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Haqqani's upcoming book to reimagine the idea of Pakistan
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
One of Pakistan's most prominent public intellectuals and a renowned author, Husain Haqqanis upcoming book will take stock of the contemporary situation in the country and will attempt to reimagine its concept in a progressive way. ... read..


Death for 5 in Bangladesh for murder of Japanese
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
A Bangladesh court on Tuesday sentenced five members of an extremist group to death for killing a Japanese national in 2015. ... read..


12 policemen die in Afghanistan
Kabul | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
At least 12 police personnel were killed in an attack at a checkpoint in Helmand province of Afghanistan on Tuesday, an official said. ... read..


No top representation from Kabul in Islamabad ECO summit
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Afghanistan did not send any high-level representation in the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit here amid high tension between the two nations following terror attacks in Pakistan. ... read..


Asian shares edge up, await Trump's policy speech
TOKYO | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Asian shares edged up on Tuesday, bolstered by gains on Wall Street as investors awaited a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump for signals on tax reform and infrastructure spending. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 ... read..


US oil ticks up for 2nd day on record OPEC output cut compliance
SINGAPORE | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
US crude oil edged higher for a second day on Tuesday, underpinned by high compliance with OPEC's production cuts even as the market remains anchored by rising U.S. production. West Texas Intermediate crude oil added 0.1 percent to $54.10 a barrel by 002 ... read..


Japan Jan industrial output falls 0.8 pct mth/mth -govt
TOKYO | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell 0.8 percent in January, posting the first decline in six months, government data showed on Tuesday. The month-on-month fall compared with a median market forecast of a 0.3 percent rise and a revised 0.7 percent ... read..


China c.bank says foreign firms able to repatriate profits normally
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
China's central bank reiterated on Tuesday that foreign companies were able to repatriate profits normally, responding to what it said were media reports claiming they had difficulty transferring profits back home. The State Administration of Foreign Exch ... read..


Federer returns with easy win over Paire in Dubai
DUBAI | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Roger Federer breezed back into action to reach the second round of the Dubai Open with a straightforward 6-1 6-3 over erratic Frenchman Benoit Paire today. In his first match since memorably claiming his 18th grand slam title by beating Rafael Nadal at t ... read..


170 peacocks die of contagious disease in Pakistan
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 8:15:33 PM IST
Some 170 peacocks have reportedly succumbed to an avian disease in Pakistan's Tharparkar region, local media reported. ... read..


Gopal Baglay new External Affairs Ministry spokesperson
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 8:15:21 PM IST
Gopal Baglay, who headed the Ministry of External Affairs division dealing with Pakistan, on Monday assumed charge as Ministry spokesperson. ... read..


China to allow foreign investors to conduct FX derivatives
BEIJING | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
China's foreign exchange regulator said on Monday it would allow foreign investors in the interbank bond market to trade forwards, forex swaps and options. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange said the derivatives trading could only be conducted o ... read..


Alibaba says poor laws, enforcement behind spread of fakes
BEIJING | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Monday blamed ambiguous laws and lax penalties at the root of its difficulties in enforcing laws against counterfeiting, as the firm lobbies to be taken off a US blacklist of marketplaces notorious for fakes. In a stat ... read..


14 die in Afghan clash
Kabul | Monday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
At least 14 persons were killed when Afghan security forces repelled a Taliban attack in Jawzjan province, an official said on Monday. ... read..


Afghanistan no threat to any country: Ghani
Kabul | Monday, 2017 3:45:06 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said his country is not a threat to any other country. ... read..


China can manage financial risks if property tax introduced-state media
BEIJING | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
China could manage the resulting financial risks if a property tax is introduced and causes the housing market to correct, a state newspaper said on Monday in a front-page commentary that sought to dispel fears that such a tax would burst a price bubble a ... read..


Afghans, Uzbeks among 350 held in Pakistan
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
At least 350 suspects, including Afghan and Uzbek nationals, were arrested in search operations across Pakistan, the Army said. ... read..


2 quakes jolt Nepal
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
Two moderate earthquakes measuring 4.6 and 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted Nepal on Monday, officials said. ... read..


Islamabad, Kabul must end proxies: JI Emir
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Islamabad and Kabul must create mutual harmony and end all kind of proxies because only India benefits from strained relations between the two nations, Jamaat-e-Islam emir Sirajul Haq has said. ... read..


Seven die in Sri Lanka prison bus attack
Colombo | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Seven persons were killed in an attack on a prison bus in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, police said. ... read..


Nikkei falls to 2-1/2 week lows on strong yen; financials weak
TOKYO | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to 2-1/2 week lows on Monday as the yen strengthened and as financial stocks dropped on lower U.S. yields. The Nikkei ended down 0.9 percent at 19,107.47 points, its lowest closing level since Feb. 9. The broader Topix fe ... read..


Oil ticks up on supply cuts, rising US output caps gains
SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Brent oil prices edged up on Monday and were set to rise for five out of seven sessions as a global supply glut appears to ease, but rising U.S. production limited gains. Brent crude was up 0.04 percent at $56.01 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermedi ... read..


Dollar edges up as market awaits Trump's tax plan
TOKYO | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
The dollar firmed in Asian trading on Monday, pulling away from a two-week low against the yen but lacking momentum as investors awaited this week's speech by U.S. President Donald Trump for clues on tax reform. Trump will make his first major policy add ... read..


Asian stocks seen weak on US cues; bonds eyed
HONG KONG | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Asian stocks look set to edge lower for a second day on Monday as weak cues from U.S. share markets and declining European government bond yields on political worries push investors to take profits after a recent rally. Markets are holding in recent broa ... read..


Afghan Taliban Governor killed in drone attack
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 9:45:05 PM IST
A Taliban Governor for the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, along with two of his men, was killed in a drone attack on Sunday, provincial Governor Assadullah Omarkhil said. ... read..


Keralite IS militant killed in Afghanistan drone attack
Kasaragod (Kerala) | Sunday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Hafeesudin, one of the 21 Keralites reported to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, has been killed in a drone attack, his relative said on Sunday. ... read..


42 abducted Afghan civilians freed
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Forty-two Afghan civilians abducted by Islamic State (IS) militants in Nangarhar province have been released after mediation by local authorities and tribal elders, an official said on Sunday. ... read..


Pakistan, Afghanistan in talks over terror
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan and Afghanistan are negotiating a mechanism to address concerns over terrorism, a media report said on Sunday. ... read..


Pakistan Army asks public to report suspicious activity
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
The Pakistan Army on Sunday called upon the general public to report "suspicious" militant activity "regarding terrorists" on helplines which were set up in December 2014 following the Army Public School attack. ... read..


4 terrorists killed, 600 arrested in Pakistan: Army
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 3:45:05 AM IST
The Pakistan Army said on Saturday that four terrorists have been killed while 600 suspects arrested during the ongoing major anti-terrorism operation. ... read..


UK Labour Party to extend support for Sri Lankan Tamils
Colombo | Saturday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
Britains Labour Party is to reaffirm its strongest possible support for the Sri Lankan Tamils at a Parliamentary event next week, a media report said on Saturday. ... read..


BSF hands over Pakistani border-crosser
Amritsar | Saturday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has handed over a Pakistani national who had crossed into the Indian territory inadvertently, officials said on Saturday. ... read..


Pakistan returns 252 Afghans in goodwill gesture
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 4:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan has returned 252 Afghan nationals to their home country in a goodwill gesture even as it kept the border entry points with Afghanistan shut for the ninth day for security reasons in the wake of a series of bombings. ... read..


Protests in Pakistan village after Indian border guards kill mentally-ill woman
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Protests erupted in a Pakistani village along the border with India after Indian border forces shot dead a mentally-ill woman who had crossed over, the media reported. ... read..


UNHRC urged to push Sri Lanka on human rights
Colombo | Saturday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been urged to push Sri Lanka to develop a timetable for implementing the recommendations made in 2015 on fully restoring human rights in the country. ... read..


Modi dubs Kanpur train accident cross-border conspiracy, SP questions it (Second Lead)
Gonda (Uttar Pradesh) | Friday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed last November's train accident in Kanpur a conspiracy hatched from across the border and urged people not to vote for those "who help conspirators". ... read..


Pakistan blast that killed 10 probably a gas leak: Minister
Lahore | Friday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
The blast that killed 10 persons at a shopping centre in Lahore on Thursday was most probably an accident caused by a "gas leak" and not a bomb, as initially believed, Pakistan officials said on Friday. ... read..


China's coal imports from North Korea ease after sanctions
BEIJING | Friday, Feb 24 2017 IST
China's coal imports from North Korea eased last month after new U.N. Security Council sanctions curbing the isolated country's sales of the fuel abroad came into effect, as Russia, Mongolia, Australia and Indonesia raised shipments, data showed on Friday ... read..


Talks on Masood Azhar under progress: Chinese envoy
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 3:45:06 PM IST
China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday. ... read..


Pope meets families of Dhaka attack victims
Vatican City | Friday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Pope Francis met the families of the nine Italians killed in last year's terrorist attack at a cafe in the Bangladesh capital, a media report said. ... read..


India, Pakistan should maintain friendly ties: Nawaz Sharif
Ankara | Friday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Islamabad and New Delhi should maintain friendly and good relations, media reported on Friday. ... read..


China's yuan firms, set to end the week flat
HONG KONG | Friday, Feb 24 2017 IST
China's yuan firmed against the US dollar on Friday, after the central bank set a stronger midpoint, and was on track to end the week virtually flat as traders hunted for clues where it will move. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate a ... read..


JGBs gain on BOJ operation and global bond advance, curve flattens
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 24 2017 IST
Japanese government bond prices gained on Friday, helped by a regular Bank of Japan buying operation, with the yield curve at its flattest in three weeks as the market tracked a recent decline in global debt yields. The benchmark 10-year JGB yield fell a ... read..


Toshiba says it is considering sale of majority stake in chip unit
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 24 2017 IST
Toshiba Corp said on Friday it is looking to sell a majority stake in its prized flash memory chip business to plug a hole in its finances from a $6.3 billion writedown of its U.S. nuclear unit. The beleaguered conglomerate is "aiming to make a final deci ... read..


BSF kills woman on Pakistan border (Lead)
Jammu | Friday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
The BSF shot dead a woman who sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, police said. ... read..


Two IS militants killed in Pakistan
Karachi | Friday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
The police in Pakistan have killed two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in a raid early on Friday here, media reported. ... read..


Female intruder killed by BSF in Jammu
Jammu | Friday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
A female intruder was killed by border security force (BSF) troops at the International Border (IB) in Akhnoor sector here, police said. ... read..


Jaishankar in Dhaka, meets Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka/New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed preparatory aspects of her proposed visit to India this year. ... read..


Afghanistan wants reopening of border with Pakistan
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday called for reopening of the border that Pakistan closed a week ago due to a series of terrorist attacks that killed over 100 people in Pakistan. ... read..


Harika Dronavalli storms into semi-finals of World Chess C'ship
Tehran | Thursday, Feb 23 2017 IST
Indian Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli gained momentum in the rapid tie-breaker against Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia cruising to semi-finals of the World Women Chess Championship for the third time in a row. Displaying her masterly skills the Indian grandmaste ... read..


Pakistan Army prepared to combat 'threat from east': Gen Bajwa
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 9:45:05 PM IST
Hours after Pakistan was hit by another bomb blast, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that despite internal security threats the army was fully prepared for an effective response against the "perpetual threat from the east". ... read..


Enemy using Afghan soil to attack Pakistan: Islamabad
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Thursday said the enemy was taking advantage of the turmoil in Afghanistan and using its soil to orchestrate terrorist attacks in the country. ... read..


Blast in Lahore kills 10 (Third Lead)
Lahore | Thursday, 2017 8:15:06 PM IST
At least 10 persons were killed and over 20 wounded on Thursday, when a massive blast rocked parts of Lahore in Pakistan, a day after the army announced a countrywide crackdown against terrorists. ... read..


China will open more sectors to private investment - State Council
BEIJING | Thursday, Feb 23 2017 IST
China will open up more sectors to private investment, according to a statement posted Thursday on the website of the State Council, or cabinet, citing a meeting led by Premier Li Keqiang. China will encourage private investment in sectors including healt ... read..


Blast near Indian eatery kills eight in Lahore (Second Lead)
Lahore | Thursday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
At least eight persons were killed on Thursday when a powerful explosion took place near a restaurant serving Indian cuisine in the Pakistani city Lahore, police said. ... read..


Japan govt lowers assessment of consumer spending
TOKYO | Thursday, Feb 23 2017 IST
Japan's government lowered its assessment of consumer spending in February, the first downgrade in 11 months, as some shoppers have become increasingly frugal in the face of rising food prices. The government left unchanged its overall assessment that the ... read..


Twin blasts rock Lahore, seven killed (Lead)
Lahore | Thursday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
Two explosions rocked Pakistan's Lahore city on Thursday, the first one killing at least seven people, the media reported. ... read..


7 killed in Lahore explosion
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
At least seven persons were killed and over 15 were injured in an explosion in a defence area of Lahore on Thursday, the local media reported. ... read..


18 Afghan asylum seekers sent home from Germany
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
A group of 18 Afghan nationals whose application for asylum in Germany was rejected and who were deported, arrived in Kabul on Thursday. ... read..


China Jan diesel exports up a third on yr earlier
BEIJING | Thursday, Feb 23 2017 IST
- China's January exports of diesel fuel rose 32.5 percent from a year earlier to 960,000 tonnes, data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs showed. The figure was still well below a record amount of 1.78 million tonnes shipped out in Decembe ... read..


China January sugar imports up 42 pct y/y at 410,000 tonnes - customs
BEIJING | Thursday, Feb 23 2017 IST
China imported 410,000 tonnes of sugar in January, up 42 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Thursday. The import figure was the highest since September last year. High global prices pushed imports by the world's to ... read..


Pakistan Army launches Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to eliminate terrorism
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
In its continuing fight against terrorism, the Pakistan Army on Wednesday launched "Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad" -- which roughly translates to "operation to eliminate discord" -- across the country, the military said. ... read..


Lahore HC seeks government response on Hafiz Saeed detention
Lahore | Wednesday, 2017 6:45:06 PM IST
A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Punjab Home Department on a petition challenging the detention of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed. ... read..


Motorbike bomb kills 3 in Afghanistan
Kabul | Wednesday, 2017 6:15:06 PM IST
At least three persons lost their lives and 22 others were injured on Wednesday as a motorbike bomb struck a bazaar in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said. ... read..


Sri Lanka to hike damages for elephant attacks
Colombo | Wednesday, 2017 6:15:06 PM IST
Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Wednesday approved to grant a higher compensation to victims of wild elephant attacks in the island country. ... read..


Toll in Sri Lanka boat capsize rises to 13
Colombo | Wednesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
The deaths in a boat capsize in Sri Lanka has risen to 13 after rescuers on Wednesday recovered two more bodies. ... read..


Jaishankar meets Chinese Foreign Minister
Beijing | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ahead of attending a key bilateral strategic dialogue here. ... read..


Five terrorist killed by Pakistan Air Force
Rawalpindi | Wednesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
As part of the ongoing crackdown on militants, the Pakistan Air Force has killed five terrorists in Khyber Agency, along the border with Afghanistan, media reported on Wednesday. ... read..


India, Bangladesh to strengthen border management
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 PM IST
India and Bangladesh have decided to implement the Coordinated Border Management Plan in "letter and spirit" to curb the menace of trans-border crime, including smuggling of arms, drugs, and fake currency. ... read..


Madhesi Morcha boycotts meeting called by Prachanda
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
Leaders of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) were conspicuous by their absence at an all-party meeting held here on Tuesday to have the constitution amendment motion discussed in Parliament in view of the government's announcement for local ... read..


Post-Mumbai attack, coastal surveillance phase II approved
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 9:15:06 PM IST
Further expansion of a coastal surveillance system, which was put in place after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was approved on Tuesday by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under which 38 more radar stations will be set up along India's coastline. ... read..


Bangladesh still at war against fundamentalists: Activist Kabir
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
Even 46 years after the Liberation War, Bangladesh continues to be at war against fundamentalists, the country's writer and activist Shahriar Kabir said on Tuesday, referring to removal of works of non-Muslim writers from school textbooks. ... read..


Sikhs suffer in Pakistani province: Sikh leader
Peshawar | Tuesday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
About 10,000 members of the Sikh community in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province lack education and health, a Sikh leader said in remarks published on Tuesday. ... read..


Kabul demands action against Taliban in Pakistan
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
Within days of the Pakistan Army summoning Afghan diplomats to demand action against militants sheltering in Afghanistan and involved in attacks in Pakistan, Kabul has handed over a list of Afghan Taliban militants and 32 terrorist hideouts on Pakistani t ... read..


Eight die in Pakistan suicide attack (Second Lead)
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
Three suicide bombers who targeted a court in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were killed on Tuesday, the ghastly attack also leaving five others dead, authorities said. ... read..


Three suicide bombers killed in Pakistan (Lead)
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Three suicide bombers who tried to enter a court in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province were killed on Tuesday, authorities said. ... read..


Nikkei boosted by weaker yen; paper sector outperforms
TOKYO | Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 IST
Japanese stocks rose on Tuesday as the weaker yen helped overall sentiment, while the paper sector outperformed on a report that a major producer intends to raise printing paper prices. Trading volumes were low, however, as a holiday in the United States ... read..


Three explosions near a court rock Pakistan
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
Three explosions occurred near a court in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, the police said. ... read..


HSBC's Hong Kong shares down 3.5 pct after 2016 profit slump
HONG KONG | Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 IST
Shares in HSBC Holdings Plc were down 3.5 percent in afternoon trading in Hong Kong on Tuesday after the bank posted a bigger-than-expected drop in its 2016 pre-tax profit. HSBC reported a 62 percent slump in annual pre-tax profit that fell way short of a ... read..


Foreign investment is not leaving China - commerce minister
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 IST
China's commerce minister on Tuesday sought to assuage concerns that foreign investment is leaving the country, saying claims to that effect were "biased." In comments made to reporters, Gao didn't elaborate on the ministry's views though data over the pa ... read..


China cbank to make "dynamic changes" to banks' targeted RRR rates
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 IST
China's central bank said on Tuesday that it will make dynamic changes to banks' targeted reserve requirement ratio (RRR) rates, effective from Feb. 27. The People's Bank of China recently completed an assessment of banks' adherence to RRR regulations bas ... read..


Offshore yuan overnight implied deposit rate rises to highest since Jan 6
HONG KONG | Tuesday, Feb 21 2017 IST
The overnight implied deposit rate for offshore yuan rose to more than 6 percent on Tuesday, its highest level since January 6. Offshore yuan liquidity was squeezed at the end of last year as Beijing's tightening measures to stem capital outflows made off ... read..


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