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  • Christchurch terror attack: Attacker faces 'unprecedented' sentence

    Published: March 18, 2019 CHRISTCHURCH: Mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant faces an ‘unprecedented’ sentence that bars him from ever applying for release, but could yet dodge terror charges, legal experts told AFP Monday. The 28-year-old Australian has been charged with one initial count of murder over the mass shootings that killed 50 people in the southern city of Christchurch and faces life in prison. In New Zealand, being found guilty of murder usually comes with a minimum of 10 years in jail before possible parole. But legal experts said Tarrant’s alleged crimes were so extreme they could warrant the heaviest sentence imposed by a judge in the South Pacific nation since the abolitio...Read More

  • Christchurch attack: Bodies to be handed over today

    Published: March 18, 2019 The process of handing over bodies of Christchurch victims to their kin started on Monday, confirmed New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters. In a telephonic conversation, Peters informed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi of the development, At least 50 people were killed and dozens were injured in the mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15. The death toll of Pakistani nationals martyred in the terrorist attack stood at nine. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was charged with murder on Saturday and was remanded without plea. The right-wing terrorist is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face ...Read More

  • India world’s second largest importer of major arms: report

    Published: March 12, 2019 A Sweden-based think tank revealed that India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5 per cent of the global total, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released the data in their annual report titled ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018’. According to the think tank, the South-Asian country was among the top five arms importers in the world for decades. The assessment was done for a five-year period (2014-2018). The SIPRI data said Russia accounted for 58 per cent of Indian arms imports in 2014–18, compared with 76 per cent in 2009–13. Israel, the United States (US) and France ...Read More

  • Pitying India as Modi flirts with war

    Published: March 3, 2019 Forget Pakistan’s rhetoric, Narendra Modi is the only person ever to be denied a US visa based on a little-known law on religious freedom, even though he applied for a diplomatic visa as a sitting chief minister. This led to nearly a decade-long US travel ban imposed over his role in Gujrat’s anti-Muslim riots, which left thousands dead (the UK and several European nations also had slapped a defacto travel ban on Modi). As nuclear-armed Pakistan and India are currently on the brink, the path to peace is buried deep under Modi’s not so ambiguous relationship with mass murder and a history of winning elections over dead bodies. The casualties of Modi’s violence ar...Read More

  • PM Imran tried to contact Modi thrice

    Published: March 1, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to contact his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi thrice but received no positive response, The prime minister wanted to apprise Modi about his decision to release the captured Indian pilot and reached out three times on Thursday but received no response. Later, during a joint Parliament session, the premier announced Pakistan will release the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan, “as a peace gesture” to India. According to Express News, a message was sent to the Prime Minister House in New Delhi for a telephonic conversation between the leaders, but failed to garner a response. During his speech in t...Read More

  • Captured Indian pilot to cross Wagah border around 3pm

    Published: March 1, 2019 Pakistan is set to free a captured Indian pilot on Friday in a “peace gesture” aimed at de-escalating tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi. Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who has become the face of the latest crisis between Pakistan and India, will be handed back to Indian officials at the Wagah border crossing on Friday afternoon, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during the Parliament’s joint session. “As Prime Minister Imran Khan has said, as a peace gesture and to de-escalate matters, the Indian pilot will be released. So today, this afternoon, he will be released at Wagah,” he said. A diplomatic source told AFP th...Read More

  • Pakistan’s stance vindicated: ‘Air strikes will secure more Lok Sabha seats’

    Published: February 28, 2019 A leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has vidicated Pakistan’s stance and said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi escalated the current situation between the two countries in the hopes of securing more seats in the coming elections. “Tuesday’s action of destroying terror hideouts by entering inside Pakistan has resulted in a pro-Modi wave in the country, the results of which can be seen in coming Lok Sabha polls.” The BJP leader’s statement highlights the war rhetoric pushed by the Indian government in the aftermath of the February 14 attack in Pulwama. India was quick to blame the state of Pakistan for the suicide bombing carried out by a ...Read More

  • How Pakistan can get Kashmir

    Published: February 11, 2019 Every year on the 5th of February, Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day. This has been the practice since 1990 when the late Jamaat-e-Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed first mooted the idea. The day is marked by a national holiday. Statements eulogising the sacrifices of Kashmiris in the face of brutal use of force by the Indian forces are issued, rallies are staged across the country and resolutions are adopted showing support to the people of Kashmir for their right to self-determination. This year, the PTI government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan went a step further to extend support to the Kashmiris. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi travelled...Read More

  • India opening strategic naval base to counter Chinese dominance

    Published: January 24, 2019 NEW DELHI: India’s navy will open a third air base in the far-off Andaman and Nicobar islands on Thursday to beef up surveillance of Chinese ships and submarines entering the Indian Ocean through the nearby Malacca Straits, military officials and experts said. New Delhi has grown concerned over the presence of China’s bigger navy in its neighborhood and the network of commercial ports it is building in an arc stretching from Sri Lanka to Pakistan that India fea...Read More

  • Pakistan, India exchange list of nuclear facilities

    Published: January 1, 2019 Pakistan on Tuesday handed over a list of its nuclear installations and facilities to a representative of the Indian High Commission on Tuesday as part of an agreement between the two countries, said a statement by the Foreign Office (FO). Similarly, India handed over a list of its nuclear facilities to the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. The annual exchange is mandated by Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India, signed on December 31, 1988. It has been implemented consecutively since January 1, 1992. In a recent interview, President Arif Alvi reiterated that Pakistan is...Read More

  • Indian SC gives Modi clean chit in Rafale deal

    Published: December 14, 2018 India’s Supreme Court rejected petitions on Friday seeking an investigation into a fighter jet deal worth an estimated $8.7 billion with France’s Dassault Aviation, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale planes has become a major political controversy because of the escalating price and a decision to pick billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as a domestic partner. However, the court headed by Indian Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the petitions calling for the establishment of a special investigation team to probe the deal. “We don’t find any material to show it is commercia...Read More

  • Vijayan should hold back his barbarism in Sabarimala: VHP

    New Delhi, November 20, 2018: The Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Vijayan is working like Adil Shah and Aurangzeb, said the Vishva Hindu Parishad here today. The International Joint General Secretary of VHP, Dr Surendra Jain said that by crushing the Hindu Astha (faith) and traditions, the Chief Minister is trying to turn Kerala into a Hindu-free state like Kashmir. On Shabrimala issue, his behavior has become like a ruthless dictator. He has been repeatedly torturing Hindus under the pretext of...Read More

  • Defeat Pakistan’s asymmetric war in J&K - Panelists

    Terrorism, subversion & demographic change new facets of Pak war: JKUF Jammu, Oct 22, 2018: Panelists at a seminar organized by Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation (JKUF) today expressed a unanimous view that the war started by Pakistan on Oct 22, 1947 continues in new forms. The panelists said that the war from inside the State has to be defeated in order to defeat the possibility of war from outside by Pakistan. The panelists lamented that the most radical indoctrination of the youth part...Read More

  • US envoy Mark Tesone calls on NC leader

    JAMMU APRIL 10: Minister Counselor for Political Affairs Mark Tesone and Sr. First Secretary David Arulanantham in the Embassy of the USA in India on Wednesday called on National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana here this morning and discussed interests of mutual interest. While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people and socio-economic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Rana dwelt in length the initiatives taken in stre...Read More

  • Balbir attends first meet of Guru Ravidass Vishva Mahapeeth

    New Delhi, Apr 9: After the announcement of its National Office Bearers from India and abroad in the month of March this year, the first meeting of Guru Ravidass Vishav Mahapeeth was held at New Delhi on Monday, which was chaired by its International President Dushyant Kumar Gautam. Sant Satinder Heeraji Maharaj, graced the occasion as Peethadeeshwar of Guru Ravidass Vishav Mahapeeth. Balbir Ram Rattan from Jammu and Kashmir attended the first meeting of this organization at New Delhi as ...Read More

  • India congratulates China on its election as vice-president of FATF

    India congratulates China on its election as vice-president of FATF Published: February 26, 2018 India on Sunday congratulated China on its election as vice-president of the global money laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a development that comes on the back of news reports and speculation that a deal on giving China a larger role in the FATF had been reached. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs did not comment on whether a deal had been worked out at the FATF, but analysts said given China’s track record of striking bargains for its vote in international organisations, it was possible that Beijing had done the same at the FATF plenary. On Friday, people fa...Read More

  • Indian government asks all civil servants to declare assets by January next year

    Indian government asks all civil servants to declare assets by January next year Published: December 27, 2017 NEW DELHI: The Indian government has asked all civil servants in the country to declare their assets by January next year, otherwise they will lose promotions as well as foreign tours and postings. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has recently written to all government departments to ensure submission of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers working with them by January 31, 2018. “…failure to ensure timely submission of IPR would result in denial of vigilance clearance,” DoPT Additional Secretary PK Tripathi said. Vi...Read More

  • India issues démarches to Pakistan, China on construction of dams

    India issues démarches to Pakistan, China on construction of dams Published: December 21, 2017 India has issued démarches to Pakistan and China conveying that the construction of dams under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the Indus River in Kashmir is ‘illegal’. According to the Indian government, “these territories are illegally occupied by Pakistan Replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said India has a clear and consistent position that collaborative activity in Kashmir is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Accordingly, we have made demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying t...Read More

  • India assures medical visa to another Pakistani national

    India assures medical visa to another Pakistani national Published: November 18, 2017 Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured a medical visa to another Pakistani national who wants to donate a kidney to a fellow national undergoing treatment at a hospital in New Delhi, said a Hindustan Times report. “Pls don’t worry. I am asking Indian High Commission to give visa for the second donor,” Swaraj tweeted in response to a request from one Faiza Malik, who said her nephew Faraz Malik was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital. According to Malik, the doctors had rejected the previous donor and now a visa was required for another donor Abdul Razzaq. Ties between Pakistan...Read More

  • ECP adjourns Ayesha Gulalai's disqualification case hearing until October

    ECP adjourns Ayesha Gulalai's disqualification case hearing until October Published: September 26, 2017 The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has adjourned the disqualification hearing of PTI MNA Ayesha Gulalai till October 4. At the hearing today (Tuesday, September 26, 2017), counsel for Gulalai sought time to examine additional documents submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, reports Radio Pakistan. PTI has filed a disqualification reference against the member on alleged violation of party discipline. Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected a petition seeking the disqualification of MNA Ayesha Gulalai as a lawmaker. Justice Amir Farooq of the IHC heard the petitioner,...Read More

  • One killed, four injured in North Waziristan IED blast

    One killed, four injured in North Waziristan IED blast Published: September 12, 2017 PESHAWAR: At least one person was killed and four others were injured when an ‘old’ improvised explosive device (IED) went off in North Waziristan early Tuesday morning. According to officials, the explosion occurred at a time when the repatriation of the displaced persons – after the army initiated the military operation Zarb-e-Azb in 2014 to counter terrorism in the region – was already underway in the area. “The explosives were old and buried in the ground near Al Khalid Public School. The deceased and injured were all part of the returning population to the area,” an official told The Express Tri...Read More

  • Civilian death toll in Yemen tops 5,000: UN

    Civilian death toll in Yemen tops 5,000: UN Published: September 5, 2017 GENEVA: More than 5,000 civilians have been killed in Yemen since March 2015, including 1,184 children, the UN human rights office said Tuesday, renewing its calls for an international probe into the conflict. The rights office has been mandated to track civilian casualties in Yemen since the start of the Saudi-led offensive in support of the government against an alliance of Iran-backed Huthi rebels and ex-president Yemeni Ali Abdullah Saleh. “Between March 2015 and 30 August, at least 5,144 civilians have been documented as killed and more than 8,749 injured. Children accounted for 1,184 of those who were kille...Read More

  • Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

    Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges Published: August 10, 2017 COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in a bond scam that is now being investigated, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing. In a statement after announcing his resignation, Ravi Karunanayaka told parliament, “I have never done anything wrong, and I resign with pride to create a new political culture in Sri Lanka and ensure good governance.” He said he would continue in the party as a backbench member of parliament, however. The allegations over Karunanayaka, a former finance minister, followed his appearance at a presidential commiss...Read More

  • Indian baby survives being buried alive by teen mother

    Indian baby survives being buried alive by teen mother Published: July 28, 2017 NEW DELHI: A week old baby boy in India survived several hours in a grave after being buried alive by his teenaged rape victim mother, police said Friday. Cries heard by villagers produced the miracle rescue of the infant now recovering in hospital in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The 16-year-old mother buried the boy in a graveyard in an attempt “to get rid of him” a few days after secretly giving birth at her parents’ house in Barwani district, a police official said. The identities of the mother and child are being kept secret. Children playing nearby reported hearing muffled cries and raised the...Read More

  • India's Supreme Court to consider abortion plea from 10-year-old rape victim

    India's Supreme Court to consider abortion plea from 10-year-old rape victim Published: July 25, 2017 NEW DELHI: Doctors on Wednesday will examine a 10-year-old raped by her uncle as India’s top court considers whether she should be allowed to have an abortion despite strict laws. The girl’s parents went to the Supreme Court after their appeal to abort the 26-week foetus was rejected by a lower authority, despite warnings her body was not ready for childbirth. Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to the mother’s life. But the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal, ordering doctors to conduct a medical examination and report back befo...Read More

  • India set to pick candidate with Hindu nationalist roots as next president

    India set to pick candidate with Hindu nationalist roots as next president Published: July 14, 2017 NEW DELHI: Indian lawmakers are set to elect the country’s next president, drawn from the main Hindu nationalist group, in a vote on Monday, tightening the control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing associates on positions of power. Ram Nath Kovind’s ascent to the highest public office will be the first for a leader reared in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or National Volunteers’ Association, the ideological mentor of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its affiliates. Under India’s constitution, the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues wield executive p...Read More

  • India developing nuclear arsenal with focus on China: experts

    India developing nuclear arsenal with focus on China: experts Published: July 13, 2017 Two top American nuclear experts have said that India's nuclear strategy is experiencing a shift as it is now modernising its nuclear arsenal with a focus on China rather than its traditional rival Pakistan, Times of India reported. "India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium sufficient for 150–200 nuclear warheads," read an article by American nuclear experts Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris published in digital journal Bulletin of Atomic Sciences' July/August issue. "While India has traditionally been focused on deterring Pakistan, its nuclear modern...Read More

  • Indian troop withdrawal 'precondition' for peace: China

    Indian troop withdrawal 'precondition' for peace: China Published: July 5, 2017 China's ambassador has said the withdrawal of Indian troops from disputed territory is a “precondition” for peace, in an apparent escalation of a border row between the two Asian powers that has drawn in tiny Bhutan. Indian and Chinese troops are reportedly facing off on a section of land high in the Himalayas near what is known as the trijunction, where Tibet, India and Bhutan meet. China has alleged that the Indian troops are on its soil, but both Bhutan and India say the area in question is Bhutanese territory. India, which has a military presence in Bhutan, says its troops approached a Chinese army unit...Read More

  • India launches national tax amid business doubts

    India launches national tax amid business doubts Published: July 1, 2017 NEW DELHI: India on Saturday launched its biggest ever fiscal reform with the government promising that a new nationwide tax would make the economy stronger and less corrupt, but businesses are nervous about the revolution. The new goods and services tax [GST] replaces more than a dozen levies imposed nationally and by the 29 states. It aims to transform the nation of 1.3 billion people and its $2 trillion economy into a single market. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a special midnight session of parliament to launch GST which he called “a good and simple tax”. “With GST, the dream of one India, great India, w...Read More

  • Indian minister convinced men don't 'commit suicide', statistics say otherwise

    Indian minister convinced men don't 'commit suicide', statistics say otherwise Published: June 30, 2017 India’s Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is convinced that men do not kill themselves in India, and says that she has not heard of a single such case. Her response to a query during a Facebook Live session about the government’s initiative to reduce suicide rates has upset the audience. “Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide? I have not heard or read of a single case,” said Gandhi, the Women and Child Development minister. However, the statistics dictate, according to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, 1,33,623 suicide...Read More

  • China releases evidence of Indian army's 'transgression' into its territory

    China releases evidence of Indian army's 'transgression' into its territory Published: June 30, 2017 Beijing on Thursday released two photographs showing Indian troops and at least two military bulldozers on what it said was the Chinese side of the border, India Today reported. The pictorial evidence, presented as proof of Indian army’s ‘transgression’ into its territory, had the boundary highlighted with a red line. “The Donglang region belongs to Chinese territory and it is very clear the conditions of the threshold where the areas are that were trespassed by the Indian troops,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. “This is an undeniable fact that Indian troops have tre...Read More

  • India set to launch heaviest satellite

    India set to launch heaviest satellite Published: 5 June 2017 India will launch a communication satellite on Monday using its most powerful rocket, in a further advance of its space programme aimed at winning a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry. The rocket, named Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III, will lift off from the Sriharikota space centre in southern India at 5.28pm Indian time (1158 GMT), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on its website. Scientists say the rocket could be used in the future to carry an astronaut into space, something that only Russia, the United States and China have done. Indian Prime Minister Narendr...Read More

  • Indian army given freehand to deal with ‘Pakistan's misadventure’: Rajnath Singh

    Indian army given freehand to deal with ‘Pakistan's misadventure’: Rajnath Singh Published: June 5, 2017 The Indian army has been given a freehand to deal with “any attempt by Pakistani troops to disturb peace in the country”, India’s home minister Rajnath Singh has claimed. “Indian forces will not count bullets while replying to any provocation by Pakistan,” Singh said on Sunday as he warned Islamabad against any ‘misadventure’. His statement came a day after two soldiers were killed and four others injured after militants attacked an army convoy in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK). The clashes have become more frequent since the killing of popular rebel leader Burhan Wani in July last ye...Read More

  • Climate science: Bad news gets worse

    Climate science: Bad news gets worse Published: June 2, 2017 PARIS: President Donald Trump has announced that America will pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, but scientists say the peril from global warming has never been greater. Earth’s average global temperature is scaling new heights, sea ice is retreating, extreme weather events have become more frequent and species are increasingly under threat, they say. In 2016, Earth’s average surface temperature hit a record level for the third consecutive year since records began in 1880. The global average temperature was about 1.1 degree Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) higher than the pre-industrial era. This is when mankind’s mass ...Read More

  • Indian High Commission issues medical visa to Pakistani baby

    Indian High Commission issues medical visa to Pakistani baby Published: 2 June 2017 The Indian High Commission on Friday issued visas to an ailing two-and-a-half-year-old Pakistani baby boy and his parents after India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj promised they would be allowed to travel to the neighbouring country for treatment. Earlier this week, Ken Sid, a Pakistani national, reached out to Swaraj on Twitter for a medical visa as his son has a heart complication which could not be treated in Pakistan. “He is my son. He does not even know what is happening between India and Pakistan,” Ken tweeted to drive home the point that an innocent child should not be deprived of...Read More

  • India needs more jobs for women to boost growth: World Bank

    India needs more jobs for women to boost growth: World Bank Published: 30 May 2017 NEW DELHI: India must reverse a trend of falling women’s participation in the job market if it is to achieve its ambition of double-digit growth, the World Bank said on Monday. India is the world’s fastest growing major economy, but has one of the lowest rates of female employment, a trend that has worsened over the last decade. The World Bank in its latest report said just 27 per cent of Indian women were working or actively looking for a job, a matter of “serious concern” that was holding back economic growth. “(A) higher level of women participation in the economy can help propel India closer to doubl...Read More

  • China warns India over longest bridge on border

    China warns India over longest bridge on border Published: May 30, 2017 China has warned India against building infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country’s longest bridge linking Assam with the state claimed by Beijing. “We hope India adopts a cautious and restrained attitude on the issue before the final settlement of the border issue with China to jointly control disputes, safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry told IANS. “China’s position on the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border areas is consistent and clear,” a statement said. China and India have a dragging border disp...Read More

  • Modi seeks to repair Russia ties on Europe tour

    Modi seeks to repair Russia ties on Europe tour Published: 29 May 2017 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to repair India's drifting partnership with Russia when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, amid wariness over Moscow's renewed interest in New Delhi's backyard, analysts say. The two leaders will look to stem a decline in trade between the once robust economic partners and resolve tensions over their shifting global alliances when they meet on Thursday ahead of a summit in Saint Petersburg. The two countries enjoyed a 70-year alliance forged during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was India's largest trading partner, diplomatic ally and main arms supp...Read More

  • 18-year-old jumps off tower in Multan 'for love'

    18-year-old jumps off tower in Multan 'for love' Published: May 23, 2017 An 18-year-old boy was seriously injured after he jumped off a three-hundred feet high mobile phone tower in Multan on Tuesday. Arsalan climbed up the tower and threatened to jump if his family did not consent to his marriage to the girl he loved, Rescue 1122 told The Express Tribune. The residents of the Masoom Shah neighbourhood gathered around the tower and tried to convince the teenager to come down. After two hours of persuasion, they forcibly tried to bring him down but Arsalan jumped. The fall broke his arms and legs. The boy was taken to the Nishtar Hospital by Resuce 1122 where he is in a serious conditi...Read More

  • India's army to get first howitzers in three decades

    India's army to get first howitzers in three decades Published: May 18, 2017 NEW DELHI: India will shortly take delivery of two M-777 ultra-light howitzers, manufacturer BAE Systems said on Thursday, the country’s first such acquisition in over three decades after a major corruption scandal in the 1980s. The equipment is a part of a US$750 million deal New Delhi signed with the US last year to buy 145 howitzers as it seeks to modernise its artillery programme. India is seeking to update its ageing military hardware with new kit worth tens of billions of dollars in the face of long-standing tensions with regional rivals Pakistan and China. But it has not bought new howitzers for the arm...Read More

  • UN officials apprised of truce violations by India

    UN officials apprised of truce violations by India Published: 18 May 2017 RAWALPINDI: The United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip) was apprised on Wednesday of ceasefire violations recently committed by India along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting civilian population. “The Unmogip were invited to [the] General Headquarters (GHQ) to register a protest over unprovoked CFV’s [ceasefire violations] and targeting civilian population by Indian Army on 10th, 13th and 16th May 2017,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media affairs wing. “The Indian army used small arms, automatic and heavy calibre weapons, heavy mortar (122mm mortars)...Read More

  • 'A foreign policy disaster': What Indian papers say about Modi's boycott of OBOR

    'A foreign policy disaster': What Indian papers say about Modi's boycott of OBOR Published: 16 May 2017 As dozens of world leaders arrived in Beijing to attend the “Belt and Road Forum" hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, India refused to send an official delegation to the summit. India has maintained that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor - a flagship project of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative ─ is a violation of its sovereignty and therefore, cannot be accepted. India remains particularly incensed that projects under CPEC cut through the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Three major Indian news publications in their editorials or opeds have largely criticised India's refusal to...Read More

  • Four injured as oil tanker collides with goods train near Thatta-Jamshoro district border

    Four injured as oil tanker collides with goods train near Thatta-Jamshoro district border Published: 13 May 2017 Four people were injured as an oil tanker collided with a goods train near the border between Sindh's Thatta and Jamshoro districts on Saturday, railway officials said. Railways Station House Officer Kotri Asad Unar told DawnNews that four people, including the driver of the oil tanker, sustained injuries in the collision. However, no deaths have been reported so far. Karachi Railways Operation Control confirmed a few bogies of the goods train also derailed, suspending railway traffic. Divisional Superintendent (DS) Railways Karachi Nisar Memon said rescue work is underway t...Read More

  • 17 killed as Deputy Chairman Senate Haideri's convoy hit by explosion in Mastung

    17 killed as Deputy Chairman Senate Haideri's convoy hit by explosion in Mastung Published: 12 May 2017 At least 17 people have been killed and many others injured in an explosion in Balochistan's Mastung. The bombing took place near a local seminary shortly after Friday prayers. Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri's convoy was the worst hit in the attack. The explosion occurred right as Haideri's convoy was exiting the seminary. Haideri was there for an investiture ceremony, according to DawnNews. An eyewitness said the guests were leaving for a luncheon when the convoy came under attack. It was unclear whether the explosion was the result of an improvised explosive device...Read More

  • Modi heads to Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

    Modi heads to Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises Published: May 11, 2017 COLOMBO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in January 2015 promising to loosen ties with China after a decade of hefty funding by Beijing under his predecessor. When Modi visited the island shortly afterwards, he promised to “script a golden chapter in the history of India-Sri Lanka relations”. Just two years later, analysts say Beijing’s influence is on the rise again as Colombo struggles to find alternative ...Read More

  • Teenager killed, three others injured in shelling by Indian border guards in AJK: police

    Teenager killed, three others injured in shelling by Indian border guards in AJK: police Published: 11 May 2017 The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday condemned "Indian acts of deliberate targeting of civilians" as cross-border shelling in various sectors along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir overnight left a teenager dead and three others injured. FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a tweet alleged that India had violated the ceasefire agreement in the Tandar, Sabzkot, Khuiratta, Baron, Bagsar and Khanjar sectors along the LoC. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kotli Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz told Dawn that shelling allegedly by Indian border security forces killed one...Read More

  • Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

    Earthquake kills eight in western China: report Published: 11 May 2017 An earthquake rocked China's western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 5:58 am 213 kilometres south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the US Geological Survey said. Some people were buried after their adobe homes collapsed, said Wang Fuyou, Communist Party chief of Taxkorgan county, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Rescuers were searching for people trapped in the rubble in Quzgun, the worst-hit village, which has a population of 449, Wang said. Mo...Read More

  • Sharif asks rivals to visit development projects

    Sharif asks rivals to visit development projects Published: 11 May 2017 SHEIKHUPURA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited his political opponents to visit development projects being executed by the government, including motorways and power generation plants, and acknowledge its efforts to make the country prosperous. “Staging sit-ins and observing protest is not a solution to any problem,” he said during the inspection of work on the M3 section of the Lahore-Karachi motorway near Nankana on Wednesday. He expressed the confidence that the nation would reward the Pakis¬tan Muslim League-N (PML-N) for undertaking massive development projects by offering it victory in the coming genera...Read More

  • Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

    Earthquake kills eight in western China: report Published: 11 May 2017 An earthquake rocked China's western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 5:58 am 213 kilometres south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the US Geological Survey said. Some people were buried after their adobe homes collapsed, said Wang Fuyou, Communist Party chief of Taxkorgan county, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Rescuers were searching for people trapped in the rubble in Quzgun, the worst-hit village, which has a population of 449, Wang said. Mo...Read More

  • India 'tightens' medical visa rules for Pakistanis

    India 'tightens' medical visa rules for Pakistanis Published: May 11, 2017 New Delhi has ‘tightened’ Pakistan medical visa rules amid heightening tension between the nuclear arch-rivals. Recently, approval of medical visas for Pakistani patients has become difficult as, according to sources, a “go-slow mode” was being practiced. According to an Indian Express report, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday it would immediately grant medical visas to Pakistani patients whose application was supported by a recommendation letter from Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. The new medical visa rule, the report said, was in line with unspecified visa re...Read More

  • Indian SC sends high court judge to prison

    Indian SC sends high court judge to prison Published: 10 May 2017 NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court created history on Tuesday by holding sitting Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan guilty of contempt of court and punishing him with six-month imprisonment. Justice Karnan, who was to retire on June 11, would spend the last month of his tenure as judge and five months after that in jail. A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said Justice Karnan had committed contempt of the Supreme Court, judiciary and judicial process. The apex court ordered West Bengal’s director-general of police to take into custody the disgraced judge, who never got tired of playing his dalit back...Read More

  • China invites India to join OBOR initiative

    China invites India to join OBOR initiative Published: May 9, 2017 During a recent visit to India, Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaouhi spoke to an audience at an Indian think tank – the United Services Institute, on Friday where he called upon India to join its One-Belt One-Road [OBOR] project. The Chinese embassy released his remarks on Monday in which Zhaohui said, “I’m from China, a neighbour of India. Our two countries have thousands of years of friendship and practical common interests, and ...Read More

  • Sri Lanka evicts thousands of wasps ahead of Modi visit

    Sri Lanka evicts thousands of wasps ahead of Modi visit Published: May 9, 2017 COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has taken the unusual step of clearing thousands of wasps from a tea plantation to ensure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not stung during his upcoming visit. Police in Hatton, 125 kilo metres east of Colombo, hired a private company to remove the wasps from its picturesque tea fields which Modi will tour with his entourage on Friday. The private Bee Protection Organisation said they re...Read More

  • Indian groom refused to marry because no meat was served at ceremony

    Indian groom refused to marry because no meat was served at ceremony Published: April 29, 2017 A wedding in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was called off when the guy refused to solemnise his marriage because there were no meat dishes on the menu. The incident took place in Kulhedi village and the groom’s side got upset upon seeing that meat was missing from the platter, according to panchayat officials. The state of UP is reportedly facing meat shortage after CM Yogi Adityanath’s gave orders to ban ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses. Moreover, prices of meat and poultry have also gone up because of the high demand and lack of supply. The bride’s family tried to pacify the situation by expla...Read More

  • Four killed as 22-wheeler collides with another vehicle near Abbottabad

    Four killed as 22-wheeler collides with another vehicle near Abbottabad Published: 29 April 2017 In a tragic accident near Havelian in the early hours of Saturday, a speeding 22-wheeler enroute to Rawalpindi collided with another going in the opposite direction. The collision enveloped two other cars and a Suzuki van, resulting in four deaths and 12 injuries. The accident took place on a turn, locally referred to as Langra More, on the Karakoram Highway. Rescue 1122 and the area police reached the spot and began rescue work, DSP Havelian Khursheed Tanoli told DawnNews. Five of the injured were shifted to the Rural Health Centre Havelian, while three others were taken to the District He...Read More

  • Metro bus runs over medical student in Rawalpindi

    Metro bus runs over medical student in Rawalpindi Published: 28 April 2017 A medical student was killed when a Metro bus she was travelling on ran her over in Rawalpindi Friday, police said. Sameera, a 19-year-old student of the Shifa College of Medicine, was travelling to Islamabad when the driver pulled the emergency brakes near the Rehmanabad bus station, apparently due to ongoing construction work in the area. Due to the impact, the bus hit a pole and the door of the metro bus flung open, throwing Sameera out of the vehicle and onto the road. The student then was run over by the same bus, eyewitnesses and police said. She died on the spot. A police team from Sadiqabad Police Statio...Read More

  • United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane

    United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane Published: April 28, 2017 CHICAGO: United Airlines and the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month have reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, they said on Thursday, in the carrier’s latest step to contain damage from an incident that sparked international outrage. Viral videos of Dr David Dao being dragged down the aisle of a United jet and Chief Executive Oscar Munoz’s handling of the incident touched off a public outcry, prompted calls from congressmen for new industry regulation, and led United’s board of directors to reverse an agreement to make Munoz company chairman in 2018. Un...Read More

  • Minister for inter-provincial coordination resigns in protest against PSB DG’s removal

    Minister for inter-provincial coordination resigns in protest against PSB DG’s removal Published: April 28, 2017 Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Friday resigned from his post in protest against removal of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera. “I have been humiliated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s principal secretary,” Express News quoted Pirzada as saying. “I will not retract my decision to resign as minister.” On Wednesday, the federal government suspended DG PSB for three months without citing any reason in its notification. Despite repeated attempts to contact PM Nawaz, Pirzada, who is believed to be su...Read More

  • Two police wounded by 'Islamist' militant on France's Reunion island

    Two police wounded by 'Islamist' militant on France's Reunion island Published: 27 April 2017 A man suspected of being a radicalised Islamist militant shot and wounded two policemen on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him on Thursday, authorities said. “The man refused to be arrested and fired a rifle at police,” a local government official on the island said, adding that the suspect — a man in his 20s believed to be a recent convert to Islam — was now in custody. The lives of the two officers are not in danger. The anti-terrorist department of the Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the attack. The attack on Reunion comes a week after a French ...Read More

  • Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother appeals to Pakistan for his release

    Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother appeals to Pakistan for his release Published: April 27, 2017 The Indian government on Wednesday submitted a petition by Kulbushan Jadhav’s mother to Islamabad, initiating a process to get the self-confessed spy’s conviction overturned. During his meeting with Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale submitted an appeal written by Jadhav’s mother on her son’s behalf. Jadhav’s mother urged the government of ...Read More