Lebanon fails to elect president again

Beirut, June 2 : The Lebanese parliament on Thursday failed again during its 40th consecutive session to elect a new president. Speaker Nabih Berri called for a new session on June 23, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the constitution, the required quorum to elect a president is two-thirds of the 128-seat parliament, and only […]

Northern Ireland to lift gay-blood lifetime ban

Belfast, June 2 : Northern Ireland authorities were on Thursday set to lift a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. Health Minister Michelle O’Neill was due to make the announcement later on Thursday, BBC reported. A lifetime ban came into force across Britain during the 1980s AIDS crisis, but was lifted in England, Scotland […]

Briton faces life sentences over Malaysia child abuse

London, June 2 : A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the “dark web”. Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014. It is believed that Huckle […]

Heavy rains batter China

Beijing, June 2 : Torrential rains in China over two days since Wednesday have disrupted the lives of thousands of people and caused heavy economic losses, media reports said. Storms in Jiangxi province on Wednesday afternoon led to flooding in capital Nanchang and brought serious traffic jams to the city on Thursday, Xinhua news agency […]

India quite likely to roll GST early next year, says Jaitley

Osaka, June 2 : Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said he was “reasonably hopeful” that the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill would be passed by the Rajya Sabha, Indian parliament’s upper house, in the next session, and that all supporting legislations required will be in place by the year-end. “I intend […]

Bangladeshi border force to recruit female troopers

Dhaka, June 2 : Bangladesh’s border security force will recruit its first batch of female troopers, a top official announced on Thursday. Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Aziz Ahmed said 97 women will complete their training and be inducted into the force on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. In a major step to […]