Xi to meet Obama soon: Chinese PM

Beijing, March 1 : Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has revealed that President Xi Jinping is set to meet his American counterpart Barack Obama soon, the media reported on Tuesday. The prime minister made the announcement on Monday after he received Jacob Lew, special representative of the US president and the US treasury secretary, in […]

France seeks enhanced ‘strategic partnership’ with Australia

Adelaide, March 1 : France hopes to forge an enhanced relationship with Australia if it secures the nation’s contract to build its next generation of submarines. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian revealed this while touring an Adelaide shipyard on Tuesday. France is currently in direct competition with Japan and Germany to construct the fleet […]

China launches public cleaning campaign

Beijing, March 1 : Chinese health authorities ordered cleaning of public areas to prevent the spread of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, including Zika, nine cases of which have been detected in the country till now. According to the Chair of National Commission on Health and Family Planning, Li Bin, the campaign will focus particularly on […]

Nepal extends Everest permits for climbers put off by earthquakes

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Mar 1 : Nepal has extended the climbing permits of hundreds of foreigners forced to abandon the Himalayas after last year’s twin earthquakes, the government said today, to encourage them to return to the mountains. At least 19 climbers were killed when huge blocks of ice buried their tents at the […]

Australian central bank leaves rates on hold

Canberra, March 1 : Australia’s central bankers have maintained their upbeat stance on the economy despite financial market volatility, leaving the official cash rate on hold at 2 percent for the 11th straight month, the media reported on Tuesday. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Glenn Stevens said there was reasonable possibility for growth in […]

Cannabis use can affect your ability to recognise emotion

New York, March 1 : Cannabis significantly affects users’ ability to recognise, process and empathise with human emotions like happiness, sadness and anger, suggests new study. “We’re not taking a pro or anti stance; but we just want to know, what does it do? It’s really about making sense of it,” said one of the […]