Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pakistan minister defends naming Raheel Sharif as coalition head
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
The decision to appoint Pakistan's former Army chief General Raheel Sharif to head the 39-nation coalition of Muslim nations is an administrative decision, Defence Minsiter Khwaja Asif said. ... read..

47 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul | Wednesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
At least 47 militants were killed as government forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Farah province on Wednesday, an army official said. ... read..

Toshiba approves Chapter 11 filing for nuclear unit Westinghouse -Nikkei
TOKYO | Wednesday, Mar 29 2017 IST
The board of Japan's Toshiba Corp has approved a Chapter 11 filing for its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday. A Toshiba spokeswoman said the company cannot comment on issues discussed at its board meetings. RE ... read..

127 infiltration attempts in J&K since 2015: Government
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
There have been 127 infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir since 2015, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. As many as 101 terrorism incidents have taken place in the state since 2016. ... read..

Toshiba's Westinghouse to file for US bankruptcy Tuesday-sources
TOKYO | Tuesday, Mar 28 2017 IST
US nuclear developer Westinghouse Electric Co plans to seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Tuesday as it struggles with losses that have thrown its Japanese parent Toshiba Corp into crisis, people familiar with Toshiba's thinking said. Pittsburgh ... read..

South Asia can follow Indian model of governance: IT minister
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday asked the neighbouring countries to take a cue from the Indian model of improving governance and empowering the poor through digital initiatives. ... read..

PIPFPD concerned over arrests of 100 Indian fishermen by Pakistan
Mumbai | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
The Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) on Tuesday expressed "serious concern" over the arrests of around 100 Indian fisherfolk and seizure of 19 boats by Maritime Security Agency of Pakistan last week. ... read..

Singapore convicts three men for smuggling overstayer
Singapore | Tuesday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
Singapore has convicted three men who attempted to smuggle a Bangladeshi man out of the country via Woodlands Checkpoint, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Tuesday. ... read..

Three die as ferry sinks in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
At least three women were killed and dozens went missing when a ferry capsized in Panguchi river in Bangladesh on Tuesday. ... read..

Afghan troops destroy narcotics in restive province
Kabul | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Afghan troops waged an anti-drug operation and destroyed a large amount of narcotics along with a heroin factory in Helmand province, Afghan Special Forces said on Tuesday. ... read..

China will never own Pakistan's problems, says ex-envoy
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
China has its own vision, and given its issues with the US and India, Beijing would never own Islamabad's problems, a former envoy has said, adding that Pakistan needs to address its issues. ... read..

Five to hang for killing photojournalist in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced five persons to death for killing award-winning photojournalist Aftab Ahmed in 2013, a media report said. ... read..

'Former PM Oli playing mischief in Nepal politics'
Dakhla (Morocco) | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
As Nepal continues to be in political ferment with the Madhes-based parties upset over their demand for amending the Constitution not being met, some prominent Nepali politicians feel the entire situation is due to the "mischief" of former Prime Minister ... read..

Pakistan not 'friends' with Haqqani Network, says envoy to US
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan is not "friends" with the Haqqani Network, the country's ambassador to the US, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, has said. ... read..

Japan's Tepco, Chubu to merge fossil fuel power businesses
TOKYO | Tuesday, Mar 28 2017 IST
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) and Chubu Electric Power Co said on Tuesday they had signed an agreement to integrate their fossil fuel power plants under their JERA Co joint venture. The biggest and third-biggest of Japan's regional power u ... read..

Four soldiers killed in Afghan army base attack
Kabul | Tuesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and five injured in an overnight attack by Taliban militants on an army base in Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday. ... read..

China's yuan falls, interbank borrowing costs remain elevated
HONG KONG | Tuesday, Mar 28 2017 IST
China's yuan weakened against the US dollar on Tuesday after the greenback clawed back from multi-month lows, while borrowing costs in the interbank market remained elevated as liquidity tightened heading into the end of quarter. The People's Bank ... read..

Indian Army Chief arrives in Kathmandu
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday on a four-day official visit. ... read..

Kabul's American University reopens after 7 months
Kabul | Monday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul reopened on Monday, seven months after a terror attack at the centre killed 17 people. ... read..

Pakistani family pardons Indians for murder in UAE
Abu Dhabi | Monday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
The family of a Pakistani man, allegedly murdered by 10 Indians in Abu Dhabi in 2015, has pardoned the convicts facing death sentence. ... read..

Pakistani intruder shot dead at Punjab border
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
A Pakistani intruder was shot dead on Monday by security forces while trying to enter Indian Punjab through the Gurdaspur sector, an official said. ... read..

Bangladesh raid enters fourth day, 8 dead
Dhaka | Monday, 2017 12:45:06 PM IST
The Bangladesh Army on Monday continued for a fourth day a drive in Sylhet against militants holed up in an apartment building, the media reported. Eight persons have been killed so far. ... read..

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs
TOKYO | Monday, Mar 27 2017 IST
After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs. Honda has declined to reveal the cos ... read..

Citigroup plans to double South Korea wealth assets by 2020
HONG KONG | Monday, Mar 27 2017 IST
Citigroup Inc plans to double its wealth management assets in South Korea, currently at about $3 billion, by 2020, as the U.S. bank invests more in digital technology to expand its customer base in the country. Citi also aims to boost South Korea consumer ... read..

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.. agrees in principle to buy Middle East's -sources
DUBAI | Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 IST Inc has agreed in principle to buy 100 per cent of Middle Eastern online retailer from its shareholders, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters on Wednesday. Amazon declined to comment and a spokesperson for 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..

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