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BSF on high alert after twin blasts in Bangladesh
Shillong | Sunday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has been put on high alert along the India-Bangladesh border following twin blasts in Bangladesh's Sylhet city, an official said on Sunday. ... read..


Assam CM meets Rajnath, discusses security issues
Guwahati/New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to order that the Indo-Bangladesh border fencing, including in the riverine section, be completed at the earliest. ... read..


Nepal President to visit India
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari will begin a state visit to India on April 17, a media report said on Sunday. ... read..


12 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka
Colombo | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
At least 12 Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy for allegedly poaching in its waters, it said on Sunday. ... read..


Bangladesh remembers martyrs on 46th Independence Day
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Bangladesh paid homage to three million martyrs of its 1971 Liberation War, ahead of the 46th Independence and National Day celebrations on Sunday. ... read..


Key Al Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike in Afghanistan
Washington | Sunday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
A senior Al Qaeda leader responsible for two major attacks in Pakistan was killed in a US counter-terrorism airstrike conducted last week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement. ... read..


Mamata condemns Bangladesh blasts
Kolkata | Sunday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday condemned the twin blasts in Bangladesh's Sylhet city which killed six persons. ... read..


Six killed in blasts in Bangladesh (Lead)
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
At least six persons, including two police officers, were killed in two explosions in Bangladesh's Sylhet city, police said on Sunday. ... read..


'Pakistan's ties with China not a zero-sum game'
Washington | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Islamabad's ties with Beijing and its efforts to forge closer relations with Moscow will not have an adverse effect on its partnership with Washington, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said. ... read..


Mann Ki Baat: Modi wishes Bangladesh on its Independence Day
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished neighbouring Bangladesh on its Independence Day on March 26. ... read..


10 die in Bangladesh accident
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
At least 10 persons were killed and a dozen injured in a collision between a truck and a mini truck in Bangladesh's Chuadanga on Sunday, police said. ... read..


Arrogate wins Dubai Cup
DUBAI | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Arrogate, ridden by Mike Smith, won the $10 million Dubai World Cup today. Gun Runner took second place and Neolithic came third of the 14 runners in the 2,000-metre contest. The contest was the world's richest horse race until being surpassed by Florida' ... read..


Bangladesh's 'Genocide Day' observed in Tripura (Lead)
Agartala | Saturday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
A candle light march and seminar were part of programmes held on Saturday in Tripura to mark Bangladesh's observance of "Genocide Day" - in remembrance of the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on this day in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, 46 year ... read..


New Indian envoy arrives in Kathmandu (Lead)
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
India's new Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri arrived here on Saturday to begin his tenure in the key posting, that will see him help foster close ties between the two neighbours. ... read..


Myanmar rejects UN-backed probe into Rohingya abuses
Nay Pyi Taw | Saturday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
The Myanmar government has rejected a UN mission to investigate the alleged persecution of the Muslim minority Rohingya group in Rakhine state, according to an official statement on Saturday. ... read..


Pakistan allows Gen Sharif to head Saudi-led military alliance
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said that Pakistan government has formally permitted ex-army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to head the Saudi Arabia-led military alliance to fight militancy. ... read..


Coast Guard seizes Pakistani fishing boat off Gujarat coast
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has seized a Pakistani fishing boat with a crew of nine in Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, an official statement said on Saturday. ... read..


'Genocide Day' observed in Tripura
Agartala | Saturday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
A candle light march and a seminar marked "Genocide Day", in Tripura on Saturday commemorating the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on this day in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, 46 years ago. ... read..


Pakistan to observe 10th Earth Hour
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan along with more than 170 countries will observe the 10th Earth Hour 2017 between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on Saturday, and participate in the World Wildlife Funds (WWF) effort to show global commitment to the planet. ... read..


Nepal to enhance cooperation with China
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Nepal and China have pledged to further develop their ties as Kathmandu expressed its willingness to join China's Belt and Road initiative. ... read..


President wishes Bangladesh on eve of its National Day
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday extended his greetings to the people and government of Bangladesh on the eve of their National Day, according to an official statement. ... read..


New Indian envoy arrives in Kathmandu
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
, Newly appointed Indian ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri arrived here on Saturday. ... read..


Russia denies supplying Taliban after NATO claim
Moscow | Saturday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Russia has denied a top NATO general's allegation that Moscow is secretly supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan. ... read..


Notice to Pakistani channel over remarks against PM
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a show cause notice to ARY News channel over comments on a statement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ... read..


Outgoing UN peacekeeping head praises Indian, South Asian troops (With images)
United Nations | Saturday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
The outgoing head of peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, has praised the quality of troops from India and other South Asian nations and the sacrifices they made in the UN missions. ... read..


Suicide bomber killed near Dhaka airport
Dhaka | Friday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
A suicide bomber was killed in a blast in front of a police box near Dhaka airport on Friday. ... read..


Taliban denies holding Afghan peace talks with Pakistan
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
The Taliban group on Friday denied reports that its representatives visited Islamabad to discuss the prospect of holding peace talks with Kabul. ... read..


Manohar agrees to stay on as interim chairman of ICC
Dubai | Friday, Mar 24 2017 IST
International Cricket Council Chairman Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his recent resignation following an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week. In a significant show of support ... read..


Police raids militant hideout in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Friday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Bangladesh police on Friday cordoned off a building in the country's Sylhet city, suspecting presence of militants. ... read..


Pakistan probes 'theft' of priceless art pieces from PNCA
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday initiated an inquiry into the disappearance and theft of priceless artwork and preciouspaintings from the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) here. ... read..


US rejects Russian invite to Afghan peace conference
Washington | Friday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
The US will not attend a peace conference on Afghanistan organised by Russia on April 14 in Moscow, according to US State Department sources. ... read..


Not consulted by Centre on Teesta, state's interests come first: Mamata
Kolkata | Thursday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
Amid speculation of a likely deal on Teesta during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina next month, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she will prioritize her state's interest while deciding on the proposed water s ... read..


Indian, Pakistan Army personnel exchange greetings, sweets on LoC
Jammu | Thursday, 2017 9:45:05 PM IST
Officers and jawans of the Indian and Pakistani armies on Thursday exchanged greetings and sweets on the occasion of Pakistan's Resolution Day at the Poonch-Rawalakot crossing point and Mendhar Hot Spring Crossing Point in Jammu and Kashmir, an official s ... read..


Pakistan envoy's remarks interference in our internal affairs: India
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 6:45:06 PM IST
Following Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit's remarks that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir must be resolved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiris, India on Thursday said that the envoy's actions "are tantamount to interference in our internal ... read..


Keen to settle disputes through dialogue: Pakistan
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan is keen to settle through dialogue all the issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Islamabad's High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Thursday. ... read..


16 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy
Colombo | Thursday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
At least 16 Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in the country's waters. ... read..


Chinese Defence Minister arrives in Nepal
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan arrived here on Thursday on a three-day official visit. ... read..


Wanda's Wang urges China fans to be patient
BEIJING | Thursday, Mar 23 2017 IST
China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, has warned his compatriots not to expect overnight results despite the heavy financial investment in raising the standards of football in the world's most populous nation. The first modern wave of enthusiasm for the game ... read..


Pakistani President offers dialogue to India
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute. ... read..


Amazon.com agrees in principle to buy Middle East's Souq.com -sources
DUBAI | Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 IST
Amazon.com Inc has agreed in principle to buy 100 per cent of Middle Eastern online retailer Souq.com from its shareholders, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters on Wednesday. Amazon declined to comment and a spokesperson for Souq.com could not imm ... read..


Sikhism to be included in census forms: Pakistan court
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday directed the provincial statistics department to include the Sikh community in the national census form prepared for the ongoing headcount. ... read..


India wants terror-free ties with Pakistan: President
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
India is committed to building ties with Pakistan in an environment free from terror and violence, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday. ... read..


Was Modi aware of ISI hand in Kanpur derailment: Digvijay
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday sought to know whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI's hand in the derailment of a train near Kanpur. ... read..


'Pakistan to blame for violence in Afghanistan'
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 4:15:06 PM IST
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist organisations and praised India for being helpful in the development of his country. ... read..


Ex-Sri Lankan minister fasts, seeks release
Colombo | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Sri Lanka's former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, currently in prison on allegations of misusing state vehicles, has begun a hunger strike demanding his release. ... read..


Musharraf wanted 'underhand' deal in 2007: Sharif
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf offered him an "underhand" deal to form a joint government but he turned it down. ... read..


India-Bangladesh joint army cycling expedition flagged off
Agartala | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
The joint cycling expedition of India and Bangladesh armies aimed at reinforcing friendship among the two armed forces was flagged off in Agartala on Wednesday. ... read..


Suspected terror bid foiled at Lahore airport
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
The Airport Security Force (ASF) on Wednesday foiled a suspected terror bid at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore by confiscating a cache of weapons and ammunition, a media report said. ... read..


Fight common security threats together, Modi urges Bimstec members
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged member states of the Bimstec regional bloc to fight common security threats such as terrorism, extremism and radicalisation together. ... read..


Bimstec security chiefs discuss Bay of Bengal region security (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
In a bid to enhance cooperation in countering security challenges in the Bay of Bengal region, the national security chiefs of the Bimstec countries held their first meeting here on Tuesday. ... read..


Sri Lanka arrests 10 Indian fishermen
Colombo | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday arrested 10 Indian fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters. ... read..


Sushma assures support to Tamil fishermen
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured a delegation of fishermen from Tamil Nadu that India will continue to work for the release of all Indian boats and fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. ... read..


China must ensure state assets held overseas retain value - premier
BEIJING | Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 IST
China must ensure that state assets held overseas retain their value and public funds are used safely, China's premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday at a work conference on anti-corruption. Li said large amounts of capital are not allowed to sit idle as the ... read..


Southeast Asian ride hailing firm Grab expands to Myanmar
SINGAPORE | Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 IST
Ride hailing firm Grab, the main Southeast Asian rival of Uber Technologies Inc, launched services in Myanmar on Tuesday, expanding operations to a seventh country in the region. Grab was working with a small group of taxi drivers in a trial in Yangon, th ... read..


Pakistan lodges protest with India over cross-border firing
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:05 AM IST
Pakistan Foreign Office on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to lodge a protest over the death of an elderly woman allegedly due to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) on March 17. ... read..


Sushma helps Indian woman in distress in Pakistan
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
Following a father's YouTube SOS that his daughter was being mistreated by her in-laws in Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the Indian High Commission had met the victim and was ensuring her safety and return to India. ... read..


BSF hands over Pakistani intruder
Chandigarh | Monday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
The BSF has handed over to Pakistan a Pakistani who crossed into India by mistake in the Ferozepur sector, BSF officials said on Monday. ... read..


Clerics return from Pakistan, meet Sushma Swaraj (Roundup)
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Two Indian clerics who reportedly went missing in Pakistan returned here on Monday amid some confusion over what really happened to them in that country. ... read..


Pakistan's first-ever woman foreign secretary takes charge
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Tehmina Janjua on Monday assumed charge as Pakistan's new foreign secretary, becoming the first woman in the history of the country to assume the position, Radio Pakistan reported. ... read..


Pakistan summons India envoy over ceasefire violation
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to protest the alleged ceasefire violation on the Line of Control, an official said. ... read..


Clerics involved in anti-India activity: Swamy
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said the two Indian clerics who returned to Delhi after reportedly going missing in Pakistan were involved in anti-India activities. ... read..


China central bank should clarify rate policy, improve communication-working paper
BEIJING | Monday, Mar 20 2017 IST
China's central bank should clarify its new short-term policy rate and the target rate level as soon possible, according to a central bank working paper, as authorities in the world's second-largest economy slowly shift to a tightening bias. These actions ... read..


'India, Pakistan need to respect Indus Waters Treaty'
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Both India and Pakistan need to respect the Indus Waters Treaty as it is in the interest of both the countries, Pakistan's Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said on Monday. ... read..


Clerics back from Pakistan, deny reports of detention (Second Lead)
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Two Indian clerics who reportedly went missing in Pakistan returned to Delhi on Monday, rubbishing Pakistani media reports that they were detained there on spying charges. ... read..


14 killed in Afghan military base attack
Kabul | Monday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Three soldiers and 11 militants were killed during a clash at a military base in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, a top official said on Monday. ... read..


'Missing' Indian clerics return from Pakistan (Lead)
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Two Indian clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, returned to Delhi on Monday, family members said. ... read..


'Missing' Indian clerics return from Pakistan
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
Two Indian clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, returned to Delhi on Monday. ... read..


Pakistan delays voting on military courts bill
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
The Pakistan government has decided to delay voting on a crucial bill seeking revival of military courts, a media report said. ... read..


Speeding van kills 8 in Pakistan
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 3:45:04 AM IST
At least eight people were killed and three others injured when a passenger van hit into a rickshaw in Pakistan's east Bhakkar district on Sunday. ... read..


3 US soldiers wounded in Afghan insider attack
Washington | Monday, 2017 3:15:04 AM IST
Three US soldiers were wounded after an Afghan soldier opened fire at them inside an Afghanistan base, the NATO-led Resolute Support said on Sunday. ... read..


With President's nod, Hindu Marriage Bill in Pakistan now law
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday gave his approval to the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2017 on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, turning it into law. ... read..


Nizamuddin clerics arriving on Monday: Sushma Swaraj
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that the two Indian clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, will be back in India on Monday. ... read..


Indian Army chief to visit Nepal
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is slated to visit Nepal at the invitation of the Himalayan nation's government. ... read..


China opposes trade protectionism, supports free trade-vice premier
BEIJING | Sunday, Mar 19 2017 IST
China opposes various forms of trade protectionism and supports free trade, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Sunday. Globalisation should continue even though it faces some temporary difficulties, Zhang told the China Development Forum in Beijing. REUTER ... read..


Pakistan's Sikh community disappointed at being 'left out' from census
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 7:45:04 AM IST
Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan's first national headcount in 19 years. ... read..


Mother of nine axed to death by husband in Pakistan
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
A mother of nine children was axed to death by her husband after an altercation in Pakistan's Sindh province, local media reported. ... read..


Two Indian clerics traced in Pakistan (Lead)
Karachi | Sunday, 2017 1:45:05 AM IST
Two Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan have been found, Sindh Police officials told the local media on Saturday. ... read..


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