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  • It's time to boycott any company doing business in Xinjiang

    by Michael Caster The author is a human rights advocate and researcher Any western company doing business in Xinjiang should consider their supply chains tainted by forced labour drawn from internment camps. Hardly a drop in the ocean of the vast global economy, this involves companies such as Ikea, H&M, Volkswagen and Siemens. This month, the United States banned the import of products made by a firm in Xinjiang over its use of forced labour. It also blacklisted 28 Chinese entities for their role in the repression of Uighurs and issued visa restrictions on key Chinese officials. Following suit, two major Australian companies have now also announced they are ending partnership with the...Read More

  • Airstrike kills key Haqqani Network leader who was involved in deadly Kabul attacks

    An airstrike in Mohammad Agha district of Logar killed a prominent Haqqani Network leader who had planned and faciliated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city. According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the security forces conducted the airstrike in ZarghoonShahr Village, killing Qari Burhan and some Pakistani and Arab militants. The statement further added that Qari Burhan was in command of a notorious group of terrorists and had planned and facilitated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city. He had planned and conducted the 2017 attack close to Jamhuriat Hospital which killed 103 people and wounded 235 others, the defense ministry said, adding that he had plan...Read More

  • Airstrikes kill 45 Taliban and ISIS militants in 9 provinces

    A series of airstrikes killed 45 militants of the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan groups in nine provinces in the past 24 hours. The military officials said Saturday an airstrike killed 12 Taliban militants and destroyed a cache of weapons in Kush district of Herat province. The officials further added that airstrikes in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar killed 7 ISIS Khurasan militants. An airstrike in Sar Rowzad district of Paktika killed 5 Taliban militant and destroyed a vehicle, the officials added. Another airstrike in Muhammad Agha district of Logar killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Nad Ali district of...Read More

  • Deadly airstrike kills 53 Taliban militants in Faryab province

    A deadly airstrike killed at least 53 Taliban militants in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the military officials said. The officials further added that the security forces conducted the airstrike late on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said a large group of Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Khwaja Namosi area of Pashtun Kot district at 8:30 pm local time. The statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack sparking heavy clashes which continued for several hours. The security forces conducted an airstrike in support of the ground forces which killed at least 53 Taliban militants while ...Read More

  • Special Forces kill, detain 4 Taliban militants; destroy caches of weapons in 3 provinces

    The Afghan Special Forces killed 3 Taliban militants, detained another Taliban fighter and destroyed three caches of weapons in three provinces. The military officials said Sunday the Special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours in Paktika, Ghazni and Helmand provinces. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed the 3 militants in Zurmat district of Paktika provinces. The Special Forces also arrested a Taliban fighter and destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same operation, the officials added. In another operation in Ghazni city of Ghazni province, the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that the Special...Read More

  • China's industrial profits drop 2.1 pct in Jan.-Sept.

    Profits of China's major industrial firms dropped 2.1 percent year on year in the first nine months, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Sunday. The decline narrowed from the 3.3-percent year-on-year drop in the first quarter (Q1) and 1.9 percent in Q2 to 1.8 percent in Q3, said NBS senior statistician Zhu Hong. Specifically, profits of state-owned industrial firms dropped 9.6 percent from one year earlier to 1.39 trillion yuan (about 196.47 billion U.S. dollars), while those in the private sector gained 5.4 percent year on year to 1.26 trillion yuan in the first nine months. During the period, profits of the mining industry climbed 3.1 percent to 427.94 billion yuan...Read More

  • China's statistics agency to fight statistical fraud

    China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has formed 11 statistical inspection teams to launch the first round of inspection to fight statistical fraud. The first batch of statistical inspectors will go to nine provinces and autonomous regions and two State Council departments in from late October to late November, according to the NBS. The move aims to facilitate the establishment of a responsibility system for preventing statistical fraud and falsification, so as to ensure the quality of statistical data. Solid statistical data can guarantee an accurate reflection of the process of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, according to the NBS. The NBS is responsib...Read More

  • Complying FATF requirements: a herculean task

    Money laundering, a white-collar crime, is a process wherein illegal proceeds are made to appear legitimate after being passed through various networks. The intricate process of money laundering usually takes place in three steps – placement, layering and integration. The said three moves are integral to disguise the real but illegal source of wealth. Placement, the first step in the process, requires proceeds of crime to be moved and ‘placed’ into financial institutions that do not question their origin. Then comes layering where crime proceeds are converted from ‘cash’ into another form to avoid the tracking of such cash. Integration, the last step of money laundering, involves the integr...Read More

  • Contrary to slogan of job creation, unemployment on the rise in Pakistan

    KARACHI : The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) promised in its election manifesto before July 2018 polls that it would provide 10 million jobs over a span of five years. Instead, its policies in the very first year of its rule have resulted in massive layoffs nationwide. The Economic Survey of Pakistan, unveiled in June 2019, reported a slight drop in the rate of unemployment to 5.79% in fiscal year 2017-18. Employers, however, have challenged the reading, arguing that it does not reflect the actual bleak situation in the job market. “If we take a holistic approach, it (the rate of unemployment) is not less than 14-15%,” Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) President Majyd Aziz told The...Read More

  • IMF mission arrives in Pakistan to review country’s performance

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sent its mission to review and evaluate Pakistan’s performance on implementation of its 39-month-long extended fund facility (EFF) worth $6 billion to the debt-ridden country as it hopes to secure the next tranche of approximately $460 million. The IMF mission will review Pakistan’s performance against six performance criteria related to Net International Reserves (NIR), Net Domestic Assets (NDA), net foreign currency swap position, primary budget deficit target, net government borrowing from the central bank and stock of sovereign guarantees issued by the government. The IMF will hold meetings with Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar...Read More

  • Leftists to protest ‘travesty of justice’ in Sahiwal killings case

    LAHORE: Left-wing organisations and groups have decided to protest against the ‘flawed’ justice in the Sahiwal tragedy on Nov 14, while condemning police action against a demonstration staged in Muzaffarabad, AJK, against Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir. A meeting of the Lahore Left Front (LLF), a platform of Lahore-based Leftist organisations and groups, on Sunday resolved to hold a protest demonstration on Nov 14 against what they called travesty of justice resulting in the court verdict on the Sahiwal incident in which four people, including a couple and their young daughter, were gunned down on a road in broad daylight. The meeting also decided that the Leftist groups would show...Read More

  • Plain-clothes men force stoppage of exhibition on ‘extrajudicial killings’

    KARACHI: An exhibition depicting “extrajudicial killings” in Karachi by artist and professor Adeela Suleman at Frere Hall as part of the Karachi Biennale was allegedly stopped forcibly by some “plain-clothes men”, triggering criticism by activists mostly on social media, said the artist and witnesses. The exhibition was titled Killing fields of Karachi and was about the 444 killings allegedly carried out by Rao Anwar, a former Malir SSP. “This issue has been brought to our notice and we are looking into it,” said chief of Karachi’s South Zone police. DIG Sharjeel Kharal, however, added that he and his team had yet to receive any formal or informal complaint from the artist or organisers a...Read More

  • Pemra bars anchors from offering opinions in talk shows

    ISLAMABAD: In what appears to be another move to curb the media, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has barred television anchors from giving their “opinions” during talk shows and limited their role to “moderator”. In a scathing directive issued on a weekly holiday, the electronic media watchdog also directed the anchors hosting regular shows “not to appear as experts” in talk shows in their own or other channels. Media houses have been advised to select the guests in talk shows with utmost care and keeping in view of their knowledge and expertise in a particular subject. “Participants/invitees should be selected with due care having credibility as fair and unbias...Read More

  • Pemra’s Overreach

    Despite backlash, controversy and embarrassing U-turns, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) continues to push its agenda of greater control over the content that is produced by media houses – more specifically the widely watched TV news channels. Once again, after sending out a directive that was nationally condemned for being too restrictive and suppressive, the government had to hastily step in to do damage control. The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan had to appear before the media and walk back the Pemra directive in the form of a ‘clarification’; however the ideological and policy bend of Pemra shines clearly...Read More

  • Shrinking democratic space: edit in Pakistan

    Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has once again issued directives to television channels that fundamentally restrict them to choose freely the format and content of its programming. The order states that news anchors are barred from giving their “opinions” during their own or other talk shows and to limit their role to “moderator”. These instructions are quite arbitrary in nature and just another way to tighten the censorship noose on the media. How is an anchor supposed to effectively conduct a programme if he is not allowed to analyse and interpret a particular event that is being discussed in order to frame questions to ask guests of the show? It goes on to ‘direct’...Read More

  • Pak razes minority Ahmadis’ mosque, says part of antiencroachment drive

    Lahore:A 70-year-old worship place belonging to Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis has been demolished by the authorities in Punjab province, the community members said on Monday. Pakistan’s parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi community as nonMuslims. A decade later, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Ahmadi community spokesperson Saleemduddin said the worship place, which has been destroyed, was located in Bahawalpur district’s Hasilpur village, 400 km from Lahore. “The assistant commissioner of Hasilpur along with workers attacked the 70- year-old Ahmadi place of worship and destroyed parts...Read More

  • Balochistan govt puts Quetta Mass Transit project on hold

    ISLAMABAD: Balochistan government has decided to put on hold the Quetta Mass Transit project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as all the four mass transit schemes in the provincial capitals face significant delays. According to government sources, Pakistan had conveyed to China about its decision during a meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on transport infrastructure of CPEC which was held this month. Sources added that the provincial government took the decision to put the project on hold on the basis of a pre-feasibility study that found the mass transit scheme financially unviable. Balochistan government was reviewing the mass transit option and considering both ra...Read More

  • HC seeks Centre, AAP govt stand on plea to declare poker as gambling, ban on it

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought Centre and AAP government's response on a petition seeking that poker and similar card games, played online or offline, be declared gambling and, therefore, illegal. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Finance Ministry and the Delhi government, asking them to indicate their stand on the plea which has sought a ban on poker and similar card games like rummy, bridge and teen patti. The court listed the petition, filed by a lawyer, for hearing on November 28 along with another similar matter. Last week, the bench had declined to entertain the same plea by the petitioner, Deepti Bhagat, as sh...Read More

  • ISIS still dangerous, could attempt retribution attack after Baghdadi's killing: US

    Washington, Oct 31: A top American General has said the Islamic State is still dangerous and it could attempt a retribution attack after the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US raid. The head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, speaking to reporters after the Pentagon released video and photos of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Baghdadi, acknowledged that the terror group's leadership may be disjointed and that it could take some time for it to recuperate, but that doesn't mean it is not a threat. "ISIS is first and last an ideology so, we're under no illusions that it's going to go away just because we killed Baghdadi. It will remain, ...Read More

  • 65 killed in massive fire on moving train in Pak

    Lahore, Oct 31 (PTI) At least 65 people were killed and scores injured on Thursday as a massive fire broke out on a moving train after cooking gas stoves carried by some passengers exploded in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province. The train, Tezgam Express, was on its way to Lahore from Karachi when the fire broke out, destroying three bogies at Liaquatpur near Rahim Yar Khan, some 400 kms from Lahore. District Police Officer Amir Taimur said that 65 passengers lost their lives after the fire erupted in three coaches. Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that most of the victims belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat (Islamic preachers) who were going to Lahore to attend a major annual cong...Read More

  • Condemn violence but do not politicise it: WB Governor

    Kolkata, Oct 31: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday said violence, irrespective of its place of occurence, should be condemned but not politicised. When asked about the killing of five labourers from West Bengal in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, Dhankhar said that violence, "anywhere, local or otherwise", is condemnable. Dhankhar was speaking to reporters after offering flowers at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of the country's first home minister. "Violence anywhere, local or otherwise, is to be condemned. If we believe in Sardar Patel, we should not be politicising violence," Dhankhar said without elaborating....Read More

  • R K Mathur sworn-in as Ladakh LG

    R K Mathur sworn-in as Ladakh LG Leh, Oct 31: Former bureaucrat Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in on Thursday as the first Lieutenant Governor of the strategically located Union Territory of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. Mathur, who will turn 66 next month, was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal, at a function held at the Sindhu Sanskriti auditorium here, which was attended by officials of the Leh and Kargil hill councils, Army and paramilitary forces, religious leaders and the general public. After the swearing-in, Mathur, who was given a guard of honour at the venue by the L...Read More

  • How Hafiz Saeed is running JuD show from prison

    Lahore: UN designated terrorist and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed is running the affairs of his banned Jamaat-udDawah (JuD) group from Lahore’s KotLakhpat jail, where he recently played the role of an arbitrator in a high-profile case between the police and the family of a suspected ATM thief who died in police custody. SalahuddinAyubi, who was mentally challenged, died in police custody last month due to alleged torture after his arrest on charges of stealing money from an ATM. His death sparked outrage across the country. Saeed, who has been in the high security jail since his arrest on July 17 on charges of terror financing, last week met the deceased man’s family and convinced ...Read More

  • Special Forces kill, wound 14 Taliban militants during a raid in Ghazni

    Geru: The Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Geru district of Ghazni province in the South-east, killing or wounding at least 14 militants. According to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, the Special Forces conducted the raid in in Musa Khel area of Geru district. The statement further added that the Special Forces killed 8 Taliban militants and wounded 6 others during the raid. The Special Forces also destroyed six motorcycles belonging to Taliban militants, the 203rd Thunder Corps added. The Air Forces also conducted airstrikes in support of the security forces in Aab Band district of Ghazni which killed 3 militants and wounded 4 others, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, ...Read More

  • Senior ISIS leader surrenders to Afghan forces in Nangarhar province

    Nangarhar: A senior leader of the Islamic State terror group surrendered to the Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to a statement released by provincial government, Fraidoon alias Neman Al-Bajuri surrendered to the Afghan forces in Kot district of Nangarhar. The statement further added that Fraidoon was in charge of the educational programs of the terror group in Nangarhar. Originally a resident of Qarabagh district of Kabul, Fraidoon surrendered to the Afghan forces after realizing the truth, the provincial government added in its statement. Furthermore, Fraidoon handed over a pistol and two hand grenades to the Afghan forces. The sympathizers of the...Read More

  • NDS Special Forces foil suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif city aimed at assassinating Gen. Malik

    AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan Special Forces foiled a suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif city, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan. According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Special Forces of the directorate busted a group of Taliban militants during an operation in Ferdawsi Square of the city. The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces arrested four people including Habibur Rahman alias Hanzala, the would-be suicide bomber, Syed Mia Rahnama who facilitated the transfer of the suicide bomber, Syed Nasir who had provided shelter to the suicide bomber and Abdul Munir who had facilitated the supply of equipment to the g...Read More

  • Special Forces kill 6 Taliban militants, destroy large caches of weapons and IEDs in 3 provinces

    Logar: The Afghan Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and destroyed large caches of weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices during the operations in 3 provinces. The military officials said Wednesday the Special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours in Logar, Farah and Herat provinces. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a weapons cache in Baraki Barak district of Logar. The Special Forces killed 2 other militants and destroyed a cache of weapons during a patrol in Farah district of Farah province. The officials also added that the Special Forces also destroyed 17 IEDs during the operations in Herat and Farah...Read More

  • China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

    SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is part of a reorganization of the national People’s Liberation Army that President Xi Jinping initiated in 2016, security researchers and intelligence officials said. China’s hackers have since built up a new arsenal of techniques, such as elaborate hacks of iPhone and Android software, pushing them beyond email attacks and the ...Read More

  • KSA refuses to release Pakistani prisoners involved in drug smuggling

    ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Arabia government has apologised from the immediate release of under-trial Pakistani prisoners involved in drug smuggling. Foreign ministry officials said Pakistani inmates would complete their trial according to the Saudi law and their release was not possible until their cases were concluded. Out of the release of 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as was agreed between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan earlier this year, only 563 could be released. The information was shared during the Sub-Committee of National Assembly Standing Committee on the Overseas Pakistanis session, which was chaired by MehreenRazzak Bhutto. The Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) informed the committee...Read More

  • Pak’s N-proliferation in focus amid Turkey’s quest for nukes

    Washington: Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation is once again coming under scrutiny following Turkey’s reported quest for nuclear weapons. Buried for nearly 15 years after Pakistan’s nuclear smuggler AQ Khan confessed to nuclear smuggling and illicit exports, the issue has resurfaced in recent days after Turkey’s President ReccepTayyip Erdogan was reported conveying his desire for Turkey to go nuclear at a party convention. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads… (But the West insists) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” Erdogan was reported telling his party faithful in remarks that have caused a stir in Washington. “If the US could not prevent the Turkish leader from ro...Read More

  • One killed, dozen injured in police-mob clash

    MIRPUR (AJK)-One person was killed and scores others including policemen were injured as a result of a street battle between an unruly group of protestors and the police in AJK’s capital city Muzaffarabad on Tuesday. The riot police clashed with the mob, comprising activists of Jammu & Kashmir People’s National Alliance, consists of over 27 Kashmiri nationalist political groups and organisations. The ill-fated person who lost life was identified as an elderly citizen Aslam Abbasi. Police stormed the Central Press Club Muzaffarabad where the PNA leaders including its Central Chairman Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed were addressing news conference to unveil the objectives of holding of the protest demo...Read More

  • US attorney supports India’s Article 370 move, compares PM Modi with Abraham Lincoln

    New York: Terror needs to be eradicated, so rights and freedoms mean something, a top Indian-American attorney has said as several US lawmakers underscored the importance of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of its special status. Ravi Batra’s remarks came while responding to a Congressional subcommittee on human rights in South Asia. “When you have people afraid to come out of their house because they don’t want to be blown up because cross border terrorism exists as a daily event and home grown terrorist being nurtured. The first thing somebody wants before they want human rights, they want to live,” the attorney from New York told the Subcommittee on Asia, the Paci...Read More

  • Infiltration of terrorists classical strategy of Pak to destabilise J&K: Panelists

    Jammu, Oct 22: The panelists at a seminar organized by Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation on the topic "Pakistan Invasion not Tribal Raid on Jammu and Kashmir-Oct 22, 1947", observed that infiltration of agents, terrorists, saboteurs supported by Pakistani army has been the classical strategy deployed by Pakistan to destablise Jammu and Kashmir since its first failed mission in 1947 when it sent irregulars and disguised regulars to invade the State. Protecting borders by stopping all infiltration across the LoC and IB into J&K and rest of India is an imperative necessity. Oct 22, 1947 invasion carries a cardinal message that borders can be only safe if we have the capability to stop infilt...Read More

  • Green crackers hit market ahead of Diwali

    Sivakasi (TN), Oct 24 :This Diwali will see green crackers taking centre-stage with the country's fireworks hub here rolling out the eco-friendly varieties which have reduced emission of harmful chemicals and low sound in line with the Supreme Court order. After a gloomy 2018 in the wake of the apex court banning conventional crackers on pollution grounds, the industry which provides livelihood to around eight lakh people in and around this arid town, over 550 km from Chennai, is hopeful of meeting the demand for green crackers in the coming season. The changeover to green crackers after extensive experiments marks revival of the industry which has over 1,000 manufacturing units around Si...Read More

  • Haryana will not tolerate BJP's misgovernance any more: Selja

    New Delhi, Oct 24: The people of Haryana had rejected the ruling BJP and was ready to "embrace a new dawn of justice", state Congress chief Kumari Selja said on Thursday as trends showed no clear winner. The BJP was leading in 38 seats and the Congress in 31 in trends available for the 89 of the 90 seats. The Jannayak Janta Party was ahead in 11 seats and could emerge kingmaker. "Haryana has given the verdict- it will not tolerate @BJP4Haryana's misgovernance any more. Choosing to leave behind the maladies inflicted on its people in last 5years,the state is ready to embrace a new dawn of justice & equality under the leadership of @INCHaryana," Selja tweeted....Read More

  • BJP, Shiv Sena on course to retain power in Maharashtra

    Mumbai, Oct 24: The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance on Thursday looked on course to retaining power in Maharashtra as per trends available in 283 of the 288 Assembly seats. BJP is leading in 99, Shiv Sena 61, Cong 41, NCP 49 and Independents are ahead in 15 seats as per trends available so far as per the Election Commission figures. The Sharad Pawar led party has fared better than its parent party, which seems to have held on to its tally in 2014 elections. The Independents were ahead in 15 seats, the ECI said. BJP candidate Udayanraje Bhosale is trailing behind NCP nominee Shriniwas Patil by 10,000 votes in Satara Lok Sabha seat bypoll after the first round of counting. Shiv Sena's Aadi...Read More

  • Article 370: It’s time to move ahead, says Karan Singh

    New Delhi, Oct 21: Maintaining that a political decision on Article 370 of the Constitution and re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir has already taken place, senior Congress leader Karan Singh today said, “One has to approach it with a positive mindset and move ahead.” Speaking at an event here to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Jammu & Kashmir state, the Congress leader, however, stressed the importance of political dialogue with recognised political parties and civil society in the Kashmir Valley to normalise the situation there. Singh stressed that it was essential to maintain communal harmony in the entire state, particularly in Jammu, which has a mi...Read More

  • US media ideological, didn’t present facts on Jammu & Kashmir: Jaishankar

    Pulling up media for coverage on Article 370, Jaishankar said, “Media was ideological, didn’t present the facts on Jammu & Kashmir move… People were surprised about the costs of doing business in J&K as a result of Article 370.” New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Monday while pointing out that the current US administration has made trade issues alot more central to its foreign policy, said that there is no obstacle that can’t be resolved between Delhi and Washington. “This US administration has made trade issues a lot more central to foreign policy. I don't see any obstacle that can't be overcome between the United States and India. No issues on trade that cannot be sor...Read More

  • 3 mortar shells defused along LoC in Poonch

    Jammu, Oct 22: The Army has defused three live mortar shells fired by Pakistan troops along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said on Tuesday. With the safe defusal of the mortar shells by Army engineers, a tragedy has been averted in Karmara village of Poonch district, they said. Pakistan has been resorting to heavy mortar shelling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir for the past over one month....Read More

  • Canada elects Parliament in vote seen as threat to Trudeau

    Toronto, Oct 21 : Canadians are electing a new Parliament on Monday after a tight election campaign that has raised the threat of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being knocked from power after one term. The 47-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015 but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged his prospects. Polls indicate Trudeau's Liberal Party could lose to the rival Conservatives, or perhaps win but still fail to get a majority of seats in Parliament and have to rely on an opposition party to remain in power. Not in 84 years has a first-term Canadian prime minister with a pa...Read More

  • Centre approves renovation of heritage building of IIAS

    Shimla, Oct 21: The heritage building of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), which used to be the residence of viceroy from 1888 till Independence, will soon be renovated. Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has recently given its in-principle approval for the renovation of the heritage building which was renamed as Rashtrapati Nivas after Independence, IIAS director Makarand R Paranjape said on Monday. The building spread over about 330 acres will be renovated with a cost of Rs 66.33 crores, Pranajape accompanied by IIAS secretary Colonel Vijay K Tiwari said. Then President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan conceived in 1965 the idea of housing the IIAS in the building and...Read More

  • We've been targeted since last 90 years: Bhagwat

    Nagpur, Oct 21 : RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said the Sangh has been targeted since last 90 years, but there is no need to worry as the society is one and will always remain so. Bhagwat also said he is "not a political person". After he cast his vote in Nagpur for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, some reporters asked him about the Congress targeting the RSS over the issue of demand for Bharat Ratna award for Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar. Replying to it, Bhagwat said, "We have been targeted since last 90 years. Hence, there is no need to worry as the society is one and will always be one. It is politics, all this is part of it. But the society is one and will always be one." Whe...Read More

  • JKUF appeals to observe Oct 22 as Black Day against Pak aggression

    Jammu, Oct 20, 2019: Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation has appealed the people of Jammu and Kashmir to observe Black Day on Oct 22, 2019 to remember the sacrifices of lakhs of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims to defeat the invasion of the of the Princely State spearheaded by Pakistan Army in 1947 erroneously described as Tribal Invasion. The seventh seminar in a series titled “Pakistan’s Military Invasion not Tribal Raid of Jammu and Kashmir will be organized on Oct 22 at Press Club Jammu at 4 p.m. In a press statement issued here Ajaat Jamwal, president JKUF alongwith expert speakers will dwell at length the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army on the people of Jammu and it becomes more re...Read More

  • Subject:-Gola Shah challaned in 20th FIR by Crime Branch Jammu

    JAMMU: Ravinder Kumar @ Ravinder Gupta @ Gola Shah S/OSurajPrakashR/O GreaterKailash Jammu has been charge sheeted in case FIR No. 19/2011 U/S 420, 120-B of RPC Police Station, Crime Branch, Jammu. During investigation documentary evidence and statements could help establish offences against Gola Shah and two of his accomplices-Joginder Singh S/O Ram Saran R/O Sunjwan, the then Numberdar of the village Sunjwan and attorney holder of the piece of land pertaining to which cheating has been done. The third accused was Chet Ram, the owner of land who has expired. FIR was lodged in Crime Branch Jammu on the complaint of aggrieved Kuldeep Raj Gupta S/O Late Rajm...Read More

  • ‘Institution’, judge accused of pressurising Arshad to convict Nawaz

    ISLAMABAD: Nasir Butt, the main character behind the judge’s video scandal, has claimed in an affidavit submitted in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that an ‘institution’ as well as a judge pressurised former accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik to convict former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Malik convicted Mr Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference, but acquitted him in the Flagship Investment reference. In a related development, the IHC on an application filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) allowed the prosecution to place additional evidence related to the assets of the Sharif family on court record in the Flagship Investment reference. The affidavit of Mr Butt contrad...Read More

  • Airstrikes kill 33 Taliban and ISIS militants in 7 provinces

    Afganistan: A series of airstrikes killed 33 Taliban and ISIS militants in seven provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours. The military officials said Thursday airstrikes in Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz killed 17 Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons. The officials further added that airstrikes in Rashidan and QarahBagh districts of Ghazni killed 6 Taliban militants and destroyed a weapons cache of the group. An airstrike in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak province killed 2 Taliban militants and destroyed a cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Sharan district of Paktika killed 2 Taliban militants. Meanwhile, airstrikes in...Read More

  • NDS Special Forces kill facilitator of Taliban explosions in Takhar province

    The Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) killed the facilitator of Taliban explosions in North-eastern Takhar province. According to a statement released by NDS, the NDS Special Forces killed Salahuddin alias Ibrahimi, the facilitator of Taliban explosions in Takhar. The statement further added that Salahuddin had recently visited Taloqan city to carry out a series of targeted attacks against the tribal elders. However, the National Directorate of Security identified and eliminated Salahuddin in Taloqan city before he could carry out the attacks. Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said the NDS Special Forces arrested a group of 9 Taliban militants...Read More

  • China’s Economic Growth Slows as Challenges Mount

    SHANGHAI — China’s economic slowdown worsened in the July-to-September period, according to data released on Friday, as the trade war with the United States and a host of other problems leave Beijing struggling to meet its goals. The figures show China continues to grow at its slowest pace in nearly three decades of modern record-keeping. While China is still expanding faster than any other major economy, Friday’s data suggest that the pace could come in at the low end of Beijing’s official target, which could add to worries about broader prospects for global growth. China's efforts to tame its addiction to lending and the deepening impact of the trade war have been major drags on the eco...Read More

  • China subsidising Xinjiang companies’ use of forced labour, US lawmakers told

    China: Forced labour is increasingly forming an integral part of Beijing’s efforts to “re-educate” Muslim minorities in China’s far west, according to a new report by a major US think tank and testimony by experts delivered on Thursday on Capitol Hill. According to United Nations estimates from last year, around 1 million Uygurs and other largely Muslim ethnic minority groups are being forcibly held and subject to political indoctrination in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Government officials in China maintain the detention centres are “vocational training centres” and claimed in July that most of the inmates have been released. But the camps form “only one piece of the whole puzz...Read More

  • Kashmiri Pandits brief US lawmakers on situation in Kashmir

    Washington, Oct 18 : Ahead of the next week's Congressional hearing on human rights situation in South Asia, Kashmiri Pandits residing in various parts of the US held a briefing for US lawmakers and their aides on ground realties in the Valley and violations of their rights for the past several decades. Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressmen Mike Thompson, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Desaulneir and Doris Matsui along with Chairman of House of Foreign Relation Committee, Elliot Engel, attended the congressional briefing at Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in her opening statement emphasised that India and the US, the two largest democracies in the world, need to work t...Read More

  • Five of family burnt to death in Assam

    Dibrugarh (Assam), Oct 19 : Five members of a family including two children were charred to death when a cooking gas cylinder burst triggering fire at their house in Dibrugarh district of upper Assam, police said on Saturday. The incident occurred at Niz Kodomoni near Thermal Colony in Dibrugarh town, district Additional Superintendent of Police Dhruba Bora said. The cooking gas cylinder in their hut near the railway tracks burst around 1.30 am on Saturday when they were sleeping, he said, adding that they were "burnt to death at the spot" after the fire engulfed their house. The deceased were identified as Maya Sonar (50), Bishal Sonar (19), Shib Sonar (5), Shankar Sonar (3), Nunu (50),...Read More

  • Delhi's air quality 'very poor' again, likely to sharply over weekend

    Delhi's air quality 'very poor' again, likely to sharply over weekend New Delhi, Oct 18: The national capital's air quality slipped into the "very poor" category on Friday morning, and was expected to decline sharply over the weekend owing to changing weather and "significant" stubble burning. The city's overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 306 on Friday. It was 276 on Thursday. The overall AQI at DTU, Dwarka Sector 8, Narela, Wazirpur and Bawana was 312, 316, 310, 312, and 341 respectively, which falls in the "very poor" category. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 a...Read More

  • Pak violates ceasefire along IB in JK's Kathua Advertisement

    Jammu, Oct 19: Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages with small arms firing along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday. The firing from across the border in Manyari-Chorgali area in Hiranagar sector was unprovoked and started around 7.30 pm on Friday and continued intermittently throughout the night, the officials said. They said the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated effectively. There was no report of any casualty or damage in the Pakistani firing which ended around 4.15 am on Saturday morning, the officials said....Read More

  • 40% population denied access to basic hygiene facilities

    Islamabad:As international community commemorates Global Handwashing Day, the health and lives of the people of Pakistan are at risk because 40 per cent of the population is denied access to basic hygiene facilities. In Pakistan, the facilities to wash hands are not ample and the issue is not given as much importance as it requires considering the impact of a simple act of handwashing. A big number of schools in Pakistan are without washrooms and water supply to wash hands. According to AlifAilaan Regional Fact Sheets 2014, 2 out of every 5 schools are missing a toilet. Those with washrooms hardly have smooth water supply. 24 per cent of healthcare facilities in Pakistan have no access t...Read More

  • Special Forces kill, detain 7 Taliban militants; destroy multiple caches of weapons

    The Afghan Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants, arrested 3 others and destroyed multiple caches of weapons in 5 provinces. The military officials said the special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants in Baraki Barak district of Logar and destroyed a small cache of weapons. The Special Forces arrested 3 Taliban militants during separate operations in Chak-e Wadak district of Wardak, Pul-e Alam district of Logar and Deh Yak district of Ghazni, the officials said, adding that they also destroyed a cache of weapons in Wardak. The officials also added that the Special Forces destroyed anothe...Read More

  • Strike observed in Turbat over bad law, order situation

    GWADAR: A strike was observed in Turbat, the headquarters of Kech district, on Monday in protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in the town. The All Parties Social Activist Alliance (APSAA) had given the strike call that was supported by all major political parties, including National Party, Balochistan National Party-Awami, BNP-Mengal, JamiatUlema-i-Islam-Fazl, Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamaat-i-Islami, AnjumanTajran, Kech civil society and the legal fraternity. All markets, business centres, banks and educational institutions remained closed throughout the day while traffic on roads was thin as compared to normal days. The Kech Bar Association also boycotted court proce...Read More

  • China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

    Chinese premier Li Keqiang has urged local government officials to do everything possible to keep economic growth on track, sending a strong signal that Beijing is increasingly concerned about a deeper-than-expected economic slowdown amid a trade war with the United States. Li told five provincial governors on Monday that local officials must “enhance the sense of urgency and responsibility” to ensure stable economic growth and “must put growth in a more prominent position” on their work agenda, according to a statement on the Chinese government’s website. “The downward pressure on the economy is increasing continuously, and many real economic entities are struggling amid weak domestic ...Read More

  • Chinese-funded projects, no progress in 22 out of 27

    China made a commitment to provide Tk 1,700 billion for the implementation of 27 projects including the inclusion of railway lines along the Padma Bridge, the construction of a tunnel under the Karnaphuliriver and development in information and communication technology. Three years have already elapsed, but loan agreements have been signed to merely fund for five projects. China has provided only Tk 81.60 billion, which is five per cent of the commitment. During Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in October of 2016, some 27 projects were finalised. The implementation of these projects was supposed to be completed by 2020. Only 14 months are left. The joint working group (...Read More

  • Isolated at anti-terror FATF meet, Pakistan on verge of being in ‘Dark Grey’ list: Report

    Paris: Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by the international terror financing watchdog FATF and the country may be put in the ‘Dark Grey’ list, the last warning to improve. Officials attending the ongoing plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) here said as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough. Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by FATF, given its inadequate performance, whereby it managed to pass in only six of 27 items, an official privy to the development said. The FATF will finalise its decision on Pakistan on October 18. According to FATF rules there is one essential stage between ‘Grey’ and ‘Black’ lists, referred...Read More

  • Pakistan’s new tactic to counter India is to frame Indians for terror

    New Delhi: Pakistan’s efforts to implicate India and Indian nationals over terror-related crimes has resulted in the country now targeting an Indian cook. According to diplomats and foreign ministry officials, Pakistan, with the help of its all-weather ally China has moved the UN Security Council under resolution 1267 (the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, or the 1267 Sanctions Committee as it is now known) seeking action against Indian national Ajoy Mistry who it describes as an Islamic State terrorist targeting Pakistan. Islamabad’s proposal to add Mistry in the ISIL and al Qaida Sanctions List has been circulated by the chair of the 1267 Committee to the other members this month, the diplom...Read More