Hosting Quad summit proof of priority towards engagement in Indo-Pacific: US.

A senior government official of the United States said President Joe Biden had made the Quad cooperation a priority and hosting its leaders was a fundamental demonstration of the importance attached to engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.The official further said the engagement among the Quad nations -- the US, India, Australia and Japan -- would be through new multilateral configurations designed to focus on challenges of the 21st Century, while stressing the promotion of a free and open Indo-Pacific...

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Afghan girls will be allowed to return to school ‘as soon as possible’: Taliban.

Girls in Afghanistan will be allowed to return to school as soon as possible, the Taliban said Tuesday, after announcing the remaining positions in its all-male cabinet."We are finalizing things... it will happen as soon as possible," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on girls' education.It comes after the education ministry ordered male teachers and students back to secondary school at the weekend, but made no mention of the country's women educators and girl pupils.Mujahid also made no reference...

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NASA selects Moon site for ice-hunting rover.

NASA on Monday announced it would land an ice-seeking rover on a region of the Moon's south pole called the Nobile Crater in 2023.The space agency hopes the robot will confirm the presence of water ice just below the surface, which could one day be converted into rocket fuel for missions to Mars and deeper into the cosmos."Nobile Crater is an impact crater near the south pole that was born through a collision with another smaller celestial body," Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division...

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Clinical trial results show Pfizer Covid-19 jab safe for children aged 5-11.

Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday said trial results showed their coronavirus vaccine was safe and produced a robust immune response in children aged five to 11, adding that they would seek regulatory approval shortly.The vaccine would be administered at a lower dosage than for people over 12, they said."In participants five to 11 years of age, the vaccine was safe, well tolerated and showed robust neutralizing antibody responses," US giant Pfizer and its German partner said in a joint statement.They...

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Af, vaccine certification figure in meeting between India, UK foreign ministers.

The situation in Afghanistan and the early resolution of the issue of Indian travellers to the UK having to quarantine for 10 days figured in a meeting between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Liz Truss on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.Both India and the UK have expressed concerns about the lack of inclusivity in the new setup created by the Taliban following the group’s takeover of Afghanistan last month. The two countries have also said that...

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Canada resumes flights to India after four months.

Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, has resumed operations in India after a four-month-long suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Responding to a passenger’s query on resumption of flights to India, Air Canada on Twitter said it is resuming flight to Delhi.” Yes, the route is resuming,” Air Canada replied to a Twitter user.The airline said that the passengers who plan to travel to Canada (Toronto) must carry an RT-PCR test or Rapid PCR test taken not more than 18 hours before departure.“The...

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Scientists create concrete-like material from extra-terrestrial dust and blood, sweat and tears of astronauts.

A concrete-like material, but stronger than ordinary concrete, has been created by the scientists at the University of Manchester, which they claim, has been made out of extra-terrestrial dust along with the blood, sweat and tears of astronauts.According to a study published in the journal Materials Today Bio, “a protein from human blood, combined with a compound from urine, sweat or tears, could glue together simulated moon or Mars soil to produce a material stronger than ordinary concrete, perfectly...

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Nearly 100 houses damaged so far after volcanic eruption in Spain’s La Palma.

The Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people, including around 500 tourists, and destroyed about 100 houses, officials said on Monday.The volcano erupted on Sunday, shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air, engulfing houses and forests, and sending molten rock towards the Atlantic Ocean over a sparsely populated area of La Palma, the most northwestern island in the Canaries archipelago.No fatalities have been reported but the volcano...

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US eases travel restrictions, to allow fully vaccinated travellers.

The United States will ease foreign travel restrictions for people flying to the US from November onward by allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the country, news agency AP reported.Foreign nationals will also have to present a proof of vaccination before boarding and proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of the flight. Biden administration’s Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine.The Biden administration...

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Peace in border areas essential for bilateral ties with China: Shringla.

India has told China that peace in the border areas is essential for developing bilateral ties in the wake of Chinese attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) over the past year, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said on Monday.As an immediate neighbour of Afghanistan, India is also concerned following the Taliban takeover of the country and its implications for the region, Shringla said while addressing JP Morgan’s India Investor Summit.Shringla, who was speaking...

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