance to win free tickets to Brazil for the mega event.

Muscat Daily
05/15/2014
‘We sense a palpable excitement all around’

It’s just a matter of weeks before the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. And the football fever is gradually catching up in Oman as well with campaigns, such as the one being run by Bank Muscat, offering fans a chance to win free tickets to Brazil for the mega event. Muscat Daily caught up with H E Mitzi Gurgel Valente da Costa, the Brazilian Ambassador to Oman, to know more about the preparations at the embassy as more and more people from the sultanate show interest in visiting Brazil for...

Businesstoday
04/01/2014
The 3Ts guide to bilateral ties

In January this year, Oman played host to Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, the first visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to the sultanate since 1990. Business Today spoke to H E George Hisaeda, Ambassador of Japan to Oman, to find out how the relations between the two countries have evolved over the years.

Business Today, Oman
04/01/2014
The 3Ts guide to bilateral ties - Part 1

Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, the first visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to the sultanate since 1990. Business Today spoke to H E George Hisaeda, Ambassador of Japan to Oman, to find out how the relations between the two countries have evolved over the years. Excerpts from the interview:

2013

Muscat Daily
12/16/2013
The Machine in MasterChef kitchen

He charmed his viewers with his sheer skills and versatility in the kitchen while dishing out a range of world cuisines. His methodical approach earned him the tag of 'The Machine' among his fellow contestants as he emerged the clear favourite to win the world's most-watched cooking game show on television.

Muscat Daily
09/22/2013
RO65mn generated from Salalah festival - Part-I

This year’s Salalah Tourism Festival is estimated to have created more than 6,000 temporary jobs and generated RO65mn in revenues, according to a senior government official. The festival, which coincided with the khareef season, witnessed many new developments following the Royal Order allocating RO15mn to boost the quality of services for tourists at festival locations.

Muscat Daily News
09/21/2013
RO65mn generated from Salalah festival - Oman

Muscat : This year's Salalah Tourism Festival is estimated to have created more than 6,000 temporary jobs and generated RO65mn in revenues, according to a senior government official. The festival, which coincided with the khareef season, witnessed many new developments following the Royal Order allocating RO15mn to boost the quality of services for tourists at festival locations.

Muscatdaily
09/21/2013
RO65mn generated from Salalah festival

This year's Salalah Tourism Festival is estimated to have created more than 6,000 temporary jobs and generated RO65mn in revenues, according to a senior government official. The festival, which coincided with the khareef season, witnessed many new developments following the Royal Order allocating RO15mn to boost the quality of services for tourists at festival locations.

Muscat Daily
08/01/2013
Patent by foreign laboratory delays cure for MERS: Saudi - Part-I

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been delayed because the patent for conducting research on the coronavirus that causes the infection has been taken by a Dutch laboratory, the Saudi Ambassador to Oman said.

Muscatdaily
07/31/2013
Patent by foreign laboratory delays cure for MERS: Saudi envoy to Oman

Saudi Arabia's efforts to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been delayed because the patent for conducting research on the coronavirus that causes the infection has been taken by a Dutch laboratory, the Saudi Ambassador to Oman said.

Muscat Daily
04/22/2013
Entrepreneurship is the way forward, says National Youth Commission - Part-I

The National Youth Commission (NYC) has expressed its commitment to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among Omani youth. But NYC officials told Muscat Daily that to attain that goal both the government and the youth need to ask some tough questions.

Muscatdaily
04/21/2013
Entrepreneurship is the way forward in Oman, says National Youth Commission

The National Youth Commission (NYC) has expressed its commitment to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among Omani youth. But NYC officials told Muscat Daily that to attain that goal both the government and the youth need to ask some tough questions.

Muscat Daily
04/03/2013
Oman a balancing force in the region: Brazil VP

Oman and Brazil share similar geo-political perspectives and both the countries play the role of a balancing force in their respective regions, said Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, while wrapping up his three-day visit to the sultanate on Tuesday.

Muscatdaily
04/02/2013
Oman a balancing force in the region: Brazil VP

Oman and Brazil share similar geo-political perspectives and both the countries play the role of a balancing force in their respective regions, said Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, while wrapping up his three-day visit to the sultanate on Tuesday. "Brazil and Oman take similar approaches on international issues.

Muscat Daily
12/02/2013
Iran praises Oman's role in landmark nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Minister on Monday praised Oman's role in paving the way for last month's negotiations between Iran and world powers that led to a landmark nuclear deal. "We expressed our appreciation for the very central and positive role that the sultanate had played in facilitating these talks," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters during a press conference in Muscat, a day after he met His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

2012

Muscat Daily
12/17/2012
US not mulling military role in Syria

The United States is not considering military intervention in Syria despite pledging two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops in that country’s border with Turkey, a senior American diplomat told Muscat Daily on Saturday. “The military option is not off the table but it is something that, we think, is probably not a route that the US should take,” said Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East at the US State Department.

Muscatdaily
12/16/2012
'US not mulling military intervention in Syria'

The United States is not considering military intervention in Syria despite pledging two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops in that country's border with Turkey, a senior American diplomat told Muscat Daily on Saturday.

Muscat Daily
12/16/2012
Oman a partner in global fight against terror: US

Calling Oman a partner in the global fight against terrorism, a top US diplomat on Monday reiterated the sultanate’s key role in maintaining security and stability in the region. “We (the US and Oman) have a very engaged cooperation on counter-terror issues,” Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East at the US State Department, said in response to a question from Muscat Daily. “Oman is an engaged partner on the issue of safety, security and stability in the region. We...

Muscatdaily
12/16/2012
Oman a partner in global fight against terror: US

Calling Oman a partner in the global fight against terrorism, a top US diplomat on Monday reiterated the sultanate's key role in maintaining security and stability in the region. "We (the US and Oman) have a very engaged cooperation on counter-terror issues," Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East at the US State Department, said in response to a question from Muscat Daily.

Muscatdaily
10/21/2012
Yusuf Saloojee reinstated as South African Ambassador in Oman

The South African Ambassador to Oman H E Yusuf Saloojee has been reinstated in his position following a three-month suspension. In July this year, the South African government had recalled Saloojee amid an investigation into allegations of bribery dating back to his tenure as ambassador to Iran.

Muscat Daily
10/22/2012
Yusuf Saloojee reinstated as South African Ambassador - Part-I

The South African Ambassador to Oman, H E Yusuf Saloojee, has been reinstated in his position following a three-month suspension. In July this year, the South African government had recalled Saloojee amid an investigation into allegations of bribery dating back to his tenure as ambassador to Iran.

Muscat Daily News
10/07/2012
'No contradiction in being a proud American and a proud Muslim'

Nizwa - Farah A Pandith, an American Muslim born in Srinagar, India, is the United States' first Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Since her appointment in June 2009, Pandith has been involved in executing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's vision for engagement with Muslims around the world.

Muscatdaily
10/02/2012
Oman crucial to global dialogue on Islam: Top American-Muslim diplomat

Nizwa - Omani youth have a global role to play in the 'evolving' dialogue on Islam, according to a top American Muslim diplomat who is visiting the sultanate. "It is important for everyone to talk about the rich diversity of Muslims around the world and Oman is part of that fabric.

Muscatdaily
08/15/2012
'Oman will always have a special place in my heart'

As Germany's Ambassador H E Angelika Storz-Chakarji prepares to leave Oman after the completion of her term, she promises to keep visiting the sultanate - a country where, she confesses, she has 'invested her heart' and made many friends. "Oman will always have a special place in my heart as it was my first posting as an ambassador.

Muscat Daily
07/14/2012
The essence of Oman... in Singapore

This street in Singapore’s popular Kampong Glam heritage district reminds you of Muscat. Visitors from Oman would be pardoned for thinking they are on home turf as they walk along the pathway lined with murals and mosaic artworks depicting common themes from the sultanate. At both ends of the street, there are two 8m tall granite arches with Omani-style ornate carvings. Don’t be surprised. You are in Muscat Street!

Muscat Daily
07/14/2012
Singapore wants US to remain engaged in Southeast Asia

The friction in the relationship between China and Southeast Asian nations came to the fore again as Beijing warned its southeastern neighbours against hyping up a dispute over the South China Sea at last week’s ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. As tensions with China rise, Southeast Asian nations are increasingly seeking to shore up ties with the US.

Muscatdaily
07/13/2012
A slice of Muscat in Singapore

Singapore - This street in Singapore's popular Kampong Glam heritage district reminds you of Muscat. Visitors from the Omani capital would be pardoned for thinking they are in home turf as they walk along the pathway lined with murals and mosaic artworks depicting common themes from the sultanate.

Muscatdaily
07/13/2012
Singapore wants US to remain engaged in Southeast Asia

Singapore - The friction in relationship between China and Southeast Asian nations came to fore again as Beijing warned its southeastern neighbours against hyping a dispute over the South China Sea at last week's ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

Muscatdaily
07/10/2012
Omani entrepreneurs attend Singapore programme to become 'globally ready'

Singapore- A group of 15 Omani entrepreneurs, including three women, recently attended a week-long training programme in Singapore aimed at transforming their companies into 'globally ready enterprises'. This was the first batch from Oman for the training programme that was announced by H E Eng Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry, last month following an MoU signed between the sultanate and Singapore earlier in May.

Muscat Daily
07/09/2012
Singapore visa facility may be available in Muscat this year-end

In a sign of growing bilateral ties between Singapore and Oman, the Asian city state will soon open a consulate general in Muscat. Singaporean government officials told Muscat Daily that the diplomatic mission could open as early as the year-end.

Muscatdaily
07/08/2012
Singapore visa facility may be available in Muscat this year-end

Singapore - In a sign of growing bilateral ties between Singapore and Oman, the Asian city state will soon open a consulate general in Muscat. Singaporean government officials told Muscat Daily that the diplomatic mission could open as early as the year-end.

Muscat Daily
07/07/2012
‘Oman can learn water resource management from Singapore’

While Singapore has pitched itself as a global leader for sustainable development with a key focus on water resource management, Oman could learn a few lessons from this city state and apply them to meet some of its own challenges. This was the view of H E Ali al Abri, the Undersecretary for Water Resources Affairs at the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR), who led the Omani delegation to the recent Singapore International Water Week.

Muscatdaily
07/06/2012
'Oman can learn water resource management from Singapore'

Singapore - While Singapore has pitched itself as a global leader for sustainable development with a key focus on water resource management, Oman could take back a few lessons from this city state and apply it to meet some of its own challenges.

Muscat Daily
07/02/2012
New York City receives World City Prize 2012

New York City has added a new feather to its cap. The numero uno city in the US will receive the second Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in a glittering ceremony in Singapore on Monday. This was announced at the inauguration of the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore on Sunday.

Muscatdaily
07/01/2012
New York City receives World City Prize 2012

Singapore - New York City has added a new feather to its cap. The numero uno city in the US will receive the second Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in a glittering ceremony in Singapore on Monday. This was announced at the inauguration of the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore on Sunday.

2011

Muscatdaily
11/11/2011
People should be able to express ideas freely'

Those who wish to be part of a democratic process in the Middle East should ensure that the aspirations of citizens are respected, says senior US official A senior US official has conceded the possibility that the political transformation taking place in some countries in the Arab world may assume an extremist shape, and cautioned that those who aspire for true democracy should ensure that the will of the people prevails.

Muscat Daily
11/05/2011
‘People should be able to express ideas freely’

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Tamara Wittes discusses the Arab Spring on State Department Live at the Department of State in Washington, DC on November 1, 2011. A video link is attached below. PS: Abhishek G Bhaya's questions @ 8:25, 10:10, 13:37 min of video (The video could also be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gemf2BhFQw&feature=youtube_gdata)

US State Department Live
11/01/2011
US Deputy Assistant Secretary Wittes Discusses the Arab Spring

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Tamara Wittes discusses the Arab Spring on State Department Live at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on November 1, 2011. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Muscatdaily
10/17/2011
Iran seeks Omani mediation in release of prisoners from US

Following the successful mediation by Oman in the release of three American hikers from Iran, authorities in the Islamic Republic are urging the sultanate to play a similar role in getting Iranian nationals released from US prisons. "We hope that the role of Oman is not limited to the release of American prisoners.

Muscat Daily
10/17/2011
Iran seeks Omani mediation in release of prisoners from US

Following the successful media- tion by Oman in the release of three American hikers from Iran, authorities in the Islamic Republic are urging the sultanate to play a similar role in getting Iranian na- tionals released from US prisons.US official.

Muscatdaily
10/17/2011
'US wants to create stress between Iran, Saudi'

The recent American claims of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the US has aggravated the stand-off between Tehran and Washington on various issues. The alleged plot is also potentially damaging for Iran's diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries.

Muscatdaily
10/04/2011
We were blindfolded, handcuffed and tortured: Bahraini medics

Two Bahraini women medics, who were sentenced to 15 years each in jail for their alleged role in the anti-government protests in Manama early this year, have revealed that they were severely tortured during their detention.

Muscatdaily
10/03/2011
Germany stands for European solidarity

Germany observes October 3 as the German Unity Day each year to commemorate its reunification in 1990. The occasion is celebrated with a ceremonial act and a citizens' festival (Burgerfest) in a different city every year. This year, Burgerfest is being hosted by the city of Bonn.

Muscatdaily
09/28/2011
Muscat, Mombasa can be sister cities: Kenyan envoy

Historic ties between Muscat and Mombasa make them ideal candidates for a sister-cities partnership, according to the Kenyan envoy in Oman. "The link between Muscat and Mombasa dates back to the 17th century when the sultanate had control over parts of the Kenyan coastal strip, including the port city.

Muscatdaily
09/28/2011
Kenya aiming to promote ties with Oman

We want to market Kenya as a source of skilled labour and an attractive investment destination: Kenyan envoy Kenya opened its embassy in Muscat this April to enhance bilateral relations with the sultanate. In an exclusive interview with Muscat Daily, Yabesh O Monari, Chargé d'Affaires at the Kenyan Embassy, shared his views on the potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Muscat Daily
09/25/2011
Released American hikers leave Oman

The two American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal left for the US late on Saturday night es- corted by their families after spending three days in Muscat following their release from an Iranian prison. They had arrived in Muscat late on Wednesday night from Tehran under a US$1mn bail-for-freedom deal.

Muscatdaily
09/25/2011
Released American hikers leave Oman for home

The two American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal left for the US late on Saturday night escorted by their families after spending three days in Muscat following their release from an Iranian prison. They had arrived in Muscat late on Wednesday night from Tehran under a US$1mn bail-for-freedom deal.

Muscatdaily
06/25/2011
'US will always support universal principles'

Jeffrey D Feltman, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, was in Muscat last week. A career foreign service officer who speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian, Feltman oversees the delicate US relationship with such conflict-ridden countries as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Gatewayhouse
'US will always support universal principles'

Jeffrey D Feltman, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, was in Muscat last week. A career foreign service officer who speaks French, Arabic and Hungarian, Feltman oversees the delicate US relationship with such conflict-ridden countries as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Muscatdaily
06/25/2011
Oman a positive example for the region: Top US official

The United States has praised the manner in which the Omani authorities and security forces have responded to the protests in the sultanate earlier this year. "Oman offers a very positive example for the region on how to transform a social, economic and political vision into reality while addressing the needs of the population," said Jeffrey D Feltman, US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, in an exclusive interview to Muscat Daily.

Muscatdaily
05/07/2011
Iran urges Oman and Qatar to defuse Bahraini crisis

Iran has urged Oman and Qatar to use their influence within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to help defuse the ongoing crisis in Bahrain, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said during his maiden visit to the sultanate on Wednesday.

Muscatdaily
05/07/2011
Gulf is not owned by any individual country: Iran

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi refuted the recent remarks by an Iranian general who asserted his country's ownership over the Gulf. "The Gulf is not owned by any individual country. It belongs to all the neighbouring countries that surround the Gulf," said Salehi in response to a question from Muscat Daily.

Muscatdaily
03/05/2011
'Youth must take part in Egypt's politics'

Egypt's envoy in the sultanate, Ahmed Ahmed Sabry, charts the roadmap for his country's historic transformation Egypt is recovering from the abrupt ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak on February 11 following a 18-day revolution. The military-led interim authority, namely the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), is moving to restore order and meet the protesters' demands of political reform.

Muscatdaily
02/14/2011
'Involving NRIs in the electoral system will add to democratic process'

First, we have to start this process by asking NRIs to come to India and vote in their own constituencies: H E Anil Wadhwa In a widely anticipated move, the Indian government earlier this month announced the guidelines that would give an estimated 5mn Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) living in various countries the right to contest and vote in the Lok Sabha (lower house in the Indian Parliament) and state assembly elections.

Muscat Daily
02/14/2011
‘Involving NRIs in the electoral system will add to democratic process’

In a widely anticipated move, the Indian government earlier this month announced the guidelines that would give an estimated 5mn Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) living in various countries the right to contest and vote in the Lok Sabha (lower house in the Indian Parliament) and state assembly elections. The decision has given the Election Commission of India the go-ahead for enrolling NRI citizens in the voters’ list. According to rules framed by the Ministry of Law and Justice, ...

Muscat Daily
02/02/2011
Inside Egypt

Leaving work last Thursday, we knew there would be protests the next day. We anticipated some violence as well. The first thing my colleagues at Barclays Bank, Cairo, and I did was to withdraw money that we felt would be necessary for at least the next two weeks. Most peo- ple in the city seem to have done the same. As a result, we are witnessing a shortage of cash in ATMs across the city.

Muscatdaily
02/02/2011
Inside Egypt II

Leaving work last Thursday, we knew there would be protests the next day. We anticipated some violence as well. The first thing my colleagues at Barclays Bank, Cairo, and I did was to withdraw money that we felt would be necessary for at least the next two weeks.

2010

Thedailybeast
Cheat Sheet

Apple finally revealed its long-awaited "iPhone 5" Tuesday: it's actually called the iPhone 4S, and will be twice as fast as the wildly popular iPhone 4. The new model looks exactly the same, but features a new dual-core processor and graphics capabilities that will make the phone seven times faster at operating games.

Muscat Daily
09/19/2010
Oman is my first breath of freedom, says Sarah Shourd

American hiker Sarah Shourd left for the US on Saturday after spending four days in Muscat following her release from deten- tion in Iran. During a brief interaction with the media just before her departure, Shourd thanked Oman for its efforts in securing her freedom and appealed for support in the release of the two other American hikers who are still detained in Iran.

The Week, Muscat
06/09/2010
'Israel treated us like international terrorists'

Abbas al Lawati, the only Omani on board ‘Mavi Marmara’, arrived in Muscat after his detention in Israel. Here, he relives his experiences after the Israeli raid on the Turkish vessel

Indianexpress
'All I could hear was bang, bang, bang...'

When Abbas al Lawati boarded the Mavi Marmara in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea on May 27, he didn't have the faintest notion that the events about to unfold over the next week would see him hit the headlines back home in Oman.

Muscat Daily
06/07/2010
'All I could hear was bang, bang, bang...'

Abbas al Lawati, the only Omani on board the Gaza aid ship Mavi Marmara, has arrived in Muscat after his detention in Israel. Speaking to Muscat Daily, he relives his experiences during the deadly Israeli raid

Muscat Daily
01/03/2010
Tandoori Nights

Abhishek G Bhaya tries to be a tandoori chef and finds it a hot profession, literally

Prior to 2009

Indiatimes
01/12/2012
DU's cheap but who should pay?

NEW DELHI: It does come as a surprise, but the fact is that tuition fees at Delhi University (DU) have remained the same for over six decades. "Everyday, students pay Rs 30 for a cup of coffee and Rs 10 for car parking.

Timesofindia
Courses locked up in the past

NEW DELHI: Does Delhi University keep up with the world? A quick look at the books used for its courses show that by and large they are out of date. ''The world is changing at an amazing pace. Values, ideas, knowledge and socio-economic needs are in a constant flux.

Khaleejtimes
Shooting Pashto Tiger in Dubai's Creek area

DUBAI - Visitors at the Creek area near Ghubaiba were in for some excitement late on Saturday night. As it turned out, a Pakistani film crew decided to shoot a dance sequence for their forthcoming Pashto-language movie Tiger on the location, providing much amusement to everyone present.

The Times of India
Payday Mayday: ATMs play moody - Times of India

Abhishek G Bhaya | TNN | Sep 3, 2003, 11.13 PM IST NEW DELHI: Has this happened to you lately? It's payday. You go to your office ATM (automated teller machine), only to find the machine out of cash. Disappointed, you try the ATM located in your neighbourhood market. Tough luck.

The Economic Times
ATM: At times moody

It's payday. You go to your office ATM, only to find the machine out of cash. Disappointed, you try the ATM located in your neighbourhood market. The ATM screen greets you with a "Sorry, this machine is out of order."

Indiatimes
09/03/2003
ATM: At times moody

It's payday. You go to your office ATM, only to find the machine out of cash. Disappointed, you try the ATM located in your neighbourhood market. The ATM screen greets you with a "Sorry, this machine is out of order."

Indiatimes
07/17/2009
DLF City: A tale of civic apathy

GURGAON: State-of-the-art corporate structures, sprawling villas and residential complexes, multiplexes, upmarket clubs and a golf course. At the first glance, DLF Qutab Enclave (DLF City) in Gurgaon appears to be an ideal township. Residents, however, have a different story to tell.